Mainstream medicine in the United States requires children to receive more than 70 vaccinations by the age of 20. The escalation of injections over the past 30 years—along with sharp increases in genetically modified foods, environmental exposure to glyphosate and other toxins, and constant electromagnetic effects—mirrors the shocking increase in autism, learning and behavior disorders, allergies, autoimmune disease, obesity, diabetes, depression and cancer.

Childhood diseases of old—such as measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox—were not generally severe infections. They made children sick for a few days and conferred life-time immunity. Natural immunization occurs when we receive a contagious virus or other germ into our bodies via the respiratory (breathing) or gastrointestinal (digestive) routes; both of these are lined with a plethora of immune cells, including different types of lymphocytes. These immune guardians not only make antibodies (Th2 response) but program other cells to kill or sequester the invader (Th1 response). Vaccines are usually delivered via subcutaneous (under the skin) or intramuscular (into the muscle) injections, an unnatural route of germ access to the human body.

The purpose of vaccination is to stimulate artificial antibodies and cellular immunity to germs causing significant disease. Time has proven, however, that this immunity is not long-lived and requires multiple injections and boosters. The vaccine germ itself may cause illness. Modern polio outbreaks are almost always due to the polio vaccine strain in vaccinated individuals; these children might be given up to six polio boosters in the name of preventing disease. Measles, mumps and other former childhood diseases now appear in adults, where their effects may be more serious. Increasingly, strain identification may not be performed in modern outbreaks; instead, the diseases are presumed to be introduced by unvaccinated children in misleading media reports. Is the “herd immunity” theory in fact unraveling?

The primary components in a vaccine are a weakened germ or its infective proteins in a solution of adjuvants—oils or metals promoting inflammation—preservatives, and remnants from the manufacturing process. Viruses or bacteria are grown in labs on sheets of animal, bird or human cells. Polio viruses are grown on monkey kidney cells, some of which were found to be infected with SV40 and other simian cancer viruses in past years. Animal DNA fragments, lab chemicals such as embalming fluids and antifreeze, contaminating viruses, monosodium glutamate (MSG), food proteins, antibiotics and other unwanted ingredients end up being included in the final product, whether in trace amounts or outright names on the list of vaccine ingredients. These compounds stay in the human host: SV40 has been found in a variety of pediatric cancers and leukemias; DNA fragments can contribute to allergies and autoimmune disease; and MSG can produce over-excitability of brain neurons.

Adjuvants—oils, nanoparticles, mercury and aluminum—are present in all vaccines to hold the virus or antigen in place in the muscle near the injection so that prolonged immune response can occur. Nano-crystals of aluminum may not be excreted from the body but can spread throughout the blood and lymphatic systems into the brain and central nervous system; this can then provoke inflammation in other areas of the body and accumulate in the brain over time. Although mercury has received more attention as a neurotoxin, aluminum is probably worse and much more prevalent in vaccines. Another key aspect is that aluminum and mercury are synergistic; they exaggerate each other’s toxicities. Aluminum is an endocrine disruptor, shreds mitochondrial and cell membranes, inflames the digestive tract, produces free radicals, and interferes with glucose and calcium metabolism. Aluminum has increasingly been associated not only with autism spectrum issues but also with Guillain-Barre syndrome, optic neuritis, encephalitis, multiple sclerosis and chronic dementias of older adults.

Adjuvants alone—primarily aluminum—can cause an illness of fatigue, muscle and joint pain, irritability, cognitive defects and nerve dysfunction. There is even an associated term, ASIA, or autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants. ASIA itself can be mild to severe and incapacitating, but it also heralds a propensity for exploding into more well-known autoimmune and inflammatory diseases if more aluminum is added in the form of additional vaccines.

Accepted obstetric practice includes administration of influenza, TDaP and other vaccines to pregnant women; these present an adjuvant load of heavy metals to the developing fetus. Then, within 24 hours of birth, a newborn is given the first of three hepatitis vaccines with each hepatitis B vaccine containing more aluminum than the EPA “safe” level for an adult. In their first 18 months, children are given nearly 5,000 mcg/L of aluminum, compared to the recommended safe limit of 25 mcg/L for adults.

The prevailing American healthcare system is managed by mainly well-meaning professionals that may have ties to the bio-pharmaceutical industry; due to the financial power of these companies, that industry is influencing medical and nursing education; professional journals; research; hospitals; health clinics; and regulating agencies on the local, state, national and international levels. We need to question if we are living in a “corporatocracy” where personal and parental freedoms have become subservient to the profits of these big businesses. It is important to note that even though The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is a federal agency, the Congress-established CDC Foundation connects the CDC with private-sector organizations. The agency is also an assignee for over 50 vaccine patents. This is concerning as the government agency is the one designing U.S. vaccination policies. And it becomes more alarming when we understand that vaccine manufacturers are immune from liability in the U.S. following the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act in 1986 and another ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011.

The question arises as to whether vaccines are safe. Manufacturers are required to perform animal and sometimes human studies regarding antibody response and short-term toxicity—which is usually less than 30 days post-vaccination, and always less than 60 days. Placebo studies for comparison usually use the same adjuvants rather than a true saline placebo, undercutting any possibility of finding adjuvant toxicity. Most vaccine research in the U.S. is designed, funded and interpreted by the bio-pharmaceutical industry, with all its inherent bias. This calls into question much of Western medical research in recent years as many studies are directly or indirectly funded by the drug and vaccine industry, a point further made by a number of former medical journal editors. Thus it falls to the public to prove safety and toxicity.

So we need to ask the hard question about whether we and our children need vaccines. When compared to vaccinated children, unvaccinated kids have reportedly had significantly less instances of sudden infant death, improved infant mortality, less otitis media and pneumonia, and far less incidences of allergies, seizures, bipolarity, learning disability and autism. Humans with an intact immune system—exposed to nature, soil, animals and other humans—can develop large permanent libraries of antibodies and cellular protectants.

If we want healthy babies and children, we need to step up to the plate and evaluate the role of vaccines. More independent research on vaccine safety is desperately needed as the recommended vaccination schedule for children only continues to grow. A large, independent study of unvaccinated versus vaccinated children and/or adults should be done. We need to go back to being a society where it is common to concentrate on clean water, good nutrition, exposure to nature, spiritual development and community.

Dr. McIntosh is a retired pediatrician specializing in pediatric hematology and oncology, who retired early from the practice of medicine because of severe fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis.  She has spent the past decade healing herself and researching how the world really works (or doesn’t), healing methods, food, spirituality and the unique potentials that await us during our personal makeovers and discoveries.  She is an organic vegetable gardener and a cheerleader for real food and clean water.  She is the optimistic “Crazy Lady” of her town and writes, teaches and explores during this chaotic period of transition from old world to new. Connect at