Thursday, April 9, 2015

The DC, Vaccines and Truth

Recently, I was invited to a Vaccination Information event hosted by a local birthing center. At first, I was excited. Our county has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the state of Texas and there is so much mis-information out there I was glad that there was going to be a talk to educate parents on vaccines. I wanted to make sure that the information was being given by a credible source. The speaker was listed as Dr. Jim Bob Haggerton. I looked up Dr. Haggerton and he and his wife Cindy run a chiropractic care and essential oils office in Hurst. Additionally, I found his blog through his twitter page, and then found a specific blog on vaccinations.

I was shocked by the information I was reading. I attempted to post to the event the scientific evidence that refutes his claims, but that was deleted. I attempted to educate Jim Bob Haggerton himself, but that was deleted as well. Here I am going to go line by line to show the scientific evidence that disprove the scare tactics that this presenter was trying to use.

For reference the original blog post is here:

His first point is that there is "Mercury aka Thimerisol" in vaccinations. He says
"Suffice to say it is one of the most dangerous neurotoxins in our world today.  Symptoms and side effects of mercury toxicity include: brain damage, loss of vision, peripheral neuropathies, muscle weakness, speech impairment, coordination loss, mood alteration, memory loss, emotional instability, depression, suicidal tendencies, kidney disease, and anemia to name a few."
He also says that he isn't going to go into the molecular structure of mercury because much smarter people need to explain that. This is precisiesly the issue with his argument against "mercury"; understanding the molecular structure is critical. The difference between ethyl mercury and methyl mercury is very important. Ethyl Mercury is a metabolite of thimerisol, the kind found in some flu vaccines. It does not accumulate in the body. Methyl Mercury, the kind found in deep sea fish, has environmental concerns and does bio-accumulate in the body and cause all those scary things listed above. 
You can find the science behind this here and here

The second ingredient he lists is aluminum. He states that it crosses the blood-brain barrier and leads to things like alzheimers and breast cancer, and that the amount babies receive by 18 months is very high. 
I'll first address the high amount of aluminum. These statements completely leave out that aluminum is naturally occuring in many of the things babies are already exposed to; namely water and infant formula. Haggerton asserts
"Toxic levels of aluminum have been demonstrated at 11-14 mcg in children. (this is for a 6 pound baby). "
While the FDA says:
 "For example, the amount of aluminum in the hepatitis B vaccine given at birth is 0.25 mg."
Research supporting this can be found here
Next, it has been falsly reported that high amounts of aluminum were found in the brains of those diagnosed with alzheimers. Reasearch has shown that the amount of aluminum found in those with alzheimers is no more than others. You can find that here
He also assert that aluminum causes breast cancer. I had heard this before and happened upon this blog: Where she says:
"In breast cancer, the upper outer quadrant of the breast is more likely to be the site where tumours first appear than anywhere else. Since this quadrant is closest to the lymphatic drainage from the armpit, people have leapt to the conclusion that aluminium from application of antiperspirants is the culprit.
But the incidence of tumours is directly related to the amount of breast tissue, and that quadrant happens to have the most breast tissue."
There are two current studies regarding aluminum and breast cancer and each of those found no link. You can find that research here and here.

The last harmful ingredient he lists is human fetal cell tissue. This subject has been hottly debated among the pro-life community. The quick answer to that, that it is inherntly false and misleading. 
Here is a great source from a nuclear chemist, PhD, who is also a Christian. 
"anyone with a modicum of training in biology will tell you that it is impossible for vaccines (or any other injected medicine) to contain human tissue. The reason is simple: if you are injected with anything containing tissue from another person, your body will immediately recognize it as an invader and begin attacking it. This immune response is often quite radical and can easily lead to death! This is why blood from a donor to a recipient must be carefully matched before the recipient can receive it. Thus, there is no human tissue of any kind in vaccines. "

You can find the science behind this here.

I've gone through each of the three "harmful" ingredients that Jim Bob Haggerton listed in his blog. Above I have proven each one of his claims to be false. When you hear people yelling about doing your own research, please do. The important part about doing your own research, is making sure that this reasearch is done by credible sources and contain truthful information. 

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