“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Cor. 6:19)

Why is there this extreme push in the world today to vaccinate? Examples of this are the current push to get a flu vaccination or a vaccination for Hepatitis “B”. From the time we are born we are bombarded with a series of vaccinations. We are encouraged to give our children vaccinations from the time they are babies, but what are these vaccinations doing to them?

In a quote from Congressman Daniel Burton (R-Indiana) on June 18, 2000 in his opening statement to the House Committee on Government Reform’s hearing on mercury and medicine he stated: “We assume that the FDA would protect our children from exposure to any level of mercury through drugs. But that has not been the case. Thimerosal was first marketed in 1930 and has become the most widely used preservative in vaccines. It is present in over 50 licensed vaccines. The FDA recently acknowledged that in the first six months of life children get more mercury than is considered safe by the EPA. The truth is that sometimes kids go to their doctor’s office and get four or five vaccines at the same time. My grandson received vaccines for nine different diseases in one day. He might have been exposed to 62.5 micrograms of mercury in one day through his vaccines. According to his weight, the maximum safe level of mercury that he should be exposed to in one day is 1.51 micrograms. This is 41 times the amount at which harm can be caused.” (Mothering magazine March-April 2001). The article then states that Congressman Burton’s grandson, who was perfectly healthy before the vaccinations, now has autism.

Today there appears to be this mind-set, especially in North America, to vaccinate for everything. The minute we hear of a new flu, or something that threatens us, we immediately want to vaccinate. Obviously we want to protect our children, but are vaccinations necessarily always the correct way to do this?

In a quote by Richard Moskowitz, MD from the Sept. 1998 Alive magazine he says: “It is dangerously misleading, and indeed, the exact opposite of truth, to claim that a vaccine makes us “immune” or protects against disease. In fact, it only drives the disease deeper into the interior and causes us to harbor it chronically, with the result that our responses to it become progressively weaker and show less and less tendency to heal or restore themselves spontaneously.”

There is such pressure on many new parents to vaccinate that they can feel intimidated and overwhelmed. I was talking with one of my neighbours and she is now feeling concern for her two young children over the threat of a major new world flu epidemic. She does not want her children to be vaccinated but is feeling pressure if the threat should escalate and that is what is recommended.

In a quote from Barbara Loe Fisher in a conference at the National Vaccination Information Center in Sept. 1997 she says: “there is no hard, basic science research to back up categorical assertions by government officials that the DPT and MMR vaccines never, ever cause residual seizure disorder, permanent brain damage or immune system dysfunction” and that “there have never been large, well designed studies to identify and compare all morbidity and mortality in vaccinated and unvaccinated populations to try and evaluate the true background rates of seizure disorders, mental retardation, learning disabilities, autism, diabetes, asthma, arthritis and cancer.” (Alive magazine Sept. 1998)

It is interesting that when we buy food we read the ingredients on the label but we are so willing to have a vaccination without knowing anything about what it contains. “Some commonly used vaccination ingredients include: aluminium phosphate, aluminium hydroxide, phenoxyethanol (antifreeze), sucrose, sorbitol, and formaldehyde. In addition, some vaccines include animal ingredients. SmithKline Beecham’s diphtheria and tetanus vaccine includes porcine pancreatic hydrolsate of casein and Connaught ‘s inactivated polio includes VERO cells, a continuous line of monkey kidney cells..One of the most contentious ingredients in vaccines may be thimerosal (mercury). Thimerosal has been traditionally used as a preservative, most commonly in the influenza vaccine.” (News from the British Columbia Naturopathic Association, Your Health, Vol. 8/No. 4/ Fall 2002). Mercury is highly toxic and it does not easily leave the body!

Are vaccinations really necessary or do they just weaken our immune systems and make us ill? We live in very complex times and must examine all things. Our children are our future. What we put into their bodies is of huge importance to their future. Possibly the best thing we can do for them is to keep them as healthy as possible and build up their immune system. I find it ironic that there was such a great push for everyone to get the flu shot this winter. Now they are reporting that the flu shot, that they were just recommending so highly, does not protect against the current flu virus! As well, at the time of writing this article an announcement has just come out warning against Mercury-based preservatives in vaccines. Quoting from The Vancouver Sun, February 5, 2004: “In a study that was rushed to print on-line today, two months ahead of its scheduled publication in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, U.S. researchers have discovered an apparent link between thimerosal, a controversial mercury-based preservative once commonly used in childhood vaccines, to an increased risk of neurological disorders such as autism and ADHD..As of March 2001, all vaccines for routine immunization of children in Canada have been available without thimerosal. But the annual flu shot, which is given to children over six months of age – contains the preservative. And thimerosal is still found in larger, multi-dose vaccines shipped to Third World countries.”

As I see it God gave us an immune system to fight diseases. It obviously does need help at times, but before resorting to putting poisons into our bodies, perhaps we should take time to examine the alternatives.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psa. 103: 1-5)