Vaccines: A Known Trigger for Autoimmunity – NEW Research on Who May Be at Risk

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There is an epidemic of autoimmunity in the western world today. There are several known triggers in the environment that may set off an autoimmune reaction in a child or an adult. The key to prevention is to know who is at risk. We now have research that will indicate just that.

In 2011 a group of researchers headed by Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld the head of the Zabludowicz Center for Autoimmune Diseases, and Dr. Levine who is a senior physician in the Zabludowicz Center, coined a new term to a group of 4 immune-mediated diseases triggered by an adjuvant stimulus.

It’s called Autoimmune (Auto-inflammatory) Syndrome induced by Adjuvants (ASIA). These four seemingly unrelated conditions: siliconosis, Gulf War syndrome, macrophagic myofascitis syndrome and post-vaccination phenomena share a common trigger that is used in every doctor’s office on as many patients as possible.

These conditions are all characterized by hyperactive immune responses accompanied by a similar complex of signs and symptoms after receiving a vaccination.

See more about ASIA here.

A new, recently published review by Shoenfeld et al, in Pharmacological Research in 2014, entitled, Predicting post-vaccination autoimmunity: Who might be at risk? begins to define exactly who is at risk for an autoimmune response to a vaccine.

It is clear in the literature that some people have had and will have a hyper-immune reaction to some components of a vaccine. It might be the adjuvants which are put there to enhance the immune response. These are typically aluminum and mercury in the form of thimerosal (yes they are still using thimerosal in vaccines).

Who Might Be at Risk?

The researchers have indicated that there are four groups of people who may be at risk for an autoimmune reaction to a vaccine. There are:

1 – Anyone with a prior post-vaccination autoimmune phenomena

The researchers state:

Although data is limited, it seems preferable that individuals with prior autoimmune or autoimmune-like reactions to vaccinations, should not be immunized, at least not with the same type of vaccine. If vaccination is of utmost importance, it might be given, but the patient should be followed closely and treated if necessary.

It’s just common sense. Although my opinion is that once the vaccine starts an autoimmune process, it cannot be stopped, so following the patient closely is just not going to cut it. These folks should not get vaccinated at all.

2 – Anyone with a medical history of autoimmunity

Here again, it’s just common sense to avoid vaccinations if you already have an autoimmune condition. It’s known that vaccinations may not work as well in people with autoimmune conditions and the risk for a flare up of the condition is present. The researchers go on to say,

Live vaccines including Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) and vaccines against herpes zoster, yellow fever and measles as well as MMR are generally contraindicated in immunosuppressed patients with autoimmune conditions – due to the risk of uncontrolled viral replication.

In these cases, it is risky to vaccinate.

3 – Anyone with a history of allergic reactions (especially vaccination-related reactions)

There is selection bias in conducting vaccine trials. The trials usually exclude people with personal or family history of developmental delay or neurological disorders, hypersensitivity to vaccine components and any condition that in the opinion of the investigators my interfere with their study objectives. The researchers go on to say,

Because of such selection bias, the occurrence of serious adverse reactions resulting from vaccinations in real life where vaccines are mandated to all individuals regardless of their susceptibility factors may be considerably underestimated.

Here is where the safety statistics can be manipulated.

4 – Anyone who is prone to develop autoimmunity (having a family history of autoimmune diseases, presence of autoantibodies, certain genetic profiles, etc.

We have the ability to detect autoantibodies in the preclinical phase of autoimmune diseases many years before the disease emerges. For example, we can detect anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA) in the case of rheumatoid arthritis. We can detect anti-mitochondrial antibodies in primary biliary cirrhosis, anti-thyroid antibodies in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and anti-dsDNA in Lupus.

Many autoantibodies have the ability to predict the development of an autoimmune disease and its severity can be predicted from the type of antibody, its level, and the number of different antibodies present. The ability to predict the development of an autoimmune disease in asymptomatic individuals is especially important when disease progression can be prevented by avoiding environmental factors, such as vaccinations, that may trigger or worsen the disease.

In view of the autoimmune epidemic we are facing in this country today it would behoove health officials to set up a standard protocol for determining, to the best of our knowledge, which children and adults have these risk factors in order to avoid seriously compromising their health.

There is no denying post-vaccination autoimmunity. It’s real and it may affect you and your loved ones. Go to your doctor armed with this information and don’t let them intimidate you and force you to take a poorly studied vaccine with questionable efficacy and imminent harm.

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  • Anna@Green Talk November 14, 2014, 1:17 am

    Really interesting. I agree. I standard protocol should be established.

    Reply