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Do Your Pets Need To Be Vaccinated? Here Are The Risks That Your Vet Doesn’t Really Know About

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There’s a lot of controversy surrounding human vaccinations, especially in relation to certain ingredients like mercury and aluminum. Vaccines have been linked to autism, autoimmune disease, neurological disorders, seizures, and other health problems, as well as, in some cases, death. Vaccines are forced upon the general population in North America, despite the clear need for further testing.

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We’re witnessing a similar trend regarding vaccinations amongst our pets. Veterinarians heavily push pet owners to vaccinate and immunize their pets, and most of us agree to do so without further investigation, despite there being many health risks that aren’t regularly discussed. We trust that vets have our pets’ best interests at heart, similar to how we assume our doctors are only concerned with our health.

Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. In order for Big Pharma and doctors to profit, they need sick people, and so it sadly makes sense that so many pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines create adverse reactions. It’s not a “conspiracy theory”; it’s simply the way these businesses work. They couldn’t make money if everyone was healthy or if everyone wasn’t so scared of getting sick. This begs the questions: Do veterinarians operate in a similar fashion, and do pets really need all of those immunizations and vaccines?

The Risks of Pet Vaccines and Immunizations

Pet immunizations typically occur at 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16 weeks of age, with an additional booster shot at 12 months, and then every year afterward. Though comforting for some, this is concerning to others given the potential adverse reactions pets can have to immunizations as well as the expensive costs associated with them.

This timeline isn’t actually backed by scientific research suggesting the need for frequent immunizations; it’s simply a suggestion by vets. This ideology was introduced by the USDA and vaccine manufacturers approximately 20 years ago, which is unsurprising given that they profit heavily off of over-vaccinating.

It’s relatively ironic that the terms vaccinations and immunizations are used interchangeably because they’re very different. Immunization implies that you’re immune to a disease; it’s the ideal outcome of a vaccination. However, many vaccinations don’t work that way, which is why vets claim pets need booster shots so often.

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The irony is that vets don’t really study and test how long each pet’s vaccinations are effective. If they were concerned with actually immunizing pets, then they would research and study this further. However, it benefits vets to justify administering vaccines and booster shots more frequently, and so this type of testing is barely conducted.

Vaccines are incredibly profitable for Big Pharma and vets. Approximately half of all dog visits and almost 75% of cat visits to the vet are for vaccinations alone. Simply removing only the one-year rabies vaccination/office visit for just dogs could decrease a vet’s income by an astonishing 25-30%. Keep in mind that that’s only one type of pet and one type of vaccine, although the rabies vaccine is extremely profitable thanks to markups, which are anywhere from 2,400-6,200%. Plus, most rabies vaccines contain mercury, which is extremely toxic to the human body, so it likely would have adverse effects on pets as well.

Catherine O’Driscoll, from the charity Canine Health Concern, which is backed by many vets and other pet experts who have expressed concerns regarding vaccine safety in pets and whether or not they need to be vaccinated so often, explained: “We are not anti-vaccination. What we are saying is that currently our pets are receiving far too many. The latest scientific research shows that after the first course of injections as a puppy most dogs are immune against these diseases for at least seven years, if not for life.”

The reality of the situation is that once a dog or cat has been fully immunized, they are immune for years, if not life. So, if your pet has further vaccinations despite already being immune to the very disease/virus you’re trying to protect it from developing, then what does that do to your pet’s health?

Veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker explains:

After your pet has received all his puppy shots, the antibodies he develops to the viruses he’s been immunized against will actually protect him from the same viruses introduced in future vaccinations.

In other words, if his puppy vaccinations are successful, his immune system response to subsequent vaccinations will fight off their effect, rendering them useless. But vaccines, like any pharmaceutical drug, are not without side effects. So re-vaccinating for the same pathogens year after year is more than just a waste of your money – it also poses ever increasing risks to your pet’s health

How Do Pet Owners Make Safe Decisions?

To be clear, I’m not telling you to never take your pet to a vet. Vets clearly serve an incredible purpose in this world, and can seriously help your pets when they’re sick, similar to how doctors can help us when we’re sick! I’m merely suggesting that you conduct your own research and remain skeptical when visiting vets.

Many people, including myself, are skeptical of elements of modern medicine and Big Pharma. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t seek help from modern medicine, but rather that we need to do our own research in addition to whatever our doctors tell us, and be proactive by taking preventative measures as well.

If you’re looking to give your pets certain vaccines, Dr. Becker recommends that you ensure your pets meet the following criteria prior to giving the go ahead:

  • Your pet is healthy enough to get a vaccine. If your pet has allergies, endocrine issues, organ dysfunction, cancer (or is a cancer survivor), or any other medical issues, your pet may not be a viable candidate for vaccines.
  • It’s for a life threatening disease, which Dr. Becker states most pet vaccines aren’t.
  • Your pet will actually have the opportunity to get this specific disease; for example, Dr. Becker states that indoor cats are at very low risk or zero risk.
  • The vaccine is 100% safe and effective (which unfortunately, according to Dr. Becker, many are not).
  • If your pet has had adverse reactions to any vaccinations before, you shouldn’t give him/her any other vaccines.
  • Research “vaccine detox” if you do decide to give your pet a vaccine.

You could also take a look at who produces specific vaccines recommended to your pets. For example, pharmaceutical giant Merck produces pet vaccines like Nobivac, commonly used to prevent rabies. However, Merck has also produced vaccinations for humans such as the HPV vaccine Gardasil, which has been under public scrutiny for false claims and adverse effects caused by the vaccine, including paralysis.

Dr. Bernard Dalbergue, a former physician who worked directly with Merck, stated:

The full extent of the Gardasil scandal needs to be assessed: everyone knew when this vaccine was released on the American market that it would prove to be worthless. Diane Harper, a major opinion leader in the United States, was one of the first to blow the whistle, pointing out the fraud and scam of it all. I predict that Gardasil will become the greatest medical scandal of all time because at some point in time, the evidence will add up to prove that this vaccine, technical and scientific feat that it may be, has absolutely no effect on cervical cancer and that all the very many adverse effects which destroy lives and even kill, serve no other purpose than to generate profit for the manufacturers. Gardasil is useless and costs a fortune! In addition, decision-makers at all levels are aware of it! Cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, paralysis of the lower limbs, vaccine-induced MS and vaccine-induced encephalitis can be found, whatever the vaccine.

To be clear, this article isn’t meant to vilify vets! Many vets may have absolutely no idea that pets can have adverse reactions to vaccines, similar to how many MDs are unaware of the harmful risks of vaccines given to human beings. That’s why it’s crucial that we educate ourselves on these topics and don’t just trust that the establishment will do so for us. It’s up to us to take our health as well as the health of our pets into our own hands!

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Johnson & Johnson Found To Have Knowingly Allowed Asbestos In Their Baby Powder

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Johnson and Johnson have recently lost lawsuits for negligence in knowingly allowing carcinogenic substances in their talc-based hygiene products.

  • Reflect On:

    Are we starting to turn the page on an era where human health and safety are not the prime considerations in the manufacturing of consumer products?

We are starting to awaken to the fact that it seems to be the rule, and not the exception, that large Western corporations put profits above human health considerations. The only time they seem to give any regard to human health concerns is when their forecasts of potential lawsuits down the road would likely exceed the cost measures needed to ensure the safety of their product.

Johnson & Johnson is just one of a long line of corporate perpetrators who believed that covering up and lying about known health concerns would make better business sense than taking the time and resources to actually address those health concerns within their products.

Contaminated Baby Powder: The Height Of Indignity

One would think, regardless of an understanding that the bottom line is a priority for most private companies, that the health and safety of a nursing mother and her newborn child would be sacrosanct for any industry. The reality is that this is simply not the case, even though J&J could have mitigated this problem from the start.

Companies that mine talc are required to take extra steps to ensure the absence of asbestos in their talc. Instead, J&J allegedly went to great lengths to fake it.

Not only did the company know about the asbestos contamination, evidence suggests, but J&J also failed to warn its customers about the link between Baby Powder and cancer or replace its talc with a safer alternative. As a result, J&J guaranteed its customers’ exposure to asbestos.

And regardless of their size or numbers, asbestos fibers are lethal at any capacity. As the World Health Organization (WHO) has stressed repeatedly, there is no safe level of exposure. (source)

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The Testimony of Scientist James Webber

Baby Powder’s contamination with asbestos (a mineral that naturally occurs near talc) has long been the subject of lawsuits. But only in recent years has evidence begun to unravel J&J’s defense – that the company had no idea – and threatened its success in lawsuits to come.

In March, a California jury awarded $29 million to Terry Leavitt, a woman who said that asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum-powder-based products caused her terminal mesothelioma. Environmental scientist James Webber testified in her high-profile California trial and made these observations:

During several hours on the stand, Webber explained how he ran tests that showed “clear” evidence of asbestos contamination in the mines from which J&J sourced talc.

“The testing I have seen [shows] that it was present at least as early as 1971 and up through the late 1990s,” said Webber, who ran an asbestos laboratory in New York state.

Despite denying it publicly, J&J had observed this contamination in internal memos. Its notes dismissed the amount of asbestos in its talc as “but a trace,” Webber alleged. But that was just an optimistic interpretation of superficial testing, he said: the tests used methods too weak to detect microscopic asbestos fibers. Webber insisted the actual tests results revealed there could be millions of asbestos fibers per gram of talc.

And J&J’s inaccurate reports were allegedly only the tip of the iceberg. In some instances, Webber said, photos attached to J&J’s reports revealed that “they had been seeing it and not reporting it.”  (source)

And It’s Getting Worse

The $29 million verdict, in California Superior Court in Oakland, was the latest defeat for the healthcare conglomerate facing more than 13,000 talc-related lawsuits nationwide. And things may be getting even worse for J&J, according to ZeroHedge:

Johnson & Johnson shares are down over 5% after Bloomberg reports that, according to people with knowledge of the matter, the U.S. Justice Department is pursuing a criminal investigation into whether Johnson & Johnson lied to the public about the possible cancer risks of its talcum powder…

Now, a grand jury in Washington is examining documents related to what company officials knew about any carcinogens in their products, the people said.

The Takeaway

It seems as though corporations have long been willing to take the calculated risk of short-cuts and denials instead of ensuring that their products are safe for public use. My suspicion is that a part of our collective awakening process will be issuing in a new business paradigm in which human health and safety become paramount.

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Prescription Infant Formulas Found To Be Contaminated With Aluminum

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  • The Facts:

    Multiple brands of prescription infant formula were found to contain high levels of aluminum.

  • Reflect On:

    Should we be questioning the quality of products that come from pharmaceutical production? Do we veer away from natural methods of raising children more than we should? At what cost?

You may not think aluminum is a big deal, but it is. For anybody who has looked into aluminum toxicology, it’s quite clear and apparent that it has no place inside of any living biological organism. Putting it simply, it wreaks havoc on our biology. High amounts of aluminum have been found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, with experts in the field believing that aluminum brain accumulation may be one of the main causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s also been discovered within the brains of MS patients, and some of the highest aluminum content ever recorded in brain tissue has also been discovered in people with autism. Aluminum is associated with several diseases. But an adult body can do a great job of flushing out aluminum.

Despite the fact that aluminum has no place within earth’s biota, it’s still present in many of our medications, our food, and even in the water that we drink due to contamination since the industrial revolution. Aluminum inside the body is a new phenomenon and still understudied. Again, there is a threshold, and aluminum that is injected via vaccines doesn’t exit the body–there is strong evidence that it remains inside the body and ends up in distant organs and eventually inside of the brain. If you want to access more studies on that topic, you can read this article I published that provides them and goes into more detail. You can also watch this interview with Christopher Exley, where he also points to that fact.

A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has shown that multiple popular infant prescriptions are contaminated with aluminum. You may be asking how much aluminum, but the authors make it a point to stress that there are no safe amounts of aluminum levels that can be inside of a human body, let alone a newborn baby. That being said, the amounts found are listed within the abstract of the study:

Historical and recent data demonstrate that off-the-shelf infant formulas are heavily contaminated with aluminium. The origin of this contamination remains to be elucidated though may be imported via ingredients, packaging and processing. Specialised infant formulas exist to address health issues, such as low birth weight, allergy or intolerance and medical conditions, such as renal insufficiency. The aluminium content of these prescription infant formulas is measured here for the first time. We obtained 24 prescription infant formulas through a paediatric clinic and measured their total aluminium content by transversely heated graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry following microwave assisted acid/peroxide digestion. The aluminium content of ready-to-drink formulas ranged from 49.9 (33.7) to 1956.3 (111.0) μg/L. The most heavily contaminated products were those designed as nutritional supplements for infants struggling to gain weight. The aluminium content of powdered formulas ranged from 0.27 (0.04) to 3.27 (0.19) μg/g. The most heavily contaminated products tended to be those addressing allergies and intolerance. Prescription infant formulas are contaminated with aluminium.

Another very important point made right off the bat by the authors:

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Human exposure to aluminium is a serious health concern. Aluminium exposure in infants is understandably a burgeoning issue. While infant exposure to aluminium continues to be documented, its consequences, immediate and in the future, have received only scant attention and research is required to understand the biological availability of aluminium through formula feeding. For example, how much aluminium is absorbed across the neonate gut and its subsequent fate, including excretion.

There is already too much aluminium in infant formulas and herein we have measured its content in a large number of prescription formulas, products which are fed to vulnerable infants in their first months of life. Many of these products are heavily contaminated with aluminium.

As for the specific infant formulas, you can refer to the study. The researchers obtained 24 prescription infant formulas via the Paediatric Clinic of Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, United Kingdom. The ready-to-drink and powdered products were new, ready-to-be used and unopened samples. These formulas are for babies with some sort of growth restriction, like for preterm infants or infants who have poor weight gain. There were also powdered formulas for allergies and intolerances and powdered formulas with additional amino acids.

The authors contacted each manufacturer and expressed that they denied knowing that there was any aluminum in their products, which means it’s still a mystery as to their source. The authors hypothesize on a number of ways that aluminum could be entering into the formulas.

In their conclusion, the authors emphasize that:

Where possible, breast milk feeding should be prioritised, as the aluminium content of breast milk is invariably an order of magnitude lower than in formula feeds. Where infant formulas are the only source of nutrition for many infants in their first weeks and months of life, aluminium ingested in formula feeds will be the major contributor to their body burden of aluminium. The last thing that vulnerable infants fed specialised formulas for their specific nutritional/medicinal need is additional aluminium in their diet.

Detoxing

There is a lot of information out there on how a person can detox from aluminum and other heavy metals. There are multiple studies, and based on what I’ve looked into, water with high amounts of Silica are effective in draining aluminum out of your body and brain. Herbs like cilantro and substances like chlorella and spirulina are also great for removing some metals. The information is out there, so be sure to do your research.

The Takeaway

It’s concerning to think about what these corporations are doing. Again, aluminum should hold no place in our society, it should’ve remained well below our surface as part of the Earth’s crust for a reason. It wasn’t until humans began digging it out and using it for a number of things, irresponsibly I might add, that we started to see the health implications which still go largely ignored by the medical community.

In fact, heavy metal accumulation and detoxification of aluminum haven’t been addressed at all, which is odd given the fact that heavy metal accumulation is linked to a variety of diseases.

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9 Studies You Should Be Aware of Before Trying The Ketogenic Diet

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  • The Facts:

    The Ketogenic diet is a popular fad diet that promotes quick weight loss and symptom management for bodies that are dealing with poor lymph, kidney and digestion health.

  • Reflect On:

    Based on the studies that are emerging, is our desire for quick weight loss more important than living a long and healthy life? Are we learning about these diets primarily through those with strong ties to upholding these diets?

The ketogenic diet has popped up as a popular approach to weight loss in the last few years. Is it successful at that? Sure, it is. I’ve experimented with the diet myself years ago when I was looking to lose some belly fat. I was entering into ketosis in a different way than most, as I was not eating any animal products, but it does in fact work.

But like any animal product based diet, what are the consequences of eating so much food that does not truly jive with our human bodies? Not only that, is fast weight loss more important than keeping our morality rate down?

In the last few years, we’ve reported a lot on the Keto diet and the various ways it can be done. We have explored the studies, the results and in some ways, we supported it. But lately, I have been thinking about how supporting this could actually be encouraging people to jump into these diets, including the paleo diet, when in reality these diets increase mortality rates and are not healthy for the human body.

It became a thought in the back of my mind, I have always strived to put the best information out that I can through this platform to promote good health. And so we must look at that, even if that means upsetting some people who currently are on paleo or keto and are seeing some good weight loss or symptom management. The truth is, like the many people I’ve seen crash on these diets after a few years, I want people to know the truth of what’s going on out there. And how we can get beyond diets that symptom manage, and instead get onto diets that truly heal.

Anytime we have fad diets, which paleo and keto are, we see products and bias pop up all over the place to support the continuation of these trends. It becomes less about health and more about upholding an identity or a business.

So as I recently looked into what experts are saying about these diets, I came upon two important videos I think everyone should check out. Both have been embedded below. Remember, it’s not that I care what you choose in your own life, or that I feel there is a right or wrong, it’s that I believe we should be informed and I wish to use this platform to promote as best a message as I can.

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The Videos

Thanks to Plant-Based News for creating such a good channel and resource of information on YouTube.

In this video, several plant-based health experts talk through 9 nutrition studies that would be of interest to low carb keto diet proponents. To read the 9 studies, click here.

Next up, Dr. Kim Williams (past President of the American College of Cardiology) shares his insights about the ketogenic.

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