Vaccination & Autoimmune Disease
Updated: Apr 7, 2022
Chapter 7: Article 2
Serious adverse events like autoimmune diseases are NOT studied in vaccine clinical trials. (Ch5: Article 3) That should concern and shock you. We're always told vaccine testing is very rigorous and long, to ensure absolute safety.
Dr. Lucija Tomlijenovic has her PhD and is a vaccine researcher. Her primary area of focus is the impact of vaccines on neuronal development. In an interview she stated the following (emphasis mine):
...if one looks at the manufacturer's studies, they are often not designed to detect serious adverse events...There was a study done by a group of researchers, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, and they were looking at Cervarix [HPV vaccine]...and the authors acknowledged that none of the studies evaluated had been designed to detect auto-immune diseases. So obviously, you're not going to find what you're not looking for. And in spite of this obvious flaw, they conclude that there is no evidence that Cervarix is associated with increased risk for autoimmune diseases. And this is absurd, because you haven't looked for it. The study has not been designed to detect auto-immune diseases.
An autoimmune disorder is a condition caused by impaired immune system actions. Let's use the Healthline website to define what an autoimmune disease is (emphasis mine):
An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body.
The immune system normally guards against germs like bacteria and viruses. When it senses these foreign invaders, it sends out an army of fighter cells to attack them.
Normally, the immune system can tell the difference between foreign cells and your own cells.
In an autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakes part of your body — like your joints or skin — as foreign. It releases proteins called autoantibodies that attack healthy cells.
Some autoimmune diseases target only one organ. Type 1 diabetes damages the pancreas. Other diseases, like lupus, affect the whole body.
...Because the incidence of autoimmune diseases is rising, researchers suspect environmental factors like infections and exposures to chemicals or solvents might also be involved.
A “Western” diet is another suspected trigger. Eating high-fat, high-sugar, and highly processed foods is linked to inflammation, which might set off an immune response. However, this hasn’t been proven.
Another theory is called the hygiene hypothesis. Because of vaccines and antiseptics, children today aren’t exposed to as many germs as they were in the past. The lack of exposure could make their immune system overreact to harmless substances.
Interesting. They point out that infections, which I assume they mean infectious disease, and inflammation within the body may play a role in causing autoimmune disease. And the hygiene hypothesize theorizes that vaccines may inadvertently be playing a role by making our environment more clean and sterile. Their explanation implies that the germs we vaccinate against today are going extinct, and as a result people are not exposed to as many germs anymore.
To quote an Australian Department of Health document, titled, Germs and disease, it says "Scientists have discovered many thousands of different types of germs. However, only some of these cause sickness in humans."
In The Scientist Magazine, an article titled Viruses of the Human Body says (emphasis mine):
..."many viruses chronically infect humans without inducing disease, except perhaps in the very young, the very old, or the immunosuppressed.
...This flood of new information regarding our virome indicates that, even when in perfect health, we are chronically infected by several types of viruses and often transiently infected by yet others. The perception that every human virus causes disease is therefore yielding to a much more complex biological reality.
...Most viruses are neither consistently pathogenic nor always harmless, but rather can result in different outcomes depending on the health and immunological status of their hosts.
It seems the hygiene hypothesis is suggesting that vaccination has caused the near extinction of 16 types of germs (we vaccinate against 16 illnesses in the US and 15 illnesses in the Canada during childhood). And it also seems they are suggesting that because of the extinction of those 16 germs, our immune systems have forgotten that we are still exposed to thousands of other germs in our daily environment, of which many continue to infect us chronically and transiently on any given day. This hypothesis, that despite being exposed to 1000s of germs, because we lack exposure to \ 16 special germs, our immune system is now overreacting to harmless things and is attacking and killing the body instead, is hard to take seriously.
In contrast, I'd like to present an alternate theory, which points out that vaccines themselves might be causing autoimmune diseases outright, through their very nature of changing the immune system. The very premise of vaccination is to directly affect and alter the immune system itself, to cause the immune system to create antibodies where before there were none. That is common knowledge.
When it comes to vaccination, we also know that:
vaccination does alter genes within the body's cells and currently we have no idea which genes are changed, what those changes have done, nor do we know what affect those changes have had on immune system actions, functioning and performance
vaccination does simulate infection, eliciting the body to produce antibodies in response to the vaccine virus or bacteria, AND researchers already recognize that infection from wild bacteria and virus can lead to autoimmunity, and
vaccination does contain an adjuvant, which the sole purpose of an adjuvant is to create inflammation at the injection site, in an effort "to help" the immune system recognize it needs respond to the injection site. Once the immune system responds, it then notices the vaccine virus or bacteria. AND from Healthline's description above, researchers already hypothesize that inflammation resulting from Western diet may be causing autoimmunity
Recognizing that, it becomes reasonable to hypothesize that vaccines themselves might cause altered immune system actions which result in autoimmunity.
According to a research paper titled Autoimmunity and the Gut (emphasis mine):
Autoimmune diseases have increased dramatically worldwide since World War II.This is coincidental with the increased production and use of chemicals both in industrial countries and agriculture, as well as the ease of travel from region to region and continent to continent, making the transfer of a pathogen or pathogens from one part of the world to another much easier than ever before... The number of possible environmental triggers is vast and includes chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and molds.
There are many environmental factors that have changed and increased since WWII, in correlation with the increase in incidence of autoimmune diseases. To add to the listing they provide, I'd like to point out that the administration of vaccines have increased consistently and dramatically starting in the late 1940s. For example, between 1946-1948, shortly after WWII ended, Britain established legislation that allowed their government to more effectively roll out mass vaccination programs.
In 1991, the Institute of Medicine produced a document titled Adverse Effects of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines. At the end of the review, on page 321 they provided a brief historical vaccine chronolgy. One point explains:
In 1944, the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests routine use of pertussis vaccine and, in 1947, recommends its use in the form of the DPT combination...In the United States, vaccination of children against pertusis becomes a routine procedure and is made compulsory in some states.
So vaccination is also a perfect correlative fit as well.
The paper goes on to say (emphasis mine):
Autoimmune diseases have registered an alarming increase worldwide since the end of the Second World War. This pandemic includes more than 80 autoimmune disordersand increases in both the incidence and prevalence of autoimmune disorders such as Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and type I diabetes. In the United States, it is far more commonly found in women and is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in female children and women of all age groups. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that 23.5 million Americans have an autoimmune disease. In contrast, cancer affects 13 million Americans. Symptoms involve many medical specialties and can affect all body organs.
Genetic predisposition, environmental factors (including infections), and gut dysbiosis play major roles in the development of autoimmune diseases. Autoimmunity develops over time, and preclinical autoimmunity precedes clinical disease by many yearsand can be detected in the peripheral blood in the form of circulating autoantibodies. Initially, symptoms of autoimmune disorders are vague and include fatigue, low-grade fever, muscle and joint aches, and malaise. They usually progress and become debilitating with significant morbidity. Patients are often seen by physicians only after their disease process has become symptomatic, clouding the understanding of the early events leading to disease.
So this paper is saying that before an autoimmune disease is accurately diagnosed, it is usually preceded by many years of vague symptoms, like fatigue, low-grade fever, muscle and joint aches, and malaise.
What's important to note about that is that in vaccine safety trials, recipients are monitored closely for those symptoms, for 14 days or less, following receipt of each vaccine. After monitoring recipients closely for those 14 days, then as long as not too many participants drop dead, the vaccine is declared perfectly safe and it is then administered to an entire population, both the healthy and sick. After medicating the entire population, the government admits they never again study the health of that entire population, to determine if the population's overall health improved, remained the same, or deteriorated, because in the CDC's word's, conducting such a study would not be "practical" or "ethical."
Even though the health authorities refuse to look into long term health outcomes further, in a vaccinated population, concerning connections are being made. The Autoimmunity and the Gut paper goes on to explain one role that vaccination has played, in causing at least two autoimmune conditions. The paper states (emphasis mine):
There are a host of environmental factors that trigger autoimmune disorders, including chemical toxicants, heavy metals, viruses, bacteria, emotional stress, and drugs. For example, adjuvants, such as aluminum hydroxide used in vaccines and medical silicones used in breast implants, can cause an autoimmune disorder known as Shoenfeld's syndrome. A recent study published in the journal Apoptosis demonstrates that hepatitis B vaccine causes liver cell destruction in Hepa1-6 cells. This cell death is attributed to the use of the adjuvant aluminum hydroxide, increasingly identified as a contributing cause of autoimmune disease in immunized patients. Studies show that hepatitis C is almost indistinguishable from autoimmune hepatitis based on biochemical and clinical features.
CONTINUE to the next article, Ch7: Article 3
Article Sources - Vioxx Information
Healthline - definition for lay people - defining autoimmune disease Here
Australia Department of Health - there are 1000s of germs Here
Science Magazine - we are chronically and transiently infected by several germs Here
Vaccination alters genes of the immune system cells Here
Autoimmunity and the Gut research paper Here
1946-1948 - Passing of Legislation in Britian strengthened ability to roll out mass vaccination programs to the public Here
Adverse Effects of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines - pg 321 explains in 1947 the US government began vaccinating children against pertussis as routine procedure, with some states making the vaccination compulsory Here