Vegans and vegetarians need to be aware of the breaking news stories that bloggers are having a field day with, about specific ingredients from animal sources in vaccines. Be sure to do some serious research before allowing certain vaccines to be administered to you or your children.
The first I learned of the ‘cultured in dog kidney cells’ issue with the new Medi-Mumps vaccine was from an article posted in Vactruth.com. A bit later, NaturalNews broke the story and it has taken off from there. In case you are one of those people who don’t feel these publications or anyone’s blog on these issues holds up to scrutiny, then that is your decision and read no further. However there may be many of you, especially vegans and vegetarians, who will want to know about this, if you have missed these controversial articles and blogs.
I think being forewarned is particularly important with regard to the subject of vaccines, so that those who question them can act accordingly, as well as having the knowledge necessary to pick and choose between them and/or avoid them and make an informed decision with regard to whatever is suggested to you to be injected into your children’s bodies. The topic of vaccination is a very controversial topic, because every time I or anyone else advises caution, it seems like we start a firestorm on the subject. That aside, here in my blog, I think it is important to share news with you that I feel relevant, and let you make your own decisions.
This is what I have learned recently. According to the sources listed in the Vactruth.com post, there is an unlicensed vaccine entering the U.K. via the Czech Republic. The controversy is this: the Medi-Mumps vaccine may be linked to severe allergic reactions because this particular mumps vaccine is made from cultured dog kidney cells, and it is being offered as an alternative to the current but controversial vaccine, the combination measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. The main question being raised is whether or not its source could cause or exacerbate existing canine allergies. I’ll get to the ethical issues — please read on.
Christina England from Vactruth.com reports that Medi-Mumps is available in private U.K. health clinics as of right now, June 2012. This vaccine is intended for children who are allergic to eggs, since many vaccines are produced using egg cultures. This one is also being offered for children whose parents are opposed to the current controversial MMR jab. Though not officially approved for use, Medi-Mumps will be an option for parents who request it as part of a single vaccine regimen of immunization.
If you or your child has dog allergies currently, you might want to explore other alternatives to the Medi-Mumps vaccine with your doctor or holistic practitioner, if and when it enters the US, and decide about the risk of the same type of allergic reactions that a typical egg-cultured vaccine often prompts in children who are allergic to eggs. Many people believe that egg-cultured vaccines cause some children to become allergic to eggs and could potentially cause new egg allergies. You will need to be vigilant regarding a dog-based vaccine if animal products are on your list of ingredients to avoid in food. The question to be considered is: what about having them injected directly into your child’s blood stream? If because of your dietary choices, you choose not to eat eggs, or any animal products, let alone dog’s or any living thing’s kidneys, then the issue is worth review.
Note: If you respect homeopathy and are interested in homeopathic alternatives to vaccines for both pets and children, please explore the concept of nosodes in this article that I wrote for NaturalNews.com. In the comment section after my article, you will find comments offered respectfully (differing opinions are always welcome when presented constructively), including some homeopathic practitioners who mention that they specialize in nosodes. And since homeopathic nosodes cannot be patented, Big Pharma won’t explore this topic or any other method of alternatives to vaccines or general health care. It’s so much easier to discredit anyone with a different opinion or protocol, by sending the ‘quack busters’ out after everyone who steps away from the current standard of care referred to as evidence-based medicine.
Some history on the subject of Medi-Mumps, according to both the NaturalNews and Vactruth.com articles, is also worth your review. It was reported in the Vactruth article that in 2002, “the Committee on the Safety of Medicines, an independent U.K. advisory committee that evaluates the quality, efficacy and safety of medicines, rejected a single mumps vaccine known as Pavivac because of serious safety concerns. Just like Medi-Mumps, Pavivac was made from dog kidney cells in the Czech Republic, but was considered potentially hazardous with not enough evidence to back up claims that it was safe and effective.” This new vaccine [it was stated], appears as though Pavivac has simply been repackaged and rebranded as Medi-Mumps, which similarly lacks proper safety data showing that it is effective with minimal risk. And yet, parents opting for single vaccines for their children will likely be presented with Medi-Mumps as a viable alternative to MMR, even though it could cause the very same harm as MMR. This news should be very disturbing to vegans and vegetarians, and many others with a conscience, as well as to animal rights and animal welfare activists, because of the ethical and moral issues involved with making vaccines from dogs.
It’s hard for any of us let alone, and for animal wellness activists or animal rights activists not to be offended by the creation of vaccines from dog kidneys and furthermore, that it is even considered a valid medical practice by anyone. Besides being morally offensive, the safety issues must be considered before subjecting yourself or your children to this jab, if it is offered to you anywhere on the planet. If you have been OK with chicken eggs being used to culture vaccines, then that is and has been your decision. As the previous NaturalNews.com article suggests, one could also rationalize that at least the use of eggs in vaccines has not caused the death of an animal. I think most of us would like to know if there is any rationale amongst the various Big Pharma drug companies as to the possibility that dogs would have to be — or if they are NOW — being specifically bred for the purpose of their use in vaccines, and then killed in order to have their kidneys harvested for the creation of the Medi-Mumps vaccines, or others that may exist now or are in the pipeline. Let’s hope someone does this research and shares it with us, so that we can make our own decisions according to our own belief systems.
Please read New Vaccine Made From Dog Cells May Trigger Allergies To Dogs carefully, as it is the source for both the NaturalNews article and this blog post, as well.
Also, please watch this ABC News Report by Diane Sawyer on the problems recently uncovered with the vaccines you think have been protecting you. Do you know how your doctor has been storing those vaccines he jabs you with? This video report shares new evidence.