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New Mumps Vaccine Is Cultured in Dog Kidneys

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New Mumps Vaccine Is Cultured in Dog Kidneys

By Celeste Yarnall

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 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 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 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.

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Celeste Yarnall

Celeste Yarnall, PhD shares musings on myriad of topics at her Celestial Musings Blog. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care with Jean Hofve, DVM and Paleo Dog. Celeste is an actress/producer/activist/writer and keynote speaker. She and her husband Nazim Artist created the Art of Wellness Collection and are the producers of Femme: Women Healing the World. They live in Los Angeles, California with their beloved Tonkinese cats. Join Celeste at her website or on Facebook.


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11:18AM PDT on Apr 9, 2014

completely sick

11:16AM PDT on Apr 9, 2014

Completely sick

3:14PM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

Hey Celeste:

Just wondering if you've ever corrected this article. Seems you did not. Remember the cultured dog kidneys, that was a third rate lab doing it illegally.

Yes, people needed to be made aware of it. No, it was not SOP


5:53AM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

Good morning everyone. Did you hear or read the headlines this morning? The whooping cough epidemic in the United States has now reached 18,000 already this year, putting it on track to be the greatest number of cases in 50 years. Nine infants have already died. In 2010, 27,000 cases were reported, 27 people died, 25 of them infants. You can read this for yourself by going to CDC Pertussis.
Nice going folks. You should be quite proud of yourselves.

7:51PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Excerpt: CF: "Is there any special information that you would like to share with our readers?"

TO: "I want to share with the readers my view on why we need to change the way we do science. We have indeed created a mess with vaccination, yet we don’t have to keep ourselves in this mess. But first, I want the readers to see what perpetuates the kind of science that keeps us in the mess.

In the U.S., scientists are mere slaves of the Establishment, they can only do research on what they are funded for. Not only their research money, but also their career development and salaries depend on grants, especially during early phases of career development. Why would anyone be surprised that scientists are not able to or do not feel too secure attempting to do research that is not in line with the agenda of the funding sources that support their most basic livelihood?

It is not a secret that the vast majority of our biomedical research is funded by the government, pharma, or private foundations with very strong pro-drug or pro-vaccine agendas. This determines the priorities and the focus of biomedical research in a way that gives all the power to the funding sources, and little power of knowledge to individuals to make their own informed decisions."

7:25PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

An Interview With Research Immunologist Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD, Part 3 of 3, By Catherine Frompovich

"Vaccine Illusion is Tetyana’s effort to reach parents outside the San Francisco Bay Area with a similar message she teaches in her classes on making vaccination decisions. She is also dedicated to spreading the awareness of sorely needed changes in the way modern biomedical research is done. Her e-Book, Vaccine Illusion, is available from as a Kindle edition and a few free excerpts are available at her book website (

12:46PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

@ Celeste, the fraud:

Of course you have no idea what science is. Your defense is an "Argument from Authority" one of the more insidious and contradictory arguments as the person who is arguing the case has credentials, almost always against the group she received her supposed authority from!

However a very detailed look int"Dr. Humphries" can be found here:

Celeste, you essentially posted a speak from a quack to cover up your own inadequacies? No simple link? Of course not. As you goal is to confuse and distort, the more you post, the easier you think it is to cover your lies up. I am happy to say you're wrong

I invite all to read what science is and is not. As "dr. Humphrie" is now a homeopath, of course she's interested in defending her livelihood, no matter how many lives it WILL cost

For what science is and is not

Please note that what the homeopathetic/naturopathetic/woo-woo side has shown is nothing near science. Of course they will bad mouth it. Here's the thing: Do you like that for the past 100 years, the human race has had more than enough to eat (political BS and ignorance aside)? What about the internet, satellites that track weather and more? What aboujt the fact that in late 1800s early 1900s many children 2 of 5, died before their 10th B-day?

Thank science and the methods they use,

11:50AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

The preceding excerpt was written by Dr. Suzanne Humphries who is a conventionally educated medical doctor who has taken the walk into, around, and out of the allopathic paradigm. She fully and successfully participated in the conventional system for 19 years, witnessing first-hand how that approach fails patients and creates new disease time and again. Prior to medical school, she earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Rutgers University.

Dr. Humphries is on the board of directors of the International Medical Council on Vaccination. She lives in Maine, USA.

Visit her website which is

11:45AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Vaccinationists tell us we don’t understand science. Well maybe they are right. "Science" in the world of vaccines could mean, throwing out results that don’t fit the desired outcome, throwing out the evidence before the FDA comes to inspect, offering bonuses to scientists to deliver the necessary results …I was the head technician in a biochemistry lab for two years prior to medical school, yet I never saw science carried out like that. Maybe Temple University was just a bit behind the times in its evolution of "science."

This is the story of the MMR vaccine and two Merck scientists who filed a lawsuit in 2010 over Merck’s efforts to allegedly "defraud the United States through Merck’s ongoing scheme to sell the government a mumps vaccine that is mislabeled, misbranded, adulterated and falsely certified as having an efficacy rate that is significantly higher than it actually is." Merck allegedly did this from 2000 onwards in order to maintain its exclusive license to sell the MMR vaccine and keep its monopoly of the US market.

5:06PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

Here are things that Celeste must agree with as she hasn't taken the time to correct any of it and I did ask her to say if she disagreed: She hasn't

1: The dog kidney cultures were from some Czech lab and were brought illegally into the UK is a fact

2: This is not "industry practice" is a fact

3: My responses to each point Catherine made were factual and had the evidence behind them are all facts

Celeste continues to evade questions such as:

Celeste, if you were infected by rabies, would you get the rabies vaccine?

Now I'll drop by every now and again Celeste to call you on this article which has so much disinformation and distortion. I used to think Creationists lied. You must be their goddess.

I've the facts and evidence on my side. So show me I'm wrong. Show me where I erred. You might even get a formal and sincere apology from me if you can show facts and evidence that stand up to scrutiny. As of now, you have not even tried

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