JoAnn Rupiper, a former pediatric nurse now employed by the Southern Nevada Health District in public health, spoke Jan. 26 at the 2013 Live Well Health Expo at the Bill and Lillie Heinrich YMCA, here in Las Vegas.
A report on her talk, billed as intended to "dispel vaccine myths and misconceptions," appeared in the Jan. 27 Review-Journal.
I have nothing against Nurse Rupiper, who I'm sure loves children and wishes them well. Nor do I know enough about this branch of medicine to says she's entirely wrong; it's not my role to tell parents that kids shouldn't receive any inoculations at all, and I'm not saying that.
But I do believe people should be fully informed, and I found Nurse Rupiper's presentation a tad one-sided.
So I sent a copy to retired board-certified neurosurgeon and author Russell L. Blaylock, a former clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and currently a visiting professor in the biology department at Belhaven College.
Dr. Blaylock is the author of a number of books, including "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills" (1994), and "Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients" (2003). He also writes a monthly newsletter, the Blaylock Wellness Report, and serves on the editorial staff of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
I asked him if he'd care to provide some counterpoint to Nurse Rupiper's enthusiastic endorsement of numerous vaccinations for all children, including newborns. He did.
I'll publish a part of them here, while posting Dr. Blaylock's full response on my website, www.vinsuprynowicz.com.
At last month's event here, Ms. Rupiper explained many vaccines are made from weakened strains of the virus they are used to prevent; that these strains "teach" the immune system to resist and fight infection.
Dr. Blaylock comments: "Newer evidence suggest that these 'attenuated' or weakened viruses, once in the body, rapidly mutate into virulent (disease-causing) forms and that this is driven by high free radical generation within the person. ... These mutated viruses can then cause diseases not characteristic with the original virus, as we see with the measles virus.
"As far as 'teaching the immune system,' it is agreed upon that vaccines shift immunity to the Th2 mode, which is immune suppressive (cellular immunity) and associated with a high incidence of autoimmune diseases, which explains the dramatic increase in autoimmune diseases among the young over the past two decades, when the number of vaccinations increased dramatically," Dr. Blaylock continues.
"Since suppression of cancer development is dependent on Th1 (cellular immunity), excess vaccination could possibly increase one's risk of developing cancer later in life and make it less likely to be cured. It would certainly increase one's risk of developing infections outside the antigen used in the vaccine."
Nurse Rupiper told her Health Expo audience it's been shown that kids, even newborns, can handle vaccines and thus should be inoculated. Health care providers know what vaccinations children and adults need and when they need them, she said.
"As younger children are being vaccinated, we are seeing a host of new disorders, especially autoimmune and neurological disorders," Dr. Blaylock responds. "For example, after the H1N1 vaccine using a special adjuvant a number of children developed narcolepsy - a devastating neurological disorder. The vaccine was banned in these countries after it occurred. In addition, we see a number of cases of vaccine-induced encephalitis, seizures and even dementing illnesses associated with vaccines, especially the tetanus and hepatitis B vaccine.
"The human brain undergoes extensive development after birth, especially during the first two years of life," Dr. Blaylock continues. "It has been shown that prolonged and repetitive immune stimulation in the body (systemically), as we see with vaccination, can cause abnormal development of the brain, leading to deficiencies in social control, aggressiveness, speech difficulties and learning problems.
"Mercury and aluminum are known to produce inflammation in the brain and damage to the developing brain by a process called immunoexcitotoxicity. The vast majority of physicians, including pediatricians, know nothing about the mechanism by which vaccinations damage the developing brain, yet it has been well demonstrated in the neuroscience literature - which they never read."
Nurse Rupiper asked her audience: "Who do you think received more antigens - the toxins that trigger an immune response - from vaccines: children in the 1940s or children today?" She then answered her own question: "Although children in the 1940s only received vaccines to prevent four diseases, they got about 3,200 antigens, whereas today's children receive vaccines to prevent 14 diseases but only get about 156 antigens," she said.
"Scientific understanding of vaccines and technological advances in the laboratory have allowed scientists and manufacturers to make vaccines that are more purified and contain fewer antigens while still affording immune protection," Ms. Rupiper continued. "Before any vaccine is approved by the government it undergoes rigorous testing for safety and effectiveness."
Dr. Blaylock replies: "This ridiculous argument was proposed by some of the paid defenders of vaccines. It is a pure illusion. It is not the antigen that is the primary danger, it is the adjuvant - the part of the vaccine designed to produce an intense immune reaction over a very long period - even years. These adjuvants are much more powerful than those used in the 1940s, when I received my vaccines.
"One must recall it is not the total viral or bacterial antigen exposure that is most important, but rather the accumulated dose of the vaccine adjuvant. Today children are receiving as many as six to nine vaccines in one office visit - even small babies. This is repeated every two months for a total of some 42 inoculations.
"Studies have shown that doing this triggers high levels of brain inflammation and in some, severe damage to the brain. This explains the high-pitched crying, prolonged fevers, seizures and encephalitis increasingly being seen in these children.
"This mechanism of intense microglia activation in the brain following systemic immune stimulation (vaccination) is well recognized in the neuroscience literature," Dr. Blaylock continues. "Because the immune stimulation by the vaccine is so much more intense than with natural infections, and especially more prolonged, it is more likely to cause brain injury than natural infections. Because the vaccines cause a Th2 shift in immunity, the normally protective T-lymphocyte protection to the brain seen with natural infections is absent - greatly increasing the danger to the brain."
In the end, Ms. Rupiper's advice was for parents to see that they and their children are vaccinated against all preventable infections. If everyone does that, she said, we'll all be healthier.
Dr. Blaylock responds:
"The evidence that this is not true is extensive and growing. The more vaccines that are given, the worse health our children experience. We have seen a dramatic rise in asthma, type I diabetes, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases over the past two decades - especially among the youth. We are also seeing a dramatic increase in neurological diseases including autism spectrum disorders, encephalitis, language and speech problems and abnormal behavior. This is consistently ignored by the proponents of vaccine safety. Only 2 to 10 percent of vaccine complications are ever reported to the government reporting agency - VAERS - yet these files contains tens of thousands of reported complications every year.
"Talks such as this are deceptive and are designed to scare people, especially mothers of small children, to submit them to multiple vaccines. For example, during each flu season, mothers have been told that babies 6 months old to 1 year are at a high risk of dying from the flu.
"First, the incidence of death in this age group is less than one child in 10 million and most of these children have immune deficiency disorders and cannot be vaccinated. Second, the largest examination of studies has clearly shown that the flu vaccines have zero percent effectiveness in children less than 2 years of age. In adults, they have an effectiveness of about 30 percent."
Vin Suprynowicz, a Review-Journal editorial writer, is author of "Send in the Waco Killers" and the novel "The Black Arrow." See www.vinsuprynowicz.com.