(NB: Part I of this case can be found here.)
The Mechanics of Vaccine Induced Demyelination and Paralysis
An update on Jack. While his mind cleared with the first remedy we gave him, his hind end continued to deteriorate. Two days later, his owner panicked after Jack fell down the stairs, and she took him to the vet to get a prescription for Prednizone, a powerful steroid which she hoped would suppress the immune system and stop the demyelination of his central nervous system.
From a homeopathic perspective, suppressing the immune system’s efforts is the absolutely worst thing you can do in terms of cure, pushing things backward and typically making them worse. However, from a conventional perspective, a drug like Prednizone is often the only option. To understand why, I’ll spend a little time here explaining the mechanics of why vaccination leads to rear end paralysis.
A vaccine is composed of two main components: 1) a trace amount of the virus we are hoping to build antibodies for, and 2) the adjuvent. The idea behind vaccinating, as most people know, is that if we expose the immune system to a tiny bit of a virus, the body will develop antibodies to destroy it, and memory cells to make more antibodies should it ever encounter that virus again. Unfortunately, simply injecting a little bit of the virus into the body is not terrible effective at producing the results hoped for. I’m not sure why this is, but I suspect it is because injection bypasses the body’s security system. Most viruses would enter through the nose or mouth, thus coming into contact with the mucous membrane and starting a chain reaction. Switching to an oral polio vaccine certainly proved to be much more effective, for example. Very few viruses ever enter the body directly into the bloodstream, rabies being an exception as it is transmitted by bite.
If we simply inject a bit of live virus, the patient may actually contract the disease, yet if we inject a killed virus, nothing happens. So a new method had to be found: the adjuvant (‘adjuvant’ is derived from the Latin word ‘adjuvare’ which means ‘to help’). It is not fully understood how the adjuvant works, but essentially it shocks the immune system like putting a screw driver into an electric socket. This sets the immune system on full red-alert, and it subsequently attacks anything it deems as foreign in the body. Ideally, it finds the bits of injected virus and develops antibodies to destroy it.
This system, however, is problematic. First, the primary ingredient of adjuvants is alum, or Aluminum salts. Also, to be safe, the vaccine is denatured and either left as “modified live” or “killed.” This is often done with formaldehyde. The vaccine is then preserved in a substance that often contains mercury. If you do some research on the internet, you will find many articles (funded by pharmaceutical companies) which assert that there is absolutely no risk in injecting any of theses products into a human or animal. Many independent researchers disagree. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions, and say only that I can’t help but wonder if the link between Alzheimer’s and aluminum comes from vaccine adjuvant (a practice that started in the 1950’s), and not from aluminum pots…but I digress.
Finally, vaccine viruses must be cultivated, and are typically grown in animal cells, for example monkey or pig etc. As a child I received vaccines grown in chick embryos which left me with a violent allergy to raw eggs and an inability to receive any “boosters.” Vaccines are also grown in calf serum, rabbit brain tissue and monkey kidney cells, and so on. This results in the vaccine containing foreign proteins and possibly other contaminants from the animal cell hosts. Pharmaceutical companies claim that there is, again, no danger to this. However, the oral polio vaccine (OPV) AIDS hypothesis, as summarized in Wikipedia, “argues that the ADS pandemic originated from live Polio vaccines prepared in chimpanzee tissue cultures and then administered to up to one million Africans between 1957 and 1960 in experimental mass vaccination campaigns.” This, of course, has been strongly refuted and dismissed, but I saw a documentary on the topic that was quite convincing. But again, I digress.
That vaccines contain toxic substances and contamination from the animal cell hosts they were cultivated in is fact. The debate is whether or not injecting such a concoction into our bodies, or those of our animals, is harmful. Evidence is mounting that it is, as I have argued many times on this blog.
The more I study the phenomenon, however, the more I understand why this is the case. Getting back to the rabies vaccine (and I would also argue, the distemper vaccine), here is a virus that attacks the central nervous system. As such, a vaccine made from this virus can, and sometimes does, contain contamination from tiny bits of myelin. Myelin is the insulation around our nerve cells which allow them to transmit a signal clearly, in the same way that insulating an electric cord allows a current to flow through without interruption or shorting out.
When injected into the body along with the virus and an adjuvant, the myelin becomes one more foreign object for the body to attack. However, myelin from a foreign culture is the same as myelin in our body, and the antibodies developed in this process then turn on the myelin found naturally in the body. In other words, the body starts attacking itself, destroying the myelin that serves to protect our nervous system.
Here is a very interesting scientific journal article that discusses the case of a Rottweiler suffering from post-rabies vaccine de-myelination. In the article, the dog recovers after being given Prednizone, which is why Jack’s mom wanted to give it a try. The theory is that the steroids “calmed” the attack on the myelin. Apparently it worked in this case, however it did not work for Jack. She had him on Prednizone for two weeks, during which he did indeed regain function and strength. However, as soon as she weaned him off, he began deteriorating again.
Prednizone is extremely harmful and cannot be maintained for any length of time without serious side effects such as kidney failure. Even while his leg was getting better, he had violent diarrhea and other side-effects almost immediately. As such, keeping Jack on this drug is not an option. We had suspended homeopathic treatment during this period, and will be starting again this week. I will continue to write about our efforts to help this dog, documenting any successes and failures as we go. Please keep Jack in your thoughts.
Part III of this case can be found here.