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Workshop by Dr. Bob Sears (includes Aluminum)

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So at my local LLL conference I attended a great workshop held by Dr. Bob Sears. I had been looking for some sort of information that wasn't explicitly pro or anti vac, but that gave the facts and had considered all the research out there. I think he did a fine job imo. So, I have made a few posts about this, and finally found my sheet that he gave us all, with my notes. Some might find it helpful. I am not anti vac, but I do want more information, and want to be fully informed when I make my decisions, something so far I have not.

Dr. Sears looked at each shot individually and asked several questions of each one.

Is the Disease common?

Are the risks of the disease severe?

Are the vaccine ingredients safe?

Is the side effect profile relatively safe?

What is the public health risk? Especially if suddenly no one was vaccinating against the disease (herd immunity issues).

He then gave detailed information on each shot, number of cases reported each year in the US, seriousness of hte disease, vaccine tyupe, worrisome ingredients, animal tissue used, side effects, reasons to use, reasons to question its use, public health risk issues, and then rated its importance on a scale of 1 to 5.

He discussed the routine vaccine schedule, proposed a selective schedule and the reasons why he thought it was best, discussed the diseases that are serious for young infants, diseases that are serious but not very probable that your child will catch, diseases that are common and not serious, and diseases to be concerned about for teens, or if you are considering traveling outside the US. He also gave nutshells of each shot. It was a HUGE amount of information, and seemed well balanced, took into account all the research, the concerns, the diseases themselves, and some of the hype on both sides.

I can go into the detailed information for each shot if you want, but its late and I will just put a few things out at first.

His proposed selective schedule is as follows-
2 mo DTaP, Prevnar
4 mo DTaP, Hib
6 mo Hib, Prevnar
9 mo DTaP, Prevnar
12 mo Hib
15 mo Hib, Prevnar
5 years Tetanus booster

He recommended giving them only 1 or 2 at a time to decrease the chances of side effects, and talked about the use of Vitamins A and C prior to and after the shots to help decrease the chances of a reaction.

He considered Meningitis and Pertussis to be the most possible and most serious for infants.

He considered Meningitis possible AND serious for toddlers, but rare beyond age 2.

He considered polio, heb b, diptheria, adn tetanus as diseases that are very serious, but that your young child would NOT catch them.

He considered Measles, Mumps and Rubella as rare adn not serious for infants and toddlers.

He considreed chickenpox to be common and not serious.

He said that if you plan to travel outside the US, that the following shots were important,
Polio- Africa and Asia
Tetanus- wounds more likely on vacation, and less access to a shot while traveling
Diptheria- check with CDC

He said to consider the following shots for your teens-
Hep B
Chicken pox
Rubella- important for women of child bearing age
Tetanus- boosters every 10 years

He said to ask for blood tests to see if the teen had developed natural immunity already to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Chicken Pox.

His nutshells
Hib, rare but serious meningitis. safe ingredients, side effects minimal, no mercury, rated 4/5 score , recommended

DTaP, pertussis serious under age 1, side effects minimal, beef extract the only worry, tripedia vaccine is low mercury in single vial dose (less than .3 micrograms). Most cases of pertussis are unvaccinated. recommended for pertussis, 4/5 score recommended

Prevnar, common and serious meningitis, safe ingredients, more chance of side effects, 4/5 score recommended

MMR, disease usually mild in kids, fairly rare, side effects and ingredients considerable, 50 cases of Measles per year in CA, rubella shot can cause arthristis in women, this shot has the most serious side effect profile. 1/5 score

Heb B, STD, rare in kids, but serious if caught, side effects considerable, ingredients safe, does contain residual formyldehyde, kids 2/5 score, teens, 3/5 score

Chicken pox, disease mild but common, side effects and ingredients considerable, used to have 55 deaths per year, disease waning, kids 2/5 score, 3/5 score for teens

Polio, diseases not in Western Hemisphere, side effects safe, but ingredients questionable, 2/5 score

Of all of these, the serious concerns to public health risk if most decided not to vaccinate, would be Diptheria, Pertussis, and Hib. Obviously Diptheria is not a problem currently, but we would see cases of Pertussis and Hib meningitis increase rapidly if we saw a sudden drop of vaccinations against these diseases.

Anyway, interesting workshop, and it helped me a great deal. I hope it helps others.
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Thank you so much for posting that! I have been so torn on getting my youngest vaxed and this really helps! He is nearly two and hasn't had any yet, and has a heart condition, so he is probably more susceptible to catching things, so I worry about that, but I also worry about any adverse reactions to the vaxes themelves.

I do think that my older boy had an adverse reaction to the MMR, I remember he had a high, high fever and was sick for several days after that and I actually think it had something to do with his speech delay. He was very vocal before the vax and then soon after he stopped and at 3 1/2 he is still a little bit behind in his speech, but making wonderful progress.
WOW. Thanks so much for this post! I wish I could have attended it person, but this is the next best thing. Thanks for your time and the great summary. The only thing I can think is that people should still check with their own docs to see if the risks for certain diseases are higher in their locale (recent outbreaks, etc.).
That is so weird that he actually recommended prevnar. My son's ds said the vax is so new and so little is known about it that he doesn't recommend it at all (and it's not required in most states). He also said *if* you wanted to get one prevnar, a single shot at 15 months would be sufficient.

Thanks for the info...he does say a lot of good stuff in there!
Bob's definitely on the right path. I wish he'd get around to doing his homework on aluminum, though. I think that the more he learns, the shorter his list will become. And I say that meaning to give him credit because a large majority of doctors wouldn't think to change their minds on this issue.
I agree with you there, Xerxes. Although I personally may not agree with his proposed schedule, I like his thought process & the fact that he's willing to engage in open dialogue about it.
I'm surprised they're recommending DTaP, especially so young.
I think it's one of the most dangerous ones.
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He also talked about the fact that with certain shots, if you didn't vaccinate for them by the age of two, that it was pointless to do them after that. I think the one he talked about with this was DTaP, as pertussis isn't really serious in older children. Actually as I read this, it seems he might have also meant it for the meningitis vacs as well.

The more I read on the diseases he recommends vaccing for, the more I am sold. He talked about the 19,000 cases of pertussis a year, Dr. Jay Gordon (I went to a workshop by him, and he talked about vaccines as well) and Dr. Bob Sears both talked about the cases of this seen in their own offices and the seriousness of the disease.

As to the Prevnar vac, he talked about how serious this disease is, and how common, something like an estimated 3000 for meningitis, 50,000 for blood, and half a million for pnemonia. He talked about the 8% fatality rate. He also said that there are no worrisome ingredients and no animal tissues used. The highest reactions so far are redness/swelling, and seizures. He did say that the fact that there is no long term safety data as of yet, and the VAERS data were reasons to question using it.

Obviously deciding on what to do is a decision each parent has to make, but I for one am thankful for what seemed to be a balanced approach to the vaccines. Some of the stuff I read on here has me scratching my head sometimes. Conspiracy theories, etc.
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DTP WAS dangerous, DTaP has minimal side effects. Different shots. He talked about how he felt it was a shame that they included all three together, as the only one thats really needed in young children is Pertussis. Diptheria isnt a risk, and a Tetanus shot for babies is not needed(actually there are only about 50 cases a year, but he did say that those cases were serious, just not a worry in infancy). He did say that if somehow diptheria came back, then of course the D in DTaP would be important, but as of right now its not.

Oh, and as to why so young for DTaP? The P is only needed in infancy, and it is very serious in children under 1 year. Brain damage from lack of oxygen being the biggest concern. So vaccing children early is important for pertussis.
Some of the stuff I read on here has me scratching my head sometimes. Conspiracy theories, etc.
I certainly agree with you about that.

He also said that there are no worrisome ingredients and no animal tissues used.
This I do disagree with though. The aluminum content is something I do happen to find worrisome.

As to the Prevnar vac, he talked about how serious this disease is, and how common ... Obviously deciding on what to do is a decision each parent has to make
For me, it's important to consider who the people are that usually get invasive pneumococcal disease too, not just the nuber of cases. That may make a difference in how one family assesses their individual risks in comparison to another.
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Hmmm, interesting. Thank you so much for posting - wish I could have been at that workshop! Sounds wonderful.
Amnesiac, care to share your information sources for your aluminum concerns?
The P is only needed in infancy, and it is very serious in children under 1 year.
Except for that they wouldnt receive the FULL series until they were almost a year anyways.

My ped (when we went) actually said he had seen the worst reactions from the pertussis vaccine.
EDF Suspected - cardiovascular or blood toxicant, neurotoxicant,
respiratory toxicant. More hazardous than most chemicals in 2 out of 6
ranking systems on at least 2 federal regulatory lists

EDF Recognized - carcinogen
Suspected - gastrointestinal or liver toxicant, immunotoxicant,
neurotoxicant, reproductive toxicant, respiratory toxicant
skin or sense organ toxicant
More hazardous than most chemicals in 5 out of 12 ranking systems on
least 8 federal regulatory lists Ranked as one of the most hazardous
compounds (worst 10%) to ecosystems and human health

EDF Suspected - skin or sense organ toxicant
These ingredients are also in the DTaP: http://www.*********/vaccines/ingredients1.html
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I agree with everyone on the DTP. Not just because my kids have survived it either. Pertussis is coming back strong even in places with very high vax rates. No matter how many people they vax pertussis cases keep climbing. With so few deaths with such a great number of cases I think that whooping cough isn't so severe as everyone thinks it is. Yes it is really bad for babies under 6 mos, but most babies under 6 mos don't get it. After seeing what its like I have to say there are probably a great deal many people walking around with it contagious and not even know it.

The effects of whole-cell pertussis vaccine wane after 5 to 10 years, and infection in a vaccinated person causes nonspecific symptoms (3-7). Vaccinated adolescents and adults may serve as reservoirs for silent infection and become potential transmitters to unprotected infants (3-11). The whole-cell vaccine for pertussis is protective only against clinical disease, not against infection (15-17). Therefore, even young, recently vaccinated children may serve as reservoirs and potential transmitters of infection.
And another:

Despite record high vaccination coverage levels with 3 doses of DTaP among U.S. children aged 19--35 months (3), pertussis continues to cause fatal illness among vulnerable infants. During 1980--1998, the average annual incidence of reported pertussis cases and deaths among U.S. infants increased 50% (4). The increased morbidity and mortality occurred primarily among infants aged <4 months, who were too young to have received the recommended three DTaP vaccinations at ages 2, 4, and 6 months
I think if we want to reduce the number of babies who die from pertussis we need to learn how to identify the illness earlier so that we can keep those people away from babies under 6 mos old and teach them proper hygeine so that they reduce the likelyhood of transmitting the disease. Because obviously the vax doesn't work even in herd immunity theory of protecting those too young to get the vax. I also don't belive the theory that vaxing makes the disease less severe. My 4 yr old wasn't vaxed and his case was the mildest amongst my kids.

Thats not even getting into the ingredients or the side effects from the vax.

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Gosh there are hundreds or articles detailing the neurotoxic effects of aluminum. In the primary research where scientists are writing for other scientists, the issue is not debatable - it's stated as fact early on in the article sometimes first thing in the abstract. Here's an example of very recent stuff I was looking up just the other day:

In addition to the many articles that detail the neurotoxic effects of aluminum in the brain, there is research that shows that the aluminum in vaccines goes quickly into the brain and that aluminum can also remain at the injection site for several years after injection. Aluminum adjuvanted shots have been shown to be the cause of macrophagic myofasciitis:

MMF (caused by aluminum adjuvanted vaccine injections) is linked to chronic fatique:

The research into why aluminum has an adjuvant effect is illuminating as it also describes how aluminum stimulates autoimmune reactions. The antigenic nature of the HepB virus linked to aluminum is responsible for autoimmune diseases. There is so much published research on this, here's one:

I'm just a casual collector of research articles and I have over fifty detailing the toxic and neurotoxic effects of aluminum. I offered a small sample but a little searching will quickly turn up many more. Two of the article's I cited are from this year. There's new stuff coming out all the time.

Since I feel that Bob is taking a good approach to vaccination but says that the ingredients in DTP are safe (aluminum is in there) I have to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he's simply ignorant of all this research. Perhaps if he gets exposed to the research he'll re-evaluate his risk assessment of aluminum and drop aluminum adjuvanted vaccines from his short list. At the very least he should mention that aluminum is a well known neurotoxin. Or indicate to his followers that he includes aluminum neurotoxicity in his risk/safety assessment.

And as far as positive research detailing aluminum's safety - there aren't any. Although such testing is required of the viral and bacterial components in vaccines, the same type of clinical trials have never been done for aluminum.
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I just wanted to add that I support a parent's decision to get DPT. I know that pertussis is more frequent and easier to get than most of the other vax diseases. But we should also be aware of the dangers of aluminum.
I dislike aluminum for a few different reasons. This is the short version because I have munchkins waiting to bake cookies today! The first thing I ever read about aluminum that freaked me out was an AAP report regarding Al toxicity in children. Just go over to their site & search for "aluminum". It's not specifically about any single source, but it does discuss lots of unknowns about exposure. Because I was a dumb
, my preemies were on soy formula & after I read that report I could have just died & really wanted to prevent more aluminum exposure.

These I will have to go search for over at PubMed at some point because I don't keep things on file or you can find them for yourself there. Actually Boyd Haley may have them all listed at his site too, you ought to check his site out. You know that study that was just published recently showing how mercury was indeed transported to brain tissue when injected as thimerosal in a vaccine? There was one like that done about 10 years ago showing that aluminum is also transported to brain tissue when injected as vaccine adjuvant. Also if you search for "aluminum toxicology" or "aluminum neurotoxicology" you'll find some things. Obviously this isn't a complete list & I'm sorry I don't have an exact location for these for you right this minute, but it's a start anyway.
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BTW- I didn't look through the links Xerxes gave you, so much of this is probably covered in those.
I don't know if you have heard of the book "The Vaccine Guide" but it does pretty much the same thing you said sears did. Goes over each illness in detail trying to give you a personal strategy for what to do and when. The book is loaded with references, pages and pages of them in the back, and the author Randall Nuestaedter is an osteopathic doctor. I feel that he is a better resource, not being a pediatrican, because ped. are so targeted by the companies selling the vaccines. This book is one of the best I have seen. I believe vaccine info is best gotten from someone other than a ped. Although if you are familiar with Dr. Mendelson's book, "How to raise a healthy child inspite of your doctor" that is also good and he is an anti-vax pediatrican.
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