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Friday, November 25, 2011

To Vaccinate or Not--A Physical AND Spiritual Decision

(Check out the new official article over on HFFG's new website (not a blogspot!) here:
 During the first half of November, we discussed the controversial topic of vaccination on HFFG's Facebook page.  I received many emails and Facebook messages, some good and some, well, not so good.  I have also received comments and messages looking for specific information that was posted since it can be difficult to locate on Facebook after a while.  

Consequently, I would like to summarize our discussion and include the strongest points and information in one concise blog post.  This article can be used to forward to friends who may be asking questions like those I received in many emails during that time: "What's wrong with vaccinations?" "Should I delay them?"  "Which ones are the most dangerous?" "What about herd immunity?" And so on.

But first, I'd like to remind my readers that as a parent of five children, I have been on both sides of this issue.  I blindingly and naively followed the masses on this topic for my first three children who were fully vaccinated.  I beamed with pride whenever I pulled out that fancy, up-to-date, gold vaccination card for each child. 

When our fourth child was a year old, God placed some friends in our lives that gently warned us of the dangers of vaccines.  Because our fourth son had just experienced what we believed to be a reaction to those shots, we began to look into it further.  What I've found has led me to fiercely refuse any further vaccinations.

Disclaimer: The information presented here is based on my research of this topic during the last 5 years.  I am not a healthcare practitioner and encourage every parent to make their own informed decisions based on their own research.  This is a big decision that carries not only physical effects but spiritual ones as well.  It should not be taken lightly.

Vaccines May Not Even Work
First and foremost, I think we need to examine if vaccines even work.  At the beginning of my research, I primarily studied the side effects of vaccines.  Those side effects led me to decide that I would possibly just delay vaccinations for my younger children until they were older.  This was based on the lingering assumption that vaccines work.

However, the more research I did, the more I realized that the efficacy of vaccines has never even been proven.  In fact, there are plenty of studies proving that vaccines aren't even working.  See for yourself:

In the vaccine maker's own words and mandated by the government, the flu vaccine does not even work.  The following language is taken directly from the package insert that accompanies the flu shot:
"There have been no controlled clinical studies demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with AFLURIA."
Not only do they have to state that they have never even conducted clinical studies proving its efficacy, but they also state that it's SAFETY for certain groups has not been proven:

"Safety and effectiveness of Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine have not been established in pregnant women or nursing mothers and in the pediatric population below 6 months of age."
Read for yourself here:

In the words of a governmental research study:

In children under the age of two, the efficacy of inactivated vaccine was similar to placebo. It was not possible to analyze the safety of vaccines from the studies due to the lack of standardization in the information given but very little information was found on the safety of inactivated vaccines, the most commonly used vaccine, in young children.

Additional information on the efficacy of other vaccines:

Whooping Cough Vaccine Not Working
"Nearly two out of three people diagnosed with whooping cough in San Diego County this year were fully immunized."

"According to Suffolk health officials, ALL those affected had been immunized in the past, but immunizations are not 100 percent effective."

In an interview by an ex-vaccine worker, this expert says:
"Vaccines are superstitions. And with superstitions, you don’t get facts you can use. You only get stories, most of which are designed to enforce the superstition. But, from many vaccine campaigns, we can piece together a narrative that does reveal some very disturbing things. People have been harmed. The harm is real, and it can be deep and it can mean death. The harm is NOT limited to a few cases, as we have been led to believe."
He further states:
"There were cities in England where people who were not vaccinated did not get smallpox. There were places where people who were vaccinated experienced smallpox epidemics. And smallpox was already on the decline before the vaccine was introduced."
This interview is one of the most life-altering articles I read along my journey to the truth.  I highly recommend every parent read this for themselves:
We can clearly see from recorded outbreaks that vaccinated people are not even protected.

What About How Vaccines Save Lives?  
In order for them to work, then they should save lives.
The fact that vaccines have been saving lives for decades is usually based on two things:

1.  Medical publications/research studies
2.  History 

Let's take a deeper look at these two things:

1.  Medical Publications/Research Studies
It's true that many, many articles have been published about the efficacy of vaccinations.  Unfortunately, there is growing proof that most medical journals are financially supported by pharmaceutical companies.  Consequently, they are likely to only publish studies with favorable results.  

In order to get to the truth, it's helpful to look outside of medical journals sponsored by Big Pharma. The British Medical Journal (BMJ) conducted a rather large study to "explore the relation between study concordance, take home message, funding, and
dissemination of comparative studies assessing the effects of influenza vaccines."  

This 2009 study analyzed hundreds of studies to determine whether there was a link between study outcomes and the study's funding groups on the influenza vaccines.  Here are a few of the things they discovered:
  • 23% of the studies had missing funding information (meaning the organization funding the study was "missing").
  • "Studies partly or completely sponsored by industry, however, were published in more prestigious journals and are probably cited more, although their methodological quality and size were similar."
  • 70% of the studies "were of poor quality with overoptimistic conclusions—that is, not supported by the data presented."
The study concluded:

"Publication in prestigious journals is associated with partial or total industry funding, and this association is not explained by study quality or size."
(Full study can be seen here:

It is no secret that most of the articles printed in medical journals are the most biased sources of information available.  Dr. Jefferson, one of the authors of the study cited above, states:
The study shows that one of the levers for accessing prestige journals is the financial size of your sponsor. Pharma sponsors order many reprints of studies supporting their products, often with in house translations into many languages. They also purchase advertising space in the journal. Many publishers openly advertise these services on their website. It is time journals made a full disclosure of their sources of funding.
However, I'm not fully convinced that this is where healthcare workers are directly getting their own information from anyway.  As the BMJ study cited above said:
Healthcare workers wanting to keep up to date with recent advances in their specialty must deal with the quantity and quality of information sources. One study estimated that every month journals publish 7287 items (studies, letters, and editorials) relevant to primary care. These would take physicians trained in epidemiology 627 hours to read and appraise. Few healthcare workers have the time and skills to carry out in depth critical appraisal of published articles.

So we'll discuss the other source of information for both healthcare workers and the general public:

2.  History 
 Many healthcare workers, as well as parents, are quick to cite historical reports of infectious diseases declining due to the introduction of immunization.  

Citing renowned physician McKeown's work, Columbia University reports that there were other factors that were much more responsible for the decline in diseases than vaccinations:

The main influences on the decline in mortality were improved nutrition. . . reduced exposure (from better hygiene). . . and, less certainly, immunization and therapy on the large number of conditions included in the miscellaneous group.  Since these three classes were responsible respectively for nearly half, one-sixth, and one-tenth of the fall in the death rate, it is probably that the advancement in nutrition was the major influence."(
The following chart makes it clear that the rate of measles deaths in Europe gradually declined at a constant rate with improvements in sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, etc.:

Researchers at Columbia concluded the following:

In general, medical measures appear to have contributed little to the overall decline in mortality in the United States since about 1900.  More specifically, with reference to those five conditions (influenza, pneumonia, diptheria, whooping cough, and poliomyelitis) for which the decline in mortality appears to be substantial after the point of intervention--and on the unlikely assumption that all of this decline is attributable to the intervention--it is estimated that at most 3.5 percent of the total decline in mortality since 1900 could be ascribed to medical measures introduced for the diseases considered here.
It is unfortunate that doctors do not instead concentrate on nutrition which appears to play the largest role in warding off diseases. 

*Healthcare workers--please continue to read below where we explore the possible spiritual implications of dispersing vaccines that may take someone's life.

What About Herd Immunity?
What if the whole idea of herd immunity is another big fat lie?!

"So in actual fact, the vaccinated are the ones who carry the disease and risk infecting the unvaccinated, rather than the other way around."
‎"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."

‎"What is certain, however, is that vaccine-induced immunity against infection does not persist throughout adulthood. We found that immunity does not even persist into early childhood in some cases. We also observed that DPT vaccine does not fully protect children against the level of clinical disease defined by WHO."
**It should be noted that the above words are DIRECTLY from the government's own organization.**

Herd Immunity Is Nothing More Than Vaccine Quotas

In the following article, the writer points out that the truth behind the concept of herd immunity is really just financial quotas:
"Section 27-8.1.7 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) Health examinations and immunizations law explains that if a school vaccination rate falls below 90 percent, state aid payments to that school are automatically cut by 10 percent until the school comes into 'compliance' "
Read the article in its entirety here:

Besides--if vaccines really worked, than why are the vaccinated so worried about the unvaccinated?

What About Polio?!
Many people who get defensive about anti-vaccine campaigns vehemently bring up the cases of paralysis from polio that their family members suffered from.  To that, I recommend reading the following articles:

Vaccine of Death
Pakistanian Prime Minister calls for halt in polio vaccines due to vaccine-derived outbreaks

Nigeria Sees Polio Outbreaks from Mutated Vaccine Virus
"A mutated virus from the oral vaccine used to prevent the spread of polio in Nigeria has paralyzed at least 124 children in the West African country this year." (2009)

And especially this one, which is is a great post about the truth of polio, including how many cases of paralysis that were attributed to polio were actually from something else.
Vaccines Carry Dangerous Side Effects

“If vaccines were safe, manufacturers would not need federal legislation to protect them from liability. If vaccines were effective, no one would question the value of their use. If vaccines were good for us, state mandates would not be necessary to enforce them. A growing number of adults are investigating vaccines and discovering their contents.

Vaccines are grown on monkey kidneys, chicken embryos and contain bovine (cow) serum. Vaccines contain particles of viruses, bits of bacteria and measurable amounts of aluminum, gelatin, polysorbate 80, MSG and other chemicals. A responsible adult who concludes this combination of pathogens and chemicals can be harmful is not a ‘countercultural type who views life through a prism of conspiracy theory.’ ”Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, (

Side effects from vaccines can be as simple as a 3-day fever, pain and swelling on the injection site, and irritability.  They are also very likely to cause even more dangerous symptoms like permanent suppressed immune system strength.

“We have exchanged chicken pox for autism, flu for asthma, ear infections for diabetes...and the list goes on and on. In the zeal to eliminate relatively benign microbes, we have traded temporary illnesses for pervasive, life-long diseases, disorders, dysfunctions and disabilities." Dr. Sherri Tenpenny 
Research proves that children who get annual flu shots do not develop adequate T-cells and subsequent immune strength that they would otherwise develop by naturally being exposed to the flu.

"Annual flu vaccines. . . could leave people more vulnerable to novel pandemics."

In the flu vaccine insert from the FDA's (a government agency) website linked above, it states the following:
"In adults, the most common systemic adverse reactions were headache, malaise, and muscle aches."
"In children, the most common systemic adverse reactions were irritability, rhinitis, fever, cough, loss of appetite, vomiting/diarrhea, headache, muscle aches and sore throat."
Even worse than commonly giving patients the same symptoms its meant to prevent, the flu vaccine can cause far worse problems, as stated once again in the vaccine maker's own words on packet inserts mandated by the government:
"Administration of CSL’s 2010 Southern Hemisphere influenza vaccine has been associated with increased postmarketing reports of fever and febrile seizures in children predominantly below the age of 5 years as compared to previous years."(
"If Guillain-BarrĂ© Syndrome (GBS) has occurred within 6 weeks of previous influenza vaccination, the decision to give Influenza A (H1N1) should be based on careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks."

From other vaccine inserts (remember--as stated by the manufacturer):
"Some cases of SIDS can be expected to follow receipt of pertussis-containing vaccines." (page 8;
"3% who received PEDIARIX and 4% who received INFANRIX, ENGERIX-B, and IPV reported new onset of a chronic illness during the period from 1 to 6 months following the last dose of study vaccines. Among the chronic illnesses reported in the subjects who received PEDIARIX, there were 4 cases of asthma and 1 case each of diabetes mellitus and chronic neutropenia. There were 4 cases of asthma in subjects who received INFANRIX, ENGERIX-B, and IPV."(page 8;
Further packet inserts for these two vaccines indicates the presence of other complications including febrile seizures.

From the packet inserts (again, as stated by the manufacturer) for the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV): 

"GBS [Guillain-Barre Syndrome] has been temporally related to administration of another inactivated poliovirus vaccine. Deaths have been reported in temporal association with the administration of IPV."(Page 3:
The Hepatitis B vaccine is one of the biggest no-brainers of all!  Hepatitis B is contracted through shared needles and unprotected sex.  The vaccine carries the highest risk of death and is a ridiculous newborn hospital standard practice.  

“The risk of a serious reaction to the Hepatitis B vaccine is 100 times greater than the risk of the disease.”

Hep B: Good for newborn “prostitutes” and drug users
“Merck generates over $1 billion worth of revenue from this vaccine alone.”

A Picture Diary of Baby Ian’s Reaction to the Hep B shot

Another vaccine story that I highly recommend all parents read before giving their tiny infants any vaccinations.  It also provides good insight into what's really going on in baby's brain and body when he/she is screaming and crying uncontrollably from vaccines.

Other research studies are discussed on this topic in the following articles:

“A child's future good health is more assured by getting through childhood diseases without vaccinations.”

Unvaccinated Children Far Less Prone to Allergies

There is now increasing evidence pointing to a rise in rates of infertility as a result of vaccines.

Are New Vaccines Laced With Birth Control?
"Here are the known facts concerning the tetanus vaccination campaigns in Mexico and the Philippines:

 * Only women are vaccinated, and only the women between the ages of 15 and 45. (In Nicaragua the age range was 12-49.) But aren't men at least as likely as young women to come into contact with tetanus? And what of the children? Why are they excluded?

 * Human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) hormone has been found in the vaccines. It does not belong there -- in the parlance of the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the vaccine has been "contaminated."

 * The vaccination protocols call for multiple injections -- three within three months and a total of five altogether. But, since tetanus vaccinations provide protection for ten years or more, why are multiple inoculations called for?

 * WHO has been actively involved for more than 20 years in the development of an anti-fertility vaccine utilizing hCG tied to tetanus toxoid as a carrier -- the exact same coupling as has been found in the Mexican-Philippine-Nicaragua vaccines."

Bill Gates Speech Exposes Plan to Use Vaccines to Control Population
This article also discusses the findings of HCG hormone in tetanus shots and how it causes spontaneous miscarriage.

The main ingredient in the HPV vaccine now being given to young girls and boys is polysorbate 80 which caused infertility in laboratory studies.  

I read through some of 2011's vaccine adverse effects reports ( and read a report of a young boy who experienced shriveling and shrinking of his penis immediately after receiving the HPV vaccine.  Yikes!

Directly from the packet inserts for the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV):

"Long-term studies in animals to evaluate carcinogenic [cancerous] potential or impairment of fertility have not been conducted."

Vaccines Are Made From Aborted Baby's Cells and Biblically Unclean Animals
"There are two particular fetal cell lines that have been heavily used in vaccine development. They are named according to the laboratory facilities where they were developed. One cell line is known as WI-38, developed at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, PA. The other is MRC-5, developed for the Medical Research Council in England. WI-38 was developed by Dr. Leonard Hayflick in 1962, by taking lung cells from an aborted female baby at approximately the end of the third month of pregnancy."

"The abortion was done because they felt they had too many children."

In the case of the rubella vaccine, researchers needed to find a "specimen" carrying the live virus. At least 26 babies' lives who would have been born healthy were carelessly and needlessly destroyed:

Preying on the fear that 20%-25% of pregnant women infected with Rubella pass it to their unborn children, possibly causing defects, doctors encouraged pregnant women to have their unborn children aborted during the 1964 epidemic. The first 26 aborted babies were unaffected.   The live rubella virus was found in the 27th killed unborn baby.

Unfortunately, many people, including Christians, are quick to dismiss this.  There are defenses thrown around such as, "The babies were not aborted for the purpose of vaccines," and "The vaccines did not cause the abortions."  

One if the most highly misunderstood notions among moral theologians and ethicists is that the abortions involved were not done with the intention of creating vaccines. 
"In order to sustain 96% of the cells, the live tissue would need to be preserved within 5 minutes of the abortion"-Dr. C. Ward Kischer..."Within one the cells would continue to deteriorate, rendering the specimens useless."
It was the intent of the abortionist and the researcher to destroy these babies specifically for vaccine manufacturing.  

Even if this wasn't the case, does that really make it okay to inject our children with products created from aborted baby's cells?! Forgive me, but I don't see where there's any gray area here.  It's basic economics--when we give our children a vaccine made from aborted fetal cells, we are financially supporting the abortion industry.

As Dr. Joseph Mercola states in an article:

"How can a person be pro-life and NOT object to the use of these vaccines?"

An organization points out this simple fact:
"If these vaccines were developed from cell lines taken from Jews murdered in Nazi concentration camps, it is not difficult to imagine that there would be widespread, if not universal rejection of those vaccines." Right to Life of Michigan

Women considering abortion are more likely to do so if they believe they can donate the fetus for research.  There are many studies to support this, including this one:

A study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal 1995, 153: 545-552 reported that "of the 122 [women] who indicated that they would consider an abortion if they were pregnant, (17.2%) stated that they would be more likely to have an abortion if they could donate tissue for fetal tissue transplants.  (

We also see the health effects of using vaccines from aborted fetal cells:

A recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed 1988 as a “change point” in the rise of Autism Disorder rates in the U.S. - a date that pro-life leaders say correlates with the introduction of fetal cells for use in vaccines.

Here is a chart showing the vaccinations that use aborted fetal cells:

In addition to the use of aborted infants' cells, I would like to explore the Biblical warnings regarding taking a life, and the implications of doing so, since we have proven evidence from the VAERS that lives have been taken as a result of vaccinations.  This is especially not something I think healthcare workers (and parents) should take lightly.

In Exodus, God states that when a pregnant woman's baby/babies are harmed, that the one who injured the baby shall be punished with the same fate as the baby's:
“When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life. . ." Exodus 21:22-23
When God gave Noah permission to also eat meat, He reminded him that we will each be held accountable not only for the lifeblood that we take from animals but that from people as well:
"And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.

'Whoever sheds human blood, by human being shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made humankind.' " (Genesis 9:5-6)

There is no way to guarantee that the next shot a healthcare worker gives will not be one that sheds innocent blood.

Vaccines Displace a Christians' Faith

"Our own decision not to routinely vaccinate our children is founded on a number of factors, but the biggest one is this: we believe God knew what He was doing when He designed our bodies."  
Rachel Ramey, Titus 2 Homemaker
In another statement, she goes on to say:
 “We believe that God knew what He was doing when He designed our bodies, and that knowingly, intentionally circumventing His design is foolishness, denies His deity, and fails to uphold the inerrancy of Scripture. (Psalm 139:14; Proverbs 3:5-8; *Isaiah 55:8-9)”
"It says a lot when we take the bodies of our healthy children, made in the image and likeness of God, which are temples of the Holy Spirit, and forcefully inject them with various pathogens, heavy metals, foreign DNA etc in an attempt to "save" them from dying. It's almost like...oh yeah, a false idol. It's not using the minds God gave us to treat people with medicine. It's giving God the finger and saying we can fix His Creation."
The Guggie Daily

As I said in my post In Medicine We Trust, I believe much of our dependence on the medical field is based on our distrust of God and trust in the medical system.  Do we ever stop to look at how intricately and amazingly God's creation is? From our bodies to the rotation of the earth and to the tiniest microorganisms on earth, there is unlimited intelligence in every single bit of creation.  

And even though He created all these things before the fall of mankind, He created them with defenses for a fallen world in place.  

For instance, every human body has a liver which has the job of eliminating toxins out of the body.  Tonsils carry the responsibility of catching and filtering out bacteria and viruses; eyelashes carry the job of keeping out dirt and other things from the eyes; nose hairs. . . fingernails. . . the list goes on and on.

But when we doubt this intricate design, we fall under the false presupposition that His design needs our help.

Titus 2 Homemaker goes on to say:
"See, vaccines administered to infants fundamentally alter the development of the immune system, so that its mature form is completely different than that of an immune system that matured without the influence of vaccines. As with everything else in modern society, we like to think that we can improve on God’s design, so this “redesign” of the immune system is viewed as a good thing. But isn’t that a humanist perspective? Can we really improve on the design of the Creator of the universe? Do we really believe we’re smarter than He is?"
What if our use of vaccines to protect our children is really just displaced faith? For more on that topic, view my post In Medicine We Trust

Please share your thoughts on this topic with HFFG and all the readers in the comments below--Has God opened your eyes on this topic? If so, how?  Or are you still struggling with the vaccine debate? Let us know!  I pray that God grants every reader the power of the Holy Spirit to gain insight and wisdom to the truth of this matter.


Anonymous said...

I AM a healthcare provider, who has looked at MEDICAL research articles about vaccination. You need to read ALL articles, and not just the biased ones. Because of people choosing not to vaccinate, diseases like mumps and measles, which should be eradicated by now, are experiencing deadly outbreaks. Vaccines save lives. I appreciate your opinion, but encourage you to do more research.

Anonymous said...

I am also an RN and would recommend reading from more reputable sites such as .org and medical research articles. There is a lot of debate about vaccines and evidence for both good and bad but overall vaccines save lives, many many lives.

Brandy said...

I would like to see anonymous and anonymous above support their claims with evidence.

Brandy said...

"I AM a healthcare provider, who has looked at MEDICAL research articles about vaccination. You need to read ALL articles, and not just the biased ones."

Medical articles and journals are biased in favor of vaccines and medicine, so how is your information any more reliable than that which you shun?

Where are these measles and mumps outbreaks? And if vaccines (by the admission of the vaccine manufacturers themselves) do not actually eliminate the virus, how should vaccines have "eradicated" these diseases by now? I appreciate your opinion as well, but research cannot be one sided as you appear to do your research, you cannot only look to medically biased sources.

I've been on both sides of the fence too, my first three were vaccinated according to schedule. My son was injured by a vaccine when he was six months old, which is when we started doing our real research. Everything in this article is spot on, and links to the sources are provided and documented. It's easy to think that you know so much and it is easy to trust the medical community until you have to watch your own child regress an suffer from something that COULD have been prevented, and to have the medical community just shrug their shoulders and say "oh well, you got the bad end of the deal." Lesson one of adult life: you can't always trust the government, and if you think for one second that medicine is NOT government controlled, you need to think again.

sjpoff said...

I appreciate all of your concerns. Comments on both sides of this debate are helpful to provide insight and see where everyone is coming from. I have done my best to present adequate documentation, links, and articles so that the information presented here is not my own personal opinion but a collaboration of collected information from others, including vaccine manufacturers themselves.

Based on the comments from anonymous sources (interesting that they're anonymous), I have also added information from BMJ medical research journal from a large study in which they found that most medical studies done on vaccines with favorable results were biased. In other words, most information you will read from "reputable" sources (medical publications) are skewed and about as biased as they come. But I really do appreciate all comments as they provide much insight into this large debate and give readers fair points to consider. Thank you all.

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