Dr Temple, another common concern, is that vaccines are the reason behind the rise in chronic illnesses. How do you explain this?
I treat chronic disease. Here are a few reasons I have uncovered in my clinic, and these all work together to cause the rise in chronic diseases (e.g. diabetes, heart disease, thyroid disease) that we see today:
A system at fault:
- We are not yet great, as medical systems or government, at preventing chronic disease. We are still focusing on treatment rather then prevention.
- Insurance companies will cover medications for treatment but rarely preventative measures
- Most patients are still requesting quick fixes and using medications for problems that need to be addressed with life style changes. All medications have side effects. All lifestyles have side effects.
- We are more focused on wealth, fame, and fortune, rather then on our bodies and well being.
A damaged Gut Health (the key to immune system function, and a deranged immune function leads to chronic diseases):
- Overuse of antibiotics for colds, runny noses, ear infections, sinus pressure,
- Overuse of antibiotics in young children/babies
- Overuse of antibiotics in animals
- Recurrent infections from increase in Day Care use (see graph)
- Our food sources have become more processed and more polluted with herbicides and pesticides,
- Terrible eating habits have been on the rise since 1970
- Corn syrup and 125 types of sugar infused in our foods, since 1970
- GMO crops are spreading world wide
- Increase in crops sprayed with glyphosphate (herbicides and pesticides ingredients)
- Stress levels are at their highest
- Sleep hours are at their lowest levels
- Cell phone use is at it’s highest
- Hectic family life styles
The Complex issues of having children:
- Generally, modern societies are waiting longer until having children. Most people are aware of older maternal age and fetal complications. But few know about the association between older paternal age and autism/neurodevelopment disorders
- the advances in reproduction and fertility have helped so many become parents. But these procedures are not without risk. –
- advances in Neonatology have allowed for babies of lower weights to survive and thrive. However, studies are emerging to link low birth weight with chronic diseases later in life, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
I can go on and list so many more reasons for the increase of chronic disease. But I think you get the picture. The point is, chronic diseases are emerging based on a complexity of issues that requires our due diligence. Pointing the fingers at vaccines and ignoring the rest of the story is both naive and dangerous.
Again, vaccines have side effects, some people have an exaggerate immune response to some vaccines, some people do not tolerate vaccines, but that is not the majority, nor is it the main reason for the rise in chronic diseases. Our diet and the gut microbiome are increasingly reported to contribute to chronic illnesses.
I can tell you this for sure, as more people refuse vaccines, lack of immunizations will be the main reason for serious illnesses that will reduce the lifespan of populations, it’s as if we are stepping back in time with a rise in Infectious Diseases.
What is your take on Hepatitis B? Why do babies receive Hepatitis vaccinations at birth in the US?
First, Hepatitis B can be transmitted through blood, semen, and bodily fluids. This does not mean that sex and IV drug use are the only way to contract this disease. Unfortunately, the CDC handout highlights Sex, IV drug use, and high risk behavior as the top several reasons for getting the vaccine. Well, of course parents of newborns get upset by this.
In the 1980’s we had a huge rise in Hepatitis B transmission, which leads to a carrier state in a large portion of those infected. Of those who become chronic carriers of Hepatitis B, many develop liver cancer.
In light of this, Hepatitis B vaccine was developed in the 1980s. In 1991, there was a massive US campaign of immunizing babies which along with other CDC measures, decreased the burden of disease by a huge proportion. The CDC does make policies to account for 300+ million people in the US and all the immigrants that come in illegally, and those without medical care.
So that’s great for policy, but what about individual needs and concerns.
My suggestion (NOTE: I haven’t had babies under my care experience side effects from Hep B)
- It is reasonable for parents to delay Hep B until 2 or 4 or 6 months IF:
- mom has had full prenatal care,
- there are no risk factors
- we have documentation of mom’s Hepatitis B status,
- parents have discussed this with the pediatrician and reviewed the pros/cons
- parents understand that babies do get sick and occasionally they need transfusions of blood which is screened, but it’s not 100% protective against Hep B infection.
- Beware, NICU babies are at high risk for needing blood transfusions
- I do not recommend delaying Hep B vaccine longer then 6 months, especially for kids in day care because bodily fluids happen. I have had several bitting or bitten toddlers who needed blood screening because of injuries. Playgrounds are messy and gross. Cuts and bleeding happen.
Based on all your research, would you change how you vaccinate your children?
I have seen bacterial meningitis in babies and children and its side effects.
I have treated flesh eating bacteria that was invading chicken pox rashes. I have had to counsel parents after neonates died from whooping cough.
My family and I work with immunocompromised folks, we travel the world, and we are involved in community service projects without the worry of contracting a preventable disease. My children will soon be grown adults who will have their own children and I sleep well at night because not only did I protected my children, but their future offspring.
In Good Health, Ana-Marie Temple MD