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The culprit behind

asthma and allergies:


Bronwyn Hancock, BSc., Cert. Nutr.

A summary of published medical research findings pertaining to the atopic effect of vaccination. Appears here as published in New Vegetarian and Natural Health Magazine, Winter 2000 issue.

I doubt that there would be any health issue in which there is a wider gap between what is much published in medical literature and the overall public level of awareness, than vaccination.

The area in which this is the most apparent is atopic disorders. Atopy is the tendency to allergies, manifesting as asthma, eczema, hay fever, etc, the most life-threatening being asthma.

It is really no coincidence that atopy is more prevalent in the highly vaccinated Western countries and that its increase has paralleled the increase in vaccination intensity over time. Up to about 800 people are now killed by asthma in this country every year.

Indeed genetic predisposition varies, stress or exposure to any allergen can trigger it, and an unhealthy lifestyle makes it harder to overcome, but we must distinguish between these factors and the actual underlying cause.

For the best evidence of the original cause, we need only look at the basic well documented effect of vaccines – sensitisation.


Allergy is sensitisation, and it is very well documented in medical journals1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, product inserts9 and even orthodox medical dictionaries10, that vaccines have the effect of sensitisation.

‘Immunisation’ is ‘prophylaxis’, which means prevention, but ‘sensitisation’ is actually another word for the opposite, ‘anaphylaxis’, even though this term tends to be used only in the small proportion of cases when the effect is ‘exaggerated’ and immediately life-threatening.

So instead of immunising, vaccines non-specifically increase susceptibility to what the body encounters in the food and environment, including even the very viruses and bacteria being "targeted". This is born out by the fact that not only are the vaccination compliance rates as high, even higher, in those that contract the disease than those who do not (covered more thoroughly in other articles on this site), but also ONLY those that are vaccinated can contract the new, more serious, atypical disease forms, which cause more complications11.

So why do vaccines sensitise? There are two main reasons for this effect. One is the nature of the ingredients in vaccines. The other is the deeply invasive, unnatural mechanism of injection.


The National Research Council has produced an enormous list of harmful effects of formaldehyde, a standard vaccine component, including that it is an "immune system sensitiser". The mercury compound, thiomersal, another standard component, is also a well-known sensitiser. An article in New Scientist called ‘Dirty Secrets’ (Nov 1996) discussed the fact that, in the (simplistic) belief that the production of IgG antibodies brings immunity, toxic sensitising chemicals called ‘adjuvants’, usually aluminium compounds, are added because without them injections cannot induce the ‘desired’ response to any significant degree. The article says that immunologists have even admitted to feeling discomfort about this, but the practice continues, obviously driven by much stronger forces.

Each toxic chemical in each vaccine dose can legally be at levels of up to 0.025%, and sometimes (often?) they might be even higher. A baby can receive in one day’s doses of vaccines a hundred times the absolute maximum amount of mercury that the W.H.O. says is permissible, though as Poisons Information will tell you, there really is NO safe level of mercury.


The outer levels of defence, that is, the skin, mucous membranes, etc, are integrally involved in the functioning of the immune system. Firstly, they are the primary levels of defence for the protection of our vital organs, but also they are crucially involved in the process of developing immunity, which requires the activation, for example, of the secretory antibody IgA.

Consequently, the injection of any foreign unwanted material is counterproductive for both of these functions. Firstly it gives the poisonous material deep access to cause damage to any organ or system in the body. Secondly, immunity cannot develop. Rather, the immune system is stressed, derailed and confused, as it expects the outer levels of defence to encounter the invader first. In fact it expects that 99% of the time the outer levels will be able to deal with it themselves, but even if they do not, that they will at least give information to the inner levels before the inner levels encounter it. Hence the injection process violates and alters the inbuilt programming, often resulting in the tendency to a panic reaction to harmless food or airborne substances6. The reaction involves the production of specific IgE antibodies to try to deal with them12,13. The body’s responsive behaviour is inappropriate and exaggerated, and when it manifests as asthma it can, of course, be fatal.

Apart from the poisons, such as formaldehyde, mercury, aluminium, carbolic acid, anti-freeze, etc, vaccines also contain whole animal protein molecules – some even quite big, such as gelatin14. Undigested, injected proteins are unusable, so to the body they are just strange irritating toxins and contribute to the sensitisation effect.

Similarly antibiotics may cause the development of atopy. This is particularly so when injected, but it can occur even when they are taken orally, as the gut flora, which are killed by antibiotics, are part of the outer defence levels. Antibiotics are also included in vaccines.

Vaccination can also lead to the development of autoimmune diseases, such as diabetes mellitus15, MS16, arthritis17, lupus18, and cancer19 (leukaemia is also linked to ‘Vitamin K’ injections, which similarly contain formaldehyde and mercury). It interferes with the ability to tell what to attack and what to leave alone.

Vaccination can also lead to the development of autoimmune diseases, such as diabetes mellitus15, multiple sclerosis16, arthritis17, lupus18 and cancer19 (leukaemia is also linked to "Vitamin K" injections, which similarly contain formaldehyde and mercury). This is another case where it appears that because toxins get to inner sanctums that they normally would not be expected to reach, they interfere with the immune system’s ability to tell what to attack and what to leave alone.


As one would expect, statistical research shows up the culprit.

Michel Odent20 found the frequency of asthma in a group of fully vaccinated children to be 11%, while a 1997 NZ study21 found 23%. Both found the frequency in the unvaccinated children to be only 0 – 1%. Several studies have found the rate higher after vaccines that use aluminum hydroxide as adjuvants in the postnatal period.22

Significantly, there was a decrease in deaths from asthma in the U.S. for some years until the DPT vaccine was mandated in the U.S. for school entry, in 1978. Since then, deaths from asthma23 and other immune disorders have been rising (as has also the reported incidence of whooping cough itself!).

Several articles have noted that there is a much lower rate of atopy in families that follow an anthroposophic lifestyle, in which antibiotics and vaccines are restricted and beneficial bacteria and biodynamic vegetables are consumed24.

Vaccines, not surprisingly, tend to target the areas of the body that are involved with the associated natural illness. Accordingly, asthma is most linked to vaccines for illnesses involving the lungs, such as the pertussis25,26 and influenza vaccines27. However other vaccines can still cause asthma28.


Unfortunately the new whooping cough vaccine does not seem to be any better in relation to the development of atopy. In fact the risk appears to be be greater29. It may, as claimed, cause less short-term reactions, but many of these reactions are initiated by the body to prevent longer-term damage.


Much research has observed the benefits in unvaccinated children of childhood diseases, that is, measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough and chicken pox, in relation to preventing and overcoming atopy30,31,32,33,34. They also protect against other more serious illnesses, such as cancer, occurring later in life35.

Just as we need to exercise in order to develop a strong and healthy body, so the immune system needs exercise by dealing with viruses, etc, so that it will be able to develop and function to its potential. This will not normally be overly difficult, provided the child is unvaccinated and sufficiently nourished and the illness is not mismanaged. In fact it often occurs unnoticed..


When we seek to blame other factors for atopy, we must consider that it seems to have virtually not even existed before mass vaccination. In fact the word ‘allergy’ was not coined until 1906, not long after mass vaccination first began. Vaccines can also be behind other factors correlating to atopy. They sensitise us to environmental toxins, and are also, disturbingly, documented to damage our genes (stay tuned for a future article on this), which can be why, in rare cases, a totally unvaccinated child can be atopic. Such genetic damage will also, of course, increase the chance of atopy developing after vaccination.

Another factor is a link to higher affluence36, because we know that more affluent people vaccinate more. They also have less children, so they get less exposure to childhood disease-associated organisms, such as measles, mumps, whooping cough, etc. Over-cleanliness is pointed to, and exposure to Hepatitis A has been shown to be of benefit37, but with vaccines ignored, this link may be overestimated. Even when we clean diligently, viruses, etc, are still more common than we realise. Note that the chemicals in cleaners weaken the immune system and could also be triggers.


Orthodox medical procedures, rather than being a help, only weaken the immune system, so if they do get the asthma to subside, the illness only gives way to another illness such as chronic bronchitis.

Fortunately, though, as the immune system develops, helped by a break in vaccines after infancy, it can often of its own accord overcome the derailment that vaccines have caused. Dealing with whooping cough has also been seen to enable or enhance success with this, if the system can still succeed in mounting an acute response to the infection.

Where this has not occurred, many have overcome asthma through a natural health/hygiene lifestyle38, health lifestyle and alternative treatments, including homoeopathy. I personally found great benefit in seeing a LISTEN system practitioner, who corrected my own allergies.

Two relevant books available are Ian Sinclair’s You Can Overcome Asthma, which describes the natural health method, and Dr Paul Ameisen’s Every Breath You Take which explains the breathing method39.

The body has remarkable powers of recovery, provided it is given the opportunity, nourishment and support that it needs, in contrast to the interference and toxic load that it encounters from orthodox drugs. These only add to drug company profits.

1"The pathogenesis of postvaccinal complications", Fortschr Med 1981 Mar 19;99(11):380-1

2 Aust Fam Physician 1976 Jul;5(6):734-55

3 "The Jell-O® Story", Jrnl of Allergy and Clinical Immunol: Feb 1999

4 "Vaccination" by Dr Viera Scheibner (1993, Blackheath)

5 "Anaphylaxis or so-called encephalopathy in mice sensitized to an antigen with the aid of pertussigen (pertussis toxin)." (Munoz, Infect Immunol, April, l987)

6 "Immunoglobulin E and G responses to pertussis toxin after booster immunization in relation to atopy, local reactions and aluminum content of the vaccines." (A human study from Sweden) (Odelram, Pediatr Allergy Immunol, l994)

7 "Comparison of vaccination of mice and rats with Haemophilus influenzae and Bordetella pertussis as models of atopy." (Terpstra, Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol, l979)

8 "Pertussis adjuvant prolongs intestinal hypersensitivity." (Kosecka, Int Arch Allergy Immunol, l999)

9 Insert for Tet-Tox tetanus vaccine, produced by CSL Limited

10 Mosby’s Medical, Nursing and Allied Health Dictionary, 4th Edition, 1994.

11 Winthrop-Impulse, Vol 19, #1, Jan 7 1980 quotes The Lancet 1979, p962

12 International Archives of Allergy & Applied Immunology 1989;89:156-61

13 Pediatr Allergy Immunol 1994 May;5(2):118-23

14 Vaccine 2000 Apr 3;18(19):2055-2058

5 Classen, J.B. Childhood immunisation and diabetes mellitus. NZMJ May 24, 1996. Researchers concluded that a 60% increase in diabetes mellitus was caused by a hepatitis B vaccination program (similar with Hib vaccine)

6 Multiple Sclerosis and Hep.B Vaccination. Clinical Infect Dis 1993;17:928-9

17 Arthritis after mumps and measles vaccination. Archives of Disease in Childhood, Vol 72, 348-349

8 Ann Intern Med. 1979 Jan;90(1):127-8 (on influenza vaccine causing lupus)

9 Reed, W B et al, "Malignant Tumors as a Late Complication of Vaccination", Arch Derm (Chic), Aug 1968, 98:132-135.

20 JAMA 1994;272 (8): pgs 592-3, and Lancet 1994:344:140.

21 Epidemiology 1997 Nov 8:6 678-80

22 J Allergy Clin Immunol 1999;104:1128-30. Dec 1999; 104 Number 6

23 CDC MMWR reports (See Appendix B in Submission article on this web site)

24 Lancet 1999;353:1485-88.

25 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 1998;152:734-738

26 Early childhood infection and atopic disorder. Thorax 1998 Nov;53(11):927

27 Drug Saf. 1998 Aug;19(2):83-8. Review.

28 Dynamic Chiropractic, March 20, 2000 Vol. 18, No. 7.

29 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 1998;152:734-738

30 Mechcatie, E. Unraveling Atopy. Pediatric News 33(6):36, 1999.

31 Lancet, Volume 347:1792-6, Number 9018.

32 Increase in Asthma correlates with Less Childhood Infection. Lancet Jan 1997

33 Immunol Today 1999 Jul;20(7):317-22

34 Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Journal 1996

35 Lancet Jan 5, 1985;Cancer 1966

36 Lancet Volume 353, Number 9152, 13 February 1999

37 Atopy, hygiene, and anthroposophic lifestyle. Lancet 31 Jul 1999

38 "You can Overcome Asthma" by Ian Sinclair, Sydney, Australia.

39 "Every Breath You Take", by Dr Paul Ameisen, Sydney, Australia


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