By Tetyana Obukhanych, Ph.D.
When approaching the topic of vaccination, we come against a wall of beliefs diligently erected by biomedical authorities. Most people, including biomedical professionals themselves, accept these beliefs as a matter of fact.
We have all been 'informed' about overwhelming benefits compared to negligible side effects of the childhood vaccination schedule. However, we haven't been informed that systematic and scientifically rigorous studies are lacking to demonstrate this assumption for a fact in relation to long-term outcomes of overall health.
We have all been told many times over that vaccines, adversely affecting only a 'rare' individual, save countless lives. However, we haven't been told that we can save our life, without feeling entitled to a sacrifice of that 'rare' individual or their child, by learning how to take proper care of our own immune system.
We have been conditioned to think that parents who exempt their children from some or all CDC-recommended vaccines somehow endanger the survival of the entire society by spreading infections. But it is time to realize that infections don't check anyone's vaccination status.
I hold a PhD in Immunology, a field of science rooted in the invention of vaccination. I joined this field for my PhD research while being a faithful believer in the textbook-based premise of 'lifelong' vaccine immunity. I felt no need to question or scrutinize this premise until one day… when I had to come to terms with an eye-opening realization that the immunologic theory I learned in school doesn't pan out in real life, that my professional stance on vaccination has been constructed on a falsehood.
I contracted measles and whooping cough in my childhood despite being fully vaccinated for these diseases. As a child, I didn't know my vaccination status and so I simply believed that the reason why I got these diseases was because I wasn't vaccinated for them. Eventually, as an adult, I had to look through my childhood vaccination records only to find out that something wasn't adding up: I had those vaccines in my records. Neither immunologic theory nor my extensive PhD training in laboratory research prepared me to understand what was in front of my eyes. And I was not content to leave my personal experience unexplained.
To my dismay, I found that medical and epidemiological literature is replete with numerous well-documented cases of disease occurrence in properly vaccinated individuals, but they may be brushed off as vaccine failures of marginal importance rather than studied further to understand realistic properties of vaccine protection.
To my dismay, I found that protective titers wane after vaccination and this is why vaccine protection is not lifelong, as my professional education in Immunology led me to believe.
To my dismay, I found that after taking all the risks associated with vaccines, however big or small they are perceived to be, I should be fully prepared to handle diseases as well.
But while studying Immunology professionally, I was making no efforts to learn how the immune system enables us to handle infections without succumbing to death or severe disease complications, and how to ensure realistically that my own immune system is working. I had to amass this valuable knowledge by going through published science on my own, because biomedical authorities don't find it necessary to provide such information in academic curriculums for professionals like myself or to medical doctors. As a consequence, we are trained to perpetuate the ignorance- and fear-based paradigm of the miracle of modern medicine, while children's health takes the collateral damage.
As a Founding Member of the Community of parents and doctors called Building Bridges in Children's Health (BBCH), I offer my knowledge in the form of lectures (Natural Immunity Fundamentals or NIF Class) and monthly Q&As to those who are willing to dive deeper into the immune system paradigm. This community is for you if you want to understand what makes the immune system intrinsically weak or strong, and how you, and not the medical system's 'miracle,' can be in control of your survival from infections.