Friday, September 18, 2009
I know people that put alot of faith in the level (count) of antibodies one has to a specific disease. For example, if you as a woman have a count of 21 against rubella, then when you are pregnant you are considered safe to be out in public, particularly with children, who might be contagious with rubella (German measles). This disease is considered particularly nasty for pregnant women because it can be passed on to their unborn child and result in deformities such as blindness, and even death. However, I think there really is a false security in those antibody numbers. A woman whose antibody count is only a 2 is counseled not to be around crowds of people, particularly where there might be young children, for she is considered to not have enough antibodies to protect her and her unborn from the potential threat of rubella.
So the theory about antibodies goes something like this.....
Antibodies are proteins that defend the body from an invasion of harmful germs. They are produced by our body when there is a threat of invasion. The threat stimulates the production of antibodies to fight off and kill the invaders. So, if you have been in contact with a disease your body will produce antibodies against it. Once you've developed antibodies, it is believed that in the future you will be immune to ever getting the disease.
Vaccines are meant to fool our immune system into thinking that it actually has been in contact with a disease and successfully recovered from it. This is supposedly accomplished by the inoculation because it contains a small amount of the killed or attenuated (chemically altered) viruses and bacteria to activate your immune system into a fight. When the antibodies are produced, it is believed that this results in immunity. After all, if we got the measles and recovered from it, we would never get measles again.
Scientists saw this as a way to gain without pain! You wouldn't need to get the actual disease. Rather you could get an injection which would trick your body into producing the antibodies without you suffering the symptoms of the disease, and give immunity from the disease in the future.
Now, this theory has never been proven. Almost a century ago it was shown that antibodies are only 1 component of the immune system, and that they aren't even the most significant!
And the public's most recent concerns regarding vaccines centers around the swine flu vaccine, of which there is absolutely no scientific evidence demonstrating that it provides any real-world protection against the circulating H1N1 virus. While we can agree that they might produce antibodies, "as people who have studied vaccine effectiveness already know, the mere existence of vaccine-induced antibodies doesn't directly translate into functional, real-world immunity! Vaccines are often, in effect, fabricated immunity that often don't provide practical immune defense in the real world.
The existence of antibodies against illnesses simply indicates a person has had exposure to a disease - NOT immunity." (The Health Ranger, Mike Adams)
This is why there can be 'outbreaks' of disease that hit fully vaccinated people whose blood work would 'say' that they were immune and yet they got sick anyways. So in reality, vaccine induced immunity DOES NOT WORK!
Question for You: Have you gotten a disease for which you have been inoculated?