Vaccines — Panacea or Pandora’s Box?

by Julie Behling-Hovdal on

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If there is one thing our modern medical system has promoted for preparedness against disease throughout the years it is vaccines.  From the time we are born to our twilight years, vaccines for dozens and dozens of illnesses are promoted to us and our caregivers as the answer to preventing disease and saving lives.

Like most of you, I was given all the recommended vaccines on schedule throughout my childhood.  My parents had no reason to question the advice of the doctors, CDC, and indeed just about all of society.  But as I became and adult and then spent six years face-to-face with severe, debilitating autoimmune illness starting in my 20′s, my blind trust in modern medicine began to crumble.  Even though I was experiencing completely massive dysfunction with my health, the doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with me.  I failed to see how a prescription for Zoloft would help me with my physical inability to walk up a flight of stairs without being bedridden the next day, or sometimes being unable to hold my head up at age 24.

If you have never had a reason to question modern medicine like I have (and many, many others as well), you may view what I have to say about vaccines as the hysterical rantings of one of those anti-doctor and anti-drug “nut jobs”.   If you choose to read this article to its end, you may not find it easy to take an objective look at any of the things I have to say (and the articles that back my opinions up).

If that is you, I would like to ask you to take a step back from emotion to consider the possibility that I may have something to add to your understanding of vaccines.  I certainly don’t expect or even want anybody to read what I have to say and accept it blindly, but consider that anything is possible, even that something we have believed in our entire lives may not turn out to be all that we thought it was!

There is one more key principle I want to discuss next — there are few things in this world that are completely black and white.  Something that may be helpful to one person in one instance may not be to another person, or even to that same person in another circumstance.

People with  knee-jerk emotional responses to defend Western medicine do so because they or a family member have been helped by the medical system, or they work in the system and have seen lives saved.  Perhaps their father had a heart attack last year and would have died without the intervention of modern medicine.  Maybe they were in a car accident as a child and had to be stitched up by the doctors.

By the same token, it can be easy for people who have been harmed by Western medicine to project that experience onto all of modern medicine and completely demonize the entire system.  At different times in my life, I have probably fallen into that category.

We need to remember that just because we were helped or harmed by participating in modern medicine doesn’t mean that everybody else always that same experience, or that we would again under different circumstances.

The truth is that modern medicine has its strengths and its weaknesses.  I am of the opinion that in general, there some pretty huge problems with the ways vaccines are manufactured, purportedly tested, marketed, and administered to the masses.

Here’s why I have issues with vaccines:

  •  I have personally had bad reactions to vaccines.

I have experienced short-term reactions from vaccines on two occasions.  I got a tetanus booster when I was 15 after stepping on an oyster shell and experienced significant pain, redness, and swelling lasting a few weeks on my upper arm.  When I was 22 and preparing to go to Russia as a missionary I was given 5 vaccines within a few minutes and nearly passed out.  A wave of shock and horror went through my body at a visceral level when that last vaccine was administered, and it wasn’t because I was scared of needles.  I also then spent the next few days sick in bed.

I honestly didn’t think anything of these reactions at the time.  It wasn’t until I got sick with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia that I began to learn about the potential role of vaccines in contributing to autoimmune illness that I ever thought I may have been seriously harmed by vaccines.  And then a few years ago I was shocked when my holistic doctor was able to ascertain that the reason I have impaired use of one of my arms was from from that tetanus shot.  When I began taking a homeopathic tincture to detoxify from vaccines I had received many, many years I actually felt burning and itching right on that same part of my arm that had swelled up when I got the shot at age 15!  It really appeared to be moving toxins out of the muscle tissue that had been there for a really long time!

  • I know other people who have had very bad reactions to vaccines.

My freshman year roommate in college had rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune illness, and I remembered she told me she developed it after getting an MMR booster as a child.  She had never been the same since that shot.  Over the past few years, I can’t even tell you the number of people who have told me about their adverse reactions to vaccines, including my cousin who came down with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome after getting a flu shot in college.

Yes, all of this is “anecdotal”, but I promise you — when its you or someone you love with the anecdote it really gets your attention!

  • I learned that vaccines increase the chances of autoimmune illness, cancer, and many other chronic illnesses common today.

Vaccines are an unnatural way for our bodies to be exposed to pathogens and it shouldn’t surprise us to learn that they actually alter the way our immune systems function.  Vaccines shift the immune system away from cellular immunity, which occurs when we are exposed to a disease,  toward humoral immunity where antibodies are produced in response to the injected virus or bacteria (ie antigens).

The problem is that we need the T cells and Natural Killer cells from cellular immunity, and the vaccines actually suppress that part of our immune system.  Impaired cellular immunity makes a person susceptible to a whole host of disease including cancer, autoimmune illness, allergies, eczema, and more.

The other way in which vaccines can harm the immune system is through over-stimulation.   Stimulate the immune system artificially one too many times, and it could be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back!  Believe me — you do NOT want this to happen to you or someone you love.

  • There is some nasty stuff in vaccines!

You don’t have to have a PhD to know that it’s not a good idea to inject things like mercury or aluminum into anyone, much less small children and babies on a repeated basis!  Both of these common “adjuvants” to vaccines (added because they stimulate the immune system to launch a response against the pathogen) are known neurotoxins.

It’s totally crazy not to wonder if there could be a connection between all the ADD/ADHD, autism, and Asperger’s in our children today when the vaccine schedule recommends they be injected with 70 doses of 16 vaccines by age 18, most of these complete with a nice dose of neurotoxin!!

If that was all we had to worry about in vaccines, we could count our lucky stars.  But unfortunately many of them are also laced with foreign human DNA.  That’s what happens when you use tissues from aborted fetuses in the vaccine manufacture process.   It has been suggested that this could be another potential reason that vaccines are associated with autoimmune illness.  Think about it — the vaccine is stimulating your body to launch an immune response against whatever comes in that vaccine.  When human DNA is added to the mix, shouldn’t we wonder if it could potentially cause the body to launch an immune response against all DNA it encounters, including its own??

It gets worse.  By the vaccine manufacturers own admission, vaccines can contain unknown viruses that sneak in there during the manufacturing process and there is no way to identify them, much less filter them out.  So when you are getting that shot in the arm, there is literally no way of knowing what you are putting into your body and what the ramifications could be for you down the road.

It is known today that millions of Americans who took the polio vaccine between 1955 and 1963 were also injected with a cancer virus, SV-40.  It is estimated that for every 1 case of polio that was prevented during these years, 20o people are at risk for developing cancer as a result of the vaccine.

What else may have made it into vaccines that you and I took as children that we just don’t know about?  What about the vaccines your children and grandchildren are taking today?

  • Safety studies for vaccines are grossly inadequate.

If you think that vaccines must be safe because they have done the research and found that to be the case, you are not entirely right.  Most if not all vaccine studies only last a few weeks and only look to make sure people don’t drop dead immediately.  Even still, the infamous Gardasil vaccine for HPV that has injured and maimed countless girls has been associated with the deaths of over 85 girls and the development of life-long dysfunction in thousands of others, yet it is still on the market today.

Swine flu shots administered in Europe were found to be associated with a huge increase in risk for narcolepsy.  At least 800 young people in parts of Europe are damaged for life from the swine flu shot that was rushed to market in 2009.

I have even seen reports of vaccines causing the diseases they were supposed to prevent. such as a mutant polio outbreak in Africa caused by the polio vaccine.

  • Studies showing vaccines to be effective are too often inadequate or non-existent.

But certainly studies show that vaccines are effective against these deadly diseases, right?  After all, once vaccines were introduced many of these illnesses all but went away!

According to one study published in Pediatrics in December of 2000, “nearly 90% of the decline in infectious disease mortality among US children occurred before 1940, when few antibiotics or vaccines were available” and that improved measures for sanitation and hygiene were huge contributors to the decline in infectious disease.

A recent study found that the flu shot only helps about 1 out of 100 individuals who get it and appears ineffective for the other 99%.

And it was found that with a measles outbreak last year in the U.S. that was blamed on unvaccinated individuals, roughly 80% of those who got the illness had been vaccinated.  Same thing for whooping cough and many other outbreaks in recent years.

And some studies showing vaccines to effective have now been exposed as frauds.


This article is already 2x longer than it should be, but I still have more to say!

If vaccines really were single-handedly responsible for saving millions of lives, were the ONLY thing that could protect us from deadly diseases, and if our doctors told us up front what kind of risks we were subjecting ourselves and our children to with each shot, I might feel better about them.  But it is my opinion that it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever to push vaccines with all their many liabilities while simultaneously ignoring the many, many ways in which our lifestyle affects our immunity!

As it stands I am not wholly anti-vaccine.  I cannot tell you what is best for you.  I only know that I am done with vaccines and will never get another one again.  My future children will not be vaccinated.  Am I taking a risk with this decision?  Absolutely.

But armed with the knowledge of how to support and boost the body’s natural immunity through lifestyle and certain supplements, I would much rather take that risk than subject myself to more vaccine damage and my children carrying my genes to the types of things I have been through with my health!

May you be blessed with wisdom and guidance from above in deciding how to best handle yours and your family’s health.  Click here and here for more detailed information on the potential hazards of vaccines.

Stay tuned for articles in the near future on natural ways to boost the immune system and protect yourself from disease, and how to handle infectious disease naturally if you come down with something!

- Julie


Julie head shot informal Vaccines    Panacea or Pandoras Box?

Julie Behling-Hovdal is a reflexologist/holistic healer and founder of Essential Survival where she teaches people how to prepare for the #1 cause of death in the event of an economic collapse — lack of access to medicines.  In 2005 Julie was able to get off 4 prescription drugs and heal from a 6-year stint of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia with products from Young Living Essential Oils. Get a free copy of her report “Fast Track Survival Medicines” at



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Karen February 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm

SInce I don’t have a Facebook page (& never will) – I’m leaving my comment here… Great Job on the Vaccine article! I have done my own research on vaccines & what ingredients are in them etc… I’d rather take the risk of getting the disease & have life-long immunity than be injected full of poisons that were never intended to be put into a human body. How many people are actually being permanently harmed by having the measles, or the chicken pox etc… Ok – they may have scars (who cares). Anybody that will listen to me – I try to convince them not to get vaccinated either (unlike the vaccinated population who want to convince you to inject your kids with toxic poisons & see what happens for the “sake of the masses” ) – No Thanks! You take care of your kids & I’ll take care of mine. How is Mercury, Aluminum, Fermaldehyde, Foreign DNA etc. supposed to make your bodies healthy????? Oh, it’s because they mixed it up in a lab & put a “Vaccine” label on it – those poisons are supposed to all of a sudden by safe for you?!!! I think Vaccines are making the diseases worse (just like anti-biotics are making diseases worse & we have MRSA etc. that are resistant to them) – you can’t fight mother nature that way without having long-term consequences. When’s the last time they had a new formula for these vaccines anyway??? Why should I get a flu shot when it’s not even the strain that’s making everyone sick? Explain that one to me!?

Hujonwi February 12, 2013 at 12:30 am

Great article!!! I agree and come from a family with a long medical background but some have been waking up lately. I survived the mump’s etc. as a kid, I’m 53, as did both of my brothers. Haven’t had a flu shot since I was forced to in the US Navy, I had a slight reaction to one and then could opt to, which I did. Only have had the flu once or twice since then.
Keep up the good work.

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