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Children’s Vaccines Could Make More Vulnerable to Disease
For decades now, perfluorinated compounds have been used in nonstick coatings, stain-resistant fabrics and some food packaging. And because they persist in the environment for years, they have become common around the globe. The health effects of PFCs are still poorly understood. But in the past decade, government scientists have become increasingly concerned about possible links to developmental problems in children.
In the past, studies in animals have shown that PFCs can weaken the immune system. A new study just published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association alsosuggests that these chemicals can affect the immune system enough to make some children more vulnerable to infectious diseases. In addition, the more exposure children have to chemicals like PFCs, the less likely they are to have a good immune response to the vaccinations intended to strengthen their immune systems.
Normally, a vaccine causes the production of lots of antibodies to a specific germ. But research shows the response to tetanus and diphtheria vaccines was much weaker in 5-year-olds whose blood contained relatively high levels of PFCs. The results raise the possibility that "the immune system is not really developing optimally."
As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency has taken steps that have resulted in some PFCs being phased out. Consumers in the U.S. still have reason to be concerned about PFCs however, even though direct exposure to some of them is falling. The problem is that levels "are not going down in other parts of the world and in fact there are places where they may even be going up. One of those places is China. And that's a problem for countries that buy products from China. Some global treaties however are beginning to include language restricting the use of certain PFCs.
 
 
Dr. Iverson's Comment
 
When I heard this being broadcasted on the radio I thought, “Aha! Finally we may have found the illusive link that connects vaccinations with autism.” You see if you look at the research it is relatively difficult to make a direct correlation with vaccines and autism. At the same time, there seems to be some uncanny timing in some children who come down with the symptoms shortly after receiving a vaccination. The question for years has been- If there is something that is predisposing some children and not others then what could it be? 
 
I have thought for some time that the injections of antigens, such as found in a vaccination, should be done prudently to mimic how Nature would expose one to the infections. In other words- waiting to give the vaccination until the child’s immune system is more developed and even then not giving multiple vaccinations all at once.     This study would infer that there are some children who are already overwhelmed with environmental toxins so their body cannot mount an immune response like another healthy child; especially when multiple vaccines are given at once. 
 
Because the immune system of a child is in a delicate state of educating itself, we should be cautious what chemicals are introduced that could cause cross reactions. I advise looking at Dr. Mercola’s vaccination schedule for a prudent approach to vaccinations (www.mercola.com). I also recommend reducing exogenous chemicals as much as possible by feeding your non-processed whole foods free of added chemical dyes, preservatives, dressing them in natural fibers, and using non-conventional hygiene and cleaning supplies found at the health food stores. Clearly keep your children away from paints, pesticides, gasoline fumes, and other toxic chemicals. 
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