(Health Secrets Newsletter) This year we are seeing the worst whooping cough outbreak in more than 50 years, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the epidemic is spreading. Particularly striking about this resurgence is its occurrence among those who have been fully vaccinated against it. This year Washington state is seeing a full fledged epidemic, with more than 3,000 cases reported so far, compared to 219 cases reported in 2011 during the same period of time. Last year more than 9,000 cases of whopping cough were reported in California. At least 15 states are seeing increased rates of the disease this year.
According to Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, more than 18,000 cases of whopping cough, also known aspertussis, have been reported nationwide so far this year, a number that matches the number of cases reported at this time of year in 1959, when the disease was in its height during the 20th century. The CDC reported 27,550 cases of whopping cough for the year 2010.
Whopping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease involving the respiratory tractthat is easily spread by coughing and sneezing. It can start out like the common cold, but can become a very serious infection, particularly for children and infants. Intense coughing makes breathing difficult. The disease gets its name from the deep whooping sound that is often heard when the patient tries to take a breath, although there is little whooping sound in children under the age of 6 months or in adults who have the disease.
Initial symptoms of whooping cough develop about a week after exposure to the pertussis bacteria. Severe episodes of coughing start about 10 to 12 days later. Coughing spells may be so intense that they lead to vomiting or a short loss of consciousness, and whooping cough should always be considered when vomiting occurs with coughing. In infants, choking spells are common. Other symptoms include runny nose, slight fever of 102 degrees or lower, and diarrhea.
Since most of those coming down with whooping cough have been fully vaccinated against it, the CDC is now recommending three additional booster shots. But doing more of something that has not worked is seldom a successful idea, except for those who profit from that decision.
The pertussis vaccine is not the answer
The resurgence of whooping cough cannot be explained by the rising numbers of children whose parents have decided against vaccination. The Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported that the reformulated vaccine for pertussis introduced in the 1990s and given to babies and children up to the age of 7 is not as protective against the disease because it loses effectiveness, allowing rates of infection to spike.
A recent NaturalNews report cites a recent DTaP study in which researchers reported only a 24 percent vaccine effectiveness among children age 8 to 12.
This conclusion is borne out by data from the CDC showing that 84 percent of children under the age of 3 have received at least four DTaP shots, but in spite of these high rates of vaccination compliance, the disease has made a startling comeback.
Boosting innate immunity
Renown vaccine expert Dr. Russell Blaylock has pointed out that not only do vaccines not work as advertised, but they actually damage the body’s innate immunity. Rather than teach the body how to respond to infections, vaccines actually inhibit the immune system’s ability to produce TH2-type cytokines, and suppress cellular immunity, which is how the body protects itself against deadly viruses and bacteria. The better choice is strengthening innate immunity.
Strengthening innate immunity is a four step process that addresses:
Although it may sound simplistic, healthy children and adults are the product of healthy diets. Information abounds on how to return the diet of your family to one that produces immunity and good health.
Exercise sends the message to the body that you are alive, fit and needed in nature’s scheme. Exercising in fresh air is best. The air in a house is up to 500 times more polluted than outdoor air, a condition that compromises immunity. Be sure to open your windows and let in fresh air, even in winter months.
Most children and adults are short on friendly intestinal bacteria, the soldiers of the immune system. This is because friendly bacteria are killed off by antibiotics, pesticides in food, and chlorine in water. When you are low on friendly bacteria, you are wide open to infection. Replace your childs population of good bacteria with Pedia Biotic, and your own with Ultrabiotic.
In the last 50 years, a parade of products has appeared to help us sanitize our houses and kill germs. In order to create a market for these products, advertisers presented us with false reasons why we should fear germs and try to get them out of our lives with their products. But the truth is that a reasonable amount of dirt, bacteria and grime is what builds a strong immune system. Here is more information to help you and your children get top immunity:
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