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Lyme Vaccination Disease ~

Who Recommends This Vaccine?

To add to insult, the Lyme vaccine manufacturer only considered side effect which occurred within 24 hours prior to releasing the canine vaccine. Research from Cornell University Veterinary School however lists long term effects from vaccination as rheumatoid arthritis to “all the symptoms of actual Lyme Disease to even death via acute renal failure”. Dogs would be affected 4-8 weeks post vaccination with the Lyme vaccine.

Dr. Ron Schultz, our leading veterinary vaccine researcher does not recommend the use of Lyme disease vaccines on his own dogs despite living in a Lyme endemic part of the country in Wisconsin. Dr. MP Littman Dip ACVIM of Penn School of Vet Med also does not recommend any Lyme vaccines. All of them recommend you keep the dogs free of ticks. Most of the tick control products we are recommending are also effective against mosquitoes and fleas two more vectors recently associated with spirochete transfer and vectors of blood borne diseases.

It would also be useful to list that none of the US Veterinary schools list the Lyme Vaccine on their recommended lists of vaccines for animals. The AVMA and AAHA also are not recommending Lyme vaccines as a part of core vaccination protocols. It is obvious to me that there are too many problems with all the Lyme vaccines on the market and with the outer surface antigens like OspA, there exists a larger problem with immunopathology, cross reactivity and molecular mimicry. Since the goal of vaccination is to prevent and thereby promote optimal patient and public health, none of which is achieved with the Lyme vaccine, it would be best to avoid the Lyme vaccination and associated propaganda.

In field cases for natural exposure to the Lyme Disease organism, following a incubation period of two to five months post tick bite, most dogs suffer no symptoms and simply test positive whereas 5% of exposed dogs get fever, anorexia and lameness. Most respond very quickly to Doxycycline, the antibiotic of choice. In experiments done at Pennsylvania’s Veterinary School, of the Beagle puppies purposely infected with Borrelia burgdorferi (the spirochete attributed to Lyme disease), those who displayed symptoms experienced four days of self limiting lameness and fever and signs went away without any treatment. As found in the field situation, experimental adult Beagle dogs exhibited no sickness at all: they just became Lyme positive on the test. None of the experimental infections performed at Penn’s Veterinary school found any of the dogs or puppies to suffer flu-like, cardiac or neurological symptoms. 95% of exposed dogs simply do not get sick. So why would we vaccinate for this disease?

How about reactions to the Lyme Vaccine: There is plenty of evidence that Lyme Vaccine Disease is caused in part by autoimmunity. Lymphadenopathy and most often in Labradors and Golden Retrievers, serious kidney disease with protein losing nephropathy which may not respond to antibiotics. Indeed the pathological effects of painful arthritis and neurological disease including cognitive dysfunction can be conferred upon mammals through the vaccine for Lyme disease alone. The lipoprotein antigen used in all Lyme vaccines, including the Lymerix vaccine for humans (which was recalled for severe adverse events that occurred with the use of the vaccine) is now understood to generate autoimmune disease in vaccinated populations.

The Lyme vaccines contain thimerasol (mercury) a neurotoxin and a genetic mutator which is very inflammatory. As early as 1935, there were warnings against its safety “even in dogs serum” to the Eli Lilly Company by Pittman Moore Animal Pharmaceutical Company. These safety issues were raised in Congressional testimony several times and the correspondence from Pittman Moore to Eli Lilly are a part of Congressional Hearings testimony on the dangers of mercury (thimerasol).

The whole bacterin vaccines were on the market for years for dogs despite the significant pathology associated with them and despite their removal from human medicine. Adverse events from these types of vaccines continue to plague our animals. The Osp A recombinant DNA technology of the latest Lyme vaccines is touted as safe and yet despite the recall of the products in human Lyme vaccines due to safety issues, dogs also continue to be Lyme Vaccine Diseased from the use of these products.

Neurological syndromes that follow vaccination or infections are often attributed to auto immune mechanisms. There are numerous reports of neuropathy or cognitive impairment within several days to two months following vaccination with the OspA antigen; chronic inflammation demyelination polyneuropathies, multifocal motor neuropathy, sensory axonal neuropathy and cognitive impairment (seen on MRI). All of these disease patterns are also linked in humans to “chronic Lyme disease” and can also be considered “chronic Lyme vaccine disease”. These patterns of disease suggest the role of immune mechanisms in the manifestation of chronic Lyme disease will be resistant to antibiotic treatment. 11

An article titled “Pets fall victim to mental health problems too” lists cognitive dysfunction as a progressive disease with “no known cause” and advises treatment with drugs such as Selegeline (Anipryl), Senilife and Novofit. Coincidentally, the same drug company that makes the vaccines also makes drugs to treat vaccine diseases: yet they state cognitive dysfunction has no known cause and is progressive. Hills Prescription has a diet for this brain problem; the diet is called Brain Diet and has antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids, everything you would want to supplement a brain damaged with oxidative damage. It is vaccines which cause oxidative damage and they are directly linked to the formation of cognitive dysfunction. Oxidative damage also contributes to the state of chronic inflammation leading to cancerous developments.

The aluminum and mercury in vaccines allow vaccine components to travel directly up peripheral nerves and into the central nervous system. The aluminum increases the permeability of the blood brain barrier and allows the viruses, mercury, aluminum and antigens to enter directly into the central nervous system. Vaccines appear to be a serious biosecurity breech for the immune system and the disease that results from this Trojan horse is capable of the worst forms of pathology.

Can animals be suffering mental health problems from infections and from injections as are the humans? Travis a 15 year old domesticated chimp in Connecticut with Lyme Disease, (which is known to cause increased irritability), was acting agitated when his owner medicated the chimp with Xanax (an anti anxiety medication), in a bit of tea. Xanax has been shown to lead to aggression in people who are unstable to begin with. The Lyme disease infected chimp medicated with Xanax, tore the face off a 55 year old woman friend of the chimp’s caretaker. The chimp had not experienced any agitation prior to the Lyme disease.

A report which came to our service asked about changes in behavior following the Lyme vaccine. The report relayed that a dog had strange behavioral issues following the Lyme vaccine administration where he started circling the owner’s feet, trying to ‘herd’ her movements. The dog was not a herding breed. Following the administration of the second Lyme vaccine in three weeks, this time there was an increase in intensity.

First the dog increased his breathing, starting to pant and had respiratory difficulty. Once again he started the strange pacing movements circling the owner’s legs and feet, preventing her from moving. This time the dog was exhibiting more agitation and when the owner drew closer trying to examine him, the dog attacked her face, breaking the skin and drawing blood.

The neurological manifestations with Lyme disease or with Lyme vaccine disease include a wide range of symptoms including mood disturbance, confusion, depression, anxiety and adjustment syndrome as the spirochete is known to penetrate the pituitary gland. Many experts believe that Lyme disease can “rewire” the brain and affect personality. The CDC admits that 5% of patients may develop chronic neurological complaints months to years after infection (or injection), including obsessive compulsive disorders, Lyme Rage, behavioral changes and even stage fright (performance anxiety). All working dogs, agility dogs and performance dogs should especially be kept free from tick exposure and from pathology from the Lyme vaccine disease for this reason.

The information about the Osp A lipoprotein antigen of Borrelia and the pathway to disease was known as early as 1988. Scientific studies demonstrated that Osp A crossreacts with nerve cell axons, joint, synovial, heart and skeletal muscle protein and that the interaction results in autoimmune disease. The Osp A is found to be responsible for delayed hypersensitivity immune response and is a potent inducer of interleukin l, a cytokine with proinflammatory effects leading to cartilage and bone destruction.

The Osp A vaccine was approved for use in humans in 1998 despite the knowledge of this pathology, thanks to loop holes for reporting adverse events from the vaccine. Similar mechanisms of molecular mimicry and antigen specific T–cell responses have been recognized in both multiple sclerosis and chronic Lyme Neuroborreliosis. Early reports showed several references to lab animals with autoimmune disease. The FDA was aware that there was a link between the vaccine and degenerative autoimmune disease. Favorite media mogul Martin Zuckerman helped push for the fast pass of the human Lyme vaccine and the FDA licensed the vaccine before safety studies were completed on the human Osp A vaccine. The drug company Smith Kline Beecham promised to do the safety studies but never did and the vaccine was delivered into the arms of many people.

Effects~VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Records Systems) lists the adverse events associated with the human Lyme vaccine as arthalgia, myalgia, pain arthritis, arthrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, facial paralysis, hypersensitivity reactions, thrombocytopenia, anemia, kidney compromise, heart disease and even some deaths: and one suicide. The CDC reported that all of the above adverse events were already found in clinical trials prior to vaccine licensing. Lyme disease is also associated with endometriosis, abortions, miscarriages, still- births, perinatal deaths, kidney and liver disease, increased blood pressure, arrhythmias, decreased vision and decreased hearing. Furthermore, there is evidence of in-utero infection, (Dr. Alan MacDonald neonatal pathology specialist 1981), sexual transmission, transplacental passage and patterns of teratogenicity especially heart defects. Immune mediated presentations include splenomegaly, uveitis and rheumatoid arthritis. Neurological disorders include increased irritability and aggression (all of which mercury in vaccines alone can induce) depression, confusion, overeating, nerve damage in limbs and face, Bells Palsy, hallucinations, sleep disorders, memory loss decreased concentration, seizures. Secondary disturbances of endocrine-adrenal dysfunction include gonadal deficiencies, hypothyroidism, insulin resistance, hypothalamus and pituitary function. This results in decreasing stimulating hormones for end organs including adrenal, growth hormone, testosterone, estro- gen, anti diuretic hormone.* By: Dr. Patricia Jordan DVM

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