Vaccines, Autoimmunity & the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: Are childhood vaccines affecting the health of today's young people?
Air Date: 10/5/18
Duration: 27:21
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Tom Cowan, MD
Tom CowanThomas Cowan, MD, has studied and written about many subjects in medicine including nutrition, anthroposophical medicine and herbal medicine. He is the principal author of The Fourfold Path to Healing and co-author (with Sally Fallon) of The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care. Dr. Cowan has served as vice president of the Physicians Association for Anthroposophic Medicine and is a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation®. He also writes the “Ask the Doctor” column in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts (the Weston A. Price Foundation’s quarterly magazine) and has lectured throughout the United States and Canada. He has three grown children and practices medicine in San Francisco where he resides with his wife, Lynda Smith.
Vaccines, Autoimmunity & the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness
Excessive vaccines for children may lead to adverse effects on immunity and gut health and contribute to the development of modern illnesses. 

There has been a significant change in childhood diagnoses with chronic illnesses over the past few decades. Many children have allergies and asthma compared to population percentages in the past.

Cell-mediated immune response to viruses is what we call “being sick.” Fever, mucus production, feeling bad and rashes are prompted by the cell-mediated response. Seven to ten days of misery result.

Humeral immunity creates antibodies to the virus to fight off its return. This is how chicken pox doesn’t strike the same person twice.

Vaccines may bypass the cell-mediated response, stimulating the humeral response to create the antibodies. Additionally, additives to vaccines may include today’s common allergens like eggs, peanuts or wheat, leading to allergic reactions to these substances.

Listen as Dr. Tom Cowan joins Dr. Susanne Bennett to discuss the complexity of childhood vaccinations.