Collagen, Joint Disease and Vaccines

By Dr. Jeannie Thomason


Recently, there was an article printed in a dog care magazine about our pets incurring “life- long” immunity from vaccines. I took offense to this statement and always will.

Vaccines do NOT incur immunity of any kind! While titers may show anti-bodies in the blood for the life of a dog after it has been vaccinated, does not mean the dog is immune to contracting the very virus they were supposedly vaccinated against – Parvo, Distemper, etc.

Actually, being vaccinated even , “only once”,  means that the dog’s immune system has been artificially put on high alert and the body is now set up for dis-ease of one kind or another.

I believe it is high time that we stop tip toeing around and lying about vaccines – a vaccinated dog is not only just as likely to contract Parvo (or any other virus they include in the toxic soup they call a vaccination) than a non-vaccinated dog but a vaccinated dog is actually more likely to die of the virus than an un-vaccinated dog is!

What is everyone so afraid of that they won’t tell the truth or the whole story about vaccines and immunity?

Breeders and new puppy owners are always so puzzled and heartbroken when their vaccinated puppies develop Parvo and the virus is killing their puppy and even entire litters of puppies.

What happened, was the vaccine diluted? Had it gotten warm and lost its potency? Did you not give the whole series of vaccinations recommended? Was this a new and hotter strain of the virus that the vaccine did not cover?

NO! Vaccines do NOT protect, they do not immunize! In fact, they do just the opposite; they compromise the immune system and set the body up for disease! Vaccinated animals become more susceptible to the very dis-ease/virus they are supposed to be protected from!

I worked as a licensed veterinary technician for several years and experienced first hand, having puppies come in to the clinic with Parvo on a weekly basis. The majority of these puppies had been vaccinated at least once and most had received all three and sometimes four “puppy shots”. Nine out of ten times these puppies were violently ill and had to be hospitalized, set up with IVs and isolated. They would be in our care for two or three weeks sometimes if they did not succumb to the virus and die in the first week.  Which by the way, sadly, most of them did die.

The occasional, fairly rare puppy that came in with Parvo that had never been vaccinated, even once was always able to be treated on an out-patient basis where we would either send them home with subQ fluids (just under the skin on the nape of the neck) or the owners were told not to give them anything by mouth (orally) and bring them in twice a day for 3- 5 days to recieve iv fluids. These non-vaccinated puppies were never as ill as the vaccinated ones that we saw and as a  general rule, they always recovered in a matter of four or 5 days tops.

You see, when the body is exposed to a virus naturally, via its first line of defense which is the Th1 level of the immune system, (the mucous membranes in the nose, mouth and lungs), the immune system is quickly able to recognize the virus as an enemy and mount a strong defense against it before it ever even reaches the blood stream!  This is Natural Immunity!

However when a virus (along with a myriad of toxic chemicals, heavy metals, etc. in a vaccine) is introduced to the body via an injection into the blood stream, it totally by-passes the immune system’s first line of defence it is a “surprise attack” on the second line of defence (called the Th2 level of the immune system) which is very distressing to the body.

Vaccines “back-door assaults” on the Th2 level of the immune system “flip the switch” so to speak and the immune system then becomes hyper-sensitive indefinitely and and compels it to react inappropriately from then on to other normally harmless substances. The result is a generation of pets with damaged immune systems who suffer from food and environmental allergies, asthma, IBD, shortened life spans and increasingly more life threatening auto-immune disorders as they mature.

You see, the entire religon/philosophy of vaccinations overlooks the crucial importance of actually contracting the various viruses or infections as part of the normal development and training of the immune system.

Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that the disease rate among modern dogs has not been lowered in the least by mass vaccination that has been taking place over the last 40 years; but is actually greatly on the increase?

Have you stopped to consider that more often than not, it is the vaccinated dogs that end up with the virus they were vaccinated for? And worse yet, these vaccinated dogs are developing brain disorders, seizures, auto-immune diseases, chronic digestive disorders, etc. as early as 6 – 18 months  of age and always (if not sooner) after being vaccinated!

“By vaccinating every individual animal and not allowing them to develop their own immunity, we are effectively preventing the passing of the immunity to the future generations. A vaccine is always made from the most virulent form of the virus since pharmaceutical companies jump on the wagon as soon as the disease appears and the level of fear is at its highest. While in nature this virus would have mutated into a less virulent form, it does not do so in the vaccine. Generations of animals are therefore injected with the worst form of the virus and stripped of their natural immune response which would have been passed onto subsequent generations. What is passed forward instead is deformed DNA, and the destruction of the species must ensue. Vaccinated mothers do not pass on herd immunity, which then puts pups in greater danger of contracting disease while they are very young. By attempting to save the individual animal, we are effectively destroying the species. A healthy species is able to survive without human interference and we are taking that ability away from our animals.”  ~ Dr. Aleksandra Mikic, author of the book Immune Doggie

Up until fairly recent history, if we and the animals did not have the built in basic ability to defend ourselves against simple infections or viruses, (a properly functioning immune system) then none of us would have survived as a species this long!

The serious epidemics and infectious illnesses (which prompted the move to develop vaccinations in the first place) were all caused by inadequate/poor nutrition and poor sanitation, in other words, by living in un-natural/un-sanitary ways.

It has always been a return to eating a natural, whole food diet and natural living with good hygiene which were the most significant factors for the eradication of these illnesses and not from the introduction of un-natural vaccines!

The Creator of all life has equipped every form of life from the plants to the animals with the proper, natural mechanisms to fight off infections and create immunity to diseases. The diseases themselves are the challenging mechanisms or teaching tools of the maturation process leading to the competence of the immune system. In other words, it is very beneficial for our dogs (or us or any animal) to be exposed to diseases NATURALLY  and gradually while still young. This is part of nature’s process of building and developing a healthy, immune system, thus, NATURAL IMMUNITY!


Are you about to welcome a new puppy into your home or have already done so recently?  Would you like to know more about natural immunity and giving the pup a long, healthy life?   Schedule an Email consultation with Dr. Jeannie today.



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