A common upper respiratory disease called Pertussis many often know as Whooping Cough. You may have even heard of it as the “100 day cough”? This is a lingering disease that starts off with cold-like symptoms such as runny nose, a mild fever, and maybe a cough. These mild symptoms last for almost 2 weeks and then, as the disease develops, you may notice a worsening rapid cough with high pitched “whoop” sound accompanied by fatigue and sometimes vomiting due to the extreme coughing. This disease is extremely contagious by breathing in the bacteria that are present in droplets released when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The person who is infected is contagious for up to 3 weeks! And the worst part is…they may not even know they have it.
Infants are at risk for most severe complications including pneumonia and seizures because their immune systems are underdeveloped. But, since the disease starts off more like a cold, it is often not diagnosed right away until the more severe symptoms start. Many babies may not even present with a cough at all but they will have trouble breathing and may even turn blue. Others susceptible to the disease are those with immunocompromised conditions like cancer, have had any kind of organ transplant, or live with chronic conditions like asthma or other lung problems.1 However, most adults do not even know they have it since it starts out much like a cold. This is, however, the most vulnerable time thought at when they are contagious.
The vaccination given to babies to protect against this disease is called DTaP. This vaccine is licensed for children from 6 weeks to 6 years. It is to protect from Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis. Five doses of this vaccine is given to children between 2 months and 6 years of age. After that, one dose of Tdap is given at 10 years to 64 years. This vaccine has a lower concentration of Diphtheria and Pertussis. Every 10 years then, it is then recommended to get a Td vaccine as a booster. However, “Almost two-thirds of adults are not aware of their Tdap vaccination status, and thus cannot be sure they are able to prevent the spread of pertussis to a vulnerable newborn.”2 So how fair is it to vaccinate young babies, when contagious adults may be the ones exposing them to the disease? On the other hand, if you have received your one dose of Tdap in your lifetime, how long does it protect you and others around you from Pertussis?
Think about it. So once children get their 5 rounds of DTaP, they follow up and get only get one dose of Tdap in their lifetime. After that, up through adulthood, they only receive Td boosters. Notice there is no Pertussis in that vaccine? Is the Tdap vaccine good for a lifetime?
Before the 1990’s a different type of Pertussis vaccine called a “whole cell vaccine” was used. It supposedly worked better but had really bad side effects. So it was then changed to an “acellular” kind with lesser side effects. In a study by New England Journal of Medicine they found that after the fifth dose of DTaP, the odds of acquiring whooping cough increased by an average of 42 percent per year.4 The Tdap is even less effective. A study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics, investigated the “acelluar” vaccine’s effectiveness after more breakouts were reported. This study concluded that routine Tdap did not prevent pertussis outbreaks, Tdap provided moderate protection against pertussis during the first year and then waned rapidly so that little protection remained 2-3 years after vaccination.3 From this data researchers were able to figure out that in the first year after TdaP, its effectiveness is about 70%. By four years out, that protection is less than 10%.5
Peer reviewed data from professor of infectious diseases, Dr. Maxwell Witt, suggests that the current schedule of acellular pertussis vaccine doses is insufficient to prevent outbreaks of pertussis. They noted an increased rate of disease from age 8 through 12 and concluded that acellular vaccines have not been studied for clinical efficacy in north America and no studies exist on long term.6
As mentioned before, Whooping Cough is very contagious and you could even be an asymptomatic carrier and infect others. If you suspect that you or your child may have Pertussis because you have had a cold accompanied with a cough for more than 2 weeks, the following protocols may help lessen symptoms and increase healing and repair time.
When you first start to use ascorbate, the mucus may thin out quickly and the person coughing may bring up large quantities of mucus in the first 24 hours.8 That is a sign of success. For toddlers and children you can use 1,000 mg to 3,000 mg depending on weight. Consult your experienced practitioner for accurate dosage.
Medical doctor Suzanne Humphries, co-author of Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History, has 19 years of experience and success with Vitamin C as a necessity for the immune system’s capability of fighting disease. She recommends that when treating very young infants, it is important to have assistance from an experienced practitioner and close monitoring.
Adults can take 5,000 to 10,000 IU daily. Be sure to get your Vitamin D status checked to know exactly how much you should be taking.
The above recommended doses of supplements can be taken at the time when a virus or disease is spreading around your house, work, or your child’s daycare or school. What you may need on a daily basis will depend on other factors. These nutritional deficiencies and toxicities can be discovered by testing a comprehensive blood analysis and hair tissue mineral analysis. What your body needs will differ from what others may need. It is important to get an individualized plan to make the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes that are optimal for your health. If you are not healthy, how can you take care of others? Call us to today to set up your consultation with an experienced nutritionist.
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The information has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.