Can We Talk About Immune Dysregulation and Immune Activation Events?
This was a Facebook memory from two years ago today. We’re still not really talking about it. Let’s.
REVISITING COVID-19 "CAUSE AND EFFECT" (from January 2021)
The media makes continuous attempts to frame our thinking on “cause and effect” - attributing all kinds of illness, death and long-term repercussions to Covid-19 and dismissing virtually every negative experience subsequent to vaccines. Let’s root into some guiding principles so we have an opportunity to think each link and association through for ourselves.
Let’s start with IMMUNE DYSREGULATION and IMMUNE ACTIVATION EVENTS, since I’m already starting to see the media stories trying to link Covid-19 to things like “sustained immune dysregulation”, multi-system inflammatory syndrome and even Parkinson's disease .
Immune dysregulation encompasses any maladaptive change or breakdown in the immune system. Basically, your immune system stops working properly.
Immune dysregulation syndromes include many variations of autoimmune conditions, hyperinflammatory disorders, and immunodeficiency syndromes. They’re also linked to the development of cancers and many chronic diseases as dysregulated immune systems tend to contribute to the deterioration of other systems.
The “cause” is often elusive because our immune systems are activated and triggered all the time. But while it can be nearly impossible to isolate which thing is the straw that breaks the camel’s back, many people identify a significant health event as the onset of their conditions. While these people’s suspicions are often ignored, it makes sense to examine the whole spectrum of “immune activation events” to try to gain a better understanding of how we respond to things and why.
If you have a dysregulated immune system, any number of “immune activation events” have the potential to trigger a pathological response. Viral or bacterial infections, allergic reactions, toxicity or vaccinations can ALL be considered immune activation events as they all stimulate the immune system. This is important to keep in mind because the assumption that vaccines are “safe and effective” often prevents people from understanding a basic principle of immune dysregulation, which is this: If your immune system no longer knows how to respond properly, anything that triggers an immune response has the potential to go wrong.
So how can vaccines be part of this picture?
Traditional vaccines work by using a weakened or killed version of pathogen (antigen) to illicit an immune response that will result in antibodies that can protect people if they’re exposed to that pathogen. But, since the weakened version is too weak to create an immune response on its own, vaccines generally use adjuvants to stimulate the immune system. However, since common adjuvants like aluminum are also known neurotoxins, they can sometimes trigger dangerous immune-inflammatory responses. And while some argue that we are regularly exposed to aluminum, studies show that injected aluminum nano-particles in vaccines a) cannot be excreted the same way, b) bind to pathogens and c) can pass the blood brain barrier and enter the brain and nervous system. And studies show that aluminum from a growing vaccination schedule can accumulate in the brain over time.
In this way, vaccines can contribute to immune dysregulation (confusing or hyperstimulating the immune system) and/or also create a ticking time bomb that can potentially be triggered by virtually any subsequent immune activation event. It is therefore possible for a vaccination to set the stage for much more serious reactions to sports injuries, concussions, viral infections or other vaccinations.
Some of the Covid vaccines work differently - using mRNA technology to prompt our bodies to create an immune response - and we’re still learning about how this will impact us. But the one thing all Covid vaccines share in common with other vaccines is that they trigger an immune response. And immune responses will vary according to the health of a person’s immune system. We also know that many people have high levels of antibodies to the PEG (polyethylene glycol) that is used in these vaccines, which may be linked to the allergic reactions we’re seeing. Time will tell.
But we need to start understanding the dots before we connect them.
There have been thousands of studies, and detailed analyses since I wrote this, but if you go back to this broader perspective, it’s easy to see how we can get trapped in a forever spiral of “correlation is not causation” instead of cultivating a deeper understanding of the spectrum of contributing factors.
People are suffering. Let’s not lose the lessons.
I’d love to hear your thoughts.