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Vaccinosis - the malaise
(fever, muscular aches, bone pain, prostration, etc.) as the result of
Definition From: ~A Dictionary of
Homeopathic Medical Terminology~
Article Taken with permission from:
~Tiger Tribe Sept/Oct 1992~
Consider this scenario: You
take you five year old cat to the vet to have his teeth cleaned. The vet
suggests that, while the animal is there, they give all the yearly
shots: the three in one, the feline leukemia booster and the rabies
vaccination. So, while still under the effects of the anestesia, your
cat's immune system is barraged with this multiple-virus "protection"
program. For weeks afterwards, the cat "doesn't seem the same, but you
can't quite tell why.
Seven months later the cat
develops a tumor in his chest, and within a month it grows so rapidly
that the cat has to be put to sleep.
While the conventional
veterinary community might protest any claim that there is a connection
between the vaccinations and the tumor, something inside you knows
differently. What a vacination is supposed to do is mimic the process of
disease itself. When a weakened version of a virus is injected into the
body, the immune system is "tricked" into producing antibodies and the
T-cells and B-cells that protect the body against a particular disease.
If the animal is exposed to the virus in the future, the body remembers
the virus and responds with the appropriate antibodies.
John Fudens, DVM,
says he does not have a problem with the concept of vaccination. "the
problem I have is with the method. An injection is totally unnatural and
artificial procedure. "No disease, short of being bitten by a rabid dog,
is injected by needle. What happens in this case is that the disease
totally bypasses the natural mechanism that is set up by the mouth and
the respiratory system to resist most communicable diseases."
Richard Moskowitz, MD, in
his remarkable article, "The Case Against Immunization" carries this
observation further by pointing out that the creation of circulating
antibodies "is only one, and by no means the most important" of the
mechanisms by which the body handles a viral attack. In fact, he says,
if we vaccinate, we have short circuited very important primary
responses to disease and have "accomplished what the entire immune
system seems to have evolved in order to prevent: we have placed the
virus directly into the blood, and given it free and immediate access to
the major immune organs and tissues, without any obvious way of getting
rid of it."
Also, what vaccination
protocols fail to take into consideration is the unique state of an
animal's immune system. We can never know how long whatever protection
is gained from the vaccination will last or even if it will be
effective. The only true immunity occurs when an animal gets a disease
and survives. It is then immune to that particular disease for life.
Dr Fudens points out that
"with the natural disease process, the virus or bacteria doesn't include
the antibiotics or the fungicides that are used to protect the vaccine
against bacterial contamination. And it doesn't include aluminum
sulfate, mercuric oxide, or any of the chemical substrates that are used
to carry the virus particles into the body in the injection procedure.
"And certainly you don't have the multitude of viruses coming in as one
group or one entity. You pick them up one at a time. So when you have
four, five, six or even seven viruses, it's a totally unnatural
Dr. Fudens prefers to
stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies with the use of
homeopathic nosodes, disease substances that are diluted to the point
where only the "energy" of the disease is left. "It still accomplishes
the same thing," he says, "but you don't have the other contaminants
which cause all the types of damage we see."
Dr Fudens, who has
practiced veterinary medicine for over twenty five years, says that the
worst reactions to vaccinations he sees are to the feline leukemia
vaccine. "These animals will come in with severely depressed immune
systems. They will actually mimic the disease they were vaccinated for.
I vaccinated with the leukemia vaccination when it first came out and I
can't tell you how many cats came back and I'd swear they had leukemia.
"Every skin problem you see is due to vaccinations, without fail. Later
on in life, arthritic situations and degenerative spinal diseases are
the result of vaccinations. And I am convinced that FUS in cats is also
vaccination-related. The rabies vaccination in dogs and cats causes so
many problems it isn't funny. It causes personality changes, skin
changes, damages the thyroid and endocrine systems. It lowers the immune
system tremendously, and after that, of course, the animal becomes fair
game for just about any disease."
According to Dr Fudens,
cats, as a species, are more susceptilble and sensitive than dogs to the
unnatural effects of procedures like vaccination. "The cat is a fine and
sensitive animal because of it's protien and nutritional requirements.
The more strict your requirements for a certain level of life and
health, the more susceptible you are to conditions that would damage or
change it. The cat is magnificant in many respects, but it is also very
vulnerable. It can only withstand a minimum level of insults until the
immune system breaks down."
In an article published in
the August 1985 Prevention Magazine, Richard Pitcairn, DVM, said "The
more I learn about the nature of the immune system, the more concerned I
am about the increasing number of vaccine viruses we are giving animals
and possible repercussions that may result."
Five years later at a
workshop on Chronic Diseases in Raymond, Maine, Dr. Pitcairn seemed even
more emphatic about the effects of vaccinations: "Another big reason for
the increase in Psora (the homeopathic term for the disease which
underlies all chronic illness) besides the allopathic drugs suppressing
disease, is the use of vaccinations. I think that's the reason so many
diseases are coming out at their base to be auto-immune dysfunction.
They (the vaccines) hit it (the immune system) hard, they disorient it,
confuse it, and it starts reacting wrongly."
In addition, Dr Pitcairn
has observed the reaction of many animals to the homeopathic remedy
Thuja, often used to counteract negative reactions to vaccinations in
both people and animals. "Thuja causes improvement in so many aimals it
makes you wonder what we're doing with this vaccination stuff."
In addition to seeing the
side effects of vaccinations experienced by individual animals, many
homeopaths question whether or not conventional vaccinations are
producing a population-wide suppression of disease that has serious
implications for the future health of all creatures. What is clear,
according to Jeffrey Levy, DVM, is that a pattern exists where we see
the elimination of one disease (feline distemper for example, or
smallpox in humans) followed by the emergence of a worse disease (feline
leukemia for cats, AIDS for humans). While one can place any kind of
interpretation one wants on these facts, says Levy, the pattern is quite
In responding to the claim
that side-effects of vaccinations are a necessary evil for the greater
good of society, Dr Levy states "It's not the greater good. You're
protecting the individuals artificially, and in doing so degrading the
health of the population at large."
Richard Moskowitz, in the
essay previously mentioned, seems to support Levy's assertion: "At the
bottom, I have always felt that the attempt to eradicae entire microbal
species from the biosphere must inevitably upset the balance of nature
in fundamental ways we can as yet scarcely imagine. "The fact is that we
have been taught to accept vaccination as a sort of involuntary
communion, a sacrament of our own participation in the unrestricted
growth of scientific and industrial technology, utterly heedless of the
long-term consequences to the health of our species, let alone to the
balance of nature as a whole".
While Dr Levy recommends
the use of homeopathic nosodes to his clients, he says that there are
limitations to vaccinating even with these side-effect-free remedies.
"The nosodes are effective and safe, but what they are doing essentially
is putting a band-aid over a susceptibility. Somewhere down the line you
are going to have to deal with that susceptibility in one disease form
or another. "So, from my perspective, the alternative to using nosodes
is to treat the case constitutionally (the use of single remedies that
match the total symptom picture of the chronic or acute state of
health). When you do this, you improve the immunity, resistance to
disease, and so forth. Basically, it offers the same and perhaps greater
protection than the nosodes, but it does it from the inside out, rather
than pasting a bandaid over the top."
Mitchell Fleisher, MD,
in a recent letter to Yoga Journal, would seem to support the same
perspective: "The vast majority of the professional classical
homeopathic community does not advise the use of homeopathic or
allopathic vaccines in the long-term prevention of communicable
diseases. Rather professional homeopaths would prescribe a single
remedy, based upon the totality of the individual's symptoms... that is
intended to strengthen the immune system and assist the defense
mechanism in overcoming disease."
The letter goes on to
point out that there is a great deal of evidence for homeopathy's
ability to handle viral epidemics. During the 19th century, homeopathy
enjoyed a surge of popularity when it was found to be extremely
effective in dealing with the epidemic diseases that spread throuout the
country. In fact, during a cholera epidemic in Cincinnati in 1849, only
3 percent of homeopathic patients died, compared to 48-60% of the
conventionally treated patients.
Dr Levy points out that if
given immediately after exposure to a known disease, nosodes can prevent
the development of clinical disease. Of course, we are often unaware
when our animal companions are exposed to diseases. But Dr. Levy offers
hope, "Viral diseases such as feline leukemia, feline infectious
peritonitis...are usually incurable with conventional medical treatment
(antibiotics, steroids, etc.). However, they frequently respond very
quickly and favorably to homeopathic treatment."
Deciding not to vaccinate
or to use the homeopathic nosodes can be difficult. W. Jean Dodds,
vaccination protocol) has begun studies on the effectiveness of
nosodes, funded in part by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical
Association. Hopefully, some solid evidence that these remedies work
will give people alternatives to the legally required conventional
vaccines. But of course, even the nosodes, as free from side-effects as
they are, do not guarantee absolute freedom from disease. Only a
perfectly healthy creature, human or animal, can consider this
possibility. So making a decision implies taking more responsibility for
your cat's health. Such responsibility will probably involve nutritional
support, as well as alternative methods of dealing with viral and
bacterial infections, should they arise.
If you give all the
vaccinations a conventional vet suggests and your cat develops a tumor,
certainly no one is going to blame you. "You did all you could" would
probably be the standard condolence. Perhaps some might blame all the
pollution in our environment. But we may be looking in the wrong place
for the substance of this pollution. Perhaps, as has often been the
case, "the enemy is us." With our pride in science's ability to do
better than nature, we may just have created another Frankenstein that
lurches beyond our control.
Consider Before You Vaccinate
(Taken from Tiger Tribe Sept/Oct 1992)
1) If you vaccinate with
conventional vaccines, try not to allow your vet to use anything but a
killed vaccine (however, this option may not always be available).
Modified live vaccines are considered the most dangerous by experts in
immunology. They have the ability to replicate and then mutate in the
body and are banned in Scandanavian countries.
2) Although it might be
less expensive, do not vaccinate for several diseases at once. The
rabies vaccine, especially, should be given seperatly from other
vaccines. (6 week intervals)
3) If you vaccinate
conventionally, consider using homeopathic remedies to counteract any
potential adverse affects form the conventional vaccines. Jeff Levy,
DVM, recommends that the approprite nosode (made from the disease
you are vaccinating for) be given immediately after the vaccination. The
next day give Thuja 30C, followed one week later by Sulphur 6X for one
week. In most states the only "required" vaccination is rabies. The
appropriate nosode for this would be Lyssin30C.
4) Don't vaccinate for
feline leukemia. Dr Levy has pointed out that there is a great deal of
evidence that this vaccine is both dangerous and ineffective.
5) Don't vaccinate if an
animal is in poor health, pregnant, undergoing surgery, or especially
when also receiving a corticosteroid injection for allergies.
6) If you decide to use
the nosodes, you will need to contact a veterinarian who uses homeopathy
in his/her practice. While most homeopathic remedies are available
over-the-counter, the nosodes are availble only by prescription.
Killed Versus MLV Vaccines
(Taken from Pure-bred Dogs/American Kennel Gazette)
Dr Christine Wilford's comments about
vaccines in the Veterinary News section of the June Gazette were
timely and important. I'd like to provide further considerations for
your readers about the killed versus modified-live virus (MLV) vaccine
The risks posed by MLV
vaccines were reviewed in a landmark paper by Tizard (JAVMA, Vol.196,
1851-1858, June 1990). It is well recognized by experts in the field
that a properly constituted killed vaccine is always preferable to one
of MLV origin. The primary reasons (for this preference) reflect safety
to the host and the environment. Killed vaccines do not replicate in the
vaccinated animal, do not carry the risk of residual virulence and do
not shed attenuated viruses into the environment. Furthermore, killed
vaccines do not bear the risk of contamination with adventitial viruses
present in the tissue culture cells used to grow MLV vaccines.
Finally, Dr Wilford's
statement that "modified-live parvo vaccines pose no threat to dogs" is
simply overstated. They can trigger autoimmune disorders of blood cells
(platelets, red blood cells), bone marrow failure and immunosuppression
in genetically or physiologically susceptible animals. Vaccines, while
necessary and generally safe and effacacious, can be harmful or
ineffective in selected situations.
W Jean Dodds, DVM, Santa
This subject is one of my
"pet" (pun intended) peeves. I deal with Vets and Vet Techs on a daily
basis who instruct their students to keep the pup "home and away from
strange dogs" until the age of 5 months or so.
Well, guess what? Being
that our breed (I have Danes for those of you who do not know me) weighs
about 70-80 pounds by this age, the poor unsuspecting owners are
literally being bowled over, never mind dragged around by these poor
unsocilaized Dane pups who are just overwhelmed and thrilled by all the
new smells, sights and sounds. Add the inundation with strange dogs and
the mix CAN be a lethal one.
The owners can begin
training their pups at the age of 8 weeks, even if the pups only lie in
the owners arms and OBSERVE classes for the first few weeks. I offer
free unlimited classes for beginner dog folks, and I don't run separate
pup kindergartens. I do keep the bigger, older dogs in a different class
from the "pup" aged dogs, but
that is the only separation I have.
I have had great success
with this method, as the very young pups learn a LOT from just watching,
and the owners comment that the pups tend to be more attentive as they
Separating pups from the
world for the first 4 months of life, is to me likened to parents who
isolate their little babes from other kids from birth thru age 4 or 5,
then the poor kid spends the first 2 years of day care or kindergarten
in bed with colds and illnesses.
My breeder goes one step
further........if the pups are exposed to a lot of strangers as young
pups ( 3 weeks old) the mothers immune influence is still strong in the
pups, and they have the opportunity to build up their own immune systems
while being protected by mom.
Once the litter is
healthily established (The breeder can see that there are no failing or
weak pups) she invites folks to come visit and handle the pups. They are
extremely well socialized and healthy.....all of her dogs.
On vaccines, I have been in
constant touch with Jean Dodds, DVM and am a believer that we are WAY
over-vaccinating our dogs, to the point of causing immune system
failures. I am not ready to eschew vaccinations all together, but I DO
use Jean Dodds modified vaccination schedule, coupled with homeopathic
When questioned directly,
most vets would agree that far more of their clients die or are rehomed
from behavior problems, particularly aggression, than die from
infectious diseases. I think prenatal and postnatal care in general and
at what age the puppies are released to new homes are more important
than finishing vaccinations before permitting socialization.
Lore Haug, DVM
I would like to make you
aware that all 27 veterinary schools in North America are in the
process of changing their protocols for vaccinating dogs and cats.
Some of this information
will present an ethical & economic challenge to vets, and there will be
skeptics. Some organizations have come up with a political compromise
suggesting vaccinations every 3 years to appease those who fear loss of
income vs those concerned about potential side effects. Politics,
traditions, or the doctor's economic well being should not be a factor
in medical decision.
NEW PRINCIPLES OF
"Dogs and cats immune
systems mature fully at 6 months. If a modified live virus vaccine is
given after 6 months of age, it produces an immunity which is good for
the life of the pet (ie: canine distemper, parvo, feline distemper). If
another MLV vaccine is given a year later, the antibodies from the
first vaccine neutralize the antigens of the second vaccine and there
is little or no effect. The titer is not "boosted" nor are more memory
"Not only are annual
boosters for parvo and distemper unnecessary, they subject the pet to
potential risks of allergic reactions and immune-mediated hemolytic
"There is no scientific
documentation to back up label claims for annual administration of MLV
antibodies through their mothers milk. This natural protection can last
8-14 weeks. Puppies & kittens should NOT be vaccinated at LESS than 8
weeks. Maternal immunity will neutralize the vaccine and little
protection (0-38%) will be produced. Vaccination at 6 weeks will,
however, delay the timing of the first highly effective vaccine.
Vaccinations given 2 weeks apart suppress rather than stimulate the
immune system. A series of vaccinations is given starting at 8 weeks
and given 3-4 weeks apart up to 16 weeks of age. Another vaccination
given sometime after 6 months of age (usually at 1 year 4 mo) will
provide lifetime immunity.
"Distemper & Parvo.
According to Dr. Schultz, AVMA, 8-15-95, when a vaccinations series
given at 2, 3 & 4 months and again at 1 year with a
MLV, puppies and kitten program memory
cells that survive for life, providing lifelong immunity.
"Dr. Carmichael at Cornell
and Dr. Schultz have studies showing immunity against challenge at 2-10
years for canine distemper & 4 years
for parvovirus. Studies for longer duration are pending.
"There are no new strains
of parvovirus as one mfg. would like to suggest. Parvovirus
vaccination provides cross immunity for all types.
"Hepatitis (Adenovirus) is
one of the agents known to be a cause of kennel cough. Only vaccines
with CAV-2 should be used as CAV-1
vaccines carry the risk of "hepatitis blue-eye" reactions & kidney
Commonly called "Kennel cough", recommended only for those dogs boarded,
groomed, taken to dog shows, or for
any reason housed where exposed to a lot of dogs. The intranasal
vaccine provides more complete and more rapid onset of immunity with
less chance of reaction. Immunity requires 72 hours and does not
protect from every cause of kennel cough. Immunity is of short duration
(4 to 6 months).
There have been no reported cases of rabid
dogs or cats in Harris, Montogomery or Ft. Bend Counties [Texas], there
have been rabid skunks and bats so
the potential exists. It is a killed vaccine and must be given every
Lyme disease is a tick
born disease which can cause lameness, kidney failure and heart disease
in dogs. Ticks can also transmit the
disease to humans.
The original Ft. Dodge
killed bacteria has proven to be the most effective vaccine.
Lyme disease prevention
should emphasize early removal of ticks. Amitraz collars are more
effective than Top Spot, as amitraz
paralyzes the tick's mouth parts preventing transmission of disease.
VACCINATIONS NOT RECOMMENDED
Multiple components in vaccines compete
with each other for the immune system and result in lesser immunity
for each individual disease as well as increasing the risk of a
Canine Corona Virus is only
a disease of puppies. It is rare, self limiting (dogs get well in 3
days without treatment). Cornell &
Texas A& M have
only diagnosed one case each in the last 7 years. Corona virus does not
cause disease in adult dogs.
"Leptospirosis vaccine is
a common cause of adverse reactions in dogs. Most of the clinical cases
of lepto reported in dogs in the US are caused by serovaars (or types)
grippotyphosa and bratsilvia. The vaccines contain different serovaars
eanicola and ictohemorrhagica. Cross protection is not provided and
protection is short lived. Lepto vaccine is immuno-supressive to
puppies less than 16 weeks.
NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FOR
Feline vaccine related
Fibrosarcoma is a type of terminal cancer related in inflammation caused
by rabies & leukemia vaccines. This cancer is thought to affect 1 in
10,000 cats vaccinated. Vaccines with aluminum adjuvant, an
ingredient included to stimulat the immune system, have been implicated
as a higher risk.
We now recommend a non-adjuvanted
rabies vaccine for cats. Testing by Dr. Macy, Colorado State, has shown
this vaccine to have the lowest tissue reaction and although there is
no guarantee that a vaccine induced sarcoma will not develop, the risk
will be much lower than with other vaccines.
Program injectable 6 mo
flea prevention for cats has been shown to be very tissue reactive &
therefore has the potential of inducing an injection site fiborsarcoma.
If your cats develops a lump at the site of a vaccination, we recommend
that it be removed ASAP, within 3-12 weeks.
Feline Leukemia Virus
Vaccine This virus is the leading viral killer of cats. The
individuals most at risk of infection are young outdoor cats, indoor
/outdoor cats and cats exposed to such individuals. Indoor only cats
with no exposure to potentially infected cats are unlikely to become
infected. All cats should be tested prior to vaccination.
Cats over one year of age
are naturally immune to Fel.V whether they are vaccinated or not, so
annual vaccination of adult cats is not necessary.
The incubation period of
Feline leukemia can be over 3 years, so if your cat is in the incubation
state of the disease prior to vaccination, the vaccine will not prevent
Feline Panleukopenia Virus
Vaccine. Also called feline distemper is a highly contagious and
deadly viral disease of kittens. It's extremely hardy and is resistant
to extremes in temperature and to most available disinfectants. Altho
an effective treatment protocol is available, it is expensive to
treat. Because of the serious nature of the disease and the continued
presence of virus in the environment, vaccination is highly recommended
for all kittens. Cats vaccinated at 6 month or older with either killed
or MLV vaccine will produce an immunity good for lif e.
Adult cats do NOT need this vaccine.
Vaccine. Responsible for 80-90% of infectious feline upper respiratory
tract diseases. The currently available injectable vaccines will
minimize the severity of upper respiratory infections, although none
will prevent disease in all situations. Intranasal vaccines are more
effective at preventing the disease entirely. Don't worry about normal
sneezing for a couple of days. Because intranasal vaccines produce an
immunity of shorter durations, annual vaccination is recommended.
RECOMMENDED Chlamydia or
pneumonitis. The vaccine produces on a short (2 month) duration of
immunity and accounts for less than 5% of upper respiratory infections
in cats. The risks outweigh the benefits.
Peritonitis. A controversial vaccine. Most kittens that contract FIP
become infected during the first 3 months of life. The vaccine is
labeled for use at 16 weeks. All 27 vet schools do not recommend the
Bordetella. A new vaccine
for feline bordetella has been introduced. Dr. Wolfe of
Texas A&M says
that bordetella is a normal flora and d oes not cause disease in
adult cats. Dr. Lappin of Colorado State says that a review of the
Colorado State medical records reveals not one case diagnosed in 10
Giardia is the most common
intestinal parasite of humans in North America, 30% or more of all dogs
& cats are infected with giardia. It has now been demonstrated that
humans can transmit giardia to dogs & cats & vice versa.
Heartworm preventative must
be given year round in Houston.
VACCINES BADLY NEEDED
"New vaccines in development include:
Feline Immunodeficiency virus and cat scratch fever vaccine for cats and
Ehrlichia [one of the other tick diseases, much worse than Lymes] for
THE VIEW FROM THE
TRENCHES; BUSINESS ASPECTS
"Most vets recommend
annual boosters and most kennel operators require them. For years the
pricing structure of vets has misled clients into thinking that the
inherent value of an annual office visit was in the "shots"..they failed
to emphasize the importance of a physical exam for early detection of
It is my hope that you
will continue to require rabies & Kennel cough and emphasize the
importance of a recent vet exam. I also hope you will accept the new
protocols and honor these pets as currently vaccinated. Those in the
boarding business who will honor the new vaccine protocols can gain new
customers who were turned away from vet owned boarding facilities
reluctant to change.
Dogs & cats no longer need to be vaccinated
against distemper, parvo, & feline leukemia every year. Once the
initial series of puppy or kitten vaccinations and first annual
vaccinations are completed, immunity from MLV vaccines persists for
life. It has been shown that cats over 1 year of age are immune to
Feline Leukemia whether they have been vaccinated or not. Imagine the
money you will save, not to mention less risks from side effects.
PCR rabies vaccine, because
it is not adjuvanted, will mean less risk of mediated hemolytic anemia
and allergic reactions are reduced b y less frequent use of vaccines as
well as by avoiding unnecessary vaccines such as K-9 Corona virus and
chlamydia for cats, as well as ineffective vaccines such as
Leptospirosis and FIP.
Intranasal vaccine for
Rhiotracheitis and Calici virus, two upper respiratory viruses of cats
provide more complet protection than injectable vaccines with less risk
of serious reactions.
The AAHA and all 27
veterinary schools of North America are our biggest endorsement for
these new protocols.
Dr. Bob Rogers
Please consider as current
on all vaccinations for boarding purposes
Initial series of puppy
1. distemper, hepatitis, parvo,
parinfluenze - 3 sets one month
concluding at 16 weeks of age.
2. Rabies at 16 weeks of age (later is
3. Bordetella within last 4-6 months
First annual (usually at 1
year and 4 months of age)
1. DHP, Parvo, Rabies
2. Bordetella within last 4-6 months
2 years or older
1. Rabies with in last year
2. Bordetella within last 4-6 months
3. DHP & Parvo given anytime over 6
months of age, but not
necessarily within the last year.
Recommended: Physical exam for
transmissible diseases and health risks,
Initial kitten series
1 distemper [PLP], Rhino Calicivirus,
Feline Leukemia Vaccine - 3 sets
given one month apart concluding at 16 weeks.
2. Rabies at 16 weeks
>First Annual [usually at
1 year and 4 months of age]
Distemper (PLP), Rhino Calicivirus, Rabies
2 years or older
1. Rabies within the last year
2. Rhino Calicivirus within last year
3. Distemper and FelV given anytime after
6 months of age, but not necessarily
with the last year.
exam, FeLV/FIV testing, fecal exam for giardia.
vaccine information as it relates to immune system :
: Chronic Diseases Caused by Vaccines
Veterinary Hospital- The Vaccination Question:
Vaccinating Too Much?
Vaccination: Shield Against Canine Diseases
Vaccinations Come Under Scrutiny
Problems, Vaccines, and Cancer in Animals
Don't Tell You About Vaccines" by Catherine