By Rowan Contraho
Shiv Chopra, the Canadian microbiologist known for having helped stop the approval of rBGH, did so not by making true but complex arguments about its association to cancers, but by reducing the issue to an undeniable biological fact and thus simple legal issue.
The law said that no factory containing so much as a single rat dropping or feather is considered clean. rBGH gives cows mastitis which leads to pus in their milk. rBGH thus turns cows into pus factories.
Wikipedia (articles there on vaccines appear to have been written by industry), says that “Vaccines are among the greatest achievements of modern medicine.” Dr. Chopra calls them “cluster bombs.”
“A vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease.” Dr. Chopra says vaccines do nothing of the sort and, in fact, violate the very laws of biology.
As with rBGH, he has a talent for reducing things to understandable and undeniable facts and when it comes to vaccines, he begins at the beginning by describing how the immune system works to protect people from disease.
He says there is a constant war going on between an individual’s bodily integrity and invading organisms.
Most people would most easily recognize this war when they think of bodies rejecting organs from another person or animal. That very same rejection occurs at a microlevel – against foreign viruses and bacteria. But rejecting what is foreign, no matter the size, is not just a nice thing or just “how the immune system protects the body” but it does so for a cardinal purpose – to maintain bodily integrity.
And the definition of “integrity” is crucial to understanding the brilliance of the immune system. “Integrity: the quality or state of being complete; unbroken condition; wholeness; entirety; the quality or state of being unimpaired; perfect condition …”
In the simplest terms, Dr. Chopra explains that the immune system maintains wholeness or “self” versus “non-self” in the face of invaders.