Dr. Al Danenberg ● Nutritional Periodontist
August 1, 2021
I’m 74-years old and vulnerable.
As most of my readers know, I am challenged with an incurable bone marrow cancer. After my diagnosis in 2018, my oncologist gave me only 3-6 months to live. I rejected chemotherapy but accepted isolated radiation therapy to help me breathe without pain. Immediately, I investigated and created my own Unconventional Cancer Protocols.
Today, I am thriving. But I have never gone into remission.
Although I feel great, this malignancy may have begun to rear its ugly head again. Some of my dysfunctional antibody blood tests have increased their numbers over the past two months. However, these levels are still better than the same blood test levels at the time of my PET Scan in May 2020, which showed no active cancer cells in my body. Obviously, I will be monitoring these dysfunctional antibodies carefully.
Fortunately, my 90% animal-based diet along with my other Protocols have helped me recreate a robust immune system. Up until now, I’ve been successful in warding off viral infections. Yet I’m vulnerable and concerned about the SARS-CoV-2 virus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2) and its variants. But a recent study suggests that the COVID vaccines have prevented up to 279,000 deaths.
Let me be clear at the outset. I am not an antivaxxer.
As a matter of fact, in 2016 (which was about two years before I was diagnosed with cancer), I received the seasonal flu vaccine for those 65-years-old and older (Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent). Surprisingly, I developed a severe neurological reaction one week later. However, I can’t prove that it was caused by the vaccine.
Here’s what happened:
It was about 5 years ago. I was eating dinner with my wife, and then my mind began to blur. I knew what foods were on my dinner plate, but I could not remember the names of these foods! This had never happened to me before.
I turned to my wife and said, “I can’t remember what this food is called.” I was pointing to some broccoli. My wife (who is an RN) was immediately concerned. She thought I was having a stroke.
I tried to calm down, took my blood pressure (which was within a normal range), and waited about 10 minutes.
My head began to clear. I was fine.
The next day, I called my physician and described what happened.
Since I was OK when I spoke with him, he said that there was nothing else he could do at the time. He reminded me that there is no way he could determine that the vaccine caused the brain fog. But he recommended that I never take the flu shot again. Also, he suggested that I report my experience to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS website).
After I logged into the website, I found the process was cumbersome and user-unfriendly. And I couldn’t report my adverse reaction. I let my MD know that I had trouble working with the VAERS website, but he offered no solutions.
VAERS is the primary government-funded system for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the U.S. It began collecting data in 1990. The website and data collection are jointly run by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Every Friday, VAERS makes public all vaccine injury reports received as of a specified date, usually about a week prior to the release date. Reports submitted to VAERS require further investigation before a causal relationship can be confirmed. However, one problem with VAERS is that some experts describe the process as poorly coordinated with fewer than the real number of total adverse reactions and deaths reported.
Regarding the current data on the COVID vaccines, the VAERS website revealed that between Dec. 14, 2020 and July 23, 2021, a total of 518,770 total adverse events were reported, including 11,940 deaths.
I must reemphasize that these correlations do not mean causations. But if there were a significant number of specific outcomes reported from all over the country, then this might be a reason to consider that causation could be a possibility. From a medical perspective, more investigation would be warranted.
Because of my alleged neurological reaction to the flu vaccine five years ago and the current COVID vaccine data reported on VEARS, I have been reluctant to take the COVID vaccine. In addition, my oncologist explained that a research paper published in April 2021 showed that the mRNA COVID vaccine given to patients like me who have a malignancy of bone marrow plasma cells responded with reduced immunity.,
Plasma cells are created in the bone marrow and are responsible for creating antibodies, which the vaccines are supposed to activate. In my compromised medical condition, my oncologist told me that the COVID vaccines might have negative effects on my body and might not provide the expected protection from the virus.
So, because of my cognitive reaction presumed to be from the flu vaccine 5 years ago, my current compromised plasma cells, and the number of adverse effects reported on VAERS, I have not taken the COVID vaccines.
My potential vulnerability is not keeping me down or isolated. All along my cancer journey, I have been a survivor – not a victim. My goal is to maintain an exquisite quality of life. I’ve been an innovator of self-healing and protective modalities. But I am practical and aware of my environment.
So, I take obvious precautions to …
- Help my body not get infected by the virus
- Help my body fight an invading virus as naturally as possible if I should become exposed
Generally, I am not attending large gatherings with strangers. If I need to go to indoor facilities, I wear a KN95 mask – which is actually very comfortable for me. Even though I am aware of the controversy regarding the benefits of masks, wearing a mask is a simple method I have no problem with.
Most importantly, I actively work with my body and listen to its cues.
For example, if I notice any upper respiratory symptoms, I follow My Personal Protocols for Upper Respiratory Infections to help my body fight the invaders.
I also stay metabolically flexible to support an efficient and effective immune system.
I’ve written about 5 Tools to monitor a robust immune system. Accepting and implementing lifestyle changes to make that happen are vital for overall wellness.
No matter what I do, I still am vulnerable because of my medical challenge. I’ll continue to be transparent about my cancer journey and update my progress along with my setbacks.
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