In recent months, doctors have upped the ante and are pushing hard for all babies born at less than 35 weeks gestation to receive periodic shots of the drug Palivizumab, more popularly known as Synagis, in order to lessen the severity of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). RSV is usually a mild respiratory illness but can prove severe and even fatal under certain situations for premature babies.
“Don’t worry, Synagis isn’t a vaccine. It will simply help protect your baby’s growing lungs” is the typical response from doctors when parents question the need for the treatment and whether or not it is truly safe.
What to do? Is Synagis safe for your baby or not?
Just Because Synagis is Not a Vaccine Doesn’t Mean It’s Safe
Synagis is not technically a vaccine. It is an immunoglobulin that must be administered in 5 separate injections usually into the thigh muscle at the whopping cost of $1300-2600 per injection. It is important to note that Synagis does not prevent RSV infection and only potentially reduces the severity of illness should RSV be contracted.
The ingredients list for injected Synagis has nowhere near the level of chemical toxicity of a typical vaccine. Thimerosal is not used in the manufacture of Synagis. Each single dose vial of Synagis contains:
- Palivizumab (active ingredient)
- Glycine (amino acid, stabilizing agent)
- Histidine (amino acid, stabilizing agent)
- Mannitol (bulking agent)
Side effects of Synagis include:
- high fever, ear pain or drainage, tugging at the ear
- warmth or swelling of the ear
- crying or fussiness, especially while lying down
- change in sleeping patterns
- poor feeding or loss of appetite
- easy bruising or bleeding
The Dark Side of Synagis No One is Talking About
The scary side of Synagis is that this immunoglobulin is manufactured using recombinant DNA (rDNA) technology. What this means is that an artificial antibody that exists nowhere in nature was created using a composite of 95% human and 5% rodent (murine) antibody sequences in a process that involves the grafting of the rat antibody into the human antibody framework.
I personally find this type of technology incredibly disturbing. Injecting artificial, genetically modified antibodies that contain rat DNA into a human baby that is growing and developing has completely unforeseen and possibly disastrous long term consequences not only for that child but also for future generations.
Doctors are irresponsible and downright immoral for not informing their patients of exactly what Synagis truly is before injecting it into these helpless babies who are in fact nothing but guinea pigs sacrificed on the altar of bioengineering.
rDNA technology is the same genetic engineering process used to produce GM rice (called Golden Rice) which is artificially high in beta carotene. GM rice is not currently on the market due to ongoing disputes pertaining to the intellectual property and environmental issues of this recombinant product.
Guess what else was produced using rDNA?
GM corn! Genetically modified corn contains a recombinant form of Bacillus thuringeiensis (Bt), a bacterium with potent insecticidal properties. In essence, Bt corn plants produce their own insecticide so when you eat it or any food containing it, you are ingesting pesticides that can’t and won’t wash off.
Ingestion of genetically modified Bt corn has been associated with organ failure in animals. The effect on humans is still speculative but given the ominous effect on animals, is very likely health damaging.
Your Best Bet? Skip Synagis
If you prefer your child not to be part of some gruesome genetic experiment that generously lines the pocket of your doctor and his pharmaceutical rep, then just say no to Synagis. It doesn’t prevent RSV anyway and the reduction in severity of symptoms should your child contract the illness is debatable.
No doubt, the high cost and generous profit margin of Synagis play a big role in the aggressive marketing in doctor’s offices to the emotionally vulnerable parents of premature babies.
Best to implement the tried and true methods for illness prevention for your baby during RSV season which include good handwashing habits, regular laundering of blankets and toys with a nontoxic and unscented detergent, and limiting exposure to crowds during cold and flu season. In addition, never ever allow smoking around your baby or in the location where the baby is residing.
More rDNA Treatments Like Synagis on the Horizon
Even savvy parents already aware of the dangers of Synagis need to keep their guard up and remain on alert.
The success and handsome profits generated by artificially manufactured DNA treatments like Synagis which are easy to slip under a protective parent’s radar given that they aren’t technically vaccines are virtually guaranteed to result in even more rDNA treatments in the future. Big Pharma will no doubt accelerate its efforts using rDNA in the coming years to capitalize on a generation of increasingly sickly and “genetically challenged” children.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, ABC, NBC, and many others.