Christian Heesch is an internal doctor who may not specialize in pediatrics or
vaccinations; however he has enough first-hand experience working with both to come to the conclusion that parents should ignore the rumors being spread on the Internet, and continue to vaccinate
their children. Heesch asserts that these claims are not based on reliable evidence.
There is plenty of solid evidence showing that there is no connection between childhood vaccination programs and the development of autism in those patients. Christian Heesch says that anything that suggests the opposite is merely a rumor, and lacks the backing credentials of the Mayo Clinic, the CDC and other top ranking authorities on the subject. He says that these resources will provide you with all the information you need on childhood vaccinations, and they will do so with the sense of accountability that many of the rumor websites lack.
Having worked as a doctor outside of the United States, Christian Heesch says that we have taken the vaccination programs we have here for granted. In other places of the world, children are being subject to unnecessary suffering due to a lack of available vaccinations, and we should be embracing the options we have to protect our children and prevent the spread of disease.
Christian Heesch is a cardiologist and internist who finds the claim that links childhood vaccinations to autism to be unfounded. There is solid evidence to dismiss this claim, yet rumors keep
appearing on the Internet asserting credibility to those who say that vaccines meant to cure childhood diseases are contributing to long-term illnesses later in life.
Of all the evidence provided to dismiss this claim, there is an even bigger amount to suggest that the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to vaccination. Absence of certain vaccination programs can cause a damaging effect on public health, and endanger those whose immune systems would have trouble fighting off diseases such as mumps, measles and more. Not to mention abolishing vaccination programs would mean causing unnecessary suffering to children who would then be forced to deal with the symptoms of these illnesses. There are many diseases that can be routine and benign to children, but this is not always the case. Some of the diseases can cause permanent damage and even death to those whose bodies cannot fight them off. These complications alone are enough reason to keep vaccinations as an option so that these diseases can be potentially minimized and defeated.
Christian Heesch urges those against vaccination to get their information from credible sources. One reliable source is www.cdc.gov/vaccines. There are also some general interest articles on the topic, such as www.mayoclinic.org/healthy.../infant-and-toddler-health/.../ and www.wsj.com/.../the-return-of-the-vaccine-wars-
Author: Robert Strong
The issue of vaccinations and the apparent link they have with autism are unfounded, says longtime internist and cardiologist Christian Heesch. In a recent interview, he shared his views on this delicate subject:
“Understandably, some parents have concerns regarding a possible link between vaccine and autism, given the persistent misinformation that has been put out on the web. Such concerns are unfounded. All information available shows that there is simply no connection between childhood vaccinations and the development of autism,” Heesch said.
“Quite on the contrary, much suffering could be prevented if all parents were to follow the vaccine recommendations that the pediatrician of their children provides. Many parents do not know that common childhood diseases do not always take a ‘benign’ course. Rather, complications can and do occur.”
With his several years of experience working with patients, many of which are children, he has been able to see the differences between areas that have high access to vaccines, and those that don’t. Christian Heesch believes we have taken our vaccination programs for granted, and that many areas of the globe aren’t as fortunate as we are to have such an availability of these preventative measures to protect our children.
Author: Robert Strong
Christian Heesch is an internist who is deeply concerned about the direction the vaccination debate has taken. In the United States, parents have access to vaccines that could protect their
children from measles, diphtheria, polio, tetanus, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and many other diseases. However, an increasing amount of parents are opting not to treat their
children because they believe that the child should build a stronger immune system through fighting these diseases naturally, that the vaccine itself could lead to future autism, or both.
Christian Heesch’s experience in the medical field has fueled his passion for this issue. In a recent interview, he had this to say about the subject:
“I have taken care of quite a few children with common childhood infections in situations where there was no specialist around. From that experience, I can tell you that these diseases can be devastating. Working in a rural hospital in West-Africa, in a region where measles vaccination had not been routinely available to many, I once attended to a woman in her 20s and her infant child. Both of them had measles: the mother died, and the child died – it was awful. We need to consider that many infectious childhood diseases may not take a ‘routine’ and benign course, but can have severe complications which, in turn, can lead to permanent disability and death. As an example, mumps can lead to meningitis or orchitis. Some childhood infections can be complicated by pneumonia or permanent nerve damage. The list of potential bad outcomes goes on and on. Fortunately, since the advent of routine childhood vaccination programs, millions of cases of needless suffering and many thousands of cases of death or permanent disability have likely been prevented.”
Christian Heesch also weighed in on the issue of whether vaccinations cause autism. “There is absolutely no credible evidence at all to suggest that childhood vaccines cause autism. On rare occasions, autism happens to be diagnosed around the time a child just happened to have received a vaccination, for example, one of the vaccinations of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination series. This is nothing but coincidence. MMR vaccinations are scheduled during childhood, and autism is often first diagnosed during childhood, completely unrelated to whether or not a child received any vaccinations,” Heesch said.
Author: Robert Strong
Most tropical countries across the globe have reported chloroquine-resistant falciparum malaria, says Christian Heesch, a physician with international work experience. Good malaria prophylaxis for those planning go to West Africa could include doxyxycline or Mefloquine (Lariam) or Atovaquone/Proguanil (Malarone), he told us. Each of these drugs, according to Christian Heesch, has significant side effects and contraindications, therefore, consultation with a doctor is necessary prior to taking any of them. For fairly comprehensive information on malaria prophylaxis, Christian Heesch suggests visiting http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/ and https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/malaria-prevention-guidelines-for-travellers-from-the-uk
We recently met with Christian Heesch, a cardiologist and vascular specialist, to discuss easy ways to reduce our risk for cardiac and vascular health problems. Here is what he had to say:
“More than anything, people need to make sure they are not hurting themselves with self-destructive habits such as drug use, cigarette smoking, or excessive alcohol consumption”, Christian Heesch said. “All of these things can hurt our health in various ways. If you need help to quit, seek help.”
“Besides not engaging in self-destructive activities, there are a lot of positive steps we can take to reduce our lifetime risk of heart attack and stroke, even if we have a family history of these diseases”, Christian Heesch continued. “A sensible and heart healthy diet should be the first step. Stay away from meats, especially process meets, integrate plenty of fruits and vegetables into your diet, and add fish on a regular basis.”
“Regular aerobic exercise is another important part of the puzzle”, Christian Heesch continued. “Exercise can help reduce blood pressure, reduce stress, and help with the control of obesity and diabetes in many patients. Also, if you have chronic health conditions, talk to your personal physician about changes in your medicines that might help you reduce your cardiovascular risk. One size does not fit all when it comes to medicine, so, a personalized approach to risk reduction is important.”
Author: Robert Strong
Many of us seem too busy to bother about our health, following bad dietary habits, smoking, and not getting exercise. “Being cavalier about our cardiac risk profile can be a dangerous and costly strategy”, Christian Heesch, a heart specialist told us. “It may go well with us for years, but suddenly the body will feel the consequences of long term neglect, and those consequences may be devastating.”
“Not engaging in unhealthy habits such as smoking or illicit drug use is the most important first step”, Christian Heesch told us. If you smoke, you need to stop, and if you use drugs, you need to stop right away. Professional help is always available to anyone who cannot break such habits on his own.”
“A sensible diet should become part of our lifestyle, and not be a painful effort. The same holds true for regular aerobic exercise. Once these two key components to living healthy are a natural part of our lifestyle, they may become quite enjoyable. The long term benefits are significant”, Christian Heesch stated.
“Obviously, many of us, especially those who are older, will have chronic health conditions to deal with. These need to be addressed, in order to reduce our cardiovascular risk. This is especially true for obesity, hypertension, and diabetes, chronic conditions which significantly increase our risk for heart problems”, Christian Heesch said. “Set up an appointment with your doctor to discuss steps you can take to reduce your chances of ever becoming a cardiac patient.”
Author: Robert Strong
Christian Heesch is a physician whose practice focuses on the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. We recently spoke to him about simple prevention efforts that can help reduce everyone’s
risk of becoming a patient. The essence of Christian Heesch’s recommendations are listed below.
“If you are a smoker, stop. If you are using recreational drugs, stop immediately”, Christian Heesch said. “No prevention program makes sense if we continue to harm ourselves with these counterproductive habits. Remember that professional help is available for both conditions.”
“Once harmful habits have been eliminated, we should focus on weight control, blood pressure control, and improvement in our dietary habits”, Christian Heesch continued. “Regular aerobic exercise is an important step in keeping our weight low, controlling stress, and improving hypertension control. If you are older, or if you have underlying health issues, you should talk to your doctor about a reasonable exercise regimen that is suited to your needs and situation. “
Christian Heesch also believes that the importance of stress reduction is not talked about often enough when prevention efforts are discussed. “Psychosocial stress continues to emerge as a very important and independent risk factor not only for cardiovascular diseases, but for a whole list of chronic conditions. Again, aerobic exercise may be a valuable first step in reducing stress and, thereby, also heart risk. Talk to your personal physician about what you can do to never become a cardiac patient.”
Author: Robert Strong