Christian Heesch Debunks the Myth About Vaccines and Autism

The issue of vaccination has been the subject of various debates as of late, not only on numerous Internet forums but also at kitchen tables across the country. As a general doctor and cardiovascular specialist, Christian Heesch weighs in on the topic with a number of assertions that debunk the myth about vaccines for childhood diseases and their link to autism.

According to Christian Heesch, there is no need for parents to fear such a connection. While he may not be a pediatrician or specialist of vaccines, he has worked in many areas where the common childhood vaccines that we have taken advantage of here in the United States are largely absent, and he has seen the damaging effects these diseases can have when proper vaccinations are not available. He has seen children go through needless suffering in the absence of vaccines, and some have suffered complications that have led to permanent damage. In some cases, these benign diseases can even become a cause of death, which is why parents should take these diseases seriously.

Christian Heesch urges parents to educate themselves on this topic in order to protect their children from these diseases. Various credible resources such as the CDC and the Mayo Clinic have articles published online in support of vaccination.

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Christian Heesch – Childhood Vaccinations are Safe

In a recent interview, Christian Heesch addressed the question of whether childhood vaccinations were safe.  “Concerns regarding this possible connection have been surfacing for some time now, and such concerns are not based on any facts.  Quite the opposite, all the available evidence has shown, over and over again, that the childhood vaccination programs available to us here in the United States are safe, do not cause autism, and prevent much harm and suffering,” says Heesch.

He then expanded on the topic: “I can say categorically that there is no causal connection between vaccines routinely administered to children in the United States, and the development of autism.  Any occurrences of autism are unrelated. Parents need to keep in mind that childhood diseases such as mumps or chickenpox are not always benign. In fact, in some children there are complications.  In the past, I have attended to children in a part of the world where vaccine programs had not been fully established.  I have seen children and adults die of complicated measles – very sad, especially in view of the fact that this would have been preventable had these patients received the vaccines available to us in the United States.”

Christian Heesch has been an internist and cardiologist for several years, and he has worked in areas with ample access to vaccines, and ones without.

Author: Robert Strong

Christian Heesch Says US Vaccinations Are Safe

Christian Heesch is concerned with the rumors being spread about the dangers of childhood vaccinations for common diseases. As an internist and cardiologist, he has worked in many areas where some parents don’t have the resources to vaccinate their children for these diseases; and he has seen firsthand the unnecessary suffering that many children have been subjected to as a result.

As Christian Heesch describes it, “While I am certainly not a pediatrician or infectious disease specialist, I can tell you first hand that the absence of vaccine programs for children can create much unnecessary suffering in children.  Further, common childhood diseases such as mumps or measles can take a course that is anything but benign.  I have seen outcomes with death or permanent disability as a result.”

 Christian Heesch sees a missing education piece for parents to get their information from only credible sources. “Most parents obtain their information on health related issues from the internet.  Unfortunately, there is much good and much bad information that can be consulted, and it is sometimes difficult for people without a medical background to tell the difference.” He believes that if more parents got their information from credible sources, then there would be more clarity on this heated topic of debate.

Author: Robert Strong

Christian Heesch Addresses Concerns About Vaccines and Autism

Christian Heesch is a seasoned doctor and internist who says parents should embrace childhood vaccines, including those directed against diphtheria, polio, tetanus, measles, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and many other infectious conditions. In a recent interview, he explained his stance on the topic, citing his own professional experience:

“Before anything else, I would like to make it clear that I am neither a pediatrician, nor a specialist in infectious diseases.  However, I have taken care of a number of children in situations where there was no pediatrician and no infectious disease doctor around.  This experience was obtained in an area where routine childhood vaccinations had simply not been available for a large portion of the population.  With that background, I can tell you that ‘routine’ childhood diseases are potentially dangerous and lead to unnecessary suffering.  As an example, I once attended to a young mother and her infant child, both of which had presented with measles.  The mother and the child both died, and it was a devastating experience for everybody. ”

And in the United States, parents are starting to question the necessity of these vaccines, asserting that allowing their child to get sick would help strengthen his or her immune system. In response, Christian Heesch has this to say: “Anybody talking about these childhood diseases should know that they can have a course that is anything but ‘routine’ or ‘benign’.  In fact, some of them can have severe complications, and can even lead to permanent disability of death. As examples, mumps can lead to meningitis and orchitis.  Some childhood diseases have potential complications such as permanent nerve damage with hearing loss or even pneumonia.  There is a long list of possible poor outcomes.  The good news is that, ever since routine childhood vaccinations have been introduced, millions of cases of childhood diseases and thousands of cases of such poor outcomes have likely been avoided.”

In closing, Christian Heesch also tackled the alleged link between vaccines and autism. “There is no credible evidence to show that there is any causal relationship between childhood vaccines and autism,” Heesch said. “Of course, autism can on occasion be diagnosed around the time when a child just received a vaccination, but this is coincidence.  Similarly, children can get hurt in traffic accidents the day after they happened to get vaccinated, yet no reasonable person would suspect a connection between these two events.”

Author: Robert Strong

Christian Heesch discusses prevention of falciparum malaria in visitors of West Africa

Chloroquine-resistant falciparum malaria has been detected in many malaria-prone countries, according to Christian Heesch, a physician with work experience there.  He suggests for those flying to West Africa malaria drug prophylaxis with one of the following three medications:  Malarone (Atovaquone/Proguanil), doxyxycline, or Lariam (Mefloquine).  Christian Heesch points out that they all have unique side effects, and those wanting to use them should consult their physician on which drug to take.  Christian Heesch also suggests looking at http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/ and https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/malaria-prevention-guidelines-for-travellers-from-the-uk  for more information on malaria prevention for travelers.
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Author: Robert Strong

Diet and exercise: important parts of cardiovascular risk reduction according to Christian Heesch

We recently interviewed Christian Heesch, a physician whose practice focuses on the treatment of diseases of the heart and blood vessels, asking him about effective ways to reduce our risk of heart attack or stroke later in life. Here is what he had to say:

“The sooner in life you implement healthy lifestyle choices, the longer you will be able to enjoy the benefits”, Christian Heesch said. “Get your cholesterol checked, get your blood pressure measure, and check on your weight. If the results are less than desirable, get working on them right away. And, obviously, don’t do anything to hurt your health, such as cigarette smoking.”

“Diet and exercise are really the main pillars of cardiac risk reduction. Aerobic exercise four to five times a week, in conjunction with a heart healthy and sustainable diet will go a long way to keep the heart going. In terms of dietary choices, most physician will tell you that fruits and vegetables should make up the majority of what we eat, with fish, nuts, and peanuts to supplement our food. Stay away from meats, especially processed meats, as they can hurt our cardiovascular system in the long run”, Christian Heesch continued. Also, if you do suffer from chronic conditions such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, or diabetes, effective control is of paramount importance. Many drugs treating these conditions have independent beneficial effects on the heart. Talk to your physician about medication changes that might help you improve your cardiovascular risk profile. Once you have made the necessary changes in your lifestyle, try to stay with the program for the rest of your life. Long term efforts will often reap long term benefits.”

Author: Robert Strong

Cardiovascular risk reduction: the perspective of heart specialist Christian Heesch

Not a day goes by without a new diet being lauded as the ultimate tool to reduce cardiovascular risk. We sat down with heart specialist Christian Heesch to find out what the hype is all about.

“No single measure, be it diet, any type of exercise, or any pill can offer complete protection from heart attack or stroke”, Christian Heesch told us. “Reducing your cardiovascular risk needs to be an effort that involves you, your doctor, and often also your friends and family. If you try to live healthy, but everybody around you smokes, eats pizza, and does drugs, you are unlikely to be successful. So, stop all your bad habits. If your friends have bad habits such as drugs, change friends. If your family smokes, tell them to smoke outside the house.”

“Any diet designed to reduce your heart attack risk will only work if the dietary effort is sustainable. Focus on vegetables and fruits, add fish frequently, and stay away from processed foods, meats, and fats. If you cook at home, preparing heart healthy food can become an enjoyable routine. If you have to eat in restaurants, today’s variety of choices makes it easier to stick to a diet than twenty years ago.”

“Obviously, diet alone may not work to keep you healthy”, Christian Heesch added. “If you have chronic problems such as diabetes, blood pressure issues, or obesity, these need to be addressed as well. Exercise should be an integral part of any heart risk reduction effort, and some of us may need medication to further lower the risk. Talk to your personal physician about things you can do to make it unlikely you will ever end up as a cardiac patient.”

Author: Robert Strong