Aside from synthetic vitamin K, the shots contain polysorbate 80, propylene glycol, sodium acetate anhydrous and glacial acetic acid…
Did you know: polysorbate-80 opens up the blood-brain barrier, allowing aluminium direct access to attack a newborn’s brain? Let’s call it “Vitamin K”.
Baby’s Life, Day 1 – The beginning of brain damage.
One of the very first things on a doctor or midwife’s to-do list after the birth of a baby is a vitamin K shot. The purpose of an injection of vitamin K is to assist the newborn with blood clotting capabilities in order to prevent the very rare problem of bleeding into the brain during the first weeks of life. It is usually given within minutes of birth. The risk of this serious complication is about one in every 10,000 live births.
The vitamin K injection is also a supposed safeguard in case your car is involved in a car wreck on the way home from the hospital or birthing center with newborn in tow. Even a mild injury to a newborn could be life threatening if blood clotting capability is not adequate.
At first blush, allowing the vitamin K shot seems to be a no brainer. Safety of this precious, helpless little being is of paramount importance and questioning the necessity of this shot seems ludicrous. Since questioning the unquestionable is something I seem to have a knack for, let’s have at it. Is the vitamin K shot really of any value?
Let’s start with the vitamin K used in the shot itself. Is it a natural form of vitamin K such as would be found in leafy greens (K1) or butter (K2)? No, it is a synthetic vitamin K – generic name phytonadione. Synthetic vitamins should be avoided as they can cause imbalances in the body and have unintended consequences. For example, synthetic vitamin A actually causes the type of birth defects that natural vitamin A prevents!
How much synthetic vitamin K is in the shot? Shockingly, the national standard mandated by most states for US hospitals to administer is over 100 times the infant’s RDA of this nutrient. Since studies have linked large doses of vitamin K with childhood cancers and leukemia, this large dose of synthetic K administered within minutes of birth seems questionable at best.
The fact is that medical science still does not know that much about the metabolic fate of vitamin K. Little to no unmetabolized vitamin K shows up in urine or bile. This is disturbing given the fact that vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin and therefore has the potential to accumulate in body tissues. More disturbing is that the liver of a newborn does not begin to function until 3 or 4 days after birth. As a result, this little being has very limited to no ability to detoxify the large dose of synthetic vitamin K and all other the dangerous ingredients in the injection cocktail including:
📍Phenol (carbolic acid – a poisonous substance derived from coal tar)
📍Benzyl alcohol (preservative)
📍Propylene glycol (better known as “edible” antifreeze)
📍Acetic acid (astringent, antimicrobial agent)
The manufacturer’s insert included with the shot includes the following warning:
“Severe reactions, including fatalities, have occurred during and immediately after intravenous injection of phytonadione [synthetic Vitamin K] even when precautions have been taken to dilute the vitamin and avoid rapid infusion…”
The manufacturer’s insert is no exaggeration of the risks. On October 17, 2013, a case of anaphylactic shock in a newborn from the synthetic vitamin K shot was reported making the possibility of death from this shot a a very real side effect.
📍Mephyton Patient Information Including Side Effects:
Does this make any sense to you? It makes absolutely no sense to me. How could anyone say that this shot is safe and effective for newborns?
❌ Safe Alternatives to the Synthetic Vitamin K Shot:
How about this for an alternative – eat lots of leafy greens in the weeks before your due date (I drank a cup or two of nettle tea every day in the final weeks which is loaded with vitamin K1) to make sure your blood is high in vitamin K and of course, this will transfer to your baby as well. Does vitamin K pass the placenta? It most certainly does as do all the fat soluble vitamins.
📍Vitamin Passage Across The Placenta:
Another important point is to make sure you breastfeed your child as the probiotics in breastmilk will seed your baby’s digestive tract with the right type of good bacteria which will produce naturally occurring vitamin K immediately after birth.
Skip the shot, eat your greens, and breastfeed. Now, THAT makes some sense.
❌ Experts – Oral Vitamin K a Safer Option Than Injection:
Oral vitamin K is a safe and viable alternative to the synthetic vitamin K shot. Even though oral vitamin K is not as efficiently absorbed as when injected, this is easily compensated for with an adjustment to the dose.
📍Oral Vitamin K (Far) Superior to Vitamin K Shot for Newborns:
According to the Cochrane Collaboration (an international committee of medical doctors of the highest caliber):
“Very similar rates of protection against classical and late hemorrhagic disease can be achieved by giving repeated oral doses, either 1 milligram weekly or 25 micrograms daily.”
📍Midwife Informed Consent For Vitamin K – Vitamin K Injection or Oral Administration:
Undertaking this form of oral prophylaxis requires that parents accept responsibility for ensuring the course is completed.
Vitamin K expert Dr. Cees Vermeer PhD concurs, suggesting that oral vitamin K is a better option for your infant than injection. He also says that even though oral K is the better and safer alternative, mothers who are adequately supplementing themselves with vitamin K and are breastfeeding may not even need to supplement their newborns.
❌ Other Countries Using Oral Vitamin K:
It seems that other countries aren’t such big fans of the vitamin K shot either. In 1992, the Netherlands eliminated the vitamin K shot in favor of administration of 1 mg oral Vitamin K at birth followed by daily doses of 25 mcg from week 1 to 3 months of age in breastfed infants.
📍New Dutch Practice Guidelines For Administration Of Vitamin K To Full-Term Newborns:
The result of this change? No cases of Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding (VKDB) – even late onset!
In Switzerland, a slightly different oral vitamin K protocol is used, which consists of weekly 1 mg oral doses for 2-3 months.
If your healthcare provider is leading you to believe that there aren’t safe and effective alternatives to the toxic vitamin K shot, time to call them out on their ignorance.
📍Skip That Newborn Vitamin K Shot:
❌ Vitamin K Ingredients:
The vitamin K injections administered by hospitals and manufactured by Merck and Roche and Abbott contain benzyl alcohol as a preservative. The 1989 PDR states that, “there is no evidence to suggest that the small amount of benzyl alcohol contained in AquaMEPHYTON (Merck’s vitamin K injection product), when used as recommended, is associated with toxicity.” Interestingly, in November 1988, the French medical journal, Dev Pharmacol Ther, published a paper regarding benzyl alcohol metabolism and elimination in babies. The report stated that “…we cannot directly answer the issue of safety of ‘low doses’ of benzyl alcohol as found in some medications administered to neonates. This study confirms the immaturity of the benzoic acid detoxification process in premature newborns.”
Roche’s vitamin K product KONAKION contains ingredients such as phenol (carbolic acid-a poisonous substance distilled from coal tar), propylene glycol (derived from petroleum and used as an antifreeze and in hydraulic brake fluid) and acetic acid (an astringent antimicrobial agent that may drastically reduce the amount of natural vitamin K that would have otherwise been produced in the digestive tract). As reported in the PDR and as published in the IM vitamin K packet inserts for Merck, Roche and Abbott, “Studies of carcinogenicity, mutagenesis or impairment of fertility have not been conducted with Vitamin K1 Injection (Phytonadione Injection, USP).”
The Vitamin K injection can be in a base of polyethoxylated castor oil.
Vitamin K injections also contain hydrochloric acid and lecithin.
📍Vaccine Package Inserts:
❌ Effects of Vitamin K Administration:
The manufacturers warn on the product insert:
“Severe reactions, including fatalities, have occurred during and immediately after intravenous injection of phytonadione even when precautions have been taken to dilute the vitamin and avoid rapid infusion…”
The Vitamin K shot has been linked to leukaemia, including acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, which is characterized by an increased number of white corpuscles in the blood, and accounts for about 85% of childhood leukaemia.
Research carried out by Dr. Louise Parker, of the Sir James Spence Institute of Child Health in Newcastle upon Tyne, produced the most startling results. Dr. Louise Parker was quoted in the British Medical Journal in 1998 as stating:
“It is not possible, on the basis of currently published evidence, to refute the suggestion that neonatal IM vitamin K administration increases the risk of early childhood leukemia.”
The British Journal of Cancer published:
“Factors associated with childhood cancer” by J. Golding, et al, in 1990.
The report indicated that universally administered IM vitamin K injections significantly increase our children’s chances of developing childhood cancer.
A follow-up study published two years later in the British Medical Journal (Golding J, Paterson K, Greenwood R, Mott M. Intramuscular vitamin K and childhood cancer. BMJ 1992; 305:341-346.) reinforced the findings of the previous study.
📍Postnatal Care – Routine Postnatal Care of Women and Their Babies:
The authors’ comments, in keeping with scientific style, are conservatively stated, but parents who are concerned about the health of their babies will read “danger” between the following lines:
“The only two studies so far to have examined the relation between childhood cancer and intramuscular vitamin K have shown similar results and the relation is biologically plausible. The prophylactic benefits against haemorrhagic disease are unlikely to exceed the potential adverse effects from intramuscular vitamin K…”
The chance of your child developing leukaemia from the Vitamin K shot is estimated to be about one in 500 (MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, Vol 2 #3, September 1992).
Animal studies have linked large doses of vitamin K to a variety of conditions that include anaemia, liver damage, kidney damage and death.
Interestingly the common problem that occurs these days of jaundice in newborns has only been reported since the introduction of Vitamin K administration.
According to the product insert, adverse reactions include haemolysis (hemolysis) – meaning breakdown of red blood cells – haemolytic anaemia (a disorder characterised by chronic premature destruction of red blood cells); hyperbilirubinemia (too much bilirubin in blood) and jaundice (yellow skin and eyes resulting from hyperbilirubinemia), allergic reactions include face flushing; gastrointestinal upset; rash; redness, pain or swelling at injection site and itching skin.
It also warns that large enough doses can cause brain damage in infants and/or impairment to liver function.
Hypoxia has also been published as having occurred in infants after Vitamin K administration.
❌ For more information:
📍Vitamin K – Is It Really Safe and Necessary:
📍Newborn Vitamin K Shot:
❌ Story At-A-Glance:
Administering vitamin K shots to newborns has been a standard medical procedure in most western countries since 1944. However, according to Vitamin K expert Dr. Cees Vermeer PhD, vitamin K offered orally is a better option for your infant than injection.
Vitamin K shots are given to infants to prevent Hemorrhagic Disease of the Newborn (HDN).
Giving newborns a syringe full of vitamin K may cause psychological trauma, give infants 20,000 times more vitamin K dose than what is needed, and create an environment for infections to occur.
There are safer ways to raise vitamin K levels in newborns; giving vitamin K orally is one way. While breastfeeding enables mothers to transfer low doses of vitamin K to their child, this will depend on the mother’s vitamin K levels.
Whether you choose to give your baby the shot or give vitamin K orally, gather all the information needed to make informed decisions.
Internationally renowned natural health physician and Mercola.com founder Dr. Joseph Mercola and Cees Vermeer, PhD discuss medical interventions wherein newborn babies routinely received vitamin k shots.
📍Vitamin K – Dr. Mercola and Cees Vermeer, PhD:
📍Does your Baby Need a Vitamin K Shot?:
📍Vitamin K Controversy. What Controversy?: