Friday, September 13, 2013


Vaccination is a boon today. So why is there fear? Perhaps a vaccine candidate is on a “metabolic cliff” and gets “knocked off” by the “stress” of the inoculation. History provides a model clue. Beriberi was a scourge in the East for millennia. It is now known to be due to dietary vitamin B1 (thiamin) deficiency, damaging energy metabolism, chiefly affecting the brain, heart and nervous system. Earlier attempts to find the cause were blocked by a simple observation. Eastern factories were built in blocks with passages between them. In the summer the workers would eat their lunch in the passages. Initially in the shade, the sun would eventually shine on them and several would get their first symptom(s) of beriberi simultaneously, leading to the false conclusion that the disease was caused by an unknown infection. Ultra violet light (UVL) is stressful to the human body, (why tanning is a natural defense). Some of the workers, being “on the dietary edge” of developing beriberi, were stressed by the UVL. Lacking sufficient cellular energy to mount an efficient adaptive response, they were “knocked off their metabolic cliff”, a metaphor for a person succumbing to risk. Both the diet and the exposure to sunlight were risk factors. Nobody today has any idea that a person is at risk. If the “stress” of a vaccination, like UVL, is imposed on a person at risk, it might be “the last straw”. Evidence suggests that the dietary “mayhem” that exists today may be a risk factor. Sugar induces vitamin B1 (thiamin) deficiency and may reflect known excessive sugar consumption. Most commercial foods contain sugar, pandering to palatability, not health. Consumption by children and adolescents might explain some adverse reactions to vaccination. Imagine 3 interlocking circles labeled Genetics/Stress/Nutrition. Their combined action governs health and disease. The imposed stress, if not itself overwhelmingly the obvious cause,requires an energy consuming response that is dependent on the fitness derived from the state of the other two circles. A simple diet history from a vaccine candidate might depict possible risk, particularly if there is symptomatic evidence. Vitamin B deficiency can be spotted in the laboratory by a test called red cell transketolase, a test that is known to few medical laboratories. Since all disease depends on the state of the three circles, it represents a huge shift in our concepts of health and its breakdown. We cannot "blame" the "stress" of the inoculation anymore than the poor diet or the unknown genetic risk of a given individual.


  1. Dr lonsdale, I just came across your paper on thiamine. It answered a lot of the questions I've had for so many years about my mother's health. Is there any chance of a private consult? I have contacted prevmed email is Thank you.

  2. Hi, doctor lonsdale, i have read your article on thiamine deficiency and vaccines. I'm from singapore. We do not have this test here. I was wondering if you could recommend a lab which does this test in new york? i am traveling there next month. Thank you doctor

  3. Hi folks. Last I heard, Dr Lonsdale retired. But there are other docs from his practice that I am sure are great having worked with him.

    I had a hard time finding a lab that could do the Transketolase test. They were going to do it for me at Walter Reed and my doctor ordered it. But when I got to the lab I was told that test was for research purposes only and since I wasn't part of a research study, they could not provide the test for me.

    After Dr Lonsdale recommended TTFD for me, I searched and searched for it. I finally found it at It is sold as Allithiamine (look on the back, the active ingredient is TTFD). There really isn't an upward limit (toxicity) established for TTFD. I started off taking 2 capsules, 3 times a day for the first 60 days just to get my levels up. Now I take 2 capsules twice a day.

  4. I have read your article about the Beriberi disease which is caused by deficiency of vitamin B1. Thanks Dr. for sharing the information that what are effect, symptoms and precautions it will be really helpful for us.

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