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The Vitamin K Shot is NOT Just a Vitamin…

As a new parent, you’re faced with lots of decisions. But sometimes not a lot of information. Your doctor has likely told you that your newborn child will need this synthetic shot…but probably didn’t tell you the serious warnings the shot comes with. Doctors are trained to push these shots for newborns even without solid evidence that the shot is necessary or beneficial.

There are different formulations, but the synthetic Vitamin K shot has similar toxic ingredients as vaccines, including benzyl alcohol, polysorbate 80 and aluminum. All of these ingredients are linked to short and long-term health issues.

Do newborns even need Vitamin K?

Short answer – No. Babies start to develop Vitamin K naturally after 8 days.

There’s a reason the baby comes out with lower Vitamin K levels — to be able to squeeze its head through the pelvic area during birth. It’s also so that the stem cells from cord blood can pass easily throughout the body and brain to repair any damage from delivery… delayed cord clamping is ideal… preferably until it stops pulsing! That way, the baby receives the other 1/3 of its own blood back.

A young baby isn’t able to process or filter the synthetic Vitamin K shot and it can cause liver toxicity from the benzyl alcohol (this is why you see jaundice in babies who get it). The blood also turns extremely thick, making it really hard for those stem cells to do their job (makes their blood about 7,000 times thicker than normal). It also contains Polysorbate 80 which is used in chemo drugs TO OPEN THE BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER, but babies BBB is already more permeable and now they’re then wide open, letting all the toxins (and heavy metals from vaccines) enter their brain tissues quite easily, leading to more long-term problems!

It’s no coincidence that the U.S. has the highest vaccination rates of any industrialized nation, yet have the WORST infant mortality rate…

Click here to read dozens of studies showing the danger of the Vitamin K shot

Dr. Suzanne Humphries, MD, Nephrologist and vaccine expert discusses Vitamin K

Vitamin K Studies 

Accidental Administration of an Ergot Alkaloid to a Neonate

“We describe a neonate with altered splanchnic arterial blood flow after accidental substitution of an ergot alkaloid, methylergonovine maleate (MEM), for vitamin K1.” Pediatrics1996
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/98/3/457.long


Anaphylactic shock due to vitamin K in a newborn and review of literature.

“We herein report a case of anaphylactic shock developing after the intramuscular administration of vitamin K1 in a newborn.” The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine 2014
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/24059412


Childhood cancer, intramuscular vitamin K, and pethidine given during labour.

“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. Since oral vitamin K has major benefits but no obvious adverse effects this could be the prophylaxis of choice.” BMJ 1992
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/1392886


A clinically suspected case of Anaphylactoid reaction to vitamin K injection in a child – a case report and review of literature.

“The reaction was most probably due to anaphylactoid reaction to Vitamin K.” Indian Journal of Pharmacology 2016
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/27756962/


Inadvertent Methylergonovine Administration to a Neonate.

“Mistaking methylergonovine for vitamin K with accidental administration to the neonate is a rare iatrogenic illness occurring almost exclusively in the delivery room setting.” American Journal of Case Reports 2016
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/27765939


Late vitamin K deficiency bleeding after intramuscular prophylaxis at birth: a case report.

“The present case suggests potential risks related to a single dose of intramuscular vitamin K at birth.” Journal of Perinatology 2009
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/19177046


Letter: Localized cutaneous reaction to intramuscular vitamin K in a patient with acute fatty liver of pregnancy

“ Erythematous, indurated, pruritic plaques uncommonly occur in adults after intramuscular injection with vitamin K1.” Dermatology Online Journal 2010https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/21199642


Neonatal ergot poisoning: a persistent iatrogenic illness.

“Ergot toxicity in the newborn usually manifests itself as respiratory depression, cyanosis, oliguria, and seizures. Death is usually caused by respiratory failure. A limited number of neonatal cases have been reported worldwide, and almost all cases involved confusion of maternal methylergonovine with neonatal vitamin K.” American Journal of Perinatology 2005
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/16041632


Nicolau syndrome induced by intramuscular vitamin K in a premature newborn

“CASE REPORT: We herein report a case of NS developing approximately 2 h after the intramuscular administration of vitamin K1 in an extremely low birth weight premature newborn. To our knowledge, this patient is the youngest case suffering from such a livedoid skin necrosis and the first case of neonatal NS developing due to intramuscular administration of vitamin K1.” Journal of Pediatrics 2009
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/19277707


Observations on vitamin K deficiency in the fetus and newborn: has nature made a mistake?

“This protective effect of low K1 levels is particularly important in the presence of the high mitotic rates and rapid cell turnover in the avian embryo and mammalian fetus.”
“…K1 supplementation increases BP induced tumor formation in mice.” Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis 1995
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/8747698


Oral versus intramuscular phytomenadione: safety and efficacy compared.

“Oral and intramuscular phytomenadione (vitamin K1) prophylaxis became an issue following the report of a potential carcinogenic effect of intramuscular but not oral phytomenadione prophylaxis. There is increasing evidence, however, that oral phytomenadione prophylaxis is less effective for the prevention of late vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB) than intramuscular prophylaxis. Following a report of an increased cancer risk after intramuscular phytomenadione, a series of papers on this issue appeared.”Drug Safety 1999
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/10433349/


Origins of and solutions for neonatal medication-dispensing errors.

“SUMMARY: In 2008, there were five cases in which look-alike or sound-alike neonatal medication-dispensing errors occurred at our institution. A mix-up between neonatal and adult or pediatric products occurred in four of the five cases. Three of the five errors resulted in near misses with the potential to cause harm.” American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy 2010
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/20044369/


Risk management by reporting critical incidents. Vitamin K and ephedrine mix-up at a birthing unit

“Two incidents were reported, where ephedrine and adrenaline were found in a box supposed to contain vitamin K for new-born babies.” Ugeskrift for Laeger 2011
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/11590951


Scleroderma-like patch on the thigh in infants after vitamin K injection at birth: six observations

“Texier’s disease or pseudosclerodermatous reaction after intramuscular injection of vitamin K1 is well known in adults although only 1 report of a case in a newborn was found in the literature. We report 6 cases.” Annales De Dermatologie Et De Venereologie 1996 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/9615122


An unusual mimicker of a sepsis outbreak: ergot intoxication

Methylergonovine (MEV) is a semi-synthetic ergot alkaloid used in the prevention and control of postpartum hemorrhage. This report describes 12 newborns born on the same day in a local country hospital in Turkey and developed sepsis-like symptoms and encephalopathy within the first 6 h of life due to accidental administration of MEV instead of vitamin K in the delivery room. The major features of MEV poisoning were lethargy (41.7%), seizure (75.0%), feeding intolerance (66.6%), hypoventilation (58.3%), irritability (25%), and peripheral circulatory abnormalities (58.3%). As a conclusion, clinical findings of ergot toxicity in newborns cannot be distinguished from infectious disease or neonatal encephalopathy.” European Journal of Pediatrics 2011
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/20972685


Vitamin K deficiency bleeding in an infant despite adequate prophylaxis

“Of three female infants aged 4 weeks, 5 months and 3 months, respectively, two developed an intracranial haemorrhage, which caused death in one.” Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde 2003
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/12731461


Why we need a clinical trial for vitamin K.

“ It is therefore important to be able to put reasonably close bounds on the potential damage that vitamin K prophylaxis could caus” BMJ 1984
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/8173376

A “black box” warning of death is the most severe warning a drug can have. *If you were not told, you did not truly receive informed consent…

Babies NATURALLY make their own Vitamin K at 8 days old.

Childhood cancer, intramuscular vitamin K, and pethidine given during labor

“Children of mothers given pethidine in labour were not at increased risk of cancer after allowing for year and hospital of delivery, but there was a significant association with intramuscular vitamin K when compared with oral vitamin K or no vitamin K… These results could not be accounted for by other factors associated with administration of intramuscular vitamin K”

Conclusions – 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 biologicaily plausible. The prophylactic benefits against haemorrhagic disease are unlikely to exceed the potential adverse effects from intramuscular vitamin K. Since oral vitamin K has major benefits but no obvious adverse effects this could be the prophylaxis of choice.”

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Ex-pharma insider and Learn The Risk founder explains that the Vitamin K shot is not just a Vitamin

The Potential Dark Side of the Routine Newborn Vitamin K Shot

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Vitamin K is Necessary for Your Newborn

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the foremost expert in the world on vitamin K, Dr. Cees Vermeer, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Maastricht (in The Netherlands). I am thrilled to be able to share with you some of the latest information about vitamin K that he shared with me.

While this injection itself may be inappropriate for reasons I will cover in detail, vitamin K is absolutely necessary for your newborn. However, there are safer and non-invasive ways to normalize your baby’s vitamin K levels that don’t require a potentially damaging injection.

The Dangers of the Shot They Don’t Warn You About

There are three primary areas of risk associated with these injections:

  1. Among the most significant is inflicting pain immediately after birth which has the potential to cause psycho-emotional damage and trauma to a newborn.
  2. The amount of vitamin K injected into newborns is 20,000 times the needed dose. Additionally, the injection may also contain preservatives that can be toxic for your baby’s delicate, young immune system.
  3. An injection creates an additional opportunity for infection in an environment that contains some of the most dangerous germs, at a time when your baby’s immune system is still immature.

Inflicting Pain Just After Birth May Have Long-Term Effects on Your Newborn

For more than a century, many physicians have maintained a denial of infant pain, based on ancient prejudices and “scientific evidence” that was long ago disproven. Many have made claims that newborns don’t feel pain, or remember it, the way adults do.

In fact, not only do infants feel pain, but the earlier they experience it, the more damaging and longer lasting the psychological effects may be.

Dr. David B. Chamberlain, psychologist and co-founder of the Association of Pre-and Perinatal Psychology and Health, wrote in his article “Babies Don’t Feel Pain: A Century of Denial in Medicine“:

“The earlier an infant is subjected to pain, the greater the potential for harm.
Early pains include being born prematurely into a man-made ‘womb,’ being born full-term in a man-made delivery room, being subject to any surgery (major or minor), and being circumcised.
We must alert the medical community to the psychological hazards of early pain and call for the removal of all man-made pain surrounding birth.”

Back in 1999, Science Daily published an article about the findings of a research team at the Washington School of Medicine that newborns who are exposed to a series of painful treatments display a variety of long-term effects as older children, including an altered response to pain and an exaggerated stress response.

A 2004 study found that very early pain or stress experiences have long-lasting adverse consequences for newborns, including changes in the central nervous system and changes in responsiveness of the neuroendocrine and immune systems at maturity.

Similarly, a 2008 study of analgesia in newborns and children concluded:

“Healthy newborns routinely experience acute pain during blood sampling for metabolic screening, injection of vitamin K or hepatitis vaccine, or circumcision.
Acute pain caused by skin-breaking procedures can lead to physiologic instability and behavioral distress, and it has downstream effects on subsequent pain processing, development and stress responsivity.
Because of these detrimental effects, reduction and prevention of pain are worthy clinical goals that are also expected by most parents.”

In addition to the above, the possible trauma from the injection can also jeopardize the establishment of breastfeeding, which is detrimental to both mother and baby.

ORAL Vitamin K Is a Safe & Effective Method to Deliver Necessary Vitamin K

The alternative to vitamin K injections is amazingly simple: give the vitamin ORALLY. It is safe and equally effective, and devoid of any troubling side effects. 

Oral vitamin K is absorbed less efficiently than vitamin K that is injected. However, this can easily be compensated for by adjusting the dose. And since vitamin K is non-toxic, there is no danger of overdosing or a bad reaction.

If you are breastfeeding, which I hope you are, your baby can be given several low oral doses of liquid vitamin K1 and receive the same protection from Hemorrhagic Disease of the Newborn as he would receive from an injection.

Ultimately, you should consult your pediatrician about the dose that is appropriate for your baby.

You can also increase your infant’s vitamin K levels naturally if you are breastfeeding by increasing your own vitamin K levels.

The milk of lactating women has been tested, and most milk is low in vitamin K because the women themselves are vitamin K deficient. If women take vitamin K supplements, then their milk becomes much richer in vitamin K, as you would expect.

According to Dr. Vermeer, mothers who are adequately supplementing themselves with vitamin K and are breastfeeding may not need to give their infants additional K supplements.

But you must be cautious here that your vitamin K levels are optimal, and for most women, the vitamin K absorbed from foods is typically insufficient, so a supplement is likely needed.

What You Need to Do BEFORE Your Baby Is Born

Ultimately, the choice about whether or not to consent for your baby to be given a vitamin K shot is yours. At least now you have the information with which you can make an informed decision.

How do you want your baby’s first few moments of life to be?

There are plenty of unavoidable pains that you can’t prevent, no matter how much you might want to shield your child from all pain and suffering. Why not eliminate one source of pain that is absolutely unnecessary and under your control?

If you choose to not expose your child to vitamin K1 as a shot and would prefer to have it given orally, you will have to make it VERY clear to not only your OB physician but also ALL the nursing staff, as they would be the ones that actually administer the shot.

During the excitement of the delivery it will be very difficult to remember that your baby was not supposed to have the shot. So it would also be helpful to have someone like your spouse at the delivery reminding them that your child should NOT get the shot.

Please note that is the same strategy I would suggest using if you reach the same conclusion as I did about hepatitis B vaccines given to newborns.

But remember you must be proactive. Typically the nursing staff will not ask for your permission to give this vaccine or vitamin K shot as they are standard practice so they don’t need your permission. So you have to be diligent in your request.

It is so worth it though to take the extra steps to protect your newborn. I would strongly encourage you to make the additional effort.”

Dark Stories from the Vitamin K shot

“In order to absorb vitamin K we have to have a functioning biliary and pancreas system. The reason we give breastmilk (and delay solids) until they are at least 6 months, and the reason breastmilk only contains a small amount of highly absorbable Vit K, is because infants digestive systems are not fully developed at birth and too much Vit K could harm the liver and cause brain damage. As baby ages and the digestive tract, mucosal lining, gut flora, and enzyme functions develop, baby can process more Vit K. So it makes sense that they have low levels of Vit K at birth. (and we don’t need to inject them with a high amount of synthetic Vit K.)

Several clinical observations support the hypothesis that children have natural protective mechanisms that justify their low vitamin K levels at birth. Do you know why Vit K is pushed on parents and their children? Because pharmaceutical companies don’t like to lose money, doctors don’t like to be questioned, the American Academy of Pediatrics dare not change its recommendations.” – Pediatrician

“The head of nursing and the attending physician ADMITTED they had no idea the Vit K shot has a black box warning (strictest warning put on the labeling of drugs by the FDA when there is reasonable evidence of an association of a serious hazard.)”

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Vitamin K is highly reminiscent of blood brain barrier broken from vaccines. So on well visits the babies basically pop from poisons injected in.

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