TB, or not TB

September 14, 2007

When you work with children, you’re required to get a tuberculosis screening.  After doing extensive research on the horrors of vaccines, I was hesitant to get the test done.  Nonetheless, it’s a requirement for my Master’s degree training, so off I went to the clinic.

The test is quite simple: a human strain of inactive tuberculosis bacteria is injected into your forearm.  If you’re a carrier of the bacteria, the area will swell like a spider bite within 72 hours.  The procedure is mostly painless and quick.

However, less than 10 minutes later as I was getting on the freeway, I started getting really faint and dizzy.  My forearm started cramping slightly and I had to pull over!  I was ‘thisclose’ to fainting… ALONE… IN MY CAR.  I cranked up the air conditioning, poured some water on the back of my neck, and sat with my head between my legs for what seemed like forever but was probably about 10 minutes.

When I had recovered, I drove over to my acupuncturist’s office.  I explained what had happened to me and she said that most likely my body had had a reaction to the toxins in the shot.  TOXINS???  This was a TB “test”, not a vaccine!

I got home from the test and got busy with school and work and life.  No time to do research, right?  Well, last night I started having MAJOR menstrual cramps.  And I do mean MAJOR.  As in “wake you up in the middle of the night” MAJOR.   This is VERY abnormal for me, and I had an inkling of what had caused them.

Well, I did a tiny bit of research this morning (better late than never), and LOOK WHAT I FOUND in the VERY FIRST search result that appears after Googling “ingredients in tuberculosis test”.  It turns out that one of the chemicals used to stabilize the bacteria causes mutations in the reproductive organs of female rats.  Additionally, the preservative used is “an extremely poisonous antiseptic, germicidal and disinfectant”.




  1. […] wanted to share with y’all something that happened to me… I am extremely pissed off but I feel powerless to do anything about it at this point except […]

  2. I had a reaction to mine too, but nothing as frightening as yours. I complained to everyone, but no one paid much attention. They just told me how this was better than getting TB. Sorry, I can’t buy this.

  3. That is just WRONG!!!!!!!! I hope you feel better now…

  4. wow this is terrible! What is the chance of these mutations happening in humans?

  5. There has to be a better way! I remember getting a smallpox vaccine prior to traveling to Peru and Boliva when I was a little girl – I had a horrible reaction, blisters and everything.

  6. Ok, now i’m completely freakin out!! i have to take a tb test next week for my job because we deal with seniors and i have to visit assisted living facilities, etc. OH MAN! i do not want to take this test!! what am i gonna ddddoooooooooooooo????

  7. Where can we get exemption forms to keep from being forced to take this test-anyone know?

  8. I had a really bad reaction as well.. Within minutes of receiving the TB shot I broke out in a rash across my chest and started getting light headed and dizzy. I was quickly taken to the clinic where I had to get shots of epinephrine to flush it out of my system. I was told I had an server reaction to the “preservatives” in the shot… So now annually I get chest X-rays instead..

  9. FYI,
    A month after 13 year old Jenny Tetlock was vaccinated against the HPV virus, she missed the lowest hurdle in gym class. It was the first sign of a degenerative muscle disease that 15 months later left her nearly completely paralyzed.

    Her father, Philip Tetlock, a professor at UC-Berkeley, has embarked on an odyssey to find out whether the vaccine, Gardasil, is to blame.

    Tetlock is not the only one concerned. The public watchdog group Judicial Watch has been periodically obtaining adverse event reports on Gardasil from the FDA. 10 deaths have been linked to Gardasil since September 2007, and there have been 140 reports so far this year of serious side effects such as miscarriage and Guillain-Barré syndrome.

    U.S. News and World Report July 2, 2008

  10. A friend of mine told me that when he was in jail, he had to get a TB test. I would have told the jailers, force this on me than I will sue and you will be on the OTHER side of the jail bars along with me for battery! We have the constitutional AND HUMAN right to say NO!

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