Monday, December 12, 2011

Shaken Baby Syndrome

I found the most interesting article in Discover magazine. It says that maybe Shaken Baby Syndrome doesn’t exist. In fact, it states that many of the symptoms associated with SBS can be attributed to vaccine reactions. However, Discover stops short of saying that vaccination is harmful. (After all, it’s a scientifically proven fact that vaccines work, so any information to the contrary must not be scientific...) This article discusses how mainstream medical opinion insists that SBS is a proven diagnosis, despite a mounting body of evidence to the contrary. If the SBS diagnosis is done away with, though, then it leaves the medical profession open to culpability for infants’ deaths from vaccination. But I like to see real questioning on this. It’s when we stop questioning that we stop truth.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


It wasn’t MMR that made me decide not to vaccinate, although I think doctors wish that was the case. If I said MMR and autism were the reasons I decided not to vaccinate, then they could pat me on the head and point to lots of studies from the vaccine manufacturers that say that MMR does not cause autism. Don’t get me wrong, I think there are plenty of risks with MMR, but it was DTaP that scared me silly, specifically the aP and specifically SIDS. They can still do all of the head patting with DTaP, but concern over the pertussis vaccine is kind of 1980’s and out of style. If you’re concerned about DTaP, you do more than just read the newspapers.

Dr. William Torch of the University of Reno found that of 103 children who died of SIDS, two-thirds had been vaccinated with DTP three weeks before death. (Mendelsohn 250). The most comprehensive study of the whole-cell pertussis vaccine was conducted at UCLA in 1978-1979, which compared the reactions seen in the 48 hours after vaccination in a group of children receiving the DT vaccine and those receiving the DTP vaccine. The study showed that 50 percent of DTP vaccinees developed fever, 34 percent showed irritability, 35 percent had crying episodes, 40 percent had localized inflammation, 3 percent had prolonged, inconsolable periods of crying and screaming, and 31 percent developed excessive sleepiness (compared with 14% in the DT group) (Neustaedter 127). That was just in the first 48 hours- not enough time to see if brain damage would result from the reactions. The Pollock and Morris study of 1983 tracked a very large number of children (134,000 DT recipients and 133,000 DT recipients) and noted that the chances of seizure were 5.3 times greater for DTP recipients than for DT recipients. (Neustaedter 127). Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn quoted the Journal of the American Medical Association on the pertussis vaccine in his book How to Raise a Healthy Child... In Spite of Your Doctor:

“To health professionals, of course, the dangers of DPT are nothing new. The D and T components, which were given long before the P was added in the late 1940’s, are partially purified toxoids considered to carry little risk. The whole-cell P component, consisting of 4 units of protective pertussis antigen per 0.5 ml of DPT is universally acknowledged to be relatively crude and toxic, and the advent of a safer version is eagerly awaited.

How comforting.

But now we have the acellular pertussis vaccine, health professionals say. It’s all upside now!

In fact, a 1998 study based on reports to VAERS showed that there was little change in the number of reports of deaths associated with pertussis vaccination as the DTaP and DTPH shots were introduced. (85 deaths reported in 1995, 82 in 1996, 77 in 1997 and 41 in the first half of 1998. If there about as many deaths in the second half of 1998 as there were in the first half, it would equal the number of deaths in 1996 when DTP was still commonly used. But the report conveniently doesn’t cover the second half of 1998. And reports to VAERS represent only a fraction of actual vaccine damages because of under reporting.) (Neustaedter 12)

And all of those reassuring reports about there being no connection whatsoever between SIDS and DTP have problems of their own. For example, the Griffin and Cherry studies are two large studies which are said to be proof that there is no connection between Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and the diptheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccine. Dr. Marie Griffin reportedly received her funding from Burroughs Wellcome, one of the largest manufacturers of pertussis vaccine in the world. And Dr. James Cherry was a paid consultant for Ledberle Laboratories, America’s largest pertussis vaccine manufacturer. In 1988, Cherry also admitted to receiving $50,000 per year for testifying on the behalf of vaccine manufacturers in vaccine injury lawsuits. He also received $400,000 in grant funds for UCLA (which partly covered his salary and expenses) and his department at UCLA received $450,000 in “gifts” from Ledberle Laboratories (Neustaedter 21).

SIDS still remains relatively rare. But when it happens to your baby, it doesn’t matter how many other babies it doesn’t happen to. As for me, I kind of like the feeling of knowing that my baby will wake up from his naps.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Speaking of the Flu...

I can put my money where my mouth is. Last week, my son and I got the flu. We were both over it within 24 hours. And while it wasn’t the most pleasant experience of my life, I certainly don’t think it was worth injecting myself with mercury and carcinogens to prevent it.

When I was a kid my parents would give me 7-up for my stomach or Gatorade for electrolyte loss. I found something better:

1 27 oz. water bottle full of filtered water
2 tsp. Bragg’s ACV
½ tsp. Himalayan salt
1 Tbsp. honey

Mix and sip.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Flu Season

There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are turning, and the pumpkins are starting to appear. It can only mean one thing- flu season is here!

Ah, yes, flu season. A time when the world is supposedly on the verge of a massive outbreak of disease that will kill millions, just like in 1918-1919.

My sister was working as a patient tech at a large hospital in 2009 when health officials prognosticated a H1N1 “pandemic”. She said that she and her coworkers were assigned double and triple shifts in advance of the flu season because the hospital was convinced they would be flooded with flu victims. Well, the pandemic never materialized as the hospital imagined and my sister and her coworkers ended up with several leisurely overtime shifts where they were payed to hang out in the physical therapy room.

It is true that during 1918-1919 (which coincided with World War I) a swine flu pandemic swept the world and killed many people, including large numbers of young people (the types of people serving in the military at the time). However, in 1918 the idea that viruses could cause disease was still relatively new and factors claimed by doctors to cause the flu included nakedness, German contaminated fish, dirt, dust, unwashed pajamas, Chinese people, open windows, closed windows, old books, and “some cosmic influence” (1). Furthermore, the world was at war and young soldiers were under physical and mental stress from combat and were confined in close quarters and eating a diet that most likely consisted of canned food and other less-than-healthy fare. Many were probably also recovering from battle wounds. Travelling around the world to fight gave the virus ample opportunity to spread, especially when covering your mouth with your sleeve to cough and sneeze, washing your hands, and eating a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables to strengthen the immune system were never even considered as ways to prevent the spread of the flu.

In fact, the mass vaccination campaign that took place in 1976 happened not because thousands of people were dying, but because an eighteen year old army private in the middle of basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey fell ill with the flu and (against orders) left his quarters to go on an all night hike with his platoon wearing a fifty pound pack in the middle of winter and subsequently collapsed and died. Private David Lewis’s death was considered out of the ordinary for flu deaths because he was young and physically fit (2). Several recruits at Fort Dix tested positive for H1N1 as did Private Lewis’s body, the strain of flu that caused the 1918-19 epidemic and health officials panicked. They assumed that because H1N1 had killed many young people in 1918-19 and had just killed a previously a young, fit army private, that it must be a particularly lethal strain of of flu.

Let’s be rational, though. If you were stressed out, physically fatigued, possibly recovering from battle wounds, in cramped quarters with lots of other people who didn’t cover their noses or mouths when they coughed or sneezed, eating a diet low in fresh produce, and didn’t wash your hands, do you think it would take a lot for you to get deathly ill? If you were in the middle of the flu and made the decision to go on an all night hike with a fifty pound pack in the middle of winter, do you think it would take much to kill you? Furthermore, an article written for the medical journal Clinical Infectious Diseases shows evidence that the high number of deaths among young adults during the 1918 pandemic was due to doctors giving dangerously high dosages of aspirin to flu patients. (3) Interestingly enough, when Private Lewis collapsed, his sergeant gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and never got sick. (4). This is not typical of an especially deathly flu strain. Health officials put one and one together and came up with ten, looking only at the virus and deaths, not taking into account the other factors which contributed to the deaths. Many doctors attacked the CDC’s projection of 21 million people dead worldwide from H1N1 in 1976. They said that most of the deaths in 1918-1919 were because of secondary infections of bacterial pneumonia, which could be easily treated in twentieth-century intensive care units. (5)

The actual number of swine flu cases in 2009 is much in debate since the CDC told doctors not to test for the H1N1 virus, saying that the test can be inaccurate and give false negatives.(6) That may very well be, but it would still be more accurate than diagnosing on symptoms alone. This is also interesting because the CDC says that one of the limitations in determining whether a report to VAERS constitutes a vaccine reaction is lab test results (7) In other words, there is no need to perform lab tests to confirm a case of swine flu, but laboratory tests are necessary to establish that there has been a vaccine reaction.

On a personal note, I would like relate my experience with being in a so-called high risk category for swine flu. In December of 2009 I was seven months pregnant. Swine flu pandemic warnings were everywhere and I was aware that as a pregnant woman I was considered to be at risk for complications from H1N1. I did not get the H1N1 vaccine. A few days after Christmas I became sick. I had deviated some from my diet and eaten some junk food over the past week and my husband’s whole family (including several young children) were all crammed into the house with us. It’s possible I had H1N1. Along with a little nausea and vomiting, I had a bad sore throat- a symptom which was supposed to be particular to the swine flu and which I had not experienced in other bouts of the flu. It’s impossible to know for sure without testing though. I spent the day in bed, taking little sips of water and little spoonfuls of dry, whole grain cereal throughout the day. By evening, I was starting to feel better and started drinking more water to make sure I didn’t get dehydrated and eating plain foods to sustain my baby and myself. The next day I was tired, but otherwise fine. My son shows no ill effects at all from episode with the flu. (His birth defect occurred within the first few weeks of conception, long before I had the flu.) He is very healthy and is the highest functioning child the doctors have ever seen for his particular birth defect and above average cognitively.

I have seen a few women on forums say that they get the flu vaccine because a friend lost a pregnancy because of H1N1 influenza. I find this suspect since testing was stopped. I've also heard tell of women who lost pregnancies shortly after receiving the flu shot. VAERS has a number of these reports on file. I find it almost hilarious when these women chirp, "I got the flu shot and I was only down for three days afterwards! It's not so bad. Go get it yourself!" Ah, yes. We are deathly afraid of getting sick from a virus. But if we get sick from a vaccine, it's A-OK! A columnist for the Wall Street Journal described getting sick after the flu shot and the denial he received from everyone, in a column titled "They Shoot Flu Shot Skeptics, Don't They?". "If you won the lottery after you got the flu shot, you wouldn't think the two are connected!" a friend sneered at him. But we don't shoot lottery tickets into our bloodstream, now do we? (8)


(1) The Coming Plague, Laurie Garrett, pg. 158
(2) The Coming Plague, Laurie Garrett, pg. 154
(3)  Flu deaths and high aspirin dosages in 1918 (
(4) The Coming Plague, Laurie Garrett, pg. 159
(5) The Coming Plague, Laurie Garrett, pg. 169  
(6) H1N1 testing (or lack thereof)
(7) Lab testing for vaccine reactions
(8) “They Shoot Flu Shot Skeptics, Don’t They?”

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Well What Would You Do If... Part IV

Well I'm back again. Had some family stuff that took up all my attention. But it's October now and this post is more relevant than ever. This concludes my "Well What Would You Do If.." series.

Cancer and AIDS- Maybe the medical world knows something I don’t, but I have been under  the impression that cancer and AIDS are not acute diseases and behave nothing like smallpox virus or measles. I was always told that AIDS is a terminal diagnosis and that cancer (even after being “cured”) can come back. I have never heard of anyone getting better from cancer or AIDS and thereby gaining immunity from the disease. There is absolutely no proof that immunization will prevent cancer or AIDS. So why are we attempting to create vaccines for these diseases? Well, it lines pockets and the public loves the idea of a “magic pill” that prevents them from having to take responsibility for their health via healthy eating and chastity.

But this is an issue that reaches beyond responsibility, vaccine advocates say. Around 5% of the total population of Sub-Saharan Africa has HIV/AIDS. (1) It’s epidemic there and these people don’t have a choice. Furthermore, all it takes is one sexual encounter to contract HPV or HIV. Everyone is at risk. And around 12% of women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lives. (2) Another epidemic! It’s October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) So wear pink! Buy pink ribbon yogurt, energy drinks, cookies, soda pop, processed cereal, processed soup, and Rice Krispy Treats! (Incidentally, the National Cancer Institute estimates that there will be more new cases of prostate cancer than breast cancer in 2011, though breast cancer will have a slightly higher death rate. (3,4) Where are all the yogurts, energy drinks, cookies, soda pop, processed cereal, processed soup and Rice Krispy Treats for prostate cancer?)

So, yes, I could develop breast cancer. Or I could end up as the victim of a rape and contract HIV or HPV. It is possible. But if I ever did, I doubt that having a shot of a killed HIV or HPV virus or killed cancer cells would protect me since cancer and HIV do not behave like measles or smallpox.

And if I did contract cancer or AIDS, you would not find me in the hospital. I would go to the Gerson Institute in Mexico or the Creative Health Institute in Michigan. I know that is absolute heresy but that is what I would do. Radiation kills not only cancer cells, but everything else in the body. And I can hear the naysayers right now: “Well, my cousin/ aunt/ sister-in-law/ stepmother’s best friend’s cousin’s daughter tried those alternative therapies and she died! The doctors told her they could beat the cancer with chemo, but she flew to Switzerland/ Mexico/ Hungary and she was dead 6 weeks later and she left behind a husband and 2/ 3/ 4 children!”

Fair enough. Not everyone makes it out of alternative treatments alive. But how about mainstream treatments? Not everyone makes it out of those alive either. And the doctor’s word is not a guarantee. It is possible to get a good prognosis and still die. Furthermore, much is made over “early detection” for cancer, even though this early detection can lead to unnecessary treatment and by that token, unnecessary deaths. (5) However, a number of people have recovered from cancer using “alternative” therapies. Robyn Openshaw has shared some really great examples of these success stories on her blog. (6) I love reading this post because it reminds me of the people who do make it using unconventional therapies. So, thanks but no thanks, I’ll pass on the breast cancer vaccine. I’m going to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the color green.



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Well What Would You Do If... Part III

Tetanus- A friend of mine worked on the now defunct Oakland Temple Pageant and told me that at the beginning of pageant season there was quite the to-do over tetanus shots. It had been recommended that all crew members get one in case someone got cut by something rusty, but some people hadn’t for whatever reasons. So much zealousness was then directed at getting crew members to receive a tetanus shot and of course the mandate of vaccines for missionaries was invoked which was taken to mean that vaccination was virtually a commandment. Little did the crew of the Oakland Temple Pageant know that of all the Church’s pageants, they were the least likely to have any trouble with tetanus because they were the only indoor pageant. Tetanus is caused by a microorganism that lives in the soil and intestinal tracts of animals and enters the body through deep, uncleaned, open wounds. (Neustaedter 255) Thus the classic rusty nail scenario isn’t a matter of rust spreading tetanus, rather it’s a matter of the moist conditions providing a good environment for the bacteria to grow on  the nail and the nail providing an excellent means for a deep puncture wound. This also means that the cast and crew of the Oakland Temple Pageant had very little to fear from scrapes and cuts on rusty, indoor lockers. In fact, my unvaccinated friend received a severe gash from a rusty locker and had no problems with tetanus. However, if I or my child were to step on the hypothetical rusty nail, there are two options other than a tetanus shot I would look at:
  • Tetanus Immune Globulin shot- This is a shot of tetanus immune globulin and is used to fight tetanus infection once it has taken hold. According to Neustaedter, it has not been associated with severe reactions like the tetanus toxoid shot has been. (262)
  • Homeopathy- I am surprised that Neustaedter states that there are no alternative treatments for tetanus (especially since he is a homeopath). According to the Materia Medica, strychninum purum, physostigma venenosum, and cicuta virosa can treat tetanus and hypericum perforatum can prevent it.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Well What Would You Do If... Part II

Polio- Polio is the “poster child” disease for vaccination. Those who question vaccination will be treated to tales of cousins who were confined to iron lungs and mothers who lived in fear of their children being sent home from school sick. They will hear about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (who contracted polio at the age of 39, and not as a child) being confined to a wheelchair. These narratives will be accompanied by speeches about how Jonas Salk was one of the greatest and most courageous scientific minds of the twentieth-century.

We’ve all been lead to believe that polio invariably causes death or paralysis. However, this is not the case. In fact, 95% of people who have been naturally exposed to the polio virus will exhibit no symptoms, even in an epidemic, and of those who do contract the disease, only about 1 in 1,000 will suffer paralysis, leading researchers to believe that some people are simply more susceptible to polio than others (1). Polio was also on the decline before the vaccine was introduced, though there was a sharp spike in polio cases in the 1940’s when DTP vaccination became widespread. From 1923 to 1953 the polio rate in the United States  declined 47%. In England, it declined by 55% between 1923 and 1953. Many European countries did not use the polio vaccine until some time after 1953 and still saw declines in polio rates. Even after the vaccine became available in these countries it remained optional, and still the polio rates declined (2).

Polio is an enterovirus, and though the CDC claims that polio has been eliminated from the Western Hemisphere, they still warn of the possibility of “non-polio enteroviruses”. In fact, the CDC says that these type of viruses are very common, second only to cold viruses as the most common infectious agents in humans. These viruses can cause “summer colds” and aseptic meningitis. Actually, the symptoms of non-polio enteroviruses are identical to the ones caused by the poliovirus: flu-like illness with fever, muscle aches, and rash. They can even cause paralysis. Curiously enough, there is no vaccine for these viruses. And despite the striking similarities between poliovirus and non-polio enteroviruses, the CDC strongest recommendation for stopping the spread of non-polio enteroviruses is handwashing. (3) But if handwashing is the best defense against non-polio enteroviruses and the symptoms they create are so similar why do we have a vaccine for polio and not for other enteroviruses? Why not just use handwashing to combat polio?

Also of concern with the vaccine itself are animal byproducts contained in polio vaccines, which are often contaminated with animal viruses. Animal virus contamination should not be taken lightly. Simian Virus 40 is an example of what animal viruses in vaccines can do. Simian Virus 40 (SV40) was in monkey cell cultures used for growing polio vaccines 1954 to 1963. An estimated 98 million Americans and hundreds of millions worldwide received the contaminated vaccine. A 1990 study found a higher incidence of brain tumors in recipients of the contaminated vaccine. A 1988 study of 58,000 women who had received the vaccine showed a thirteenfold increase in brain tumors among the children of these women. Laboratory testing later confirmed the relationship between SV40 and cancer when lab animals injected with the virus developed cancer. More than 60 studies have found SV40 in brain, bone, and lung cancers and linked the monkey virus to early childhood brain tumors. Researcher Michele Carbone found an unopened case of the 1955 vaccine in a Chicago doctor’s office, compared the strains of SV40 from the vaccine to  the strain in human bone and brain tumors and in monkeys and found they were identical, providing proof that the vaccine was the source of the spread to humans. (4) More detailed information can be found in the book Malignant Mesothelioma: Advances in Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Translational Therapies, edited by Harvey I. Pass, Nicholas J. Vogelzang, and Michele Carbone.

Another example of vaccination-spread animal viruses causing health problems is the African green monkey virus in other polio vaccines. In 1995, Dr. John Martin published his findings about an unusual virus he discovered in cultures isolated from two patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. It was a cytomegalovirus-like “stealth” virus, so called because lacking target antigens for recognition by the body’s cellular immune system, it failed to provoke an inflammatory response. Comparisons of the stealth virus and other viruses showed its DNA sequences to be very similar to a simian cytomegalovirus found in African green monkeys. Dr. Martin identified stealth viral infection in the following conditions: chronic fatigue syndrome, autism, fibromyalgia, Gulf War Syndrome, adult depression and dementia, and children’s attention deficit and behavioral disorders. The most likely route of transmission is the polio vaccine since it contains African green monkey tissues (5). Dr. Martin’s first study was published in Clinical and Diagnostic Virology, volume 4, issue 1, in July 1995.

It is a documented fact that paralytic polio cases can and do follow DTP injections. This was first documented in 1909 and subsequently seen in the polio outbreaks of the 1950’s in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States (6). This fact has been known for years and is corroborated by the findings in several studies such as HV Wyatt’s 2003 study (8), a 1995 study by Strebel et. al. (9), and the 1949 JK Martin study (10). We’ve all been told that polio ran rampant in the 1950’s because of a lack of vaccines, but in fact the opposite is true. But don’t take my word for it, take the word of Sister Neva Borden in the April 1986 Ensign:

“I first became interested in the DPT vaccine when my daughter contracted polio from her DPT shots. Afterwards, my pediatrician told me that I could have “buffered” her against such a strong reaction by giving her Vitamin C just before she received the shot. Each time I buy her a shoe lift, I think of how this belated advice could have saved my daughter from the deformity she now must live with all her life.”

(Of course Sister Borden’s letter was countered by a dismayed nurse in the June 1986 Ensign who warned that we are all going to suffer death and serious injury if we don’t vaccinate our children and ourselves. Despite her good intentions, it is doubtful that Sister Miller of Ames, Iowa was aware of any of the studies and evidence pointing to the unnecessary nature of the polio vaccine. If you’re out there Sister Miller, and haven’t changed your position since 1986, I would encourage you to read this blog.)

Other cases of polio have been caused by the vaccine itself as the case of Brother Alvin Martinez in the August 1994 New Era shows. Brother Martinez was born healthy but was vaccinated for polio like most other Filipino newborns. The vaccine attacked his nervous system, rendering his right arm and leg immobile. The oral polio vaccine has been implicated numerous times for causing polio, but is still being administered in many third world countries. However, in the United States, OPV is no longer used for this very reason. (7) So it’s not safe to give American children the OPV, but it is safe and even necessary to give third world children the OPV? And we call this humanitarian aid?!

And speaking of polio in third world countries, the global “War on Polio” just isn’t working. The April 23, 2010 edition of the Wall Street Journal describes how Bill Gates is having to rethink his stance on battling polio in Africa with vaccines. Mr. Gates gave $700 million dollars for a mass polio vaccination campaign in Nigeria. Despite the campaign, which included door-to-door vaccinators, polio still persists in Nigeria and in fact, half of the 1,600 cases of polio reported in 2009 happened in vaccinated individuals. (8) Evidence also points to fully vaccinated children transmitting polio during a 1988-1989 outbreak of the disease in Oman. (9)

So you can see why I don’t get all misty-eyed about polio vaccination and Jonas Salk. But if my child did happen to catch a severe case of paralytic polio, here is what I would do:
  • Homeopathy- An uncontrolled study conducted during the 1950’s and published in the 1961 Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy of 50,000 children who received Lathyrus, a homeopathic treatment for polio, showed that only one child contracted polio and that case was non-paralytic. In a study of a 1902 smallpox outbreak in Iowa, 2,806 people were given a homeopathic preventative for the disease, 547 were exposed to the disease, and 14 actually contracted it. This was published in the North American Journal of Homeopathy, volume 58; a summary can be seen on page 781. (Neustaedter 97-99)
  • Chiropractic care
  • Herbs to soothe any symptoms such as sore throat or cough.


(1,2) Vaccine Safety Manual For Concerned Families and Health Practitoners: Guide to Immunization Risks and Protection by Neil Z. Miller, 14
(3) Non-polio enteroviruses
(4) The Vaccine Guide: Risks and Benefits for Children and Adults by Randall Neusteadter, 58-9
(5) The Vaccine Guide: Risks and Benefits for Children and Adults by Randall Neusteadter, 65
(6) The Vaccine Guide: Risks and Benefits for Children and Adults by Randall Neusteadter, 51
(7) OPV causes polio
(8) Polio vaccine failure in Nigeria
(9) Vaccinated children spread polio in Oman
(10) The Vaccine Guide: Risks and Benefits for Children and Adults by Randall Neustaedter, 97-99

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Well What Would You Do If... Part I

I think this is a question a lot of pro-vaxers have. They simply can not picture any alternative to death and destruction from disease except vaccines. There is also the implication that these diseases are so horrible that if you or your child did contract them, it would be such a harrowing experience that you would never again question the safety and efficacy of vaccines. However, I have discovered that things aren’t as dire as we’ve been told and there are lots of options in treating diseases. So like the fabled Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I will preface my thoughts with the words DON’T PANIC inscribed in friendly letters. (Though my thoughts are considerably better researched than the advice in the Hitchhiker’s Guide. No towels are required either.)


Measles- Measles has been made out to be a dangerous killer. However, this picture of it wasn’t painted until after death rates from the disease had dropped substantially. The official statement from the CDC on measles reads, “In the United States, measles caused 450 reported deaths and 4,000 cases of encephalitis annually before measles vaccine became available in the mid-1960s.”(1)  In 1900, the measles death rate was 13.3 per 100,000 (or about 10,121 deaths per year) and in 1955 it was .03 per 100,000 (or around 50 deaths per year). (2) These numbers are consistent with the statistics in Gordon’s 1953 report to the Office. So the vaccine didn’t actually cause a drop in deaths, it probably only caused a drop in diagnoses (“Well it can’t be measles because he’s been vaccinated.”) Measles enchephalitis is said to occur in 1 in 1,000 cases of measles, however, many physicians who actually practiced when measles was common have questioned this statistic and put it at 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 100,000 for children who are adequately fed and living in sanitary conditions. (3)

In fact, living conditions and diet have been cited elsewhere as being key determinants in the outcome of measles. In a 1990 outbreak, 352 Hmong children in a low-income area of the San Joaquin Valley in California were hospitalized and 1 in 29 died from measles. A case control study by the California Department of Health Services found that poor living conditions was what put these children at risk for death and complications, not the disease itself (4). There is a case study from India which documents a measles outbreak in a slum. Almost one-third of the children who contracted measles were vaccinated for the disease. This study also found that children who had vitamin A supplementation were less likely to contract measles. (5) One study in the September/October 1996 volume of Pediatric Nursing found that 72% of hospitalized measles cases in America were in vitamin A deficient individuals. (6)

From my research, I’ve concluded that the only circumstances in which I would truly worry about my child’s health and safety in a case of measles is if my child became malnourished or was severely immunocompromised and we had no access to health care. There are children all over the world who live in those conditions and are at risk for dying from measles, but shouldn’t we address the problems of malnourishment and poor living conditions first rather than turning to an ineffective quick-fix that lines the pockets of drug makers? Now here is what I would do if my child contracted measles:
  • Homeopathy- The very first thing I would do if my kid developed measles would be to give him a homeopathic remedy that fits his symptoms. Gelsemium is particularly good for measles, but depending on the particular symptoms, other homeopathics such as Pulsatilla, Aconitum, and Bryonia can be useful as well. (7)
  • Chiropractic care- Chiropractic care helps the immune system function better. If my child were sick with measles, the second thing I would do is take him to the chiropractor (or do a home visit) for an adjustment. (8)
  • Herbs- I would make a tea of herbs like licorice (good for coughs), ginger (anti-inflammatory), chamomile (calming).
  • Baths- Since measles is accompanied by an irritating rash, I would give my child a bath with ground up oatmeal and baking soda to sooth the skin.
  • Vitamin A- Since vitamin A helps reduce complications with measles, this would be a very important nutrient. When my hypothetical measles kid feels up to drinking, I would give him fresh carrot juice since it is very high in vitamin A. I might add some peaches with it for a sweeter flavor and more vitamin A and I would keep up the carrot juice until my kid had recovered.

Pertussis- Pertussis is common and can be very dangerous. Modern allopathic medicine has a great deal of difficulty in treating this disease and a few babies do die from it every year. Selective/delayed vaccination advocate Dr. Robert Sears believes this that the pertussis vaccine is one of the most important immunizations for a baby to have because pertussis is so common and can be so deadly. (9) He has also expressed the opinion that it is not the pertussis toxoid which While I respect Dr. Sears’ opinions and his experience, I disagree that the pertussis vaccine is important and safe. The acellular pertussis vaccine has been associated with seizures, encephalopathy (a vague medical term for an attack on the central nervous system characterized by altered states of consciousness, confusion, irritability, changes in behavior, screaming attacks, stiffness in the neck, convulsions, visual, auditory, and speech disturbances, and motor and sensory deficits), encephalitis, brain damage, and death. (10).  

And then there is the whole problem of efficacy. On the CDC’s website there is a dispatch describing cases of pertussis in fully vaccinated Israeli children which resulted in the death of one vaccinated infant. The report examined 46 fully vaccinated children, five of whom tested positive for pertussis, though, only two of those children met the World Health Organization’s diagnostic criteria for pertussis. The study concluded that even vaccinated, asymptomatic children can be carriers of pertussis. (11) In Lithuania 53 children tested positive for pertussis in 2001. 32 of the 53 were fully vaccinated. (12) The recent outbreak of pertussis in San Diego showed that many vaccinated individuals can still contract pertussis and pass it to babies too young to receive vaccines. Of the 1,000 adults and children who tested positive for pertussis in 2010, over half had been vaccinated. A survey of nine other counties in California showed that between 44 and 83 percent of individuals with pertussis had been immunized. Researchers from Amsterdam said they had found that the pertussis virus had mutated two decades ago. Currently, pertussis vaccines do not confer immunity against the mutated form. Vaccine makers said that testing for the mutation wasn’t necessary. (13) Why inject my baby with something that has been linked to brain damage and death and doesn’t actually do what it is supposed to?

So do I sit around worrying that my baby will contract pertussis? No, I don’t. I go about my way unworried because:
  • High doses of vitamin C have a profound effect on pertussis. (14,15) Usually, ascorbic acid is used, but naturally occurring vitamin C should work just as well. The trick is getting high enough doses, and this is where juicing comes in for me. With juicing, you can consume massive amounts of fruits and vegetables very quickly without the problem of overconsumption of fiber. The very first thing I would do at the first onset of symptoms would be to give lots of vitamin C rich juices to my child. Papaya would be my first choice since one medium sized papaya has 313.1% of your daily value of vitamin C. (16) Strawberries would be my next choice, then oranges, then cantaloupe. In addition, I would have my child drink rose hip tea (very high in vitamin C) with a little licorice (for sore throat and coughing) and maybe some echinacea and goldenseal. (17) If I absolutely could not do juicing,(i.e. no access to a juicer or couldn’t get my kid to drink enough), I would go to a reputable health foods store and find some ascorbic acid. And if I had a young infant with pertussis, I would keep up the breastfeeding and consume lots of vitamin C juice myself. I might also try giving the baby some tepid rosehip tea via dropper frequently.
  • The homeopathic remedy drosera has been used to successfully treat pertussis for over 100 years. Depending on symptoms other remedies such as ipecacaunha or pulsatilla can be used. With pertussis, it can be tricky to match the right homeopathic because the symptoms (i.e. type of cough, mucus, etc.) change constantly, but homeopathy can be very helpful in treating this disease. (18)
  • Chiropractic adjustment of parts of the upper cervical spine are associated with treatment of pertussis. (19)

(1) CDC’s statement on measles.
(2) How to Raise A Healthy Child... In Spite of Your Doctor, Mendelsohn 237
(3) How to Raise A Healthy Child... In Spite of Your Doctor, Mendelsohn 239-7
(4) The Vaccine Guide, Neustaedter 82
(5) Measles outbreak amongst vaccinated children in India
(6) Vitamin A deficiency and measles in America
(7) Materia Medica measles search
(8) Chiropractic care and the immune system
(9) Pertussis The Vaccine Book, Dr. Robert W. Sears 29-30
(10) The Vaccine Guide, Neustaedter 227
(11) Pertussis vaccine failure in Israel
(12) Pertussis in vaccinated children in Lithuania
(13) San Diego pertussis outbreak
(14)Vitamin C treatment of pertussis in Japanese children
(15) Dr. Klenner’s vitamin C protocol
(16) Papayas and vitamin C
(17) Rosehips and vitamin C
(18) Drosera for pertussis
(19) Chiropractic for pertussis