Dr. Andrew Weil stated, “Medicine has taken credit it does not deserve for some advances in health. Most people believe that victory over the infectious diseases of the last century came with the invention of immunizations. In fact, cholera, typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough, and the others were in decline before vaccines for them became available–the result of better methods of sanitation, sewage disposal, and distribution of food and water.”

Vaccinations didn’t save humanity. Improvements in sanitation and standards of living cleaned up the germs responsible for disease and people became healthier. J.B. Handley in his book, How to End the Autism Epidemic, quotes from the study Annual Summary of Vital Statistics: Trends in the Health of Americans During the 20th Century. The scientists explain that “vaccination does not account for the impressive declines in mortality seen in the first half of the century…Nearly 90% of the decline in infectious disease mortality among US children occurred before 1940, when few antibiotics or vaccines were available.

The study goes on to say that a number of things contributed to the massive decline. Local health departments were created in every state, public education about hygienic practices were relentlessly taught, water treatment facilities proliferated, food safety received attention, refrigeration was invented, waste disposal was cleaned up, and decreased crowding in urban housing occurred. A tell-tale sign is the fact that other infectious diseases like Cholera, Tuberculosis (TB), Scarlet Fever and Typhoid also declined dramatically during the same time despite there being no or very little vaccine for them! For more information on vaccinations, see my book.

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