Most people think vaccines have cured us of disease. They often cite measles and polio as examples. Neither is true when you look at history. New parents sometimes fear a case of measles or polio as if they were the Ebola virus. The forerunner of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) was the Public Health Services (PHS). In 1966 their scientists stated, “For centuries the measles virus has maintained a remarkably stable ecological relationship with man…Complications are infrequent, and with adequate medical care, fatality is rare.” All throughout the 1950s and 1960s (before there was a vaccine), measles outbreaks occurred every few years on a fairly predictable cycle.

J.B. Handley, in his book, How to End the Autism Epidemic, said after the vaccine was invented the PHS established a level of immunity far lower than today’s standard. “They also established a vaccination threshold to eradicate measles well below the 95 percent number public health officials use today, noting that ‘it is evident that when the level of immunity was higher than 55 percent, epidemics did not develop.’ Before the vaccine had been introduced, it’s worth noting that the death rate from measles in the United States had already declined by approximately 99.96 percent from its peak in the mid-1800s. In 1960 the death rate from measles was 0.23 per 100,000 people. Asthma, by comparison, had a mortality rate more than ten times higher for the same year.”

In 2013, an article published in the American Journal of Public Health provided an overview of the history of measles. Researchers said, “At the beginning of the 1960s, it was clear that a vaccine against measles would soon be available. Although measles was (and remains) a killer disease in the developing world, in the United States and Western Europe this was no longer so. Many parents and many medical practitioners considered measles an inevitable stage of a child’s development…By 1960, thanks to the use of antibiotics and improvements in living conditions, measles mortality was declining steadily in industrialized countries…Parents largely came to see measles as an unpleasant, although more or less inevitable, part of childhood. Many primary care physicians shared this view.”

I grew up in the 1960s and I remember parents would bring their children who hadn’t contracted measles to play with those who had been diagnosed with it so they could be sure they were exposed. In this way, the children would develop a natural immunity while they were young. It was a mild disease with a few itchy, red spots – nothing too serious. It was just part of good parenting to strengthen your child’s immune system. And every time they were re-exposed to measles in the world around them, their immune system would be strengthened naturally. No need for booster shots or doctor’s visits. A lifetime immunity free of charge.

I need to mention a hidden risk from vaccines that came to light in a 2018 study from the University of Maryland. Scientists discovered that “receiving a flu vaccine made your risk of infecting others far more likely, because the volume of flu vaccine you shed through breathing and sneezing was six times higher than for those who hadn’t received a flu vaccine.” We’ve all heard of measles outbreaks. But the media doesn’t share that vaccinated people may be causing the outbreak in others. It isn’t the unvaccinated but the vaccinated that are spreading the disease around. The immunity that comes from a vaccine versus the actual disease is different in significant ways. Scientists do not understand the immune system well enough to describe exactly how a vaccine can alter your immune system for good and bad. And they don’t safety test these vaccines well enough to assure confidence.

For more information on vaccinations, see my book.

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