EXCERPT FROM THE BLOG WRITTEN BY SUZANNE HUMPHRIES, MD HTTP://DRSUZANNE.NET/DR-SUZANNE-HUMPHRIES-VACCINES-VACCINATION/
After my experience in the hospital system and a thorough examination of both sides of the vaccination debate, it is clear that the issue has not been ‘settled long ago, and laid to rest’ as most of the medical profession claims.
The history of vaccination is more complicated than most people understand. Did you know that the anti-vaccine movement is hundreds of years old? It heated up in the 1800s when parents in the UK became fed up with watching their healthy infants and children become ill or die shortly after the smallpox vaccination. Or get sick from smallpox anyway.
Vaccine injuries are not a new phenomenon as they have been occurring for over 200 years. Therefore, doctors and those administering vaccines are supposed to obtain “informed consent” before vaccinating. However, informed consent is not possible today because parents are not given all the information they would require to understand the most important issues — namely the risks of following the full vaccine schedule.
As a physician, I do not consider it my place to tell anyone whether to vaccinate or not. I never tell people to NOT vaccinate. But I firmly believe it is my place to understand as much as I can about vaccines and give people a more complete understanding from which to make an informed choice.
This has not been the stance of the public health services. I’ve yet to meet a pediatrician who understands both sides of the debate enough to give fully informed consent. In fact, there is ample documentation that the priority has been quite the opposite, and to quell “any possible doubts, whether well founded or not” regarding vaccines.
Issues with the Science
There are many problems with the science that underpins vaccine information. Infant immunity has been misunderstood by immunologists, as the immunology literature admits. Only recently have some important questions been answered about why infant immune systems don’t function like adult ones. There is good reason for the tolerance that an infant has, and the answer is not to interrupt the program with aluminum and vaccines which are now known to have long term consequences.
With breast milk support, an infant immune system develops appropriately and systematically — in its own due time, according to the genetic program placed in the baby from the day the child was conceived. What is that master plan? To enable the infant to safely transition into immunological independence with the minimum level of inflammation possible. Can that system be derailed? Yes, it can. What can derail the neonatal immune system? Anything which triggers an inflammatory response in the mother while she is pregnant and in the baby by a vaccine.
Breast milk acts as a stand-in innate immune system. It protects the baby from toxin-mediated and other diseases by supplying anti-inflammatory substances in the milk. It also supplies other immune particles which prevent bacteria and viruses from adhering or killing them outright.
This protects the baby, acting as “in loco” defense, while the infant immune system is being programmed to know self from non-self. This same pattern of development is seen in laboratories where they study non-human mammals. It is ubiquitous across mammals, showing that the anti-inflammatory phenotype is crucial to successful survival both short and long term. In addition, there is a paucity of studies comparing never vaccinated children with partially or fully vaccinated children.
In terms of safety studies, a major issue is that most vaccine studies use another vaccine as the control placebo or use the background substance of the vaccine. There is only one recent study(1) where a true saline placebo was used, rather than another vaccine or the carrier fluid containing everything except the main antigen. That study showed no difference in influenza viral infection between groups but astonishingly it revealed a 5-6 times higher rate of non-influenza viral infections in the vaccinated. It is therefore no small wonder more true placebos are not used in vaccine research.
In a short article “Tapping the immune system’s secret”(2) the limitations of immunology are plainly spelled out. The public is repeatedly misinformed, underinformed, or frightened to maintain participation in vaccination. All sorts of tactics are used. One of the most popular, is to say that everyone should get vaccinated to protect the unvaccinated. This is commonly known as “herd immunity”, which will be addressed later in the “misconceptions” section.
The Medical Community
Medical schools do not educate about the contents, dangers, effectiveness or necessity of vaccines. Most medical doctors are fearful of the natural childhood illnesses because they don’t have any idea how to safely assist patients through them. In fact, the limited mainstream treatment options I learned often caused the diseases to be worse than they had to be. Yet surprisingly, I discovered other methods which work extremely well, but were never presented as part of my medical education.
Pro-vaccine doctors sometimes cite “peer reviewed literature” to supposedly prove their point, yet a closer look at their own literature often proves otherwise — as does a closer look at the sick population of vaccinated children they look after.
Furthermore, a close look at medical text books down the decades reveals a very interesting trend. In the 1920s and 30s, doctors were often quite relaxed over diseases which today are presented as deadlier than the plague. This is not stating that there were never serious consequences. There sometimes were. However today, most parents erroneously believe that every child will die from diseases which most grandparents found were merely a nuisance.
The medical system now considers measles the most dangerous disease known to man. Yet there is no need to be afraid of measles because well-nourished children who get adequate vitamin A have an unremarkable course to recovery. Boredom might be their biggest problem.
I have discovered that whooping cough isn’t something to be afraid of either. In the days when my only tool was an antibiotic, whooping cough occasionally caused me considerable concern, but not today. I’ve watched many parents all over the world treat whooping cough very simply by using high doses of vitamin C and occasionally homeopathy. They see rapid improvement and no serious complications. But you will not read about these cases in “peer reviewed literature” and your doctor doesn’t know about them because sick children are the only ones counted in the morbidity statistics. Healthy children who uneventfully recover are not seen by the medical system and therefore are not counted.
See in the graph above how mortality for the common illnesses had declined significantly long before the vaccines were created. This is a case of correlation and not causation as the medical community would have us believe.
If you compare graphs for death decline in diphtheria and scarlet fever, they are almost identical. Yet there never was a widely used vaccine for scarlet fever. Scarlet fever and its resulting complication, rheumatic fever, has clearly been shown in the medical literature to be nutritionally driven. Therefore if you find someone who says they had scarlet fever, they were likely in an impoverished, war-torn, hungry and poverty-stricken country. In developed countries where rheumatic fever is an issue, it’s primarily seen in the less educated groups, whose nutritional understanding is limited, or their access to good food is limited.
Historically in the case of infectious diseases, good nutrition has been, and still is, a major preventive factor that has led to enormous declines of morbidity and mortality from most infectious diseases.
Here are a few more common misconceptions about NOT vaccinating: You are putting other people at risk. The misconception that “if you don’t vaccinate, you place others at risk” assumes that vaccinated people do not get the disease they were vaccinated for. Did you know that a controlled study published in BMJ(3) in school age children showed that of all the whooping cough that was diagnosed, over 86% of the children were fully vaccinated and up to date for the whooping cough vaccine? There are similar studies showing that mumps and measles breakouts often affect the vaccinated.
People who are vaccinated can have their immune systems altered in a manner that leads to susceptibility to other infectious diseases and can also leave them vulnerable to the disease they were vaccinated for due to a phenomenon called “original antigenic sin”. This is where an injected vaccine antigen programs the body to react in a manner that is incomplete and different to the natural response to infection. When the vaccinated contact that disease again, they are unable to mount an effective response to the pathogen because the vital first steps are missing. The whooping cough vaccine is an example of this.
Herd Immunity is obtained with vaccines. Many vaccine enthusiasts like to invoke the term “herd immunity” to make the argument that the non-vaccinated pose a risk to the vaccinated. But the concept of herd immunity has no relevance to the vaccinated as it was coined in reference to natural immunity in populations and what level the least epidemics occurred. There is no evidence whatsoever that having an 85% or 95% vaccination rate protects from outbreaks. This theory has been disproved time and again in highly vaccinated populations. I addressed herd immunity in detail here.(4)
The non-vaccinated spread disease. Actually, it is the opposite. Live vaccines are known to spread to close contacts. We also know that in pertussis (whooping cough) those who are vaccinated are more likely, due to original antigenic sin, to be carriers of the bacteria longer than the non-vaccinated, even when asymptomatic.
Vaccines do not infect. Many vaccines are said to be “attenuated” or modified-live and supposedly do not infect, but over the decades we have seen how those attenuated viruses mutate once they are in a human and can spread more virulent disease than what is being vaccinated for. The oral polio vaccines in Nigeria today is a case in point. But this can happen with any attenuated viral vaccine.
The original Salk polio vaccines were supposed to be killed vaccines and yet they infected thousands of people, killing and paralyzing over 200. This figure is thought to be a gross underestimate of the damage done.
It is not uncommon to see a child recently vaccinated for chicken pox develop shingles or chicken pox. I’ve also seen shingles vaccine (which has 14 times the amount of virus as the chickenpox vaccine) provoke shingles in an elderly woman days after the vaccine was given. And strangely enough, her doctors had to research if shingles vaccines can cause shingles, because doctors know almost nothing about vaccines.
Here are things to consider when you hear of an outbreak of an infectious disease: “How many of the affected were fully vaccinated and how many people died or were hospitalized? Were the cases verified with laboratory tests or are the reports based on community doctor reports?”
Another question to bear in mind is, “Were the people hospitalized because the disease was really serious, or because the family didn’t know how to deal with it, and responded to a medical profession hard-wired to believe everyone with that disease can die?” In other words, “Was the admission to hospital really necessary?”
Deaths from these terrible diseases that once plagued humanity will return to pre-vaccine levels if we do not keep up the vaccines. We can see from the above graph that the mortality of these diseases was drastically declining prior to vaccination. But in addition, you might want to know the more rational explanation for deadly disease decline in modern times. It’s not vaccination. It has been shown to be hygiene. In this article, ‘What is the evidence for a causal link between hygiene and infections?’ the authors offer the epidemiological evidence between hygiene practices and infections.(5)
I would like to emphasize that I do not consider it my place to tell anyone whether to vaccinate or not and never tell people to NOT vaccinate. But I firmly believe it is my place to understand as much as I can about vaccines and give people a more complete understanding from which to make an informed choice. I hope this article achieved that goal.