Book Review


Dissolving Illusions

Disease, vaccines, and the forgotten history

by Suzanne Humphries MD and Roman Bystrianyk, 2013, 2015, xviii + 504 pages,


During their training, medical students are taught that vaccines are safe and effective, that this has been scientifically proved, and that vaccines were the main cause of the sharp decline in infectious diseases since the mid-1800s. Dissolving Illusions thoroughly debunks these claims.

One of the authors, Suzanne Humphries, is a conventionally educated doctor who used to prescribe vaccines. Later she saw clear evidence of vaccine damage in her kidney patients and started cancelling vaccination orders for those who were seriously sick. She was met with irrational resistance by the hospital administration. She decided to research the medical literature on vaccination and was so shocked by what she discovered that she quit her job and started a private practice.

Decline in killer diseases

As Humphries and Bystrianyk document in great detail, the rapidly growing industrial towns and cities in the 19th century were characterized by appalling living and working conditions: overcrowded, ill-ventilated, vermin-infested slums, streets full of rotting human and animal waste, overflowing cesspools, water-supply and air pollution, rotten and contaminated food, malnutrition, grinding poverty, and long hours of arduous labour in mines, factories and sweatshops.

Shanties back on to an open sewer (Syracuse, New York, 1901).

Chicago alley filled with garbage (1901).

An 1816 report speaks of children, even as young as three or four, working up to 16 hours a day. Children employed in glass manufacturing worked in blistering heat, and suffered from temporary blindness, violent nausea, vomiting, coughs, colds and rheumatism; they usually died young of debility or chest infections. In the early 1900s, children as young as 9 or 10 were still employed in the mines, even though children under the age of 14 were officially prohibited from working. Work-related injuries or deaths were common. A 1906 publication on child labour reported that ‘in the coal breakers little boys are sometimes ground in large crushers that break the coal, caught in the wheels or other machinery, or buried in a stream of coal’ (p. 25).

A child pulling 3 to 4 hundredweight (150-200 kg) of coal.

The abject and unhygienic conditions in the 19th century provided a breeding ground for diseases like cholera, dysentery, typhoid fever, typhus fever, yellow fever, puerperal fever, tuberculosis (‘consumption’), pneumonia, influenza, scarlet fever, smallpox, measles, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis). Periodic epidemics and pandemics swept across the globe and killed millions. While the poverty-stricken masses were the worst affected, no class was spared. Even those who escaped death from disease or disability at an early age often only lived into their thirties or forties.

Deaths from these diseases plummeted before the arrival of antibiotics and vaccines; for many of them a vaccine was never developed. The drop in mortality was mainly due to prolonged efforts by social reformers, physicians and policymakers to improve waste disposal, water quality, food quality and hygiene, tighten up labour laws, promote education, and so on. Various technological advances played a role – such as electricity, refrigeration, flush toilets, water purification, and pasteurization. Improving the quality of the water supply virtually eliminated waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and dysentery. As Dr Thurman Rice put it: ‘It is not strange that health improves when the population gives up using diluted sewage as the principal beverage’ (p. 167). This revolution in sanitation and public health began in the mid-1800s and continued into the early 1900s. The threat of death from all infectious diseases had faded into insignificance by the mid-1900s.

The authors write:

There are numerous reputable sources that clearly demonstrate how improved living conditions, more nutritious food, better obstetric care, and other non-vaccine elements were responsible for the decline in infectious disease death rates. Despite this clear evidence, today’s vaccine proponents continuously and falsely claim that vaccines are the principal reason for the increase in life expectancy we enjoy today. (p. 57)

In the United States, starting from 1900, the measles mortality rate had declined by more than 98% before the introduction of a vaccine, and whooping cough mortality had declined by more than 90% and diphtheria mortality by 98% before the DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine was introduced. As the graph below shows, by the time vaccines arrived on the scene, deaths from whooping cough in England and Wales had declined by more than 99% and deaths from measles by nearly 100%.

England and Wales mortality rates from various infectious diseases from 1838 to 1978.
(p. 197;

The authors comment:

Unfortunately, the flawed belief that vaccines and other medical advances were responsible for this amazing decline has dictated how infectious diseases are treated today. Instead of an emphasis on hygiene, nutrition, and appropriate vitamin supplementation, immune system support, and natural remedies, the emphasis is always on costly antibiotics, vaccinations, and other medical procedures.

These choices have not been without consequences, as they fight the germs instead of supporting the life force. The host cannot rid its surroundings of microorganisms and, in fact, may be best served by cultivating the beneficial ones as they are actually part of the host’s defense. (pp. 220-1)

As an American school superintendent stated in 1911: ‘Sunshine, fresh air, wholesome nutrition, exercise, rest and the hygienic mode of living are far more effectual than all the subsequent medication in existence’ (p. 178).

The authors highlight a telling fact about vaccination: ‘Since the late 1700s, the medical profession has supported vaccination, even though there was never a trial where one group was vaccinated and compared to another group of the same size that was not vaccinated’ (p. 64).

Smallpox and the first vaccine

Variolation is a technique imported into the West from the Ottoman Empire in 1717. It involved taking a small amount of material from a human smallpox lesion and scratching it into the skin of another person. Ideally, the recipient would suffer a mild attack of smallpox and then become immune to it. Unfortunately, the procedure spread the disease into surrounding communities, and two or three people died out of every hundred inoculated. As a result, inoculation fell into general disrepute in Europe after 1728.

A smallpox epidemic hit Boston, Massachusetts, in 1752, and some figures suggested that more people died when exposed to natural smallpox than when they contracted smallpox through inoculation. However, it soon became clear that inoculation had the unintended effect of increasing the death rate from smallpox. In the 38 years after the start of inoculation in 1721, deaths from smallpox increased to 127 per 1000 relative to the number of births (a 41% increase), and to 81 per 1000 relative to the number of deaths (a 27% increase) (p. 62).

At the end of the 18th century, Edward Jenner developed the practice of using raw pus from cows infected with cowpox to innoculate people against smallpox. The next method he developed was to take pox pustular lymph from the pock of an inoculated human and rub it into the arm of the next human recipient. Although many other diseases from the vaccinated were spread by arm-to-arm vaccination, this method was used for about 100 years until it was outlawed in 1898. Modern smallpox vaccines contain a human/animal hybrid agent cultivated by passing pox material back and forth between humans and animals (including rabbits, mice, goats, cows, horses and sheep).

Jenner and the medical community ignored abundant evidence that the vaccine was ineffective and caused harm. In the 1844 smallpox epidemic, about one-third of those who had been vaccinated contracted a mild form of smallpox, and nearly two-thirds a severe form, and roughly 8% of those vaccinated died (p. 75). Deaths resulting from vaccination were often not reported because of allegiance to the practice.

In the 1840s, as doctors and citizens realized that vaccination was not what had been promised, the number of people refusing to be vaccinated increased and anti-vaccine movements gained momentum. Governments responded by passing laws to force people to be vaccinated. Vaccination was made compulsory in England in 1853, and stricter laws were passed in 1867; those refusing vaccination faced fines, seizure of personal property and imprisonment. In one case, a father was imprisoned for refusing to have a second child vaccinated after vaccination had killed the first.

Boston smallpox mortality rate from 1841 to 1880.
(p. 81;

Death and other adverse effects from cowpox vaccination were very common and often resulted from a bacterial disease called erysipelas. Lymph-derived vaccine could also transmit hepatitis, tuberculosis and syphilis. Vaccine contamination was not addressed in the 19th century. A 1915 investigation showed that vaccines were contaminated with foot-and-mouth disease and had probably been responsible for several outbreaks of that disease.

Postmortem photograph of a 15-month-old boy who died after suffering for 13 days
from eczema vaccinatum, a gangrenous skin condition caused by vaccination.
(p. 90;

During the 1871-72 pandemic, the vaccinated often contracted severe smallpox more rapidly than the non-vaccinated. The London Lancet noted that, out of 9392 smallpox patients in London hospitals, 6854 had been vaccinated; 17.5% of those attacked died (p. 83). Official figures from Germany show that between 1870 and 1885 one million vaccinated persons died from smallpox.

During the 1871-72 epidemic in the small manufacturing town of Leicester, England, there were thousands of cases of smallpox and hundreds of deaths, severely undermining the belief in the protective powers of vaccination. In March 1885 a huge demonstration was held there against compulsory vaccination and the heavy-handed way in which it was enforced. It was attended by up to 100,000 people from England, Scotland, Ireland, Jersey, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and the United States.

A new government took office in Leicester that opposed compulsory vaccination and dealt with smallpox by isolating patients and disinfecting their homes. By 1887 the vaccine coverage rate in Leicester had dropped to 10%, yet the town subsequently enjoyed almost entire immunity from smallpox. Pro-vaccine ‘experts’ prophesied that the residents would eventually be plagued with disaster – but this never happened. In the 1893 smallpox outbreak, the well-vaccinated district of Mold in Flintshire, England, had a death rate about 32 times higher than Leicester. Leicester’s success story has been ignored by the medical community and government to this day.

Even though smallpox vaccination coverage in England and Wales had fallen to only 40% by 1909, smallpox deaths remained low, dropping to near zero after 1906. Humphries and Bystrianyk note: ‘Smallpox vaccination has always correlated positively to epidemics in the countries that collected data in the vain hope of proving the vaccine’s worth’ (p. 92).

England and Wales smallpox deaths vs. smallpox vaccination deaths from 1906 to 1922.
(p. 87;

England and Wales smallpox mortality vs. smallpox vaccine coverage from 1872 to 1922.
(p. 94;

Compulsory vaccination in England was ended in 1948. By then nearly two-thirds of the children born were not vaccinated, yet smallpox mortality was negligible. In 1948 there were an estimated 200 to 300 deaths as the result of smallpox vaccination, but only one death from smallpox itself (p. 90). In the United States, vaccination continued from the time of the last smallpox death in 1948 until 1963, resulting in an estimated 5000 unnecessary vaccine-related hospitalizations from generalized rash, secondary infections and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) (p.190).

Smallpox vaccination was eventually discontinued, ‘but the fact that the practice was unnecessary and had caused needless suffering and death was never recognized or acknowledged. ... [I]t is still upheld as the exemplary vaccine to promote vaccine faith today’ (p. 132).


Poliomyelitis involves inflammation of the spinal cord or brainstem, resulting in deformed and crippled limbs. Poliovirus has been circulating through humans for millennia, but epidemics of paralysis did not start occurring until the early 20th century. Humphries and Bystrianyk argue that much of the crippling was due to factors other than poliovirus, including toxins like lead, arsenic and the insecticide DDT.

The white man’s diet of refined and processed foods with the resultant lack of vitamins, the environmental and agricultural poisons, and specific invasive medical procedures all contributed to the rise in susceptibility of people living in industrialized parts of the world. ... Unfortunately, the paralysis was uniformly attributed to poliovirus infections which thus justified and prioritized vaccine research at all costs. (p. 230)

The prevailing myth is that polio was eradicated in the West by vaccines. But as the authors document, both the Salk and Sabin vaccines caused serious medical problems, including paralytic polio; vaccination in the US caused as many cases of polio as it prevented in 1955 (p. 275). The Salk vaccine was an injectable vaccine containing poliovirus supposedly inactivated with formaldehyde. Warnings by scientists that the inactivation process was flawed were ignored, with the result that the vaccine virus needlessly infected, paralyzed and killed children and their household contacts. Sabin’s oral polio vaccine (OPV), which contains the live virus, continues to cause paralysis in vaccine recipients today.

Before 1954, all patients who experienced even short-term paralysis were loosely diagnosed with polio. In 1955, when the Salk vaccine was released, the diagnostic criteria became much more stringent. If there was no residual paralysis 60 days after onset, the disease was not classified as paralytic polio. This meant that the number of paralytic cases was bound to decrease, regardless of whether any vaccine was used. Laboratory testing only began to be used to diagnose polio in 1958. Until then, transverse myelitis, viral or aseptic meningitis, Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), chronic fatigue syndrome, spinal meningitis, post-polio syndrome, acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and several other diseases could all have been diagnosed as polio.

Images of crying children in plaster casts and splints were used to influence the population to accept polio vaccination. However, such images became very rare in the 1940s when physical therapy and mobilization, pioneered by Australian nurse Sister Elizabeth Kenny, were finally recognized as an important early intervention for paralysis victims, and the orthodox medical community finally abandoned cruel and barbaric treatments like tendon cutting and transplantation, prolonged splinting of limbs, straitening limbs under anaesthetic and putting them in plaster casts, and painful but ineffective electrical treatments. Affected limbs were routinely immobilized in casts for three to six months and often as long as two years. Such treatments were responsible for most cases of residual paralysis, deformities and lingering stiffness.

Today, poliomyelitis is prevalent in Gaza, India and Nigeria, and limbs are treated according to the old methods. The authors ask (p. 240): ‘How welcome would polio vaccine campaigns be today, if Sister Kenny’s method was implemented in Gaza, India, and Nigeria and those unnecessarily deformed and atrophied limbs were nonexistent?’

SV40, a carcinogenic monkey virus, was a known contaminant of polio vaccines grown on monkey kidney cells up through the 1980s. Monkeys are still used in polio vaccine production today, so SV40 remains a potential risk in both the OPV and the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV).

Aggressive OPV campaigns are being carried out in countries like India. Indian children are often vaccinated 15 times or more with live vaccine by the age of five. There is evidence linking this to the steep rise in acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), which in the early 1950s would have been classified as polio. Yet the World Health Organization (WHO) and sister organizations like the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) celebrate because the number of documented cases of paralysis associated with wild poliovirus has declined.

The authors conclude:

Vaccination continues as the sole intervention for the perceived problem of poliomyelitis in India and other undeveloped countries, even in the face of vaccine-induced paralysis, vaccine virus mutations, and obvious failures. ... By sleight of hand – changing the diagnosis of old-time polio to AFP – any ongoing paralysis will be covered while the dimes continue to roll in.

In addition to the rise in AFP that correlates with rising OPV dosing in India, there are numerous reports of vaccine viruses mutating to virulence, causing polio outbreaks in China, Nigeria, and India. (p. 289)

The authors argue that, since wild poliovirus was never the major killer or paralyzer the public has been led to believe, it should have been left alone and the real sources of paralysis addressed.

Whooping cough

Many medical practitioners have stated that there is no justification for the mass vaccination of children against diseases like measles and whooping cough (pertussis), which are generally mild, have a very small mortality rate and confer lasting immunity. In 1977 Dr Gordon Stewart argued that the incidence of brain damage after receiving the whooping cough vaccine was higher than from the disease itself (p. 301). There have been numerous reports of children dying shortly after receiving the whooping cough vaccine, but most medical experts simply ignored these reports and insisted that the vaccine only rarely led to neurological problems. There is a strong medical bias against admitting that a heavily promoted medical procedure is harmful.

A 1985 report by the Institute of Medicine examined the adverse effects of the whole-cell DTP vaccine. Around 17,994,600 doses were given each year, resulting in 7,197,840 minor reactions, 10,283 cases of convulsions, 164 cases of encephalitis, and 58 cases of chronic disability, and two to four deaths (p. 302). The IOM recommended a switch to the acellular vaccine (DTaP), which contains inactivated pertussis toxin but is considered less effective. A 1994 report by the IOM confirmed that there was a relationship between the DTP vaccine and encephalopathy (inflammation of the brain). Most developed countries use the acellular vaccine, but the whole-cell vaccine is still used worldwide.

In England, deaths from whooping cough had already almost vanished by 1957, when vaccination began on a national scale. There was a dramatic decline in vaccination rates in the mid-1970s to mid-1980s but the number of whooping cough hospitalizations and deaths declined. Humphries and Bystrianyk comment:

Doctors do not receive unbiased information in medical school or during their careers. In order for doctors to learn the full truth, they have to seek it and then deal with the resultant cognitive dissonance. It is very difficult to continue practicing medicine under conventional dictates once that truth is accepted. (p. 306)

England and Wales whooping cough mortality vs. DTP vaccine coverage from 1930 to 2008.
(p. 312;

As with all other vaccines, the whooping cough vaccine failed to live up to the original promise of lifelong immunity. Studies of the DTP vaccine indicated that immunity (measured in terms of antibody levels) disappeared in just 12 years. A 2007 study showed that the antibodies induced by the DTaP vaccine in adults wane significantly after just one year. Moreover, booster immunization of adults with DTaP vaccine does not guarantee that more pertussis bacteria will be killed.

Instead of recognizing the futility in trying to control this endemic disease with vaccines, the conclusion, even in papers that demonstrate the lack of effectiveness and efficacy, is always to vaccinate older people and to vaccinate them often. (p. 319)

The DTaP vaccine loses its effectiveness in children in as little as three years. A 2012 study found that, contrary to the prevailing medical belief, the disease did not strike the unvaccinated more than the vaccinated. The highest incidence of disease was in 8- to 12-year-olds who had previously been fully vaccinated (p. 320). Protection after natural infection can last for 30 years, which would yield far better herd immunity than vaccine-type immunity, which is unpredictable, short-lived and incomplete.

The reason vaccine immunity is vastly inferior to natural immunity is due to a phenomenon known as original antigenic sin (OAS) – a subject that vaccine scientists discuss among themselves but is unlikely to be mentioned in the propaganda put out by the government, the medical establishment and Big Pharma. When we get an infectious disease for the first time, the immune system fights it using its innate powers. The next time the same antigen is encountered, the body uses its memory of the first experience to react faster. After being vaccinated, the body responds to a microorganism according to how it was programmed by the vaccine. Pertussis bacteria secrete several toxins, one of which – adenylate cyclase toxin (ACT) – only emerges after infection takes place. In the case of natural whooping cough immunity, ACT forms the basis for the initial immune response. This is critical not only for eliminating pertussis bacteria following initial infection, but also for removing bacteria on later reinfection. Because no one has worked out how to put ACT into the vaccine, vaccinated people are not programmed to respond to ACT at all.

The authors write:

[T]he pertussis vaccine can only prevent serious infection in some vaccinated people, but it will never prevent carriage and spread in anyone, vaccinated or not. Because of original antigenic sin, the vaccinated will be unable to clear the bacteria as efficiently and, thus, are more likely to be vectors for the disease. (p. 328)

Today, whooping cough reports are on the increase despite very high vaccination rates. The disease rates, especially in young infants, are even higher than they were when vaccine uptake was much lower.

Now we are in a situation where whooping cough vaccines are pretty much a regular event, cradle to grave, and the incidence of clinical whooping cough today – in the most heavily vaccinated populations – is increasing, inciting panic where the drug-sponsored media ramps up unnecessary fear. (p. 332)

The mainstream media promote vaccination by focusing on the supposedly deadly nature of whooping cough, but in reality most cases are mild and probably go unreported.


A vaccine containing the ‘killed’ measles virus was introduced in the United States in 1963 but did not protect against measles. Recipients who later came into contact with measles got a much more serious form of the disease – a susceptibility that lasted for up to 16 years. A 1967 study showed that the vaccine could cause pneumonia and encephalopathy, because it wrongly programmed the immune system (original antigenic sin). The killed vaccines were quickly abandoned.

A vaccine containing a semi-attenuated live virus was introduced in 1967. It gave half the recipients measles, so to deal with this, gamma globulin was injected at the same time as the vaccine. Today’s measles vaccines – such as MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) – are further attenuated but still cause adverse effects, such as neurological damage. If people are found to have vaccine-strain measles, they are not included in the statistics. Oddly, chickenpox after a vaccine is officially classed as a case, but not measles after the measles vaccine. An outbreak of measles in Illinois in 1984 showed that measles can be transmitted in a school population with a documented immunization level of 100% (p. 359).

In the pre-vaccine era, infants were more solidly protected against measles than today, and it was mostly children under the age of 10 who caught measles. Since the start of vaccination, infants and older children have become susceptible, whereas they had not been during natural measles epidemics. The older age group often have atypical measles symptoms.

A mass immunization campaign in Brazil over a short period in the early 1990s led to a significant increase in aseptic meningitis (serious inflammation of the linings of the brain) – something that is more difficult to detect when vaccination is spread out over longer periods. The reason vaccines are not administered on specific days is precisely because any damage they caused would become blindingly obvious. Although wild measles-related encephalitis declined after the measles case-rate declined, the total all-cause encephalitis rates in countries that vaccinated and then bothered to keep statistics over a longer period of time, did not decline at all (Response to critic).

There are strong indications that measles vaccine is linked to autism and autoimmune diseases (in which the immune system attacks and destroys healthy body tissue). For example, vaccine-strain measles virus has been found in autistic children with bowel disease. However, it is very hard to obtain funding for such studies. Governments worldwide have paid compensation for children damaged by the MMR vaccine, including those with autism. But no placebo-controlled safety study has ever been done on humans for the MMR vaccine looking for neurological and autoimmune outcomes in the short and long terms.

The immune system has two kinds of response to foreign invaders (antigens): the humoral (or antibody-mediated) response, involving B cells and the production of antibodies; and the cell-mediated response, involving T cells. The former is mainly responsible for adaptive immunity, and the latter for innate immunity. Vaccination targets solely the antibody-mediated response. A vaccine is supposed to prime the immune system with disease particles in order to produce memory immunity, so that antibodies are produced faster to fight similar infections in the future. Scientists were surprised to learn that people with a deficit in antibody production – known as agamma-globulinaemia – recovered from measles just as well as normal antibody producers. This discovery was made in the 1960s when measles vaccination was just starting.

Humphries and Bystrianyk explain that the reason most people completely recover after acute infections is because of innate immunity.

This involves a part of the immune system that requires no memory or previous exposure and does not involve preformed specific antibodies. Instead, it involves the activation of white blood cells, called macrophages, natural killer cells, and antigen-specific T lymphocytes, as well as the release of various cytokines (immune system proteins) in response to a foreign invader.

This aspect of immunity is present regardless of vaccination and is highly dependent on essential nutrients. When cellular immunity is impaired – for instance, in leukemia – measles is disastrous.

The pro-vaccine argue that the reason to vaccinate all healthy people is to protect those at highest risk. Huge amounts of money are spent figuring out why so many vaccinated remain susceptible to infection and why the same people who are susceptible to disease complications don’t respond to the vaccine.

The appearance of one case of measles in the highest vaccinated populations always promotes widespread fearmongering by public health officials because they know the fragility of vaccine immunity. (pp. 364-5)

The authors highlight the fact that antibodies can sometimes increase viruses’ ability to infect cells – a phenomenon known as antibody dependent enhancement (ADE).

Vaccine scientists have long relied on antibody as a measure of a vaccine’s efficacy. It is a little-known fact that any antibody, even a vaccine-induced one, can render a person more vulnerable to disease. There is an undeniably delicate balance between protective immunity and the induction of enhanced susceptibility not only to the disease vaccinated for, but other diseases as well, and often this enhanced susceptibility comes from a vaccine that was administered to protect. (p. 366)

There is no controversy over the fact that the inactivated measles vaccines led to an abnormal immune response and, later, a form of original antigenic sin. (p. 367)

There is therefore a risk that vaccination may lead the immune system astray and impair our innate ability to fight disease. The immune system is still very much a black box of impenetrable complexity. The authors remark: ‘Regardless of the fact that not even the tip of the iceberg has been breached in immunology, immune systems have been manipulated by vaccines for more than 200 years’ (p. 368). The full consequences remain to be seen, but orthodox medicine has no interest in studying the possible connection between vaccination and the present-day epidemic of autoimmune diseases.

Infants are less well protected today than they were when measles circulated widely and infected nearly every child by the age of 15. For breastfed infants of vaccinated mothers, the risk of measles infection is nearly three times higher than for infants of naturally immune mothers.

Today the only solution to the issue of waning vaccine immunity is to keep vaccinating and to vaccinate childbearing-age mothers again. But this will always carry more risk than letting the disease circulate and be dealt with normally by T cells in well-nourished populations. Because the morbidity and mortality associated with measles [are] most severe among infants, the loss of passive immunity demonstrated in recent studies of vaccinated mothers should be of major concern. ...

[V]accines have created a situation that requires ever more vaccines and more manipulation of the immune system. This is financially efficient for vaccine manufacturers but scientifically and immunologically unsound. (p. 390).

The original idea of providing lifelong immunity with a single shot of the measles vaccine ‘looks ridiculous today to anyone who has all the facts’ (Response). Vaccine immunity can wane in as few as 10 years, and data suggests that a booster dose might not have any lasting effect on antibody levels. Studies predict that epidemics could become more common in the future.

People who catch measles naturally and recover enjoy solid, lifelong immunity resulting in them being true contributors to herd immunity. Vaccinated people, on the other hand, will eventually jeopardize herd immunity as a result of primary and secondary vaccine failure, as their vaccine-induced immunity wears off between 10 and 30 years later. Primary vaccine failure means that a person fails to produce enough antibodies to provide protection, while secondary vaccine failure means that antibody levels in a vaccinated person decline faster than expected. Once again, these phenomena are discussed in the medical literature but not in pro-vaccine propaganda. Dr Gregory Poland, an ardent vaccine proponent, has admitted that measles cannot be eradicated with the current vaccine and has called for the development of new vaccines to overcome ‘aberrant immune responses’ (Response).

Natural remedies

While the dominant medical paradigm advocates injecting diseased animal matter, pathogens and toxins into healthy people to supposedly boost their immunity, there have always been other simpler, cheaper and more benign means of combating diseases, many of which were remarkably successful but never attained mainstream legitimacy.

Vitamin A supplementation is widely considered to be a key tool to reduce child mortality in poor countries. The Copenhagen Consensus 2008 stated that vitamin A and zinc supplements for children should be given top priority. Vitamin A stops the measles virus rapidly multiplying inside cells by enhancing the innate immune system. Giving massive doses of vitamin A to patients hospitalized with measles in poor countries has been found to reduce the overall risk of death by 60% and the risk among infants by 90% (p. 393). It is well documented that the measles vaccine depletes vitamin A.

Doctors have successfully used vitamin C in cases of measles, tuberculosis, scarlet fever, poliomyelitis, whooping cough, coronary artery disease, cancer, life-threatening sepsis, encephalitis, pneumonia, and other conditions. ‘Unfortunately’, say the authors, ‘their work has been forgotten or actively denied’ (p. 426). Vitamin C has antibiotic properties, neutralizes bacterial and viral toxins, and supplies ascorbic acid to white blood cells.

Cinnamon is a common spice with anti-infective properties. It is an antioxidant and contains vitamins A and C, and minerals like zinc, potassium, magnesium and manganese. It has been successfully used to treat cholera, diphtheria, head colds, measles, influenza and typhoid, and it protects against malaria.

For centuries, garlic has been believed to ward off sickness. It has been called ‘nature’s antiseptic for internal use’. It has been used for the common cold, high blood pressure and the prevention of gangrene. A 1917 article showed that, of 56 different treatments tried in the Metropolitan Hospital in New York, garlic was the most effective against tuberculosis. It was also found to be effective against whooping cough. Onion, a close relative of garlic, has likewise been used to treat many diseases, including smallpox.

Echinacea has a long history of use in treating infections. It strengthens the immune system so it can better fight off infections, particularly a cold or the flu. It has also proved effective in treating blood infections, smallpox, anthrax, typhoid fever, sepsis and burns.

Dr Max Gerson was a pioneer doctor who, in the 1930s to 1950s, used fruit and vegetable juices, a vegetarian diet, and vitamin and mineral therapy to heal tuberculosis, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, cancer and other chronic conditions. The Gerson therapy is still in use today.

Apple cider vinegar is an old folk remedy for high cholesterol, sore throat, sinus infections, and many other conditions. It is a highly effective disinfectant and alkalizes the body, making it more disease resistant. Vinegar is an antidote to the diphtheria poison. Vinegar and cider can also help prevent and cure smallpox.

Cod liver oil contains vitamins A and D and omega-3 fatty acids and helps maintain a healthy immune system. Physicians have used it to treat infections such as tuberculosis. As early as 1932, scientists found that mortality dropped by 38% when children hospitalized with measles were given cod liver oil.

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Vaccine manufacturers and the medical establishment systematically exaggerate the protective and life-saving effects of vaccination and downplay or deny the risks – while the government pays out large sums in compensation to many vaccine victims. Anyone who questions the belief in vaccination is dismissed as unscientific and dangerous. Ironically, in 2000 the Institute of Medicine released a report showing that hospitals and doctors are the third leading cause of death in the US, after cancer and heart disease (pp. 219-20).

Humphries and Bystrianyk conclude:

[T]he belief that vaccines were instrumental in changing our world from a disease-plagued horror to our modern environment is not reflected by the evidence. ...

Year after year, layer after layer, the vaccine belief built upon itself until today children are subjected to dozens of vaccines by second grade [age 8 or 9]. ...

To date, despite the existence of thousands of never-vaccinated children, there has not been a ‘completely vaccinated’ versus ‘never vaccinated’ study to compare the difference between the short- and long-term health of both groups.

Nobody – not even the most educated immunologists – understands or can describe a complete cascade of events that occurs after injecting a vaccine. If physicians realized how little is known today about the immune system and vaccines, they would be duty-bound to tell patients that there are no accurate scientific answers.

Because the whole truth isn’t told, adults are the only line of defense for themselves. Until the minds of pediatricians are emancipated, parents will remain the best line of defense for their children.

The reality … is that vaccinology, as portrayed to the public today, amounts to writing religion on the back of ignorance. (pp. 477-9)


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