Measles

     Measles was once considered a harmless childhood disease just like Chicken Pox.  You exposed your child to it so they caught it and ‘got it over with’. No one feared measles, just as they did not fear Chicken Pox.

     The Measles vaccine had a low uptake in the past as parents did not want a vaccine for a virus such as Measles because it was considered self-limiting and benign. Children began receiving the vaccine more widely only after the 1977 Childhood Immunization Initiative  and school vaccine mandates were enforced.

     

     Measles can be a very useful disease in children. They can build a super immune system after having gone through measles. Children with eczema are often cured or relieved of any signs of the condition. Their speech often improves and they go through a maturation process. Many children have been known to make tremendous developmental strides after measles. In the past, when a child was on dialysis, a hospital might have encouraged parents to naturally expose and infect their child with measles because they saw great improvements in the child’s condition.

Even today, the childhood Immunization Initiative is in full force, but it has not stopped Measles from being eliminated.

  

History

 
     From 1963 – 1967 the U.S. had used the killed Measles vaccine. It had a very low uptake which was a good thing in retrospect as it was a disastrous vaccine. It was made with killed measles virus, which skewed the recipient’s immune systems, making them more susceptible to measles after just two years, but in a new form- “atypical measles”.  It was characterized by pneumonia, high fever, atypical rash and a high fatality rate. It was a disease which could be gotten repeatedly.  The vaccine was quickly and silently removed.

 

     A new live vaccine was licensed in 1967, but even that was not used extensively.  At first it was to be given to all infants at approximately 12 months of age. Then it was changed to 6 months, especially if there was measles going around. By 1979, they knew they had problems with this one as well. Babies vaccinated at 6 months of age developed what they called an ‘altered immune response’ which resulted in booster shots at 15 months. Nature published an article which showed that babies under one year of age have very different immune functions and responses than adults do, and simply could not handle the measles vaccine given at that age. It caused immune “energy” rather than an “altered” immune response. Again, these issues were kept quiet and uptake continued to be low. Doctors were encouraged not to report measles cases if possible, so that parents wouldn’t lose confidence in the vaccine. Therefore, you would hear terms such as ‘morbilli-like, or “red measles’.

 

     Since most epidemic outbreaks in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s occurred in  95 – 100% of vaccinated children, a second MMR ‘booster’ vaccine was added to the schedule. By 1990 the actual disease was much rarer, and was simply a continuation of a trend which had been going on right up until the 80’s even in the totally unvaccinated communities. (Clinical Pediatrics). Speaking of Booster shots, do all children need them? No.  The second dose, or booster shot, is to revaccinate the approximated 5% of people for whom the vaccine never worked the first time, also known as primary vaccine failure. That leaves us with roughly 95% getting revaccinated who may never have needed to be. Secondary vaccine failure is due to waning immunity, and even with a second dose schedule in childhood or early adulthood, outbreaks continue to occur in the vaccinated population.

 

 

     Health Departments like to say that keeping unvaccinated children away from vaccinated children will protect vaccinated children. They will also say that vaccines protect children. So isn’t that an oxymoron? If vaccines protect, aren’t they already vaccine ‘protected’?  Unfortunately the answer is no. In 1991 over 60% of Measles cases were in vaccinated children, and cases of Measles continue to occur in the vaccinated.

 

 

     If anyone should be wary of Measles transmission it is the unvaccinated from the vaccinated. Right in the package insert, it states that MMR vaccinated children can excrete Measles Virus and the Mumps virus into the environment. The Chicken Pox vaccine can also be excreted with the MMR-V or Varicella vaccine. Babies, unvaccinated, the immunodeficient, and even older persons can be at risk from newly vaccinated people. Why aren’t parents being told this?

 

 

Detection of measles vaccine in the throat of a vaccinated child.

 

Mumps vaccine virus genome is present in throat swabs obtained from uncomplicated healthy recipients.

 

 Some Basic Facts:

 

     The measles vaccine had nothing to do with the decline in deaths, and has not affected the number of children hospitalized during epidemic years since its introduction.

 

     Concerning the 1991 USA measles outbreak, over half the deaths were in the vaccinated and most deaths were in immunodeficeint people. (Washington Post. June 14, 1991, BMJ, 11 May, 1991). When news reports talk of Measles reported deaths or more serious injury, why don’t they tell the whole truth?

 

     In Africa, children who have a natural measles infection have half the asthma, allergies and eczema compared with their vaccinated peers. (Lancet, June 29, 1996) 
 
 
 

 

 

     The Germans considered the risks of the vaccine too high given  the fact that deaths and disease severity had decreased without any reference to a vaccine.  
 
     In the pre vaccine era, mothers’ antibodies protected babies for at least a year to a year and a half. Measles was mainly an infection of 5 – 9 year olds and by 15 yrs, 99% had antibodies. Today, adults and infants under one year of age are acquiring Measles which can be very serious.
 
     Vaccinated mothers cannot give protective antibodies to their babies, like Mothers’ who have had naturally acquired Measles, can. Therefore, young babies for whom measles can be more serious are no longer protected.  In the pre-vaccine era, babies rarely got measles before 18 months because maternal antibodies were very high as a result of natural immunity. Today maternal antibodies are generally so low from a vaccine that it simply does not prime the immune system like natural infection will. Babies are at risk of getting measles at younger and younger ages, because maternal antibodies no longer last 15 – 18 months. So if there is even the slightest nutritional or immunological problem, babies will have an increased danger from the measles virus, as there is a difference between the immune system of a baby and a toddler. Vaccinated babies who have maternal antibodies, or people who have measles suppressed with gamma globulin, can have a higher rate of  immunoreactive diseases, sebaceous skin diseases, degenerative cartilage,  bone disease, and certain tumors.  (Lancet, 5 Jan 1985) Also see:
Maternal antibodies interfere with measles vaccination.

 

 

     Now think about this…A study published in BMJ years ago found that a select group of children tested, 50% of those with antibodies to measles had never had any clinical disease, and a small subgroup with rising titers also had no clinical symptoms. Non-symptomatic clinical measles was a common entity. This is also shown for Chicken Pox, and several other diseases. To use antibody statistics as proof of either how dangerous or widespread a disease is is a false argument. Measles, like some other diseases, are also dependant upon regular exposure to the bacteria. Which is why in the U.S. Measles is becoming common amongst older adults, who had it clinically as children. Their long term immunity has been jeopardized by the interruption of the bacteria in the environment, so that their levels are no longer automatically boosted every few years.

 

 

 

Measles Basics-

 

     One sign or symptom specific to measles is Koplik Spots which look like bluish-white grains of salt which can be seen on the inside of the cheek, near the second upper molar, but may also be on the gums anywhere in the mouth.  In the early stages there is also cough, runny nose and fever. This will last for a few days. (Medicine International, 1984, pg 20, Viral Diseases in Man, 83rd Edition, pg 412.)

 

     The treatment and cure for Measles is called Vitamin A.  As early as 1932, doctors used cod-liver oil to reduce hospital mortality by 57%.  When antibiotics became the timely treatment, Vitamin A was thrown out, up until the mid-80’s that is. Published studies have found that 72% of hospitalized Measles cases in in the U.S. are Vitamin A deficient. The worse Vitamin A deficiency, the worse the complications and the higher the death rate will be. (Pediatric Nursing, Sept/Oct 1996.)

 

     Measles does not kill children. It is the complications from measles that might attack an already weak immune system. When it knocks down the immune system, the child may become susceptible to other diseases, or develop a secondary infection due to mismanagement of the illness, such as using fever reducing medication, or with a Vitamin A deficiency.  One of the big reasons why third world children suffer from complications of measles and other diseases can be viewed here

 


     Vaccinations will always be the higher priority. The focus will be on vaccinating as many as they can and fixing the cause of death is secondary to vaccination. If these children were properly nourished and had access to clean water, they wouldn’t be dying. The substitution of vaccination over proper nutrition, sleep, clean water, etc., will not prevent more serious illness or death.

 

     There will be some who will say the theory of herd immunity is real, that Measles has declined due to a vaccine; deaths have been prevented, etc. However, when you factor in mild and subclinical cases which often are not counted, what have we really prevented? Incidence data ignores these cases which make it appear to be something it may very well not be. What about the number of deaths and injury from the vaccine itself? Maybe a financial cost factor needs to be done between treating naturally acquired Measles vs. the injuries and death associated with the vaccine.

 

Speaking of which…MMR and MMR-V coming soon!

 

 

 

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Herd Immunity Illusion II

Points to Ponder:

 

If you believe an unvaccinated child is a danger to yours, then so are your parents, grandparents, older aunts and uncles and society in general. Why? Because what is being vaccinated  for now, wasn’t then, so they are not part of the ‘herd immunity’ either. Besides, the chances that they get boosters are low, and even if they did, how do they know they are really ’protected’, as not all vaccines will produce immunity in all people.

 

If you believe vaccines work to protect yours, then your vaccinated children in reality are a larger risk to them.  How? All of the live virus vaccines shed. Meaning if your child receives the MMR vaccine, and individuals who has never had Measles, Mumps or Rubella interacts with your child, they can get ‘catch’ one or all of the components in the vaccine as vaccine-induced vs. the wild strain. (Vaccine-induced and wild strains can look different on the body, such as chicken-pox, and it’s a tell-tale sign which a child has on examination). 

 

A vaccinated child will also have to get boosters for life for a small percentage or chance that they will never get the actual disease or only a ‘mild’ case. An unvaccinated child can get the disease naturally and have 100% immunity, in most cases, for life and be done with it. 

 

Viruses are smarter than we are. They mutate and become resistant. What we’re currently vaccinating for may not even be what is out there and what we’re being exposed to. 

 

Not all countries vaccinate for the same things, or in the same dosages. Not all USA states require the same number of doses for school entry either. If herd immunity was real, wouldn’t the whole world vaccinate in unison? Wouldn’t US states be in unison?

 

The epidemiological implications due to vaccinations coming soon…

 

Herd Immunity-An Illusion

     Think about this:  If 80% of people are vaccinated, and 75% have immunity for only 5-8 years from one or more vaccines, what happens in the consequent years? Now, let’s say they get boosters after 7 years and then have immunity for a total of 14 years. What about the remaining 70 some years?

When did you get your Hepatitis B vaccine or an MMR vaccine? If it has not been in the last within the last 5-7 years, you are not a part of ‘herd immunity’. At least 90% of the population would have to be current on their vaccinations at all times. That is something that will and never has been, at any time, anywhere.

 

     The theory touted is that “herd immunity” would provide a barrier, and stop infection to unvaccinated children. It has never worked that way. Examples:

 

·        In the early trials of diphtheria vaccine- they found that people could have no immunity aka the Schick test, carry diphtheria, and yet not get clinical diphtheria. It was also found that people could have immunity to diphtheria, carry diphtheria and still get diphtheria.

 

·        People carry what are called “commensal bacteria” in their noses and throats. If they did a swab of a whole hospital staff, all of them would carry a variety of pathogens including some or all of the following bacteria: MRSA, haemophilus, pneumococcus, strep, diphtheroids, and whatever they specifically culture for.

 

You may not get disease yourself, but you can pass it on. All of us carry different strains of Neisseria meningitides several times a year, yet have immunity.

 

      This is how they get you to believe the illusion.  If there was a clinical case of Meningitis C in your hospital, everyone will be offered antibiotics and the Men C vaccine on the basis that you haven’t had the disease, therefore you aren’t immune. But are you really not immune? You may have gotten immunity to at least 24 other types of meningitis by carrying, processing, and having no symptoms etc, that you might very well be immune to this one as well. So why don’t they test for it, instead of assuming you aren’t and just jabbing needles into you?

 

     This very well applies to more than Chickenpox:

Most Children With a Negative or Unknown Varicella History Are Immune.

      Contrary to widely held beliefs, most 10-year-old children with negative or unknown chickenpox histories are actually immune to varicella, according to a report by Canadian investigators.

Dr. Bernard Duval, from Laval University in Quebec, and colleagues assessed the age-specific incidence of varicella among 2227 fourth grade students. A subset of children with negative or unknown chickenpox histories were tested for anti-varicella antibodies.

The study was performed to determine the proportion of children that would need to be vaccinated in a catch-up program, the researchers state in the NOVEMBER issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

The reported cumulative incidence of chickenpox at 10 years of age was 92% the authors note. Furthermore, about half of the children developed chickenpox before entering kindergarten.

Of the childen with negative or unknown varicella histories 63% had antibodies against the virus. Children with an unknown history were significantly more likely than those with a negative history to harbor anti-varicella antibodies (p = 0.002). In addition, children whose history was obtained by self-administered questionnaire rather than by a study nurse were more likely to demonstrate such antibodies (p = 0.023).

If vaccination was based on the absence of a positive history of varicella, 8.4% of 10-year old children would require vaccination, the researchers note. However, the current findings indicate that nearly two thirds of children without a positive history are actually immune.Prevaccination testing could identify children who are immune, but such testing could be difficult to implement and might reduce vaccine coverage. Follow-up telephone interview with parents who report negative or unknown histories for their children may help identify children who are actually immune. 

 

You may not have had chickenpox clinically, but that does not mean you are not immune! Just by being exposed to a disease does not mean you will ‘catch it’ either.

 

Human Genome Research and Society. Proceedings of the Second International Bioethics Seminar in Fukui, 20-21 March, 1992. Editors: Norio Fujiki, M.D. & Darryl R.J. Macer, Ph.D. pp. 205-210

In most infections only a rare individual becomes ill or suffers rare complications, and that individual may be genetically predetermined, it usually is. For example, HTLV-1 infects 1-2 million Japanese, but only one in over a thousand gets adult advanced T cell leukemia after 40 years, and fortunately only about one in a thousand gets HAM, HTLV-1 associated myolopophy. Those unfortunate rare individuals are the problem, not the problem of the innocuous, or carriers, the other one thousand who die without ever knowing that they had it, and having no ill effect. The same can be said for poliomyelitis, where it takes 1,000 infected cases in order to induce a paralysis, the others don’t know they were infected.

      With polio, before the vaccine, they did serological surveys and found that 98.2% of people carried antibodies. Why didn’t that create herd immunity all the time? Why wasn’t that immunity a barrier? This is precisely why we have polio cases in Africa. Many have been vaccinated over 30 times. Even so, they can still pick up, and pass on, polio virus. The reason they keep doing OPV campaigns is to try and interrupt transmission by people passing it on. If the polio vaccine created a barrier called herd immunity then they wouldn’t have to do serial vaccination campaigns in Africa, because once immune, you were part of the barrier, right? Wrong, because it doesn’t work that way.

 

     In the USA before the vaccine, 98.2% of the population were immune. So why did they vaccinate everyone? To scare you and make you think that if you did not have the clinical disease you must be susceptible.

 

     The medical profession relies on the fact that most people don’t understand that what they see as clean skin, or a healthy throat, is a walking laboratory carrying and passing on, all kinds of pathogens. It’s the wonder of the immune system that most of us process these things and never know they were there, let alone that we processed them. Even though you have antibodies to all these bacteria and viruses, you can still carry them. That is how your body boosts your natural immunity. And you can still pass them on, just as you had them passed on to you in the first place.

 

     Let’s take a look at chickenpox. You catch it and you get it. Just because you have it now, does that mean you won’t carry it again? No. The increase in Shingles is because chickenpox isn’t going around as much since we have taken it out of natural circulation, by suppressing the disease, and therefore people aren’t getting carriage, which would remind the immune system to keep on its toes. Or perhaps because the virus that is being shed is mainly vaccine virus, which the body doesn’t quite recognize the same way as the original virus. No one has done the research to see if this is the case. This is why they are bringing out a Shingles vaccine, which by the way, is 14 times more potent than a chickenpox vaccine. The primary reason that people don’t get shingles normally, is that they regularly come in contact with, carry, and possible pass it on to others, just as they got it in the first place.

 

      This same principle applies to all bacteria and all viruses. No matter whether you have had, or have not had clinical disease; you will pick up, process and pass on to others whatever viruses you come in contact with.

 

     Diphtheria is a disease caused by bacteria and we all carry the bacteria since it is ubiquitous.  If they swabbed and cultured everyone in a community with a specific culture to diphtheroid, we would all come up positive. That’s why they stopped doing it. See blog on Diphtheria for more information.

 

     Who are the primary spreaders of whooping cough? They are the people who are vaccinated, naturally immune, or not immune, who just pass it along. What would happen if they told everyone that the herd immunity, antibodies creates a barrier against spread, is not working out in practice?

 

     It was thought in the beginning that immunity would mean barrier, on the basis that one attack meant life long immunity, therefore immunity would mean being incapable of passing anything on. Further down the line they discovered that wasn’t true. What were they supposed to do then? Admit they’d been fooled by their own assumptions, screwed up, and tell the truth?

 

      Immunity long term was and is dependant upon regular exposure naturally. Plain and simple, with the exception of tetanus, because the principle doesn’t apply since its not infectious, and therefore herd immunity isn’t even relevant. The medical establishment won’t be honest and come out and say it, because it would remove the emotional blackmail message that everyone who hasn’t had the disease should have the vaccine.

 

     Polio case in Minnesota? The oral polio viruses had circulated at least 2 years before the isolates were picked up in unimmunized children who never had clinical illness.  Who had circulated the polio viruses? The vaccinated. How did herd immunity help the unvaccinated Amish children? It didn’t. They didn’t get the disease so right there you have proof that the theory of “herd immunity” is a lie.

 

     Then they will then say that vaccines reduce the spread of viruses, as in the example above of chickenpox. That is a hypothesis. Vaccination hasn’t stopped the spread of meningitis, pertussis or diphtheria. Vaccination against HIB has stopped the spread of capsular Hib,but not non-capsular, or other strains of Hib. The hole that was made by the removal of Hib was immediately filled when Pneumococcus which stepped in and took its place. So the other thing that ‘herd immunity’ can do is cause holes, which are then filled in by yet another pathogen, which preys on the same immunological “breaches in defenses” that the previous pathogen preyed on. Death rates due to infections have not dropped. Something else just takes its place.

 

 Stay tuned for more on the Herd Immunity Illusion…