With California now making vaccinations mandatory for children in the state, as a consequence of the measles outbreak at Disneyland, it is timely to peer beyond the hype and look at some relevant facts. According to the CDCs web site – This year the U.S. experienced a large, multi-state measles outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. The outbreak likely started from a traveler who became infected overseas with measles. Analysis by CDC scientists showed that the measles virus type in this outbreak (B3) was identical to the virus type that caused the large measles outbreak in the Philippines in 2014.
In comparison, in 2014 the U.S. experienced 23 measles outbreaks in 2014, including one large outbreak of 383 cases, occurring primarily among unvaccinated Amish communities in Ohio. Many of the cases in the U.S. in 2014 were associated with cases brought in from the Philippines, which experienced a large measles outbreak.
So fact No. 1 – The Philippines is a known source for measles outbreaks in the U.S.
As of February 11, 2015, a total of 125 measles cases with rash occurring during December 28, 2014–February 8, 2015, had been confirmed connected with this Disneyland outbreak.
Annual attendance at Disney theme parks in California is estimated at 24 million, including many international visitors from countries where measles is endemic.
Among the 110 California patients, 49 (45%) were unvaccinated; five (5%) had 1 dose of measles-containing vaccine, seven (6%) had 2 doses, one (1%) had 3 doses, 47 (43%) had unknown or undocumented vaccination status, and one (1%) had immunoglobulin G seropositivity documented, which indicates prior vaccination or measles infection at an undetermined time.
Twelve of the unvaccinated patients were infants too young to be vaccinated. Among the 37 remaining vaccine-eligible patients, 28 (67%) were intentionally unvaccinated because of personal beliefs, and one was on an alternative plan for vaccination. Among the 28 intentionally unvaccinated patients, 18 were children (aged <18 years), and 10 were adults.
Among the 84 patients with known hospitalization status, 17 (20%) were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.
So fact No 2 – Out of 24 million who attended Disney’s park in a year, 125 eventually contracted measles, and only 17 were hospitalized, and no one died.
According to the CDC there have been no measles deaths reported in the U.S. between 2003 and 2014. One woman died in 2015. The U.S. Government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System shows that there have been 108 deaths correlated with four different measles vaccines sold in the US during the past 10 years.
So fact No. 3 – More people died from measles vaccinations than measles itself.
Measles is an infectious viral disease, which is highly contagious. It is spread through both direct contact and through the air by coughing and sneezing – but it also remains in the air or on infected surfaces for up to two hours. People who recover from measles are immune for the rest of their lives.
And fact No. 4 – A number of doctors have spoken out against mandatory vaccination.
Dr. Mielke is the founder of Developmental Spectrums clinic, which specializes in the biomedical treatment of Autistic Spectrum Disorders. A Fellow of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs, she spoke recently during the California Senate Health Committee meetings regarding CA Bill SB277.
Dr. Mielke explained that most of the children she was treating in her clinic were suffering from developmental delays, due to many underlying medical conditions, such as: gastrointestinal disorders, nutritional deficiencies, mitochondrial disorders, exposures to toxins, immune deficiencies, chronic infections, and auto immunity to the brain.
“These medical issues make this subset of the population potentially more sensitive to adverse vaccine reactions.”
“Safe vaccination is the goal. But there is no safe one-size-fits-all vaccine policy. A forced universal vaccine program could injure many, and society as a whole, and families like mine, and those of my patients, will be left to bear the burden.”
Dr. Susan McCreadie is a member of the American Board of Pediatrics. “I am often asked my opinions on vaccinations – do I recommend them or not? There are pros and cons to vaccinations. As my training in holistic medicine continues, I rest easier NOT vaccinating my children.
“My concerns lie beyond the ingredients found in vaccines. My largest concern is HOW we are stimulating the immune system through subcutaneous and intramuscular injections of vaccines. Our bodies have built in barriers to defend ourselves from “invaders” protecting us from infection, which are bypassed with vaccine injections.
“Our skin is a mechanical barrier, a first line of defense against infection. Coughing and sneezing are also mechanical barriers, ejecting pathogens from the respiratory tract. Our tears and urine flush out intruders, and mucus in our respiratory and gastrointestinal tract traps these microorganisms. Antibacterial proteins are found in saliva, tears, breast milk, and in secretions from the skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts.
“There has been a lot of focus on the importance of the annual flu vaccine. I have never received a flu vaccine as a medical professional EVER! I am choosing NOT to vaccinate.”
Arizona cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson – “We do not need to inject chemicals into ourselves and into our children in order to boost our immune system.” Dr. Wolfson believes the key is to have a healthy immune system. In order to have that, he says, you have to avoid chemicals, get enough sleep, exercise, take good supplements, and have proper nutrition.
Fact No. 5 – There are effective alternatives to vaccination.
In 1919, Dr. W.B. Drummond reported that cinnamon oil was an effective prophylactic against measles or that it made measles milder. “It has been my practice, when I meet with a case of measles in a family, to prescribe a course of cinnamon for all unprotected members of the family. In the majority of cases the person so treated [with cinnamon] escaped the disease [measles] altogether, or else had it in very mild form.” (“Cinnamon as a Preventive of Measles,” American Druggist Pharmaceutical Record, New York, November 1919, p. 47.)
Dr. Drummond also reported in 1917 (in the British Medical Journal) that he gave as much powdered cinnamon as would lie on a (British) sixpence night and morning to twenty children in a hospital ward who had been exposed to infection by a nurse having German measles, and no second case of German measles occurred.
As early as 1932, scientists found that mortality dropped by 58 percent when children hospitalized with measles were given cod liver oil, which contains vitamins A and D and omega-3 fatty acids.
Experiments conducted in the 1940s showed that vitamin C was effective against measles, especially when used in higher doses. During one epidemic vitamin C was used prophylactically and all those who received as much as 1000 mg. every six hours, by vein or muscle, were protected from the virus. It was found that 1000 mg. by mouth, four to six times each day, would modify the attack; with the appearance of Koplik’s spots and fever, if the administration was increased to 12 doses each 24 hours, all signs and symptoms would disappear in 48 hours. (Fred R. Klenner, MD, “The Treatment of Poliomyelitis and Other Virus Diseases with Vitamin C,” Southern Medicine & Surgery, July 1949.)
By 2010 it was well accepted that supplementing with vitamin A during acute measles illness led to significant drops in both adverse outcomes and death. A study in South Africa showed that the mortality could be reduced by 80% in acute measles with complications, following high-dose vitamin A supplementation. (Prakash Shetty, Nutrition Immunity & Infection, 2010, p. 82.)
According to traditional Chinese medicine practitioner Robert Helmer: “From a Chinese medicine perspective, a childhood bout of diseases such as measles, mumps or chicken pox is not necessarily considered a bad thing. In TCM, these diseases are believed to be associated with fetal toxins, which are passed on to the baby at conception or developed in the womb. These toxins are then expressed to the surface of the body where they are expelled and manifest as a rash or blisters.
“In TCM, after the child is born, they are given herbal medicine to clear fetal toxins from their bodies. Today, three provinces in China routinely prescribe a medicinal herbal formula to all babies based on the fetal toxin theory.”