Recently, a number of highly provocative and substantive disclosures
have been reported in the mainstream press. These revelations,
combined with a growing number of other important admissions threaten
to shake the very foundation upon which official vaccine policy, and
the rationale underlying their use, rests.
First came notice that the chickenpox vaccine is not nearly as
as it was touted as being. Once again, it has turned out that
promises that one shot would do the trick were premature, having been
based on wishful thinking rather than real science. As usual,
these assurances about long-term effectiveness of the vaccine, used to
promote use of the chickenpox vaccine, were made without having
conducted any long-terms studies. And as it turned out, there was
not even short-term effectiveness for many.
Rather than result in official questioning of the underlying logic
in vaccinating children against this normally
disease, or acknowledging that they never really could have known that
the vaccine was as effective as they said it was, the news was
accompanied by the glib suggestion that the vaccine follow in the
footsteps of other vaccines which require booster doses. This
thoughtless recommendation, however, begs the question of whether
children should be vaccinated against chickenpox at all, given that it
usually is not serious for them and confers lifelong immunity against
the disease, thereby avoiding its occurrence during adulthood, when it
can be serious.. Making this suggestion even more irresponsible,
however, is the fact that clearly no one knows just how many of those
already questionable vaccines will be required in order to create
life-long protection against chickenpox, or if
vaccination even has the potential to offer such protection.
In another recent shocker,
we learned that not only is our supposition that polio is spread only
via humans possibly incorrect, but that once again, not only has the
vaccine strain of the oral polio vaccine virus mutated,
reverting to wild type, but it has resulted in polio deaths in formerly
Is this not further evidence that our efforts to "eradicate" polio
And what will be the long-term consequences of vaccine-induced
mutations? Is there anything about our experience with antibiotic
resistance which might be relevant here?
Then, finally, in another story, the
York Times reported that "many of us are not receiving enough
infections", as well as that "the final consequence of all of this,
according to the theory, is that — maybe — those who grow up in less
hygienic, less germ-free and less vaccine-punctured environments have
substantially lower rates of an array of autoimmune and allergic
diseases like multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, asthma and
This is hardly a new idea. According to
The Economist in 1997, in its
article "Plagued by cures", "....childhood infections do
indeed seem to reduce the probability of chronic disease".
have made this point as well.
Apparently, however, even the most basic
of vaccines eludes us. "'I'm amazed by the amount of basic
science we don't know,' Philippe Kourilsky, director of the Paris-based
Pasteur Institute, told the meeting: 'We've had many successful
vaccines over the past decades but we've missed a chance to see how
these vaccines work.'"
While industry researchers like
as noted in Vaccines,
may find comfort in ignorance - "The first of the licensed live
virus vaccines against measles was developed empirically and was
approved in 1963. It provides high level and lasting immunity and is a
paradigm for solving major medical problems without really
understanding them." - I, for one, am not reassured.
Thus, the following are among the possible adverse consequences of
1) trading the relatively low probability of long-term complications
from acute infectious disease for a higher probability of chronic,
2) trading normally benign childhood infectious diseases (in
nations) for the increased likelihood that those diseases will
be contracted during adulthood, when they are frequently more severe;
3) contracting the disease anyway, despite vaccination,
sometimes in a mutant or more virulent form.
And to top it all off, we don't know how they "work", or even how
well they work.
What this all means, however, is we may be exposing ourselves to
these myriad possible adverse effects of vaccination without
necessarily deriving any benefit, either short or long-term, from
them - i.e., short term avoidance of disease afforded by waning
vaccines may result both in long-term chronic disease and acquisition
of serious disease during adulthood, as well as make both childhood and
adult versions of these diseases more serious due to
Sounds like a prescription for disaster to me. We're already
seeing a huge "unexplained" increase
in autoimmune and chronic disorders among both adults and
Why has legitimate concern about vaccines possibly undermining
our immune systems been at best ignored, and at worse,
by the so-called "experts" in the vaccine promotion arena?
Might we not be, in effect, weakening the strong, in order to
"protect" the weak?
And what does all this say about our understanding, not only of
vaccines, but of the diseases they are designed to protect us from?
For how much longer are we going to put our faith in something so
poorly studied and understood?
Is the vaccine house of cards beginning to teeter? Isn't it
"Eternal vigilance is
the price of liberty." - Wendell Phillips (1811-1884), paraphrasing
John Philpot Curran (1808)