Janet Levatin, MD
A “tempest in a teapot” is a small event that has been exaggerated out of proportion to its real importance. The current measles outbreak is such a tempest. The media, fueled by our government and the pharmaceutical companies, have taken what would ordinarily be a small, unnoticed event and turned it into a media firestorm that is polarizing our country… for no good reason.
Let’s examine some of the dynamics behind measles and this firestorm.
Measles is not such a serious disease. Before measles vaccine was developed in the late 1960s, measles was a normal childhood viral disease. I and my age cohort all had it. Most children had the virus during their early to mid childhood years, came through it with no permanent aftereffects, gaining lifetime immunity from the natural infection. While measles can have complications, these are extremely rare in healthy, well-nourished people who have the disease at the physiological age (mid-childhood years). Before the vaccine was introduced, the death rate from measles had declined over a number of years to a very low number, mostly likely due to improvements in nutrition and health care.
Having measles may be beneficial. As radical as it sounds to some, there is a school of thought that having a natural measles infection is beneficial. Natural measles may protect against some forms of cancer later in life, as well as the tendency to have future allergic, immunological, and degenerative conditions. Unfortunately the “opportunity” to have the natural infection has been taken away from our children. Vaccinated people are not having natural measles, and neither are most unvaccinated people, as the disease has been largely suppressed. When it does occur, it is often at a non-physiological age (under 5 years old, or in adulthood), when it is more likely to be accompanied by complications. Ideally, children should be having measles during the normal time frame, which creates long-lasting, true herd immunity rather than vaccine-induced, false “herd immunity,” which is destined to wane within 5-10 years in the majority of vaccinated people. When mothers were having natural measles during their own childhood years, they were passing much stronger and more protective antibodies to their infants during pregnancy and with breastfeeding. By the time maternally-conferred immunity waned, the cycle repeated itself with natural childhood infections in their offspring. When widespread use of the vaccine became customary, we lost these protective biological dynamics.
The outbreak is very small. When compared to other diseases and other causes of viral illnesses, the current measles outbreak is a mere drop in the ocean. There are many other causes of death and disability that the media has ignored, while stirring up a frenzy over measles. For example, in 2000, in the US, more than 1,200 children died from drowning, and more than 6,400 children were killed in motor vehicle accidents. We did not demonize people who have pools or who transport their children in cars. Why do we demonize parents who make a conscious choice to decline vaccination, an inherently elective procedure with known potential side effects?
Let’s also compare the measles outbreak to other communicable diseases. In 2012, the CDC reported these public health infections, which do not have vaccines, never made the news:
- Gonorrhea – 334,826 cases
- Syphillis 49,903 cases
- Lyme disease 30,831 cases
There were even larger sized outbreaks in the category of “vaccine-preventable” illnesses:
- Pertussis 48,277
- Pneumococcal disease 15,625
- Chickenpox 477
Why did the media become hysterical over 121 people from 17 states and Washington, DC with measles, especially when there were more than 600 cases in 2014?
The vaccine has side effects. Despite what the conventional medical establishment and the news media want us to believe, the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine has side effects. There is currently no plain measles vaccine available, so the only way to be vaccinated for measles is to receive an MMR injection. Unfortunately our mainstream news outlets are presenting only one side of the story with regard to the safety of the MMR vaccine. The widely available vaccine package insert lists possible negative outcomes. Another source of information about the vaccine’s side effects is the VAERS reports. VAERS is the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, where thousands of reports from parents whose children have had bad reactions are collected. This deep well of data is largely ignored by the Establishment, but parents whose children have suffered disability or death as the result of a vaccine know the truth about vaccine side effects.
Reporting on measles, the current outbreak, and MMR vaccine is biased. Let’s face it. The conventional news media are controlled by a small number of companies. News reports are often in sound bytes, and are severely biased. We are only told that disease is bad or “deadly,” and that vaccines are necessary and good. Any suggestion that a vaccine might cause harm or be less than optimally effective is dismissed. Those who question vaccination are marginalized, and, in many cases, made to look like fools or criminals. The motive of the Establishment seems clear: there is big money to be made if everyone complies with routine vaccination. “They” can maintain control if we all obediently line up and do what we are told. However there is another side to the story that has been published in the conventional medical literature and is also presented in non-conventional blogs and web sites. It is available to those who choose to dig a bit deeper into this controversial and divisive issue.
There are alternative way to protect yourself and your children. Routine viral illnesses are not frightening for those who know about vitamin D, vitamin C, minerals, herbs, homeopathy, and other natural treatments. Many infections can be successfully prevented and/or treated by using relatively simple, inexpensive measures. Viral illnesses can often be prevented using homeoprophylaxis, a system that uses small doses of homeopathically prepared, very dilute viruses and bacteria called nosodes. This approach has been utilized for over 200 years, and has been used successfully in other countries, including Australia and Cuba.
Get involved. I encourage everyone to take a deeper look at the issue of measles, other infections, and the vaccines for them. Become aware of your options and get legislatively involved to retain your rights to decline vaccines, an inherently elective procedure. Your family’s health and freedom depend on it.