Measles Shmeasles…

People ask me all the time if I fear my children contracting measles?

I first answered this question in a post 2 years ago, called “Do You Fear Measles?” You can read that post (HERE)

This post is an update to my original post and I’m also addressing two current breaking news stories concerning measles.

1) There is this article circulating, about why people who don’t vaccinate their children should get sued or sent to jail. Haha! The article is opinion based and beyond ridiculous. I honestly couldn’t get through the first sentence.

FIRST SENTENCE OF ARTICLE:
What if a mother decided not to vaccinate her daughter for measles, based on rumors that the vaccine causes autism, and her daughter gets the disease at the age of 4 and passes it to a 1-year-old, who is too young for the vaccine, at her day care center. And what if that baby dies?

MY ANSWER:
What if a mother decides TO vaccinate her daughter for measles, based on rumors that vaccines are safe and effective, and her daughter gets the disease, (because that is very common for vaccinated children to still get the disease), in fact according to the World Health Organization, “the odds are about 15 times greater than measles will strike those who are vaccinated against the disease than those who are left alone”. Or what if her vaccinated daughter spreads the disease, (because that too is very common for vaccinated individuals to shed live virus vaccines). In fact, the CDC has admitted that “measles transmission has been clearly documented among vaccinated persons. In some large outbreaks…over 95% of cases have a history of vaccination”. And what if that vaccinated child shed the live measles virus to a 1-year-old, who is too young for the vaccine, at her day care center. And what if that baby dies?

2) And now the latest “outbreak” in Texas. 16 people are ill from measles. Half of them are adults. 5 of them were vaccinated. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and sore throat. You must panic. And blame the unvaccinated. Even though 98% of that county is properly vaccinated, the herd is still not immune. The only solution must be to go get vaccinated. Again. And again. And again. Even adults who had measles as a child and received permanent, lifelong immunity. You must get vaccinated too. Even though you are already immune. Everyone must get vaccinated. But first make sure you are fearful and panicked.

It’s odd; measles just can’t seem to go away.

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In 1967, during a measles campaign, the CDC said:
“Effective use of this vaccine during the coming winter and spring should insure the eradication of measles from the United States in 1967”.
The cutesy slogan read “Stop measles with just one shot”.

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 Stop measles with just one shot and we can eradicate it in 1967?
Hmmm…fast forward 46 years…

2013:
The measles vaccine is now given as a 3 in 1 shot, the MMR.
In 2011, we added a third MMR vaccine onto the childhood schedule, and also put it on the adult vaccination program as a regular booster. A kid entering Kindergarten must now have received two MMR vaccines.

What happened to eradicating measles by 1967 and only needing “just one shot”?

Usually this question leads to the whole  “herd immunity” argument. The CDC says that measles outbreaks can be avoided if 70-80% of the population is vaccinated.
Blah, blah, blah…

Look people…the herd is immune.
For 46 years the herd has been immune.
And it aint workin!

One shot didn’t work. Two shots didn’t work.
And let me guess…that third shot isn’t working either.

Outbreaks still occur in communities where 97% of the population is “protected”, but who cares about that…let’s just keep saying “herd immunity” and make them think it’s normal that it’s taken longer than 46 years to eradicate.

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Here is the sad part. We took a relatively mild childhood disease and decided to play God.

Measles was a disease that if contracted naturally, then permanent and lifelong immunity would be gained. Before the measles vaccine, mothers who contracted measles naturally would develop protective antibodies and passes those along to her baby who would then be naturally protected from measles for the first 15 months of life. That’s why measles was never a risk to babies. Before the vaccine was introduced, less than half of 1% of babies contracted measles.

Less than half of 1%.

Today, 30% of all measles cases are in babies less than one year of age.
The age in which children are most at risk from measles.

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We took a relatively mild viral illness (disease) that God created for us to contract naturally, which served a greater purpose (see last paragraph of post), to pass protective antibodies to our babies, and we traded it for a manmade, fake, temporary, and ineffective vaccine, that isn’t even available to a baby for “protection” until they are 12-15 months.

We really screw things up when we try to play God.

Is measles dangerous?
Yes, it can be in malnourished children living in undeveloped countries.
Yes, it can be impoverished areas with poor nutrition and no sanitation.
And no the vaccine is still not the answer. Malnourished children living in impoverished areas need food and clean water. Not a measles vaccine.

A study was done on African children with measles. Half the children received vitamin A, the second group received the routine treatment. Guess what group faired better? Mortality rates in the Vitamin A group were cut in half.

“Data shows that one-third to one-half of the millions of deaths in children across the world, caused by measles, diarrheal diseases, pneumonia, AIDS, & malaria, are due to undernutrition, not undervaccination”

And to think… the measles death rate had declined on it’s own by 98% before the measles vaccine was introduced. I know, I know…what about the incidence rate?
Why does that matter? It wasn’t a deadly disease when we introduced the vaccine.
I thought vaccines were meant to “save millions of lives”.

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Anyone remember the 2008 San Diego Measles outbreak?
One of my favorite articles written during that time said this: “Some infants caught measles before they were old enough to even be vaccinated”. Isn’t it a shame that because of the vaccine, mothers can no longer pass immunity onto their babies for the first 15 months of life, which ultimately leaves young babies at risk of contracting measles before they are old enough to receive the vaccine that is going to “protect” them?
But have no fear…the article went on to conclude: “Fortunately, all measles cases passed without complications, as is usually the cases with measles”.

Wait a minute, are you telling me that if my child were to contract measles, they would still be ok? And they would gain natural, permanent, lifelong immunity?

Why am I so scared of a measles outbreak?

Hmmm….I can give my child 9 shots (3 doses of a 3-in-1 shot) for a disease that is not deadly, that a child is more likely to catch if they are vaccinated, that doesn’t offer permanent immunity, and that has high risks associated with the shot including seizures, encephalitis, blood disorders, sensory impairments, learning disabilities, immune system suppression, inflammatory bowel disease, and many other severe allergic reactions.

Why?

Also, did you know there are benefits of contracting measles? Having measles not only results in life-long specific immunity to measles, but also in life-long non-specific immunity to degenerative diseases of bone and cartilage, sebaceous skin diseases, immunoreactive diseases and certain tumours. Did you know that asthma and allergies are prevented by the natural measles disease? Read more (HERE) 

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110 thoughts on “Measles Shmeasles…

  1. Love this! Thanks for mentioning the Vaccine Safety Manual in your comments. I’ve read How to Raise a Healthy Child… but need to read it too. My mind is already made up, but I would like to have more information to help others be more educated. We vaccinated our son through age 3 before we knew any better (just doing what everyone else we know did/does) and we wish that we had known someone who would have given us this kind of information sooner rather than later. I appreciate all your research and hard work! You have a beautiful family!

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  2. Love this! I didn’t vaccinate my child after the last dosage of six months, because I believe we’re having a vaccine induced autoimmune reaction. Unfortunately I didn’t connect the dots till six months. No more shots and this is very reassuring. Thank you for posting!

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  3. This just spoke to my inner self tonight. I felt like I’m suffocated and just want to scream this revelation to everyone. It’s like knowing Jesus, once you know you can’t stop taking about Him/this!
    Ty for sharing! 🙂

    Sent from my iPhone

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  4. My husband got measles a few years ago, he had the vaccine as a child… If I had to do it over again, I’d not give them to our daughter. But I followed the doctors scare tactics. But we haven’t had our daughter take the one they are suggesting (PUSHING) for girls to keep them from ovarian cancer. The pressure has been unreal, but we stood up and said, “NO MORE”. Now our daughter is 23, saving sex for marriage and still not taking that vaccine.

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    1. We have three daughters and have felt that pressure from the HPV vaccines squad – the school nurse went as far as taking our 13 yr old daughter to a separate room and asking her to explain why we weren’t allowing the vax. We were livid to say the least. Of course we’ve discussed our choice with our girls but its not their responsibility to have to explain that to anyone. Our daughter was scared and intimidated and was told “well you’re mother will be to blame when you die from ovarian cancer”. Who in their right mind says that to a child!! Once we sign the consent form that school send out that should be the end of it, its isn’t a school nurses place to question the consent form and if she wishes to do so she should contact us parents directly not harass our child. More repulsive behaviour to add to my ever growing list of despicable things that have been said to me/my family by health proffessionals over 19 yrs of parenting 7 children,

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  5. Jessica, I love your blog. I was wondering if there is any way to contact you personally– I wanted to ask about the resources you’ve used for your research, because I want to read them too. I want to do my research but don’t feel that I’m very good at it (that is, I am not sure WHERE to find original studies and articles). Do you have a list of recommended resources?

    Thanks 🙂

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      1. I’ve written many blog posts where I share resources. My blog fb page lists my favorite books and resources as well. Is there something specific you are looking for? Published studies? Books? Websites?

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  6. Wow! My daughter just turned me on to this blog, and I am so impressed by the thoughtful, reasoned, statistically supported post and comments. I’m a 63-year-old grandmother who had measles and chicken pox as a child. I remember being quite sick with both, but then it was over and forgotten. I wish I’d known my antibodies were passed to my daughters in utero and through my breast milk; I certainly wouldn’t have blindly had them vaccinated every time the pediatrician said it was time. Thank you for all this painstaking research and for arming today’s parents with the ammunition they need to stand up to their children’s physicians, schools, etc. God bless!!

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  7. I think it is a bit harsh to blame the medical professionals for “playing God”. Should we stop trying to cure cancer or alzheimers or parkinsons? What if they discover a cure for one of these, make a prediction about what it’s affects will be over time, and they are wrong? Haven’t some vaccines actually succeeded at decreasing certain diseases? I’ll admit that my research on vaccines was limited to reading the Dr. Sears Vaccine book. We were living in rural Sub-Saharan Africa when my first was born, 3 hours from any real medical care and 2 days drive (or 3hour drive + a plane ride) from anything comparable to US medical care. I went to great lengths and expense to vaccinate my kids, because those disease are all very real where we lived. You are right that good nutrition would help in such places, but I can’t get upset about attempts to vaccinate there as well. You mentioned in a comment a girl in Uganda who had broken out with Measles from a vaccine and was miserable, but I thought you were advocating everyone just getting the measles because they are sort of good for you.

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    1. Gosh, I certainly did not say we should stop trying to find cures for cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc… I’m sorry you assumed this.
      A few points….

      *Cancer is a manmade disease. Measles (a mild viral illness that serves a greater purpose when contracted naturally) is not comparable to a manmade disease like cancer. And there are cures to cancer. I know many, many people who have cured themselves of cancer. Measles too is preventable and treatable. The suggestion you are trying to make has nothing to do with vaccines. A measles vaccine was never the answer.

      *I too have spent much time in Africa and vaccines were the last thing I would choose to weaken my immune system. Clean water, nutrition, and sanitation will prevent disease much more effectively than any vaccine. I share about that here: http://gianelloni.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/international-travel-to-a-3rd-world-country-vaccines/

      *Contracting measles from a fake, manmade, live-virus vaccine that provides temporary immunity (like the little malnourished girl in Uganda who needed food and clean drinking water) is MUCH different than contracting the natural measles virus. HUGE difference. Contracting measles naturally not only results in life-long specific immunity to measles, but also in life-long non-specific immunity to degenerative diseases of bone and cartilage, sebaceous skin diseases, immunoreactive diseases and certain tumours. Asthma and allergies are also prevented by the natural measles disease.

      And again, never did I “advocate everyone get measles”. Especially not from the vaccine.

      I’m sorry you assumed so many things in this post.

      I wish you the best in your journey to raising kids healthy.

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    2. Wait a minute, we’re trying to find a cure for cancer? Seems we’re trying only to find very slightly more effective forms of chemotherapy and spend more on radiation exposing devices under the guise of early detection all of which net the cancer industry continued billions and billions of dollars every year, while every cure that cannot be patented has been outlawed by the FDA to protect said cancer industry. For the vast majority of cancers the prognosis is no different today than it was 50 years ago. We are not trying to cure cancer, we’re ensuring a cure is never found. The FDA’s guidelines prohibit oncologists from even discussing things like cannabis oil for skin cancers, wheatgrass for stomach cancers, etc. Oncologists are only allowed to discuss cutting, poisoning and burning. If you need some good documented evidence of this, watch “Cut, Poison, Burn” the true story of Thomas Navarro.

      If you think you have contempt for the FDA now, wait until after you see how they treated this family that only wanted to choose the right care for their son.

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      1. Exactly. The people I know who have cured themselves from cancer have used very powerful alternative treatments that do not involve chemo or radiation. Have you seen the Burzynski: Cancer is Serious Business documentary? Excellent documentary. I know two families that have been through Burzinsky treatment for cancer treatment. I’ve also seen Cut, Poison, Burn (excellent documentary as well).

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      2. That is awesome that you know about Burzynski too!

        I have a question–I’m an avid follower and fan of yours–regarding the measles:

        I know it’s a mild illness. I know that the rates are *up* apparently due to the vaccine. Yet at the same time it’s supposed to be beneficial to contract the measles due to how it strengthens you.

        So is the measles-giving vaccine actually providing some benefit?

        I am extremely anti-vaccine and the brain damage, etc., far outweighs any benefit, but I want to better understand how to talk about measles as people make these decisions.

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  8. Thank you for posting so many facts! and siting your sources to back up a valid point! I wish people didnt know that I choose not to vaccinate… Because it’s very uncomfortable at this point to hold an intelligent conversation about that topic. I really appreciate your article!

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  9. Dear Jessica,

    I’ve read several of your blog posts now and the many comments left by your readers. I am left wondering at some key points though, and I sincerely hope you will do me the courtesy of giving me a thoughtful response as I suspect this could be a hostile environment for such questions.

    Firstly do you believe vaccinations are bad, period? Specifically it’s hard to deny that smallpox was a terrible disease that ravaged the world for several centuries. It is generally accepted that a worldwide vaccination programme eradicated smallpox between 1966 and 1980 (and polio is pretty rare these days for the same reasons). So can’t vaccines be a force for good?

    Secondly it seems quite clear that the vast majority of international medical opinion is in favour of vaccination as a method of improving public health. Assuming that this is the case, why do you think they are all wrong? Is it a conspiracy (if so please explain), and why do you and a relatively very small number of experts have the ‘right’ answer?

    On a positive note I agree about your comments on malnourishment and poor water supplies in the developing world. This lack of basics is of course going to affect health significantly. It’s criminal that in the 21st century with so much wealth for some that so many others have less than nothing.

    Could I ask that we leave faith/religious views out of any replies please? I don’t feel they are relevant or helpful to the wider debate which should be based on rational discussion and scientific analysis.

    Kind regards

    Dermot

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    1. Several vaccines are manufactured using cells from 2 or 3 different aborted fetuses, the list of which ones can be ascertained from the CDC’s vaccine excipient list, so that aspect of religion definitely cannot be automatically excluded from any discussion regarding vaccines.

      As for smallpox it is not generally accepted that the vaccine played a role in the decline of deaths and/or incidence. Smallpox festers in the type of living conditions that were prevalent over 150 years ago. When you take the time to research some of the statistics that were kept from towns like Leicester, UK, you’ll note that the vaccine was being introduced while the disease was seeing a marked decline due to changes in living/sanitary conditions. When they tried to force vaccination in communities like Leicester (pop: 200,000+) they saw huge outbreaks of the disease during those years. When you read the notes of town hall meetings from back then you’ll see that the term “Antivaccine” was being used 150 years ago, which as a sidebar is why it’s frustrating for vaccine zealots to continually lay the blame of the antivaccine movement at the feet of Dr. Wakefield or Jenny McCarthy, doctors and scientists and researchers and members of the public have been against vaccinations for decades before either of those two were ever born.

      Polio is another one – if polio were as rampant as it was around 1955 in the 100 years leading up to that point then perhaps there would be an argument in favor of the vaccine, however when you compare the incidence rate of polio between 1940~1970 and the usage in millions of pounds of the persistent pesticides — lead, arsenic, and the dominant organochlorines (DDT and BHC) – one sees a correlation that it would be scientifically incomprehensible to ignore. A correlation that is ignored however due to financial influence. These are representative of the major pesticides in use during the last major polio epidemic. They persist in the environment as neurotoxins that cause polio-like symptoms, polio-like physiology, and were dumped onto and into human food at dosage levels far above that approved by the FDA. They directly correlate with the incidence of various neurological diseases called “polio” before 1965. They were utilized, according to Biskind, in the “most intensive campaign of mass poisoning in known human history.”

      I just wanted to add those points into the discussion as they’re relevant to the post you made.

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  10. I’m sorry I did not read all the comments, but I do have a question. What if you were to get the MMR vaccine. Could you then get measles and build a life-long immunity or has the vaccine taken that away?

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      1. Nothing is ever 100%, so after both doses you don’t get guaranteed immunity – but it’s pretty close.

        After the first dose of the MMR vaccine, 64 out of 100 people will be protected against mumps, 90 out of 100 people will be protected against measles and 95 out of 100 people will be protected against rubella. After the second dose, 99 out of 100 people will be protected against all three illnesses.

        Vaccines work, that’s the reason they are given to masses of people around the world. Not becuase of some nefarious plot. Don’t believe the pseudo-science or the conspiracy theories!

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  11. In Australia; Doctors of Chiropractic an Natural therapies are gaged from commenting about vaccines, websites with vaccine information that oppose the Government vaccine belief are closed and many sites are backing off from commenting about vaccines because they fear they will be closed. I have noticed a number of web sites I once frequented no longer seem accessible…..GREAT PLACE TO LIVE… AUSTRALIA!. I would say the Government is getting ready to mandate vaccines. Another thing I cannot get statistics about Australian vaccine studies.
    I am glad they still feed the monkeys in the cage!!!!
    Great site best wishes for the future

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