Thanks, Pharma. You created the “anti-vaccine movement”.

I love that when a nonsense article floats around on facebook, everyone who knows me, sends it to me. This newest article was sent to me about a dozen times today. I’m out of town for work and said “Nope, not refuting it. No time”. But here I am, with a few hours to spare in my hotel room, and what am I doing….refuting the article. Haha!

I’ve been researching the measles vaccine for 8 years now and have written many posts on this subject.

So here we go…..again.

I have to remind myself that my passion and heart is truly to educate and empower other mothers. So if you are a non vaccinating mother and read the silly Daily Beast article titled “Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC”, and that article made you question your decision, or you were to made to feel like you needed to defend yourself and your decision to friends or family, this post is for you!


The article begins with: “There is currently an outbreak of measles in New York City.  Considered eliminated in the United States in 2000, last year saw a record number of outbreaks around the country”. (I kept the two original links within these sentences for references)

Let’s break this down.

Right away, the original article links to other articles.  I always click on the links within the original article, because that is where the real information can be found. The original article is always an opinion piece with no research or statistics. So I always leave the original article to get to root of what is being said. I look for statistics. Research. Science. Logic.

The first linked article is titled: “New measles cases confirmed in New York City”.

Are you ready for what comes next?

First sentence: “New York City health officials have identified 3 more cases of measles”

“Five hospitalizations have occurred as a result of this outbreak”

“At least two cases were transmitted right in a doctor’s office, officials said”

Say what? 3 WHOLE CASES? 5 hospitalizations? And 2 cases were transmitted right in a doctors office?

And this is what we call an outbreak? And we blame the unvaccinated? I honestly wonder how an “outbreak” such as this can warrant an article titled:  “Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC”. Is it just me, or have we completely lost grasp of what true journalism is?

And 2 cases transmitted right in a doctors office? Wait you mean transmitted through the vaccine? Ha! Seriously though, let’s not forget that the measles vaccine is a live virus vaccine that can live in saliva and feces, so yes those recently vaccinated are carriers. Vaccine shedding anyone?

I love how the original article (like I said which is always an opinion piece) says: “Measles was considered eliminated at the turn of the millennium. Now it’s back, thanks to the loons who refuse to vaccinate their children” Really? That’s the science? An article that calls parents loons? How low can we go?


The second link given in the original article, (about how measles was considered eliminated in the United States in 2000, but last year (2013) saw a record number of outbreaks), that link leads you directly to the CDC website which shows the graphic above. I’ve shared this graphic before. There you have it folks, all 159 cases of measles (2013 actually ended with 189 cases).

In 2000 (the year measles was “eliminated” from the US) there were 86 cases. So I guess somehow the difference between the 189 cases in 2013 and 86 cases in 2000, all 103 of those new cases are considered “outbreaks” and are caused by the small percentage of unvaccinated children? Totally logical, right?

Funny though, I went to the CDC website and in the year 2011 there were 222 cases in the US, which is significantly higher than 2013. And did you know that 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?

Funny how we just can’t seem to eliminate measles within the United States.


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”.

Well that was 47 years ago. And now a child entering Kindergarten needs 3 shots.

Good ole measles.

I love how the original article states: “Most patients recover after an unpleasant but relatively uneventful period of sickness”. Yep, big bad scary measles. Seriously, how have we let measles become so scary? In a healthy child, the symptoms are nothing more than a common cold.

The article does goes on to say:  “Unfortunately, about one patient in every 1,000 develops inflammation of the brain, and one to three cases per 1000 in the United States result in death”. The truth is, 1 in about 10,000 (not 1,000) may develop inflammation of the brain.

Dr. Mendelsohn: “Doctors maintain that the inoculation is necessary to prevent measles encephalitis, which they say occurs about one in 1,000 cases. After decades of experience with measles, I question this statistic, and so do many other pediatricians. … in middle and upper-income brackets, … incidence of true encephalitis is probably more like 1/10,000 or 1/100,000.”

However 1 in 50 kids with autism suffer from inflammation of the brain and the MMR vaccine package insert for the measles vaccine actually lists inflammation of the brain as a side effect from the vaccine. Go read the package insert. It’s called encephalitis. Caused by the measles vaccine. Not caused by the natural measles virus.

As the article suggests, how do we actually know 1 -3 cases per 1,000 in the United States result in death? We don’t. According to the CDC, deaths occur in populations with high levels of malnutrition and a lack of adequate healthcare. Deaths don’t occur in developed countries. Deaths do not occur in 1 -3 cases per 1,000 in the United States. And in developing countries, “Data shows that one-third to one-half of the millions of deaths in children across the world, caused by measles, are due to undernutrition, not undervaccination”. 


The original article continues with paragraphs such as: “The anti-vaccine crowd may think they’re only making a decision for their own family. In fact, they’re threatening to make the rest of us sick. Refusing to vaccinate your children means you are contributing to a worsening public health crisis. There is no denying it, and there is no point in sugar-coating it”.


“It is preposterous to think that a child who is vaccinated no longer carries the bacteria or the viruses that they have been vaccinated against. If, in fact, children are vaccinated, then why are parents and public health authorities afraid that non-vaccinated children are somehow carrying something that their children are not, when they should feel comfortable that their children are vaccinated? You can’t have it both ways…

You can’t vaccinate believing that your children are protected and then feel that your children are not protected because somehow, some non-vaccinated child is carrying some secret organism that no-one else is carrying. You can’t have it both ways. It just doesn’t make any sense”. -–Dr. Palevsky, board certified pediatrician in New York

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I won’t go through each silly paragraph within the article. My favorite though was: “If you missed measles and are glad it’s back, thank a vaccine-denier”. If you are an adult who survived measles as a child, you now have PERMANENT immunity acquired from contracting the natural measles virus. You cannot and will not ever contract measles again. Who else is this article referring to that would be “missing measles” but the generation that actually contracted it naturally? They aren’t worried.

When these types of articles clearly point the finger at only one people group (in this case the non-vaccinating parent) it is so hard to understand the logic. The article states: “Perhaps vaccine-refusing parents will consider whether it’s worth the anxiety of knowing that a person who coughed in their grocery store two hours earlier could infect their kids as they do the week’s shopping together, and will reconsider their choices”

Scientists believe that measles can be eradicated by vaccinating 80% -100% of the population. Theoretically, such “herd” immunity will interrupt measles transmission and end epidemics. According to the CDC, childhood immunization levels are near or above national targets.

CHILDHOOD immunization levels are near or ABOVE National targets. 

And why the heck is it always the “vaccine-refusing parents”? What about the vaccine-refusing adults? We have an entire generation of baby boomers who haven’t had a booster shot in years. Why don’t we blame them? The blaming is so targeted, it’s hard to take serious. The small percentage of unvaccinated children would or could never be the cause of an outbreak. But then again, it’s almost comical what we call an “outbreak”.


Dear Pharma

I’ll end with the sentence in the article that said: “I hope the anti-vaccine movement somehow loses steam”. Wake up Pharma. Wake the hell up. There is no such thing as an “anti-vaccine movement”. You created it. You got greedy and added 49 vaccines to the childhood schedule before a child starts Kindergarten. You created an entire generation of sick children. We know them as vaccine injured child. Guess what? These children ARE vaccinated. You know, the GREATER GOOD. The parents believed the lie. They did what they were told. The took their kids in for the shots. This movement is called truth. And it will never lose steam. Not until you stop harming and injuring children. This movement is only growing. This movement is just getting it’s steam. Your articles like the one today, they fuel us.

So go find another scare tactic. Your “measles outbreak” scare tactics aren’t fooling anyone.

Thanks, Pharma. You created the “anti-vaccine movement”.

To read more posts on the topic of outbreaks:
Why All The Measles Outbreaks? 
Measles Shmeasles
The Myth of Herd Immunity
LA Times and the Whooping Cough Story
The Whooping Cough Has Me For a Loss of Words
Pertussis: The Outbreaks that Cry Wolf

224 thoughts on “Thanks, Pharma. You created the “anti-vaccine movement”.

  1. Thank you for this! I write for a popular blog (through my employer) and cannot post anything about the vax vs. anti-vax movement as it is still too controversial. So I am forced, by legality, to leave it up to others to fight the good fight. Thank you for being diplomatic in your efforts to show, with real data, how vaccines are harmful and we are also incredibly loving parents who only want long and healthy lives for our children.


  2. Thank you! Yes, they (Pharma) did get greedy, didn’t they? And they are getting even greedier. I heard there are hundreds of vaccines in the works.


  3. Great article. I am simply amazed at how many seemingly intelligent people buy into the bad science and obvious manipulation of data by big pharma that ultimately puts at risk the very children this society is sworn to protect. I never vaccinated my children when they were young, and they grew into very healthy young adults.


  4. THANK YOU so much for so eloquently stating this! Before I woke up and found out the dangers and evils of vaccines and transitioned my family over to eating an organic, healthy diet (and moved us to alternative healthcare), I was one of those moms who “believed” what the doctor said and had my daughter vaccinated. She ended up with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). She went through speech and OT/PT through the school district as well as whatever outside services we were able to provide/insurance paid for. When she was 7, I myself became horribly sick; that was when the veil was lifted, and I discovered the lies we’ve been told/sold. She is now 14, and her symptoms have been put into remission through chelating for severe heavy metal toxicity as well as eating real, whole foods to rebuild her body/immune system and taking supplements to help replay depleted nutrients.

    She has not had a single shot–for anything–since she was 7, and I have and will continue to file any paperwork I need to to make sure she never has another vaccine of any kind. It’s taken a very, very long time to get her body (and brain) back to where they should be (normal) that I will not allow any vaccines to undo all the work we’ve done. And I have told doctors who are stubborn and continue to try to push vaccinating her that if they care to sign a piece of paper, stating they will take full responsibility for anything that happens to my daughter–to include providing financial care–in case she is vaccine injured, then let’s do it. NOT ONE doctor is willing to sign that paper just to jab my daughter. I also have an added insurance policy in the form of a lab report from the Mayo Clinic that states she had a genetic liver mutation that doesn’t allow her body to detox or metabolize correctly. I am convinced that it is that liver issue that most likely caused the SPD in the first place because her body couldn’t get rid of the accumulating toxins.

    Keep up the good work!


  5. My now 19 yr old daughter was 6 months old when she reacted to a DPT. I had told my sister for months she was nuts about not vaccinated, however when the DPT put her in the emergency room for a spiked fever of 106 just hours later, I decided to do my own research. What was frustrating is how they denied the vaccine caused it, alls they did is put her in a cold room, and shot Tylenol up her butt to try and bring down the temperature. Once it was, and it stabilized, they sent her home with no checking on what may have caused it. That was her last shot, and none of my other daughters have gotten any. They are VERY healthy and when they get sick, they kick it fast. My oldest even appeared to get the “bird” flu based on symptoms but knocked it out in 3 days. My research continues and I am open to new information but I refuse at this point to endanger my kids. IF a doctor was so sure, and was willing to sign all of the paperwork to be personally responsible, I still would not (though all have refused me as well) because I would not do that to my children. I am thankful that she did not have any other side affects that I am aware of right now.


  6. The thing that most “gets” me is that parents today are SO afraid… just plain old AFRAID of all these diseases vaccines are meant to protect against. You ask them why they’d risk all those vaccinations, and you literally see the terror come into their faces and hear their voice tremble and they say “oh, I could never live with myself if they died of ___.” or “I’m so scared to NOT vaccinate, to just leave them unprotected.” What is so ironic to me is that in our day of truly excellent crisis-medicine, those diseases are TREATABLE… more than they ever have been. We have antibiotics, IVs, ventilators, etc. So even IF the absolute worst were to happen and our child needed to be hospitalized because they were just that sick, now is the best time in the history of the world to get that sick! We also have clean water, access to nutritious food year round, any herb we could ever need, highly concentrated essential oils and even high doses of any mineral or vitamin available. Healing is more possible now than ever… yet we parents have been conditioned to have a knee-jerk-terror reaction and are willing to risk inflicting terrible life-long afflictions on our children to avoid “getting sick.” That is insanely good marketing.
    Personally, I’d rather risk the measles or polio– even if it were to come with the worst-case secondary infection and temporary paralysis! (under 1% and totally treatable and usually non-permanent with support, therapy and vitamins B & C)


  7. Thank you for writing this. I am very pleased with your comments and research to back up what you said. I fully believe all that you have wrote but am not as great with words as you are. 🙂 I will be linking to this post for others to read. I have met lots with questions and this is a great starting point for them. Blessings to you and your family. 🙂


  8. Although I was vaccinated and made the same decision with my child, I agree with the need for logic in the article. Yes, how there are those that tend to exaggerate! Ultimately, I believe it comes to choice and respect of those decisions. In this case of vaccinations, if one opts to or not to do it, that’s fine, even if they don’t do any research… I don’t care if they just flip a coin on the matter, as long as it is a consciously making a choice and not being forced into a position. Regardless of one’s position on this matter (and this can probably be applied to many issues), let people make their own decisions.


  9. This is a wonderful piece. The illogic of the vaccines-no-matter-what movement is sheer lunacy. My “favorite” is the idea that somehow an unvaccinated child can make a vaccinated child sick. By virtue of being unvaccinated. Right.


  10. I just want to thank you so much for this article! It really could not have come at a better time. All 4 of our children have had some vaccines, because we simply did what we were “supposed to do”. Over the past several months, as we began to do some research, we became a lot more skeptical of the whole vaccination thing. With 2 of our children due for boosters this year, we realized we had a decision to make…now. After a lot of research, we decided that we would not continue with the vaccines. (We have never done the flu shot, and even before our research we were adamantly avoiding the HPV vaccine.) Over the past few days, I have seen another explosion of posts/articles, talking about the “dangers” of not vaccinating. I actually went to bed last night second-guessing our decision. I prayed last night for clarity and wisdom to make the right decision for our children. Then, this morning, I read this. Thank you again, so very much, for reminding me why we made our decision, and that we truly are making the right decision. 🙂


  11. Bravo! Standing ovation from this reader. Apparently if we believe to think outside of the box and try to find out what is going wrong in our children, we are lunatics. Gluten intolerance, peanut allergies, autism- all virtually unheard of until recently. We need to be asking why instead of just nodding our heads and swallowing their lies.


  12. I have friends whose child got Autism from what appears to be the vaccine residuals in his mothers blood. HOWEVER though he was very high in the spectrum initially over the past few years, he now behaves like a normally boy, though it has taken years of treatment. I will let her tell more if she chooses to. Its quite a story and she has documented it well. One interesting note, that though you may find Autism outside vaccines, it is EXTREMELY rare, check out the Amish for a great example. Its like claiming that just because someone got lung cancer that didn’t smoke, we should not tell people not to smoke. I was someone on the other side, as were most of us before being convinced to switch sides.


  13. Thank you for writing this article, I wish I had known more before my kids were all vaccinated, I would not have given them one single vaccination!! Well written article. Again, thanks and especially since you should be relaxing 🙂


  14. I notice that you haven’t included a reference or link with your paragraph that says this:
    “Seriously though, let’s not forget that the measles vaccine is a live virus vaccine that can live in saliva and feces, so yes those recently vaccinated are carriers. Vaccine shedding anyone?”
    How many cases of the measles have been caused by shedding from the vaccine? You make it sound like this is a genuine risk with the vaccine. I can find nothing to suggest that it is.


  15. Great article! I can feel the passion within this article and it’s great to read the work of someone who gets as infuriated as I do when confronted with such nonsense from those who refuse to look into the facts.


  16. Sorry to break in but this is urgent. Do you know about the CDC whistle blower? Watch my Face Book wall for updates if you can. I am Marsha McClelland & have a crying eagle for my profile picture. Take this most URGENT action in our life time. Sign this petition. We have over 6,000 in a short time. Share this message with everyone you know right now. There’s a handy & easy feature that allows you to send to each of your friends on Face Book at the petition link. You should add a message that would make them want to open the link to help us save our children & future generations. Also there’s the video that’s the Mother of all the must see’s if you haven’t already.

    This is it. Our chance to stop the vaccine insanity.

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  17. This makes me want to cry tears of relief. THANK YOU. I found this article on google. Most of what you wrote are things I already knew, but I have been so bullied lately (family/Facebook), that I was starting to doubt myself and forget the things that I know to be true. The articles you are talking about are so abrupt and rude and judgmental. It gets my heart palpitating haha. Your points are so GOOD! The claims that the mmr is not linked to autism is such crap! My kids doctor admittedly told me that almost all patients who come in with a sudden onset of autism were recently vaccinated! Hard not to believe that caused it. Anyway, thank you again. I needed this today.


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      For week we have been the number 1 trend on Twitter #CDCwhistleblower & still media blackout. They always report top ten trending.

      But not this time. But no matter. We will win because the good God is will be seeing to that very soon.


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