It used to be thought that if you got a vaccine, you had lifelong immunity. Eventually it became more and more evident that this was not true, which is why everyone is required to get so many booster shots, now. Unfortunately, this is also proving to be ineffective at providing lifelong immunity. When I was a kid, I got around ten vaccines and that was considered adequate to go to school and be around my classmates. Now, if a child is vaccinated on that same schedule, he is considered a danger to public health. How does that make any sense? I can remember having the chickenpox as a kid, because this was on the heels of that vaccine being introduced. Other than that, I don’t recall knowing anyone falling down and dying from VPDs (vaccine preventable diseases). These days, children are required to get between 36-38 shots by age six. To me, this is horrible. How many needles are we going to be required to stick into our babies in another thirty years in the name of disease prevention? Could it be that this is a losing battle?
According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, “In the original description of herd immunity, the protection to the population at large occurred only if people contracted the infections naturally. The reason for this is that naturally-acquired immunity lasts for a lifetime. The vaccine proponents quickly latched onto this concept and applied it to vaccine-induced immunity. But, there was one major problem – vaccine-induced immunity lasted for only a relatively short period, from 2 to 10 years at most, and then this applies only to humoral immunity. This is why they began, silently, to suggest boosters for most vaccines, even the common childhood infections such as chickenpox, measles, mumps, and rubella.”
I will link more info on the history of herd immunity at the bottom. I also plan on doing a blog post dedicated to just that issue.
Back to vaccine-induced immunity…. Do you see a problem there? Vaccines only provide 2-10 years of protection. Meaning, if you haven’t been vaccinated in the last 10 years, you are no longer immune to anything. In other words, more than HALF the population of America is not immune. Why aren’t people dropping like flies? What a lot of people don’t know, is that all of the VPDs were on their way to eradication, all on their own BEFORE vaccines.
More info on that here:
What was the cause of these diseases declining, if not for vaccines, then? For info on that, please watch this short video.
Now that we have established how inadequate vaccine induce immunity is, lets talk about all the wonderful benefits of natural immunity. Unlike vaccine induced immunity, which is temporary and carries the risk of injury or death, natural immunity is almost always lifelong. And, while naturally acquiring these infectious diseases also carries the risk of injury and death, it is very rare in the United States. Did you know that prior to vaccination, 95% of polio cases were completely asymptomatic? meaning, that 95% of people who tested positive for polio antibodies, had no recollection of ever having it. Only 0.5-2% of polio resulted in paralysis, and of those cases, half would fully recover. Obviously no one wants their child to be paralyzed by polio, but wouldn’t it make more sense to figure out why some people are more susceptible to paralysis, when 95% are asymptomatic? Doesn’t it seem a little extreme to medicate every single baby born to protect such a small percentage? Especially knowing that vaccines can, among other things, cause a condition known as Guillain-Barré syndrome, which is a condition that causes paralysis eerily similar to paralytic polio. According to one study, there were 1000 cases of GBS reported after vaccination in the United States between 1990 and 2005.
More info on polio here:
Now let’s talk about measles. Prior to vaccination, there were only a few hundred deaths from measles each year in the US. We now know that people who are vitamin A deficient, are more likely to die or develop serious side effects. This is why cod liver oil was a popular treatment for the measles prior to the vaccine being introduced. Cod liver oil is high in vitamin A.
Nowadays, the measles is about as far from fatal as you can get. No one has died from the measles in the US in about a decade, and before that, we averaged about one to two deaths a year. To put that into perspective, NSAID pain relievers such as ibuprofen cause 103,000 hospitalizations and 11,000 deaths a year. More people die from falling out of bed, getting stung by insects and receiving the MMR vaccine, than from the measles. How crazy is that? We’re at the point were the prevention of the disease causes more deaths than the disease itself. In the last ten years, there have been 0 deaths from the measles, but 108 deaths from the vaccine. This reason alone is why we as parents need to retain our right to pick and choose which vaccines we want our children to receive, based on our own individual risks. One may argue that if we stop vaccinating, eventually the deaths from the measles will once again outweigh the deaths from MMR. To that, I would have to point out that our advancement in modern medicine has come a very long way since the pre-vaccine era. (yes, I know. It’s shocking that someone who doesn’t vaccinate their own children would be in support of modern medicine! Kinda puts a damper on that whole anti-science stigma, huh? But, yes. We hippies are big fans of modern medicine, we just tend to be more cautious and only use it when necessary.)
One of the other advantages natural immunity has over vaccine acquired immunity, is that it can be passed on to our babies through breast milk. This cannot be achieved through vaccination. A baby gets it immune system from it’s mother. So, as long as you are breast feeding, you are passing on antibodies to your baby that will help prevent them from catching these infectious diseases while they are most vulnerable. Something that cannot be said for vaccines. While pro-vaxxers are constantly repeating “herd immunity, because herd immunity!!” They have no idea that not only are most people not immune anymore, but that herd immunity can only be achieved through catching the natural disease.
“Early research performed by A.W. Hedrich has been deemed instrumental to the idea that herd immunity is readily attainable. Dr. Hedrich analyzed measles outbreaks occurring in Baltimore, MD every 2-3 years between 1900 and 1931. He found that just prior to a major outbreak in that city, the proportion of susceptible children under the age of 15 was about 45-50%. At the end of any outbreak, the proportion of still susceptible children never fell below 32%. Nevertheless, 95-97% of children experienced measles before they reached the age of 15. For this reason adults were immune from measles.
“The finding that a rather large number of susceptible children routinely escaped measles during any particular outbreak gave optimism to the United States Public Health Service that herd immunity works at a threshold, which is considerably less than 100%. An official prediction was made that measles would be swiftly eradicated in the USA as early as 1967 by establishing and maintaining this readily attainable threshold via mass vaccination, which already started in 1963. This prediction failed to materialize and measles epidemics in the U.S. did not stop in 1967. The concept that vaccine-based herd immunity is readily attainable for the purposes of rapid disease eradication appeared to be invalid.”
Basically this means that the only people benefiting from vaccines are school-aged children, (the age group most likely to fully recover from an infectious disease) and leaves the most vulnerable age groups, babies and the elderly, at the highest risk. If we were all allowed to contract these diseases as children, we would not only be immune for life, but babies would be protected through breast feeding. Isn’t nature fantastic?
Recent studies have also shown that there are other benefits to contracting these diseases naturally. It has been shown that having the measles as a child, reduces your risk of developing certain kinds of cancer later in life.
“When infectious diseases of childhood are not mismanaged by the administration of antibiotics, or by suppressing fever, the diseases prime and mature the immune system and also represent developmental milestones.
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 as demonstrated by Ronne (1985).”
This is also true of contracting the mumps. Mumps has been shown to prevent ovarian cancer.
“Epidemiologic studies found childhood mumps might protect against ovarian cancer. To explain this association, we investigated whether mumps might engender immunity to ovarian cancer through antibodies against the cancer-associated antigen MUC1 abnormally expressed in the inflamed parotid gland.”
“Mumps parotitis may lead to expression and immune recognition of a tumor-associated form of MUC1 and create effective immune surveillance of ovarian cancer cells that express this form of MUC1.”
In conclusion, I will leave you with some videos and articles to further your research on the topic of natural immunity. Thanks for reading!