[COMMENT: I have no expertise in medical matters, but I do have a strong leaning toward preventative over remedial action. The more we reasonably prevent, the less we have to remediate. We need remedial action when things go wrong, but much of the going wrong can be prevented by a change in lifestyle. Part of being obedient to God.
For medical people to ignore or remain ignorant of these
issues is betrayal of the public. And more ominous is the alleged
collusion of big pharmaceutical corporations with government to control things.
That is a form of fascism, not a freemarket of ideas or commerce.
Part 1 of 2
Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND and
Our current infectious disease policy includes some of the most dishonest and coercive laws in the country. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that if you have to force healthy people to be medically treated under penalty of law, then there is something inherently wrong.
The purpose of this article is to review the highlights of some of the most contemptible aspects of the current infectious disease policy, illustrate how the germ theory upon which this policy is based is the wrong one and then discuss what we can do to correct things.
The Current Policy
Every state in the union has been encouraged to pass compulsory vaccination laws to force parents to shoot up their children with close to two dozen doses of vaccines in the name of preventing them from catching diseases that most of us had when we were kids without ill effects. To make sure each state legislature passes each new mandate promptly and state health departments force compliance, there is even a federal law to make sure Centers For Disease Control (CDC) workers take up residence in each state to make sure every local community complies. So much for the U.S. Supreme Court decision that determined it is the citizens of the state who are the ones who decide what compulsory vaccination laws they may or may not want passed or even if they want any at all.
It is important to mention here that in Switzerland, no such coercive laws exist. Since that country is noted for having the finest health care system in the world (at half the cost of ours), and includes recognizing the value of homeopathy, naturopathy, herbalism, anthroposophic medicine and a string of other natural healing arts, and no plagues exist there, the idea that we need to force people to take shots here in the U.S. flies in the face of everything America is supposed to stand for –namely personal freedom.
Under current state laws, children must have their vaccinations or they will be barred from attending school, their parents may be accused of child abuse (for withholding medical treatment), families may have their welfare benefits slashed, young adults may not be allowed to attend college, and adults may be barred from working in selected professions.
At the same time, state officials are provided financial bounties for each “fully vaccinated” child and these financial incentives can amount to over a million dollars a year or more. Drug companies are knee deep in passing money around to vaccine policy-makers such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and unknown amounts of cash, euphemistically called “campaign donations” or soft money help legislators feel disposed toward supporting more and more mandates. Even pediatricians are more than happy to get on the gravy train by scheduling lucrative “well-baby” visits every few months to make sure baby gets his or her shots right on time.
At the federal level, the Centers for Disease Control makes a project out of concealing its activities on how it crafts national vaccination policy. The Freedom of Information Act does not apply when it comes to trying to obtain this information. Conflicts of interest, or shall we say, paid drug industry consultants who populate key advisory committees are universal and even after Congress forced the CDC to provide written, verbatim transcripts of public meetings of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to help get to the bottom of things, the committee was being advised by other government officials on how to get around the federal law so they could avoid public meetings altogether while still being able to add more mandated vaccines.
In recent weeks, thanks to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr, who so outspokenly exposed the thimerosal (mercury) scandal in his article, “Deadly Immunity”, we now know that there is an undisclosed contract between the CDC and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) related to the recent IOM report whitewashing the relationship between thimerosal (mercury) in vaccines and our current autism epidemic. This whitewash report made it possible for the U.S. government to dismiss 4,200 cases of vaccine-damaged children whose parents wanted compensation for their now-autistic children.
In a speech before the Association of American Physicians, a modern medicine group who are critics of current vaccination policy [Read], longtime vaccine policy critic, Kristine M. Severyn, RPh, PhD, pointed out that the IOM, promoted as an independent scientific body, is basically underwritten by a “Who’s Who of the medical industrial complex, including nearly all major drug and vaccine manufacturers, health insurance companies, health maintenance organization, Monsanto, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the World Health Organization, the March of Dimes, blood bank industry trade groups, and the American Red Cross.”
Under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, the IOM was contracted to conduct studies on vaccine safety. These studies which usually cost taxpayers nearly $2 million a piece are used by the Department of Health and Human Services to determine how to award grants due to death and damage caused by vaccines.
To say that our current compulsory vaccination policy is flawed is an understatement. It is not only a major cash cow of modern medicine, history will eventually show just how barbaric and oppressive it truly is. In essence, our current infectious disease policy is based on forcing healthy people to use sometimes lethal medical products they don’t need to prevent diseases that are much better handled by health practitioners who offer us safe and sound means of maintaining and/or restoring our health.
The Two Germ Theories
The germ theory upon which our public policy is based is the belief that each disease is created by a specific germ that maintains its same form throughout its lifecycle. The theory is called “monomorphism”. French chemist Louis Pasteur and German chemist Robert Koch were the principle proponents of monomorphism and it was Robert Koch’s position in the German chemical industry that propelled forward the idea of developing customized patented “magic bullets” made out of chemicals that could target the specific germ in order to kill it.
The other germ theory, called “pleomorphism” (plural lives) is based on the idea that a germ has the ability to change form during its lifecycle (like how a polliwog turns into a frog) based on the general health of the person. If a person is healthy, then the germ remains benign. If a person is unhealthy, then the germ morphs into something lethal. French MD, Antoine Beauchamp was the first to discuss the pleomorphic germ theory. From the beginning he and his disciples believed that the best way to prevent epidemics was to focus on supporting what we now call our immune system.
The great philosophical divide between modern medicine and all its natural health-based competition rests here. Homeopathic and other natural-healing arts strategies are based on the idea that the role of the physician is to bring the person back to robust health by assisting the body to fight off disease and not try to create a never-ending arsenal of ever-more dangerous magic bullets to fire off against the latest big bad disease germ.
Because there is no big profit in trying to keep a person healthy by advising good nutrition and healthy lifestyles, proponents of modern medicine are more than happy to back the chemical industry’s desire to develop a never-ending supply of expensive and patentable pills, potions and vaccines that promise riches for all.
The most offensive aspect of our national infectious disease policy, other than the oppressive nature of it, is that in order to justify the policy, modern medicine and its government enforcers must do two things. First, they must convince the public there is some magic in these vaccines, like some sort of Star Trek cloaking device, that somehow makes people impervious to disease. Second, in light of mountains of public records and reliable medical documents that literally go back centuries proving that there are no magic bullets to be had, proponents of mass vaccinations must pretend this evidence doesn’t even exist. But they do know it exists.
With the opening of Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1893, the acceptance of the monomorphic germ theory and the lionizing of Pasteur and Koch as the great super heroes of the germ theory, vaccinations became the holy grail for our modern medical infectious disease policy. As a point of information, passages in the official text book written for the school back then by Professor William Osler, MD, highlighted what anti-vaccinationists have been saying all along:
Ironically, by the time Johns Hopkins opened, the practice of homeopathy was well entrenched in both England and the United States and known by many to be a superior means of controlling epidemics and many public health departments were populated with homeopaths. Two of the more well-publicized events illustrating the superiority of homeopathy, based on both medical and public records specifically collected to measure the two medical models, where the cholera epidemics in England in the 1840s and the Yellow Fever epidemics on the Mississippi River in the 1870s.
In England, after the first cholera epidemic in London, Parliament ordered the public health department to provide complete information on how the epidemic was handled. Allopaths had several ways of treatment, all containing mercury, which resulted in anywhere from 41.3% to 71% mortality rates whereas the homeopath hospital in London had only 11 deaths overall. This event and ones like it since are the reason homeopathy is a mainstay of the British medical system and why the British royal family have been openly espousing its virtues ever since. (In fact, Queen Elizabeth serves as the Patron of the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital. Her personal pharmacist, Trevor Cook, founded the British Institute of Homeopathy, considered the world gold standard of teaching homeopathy to members of all branches of the medical field as well as lay homeopaths from all over the world.)
Here in the states, plagued by decades of Yellow Fever epidemics, two commissions from Washington were sent to New Orleans to get to the bottom of how to deal with the problem. One was made up of allopaths and the other homeopaths. Hearings were held and reported in detail in the New Orleans Times. While the allopaths focused on trying to figure out how to prevent the disease, homeopaths meticulously combed the actual records of doctors as well as the local boards of health to see how various treatment modalities worked. As a result, it was learned that the average mortality rate of homeopathic patients in various towns was between 5.6% to 7.7% while allopathic patients suffered mortality rates of 16% or higher.
The homeopathic commission recommended that a permanent sanitary commission be set up to oversee the draining of the city, the burning of garbage, the flushing of the streets and other sanitary measures. This recommendation was in direct conflict with those of the allopathic-controlled American Public Health Association which had just reported that Yellow Fever was brought in on ships thus suggesting that quarantining the ports (and creating an economic disaster) was the way to prevent future epidemics.
Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND and
September 8, 2005
Some years later, after WWI, and right after the Flexner Report was published, which led to homeopathic schools (along with all the other non-allopathic schools) being closed by political pressure being exerted on their benefactors, homeopathy experienced its greatest and most public triumph in the area of addressing epidemics. Millions of people around the world were dying of influenza. In Chicago, where the great mail order houses were located, Montgomery Ward & Company had a medical clinic for its 8,000 employees and their families staffed by homeopathic physicians. This large cluster of people experienced one lone death instead of the hundreds experienced by Marshall Field and Sears Roebuck. One homeopath practicing at the time later wrote that the allopaths lost 20 to 40% of their patients while homeopaths suffered losses of only 5 to 6% or less.
Similarly, in New York City, homeopath Royal Copeland, the city’s Commissioner of Health, initiated public policies that resulted in the city experiencing the lowest death rate per capita in the US. Copeland also noted that the actual deaths experienced were from pneumonia, a complication from the flu, due to cold buildings. As a result, he changed the Sanitary Code to require landlords to keep heat in buildings no lower than 68 degrees. Another interesting detail was that the East Side with a large Jewish population, where the overcrowding was greatest, had a lower death rate among babies than the wealthiest homes in the city. He claimed it was because Jewish mothers were the best mothers in the world. We say it must have been the chicken soup, a nutritionally rich food product that usually included several herbs of medicinal value.
Australian scientist, Viera Scheibner told Elissa some years ago that in her massive research on epidemics, homeopathic successes stood out everywhere. Scheibner, who testified in Congress in 1999, during hearings on the problems with Hepatitis B vaccine, stated that there is ample evidence in the public record and in published medical journals all over the world, “that the largest epidemics occurred in the most highly vaccinated populations, while those who were unvaccinated, did not have the same epidemics.” Scheibner and her late husband came to study the effects of vaccinations on children when they established a computer system to chart the breathing patterns of small children while they slept to determine the cause of crib death. What Scheibner discovered is that all children evidenced major stress after being vaccinated and those at risk for crib death evidenced the most stress.
Scheibner’s exhaustive research into the actual performance of vaccinations from published records is covered in her book, “Vaccination - 100 Years of Orthodox Research shows that Vaccines Represent a Medical Assault on the Immune System.” In the introduction of her book, Scheibner states:
“The documented truth is that the incidence of and mortality from any infectious diseases which used to decimate populations of Europe only some one hundred years ago declined by up to 90% before any vaccine has ever been used to mass proportions. Also, diseases, like bubonic plague or scarlet fever disappeared without any vaccination programmes at all. The mortality from the dreaded diphtheria declined decades before Corynebacterium diphtheriae had ever been discovered and isolated.
Immunization against diphtheria was introduced in 1932-35 and on a mass scale in 1940, by which time the annual death rate was negligible (less than 300 deaths per million). It is amply documented in medical literature that this mass vaccination was followed by unprecedented diphtheria epidemics – in fully vaccinated subjects.
The 1940’s saw also the introduction of mass vaccination against tetanus and whooping cough which in many countries, including Australia, lead to outbreaks of the so-called provocation poliomyelitis.”
Scheibner’s book should be required reading for every American as well as every public official involved with crafting health policies and laws.
As a naturopath, I must also tell the miraculous story of the founder of naturopathy, Benedict Lust, a German immigrant, who had contracted a very serious case of TB right after he came to America. At the time, TB was so rampant that it was called the White Plague and everyone feared it. Lust went back to Germany to die but fell into the hands of Father Sebastian Kneipp an advocate of “the water cure” to treat the sick. Father Kneipp also believed in teaching people how to support their health by understanding the “balance between work and leisure, stress and relaxation and the harmony between the mental, emotional, physical, social, and ecological planes.” Lust was completely cured by these methods and returned to America, with Kneipp’s blessings, to spread the teachings of natural medicine.
Fear is often used to convince skeptical people of the virtues of vaccination. Recent memories of the polio epidemics of the 1940s and early 50s often paralyze honest discussions about the dangers of compulsory vaccination laws and what we should do about them. We have been so traumatized by memories of children in iron lungs and how our moms were afraid to let us go into crowds, go swimming in public places during the hot summer and the like, we forget that not all medical practitioners consider vaccination the holy grail of medicine. Only those of us who have a direct connection with success outside of modern medicine seem to eagerly promote such public discussion.
In the chiropractic community, several of Elissa’s personal chiropractors have stories about themselves or immediate family members who were stricken with the paralyzing effects of polio only to be completely healed within two weeks by simply utilizing natural cures available to the average chiropractor. Stories of successful polio treatment are common discussion at chiropractic conventions among the older practitioners.
According to naturopath, Eleanor McBean, author of the “Poisoned Needle – Suppressed Facts About Vaccination” – a survey taken in 1946 regarding polio recovery rates of various schools of medical thought came out with some astounding information. Under chiropractors using a specific treatment had a 91%-100% recovery, a specific Hygienic treatment resulted in a 97% to 100% recovery, Nurse Elizabeth Kenny could produce a 72% recovery, 35% would recover under no professional care, and 17% would recover under what we would call modern medical care.
Meanwhile, in the 1950s, homeopaths in Buenos Aires, where polio was epidemic, were distributing thousands of doses of a homeopathic remedy to the public and thanks to that action, not a single case of polio was reported among those who received it. A similar, worldwide study among 50,000 patients receiving the same remedy resulted in only one non-paralytic case.
However, newspaper headlines here and abroad covered with great fanfare the new Salk polio vaccine, which was being rolled out as a triumph of modern medicine. In less than two weeks, however, headlines reported that the Salk vaccine had turned into a disaster. Of the first group of children to receive this new magic bullet, the great shield against the scourge of polio, 40,000 children developed a mild form of polio, 164 suffered permanent paralysis, ten died and countless others who had contact with inoculated children fell ill with polio. It was believed that the problem was that the formaldehyde in the vaccine had not sufficiently killed the live virus. May we repeat -it was the FORMALDEHYDE that did it!
Had enough? While we are not advocating the complete dismantling of the vaccination medical machine, what we are advocating is honest and openly-examined policy so every American can decide how he or she wants to deal with infectious diseases. If after examining all the angles, you decide to be vaccinated, we say, “go for it”. Informed Choice is the watchword of health freedom and with honest health policy as well! If you believe America needs an honest infectious disease policy, here are some ideas for you to consider.
Keep in mind that in the Jacobson vs. Massachusetts Supreme Court decision in 1905, the court ruled that states had the police power to force people to be vaccinated. However, and this is a big “however”, the court also stated that it is up to the people of the state to decide what laws would or would not be enacted and it is not up to the courts to decide the medical merit of them. In short, whatever the people commonly believe is right, is the way the laws should be written and enforced.
At the State Level
Make sure your state has good exemption laws and they are carried out in good faith. All states have medical exemptions – some even allow chiropractors and other non-MDs to sign exemptions. Most states have religious exemptions – make sure yours does and that whatever religion you may belong to does not have to be listed if you want to decline on religious grounds. Some states only allow some sects to decline on religious grounds. Make sure your state has a philosophical exemption. About half of the states have one. Make sure that you don’t have to write an essay to decline on philosophical grounds. You should be able to simply say “I don’t believe in vaccinations” and be done with it.
Make sure that exemption forms and citations of the law are readily available upon request. To encourage full compliance, one trick often played on parents is for school officials and others to pretend not to know about exemptions. Another trick is to provide parents with only that portion of the law that covers the mandate but not the legal right to decline.
Through the Freedom of Information Act of your state attempt to get the names of the members of the committee that decides vaccination policy in your state. Chances are you will not get that information. In that case, get a written statement from whoever declines your request to that effect and present it to both your state senator and house member with a note explaining that as a taxpayer you want to know who the people are who make decisions about vaccination mandates. You might also ask them to find out who the CDC employee is who is part of the infectious disease policy-making process.
What you are ultimately working for is to make sure the process of formulating state policy is public and transparent. Once that is done, it is important to make sure that non-MDs who do know about other ways of treating infectious diseases are appointed to infectious disease advisory committees so that these other practitioners can help your state health department develop multi-medical model policies for those who opt not to be vaccinated.
If you decide to avoid vaccinations, be sure you have a competent practitioner to consult regarding how to handle infectious diseases should you or members of your family end up sick. [Read]
At the Federal Level
Make friends with both your US senator and house member (and their health legislative aides) and provide them with documents (including the two referenced links below) regarding problems with current infectious disease policy. [Read]
Ask that a full public investigation regarding the CDC and the IOM be conducted to show who is framing infectious disease policy and what their possible conflict of interests may be. Be sure to request that the public be fully informed about what entities are funding the activities of these two agencies.
Be sure to mention that Switzerland has no mandatory vaccination laws and that, as a country, it’s health system recognizes the validity of all schools of thought on medical and health matters. You might also mention that Swiss residents are required to purchase their own medical insurance policies and that these policies cover services of all schools of thought. In addition, be sure to mention that the Swiss health care system is considered the best in the world and manages to deliver it at half the cost of the American system.
Divided Legacy Vol IV: 20th Century. Medicine the Bacteriological Era 1800
to 1911 by Harris Coulter, Ph.D.
2, Vaccinations 100 Years of Orthodox Research Shows That Vaccines Represent A Medical Assault on the Immune System - Viera Scheibner, Ph.D.
3, VACCINES: The Risks, The Benefits, The Choices - DVD Seminar with Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, DO
4, The Poisoned Needle - The Suppressed Facts About Vaccination- Eleanor McBean
5, National Vaccine Information Center - Vaccine-injured parent group promotes vaccine safety & accountability
6, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons - a pro-vaccine - anti-mandate -critical-of-current-policy modern medicine group
© 2005 Carolyn Dean - All Rights Reserved
Dr. Carolyn Dean is a medical doctor, naturopathic doctor, herbalist, acupuncturist, nutritionist, as well as a powerful health activist fighting for health freedom as president of Friends of Freedom International. Dr. Dean is the author of over a dozen health books, the latest of which is "Death By Modern Medicine".
Elissa Meininger, is Vice President of Friends of Freedom International and co-founder of the Health Freedom Action Network, a grassroots citizens' political action group. She is also a health freedom political analyst and can be heard on the natural health radio show SuperHealth, broadcast weekly on station WKY (SuperTalk AM 930) in Oklahoma City.
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