Is There Cause for Concern With the Latest Measles “Outbreak”?

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The hysteria surrounding the measles “outbreak” of 2018 continues to grow. 

In 2015 we read the reports of measles “outbreaks” when 644 contracted measles at Disneyland. Compare that to the entire population of the U.S. – over 300 million, and that is insignificant.  Yet, vaccinated children are still coming down with the measles.

Why do we not hear about these cases of vaccinated children contracting measles in the news more consistently?

FACTS:

The federal reporting system VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System) lists 89,355 vaccine reactions, injuries, hospitalizations and deaths following measles vaccination as of March 2018.

This includes:

  • 445 related deaths
  • 6,196 hospitalizations
  • 1,657 related disabilities

60% of those adverse events occurred in children three years old and under. 

Disease “outbreaks”

Here are just some reports of vaccinated populations coming down with measles:

Vaccinated students contract mumps at Harvard (2016).

University of Missouri, 31 confirmed cases were vaccinated for mumps (2016).

Outbreak of measles in high school population, 98% vaccinated (1987).

Measles outbreak in school-age children, Ireland, 17 confirmed vaccinated cases (2013).

Measles outbreak in a fully immunized secondary-school population
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3821823‬
 
Catching measles in an appropriately vaccinated group: a well-circumscribed outbreak in the South East of Ireland, September-November 2013
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/27431259/‬
 
Measles vaccinated child responsible for outbreak in British Columbia:
http://www.eurosurveillance.org/images/dynamic/EE/V18N49/art20649.pdf‬
 
New York Measles outbreak linked to vaccinated:
http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/02/27/cid.ciu105‬
 
Measles outbreak among the vaccinated:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8053748

A persistent outbreak of measles despite appropriate prevention and control measures

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=3618578

Studies show that vaccinated individuals spread disease

Herd immunity: what is it?

“Herd immunity” is the foundation for mass vaccination campaigns world wide. But what is it?

From Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD, Cornell, Harvard and Stanford immunologist:

“Herd immunity is not an immunologic idea, but rather an epidemiologic construct, which theoretically predicts successful disease control or viral eradication when a certain pre-calculated percentage of people in the population become immune. A scholarly article on herd immunity states”:

“Along with the growth of interest in herd immunity, there has been a proliferation of views of what it means or even of whether it exists at all. Several authors have written of data on measles, which “challenge” the principle of herd immunity and others cite widely divergent estimates (from 70 to 95 percent) of the magnitude of the herd immunity threshold required for measles eradication.” 

In 1933, Dr. Arthur W. Hedrich, health officer of Chicago, IL noted that outbreaks in Boston during 1900-1930 were apparently suppressed when 68% of children contracted the measles. Also in Baltimore during the same time period, he noted that directly following acquisition of measles by 55% of the child population, the rest of the population were afforded protection. It was this observation which became the basis for mass vaccination campaigns to achieve “herd immunity”.  

Adult vaccination rates aren’t high enough to provide the required “herd immunity” we hear health and medical authorities mention again and again in vaccination campaigns and literature on protection via vaccination.

According to the CDC, adult vaccination rates are inadequate and have been for some time. The CDC’s 2016 survey–Vaccination Coverage Among Adults in the United States, National Health Interview Survey – states:

Many adults in the United States have not received recommended vaccinations … “

Just how low are adult vaccination rates? According to their own data, a chart of adult vaccination rates including some vaccines over a six-year period of time shows the following:

Estimated population of adults younger than 19 years of age who received selected vaccines, by age group and increased risk status – National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2010 – 2016.

Again, according to the CDC’s own data, adult vaccination rates don’t even make the 50% mark consistently. How, then, are we reaching this mythical “herd immunity” with rates below 50%? 

Mass vaccination campaigns began in the mid-1960s when the U.S. Public Health Service announced its plans to achieve over 55% vaccine rates (based on Baltimore’s data) in the total U.S. population with the stated goal of eradicating measles by 1967. That number wasn’t achieved so the agency increased the goal to 70-75%. As subsequent years passed and stated rates were unmet, their goals continued to rise until current day where 95%+ is the commonly stated goal. When will we achieve 100%? Is this realistically possible, or advisable? What if we reach 100% vaccination coverage and we still don’t achieve eradication?   

If only half of America is actually full vaccinated, where are all the epidemics of disease? Quite literally, we are not achieving herd immunity via vaccination.

More information: 

Dissolving Illusions by Suzanne Humphries, MD

Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and The Changing Nature of Childhood Illness by Dr. Thomas Cowan, M.D. and Sally Fallon Morell

If measles isn’t fatal, why do we regularly hear news reports of third world populations becoming susceptible and succumbing to death from “vaccine-preventable” disease? 

These regions possess challenges that aren’t present in first-world, industrialized nations: lack of adequate nutrition, sanitation, clean water and access to other effective disease prevention strategies such as treatment with Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

According to the WHO:

“Severe measles is more likely among poorly nourished young children, especially those with insufficient vitamin A, or whose immune systems have been weakened by HIV/AIDS or other diseases. [..] As high as 10% of measles cases result in death among populations with high levels of malnutrition and a lack of adequate health care. […] More than 95% of measles deaths occur in countries with low per capita incomes and weak health infrastructures. […] Overcrowding in residential camps greatly increases the risk of infection.”

Comparing statistics of to disease conditions in the U.S. or other first world countries is simply not sound science. In developing nations, deaths from measles doesn’t even rank on the top 10 causes of death list. What about adverse reactions, hospitalization and deaths from the MMR vaccine – which amounts to 89,355 in the U.S. alone so far this year!  

A real food diet and reducing toxins helps prevent and support recovery from disease

Real nutrition is essential to optimal health!  

Vitamin A from pastured animal foods in the diet CAN prevent disease or create an environment where your child’s body is strong enough to stay well including febrile childhood illness, flus, and colds and other infections. Recommended foods include grassfed meats, pastured eggs and poultry, and raw milk and other dairy. These foods have been consumed by populations all over the world to stay healthy for thousands of years. No vaccination necessary!

Dr. Weston A. Price, DDS traveled to numerous locations around the world to learn why patients in his practice in Cleveland, OH experienced tooth decay, crooked teeth and chronic health problems. He learned that not one traditional culture consumed low-fat foods or lean meats.  They did eat egg yolks, fatty meats, organ meats, poultry with the skin on, raw milk from cows raised on pasture as well as full-fat butter, sour cream, cheese, yogurt and kefir to ensure adequate intake of Vitamin A.

Other critical nutrients for health are found in these foods including Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, folate, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and iron. Recommended is Dr. Weston A. Price, DDS’s groundbreaking book containing his photographs, laboratory analysis of the foods traditional populations consumed, and his observations of this data, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.

Children in particular need these nutritional elements not just for growth and development, but for digestive support and immune function. The optimal functionality of both these systems greatly determines the body’s ability to avoid the compromise of disease. Compared with nutrients found in plant foods, those same nutrients in pastured animal foods are significantly higher. This is especially true when compared to commercial and factory-farm animal foods which contain pesticide, herbicide, antibiotic and hormone residues, GMOs (genetically-modified organisms), and come from animals raised in unnatural environments such as feedlots and poultry houses, which create unhealthy living conditions for the animals and reduce optimal nutrient balance.

Read more about the nutritional deficiencies present in diets based in vegetarian, vegan and plant-based consumption habits from the Weston A. Price Foundation:

Vegetarianism and Nutrient-Deficiencies

Protein: Building Blocks of the Body

Vegetarianism and Plant Foods

Reducing toxins in your child’s environment is also significant to reducing disease. If the body is not overwhelmed and overloaded with too many environmental toxins from internal and external sources (i.e., food consumed as well as the external environment such as what goes on the skin and is found in the home, vehicle or office), it can heal faster and make use of the nutrients it receives from real food to detoxify itself AND prevent bacteria, viruses and toxins from causing health compromise.  

How Vitamin A prevents disease

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is stored in the liver.  When we don’t consume Vitamin A rich foods, those stores are used rapidly and our our bodies become depleted . The RDI (recommended daily allowance) is inadequate as most people are deficient in Vitamin A. When depletion is present, consuming larger doses of nutrients for a period of time are necessary to allow the body to “catch up” and heal.

Real vitamins, minerals and other nutrients prevent deficiencies which can lead to chronic and acute health conditions. Symptoms are characteristic of the syndromes linked to all types of health disorders.

Vitamin A is not only important for vision, but also supports:

  • Bone growth
  • Reproduction
  • Cell structure, and differentiation
  • Linings of the eyes, respiratory, urinary, and intestinal tracts. If those surfaces become weakened, our bodies become susceptible to bacteria entering and causing infection.
  • Skin integrity and mucous membranes to form a barrier between us and bacteria and viruses
  • Immune system function. The immune system protects from infections by creating white blood cells that destroy pathogenic bacteria and viruses. Vitamin A is also beneficial for lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell that fights infections, to enable more efficient and effective function.

Vitamin A has been shown in studies to be effective for diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella:

Pediatrics

Cochrane

Cochrane Collaboration

Medscape

New England Journal of Medicine

Emerging Infectious Disease

Virology Journal

Dr. Suzanne Humphries, M.D.

According to the WHO, administration of Vitamin A for Measles can reduce fatality by up to 50%. If this is true, why exactly aren’t we using Vitamin A for the prevention of and treatment of measles (and other diseases)?

Dr. Michael Karlfeldt

Dr. Michael Karlfeldt

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