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The Quest for Vaccine Safety: A Return to the Dark Ages?

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The reality is that the mortality for the diseases from which people commonly believe vaccines saved us had already declined before the vaccines were introduced and mandated.

Shortly after it was reported by media sources on January 10, 2017 that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. was asked by then President-elect Donald Trump to lead the formation of a commission to look into the safety of vaccines and their possible connection to autism,1 articles began to appear in newspapers, magazines, and other news websites warning of the dangers of such a commission.2 3 4 5

The primary concern surrounding the purported Trump vaccine initiative was that it would revive the age-old controversy over a possible causal link between vaccines and neurological disorders like autism, creating new anxiety and doubt among parents regarding the wisdom of vaccinating their children. The stated fear was that this could have the effect of lowering vaccination rates, causing a re-emergence of a wide range of dangerous infectious diseases believed to have been held at bay for more than a century due to vaccines and mandatory vaccination laws.

In an interview with Mr. Kennedy, an environmental attorney and social activist, Meredith Wadman of Science magazine asked him:

Rates of childhood infectious diseases have plummeted over the past half-century or so. Are you out to return us to the dark ages?5

The insinuation, of course, was that an investigation into and a public conversation about the issue of vaccine safety might lead more people to refuse vaccines and that that could start a trend that might eventually lead us back to the dreadful days prior to the advent of mass vaccination campaigns.

Steven Salzberg was more direct in a piece he wrote for Forbes. He said:

If Trump gives RFK, Jr., a platform to spout his anti-vaccine nonsense, the two of them will set back healthcare by decades. Infectious diseases such as measles will return with a vengeance, and children will die.4

Quoted in an article for WLWT5 television in Cincinnati, OH, Marilyn Crumpton, MD of the Cincinnati Health Department stated:

One of the things I would say to parents: try to understand the history of diseases that these vaccines prevent and realize that if the vaccine weren’t there the diseases would return.3

This assumption that any drop in vaccination rates will spell gloom and doom by returning us to the dark ages when people were dying of infectious diseases that we now consider preventable and rare is espoused by those who adamantly believe vaccines were responsible for saving all those lives. The problem with that assumption is that history does not support it.

The reality is that the mortality for the diseases from which people commonly believe vaccines saved us had already declined before the vaccines were introduced and mandated. This is a key point which vaccine proponents conveniently sweep under the rug. There is also the fact that not only was death and disability from many infectious diseases already declining before vaccines were commonly used but the incidence of some diseases was also declining.

Take polio, for example: the number of reported polio cases in the United States peaked in 1952 and significantly dropped by the time the Salk injectable polio vaccine (IPV) was licensed in 1955.6

The downward trends for pertussis (whooping cough) and measles deaths prior to the advent of vaccines for those diseases were evident. According to Suzanne Humphries, MD and Roman Bystrianyk, in their book Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History:

When we look at the actual data, we see that although many people did die from whooping cough in the early part of the 1900s, by the time the vaccine had been introduced the death rate in the United States had declined by more than 90 percent.7

Mortality rates for measles had sharply declined for at least two decades before the first measles vaccine was introduced in 1963 in the U.S.7

Like pertussis, historically measles has been a cyclical disease with reported increases every few years. However, there is evidence that the overall incidence of measles was showing a downward trend in the U.S. prior to introduction of the first measles vaccine. Starting in 1954, for example, there were 682,720 reported cases of measles in the U.S. This was followed by 555,156 cases in 1955; 611,936 in 1956; 486,799 in 1957; 763,094 in 1958; 406,162 in 1959; 441,703 in 1960; 423,919 in 1961; 481,530 in 1962; and 385,156 in 1963.8

So, if vaccines didn’t save us from these and other infectious diseases, what did? Lots of things. Economic development in areas where people were living in extreme poverty, which led to improved living conditions, including better nutrition, housing, and access to health care. The invention of antibiotics. Changing demographics, which included movement of large numbers of families from the crowded and filthy inner cities to the more open and cleaner suburbs. Laws mandating  high standards for clean air and water. Regular public trash collection. Overall much better sanitation, including indoor plumbing.7 9

Here’s a great quote from Joel Edwards’ article “How Plumbing (Not Vaccines) Eradicated Disease”:

Sanitation prevents disease by removing the cause of disease transmission, but this is not new information. Moses taught sanitation. He made many rules for encampments. The Greeks and the Romans created elaborate systems of aqueducts, baths, and drainage. When the Roman Empire crumbled, sanitation became a lost art. Civilization paid the price: plague after plague struck areas of dense population.9

In short, what saved us was a wide range of factors that appear to have little or nothing to do with vaccines. In light of this stark revelation, where is the logic behind all this dark-age talk? More to the point, where is the historical evidence?


References:

1 Vaccine skeptic Robert Kennedy Jr. says Trump asked him to lead commission on ‘vaccine safety’. The Washington Post Jan. 10, 2017.
2 Associated Press. Trump meets with vaccine skeptic RFK Jr. to discuss safety probeFox News Jan. 10, 2017.
3 
Cooney L. Trump rhetoric sparks vaccination concernsWLWT5 Jan. 11, 2017.
4 Salzberg S. Trump And Conspiracy Theorist RFK, Jr., Meet For Anti-Vax Lovefest. Forbes Jan. 15, 2017.
5 Wadman M. Exclusive Q&A: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Trump’s proposed vaccine commissionScience Jan. 10, 2017.
6 Cáceres M. DDT and the Rise and Fall of Polio. The Vaccine Reaction July 22, 2015.
7 
Humphries S and Bystrianyk R. An Honest Look at the Historical Evidence that Vaccines Eliminated Diseases. Health Impact News 2013.
8 Cáceres M. The Story of Measles’ Sharp DeclineThe Vaccine Reaction Apr. 12, 2016.
9 Edwards J. How Plumbing (Not Vaccines) Eradicated DiseaseThe Vaccine Reaction Aug. 27, 2015. 

13 Responses to The Quest for Vaccine Safety: A Return to the Dark Ages?

  1. Cindy Flythe Reply

    March 4, 2017 at 2:31 am

    No surprise that the media is freaking out over the possibility of a vaccine safety Commission. They are nothing more than puppets of big Pharma.

  2. June Reply

    February 22, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    If I recall correctly, polio cases went down because people stopped taking their children to swimming pools in the summer, as summertime was when cases of polio spiked. My doctor, a naturopath that doesn’t promote vaccines, said if she were to advise on the two most important ones, it would be polio and tetanus. Those are the two she vaccinated her children against.

  3. Godofredo Reply

    February 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

    INEFFICACY OF THE HPV VACCINE SEEN BY DOCTOR OF DEEP PERÚ
    From its inception until the appearance of uterine cervical carcinoma (UCC) takes a average of 25-30 years; the research of this vaccine have begun in 2000. It is evident that the scientific efficacy of this new vaccine will be determined the years 2025 – 2030.
    HPV not causes definitely the (CCU); at the onset of this disease involves multiple risk factors, including the suspected HPV, but scientifically is proven by epidemiology and statistics that the sex is what generates this disease. Nix in 100.000 nuns found not any UCC.
    http://www.portalesmedicos.com/publicaciones/articles/1832/1/Epidemiolog.,.
    There are not scientific researchs; stadistic, epidemiologic, citologic, histologic, colpocopic and clinic to demostrate that the HPV produce the cervical cance, are publishing. whitout scierntific sustentance.
    To accept that a virus or a bacteria causes a infection disease must unfailingly fulfill the five Koch’s postulate
    http://www.xatakaciencia.com/salud/los-postulados-de-koch
    1 – The agent must be present in every case of the disease and absent from healthy.
    2 – The agent must not appear in other diseases.
    3 – The agent to be isolated in pure culture from disease lesions.
    4 – The agent of causing disease in a susceptible animal being inoculated.
    5 – The agent must again be isolated lesions in experimental animals.
    http://es.scribd.com/doc/44558220/MICROBIOLOGIA-1
    Consequently, HPV not fulfill not any principle of Koch’s postulates. by not meeting this postulate, that is accepted as dogma in medicine, scientifically we must be ensure that the HPV is not the causative agent to the UCC..
    Until May 2013 Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting Syntem (VAERS) published that the vaccines against the HPV caused only in Unites States 138 muertes and 30020 adverse events; 947 disabled: 12 males, 924 females and 11sex unknown; 4050 advers graves: 106 males, 3883 females and 57 unknown sex; 527 abnormal PAP smears, 214 dysplasia cervical and cervical cancer 214. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System secure that only the !% to 10% are denounced https://dub104.mail.live.com/default.aspx#n=1521802 http://holyhormones.com/vaccinations/hpv-vaccine/hpv-vaccine-adverse-eve
    http://therefusers.com/?s=cervarix
    The Vaccine efects advers reactions (VAERS) ensures that only complaint between 1% to 10% of the adverse effects produced by this evil vaccine;this figures shown are calculated according to the statements of the VAERS: to 10%.
    http://www.noticiero.enkoria.com/2011/diez-menores-que-sufrieron-reaccio
    http://www.pop.org/content/merck-researcher-admits-gardasil-guards-again
    Dr. Harper, who contributed to the development of the vaccine by Merck, reports that the vaccine was not investigated in children under 15 years and the vaccine given to children under 11 years is a big public experiment.
    http://offtheradar.co.nz/vaccines/53-researcher-diane-harper-blasts-gard
    The vaccine was approved to give girls uncontaminated with HPV, Dr. Howenstinc ensures that the women are vaccinated with HPV contaminated, have the possibility to acquire a 44.6% CCU
    http://www.newswithviews.com / Howenstine/james170.htm.
    Merck did not disclose that the vaccine was transgenic, the Sane Vax has discovered, which is transgenic because it has been found that the vaccine is contaminated with DNA recombinant vaccine Gardasil (DNArPVH) and has raised its concerns to the president of the FDA Margaret Hamburg. The FDA replied that the vaccine will not cause any damage transgenic
    http://real-agenda.com/2011/09/16/vacuna-gardasil-contaminada-con-adn-re
    http://bolsonweb.com.ar/diariobolson/detalle.php?id_noticia=26075
    A vaccinated child was ill with rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease. 24 hours after vaccination and found that the aluminum adhered to DNArPVH, two years after vaccination and in autopsy 6 months after death in a New Zeland girl Jazmine Renata which had recibed this deadly vaccines
    http://www.mecfsforums.com/index.php?topic=9331.0
    Management time to get market approval of a drug the FDA is at least three years, it is a drug for cancer 15 years, but the authorization Merck had only six months and the European Medicines Agency (EMA in English) only 9 months: To introduce the vaccine are using the marketing of fear
    http://mujeresenaccion.over-blog.es/article-vph-la-vacuna-del-marketing-http://mujeresenaccion.over-blog.es/article-vph-la-vacuna -of-marketing-of-fear-67210961.ht
    HPV is ubiquitous; lives in wild and domestic animals, pollute us from birth, is on the doorknobs, on towels, on nails, on fomites, in gloves and specula of gynecologists,. sexual intercourse is not the only means of contamination.
    http://spa.myhealthygood.com/cancer-cervical-vacuna-contra-el-vph/invest
    HPV also lives in the 400 nm outermost of our skin and mucous membranes. ,
    If it live in our skin, our immune system produces cellular and humoral immunity is acquired or that our body is self vaccinatinge by PVHs living on our skin and mucous ..
    http://www.conganat.org/seap/bibliografia/HPVToday/HPVToday007SEAP.pdf
    The PVHs is not distributed uniformly worldwide. It has been found that in Canada HPV 18 only reaches 3%; is more often HPV 31, in my country Peru no studies have determined that HPV types predominate; Gardasil contains 225 mcg. aluminum and Cervarix 500 mcg, that produce the Alzheimer, Parkinson and autism, produce too neurotoxic and immune system disorders (Blaylock 2012) and polisorbato 80, a powerful contraceptive, that in experimental animals produces sterility, atrophy of the testicles and disturbance organic and funtional of the organs of the reproduction; is carcinogenic and mutagenic; also contains sodium borate considered poison unused in medicinal preparations (NLM)
    http://www.telefonica.net/web2/paramahamsa/vacunaninosalerta.html http://detenganlavacuna.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/gardasil-cervarix/
    Have been discovered to date 200 types of HPV; HPV is not infectious, contagious; the intercourse is not only that the persons is contaminated
    http://quimicaclinicauv.blogspot.com/2006/08/virus-del-papiloma-humano.html http://www-lab.biomedicas.unam.mx/smpv/queeshpv.htm
    On 22-11-2010 FDA approved Gardasil for males aged 9 to 26 to prevent warts and cancer to the anus, is overkill
    http://real-agenda.com/2011/09/16/vacuna-gardasil-contaminada-con-adn-re
    http://salud.aollatino.com/2011/02/02/aprueba-fda-nueva-indicacion-vacun
    For the reasons from deep Peru Huancayo, I believe that this vaccine is a fraud?, a robbery?, a swindle?, a rough joke?, a crime?, a shame?, a scam?
    The HPV is not scientifically proved for the moment that produce the UCC its effectiveness shall be verified just the years of 2025-2030.
    Dr. Godofredo Arauzo
    E mail: godo.ara@gmail.com

  4. Mary Postma Reply

    February 5, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    DAMNABLE PROFITEERS.

  5. Sharon Smith Reply

    February 5, 2017 at 11:44 am

    If vaccines were made safe, MORE people will get them, not less! We can’t even begin to make them safe if we only have dishonest people with a hand in the safety testing telling us they are and convincing all others not to even look.

  6. mark Reply

    February 3, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    We are in the grips of mass hysteria about non-vaccination, whipped up by the CDC and served by the media. The contagion of this fear is something that can’t be vaccinated against. How does one fight mass hysteria?

  7. Robert L . Wachsmuth s Reply

    February 2, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    MURDER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM , KILLING MY FAMILY , PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY CONTROLLED MEDICAL EXAMINERS OFFICES , DUMPING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF BODY’S EVERY YEAR NO INVESTIGATIONS ,FALSIFYING MEDICAL RECORDS ORGANIZED CRIME .DOCTORS ARE THE MENTALLY ILL . PUT your complaint here no other place .

  8. SDSerf Reply

    February 2, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    President Trump causes a panic with just about everything that he does or says. Let us all pray that he will stop this vaccine insanity. How much longer can this continue? Until every child in the USA is handicapped? The vaccine industry is very powerful, will they sit calmly and be destroyed or will they use their power to survive at least a little longer? Will they be able to change his mind on getting involved in this or will they go so far as to have him wacked?

    It is good to vent here on NVIC; however, we are all just preaching to the choir. I have always believed that all support for vaccines must be removed by voting out of office everyone that currently supports the vaccine lobby. This will need for us to change the beliefs of every voter in out community. Most people do not want to change their beliefs and will refuse to do so, even at the cost of their own children being damaged by these vaccines. We need to find the answer. The future generations depend on us. SDSerf

  9. Zuto Reply

    February 2, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    At this point in time more people die from the measles vaccine than die from measles, the disease? In a nation of 300-odd million people.

    It’s too bad that Trump cannot deport the terrorists at CDC, NIH and other alphabet organizations that continue to terrorize United States Citizens with frightening tales about the scourge of the childhood diseases that…did not kill very many of us who caught them in the good old days.

    More people die in auto accidents each year than die from measles. More children die from child abuse each year than die from all of the childhood diseases combined.

    All the funding and resources devoted to vaccines (research, development, advertising, distributing, brainwashing and POLICING) could be redirected to solving some of the REAL problems in the country.

    Perspectives and priorities really need to change. Paul Offit needs to be muzzled, as does Julie Gerberding and her successors at CDC. Those at CDC who fan the flames of hysteria to attract funding need to be jailed. How much have we wasted on Zika? Ebola? SARS? Hantavirus? Anyone remember the drive to vaccinate us all for smallpox a decade ago – when the last known case of smallpox was 1972?

    Etc. If Trump defunds them, I might consider voting him in for a second term…

  10. Susan Lenarz Reply

    February 2, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    This information should go Viral. So many or ignorant of these facts.

  11. Susan Lenarz Reply

    February 2, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    This information should go viral!

  12. Num Guy Reply

    February 2, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Lies, Lies, Lies!!!! These will continue as so many are concerned that their wallets will shrink if vaccine rates drop.

    Again, this madness will truly stop when the 1986 law that protects vaccine makers from lawsuits even if a child dies.

    PLEASE sign this petition and share with all you know.

    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/repeal-immunity-for-drug

    Thank you.

  13. Helen Reply

    January 28, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Given the discussion initiated in this very informative article, I was wondering how your editorial staff and, in particular, Ms. Barbara Fisher, as well as the readers, feel about your new President.

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