“The greatest threat of childhood diseases lies in the dangerous and ineffectual efforts made to prevent them through mass immunization.” That statement was not made by an unknown person posting on an Internet message forum or written by a so-called “quack” involved with alternative medicine, but by the award-winning Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D., who was a practicing pediatrician for nearly thirty years, who also held positions such as director of Project Head Start’s Medical Consultation Service, chairman of the Medical Licensing Committee for the State of Illinois, and associate professor of Preventive Medicine and Community Health in the School of Medicine of the University of Illinois.
In his book How To Raise A Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor, Dr. Mendelsohn asked that readers keep an open mind as he “attacked the ‘bread and butter’ of pediatric practice,” the equivalent, according to Dr. Mendelsohn, of a priest’s denying the infallibility of the pope. He then went on to outline his core arguments against vaccination:
- There is no convincing scientific evidence that mass inoculations can be credited with eliminating any childhood disease.
- It is commonly believed that the Salk vaccine was responsible for halting the polio epidemics that plagued American children in the 1940s and 1950s. If so, why did the epidemics also end in Europe, where polio vaccine was not so extensively used?
- There are significant risks associated with every immunization and numerous contraindications that may make it dangerous for the shots to be given to children.
- While the myriad short-term hazards of most immunizations are known (but rarely explained), no one knows the long-term consequences of injecting foreign proteins into the body of your child.
- There is a growing suspicion that immunization against relatively harmless childhood diseases may be responsible for the dramatic increase in autoimmune diseases since mass inoculations were introduced.
As Dr. Mendelsohn pointed out, routine vaccinations are the bread and butter of a pediatric practice, and because of that, doctors continue to defend them to the death; “the question parents should be asking,” he wrote, “is: Whose Death?”
At the end of the year 2000, there were approximately 40 vaccines mandated in the AMA’s (American Pediatric Association) schedule, some of which are scheduled to be administered shortly after the baby is pulled from the womb (and some of these are for diseases only a sexually promiscuous adult or an intravenous drug user should have to worry about). The production of the most common vaccines involves many things that would make most adults recoil in horror if they knew more about it, yet we regularly inject these concoctions straight into the veins of babies and children — totally bypassing the normal route germs or viruses would use to enter the human body.
Some of the ingredients in vaccines include: neomycin, sorbitol, hydrolyzed gelatin, aluminum phosphate, formaldehyde, ammonium sulfate, washed sheep red blood cells, glycerol, sodium chloride, gentamicin sulfate, polymyxin, betapropiolactone, aluminum hydroxide, phenoxyethanol (antifreeze), polysorbate 20, streptomycin, polymyxin B, calf serum, and thimerosal (supposedly to be reduced or eliminated in vaccines as a precautionary measure, since thimerosal contains mercury). And the mediums used to culture the germs or viruses include human diploid cells from human aborted fetal tissue, porcine (pig) pancreatic hydrolysate of casein, chick embryos, embryonic fluid from chicken eggs, cells cultivated from monkey kidney cells, and fetal rhesus monkey lung cells.
Considering what exactly is in them, it is not hard to understand why vaccines have been linked to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), which causes an estimated 8,000 to 10,500 deaths each year, and autism, which has increased three-fold over an twenty-five year period. Vaccines have also been linked to the ever-increasing rise of autoimmune diseases in children such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, asthma, and even to cancer and leukemia.
Interestingly, a recent study concluded that there was no link between autism and vaccines. In writing a reply to this study, Dr. Randall Neustaedter, author of the Vaccine Guide, commented that autism did not exist before vaccines and further noted that many parents had seen their children develop autism days, even hours, after they receive a vaccine.
These comments are supported by research from the Pfeiffer Treatment Center in Naperville, Illinois, a nonprofit research and treatment organization that focuses on the nutritional and toxic metal components of behavioral disorders. The Pfeiffer Treatment Center, which has treated over 12,000 patients, recently discovered that most autism-spectrum patients exhibit evidence of abnormal functioning of the metallothionein protein (MT), and many of the classic features of autism can be explained by this dysfunction. The Center believes that autism results from a genetic defect in MT functioning followed by an environmental insult. Clare Kron, explained the connection between the MT defect and vaccines in a letter to Alternative Medicine magazine:
Many classic symptoms of autism may be explained by an MT defect in infancy, including GI tract problems, heightened sensitivity to toxic metals, and abnormal behaviors. A total of 499 of the 503 autism patients surveyed exhibited evidence of this metal-metabolism disorder, with blood samples indicating severely elevated copper/zinc ratios.
The study concluded that two elements were necessary for the onset of autism: first, the defective MT, and second, an “environmental insult,” such as exposure to toxic metals or another toxic substance.
Since MT is directly involved in neuronal development and maturation of the brain and GI tract, the timing of exposure to environmental insults is critical. By age three, these systems may have sufficiently matured so that such toxins can no longer provoke autism. Pfeiffer therefore recommends delaying immunization, with or without thimerosal, until three years of age.
Ironically, some doctors feel that normal childhood illnesses are part of the way in which the immune system becomes fully developed. Commenting on an article from the Lancet, Michael Dye, author of Vaccinations, Deceptions & Tragedy wrote:
The fact that the normal progression of measles was halted by the vaccination appears to have prevented the body from destroying the measles virus. This destruction of the virus takes place in the “spots” for which measles is known, but when the vaccine prevents the spots and fever from occurring, the measles virus is not destroyed, and stays in the body through adulthood.
The Lancet article in question, titled “Measles Virus Infection Without Rash in Childhood Is Related to Disease in Adult Life,” found that of those who tested positive for the measles virus but had the rash suppressed by vaccines, a good portion went on to develop such autoimmune diseases as sebacious skin disease, degenerative disease of the bone and cartridge, cancer, skin cancers, and cases of multiple sclerosis.
Vaccines represent the pinnacle of arrogance in our medical, scientific, and political communities. God created our bodies with immune systems that work if given the right environment in which to do so. Every attempt man makes to improve upon God falls short. That vaccines do not work should come as no surprise to anyone. What is extremely painful here is that so many children have died — in some cases more so than would have died from the diseases certain vaccines were supposed to prevent — from what is the modern day medical equivalent of the Tower of Babel.
Dr. Mendelsohn, M.D., asked the question, “Have we traded mumps and measles for cancer and leukemia?” Sadly, it appears the answer is yes.