Dr Jayne Donegan, MBBS, DRCOG, DCH, MRCGP
Exposure to a disease does not guarantee infection. If one has a good immune system one can expel or have mild forms of many diseases. Most of the diseases that are routinely vaccinated against have been our fellow travellers through many millennia. It is not in the interest of a disease to wipe out the population it infects. This is the reason that most of the previously, extremely virulent diseases, have evolved to a milder childhood form which does not kill or cause large ill effects, so that the children can grow up and produce more children that may be infected.
These diseases occurring in childhood actually prime the developing immune system of a child so that it becomes a strong, healthy adult who can completely throw off or certainly survive most infection.
A well known saying in the science of immunology is that "Autoimmunity is the price that one pays for the eradication of infectious diseases". When the immune system has not been primed by these, extremely useful, childhood illnesses, it goes awry and may attack its own body.
We may see this with the rise in the incidence of cancers, autoimmune rheumatoid and connective tissue diseases, eczema and asthma - which are not just occurring because we live longer.
A study by Ronne (Lancet, 5/5/85 1-5) showed that adults who had had natural measles with a rash had a decreased incidence of various cancers, including cervical. Another study showed that women are less likely to contract ovarian cancer if they have had mumps during childhood. (West R.O., Epidemiological studies of malignancies of ovaries. Cancer; July 1966 :1001-1007).
Having said this, will the vaccinated parents/siblings get atypical measles, polio etc?
It depends on the state of their own immune system.
If they live in a well ventilated accommodation with good sanitation. If they eat a well balanced diet with fresh fruit and vegetables, meat not infected with BSE or scrapie, a minimum of processed foods and preservatives and get plenty of exercise and fresh air, they are likely to throw off illnesses or have a mild form. Distressing symptoms can be treated, for example, homeopathically. The end of the illness episode, if there is one, should leave them healthier and stronger.
The fact that they have been vaccinated against these diseases is a separate issue. The vaccinations certainly sensitise the immune system to many diseases. They certainly cause many not well-acknowledged neurological sequelae. Even the vehicles (fluids and other materials) in which the vaccines are injected cause unacceptable effects because they are so toxic. The main problem about the vaccines is that they do not do the work that is their primary function - namely, making people immune to infectious diseases.
Vaccination stops children having their childhood diseases at the beneficial age (3-4yrs). Children are now susceptible to Rubella and Mumps at just the age when girls can conceive and boys can be made sterile.
Antibodies from vaccination do not cross the placenta to make very young babies immune with the result that children of less than one year old are more likely to get them. In the case of Whooping cough this is just the time that the disease is likely to cause neurological damage.
The Department of Health has already acknowledged that the Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccine does not work (PL CMO (96)6) but, instead of scrapping it, it is starting a program in October of this year to give children another dose of it before they start school.
A recent study in the USA (JAMA 1996; 275: 1672-4) showed that 12% of adults with persistent cough presenting to one centre in California had Whooping Cough - this is despite the fact that they had been vaccinated against it. It is thought that the adults had been catching it from, also vaccinated, undiagnosed children with Whooping Cough. Do they suggest scrapping Pertussis vaccination? - No. They suggest giving another dose to older children.
As the former Soviet Union has crumbled, Diphtheria has been occurring in adults in great numbers due to poor sanitation. All these adults have been vaccinated against Diphtheria but when the real cause of Diphtheria reappears - poor sanitation -vaccination does not stop its occurring at all.
One note on sanitation. There is a difference between having a clean water supply free of sewage and obsessive bleaching of floors and fumigation of childrens toys! We need to be exposed to a reasonable amount of dirt in order to build up our immunity. Polio in its more paralytic form is actually a disease of communities that are too clean and whose children do not come in contact with it early so when they are exposed to it in late childhood or as adults they are more likely to have a severe form.
What would I do?
I would antidote all the previous vaccinations homeopathically and search for people with mumps/measles/rubella in order to expose my children to them. I would then nurse them through their illness and watch them have a growth spurt after them. If I had a dog bite or deep penetrating wound I would wash it out thoroughly with water and peroxide and then I would treat it homeopathically.
We cannot escape these illnesses. They have been with us too long, they are part of our evolution. The more we try to fight them with vaccines and antibiotics instead of living with them, the more we weaken our immune systems and make them susceptible to a whole host of pathogens - listeria, legionella, Lymes Disease, cyclospora, not to mention the human immunodeficiency virus - that no-one had heard of a few decades ago.
Acknowledgements to: Viera Scheibners "Vaccination", 1993.
Arno Karlen s "Plagues Progress", 1996, indigo.
DrJayne Donegan, MBBS, DRCOG, DCH, MRCGP. August 1996.