In part one
of debunking the savior myth I covered the abysmal failure of small pox vaccinations to stop the disease. The Leicester method proved far more effective at eliminating the disease with a virtually zero percent vaccination rate, which should have been impossible if vaccinations were the cause of the elimination of the disease. Small pox existed up until the 70’s, while Leicester eliminated it before 1910 without vaccinations.
A comment in that thread caused me to produce this post because it beautifully illustrated the savior myth in action:
Should everyone receive a flu vaccine? Hell no. Not unless they are in specific danger from a flu infection. Should everyone be vaccinated for universally deadly diseases like small pox and measles? Of course.
This my friends, is a fallacious argument. Despite the comment being in a thread where I systematically show that the small pox vaccine was a failure and that there was a more effective, non-invasive method that stopped small pox in its tracks this poster argues “everyone should be vaccinated for universally deadly diseases like small pox.”
For people who don’t know any better, this sounds like a perfectly reasonable argument:
These diseases are deadly -> therefore, you’d be foolish to not vaccinate.
It’s worth noting that we don’t vaccinate anyone for small pox, but this poster argues that you should be because small pox was deadly in the 19th century, a time when people lived 10 to a room, with no running water, contaminated food and water sources, feces in the streets, with a complete lack of fundamental nutrition. Vaccine Savior Myth #2 – Measles Mania
This myth is just as important as the foundational myth of the Small Pox savior because measles is a disease that we still vaccinate for. So did vaccines really save us from Measles as well? Is measles, as the commenter stated a “universally deadly disease” that we should all live in fear of? No. It’s not.
Throughout the 1800s, measles epidemics occurred about every two years in the United States and England. During these epidemics, some hospital wards overflowed with children, up to 20 percent of whom died. However, by the 1960s, the deaths had dropped to extremely low numbers in both England and the United States. In England, the percent decline from its peak level reached an astonishing 99.96 percent by the time the vaccine was introduced in 1968. Before the general nutrition status of European children reached the high level it is today, measles infection was something to be feared… measles accounted for 11% of all deaths in Glasgow in the years 1807-1812. Case fatality rates were high. For example, during the years 1867-1872 in a Paris orphanage, the Hospice des Enfants Assistés, 612 of the 1256 (49%) children who developed measles died… During the last century, the burden of measles had dropped remarkably in Europe. In Glasgow, 14.2% of children younger than 5 years of age contracted measles in 1908 and had a mortality rate of 5.8%. Even in the absence of a vaccine, by 1960, notification of childhood measles in England and Wales was only 2.4% and mortality fell to 0.030%, which is 1/ 200th of the 1908 Glasgow mortality rate.
 Graph showing measles mortality drop in England prior to vaccinations In England and in the United States, the chance of dying from measles had dropped to 1– 2 percent by the 1930s.
 Graph showing decline of numerous diseases through 1960
The official 1960 number of deaths from measles in the United States was recorded as 380, with the population during that year at 180,671,000. This equaled a mortality rate for measles of 0.24 per 100,000. Statistics from 1963 show that, relative to many other causes of death, measles was extremely low. By the year of the New York Times report , the US measles death rate had plummeted by more than 98 percent from that peak.
In 1963 some New England states had no deaths at all from measles. During this year, the whole of New England had only 5 deaths attributed to measles. Deaths from asthma were 56 times greater, accidents 935 times greater, motor vehicle accidents 323 times greater, other accidents 612 times greater, and heart disease 9,560 times greater. Mortality linked to poor nutrition
High measles death rates are still reported in countries where children are undernourished and lack the vitamins and nutrients necessary to support the immune system. Yet statistics on measles mortality never distinguish the countries with good nutrition from those without, which leads the public to believe that measles is still something to fear. Child mortality due to measles is 200 to 400 times greater in malnourished children in less developed countries than those in developed ones. In addition, measles brings about consumption of nutrients in marginally nourished children, so they will also do worse if not supplemented during infection.  Measles Vaccine Failure
The early measles vaccine that contained “killed” virus was an aluminum-precipitated vaccine produced from formaldehyde-inactivated monkey kidney cell cultures. A study from 1967 revealed that the vaccine could cause pneumonia as well as encephalopathy (inflammation of the brain). Pneumonia is a consistent and prominent finding. Fever is severe and persistent and the degree of headache, when present, suggests a central nervous system involvement. Indeed one patient in our series who was examined by EEG, evidence of disturbed electrical activity of the brain was found, suggestive of encephalopathy… These untoward results of inactivated measles virus immunization was unanticipated. The fact that they have occurred should impose a restriction on the use of inactivated measles virus vaccine. We now recommend that inactivated measles virus vaccine should no longer be administered.
Those who encountered wild measles or live vaccine measles, after having the killed vaccine, had a tendency to develop a more severe disease, atypical measles. Atypical measles occurred because people who were previously vaccinated had their immune systems wrongly programmed and committed original antigenic sin. Atypical measles was characterized by a higher and more prolonged fever, unusual skin lesions and severe pneumonitis compared to measles in previously unvaccinated persons. The rash was often accompanied by evidence of hemorrhage or vesiculation. The pneumonitis included distinct nodular parenchymal lesions and hilar adenopathy. Abdominal pain, hepatic dysfunction, headache, eosinophilia, pleural effusions and edema were also described. Cases of atypical measles were reported up to 16 years after receipt of the inactivated vaccine. Administration of the live virus vaccine after 2 to 3 doses of killed vaccine did not eliminate subsequent susceptibility to atypical measles and was often associated with severe reactions at the site of live virus inoculation.
The killed vaccines were quickly abandoned. But there were also significant issues with the live vaccines, which were not highly attenuated and produced a “modified measles” rash in about half of those injected— essentially equivalent to a case of measles. Forty- eight percent of people had rash, and 83 percent had fevers up to 106 ° F post-injection. 
Aseptic meningitis, or nonbacterial meningitis, is a condition in which the layers lining the brain become inflamed. In the early 1990s, a mass immunization campaign in Brazil deployed a modern product— the highly attenuated MMR vaccine. The use of that vaccine on a large scale over a short period of time made it possible to detect a significant increase in aseptic meningitis that is more difficult to see when vaccination is spread out over longer periods.
The British National Childhood Encephalopathy Study conducted in the 1970s was a case-control study comparing vaccination histories of more than 1,000 encephalopathy cases.  The authors reported a relative risk of serious neurologic illness of 3.9 in previously neurologically normal children admitted to the hospital 7 to 14 days after the measles vaccine. Dr. Ward published results from a separate study in 2007 that validated these findings.  Where did all the measles cases go post 1960?
Similar to Polio (which hasn’t actually been eliminated, but rather rebranded) measles cases must fit very strict definitions that weren’t required prior to the vaccines introduction. This allows an apparent drop in cases to take place. Despite this, as noticed, the lethality of measles is virtually zero. We describe a 17-month-old child with fever and rash [fifteen days post] after measles-mumps-rubella vaccination. Detection of vaccine-strain measles virus in his urine by polymerase chain reaction confirmed the diagnosis of a vaccine reaction rather than wild-type measles. We propose that measles virus should be sought and identified as vaccine or wild-type virus when the relationship between vaccination and measles-like illness is uncertain.
 This graph shows a precipitous drop in measles cases from 1963 to 1969, despite the failure of the original killed virus vaccine.
As of 1968, the US immunization survey showed that only 50– 60 percent of children between one and nine years old had been vaccinated. And vaccinated children still got a lot of measles. During the epidemic days, even when three vaccines were given to children, more than 50 percent of measles cases were fully vaccinated. The accelerated decline seen on the curve could have been due to the fact that if someone received a vaccine and developed a rash and high fever, but did not have wild-type measles, it wasn’t measles. So because of the new classification, measles was bound to drop in the vaccinated.
The CDC admits today that:…many measles cases in previously vaccinated or immunosuppressed individuals do not meet the clinical case definition.
When does a vaccinated person have measles? - Vaccine-induced “measles” is a modified form of measles occurring 5-12 days after measles vaccination. It is not transmissible and should NOT be classified as measles. - Serologically-diagnosed cases who received a measles-containing vaccine 8 days to 8 weeks before testing may be classified as confirmed measles ONLY if they are also epidemiologically linked to a confirmed case.
This is merely a brief summary of how the goal posts on “true measles diagnosis” were moved following the introduction of vaccines. This is the exact same manner in which polio was “eliminated” following vaccination, despite the fact, that we still have the exact same symptoms of polio today but its rebranded as Transverse Myelitis, viral or “aseptic” meningitis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS, Chinese Paralytic syndrome, epidemic cholera, cholera morbus, spinal meningitis, spinal apoplexy, inhibitory palsy, post-polio syndrome, acute flaccid paralysis(AFP). The Failure of Herd Immunity To Prevent Outbreaks
One of the most often touted reason that “everyone should be vaccinated” is that it’s necessary to induce ‘herd immunity’ where by, when >95% of a population is immune the disease cannot take hold and spread thereby protecting weaker members of society unable to be vaccinated. But does it really work? With Small Pox, the answer is a clear no, but is it also true with Measles? Are highly vaccinated populations immune to outbreaks? The answer is of course, no.
Twenty-one cases of measles occurred in Sangamon County, Illinois, in 1984. The CDC reports: This outbreak demonstrates that transmission of measles can occur within a school population with a documented immunization level of 100%. This level was validated during the outbreak investigation. Previous investigations of measles outbreaks among highly immunized populations have revealed risk factors such as improper storage or handling of vaccine, vaccine administered to children under 1 year of age, use of globulin with vaccine, and use of killed virus vaccine. However, these risk factors did not adequately explain the occurrence of this outbreak.
A 1994 study indicated that as vaccination rates increased, measles became a disease of vaccinated people. This “startling” surprise challenged the theory that vaccine-induced “herd immunity” would protect against outbreaks of measles. …multiple measles outbreaks have occurred in school populations in which 71% to 99.8% of the student body had been vaccinated appropriately… Startling at the time was the finding that measles outbreaks developed in these school populations even though more than 98% of the students had previously been vaccinated… In the particular case of measles, “herd immunity” is not completely effective in preventing an outbreak of measles despite extraordinarily high immunization rates.
Once again, the picture we have in our minds about the impact of vaccinations in causing the demise of a disease doesn’t match history. With measles the notion of the “savior myth” is especially strong, as I point out when I quote a commenter calling measles a “universally deadly disease” which is a completely incorrect statement. Measles lethality had plummeted 99% prior to any vaccines introduction. While I didn’t cover it much here for sake of writing space, all the measles vaccines released prior to the 80’s are generally considered to be failures, yet the incidence and lethality continued their meteoric fall. Measles is only dangerous to people who are malnourished, which is why as nutrition levels rose from 1850-1960 we experienced a 99% drop in lethality of measles, and why it still kills in the third world.
Further, the measles vaccines can and do cause not only measles, but a variety of other very serious illnesses. All in the name of protecting us from a disease that actually kills no one in the first world. With the admitted failure of early measles vaccines (1963 – 1980’s) there was still a great drop in incidence, which indicates that there was either A) other causes for the drop (such as a continued drop as seen 1850-1960), or B) the way that measles was diagnosed dramatically skewed incidence rates.
Once again, vaccines did not save us from measles. They are not our savior. And no, measles is not a “universally deadly disease” and to risk the potentially debilitating side effects is preposterous.
This post was compiled from an incredible book called “Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History” and it’s available on Kindle. The book covers living conditions and disease rates spanning three centuries, and follows the path of failure of vaccinations throughout.
What the book proves beyond a shadow of a doubt, is that vaccinations played a minor role if any in the elimination of diseases. Scores of diseases that we never developed vaccinations for used to ravage our nations, and all faced a steep decline from 1850-1950, at the exact same rate as the diseases we did vaccinate for. So what was the cause of this across the board decline? Sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition. Addendum Between 2000-2012, the 20 largest criminal and civil fines against pharmaceutical companies amounted to a combined $19.3 BILLION!
These fines are handed out for what amounts to criminal conspiracy, and absolutely no one goes to jail. The fines, while large to peasants such as ourselves, are just a tiny fraction of profits. This means it is actually cheaper for these firms to act criminally than it is to act responsibly. History is replete with pharmaceutical companies knowingly marketing drugs that they know are dangerous and killing people, as well as, marketing drugs that they know are not effective. The largest penalty of $3.2 billion dollars was handed out to GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), which admitted criminal wrong-doing for failing to report drug safety information to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A Time Magazine article about the GSK fines noted that the fines paled in comparison to the profits: "Avandia, for example, racked up $10.4 billion in sales, Paxil brought in $11.6 billion, and Wellbutrin sales were $5.9 billion during the years covered by the settlement, according to IMS Health, a data group that consults for drugmakers." “So a $3 billion settlement for half a dozen drugs over 10 years can be rationalized as the cost of doing business,” [Patrick Burns, spokesman for the whistle-blower advocacy group Taxpayers Against Fraud] said. More than 100 drugs that were approved by the FDA as "Safe and Effective" have been recalled. In many cases the companies knew that they were dangerous, especially as in the case of Vioxx.
 Ben Goldacre gave an incredible Ted Talk called "What doctors don't know about the drugs they prescribe"
in which he describes the nature by which negative studies are not published. In this manner, the medical literature appears to show an overwhelming bias towards a drug being safe and effective, because the negative studies don't get published. This causes doctors to be fooled into a false sense that the drugs they are prescribing have been scientifically proven to be safe and effective, when they may have not been. Here's a graphic showing just part of the "revolving door" that exists between the Pharmaceutical industry, and the Government.
These are blatant conflicts of interest, and they're not isolated. Routinely people go from pharma to the FDA, and the FDA to pharma. It's not possible for people to serve two masters. It's a literal case of the fox guarding the hen house.
And lastly, When published results are systematically tracked for drug trials registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, those from industry-funded trials are the likeliest to be favorable to the drug in question, report researchers at Children's Hospital Boston.
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