The Flip Side…

Have you ever thought… are there any benefits to having the measles?

Like growing up people always say colds and viruses are good for our immune system, they make us strong, more resilient.

But where do we draw the line with what illnesses we believe improve our resilience, and which don’t?

How much is sanitation the best defense? Where can we rely on modern medicines to treat illnesses?

Most of us depend on vaccines prophylactically, often more sold on the concept of them than a full appreciation of their limitations.

If we believe in herd immunity, like we’re told to, where is that supposed to come from when the older adults are the less they where immunised against growing up, and most adults aren’t up to date on boosters.

How much of herd immunity is scientifically substantiated vs how much is it used to encourage those who are on the fence about vaccines to comply to the schedule? For the “greater good”, for “those” who can’t. What if there isn’t science to support it? What about for our own good? When do we find out if we are more susceptible to injury or if we have a threshold that is safe to have in a life time?

In the last 35 years internationally vaccine schedules have grown enormously. In the states they have gone from 7 injections and 4 oral vaccines, giving 24 doses, to 53 injections and 3 oral vaccines giving 74 doses, from birth to 18 years. The USA leads the world in vaccinations but even they don’t do all, different countries have different schedules prioritising different illnesses. The U.K. introduced the Meningitis B vaccine before other countries, many still don’t routinely vaccinate against it; the USA schedule included the vaccination for Chickenpox when the U.K. and other countries don’t.

When vaccines induce a limited immune response, with an expiration date of a short number of years, compared to catching it “in the wild”, requiring regular boosters to reinoculate, then as we age their efficiency can decline too.

Are we setting ourselves up to have generations of pensioners who no longer have any immunities for what have historically been childhood illnesses? Many, if not all, of which were in decline through improvements in sanitation long before their vaccinations were introduced?

Have we considered that in additional to lifelong immunity the viruses can be benefiting us?

With new research into the Virome (the micro-biome specifically for viruses) suggesting that natural immunity from catching measles “in the wild” can have protective properties from certain cancers and reduce the risk of allergies.

Who knows what other benefits from childhood illnesses we are now missing out on that we have yet to discover?

All this is without even considering the risks of live vaccines shedding, which is why those who have them can’t see critical care patients, because people can catch and share illnesses from live vaccinations, including the rotavirus and influenza.

Maybe instead of treating everything there is a vaccine for like it’s bubonic we should look at the individual illnesses and the individual vaccines. Then weigh up all the risks and benefits of the illnesses and the vaccine ingredients and side effects, and make an informed decision. An informed decision based on our children’s individual health and their genetics and not based on guidelines.

Vaccines aren’t fairy dust, impervious from side effects, somebody in a laboratory created them. People profits from them. They are an industry. A really powerful, financially flourishing industry. Not everyone has perfect motives.

We need to make our own decisions for our own families. We’re the ones who live with the consequences of our decisions. Not Doctors, Scientists or Public policy makers. We owe it ourselves, our children, our families and to our society, to be informed decision makers who are confident in our decisions based on the way that science interacts with our own health and circumstances.

Disclaimer…

I’m a mum, a peer, not a professional.
Please speak to a trusted professional before making any decisions for you and your family. I hope the resources below might help you in your journey to making an informed decision your confident with.

Related reading:

Health benefits of measles infection, this link goes to a page that lists PubMed links associated with the benefits of having had measles.
http://www.greenmedinfo.com/keyword/health-benefits-measles-infection

“its Genetic, but how?” This is my post on how genetics might make us more susceptible to certain things including adverse reactions and injuries following vaccines, and how it interacts with our genetic expression.
https://wp.me/p9Lbgd-2U

Books:
These Books are books frequently recommended for informed impartial information on vaccines, vaccine treated illnesses, and with a balanced approach to risks/benefits offering, the first two also offer alternative schedules.
“The Vaccine Book” by Dr. Robert Sears,
(US) https://www.amazon.com/Vaccine-Book-Decision-Parenting-Library/dp/0316180521
(UK) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vaccine-Book-Decision-Parenting-Library/dp/0316180521

“The Vaccine Friendly Plan” by Dr Paul Thomas and Jennifer Margulis
(US) https://tinyurl.com/ycx8p4ao
(UK) https://tinyurl.com/y9wz4fs9

“Miller’s review of critical vaccine studies” by Neil Z Miller:
(US) https://tinyurl.com/ycmveonl
(UK) https://tinyurl.com/y9qtbjh4

Analytical Armadillo is a blog by a British IBCLC, in the following posts she:

* Presentation of chickenpox UK vs USA and the increased shingles risk in the elderly:
http://www.analyticalarmadillo.co.uk/2013/11/why-parents-are-confused-about.html

* Discusses the inconsistencies in the reported risks of Measles and how it is perceived socially pre-post vaccine introduction.
http://armadillokerfuffle.blogspot.com/2014/06/measles-are-we-being-lied-to-part-1.html

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