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Why Were We Told Vaccinations Stopped Major Killers?

Written By Dr. Erwin Gemmer on August 4, 2019

I grew up believing (as most Americans still believe) that we have vaccinations to thank for the eradication of all of the biggest “killer” diseases.  In fact, this belief is so enmeshed in our culture that most people will continue to believe it even after seeing proof to the contrary.  It is part of their religion, I guess.

But there is much more to the story of what ended these killer diseases.  For instance, it was gradually found several decades ago that diseases occurred less when rat and flea populations were reduced and when sewage wasn't running directly into the local source of drinking water.   Even the WHO (World Health Organization) has admitted disease and mortality rates in Third World countries have no direct correlation with immunization procedures or medical treatment, but they are closely related to the standard of hygiene and diet.  A 1973 issue of Scientific American revealed the same finding: That “over 90% of all contagious disease was eliminated by vastly improved water systems, sanitation, living conditions and transportation of food.”

Also, it has been found that diseases often just “run their course” on a broad scale.  They are like an ice age.  During each of the ice ages, it got very cold and massive snow packs developed.  Then, after a certain amount of time passed, the climates warmed and the snow and ice melted.  The point is, each ice age came and went without human “assistance”. 

As an example of diseases just running their courses, over the space of a couple hundred years, bubonic plague came and went several times in Europe.  These European plagues arrived, killed hundreds of thousands and then left.  Vaccinations were not involved.  This same phenomenon can be seen in studying typhoid, leprosy, smallpox, cholera and several other diseases.   

As Dr Glen Dettman stated concerning smallpox, “It is pathetic and ludicrous to say we ever vanquished smallpox with vaccines, when only 10% of the population was ever vaccinated.” 

In Africa, Asia and Latin America, where sanitation and pest control are often poor, with human populations tightly crowded together, vaccinations may have played a significant role in the reduction of yellow fever, cholera and typhus and produced a net benefit.  On the other hand, the reduced rates of the diseases may have resulted just as easily from concurrent improvements in sanitation and food and water quality.     

But either way, vaccination certainly did not stop all the conditions for which it has been given credit, especially in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia or any of the other more developed countries.  Here are some specific U. S. examples:  There were 48,839 deaths from diphtheria in 1901.  By the time mass inoculations for diphtheria first arrived in 1951, there were only 125 deaths per year.  Similarly, deaths from pertussis fell from 33,094 in 1901 to 558 in 1951 when the pertussis vaccination became widely available.  Tetanus went from 28,065 deaths in 1901 to 1093 in 1951, again without the aid of mass inoculations. 

Measles deaths dropped from 11,956 in 1901 to 17 by the early 1970s when that vaccination became popular.  Even polio dropped from 7229 deaths in 1921 to 1604 deaths in 1956. 

Dr. Jonas Salk, the creator of the intravenous polio vaccine, testified that the polio vaccine itself was responsible for most, if not all, of the few cases of polio seen in the U.S. since 1961.  And according to the Center for Disease Control (a very pro-vaccine organization), the polio vaccine caused all cases of polio in the U.S. since 1979.

Vaccinations did not end all the biggest “killer” diseases.  However, in some instances, they did do the opposite:  They caused major epidemics.  In 1901, the United States had a large surplus of smallpox vaccine.  They couldn't get rid of it here, so they took 24,500,000 doses and gave them to 8 million people of the Philippines.  In all, 95% of the population was immunized, most with multiple doses.  That year, the smallpox death rate in the Philippines quadrupled.  Over the next nine or ten years, tens of thousands died.  It was the worst smallpox epidemic they've ever had. 

More recently (2002 and 2003), smallpox vaccinations made the news again.  It seems someone close to the U. S. president (George W. Bush) “had a dream” that led him to believe smallpox would be used as a biological weapon.  With no solid basis for this belief, President Bush nevertheless declared that a smallpox vaccination program was needed to “protect Americans in the event of terrorist attack.”  The plan was to first administer 450,000 doses to health workers so they would be able to save the rest of us in the event we were biologically bombed, and 291,400 doses were shipped.  At last count, only 38,549 people had gotten the shots, and no one was in line to get number 38,550.  What went wrong with the plan?

According to the USA Today front page article, October 16, 2003, the plan was opposed from the start by doctors, nurses and other groups who were concerned about the vaccine risks, the issues of liability and the question of where compensation would come from (for those damaged by the vaccine).  And that was before heart problems emerged as a result of the vaccine.  A very real problem (heart disease) was caused by the vaccination for a disease that didn't exist.       

No wonder all insurance companies refuse to cover vaccine injuries.

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