Measles — Some Facts

Amy Lansky
Published: 02/05/2015

measlesWhen contemplating what to write about this month, I couldn’t help being led back, over and over again, to the measles. The discussion about the measles vaccine is all over the media, and just when it seems to let up, there it is again.

Of course, whether or not any parent elects to have their child take the MMR vaccine (for measles, mumps, and rubella) should be their choice. To force vaccines on people is a violation of their fundamental freedom over their bodies. In fact, the right to choose whether or not to vaccinate is part of the constitution of some countries, like Canada. Think about the implications of forcing everyone to inject something into their bodies. Today it’s vaccines. Tomorrow, what next? Already, our health freedom rights are being eroded further and further. California, once a leader in providing both philosophical and religious exemptions to vaccination, is in danger of losing both, with weakening of exemption rights already having been recently enacted.

In any case, I’m growing weary of the complete lies being promulgated by the media about the measles vaccine. So let’s focus on some facts that anyone can research for themselves.

Measles is, in general,  a benign childhood disease in the Western world. All the scare tactics about the dangers of measles in the West are completely overblown. Measles may have caused many deaths in countries with poor sanitation and food supplies, but in the West, it is generally completely benign in children. I am 59 years old. I, and nearly everyone else of my generation, had the measles (as well as chicken pox, mumps, and rubella — also known as German measles). In the years prior to introduction of the vaccine, measles-related deaths (including adults, who are more endangered by measles) had gone down to less than 1:1000. Compare that to the current autism rate of 1:68 (and going higher each year), not to mention the much higher rates of other autoimmune diseases, which many believe are also attributable to over-vaccination.

The measles vaccine does not guarantee immunity. However, getting and recovering from measles does provide complete immunity. As we have been finding, a great number of the people who get the measles in minor epidemics (which have always popped up periodically, not just now, with the “Disneyland” epidemic scare) have been “fully vaccinated.” This is what should give people pause. In fact, I recently had some correspondence with a vaccine expert who has consulted for the CDC. As she writes:

“I do think that getting measles vaccine probably decreases the likelihood of getting measles. But, it’s not 100% effective and over time, it has become less effective, partly due to changes in the virus and waning immunity. It is possible to be fully vaccinated and after a couple years have little/no measles antibodies… The first couple of decades that the measles vaccine was out and routinely administered, children were born to mothers who’d most likely had measles and passed on naturally-acquired maternal antibodies. Not true any more. The maternal measles antibodies passed on by mothers who have only been vaccinated are of very poor quality. I think the perceived beneficial effect of measles vaccination was partly bolstered by strong natural maternal antibodies. We will see a lot more ‘vaccine failures’ for many different reasons. It will be hard to sort out because it’s not easy to define ‘unvaccinated / undervaccinated’ and vaccine efficacy is a moving target.”

Complications from measles are much more common in adults than in children. By creating two generations of people who have been vaccinated to prevent the childhood diseases rather than experiencing them, we are also creating generations who are more likely to suffer from measles complications (as well as complications from chicken pox and mumps) as adults. Indeed, rather than blaming unvaccinated US citizens for childhood-disease epidemics, let us remember that visitors from many countries enter the US every day, visiting places like Disneyland! Are we going to set up vaccine police at our borders? By relying upon artificial vaccines rather than the complete immunity that nature designed for us — via the natural occurrence of the childhood diseases — we are creating the potential for much worse consequences when these diseases affect adults. It is just like the mistake we, as a society, have made with the over-use of antibiotics and the subsequent problem of antibiotic resistance. Is it too late to turn the tide and let children experience the childhood diseases again, before it’s too late? Perhaps, at least, their grandparents can care for them, knowing that they have complete immunity.

The 1998 Lancet paper authored by Andrew Wakefield and co-authors about the relationship between the measles vaccine and gut inflammation in autistic children has NOT truly been discredited. First of all, Wakefield’s co-author on the paper has been completely exonerated by a British court. As this article states, “A judge has now ruled that the GMC hearings were a farce. Parents are waiting for journalists to find their spine and start some honest reporting on the character assassination of doctors that is blocking medical treatments for vaccine injured children, and the role that GSK and Merck may be playing to protect their profits on the MMR vaccine.”

Secondly, the proceedings against this paper focused on minutia of the ethics of the study’s procedures and whether necessary permissions had been obtained, not on the general result of the study itself (i.e. the result found about the link between MMR and bowel disease).  Indeed, none of the parents complained about the procedures that were used, and stood behind Dr. Wakefield and his co-authors.

Of course, there are many other subsequent studies that do link vaccines to autism, and MMR to bowel disease too.  These studies are always ignored by the press, which continues with its mantra about the Wakefield study.

Finally, let’s not forget that homeopathy can be an effective treatment for measles! It can also be used prophylactically if there is an imminent threat of infection. There are actually many remedies that can be helpful for measles, and as usual, the patient must be analyzed as an individual for most effective treatment. Some of the major remedies for measles include: Pulsatilla, Sulphur, Aconite, Apis, Bryonia, Morbillinum (the measles nosode), Belladonna, Kali Bichromicum, Gelsemium, and Euphrasia. This article by Dana Ullman might be helpful.

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  1. Yolande

    Amy, thank you for lending a voice of sanity to the news coverage out there. I’m happy I clicked through. It is my sincerest hope that parents who are the guardians of the children we birthed, take the time to learn all the facts and resist making decisions based on fear mongering sound bytes. Childhood deserves may be inconvenient but they pale in comparison to the damage caused by vaccines.

  2. Wendy

    Amy I was referred to your article by a friend after we had had a conversation about exactly what you have just written about.

    I am 61 years old and was born and raised in the UK, now in the USA for many years…As children we all saw mumps, measles, German measles, chicken pox and whooping cough and something we called glandular fever, probably a more clinical…it simply was a given, these outbreaks happened all the time and none made a big fuss about it, dealt with it there and then in school, work or where ever although it was most prevalent in schools, younger children.

    I had the whole lot…and so did everyone else and it simply was no big deal..a bit of discomfort and rearranging of days and school schedules..but it was NEVER treated with an hysterical response as we are seeing with this outbreak, the family just dealt with it and moved on and in fact my mother was delighted when all three of her children had had ‘the whole lot’ ..immune from there on…

    I am a firm believer that what we think creates our reality and once more the media has done a marvelous job of stirring up hysteria over a very common and treatable childhood, essentially, disease which in of itself is practically harmless unless there is another medical problem in addition…uncomfortable for a few days..yes but not life threatening by any means and once more we have the same predictable response as the pictures flash on TV and computer screens and the warnings get tossed around with zero integrity for the most part…

    So with that being said, I want to thank you so much for this excellent article/blog, it is the first piece of common sense I have read about it and many thanks to my friend Ann for directing me over here..I so look forward to reading more on different subjects…There is obviously an ulterior motive behind all the propaganda I cannot believe this much ignorance exists…but in a time frame of a few months with all the Ebola propaganda..which IS a life threatening disease, I can see why there is so much reaction going on..Is it logical?…only if you haven’t done your homework and researched the data…this is just one more example of the herd mentality IMO..

    Again, thank you Amy, you are a welcome breath of fresh air, best wishes and I hope you have an enjoyable w/end 🙂

    Sincerely, Wendy Weger

  3. Jo

    Hi, Amy. It feels like tough times at the moment, as the Disneyland and anti-Wakefield media machine rumbles onwards. The internet is an unfriendly place for those of us who don’t vaccinate right now.

    I have a question about the nosode – my children are unvaxxed, and I suspect unless things change, are unlikely to get the diseases you’re talking about (well, we live in Ireland, where we don’t vaccinate for chicken pox, so they’ve finally had that). They’re now 11 and 7. I know there’s contention about nosodes and whether homeopathy can work prophylactically. Do you think a nosode would actually stop them getting the disease, or just limit side effects? Because I would like them to get measles, mumps, etc (not so confident about meningitis, though!). I heard with excitement that there’s actually a case of mumps in my town – tempted to track down the child and rub my guys off them. I had mumps, measles, cp, whooping cough as a child – but it’s different now. Would you give the nosodes as precautions, or do you think it would be better to treat the disease if it came?

    Also wondering about my brother, who’s in his 30s and hasn’t had mumps, or been vaccinated for them. Would a nosode be a good idea for him, given that he’s yet to have children?

    Thanks for your time, Jo

  4. Sue Boyle

    Thank You, Amy. A great article.

  5. Kimberly Cowley

    I’m sure Ms Lansky writes from a perspective of perceived knowledge. Well, I write from experience. Neither Mumps, Measles or Rubella are ‘benign’ childhood illnesses. I have Congenital Rubella Syndrome a condition that happens when an unvaccinated woman contracts Rubella during her first trimester of pregnancy. The results can be catastrophic. In my case, I was born more than half blind and deaf and with a serious heart condition. I was lucky, many are born blind/deaf and with many other problems. Rubeola or Red Measles may look benign, but can and does kill. To even suggest that vaccination should be a choice is both folly and social negligence. So is the myth that homeopathy can do any good in the face of deadly viruses.


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