Immunization: The Reality behind the Myth

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1 The Tyranny of What Everyone Knows

Any action that is dictated by fear or by coercion of any kind ceases to be moral.

-- Mahatma Gandhi, Ethical Religion


UBIQUITY AND ADDICTION

Our age has been called the information age. It could also be called the misinformation age. With the advent of electronic technology, it is now possible to inform/misinform more people than at any time in history. Embedded in the bits and pieces of information/misinformation with which we are bombarded are parts of the larger continent of "what everyone knows," the conventional wisdom of the culture that philosophers call "premises" or "basic assumptions." Because this conventional wisdom shapes and even determines our perceptions and interpretations of the world, we might say that "what everyone knows" sits in the control room of our collective psyche. Its power derives largely from our unconsciousness of it; therefore, reexamining what everyone knows is part of the process of becoming conscious and empowered human beings.

In our culture, healing and health have become practically synonymous with the practice of medicine and its administration of drugs, surgery, radiation, and vaccination. This last ritual is the focus of this book. It was chosen because (1) of a personal confrontation with the compulsory immunization laws of the state

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Title of an article in Network Review. September 1984.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations xi
  • Foreword xiii
  • Preface to the Second Edition xv
  • Notes xix
  • Acknowledgments xxi
  • Note to the Reader xxiii
  • Part I - Deprogramming 1
  • 1 - The Tyranny of What Everyone Knows 3
  • 2 - Are Immunizations Harmless? 8
  • 3 - Are Immunizations Effective? (The Statistical Mill) 32
  • 4 - Creating Natural Immunity 52
  • Part II - Beyond Disease Wars 67
  • 5 - Do Germs Cause Disease or Does Disease Cause Germs? 69
  • 6 - Germ Fallout- Rabies, Pasteurization, and Vaccines 86
  • 7 - The New Biology, the New Immunology 100
  • 8 - Holism, Epidemics, and Preventive Medicine"" 113
  • 9 - Beautiful" and "Ugly" Solutions" 138
  • Part III - Free to Choose 157
  • 10 - Appointment with Tyranny 159
  • 11 - Let My People Go"" 173
  • 12 - Waking from the Propaganda Trance 186
  • Suggested Additional Readings 208
  • 13 - The Coming Revolution in Healthcare 209
  • Suggested Additional Readings 222
  • 14 - Reclaiming Our Heritage- What You Can Do Now 223
  • Appendixes 251
  • Index 277
  • About the Author 287
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