Immunization: The Reality behind the Myth

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3 Are Immunizations Effective? (The Statistical Mill)

Ignorance Is not not knowing but knowing what isn't so.

-- Mark Twain

If you find yourself thinking like everyone else, you better reform.

-- Will Rogers, American humorist


THE DECLINE OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Do vaccines protect us from the disease for which they are given? This question might seem absurd on the face of it, given the near disappearance of many infectious diseases for which vaccines are given credit. A closer look, however, at the effectiveness of vaccines, as well as a look at some of the methods of gathering and interpreting statistical data, reveals some interesting discrepancies.

Are vaccinations primarily responsible for the decline of infectious diseases? Actual statistics and records from around the world show that infectious diseases--for example, smallpox, diphtheria, whooping cough, and scarlet fever- began to disappear long before immunizations ever came on the scene. 1 According to the World Health Statistics Annual, 1973- 1976, Vol. 2, there has been a steady decline of infectious diseases "in most 'developing' countries regardless of the percentage of immunizations administered in these countries. It appears that generally improved conditions of sanitation are largely responsible for preventing 'infectious' diseases." 2

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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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