Measles: The Facts vs The Hype

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All I can say is here we go again.

Apparently now that Ebola is old news, a new “societal healthcare tragedy” has emerged to blast the headlines, frighten the masses and in this case escalate the heated debate between those who choose to vaccinate and those who do not.

The measles.

And depending on who is doing the talking, you can hear vastly different opinions about the measles and most specifically, what are the causes or contributing factors to the apparent resurgence of this infectious illness.

Most of the mainstream medical community, the media and the pharmaceutical industry are pointing at non-vaccinated individuals and claiming they are responsible for this latest disease scare.

But when you look at all the evidence, things just don’t quite add up.

Note that I am not here today to try to convince you of anything.  Instead what I am going to do is to simply report the FACTS about measles.

Not the “facts” as skewed by any vaccine manufacturer, medical association, or special interest group.

Just the cold hard facts…and I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

The history of the measles

I was born in 1962, had the measles as a kid, and—amazingly—I lived to tell about it.

Actually so did most kids from about 1955 on, because deaths from the measles by that point were basically non-existent thanks to measures like improved hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, labor laws, electricity, refrigeration and many other health-promoting “conveniences” that we now generally take for granted as part of everyday life.

Vitamins A and C also contributed to reduced death rates and were shown to be very effective at fighting the measles. Following its discovery in the 1920’s, vitamin A was dubbed “the anti-infective” vitamin because it had such an impact on measles deaths—during the 1920’s the death rate had peaked at 11 kids per 100,000, but by 1940 had dropped to less than one in 100,000.

In addition, experiments done in the 1940’s showed that vitamin C was effective against measles, and during that time the death rates from both measles and the vitamin C-deficiency disease scurvy had shown dramatic declines.

The incidence rate (number of kids who contracted the measles) was also on the decline from 1957 on.  In 1957 the incidence rate in the US was about 455 kids in 100,000, and by 1962 when I born, the rate had dropped to 280 kids in 100,000.

The first measles vaccination was introduced in 1963—and although it is largely credited with a drastic decline in the measles in this country, the above data speak for themselves:

Measles deaths were already over 99% eliminated, and the incidence rates were already plummeting BEFORE the introduction of the vaccine.

Why is it coming back?

The question that many people are asking is, “Why is the measles coming back?”

Well, the answer is: It never actually left.

Like other infectious diseases, measles has natural cyclical increases and decreases every few years in populations.

And resurgences may occur even in highly vaccinated populations because the vaccine itself is not a guarantee of long-lasting immunity—even two doses of the MMR vaccine can fail to protect people against the measles.

According to Dr. Gregory Poland, professor of medicine and founder and leader of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group:

“…the immune response to measles vaccine varies substantially in actual field use. Multiple studies demonstrate that 2–10 percent of those immunized with two doses of measles vaccine fail to develop protective antibody levels, and that immunity can wane over time and result in infection (so-called secondary vaccine failure) when the individual is exposed to measles.”

But isn’t it DEADLY?

According to the Mayo Clinic, the primary symptoms of the measles are: Fever, dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, eye infection, tiny white spots inside the mouth and a skin rash.  On rare occasions it can develop into a more serious complication like bronchitis or pneumonia, but that’s typically only in people with compromised immune systems.

Plus as I mentioned above, the death rate from measles has been practically non-existent from 1957 on.

Now, here are some more recent statistics that you may find interesting:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there have been NO (zero) reported deaths due to the measles since 2003.

There have, however, been 108 reported deaths due to the measles VACCINE in the past 10 years.

This is based on the US Government’s database of reports called The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). This database is available to the public—you can search if for yourself here:

What’s in the MMR vaccine?

This is a question that is rarely asked, but it’s important to know the COMPLETE truth about a medical procedure that is so vehemently recommended.

First of all, here is some basic information about vaccines in general:

Your body was designed to take in food and other substances from the external environment primarily through the GI tract.  Any substances that can be used as nourishment are properly broken down by the enzymes in your GI tract and the resulting nutrients absorbed into circulation. The unusable residue from digestion is passed out of your body as your bowel movements.

In addition, any substances that get absorbed into your bloodstream from your GI tract that your body sees as toxins are filtered out by the liver and kidneys and excreted (via bile and your bowel movements and/or urine).

But vaccines are different.

Since vaccinations are injected directly into the bloodstream, they completely bypass the protective barrier of the GI tract.  This means that the vaccine ingredients have direct, uninterrupted access to your cells, tissues and organ systems from the moment they are injected.

Now, with respect to the current measles vaccine, here are the ingredients of the MMR II directly from Merck, its manufacturer.  You can see the entire insert for yourself here:

The reconstituted vaccine is for subcutaneous administration. Each 0.5 mL dose contains not less than 1,000 TCID50 (tissue culture infectious doses) of measles virus; 12,500 TCID50 of mumps virus; and 1,000 TCID50 of rubella virus. Each dose of the vaccine is calculated to contain sorbitol (14.5 mg), sodium phosphate, sucrose (1.9 mg), sodium chloride, hydrolyzed gelatin (14.5 mg), recombinant human albumin (≤0.3 mg), fetal bovine serum (<1 ppm), other buffer and media ingredients and approximately 25 mcg of neomycin. The product contains no preservative.

Let me enlighten you on a few of those ingredients:

Sorbitol: Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol typically prescribed as an oral laxative or enema solution to treat constipation.  There is no data available documenting the safety of injecting sorbitol into children.

Sodium phosphate: Sodium phosphate is classified as a laxative and is used in adults 18 or older to empty the colon before a colonoscopy.  Sodium phosphate can cause serious kidney damage and possibly death.  There is no data available documenting the safety of injecting sodium phosphate into children.

Hydrolyzed gelatin: Hydrolyzed gelatin (also known as hydrolyzed collagen) a substance that is derived from animal bone and cartilage. Usually, the bone is crushed, ground, defatted, soaked in acid to remove the calcium, soaked again to break the collagen bonds and then dehydrated.  There is no data available documenting the safety of injecting hydrolyzed gelatin into children; it may be especially dangerous for children with meat allergies.

Fetal bovine serum: Fetal bovine serum is produced from blood collected at commercial slaughterhouses.  There is no data available documenting the safety of injecting fetal bovine serum into children; it may be especially dangerous for children with meat allergies.

Recombinant human albumin: Human albumin is a blood plasma protein typically derived from aborted human fetuses. Recombinant human albumin is genetically modified human albumin.  There is no data available documenting the safety of injecting recombinant human albumin into children.

Neomycin: Neomycin is an antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections in the intestines (including E. coli) and hepatic coma (a condition where the liver does not filter toxins properly).  Neomycin may cause permanent hearing loss, nerve damage, and severe kidney damage.  There is no data available documenting the safety of injecting neomycin into children.


In addition to the issue of the MMR’s ingredients, the fact also remains that there is a huge difference between “vaccine immunity” and natural immunity.

A vaccine is deemed “effective” if it spurs the development of antibodies to the condition in question, but there are no studies done that prove those artificially-created antibodies actually protect you from the disease.

Experience is telling us otherwise, as cases of measles (and other infectious diseases) are being reported in increasing numbers in fully vaccinated people.

And even if a degree of immunity is obtained via vaccination, there is no guarantee it will be life-long (such as the natural immunity obtained from contracting the illness itself).  As a matter of fact, we are starting to see where multiple vaccinations against the same illness are now being recommended throughout various stages of life.

And lastly, here is just a partial list of the possible side effects of the MMR II vaccine (you can read the whole list yourself at the link I provided above):

  • Body as a Whole:  Atypical measles; fever; syncope; headache; dizziness; malaise; irritability.
  • Digestive System: Pancreatitis; diarrhea; vomiting; nausea.
  • Endocrine System: Diabetes mellitus.
  • Immune System:  Anaphylaxis and anaphylactoid reactions have been reported as well as related phenomena such as angioneurotic edema (including peripheral or facial edema) and bronchial spasm in individuals with or without an allergic history.
  • Musculoskeletal System: Arthritis; arthralgia; myalgia.
  • Nervous System: Encephalitis; encephalopathy; measles inclusion body encephalitis (MIBE); Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS); febrile convulsions; afebrile convulsions or seizures.
  • Respiratory System: Pneumonia; pneumonitis; sore throat; cough; rhinitis.
  • Special Senses — Ear: Nerve deafness; otitis media.
  • Other: Death

A safer approach—prevention is the key

When it comes to ANY kind of virus or infection, prevention is the key, my friend.

When you help your body fight and prevent illness from within and enhance the health of your precious immune system, it is FAR less likely that you will have to worry about illness to begin with, and even if you do get sick, you are far more likely to fight it off effectively, AND you will gain natural immunity in many instances!

Here are five strategies to help strengthen your immune system, prevent sickness and help fight any existing cold, flu or infection you may have now:

Immune Boosting Strategy #1: Vitamin C 

Vitamin C boosts your immune system by helping to increase the production of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies.  It also increases your level of interferon, which is the antibody that coats cell surfaces, preventing the entry of viruses.

Good sources include parsley, broccoli, bell peppers, strawberries, oranges, lemon juice, papaya, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens and Brussels sprouts.  You can also buy Vitamin C supplements just about anywhere.

Immune Boosting Strategy #2: Vitamin E

Although it’s not as popular as vitamin C, vitamin E plays an important role in the health of your immune system.

The main cells of your immune system are T cells and B cells.  Helper T cells patrol your body, waiting to attack a dangerous invader.  Regulatory T cells protect your healthy cells.  And B cells create antibodies when you do get sick to help prevent that sickness from entering again.  (Think: Chicken pox)

As you age, your T cells and B cells don’t work as well as they used to, so your immune system is weaker.  But vitamin E has been shown in studies to significantly increase T cell and B cell activity, thereby making your immune system stronger.

Good sources are spinach, Swiss chard, turnip greens, mustard greens, cayenne pepper, almonds, sunflower seeds, asparagus and bell peppers.  Vitamin E supplements are also readily available.

Immune Boosting Strategy #3: Zinc

Similar to garlic, this powerhouse mineral increases the production of infection-fighting white blood cells, and helps white cells release more antibodies.

Good sources of zinc include beef, oysters, crab, turkey, scallops, oats, yogurt, venison and spinach.

Note that although zinc supplements and lozenges are available, too much zinc can backfire on you and inhibit your immune system.  It’s best to aim for 15-25 milligrams a day which you can easily get from a healthy diet (more on that below).

Immune Boosting Strategy #4: Probiotics

Nothing enhances your immune system like a healthy dose of the same beneficial bacteria that reside in your gut and house about 70% of that immune system!

The key is taking a probiotic supplement that has a wide variety of bacteria strains (more strains = more possible ways to enhance your health).

Super Shield probiotic formula delivers on that important point.

Super Shield contains 13 potent strains of beneficial bacteria, each of which has its own specialty on how it enhances your health and helps strengthen your immune system to better fight colds, flu and many other illnesses.

Immune Boosting Strategy #5: Eating real foods

You can take all the immune-enhancing supplements in the world, but if your diet is poor, you’re cutting your own throat in these 3 ways:

– A poor diet creates acid waste in your body, which makes is next to impossible for you to absorb nutrients you need.  So supplements you do take can pass right through you.

– A poor diet nourishes the harmful bacteria in your gut, while starving the helpful ones.  This can make your immune system function practically non-existent.

– A poor diet also encourages an acidic pH.  When your body is in a state of acidity, it can’t effectively heal itself or fight illnesses.

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And the recipe book is packed with 112 scrumptious dishes, many of which feature immune-enhancing oregano and garlic (including my outstanding spaghetti sauce!), as well as natural dietary sources of vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc.

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Now you know!

Now when you hear the latest scary measles story, you can rest assured that you know ALL the facts, as well as some very effective strategies to help keep your immune system in tip-top shape, protecting you like it was meant to!


One thought on “Measles: The Facts vs The Hype

  1. This is a great article! I did my own measles research when the “measles outbreak” came out. I was surprised to find out that according to the CDC’s records, it’s only a hair more deadly than the flu.

    One thing I’d like to learn more about is the recombinant human albumin. I don’t know much about it except it comes from aborted human fetuses.

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