[CHD Note: Page numbers referenced throughout the article are from 1200 Studies- Truth Will Prevail, Dr. Palmer’s free eBook. You will find the download link in the bio at the end of the article.]
Five key talking points—all of them false—are driving the campaign of measles-related fear and coerced vaccine compliance:
- If measles return, thousands of children will die annually in the U.S.
- The two-dose MMR vaccine regimen will provide lifelong protection in most people.
- Previously vaccinated adults with waning antibody protection can receive effective and lasting protection from MMR booster shots.
- We must achieve and sustain a 95% vaccination rate to maintain herd immunity.
- The MMR and the MMR+varicella (MMRV) vaccines will protect against all strains of measles.
What follows are my rebuttals to each of these falsehoods….
We conducted a randomized, double-blind trial involving 189 children who were hospitalized at a regional center in South Africa because of measles complicated by pneumonia, diarrhea, or croup. The children (median age, 10 months) were assigned to receive either vitamin A (total dose, 400,000 IU of retinyl palmitate, given orally; n = 92) or placebo (n = 97), beginning within five days of the onset of the rash. At base line, the characteristics of the two groups were similar.
Although clinically apparent vitamin A deficiency is rare in this population, the children’s serum retinol levels were markedly depressed (mean [±SEM], 0.405±0.021 μmol per liter [11.6±0.6 /μg per deciliter]), and 92 percent of them had hyporetinemia (serum retinol level <0.7 μmol per liter [20 μg per deciliter]). Serum concentrations of retinol-binding protein (mean, 30.1 ±2.0 mg per liter) and albumin (mean, 33.4±0.5 g per liter) were also low. As compared with the placebo group, the children who received vitamin A recovered more rapidly from pneumonia (mean, 6.3 vs. 12.4 days, respectively; P<0.001) and diarrhea (mean, 5.6 vs. 8.5 days; P<0.001), had less croup (13 vs. 27 cases; P = 0.03), and spent fewer days in the hospital (mean, 10.6 vs. 14.8 days; P = 0.01). Of the 12 children who died, 10 were among those given placebo (P = 0.05). For the group treated with vitamin A, the risk of death or a major complication during the hospital stay was half that of the control group (relative risk, 0.51; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.35 to 0.74).
Treatment with vitamin A reduces morbidity and mortality in measles, and all children with severe measles should be given vitamin A supplements, whether or not they are thought to have a nutritional deficiency. (N Engl J Med 1990; 323:160–4.) …
I had measles and chicken pox when I was a kid. They are NOTHING, assuming you’re well nourished. (see above)
Look for herbal remedies before you resort to pharmaceuticals, which are generally toxic.