A Glimpse of the World Before Vaccines

A Glimpse of the World Before Vaccines

A common historical theme has emerged in many recent articles about this year’s measles outbreak in the United States. It is perhaps best exemplified by the headline in an opinion piece in National Geographic magazine: “The world before vaccines is a world we can’t afford to forget.” The theme is meant to emphasize the importance of vaccination in “conquering” infectious disease and to warn that the days in which diseases such as smallpox, polio and measles ran rampant could return if vaccination were not continually emphasized and mandated by government.1 2 3 4 5

It is an interesting assumption. But it is difficult to know for sure just what would happen because there were obviously other factors that led to the decreasing rates in infectious diseases in the U.S. A big one, of course, was sanitation. It is easy to overlook the role of sanitation because it is taken for granted by many Americans. Most towns and cities in the U.S. have clean drinking water and regular garbage collection, while most homes in the U.S. have indoor plumbing and running toilets.6

Because of the vast improvements in sanitation, personal hygiene also improved, and that also contributed to the decline in infectious diseases. Filth has been a major cause of infectious diseases of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, including diarrhea and dysentery, typhoid, croup, bronchitis, pneumonia, and tuberculosis, as well as skin diseases such as scabies and ringworm.7

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) attributes the declines in infectious diseases to several factors, including sanitation, vaccination, antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines and technological advances in detecting and monitoring infectious diseases. It is worth noting that sanitation is the first factor on its list.8

According to the CDC: “The 19th century shift in population from country to city that accompanied industrialization and immigration led to overcrowding in poor housing served by inadequate or nonexistent public water supplies and waste-disposal systems. These conditions resulted in repeated outbreaks of cholera, dysentery, TB, typhoid fever, influenza, yellow fever, and malaria.”8

By 1900, however, the incidence of many of these diseases had begun to decline because of public health improvements, implementation of which continued into the 20th century. Local, state, and federal efforts to improve sanitation and hygiene reinforced the concept of collective “public health” action (e.g., to prevent infection by providing clean drinking water).8

From the 1930s through the 1950s, state and local health departments made substantial progress in disease prevention activities, including sewage disposal, water treatment, food safety, organized solid waste disposal, and public education about hygienic practices (e.g., foodhandling and handwashing). Chlorination and other treatments of drinking water began in the early 1900s and became widespread public health practices, further decreasing the incidence of waterborne diseases. The incidence of TB also declined as improvements in housing reduced crowding and TB-control programs were initiated.8

While speculating about what might happen were vaccination rates allowed to significantly decline, it may be at least equally as intriguing to consider the consequences of dramatic setbacks in sanitation, particularly given that this is precisely what is happening in many urban areas throughout the country.

In Seattle, Washington, for example, rare infectious diseases are rising at an “alarming” rate due to the rise in that city’s homeless population. “The fact that we’re seeing multiple, different infections now increasing in the homeless population is an indicator of the sheer increase in the number of homeless people (in King County) and the fact that they’re in crowded conditions with poor hygiene and sanitation,” says Jeff Duchin, MD.9

In California, “medieval diseases” are infecting homeless individuals in that state, reported The Atlantic earlier this year. “Los Angeles recently experienced an outbreak of typhus—a disease spread by infected fleas on rats and other animals—in downtown streets. Officials briefly closed part of City Hall after reporting that rodents had invaded the building.”10

The Atlantic further reported:

People in Washington State have been infected with Shigella bacteria, which is spread through feces and causes the diarrheal disease shigellosis, as well as Bartonella quintana, or trench fever, which spreads through body lice. Hepatitis A, also spread primarily through feces, infected more than 1,000 people in Southern California in the past two years. The disease also has erupted in New Mexico, Ohio, and Kentucky, primarily among people who are homeless or use drugs.10

In a recent article in The Hill titled “Is a Dark Ages disease the new American plague threat?” Marc Siegel, MD writes:

[I]t seems only a matter of time before leprosy could take hold among the homeless population in an area such as Los Angeles County, with close to 60,000 homeless people and 75 percent of those lacking even temporary shelter or adequate hygiene and medical treatment. All of those factors make a perfect cauldron for a contagious disease that is transmitted by nasal droplets and respiratory secretions with close repeated contact.11

The Sacramento Bee has reported that the American River—one of the two rivers that flow through California’s capital city, Sacramento—is tainted with feces. Samples of taken from the river have determined that it is contaminated with high levels of E. coli bacteria which can cause typhoid fever. The hepatitis B virus can also be found in feces, and deaths that have been reported in San Diego County in recent years have been linked to poor sanitation among the homeless.12

And San Francisco? That beautiful city has now become known as one of the dirtiest cities in the U.S. An NPR radio program by Samantha Raphelson about the “squalor” of San Francisco began, “San Francisco’s streets are so filthy that at least one infectious disease expert has compared the city to some of the dirtiest slums in the world.” The city’s mayor, London Breed, was quoted as saying, “I will say there is more feces on the sidewalks than I’ve ever seen growing up here.”13

“The filth in the street is raising alarms among medical experts. The biggest concern: the spread of disease,” Raphelson said.13

In short, if you’re looking for a picture of what the world looked like before vaccines, all you have to do is take a look at California and a few other states around the country today. But remember, the rise in many of the outbreaks of infectious diseases you’re seeing has nothing to do with a lack of vaccines or “anti-vaxxers,” but rather a marked upsurge in filth. If you want to eliminate the diseases, clean up the filth.


References:

1 Conniff R. The world before vaccines is a world we can’t afford to forget. National Geographic Aug. 16, 2019.
2 Buechner M. Americans Who Never Forget: Life Without Vaccines. UNICEF USA Apr. 25, 2019.
3 Ellis G. Our world before and after vaccines. The Philadelphia Tribune Sept. 17, 2019.
4 Mastroianni B. Measles in America: What Life Was Like Before and After the Vaccine. Healthline Mar. 6, 2019.
5 Smith M. Features Life before Vaccines: Growing up in the 1930s and 40s. The Berkeley Daily Planet Aug. 31, 2019.
6 Edwards J. How Plumbing (Not Vaccines) Eradicated Disease. The Vaccine Reaction Aug. 27, 2015.
7 The Gale Group Inc. Filth Diseases. Encyclopedia of Public Health.
8 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999: Control of Infectious Diseases. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report July 30, 1999; 48(29): 621-629
9 Davila V, Martin J. Rare infectious diseases are rising at an ‘alarming’ rate in Seattle’s homeless population, concerning health officials. The Seattle Times Mar. 15, 2018.
10 Gorman A, Kaiser Health News. Medieval Diseases Are Infecting California’s Homeless. The Atlantic Mar. 8, 2019.
11 Siegel M. Is a Dark Ages disease the new American plague threat? The Hill Sept. 8, 2019.
12 Sabalow R, Moleski V. What diluted sewage looks like.’ American River in Sacramento tainted with feces. The Sacramento Bee Sept. 14, 2019.
13 Raphelson S. San Francisco Squalor: City Streets Strewn With Trash, Needles And Human Feces. NPR Aug. 1, 2018.

Note: This commentary provides referenced information and perspective on a topic related to vaccine science, policy, law or ethics being discussed in public forums and by U.S. lawmakers.  The websites of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provide information and perspective of federal agencies responsible for vaccine research, development, regulation and policymaking.

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8 Responses to "A Glimpse of the World Before Vaccines"

  1. Redpill   September 26, 2019 at 1:11 am

    Vaccine had nothing to do with decline in diseases and everything to do with improved sanitation and moderation. Dr. Thomas Mack, the country’s foremost authority on Smallpox said this when the Bush administration wanted to mandate the Smallpox vaccine in case of a terrorist attack:

    “If people are worried about endemic smallpox, it disappeared from this country not because of our mass herd immunity. It disappeared because of our economic development. And that’s why it disappeared from Europe and many other countries, and it will not be sustained here, even if there were several importations, I’m sure. It’s not from universal vaccination.”

    Polio: We know Polio is still going strong just under different names. It amazing how you can cure a disease just by changing the diagnostic criteria and the name. The CDC did it in 1958:

    In 1958, the CDC formally adopted the “Best available paralytic poliomyelitis case count” or BAPPCC.

    “Cases must be clinically and epidemiologically compatible with poliomyelitis, must have resulted in paralysis, and must have a residual neurological deficit 60 days after onset of initial symptoms. .. the BAPPCC does not include cases of nonparalytic poliomyelitis, of those in which paralysis is more transient. The original purpose of developing these criteria was to omit cases possibly due to enteroviruses other than polioviruses.”

    The definition changes were so radical, that many doctors publicly stated in medical journals, that it effectively eliminated 90% of what had previous been accepted as paralytic polio.

    CDC and pharma made the Polio Vaccine a wonder drug because they put in the fix. About 95 percent of polio cases, infection from the polio virus causes no symptoms or serious effects-they were asymptomatic. In about 5 percent of cases, the polio virus manifests in a mild form (abortive polio) with flu-like symptoms, in a non-paralytic form (aseptic meningitis) or in a severe form called paralytic polio. People who have minor or non-paralytic forms recover completely. …” Percentage of people who were permanently paralyzed by Polio, depending on the source was about 1%. My question with these number from the CDC website and others is where and how did they get that 95% number.

    The measles outbreaks are nothing but huge False Flag operations. Take a walk through the CDC’s own Vital Statics Reports to see that they didn’t even consider the measles lethal until they were given the 1986 Golden Ticket for a permanent revenue stream until the end of time. Here is what has been reported for the last measles outbreak:
    -Merck reported in the second quarter of 2019, sales for the measles vaccine were 58% higher than the year before, at $675 million.
    -Disney outbreak-Merck reported sales of the measles vaccine and two other inoculations grew 24 percent from the same time a year before, to $348 million.

    Yet looking at the CDC data, there have been 3 deaths from measles since 2000. Much media attention has been on people who died from one illness and it was discovered they had measles on autopsy-but measles was not the cause of death.

    What I have been reviewing is the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report starting in 1952 just to see how measles was being framed. On there reports measles is just another illness without a lot of hand wringing. People were freaking out about 1,000 measles cases well they should know that in 1952 there were 683,077cases of measles and 618 deaths yet I can’t find one MSM article hysterical reporting on this. There was a dramatic drop in measles cases from 1966-204,13 cases to 62,70 in 67. Looking at the numbers cases went down after the Live Measles Vaccine was put into use and I have wondered if the CDC didn’t change the diagnostic criteria to make it seems the vaccine was working. If you present to the public something is working than people are more apt to get the vaccine for their kids, especially if you scare the crap out of them. But now since the vaccine has mutated or have become subjected to antigen drift- measles cases are going up because the A Genotype is not effective against current vaccine strains B2, B3, C1, C2, D2, D3, D4, D5, D6, D7, D8, D9, D10, D11, G2, G3, H1, H2. Dr. Wakefield talks about Antigen Drift and says the more they vaccinate, the more outbreaks there will be. The CDC & Pharma are gambling with this in hopes that the public will not start questioning why the outbreaks are occurring with such a high vaccination rate in the US.

    Vaccines did not save us. Vaccines are harming us and making those who get them subjected to many types of autoimmune illness and neurological damage.
    Good information on the historical aspect of vaccines can be found here:
    https://childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/graphs/

    Another good read:
    “The questionable contribution of medical measures to the decline of mortality in the United States in the twentieth century“. McKinlay JB, McKinlay SM, Milbank Mem Fund Q Health Soc. 1977 Summer; 55(3): 405-28. http://www.columbia.edu/itc/hs/pubhealth/rosner/g8965/client_edit/readings/week_2/mckinlay.pdf

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    • Fwarless   September 27, 2019 at 9:36 pm

      Thank you, Redpill.

      Reply
  2. INGRID C DURDEN   September 27, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Today I read another article in National Geographic at a friend’s house. It stated that cats are to blame for the dramatic decline of birds in the US. What about the pesticides sprayed on everything, the continuous poisoning of our environment ? May be cats are responsible for a few birds but not for billions ! National Geographic just like a lot of newspapers, is going down the ditch.

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  3. Alexis   September 27, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    I would like to contribute one other thought after reading this piece and the comment by Redpill. I would hazard to guess (or else hypothesize) that the single largest cause of death and disability that can be called “iagtrogenic” (caused by doctors and medical care) would be mass vaccination.

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  4. Christine U Lindenmuth   September 27, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    One correction: Typhoid fever is not caused by E coli. It is caused by salmonella typhi.

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  5. Janet D.   September 28, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I had measles, my two children had measles. This was not a catastrophic occurrence. It was a
    common childhood disease. Except for the wish to make money, I don’t understand the panic
    being generated by the threat that some children may not be vaccinated.

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  6. Kim   September 29, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Very valid points Ingrid C Durden. Shame on National Geographic. It seems that some of the very organisations that are supposedly meant to be pro-life are now being used and manipulated or bribed. Don’t forget Natural England who regularly issue kill licenses for a large number of species of british birds. Our birds have vastly reduced in number along with insects and bees, fact. Environmental factors also include EMF radiation and Geo Engineering.

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  7. Brian James   October 1, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    SEPTEMBER 05, 2019 What Polio Vaccine Injury Looks Like, Decades Later

    When touting the merits of vaccination, public health officials often brag about the campaign to eradicate polio.

    https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/government-corruption/what-polio-vaccine-injury-looks-like-decades-later/

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