Should Mickey and Minnie Mouse Be Vaccinated?

by Dr. Brownstein

The recent 2015 measles outbreak in Disneyland has sparked an outcry against parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. Over 60 people have been diagnosed with measles in this latest outbreak.

The hysteria surrounding this outbreak is beyond me. I have seen the articles stating that parents who choose not to vaccinate should be prosecuted. Parents who choose not to vaccinate have been accused of child abuse.

I say everyone needs to chill out—easy for me to write that in the midst of a foot of snow falling.

Measles is a highly infectious disease. It is very common throughout the world. In fact, it is estimated that over 20 million cases of measles occur worldwide on an annual basis. Measles can lead to severe problems including encephalitis and death. However, serious complications from measles are rare in the developed world.

I am not downplaying serious problems related to the measles virus. However, serious problems can develop from anything—a common upper respiratory illness can develop into pneumonia. People can die from pneumonia. Should parents who send their children to school with an upper respiratory infection—a cold—be accused of child abuse? Should they be prosecuted? Of course not.

Measles can cause severe complications especially when someone is deficient in vitamin A. One of the best treatments for preventing serious complications from measles is vitamin A supplementation.

The measles vaccine was introduced in 1963. You would think from the propaganda surrounding the shot that the measles vaccine was responsible for the rapid decline in mortality from measles. Think again. Look at the graph below.


The Powers-That-Be claim that vaccines markedly lowered the death rate of common childhood illnesses such as measles and whooping cough. However, you can see from the graph above that the mortality rate of these illnesses were rapidly falling before the mass vaccination campaign began.

I am not saying that all vaccines don’t work. I know some of them do. The chicken pox vaccine has clearly lowered the incidence of chicken pox. However, is that a good thing? I am not sure as shingles cases have skyrocketed since the mass vaccination of chicken pox was started. And, perhaps a child’s immune system needs to be stimulated with these childhood infections to become strong.

I travelled to Barbados last week (beautiful island with wonderful people). In the airport, one of my Natural Way to Health newsletter subscribers came up to me and told me she recognized my picture on the newsletter. She asked me a question. “Why are so many kids having all these allergies? We never saw peanut, milk and gluten allergies when we were kids—where is it all coming from?” I said to her that there are multiple reasons for this but the main reasons are that the young generation’s immune system is becoming weaker and weaker. I feel that today’s children, as compared to previous generations, are suffering from more chronic illnesses because they are exposed to more toxins and they are receiving too many vaccines at too young of an age. The vaccines contain toxic elements such as mercury, aluminum and formaldehyde. It is ludicrous to inject these toxic agents into our youth and expect good outcomes.

The MMR vaccine (MMR ProQuad) contains aborted fetal lung tissue. This original fetus was aborted due to maternal psychiatric reasons in September, 1966.(1) The MMR2 vaccine contains aborted fetal lung tissue of a 3-month old human female. (2)  These fetal cells are used because the human cells can be used to grow the measles virus. There is concern that the increase in autism that has occurred may be due to the introduction of human DNA–from fetal cells–in the MMR and chicken pox vaccines.(3) A scientific review from Dr. Helen Ratajczak, a former scientist at a pharmaceutical firm, reviewed the body of published research since autism was first described in 1943. Dr. Ratajczak stated, “What I have published is highly concentrated on hypersensitivity. The body’s immune system is being thrown out of balance..” by the increasing number of vaccines given in a short period of time. (4) She also felt that the introduction of human DNA contained in vaccines has markedly increased the risk of developing autism. Presently, human tissue is used in 23 vaccines. Dr. Ratajczak feels that the increased spike in autism may be related to the introduction of human DNA into the MMR and chicken pox vaccines. She goes on to state that the foreign DNA from vaccines can be incorporated into the host DNA which causes the immune system to fight against the foreign cells. This could start an inflammatory process that never ends, leading to chronic illnesses like autoimmune disease and allergies. Maybe this is why we are seeing so many children with severe, life-threatening allergies to common foods like peanuts.

Is the measles vaccine 100% safe? No way. I wrote about the problems with the MMR vaccine in past blog posts. I showed you research by Dr. Andrew Wakefield which found measles virus in the lymph tissue of 12 autistic children. These children never had measles, but they were vaccinated with the measles vaccine. Dr. Wakefield felt that vaccine could be causing the gut inflammation that most autistic kids suffer from. For that crime, he was prosecuted by the media and the medical profession. I wrote to you in August, 2014, (http://blog.drbrownstein.com/toxic-vaccines-and-autism-a-cdc-coverup/) that the Center for Disease Control—CDC—altered a 2004 study which hid the data that supported Dr. Wakefield’s research. A CDC whistleblower and author on that 2004 paper came forward to announce the 2004 paper was a fraud; the CDC hid data in the paper which showed a clear link between the early administration of the MMR vaccine and autism.

Furthermore, the MMR vaccine is known to cause a shedding (the recipient sheds the virus in bodily fluids) of the measles virus after it is given. (5) Of course, this study (5) would lend credence to Dr. Wakefield’s earlier study.  It is unknown if the latest outbreak of measles was due to a vaccinated patient shedding the virus or a wild-type strain. It would be nice to know the answer to this as the vaccination process may be responsible for starting this epidemic.

I am still waiting for the highest levels of our Government to examine the CDC fraud. We need the U.S. Congress to call an open hearing to address this matter. Until this matter is resolved how can you fault any parent for questioning the safety of the MMR vaccine?

Perhaps Dr. Wakefield’s research was fraudulent (I have studied it and I don’t think it is). Until we know the truth from the CDC, a parent cannot know for sure whether the MMR vaccine is safe to give their child.

One last comment. Both of my much-older-than-I sisters had measles. Back then, it was a benign illness that everybody got. Just like chicken pox. That generation did just fine with measles. They did not suffer the plethora of autoimmune, allergic and chronic illness that the younger generations suffer from. Perhaps we need to do research comparing vaccinated with non-vaccinated populations. Unbelievably, this work still has not been done. There has not been a single randomized, controlled study of a vaccinated versus a non-vaccinated population.

I think the rhetoric should be toned down. No parent wants to harm their child by not vaccinating. We should all respect individual choice. That is what our country was founded on. I would never criticize a parent for vaccinating nor would I be critical of one not vaccinating. It is tough for parents out there, we don’t need to make it worse for them.

As for vaccinating Minnie and Mickey, I say leave it up to Mr. and Mrs. Mouse.

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  1. Coriell Institute for Medical Research. https://catalog.coriell.org/0/Sections/Search/Sample_Detail.aspx?Ref=AG05965-D&PgId=166
  2. http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/catalog/product/sigma/90020107?lang=en&region=US
  3. J. of Immunotoxicology. January-March 2011, Vol. 8, No. 1 , Pages 68-79
  4. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/vaccines-and-autism-a-new-scientific-review/
  5. J. of Clin. Microbiology. Sep.1995 33(9): 2485-88

See Also:

Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, M.D. – The Danger of Excessive Vaccination During Brain Development: Link to Autism

Dr. Michael Elice M.D. – Media Promoting Medical Harm to Our Children

Dr. Lee Hieb M.D. – Vaccine Hysteria Could Spark Totalitarian Nightmare

Doctors Against Vaccines: The Other Side of the Story is Not Being Told

Dr. Rowen: Measles Spread by those Vaccinated

Dr. Humphries: The Truth About Measles the Mainstream Media is Suppressing

Arizona Cardiologist Responds to Critics Regarding Measles and Vaccines

Former UCLA Medical Center Pediatrician: Let Parents Choose on Measles Vaccine

Doctors Against Mandated Flu Vaccines

Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and The Forgotten History
by Dr. Suzanne Humphries and Roman Bystrianyk


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