Why all the hype about the measles?


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Why all the hype about the measles?

Apr 17, 2019 9 comments
Why all the hype about the measles?


Here we go again.  A few hundred cases of measles have become a “public health emergency,” blasting the headlines everywhere, frightening the masses and inducing hysteria.

And in this case also attempting to coerce people into vaccinating against measles by threatening fines and imprisonment in Rockland County, NY and in certain zip codes in Brooklyn, NY. 

As usual, most of the government health authorities and the media are pointing at non-vaccinated individuals and claiming they are responsible for this latest “epidemic.”

But when you look at the facts and not the hype, you see a completely different story.

Let’s start by looking at…

The history of the measles

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

So did most kids from about 1955 on, because deaths from the measles by that point were practically non-existent thanks to measures like improved hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, labor laws, electricity and  refrigeration.

Although the medical community and the pharmaceutical industry like to give the vaccine credit for reducing measles deaths, that’s not accurate. 

Here is a graph from the US Department of Vital Statistics showing the death rate from measles was basically zero PRIOR TO the introduction of the vaccine in 1963.

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 1920s, 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 1940s 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.

So why do we have outbreaks?

Measles outbreaks occur because, contrary to popular belief, measles never actually went away!

Like other viruses, measles has natural cyclical increases and decreases every few years.

And resurgences occur even in highly vaccinated populations because the vaccine does not provide lifelong immunity like natural infection does.

In addition, individuals recently vaccinated with MMR can get the measles and/or shed the measles virus in the vaccine to others. 

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 inflammation, tiny white spots inside the mouth and a skin rash. 

Does that sound deadly to you?

Measles was even the subject of an episode of the TV program “The Brady Bunch” back in the early 1970s.  The Brady kids came down with the measles and were thrilled because they got to stay home from school and play board games.

It was also featured in the comedy cartoon “The Flintstones”—Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble had to stay home from a cooking contest because they got the measles, so Fred and Barney dressed as women and took their places! 

On very rare occasions measles can develop into bronchitis or pneumonia, but that’s typically only in people with already compromised states of health.

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

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there has been ONE measles-associated death in the US in the last 15 years. 

However, there have been 79,580 adverse reactions reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) related to the MMR vaccine as of March 2019, of which 153 resulted in death.

Where’s the real epidemic here?

Plus keep in mind that it is estimated that 10 percent or less of adverse reactions get reported to VAERS, so those numbers might actually be 795,800 reactions and 1,530 deaths.

Do you know 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 not only vehemently recommended but is starting to be forced on people.

Here are the ingredients of the MMR II vaccine: (You can see the entire package insert at fda.gov.)

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.

Let me enlighten you on some of those ingredients, NONE of which have been proven safe to inject into children:

Sorbitol: Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol typically prescribed as an oral laxative or enema solution to treat constipation. 

Sodium phosphate: Sodium phosphate is a laxative and is used in adults to empty the colon before a colonoscopy.  Sodium phosphate can cause serious kidney damage and possibly death. 

Hydrolyzed gelatin: Hydrolyzed gelatin (also known as hydrolyzed collagen) is a substance that is derived from animal bone and cartilage. 

Fetal bovine serum: Fetal bovine serum is produced from blood collected at slaughterhouses. 

Recombinant human albumin: Human albumin is a blood plasma protein derived from aborted human fetuses.  BTW, the safety of injecting another fetus’ DNA into a child has never been studied or proven.

Neomycin: Neomycin is an antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections in the intestines.  Neomycin may cause permanent hearing loss, nerve damage, and severe kidney damage. 

But wait!  There are side effects too!

Here is just a partial list of the side effects of the MMR II vaccine:

  • 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.
  • 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 smart approach—prevention

As I mentioned above, vitamins A and C are VERY effective at treating the measles, along with rest, fluids and using a humidifier.    

But generally speaking, when it comes to any kind of virus or infection, prevention is always best!

So, make sure to beef up your immune system in these 5 helpful ways:

1- Limit sugar and refined carbs

These feed harmful yeasts and bacteria in your microbiome, which in turn can hamper your immune system function.

2- De-stress and get some rest

Both stress and lacking sleep cause harmful changes to your microbiome and make it less effective at protecting you.

3- Get nutritional support with probiotics and a multi-vitamin

Since most of your immune system resides in your gut, it's essential to make sure that you have a healthy population of beneficial gut bacteria to support it! 

Supplementation with a full-spectrum probiotic like Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula is the single most effective step you can take to encourage a healthy intestinal flora balance and strong immune function.

And a complete multi-vitamin formula like Super Core can help ensure your body has healthful levels of measles-fighting vitamins A and C, as well as a wide variety of other essential vitamins, minerals and even natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories!

4- Drink 8 glasses of water a day

Water is vital for cell and lymphatic system health—both of which are crucial to proper immune system functioning.

5- Nourish your gut

Be sure to include lots of fresh vegetables, nuts and fermented foods (like sauerkraut and kimchi) in your diet.  Nothing nourishes your gut microbiome better than these nutritious foods!

Now you know the truth versus the hype about the measles and how to protect against viruses of all kinds.

To your health,

Sherry Brescia


The information in our articles are NOT intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and are not intended as medical advice.

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  • I so agree here with what you said, and the comments!
    I am a measles survivor. I was too young to remember that, but I was also a victim of encephalitis, which occurred after I was over the measles. I think I was 3, but not really sure. The encephalitis put me in a coma, after the convulsions. They told my parents I would not make it, and they sat outside my hospital room door and talked to me every day. Then one day, I really don’t know how many days, when my dad asked me to open my eyes, I did! I have tiny memories of the hospital when I was getting to go home. All my life, I haven’t given a thought to the possibility that there were any after-effects to that. However, now that I do have some odd health issues, I am wondering if there were changes in my brain that may have resulted from that, and that are now causing my problems. I doubt there is any way to know…

    Ann on

  • So are you against all vaccines…such as tetanus,shingles and pneumonia???

    Lucy on

  • Hello Melanie, I have another questions for you.
    I have not used flu shots in five years. Should I get one?
    Also my pneumonia shot may be 10 yrs. back

    Margo Hopper on

  • The pressure to vaccinate is really increasing in New Zealand. Children are being banned from day-care and school activities because they have not been vaccinated. Sme says that those who do nt get vaccinated are spreading the diseases. I endore what was said above – those who are vaccinated should not be scared of us who are not vaccinated if their vaccinations really worked!

    Helen on

  • I think this is one of the best comments on this subject that I have seen so far and I would love to share it with everyone! Everything is explained logically and apolitically, without hype, embellishment, blame, or accusation, totally in contrast to most of the other reports and commentary we’ve been hearing and reading recently. People need to be educated with science and facts, and that is not happening via mainstream channels and even many natural healing advocates can’t resist the temptation to politicize. Very refreshing and I look to more of the same. Thank you!

    Tammy on

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