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Episode Seven: Natural Immunization, Homeoprophylaxis & Fundamental Freedom of Choice
- Ty Bollinger is the producer/creator of this series and a previous The Truth About Cancer series. His films and books are steeped in conspiracy theories.
- Cilla Whatcott is a homeopath who sells online courses.
- Robert Scott Bell is a homeopath, a podcaster, and an HIV denialist.
- Muhammed Rufeeque is a homeopath with an online store.
- Dr. Toni Bark is an MD and homeopath who sells chocolate and skincare on her website and travels the country testifying at hearings.
- Sayer Ji is the founder of non-evidence based website GreenMedInfo.
- Andrew Wakefield is the fraudulent doctor whose retracted study still falsely convinces parents that vaccines have a direct causal relationship with autism.
- Jennifer Margulis has a PhD in American Studies and is the author of several anti-vaccine and pro-homebirth books
- Dr. Larry Palevky is a “holistic” pediatrician who sells supplements at his website.
- Neil Z. Miller is a conspiracy theorist and author of anti-vaccine books who helped his daughter self-publish a book about how they’ve spoken with aliens.
- Del Bigtree is a self-proclaimed award winning television producer who has also produced Wakefield’s film VAXXED and a live YouTube show.
- Barbara Loe Fisher is the founder of the poorly name National Vaccine Information Center.
- Dr. Judy Mikovits is a biologist and a controversial Chronic Fatigue researcher whose papers have been retracted.
- Dr. Paul Thomas is a pediatrician who sells supplements and anti-vaccine books at his website.
- Tetyana Obukhanych is an immunologist who earns her living writing and speaking at anti-vaccine conferences
- Eric Zielinski is a chiropractor and “Biblical Health Educator” who promotes essential oils at his website.
- Dr. Suzanne Humphries is a nephrologist and homeopath who sells books she’s written.
- Dr. Sherri Tenpenny is an osteopath and doomsday prepper who sells supplements on her website.
- Brandy Vaughan is a former pharmaceutical representative who now raises money to put anti-vaccine billboards up around the country.
- Dr. Joseph Mercola runs a highly profitable online supplement store who has violated federal law by making dangerous claims about alternatives to mammograms.
- Jefferey Jaxen is a self-described investigative journalist whose work has appeared on conspiracy sites such as InfoWars, Waking Times, and his own website.
- Laura Hayes is an Age of Autism contributor.
- Dr. Heather Wolfson is a “holistic cardiologist” and wife of Dr. Jack Wolfson.
- Tony Muhammed is a minister in the Nation of Islam who has recently teamed up with anti-vaccine forces.
- Nico LaHood is a Texas District Attorney who has used his position to promote Wakefield’s VAXXED film.
- Mike Adams is a conspiracy theorist and Scientology-apologist who runs the website/webstore NaturalNews.
- Allison Folmar is a civil rights attorney who has represented high-profile anti-vaccine cases.
- Charlene Bollinger is the wife of producer Ty Bollinger and a cancer conspiracy theorist.
Natural Immunization is the Best
- The film claims that breastfeeding is the best immune defense for babies, but its effectiveness isn’t promoted because it would compromise the pharmaceutical industry’s interests.
- Passive immunity through breastfeeding only protects infants from infections contracted through the gastrointestinal system. Airborne infections such as measles, chickenpox, influenza, rotavirus, and pertussis, are not covered by the immune passed from mother to child via breastfeeding.
- Infant formula manufacturers do not manufacture vaccines.
- The film also claims that healthy vaginal birth is the most important method to ensure a life of gut health for babies. I mean, whatever. Not dying in childbirth is pretty important to c-section mothers. There is some correlation with c-section delivery and asthma, Type-1 diabetes, celiac disease, and obesity, but the causation has not been proven. At this time, none of those conditions is vaccine-preventable. Why are we here? I don’t know.
- The film claims that essential oils and probiotics provide natural immunity to viruses. But recent research shows that the claims of benefits from probiotics are overblown, and essential oils are a pyramid scheme and as reliable as one.
- The film promotes GcMAF – Gc Protein-Derived Macrophage Activating Factor
- Claims by James Jeffrey Bradstreet that this diet could cure autism lead to an federal investigation shortly before he died by suicide.
- It also claims that vitamin A is the cure for measles and reduces. incidence of mortality in outbreaks among children.
- Children with serious malnutrition who are vitamin A deficient are at higher risk for severe measles infection. Supplementing these children is important, but there is no reason to believe a well-nourished child would see any difference in measles severity with Vitamin A supplementation. We can assume the children of the 1950s U.S. were well-nourished, yet 500 of them died each year before the vaccine was available.
- The film claims that vitamin C is effective in curbing the spread of viral diseases, like whooping cough, because it energizes the immune system, loosens the secretions in the lungs, and frees the lungs (toxin-neutralizer)
- The film states that health starts with the diet as feeding children real food, specifically breastmilk, fruits and vegetables, boots immunity, the microbiome and brain and boosting nutrition activates kids’ genetic code and invokes immune responses in a symptomless way (built-in immunology)
- The idea of boosting immunity is a misunderstanding of how immunity works. Certainly, malnutrition hinders the immune system’s function. But there are two different types of immunity: innate and acquired. The innate immune system (the one that can be hampered by malnutrition) is the rapid-response to new germs the body encounters. The acquired immune system is the one that has been around long enough to recognize and fight off a particular germ. Real boosting immunity is what happens when the innate immune system encounters a germ and revs up: your body might respond with fever, phlegm production, and coughing. Your innate immune system cannot handle big germs like measles and chickenpox without you getting sick.
- Put simply, measles doesn’t care what you had for breakfast.
- The film claimed that a Norway study proved that folate taken through pregnancy prevented neurological disorders among children (autism rate was 1 in 1000 vs. 1 in 500 for mothers who didn’t take the vitamin). One study showed that oversupplementation is a risk factor for autism.
- Finally, the film claimed that mortality rates from VPDs (vaccine-preventable diseases) were eradicated prior to the introduction of many vaccines because of basic improvements in quality of living. This is an extremely common anti-vaccine claim. Here are the facts:
- Mortality and disease rates are not the same. The rates of mortality from VPDs declined, in part, because of many modernizations, including medical advances.
- The incidence of VPDs remained somewhat steady even as many deaths from them were prevented. In order to eradicate a disease, the incidence has to drop to zero globally. The only human disease eradicated is smallpox, thanks to vaccines.
- The drop in incidence in a disease followed the introduction of a vaccine for that disease.
- Measles incidence dropped in the mid-1960s, chickenpox in the early 1990s, Hib in the early 2000s, and rotavirus in the mid-2000s. Quality of life improvements did not occur neatly at those particular times to coincide with reducing the cases of only one particular disease, except vaccines. Vaccines improved the quality of life.
Homeoprophylaxis (HP) is a Great Thing! (Shop My Store!)
- Homeoprophylaxis is homeopathic immunization. Homeopathy is a method by which a substance is diluted down by water to such a degree that no active ingredient is left. Often the water is then shaken with a sugar pill and sold as a cure—or a vaccine—for something. The idea is that the medicine becomes stronger the more dilute it is because water has memory.
- Homeopathy commonly uses the phrase “Like to cure like,” which means that any substance which can produce symptoms in a healthy person can cure symptoms in someone who’s sick. Which is nonsense.
- The film says homeoprophylaxis has never caused deaths in anyone who uses the method. I mean, sure. It’s sugar pills with nothing in them.
- These homeopathic nosodes supposedly prevent disease without “toxic” effects
- The film claims a Cuban study showed that homeoprophylaxis was more effective in reducing the incidence of a swamp-related disease than pharmaceuticals.
Fundamental Freedom of Choice!
- Like many anti-vaxxers, the film disdain’s California’s SB 277, the bill that requires all children enrolled in schools be vaccinated unless medically contraindicated.
- The film claims that Richard Pan was pressured by pharmaceutical lobbyists to push SB 277
- In reality, Dr. Pan is a pediatrician who understand vaccines because he has seen what they do first hand.
- Allegedly received $95,000 from pharma lobbyists before the bill passed, but I am not finding them among his top donors.
- I mean, this film just spend a chunk of time being a commercial for homeoprophylaxis. They want to go to this direction?
- The film claims the bill is an attack on parental rights. Of course, parents do not have the right to endanger communities, including school communities.
- The film claims that vaccine requirements will soon extend beyond education and employment; will be required for driver’s licenses, public events, etc. There is no way to debunk this because I can’t show something that isn’t happening. Prove to me that unicorns don’t exist. Ha! There! I win.
- Schools are reasonable places to require vaccine for entry because children are the most at risk for many diseases, the primary vectors of many diseases, and spend much time in close proximity to each other at school.
- Healthcare settings, where vulnerable people congregate and where illnesses can also abound, are reasonable places to require vaccination for employment.
- Healthy People 2020 – plans to get everyone vaccinated. Or more people, with the primary goal of reducing diseases.
- Choose one of their crackpot theories that is the most offensive:
- Plans to take away the right to vaccine refusal!
- Plans to have extensive registries!
- Mandatory vaccinations are completely contrary to America’s founding principles!
- Forced vaccinations are legally assault and battery!
- Can’t use one fundamental right to restrict another right; non-medical exemptions are at risk!
- Losing informed consent makes us slaves!
- The film proclaims that the anti-vaccine has united people of all backgrounds
- In reality, most anti-vaccine activists are wealthy and white
- They believe that they are a protected minority and their movement is akin to Black Lives Matter movement. This is a strategy that remind me of the Russian bot strategy recently discussed.
- They call themselves “vaccine safety advocates,” claiming they’re against the toxins in them. This is where the film started, but I think the contents of this episode have proven that they are vaccine conspiracy theorists with something to sell you.
That’s it folks. Ultimately, this series ended with a commercial for things you can buy instead of vaccines. For this reason, I refer to the anti-vaccine movement as primarily fear-based marketing to promote alternative remedies.
Here’s what you need to know. The vast majority of experts across the world working in public, private, and educational organizations agree that vaccines are safe and save lives. There are some outliers, and scientific outliers are usually wrong.
I’m going to go watch Fried Green Tomatoes now.