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Interesting Information/Books: Tetyana Obukhanych’s THE VACCINE ILLUSION

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Interesting Information and Books:  February 14, 2015

Tetyana Obukhanych’s


How Vaccination Compromises Our Natural Immunity and What We Can Do To Regain Our Health

Yesterday’s post on vaccines sparked a spirited discussion on Facebook between two of my nieces.  I promised them–and have been intending to do so anyway–to post the links to Tetyana Obukhanych’s book THE VACCINE ILLUSION.

As I said yesterday, the news is full of vaccine stories lately, mostly around the recent measles outbreak.  These stories often uncritically repeat (mindlessly) the same old crop of myths.  Clearly, the media is not remotely doing good journalism.  Instead, as is the case these days, the media is creating sensation and fear, rather than trying to uncover and share the many, complicated facets of our current vaccine policy.  This situation, too, is how the market works.

For me, vaccine policy is a poster child for Cultural Studies work–my field.  Current vaccine policy is mostly all about the needs of the market–not about the needs of humans.  And plenty of well meaning, kind, caring folks are caught up in promulgating the current general vaccine knowledge.  But that knowledge is simplistic and terribly flawed.  There is a place for vaccines–especially if one is going to a foreign nation where diseases exist that are not in our ancestral template (as friend Meg Barclay puts it).  There may be a place for other kinds of vaccines as well.  But there are, also, genuine and terrible risks–which are being ignored.  Worse, there are many, many unintended consequences to vaccines that are not being thoughtfully explored.

That’s where Tetyana Obukhanych, a stone-cold scientist in immunology comes in.  (See her credentials below.) Her little book is clear, blessedly easy to read and understand, and cuts to the chase of what is wrong on a number of fronts.  She wrote it to help parents think about what to do about vaccines and is very clear that these are decisions parents have to make and with which they have to be willing to live.  She also blows the whistle on the box that the field of immunology finds itself enclosed–a box that will not allow for genuine exploration and discovery.

The biggest thing that needs to be discovered is exactly how naturally acquired immunity to diseases occurs.  (There is no money in the system for this work–which is, in my terms, another effect of the market at work.) Obukhanych argues, also, that we need to recognize that our current vaccine policy not only cannot simulate naturally acquired immunity, it only provides a short-term “fix”–leaving teenagers open to getting the “childhood” diseases when these diseases are more serious for them.  She argues, too, that the vaccine policy is creating the unintended consequence of disrupting the maternal imuno-protection of infants–which is why some are getting measles.  And, there is much, much more.  She discusses the history of the development of vaccines and explains that vaccines derive from flawed theory that has never been adequately tested.  She discusses the dangers of using aluminum in vaccines as alum is famous for producing allergic reactions (another unintended consequence) and may be a root cause of all the allergic reactions our children have today–1 in 13 children today has a serious food allergy.  Aluminum in vaccines can produce skin eruptions, esophagus problems, asthma, and anaphylactic shock (a blood reaction).  She also discusses the fact that vaccines target certain strains of a disease, but that diseases are biodiverse so that other strains get stronger as one strain is diverted.  I suppose it’s a bit like the superweeds and superbugs that have evolved in response to herbicides and pesticides.   

Here’s a quote from the book with Obukhanych’s credentials:

Tetyana Obukhanych earned her Ph.D. in Immunology at the Rockefeller University in New York, NY with her research dissertation focused on understanding immunologic memory, perceived by the mainstream biomedical establishment to be crucial to vaccination and immunity.

During her subsequent involvement in laboratory research as a postdoctoral fellow within leading biomedical institutions, such as Harvard Medical School and Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Obukhanych realized the flaws and limitations of current immunologic paradigms. Key to her realization was taking a broader look at scientific findings from many related disciplines, rather than confining her search, as customary in her professional circles, strictly to basic immunologic literature.

After parting with the mainstream biomedical establishment and dissolving her prior allegiance to its doctrines, Dr. Obukhanych continues her independent in-depth analysis of peer-reviewed scientific findings related to vaccination and natural mechanisms of immunity. Her aim is to bring a scientifically- substantiated and dogma-free perspective on vaccination and natural immuno-enhancing approaches to parents and health care practitioners involved in making vaccination decisions. Dr. Obukhanych has been a frequent guest speaker on natural immunity and vaccines and is available for private consultations to share her accumulated knowledge.

I hope that before you or your children get one more vaccine, that you read this book, which takes less than an hour.  And I hope that you share it.  Obukhanych is very, very brave to take on this issue.  And she is already being demonized.  (Remember this familiar pattern from the cigarette industry.)  Ask yourself WHO is denigrating Obukhanych’s work, what are their credentials, who is paying them or supporting the web site.  There are a number of so-called “scientific” web sites that are nothing more than shills for industry.  So, beware…

The Vaccine Illusion: How Vaccination Compromises Our Natural.

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February 14, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Interesting Information: Jessica Gianelloni Tackles Vaccine Myths: Herd Immunity and Measle Outbreaks

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Interesting Information:  September 30, 2013

Jessica Gianelloni Tackles Vaccine Myths:  Herd Immunity and “The Worst Measles Year Ever”


Jessica Gianelloni is a young mother (five children, one of which is adopted from Uganda) who has DONE HER RESEARCH about her family’s vaccine decisions.  Fortunately, she blogs and has put her research online where everyone can read it:  http://gianelloni.wordpress.com.  I urge you to take a look if you are contemplating vaccines of any kind.  And I urge you to spend $20 and get a DVD of THE GREATER GOOD, a documentary that explores all sides of the vaccine question. 

A recent CNN story claimed that 2013 was shaping up to be “the worst measles year ever,” which sparked a new round of Jessica’s research.  Have you NOT noticed that we get a story like this almost every year from the media?  It’s either the flu or measles.  But there are no statistics.  No citations. 

Let me tell you that Jessica has read widely and documents what she shares.  She uses sources like the CDC database.  She wrote a two-part blog entry on this recent CNN story, beginning with the myth of “herd immunity” (a total industry scam backed up by a brain-dead press) and ending with the myth of any kind of measles epidemic occuring.

Here’s a quote on Jessica’s blog from Dr. Palevsky, a board certified pediatrician, on the myth of herd immunity:

You can’t vaccinate believing that your children are protected and then feel that your children are not protected because somehow, some non-vaccinated child is carrying some secret organism that no-one else is carrying. You can’t have it both ways. It just doesn’t make any sense.”

Jessica uses Dr. Palevsky to explain more of how vaccines work, using the Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine:

Do children vaccinated with the pertussis vaccine somehow stop carrying pertussis bacteria in their airways simply because they’ve been vaccinated? NO

Do pertussis vaccines stop vaccinated children from transmitting the pertussis bacteria to other people? NO

Do pertussis bacteria disappear from society once vaccination rates are high? NO: Vaccination rates for pertussis have no impact on whether the pertussis bacteria are in the air or not, or whether or not we breathe them in. The presence of the pertussis bacteria, and the exposure to them, are in no way affected by vaccination status or vaccination rates.

Do unvaccinated children, because they are unvaccinated, carry the bacteria in their airways, which vaccinated children are somehow no longer believed to be carrying because they’ve been vaccinated? NO

Do unvaccinated children transmit the pertussis bacteria to other children by the mere fact that they are not vaccinated? NO: Air is air. Air is free to breathe. We breathe in whatever is in the air. And, vaccinated and unvaccinated children are equally exposed to breathing in pertussis bacteria.

Anyone who poses as science the idea that unvaccinated children pose a threat to the population because they are unvaccinated and are more likely to transmit a disease to the rest of the population, is misleading you, promulgating myth, and inaccurate.  Vaccination with the pertussis vaccine does not exonerate anyone from carrying the pertussis bacteria, or prevent them from being exposed to the bacteria.

The fact is that vaccination does NOT stop you from carrying bacteria or viruses in your nose, throat, intestines, airway, skin, or in your body. We have been made to believe that if you’re vaccinated, you won’t carry the viruses, and therefore, others will be protected because you’re vaccinated. This belief is NOT based on scientific fact.

You can’t vaccinate believing that your children are protected and then feel that your children are not protected because somehow, some non-vaccinated child is carrying some secret organism that one else is carrying. You can’t have it both ways. It just doesn’t make any sense.

So, Jessica asks the following—after noting that in her state there is over a 90% vaccination rate of children—as is true of many states.  And after noting that what gets ignored is that most adults HAVE NOT BEEN VACCINATED—so for the past 40 years or so, the herd has never been really “herd immune” at all.

So is the herd immune or not? How do we keep blaming the small percentage of unvaccinated children on “outbreaks” when the majority of children are vaccinated.  It’s a joke. I think we should blame the outbreaks on people who haven’t had a measles vaccine since they were children. Those no-good-non-immune-measles-spreading-x-generation-and-baby-boomers.

Jessica uses Dr. O’Shea to explain how NATURAL herd immunity actually works:

Dr. O’Shea, in his book: “Vaccination is Not Immunization”  explains:  “Do not make the error of many pediatricians or journalists who talk about herd immunity as though it refers to the immunity that proceeds from a large group of people being vaccinated. The calculated deception behind this common misnomer is that if you don’t know what herd immunity is, you’ll buy their illusion: that the unvaccinated child can take advantage of the herd who have been vaccinated. This is well though-out propaganda. True herd immunity is a term which indicates that a disease has burned itself out within a population, as with plague, smallpox, typhus-every infectious disease in history. The herd has become immune. Natural selection. It has to do with nature, not with manmade vaccines. Don’t be fooled again”

And, here again is Dr. Palevsky:

 “This whole concept of herd immunity is very interesting, because we were taught that herd immunity occurs because a certain percentage of a population gets an active illness. Therefore by a certain percentage of getting the active illness, they impart a protection onto the remaining part of the population that has not gotten the illness yet. And so the herd that is getting the illness is shedding the illness and protecting those who have not gotten it.

In vaccine science, we are extrapolating or concluding that if we vaccinate a certain percentage of people, we are imparting protection on those who have not been vaccinated. And that has NOT been shown to be true, because the true herd immunity in theory is based on an ACTIVE DISEASE, and we know that despite what we’re taught, vaccination does not mimic the natural disease.

So we cannot use the same model of herd immunity in a natural disease in the vaccination policy. But unfortunately, we do use it even though it doesn’t have scientific backing.

Jessica surfaces the other really BIG FACT that we should all know:  vaccines are only effective for from two to 10 years!!!  Vaccines DO NOT give one lifetime “protection”—and that word I am putting deliberately into quotes because so many children are being harmed by vaccines. 

Further, the greater predictor and correlation of death due to a child getting measles or one of the other childhood diseases is malnutrition and poverty—not being unvaccinated.  And, most “outbreaks” are occurring among children who have been vaccinated. 

So now let’s go back to the September 2013 CNN story.  Jessica looks at some history:

The article published last year (2012) from USA Today read “CDC: 2011 was worst measles year in U.S. in 15 years” But now today, CNN runs an article titled “U.S. measles cases in 2013 may be most in 17 years”. Well if 2011 was the worst in 15 years, how is 2013 going to be the worst in 17 years? We haven’t surpassed the amount of cases in 2011 yet. And we are nowhere close to surpassing the amount of cases from 1996. And guess what? Yep, the 2011 worst year was caused by the unvaccinated kids too. Haha!  And the 2008 outbreak.  And every outbreak, right?  Nope. Outbreaks have occurred in populations where 99% was vaccinated.

And then she looks at some facts:

I went through the last few years of measles “outbreaks”, and there hasn’t been a measles death since 2003, despite years and years of “outbreaks” being caused by the unvaccinated. Which by the way, do you notice that we are always having the “worst outbreak in years”, every year? In 2008, we had an outbreak in San Diego…this is how they worded it….”In the end, 839 people were exposed to measles. Eleven were infected.” 11. But in 2008, if you remember the headlines, it was the worst measles outbreak. Ever.

Jessica notes how the media is NOT doing its homework, but just accepting uncritically what it is being told.  By whom?  Mainstream medicine?  The vaccine/drug companies?  Well-meaning doctors who also have not looked at this issue critically or examined the science—of which there isn’t any that looks at what vaccines do to individual and their cells.  (All the science claimed by vaccine promotors are large epidemiological studies looking at large groups of people—studies which could also be correlated to things like DDT use, malnutrition, poverty, and the like—but aren’t.)

The CNN article gives no sources or references. People demand that my blog give sources and references, but we don’t demand the same from media reporting. People just read an article like the CNN one, and they are sold on the underlying message: BLAME THE UNVACCINATED.

Meanwhile, there are states out there—and school systems—who are demanding that ALL kids be vaccinated—regardless of their tolerance for vaccines.  And children are being hurt and families are being torn apart as they try to struggle with the fallout from a child who has been hurt.  Vaccine harm is vastly underreported as the whole system is voluntary entirely.    

Parents who object are being dragged into courts in those states.  That’s why those who smell a skunk are demanding that (1) they be shown the science and (2) they be given a choice.  And that lands us up at the documentary THE GREATER GOOD, which I will write about in a separate blog. 

Meanwhile, Jessica recommends parents trying to figure out what’s what with vaccines take a look at her current favorite books:

There are great books out there. I’ve probably read them all. Here are my current 3 favorites.

“Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, & Our Children” Featuring more than twenty-five experts from the fields of ethics, law, science, medicine, business, and history, Vaccine Epidemic urgently calls for reform. It is the essential handbook for the vaccination choice movement and required reading for all people contemplating vaccination for themselves and their children.

Vaccine Illusion” Newly release by a Harvard PhD immunologist. I love her forward: “I never imagined myself in this position, least so in the very beginning of my Ph.D. research training in immunology. In fact, at that time, I was very enthusiastic about the concept of vaccination, just like any typical immunologist. However, after years of doing research in immunology, observing scientific activities of my superiors, and analyzing vaccine issues, I realized that vaccination is one of the most deceptive inventions the science could ever convince the world to accept”

“Thinking Mom’s Revolution: Autism Beyond The Spectrum” Inspiring True Stories from parents fighting to rescue their children.

Written by louisaenright

September 30, 2013 at 4:55 pm