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The Down-Side to Immunizations March 4, 2008

Woops!  Did I just write that?  Doctors be ware.  I’ve been reading a book entitled, “How To Raise A Healthy Child In Spite of You Doctor”, by Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D., a practicing pediatrician for over 30 years.  In this book Dr. Mendelsohn extols the merits of waiting illnesses out and grandma’s old time remedies.  More controversial though is his all out attack on conventional medicine and pediatricians in particular.  Chapter topics include “Parents and Grandparents Are Wiser than Doctors”, “How Doctors Can Make Healthy Kids Sick”, and my personal favorite and the reason for this article, “Immunization against Disease: A Medical Time Bomb?”

Upon reading Dr. Mendelsohn’s thoughts on innoculations, I decided to take a little stroll down the CDC’s website.  Interesting place.  My first stop was the Immunizations page where one can read all kinds of information related to inoculations and their benefits.  Scroll down a little further and you’ll find a nice little link entitled “Vaccine Side Effects & Safety”.  Click on that link and just start reading.  I was able to locate a few things that were of interest to me and might be of interest to you.  I’ll present them and note what Dr. Mendelsohn has to say about vaccines in general.

What if you don’t immunize your child?

The CDC flyer states:

Without immunizations your child is at greater risk of catching one of the vaccine-preventable diseases.  Vaccines were developed to protect individuals from dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases.  Vaccines are safe and effective, and such diseases are still a threat.

Without immunizations your child can infect others.  Children who are not immunized can transmit vaccine-preventable diseases throughout the community.

Without immunizations your child may have to be excluded at times from school or child care.  During disease outbreaks, un-immunized children may be excluded from school or child care until the outbreak is over, both for their own protection and for the protection of others.  This causes hardship for the child and parent.

Unvaccinated people can infect the small percentage of children whose immunizations did not “take”.

Four great reasons right?

Well, Dr. Mendelsohn states, “The greatest threat of childhood diseases lies in the dangerous and ineffectual efforts made to prevent them through immunizations.”  Then he goes on to list the reasons he believes immunizations pose a threat to children’s safety.

There is no convincing scientific evidence that mass inoculations can be credited with eliminating any childhood diseases.  While it is true that some once common childhood diseases have diminished or disappeared since inoculations were introduced.  No one really knows why, although improved living conditions may be the reason.  If immunizations were responsible for the disappearance of these diseases in the U.S., one must ask why the disappeared simultaneously in Europe, where mass immunizations did not take place.

There are significant risks associated with every immunization and numerous contraindications that may make it dangerous for the shots to be given to your child.  Yet doctors administer them routinely, usually without warning parents of the hazards and without determining whether the immunization is contraindicated for the child.

While the myriad short-term hazards of most immunization are known (but rarely explained), no one knows the long-term consequences of injecting foreign proteins into the body of your child.  Even more shocking is the fact that no one is making any structured effort to find out.

There is a growing suspicion that immunization against relatively harmless childhood diseases may be responsible for the dramatic increase in autoimmune diseases since mass inoculations were introduced.  An autoimmune disease can be explained simply as one in which the body’s defense mechanisms cannot distinguish between foreign invaders and ordinary body tissues, with the consequence that the body begins to destroy itself.  Have we traded mumps and measles for cancer and leukemia?

Dr. Mendelsohn, then goes on to describe a few of the various diseases and practical treatment.  I have also listed the CDC’s side effects for the vaccine related to each of the diseases mentioned.

Mumps – a relatively innocuous viral disease, usually experienced in childhood, which causes swelling of one or both of the salivary glands, located just below and in front of the ears.  Symptoms include temperature of 100-104 degrees, appetite loss, headache, and back pain.  The gland swelling usually begins to diminish after two or three days and is gone by the sixth or seventh day.  The infection on either side confers lifetime immunity.


Treatment – bed rest for two-three days; soft diet and lots of fluids; icepacks to reduce swelling; modest quantities of acetaminophen for headache

Side Effects of Vaccine – deafness; long-term seizures; coma; lowered consciousness; permanent brain damage

Measles – a contagious viral disease that can be contracted by touching an object used by an infected person.  At the onset the victim feels tired, has a slight fever and pains in the head and back.  His eyes redden and he may be sensitive to light.  The fever rises until about the third or fourth day, when it reaches 103-104 degrees.  Sometimes small white spots can be seen inside the mouth, and a rash of small pink spots can be seen below the hairline and behind the ears.  Measles is contagious for seven to eight days, beginning three or four days before the rash appears.  Children sometimes suffer photophobia, which is temporary.  No danger of permanent blindness from this disease.

Treatment – bed rest; fluids to combat possible dehydration from fever; calamine lotion or cornstarch baths to relieve the itching

Side Effects of Vaccine – deafness; long-term seizures; coma; lowered consciousness; permanent brain damage; paralysis; Reye’s syndrome; blood clotting disorders; juvenile-onset diabetes


Rubella – symptoms are fever and a slight cold, accompanied by a sore throat.  A rash appears on the face and scalp and spreads to the arms and body.  The spots do not run together as they do with measles, and they usually fade away after two or three days.  The threat caused by rubella is the possibility that it may cause damage to the fetus if a woman contracts the disease during the first trimester of pregnancy.  However, the immunization is given to boys as well. Once contracted, the child has life long immunity.

Treatment – bed rest, adequate fluids

Side Effects of Vaccine – deafness; long-term seizures; coma; lowered consciousness; permanent brain damage

Whooping Cough – extremely contagious and life-threatening bacterial disease that is usually transmitted through the air by an infected person.  The incubation period is 7-14 days.  Initial symptoms are indistinguishable from common cold: a runny nose, sneezing, listlessness and loss of appetite, some tearing in the eyes, and sometimes a mild fever.  As the disease progress, the victim develops a severe cough at night.  Later it appears in the day, as well.  Within a week to 10 days after the first symptoms appear the cough will become paroxysmal.  The child may cough a dozen times with each breath, and his face may darken to a bluish or purple hue.  Each coughing bout ends with a whooping intake of breath.  Vomiting is often an additional symptom of the disease.  This disease can strike within any age group, but more than half the victims are below two years of age. 

Treatment – rest and in some cases hospitalization

Side Effects of Vaccine – deafness, long-term seizures; coma; lowered consciousness; permanent brain damage

Diphtheria – highly contagious bacterial disease that is spread by the coughing and sneezing of infected person or by handling items that they have touched.  The incubation period for the disease is two to five days, and the first symptoms are a sore throat, headache, nausea, coughing, and a fever of 100-104 degrees.  As the disease progresses, dirty-white patches can be observed on the tonsils and in the throat.  They cause swelling in the throat and larynx that makes swallowing difficult and, in severe cases, may obstruct breathing to the point that the victim chokes to death.  The chances of catching this disease today from another human is next to none.  The last known case in the U.S. was in 1996 in which the victim contracted it from ingesting dairy from an infected cow.

Treatment – medical attention with antibiotics

Side Effects of Vaccine – deafness; long-term seizures; coma; lowered consciousness; permanent brain damage

Chicken Pox – a communicable viral infection that is very common in children.  The first signs of the disease are usually a slight fever, backache, and loss of appetite.  After a day or two, small red spots appear, and within a few hours they enlarge and become blisters.  Ultimately scabs form that peel off, usually within a week or two.  This process is accompanied by severe itching, and the child should be discouraged from scratching the sores.  The incubation period for chicken pox is from two to three weeks, and the disease is contagious for about two weeks, beginning two days after the rash appears.

Treatment – Calamine lotion; cornstarch baths; rest; plenty of fluids

Side Effects of Vaccine – seizures; pneumonia

Dr. Mendelsohn goes on to discuss other diseases such as Meningitis, Tuberculosis, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and Infectious Mononucleosis.  Each of which, I am almost certain, there is a vaccine for.  However, Dr. Mendelsohn drives home the argument that the medical establishment has, is and continues to do our children a disservice when it comes to such diseases.  Regarding Meningitis he states, “One of the appalling inconsistencies of contemporary medical practice is the tendency of doctors to overtreat the diseases that don’t require treatment, and miss the diagnosis in diseases…”  About Tuberculosis, a quote from the American Academy of Pediatrics is given, pretty much calling the TB tests inaccurate and inconclusive at best.  In essence, your child may have TB although the test shows negative or the other way around.

Some people draw a hard line when it comes to immunizations.  “If my child isn’t immunized, he could die.”  Some people are scared to death of the prospect of not immunizing their child, “What if my child becomes infected with some kind of deathly disease that I could’ve prevented by immunizing her?”  It’s scary and there’s a whole lot of information out there on either side.  Just read the facts, the pros and the cons, and make the decision that’s best.  We’ve all been conditioned that immunizations are the best way to go, I just wanted to give some info on the other side of that coin.


The book itself is a hell of a read, boiling over with all kinds of practical, yet unconventional wisdom for the conventional parent.  It may be hard to find, but if you’re bent on doing things a weee bit different for your kids in the “health care” department, pick it up on any of your fine, online booksellers.  


As for immunizations, or more particularly, how to avoid them, research your own states rules and regulations with regard to childhood vaccinations.  In some states, waivers are available on the grounds of religious, health or personal beliefs.  In other states, if you try to avoid them, you may find yourself on the wrong side of a jail cell, if you catch my drift. If you do choose to decline immunizations, you must bear in mind that if an outbreak of, hmm say, Scarlet Fever occurs, your child will have to be removed from school and this could be inconvenient and/or costly depending on your situation.  Like the saying goes, however, “pick your poison”.  




6 Responses to “The Down-Side to Immunizations”

  1. Debbie Says:

    Thank you for getting the word out that parents need to read and up and be informed on vaccinations rather than just trusting everything the doctor says. I too have read Dr. Mendelsohn’s book and several articles on this the topic of vaccinations. This book is actually available through Amazon as well as several other books on Vaccinations. Parents must research and inform themselves on this and every topic related to their children’s health.

  2. tina Says:

    Thanks for the article! My midwife told me about this book and I ordered it last week from Amazon. Looking forward to reading it:-)

    • Tasha Says:

      That is the first step to taking control of your childs health. Having knowledge and making a decisions based on what you know, is far better than handing over control to your doctor. There is no harm, in wanting to be the guidance for your child. That is what we as parents are suppose to do. I hope you find this book helpful. I feel so empowered having gained confidence in my actions. No better advice for parents than to get both sides, before you just choose one direction. At least in the end, you will have reasons to back what you choose. Good luck on this journey!

  3. deborah Says:

    I just found your blog accidentally. I’ll be back! I’m a rural-hippie-mom of 3 whos youngest son experienced a 40 minute seizure almost 12 months ago. He was on life support for 12 hours. Amazingly, he’s recovered very well. The docs say it was a “febrile” seizure (induced by fever), but they seemed supportive of our decision to stop immunizations. Per the docs, 40% of children have seizure activity in the brain, even if they never exhibit a seizure. It’s these same children most at risk for having a (typically benign) seizure induced by fever. Of course, we all know the immunizations carry a side-effect of fever, which could be just enough to cause a seizure, and let me tell you, they’re not all “benign.” I’m so happy our son lived and is apparently unscathed. We will not be immunizing, provided we are “allowed” that option. Do you know of any other authors similar to mendelsohn? I’m most interested in general health opinions, not just immunizations.

  4. ZACH Says:

    okay when your child dies from some deadly flu dont blame the hospital these vaccines have down-sides but save lives

  5. inherchucks Says:

    I can’t seem to get enough! Looks like we have a lot in common…my daughter just went in for her 9 month check up the other day and I was able to avoid the third round booster…although it is waiting in the wings…here is the link to our story…

    after reading your blog…i think i have made up my mind…

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