The anti-vaccine movement has a few doctors of which they seem to be awfully proud.
One of them is Dr. Viera Scheibner.
What kind of doctor is she?
Although it does seem like she went to medical school, it was for only one year, so like Dr. Stephanie Seneff, she is not an M.D.
Dr. Viera Scheibner did receive a doctorate though – it was from the Department of Geology and Palaeontology. She is a micropaleontologist.
Viera Scheibner on Vaccines
What does a micropaleontologist know about vaccines?
“Amoebas are quite obviously widely spread protozoans and some of them have been established as causing serious disease in animals and humans. It is also quite well-established that amoebas are important contaminants of tissue cultures used in preparation of live biologicals, vaccines being the most important of them because they are widely injected into small babies and children.”
Viera Scheibner, Ph.D.
To not disparage micropaleontologists, the better question might be what does this micropaleontologist know about vaccines?
“Polio has not been eradicated by vaccination, it is lurking behind a redefinition and new diagnostic names like viral or aseptic meningitis… According to one of the 1997 issues of the MMWR, there are some 30,000 to 50,000 cases of viral meningitis per year in the United States alone. That’s where all those 30,000 – 50,000 cases of polio disappeared after the introduction of mass vaccination.”
Viera Scheibner, Ph.D. in the Dan Burton Hepatitis B vaccine hearings
If 30,000 to 50,000 cases of polio simply became viral meningitis, because we changed the name of the disease, how come those folks didn’t become paralyzed?
“Medical research demonstrated that having whooping cough prevents asthma.”
Viera Scheibner, Ph.D.
It soon becomes obvious that Viera Scheibner simply pushes common anti-vaccine talking points, including that:
- vaccines don’t work
- vaccine preventable diseases, like measles, polio, and whooping cough are actually good for you and are “an important development milestone in the life and maturing processes in children.” Again, she really likes natural immunity and thinks that “well-managed natural infectious diseases are beneficial for children.”
- vaccines are bad and cause everything from ear infections to SIDS and shaken baby syndrome
The obvious problems with her thinking?
Vaccines do work. Vaccines are safe. And even “well-managed natural infectious diseases” in the healthiest child, getting the best care, in the most modern hospital, can be life-threatening.
Not surprisingly, she got her start in the mid 1980s, just after all of the vaccine scare stories about the DPT vaccine in the UK and US. With her husband, she developed the Cotwatch Breathing Monitor, and by 1991 she thought they had found a “direct causal relationship between injections of DPT and cot deaths.”
“Our conclusion is that if vaccination were to be suspended, the cot death rate would be halved!”
Viera Scheibner, Ph.D. on Cot Deaths Linked to Vaccinations
Something soon did help the rate of SIDS or cot death go down 50%, but of course, it wasn’t suspending vaccinations. What was it? That’s right, it was the start of the recommendations to put babies to sleep on their back, which began in 1992.
Dr. Viera Scheibner’s conclusions are all wrong.
I am kind of disappointed that she hasn’t put her micropaleontology degree to work though and written a nice story about how vaccines might have killed off the dinosaurs…
What To Know About Viera Scheibner
Dr. Viera Scheibner is a micropaleontologist who thinks that vaccines do not work, that vaccines are bad, and that getting vaccine preventable diseases, like pertussis and measles, is good for you.
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- Debunking Viera Scheibner on Sunrise
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