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Behind the Curtain of the Anti-Vaccine Movement

Ever wonder what anti-vaccine folks talk about?

How they do their research?

Behind the Curtain of the Anti-Vaccine Movement

Here you go!

How do you argue the point that vaccines killed off all of the diseases?
That seems like a reasonable question…

There is a good reason that folks have a hard time arguing this point.

Vaccines work.

But let’s see how they do…

It is with her summary that says you can treat cancer naturally and without chemotherapy.
It is with her summary that says you can treat cancer naturally and without chemotherapy.

The idea that we simply renamed diseases to make them disappear has to be the silliest anti-vaccine claim that you will hear. If that’s true, why not come out with an RSV vaccine or an HIV vaccine and rename those diseases?

If smallpox was renamed to monkey pox, then where are all of the kids with monkey pox?
If smallpox was renamed to monkey pox, then where are all of the kids with monkey pox?

The idea that better hygiene, sanitation, and good nutrition made now vaccine-preventable diseases go away is a very good theory, because those things did actually improve the mortality rates for most things in the early part of the 20th century. Unfortunately, those effects plateaued by the 1930s.

When my uncle got polio in Brooklyn in the early 1950s, our family and access to very good hygiene, sanitation and nutrition. It didn’t help. Remember, a lot of people were still dying at the time from polio, pertussis, diphtheria, and measles.

It was vaccines.

Actually, it’s the charts and graphs with declining mortality rates from better hygiene and sanitation in the early 20th century that anti-vaccine folks can use to fool folks into thinking that vaccines don’t work. If they actually look at disease rates, with a few exceptions, they will see that they were mostly unchanged.

Charts with mortality rates won't prove their point, but are their only chance to fool folks. They have no chance if they use disease rates...
Charts with mortality rates won’t actually prove their point, but are their only chance to fool folks. They have no chance if they use disease rates

This is actually an interesting idea. Do viruses and bacteria become attenuated or less dangerous over time? Considering that smallpox was around for thousands of years and was still deadly right up until it was eradicated, in general, there is plenty of evidence against this idea. You can also look at polio, which still paralyzing people.

Scarlet fever has become less dangerous, but no evidence that many other diseases have over time.
Scarlet fever has become less dangerous, but no evidence that many other diseases have over time.
Sanitation, plumbing, clean food, hygiene worked to get rid of diseases - anything but vaccines...
Anything but vaccines…

This is another silly idea. It implies that vaccines actually cause outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease. If this were true, then as we have been vaccinating more and more people, wouldn’t rates for all of these diseases have been going up over the years? And how did we eradicate smallpox? How are we so close to eradicating polio?

Then why do we see outbreaks in clusters of folks who are mostly intentionally unvaccinated.

Instead, we see outbreaks in clusters of folks who are mostly intentionally unvaccinated and no, it’s not just during “shedding season.”

Witch's brew of vaccines?
Again, anything but vaccines…

Do you really believe that ‘they’ are purposely “releases (sic) these diseases again, to cause hysteria, to get people back in their corner vaccinating again?”

It's a conspiracy! Big Pharma!!!
It’s a conspiracy! Big Pharma!!!
Vaccines are not killing people.
And yet, life expectancy and infant mortality rates are going up…

We know why they are coming back… It ain’t magic.

Are you prepared to argue their point now?

Did they convince you that we renamed diseases, flushing toilets and clean water got rid of all diseases, vaccines cause outbreaks, or that all of the diseases we developed vaccines for just naturally got milder and went away?

Or did they convince you to go out and vaccinate and protect your kids?

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Who Is Viera Scheibner?

The anti-vaccine movement has a few doctors of which they seem to be awfully proud.

One of them is Dr. Viera Scheibner.

Not only does Viera Scheibner think that vaccines cause SIDS and shaken baby syndrome, she thinks they are contaminated with amoeba.
Not only does Viera Scheibner think that vaccines cause SIDS and shaken baby syndrome, she thinks they are contaminated with amoeba, the “brain-eating” Naegleria fowleri parasite that can contaminate some warmer lakes, ponds, and rivers.

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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