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Our primary effort should be to strengthen the immune system to keep the population healthy. Many of the infectious diseases give life-long immunity after the first attack. This should be harnessed in children instead of trying to vaccinate a child for every mild childhood infection that would otherwise make the child immune for the rest of the child’s life
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear"—George Orwell
Vaccination comes from the root vacca, the cow. This is a misnomer as cow pox virus was not the one used in regular small pox vaccination, as was originally thought. The recent revelation that the cow pox and smallpox are genetically two distinct viruses proves the point. The only one disease that mankind has so far been able to eradicate from this globe, smallpox, was successfully conquered using the Indian system of vaccination which existed here for “times out of mind.” This Indian system of vaccination was shown to be 90% effective in protecting the population from smallpox while the unvaccinated segment of the population had 90% death rate in any epidemic, by a great physician-scientist, TZ Holwell, FRS, FRCP (London). Holwell was in India as a part of a team of twenty scientists, all Fellows of the Royal Society, sent here by the East India Company in the eighteenth century to study Indian science and technology, which were in their peak at that time compared to the West. Holwell was a distinguished physician in addition and was a Fellow of the London Royal College.
Holwell stayed on for twenty years in Bengal to study the Indian system of vaccination prospectively, probably using the so called gold standard of medical science today, the randomized controlled studies (RCTs), unbeknownst to him at that time, to get at the truth. Indian vaccination was practised by the Gurus from the great universities of India in Banaras, Nalanda and Taxila annually well before the epidemics started in summer. They used naturally attenuated smallpox virus from the previous year’s epidemic. Natural attenuation consisted of keeping the smallpox pus in chamois leather pouches for a year! The graphic details of the vaccination methods using some of the most sophisticated methods of inoculation as also the results of the 20 years prospective observation are available in Holwell’s original paper presented to the president and Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians of London. This document is available even today inside a glass case in the main library of the Royal College in Regent’s Park in London. That could also be accessed online. That report was later presented to the king to make Indian system to be used universally by a Decree of the King.
Edward Jenner’s infamous experiment on his errand boy, James Phipps, aged thirteen, using some of the crudest methods would be considered a criminal act today. Norma Thelms, a cow maid, casually told Jenner, a family doctor in London, that she is immune to smallpox as she suffered from cow pox. Using that pretext Jenner injected cow pox pus into his orphan errand boy who later came down with a near fatal cow pox attack. After James survived by the skin of his teeth, Jenner injected James with live small pox pus from a patient to test his hypothesis. Providentially, as luck would have it, James did not come down with smallpox. That is the proof positive of cow pox vaccination! Unfortunately, distorted history still harps on Jenner as the father of smallpox vaccination. Truth is bitter.
Be that as it may, let us turn our attention to infectious diseases against many of which we claim to have effective vaccines! The list of vaccines grows by the day, thanks to the greed of the pharmaceutical industry. Vaccines, with the whole population as their potential clients, are a trillion dollar industry pushed by some of the top business tycoons on the Forbes list. A child in the US today gets about 20 vaccines before it starts to walk and talk! A gold mine indeed! We claim that we have conquered many fatal infectious diseases because of our interventions. The truth is otherwise! Most of these diseases were on the wane long before the medical science came on the scene. Plague disappeared from Europe by the end of 18th century before any intervention or antibiotics came on the scene, diphtheria death rate plummeted well before anti-diphtheritic serum was made available, tuberculosis deaths had significantly come down long before streptomycin or BCG were discovered.
Affluence with good food and better standards of living coupled with good sanitation had made infectious diseases come down both in Europe since the Second World War and in the US after the 1930s depression abated. Medical intervention had very little to do with the decline. Another biological reason was that most of these diseases are but dynamic ones with their own cycles of waxing and waning. Man claims credit when nature comes to his help. One could only shudder to think that any of the deadly diseases could rear their head at any time in the future when the environment suits them. Give one example of plague. Plague disappeared from Europe when Europe became a degree cooler making it difficult for the rattus rattus (black rat) to survive, replaced by rattus novigenous (white rat). The latter cannot harbor pasturella pestis, the plague germ. If Europe becomes a degree warmer in future, plague might reappear in spite of medical efforts to stop it!
It was Louis Pasteur that wrote that the “soil is more important than the seed” years ago. That golden statement was missed by the medical scientists for ages. The body’s immune system is what keeps us alive and not medical science or the vaccines and drugs. It was a thinking American physician, Theobald Smith, who wrote in 1915 that “any disease might be directly related to the virulence of the germ but is definitely inversely related to the resistance of the host.” How true but forgotten by the medical world until in 1981 a peculiar pneumonia killed two homosexuals in the West. Our attention to the immune system got a shot in the arm only after that. Our primary effort should be to strengthen the immune system to keep the population healthy. That precisely is the essence (bija mantra) of Ayurveda, a great system of medical care. Many of the infectious diseases give life-long immunity after the first attack. This should be harnessed in those non-fatal diseases in children instead of trying to vaccinate a child for every mild childhood infection that would otherwise make the child immune for the rest of the child’s life. A good example is chicken pox, a mild infection in children.
The same in an adult could be a serious malady and could even be fatal. I had a bitter experience myself with virulent chicken pox when I was thirty years old. Even my enemy, if there is one, should not get chickenpox as an adult. With childhood chicken pox vaccination we might be making more adults get chicken pox as the latest research shows that vaccination does not give life-long immunity in chicken pox. May be this applies to many other minor illnesses in children.
It is time to understand the difference in immune response of natural infection vis-à-vis vaccine produced inflammation. There are about 150 genes in the long arm of the 9th chromosome that look after the immune response to infections. The response of the immune system to a natural infection is a very healthy attempt to overcome the infection and stop it when feasible, failing which at least to contain it to a milder form. In the unlikely event of the immune system failing to do either, the victim dies with the germ inside, killing the latter as well in the bargain—teleologically good for the herd. In the ordinary course the immune response to a natural infection gives the patient a full blown life-long immune cover against that particular germ. Every vaccine produces inflammation of a milder degree in most organs of the body including the brain. It is the latter that sometimes suffers a bit more in vaccine-produced inflammations that could be risky.
However, the vaccine-produced inflammation is a very poor cousin of the natural infection. The immune response here, many times, is only short lived, and depends on the nutritional state of the recipient always. Poor children, the majority in the world, with 46.4% of children in India suffering from malnutrition, are risky candidates for vaccinations as they do not produce enough antibodies in response to vaccination since they do not have enough raw materials (serum proteins) to produce antibodies to vaccines. In fact, certain vaccines like the live oral polio vaccine in such malnourished children could provoke the attenuated live virus to mutate to produce a deadly live virus to infect the recipient and other children in the vicinity! Such epidemics have been reported lately from Haiti, Dominican Islands and the Barbados. There have been nearly 27,000 vaccine-related polio deaths in India until 2007!
Now let us take a look at the other side of the coin. With more than twenty vaccines given to a child, many of them in clusters, they might even confuse the 150 genes in the 9th chromosome resulting in, on rare occasions, the genes producing auto anti-bodies that might attack the body’s own cells resulting in the deadly auto-immune diseases dreaded by the father of immunology, Paul Ehrlich, in his own words as “horror auto-toxicus.” A study of African Americans, most of whom are of East African origin, shows that they have much higher prevalence of autoimmune diseases in the US compared to the Caucasians. Curiously, in East Africa the natives have hardly any auto-immune disease. What could be the possible reasons? One possibility is that in Africa the 150 genes in the 9th chromosome are kept busy all the time by numerous bacterial, parasitic and other infections that the genes have to be on their toes all the time on duty. Whereas in the US, African Americans have such sterile surroundings, thanks to the antiseptic industry that the genes might be lazing away doing nothing. If such genes are artificially tickled with vaccines could they, possibly, produce many auto antibodies in the bargain? Horror autotoxicus indeed!
"What Jenner discovered, though hardly original in its general principle, was that it pays far better to scare 100% of the fools in the world—the vast majority—into buying vaccine than it does to treat the small minority who really get smallpox and who cannot afford to pay anything. It was indeed a very great discovery—worth thousands of millions. That is why this kind of blackmail is still kept going"--Dr Hadwin
(Professor Dr BM Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, is an MD, PhD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dublin), FACC and FAMS. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes, Chairman of the State Health Society's Expert Committee, Govt of Bihar, Patna. He is former Vice Chancellor of Manipal University at Mangalore and former professor for Cardiology of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, University of London. Prof Dr Hegde can be contacted at [email protected])
We need urgent research to try and scientifically authenticate many of those inexpensive methods in other systems of medicine to put together a future system incorporating the best in all the systems together
“The establishment defends itself by complicating everything to the point of incomprehensibilit”—Fred Hoyle
It was in the year 1733 that Charles Scharschmidt, a brilliant young professor of medicine in Vienna, wrote the first textbook of medicine. While writing about diseases with constriction of the vascular bed and agitation of the mind he had the best prescription for those days which looks contemporary even to this day. Change of mode of living, tranquillity of the mind and drugs rarely, if needed at all, were the three points in his textbook. Listening to the debate on the 23 March 2010 morning where president Obama gave his last dose of wisdom to the people of America as also to his colleagues in all political parties about his “so called” healthcare reforms, I was a bit confused as he was talking only about disease care reforms and not about healthcare reforms.
America is suffering from over-medication and over intervention of all sorts resulting in the abuse of the disease care facilities which cost the nation trillions of dollars; most of which could be well spent if only the powers that be understood the difference between healthcare and disease care. The euboxic medicine practised in the US, where all the computer boxes in the patient case record will have to be perfect, lest someone should sue the doctor in the unlikely event of patients’ death or disability, makes medical care prohibitively expensive. Market forces dictate the management and not science. The whole population of the USA needs urgent healthcare but a microscopic minority really needs disease care. This truth is being kept well wrapped up in pseudo-scientific jargon, myths, half truths and disease mongering efforts to earn billions from the gullible patients or their care givers. It is much cheaper to keep the well healthy rather than let them get diseases and then target the disease. This is the rule in the USA as also in other places like India where American medicine is being encouraged.
The above difference is simple enough to be understood by the lay public. However, today the common man on the street thinks that he needs doctors and hospitals to remain healthy and that there is a pill for every ill. What is to be brought to the knowledge of the population is that if they lived a healthy lifestyle, which will be described below, they could expect to live well and healthy till they die. No one should try to be here forever as s/he will never succeed.
It is only in the unlikely event of the body’s inbuilt immune guard getting overwhelmed do symptoms of diseases make their appearance. It is only then that the medical profession could help by: “curing rarely, comforting mostly, but consoling always”, as was enunciated by the father of western modern medicine, Hippocrates. There are no silent killers. All killers announce their intentions loudly in human physiology. Studies have time and again affirmed that treating diseases in their “so called” asymptomatic stage only would harm the patient since nature has built the immune guard with elaborate repair mechanisms to remodel every deviation for the normal, which is the asymptomatic stage of illnesses. Any interference at that stage from outside, that too with chemical drugs, can only harm the former and might result in disaster.
No one can help another to adopt a healthy lifestyle. One has to be the change and no amount of preaching will help. One has to take charge of one’s health and wellness. The methods are simple and could be adopted by anyone in any walk of life howsoever busy one might be! Human body is a nonlinear, dynamic device, continuously run by food and oxygen with the help of the electromagnetic energy from the sun. Some physiologists believe that the body water, which forms around 80-85% of the body, needs to be stimulated (burnt) to release energy.
Human beings are not just their bodies; they have their all-pervading mind and their spirit. All three of them need to be kept healthy for total health and wellness. Usually it is not what one eats that kills her/him; it is what eats one (one’s negative thoughts) that kills. The best bet to keep good health is to have a healthy mind which boils down to practising universal compassion. To get into that state of mind (consciousness) yoga and breathing techniques would help a lot. Yoga has very little to do with any religion and could be practised by all. To be healthy one has to change (be the change) but can’t expect the world to change overnight. Therefore one could expect others to hurt us sometime or the other. There again the best antidote for hurt is to cultivate the greatest asset of forgiveness. “If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run… this earth shall belong to you my son, and… more, you shall be a man,” wrote Rudyard Kipling years ago in his celebrated poem, IF. This is the best health advice that I have been able to find in the western literature.
Eating in moderation, the foods that please one, without too much change in the food quality from its natural state would go a long way to help the immune system to keep the repair mechanism in excellent shape. Worrying about the micro-contents of food is of lesser importance as long as one does not pick and choose foods, thanks to the modern food fads and corporate advertisements. Preserved foods are a curse. Let the food be as fresh as is possible. Small frequent feeds keep the metabolism on even keel. Large meals at long intervals are not conducive to body physiology. Each region, ethnic group and race has had its own food habits that kept mankind going in 50,000 generations. These food habits evolved over thousands of years, thanks to our ancestors’ observational research. Modern nutrition does not have a strong foundation and the reductionist cohort studies being fed to the gullible masses lack the backing of good science. That is exactly the reason why we get conflicting advices now and then! If Mediterranean diet is good for them in their habitat, it does not mean that it will be good for another race in another continent. Meal times should be happy times and family get-togethers at meal times are the best bet to get benefit from foods. The two enemies of human health are tobacco and alcohol, both of which must be kept at a distance.
Regular exercise, moderate in quantity, the best being a daily walk for an hour, would be the ideal tonic for the immune guard. Very heavy exercise might not be good for the system. The key word in every human endeavour should be moderation in everything one does. Extremes are always dangerous. Swimming is another excellent exercise but is not universally applicable and could be expensive to the majority. There is no substitute for hard work as another good immune booster. If the hard work involves physical exertion additional regular exercise is not needed. The only qualification is that one should love one’s work to get the benefit. Hating one’s work and working under duress could destroy health.
Spirituality has very little to do with religion. Spirituality for good health is just sharing and caring! Sharing provokes the immune system and hating others depresses the same. A small child smiles 400-500 times in a day. If we take a lesson from that, the world would be a better place to live. A natural smile releases so many healthy bio-positive endorphins from the brain.
If one were to follow the above-mentioned simple daily routine, the wellness concept, the chance of falling ill are negligible like following traffic rules on highways reducing fatal accidents. That said, I must hasten to add that even those that follow the health rules enumerated above might get illnesses as diseases are only accidents. Medical science or any other science will never be able to answer the million dollar question as to why a person gets sick at a given time although we have elaborate details to frighten the gullible people as to how they get ill, in our disease mongering, medical (health) scare system. A Nobel laureate physiologist had affirmed to that truth way back in 1899, when Charles Sherrington, wrote, “positive sciences will never be able to answer the question why, but they will be able to say how or how much!”
If we were to implement this method we would reduce the medical care budget of every country. All the same, an efficient and authentic medical care system is a must under the following circumstances which covers about 5% of the population at a given time. Emergencies, disaster management, corrective surgeries, judicious authenticated vaccinations, birthing emergencies, congenital problems, and acute life threatening situations need medical help.
The need of the hour is to change our medical education system to incorporate the new philosophy of health promotion which is never taught these days. The student must be taught that the human body could correct most of its problems without outside interventions but we must create the right environment for that to be useful. Too much intervention might put off the body’s immune system. Doctors are trained primarily to keep the public healthy (public health) which is not our present stress. Young doctors should be impressed that they should leave the well alone and they should never try to treat the disease but try and understand the patient better before intervening, and they should see that their interventions do not make the patient worse than his/her original disease! While a good doctor treats the illness; a great doctor treats the patient.
The need of the hour is for thought leaders in the field to understand that there are a host of medical care systems in the world, outwit our reductionist modern medicine, that have stood the test of time over thousands of years before the advent of modern medicine. But for them human kind would have been extinct like the dinosaurs long, long ago. Modern medical system, developed in the last few centuries’, in its present avatar of hi-tech stuff is only less than a few decades old. One has to take into account the recent audits in many countries on the impact of modern medicine on human morbidity and mortality. The data is there for all to see and take corrective measures lest we should be left out in the race. Every medical student must be told that while patients could (and did) survive without modern medical doctors; we cannot survive without patients.
We need urgent research to try and scientifically authenticate many of those inexpensive methods in other systems of medicine to put together a future system incorporating the best in all the systems together—call the new system Meta Medicine (after modern medicine) if you like—to help patients and also the world governments to contain the ever mounting costs of medical care which would make people like president Obama to get sound sleep while his people remain healthy and when they fall ill they are well cared for without spending too much of the taxpayers’ money which should satisfy both sides of the divide. The effort of trying to put together Meta medicine is already on.
In this deafening cry for better hi-tech medicine let us not forget that the womb of all ills, ranging from common cold to cancer, is poverty. The latter is a double-edged weapon in that while diseases are more common in the poorer sections, diseases further make the sufferer poorer when the bread winner gets sick the family starves and becomes poorer. The poor people with very little protein in their system suffer from a very serious illness which I call as Nutritional Immune Deficiency Syndrome, NIDS, which is many times more dangerous than the fashionable label of AIDS! It was a thinking family doctor in the poor coal mining community of Wales, Tudor Edward Harts, who wrote decades ago: “the poor pay for their poverty with their lives.” This one lines tells it all and should be taught to our doctors and politicians alike.
“Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things”—Isaac Newton
(Professor Dr BM Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, is an MD, PhD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dublin), FACC and FAMS. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes, chairman of the State Health Society’s Expert Committee, Govt of Bihar, Patna. He is former vice-chancellor of Manipal University at Mangalore and former professor for cardiology of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, University of London. Prof Dr Hegde can be contacted at [email protected])
There is so much controversy in the whole science of vaccination. It will not be a good idea to promote the idea of asking mothers not to breast feed their babies around vaccinations. In essence, if the mother is breast feeding for only a few months this policy will deny the child the best elixir nature intended to keep the child’s immune system going all its life
“A great man is always willing to be little”—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Science is a method only and its job is to try and understand nature. With the advent of paper money, human greed, which follows money like a shadow became more important in science than all the other principles governing scientific research. It was shocking to read the following study in a leading American journal some time ago. The inference of the study makes a mockery of nature’s best kept secret—mother’s milk is the best tonic for the immune system of the new-born; the longer one can take mother’s milk the healthier that person will live. Once we stop taking mother’s milk, we lose our enzymes to digest any milk for the rest of our lives! Mother’s milk contains the best fatty acid for the development and good health of the immune system—sodium mono-laureate. Along with mother’s milk the child is also hard wired to pick up dirt from room floorings while crawling to stimulate its immune system to develop antibodies against most germs-nature’s method of vaccination.
Now comes this study from the CDC, a conventionally authentic organization, looking after the health of the public! The fault is not with science but with the man behind the science. Even in the past there have been incidences of those writing papers from such organizations being hired by vested interests! This is nothing new and I am sure it is another one of those attempts by such elements in the lucrative vaccine industry. Let us see the inference of the study.
“The lower immunogenicity and efficacy of rotavirus vaccines in poor developing countries could be explained, in part, by higher titers of IgA and neutralizing activity in breast milk consumed by their infants at the time of immunization that could effectively reduce the potency of the vaccine. Strategies to overcome this negative effect, such as delaying breast-feeding at the time of immunization, should be evaluated.” PMID: 0442687 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2010 Oct;29(10):919-23.
Inhibitory effect of breast milk on infectivity of live oral rotavirus vaccines
National Centers for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Ethen Huff, a staff reporter of Natural News writes: “The CDC researchers began their investigation by searching for answers as to why children from underdeveloped countries typically do not respond as well to the live oral rotavirus vaccine as children in developed countries typically do. They came to the conclusion that breast milk, which is packed with immune-building immunoglobulin A (IgA), lactoferrin, lysozyme, and various other important immune factors, inhibits the vaccine from working.
Breast milk, of course, is a young child’s lifeline. It naturally builds immunity during childhood development, and provides perfect and balanced nutrition necessary for human growth. Withholding breast milk in order to accommodate the rotavirus vaccine, as the CDC researchers suggest, is an absolutely insane notion that will deprive children of vital nutrition and proper immune development.
But it is ludicrous notions like these that are birthed from philosophies that view drugs and vaccines as being equal, or even superior, to natural food. Oral rotavirus vaccines contain live viruses, they have questionable efficacy to begin with, and they are even known to cause rotavirus. They are also linked to causing a variety of negative side effects, including diarrhoea, which is a condition the vaccine is supposed to prevent!”
There is so much controversy in the whole science of vaccination. It will not be a good idea to promote the idea of asking mothers not to breast feed their babies around vaccinations of which today there are 26 in all in the USA. In essence, if the mother is breast feeding for only a few months this policy will deny the child the best elixir nature intended to keep the child’s immune system going all its life. I have been very strongly feeling that the essential need for science as a method is to understand nature and never to oppose nature and teach nature a thing or two! When it happens in the vaccine arena that makes it all the more dangerous. Although I am not a vaccine nihilist, I feel many of the vaccines that we give do not do what we think they ought to do.
This is slowly coming into light despite the enormous efforts on the part of the vaccine lobby to stop such truth from emerging. Recent controversy of autism and MMR vaccination is an example. It is now revealed that even editors and investigators of prestigious medical journals had received hefty amounts to build a case to tarnish the image of that poor researcher, Dr Wakefield and to get his name erased from the General Medical Council’s list after succeeding in getting The Lancet to retract his original paper. Dr Wakefield has enough data to file a defamation suit against the concerned people as also against the GMC. I think he has already filed the case. The Guardian reported his case: In a statement, the BMJ said: "The BMJ is on notice that Andrew Wakefield has issued defamation proceedings, not in London as might be ordinarily expected as concerns a predominately English publication, but in Texas, USA, where he now lives.” A recent case of a child dropping down dead soon after a new ‘flu shot’ created lots of controversy in the USA with opposing groups trying to highlight this and the other group trying to bury the hatchet.
When I read the following news item I was not just shocked but felt sorry for our profession as a whole. “PrisonPlanet.com reports that Oxford’s Susanne Sheehy, and Joel Meyer, together authored the paper, entitled Should Participation in Vaccine Clinical Trials be Mandated? In it, the duo recommends “Compulsory involvement in vaccine studies” in response to a general lack of willing volunteers, many of whom are not exactly comfortable sacrificing their bodies and their health to have a toxic brew of untested chemicals injected into them.” I do not blame the volunteers. Stories abound as to how such volunteers are recruited in poorer countries where human life is just a statistic! The following two reports will reveal more details. “It was revealed back in 2008 that at least 14 Argentinean children died as part of an experimental vaccine trial conducted by British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/88922/gsk-lab-fined-$1m-over-tests-that-killed-14--babies). Also in 2008, 21 homeless individuals in Poland died during an avian flu vaccine experiment (http://www.naturalnews.com/023665_vaccine_flu_homeless.html) Prisoners of War have been other easy targets in the past.
I only pray and hope that science confines itself to its pristine duty of trying to understand nature and assist nature’s methods, if we could. Let us fight this menace collectively as suggested by Ryunosuke Satroo: “Individually we are just one drop. Together we are an ocean.” How true? David Wootton in his classic Bad Medicine: Doctors Harming since Hippocrates is a serious study of the happenings over the decades and centuries in modern medicine. In fact, this book makes Bernard Shaw’s Doctors Dilemma look like a child’s play. It made me feel bad about my cherished profession.
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do”— Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Professor Dr BM Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, is an MD, PhD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dublin), FACC and FAMS. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes, chairman of the State Health Society's Expert Committee, Govt of Bihar, Patna. He is former vice-chancellor of Manipal University at Mangalore and former professor for cardiology of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, University of London. Prof Dr Hegde can be contacted at [email protected])