Let’s Talk About Measles:
Update: 1/19/15: The official number of measles cases is now 51, according to this article from USA Today, published on Sunday, January 18, 2015. Other than the updated numbers, nothing new is being added. Public health officials are still emphasizing the need for people to be vaccinated. There is no attempt to determine how many of the cases are wild measles vs. vaccine-strain, and the “ground zero” patient in the latest outbreak has not yet been identified.
It is worth noting that in the 2011 measles outbreak in New York, when 88 people contracted measles, the “ground zero” patient was a fully-vaccinated (with 2 MMR doses) 22 year-old woman. Everyone needs to know that and to remember that without testing to determine what strain of measles is circulating, it is impossible to know how many of the current cases may be related to vaccine-free individuals and how many are the result of the vaccine itself.
Please read this article and share it with others. Also, please remember that just because the article states this was the “first time” an outbreak has been “traced” to a fully-vaccinated individual, that does not mean it was the first time it has happened, nor does it mean it’s the last time it will happen. The blaming of vaccine-free children and their parents is getting out of hand, and is completely unfair. From the article:
Get the measles vaccine, and you won’t get the measles—or give it to anyone else. Right? Well, not always. A person fully vaccinated against measles has contracted the disease and passed it on to others. The startling case study contradicts received wisdom about the vaccine and suggests that a recent swell of measles outbreaks in developed nations could mean more illnesses even among the vaccinated.
As the number of measles infections associated with the Disneyland outbreak increases, so does the panic and the disdain toward those parents who opt out of vaccination for their children.
The first thing we all need to do is to take a deep breath and really look at what is happening now… and what happened in the past.
As the Los Angeles Times reports, there are now 20 cases of measles that have been linked to Disneyland during the week before Christmas.
Of the 20 cases reported on January 11th in the L.A. Times, 5 were in people who had been vaccinated against measles. So 25% of the cases have occurred in vaccinated individuals. What the L.A.Times article doesn’t tell you is that in previous years, most of the outbreaks of measles have involved people coming into the U.S. from other countries, where measles is endemic.
Here is another article reporting on the outbreak at Disneyland; this one is from the U.K.
Huh. Do you notice what I notice?
The Los Angeles Times article blames the outbreak on unvaccinated children living in Southern California, but the Daily Mail article says foreign tourists are to blame.
I personally believe it could be a combination of multiple factors, including the MMR vaccine. As this article explains, contrary to what most people may believe, vaccination with the MMR vaccine does not give lifelong immunity (even with two doses), and any immunity that may be conferred is gone within anywhere from 5-25 years. Vaccination also may cause some people to harbor the measles virus even in the absence of symptoms, and those people may be able to spread the measles to others. Have you ever heard of the concept of “shedding?” That’s what happens when you give a live virus vaccine to someone and the virus can infect other people who come in contact with the person who was vaccinated. Shedding has been proven to occur up to 37 days after someone is vaccinated. And this study investigated shedding of measles virus in the urine of vaccine-recipients. How many people at Disneyland go to the bathroom while they’re there?
So… is it really the unvaccinated children in Southern California who are responsible for this outbreak? Think about it.
As the hype heats up and the attacks on parents who refuse vaccination reach a fever pitch, you might find yourself asking, “Why wouldn’t any parent want to have their child vaccinated to protect against measles?”
That’s a good question, and there may be more than one answer.
First, there is evidence that catching the measles and getting over it may actually be good for you!
While it is true that children in third-world countries, and especially those who are malnourished and who have deficiencies of vitamins A and C are more likely to suffer serious complications due to secondary bacterial infections, measles itself and especially measles infections in children living in developed nations, is not generally a serious issue. As the article from Roman Bystrianyk reveals, based on published reports in the medical literature dating back to the 1950’s (prior to the development of the measles vaccine), “Yes, Virginia! Measles can be good for you!”
In the majority of children the whole episode has been well and truly over in a week, from the prodromal phase to the disappearance of the rash, and many mothers have remarked “how much good the attack has done their children,”as they seem so much better after the measles. . . In this practice measles is considered as a relatively mild and inevitable childhood ailment that is best encountered any time from 3 to 7 years of age. Over the past 10 years there have been few serious complications at any age, and all children have made complete recoveries. As a result of this reasoning no special attempts have been made at prevention even in young infants in whom the disease has not been found to be especially serious. (Vital Statistics, British Medical Journal, February 7 1959, p. 381)
Where else have we heard that measles infection might be a good thing? Oh! That’s right… from CNN!
Yep! You heard it right! Measles virus conquers cancer! Of course, modern cancer researchers are using a modified vaccine-strain of the measles virus, but if you listened closely to the CNN video, you might have heard about the boy from Uganda whose cancer went into spontaneous remission after he got the measles. The REAL measles.
Occasional “spontaneous” tumor regressions of Hodgkin’s disease and Burkitt’s lymphoma have been documented after measles infections. Perhaps the most compelling was the case history of an 8 year old African boy who presented to a clinic in Uganda with a four month history of painless right orbital swelling. A biopsy specimen of the right retroorbital tumor was histologically diagnostic of Burkitt’s lymphoma but at the time of planned initiation of therapy, he was noted to have a generalized measles rash. On the same day, the right orbital tumor was noted to be regressing and because of the presumed measles infection, he was given no chemotherapy for the Burkitt’s lymphoma. During the course of the next two weeks, his rash disappeared and he seroconverted to measles. At the same time, the tumor regressed completely and remained in complete remission for at least four months after the measles infection in the absence of antineoplastic therapy. The mechanism underlying the rapid tumor regression that was observed in this remarkable case history was never elucidated but Burkitt’s lymphomas are known to express high levels of SLAM and are therefore susceptible to infection by wild-type measles viruses. The timing of the regression, coinciding with the period during which measles virus burden and measles-induced immunosuppression are at their peak, supports the contention that the tumor cells were directly destroyed by the virus. (citation: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3926122/)
And guess what? The Ugandan boy was not the only one!
A published report in the British Medical Journal in 1973 documents the spontaneous remission of Infantile Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in a 23 month-old child in Portugal. (You can download the report at brmedj01557-0065a.pdf)
And there was a report of regression of Hodgkin’s after measles, reported in The Lancet in 1981. If you have 36 bucks to spare, you can purchase the article and read it. And then there’s this article from December 2013, which states:
Among the 16 reported cases of SR (Spontaneous Regression of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma), most were of the mixed cellularity subtype, while five cases occurred in children following measles infection.”
The above journal references to the protective effect of measles virus against childhood cancers are very interesting. From a common sense standpoint, and from what I understand, the incidence of childhood cancers, including those of the blood, brain and bone have been increasing over the last several decades. I personally know of several kids in the small community in which I live, who have either died or are battling cancer. It just didn’t used to be that way, did it? I tried to find statistics on the incidence of childhood cancer, dating back to 1960, because I wanted to check the increase and compare rates now with those prior to universal vaccination with MMR. I could find a lot of information on the rates of survival of childhood cancers over time, but wasn’t able to find any graphs illustrating the incidence of disease. If someone has those, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add that information to this post.
What I did find was some information from Roswell Park Cancer Institute. In this blog post, Dr. Brandee Aquilino has this to say:
The types of cancers that develop in children are different from those that develop in adults. Lifestyle or environmental risk factors don’t play a role. Instead, it’s usually the result of DNA changes in cells that take place very early in life.
Pediatric cancers are the result of DNA changes? In early life? Okay… now that rings a bell…
What could cause DNA changes early in life? I suppose there may be many things, but one thing I know of is the MMR vaccine. In this study from an independent research lab, scientists looked at the effect of “Homologous Recombinant DNA” (from MMR and Varicella vaccines) and the effects on autism. The study is very interesting, and I suggest you read it. The results indicated “hotspots” in certain genes that have been identified as being important in autism; most notably genes associated with the synapse. What’s important for this discussion is the “recombinant” part of the equation.
Changepoint analysis of autism disorder demonstrates a temporal correlation with events associated with human DNA residuals in vaccines. The levels of residual DNA are well over FDA-recommended limits. To reduce the dangers of residual DNA, recommendations were made to fragment the DNA. Unfortunately, in vitro studies in model organisms have shown that shorter fragments have a higher chance of entering the nucleus. Cell culture experiments are in progress to determine the rate and sites at which these residual DNA fragments integrate into the genome.”
What does “recombinant DNA” do? The research from Sound Choice strongly suggests it alters the DNA of children who are injected with it.
When does it happen? Between 12-15 months of life, if the child is vaccinated with the MMR vaccine according to the CDC’s Childhood Vaccination Schedule.
Now that’s one of those things that make you go “Hmmmmm……”
Have we traded a mild, childhood infection for growing incidence of childhood cancers? DNA changes in early life. Cold chills.
For more informative articles on measles and the role MMR vaccine is playing in the outbreaks, please read the following articles from the International Medical Council on Vaccination: