Measles

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So let’s talk about Measles.

Did you know that here in Ireland a vaccine for Measles was not introduced into the vaccine schedule until 1985 (HSE)?

Before this measles was considered to be a mild childhood illness and of no great concern. Try this out, ask anybody you know who was born prior to 1985 do they remember any child being affected long term by measles or dying. I know that I do not know of anyone and I was born in the 1960’s.

One of my favourite doctors was Dr Robert S Mendelsohn. In his book “How to Raise A Healthy Child…In Spite of Your Doctor” he says the following about measles.

“Measles, also called rubeola or “English measles,” is 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 appears below the hairline and behind the ears. This rash spreads downward to cover the body in about 36 hours. The pink spots may run together but fade away in about three or four days. Measles is contagious for seven or eight days, beginning three or four days before the rash appears. Consequently, if one of your children contracts the disease, the others probably will have been exposed to it before you know the first child is sick.

No treatment is required for measles other than bed rest, fluids to combat possible dehydration from the fever and calamine lotion or cornstarch baths to relieve the itching. If the child suffers from photophobia, the blinds in his bedroom should be lowered to darken the room. However, contrary to the popular myth, there is no danger of permanent blindness from this disease.” (Mendelsohn, 1987)

If children get measles they need to be supported through the illness with the appropriate nursing measures. As Dr Mendelsohn states they need to go to bed and rest.

Their eyes and brains need to rest too, so no television, DVDs or reading. They can listen to stories either read aloud to them or on audio (but not using headphones). They need to be encouraged to drink fluids so as to stay hydrated. Offer sips of water often to them as in every half hour of so. Drink yourself at the time so as to encourage them. A good drink to replace lost electrolytes is 1/3 water, 1/3 coconut water and 1/3 apple juice mixed together.

I would also add that there are several homeopathic remedies that can stimulate the innate healing ability of the body when it is challenged by measles. Some of the first aid ones I will list here but your homeopath will be able to give more help and remedies if you require them. (Check out How to Take Remedies also).

  • Aconite : can be given at the commencement. There may be an increased production of mucus, the child may be chilly and restless. Their skin may feel dry and they may become thirsty after going to bed.
  • Belladonna : there may be one or more of the following; a sore throat, swollen face, headache, dry cough, dry fever and red skin on parts of the body.
  • Pulsatilla : there may be diarrhoea. They will probably not like to be warmly covered. They may be more clingy than normal.
  • Rhus tox : there is usually a great restlessness with the person needing this remedy. They may feel soreness all over the body and/or have pains that can be similar to rheumatic pains.
  • Merc sol : this is a great remedy for if a cough remains after the fever has gone.

Until quite recently measles was viewed as a common childhood illness.

Not all who come into contact with a virus such as measles will display symptoms, some will not, they will be what is known as asymptomatic and yet they will have acquired immunity.

Mothers who acquired natural immunity from having the measles as a child have been shown to pass on to their babies, via the placenta, a significantly higher amount of measles antibodies at birth than those mothers who were vaccinated. The measles antibodies lasted longer in the first six months of life in the babies born to women with naturally acquired immunity. (Leuridan E, et al.)

Deaths from measles and other childhood illnesses were falling rapidly before vaccines were introduced. In fact, in a lot of cases the number of children showing signs of childhood illnesses increased after vaccines were introduce. (www.dissolvingillusions.com)

There are at least 25 studies showing that contracting childhood illness (including measles) can give protection to cancers (2016, Miller) (Listed in resources section here)

When we here of an “outbreak” of measles we need to ask the following questions:

  1. Were the children vaccinated? If so then the vaccine did not give them any immunity. Or did they acquire the measles from the vaccine?
  2. Which strain of measles virus did each individual have? Was it a wild strain or the vaccine strain?
  3. Were the cases of measles laboratory confirmed? Or were they just assumed to be measles by virtue of a measles like rash?

Of course, as with any virus, it can have complications as can vaccines. We need to consider the following:

  1. “The overwhelming majority (more than 95%) of measles deaths occur in countries with low per capita incomes and weak health infrastructures.” (WHO)
  2. Children who live in poor conditions without access to clean water, nutritious food, good sanitation are more likely to be adversely affected. Areas such as the third world, war torn countries or refugee camps. They are more than likely lacking in vitamin A.
  3. Children who have an already seriously impaired immune system are more at risk.
  4. In the above situations any virus or health challenge is going to have a greater adverse affect in these conditions.
  5. Vaccines have many adverse effects including death and encephalitis. Some of these adverse effects, such as Type 1 Diabetes (Diabetes Mellitus), are for life – this is listed on Merck Sharp & Dohme’s current MMR vaccine. Check out Physicians for Informed Consent website, “Measles Vaccine is it safer than Measles?

We must do our own research into diseases and vaccines and make our own informed decision as to which carries the most risk for us. No one should ever be called upon to sacrifice their child for the benefit of another person’s child.

As always ABC:

  • Assume nothing
  • Believe nothing
  • Check everything out for yourself

 

Resources:

History of Vaccine Schedules Ireland, HSE http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/whoweare/vacchistory.html (last accessed 02/11/2017)

Mendelsohn, R. (1987). How to raise a healthy child…in spite of your doctor. New York: Ballantine

Leuridan, E., Hens, N., Hutse, V., Ieven, M., and Van Damme, P. (2010) ‘Early waning of maternal measles antibodies in era of measles elimination: longitudinal study’, British Medical Journal, May 18;340:c1626. doi: 10.1136/bmj.c1626

Miller, N. (2016). Miller’s review of critical vaccine studies. Santa Fe: New Atlantean Press

 

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