After learning this month of the legislative attempt
to make the varicella vaccine mandatory in New York, I looked for a handle
for an article. Since I didn't recall that chicken pox had ever been grouped
in the category of medicine's infamous "Killer Diseases",
I thought I should find
out how the Medical Boys justified making it compulsory for school children.
It became apparent that the only medical justification
for this vaccine had been the claimed mortalities. I went to the CDC's
website and found something revealing in the May 15, 1998/Vol. 47/No.
18 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR, their official
publication). It was entitled, "Varicella-Related Deaths Among Children:
Texas and Iowa notified CDC of three fatal cases of varicella (chickenpox)
that occurred in children during 1997" (reprinted in Appendix A below).
A short introduction stated that in the U.S. there
are approximately 100 deaths (about half of these in children) and 10,000
hospitalizations each year for complications from chicken pox from infection
with the varicella virus.
After going over the report, I remembered why I stopped
reading medical journals. In each of the three cases the young boys started
out with fevers and/or other minor inflammatory conditions.
Following each regimen of antibiotics,
analgesics, or steroidal medications their
condition grew progressively worse.
The doctors responded
to each new symptom with yet another drug, until the children died.
Having an understanding of Natural Hygiene (note:
it is briefly described by Harvey Diamond in his best seller, Fit For
Life), I understood why the children got progressively worse from the
drugging. But even equipped with a rudimentary understanding of the principles
of N.H., one would realize that chicken
pox is not a fatal disease, but rather a very common, benign
inflammatory condition. And fatalities-as rare as they are-must actually
result from inappropriate care,
or the kinds of aggressive medical interventions described in the MMWR
With paraphrasing here and there, the next 9 paragraphs
is taken from the section on chicken pox from the 1965 book, "Food
Is Your Best Medicine" by Henry Bieler, M.D. He was a renowned clinician
practicing in Pasadena, CA for over 50 years until his death in 1975.
Dr. Bieler's skills were sought after by Hollywood celebrities and honored
by his peers (a medical wing was named after him). His book is still available
from Random House.
Chicken pox arises from
the elimination of toxic fat or fatty acids through the hair fat glands.
The chemical burn from the purging of waste products
though the skin causes the characteristic blister of this disease. This
occurs when the liver is congested and cannot perform its eliminative
function and metabolic waste matter (toxins) is then thrown into the bloodstream.
These toxins in the blood must be discharged, so nature uses vicarious
avenues of elimination, or "substitutes".
When these bile poisons (from the liver) in the blood
come out through the skin, we get skin conditions manifested by rashes,
boils, acne, etc. Or they come out through the mucous membranes (inside
skin) manifesting as various catarrhs, like chicken pox. Thus, the
skin is "substituting" for the liver, or a vicarious
elimination is occurring through the skin.
Food And Drugs Are Contraindicated
During the more acute and involved forms of toxemia,
such as measles, chicken pox, fever, or flu, the liver is much too busy
neutralizing toxic wastes to be bothered with digestion of food. Therefore,
to facilitate the elimination of this waste, fasting
on distilled water is essential in such cases. This accounts
for the lack of digestive juices produced, and the loss of appetite that
accompanies these illnesses.
(Dr. Mercola Note: Please be
very clear that distilled
water is not appropriate for long
term use. You should use bottled spring water or filtered water.)
After cells have been damaged by the toxic wastes,
it is important for bacteria-acting as scavengers-to attack and devour
the weakened, injured and dead cells. Otherwise, these dead cells would
become accumulated toxic waste themselves.
and other bactericides must not be administered.
The so called "bad" bacterial strains die
out on their own anyway, once their food (toxic waste) is used up. But
until that point, they play an important role in the process that converts
waste for eventual elimination.
The class of drugs that doctors use to treat catarrhal
diseases are called antipyretics. Among antipyretics, aspirin tops the
list of favorites. Aspirin is a phenol (carbolic acid) derivative, with
all the chemical qualities of phenol, but without the deadly effect of
carbolic acid. Aspirin, like phenol, deadens the nerve endings, thereby
But aspirin also diminishes a fever by partially blocking
the thyroid and the adrenal glands (a bad thing). The phenol derivatives
interfere with the proper function of the liver and damage liver cells.
The use of aspirin, then, is an attempt to drive out
one devil (disease toxins) by admitting another devil!
The Importance Of Fever
Fever in a child is a frightening symptom to the mother.
Just what is the function of fever? Is it a harmful process, something
to suppress and worry about? Or is it the body's attempt to burn up a
poison, thereby helping to dispose of it more quickly?
In the diseases of childhood, fever begins in the
liver. In a very strong, robust child, with properly functioning endocrine
glands, the toxin is often completely consumed in the liver. The child
does not feel sick or have pain; he just has a fever and if the liver
area is carefully palpated, it can be noted that there is an elevation
of temperature over that organ.
In fact, if the temperature under the tongue is 105
degrees, the internal temperature of the liver may be as high as 110 degrees.
But if the liver is unable to oxidize completely the poisons of disease
so that some leak through into the blood stream, then, under the action
of the endocrine glands, the poisons seek vicarious outlets via the mucous
membranes. This may be through the upper respiratory tract, diagnosed
by doctors as flu, sinusitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis and possibly even
pneumonia, which is a complicated kind of bronchitis. All through this
process, the whole power of the liver is diverted into neutralizing the
toxic wastes of disease, as evidenced by the fever.
The liver is much too
busy to be bothered with the task of the digestion of food.
Great strain can be taken off that organ if no food
is given. Not only does fasting lower the temperature, relieve the distress
and facilitate elimination, but it also lessens the strain on the liver
and prevents serious complications, such as middle-ear disease, mastoiditis
alone, a fever will not exceed 106 degrees.
And only about 4 percent of children experience fever-related
convulsions, with no serious aftereffects.
A fast (on distilled water, or at least diluted fruit
or vegetable juices) should be continued for twenty-four
hours after the temperature has returned to normal.
A good rule to remember is that the bowel can be cleared
of toxins (by physic or enemas) in twenty-four hours; the blood in three
days; the liver in five days, providing no food is eaten. Shingles ("adult
chicken pox"), an eliminative crisis through the mucous membranes
that occurs in adults, may require about a week-long fast to completely
It appears then, that fever, dreaded because misunderstood,
is really nature's attempt to help.
It is discomforting, but never
does harm; never is attended with serious aftereffects and
never should be suppressed with anti-inflammatory drugs or fed with food.
I have seen many a case of flu pushed into a pneumonia because some anxious
grandmother insisted upon something "to give the child strength",
such as chicken broth or a thin starchy gruel, both liquids, of course,
but protein and starch-just what the liver cannot handle at this point.
The True Cause Of "Infectious"
From Dr. Bieler's words (above) we gain a little understanding
of Natural Hygiene. So-called "infectious" diseases like chicken
pox, measles, or whooping cough are actually inflammatory diseases. The
symptoms during such illnesses should be viewed as eliminative crises.
They may be very painful, but they're a necessary
self-limiting process in which an accumulation of retained
metabolic waste (dead cells that become toxic), and the residues of undigested,
unassimilated foods are being purged from the body through vicarious (abnormal,
inappropriate) channels such as the skin or lungs.
Thus, the familiar runny nose, cough, stiffness, fever,
and numerous rashes, swellings, lesions, and eruptions through the skin
are all manifestations of the same cause-which are not pathogenic microbes.
Microbes like bacteria, for example, act as scavengers
to consume the toxic wastes and the dead cells following inflammation.
Their formation and growth do not precede the diseased state in the host,
but rather emerge in its wake; and not exogenically-from say, an "infected"
person-but rather endogenically, from the genetic material contained in
a cell's nucleus after the cell's death and decomposition.
Fortunately, a wide range of bacterial strains, or
their genetic "blueprints" (e.g., the various cellular and sub
cellular-or "filterable"-stages that bacteria cycle through),
inhabit our bodies all the time in titers low enough that their waste
products do not affect us.
Recently reported villains like salmonella, e. coli,
or streptococcus are enteric and ever-present inside us. The viruses associated
with measles, polio, influenza, and all the rest are also present-both
in health and disease-and may have only an associative relationship with
the diseases, but no proven causative roles. (Incredibly, modern medicine
still hasn't determined the mechanism by which a virus causes poliomyelitis.)
But when we become toxemic and our blood loses its
alkalinity, the pathogenic strains begin to flourish in the bodily waste
that accumulates-even well before any outward symptoms (inflammation and
elimination) begin to appear. Their morphology (strain and function) is
determined by the type of waste that is present for them to feed upon.
Symptoms are often triggered by a physiochemical or
psychological "trauma", such as
- exposure to cold
or toxic chemicals
- lack of sleep
- ingestion of
- a sting or bite
from an insect
- an injected vaccine
Why these diseases occur predominantly in children
is best described by Dr. Bieler:
"The childhood years should
be the healthiest of all. It is during those early years that the endocrine
glands and the liver are in their best functional capacity, giving the
healthy child his natural state of exuberance, inexhaustible energy, and
When elimination ends and symptoms subside, doctors
will proclaim that the drug had "taken effect". But they are
confusing symptoms with cause; believing that the disappearance of the
former equates to the disappearance of the latter. But obviously a cause
and an effect cannot be one in the same. When you stop the body from discharging
toxic waste, you are not stopping the
disease; you are merely stopping
In other words, neither allopathy, nor any other healing
philosophy may claim responsibility for "curing" inflammatory
or catarrhal diseases. Because the disease symptoms-the remedial actions
initiated by our own bodies-themselves represent the "cure".
But more importantly, when Allopathic physicians employ
pain killers, fever suppressants, steroids and other drugs-which are sub-lethal
doses of poisons-they have the effect of weakening the patient to the
extent of checking elimination.
This is a dangerous effect, because the waste products
of these germs that have fed on the dead cells, together with the irritation
from the toxins themselves may be absorbed into the blood, and irritating
the already overworked liver-which is the detoxification center of the
Antibiotics-which literally means "against life"-act
chiefly by violently stimulating the adrenal glands. But if they are weak
or depleted, the disease runs a chronic, often recurring course. In the
aftermath of these germicides, there are also left fewer germs to convert
waste, and no means to carry off and eliminate the dead cells. Not surprisingly,
there are more deaths today from septicemia (blood poisoning caused by
toxic waste from putrefactive bacteria) than there were before the use
of antibiotics. (One of the boys from the MMWR report died from it.)
Reactions from antibiotics include
Deaths from penicillin still occurs today.
Chicken Pox Doesn't Kill;
It's now plain to see why the children described in
the afore-referenced MMWR had died. They were given numerous antibiotics,
steroids, antipyretic and antipruritic medications and other fever suppressers,
some administered directly into their bloodstreams. Probably they were
given food to eat as well, even during the height of their inflammatory
The CDC admits that children don't die from chicken
pox per se, but rather "complications" from chicken pox. But
what they don't say is that these complications are all derived from acute
blood toxemia established by the very treatments used by allopathic physicians.
So strictly speaking, all children that die, do so from the allopathic
medical treatments that are used to treat the symptoms that accompany
chicken pox. There has never been a recorded death among the many thousands
of children treated Hygienically, and without drugs.
What does the CDC list
as the most common complication?
Pneumonia and secondary bacterial infections
(caused by the antibiotics). Other complications, according to the CDC,
include encephalitis (inflamed brain tissue mostly from the antipyretics),
hemorrhagic complications (such as intestinal bleeding, are the most common
symptoms of aspirin-an anticoagulant, or "blood thinner"), hepatitis
(congested and inflamed liver caused by the antipyretics), arthritis (decalcification
of bone for the calcium needed to neutralize acidic blood, mostly caused
by the aspirin), and Reye's syndrome (most commonly associated with giving
aspirin to children that have chicken pox or influenza).
Like aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs, acetaminophen
(ie. Tylenol) will also burden the liver and kidneys and check the vital
actions of the body to discharge waste from the blood. Acetaminophen poisoning
is also common because it throws the chemistry of the liver off. In fact,
it is the most common drug-induced cause of liver failure. It depletes
hepatic glutathione, causing the toxic metabolite NAPQI to fail to conjugate,
which leads to hepatic injury, and sometimes death.
Therefore, to say that "death is a complication
of chicken pox", is like saying, "bleeding is a complication
of holding a knife in your hand": each event is neither contingent
nor a consequence of the preceding one. Their association is artificial;
requiring specific intervening actions to take place. In cases of chicken
pox, actions that are in accord and mandated by standard medical practice.
To promote the vaccine, the CDC proclaims that, "varicella
(chicken pox) is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable deaths in children
in the United States."
But while the deaths are
certainly preventable, they have nothing to do with the failure to vaccinate.