Chicken Pox: Why Do Children Die?

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March 17, 2001 | 48,912 views

By GaryKrasner

After learning this month of the legislative attemptto make the varicella vaccine mandatory in New York, I looked for a handlefor an article. Since I didn't recall that chicken pox had ever been groupedin the category of medicine's infamous "Killer Diseases",

I thought I should findout how the Medical Boys justified making it compulsory for school children.

It became apparent that the only medical justificationfor this vaccine had been the claimed mortalities. I went to the CDC'swebsite and found something revealing in the May 15, 1998/Vol. 47/No.18 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR, their officialpublication). 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. thereare approximately 100 deaths (about half of these in children) and 10,000hospitalizations each year for complications from chicken pox from infectionwith the varicella virus.

After going over the report, I remembered why I stoppedreading medical journals. In each of the three cases the young boys startedout with fevers and/or other minor inflammatory conditions.

Following each regimen of antibiotics,analgesics, or steroidal medications theircondition grew progressively worse.

The doctors respondedto 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 ForLife), I understood why the children got progressively worse from thedrugging. But even equipped with a rudimentary understanding of the principlesof N.H., one would realize that chickenpox is not a fatal disease, but rather a very common, benigninflammatory condition. And fatalities-as rare as they are-must actually result from inappropriate care,or the kinds of aggressive medical interventions described in the MMWRreport.

With paraphrasing here and there, the next 9 paragraphsis taken from the section on chicken pox from the 1965 book, "FoodIs Your Best Medicine" by Henry Bieler, M.D. He was a renowned clinicianpracticing in Pasadena, CA for over 50 years until his death in 1975.Dr. Bieler's skills were sought after by Hollywood celebrities and honoredby his peers (a medical wing was named after him). His book is still availablefrom Random House.

Chicken pox arises fromthe elimination of toxic fat or fatty acids through the hair fat glands.

The chemical burn from the purging of waste productsthough the skin causes the characteristic blister of this disease. Thisoccurs when the liver is congested and cannot perform its eliminativefunction and metabolic waste matter (toxins) is then thrown into the bloodstream.These toxins in the blood must be discharged, so nature uses vicariousavenues of elimination, or "substitutes".

When these bile poisons (from the liver) in the bloodcome out through the skin, we get skin conditions manifested by rashes,boils, acne, etc. Or they come out through the mucous membranes (insideskin) manifesting as various catarrhs, like chicken pox. Thus, theskin is "substituting" for the liver, or a vicariouselimination 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 busyneutralizing toxic wastes to be bothered with digestion of food. Therefore,to facilitate the elimination of this waste, fastingon distilled water is essential in such cases. This accountsfor the lack of digestive juices produced, and the loss of appetite thataccompanies these illnesses.

(Dr. Mercola Note: Please bevery clear that distilledwater is not appropriate for longterm 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 devourthe weakened, injured and dead cells. Otherwise, these dead cells wouldbecome accumulated toxic waste themselves.

Therefore, antibioticsand other bactericides must not be administered.

The so called "bad" bacterial strains dieout on their own anyway, once their food (toxic waste) is used up. Butuntil that point, they play an important role in the process that convertswaste for eventual elimination.

The class of drugs that doctors use to treat catarrhaldiseases are called antipyretics. Among antipyretics, aspirin tops thelist of favorites. Aspirin is a phenol (carbolic acid) derivative, withall the chemical qualities of phenol, but without the deadly effect ofcarbolic acid. Aspirin, like phenol, deadens the nerve endings, therebymasking pain.

But aspirin also diminishes a fever by partially blockingthe thyroid and the adrenal glands (a bad thing). The phenol derivativesinterfere with the proper function of the liver and damage liver cells.

The use of aspirin, then, is an attempt to drive outone 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, somethingto suppress and worry about? Or is it the body's attempt to burn up apoison, thereby helping to dispose of it more quickly?

In the diseases of childhood, fever begins in theliver. In a very strong, robust child, with properly functioning endocrineglands, the toxin is often completely consumed in the liver. The childdoes not feel sick or have pain; he just has a fever and if the liverarea is carefully palpated, it can be noted that there is an elevationof temperature over that organ.

In fact, if the temperature under the tongue is 105degrees, 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 diseaseso that some leak through into the blood stream, then, under the actionof the endocrine glands, the poisons seek vicarious outlets via the mucousmembranes. This may be through the upper respiratory tract, diagnosedby doctors as flu, sinusitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis and possibly evenpneumonia, which is a complicated kind of bronchitis. All through thisprocess, the whole power of the liver is diverted into neutralizing thetoxic wastes of disease, as evidenced by the fever.

The liver is much toobusy to be bothered with the task of the digestion of food.

Great strain can be taken off that organ if no foodis given. Not only does fasting lower the temperature, relieve the distressand facilitate elimination, but it also lessens the strain on the liverand prevents serious complications, such as middle-ear disease, mastoiditisand meningitis.

Leftalone, a fever will not exceed 106 degrees.

And only about 4 percent of children experience fever-relatedconvulsions, with no serious aftereffects.

A fast (on distilled water, or at least diluted fruitor vegetable juices) should be continued for twenty-fourhours after the temperature has returned to normal.

A good rule to remember is that the bowel can be clearedof toxins (by physic or enemas) in twenty-four hours; the blood in threedays; the liver in five days, providing no food is eaten. Shingles ("adultchicken pox"), an eliminative crisis through the mucous membranesthat occurs in adults, may require about a week-long fast to completelyclear up.

It appears then, that fever, dreaded because misunderstood,is really nature's attempt to help.

It is discomforting, but neverdoes harm; never is attended with serious aftereffects andnever 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 anxiousgrandmother 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"Disease

From Dr. Bieler's words (above) we gain a little understandingof Natural Hygiene. So-called "infectious" diseases like chickenpox, measles, or whooping cough are actually inflammatory diseases. Thesymptoms during such illnesses should be viewed as eliminative crises.

They may be very painful, but they're a necessaryself-limiting process in which an accumulation of retainedmetabolic 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 skinare all manifestations of the same cause-which are not pathogenic microbes.

Microbes like bacteria, for example, act as scavengersto 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 ina cell's nucleus after the cell's death and decomposition.

Fortunately, a wide range of bacterial strains, ortheir genetic "blueprints" (e.g., the various cellular and subcellular-or "filterable"-stages that bacteria cycle through),inhabit our bodies all the time in titers low enough that their wasteproducts do not affect us.

Recently reported villains like salmonella, e. coli,or streptococcus are enteric and ever-present inside us. The viruses associatedwith measles, polio, influenza, and all the rest are also present-bothin health and disease-and may have only an associative relationship withthe diseases, but no proven causative roles. (Incredibly, modern medicinestill hasn't determined the mechanism by which a virus causes poliomyelitis.)

But when we become toxemic and our blood loses itsalkalinity, the pathogenic strains begin to flourish in the bodily wastethat accumulates-even well before any outward symptoms (inflammation andelimination) begin to appear. Their morphology (strain and function) isdetermined by the type of waste that is present for them to feed upon.

Symptoms are often triggered by a physiochemical orpsychological "trauma", such as

Why these diseases occur predominantly in childrenis best described by Dr. Bieler:

"The childhood years shouldbe the healthiest of all. It is during those early years that the endocrineglands and the liver are in their best functional capacity, giving thehealthy child his natural state of exuberance, inexhaustible energy, andfaultless elimination".

When elimination ends and symptoms subside, doctorswill proclaim that the drug had "taken effect". But they areconfusing symptoms with cause; believing that the disappearance of theformer equates to the disappearance of the latter. But obviously a causeand an effect cannot be one in the same. When you stop the body from dischargingtoxic waste, you are not stopping thedisease; you are merely stoppingthe effects.

In other words, neither allopathy, nor any other healingphilosophy may claim responsibility for "curing" inflammatoryor catarrhal diseases. Because the disease symptoms-the remedial actionsinitiated by our own bodies-themselves represent the "cure".

But more importantly, when Allopathic physicians employpain killers, fever suppressants, steroids and other drugs-which are sub-lethaldoses of poisons-they have the effect of weakening the patient to theextent of checking elimination.

This is a dangerous effect, because the waste productsof these germs that have fed on the dead cells, together with the irritationfrom the toxins themselves may be absorbed into the blood, and irritatingthe already overworked liver-which is the detoxification center of thebody.

Antibiotics-which literally means "against life"-actchiefly by violently stimulating the adrenal glands. But if they are weakor depleted, the disease runs a chronic, often recurring course. In theaftermath of these germicides, there are also left fewer germs to convertwaste, and no means to carry off and eliminate the dead cells. Not surprisingly,there are more deaths today from septicemia (blood poisoning caused bytoxic waste from putrefactive bacteria) than there were before the useof 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;Doctors Kill

It's now plain to see why the children described inthe 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 weregiven food to eat as well, even during the height of their inflammatoryresponses.

The CDC admits that children don't die from chickenpox per se, but rather "complications" from chicken pox. Butwhat they don't say is that these complications are all derived from acuteblood toxemia established by the very treatments used by allopathic physicians.So strictly speaking, all children that die, do so from the allopathicmedical treatments that are used to treat the symptoms that accompanychicken pox. There has never been a recorded death among the many thousandsof children treated Hygienically, and without drugs.

What does the CDC listas 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 commonsymptoms of aspirin-an anticoagulant, or "blood thinner"), hepatitis(congested and inflamed liver caused by the antipyretics), arthritis (decalcificationof bone for the calcium needed to neutralize acidic blood, mostly causedby the aspirin), and Reye's syndrome (most commonly associated with givingaspirin 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 vitalactions of the body to discharge waste from the blood. Acetaminophen poisoningis 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 depleteshepatic 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 complicationof chicken pox", is like saying, "bleeding is a complicationof holding a knife in your hand": each event is neither contingentnor a consequence of the preceding one. Their association is artificial;requiring specific intervening actions to take place. In cases of chickenpox, 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 childrenin the United States."

But while the deaths arecertainly preventable, they have nothing to do with the failure to vaccinate.


I have not had much specifically on the chickenpox vaccine but this is an excellent summary why you will want to putthis vaccine on your "avoid" list. It also does an excellentjob of discussing some of the beneficial properties of fever and otherpsysiological functions.

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