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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

Written by  Valerie J.
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To Vaccinate or Not to VaccinateWe have looked at the effect of a vaccine “shot” on a two month- old baby The first of a potential seventy-four “the authorities” consider necessary to protect your child’s health.  These “authorities” are expert at convincing young parents, at of the dire consequences of failing to observe the prescribed vaccination schedule:  Expert at stirring up old fears in the mind.
 
Where did this fear factor originate?  Could it be a just the fear of losing one’s beloved child?  Or does this fear go deeper ?  Could it be a shadow memory of centuries of devastating diseases stealing our children, decimating populations, and destroying national morale?  Ages of terror that remain buried in man’s collective consciousness: Long forgotten memories all too easily restimulated when our fear buttons are pushed, especially when it comes to our children!   So they accept the experts advice. 

Let’s look back in time to past experts: the professors and physicians, pharaohs and high priests, the authorities who helped shape our destiny.. What were the factors that ensured their success?  Fame?  Politics?  Religion?  War?  Or was it tolerance and understanding?
Certainly the methods used to heal the sick varied greatly and  fluctuated  with the beliefs of the times.  Seven thousand years ago, for instance new Stone Age man trephined  (drilled) holes in the skull, perhaps to release evil spirits, or relieve migraines, or insanity or to repair battle wounds.   
 
Six thousand years ago, in ancient Sumaria, (modern day Iraq)   people enjoyed bathing in mineral springs.  And in the walled city of Ur with its towering ziggurat, the law which the 20,000 Sumarians must obey was strict hygiene, quarantine for returning soldiers with infectious diseases and soap to disinfect their homes and possessions.  In the absence of truth however, superstition governed their thinking.  Magico-religion was their only defense against drought and plague and the famines so often the result of warfare were regarded as punishment sent by the gods.  
 
Two thousand years later (4000BC) the code of Hammurabi, king of Babylon (in modern Iraq) included ten laws describing the payments physicians could charge and the penalties they would suffer if the patient died. Should the unfortunate patient be a nobleman, the physician’s were hands cut off.   
         
The ancient Egyptian priests who mummified the dead nobility in preparation for their after-life trained in temple-medical schools, and learned where the organs were located and that the blood was pumped by the heart.  Their superior skills at setting fractured bones, treating internal diseases and eye inflammations by ingenious natural methods were outstanding. They used many of the plants utilized in modern pharmacy
 
One thousand years later the standard of Egyptian medicine had degenerated to a level where many physicians treated single disorders with vile concoctions of lion and ostrich excreta, mercury, live insects and fat from black snakes to drive out demons. Failing this they resorted to magic spells.  Violent purging of the bowels and bleeding with leeches was a standard practice that continued into the nineteenth century. These treatments were only for the wealthy.         
                                                                                                                                                        
For the fellaheen, (peasants) living in squalor, overcrowded and  drinking the filthy waters of the Nile, disease lurked everywhere. Poliomyelitis, cholera, malaria, dysentery and smallpox carried by rodents took their toll of the people, including Pharaoh Ramses V who fell victim to the dread disease in 1143BC.
Could there be any connection between the first report of smallpox treated with a vaccine from a cow by Hindu ancients in India? 
 
The rise and fall of civilizations over the next millennia heralded a zenith of wisdom and achievement and in the fourth century BC.  Hippocrates, the Greek priest-physician lifted medicine above the level of magic and superstition to a realm of scientific observation and accurate diagnosis based on systematically observing the patient’s age, attitude, speech, diet, sleep, environment, and customs. Hippocrates taught his surgeons the importance of scrupulous hygiene while performing successful operations on gangrenous limbs, tumors, and kidney stones without sterilized instruments or anaesthetics.  His genius in curing seemingly hopeless cases, and halting a plague of typhus in the besieged city of Athens won him wide acceptance and fame.  But he is best remembered by his Physician’s Oath of service, which twenty-four hundred years later, is still taught in medical schools.  
          
During the second century BC the Greek Civilization was overthrown by Rome, and Galen, the first of a new breed of physicians, took center stage for the next fifteen hundred years. Galen served as an assistant-priest in an Asclepian dream temple, as a physician treating brutal wounds in a gladiator school and as the royal physician to the Emperor Marcus Aurelius.  He extolled Galen’s medicinal theriac, a concoction of vipers flesh, poisonous creatures, opium, wine, cannabis, cinnamon and sixty ground herbals   Galen was a brilliant surgeon, and the author of more than one hundred works, translated centuries later into Arabic and Latin. Galen was as famous as he was arrogant. Supremely proud of his dissecting skills, he assumed that human anatomy and that of barbary apes was identical.  This perverted scientific progress for 1,500 years and cost mankind millions of lives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Could history repeat itself?   Could the authorities be so determined to protect our health that they would concoct a new brand of Galen’s theriac?.  Green monkey cells, aborted fetal cells, mercury, formaldehyde? You be the judge. 
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