Follow this story from the ABC News desk along with ESPN, read a small portion of the report, then lets discuss what it means –
The recent outbreak of mumps has emerged as one of the most bizarre yet compelling storylines of the 2014-15 NHL season.
Multiple teams have been affected, several players have been sidelined, and meanwhile, we are all left scratching our heads about what exactly it all means.
Unless you were permanently scarred from that fateful visit to the doctor’s office as a child and have purged the memory entirely, you might recall the term “mumps” from your mumps-measles-rubella vaccination, also known as the MMR shot.
Mumps is a vaccine-preventable disease defined by symptoms such as fever, headaches, muscle pain, fatigue and swollen glands. It is a droplet respiratory disease spread person-to-person and generally from close, prolonged contact.
“We’ve had probably about five people impacted around our team out of about 50 people, so that’s about one in 10, and we figured everybody was exposed to it,” Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher told ESPN The Magazine’s Craig Custance at this week’s board of governor’s meetings in Boca Raton, Florida. “Ten percent of our team population contracted it. As far as I know, everybody received the immunization when they were young. We were all immunized again a few weeks ago. It’s been a tough process to go through. We’ve tried to take every precaution possible. It’s been a very difficult thing to get on top of, [but] I think we’ve done the best we can. We seem to have one player get it, a week off, and another player get it. It’s been frustrating that way.”
And there it is. My argument has been the same since I first told anybody “We will not vaccinate our children”. That argument, simply that immunization does not provide immunity. Therefore I reject the term immunization, and suggest using only vaccination. As the truth is that there is no guarantee of immunity. As a matter of fact, it is only a smidge of resistance that is given in my best estimation.
So why have we seen such low incidence of these diseases if not for vaccine imparted immunity? If you have done your research, then you have already seen the graphs that demonstrate the decline in disease prevalence, well before the advent of vaccines. The reality, is that immunity was being developed, innately, well before man ever developed a vaccine.
So how? Why? I like this graph above because I believe in creation, and with that belief, it would make sense to me that there will always be another disease. Ebola is a great example. and there will always be a natural response to that disease, just like the graph above. I imagine leprosy could be on this graph as well.
Oh yea of little faith. If you don’t have a belief in God, and creation, then have a belief in the statistical analysis of the graph. And tell me that any of those vaccines above can claim victory. HA! The victory was won well before ANY of the vaccines, not just the ones on this graph. All others look similar. Polio might have the best graph in favor of vaccine effort, but even that one is much like the ones above. Immunity came before.
Supposed vaccine experts speak of herd immunity. The “chink” in the armor of vaccines, as they would say that the key to immunity, is keeping a WHOLE population vaccinated, so that there is no room for a viral attack. My personal belief, is that this is the grasping for straws, that needs to come from a sold out theory with holes in it.
If I may, the reality of immunity, is immunity. Some people have it, others do not. Over time, living in line with health, and living in line with immune development, will provide greater opportunity for immunity. If the herd has been vaccinated, it might assist in many people’s immunity, but it will weaken others. Creating a gap in immunity because of the weakening of an immune system. Which is why there have been outbreaks in these diseases since the beginning of the vaccine program, and it is the reason why these outbreaks are becoming more significant now.
We have chosen to pursue methods of false immunity which bypass our immune system development, leaving us weaker than ever before. Couple that with the complete avoidance of “dirt”, the overuse of antibiotics, the relentless desire to use hand sanitizers, and we are left with a WEAK humanity.
Take a moment to pay attention to the health of the world around you. Look for the positives and the negatives. We are seeing some positive improvements in longevity, but we are seeing too many negative impacts on quality of life. Learn from our mistakes and take away the positives.
Be well and Be blessed! - Dr. E