The Marvelous Health of Unvaccinated Children

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 30, 2010

by Françoise Berthoud MD [medical doctor, pediatrician]

Once upon a time, in April 2009 to be exact, I was invited to give a speech at a conference on vaccination. I was to talk after two of the best speakers France has to offer on the subject had their turn, journalist Sylvie Simon and biologist Michel Georget. At hearing them speak in the past, it was absolutely clear to me that the best option is to stay as far away from vaccines as possible. I just did not know what to do instead to best assure staying alive and well. As a paediatrician and homeopath qualified to speak on the subject, I decided to setup a conference called The Marvellous Health of Unvaccinated Children along with my friends, Sylvie and Michel. This work would later evolve into a book that analyses various life choices often made by families that do not vaccinate, including home birth, breastfeeding, simple therapies, good food (often vegetarian), a tranquil living environment and trust in the capacity of the body to heal itself.

In my life as a paediatrician, I had spent lots of time in dialogue with the parents who often needed to voice their fears about both disease and vaccines. We worked out together the best route for their children. Some chose not to vaccinate at all. Others held onto fear of disease, especially tetanus. In those cases, we postponed vaccination as much as possible and used a homeopathic protection and “cleansing” called nosode.

I worked in Switzerland where there is no real legal obligation to vaccinate, only great social pressure. In France, just a few kilometres from my office, there were four compulsory vaccinations at the time (BCG was fortunately removed in 2007, and three remain: Di Te Pol).

Some of the basis of my ability to speak on the marvellous health of unvaccinated children comes from my personal experience as a medical doctor, having collected years of feedback.

“My child began coughing immediately after the vaccination.” 
“He has had constant ear aches since he was vaccinated.”
“My 16 years old daughter is completely unvaccinated. She is almost never sick. If she does get sick, it’s two days at the most.”
“The neighbour’s kids followed normal vaccination guidelines. They are constantly sick and on antibiotics.”
That was not enough upon which to write a book; however. As it would turn out, I found these observations were paralleled over and over again all over the world. Follow me around the planet.

EUROPE

In England, Michel Odent, MD showed in two studies that children having received no Pertussis vaccine had 5-6 times less asthma than those who were vaccinated for it. The first study was on 450 babies from La Leche League; the second one on 125 children in a Steiner school. (1)

Throughout Europe, a group of mostly paediatricians studied 14,893 children in Steiner schools in Austria, Germany, Holland, Sweden and Switzerland and found that children living in “anthroposophist culture” (where vaccination is largely shunned) were in better health than the controls. (2)

In Germany, one of the European Steiner schools study researchers wrote, “In the eastern part of Berlin before the fall of the wall, we saw less allergies than in the west. This population was poorer, nearer nature and less vaccinated.” Too much hygiene is not always good. As UK researcher and originator of the “hygiene hypothesis” David Strachan might say, “give us this day our daily germs”.

In Spain, Xavier Uriarte, MD and J. Manuel Marín, MD published a study in 1999 on 314 children they followed between 1975 to 2000. (3) This group of children is characterized by a majority of homebirth or natural births, prolonged breastfeeding, no vaccinations, holistic health education and no allopathic medicine. There were no serious diseases, few hospitalisations (mostly for traumas), and 3.3% asthma compared to the 20% in the general population. And of course, a lot of money was spared! 

USA

The rate of autism in the U.S. is now an unthinkable 1 in 100. Those who are unvaccinated boast numbers that run in shocking contrast to the nation’s statistics. As this article is directed to the American people, I will not go on at length here. Most of you know the work of your very own journalist Dan Olmsted showing the incredible absence of autism in the unvaccinated Amish communities of Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Further impressive is Chicago-based Homefirst Medical Clinic run by a group of doctors including medical director Mayer Eisenstein, MD, JD, MPH. They have no known autism and super-scarce allergies in their children, many of whom were home deliveries, and most of whom have had no vaccinations. In 1985, I translated to French U.S. paediatrician Robert Mendelssohn, MD’s How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor. Now I find concrete result in the marvellous health of kids whose doctors are his pupils! I like these synchronicities in my life. 

AUSTRALIA

In 1942, Leslie Owen Bailey, founder of the Natural Health Society of Australia, accepted guardianship of 85 children whose mothers were unable to care for them. Among these 85 children, no vaccinations were ever given, no drugs were ever taken or used, and no operations were ever performed. The only malady that occurred was when 34 of the children developed chicken pox. They were immediately put to bed and given only pure water or fresh fruit juice. They all recovered quickly without after-effects. Investigations revealed that these children whilst at school had been swapping their healthy lunches for unhealthy conventional foods, so this outbreak was not altogether surprising. 

Many of these children inherited poor health due to a history of illness and malnourishment in their mothers. Despite this, and the fact that they were never breastfed nor could enjoy the normal bonding of mother to child, they were able to grow into sturdy, self-reliant children. 

NEW ZEALAND

Two studies done in New Zealand in 1992 and 1995 show that the unvaccinated children clearly have less allergies, less otitis (ear aches), less tonsillitis, less running noses, less epilepsies and less ADHD. (4)

JAPAN

An interesting period in Japan was 1975-1980, when a decision was made to begin the first vaccinations at two years of age instead of at two months. The reason was that more and more was discovered linking vaccines and cot-death (SIDS). A study was published in Pediatrics showing that from 1970 to January 1975, there were 57 cases of serious vaccine reactions, including 37 deaths. From February 1975 to August 1981 there were eight cases of serious vaccine reactions, including three deaths. Unfortunately for kids and their parents, the Japanese vaccination plan is now “normalized” again. The study shows well that the immune system is stronger at two years than at two months. How well would these kids have done had they not been vaccinated at all? 

We find the same observation in a Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology study. Of 11,531 children studied at age seven, here are the results: vaccinated at two months, 13.8% are asthmatic, vaccinated between two and four months, 10.3%, vaccinated after four months, 5.9 %. Again, how well would these kids have done had they not been vaccinated at all?

THE LESSON LEARNED ON VACCINATION

As a concerned, compassionate and considerate paediatrician, I can only arrive at one conclusion. Unvaccinated children have by far the best chance of enjoying marvellous health. Any vaccination at all works to cripple the chances of this end.

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Sources

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1) www.birthworks.org/primalhealth 

2) Allergic diseases and atopic sensitization in children related to farming and anthroposophic lifestyle – Persifal study. Allergy 2006, 61 (4) : 414-421.

3) www.vacunacionlibre.org

4) http://www.ias.org.nz

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Comments (38)

  1. I have seen many of these studies before. My children are completely unvaccinated and wonderfully healthy. Both caught several small colds in their first year. But now my daughter (2.5) never gets colds even if the rest of the family gets one — and she's breastfeeding so heavily exposed! Recently all of her friends at playgroup — ALL — got hand foot and mouth disease. Both my children were exposed and neither got it. I waited at home for two days after hearing the others had gotten sick, but nothing.

    I really appreciate your willingness to take on controversial issues and say it like it is. I just recently found you but love your style of writing and the topics you post on.

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  2. Thanks for this info, Sarah. More and more evidence links vaccination to illness, not health. I struggle with the "law" to keep my dogs unvaccinated. And I'm a grandmother, whose grandkids are, sadly, vaxed repeatedly and suffer from all the maladies of vaccinated, poorly-fed children. But I have no say in the matter–our daughter is an Ob-gyn and she knows everything!
    Katy

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  3. Sarah, the Healthy Home Economist June 30, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    You are very welcome, Katy. Let's all work together to spread the message far and wide!

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  4. God bless you for posting this, Sarah. The truth you have shared here may save many lives.

    Vaccines cripple health, ruin lives, and kill many people.

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  5. Yeah, thanks for taking on these topics. I think it's so unfortunate that alot of us are still powered by fear when it comes to the subject of health/vaccines. So many people I know just don't trust that our bodies can and will heal themselves.
    I'm grateful for this post as it gives me the strength to press on against the 'norm'.
    blessings,
    Jessica

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  6. I have been blessed. My kids were all vaccinated – except my youngest who didn't get her last round of shot and they are all pretty healthy. I also refuse to give them the chicken pox vaccine which is now required in Indiana. So annoying.
    Great article.

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  7. Christy – Just a heads up – here in MO we're required to give 2 rounds of the chicken pox vaccine. I still rememember a friend of mine telling me she's be refusing it (3 years ago when only one was required and befor I'd ever considered non-vaxing). Her response was surprising to me back then. Chicken pox is uncomfortable, but very unlikely to be truly harmful. On the other hand, if he receives the vaccine then gets CP later in life, it's much more dangerous. That was my first brush with non-vaxing and it really got me thinking.

    I no longer vax, but I found it interesting to note that my oldest daughter brought home whooping cough to her vaxed and un-vaxed brothers (as well as my husband on a smaller level). The baby (9 mos at the time) recovered more easily and quickly than anyone else. She was by far the worst. If vaccines work so well, how did she and my vaxed son get it? I'm sure the vaccine companies would have an excuse, but I sure can't come up with one where the don't look like idiots.

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  8. We as a family have never vaccinated our children and our children have never been to the doctor for being sick. I've seen family and friends who have vaccinated that are constantly having to bring their little ones to the doctor. Great post.

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  9. At my post natal yoga group, 4 babies out of 15 were unvaccinated….all 4 rolled first, sat first, crawled first. the vaccinated babies had constant health issues, allergies, coughs, mucous streaming from their noses, rashes…My 3 kids are unvaccinated, never needed antibiotics, do not use paracetamol for fever (we keep them close to us, and make sure they are hydrated) I work in Primary health care and constantly see damage to the nervous system, immune system,gut and liver. I also see a lot of babies with trauma to the musculoskeletal system and concurrent nervous system dysfunction from very fast induced births (for no apparent reason mostly), inductions then csections or vaginal forceps births. I understand that some birth trauma is unavoidable, but people need to be aware that hands on therapies can help these issues. Colicky babies are having really bad headaches! I am also worried about the increasing use of hormone contraceptives in very young girls and the use of antidepressants for everything from fatigue to period pain….also a great idea would be to create a web site where parents the world over can post stories and pictures of their marvelous unvaccinated children!

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  10. Thank you for reinforcing what I already knew to be the right decision not to vaccinate my kids any more.

    My oldest has had all the standard USA vaccinations through 18 months (he's now almost 4), my second had hers through 6 months (she's now 2.5), and my youngest–a homebirth and now 10 months old–has had no vaccinations (and, incidentally, he has never been to a doctor). The older two get sick a lot more often than the baby does. Of course, he still nurses pretty frequently. :o) We will be relocating to Central Africa within the next year and there may be some vaccinations I can't get out of, but I'm hoping to delay those as long as is humanly possible. Sigh.

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  11. the word is being spread rampant about the truths of vaccinating, the fears are however, still present… education is key, and people need to take responsibilty for their health, and with that resposibility for choices. there is a HUGE autism epidemic,families are learning vaccinating has caused so much damage,yet many still unaware that we dont have to do it and also, that its an urban legend that we need it.
    thank you so much for this article, wish the book would have come out, i had my children at home, I have 2 healthy boys and a grandson that have not been vaciinated. My oldest is almost 24 and he has been ill once, due to appendix. you should create a facebook page, if you havn't already, reaches SO many people in need of this good knowledge…thanks again
    ~Tajah Gerstenberger..facebook

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  12. An important element is to educate our un-vaxed children about vaccinations and their dangers. We have 5 unmarried young adults in our family and we are most vigiliant to educate them about vaccines which will effect their decision about spouse choice.

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  13. I have to admit I’m on the fence on this issue. All of my 3 children have been vaccinated to one degree or another. My youngest is missing her last rounds of several shots as that’s when I began to question the system. If I knew, when I had my first, what I know now I probably would have made different choices. So, I’m leaning away from the idea of vaccinations as a protective panacea…but, having said that, all my children are extremely healthy. At the ages of 10 and 8 my oldest two have only been on anti-biotics ONCE in their life, and my youngest (5) never. Other than their one ear infection requiring anti-biotics, they’ve never been sick with more than a mild cold or stomach bug and not for very long. It makes me wonder if there’s possibly another group of commonalities that vibrantly healthy children share beyond not being vaccinated and if those commonalities are a mitigating factor in increasing the well-being of my children, or in fact the actual source of health overall.

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    • I’m sure vaccines are not the only factor but must be among others such as healthy diet, damaged gut flora, pollution etc…

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    • My 2 oldest boys have been fully vaccinated – up to the before school booster. This was before I even starting learning any of this. So, not much I can do about that, unfortunately. They are also very healthy – both only having received antibiotics twice in their lives. My 2 daughters – almost 4 and 2 have been vaccinated less. The 4 year old has been up to the 4 yr. booster, which I am not getting her (and I have to send in an official form to my local health unit – I’m in Canada). The 2 year old, has only received up to the 6 month shots, which I started at 6months of age, not 2 months, as recommended. She’s had plenty of colds, but only 1 fever and the runs maybe twice. Neither of them has been on antibiotics, ever, in their lives. And I LOVE that!!!!! They were all breastfed, never formula at all. The 2 year old went straight from the breast to grass fed raw milk, lucky for her we finally found access a few months before she was weaned.

      I think an important factor to consider, as well, is the fact that those of us who are more ‘aware’ are also less likely to run to the doctor for every little thing, thus further reducing the use of antibiotics and other things like fever meds (I NEVER medicate a fever, ever). So, while I totally agree that vaccines are dangerous and need further, more rigourous testing, I do believe there are other factors involved as well. The more natural minded you are, the less intervention you will use and thus, the healthier and stronger your kids will be overall.
      My question would be – how do we protect our kids if they’ve been vaccinated? Will a healthy, Nourishing traditions style diet protect them from vaccines they’ve been exposed to? It’s scary to think what I could possibly have exposed them to, because of my previous ignorance. I hope that a protective diet will actually protect them as they get older – it’s scary. It’s something now that I have no control over, since it’s been done.

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  14. I have often battled with did I make the right choice in choosing to vaccinate my children, but I feel I did. My children eat all varieties of food from good to bad. Both my children have only ever had one antibiotic ever in their life and they only really got sick the year my oldest went to school. They have never had strep throat, bronchitis, or ear infections, yet we do make sure we keep their ears dry in the tub. I have not noticed any unusual effects from the vaccinations. However, I do think that they can do damage we have a nephew with autism and they can not find any other cause but the possibility of the vaccinations.

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  16. Great article. I chose not to vaccinate my child and she is in wonderful health. Sure, she gets the random cold, but I trust her body to heal itself and let it function as it knows how.
    I also make sure she eats a diet full of local, naturally fed animals (she is growing, after all), fresh produce, and raw milk.
    I even went so far as to find a charter school for her that believes in teaching children to respect where food comes from, grow their own food, compost and recycle; as opposed to the public school she went to where she was being fed candy, cheetos, and every other processed food on the planet almost every single day she was there. Horrifying.
    On the subject of the charter school she is at, they have not ONCE bothered me for her vaccination records. To say I am impressed is an understatement.
    Don’t know why this is the first time I’m reading your blog, but I will make sure to come back!

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  17. It sounds like the “control” group is improperly defined simply as “the vaccinated”, without controlling for the other significant factor: diet. I understand there’s a desire to link poor outcomes to the vaccines, but you can’t escape the fact that those unvaccinated children are more likely to be eating fewer (and less) processed foods.

    So, when there’s a series of studies that compare vaccinated and unvaccinated kids on similar diets, and the vaccinated kids still have poor outcomes, then we can pin the outcomes solely on vaccines. However, the article already mentions that unvaccinated kids who traded their healthy food for less healthy food got chicken pox. This implicates diet as a major contributor to wellness (and who would argue?).

    Our son (3), has been vaccinated and is given healthy foods. He has never had worse than congestion and a cough, despite being around other kids who are more sick, more often. Those other kids eat less healthy foods. I credit his diet for his good health, rather than blaming vaccines for the other kids’ relatively poorer health.

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    • Yes, diet does have a major impact on our health, but when looking at the study of the non-vaccinated children it seems aparent that since they would have been less likely to get chicken pox if they hadn’t swapped lunched it would therefore make the vaccine unnecessary. If you are helping build up your children’s immune systems through healthy diets and good hygene, then they will get sick less, and when they do get sick, their bodies’ immune systems will be strong enough to help them combat those illnesses.

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  18. Please reconsider your position. Your actions endanger lives – children die without vaccines, and on top of that, herd immunity is lost, which makes those that can’t (for example being too young) have the vaccine also susceptible, even if they have responsible parents who plan on vaccinating them.

    I’m also acutely aware that this comment will likely have no impact, but I couldn’t not make the comment seeing the dangerous information that you are promoting.

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  19. Its a pity that some people are willing to accept the half formed arguments and misinformation peddled by aticles such as this and the “doctors” of homeopathy that perpetuate them.

    Your children deserve better.

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  20. Great post. I have been researching the narratives surrounding the topic of vaccinations for 6 years and I have 4 of my own children that give me tons of “anecdotal” evidence. With 1 fully vaccinated child (that experienced pneumonia, ear infections, digestive issues, behavioral/emotional issues within the first 2-3 years of her life) and 3 unvaccinated, I am very relieved to observe much more vibrant health status’ for my younger unvaccinated children. My 5 yr old and my 3 yr old have NEVER been to the doctor for any illness and they barely get colds either. I noticed they both started getting more colds at preschool when I weaned them from breastfeeding at 3 yrs old, so I feel confident that the breastmilk is keeping them protected and I steer clear of vaccine pushers.

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  23. Hello all, and thank you Sarah. :)
    I am a 25 year old male, and my partner is 18. We have less than 2 weeks left until our (so far) healthy son Ryver is born. (Australia)
    We are informed, educated and our eyes are wide open to the “healthcare” industry.
    My partner and I will not be vaccinating our children. We have done hundreds of hours research into this subject alone.
    As we are quite young we recieve alot of agressive advice by healthcare “proffesionals”.
    We have been looked down on, and had more than 10 nurses,doctors,midwives, and other workers try to get us to change our beliefs about not vaccinating. The most recent was a disgusting display of “scare tactics”, by a nurse who after being unable to sway us by talking about the horrors of what our child would be “most likely to get” and “how would you feel knowing you were to blame”, she then went on to tell us, “If your child happens to survive, it will have the right to sue you for alot of money because it would be your fault.”
    I am worried to take my eyes off baby Ryver, for fear he will be jabbed by someone not knowing or not caring about our decisions.
    Now understand me, I AGREE with the concept of vaccinations.
    It has proven to be effective. (esspecially back in the day)
    But I DO NOT AGREE with the poison additives that are in them.
    And we ARE talking about POISONS!
    So we just will not impose that on our children. End of story.

    My partner and I dont smoke, dont drink, dont do drugs, do eat meat but not often.
    We both take many supliments, eg. Multi-vitamins, flax oil, fish oil, spirulina, coloidal minerals, bio-plasma, wheatgrass, probiotics, cayenne pepper, just to name the regular ones.
    We plan to have a drug free (or as drug free as possible ;) , natural child birth, we plan to breastfeed for at least a year, we are planning to have our children attend Stiener school, in Canberra.

    We have some friends that are expecting a child in the same month as us, who DO smoke, DO drink, dont plan to breast feed, are avid towards the use ofvaccinations, they (in my opinion) dont really understand nutrition, psychology, or the world we live in.

    So it should be good to be able to (for lack of a better word) compare the two different outcomes.

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  25. As another poster rightly noted, it is important to control for other factors. Every beginner research course drills into its students that “correlation does not equal causation.” In this case, just because there are health differences associated with vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children doesn’t mean the vaccines themselves caused the difference. As the author noted, ” life choices often made by families that do not vaccinate, including home birth, breastfeeding, simple therapies, good food (often vegetarian), a tranquil living environment and trust in the capacity of the body to heal itself” potentially sway the results. Controlling for or matching these factors, as well as others such as SES and parental education that are shown to impact health and health decisions, would more clearly flush out whether such a difference truly exists.

    And, as for anecdotal evidence, my family is the exact opposite of these findings: My four nephews, who have not been vaccinated, are the ones with the food allergies, behavior problems, aggression, and constant sickness while my three sons, who are vaccinated, are in great health, seeing their pediatrician only for well visits. Again, I don’t want to imply that the vaccines caused their good health, just pointing out that vaccines aren’t a death sentence for your child, and more importantly, that not vaccinating isn’t a guarantee for a happy, healthy life.

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  26. My youngest child is not vaccinated at all, while my elder son has had his baby shots, so I have a ‘control’ group of sorts. They are both quite healthy, but as a baby my elder son definitely got sick more and had to take antibiotics on a couple of occasions. My younger son HAS NEVER NEEDED A DOCTORS VISIT in his 6 years. He has never taken antibiotics. Recently they both had chicken pox of equal severity, which they both sailed through. So much for the varicella vaccination my older son had had. He got CP first then I made sure the younger one was exposed so he could develop immunity.
    I look at my younger son and how healthy he is and know that I have done the right thing. But I remember those early days, being admonished by doctors and nurses and being frightened into doubting my own intellect and intuition. DON”T LET ANYONE MAKE YOU DOUBT YOURSELF.
    The thing is, we DON”T KNOW what the long-term effects of vaccines are. Or do we? These days there are more cases of asthma, allergies, ADHD, cancer etc than anything else – how do we know these aren’t the ill effects of vaccinations catching up with us? But getting cancer is way better than measles, right? I find it totally incongruous that people who advocate vaccination are way more concerned about diseases that were practically eradicated with improved nutrition and hygiene, than they are about trying to PREVENT cancer.

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