It was September 2014. The CDC Whistleblower story was gaining momentum; breaking out of the non-vax echo chamber. There was a battle of the citizen journalist iReports. CNN was forced to respond. The CDC had no choice but to issue a statement to CNN and put another out on their website. Dr. Thompson weighed in through his lawyer. Brian Hooker’s reanalysis was published in a journal, and immediately retracted. Snopes was on the case.
I would giddily call Liam Scheff almost every night, after every new development. “This is it, buddy!” I’d say. “We’re finally going to be heard. It’s all falling apart now. The truth is coming out.”
And he’d make a little whine of disbelief, like he was thinking about it, and then laugh. He’d tell me I was wrong. He’d say that we would never, ever break through. “It” was never going to fall apart. No matter what was happening, we could never do enough.
The anti-vaxers will always lose.
A year and a half later he put out this video where he spoke to what we used to talk about.
“You don’t question huge cultural stories, and the story is always the same: ‘This is how we do it. We didn’t always do it this way, but we learned to do it this way, and now we live in the best of all possible worlds.’
Despite disease outbreaks in highly vaccinated populations. Despite diseases caused by the ingredients of vaccines. Despite autism. Despite causing polio by spraying DDT.
‘We live in the best of all possible worlds.’
Their side gets all the support they want because the entire media operation– the church, the government– believes this. No one is going to admit that we don’t live in the best of all possible worlds.
And this is the most crucial point that nobody talks about: the anti-vaccine side doesn’t know what to offer in the place of vaccination.
Vaccination is nothing if not a ritual. It is a religious, ritualized act. A ceremony. You go to someone with a white coat, who you trust implicitly, who is smarter than you, who has had more training than you.
They gain your trust by telling you it’s going to hurt a little bit, and then the hurt is going to be over. Of course, they’re talking about a simple prick of the skin, not vaccine injury. They’re just priests. They’re not students of what the ingredients are doing to your body, or they wouldn’t be doing it.
They are hallowed for enacting this ritual. It is very significant to go to a place where you have no control, to give yourself up to authority, to let them do a ritual in which you are a participant.
It makes you feel like you are part of something. You will become a member of a society that accepts a tribal ritual.
The anti-vaccine movement doesn’t have a ritual to offer. They have nothing that says, ‘You can bring your child to this non-vaccine center and we’ll bless your child with the holy oil of oregano. We’re going to do all of this as a ritual. An anti-glyphosate, anti-vaccine, anti-sugar, anti-poison ritual.’
We don’t have anything like that. We can’t compete. People who are asking for logic in medicine are missing the fundamental aspect of medicine: it is a religious ritualistic practice.
We are a far more tribal species– a far more mythology-driven, psychologically-driven species– than we are a logical species.
That’s what makes it impossible to get anything done in the sciences– which are a religion, colored with a little bit of math.”
One year later, Liam was gone.
You can help support those that this brilliant mind left behind by purchasing his book, Official Stories.
Seen through this lens, how is the ritual of vaccination in western medicine different from the ritual of baptism as a requirement for eternal salvation in Christianity? Or the Hindu black pottu dot on a baby’s cheek keeping them from getting sick because people admire them too much? Or, at the extreme end of infant rituals, female genital mutilation as a mark of marriageability in Burkina Faso?
People who participate in those rituals don’t question them because they are huge cultural stories. Even if they don’t wholeheartedly believe, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
How can scientific research ever make progress when it has to adhere to the (government, big ag, chemical and pharmaceutical industries) religious tenets of ritualistic medicine?
It can’t be embedded in this piece, but you should watch Liam’s hilarious video called “Ask a Scientist” here.
“Don’t try to read our papers. You’re not in our club. You’re not allowed to.”
I’ve been chatting with an LQ commenter who messaged me the other day to say that vaccination is a ritual of cleansing. Those who partake are clean, and those who do not are unclean. Heck, you’re unclean for even questioning it, even if you did partake.
They see themselves as clean and pure and see us as vile and germ ridden.
And he pointed out how absurd it is that this purification ritual takes place by congregating in disease-infested doctor offices.
I have to agree with him.
Picture it: you take your newborn infant to little space in an office strip mall where cough spittle, mucusy sneezes, and shed skin cells cover every surface– the door handles, toys, books, scale, instruments, the vinyl table under a fragile strip of paper. This place is a revolving door of diarrhea, streptococcus, RSV, hand-foot-and-mouth, rhinovirus, pertussis, and dozens of undiagnosable viruses. And once at this place, you allow your child to be injected with bacteria, viruses grown in cells from aborted babies, formaldehyde, polysorbate emulsifier, ammonia fertilizer salt, aluminum, and a little bit of mercury.
Go for these injections 5 times in 18 months, and the tribe will deem your child to be cleansed.
Q: But what about British people? They don’t vaccinate for chicken pox.
A: That’s not our tribe.
Q: Japanese doctors are no longer allowed to say that the government recommends the HPV vaccine.
A: That tribe’s belief system is not founded in science.
Q: But the US doesn’t vaccinate for tuberculosis, and almost everyone else does.
A: We don’t care what other tribes do. Our way is the right way.
Germ theory is the “understanding” that microscopic viruses cause infectious diseases in healthy people. If you buy into germ theory so completely that you guard against disease with vaccination, then how are you talked into doing this ritual at a doctor’s office?
It’s so germy that 12 years ago doctors were told to stop wearing “disease-spreading” neckties while doing their rounds. If you’re so scared of germs, then the doctor is the most disgusting guy in town. Why do you want this person to handle your newborn?
And it reminded me of how repulsive it is that we now fully expect women to birth babies in hospitals where every year 1.5 million Americans go to die. On top of that, the medical establishment is responsible for accidentally killing over 400,000 people every year. This is who you entrust with your healthy infant’s life?
And if you’re smart enough to wait outside with your newborn in a baby carrier with the top closed until your name is called for your appointment, then why are you at the doctor’s office at all? To have your baby weighed? To have their head measured? You don’t have a tape measure at home? You don’t want to spend $33 on a baby scale?
Or are you there to have the priest in the white coat look your baby over and declare, “He’s perfect! Good job, parent!”
Why not squirt a little hand sanitizer on a local homeless guy and ask him to hold your baby and tell you what a good job you’re doing? Do you think a doctor with a disease-spreading necktie is less germy?
And what’s a doctor’s favorite thing to say when denying that a vaccine has made a child sick? “Ah, they must have picked something up in the office when they were here for their checkup.” So either the vaccine injected into your child made them sick, or the visit to the doctor’s office made them sick. Pick your poison.
Traditional western medical doctors are for sick people. Specialists are for sick people. Their offices are for sick people. Their hospitals are for sick people. Their medicines are for sick people. There is no such thing as a “preventative wellness medicine” coming from a doctor.
There is a faction of the population who believe that “germs” seek diseased tissue as their natural habitat— the germs aren’t the cause of the diseased tissue. The “terrain theory” holds that sick people have a temporary or permanent disposition to infection caused by their environmental toxic load, inadequate nutrition, vitamin deficiencies, and stress levels. These stagnant pools within our tissues become the breeding ground for existing benign microbes to morph into pathogenic microbes.
The impact of stress on the immune system is why you get sick after a long difficult event, like a month of studying for and taking college final exams. It’s why women under daily pressure– like while getting a divorce– develop precancerous cervical lesions even when they are negative for HPV.
It’s also why being happy and having a close community boosts immunity from catching colds, despite being in physical contact with others. It’s why the idiots at the University of Nottingham wrote a paper about how being in a good mood makes the flu vaccine work better. It doesn’t make the flu vaccine work better. Being happy makes the immune system work better.
But on the flip side, never having infections isn’t beneficial, either. It’s why people who “never get sick” are so shocked when they end up with cancer. Getting a fever clears infection and diseased tissues, and heating up the body with exercise or saunas may have the same effect.
I don’t have a two-minute every-other-month “anti-vaccine wellness ritual” that prevents the disposition to infection. Nobody does, and you shouldn’t want one anyway. People get fevers sometimes. They serve a purpose.
But here’s my ideal list of what you should be doing, though I know it’s not 100% possible in 100% of parents so there’s no need to tell me that in the comment section.
- Don’t use pitocin, epidural anesthesia, or antibiotics to bring your baby into the world.
- Wait at least five minutes after your baby is born to cut the cord to their placenta. 30% of their red blood cells, stem cells and immune cells return to their body.
- Don’t give your baby the vitamin k shot at birth. Skip the vitamin k drops, too. Your newborn’s blood is not meant to clot quickly– it’s crucial for stems cells to reach their destination as fast as possible.
- Rub your baby’s vernix coating in like a barrier and don’t bathe them for a week.
- Only use a diluted Castile soap for your baby’s baths. Healthy baby skin doesn’t need antimicrobial soaps or any powders, creams, or lotions.
- Breastfeed your baby exclusively on demand for six months, then continue while introducing fruits and vegetables for at least six months more.
- If your baby seems colicky or unable to sleep comfortably, they may have a gut bacteria imbalance. Try out infant probiotic drops for a few days to see if that solves the issue.
- Your baby should be sleeping on a non-toxic mattress to limit exposure to fire retardant off-gassing. Buy a new one, or wrap a conventional mattress with only a hole on the underside, and cover with a blanket and a fitted sheet.
- Run a HEPA air filter in the room where your baby sleeps.
- Dress your baby in organic cotton clothing.
- Use cloth diapers and cloth wipes.
- Keep your baby out of crowded public places until they’re 6 months old.
- Babies have permeable intestines by design so that mother’s milk antibodies travel quickly. Wait until your baby is 6 months old to make sure their intestinal junctions have closed as much as possible before you feed them pureed or solid food.
- Your baby’s bottles and cups should be glass, not plastic.
- Wait to feed your baby grains– rice, wheat, or corn– until they have molars. They don’t have the optimal enzymes to digest it.
- Have a zero-pesticide rule when it comes to feeding your baby. Glyphosate doesn’t wash off because it’s taken up into the plant from the soil. Organic fruits and vegetables only cost 15% more than their conventional counterparts now. Look for an online delivery service if there isn’t a store near you.
- Aim for a high fat diet for your baby– plenty of coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, eggs, and cheese (unless you think dairy is the devil, which I don’t).
- Let your baby get 10-15 minutes of direct sunshine a day between the hours of 11am and 3pm. Let most or all of their skin see the sun, without sunscreen. The sun’s UVB rays are critical to making the vitamin D hormone. Beyond that, kids should avoid sunburn at peak hours with wide brim hats, clothing, or a coconut-oil based sunscreen, never a chemical one.
- If your baby gets a cold or the flu, fight it with elderberry syrup and kids’ zinc. Don’t give over-the-counter fever reducers of any kind. When your child has a fever under 104 and you’re fighting the urge to treat it, comfort yourself by imagining their fittest cells surviving while the sickly ones are being destroyed.
- In the event of an infection, insist on a laboratory confirmation of the need for antibiotics before allowing your baby to have any.
- Let your child drink only RO water or natural spring water. Reverse osmosis kitchen filters remove 90% of fluoride, reduce lead and remove chloramines. A squeeze of lemon neutralizes chlorine. Add a little non-GMO vitamin C to their bath water.
Can you figure out why these 21 points haven’t replaced vaccination for the majority of the population? They take more work than most people in our American culture are willing to put in. They take effort. They cost money.
Like I said years ago, “You wanted to have kids, so guess what? You need to take care of them, even if that means spending money on higher quality food, because just keeping them alive day after day isn’t cutting it.”
So the next time you find yourself in a conversation with someone who sees your child as a disease-carrying baby bat because you didn’t partake in the vaccine ritual, confidentially reassure them that you did the delayed cord clamping ritual, the vernix rubbing ritual, the probiotic ritual, the daily sunshine vitamin D ritual, and the breastmilk 12 times a day ritual, so your baby is also protected and cleansed, and they don’t need to worry themselves about it.
Then remember what I said about diarrhea doorknobs, and ask them to explain how germs are so dangerous that they need to vaccinate against them, and yet so benign that they take their kids to a cesspool at a strip mall to get it done.