The benefits of having measles (at the right age) trumps the MMR vaccine's benefits, for these two reasons: 1) suffering through the disease bestows lifelong immunity to it; and 2) measles strengthens and helps mature a child's helper T-cell adaptive immune system, and most importantly its cancer-preventing Th1 side.
With good sanitation and nutrition, the pre-vaccine mortality rate of measles in the U.S. was less than 1 in a million (compared with 14 deaths per 100,000 in 1900); seizures occurred in 1 in 3,000 people; and encephalitis, 1 in 100,000, with full recovery in 75 percent of those cases. Investigators have shown that vitamin A substantially lowers the mortality rate and is the crucial treatment for ensuring an uncomplicated, smooth outcome from this childhood disease--at doses of 200,000 to 400,000 IU a day for two days. It is also important to let the disease run its course and not suppress the fever, which can rise to 104-105 degrees, with antipyretics (aspirin). Reducing the fever prolongs the illness and blunts the immune response. As pediatrician Robert Mendelsohn, MD counsels: "When your child contracts an infection, the fever that accompanies it is a blessing, not a curse." (Also, do not give antibiotics for it alone. They hinder the immune response and napalm the bowel.)
Public health authorities, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and top medical societies like the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Practice, and the American Medical Association assure parents and the public that all vaccines are safe. Following the CDC's recommended schedule, American children receive 50 injections of 14 different vaccines by the age of six. The schedule states, "Your child can safely receive all vaccines recommended for a particular age during one visit."
The Package Insert for the MMR vaccine (Merck's M-M-R II) wasn't told that. It tells a far more gruesome story. Adverse Reactions that it lists include subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome (a particularly nasty form of autoimmune paralysis), thrombocytopenia (low platelet count), optic neuritis, hearing loss, immune system suppression, inflammatory bowel disease, juvenile diabetes, atypical measles, anaphylaxis, arthritis, pancreatitis, aseptic meningitis, pneumonia, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (a life-threatening skin condition), erythema multiforme, etc. It also lists, "death from various, and in some cases unknown, causes." The one critical thing that is not anywhere on this list is autism.
CDC officials and health authorities in the various medical organizations unequivocally say that the live-virus MMR vaccine does not cause autism. This is not true. There is, in fact, compelling evidence that the U.S. governmental-medical-pharmaceutical complex ignores, and in some cases actually suppresses, showing that the MMR vaccine does indeed cause autism.
Before health care providers began injecting vaccines into babies and young children in increasing amounts, only 1 in 10,000 children had autism. Now, incredibly, 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are autistic. Less momentous, but still shocking, health authorities now classify 1 out of every 6 American children as "Learning Disabled."
When the MMR vaccine began to be widely used measles virtually disappeared, preventing over the years several hundred deaths. Now, however, several thousand normally developing children become autistic after receiving their MMR shot each year. Termed "regressive autism," it accounts for about 30 percent of the 10,000 to 20,000 children who are diagnosed with autism in this country each year.
For more evidence that MMR vaccines cause autism see the Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Families and Health Practitioners: Guide to Immunization Risks and Protection, Second edition (2012 ) by Neil Miller (no relation)  and two previous articles (with updates) I have written for LRC on this subject. [3,4]
The 50-year, (now) near-mandatory measles vaccine guidelines that trade lifetime natural immunity for temporary vaccine immunity is reaching the stage of blowback. The vaccine is altering the distribution of measles, away from children 5 to 9 years old who are optimally suited to catch it and rarely experience complications, to infants and adults. These age groups are much more likely to suffer serious complications--testicular and ovarian complications in adults and neurological complications in both groups. In the pre-vaccine 1960s only 10 percent of cases occurred in persons over age 10, and 3 percent in persons 15 years and older. Without natural immunity, child-bearing women can longer protect their offspring from measles (and the vaccine doesn't work in infants). In a 1992 measles outbreak in Albuquerque, 28 percent of cases were less than 1 year old; in Brownsville, TX, 45%; and in the recent Northern England outbreak, 13 percent of cases were infants. Now 60 percent of all new cases occur in persons over age 10; and 26 percent, in persons 15 years and older.
Short-lived vaccine immunity renders people under age 55-60 vulnerable to contracting measles at a bad age, with infants less than 1 year old and adults over 20 years old at greatest risk. The day may once again come when parents, while avoiding the vaccine, hold measles parties for their children in the age window of 5 to 9 years (like some families now do in Germany) so they can have measles at the safest time in their lives, thereby achieving the benefits of a strengthened immune system and lifelong natural immunity from this disease.
And now Dr. William Thompson, a CDC employee-researcher, has come forward recently as a whistleblower, revealing the fact that the CDC has been hiding the truth about vaccine dangers from the public, specifically with regard to MMR vaccine-induced autism. Like an Edward Snowden in the CDC, he has revealed to Dr. Brian Hooker (the Glenn Greenwald of the piece) that the CDC has committed scientific fraud. This occurred in a 2004 paper published in the journal Pediatrics, written by Dr. Thompson and other CDC employees, which hid the finding that the MMR vaccine had caused a 340 percent increased risk of autism in African-American babies. Dr. Hooker revealed this in a 2014 paper published inTranslational Neurodegeneration. But typical of the censorship and suppression practiced in today's medical police state, it forced the editor of that journal to apologize for publishing this paper and retract it (as has been the case with other studies implicating MMR vaccine with autism, notably one by Dr. Andrew Wakefield published in Lancet in 1998). But in a recent development, the President has granted Dr. Thompson "Official Whistleblower Status and Immunity" to testify before Congress. 
The risks of the MMR vaccine are greater than the risks of having measles. This fact is gradually coming to light.
For, as Shakespeare tells us (in The Merchant of Venice, Act 2, Scene 2), "In the end the truth will out."
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