Mumps in Anchorage: thoughts to ponder

Some of us Alaskans have known about the Mumps outbreak in Anchorage for a while now.

But as of September 25th, 2017 it has been officially announced with 13 cases confirmed. This is Alaska’s first outbreak in two decades, the last being 10 confirmed cases in 1995, according to KTUU news.

I know that there are parents today riddled with worry, wondering, in light of the outbreak, if they made a good decision to delay vaccines, or to opt out of the agenda entirely, and not really knowing where they can turn to ask questions without being name-called or having their concerns dismissed altogether. If that’s you, you have my full empathy, one mama bear to another.

So, without further ado, let’s break this down with a few thoughts to ponder, shall we?

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First, let us observe and appreciate the zombie doomsday font that somebody obviously put a lot of thought into. 😉

Have you ever considered how the only diseases we are taught to fear – or even think about – are the 16 vaccine preventable ones?  There are literally thousands of diseases that we have no vaccine for – although some 300+ new vaccines are in the works – that are not on your radar, including things as hideous as the Black Plague.

Horrors like the Black Plague aren’t relevant in our country because of vaccines indoor water and sewer and clean living conditions. Outbreaks do occur, however there is no recommended vaccine for it, therefore media coverage is brief and not so sensationalized.

And how about E. coli? A little off topic, but that’s a potentially lifestyle-preventable, deadly infection that is not even spoken about in the pediatricians office. At least not commonly. But why not? Isn’t E. coli prevention awareness important? Isn’t E. coli far more dangerous than measles or mumps?

Lacking historical fact, it is easy to teach vaccine philosophy. When people escalate their fear only when they know a vaccine is recommended, they have been well taught.

– Cynthia Cournoyer, What About Immunizations

Second, let’s get into the claim that the Mumps vaccine ( MMR ) is 88% effective after two doses, because that’s quite a lofty bragging point.

I think this statement implies for parents that 88% of the time, MMR is effective every time ( big on Anchor Man references here ). But this is not what they mean, and this is part of how vaccine effectiveness and failure is obscured for the unknowing public.

It’s important to know that this vaccine isn’t observed to be effective 88% of the time in its recipients. The efficacy of a vaccine is officially determined by titer testing ( the measuring of blood antibody levels ), and I make the argument that titers may not actually be as accurate a marker as they are touted to be, if at all.

The statistics on the production of antibodies in the blood after vaccination can be misleading as well. Certain people naturally develop antibodies in their blood after having a disease or after being exposed to a disease. They are thought to be immune. Then there are those who don’t develop antibodies and still never get the disease regardless of repeated exposure.

Antibody production in the blood remains the primary measure of weather a vaccine is determined effective or not. In other words, depending on the level of antibodies to a certain ingredient in a vaccine, a person is determined to be immune to that disease. However, prominent lab technicians say that the high antibody titre ( measurement of concentration ) has nothing to do with the prevention of any disease. Those with a high titre count often develop the worst cases of disease while those with the low count may not develop signs of illness. In every incidence of infectious disease, there are those exposed who never show signs or symptoms of that illness. Therefore, a given person may or may not get a given disease in his lifetime, regardless of exposure to a disease, so it cannot be said that the person was protected only by the vaccine.

– Cynthia Cournoyer, What About Immunizations

As with all parenting choices, I advocate not that you do or you don’t, but rather that you take your time and weigh pros against cons, benefits against risks.

Because of politics and financial interests, the world is not openly told the truth about vaccinations on any level. Instead we are told one line and one line only: vaccines are safe and effective; vaccines save lives. 

As a mom to three children more precious to me than my own life, I can’t just swallow that line as the deciding factor for a decision as huge as this. Especially having personally experienced adverse effects in my own life, in my own children already.

The truth is that vaccines do not guarantee immunity and do pose a significant risk. This isn’t controversial, except among those ardently devoted to hearing and acknowledging only propagandized facts that directly align with Vaccine Philosophy, as vaccines are legally classified as unavoidably unsafe.

Couple their official classification with a few hours of reading through VAERS ( Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System ) reports, which is admittedly a minuscule portion of all adverse reactions, and VICP ( Vaccine Injury Compensation Program ) payouts, which has now exceeded 3.1 Billion with a B dollars, and you too will have a strong understanding of just how ‘unavoidably unsafe’ vaccines really are.

While I can’t say that vaccines undoubtably never confer immunity, I’m also not willing to say that they guarantee immunity, because they do not, nor am I willing to say that their benefits outweigh their risks. The reality is that prior to the release of the original live-virus Mumps vaccine in 1967, and the beginning of its routine use in 1977, Mumps was just another everyday childhood illness, with 75% of cases occurring within the age bracket of 14 years old and younger. Complications stemming from Mumps in this age range were and are rare, though vaccine profiteers report otherwise.

There is evidence to suggest, though, that through vaccination practices we have postponed this childhood disease into adulthood. By 2004, more than 79% of all Mumps cases were seen within the age bracket of 15 – 24 year-olds. The issue with this complete age demographic flip-flop is that Mumps poses greater threats of complication ( though still rare ) for adults. And while natural immunity is for life, vaccine-induced immunity wears off, thus the need for lifelong boosters, which most adults don’t get. This means that an adult man who received the mumps vaccine or MMR as a child may contract Mumps as a young adult with a higher risk of suffering sterility in one or both testicles as a result.

It’s also well worth noting that MMR is considered to be a dangerous product which needs immediate recall, as of over a decade ago in my informed opinion. I digress.

We can also look at the history of measles and see that when it was a regular part of childhood, 1 in every 10,000 children would potentially suffer from resulting encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, and again, that’s likely to occur in a child with a pre-existing condition or lifestyle susceptibility.

Today there is no official estimate for exactly how many children suffer encephalitis as a result of the MMR vaccine itself, however from my research it seems likely to be in the hundreds if not thousands+ of cases per year. Encephalitis is a listed side effect of the MMR vaccine and cases are frequently listed in VAERS reports, as well as VICP compensation cases. 

Again, I’m not here to convince you; I’m here to share with you that the story of vaccines is much more in-depth than the little bit of cover story we’ve been told, and you deserve to make an informed decision that is fully and undoubtably your own.

To make a wise decision when it comes to any unnecessary medical procedure, and especially one as controversial as MMR, we need all the facts, and we need to garner these facts from reputable sources, which do not include sensationalized news headlines or any strictly biased websites or agencies.

I’d like to thank Alaska officials for being honest in this case with their admission that, while the MMR vaccine is recommended, it may or may not provide you or your child with temporary immunity, and you may indeed contract mumps despite receiving the vaccine.

I’ll leave you with this one last thought: thoroughly read the MMR package insert. Familiarize yourself with it, and talk with your naturopathic doctor or practitioner about what it all means. Be informed! Knowledge is power and peace of mind.

From every angle, opinion, and source, I hope you begin your own investigative work.

You deserve to be healthy, FREE, and to make informed decisions for your family – without pressure. Don’t ever take my word for it.

Hugs’ n health, Ashley Lynn

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What About Immunizations? Cynthia Cournoyer

Merck MMR package insert

MMR failure rates observed in infants

Watch Vaccines Revealed docu-series free

Truth About Vaccines docu-series

Brian Hooker official 2016 statement on William Thompson 

The prevalence of E. coli, Dairy and Beef, Washington

E. coli from 1982 – 2002

Neurological complications of mumps, vaccine damage

CDC Surveillance Summaries, Mumps age range shifting 




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