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Meningitis Part One: Meningococcal Ecology and the Rise of Invasive Disease in Teenagers
Meningitis Part Two: Meningococcus, Babies, Breastfeeding, Other Invasive Bacterial Disease and the new Meningococcal B Vaccine
Much of Western Medicine is based on ‘The Germ Theory of Disease’. According to ‘The Germ Theory of Disease’: you meet a bacterium or virus and you catch the disease, unless you have had it before and you are immune. But if this were true, then everyone on a bus which was carrying someone with ‘flu would catch the ‘flu, but they don’t. Why not? – Not because they have antibodies to cialis soft pills the ‘flu – the ‘flu virus changes every year, that is reason people are vaccinated annually against the ‘flu. No, the only people who ‘catch’ the ‘flu are those who are prone or susceptible to catching it.
‘MUMPS HITS UNIVERSITIES’, scream the headlines as universities set up mass vaccination programmes advising students to have the MMR jab as an epidemic of mumps threatens to sweep through campuses across the country. Figures from the Health Protection Agency show an increase in mumps from about 1,500 for all age groups in 2003 to almost 2,000 cases in only the first six months of this year. We are told that most cases of mumps are among people in their very late teens and early 20s who have not been vaccinated with the MMR and are therefore vulnerable to infection (1).
We vaccinate against lots of childhood diseases now because we are told that having the diseases is a bad thing and leads to thousands of deaths. However, when we look at the figures from the Office for National Statistics, we see that 95% of the people who used to die from measles stopped dying before the vaccine was introduced in 1968 and similarly 99% of the people who used to die of whooping cough. The mortality rate for tuberculosis fell no differently in countries that did and did not use the BCG vaccine. Scarlet fever, rheumatic fever and typhus were deadly killers. They all disappeared without a vaccine. Why?
Having trained as a conventional medical doctor, qualifying from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, in 1983, all of my undergraduate teaching and postgraduate experience in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Family Planning, Child Health, Orthopaedics, Emergency Medicine and General Practice led me to being a strong supporter of the Universal Childhood Vaccination Program.
I speak to a lot of parents about child health and vaccination, as they try to make sense of the confusing and often alarmist information they are given about childhood illnesses. I speak to a lot of parents aboutchild health and vaccination, as theytry to make sense of the confusing and often alarmist information they are given about childhood illnesses.
General Measures For Managing Acute Childhood Illness or Infection
- Fresh air – open the window, during mild weather, lie outside if you can. At night, make sure that the window is open even if only a little.
- No dairy produce – no milk (including soya) yoghurt, cheese, eggs until well on the mend. Dairy increases mucus, upsets stomachs and may increase fever.
In my opinion, the biggest barrier to intelligent management of childhood illnesses is fear which comes in many forms:
- Fear of trusting our own judgement and intuition because we have been lead to believe that only the ‘professionals’ are qualified to make decisions about our children,
- Fear that diseases that were once regarded as part of growing up arnow ‘killers’,
- Fear that without high tech interventions our children will suffer disability or death ,
- Fear of symptoms such as fever,cough or rash,
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