Raising Awareness About Health Choices

Preserving the Fundamental Human Right to Health Freedom

  • February 16, 2019 1:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The freedom over what is done to your body is the most basic fundamental human liberty. Article 6 of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights says:

    “Any preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medical intervention is only to be carried out with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned, based on adequate information. The consent should, where appropriate, be express and may be withdrawn by the person concerned at any time and for any reason without disadvantage or prejudice.”

    Some parents have very strong moral, ethical, conscientious, and religious objections to vaccination. It is a fact that vaccination is an invasive medical procedure that comes with risk, including severe disability and even death. As a result, you have the legal right to be fully and accurately informed about the benefits and risks of a medical intervention, including the consumption of a pharmaceutical product, and be free to make a voluntary decision about whether to accept the risk for yourself or your minor child without being coerced or punished for the decision you make. Ohio has an informed consent law, please see ORC 2317.54 Informed consent to surgical or medical procedure or course of procedures

    The following is a letter written to the Ohio Legislature relating to the history of mandatory vaccination laws in Ohio and an example of the lengths  a parent will go to protect their children from over reaching draconian laws. 

    “Dear Ohio Legislator,

    As an Ohioan and descendant of a family who was negatively impacted by mandatory vaccination, I urge you to always include “reason of conscience” and “religious conviction” in any legislation involving vaccinations. The following is our story of how mandatory vaccinations devastated my great uncle’s life:

    Ralph Bowser and his wife, Marguerite Roth Bowser, were deeply religious. Ralph was raised by Dunkards and German Baptists in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Ralph came to Ohio because his mother and step-father had moved to Dayton. Ralph had strong religious convictions against vaccination. In the early 1940’s, the Dayton public schools made vaccination mandatory for all students. Ralph chose to withdraw his two children, Louise and Ralph Jr., from public school and school them at home. Unfortunately, home-schooling was illegal at that time in Dayton. In 1941, Ralph and Marguerite were charged with failing to enroll their children in public school. Ralph was sentenced to six months in the county workhouse. Marguerite was placed in a mental hospital because there was no women’s jail facility at that time. Ralph and Marguerite’s two children were placed in the Shawen Acres Children’s Home of Montgomery County. His brother, my great-grandfather, Harvey Bowser, was unable to take the two children because he already had his hands full caring for his wife, who was ill. Ralph’s mother, Sarah Geiser, was ill also, and she passed away in 1941.

    Ralph went on a hunger strike. Ralph’s case made national headlines. Many newspapers portrayed Ralph as an anti-social religious fanatic and claimed his children were barely educated--which was not true. His daughter, Louise, later remembered her parent’s deep faith and gentle ways. Louise remembered her mother teaching her brother and her. She recalled that Shawen Acres tested her to determine her grade level and that she qualified to be in the same grade as her age-mates. Louise also remembered that Shawen Acres vaccinated both her brother and her against their will and separated her from her brother. Louise missed her parents very much during her time at Shawen Acres.

    In response to Ralph’s fast, the workhouse assigned him to work in the kitchen and tried various means to tempt him into eating. Failing to break Ralph’s fast by temptation, the court then ordered Ralph to a hospital to be force fed on the 28th day of his fast.

    Eventually, both Ralph and Marguerite were released. Marguerite would not speak of her treatment in the mental hospital, but her family said she was never the same after her experience-mentally broken. Ralph and Marguerite were not able to bring their children home for a long time. Thus, Ralph Bowser, a former marine and heavyweight wrestler, and his wife and family were damaged mentally, physically, and financially, because they objected to vaccination.

    I share Ralph’s story because Ohio instituted exemptions from vaccination because of similar cases. Let us not repeat the past. Prevent similar injustices in the future.”

    As you can see, being aware of history is important so we may gain an appreciation for where we are and why we have exemptions to vaccination.

    According to ORC 3313.671, a child must be vaccinated against mumps, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, rubeola, rubella, hep b, chickenpox, and meningococcal or submit a written statement in lieu of the vaccination record in order to gain access to a public school. It is important to note two things. The first, if a parent declines even one of the above mentioned vaccinations in the series recommended by the CDC, a written statement of exemption is required. The second, there is absolutely no proof of immunity required to attend public school only proof of consumption of a vaccine. Please see Ethical Vaccinomics to learn more about primary and secondary vaccine failure. According to the CDC Ohio has a 2.6% exemption rate to one, some, or all vaccinations. 

    ***The above letter was published with permission by Rebecca Shull***

    Michelle Cotterman, RN APP is a co-founder of Health Freedom Ohio. She is the mother of two naturally raised children. Her continuing education focuses on Holistic Health and includes Polarity Therapy, Homeopathy, and Herbalism. Michelle has been studying the science behind vaccines and the vaccine industry since 2010. 

  • February 13, 2019 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ***It is my passion to raise awareness about alternative-to-pharmaceutical modalities that promote health and wellness. I hope you enjoy the stories I share from my own journey raising natural, pharmaceutical free children. The following is not meant to be medical advice, if you need medical advice seek out a pharmaceutically trained medical physician.***

    I had always believed in homeopathy, since becoming a mother and seeing how helpful it could be when I had a teething baby. However, I had no idea how valuable it would be in treating our family, in such a broad sense, including treating future dental needs I still believed could only be addressed by antibiotics. 

    Our middle son developed some dental issues quite young, and despite following healing protocols and working with a DDS, the issues persisted. When we noticed a back molar showing signs of decay when he was about 3 1/2 years old, we decided to go forward with some non-amalgam fillings after not having a lot of success even implementing any of the highly effective methods discussed in books like "Cure Tooth Decay"

    We ended up doing a couple of fillings which was very traumatic for our son. Some of the fillings ended up falling out. My son ended up with an abscess tooth on his back bottom right molar a few weeks before his fourth birthday, our family vacation, and his debut as a ringbearer at his aunts wedding. Obviously, fear was setting in because the thought of being in another state with a potentially serious dental emergency, paired with being a very holistic family, I did not want to take any chances. It actually took us a couple of days to get into our dentist, in the meantime at my urging, he agreed to write me a prescription for antibiotics. I was of the mind that only antibiotics could take care of something like a dental abscess, but also very aware they would destroy his gut, possibly making his already picky eating even more intense and essentially wipe out his good bacteria. Every attempt to have this child ingest the liquid antibiotic, was completely a failure - it was as if he knew how detrimental something like that could be to his body! He kicked, screamed, spat, and cried.

    At this point a friend who is also a registered nurse, suggested looking into the homeopathic remedy Hepar Sulph. I quickly began researching and found the potency suggested for healing dental abscesses on Joette Calabrese homeopathic website. At this point our son was averse to any sort of medication, however we could dissolve the remedy into his water and he quickly began showing improvements. Within a day the swelling had significantly gone down. We were also using things such as essential oil externally, Sovereign Silver, iodine and salt water however the homeopathy was the one thing that we could guarantee to get in him through his daily water intake.

    Within a few days he was completely recovered we were able to go on our family vacation. He had a wonderful happy birthday celebrated at the beach. We are forever grateful that we were able to heal our son without damaging his gut or his microbiome, no trauma, no holding him down to get medication in, and when we went to have that tooth extracted because we thought that it was so damaged, after the x-ray they had a hard time determining which tooth needed to be removed because all of the infection was gone.

    Megan Elder is a holistic health and medical freedom advocate in the Cleveland area, where she resides with her husband and three children. She is a former public school teacher for children with Autism, with a Masters in Education. She now homeschools her children while she studies homeopathy and other healing modalities in her free time.

  • February 05, 2019 9:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Headlines exploded February 1st, 2019 over a Kentucky Department for Public Health press release.  

    A company that provides on-site vaccination clinics in the workplace, Location Vaccination, provided improperly handled and contaminated vaccinations that resulted in infection at the injection site. These vaccines have been provided to various companies offering on-site vaccination clinics since September 1, 2018. The vaccine reactions present as redness, pain, tenderness, swelling, and hard lumps or nodules at the injection site and may even develop more than 12 weeks after receiving the vaccine. 

    States affected include Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. The Ohio Department of Health has been silent on this very concerning health issue. The cities in Ohio where Location Vaccination worked with businesses to provide vaccines include the following:

    •  Dayton, OH
    •  Georgetown, OH
    •  Norwood, OH
    •  Cincinnati, OH
    •  Columbus, OH
    •  Circleville, OH
    •  St. Bernard, OH
    •  Pike County, OH
    •  Beech Hollow, OH
    •  Mansfield, OH

    Here is what they are not telling you…

    Mycobacteria species have been identified from the injection site wound culture from numerous patients who received a hepatitis A, Tdap, pneumococcal, or seasonal influenza vaccination from the above mentioned on-site vaccination company, Location Vaccination. You may be more familiar with mycobacteria species by their “infectious disease” names Tuberculosis (TB) and Leprosy. However, these are just two of the many different species of mycobacteria.

    The Kentucky Department of Health is advising practitioners to perform a series of tests specific to nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), along with other bacterial and fungal pathogens for any abscesses, inflammation, or fibrous nodules encountered post vaccination at the site of injection. These tests include:

    •  Anaerobic culture
    •  Aerobic culture
    •  Fungal culture
    •  AFB smear and culture

    Mycobacteria, in general, are hardy organisms. They have the ability to repel water and are resistant to disinfectants, common antibiotics, and heavy metals. NTM can form biofilms, a thin, slimy film of bacteria that sticks to a surface. These biofilms can attach to a wide range of organic(plastic, silicone, rubber, and PVC) and inorganic (glass, metals, and metallic fluids of machines) materials. The above characteristics also makes treatment difficult. Many of the same drugs used to treat TB are also used to treat NTM. To overcome drug resistance, people with these kinds of infections will need to take several different antibiotics at the same time. Treatment may last anywhere from 6 months to two years and come with a laundry list of side effects, the worst of which is liver failure. 

    Providers often do not think of mycobacteria as being the culprit for the infection, and the diagnosis is delayed. An infection can smolder for days, weeks, and sometimes months before it is discovered. These infections are particularly dangerous in immunocompromised individuals, especially if they are given steroids and the wrong type of antibiotics, the consequences of which are death.

    While it is understood the state health departments are attempting to mitigate the damage this mistake will undoubtedly cause to the reputation of the vaccine program, it is not appreciated. The lack of transparency is both irresponsible and unacceptable. The public has a right to be made aware of the dangers and be informed of the organism involved with this contamination. A mistake of this nature calls into question the flimsy oversight and lack of proper regulation over on-site vaccination clinics. 

    If you or someone you know is the recipient of a vaccine administered by an on-site vaccination company and you have an adverse reaction at the injection site, please seek medical attention immediately and present a copy of the provider letter to your physician (KY HD Provider Letter.pdf). These types of infections will not go away on their own and require special testing and treatment.

     Michelle  Cotterman, RN APP is a co-founder of Health Freedom Ohio. She is the  mother of two naturally raised children. Her continuing education  focuses on Holistic Health and includes Polarity Therapy, Homeopathy,  and Herbalism. Michelle has been studying the science behind vaccines  and the vaccine industry since 2010. 

  • January 12, 2019 9:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ginger has long been praised for its medicinal values, known to be a natural antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, and GI soothing. This homemade, fermented, enzyme rich soda is far removed from the fake "ginger ale" you can find at the local grocer. It's easier to make than you may think and packs a healthy punch.  

    Start by making a ginger bug. Ginger naturally ferments and quickly becomes a bubbly culture of beneficial bacteria. 

    Ginger Bug:

    • 3" piece of fresh ginger root, grated 
    • 3 tbs of organic cane sugar
    • 2 cups of filtered or spring water, must be non-chlorinated

    Combine all ingredients in a quart size glass jar and stir well with a wooden spoon. Cover with a coffee filter and rubber band. Each day add 1 tbs of grated ginger root and 1 tbs of sugar and stir to combine. It is very important that no metals come in contact with the culture, as this has an adverse effect on the bacterial colonies. The mixture should begin to bubble, fizz when stirred, and have a sweet, mildly yeasty smell. You know your culture is ready when it takes on these characterizations. Typically it takes five to eight days, less days in warmer weather and more days in colder weather. One ginger bug starter will make 2 gallons of ginger ale.  

    Ginger Ale:

    • 3" piece of fresh ginger root, grated
    • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
    • 1 tsp unsulphured molasses
    • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
    • 1/2 cup lemon or lime juice
    • 1/2 cup ginger bug
    • 6 1/2 cups filtered or spring water, must be non-chlorinated

    Add 3 cups of water, grated ginger root, sugar, molasses, and salt to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add remaining water. Allow to cool to room temperature and transfer to a 1/2 gallon glass jar. Add lemon or lime juice and ginger bug, stir well with wooden spoon. Cover with an air tight lid and allow to rest at room temperature for three to five days. It may be necessary to burp the jar during this process as building pressure from the fermentation/carbonation process can cause the jar to explode. After three to five days strain the ginger ale and transfer to the refrigerator where it can remain indefinitely!


    Michelle Cotterman, RN APP is a co-founder of Health Freedom Ohio. She is the mother of two naturally raised children. Her continuing education focuses on Holistic Health and includes Polarity Therapy, Homeopathy, and Herbalism. 

  • December 01, 2018 8:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There appears to be a constant disconnect between the consumer and an industry that is bringing products to the market for consumption. Whether we are talking about Genetically Engineered (GE) food, utilities, or pharmaceutical products, that void is always there. Thankfully we have government regulatory agencies that were created to protect us, the consumers, from very real risks of these products. But, what happens when the consumer is not informed of the risks being discussed between regulatory agencies and the industry? What we end up with is a governing body that determines the risk-to-benefit ratio for us without fully disclosing the actual risks involved. 

    My intention here is to bring to light one of these risks as it applies to the development of biological products for consumption, whether via injection or ingestion. This is a task that calls for critical thinking: “the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment.” Critical thinking requires an ability to ask pertinent questions and have full access to information in order to connect the dots to form the bigger picture.

    On September 19th, 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had a meeting to discuss Cell Lines Derived from Human Tumors for Vaccine Manufacture. The briefing document and transcript of the meeting can be found here (FDA Briefing Document - Cell Lines Derived from Human Tumors for Vaccine Manufacture 2012.pdf) and here (FDA Briefing Document Transcript.pdf). Much of the discussion presented in this article will revolve around the admissions found in these documents.

    In section 4.1.1 of the briefing document, it is explained that “adventitious agents are defined as microorganisms that are not intended to be present in a biological product and include bacteria, fungi, mycoplasma / spiroplasma, mycobacteria, rickettsia, protozoan parasites, transmissible spongiform encephalopathy agents, and viruses.” At what point in the history of vaccine production did they determine what an adventitious agent was and could be? How long did it take them to realize that these things may be present in a vaccine? How many people and animals suffered or will suffer as a result of not knowing? We are fully dependent upon advances in technology to detect the presence of these agents as we shall see in the emerging science presented in this article.

    The briefing document continues in 4.1.1 to expand on adventitious agents: “The use of human tumor-derived cell lines poses added safety concerns regarding the potential presence of unexpected and unknown viruses. These include viruses that may be present in the cell line due to their existence in the patient tissue such as oncogenic, latent DNA viruses (e.g., adenovirus, hepadenoviruses, herpesviruses, papillomaviruses, polyomaviruses) and endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), which exist normally in a quiescent state in the host cell DNA of all species…”

    Latent and quiescent state means these viruses are sleeping and inactive, currently not expressing, and have the full potential to cause infection if they are woken from this sleep. These quiet and sleeping viruses can only be detected in the cells used to make vaccines if they are activated making their presence, and therefore, their detection is quite problematic. This is an issue for all cell strains used to make vaccines and is not unique to human tumorigenic cells discussed in the FDA document.

    In section 4.2.1 of the briefing document we learn that small amounts of residual cell substrate DNA unavoidably occur in all viral vaccines as well as other biologics produced using cell substrates. There are several potential ways DNA could be a risk factor. DNA can be oncogenic or infectious; in addition, it can cause insertion mutagenesis through integration into the host genome.” Since all vaccines contain residual DNA that has a potential to be oncogenic (causing cancer), mutagenic (changing your genetic code), and infectious, isn’t it of major concern that section 13 of every vaccine package insert states that the product has not been evaluated for carcinogenic (causing cancer) or mutagenic effects? 

    Dr. Theresa Deisher earned her PhD from Stanford University in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology and has looked into the aspects of insertion mutagenesis. Her particular area of interest is the residual human DNA that remains in all vaccines derived from human diploid cell strains which includes female WI-38 and male MRC-5. Vaccines that contain human residual DNA include chickenpox (VARIVAX); combination measles, mumps, rubella; varicella (ProQuad); measles, mumps, rubella (MMRII); hepA (Havrix and Vaqta); combination hepA and hepB (Twinrix); rabies (Imovax); adenovirus; combination diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio (Quadracel); and combination diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Pentacel).  Dr. Deisher’s research concludes:“Not only damaged human cells, but also healthy human cells can take up foreign DNA spontaneously. Foreign human DNA taken up by human cells will be transported into nuclei and be integrated into host genome, which will cause phenotype change.” So here we have proof that the human DNA in the above-mentioned vaccines has the potential to cause genetic changes in every child who receives them. According the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and depending on the products used, a child has the potential to receive up to 6 separate injections that contain residual human DNA by the time they are 2 years old.

    The safety aspect of residual DNA in vaccines is part of the discussion in the above linked transcription of the FDA meeting. It is suggested that by reducing the size and quantity of the DNA particles they can reduce the potential of insertion mutagenesis and infection. Dr. Peden, Chief of the Laboratory of DNA Viruses at the FDA, is noted as saying “...it depends on the mechanism of transformation.  For example, mutations, chromosome rearrangements, translocations, retrotranspositions, et cetera, all involve DNA.  Therefore, reducing the size and amount of the DNA should mitigate this risk.”

    The conclusion that DNA size will reduce the risk of mutagenesis and infection is based on nothing more than a belief. There is nothing in the discussion that provides beyond a reasonable doubt that the presence of DNA is safe. Research is showing us that in mammals, such as humans, the genetic code is highly repetitive meaning it is homologous. As we can see in this study, small fragments of DNA are used to achieve genetic modification in a therapeutic manner. It is not much of a stretch to assume this same observation occurs in a non-therapeutic manner as well."Homologous Replacement is used to modify specific gene sequences of chromosomal DNA in a process referred to as "Small Fragment Homologous Replacement", where DNA fragments replace genomic target resulting in specific sequence changes."

    Furthermore, it appears it is a matter of an individual's genetics that increases their risk and susceptibility to the infectious nature of DNA and insertion mutagenesis:

    “Residual DNA (rDNA) is comprised of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) fragments and longer length molecules originating from the host organism that may be present in samples from recombinant biological processes. Although similar in basic structural base pair units, rDNA may exist in different sizes and physical forms. Interest in measuring rDNA in recombinant products is based primarily on demonstration of effective purification during manufacturing, but also on some hypothetical concerns that, in rare cases, depending on the host expression system, some DNA sequences may be potentially infectious or oncogenic (e.g., HIV virus and the Ras oncogene, respectively).”

    Dr. Peden is also noted to say in primary cells and diploid cells there are no limits for the amount of DNA in vaccines”. That means these safety measures to limit the amount of residual DNA does not apply to live virus vaccines grown in human diploid cells such as MMRII and VARIVAX.

    Beyond the absolute abomination of genetically modifying our children through insertion mutagenesis of male and female human diploid cell strain DNA without disclosure, is the other elephant in the room, the presence of human endogenous retrovirus K (HERV-K) that was found in MMRII and VARIVAX. It is important to note it was the WI-38 and MRC-5 cell strains that contain this contaminant and as such, any and all products used with these cell lines will contain HERV-K.

    Human endogenous retrovirus (HERV) is associated with a myriad of chronic disease states as can be seen in this study:

    “Several mechanisms by which HERVs could produce pathological effects have been proposed, including generation of new variants of HERVs, insertional mutagenesis, and protein toxicity. In this regard, HERV activation appears to influence the aggressiveness of different cancers, including seminoma, melanoma, leukemia, hepatocellular carcinoma, sarcoma, prostate, breast and colon cancer. Likewise, the pathologic process of rheumatic disorders, systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psoriasis, type I diabetes, and systemic sclerosis shows a correlation with HERV activity.”

    Childhood cancers are on the rise and we cannot underestimate the role directly injecting HERV-K has on this observation. Especially when it is directly associated with leukemia as can be seen here: 

    “In patients with leukemia, the presence of antibodies against HERV-K has been identified, which could suggest increased expression of HERV-K in leukemic cells.”

    And here:

    “Antibody response against HERV-K peptides has been reported in leukemia patients, suggesting a possible overexpression of this sequence in leukemic cells.”

    Here we see that herpesviruses are shown to reactivate HERV“Herpesviruses may also be a significant trigger of HERV expression in the CNS. Multiple reports have detected EBV, herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), varicella-zoster virus (VZV), and human herpesvirus type 6 (HHV-6) in MS patient samples; all these herpesviruses have also been demonstrated to trigger the expression of HERVs.” 

    It should be highly concerning to all that we find HERV-K in the presence of a live herpesvirus, as is the case with VARIVAX (varicella-zoster).  

    Given the above information, it seems that all vaccines are inherently dangerous and each individual, not a government agency, should be making their own risk-to-benefit analysis for using these products. It also means that we are all participating in an experiment to which we did not consent and from which we are still learning about the unintended consequences of consuming such products. It is not a secret -- although rarely discussed by various media

    outlets and medical professionals we entrust with our children -- that the infections we have vaccines for were acute, self-limited, common, childhood infections, as can be seen here in this very well-researched article.

    Prior to vaccination your risk of dying from these infections was still less than your risk of dying from a lightning strike, choking, or falling in the shower.

    It was uncommon for a child to experience an adverse outcome from these infections. Just like it is uncommon for a child to experience an adverse outcome with vaccination, perhaps we have exchanged one genetically susceptible child with another? Dr. James Lyons-Weiler said it best when he said “if we as a society enjoy collective benefit from protection from infectious diseases due to vaccines, then we as a society share the collective responsibility to protect those who are the greatest risk of harm from vaccines. Enough with the propaganda that says there is no risk, enough. Genetics and careful attention to reliable risk factors will play a fundamental role in protecting those among us who are most susceptible…”

    As we witness an explosion in chronic disease states of our youth, including neurodevelopmental disorders, seizure disorders, severe allergies, autoimmune conditions, and cancer, we begin to realize that if you have a healthy child you are now a minority. Perhaps it is time to return to our roots and embrace natural medicines. Perhaps it is time to stop putting faith in pharmaceuticals and the doctors who exclusively prescribe them. Perhaps it is time we separate pharma and state.

    Michelle Cotterman, RN APP is a co-founder of Health Freedom Ohio. She is the mother of two naturally raised children. Her continuing education focuses on Holistic Health and includes Polarity Therapy, Homeopathy, and Herbalism. Michelle has been studying the science behind vaccines and the vaccine industry since 2010.

  • November 10, 2018 8:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the United States children experienced measles infection prior to 1963 and the introduction of the first measles vaccine. For the vast majority of children it was a typical childhood infection that consisted of fever, runny nose, cough, and rash, and > 90% were immune by 15 years of age. It was exceptionally rare for it to cause death or other serious effects. Prior to vaccination it was viewed the same as we view today a common cold, fifth disease, or hand-foot-and-mouth disease. It’s also known that natural acquired immunity is far superior to the temporary immunity achieved via vaccination, as can be seen by the ever-increasing CDC recommended doses (for MMR ACIP approved a 3rd dose in outbreaks).

    Historical references show us that vaccination for this mild childhood infection wasn’t out of necessity, but possibility and political gain. “Many parents and many medical practitioners considered measles an inevitable stage of a child’s development. Debating the desirability of measles immunization, public health experts reasoned differently. In the United States, introduction of the vaccine fit well with Kennedy’s and Johnson’s administrations’ political commitments.” Alexander Langmuir was the chief epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1949 to 1970 and is quoted as saying:

    “To those who ask me ‘Why do you wish to eradicate measles?...I reply with the same answer that Hillary used when asked why he wished to climb Mt. Everest. He said ‘Because it is there’. To this may be added, ‘… and it can be done.”

    Today we are constantly hearing that measles eradication is only possible if everyone is vaccinated, but that doesn't appear to be a true statement. Consider this study

    “...measles eradication is unlikely as population immunity of 96–98% is required to prevent persisting measles endemicity [7,8,27,201]. In a recent study of measles-vaccine efficacy from 1960 to 2010, median efficacy was only 94% [28]. Thus, approaches to eradicating measles will likely require consideration of new measles vaccines and vaccination strategies that overcome the many barriers inherent in the current measles vaccines [6,29–32].”

    Or this one

    Nearly half of all measles cases (53 of 110) occurred in 2-dose recipients, and of these, 23% (12 of 53) were attenuated.”

    You see...my concern is that even if we have a 100% compliance rate with the consumption of a product, we will still have measles outbreaks. Showing how many people have received a vaccine isn't the same thing as immunity, because vaccination does not equal immunization. Immunization is solely and completely dependent on the body and it's response to either a vaccine or a natural infection. As we can see from the evidence, showing compliance is a far cry from demonstrating immunity. Parents who are concerned about potentially exposing their child to a natural infection should be strong advocates for moving vaccination policy towards Ethical Vaccinomics, a titer based vaccination program.

    The first MMR vaccine isn’t recommended until 12 months of age, so what about the babies too young to be vaccinated? Even with 100% compliance with consuming a vaccination, they cannot be protected by artificial “herd immunity”, as the above evidence shows. Oddly enough, prior to the introduction of the measles vaccine, when children experienced natural measles infection, women passed those antibodies on to their babies through maternal-placental transfer. Here is what CDC says about this reality

    “...measles susceptibility of infants younger than 1 year of age may have increased. During the 1989–1991 measles resurgence, incidence rates for infants were more than twice as high as those in any other age group. The mothers of many infants who developed measles were young, and their measles immunity was most often due to vaccination rather than infection with wild virus. As a result, a smaller amount of antibody was transferred across the placenta to the fetus, compared with antibody transfer from mothers who had higher antibody titers resulting from wild-virus infection. The lower quantity of antibody resulted in immunity that waned more rapidly, making infants susceptible at a younger age than in the past.”

    During the famous 2015 “Disney measles outbreak” that made mainstream news sensational headlines, 45% of infections occurred in the unvaccinated; of those cases 40% were in babies too young to be vaccinated. Vaccination is shifting the burden of infection onto our younger, more vulnerable population because vaccination just isn't capable of creating “herd immunity” in the same way natural infection can. Another important point to consider is that almost half of the genotypes detected in the 2015 cases were vaccine strain measles virus:

    "During the measles outbreak in California in 2015, a large number of suspected cases occurred in recent vaccinees (3). Of the 194 measles virus sequences obtained in the United States in 2015, 73 were identified as vaccine sequences (R. J. McNall, unpublished data).”

    MMR vaccine is a live-virus vaccine and it can and does shed to others, especially in the 5% of cases that experience fever and rash post vaccination. Despite the fact that almost half of the detectable viruses were from the live virus vaccine, California State Senator Richard Pan used the 2015 measles outbreak to push a vaccine consumption agenda via SB277. This legislation successfully removed reasons of conscience and religious vaccine exemptions from California children and mandated consumption of these products in order to attend public school. Just like the introduction of the measles vaccine, over 50 years later we still see political commitments as reasons to push a vaccine agenda, as drug companies donate millions to California lawmakers prior to the SB277 debate.

    Regarding vaccine strain measles virus shedding, it is well documented that measles virus RNA is detected in urine specimens of recently vaccinated persons as we see in this study

    “Analysis of urine specimens by using reverse transcriptase-PCR was evaluated as a rapid assay to identify individuals infected with measles virus. For the study, daily urine samples were obtained from either 15-month-old children or young adults following measles immunization. Overall, measles virus RNA was detected in 10 of 12 children during the 2-week sampling period. In some cases, measles virus RNA was detected as early as 1 day or as late as 14 days after vaccination. Measles virus RNA was also detected in the urine samples from all four of the young adults between 1 and 13 days after vaccination.”

    If the measles virus gains access to the urine, it’s via the bloodstream, which means it’s highly probable the virus is also being shed through respiration. Since these observations only detected the presence of measles RNA through PCR testing and not a genotype evaluation it’s impossible to know if the virus is mutating in the vaccinated host. This is one complication of live attenuated viruses as we see discussed in this study

    many live-attenuated vaccines exhibit reversion to virulence through back-mutation of attenuating mutations, compensatory mutations elsewhere in the genome, recombination or reassortment, or changes in quasispecies diversity.” 

    It is well documented in the scientific literature that cellular line passage is an important factor in viral genetic expression, especially in an RNA virus like measles 

    “High mutation rates typical of RNA viruses often generate a unique viral population structure consisting of a large number of genetic microvariants. In the case of viral pathogens, this can result in rapid evolution of antiviral resistance or vaccine-escape mutants.” 

    Fortunately, measles is a relatively stable virus as it only has one serotype, which means genotype A vaccine strains have historically elicited an immune response in the body that covers all genotypes. Currently there are 22 known circulating genotypes A-H, 19 of which were detected after 1990. As you can see from the accompanied image worldwide vaccination campaigns appear to have led to an increase in genotype expression.

    There is emerging evidence, however, that measles virus strains are evolving away from the vaccine strains and that vaccine acquired immunity can no longer offer protection if exposed to certain genotypes. As seen here:

    One Nigerian virus was resistant to neutralization by 30% of the late convalescent women and by 75% of vaccinees. These results suggest that qualitative differences in neutralizing antibodies may reduce further protection of infants by passively acquired immunity against wild‐type viruses when vaccinated girls become mothers.” 

    And here:

    “...the proportion of the population possessing only vaccine-induced immunity has increased over time with reduced exposure to wild-type MV infection and there is now evidence of resistance of recent measles virus wild-type isolates to antibody-mediated neutralization in vaccinees. This includes individuals with not only primary but also secondary vaccine failure [7, 8] and is a concern for global MV elimination.” 

    Primary vaccine failure is when the vaccine recipient fails to mount an immune response and does not gain any immunity. Secondary vaccine failure is when the vaccine recipient mounts an immune response but loses immunity over time. As we can see from the above studies, vaccine failure itself and viral evolution are obstacles in the prospects of global measles eradication. While this idea is a noble endeavor, beyond the former obstacles are two other very problematic concepts -- cross-species transmission and scientific advances in viral vector systems.

    Measles is a morbillivirus, a family of viruses that have multiple species hosting with the potential of cross-species transmission:

    “Other viruses in the genus Morbillivirus include peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV), which causes disease in small ruminants, such as goats and sheep; canine distemper virus (CDV), which causes distemper in dogs and a large number of other carnivore species; phocine distemper virus (PDV), which leads to distemper in several seal species and cetacean morbilliviruses (CeMV), which cause disease in dolphins and whales.”

    We have been told that humans are the only host for measles virus, but that is not a true statement; measles virus infects primates too: 

    "Following infection, all rhesus monkeys developed a skin rash and conjunctivitis, which were less obvious in cynomolgus monkeys. Fever was either mild or absent in both species. Virus reisolation profiles from peripheral blood mononuclear cells and broncho-alveolar lavage cells and the kinetics of MV-specific IgM and IgG responses were largely identical in the two animal species."

    Recent advances in science are using viruses as vectors to genetically modify organisms. Viral vectors are viruses loaded with a pre-selected package of genetic materials delivered directly into cells. Measles is one viral vector being used for developing new vaccinations and anti-cancer treatments. These genetically modified measles virus vectors are completely man-made and have the potential to replicate in a human host and spread to others 

    "Attenuated oncolytic MV vectors retain some characteristics enabling them to replicate in the human host. Compared to replication defective viral vectors, the likelihood of exposure of the environment around the patient is increased.61 However, dissemination of the viral vector from the patient into the environment is not an adverse event per se. Its impact will mostly depend on the characteristics of the recombinant vector itself, such as its pathogenicity, its infectious dose, its transmission mode, the availability of effective prophylaxis or treatment, its susceptibility to disinfection.33"

    Below you will find images of the current projects using measles virus as a vector system.

    The only thing we can know for sure is that science is never settled. The purest form of science is an objective observation. In an environment where more knowledge leads to more questions, we find ourselves in an-ever evolving scientific process. Never stop asking questions. It is unfortunate that a profit driven society is leading to the dissolution of liberty as is witnessed by the Californian legislation, SB277. The moral of this story remains in the purest form of unsettled science as demonstrated by this discussion: the decision to vaccinate or not should always remain in the hands of the parent or individual. It's a matter of consumer choice. Let's be more educated on this issue and refrain from emotional knee-jerk reactions that threaten freedom in this great country. 

    Michelle Cotterman, RN APP is a co-founder of Health Freedom Ohio. She is the mother of two naturally raised children. Her continuing education focuses on Holistic Health and includes Polarity Therapy, Homeopathy, and Herbalism. Michelle has been studying the science behind vaccines and the vaccine industry since 2010.

  • November 05, 2018 8:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A very wise man once said "Nature itself is the best physician", we have everything we need and we always have. The most powerful medicine grows all around us we only need the wisdom and the motivation to understand it. 

    Holy basil, or Tulsi, has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is most prized for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, as well as its effects on immune modulation. Holy basil is an adaptogen meaning it balances, restores, and protects the body and it’s electromagnetic energies. It is particularly beneficial during times of seasonal changes as it assists the body through temperature transitions. Is it any wonder it has earned the names "Elixir of Life" and "Mother Medicine of Nature"?

    In this study “Tulsi - Ocimum sanctum: A herb for all reasons” we can see the all encompassing nature of this plant medicine:

    “There is mounting evidence that tulsi can address physical, chemical, metabolic and psychological stress through a unique combination of pharmacological actions. Tulsi has been found to protect organs and tissues against chemical stress from industrial pollutants and heavy metals, and physical stress from prolonged physical exertion, ischemia, physical restraint and exposure to cold and excessive noise. Tulsi has also been shown to counter metabolic stress through normalization of blood glucose, blood pressure and lipid levels, and psychological stress through positive effects on memory and cognitive function and through its anxiolytic and anti-depressant properties. Tulsi's broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity, which includes activity against a range of human and animal pathogens, suggests it can be used as a hand sanitizer, mouthwash and water purifier as well as in animal rearing, wound healing, the preservation of food stuffs and herbal raw materials and traveler's health.”

    This is one power packed herb you want in your home medicine cabinet. The best, most economical and sustainable way to stock up on this amazing mother healer, is by growing it yourself. Holy basil is a very easy plant to grow from seed. For those of us in Ohio, this plant is an annual but will reseed itself for new plants the next growing season. Another benefit of growing your own is that you are in control of its environment and have the added benefit of connecting with its energy on a deeper level. Even if you don’t have much room you can grow holy basil in a pot on the porch, just be sure to give it plenty of water.

    Drying herbs is easy too! It’s as simple as cutting, bundling and hanging to dry. I use a collapsible laundry drying rack when I have end of season herbal harvests because it can hold quite a few bundles. The key is keeping the herb out of direct sunlight and keeping them dry. You can use the holy basil leaves in a tea or use alcohol to make a tincture.

    If you are interested in learning more about making your own herbal medicines, I highly recommend the book “Heal Local” by Dawn Combs. Dawn is an ethnobotanist, homestead herbalist with over 20 years of experience, and a native to Ohio. She offers classes and herbal apprenticeships on her farm in Marysville, Ohio.

    Every year is an opportunity to learn and grow. Make a promise to grow one new thing every year whether herbal medicinal, food, or flower. Revel in the tiny miracles of life and the macrocosms of inter-relationships. My challenge to you is to get out there get your hands and feet dirty and grow!!!

    Michelle Cotterman, RN APP is a co-founder of Health Freedom Ohio. She is the mother of two naturally raised children. Her continuing education focuses on Holistic Health and includes Polarity Therapy, Homeopathy, and Herbalism. Michelle has been studying the science behind vaccines and the vaccine industry since 2010. 

  • October 27, 2018 8:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dr Morton Biskind was a graduate of Western Reserve University School of Medicine, he received his MD in 1930. He had previously received a master's degree in Pharmacology in 1928. He was the research fellow in the department of pharmacology at Western Reserve University from 1927 to 1928 and 1930 to 1932. He was a member of the headquarter staff of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry in the American Medical Association until 1938. Following that he was in charge of the endocrine laboratory and the Endocrine Clinic at Beth Israel Hospital in New York. 

    In 1950 he testified before the House Select Committee to Investigate the Use of Chemicals in Food Products related to his experience with DDT toxicity and polio-like syndrome that was plaguing the nation.

    In his testimony Dr. Biskind stated

    “In the subsequent mass use of DDT and related compounds a vast amount of additional information on the toxicity of these materials, both in animals and man, has become available. Somehow a fantastic myth of human invulnerability has grown up with reference to the use of these substances. Because their effects are cumulative and may be insidious and because they resemble those of so many other conditions, physicians for the most part have been unaware of the danger. Elsewhere the evidence has been treated with disbelief, ignored, misinterpreted, distorted, suppressed, or subjected to some of the fanciest double-talk ever perpetuated

    Early last year I published a series of observations on DDT poisoning in man. Since shortly after the last war a large number of cases have been observed by physicians all over the country in which a group of symptoms occurred, the most prominent features of which was gastroenteritis, persistently recurrent nervous symptoms, and extreme muscular weakness. The condition was of unknown origin and following an outbreak in Los Angeles in 1947, was there after widely attributed to a “virus X”. As with all other physicians, a large number of my patients had this condition.”

    In his article published in the American Journal of Psychotherapy in 1949 he touches on some of the same observations we see today regarding chemical sensitivities and genetic susceptibilities: 

    “The relationship would undoubtedly have been detected much earlier, however, were it not for the tremendously wide variation in sensitivity to DDT in the general population; certain individuals appear to be able to tolerate large cumulative doses without apparent ill effect; others are so sensitive that near traces of DDT can set off an almost immediate reaction of the type described. In addition, sensitization phenomena appear to occur in many previously nonreactive persons after repeated exposure to DDT. Although it is known that detoxication processes both in animals and man involves conversion of DDT to the less toxic acetate, little is as yet known about variations from person to person in these detoxication mechanisms, and even less about the intermediary metabolism concerned. Regardless of detoxication, DDT is stored cumulatively in body fat and excretion of the substance is extremely slow even after intake ceases. For this reason, and also because actual morphologic damage may occur, recovery is often very slow, requiring weeks, months and even years.”

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture quietly began regulatory actions in the late 1950’s to limit the use of DDT. These decisions were based on the accumulating evidence of the toxicological effects of DDT on human and mammalian cells. The timing of theses regulations corresponded nicely to the public propaganda campaigns that the polio vaccine was eliminating the polio virus. 

    But it wasn’t only these regulatory changes that were taking place. According to Shawn Seigel of VacTruth.com: 

    “One of the many aspects of the polio vaccine deception is the specific change to the diagnosis of paralytic polio, from a required 24 hours of paralysis to 60 days of paralysis. In 1954, one day of loss of movement in a limb easily garnered you a diagnosis of paralytic polio. From 1955 going forward, if you were paralyzed but recovered before the 60th day - which literally happened in the majority of cases - you wouldn't be diagnosed with polio, even if lab analysis found you had the poliovirus! What haphazard nonsense - it flies in the very face of virology. 30,000 polio diagnoses a year were automatically eliminated by the 1955 changes, but we were told, and are still led to believe, they were prevented by the vaccine.”

    You can read more of his deep investigation into the changing diagnostics here.

    There certainly is a lot to consider regarding the history of polio in the United States. It makes you wonder if a vaccine was necessary or if they simply needed to stop the massive exposure of the population to a neurotoxic substance. After all, we know that 95% of polio enterovirus infections are asymptomatic. We have come far enough along in our understanding of how environment can lead to health or disease, perhaps it is time to stop looking at germ elimination as a solution and start looking at the environment.

    If you would like more information on pesticide use and the incidence of polio in the U.S., please click this link.

    The following images are from Chemicals in food products, hearings before the house select committee to investigate the use of chemicals in food products House of Representatives 81st Congress 2nd session 1950:

    Michelle Cotterman, RN APP is a co-founder of Health Freedom Ohio. She is the mother of two naturally raised children. Her continuing education focuses on Holistic Health and includes Polarity Therapy, Homeopathy, and Herbalism. Michelle has been studying the science behind vaccines and the vaccine industry since 2010. 

  • October 18, 2018 8:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In a Bismark Tribune letter to the editor, Dr. Ted Fogarty introduces the idea of titer based vaccination programs. In this vaccination model an antibody level check, or titer, would be suffice to show immunity to a microorganism rather than a vaccination record which only shows proof that a child/adult has consumed a pharmaceutical product. 

    Vaccinations do come with risks, so emphasis on a titer based vaccination program would prevent unnecessary death or injury that results in a one-size-fits-all vaccination program. In fact, this is exactly what led to Holly’s Law in New Jersey. Holly Stavola passed away after receiving an unnecessary second dose of MMR vaccine, her family is now dedicated to raising awareness about the adverse effects of vaccination.

    Dr. Fogarty is a medical doctor and radiologist practicing in North Dakota. He has granted us permission to re-post his words to the Bismark Tribune. Some links have been added if the reader wants to further explore the topics in his letter:

    “Now that the courts have recognized a link between vaccinations and autism, we need to revisit public policy. Individual vaccines can't get much safer, but vaccine protocols can. The 2008 Centers for Disease Control protocol for pediatric vaccines is not the safest way to accomplish the goal of immunity to multiple infectious diseases in an individual.

    A vast majority of children will not be affected by the administration of vaccinations. But if epidemiological purposes can be met with a more directed approach, there is no reason to endanger a 
    genetically vulnerable child with unneeded boosters. Titer checking protocols are inherently safer for individuals, especially in the at-risk families for autism.

    A simple lab test to check titers can tell you whether an additional "booster" is needed. The vast majority of kids, 95 percent, are immune for life to measles-mumps and rubella after one dose. Multi-shot vaccine protocols are a 
    boon to vaccine companies, not North Dakota families. Pediatricians using titer checks would shift resources from multinational vaccine corporations to North Dakota hospitals via laboratory services utilization.

    The argument against this approach has always been, "It's too troublesome," and "What if we lose the patient to follow-up?" These are legitimate concerns, but is it fair to make the social assumptions that no one in this state sees their pediatrician after the first few months of a baby's life?

    As the art moves forward in vaccinomics, the future will show how easily we can do this better. We now have simple finger-stick titer checking technology for HIV antibodies. This could be ported into titer checking systems for vaccine efficacy, and the University of North Dakota School of Medicine could be the institution that leads the charge on this innovative research. It will take some time to calibrate such systems, but we can do it here better than anywhere because of our high compliance with vaccination in this state and our close-knit medical and governmental communities.

    Even current policy needs some modification in light of the growing public concerns in vaccine safety due to the Hannah Poling case. She is the child of parents who hold M.D., Ph.D., R.N. and J.D. degrees. They would probably advocate as I, after their experience, that parents need to be made aware of better ways to vaccinate. The first modification of law and policy that should occur is a disclosure on consent forms for vaccine boosters. A child may already be immune for life in certain series after one dose of vaccine (live virus vaccines have incredible long-lived titers and high first response rates). A titer check can obviate the need for an unneeded booster; shouldn't the public be made aware of this? This is particularly important in families with high rates of 
    autoimmune disease.

    In my own experience, I lost my vaccine records, and in order to get into medical school, I had a whole series titer (antibody) check to prove that I was immune to the diseases we all need protection from in this incredibly helpful arm of medicine.

    To ensure that this is done appropriately for your child is to be a loving parent, and to push your colleagues in medicine and government is to be a certain kind of patriot. To fail to educate parents on this option is engendering the socialistic mentality of a cradle-to-grave caretaker federalist system. 
    Governments and school districts would be better served to require titer levels, not written records of vaccine shots. Titer levels are scientific evidence of immunity. A vaccine record actually isn't, as it can be forged.

    All U.S. physicians and state legislators should thoroughly read the 
    Simpsonwood Transcripts. This is the most honest assessment of the relationship of vaccines to autism and shows a clear signal of "uncertain" strength.

    The CDC conveniently "forgets" to publish the transcript as part of the timeline of understanding the relationship of vaccines to autism. This is clearly a lack of transparency at the federal level of health policy, a timely discussion in light of John Irby's front-page piece in the March 16 Tribune.

    Federal mandates turn a blind eye to the at-risk child harmed by vaccines. We are abusing the molecular machinery of some of our more fragile children to protect vaccine companies, it's a deal with the devil that all of us in medicine hate having to make; I make it every day as a member of the medical specialty, radiology, that deals the most heavy metals and known teratogens to U.S. citizens.

    The integrity and smarts of our state level public health officers is getting usurped by the federal government whose agencies are drunk on the influence of multinational corporations, especially in medicine and pharmaceuticals.

    As a father of an autistic child, I will fight the federal government's continuing to abuse certain vulnerable children in this nation's war against disease. We don't send everyone to the front line of other wars, why aren't we more discriminating in this one?

    North Dakota physicians know how to better vaccinate the children of this state than the CDC. We all need to get behind the pediatrics and public health community of North Dakota to improve this art in scientific ways. It may be a decade before that happens, but we can do it.”

    It is time we put some intellectual discussion and common sense back into medicine and abandon the idea that we can treat everyone the same. The practice of medicine is an art and standardized, checkbox, for profit medicine is leading to poor outcomes. What we need now more than ever is individualized care that puts the focus and emphasis back on the individual needs, that includes allowing informed consent as well as informed refusal.

    Which brings us back to this question, if the current vaccination program is truly about immunity shouldn't we be requiring proof of immunity and NOT proof of compliance with consuming a pharmaceutical product?

    Michelle Cotterman, RN APP is a co-founder of Health Freedom Ohio. She is the mother of two naturally raised children. Her continuing education focuses on Holistic Health and includes Polarity Therapy, Homeopathy, and Herbalism. Michelle has been studying the science behind vaccines and the vaccine industry since 2010. 

  • October 15, 2018 8:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For most people polio is synonymous with paralysis, but do most people actually know what polio is? Polio is a type C human enterovirus (HEVC). There are literally hundreds of strain types and they can and do cross mutate. This virus is classified into polio type and non-polio type. Exposure to an enterovirus is not uncommon and in most cases, like with polio, it’s a benign presence. 

    According to the FDA:

    "Approximately 90% to 95% of poliovirus infections are asymptomatic. Nonspecific illness with low-grade fever and sore throat (minor illness) occurs in 4% to 8% of infections. Aseptic meningitis occurs in 1% to 5% of patients a few days after the minor illness has resolved. Rapid onset of asymmetric acute flaccid paralysis occurs in 0.1% to 2% of infections, and residual paralytic disease involving motor neurons (paralytic poliomyelitis) occurs in approximately 1 per 1,000 infections."

    In the United States recent headlines have been circulating about a rare “polio-like” paralysis that is afflicting children. This affliction is known as acute flaccid myelitis or AFM. 

    Here is what the CDC says:

    Conditions like acute flaccid myelitis can be caused by a variety of germs, including several viruses:

    • Enteroviruses (polio and non-polio)
    • West Nile virus (WNV) and viruses in the same family as WNV, specifically Japanese encephalitis virus and Saint Louis encephalitis virus
    • Adenoviruses

    AFM is one of a number of conditions that can result in neurologic illness with limb weakness. Such illnesses can result from a variety of causes, including viral infectionsenvironmental toxinsgenetic disorders, and Guillain-Barre syndrome, a neurologic disorder caused by an abnormal immune response that attacks the body’s nerves. Oftentimes, however, despite extensive laboratory testing, a cause for AFM is unable to be identified.

    Let’s place some emphasis on that last sentence, “Oftentimes, however, despite extensive laboratory testing, a cause for AFM is unable to be identified.” Kind of makes you wonder how they were so certain it was polio causing the cases of paralysis in the 40’s and 50’s.

    Neurologic illness and limb weakness can also be an adverse outcome of vaccination, but perhaps that is included in "Environmental toxins".

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is patting themselves on the back for eradicating ‘wild-type’ polio from certain regions of the world. In fact, the WHO has a strategic plan to completely remove the oral polio vaccine (OPV) from worldwide use. The OPV is a live virus vaccine and according to the WHO over 90% of paralytic polio cases have been due to circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses. That means the vaccine is actually causing the very thing they are attempting to prevent.

    In polio-free India cases of paralysis have skyrocketed from just around 3,000 cases a year prior to the start of the OPV campaign to over 50,000 cases per year. In this article by Jeffrey Dach, MD this phenomenon is explained quite well:

    The National Polio Surveillance Project data show that the polio eradication program has increased paralysis among children—from 3,047 cases yearly in 1997 to 61,038 cases in 2012, most now being classified as AFP instead of polio.(31) (note AFP=Acute Flaccid Paralysis)”

    Here we have “successfully” eradicated wild type polio from a country,(India) with the use of oral polio vaccine, yet the number of cases of acute flaccid paralysis has increased 20-fold.  This is not success.  This is failure.   This type of self delusion is typical of government agencies run by morons, however to the most casual observer, this is an obvious farce.

    When they say an area is "polio free" or that "polio" has been "eradicated" from an area...what they really mean is the cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) are stool testing negative for "polio" enterovirus...

    It does not mean that people are no longer experiencing acute onset paralysis or that the polio enterovirus is actually gone from the environment....

    One of the problems with eradicating a virus like polio is that it has a high probability to recombine with other co-circulating enterovirus strains. Recombination is the rearrangement of genetic material, especially by crossing over in chromosomes.

    Let's look at some of the peer reviewed literature that discuss enterovirus recombination:

    Recombination in Circulating Enteroviruses:

    Recombination is known to occur readily between the three strains of live poliovirus vaccine upon oral administration (4, 29, 31) and between vaccine and/or wild poliovirus strains (10, 13-15, 17, 27, 29). Up to 79% of poliovirus strains secreted after vaccination were found to be recombinants....

    The importance of enterovirus surveillance in a Post-polio world:

    In the last few years, several new enteroviruses belonging to species C have been identified in respiratory samples from patients with respiratory illness, including enteroviruses C104, C105, C109 and C117 [11]. Some of these new enteroviruses are not detectable in stool and/or cerebrospinal fluids, but require the testing of, for example, respiratory material.

    Recombination between Poliovirus and Coxsackie A Viruses of Species C: A Model of Viral Genetic Plasticity and Emergence:

    "The interest for this mechanism of genetic plasticity was renewed with the emergence of pathogenic recombinant circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses (cVDPVs), which were implicated in poliomyelitis outbreaks in several regions of the world with insufficient vaccination coverage. Most of these cVDPVs had mosaic genomes constituted of mutated polio vaccine capsid sequences and part or all of the non-structural sequences from other human enteroviruses of species C (HEV-C), in particular coxsackie A viruses…

    Coxsackie A virus is better known as hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). It is a non-polio type enterovirus. The above citation documents that HFMD and polio enteroviruses are fully capable of cross mutating. It is possible for these mutations to form new strains that have the potential of becoming pathogenic. We also learn in the citations above that emerging HEVC strains are no longer detected in fecal matter but in respiratory secretions. This could be the real reason WHO wants to end the use of the live virus OPV campaigns. They must already realize the implications of co-circulating enterovirus recombinations and the progeny that have already resulted. It calls to question the notion that polio, as an enterovirus, can be eradicated. 

    Let's review the causes of paralysis:

    • Viral infections (this is plural)
    • Environmental toxins
    • Genetic disorders

    In other words it's not polio. I hope you will consider these points the next time you hear someone say “you wouldn't want to bring back polio and iron lungs”. The nature of a virus is much more complicated than we ever imagined. Are we naïve to assume we can outsmart nature? 

    Michelle Cotterman, RN APP is a co-founder of Health Freedom Ohio. She is the mother of two naturally raised children. Her continuing education focuses on Holistic Health and includes Polarity Therapy, Homeopathy, and Herbalism. Michelle has been studying the science behind vaccines and the vaccine industry since 2010.

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