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About Vaccine History: From Historical Sources

Sanitation vs Vaccination: Better Health = Not Vaccination
90% Disease Decline Before Vaccination: Better Health = Not Vaccination
Better Living: Sanitation - Excrement: No Waste Management
Better Living: Sanitation - Cleaner Water: Polluted Water
Better Living: Sanitation - Cleaner Air: Polluted Air
Better Living: Sanitation - Burials: Dirty Funerals
Better Living: Sanitation - Animals: No Animal Control
Better Living: Sanitation - Hygenic Practice: No Body Washing
Better Living: Sanitation - Hospital Care: Dirty Care
Better Living: Food Preservation: Spoiled Food
Better Living: Food Adulteration: Inedible Ingredients
Better Living: Temperature Control: Freezing + Frying
Better Living: Working Conditions: Non-Stop Dirty Work
Better Living: Commercial Air Travel: Unexpected Immunity
Proof: Surviving Ebola in the U.S.: Unvaccinated + Protected

To see how people lived in the past, I invite you to consult the following books. "The Good Old Days - They Were Terrible!" by Otto L. Bettmann which is full of pictures from the 19th and early 20th century (references to the relevant pictures are below).

Other books which are similar include: "Good Old Days, My Ass: 665 Funny History Facts and Terrifying Truths About Yesteryear" by David A. Fryxell, "Poop Happened!" by Sarah Albee, and "Ick! Yuk! Eew! Our Gross American History" by Lois Miner Huey.

Why has sanitation brought us the the benefits of modern health that are claimed by vaccines?

"The anti-vaccination movement has been around as long as the usage of vaccinations... Sanitation v. Vaccination (1912)... argues that improvements in sanitation is what lowered the cases of diseases that were having devastating effects on the populations around the world." As explained in "Vaccination a Curse", "the individual or the community that has a wholesome diet, pure blood, sanitary surroundings, immunity from poverty and freedom from blood poisoning incident to vaccination, need have no more fear of small-pox than from a mild attack of measles." (p. 12) As explained in "Vaccination: A Medical Delusion", "wherever the streets are narrow, the lanes and courts filthy; where cesspits abound and filth is allowed to accumulate and ferment; where the weak, intemperate and unclean congregate together, and where the children are ill-fed and badly clothed—there small-pox makes its home and riots in filth and death." (pp. 12-13)

What accounts for the 90% decline in infectious disease BEFORE modern mass vaccination?

"..if you go back to the beginning of the [20th] century, you will really see that the thing that was reducing infectious diseases was an improvement in diet, an improvement in sanitation, an improvement in education: the environmental things that were improving as a result of improving economies. The number of infectious diseases were going down. Many of the infectious diseases were already 90% reduced when.. vaccines were introduced." Nancy Turner Banks MD, Harvard Medical Schoool (Silent Epidemic - The Untold Story of Vaccines)

Here is the chart that backs up this claim from the "The Greater Good - Think You Know Everything About Vaccines... Think Again"

See a supporting study from the American Academy of Pediatrics
See a supporting study from the American Medical Association
See a supporting study from Harvard University
See a supporting study from Columbia University
See a supporting study from Syracuse University
See a supporting study from Iowa State University
See a supporting study from the Journal of Nutrition

For the motherload of charts showing further support for the power of sanitation, click here!
For more charts showing sanitation versus the introductions of vaccines for individual diseases, click here!
For the official timeline about vaccines, click here! Note that it was 1955 was when the use of vaccines started exploding into the mass vaccination we have today.

What was sanitation of excrement like in the 19th and 20th century?

Encountering human and animal excrement on the street was commonplace in the early 20th century and this created an enviroment for the spread of infectious disease. Most large cities suffered most terribly from animal manure and dead bodies on the sidewalks and on the streets. Here is a description about the problem with sanitation of excrement in New York City: From Ann Norton Greene's "Horses at Work: Harnessing Power in Industrial America": "The average horse produced twenty to fifty pounds of manure and a gallon of urine daily, distributed freely between stables and streets. With 131,000 horses in New York City by 1900, the result was 1,300-3,300 tons of horse manure daily in the city as a whole, or 5-12 tons per square mile given a horse density of 486. The carcasses of horses that died in the streets often lay for several days before being removed by street or sanitation departments or by jobbers contracted to the city. New York had 15,000 carcasses per year in the 1880s."

Historical Example: "Typhoid" Mary Mallon was an example of how dangerous human feces could be: "Mary was isolated on North Brother Island, a quarantine facility off the coast of New York. She was kept there for years, during which she was sometimes neglected, sometimes showed off to visiting... officials. She was forced to give 163 samples of various bodily substances to the doctors there, 120 of which tested positive for the bacteria" associated with typhoid.

Relevant pictures from "The Good Old Days" about Sanitation - Excrement include: (p2.) "The transient pig population created so much dirt and stench, it made 'granite eyes' shed tears." (p3.) "Sanitation man does battle with manure." (p6.) "The suburbs of the great city polluted by garbage filled marshes." (p7.) "Garbage dumped on sidewalks impeded pedestrians on downtown streets." (p9.) "Traffic impeded by garbage thrown between unharnessed trucks."

What was sanitation of water like in the 19th and 20th century?

The problem with excrement (above) - literally - spilled over into the water supply. "In the mid-19th century, the Soho district of London had a serious problem with filth due to the large influx of people and a lack of proper sanitary services: the London sewer system had not reached Soho. Cowsheds, slaughter houses and grease boiling dens lined the streets and contributed animal droppings, rotting fluids and other contaminants to the primitive Soho sewer system. Many cellars had cesspools underneath their floorboards which formed from the sewers and filth seeping in from the outside. Since the cesspools were overrunning, the London government decided to dump the waste into the River Thames, contaminating the water supply."

Historical Example: In 1854, in London, there was a cholera outbreak on Broad Street. Dr. John Snow discovered in 1854 that cholera was conveyed by water. This lead to public health officials in England improving the treatment of waste water.

Relevant pictures from "The Good Old Days" about Sanitation - Cleaner Water include: (p46.) "Throwing [garbage] outside poisoned wells." (p51.) "Animals contributed to [the] poisoning of wells."

What was the lack of cleaner air like in the 19th and 20th century?

Charlotte Bronte described how bad the air could be even in the country, through this passage from her famous novel, "Jane Eyre": "That forest-dell, where Lowood lay, was the cradle of fog and fog-bred pestilence; which, quickening with the quickening spring, crept into the Orphan Asylum, breathed typhus through its crowded schoolroom and dormitory, and, ere May arrived, transformed the seminary into an hospital." This is why the "miasma" theory of disease persisted for so long... because the air was so bad that people were certain that it had to be unhealthy (now we know that germs are the carriers of bacteria-virus-disease).

Historical Example: The famous fog in London used to be like this: "Not only was the darkness so great [in the morning] that the shops were all lighted up, but also every object in the streets, however near, was totally obscured from the view of the persons walking along. In Piccadilly the darkness was very great, and the confusion caused by the vehicles running against each other beyond description.

Relevant pictures from "The Good Old Days" about Cleaner Air include: (p11.) Air pollution "its sharp, lung piercing powders" creates suffering. (p86.) "The slum's foul air." (p112.) Food "lay open to [city] air: a health hazard to the unwary buyer."

What was sanitation of burials like in the 19th and 20th century?

The problem with the water supply (above) - was often aggravated by improperly performed human burials.

Historical Example: In "1848, Patrick Bronte" (father of famous novelists, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte) "complained about unsanitary conditions created by rotting corpses in an already overcrowded graveyard and asked the authorities to forbid any further burials, especially since the village water supply passed through the burial ground." (p. 100 of "The Strange World of the Brontes" by Marie Campbell)

Relevant pictures from "The Good Old Days" about Sanitation - Burials include: (p136.) "Makeshift hearses conveyed dead bodies."

What was sanitation of animals like in the 19th and 20th century?

The problem with the water supply (above) - was often aggravated by improperly performed animal control.

Historical Example: "Human and animal feces, dead dogs and cats, entrails from the slaughterhouses, rotten food, and the mechanized vomit of countless factories bobbed and bubbled" in the Thames River which caused the "Great Stink" in London in 1858. The famous picture of "The Silent Highwayman" shows dead animal corpses floating in the river.

Relevant pictures from "The Good Old Days" about Sanitation - Burials include: (p8.) "River clogged with dead horses, discarded vehicles, and machines." (p146.) "Hospital swarming with rats." (p197.) Dead animals float in the ocean.

What was sanitary hygenic practice like in the 19th and 20th century?

The lack of clean water did not motivate others to engage in sanitary practices like washing their dirty hands. Dirty hands contaminated everything they touched and spread disease and illness to family, friends, and coworkers. Doctors only started to adopt hand-washing "in 1847 when Ignaz Semmelweis demonstrated that the incidence of puerperal fever (also known as childbed fever) could be drastically reduced by appropriate hand washing by medical care-givers."

Historical Example: The lack of hygenic practices (like hand washing) contributed to many needless deaths. Dirty hands were the cause of the "puerperal fever" that followed childbirth and resulted in many needless deaths. Some famous victims were: Elizabeth of York, queen of Henry VII of England and mother of Henry VIII, Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII of England, after delivering Edward VI, and Catherine Parr (1548), sixth wife of Henry VIII of England, after her last remarriage.

Relevant pictures from "The Good Old Days" about Sanitation - Hygenic Practice include: (p140.) "Hard life and medical care kept child mortality at high rate." (p142.) "Diploma mills cranked out doctors at top speed and at bargain prices." (p147.) "Doctors... often careless in administering vaccines."

How unsanitary was hospital care in the 19th and 20th century?

Florence Nightingale became famous for turning around the nightmarish conditions of hospital care in the Crimean War: "...the British base hospital in Constantinople... sat on top of a large cesspool, which contaminated the water and the building itself. Patients lay in their own excrement on stretchers strewn throughout the hallways. Rodents and bugs scurried past them. The most basic supplies, such as bandages and soap, grew increasingly scarce as the number of ill and wounded steadily increased. Even water needed to be rationed. More soldiers were dying from infectious diseases like typhoid and cholera than from injuries incurred in battle."

Historical Example: "Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, had the briefest of nursing careers: about six weeks, from start to finish... The product of Alcott’s nursing experience was Hospital Sketches (1863)... Nurse Alcott assisted with semi-barbaric surgeries, dressed hideous wounds, bathed and fed invalids, and eased the final moments of the dying. Civil War army nursing was particularly difficult. Advances in the technology of warfare had created weapons that were very efficient. Advances in medical science, unfortunately, had not kept pace... Treatment was excruciating, and often introduced infections more dangerous than the wounds themselves... In January 1863, Alcott fell ill with typhoid pneumonia... Louisa survived the typhoid, but her health was destroyed by the lingering effects of the mercury-based calomel used to treat it. She would suffer pain, weakness, and neurological and digestive problems for the rest of her life.

Relevant pictures from "The Good Old Days" about Sanitation - Hospital Care include: (p35.) "With plumbing notoriously shoddy, leakage of sewer gas" resulted. (p53.) "Stoves, badly insulated, fumed." (p69.) "Exposed to suffocating gas and smoke."

What was food preservation like in the 19th and 20th century?

"For centuries, people preserved and stored their food — especially milk and butter — in cellars, outdoor window boxes or even underwater in nearby lakes, streams or wells. Or perhaps they stored food in a springhouse, where cool running water from a stream trickled under or between shelved pans and crocks. But even these methods could not prevent rapid spoilage... It was not unusual in colonial days to die of 'summer complaint' due to spoiled food during warm weather."

Historical Example: Henry I of England died from eating lampreys which were most likely spoiled. U.S. President Zachary Taylor died in part from eating acidic cherries. These were people who had the best food preparation services available at the time... and they still fell victim to spoiled food.

Relevant pictures from "The Good Old Days" about Food Preservation include: (p52.) "Open milk cans attracted mosquitoes." (p111.) "Policeman chasing after butcher's cart loaded with decayed [meat]." (p113.) "Decaying [food is] daily entombed in children." (p120.) "Slum children scavenging for food in an ash barrel."

What was food adulteration like in the 19th and 20th century?

As soon as individuals moved away from the process of growing and preparing their food, they had to become reliant on others to do this important task. This opened the door to food adulteration. Either non-food like substances were added to stretch the food or animal parts not usually eaten were added to the mix. As Upton Sinclair wrote in "The Jungle", meat packers "use everything about the hog except the squeal."

Historical Example: The anonymous book published in 1757, Poison Detected: Or Frightful Truths, claimed that, to save on flour, bakers sometimes added "sacks of old bones" to their bread: "The charnel (funeral) houses of the dead are raked to add filthiness to the food of the living." Other "additives" to bread supposedly included chalk, white lead, ash, and slaked lime." (pp. 79-81) Another toxic additive was "[b]oracic acid [which] was believed to 'purify' milk [and was added to milk to] remov[e] the sour taste and smell from milk that had gone off. Mrs Beeton (the Martha Stewart of her day) told consumers that this was 'quite a harmless addition', but she was wrong. Small amounts of boracic acid can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea, but worse, it was what boracic acid concealed that was particularly dangerous. Before pasteurisation, milk very often contained bovine TB (tuberculosis), which would flourish in the bacteria-friendly environment created by the substance. Bovine TB damages the internal organs and the bones of the spine, leading to severe spinal deformities. It is estimated that up to half a million children died from bovine TB from milk in the Victorian period. Finally, as PBS's "Victorian Slum House" noted: "In desperate times, shopkeepers... found inventive ways to squeeze profit from cheap food... Milk [was] diluted with chalk and water, sugar [was] mixed with sand, and tea leaves [were] bulked out with wax and ash."

Relevant pictures from "The Good Old Days" about Food Adulteration include: (p111.) "Poor people bought from hackmen... suspect fish." (p114.) "Diseased cow, unable to stand, is pulled up to be milked." (p116.) "Bogus butter spreads a penetrating stench." (p117.) "Lard and soap we eat for cheese." (p118.) Bakers added "alum to flour."

What was the lack of temperature control like in the 19th and 20th century?

In the days before central heating and air were made possible by electricity, life was only as comfortable as the temperature outside allowed. You froze in winter and you fried in summer. Even after plumbing made sanitation of human waste better, it created another problem... being "frozen up" inside your home. "[B]eing 'frozen up' was a regular winter hazard. It meant that the water inside water pipes froze solid. This not only meant that no water could get through, but there was worse. Because water expands on freezing, the ice forced cracks in the pipes which began to drip and even gush once the thaw started."

Historical Example: "The Ice Road: My Life In A Siberian Labor Camp" by Dr. Stefan Waydenfeld explains what it is like to live under conditions of extreme cold: "My life was hard labor in a Siberian logging camp, working all year round, maintaining an ice road for the transport of timber in sub-zero temperatures. I watched my father’s health deteriorate and my mother quickly grow old."

Relevant pictures from "The Good Old Days" about Temperature Control include: (p52.) "Keeping windows open at night invited swarms of flies."

What were working conditions like in the 19th and 20th century?

Work never stopped. Every day from the time an individual woke up until the time they slept, they worked. As Upton Sinclair ("The Jungle") explained, "Surely it is moderate to say that the dish-washing for a family of five takes half an hour a day; with ten hours as a day’s work, it takes, therefore, half a million able bodied persons - mostly women - to do the dish-washing of the country. And note that this is most filthy and deadening and brutalizing work: that it is a cause of anemia, nervousness, ugliness, and ill-temper: of prostitution, suicide, and insanity; of drunken husbands and degenerate children - for all of which things the community has naturally to pay."

Historical Example: "From eight in the morning until eight at night, six days a week, Charles [Dickens] worked alongside rough boys in a dark room covering pots of boot polish and gluing on labels. The work conditions were appalling: "The blacking-warehouse was the last house on the left-hand side of the way, at old Hungerford Stairs. It was a crazy, tumble-down old house, abutting of course on the river, and literally overrun with rats. Its wainscoted rooms, and its rotten floors and staircase, and the old gray rats swarming down in the cellars, and the sound of their squeaking and scuffling coming up the stairs at all times, and the dirt and decay of the place,rise up visibly before me, as if I were there again."

Relevant pictures from "The Good Old Days" about Working Conditions include: (p127.) "Children suffered from vitamin deficiency." (p156.) "Laying down the law: no deviation from teaching routines was tolerated." (p164.) "Students became listless because of germ laden atmosphere." (p165.) "Playroom (in a public school) built over sewer system."

How has commercial air travel contributed to global immunity?

Here is scare-mongering at its finest From the American Association of Pediatrics: "...vaccine hesitancy is not a new phenomenon, [so] it may have a greater effect on public health today. With the ease of global travel, vaccine- preventable diseases are spread more quickly and may unexpectedly appear in areas where health care professionals are unfamiliar with their clinical presentation." First, there are no "vaccine-preventable diseases" as there are constant outbreaks of such diseases among highly vaccinated populations. Second, the cross contamination between continents due to air travel is so frequent and continuous that - like it or not - disease organisms are spread everywhere across the globe allowing natural immunity to become progressively stronger all the time. Third, diseases like the Ebola virus (next) have not broken out in highly sanitized countries among an population unvaccinated for that disease which is proof positive that natural immunity works when the body is properly supported!

Historical Example: In this case, I use myself as an example. I have flown all over the United States and Europe. One time when I was stuck in London's Heathrow Airport for several hours waiting for a return flight that was delayed, I was exposed to individuals from all inhabited continents of the Earth. Honestly, I felt more and more sick as time went on... and I fell ill upon my return with alternating fever and chills. I was assured by the doctor that this often happened to international travelers and that this would build up my natural immunity... which did improve after that.

Relevant pictures from "The Good Old Days" about Working Conditions include: (p42.) "Fever has taken a perennial lease and will obey no summons to quit." (p134.) Yellow fever "finding a fertile breeding ground in garbage-strewn streets." (p137.) "Entire family mortally afflicted with yellow fever." (p139.) "Dousing filthy streets with disinfectants proved ineffective." (p195.) "Fear of malarial fever agitated the public."

How did we survive the Ebola virus in 2014 when there was 'no vaccine protection' in the U.S.?

If vaccines were really necessary, then why did the Ebola virus not spread through the U.S. when it came to New York and Texas in 2014? I believe it was the strong immune systems of American citizens which warded it off... without vaccines!!! Here is what happened... so you decide.

In Texas, Thomas Eric Duncan died from Ebola so clearly he was infectious at some point. Since no one gets vaccinated against Ebola, which in the later stages is highly infectious, vaccines offered no protection in this case.

In New York, Craig Spencer had Ebola and roamed around the city while he was sick. Doctor Spencer then checked into the hospital and was found to have contracted the Ebola virus. He was treated and then he became "free of Ebola [and was] discharged from hospital."


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