Vaccine safety and efficacy based on history and scientific papers .
Title: Vaccine Science Revisited: Are Childhood Immunizations As Safe As Claimed?
Author: James Morcan and Lance Morcan
Publisher: Sterling Gate Books
Publication date: 01/13/2019
Type: NonFiction, Emergency Pediatrics, Immunology
Ray’s rating: 5 stars
The efficacy and safety of vaccines is a passionate topic at this time in the real world. I say “in the real world” because among flesh-and-blood people looking out for their kids, enough doubt has leaked through to prompt concern about autism and other maladies being caused by childhood vaccinations. In the unreal world of the mainstream media, vaccinations are safe miracles of science, and anyone who disagrees is an ignorant lout. Stepping into the breech is Vaccine Science Revisited: Are Childhood Immunizations As Safe As Claimed? by James and Lance Morcan. This work of extensive research into the antecedents and current status of childhood vaccinations pulls from history and tons of peer-reviewed scientific papers to “revisit those origins, leaving the science to do the talking.”
A HISTORY OF VACCINES SUPPORTED BY MANY ENDNOTES
James and Lance Morcan are a father-and-son team of New Zealand writers who put decades of research into finding the truth about the safety of vaccinations, especially with regards to childhood immunization programs.
The Morcans begin Part One of Vaccine Science Revisited with a history of the evolution of immunization over the previous two centuries. They relate the case of a smallpox victim in 1833 from the notes of Surgeon Henry George. This case notes the gruesomeness of the disease in its worst form and we see why it was so feared. They note the long history of treating smallpox by means of variolation, or exposing a person to a smallpox material taken from a smallpox sufferer in order to promote immunity. From there they describe the work of Edward Jenner, who injected the cowpox virus to immunize a person against smallpox. Jenner had his proponents and detractors in this practice, but it led to the vaccine era.
From here, the authors describe the basic procedure for creating vaccines and we learn about the four main types produced. Additions to vaccines, intentional and not, are discussed. The kicker is that the substances and organisms, called adjuvants, included in a vaccine and meant to prompt the body’s immune response (or to deactivate an active virus), are often some fairly bad stuff. This includes substances such as mercury (though, not so much now), aluminum, and formaldehyde. This takes us into the effects of injected vaccines. For instance, we learn that vaccines effective against a particular strain of virus can actually allow the propagation of other strains.
Part Two discusses the most common vaccines in use, their adjuvants, and the associations noted between them and some specific effects (like autism, Alzheimer’s Disease, polio, etc.). The book concludes with references to some disturbing implications, such as the use of epigenetics to advance transhumanism (”…attempting to use science and technology to evolve the human race beyond its current physical limitations or weaknesses…“).
The last third of the book begins with a chart of eleven vaccines giving their types, viruses targeted, manufacturer, etc. This is followed by extensive end-notes allowing readers to recreate the authors’ paper trail of sources.
DATA (AND TESTING) GO WANTING
A big theme in the book is the inadequacy of data on the efficacy of vaccines and on after-vaccination complications. This lack is much lamented by the authors. They say:
Throughout our epic dive into the world of research papers, we realized that when it came to researching vaccines and their ingredients, many of them do not have adequate research data available. (location 236 in the Kindle edition)
During vaccine safety testing, the observational period often doesn’t last long enough to record delayed reactions. Yet, those are the studies on which vaccine safety is based. (location 1712)
The reasons for this lack of data and testing drive the rants of many “anti-vaxers.” The sources presented here reveal those reasons and may drive your own rants (or, more hopefully, help you make informed decisions regarding vaccines).
I am impressed with the non-biased nature of this book and its reliance on scientific papers written by medical professionals as sources. This comes across in the text, which is not sensationalized, although the implications of the data presented are quite sensational (in my opinion). That balanced ambition of the book is what made me finally read it. I have been “on the fence” regarding the vaccine issue and wanted some good information upon which to base a judgment.
Vaccine Science Revisited is an interesting read, especially the historical parts. The prose does get dry at points, mostly when it delves deep into the science. That is probably unavoidable due to the book’s subject matter. Readers will need to hang with it and be willing to look up some terms. Even so, I think the authors did a good job, overall, at keeping the text to an accessible level for the nonclinical reader.
The last third of the book consists of end-notes arranged by the book’s chapters. About half of these contain website links, making it possible to recreate much of the authors’ research from your computer. That would be a lengthy exercise, but I recommend that the serious student of vaccines undertake it to some extent. The notes range from an 1896 “Case Against Vaccination Verbatim Report of AN ADDRESS By WALTER HADWEN” to a World Health Organization e-learning course on Vaccine Safety Basics. Following this research is the surest way you can “let the science do the talking.”
Vaccine Science Revisited is not a diatribe against vaccines, but the facts from the scientific sources listed in the Endnotes would lend credence to one. The big takeaway for me is that there is a scientific legitimacy to the idea of invoking immunization by careful exposure to virus materials. From the earliest history of vaccinations, however, using vaccines for the public good has been corrupted by greed (healthcare for profit) and political agendas. This has led to the present vaccine controversy and the need for a book like this.
I highly recommend this book as an education on the reality of the risks taken in vaccinating children. The risks are everyone’s, of course, since the same safety and efficacy doubts apply to annual flu shots as to the MMR vaccine. Doubts are all the ruling powers will allow us. They won’t allow facts to jeopardize their billion dollar industry. Reasonable doubt, however, can hang a man. Vaccine Science Revisited points to enough evidence, I think, to raise doubt in reasonable people about childhood vaccines.