The flawed basis of small pox vaccine.
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Edward Jenner, the creator of the smallpox vaccine in 1796, based the vaccine on a mistaken superstition of the era that milkmaids or farmers who had been infected with cowpox developed immunity to smallpox. (Cowpox is a non-lethal, ulcerative disease on the udders of a cow which sometimes causes ulcers on the hands of milkmaids or farmers who milk them.) This supposition–that cowpox gives humans natural immunity from smallpox–was never proven by Jenner or any other practitioner of vaccination from his era, and has never been tested or proven by any of the pharmaceuticals who produce the vaccine today.
To test his vaccine, Jenner infected six children including his own infant son, with various experimental "brews" including cowpox, swinepox and horse grease–the grease from horses' hooves. His experiments killed an eight year old boy in a matter of days from an uncontrolled ulcerative infection from the "horse grease" vaccine, and the children were never exposed to any smallpox epidemics to test their resistance. Later Jenner would force a vaccinated child to sleep with a small pox affected person and the child emerged unscathed. Jenner waited only four years before declaring that the vaccine that he named vaccinia provided immunity from smallpox for life.
The vaccine was initially made by slicing the abdomen of a cow, inserting pus from human smallpox obtained from corpses of small pox victims, waiting for it to fester, and then making a cut in a human arm and inserting the festering pus from the diseased cow. Later the pus from the cows would also be used to infect horses and grease collected from their hind legs that would be administered to people and the puss they generated obtained for the vaccine. In India goats, dogs, and rabbits were used in the process. In Africa monkeys were freely used leading to passing of the simian imunnodeficiency virus into humans to cause the AIDS epidemic.
Because there was no refrigeration, a single strain of the vaccine was sustained by passing it directly from the pustules on human arms to human arms for decades, mixing and combining diseases from countless humans. Orphaned children were frequently used to propagate and maintain the virus.
As historical records clearly show, this grotesque practice added virus upon virus to the vaccine as it spread blood-borne illnesses from human to human including leprosy and syphilis, mostly among children who were the main victims of vaccination.
There are thousands of documented cases of the vaccine infecting children with syphilis, as for example in Italy in the early 1800s when 64 children were infected in one vaccination incident alone. Because the vaccine frequently caused an uncontrolled syphilitic canker, many doctors of the day considered the vaccine itself to be syphilitic or at the very least, contaminated with syphilis, and even Jenner understood this connection as he treated the vaccine ulcers with mercury, the treatment for syphilis at the time.
Other documented cases associated the vaccine with tuberculosis, eczema, very serious neurological disorders, digestive disorders of various hues, necrosis, tetanus, diphtheria, hacking cough, paralysis, schizophrenia, insanity, and death. The vaccine caused small pox and spread it like wildfire. The number of persons it killed was astronomical.
Not only was the vaccine immediately noted for causing injuries and deaths, but doctors of the day emphatically pointed out that it did not prevent smallpox.
In 1799, a Dr. William Woodville conducted a study on several hundred patients which resulted in many deaths and injuries as a direct result of the vaccine. But when he tried to publish the negative results of the trial, Dr. Jenner himself wrote "I entreated him in the strongest terms, both by letter and conversation, not to do a thing that would so much disturb the progress of vaccination" in an attempt to censor the facts that ran contrary to Jenner's theory.
Even as Jenner ignored the evidence of harm and helped to suppress the facts, he was already receiving government funding by an Act of Parliament who had funded him in the hopes that a cure for smallpox had been found. When the hundreds of reports of injury and death were published during the early years of vaccination, the government should have admitted to funding a faulty program and ended it. Instead, they invested £20,000 in 1807 and £3,000 per year thereafter, accepting as "science" the claim that a procedure only seven years old would protect from smallpox for life thereby making vaccination a permanent source of income for the medical profession. It did increase their income because the "protection" ultimately shifted to six months.
If it seems unbelievable that the government of England should fund a medical procedure that not only didn't work but actually caused serious harm, we need look no further than our own pharmaceutical industry and government of today for the same pattern. Drugs continue to be marketed even after they have been shown to cause death and injury.