Before we doom ourselves to repeat our mistakes with compulsory vaccinations, we must relearn from our tampered history that vaccines have not been anywhere close to the miracle we’ve been led to believe.

The data about the efficacy of vaccines and what has actually caused the decline in childhood disease is presented in Dissolving Illusions. In nearly all instances the decline in disease runs parallel to improvements in sanitation prior to the implementation of vaccines.

Dissolving Illusions is a vital read for every healthcare professional and parent. The authors Suzanne Humphries MD and Roman Bystrianyk explore the history of vaccines with remarkable rigor and research. Forgotten data is overlaid with social history to demonstrate that the diseases we have been led to believe were eradicated by patented vaccines were already in decline prior to a vaccine being introduced.

This book presents vital answers as to whether vaccines are, or indeed ever have been

“One of the greatest achievements of biomedical science and public health”

The authors explore the health consequences of industrialisation in the 1800s whereby men, women, and children worked long hours in factories, mines, and sweatshops. Families were crammed into tenements with no ventilation, running water, or sanitation making disease was inevitable.

A new understanding that filth contributed to human illness had come to light…projects for the supply of clean water and removal of human and other waste gradually began to be implemented.” 

The authors demonstrate that vaccinations weren’t responsible for the “amazing decline”  in deaths from infectious diseases in the 19th and 20th centuries. Rather social change, sanitation, the construction of sewerage and clean water systems, the passing of labour laws, and the widespread availability of healthy, fresh and clean food allayed the toll of preventable diseases.

As Dr Thurman Rice acidly observed in 1932, “It is not strange that health improves when the population gives up using diluted sewage as the principle beverage.”

The authors remind us, “Medicine in general, and vaccines even more so, contributed very little to this phenomenal transformation. Regardless, the medical paradigm became the dominant belief, generally displacing all other vastly important human innovations.”

I finished this excellent book celebrating plumbers rather than vaccinologists.