by Dr. Randy
Take a deep breath folks – it’s only measles, a childhood disease that begins with a fever, eye irritation, mucus production, and cough. A widespread rash usually appears on day four with a high fever. The rash subsides after a week of illness and symptoms resolve within a total of two weeks or less. Once upon a time everyone had measles during childhood, at the rate of 500,000 cases a year in the US. That was 50 years ago. And since the era of improved hygiene and sanitation in developed countries, complications of measles are rare.
Ebb and flow of measles cases
Since the measles vaccine was licensed in 1963 and the decline in reported cases, the incidence of measles has fluctuated over the decades. In the 1980s there were 3,000 cases per year, but in 1989 a resurgence occurred with 27,000 reported cases. Measles declined again in the 1990s and the disease was declared eradicated in 2002, but in the 2000s measles cases started appearing again with an average of 130 cases a year since 2008 and a peak of more than 600 cases in 2014. And a large percentage of measles cases occur in previously vaccinated individuals. But this year the media is playing on fears generated by a typical outbreak. Everyone is getting upset including legislators who want to enforce more vaccinations.
Adverse reactions to the measles vaccine
Measles is being portrayed as a deadly illness despite the rare complication rate and lack of fatalities in the last ten years, but no one in the media is talking about the adverse effects of the MMR vaccine. The list of bad reactions to the vaccine sounds like a neurologist’s nightmare. Courts of law have determined that the measles vaccine can trigger the onset of autism. Encephalitis, or infection of the brain, is the most common severe reaction to the measles and MMR vaccine, and the Vaccine Court has awarded millions of dollars to children with brain damage from these reactions. Deafness, blindness, paralysis have all occurred following vaccination. And the measles vaccine can cause measles in vaccine recipients, including cases of abnormally severe measles with paralysis in the vaccinated.
Vitamin A prevents the complications of measles as shown in several studies. The most successful regimen in children has been a dose of 200,000 IU of vitamin A for two successive days. Parents who are concerned about their children contracting measles should have liquid vitamin A on hand.
Homeopathy has successfully treated measles for over 200 years. The first medicine to use is Belladonna with the onset of fever. And Pulsatilla is the most commonly used medicine during the rash and mucus production stage of the disease. A choice of medicines for later stages will depend on the presenting symptoms. Many homeopaths advise using homeopathic Morbillinum as a preventive for measles during possible exposure.
Antiviral herbs can also be safely used to treat measles as well as other common viral illnesses in children. These include elderberry extract, Echinacea, and Chinese herbal formulas such as Yin Chiao, Windbreaker (Chinese Modular Solutions) or Children’s Clear and Release (Golden Flower).
- Measles has historically been a common childhood disease with rare complications.
- Mass vaccination has resulted in a dramatic decline in measles incidence, but outbreaks continue to occur in both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
- The vaccine is associated with serious adverse reactions including permanent nervous system damage and autism. Long-term effects are unknown.
- Measles can be treated with vitamin A, homeopathic medicines, and antiviral herbal therapies.