Measles in West Auckland 2011
Since this page was created, there have been cases of measles in many areas of New Zealand. If you are a parent who is looking for information about measles, treatments for measles and the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, you may like to visit the site www.naturalmedicine.net.nz/articles and read the article titled “What’s worse? Measles or the Vaccine”. The letter to the principal of Oratia School (below) also includes information about treatments for measles.
If you are a parent whose child has been barred from school due to his or her having had one dose of MMR vaccine (or none) instead of the two doses on the NZ vaccination schedule, you can contact No Forced Vaccines the site coordinator through the Contact form for information about your rights.) Adults born after 1969 who are not vaccinated according to Ministry of Health recommendations who may have been advised that they have to quarantine themselves can also contact the site coordinator through the Contact form.
In June 2011 Oratia School in West Auckland has barred approximately 100 children from attending school as there have been (according to a member of the school community) four cases of measles among children attending the school.
Parents of affected children were notified that their children were barred from school for twelve days were not notified personally. Instead, their children were sent home from school on Thursday afternoon with letters in their school bags. Children were allowed to return to school immediately if their parents got them vaccinated – even though they may already have been incubating the disease and infectious.
The way that the school handled the outbreak meant that it has been difficult parents of the children who have been banned to find out who else is also in the same situation so that they could offer each other mutual support. I was contacted by a parent who would like to hear from other parents in the same situation. If you are a parent in a sithis situation and would like to be in touch with someone else, please email the No Forced Vaccines coordinator using the Contact form on this site to request that your contact details are passed along.
Below is a letter that was sent (by email) to the principal and Board of Trustees at the school. No reply (or even acknowledgement) of this letter has yet been received. (The links to research in the letter are live so that readers can check the references.)
Katherine Smith, editor
The New Zealand Journal of Natural Medicine
PO Box 44-128
Dear Ms Swanpoel (and Board of Trustees members),
A member of your school community copied me with the letter that you sent home with pupils regarding the fact that a few children at the school have developed measles.
As some of the information in the letter is inaccurate, I would like to take this opportunity to correct it. I hope that you will share this letter with parents so that they can become better informed about the measles, its prevention and treatment.
Treatments for measles
Your letter to parents states that paracetamol may be used in the treatment of measles. Paracetamol is a common treatment for fever, however, generally speaking it is bad practice to give antipyretic drugs for the purpose of reducing a fever to someone suffering from an infection.
This is because reducing the fever can reduce the efficiency of the immune response to the virus. (Aspirin should never be given to children since there is a risk of Reyes syndrome which is potentially fatal.)
A recent review of the use of antipyretics (fever-lowering drugs) stated:
“Antipyretics may be harmful
“Too many parents and health workers think that infection is bad, infection causes fever, and that therefore fever is bad. In fact, fever is often a beneficial host response to infection, and moderate fever improves immunity. Therefore, it may not be a good idea to give drugs that reduce temperature to patients with severe infection. I have recently reviewed the results of 9 controlled trials in mammals of the effect of paracetamol or aspirin on mortality or virus excretion. Four trials found that aspirin increased mortality in bacterial or viral infection. Viral shedding was increased by paracetamol or aspirin in 3 studies, possibly increased in one, and not affected in two (one used only pharyngeal washings, and one had only 9 subjects in the aspirin and placebo groups). One study found that antibody production was impaired by both paracetamol and aspirin, but no effect on antibody production was detected in the study with only 9 subjects in the aspirin and placebo groups. This evidence suggests that aspirin and paracetamol increase mortality in severe infection, and that they may prolong the infection and reduce the antibody response in mild disease.“ [Emphasis added]
NB: It is also important to realise the paracetamol can be fatal in overdose and to keep all products containing paracetamol (especially the attractively flavoured syrups) out of reach of children. (In the event of accidental overdose, prompt treatment in hospital with the antidote n-acetyl cysteine is usually lifesaving. The patient requires treatment as soon as possible after the poisoning event – even if s/he does not yet appear to be unwell.)
Regarding the other information about treatment in the letter sent to parents, rest and plenty of fluids are important for children or adults suffering from any acute infection such as the measles. However, it is untrue that there are no treatments for measles except for supportive treatment. Other treatments for measles include vitamins A and D and vitamin C.
Orthomolecular (Nutritional) Treatments for Measles
It was reported in the British Medical Journal as early as 1932 that a cod liver oil concentrate containing vitamins A and D reduced mortality in children who had been hospitalised due to measles.
Another study in the 1930s found that children hospitalised for measles who given vitamin D or a combination of vitamin A and D did not have a lower death rate than children given the standard treatment. However, those given vitamin D were less likely to develop pneumonia than the children given both vitamins A and D or standard treatment. (Most of the deaths among hospitalised children occurred in those who already had pneumonia at the time of their admission to hospital.)
The lower rate of pneumonia among children who were given vitamin D supplements may possibly be able to be explained by new research that shows that vitamin D can increase production in white blood cells of one of the antimicrobial compounds that help to defend the body against viruses and bacteria.
More recent research has focused on giving large doses of vitamin A. High doses of vitamin A have been shown to reduce the risk of death in children aged less than two years who have this illness. (Measles is usually a mild-moderate illness in otherwise healthy children in developed countries; however, in countries where children often suffer from malnutrition, measles can be a significant cause of death.)
Measles is listed in Curing the Incurable by Thomas Levy, MD (ISBN 1-4010-6963-0 ) as being “Curable and Preventable” with vitamin C and includes some of Dr Klenner’s case histories including that of an uneventful recovery of a child suffering from measles encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). Dr Klenner gave his patients very high doses of vitamin C by injection. (According to the NZ Ministry of Health encephalitis occurs in one in 1000 people who get measles; however in 1997-8 measles there were over 2000 reported cases of measles and only one case of measles (disease)-related encephalitis.) Prompt treatment of encephalitis, regardless of the cause is important since the condition may result in death or survivors may be brain damaged. Giving vitamin C supplements orally is a common home treatment for infections and is very safe – except for people who have certain rare genetic conditions such as glucose-6-dehydrogenase deficiency and sickle cell anaemia who cannot tolerate high doses of vitamin C – and are at risk of serious, potentially fatal side effects. (Blood tests can be used to determine whether or not someone has these or similar conditions.) High doses of vitamin C in anyone can in some cases cause osmotic diarrhoea which can be managed by reducing the dose until the bowel movements are better formed.
Parents who are interested in their children being treated with nutritional medicine should consult a health professional such as a naturopath or doctor who has training in nutritional medicine so that doses of nutrients can be tailored to their child’s age and weight. While vitamin C (with the exceptions mentioned above) is very safe even at very high doses (as any excess can be safely excreted) some vitamin C products may contain excipients such as aspartame (additive 951) which is carcinogenic can cause other adverse reactions in many people. Moreover vitamins A and D are fat soluble and stored in the liver and excessive dosages have the potential to cause toxicity.
MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination appears to be reasonably effective in preventing measles infections – at least in the short term. However, the vaccine has many side effects that are not detailed on the information materials produced by the Ministry of Health or the website www.immune.org.nz which is mostly funded by the Ministry of Health and also acknowledges funding from “private industry” – presumably pharmaceutical companies. http://www.immune.org.nz/?t=1021 ) IMAC’s site used to have a page that displayed the logos of five major vaccine companies that the organisation acknowledged as sponsors, but it was removed after it was publicised. (The list of side effects acknowledged by the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine usually used in NZ may be read at this link: http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/Datasheet/m/MMRIIinj.pdf
Currently Priorix is being used in NZ. Its datasheet is http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/Datasheet/p/Priorixvac.pdf
Christians (and others) who oppose abortion may decide against MMR vaccination for themselves or their children because of the use of cells derived from aborted foetal tissue in the production of the MMR vaccines used in NZ.
Brain damage and autism are also associated with MMR vaccination, as evidenced by the following study:
“These results show that primary pediatric MMR vaccination in children is associated with a marked Increase in serious neurological disorders in comparison to DTwcP [Diptheria, Tetanus whole cell Pertussis] vaccination. The increase is statistically significant for cerebellar ataxia, autism, mental retardation and permanent brain damage following primary pediatric MMR vaccination in comparison to DTwcP vaccination.” [emphasis added]
This is not the only study linking MMR vaccination to autism.
I hope that you will share this letter with parents so that they can be aware that giving paracetamol to a child with measles may increase the duration of their illness and also possibly make them vulnerable to complications. I hope you will also inform parents about the orthomolecular treatment options that may be helpful if their children develop measles.