Diptheria: benignant; malignant
Scarlatina: simplex, anginose, or malignant
Measles: benignant or common; malignant or black
The condition of one's blood or of the system generally explains also most of the dangers arising from bites of venomous snakes, insects or animals. Pure blood and abundant vitality are the correct protective agencies of the life of any man.
Developing and dying of so-called infectious or contagious disease is not accidental; it is not an irregular phenomenon. This is to say, such developments are not out of the regular order of nature. A self-controlled individual possesses sufficient capacity to adjust himself to the extremes of human habitat and enjoy the pleasures of life within his limitations. Those who habitually overstep their limitations break down the powers of life and build disease. Everyone who suffers with disease and dies prematurely has himself to blame.
Let us consider malaria, a disease that has long been known and for which a sure preventive and a sure cure has long been in the possession of the medical profession. It is asserted by the medical profession that quinine both prevents and cures malaria. Quinine, a protoplasmic poison, was introduced to the profession by Catholic priests who invented a romantic story about its use by South American Indians and about its saving the life of a Spanish princess. The profession long opposed what they called Jesuit bark before finally accepting it. Untold thousands of nervous systems have been wrecked by quinine; deafness and blindness have been caused by it and no case of malaria was ever cured by it--yet this protoplasmic poison is still in good repute with the profession. It has devised substitutes for quinine, but these have not proved to be any more successful in preventing and curing malaria than the quinine itself.
Physicians who believe that quinine prevents and cures malaria should have had their faith shattered by the Civil War experience with this poison. Although Federal soldiers were liberally dosed with quinine to prevent malaria, many thousands of them developed the disease. The quinine dosage was increased as a means of cure, but it failed. Any remaining vestige of the old faith in the saving potency of quinine certainly should have been shattered by its failure both to prevent and cure the disease in our soldiers in the South Pacific in World War II. Our soldiers on the Bataan Peninsula suffered more fatalities from malaria and from the treatment for malaria than from the bullets, bombs and bayonets of the Japanese.
The people who develop malaria in the so-called malarial regions (it should be understood that thousands of people live their entire lives in these regions and never have malaria) are those who habitually carry a cesspool under their diaphrams. Normal people or nearly normal people, who are self-controlled and not sensualists, do not have malaria, even when working in marshy lands. Alcoholism and food excess kill many in every climate and under all circumstances of life. It is obvious that something has been left out of the theory of cause and this something is not explained by calling it natural immunity.
In all cases of malaria there is gastro-intestinal indigestion and as soon as this is corrected, by correcting its causes, the malarial subject gets well and remains well so long as he does not re-establish his digestive impairment. When malaria patients can be induced to give up their wrong habits of living and their habit of taking drugs, they are through with malaria forever. If the malaria patient returns to his enervating habits and again checks excretion of metabolic waste, he will again become toxemic, his digestion will again be impaired and he will again develop malaria.
In his New Biology, M. L. Johnson, Ph.D., says: "Where social conditions have been improved, malaria has gradually receded before any special measures have been taken to conquer it, as in England and in many parts of the United States." What this means is that improved social conditions have been followed by a gradual decline in the incidence of malaria, as of other so-called epidemic diseases, before medical measures were taken to prevent it. What better evidence is needed that advancing civilization, and not medical advances, is the real factor in the elimination of disease? Better housing, better plumbing, better clothing, shorter working hours, cleaner cities, better food, etc., and not vaccines and serums and oiling frog ponds, have resulted in the passing of certain diseases.
It is often asserted that certain infectious diseases have changed character and have lost virulence over a long period. This is attributed to changes in the virulence of the causative microbes, and the changes in the modes of living and changes in the environment are completely ignored. Any decline in virulence of a disease must be due to either or both of two major causes: namely, to a change for the better in the mode of living or to a less lethal form of treatment. If the incidence of a disease decreases, this is due to changed environment and mode of living and not to an acquired immunity. Lowered incidence is commonly accompanied by decreased virulence, as a consequence of these same factors. If the old heroic medical treatment was abandoned and diseases lost their virulence as a consequence, this was not the result of any change in the disease, but to a less lethal form of treatment.
While a close connection is traceable between epidemics and the economic status of a people, medicine never seeks the eradication of a social system that breeds and perpetuates poverty. Rather, it seeks to drug away and cut away the effects of insanitary surroundings, overcrowding, malnutrition, etc., or it seeks to immunize with vaccines the victims of social inequalities and injustices against the consequences of their economic plight.
The classic preventive vaccine is the smallpox vaccine. Although by no means the first such substance to be used, Jenner's vaccine was the first to be universally employed. Jenner appropriated the work of another man and claimed it as an original discovery. Without adequate testing, he proclaimed that the cowpox vaccine would immunize one against smallpox for life. He presented his material to the British Royal Society, which rejected it on the grounds of lack of proof. Neither Jenner nor any of his successors ever re-presented the claims for this vaccine, together with proofs, to the Royal Society; hence, it has never been approved by the Society.
England was the first country in the world to adopt compulsory vaccination. After about 40 years of compulsory vaccination, Britain suffered the worst smallpox epidemic in its entire history, with the highest death rate in history. This is but one among thousands of instances of the failure of smallpox vaccination to prevent smallpox, but it should have been enough to convince the most case-hardened advocate of vaccination of the futility of the practice. In addition to being a failure as a preventive, the vaccine produces a whole train of evil side effects and iatrogenic diseases. It is kept alive only because of the enormous profits that are derived from the practice.