In summary, according to the Weston A. Price Foundation, the best protection against infectious disease is a healthy immune system, supported by adequate vitamin A and vitamin C. Well-nourished children easily recover from infectious disease and rarely suffer complications. As such our approach would be to consume foods rich in vitamin A, such as liver, cod liver oil, egg yolks, butter and heavy cream from animals on pasture and in the wild, as well as vitamin C in the whole food form of acerola cherry, camu camu and/or amla powder such as Pure Radiance C. Please note that beta carotene found in plant foods is not the same as vitamin A. We are reassured knowing that measles is very, very rarely anything more than a mild childhood illness that consists of fever and a rash. The rash resolves in 5 or 6 days, and the child is left with a more hardy immune system.

Today, in my role as the Weston A. Price Foundation’s Portland Chapter Leader, I was delighted to receive the following inquiry from a local television news station hoping to talk to me about alternatives to vaccination:

Hi. We are wondering if you or anyone in your organization would be willing to talk to us regarding vaccines and alternatives to vaccines. We understand that the Weston A. Price Foundation has alternative medicine recommendations and we are hoping we could talk to you about that. We have a number of viewers who have expressed concern about vaccines or cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. We strive to show all sides of any issue and this is a side that hasn’t been shown.

Please let us know. Thank you.
Paul Birmele
Assignment Editor
222 SW Columbia St, Suite 102, Portland, OR 97201

I imagined that this inquiry was due to the fact that some people in Portland are concerned about the “state of emergency” that has been declared in Washington State, just across the Columbia River, due to about 40 cases of measles documented there.  If you are wondering just how deadly measles is, please read Dr. Bob Sears’ Facebook post. Also, see this overview from the Physicians for Informed Consent. I will share my response to Mr. Birmele from the local television station in a moment. First, I wanted to share Melissa Malinowski, ND’s perspective on the topic. Melissa serves as a naturopathic practitioner and a fellow Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader:

What exactly is measles?

Measles is a short-lived viral infection that begins with a fever that lasts for a couple of days, followed by a cough, runny nose and [may include] conjunctivitis (pink eye). A rash starts on the face, hairline and upper neck, spreads down the back and trunk, and extends to the extremities. After about 5 days, the rash fades.

How dangerous is measles?

Measles is [usually] a mild and harmless disease that leaves a stronger, healthier child in its wake; most adults today who were born before 1965 got measles and have lifelong immunity as a result. Serious problems from measles are very, very rare. You are more likely to die from falling out of bed than you are from measles.

Does it sound logical to be afraid of measles?

Of course not, but vaccines are sold through fake fear, misrepresented data and fraudulent science.

How is the best way to avoid measles by having a live vaccine that can cause measles injected into the body?

And at no time ever in life will you be exposed to three viruses concurrently, ever. And no, zero, ziltch safety studies have ever been done on this live combination shot with the included adjuvants below to overstimulate the immune system – none, people.

The vaccine insert for the MMR live virus shot contains 42 paragraphs of warning and adverse reactions. Warnings include seizures, encephalitis, pneumonia, deafness, death and measles! The vaccine insert is telling you that this vaccine can result in brain damage, death (read that again) or even give you the very disease you are trying to avoid.

Ingredients you’re injecting with the MMR [MMR-II]

Chick embryo cell culture (animal cell lines and DNA), WI-38 human diploid lung fibroblasts ( lung tissue of a 3-months gestation female fetus = aborted fetal cells), fetal bovine serum (fetal blood extracted from cows found pregnant at slaughter. The calf fetus is removed during evisceration and blood is extracted via cardiac puncture without anesthesia), sucrose, recombinant human albumin, neomyci (antibiotic).

Read it yourself on the CDC website. How about we boost the immune system versus suppressing and poisoning it.

How to boost the immune system!

Pictured below are pasture-raised eggs, an excellent source of vitamin A. My email to Mr. Birmele at the news station follows:


Thanks so much for reaching out, Paul!

I serve as the Weston A. Price Foundation’s Portland Chapter Leader, as well as the director of Nourishing Our Children, a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation. I am cc: the President of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Sally Fallon Morell, as well as our Executive Director, Kathy Kramer. Sally is very well versed on this topic, and I’d love her to talk to you at KOIN – a local Portland news station!

I would encourage you to see the article published on Nourishing Our Children’s website in regard to an alternative to vaccines.

History reveals to us that measles is a “disease of undernourishment, particularly deficiencies in vitamins A and C  As scientists isolated these nutrients in the early 1900s, and people became more aware of the effect of nutrition on infectious disease, measles death rates dropped significantly, down more than 98% in the US by the time the measles vaccine was licensed in 1963.”

Sally Fallon Morell wrote an article about how to build our immune system naturally:

“Vitamin A is our number one protection against disease; the immune system cannot function without vitamin A. This vitamin protects against colds and flu, and in the case of measles, will protect against the side effects such as blindness and seizures. Vitamin A also protects us against toxins like pesticides—which some believe are the cause of polio and its modern equivalent, acute flaccid myelitis.

Two important points about vitamin A: first, we cannot get adequate vitamin A by converting the carotenes in fruits and vegetables into the true vitamin A. Children make this conversion very poorly, if at all, and even many adults lack the mechanisms to convert carotenes into vitamin A. Secondly, vitamin A requires vitamins D and K2 as co-factors. Vitamin A taken alone can have toxic side effects, but vitamin A taken in the context of a diet containing vitamins D and K2 is highly beneficial, not detrimental. This is good news because the foods that provide us with vitamin A, usually also contain vitamins D and K2—foods like butter from grass-fed cows, egg yolks from pastured chickens, aged natural cheese, shellfish and organ meats like liver. Egg yolks and pureed liver are ideal foods for weaning baby and liverwurst or pate is a great way to get vitamin A into your growing child.

In addition to these foods, cod liver oil can provide vitamins A and D on a daily basis. Before the advent of vaccinations, the medical profession knew that the vitamin A in cod liver oil would protect children against all sorts of infections, including measles; parents heard the message to give cod liver oil in schools, from their doctors, from government officials, and even in Sunday school. Mom should take cod liver oil while pregnant and nursing, and should begin giving it to their children around two or three months—use an eye dropper or syringe for this. Children will not have any trouble taking cod liver oil when they start young. For older children, mix the cod liver oil with a little fresh orange juice, cream or warm water, stir and down the hatch. Use only cod liver oil containing natural vitamins. See this article for more information and product recommendations.”

Also, this article, Why I am not afraid of measles, lists recommendations supported by the Weston A. Price Foundation.

We are very happy to answer additional questions!

In health,
Sandrine Perez, Executive and Creative Director
Nourishing Our Children

Live Virus

Keep in mind that “scientific evidence demonstrates that individuals vaccinated with live virus vaccines such as MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), rotavirus, chicken pox, shingles and influenza can shed the virus for many weeks or months afterwards and infect the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike.” The Johns Hopkins Patient Guide warns the immunocompromised to “Avoid contact with children who are recently vaccinated,” and to “Tell friends and family who are sick, or have recently had a live vaccine (such as chicken pox, measles, rubella, intranasal influenza, polio or smallpox) not to visit.”

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