Theosophy and Vaccination

The subject of vaccination and anti-vaccination is coming to the fore increasingly these days, especially as talk of a planned Coronavirus vaccine is frequently in the news headlines.

A 2019 survey found that 45% of American adults have doubts about the safety of vaccines whilst in the same year it was reported that over the past five years less and less parents in the UK have been getting their children vaccinated.

This is of course largely due to the influence and far reaching effect of “anti-vaccination” campaigns and media productions, such as the documentary films “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe” (2016) and “Vaxxed: The People’s Truth” (2019) both of which were largely inspired and directed by former doctor Andrew Wakefield, who in the late 1990s prominently brought to light the fact that there seemed to be strong evidence for a causal connection between young children receiving the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and developing regressive autism.

Regressive autism is where the parents and also doctors observed that the child initially had no signs or evidence of autism and appeared clearly healthy in all such respects, only to later change and become autistic for the rest of their life.

In the UK, the first MMR vaccine is usually given at 12 to 13 months of age. Ever since this triple (three-in-one) vaccine was first introduced around the late 1980s, there have been parents reporting that their children suddenly changed, usually within just a few days or even just a few hours of being injected with the vaccine, ceasing to be the lively, happy, engaged, intelligent, and aware child that they were before and becoming largely shut off from the world and people around them and quite literally disabled and handicapped for life as a result of the brain damage.

This does not happen for the majority of children but the affected minority is really not a minority but believed to be in the hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, worldwide. On the internet alone one can easily find many thousands of accounts from parents all telling a very similar story, often identical.

(Above: Official trailer for Vaxxed 2: The People’s Truth.)

Andrew Wakefield and his growing army of supporters and colleagues are often labelled “anti-vaxxers.” Whilst some wear this label proudly, others consider it derogatory, not only in the manner in which it is often used but also because it often misrepresents the reality: quite a number are not actually opposed to the idea or practice of vaccination but are opposed to unsafe vaccines continuing to be used en masse and continuing to be portrayed to the public as perfectly safe, harmless, and reliable.

Wakefield has said publicly that he would have no problem with children receiving the MMR as three separate vaccines, one for measles, another for mumps, another for rubella, which is what used to be the case, but that he cannot support or condone the continuing use of the threefold MMR vaccine. Some holistically minded doctors believe that certain vaccines, especially MMR, should be delayed until the child is at least seven and ideally around nine or ten years of age, by which time the blood-brain barrier is properly formed and there is no real chance of the vaccine causing any type of brain damage.

At present, the first dose of the MMR vaccine is given when the child is around 12 to 15 months and the second usually between 4 and 6 years, although it can be administered any time from three months after the first dose.

Initially, in 1998, the medical authorities accepted his report and the proposed changes began to be prepared and a huge amount of parents submitted requests to receive single vaccines for their children. But before long there was a sudden reversal, possibly due to such an approach requiring great expense for the pharmaceutical companies manufacturing the vaccines, and it was announced to the world that Dr. Andrew Wakefield was in fact a fraud, a con man, a villain, someone who should never be trusted.

In 2001 he left the UK for the USA, where he has lived since, and after a 2007-2010 “fitness to practise” hearing he had his medical license revoked by the General Medical Council and was thus “excommunicated” from the medical profession and banned for life from doing any type of medical work, in the UK at least. Wakefield’s account of the whole affair, including his response to the charges made against him, can be found in his book “Callous Disregard” which bears the subtitle “Autism and Vaccines – The Truth Behind A Tragedy,” first published in 2010.

The MMR vaccine would continue exactly the way it is, the world was told, and repeated emphatic assurances were made with tones of authority that there is absolutely NO link or connection whatsoever between the MMR vaccine and autism and that the apparently clear link in so many thousands of cases must therefore be considered a mere coincidence and not worthy of further investigation. Such ideas were thereafter confined to the realm of “pseudoscience,” “quackery,” “conspiracy theories,” and so forth.

And yet the same vaccine–autism pattern kept on being repeated and is still tragically being repeated around the world every day. Numerous other vaccines have also been reported to cause a wide range of very serious and life-changing health issues and disabilities for many people but the MMR one appears to have had the greatest negative impact worldwide.

Vaccines cannot be considered the sole cause for the rapid and alarming rises in autism cases and there are indeed cases where a child is clearly and unmistakably born with autism. Yet in 1975, 1 in 5,000 children in the USA had autism. By 1985 the number had doubled, to 1 in 2,500. By 1995 it was 1 in 500, and in 2020 the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reported that the figure is now 1 in 54. It has been calculated that if the same rate of increase continues, then by 2032, 50% of all children in the USA will have autism, i.e. 1 in 2! Surely the real causes have to be honestly and fearlessly looked for, regardless of which billionaire’s financial profits may be hurt thereby. Compassion is “the LAW of LAWS” emphasises “The Voice of the Silence.”

So if everything continues as it is now, HALF OF ALL NEW CHILDREN (IN THE USA AT LEAST) WILL BE AUTISTIC BY 2032.

This is an important point which the “Vaxxed” documentaries bring to light and explore. As of the time of writing, the original “Vaxxed” film can be watched online here and the second one here.

Strenuous efforts are now being made to censor and delete such videos and information from various social media platforms and websites and people repeatedly sharing and promoting highly important facts and testimonies about vaccines are sometimes even having their social media profiles removed and permanently deleted as a “punishment.” The message from the powers-that-be is clear, namely that everything the “Anti-Vaxx” people say has been proven false and is dangerous to individual and public safety and welfare.

Andrew Wakefield is so vilified and lied about all over the internet that it’s not really surprising nor particularly blameworthy that so many people automatically insist “a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism is proven false, pseudo-science, quackery, fraud, and a dangerous hoax.”

Almost every open-minded and truth-seeking person who would watch the first “Vaxxed” documentary would have changed their mind entirely about that by the end, or even before the middle, but increasing censorship and suppression means many people will never even hear about it or will be immediately inclined to dismiss and ignore it, rejecting it without ever bothering to watch one minute of it. For others, however, when something is so assiduously censored it provokes the thought, “What is it about this that they don’t want me to see and hear? Maybe I should watch it and find out for myself what they’re so insistent about trying to keep me away from.”

The British government announced in April 2020 that they had reached an agreement with Facebook to ensure that any Facebook page, group, or even personal post, suggesting anything negative about vaccines, would be censored and removed and that the page or profile would in many cases be deleted. Facebook reportedly promised that they would do this, though whether this applies only to UK-based posts was unclear.

News articles reporting about this anti-vaccine censorship showed a screenshot of a Facebook post asking the question of why some vaccines contain aluminium when that is known to be toxic. In the article, this was circled in red and described as an example of false and misleading posts that would soon be censored. Yet anyone can type into a search engine a question on that subject and official governmental and medical websites will come up stating that many vaccines DO indeed contain aluminium . . . and one can also easily discover that it is undeniable that aluminium is linked with toxicity. So this censorship is in part a censorship of the truth and of factual assertions which the censorial government itself does not deny! One can hardly blame “anti-vaxxers” for getting increasingly paranoid, concerned, and angry.

The fact also remains that official UK government websites state that there is a “Vaccine Damage Payment” which parents of vaccine-damaged children can apply to receive. They have already paid out close to £100,000,000.00 (ONE HUNDRED MILLION) and if it was entirely fair would have paid out much more but have very strict rules as to how damaged a child must be before it can be considered worthy of compensation.

Please look closely at this screenshot from the official website of the British government and compare with what the same website (gov.uk) says on another of its pages: “It’s important that we remind people about the strong evidence for the safety and effectiveness of MMR vaccine.” Meanwhile the UK’s National Health Service website has a page titled “Why Vaccination is Safe and Important” which warns people “Be aware that anti-vaccine stories are spread online through social media. They may not be based on scientific evidence and could put your child at risk of a serious illness,” and adds “All vaccines are thoroughly tested to make sure they will not harm you or your child.” These pages unsurprisingly make no mention of the “Vaccine Damage Payment” website pages run and operated by the same government.

Masses of Facebook users have reported posts referring to this “Vaccine Damage Payment” as “fake news,” due to having been so misinformed by the authorities, but this fortunately led to fact-checking websites confirming that there is indeed such a thing and that it has indeed had to pay out such a huge amount of money to victims of ill effects of vaccinations.

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in the USA is known to have paid out more than $4 BILLION over the past few decades.

And where does all that money, the millions and billions, come from? Not from the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture and own the rights to the vaccines, for they have set things up with the governments to ensure that they are financially immune from any such penalties. All the money for vaccine injury compensation payments comes from you, the taxpayer.

Another very important but barely known fact is that the information leaflets inside the vaccine boxes/packets usually confess that they can indeed cause debilitating and life-destroying reactions, some closely akin to symptoms of autism. But this is never publicly and openly acknowledged and nor do most parents read these inserts or even get given the opportunity to do so. Thankfully, most are now available to read online, some courtesy of scans made by the anti-vaccination community.

The UK version of the MMR vaccine includes in its list of “possible side effects” the following, which it says occur with a frequency which “cannot be estimated from the available data”:

“Seizures (fits) without fever; seizures (fits) with fever in children; walking unsteadily; dizziness; illnesses involving inflammation of the nervous system (brain and/or spinal cord). . . . Aseptic meningitis (fever, feeling sick, vomiting, headache, stiff neck, and sensitivity to light); . . . atypical measles . . . An illness consisting of muscle weakness, abnormal sensations, tingling in the arms, legs, and upper body (Guillain-Barré syndrome) . . . Headache; fainting; nerve disorders which can cause weakness, tingling, or numbness; eye nerve disturbances . . . serious illness with ulcers or blistering of the skin, mouth, eyes, and/or genitals . . . Generally feeling unwell . . .”

Notice that these are not listed in the “Very Uncommon” section, nor the “Uncommon.” If it were said that these occur in around 1 in 500,000 cases it may be slightly less alarming but all that the manufacturers are willing to say is that they occur with a frequency “not known” and which “cannot be estimated” which is very vague and unclear; one would suspect deliberately so.

The U.S. version of the exact same MMR vaccine, made in both cases by Merck, is more specific and lists as a possible side effect of this vaccine “a change in behavior or consciousness . . . . which is exactly what so many parents are describing when their newly vaccinated infant regresses to an autistic state of behaviour and consciousness.

The Sanofi pharmaceutical corporation has briefly acknowledged in official paperwork that some children have developed and been diagnosed with autism following vaccination, in this case a polio vaccination. There is much more online, which anyone sufficiently interested can find with a bit of determined searching.

The most reasonable and logical explanation as to why such a cover up still routinely and daily goes on is twofold: (1) the fact that faith in the medical profession would collapse worldwide, possibly resulting in global chaos and overthrow of establishment, and (2) billions of pounds would be demanded in compensation by masses of people, if any country were to admit that any vaccines are indeed very risky and can destroy health and lives.

As “Vaxxed” shows, it is not only Andrew Wakefield speaking out about this but an increasing number of whistleblowers, doctors, and medical professionals, all of whom report that there is deliberate deception and corruption going on – evil, in fact – with the apparent motive being primarily the rapacious greed of some of the “big pharma” billionaires and millionaires.

In a moment, we will explore the Theosophical perspective on the subject.

But first, one might reasonably ask, “Non-vaccination may perhaps work more or less ok in “first world” countries but surely it is a necessity and has made dramatic changes for the better in many “third world” nations, especially in places like Africa?”

Towards the end of the article we will see some information about this which strongly suggests that the answer is actually “no” and that other factors have been most responsible.

It is interesting that unvaccinated children in the West generally have stronger immune systems and better health than the vaccinated. This is shown and reported in the second “Vaxxed” film and all over the internet. The website “Stop Mandatory Vaccination” has some inspiring accounts of this here. What must be added though – and often is not added by those who are understandably opposed to current vaccines – is that there are exceptions to this. The exceptions are seemingly the minority but nonetheless there are parents describing how they changed to a pro-vaccination viewpoint after their unvaccinated children caught such illnesses and died.

It does seem that non-vaccination is less fatal and damaging on the whole than vaccination. But the unfortunate and undeniable fact is that either way – vaccinating or not vaccinating – there are inevitably going to be some fatalities arising from those choices, hence why parents have to take every factor imaginable into account before making their decision, which is one of the most serious decisions to be made. It is also quite likely that one of the reasons why unvaccinated children are generally healthy is because most people are vaccinated and hence there is less disease in circulation.

We will read later how some diseases which are now vaccinated against were already dramatically in decline even before vaccination came along but this is some and not all.

(Above: Andrew Wakefield – “Vaccination Destroys Natural Herd Immunity and Weakens The Population”)

In the short video above, which will hopefully not be taken down by YouTube, Andrew Wakefield essentially, but not explicitly, says that if everyone were to stop vaccinating today there would be problems and contagion arising from this, due to the fact that “herd immunity” has not been built up in the vast majority of people since vaccination became the done thing several generations ago.

With the subject of herd immunity in mind, it does seem reasonable, even sensible, that when one travels to a country which has diseases not present in one’s own (a British citizen going on holiday to a country with risks of malaria, for example) it could be helpful to get vaccinated against such things beforehand, seeing as there’s no way someone who has never lived in such countries can have developed “herd immunity” against such things.

However, the malaria vaccines are acknowledged – even on the ardently pro-vaccine Wikipedia – to have “relatively low efficacy” and so, as always, one has to make a well informed and intelligent decision, taking into account all possible factors.

In fact, all vaccines have questionable efficacy. If vaccines all truly worked as promised, those who are pro-vaccine would have no need to fear “anti-vaxxers” or to view them as both capable and likely of spreading disease amongst the vaccinated. The question remains, if vaccinations are so unreliable and weak in their effects that you know you are not truly protected and immunised by them, why do you continue to be so thoroughly pro-vaccine?

There is much much more that could be said but let’s move on now to Theosophy.

As well as being a presentation of the ancient and ageless Wisdom, the Esoteric Doctrine which is the naturally occuring synthesis of religion, philosophy, and science, Theosophy is also said by H. P. Blavatsky, the principal founder of the modern Theosophical Movement, to be the “Science of Life” and the “Art of Living.” Its teachings and principles, although in some respects extremely metaphysical and abstract, can thus be taken and applied as a practical basis for everything in life.

Although matters of physical health, healing, and medicine, are not touched upon to a very great extent in the Theosophical literature, they are discussed and we find the essence of the Theosophical position to be that is best and wisest to use both natural and allopathic (i.e. conventional, mainstream) forms of medication and treatment as needed.

In an article titled “The Bugbears of Science,” HPB writes:

“To an impartial observer it becomes evident that both sides have to be taken to task. The homeopathists, for their entire rejection of the allopathic methods; and their opponents, for shutting their eyes before facts, and their unpardonable a priori negation of what they are pleased to regard without verification as a quackery and an imposition. It becomes self-evident that the two methods will find themselves happily combined at no distant future in the practice of medicine.”

The combining of both homeopathy and allopathy, or more broadly, natural and alternative medicine with mainstream conventional medicine, is now thankfully commonplace and perhaps best exemplified in such increasingly popular systems as Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine, although the unnecessarily expensive costs associated with these prohibit many people from being able to use them.

But that does not mean that every homeopath and every homeopathic concept and medicine is to be trusted and accepted, for she also says:

“We believe in astrology as we do in mesmerism and homeopathy. All the three are facts and truths, when regarded as sciences; but the same may not be said of either all the astrologers, all the mesmerists or every homeopathist.” (“Horoscopes and Astrology” article)

You may have heard that HPB encouraged branches of the Theosophical Society in India to set up free homeopathic dispensaries but when one researches further it is found that these provided not only free homeopathic medications but rather

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

“homeopathic and allopathic” as she explains in her article “What Good Has Theosophy Done in India?”.

In an article titled “The Empty Vessel Makes The Greatest Sound” she says, amongst many other things worth reading:

“The main question with her [i.e. a proponent of Christian Science type ideas] is, why do prominent, or any, theosophists use medicine for cure of disease? We think all theosophists have the right to do so or not, as theosophy is not a system of diet, or that which is simply to help our bodies, but is a metaphysical and ethical system intended to bring about among men a right thought to be followed by action. . . . We have no objections against anyone getting cured in any way they think good . . . theosophists grant to all the right to use or dispense with medicine and claim for themselves similar privileges. They do not meddle with other persons’ liberty of thought, and demand the same independence for themselves . . . “prominent theosophists” use medicine because of some bearings of Karma upon their lives and on account of its occult properties; . . . We prefer to let it [i.e. physical bodily Karma] work out naturally through the material part of us and to expel it quickly if we may with even mineral remedies.”

Similarly, Robert Crosbie, the founder of the United Lodge of Theosophists, wrote that “Since, then, healing is brought about in many ways, it is clear that neither the fact of healing, nor any number of testimonials, have any value as evidence that any one of these systems of healing is a true system. . . . The body is a machine, which represents the effects of causes set in motion, whether ignorantly or consciously. We should recognize that being a machine – an instrument formed from the matter of the

Robert Crosbie

earth – it can be kept in balance by restoring those elements it lacks. . . . The fact that no one specific method is a cure-all ought to show that there are different kinds of disease; some, the result of bad habits, lack of exercise, wrong diet, and the failure to observe the ordinary laws of hygiene; others, nervous diseases, the effect of wrong ways of thinking, of worriments of various kinds. There are also diseases which are mechanical and organic, where certain organs have become affected to such an extent that they cannot respond to normal action in accord with the other organs. The organs are materially formed of the matter of the three lower kingdoms – mineral, vegetable and animal – taken from the food eaten and transmuted into the organs. Consequently, where some kind of element is discovered to be lacking, something of a material nature may be added which, in most cases, in itself will restore the organ to its natural condition. Diseases caused by wrong habits are, of course, cured by correcting the habits.” (“Mental Healing and Hypnosis” article)

Crosbie also advised students of Theosophy, “Do not despise medical aid should any need arise. Mr. Judge sought such aid when necessary, leaving to the physician the care of maladjustment.” (“The Friendly Philosopher” p. 21-22)

William Q. Judge, HPB’s closest colleague and co-founder with her of the Theosophical Movement, wrote in numerous articles (such as “Of Metaphysical Healing” and “The Cure of Diseases”) that medicines, both allopathic and natural, should readily be used by Theosophists, and indeed by anyone, whenever needed. A small handful of Theosophists believe that no allopathic medications should ever be used, while a smaller number have expressed the view that even natural medicines should not be used and that an unwell person should be able to restore themselves to good health entirely medicine-free. But as can be seen,

William Quan Judge

this is clearly a very untheosophical and rather fanatical perspective.

Another view occasionally encountered, that study and application of Theosophy is bound to make and keep one physically healthy and that if it does not there must be something “wrong” with that person’s study and application of the teachings, is not only insensitive and hurtful but also not supported in any way by the teachings:

“Am very sorry to hear that your health is not good. In reply to your question: A sound body is not expected, because our race is unsound everywhere. It is Karma. Of course a correct mental and moral position will at last bring a sound body, but the process may, and often does, involve sickness. Hence sickness may be a blessing on two planes: (1) the mental and moral, by opening the nature, and (2) on the physical, as being the discharge into this plane of an inner sickness of the inner being.” (William Q. Judge, “Letters That Have Helped Me” p. 120)

So what does Theosophy say about vaccines and vaccination?

William Judge and Robert Crosbie wrote nothing at all about it but H. P. Blavatsky mentioned it in writing on just three occasions that we know of.

The most well known of these is her article “Does Vaccination Prevent Smallpox?” first published in “The Theosophist” of March 1881 and published today by Theosophy Company in “H. P. Blavatsky Theosophical Articles” Vol. 1 and HPB Pamphlet #36 “Theosophical Comment,” which are available from the United Lodge of Theosophists.

But no view, explanation, or criticism, of vaccination, is specifically expressed in this article whatsoever. The article’s title asks a question but it is left as an open question, for HPB does not offer any answer on the matter. This article certainly cannot be said to be a pro-vaccination article but nor is it definitely anti-vaccination. The title was probably inspired, however, by the fact that in the early 1880s literally millions of people around the world contracted and died from smallpox despite having received vaccinations against it, which they were promised would render them immune.

In September 1882, a publication reviews section of “The Theosophist” magazine included HPB commenting on the monthly magazine “The Vaccination Inquirer and Health Review,” published by The London Society for the Abolition of Compulsory Vaccination. Calling it a “fearless” publication, she remarks admiringly, “It does its level best to upset the illusions of orthodox medicine, and to expose the legal quackery of its practitioners.” She then makes a good-humoured yet clearly anti-vaccination comment: “Would that our great innovators could succeed in “inocculating” some drops of common good sense into themselves, before proposing to “vaccinate” into the human system more diseases than it is already heir to!” So here it becomes apparent that HPB, the messenger and representative of the Masters of Wisdom, was certainly not pro-vaccination.

And then finally, in an October 1889 article titled “An Open Letter To The Readers of “Lucifer” and All True Theosophists,” published in the magazine “Lucifer” (click here for explanation of what “Lucifer” really means in esotericism) she very briefly mentions in passing “the inoculation of a virus, with its poisonous effects on future generations.” This ambiguously worded phrase could either mean that a virus has “poisonous effects on future generations” or that the inoculation (i.e. vaccination) of a virus is what actually produces such poisonous effects. But if the latter is indeed what she meant, she didn’t elaborate.

It was in the twentieth century that Theosophists began to frequently express clear and strong criticisms and warnings about vaccination.

These appeared primarily in “Theosophy” and “The Theosophical Movement,” two monthly magazines published by the United Lodge of Theosophists in the USA and India respectively. The ULT’s mission statement has always been “To spread broadcast the Teachings of Theosophy as recorded in the Writings of H. P. Blavatsky and William Q. Judge.” But as we have seen, Mr. Judge said nothing on the matter and HPB’s only clearly negative remarks were a couple of brief sentences in a fairly obscure book review.

With those words in mind, however, and taking the Theosophical teachings as a whole as a basis for thought and action, the ULT published numerous anti-vaccination articles written by some of its associates. The tone and content of those articles made clear that the most influential people in the ULT (a worldwide Theosophical association, independent from all Theosophical Societies) were against all vaccination under all circumstances. It was not until the late 1960s that a slightly more tolerant tone was adopted on this issue but the main message remained the same.

Interestingly, that message has also always expressed many of the same key points as today’s anti-vaccination movements. In fact, the “Vaxxed” documentaries echo extremely closely much of what is written in these articles.

(Above: “We Are Living Proof That Vaccines Do Cause Autism” – From Q&A after a screening of the first Vaxxed documentary film.)

A few ULT associates have claimed and insisted over the years that “all true Theosophists” are anti-vaccine and hints of that can be seen in a few of the quotes below, but this is wrong and unwarranted, since no Theosophist is expected or required to believe or accept anything, least of all something on which the Theosophical Teachers are almost entirely silent.

There are some serious Theosophical students and ULT associates who are largely pro-vaccine and this has to be respected and accepted. In our experience though, the majority of ULT Theosophists are either anti-vaccine or “vaccine-cautious,” partly because the whole practice seems at odds with Theosophical principles of man and nature, and partly because of all that has come to light about vaccination consequences over the past 25+ years.

THE UNITED LODGE OF THEOSOPHISTS ON VACCINATION

(bold added for emphasis)

“It becomes highly important, therefore, to regard dispassionately whatever evidence may be available. The issue is vital – to the individual, to the race – and cannot be settled to any lasting good while there exists a partisan spirit on either side.” (“Immunization: A Questionable Practice,” from an earlier version of the “Health and Therapy” pamphlet titled “The Laws of Healing: Physical and Metaphysical”)

“It is hard for the medically and technically ignorant public to believe that the medical profession in general could defend immunization by inoculation and vacccination if it were “a grotesque superstition” or an “amazing empirical stunt” as it has been called by the eminent Dr. Charles Creighton and Mr. George Bernard Shaw. The average person “guesses” that “scientific opinion” is more reliable than the views of a minority called “anti’s,” however honest and intelligent these may be. He passively accedes to vaccination and accepts it on medical authority without taking the trouble to look into the matter for or against, and this in spite of the fact that he knows that the remedies of one generation of doctors often become the laughing-stock of the next. But vaccination and inoculation are no longer merely medical questions; they have increasing political and social significance which involves individual liberty and national health. The more deeply the history and the results of vaccination are enquired into, the more evident it becomes that the practice has been accepted on – to paraphrase Lucretia Mott – the truth of authority and not on the authority of Truth. When men of the highest mental calibre are forced, after investigation, to conclude that “the penal enforcement of vaccination is a crime” – all conscientious laymen should at least read both sides. . . .

“As to the theory of immunisation, it has a great initial appeal; if its hypothetical basis is accepted its elements are very simple and lend themselves to the kind of logic understood by the average person. Neither its study nor its application requires much imagination or analytical thought, and, the practice being endorsed by the medical profession, the anomalies in statistics dealing with it are discounted.

“Further, while many physicians – undoubtedly ignorant of the facts – are sincere in their belief in vaccination and are not solely influenced by the desire for personal profit, it is significant that agitation in favour of compulsory vaccination emanates chiefly from those who administer or manufacture vaccines. It may be doubted if the anti-vaccination publications are read by many doctors or laymen not already questioning the practice; and the general press is usually closed to reports that go against the consensus of orthodox medical opinion. . . .

“Actually, however, the medical profession has two opinions on the subject of vaccination, not one. The majority are still for it, but that does not make them right; and it is well to note that most “anti’s” were once in favour of, and turned against vaccination after some tragic experiences in the practice which led them to study both sides of the question. Also it should be known that many doctors in favour of vaccination are not in favour of compulsory vaccination, which is the great danger of the present.

“But it is as illogical as it is wrong for those who believe in the theory to try to make it compulsory for those who do not. Consider: The vaccinated, being “protected,” should have no fear of the “unprotected”! And, on the other hand, the less it protects the more infamous [i.e. seriously shameful and disgraceful] is compulsion! Against the great gains to be obtained by the disestablishment and disendowment of the practice there is only a business loss to count. The people’s health, the pocket-book of the tax-payer, individual integrity and liberty, the principles of democratic government and scientific freedom, will all gain. On the other hand, as explained by the Citizens Medical Reference Bureau, Pamphlet VI, a federal system of medical indoctrination would provide the machinery for controlling the minds and bodies of the people. . . .

“And there is ample evidence to prove that sanitation and not vaccination has been the real means of doing away with smallpox as well as cholera and other filth diseases in many places. The Principles of Theosophy stand against dirt, against vaccination and against compulsion.” (“The Case Against Vaccination,” “The Theosophical Movement” June 1946)

“Theosophy is the one school of education in natural law, and those who study and practice it are on the right road physically as well as in all other departments of their being. These do not seek “immunization” from anything, but they know that obedience to the laws of health must render them free from new causation of disease, must enable them to find and give proper alleviation in all cases of karmic ill effects of old causes set up.”

The most dangerous man in the world is the ignorant philanthropist who mistakes his good intentions for Wisdom. He will breed a world of parasites to the degree of his efforts, because he believes with all his heart in the miracle idea – that he can localize, immunize, prevent, cure, the world evils by short-cuts and substitutions.” (“Immunization,” “Theosophy” April 1928)

“For many years this journal and Theosophical Free Tracts [i.e. a tract/pamphlet distribution service set up by the United Lodge of Theosophists in India under B. P. Wadia’s guidance] have warned against vaccination and inoculations, two well-known after effects of which are encephalitis (a dread brain disease) and post vaccinal myelitis (a disease of the central nervous sytem causing paralysis). Both of these are virus diseases, and there seems to be very little “mystery” involved, for viruses are forced into the body with each vaccination! . . .

“One of the most shocking developments of the craze for so-called immunization is the fact that misleading propaganda can stampede adults into making millions of children undergo unproven, useless and dangerous vaccinations and injections. . . . Bitter and terrible is the price being paid by some American parents for their careless, blind and unwarranted faith in medical, health or government “authorities” and their propaganda. How many children will have to be crippled or killed before we learn to stop being blind followers of the blind? Before we learn that health is not gained by injecting disease and filth into our bodies?” (“The Superstition Called Vaccination,” “The Theosophical Movement” June 1955)

“Another point, which only the knowledge of the universality of the law of periodicity makes comprehensible is the cyclic course of diseases, which no less than the life of every creature and every civilization, gradually increase to their culminating point and then become less virulent, decline and disappear, the latter process often hastened by proper sanitation. Certain diseases, like yellow fever, seem to have largely spent their force; others, like cancer and cardiac disturbances, to be on their upswing. It is a fallacy rooted in the materialism of our times that a state of health can be won for the race by physical means, however scientific. Physical sanitation and individual obedience to the laws of physical health are worth more as disease preventives than all the sera ever prepared, but even such commendable measures leave the roots of disease untouched unless there is concurrent effort to purify the psychic nature.” (“The Vaccination Superstition,” “The Theosophical Movement” January 1938)

“In The Theosophist of January 1883 (Vol. IV, p. 92) H.P.B. printed a letter on the subject of compulsory vaccination, one which “deeply concerns the people of India,” though “almost outside our limits,” The Theosophist having to war “upon another and even worse form of innoculation – the empoisoning of the Hindu mind with the views of modern scepticism.” There is no doubt, however, of her attitude towards vaccination, against which Theosophy firmly stands for cogent reasons that have been discussed many times in this magazine. It condemns the vivisection of animals, in the words of H.P.B., as “Sorcery, pure and simple”; and the production of vaccine involves inflicting suffering upon the animal kingdom. It recognizes also that the violent mixing of alien strains of life is against nature and can result only in evil. Vaccination stands condemned because it is cruel, ineffective, dirty, dangerous and unnecessary, sanitation and cleanliness being far better and surer means of prevention of smallpox.” (“The Theosophical Movement” June 1961, editorial comment)

“Shall our children be immunized? By all means. Let us endeavor with all our power to immunize them forever against the possibility that their view-point of Life may become so perverted that they will, in a frenzy of fear over “effects not yet come,” offer their life-blood as a breeding ground for untold hosts of animal lives.” (“Should Our Children Be Immunized?”, “Theosophy” November 1930)

“Reliable anti-vaccination literature available to the public is the work of a few thoughtful physicians and lay writers. The situation is complicated by literature written and sponsored by individuals affected by unreasoning emotion; such literature often abounds with epithets, with misquotations and often misrepresentations, with unjustified imputations against the motives of respected medical men and investigators. While material of this sort may at times serves a purpose in blocking dictatorial legislation, for the most part it does more harm than good by rousing prejudice – both ways – and generally confusing the issue.

“The purpose of this pamphlet is purely educative. Theosophists have no desire that vaccination be prohibited. Those who are sincere in believing in immunization have a right to be vaccinated and to subject their children to this treatment. There is, however, no valid reason for making this practice compulsory. Some states have delegated to the boards of health under their jurisdiction the power to exclude unvaccinated children from public school attendance. Occasionally laws requiring school attendance place parents in the position of being unable to follow their convictions in this matter without violating the law. Both the army and the navy require enlisted men to be vaccinated and to be immunized in other ways. Many large corporations press their employees to be vaccinated, which often amounts to compulsion. In view of the admittedly unknown hazards of the practice, Theosophists hold that the just course for legislatures is to establish unequivocally the right of self-determination.”  (“Immunization: Some Basic Questions” in the pamphlet “Health and Therapy: Problems and Decisions” published by Theosophy Company, in print and available from the United Lodge of Theosophists around the world)

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Statistics applying to the USA and correct as of March 2016. Click for larger version.

David Pratt, who we understand to be a member of “The Theosophical Society – Pasadena” has condensed some important information about vaccination into some of his articles. Many of his articles are of interest and well worth reading, although we do not feel able to actively endorse many of them, due to frequent inclusion of quotes and statements from G. de Purucker, who developed a version of “Theosophy” which in numerous important respects seriously contradicted the Theosophy of H. P. Blavatsky and her Adept-Teachers, the Mahatmas. Anyone wanting to know more details about this can find relevant articles listed under the heading “H. P. BLAVATSKY AND THEOSOPHY” on the Articles page of this site.

In his online review of the 2015 edition of the book “Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and The Forgotten History” by Dr Suzanne Humphries (a respected mainstream doctor whose viewpoint changed over time from pro-vaccination to anti-vaccination) and Roman Bystrianyk, David Pratt writes:

“As Humphries and Bystrianyk document in great detail, the rapidly growing industrial towns and cities in the 19th century were characterized by appalling living and working conditions: overcrowded, ill-ventilated, vermin-infested slums, streets full of rotting human and animal waste, overflowing cesspools, water-supply and air pollution, rotten and contaminated food, malnutrition, grinding poverty, and long hours of arduous labour in mines, factories and sweatshops. . . .

“The abject and unhygienic conditions in the 19th century provided a breeding ground for diseases like cholera, dysentery, typhoid fever, typhus fever, yellow fever, puerperal fever, tuberculosis (‘consumption’), pneumonia, influenza, scarlet fever, smallpox, measles, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis). Periodic epidemics and pandemics swept across the globe and killed millions. While the poverty-stricken masses were the worst affected, no class was spared. Even those who escaped death from disease or disability at an early age often only lived into their thirties or forties.

Deaths from these diseases plummeted before the arrival of antibiotics and vaccines; for many of them a vaccine was never developed. The drop in mortality was mainly due to prolonged efforts by social reformers, physicians and policymakers to improve waste disposal, water quality, food quality and hygiene, tighten up labour laws, promote education, and so on. Various technological advances played a role – such as electricity, refrigeration, flush toilets, water purification, and pasteurization. Improving the quality of the water supply virtually eliminated waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and dysentery. As Dr Thurman Rice put it: ‘It is not strange that health improves when the population gives up using diluted sewage as the principal beverage’ (p. 167). This revolution in sanitation and public health began in the mid-1800s and continued into the early 1900s. The threat of death from all infectious diseases had faded into insignificance by the mid-1900s.

“The authors write: “There are numerous reputable sources that clearly demonstrate how improved living conditions, more nutritious food, better obstetric care, and other non-vaccine elements were responsible for the decline in infectious disease death rates. Despite this clear evidence, today’s vaccine proponents continuously and falsely claim that vaccines are the principal reason for the increase in life expectancy we enjoy today.” (p. 57)

“In the United States, starting from 1900, the measles mortality rate had declined by more than 98% before the introduction of a vaccine, and whooping cough mortality had declined by more than 90% and diphtheria mortality by 98% before the DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine was introduced. As the graph below shows, by the time vaccines arrived on the scene, deaths from whooping cough in England and Wales had declined by more than 99% and deaths from measles by nearly 100%.

“The authors comment: “Unfortunately, the flawed belief that vaccines and other medical advances were responsible for this amazing decline has dictated how infectious diseases are treated today. Instead of an emphasis on hygiene, nutrition, and appropriate vitamin supplementation, immune system support, and natural remedies, the emphasis is always on costly antibiotics, vaccinations, and other medical procedures. . . .””

The conclusion to Pratt’s article “Vaccination and Homeopathy” explains:

“Vaccination is mega-business. The pharmaceutical industry is thoroughly entangled with the medical establishment, resulting in conflicts of interest and the dissemination of one-sided, pro-vaccine propaganda.

Vaccines may sometimes provide protection against certain diseases, but their effectiveness has been exaggerated. Artificial stimulation of antibody production is no guarantee of immunity; outbreaks of diseases can occur in those fully vaccinated against them. Vaccination played at best a minor role in the decline in killer infectious diseases.

“Contracting relatively harmless diseases as a child usually provides lifelong immunity and can help the immune system to mature. Since vaccine-induced immunity decreases over time, mass vaccination results in more people catching the diseases in question at a later age, when complications may be more serious.

Vaccines are toxic and far less safe than commonly claimed. Serious short-term effects have been played down, and long-term health consequences have not been properly researched. The growing dependency on vaccines appears to have contributed to the rise in autoimmune diseases.

Vaccines have caused widespread harm, suffering and death in developing countries, as malnourished children are most vulnerable to adverse reactions. [NOTE: This important fact is extremely little known and barely mentioned but can be extensively verified through online research.] More dangerous vaccines no longer used in developed countries are still used on a mass scale in the third world. The biggest killers in the third world are malnutrition, lack of clean drinking water, and poor sanitation.”

Some of the shocking, disturbing, and at times ethically questionable, ingredients contained in certain vaccines received by the vast majority of children are discussed by David Pratt in his review of Janine Roberts’ 2009 book “Fear of the Invisible” and are worth reading.

Aluminium and Mercury are two of the vaccine ingredients most frequently warned about by “anti-vaxxers.”

Pratt explains: “Mercury (thimerosal) is added to some vaccines as a preservative, and aluminium is added as an adjuvant to enhance the immune response. Both metals are toxic and mercury is associated with brain diseases. The US Environmental Protection Agency’s safety standard for mercury is 0.1 microgram per kilogram of body weight per day, or 7 micrograms for a 70 kg adult. Yet in 2003, it was estimated that fully vaccinated children receive as much as 237.5 micrograms of mercury from vaccines in doses of up to 25 micrograms each. Mercury is now being reduced in or eliminated from vaccines, but is still used in the tetanus and flu vaccines (to save money), and is still present in trace amounts in many vaccines.”

Some point out that Thimerosal, also known as Thiomersal, is ethyl mercury rather than methyl mercury and is thus perfectly safe, non-toxic, and does not cause adverse reactions. But why then is it being phased out of so many vaccines if it is indeed safe, healthy, and harmless?!? Why not continue using it as before? A culture of denial and obscurantism prevails.

If it is doubted that mercury is still used in some vaccines here in the West, one can again easily look it up online and will find official governmental health agencies readily confirming these ingredients and their amounts but without mentioning anything about potential risk and danger. What H. P. Blavatsky wrote about the medical use of mercury is highly relevant here:

“We are fully prepared to oppose the statements . . . that it is mercury or quicksilver which the Yogis and the alchemists used. . . . Paracelsus, the alchemists, and other mystics, meant by mercurius vitae, the living spirit of silver, the aura of silver, not the argent vive [i.e. an alchemical term for mercury/quicksilver]; and this aura is certainly not the mercury known to our physicians and druggists. There can be no doubt that the imputation that Paracelsus introduced mercury into medical practice is utterly incorrect. No mercury, whether prepared by a mediaeval fire-philosopher or a modern self-styled physician, can or ever did restore the body to perfect health. Only an unmitigated charlatan ever will use such a drug.” (“Isis Unveiled” Vol. 2, p. 621)

Much more could be said and much more has been said in books, articles, reports, and testimonies, besides the many social media posts, YouTube videos, and so forth, now being increasingly censored and shut down by authorities and increasingly attacked, abused, and harassed, by poorly informed citizens who in most cases have never even bothered to watch “Vaxxed” or anything similar.

Most feel no desire or need to, for instead of being genuinely open-minded and inquisitive, they read online articles with “thought police” style titles such as “We Watched ‘Vaxxed’ So You Don’t Have To” which brush over the main and most compelling features of the film whilst repeatedly telling the reader that it is full of groundless “conspiracy theories” and not worth watching or bothering with.

But it would be mistaken to assume that it is mainly hippies or people on the fringes of society who form the “anti-vaxx” crowd. They are from all walks of life, all backgrounds, all races, all economic levels, all educational and career backgrounds, and include a growing number of famous people and celebrities, such as Robert De Niro, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (nephew of John F. Kennedy), Jim Carrey, Charlie Sheen, Jenny McCarthy, Alicia Silverstone, Toni Braxton, Selma Blair, Kat Von D, Novak Djokovic, Elle Macpherson, Jessica Biel, and presumably her husband Justin Timberlake.

Most, if not all, were originally pro-vaccine but eventually changed their mind after investigating the matter and deciding to not bow in unquestioning obedience before the dictates and claims of the medical and pharmaceutical industry.

Everyone should make up their own mind, without fear or shame, and as the vaccination question comes increasingly to the fore and debates and censorship intensify, everyone will soon find that they have to do so.

~ BlavatskyTheosophy.com ~

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