Reclaiming Ancient Wisdom

Discussions and articles about vaccines often delve into what science is and what it is not.  Vaccine promoters might accuse vaccine skeptics of being “anti-science”; of equating the audacity to question the safety and efficacy of vaccines with the theocratic doubting of the roundness or ancientness of the earth.

Vaccine skeptics, in turn, charge pharmaceutical enthusiasts with employing “tobacco science”; of using the same methods and manipulations the tobacco industry used for decades to “prove” their products were safe. While the analysis of data is crucial to the conversation, the game of dueling scientific studies can become tiresome. So perhaps we should probe deeper into this concept of science. What is “science”? How did it begin? And how does it get hijacked?

Science began, and always begins, with careful observation. The first scientists may have been prehistoric mothers who used their attentiveness to solve real problems. Their vigilant discernment enabled them to learn which plants, prepared in what fashion, caused what effects, and cured which ailments. Imagine the vastness of the collective wisdom gathered and held by those early countless generations of mothers.

Endless study and experimentation. This herb heals the skin. That tree bark reduces pain.  They didn’t have fresh white coats with pocket protectors and sterile laboratories with beeping equipment. They did, though, possess the awesome power of intuition and the cognitive desire to protect, to heal, and to remember.

Human knowledge did not start from zero in the 17th century. Throughout the Renaissance thousands of women were burned at the stake for the crime of being female.  Sure, much was gained in science and the arts during this time, but what was lost? Women.  The wise, the healers, the leaders, the sacred ones who held those countless generations of carefully accrued knowledge were lost in the flames.

Trust was also methodically destroyed. How could one trust their neighbor when the wrong words could be reported as blasphemy or an innocent question become a fatal rumor of heresy? Trust itself was persecuted. One could no longer speak without fear to a friend in the village square. Revealed secrets of the earth long passed from matriarch to woman to girl ceased to flow.

The most human act of sharing information, of communicating ideas, of learning from each other was shut down. Trust was to be placed only in the Church. Knowledge was to be disseminated only from men to men within the confines of the newly sanctioned universities.

In their conquest of New World, explorers and colonizers annihilated native cultures that had for millennia collected knowledge of the Earth. The Spanish conquistadors in South America crushed into archeological dust countless libraries of clay tablets inscribed with eons of indigenous intelligence. The Medicine People of North America; the counselors and healers of their tribes, met the same fate as their revered and once abundant buffalo.  Their knowledge of healing herbs and sacred sweat lodges came from the Earth and, when the last Ghost Dancer stopped, returned to the Earth.

Perceptions of the world based upon deep interconnectedness were rapidly and violently replaced with linear, dualistic dogma. And as our knowledge and technology grew, so did our infatuation with our thoughts and our machines. Rather than looking to and learning from nature, the study of the material world took an incestuous turn and focused on human technology. Everything, from the cosmos to the human body, came to be understood as moving parts in a clockwork. Plotting the trajectory of a cannon ball, however, is much different from plotting the path of a falling snowflake.

When the number of parts in a machine are limited and all of the variables are known, the outcome of any given input can be predicted. But what happens when multiple inputs are introduced into a complex system containing innumerable components with countless variables? That outcome cannot be calculated or accurately predicted.

For all of our pride in our scientific endeavors, we have little ability to fathom non-linear systems and have failed in managing and caring for complex systems such as the earth, or culture, or the human body. We should have learned by now that the mechanistic conceptual model is, at best, imprecise. Yet, we still strain to perceive our world by peering through this cataracted, distorted lens.

Health is looked at through that lens by trained professionals. They tell us that the human body is an autonomous machine which is under constant attack by germs that only they and their medicines can defend us from.  Human bodies, however, are unique ecosystems; each more complex and diverse than the Amazon rainforest.

Each body actually contains more microbial life forms than human cells. The diseases we try to cure are symptoms of those ecosystems being out of balance. Microbes, until the turn of this century, have been seen as ‘the bad guys’ who must, by any means necessary, be defeated and destroyed. (Pay no attention to the wonders of wine and beer, of bread and cheese!) Microbes are germs and germs are bad.  After years of antibiotic overuse and the successful hype of antimicrobial soaps there is now, finally, a growing awareness of the folly of this type of thinking.

Today we are told that the science on vaccines is settled. Manufacturers and providers tell us vaccines are safe and effective. Further study is a waste of money. Public health agencies pressure legislators to demand absolute compliance with their vaccine recommendations. The vaccine promoters refuse to engage in a serious public debate for fear it would only provide a platform for “anti-vaxxer misinformation”.

Researchers have recently gone so far as to claim that mother’s milk should not be viewed as superior to formula. After all, we mustn’t glamorize nature over science. And the media, complicit with them all, refuse to do their jobs. Without question they endlessly echo stories about that ‘one doctor’ and his one ‘debunked’ study.

Let us remove the mechanistic spectacles and examine the issue through eyes of ancient wisdom and clear lenses of contemporary discovery. Remember, each body is unique. It has recently been ascertained that every heart beat has its own distinct rhythm. Yet, a premature baby, not fully developed and weighing a mere two pounds, gets the same dose of HepB and Vitamin K at birth as does a full term, robust eight pounder. A 10 year old, 65 pound, waifish girl with an eating disorder gets the same shots as her hefty 110 pound, athletic male class mate.

How is it remotely conceivable that this ‘one size fits all’, ‘every child / every shot’ paradigm could be scientifically plausible? The internet is a massive library. Explore it.  Social media is today’s village square. Do not be afraid to meet there. There are hundreds of studies both defending and questioning vaccines. Read them. You possess intelligence and intuition. Reclaim them. Many thousands of parents have endured the anguish of observing vaccines injuring or killing their children. Listen to them. Science begins with observation.

This article originally appeared in the Q3 2017 Regenerate Magazine.

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About the author

Phil Silberman

Phil Silberman is a board member of the Colorado Coalition for Vaccine Choice. The organization is dedicated to promoting informed consent and protecting vaccine choice in Colorado. Phil is passionate about keeping his daughter safe and healthy.

  • Karl Wegner MD

    The vast majority of New World indigenous peoples were killed off by infectious diseases (measles, smallpox, plague, etc.). More clay tablets wouldn’t have made a difference.

  • Rachel

    But clay tablets aren’t destroyed by germs, but by arrogant people who “know best”.

  • Vickie Keiser

    What references do you have for this? I have read stories that Europeans offered indigenous people blankets that had been in contact with people ill from such infections but I don’t have any references as to numbers of deaths from infectious illnesses among indigenous people.

  • Karl Wegner MD

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_history_of_indigenous_peoples_of_the_Americas
    You could also read the book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles Mann

  • You seem to be implying that more vaccines would have saved them. I think that is a false premise.

  • Karl Wegner MD

    Of course you do Jeffry.

  • Lee Reikert

    Don’t forget that our forebears herded them into camps and starved them to death, killed and cut off their food sources and also often massacred entire villages with guns…..wasn’t always disease. Then of course we celebrate all this in our history books as defeating the “savages”. Not at all proud of our European ancestors.

  • Valtam Nord

    Science? How come there’s no mention of the many strengths of the “Scientific Method”?

  • Nikka80

    “Ancient Wisdom” is an “Appeal to Antiquity” logical fallacy!

  • When have the vaccine manufacturing pharmaceutical companies ever actually used the scientific method? Real science as well is unbiased and there is plenty of that which exists in regard to the harm of vaccines. Study science is not limited to only that which is acceptable in regard to pro-vaccine study outcome, and most often it is nothing but paid for junk science. Where are the studies on multiple vaccine safety, and its assurance? Until you have that, you have NOTHING.

  • How many vaccines have you had in the last 10 years; lets see a screen shot of your records? Anything less indicates you to be a hypocrite and a coward, but then we already quite clearly knew that about you.

  • Here is some easy educational reading for you as well.

    The polio vaccine: a critical assessment of its arcane history, efficacy, and long-term health-related consequences
    http://www.thinktwice.com/Polio.pdf

  • Karl Wegner MD

    Please try to stay on topic, Lowell.

  • sabelmouse

    thanks for the links.

  • sabelmouse

    does it not explain the difference between being familiar with a virus, and not?

  • sabelmouse

    nonsense!

  • Karl Wegner MD

    Let’s see a screen shot of your drivers license and license plate. Anything less indicates you are a hypocrite and a coward.

  • Karl Wegner MD

    I’d say the New World indigenous population became very familiar with viruses after the Europeans arrived. What do you think?

  • sabelmouse

    those who survived, but not at first contact. that’s the point.

  • Karl Wegner MD

    I guess I now have to ask you what you mean by “familiar” then. Please tell us what in your mind being “familiar” with an infectious pathogen means.

  • sabelmouse

    if you don’t know that …..

  • Karl Wegner MD

    Trolls who are also vague are particularly annoying so I’m blocking you.

  • sabelmouse

    bye!

  • Nikka80

    Non-Sense? Do you also support the “Common Sense” logical fallacy? The validity of “Common Sense” is contaminated by distinctly unscientific and logic free influences like rationalization, intuition, lack of every day experiences and cultural memes,

  • sabelmouse

    i don’t support nonsense,

  • Valtam Nord

    Any individual involved in a new vaccine trial who is already fully vaccinated prior to the trial is, by default, a subject which would represent a safety evaluation of multiple vaccines.

  • eggman2

    The appeal of ancient wisdom is a repudiation of what I call ” civilized stupidity syndrome ” (the predisposition of human beings to get be more stupid about their own nature as civilization advances). But watch out because many of those ancient civilizations were plagued by civilized stupidity, too, although less pronounced than today, of course.

  • eggman2

    They were killed by malnutrition. The Spanish and the English took their land animals and plants. The malnutrition that ensued weakened their immune system.

    Microbes are part of life. Scientists say that we have more microbes than cells in our bodies. They only attack us when we are weak. They are like the lion that only attacks weak and stupid wildebeest. The smart and strong wildebeest runs away.

  • eggman2

    Good article. Science depends on the study of nature. Nature does not depend on anything, much less on science.

  • Karl Wegner MD

    Most of the deaths were due to infectious diseases which were acquired from Europeans, then spread far and wide among native populations before Europeans even made it to those areas. That’s why revised estimates of pre-Columbian New World populations are so much higher than when they were based on census takers, missionary estimates, etc. It’s really interesting. You should learn about it some day.

  • eggman2

    How is it that stupid people never learn ?

    1) Look, scientists say that we have more microbes in and on our bodies than we have cells.We have on us all the microbes that can kill us. They are kept in check by our cells and beneficial bacteria.
    2) I recently I saw a scientific experiment being conducted on TV. They sent a balloon to reach way up on the atmosphere where earth microbes can not reach and the balloon returned with microbes. The space station has had microbes on its outside surface.That means we are getting microbes from outer space. Yet we are not all dying from infections we have no vaccines for.
    3) We all handle money, sit in public seats, get in elevators, hold door knobs, and after all that , scratch our noses. But no one is dying from doing all that.
    3) Vitamin C is the universal antibiotic. And all the other vitamins, and minerals, help too. Because of that, we know that nutrition is the most important thing for immunity.
    4) But watch out. Poisons and pollution, like the ones injected under the skin with vaccines, will trump the good effect of good nutrition. So we must avoid pollution, like vaccines.

    I tell all ignorant or stupid people like I told my ex-wife: IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE ABILITY TO THINK FOR YOURSELF, THINK OF WHAT I SAY AND BELIEVE IT LIKE YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR RELIGION. OR CREATE ANOTHER RELIGION; I DON’T CARE HOW YOU DO IT.

  • Karl Wegner MD

    Please don’t take this the wrong way, but your wife made an excellent decision.

  • eggman2

    Are you that stupid ? I made the right decision.

  • Valtam Nord

    eggman2… The vast majority of microbes are non-pathogenic.

  • eggman2

    Don’t be stupid. We are surrounded by pathogenic microbes all the time. They go through our intestines all the time. You can not disinfect money. You can not disinfect the world. The common cold can kill you if you don’t do the right thing. If you stop taking good food, you will die of infections. Escherichia coli lives normally in the intestines , and it will become fatal if you do the wrong thing , like not feeding yourself right. The bacteria that causes cavities is the same bacteria that causes stomach ulcers, and is there all the time , but is triggered by eating refined sugar.

    Don’t be stupid. How can you isolate microbes ? They don’t ask for your permission to move around.

    Go with your stupidity somewhere else.

  • What a load of BS and crap. Only one vaccine is clinical trial tested at a time, not multiple vaccines. The assumption that just because the FDA approved a previous similar vaccine, that-that vaccine is safe and can then as well somehow be used as a comparison placebo, is corruption level insane. Just admit to it that you have nothing and that the said needed safety studies, have never been done. You are not about the study science, as there is no study science and nor any science going on, period.

  • Karl Wegner MD

    Bet she’s a whole lot happier now.

  • eggman2

    Also, the stupid doctors now say that you have to fix your teeth because there is an infection of the heart associated with rotten teeth. Teeth rots from eating sugar and that eating of sugar is what triggers all the other infections, you idiots. It is called malnutrition.

  • eggman2

    That is the way psychopathic stupid people are. ( look at yourself ) After they do the harm everything is fine. The junk medicine robber barons, their propaganda prostitutes, prostituted scientists, and prostituted medical professionals all feel the same as my ex.

  • Karl Wegner MD

    She’s happy because she divorced you.

  • eggman2

    She is happy because she is a stupid psychopath that damaged my boy with a vaccine, and does not feel anything about it.

  • Karl Wegner MD

    And she has a new man in her life.

  • eggman2

    What a creepy psychopath you are for promoting the experimentation on people !

  • eggman2

    She is by herself. No one could want a creep like you, but with skirts.

  • Karl Wegner MD

    She’s moved on. You need to let go Eggman.

  • eggman2

    She must be married to an idiot. By any chance , are you her husband ? I feel like that guy that used to say , ” My wife , take my wife , please. “

  • eggman2

    Yes, you are right about that one. It is like going to the toilet to do number two. I will follow your advice on that one.

    It moves on, and I let go. It is exactly the same quality of a situation.

  • Karl Wegner MD

    Let’s hope you paid your child support.

  • eggman2

    Let’s hope you don’t have any children that can mess up with vaccines. That is very important.

  • Karl Wegner MD

    My kids are 18-22, fully vaccinated, in college or postgraduate schools and perfectly healthy.

  • eggman2

    You can not tell, just by looking at them , if they are perfectly healthy. And if they are as stupid as you are, and love vaccines like you do, they will get, at least, a cancer sometime in the future. And because of their lack of knowledge about the true medicine of nutrition–like you–it will be devastating on their health.

  • Karl Wegner MD

    They’re perfectly healthy and don’t have autism.

  • Valtam Nord

    Yes – As long as it meets international Nuremberg Code & Declaration of Helsinki research ethics standards for medical experimentation on humans, conforms with the United States CFR Part 312, Title 21 and is approved by an institutional review board, I’m fine with it.

  • Valtam Nord

    “Stupid doctors NOW say”??? There is a well known and well documented cascade that’s been known for many years: Severe bacterial gum disease or an abscessed tooth precipitates septicemia (infectious bacteria in the blood) which travels through the circulatory system to the heart and causes bacterial endocarditis. Consuming less sugar alone will not prevent gum disease and tooth abscesses. Where did you study the etiology of infectious diseases, human patho-physiology and medical microbiology?

  • eggman2

    You didn’t say that they are not like you that loves vaccines. Besides you must have vaccinated the hell out of them, and it might take some time before you see the effect–20 years for cancer.

  • Karl Wegner MD

    People don’t get cancer from vaccines. Or autism. Don’t be stupid.

  • eggman2

    Don’t be stupid. People die from vaccines. They get cancer or autism if they are lucky.

    You can not give me crap because I have experience. So go with that to your stupid friends.

    My son was going to die from a vaccine. I applied an American Indian herb on him. And that probably saved his life. His personality was different after the vaccinian Illness–indicating brain damage.

    Every good scientist knows that autism and schizophrenia are caused by brain damage. Vaccines cause brain damage.

    My son is autistic schizophrenic.

    Vaccines have carcinogens in it. Also read ” Doctor Mary’s Monkey”.

  • Karl Wegner MD

    You applied an American Indian herb on him.

  • eggman2

    Don’t be stupid. Do not talk about consuming less sugar. Talk about not consuming any refined products at all– like oils and sugars.

    And talk about nutrition. All illnesses are caused by malnutrition. Get that into your little brain.

  • AutismDadd

    Brought by the Europeans. Read about DeSoto who’s party spread KILLER DISEASES among aboriginals, killing of whole societies in the area we call Florida

  • AutismDadd

    Karl is a pro-vac troll since at least 2009

  • AutismDadd

    No thanks I’m not interested in misinformation

  • AutismDadd

    But they were spawned from your seed…yuck

  • AutismDadd

    When Karl’s grandchildren die of cancer before reaching the age of 5, or die of SIDS or become autistic, the karma fairy will dance with joy and delight.

  • AutismDadd

    Tell us what they are then

  • AutismDadd

    Asking Nord and Karl to not be stupid is like asking them not to breath…

  • eggman2

    psychopath

  • eggman2

    SO ? You are ignorant about it, of course.

  • Karl Wegner MD

    Did you mix it up with eagle feathers first? It doesn’t work without the eagle feathers.