The Marvelous Health Of Unvaccinated Children
By: Francoise Berthoud, M.D, Pediatrician
In my life as a pediatrician, I had spent lots of time in dialogue with parents
who often needed to voice their fears about both disease and vaccines. We
worked out together the best route for their children. Some chose not to
vaccinate at all. Others held onto fear of disease.
In those cases, we postponed vaccination as much as possible and used a
homeopathic protection and "cleansing" called nosode.
I worked in Switzerland where there is no real legal obligation to vaccinate,
only great social pressure. In France, just a few kilometers from my office,
there were four compulsory vaccinations at the time (BCG was fortunately
removed in 2007, and three remain: Di Te Pol).
Some of the basis of my ability to speak on the marvelous health of
unvaccinated children comes from my personal experience as a medical
doctor, having collected years of feedback.
“My child began coughing immediately after the vaccination.”
“He has had constant ear aches since he was vaccinated.”
“My 16 years old daughter is completely unvaccinated. She is almost never
sick. If she does get sick, it’s two days at the most.”
“The neighbor’s kids followed normal vaccination guidelines. They are
constantly sick and on antibiotics.”
That was not enough upon which to write a book; however. As it would turn
out, I found these observations were paralleled over and over again all over
the world. Follow me around the planet.
In England, Michel Odent, MD showed in two studies that children having
received no Pertussis vaccine had 5-6 times less asthma than those who were
vaccinated for it. The first study was on 450 babies from La Leche League; the
second one on 125 children in a Steiner school.
Throughout Europe, a group of mostly pediatricians studied 14,893 children in
Steiner schools in Austria, Germany, Holland, Sweden and Switzerland and
found that children living in "anthroposophist culture" (where vaccination is
largely shunned) were in better health than the controls.
In Germany, one of the European Steiner schools study researchers wrote, “In
the eastern part of Berlin before the fall of the wall, we saw less allergies than
in the west. This population was poorer, nearer nature and less vaccinated.”
Too much hygiene is not always good. As UK researcher and originator of the
“hygiene hypothesis” David Strachan might say, "give us this day our daily
In Spain, Xavier Uriarte, MD and J. Manuel Marín, MD published a study in 1999
on 314 children they followed between 1975 to 2000.
This group of children is characterized by a majority of homebirth or natural
births, prolonged breastfeeding, no vaccinations, holistic health education
and no allopathic medicine.
There were no serious diseases, few hospitalizations (mostly for traumas), and
3.3% asthma compared to the 20% in the general population. And of course, a
lot of money was spared!
The rate of autism in the U.S. is now an unthinkable 1 in 100. Those who are
unvaccinated boast numbers that run in shocking contrast to the nation’s
As this article is directed to the American people, I will not go on at length
here. Most of you know the work of your very own journalist Dan Olmsted
showing the incredible absence of autism in the unvaccinated Amish
communities of Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Further impressive is Chicago-based Homefirst Medical Clinic run by a group
of doctors including medical director Mayer Eisenstein, MD, JD, MPH.
They have no known autism and super-scarce allergies in their children, many
of whom were home deliveries, and most of whom have had no vaccinations.
In 1985, I translated to French U.S. pediatrician Robert Mendelsohn; MD's How
to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor.
Now I find concrete result in the marvelous health of kids whose doctors are
his pupils! I like these synchronicities in my life.
In 1942, Leslie Owen Bailey, founder of the Natural Health Society of Australia,
accepted guardianship of 85 children whose mothers were unable to care for
Among these 85 children, no vaccinations were ever given, no drugs were
ever taken or used, and no operations were ever performed.
The only malady that occurred was when 34 of the children developed chicken
pox. They were immediately put to bed and given only pure water or fresh fruit
They all recovered quickly without after-effects. Investigations revealed that
these children whilst at school had been swapping their healthy lunches for
unhealthy conventional foods, so this outbreak was not altogether surprising.
Many of these children inherited poor health due to a history of illness and
malnourishment in their mothers. Despite this, and the fact that they were
never breastfed nor could enjoy the normal bonding of mother to child, they
were able to grow into sturdy, self-reliant children.
Two studies done in New Zealand in 1992 and 1995 show that the
unvaccinated children clearly have less allergies, less otitis (ear aches), less
tonsillitis, less running noses, less epilepsies and less ADHD.
An interesting period in Japan was 1975-1980, when a decision was made to
begin the first vaccinations at two years of age instead of at two months. The
reason was that more and more was discovered linking vaccines and cot
death or Sudan Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
A study was published in Pediatrics showing that from 1970 to January 1975,
there were 57 cases of serious vaccine reactions, including 37 deaths. From
February 1975 to August 1981 there were eight cases of serious vaccine
reactions, including three deaths.
Unfortunately for kids and their parents, the Japanese vaccination plan is now
"normalized" again. The study shows well that the immune system is stronger
at two years than at two months.
How well would these kids have done had they not been vaccinated at all?
We find the same observation in a Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
study. Of 11,531 children studied at age seven, here are the results:
vaccinated at two months, 13.8% are asthmatic, vaccinated between two and
four months, 10.3%, vaccinated after four months, 5.9 %.
Again, how well would these kids have done had they not been vaccinated at
THE LESSON LEARNED ON VACCINATION
As a concerned, compassionate and considerate pediatrician, I can only arrive
at one conclusion. Unvaccinated children have by far the best chance of
enjoying marvelous health. Any vaccination at all works to cripple the
chances of this end.
By: Françoise Berthoud, MD, Pediatrician. June 2010
Article: The Marvelous Health of Unvaccinated Children