Vaccination Not All Black and White

Published on Nov 22, 2016 Arlington Community Media, Inc.

Some two hundred years ago, philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote presciently, “All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” Which begs the question: what truths of tomorrow are we currently resisting as blindly ignorant? In this episode, Peter is joined by Dr. Richard Moskowitz, who believes that a healthy skepticism surrounding vaccination is one such truth.


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Nation’s Death Rate Rises as Progress Against Heart Disease Stalls

Updated Dec. 8, 2016 2:23 p.m. ET

Researchers point to obesity epidemic as a key factor behind increase, call for more public-health measures


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It has been said that how long we live is 80% genetics and 20% what we do, and how well we live is 80% what we do and 20% genetics.

The chart above shows that the death rate from heart disease is increasing recently after over 30 years of declining.  Information from the CDC states that this increase is among both white and black men and women.  

Researchers feel that the obesity epidemic is probably to blame for most of the higher death rate from heart disease due to the increases in high blood pressure.  We have more people on medication for high blood pressure, and the death rate is still climbing.

We need to do is stop blaming it on genetics and our family history and take responsibility for the way we are running our lives.  Diet, lifestyle, blood sugar levels, and stress levels all play into how our bodies respond and react.  

We make sure we put the right fuel in our cars, change our oil at the recommended intervals to help our cars run well and last a long time.  Isn’t it time that we put the same effort into our bodies and our lives?

We need to eat healthy, cut back on processed foods, white flour, white sugar, hydrogenated fats, fast foods, and prepared foods.  We need to eat what nature intended us to fuel our bodies with  fresh, clean fruits, and vegetables, free range animal products, fresh water, and freshly prepared meals. We also need to reduce our toxic exposure.

Exercise is important We were meant to be active, not a couch potatoes.  We need to look at the toxins we are exposed to in our foods, cleaning products, beauty products, etc. Two important other toxic exposures are stress and bad relationships.So on the emotional level we might need to do some work also.

We do have control over the 80% that determines how well we live.  It takes work, effort and planning, but the results are worth the effort.

Many clients ask “Where do I start?”  My first thought goes to digestion and elimination.  We need to put good quality food into our system, and we need to be able to digest it and absorb the nutrients.  We also need to be able to eliminate the waste product efficiently.

Digestion, elimination and blood sugar issues are behind most of our chronic health issues, and these problems are getting more out of balance every year for a larger number of people.  The CDC says blood sugar issues and obesity are probably the two biggest reasons the death rate is rising.  It’s a shame that  each of us can control and balance these areas ourselves and should be able to live healthier lives for many years.

If you are ready to take charge of your life, please feel free to contact me to set up a consultation.  Together we can put together a program to help you take control of the 80% that factors into how well you live your life.

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Vaccine Effectiveness- Dr. Richard Moskowitz MD.

Here is the next excerpt from: VACCINES: A REAPPRAISAL by Dr. Richard Moskowitz

The measles vaccine was spectacularly successful but unnecessary, since the disease had already evolved from a killer into a normal disease of childhood, so that vaccinating kids deprived them of the vital health benefits of coming down with and recovering from the acute disease, just as the mumps, rubella, chickenpox, and flu vaccines have done.

The decline of serious diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough are also widely attributed to vaccines, despite the consensus of most epidemiologists that improvements in hygiene, sanitation, and public health deserve most if not all of the credit.

At the same time that the polio vaccine made its debut, the CDC quietly redefined infantile paralysis to exclude all but the severest cases, leading the public to believe that the vaccine was solely responsible for the sharp decline in the number of cases that promptly resulted.

The chickenpox and rotavirus vaccines are directed against diseases that have never been very serious, in the developed world at least, and are marketed largely for economic reasons, to save working parents from the lost wages of having to stay home and care for their sick children.

The flu vaccine targets a disease that is sometimes if rarely fatal in the old and debilitated; but it was destined to fail, because influenza viruses mutate so rapidly, and because so many flu-like illnesses involve totally different viruses.

The rapid evolution of viruses and bacteria, resulting in the development of mutant strains, severely limits the effectiveness of many vaccines.

The H1B and the Pneumococcus are made from organisms that are part of our normal flora. In the wake of the pertussis vaccine, mutant strains have brought the disease back in a major way from the brink of extinction. The chickenpox virus has roared back as shingles in younger and younger age groups since that vaccine was mandated. Mutant strains of the polio virus have appeared in even deadlier form in several countries, including our own.

Another major problem with vaccine effectiveness is the inaccuracy of the specific antibody titer as a measurement of immune status, which has led to tragic miscalculations.  The CDC and the industry interpret the absence of antibodies to mean that the vaccine has simply “worn off,” leaving such individuals susceptible as before, and that added booster shots can dependably restore their level of immunity to the desired level.

But MMR recipients with measles titers below supposedly immune levels have been shown to respond only minimally to a booster shot.  One measles outbreak featured mild cases with pale rash, no fever, and minimal fatigue, mainly in vaccinated kids with no antibodies; the typical acute form was found in the unvaccinated, but also in vaccine recipients with high levels of antibody. These paradoxical findings indicate that vaccination involves an ongoing effect invisible to routine serological testing, and that revaccinating people with low titers puts them at risk of more serious reactions.

Case in point: a young lab tech developed severe chronic bronchitis after her second of three Hep B shots, but showed no antibodies four years later; so her new employer, believing her still susceptible, insisted on a second round. The result was chronic, autoimmune thyroiditis and several related complaints that left her permanently disabled; and her claim for compensation under the VICP program was denied under current Federal guidelines.

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VACCINES: A REAPPRAISAL by Dr. Richard Moskowitz (excerpt from Chapter 1

From Chapter 1: Immunity, True and False.

The natural immunity acquired by coming down with and recovering from acute febrile diseases like the measles, resulting in expulsion of the offending organism from the body, are the formative experiences by which a healthy immune system is developed and maintained throughout life.  This basic truth is reinforced by a large volume of epidemiological research to the effect that contracting and recovering from acute febrile illnesses in childhood provide significant protection against cancer and many other chronic diseases later in life.

Whatever good vaccines may accomplish inevitably falls far short of these goals.  Without the acute illness, there is no priming of the immune system as a whole, no improvement in the general health, and no reliable mechanism for expelling the invading organism from the blood.  Indeed, where that organism actually goes, how it persuades the immune system to continue producing antibodies against it for years or even decades, and what price we have to pay for the partial, counterfeit immunity that they represent, are questions that it seems we are not supposed to ask, and can expect anything from haughty contempt to righteous indignation when we do.

What haunts me is the probability that the production of specific antibodies throughout life entails the ongoing physical presence of these vaccines, or the highly antigenic substances produced by or from them, remaining deep inside the body on a chronic and indeed permanent basis, which seems to me a perfect recipe for eliciting autoimmune phenomena routinely and repeatedly in every recipient, whether or not they actually fall ill or develop clinical signs and symptoms at the time.

With the live-virus vaccines, it is simple to imagine how such a carrier state might be achieved, by simply attaching themselves to the DNA or RNA of their host cells.  As for the other so-called “non-living” vaccines, we know that they cannot survive as antigens for long periods of time without the presence of various chemical adsorbents, fixatives, preservatives, sterilizing agents, and “adjuvants,” almost all of them highly toxic, and indeed that enabling such long-term survival is the only reason for their use; but precisely how these chronic phenomena are achieved has been allowed to remain a well-guarded trade secret, if indeed it is known at all.

It is dangerously misleading, if not the exact opposite of the truth, to claim that vaccines protect us from acute infection if they merely drive the organism deeper into our bodies and cause us to harbor them chronically instead, rendering us incapable of responding acutely, not only to them, but very probably to other antigens as well.  In short, my fear is, and indeed my experience has been, that whereas acute infectious diseases produce genuine immunity through vigorous, acute responses, vaccine-mediated immunity is achieved by creating the equivalent of a chronic infection in its place.

Please feel free to leave your comments to get a discussion started.

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VACCINES: A REAPPRAISAL by Dr. Richard Moskowitz

Dr. Moskowitz has been a very active in the discussion about vaccinations and has a new book which will be published in 2017.

Here is a short description from his website about his practice:

I received my B.A. from Harvard in 1959, and my M.D. from New York University in 1963. After a Graduate Fellowship in Philosophy at the University of Colorado, I completed my internship at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, and have practiced general family medicine since obtaining my license in 1967.

I became interested in natural therapies in 1970 as part of my home birth practice, and have continued to study and use them ever since. I have practiced homeopathic medicine since 1974, studying with George Vithoulkas in Greece, Rajan Sankaran and colleagues in India, and other teachers as well.

I see patients at my office in Watertown. My practice is focused on and more or less limited to education and consultation about the use of homeopathic medicines and other alternatives to prescription drugs and surgery. I do not write prescriptions, perform extensive diagnostic testing, provide inpatient home care, administer vaccinations or routine screening tests, execute legal documents, testify in court, or give disability evaluations.

Here is an excerpt from the introduction:

From Introduction.

“I want to invite my readers to think very carefully about vaccines and our present policy regarding them, not least because the concerns of parents who decide not to vaccinate are so rarely acknowledged or taken seriously.  As a family physician who has cared for many such children over the years, I cannot keep silent about the major epidemic of vaccine-related suffering and disability, sufficient to break any heart, that continues unabated, remains largely unacknowledged, and cries out at the very least for caution, restraint, and simple compassion for the viewpoint of those whose lived experience, whatever may have caused it, is so tragically different from that of everyone else privileged enough to be ignorant of or somehow unmoved by their loss . . .

In what follows, I make no claim to absolute truth or final answers.  I am a family doctor, not a research scientist, and at bottom I am trying simply to make sense of my own clinical experience.  What I offer is an ensemble of observed facts, clinical and basic science research, news reports from the media, actual cases from my practice, and such reflections and hypotheses as have occurred to me and other colleagues in the field to try to explain and integrate them.  My aim is to provide an overview of the subject that will be accessible to a general literate audience, regardless of scientific training or background.  I will feel well rewarded if my words, my reasoning, and the commingled sadness, fear, and outrage I have long felt about this subject will help to promote a healthy debate, and to elicit more of the rigorous scientific work that still needs to be done.

I write with some sense of urgency, because the time-honored rights of patients to refuse unwanted medical treatment and of parents to make such decisions on behalf of their children are now being challenged as never before.  I am not a teetotaler who rejects all vaccines under all circumstances.  The essence of my position is simply that vaccines by their very nature have a major downside that has largely been ignored and indeed is built into their design, so that it is reckless in the extreme to continue mandating them, and indeed more and more of them without limit, until these dangers are taken seriously, understood in a broader context, and assessed in a more careful and systematic fashion . .”


Since this subject is so important, Dr. Moskowitz has released some thought-provoking information from many of the chapters in the book so we can start thinking, discussing this issue which has many people on each side of the vaccination question.

I will be posting his excerpts from each chapter of the book as they become available.  The purpose is to provide information.  Not pro or anti vaccination just an educated viewpoint.  It seems to me that many times we do not get good information from both sides of an issue.  How can we make a thoughtful, educated decision without quality information.

I hope many of you will comment here on the blog pages to help open a calm, fact filled discussion to help us be able to make an informed decision.  We all can learn more, and having a calm discussion is the most productive way.

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Integrative Medicine-treating the Whole you

The following article was published in Natural Awakenings Nov 2016 and discussed the definition of integrative medicine.

According to The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, integrative medicine and health is “a holistic system that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic and lifestyle approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.” This model, where all modalities are available to treat each patient uniquely, case by case, using different protocols for each person, runs contrary to the mainstream model of specialists and specific protocols for each disease or condition or symptom. The “whole person” is forgotten often in the mainstream model.

For this reason, many patients are searching for an integrative medicine practitioner to be part of their health care team who can manage both conventional and complementary health approaches in a coordinated way. While pharmaceutical medicines can give quick relief of symptoms, they do not address the underlying cause of the symptom. An integrative medicine approach would use pharmaceuticals when necessary to stabilize a dangerous condition or provide relief from a troublesome symptom, while working with all available modalities to help correct the underlying cause of the symptom or condition.

This involves but is not limited to nutrients, herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy, reiki, compounded prescriptions, or pharmaceuticals along with lifestyle changes such as diet modification, exercise, stress reduction, meditation, therapy and sleep adjustments. Patients that are on pharmaceuticals can be helped with integrative medicine, as many drugs cause nutrient depletion which then can lead to other health issues and a decreased effectiveness of the medication.

An integrative practitioner is not a specialist in all modalities. They are an expert at determining what combination of therapies would be best for the patient to assist the healing of the body, address the main complaint that brought the patient to the office, and are willing to have other practitioners be part of the team approach to health. Such as when work is done on a house, homeowners may need an electrician, plumber, carpenter and painter, each of which has an area of expertise that they excel in and has the proper tools in their tool box to accomplish the task. To help co-ordinate the work, one usually hires a foreman to keep an eye on the whole project.

In medicine, each practitioner specialist has a skill set and a specific set of tools in their tool box. So too does the healthcare foreman (integrative practitioner), but the most important tool is their knowledge of the many different modalities and practitioners available and necessary for a joint effort in helping a patient get well. They understand that there is not one specific protocol, but rather an individual path that brought each person to where they are healthwise, and likewise a uniquely designed treatment plan that evaluates and explores multiple therapies and modalities to find the right combination for the safest, healthiest path to returned health.

In its earliest form of integrative medicine, the general practitioner from previous generations knew the family dynamics, their patients and their lifestyles, and as they received information from specialists, they put a protocol together to manage the care. Often that approach can get lost in the current medical model of modern medicine due to a lack of communication between practitioners, and many times no one is coordinating the therapies.

Now that patients are becoming their own health care advocate and searching for an integrative approach, the health care system can shift to “treating the whole you” and not just “treating symptoms”. This will lead to better health of the patients, and in the long run, decrease health care costs.

Dr. Gary Kracoff NMD and Reg. Pharm at Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center, located at 577 Main St., Waltham. For more information or to set up a consultation call 781-893-3870 ext. 2 or visit


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7 Rules to stop aging

I can’t believe that I am at a place in my life where an article in the AARP magazine resonated with me.

The article is from the a book  “Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy- Until you’re 80 and Beyond” by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D.younger-next-year

Chris and Harry outline seven rules and explain them in their book.

The seven rules are:

  1. Exercise six days a week for the rest of your life.
  2. Do serious aerobic exercise four days a week for the rest of your life
  3. Do serious strength training, with weights, two days a week for the rest of your life.
  4. Spend less than you make.
  5. Quit eating crap!
  6. Care.
  7. Connect and commit.

This quote made me stop and think;  “How long you live is 90% genes and 20% you.  But how well you live is 80% up to you and 20% genes.

This made me stop and think. I do have a say in how the next chapter in my life plays out.  It will take commitment, some time, re-evaluating  what is important and what I am willing to do.

I now go to the gym three times a week. Thanks to my wife Lauren I have a healthy lunch to eat at work, and fun plans for our time off. I plan on doing everything I can to maximize how well I will live.

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