Debate about vaccination is more than 200 years old

Information and content was taken from Dr. Mercola Substack and Dr. Suzanne Humphries YouTube series.

Before the current public debate about COVID vaccine, there have been public debates about the wisdom of giving children many other vaccines that were very reactive. Parents of DPT vaccine injured children launched the modern vaccine safety and informed consent movement in 1982 because they wanted the toxic, highly inflammatory whole cell pertussis vaccine that had harmed children taken off the market.290,291

They followed mothers and fathers in the 19th century, who protested the reactivity of the smallpox vaccine.292,293 Find more information about this below.

Activism in the late 20th century was followed by parents speaking out in the early 1990s about what happened to their children after being given the first genetically engineered vaccine for hepatitis B,294,295,296 followed by young mothers and fathers in the early 21st century once again asking government, industry and the medical establishment to expand knowledge about vaccine side effects and who is at highest risk.297,298,299

The charged debates about flawed vaccine science and the violation of the human rights inherent in mandatory vaccination laws have not changed in two hundred years. The fact that the debate about vaccination will not go away — no matter how much money and political power is thrown at it to make it go away — only confirms the universal need for it.”

Vaccine refusal in 1700s and 1800s

Smallpox, a highly infectious and disfiguring illness with a fatality rate around 30%,1 has been with us for many centuries, probably thousands of years. During the last four centuries, forced mass vaccination has been a recurring countermeasure relied on by government during these kinds of outbreaks, often with devastating results, and there have always been large portions of society that opposed it.

“Before 1796, the only known way to prevent smallpox infection was to deliberately infect a person with scabs from a person with smallpox. This deliberate infection was called variolation, and it was done under the supervision of a physician or someone who knew how to give just enough infectious materials to elicit an immune response without a full-blown infection. –

  • In the 1700s, Boston, Massachusetts, was hit by a series of outbreaks, and the introduction of a vaccine led to violent rebellion by those who believed it was dangerous and a violation of God’s will. Local newspapers were rife with disputes for and against the vaccine.2

    Dr. Zabdiel Boylston, who introduced the inoculation at the urgings of Rev. Cotton Mather, was forced into hiding and was eventually arrested. Mather’s home was firebombed.

“In May 1796, a British physician named Edward Jenner tested his hypothesis that direct inoculation of a person with the much milder and less deadly cowpox would render that person immune to smallpox. Jenner based this theory on his observations of milkmaids. Those milkmaids who had acquired cowpox through their contact with cows were immune to smallpox even when exposed multiple times to the deadly disease. There is also ample evidence that Jenner had studied the findings of other researchers of his time, who reported a similar protective effect from having cowpox. However, it was Edward Jenner’s detailed description of his experiments that convinced his colleagues and the authorities that inoculation with cowpox — which he called vaccination — was preferable in terms of safety to variolation.” –

  • Over 135 years ago, in 1885, England became the host to a massive anti-vaccination movement that ultimately resulted in people overturning the government’s compulsory vaccination rule
  • Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in opposition to compulsory smallpox vaccinations. Many were fined and jailed, but in the end, the government relented and abolished the mandate
  • The Leicester Model was proven successful in the wake of that 1885 anti-vaccination protest and has been standard ever since. By quarantining infected patients and improving public hygiene, smallpox was finally eradicated
  • In 1862, it was Los Angeles, California’s turn. Compulsory vaccination was again rolled out, and anyone who refused was subject to arrest. Infected people were terrified of being forcibly quarantined in a “pest house,” miles outside the city limits, and for good reason. It was a place where you were dumped to die, with not so much as a bedsheet for comfort.3

The Anti-Vaccination Rebellion of 1885

In the decades to come, smallpox outbreaks were occurring all over the world, and forced inoculation was typically the answer, even though it had its own risks. In 1885, England became the host to a massive anti-vaccination movement that ultimately resulted in people overturning the government’s compulsory vaccination rule.

As reported by the BBC, December 28, 2019, mere weeks before COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic:4

“In the late 19th Century, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in opposition to compulsory smallpox vaccinations. There were arrests, fines and people were even sent to jail.

Banners were brandished demanding ‘Repeal the Vaccination Acts, the curse of our nation’ and vowing ‘Better a felon’s cell than a poisoned babe.’ Copies of hated laws were burned in the streets and the effigy was lynched of the humble country doctor who was seen as to blame for the smallpox prevention program.”

A Substack user going by the moniker “A Midwestern Doctor”5, 6 details this part of history, explaining why it matters to us today. He writes:7

“What occurred in Canada during COVID and other places is almost identical to what happened with the smallpox vaccination campaigns over a century ago, and I believe it is critical we understand these lessons from the past and it is vital this message gets out to the Truckers.

Briefly, the original smallpox vaccine was an unusually harmful vaccination that was never tested before being adopted. It increased, rather than decreased smallpox outbreaks.

As the danger and inefficacy became known, increasing public protest developed towards vaccination. Yet, as smallpox increased, governments around the world instead adopted more draconian mandatory vaccination policies.

Eventually, one of the largest protests of the century occurred in 1885 in Leicester (an English city). Leicester‘s government was replaced, mandatory vaccination abolished, and public health measures rejected by the medical community were implemented.

These measures were highly successful, and once adopted globally ended the smallpox epidemic, something most erroneously believe arose from vaccination.”

The alternative countermeasure implemented in Leicester involved quarantining infected people and notifying anyone who’d been in close contact with the patient. They also used “ring vaccination” in which hospital workers who took care of infected patients had been inoculated.8

As a result, when smallpox broke out again between 1892 and 1894, Leicester got off lightly, with a case rate of 20.5 cases per 10,000. In all, the town had 370 cases and 21 deaths — far lower than the towns of Warrington and Sheffield, where vaccination rates were high.

On the other hand, there were well-vaccinated areas that had lower case rates and fewer deaths, and areas with low vaccination rates that also fared worse in this regard, so vaccination was probably not the determining factor either way.

In 1898, the U.K. implemented a new law that allowed people to opt out of vaccination for moral reasons. As reported by the BBC, this was “the first time ‘conscientious objection’ was recognized in U.K. law.”9 Now, we have to fight to regain that right yet again, all around the world.

Class, Gender, and the Conscientious Objector to Vaccination, 1898–1907, Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 May 2013link

Dissolving Illusions

“A Midwestern Doctor”10 goes on to discuss Dr. Suzanne Humphries’ 2009 book, “Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History,” in which she shatters the notion that vaccines (and certain other medical interventions) have been single-handedly responsible for improved health and increased life spans. As a nephrologist (kidney specialist), Humphries noticed a pattern among her patients.

Many who experienced kidney injury or kidney failure had recently received a flu vaccine. It was a singular common denominator. So, she began to challenge the hospital’s routine practice of vaccinating patients. Humphries was roundly ignored and was ultimately forced to leave. The book grew out of her frustration with people who insisted that vaccines had eliminated scourges like polio and smallpox. Once she delved into the research, what she found was something else entirely.

With regard to smallpox and smallpox vaccination, living conditions during the industrial revolution were horrid. Plagues and infectious outbreaks were commonplace, not because of insufficient vaccination, but because sanitation was near-nonexistent and people, including children, were overworked and underfed. Early progressives believed deadly plagues could be prevented by improving living and working conditions, and they were correct.

We know this because other plagues for which there were no vaccines disappeared right along with smallpox and polio. While the medical industry eventually embraced vaccination, and increasingly over time treated it as something that could not be contested or questioned, Humphries’ book details the opposition.

Smallpox Opposition

As it turns out, many doctors have spoken out against smallpox vaccination and published data demonstrating its dangers. For example:11

  • In 1799, Dr. Woodville, after having administered the vaccination to many children, stated that “in several instances, the cowpox has proved a very severe disease. In three or four cases out of 500, the patient has been in considerable danger, and one child actually died.”
  • In 1809, the medical observer reported more than a dozen cases of often fatal smallpox, contracted as long as a year post-vaccination. The 1810 medical observer contained 535 cases of smallpox after vaccination (97 of which were fatal), and 150 cases of severe vaccine injuries.
  • An 1817 London Medical Repository Monthly Journal and Review reported that many who received the smallpox vaccination were still getting sick with smallpox.
  • In 1818, Thomas Brown, a surgeon of 30 years and ardent proponent of vaccination, after vaccinating 1,200 people stated: “The accounts from all quarters of the world, wherever vaccination has been introduced … the cases of failures are now increased to an alarming proportion.”
  • In 1829, The Lancet described a recent smallpox outbreak, stating: “It attacked many who had had small-pox before, and often severely; almost to death; and of those who had been vaccinated, it left some alone, but fell upon great numbers.”
  • In 1845 George Gregory M.D. reported: “In the 1844 smallpox epidemic, about one-third of the vaccinated contracted a mild form of smallpox, but roughly 8% of those vaccinated still died, and nearly two-thirds had severe disease.”
  • In 1829, William Cobbett, a farmer, journalist and English pamphleteer, wrote: “Why, that in hundreds of instances, persons cow-poxed by JENNER HIMSELF have taken the real small-pox afterwards, and have either died from the disorder, or narrowly escaped with their lives!”
  • An 1850 letter to the Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle claimed there were more admissions to the London Small-Pox Hospital in 1844 than during the smallpox epidemic of 1781, before vaccination began, and that one-third of the deaths from smallpox were in people who had previously been vaccinated.

The Moving Goal Post

Once it became clear that the smallpox vaccine was incapable of providing long-lasting immunity as initially promised, the medical profession moved the goal post and started justifying vaccination on the basis that it could protect against more severe illness, even if it couldn’t provide lifelong “perfect” immunity the way recovering from the infection could.

This has been a basic mantra ever since, and we’ve gotten a double-dose of it during this COVID pandemic. Within months, the goal post was switched from “two doses are near-100% effective,” to “two doses wear off in six months and leave you more vulnerable to severe illness thereafter.” Some bargain!

Corruption of Vital Statistics Protect Vaccination Narrative

What’s worse, the trend of not reporting vaccine injuries due to “allegiance to the practice,” as noted by Henry May in the Birmingham Medical Review in January 1874, has continued unabated. According to May, vaccinated people who died were typically recorded as having died from some other condition, or were erroneously listed as “unvaccinated.”12 As noted by “A Midwestern Doctor”:13

“This corruption of the vital statistics creates many challenges in assessing the efficacy of immunization, and is also why many authors have noted no metric can be used to assess COVID-19 immunizations except total number of deaths (independent of cause) as this cannot be fudged.

Of note, a different significant overlap exists with the early polio campaigns (also detailed within ‘Dissolving Illusions’), where ‘polio’ diagnostic criteria was repeatedly adjusted to meet the political need for polio cases.

Governments responded to this skepticism by progressively using more and more force to mandate vaccination. Vaccination was made compulsory in England in 1853, with stricter laws passed in 1867. In the United States, Massachusetts created a set of comprehensive vaccination laws in 1855 (which created the Supreme Court case Jacobson v. Massachusetts a case that is frequently cited about state enforced vaccination).

Lemuel Shattuck emphasized the need for vaccination and pushed for house-to-house vaccination to be enforced by the authority of the City of Boston in an 1856 report, also noting ‘The City has already provided that no unvaccinated child shall be admitted into the public schools.’

A situation emerged I term the ‘Vaccine positive feedback cycle.’ Keep in mind that most systems in nature are instead negative feedback systems. In these, when something occurs, it self-corrects the system and turns it off rather than accelerating it, as occurs in a positive feedback system. The cycle is as follows:

A concerning disease exists.

Immunization is cited as a potential solution to the problem.

An immunization campaign is conducted and makes the problem worse.

As the problem is now worse, the need for immunizations to address it increases and another campaign is conducted.

This makes the problem worse.

This increases the need for more aggressive measures to increase immunization.

This makes the problem worse and further perpetuates the cycle, before long leading to very questionable governmental policies designed to force unwilling parties to vaccinate.

The underlying drivers of this process seem to be an unquestionable faith in vaccination, a conviction dating back to the days of smallpox, that vaccinating an ever-increasing proportion of the population through vaccination can end epidemics (now termed herd immunity), and the government having limited options to address the issue besides immunizations and governmental force.”

The Effects of Forced Smallpox Vaccinations

“A Midwestern Doctor” continues describing the effects of the government’s insistence of forced smallpox vaccination:14

“In accordance the positive feedback cycle, these results were found everywhere. Within the United States, as smallpox worsened in Boston, in 1855, the government made enacted strict enforcement of vaccination.

It was followed by the epidemics of 1859-1860, 1864-1865, 1867 (these were all similar in size to earlier epidemics), and then infamous 1872-1873 epidemic which dwarfed all previous epidemics (proving fatal to 1040 persons, at a rate of 280 deaths per 100,000 people).

By the end of 1868, more than 95% of the inhabitants of Chicago had been vaccinated. After the Great Fire of 1871 … strict vaccine laws were passed, and vaccination was made a condition of receiving relief supplies. Chicago was then hit with a devastating smallpox epidemic in 1872 where over 2,000 persons contracted smallpox, with over 25% dying, and the fatality rate among children under 5 being the highest ever recorded.

A 1900 medical article discussed vaccination in three European nations. In England, of 9392 small-pox patients in London hospitals, 6,854 had been vaccinated and 17.5% of the 9,392 died.

In Germany ‘official returns show that between 1870 and 1885 one million vaccinated persons died from small-pox.’ In France, ‘every recruit that enters the French army is vaccinated. During the Franco-Prussian war there 23,469 cases of small-pox in that army.’

An 1888 article in the Encyclopedia Britannica describing Prussia’s strict vaccination practices throughout the population (including mandatory re-vaccination for school pupils), noted: ‘Notwithstanding the fact that Prussia was the best revaccinated (boosted) country in Europe, its mortality from smallpox in the epidemic of 1871 was higher (59,839) than in any other northern state.’”

Other countries reported the same smallpox trends, including Italy and Japan, where smallpox death rates after successful vaccination campaigns were unprecedented. Vaccine injuries, including deaths, were also common. It is shocking how closely the miserable failures of the smallpox vaccines mirror the COVID jabs.

One of the most common causes of death after smallpox vaccination was erysipelas, a painful bacterial skin disease. An 1890 Encyclopedia Britannica article reported that smallpox vaccination had triggered a disastrous epidemic of erysipelas. Other side effects included jaundice, syphilis, tuberculosis, eczema vaccinatum (a rare and lethal skin condition).

The image below may have been a well-vaccinated child’s arm. Scarlet fever and typhoid were feared more than smallpox, due to overcrowded cities with dirty water, no sterile dressing and no sewage system. Yet another reason why “vaccination” was opposed.

Massive Historic Public Protests Over 135 Years Ago

As skepticism of and opposition against smallpox vaccination grew, enforcement increased. Vaccine refusers were fined, jailed and sometimes vaccinated by force. Parents were even forced to vaccinate their second child even if the first one died from the inoculation. Intermittently, riots would break out. A Midwestern Doctor details what happened next:15

“In 1884, 5,000 court summons had been issued against the unvaccinated, a case load that completely overloaded the court system. Letters in local newspaper at this time revealed widespread disdain for the irrationality of the procedure and the medical profession’s steadfast defense of a dangerous practice that had clearly failed over the last 80 years.

Tensions reached a boiling point and on March 23, 1885, a large protest estimated at 80,000 to 100,000 people erupted. It was composed of citizens of all professions from across England and receive support from citizens across Europe who could not attend it.

The procession was 2 miles long, with displays showing the popular sentiments against vaccination present throughout the crowd. The demonstration was successful, and the local government acceded to and acknowledged their demands for liberty. Many of the description of this protest (and the jubilant mood there) are extremely similar to reports I have read of the Trucker’s protest.

Mr. Councilor Butcher of Leicester addressed the protest and spoke of the growing opinion that the best way to get rid of smallpox and deadly infectious diseases was to use plenty of water, eat good food, live in light and airy houses, while it was the municipality’s duty to keep the streets clean and the sewers in order. He emphasized that if this was not done, it was unlikely any act of Parliament or vaccination could prevent the diseases.

That year, following the protest, the government was replaced, mandates were terminated, and by 1887 vaccination coverage rates had dropped to 10%. To replace the vaccination model, the Leicester activists proposed a system of immediately quarantining smallpox patients, disinfection of their homes and quarantining of their contacts alongside improving public sanitation.

The medical community vehemently rejected this model, and zealously predicted Leicester’s ‘gigantic experiment’ would soon result in a terrible ‘massacre,’ especially in the unprotected children, who were viewed by government physicians as ‘bags of gunpowder’ that could easily blow up schools (along with much other hateful and hyperbolic rhetoric directed at them).

This smallpox apocalypse would forever serve as a lesson against vaccine refusal the medical profession bet their stake upon. [But] the predicted catastrophe failed to emerge and Leicester had dramatically lower rates of smallpox in subsequent epidemics than other fully vaccinated towns (ranging from 1/2 to 1/32).

Various rationalizations were put forward to explain this, but as the decades went by, a gradual public acceptance of Leicester’s methods emerged, but even 30 years later, a New York Times article still predicted a disaster was right around the corner and it was imperative Leicester change their methods.

Fortunately, the value of Leicester’s novel approach of quarantining and improvement public hygiene was recognized and gradually adopted around the world, leading to the eventual eradication of smallpox.”

Keep in mind that these protests occurred when the population was much lower, so as a percentage of the population it was much higher. In 1885, the U.K. population was only 36,015,500,16 so a protest with 100,000 was just under 0.3% of the entire population. As of February 16, 2022, today’s U.K. population is 68,471,390,17 so to match that protest, percentage-wise, about 205,400 would have to hit the streets.

Parents refused the vaccine in Leicester between 1800 and 1940s because they knew and experience the fact that smallpox vaccination maimed and killed their babies, and the medical profession as a general whole refused to admit it. Only the rich could afford nice headstones like the one below, but every country in the world from 1800 onward had an anti-vaccine movement, including India, Ceylon, and African countries. Everyone the vaccine ent, outraged parents followed, people rounded up and forcibly vaccinated. Yet today, we’re always asked “but what about the smallpox vaccine?” whenever vaccines are criticized.

In Leicester England millions of people remembered the names of maimed and dead babies, and came together in agreement, and over 100 politicians in the house of common, agreed to a conscientious exemption to smallpox vaccination.

There were hundreds of doctors and lawyers speaking out against vaccination in England and in the USA.

1900s dissent

Dr. Creighton was asked to write about smallpox vaccination for the encyclopedia Brittanica. The information available to write was so ambiguous he had to dig the actual data himself which led him to an extensive review of the available literature. He concluded that the Jennerian smallpox vaccine was of no value at all, and wouldn’t prevent smallpox. He was ostracized for telling the truth.

Sir James Paget directed Dr. Edward Crookshank to Creighton’s work. Dr. Crokshank sought to expose Creighton as a fraud, but after he researched the information behind Creighton’s work, he published a 610-page book, AGREEING with Dr. Creighton!

Sir Graham Wilson was a highly regarded author and medical doctor.

He wrote a book called “The Hazards of Immunization” and went into detail about the fact that he would never have been able to write the book, without a former director of a vaccine company giving him massive records on various vaccine disasters on his deathbed. They were never discussed publicly or in any medical school for fear of compensation claims or of giving a ‘weapon’ to the anti-vaccinationists. Most doctors never knew the history was littered with more than just smallpox vaccine disasters.

Okell said that immunization of the masses had been undertaken with almost religious fervor. The enthusiasts rarely stop to wonder where it would all finish or whether the fulsome promises made to the public in the form of propaganda would ever be honored. without profound there can of course be no large-scale vaccination. But how perilous it is to mix up propound with scientific fact. If we boldly told the whole truth it is doubtful if the public would submit to vaccination.

When injecting a healthy individual with anything, we are always skating on thin ice.

If you knock them out in an effort to protect them form a disease there is no knowing they will ever get, but there is devil to pay.”

“To get to the truth of what really went wrong generally calls for the resources of something like a secret service.”

“A scapegoat must be found at all costs.”

Okell was greatly concerned about the – “the gradual extension of vaccinations to a number of diseases is rapidly bringing us to the stage where we have too much to choose from…should I be vaccinated against smallpox, diphtheria, and typhoid? Or shall I choose…

In 1938 they had old methods for cold and flu vaccination and a vaccination against scarlet fever, which was taken off the market because it caused so many reactions in the nurses and medical staff who it was trialed on.

“It is quite clear that if I don’t want to tattoo myself from head to foot with injections or come out in as many rashes as a chameleon I have got to stop somewhere. Can we ever abolish a human disease by mass vaccination?”

He points out vaccination should be a matter of personal choice, not minded by any law. Even though he was an expert in infectious diseases, who wrote a column for the Lancet, today Okell would be called a quack and a conspiracy theory.


“Never in the history of medicine has there been produced so false a theory, such fraudulent assumptions such disastrous and damning results as have followed the practice of this disgusting rite. It is the ultima thule [highest degree attainable] of learned quackery and lacks the faintest shadow of a scientific basis. The fears of the whole people have been played upon as to the dangers of smallpox and the sure prevention by vaccination.

“The lifeblood of nations has become the cesspool of vaccinators, wherein they have poured the foul excretions from diseased beasts into a living creature. When a mad dog enters a community and bites a child, people rise up and demand the death of the creature. But the dog caused the death of one; the mad doctor, with his calf-lymph poisoned lance has caused the deaths of tens of thousands.

“The cause of vaccination is backed by ignorance. I am guilty of being part of it. I vaccinated for five years, ignorantly supposing that it was a preventive of smallpox [and other illness]. I took for granted what my medical teachers had affirmed. I came near being a murderer in my own family. For weeks, my son was in a stupor and in health crisis. I took a solemn oath that as long as I would live, I would never poison another human being with vaccine virus. I have kept my vow.


Confession of Dr. E.M. Ripley of Unionville, Connecticut in a public address.1900. You can find the book here; the quote was on page 300.

“And if vaccination isn’t effective, how did we wipe out smallpox?”

“Englishman John Thomas Biggs was the sanitary engineer for his town of Leicester and had to actively respond to outbreaks of smallpox. He quickly learned that the public health outcomes from sanitation vastly outweighed the impact of vaccination (where he saw dramatic vaccine injury and ineffectiveness). He wrote a definitive work in 1912, Leicester: Sanitation versus Vaccination.

More than one hundred years ago, Mr. Biggs discovered what the CDC reaffirmed in 2000: Nothing protects from infectious disease like proper sanitation. He explained:

“Leicester has furnished, both by precept and example, irrefutable proof of the capability and influence of Sanitation, not only in combating and controlling, but also in practically banishing infectious diseases from its midst. . . . A town newly planned on the most up-to-date principles of space and air, and adopting the “Leicester Method” of Sanitation, could bid defiance not to small-pox only, but to other infectious, if not to nearly all zymotic, diseases.”

As stated by Dr. Kass, the President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in 1970:

“…we had accepted some half truths and had stopped searching for the whole truths. The principal half truths were that medical research had stamped out the great killers of the past —tuberculosis, diphtheria, pneumonia, puerperal sepsis, etc. —and that medical research and our superior system of medical care were major factors extending life expectancy, thus providing the American people with the highest level of health available in the world. That these are half truths is known but is perhaps not as well known as it should be.”

In 1977 Drs. McKinlay & McKinlay put data around Dr. Kass’ ideas, and showed that vaccines (and other medical interventions) were responsible for between 1-3.5% of the total decline in mortality since 1900.  

In 2000, CDC scientists reconfirmed all this data, but also provided more insight into the things that actually have led to declines in mortality.

echoed again in September 2000 in the journal Pediatrics and titled, “Annual Summary of Vital Statistics: Trends in the Health of Americans During the 20th Century,” epidemiologists from both Johns Hopkins and the Centers for Disease Control reaffirmed what we had already learned from McKinlay and McKinlay:

“nearly 90% of the decline in infectious disease mortality among US children occurred before 1940, when few antibiotics or vaccines were available.” Hence “vaccination does not account for the impressive declines in mortality seen in the first half of the century.”

The study went on to explain the things that actually were responsible for a massive decline in mortality:

“water treatment, food safety, organized solid waste disposal, and public education about hygienic practices.” Also, “improvements in crowding in US cities” played a major role. Clean water. Safe food. Nutrition. Plumbing. Hygiene. 

More recent rumblings

In 2002…

Doctors were sent letters in 2003 asking them to vaccinate themselves with the revived smallpox vaccine, and strangely to prepare to attend to the needs of those who would experience ‘adverse effects’ (injury) from the small pox vaccine.

The better modern vaccine wasn’t looking so good..

Meanwhile behind closed doors at the CDC with the ACIP committee, Dr. Thomas Mack (the most experienced smallpox doctor alive) painted vehemently disagreed with the smallpox vaccination, and said: ‘even without vaccination, smallpox would have died out anyway’, and ‘to vaccinate Americans without vaccinia-immune globulin would be extremely dangerous.

Dr. Mack stated that a world-wide vaccination would cause immeasurable suffering to tens of thousands – and remember, this is in 2002, when we HAVE sterile bandages and modern medical care! Imagine the suffering caused by the gross vaccination methods of the 1800s.

Dr. Mack told the ACIP why smallpox would never return, as it had disappeared due to economic development, not vaccines…

Dr. Mack then pointed out that there is substantial risk from vaccination, and that informed consent would have to tell people that risks EXCEEDED benefits. Most importantly, any reaction attributed to a smallpox vaccine would result in other people refusing it.

Dr. Mack was a professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California (Keck School of Medicine). He worked up population-based outbreaks of smallpox. He had hands on experience that no one else had experienced.

His knowledge wasn’t palatable, I guess.

In an expert opinion in the Lancet attached to an article called “The ghost of pandemics past”, as well as at an international bioterrorism meeting, Dr. Mack stated that the public health policies had been ‘poppycock’ in the form of three last ideas:

In 2016, a study showed 7.4 times more carditis in those vaccinated!

The author of the study, Mr. Voigt said “we don’t know why it happens!” They didn’t know in 2016, they didn’t know in the 1800s, and they don’t know now. Yet, they embrace it as collateral damage.

When the doctors were asked why they were scared…the doctors replied with one word: “experience”.

So what is the “experience” these doctors were referring to? Dr. Dworetzky told us in 2002 what happened when well-vaccinated military troops in the 1940s suffered and died from smallpox. Everyone was surprised – shouldn’t the vaccine have stopped it?

In November 1944 the Lancet describes another 100 consecutive smallpox cases in another military hospital in service members that had been vaccinated more than enough times for smallpox.

The government said that they stopped injecting people with the smallpox vaccine in 1971, but pharma convinced doctors that the vaccine could be used as a treatment for warts and herpes!!!!!!!!!!

Those drug companies are always trying to find a “use” for ‘orphan’ drugs or ‘orphan’ vaccines….can’t let any profit go uncaptured, eh?

In 1978, 4.4 million doses of smallpox vaccine were used.



The smallpox vaccine was finally stopped in the 1980s after a 7-month old baby died following a smallpox vaccine to treat 3 months of recurrent herpes smallpox mouth ulcers. 

History Repeats Itself

Those who don’t know their history are bound to repeat it, and it seems that’s precisely what we’ve allowed to occur in the past two years. Many doctors predicted and warned that the pandemic would be prolonged and worsened by rolling out non-sterilizing vaccines (i.e., vaccines that do not prevent infection and transmission). And that’s precisely what we’ve witnessed.

Predictions of devastating side effects have also come true. And, as resistance to the shots grew, draconian mandates followed. History tells us forced vaccination is not the answer. History also tells us how to get out from underneath a tyrannical government’s insistence on forced vaccination.

The answer is peaceful noncompliance. The answer is standing together, en masse, and saying “No more. Enough.” The truckers in Canada, the U.S., Belgium and elsewhere have the right idea, and the rest of us need to join and support them, in any way we can.

“Like the smallpox vaccination campaigns, the COVID-19 immunization campaign has been so egregious it has inspired a large global protest movement with the large scale current protests being very similar to those that occurred 135 years ago,” A Midwestern Doctor writes.18

“My hope is that this movement can remember the lessons from the past and carry them forward to now so a future generation does not have to repeat our mistakes.”


1 FDA Smallpox

2 World J Surg 2020; 44(9): 2837-2841

3 LAist Los Angeles Smallpox Outbreak

4 BBC December 28, 2019

5 A Midwestern Doctor Substack February 13, 2022

6 Steve Kirsch Substack February 13, 2022

7 A Midwestern Doctor Substack February 13, 2022

8 BBC December 28, 2019

9 BBC December 28, 2019

10 A Midwestern Doctor Substack February 13, 2022

11 A Midwestern Doctor Substack February 13, 2022

12 A Midwestern Doctor Substack February 13, 2022

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14 A Midwestern Doctor Substack February 13, 2022

15 A Midwestern Doctor Substack February 13, 2022


17 Worldometer UK population

18 A Midwestern Doctor Substack February 13, 2022

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294 National Vaccine Information Center. Hepatitis B Vaccine Reaction Reports Outnumber Reported Disease Cases in Children According to Vaccine Safety Group. NVIC Press Release Jan. 27, 1999.

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296 Kaplan S. Critics Question Safety of Hepatitis B Vaccine. Pew Charitable Trust June 1, 1999.

297 National Vaccine Information Center. Advocacy Groups Call for Research to Investigate Lin Between Autism Increase and Vaccination. NVIC Press Release April 16, 1999.

298 National Vaccine Information Center. Merck’s Gardasil Vaccine Not Proven Safe for Little Girls. NVIC Press Release June 27, 2006.

299 Fisher BL. Preventing Gardasil Vaccine Injuries and Deaths. NVIC Newsletter July 14, 2009.

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An appeal to the public on the hazard and peril of vaccination, otherwise cow pox, by Birch, John, 1745?-1815Pre-1801 Imprint Collection (Library of Congress) DLC [from old catalog]

A smallpox shot? Published in by Sanjay Gupta
Monday, December 16, 2002,

Smallpox Pre-Vaccination Information Package published by the Illinois Department of Public Health in July 2003,

Record of the meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices : June 19-20, 2002, United States. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Corporate authors: National Immunization Program (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), series: ACIP meeting Minutes, page 16,

Public Forums on Smallpox, 2002,

The ghost of pandemics past, published by Thomas M Mack in the Lancet, 2005,

Defending against smallpox: a focus on vaccinespublished by Voigt in Expert Rev Vaccine, 2016

The protest of an anti-vaccinist, published by Edwin Cox 1905,

Smallpox, October 1945, published by Dworetzky in the New England Journal of Medicine 2002,

Smallpox in the Middle East lessons from 100 cases, published by Illingsworth in the Lancet 1944,

Nellie Smith, Memorial ID 9446441, Created by: Walter Brian Cisco, Added: 11 Sep 2004,

The Smallpox story: historical persepctive by Behbehani, A.M. published in ASM News, 57 (11), 571-580 1991, online copy no longer found

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History and pathology of vaccination by Dr. Crookshank, Edgar, 1889,

Honesty & Policy, YouTube series created by DR. Suzanne Humphries 2015,

The Hazards of Immunization by Sir Graham S. Wilson Copyright University of London 1967,

Neuroglial activation and neuroinflammation in the brain of patients with autism by Vargas published in Annals of Neurology 2004,

Approaching the Vaccine-Hesitant Parent using C-A-S-E by Robert M Jacobson, Mayo Clinic 2013,

Grains and Scruples by Okell published in The Lancet 1938,

Deaths Attributable to Smallpox Vaccination, 1959 to 1966, and 1968

Doctors view of vaccination during smallpox: page 298

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