“Every vaccine has a story behind it. Every vaccine had its susceptibility, had its spreading factor. The diseases are all different, and the stories behind the vaccines are all different. What I found was completely counter to what I had been told and thought my entire life. I now don’t believe that smallpox vaccine eradicated smallpox. I now don’t believe that polio vaccines eradicated polio. People believe in vaccines. They’ll tell you they believe in vaccines. You ask them what they know about vaccines, and it will be almost nothing.
It was in 2009, when there were several patients that came into the hospital where I was working, and they volunteered to me that they were fine until they had that vaccine. And before that, I was pretty agnostic about vaccination. I had vaccinated my dialysis patients, I myself was vaccinated, and I pretty much believed what I was taught in medical school. Then I started noticing that orders were being given to my patients on the first hospital stay, often when they had serious diseases, inflammatory diseases, heart attacks, congestive heart failure… one patient with cancer on chemotherapy… and my patients were getting vaccinated on their first hospital day, before I even saw them. And the order had my name on it.
So this kind of alerted me that there was something going on that I had not approved of… and I complained to the hospital administration about it. And it was from there, it was the resistance that I was met with that kind of, ironically, led me to the path that I’ve come into. I had to research vaccination in order to meet all the arguments that I was given, that vaccines are safe and effective, that they can’t possibly be causing that much trouble, that they have changed the face of disease in the world.
But it turned out that, in the medical literature, there was absolutely nothing to support vaccinating an acutely ill person. And at some point they called in an expert to set me straight, and the arguments that I got from the expert still were not lining up with science, they were not supporting the paradigm that they were saying… and that my patients were acutely ill, they had inflammatory diseases, and I didn’t want them vaccinated. And I was told that I was confusing the nursing staff by discontinuing vaccines in my patients.
[My views on vaccination started to change] with the hostility that I received simply by not agreeing that vaccines were safe, effective and could be given to virtually anybody, regardless of how sick they were. There were arguments tossed at me from on high that smallpox was eradicated by vaccination, and polio was eradicated, at least in this hemisphere, by vaccination, and that, pretty much, it was God’s gift mankind. And I actually did get that by diffusion from my medical training, and I never critically thought about it. I never really had reason to, or I didn’t think I had reason to. So it was that research, just to counter the arguments that I was being met with to justify vaccinating sick patients on their first hospital day, is what got me to start researching smallpox and polio, even though that actually had nothing to do with what was happening in my sphere.
So in my research, I was startled that what I found was completely counter to what I had been told and thought my entire life. I now don’t believe that smallpox vaccine eradicated smallpox. I now don’t believe that polio vaccines eradicated polio. And stories are very twisted and long and complicated, and the vaccines changed over time, and so it’s really easy to throw up smokescreens here and there and kind of make up whatever argument one might want to, because people are so ignorant and because the stories are so complicated.”
— Suzanne Humprhies, MD