Vaccines—Are the Safety Studies Credible?

We know that the concept of vaccination is valid and has saved lives. But do we know for sure that the additives in the vaccines made by the vaccine-manufacturers—and endorsed by the CDC—are as safe as they claim? Most of the studies on vaccine safety that get published are designed and funded by the pharmaceutical industry—an inherent conflict of interest. Does the CDC, with CEOs of the vaccine manufacturing companies on its board, deserve our trust when it comes to the safety of vaccines? Let’s look at the information we have available.  Long-term vaccine safety studies Astonishingly, no long-term safety … Continue reading

Vaccines for Newborn Infants—Are They Safe?

In the US, shortly after babies are born in the hospital, they are taken from their mothers and subjected to a number of interventions in the newborn nursery, including antibiotic ointment in the eyes, an injection of synthetic vitamin K to prevent internal bleeding, and often an injection of the hepatitis B vaccine. Three hepatitis B shots are part of the standard government-recommended childhood vaccination schedule, with the first dose given to newborns before discharge in most US hospitals. Even premature infants are given the hepatitis B vaccine while in neonatal intensive care nurseries. What do these injections do to … Continue reading

Vaccines for Pregnant Women—Are They Safe?

The concept of vaccination is brilliant. Minute amounts of infectious particles (antigens) in the vaccines stimulate the immune system to make antibodies to the infectious substances and can thereby potentially prevent specific illnesses. However, vaccines that are used commercially contain other substances besides the infectious agents, such as preservatives, immune stimulants, and culture mediums. These additives have the potential to cause harm. Women who are pregnant, or thinking about getting pregnant in the future, will be faced with important decisions regarding vaccinations that could significantly impact the health of their unborn babies. Pregnant women have to make these important decisions … Continue reading

Uncle Ernst-Part III

Our train to Arosa passed through lush green valleys and along a little mountain river. Uncle Ernst stood in the aisle of the train doing his strange exercises, like deep knee bends with his back straight as a rod, which years later I realized were related to the Alexander Technique. He had been prescribed the exercises to improve his posture and open up his constricted chest. I felt ill at ease watching my Uncle’s uninhibited behavior create stares and neck craning by nearly all the passengers in our section of the train. He exercised with complete focus on what he … Continue reading

Uncle Ernst–Part II

On the fourth day of the fast, I awoke feeling refreshed, rested, clear-headed, and actually bubbling with energy—mental and physical energy—while at the same time experiencing a pervasive sense of peace. Hunger had mysteriously disappeared. I had no discomfort anywhere in my body. The world looked different to me. The colors looked brighter. The air smelled pure and intoxicating. I felt alive in a way that was new to me. Strange and wondrous feelings filled my mind and body. Everything in my life and in the world felt perfect just the way it was, no matter what. There was nothing … Continue reading

Uncle Ernst-Part I

Uncle Ernst, my mother’s younger brother, was a most unusual Swiss medical doctor. He had been the subject of heated controversy in my family. My mother claimed that he was a genius; my father claimed that he was a quack. While in high school in Germany, I remember traveling with my family to visit Uncle Ernst, a man I barely knew. Ernst had a thriving medical practice in a town called Landquart in the canton of Graubünden. We knew that Uncle Ernst would be too busy to visit with us. We simply wanted to say hello when he got a … Continue reading

Pneumonia—An Unusual Treatment

Rachel began her life with the deck stacked against her. She has had serious medical problems since birth, most of which are related to the genes she inherited from her parents, and then exacerbated by environmental factors, like the food she eats and the air she breathes. With persistence and determination, Rachel has managed to navigate her way through life, overcoming one challenging health obstacle after another—all the time maintaining her inimitable Jewish sense of humor even in the bleakest of times. We actually laugh together during her appointments with me—even when she is in serious distress. Rachel’s long list … Continue reading

Antarctica-Part V. Inspiration & Activism

Come join me for the last chapter of this odyssey. One of the Indian students who “interviewed” me asked what most moved me about the trip. Aside from the thrill of being of Antarctica, I was moved by Sir Robert Swan’s dedication over the past 30 years to the preservation of Antarctica and to raising awareness about climate change. His strategy is brilliant. He brings young change makers from all over the world to Antarctica so that they will see for themselves what is so painfully evident. I was equally moved hearing about the dreams and aspirations of the young … Continue reading

Antarctica-Part IV. Primordial Paradise

Have you ever imagined what the earth looked like in the beginning, before humans tinkered around with it? Antarctica offers us a glimpse into this primordial world. It is the last remaining truly wild place left on our planet. I can see why Sir Robert Swan, after skiing 900 miles across Antarctica over thirty years ago, vowed that he would devote his life to “saving” this majestic and wondrous place.                                 … Continue reading

Antarctica-Part III. Southward Bound

Come with me on a trip to the most remote and pristine wilderness on the planet—a frozen version of the Garden of Eden, a landmass the size of the US, Europe, and Australia, a place that has never known poverty or war, a place that is covered in ice—ice that is melting fast. The international treaty that protects Antarctica from exploitation ends in 2041—unless we can take actions that will extend the treaty for as long as humans walk the earth. Ever since Sir Robert Swan laid eyes on Antarctica after walking for 70 days to the south pole in … Continue reading

Antarctica-Part II. Buenos Aires

During a nine-hour wait in the DFW airport—lengthened by technical difficulties with our flight—I managed to attract three different people with medical problems. A man and his wife from British Columbia, seated next to me in the waiting area, began chatting with me. They had organized a running marathon on Antarctica—over ice, snow, and rocks—and had gone down there seven years in a row to oversee the event. The subject of Lyme Disease popped up because the man had suffered with the illness for nine years. Of course, I couldn’t help myself from diving right in. After the couple left … Continue reading

Antarctica—The Fateful Knock on the Door

Soon I will be leaving on a trip to Antarctica. The idea of traveling to Antarctica originated with a knock on my door—the proverbial knock of opportunity—and then the mere idea became a real possibility after a series of unusual and unforeseen circumstances. One day last fall, I finished my work seeing patients at around five in the afternoon—about an hour earlier than usual. While in the kitchen chopping vegetables in preparation for dinner, I heard a barely audible knock on the door in the laundry room. The door leads outside to the carport. No one that I know uses … Continue reading

Patients Say the Darndest Things

Before I began my internship, I could never have imagined some of the scenarios I would witness in the middle of the night in the emergency room. Nor would I forget them. The year was 1983. One night, halfway through my internship in family practice, I was on duty at Mercy Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. Just past midnight, the hospital had finally quieted down with a lull in patient admissions coming through the emergency room. It was a rare opportunity for me to take a time-out and put my legs up. Shortly after propping myself up on the narrow … Continue reading