5 Health Questions You Need to Ask Now!

by Christiane Northrup, M.D.


I have been an advocate for women (and men) taking control of their health for decades. Yet, sadly our medical freedom is under attack now more than ever with health care providers, insurance companies, governments, and schools dictating how we take care of our health and the health of our families.

One question I get a lot is “Should I get this vaccine?” Or “Should my child get this vaccine?” Whether it be a hepatitis B vaccine for a newborn, a measles vaccine for a school-age child, the flu shot for a pregnant woman, or the shingles vaccine for an elderly relative, making the right decision for you (or your family member) can seem daunting.

Now, I can’t tell each and every person who asks which vaccines they should or shouldn’t get. But I have been teaching women for decades how to tune into their own body’s intuition, where to find the facts, and what hard questions to ask your health care provider.

With all of the state vaccine initiatives in play today, I want to share five questions (and answers) to consider when trying to keep yourself and your family safe from communicable diseases:

QUESTION 1: Is it true an unvaccinated child is a health risk—especially to an immunocompromised child?

Answer: No. The vaccination status of other children does not pose a significant risk to your children, even those who are immunocompromised. No study has ever shown that an unvaccinated child puts another child at risk. On the contrary, a 2014 NVIC (National Vaccine Information Center) report documents how a vaccinated child can shed a live virus for up to 7 weeks after injection, depending upon the vaccine given, and therefore poses more of a threat of spreading the disease.  

Physicians for Informed Consent has a great fact sheet about vaccines on their website. In addition, you may want to read an article written by Jean Ghantous, the mother of a child with leukemia, at Thinking Mom’s Revolution. What she has to say about this subject is right on.

QUESTION 2: Vaccines are perfectly safe, aren’t they?  Haven’t they been thoroughly tested?  

Answer: No. In fact, all you need to do to find the answer to this question is to read the package insert for any vaccine. These inserts plainly state that the great majority of, if not all, vaccines contain ingredients known to be extremely toxic, including mercury, aluminum, sorbitol, and others. In animal studies, these ingredients have been shown to cause developmental delays; adverse neurologic events and disorders, such as motor weakness and slowing; and a host of other ill effects. You can find package insert information for many commonly given vaccines at VaccineSafety.org.

QUESTION 3: Aren’t vaccines one of the most important advances in modern health care? They have saved millions of lives, haven’t they?

Answer: No. In fact, according to historical records, 90 percent of the decline in disease mortality occurred before the introduction of vaccines. The most important factors contributing to the steep decline of diseases such as polio, measles, diphtheria, and typhoid in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were better nutrition, less crowding, better sanitation, and cleaner water. To learn the history and facts related to the decline of these diseases and their mortality rates, check out LearnTheRisk.org.

QUESTION 4: But vaccines are 100% effective, correct? 

Answer: Unfortunately, no. It has been well documented in countless cases that diseases such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough (pertussis) occur in fully vaccinated populations. Vaccinations by no means guarantee a child will not contract the virus or bacteria the vaccine is supposed to protect against. 

There are many examples of this:

  1. Measles outbreaks occur regularly in fully vaccinated populations. The reasons for this are: (a) Vaccine-conferred immunity wanes over time. And contrary to what you have been told, a third, or booster, dose of the vaccine has not been shown to increase immunity.  (b) Some people don’t respond to the vaccine at all despite multiple shots. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 50% of schoolchildren and most adults vaccinated with two doses of the MMR vaccine can still be infected with the measles virus and spread it to others, even with mild or no symptoms of their own.
  2. China is a perfect example of this. For the last decade, China has had a countrywide vaccination coverage above 95% (the threshold for measles elimination). Yet, measles continues to cause large epidemics. One study shows that despite a measles vaccination rate of more than 97 percent, more than one-quarter of vaccinated children in Tianjin, China, became infected with measles. School systems also see similar outbreaks. Two school systems in Texas—one in Houston and one in Corpus Christi—are prime examples of outbreaks among the fully vaccinated.

    In addition, we are now seeing generations of children born to vaccinated mothers. These children lack transplacental immunity—in other words, disease immunity is not passed from the mother to the child, unlike with previous generations, because the vaccinated mother does not have the natural immunity. So, rather than eradicating diseases such as measles and creating healthier children who could fight off a measles infection if they were to acquire it, vaccines are creating generations of children who become sicker from these infections than in the past due to an altered host immune response, and we are likely to see higher death rates as well. 

    In fact, the side effects of the MMR vaccine are worse than getting the measles. For example, data shows that seizures are 5 times more likely to occur in children who have received the MMR vaccine than in children who contract the measles. Conversely, naturally acquired measles infections are associated with a reduced risk of Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas, as well as a reduced risk of atopic diseases such as hay fever, eczema, and asthma. In addition, measles infections are associated with a lower risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease in adulthood. 

  3. In 2016, an outbreak of mumps swept through the student body at Harvard. These students were all fully vaccinated. In 2019, a US Navy warship carrying marines was quarantined for nearly 4 months due to a mumps outbreak. All of the service people on board had been fully vaccinated against it. This is not the first incident of an outbreak of mumps on a military ship.  
  4. The current outbreaks of pertussis in this country are taking hold in fully vaccinated children. This is because the current pertussis vaccine doesn’t confer much protection at all, and what protection it does provide wanes within 2 years. As is common in the world of viruses and bacteria, the pertussis germ has mutated, making the DPT vaccine ineffective.  In December 2019, a Houston school closed due to a pertussis outbreak among vaccinated children and staff.
  5. QUESTION 5: Vaccinated children are healthier than unvaccinated children, aren’t they?

    Answer: Sadly, no. A staggering 50% of children today—more than ever before—have a chronic illness including asthma, allergies, ADHD, depression, anxiety, developmental delays, and autoimmune diseases. Controlled clinical trials comparing vaccinated with unvaccinated populations in the United States have never been carried out. And there aren’t any studies on the safety of injecting infants, toddlers, and adolescents with up to 6 vaccines in a single visit—a common practice today.

    There are now 69 to 72 vaccines recommended by the CDC for all children through age 18. The vaccine industry has become a huge business with no liability. On the contrary, it is the US taxpayers who have thus far paid out $4.1 billion in vaccine-related damages since the companies themselves have been granted immunity. Merck’s—just one of several vaccine manufacturers—2019 fourth-quarter financial highlights speak volumes as to what is really happening. And while many pediatricians have not dared to speak out on the subject, some who have been in practice 20 years and longer, including Dr. Lawrence Palevsky, are now coming out and saying it is their unvaccinated patients who are healthier than their vaccinated ones. In fact, some studies show that the non-specific effects of vaccines can increase morbidity and mortality.

    Here are a few more points to consider:

    In 1986, Congress gave vaccine manufacturers complete immunity from all liability resulting from vaccine injury, shifting the financial burden to US taxpayers, who, according to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), have paid out $4 billion to vaccine-injured families since that date. That is a lot, considering that fewer than 1% of all vaccine injuries are reported.

    The average period of safety testing for a vaccine is only 10 days. If you or your child develops seizures 2 weeks following a vaccine, almost no doctor will attribute the cause to the vaccine. Yet, pregnant women are being given flu and DPT vaccines containing aluminum, mercury, and other neurotoxins even though the practice is known to cause an increased risk in autism spectrum disorder.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled for the past decade that aluminum in infant parenteral (feeding) solutions should not exceed 5 micrograms/kg/day. Yet, aluminum in infant IV parenteral solutions, commonly given to infants in standard neonatal intensive care IV feeding solutions, contains 45 micrograms/kg/day. These solutions are given for 14 days or longer and have been shown to impair neurological development. One influential study estimated that infants lost around one mental development index point for each day on the standard aluminum solution.

    The CDC continues to ignore this data and requires that all newborns born in the United States receive the hepatitis B vaccine at birth (or shortly after). The hepatitis B injection contains 250 micrograms of aluminum—more than 10 times (1,000%) the maximum FDA allowable.

    Since vaccine manufacturers won their immunity from prosecution, the CDC schedule for recommended vaccines has tripled. Two hundred more vaccines are in the pipeline. The CDC itself is involved in conflict of interest practices with vaccine companies;  and the former CDC director, who fast-tracked Gardasil despite many concerns, became the head of Merck’s vaccine division. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) includes many individuals who have received financial gains from vaccine manufacturers.

    Remember, the first step toward maintaining your health freedom is staying informed.

    I would love to know your stance on vaccines? What vaccines do you think have helped you or hurt you? Please leave your comments below.

    Additional Resources:

    The HPV Vaccine: What You Need to Know Today

    Does Your Daughter Need the HPV Vaccine?

    Help for Gardasil Side Effects

    Should You Get the Shingles Vaccine? (Video)

    Do You Need to Detox?

    Last Updated: March 3, 2020

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, she empowers women to trust their inner wisdom, their connection with Source, and their ability to truly flourish.


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  1. Claudia E. Darbie
    3 weeks ago

    Thank you, Dr. Northrup. I am not surprised about the manipulation present in the CDC and companies like, Merck. I worked for many years for an Antitrust attorney, who did White Collar crime, and some of their biggest wrongdoers were pharmaceutical companies. And it has only gotten worse with time.

    With this new virus, they seem to be at the stage of learning and revealing how in effects fetus’s. I have found your information extremely educational to that end, as well as many others.

    A social habit the Western world needs to be reminded of is “mindfulness”. Moving too quickly, without being able to acquire proper knowledge before choosing, causes errors not only in the medical profession and in medical decisions, but in all areas.

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