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Dissolving Illusions

4.56  ·  Rating Details ·  132 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Not too long ago, lethal infections were feared in the Western world. Since that time, many countries have undergone a transformation from disease cesspools to much safer, healthier habitats. Starting in the mid-1800s, there was a steady drop in deaths from all infectious diseases, decreasing to relatively minor levels by the early 1900s. The history of that transformation ...more
Paperback, 530 pages
Published July 27th 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Libby Kreusel
Jul 15, 2014 Libby Kreusel rated it it was amazing
This book goes beyond the "vaccines cause autism" debate and really focuses on the history of the vaccine movement and provides graphs and quotes from health professionals from the time period. A must read for anyone even remotely interested in the factual evidence that doctors probably don't know themselves or won't discuss concerning vaccines. I couldn't put it down. Fascinating.
Jane Upshall
Dec 03, 2015 Jane Upshall rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended! Dr. Suzanne Humphries is a true doctor( a nephrologist) who actually speaks the truth regarding vaccines. In her practice, she started becoming aware of her patients developing kidney failure especially following the flu vaccine administration. She was shunned by her esteemed colleagues for even questioning vaccines in the medical establishment. She illustrates how many diseases were declining prior to the introduction of vaccines. The book highlights the awful living ...more
Sarah
Mar 12, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
The chapter on Polio is especially eye-opening. If you don't have time to read the entire book, start there, and you will come away with a new understanding of the dreaded polio. Chapter 5 I believe.
Drew
Jan 30, 2014 Drew rated it it was amazing
This is a women who worked on the pro vaccine side until over a period of time she awoke and discovered the truth. This is an amazing book and at the end when she destroys Paul Offit and shows how much of a lying elitist pig he is, it's wonderful. Offit is the time of man that continues o spread fear and false vaccine propaganda and Dr. Humphries is the type to enlighten and banish fear. I am a new father and this is my third vaccine book and yes I have read one pro vaccine book just to be open ...more
KristaMaureen
Aug 19, 2016 KristaMaureen rated it it was amazing
Full of history, citing medical journals and newspapers from the 1800-1900s on most every page. These 2 authors share their research on the rise and fall of smallpox and polio. I'm almost halfway through the book and still reading about smallpox. This book is helping me slowly wrap my mind around whats happening today - we are repeating history, and lot of it is scary and bad, the foundations of which are based on beliefs and law precedences set in the time period in this book. I highly ...more
Brynna
Apr 07, 2015 Brynna rated it it was amazing
FANTASTIC book! The title is well chosen...I cannot believe how we've completely disregarded history in the case of vaccines (or rather, continued to tout incorrect assumptions about their history- case in point, smallpox!). This book is carefully cited and well put together. Great read! Best book that I've ever picked up on the topic of vaccines.
Mwalkes
Nov 16, 2014 Mwalkes rated it really liked it
The author's painstaking review of historical data provides stark insight into the sheparding of the masses into mandatory vaccinations. Incredibly, we are now getting to the point where the public was in the 1700s; questioning and refusing the government mandated intrusion into our lives and bodies.

For those who cannot slug through almost 500 pages of drudged up data that one is happier not knowing, the author's used bold typeface for some of the most important information - headlines if you w
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Jennifer Margulis
Sep 19, 2015 Jennifer Margulis rated it it was amazing
An eye-opening book that anyone interested in vaccines and the history of infectious diseases should read. Dissolving Illusions is meticulously researched and footnoted. Reading it is an undertaking--the book is 479 pages long--but it's worth it. Dr. Suzanne Humphries, M.D., and her co-author Roman Bystrianyk, present the other side of the story: the forgotten history the role of poor hygiene, crowding, malnutrition, and harmful medical practices have played in the spread of lethal disease.
Catherine
Feb 25, 2015 Catherine rated it it was amazing
I hope more parents and citizens in general will take it upon themselves and be brave enough to look into these facts and this history. Shocking but necessary knowledge if you're not just another puppet. I had already researched enough about pertussis and measles to know I wouldn't subject my son to those vaccines, but this was the book that cleared up questions about polio and pretty much the rest. For instance, the relationship between polio and DDT - who knew? Shocking.
Mary
Jan 05, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book to everyone. It is a compelling book about the history of hygiene, vaccine development, and nutrition. It is a book that should be read by everyone. It should be read in every health class. I appreciated the practicality of the last chapters in which Humphries lets you know about the nutrition that has been proved to help the body heal from acute illnesses. Excellent!
Sarah Buck
Aug 13, 2014 Sarah Buck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great and inclusive historical perspective. Well researched. Easy to understand. For any person willing to ask for evidence before vaccinating, a must read.
Jeanne
Aug 02, 2014 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very sad commentary on the state of western medicine, and the drug companies they keep in business.
Maddie Schneider
Nov 19, 2016 Maddie Schneider rated it it was amazing
WOW. Pretty amazing untold vaccine history
Ben Weatherby
Sep 20, 2016 Ben Weatherby rated it it was amazing
Wow. If you still think the vaccines of the past and present are the cats meow after reading this heavily referenced 500 page tome, then... I dunno... I suppose you'd probably be a Trump supporter as well. Even if you didn't read any of the book and just studied the tables and graphs, they speak for themselves and would be more than enough to nail the "vaccines as savior" coffin. How many times must we learn that there are no magical pills, potions, lotions or injections that will ensure good ...more
Agata
Sep 07, 2016 Agata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vaccines
This book shows the importance of knowing your history as people will manipulate it to advance their agenda. Once you actually look into the history of disease and vaccines, you learn that mortality from all diseases was on a steep decline before any vaccine was created thanks to measures such as better nutrition, the sewer system, sanitary living conditions, better hygiene, hand washing, food safety prep, cleaner water, environmental regulations, a better understanding of how to treat diseases ...more
David
Jan 29, 2016 David rated it it was amazing
A really thorough look at the ineffectiveness of vaccination through history from its early beginnings sloshing around diseased animal pus to... well... we're still sloshing around diseased animal pus. Will we look back at the era of vaccination as we now look at leeching or phrenology? It would be great to have doctors say "we don't really know" instead of repeating the confidences of a greedy pharmaceutical industry.

*A gentle reminder from your friendly Big Pharma: Have you had your booster sh
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Rae
Aug 15, 2016 Rae rated it liked it
The topic of vaccination elicits strong reactions usually either definitely for or against. Humphries' book falls toward the negative and she provides gobs of graphs and statistics to validate her point of view -- which is that the incidence of disease was decreasing with increased sanitation and improved living conditions and there was no need for vaccines at all. They do more harm than good.

My own opinions run somewhere down the middle and my concerns have more to do with the unknowns of immun
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Lori Wilson
Apr 13, 2016 Lori Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great book! I highly recommend this book who likes to read the facts and see the charts showing the truth about vaccines and illnesses. I learned ao much from this book. it's so obvious vaccines are really for making money and ignoring the effects it's had on us since they introduced them. the last chapter is about remedies to many illnesses that have been forgotten, remedies that workded far better than the vaccines did. I don't care what the 'law' tries to make me do, I will never receive a ...more
Liz Gualtier
Jun 24, 2015 Liz Gualtier rated it it was amazing
This book us so much more in depth than the autism debate. It really sheds light on our history and the plight of the people at that time and the danger of mandatory medical procedures. it takes away the fear mongering of those who support mandatory vaccination of the masses. I really appreciated how she presented the facts and had so many reference to back up her findings. this is not a "conspiracy theory" book but instead sheds light on hour or history has been misconstrued and presented to ...more
Lynn
Jul 12, 2016 Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Regardless of what side of the vaccine debate you are on, it's important to know the history of the issue. Dissolving Illusions provides detailed and documented background on the development and implementation of vaccines, as well as the effects that they have had since their inception. Whether you have a newborn and are faced with a whole buffet of vaccines, a teenager who's urged to get an STD vaccine, or an elderly relative who wonders about the yearly flu shot, you need the information in ...more
Kenneth
Feb 17, 2015 Kenneth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the book most helpful in providing historical insights into the vaccination debate. I found especially interesting the role of malnutrition, poverty and poor hygiene in epidemics.

While I'm not necessarily convinced by the virulent (bad pun intended) anti-vaccine conclusions drawn by the book, I nevertheless find it is helpful in view of the historical data to have a more sober, moderate evaluation of the role of vaccines in improving public health.
Katie Clouser
May 14, 2015 Katie Clouser rated it it was amazing
Anyone who says that people who question the safety of vaccines are conspiracy-theorizing science-deniers need to read this book. It is complete with facts, data, historical documentation from medical journals, etc. Very insightful.
Kelly
Sep 24, 2015 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Curious why people don't vaccinate? Delve into the history and understand the FACTS. Too much propaganda is out there, this cuts through to where vaccines came from and what to do about these disease instead. Fascinating info. I wish all parents would read it!
Renee Sommers
Aug 27, 2016 Renee Sommers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truth

This book should be a required text for everyone in the medical field. I thought vaccines were an invention of the 20th century. The history is very eye opening.
Benjamin
May 11, 2016 Benjamin rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This book probably has more citations than any other that I've read. Graphs could have been better. Read the ebook version.
Kimberley Petersen
Feb 22, 2015 Kimberley Petersen rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Very eye opening into the history of disease and the history of vaccinations. It's worth the time to read. :)
E.d.
Mar 10, 2016 E.d. rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book. Everything about vaccinations based on fact and historical records. This was a big eye opener for me.
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