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Dissolving Illusions

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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
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Published July 27th 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Anne De Paepe There is a lot about the past but you really need the information to understand what is going on now. If you want more information about the present, …moreThere is a lot about the past but you really need the information to understand what is going on now. If you want more information about the present, you can always watch the DVD 'Vaxxed'(less)

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Jan 30, 2014 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 type 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
Jane Upshall
Feb 12, 2015 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 conditi ...more
Jennifer Margulis
Sep 19, 2015 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. ...more
Aug 25, 2013 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. ...more
Ben Weatherby
Sep 20, 2016 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 he ...more
Nov 16, 2014 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
Laura W
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have had my doubts about the truth of the history of vaccines and what it does to kids today. This book slowly, thoroughly and plainly revealed the true history of disease and vaccinations (and almost entirely avoided the autism question). The authors’ agenda appear to be nothing further than revealing the truth that has been hidden under decades of misinformation and propaganda.
Jan 27, 2016 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
Aug 15, 2016 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
Aug 17, 2013 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. ...more
Jun 22, 2014 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.
Mimi 'Pans' Herondale
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! 👐 would recommend it to anyone!
Mrs. Europaea
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a very thoroughly researched book with far more scientific data than I was expecting. It is quite amazing to see how vaccines have developed over the years and how much there is to vaccines that even the medical community is uninformed of. I know personally my own Doctors cannot tell me what specifically is in a vaccine but then expect me to just willingly comply to get injected with unknown substances, many of which haven't been studied for side effects.

That said, I do not know if the
May 25, 2014 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 recommen ...more
Feb 25, 2015 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. ...more
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It is a compelling book about the history of hygiene, vaccine development, and nutrition. 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.
Maria Ryan
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What More Evidence Could We Possibly Need?

I doubt that anyone has written a more thorough history of vaccination in the USA and Great Britain than the authors of this book. It is so totally thorough and above reproach (let’s face it, it has to be in this day and age where anyone even hinting at questioning a vaccine is nailed to a proverbial cross) that the only people who could possibly have an issue with it are those who have a vested interest in suppressing the truth along their stupid little
Roger Bailey
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This book offers a very good history of infectious disease with plenty of footnotes and apparently reputable sources. In that it is educational and I praise it. However, that is not the point of the book. The point of the book is to argue that vaccination is ineffective and, indeed, harmful. Again, it is thoroughly footnoted and it certainly cannot be said that the author did not back up her arguments. I would expect that it would be very convincing to the layman and I am a layman. It would have ...more
Feb 17, 2015 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.
Cherie Parks
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much to consider

There is good information in this book, and thorough enough for this previously pro-vaccine biologist to ponder long held beliefs. I've never believed that vaccines were completely safe and effective, but I did think vaccines safer than the diseases. I will be doing more research now with an open mind that I may have been wrong.
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dissolving Illusions is a detailed tome of disease and vaccine history. In the U.S. we have a shared myth of disease history in which vaccines come along like a caped hero and save us from death. The truth told By Dr. Humphries couldn’t be further from the myth.
We are told vaccines confer herd immunity, but the opposite is true. Vaccines have instead removed true herd immunity, leaving our population more vulnerable than ever. Humphries explains why vaccine immunity wanes and why doctors are req
Gretchen Goel
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who isn't questioning vaccine science, who is just listening to news media and big pharma representatives and making their decision to vaccinate on that information is really lost in the world and should read this book! The science ISN'T settled, as you will find out. Humpries was an MD, a Nephrologist for 19 years, working in the hospital and started to notice patients coming in who had just been vaccinated and their kidneys went into total shutdown. When she questioned hospital administ ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is filled with statistical analysis, primary source quotes, and photographs- but is still an interesting read! The authors dug through a lot of data from the Office of National Statistics, Bureau of the Census, etc. Their graphs showing the decreasing rates of mortality from infectious diseases were eye-opening. A great read for those looking to dig a little deeper into forgotten history!
Gold Dust
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent history of vaccination. Would’ve liked bigger photos and graphs in color; sometimes the lines are hard to differentiate when they are all gray. It’s sad that while today our people are not subjected to the horrors of being overworked in dangerous, dirty factories, elsewhere in the world it’s still being done. How else would we get all the things we purchase?
Kathy Gaddis
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very informative. Great book on the history of diseases and the highly charged subject of vaccinations. Kudos to Dr. Humphries.

There is a lot to take in especially being a layperson but I plowed through it and looked up words I didn't know. Could the reason there are so many vaccines in today's childhood schedules be that the vaccines are just not working? So let's continue to inject aluminum, thimerasol, formaldehyde, etc. along with whatever antigens for a vaccine(s) that will maybe only immun
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Dr. Humphries demonstrates clearly through primary sources that communicable diseases, so prevalent in the 1800's were diminished through improved sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition, and that vaccines had little to nothing to do with it. She shows the terrible truth that in many cases, the vaccines spread the disease and made things worse. She shows us that there have always been doctors speaking out about the dangers of vaccines, but they have been largely silenced by the medica ...more
John Meagher
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Goes in-depth on the history of infectious diseases and how their declining occurrence had much more to do with improved hygiene and sanitation methods that have drastically changed over the past century. Animals no longer crap all over the streets, clean water is readily available, and reliable indoor plumbing is commonplace. A better understanding of vitamin deficiency also means a number of ailments that were once prevalent are now easily treated. As a result, scarlet fever, the bubonic plagu ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I would highly recommend this comprehensive, well-researched and informative book as an alternative to the fear mongering of the media and big pharma. Using numerous graphs, charts, books and medical journals, this book illustrates the decline of infectious diseases prior to the invent of vaccines. The book is a bit academic/research laden, so if you don’t want to or aren’t able to read the whole thing then I would recommend reading the chapter on polio which was most illuminating. What has alwa ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent research-based evidence on how harmful vaccines are. All vaccines harm and some kill. None are worth the risk of damage from the ingredients. We have no business injecting this crap into our babies. Children, babies, and people are maimed and killed from these unnecessary medical treatments. Most are for mild childhood illnesses that are little more than temporary inconveniences. Actually getting a mild childhood disease affords lifelong immunity unlike vaccines which offer harm and l ...more
Courtenay McIntyre
Amazing read!! Very informative

First of all, well done on this book! Dr. Suzanne Humphries is, not only, thorough in her research, but also thorough in providing all the facts with what she is presenting as truth. She provides graphs & charts from the data she collected and she makes sure everything is referenced and has links. This is the proof that vaccines are neither safe nor effective, & also the proof of the sweet truth of how vaccines played little to no part in eradicating any disease i
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