Why More and More People Are Getting Shingles
“What had always been regarded as a relatively benign childhood illness was suddenly reinvented in the 1990s as a life-threatening disease for which children must get vaccinated or face dire health consequences.” Mercola.com
I was so foolish and ignorant — I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. (Ps. 73:22; NLT)
Getting to lie in Mom and Dad’s “big” bed, and having Mom bring me tea and toast are my memories of having chickenpox. I don’t remember the red, itchy lesions but I do remember of getting to stay home from school! What are your memories of having chickenpox?
Yesterday, I read with interest of Dr. Mercola’s article entitled, “Why a Shingles Epidemic is Bolting Straight at the US.” Compelling title, don’t you think? His statement, “Vaccinating children for chickenpox may very well be causing a shingles epidemic.” Crazy, you say. What does a kid getting chickenpox have to do with someone getting shingles? Plenty, according to his article. I also unearthed some other research that substantiates Dr. Mercola’s findings.
Dr. Mercola calls Shingles the Evil Cousin of chickenpox. “Chickenpox and shingles are related. They are caused by similar viruses, both in the herpesvirus family. After you recover from chickenpox, the virus can remain dormant (“asleep”) in your nerve roots for many years, unless it is awakened by some triggering factor such as physical or emotional stress. When awakened, it presents itself as shingles rather than chickenpox.
“Shingles is marked by pain and often a blister-like rash on one side of your body, left or right. Other symptoms can include headache and flu-like symptoms. Shingles typically runs its course in three to five weeks.” If you’ve ever known someone who developed shingles, they suffered greatly with pain and discomfort!
So, what’s the connection between the two? Dr. Mercola explains. “Nature has devised an elegant plan for protecting you from the shingles virus. After contracting and recovering from chickenpox (usually as a child), as you age, your natural immunity gets asymptomatically “boosted” by coming into contact with infected children, who are recovering from chickenpox. This natural “boosting” of natural immunity to the varicella (chickenpox) virus helps protect you from getting shingles later in life.
“This is true whether you are a child, adolescent, young adult, or elderly — every time you come into contact with someone infected with chickenpox, you get a natural “booster shot” that protects you from a painful-and expensive-bout with shingles.
“In other words, shingles can be prevented by ordinary contact, such as receiving a hug from a grandchild who is getting or recovering from the chickenpox. But with the advent of the chickenpox vaccine, there is less chickenpox around to provide that natural immune boost for children AND adults.”
Did you get that? Due to children being vaccinated against a common, childhood illness, decreased natural immunity will cause folks to be more susceptible to develop shingles!
Mercola goes on to say, “So as chickenpox rates have declined, shingles rates have begun to rise, and there is mounting evidence that an epidemic of shingles is developing in America from the mass, mandatory use of the chickenpox vaccine by all children.”
There’s much more to the article that you can read for yourself on today’s link. I also included a link with the work of Dr. Gary Goldman who was presenting similar information a number of years ago.
Father, we continue to be in awe of how You designed our physical bodies. May we continue to seek You for Your answers to our health and well-being.
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