Sanitation, Antibiotics, and Nutrition Saved Humanity. Not Vaccines.

It’s Basic History 101

In the 1800s and 1900s, many people in the United States lived in poverty and filth. In small, overcrowded, dark houses with rats, roaches, mosquitoes, and other vermin. Streets were filled with sewage and garbage and dead animals—often as much as two to three feet deep in places like New York City. Food and drinking water were diseased.

People were malnourished. They didn’t have clean running water and flush toilets. When they became sick, they ended up in hospitals that were also dirty and unsanitary, lacking in basic hygiene such as hand washing and instrument sterilization and isolating the sick.

Many worked long hours in dirty, unsafe conditions, without fresh air, exercise, and rest. Even children labored to the point of illness and sometimes death. Epidemics were rampant, with millions dying from diseases like typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery, diphtheria, pertussis, scarlet fever, measles, yellow fever, tuberculosis, puerperal fever, and smallpox. Mortality was high, and life expectancy was low.

This is the forgotten history. This is what was responsible for the spread of disease. This is the truth.

Then came the Sanitation Revolution. Everything changed. Sewage and waste was properly disposed of. Clean drinking water was mandated. Food was inspected and handled properly so it was no longer contaminated. Milk was pasteurized. Labor laws were passed to protect workers. Basic hygiene was implemented. In many countries, life became cleaner, safer, and better.

Another piece of the forgotten history is the lost remedies. Vitamins, cinnamon, garlic, echinacea, jicama, fresh juice, apple cider vinegar, cod liver oil, silver, and other natural supplements were used to treat infectious diseases. And guess what? They worked very well.

The result? By 1940, deaths from measles, scarlet fever, pertussis, and diphtheria were practically a thing of the past. Deaths from scarlet fever—a bigger killer—were almost unheard of by the early 1900s, even before antibiotics were used to treat it. Tuberculosis, pneumonia, flu … same thing. When they surfaced, they were much milder. Mortality was rare. That’s a fact.

And this is important. This happened during a time when there was an almost zero vaccination rate.


More recently New York City has had an outbreak in measles this last year in which an author from The Daily Beast blames the kids who are unvaccinated for causing this outbreak. NYC has a 90%+ vaccination rate – so a few unvaccinated are to blame for EVERY outbreak that comes along? If the writer, Russel Sanders, would bother to do his research rather than parrot the party line, he would have discovered there is a **small** uptick in measles incidence every 4-5 years, REGARDLESS of vaccination rate. This mainstream fear mongering is, once again, nonsense. And as you can see from the above chart most of these diseases were on the decline despite vaccines taking the credit over sanitation, nutrition, and antibiotics.

Dr. J



  1. #1 by Audrey on June 4, 2014 - 4:18 pm

    thanks Dr Jeff for the insight to the truth. It is about time the truth be told. People are so persuaded by the media and make bad choices for there children.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. #2 by midland on November 11, 2014 - 6:39 am

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  3. #3 by Elkg on January 14, 2015 - 4:16 pm

    Thank you for writing this!!! SOOOO many of my parent friends post things about the antivaccinators being stupid ignorant and negligent. It makes me so upset because I am doing the RIGHT thing for my kids by researching instead of listening to mainstreem media and by NOT vaccinating them. My daughter is 2 years old and hasnt had even a sniffle!!! 🙂 Thank you for providing my family with such awesome care and knowledge!!

    I would love to see more blog posts about healthy ways to raise your family WITHOUT vaccines.

    Thanks again! Love the blog!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. #4 by George on February 2, 2015 - 1:26 am

    you are right that sanitation, nutrition and antibiotics made a big difference, but you are wrong that vaccines have no role. I can tell you based on first hand experience that incidence of bacterial meningitis in children is macroscopically noticeably lower after the 1980s when hib, and later pcv and meningococcal vaccines were introduced. also, of the mortality and complications from measles, I trust that you have data to show the difference of vaccinated v. unvaccinated children. please, make it known to your readers. I do not know what your agenda is but it does not serve well the public in general and children in special. thank you.


    • #5 by Diverse Health Services on February 2, 2015 - 9:56 am

      Educating people is the agenda. There has not been a single randomized, controlled study of a vaccinated versus a non-vaccinated population.


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