by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
Somehow there is a strange phenomenon of various “natural”, “new age”, “natural health”, and “anti-science” movements leaking into or aligning with Orthodox Judaism, particularly ultra-orthodox Judaism.
At first glance this seems weird. It is a religious and cultural part of orthodox Judaism to spend a significant amount of time in study and critical analysis, in understanding the Torah, Talmud, Code of Jewish Law, and generations of rabbinical writings. Even mystical studies, kabbalah, Zohar, and Chassidus are (usually) organized into very functional structures with logic, patterns and rules. Thinking, analysis, patterns and logic are required for understanding.
Yes, Judaism has faith and belief, but it also has and in some ways is heavily weighted towards G-dly logic and patterns.
Yet somehow much of that is thrown out the window when certain forms of faith medicine come along (such as homeopathic, which may have a strong and real placebo affect but never passes any double-blind study of effectiveness) or faith science comes along. Even some well known rabbis have jumped on the bandwagon of such, throwing all logic and critical analysis out the window.
We all have probably heard about a strong anti-vaccine movement. And there’s a good reason for this… vaccines HURT people… a very very small number of people – but they do hurt some people. BUT HERE IS WHAT THE ANTI-VACCINE PEOPLE MISS:
** ABOUT 1/2 the time people get sick, it’s a VIRUS.
** There are NO medicines that cure a virus!
** MILLIONS of children suffered from the virus diseases we vaccinate against, and as many as 1 in 10 DIED from these diseases! Others were rendered DEAF, BLIND, CRIPPLED, or STERILE!
So why are people against vaccines?
… It’s not healthy to inject a child with a disease. Given that it protects the child against the disease, yes it is!
… Vaccines have other ingredients (to stabilize and preserve), and this could cause a reaction. Well yes, but a very small risk to prevent death or disability.
… It’s all a scam to make drug companies rich. Actually all the major drug companies STOPPED making vaccines, no profit. Today there are vaccine shortages if the 1 or 2 companies left that make them have a problem or shut down for an upgrade.
Many modern cities have rat control programs, yet we rarely see rats – so why continue? Why? We don’t have a rat problem BECAUSE we have control programs!
Modern cities in very mosquito heavy areas (such as Florida) have mosquito control spraying programs, to keep the mosquitos at a livable level. Which is why mosquitos in Florida cities, while bothersome, are not at swamp levels!
And the reason you’ve never met anyone paralyzed by Polio, or who lost a child to Measles, is BECAUSE of vaccine programs.
Yet, 1 in 100,000 people who gets vaccinated may have a reaction, and 1 in 10,000,000 may die. OR we could lose 1 in 10 children to these horrible diseases.
“In 1900 in some U.S. cities, up to 30% of infants died before reaching their first birthday.” (CDC)
“In 1900-1902, more than 12 percent of infants in the Western Europe died before reaching age 1, and more than 18 percent died before their fifth” (Nat. Bur. Economic Research)
GOT IT NOW??? No vaccines, no antibiotics, no modern food preservatives, chemicals and sanitation,
30% of children DEAD by their 5th birthday!
In the US, out of 80,000,000 children vaccinated over 20 years, with an average of 12 vaccines per child, that’s 960,000,000 vaccines, 14,000 vaccine injury claims were filed.
That’s something line 0.00001%.
“But I haven’t seen anyone die of measles or polio.”
Don’t vaccinate for a while and you will.