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Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness

Narrated by: Madison Niederhauser
Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Medicine
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One doctor’s surprising answer to the epidemic of autoimmunity and chronic disease. 

Over the past 50 years, rates of autoimmunity and chronic disease have exploded: Currently, one in two-and-a-half American children has an allergy; one in 11 has asthma; one in 13 has severe food allergies; and one in 36 has autism. While some attribute this rise to increased awareness and diagnosis, Thomas Cowan, MD, argues for a direct causal relationship to a corresponding increase in the number of vaccines American children typically receive - approximately 70 vaccine doses by age 18. The goal of these vaccines is precisely what we’re now seeing in such abundance among our chronically ill children: the provocation of immune response. 

Dr. Cowan looks at emerging evidence that certain childhood illnesses are actually protective of disease later in life; examines the role of fever, the gut, and cellular fluid in immune health; argues that vaccination is an ineffective (and harmful) attempt to shortcut a complex immune response; and asserts that the medical establishment has engaged in an authoritarian argument that robs parents of informed consent. His ultimate question, from the point of view of a doctor who has decades of experience treating countless children, is what we are really doing to children when we vaccinate them.

©2018 Thomas Cowan (P)2018 Chelsea Green Publishing

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Really great book!

I learnt a great deal from this book.
If your a mother, father, physician, alternative health practitioner, somebody with a autoimmune condition or struggling with health issues. I believe this book is well worth investigating. Really detailed descriptions on the immune system responses, toxins, vaccines, infectious illness, food/ diet advice and great treatment suggestions! Thank you Dr Cowan!

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Lots of valuable information

I loved this book. Well written and easy to listen to. lots of very valuable information. Highly recommended.

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  • johnny_vindaloo
  • 06-01-2020

Wow

I thought Dr. Cowan was brave to write his book on cancer, but this one goes to the heart of the current medical and political establishments far more so. Congratulations must also be given to Chelsea Green for publishing a book like this, and for publishing Dr. Cowan’s other work. This is not something to be taken lightly. In the age of Google censoring natural health information online, a return to books might be our only source of information in the future.

A wonderful book, full of eye-opening perspectives on health and history. Well documented.

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  • John Bartemus
  • 06-06-2019

Excellent book on how immunity really works

Dr Cowan did an excellent job of communicating how the immune system truly develops and results in healthy immunity against infectious disease. This process does not require or need to include vaccinations. And it is not uncommon for vaccinations to interfere with this process and result in chronic disease.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-11-2018

Fresh insight into vaccination debate.

Fresh insight into vaccination debate. I never stop learning and being amazed about non flexibility and stiffness of official medicine.

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  • A. Patel
  • 24-01-2019

Loved

Loved this book which I felt was less an assault on vaccines per se and more a recommendation on how to view and live life. Narration was a bit too quick.

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  • Ines Katharina Kinchen
  • 30-11-2018

A must!

Everyone ought to listen to this book.
(It’s also nice to have the printed version as well...)

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  • Russell
  • 10-11-2018

Profound!!!

Revolutionary book that simplistically turns the Modern Western Medical Model on its head! A must read for anyone slightly interested in wellness, especially of children. Incredibly insightful and spared from hyperbole; Dr. Cowan brilliantly and concisely depicts a paradigm shift in both cellular biology and the human immune system.

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  • Mama Fluff
  • 18-10-2018

Very informative

I learned a lot more than I expected to. Every parent should read this book not only for their children,but also for themselves.

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  • Michael
  • 18-09-2018

Needed Understanding!

This has been the best book so far for me to understand this recent class of illnes, why the US is plagued with them, and what can be done to change things.

Great writing style!

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  • Ilona Dragon
  • 23-02-2020

Very informative

I really appreciate this book for it’s simple informative content. Easy to listen to and understand. Very needed in today’s world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-2020

A parents must read

Some very complicated concepts made more understandable in this book. Wish I'd read this sooner. I also wish more doctors would be this honest about their experiences and/or findings with vaccines, childhood diseases, and infections. It's a shame doctors like Dr. Cowan are practically an endangered species. I just hope this reaches enough parents, doctors, and scientists to make a difference in our children's future.

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  • 19-03-2019

Excellent, intelligent book on this subject

Excellent book with information about the immune system and suggested treatment options for those living with autoimmune disorders. Highly educational and consistently interesting.