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Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness

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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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Informative and practical

More great insights from Dr Cowan with practical tips and advice on how to live a healthier life. Highly recommended!

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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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  • SJ
  • 24-01-2020

Hear both sides

Over the past few years I have become more and more disillusioned about the reality of vaccines and their role in man-made diseases. I spent a great deal of time reading the peer reviewed research on both sides but wanted more discussion from the scientists and doctors themselves. So I downloaded to books to listen to: “Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism” by Dr Peter Hotez, and this book “Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness” by Dr Thomas Cowan. Both are recognized pedestrians and both are on opposing sides of the vaccine debate. Dr Hotez, who by all definitions is an expert in vaccines and how they work, provides little to no explanation of how they work with the immune system and engages his readers/listeners as though they are too uneducated, and even too stupid, to comprehend the intricate process by which the body and vaccines work. In contrast, Dr Cowan not explains in detail how these processes work, but also explains what led to the misconceptions that are now pervasive in western medicine. Dr Cowan seeks to empower his audience with knowledge and support, whereas Dr Hotez chose to insult his listeners and spend nearly his entire time ridiculing parents and professors who are exposing the truth about vaccines and the injuries they cause. I challenge anyone to listen to both of these books and come to your own conclusions.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-05-2020

Contradicts self

I was impressed by his book about the heart, but In this one... the contradictions are ver difficult to swallow. He states that infections are good to train your immune system but that is exactly what immunizations do. He states there is no elevation of immunoglobulin in asthma, but immunoglobulin E can be elevated in asthma and allergies. He mentioned Coley's toxins were good, but diphtheria vaccine does the same thing. Sorry, I can not recommend this book

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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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  • Rad
  • 02-10-2020

Well written

This is a good point of view on the subject discussed in this book. Well written and a lot of informations of which are people not aware of. Highly recommend this piece

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  • Aisling C.
  • 01-09-2020

Excellent well rounded and informative

Fantastic insight into vaccines, links to automatimmunity and non medical ways to combat these disease. Dr. Cowan is a rare voice of reason and truth on this subject who speaks from real life experience and learning. Highly recommended to anyone educating themselves on vaccines for children.

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  • ray fincle
  • 15-06-2020

Pseudoscience

Take everything said in this book with a pinch of salt. verify everything to the nth degree.

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  • Mia
  • 26-04-2020

great book

an eye opening book, with so much detailed explanation. if you are curious about autoimmunity and vaccines and even a little about nutrition you must read/ listen to this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-04-2020

Excellent

This gave me an incredible insight into the history of vaccines. Along with other books and additional research, everything that was discussed resonates with what I have been researching elsewhere.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-04-2020

Best audible listen yet

Very interesting work. Worth a listen! a difficult subject well handled. I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in being informed about human health.

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  • Joanna
  • 07-03-2020

Great book, a new take on immune system and diseas

I would highly recommend this book to any parent, person with cancer or autoimmune disease.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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.