Fooling Ourselves: On the Fundamental Value of Vaccines
 By Greg Beattie,

123 pp. with 153 footnotes in a quality paperback edition.

Living up to the promise of it's title, Fooling Ourselves reveals the fallacy of the cultural belief in vaccination of which most of the world is immersed. Beattie exposes the shaky ground upon which vaccines as a means of disease prevention rests by presenting the data showing large declines in infectious diseases that occurred before specific vaccines were applied, the rates of decline after vaccine application and the closely parallel rates of decline in diseases for which no vaccines were developed. Even the decline in meningitis associated deaths for Australia are shown graphically beginning in 1907. Here in the USA we must be content with estimates for Hib associated meningitis prior to 1991 when Hib became a reportable disease.

The most refreshing and original revisiting of the Germ Theory of disease in print thus far is in Chapter 5, Revisiting the Paradigm. Beattie illustrates quite succinctly why specific microbes cannot be equated to specific diseases., revealing that our bodies are teeming with microbes, 15 percent of them pathogenic, and yet most of us, especially if we have been spared the onslaught of vaccines recommended today, remain healthy. In short, Beattie cleverly puts to rest through sheer logic the shortcomings of the microbe = disease paradigm.

But one of the most valuable sections for American researchers is Chapter 7, The Peculiar Story of Polio, where we discover that the land down under had the same fate as the USA. The Salk and Sabin polio vaccine campaigns were given credit for the near eradication of polio. However, polio numbers declined due to redefining polio as a disease of non-vaccinated children while polio in vaccinated children is today called AFP (Acute Flaccid Paralysis).

Most readers will find Beattie's original graphs from official data sources the most valuable aspect of Fooling Ourselves. But for many of us who have freed our minds from the vaccine paradigm, we will want to get this book into the hands of anyone we encounter who is still locked into the belief that vaccines = disease prevention. Brilliantly crafted and well-documented, Fooling Ourselves proves to the world that the vaccine paradigm is not based on sound science.