Dr Robert Mendelsohn, M.D. Quotes

“One grandmother is worth two M.D.s.” —Robert Mendelsohn, M.D.

“The greatest threat of childhood diseases lies in the dangerous and ineffectual efforts made to prevent them through mass immunization…..There is no convincing scientific evidence that mass inoculations can be credited with eliminating any childhood disease.”–Dr Robert Mendelsohn, M.D.

“Despite the tendency of doctors to call modern medicine an ‘inexact science’, it is more accurate to say there is practically no science in modern medicine at all. Almost everything doctors do is based on a conjecture, a guess, a clinical impression, a whim, a hope, a wish, an opinion or a belief. In short, everything they do is based on anything but solid scientific evidence. Thus, medicine is not a science at all, but a belief system. Beliefs are held by every religion, including the Religion of Modern Medicine.” Robert Mendelsohn MD Preface by Hans Ruesch to 1000 Doctors (and many more) Against Vivisection

“Today your child has about as much chance of contracting diphtheria as he does of being bitten by a cobra.”–Dr Robert Mendelsohn MD

“Robert Mendelsohn had a rule: “You never hear about the dangers of a drug unless another drug to replace it is available.”–Ted Koren DC

“Modern Medicine would rather you die using its remedies than live by using what physicians call quackery”.–Dr Robert Mendelsohn, M.D.

“With the polio vaccine we are witnessing a rerun of the medical reluctance to abandon the smallpox vaccination, which remained as the only source of smallpox-related deaths for three decades after the disease had disappeared. Think of it! For thirty years kids died from smallpox vaccinations even though no longer threatened by the disease.”—-Dr Robert Mendelsohn, M.D.

“The pediatrician’s wanton prescription of powerful drugs indoctrinates children from birth with the philosophy of ‘a pill for every ill’.”… “Doctors are directly responsible for hooking millions of people on prescription drugs. They are also indirectly responsible for the plight of millions more who turn to illegal drugs because they were taught at an early age that drugs can cure anything – including psychological and emotional conditions – that ails them. ” – Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D., How to Raise a Healthy Child…In Spite of Your Doctor.

“Being a skeptical soul, I have always believed that the most reliable way to determine what people really believe is to observe what they do, not what they say. If the greatest threat of rubella is not to children, but to the fetus yet unborn, pregnant women should be protected against rubella by making certain that their obstetricians won’t give them the disease. Yet, in a California survey reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, more than 90 percent of the obstetrician-gynecologists refused to be vaccinated. If doctors themselves are afraid of the vaccine, why on earth should the law require that you and other parents allow them to administer it to your kids?”–Dr Mendelsohn MD

“Doctors maintain that the (MMR) inoculation is necessary to prevent measles encephalitis, which they say occurs about once in 1,000 cases. After decades of experience with measles, I question this statistic, and so do many other pediatricians. The incidence of 1/1,000 may be accurate for children who live in conditions of poverty and malnutrition, but in the middle-and upper-income brackets, if one excludes simple sleepiness from the measles itself, the incidence of true encephalitis is probably more like 1/10,000 or 1/100,000.”——Dr Mendelsohn

“I would consider the risks associated with measles vaccination unacceptable even if there were convincing evidence that the vaccine works. There isn’t. While there has been a decline in the incidence of the disease, it began long before the vaccine was introduced. In 1958 there were about 800,000 cases of measles in the United States, but by 1962-the year before a vaccine appeared-the number of cases had dropped by 300,000. During the next four years, while children were being vaccinated with an ineffective and now abandoned “killed virus” vaccine, the number of cases dropped another 300,000. In 1900 there were 13.3 measles deaths per 100,000 population. By 1955, before the first measles shot, the death rate had declined 97.7 percent to only 0.03 deaths per 100,000.”–Dr Mendelsohn MD

“There are significant risks associated with every immunization and numerous contraindictions that may make it dangerous for the shots to be given to your child….There is growing suspicion that immunization against relatively harmless childhood diseases may be responsible for the dramatic increase in autoimmune diseases since mass inoculations were introduced. These are fearful diseases such as cancer, leukemia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, lupus erthematosus, and the Guillain-Barre syndrome.” Dr Mendelsohn, M.D.

“Did you know that the whooping cough germ, Bacillus pertussis, when injected into animals, has long been known to lead to the secretion of insulin? In 1979, at the Fourth International Symposium on Pertussis, held in Bethesda, Maryland, it was shown that this same result occurs in those who have received pertussis vaccine. In their publication, “Adverse Reactions after Pertussis Vaccination,” Drs. W. Hennessen and U. Quast suggest, “It seemed of interest to examine these reactions in comparison with the hypoglycemia syndrome.. . .There was a close relation between the two.’ If your child has juvenile diabetes (a disease characterized by wide swings in blood sugar levels), ask your doctor if he has ever heard of this effect of whooping cough vaccine. Maybe it’s time to investigate whether the pertussis vaccine has anything to do with the rapidly rising number of people with juvenile diabetes, adult diabetes, and hypoglycemic all disorders of insulin metabolism.”—Dr Mendelsohn MD (the Peoples Doctor Vol 6 No10)

“Study after study has demonstrated that many women immunized against rubella as children lack evidence of immunity in blood tests given during their adolescent years. Other tests have shown a high vaccine failure rate in children given rubella, measles, and mumps shots, either separately or in combined form.”—Dr Mendelsohn

“Because routine immunizations that bring parents back for repeated office calls are the bread and butter of their specialty, pediatricians continue to defend them to the death. The question parents should be asking is: ‘Whose death?’” —–Robert Mendelsohn, MD

“For a pediatrician to attack what has become the “bread and butter” of pediatric practice is equivalent to a priest denying the infallibility of the pope.——-Dr Robert Mendelsohn, M.D.

“I’m reminded of a debate the famous pediatrician Robert Mendelsohn, MD had with a psychiatrist. The panelist asked them about the Family Bed (everyone sleeping together). “It’s a terrible idea,” said the psychiatrist. “I’d never sleep with my children. It fosters dependency, it confuses them sexually, it’s just plain wrong.” The moderator asked if Dr. Mendelsohn would care to respond. “I agree with the psychiatrist,” said Dr. Mendelsohn. “Psychiatrists should not sleep with their children. But for everyone else, it’s just wonderful. I gives infants the warmth and security they seek. It enhances emotional health and it brings the family closer.”–Ted Koren DC

Medical students are further softened up by being maliciously fatigued. The way to weaken a person’s will in order to mold him to suit your purposes is to make him work hard, especially at night, and never give him a chance to recover. You teach the rat to race. The result is a person too weak to resist the most debilitating instrument medical school uses on its students: fear.
If I had to characterize doctors, I would say their major psychological attribute is fear. They have a drive to achieve security-plus that’s never satisfied because of all the fear that’s drummed into them in medical school: fear of failure, fear of missing a diagnosis, fear of malpractice, fear of remarks by their peers, fear that they’ll have to find honest work. There was a movie some time ago that opened with a marathon dance contest. After a certain length of time all the contestants were eliminated except one. Everybody had to fail except the winner. That’s what medical school has become. Since everybody can’t win, everybody suffers from a loss of self-esteem. Everybody comes out of medical school feeling bad.
Doctors are given one reward for swallowing the fear pill so willingly and for sacrificing the healing instincts and human emotions that might help their practice: arrogance. To hide their fear, they’re taught to adopt the authoritarian attitude and demeanor of their professors. Confessions of a Medical Heretic

“Doctors turn out to be dishonest, corrupt, unethical, sick, poorly educated, and downright stupid more often than the rest of society. When I meet a doctor, I generally figure I’m meeting a person who is narrowminded, prejudiced, and fairly incapable of reasoning and deliberation. Few of the doctors I meet prove my prediction wrong.”

“The admission tests and policies of medical schools virtually guarantee that the students who get in will make poor doctors. The quantitative tests, the Medical College Admission Test, and the reliance on grade point averages funnel through a certain type of personality who is unable and unwilling to communicate with people.” “Medical school does its best to turn smart students stupid, honest students corrupt and healthy students sick. It isn’t very hard to turn a smart student into a stupid one. First of all, the admissions people make sure the professors will get weak-willed, authority-abiding students to work on. Then they give them a curriculum that is absolutely meaningless as far as healing or health are concerned.”

“I don’t advise anyone who has no symptoms to go to the doctor for a physical examination. For people with symptoms, it’s not such a good idea, either. The entire diagnostic procedure — from the moment you enter the office to the moment you leave clutching a prescription or a referral appointment — is a seldom useful ritual.”

“Almost every stage of obstetrical procedure in the hospital is part of the mechanism that enables the doctor to create his own pathology.”

“The door to the doctor’s office ought to bear a surgeon general’s warning that routine physical examinations are dangerous to your health. Why? Because doctors do not see themselves as guardians of health, and they have learned precious little about how to assure it. Instead, they are latter-day Don Quixotes, battling sometimes real but too often imaginary diseases. The disastrous difference is that doctors are not tilting at windmills. Rather, it is people who are damaged by their insistent search for dubious diseases to conquer.”

“The greatest threat of childhood diseases lies in the dangerous and ineffectual efforts made to prevent them through mass immunization…..There is no convincing scientific evidence that mass inoculations can be credited with eliminating any childhood disease.”

What does a Catholic do when he decides that his priests are no good? Sometimes he directly challenges them, but very seldom. He just leaves the Church. And that’s my answer. Leave the Church of Modern Medicine. I see a lot of people doing that today. I see a lot of people going to chiropractors, for example, who wouldn’t have been caught dead in a chiropractor’s office a few years ago. Confessions of a Medical Heretic

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Dr Robert Mendelsohn, M.D.

Dr Robert Mendelsohn, M.D.
Vaccine Critics

Dr Robert Mendelsohn received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Chicago in 1951.  For 12 years he was an instructor at Northwest University Medical College, and an additional 12 years served as Associtae Professor of Pediatrics and Community Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

He was also President of the National Health Federation, former National Director of Project Head Starts Medical Consultation Service, and Chairman of the Medical Licensing Comittee of the State of Illinois.

He appeared on over 500 television and radio talk shows, and is the author of Confessions of a Medical Heretic, Male Practice: How Doctors Manipulate Women, and How To Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor

Quotes

Publications
CONFESSIONS OF A MEDICAL HERETIC By Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D. chapter 7
The Devil’s Priests
The Medical Time Bomb of Immunisation Against Disease by Dr Robert Mendelsohn MD
Rubella vaccine linked to Epstein-Barr Virus—Dr Mendelsohn MD (1987)
Tetanus Vaccination by Dr Mendelsohn MD
Flu vaccination–Dr Mendelsohn MD
Rabies vaccine by Dr Mendelsohn MD
Bottle feeding & breast feeding
Foreword by Robert S. Mendelsohn, MD to Slaughter of the Innocent, 1982, by Hans Ruesch
Foreword to Why Suffer by Anne Wigmore

[1982] Male Practice: How Doctors Manipulate Women, ISBN 0809257211
[1987] How To Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor, NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company, ISBN 0809249952
Chapter headings include: Parents & Grandparents are wiser than doctors, How Doctors Can Make Healthy Kids Sick, Protecting Your Children before They Are Born, Fever: your Body’s Defense against Disease, Asthma & Allergies: Try Diet Not Drugs, Immunisation Against Disease: A medical Timebomb, Hospitals: Where Patients Go to Get Sick!
[1991] Confessions of a Medical Heretic, ISBN 0809277263
External links
NaturalChild.com – ‘The Child Who Never Sits Still’, Robert Mendelsohn, MD

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Natural Deaths to Infants Excluding SIDS

Fact Sheet

There were 23,094 natural deaths of children under the age of one in the United States in 2000, excluding SIDS. More than two-thirds of these babies die within the first 28 days of life. Most of these babies are born prematurely (before 37 weeks gestation) and/or are born with a low birth-weight (under five pounds). Prematurity and low birth weight are the greatest predictors of infant mortality.

While vast improvements have been made in treating premature infants, preventing pre-term low birth weight babies is still a great challenge. The rate of pre-term birth has increased 17% in the U.S. since the 1980’s, and the rate of low birth weight has risen 10%. For reasons not fully understood, these problems take a disproportionate toll on black Americans. Nationally, black mothers are twice as likely to give birth pre-term as white mothers.

There are still many gaps in our understanding of why some women go into labor well ahead of schedule. It is believed that cigarette smoking, disorders that raise blood pressure, prior pre-term birth and certain pregnancy complications increase the risk of prematurity. Other significant risks include genital tract infections, stress, anxiety, depression and other psychological factors. Adequate prenatal care is an effective intervention that improves pregnancy outcomes. Early access to quality pre-natal care, including health promotion, risk assessment and appropriate interventions can prevent both pre-term births and ensure that babies are born at normal birth weights.

  • Major Risk Factors
  • Prior pre-term delivery.
  • Previous infant or fetal loss.
  • Adequacy of prenatal care (early entry, missed appointments).
  • Medical conditions of the mother.
  • Maternal age (under 20, over 35)
  • Infections, including sexually transmitted
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Poor nutritional status
  • Obesity
  • Short inter-pregnancy interval
  • Poverty.
  • Substance, alcohol and tobacco use.
  • Stressors and lack of social support.
  • Less than 12th grade education.
  • Unintended unplanned pregnancy.
  • Unmarried or lack of male involvement in pregnancy.
  • Physical and emotional abuse of mother.

Records Needed for Case Review

  • Birth records
  • Pediatric records for well and sick visits
  • Death certificates
  • Prenatal care records
  • Hospital birth records
  • Emergency Department records
  • Any support services utilized, including WIC and Family Planning
  • Police reports
  • Prior CPS reports on caregivers
  • Maternal Home Interview, if available

Resources

  • Advocating for Folic Acid: A Guide for Professionals
  • International Society for the Study and Prevention of Infant Deaths
  • March of Dimes
  • National Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Program
  • Tips on Reviewing Perinatal and Neonatal Deaths: Powerpoint Presentation

Prevention

  • Ensure that all women have available preconception care and counseling and prenatal care that is acceptable, accessible, appropriate and available.
  • Ensure that all women have postpartum care options available that include contraception, pregnancy planning, and preconception care.
  • Improve local provider knowledge of pre-conception health care issues.
  • Improve emergency response and transport systems.
  • Foster maternal and infant support services to improve the social/psychological environment for women and families at risk.
  • Encourage the comprehensive assessment of risks due to sexually transmitted infection, substance abuse including alcohol, smoking, domestic violence, depression, social support, housing, employment, transportation, etc. by all local providers and perhaps as a local hospital delivery policy.
  • Develop and distribute community resource directories to make consumers and providers aware of where to go for help and services.
  • Provide mentoring, support, outreach, and advocacy at the community level utilizing paraprofessionals, indigenous health workers, and faith-based initiatives.
  • Develop systems to provide transportation and childcare to women seeking prenatal care.
  • Coordination of care between programs and parts of the health care system.
  • Forums to raise awareness of consumers, providers, and policy makers of infant mortality issues.
  • Local community/business/health care partnerships to broaden the number of stakeholders.
  • Enhanced community education to include unplanned/unwanted pregnancy prevention, including teen pregnancy prevention services and early detection of signs and symptoms of pre-term labor.
Resource: National Center for Child Death Review Policy and Practice
c/o Michigan Public Health Institute, Keeping Kids Alive, Fact Sheet, 2009, http://www.childdeathreview.org/causesNNS.htm

Overlay (Suffocation)

Child deaths due to suffocation result when the child is in a place or position where he or she is unable to breathe. In 2000, there were 1,580 suffocations, including 842 unintentional deaths, 568 suicides, 107 homicides and 63 deaths of undetermined manner in the United States.

Most of the unintentional suffocations are caused by:

  • Overlay: a person who is sleeping with a child rolls onto the child and unintentionally smothers the child.
  • Positional asphyxia: a child’s face becomes trapped in soft bedding or wedged in a small space such as between a mattress and a wall or between couch cushions.
  • Covering of face or chest: an object covers a child’s face or compresses the chest, such as plastic bags, heavy blankets or furniture.
  • Choking: a child chokes on an object such as a piece of food or small toy.
  • Confinement: a child is trapped in an airtight place such as an unused refrigerator or toy chest.
  • Strangulation: a rope, cords, hands or other objects strangle a child.

The majority of these suffocations happen to infants while they are in unsafe sleeping environments. These infants suffocate when another person lays over them or when they smother in bedding or furniture. This is the fourth leading type of accidental death for all children, following motor vehicle crashes, fires and drowning. Infants who suffocate often have no clinical findings at autopsy. It is only through a comprehensive scene investigation that unintentional suffocation can be distinguished from SIDS or intentional suffocations (homicides). Yet, even with complete investigations, a large number of suffocation deaths are still reported as manner undetermined, further highlighting the difficulty investigators have in determining how the infants died.

Overlay deaths are most often caused when an infant sleeps with adults or older siblings (bed-sharing). Bedding deaths occur when infants sleep with too much bedding or when they sleep in beds other than cribs. They suffocate because the bedding is usually too bulky or soft for infants. Hazardous sleeping surfaces include waterbeds, couches, large pillows, or soft or heavy comforters.

Researchers from the CPSC and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development are now reporting that infants sleeping in adult beds are 20 times more likely to suffocate than infants who sleep alone in cribs. Some proponents of bed- sharing argue that it promotes breastfeeding. However, researchers have shown that many of the benefits received from bed-sharing can be derived from the practice of having the infant sleep on a separate, firm surface, but in the same room with the mother. The majority of infants suffocate when another person lays over them or when they smother in bedding or furniture. For choking and strangulation deaths, toddlers and preschoolers are at highest risk. Because they are active, they be-come entangled in cords and gain access to small objects. Food and uninflated balloons remain the number one and two choking hazards, again usually for toddlers. Product safety improvements including rigorous scrutiny and recalls by the CPSC on toys with choking hazards, removal of draws rings from children’s clothing and safety cord hangers for window blinds have reduced the number of these types of suffocations in recent years.

Major Risk Factors

  • Infants sharing sleep surfaces with other persons.
  • Unsafe infant bedding: may include couches, waterbeds, poor-fitting crib mattresses, infant beds filled with clutter, heavy or numerous blankets and soft mattresses.
  • Easy access by infants and toddlers to small objects, balloons and toys with small parts.
  • Easy access by infants and toddlers to cords and ropes.
  • Toy chests without safety latches and heavy furniture not secured to floors or walls.
  • Place where child was sleeping or playing.
  • Position of child when found.
  • Type of bedding, blankets and other objects near child.
  • Faulty design of cribs, beds or other hazards.
  • Number of and ages of persons sleeping with child.
  • Obesity, fatigue, or drug or alcohol use by persons supervising or sleeping with child.
  • Quality of supervision at time of death.
  • Child’s ability to gain access to objects causing choking or confinement.
  • If hanging, child’s developmental age consistent with activity causing strangulation.
  • Family’s ability to provide safe sleep or play environment for child.
  • Prior child deaths or repeated reports of apnea episodes by caregiver.
  • Records Needed for Case Review
  • Autopsy reports
  • Scene investigation reports and photos
  • Interviews with family members
  • Day Care Licensing investigative reports, if occurred in day care setting
  • EMS run reports
  • Emergency Department reports
  • Prior CPS history on child, caregivers and person supervising child at time of death
  • Child’s health history
  • Criminal background checks on person supervising child at time of death
  • Reports of home visits from public health or other services
  • Any information on prior deaths of children in family
  • Any information on prior reports that child had difficulty breathing
  • Downloaded information from apnea monitors

Resources

Prevention

  • Education at childbirth classes and in hospitals to expectant and new parents on safe infant sleep environments.
  • In-hospital assessments by nurses with parents to assess babies’ sleep environments.
  • Culturally competent public education campaigns and coordination with the “Back to Sleep” campaign.
  • Crib distribution programs for needy families.
  • Education to professionals on risks of infant suffocation.
  • Notification to CPSC and continued product safety recalls on choking and strangulation hazards.
  • Licensing requirements for daycare providers on safe sleep environments and infant sleep positions.
Resource:
National Center for Child Death Review Policy and Practice
c/o Michigan Public Health Institute, Keeping Kids Alive, Fact Sheet, 2009, http://www.childdeathreview.org/causesSUF.htm