The Real Measles Outbreak

Measles is a mild and mostly harmless condition that leaves a stronger, healthier child in its wake. Most adults born before 1965 got measles naturally and have lifelong immunity, a stronger immune system and protection from cancer, heart disease and other conditions as a result (more on that below). Serious problems from natural measles are very, very rare. In modern times the medical profession and individual MDs have never seen measles as anything to worry about.

This measles outbreak does not pose … any risk to a healthy child.
–Jay Gordon, MD, former UCLA Medical Center pediatrician
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The measles outbreak that never was

In the first half of 2019, out of a population of 327 million, under 1,000 cases of measles were reported in the US, many in fully vaccinated children. There were a few dozen cases in Washington, a few score in New Jersey, a few score in New York and a few in Oregon. There were no deaths. The media/medical hysteria is completely unfounded and ignoring reality; the measles vaccine is far more dangerous and deadly than natural measles.

The real epidemic: Vaccine-Associated Rash Illness (VARI)

Natural measles is not a big deal. Your kid has some spots, a fever and gets a few days off from school. Many thousands more children are sickened from the measles shot.

The MMR vaccine makes thousands ill every year

Thousands of children are brought to the emergency room every year with high fever, seizures and rash after getting a measles shot. This is called VARI (vaccine-associated rash illness). This vaccine disease is not a mild condition. Why isn’t the media telling us this? Why isn’t the medical profession informing us? After all, it’s reported in their professional journals:

Surges in MMR administration and heightened community awareness during a measles outbreak can result in a large number of VARI, consuming considerable public health resources. When evaluating the need to suspect measles among patients with febrile rash, clinicians should consider time since MMR administration, clinical presentation, and history of measles exposure.
Martin K, Mody R, Desilva M et al. Sorting the wheat from the chaff: vaccine-associated rash illness occurring amidst a large measles outbreak—Minnesota, 2017. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2017 Fall;4(Suppl 1):S736-737. Published online 2017 Oct 4.

During measles outbreaks, it is important to be able to rapidly distinguish between measles cases and vaccine reactions….
Roy F, Mendoza L, Hiebert J et al. Rapid identification of measles virus vaccine genotype by real-time PCR. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 2017;55(3):735-743. Retrieved from

Seven to ten days after a first dose of a measles-containing vaccine … children have elevated fever risk which can be associated with febrile seizures.
Klein NP, Lewis E, McDonald J et al. Risk factors and familial clustering for fever 7-10 days after the first dose of measles vaccines. Vaccine. 2017 Mar 14;35(12):1615-1621.

Emergency room visits

VARI can be serious. In one study researchers found that one out of every 168 babies are brought to the emergency room within two weeks of a measles shot.

There are significantly elevated risks of primarily emergency room visits approximately one to two weeks following 12- and 18-month vaccination.
Wilson K, Hawken S, Kwong JD et al. Adverse events following 12- and 18-month vaccinations: a population-based, self-controlled case series analysis. PLOS One. December 12, 2011. Retrieved from


How many children are we talking about? Approximately 5% who are given the MMR shot experience “rash and fever which may be indistinguishable from measles.”

Low-grade fever occurs in 5% to 15% of children and are usually on the seventh day post vaccination. Mild rash occurs in 5% and usually starts 7 to 10 days after vaccination and lasts 2 days. Serious adverse events, such as febrile seizures or anaphylaxis, occur in approximately 5.3 per 100,000 vaccinees.
Berggren KL, Tharp M, Boyer KM. 2005. Vaccine-associated “wild-type” measles. Pediatr Dermatol. 2005;22(2):130-132. Retrieved from doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1470.2005.22208.x.

Five percent of the approximately 900,000 children given MMR shots each year is 45,000. That is 45,000 who will get sick with “measles-like symptoms.” In addition to fevers and seizures the vaccine itself increases the risk of autism, allergies, asthma and other chronic illnesses—why isn’t that considered a national emergency?
Text of May 5th 2008 email from US HRSA to Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News. Retrieved from

The number of people getting measles from the measles vaccine dwarves the number of children having natural measles. The benefits of children having natural measles have lifelong protection and a stronger immune system whereas the “benefits” of the measles shot, apart from VARI includes risk, death, autism, brain damage or chronic illness.

What are the real numbers?

Because of underreporting by MDs, we don’t know the real number of children getting measles after the shot because doctors rarely report vaccine injuries—as few as one in 100 are reported.

Only about 1% of serious events are reported to the FDA….
Kessler DA. Introducing MEDWatch: A new approach to reporting medication and device adverse effects and product problems. JAMA. June 2 1993;269(21):2765-2768.

Is it 45,000? 100,000, 250,000? More? How many have seizures? How many get brain damage? Because of underreporting we don’t know the real numbers.

MMR reactions

The U.S. government has a system to collect vaccine damage data—the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). Even with all the underreporting it has so far received 93,179 reports of measles vaccine reactions that includes 459 related deaths, 6,936 hospitalizations and 1,748 related disabilities. Over 50% of those adverse events occurred in children three years old and under (as of November 2018).

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Merck & Co., the manufacturer of the MMR, acknowledges the serious reactions, including death after vaccination in their product insert that is required by law.
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Measles inclusion body encephalitis (MIBE), pneumonitis and death as a direct consequence of disseminated measles vaccine virus infection have been reported in immunocompromised individuals inadvertently vaccinated with measles-containing vaccine.

How do you know if your child is immunocompromised at the moment they are given the shot? Vaccination is truly a shot in the dark. If your child’s immune system is compromised they risk serious illness including death from the vaccine. However, if your child’s immune system is working well, you don’t need to worry about measles, mumps or chicken pox—they are benign, mild conditions.

Either way, one should avoid the measles shot

It is impossible for a stress on a body to either cause death (or severe injury) or nothing. There is always a spectrum from barely noticeable injury to severe injury; if a substance can kill, it can damage in many varied ways. It is therefore no surprise that the following have been reported after MMR injection:

  • low-grade fever
  • skin rash, itching, hives, swelling, reddening of skin
  • weakness
  • seizures
  • severe headaches
  • double vision
  • vomiting
  • joint pain
  • pain in the digestive system
  • brain inflammation (encephalitis)
  • encephalopathy (brain damage)
  • panniculitis (inflammation of the fat layer under the skin)
  • vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels)
  • pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • diabetes mellitus
  • thrombocytopenia purpura (blood disorder; may cause brain bleeding)
  • leukocytosis (high white blood cell count)
  • anaphylaxis (shock)

But wait, there’s more …

  • bronchial spasms
  • arthritis and arthralgia (joint pain)
  • myalgia (muscle pain)
  • polyneuritis (inflammation of several nerves simultaneously)
  • lupus (autoimmune connective tissue disorder)
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome (“French polio”)
  • encephalitis
  • aseptic meningitis (inflamed lining of the brain, polio-like symptoms)
  • deafness
  • cardiomyopathy (heart muscle damage)
  • collapse/shock; convulsions
  • ataxia (loss of coordination)
  • paresthesia (numbness, tingling, burning, and odd nerve sensations)
  • transverse myelitis (inflammation of the spinal cord; incurable)
  • acute disseminated encephalomyelitis [ADEM] (inflammation of the brain and spinal cord; incurable)
  • erythema multiforme (skin disorder from an allergic reaction or infection)
  • urticarial rash (hives, itching from an allergic reaction); measles-like rash
  • burning/stinging at the injection site
  • nerve deafness; otitis media (ear infection)
  • retinitis (retina inflammation); optic neuritis (optic nerve inflammation)
  • conjunctivitis
  • epididymitis (inflammation of the epididymis)
  • death

measles vaccine insertU.S. Food & Drug Administration package insert: Measles, Mumps and Rubella Virus Vaccine Live. Retrieved from
Demicheli V, Rivetti A et al. (Review) Vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella in children. The Cochrane Library 2012, Issue 2. Retrieved from
Institute of Medicine Committee to Review Adverse Effects of Vaccines. Adverse effects of vaccines: evidence and causality. (Evaluating biological mechanisms for adverse events: increased susceptibility). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. 2012.

All the above to avoid a mild, benign condition—a few days of spots and slight fever that gives permanent immunity and protection against cancer?

The cost of MMR vaccination

With the above in mind please remember that no one knows the full human cost of vaccination associated with the MMR shot.

Why blame the non-vaccinated?

The irony of this should be clear to everyone. Each time a measles outbreak occurs, it’s always blamed on the non-vaccinated even though a large number of those who get measles are fully vaccinated. Yet a portion of those who become sick actually could be sickened by the vaccine-strain measles virus due to viral shedding. The recently vaccinated actually spread the measles virus throughout the population.

Measles comes and goes irrespective of vaccination

Childhood diseases run in cycles no matter what the vaccination rates:

Every 2-3 years, there is an upsurge of measles irrespective of vaccination compliance.
Robertson SE, Markowitz LE, Dini EF, Orenstein WA. 1992. A million-dollar measles outbreak: epidemiology, risk factors, and selective revaccination strategy. Publ Health Reports. 1992;197(1):24-31. Retrieved from

A real measles outbreak (1959)

Let history guide us as we look at a 1959 UK and Wales measles outbreak. This occurred nine years before the measles vaccine was on the market.

In the first three weeks of this year about 41,000 cases of measles were recorded in England and Wales. This is well above the corresponding figures of the last two yearsnamely, about 9,000 in 1958 and 28,000 in 1957though it is below the highest levels reached in the last nine years…. These writers agree that measles is nowadays normally a mild infection…
Vital statistics. Measles reports from general practitioners. British Medical Journal. Feb 7 1959;380-383. Retrieved from

Measles reports from general practitioners

Below are comments from GPs during the 1959 measles outbreak. There was no hysteria. Rather there was general agreement that measles was a mild condition.

No special features have been noted in this relatively mild epidemic … many mothers have remarked ‘how much good’ the attack has done their children, as they seem so much better after the measles.

Measles is considered as a relatively mild and inevitable childhood ailment that is best encountered any time from 3 to 7 years of age … there have been few serious complications at any age, and all children have made complete recoveries … even in young infants in whom the disease has not been found to be especially serious.

Why was there no hysteria in the UK? Was it because there was no measles shot to sell? Keep in mind that in 1959, with no measles shot, there were no autism, asthma, allergic, diabetes and immunological epidemics in England and Wales (and the US) as there are now.

Data from the UK’s General Practice Research Database shows that with each major change in the UK childhood vaccination program the rates of childhood autism have increased significantly.
British & Japanese data show vaccines cause autism. Posted February 8, 2010. Child Health Safety. Retrieved from

Over half got it from the vaccine

The dishonesty is rampant. In one study over half of the people in an outbreak were infected with measles from the vaccine, but the public health authorities ignored that fact and said: “most cases occurred in unimmunized individuals.” However, the opposite was true based on their own data. The fox is guarding the hen house and the media does not critically review medical papers.
Thomas S, Hiebert J, Gubbay JB et al. Measles outbreak with unique virus genotyping, Ontario, Canada, 2015. Emerg Infect Dis. 2017 Jul; 23(7):1063-1069. Retrieved from doi: 10.3201/eid2307.161145

Measles vaccination is unnecessary

Deaths from measles had almost completely disappeared before the vaccine came on the market. In the UK deaths had dropped 99.6%.
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Along with the decrease in measles, deaths from scarlet fever, typhoid, whooping cough and diphtheria decreased 99% before vaccination. By the way, there was no vaccine for scarlet fever. Ironically, the vaccines may have kept the diseases around due to “viral shedding.”
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death rates for measlesWhat caused the decrease? Clean water, sanitation, indoor toilets, hot and cold running water, less crowding and improved living conditions resulted in the decrease in mortality. measles deaths per 100,000

Measles vaccine deaths

Pediatricians continue to defend vaccination to the death. The question parents should be asking is, ‘Whose death?
Robert Mendelsohn, MD

The measles vaccine is far more dangerous than getting natural measles. For example, in a 10-year period no children died from the measles in the US but during that same period 108 children were reported to have died from the measles shot!
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Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, stated in 2017 that there have been no measles deaths in the US since 2003.
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The National Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) recorded 108 children died from the measles vaccine during a ten-year period.
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But MDs rarely report vaccine injuries so that number is probably much higher.

Diseases That Occur in The Vaccinated

Atypical measles

Atypical measles occurs only in the vaccinated and can be fatal. This bizarre form of measles was initially thought to occur only in those who received the killed measles vaccine, but several investigators have reported this illness in children who had been vaccinated only with the live measles vaccine.
Nichols EM. Atypical measles: a continuing problem. Am J Public Health. 1979;69(2):160-162. Retrieved from


The measles vaccination was first promoted to prevent subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), a rare complication of measles that is identical to autism: repetitive motions, more boys affected than girls and is 100% fatal.

But, rather than being eradicated due to vaccination the 2010 Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR) Guide for Drug Interactions lists SSPE as being caused by the MMR vaccination.
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Non-vaccinated community reports no measles

The Amish are a religious community that mostly shun vaccinations. They reported no measles between 1970 and 1987. However, the local highly‐vaccinated non-Amish communities continued to report epidemics every 2‐3 years. This is another example of measles circulating more amongst the vaccinated than the non-vaccinated.
Sutter RW, Markowitz LE, Bennetch JM, Morris W, Zell ER, Preblud SR. Measles among the Amish: a comparative study of measles severity in primary and secondary cases in households. J Infect Dis. 1991 Jan;163(1):12-16.

Diseases occur in fully vaccinated populations

Here is a small sampling of measles occurring in vaccinated populations. Rather than believe the vaccine is ineffective, the medical health departments suggest we vaccinate more.

Vaccine failure. Over 98% vaccinated in measles epidemic.
Hersh BS, Markowitz LE et al. A measles outbreak at a college with a prematriculation immunization requirement. Am J Public Health. 1991;81(3):360-364. Retrieved from

NY measles outbreak: 90% were vaccinated.
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A generation of sick children

Today one in six children has neurodevelopmental disorders, one in eleven has asthma, one in twelve has food allergies and one in 400 has diabetes. Let’s not forget autism, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, “processing disorders,” vision and hearing disorders, digestive disorders, immune system disorders and more. Because of the intense vaccination schedule in the US, it’s getting worse.

For how long will parents be denied the truth? They know their child. They even have videos of their child before and after the shot—it’s not the same child. Whatever shots are doing they are not preventing children from getting chronic illnesses; they are in fact causing chronic illness.

Vaccines cause autism

Here is one link citing 97 research papers connecting autism and vaccines. At the least one must conclude there is controversy so why not err on the side of caution?
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Vaccines interfere with transplacental immunity—girls should never be vaccinated

When little girls normally got measles and other childhood diseases they developed full immunity and passed that immunity to their unborn child. Their baby is born protected against measles and lots of other diseases from the protection the mother passes on during pregnancy through the placenta. This is referred to as transplacental immunity also known as passive immunity. Breastfeeding also permits the baby to obtain additional immune factors from the mother.

But because of vaccination mothers don’t have all the immune factors to give to their baby. That is why newborns and infants are susceptible to, and even dying from, measles. That was rare before vaccination.

Additionally, teenagers and adults are now coming down with “childhood” diseases because vaccination has altered the natural age of occurrence. At their later age these diseases are more dangerous and even fatal.
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The fact is that mass vaccination has actually resulted in an increased risk to infants and adults.

Vaccine ingredients are toxic

A major reason why vaccines are dangerous is because they are filled with toxic substances that are much more dangerous when injected (as opposed to ingested). These poisons present in one or more vaccines may include formaldehyde; mercury; aluminum (linked to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s); phenol (carbolic acid); borax (ant killer); ethylene glycol (antifreeze); dye; acetone (nail polish remover); latex; MSG (monosodium glutamate); glycerol; polysorbate 80/20; sorbitol; monkey, cow, chick, pig, sheep and dog tissues and cells; fragments of human fetal cells; antibiotics; genetically modified yeast; as well as animal, bacterial and viral DNA (may affect recipient’s DNA).

The vaccine schedule has not been tested

The Centers for Disease Control recommends 101 vaccines in multiple doses by the time a child is school age yet the safety of the entire vaccine schedule has not been studied:

While the government renews, licenses, and compels individual vaccines, it does not test – or require vaccine makers to test – the safety and efficacy of vaccines given simultaneously or the cumulative effects of multiple vaccines.
Tate A. The Greater Good (Chapter Ten). In L.K. Habakus & M. Holland (Eds.), Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children (p. 83). New York: Skyhorse Publishing. 2011. 

The benefits of measles and other childhood diseases

Lost in the argument about measles is the fact that infectious diseases of childhood—measles, mumps, chicken pox, etc.—are shown to be beneficial for the overall health of the child and society.

Contracting and overcoming childhood diseases are part of a developmental process that actually helps develop a healthy, robust, adult immune system able to meet the challenges that inevitable encounters with viruses and bacteria will present later on.
Coulter HL. Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality: The Medical Assault on the American Brain. Washington, DC: Center for Empirical Medicine. 1990.

Protection from cancer

The study consistently revealed a lower cancer risk for patients with a history of febrile infectious childhood diseases.
Albonico HU, Braker HU, Husler J. Febrile infectious childhood diseases in the history of cancer patients and matched controls. Medical Hypotheses. 1998;51(4):315-320.

The more childhood infections the greater the lifetime protection from genital, prostate, GI, skin, lung, or ENT cancer: one infection—20% reduction; three infections—60% reduction; four infections—76% reduction.

In 1977, British scientists studied the effects of childhood diseases in reducing ovarian cancer. They demonstrated that measles brought about a reduction of 53%, mumps 39%, and chicken pox 34%.
Newhouse M et al. A case-control study of carcinoma of the ovary. British Journal of Preventive and Social Medicine. 1977;31(3):148-153.

Protection from heart disease

Childhood diseases have been demonstrated to reduce coronary artery disease later in life.
Kubota Y et al. Association of measles and mumps with cardiovascular disease: The Japan Collaborative Cohort (JACC) study. Atherosclerosis. August 2015;241:682-686.

How many will die?

girl hurt by measles shotHow many children must die, be crippled physically and mentally and live lost lives to “protect” them from a mostly mild condition that comes and goes in a few days?

In our worship of technology when will we recognize our hubris and realize that we are not God? We do not know enough to justify mandating 101 vaccinations from birth, for every single child.
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How many adults (and children) will die or develop chronic illnesses such as cancer and heart disease because their bodies were injected with toxic chemicals and they were not permitted to have a healthy fever and detoxify on their own?

The end of autism

When we return to traditional healing wisdom that respects the body’s symptoms we will return to a time when autism, allergies, asthma, cancer, diabetes and other illnesses will be rare or non-existent.

Researchers, medical doctors and health educators need to remember our place in nature, acknowledge our limitations and learn some humility. In our foolish struggle to “conquer” disease to prevent our children from having a few days of measles, mumps or chicken pox, we have unleashed an epidemic of children who are permanently, chronically ill with allergies, asthma, autism, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, vision and hearing problems and mental/emotional illness. Every generation is sicker than its parents.

Clearly, children (and adults) would have far healthier lives if we had let their body go through fevers, diarrhea, childhood illness the way natured intended. Acute (temporary but dramatic) illness when properly managed leaves a healthier child, and adult, in its wake.

Let us work with the natural cycles of life recognizing that the wisdom that permeates nature is wiser than us all and not try to “improve” upon nature. If we do so we will have a healthier, happier generation. If we continue the way we are going, we will have few healthy children (and adults) left in today’s society. We will be a nation of patients—everybody will be on something.

Dr. Tedd Koren believes in making well-informed decisions and in an individual’s right to have the freedom of choice to do so given access to truthful information. He began studying the vaccination issue in 1991 while he and his wife, Beth, were awaiting the birth of their first child. He is the author of Childhood Vaccination: Questions All Parents Should Ask.

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Dr. Koren, originally from Brooklyn, NY, lives in Montgomery County, PA. A graduate of the U of Miami and Sherman College of Chiropractic, he writes, lectures and teaches in the US, Europe and Australia as well as takes care of patients and fights for healthcare freedom. Dr. Koren and his wife Beth have two children.


  1. Avatar Mike Greenberg on June 4, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Thank you for writing this article. It’s an enormous subject
    and with all the hysteria & big pharma financial influence,
    it is really difficult to determine the truth.

  2. Avatar Michael S. Evangel, DC on June 4, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    This is fantastic! It should be published on the front page of the New York Times!

  3. Avatar Sarah Davila on June 4, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Dear Dr. Koren,

    This is one of the most comprehensive and documented exposes of the truth about the MMR vaccine I have ever read! Can you make a handout of it that I can purchase in bulk? Warning people about the dangers of vaccines has been my mission for over ten years, and your information is one of the sources I have used in the past, when hardly any other sources were available. God bless you abundantly and protect you from all harm.

    Sarah Jean Butler Davila
    Grandmother and Anti-Vaccine Activist

  4. Avatar MaryAnn Ley, DC on June 4, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks for writing this. I will pass along -perhaps this information, if read in it’s entirety, can help those who just go along with the media and their doctor’s recommendations without even questioning. I’m so tired of this debate!

  5. Avatar Gerald L. Majer II, DC on June 4, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    I always enjoy reading your insights on these topics. Please keep the information coming as I share it with patients.
    Excellent research o this topic. Thanks.

  6. Avatar Ralph Fucetola JD on June 4, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Dear Dr. Koren,

    Thank you for this excellent exposition of measles myths!

    All current vaccines are illegal. When Congress adopted the 1986 Childhood Vaccine Injury Act it required that future vaccines be safer than existing vaccines and required an annual report to Congress detailing vaccine safety status. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. handled a FOIA case last year that proved no such reports have ever been submitted to Congress. We’ve filed a formal Citizens Petition with FDA demanding the suspension of all vaccine drug approvals until (and if) the law is obeyed. People can sign on the the Citizens Petition, and a supporting White House Petition, here:

  7. Avatar Phillip C. Ollis, DC on June 4, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    A great and informative article, Tedd – thank you! I have often wondered what kind of damage was inflicted on my body in my younger days. In addition to all the shots I received in infancy (1949), every time we went overseas (my dad was career Army), we would get a whole battery of shots. We went oversea three times (1952, 1956, 1966). And then, if that weren’t enough, when I enlisted in the Navy (1970), I went through yet another series of shots in boot camp. Now in my 70th year, I have not had a shot since my enlistment ended.

  8. Avatar Dr. John Unruh on June 4, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Thank you Dr. Tedd for the research and time you put in this article. Is it alright if I put this on my website/blog. Also I would like to email it to all my patients and do something on facebook with your permission? Thanks again for this work and KST.

  9. Avatar Dr. Susan Burger on June 5, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Thank you Tedd! This is an incredibly clear and concise summary. If parents, journalists, media, and pediatricians, could breathe, calm down, and read this slowly with an open mind this ship can be turned around.

  10. Avatar Bruce Goldsmith on June 5, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Fantastic as always Tedd.

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