Book Reviews by IAS members

Investigate before You Vaccinate, S.K. Claridge

Reviewed by Debora Anderson

Investigate before You Vaccination is a well researched and informative book which will be useful for parents wanting to make an informed decision on the issue of vaccinations. It is also a very useful reference for health practitioners and anybody else wanting to learn more about childhood diseases, the efficacy of vaccines and their impact on thee immune system. Vaccine safety is well discussed with data from adverse reaction monitoring centres in New Zealand and overseas.

Investigate Before You Vaccinate follows a logical format for quick reference. Chapters include the history of vaccines, the immune system, vaccine manufacture and efficacy, vaccine safety and big business. Informed consent and data about unvaccinated children being healthier is also presented. There are several more titles to follow in the series with books on individual diseases, etc.

Investigate Before You Vaccinate is particularly relevant to New Zealand parents wanting to make the difficult decision of whether or not to vaccinate their child.


Boost Your Child’s Immune System, Harriet Griffey

Reviewed by Debora Anderson

Boost Your Child’s Immune System is a very useful book for parents wanting a non-confrontational read about vaccinations, how to look after sick children and how to take care of your child’s immune system. Harriet Griffey has been a paediatric nurse (U.K.) and provides a very practical and informative guide.

The first half of Boost Your Child’s Immune System informs us about childhood diseases and vaccinations. The next section is about nutrition and lifestyle which is short but information, e.g. she recommends apricots, avocados, bean sprouts and much more, and why they are so nutritional.

The third section provides information on alternative therapies, from homeopathy to acupressure to Toga. There is lots to do and choose from. I have a copy of Boost Your Child’s Immune System myself and have found it a great resource (albeit pro-vaccination!).


The Sanctity of Human Blood: Vaccination is not Immunization, Tim O’Shea

Reviewed by Karin Martin

This book is an excellent starting point for those wanting to find out more about the immunisation/vaccination issue. It is thought-provoking and the author presents his case simply and clearly, yet manages to provide a wealth of information.
The book is actually an excerpted chapter from a larger work, entitled “alternative to Annihilation: Considerations for Human Survival to Y3K”. The larger work would also make interesting reading. Tim O’Shea has researched Ritalin, antibiotics and HRT, as well as vaccination, so he was open to the possibility of mass disinformation, but he was not prepared for the extent of systematic underreporting, nor for the sheer amount of information opposing vaccination, which is there but so difficult to find unless you know where and how to look.

The main thrust of this book is that human blood is sacrosanct. Nature has gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure that the external environment doesn’t come into contact with the blood except through the lungs, skin and digestive tract, and by injecting foreign substances into the body, we are bypassing those protections and promoting death.

He says, “the condition of a child’s blood determines the quality of an immune system that has to last a lifetime. The blood is the medium in which the cells of the body are bathed, from birth till death.” He proposes that” “Before we put anything into that bloodstream, we should be quite sure we know everything possible about the substance. Is that asking too much”?

For such a small book, a lot is covered from natural versus artificial immunity, through formaldehyde, mercury and aluminium, antibodies, disease decline and infectious diseases to SIDS and AIDS. Although the information each topic is not in depth, it provides an excellent starting point, and there is a huge list of references at the back, including web sites, for those who want to further their own research. The book ends with a real poster of a question” “If those in power… were faced with a choice between the health of our children and the $30 billion, which would they choose?

The Sanctity of Human Blood is the perfect book for those who want or need information about the vaccination issue, but who don’t have time for reading. It is easy to read, gets straight to the point and makes the reader think.


The Medical Mafia, Guylaine Lanctot

Reviewed by Carolyn Marshall

If you are open to the idea that conspiracies really do happen in real life, then this book will be hard to put down. The author, Guylaine Lantot, is a medical doctor who obviously became very disillusioned with conventional medicine and swung to the holistic end of the medical spectrum. She goes for the jugular of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

I have little doubt that what she claims is true, after all, the Rockefellers, the family she refers to as being behind the actions of the WHO, are no strangers to me. I first heard about their ‘goings on’ 15 years ago when I attended a talk about the worldwide trend towards a cashless society (international money control). The Rockefeller name was splattered all over it. It seems that wherever there is some evil occurring in the world, the Rockefeller name eventually surfaces. If there is big, big, money involved, they’ll be there, guaranteed. According to my recent studies, they had a major hand in the demise of the US Homeopathic Society last century, only to be secretly retaining a homeopathic physician for their own needs. This was after their involvement in the pharmaceutical industry. Remember that some of the safest shares in the sharemarket are pharmaceutical shares. I heard recently that the majority of the Mafia’s finances are tied up with these ‘safe’ shares, so you see this book is very appropriately titled.

As soon as the Rockefeller name surface in this book, I knew Lanctot was on to something. After having read the book, I was relieved to hear that she had not mysteriously died or disappeared. She was, in fact, taken to task and endured a lengthy legal assault of the Quebec College of Physicians and Surgeons. Fortunately she won and lived on; able to write another book about the ordeal, titled “The Trial of the Medical Mafia”.

The vaccination chapter clearly spells out that worldwide mass vaccination has nothing to do with “world health” unless one includes selective population control as being part of WHO’s job description – under the auspices of vaccination, Lanctot views it more as genocide! Really that is the only way to sum up the vaccination chapter.

Even if members borrowed the book and read only that chapter, I think it would be well worth their while. This woman has immense courage and I swear, she must have a guardian angel watching over her, as she must feel like a thorn in the medical industry’s side.


The Poisoned Needle, by Eleanor McBean

Reviewed by Michelle Meades

This book was written in 1957, right in the middle of the mass polio hysteria and I must say it’s fascinating reading. The first half of the book is dedicated to smallpox, the real explanation of how vaccination was first introduced and the mass murder that followed it. You do have to have a fairly strong stomach for this, not only because of the appalling way the general public were (and are) treated, but because there are some rather disturbing photos of the suffering that went on thanks to the smallpox vaccine.

I found this book a real eye opener. I knew that vaccination had little to do with the eradication of smallpox, but I had no idea of the amount of death and destruction that went with the mass smallpox vaccination. When my family came to New Zealand from the UK in 1975, my mother, father and sister received the smallpox vaccine. Luckily for my brother and myself, we missed out because we both had eczema and this was a contraindication of the smallpox vaccine. My mother suffered debilitating impetigo a few weeks after we arrived in NZ. It was so bad that her legs swelled and she had to use sticks to walk. Seven years later, she was diagnosed with a fatal tumour in her abdomen, which eventually killed her three years later, after enormous suffering. After reading this book and finding out that impetigo was a side effect from smallpox vaccine, I have no doubt that it was the vaccine that was responsible for my mother’s eventual death at the young age of 48.

The Second section of the book is dedicated to polio vaccine, mainly the Salk vaccine and how this also caused the major outbreaks of paralytic polio in the 50′s.

What amazes me the most about “The Poisoned Needle” is that it is so familiar. There have always been organisations like the IAS and there have always been concerned parents, doctors breaking ranks at the risk of them being struck off or, in a lot of cases, imprisoned. Also the truth about real health and immunity through good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle has always been known but, due to the lack of profit in it, it has been vehemently ignored by the medical associations.
All in all, a well worthwhile and education read.


Vaccination: a parent’s dilemma, by Greg Beattie

Reviewed by Alice Verheijden

Greg Beattie, father of seven children, founded the Vaccination Information Network Queensland Inc in 1994. In 1996 he participated in a formal hearing of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission over the banning of his children from childcare. The presiding Commissioner described him as having “almost encyclopaedic knowledge of the literature”., His expert witness at the hearing was Viera Scheibner.

This is a fantastic book for those who are confused about the vaccination issue. It is informative and very easy to read. Part one talks about the different diseases, the vaccines, together with graphs. Part two describes in detail the hearing he was involved in.

My high recommendation.


The Fourth Horseman: a short history of epidemics, plagues, famines and other scourges, by Andrew Nikiforuk

Reviewed by Carolyn Marshall

Nikiforuk’s almost poetic style of historical reporting makes this book very captivating reading. Despite the doom and gloom that surrounds his chosen topics, a work that could have been dismal has been clearly written and well researched.

The Fourth Horseman, referred to in the Book of Revelations, is used as an explanation for the nature of epidemics in shaping human history. This book gives an enlightening account of how mankind is but a product of past epidemics. Human societies over the ages have provided “strong provocation to send germs on a killing spree” and have always started the process of devastation themselves. This still occurs today, with “crowded cities, polluted waters, burning forests and the deteriorating atmosphere”.

Each chapter gives the reader a very picturesque blow by blow account of how man’s worldwide behaviour has unwittingly invited such “beasts, germs and the super organism” to help shape our nations as we know them today. Despite ‘modern medicine’ and the powerful drug companies believing that they can control disease by the mass application of vaccinations and immune-weakening antibiotics, the super organism will continue to show that it will always be present, to help trim the over demanding and overfull world population.

This book is captivating reading and should give the conscious reader more food for thought and remind him or her of the possible consequences of our modern-day living.


Primal Health, by Michel Odent

Reviewed by Peter Mancer

I first became aware of Michel Odent when I read his letter in the medical journal “The Lancet” in which he described the results of a study that he did. The study found that asthma occurred in vaccinated children at a much higher rate than in unvaccinated children. His results also agreed both with those of the 1992 IAS survey and the Christchurch Health and Development Study. So when I came across one of his books I was keen to read it.

“Vogue” said of the book “a revolutionary new book… that challenges all our assumptions about health’. I can agree with their comments. Odent explains how the immune system is affected by the nervous system and the brain and, because of this, your state of mind and your environment. The first (primal) stages of life, he believes, have a profound effect on the development of the immune system and the individual. He challenges the modern medical paradigm and the flaws of modern medical treatment. He also covers natural childbirth, our modern lifestyle, and instincts and their effects on health.

The book is written in a style that is easy to understand and includes a glossary of terms and a bibliography for further reading. I recommend this book to those who want to find out more about health. I found it encouraging, informative and though provoking.

Primal Health is unfortunately no longer in print, but may be available in libraries and second hand bookshops.


Anti-stress Nutrition Program to improve Mood, Health, Behaviour and Learning, by Brenda Sampson

Reviewed by Brenda Williams

Brenda Sampson is the founder of the Allergy and Hyperactivity/ADD Association in Wellington and wrote this book to offer an insight into behavioural and emotional problems in children and adults, and ways of identifying and resolving these unhappy conditions.

This book takes the reader through the process of understanding allergies and the terrible effects that food additives and certain foods themselves can have on the natural functions of the body. It explains how you can find out what food is causing an allergic reaction by a simple ‘pulse test’ which you can perform yourself.

Brenda goes on to explain the Feingold Nutrition Program which has helped to bring relief to many a stressed household and create happy memories for future years rather than memories of sadness and frustration.

Halfway through the book there are several pages of recipes which offer some tasty ideas for healthy eating and some alternatives which get you thinking and helpfully acting upon.

Conception, pregnancy and birth are also covered and how to avoid allergy and colic in babies.

I found this book very educational a ‘must read’ for anyone who suffers from ill health, attention deficit, or bad behaviour, or who just wants to learn about the dangers of food and its additives and effects on our health and well-being.

Another book recommended by the author is “The Eat Right Diet – what you eat depends on your blood group” by Peter D’Adamo.


Vaccines: are they really safe and effective? A parent’s guide to the childhood shots, by Neil Z. Miller

Reviewed by Carolyn Marshall

Neil Miller is a research journalist and natural heath advocate. In this excellent 79-page book, Miller has made no bones about the research. His statements are based on scientific literature and are referenced.

He takes the reader through the mandatory vaccines of the USA in a brief but very informative manner. A chapter entitled “More vaccines” also includes a mention of a new ‘acellular’ pertussis vaccine, as opposed to the whole cell pertussis vaccine. This could be of particular interest to parents questioning the New Zealand Health Department’s recent offer of “the new acellular pertussis vaccine” (A vaccine supposedly safer than its free predecessor, available for babies whose parents are willing to pay for it.)

Miller goes on to talk about possible long term effects of vaccines and the links between vaccines and AIDS, as researched by scientists – giving the reader more food for thought.

The chapter “Reporting Vaccine Reactions” makes very emotional reading – bound to stir any parents’ feelings. And finally, he summarises with a brief review and recommendation – “… to substantiate all the references in this book and to research this topic even further if questions still remain.”

I highly recommend to members to at least read this book.


‘Callous Disregard’ by Andrew J. Wakefield

By Angela Lewis

I was keen to read this book to find out Andrew’s side of the story regarding the MMR vaccine causing autism debate.From the media you generally hear the myths about how the results of the studythat was published in The Lancet in 1998 was funded by the Legal Aid Board, how children were “sourced” by lawyers to sue vaccine manufacturers, and so on. There has been so much written about Andrew,and the study itself, that it is hard for people to know the actual truth.

In the book, Andrew explains what he went through before the publication, how the children were referred to him, how he declared his previous involvement in MMR litigation and funding. He explain show the study was conducted and what the results were, right through to the longest-ever General Medical Council enquiry instigated by a freelance journalist. Andrew goes through every allegation and false statement made about him and the study, and makes it clear to the reader that these are false and he has been open and honest about everything.His findings, that all 12 children suffered from gastrointestinal problems and regressed in behaviour and speech after receiving the MMR vaccine, were published in the hopes that it would be a warning that the vaccine was not safe. Sadly this was not the case and in the end it is the children who suffer.

Every parent should read this book so they can fully understand what the study uncovered and only then can they truly make an informed choice about the MMR vaccine.

“Do not judge me too harshly Dr. Wakefield, but when I die I am taking my son with me. You see, I’m all he has. I’m the only one who loves him.” – A mother’s plea in 1997