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Smallpox Advisory

condensed from release of

Sherri Tenpenny, DO

July 7, 2002--The press has done its job over the last few months reinforcing the belief That an epidemic is about to occur, potentially causing millions of deaths. Americans thousands of miles from Washington will demand the smallpox vaccine, a vaccine with the highest risk of complications of any vaccine ever manufactured and with a dubious track record for success.

However, because you are informed, you will have a different response. You will not panic. You will turn off the TV. You won't listen to your hysterical neighbors. And more importantly, you won't rush to be vaccinated. Here's why:

On June 20, 2002, I attended the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) meeting of the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) and listened to one and a half days of testimony prior to posting the recommendations for smallpox vaccination that are currently being considered by the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS.) Many testimonies and comments were presented by public participants and by various physicians and researchers associated with the CDC. Noting that two weeks have passed since the June meeting and the media has still not reported on this historic event, I decided it was imperative to report the content and outcome of this meeting to the general public. After reading this report you will gain a new perspective on smallpox and, hopefully, in the event of an outbreak, you will understand that you have nothing to fear.

Generally accepted facts
Nearly every article or news headliner regarding smallpox is designed to instill and continually reinforce fear in the minds of the general public. Apparently the goal is to make everyone demand the vaccine as soon as it is available and/or in the event of an outbreak. A very similar media campaign was developed prior to the release of the Salk polio vaccine in 1955. The polio vaccine had been in development for more than a year prior to its release and was an untested "investigational new drug," just as the smallpox vaccine will be. The difference is that the potential side effects and complications of the smallpox vaccine are already known, and they are extensive.
Generally accepted smallpox facts include:
1. Smallpox is highly contagious and could spread rapidly, killing millions
2. Smallpox can be spread by casual contact with an infected person
3. The death rate from smallpox is thought to be 30%.
4. There is no treatment for smallpox
5. The smallpox vaccine will protect a
person from getting the disease 


                        As it turns out, these "accepted facts" are not the "real facts."

Myth 1: Smallpox is highly contagious
"Smallpox has a slow transmission and is not highly contagious," stated Joel Kuritsky, MD, director of the National Immunization Program and Early Smallpox Response and Planning at the CDC. The infection has an incubation period of 3 to 17 days,[i
] and the first symptom will be the development of a high fever (>101 F), accompanied by nausea, vomiting, headache, severe abdominal cramping and low back pain. The person will be ill and most likely bed-ridden; not out mixing with the general public.  The disease is not contagious until after the rash develops within 2 to 4 days.

ACTION ITEM: In the event of an exposure, it is imperative that you do everything you can to improve the functioning of your immune system so that an "exposure" does not have to result in an "outbreak."
a. Stop eating all foods that contain refined white sugar products, since sugar inhibits the functioning of your white blood cells, your first line of defense.
b. Start taking large doses of Vitamin C. Vitamin C has been proven in hundreds of studies to be effective in protecting the body from viral infections, including smallpox

Myth 2: Smallpox is easily spread by casual contact with an infected person
Smallpox will not rapidly disseminate throughout the community. Even after the development of the rash, the infection is slow to spread. The infection is spread by droplet contamination and coughing or sneezing are not generally part of the infection.  With a slow transmission rate and an informed public, Dr Tom Mack of U. of Southern California) estimated that the total number of smallpox cases in America would be less than 10, a far cry from the millions postulated by the press.  Mass vaccination was halted in third world countries because it didn't work even in populations with an 88% vaccination rate.

Myth #3: The death rate from smallpox is 30%  Dr Mack estimated it to be 10-15% among populations with a disproportionate number of more vulnerable children. Peter Havens, MD, of Medical College of Wisconsin estimated mortality might be as low as 2-3% with modern medical treatment.

Myth #4: There is no treatment for smallpox A more accurate statement is "there are no pharmaceutical drugs for the treatment for smallpox." But there are 274 antiviral drug compounds and testing is underway to see if one can be useful in the treatment of smallpox. Medical technology could indeed decrease the death rate, COMMENT: The treatment of choice for severe free-radical stress is high dose intravenous Vitamin C. If conventional medicine would recognize the value of this treatment, they would also be forced to realize mass vaccination is not necessary.

Myth #5: The vaccine will keep me from getting the infection What most people do not know is that vaccines have never been proven to protect them from getting the infection.

1-Smallpox is NOT highly contagious. You have time. Don't panic.
2-Smallpox is only spread by close contact of less than 6 feet for at least 6-7 days. You aren't that close to coworkers or commuters.
3-Treatment for smallpox should be surveillance and containment, without vaccination.
4-Smallpox is not highly fatal. There are treatments for smallpox.
5-The vaccine will not protect you from getting the infection. The vaccine has high complication rates, is an experimental drug and there are many contraindications. (Please see article at

We are setting the stage for a health disaster unlike anything we have seen before in America, and it will be our own doing. World health records (England, Germany, Italy, the Philippines, British India, etc.) document that devastating epidemics followed mass vaccination. The worst smallpox disaster occurred in the Philippines after a 10 year compulsory US program administered 25 million vaccinations to its population of 10 million resulting in 170,000 cases and more than 75,000 deaths from 'smallpox', in a country having only scattered cases in rural villages prior to the onslaught of vaccines.[xv]


[i] JAMA, June 9, 1999; Vol. 281, No. 22, p 3132
[ii]Bernstein J et al. Depression of lymphocyte transformation following oral glucose ingestion. Am. J. of Clin. Nut. 1977;30:613
[iii] MurataA. Virucidal Activity of Vitamin C: Vitamin C for Prevention and Treatment of Viral Diseases. Proceedings of the First Intersectional Congress of Microbiological Societies, Science Council of Japan3:432-442. 1975.
[iv] KliglerIJ, Bernkopf H. Inactivation of Vaccinia Virus by Ascorbic Acid and Glutathione. Nature, vol. 139:pp.965-966. 1937
[v] Am. J.Epid. 1971; 91:316-326.
[vi] JAMA, June 9, 1999; Vol. 281, No. 22, p 2130
[vii] Leduc, James and Jahrling, Peter B. Strengthening National Preparedness for Smallpox: an Update. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Jan-Feb 2001, Vol. 7., No. 1
[viii]Highfield, Roger. New drug could conquer smallpox, 3-21-02.
[ix] Datafrom Rao, 1972, quoted in Fenner Table 1.2
Blumgarten, A.S.
"A Textbook of Medicine" for nursing students. 1927.
[xi] MMWR July 12, 1996/45(RR11); p. 12
[xii] MMWR March 28, 1997/Vol.46/No. RR-7, pg. 4
[xiii] JAMA, ibid. p 2131
[xv]Physician William Howard Hay's address of June 25, 1937; printed in the Congressional Record.

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