Blossom the cow and Edward Jenner
by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB
The first question that will be asked of the author of this piece is: Who are you to have an opinion on vaccination, as you are not medically trained?
My answer is “I am somebody who has not lost her marbles.” Any marble-bearing person is entitled to have an opinion on any subject, and this subject is not so obscure that it would take four years of medical school to get on top of it.
I grew up believing vaccines were great, and for all I know they may sometimes accomplish good results. But it’s also true that they are harmful in many cases. It should be up to the public to decide whether it is desirable to use vaccines, given the pros and cons.
Australia has decided, without public debate, to cut back on welfare payments to families that refuse to vaccinate their children. It’s too bad the subject of vax is thus getting mixed up with the subject of money, or of “social class,” but don’t let that get in the way. We can discuss vax for any Australian.
Are Vaccines Dangerous?
My position on the subject is that vaccination of children is dangerous. In the present article I shall not discuss modern events, such as the epidemic of autism, or the aforementioned legislation-without-debate. I’ll cover only the old days, starting when vax made its debut in 1796.
So today we will talk about the period from 1796-1898, and in a later article I hope to discuss the vaccination protest movement of the early twentieth century. The reason I happened to get involved in the research is that, in 2011, I began researching the politics of cancer treatment.
This led to my book “Consider the Lilies: A Review of 18 Cures for Cancer and Their Legal Status.” It is a free download at maryWmaxwell.com. Gumshoe News has run articles based on this book here and here. Gumshoe also published my Letter to the Privy Council concerning a vax lawsuit in the UK.
Why Did Edward Jenner Introduce Vaccination?
The disease of smallpox is known to have been present since the Middle Ages.
The name smallpox apparently referred to a disease that was less damaging than the big pox, i.e., syphilis. Smallpox was fatal in some cases, but in many cases it only left pock-marked skin.
There was no known cure. (Antibiotics such as penicillin became available in the 1940s.)
Edward Jenner, a country doctor in England, is said to have had the idea that he could take a substance from cows and use it in humans to prevent smallpox. Normally one wouldn’t say that Disease A in animals is relevant to treating Disease B in animals, or humans, but that is what Jenner said.
He said that cows had a disease called “cowpox” and that it was the equivalent of “smallpox” in humans. I am inclined to think the cowpox of cows was cow syphilis. There is also the problem of whether Jenner was really using anything from a cow or whether he was a scammer.
Along Comes Charles Creighton
The human race was blessed with a particularly astute man in the medical profession in England named Charles Creighton, MD, a pathologist. Having lost his job at Cambridge University, he mostly lived in a cottage writing all day about the history of disease.
Creighton was asked to write the article on Vaccination for the 1875 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. He did so and was scathing about the activities of Edward Jenner. Although he had to be a bit circumspect in his language, I will spare you the circumspection and say what I believe Creighton meant.
First, I should mention the advent of “shots.” Western medicine did not have the practice of putting a sickly substance into a person in order to make them immune. The practice was used by people in the Turkish lands of the Ottoman Empire and was encouraged in England by Lady Mary Montagu, wife of the ambassador to Turkey. She died in 1762.
A Greek physician, Dr Timoni, had already described it in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. It was called inoculation. No needle was used. Rather, the arm of the sick person and the well person were each given a cut, and their blood was allowed to run together.
Jenner contributed the name Vaccination, from the Latin vacca, meaning cow. He supposedly drew out some of the lymph of the cow and injected it. His first injectee was James Phipps, the 8-year-old son of his gardener.
Creighton’s Two Accusations against Jenner
As with many things that I have discovered in the old literature, this one causes me amazement to think it is not better known. For starters, Creighton says (really he only implies) that Jenner won his membership in the Royal Society by an act of dishonesty.
To become one of the scientists admitted to the Royal Society you’d need a lifetime of impressive work or have made one major discovery. Jenner got in on the strength of having discovered how the cuckoo lays its eggs into the nest of another bird, thus getting free child-raising as it were.
Creighton thinks the discoverer was not Jenner. Rather, somebody high up arranged for Jenner to get the credit. (I note that Joseph Banks was president of the Royal Society at the time.) It’s also possible, though Creighton never hints this – I am hinting it – that Jenner was ‘promoted’ in order that his vax ideas would have authority.
The other accusation Creighton makes, although he makes it guardedly, is that the lymph that doctors used, per Jenner, was not entirely cricket. I’ll upgrade that to say it was a secret substance. Creighton tried to track it down from the distributor, Woodville, and never did succeed. Creighton wrote:
“Under the influence of theory, “vaccine” lymph has been got from two sources that have absolutely nothing to do with cowpox; and, oddly enough, the matter from these sources has been so managed [managed?] as to produce correct vesicles on the child’s arm. One source is the grease of the horse’s hocks and the other is smallpox itself.”
Come to think of it, maybe some of the stuff sold today is not what is written on the label. How would one know?
The Quick Uptake of Jennerian “Science”
After the first shot of 1796, only six years passed before US President Thomas Jefferson was pushing the smallpox vaccination, and before a doctor named Balmis, under the auspices of the Spanish government, went on an expedition with it. Also, vax soon became mandatory in Britain and some other nations. Pretty good, eh?
In 1802, Congress passed An Act To Encourage Vaccination. As there is no place in the Constitution to give the federal government a say in health, the encouragement consisted of such things as mandating that Post Offices transmit the material for free. That would make it look authoritative to the folks.
In 1803, the King of Spain sent the Balmis expedition to give a smallpox inoculation to every man, woman, and child in the Philippines and the Spanish colonies of South America. Such an undertaking for the good of indigenous people is just not believable. The purpose must have been a sinister one: to keep the populations powerless, by illness, against the European rulers.
In 1853, the UK made vaccination (against smallpox) compulsory for all children in their first 3 months of life by a medical practitioner. Parents who did not comply were liable to a fine or imprisonment. In 1867, it extended the age for vaccination compliance to 14.
(I got that from a website of Ministry of Ethics. Gov. UK. No kidding, there’s a ministry of ethics!)
Alfred Russel Wallace to the Rescue
Thank God for Royal Commissions. They may act as whitewashes, but anyone with the persistence to read them may discover gems. Alfred Russel Wallace, FRS, did.
He read all the reports that were sent to a Royal Commission on vaccination, which had been called because of public protest of the vax laws. He noted how the summary of the Commission’s work misrepresented the reports.
“I have put before [Parliament] the essential facts… I thus abundantly prove … that similar misstatements have characterised the whole official advocacy of Vaccination from the time of Jenner down to this day.”
I don’t mean to say Wallace was successful in getting the law changed. It’s just that his work, showing the chicanery “from the time of Jenner” – that is, one century earlier – is useful to us now.
I won’t repeat his findings here. You can find them in my “Lilies” book (see maryWmaxwell.com) and also at John Scudmore’s website whale.to, which is the source that led me to them.
My guess is that The Powers That Be (whom I am unable to identify) arranged for Edward Jenner to start vaccinating in 1796. They may also have got Lady Mary Montagu to bring the practice to the UK in the earlier 1700s — I don’t know.
I further guess that there was a worldwide push for the smallpox shot, for the purpose of causing disease rather than preventing it. There is good documentation that it often caused disease.
I mentioned two parliaments helping to push it. You may ask why they (US and UK) would do such a crazy thing. Probably low-level politicians never know or care what they legislate for – they obey their superiors.
I use the word “genocide” to imply an intention to kill people off, or at least make them sick. In a later article I will show how this worked after 1900, and is continuing apace.
— Mary W Maxwell lives in Adelaide. She is working on some fabulous old medical documents. She says “There are great times ahead if we can last that long.”