Dr. David Brownstein, M.D
Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

Tags: vaccination | immune system | chickenpox
OPINION

Less Exposure, Worse Immunity

David Brownstein, M.D. By Wednesday, 06 January 2016 04:56 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

There is no question that the younger generation of children suffer more immune system disorders — including autoimmune conditions and cancer — than their grandparents or great-grandparents did.

Could this be the result of less exposure to childhood illnesses that are usually self-limited, illnesses like chickenpox? I fear the answer is yes.

Common childhood illnesses, though no fun for parent or kids, do serve a purpose. They help to stimulate the immune system.

Likewise, common colds stimulate the immune system. Lack of immune system stimulation can lead to severe immune system problems like autoimmune disorders and cancer. I can’t tell you how many young patients with cancer report that they never suffer with a cold virus.

That’s one of the reasons I think vaccinating against chickenpox is a bad policy — because it removes a common childhood illness that stimulates and strengthens the immune system.

I fear this generation of children, almost all of whom received chickenpox vaccinations (along with far too many other vaccinations), will suffer from more autoimmune and other immune system disorders at younger and younger ages.

In addition, I fear this state of affairs will lead this generation to have a poorer overall health than previous generations.

I hope I’m wrong about this. But what I’ve seen confirms my fears.
 

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I fear this generation of children, almost all of whom received chickenpox vaccinations, will suffer from more autoimmune and other immune system disorders at younger and younger ages.
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