Lickety-Lick for Pox

You’ve probably heard about the “chickenpox lollipops” already since it has been all over the internet and in the news. But in cased you missed it I am gonna tell you about it. Have you heard of “pox parties?” You know, where parents bring their kids to the home of a child who has the chickenpox hoping their child contracts the virus and gets it over with? Well apparently, there are a few moms who are buying and sending lollipops infected with the varicella virus (chickenpox), and having their own children suck on them. They are hoping to infect their children and have them gain natural immunity from the virus rather than vaccinate. This is highly unlikely to happen because the virus is normally transmitted by inhalation.

I am in no way condoning sending infected lollipops with chickenpox or any virus-this is utterly ridiculous, irresponsible, and downright disgusting. Although, I will say that when I was young our pediatrician encouraged chickenpox parties so that we didn’t go into adulthood without acquiring immunity. The disease was much milder and had very rare complications associated with it when contracted in childhood. This was before the vaccine was available and before the CDC mandated it for every child in the US.

Historically, chickenpox has not been viewed as a dangerous disease, but rather a rite of passage. So when a vaccine became available in 1995, many parents, and even some doctors, didn’t feel that it was necessary. The UK still does not recommend routine vaccination for chickenpox. As more states required the vaccine for children to go to school, parents desperate to avoid “yet another vaccine” started to seek out the disease for their children, intentionally exposing them to chickenpox.

Many experts believe that by vaccinating against chickenpox, we will be seeing an increase in cases of shingles in individuals. “Shingles” can have many more adverse side effects and complications later in life.

“By trying to prevent all children from experiencing chickenpox naturally, this policy may have actually created a NEW epidemic—not in children but in adults, especially elderly adults.

Vaccinating children for chickenpox may very well be causing a shingles epidemic.”

The Birth of an Epidemic

“Now, 15 years into the mass use of chickenpox vaccine, there are signs a shingles epidemic is underway.

This is not surprising when you consider that the mechanism keeping shingles largely at bay has been drastically reduced, if not eliminated because older children and adults are no longer coming into contact with younger children experiencing chickenpox and there is less and less natural “boosting” of immunity occurring in our population.

The natural “herd” immunity to chickenpox among Americans is being lost and we are becoming vaccine dependent. PLUS a shingles epidemic is taking shape.

Research done by Gary S. Goldman, Ph.D. who served for eight years as a Research Analyst with the Varicella Active Surveillance Project in Los Angeles County with funding from the CDC, revealed higher rates of shingles in Americans since the government’s 1995 recommendation that all children receive chickenpox vaccine.

According to an article describing his work:

“Dr. Goldman’s findings have corroborated other independent researchers who estimate that if chickenpox were to be nearly eradicated by vaccination, the higher number of shingles cases could continue in the U.S. for up to 50 years; and that while death rates from chickenpox are already very low, any deaths prevented by vaccination will be offset by deaths from increasing shingles disease. 

Goldman was so concerned about an epidemic of shingles that he has co-written a book on the matter, entitled The Chickenpox Vaccine: A New Epidemic of Disease and Corruption.

Dr. Goldman isn’t the only one who is concerned about a potential shingles epidemic.

A team at Britain’s Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS) found that adults living with children enjoy higher levels of protection from shingles. They stated that, although chickenpox can be life threatening for the immune compromised, thousands of elderly people could also die from the complications of shingles. PHLS called for a re-evaluation of the policy of mass chickenpox vaccination in the U.S., as well as other countries implementing this practice.

For decades, shingles was thought to increase with age as older individuals’ immune systems weakened. However, research suggests this phenomenon is more a result of the fact that older people receive fewer natural boosts to immunity as their contacts with young children decline.

In fact, the effectiveness of the chickenpox vaccine itself depends on natural boosting, so as chickenpox disease rates decline, so will the effectiveness of the vaccine.”

Are These Predictions Coming True?


The incidence of adult shingles has increased by 90 percent from 1998 to 2003, following the release of the chickenpox vaccine for mass use. Shingles results in three times as many deaths and five times as many hospitalizations as chickenpox, and accounts for 75 percent of all medical costs associated with the varicella zoster virus.

Even children are beginning to come down with shingles, as evidenced by school nurse reports since 2000, which was one of the concerns prompting Dr. Goldman to warn the CDC that it may be bringing about a shingles epidemic.

Prior to chickenpox vaccination, shingles was seen only in adults.

All evidence points to the fact that we have traded a relatively mild illness (chickenpox), which does NOT involve complications for 99.9 percent of healthy children, for a more serious illness in our elderly (shingles) that has the potential for compromising the health of an entire population.

Another peer-reviewed article by Dr. Goldman presents a cost-benefit analysis of the chickenpox vaccination program, with disturbing findings. Chickenpox vaccine would have to be universally used for at least 50 years to demonstrate a cost benefit, due to the substantial additional medical cost of a shingles epidemic. This is CLEARLY not worth it, when chickenpox disease presented such minimal risk to society in the first place!

What do you think was the CDC’s answer to a potential shingles epidemic, when presented with Goldman’s findings?

Another vaccine—of course.

Merck – the pharmaceutical giant that makes the chickenpox vaccine – rides in on their white horse with the very answer the CDC was hoping for: A shingles vaccine! Yes, shingles vaccine was developed by the same manufacturer who markets and is the sole source of chickenpox vaccine in America.

What an incredible profit-making scheme – the same drug company that profits from mass, mandatory use of the chicken pox vaccine also profits from sales of a shingles vaccine in a market created by the chickenpox vaccine!”

The bottom line-

Do not intentionally send viruses in the mail. Do not lick your envelope or stamp if you are sick.

dr. lisa