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International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine


2016 Final PDF

unique. And it’s not like Dr. Palevsky attended a little

known medical school without a good reputation. In 2015,

NYU Medical School was ranked 14th among the top

medical schools (research) in the United States.


Suzanne Humphries, MD, board-certified in

nephrology and family medicine,


echoes Dr. Palevsky’s

experience medical school:

Do you know how much doctors learn about vaccines

in medical school? When we participate in pediatrics

training, we learn that vaccines need to be given on

schedule. We learn that smallpox and polio were

eliminated by vaccines. We learn that there’s no need

to know how to treat diphtheria, because we won’t see

it again anyway. We are indoctrinated with the mantra

that ‘vaccines are safe and effective’—neither of which

is true. Doctors today are given extensive training on

how to talk to ‘hesitant’ parents—how to frighten them

by vastly inflating the risks during natural infection.

They are trained on the necessity of twisting parents’

arms to conform, or fire them from their

practices. Doctors are trained that nothing bad should

be said about any vaccine, period.


Dr. Humphries received her medical degree from Temple

University School of Medicine 4

in Philadelphia, PA. But

almost everything she has learned about vaccines has

come from her own independent study and research. She

co-authored the book

Dissolving Illusions: Disease,

Vaccines, and The Forgotten History

, published in 2013.


Then there’s Bob Sears, MD, another board-certified

pediatrician who also had to largely educate himself about

vaccine science. He received his medical degree from the

Georgetown University School of Medicine in

Washington, DC and authored the book

The Vaccine

Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child


published in 2011.


According to Dr. Sears:

Doctors, myself included, learn a lot about diseases in

medical school, but we learn very little about vaccines,

other than the fact that the FDA and pharmaceutical

companies do extensive research on vaccines to make

sure they are safe and effective. We don’t review the

research ourselves. We never learn what goes into

making vaccines or how their safety is studied. We trust

and take it for granted that the proper researchers are

doing their job. So, when patients want a little more

information about shots, all we can really say as

doctors is that the diseases are bad and the shots are

good. But we don’t know enough to answer all of your

detailed questions about vaccines, nor do we have the

time during a regular health check up to thoroughly

discuss and debate the pros and cons of vaccines.


To give you an idea of what a four-year curriculum at a

medical school in the U.S. might look like, let’s take the

example of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical

Center in Dallas, TX. The first year would include

Anatomy, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Embryology,

Genetics, Human Behavior, Immunology, Neuroscience,

and Physiology.


No course on Vaccinology. If you look

at the descriptions for these courses online and do a word

search for “vaccines” or “vaccination,” you get one hit,

and that’s under Immunology. It reads:

Finally, medically relevant forms of immune

dysregulation and intervention are explored, including

vaccines, immunomodulators, hypersensitivities,

immunodeficiencies, autoimmunity, graft-versus-host

disease, transplantation immunology, and tumor



That’s it. If you go to the online descriptions for the

courses listed for the second, third and fourth



you will see no further mention of the word

“vaccine” or “vaccination.” The second year curriculum

lists Clinical Medicine, Microbiology, Pathology,

Pharmacology, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. No

Vaccinology. The third year lists Family Medicine,

Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and

Gynecology, Pediatrics, Inpatient Services, Outpatient

Rotation, Psychiatry, and Surgery. No Vaccinology. The

fourth year lists Acute Care, Ambulatory Care, and

Medicine Sub-Internship. Nothing on Vaccinology.

Notice also that there was no specific course in

Toxicology, although the topic could be covered within a

Pharmacology course. You would think that courses on

toxicology (particularly as it relates to vaccines) would be

stressed, given the importance of understanding the

ingredients contained in vaccines, and the way they

interact with each other. Absent this knowledge, medical

students might not fully comprehend the concept


synergistic toxicity

—”the effect that when exposed to

two toxins, the toxicity level is far greater than the additive

toxicity levels of the two toxins.”


Biochemist Boyd Haley, PhD, a former professor in

the College of Pharmacy and Chair of the Department of

Chemistry of the University of Kentucky Medical

Center in Lexington, has expressed dismay at the lack of

instruction in toxicology doctors are given in medical

school. He says…

I can tell you, having been in a medical center, having

taught biochemistry to medical students, and talking to

hundreds of medical doctors, they get very little

training in toxicology… I mean, no courses that are

specifically designed, such as a PhD student in

toxicology would have, or a PhD student in

biochemistry. They don’t understand it at all. They are

not trained to evaluate the toxic effects of chemicals,

especially at the research level. One, they don’t do

research programs, they don’t have the insight that’s

developed and required for someone writing a PhD

thesis in toxicology or biochemistry of materials that