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Dissolving Illusions - Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History is a joint publication by Dr Suzanne Humphries and Roman Bystrianyk. It is an extremely well researched and documented publication of the history of hygiene and sanitation from wherein they highlight the Leicester Method, the Sanitary Act inadequate nutrition and squalor of the 1800s. I found it to be extremely educational and informative and an excellent resource presented in an unbiased manner.

It was published in 2013


Not too long ago, lethal infections were feared in the Western world. Since that time, many countries have under gone a transformation from disease cesspools to much safer, healthier habitats. Starting in the mid –1800s, there was a steady drop in the deaths from all infectious diseases,decreasing to relatively minor levels by the early 1900s.

The history of that transformation involves famine, poverty,filth, lost cures, eugenicist doctrine, individual freedoms versus state might,protests and arrests over vaccine refusal, and much more.

Today, we are told that medical interventions increased our lifespan and single-handedly prevented masses of deaths. But is this really true?

Dissolving Illusions details facts and figures from long-overlooked medical journals, books, newspapers, and other sources. Using myth-shattering graphs, this book shows that vaccines, antibiotics, and other medical interventions are not responsible for the increase in lifespan and the decline in mortality from infectious diseases. If the medical profession could systematically misinterpret and ignore key historical information, the question must be asked, "What else is ignored and misrepresented today?”

Perhaps the best reason to know our history is so that the worst parts are never repeated

Author’s Notes

The format of this book is somewhat unconventional, as it is filled with many direct quotes from a wide variety of historical and medica lresources. We decided on this format to give you unfiltered information that will help you gain a better insight into the true history of disease and vaccination. Oftentimes each quote tells a unique, self- contained story that can draw the reality of the past into view much better that a distilled summary would.

The book contains more than 50 graphs that are based on meticulously researched data. Each graph lists the references upon which the data is based.The graphs provide – in most cases – a never before- seen view of the history of disease from the 1800s into the 1900s. They provided foundational evidence for the points represented in the text.

The book also includes many photographs extracted from the numerous historic sources. Most of the photographs are represented with the exact captions that appeared in the original work.

Throughout the book bold text indicates something that we think warrants special attention. 

Web site link

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