How Plumbing (Not Vaccines) Eradicated Disease

Government health organizations and big pharmaceuticals are quick to tell the world it is due to vaccinations that the numbers of disease in the population have fallen, when in fact you are better off thanking a plumber.
Before plumbing was commonplace, the average ‘sanitation’ station in a house consisted of a basin and a jug to fill with water, human waste was disposed of wherever possible. The rates of death and disease during these times were incredibly high.
Life expectancy was no better than middle age and outbreaks such as the The Black Plague were commonplace, wiping out huge swathes of the population at once. The Black Plague alone killed 75 million – 200 million people, around 1/3 of Europe’s population.

Polio in India

Polio is known to thrive in fecal matter, and is found in areas where sanitation is poor. Immunization efforts have taken credit for making the country “polio free” as deemed by the World Health Organization. However in 2009, India reported 762 cases of polio, the highest in the world at that time. Since 2014, there are no “official” documented cases of polio, but without proper sanitation this is sure to change.
India has a population of 1.2 billion, making it the second most populous country in the world. Currently, 780 million Indians do not have a toilet; 96 million Indians do not have access to clean drinking water.
The efforts to improve sanitation in the area has been eclipsed by the effort to vaccinate instead, trying to fix the problem rather than prevent it. Over 9 billion has been spent in a vaccination campaign, and in some parts of India children have received as many as 30 doses of the oral polio vaccine before they turn 5. Vaccines are being pushed on people who don’t even have access to safe drinking water by the Bill Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, and GAV.


The current vaccine situation has been met with anger after 53,000 cases of NPAFP, a non-polio acute flaccid paralysis, occurred in those who had been vaccinated. NPAFP is a disease that is clinically indistinguishable from polio but has double the death rate. As the rates of vaccines went up and down, the cases of NPAFP matched it.It would be a much better solution to spend money on better sanitation rather than trying to paper over the cracks by handing out these dangerous vaccines.

In the past 13 months, India has reported 53,563 cases of NPAFP at a national rate of 12 per 100,000 children—way above the global benchmark set by WHO of 2 per 100,000.” – Jan, 13 2014 quote from LiveMint Newpaper, the second largest business newspaper in India.

Cholera in Victorian London

Enlightenment about sanitation came to England in 1854 when an area of London was subject to an outbreak of cholera that claimed the lives of 500 in just 10 days. Dr. John Snow, who lived near the effected area investigated the outbreak and quickly found the reason behind it.
Five years earlier he had written a paper in which he expressed his thoughts that disease was able to travel through dirty water, although this was shot down by his peers who at that time believed that bad vapors, or a “miasma in the atmosphere” caused disease.But this time he had proof that he was right.
He traced the outbreak back to single water pump on Broad Street which all of the victims had used, and after he persuaded the local authorities to remove the handle of the pump, the cases stopped immediately. Because of this discover, Dr. John Snow is regarded as the father of epidemiology.

Prevention, not cure

The evidence for clean water being a better way to eradicate diseases such as cholera is overwhelming, yet in some of the poorest parts of the world vaccines produced by big pharmaceuticals are taking the credit. The problem needs to be stopped before it happens, rather than money being spent on ‘cures’.
While the medical professionals take comfort in thinking they are reducing disease with their vaccines, we know the real hero is the plummer.


*Article originally appeared at Complete Health and Happiness.

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  • KristenM

    I’m not so sure that “sanitation” can be credited with preventing diseases for which there are vaccines. Most (about 85%) of these vaccine targeted diseases are transmitted by respiratory ejection aerosol (coughing), contact with blood or other body fluids, sexual contact, or airborne vectors (fleas, mosquitoes). A very few of the infectious diseases for which there are current vaccines available can be prevented by “Sanitation” – It’s only those that are transmitted by the fecal/oral route (Cholera, Hepatitis A, Polio & Typhoid Fever). Unfortunately, the vast majority of fecal/oral diseases preventable by advances in “sanitation” world-wide are diarrheal in nature which have viral, bacterial or parasitic causes for which there are no vaccines.

  • Joel W

    Common sense dictates that unfettered access to clean water and things like flushing toilets and garbage collection is absolutely a HUGE factor in limiting diseases (in addition to clean and fresh food and no toxic drugs from said medical mafia). Anyone who says/thinks contrary is either willfully ignorant and completely disingenuous or a paid agent of the medical mafia. One has to look no further than what goes on in Africa to see this is absolutely true. If vaccines and not sanitation were the reason for it, then all of Bill Gates’ vaccination (or is it sterilization, can’t have brown people reproducing now, can we?) programs would have made sub-Saharan Africa the healthiest place on Earth. Which as we all know is most certainly not. Same goes for India. As for America, if vaccines are so effective, why are most outbreaks in recent history in areas that have generally a 95% (the s0-called herd immunity level claimed to be needed) or more vaccine compliance, and why does patient zero usually end up being vaccinated? And one last question, if vaccines are so effective, then why would any vaccinated person care one iota if there were unvaccinated people around? I mean, vaccines a so effective according to that pro-vax crowd so what does it matter then?

  • Laurie J. Willberg

    And “ejection aerosol” deposits bacteria/viruses on solid surfaces where it can live a number of hours. Simple hand washing and refraining from touching your face with unwashed hands does the trick. So again, sanitation is the answer.

  • Anton Frejd

    please no staph i beg you. The generalisation, the ignorance, the wilfully angled and biased questions. Bacteria and viruses are not simple things that are stopped by one or two things. It is a combination of several.

    You can vaccinate people as much as you want but if hygiene is low, nutrition is scarce and mental health suffers that person can get sick still because his body will not be strong enough to deal with it. and that’s not even getting started on mutations and different strains. Genetics and what not

    this is not a black and white question there are to many factors to take into consideration when talking about vaccines and diseases that are transmitted trough numerous sources. DO NOT DUMB IT DOWN