Health Challenges make us Stronger and Vaccines Damage Us

Dr. Weeks’ Comment: In 1888, Freidrich Nietzsche gave a stirring reminder when he wrote “Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker,” – when translated we are reminded “Out of life’s school of war—what doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger.” Rudolf Steiner taught that childhood illnesses are “work outs” for the developing immune system and are required – in non lethal doses – for healthy development. Vaccinations rob children of these health related “learning opportunities” as create a sea anchor of chronic degenerative low grade degeneration as evidenced today by American children being some of the least health kids in the world.

  • over half of American children (54%) have one or more chronic health conditions
  • One in every two (49.5%) 13-18 year old’s have been diagnosedyear old’s have been diagnosed with at least one mental health disorder
  • One in every six American children (17%) has a developmental disability according to the CDChas a developmental disability according to the CDC
  • One in every eight American children (14%) requires special education servicesrequire special education services
  • One in every 12 American children has asthma (8.4%)
  • One in every 13 American childrenOne in every 13 American children has at least one food allergy and 2/5 of those with food allergies and 2/5 of those with food allergies has a history of severe reactions including peanut allergiesreactions including peanut allergies
  • One in 285 US children Will be diagnosed with cancer before their 20th birthday
  • Each year an estimated 15,780 US children and adolescents aged 0 to 19 will be diagnosed with cancer
  • In 2018 the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. Most children were still being diagnosed after age 4, though autism can be reliably diagnosed as early as age 2.
  • 1 in 37 boys have Austism as of 2018
  • 1 in 151 girls  have Autism as of 2018

I believe that the scientific evidence is well established – though politically and economically “inconvenient” – that certain vaccine adjuvants damage children and the Supreme Court of the US has ruled that vaccinations are “unavoidably unsafe” but the big pHARMa companies had all liability removed in 1986 with the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act so YOU the taxpayer (and not the drug companies) pay for the compensation of vaccine injured children. How much have you and the tax payers paid out? $4.2 billion.

“Since 1988, over 21,585 petitions have been filed with the VICP. Over that 30-year time period, 18,533 petitions have been adjudicated, with 7,090 of those determined to be compensable, while 11,443 were dismissed. Total compensation paid over the life of the program is approximately $4.2 billion.”

A decade ago, I broadcast Rudolf Steiner’s teaching from 1917 about how future vaccinations will interfering with spiritual (human) development – read his warning here.

Now I appreciate David Adams pulling the following wise passages of Steiner’s warning together for us to ponder.

Rudolf Steiner said many things about the beneficial effects for child development of experiencing and overcoming the traditional childhood diseases and a few not very positive things about how vaccines can interfere with this process (although there were hardly any vaccines in his day compared to today). The quotation you ask about is something he said in a few different places in slightly different ways in the published collections of his lectures, as follows in these somewhat out-of-context quotations:

Quotations from The Fall of the Spirits of Darkness (Bristol: Rudolf Steiner Press, 1993; GA 177), starting p. 85:

October 7, 1917

P.85 – “The time will come – and it may not be far off – when quite different tendencies will come up at a congress like the one held in 1912 and people will say: It is pathological for people to even think in terms of spirit and soul. ‘Sound’ people will speak of nothing but the body. It will be considered a sign of illness for anyone to arrive at the idea of any such thing as a spirit or a soul. People who think like that will be considered to be sick and – you can be quite sure of it – a medicine will be found for this. . . . The soul will be made non-existent with the aid of a drug. Taking a ‘sound point of view,’ people will invent a vaccine to influence the organism as early as possible, preferably as soon as it is born, so that this human body never even gets the idea that there is a soul and spirit.

   “. . . the heirs of modern materialism will look for the vaccine to make the body ‘healthy,’ that is, make its constitution such that this body no longer talks of such rubbish as soul and spirit, but takes a ‘sound’ view of the forces which live in engines and in chemistry and let planets and suns arise from nebulae in the cosmos. Materialistic physicians will be asked to drive the souls out of humanity.”

October 27, 1917

Pp. 199-200 – “. . . the spirits of darkness are now among us. . . .

   “. . . I have told you that the spirits of darkness are going to inspire their human hosts, in whom they will be dwelling, to find a vaccine that will drive all inclination toward spirituality out of people’s souls when they are still very young, and this will happen in a roundabout way through the living body. Today, bodies are vaccinated against one thing and another; in future, children will be vaccinated with a substance which it will certainly be possible to produce, and this will make them immune, so that they do not develop foolish inclinations connected with spiritual life – ‘foolish’ here, or course, in the eyes of materialists.

. . .   “. . . a way will finally be found to vaccinate bodies so that these bodies will not allow the inclination toward spiritual ideas to develop and all their lives people will believe only in the physical world they perceive with the senses. Out of impulses which the medical profession gained from presumption  – oh, I beg your pardon, from the consumption [tuberculosis] they themselves suffered – people are now vaccinated against consumption, and in the same way they will be vaccinated against any inclination toward spirituality. This is merely to give you a particularly striking example of many things which will come in the near and more distant future in this field. . . .”


From Secret Brotherhoods and the Mystery of the Human Double (this lecture previously published as Behind the Scene of External Happenings) (Forest Row: Rudolf Steiner Press, 2004; GA 178), pp. 89-91. 

November 6, 1917

P. 90 – Certain circles in this materialistic age are striving to paralyze and make impossible all of humanity’s spiritual development through causing people by their very temperament and character to reject everything spiritual and regard it as nonsense.

  “. . . A longing will arise for there to be a general opinion: Whatever is spiritual, whatever is of the spirit, is nonsense, is madness! Endeavors to achieve this will be (p. 91) made by bringing out remedies to be administered by inoculation just as inoculations have been developed as a protection against diseases, only these inoculations will influence the human body in a way that will make it refuse to give a home to the spiritual inclinations of the soul. People will be inoculated against the inclination to entertain spiritual ideas. . . . inoculations will be tested that already in childhood will make people lose any urge for a spiritual life.”


From Therapeutic Insights: Earthly and Cosmic Laws (Spring Valley, NY: Mercury Press, 1984; GA 205),

July 3, 192184) “This would show itself particularly in human beings being guided in their education in such a way that they would no longer have mobile thoughts; rather, when they reached a certain age, they would have completely fixed thoughts. Now ask yourself whether that is not already true to a great extent in our time!”

P.  86 – “This must, of course, be counteracted, which can happen only if our concepts are again led to have a pictorial [vs. abstract] quality, . . . Otherwise humanity approaches the danger of losing itself. What actually ought to be individualized by the flowing of the will into the thoughts will become materialized, will be made into universal earth. . . . a great cemetery.”

P. 87 – “. . . already today, without people knowing it, there are all kinds of underground societies that work toward things that lead in a direction . . . [of explaining] that Man (p. 88) does not consist of both body and soul but rather that Man consists only of the body and that the soul is merely something that develops out of the body.  It is therefore impossible, if you take this viewpoint, to educate Man from the aspect of soul; one must find a substance, a material substance, that can be inoculated into a human being at a certain age; then he will develop his talents by inoculation. This tendency definitely exists. . . . no longer establish schools in order to teach, but inject certain substances instead. . . . It is indeed possible, but the human being is made thereby into an automaton. . . . There are already such substances that can be developed, substances that if injected at seven years of age, for example, could make the public schools altogether expendable; the human being would then become a thought automaton. He would become exceptionally clever but would not have a consciousness of it. The cleverness would just run off like a machine. . . .After all, what could be more tempting than the attitude, such as today is spreading far and wide, which would prefer to find an injectible substance to struggling with the children for years and years?. . .”

   “Out of the full consciousness that one faces when confronting the automization of the human being, . . . the pedagogical methods for the Waldorf school, were discovered. In this regard they should be motors of civilization that will lead again to a spiritualization.”

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