Vaccines Demystified
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Vaccines Demystified

Answer ALL your questions about childhood vaccines. Learn the facts in an unbiased, non-judgmental atmosphere.
4.5 (32 ratings)
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Created by Erika Krumbeck
Last updated 6/2015
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • To learn the facts about the most common vaccine misconceptions, including both "pro-vaccine" and "anti-vaccine" myths.
  • To learn all risks and benefits of vaccines in order to make an informed choice about vaccinating.
  • To become familiarized with the entire CDC childhood vaccine schedule
  • To learn which children are at higher risk for certain diseases, and which children are ineligible to receive certain vaccines.
  • To learn why the CDC recommends certain vaccines at certain ages.
  • To learn: 1) what is a vaccine adjuvant? 2) Which adjuvants exceed the FDA recommended daily exposure level? 3) Why are adjuvants in vaccines? 4) What does research tell us about adjuvants?
  • To learn strategies to decrease immune reactions.
  • To learn about: VAERS, multiple sclerosis, why not to give Tylenol around vaccinations, abortion and considerations for pro-life parents, nosodes, herd immunity, autism and vaccines, breastfeeding instead of vaccinating, and more.
  • To learn the advantages and disadvantages of combination vaccines, and which combination vaccines increase the risk of febrile seizures.
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This course is designed for parents with questions about childhood immunizations.  This lecture is presented in a research-based, unbiased format so that parents, educators and physicians may make their own conclusions based solely on fact and research. This class covers many popular misconceptions regarding vaccines.

This course includes all the latest research regarding vaccines, vaccine adverse events and immunology.  Written and recorded by Dr. Erika Krumbeck, naturopathic physician who specializes in pediatrics and vaccine safety. Also included is an e-book workbook filled with the data included in the lecture and a blank vaccine worksheet.

This course is approximately 2 hours in 11 sections.  Each subsection includes a discussion of each individual vaccine and disease the vaccine is designed to prevent.  For each vaccine there is a discussion of 1) epidemiology (the actual likelihood of getting the disease) and how it is transmitted, 2) what ingredients are in the vaccine and which of these ingredients are controversial, 3) what age is appropriate to give the vaccine, 4) common adverse events, 5) considerations in delaying or declining the vaccine.  

In between subsections there is also a discussion of the following topics:

  1. Thimerosal: what is it, which vaccines contain thimerosal, is it associated with MMR? Is it associated with Autism?
  2. Abortion: are vaccines associated with abortion? What are the considerations for pro-life parents?
  3. What is VAERS? How do parents and doctors report a reaction to VAERS?
  4. Which vaccine is associated with higher rates of asthma, allergies and eczema? Why is timing important for this vaccine?
  5. What are vaccine adjuvants?  Why is there a concern about aluminum exposure with multiple vaccines?
  6. Can I breastfeed my baby instead of vaccinating?
  7. Can I use homeopathic nosodes instead of vaccinating?
  8. What is the difference between the oral and inactivated (injected) polio vaccine?  Why does this matter for herd immunity in the United States?
  9. Is there an association between vaccines and autism?  What is going on in the biochemistry of an autistic child?  
  10. What can I expect if I decide not to vaccinate my child? 
  11. What combination vaccine is associated with increased risk of febrile seizures?
  12. What can I do to decrease the risk of vaccine reactions?
Who is the target audience?
  • Parents
  • Physicians
  • Mental Health/Behavioral Health specialists
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Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
Vaccines Demystified workbook
1 Lecture 00:00
This workbook contains many of the statistics given in the lectures, plus places to answer the most important questions in regards to vaccines and vaccine safety.  It is very important to download this document before beginning the lectures.
Vaccines Demystified workbook
21 pages
2 Lectures 12:32
  • Introduction to the material and Dr. Erika Krumbeck. 
  • Conflicts of interest and conspiracy theories in vaccines/vaccine manufacturers.
  • How can we trust data? How reliable is the science?
Preview 03:44

  • What factors are important in determining which vaccines are appropriate for your child?
  • Who are we protecting?
  • What are some ethical dilemmas in vaccinating your child?

It is essential to remember all of these considerations when coming up with a vaccine plan for you and your family. 

Considerations in vaccinating
Hepatitis B, thimerosal
2 Lectures 14:35
Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Why is it recommended to everyone, not just high-risk populations?
  • How is it spread?
  • Who is most at risk?
  • What condition is the hepatitis B vaccine associated with?
  • Introduction to VAERS
  • Considerations for declining or delaying
  • And more...

Preview 13:00

  • What is Thimerosal?
  • What is it doing in vaccines?
  • Is there a link between thimerosal and autism?
  • How can I avoid thimerosal exposure?
Preview 01:35
Rotavirus, Tylenol, and Abortion
3 Lectures 12:42
The Rotavirus vaccine
  • How is it administered?
  • Why is timing so important?
  • What is the relationship between the Rotavirus vaccine and intusussception? 
  • Considerations for declining or delaying
  • Why is breastfeeding so important?
  • And more...

  • Why is Tylenol a problem?
  • Should you preload your child with Tylenol before vaccines?  After vaccines?
  • Is there a link between Tylenol and autism?
Why NOT to give Tylenol

For pro-life parents who are concerned about vaccines and abortion:
  • Does vaccine manufacturing require aborted fetal material?
  • Where do the cell lines come from?  Does that make vaccination complicit with abortion?

Parents who are still concerned should read the supplementary material below.

Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis
1 Lecture 18:44
Diptheria, Tetanus and acellular Pertussis vaccine:
  • Which of these diseases is commonly encountered in modern society?
  • What was the incidence of disease before routine vaccination?
  • Which component of this vaccine tends to not give a robust immune response (or "take" as well as the others)? Why so many shots of this vaccine?
  • What is the difference between the T, DT, and DTaP vaccine? 
  • What is the relationship between asthma, allergies, eczema and the DTaP vaccine?
  • Why is timing important with this vaccine?
  • If I homeschool is my child protected from these diseases?
  • Can my child get immunity to tetanus by exposure to soil?
  • Considerations for delaying or declining
  • And more...
Aluminum as a vaccine adjuvant
1 Lecture 09:17
  • Why is aluminum in vaccines?
  • How common is aluminum exposure?
  • How can aluminum accumulate in the body? (Under what conditions?)
  • What is the difference between aluminum exposure in the gut and intravenous or injected aluminum in terms of aluminum accumulation?
  • What is the FDA limit on daily aluminum exposure? How many micrograms of aluminum is this in an average 2 month infant? 
  • How much aluminum is there in each vaccine?  In combination vaccines?
  • What does the data tell us about the safety of aluminum exposure?
  • What are some researchers suggesting about autoimmune disease and aluminum exposure?  Why?
  • How does aluminum affect neurological development?
  • What conclusions can we make about aluminum exposure from vaccines?
Aluminum - why is it in vaccines?
HiB, PCV, breastfeeding and nosodes
5 Lectures 17:03
  • What is the difference between invasive Hib and non-invasive Hib?  Which type causes serious problems?
  • How common is invasive Hib?  How many deaths were there per year before routine vaccination?
  • How common was non-invasive Hib infection before routine vaccination?
  • What groups are more at risk for Hib?
  • What are the vaccine ingredients? Can you avoid aluminum exposure for Hib?
  • Considerations for declining or delaying.
  • And more...

Latest statistics regarding Haemophilus influenzae B and some clarifications.

NEW!! Hib Update

  • Does breastfeeding convey the same type of immunity as vaccinating?
  • Does breastfeeding protect against disease?

  • How common was invasive pneumococcal disease before routine vaccinations?
  • What populations are most at risk?
  • Why is timing important?
  • What are the ingredients of the PCV vaccine?
  • Does this vaccine protect against ear infections?
  • Considerations for declining or delaying.
  • And more...

  • What are nosodes?
  • Can homeopathics be used instead of vaccinating? Do they convey specific immunity?
  • Can they be used to treat the disease? (Do we know?)
2 Lectures 09:44
  • How common was polio before routine vaccination?  How common was poliomyelitis before routine vaccination?
  • When was the last case of "wild" polio in the United States?
  • What is the difference between the oral polio vaccine and the inactivated (injected) polio vaccine? Which helps herd immunity? Why are they no longer giving the oral polio vaccine in the U.S.?
  • Considerations for declining or delaying.
  • And more...

  • Who can report to VAERS?
  • How can I report to VAERS?
  • Why is this important?
MMR, autism
2 Lectures 15:51
  • What does MMR stand for?
  • How common were each of these diseases before routine vaccination?
  • How common are they now?  Which of these diseases has seen large outbreaks in the U.S. and U.K.?
  • Are these conditions underreported?
  • What is the hospitalization rate and death rate for these diseases?
  • Which is associated with birth defects?
  • Is there thimerosal in this vaccine? Is there aluminum in this vaccine?
  • Is it a live virus vaccine?  
  • What are some potential complications?
  • What does the Cochrane review have to say about the safety of the MMR vaccine?
  • Considerations for declining or delaying
  • And more...

  • Do vaccines cause autism?  Does the MMR vaccine cause autism?
  • What is going on with autism?
  • What is happening with the immune system?  How do vaccines affect the immune system?
  • What does the science tell us?  What studies have they NOT done?
Varicella, Hepatitis A, What to expect if you don't vaccinate
3 Lectures 11:09
(A.K.A. Chickenpox)
  • How common was chickenpox before routine vaccination?
  • What is the rate of death or injury from chickenpox?
  • What are some common adverse events from the varicella vaccine?  What other case reports have been documented?
  • What about chickenpox parties?
  • Considerations for declining or delaying.
  • And more...

  • What can you expect from your physician if you choose to not vaccinate your child?
  • What may happen in the Emergency Room if your child is not vaccinated and comes in with a fever?
What to expect if you don't vaccinate

Hepatitis A
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About the Instructor
Erika Krumbeck
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507 Students
1 Course
Naturopathic Physician

 Dr. Erika Krumbeck, ND is founder and owner of Montana Whole Health, a naturopathic medical clinic in Missoula, Montana.  She received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University and is a licensed physician in the state of Montana.  Prior to her medical training she studied visual arts and biology at Gonzaga University where she graduated with Magna Cum Laude distinction.

Dr. Krumbeck is one of few physicians specializing in the treatment of chronic health conditions in children. She also treats women for infertility and postpartum depression, anxiety or OCD. Dr. Krumbeck integrates conventional medical training with naturopathic wisdom to provide the best possible care for her patients.    She also sees adults of all ages and appreciates that the best healing occurs when the whole family is involved.

Careful listening and holistic care are the hallmarks of Dr. Krumbeck’s practice.  She believes in seeking to address the underlying cause of illness rather than suppressing symptoms.  She also loves to laugh and finds humor to be one of the best medicines.

Dr. Krumbeck likes to practice her own healthy lifestyle with her wonderful husband Jason, a physical therapist, and their young daughter Annika.  You can often find them running, hiking, fishing and skiing in the mountains and rivers around Missoula.  She also enjoys singing, praying, joking and using her imagination.  

She is a professional member of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Montana Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

You can find Dr. Krumbeck on social media – @DrKrumbeck on Twitter, and and blogging at