You want to protect your child. To keep him safe and healthy. So what do you do about vaccines? On one hand, you’re told to vaccinate to keep him safe. And on the other, you’re told NOT to vaccinate to keep him safe. So, which is it?
If you forgo vaccines and he contracts measles you’ll feel guilty and blame yourself. People may judge you. But, even if he doesn’t get measles people may say you made an irresponsible choice, suggesting your actions are endangering their child.
But are you scared if you vaccinate his chances of asthma, autism or eczema will skyrocket? The incidence of chronic childhood conditions is ever-increasing and some say vaccines are partly to blame. Both sides of the argument are insanely one-eyed. How can you have an educated, logical discussion when the vast majority of people are debating a topic they know almost nothing about?
The only way to make a sound decision based on facts, rather than opinion is to do your own thorough research. Here are a few of the factors that helped us make a decision for our son’s health.
ARE VACCINES SAFE?
This is the most important question of all. Our chief responsibility as parents is to keep our children safe. This question could end the debate – if vaccines are safe we’d consider them. If they’re not safe, why would we?
A clinical study comparing long-term health outcomes of vaccinated and unvaccinated groups of children has never been done.
Safety studies are performed on individual vaccines. In reality, though, vaccines are injected at the same time, with up to 10 vaccines given in one visit. The safety implications of giving multiple vaccines at the same time has never been studied, nor has the safety of repeat dosing.
The safety studies performed on vaccines are flawed from a scientific point of view. Rather than using a genuine placebo, government regulators allow vaccine manufacturers to compare the safety of new vaccines against old vaccines or a heavy metal containing substance (such as aluminium). Double blinded, genuine placebo controlled studies, which are standard practice in pharmaceutical trials, don’t exist in the vaccine world.
The lack of safety information on vaccines is mind-boggling. My confidence in vaccine safety testing is non-existent. And the lack of proper scientific vaccine safety trials makes me ask, why haven’t the studies been done? Maybe it’s because the same federal health agencies responsible for developing, regulating and making vaccine policy are also in charge of monitoring vaccine safety. Slight conflict of interest.
ARE FAMILY DOCTORS EXPERTS?
Doctors are taught vaccines are safe and effective. They’re not taught how vaccines are studied for safety, the components of vaccines, or the gaps in the research. I experienced this first hand with two family doctors.
I questioned vaccine safety and ingredients but neither doctor had the knowledge to competently discuss it, with one openly admitting it.
I spent five years at veterinary college and I can say first hand veterinarians are taught in the same fashion. We were told vaccines are safe, effective and necessary. We learnt the theories of how vaccines affect the immune system and we were given the vaccination schedule for puppies and kittens. And told to vaccinate on a yearly basis. Thats it.
Vaccines are sold to the medical profession as “preventative medicine”. And we believe all preventative medicine is “good medicine”. It isn’t questioned. But it should be.
You’re the guardian of your newborn’s health. Your family doctor is there to provide information and options, but you make the decision, not your doctor. You should feel comfortable to ask questions and if you don’t understand ask your doctor to explain in a way you will. And if they refuse it may be time to look for a new GP.
THE DECLINE OF PREVENTABLE DISEASE
We’re told vaccines prevent infectious disease. We’re told the reason we don’t see diseases like measles, whooping cough and polio anymore is because of vaccination. And when there is an outbreak it’s blamed on parents not vaccinating. But is that the whole story?
Digging a little deeper I was staggered to learn vaccination is only a small part of the reason we don’t see the infectious disease levels common in the early 20th century.
Measures such as improved hygiene, sanitation, adequate vitamin A intake and understanding quarantine measures were largely responsible for the reduction and/or eradication of many infectious diseases such as smallpox. The decline in mortality from many infectious disease including measles, scarlet fever, typhoid, whooping cough, and diphtheria occurred long before the introduction of the vaccines for each virus.
On the flip side, we’re now seeing even more severe strains of diseases emerging, such as measles. Many scientists believe this is because viruses are evolving and mutating as a result of mass vaccination. Nature always finds a way. But when outbreaks occur unvaccinated individuals are often blamed.
In the 2015 Disneyland Measles outbreak emotional parents turned on their unvaccinated counterparts blaming them for the incident. But it’s more likely vaccinated children caused the outbreak. Live-virus vaccines like MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) shed viruses from the back of the throat for weeks or even months following vaccination, potentially infecting others. This means any child recently given an MMR vaccine is potentially, and unknowlingly, spreading disease.
VACCINES ARE DOGMA
Wikipedia defines Dogma as “A principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true. It serves as part of the primary basis of an ideology or belief system, and it cannot be changed or discarded without affecting the very system’s paradigm, or the ideology itself.”
Vaccination has become medical dogma. It’s not questioned by medical doctors, which makes it more like religion than science. A medical intervention which can’t be questioned is dangerous.
DOES THE POLICY MAKE SENSE?
Examining the infant vaccination policy with an enquiring mind provokes many questions.
Why are vaccines given as early as birth?
I asked my family doctor and she explained governments realize they have a short window in which they have a mother’s attention. By starting vaccines at 1 day or 8 weeks while mothers are on maternity leave and babies are having wellness checks they know they’ll catch the greatest number of children for vaccination.
Biologically, it’s more appropriate to vaccinate children at 2 years of age when the blood brain barrier has closed.
This means substances injected into the blood cannot pass to the brain. Prior to 2 years of age they can. But government agencies know if they implemented a vaccine policy at 2 years more parents would forget and many children would be missed.
In Japan in the 1980’s the protocol was to vaccinate at 2 years of age and they experienced practically zero deaths from SIDs. Then they reduced the vaccine age to 8 weeks. Deaths from SIDs increased. Wisely, they reverted to the 2 year policy and deaths went down again.
The Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine is an example of a vaccine which may cause more harm than good. It’s a relatively benign disease if experienced in childhood. It used to be common for parents to host “chickenpox parties” to aid the spread of disease and get it over and done with. After experiencing chickenpox lifelong immunity is established. Whereas vaccines provide only short term immunity. So, why would we vaccinate against chickenpox?
I asked my family doctor and she said it’s because governments don’t want mothers taking time off work to care for their children as it cost employers time and money. She also went on to say the chickenpox vaccine was only 50% effective and she wouldn’t give it to her children.
But there’s another problem with the chickenpox vaccine. When kids get chickenpox they develop lifelong immunity AND also “boost” their parent’s (and other adult’s) immunity to the varicella virus. This is hugely valuable as it reduces the chance of adults succumbing to shingles. Shingles is a serious disease in adults, much more serious than chickenpox in children – specifically 20 times more risk of death and 15 times more risk of hospitalization. Since the introduction of the chickenpox vaccine rates of shingles have risen. But should we be worried? After all, Merck, the makers of the chickenpox vaccine also make a shingles vaccine. The irony is absurd.
Needless to say, reasoning like this does not build my faith in policymakers.
WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS IN VACCINES?
So, just what is inside vaccines?!
Each vaccine has multiple ingredients and it would be impossible to list them all here. This is a snapshot of some of the ingredients found in common infant vaccines:
formaldehyde, neomycin, monkey kidney cells, calf serum protein, aluminum hydroxide, thimerosal, bovine muscle tissue (US sourced), human diploid cell cultures (WI-38), embryonic guinea pig cell cultures, human embryonic lung cultures, egg proteins, hydrocortisone, gentamicin sulfate
The list above contains ingredients which are carcinogenic (cancer causing), neurotoxic (toxic to the brain and nervous system), allergenic and to some, immoral.
We are so mindful of what we eat and what we put into our bodies. Yet when we eat our bodies have a chance to combat toxins on their natural passage through the digestive tract. But, when we inject these materials directly into the bloodstream, the body doesn’t can’t fully protect itself, especially immature bodies.
A HEALTHY DEBATE
I expect this post to attract the clichéd criticism of being overtly anti vaccination. But it’s an easy, yet naïve, judgement to make. Ten years ago I probably would have drawn a similar conclusion. But having a child has a way of making you dig deeper and seek the truth. I urge everybody reading this post to stop and consider their reasoning. Take a broader look at the most appropriate way to care for and protect our children.
Vaccination certainly has it’s place in our healthcare system but it has escalated to unprecedented proportions. Just this week the CDC announced they’re adding another three vaccines to the infant vaccination schedule. That means 74 doses comprising of 53 injections and 3 oral vaccines. Compared to when I was a kid in 1983, when we received 24 doses comprising of 7 injections and 4 oral doses. How many more toxins can our children’s bodies take? And are they getting healthier or sicker?
This is a debate we need to have.
SO, WHERE TO FROM HERE?
Infant vaccination is as controversial as it gets for new parents.But you’re up to the challenge. You know what’s best for your child. Nobody is more qualified to make this decision than you. This is your child’s health.
First. Stop. And Don’t Rush.
You don’t need to make this decision today. You can decide to vaccinate tomorrow but you can’t un-vaccinate yesterday. Wait until you feel confident you have all the information you need to make a decision based on facts, not opinion.
Here’s are a few resources to get you started…..
- The Vaccine Illusion, Dr Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD (Immunology)
- The Parent’s Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccinations, Lauren Feder M.D
- The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health-from Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years, Paul Thomas M.D, Jennifer Margulis
- Watch The Greater Good documentary
- Search YouTube for lectures on vaccinations by Dr Sherri Tenpenny
This is YOUR child’s health. Protect it fiercely.