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Vaccinations: A Choice or A Mandate? Part II

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Yesterday you may have read Part I of this series about vaccinations and choices, and whether or not a parent should take their child into the doctor on the recommended schedule for immunization “protection”.

A growing body of research and inquiry is starting to question the absolution of vaccinating children as frequently as they are now required to be immunized, as well as the content of the vaccines being used to provide “immunity”.

The second part of this series will feature an important video about autism and related disorder awareness, my family’s experience with vaccines, and information about informed consent as it relates to vaccines and choices parents have when they are deciding whether to vaccinate or not.

Watch this informative video from Generation Rescue, Jenny McCarthy’s activist organization bringing together parents, scientists, and educators to learn and teach about recovered children and how their parents reversed their conditions through biomedical intervention – nutritional supplementation, dietary changes, and detoxification strategies:

“AUTISM YESTERDAY” Autism is Reversible from JB Handley on Vimeo.

Our family’s experience with vaccinations

I truly believe there are many factors which contribute to the development of autism and other similar and related disorders. That is certainly not to discount the role in the development of those diseases that factors like vaccinations, environmental toxins, personal health of the parents of the child with autism, dietary habits, and other things like genetics play. In late 2000 when I was a new mother, I had no idea about the dangers of vaccines. So I went ahead and allowed the hospital and pediatricians to inject all the usual vaccinations into my premature, newborn son until he was nearly 2 years of age:

  • Hepatitis B (4 doses)
  • DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis – 4 doses)
  • IPV (inactivated Polio – 3 doses)
  • PCV (pnemococcal conjugate – 4 doses)
  • HiB (influenza – 4 doses)
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella – 1 dose)
  • Chicken pox (1 dose)

That’s 25 shots before age 2! That’s more vaccines than either my husband or I had when we were growing up, and that’s not even all of them! Does it seem reasonable that a child’s immune system that is so immature and underdeveloped could conceivably tolerate all of these drugs in such a short amount of time? And considering the ingredients of these drugs, it’s no wonder so many parents report their children have issues after receiving them.

From the moment we brought Tristan home from the hospital, he was fussy, unhappy, and cried most of the time. His naps were rarely longer than a half an hour. Night time was the worst. His fussing and crying that was on and off became constant for nearly 3 -4 hours beginning in the early evening and continuing on until sometimes beyond 9 p.m. He often wouldn’t go to sleep until well after 10 p.m. and would awaken anywhere from 5 – 6 a.m. each morning.

From the beginning I was largely unable to breast feed Tristan. He was born 9 weeks premature and I had sustained a serious infection just before his birth – which the doctors failed to find until exploratory surgery revealed a ruptured appendix and perotinitus. Although I spent many hours every day using a breast pump to try to get milk, my efforts yielded probably only about an ounce every day, which I gave to him.

The doctor told me his episodes were due to “colic” and recommended I continue to cycle through different types of infant formula. I tried them all – including soy. I had heard about goat’s milk, but was so inexperienced in natural foods and remedies I never tried it.

Through it all, Tristan continued to cry and scream constantly. Knowing what I do now, it breaks my heart knowing that he was basically starving to death and likely reacting to all the chemicals that had been put into his little body, which was the cause of his discontent. People who would say, “oh Raine, don’t worry, he’s just fine, he’s getting all that he needs”. But in the back of my head I kept thinking to myself, “this isn’t normal, this isn’t right. Something must be wrong.” And years later I realized how correct my intuition was, and that I should have listened to my little voice and spent more time investigating.

As Tristan grew older, he remained fussy and discontent. He was what some might call obsessive compulsive, and he was a perfectionist. He would become very frustrated if his first attempt at doing something didn’t yield the result he wanted. He was bent, from the beginning, on doing things “right”, or all was lost. His moods were very up and down. When he was happy, he was all smiles and giggles. When he was upset, it could very quickly escalate into absolute and uncontrolled anger, tantrums, screaming, and hysterics. We didn’t go many places for the first few years. I didn’t want to be caught in public and not be able to control his mood swings.

His mood swings affected me, too. I wasn’t eating well during that time, but the constant screaming and fussing would send me into a tailspin in seconds. I couldn’t imagine how other parents dealt with issues like this. Was this really what parenting and raising a child was all about? People kept saying, “be patient, he’ll outgrow this.” I continued to wonder and wonder, “is this normal?” My mother assured me that no, this was not normal. But she didn’t have much advice to offer other than, “you can’t let children get away with anything or they will walk all over you.”

I’ve always believed in discipline and firm parenting, but it seemed like no matter how much I tried to apply these principles to raising my son, he was still defiant, moody, and prone to tantrums whenever something happened that he didn’t like.  I often thought I might lose my mind if I couldn’t get his moods under control.

It was after his second birthday that I started to become aware of all the possibilities of danger in administering all of those vaccines to a child at such a young age, and which contained so many toxic substances. So I stopped vaccinations. But by then, he’d had so many.

Two years later, my health had hit rock bottom. I had been having issues for years, but I didn’t know or realize that my lifestyle and diet was the problem. It was then that I started throwing out all our processed foods and started feeding my family real food. My husband and I started noticing positive changes in Tristan’s behavior and moods, although the highs and lows (especially) were fairly pronounced.  I started making remarks about this to my friends and family who discounted our dietary changes and responded by saying that he was just growing out of his childish habits. But we knew better.

Now that Tristan is almost 10 years old, I can say with certainty that I know those vaccinations probably made things much worse for us, along with the fact that I was towing the “party” line with following all the dietary recommendations the pediatrician and nurse practitioners gave us. And today I can tell a huge difference when Tristan goes away from home and eats something he’s not accustomed to having – his temper usually flares, he become agitated and frustrated much faster than if he had eaten at home, and he also experiences tummy trouble and sometimes other health issues as well.

People sometimes say to me, “when you eat such a pure diet at home, it’s impossible to keep that up anywhere else and then you will be more sensitive to it. If you weren’t so worried about eating expensive food all the time, you’d be able to eat other food in other places and it wouldn’t bother you or Tristan so much.” It’s funny how people call it “expensive” food, not “real” food, which is really what it should be called. Here’s my question – does it make sense  to just throw all my efforts out the window and stop trying to eat well just because sometimes we won’t be able to maintain that standard?

Here’s an analogy – if you are an alcoholic and you have a drink, you probably won’t notice the effects too much. But if you rarely drink and then you have a glass of wine or two, chances are you’ll feel the effects pretty quickly. The same is true with real food and conventional food. The more tainted food you eat, the more your body will be burdened with toxins and it won’t react to them as much. But if you are healthy and try to control your diet most of the time to eating real food, a meal with toxic food could send you over the edge quite easily.

For many years Bruce (my husband) – and even I to a certain extent – wondered if Tristan didn’t have some autistic tendencies. People have asked why we didn’t go and get a for-sure diagnosis that would prove once and for all whether we were right. But I never saw the point. I wasn’t going to go the traditional route of conventional doctoring and medicating anyway. I knew that I had the power and ability to make changes in him just through lifestyle and dietary alterations. Several professionals I talked with casually said it was very unlikely. He’s was too social, made eye contact, and was much more concerned with and aware of others than a true “autistic” child would be. And deep down inside I knew he wasn’t full-blown autistic. But there were definitely triggers and factors that could spiral a bad mood or behavior pattern down to the bottom of the bottom.

Even though things are much better now that he’s older, those triggers are still there. I know that if I hadn’t realized what was going on and changed our ways of eating, cleaned toxins out of our house and everywhere else I was able, things may have gone from bad to worse. Tristan may have ended up with severe behavior issues and “learning disabilities” of the most severe kind. Instead, what I have is a healthy, happy, inquisitive, and very intelligent little boy who has a great sense of humor and loves to joke and be silly. He’s also terribly wise and insightful for his age, which never ceases to astound me. Sometimes he still has trouble when he gets upset or frustrated with things, but the situation is definitely improved over what it used to be. I attribute some of that to maturity, but a great deal of it I know is directly affected by his diet and lifestyle choices.

We remain mindful of his sensitivities and vulnerability to emotional breakdowns. We know that if he’s not eating well, getting enough rest, etc., those breakdowns can and will occur very quickly.  I wish our family had the same understanding. It’s very hard to send him over to see his grandparents because they pretty much give him whatever he wants, and don’t pay any attention to how it might affect him. And those breakdowns occur with any child, really. When I used to work at the YMCA in the childcare center, I’d watch parents feed their kids junk out in the courtyard before bringing them into the Child Watch and their moods would often rapidly deteriorate. But parents are not taught nor encouraged to look at what their children are consuming and what’s in their environments and consider the very real connections those factors have on their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being and happiness.

What is informed consent?

From the Vaccine Ethics web site: The American Medical Association defines informed consent as “a process of communication between a patient and physician that results in the patient’s authorization or agreement to undergo a specific medical intervention.” Vaccinations are viewed as routine activities that families participate in to “protect” their children and themselves from “deadly” diseases.

According to Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center, informed consent to any medical intervention is a basic human right. No one has any authority to force someone to vaccinate him or herself or the person’s child without voluntary consent.

There are 6 principles for protecting vaccine choices:

First principle:  It’s your choice

When exercising your right to voluntary, informed consent to vaccination for yourself or your child, remember that state laws contain:

  • Legal requirements that school and health officials are responsible for enforcing
  • Legal exemptions that you have the legal right to choose to exercise (Public schools must allow vaccine exemptions outlined in state vaccine laws, but private, religious or other non-state operated schools may reject vaccine exemptions.

Second principle: You have the right to know

You have the legal right to know the risks and complications of vaccines before you make the choice of whether or  not to allow your child to be vaccinated. The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Regan in 1986, directed all doctors and other vaccine providers to give parents written information about vaccines before children are vaccinated.

Third principle: Be informed and prepared

Knowledge is power. Arm yourself with accurate information about vaccination and health. Do your own research and talk to one or more trusted healthcare professionals before you make any healthcare decision. Become an educated consumer and you will be empowered to defend your right to freely make voluntary choices about health, including vaccination, for yourself and your children.

Fourth principle: Take responsibility for your words and actions

When you are standing up for your right to know, and freedom to choose, whether or not to vaccinate yourself or your child, how you go about exercising your rights will determine whether or not you will succeed. In your contact with doctors, school or government health officials, remain calm but politely firm when explaining and defending the vaccine choice you have made. If you are treated with disrespect or are harrassed in any way by a doctor or government official, do not engage in an unproductive argument. You may want to contact an attorney, your elected  state representatives or local media if you or your child is threatened. The NVIC also devotes a section of its web site, the Cry For Vaccine Freedom Wall, for the public to post reports of harassment because of vaccine choice.

Fifth principle: Keep written records

Be sure to ask your doctor for copies of your medical records of your child’s medical records, including recorded information about vaccinations and illnesses. Under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, doctors and other vaccine providers are required by federal law to:

  • Write in a child’s permanent medical record any serious health problems that occur after a vaccination
  • Keep a permanent record of all vaccines given, including the manufacturer’s name and lot number
  • Report serious health problems, hospitalizations, injuries, and deaths that occur after vaccination to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). If your doctor won’t report a reaction for you, you have the right to make a vaccine reaction report to VAERS.

Sixth principle: Be courageous It’s not easy to stand up for the right to make informed, voluntary choices about vaccination when public health officials, the pharmaceutical industry and many medical doctors are putting pressure on all Americans, especially parents, to use every government recommended vaccine. The fact that the number of doses of government mandated vaccines have tripled in the past quarter century, while the numbers of chronically ill and disabled children have also tripled, offers an opportunity to have a long overdue public conversation about the effects of vaccination on individual and public health.

To be fully informed about the decision you will make with regard to vaccination, it’s important to do the research and learn about:

  • The side-effects of each vaccine
  • The effects of healthy lifestyle and nutrition on the immune system which can prevent and offset many communicable illnesses and diseases
  • The symptoms of each disease and whether or not it is normally fatal or harmful to the person who gets it
  • Mortality rates
  • The consequences (if any)  for deciding not to vaccinate
  • Whether to delay vaccinations until your child is older, or skip certain ones altogether
  • Requesting “green vaccines” without preservatives (such as thiomersal) from your health care provider
  • Incidence of outbreaks

When making a decision about whether or not to vaccinate, don’t take my word for it. Do your own research. Question everything you have been told and find out the answers for yourself. Remember that there is a small risk of contracting an infectious disease versus a greater risk of lifelong autoimmune disorders and other health issues when you are considering a vaccination for yourself or your child.

If you are trying to conceive, are pregnant, or have just had a baby and would like some information on ways to make your body and baby healthy and avoid disorders like autism by dietary and lifestyle changes including avoidance of vaccines, you will want to read this upcoming companion post to the Vaccination series, which will be featured next week:

Reducing Your Child’s Risk of Autism and Other Disorders: Conception, Pregnancy, and The Newborn Infant,

Part I and Part II

Check back next week for this informative write-up about what you can do to prevent life-long, chronic illness and disease for your child.

More information about informed choices you can make with regard to vaccination:

Vaccine Truth

Vaccine exemptions information, state-by-state

Cervical cancer vaccine - before you take your daughter in to get the Human Papallomavirus vaccine, read this article from Natural News about a researcher who worked on the vaccine and now warns against its use

Suggested reading:

The Truth Behind the Vaccine Cover-Up by Dr. Russell L. Blaylock

Vaccines, Are They Really Safe and Effective – Neil Z. Miller

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About VaccinationsStephanie Cave and Deborah Mitchell

Saying No To VaccinesDr. Sherri Tenpenny, DO

More information on conventional medicine, toxins, and reactive and preventative measures in health:

Who’s Right? Finding the Truth About Medical Knowledge, Science, Health, and Nutrition

Your Toxic Load, How Does It Affect Your Health?

Is Reactive Medicine Cheaper Than Preventative?

Want to learn more about eating healthy and real food?

My Kitchen Staples – How I Keep My Family Healthy

How Well Do You Know Your Food? Find Out!

Activism Green Living Kids & Family Real Food Toxin Alert!

Vaccinations: A Choice or A Mandate? Part I

Have you ever wondered what ways there might be to reduce the chances of or prevent our children from developing health disorders like autism, ADHD, ADD, hormonal and nervous system disruptions, digestive and immune dysfunction?

If so, you are a member of a growing body of parents who are looking for answers to the reason for their children’s health problems, and desire to find those answers outside the scope of conventional medicine.

This topic is very controversial, and it’s true that the majority of parents choose to vaccinate their children, more or less on the schedule recommended by the mainstream medical system.

It’s also the case that you have choices to make, and those choices can affect your child’s health long-term. Before you make a choice to inject, learn about the other side of the story of vaccination and the effects it can have on your child which can last for the rest of his or her life.

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Understanding all the facts, your rights, and being informed about the consequences of vaccinating (or not), is extremely important. If you cannot be free to make an informed decision about something as important as your child’s health, then you are not able to exercise your freedoms to make choices that you should be able to make as a citizen of this country.

It’s assumed by many people that vaccination is the law and that there are no other choices or alternatives. But that perceived belief is completely untrue. Likewise, literature and information about vaccines is by and large very biased toward the viewpoint that vaccines always save lives and prevent disease. There is very little emphasis on the negatives of vaccination.

Did you know?

Gut, digestive, and immune system issues are directly related to the development of learning, developmental, social, mental, and physical abnormalities of varying kinds. Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride – a pediatric neurosurgeon – discovered through evaluating hundreds of case studies involving patients with autism, psychiatric illnesses, learning and developmental disorders that nearly all these individuals experience severe digestive problems.

The connection between poor digestive function due to unhealthy intestinal bacteria and toxicity from chemicals in undigested foods that become stored in the body’s cells. This has been found to have an adverse effect on brain chemistry. This syndrome has been called GAPS or Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Dr. McBride believes that as people continue to have children, each successive generation’s poor nutrition contributes to this syndrome and the symptoms become more acute as time goes on.

Autism is now being connected to a toxic environment in the body, specifically from the over-abundance of heavy metals which have penetrated the bloodstream through the intestinal tract and become embedded in tissues and cells. These metals enter the body in a variety of ways – as mentioned above: food, water, air, soil, and through substances such as vaccines and other drugs or medications.

Watch this informative video with Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride and Donna Gates of Body Ecology:

For many years, vaccines have contained thiomersal, a preservative designed as an “antifungal and antiseptic agent”. Thiomersal is a substance containing mercury, and in the body is metabolized into ethylmercury. According to an article featured in 2007 in the American Journal of Independent Medicine, “Methylmercury and ethylmercury distributes to all body tissues, crossing the blood-brain barrier and the placental barrier, and ethylmercury also moves freely throughout the body.

According to medical authorities, there are no safe levels of metals such as mercury or aluminum in the body. Therefore, the statement you may hear doctors, nurses, or other medical professionals making about how the amounts of those metals found in vaccines is a “negligible” or “trace” amount is completely false.

Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceutical companies are not without fault in their dealings with the consumer public and products they produce. Many, many drugs have been pulled from the shelves due to deaths and medical issues caused that were directly caused by taking them. Various vaccines are also now under scrutiny by the public due to problems they have caused and some have been recalled:

Gardasil (Human Papallomavirus vaccine)

H1N1 Swine Flu vaccine (United States), H1N1 Swine Flu vaccine (Canada)

Rotavirus vaccine

PedVax HIB & COMVAX

MMR vaccine (Canada)

Rabies vaccine (China)

If these vaccines and other drugs are being called into question, what assurance do we have that other drugs and vaccines are also not problematic and could cause problems?

What causes autism?

If you ask the average person, you will get a variety of answers about what is responsible for the increase of problems like autism. Some people cite toxins in our environment as one of the leading causes. Indeed, our exposure to environmental toxins has increased considerably during the last 50+ years.

In a study done in 2004, researchers examined umbilical cord blood samples of 10 infants born in August or September of that year in U.S. hospitals. The samples were screened for over 400 toxic chemicals and 287 of those were found. Of those chemicals, 180 are known to cause the development of cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain or nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animals.

Our food and water systems are contaminated with many of these chemicals including pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetically-modified organisms. Our waterways, both above and underground, as well as the air and soil are also contaminated with many of these toxic chemicals.

Some health professionals report that our ability to know more about autism is due to our advanced technology and diagnostic capabilities, as well as awareness of the issue, while others believe genetic predisposition toward certain disorders or the incidence of women having children later in life are factors in autism.

But how can a rising epidemic such as autism be directly linked to genetic factors alone? Even most doctors tell patients that genetics don’t account for more than 20 percent of the cause of illness and disease. And yet autism is one of the fastest growing syndromes today. In the 70s, 1 in 10,000 children was diagnosed. That number has now increased to 1 out of 150.

Does vaccination work?

You decide.

The purpose of a vaccine is to introduce a “dead” virus that is intended to trigger the immune system to produce antibodies. But think about where the immune system resides – in the intestinal tract. Can something that is injected directly into the blood stream, and therefore intentionally by-passing the intestinal tract – actually cause the immune system to respond properly?

Catherine Diodati, M.A., author of Immunization: History, Ethics, Law and Health  (The Consumer Health Organization of Canada) states:

“Vaccinations are intended to prevent disease through low exposures to the diseases themselves. However, our immune systems respond differently to natural immunity (becoming infected by a disease naturally) and artificial immunity (becoming injected with a vaccine). Artificial immunity is temporary and doesn’t elicit a permanent immune response, which is why we have to have booster doses. However, natural infection almost always results in permanent immunity.

Vaccines bypass normal immune defenses that we use to fight diseases naturally. Vaccinations tend to stimulate only one part of the immune response and that is the antibody response, but suppress the T-cell response (cell-mediated immunity) and other aspects of the immune response. This is why we are seeing an increase in allergies and autoimmune diseases (particularly with certain vaccines like the hepatitis B vaccine). T-cell immunity is just as important if not more important than antibody, because it is the T-cells which activate other elements of the immune system, help them to mature and get rid of the infected cells. Antibodies, on the other hand, stop a virus or bacterium from penetrating a cell and producing toxins. You need both sides of the immune system working optimally, and the problem is that vaccines are imbalancing our immune systems. If you happen to have a history in your family of autoimmune disease or allergies, the vaccines will increase the imbalance. So we have to consider very carefully what we are trading off when we have vaccines. The reason we vaccinate universally is to create herd immunity. The herd immunity theory proposes that if a certain percentage within the population become immune to a disease, the whole population should be protected from an epidemic. This is based on a 1933 Baltimore study of measles. They found that when 68% of the population contracted the measles naturally and became immune, epidemics stopped. This same herd immunity theory has been applied to vaccines but we are finding that it requires an 85% to 95% vaccination rate to induce herd immunity, and often that high number is insufficient.”

She also goes on to say that vaccine schedules are altering the average age of infection. As an example, in a population of children who were coming down with pertussis (whooping cough), the average age before vaccinations was 1- 4 years. Children in this age range typically did not have trouble with this illness. After the vaccinations began, the children getting this disease were now under 1 year of age, and were also the most vulnerable due to their immaturity and underdeveloped condition. At the height of vaccination, the average age of infection was changed so that 70 percent of the population who were coming down with the disease were under 1 year of age. As you might imagine, the death rate went up.

It is important to note that most infectious diseases were on the decline during the advent of the first vaccines (1930s). This graph from the Journal of The American Medical Association shows crude infectious disease mortality rate in the United States from 1900 Through 1996.

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There isn’t much evidence that vaccines made an improvement since the inception of their use.

The efficacy rate of some vaccines is questionable as well, like the influenza vaccine; many who get injected with the vaccine come down with the flu virus.

The most effective vaccines provide roughly 40 – 60 percent effectiveness, while some have been believed to bring on the very disease they are developed to prevent.

Proponents of vaccines are fond of blaming outbreaks on those who don’t vaccinate. They say failing to vaccinate causes the loss of “herd immunity” and support their statements by referring to communities where there are outbreaks and populations of un-vaccinated people.  The reality is, there are outbreaks in populations that have been vaccinated, too.

News reports reveal the flaws in vaccines

  • Whooping cough – a report from San Diego, CA where they are experiencing the worst Whooping Cough (Pertussis) outbreak in years, dated from September 7, 2010 despite the fact that people have received vaccinations
  • Mumps outbreak – in February 2010, an outbreak of mumps occurred in New York and New Jersey amongst a population of adolescent boys in a Jewish community. 88 percent had received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 75 percent had received at least 2 doses.
  • Measles – in 2006, Boston experienced an outbreak of Measles. The cause? Suspected ineffective measles vaccines issued in the 1960s
  • Flu vaccine – discussed are the dangers and ineffectiveness of the flu vaccine
  • TB vaccine – the ineffectiveness of the TB vaccine may lead to the development of a new vaccine

As you can see, lack of disease outbreak in any given community is not necessarily proof of a vaccine’s efficacy, just as the occurrence of outbreak is not proof that non-vaccinated populations are causing the problem. To start your investigation, one of the most important things to do would be to determine how many people in that population were vaccinated and how many were not.

Ingredients in several vaccines:

DTaP (Daptacel): Aluminum Phosphate, Ammonium Sulfate, Casamino Acid, Dimethyl-beta-cyclodextrin, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Glutaraldehyde, 2-Phenoxyethanol

Formaldehyde – a known carcinogen; aluminum – a heavy metal and is especially toxic in small bodies

Heptatitis B (Recombivax): Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate, Amino Acids, Dextrose, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Mineral Salts, Potassium Aluminum Sulfate, Soy Peptone, Yeast Protein

Again, formaldehyde and alumimum

MMR: Amino Acid, Bovine Albumin or Serum, Chick Embryo Fibroblasts, Human Serum Albumin, Gelatin, Glutamate, Neomycin, Phosphate Buffers, Sorbitol, Sucrose, Vitamins

Glutamate – MSG, which is an excitotoxin and kills brain cells!!!

Some of the diseases we are vaccinated against are not much more harmful than the common flu virus that circulates around during cold and flu seasons annually, or the risks of developing a condition where death will occur is very rare:

Hepatitis B

This is a virulent virus, but it is not airborne. It is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids. So unless you are a healthcare worker who might be exposed to the disease through physical contact, a drug user, or a prostitute, you probably don’t have to worry about contracting this disease.  That I’m aware of, absolutely no infants fall into this category. Yet infants are injected often on their first day of life with this vaccine, and multiple boosters shortly thereafter.

Mumps and Measles

Generally considered to be innocuous childhood diseases, mumps and measles seldom cause complications and death is very rare. The incidence of measles went into steady decline from about the 1920s until the vaccine was developed in 1968, and if you look at this graph you can see how the incidence pretty much leveled out and stayed the same, even after the vaccination was developed. Measles symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, and a red blotchy skin rash.

Mumps symptoms include fever, malaise, pain and swelling (lumps) in localized areas such as jaw or glands in neck, groin, and testicular areas lasting 7 to 10 days in duration. The disease is airborne, but requires more contact as it is the least contagious. Swelling and lumps in the areas around the jaws are common, and can be painful.

Polio

In 95 percent of confirmed cases, the disease produces no symptoms at all. In the 4 to 8 percent of cases in which there are symptoms (referred to as symptomatic polio), the illness appears in three forms:

  • a mild form called abortive polio (most people with this form of polio may not even suspect they have it because their sickness is limited to mild flu-like symptoms such as mild upper respiratory infection, diarrhea, fever, sore throat, and general malaise.
  • a more serious form associated with aseptic meningitis called nonparalytic polio (1 to 5 percent display neurological symptoms such as sensitivity to light and neck stiffness)
  • a severe, debilitating form called paralytic polio (this occurs in 0.1 to 2 percent of cases)

It’s true that when the polio vaccine was developed in the 50s, it was successful in mitigating the disease (although not completely). So the idea of vaccination is not necessarily bad. My objection is the way in which vaccinations are marketed to the public as though there is no alternative, the ingredients used are toxic and have been found to cause harm to people who are injected with them and still the medical community persists in using and defending these drugs, and the fact that nutrition and lifestyle are never offered as viable solutions to health problems and disorders by conventional medical rhetoric.

Many mainstream medical and health sources claim there is no evidence linking autism and other disorders to vaccines. However, there are various studies and reports available from reputable medical and scientific sources such as The New England Journal of Medicine and Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry. And there are multitudes of parents with sick children who report that their child wasn’t ill until receiving several vaccines in one day.

It’s also important to understand that although vaccines may not necessarily be a primary cause of autism and other disorders, they are now being considered by more medical experts as a tipping point from “normal” to “abnormal” physical and mental conditions. A child with abnormal gut flora and digestive condition exhibiting no consistent, outward signs of a disorder like autism can be catapulted into full-blown autism after being administered just one round of vaccinations.

There are an increasing number of parents who are becoming aware of the effects and consequences of vaccines, and as this movement becomes bigger and bigger, more research and empirical evidence of the effect these drugs have on health will come to light.

Please check back for Part II of Vaccinations: A Choice Or A Mandate?

Tomorrow’s post will feature and discuss:

  • An informative video from Generation Rescue, Jenny McCarthy’s resource web site for parents with children who have autism and related disorders
  • My family’s personal experience with vaccines
  • Informed consent

If you would like more information on becoming informed about vaccines and the effects they have on health, read this excellent post by Cara Faus from Health, Home, and Happiness: How We Researched Vaccines

Resources:

Age of Autism

Home First - Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, M.D., J.D., M.P.H. resource site for education and choices, and a great video discussing the absence of asthma, allergies, ADD, ADHD, or autism in 35,000+ un-vaccinated children.

Vaccine Information CenterDr. Sherry Tenpenny, D.O. web site with resource information, education, and activism

Gary Null, Your Guide to Natural Living – Vaccination: An Analysis of the Health Risks

If you are a parent who has vaccinated, why did you choose to vaccinate and what are your experiences? Do you believe your decision to vaccinate has had any adverse effects on the health of your child?

If you are a parent who has chosen not to vaccinate, what made you decide not to vaccinate and how has that decision affected your child’s health?