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The short answer to that question is no.
I have several colleagues who will pat me on the back, give me a high five, and say, “Amen, sister!” On the other hand, I have family members, and many other friends who look at me in aghast as though I’ve chosen to do something utterly maniacal and drastic for my son (these are the same people who balked when I announced I was having a home birth).
Usually, when pressed, I quickly summarize my reasons for avoiding childhood vaccinations, but there’s typically not much time to elaborate on the research, statistics, and evidence to which my husband and I stand fast on our decision. I’ll delve a little deeper into the why behind our decision. I think whether or not to vaccinate children is a decision that should be made by the parents (not the government).
I fully support any parents’ decision, but if the topic comes up, I will calmly and gently present information supporting reasons to avoid vaccinations. I encourage all parents to read thoroughly on both sides of the issue before settling on a decision.
Choosing to not vaccinate is not for the faint of heart
On another note, it’s easy to get your child vaccinated. Any pediatrician will willingly vaccinate your child beginning at 6 weeks of age. On the other hand, you may have to fight tooth and nail to prevent your child from being vaccinated.
I have a colleague, also a doctor, whose Florida pediatrician threatened to have their children taken away from them for opting not to vaccinate them without obtaining religious exemption from the local government.
Why bother NOT vaccinating children?
For the first time in history, U.S. [and Canadian] children are sicker than the generation before them. They’re not just a little worse off, they are precipitously worse off physically, emotionally, educationally and developmentally. The statistics have been repeated so often, they are almost boring.
Obesity affects nearly a fifth of children, triple the prevalence in 1980. Juvenile diabetes is up 104% since 1980. Autism, once regarded as having a purely genetic etiology, increased more than a thousandfold in less than a generation. The incidence of asthma is up nearly 75%. Life-threatening food allergies doubled in the past decade. The prevalence of allergies increased nearly sixfold. Almost one in 10 children—between four and five million kids—have been diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder. Nutrient deficiencies, not seen for decades in U.S. children, are prevalent again, or still persisting.
Many have argued that the increasingly aggressive vaccination schedule is partly to blame. In the 1980s, more vaccines were given earlier in infancy, as were more multivalent doses, most of which contained mercury…. If true, by vaccinating so zealously, rather than making children healthier, as school districts, federal health programs, corporate health infrastructures, and pediatricians insist, we have traded mostly benign or treatable childhood illnesses for incurable, lifelong, extremely costly disability and disease. It means that current vaccine policy and practice create more morbidity and mortality than they prevent in U.S. [and Canadian] children.
(Source: Why Do Pediatricians Deny The Obvious? By Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD)
According to the CDC and a summarized report by Lisa Killinger, Doctor of Chiropractic, children received only 4 vaccinations in the 1980′s. However, only five years ago, 10 million vaccines were administered per year in the U.S. Most of them were given to infants ages 2 – 6 months of age. Over 75 percent of all 3-year-olds in the U.S. were fully vaccinated, according to the CDC’s recommended schedule. By the age of two, healthy infants in the U.S. receive up to 20 vaccinations to protect against 11 diseases.
In 2007, the CDC recommended schedule increased for two year-olds to receive 35 vaccinations to protect against 15 diseases.
Visit the CDC for a list of the most current vaccine schedule and state law requirements database.
Vaccines tamper with natural immunity causing serious consequences
The body has normal mechanisms for defense, but by injecting particles of infectious diseases directly into the bloodstream, the immune system’s first line of defense (Th1) is bypassed. When Th1 is circomvented, the result is a “surprise attack” on the second line of defense, called Th2. The antibodies created from going directly to Th2 is so distressing to the body, it can result in anaphylactic shock.
Naturally occurring diseases are introduced into the body through the nose, mouth, skin and lungs, triggering a the Th1 level that usually combats the illness before it ever reaches the bloodstream. However, the repeated “back-door surprise attacks” on the Th2 level of the immune system from vaccinations make the body’s immune system hypersensitive. The body reacts inappropriately to other normally harmless substances like peanuts. The persistent onslaught against immune defense results in a modern generation of children whose immune systems are damaged. They suffer from food and environmental allergies, childhood asthma, and there is an increasing number who have life threatening anaphylactic disorders.
Aborted human fetal tissue is harvested and used as the precursor to cell lines grown for more and more vaccines.
Vaccines are cultured in tissues such as monkey kidney cells, rabbit and dog brains, horse blood, fetal calf blood, chick embryos, and, yes, even human fetal lung tissue. Under normal circumstances, the body only encounters foreign animal proteins though the digestive tract; when injected directly into the blood stream, these proteins can wreak havoc on the body.
Vaccines may contain unintentional animal viruses. It is impossible to completely isolate one virus from others within the animal tissue used for vaccine creation. As a result, vaccines pose the greatest risk of cross-species disease introduction; past vaccine batches have contained unwanted animal
viruses. There is even evidence that the AIDS virus was spread from apes to humans through a contaminated oral polio vaccine given to over 300,000 Africans. Since then, other vaccine batches have accidentally included mysterious animal viruses, one of which is SV40, which some scientists link to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and certain brain tumours in the Baby Boomer generation.
The chemicals added as preservatives and adjuvants (intended to make them more powerful) to vaccines are dangerous; they include formaldehyde, aluminum phosphate, phenol (carbolic acid), alum, acetone, and some still do contain Thimerosal (a preservative comprising 50% ethyl mercury). Many of these chemicals are neurotoxic and lead to a myriad of other health issues; they have been linked to autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, and other developmental disorders. These toxins build up in the system over time; heavy metals do not leave the system once they’ve crossed the blood-brain barrier. The medical community argues that “there is no conclusive evidence” linking vaccines with these disorders because they choose to reference scientifically flawed studies sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies themselves or refuse to undertake long term studies to compare the overall health outcome of fully vaccinated groups with non-vaccinated ones. Common sense dictates that injecting toxic chemicals into the bodies of neurologically immature babies is dangerous. (Note: the flu shot still contains mercury.) (source: http://www.vran.org)
Don’t vaccines prevent disease?
According to historical trends supported by research, the positive effect of vaccines has been minimal.
Deaths caused by childhood illnesses had already declined as much as 98% before vaccine programs were ever initiated. Evidence indicates that an improved standard of living, particularly access to fresh foods (and education on hygiene and sanitization), caused this drop in disease, not vaccines. Evidence also indicates that statistical tampering over the last sixty years has made vaccines appear more effective than they truly are.
Natural Immunity, not Promiscuity
The vaccine schedule delivers multiple doses of diseased animal/human organ tissue in high doses in conjunction with harmful toxins and carcinogens. Historically, when people did contract various diseases, it was one disease at a time, if in fact they did get multiple diseases over the course of a lifetime.
A body’s immune system is designed to create anti-bodies in response to a disease, and to fight and fend off an attack on healthy cells. However, when multiple diseases are thrown at it all at once (in conjunction with toxins, heavy metals, and carcinogens), the body’s response capability is severely handicapped by reacting and performing in hyper-drive all the time, and irreversible damage occurs.
It is not a natural occurrence to get 4 major diseases at once, yet that is how the immunization schedule is ordered…by the time your child is 6 weeks old.
There are vaccines for diseases that can only be contracted through sexual promiscuity (such as Hepatitis B). I do not encourage nor do I expect my son to be engaged in that type of behavior. Straight from the Virginia religious exemption form,
The Hepatitis-B vaccine protects against a disease that is only transmitted through multiple sexual partners or street IV drug users, and therefore usurps my parental authority to condemn such activity in my child. The acceptance of this vaccine promotes sexual promiscuity and immoral behavior in direct contradiction to the teachings of our faith.
Personally, I’d rather my son take his chances fending off a childhood disease like measles with his healthy immune system than subject himself to a lifetime of disease and disability from the crippling side effects that can occur from vaccines.
Like most children born in the 1970′s, I received immunizations. I have a story about a whole cell pertussis (DTP) booster shot taken in the buttocks at age 5 (even at that age, it was utterly humiliating). For two weeks afterward, I could not walk. My gluteal (buttocks) and hamstring muscles would seize up and spasm when I’d sit or lie down for long periods of time. Eventually, it wore off, but as a result my right leg and foot continued to turn inward for several more years of childhood and into adolescence which affected my walking patterns and posture.
As an adult, I joined the U.S. military. If you’re not current on immunizations, you’ll get them all at once in the medical processing station. If you do not provide a record of your immunizations, they will give you everything at once. Everything that is currently part of the CDC’s immunization schedule.
I won’t delve into the long military history of the U.S. government testing drugs and vaccines on its soldiers, because that’s not the point of this article. I will mention that while I was on active duty, some drug testing was optional and some vaccinations were mandatory (all the anthrax series, and smallpox). I had adverse skin reactions to anthrax as well as flu shots (also required every year for all active duty military personnel). Every time I got the flu shot, I ended up with the flu or a very bad cold in addition to an intense skin rash that would span 3/4 of my body. I had to take steroids to counter the rash due to the vaccination that was supposed to prevent the flu.
Although all military medical personnel denied there could be any side effects from the flu shot (I argued it was most likely the aluminum, mercury, and formaldehyde that my body was so aggressively rejecting), I knew there was nothing new in my diet, environmental exposure, or laundry detergent that was suspect. I was able to request testing for an allergic reaction which prevented me from getting the flu shot one year. Before they could schedule me for testing, flu season was suddenly over. While numerous co-workers who received the flu shot were taking several sick days off work to deal with the horrendous cold virus they suddenly got, I spent the flu season healthy and free of illness. To this day, I will never ever get another flu shot again.
One day, my son may choose to serve his country in the military. If that day arrives, he’ll no longer have the option of claiming exemption from vaccinations. I hope, for the sake of all military personnel serving our country and risking their lives in combat, that the government and CDC will learn to accept the evidence that immunizations cause more damage and disease than they prevent. I hope that vaccines will be optional for military personnel in the near future.
For now, we’ll do our part to keep our family safe and share information with others who are willing to listen.
It’s moving, if not heartbreaking, to listen to testimonials of families who saw changes in their children once they were vaccinated. Similarly, it’s joyful to hear triumphant stories of healthy adults who’ve seldom been ill and who never had vaccines as children.
But in today’s post-modern world, most folks want cold, hard facts. Vacinne911 has provided a list of medical journals, categorized by disease, that link the cause to vaccines in pdf format (courtesy of mercola.com). The medical journals indicate that vaccines are linked to such diseases and medical conditions as leukemia, lymphoma, epilepsy, seizures, auto-immune disease, diabetes, autism, convulsions, brain swelling, deafness, various organ disorders, and death.
To read more about the risks associated with vaccinations, please visit the following:
- The CDC lists the current vaccine schedule and state vaccination laws database.
- Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute – note the section on Immunization Laws to help parents separate facts from fiction.
- Dr. Joseph Mercola’s information on immunizations.
- National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) where you can report a vaccine reaction, harassment, or search a database for vaccine reactions. NVIC also has a downloadable pdf flyer to help you determine the signs and symptoms of a vaccine reaction.
- Canadian-based Vaccination Risk Awareness Network (VRAN) provides in-depth information on vaccine risks and side effects. Check out their list of vaccine ingredients.
- Informed Choice is another site that provides a table of vaccines and their associated ingredients.
- Read Barbara Loe Fischer’s blog, Vaccine Awakening. She’s a mom and the co-founder of NVIC
- For legal help in pursuing exemptions to vaccines, check out the vaccination liberation site where you can select exemption forms by state.
- Vaccine Truth provides a ton of information on the topic.
- Whale presents information on vaccine ingredients, contaminants, long-term vaccine studies, and treatment for vaccine victims.
For a cursory post on vaccine ingredients, read What’s in Childhood Vaccines? and the post that links to a video where CDC chief admits that vaccines are linked to autism.
If you have questions or concerns, check the resources above, check with your child’s health care provider about your options, and as always, you can e-mail me (drgarnecki at gmail dot com).
What choice has your family made in regard to childhood vaccinations? What influenced your decision?
–By Dr. Dolly
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