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Health Happy Round-Up: Vaccine Awareness

j0433218Welcome to a weekly series on Traveling with Baby, Health Happy Round-Up which focuses on multiple aspects of wholesome living and optimal health for the entire family.  Each weekend, Traveling with Baby will share some insightful news, recipes, and tips to help you consider fresh new perspectives on wholesome and happy health.  If there’s a topic or recipe you’d like featured on Health Happy Round-Up, let me know!  [drgarnecki at gmail dot com].


j0321155As a doctor mom, I’ve often been asked whether or not my husband and I have chosen to vaccinate our son.

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.

What happened?

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.

Vaccine ingredients

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.

My story

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.


j0313931It’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:

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).

Your turn:

What choice has your family made in regard to childhood vaccinations?  What influenced your decision?

–By Dr. Dolly
Twitter me: drdolly

26 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for this info. It is really great to hear your feedback. This is an issue that I have gone back and forth on in my mind a lot and in the last few years I have not had our children vaccinated due to to the fact that I wasn’t confident in that decision.

  2. Thank you for this post!!! We haven’t had any vaccines yet and it is always so encouraging when you can read and hear this type of encouragement. It is not easy to stand against the main stream. You are always made to feel inferior as a parent and incompetent to make these decision from the medical professionals. We still have to do the exemption and unfortunately in Iowa there is no option for a philosophical exemption. Thanks again for this post!!

  3. Wow, I just want to thank you for standing up to the medical industrial complex. I also want to thank you for taking the personal responsibility for the health of your child. And thanks for the great information. Keep up the good work.

  4. Excellent article!
    The military has one of the highest rates of autism – about 1 in 60 military children have autism.

  5. That was perfect timing Dolly. I am doing a vaccine talk at a parent’s goup next week and have just begun putting together materials.

  6. Excellent post!

    I use to be one of those moms who was always up to date with the kiddies vaccinations. My son has had all of his and he is 9. My daughter, she’s another story. We did the 2 month vaccination she did fine. At 4 months went in again, my son was sick with a virus at the time and after shots Paige ended up sick. Everyone thought that “she had what Johnny had” at 6 months I took her in again for the next round. She ended up sick like the last time she had shots…and I knew. I knew it was because of those vaccination shots. 3 days of 102 degree fever, she was lethargic, didn’t want held, didn’t want put down. It was miserable. I beat myself up over it. I could have seriously messed up my daughter. My goodness, I felt like the worlds worst mother.

    I’m so thankful for our family doctor. She agreed with me and said no more shots. She would like to see her on a delayed schedule, possibly starting one vaccination every two months to see how it goes when she is 4…but ultimately, she left that up to us.

    I like you have had the flu shot once, and that year I have never been so sick. I ended up with Influenza A and Pneumonia. Never again will I subject myself to that torture!

  7. You’re not alone. Keep your humanity intact, keep their poison out of your veins. There is a large movement of informed people who are against vaccines.

    Check out this link for legal ways to avoid them.

  8. We do not vaccinate. Several years ago when my son was having unexplained seizures (hundreds a day) I was given the book Evidence of Harm and, well, thought I was reading about my life. That sparked many changes in every part of our lives, years of research, and the confident decision to not vaccinate our children and future children ever again.


  9. We have chosen to vaccinate, but at a much slower rate. I only allow 1–2 shots per year. I understand the research behind all the increased childhood ailments, but I tend to think most of it is from the industrialization of our food supply and environmental chemicals around us every day. I don’t like the idea of babies being heavily vaccinated, but I would also hate to see awful diseases like polio, whooping cough, and others that crippled and killed many children two generations ago make a chilling comeback.

  10. A colleague contacted me on Facebook requesting information in regard to the tetanus vaccine. I found a couple articles by Dr. Donald Miller on the topic of mercury

    and his recommendation for a user-friendly vaccination schedule for those who are interested in walking the middle ground:


    Kristen, I totally agree with you about the processed foods an environmental toxins negatively affecting health and immune response. Read this article on whooping cough:


    and this one on resistance to the whooping cough vaccine

    There’s a lot of information available about polio…namely the link between the vaccine and cancer, as well as the increased likelihood of contracting polio with sugar (that’s how the disease was given to rabbits to grow the vaccine…rabbits couldn’t get it until they were fed sugar).

  11. Dolly,

    If this were the full extent of vaccination research, nobody would get vaccines. But to present this information as fact without presenting the studies that suggest vaccines are important is misleading, at best.

    “There are vaccines for diseases that can only be contracted through sexual promiscuity (such as Hepatitis B).”

    This isn’t true! People who travel to less-developed countries are at risk of picking up Hep B through contaminated medical supplies and Hep B can be transmitted through saliva (see, e.g., http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3869437).

  12. You should have your medical license revoked (if in fact you have one). Although there are many issues to take with this erroneous and misleading posting and the dangerous propaganda it promotes, first and foremost is the link between Autism and vaccination which has been thoroughly debunked by all EVIDENCE-BASED scientific research. To that point, the original authors of the Lancet article (Dr. Andrew Wakefield, in particular) espousing “evidence” to support the link between the MMR series and autism have now been exposed for the fraudulent data they manufactured, yet our country still suffers from this horrible misperception as rates of Pertussis and other dangerous and entirely preventable illnesses increase in communities where vaccine rates dwindle. I think you and your supporters are morally bankrupt.

    • Ah…you are a chiropractor, not a medical doctor. So I suppose you get to speak with authority on medical issues like vaccination risks and benefits and the evidence-based research in this area without risk of losing your medical license because you don’t actually have one. Brilliant.

      • Amber,

        I agree with you about the importance of vaccines. Nevertheless, I don’t think you are going to persuade anyone by coming to a forum run by a chiropractor and attacking the profession, the author’s integrity, and the like. There is a human being behind this blog.


  13. Sapna
    Thanks for the free advice but I think a spade should be called a spade. As someone actually in the medical field, based on scientific research and not mysticism, I reserve the right to question the integrity of someone using the title “doctor” to speak as an authority beyond their scope of training. No worries, though…I ran across this blog by accident and will certainly not waste any more of my time here. I will save the meat of my argument for those I feel I can best influence – my patients themselves!

  14. I understand that it is required to be “up to date” (CDC schedule) on vaccines to enroll a child in school.
    I have 2 kids and we live overseas. I had to really search to find a varicella vaccine for my 2 year old because the clinic was out, but I saw that he needs to have it to enroll in school in the US.

    What do non-vaccinating parents do about school?

  15. For all interested the National Vaccine Information Center will have their yearly conference October 2, 3, 4. You can go to NVIC.org.
    Great post Dolly, I believe Russell Blaylock, MD, and well known neurosurgeon would echo your thoughts on the risks of vaccines. His work in neurotoxicity is remarkable. You can access his website at http://www.russellblaylockmd.com.

  16. Thanks for the great post, Dolly! Will come back soon to read in its entirety, and will pass on to my SIL and cousin who also don’t vax. I just finished reading the book by Karyn Seroussi, “unraveling the mystery of autism and pervasive developmental disorder.” EXCELLENT read. We did some of the vax w/ both our girls up to 4 mos. I think, but none with Daniel. Wish I hadn’t done it with the girls, either, but was still learning about it then… I cringe when I hear that my friends or cousins are taking their little babies to get their shots, then on top of that loading ’em up with tylenol.

  17. Well Amber we will see how much you come back to check. Your patients are under the care of the wrong provider. If you are so closed minded and won’t even listen to the head of the CDC that said under oath in federal court that there is a link between vaccines and autism and the risk is in fact 1/50, then you are the one that should have your so called medical license pulled. If you want to know the history of your profession and all of the corruptness that lies in there just look at the fact the largest pharmaceutical company just got fined for $2.3 billion. Yes that is billion. This was for deceiving, cheating and persuading “doctors” to prescribe there meds “off-brand”. Talk about an industry that needs to start over and have everyone of your licenses revoked. How many of your patients die each year because of your care? the allopathic model kills between 800,000 and 1.2 million people each year. How much do you have to pay in malpractice insurance? That should tell you something. think before you speak. There is a link between a lot of aspects in this society for the demise of our health. We rank almost last in the world in overall health and we spend the most money on drugs (the main thing you try to kill your patients with, sorry I mean help keep sick). Try this in your vast medical knowledge, do not prescribe a single medication unless it is going to keep the person alive right then and there and do not perform a surgery unless it is life or death, then try to figure out what you can do to help your patients. Want to know something, more will actually get healthier that way.
    Dolly keep it up.
    Oh and you do not have to have your children vaccinated. That is a lie that is told to you to get your kids vaccinated. It is not required.

  18. Dolly thank you for this article! You know the simplest logical statement that I have used on a few people – if you are vaccinating your child then why would you be worried about your child “catching” something from an non-vaccinated child? If I choose not to vaccinate my child it is I who should be worried about “catching” something, right? I mean besides any other argument that can be made either way if 99% of people out there vaccinate their families then they should not be scared or afraid of the 1% that choose not to. Unless of course they have no faith in the vaccines… Anyways… we are in Iowa and can only claim a religious or medical exemption and that is frustrating. But our son is still not vaccinated and has had 1 fever in his 18 months of life – and that only lasted about 12 hours because of constant adjustments by our chiropractor all day long. At Jacob’s 12 month check the doctor lectured me on vaccines and then commented on how happy and healthy he was and said to keep doing whatever we are doing and I told him the chiropractor is our first stop and no vaccines – that is what we do and that is why he is healthy and I will keep doing it – thank you! He was not sure what to say.

    Talk to you later and thank you!

  19. Dolly,

    That was big of you to leave Amber’s comments up. I don’t know if I would have allowed them myself. No worries though. There are always going to be those who continue to drink the gov’t koolaid.

    When I was a medic in the army, I’d done my homework and decided to refuse the anthrax vaccine. I wrote my command a letter and was preparing to go to jail. Two days before I was scheduled to receive it, it was declared illegal. I can’t tell you how relieved I was. I felt like I got a second chance on life.

    You probably know that the best explanation for gulf war syndrome is that it was from the experimental anthrax vaccine. Service members who never deployed (but got the vaccine) ended up with it too.

    Thanks for writing about this. Take care.

    • Hi Louis, I only delete comments that have profanity or are otherwise inappropriate. I definitely invite the discussion here, and realize that there are strong feeling on opposite ends of the spectrum on this issue.

      Very brave of you to take a stand against vaccines while an active-duty soldier in the military. I’m amazed at your courage and willingness to go to jail to avoid vaccines. I wonder if people who have opposing views would be willing to do the same?

      I hope your actions helped create a precedent for other members of the Armed Forces who also want to avoid anthrax or any other experimental vaccine.

      Thanks for sharing your story!

  20. I find that with any health subject, whether it’s vaccines, nutrition, or weight loss, evidence can be found to either support or denounce any and all positions. What’s important is to have information on both sides… and thank you, Dr. Dolly, for sharing the lesser-heard side.

    Decisions must be made gathering all of the information and then making decisions base on how you view the world.

    In my case, I researched the vaccine issue and decided that I trusted my child’s (and my own) body to build health and remain healthy through living well, eating well, reducing toxins, and removing undetected nerve stress. I believe that this is a far stronger stance for us than making decisions to proceed with a vaccine out of fear that somehow nature didn’t make us strong enough.

    It boiled down to a philisophical question- do I trust nature more or do I trust a pharmacudical company more. It was a no-brainer for us.

    There are many, many other facets to this discussion to numerous to even begin to discuss, but I would like to point out that at no point did Dr. Dolly say, “don’t get vaccinated”. In fact, she states in her opening paragraph, “I encourage all parents to read thoroughly on both sides of the issue before settling on a decision”. This is called “Informed consent”, and is a basic right in our free world.

  21. A very wise man and former Dr. told me what he learned in Med school. All medicine is poinson. The difference between medicine and poison is the dosage you give. You give enough to kill the disease without killing the patient. I will never forget this it was very interesting.

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