The father of medicine wrote “Let your medicine be your food and your food be your medicine,” but he placed even more importance on the moral qualities needed to be a physician, such as discernment, self-effacement, and devotion. The Hippocratic Oath is still taught to medical students: perhaps if they were taught some of Hippocrates’ methods the world of medicine would be less of a mess!
When I was a kid I remember going to the doctor’s office a handful of times. I wasn’t sick very often, just check up’s here and there. I would be so bold as to write (without checking first) that my parents did the responsible thing and had me vaccinated with the 10 vaccines that were scheduled to be given each child in 1984. (You can find the list of those 10 on DrMomma.org) Back then we vaccinated against things like polio. It was not debated, or questioned, or an issue like it is today because we weren’t given 38 vaccines before the age of two. Yes, 38. Again, you can find the names of said drugs at DrMomma.org.
This is not an anti-vax post (I do vaccinate my children, according to what me and my doctor believe is best for our family), but I want to highlight some myths that are being spread by those who may not understand that when it comes to the immune system as a whole, vaccines are not the primary defense against diseases. A healthy and strong system is our #1 defense and vaccines weaken that system tremendously in some children. My son was one of them. There is a monitoring system the CDC uses to keep track of adverse reactions from certain vaccines. VAERS. My son was vaccinated twice, having the same reaction to the vaccine both times. The same drug, at the same time, gave these children the same reaction (this is just a sampling from the hundreds…) These are some of the other kids who had the same reaction that my son had. Number 303819, 310928, 312714, 331816… you get it.
It is our responsibility to protect our children and others, but let’s be reasonable about how these drugs are being administered. Knowing what we now know about vaccines, what would I have done differently? What will I recommend to my children when they have kids and the vax number is up to 60+ vaccines per child before the age of two?
1) I would look for pediatricians and doctors who are knowledgeable about the risks and benefits of vaccines. Any doctor who will not discuss both risks and benefits is not the doctor for me. I want a doctor who knows his/her facts about vaccines. When I know more about a drug than my doctor, or the doctor is too arrogant to admit that there are risks with any vaccine, it should send up a red flag. I finally found an excellent, award-winning office in Florida. If you live in Jacksonville check out Progressive Pediatrics. They are an A+++ and will listen to your concerns, they are extremely knowledgeable about drugs and can help you weigh the risks vs. benefits. My doctor here in KC is great and very respectful of our wishes and our allergies to certain vaccinations. It helps to have a doctor who is willing to do what’s best for me and my family, not what’s best for drug companies.
2) I would have not given my child round 2 of the drug that sent us to the ER the first time. It did the same thing the second time.
3) I would have given my children the best organic foods life has to offer. What’s the point of vaccinating and then giving a child a pop tart for their morning nutrition? Medicine and good diet and hygiene work together to create the strong immune system in a person. Most of the diseases we vaccinate against are not life threatening to a child. Some are. 4) I would have learned the difference before making my blind choice.
Vaccine doesn’t mean immune. December 2014, 21 NHL Pittsburg Penguins players were infected with a mumps outbreak. Shots and boosters were up-to-date. My kid was vaccinated against the whooping cough, diphtheria, and tetanus. Twice. He is now living his life with autism- NOT DUE TO THE VACCINE, but the reaction that these 3 vaccines, given together, caused… toxic wastes secreting into his blood for almost 7 days. The same thing happened to hundreds of other children and those kids are also suffering with autism-like symptoms.
5) I wish I could go back and make my decision on a vax by vax basis. I wish I studied the immune system, the diseases and the drugs. I didn’t know. A recent study by the CDC found kids who were vaccinated according to the CDC schedule come from homes run by poor, unmarried, uneducated mothers. I certainly fell into that category when I was vaccinating heavily. The study goes on to claim that children who are not vaccinated according to schedule come from homes where they are well provided for, with married parents, possess a degree of some kind, and have conversations with their doctors.
We know so much more today than we did 40 years ago. Unfortunately, often times I find the only intellectual input to the human pain and suffering and loss surrounding vaccine related issues is “anti-vaccine freak.” Intelligent conversations can only be had when both sides lay down their anger and use rational, intelligent, and sometimes personal conversation. I am more than open to listening to information. I vaccinate. I am not anti-vaccine. I just want people to know that the shots are not 100% safe. Nothing is, and there are other options. The use of essential oils can be the best defense against viruses and bacterial illness. A healthy diet filled with organic, unprocessed foods would have been the best choice for one of my children. Instead he will always struggle with a low IQ. He has autism. He will never have a relationship or a family with a woman. He is “used” by children, taken advantage of, then bullied and abused when he is told he can no longer let those children hurt him or “use” him. He is afraid because he doesn’t know who to trust. And I wonder if I had known the risks vs. benefits of giving him another round of the drug that hurt him the first time, would I have chosen to strengthen his immune system rather than destroy it? He was born healthy and we have been told by professional after professional that something changed the way his brain works. Many have been bold enough to admit that it was most likely the reactions he had to both rounds of the particular vaccines that took him to the ER.
I believe vaccines eradicated diseases like polio. And I am so grateful for that. I also believe that it was ignorance or fear on the part of my doctor which kept him from sharing with me that I was poisoning my son. Along with Hunter, kids across the country are struggling with the effects of their parents choosing the vaccine route in creating a strong immune system. There are many, many ways to strengthen the immune system against diseases like chicken pox, or using education and condoms to protect against STD’s, rather than vaccinating and killing hundreds of young girls. The story of Thieves essential oil is probably one of my favorites… during the Black Plague grave robbers (Thieves) were stealing from those who had died of the disease, yet they were not getting sick themselves. When finally caught, these thieves were asked what they did in order to stay healthy, immune from the plague. It was essential oils. Particularly Eucalyptus, Juniper, Rosemary, Lavender, and Tea Tree.
6)Oils are valuable in dealing with infectious diseases on three counts. First, they increase the body’s ability to combat infection from bacteria or a virus. Next, they attack the bacteria or viruses themselves. And thirdly, they prevent the spread of infection. 7)Nutrition is important because a variety of essential nutrients are needed for the manufacture of white blood cells. A diet with lots of protein and a high proportion of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, seeds and grains and a little unsaturated vegetable oil will usually provide all that is needed to build a fortress of an immune system.
It is infuriating when the medical community refuses to listen to parents, but instead calls us names or worse, makes fun of us for asking questions. What’s worse is when all they know is what they got out of the textbook (I have seen the sections on vaccines in many of these books and they tell nothing of vaccines, simply that they need to be given on schedule or everyone will die of chicken pox, basically). Some doctors are choosing to inform themselves, then teach their patients about vaccines, the immune system, and health. I only wish I would have found one of these before handing my son over to a fate I wish on no parent. It’s easy to yell “Yay for vaccines!” when your child isn’t allergic to them. Make fun of me for seeking out information… it’s nothing compared to what my kid goes through daily.
Lay down your anger and ignorance. Lay down your entitlement. Search out vaccine reactions on the VEARS website and have a little empathy for parents of children who didn’t make it through their first two years of vaccines. I am so happy your kid is healthy, but I would never poke fun or call you names just because you chose the recommended schedule. I expect the same courtesy in return.
Knowledge is power. Learn before filling that script or signing for that shot… seek out all the options with your doctor. How so many of us wish we could go back and do so.