Monday, December 17, 2007

FEATURE - Life With Fyfe: Confessions of a Holistic Mom - "The Vaccination Question"

Before I had children, I assumed that when I became a mother, I would make decisions guided by my intuition, and that this would somehow be easy. Wow, was I wrong. I couldn’t have imagined how much I would love my child, and how precious her health would be to me – and how much I would fear doing something that might endanger that balance. Some decisions were easy, like breastfeeding and natural childbirth, but when it came to vaccinating our now four-year-old-daughter, I was unsure, to say the least.

I read the evidence that vaccinations increased the risk of autism, leaky gut, and having lived in Denmark, I remember reading data in the newspapers that revealed reduced numbers of autism in children after the government decided to remove most of the ethyl mercury from the MMR vaccine. I knew there had to be truth to what I was reading, but my doctor led me to believe that I was making a grave mistake in choosing not to vaccinate. Here are some good questions on vaccinations for your doctor that I wish I had on hand then:

  • What studies have been done to prove their safety?
  • What studies have been done to prove their efficacy?
  • How long can you guarantee each particular vaccine to protect my child?
  • Vaccines contain mercury, even residual amounts, and formaldehyde, aluminum,antifreeze, MSG, phenol, etc. Aren't those poisons?
  • What are the safety studies on their use?
  • Do we know if my child is allergic to eggs? Do we know if my child is allergic to antibiotics?
  • What genetic material is being injected into a child's body along with the vaccine?
Ultimately, the decision whether or not to vaccinate is personal, one that should be made after careful consideration of all the facts. However, it is becoming more and more difficult to simply “wait” as evidenced by the recent events in Maryland. If you are going to defer vaccinations, it is important to know your legal rights.

Check out, and read "Evidence of Harm" by David Kirby to learn more about the scientific and political implications of vaccinating.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

vaccination is one of the biggest triumphs of medicine. as soon as horrible diseases - such as polio - will be back, there will be no doubt that vaccinations are a must and a blessing! the side-effects of infectious diseases are proven to be much higher than the risk of side-effects from vaccinations!