Monday, March 10, 2008
I can’t stop thinking about the recommendation that all children receive the flu vaccine by a federal panel last week. Pretty soon the Center for Disease Control, who accepts advice from this federal panel, will start to recommend that pediatricians give the flu shot to all children, including newborns. If this recommendation comes to fruition, some 30 million more children stand to be vaccinated, giving it the potential to be one of the largest vaccination expansions in history. That’s pretty significant for a number of reasons, but the one that makes me the most nervous is the fact that the flu vaccine contains thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, and there is increasing evidence that this can be dangerous for many children.
It seems that children with diminished gut flora, or good bacteria – and it seems that number may be higher than we think – have a much harder time removing toxins like mercury from their bodies. According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, who wrote The Gut and Psychology Syndrome, a book that examines the connection between the increase in autism and autistic-spectrum disorders and gut dysbiosis (or leaky gut), it requires a few pounds of good gut bacteria to process toxins out of the body effectively. When good bacteria are diminished, this allows bad bacteria to proliferate, which in turn allows toxins to pass through the intestinal wall into the blood stream, where they can interfere with brain pathways.
So, what are the symptoms of diminished good bacteria? Asthma, eczema, frequent sinus and upper respiratory infections, constipation, diarrhea, and food allergies, to name a few. What causes diminished gut flora? Simply put, antibiotic use, poor diet, and nearly all medications. Unless a child is eating a diet that is high in raw food products, including raw dairy (if there is no casein allergy), or takes a good quality probiotic supplement (Bio-Kult has a good brand, see www.guthealth.info for more information), they are at risk for poor gut flora.
I don’t know about you, but I know A LOT of kids who fit into the above category. Since the number of autism-spectrum cases has increased drastically in recent years, it might be wise to hesitate before accepting blanket recommendations for ALL children to be vaccinated. Let’s ask the medical community to consider the possibility that a one-size-fits-all mentality doesn’t work with our children. We owe it to them to do that.
Lisa Fyfe is a contributing columnist for The Lohasian. Her column, “Life with Fyfe” provides a perspective on the everyday life of a modern holistic mom, as well as provides an insider look into best strategies for natural health and healing for the whole family.
Lisa is a Reiki Master, and an expert in Essential Oil Healing, and has spent the last several years extensively researching traditional diet and nutrition, with a focus on “whole,” locally grown and raised natural foods. She is a married mother of two children, Sophie (4 1/2) and Max (6months). Lisa approaches mothering as her highest calling, and believes that all mothers are natural healers and enjoys helping mothers (and others) help their children through the use of a variety of natural modalities.
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