Response to Pediatricians’ article

So here is my analysis of the article that appeared in Pediatrics magazine that I previously posted.  The article encouraged pediatricians to use fear and anxiety to manipulate public opinion.

In the first paragraph the author is calling for greater potency in presentations to the public that vaccines are safe, effective and necessary. I’d just like to point out that nothing in life is safe. I mean, think of anything, anything good, and too much of it will probably kill you, or at least make you sick. Even water. The only time that anybody asserts that something IS “safe”, is when there is some danger involved. Think about it. Flying. Cars. Amusement park rides. Anybody that tells you that something IS safe, is wanting to sell you something.

There are a lot of very smart, very educated people who would argue against the effectiveness of vaccines in general, and certain ones in particular. I’m not here to make a case for that, but I do want to bring up one point. If a particular car is a bad, a lemon from the time it roles off the assembly line, the auto industry won’t tank by admitting that the car was absolute crap or even dangerous. And changes are made and people still keep buying cars. The medical and pharmaceutical community are not willing to publicly state that any vaccine is not safe, effective, and necessary. If they can come up with a vaccine, then it IS therefore “safe” and “effective” and “necessary” seemingly just because it is a vaccine. There seems to be no capacity to judge vaccines on an individual basis.

I’m not even going to address “necessary” here except to say that there are definitely dissenting opinions. I know parents who search around for somebody that has chicken pox so they can get their kids exposed early on, so they can have a mild case and lifelong immunity. Why then is a chicken pox vaccine (varicella) necessary? That it has to be refreshed every few years for life or the individual runs the risk of getting very bad chicken pox or shingles makes it seem that the “cure” might be worse than a disease. But it is a vaccine, therefore it is “necessary”.

The author goes on to encourage various groups, pediatricians, and even the CDC to get on board with a “clear and assertive campaign”. So, one question that comes to my mind is “why?” Why is it so important? He does not expressly say. But obviously he thinks that anti-vaccine campaigns, can or will lead to fewer vaccinations. What that means to him is not readily apparent from this article. But one consideration is that reduced vaccinations will result in reduced revenues for pediatricians. There is also the issue of maintaining public confidence. If they have that, they can tell people to do or buy, anything. Control and money are likely issues here. He might also have some concern about “public health”.

One other thing I want to point out at the end of the first paragraph is his use of the word “beliefs”. He doesn’t say that we need to be more vocal defending our science, the evidence, all of the studies. He says they need to defend their beliefs. What beliefs is he talking about? The ones I just addressed. The beliefs that vaccines are safe, effective, and necessary. It is a belief. It is not irrefutable scientific fact. And from all of the studies that I have examined, nobody is trying to arrive at irrefutable scientific fact. The studies are very poorly devised if that is the purpose, and quite frequently, overreach in their conclusions, in order to further this belief.

The author goes on to say that scaring people with negative messages to manipulate them is okay as long as it is done ethically (not sure what that means in this context or in their belief system) and tells “a truth”. I thought it was interesting that he said “a truth” and not “the truth”. “A truth” can be part of a larger body of information that makes up “the truth”. But when only using “a truth”, one can mislead, or deceive, by accident or intention. For instance it is “a truth” that seat belts cause deaths. Researchers have shown that in some situations, having a seat belt on, will cause your death, when not having it on would not. So, one could truthfully say that seat belts kill people. True, yes. The whole truth, not by a long shot. Just because some have died, and will die BECAUSE of wearing seat belts, does not mean that seat belts are dangerous or that wearing them is more dangerous than not. The whole ruth is much different than “a truth”. There are a whole host of factors, not the least of which are speed, road conditions, skill, distance, size of vehicle, tires, brakes, alignment, etc. that make up the whole truth. And so, the real truth is that most of the time, seat belts will save lives and injuries that would have occurred without them.

Giving one piece of “truth” like the author espouses, without context and without balancing information, ceases to be the sharing of good, potentially life-saving information, and becomes the preaching of an ideology a belief system. The only reason for suppressing the other information is that it will not achieve your goals, or will potential undermine or call into question the beliefs that you are trying to propogate. The author is very blunt that the goal of this scare campaign is to manipulate public opinion. He wants to scare people into their belief system.

More on this later.


Treating life as an illness?

Steph just read me an interesting statement from a midwife group something to the effect that they believe that birth is a natural process not an illness to be treated. One of our employees asked for a little bit more clarification as to how exactly one would treat birth as an illness. As I started describing, I realized, that allopathic medicine, and by extension, most humans, treat the ups and downs of life as an illness. And like most allopathic practices, merely treat the symptoms.

What do I mean by that? Humans are very complex beings made up of all sorts of things to which we apply names, the various parts of our body, our minds, will, emotions, heart, personality, spirit, etc. I believe that none of these things are disconnected from the others. And none of these things remains static, they are all changing all the time. That would mean that how they are all relating to each other would be fluctuating all of the time. I would consider this to be normal within certain parameters. And what would fall outside of those parameters would then fall into the category of illness or disease.

Giving birth is a natural process that has been going on for thousands of years before the advent of modern medicine. Most women who have had multiple children will tell you that each experience was different, progressed differently, felt different. However, modern medicine does not take that into account. Anything that falls outside the very narrow window of what is considered “normal”, requires intervention. Normal does not mean normal for the individual. Individual factors like race, age, size, weight, baby weight, gestational period, weights of previous babies, health, and many other factors, are not considered to find normal for this individual. They are however, weighed against this absolute of normal, and to determine if intervention is needed and how much. Sadly, very few hospital births are performed without some level of intervention. And even more tragically, some of the intervention screws up the regular flow of childbirth, and all to often the end result is C-section. In fact, if you study it, you will see a “normal” pattern of intervention leading to C-section.

This is just an example of how many doctors and many of us view the world, where regular life and its vicissitudes, are not considered normal. Everything must be treated. A man feels very sore one day. Takes the strongest pain killers he can get his hands on. It doesn’t matter that he moved a piano the day before, by himself, and it was his first serious physical activity in months. No massaging of muscles. No stretching. No soaking in a tub with salts. Just cover up the pain. It is abnormal. I would contend that it is natural and one should deal instead with the root issues – sedentary lifestyle, lack of wisdom and more immediately, how to relieve the soreness in the muscles and not just cover it up.

A girl can’t sleep. It stems from emotional issues, and stress levels. Insomnia is a natural response sometimes to issues like this. I think many of us have had this experience. All too often instead of addressing the root, a drug is procured from doctor or over the counter, to depress the body and force it into sleep.

I could go on and on, but I don’t think I need to. Most of us have seen the people that have like 30 prescription meds and as many over the counter meds. Uppers in the morning. Downers at night. Anti-depressants. Painkillers. Anti-inflammatories. Antibiotics. Pills to counteract the bloating caused by other pills. Pills to counteract the rashes caused by other pills. Pills and pills and pills. But it isn’t just the pill poppers.

Life is full of ups and downs, but it seems like the attitude of many is that anything off of a static straight line, is an illness. There are so many things that we experience in life that are natural, they are normal. Normal is not static. We wake up tired. We have more energy one day than the next. We have some aches and pains after sleeping wrong, or working out. This is normal. However many choose to whip their bodies with caffeine, or taurine, or sugar, or other substances, depress feeling with painkillers,

Life is a gift and a blessing. We should be trying to support our bodies with good nutrition to promote great health. We should be trying to support our minds with great input to promote great thought. We should be trying to support our emotions with great experiences and attitudes that promote contentment and joy, we should be trying to support our wills with wise commitments and standards, that promote meaningful achievement. We should seek out and root out those issues causing ill health, not cover them up. We should seek out and root out those issues causing mental angst, not depress them. We should be learning ourselves who we are, what we are like, and what are the varying degrees of normal. It is work. It may be hard. But like almost any hard work, there is profit.

Your life is not an illness. Don’t treat it that way, and don’t let anybody else treat your life that way, regardless of the number of years in school, or the diplomas on the wall.

Pediatricians are urged to scare you into vaccinating

Rahul K. Parikh, MD

We need our academy, along with other groups such as the American Academy of Family Physicians and, yes, the CDC, to be more potent when arguing as to why vaccines are safe, effective, and necessary. They can do this by getting behind a clear and assertive campaign. If opponents to vaccines put a celebrity on Oprah, then we need to take out a full page ad in national newspapers to show parents what a child with tetanus looks like, or air an ad with a parent telling the story of how their child died from Haemophilus influenzae meningitis. Images and stories like that bear much more emotional weight than graphs that show the decline in tetanus or H influenzae meningitis since vaccines for both of these diseases became available. We also need to craft effective language when we address antivaccine groups’ accusations against the medical community. In short, we need to defend our beliefs and ourselves more strongly.

Such a stand is not without its risks. Some will criticize us for using fear and anxiety to manipulate public opinion. Such”negative messages” are okay if they are done ethically and tell a truth, that truth being that vaccines save lives. Others may suggest that we urge proxy organizations to spread the word instead of putting our own reputations at stake. However, those people should realize that we physicians still hold the kind of stature that can endorse and affect change. Thus, we should thrust this responsibility on ourselves.

PEDIATRICS Vol. 121 No. 3 March 2008, pp. 621-622 (doi:10.1542/peds.2007-3235)

This whole thing got me thinking a lot. Isn’t it kind of funny that we can think all sorts of things, yet not be able to explain them or have words define them? That’s has been the case here. I will try to get it all out in another post soon.

More on vaccination

In my previous post I went through some of the reasons in general that Steph and I chose not to vaccinate our child. In this one I will explain a bit further the one compelling argument that has kept us from vaccinating, and also present the scenario where I think one might possibly want to vaccinate. Hopefully this won’t be a long post.

There is a lot of information coming out about autism, autism spectrum, and other personality disorders. There is great information coming out about great advances made with folks with these conditions when they concentrate on careful diet and gut healing. There is a mounting body of evidence that seems to indicate vaccines are at least a contributing or exacerbating factor in the dramatic increase in cases of autism that is being seen.

The fact that there is significant improvement with a change of diet, with a healing of the gut, indicates to me that there are probably all sorts of contributing factors to autism spectrum disorders, including environment, stress levels, diet, general health, etc. But this should not be shocking because common sense tells us this is the case with any illness, autoimmune disorder, or cancer. Trying to say that touching this thing, or drinking that thing, or sniffing this thing, WILL CAUSE cancer is ludicrous, yet people still try to do it. In similar fashion, I do not believe that vaccines WILL CAUSE autism. However, I believe that in some cases, kids are already extremely compromised, and it may not evident that they are vulnerable until it is too late – especially if one is not sensitive to the signs. And then the day comes that the toll of all of these accumulating factors have worn down these children enough, and then this heavy hammer of multiple vaccinations in one day swings down and breaks these fragile objects all to pieces.

We have one of those precious, fragile, little people. She is sensitive to high fructose corn syrup, food dyes, other stuff in processed foods, refined sugar, any foods with little nutritional value and maybe other stuff which we have yet to identify. On days when she is away from all of her triggering agents, AND getting good nutrients, she is a sweet little angel with lots of helpfulness and patience. And then there are the other times. At those times she exhibits behaviors that put her on the autism spectrum. repetitive motions like rocking, lack of eye contact, difficulty understanding, acting out, not so much disobedience as a complete disregard for anything told to her, antisocial behaviors – and more. The difference from one day, to another, or even one hour to another can be truly shocking. Things are a lot better. We’ve been more careful with her diet. We’ve tried to improve her gut health, which has resulted in an overall improvement in health and provided more of a buffer. We are more sensitive to her needs and to the signs that she has gotten something she shouldn’t that needs to be flushed from her system, or that she is not getting things that she should. But she still has these very acute sensitivities indicating that all is not right with her body.

Maybe we could have given her vaccinations, on track with the CDC recommended schedule and she would have been alright. Maybe we could have done a selected number on a delayed schedule and she would have been fine – if we could have found a pediatrician that we didn’t have to fight to do it that way, or who wouldn’t just sneak the extras in (it happens). Maybe she would have been fine all the way up to the last vaccination. We don’t know. But it seemed careless to do that in light of the evidence we had. And so we have chosen not to vaccinate so far. But as I mentioned, it wasn’t just a case of doing nothing. We chose to do all we knew to strengthen her immune system and build her overall health. A healthy immune system is not nearly so vulnerable to the pathogens for which vaccinations are given.  A truly healthy immune system will actually protect better than rolling the dice, getting the vaccination, and hoping your kid is not that estimated 1 in 10 for which the vaccine is ineffective. (How they arrive at these figures is really beyond me since I cannot find any evidence that there has ever been any controlled testing done to determine efficacy on any vaccine, and how they can make a blanket statement across probably 100+ different vaccines, I haven’t the faintest clue.)

I did mention that I thought there might be a time when vaccinating might be the right choice. Here is what I was thinking:

If you are planning to feed your children the standard American low fat diet, high in processed foods, with a smattering of vegetables and meats from the grocery store,

If you have been on antibiotics, and not gone through intensive gut rebuilding before giving birth,

If you plan to have your children on antibiotics when they get ill,

If your kids aren’t exhibiting any adverse reactions to food dyes, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and they have no food allergies or sensitivities,

If your kids don’t have serious behavioral issues,

If you don’t have any moral objections to the way the vaccines are made,

If you don’t have any other concerns about vaccines and consider them safe, or safe enough,

If you think you should for the protection of your child,

Then, you should probably vaccinate your children. And if you choose to do so I recommend that you follow these procedures:

1) Educate yourself (This is a great site with lots of good information run by a medical doctor –

2) Pick and choose only the most needful of the vaccines for the most deadly illnesses – don’t do them all – especially not varicella (chicken pox)

3) Vaccinate on a delayed schedule. To my knowledge most pediatricians won’t give you too a hard time about this.

4) Ask for single dose vials instead of multidose per CDC recommendation.

5) Precede and followup each vaccination visit with immune boosters, like Berry Well,Vitamin C, and propolis.

6) Know your family history. If there is a history of allergic or other adverse reactions to vaccinations, that should be a major consideration.

7) Don’t vaccinate your sick children. Don’t combine a sick visit with a vaccination visit.

8) Most of all, know your children. Be sensitive to when an illness with fever would be would be detrimental to their overall well-being.

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

That is the question!

Steph and I have vacillated on this very vital issue through the years. We discussed it before marriage. We discussed it after marriage. We discussed it before Noelle, and after Noelle. Our opinions differed a bit each time. And as recently as 2 years ago, we were going to take her in to get her vaccines on a delayed schedule. We were sure that the doctor would be vexed with us for our non-vaccinating villainy. We have friends who have been victims of vicious, vigilante doctorism, and have been vigorously vilified. Verily, our fear of this may in the end have protected our daughter. We have continued to learn more and more about vaccines and have come to the conclusion that we will concentrate on improving the vitality of our daughter with vitamins and diet, rather than vaccinate. We are becoming veterans, and have probably studied more vaccination information than most doctors.

I just want to mention a few telling things that we have found through the years:

1) Vaccinations take a toll on the immune system, and require a good immune system to be effective. Tragically, the ones the medical community say need the vaccinations the most, the young, the old, and the immuno-compromised, get the least benefit from vaccines. As far as we can tell, there is no consideration given to the health of the child (or adult) or the state of the immune system at the time of vaccination.

2) There are many studies now showing direct connections between vaccinations and an increase in miscarriages, and other debilitating conditions – the FDA and CDC are however still not varying from their stand that vaccines are not harmful.

3) There are a lack of quality studies showing the benefits of vaccinations. I’ve heard honest clinicians acknowledge this and respond that though, they might or might not help, and they certainly don’t hurt – see #2. There have never been human trials on any vaccines – ever. The argument that I have heard is that is would be unethical to do human trials with vaccines. However it is commonplace (and for the most part required) to have human trials comparing drug vs placebo for other drugs, regardless of how “life giving” or “life changing” or “life saving” they might be, not only to test efficacy, but to test safety.

4) Be careful about studies. The Journal of the American Medical Association[2005;294(2):218–28] published a paper showing that one-third of “highly cited original clinical research studies” were eventually contradicted by subsequent studies. And the fact is that the conclusions reached in the summaries often don’t reflect the actual study itself.

5) Drug companies that manufacture vaccines are not liable in any way for ill effects from vaccines, from any source, including manufacturing defects. They could (and do, see #6) put poisons, toxic chemicals, and hazardous waste in the vaccines with impunity. Special laws have been passed granting them immunity. It gets worse than that. There is actually a “vaccine court” – separate from the regular court system. If you can absolutely, unequivocally and without any shadow of doubt show that a vaccination caused an adverse reaction (a near impossibility, but still people try – 4900 cases pending for autism alone), then the US Govt pays damages. You understood correctly. Your doctor, the drug manufacturer, and others in the chain get paid (get rich) for peddling this stuff, and if it harms somebody, then your tax money is used to clean up the mess.

6) The EPA only allows 2 ppb (parts per billion) of mercury in drinking water. More than that is “unsafe”. They classify 200 ppb as hazardous waste. Some vaccines contain 50,000 ppb of mercury.

25,000 ppb mercury = Concentration of mercury in the Hepatitis B vaccine, administered at birth in the U.S., from 1990-2001.

50,000 ppb Mercury = Concentration of mercury in multi-dose DTaP and Haemophilus B vaccine vials, administered 4 times each in the 1990’s to children at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 18 months of age. Current “preservative” level mercury in multi-dose flu (94% of supply), meningococcal and tetanus (7 and older) vaccines. This can be confirmed by simply analyzing the multi- dose vials.

So, the EPA says that this stuff is extremely toxic and will fine you for improper disposal because it would be harmful to the environment, to humans, etc. But the FDA and CDC say it is harmless and not only that you can, but you SHOULD inject it into your children’s bodies.

7) Most high up FDA workers end up working for pharmaceutical companies. Or, came from pharmaceutical companies. Why is that bad? Use your imagination for a moment and picture yourself pushing a shopping cart through Wal-mart. You are turning a corner and the cart becomes unresponsive due to poor maintenance and the result is a terrible pileup with the cart and various other things on top of you, paralyzing you from the waist down. (We’re using our imaginations, remember.) You sue. The judge used to be one of Wal-marts lawyers. Is that bad? Yes it is, and the judge has to recuse himself (step away from the case) lest there be any hint of favoritism (conflict of interest). And then the next judge comes along. Rules for Wal-mart. A year later, he is making millions of dollars per year as Wal-mart’s head honcho lawyer. Hmm. Fishy? You betcha. Yet, both of these scenarios are readily allowed between the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry. One is supposed to be regulating the other. Instead it turns out they are really partners.

8 ) Doctors cannot be charged with malpractice if there is an adverse reaction to a vaccine, because they are just following protocol. And the official line is that vaccines are safe, anywhere, any time, for any one (ludicrous, because not even clean water can be dangerous in certain situations) and ultimately the liability goes back to the manufacturer, who you’ll remember has been given immunity by the US government.

9) 50-80% of pediatricians income is from vaccinations. They are quick, easy, and profitable. Therefore is not in the pediatricians best interest to have an open mind regarding vaccinations, to recommend delayed vaccination schedules, or to recommend avoiding them altogether.

10) Steph used to work for a sub-center of the CDC. At a CDC function she got seated with a number of folks who were in part responsible for putting together the recommended immunization schedule. She asked them about how they did immunizations with their kids. Not a single one followed the schedule. They either did all of the immunizations on a delayed schedule, or only did selected immunizations. Obviously they are doing what they think is best for their kids. You see how messed up the system is when they aren’t recommending what they think is best. One must assume that there is pressure upon them to do it the way they are.

11) I read an “unbiased” article on vaccinations in a magazine one time and there was a very telling argument in there. One lady said that all of those who weren’t vaccinating their children were increasing the likelihood that diseases that have been dormant for years, would start running rampant, exposing and endangering vaccinated and unvaccinated children alike. My immediate thought was, if vaccines work the way they are touted to, what do the parents of vaccinated children have to fear? They are immune!

12) These are just scary articles about all of the stuff that can be and are found in different vaccines, including RSV, ebola, monkey virus, various chicken viruses, acanthamoeba (brain eating amoeba), many other viruses, nanobacteria, various microorganisms, enzyme inhibitors, foreign residual DNA and RNA, prions, retroviruses, etc.

13) Some viruses used for vaccines are grown in aborted human fetal tissue – mostly from two different babies aborted in the 60s. They just keep letting the same “material” divide and divide and divide. Those viruses not grown in this manner are typically grown in chicken embryos, or human cancer cells, or monkey cells among others.

I am not entirely opposed to vaccinations, yet – just vaccinations for our own children. One day, maybe we will be vindicated for our refusal to vaccinate. In the meantime we are willing to be “villains” to protect our children. In my next post I’ll tell you when I think vaccines may be appropriate.

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