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. http://www.whale.to/vaccine/Janine1.pdf http://www.whale.to/m/quotes13.html
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. http://www.christianpatriot.com/vaccines.htm 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.