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 – http://drtenpenny.com/default.aspx)
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. http://www.cdc.gov/injectionsafety/patients/syringeReuse_faqs.html
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.