Vaccination is an extremely controversial topic these days. Whatever side of the aisle you may fall with regard to your opinion about vaccination, one thing is for certain. The choice to vaccinate or not to vaccinate is a decision that has the potential to greatly impact the health of you and most importantly, your children for the rest of their lives.
As a result, this decision should not be taken lightly and it should not be made in a vacuum. In other words, don’t just take your pediatrician’s word that shots are safe. It is possible for doctors to be wrong. They are human, after all. In reality, your doctor is simply parroting the standard line about vaccination from the American Medical Association (AMA) playbook. If you think you are getting their honest assessment, think again.
You should neither assume shots are dangerous just because your friend down the street doesn’t vaccinate her kids.
The key here is education; making an informed decision by investigating the facts with an open mind and knowing exactly what you are getting yourself into before you commit to do anything.
With that in mind, the list below will briefly detail to you the reasons why I did not vaccinate my own children and will never consider a shot for them for any reason even in the event of a so called “pandemic.” Please remember that I come from a medical family. My own Father (retired) is a MD as is my brother and my cousin (who was a pediatrician, now deceased). My husband’s mother is a nurse. There is no shortage of opinions on this subject in my family, I can assure you.
So, don’t use family pressure as an excuse to do what you need to do once you investigate the facts for yourself and make an informed decision. There is no more foolish choice than to do something because it is someone else’s wishes and not your own. It is your body, after all and these are your children. There is no one on earth who knows what is best for them except you and your spouse – not even and most especially not your doctor! Make your decisions feeling confident in this knowledge.
#1: Pharmaceutical Companies Can’t Be Trusted
Let’s just list a couple of the (many) times over the past 10 years where a drug or drug regimen has been deemed unsafe and downright dangerous and yet the pharmaceutical companies covered it up FOR YEARS in order to continue raking in the profits for as long as possible. This should be an easy task.
How about Vioxx? Before this dangerous drug that caused thousands of deaths from heart attack and stroke was finally removed from the market, evidence surfaced that Merck had withheld information and even doctored reports on its dangers years before. As of November 2007, Merck had agreed to pay $4.85 billion to settle approximately 27,000 cases from victims claiming injury or death of a family member using Vioxx. While this is a huge sum of money, in reality it represents less than one year’s profits for Merck. Does it pay for a drug company to lie about a drug’s safety and efficacy? You betcha. The risk of payouts to victims from getting sued is lower than the lure of huge and long lasting profits while a drug’s patent protection remains in effect.
I could cite other examples, but I’m trying to keep this post as pithy as possible. Please comment if you have other examples of pharmaceutical company deceit. It will help others reading this blog who might still be on the fence about this issue.
Remember the old proverb, “Fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me”? These corporate behemoths have proven themselves to be completely untrustworthy based on past behavior. In a court of law, if such a company were an actual witness, an attorney would never put them on the stand due to a serious lack of credibility. Are you really going to take these companies at their word that these shots are safe when money and profits are impacted by their answer?
UPDATE January 2015: Merck, the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine is currently embroiled in two lawsuits for falsifying data on the effectiveness of the mumps vaccine. One of these lawsuits was brought by two of its own scientists! Just another example of a the lying and fraud perpetuated by the drug companies with regard to vaccination.
#2: ALL Vaccines are Loaded with Chemicals and other Poisons
Here is a list of some of the damaging ingredients in the vaccines on the market today:
phenol (used as a disinfectant),
formaldehyde (cancer causing and used to embalm),
aluminum (associated with alzheimer’s disease and seizures),
glycerin (toxic to the kidney, liver, can cause lung damage, gastrointestinal damage and death),
acetone (used in nail polish remover),
streptomycin. And the ingredient making the press is
Can you imagine injecting this stuff directly into your child’s body? At least if you ate these ingredients, your body would have a chance to detoxify and eliminate them before any permanent damage could be done. But, to inject them deep into the body’s tissues where the toxins are absorbed directly into the blood is the most damaging and lethal approach imaginable. How could anyone possibly think injection of such a cocktail of poison could in any way help preserve and enhance your child’s health?
It sure didn’t make any sense to me. And, here I am 17 years later, still very happy with my decision NOT to vaccinate my children.
Sadly, I know many Moms with 20/20 hindsight who greatly regret their decision to vaccinate. I don’t know ANYONE who has not vaccinated and regrets their decision, however. Which group do you want to be a part of in 10 years?
#3: Fully Vaccinated Children are the Unhealthiest, Most Chronically Ill Children I Know
One thing that completely confounds me is that there are no studies comparing the health of unvaccinated children to the health of vaccinated children. This seems like such an obvious study and it should have been conducted decades ago. Why hasn’t it been done yet? My guess is because the health of the nonvaccinated children would so totally blow away the health of the vaccinated children that the discussion about the dangers of vaccines could finally be put to bed and the case would be closed emphatically in favor of those that accuse shots of causing chronic illness and auto immune disease.
Take an informal poll of the folks in your circle and see for yourself. Observation is a powerful tool, so put it to use. The kids with the most problems – allergies, asthma, ADHD, autism, coordination and other gross motor issues, etc sure seem to be the ones that are right on track with their vaccination schedule, don’t you think?
Even more powerful, ask Moms with several children, some of whom are vaccinated and some who are not. In my own circle, the Moms I know who have one or two older kids who are fully vaccinated and the younger kids who did not get any shots tell me that, hands down, that the unvaccinated children are healthier and have less problems.
Someday there will be a study that shows that unvaccinated children have many less health problems than their vaccinated peers. Don’t wait until this study is finally done because it will be too late for your child.
#4: Other Countries Are Waking Up to the Dangers of Vaccines
#5: A Number of Vaccines Have Already Had Problems/Been Removed from the Market
Here is a brief list of some of the vaccines that have caused serious injury in recent years. Please comment with others that you know of if they are not on this list:
– In Feb 2002, GlaxoSmithKline removed the Lyme Disease vaccine from the market citing poor sales when in fact a number of folks who received the vaccine reported symptoms worse than the disease itself such as incurable arthritis or neurological impairment.
– The Rotavirus vaccine (Rotashield) was removed from the market in 1999 due to an association between the vaccine and life threatening bowel obstruction or twisting of the bowl! Interestingly, my pediatrician at the time (who was a lifelong friend of our family) had highly recommended that this vaccine be given to my newborn baby at the time. I trusted my instincts and said no to the shot – am I glad I did! My pediatrician (remember, lifelong family friend) subsequently dropped me as a patient. Guess he wasn’t such a friend after all! Click here for the full story.
– Another vaccine that has had a lot of problems but is not yet withdrawn is the Gardasil vaccine for adolescent girls. Fainting, paralysis, slurred speech are just a few of the reactions reported and yet this vaccine continues to stay on the market. At least 1600 adverse events have been reported since its approval in 2006, yet doctors are continuing to recommend this shot to their patients. Why this vaccine hasn’t already been removed from the market is astonishing.
If the vaccines above have had serious problems, the others probably do too as vaccine manufacturers follow the same basic formula when coming up with each new shot.
#6 You Can Always Get Vaccinated, But You Can Never Undo a Vaccination
Procrastination is usually considered a character flaw, but in the case of vaccination, delaying the decision for as long as possible plays to your advantage. The longer you wait to vaccinate your child, the better. A child’s immune system continues to develop for years after birth. The blood/brain barrier does not fully develop until adolescence. The longer you wait, the more likely your child’s immune system will be able to handle the onslaught with minimal damage.
If you don’t know what to do, don’t do anything!
Conversely, you can never undo a vaccination. There are holistic therapies that can detox a child from the vaccine’s poison, but the damage that is done can never be 100% repaired. And, I have NEVER met a fully vaccinated child that is healthier and more robust than a well nourished, unvaccinated child. Period.
While I would like to convince you to never vaccinate your child, if I can simply convince you to delay it for a few years that is certainly better than vaccinating a baby. If you can simply commit to waiting until your child is school age to vaccinate, so much the better than if you vaccinate as a toddler and so on. Time is on your side and waiting is the best policy when it comes to shots.
By the time your child is older, more research will have been done, you will have an opportunity to learn more and become more comfortable with your decision to wait. Who knows? Your attitude of wait and see may turn out to be permanent.
This is an interesting blog. My grandpa received a flu shot around 2010. He was subsequently paralyzed from the neck down. To this day, his body is weakend severely. It is hard for him to walk from his bathroom to his bed, and some days he cannot go anywhere. This is 5 years later and with lots of therapy. Oh, and by the way, my grandparents received a settlement for it and had two experts witness that it was indeed the vaccine that caused this. Also, the flu shot you are getting is not for this year’s flu. and the last flu vaccine they gave was not effective according to the CDC and yet they still were encouraging you to get it. I am so glad my grandpa who can no longer shave himself, or even walk around his yard got the flu shot. His quality of life is so much better since he did not get the flu. people who are 100% pro-vaccine, you need to get a grip.
I’ve only had one vaccination in my whole entire life, and I’ve been doing so much research recently because my parents didn’t have any real good reasons to why they didn’t vaccinate me. Only saying that there bad and unnecessary. I’m very thankful that they stopped with getting vaccinations for our whole family. Now that I’ve been doing this research I feel like a chemist and or a scientist knowing all of these chemicals being put into these’s serums. I wanted to defend my position whenever someone would say to me that I should get vaccinated and now I can.
The smartest and most educated women in the United States are leading the trend to opt out of vaccines for their children. Opt out rates are increasing quickly … it’s at 7% of kindergarteners in the state of Oregon alone. This is why the pressure from media and government to force vaccinate. People are waking up and thinking for themselves and Big Pharma profits are endangered. The pressure to vaccinate and the fairy tales about how it saved the world is about money and power, not about “health”.
If you doubt it, don’t vaccinate your baby and see how as the years pass, he/she doesn’t suffer from the allergies, asthma, behavior issues, tics, seizures, learning disorders and other problems that vaccinated kids do. You can always vaccinate, but you can never undo a vaccine. Once you inject those toxins into your helpless child’s body, they will do their damage and it is very difficult to undo it even using holistic methods. So many parents regret vaccinating, few to none regret nonvaccinating.
My wife is 37 weeks pregnant & we live in Kenya. Here it is mandatory to vaccinate your child or else you cannot admit your child to school. We are so confused and get even more confused and worried when we read on how unsafe vaccinations are especially the MMR vaccine. Can you please tell me which vaccines are a TOTAL NO NO. We are contemplating on being selective though I am not sure if this will be accepted by our paediatrician.
I fully respect you opnion naturally but I do not agree with it. Why would you want to put the ones you love in danger by not making them immune to some of the most horrible sicknesses? I understand you are from a medical family and I am certain you have a much bigger knowledge of this subject than I do but doctors have been doing this for such a long time. And it has been proven to be very successfull! For exapmle: Polio is 99% eradicated. (I read this on multiple websites and in multiple books.)
The reason is because toxic drugs like vaccines (yes, they are drugs!) damage a person’s immunity over the long term and the toxic chemicals in the vaccines have a high rate of causing the huge lifelong burden of autoimmune disease and neurological problems. I’ll take the very very slim risk of complications from infectious disease over a lifelong burden of illness or neurological problems any day of the week. It’s about risk vs. reward and the risks of vaccinating far outweigh not vaccinating. My three children suffer from ZERO autoimmune problems and have NEVER required even a single dose of antibiotics to get well in 16 years … this is large part to avoiding the immune suppression of vaccination. I hear this story over and over and over again from nonvaccinating parents. Do you ever hear of a single nonvaccinating parent who wishes they had vaccinated? I never have … even those parents who have had children have a childhood infectious disease (mine have all had supposedly “deadly” pertussis). Do I wish I had vaccinated for pertussis? Nope.
But I am healthy and well, have a BMI of 20, have healthy parents who have been vaccinated and a healthy sister who was also vaccinated. I am only young and was just brouwsing on the internet for interesting topics but I just dont understand this, it is a topic I am extreemly interested in! Please don’t take this as critisism but as a interseted question being asked.
I am glad you are well. Imagine how much better you would be if you weren’t vaccinated? I don’t say this as a joke. You would most likely be stronger and have more energy and vitality without the vaccines you got. Also, how many times have you needed antibiotics to get well in your life? If you weren’t vaxed, probably none. All the vaxed people I know take antibiotics a lot because they are weakened physically from the toxins and the unnatural assault on their immune system. Vaxed people have trouble getting well without meds. Nonvaxed people generally do not. One more thing, why would a BMI of 20 mean anything? Not being overweight doesn’t mean your healthy.
I also want to comment that I do not know about all of the 70 vaccines you say kids get. I don’t know if all 70 are good. But, I at least would choose the ones that prevent things like whooping cough. I would never want to hear my child gasping for breath because I chose to let my child suffer through that preventable disease.
But again, I don’t know all of the vaccines, and so I can’t say I support all of them. But if its the difference between a weak immune system or a dead child, I know which I will choose.
Why does everyone think that if you get whooping cough, you die? This is so ridiculous and just the Big Pharma marketing machine at work brainwashing people. All 3 of my children had pertussis (whooping cough). My youngest was a baby at the time. None of them “gasped for breath”. They are all fine. Yes, it is some of the worst coughing I’ve ever seen, but I would never vax for this! DTP shot has been linked to type 1 diabetes which develops years later in adolescence. Worth the risk for a few weeks of coughing which has the benefit of the child never becoming an asthmatic? Not by a longshot!
I do not understand your point when you say fully vaccinated kids are the unhealthiest. I am fully vaccinated.
My body is not hindered by vaccines. I am on the track team, and can run 1 mile in 4:27, 2 miles in 9:37, 3.1 miles in 15:49…. Can your kids do that? The most serious medical problems I have had were Lyme’s disease (from ticks, not vaccines) and a collapsed lung (from being tall, skinny, male, and healthy, not vaccines). The only sickness I get is from colds, and I have not missed a day of school for the past three years (and before that it was only about one day missed per year).
In high school I had a GPA of 3.96, and am now going to school to study pharmacy, and have a GPA of 3.6. I love chemistry. I love math. I love science. Are your kids that smart? I am also a musician, and am playing in my university’s most prestigious music program. I have only played guitar for 5 years. I love jazz, classical, metal, and gypsy music. Are your kids that talented?
I could look at the rest of your points, but that would be an endless argument. I only post this to invalidate your argument that vaccinated kids are unhealthy. On the contrary, I am the healthiest person I know. (okay, maybe my brother is, but he was still vaccinated just like I was.)
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