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Tag: vaccine safety

My Thoughts on Vaccine Risks

I received a request from a reporter asking me for my thoughts on vaccinating children. It was a personal request as she has a two-month old daughter and is facing the issue. While I feel comfortable sharing my personal thoughts on vaccines, I want to be sure that it is clear that this is my personal take on it, and in no way should be construed as official advice. Parents must follow their own conscience when it comes to vaccines.

That said, here are my thoughts about vaccines and vaccinating kids: Some vaccines are worth the risk while others are not.

I enjoy traveling the world, and my children have already been introduced to the benefits of international travel as well. Traveling carries with it inherent risks of being exposed to diseases through airborne viruses, insect bites, or even simply stepping on a rusty nail. Vaccines can offer some protection against these things that may make the difference between life and death.

There are terrible diseases that used to kill or disfigure lots of people for which there are vaccines that have been used for a long, long time. Diseases like polio, tetnus, and diptheria, for example. I have vaccinated my children against these “traditional” killers and generally think these older vaccines are pretty safe to use. Where I have the biggest problem with these older vaccines is with the practice of administering multiple vaccines in a single visit.

The vaccination schedule promoted by the government is based on the recognition that it’s easiest to take care of things when you have someone already in the doctor’s clinic. With the goal of vaccinating the most people possible, that means that they load the littlest babies up with multiple vaccines in a single visit because they might not see them again for another chance. This is the theory of public health.

As a hyper-sensitive individual with an auto-immune disease, I don’t like being treated like the masses, and I didn’t like the idea of my little babies being injected with multiple vaccines at once and overloading their systems. I negotiated with our pediatrician to space out the vaccinations and not give more than one shot in a two-week span. Multiple vaccine shots, like the MMR, are formulated this way because they work better when given together, but there is no medical reason to give the MMR and the DPt shots together in a single day.

Following each vaccination, I administer a spray of Liddell Detox Vac homeopathic remedy underneath the tongue to help relieve uncomfortable effects and detox the undesirable elements without compromising the immunity bestowed by the vaccine.

The vaccines I don’t trust at all and refuse to allow for my children are the Gardasil (HPV) vaccine and the flu shot. You can read my previous posts to see exactly why I feel this way about these two vaccines.

I’m still on the fence about the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine. I did start the 2-shot series with my children and then a few weeks later they both came down with the chickenpox anyway. They never had the second shot as the disease occurrence rendered it moot. I think I would have preferred to do it the old-fashioned way and exposed them intentionally to the disease and then treated it with homeopathic Rhus Tox. Of course, that’s harder to do these days as no one gets chickenpox anymore. In fact, only the oldest pediatrician in the clinic even correctly identified the rash when I brought my son in as many younger doctors have never seen it manifested.

The Danger of the Gardasil Vaccine

At a family reunion last week, a cousin asked what I thought about giving the HPV vaccine (Gardasil) to adolescents. At 10 years old, our kids are getting close to the recommended age for this shot and there’s a lot of hype. I gave her an unqualified answer: DON’T DO IT.

The risks of getting the Gardasil vaccine far outweigh any possible benefit it may or may not bring. Getting the Gardasil vaccine may be something you and your child pay for over the rest of his or her debilitated life.

If watching a pharmaceutical get fast-tracked through the FDA without adequate testing and then seeing it be widely promoted for something you didn’t realize was a widespread problem and just-about-forced on the general public isn’t enough to make you nervous, then you are living in the wrong decade. Go back to the 1940s; we should know better by now.

If you don’t have children, you may not be aware of the Gardasil vaccine, which was approved by the FDA in 2006 after the manufacturer submitted short-term results from self-funded studies. The premise starts with the high incidence rates of the highly-contagious Human Papillova Virus (HPV) infection in young, sexually-active teens and adults. HPV is also known as venereal warts and may occur internal or externally on or inside the genitals of both sexes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “HPV is so common that nearly all sexually-active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives… Most HPV infections (90%) go away by themselves within two years. ” Treatment may include freezing or removing visible warts or mutations, and most treatments are successful.

So, to start, while HPV may be an epidemic, cervical cancer resulting from HPV is not. In fact, it is extremely rare. A small, very small, percentage of cervical cancers (possibly 5% or less) may develop 20-40 years after an active, untreated HPV infection.

Even better, both HPV infection and the possibility of cervical cancer from HPV 20-40 years down the road can be avoided or treated by using condoms and by having regular pap smears, practices we should be teaching our boys and girls are mandatory anyway. The best part is that neither of these interventions have the possibility of leaving someone with severe loss of function for the rest of their lives.

A powerful documentary, The Greater Good, shows the danger of vaccinations and introduces a young girl who fell ill immediately after receiving the Gardasil. I highly recommend watching it to anyone debating the merits of getting the Gardasil vaccine for your kids. Another soon-to-be-released documentary, One More Girl, will do the same. It’s meaningful to meet the cheerleader who now has to be wheeled out for homecoming just because she got a Gardasil shot.

Beyond the devastating physical repercussions of this shot is the message that you won’t have to use condoms to protect against STIs because you’ll be protected by the vaccine.

While I have a number of reasons for avoiding this vaccine at all costs, Dr. Kelly Brogan does a great job of giving all the info on cellular function and the relevant statistics for why this is not only not a good vaccine, but one that could cause permanent, lifelong neurologic damage in your unsuspecting teen. She points out that the vaccine is only designed to address a fraction of the known HPV strains anyway.

Lest you think I am against all vaccines, let me assure you that I’m not. I believe in the efficacy and safety and necessity of the polio vaccine, for example. I do not, however, subscribe to the validity of the flu shot each year and choose to opt my family out of this particular government-led push.

Personally, I would rather talk to my children frankly about sexual activity and stress condom usage at all times over injecting them with potentially harmful chemicals for no good reason that may leave them damaged for life.

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

My son came home the other day and asked why I didn’t take him to get a flu shot.

“We don’t get flu shots,” I answered. “We drink Good Belly instead.”

Yes, I was being flippant, but still. While the vitamins and probiotics in Good Belly won’t kill any flu germs we might pick up, I’ve seen how it helps to keep our bodies from being inviting environments in which germs can flourish. Why do you think some people who work in an office will come down with the flu while others won’t? When my family drinks Good Belly, we don’t get sick. When we don’t drink Good Belly, we see colds and flu. I’m reminded of this every year. And no, I don’t have any connection with the company; this is just my own experience.

If/when we do get sick, we employ a variety of homeopathic, herbal, and nutritional remedies to bring relief and healing.

Besides, there’s a lot to be wary of when it comes to pharmaceuticals for hypersensitive people like me and my children. We’ve already learned the hard way that we are hypersensitive (I have MS and my kids have food sensitivities), and that our tolerance thresholds are already lower than the average person’s. I feel no need to push the envelope.

Please don’t interpret this as advice not to get vaccinated; I struggle with this question myself every time it comes up with my own family. Personally, I’ve tried to strike a balance between the essential vaccinations and the non-essential vaccinations, and although getting the flu sucks, I consider the flu shot to be non-essential to my toxic load.

Here’s a fascinating documentary starring Dr. Bob Sears about vaccines and their possible side effects. It’s free to view until November 5, 2011, so take a few minutes now to watch it.

THE GREATER GOOD from BNP Pictures on Vimeo.