Recently, we had the chance to interview Dr. Rachel Orscheln, M.D., a pediatric infectious disease doctor regarding vaccinations and their impact on childhood diseases. Her research is compelling. She describes the significant decrease in childhood illness and death due to common infections attributable to vaccination. She also explains how those that choose to selectively vaccinate pose a risk, not just to themselves but also to their community… because they are often the cause of outbreaks.
On the one hand we have Dr. Orscheln’s research and on the other, the links between toxicity and what Dr. Kenneth Bock calls the “new childhood epidemics” of autism, ADHD, asthma and allergies.
Dr. Kenneth Bock is the author of Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies. I bought Dr. Bock’s book because my son has severe food allergies and Bock asserts that the exponential rise in life-threatening food allergies as well as the 1,500% spike in autism in the last 20 years is due in part to the assault on our children’s bodies of “deadly modern toxins.” These are toxins that are found in our food supply, our environment and in vaccinations. Dr. Bock says, “Genetics alone don’t cause epidemics. Genetics are essentially constant from one generation to the next. Epidemics occur when genetic vulnerabilities are assaulted by environmental changes — introductions of a new virus, a new bacteria, or a new toxin.”
Dr. Bock’s position is not unique. Parents are taking a very proactive approach and educating themselves on this issue. Christine (@wyndsong) has some excellent points and helpful resources:
I decided a long time ago that I wasn’t going to vaccinate my sons, long before I even had them. As a baby I was born with extremely severe allergies and was put on a delayed vaccination schedule by my pediatrician. My older sister started her research on vaccines when she had kids, and since I was a teenager at the time, I read the articles and books she had to make my own decision. Knowing that my children would have a high probability of having severe allergies as well, I knew that at the very least they should have a delayed schedule. As I got older and read more about vaccines, and with the internet having more and more information so readily available to me, my decision to not vaccinate at all was confirmed.
There are many reasons not to vaccinate, but mostly it comes down to the idea that the risk of vaccines killing a child, or worse, out ways the risk of my child coming down with one of the diseases and it causing serious harm to them. Some of the diseases that they want to vaccinate for are simply no where near as dangerous as the vaccine, such as the Chicken Pox. This is a relatively harmless childhood disease. Yes, a child can have serious complications, but those complications are far less likely than the vaccine causing problems with your child. At least as far as I am concerned.
Here are some excellent links that have helped me to make my decision not to vaccinate my children.
http://www.vierascheibner.org/ – A Dr. in Australia dedicated to getting the truth out about vaccinations.
http://www.nvic.org/ – The National Vaccine Information Center – America’s Vaccine Safety Watchdog
http://whale.to/vaccines.html – a Site with tons of links and articles on the dangers of vaccinations
http://www.vaclib.org/ -Vaccination LIberation – a national grassroots network dedicated to providing info on vaccines not often made available to the public.
http://www.thinktwice.com/ – One of the first sites dedicated to getting out the uncensored infomation about vaccines.
http://www.vaccinetruth.com/ Vaccine Truth – another great site with lots of information about vaccines.
So what’s an expecting or new parent to do? You can opt for thimerosal-free vaccines. You can request to see the vials for your child’s shots. You can choose to amend your child’s vaccination schedule or selectively vaccinate. Of course, I would advise that you weigh the risks and benefits and make all of your decisions with the counsel of your pediatrician. If you have any concerns regarding autism, ADHD, asthma and allergies… if your family has a genetic predisposition for any of these conditions, like @wyndsong’s, I strongly urge you to read Dr. Bock’s book.
I have to admit, I am really grateful that my kids are past the age when I have to decide on whether to vaccinate them as I did when they were babies. I myself was not as educated about this issue and yes, I followed the standard immunization schedule. Personally, my hindsight is NOT 20/20 on this one! Although we continue to battle with environmental and food allergies, I am grateful that my children are otherwise healthy.
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