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Why I Won’t Be Vaccine Mandated

11 Feb

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Since I moved a while back, I have been searching for a new Dr. for my children that is near us.  Fundamentally, I disagree with a few different things most modern Drs believe in:

1)  That medicine cures all ills

2)  That vaccines protect us

Now, I don’t believe all medicine is bad.  Nor do I believe that vaccines have no merit.

What I do believe is that medicine is given with very little thought to its direct affect to other areas of our health (ever seen the disclaimers on tv?  may cause death, seizures, blindness…) since it is generally considered that the reason for taking the medicine outweighs the risks that it causes.  The same mentality is then applied to vaccinations.  The risk of the disease or ailment is much greater than the risk of being harmed by the vaccination.

I can appreciate that logic.  I just don’t agree with it.

I believe that diet and nutrition plays a huge role in the quality of our general health.  If people were to completely transform the way they chose to eat to a diet of vegetables, fruits, and even whole grains, I truly believe they could be cured of almost anything that ails them.  Look up the Gerson Diet for example or watch “Dying to Have Known”, “Hungry for Change”, and “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” on Netflix and you might get more of an idea where I am coming from.

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As far as vaccinations are concerned, here is what needles at me every time I consider them:

1)  There are dangerous preservatives, things that have been known and proven to cause neurological problems (just to name one), that are in most every vaccination.  Mercury, for example is dangerous for human consumption on an extreme level.

2)  The number of vaccinations that each child has to get by the time they reach age 2 is astronomical.  Outrageous.  How any human body can cope with the onslaught to their immune system is beyond me.  At the first, even though I had these beliefs, I thought that alternate vaccine schedules would be the answer for me, but after reading even more on the topic, I decided to fore go them entirely…  much to the chagrin of a handful of my disapproving friends, family, and the medical community at large.

And yet, I feel that it is my responsibility to make choices for my family that I believe will keep them safe.  While Drs will claim right and left that there is no evidence linking Auto Immune Disorders or Autism, for example, to vaccinations, there are privately funded (that means the Big Pharmaceutical companies didn’t fund the study to prove that their product is safe) studies showing otherwise as well as hundreds upon thousands of mothers who have testified over and over again that after a certain vaccination was given, their child changed.

How awful.

I don’t want to take that risk.  I really don’t.  I know, it seems crazy, to most people.  I understand and respect your choice to vaccinate your child because you believe in your heart it is the safest most effective way of protecting your little one.  But, this is what I believe is the safest most effective way I can protect my children…  No vaccines.  Period.

Autism has risen 78% in the past 10 years.

Read that again.

Any adult can look back and recall how few vaccinations they had and how few friends they actually knew that had a disorder such as Autism.  There is the argument that we are better aware of the actual issue and are thus able to diagnose it, however, even so, I don’t recall any kids even having issues I thought needed to be examined for something ‘out of the ordinary’.  Do you?

So, due to the medical fields blind belief that vaccinations, or the large quantity of them given in such a short period of time, are actually safe despite the complete lack of studies to prove so (H1N1 vaccination, for example), it is hard to find someone who treats their patients holistically.  Doctors want to do the right thing by their patients, I am sure of it.  But, they are completely and utterly convinced that what they’ve been taught is God’s gift to man and there is no more science to be discovered–we have reached a point where we apparently know it all–their science has no flaws and can’t be dis-proven or shown ineffective.  It is perfect and lacks flaw and YOU are flawed if you disagree.  Don’t question.  Stop reading that dang internet and just 100% trust that one man, that one woman’s advice to control and manipulate your and your children’s entire life to their belief system.  They went to school.  You didn’t.  They understand what you have no ability to understand.  They are doctors, they are smarter, they know better, and you. must. follow. their. advice. or. else.

This is a letter I received from a Doctor I was hoping to take my son to.  I refuse to show up after reading this.  Any “bold” section has been marked by me…  In a way…this letter gave me hope….hope that I’m not the only one in my area who is worried.  If this letter had to be written at all, it means there are other mothers and fathers out there who are concerned…worried…aware.  They are taking a cold hard look at the system and saying, ‘now wait a minute, what?’  They are asking questions.  They aren’t just showing up for a whole system of beliefs they know nothing about.  They are aware.  They aren’t just accepting everything they are told on pure faith anymore…  and that gives me hope.

The letter that was part of my new patient packet (if it’s not supposed to be coercive or to frighten any unsuspecting parent, I don’t know what is):

We firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illnesses and to save lives.

We firmly believe in the safety of our vaccines.

We firmly believe that all children, adolescents and adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

We firmly believe, based on all available evidence obtained via scientifically rigorous studies (I’m personally wondering which ones they are referring too…), that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities or any other disease.

We firmly believe that vaccinating children, adolescents and adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers, and that you can perform as parents/caregivers.  The recommended vaccines and the recommended schedule for their administration are the results of years and years of scientific study and data-gathering on hundreds of thousands of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.

We firmly believe, therefore, that vaccination is preventative medicine at its finest.

These things being said, we recognize that there has always been and will likely always be controversy surrounding vaccination.  Indeed, Benjamin Franklin, persuaded by his brother, was opposed to smallpox vaccine until scientific data convinced him otherwise.  Tragically he had delayed inoculating his son Franky, who contracted smallpox and died at the age of 4 years, leaving Franklin with a lifetime of guilt and remorse as detailed in his autobiography:  (The message being, don’t be persuaded to refuse vaccinations–your child might die)

“In 1736, I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years old, by the smallpox…I long regretted bitterly, and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation.  This is for the sake of parents who omit that operation, on the supposition that they should never forgive themselves if a child died under it, my example showing that the regret may be the same either way, and that, therefore the safer should be chosen.”

The vaccine campaign is truly a victim of its own success.  It is precisely because vaccines are so effective at preventing illness that we are discussing whether or not they should be given.  Because of vaccines, many of you have never seen a child with polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis or even chickenpox, or known a friend or family member whose child died of one of these diseases.  Such successes can make us complacent or even lazy about vaccinating.  But such an attitude, if it becomes widespread, can only lead to tragic results.

In the US, the measles vaccine had been so widely embraced that we had seen a reduction of more than 99% in measles cases, compared to the pre-vaccine era.  However a recent outbreak of measles points to a dangerous trend among some parents who are not immunizing their children against measles or other diseases.  This poses a real risk to the health of all unvaccinated children.  In August 2008, the CDC announced that 15 children under 20 had been hospitalized with the disease and 131 have been diagnosed since the beginning of 2008.  Many of the children who were diagnosed had not been vaccinated by choice, or were too young.  It is believed that the sick children contracted measles from children who traveled overseas.  Similar outbreaks have occurred with mumps and other preventable diseases recently and increased international travel will continue to put children at risk for preventable diseases.

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Furthermore, those relatively few who choose not to vaccinate are taking SELFISH advantage of thousands of others of us who do vaccinate our children.  Because they are largely surrounded by vaccinated children, these unvaccinated children may “skate by” so to speak and not fall victim to any of the vaccine-preventable diseases.  In addition, this refusal to vaccinate undercuts a very important concept of vaccination:  herd immunity.  Herd immunity is the benefit everyone receives from a vaccinated population once immunization reaches a critical level.  When enough people are vaccinated, everyone–including those that are too young or too sick to be immunized–receives some protection from the spread of diseases.

We, the providers of Children’s Medical Group of Saginaw Bay, have all vaccinated our own children to protect them (and those around them), knowing full well that there is clearly a degree of discomfort and unpleasantness associated with the process, but also knowing that it is the right thing to do.  As is so often the case in life, the right thing isn’t always painless or easy (such as letting your child actually get the chickenpox?  or am I missing something…), and usually involves a degree of sacrifice.

We are making you aware of these facts not to scare you or coerce you, but to emphasize the importance of vaccinating your child.  We recognize that the choice may be a very emotional one for some parents.  We hope that you will trust our judgement in vaccinating your child according to the recommended immunization schedule.

We are no longer going to passively endorse, by accommodating, alternative immunization schedules that are not based on any scientific data (I think parents follow an alternative schedule so as to not overwhelm their child’s immune system).  Indeed,in our experience most of these alternative schedules have been suggested by a family friend or someone at work or church.  Unlike the recommended schedules, these “custom” schedules have not been rigorously tested on hundreds of thousands of children for safety and/or effectiveness. (Excuse me, neither has the mass number of vaccinations we are currently pumping in to our children)  Moreover, delaying the administration of certain vaccines can increase the risk to your child of contracting the disease that vaccine was meant to protect against.  If you request an alternate infant vaccination serious or absolutely refuse to vaccinate your child, we will ask you to find another health care provider who shares your views. (Good to know)  We do not keep a list of such providers, nor would we recommend any such physician/healthcare provider. (I’m laughing right now)  Please recognize that by not vaccinating you are putting your child at risk and are declining one of the best interventions our society has to offer in terms of preventative healthcare.

As medical professionals, we feel strongly that vaccinating children on schedule with the currently recommended and available vaccines is absolutely the right thing to do for all children and young adults.  Thank you for your time in reading this policy and please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about vaccines with any of us.

Jeffrey T. aVanGelderen MD FAAP

Robert D. Thill MD FAAP

Donna M. Hammond, PNP – BC

Jamie A. Simon, PA – C

Jacquelyn D. Thering, PA – C

I believe in protecting my children.  I love my children more than life itself.  The implication that I just blindly follow what a friend, family member, or church goer said is absolutely insulting.  We aren’t idiots.  I am a parent who chooses to educate herself.  I ask a heck of a lot of questions and I read as much as I can on topics that concern me.  I listen, with an open mind to what doctors tell me but also to what other mothers and fathers have shared with me or have shared with the mass public via the internet.  WHY would that many parents speak up unless there was something going on.  Do you honestly believe that a multi-billion dollar corporation is going to say “Woops, you know what, you’re right…we WERE wrong afterall!” without a huge fight?????  Seriously?!  Many people are becoming aware of corporations such as Syngenta, Monsanto, ConAgra, and Dow who have contaminated our food system with their “safe” genetic modification of plants and now animals.  They have studies to prove that what they are doing is ok, and yet more and more people are developing allergies, weeds are out of control, and our animal and bee population is suffering.  So, please don’t tell me it’s ok for me to just shut up and not speak out when I, in my heart, have a fundamental problem with an issue.  I will not be silenced.

This IS a legitimate concern.  My voice is valid, even without a medical school training.

Parents, if you vaccinate your children due to your own personal research and you see the benefit outweighs the risk, good.  But, please don’t vaccinate your child without doing the research 1st.

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I’ve had multiple doctors remind me that I would absolutely never be able to forgive myself if I refused a vaccination and then my child died because of it.  I had another doctor flat out say “I hope your child doesn’t die, then”.  The 1st time I was given this sort of speech was when my newborn baby boy was 1 day old.  I had refused the Hep B vaccine as well as the Vitamin K shot.  My husband and I do not have any sexual transmitted diseases and my baby boy was born via cesarean section due to large fibroid tumors in my uterus.  There was no way he could contract this disease and yet I was being told that my infant needed to be vaccinated for it.  No thank you.  Regarding the Vitamin K shot, I refused this because there was a .05% chance that my baby would have any issues without this shot.  Of that .05% that are affected by the inability to form blood clots were babies born from women who were on blood thinners such as coumadin.  I’m not on any blood thinners and I think a .05% risk is one I’m willing to take at this point.

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