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The DO’s and DON’Ts of Vaccination January 21, 2013

Filed under: Holistic Health,Vaccination — Lauren @ 3:56 pm

 

Vaccination is clearly a controversial, heated subject, especially when it concerns children. I am a firm believer that informed decisions are possible for any person deciding whether or not to vaccinate…

 

 

There are many informational websites and books that will give you a further breakdown of the scientific literature that is available on vaccination. Obviously, it’s not possible as a parent to do your own scientific studies of individual vaccines, combinations of vaccines, or vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children (although, trust me, I would LOVE to do those studies)….it’s also quite the task to read through actual scientific articles published in journals (not impossible though!)…it almost feels like you are reading another language!

 

 

 

SO as informed parents we read through explanations of those journal articles in ‘lay-mens’ terms through educated authors. This still has the potential to be very informative and very very helpful. ALWAYS examine the SOURCE of any health information you read. If it is funded by a pharmaceutical company (MUCH of vaccine literature marketed to parents is), please keep that in mind when it comes to objectivity and agenda. If it is information produced by organizations/government arms such as CDC (Center for Disease Control), AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) or ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices), be mindful of what message they are very purposefully and clearly trying to convey, and information they might leave out to make that message stronger and less controversial. It’s always prudent to look at the author of what you are reading and see who they are, and what their interest in vaccine issues stems from.


 

Honestly, my favorite authors to read are mainstream medical doctors who have seen firsthand the adverse effects that can be caused by vaccines, and who then choose to personally investigate the scientific literature to see what is actually known about vaccines, apart from the vaccine dogma they were taught in med school.

 

 

Once you feel you are thoroughly educated, and have decided if, when and which vaccines you would like to choose…take certain precautions to reduce risk for adverse effects from the vaccines. I am not in any way saying, if you do these things you ELIMINATE the risk of complications….you don’t. Any medical intervention poses risks large or small, known and unknown….and vaccination is not exempt from that reality. I am just aware of some common sense, and not so known ideas, that may help prevent vaccine injuries…and I am all about preventing vaccine injuries.

 

 

 


 

 

 

  • DO NOT get ANY vaccine for your child while they are sick. PERIOD. It does not matter what the office may say.

 

 

  • DO attempt to feed a whole-foods diet free of processed foods and white sugar for your child. Preferably always, but definitely the weeks prior to scheduled vaccination.

 

 

  • DO administer the chosen vaccines apart from each other. Give as few together as possible (I’m not talking injection, i’m talking vaccine). Limit the # of ‘live’ viruses given together.

 

 

  • DO ask the nurse to pull the shot from the vials in front of you. BE SURE if they are multi-dose vials, that she SHAKES it well before pulling it up. (this disperses the preservatives throughout the vial so it doesn’t all end up in your kids body)

 

 

 

 

  • DO give your child VacciShield prior to vaccination. This combination supplement will help support and fortify your child’s immune system.

 

 

  • DO proceed very carefully if your child shows signs of a compromised immune system, chronic problems such as asthma, eczema, allergies, developmental delays or constant infections.

 

 

  • DO proceed very carefully if your child was born via C-section and not breastfed. Their beneficial gut-flora may be compromised.

 

 

  • DO NOT give your child a vaccine that they have previously reacted too. If you’ve given them together and aren’t sure which one caused the reaction, proceed very cautiously. There is a reason they reacted to it and often subsequent reactions are more severe.

 

 

  • DO report any and all reactions to VAERS– Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. (Government system to track reported vaccine injuries)

 

 

 

 

 

This is my blog, and my advice, and for some reason you wanted to read it ;o) I’m not your doctor, I’m just another informed mama who genuinely wants to encourage others to be more mindful of their decisions regarding their health! If you wonder where I come off suggesting such things, you can wonder…OR you could ask for more information on where I am coming up with these suggestions.

 

BE MINDFUL. BE INFORMED.

 

The Unknown December 24, 2010

Filed under: Vaccination — Lauren @ 8:04 pm

There are realities that exist that have not been PROVEN by a study. Period. Specifically there are aspects of medical interventions (i.e. c-sections, medications, vaccines…) that are virtually unknown due to the constraints, limits and politics of research.

 

In addition to this truth, there are MANY disease processes and conditions that exist that have no known cause. Despite the enormous advances of science…countless numbers of health problems causes/triggers have not yet been discovered.

 

 

This brings me to the thought that maybe…just maybe there are complications and long-term side effects of the practice of vaccination that are still UNKNOWN.

 

 

I just came across a tragic news story about a girl Sabrina Parker who passed away from Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) at age 16, diagnosed at age 15. Lou Gehrig’s  “is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord… The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to (their) death.” (SOURCE) She was a healthy young teenager, full of life, who died with her committed boyfriend by her side.

 

When I read stories like this of strange diseases occurring in demographics they don’t typically occur in, my mind goes here.  My mind starts to ask questions…such as…when did this disease begin? Did this person receive any new medications/vaccines in the recent past? Were they a healthy individual? Is this a commonly occurring condition in this age group? Then I start to look.

 

In Sabrina Parker’s case I thought specifically, “…are there any vaccines that she should have gotten at this age?”  “Any proposed connections between the vaccine and this awful disease she was struck with?”

 

 

FINDINGS:

 

Gardasil (HPV vaccine given to young girls) and cases of Lou Gehrig’s (ALS) soon after

 

There is another girl named Jenny, a 15-year-old girl who lost her battle to a rapidly degenerative neurological disease on March 15, 2009. (SOURCE) This young girl received the Gardasil vaccine just weeks before her neurological deterioration began. Her parents, along with world-class immunologist “suspect that Jenny had a potentially treatable autoimmune disorder mimicking ALS, possibly triggered by the Gardasil vaccination”. (SOURCE)

 

There are actually a growing number of cases being reported that claim a perfectly healthy young girl received the Gardasil vaccine, and soon after started to develop severe neurological break down, eventually diagnosed as a type of Lou Gehrig’s (ALS). These cases have gotten the attention of the regulatory agencies and specifically in Jenny’s case, “scientists from the Food and Drug Administration met recently with Jenny’s neurologists at UCSF to discuss whether it’s scientifically plausible for a vaccine to trigger ALS.” (SOURCE)

 

In two cases, including Jenny, “Both the timing of the symptoms and autopsy results “suggest a link between” the Gardasil vaccine and the fatal cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, says Catherine Lomen-Hoerth, MD, director of the ALS Center at University of California San Francisco Medical Center.” (SOURCE)

 

Back to the Sabrina Parker.  Did she get the Gardasil vaccine? With this connection just being “plausible”, did her doctors/coroner even look to this possibility? Is her family even aware that other young girls her age had the same medical decline as her soon after the Gardasil vaccine?

 

With this specific proposed connection between Gardasil and Lou Gehrig’s disease relatively UNKNOWN to the average medical doctor, and virtually UNKNOWN to the average vaccine consumer…

 

I am brought back to my initial thought that maybe…just maybe there are complications and long-term side effects of the practice of vaccination that are still UNKNOWN.

 

“But my pediatrician is SUCH a nice guy!” November 1, 2010

Filed under: Vaccination — Lauren @ 1:15 pm

Listen in on this decision-making process, overheard in the brains of so many parents:

1) I have an important decision to make about the health of my child/children and vaccines

2) I have very little/no information about the pros and cons of this decision, and I know very little about vaccines

3) I will make these decisions based on the recommendation of my pediatrician, who happens to be a “nice guy”…

4) Although I do not know my pediatrician from Adam, he is credentialed! His demeanor is so calm, and he is so confident with all his advice! He’s just so nice!

5) I have reservations about vaccines, about the amount of vaccines my children are “supposed” to receive, about the ingredients in the vaccines- but I’m no expert. My doctors’ opinion and American Academy of Pediatrics expertise are more trustworthy than my own parental instincts. They would never recommend anything detrimental to my child’s health.

6) Certainly the governmental agencies and the media would be more forthcoming if vaccines really could cause damage.   And anyways, if my child is injured by a vaccine my doctor will take responsibility for the injury and all that it entails financially. I would be vindicated if anything were to go wrong- my child would be taken care of.

7) I am confused, I feel pressured, and I am too busy to spend the time necessary to research these issues- I have no other choice but to defer to my doctor and AAP.


Let’s quickly respond to each point of this decision making process:

1) I have an important decision to make about the health of my child/children and vaccines.

You are the one making the decision- the responsibility it yours alone! Decide with all wisdom and prudence available to you!

2) I have very little/no information about the pros and cons of this decision, and I know very little about vaccines.

Find the information- research, research! Nothing is more important than being informed and confident- at the end of the day, you alone are responsible.

3) I will make these decisions based on the recommendation of my pediatrician, who happens to be a “nice guy”…

Your pediatrician may be nice, but also, and perhaps consequently, happens to be employed by a profit-industry, endowed by pharmaceutical companies, and fully protected against any liability from his recommendations by the United States federal government.

4) Although I do not know my pediatrician from Adam, he is credentialed! His demeanor is so calm, and he is so confident with all his advice! He’s just so nice!

Have you had dinner with your doctor? Shared a cup of coffee with him at Starbucks? Is he your trusted friend?  Are you basing your judgment of him as being friendly on the fact that he seems nice towards you at visits? Because most business people seem “nice” to their customers, and intentionally or not, might not have their customers best interest in mind. Remember your doctor is a businessman. He makes money. He likes money. (Like the rest of us.) His job is for-profit, not a charity service. How lucrative would his profession be if he weren’t seeing your children every month to administer vaccines?

5) I’m no expert. My doctors’ opinion and American Academy of Pediatrics expertise are more trustworthy than my own parental instincts.

Listen to your instincts. Follow your hunches. Ask questions. Prod. Push. Investigate. Inquire. This is about the health and well being of your babies! There isn’t any room for mistakes or ignorance.

6) I would be vindicated if anything were to go wrong- my child would be taken care of.

Doctors are NOT held liable for any of their patient’s vaccine reactions, nor are pharmaceutical companies. That is why you are legally required to sign CONSENT for every vaccination you CHOOSE for your child. What type of motivation do the companies who are making these vaccines have if they are PROTECTED from any and all liability? (National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NCVICP) And what type of motivation do pediatricians have if they know they are released from responsibility when it comes to a child having an adverse reactions to vaccines?

7) I am confused, I feel pressured, and I am too busy to spend the time necessary to research these issues- I have no other choice but to defer to my doctor and AAP.

Learn from other parents who have vaccine-injured children and who were once naïve towards vaccines. Make time for vaccine research. Don’t defer.  Don’t settle. You make the choices. You do have resources. You are smart enough. You are able- but you must be willing!

 

Informed Consent July 29, 2010

Filed under: Holistic Health,Vaccination — Lauren @ 4:56 pm

What is INFORMED CONSENT?

“Doctors will give you information about a particular treatment or test in order for you to decide whether or not you wish to undergo such treatment or test. This process of understanding the risks and benefits of treatment is known as informed consent. It is based on the moral and legal premise of patient autonomy: You as the patient have the right to make decisions about your own health and medical conditions.”

“You must give your voluntary, informed consent for treatment and for most medical tests and procedures. The legal term for failing to obtain informed consent before performing a test or procedure on a patient is called battery (a form of assault).” EMedicineHealth

American Medical Association:

“Informed consent is more than simply getting a patient to sign a written consent form.
It is a process of communication between a patient and physician that results in the patient’s authorization or agreement to undergo a specific medical intervention.”

“In the communications process, you, as the physician providing or performing the treatment and/or procedure (not a delegated representative), should disclose and discuss with your patient:

The patient’s diagnosis, if known; The nature and purpose of a proposed treatment or procedure; The risks and benefits of a proposed treatment or procedure; Alternatives
(regardless of their cost or the extent to which the treatment options are covered by health insurance);The risks and benefits of the alternative treatment or procedure; and The risks and benefits of not receiving or undergoing a treatment or procedure. In turn, your patient should have an opportunity to ask questions to elicit a better understanding of the treatment or procedure, so that he or she can make an informed decision to proceed or to refuse a particular course of medical intervention.

This communications process, or a variation thereof, is both an ethical obligation and a legal requirement spelled out in statutes and case law in all 50 states.”

*Italics added

My thoughts:

It is interesting to see the explanation of what policy (and even the law) says “informed consent” should look like in contrast to what it actually looks like in practice. We all remember days when our child went in for “routine vaccinations” and we were given the consent form to sign quickly. What were we consenting to? What were the proposed benefits? Possible risks? Alternatives? Were we given time to ask questions to the MD and get balanced answers, not unrealistic assurances? Did we decide? Was is voluntary, or did we feel like we had no other option? If this did not happen appropriately every time, it could legally be considered a form of assault…

 

 
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