Why I chose not to immunize my kids
A friend called me and said, “Great site—but are you nuts, about the immunizations?” He pointed out that he grew up in the polio age—he’s committed to the idea that vaccines are a good thing.
The FIRST thing I want to say is that I acknowledge the complexity of this issue, the difficulty of the decision, and never HAVE, never WILL, tell someone not to immunize her children. What I will do is advise any parent to study the issue out thoroughly, doing more than asking the pediatrician, who MUST follow the APA’s current (and ever-changing) recommendations or risk career suicide.
And I will advise any parent to carefully consider whether to “Immunize By Two,” the Utah government’s current marketing slogan for the vaccine industry. Ask a pediatrician why more and more vaccines are being pushed for younger and younger babies. The answer is simple, and it has nothing to do with what’s best for your child. The answer is that’s when they have ACCESS to children, and they must leverage that opportunity—at well-baby checkups. People come to well-baby checkups, but they don’t show up after the baby is older.
I read hundreds of pages on the topic before saying no thanks to the rest of the vaccine protocol for my oldest two kids—and never giving a single shot to the youngest two. I’m going to summarize WHY, in the briefest way possible.
The World Health Organization (WHO) takes credit for eliminating smallpox from the planet as its major coup in the fight against disease. Yet smallpox disappeared in non-immunizing countries faster than in immunizing countries. Some link the eradication of smallpox, instead, to improved sanitation and education in hygiene. This is an example of what you can read about the “other side of the story” with regard to WHO’s claims about the necessity of vaccines.
The U.S. is the only first-world country to attempt to fully immunize children in infancy. When Japan quit immunizing children under the age of 2, the national SIDS rate plummeted 80%. You would think this would be compelling to our own Vaccine Administration, but you would think wrong. Each member of the V.A. receives six figures from the very pharmaceutical companies it is supposed to be the watchdog over. This is an egregious breach of the V.A.’s charge to guard the public health. (Ditto the Food and Drug Administration.) The V.A. is responsible for protecting the health of our little children, and the conflict of interest simply can’t be overstated.
Just to give you an idea of ONE way this conflict of interest manifests itself, the Vaccine Administration considers claims of babies who die or are injured within 48 hours of being vaccinated. If your baby dies of SIDS 49 hours after she is immunized (this happened to my neighbor), her death can’t possibly be linked to the shot, according to the V.A. Their rules are arbitrary, illogical, not grounded in science, and designed to protect the pharmaceutical industry. Parents should trust their instincts and their research, not the U.S. Vaccine Administration.
I studied each vaccine individually. The only one I would agree to give my kids, based on its low risk and high efficacy, is the tetanus shot. However, only 50 people per year die of tetanus, and ALL of them are older than 50 yrs. old. The risks of the pertussis vaccine, on the other hand, are simply too high to tolerate, IMO, especially for my children who were all born immune-compromised (with the autoimmune disease athsma, which makes their risks of being vaccinated higher).
And keep in mind that the published risks don’t include people like my neighbor, whose daughter died on Sunday evening after being immunized Friday morning—no one even brought up the possible link. I personally know of other SIDS cases not counted by the V.A., and several serious side-effect stories (seizures, a month of diarrhea and screaming, etc.) that were never investigated by a medical professional or reported to the V.A. This leads me to question the accuracy of the V.A.’s statistics on death/damage by vaccines, although the reported/published data will give any parent pause.
Some researchers theorize that many reported problems (too numerous and complex to digest here) are a result of immunizing babies with very immature immune systems. I would worry less about an immunization for an older child or adult, especially if you could ensure that the vaccine did not contain thimerosol (mercury cannot be eliminated from the body and is severely dangerous). The vaccine industry has been trying to eliminate thimerosol as a preservative because of massive links to health problems in children. Of course, other vaccine additives like formaldehyde are deeply troubling as well and shouldn’t be injected into the human body.
As for the autism link, millions of dollars were spent to study the problem, and at the end of the study, the researchers said they can neither confirm nor deny that vaccines have caused the meteoric (400% in 10 years) rise in autism. Ask Hollywood mothers Holly Robinson Peete or Jenny McCarthy, though, among others: they say they first noticed the autistic behaviors in their formerly developmentally normal children, shortly after a vaccine.
The new Hepatitis B vaccine is a no-brainer: why would anyone vaccinate their newborn daughter against a disease that she will be at risk for ONLY if she shoots up drugs or is sexually promiscuous? God forbid that ever be the case, but if it is, it will take place at about age 15 or older—about the time the vaccine wears off.
This policy of injecting newborn girls must be driven by a profit motive rather than common sense. Billion-dollar Big Pharma companies are in a constant race to develop new vaccines, because the target market is any company’s dream with unlimited profit potential: it includes every human being on the planet, and the most educated among us (doctors) are a ready-made army in place to sell the product. They’re so rabid about the product that they’ll kick you out of their practice if you don’t follow their mandates to follow the prescribed immunization schedule (this happened to me in Dr. David Johnson’s American Fork, Utah practice several years ago). This sales force also lobbies for laws to take decision-making power away from parents and have stated in their publications that parents should be forced to immunize their children.
The risk of disease from pertussis, diptheria, chicken pox . . . scary! The risk of damage from vaccines . . . to me, more scary, and less within my control! My own personal decision has been to strengthen my children’s immune system with clean and alkaline water, raw plant foods, knowledge about how to use colloidal silver and herbs/remedies known to work WITH instead of fight against the immune system—as well as avoiding the processed American diet that leads to weak immunity and disease.
Best wishes with your own decisions. Trust yourself, because no one has your child’s interests at heart more than you do. Check out my favorite vaccine research book by Neustadter in my Book Reviews.
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