Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Vaccine Safety: Will we ever really know?

Photo courtesy SXC

I am not an advocate for or against vaccinations, but I do support parents who do not take every 'expert' at their word. Parents who care enough about their children and who are not lazy to spend their time and effort researching facts and statistics to make the best decision on their behalf. We all know that all too often experts in any given field will only tell you what profits them.

There is a lot of information and misinformation out there, it is easy to get confused, especially if you don't really have a lot of time to read all the fine print. Well, I guess I have a lot of time on my hands, hence all the stumbling upon [very clear] admissions by the CDC itself, medical journal articles, and just common sense of many parents who learned the hard way that not every child will react the same to a vaccine. A lot of the information beyond the shadow of a doubt would make parents stop vaccinating their children if it went public (oh no! the industry would loose too much $). Hence all that you hear on mainstream media will always be along the lines of 'research shows there is no connection...' (should I mention that more often than not the 'research' is done by the vaccine manufacturers themselves? Do you recall something familiar regarding tobacco/smoking, they too flaunted research, saying that smoking does not cause lung cancer, we all know how that ended). The CDC itself admits that the VAERS database is largely under reported when it comes to adverse reactions. Perhaps we will never know if there is 100 or 10,000 vaccine related deaths that actually occur annually.

Many vaccine advocates give me the 'well, look at the third world countries...' argument when it comes to diseases that vaccinations are supposed to prevent. My reply is simple, such as 'you would not even wash your car with the water they drink'. Our bodies are largely water, what we drink will affect every living cell. Washing hands is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of disease - common knowledge, but in many of these countries people bathe once a month, never mind washing hands. It is also a fact that the decline of many diseases/viruses began with access to proper hygiene, before widespread vaccination was ever in use. So to attribute this decline to vaccinations is not a valid argument, any historian will concur.

If we proportionally compare the average vaccine dose for a 13 pound infant it would be equivalent to 10 doses of the same in a 130-pound adult. Yes, 10 doses of a vaccine with ingredients such as thimerosal (mercury), aluminum, aborted fetal cells, formaldehyde, phenol, methanol, glutaraldehyde, mycoplasma, foreign DNA, etc... How can anyone in their right mind advertise this as healthy, an immune system boost?

This is a very general article, but I hope it points you in a direction of being thirsty to know more; to help you, here are a few links to articles and websites that you can browse. But again, do not take anyone's word for it, not your doctor's, not mine. If you are a thinking human being you will arrive at your own conclusion - I can't make recommendations.

PS: I still don't understand why they call them immunizations if they don't actually give you immunity. Hmmm... chew on that.


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