To make a truly informed choice for the health of your family in this age of spin, you must do your own research, consider the various perspectives, the motivations (especially financial) of the providers of the information you use, and identify the known risks and benefits before you can make an educated decision.
See my article "The toxic legacy" in the links section for more information.
Also see Louise Habakas’s site for an excellent review of the recent vaccine politics and issues with many excellent links and references. lifehealthchoices.com or watch this at the Vaccine Information Forum at University of Texas where some key issues discussed.
Bear in mind during your deliberations, that Homeopathic medicine has a proven historical track record for helping children through the healing process during infectious childhood diseases and can often guide the immune system to full lifelong immunity to diseases with minimal discomfort and no long term consequences. One viewpoint, called vitalism, proposes that childhood diseases serve the purpose of challenging the developing immune system and should be allowed to run their course, strengthening and detoxifying the body.
I love this quote from Thomas Cowan MD, - "In our almost messianic quest to wipe out childhood disease through vaccinations, antibiotics and fever reducing drugs- we have produced a wasteland of children who are literally chronically sick and tired, spending lives feeling uncomfortable in their untransformed skins .
It is as if we have prevented caterpillars from becoming butterflies because the time of immobility as a chrysalis can be dangerous. well it is dangerous, at least a little, but it is more dangerous- in fact deadly- to never allow a child to fulfil his or her destiny and become a butterfly. We urgently need to respect the transformative power of illness, to pluck up our courage and not succumb to those who promise better health through injecting us with poisons, or harsh anti-life medicines that become less and less effective. More than anything we need to believe in the healing power of our children's bodies, so we can give them the gift of confidence in their own strength as they embark on the challenges of adulthood"
Awareness of role nutritional status plays in the severity of a disease has also come a long way. Not vaccinating does not necessarily have to be a death sentence! Supplementation of Vitamin A for measles infections in the developing world has been shown to reduce complications from the disease. (ref)
Something to also be aware of when calculating risk benefit equations is that public health policy officials when making prior health risk benefit calculations were not necessarily factoring the cost to health from a child being sick with a childhood disease but the economic cost to society (or so they assumed) from the child being at home with an illness and a parent taking time off of work to care for them. Now, downstream a few years, the cost to society may be far greater as we have a generation of biologically impaired children for life rather than for a week! (see our toxic legacy article)
Vaccination is a medical procedure for healthy individuals and not sick individuals. It is a procedure that infects weakened pathogens and chemical substances into the tissues of healthy people in an attempt to produce an immune response.
The usual measure of the success of vaccination is the degree to which it induces antibody levels (titers) to the particular antigen or antigens contained in the vaccine. But does induction of antibodies necessarily equate to better health overall? The whole body system should be measured as well as just antibodies to individual named diseases as after all it is the whole system that produces the antibodies.
Billions of dollars have been spent on vaccines in the name of public health in the last few decades and the vaccine market is a burgeoning one . A veritable cash cow to some sectors but at what cost to society as a whole? The children of the USA are the most vaccinated children in the world. They should be the most healthy then, is that the
Worldwide Infant Mortality Rankings
Year Infant mortality ranking of USA
1950 (Start of mass vaccination) 3rd
From the above table it seems that the health of American children has declined relative to other countries since the implementation of the vaccination program.
Chronic illness in children has risen dramatically in the last two decades In the USA, the statistics are horrific. Autism, asthma, learning and behavior problems have all increased significantly during the push to increase vaccination rates.
There has been a three fold increase in vaccines given to young children with developing immune systems during the last 25 years.
Today, it is recommended that 69 doses of 16 different vaccines are given to girls and 66 doses of 15 vaccines given to boys -with no published science showing the long term or cumulative or synergistic effects of these interventions on the total health outcomes of developing humans.
1 in 9 children have asthma
1 in 10 children have ADHD
1 in 26 children have food allergies
1 in 100 children have seizures
3-5 in 100 children have birth defects
1 in 100 children have autism
1 in 450 children have diabetes
1 in 3 have some form of gastro-intestinal or neurological , immunological and or autoimmune disorder.
These statistics represent an epidemic of chronic disease in children. Epidemics that occur this rapidly are not genetic in origin, there is something happening in the environment to cause this.(Medical veritas.com)
In Australia 41 % of 0-14 year olds have a chronic illness.
Thimerosol, a mercury compound and potent neuro-toxin, was present in most vaccines prior to the early 2000s (David Kirby, Evidence of Harm). Scientists have known since 1966 that this heavy metal used as a preservative in vaccines along with other additives: aluminium hydroxide or aluminium phosphate (linked to alzheimers disease) and antibiotics (hypersensitivity reactions) (Medical Journal of Australia, May 21 p908). Yet vaccine policy requires injecting all of the above compounds into the bodies of developing children at a most vulnerable phase of their development.
Many adverse reactions to vaccination may occur and they vary in severity among individuals due to genetic factors, nutritional and emotional status at the time of vaccination.
It is now known that an individual can be predisposed to a disease by carrying genes that when expressed may lead to a disease. The expression of that gene may rest solely on the presence or absence of an environmental trigger.(Autoimmunity, environmental exposure and vaccination, Is there a link? Toxicology 196(3) 211-6 2004) . Factors thought responsible for activating these genes are: heavy metals (vaccines) , viruses (vaccines) bacteria (increased presence in host due to administration of heavy metals and viruses), poor nutritional status, negative emotional states and stress.
Long term health studies to show the effects of multiple vaccines in infants have never been done in animals or in humans. Although a recent publication by Wakefield et al have shown that macaque monkeys, when submitted to the birth dose of the HEP B vaccine, had increased brain damage in the area of the brain most concerned with primitive survival reflexes. This has profound implications for both the rationale and effect of the birth dose of HEP B given to children throughout the 1990s and even still today. Even more the implications for the shoddy, incomplete science and safety studies that have been performed on vaccines before the widespread injection into the world's children.
Perhaps the effect of this vaccine has been to weaken the developing brains of many of our children today and that is why we are seeing such problems of learning disorders and mental health issues in our schools. (ref)
Vetinary scientists have correlated the increase in autoimmune disease and sarcomas in dogs and cats due to the increased use of vaccines .(7)
Greater emphasis in the mainstream scientific establishment (largely financed by pharmaceutical interests) has been placed on short term epidemiological (statistical) studies. these use selective parameters, investigating one vaccine at a time with a placebo (i.e. vaccine ingredients without antigen -- NOT saline solution!!! This means that any negative effects of the additives and preservatives in the vaccines are not measured in the trial.
Emerging science is producing biological, clinical and ecological evidence that vaccines have a very probable link with chronic illness in children. (ref)
In addition , twentieth century public health statistics show that vaccines were rather limited in the effects of controlling infectious diseases. It is known that increased understanding of sanitation and hygene along with better nutrition and the advent of antibiotics had a rather larger part to play.
The burden of proof of harmlessness of any new technology/chemical is on the proponent and not the general public.
In so many other areas of our society we are being told that governments and companies should use the precautionary principle when using products or technologies that have the potential to cause widespread damage to the environment, health or other areas in which we may have limited understanding. History is littered with instances of products and ideas that were widely used before the full appreciation of their effects, both long and short term, on areas not initially thought to be impacted.
The underlying health principle of health professionals is ' first do no harm". If it is biologically plausible that using multiple vaccines in infants and adults may be likely to cause harm in a percentage of the treated population, as a result of genetic predisposition or epigenetics, then the onus is on the policy makers to provide conclusive evidence to the contrary before coercive vaccination policies are implemented.