Don’t get too excited now, I’m not writing this because I have the answer. I’m currently struggling with this question, and if I am, well darn it, you might as well join in too!
One more disclaimer here: this is my blog. I can write whatever I want on it and if anyone reading it experiences a feeling of being offended by anything I write, then you should be aware that it is your own sensitivity to the subject that is causing you to feel offended. My personal thoughts and points of view are just that – personal. If you agree – awesome! If you don’t – equally awesome! We’re not here to be clones of one another, we’re here to engage in dialogue and learn from everyone.
I know vaccines are a sensitive issue, and I’m hoping that you will comment and share your thoughts and findings with me.
Let’s start with what I know.
- I know that the Creator gave us perfectly functioning bodies with an intricate system to process and eliminate toxins from the body. (In other words, our bodies are fully equipped to get rid of the crap we put into it – literally!) But I also know that in today’s world, the amount of toxic materials we are exposed to is enormous! I believe that it’s more than we were created to handle. And there’s a limit to what we can protect ourselves from. (I feel another post coming on about that!)
- I know I’m not vaccinating my kids for flu or chicken pox. In families that are generally healthy, those vaccines are very useful to parents who are unable to stay home and care for a sick kid. We are a generally healthy family who focus on immune building diets and practices, and if my kid gets the flu, I am grateful to be able to stay home and tend to them until they recover. And although I’m all about irradicating illnesses, the chicken-pox vaccine doesn’t provide better immunity against infection than actually having and fighting chicken-pox. So for our family, if my kids don’t get chicken-pox on their own by the time they’re 11, then I’ll start the vaccine, b/c that’s when the benefits begin to outweigh the risks.
Now let’s talk about the risks of vaccines in general:
The concept is brilliant. Use the body’s own excellent mechanism of immunity to build antibodies for illnesses without actually being sick. It’s the delivery method that’s the problem.
Those of us who are “label-readers” are probably careful not to buy products that have lots of preservatives – or any for that matter. It’s one of those things we can do to reduce the tax on our kidneys and liver. So think about this. We’re careful not to eat preservatives – the stuff we ingest goes through a lot of processing before it reaches our blood. And yet we don’t think twice before injecting a syringe-full of preservatives directly into our blood stream! (or muscle which is also more directly absorbed into the blood than food) – actually, not even our own, our tiny children’s blood!
Even if the pharmaceutical companies in the US don’t use mercury anymore, they are using some other preservative to keep those little germies safe till they get into baby’s body! I know my language is a little alarmist right now. I admit it. So let me restate that in a more factual, non-emotional way: The vaccine is includes various chemicals in order to effectively administer to the body. The chemicals that are most often used are thimerasol (which is mercury, is not used in the US anymore, but if you’re not in the US then ask!!) , formaldahyde, aluminum, ammonium sulfate (yes, as in ammonia that’s found in urine and cleaning products), 2-phenoxythenol (a preservative with known toxicity levels – this is present in almost every vaccine your child will receive!), and more. I found a list of ingredients from the CDC website, and then went and looked up the specific ingredients. Here are the links for your enjoyment:
Center for Disease Control
List of Vaccine Ingredients
some sources for what the ingredients actually are:
Just like everything in life – and especially in health care – we have to weigh the benefits against the risks.
So then we get into looking at each individual vaccine and asking, “is it worth injecting all this poison into my child’s body?”
Well, unvaccinated kids put the vaccinated public at risk. Did you know that?
It’s true. Our vaccinated immunity sort of assumes that we’re not actually coming into contact with the real thing, and when unvaccinated people are actually exposed to a disease, they can cause complications for other people. Freaky.
There was recently a mumps outbreak in Jerusalem. It seems it was brought over from the US, from a Jewish sect that feels that vaccination is against the Torah. The majority of infected people were actually vaccinated for mumps which is cause to question the effectiveness of the mumps vaccine. Although it’s only given together w/ the measles and rubella vaccine (MMR) and the evidence shows that the immunity for those two are pretty high. Original article.
So I’m still not sold on vaccinating. I don’t want my kids to get sick, I don’t want them to be the cause of other people getting sick, but I also don’t like the idea of bombarding their tiny little systems with known toxins.