Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Should Infants Be Vaccinated?

This is a very controversial subject and I am just going to give my opinion.  You must research it carefully and decide for yourself what you want to do. 

When we had small children, Ken and I spent a lot of time researching the subject. From our research, we discovered that most diseases decreased as sanitation got better. This seemed to be the biggest factor in stopping the spread of diseases. The modern sewer system helped immensely also, as did the practice of good hygiene. Immunizations started about the same time. 

The side effects of immunizations seemed too big of a risk to take and a healthy immune system can fight most of the diseases that immunizations supposedly prevent. Researching what the immunizations were made of made us cringe; pus from sickened animals, mercury, preservatives, and other ugly stuff. 

So we decided not to immunize our children. None of my mom's seven siblings were immunized, few of my many cousins were, and none of my nieces or nephews were.

Steven {who is 23 years old} had to get a few immunizations several years ago for dental school. He went to a doctor who is very concerned about the side effects of them, so he gave him one at a time and spaced them out at least six weeks apart. He ordered them from a factory that makes them for autistic children, with no added mercury or preservatives. It was more expensive, but I thought it was worth it.

On the matter of getting into school, all I had to do was sign a waiver for all of my children and I had no problems. You might want to check it out because each state is different and seems to be getting more and more difficult.

If you do want to immunize your child, I would suggest waiting until they are older, spacing the shots out, and getting as few as possible, instead of 49 vaccinations that are recommended before the age of 6!  Also, make sure you keep their immune system is strong. {A Healthy Immune System } I have never been the type to just go along with what everyone else is doing. I like to research it and find out what I believe to be the best way.  I suggest you do the same!  Because we are to be as "wise as serpents and innocent as doves"!

Here is a good website to get more information on this subject: Think twice

Dr. Mendelsohn, a pediatrician for 30 years, wrote a book entitled, "How To Raise A Healthy Child In Spite Of Your Doctor," wrote the following:

"There is a growing suspicion that immunization against relatively harmless childhood diseases may be responsible for the dramatic increase in autoimmune diseases since mass inoculations were introduced.  These are fearful diseases such as cancer, leukemia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, lupus erythematosus, and the Guillain-Bare syndrome...Have we traded mumps and measles for cancer and leukemia?"

The following is from my daughter-in-law, Erin, who graduated from college with a biology major and is incredibly intelligent. I asked for her perspective because she understands the science behind it better than I do.

Let me be clear: I am not opposed to immunizations. I am opposed to infant immunizations. And all the stuff they put in vaccines that you wouldn’t choose to put in your body if you knew it was in there. Or maybe you would. I guess there was that guy who spent his life eating glass and metal…

When the body is faced with an infection, it produces antibodies to the infecting pathogen. Vaccination intentionally introduces pathogens to a body, and is intended to simulate—in a safe environment {i.e. attenuated viruses}—contracting the illness, thus familiarizing your body with a deadly assailant and preventing a major infection in the future should you, by some strange occurrence, happen to contract said deadly assailant.

Immunizations—especially after a booster shot—cause the body to produce antibodies for years, much like contracting the disease would. They are highly effective {…not talking about the flu vaccine here} in the amount and type of antibody they stimulate and the length of time the disease resistance persists.

Granted, if you have a healthy immune system, which stems mainly from a good diet, your body has probably built immunities to a lot of the things people get shots for these days.

Infant vaccinations are recommended because the antibody-making functions are at an all-time high when their immune system is developing. Essentially, you’re piggybacking deadliness on top of the goodness, hoping to stimulate an impenetrable resistance to many different diseases.

However,  an infant’s immune system is not developed at three months. In fact, their immune system is at its lowest point at that time. That is the transition period where the immunoglobulins acquired through the mother’s breast milk and placenta are being replaced with the infant’s own active immunity, built through natural contact with the outside world.

Interested? Here's a summary.

In my opinion, it just doesn’t make sense to throw a bunch of deadly diseases {albeit supposedly dead specimens} and heavy metals/ toxins into a mostly defenseless baby body.

It kinda makes me cringe a little, actually. If there happens to be a live virus, or other bug….not a good situation. They can’t defend themselves. Let me reiterate: adults have fully-developed immune systems. Infants don’t have anything close. 

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist said,

These rapid increases in the vaccine schedule mean that a 6 month old baby born today would receive over 2.5 times the number of vaccines as the maximum permitted for a 6 year old back in the 1980’s.  And, by the time that same baby was 12 years old, he/she would have received over 7X the number of vaccines as a child born 30 years ago.

***Remember, I'm NOT a doctor. I'm just a homemaker who loves to research 
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