Tuesday, December 26, 2006

This is something I found at Adventures In Baby Wearing, if you have never researched the vaccine issue for yourself, PLEASE do yourself, and your children a favor..take 5 minutes and read this:

Stirring The Pot: What I Want Every Parent To Know

If possible, I'd love to avoid a debate. If anything, I just want this post to make you think and ignite a desire inside you to know more. I highly recommend you read this entire article without skimming. If you don’t read this article, then please at least read what I’ve copied from the article : Robert Kennedy Jr. Autism, mercury, and politics .Mounting evidence suggests that Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative in children's vaccines, may be responsible for the exponential growth of autism, attention deficit disorder, speech delays, and other childhood neurological disorders now epidemic in the United States.Prior to 1989, American infants generally received three vaccinations (polio, measles-mumps-rubella, and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis). In the early 1990s, public health officials dramatically increased the number of Thimerosal-containing vaccinations without considering the cumulative impact of the mercury load on developing brains.In a 1991 memo, Dr. Maurice Hilleman, one of the fathers of Merck's vaccination programs, warned his bosses that 6-month-old children administered the shots on schedule would suffer mercury exposures 87 times the government safety standards. He recommended that Thimerosal be discontinued and complained that the US Food and Drug Administration, which has a notoriously close relationship with the pharmaceutical industry, could not be counted on to take appropriate action as its European counterparts had. Merck ignored Hilleman's warning, and for eight years government officials added seven more shots for children containing Thimerosal.Mercury is a known brain poison, and autism rates began rising dramatically in children who were administered the new vaccine regimens. A decade ago the American Academy of Pediatrics estimated the autism rate among American children to be 1 in 2,500. Today, the CDC places the rate at 1 in 166, or 1 in 80 boys. Additionally, one in six children is now diagnosed with a related neurological disorder.These are the facts: In 1985, children were vaccinated for seven diseases. Now, that number is 16. That means children now endure about 37 separate vaccination encounters.Why it’s personal with me: Carter had known reactions within 24 hours of vaccinations at age 6 and 12 months. One time ending up in the ER. I have no idea why back then I did not look into this further, but I was still in the “I’ll trust my doctor and not my own instincts” mode. Noah was always sick as a baby so I can’t even track if his chronic illnesses and gut issues were vaccine reactions specifically. He has dealt with a neurological disorder for almost 3 years now, though, that still remains “unexplained.” We have since met other kids like Noah whose neurological disorders started the day of or close after a vaccination.
What's all the fuss if they've practically (not completely!) removed thimerosol from all vaccines? Well, if they had it in there before and knew it was bad, what else will they put in there? If they've been so secret about the mercury, what else are they keeping secrets about?I obviously can not stress enough how important it is for parents to at least be aware of this information. Do not feel condemned by me or defensive if you go about things differently than I do. It will not make me think any differently of you. I credit our personal experience with why I feel so strongly on this issue. I will be happy if every parent is informed, and if I ask You or your doctor “what’s in this shot?” I hope I do not hear “I’m not sure.” I would hope if someone offered your baby a drink out of a bottle of mystery-juice that you would ask what was in it before you let your baby drink it. I am sure most parents would. Why is it any different with something you actually inject into a child’s body? When we all are informed, aware, and concerned, then good changes can start happening- like possibly safer vaccines without harmful ingredients. Until then, why shouldn’t they just continue giving babies shots with the formaldehyde, aluminum, and thimerosol if no one’s complaining? If all vaccines are for your child’s well-being and not meant for any profit, then why would there be a need to have an advertisement for vaccines in Baby Talk, Parents, American Baby, & Parenting magazines? Doctors are human. They can be helpful. They are not God. They do not know everything and it is definitely possible for them to make mistakes regarding your child. In the end, only you as the parent are the one held accountable.Before you jump to judge me or comment, “what if my child gets the measles, chicken pox, and how do they go to school without their shots?” I recommend you visit the National Vaccine Information Center website. Go to your local library & check out some helpful books like The Vaccine Guide: Risks and Benefits for Children and Adults by Randall Neustaedter. Or Neil Miller’s Vaccines: Are They Really Safe & Effective? Or Evidence of Harm by David Kirby. Or What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Vaccinations by Stephanie Cave.
I have done my research. I know the statistics about all the diseases. I know about the recent chicken pox outbreaks and mumps outbreak... and I also know that the majority of people affected were vaccinated.
Read the news. This topic’s all the rage lately- on the news, on the web, in your paper. Stay informed and up-to-date on this important information. Do not choose this controversial topic to be the one you to which you say, “Ignorance is bliss.”

Thank you Stephanie, this was so well done. I couldn't have done it better myself :)


Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh, thank you for posting it! To be honest, it poured straight from my heart!!

Adventures In Babywearing said...

P.S. Love the new look!