Vaccines: I don’t know the answer

New parents are most concerned about healthy babies and keeping their newborn safe.  The current modern medical model of exposing a healthy person to small amounts of disease is sound, the idea is that it will prepare and strengthen the immune system for an outbreak.  It’s the safety of the method so many of us are opposing.

When children are born, there immune system provides passive immunity received through the placenta and then from breast milk.  The immune system will develop a few months after birth but takes 6-18 months to develop an immune memory.  So why inject babies if they have no immune memory.  We can safely develop natural immunity to a large variety of microorganisms that they breathe, eat, and touch.

The immune responses initiated by cells lining their airways, skin and intestines are very important in creating “memory” and protection against the microorganisms they naturally come into contact with every day.  That primary line of defense is the mucus lining our skin, this barrier traps invaders exposing them to phagocyte immune cells which engulf them and then alert T-cell and B-Cells who target and destroy them.  Then memory cells keep us ready for secondary assaults thus creating immunity and lifelong protection.

The maturation of a child’s immune system is a very important step and it’s bypassed when injected with a vaccine.  Rarely do vaccines offer protection for more than a few years and most require boosters.  The body is merely creating an antibody, but as the Journal of Virology study showed, the unvaccinated children actually built up more antibodies against a wider variety of flu virus strains than the vaccinated children.  When a fully vaccinated individual comes down with a disease the blood work can show active anti-bodies proving there is no guarantee against invasion.  Vaccines usually do not impart long-term immunity because they don’t create the kind of memory that occurs when you go through the process of a natural immune response.

Natural exposure does not necessarily lead to infection; it is possible to obtain natural immunity without actually getting sick, if your immune system is functioning well.  In fact, vaccines do NOT strengthen the healthy functioning of the immune system, but can actually weaken it.

Whether you vaccinate your child or not it’s important to build up their immune system.  A strong immune system comes from an optimum health diet that includes highly nutritious foods including fruits, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, beans, greens, onions, berries, nuts, seeds, legumes and optionally; small portions of organic meats and grains.

As parents we want to keep our children healthy and safe so take the time to learn about both sides of the issue, be informed before blindly accepting another vaccine.  It’s vitally important to know and exercise your legal rights and understand your options when it comes to using vaccines and prescription drugs. Did you know your doctor is legally obligated to provide you with the CDC Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) sheet and discuss the potential symptoms of side effects of the vaccination(s) with you or your child BEFORE the vaccination takes place. If someone giving a vaccine does not do this, it is a violation of federal law. Furthermore, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 also requires doctors and other vaccine providers to:

-Keep a permanent record of all vaccines given and the manufacturer’s name and lot number

-Write down serious health problems, hospitalizations, injuries and deaths that occur after vaccination in the patient’s permanent medical record

-File an official report of all serious health problems, hospitalizations, injuries and deaths following vaccination to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS)

If a vaccine provider fails to inform, record or report, it is a violation of federal law. It’s important to get all the facts before making your decision about vaccination; and to understand that you have the legal right to opt out of using a vaccine that you do not want you or your child to receive. At present, all 50 states allow a medical exemption to vaccination (medical exemptions must be approved by an M.D. or D.O.); 48 states allow a religious exemption to vaccination; and 18 states allow a personal, philosophical or conscientious belief exemption to vaccination.

However, vaccine exemptions are under attack in a number of states, and it’s in everyone’s best interest to protect the right to make informed, voluntary vaccination decisions.


Book Recommendation:

“Vaccines: are the really safe and effective” by Neil Miller


Resources: (accessed June 6, 2012) Suboptimal Breastfeeding Kills over 1 Million Infants a year.

Organic Health (accessed June 6, 2012) Vaccines are Bad for You

American Society for Microbiology Journal of Virology. (accessed June 6, 2012) Caution about Newcastle Disease Virus-Based Live Attenuated Vaccine.  doi: 10.1128/JVI.00370-08 J. Virol. July 2008 vol. 82 no. 13 6782.

New England Journal of Medicine. (accessed June 6, 2012) Safety and Efficacy of a Pentavalent Human-Bovine (WC3) Reassortant Rotavirus Vaccine. 

New England Journal of Medicine.  (accessed June 6, 2012) Intussusception among infants given an oral Rotavirus vaccine. (accessed June 7, 2012)  Are Your Doctors Being Bribed to Recommend this?

Herbal Legacy (accessed June 7, 2012) Infant Vaccines by David Christopher


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