Are Vaccines Safe or Not?
When milling around Facebook this morning I found this gem of an article that you'll love, here's an excerpt…
In the last decade I have had to explain to my grandmother what Crohn’s disease is, autism, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, ADHD, peanut allergies, and thyroid conditions. She never saw those health conditions growing up. “Vaccine preventable diseases” were replaced with “vaccine-induced diseases.” Can we even compare chicken pox to rheumatoid arthritis?
I know, we have better diagnostic methods now right? Crohn’s disease and autism were always around, they just weren’t labeled or diagnosed. Wrong. I had Crohn’s disease and believe me, you’d notice the kid who spent the entire day in the outhouse or had to poop on the side of the road at least 15 times on their walk to school. And have you met anyone with autism? Trust me, a parent with an autistic child doesn’t need the diagnosis to notice the difference.
I have to admit, my Grandma and her husband got one vaccine…the polio vaccine in the late 1950s contaminated with the SV-40 virus that is infamous for causing cancer and has been found in human tumors of the brain, breast, lungs, bone, and lymph. My Grandfather later developed lymphoma and died of cancer. I never met him.”
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More on vaccines:
- Have you read these posts about how Kent and I came to our own vaccine decisions for our youngest? (We didn't know enough to question things with our older three, unfortunately.) Part 1: Vaccination safety issues and the 7 factors that led to our decisions. Part 2: Our 5-part plan for vaccinations and how do school exemptions work?
- Read about a chat I had with the nurse at our doctor’s office. And here’s the follow-up story to that post. And one last update to the story with info on the school getting in on all this, too, and what my doctor said when we sat down to discuss everything.
- One more about another visit to the doctor’s office for our 4 year old’s shots…see if you get as riled up as I did.
- Healthcare workers: how to refuse mandatory vaccines and not get fired. More posts on mandatory flu vaccinations. And another: 150 Employees Fired for Not Getting the Flu Shot. See all my flu shot related posts.
- A good book on the topic: A Shot in the Dark
(Pictured above is me with my Mom's 99 year old neighbor friend, also my friend, and the sweetest person EVER. I'll have to ask her about vaccines when I see her Sunday on Mother's Day, but I'll bet she and her siblings weren't vaccinated, either, she's told me before that they never went to the doctor.)
Lazlo Toth says
You need to read more, and I mean read something other than the echo chamber of horse crap that you seem to eagerly lap up. Read about how many children died before vaccines were widely used (and inoculation has been used for thousands of years, BTW)- whooping cough, diphtheria, measles, you name it. Dolts like you think we don’t need vaccines because no one gets these diseases anymore. You know why no one gets these diseases anymore? Thank real hard. Yes, that’s right, it’s because of vaccines.
There’s no need to be rude or call names, we can discuss this like adults, right? And it’s still okay to disagree with others sometimes too.
Let’s take measles for an example. Check out this link.
And this shows how measles was viewed back in the day.
And this photo shows when measles cases greatly decreased vs. when the vaccine came out.
These are just a few things to think about from “the other side”.
Lastly, here’s a post I wrote more recently that shows why I don’t trust the vaccine industry.
My mother (in her 70s) is very much on board with vaccines. She saw childhood friends die from polio and have serious complications from measles & rubella – she herself is deaf in one ear because of a childhood bout of rubella (German measles). She urged HER mother (in her 90s) to get the shingles vaccine, and got it herself as well.
However, when I showed her just how many diseases are being vaccinated against now, she admitted it might be a bit much. Especially things like the flu shot and the chickenpox vaccine… I do them with my children, but only because we have regular contact with babies. I think we’ll drop the flu shot in another few years.
I’m not sure we can blame the autoimmune diseases on vaccines. What IS clear is that that is something in our environment causing all of these issues. I would argue that GMOs, pesticides, mineral-deficient foods, disrupted gut flora, vitamin D deficiencies, medications taken by moms while pregnant, and a whole host of other things could just as well be the culprits (and quite very possibly the combination of all).
If it were vaccines, these epidemics would have begun back in the 50s and 60s. Sure there was some in the 80s (very little) and 90s (more) but they are really diseases of the 2000s. My money is on round-up and GMOs being the lead culprits, personally.
(My grandmother, who passed away a few years ago but would have been in her late nineties now was definitely a supporter of vaccines for things like polio. I agree it’s a bit much with flu shots each year and vaccines for chicken pox, but I am glad I was vaccinated against the more dangerous diseases.)
I know three very lovely women that are in their mid 80s that I would like to ask this question. I also know one that I would never pose this question to. She is on board with whatever the doctor says. I have never asked one of the women directly about vaccines though she does know we do not do them. She has mentioned in the past that she is worried about kids because their environment is too clean and that they should be exposed to more dirt and bacteria. I think I will call all of them today and get back to you!!
I called two of the three women to ask them this question. Dear lady #1-thinks vaccines are a good thing and would recommend them. When I asked if she knew of anyone that had died from the diseases she said that her husband’s nephew died from polio. Dear lady #2- sees them as a protective measure but began to question them when her 5th and last child became violently ill after the shots. They changed their approach for her final series of DPT by spreading them out and her child seemed to cope better with that (If I remember correctly this child grew up and has not vaccinated her 12 children). When I asked her about death from the diseases her childhood friend at 7 died from complications due to measles. She did not know whether this child had any other issues but as she pointed out a seven year old,s focus is very different. Both women remember very vividly about the polio vaccine and how wonderful it was for their generation.
When I mentioned the number of vaccines on the current schedule both expressed great surprise.
Very interesting, thanks for sharing, Sarah!