Growing Up Unvaccinated: A Rebuttal
There are many holes in “Growing Up Unvaccinated“, including how she includes HPV and chicken pox in her repertoire of vaccine-preventable diseases, when those vaccines were not available. Also, an infection of the HPV virus cannot be “removed”. She claims that her mother was a hippy herbalist type, if she was then she wouldn’t put her daughter on antibiotics every year and she would know how to properly use echinacea. She just conveniently contracted all those vaccine-preventable illnesses known to man in childhood? Voices for Vaccines is affiliated with a Dr. Paul Offit who has one hand in Big Pharma’s pocket and who infamous for saying that an infant could safely receive 10,000 vaccines. I could pick on this blog post until the cows come home, but let’s not waste any more time shall we. (For a great deconstruction of the article, see here!)
This blog post has been shared over 375,000 times on Facebook. I have seen it shared by educated, professional parents and healthcare workers alike. It is a purely anecdotal, subjective write up of one person’s stance on vaccines. She knows so many vaccinated, healthy people, and we just have to trust her on that. Well there are plenty of unvaccinated, very healthy people. There are also many vaccinated, unhealthy people. I could boast about how my own partially unvaccinated children are perfectly healthy and how a myriad of vaccines as a teen caused my severe allergies, but I wouldn’t do that, because that is unreliable information.
Instead, let’s look at the reasons why some parents choose not to vaccinate, delay vaccinations, or opt out of select vaccinations. The main reason is because Jenny McCarthy told us not to. Yeah, right. For starters, it is the inherent risk in vaccines. Billions of dollars have been awarded to families who have suffered vaccine injuries. It is often these parents, whose children will suffer lifelong debilitating diseases, that begin to research vaccines and choose to no longer vaccinate their present and subsequent children. I can only imagine how painful it is for these parents to see such offensive vaccine propaganda. Every vaccine package insert lists the potential side effects and ingredients, next time you see your doctor just ask to see one, chances are that your doctor hasn’t read it either. Such side effects include Encephalitis, SIDS, Autism, Guillain Barre Syndrome, and even death. Ingredients can include Aluminum, Mercury, and Formaldehyde, none of which belong injected into the human body.
As a quick example, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During 2011, a provisional total of 222 measles cases were reported from 31 states.70 (32%) measles patients who were hospitalized, 17 (24%) had diarrhea, 15 (21%) were dehydrated, and 12 (17%) had pneumonia. No cases of encephalitis and no deaths were reported”. Conversely, the vaccine adverse event reporting system (VAERS), which is co sponsored by the FDA and the CDC reported that there have been 698 FDA Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) reports related to MMR, MMRV (MMR plus varicella) and measles vaccines in 2011 including 4 deaths and 280 emergency room visits. 698 VAERS reports are almost six times more than the number of measles cases. Keep in mind that former FDA Commissioner David Kessler wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association that “only about 1% of serious adverse events are reported to the FDA.” Not surprisingly I hope, I would rather my children get the measles and receive natural immunity than to receive the vaccine. A healthy, previously breastfed, well nourished child will not suffer from the actual measles. It was the chicken pox of our grandparents era.
But, vaccines almost eradicated all of these illnesses, and people like me are bringing them back! Right? Not. Deaths from these illnesses were well on their way to eradication before the advent of vaccines, as illustrated in the below graph. Nutrition and hygiene also greatly contributed to this. The concept of herd immunity is nil, since the majority of the adult population is not vaccinated. Our childhood vaccinations only last for an average of 7 years (it varies from vaccine to vaccine and individual to individual), so all of our childhood vaccinations (which were less than half of what kids get today, I should point out) are no longer effective. How could the herd, the entire population, be immune? It’s not. Unless every single citizen had boosters throughout their life, which we certainly do not, herd immunity does not exist. Media propaganda has pointed fingers at the unvaccinated for recent whooping cough outbreaks, but it actually has a lot more to do with the inefficacy of the vaccine than it does the unvaccinated.
An unofficial survey comparing unvaccinated children to vaccinated children shows that vaccinated children are 2 to 5 times more likely to suffer from diseases such as asthma, allergies, and eczema than unvaccinated children. I wish there was scholarly research comparing these two groups, but unfortunately there isn’t. Considering that the majority of scholarly research is funded by billion dollar pharmaceutical companies, it’s understandable that they would not be willing to fund research that could potentially undermine their prerogative.
The author of the above blog post says that “I was so freaking crunchy that I literally crumbled. It was only when I took control of those paranoid thoughts and fears about the world around me and became an objective critical thinker that I got well.” To be in agreement that those who choose not to vaccinate themselves or their children are paranoid and not objective critical thinkers is just downright insulting. We have often done hours upon hours of research and reading on the subject in order to make an informed decision on the matter. To essentially call us liars and propaganda whores is just cheap and low. I am not judging you for your parenting decisions, so please do not judge mine. We are all parents of beautiful children, we need to be kind to each other. I am not trying to convince you to not vaccinate, I am simply asking for mutual respect. As parents, as individuals. Please do not insult our intelligence, both yours and mine, by sharing such unfounded, silly hogwash. Read vaccine package inserts so you can make an informed decision and have some understanding and grace for where non-vaccinating parents are coming from.
Off I go to have my aura read, join my fellow non-vaccinators to examine crop circles, and consult my tarot cards to see what my next blog post should be about. Stay tuned for an in-depth examination of each of the present vaccinations and the diseases they are meant to prevent.
Stay healthy and kind!
A compilation of PubMed research articles can be found here
Thoughts on vaccines by a mother pediatrician
A great parent-to-parent resource about vaccines