My first article for Modern Alternative Mama was published over the weekend.
With my first post came a new audience. With a new audience, came comments and questions from people who don’t necessarily know me. One comment caught my attention. The reader wrote: “I hope this writer has done diligent and thorough research concerning vaccines”.
My response: “Thank-you for your concern over whether I have done diligent and thorough research concerning vaccines. That too is my concern for every parent I know. Not only is that my concern, it is also my prayer. My prayer is that every parent would conduct diligent and thorough research independent of what their pediatrician tells them to do”.
My response (and the reason for this post) is not necessarily just for this particular reader, but for every person who has thought or wondered the same thing: Have parents who don’t vaccinate actually done the proper research?
For me personally, I have logged in 7 years and over 5,000 hours of vaccine research.
I’ve been to “med school” and back again.
I’ve done the research. Thorough. Diligent. Thought Provoking. Independent. Exhausting. Devastating. The truth isn’t always fun. Or easy.
Published studies. Medical Literature. Journals. Research conducted by Universities. Webinars. Books. Congressional testimonies. Transcripts. Websites. Blogs. The library.
You name it!
I often wonder how people come to the conclusion that parents who don’t vaccinate might not have done the proper research. Going against the status quo involves a conscious decision. A decision that goes against what is considered “acceptable” and “right” invloves a mindset that is aware, well researched, and confident.
I recently read an article written by a doctor, writing for a Christian organization website. The article was about how amazing vaccines are and how we as parents need to make sure we get our children vaccinated. The conclusion to the article completely contradicted the point it was trying to make. It was actually very ironic. It read: “In the end, it is your own decision. And I do believe that all knowledge, whether scriptural, scientific, geologic, economic, or whatever else you can think of, is from God. He is the author of Truth. So, when we humans stumble upon Truth, we are only meeting God where He is working already”
Say what??? How is doing what you are told to do (vaccinate your children) considered “stumbling upon truth?” Isn’t it quite the opposite? I had to dig deep to stumble upon truth. And yes, God is the author of Truth. And that truth told me that my 4 children would never receive a single vaccine. Ever.
And the part about “meeting God where is working already”. Really? I meet God where is already working every time I meet a parent of a vaccine injured child and see that they are being led through truth to healing and recovery.
It always astounds me when I hear someone tell a parent who has chosen not to vaccinate “you have to be really careful when reading stuff off the internet”. As if we sit around reading bunk science off the internet and that’s how we arrived at our decision. No, the internet is what tells us TO vaccinate. The media tells us TO vaccinate. The TODAY show tells us TO vaccinate. The news stories and scare tactics tell us TO vaccinate. Parenting Magazine tells us TO vaccinate. Time Magazine tells us TO vaccinate. Forbes Magazine tells us TO vaccinate. The pediatricians office tells us TO vaccinate. Society tells us to vaccinate.
You have to diligently seek out the research that goes against what mainstream society tells you to do. Ever read the Simpsonwood transcripts? I have. All 262 pages. How about the 80 plus published studies showing the link between vaccines & autism? Still waiting on Matt Lauer to share these studies.
I’m much more cautious of the CDC website which can never given a single reference or source to any of their vaccine data. That’s not research. Just because the CDC website tells me that vaccines saved the world from polio, doesn’t mean I have to believe it. No, I want proof. One year, I spent an entire summer researching polio. The truth of what caused the decline in polio is so far off from vaccines, it’s almost a joke that we still believe it was vaccines. Just read the testimonies of the polio vaccine inventors. Salk & Sabin were pretty cool dudes after all. Read my 4 part POLIO SERIES. Read my Dinner Party Post.
My response to those concerned about just reading “stuff off the internet”.
Yeah, me too. Don’t do it.
I think it’s important to understand parents who don’t vaccinate. Otherwise stereotypes continue to lead our belief systems. Stereotypes keep myths around. The entire vaccine industry is built on stereotypes, myths, lies, scare tactics, and a belief system that is almost impossible to break. Oh and a whole lotta money.
I think I’ve heard every stereotype given to parents who don’t vaccinate: Crazy, Conspiracy Theorists, Hippies, Uninformed, Misled. Misled by who? The Biomedical Community that is actually healing & recovering vaccine injured kids. I don’t care how big the “anti-vaccine” movement is, it could never compare to the BILLION dollar vaccine industry.
So who are these parents of unvaccinated children? How did they arrive at their decision? Seems like the folks at the CDC had these same questions. The researchers from the CDC published a study in the Journal of Pediatrics. It showed that children who hadn’t received any shots at all tended to come from educated families who had “parents who expressed concerns regarding the safety of vaccines and indicated that medical doctors have little influence over vaccination decisions for their children”.
Of course the vaccine industry’s most well-paid spokesperson Paul Offit had a comment on this study: “The surprising part is that someone who would be better educated would be less likely to get the vaccine,” he said.
Why is that surprising Mr. Offit? You might be a pediatrician, but you also invent vaccines and then vote them on to the vaccine schedule. Are we really supposed to trust you?
The study ended saying: ”It’s an excellent example of how more education and awareness translates to better health. Parents are gradually waking up to the dangers of vaccines. Those who have a university education and a well paid job, are in a better position to research vaccinations and know their rights. Education is power and they and those most invested in health and research are most likely to avoid vaccinations at all costs, a trend that is welcome and timely for future generations”. -Dr. Mihalovicis a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in vaccine research.
Let’s read that last sentence again:
“Education is power and they and those most invested in health and research are most likely to avoid vaccinations at all costs, a trend that is welcome and timely for future generations”.
So to the reader that is concerned over my decision and hopes that I have done my diligent and thorough research, I say this: “Thank-you…and right back at ya!”