First, let me clarify that I have been anti-vaccines since I was twenty years old, when I refused the HPV vaccine. My stance has been well established for years, and I am happy to see brave women in the spotlight discussing vaccinations, despite the media backlash they’ve received.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that Jenny McCarthy is an anti-vaccine activist. Her son was diagnosed with autism in 2005 which she believes is largely due to vaccinations. Through a series of alternative therapies, mainly chelation therapy, McMcarthy was able to cure her son of autism.
Katie Couric aired a segment on vaccines in December 2013. She invited two mothers onto her show simply to discuss the HPV vaccine. Couric isn’t even anti-vax and still received a huge media backlash, was harassed on the internet and was fired shortly after the segment aired. But at least she had the balls to even discuss the potential dangers of vaccines, no matter her stance.
And just today I was sent an article about another anti-vaccination woman stepping forward. Kristin Cavallari, pregnant with her second child, recently stated she isn’t planning on vaccinating, saying,
“Here’s the thing. At the end of the day, I’m just a mom, I’m trying to make the best decision for my kid. There are very scary statistics out there regarding what is in vaccines and what they cause: asthma, allergies, ear infections — all kinds of things. We feel like we’re making the best decision for our kids.”
A perfectly reasonable response. And yet, the wrath of people safely tucked away behind their computer screens has already started to descend. In reading random articles about these women in regard to vaccines, it is literally impossible to not notice the comments calling them any of the following: idiotic, nuts, batshit, murdererous, insane, crazy, and my personal favorite, dumb blondes. Because hair color somehow quantifies intelligence, right?
I seriously fear for the future of Americans when people as a whole cannot have articulate, intelligent debate without resorting to name-calling, when people blindly accept what they are told, and when people lack the ability to think critically and independently. That is what is idiotic, that is what’s crazy.
While I’m not yet a parent, let me state for the record that there is no way in hell I’m vaccinating my kids.
I’ve dealt with the other side of this argument for a while now and I know the general responses: but vaccines don’t cause autism, studies show that vaccines are completely safe, disease would have/will kill thousands, if not millions of people without vaccinations.
Except here’s the thing: no anti-vaccination advocate is saying vaccines cause autism. If this were true, every vaccinated person would have autism. We are saying that vaccinations can exacerbate autism in immuno-compromised individuals. This is supported by autism expert and world renowned neurosurgeon and human nutrition specialist, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. This is also why several vaccines are not supposed to be administered to children while they are sick. This is also why autism used to be listed as a side effect of certain vaccines, but is now listed as “permanent brain damage.” Even if you support vaccinations, you cannot ignore the fact that permanent brain damage is listed as a side effect for several vaccines.
It’s particularly helpful to examine societies and cultures that do not vaccinate. In 2005, Dan Olmstead examined rates of autism among an Amish population. The Amish are religiously exempt from vaccinations; some families vaccinate, and those that do use an alternative schedule. Majority of them have been pressured by public health officials to vaccinate. While the study was anecdotal, it is no less shocking. Olmstead traveled to Lancaster County, where statistically, there should have been over one hundred cases of autism. There were three. Of the three, one was adopted from China and had received all of her vaccinations. The other had also received vaccinations.
A study conducted at University of Pittsburgh by Laura Hewittson and a team at UPitt administered an age, size and chronologically appropriate vaccination schedule from the 90s to monkeys. These monkeys developed autism symptoms, while their unvaccinated counterparts developed no such symptoms.
Findings released today showed that infant monkeys given vaccines officially recommended by the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) exhibited autism-like symptoms. Lead investigator Laura Hewitson of the University of Pittsburgh and colleagues presented study results at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in London. Safety studies of medicines are typically conducted in monkeys prior to use in humans, yet such basic research on the current childhood vaccination regimen has never before been done.
No one is saying vaccines cause autism across the board, but vaccines do play a role in the development and subsequent rise in autism. Autism was first diagnosed in 1931 (as was the first vaccine!) and was present at a rate of roughly 1 in 10,000. In 2000 it was 1 in 150.
Today it’s 1 in 50. That’s over a 1000% increase.
And let me reiterate again, I do not think that vaccines are the only cause of autism, I don’t know any anti-vaccination activist that believes this. I fully believe that there are several factors, genetics, environment, diet, yeast overgrowth, leaky gut, heavy metal poisoning and so much more. I do believe that vaccines exacerbate autism, I do believe that vaccines are loaded with toxins that can cause diseases like cancer, I do believe that vaccines are not as effective as we are led to believe.
Hell, just last year it was discovered that 98 million people were exposed to a tainted polio vaccine that causes cancer.
And here’s the kicker: there is no such thing as vaccine induced herd immunity. Herd immunity applies only to naturally contracting a virus or infection. When the body naturally contracts an infection, the immunity lasts a lifetime. According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, vaccine induced immunity lasts ten years at most,
That vaccine-induced herd immunity is mostly myth can be proven quite simply. When I was in medical school, we were taught that all of the childhood vaccines lasted a lifetime. This thinking existed for over 70 years. It was not until relatively recently that it was discovered that most of these vaccines lost their effectiveness 2 to 10 years after being given. What this means is that at least half the population, that is the baby boomers, have had no vaccine-induced immunity against any of these diseases for which they had been vaccinated very early in life. In essence, at least 50% or more of the population was unprotected for decades.
If we listen to present-day wisdom, we are all at risk of resurgent massive epidemics should the vaccination rate fall below 95%. Yet, we have all lived for at least 30 to 40 years with 50% or less of the population having vaccine protection. That is, herd immunity has not existed in this country for many decades and no resurgent epidemics have occurred.
We’ve been told that vaccines eradicate disease, that they are responsible for the decline of polio and smallpox. Yeah, about that…
Vaccines are also not particularly effective at preventing outbreaks.
Now, let’s look objectively and critically and some common ingredients in vaccines.
- formaldehyde – a known carcinogen
- aluminum phosphate and aluminum hydroxide – has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease
- thimerosal (mercury)
- polysorbate 80 – a study has shown that polysorbate 80, otherwise knows as Tween 80, accelerates maturation, decreases normal weight of ovaries and uterus, as well as physically damages the uterus
- ammonium sulfate -is mainly used to make fertilizer, it can cause inflammation and damage to the gastrointestinal tract
- soy peptones – consider the fact that over 90% of soy in the US is genetically modified and I wouldn’t even let my kid eat soy, much less inject the garbage directly into his bloodstream
Not to mention that vaccines are closely linked with deaths. Many people fail to come forward after sudden death post vaccine because they don’t even connect the two incidences. Recently, a mother of a previously healthy 19 year-old man came forward after her son suddenly died within 24 hours of receiving the flu shot. Or baby Ian, whose story makes me cry every time, who died after receiving a round of vaccines; the picture of what he went through are heartbreaking. Read his story here. Seventeen children died after receiving the Hepatitis B vaccine. This five month old baby died just days after receiving a round of vaccines, her parents were charged with murder. after his daughter died after receiving 8 vaccinations. Now take a look at the link between vaccines and death:
Whatever your stance on vaccination, I hope that you openly took a look at the evidence presented. Whether you agree or disagree with me, I encourage you to leave a comment voicing your opinion, not name-calling, not bashing. This is indicative of not only a lack of intelligence, but a lack of an argument to refute my points. There needs to be an open dialogue on vaccines, not bashing others who have a different opinion than you.
Don’t forget that vaccines are a billion dollar industry. But what do I know? I’m just another dumb blonde.