Growing Up Unvaccinated

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    "I am the 70s child of a health nut. I wasn’t vaccinated. I was brought up on an incredibly healthy diet: no sugar til I was one, breastfed for over a year, organic homegrown vegetables, raw milk, no MSG, no additives, no aspartame. My mother used homeopathy, aromatherapy, osteopathy, we took daily supplements of vitamin C, echinacea, cod liver oil..

    I had an outdoor lifestyle; I grew up next to a farm, walked everywhere, did sports and danced twice a week, drank plenty of water. I wasn’t even allowed pop; even my fresh juice was watered down to protect my teeth, and I would’ve killed for white, shop-bought bread in my lunch box once in a while and biscuits instead of fruit like all the other kids. We only ate (organic local) meat maybe once or twice a week and my mother and father cooked everything from scratch – I have yet to taste a Findus crispy pancake and oven chips were reserved for those nights when mum and dad had friends over and we got a “treat.”


    As healthy as my lifestyle seemed, I contracted measles, mumps, rubella, a type of viral meningitis, scarlatina, whooping cough, yearly tonsillitis, and chickenpox, some of which are vaccine preventable. In my twenties I got precancerous HPV and spent 6 months of my life wondering how I was going to tell my two children under the age of 7 that mummy might have cancer before it was safely removed.

    Anecdotal evidence is nothing to base decisions on. But when facts and evidence-based science aren’t good enough to sway someone’s opinion, then this is where I come from. After all, anecdotes are the anti-vaccine supporter’s way. Well, this is my personal experience.
    And my personal experience prompts me to vaccinate my children and myself."

    http://www.voicesforvaccines.org/growing-up-unvaccinated/
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Sep 26 : Reason: spacing
    mariebailey, lehcareaj, AmyRN303, and 25 others like this.

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  2. 72 Comments...

  3. 30
    Do not even get me started on people who don't have their children vaccinated. It will not be pretty.
    emjay:), lehcareaj, AmyRN303, and 27 others like this.
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    Even as a person who does like to go organic, avoid additives and preservatives in place of (gasp) sugar etc. I do vaccinate my kids and am glad I have. Balance is the key. Taking a healthy lifestyle and balancing it with western medicine seems like the best of both worlds to me. Good post.
    emjay:), lehcareaj, adnstudent44, and 17 others like this.
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    People forget what Polio did to kids. God bless Dr. Salk. Vaccinate!
    emjay:), lehcareaj, AmyRN303, and 14 others like this.
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    Do not even get me started on people who don't have their children vaccinated. It will not be pretty.
    Thank you I agree!!
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    I've always been intrigued by the fact that a modern healthcare professional could exhibit active opposition to vaccination. To this humble writer, it appears that all of the most reliable clinical evidence is so overwhelmingly in support of vaccination programs that one would be hard pressed to find a rationale against it... barring, of course, studies now considered to be "elaborate frauds." It makes me wonder how many *other* hugely successful medical discoveries are being discarded as rubbish by some.

    I realize that the breadth of my clinical expertise is nowhere near that of Jenny McCarthy's... but still.
    emjay:), newhospicern, AmyRN303, and 16 others like this.
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    I agree people are crazy not to vaccinate!
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    Quote from Krzysztof
    I've always been intrigued by the fact that a modern healthcare professional could exhibit active opposition to vaccination. To this humble writer, it appears that all of the most reliable clinical evidence is so overwhelmingly in support of vaccination programs that one would be hard pressed to find a rationale against it... barring, of course, studies now considered to be "elaborate frauds." It makes me wonder how many *other* hugely successful medical discoveries are being discarded as rubbish by some. I realize that the breadth of my clinical expertise is nowhere near that of Jenny McCarthy's... but still.
    All my coworkers are like that!
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    I am a Healthcare Professional and I chose not to vaccinate my children by the recommended vaccine schedule. My oldest received her first full round of vaccines as an infant and did not get anymore until she in the 3rd grade when she received her booster shots. My husband and I made a conscious decisions about which vaccines or youngest child received. So far both of our daughters are healthy and happy.
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    "Myth 6: Giving a child more than one vaccine at a time can increase the risk of harmful side-effects, which can overload the child’s immune system. FALSE

    Fact 6: Scientific evidence shows that giving several vaccines at the same time has no adverse effect on a child’s immune system. Children are exposed to several hundred foreign substances that trigger an immune response every day. The simple act of eating food introduces new antigens into the body, and numerous bacteria live in the mouth and nose. A child is exposed to far more antigens from a common cold or sore throat than they are from vaccines. Key advantages of having several vaccines at once is fewer clinic visits, which saves time and money, and children are more likely to complete the recommended vaccinations on schedule. Also, when it is possible to have a combined vaccination, e.g. for measles, mumps and rubella, that means fewer injections."

    WHO | What are some of the myths ? and facts ? about vaccination?
    mariebailey, NRSKarenRN, lehcareaj, and 14 others like this.


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