We've added a toddler-friendly gizmo to the car seat Ronan is still using. It's a plush strap cover that has a bear head on it. I hated to have to add the strap cover, but with how Ronan wiggles, it's a safe extra layer of soft fabric over the thin seat belt material.
Let's just say that Ronan doesn't love it Beside it being something new for him to get used to, Ronan especially didn't love the bear head that was sewn on the strap. After he tried to yank that off, I cut it off and brought it inside to the kitchen.
The same day that I put the strap cover on Ronan's car seat was the same day that I was asked a slew of questions about my kids' health. It was a friendly conversation and also third one I'd had on the topic in less than a week. During the three conversations, I was asked my thoughts about vaccines. Funny that so many of the conversations I have lead back to that subject.
I am happy to be a source of information, but it made me sad that the people, all educated, all experts in their field, all concerned about diseases but also about vaccines, lacked enough information to be able to come to a solid decision about them. I could hear their concern in their voices and in the questions they did not ask their doctor but instead asked me. Their doctors said, 'Here, you need this shot. Get it.'
But they didn't stick around to talk about the vaccine ingredients.
They didn't explain the risks of vaccination.
They didn't share what side effects to look for.
They didn't offer advice should an adverse reaction result.
The longer our conversations went, the more I realized how very little their doctors did to fully inform their patients. Some people prefer to blindly trust what they are told (I was that person, too), but I think if someone is being asked to be a partner in a decision they must be presented with a lot more information than what each of these three people had been given. Because some patients are not being treated as partners, some facts about vaccines bear repeating. Here are a few of them.
These are some lists and questions that I've suggested in the past to people to ask their provider when vaccines come up.
Ask 8 - a short list, but a good starting point.
Pros and Cons - your list will certainly be different from my list, but here are some other things people may want to consider.
Of course many more links, books, and websites exist and can be read, studied, and cited, but this next list, which I happened to stumble upon after that third vaccine conversation came up last week, is one of the best lists of questions I have seen in one place. I could not love this list more.
From Natural Immunity Community: Question to ask your Pediatrician before you allow them to vaccinate your healthy newborn.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT VACCINATION.
Can you show me any studies regarding infant vaccines being tested directly on infants, and comparing the observations to non vaccinated infants? There are none, those studies have never been done.
Can you show me any studies regarding childhood vaccines being tested directly on children, and comparing the observations to non vaccinated children? There are none, those studies have never been done.
Can you show me any studies that prove giving more than one vaccine at a time has been proven safe? There are none, those studies have never been done.
Can you show me any studies that prove that the current vaccine schedule is safe? There are none, those studies have never been done.
Can you show me any studies which prove that the vaccines recommended for pregnant women, have been tested on pregnant women? There are none, those studies have never been done.
Can you show me any studies that prove that vaccinated children are healthier and don't get the targeted diseases, compared to un-vaccinated children? There are none, those studies have never been done by a government or vaccine maker.
Can you show me any studies that prove that the heavy metal preservatives in vaccines (mercury and aluminum) have been proven safe for infants, children or adults? There are none, those studies have never been done.
Can you show me the studies where vaccinated people were exposed to the targeted virus, to prove that vaccinated people don't acquire the targeted disease when the targeted virus enters their system? There are none, those studies have never been done.
Can you show me the studies that follow a group of vaccinated people, after they leave the hospital or doctor's office, which proves that people who get vaccines don't fall ill after the shot? There are none, those studies have never been done.
Can you show me the studies where vaccines were compared to any modality of healthy living (like sleep, exercise, water, vitamins, eating organic vegetables etc) for effects on immunity. There are none, those studies have never been done.
Can you explain to me doctor, in a logical way, why antibody production, after vaccine injection, is the only proof needed to prove a vaccine works, even though many incidents exist where a vaccinated person does produce disease specific antibodies yet still gets the targeted disease, and sometimes dies from that exact disease? Can you explain this highly irrational concept, that a vaccine is considered effective when it produces antibodies and not because the vaccinated person was tested against the target virus, and declared more immune than a non vaccinated person?
If you were the government and wanted to prove once and for all that vaccines work, wouldn't you survey vaccinated people after they're vaccinated, to prove they're healthier, that they don't get sick in general and don't get the targeted disease?
What about surveying sick people with say the flu, when they enter the hospital? Wouldn't it be a slam dunk to announce that everyone entering the hospital in 2014-2015, who had the flu, were un-vaccinated? Why do you think your government avoids doing these simple surveys? The governments (ruling families) don't do these studies because the already know what's happening......because they've designed what's happening.
You are free to awaken at anytime.
I am asked about vaccines quite a bit. I do not mind being a source for someone who is looking for information about them, but I hope I'm just a stepping stone. I don't claim to know all there is to know about them. I will share what I do know and what I have experienced but it's with the hope that whoever is asking me questions will then continue to read, to search, and to be confident in whatever decision they end up making.
After repeating my suggestions to the third concerned parent last week, when I hung up the phone I walked through the kitchen and glanced at the little bear head that I'd just cut off of Ronan's strap cover. It's a happy little bear, but it wasn't happily received by Ronan. Had Ronan never been injured, he wouldn't need this silly bear strap cover.
Had Ronan never been injured...
But he was. And I've learned a great deal because of it and other people recognize that. So when that phone rings again, and when the parent on the other end is desperately looking for answers, I'll repeat a promise I made to myself: to answer that call and help.
As unbearable as it sometimes is to talk about Ronan's vaccine injury, I promise that I will help. To share our story one more time. To send those links one more time. To speak up one more time. To remind them it should be no one else's decision to make but theirs. And to let them know that they can avoid what I did not.