Ah!, childhood. Autism, HPV/cervical cancer, mercury poisoning. Makes a sane person reminiscent for scraped knees, hallway gum chewing, and slam books. How to best protect our kids today? To vaccinate or not vaccinate? — BadWitch
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Dear GWBW — Start of school year means my kids’ annual physical. There’s been some controversy at our school over immunizing, so I’m not even sure all the kids are immunized. Now my doctor’s talking about Gardasil for my oldest daughter. What’s your opinion? Is it worth getting all these immunizations when half the kids in school are going around unprotected? —To shoot or not to shoot
I am not a medical doctor, but I have a body in real life. I am a huge proponent of taking responsible care of my body and health. This includes research, questions of my doctors, and integrating that with my own (attuned) body intuition. I highly recommend this for everyone.
Considerations: Does your family have a history of cervical cancer? If it does then you might consider Gardasil for your daughter. Next, ask your own trusted doctor for his/her point of view. I have two doctors (a man and a woman) and they both told me that for my history and health, they would advise against it (not that I fall into the Gardasil target age group 9-24; we were having a general conversation about things current and female during my own annual) as they each separately considered it a misguiding and dubious marketing campaign by its maker Merck. Both of their opinions revolved around how there are several different levels of the virus HPV (which many men and women have) to cervical cancer, but Gardasil protects against four. Also to be considered, the side effects to this still-new drug.
As to vaccinate or not , I know my siblings and I got all ours, but today’s kids are exposed to stuff that we weren’t and getting way too many ridiculous illnesses to death (from mercury in vaccinations, etc.), as well. As long as you cover the basics (including Rubella for the girls when appropriate), and spread them out rather than many in a day, then I think you’re probably protecting them the best you can, other kids vaccinated or not. I’m sure you already know your childrens’ schools’ policies for whether they can attend non-vaxed or not? Have you actually spoken with other peer parents to know that it’s “half the kids” non-vaxed at your schools? Deaths and horrific complications aside, there’s no sense to make a Bubble Kids gen with more education and information available today, if a healthy diet (organic sooner, fewer processed foods) and vaccinations are managed consistently and with sensible timing – this is the world they live in, and you can only do your due diligence as a parent, and according to your own personal beliefs. Get them vaccinated, that’s mine. Gardasil, eh, unless your family history dictates it, not so much.
A shot in the arm could save nine,
To Shoot or Not to Shoot,
That is the question. I am not a doctor. I believe in natural healing and the miracles of modern medicine. Therefore, I can only give you my opinion as a parent.
I am a parent of two elementary school age girls. Are they immunized? Absolutely. Did they get every immunization the doctor suggested? No. I am the health advocate in my family and though most of the immunizations make complete sense to me—polio, diphtheria, hepatitis B, tetanus—but chicken pox? I don’t agree.
I had chicken pox as a child. I itched. I took milk baths. I kept oven mitts on my hands and still managed to scratch once or twice. Then I was back in school. Adults, however, who contract chicken pox can have much more severe reactions. By the way, the immunization wears off at about the age of 20…when contracting the “childhood illness” would really be an issue. So, I’m suppose to keep my kids from getting a childhood disease in childhood so I can leave them susceptible to the disease in their adult lives when it could cause secondary infections and risk their lives. Hmmm.
Apparently you can continue to be immunized into adulthood. But, this is one case where I question the balance of nature being thrown off so much. I continue to do my research, but have not been swayed yet.
As a parent you are your child’s health advocate. You must do your research on what vaccines make sense for you. Ask questions and double check the answers— especially before injections are given.
Which brings me to Gardasil . Why do I need to give my pre-teen daughter a vaccine for sexual transmitted disease? Side effects of the vaccine include fainting, dizziness, vomiting, seizures, comas, and, oh yes, death. Previously healthy girls who have had the vaccine have been diagnosed with epilepsy after injection. 32 girls have died. But testing on the drug has stopped. So, my girls are supposed to be the guinea pigs? I’d rather have open conversations about safe sex (scroll, April 16 post) when the time is right and schedule their GYN check-ups yearly. It may be a scheduling pain, but nowhere near the pain of watching my 9 year old pass out, throw up and shake on the floor with a grand-mal seizure. In this case, just say “Hell No.”
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