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Should We Vaccinate Our Kids?

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Should We Vaccinate Our Kids?

Youíve all heard the rumors — that childhood vaccines may cause autism and might actually cause more harm than good. This kind of rumor didnít exist back when I was a kid. People were so grateful to actually HAVE vaccines, since my motherís generation lost loved ones or witnessed devastating disability because of diseases like polio, tetanus, and small pox. But things have changed. When I went to vaccinate my baby, other Mommy & Me mothers raised eyebrows. Youíd have thought I was needling my daughter with poison.

Who Started the Autism/Vaccine Rumors?

Where did these rumors come from? Well, they got ignited by an article by Dr. Andrew Wakefield in the well-respected British medical journal Lancet in 1998, which linked the MMR vaccine and autism. Since this article was published, vaccination rates have fallen sharply — in Great Britain they were down to 80 percent in 2004, as reported by CNN.† As a result, measles cases have been on the rise for the first time in many years.

Because of this, many people have taken the leap to think that if one vaccine could cause autism, maybe all of them do. Since then, many have speculated that thimerosal, an additive in many vaccines, may be responsible.

Next: What should parents do?

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the†Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of†Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.† She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.† Lissa blogs at†LissaRankin.com and also created two online communities -†HealHealthCareNow.com and†OwningPink.com. She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.

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11:38PM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

Based on my research, I have arrived at the inevitable conclusion that vaccination is an organised criminal enterprise dressed up as disease prevention. There is NO WAY I would let anyone with a vaccine come near me or any child of mine.

Check out the Vaccination Information Network (VINE) on Facebook for more information.

11:38PM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

Based on my research, I have arrived at the inevitable conclusion that vaccination is an organised criminal enterprise dressed up as disease prevention. There is NO WAY I would let anyone with a vaccine come near me or any child of mine.

Check out the Vaccination Information Network (VINE) on Facebook for more information.

12:20AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Thanks for the info

4:04PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

yes

6:03AM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

I think it is necessary but vaccinate them over a length of time; not all at once. It can be a shock to the system.

6:41AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

there are people who don't vaccinate for religious reasons. some of how you make them violate hygine codes, cause suffering of other beings. and are made out of nasty icky things
and are used to replace faith.

people want freedom of choise and religion
people want health and safety

wait? what about breeding sickness resistant humans? now we will breed ourselves into failure.
:(

4:34PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

shame on YOU, dr Rankin.
I have always loved your articles, your open-mimdednes, your tolerance, I even devoured your book, which I would make compulsory reading in schools. But I was si disappointed by your stand on the vaccine issue, in particular on Dr Wakefield's case. How could you actually judge him before your knew all the details. I strongly urge you to read his just published book "The Callous Disregard | Autism and Vaccines - The Truth Behind a Tragedy". Then please make uo your own mind.
Firstly, most people have no idea that Dr Wakefield was NOT agaisnt vaccines,but pro SAFE vaccines. This was carefully kept unknown by a well-orchestared defamation campaign against him. It was not juust big pharma, it was political.
People, wake up, political and financial agendas are more important to governments than you children's safet. How well they knew, oh so many times, that certain vaccinmes were not safe, that not enough tests had been carried out, and they callously agreed to mass experimentation on our kids. Just read a history of 20th century vacination in western countries, and you will see. Why do you think the US government actually compensates vaccine-dmaged chilndren?
It is not a metter of pro or con vaccines, but rather a matter of SAFETY of certain vaccines and protocols. Had you known the actual reasons for choosing certain vaccines or protocols, you wouldn't be able to sleep at night.
Do question the frightening and brain washing official campaings.

7:03PM PST on Mar 11, 2011

Each must choose their own way

4:39AM PST on Feb 2, 2011

I have just read more about the deaths of children in California from Pertussis. Any parent has the right to NOT have their child vaccinated. Should that right lead to the deaths of other children, they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Not all children in today's AIDS crisis can be immunized. They depend on herd immunity. Condemning them to death , should be punished in the same way as if someone knowingly fired a gun. Newborns are not always protected. THEY depend on herd immunity.Also, treatment for recovery is expensive. Making the decision NOT to vaccinate, should mean automatic refusal to treat if infected. I am 65. As a child I had friends infected with, and crippled by polio. My younger sister was born with multiple handicaps because my mom contracted German Measles early in her pregnancy. She is now 60. Living with the same lack of quality of life as she has always had. She has an aging family and none to care for her. Why would any sane person wish this on their child? Again, people who make this decision are free to do so. They should sign an informed consent form and be willing to take and suffer the consequences.

10:13AM PST on Jan 30, 2011

Sorry Sharon. The over 200 year history of vaccines is full of case histories, from smallpox on, of vaccines being the agent of regional eradication (and, in the case of smallpox, planetary eradication), of their targeted diseases. And, as proof from the control side of the scientific method, unwittingly provided by anti-caccination groups themselves, when vaccine usage declined in a region, such as England, Oregon, Nigera, Pakistan, the targeted diseases upsurged, to the detriment and deaths of the children involved.

Dr. Shiva Chopra touches upon the disgust factor of the materials used to make vaccines (others have used terms such as filthy, unnatural, etc). No one denies that these materials are used. But disgust and actually harmful in the quantities administered are two quite different things. Also, it's really hard to culture some of these pathogens outside the human body and to do so in a medium that will not produce actual harm in the quantities to be administered and do so in the quantities of the pathogen itself that will be needed on a production basis. So if a material fits the above bill, disgusting or not, so be it.

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