When it was time for Ladybug to receive her baby vaccines, I was a little concerned. At that time [2005-07], reported links between vaccines and autism were bombarding the media. I asked my pediatrician, who said that there was no link and not to worry. She said, "That Jenny McCarthy is obviously a devoted mother, but she's not a medical doctor, biomedical researcher or scientist'. Ladybug got all her shots. Admittedly, I did make the pediatrician space them out a few weeks apart, instead of delivering them ALL in one session. I thought that was too much, all at once. Plus, Ladybug had such fat little baby thighs, I felt bad for her & didn't want her getting so many shots at once.
I dunno . . . Jenny McCarthy seems to think otherwise. She seems pretty healthy. I trust her over the insidious peer-review process that probably lied to create those figures. I mean, they have an incentive to lie for grant funding. Plus, it's a well-established fact that vaccines are a tool of the federal government to spread atheist germs as part of their scheme to create the New World Order.
I've worked with all sort of kids and families with special needs.
The ones who scare me are the anti-vaccine crowd. The whole "link" has been disproved over and over. The doctor who suggested it was found to be a fraud...and still the myth persists. I would be more likely to blame the increasing numbers of autism cases on artificial sweeteners like NutraSweet, which are known to have neurological effects on people who use them, then vaccines. When I was pregnant with my daughter (nearly 21 years ago) my OB-GYN made me sign a document to NOT USE any artificial sweeteners while I was pregnant. I also have noted that the "spike" in autism can also be traced to release and popularity of nutrasweet. I stopped using it not long after it was launched---it gave me blinding headaches behind my eyes, usually within minutes of consuming it. But most pregnant women I knew swigged it down daily---rather than risk the weight gain. Once their kids were born, they fed it to their kids...rather than sugar. When I asked some class moms to not give my daughter food or beverages made with it, they got VERY pissed off. Later it showed up in so many sources...even children's cold remedies, tyenol. etc had it in it.
Like I said...I find that a much more likely source, in utero, and out...
I was a kid in the late 1930s and 1940s and I remenber the dread every summer when polio season hit. In the really bad summers, public swimming pools & movie theaters were closed, but to no avail.. I had close friends who were crippled for life. I was a parent of young children in the 1950s and I remember the dread of childhood diseases, particularly polio. When vaccines were developed, I rejoiced. Now, I see parents turn down vaccine and I'm horrified. They never lived before the vaccines and don't know what it was like then. Yes, I have a grandson who is very autistic and the diagnosis was made AFTER he was vaccinated. However, it had nothing to do with vaccines - that's the "Post Hoc ergo Proctor Hoc" fallacy. If you look at movies taken before he was vaccinated, you can see the signs of Autism. - The Geezer
Its not that I'm against shooting up but I do think the frequency is outrageous. I don't think our immune systems are retarded and most of us don't need them as often as doctors suggest. Its not so bad in the human world (except with flu imo) but it is terrible in the animal world.
@galadrial - There is a co relation. There is also a co relation to cell phones and cancer, being asian and car accidents, and all that sort of stuff. Co relations don't prove anything...except that someone can do algebra and draw a graph. I do think the frequency of shooting up little kids is part of the blame, not the shot themselves. A 3 minute old baby has practically no immune system. Shooting them up won't jump start it nearly as much as simple breast milk. This is also the same reason why you shouldn't vaccinate someone that is sick. It only hurts the system more. I found that I have bad reactions to the flu shot and started getting the flu right after getting them. When I stopped getting them, I stopped getting the flu altogether. Turns out I became resistant to most strains and my body now fights off newer strains within a day. The vaccinations just happened to overload my body which was likely fighting off something else anyway. The same thing happened to my grandpa except he is Hepatitis resistant and would just get sick (not with hep of course) after getting vaccinated. He only found out recently when they ran some blood tests on him.
@galadrial - Artificial crap is showing up EVERYWHERE. I noticed that it often gives me a funny feeling too. I drink Pepsi occasionally and I'm usually always followed by some slight pressure behind my eyes. My favorite soda is Jones (Jones Orange Cream Soda to be exact) which uses cane sugar. No pain and the taste is fantastic.
@DEISENBERG - I had a fanatic once tell me I was condemning my daughter to hell because I was allowing her to receive blood transfusions, red cells and stem cell transplants. That if I refused those treatments I would be letting God choose her fate. Lucky for all of us, the number of fanatics are low, and I hope they remain low when it comes to this issue, too.
@plursheep - "Its not that I'm against shooting up but I do think the frequency is outrageous. I don't think our immune systems are retarded and most of us don't need them as often as doctors suggest."
That's like saying that airbags and safety belts shouldn't be installed in all cars since, well, the frequency is outrageous. Other drivers on the freeway aren't retraded, most of us don't need that difference between life and death.
@BoulderChristina - It's amazing that these people don't recognize that it might be God who sent these treatments. If one thinks that the devil helps us cure illness but God relies only on faith, then their theology is all screwed up. If I yhad my choice to choose between and anti-biotic and prayer, I'd choose the anti-bioic every time. It's like the guy who says to God "Why doin't you ever let me win the lottery?" A voice answered out of the whirlwind "At least buy a ticket once!"
@Celestial_Teapot - I don't even see the co relation there. Your exposure to driving depends on how much you drive. You turn off the engine when you're done. You never stop being exposed to bacteria and viruses. The flu, for example, is supposed to be shot up in us annually. Why? We never stop "driving" so to say...thus we don't just forget.
We need to develop a comprehensive lifestyle for it. At work. At home. In the markets. Not as much a point in making the health care available, the knowledge taken as premise, if people cannot even afford the time to take care of themselves.
@BoulderChristina - Ummm. Sorry...but it DOES happen. Unimmunized kids (and adults) allow new strains to develop---and make others sick. We have a large orthodox community in Lakewood, and for whatever reason, some of the parents skipped vaccines. Result...over a 1000 cases of whopping cough. When was the last time you heard of THAT many?
There is a chain of protection established by immunization...breaking it CAN and does cause sickness in others.
I wonder how much of the anti-vaccination crowd is really against it because shots are scary. I'm serious! The process usually requires sticking a sharp needle into somebody's flesh. It's easy to see why an uninformed person would rise up and say something like "AHH! That there is disgusting, invasive, and totally uncalled for!" I bet if we had pill vaccines that worked we could sidestep a decent percentage of the problem. #totallyunreasearchedhypothesisijustcameupwith