This is a very difficult topic for me but I also think it is very important. I’ll basically be walking you through my journey to figure out what I wanted to do with my family. I can’t accurately talk about this without first discussing agency.
Agency is what we fought for in the pre-existance. In the Pre-existance we lived with our father in heaven. There was a plan set forth in which we were able to choose if we wanted to follow satan and lose our agency or if we wanted to follow Christ. We wanted to be able to choose to return to our Father in Heaven again. I believe this also includes that we wanted to be able to choose how we live in this life. Agency is God’s gift to us that we can not only choose between two options but create and write our own life story. I can choose to be an airplane pilot or an artist or whatever I want to be. As a stay at home mom I can choose to breastfeed or bottle feed, vaccinate or not, or be big into running, or sit on my butt all day and do nothing….(basically I can do whatever I think is best for myself and family). Although there are some things that I do believe are detrimental to my own spirituality (sitting on my butt all day for example) other things I believe we can choose between and there really isn’t a problem either way.
Before this life we had a battle of words and ideas. The idea of being forced to live a certain way (satans plan) or being able to choose. Although the later would be harder because instead of just choosing to be good once we would have to choose over and over again, It would also help us grow and become capable of creation and increase our godlike potential. (Afterall, that is why we are here to become like our father in heaven). The more I reasearch I realize that on this earth everything is still a battle of ideas. And they are not always easy. I feel that as I study things out the normal thing to do is not always what I feel is the smartest thing to do although it may be the easiest. I believe it takes a lot of research on your own to follow a path that is not as common and a strong conviction to your beliefs.
Saying that I will now explain my believes about vaccination. And though this is my opinion from the research I have done I know that there is a lot of information out there that I have not yet studied. I would love to be able to dive into each research article and study done on vaccinations but obviously that would take years. Saying that I also want to say that as I study I have tried to look at the resources that I get my information from and find the ones that are the least biased. For example if I find a pro vaccination study that was funded by someone making bank off of selling vaccines I tend to give it less credit because obviously there is ulterior motives. My favorite studies are those that come from someone who was completely unbiased. i would encourage you as you are studying about anything to do the same. Look at who is funding the study for data can be swayed.
It was very frustrating for me when I started contemplating between vaccinations or not. It seemed as the whole medical community is ready to swoop down and use fear tactics to scare me into vaccinating my child. Or on the flip side to not vaccinating my child. Then there are those people that just follow along blindly and believe that if you don’t vaccinate your child then you are increasing the risk of their vaccinated child getting a disease and they pressure and look down and judge you. They may call you stupid or uncaring to your child. Which is ridiculous. (I’ll explain). Is there a reason we can’t just study something out in our mind and make a decision for our family without unrighteously judging those around us for getting a different answer. I definitely think that with vaccinations there are different right ways to go about it but it takes an understanding of vaccinations and the immune system and prayer.
As I started debating whether we would vaccinate my child I started by studying out the different affects of vaccinations. As I mentioned before I didn’t want to just look at government sources but also look into scholarly articles, peoples personal experiences. My two favorites were a study done on SIDS where they accidentally found a link with vaccinations and a radio show from the BBC network about the blessing and difficulty of vaccinations introduced in an African country, Guine Bissau. They both seemed very unbiased to me and let me think on both sides of the spectrum.
Basically all hospital or government sources say the same thing. They are pro-vaccination. They use fear tactics to get you to do it. In some scientific articles I have read they talk about herd immunity. For those who don’t know, Herd Immunity is when a certain percentage of the population is vaccinated then it protects the whole population from the disease. Meaning that all those that are able should be vaccinated which in turn protects those who are not able to be vaccinated…(people with autoimmune disorders, very young infants, and the elderly). I believe that this is true. If enough people in a community have built up immunities to a certain disease then it will protect the others.
On the flip side of things there are many people who choose not to vaccinate because of the harmful affects of the vaccine itself. From my studying I have concluded that vaccines:
a) do not provide the immunity that getting the real disease would provide. there are vital antibodies missing.
b) They are imperfect and experimental. Meaning that the scientists are learning as they go. They are trying to develop a vaccine that provides enough immunity without being too harmful. Some batches are more toxic than others. And as with the case of the whooping cough outbreaks in California they thought the vaccine lasted 5 years but instead it only lasts 3. They are imperfect and not a guarantee. There is always adjustments being made trying to perfect them.
c) They contain toxins that can be harmful to the body. On Vaccines.gov there is a whole list of harmful side affects from vaccines. Not to mention other scholarly articles that discuss affects from vaccines not listed. This would include Autism (The major one. There are also studies that thwart this theory) and SIDS. This article here is about someone studying SIDS and noticed major stress on the infant body right after routine vaccination. And then before the baby could recover they were given more vaccination thus resulting in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.(www.consumerhealth.org/articles/display.cmf?ID=19990705002005)
After reaching these conclusions I was ready to just throw in the towel and not get my kids vaccinated at all but there was still the nagging worry that my child would get Whooping cough or some other disease.
I looked for alternative ways to get vaccinated:
a) going on an alternative schedule. Dr. Sears designed a vaccination schedule that splits up the vaccines and spreads them out over a longer period of time. This is experimental and it seemed like basically the same thing to me. They were done with their shots at about the same age I didn’t see much of a difference here except for not giving shots all in one visit. (I do think that is a good change but not good enough.)
b) Waiting until an older age to vaccinate my child. They would be better able to handle it with a more mature immune system. This would put my child at risk for disease for a longer period of time but would also allow them to mature before bombarding their little systems with disease and toxins that the effects are unknown in some cases.
Both of these options still seemed like they needed to be studied out a little more.
Then I heard of IV-C. or intravenous Vitamin C. In this article: http://www.doctoryourself.com/vitaminc.html they discuss how vitamin C can be used to cure Whooping cough. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and is used by the immune system. When a person is sick they use up Vitamin C very quickly. In extreme disease we are not able to get enough vitamin C from the diet to keep up with the disease thus resulting in horrible illness and death. Through this treatment of Whooping cough… the actual cough is able to be controlled by catching the disease early and treating it with large amounts of Vitamin C. This sounded pretty good to me. After looking up Naturopathic physicians that did this type of treatment I found that not only is it used to cure Whooping cough but also a number of other diseases. (obviously if it’s purpose is to strengthen the immune system it would work for many diseases) But this included Cancer, upper respiratory diseases, autoimmune disorders… There was a huge list.
So this brought me to my third option.
c) don’t vaccinate and instead research more about these treatments in the case that my child does get the disease.
Now it was time to pray. As I was expressing my frustrations over this whole process and how I hated choosing a “lesser evil” but didn’t know what other options I had. I also expressed my frustration over the general Mormon population and how it seemed as though they were all blindly following and subsequently judging those who used their agency to do things unconventionally.(no offense intended) I felt like I was choosing something that was less than the best but couldn’t see anything else. Also I’m human, I am afraid of what it would be like to live among crazy ridicule and shunning when I didn’t vaccinate my child. And also still afraid of what would happen if he did get a disease and worried that the treatment is a little more experimental than I would like. I felt as though there was still another option out there. While praying I thought about maybe waiting a year or so and then getting vaccinated…But getting vaccinated with immune boosting supplements. or in other words more research.
The next morning I looked up this article. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v08n07.shtml
This article discusses how the use of vitamin C can be used to neutralize the toxins injected into the body during immunization while subsequently boosting the immune response to the vaccination and improving immunity. Of course if Vitamin C can be used in large doses to control the disease it can be used for vaccinations as well. I liked this answer. Not just because it seemed to make sense but also because I have a peace of mind when it comes to this.
d) Basically my conclusion was Yes get the vaccines but don’t do it as an infant wait until they are at least 1 year old and then stock them up on vitamins that are going to help their bodies with the stress that is caused by the vaccination.
This gives an interesting perspective on harmful effects of vaccines combined with those who desperately need them. BBC Network
Just a side note: (I think I forgot to mention this) As I have since pondered this decision I have found that I really like the idea of doing vaccinations at a year. It just makes so much sense to me to let my young ones immune system get stronger. And then do everything I can to discourage the harmful effects of vaccines.
A few reasons I think this is good is because:
a) there is herd immunity. I can use that until I believe it is safe enough for my child to get vaccinated
b) I also plan on breastfeeding until my children are vaccinated. Breastmilk contains antibodies that assist an infants immune system and also helps keep them safe.
c) And of course I plan on eating a healthy diet. If I don’t provide my body with the tools it needs to keep myself and my child healthy then I am fighting an uphill battle.
Coming soon: An article on:
Preparing your Child for Vaccinations