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Recent California legislation reduces my power to question when and how I inject my child with a vaccine. I believe it is a fundamental right of parents to ask questions about any medical procedure, including vaccinations.

On June 29, 2015 California Governor Jerry Brown made history by signing into law SB 277 – a law that denies parents the legal right to file a personal belief exemption to vaccination so their child can attend school. I believe this violates our fundamental rights as parents. Barbara Fisher of The National Vaccine Information Center agrees.

All nine of our children were vaccinated according to the vaccine schedule required at the time.  None of them was directly injured by a vaccine, but if I could go back in time I would ask the following questions before giving my consent. I’m not “anti-vaccine.” But I believe these are valid questions and parents should be encouraged to ask them.


1. What’s in it?

There are numerous additives in vaccines today including detergents, fixatives, preservatives, antibiotics, food dyes and more.  Here is a partial list:

  • formaldehyde
  • polysorbate 80
  • thimerosal ( a mercury compound)
  • neomycin
  • gentamycin
  • FD&C Yellow #6 aluminum lake dye
  • Polymyxin B
  • MSG
  • Squalene
  • Proteins derived from calf serum, monkey kidneys or porcine tissue.
  • Proteins derived from the human abortive tissue. (See NVIC’s “Which vaccines contain human protein and DNA?

The following is found on the insert for Sanofi-Pasteur’s Daptacel vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis given as a five-dose series in children 6 weeks through 6 years of age.

DAPTACEL vaccine ingredients

2. Why this many?

As of 2014, infants under the age of one are given 30-31 vaccine doses for 14 different diseases. If a child gets all of his vaccines, he’ll receive at least 68 vaccines by the age of 18. When I was a child we were given 4 vaccines in total. This marks a 17-fold increase since 1955. Is this really necessary? The documentary Bought addresses this mass increase in vaccination and offers this Bonus Short as further explanation:

Countries like Sweden, Japan, and Iceland have a far less aggressive vaccination schedule and continue to have lower infant mortality rates. See the study “Infant mortality rates regressed against a number of vaccine doses routinely given: Is there a biochemical or synergistic toxicity?

3. Are combined vaccines necessary?

In a natural setting, children don’t get measles, mumps and rubella all at once. Does it make sense to bombard their bodies with multiple antigens?  Why not allow the body to mount a response to one disease at a time?

Unfortunately, single vaccines are not typically offered. Parents are forced to make an “all or nothing” decision as in the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), and DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis). This is one of the best arguments for homeoprophylaxis, a natural vaccine alternative, as the formulas are designed to address diseases individually. (See point 5 for more about homeoprophylaxis.)

4.  Is my child healthy enough? 

Clearly, a child must be healthy to respond appropriately to a vaccine that includes multiple foreign substances. In her book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride suggests pre-vaccination testing and assessment to determine if a child is a candidate to receive a vaccine.

An infant born to a mother with ME, fibromialgia, digestive problems, asthma, eczema, severe allergies, autoimmune disorders or neurological problems should not be vaccinated. An infant presenting with eczema, asthma, digestive problems or any other disorder would indicate compromised gut flora and immunity and should be a red flag not to vaccinate. Younger siblings of autistic children, children with severe eczema, asthma, allergies, ADHD, epilepsy and insulin dependent diabetes should not be vaccinated. At a later age these children can be retested, and in those cases where a child does not have immune deficiencies, vaccination with single vaccines only may be considered. These single vaccines should be spaced at least six weeks apart.

I had severe digestive problems, allergies, and eczema as a child and into adulthood. Several of my children had similar issues. I might have chosen differently had I made pre-existing health a priority.

5. Is there a natural alternative?

Homeoprophylaxis (HP) uses homeopathic remedies called nosodes (prepared from disease germs) to educate the immune system towards the disease process. HP rose to prominence during the cholera epidemic 200 years ago. HP nosodes do not force antibody production. They are designed to stimulate appropriate immune responses to natural disease so that the body learns how to get sick and recover. I highly recommend the book, There is a Choice: Homeoprophylaxis An Appeal to Mothers, by Cilla Whatcott.

Homeoprophylaxis is an excellent option for parents who are uncomfortable doing nothing in terms of vaccination and disease prevention.

For more information on homeoprophylaxis check out Free and Healthy Children.

The first vaccine I ever questioned was the chicken pox or varicella vaccine. My seven oldest children survived the chickenpox just fine. I wanted to expose our youngest two but couldn’t find any other child with the chickenpox.  I chose the vaccine because I didn’t know what else to do.

When our oldest daughter was 14 years-old our pediatrician offered the Gardasil vaccine. She seemed unsure about it. Her uncertainty caused me to refuse it. Given the current controversy surrounding the Gardasil vaccine I’m glad I did. This mom made a different decision and wishes she hadn’t. SeeGardasil: the Decision We Will Always Regret.

The pressure facing young moms today has intensified. Parents are often ridiculed or dismissed for questioning medical authorities. How can this be? After all, who knows your child like you do? Who, ultimately, is responsible for the health and well-being of your child? Whether pro-vax or anti-vax, all parents want the same thing – to protect their children from potentially fatal diseases. Let’s encourage moms and dads to ask questions before making these difficult decisions.

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