A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Green Our Vaccines

"There's blood in my mouth
'cause I've been biting my tongue all week"
-Rilo Kiley
This is gonna be complicated. It's a complicated issue. There's really no right answer; at least no ONE right answer for everyone. Ok, so I'm very opinionated, and I'm pretty passionate about my beliefs. When it comes to this one, I'm a work in progress and I'm still open to learning more and more information- we ALL need to be. Really, don't you think we should know more about what we are putting into our bodies and what we're putting into our babies' bodies?? Having said that, please know that I do NOT judge you or your choices. I just want people to make the most informed choices and don't believe everything your pediatrician says or "recommends". My doctor told me that the benefits outweigh the risks, and while that is true in most cases, it is NOT true in ALL cases. But how are we to know? That's why this is such a loaded issue. I think we don't know enough yet, and until we do, what should we do??
People ask me all the time how I feel about vaccines, as though I am an expert simply because I have a child with Autism. It's true, I might be more opinionated on this issue than other people are. Here's the thing, I am NOT anti-vaccine. Or maybe I should say I'm not anti-ALL-vaccines. I am anti varicella vaccine (Chicken Pox). I mean, I had the chicken pox and all that meant was that I stayed home for a week, watched Love Boat re-runs and bathed in oatmeal. If I hear a kid has chicken pox, I'll bring Little Bird over to be exposed naturally: minus all the pollutants in the vaccine. So there it is; I DO believe there are pollutants in our vaccines. Actually, everyone believes that. Most kids can handle it, but some just can't. It's those kids whose experience forced the CDC to find the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act ..... in the 1970s!!!! I know so many families who have that story; so many kids who developed totally typically and then right after the vaccines (especially the MMR), they just changed. They lost their speech, their love, their ability to interact, and so much more. I'm talking the DAY after getting vaccinated. There's something going on here, people!!! Children DO get injured by vaccines. Some just DO.
Mine did not. That's a big part of my story. I do NOT believe vaccines had anything to do with my kid's condition. I do, however, have regrets. I wish a million times that I did not get that flu shot while I was pregnant. Why did I? Just because the doctor told me to; he said it was standard. Flu shots have the highest amount of thimersol (mercury) and only protect from ONE strain of the flu while tons are around during "flu season". I wish that on my daughter's second day of life I hadn't let them inject her with the HepB vaccine. She was brand new and I was nursing exclusively so she was filled with my immunities. Actually, she was operating on mommy's milk alone for 7 months; but in that time alone she received 16 vaccines!!!!!
Here's Little Bird's Vaccine Record from birth until 18 months
Some of those contained more than one vaccine per shot, so that number is conservative. So sad. I wish I knew then what I know now. Ok, again, I DO NOT think vaccines caused her Autism and I am NOT anti-vaccine. But I do think that something needs to change. First of all, one size should NOT fit all. Little Bird's weight has almost always been in the 10th %ile or less- how can her body take the same dose as a fat baby?? Second of all, it is WAY too much WAY too soon. There's no need to rush these vaccines. There are safer vaccine schedules out there. We should be using them.
Up until 1989 pre-school children got 3 vaccines and the Autism rates were 1 in 2500 kids. By 1999 the CDC began recommending that by age 5 kids get 22 vaccines. Today's Autism rates are 1 in 150 kids; 1 in 94 boys (4 out of 5 kids with Autism are boys).
I'll never get another flu shot again. I'll never allow my kid to get one. In a few days, she will go for a check up (since she just had a birthday) and they want to give her 4 vaccines. Actually, it's more since it's viruses for: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio, Chicken Pox. All that in one little thigh muscle. No thanks. Now that I know what I know; now that I've seen what I've seen, I'll pass for now. I will wait until Little Bird is recovered from Autism and then we'll look at a safer schedule, spacing out these vaccines and cleaning them up A LOT.
Vaccines are a BIG business and the pharmaceutical companies are profiting beyond belief these days. While every industry is in trouble, laying off their workforce, filing for bankruptcy, pharmaceutical companies are enjoying $200+ billion profits each year. Our government benefits from those numbers. Pharm companies are second only to the oil companies on my list of big business NOT to trust. We're all so busy "greening" our homes, our cars, our lives. It's time we GREEN OUR VACCINES.
UPDATE: Just found this crazy website. It's important we know what we're putting in our kiddos!!
Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Really. I want to hear other opinions and other thoughts....


Jessica Harrison said...

Dani,you are such an amazing woman. I hate the pain you have gone through and continue to go through when it comes to Brodie but I admire your ability to stay strong through it all. You are a warrior and seeing as I'm going to have kids someday it's nice to know I have someone to turn to for advice. I love you!

Kelli said...

This is such an informative post. Creating awareness is the first step to change. Please know that you have my support and that I am fighting this fight with you. Love, Kelli

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