A recent measles outbreak, which started at Disneyland and has infected approximately 70 people, has put “the anti-vaccine movement” on the front pages of every news outlet. The media, always eager to sensationalize, has turned this into a full-blown epidemic and placed the blame on people who do not vaccinate. How about these article headlines?
- Why Did Vaccinated People Get Measles at Disneyland? Blame the Unvaccinated
- 6 Terrifying Facts About Measles (fear mongering, anyone?)
or this quotation from ABC News:
Others have delayed getting their children vaccinated because they still believe now-discredited research linking the measles vaccine to autism. “Some people are just incredibly selfish” by skipping shots, said Dr. James Cherry, a pediatric disease expert at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Like every other mainstream news story I’ve read, the ABC story above oversimplifies, discounts, and discredits parents’ views. Most people I know who do not vaccinate their children have made that choice for myriad reasons–and one of those reasons is usually not that they “still believe” defunct research. (And it bugs me to no end that the media automatically discredit that research without linking to any supporting information. It’s like they believe the research is discredited just because all the other media outlets have said so–so now it’s truth.)
Briefly, here are the reasons we do not vaccinate:
- Vaccines contain some terrible and toxic ingredients, like human cell lines from aborted infants, formaldehyde, ammonium sulfate, MSG, thimerosal (mercury), and more. Even the CDC website lists these ingredients on its “you don’t have anything to be worried about” page (see that page or the PDF listing all ingredients also on that page). In addition, our bodies don’t know how to process the synthetic ingredients in vaccines, and so those ingredients end up being stored in our “long-term storage centers”–our fat tissue. (source and source)
- There are lots of side effects. The CDC placates us by saying, “Any vaccine can cause side effects.”
- Our child who was vaccinated (Nate) has a history of being affected by environmental toxins (like vaccines), and we don’t want to assault his body again.
- We believe strongly that parents should be able to make the decision about whether to vaccinate their child.
In addition, because two of our kids do not have the MMR vaccine, here are some steps I take to help support our immune systems naturally:
- We all take a daily dose of high-quality probiotic (good gut flora are very beneficial for immunity!) and cod liver oil
- I apply essential oils to my kids’ necks, heads, and feet each morning before school.
- We eat a wholesome, nourishing diet.
Finally, what if we do come in contact with the measles virus and one of the kids contracts it? Well, once symptoms arise (this article spells them out), I would help along a low-grade fever like I always do (email me for the details on how I treat a low-grade fever and the steps I take to prevent ear infection and aid the immune system). Finally, in one of the articles linked below, one researcher found that cinnamon oil made measles cases milder. I have some cinnamon bark essential oil on hand. I don’t imagine getting the measles would be pleasant at all, but at this point I still feel strongly that we do not want to vaccinate, especially with the MMR.
Here are a couple of excellent articles on this topic I’ve read:
– A fantastic article my husband Jon found with extensive research – The Truth About Measles the Mainstream Media is Suppressing
and another source with similar information by the same author: Measles and measles vaccines: fourteen things to consider
– Article written in “regular words” by a chemist – Herd Immunity: Three Reasons Why I Don’t Vaccinate My Children… And Why Vaccine Supporters Shouldn’t Care That I Use Vaccine Exemption Forms