Way back when I was in doctoral school I had to write a paper on DPT (Diptheria, Pertussis and Tetanus) immunization and its pros and cons. At that time research showed world wide mortality figures and the dramatic spread of these diseases if immunizations did not take place. The mortality rates were highest in third world countries but did prove prevalent in heavily populated urban European countries that lagged in immunizations. However, on further research there was another side to these findings.
Side effects from these immunizations, although not highly publicized, left a chilling mental picture. Since most of those immunized were children, there was an uncomfortable number of febrile reactions meaning fevers that were 106 degrees and higher causing lasting brain damage and at times death. Medical society looked at these incidents as minimal in relationship to the millions that would be saved by immunization.
My question at that time was what is minimal if your child was one of those with brain damage caused by this immunization. I also had other questions that needed to be considered such as:
— Was the affected child’s reaction caused by the mothers weak immune system?
— What chemicals made up the immune serum?
— What other tests should have been administered for the safety of the children?
Of course 30 or 40 years ago these questions were perhaps not considered nor possibly were there any medical procedures to test for answers to these and other questions.
What is considered minimal loss or damage? Is our medical society suggesting our health is like warfare were a certain number of innocent people will lose there lives as a certainty? Something like the wages of war where we save the lives of many at the sacrifice of a few.
Does anyone wonder when they see commercials on television for medications how safe are these products? You see happy people dancing through fields of flowers while in the background the many side effects are introduced such as liver failure, impotence, stroke, headaches, loss of feeling in hands, legs to name a few.
How about products approved by the FDA as safe? One example, and there are many, is a product like “Splenda” sugar substitute that is deemed safe though 2% of the processing of the product involves arsenic. Is 2% our safety health line for poison? O should it be 20 parts per million as it is for gluten for a product to be gluten free?
On the most recent report it appears as though the measles contagion is under control. At last count less than 200 cases have been diagnosed in the US. Based upon the population that is less than 1/2 of 1/2 of 1 percent of the population. A miniscule number when you consider your child might have been one of those who was infected by measles. The fear, anguish and pain families have been put under causing neighbors to go against neighbors and politicians fighting amongst each other trying to find answers.
What is the answer??
Here are some steps I strongly suggest you follow to guide you to your decision as to immunize or not .
1. Demand the manufacturers publish “exactly” what make up the measles or any other serum and its form of distribution (Is there something added to the serum to give it a shelf life or allows it to get into the individuals system unhindered).
2. Has the manufacturer followed up with studies of side effect including reactions after 24 hours, one week, one month, 6 months and one year.
3. Who did they test the serum on, adults or children? If children what ages and again side effects?
4. Is there anything in the mother or child such as blood or urine studies, existing or preexisting conditions that would contraindicate what is in the serum.
If all the above are safe then immunization will probably be safe. Of course these demands are high and the effects of measles can be deadly. Ask yourself if you are willing to gamble at 2% or 1/2 of 1/2 of 1% that your child may or may not have a severe febrile or any other reaction. If you don’t demand the suggestions above then what’s your child’s lucky percentile number?
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