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16 health article submissions by the Mothering community.

My Vaccine Info

    Vaccination. The topic is enough to make my stomach churn, because of the ugliness that so often follows.  I’ve read a million debates about breastfeeding and formula, circumcision, cry-it-out, carseats, and more.  Yet nothing gets so viciously attacked as the choice to refuse or even question vaccines.   Some people say it’s because non-vaccinators are putting others at risk, but since vaccinated people also contract and spread diseases, that can’t be accurate.  What I have found is that most people who get really heated over the topic haven’t... read more

Vaccinations: Why All the Fuss?

Resources for Non-vaccinating Families

Please PM a moderator with suggested additions for this thread. Books United States Exemption forums by state Canadian Exemption Forms Doctor's Office Waivers     Exemption forms by state Arizona Arizona exemption letter example (used for schools and for foster care application). AZ offers a philosophical exemption as well as religious. To Whom It May Concern: In accordance with ARS 15-873, we certify that we have received information about immunizations provided by the department of health services, we understand the risks and benefits of... read more

The Case for Vaccination

Ultimately, the case for vaccination is that it saves lives. It has changed the face of medicine over the last few decades in this country.  There are risks to vaccines, as there are risks to all medical treatments and, for that matter, everything in life, but the risks of the vaccine are very very small and are less than the risk of the vaccine preventable disease.   Are Vaccines are effective?   Yes!   Death from chicken pox dractically reduced since vaccine has gained widespread use "During the 12 years of the mostly 1-dose US varicella vaccination... read more

Vaccination Booklist

This list is a compilation of books suggested by MDC members:   The Cutter Incident , Paul Offit Don't Vaccinate Before You Educate , Mayer Eisenstein Evidence of Harm , David Kirby How To Raise A Healthy Child ... Inspite Of Your Doctor , Robert S. Mendelsohn Just a Little Prick , Hilary Butler Raising a Vaccine Free Child, Wendy Lydall A Shot in the Dark , Harris Coulter & Barbara Loe Fisher Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parents' Guide , Aviva Jill Romm Vaccine , Arthur Allen The Vaccine Book , Robert W. Sears The Vaccine... read more

Selectively Vaccinating For International Travel

Resource suggestions for determining if/which vaccines we might consider under these special circumstances:   CDC Travel Page CDC Health Information for International Travel WHO International Travel & Health WHO disease incidence & vaccination data International vaccine schedules (may not be 100% accurate) Info from Mexico PAHO WHO Western Pacific WHO Europe WHO SE Asia WHO Africa WHO E. Mediterranean read more

Podcast Episode 2: An Interview With Dr. Andrew Wakefield

In episode 2 of the Mothering podcast Mothering Editor and Publisher Peggy O’Mara interviews Dr. Andrew Wakefield; coauthor of a 1998 study that suggested a link between Crohn’s Disease and the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine in some children. He has been accused of incorrectly linking the MMR vaccine with autism. In this special interview, Wakefield discusses the current controversy surrounding his research. Subscribe to the Mothering podcast. See the associated resource page for this episode. Download the Mothering Interview With... read more

Behind the Scenes with Dr. Jay

by Jay Gordon, MD This section is a web feature to compliment the articles  “Straight Talk on the 100-Day Cough,” by Dr. Lauren Feder, and “The Problem with Pertussis Vaccines,” by Barbara Loe Fisher in the January-February 2011issue of Mothering magazine. You can read the article by Dr. Feder at the link above, or buy the reprint here for both articles. Your doctor and I would probably disagree about the timing and safety of the DTaP vaccine. The P stands for pertussis, the word used—perhaps incorrectly—as a synonym for whooping cough. Despite this... read more

Frontline's War on Selectively Vaccinating Parents

by Jake Aryeh Marcus Find Sustainable Mothering on Facebook and Jake on Twitter. A recent episode of the PBS program Frontline was called “The War on Vaccines.” The title alone should have been the tip off that the producers’ goal was to inflame and incite – to assume this was an entirely adversarial discussion between diametrically opposed viewpoints. But I knew that my colleague Jennifer Margulis, Contributing Editor at Mothering where I am Politics Editor, was interviewed on the program so I felt obligated to watch. I knew also the show would feature... read more

The Right to Refuse

My kids and I like to role play. Sometimes I pretend to be a bad guy and I drive by them in my “car,” slowing down and crying out, “Hey kids! Come with me! My dog had puppies and they’re really cute. I’ll take you to go see them. Get in…” Etani, who’s six, shouts “NO WAY! GET AWAY FROM ME!” and runs in the other direction. Saying no is a lot harder for Athena, who’s nine. She stops walking and politely declines, “No thank you, sir. I do not want to see a puppy right now, but thank you anyway for asking…” We teach our children to follow... read more

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