Originally Posted by cappuccinosmom
But I totally do not buy the supposed dangers of vaccines to people who are healthy. (I know that people who already have health issues need to be careful of vaxes for several reasons) So I'm coming at it from a very different premise than most here.
I used to have this same believe. Maybe it's true. Is this a gut feeling you have or do you come to this conclusion from researching? When my boys were born, I didn't question whether to vaccinate, I just did it. 2 month, 4 months, 6 months were all recommended scheduled vaccines and I even added prevnar for added protection. Then a friend of mine asked me what I did for the boys vaccinations and gave me a book to read....I believe it was "What you're doctor doesn't tell you about vaccinations" or something like that. One of her daughters stopped breathing and had to go to ER after her 4 month round of shots, so she started researching. Anyways, after reading a little about vaccinations, I began to selective/delayed vaccinations. Now my boys have a large majority of shots, no MMR or CP (and 2/3 Polio).
So, now I have a newborn and have started researching again. I want to do what is best and safest for my children. If that means vaccinating, then I'll vaccinate. I am researching daily at this point and finding true statistical information that is really steering me away from vaccinations completely. But I still have a fear and a desire to protect my baby and my family, so I dig deeper to find answers about vaccinations. It would be so wonderful to trust and believe a shot can give immunity. I WANT to just believe and go on, but it's so much more complicated.
And I will never really know what choice is best, but I do know that I buy fresh, local, ORGANIC foods for my family, while the majority of people around me do not. Are they right or am I? I don't know, but I've done research and make the best choice for my family according to my research. It just seems very logical, to me, that food not sprayed with harsh chemicals would be healthier than food sprayed with chemicals. It seems very logical that the human body would be better off without being injected with chemicals via vaccinations and naturally fight off any disease it comes in contact with. We used to live by this pear orchard that was sprayed every season 8 to 10 times with various different chemicals. This is standard "normal" farming for pears now days....year after year the trees are sprayed with chemicals so it's in the soil, it's in the tree, it's in the fruit produced. I would MUCH rather get a pear from my grandfather's tree that does not get sprayed with chemicals year after year and survives on sunshine and water alone. Yes, the unsprayed tree may get a disease and not produce as much fruit for a season, but trees that get sprayed can and do still get the same disease even though its sprayed to prevent it. Its a fact of farming. Children who get vaccinated can and do still get the diseases they are vaccinated against. KWIM? Once you start the path of vaccinations, it seems to never end, same with spraying the trees. And farmers regularly spray under orchard trees to keep the weeds from growing under them....terrible chemicals, all because of weeds? Do I want to inject my young children with chemicals just to protect them from chicken pox?? It's a disease with very rare complications. I stay at home, so I won't have any wage loss from caring for my sick kids. KWIM? I don't care about the weeds growing under a pear tree, why does the tree have to be sprayed with TERRIBLE chemicals just because of weeds? And the weeds could be picked by hand or mowed with a lawn mower, but it's hard to get the mower under the trees, so they spray it with deadly, terrible chemicals. And they have to respray, because the chemical wears off and the weeds start to grow again. The chemical solution to things doesn't seem to work for me. I prefer the natural way, so why wouldn't I choose the natural way for my children's health? I just want to make the best, most educated choices for my children's health and I feel I was grossly mislead just "believing" in the CDC, AAP, Local Health Dept., etc. And I don't believe chemicals are the answer to every problem. Or at the least I don't want to expose unnessarily.