Originally Posted by happyhippie
Thank you so much for the book recommendation and all of your kind words.
Sounds like I am going to have to try and find a new ped....eeek!
Well, you'll never completely escape disagreement on these forums, so respectfully, I'm going to express wee bit.
While I haven't read the specific book that Jugs recommended, I would hands-down recommend Robert Sears' book over Offit's. Unlike Offit, Sears does not hold any vaccine patents, and to my knowledge, he isn't operating under any grants from the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture vaccines. (In the PBS documentary, Vaccine Wars, Offit dismissed this conflict of interest as "irrelevant.")
I've also read two of Offit's books and find them emotive, angry, fanatical (believes in banning all but medical exemptions), and even a tad bigoted, (a sexist smear campaign against Jenny McCarthy in his latest book, and condoning the Willowbrook Experiments on what he calls "retarded children" in the book, Vaccinated).
Sears, by contrast, takes a much calmer and more level-headed approach. He doesn't talk down to parents by minimizing vaccine ingredients and potential risks. On the other hand, despite Offit's attempt to lump him in with the anti-vaccine camp, to which Sears has responded, Sears actually convinced me to get vaccines that I otherwise wasn't considering!
Contrary to some hyperbolic responses that Offit's critics often receive...
1. I do not think that Paul Offit is the anti-Christ. Criticizing somebody's statements or actions is not tantamount to denouncing them as eeeeevil.
2. A conflict of interest is NOT a conspiracy theory; it's a statement of fact that warrants a raised eyebrow.
3. I don't "fear" vaccines; I question them as I question any medical intervention. I get some vaccines for my children and am waiting until I know more about others.
Sorry for the tirade. ......
Seriously, read BOTH books and see what you think. I read books from both authors, after all. Good luck with your decision!