Originally Posted by Rrrrrachel
. Now it's a little rude to discount my worth as a mother based on my take on research and statistics being different than yours. I don't think we need to go the personal attack route.
I am just pointing out that the idea that there is an autism epidemic as a result of an actual increase in the prevalence of autism is not a done deal, there's research and opinions on both sides of the issue. I'm not saying autism hasn't had a real increase (actually I said earlier I did think it had) but that increase may not be as drastic as we're sometimes led to believe. Just providing a little bit of the other perspective.
Yes, vaccines cause harm. All medical treatment comes with risk, and there are some rare but serious side effects from vaccines. But no, I don't think there's been some conspiracy to hide the prevalence of serious outcomes or that we've somehow missed tons and tons of them. I don't think serious side effects are somehow more prevalent than I've been lead to believe, and I think vaccinating is, by far, the less risky choice. I think this because it is what the preponderance of data and research tells me.
And yes, I do think almost a century of clinical practice that hasn't lead to some kind of mass public health crisis means something. I'm not sure why you feel so threatened by my opinion or sharing some studies or facts that support vaccines as safe. Surely there's room for both perspectives
No, I don't agree that I was rude.
You see, I've had several severe reactions to vaccines, and so have all my children. So have thousands of others.
Each time, I was told that it couldn't have had anything to do with the vaccines, it was a fluke.
Eventually, these same doctors started to get a clue, and said, well, yes, the vaccines actually did cause your reaction, but don't worry, it's a once-in-million thing, these reactions are so vanishingly RARE...
Well, now these same doctors are starting to admit that these reactions are NOT rare.
These doctors weren't part of some vast conspiracy, nor did they ever try to hide serious outcomes. They weren't trained to recognize vaccine reactions.
They sure as heck recognize them now.
Those of us who have had reactions, and/or have held our seizing babies after a round of vaccines--we now know that these reactions are not rare, because more and more parents are coming forward and saying, "yes--that's exactly what happened to my child!". There are enough of us that there IS a mass public health crisis. The number of adults--and increasingly, children--with asthma, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, MS, lupus, epilepsy, food allergy/intolerance, and other autoimmune disorders associated with vaccines IS a mass public health crisis.
And I didn't even mention autism.
The "preponderance of data and research," as you put it, is subject to massive conflict of interest. Most of the those who have had similar reactions didn't have their cases reported to the "preponderance of data and research." From my perspective, "preponderance of data and research" means very little if the data and research were tweaked for the purposes of profit.