I posted in health and healing about my youngest child being sickly.
He's been this way since he was just a few weeks old: pink eye, ear infections, UTI- basically if there's anything going around he gets it. He's unvaxed, home, and breastfed, but until recently we had been eating like crap. I think just living in survival mode with three kids under four caused for more chicken nuggets than I would like.
We saw an allergist/immunologist, and our regular pediatrician who has been supportive (or at least has not been negative) about our decision not to vaccinate called with his results. They have determined that because he is unvaxed and his titers to pnuemococcal disease are low, that is what is causing ALL his ailments and he should be vaccinated. At the very least she should get Hib and Prevnar, she said.
I listened to her, and I asked her how we could know for sure, because his horrible dirty diapers can't be from that, his UTI can't be from that, etc. I asked if there was a way to test him next time he got sick to be certain that's what it was from before we decided. And that's when it got ugly. Her entire demeanor changed at that point.
She shouted at me, "IF YOU DON'T VACCINATE, THEN YOU LIVE WITH THE CONSEQUENCES AND HE WILL BE SICK!!!!" She went on to say that they would not spend thousands of dollars on tests (as if it were her money!) when they know that's what it is. They will not investigate him any further because they told me what is wrong and how to fix it and I choose not to listen.
I then asked, "If this is the cause, and it's because of his repeated exposure, shouldn't he have some antibodies built up against it?" She said no, and that's why he needs the vaccine. But if natural exposure doesn't create antibodies, how on earth will the vaccine? (I truly don't know...maybe she's correct?)
I told her that I was currently living with the consequence of a vaccine (with my oldest), and that I would talk to my husband about it and let her know. I have no plans to do it, but the way she was talking to me had me worried she was going to call child services on us.
Normally I am pretty strong, but this got to me. I knew she was pro-vaccine, but I really thought she respected our choice. The fact that my child was perfectly healthy and nothing happened to her except her vaccines and now she has an auto-immune disorder means nothing. It is just a coincidence to them. They don't believe me, and now I'm a bad mommy for not vaccinating my son (whom I suspect has gut issues). Ugh.
I am officially done with mainstream medicine. I have been toeing the line for years; it's time to get serious about taking charge of my family's health.
(obviously if my children get very sick or injured they will see a doctor, but I am going to learn all I can about holistic treatments and whatnot. I'm open to book or website suggestions.)