To me, it's just the same old vax scare tactics. The whole "crunchy" thing was insulting and way off the mark to me. This is just my opinion.
I'm (mostly) unvaccinated and glad for it. I'm also glad that I never contracted any diseases too, obviously. I do also thank herd immunity for that. My brother had a reaction to the only vax he got so I believe my mother stopped vaxing my 3 other sibs because of that. Something no one talks about. Vaccine reactions are not often reported. All my sibs are pretty healthy though lots of autoimmune disease runs rampant through our family.
I'm annoyed because this article seems to suggests that getting the mumps while unvaxxed is because you were unvaxxed. I personally know someone who was given a vaccination for mumps and got it anyway. Rotavirus and pertussis I've read cases where they were not prevented by getting vaccinated either. It was the person who got the shot that got sick! The chicken pox virus is just silly in this context because to me, it's a necessary childhood illness and I do not agree with getting vaccinated for it. It's a sucky one, I remember. Same with HPV. Flu shots. I just don't see them being necessary. But I never get the flu (knocking on wood as we speak!).
Dealing with autoimmune disorders in my family has lead me to believe gut health is the issue as well as ignoring food intolerances. Eating organically and not eating sugar is great, but who is to say this woman didn't have some underlying food allergy (dairy, wheat, soy) that lead to her weakened immune system which led to her getting ill!?! Especially the part about her antibiotic use. I'm still trying to figure out why her mom would allow the use of antibiotics but keep her off sugar and eating only organic food? It seems weird to me.
Just wanted to see what the mothering community has to say about it.
Edited by tillymonster - 12/12/13 at 11:31pm