I'm late rejoining this party...
I'm wondering if DS just has very mild CP last week. He was a little sick and complained of being itchy. I found a few of what could be pox, but weren't well-formed and obvious like I had as a child. My mother and best friend said no way!
...but I'm still not sure it wasn't just super-mild...
If I felt like having a day of torture to get titres done, I'd check out of curiosity. But, alas... . . . I'm not into freaking him out. So he can check if he's curious later.
About the ideal non-vaxing world... In my dreamworld, no vaxes would exsist. Not because I like the idea of denying lifesaveing care to helpless little babies - but because I'm really unconvinced that vaxes do even one good thing. I think everyone would be better off without them.And also without sugar, refined flours / foods, and industrialized meats and diary. OK, without almost all dairy.
I will clarify, because when I say this almost always someone thinks I mean that this is a substitute for vaxing, but I don't. These non-foods are killing us and making us crazy sick. If we weren't junking ourselves up to be so yummy to pathogens, we wouldn't think we need the vaxes.
So to me, they just are a bizarre, illogical, lateral thinking workaround to the real issue - that we are turning ourselves into yuck. We will never stop all microorganisms from eating on us. I've said before, it's like pushing waves back into the ocean with a bucket and thinking we are going to change the coastline. Unfortunately, we are stirring a hurricane.
The next oppotunistic germ is just going to take the place of any we may eradicate. Why on earth would we think it possible to stop them? It can't
be the answer to achieving thriving health. Populations who have thrived must have done something other than successfully chase down and kill every germ. Because it's just not possible to do that.
I've also mentioned here before that DH has used a good analogy. He is a big-shot senior IT guy. He looks at vaxes lik this: Computers are something invented by man, and therefore we know everything there is possible to know about them - there are absolutely no unknowns. And still, on a constant basis, things go wrong, fail, break, behave in very unexpected ways, etc... There are teams and teams of IT people working around the clock in every company in every modern country trying to solve crazy hard computer problems - in a science that has no unknowns!!
Are you really going to claim that when it comes to human physiology, specifically immunology - a system where we know so little that we can't even begin to estimate just how much we know or don't beacuse we can't even conceptualize the scope of it - that we can make such sweeping changes, and ever be "fully informed" about the practice of vaccines?
This is why I cringe when people say that they are "fully informed" and chose to vax. It's not possible to be fully informed. No human is fully informed. So no amount of reading studies will impart full knowledge of this issue. We can't know - the knowledge is not to be had.
This, to me, is pure human arrogance - to think we know everything when we can't even know how much we don't know. In fact, it's modern-day hubris.
One example that always comes to mind when I think about this angle (while DS is calling and I have to shutup...) is epigenetics. I'm truely scared about the epigenetic changes that are known
to occur from vaxing, and yet we blunder fully on, without the slightest sign of humility in the practice...
I wonder, do those vaxing parents who are "fully informed" know exactly what gene expressions they are changing in their offspring??
*climbing down off soapbox*