Very interesting thread! i just got through it!
Paigec- you are a very wise women, you have put into words a lot of what i feel and think, but much more eloquently then i ever could. Your little girl is so lucky to have you as her mum
I agree whole hartedly with what you say about aneed to educate on how to educate ourselves. I grew up with a mother who always encouraged and at times forced me to question, to never be afraid to ask the question and to not take the first answer either. This led me to my home birth, and to non vaxing and to lots of other changes in my life, as simple as using henna dye rather then chemical. But a lot of people dont know what questions to ask, they dont even know there is a question let alone how to get answers! For example my cousin recently had a baby who is 2 months younger then my Penelope, i was seeing hime recently after his 4 month shots, now this baby is not well, he is not breastfed, has had to have sugery on this stomach valves that had further complications, has continuous colds and minor infection, as well as alergies and intolerences and skin problems, he is very frail
and yet they vax him on schedual, he looked very sick afterwards. But my cousin didnt know what the shots were for, i dont mean that he didnt know what diseases they were, i mean he had no idea at all what they did! all he knew is that the baby needs thier shots. How do you combat that sort of ignorance? how can these people even know where to start?
Vaxines make me so angry! the thing is i am not anti vaxine, i am pro informed choice and consent, and i just dont see that happening. Take my example, how is that an informed choice on my cousins part?
As a disclaimer i am a bit of a conspiracy theorist with slight leanings towards anarchy
(good traits in a mother?
) but i really think this is a huge experiment on the part of big pharma and goverments. I am not sure about in the US but in OZ the highest rates of non vaxing are in the upper middle classes and higher, mainly in "well educated" families. Seems to me that this could be away to keep the unwashed masses in their place.