Ask your doc what the
Mouse Weight Gain Test is and what it is used for.
RE: "She told me that my breastfeeding was creating the problem, and that if I weaned, my daughter would be hungry enough to eat. What a crock."
Our ped was acting along the same lines. My son absoultely REFUSED to eat after those shots. He had only been on solids for about 2 weeks prior to that appt, and he was eating EVERYTHING offered, liking most of it. After the shots, he wouldn't take a thing, even the things he seemed to particularly enjoy.
Our doc told me to cut out the morning feeding to prompt him to eat. Now Noah is my fourth child, and I breastfed my other 3, so I knew darn well that the breastfeeding wasn't a part of the puzzle. I never did cut out the morning feeding, because I didn't have anything that would offer better nutrition than my milk. If he wasn't going to eat, then my milk is what he needed most. Even the WHO recommends nursing for at least 2 years in the malnourished. It was my milk that that got my child to his 2 yr birthday.
I seriously think failure to grow is much more common than we realize, they even have a FTT board at ivillage. What isn't common, is the connection to the vaccines, it hasn't been made, but if more parents would report the failure to grow to VAERS when it's so obvious on the medical records that it began RIGHT after a round of vaccines, the connection will have to be admitted.
My son's eating has slowly but steadily improved over the years, it's been a long slow process.
My fifth child is now 16 months, vaccine free, he nurses AND eats and has no feeding/growth problems at all, in fact wears the same size shorts as my almost 5 yr old! My MIL even made the comment (she accused me of intentionally starving my slow to grow son) that I must be eating better .... due to the large size of my youngest . Ugh. I wanted to tell her I was eating much worse, and in fact, drinking as well, but instead, I just told her it makes a big difference when you don't shoot them full of poison.
I believe your doc made the following comment,
"She said that it just didn't make sense that vaccines could affect growth. It just doesn't happen."
Because she has no clue what happened. No, it doesn't make sense that vaccines can or do cause failure to grow, but I have read that this is something they look for when the vaccines (or components of) are being tested in mice.
Maybe you should print the following and show it to your doc,http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/q...&dopt=Abstract
Increased levels of active pertussis toxin may aid a pertussis vaccine to pass the mouse body weight gain test.
"Pertussis toxin, when inoculated with endotoxin, showed a marked effect of helping mice to recover quickly from the endotoxin-induced initial weight loss to the level of those receiving only pertussis toxin."
And the following,
The toxicities of vaccines have been studied by the mouse weight gain test. This test depends on the observation that intraperitoneal injection of vaccine into young mice leads to a weight loss within hours, followed by total recovery of weight within the next 7 days (Cameron, 1988). The causes of toxicity (manifested as poor weight gain) in the test are not well understood;
the test is not very sensitive to endotoxin (Cameron, 1977). Results of the test have been shown to vary with the adjuvant or absorbent used with the vaccine, mouse strain, diet, size of cage, ambient temperature, and duration of exposure to light (Cameron, 1988). These vagaries further illustrate the difficulty of generalizing to humans the results obtained from studies in animals.http://www.nap.edu/books/0309044995/html/335.html
Not well understood. Now that comment always gives me a sick fuzzy feeling evertime I read it in regards to vaccines, ie: the thimerosal, it's effects in infants/children not well understood.