At my son's one-month check-up, I told the doctor about my concerns. Specifically, I want to delay the MMR until he's 4--give his system more time to develop. The dr said it's up to me, but he doesn't think my son is at any increased risk, even given this history.
I was just wondering if anyone had any thoughts or experience with this.
Mama to Silas Anansi, born 9/9/10 and Petra Eadaion, born 10/1/12.
My personal opinion, and one that is echoed by some of my friends and is in Romm's book, is that vaccines trick the immune system. And when you try to trick your body, negative things have a higher chance of happening. The thought, as you probably know, with autoimmune stuff, is essentially that the body is working so hard to fight off those vaccines "germs" (which is what it is supposed to be doing) that either gets tired, or gets confused, about what is good and what is bad. Obvioiusly, that's a simplified version. If I were in your shoes, I would also be hesitant; it seems like you have good reason to be, in my opinion.
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I am on a crohns support forum, and I found many people claiming to having their first flare around the time they got vaccines required for their job. especially Hep B vaccine.
I think its russian roulette. Its not any particular vaccine that causes it, and you wont know which one will trigger the disorder.
Here is a list of studies and papers regarding the link.
There is a very significant history of autoimmune disease in my family.
I started out planning to delay vaccines in my son, but the more I read the less I wanted to vax. He received zero vaccinations. At age 2.5 he was diagnosed with autism. I feared he was at more risk for autism, and he was. Peds thought I was crazy, I was right. Some people have wrongly assumed that this proves vaccines don't cause autism .. I don't tell those people that I actually think my son would be much more affected with autism and/or much more injured than he is, had we vaxed.
It is a difficult and personal decision. Read, read, read. Listen to your heart and your gut. You will know what is right for your child, and it may be different than what was right for mine.
Best of luck to you. and if you haven't already - go green (natural cleaning, clean food, etc), address any suspected food sensitivities early (especially dairy/gluten), give Vitamin D3, avoid antibiotics and Tylenol.
I found it incredible that on the insert that comes with the MMR, it states that people with an auto-immune disease should not get the shot, but the nurses at the health center told me if was fine for my son to get since he didn't have MS....as if they'd know. It's scary to think that I would have given him the MMR if I hadn't bothered to do the research myself.
We have decided not to get any further vaccines for our son, especially any live vaccines such as measles and chicken pox. I didn't want to risk anything, especially since the MMR was counter-indicated by the manufacturer themselves.
Anyway, one thing that I remember specifically was that it talked about how there is evidence to suggest that there may be a link between vaccinations and autoimmune disease, although no studies proving anything either way. However the article goes on to say that once you DO have autoimmune disease, your chances of a flare-up or exacerbation of the disease are greatly increased by natural illness, and NOT by vaccination (I honestly can't remember if it differentiated live and "killed" vaccines...) So in other words, you might be smart vaccinating very carefully and deliberately if you have a history of autoimmune disease, but if you actually are diagnosed with a disease, then you absolutely should vaccinate because chances of the disease becoming worse are increased by illness moreso than vaccines.
I didn't like that thought process. It's like being backed into a corner. The vaccinations *may* be leading to increased risk of autoimmune disease, then once you have autoimmune disease, you NEED to vaccinate to protect from exacerbating the disease that the vaccines may have caused! See the circular logic? SO frustrating!
I have one son with a Primary Immune Deficiency (decreased t-cells, selective IgM deficiency, low antigen-response) and I have one son with an autoimmune disease (Celiac). Vaccine decisions are REALLY hard in this family!! I am constantly reading and researching and reading more. Ugh.
If I find the link to the article (it really was fascinating, but rather technical talking about how the antigen response works in different vaccines, and how that compares to natural immune response) I'll link to it.
I found it.
Also, I've been talking to DH a lot lately about delaying, refusing, and selectively vaccination with our DS (DD is fully vaccinated- I didn't do the proper research and wish I had). He doesn't seem to want to hear anything I have to say. But with this new diagnosis for me, he's really freaked out. So I'm wondering if he might hear me out with this.
, as you clearly know, vaccines don't cause autism in and of themselves. They are just one (a huge one) of many things that can bring about autistic symptoms when the body is overloaded with toxins. You may be interested in researching genetically modified food, namely Jeffrey Smiths work, if you have not already. They have found a connection between GMOs and intestinal problems associated with autism. Just say no to GMOs!
vaccines don't cause autism in and of themselves. They are just one (a huge one) of many things that can bring about autistic symptoms when the body is overloaded with toxins. You may be interested in researching genetically modified food, namely Jeffrey Smiths work, if you have not already. They have found a connection between GMOs and intestinal problems associated with autism. Just say no to GMOs!
how do you know?
Adjuvants in the vaccines are meant to stimulate the immune system into a stronger response to the weakened antigen in the vaccine.
There is NO way to control what else the immune system will have a stronger response to at the same time, nor is there a way to control the length of time that the immune system will have a stronger response.
There is so much that is still unknown about vaccine adverse effects, about the immune system, and about the specific effects of the individual ingredients in vaccines (let alone the combined effects, as reactions can be very different to combined ingredients as opposed to separate).
I'm at the point where I no longer trust my health to the gigantic profit-driven industry that has lied over and over again about the safety and efficacy of its products.