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I've been waiting and waiting for this book to be published, so I could shout from the rooftops about how AWESOME and life-changing this book has been for me and my family!!!!!!!<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FVaccine-Book-Making-Right-Decision%2Fdp%2F0316017507%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%2F102-5171603-1054512%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1187673807%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Vaccine-Book-M...7673807&sr=8-1</a><br><br>
Dr. William Sears has a pediatric practice with his 3 sons: Dr. Jim Sears, Dr. Robert Sears, and Dr. Peter Sears. They are AWESOME!!! (I've been going to them for over a year now.) I asked Dr. Bob (Robert) about vaccines at our first appointment (because that was a big concern of mine, since I had recently realized that Hep B is a sexually transmitted disease or is also aquired through drug needles, and my kiddos had received that vaccine within 24 hours of birth AND had received boosters not long after as well, and that is totally unacceptable to me now that I realize it!). Dr. Bob gave me his manuscript (of this book) to read, and then I attended a vaccine seminar that he offerred.<br><br>
I'm sure the manuscript has been edited throughout the publishing process, but I imagine the book is very close to the manuscript I read. This book is really a great resource - and I think EVERY parent ought to read this. It is written on a parents' level (it is extremely educational, but also easy to understand), and it includes all the information you need in order to make an informed and educated decision. It is unbiased - you will not get an author's opinions shoved at you, rather you will get information and you will get guidance on how to make a decision based on your family's situation/beliefs/concerns.<br><br>
Dr. Bob lists each disease and the vaccines available for that disease. He talks about the disease: what it is, why it is and isn't a concern, if it even occurs nowadays, etc. He also talks about the vaccines: ingredients, why those ingredients are of concern, the effects of those ingredients on our kiddos, etc.<br><br>
He also talks about things you can do to help prevent your kiddo from getting those diseases in the first place (ie: BFing, not doing daycare, etc.).<br><br>
Anyways... I HIGHLY recommend this book. I think that after you read it, you'll agree that it should be at the top of ANY reading-list you give someone about vaccines! I had tried reading other books out there about vaccines (and digging through some websites), but I was so turned off by how biased they were. This one is fantastic because of the lack of bias and the fact that it's so forthcoming with information that we all need in making this decision. After I read this book, I felt (and feel) confident in my decisions regarding vaccinating (or not vaccinating, or selectively vaccinating) my kiddos.<br><br>
(Yes, I see that it doesn't come out until October. But I've been waiting for it to appear on Amazon so you can at least see what I'm talking about, pre-order it, or whatever. Can you tell I'm super excited?! This book CHANGED my life, and that of my kids!)
 

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ThankyouThankyouThankyouTHANKYOU! I've pre-ordered and I'm thrilled! Nice to have a good, heavy book to beat the pediatrician with. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ThankyouThankyouThankyouTHANKYOU! I've pre-ordered and I'm thrilled! Nice to have a good, heavy book to beat the pediatrician with. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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You're crackin' me up! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> And you're welcome. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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Thanks! I'm going to preorder it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">_
 

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Um, I hope it isn't anything like the transcript I just read of a vaccine lecture he gave. He basically generalized *a lot* and said meningitis was gone now because of Hib, used scaremongering concerning a patient, mentioned nothing about serotype replacement and said the DTaP was very safe ("no side effects"). That was just the beginning - I haven't been able to work up the courage to read the rest. It seemed like he was really uniformed actually.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Um, I hope it isn't anything like the transcript I just read of a vaccine lecture he gave. He basically generalized *a lot* and said meningitis was gone now because of Hib, used scaremongering concerning a patient, mentioned nothing about serotype replacement and said the DTaP was very safe ("no side effects"). That was just the beginning - I haven't been able to work up the courage to read the rest. It seemed like he was really uniformed actually.</div>
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That sounds nothing like the lecture/seminar I attended.<br><br>
I would suggest reading the book. He lists (in detail) the side effects of every vaccine (side effects I had never heard of, even though I've read through many vax forums on many message boards). I think the book will address any concern you could possibly have.
 

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Just Ordered it!!!! Thank You!!!
 

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Thanks for the heads-up! I found his lecture to be really informative and it gave me a lot of reassurance in our plans to not vax. I liked that he did away with scare tactics and broke down the disease instances into pieces that the average jo can digest. Will be buying his book for sure.
 

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I'm curious since you actually see Bob Sears as a patient-- do they practice together? Is Dr. Bob the only one of the Sears' family to speak critically --or at least not so positively-- about vaccines? My Dr. William Sears Baby Book was very much in support of them, so I find this interesting.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm curious since you actually see Bob Sears as a patient-- do they practice together? Is Dr. Bob the only one of the Sears' family to speak critically --or at least not so positively-- about vaccines? My Dr. William Sears Baby Book was very much in support of them, so I find this interesting.</div>
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They do all practice together! It's a family office. I have heard that about Dr. Bill's previous books (from some other AP online-friends of mine). I'm not sure where he currently stands on vaccines (haven't talked to him about them, but I guess I ought to!). But, no Dr. Bob is not the only one of them to be critical of vaxes - and they are all supportive of non/selective/delayed-vaxing. From my experience, they are supportive of educated decisions a parent comes to - and that's one thing I love so much about them, that they support me being educated. (My previous peds were either intimidated or scared by me being educated about things related to my kids' health.)
 

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Thanks so much, already pre ordered and can't wait to read it!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/notes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notes right-handed">:
 

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I hope you're right, but if the info in the book is the same as this lecture, parents will not be making accurately informed choices. It is clear that Hib and DTaP are his "pet" vaccines. Also, he talks about mercury but never about aluminum.<br><br>
Regarding Hib:<br><br>
"I score this a 4 of 5 in the level of importance; the only reason I could give to not vaccinate is that the disease today is very rare. That’s the only good reason I can think of to stay away from this vaccine."<br><br>
Really? That's the only reason? No mention of serotype replacement and he generalizes this as meningitis - if I was an uninformed person in the audience, I would think that meningitis doesn't exist anymore based on his comments.<br><br>
DTaP:<br><br>
"Is the side effect profile safe? Yes. We just don’t see severe side effects happen with this vaccine."<br><br>
"Pertussis is a huge public health risk, though... we’ve doubled our cases from 2003-2004. Twice as much and on the rise, and very severe in infants. I just saw a 2 month old with pertussis, not vaccinated, in fact almost all the cases I see are not vaccinated... but I would score it 4 of 5 on level of importance using these five questions. For older kids I score it a 3."<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: No side effects??? Also, the 2 month old would not even be vaccinated. Is he really saying that only non-vaccinated people get pertussis? I would love to know why he thinks the cases are "increasing".<br><br>
This is only two snippets of very questionable information - I still haven't read the remainder. I'd be happy to forward the transcript.
 

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Um, yeah. What soapdiva said.
 

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Yeah, not to reiterate what others said, but even on his website it seems he's a little too provax on certain vaxes and not necessarily giving all the right info.
 

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At the LLL Conference, Dr. Bob spoke quite a bit about aluminum, mentioning how bad it is, how the levels in even one vaccine is way more than recommended for a child. So, he suggests a way--for parents who WANT their children to receive all vaccines by kindergarten--to do so in a way that limits the aluminum load. This is by splitting up vaccines and requesting brands with less aluminum. He never gives pediarix because then how does one know what the kid reacted to? Also, he doesn't give Hep B unless asked (may have been mentioned already--sorry).<br><br>
I found his talk interesting because while there are certain vaccines he thinks babies should/could have and others for children (past a certain age), he is sensible and supportive of parental choice. He noted that, past age 2, there was no reason for a non-vaxing family even to do the baby vaccines. Anyway, he was thoughtful, has been researching for over 10 years, and really seems to care. I believe that he truly believes in the vaccines he recommends--the fact he doesn't push them on anyone, however, is the difference between him and other doctors lacking the same respect for their patients' families. And, it makes him more credible at the same time. I look forward to reading his book.
 

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I agree he sounds much better than most of the peds we hear about!<br><br>
I guess my issue is that it appears he believes in these vaccines <i>for the wrong reasons</i> or based on <i>inaccurate information</i> and isn't giving the whole story and is passing along that incorrect info.<br><br>
I will probably read his book to see if it addresses the inaccuracies I read. Obviously a short lecture can't cover everything a book might.<br><br>
Did he mention serotype replacement in reference to Hib/Prevnar at the conference?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I agree he sounds much better than most of the peds we hear about!<br><br>
I guess my issue is that it appears he believes in these vaccines <i>for the wrong reasons</i> or based on <i>inaccurate information</i> and isn't giving the whole story and is passing along that incorrect info.<br><br>
I will probably read his book to see if it addresses the inaccuracies I read. Obviously a short lecture can't cover everything a book might.<br><br>
Did he mention serotype replacement in reference to Hib/Prevnar at the conference?</div>
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not to go too OT, but everything I've found shows that only happening with Prevnar. Do you have a reference to it happening with Hib? Thanks!
 

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I just trolled through my links and only have one saved and I can't remember if this was a "good" study or not. I'm off to a long weekend at a lake so I'm not too interested in looking further. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br><a href="http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/resolve?id=doi:10.1086/345863&erFrom=7278906744112692998Guest" target="_blank">http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/cgi...112692998Guest</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Other here probably have better links...
 
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