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Should I buy a copy to have, hold, love, and lend? Or wait a few months for the inter-library loan system to find one for me?<br><br>
FYI: Our daughter, recently turned two, has had not a single vaccine and our only conversation with our family doc about the subject sounded like Us: "We're not comfortable with vaccinating our infant. We need to do more reading. What do you suggest?" Her: "We recommend children should be fully vaccinated. There are risks to vaccinating and to not vaccinating. Let me know if I can help you find information. I trust your decisions are the right ones for your child." And it hasn't come up again in more than 18 months. I've skimmed through the discussions here, and the articles in mothering magazine, applauded when my province stopped offering Hg vaccines, applied my biology degree to understanding what little I knew about the issue, and spoken with a few friends whose work it is to study viruses. I dont feel informed. It's a complicated and scary topic. We've chosen not to vaccinate our daughter until we have a grasp on the risks. It seems like noone really understands what they are. Is the Sears book worth reading?? Is it a good next step? I've heard there are holes in some of the research.
 

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The Sears book doesn't go too deeply into the risks involved with each vaccine. He mostly lists what they are and (what he thinks is) the likelihood of getting them. He says many times that there hasn't been enough research done to know for sure.<br><br>
He does spend a lot of time talking about the risks of the diseases, since there's a lot more research on that. He comes off as pro-selective vax, but the vaccines he seems to advocate most strongly for (HiB and Pc, I think, though don't quote me) he also says that if your child hasn't had them by the age of 2, she no longer needs them.<br><br>
I think the book's a good starting point for vax research, and I did enjoy it. It had a lot of info: vaccine manufacturing processes and ingredients, concerns like animal tissue and formaldehyde (as a total beginner, I didn't know about these issues), etc.-- a good starting point for me.<br><br>
In your case, I don't know if the book would be as helpful. You're probably better off searching this board for links to journal articles about the risks of certain vaccines and going from there.<br><br>
ETA: the book is definitely written for a US audience, so that's also something to consider. Not sure how much the vaccines/schedules differ between countries.
 

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From everything I've read about it (there have been several threads) he basically suggests all vaccines except maybe 2.<br><br>
Also his book contains several flaws and little to no research.<br><br>
The book that I would suggest is from <b>Aviva Jill Romm:</b> <b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Vaccines: A Thoughtful Parent's Guide.</span></b><br><br>
And if you want another one, the one from pediatricians <b>Dr. Mendelsohn: <span style="text-decoration:underline;">How To Raise A Healthy Child In Spite Of Your Doctor.</span></b>
 

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Should you read it? Of course. You should read all books, as many as you have time for, pro and con. Because only then can you get a real sense of what is going on. Sticking to certain books is sticking to certain opinions and you won't be able to really form your own if you follow that path.
 

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I read it and it was the most informative book I've read on the subject so far. It also helped me when I went to the new pediatrician, armed with the "I'm delaying vaccines" shpiel. (I got kicked out of the practice anyway - office policy for everyone to vaccinate.)
 

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I enjoyed the book, IMO, it would be helpful for:<br><br>
- those who are just starting to research(with or without an opinion)<br>
- those who do not understand the diseases, what is in each vaccine, etc<br>
- those who are looking to S/D and need some back up<br>
- those who, in their gut, want to vaccinate and not vaccinate--but just don't realize how S/D could be the way to go for them<br><br><br>
And it would probably have helpful bits for others as well (such as giving the amount of aluminum in each brand of vaccine-- that kinda thing)
 

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You'd be better off with Stephanie Cave out of the pro-vax books, though I have the same recommendations as Gitti.<br><br><br><br>
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I agree with reading many different types of books. He's pro-vax. We don't vax and I read his book. I can pick out the 'crap' he wrote with 'corrections' easily enough. It's any easy read and very basic...what he wrote you can easily find on the net as he simply took stats from the cdc and package inserts, etc.
 

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Thanks for the detailed review Molck! That's exactly what I wanted to know.<br>
And I know it's worth while to read everything I can get my hands on... but I'd heard much of what he wrote was un-reseached and I didn't want to bother with something unless it acutally had useful information in it.<br>
I'll try to find the others: Romm, Mendalshom, and Cave, as well.
 

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