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As I have mentioned before, vaccinations are a touchy subject for all parents, but the more information you can get, both pro and con, makes it easier for you to decide whether or not to vaccinate your children. Or yourself for that matter. Colorado does give the option of personal choice and your children can go to school without any vaccinations. However, I heard of one school in or near Ft. Collins , who made the parent sign a waiver and to promise to take their child out of school for a month if there was an outbreak of any of the diseases that the vaccinations were supposed to prevent.

Parents are always inundated with the “pro” viewpoint. Their heads swim with reports (from drug companies and pediatricians and health officials) of the horrible things that could happen to their children if they weren’t vaccinated. Most of you probably (and understandably) crumble in the face of all this negative energy, and get all forty odd vaccinations that are offered today.

But some are ridiculous: Let’s take the Hep B vaccine for example: This vaccine is given to newborns in the hospital. Hep B is very difficult to catch. You nearly always have to have blood or sexual contact of some sort with an infected carrier. That’s why the main risk factors for Hep B are IV drug users and those who engage in sex with multiple partners. The newborn certainly isn’t in this category, so, it makes it virtually impossible for the newborn to contract Hep B unless the mother has it. The newborn’s central nervous system is very susceptible to toxic influences, and this is why the Hep B vaccination is such a problem. If it were given later in life, as is done in many other countries, it would not be as problematic. Even so, the vaccine is still associated with numerous side effects, such as an increased risk of multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid disease.

Here’s another thing: Vaccine derived immunity from Hep B is thought to be short-lived, and between 30-50% of vaccinated individuals lose their antibodies within seven years. So, it appears that by second grade, your child will no longer be protected for all the risky jungle gym behavior at recess! To extend this timeline, if your child will be engaging in risky behavior in the tumultuous teen years, then the immunity will have already worn off. The Hep B vaccination makes no sense at all. In fact, I have always suspected that the Hep B was actually given as protection from iatrogenic hospital-born illnesses, sort of like sacrificing the child to cover some legal bases.

The drug companies are not on your side. Their primary motivation is to make profits and if that means covering up side-effects to make you believe a vaccination is safe they will do this. What’s more, they will make you feel like a bad parent for not giving a vaccination to your child.

Nobody, anywhere, at any time, under any circumstances has the right or power in this country to immunize you or your children against your will and conviction. If they attempt to do so, you can legally charge them with “assault with a deadly weapon” and have the full resources of the law behind you.

Secondly, at all times in attempting to avoid unwanted immunizations, you have the Law of the Land behind you. Those who would try to vaccinate you against your will are on very shaky ground. Into every compulsory immunization law in America are written legal exceptions and waivers, which are there specifically to protect you from the attempted tyranny of officialdom. It is not only your right, but your obligation to use these legal exceptions and waivers if this is what your conscience tells you.

While all 50 states have immunization requirements, 28 allow parents to opt out for medical or religious reasons. Another 20 states allow parents to opt out for personal or philosophical reasons as well. Anyone with kids going to college in the fall will always be pressured to vaccinate against meningitis. The exemptions apply here as well regardless of what they tell you.

Much of this information is from a link with lots of references. I suggest you go there and explore before you decide what to do. I know it’s a thorny issue and I have compassion for any parent trying to decide which way to go, which vaccinations to have and when to have them. But, know this: Whatever you decide, whatever you are comfortable with, will be right for you. Just have all the facts at hand before you decide either way. The link is: www.mercola.com/article/vaccines/references.htm.

Before I close this up, I wanted to share some very interesting information from a patient who moved to Rhode Island . She found a wonderful pediatrician there who has very holistic opinions about vaccinations: He thinks the biggest problem is the triple MMR vaccine, especially the rubella part. He has found in over thirty years of practice that babies with a genetic history (Mom, Dad, grandparents) of some kind of autoimmune problem like arthritis, lupus or colitis can be strongly and even dangerously affected by this triple MMR. He will still give the MMR, but he puts his patients on a strict diet for a month before and a month after the shot where they can have no dairy and no trans fats and he increases their EPA-DHA. Breastfeeding moms have to do the same thing. In all his years of practice he has never had a catastrophic result from the MMR.

He feels that most of the vaccinations aren’t needed. He strongly recommends only three: The DTap, the HIB and Polio. He thinks that all the vaccinations that kids are getting nowadays are actually the cause of many of their illnesses due to their immature immune systems. He never gives the flu shot, or the RSV or the chicken pox. Furthermore, he thinks that baby Motrin for teething can slow down the immune system. I have used Cell Salts for teething for years, and Mom’s get angry if I run out. It is very effective. The doc from RI recommends homeopathic remedies a lot - like belladonna or chamomile for crankiness - or old time remedies, like a sliver of garlic and a drop of olive oil in a cotton ball for earaches. (I have a great homeopathic product called Otidolo for earaches.) And he rarely gives antibiotics for ear infections.

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