One of the hottest health topics in the United States right now is whether or not to vaccinate. This is a debate in the news amongst medical professionals on either side of the topic in schools and social media.
When I had my children it was not even a question as to what we should do. We did whatever the doctor ordered. My concern at that time was seeing my baby’s reactions after receiving the vaccine.
My goal was to have a happy healthy baby before the vaccine and no more than a child with symptoms of fever, irritability, pain to the site, loss of appetite and just tired after receiving a vaccine. I decided to space the time between vaccines and did not allow my children to get as many as recommended and definitely not the amount to be given at one time in one visit. Then I was told (by the doctor) that these reactions are normal and the vaccine is necessary because the disease will be worst. Well, I eventually changed pediatricians and found a wonderful doctor that would work with me and try to address the concerns I had regarding my children’s health.
What I did not know is that babies receive the mother’s immunoglobulin IgG (antibodies) through the placenta into their bloodstream during pregnancy. This is to protect the fetus from bacteria, virus and other harmful infections while in the womb.
We human beings have 5 types of immunoglobulin. The immunoglobulin IgG is the most abundant type (75-80%) and is the only type that crosses the pregnant mother’s placenta. These antibodies are found in all bodily fluids such as tears, saliva, mucus, breast milk, urine and so on. Breast milk contains all 5 types of the antibodies and other nutrients.
The first release of fluid from the breast right after birth is called colostrum. Colostrum contains antibodies, an abundance of protein, carbohydrates, and small amounts of fat. Breast fed babies continue to receive antibodies through the mothers breast milk, which also acts as a laxative allowing the newborn to pass its first stool. This process is called passive immunity. Passive immunity is necessary because a newborn’s immune system is just developing and does not start to produce its own antibodies until about 3 months after birth at a much slower rate than adults. Babies who are breast fed will have an advantage because their immune system is fortified by breast milk.
I breast fed my children and knew it was the best nourishment but did not know how important a role this played in the building of my children’s immune system. Why? Because I did not do the research and this was not explained to me by any medical professionals. All I knew was that breast milk is good for the baby. I now know it builds the immune system and 80% of your immune system is in the digestive tract (your gut). A healthy digestive system allows for a healthy immune system.
Why did I not see that a healthy child is less likely to contract a disease? We are made aware of the past history of the many infectious diseases. We are told by the CDC, the media, and many health professionals and that vaccines will save us from such diseases like polio, diphtheria, small pox, and swine flu. When a medical professional informs you of such health risks then you most likely will comply, with the idea that you are protecting your child. I have not come across anyone with these diseases but that does not mean they are non-existing.
Those whom I knew who experienced such illnesses as chicken pox, measles, and mumps all survived….. Now however we are in an age where autism rates in children have increased tremendously, (which are said to be linked to vaccinations) as well as other severe reactions from vaccines.
The vaccine requirements now in the 21st century have increased tremendously as compared to when I was a child or even when I was having my children. One could see there would be cause for concern about the health risks associated with vaccines. Then there’s constant news about outbreaks of disease and viruses in the media. What is a person to do? What we do know is everyone has an opinion and the best decisions are made when you know the facts. Facts are what we need to know to make informed decisions. Do your research!
Vaccines are a chemical preparation with live or killed microorganisms i.e. (bacteria, virus, fungus, etc.) and chemical preservatives that is injected into the body to artificially trigger the body to have an immune response. The theory of vaccines is that this process will cause the body to produce antibodies (Y-shaped protein that’s produced by your immune system to target pathogens and remove these foreign agents from the body). This is a natural process that is occurring all the time in our bodies when we come in contact with any harmful pathogens. This is how our immune system is designed to function, as long as it is not weakened.
We live among bacteria, fungus, viruses and many other unfriendly agents daily and our immune system is on guard protecting our bodies without our conscious awareness. Our immune system is a complex and magnificent army of cells that communicate and interact with each other. Our immune system’s purpose is to identify and keep foreign / harmful agents from attacking the body. For example: Your eyes carry tears that cleanse the eyes and remove dust and other particles from causing harm. The hair in your nose traps airborne pathogens, (dust, virus, toxins). These pathogens are swept to the back of your throat, you swallow them and the acid in your stomach breaks them down for elimination. Your skin is a barrier to outside invaders it also houses friendly bacteria that prevents pathogens from thriving on your skin which can overgrow and become harmful. Mucus, yes mucus it serves its purpose. The mucus lines many cavities in your body. It is sticky and traps germs and also has antibodies. The wax in your ear is there to trap dust and other pathogen. This is also a part of your immune system. There is bacteria which lives in our gut to keep other types of bacteria in check to prevent overgrowth and allows your body to absorb nutrients from foods we eat.
If pathogens bypass the skin, nose, ears, and eyes then the soldiers (antibodies) of our immune system are ready to contain, destroy and (phagocytes) remove these pathogens from the body. Your immune’s response is to identify harmful agents and they are identified by markers called antigens. Antigens are specific molecules carried by a virus, bacteria, fungus and toxins, they contain and destroy. This is done by causing the area affected to swell (inflammation) isolating the pathogen from the rest of the body, then heating it up (fever) to kill or incapacitate the germ then remove (via phagocyte) and eliminate.
These well planned events are our innate ability to protect our bodies from harmful outside agents such as disease. Now with an awesome immune system in place “why would you need a vaccine”? This security system of ours is in place and well equipped to always function as long as it is not weakened or depressed.
The most common practices that affect our immune system are poor diet, inadequate rest, stress, fear and immunosuppressive drugs. A Healthy Digestive System Allows for a Healthy Immune System. Feeding your body nutritious foods like fresh and/or steamed green vegetables and seaweeds and decreasing processed foods and foods high in sugar especially white sugar and white flour foods fortifies your immune system. Sugar shuts down the immune system for at least a day. Clean water keeps the body close to an alkaline state. Most pathogens cannot thrive in a bloodstream that is alkaline.
Back to the Question: Now if a person is vaccinated why would they fear someone who is unvaccinated? Is not the purpose of taking a vaccine to protect them from a disease? And so the unvaccinated should be the one concerned because they are not protected by a vaccine? There is concern that unvaccinated children are causing outbreaks of viruses when there is no documentation that they had any illnesses to begin with. Though children who received vaccines experienced the very symptoms of the disease they were vaccinated against.
The John Hopkins Hospital patient guide (pg113) has in it “Tell friends and family who are sick, or have recently had live vaccine (such as chicken pox, measles, rubella, intranasal, Influenza, polio or small pox) not to visit. Children like those on chemotherapy should avoid contact with children who were recently “vaccinated”. This would make sense because the child receiving chemotherapy has a weakened immune system. Whereas the child vaccinated with a live virus vaccine or weakened strain of a virus carry and shed those viruses for up to about a month after getting vaccinated. This can put other children at risk.
It is up to the parent to do research on vaccines and the illnesses the vaccines are made for to prevent. Knowledge is the best way to make the appropriate decision for yourself and your child. Ask your physician for the manufacturer’s insert which lists the side effects of the vaccines, and also ask he/she to sign a statement that the vaccine they are administering will not cause you or your child harm.
The Department of Human Services has a website you can check out their VIT: Vaccine Injury Table for some information. There’s a wealth of information available to all –just do the research. The choice is always yours, Your Life Depends on it. I now know not adhering to the recommended list of vaccines was a blessing in itself. Until next time be informed.
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The patient’s right of self-decision can be effectively exercised only if the patient possesses enough information to enable an informed choice. The patient should make his or her own determination about treatment. The physician’s obligation is to present the medical facts accurately to the patient or to the individual responsible for the patient’s care and to make recommendations for management in accordance with good medical practice.
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Kesia Gray says
Thank you Carole. That is indeed a very good article. I have been telling my friends these things for years, but I had little or no evidence. Now the truth is finally coming out. Keep up the good work.