Thursday, August 15, 2013

Here It Comes, Another Hot Topic!

The following post is a sensitive subject to many, please keep an open mind.

The debate over vaccines is often a bitter fight. Both sides are passionate and both sides claim to be educated on their decisions to either vaccinate or not vaccinate their children. I am writing about my side today.

Point blank, we do not vaccinate. As I continue with this post, I will share the journey to this decision, but for now let me say that I am not aiming to convince people to vaccinate, delay, or completely forego vaccines. I just want people to make informed decisions and decide what is best for their family. Get ready, I have a ton of info in here for you to read!

How I Started Learning About Vaccines

My journey started when I lost my first pregnancy. That's when I began questioning everything and realizing I knew nothing. I only knew what society conditioned me to know and do. Just as I questioned "conventional" hospital birth and circumcision and began my research, vaccines popped into my head.

Now, I was raised by a nurse. I was one of the first children in my state to receive the chicken pox vaccine when it came out. I believe I received most of my shots through childhood. However, by my teen years, my mom began having a more holistic approach to life. I can honestly say I was rarely taken to the doctor and only remember a tetanus shot and a steroid shot for pneumonia.

I remember my mother refusing a hepatitis shot, and I remember her refusing the Gardasil shot. Which, knowing what I now know about Gardasil (sterilization and death, among other things), I am incredibly thankful for. (Read more about Gardasil HERE)

So I began reading up on vaccines, especially the ingredients. Take a look at the ingredients for various vaccines below, chart courtesy of Informed Choice.

VaccineManufacturerMicrobesAntibioticsChemicals / Heavy MetalsAnimal ByProducts
Acel-Immune DTaP
diphtheria - tetanus - pertussis
diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis adsorbedformaldehyde, aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate, thimerosal, and polysorbate 80 (Tween-80)gelatin
Haemophilus influenza
Type B
Connaught Laboratories
Haemophilus influenza
Type B, polyribosylribitol phosphate
ammonium sulfate, formalin, and sucrose
Merck & Co., Inc.
measles live virusneomycinsorbitolhydrolized gelatin, chick embryo
Merck & Co., Inc.
rubella live virusneomycinsorbitolhydrolized gelatin, human diploid cells from aborted fetal tissue
anthrax adsorbed
BioPort Corporation517.327.1500nonencapsulated strain of
Bacillus anthracis
aluminum hydroxide, benzethonium chloride, and formaldehyde
diphtheria - tetanus - pertussis
GlaxoSmithKline 800.366.8900
X 5231
diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis adsorbedformaldehyde, aluminum phosphate, ammonium sulfate, and thimerosalwashed sheep RBCs
(not licensed d/t expiration)
live vaccinia virus, with "some microbial contaminants," according to the Working Group on Civilian Biodefensepolymyxcin B sulfate, streptomycin sulfate, chlortetracycline hydrochloride, and neomycin sulfateglycerin, and phenol -a compound obtained by distillation of coal tarvesicle fluid from calf skins
recombinant hepatitis B
GlaxoSmithKline 800.366.8900
X 5231
genetic sequence of the hepatitis B virus that codes for the surface antigen (HbSAg), cloned into GMO yeastaluminum hydroxide, and thimerosal
FluvirinMedeva Pharmaceuticals888.MEDEVA 716.274.5300influenza virusneomycin, polymyxinbeta-propiolactonechick embryonic fluid
trivalent influenza virus, types A&Bgentamicin sulphateformadehyde, thimerosal, and polysorbate 80 (Tween-80)chick embryonic fluid
hepatitis A
GlaxoSmithKline 800.366.8900
X 5231
hepatitis A virusformalin, aluminum hydroxide, 2-phenoxyethanol, and polysorbate 20residual MRC5 proteins -human diploid cells from aborted fetal tissue
HiB Titer
Haemophilus influenza
Type B
Haemophilus influenza
Type B, polyribosylribitol phosphate, yeast
ammonium sulfate, thimerosal, and chemically defined yeast-based medium
ImovaxConnaught Laboratories800.822.2463rabies virus adsorbedneomycin sulfatephenol red indicatorhuman albumin, human diploid cells from aborted fetal tissue
IPOLConnaught Laboratories800.822.24633 types of polio virusesneomycin, streptomycin, and polymyxin Bformaldehyde, and 2-phenoxyethenolcontinuous line of monkey kidney cells
Japanese encephalitis
Aventis Pasteur USA
strain of Japanese encephalitis virus, inactivated
formaldehyde, polysorbate 80 (Tween-80), and thimerosalmouse serum proteins, and gelatin
recombinant protein (OspA) from the outer surface of the spirochete
Borrelia burgdorferi
kanamycinaluminum hydroxide, 2-phenoxyethenol, phosphate buffered saline
measles - mumps - rubella
Merck & Co., Inc.
measles, mumps, rubella live virusneomycinsorbitolhydrolized gelatin, chick embryonic fluid, and human diploid cells from aborted fetal tissue
measles - rubella
Merck & Co., Inc.
measles, rubella live virusneomycinsorbitolhydrolized gelatin, chick embryonic fluid, and human diploid cells from aborted fetal tissue
Connaught Laboratories800.822.2463freeze-dried polysaccharide antigens from
Neisseria meningitidis
Meruvax I
Merck & Co., Inc.
mumps live virusneomycinsorbitolhydrolized gelatin
(new smallpox batch, not licensed)
Aventis Pasteur USA
highly attenuated vaccinia viruspolymyxcin B sulfate, streptomycin sulfate, chlortetracycline hydrochloride, and neomycin sulfateglycerin, and phenol -a compound obtained by distillation of coal tarvesicle fluid from calf skins
oral polio
3 types of polio viruses, attenuatedneomycin, streptomycinsorbitolmonkey kidney cells and calf serum
Streptococcus pneumoniae
Merck & Co., Inc.

capsular polysaccharides from polyvalent (23 types) pneumococcal bacteriaphenol
Pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine
Wyeth Lederle
saccharides from capsular
Streptococcus pneumoniae
antigens (7 serotypes) individually conjugated to diphtheria CRM 197 protein
aluminum phosphate, ammonium sulfate, soy protein, yeast
measles, mumps, rubella and varicella
Merck & Co., Inc.
live measles (Enders' attenuated Edmonston), mumps (Jeryl LynnTM), rubella (Wistar RA 27/3), and varicella (oka/Merck) strains of virusesneomycinmonosodium L-glutamate (MSG), potassium chloride, potassium phosphate monobasic, potassium phosphate dibasic, sodium bicarbonate, sodium phosphate dibasic, sorbitol, and sucrosehuman albumin, human diploid cells, residual components of MRC-5 cells including DNA and proteins, bovine serum, hydrolized gelatin, and chicken embryo
Chiron Behring GmbH & Company
fixed-virus strain Flury LEPneomycin, chlortetracycline, and amphotericin Bpotassium glutamate, and sucrosehuman albumin, bovine gelatin and serum "from source countries known to be free of bovine spongioform encephalopathy," and chicken protein
Rabies Vaccine AdsorbedGlaxoSmithKline 800.366.8900
X 5231
rabies virus adsorbedbeta-propiolactone, aluminum phosphate, thimerosal, and phenol redrhesus monkey fetal lung cells
recombinant hepatitis B
Merck & Co., Inc.
genetic sequence of the hepatitis B virus that codes for the surface antigen (HbSAg), cloned into GMO yeastaluminum hydroxide, and thimerosal
oral tetravalent rotavirus (recalled)
1 rhesus monkey rotavirus, 3 rhesus-human reassortant live virusesneomycin sulfate, amphotericin Bpotassium monophosphate, potassium diphosphate, sucrose, and monosodium glutamate (MSG)rhesus monkey fetal diploid cells, and bovine fetal serum
(not licensed due to expiration) 40-yr old stuff "found" in Swiftwater, PA freezer
Aventis Pasteur USA
live vaccinia virus, with "some microbial contaminants," according to the Working Group on Civilian Biodefensepolymyxcin B sulfate, streptomycin sulfate, chlortetracycline hydrochloride, and neomycin sulfateglycerin, and phenol -a compound obtained by distillation of coal tarvesicle fluid from calf skins
(new, not licensed)
Acambis, Inc.
in partnership with Baxter BioScience
highly attenuated vaccinia viruspolymyxcin B sulfate, streptomycin sulfate, chlortetracycline hydrochloride, and neomycin sulfateglycerin, and phenol -a compound obtained by distillation of coal tarvesicle fluid from calf skins
TheraCys BCG
(intravesicle -not licensed in US for tuberculosis)
Aventis Pasteur USA
live attenuated strain of
Mycobacterium bovis
monosodium glutamate (MSG), and polysorbate 80 (Tween-80)
diphtheria - tetanus - pertussis
Aventis Pasteur USA
Corynebacterium diphtheriae
Clostridium tetani
toxoids and acellular
Bordetella pertussis
aluminum potassium sulfate, formaldehyde, thimerosal, and polysorbate 80 (Tween-80)gelatin, bovine extract US sourced
Typhim Vi
Aventis Pasteur USA SA
cell surface Vi polysaccharide from
Salmonella typhi
Ty2 strain
aspartame, phenol, and polydimethylsiloxane (silicone)
Merck & Co., Inc.
varicella live virusneomycinphosphate, sucrose, and monosodium glutamate (MSG)processed gelatin, fetal bovine serum, guinea pig embryo cells, albumin from human blood, and human diploid cells from aborted fetal tissue
yellow fever
Aventis Pasteur USA
17D strain of yellow fever virussorbitolchick embryo, and gelatin

These ingredients alone swayed me, and others I know, to not vaccinate. Aborted fetal cells, aluminum, mercury.... It caused a pit in my stomach. I had an instinctual feeling we shouldn't do vaccines, and this table really confirmed in my heart what I was feeling.

In this fabulous link, "Why We Didn't Vaccinate Baby Noor, the writer states
"I think it’s very important to carefully consider possible harm vs. probable benefits before subjecting your child to something.  When we did that, we concluded that the vaccination regimen that is prescribed in the U.S. today is clearly much more likely to do harm to our child than to help her, even just using statistics provided by the Center for Disease Control itself."

This dad's view is very similar to mine, and why we are not vaccinating our daughter. I encourage you to read it!

Most of the diseases children are vaccinated for began declining before the introduction of vaccination anyway. Vaccines are not what caused the diseases and viruses to fade, proper sanitation practices, clean water, and hand washing did.

Reasons We Made This Decision

As I continued with my research I came across a book, The Vaccine Manual For Concerned Families and Health Practitioners, which I highly recommend reading before making any vaccine decision. It lists ingredients, adverse reactions, probability of disease, defines the different diseases and viruses and what they truly entail, and the probability of bad reactions from the disease as opposed to the scare tactics we are taught in our society. For instance, did you know that 95% of people exposed to polio will show no symptoms, 5% of infected people exhibit mild symptoms, and paralysis (the biggest scare of polio) is 1 in a thousand. Plus, the disease is statistically low in the US, and began declining before the vaccine came out. This book has scientific data, charts, and tables, and has great resources. It also has an informative foreward by Dr. Russell Blaylock, a retired neuroscientist and current professor who talks about the affect of vaccines and possible harm they can cause, and goes into great detail about the various ingredients and the affect they have on the brain.

For me, after viewing the real statistics and data, and the rarity of the respective diseases and the fact that they are easily treated, I saw no reason to inject my daughter with all the toxins and heavy metals. There is not ONE study showing the safety of all the combined doses of vaccines and the affect they could have on someone's system. That's too big of a risk for me.

Another thing that got me thinking was the Hep B vaccine given after birth. For a person without an STD, why would you give this to a child? Its for a sexually transmitted virus! My child won't be sharing needles or having sex, so why give this shot, especially after birth when they are so new, before they have an immune system built? It doesn't make sense.

Here, Dr. Sears talks about the aluminum in vaccines...

  • Aluminum can cause neurologic harm.
  • A study from 30 years ago showed that human adults will increase their urine excretion of aluminum when exposed to higher levels (suggesting adults can clear out excess aluminum).
  • Adults taking aluminum-containing antacids don't build up high levels in their body.
  • There have been reports of infants with healthy kidneys showing elevated blood levels of aluminum from taking antacids.
  • The AAP found that people with kidney disease who build up levels of aluminum greater than 100 micrograms per liter in their bloodstream are at risk of toxicity.
  • The AAP also states that the toxic threshold may be lower than this.
  • The paper states that aluminum loading (meaning tissue build up) has been seen even in patients with healthy kidneys who receive IV solutions containing aluminum over extended periods.

  • In "V is for Vaccines" this mother explains why she doesn't vaccinate and gives some great links/resources that helped her reach her decision. "At the start of my research, several diseases/illnesses really scared me. I mention which ones they are as I go along. When I say I "almost got" a vaccine for one of the diseases, I mean that it scared me enough to seriously consider a vaccine. At this time, those diseases still scare me, but I have done much research to know that, at this time, I still think it is best to not vaccinate."

    In this link, 10 Things I Wish The Mainstream Media Would Get Right About Parents Who Don't Vaccinate, the writer makes some valid points:
    "If you are a parent who doesn't follow the recommended vaccine schedule, you have probably read the same articles I have (I don't mean the PubMed journals, which of course you have read.  I mean the ones in parenting magazines or newspapers).  You know the ones.  It is almost enough to make you suspect that they are all quoting from a really old article--circa 2004, perhaps?--because they all make these same 10 mistakes.  

    1. Basic info/terminology. Virus vs bacteria. Antigen vs adjuvant.  Live virus.  When you talk about the pertussis virus or removing thimerosol from the MMR it is hard to take you seriously. 

    2. The autism angle.  Autism is a big concern for some parents.  I get that.  But contrary to popular opinion, it isn't the only or even primary concern of many parents.  Auto-immune issues in general, fetal tissue in vaccines and other things influence many of us as much or more than a fear of autism. 

    3. Herd immunity.  There is always the suggestion that non-vaxers are the ones who put others at risk by derailing herd immunity.  The truth is that herd immunity is largely a myth.  How many adults do you know that are fully up to date on all boosters?  Um, yeah.  Furthermore, not all diseases or vaccines are created equal (some are not even designed to prevent transmission, let alone the varying rates of efficacy) and while herd immunity might be plausible for a few, it isn't for most.   All the non-vaxers that I know are fully aware of this--one reason why we study MMWRs, and educate ourselves on the symptoms and treatment options for many VPDs.  We certainly don't rely on herd immunity in most cases.  

    4. Remembering how bad the diseases are.  We are told with ineffable condescension that vaccines are a victim of their own success. If we could only remember a few decades ago...  Aside from the fact that hygiene, improved medical care, nutrition and other things are at least as responsible for declining rates of mortality, the perception has changed significantly. Nobody was scared I would die when I got chicken pox.  Even measles was not considered to be a big deal in most cases (and there is mounting evidence that we are trading a week of illness there for chronic allergies, asthma and other diseases).  Some diseases are very serious, but so are the vaccine reactions.  

    5. Equality of diseases and vaccines.  All diseases and vaccines are not created equal.  My four month old is not at risk for Hep B or tetanus.  Pertussis scares me.  Mumps?  Not really.  The fact that my children are exclusively breastfed for a year, and continue to breastfeed after that affects my decision on Hib. I could go on and on.  The risks vary according to age, family history, geography and many other things.  Similarly, some vaccines are more reactive than others.  Some are very effective, others are not. 

    6. The obsession with thimerosol.   This still gets trotted out every time along with experts patiently explaining that thimerosol was removed from most vaccines years ago.  While it was more removed from some than others, thimerosol isn't the over-riding concern for most of us.  Aluminum, which is present in very dangerous amounts, concerns  me more.  There is a whole cocktail of nasty stuff in most vaccines (varies according to brand and type). 

    7.  Fear of antigen overload.  The same person talking about thimerosol sweetly pats us on the head as s/he explains that worries over too many vaccines at once are unfounded because the antigens are so weak. After all, we are exposed to far more bacteria or viruses at any given time than the ones injected in a vaccine.  Well, yeah. The problem is all the adjuvants.  The antigens are too weak to provoke an immune response on their own, so they are made into a threat with adjuvants like aluminum and other toxic substances.  Forget about the antigens.  Explain how levels that greatly exceed the FDA limits for toxic adjuvants aren't a problem.

    8.  Environmental exposure.  You are exposed to these toxins in the environment, anyway.  Yes, we are, and while that isn't a good thing there, either, in most cases, our bodies' natural defense systems help excrete them.  Being injected into your muscle tissue bypasses a lot of that, and when you are talking about babies whose blood-brain barrier isn't developed, that is concerning. 

    9. Vaccine side effects are redness and soreness at the injection site and a fever.  In rare cases, anaphylaxis may result.  True. The implication is that fever isn't a big deal, and anaphylaxis is so rare that we shouldn't worry.  Fine. What about the other side effects?  Read the safety inserts, please.  There are many serious side effects, including respiratory illness, arthritis, paralysis, an assortment of auto-immune disorders, and more.

    10.  Concerns about vaccines are based solely on the anecdotes of so and so who posted a story on  Most of us started questioning because of reactions we saw in our own children.  But we didn't stop there. We spend countless hours poring over medical journals, researching the diseases, ingredients, the immune system, etc., learning all we can.  Some are immunologists, neuroscientists and other medical professionals. We are educated and informed about vaccines.  Talk to us. And if you are going to write about us, learn a little more first."
    Most of the people I know who don't vaccinate chose to stop vaccinating or to not do it at all because of the severe reactions they've seen and the ingredients that are so toxic. Why is it okay to inject these toxins into our bloodstream when a HazMat team has to come in and close down a school to clean up a syringe that fell to the ground and broke, spilling the contents on the floor? Again, doesn't make sense to me.

    The Autism Factor

    I'm still now sure what to believe about autism and vaccines right now. One thing I do believe is that it isn't good to mess with our bodies, especially with chemicals and toxins, and this is why I try to raise my daughter as naturally as possible. Chemicals and toxins are definitely linked with autism and the brain. Irish scientists have found a link between gut bacteria and autism, and two recent studies suspect that induction of labor may have an effect on autism and the brain. Science Based Medicine says 
    "Compared with children born to mothers who received neither labor induction nor augmentation, children born to mothers who were induced and augmented, induced only, or augmented only experienced increased odds of autism after controlling for potential confounders related to socioeconomic status, maternal health, pregnancy-related events and conditions, and birth year. The observed associations between labor induction/augmentation were particularly pronounced in male children."

    I do think there is a link between vaccines and autism. I cannot say that every case is caused by vaccines, and not every vaccinated child will become autistic. But I do know the government believes there is a link. Otherwise why would the government's vaccine injury court grant two families millions of dollars because of their childrens' autism and encephalopathy they believed were caused by vaccines. The government did not admit in court that vaccinations were the definitive cause, but they must have seen something that these cases were won. The vaccine court has had a LOT of cases like these, but it isn't something you hear about in the news often.

    More info on the vaccine injury compensation program HERE.
    Studies Showing Link To Autism and Vaccines - downloadable document
    Scientists identify way to test autism in one-year-olds using blood test... for those who say it only appears around/after two. I really believe it has to do with environmental factors.

    Hard pro-vaxxers like to argue that vaccines cannot possibly cause autism or developmental disorders, that the problems simply arise around the general time of vaccination. That just isn't a satisfactory answer for me. Something causes it. And the toxins and heavy metals absolutely can penetrate the brain barrier. Studies have shown victims of Alzheimer's have mercury in their brain, and it affects the progression of the disease. The thimerosal (mercury) in vaccines never leaves the brain. And I don't like that, personally. Perhaps its a genetic issue and is overwhelmed by the sudden flood of heavy metals... maybe the heavy metals cause it... I really do not know, and I will continue to learn about that as I find information about it. However, at famous Ina May Gaskin's The Farm, out of alllll the births they've seen since the seventies, no medical inductions or vaccinations, they've never seen a case of autism. Food for thought.

    30 Scientific Studies Show The Link Between Autism & Vaccines - "I think that the government or certain public officials in the government have been too quick to dismiss the concerns of these families without studying the population that got sick. I think public health officials have been too quick to dismiss the hypothesis as irrational without sufficient studies of causation."
    Dr. Bernadine Healy, former Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), largest U.S. federal agency responsible for conducting and supporting medical research. Dr. Healy has no known conflicts of interest in the vaccine-autism debate.
    - No real world studies of the vaccine schedule have ever been done. Of the 11 separate vaccines given to American children (many given multiple times), only one vaccine -- the MMR -- has ever been studied for its relationship to autism. Yet, American children get 6 or 7 different vaccines simultaneously at 2, 4, 6, and 12 month doctor appointments.
    - Not one study compares vaccinated children to unvaccinated children -- every study only looks at children who have received vaccines. This is like comparing smokers who smoke one pack a day to those who smoke two packs a day, seeing no difference in cancer rates, and saying cigarettes don’t cause cancer.
    - The studies are rife with conflicts including authors who have been paid by vaccine companies and federal agencies and foreign governments charged with administering vaccines.
    - Many of the studies reach false conclusions or conclusions that have nothing to do with the simple question: do vaccines cause autism? They are simply being misrepresented in the press by public health officials taking advantage of a docile media that is heavily dependent on advertising from pharma companies.
    This link here will take you to Dr. Tenpenny, a doctor who promotes healthy living and prevention and not vaccinations as a way to prevent illness, and an informative video you can feel free to watch about info on vaccines and reactions.

    In THIS LINK a medical chemist explains why he doesn't vaccinate.

    What Doctors Know/Are Taught About Vaccines

    Questions To Ask & Claims VS. Facts About Vaccines

    Read HERE about the scary world of vaccine additives.

    Miscellaneous Info

    HERE you can find info on the normal childhood disease and how to treat them.
    Adverse Effects of Vaccine Injury Table pdf
    HERE are exemption forms for all states and state requirements if you are delaying/not vaccinating and sending your child to daycare or school. Most states offer medical and religious exemptions, some also offer philosophical, and others only have medical.
    The Value of Your Child's Life According To Those Promoting Vaccines
    If You Vaccinate, Ask Eight... Questions For Your Doctor About Vaccines
    Australian Vaccination Network - American, Aussie, or wherever else you may be from, this site has lots of great info!
    Hep B Vaccine Pulled From Vietnam After Three Newborns Die
    CDC Says MMR & Pertussis Vaccine Can Cause Brain Damage
    Does Vaccination Cause Autism? Here's What They Know...
    Package Inserts For Vaccines
    Thimerosal (mercury) Info
    Want To Vaccinate My Child? Sign This Form First - a downloadable form for physicians to sign before vaccinating... "It's been over a year since hundreds of parents have downloaded this form and there are still no reports of any signatures. Many physicians won't even look at the form while they dismiss a parent's anti-vaccination stance as ridiculous. The behavior is a clear indication of a very misinformed Physician who does not have his or her patient's best interests at heart. They are not willing to inform their patients of the risks, only the benefits they feel are acceptable. They are not open-minded to any other side of the debate except their own biased view passed down through the medical system."
    Seven Reasons To Delay or Refuse Vaccines
    The Healthy Unvaccinated
    FDA Recalls Flu Vaccine
    9 Arguments For The Vaccine Debate
    NBC News: Shot May Boost Superbug

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    I have also included more links on my Resources page and my parenting board on Pinterest.

    In writing this, I hope that I may have opened your eyes to something you may not have known before. That is my goal for this blog, raising awareness about topics that aren't commonly known about/talked about in the mainstream. If this has raised any questions for you, I highly recommend delaying vaccinations until you can read more and come to a decision for yourself and children. You can always start them again, but you can never undo what's been done.

    Ultimately, we do not vaccinate because the benefits do not outweigh the risks in our book. The viruses and illnesses are not frequent, and in the event of such an illness, they are easily remedied. (Of course there is the rare serious event, that will happen whether you vaccinate or not.)

    Our daughter was exclusively breastfed until seven months and is currently still breastfed, an added protection against illness and building a healthy immune system. To us, breastfeeding, a healthy diet and good sun exposure, and vitamin supplementation if necessary, are great alternatives for prevention. As Christians, we also heartily believe in our protection and divine healing. In comparison to other children her age, our daughter has never been sick and has a very strong immune system, and we believe it is our job to protect her from harm, toxins and unnecessary heavy metals included.

    If you leave a comment, please leave only kind and considerate ones. Remember that parents like me read what we do and make the decisions we do out of best interest for our children, and most with beliefs similar to mine will not be swayed. Thank you for reading! Until next time...

    ~The Cruncy Mama


    1. nice article!
      i appreciate all the links and info.

      keep up the good work mama! <3

      1. Thank you so much for reading! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

    2. This is very well stated. I stopped vaccination once I became informed and educated. There is a facebook private group - Great Mothers Questioning Vaccines. I've learned a lot from the group and feel supported. Learning aborted fetal tissue is used in creating vaccines was something I could not accept as a means to keep my child healthy. It bothers me for so many reasons.

    3. Wow! well researched! Thank you so much!

    4. Thank you for putting this out for all to see!! We are non vaxxers as well and its great to see such a well researched and informative article!

    5. Wonderful, wonderful wonderful!! This is a very well researched, intelligent highly informative article! I have said so many of these same exact things, cited many of the articles that you did, and there are always people who first, bring up Andrew Wakefield, second, Jenny McCarthy, and then proceed to tell me that each and every single one of my resources are done by quacks, or, my personal favorite- "This study was done on mice, monkeys (insert lab animal here) so it means nothing" I have said so many, many times that I am a well educated woman, who has done and continues to do research, reading any and all articles and studies I can, BOTH sides, so I can be well informed and present a valid argument. I also like your VAERS information- I also get the "It was mitochondrial disorder, not autism" to which I kindly direct them one link(there are many) - which states that "mitochondrial dysfunction has been found repeatedly to be prevalent in this group of children and adults." While ALL ASD is not associated with Mitochondrial disease, there have been cases in which it has.

      Thank you again for this blog-I will be sharing it far and wide!

      1. Awesome! Thank you for reading! One thing that was not widely publicized was that fact that Dr. Wakefield's name was cleared. People like to mention him in negative light because they don't want to think it may be true! Thank you very much for that link, I will be sure to file that one away!

    6. I just discovered your blog and LOVE it!!!! Thanks for sharing your story and information. Gonna have all my prego friends check youout ;)

    7. I love it! I have been wanting to write a blog or something like this! You did a very good job! I love the second to last sentence "and most with beliefs similar to mine will not be swayed", so true!!! I have four children and none of them have been vaccinated. When I do have to go to the doctor for various issues, I let them know that we don't vaccinate. They usually try to scare me and I tell them, "there is nothing you can say to talk me into vaccines." They usually stop there. Thanks for posting!

    8. Thank you for posting. It's nice to see that others feel the same way I do about vaccines. I recently lost two friends because I do not vaccinate my son and they don't want him around their children :(

    9. Wonderful blog! Thank you! We have three children, all un-vaccinated. I also began with a "gut-feeling." Saying that it wasn't good to put this into my babies body (this was when we had our first boy) I began my research from there. My husband agreed, too, and we did it together. We have three very healthy children now, our first turning 13 next month.
      Great info here. So once again, thanks!

    10. Great post! I love how complete your data is about why we should not vaccinate. 3 of my kids are, but my youngest had 2 seizures after his shots (when he was 5mo old-I was doing a delayed schedule with him). After that I was done with shots. Those did not 'just happen' for no reason. (he did have an eeg to ensure nothing else was causing them, which was normal). I was always on the fence on this issue, but experiencing that severe reaction put me firmly on the 'anti' side. 2 of my other kids also had less severe reactions to the dtap. Anyway, I will be sharing your post for sure! :)

    11. There is a lot of information here! This must have taken you a lot of effort to get it all compiled for us! Thank you.

      One thing I wanted to mention though - the section where you talk about the disease declining before the vaccine was introduced does not really correspond with the chart. The chart only shows that DEATHS declined but you reference that the cases of the disease declined. It seems like those 2 statistics should be listed separately. Cases of people catching it and cases of people DYING.

      I don't vaccinate my children but I read a lot on both sides of the debate to make sure I am being open minded (because sometimes it seems there is as much bias on the anti-vax side as the pro-vax side). IN reading both sides I often see these charts and they never show the same stats. Each side has used language to make it appear the way they want it to. While I feel 100% that the risk is not worth it to vaccinate I just have a hard time buying into the debate that vaccines didn't lower the incidents of the disease. Do you have any other links showing information about the decline of the disease/deaths? I would like to read them if you do! :-)

      1. It's hard to find accurate charts unfortunately. That's why I recommend the book at the beginning, it's full of statistics, data, and charts, and all of the resources to back it up :) It's a fabulous book, so I would suggest starting there!

      2. Thank you. I looked it up on Amazon and read some of it! Looks like a book worth reading! :-)

    12. This is beautifully written. I could not have said it better myself.


    14. I also want to say thanks for all the info. I've just started my own research regarding vaccines and safety and came across this:

      Very helpful for more info on vaccines like BCG vaccine that you did not mention in your list of vaccines.

      Hope it helps.

      And thanks again. All this information that you have provided have inspired me a lot to read more.