UPDATE: April 9, 2014… For the first time since I wrote this article back in August of 2011, I have been hesitant to share it. This month has been so painful for parents, families and friends of vaccine-injured children. The media is spreading hate-speech and lies like never before. We are being falsely blamed for outbreaks of measles and whooping cough, both of which are occurring in populations with higher vaccination rates than the national average. The diseases are not being spread by non-vaccinating families; they are being spread by the vaccines themselves. I won’t go into that here; anyone who takes the time to read further probably already knows the truth. On the off chance someone reading this is pro-vaccine, and you want to learn more about why vaccines spread disease, please see the manufacturer’s insert for MMR. Please Google “Atypical measles from vaccination” and “Measles vaccine failure” and “Acellular pertussis causes mutation in bacteria, contributing to development of superbugs.” Frankly, I’m too busy to spoon-feed anyone who really doesn’t have an interest in learning more. If you are a parent and you are genuinely questioning, please ask. I will do what I can to give you the information you seek.
I am re-sharing this article today and I am not going to change the title. The pro-pharma folks are attempting to hurt us and turn our friends and families against us. That’s the plan. I refuse to let them hurt me (again), and I refuse to let them make me even think twice about sharing information. I apologize if the term “wacko” feels hurtful to anyone. That is not my intent. My intent is to remove the power of those who are using the term against us.
I will hold my head high. I will continue to do my research and advocacy, and I will step up my game and keep stepping until I reach the finish line.
I AM ANTI-VACCINE, and I am proud of it. I have earned the right, through years of pain, hard work, and ultimately, healing of my daughter’s injuries, and if I want to refer to myself as a “wacko,” then that’s my prerogative!
To anyone who is pro-vaccine and still reading this, I have two things to say:
1. Thank-you. Your nastiness, bullying, and attempts to remove my civil rights keeps me going.
2. Our mission is NOT contingent on your approval.
NOTE: I have received a comment from a pro-vaccine parent who was offended by my characterization and use of the phase: “Your nastiness, bullying, and attempts to remove my civil rights…” To the person who commented and to any other pro-vaccine parents to whom this applies: I am sorry that my choice of terminology offended you. Those parents who are pro-vaccine and who also recognize that vaccine-choice is a parental right protected by The Constitution have not “done anything to me/us.” Unfortunately, the media campaign to remove our rights is increasingly pitting parents against other parents and the level of nastiness continues to escalate. It was not my intent to paint all pro-vaccine parents with the same, broad brush.
Probably the biggest issue, as it relates to autism and other neurodevelopmental, immunological, gastrointestinal disorders is the overwhelming number and concentration in the ever-growing childhood schedule.
In 1983, this was the childhood vaccine schedule:
In 1989, this was the childhood vaccine schedule:
In 1994, this was the childhood vaccine schedule:
The explosion of sick kids began in the early 1990s. Looking at the difference in the vaccine schedules, we can see that this time frame coincides with the addition of the Hepatitis B vaccine. Recent studies have shown that any immunity conferred by the hep B vaccine series is gone within 2-5 years. Another recent study found that boys who were vaccinated against Hepatitis B were three times more likely to develop autism than boys who were not vaccinated against Hepatitis B. Hep B is a sexually transmitted disease. Infants and toddlers usually aren’t out running around having sex, so there is no justification in giving this vaccine.
The childhood vaccine schedule has continued to increase in size and complexity over the last 18 years. For parents who follow the schedule, which now includes yearly flu shots beginning at six months of age, their children receive 36 separate injections, which contain 50 vaccinations by the time they enter kindergarten.
Here is the newly released 2012 childhood vaccination schedule:
The second issue, albeit related to the first, is that current vaccination laws force parents into an “all-or-nothing” stance. In order to claim a religious exemption you have to refuse ALL vaccinations. You can’t pick and choose which make sense for your child. Many physicians will not work with parents who want to exercise caution and spread out vaccinations. Some physicians “fire” parents from the practice if they even bring up the subject. So, if you ARE concerned about measles, diptheria, polio, etc. (the “childhood diseases” everyone cites when discussing their fears about death from going unvaccinated), you ALSO have to accept having your child injected with a whole bunch of stuff he or she does not need and which may cause adverse effects. This is a very important concept. We, as concerned parents who love our children and want what’s best for them, are FORCED to given them MEDICATION (vaccines are medication – you can’t get them without a prescription and they contain chemicals and things designed to alter the way your body functions) they DO NOT NEED and which carries significant risk of side-effects. We do not FORCE adults to take medication even when the HAVE an illness. There are laws to protect adults from government-mandated medication. You cannot legally force a person with schizophrenia to take anti-psychotic medication, even when that person has already displayed violent aggression to others. You can’t legally force a cancer patient to take chemotherapy or radiation. If the government cannot force people to take medication when they HAVE an illness, how is it the government can force parents to consent for our infants and children to be injected with medications for illnesses they do not even have, and for which they have an extremely low risk (in many cases zero) of contracting?
Some will argue that nobody is “forcing” us to vaccinate. Thankfully, we do have some options, but we also give up a lot of our rights in the process. Many of us have to leave the workforce because our children are not allowed to attend daycare. Many of us lose our jobs because our children are so sick from vaccine-injury that we are FORCED to stay home full-time, whether that was our initial intent or not. Many of us are FORCED to become dependent on the government for financial assistance, especially if our marriages fail because the constant stress of caring for a sick child is overwhelming, financially, emotionally, and physically.
Many of us are lumped together in a big group and labeled “Anti-Vaxxers.” Some of us ARE Anti-Vaxxers. Some of us have been forced into being “Anti-Vaxxers” because we have no other choice. This is not a position we have chosen for ourselves and for many of us it is not an easy stance to take. We are simply doing our own research and weighing the costs-vs-benefits for our own children. At least that’s how it starts out. What happens in the process though, is we start to learn the truth about vaccines. We learn that they have not been studied for safety. We learn that they are implemented very quickly into the schedule without regard for their effects on “vulnerable populations.” As we research, we start to see patterns and we realize more and more how our children are not so rare, and how more children are being harmed everyday by mass vaccination. That’s when we become increasingly vocal. That’s when it becomes not just about protecting our children but about trying to protect your children, too. We realize that in many cases our concern for your children is not something you welcome. We realize that you wish we would just shut-up and go away. Many of us realize these things because we used to be you.
The reason we keep doing what we do is because we wish, beyond anything you can possibly comprehend, that someone would have done for us what we are trying to do for you.
You don’t have to agree with us. You don’t have to think we are right. You don’t have to be our friends.
We really do hope that you never know what it is like to be one of us. However, we also know that unless things change, our club is going to keep growing. If you become one of us, we will accept you unconditionally, and we will do everything we can to help you.
That’s just what we do.