Considering Vaccination

Are compulsory vaccinations being put into place as a means to maintain and increase standards of health among populations? Are compulsory vaccinations being put into place as what has become a simple means of accruing monetary gain? This week, both of my sisters became sick with the flu, and interestingly, this year was the first in many that both of my sisters received flu shots! They did as doctors and many others advised, vaccinated themselves to prevent illness, and now they are sick. I am currently on the hunt to understand the potential benefits, the possible harmful side effects, along with the skepticism’s and the concerns of vaccines; I would like to imagine that health professionals have been and are continuing to do the like.

While doing some research, I came across an article in which Dr. Mercola considers and analyzes how receiving vaccines have affected children, alongside considering the affects posed on children who chose not to receive vaccinations.  Dr. Mercola presents a chart of information and conclusions based on over 7,000 surveys recently constructed, which very clearly shows the high percentage of infection, illness, poor immunity, et cetera among children who were vaccinated in comparison to the much lower percentages shown in children who were not vaccinated. Most striking and apparent is the relationship between children who received vaccines and children who acquire Autism, ADD, ADHD, and similar diseases; the risk of acquiring Autism is twenty times greater if a vaccine has been presented in the body than if no vaccine has been received. Dr. Mercola conducts an interview with Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride in which this connection between vaccines and Autism is analyzed in further detail. Dr. Campbell more specifically captivates Dr. Mercola and her audience with information regarding Gut and Psychology Syndrome, or GAPS, which can be listened to or read here. Both doctors, Mercola and Campbell, make a point to address the difference of the cost of vaccines today versus their cost two to three decades ago; in 1985, vaccination for all government mandatory diseases was roughly $85, compared to about $2200 today. That is a huge difference; encourages one to consider how many families and individuals even live on $2200 annually, let alone have the ability to pay that amount strictly for vaccination. According to Stephanie Novak, a writer for the New York Times, we can be sure that some of the key players in the medical field have recognized the need for sincere, affordable medicines, and that economics, though minimally and perhaps not a result of any humane actions, are at some time or another in the very least considered.

Thoughts to consider–

  • Why  is it that so many countries have opposed, or even banned vaccines?
  • In knowing that vaccines have been developed for “children with healthy immune systems,” why do so many persons hype the importance of vaccinations and undergo vaccinations, all the while living a life of unhealthy habits which lead to harmful side affects from the vaccines and a lengthy list of other ailments?
  • How often in science and medicine are we presented with a breakthroughesqu idea only to find X number of years later,  that this, this and this all are incorrect, that such and such side affects are in fact disastrous, et cetera.

Individual bodies differ immensely. The human body is much more complex than often given credit for. While considering compulsory vaccination, we ought not to dismiss that vaccines are developed with a single body in mind, they are not personalized; how can any single vaccine developed for a single disease be tolerable and suitable for each and every body?

1 comment
  1. Just a caveat: Dr. Mercola has an axe to grind. He’s not looking at all the data dispassionately, instead he wants to prove that vaccines are bad.

    Vaccines might be bad, or they might be innocuous but needlessly costly, as Sophia wonders here. But you can’t rely on Mercola to provide the evidence for (or against) that, because he’s already convinced. For instance, he is not discussing the dramatic reduction in childhood mortality conferred by preventing diseases that were once important causes of pediatric death, especially measles and polio, or the reduction in serious long-term effects of infection like blindness associated with rubella or polio-induced paralysis. Also, he is not presenting the findings of a large number of epidemiologic studies, most of which found no evidence of increased autism diagnosis among kids who were immunized.

    This is not to say that the case is closed. Immunizations are sometimes harmful, and there’s still some reason to think they might be associated with autism, in some way. It’s just a way of saying, Be aware of whose evidence you’re looking at.

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