Hello and a very happy Monday to you!! I had to interrupt our series on toxin free personal care for a brief moment, because so many people have been writing asking me what my views on the flu shot and vaccinations in general are. So please excuse the interruption, but I hope this post will help you and your family in the midst of cold & flu season!
Let me begin by saying that I had all my vaccines as a child, and certainly never thought twice about vaccines until starting the Maker’s Diet. I still remember how much I hated getting shots! I just wanted to preface this article with that information, so you know I have absolutely nothing against doctors or standard medical practices. I no longer agree with the reasoning behind much of what is done “normally” these days- but I have no bone to pick.
Moving on, I am sure it will not be very hard to guess what my current stance on vaccines of ALL types is. Take a wild guess- yep! you guessed it! I personally think there are FAR more effective ways to promote amazing health than vaccinations, (see our recent series on staying healthy during cold and flu season, for starters) and not to mention- I believe vaccinations are extremely dangerous, particularly to young, growing children. (Although it’s my personal belief that the flu vaccine in particular is dangerous to everyone, from kids to the elderly!)
Here’s why. There’s nothing natural, or God given about vaccines. Nothing at all. I understand the rationale behind them, I understand that they have been helpful to a point, but I also believe firmly that they are dangerous. They are dangerous not only because of the ingredients in them (which we’ll get to) but because they are used to control people with fear.
So many people are scared to death not to get a flu shot, or to respectfully decline vaccinations at the Pediatrician’s office. They hear the news from the media and all the hysteria about flu “epidemics” and how they might be throwing their child’s life away if they are not given the vaccine for Hepatitis B at birth. (Which, by the way, is an STD, so don’t even get me started on that one!)
These are independent, capable people who have the capacity for strong, healthy bodies and minds to think for themselves. So why then do we buy into the hysteria, the fear?
Personally, I believe it is very easy to control people who are afraid, and especially when you tell them that impending doom is coming if they don’t get a shot, or that there is an “epidemic” sweeping the nation. This is purely my opinion, but it bears mentioning in this article, because vaccines are so grossly over-used these days, that we can’t touch this topic without examining the beliefs behind this issue. It’s no longer just a medical issue- it’s become an emotional one, and I believe that many pharmaceutical companies are exploiting the emotion and hysteria that is stirred up, and the subsequent fear that is created.
The truth of the matter is that there is excessive greed and corruption in the pharmaceutical industry, and while not every doctor is a part of it, most vaccine manufacturers have a lot to answer for.
Furthermore, vaccines go hand in hand with the “medicate me and I’ll be ok” mentality that most Americans have. I understand this, I used to be the same way. I really do, I’m not bashing anyone. You’re talking to a girl who thought that Ibuprofen and Excedrin were candy, I used to take so much of them for headaches. I took rounds of antibiotics and medications prior to getting sick, and have no doubt that this contributed greatly to my illness.
What I feel the need to address is the mentality behind vaccines: the fear of sickness that cripples people from making the RIGHT decisions that will keep their bodies healthy year round. People need to know that there is a better way! This is about so much more than just the question of, “To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?” This is about being able to think for yourself, be responsible for yourself and your own health, and to steward your body in such a way that gives you incredible health for a lifetime. THAT is what this is about. If you decide that vaccinations fit into that, then by all means go get them.
I would just challenge you to think proactively about your own health, instead of reacting to fear, hysteria and hype and doing something without thinking.
That’s what I believe is the heart of the matter- it’s the lack of personal responsibility. It’s the “not thinking” mindset, but just doing as told, and you don’t even know why you’re doing it. Please, do yourself the honor of thinking for yourself! Fully weigh all the possible outcomes, do the research, be an informed consumer. You owe it to yourself and your family.
So hopefully that helped somebody! 😉
Now that you’re thinking for yourself, let me just say that we have chosen not to vaccinate our kids, and we do not ever get flu shots. We do, however, spend a large amount of time, money, and effort to invest into our family’s health by living the way that we do. Our lifestyle is designed to optimize our immune systems year round, not just during cold & flu season!
I am against childhood vaccinations because I believe they are dangerous to rapidly growing brains and children’s neurological systems. I believe the connection with autism is undeniable- and I think children today are heavily over-vaccinated and quite unnecessarily so. I am also opposed to the use of aborted fetal cells which certain vaccines contain, as someone who is strongly pro-life. And I believe the additives of mercury (or if not mercury, usually aluminum) in vaccines are extremely toxic and dangerous to anyone, particularly young children receiving them in exceptionally high doses!
I realize that every parent needs to make their own choice. I’ve made mine and stood my ground while Pediatricians grilled me, making sure I “understood that I was attempting to make this country a modern day third world nation” by choosing not to vaccinate. Yes, I signed the paper to opt out and didn’t think twice about the fear that Pediatrician tried to use to get me to vaccinate my first born son.
This is the same child who has not ever had to visit that same Pediatrician for any kind of childhood sickness, antibiotic, ear infection, etc… and who, along with my other two children, will likely always have an exceptionally strong, healthy body and mind for the rest of his lifetime, with the foundation that I am laying in him.
We take our flu shots every day- in the organic foods we eat, the chemicals and toxins we avoid, the high quality supplements we use day in and day out, our whole lifestyle is a flu shot year round. 🙂
Please, do your homework. Be your own best advocate. You can’t take for granted that a pharmaceutical company has your best interest in mind. The potential health crises that can result from vaccinations are completely avoidable- and the choice is up to you. You can choose amazing health! The important thing is that you choose it. 🙂
For much more research and information on vaccines, I’d highly recommend you do further reading yourself at Dr. Mercola’s website, who has done an exceptional amount of work on this topic. Here are a few articles to get you started!
With much love, and for your amazing health,