I've been impressed by the people who believe that mercury in certain
preservatives that are used with vaccines has caused a wide range of illnesses
and syndromes, especially in babies and young children. They sure make a good
case that it's at least part of the reason for the incredible increase in
autism, ADHD and other learning disabilities. It's still controversial, since
there hasn't been a widespread study of kids who've never been immunized vs.
kids who have, and maybe it'll die down since mercury is being removed from
those shots. But kids have so many more shots over their lifetimes than we ever
did, that I'm concerned. I sure don't want there to be a massive backlash so
that lots of parents opt not to immunize their children against anything -
especially with all these immigrants coming into our midst. What's a sensible
approach to this issue?
There's been controversy over childhood immunizations, which
have mounted in number dramatically over the last generation. Dozens of doses
may be mandated in your state before a child reaches age 6. This is NOT your
father's immunization program - what's routinely done in the way of childhood
shots today is far, far, far more than how things used to be.
And the effects within a small
child's body are cumulative. That's why it makes a lot of sense to plan out a
cautious course of action to manage your child's immunizations - especially if
you have a family history of bad reactions to vaccinations, neurological
disorders, severe allergies, or immune system disorders.
For a look at one facet of the
problem - mercury in the thimerosol, the preservative for some vaccinations,
which could be linked to autism and other learning disabilities - see an
article by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.:
Conservative physicians counsel this
prudent vaccination game plan for your child:
until the child is at least 2 years old.
give more than one vaccination at a time.
vaccinate when the child is sick.
sure that the vaccines are thimerosal-free. Don't take the nurse's word for it;
you have to check each dose to be sure. Ask to see the shipping paper that came
with the dosages and read the ingredients list for yourself. It only takes a
second to be courteous, assertive - and safe.
the child with extra cod liver oil, vitamin C and B12 before each shot. Yes,
cod liver oil - Grandma was right about it!
a medical exemption if the child has had a bad reaction to a vaccination before
or if there is a personal or family history of vaccine reactions, convulsions
or neurological disorders, severe allergies and/or immune system disorders.
Homework: Learn more about mercury's effects on www.nomercury.org, and read this parent's
op-ed: http://tinyurl.com/3lhvhj. See
what the American Academy of Pediatrics has to say about immunizations from its
Childhood Immunization Support Program on http://www.cispimmunize.org/