Vaccines. They’re a hot topic these days. It seems either people are super passionate about their side and will happily debate with anyone that opposes their views, or they shy away from the debate completely.
I fall somewhere in between. While I’m extremely passionate about the topic, I have been shying away from talking about it more lately because I’m tired of feeling like I have to constantly defend myself.
However, I think I’m ready to start talking about it again, and watching The Greater Good gave me the push I needed to get back out there and share my voice again.
How Our Journey Started
We were like most people when I got pregnant with Zoë. We never thought twice about vaccines – they’re just a part of life, right? Then our chiropractor handed Brian a book and asked him to read it.
He read it from cover to cover and began researching like crazy; I quickly followed behind (both of us are research junkies). We came to the conclusion that we did not want vaccines coming anywhere near our children – ever.
Please understand that we did not take that decision lightly. I can’t even begin to tell you how much time we spent researching the subject from both sides before coming to that decision. That’s what I recommend all parents do. Research, research, research and then research some more before making a decision.
Don’t take your doctor’s word or your best friend’s word. Do your own in-depth research before making a decision.
Researching Vaccine Information
One resource I now recommend to parents who are beginning their journey of vaccine research is The Greater Good DVD.
It gives all of the data behind vaccines that I have read over numerous times, but it goes beyond that and shares the stories of families whose children have been damaged by vaccines.
I think it’s important to have that anecdotal information since there has never been a large, long-term clinical study comparing the health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated patients. In addition, most vaccine trials only last a few weeks so many reactions may be unknown. So, basically, the FDA basically takes the word of vaccine manufacturers as to their long-term safety.
One scary fact I learned in The Greater Good is that in the short clinical trials that are done by vaccine manufacturers, things like aluminum or thimerosal can be used as the placebo in the control group. What kind of control is that considering those are the objectionable ingredients in vaccines in the first place? That’s very disturbing and causes me to trust these trials less than I already did.
How Frequent Are Injuries?
Consider this. How many drugs are pulled off the market each year because people are dying and being harmed by them? You constantly hear about class action lawsuits for these drugs.
You don’t hear that for vaccines, even though both drugs and vaccines are manufactured by the same pharmaceutical corporations. Why? Because vaccine manufacturers aren’t held liable for harm or death caused by vaccines. Instead, our tax dollars pay for vaccine injuries through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. You rarely see this information in mainstream news because it bypasses the standard legal system and goes directly to a government fund.
But injuries due to vaccines do happen every day. You can see for yourself in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database. Unfortunately, even the government admits that underreporting is a huge problem. In fact, they say, “…VAERS receives reports for only a small fraction of actual adverse events.”
I had an adverse reaction to the MMR booster as a kid that I vividly recall, and I know that it wasn't reported.
If you want to learn more about vaccines, and hear personal accounts from families who have been personally touched by vaccines injuries, I highly recommend adding The Greater Good DVD to your list of must watch documentaries.