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A Shot in the Dark

It’s that time of year again where flu shot hysteria is in full force.  I can’t go shopping anywhere without someone wanting to stick a needle in my arm!  Nevertheless, I do not want to make decisions for you, but I do feel a responsibility to share my knowledge so that you can make informed decisions for yourself.  The more you know, the better your decisions become.  Ready?  Let’s go.

DO FLU SHOTS REALLY WORK?

This picture is from an actual flu shot label this year.  If you read under the heading indications and usage, you’ll notice that it says “There have been no controlled trials adequately demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with flulaval.”  WHAT?!  How can any form of medication make it to market without sufficient (or any) research demonstrating effectiveness?  If it is not effective, why risk the complication of life-altering side effects like cheerleader Desiree Jennings?

WHAT IS THE RISK?

Here is brand new research out of Germany (Sept 2011) demonstrating that vaccinated children have at least 2 to 5 times more diseases and disorders than unvaccinated children.  The KIGGS in blue represent disease instances in vaccinated children versus the red representing unvaccinated children.  It appears that vaccinated children are significantly more likely to develop health challenges.  Also, over 99% of the parents who chose to completely unvaccinate their children were happy with their decision.  

Is it due to the vaccine ingredients, including thimerosal/mercury?  Is it because children now have 49 doses of 14 vaccines before age six?  Is it right of us to think that our bodies cannot survive healthily without constant injections of viruses directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the first line of defense, our skin?  There are many questions to be asked that would lead to philosophic and scientific opposition to vaccination.  In fact, in health care, the quality of the questions you ask will greatly impact your quality of life (you have to ask the right questions to get the right answers).  Here are nine questions you can ask your doctor if you are unsure of vaccination.

WRAPPING UP

If you need reassurance, Dr. Françoise Berthoud, MD (pediatrician) says it best in his treatise The Marvelous Health of Unvaccinated Children.  I know this has been a very hot topic the last few years, and it is impossible to cover it all here.  The purpose of this post is to make you ask questions.  Many believe that vaccination is not an option, but you always have the freedom to choose what goes into your body.  If you need help with an exemption or want further information, leave me a comment and we can continue the discussion.  I will leave you with some resources that can further your study.

In Health,

Dr. Cole

Resources:

National Vaccine Information Center

What you need to know before and after vaccination

Vaccines, Neurodevelopment, and Disorders in Children – ICPA4kids.org

Influenza Quick Facts

Video

The Truth About Vaccines – ingredients and reactions

Vaccinated, now Autistic

Being this close to Halloween, I thought we could have a laugh.

Death invites you to inject yourself and your loved ones with toxic chemicals this season!

About Cole Bradburn

I'm a writer and doctor in lifelong pursuit of health, happiness, and adventure. I currently live in Raleigh, NC with the love of my life and our amazing boys.

  • i haven’t taken Rebekah back to her pediatrician in over a year now because every time I do, they pester me to let her get vaccinations. I only let them give her two of them her first year, mostly because of their pressure. Her doctor told me that if we chose not to vaccinate her, then we needed to find a new pediatrician because they would obviously not be a fit for us.

    • Yes, that story is all to common, especially in eastern Wake County where it seems all pediatricians will “fire” their patients if they don’t submit to a regular vaccination schedule. What they don’t remember is that they work for you, and they should address your cares and concerns when serving you. If you would like, we have a few family doctors in the Raleigh area that will respect your wishes not to vaccinate, or will help those who do want to vaccinate develop an alternative schedule to fit their needs. Kudos to you for staying strong, because they can use their ‘authority’ to make you feel bad (or I’ve even met people who had their doctor trying to convince them that they were negligent parents). You and your husband get to make the health decisions in your family, be willing to fire you doctors until you find one that is the right fit.

      • I agree — it’s ridiculous that pediatricians are ‘firing’ their patients. Whatever happened to the idea of listening to people’s concerns, giving them the information they need, and letting them make an informed choice? It’s particularly silly when it comes to the flu vaccine, which seems to be recommended to EVERYONE without a thought for its dubious safety and effectiveness record.

        • Thank you for taking time to comment, and wise words you left. I don’t know when doctors starting rallying against patient’s free will, it would do them good to remember who they work for…not pharmaceutical companies, government, or insurance companies…but individuals.

  • jean mitchell

    I wish I could have gotten this information about 2 weeks ago.I’ve gotten a flu shot already. I just started getting flu shots last year. I work with kids that come in with nasty colds and I usually ends up catching them. This is why I started getting flu shots. Thanks for the infomation.

    • That is okay Jean, no use in trying to change the past, but if you need information moving forward I would be happy to help you find ways to keep your immune system strong in the winter months. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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  • coop

    I often wonder why people get the flu shot..just reading the insert should make any person with a bit of common sense go: “wow..its never been proven effective, so why are we buying it?”

    • I know. I wonder how many do actually stop to read the insert and yet still get it. Crazy.

  • Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought that getting 15 to 30 minutes of direct sunlight daily and eating plenty of vegetables and fruits would eliminate the possibility of getting the flu.

    • You are quite right. I wouldn’t say it would eliminate the possibility entirely, but strengthening your immune system will do leaps and bounds more for you than a flu shot (that often seems to cause…. you guessed it, the flu).

      It is always a great balancing act between your immunity and stress. Since stress depresses your immune system, prolonged stress puts you at risk for illness/infection. For example, if you have been having a lot of physical and/or mental stress, it is much more likely that some environmental stressor (bacteria or virus) will be able to overwhelm your system for a short period of time.

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