My oldest son was homeschooled until this year. He will harken the halls of the fifth grade in public school on August 18. Among the many forms that I filled out to get him registered for "real" school, one was the Immunization Exemption Packet. Email email@example.com for yours.
Though you may feel bullied to vaccinate, Arkansans may refuse vaccinations. In fact, every state allows for exemptions --except West Virginia and Mississippi. Arkansas allows for both religious exemption as well as philosophical exemptions.
Have you educated yourself about vaccines? Here is a good place to start. Please don't assume that our government has your best interest in mind. Could it be that the Centers for Disease Control is in cahoots with Big Pharma? Do your own research. Don't turn a blind eye. Take your health into your own hands.
For the longest time, when it came to vaccines I was like a toddler with my fingers stuck in my ears screaming, "I CAN'T HEAR YOU!" I didn't want to know what the ill-effects of vaccines could be. Partly, I was a tad bit lazy and didn't want to do my own research. It was easier to trust someone else (doctors, government) who said vaccines were OK. My husband and I vaccinated our eldest son until he was two. That is about the time we started getting serious about healthy living. That is when I stopped believing what "they" told me and when I started doing my own research.
There are some serious dangers associated with vaccines. A friend and guest blogger recently wrote about the dangers of vaccines here.
If you were beginning to question the validity of vaccines and we could sit and chat some of the things I would tell you research are:
--Examine how the number of reported incidents of illnesses drastically reduced once running water and electricity were made widely available. This decline in illness occurred BEFORE vaccines. Most homes in America have electricity and running water. Do we need so many vaccines?
--Many illnesses can be treated with proper nutrition and hygiene. The movie Defiance is a story of 1,500 Belarussian Jews hiding in the forest during WWII. I was so intrigued by the story line, I read the book. Though the living conditions were not ideal, those who succumbed to illness were quarantined. Some of the sickest were given the choicest foods. None died because of illness (and they were on the run and in the woods for 2+ years.) Many of those illnesses have vaccines today.
--Most of the recent outbreaks of pertussis (whopping cough) have been from people who have been vaccinated. Just because you have a shot does not make you immune.
--I try to avoid toxins when and where I can. The toxins that I interact with are first filtered through my skin, digestive or respiratory systems. These are complex systems, which are made to filter out the bad. Vaccines contain toxins (neurotoxic chemicals like mercury, aluminum, and formaldehyde). These toxins are shot straight into the blood stream. No chance for filtering.
--Please do your research on each illness and weigh the costs. For example, what are the negative effects of chicken pox? Itchiness, welts, discomfort, a week in bed? Let's entertain the theory that autism and vaccines could be connected. Is it worth putting a child on the autism spectrum for life because you don't want them to to be sick and uncomfortable for a week? (By the way, if you know anyone with the chicken pox, I'd love to take my children to meet them and share germs.)
--Last but certainly not least, is the fact that aborted fetal cells are used to manufacture vaccines.
Here's an article that claims that God Does Not Support Vaccines. I must admit, when a friend sent it to me, I almost didn't click on the link. I was offended by the preposterous title (and I was already against vaccines). The author writes from a Jesus-loving, Bible-believing perspective. The tone is not my favorite. But some interesting arguments are made. The most interesting take away for me was the fact that fetal cells are are labeled as numbers. So if you take the time to read the vaccine inserts (please do so), you won't read "dead babies were used in making this shot" you will read an ingredient such as "WI-38." Read it the article for yourself.
Another article that took me three times to complete was this article written from a moral and historical perspective of vaccines. Why three attempts? It literally made me sick to my stomach to read about aborted baby organs being used to create vaccines. I wept for the unborn and also the mothers who were tricked into thinking they were doing common good for aborting a precious baby. The article is thorough and well written, probably one of the best I have read on the religious aspect of why vaccines are wrong.
In closing, I want to recognize that this is a free county and I am so thankful for my freedoms! I am thankful that we can agree to disagree. My desire is for you to do your own research. Convince yourself. If you choose to vaccinate your family, I will still be your friend. If you choose to refuse vaccinations (or at very least, delay until you have more information!), ask for the exemption form (school or daycare) and email Mary.Casey@arkansas.gov
Educate before you vaccinate,
Sarah The Healthy Home Economist recently posted The Myth of Mandatory School Vaccines. I've been thinking I should post something and reading her post pushed me to publish.