One of the deepest levels of grief that a parent can face is the sickness/death of a child. It seems as though Medical Science and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are responsible for an inconceivably profound new level of mental and spiritual decimation for parents’ worldwide-child immunization.
However, before we make that judgment, we have to study the whole picture. The most prominent story that grabs the headlines and our present attention is 9-year-old Atlanta resident, Hannah Poling. Her parents alleged that she contracted Autism after receiving five simultaneous childhood vaccinations at the age of 18 months. They won a settlement but the fact that the government sets funding aside for compensation to people injured by vaccines tends to raise a few eyebrows. It is an indirect admission that vaccines can harm. Therefore, the question remains, should we or should we not vaccinate our children?
You will have to make your decision based on information from the three following components: The Bad, The Ugly, and The Good.
The stories of medical contamination and FDA’s oversights top the news. For example:
(1) The Heparin Illness in Germany Dialysis patients got sick using Heparin (a blood thinner) and also, 19 lives in America were lost due to Heparin contamination. The Food and Drug Administration urged all International US suppliers of Heparin to conduct more high tech tests that would assure that the future imports contained no contamination.
(2) Las Vegas Hepatitis Exposure Outpatient surgery centers in LA. are under statewide inspection due to Hepatitis C being spread through the re-use of syringes and sharing vials of medication.
(3) The Toxic Toothpaste Import Criminal charges were filed against a company that imported and distributed nearly 90,000 tubes of Chinese toothpaste containing Diethylene glycol- a chemical used in antifreeze and as a solvent. Selective Imports Corp. sold the toothpaste to distributors nationwide and Vernon Sales Inc. was accused of purchasing some of the tubes and reselling them to stores in Los Angeles.
(4) The Failure to Alert on the Zprexa Side Effects Eli Lilly and Co. in Anchorage, Alaska did not pass on a warning to doctors and patients about the dangerous side effects (severe obesity, elevated blood sugar and diabetes) of its drug Zyprexa, prescribed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It was speculated that if a warning was put on this product the sales would fall.
To top it off, Bill Gates is offering $100 million to scientists who can come up with projects based on unorthodox and unproven ideas for prevention and disease cure. That in itself is not a bad thing. Nevertheless, with few restrictions, the lure of profit/ reward and the reality of corporate control, one cannot help but wonder if profit based intentions could possibly be an implication of why situations like the above listed recurs.
Next, and not for the faint of heart, are the horror stories of vaccine damage and death. http://www.thinktwice.com/stories.htm as well as a sobering account from a medical observer, Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD.
Our history is full of incidents where Polio, Measles, and Diphtheria ran rampant and caused widespread illness and death. Without immunization, these and other diseases would still plague our present generations. Therefore, it is plausible to assume that benefit outweighs risk.
What is vaccine and how does it work? “The Vaccine Place” and “Think Twice”(both online) gives an excellent account as well as answers many questions on inoculations.
In reality for every cure, there is risk, and unfortunately, we are equally subject to risk as well as cure. America’s overall health and life expectancy has improved and scientists have eliminated many dangerous diseases worldwide and controlled others through immunization.
We are not forced to immunize and the final decision is still up to the public. We will have to think long and hard, and learn to consider risk when weighing options. As free thinkers within a coddled society, we expect cures, financial stability, abundance and we generally get it; but we have to realize that in the process we will always be called upon as a sacrifice to the Corporate Gods.
We can have what we want as long as we are willing to pay the price.
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