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Why I Chose Not to Vaccinate My Son

Mother decides not to vaccinate her son.

We, as parents, know our children. We have a sense of what might be right or wrong for our child. How can the state strip us of our right to protect our kids?

Parents know best when it comes to THEIR child.

Like most parents, when I had to learn to parent my son on the fly. It’s what we do.

I didn’t really know what I thought about vaccinations when, at 2 months, my son had his first set of them. After all, I was vaccinated and didn’t seem to come out any worse for wear. I had also been on a bit of a “health kick” in my later 20s and early 30s, so I knew it was something I “should” look at a little more carefully.

But I Didn’t—And I Was Sorry

Within days of getting his first set of vaccinations, my son developed cradle cap that moved into a skin eruption that got worse and worse. It spread down his face, back, arms and legs until only his belly was clear—and it itched like crazy. We had to keep socks on his hands and watched in amazement as he learned how to scratch his own back by twisting in his car seat.

My Son’s Reaction Wasn’t “Mild”

And, of course, it didn’t help him sleep. We were beside ourselves. Skin irritation is a “mild” reaction, but when your baby isn’t sleeping because his whole body is inflamed, it’s not mild in my book.

Eczema is not a typical reaction to vaccinations, but it’s a possibility. Seizures, brain damage, autism, joint pain, anaphylactic shock are also other possibilities.

Parents NEED To Take Responsibility For Their Kids’ Health

Babies’ immune systems are fragile, and there are so many more vaccinations given today than when I was a kid. Parents are the vanguard of their kids’ health. Please know this and take it on.

I was lucky enough to have a family doctor that supported my decision—and my right—to not go forward with any further vaccinations. (Even though she didn’t agree with me.)

Not Everyone Agrees With Me, With My Choice

I know that there are plenty of people out there who actively fight against this viewpoint.

I think it’s a shame that California’s legislature, which recently passed a law removing the “personal belief” exemption from the state’s vaccine requirements for children, has taken that right away from parents. We, as parents, know our children. We have a sense of what might be right or wrong for our child. How can the state strip us of our right to protect our kids?

I Believe In Natural Medicine

I’ve been a homeopath for 18 years now. I’ve seen my own susceptibilities to chronic sinus infections disappear. My son’s skin has been clear since he was two-years-old. But I also know that a shot of foreign toxic material could us back. It’s not that our immune systems are fragile, but I care what goes into our bodies. And I’m mindful.

They say vaccinations create healthy kids. Maybe that was true at one time. I think some vaccinations are potentially valuable, but I think, these days, there are just WAY too many.

My son had a tetanus shot before camp because—I get it—he might step on a rusty nail. But it was my choice, as his parent, to allow him to receive that shot.

Parents have both a right and a responsibility to keep their kids healthy and safe, so I believe that, whether or not you want to vaccinate your kids, it’s YOUR choice.

Note: This article was reprinted with the author’s permission. It was originally published on YourTango. Michele Brookhaus is a classical homeopath. Her website is at www.beyondwell.com.

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    November 9, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I am happy to hear you had convictions about not giving further vaccinations.
    But I have to say, why then did you not research the Tetanus shot. So what IF he stepped on a rusty nail? The Tetanus bacteria comes from animals…not rust. The ‘rusty nail’ scenario came from when horses used to loose their shoes and they were on the roads!

    The only stats I have found on Tetanus are from the CDC website…approximately 40 cases in the entire US, in 1999. No updated info posted.

    Susanne Humphries, MD has some good info on Tetanus on YouTube.

    Getting informed may have you NOT doing a buster.

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