In the "Mommy Wars" there are few things that will get people as riled up as mentioning vaccines. On one side are parents who say "All vaccines are poison, avoid all of them!" On the other side are parents who not only vaccinate their own kids, but who want to pass laws that will force all parents to vaccinate their children on the CDC schedule or be excluded from school.
So who's right?
Not being a doctor myself, I think it is smart to refer to one when I am considering choices regarding the medical care for my children. Maybe you agree?
Since not many doctors are willing to "go there" and actually talk to you about informed consent for the vaccines and medical procedure they recommend, I feel really privileged that my pediatrician WILL have that conversation. I'm also really thrilled that my pediatrician will make recommendations based on science and not just on the size of the kickback check he gets from vaccine manufacturers. Oh? And he wrote a book about it.
So what does my doctor say about parents who aren't vaccinating their kids?
They might actually be making a better healthcare decision for their kids than parents who are following the CDC vaccine schedule.
(you know, the one that recommends 39 different vaccines before the age of 6?)
Here's the book he wrote about it: The Vaccine Friendly Plan.
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Why should you care what he says?
Dr Paul isn't just any pediatrician. He's a Dartmouth-trained, board-certified fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is also board certified in integrative and holistic medicine and operates the largest integrative pediatrics practice in North America. He also seems to be the only person looking at data comparing rates of autism in non-vaccinated, partially vaccinated and fully (CDC schedule) vaccinated children - which is also published in the book. He's also a father of TEN so beyond the book knowledge, he has lots of first hand experience raising children.
He co-wrote The Vaccine Friendly Plan with Dr. Jennifer Margulis, PhD, an award-winning investigative journalist and former senior fellow of the prestigious Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. Wishy-washy "science" is not her style - and you won't find any in this book.
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate
Now, in order to be completely fair, Dr. Paul isn't actually advocating that most parents should go completely vaccine-free. The media surrounding vaccines paints this as an all-or-nothing issue - and it is truly anything but. In The Vaccine Friendly Plan, Drs Paul and Jennifer examine each vaccine on the CDC schedule:
- What is it for?
- What is actually IN the vaccine?
- Is this vaccine safe?
- If it is safe, when should you give it if you want this vaccine to your child? (hint: this is not the same for every child!)
- Is there anything special you need to do or avoid surrounding vaccination time?
They also address issues that you need to consider along with vaccines - like MTHFR genetic defects, and key family and medical history issues that need to be considered when deciding on a vaccine plan. They give you a lot of information based on scientific studies, peer reviewed papers and even CDC's own data to help you draw your own conclusions and design a vaccine plan that is tailored to your child, their needs and their history. This is definitely not one-size-fits-all medicine. Trust me: one size never fits all.
Not just about vaccines
In addition to their masterful explanations about childhood vaccines, the authors cover a variety of other important topics related to helping you raise healthy kids with vibrant immune systems like:
- Vaccines for pregnant moms
- Vitamin K injection at birth (or not?)
- Tylenol vs. Ibuprofen vs. essential oils
- Foods to feed (and not feed!) your kids at different ages
- Early intervention for kids with autism
- Childhood obesity
- Screen time
- How and when to talk to your kids about sex
- Questions to ask when searching for a pediatrician
In summary, this book is a GAME CHANGER. Two doctors were finally willing to "go there" and talk about all the issues people want pat answers for and provide you with enough information that you might walk away with a different conclusion - and that's ok!
This book is my new number one recommended book for new parents and parents of children under age 5. Even if you decide you want to vaccinate on the CDC schedule, you will be a better parent for having read the science and information about each of the vaccines so that you can truly make informed decisions about your kids healthcare.
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About the Author:
Carissa used to think that people who didn't vaccinate their kids or who ate organic food were elitist hippies. After the birth of her first son in 2010, she and her husband used their research backgrounds to learn more about ways in improve and maintain health in children. To learn more about some of the changes they made on their journey toward better health, check out her posts on health & beauty. To read more of Carissa's articles about vaccines, go here.
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