I am writing to you in response to the Tom Elias editorial concerning vaccinations. I am not one of those parents who feel this is good news. I happen to hold the opposite view to vaccines based on a number of issues and concerns. I am one of those parents who is not a supporter of vaccines for a number of reasons due to the extensive research I, and many others have done.
We are all well aware of the discrediting of the doctor who associated autism with vaccines and for me personally, this was not the driving issue, although my daughter did experience a significant adverse reaction immediately following a vaccine. The primary factors driving my decision to adopt a modified schedule were:
1. There is mercury in many of the vaccines, especially the non-individual vaccines that are often provided in clinics. You can independently confirm this through both the CDC website and manufactures’ websites and inserts. According to OSHA, there is zero, no amount of safe mercury exposure for adults of 170 lbs. If this is true, what effects does even trace amounts of mercury, directly injected into the blood stream have on a 7 pound developing baby? We absolutely do know that mercury negatively affects neural development.
2. Many vaccines contain an adjuvant of aluminum salts. Aluminum accumulation in the brain has been associated with Alzheimer’s. Injecting aluminum derivatives into a developing child’s blood stream can easily cross the blood/brain barrier. Since many of these vaccines are relatively recently added, we have no idea if the aluminum accumulates in the baby’s brain and will lead to Alzheimer’s development 60 years from now.
3. The outbreaks that are cited are very small and any researcher would be hard pressed to make an direct correlation between lower vaccination rates and the outbreaks.
Based on what we don’t know concerning the long term effects of these vaccinations, I don’t prefer that my children be lab rats for the drug companies. These are the same businesses who said opiate drugs have only a 1% addiction rate, which we now know is false and they knew it. In my mind their credibility is questionable. I think other parents like me would appreciate a more balanced handling of this issue, instead of making us out to be a bunch of loons who don’t care about our children and don’t care about our communities.