Recently a friend and fellow contributor, Leah Campbell, wrote about an
experience she had with her daughter’s vaccines and shared the importance of
education and playing an active role in her medical experiences. While I understood her message to be one of
vigilance and awareness, many others took the message as an (appropriate)
attack against the medical community—a community of health care professionals
that are lazy and unaware and "out to get us" at every turn.
Obviously Leah’s case is an important reminder to be aware.
And there are many warranted instances for delay or the total avoidance
of vaccines, especially for children with preexisting conditions or family
histories. BUT—and this is a big, fat, mama bear BUT—for the vast majority
of children it is irresponsible to totally avoid vaccines and expose your
children, and then my family, to the diseases that we have eradicated through
If you move to a compound and never again
interact with the rest of civilization, I encourage you to do whatever your
heart desires under the guise of "health" for your family. If you intend to put
your children in school, have them play sports or take dance class, do us all a
favor and vaccinate
How does it make sense that we are shunning modern medicine and the eradication of major diseases in favor of "holistic" living?
I am currently expecting baby No. 2, and my health practitioner—a midwife who generally prescribes to the hippy-dippy, voodoo-woodoo natural
birth mumbo jumbo—(that yes, I willingly participated in the first time
around) had a serious discussion with families under her care about the
importance of making good choices for your family. She addressed the very serious
rise of whooping
cough and recommended that patients follow the recently released CDC
recommendations that expecting women and their families receive updated Pertussis
vaccinations. The fact that she even had to make the point is but one example of a significant shift
in the developed world.
Why are we rejecting the use of vaccines when so many of the
world's developing nations are clamoring for even the cheapest and most
available? How does it make sense that we are shunning modern medicine and the
eradication of major diseases
in favor of "holistic" living?
Do you know what the implications are
for the decline in vaccines?
Sure, this perspective is in the minority in the health
conscious, quinoa-revering, Paleo-eating circles that are on trend in the
middle class, which probably includes most of the women reading this. Regardless, you'd better believe my kid will be vaccinated from the big scary health
monsters we can protect them from when I send her off to school, and I certainly wish your kids would be, too. When it comes to the monsters under the bed, I’ll stick to my version of voodoo-woodoo mumbo jumbo for that; and trust a team of doctors to help when it comes to the health and well-being of my family.