5 Reasons I’m Scared to Death of VaccinesPayton Foeller
There's no middle ground.
You either eat quinoa granola in goats milk or you are eating spoonful's of sugar.
You're crunchy or you're uninformed.
Or you're crunchy because you're uninformed.
There's the common and usually less expensive mainstream way that is considered 'just fine.' And then there are the crunchy, pricey, and sometimes strange practices that are noted to be 'better' for you. We do research, get friends opinions, ask the pediatrician, and then some to try to make all the best decisions for our children. Trying to decide what to eat, what soaps to use, what in the world it means to buy a 'non-toxic highchair.' Sit on that one for a second. That's a real thing…
Most of us are doing the best we can to find answers in a case that will never be settled.
I've been debating addressing the vaccine debate since before we had our first baby, that's now over two years old.
And I'm going to now. But I'm not putting this out there so that you will agree with me on which ones to do and why. I'm putting this out there because I do think you SHOULD agree with me that the long term ramifications of things like forced vaccinations and calling child services over not vaccinating are something of which we should all be terrified.
I wrote this when I was working through the research before she was born. I kept digging and found hate and fear played up on both sides of the issue. I found moms torn to shreds and looking for someone or something to blame for their heartache. Other moms denying their children play dates and birthday parties because of unvaccinated friends or relatives. It's not an easy issue to tackle and it's riddled with tension and fear at every turn. Vaccines scare me to death. They just do.
Here are some reasons why:
1. The Baby Charlie Case and Parental Rights:
There are probably thousands of posts and news reports on the story. Look up a few to get a general idea – the parents are stripped of their parental rights over trying to make some life and death choices for their own child – before reading this view on the issue.
Let me say that again; parents had their parental rights stripped for trying to keep their child alive. For trying to prevent treatments or lack of treatments from killing their son – whom they know better than anyone.
If this doesn't scare you for the future of medical neglect in regards to child welfare then you need to be paying more attention to the state of the world around you.
Soon after the somewhat rocky birth of our baby girl, we were visited by Child family services to inspect our home and our parenting for medical neglect upon deciding to opt for vitamin K drops instead of the injection.
If you missed the story you can get all the details here;
It's really hard to help people understand this feeling if they've never experienced it. But you should be able to understand that there is a problem with what happened. And you should be worried that it won't stop there. [This is why I bring up baby Charlie – the worst is happening, and we're not as far from it as you might think].
This is America. And we are blessed.
But change happens slowly and concession after concession we will find ourselves having handed over our rights to make decisions for our own children. That's scary.
2. Man is not infallible:
Aside from the slippery slope that is mandated vaccination – we can easily see that man is not always right on the first shot. There are side effects listed for a reason, as rare as they may be. From recalls to recommendations we know – and researchers admit - that vaccines have had their own set of issues. Yes. They save lives. And I am grateful. Hear me say that, or see me type that rather. I am of the opinion that God blesses doctors with the ability to heal. Why don't we see miracles of healing these days? We do. Through modern medicine. So believe me when I say I am not throwing the baby out with the bath water – although my first point makes me want to run with that instinct and never look back.
But God also gave us brains to weigh our options and to closely and carefully discern what is and isn't a necessary intervention. I am only saying consider that things go wrong – because they do. And then give grace to those of us that are attempting to practice discernment and worry that 'the small chance something might go wrong' is going to happen to our kids.
All the science and proof in the world will not squelch my fear that we are that .01% that the big scary side effect will happen to.
3. We're taking a one size fits all approach:
Both sides are approaching the issue like an either / or. All of them are safe for All people and that's All they wanna say about it.
That, or vaccines will all kill you faster than I can gag on a piece of kale. Which is fast.
I get the inclination to sit on one side of the fence or the other. I really do. Because then at least you have a group of people to rally with… But I can't do that. I can't feel comfortable with all of them and I can't feel okay with my child dying and thinking I could have stopped it. We weighed the options and researched the diseases each vaccination treats. We considered family history, allergies, etc. Then moved forward with the ones we felt would put us at the least risk of death and had no ingredients we were too objective too. We did this slowly, and cautiously, and it would have scared me to death no matter how we did it.
Parents have more knowledge of their child than anyone else. Their medical family histories and any allergies that may arise. Call me crazy but there's also something about parents intuition. No provider can be expected to know all of the information you know about yourself and your child and those things need to be considered.
I recently stumbled upon a podcast episode that I felt wonderfully and accurately presented a middle ground to the issues at hand and I think rather than giving my spiel when people ask I'm just going to refer them here;
There has got to be more than two choices on this issue. And we have got to start being okay with that.
I'm not saying change your beliefs, I'm just saying make some room to believe that someone else's belief might be valid for them.
Just like here when we said, yes, breastfeeding is best – if it's an option. But when it's not, it's not the best, obviously. Unless you have the whole story you just can't decide what 'best' means for anyone other than you (and hopefully, your child *see biggest fear number one).
4. Aborted Fetal Cells:
chick embryo cell culture, WI-38 human diploid lung fibroblasts, vitamins, amino acids, fetal
bovine serum, sucrose, glutamate, recombinant human albumin, neomycin, sorbitol,
hydrolyzed gelatin, sodium phosphate, sodium chloride
chick embryo cell culture, WI-38 human diploid lung fibroblasts MRC-5 cells, sucrose,
hydrolyzed gelatin, sodium chloride, sorbitol, monosodium L-glutamate, sodium phosphate
dibasic, human albumin, sodium bicarbonate, potassium phosphate monobasic, potassium
chloride; potassium phosphate dibasic, neomycin, bovine calf serum
chick embryo cell culture, WI-38 human diploid lung fibroblasts, MRC-5 cells, sucrose,
hydrolyzed gelatin, urea, sodium chloride, sorbitol, monosodium L-glutamate, sodium
phosphate, recombinant human albumin, sodium bicarbonate, potassium phosphate
I pulled that straight from the CDC website. Type 'CDC fetal cells' into google and it pops up the third or fourth in the list of pages. I have researched and our pediatrician confirmed that these specific vaccines were created using and thus contain aborted fetal matter.
We proposed this as a reason we would be avoiding the MMR shot to a pediatrician we interviewed prior to having our baby (which they thought was strange, and I thought it was strange they thought I was strange…). Anyway, we simply stated we weren't comfortable with the MMR because of its inclusion of aborted fetal cells, for religious reasons (to put it somewhat plainly). He responded with,
'Well, I'm a Christian too but if it's for the good of the majority of people…'
He seemed okay with our decision and not too combative on any of the delayed schedules or postponing any shots. But that sentence stuck with me, obviously, it's two and a half years later at this point. 'Well, I'm a Christian too, but…'
'Well, I'm a Christian too, but…'
I understand we do this all the time. I'm a Christian but it's okay to watch this trashy tv show. I'm a Christian but it's okay to not treat my body like a temple because it's my birthday and I deserve four pieces of cake. I'm a Christian too but… I'm not calling him out for being a terrible Christian because I'd have to call us all out.
All I'm saying is no one's denying this ingredient is present. And if we take issue with abortion this should cause us to pause. I'm not declaring what side you should be on. I swear. I'm just saying carefully consider.
Consider the but – I'm a Christian 'but.' If it's 'but' I have liberty and I feel strongly this lies within those liberties, then by all means. If it's 'but' they're telling me I need it, I need it for school, or it's easier than fighting, then I think you need to consider for a little longer.
5. The Fear is going to eat us up and spit us out:
This somewhat encompasses all of things I've hit on because they are all the reasons I'm so scared of this issue. And this reason is; I'm scared I'm going to be scared forever. I fear no one gets why I'm so fearful.
"I spent my child’s first week of life fearing that someone would try to take her from me. I knew it wasn’t going to happen, but no one should have to even face the thought of having to fight for their child for trying to make sound and healthy decisions"
I'm afraid the fear is going to consume me, chew me up, and leave me in tiny pieces sitting on the side of the road that no one will care about because I chose to question whether or not total strangers, our pediatrician, and various politicians had my child's best interest at heart.
Vaccinate or don't. I hope you see that's not my point.
My point, it's not a slippery slope. It's a 85% angle that we can't hang onto for forever. They're our kids. It's our life. And we're slowly losing the ability to say that…