The Newsplex tells the tale of moms who want to infect their kids with chicken pox today to avoid huge health problems tomorrow.
When I was a kid (4 or 5) we had a "measles party" with the neighbors when the girl next door got measles. Her brother, my brother and I were all given gamma globulin shots and then we went to her room and shared ice cream and soda. I got a very mild case and the 2 boys got slightly worse ones, but much better than would be expected otherwise.
Why not? The varicella vaccine is only 40% effective, it's a live virus, the ingredients are shocking, it puts adults in proximity to the child at greater risk of shingles, and the "vaccinated" child can develop chicken pox up to a month after the shot. And it's not on the schedule in many other countries.
In the US, children up to the age of 15 months currently receive 25 shots. If you're over 35, you received 8-10. Really. Is the world actually healthier for this, or have there been all sorts of unintended health consequences? (There have been, and if you're curious about them, you'll soon discover these on your own. Just for an example, google "polio" and "cancer" and "simian virus 40").
Parents need to do their research before agreeing to all the shots "recommended" by the CDC and FDA, whose board members also make profits by holding patents along with Big Pharma.
As a parent you have the responsibility to know exactly what you're injecting into your child. The various vaccine ingredients include human fetal tissue, cow and pig organs, chick embryos, formaldehyde, MSG, dead and live viruses and bacteria, monkey plasma, genetically engineered bacteria and viruses, etc.
Vaccines may be lifesavers, but like any drug given to children, parents need to educate themselves on the what, when, why and side-effects/long term effects.
A simple, fast read is Dr. Sears' Vaccine Book or go to Amazon dot com and discover the various book descriptions and order the books that will best educate you on this very important issue.
So glad I'm not a parent now. When my daughter was growing up I trusted her pediatrician, Dr Perrielo to make all the decisions about what vaccinations she needed and when right up to her 24th birthday. She's a bright healthy adult now and perhaps I was irresponsible, but sure took a load off my mind. I'm sure I was a much more relaxed and confident Mom having the support of a wonderful doctor to guide me.
My wife and I used this method with all three of our children.The great thing about it is that we knew that they actually got chiken pox and that was that.We learned about doing it from our parents who learned about it from their first generation American parents who learned about it from theirs'.This system is just about foolproof,and it has gone through over three generations of clinical trials!Don't let your pediatritions scare you into, what we are learning now are ,questionable proceedures.Use common sense,and read a few books.
When, where, and why to vaccinate our children should be as important to every parent as using the car seat. But many parents leave the decisions to others. If you don't want to be one of those parents, you can start your education on line at these highly respected websites:
You may come away from these webssites (and the books you read) with the same decision, but your decision will be based on your knowledge--NOT on the word of someone who hasn't taken the time to read something other than a CDC factsheet, doesn't know your child, and doesn't have to live with your decisions.
Do you really think you'd learn more from websites and books than doctors learn in medical school ? and isn't knowing your child's medical history and appropriate care what pediatricians are for?
I'd rather take the time to research finding a good doctor than trust a website or the author of a book to know what's best to keep my child healthy.
Mom, many of these vaxes have been developed in the past 10 years. So even a great ped like Dr. Perriello wouldn't have learned about most of them in med school. Of the younger doctors, most get minimal information.
Plus, you're old school. Apparently in the best way--no insult meant. But some of today's parents research everything having to do with children's medical decisions, schooling, diet, development, etc., since they're the ones who are responsible, ultimately, for the child's well-being. The doctor is just one of many resources.
Agreed, there are more vaccinations available now and my daughter was getting them into her 20's. I still relied on Dr. Perriello's advise because he knew far more than I did and I trusted him. I don't know if this is old or new school or just a way of viewing reality. A good doctor will usually give the parent the information they need and let them make a decision. I just trust doctors more than I trust the internet or an author who doesn't know the person they're treating and I do believe a good doctor understands the medicine they're dispensing. That's why they have to get continuing education it doesn't end with medical school. As I said, it's the quality of doctor that is worth researching.
You said " today’s parents research everything having to do with children’s medical decisions, schooling, diet, development, etc.,"
Sometimes I wonder if the "new school" spends more time worrying about their children than enjoying them, and more time in front of their computers reading about them than spending time discovering the wonders of nature together in the great outdoors--hope that's not old school
aren't you more likely as a pedestrian in charlottesville to be hit by a car than as a normal healthy child get a rare complication of chicken pox?
Wow, it's amazing any of us are functional-- with all this to worry about.
Thanks for that information. A few questions:
1) Can I get Reye's Syndrome if I only eat pumpernickel bread?
2) My family doctor told me that Reye's Syndrome--since it is medically characterized as a "syndrome" and not a disease--is not real, but basically imagined. Is this accurate?
3) I have started my four year old on one aspirin a day in the hopes to head off any heart disease in her old age; she also has a bit of red wine on weekends to enhance the circulatory/cardiac benefits. Am I to interpret your post as saying that--if the aspirin starts to have adverse gastroentological effects (ulcers, bleeding), I cannot administer any relief such as Pepto-Bismol to eliminate the GI symptoms?
Thanks in advance for your answers.
Risks of Chicken Pox Parties:
A child will often get 300 to 500 blisters during the infection, but can have up to 1500; these crust over and fall off in one to two weeks.
Varicella can be severe and even fatal in otherwise healthy children.
Chickenpox can cause pneumonia (23 out of every 10,000 cases)
Bacterial infections of the blisters (usually impetigo) occur commonly (up to 5% of cases).
Chickenpox is an important risk factor for severe invasive group A streptococcal disease, which can be fatal.
Other complications of varicella include decreased platelets, arthritis, hepatitis, and brain inflammation.
In immunocompromised persons of all ages, varicella may be fatal.
The virus which causes chickenpox remains in the body for life and may reappear as shingles, particularly in the elderly.
A woman who contracts chickenpox in early pregnancy can pass the virus to her fetus, causing abnormalities in 2% of cases.
Measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella are 4 common childhood diseases caused by measles virus, mumps virus, rubella virus, and varicella virus, respectively. These diseases may be associated with serious complications and/or death. For example, measles can be associated with pneumonia and encephalitis; mumps can be associated with aseptic meningitis, deafness, and orchitis; rubella occurring during pregnancy can cause congenital rubella syndrome in the infants of infected mothers; and wild-type varicella can be associated with bacterial superinfection, pneumonia, encephalitis, and Reye's syndrome.
The National Reye's Syndrome Foundation Does Not Condone Chicken Pox Parties!
Reye's Syndrome, a deadly disease, strikes swiftly and can attack any child, teen, or adult without warning. All body organs are affected, with the liver and brain suffering most seriously.
While the cause and cure remain unknown, research has established a link between Reye's Syndrome and the use of aspirin and other salicylate containing medications, over the counter products, such as Pepto-Bismol, and topical use products.
For more information visit the website at www.ReyesSyndrome.Org.
Be Wise about Reyes
Kids & Aspirin Don't Mix!
As a youngster in West Virginia, our mom's would routinely have syphilis parties to insure that we avoided contracting it later at a familial swimmin' hole party. I understand that Albemarle County is considering having head-lice parties for preschoolers (I believe funded by Obama's stimulus package) as part of National Entymology Week. So, you see, bored, over-informed bubble-headed bleach blondes can come up with all kinds of great ideas for kids!
Regarding "Mom's" comment...actually, you're "spot on"--as they say on the big island of rotting teeth and royal incest.
As Ozzy says--I love you all!
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