Editor’s note: The names have been changed to respect everyone’s privacy.
Since you have ignored my texts, I have decided to take the time to write to you. Now that your daughter, Jenna has explained to my daughter, Suzie what you have been telling her and Michael about us, I think there are some things you should know. You are judging us for hard decisions we made when you don’t even know our story. So here goes:
One year before my son, Eric was born, my best friend Shelly’s son was severely injured by a vaccine. We became cautious and decided initially on a delayed vaccine schedule.
I am not sure you know all of this since we became friends a bit later, but Eric had a rough start in life (born with eczema covering his body / Methemoglobinemia diagnosis on day 2 of his life, elimination issues for 1 1/2 years / diagnosed with aluminum toxicity / has MTHFR gene which makes it more of a challenge for his body to expel toxins).
As I am sure you know, vaccines contain many toxic ingredients such as aluminum, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, aborted fetal tissue … and we were advised by our pediatrician not to take a chance, Eric needed to be fully healed to handle any vaccine.
As we watched Eric grow stronger and slowly heal, we read more about vaccines and found that Western Medicine was not the only way to do things. Western medicine is a for-profit-system that can be difficult to trust. There are many different types of medicine that have been around much longer, that are not for-profit, and that look at the whole body rather than dealing only with the symptoms. This made more sense to us. We chose to support his immune system through avoiding toxic “food” ingredients & chemicals. We strengthened and supported his immune system using homeopathy, herbs, and supportive nutrition. We still do. We chose an alternative, based on what we, together with our pediatrician, felt was best for him.
As we learned more, we read about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. It was established in 1986 to take away the burden of lawsuits for the drug companies. Vaccines do cause injuries. The lawsuits were overwhelming to the companies, and so this was their solution. No one is liable now when a vaccine causes injury. Instead, there is a tax on each vaccine that goes into a fund which provides compensation for people who are injured by a vaccine. It has paid out well over four billion dollars (and counting) to families of vaccine injured individuals, and families can receive a max of $250,000 for vaccine death. Immunocompromised individuals are more susceptible to injury.
We also considered how many more vaccines children must have today — more than double compared to when we were kids (until 1962, there was only DTP, Polio and Smallpox vaccines). And many are “mandated” for diseases that are not even serious (chicken pox). Why the mandate? Could it have to do with money? Profit? And why Hep B in first day of life??? Vaccinated for sexually transmitted disease on day one? These things caused us to question everything. But most of all, the holistic alternatives just made more sense to us.
Then there is the issue of privacy. HIPAA laws are there for a reason. People make their own choices, because we have medical freedom over our bodies, and we shouldn’t be judging each other for the very difficult and personal decisions families make. Especially without knowing the full story.
Have you heard of medical exemptions? Many people are medically exempt from immunizations because their immunocompromised body can’t handle the toxins in the vaccines. Would you keep a child away from your kids who has leukemia and medically can’t handle the toxins in vaccines? Others are simply not caught up on their vaccines (most teachers, many adults), do you also fear them? Keep your kids away from them? Stop making eye contact with them?
On the issue of trust, Jenna told Suzie that you feel you can’t trust us now. That really hurts. We keep our kids home when they present with symptoms. We would never choose to put you or your children in danger. Would you send your kids to play with others if they were sick? If they vomited in the morning? Or had a sore throat? Or fever? We wouldn’t dream of it.
Are you familiar with shedding? Some vaccines use live viruses. Vaccinated kids can give others the very diseases they were vaccinated for within days or weeks of a shot. It is more common than you might think. Although being close with vaccinated kids can be a risk, we choose not to live in fear. And because we have built their immune systems and continue to do so, we are not afraid.
Scientific evidence demonstrates that individuals vaccinated with live virus vaccines such as MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), rotavirus, chicken pox, shingles and influenza can shed the virus for many weeks or months afterwards and infect the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike. 1,2 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Also, vaccinated kids still spread diseases. Just because an individual is vaccinated doesn’t mean they no longer spread diseases. A vaccine doesn’t take away the germs, bacteria, and viruses, they just make it so you don’t present the symptoms. And then, of course, there are all of the illnesses for which there are no vaccines.
Stanley, when you stopped making eye contact with me back in September, my husband told me it was all in my head – but after hearing all of the things that Jenna has told Suzie, I now know for sure it wasn’t in my head. Michael has been avoiding Eric as if he has leprosy since September! Eric feels terrible about this. Eric and Suzie consider Michael and Jenna to be their very good friends. And we have always felt the same about you and Gwen. We have been friends for over 10 years! I hope that we can find a common ground of respect and understanding so that we can go back to the way things were between us. We really miss you.
Dana and Ted