|A New Vaccination Theory|
As a father of two small daughters, my personal interest in understanding the science behind the vaccination field started years ago. In fact, part of my experience in the Peace Corps in the late 1990s was to help organize multiple vaccination brigades across southern Honduras, where pertussis (whooping cough) and measles were endemic. Beyond that, my interest further evolved from the fact that advocates on both sides of the vaccination debate use a lot of fear mongering to try and either force parents to vaccinate or not. Often times I hear, “If you don’t vaccinate, your child will likely end up with some horrific disease.” The anti-vaccine crowd, on the other hand, will claim that, “If you do vaccinate, your child is likely to get autism or some other neurological condition.” Making a significant medical decision based on fear often times can lead to poor outcomes.
So the obvious question I often get in the office is, “what vaccines should my son/daughter get then, if any?” And the simple answer is, “it depends.” This is the problem with the current medical model. It’s based on a universal approach, meaning everyone gets the same vaccines–no matter what. The issue here is that the vaccine field is quite complicated, actually. It may seem that there is a straightforward recommended schedule for both children and adults that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has organized. But as it turns out, particularly for children, this schedule is not based on the optimal time to vaccinate from a neurological or immunological perspective. In fact, the schedule is designed around well-child visits because as the CDC has stated, it’s the “only time we see people in the health care system often enough.” In other words, the CDC feels parents are not smart enough to bring their children in at optimal vaccination times, so it’s best to have it done whenever they are in the office.
There are plenty of studies that suggest that vaccines can indeed generate an aggressive immune response and for some vaccines, immunity can be created. The concern lies in the timing of administration, especially during the first year of life when the neurological and immunological systems are rapidly changing. In addition, the number of vaccines has dramatically increased over the past 40 years. For example, in the 1970s, 23 doses of 7 vaccines were given, the first at 2-months-old. In 2010, there are 48 doses of 15 vaccines, the first at 12-hours-old. Not to mention the preservatives and “other ingredients” (aluminum, antibiotics, etc.) found in vaccines.
Sprinkle on top of this debate the incredible amounts of money and conflicts of interest that arise from vaccine manufacturers, pediatricians and researchers.
What the studies show without question are the benefits associated with better hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, optimal vitamin and mineral levels (vitamins A, D and zinc) and breastfeeding. Here in the United States most of these criteria are well met (aside from nutrition, in my opinion) and therefore, the incidence of childhood diseases is extremely low. Is this due to our superb infrastructure or from relatively high vaccination rates in our country? The answer is probably mostly the former and a little of the latter.
Perhaps a better model would be to take into consideration the environmental risk factors, neurological/immunological development benchmarks, timing and prevention measures. Educating yourself and having frank discussions with your doctor/pediatrician about the vaccination field is key. Don’t be bullied into your decision either way. Start with the CDC’s information to understand why the various vaccines are given. Other sources like The Vaccine Safety Manual by Neil Miller and The Vaccine Book by Robert Sears can also give you some helpful guidance to giving it your best shot!
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Phil Wazny, NMD, is a naturopathic physician at Integrative Health, a clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. His areas of specialty are permanent weight loss, natural pediatrics, allergy solutions, hormone balancing, and pain control with prolotherapy and PRP therapy. He can be reached at MyIntegrativeHealth or 480-657-0003.
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1 (10 ounce) pack of frozen peas or 2 cups shelled fresh peas
1-2 garlic cloves, to taste
½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, torn into pieces
¼ cup well-stirred tahini
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
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2) In a food processor, combine the garlic, lemon juice, and mint leaves. Grind to a paste. Adding a tablespoon of water if needed.
3) Add the peas, tahini, and salt and pepper to taste. Process until smooth.