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The Vaccination Debate: A Startling Response March 27, 2008

Filed under: Baby & Toddler,Healthy Living — Rachel @ 1:01 pm
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This February, Dr. Rahul K. Parikh published an article in Pediatrics (the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics) titled “Fighting for the Reputation of Vaccines: Lessons From American Politics“.  In the article, Parikh discusses the rise of parental concern over the safety of vaccines and suggest that vaccine proponents must take a more emotionally charged approach to combating these concerns.  In other words, Parikh says that the CDC (Center for Disease Control) needs to use a little less science and logic and a little more propaganda if it hopes to win over parents who no longer trust vaccines. 

You may expect that Parikh’s article is itself the startling response, but actually I was referring to this comment submitted online to the Pediatric article.  The author of this comment is a chemist and a father whose child is autistic:

“Parents get angry when they see the following numbers listed on the internet. These numbers have been out there for everyone to read for years. They are mathamatical facts backed by references. The way to quell parental fears would be for someone like Dr. Parikh to address these numbers. Using propaganda is not going to work and only makes the situation worse.

0.5 parts per billion (ppb) mercury = Kills human neuroblastoma cells (Parran et al., Toxicol Sci 2005; 86: 132-140).

2 ppb mercury = U.S. EPA limit for drinking water

20 ppb mercury = Neurite membrane structure destroyed (Leong et al., Neuroreport 2001; 12: 733-37).

200 ppb mercury = level in liquid the EPA classifies as hazardous waste.

25,000 ppb mercury = Concentration of mercury in the Hepatitis B vaccine, administered at birth in the U.S., from 1990-2001.

50,000 ppb Mercury = Concentration of mercury in multi-dose DTaP and Haemophilus B vaccine vials, administered 4 times each in the 1990’s to children at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 18 months of age. Current “preservative” level mercury in multi-dose flu (94% of supply), meningococcal and tetanus (7 and older) vaccines. This can be confirmed by simply analyzing the multi- dose vials.” 

After wading through those numbers I have two thoughts:

  1. The CDC massively failed those children of the 90’s who were exposed to so much mercury through vaccine after vaccine.  Regardless of whether those children are diagnosed with autism, mercury is a neurotoxin.  Period.
  2. I don’t get flu shots, and neither do my children.  I understand that the flu is a disease that kills.  I also understand that the flu shot doesn’t necessarily protect you from the flu.  It particularly failed this year.  While we are healthy and have access to medical support in the case of a serious infection, I’ll take my chances with the flu over injected mercury any day.  I have heard that there is a flu shot available without mercury.  If you choose to get the shot, be sure to request a mercury-free version. 

With my own children, we practice delayed and selective vaccinations.  The vaccination issue is one of the most difficult and challenging aspects of conscientous parenting, in my opinion.  I believe that the decision to vaccinate or not to vaccinate should be made on a disease by disease bases individually for each child, since there are so many factors to consider, such as the child’s health, nutrition, and liklihood of exposure.  For more on the issue, I recommend Dr. Sears new book “The Vaccine Book”. 


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