Vaccine Mandates, Medical Exemptions & Healing
The recent government vaccine mandates have stirred the topic like never before. While there is still plenty of mud slinging from either side, parents who may disagree over vaccination as a whole are uniting over the fact that these mandates infringe on our parental rights and liberties.
This post is written to those seeking to understand their options within the confines of new legislation, like California's SB277, which eliminated the Personal Belief exemption leaving a medical exemption as the only option to follow an alternative schedule or refuse any/all vaccinations for school or daycare. (Read Dr. Sears's breakdown of this law here).
Several states have instituted similar laws and a National version of the law is underway under the name HR 2232 or "The Vaccinate All Children Act of 2015." The bill declares all state public schools must mandate blanket vaccination to all students in order to receive federal aid money.
Note: There is a similar law in Oregon, SB 422, though non-medical exemptions are still available even though many authorities dispute this. Read more about this here.
Fortunately, these laws are causing more and more parents to question vaccines and their safety. After all, the CDC schedule looks nothing like it did when we were kids!
And then there is this. Could it be the real reason your doctor is pushing those vaccines? They must hit the target % to get paid for any children.
I am well aware my refusal to stay silent on this topic comes across to many as though I hold an anti-vaccination stance when I am simply pro-information. Even within our family, after we underwent extensive testing, we concluded some of us qualify for a medical exemption from some or all vaccines, while others do not appear to be at risk. We made our decisions with a doctor, armed with extensive research and medical and scientific evidence specific to each member of the family.
While I don't categorically reject all vaccines as helpful, it is my personal belief that many of the laws being created for vaccines are being driven by deep-pocketed, Big-Pharma lobbyists. These same pharmaceutical companies have begun to pay off some mommy-bloggers to paint a false picture of vaccine support:
If you begin to see several pro-vax posts in the coming weeks, this may be the source. I might even mention the bloggers are legally obligated to inform readers they are being compensated for their post, but we'll see if that happens.
The United States gives 2-3 times more vaccines to children than most developed countries and coincidentally boast some of the highest rates of childhood and long term health concerns like asthma, diabetes, food allergies, leukemia, developmental delays, tics, ADHD, autism, lupus, arthritis, eczema, epilepsy, Alzheimers, brain damage while the pharmaceutical companies are no longer liable for any damage caused.
You may believe vaccines are completely safe and effective, and if that's the case, this post is not for you...or maybe it is.
I've written a couple articles about vaccination, specifically about Measles and Polio and another on how Christians should approach this issue, but I continue to receive questions about medical exemptions and how to even begin! My suggestion is to start researching, get lab work done, do more research, discuss with a knowledgeable doctor and then research some more.
It would be unwise for one to determine what is best for their family without proper research. I will provide information and links for you to begin your quest.
Remember, the media is not only pushing a bias in accordance to their bankroll but refuse to mention the growing epidemic of holistic doctors being murdered after standing up for vaccine education and choice.
Doctors and Scientists exposing the misconduct behind the vaccine industry are being fired, set-up, discredited and targeted. Dr. Judy Mikovits, PhD., discovered vaccine contamination and once she presented her findings, she was told to destroy all her data, threatened, jailed and issued a 4-year gag order. The gag order is up and she's talking. For more on this story, her interview is available here.
You should be looking at evidence-based, peer-reviewed studies that have no conflicts of interests. One of the first things I do when reading a paper is to look at who funded the study or issued grants. Many, if not most, of the science that supports a pharmaceutical product can be found to have been monetarily compensated by that same pharmaceutical company.
You'll also be looking at individual ingredients alongside your families medical history and lab results as well as adverse reaction potential as noted by medically accepted sources (like the NIH, PubMed and several others which I'll link to in my batch of sample questions below).
Books or sources I recommend are:
Dr. Humphries Dissolving Illusions offers evidence-based backing of the story behind many diseases and their vaccines
Miller's Review of Critical Vaccine Studies - 400 Important scientific paper summarized for parents and researchers
Vaccines, Autoimmunity and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness offers great information on the impact of vaccines to todays health concerns
The Refurbished Rogue compiled a GOLDMINE of peer reviewed vaccine research - hats off to her for making this available!
124 Research Papers Supporting the Vaccine/Autism Causation
You may hear the phrase Herd Immunity used in support of vaccines. This phrase was coined in 1933 after studying measles cases. The theory stated that when 68% of children 15 years and younger achieved immunity through natural infection, the epidemic subsided. As part of the research process, ask these questions on each disease/vaccine - I'll use the measles as an example:
If a population is over 68% vaccinated, are they able to stop the spread of the infectious diseases they are vaccinated against? (The reporting shows that even in highly vaccinated populations (71-99%), the measles outbreaks could not be stopped: Poland GA & Jacobson RM. "Failure to reach the goal of measles elimination. Apparent paradox of measles infections in immunized persons." Arch Intern Med 154, 1815-1820 (1994) .”)
Do vaccinations truly provide an immunity? If so, how long does this immunity last? (Read about the index patient of a measles outbreak who was vaccinated twice)
Are there safety and long-term results studies conducted? (See here)
Can a vaccinated individual catch the disease they were immunized for? (Read about this measles outbreak and Read about blood results in vaccinated individuals)
Do infants and those with weakened immune systems experience greater safety within higher vaccinated communities? (Read about greater risk in populations with higher MMR Vaccinations)
If my child gets the disease/infection, can they be treated if I get them to the doctor? (Measles needs to run its course, though you should research all the other diseases for which you are concerned about vaccinating)
If my child gets the disease/infection, will their immune system be greater for it? (Read about lifelong immunity and also how the measles has been shown to put cancer patients in remission as well as Hodgskins Lymphoma)
Are unvaccinated children healthier than those vaccinated?
Be prepared to spend hours researching each vaccine and don't expect to come to any conclusions over the weekend!
The Weston A. Price Foundation wrote an extremely detailed piece about how to claim a medical exemption in California. Even if you do not live in California, you can still heed the advice to pursue:
ELISA or EIA (enzyme-linked immunoassay) a test that detects and measures antibodies in the blood to determine if one will react to some vaccine ingredients like:
The CDC states explicitly, “For children with a prior history of allergic reactions to any of these substances in vaccines, parents should consult their child’s healthcare provider before vaccination.
Serum Fetal Bovine
Methylation (MTHFR) and Detox profiles can determine the bodies ability to break down chemicals and heavy metals (including those in vaccines, like mercury)
Mutations of the genes BHMT, MTHFR, CBS, MAO, APOE are ones to pay close attention to
Genetic results will show as:
-/- (no mutation)
+/- (one mutation or heterozygous) or
+/+ (two mutated genes or homozygous). Homozygous are the most dangerous/most likely to qualify for an exemption but different combinations may be of concern as well
Genetic testing kit can be ordered from 23andme and completed with a simple saliva sample
Link your 23andme account details with Genetic Genie (free) to receive your methylation and detox profiles
Link your 23andme account to Metabolic healing ($37) to receive more information than Genetic Genie provides including:
GI Health Genetics
Brain Health Genetics
Heart Health Genetics
Clotting Factor Genetics
Vitamin A Metabolism Genetics
Thyroid Factor Genetics
Estrogen Metabolism Genetics
Smallpox Vaccine Adverse Events
Immune System Testing
Lymphocyte Profile (T and B Lymphocyte/Natural Killer)
HLA DRB1, 3, 4, 5 DQB1
These tests will are necessary to count T-Helper and white blood cells to determine any immune concern or Th1 or Th2 dominance, called an Immune Shift. Dominance in one could indicate a predisposition to an autoimmune condition which vaccination could trigger. See the conditions listed here
Family history of autoimmune is important to note for doctors
Depending on results, one might qualify for a temporary or permanent medical exemption from any number of vaccinations with the approval of a licensed physician.
What good is all this testing if you don't have a doctor who is knowledgeable in the field of genetics or may ignore allergy or autoimmune concerns? A few sites have compiled a few listed of doctors willing to review tests and evidence before making their recommendations. If you have a genetic concern, make sure to ask them if they are capable of speaking to your concerns before making an appointment.
Remember, your doctor works for you! If they are unwilling to run testing or find proper answers to your questions, find another doctor! In my experience, the best doctors you'll have to pay out of pocket for. The others are paid by the insurance companies and therefore answer to them.
Healing from Vaccines
If vaccination has already occurred or is unavoidable, there are many options to prepare for and help heal from the process.
The Organic Lifestyle Magazine published and incredible article outlining
Dr. Tinus Smith discusses the use of the homeopathic remedy, Thuja, before and after vaccination here
This post discusses methods of natural fever reduction and pain relief along with a few other detox remedies
It's up to you
For now, you can home school your children if you do not qualify for an exemption and do not feel comfortable vaccinating in whole or in part with the CDC's mandated schedule. Best of luck to everyone seeking health for their families!
*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This post is not advising you to any medical action but rather promotes the reader to educate themselves and to make decisions with a licensed medical professional.
**This is not a place to dispute vaccines efficacy (or lack thereof), it is a post specific to helping parents who need to explore a medical exemption get information. If I find your comments inappropriate for this post's content or containing inaccurate blanket statements, they will not be published.