For a long time now, there has been a lot of worry and claim that vaccinations can lead to autism. Some have even brought up the question of whether or not vaccinations can lead to food allergies as well. I have written about this in the past expressing my own concerns. I absolutely want to know the truth, if the truth exists (which, one day I believe it will.) But for now, I have developed my own opinion about how to handle the dilemma of whether or not to vaccinate.
A friend of mine posted this article from CNN on his Facebook page. You may have read or heard about it already. Dr. Andrew Wakefield conducted a study in Britain that involved patients with autism and the link to vaccination, particularly the MMR vaccination. The results of his study were spread all over the media and caused panic to many parents. Consequently, a very large number of children were not vaccinated when they normally should have been. This greatly lowered herd immunity and has led to a loss of the lives of many children. To make matters worse, it appears that his study was falsified. You can read more about that in the above link to CNN.
My motive for writing this article is not to support whether or not vaccinations lead to things such as autism or food allergies. We truly do not have enough evidence to support either way. After reading this article, and learning the effects of NOT using vaccinations, I have come to realize the true importance of them. I have had my own struggle with whether or not to use vaccinations after reading many claims of the links to autism and food allergies. My oldest son has life threatening food allergies, and I have a strong desire to know what has caused it. However, the effects of this bogus study have proven what can happen if vaccinations were stopped. We have solid proof that these diseases in which vaccinations prevent have horrible consequences, including death. We do not have enough evidence that vaccinations lead to autism or food allergies. And even if we did, would we choose a path that could lead to death?
I truly believe that we will someday have an answer. It is a shame that all the money that was spent on this falsified study was not used on a true one. But, thank you Dr. Wakefield for clearing up my clouded thoughts on whether or not to vaccinate!
I was offered the exciting privilege of reviewing a book about food allergies. Flourishing With Food Allergies, by A. Anderson, proved to be a great resource for information on living with food allergies. Living with food allergies, especially when it is your child, proves to carry a huge weight of worry and anxiety. The first part of this book provides snippets from other people’s experiences. It helped me to feel like I was not alone, or crazy for that matter.
What I like most about this book is that it is very thought provoking about the cause of food allergies. I know that there has been great effort in searching for a cure, but I have always felt that finding the cause is more important. If there is something that is causing such havoc on our biological system, it should be stopped! What about autism and ADHD? Could these be the results of the same culprit? Do you realize how many extra chemicals go into our food supply?
Many people take for granted that we live in a well protected society and that this protection includes our food supply. Maybe you have noticed all the press on things such as BPA in our plastic, hormones and antibiotics in our milk, and pesticides contaminating our produce, just to name a few. Ms. Anderson does a great job in her book shedding more light on some of these kinds of questions.
Have any of you heard of this? Apparently nanosilver is used in many kinds of products as some kind of anti-bacterial/anti-fungal agent. It is a biocide. For instance, it might be added into toys, cutting boards, or sippy-cups to aid in killing bacteria and fungus.
I came across this information while I was reading the site The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics. While the idea of protecting us from harmful bacteria and such seems like a great idea, there is also a lot of belief that using things like the nano-silver is preventing our immune systems form developing properly.
This reminds me of the “too clean” theory, and how many people believe this is what has led to the burst of food allergies. I always thought the “too clean” theory was a bunch of hoo ha, because I mainly thought it was linked to how I kept house, for instance. Don’t get me wrong, I do not live in dirty or trashy home, but I am not what I would consider to be obsessed with cleanliness… I have nothing but boys in my house for crying out loud…LOL!
My point is that there are obviously other factors in our daily lives that many of us do not even realize exsist. These things are affecting our health, and we don’t even know it! A lot of concerning statements have been in the news recently, like the danger of BPA. So, it is not surprising to me that there are other things as well.
I guess I am upset about all of this because I have been in the dark, so to speak. I think we take it for granted that we are being looked out for on these kinds of issues. It has become apparent that we have to look out for ourselves.
Some things can be avoided- eating unprocessed food, eating organic food, avoiding the use of other products with too many chemicals. But, some things are not so easy avoid. The use of the nano-chemicals is used in many things we would never think about. There is also know way of knowing it is present. The ONLY way to protect ourselves is to speak out!
Little R is now starting to collect donations for food allergy research. All of the money raised will go to FAAN after Halloween. Last year Little R collected about $100, so this year we are going to try and do more. We will be sharing the box with some of our family members so they can help out by taking it to work and such, but if you would like to make a donation you can send a check to us written out to FAAN. I will try to add updates on a weekly basis to keep you posted on our progress. Thank you in advance!
I believe that our overall health and the food allergy epidemic is tied tightly to our diets. I have come to this conclusion after reading various bits of research on the subject. In the article titled “Unhappy Meals,” Michael Pollan helps to explain how our culture has come to where it is in the subject of our food supply and how we choose to eat. Though Pollan does not mention anything about food allergies, I still felt that the article was very enlightening. Pollan’s suggestions sound like nothing more than common sense, but obviously, our country as a whole seems to have trouble understanding the issue. I liked this article because it was thorough. Pollan explained a lot of the ideas using scientific data. I would love to know what you think about it.
After reading the last article I posted, my thoughts started going more in that direction. I shared the article with a friend who is also on a journey to learn more about the food allergy epidemic, and he responded with this article. It doesn’t talk about food allergies, but it does open up more thought about how our government puts so much effort into the vaccination process. It appears that there is a conflict of interest; politics vs truth. (Yes, I know, that is always the case).
I just wanted to make an effort to shed some light on the issue. I know researchers are working hard to find a cure for food allergies, namely allergies to peanut. I, however, feel that more effort should be made in finding what causes food allergies in the first place. I just don’t think that you can keep covering up mistakes by fixing them. It reminds me so much of a person who is possesed with telling lies. Every new lie is made to cover up the first lie, and eventually the person gets too tangled in their web of lies that there is eventually no hope of overcoming the problem.
I would love more input on this topic. Please share your thoughts with me!