When it comes to medications, does anyone truly believe, “if a little is good, more is better?” Both patients and doctors clearly recognize this statement to be FALSE! So when it comes to our children, why do parents (assume) and doctors (support) the “more is better” belief? Whether you support or oppose the concept of vaccinations, the following chart shows the history of its expansion.
The first question one must ask is, “are our children more healthy today than they were in 1983 (or for that matter) 1962? This question does NOT determine whether vaccines are “good” or “bad,” but rather the relevance and need for the growing quantity of vaccines DEVELOPED and ADMINISTERED. Where is the evidence that the additional 48 doses of vaccines since 1983 have contributed to the outcome of a healthier child? Without this evidence, why are there over 271 NEW VACCINES in development. Are we saying and believing:
“MORE IS BETTER?”
Who is addressing the growing levels of CHRONIC CHILDHOOD DISEASES our country faces today.
“43% of children in the United States have a chronic illness; a percentage that rises to 52% when obesity is included.” (REF: Bethell CD, Kogan MD, Strickland BB, Schor EL, Robertson J, Newacheck PW. A national and state profile of leading health problems and health care quality of US children: key insurance disparities and across-state variations. Acad Pediatr. 2011 May-Jun; 11(3 Suppl):S22-23)
Some of these chronic diseases are:
inflammatory bowel disease
auto immune diseases
Our growing vaccination program does not prevent or address ANY of these chronic diseases. These chronic health problems profoundly impact the quality of our children’s lives. How many “NEW MEDICAL TREATMENTS” are in the pipeline to correct these chronic conditions?
So I ask you, if vaccinations have not
created a lower mortality risk for 0-1 yr olds in the U.S.
reduced chronic diseases in children
improved the quality of health and life in developing children
is it possible a well intentioned program over time has grown out of balance based on the CHANGING NEEDS and current health maladies our children face today? Do you really believe 271 new vaccines will medically induce healthier children?
Are we NOW being told:
“IF A LITTLE IS GOOD, MORE IS BETTER”
and BLINDLY expected to believe this? We are already the MOST vaccinated nation in the world. If vaccines are associated with better health:
WHY ISN’T OUR CHILDREN’S HEALTH STATUS SETTING THE STANDARD FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD TO FOLLOW?
Is it possible vaccinations play a smaller role in the overall health of our children than than we’d like to believe?
Maybe it’s time to focus on the teeter totter (in the picture above) and invest more of our resources into correcting these escalating chronic childhood diseases. Is there FEAR that LIFESTYLE rather than PHARMACEUTICALS may play a BIGGER ROLE in achieving this goal? Should we once again believe our physicians when they support 271 new possible vaccines as the “missing solutions” to our health concerns? If you believe the answer is YES, we need to change our paradigm to:
MORE IS ALWAYS BETTER!
The real NON POLITICALLY CORRECT QUESTION to ask is, “are your convictions to vaccinate your child based on your doctor’s recommendations and PERSONAL BELIEFS or your INSURANCE COVERAGE?” What if you had to budget every vaccine as an “out of pocket expense” amounting to thousands of dollars per child? Would you be just as supportive and committed to following AND PAYING FOR this expanding vaccination program? Maybe it’s worth reconsidering the earlier question: “Have the additional 48 doses of vaccines produced healthier children since 1983?”
Do these posts and their details alter your confidence in the current health care system and make you want to see if better options exist? OR Is challenging traditional medical recommendations too distasteful a concept? Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you.