I was linked to this article today, titled Six Reasons To Say NO to Vaccination. Its a stretch to call these ‘reasons’, but they are great examples of the kind of emotional decision making that is rampant in Natural Child Birth circles. Reason number one:
#1: Pharmaceutical Companies Can’t Be Trusted
She goes on to list a bunch of things that pharmaceutical companies have done wrong. I agree that there are many problems with the pharmaceutical industry. That is not as evidence that vaccines are problematic.
Last time I went to Ikea I noticed a recall notice for a tea cup. Apparently it can explode if you put something too hot inside the cup. It would not be reasonable to believe that the entire company makes dangerous products based off the recall of the cup. It would be even less reasonable to assume the entire industry was guilty by association, or that I should be fearful of teacups in general. Each claim and product can be evaluated on its own merit.
#2: ALL Vaccines are Loaded with Chemicals and other Poisons
Everything is a chemical. Literally. Its a meaningless descriptor in this context, so is the use of the word ‘poisons’. She lists ingredients in vaccines, then lists a non-vaccine usage of the ingredient to prey on the fears of people who are ignorant of chemistry. An ingredient having multiple uses does not prove that it is harmful or poisonous. She also ignores the issue of dosage- the ingredients she is describing are in extremely tiny quantities.
#3: Fully Vaccinated Children are the Unhealthiest, Most Chronically Ill Children I Know
I don’t really care if the healthiest people I know are vaccinated or not, because it proves nothing about the truth of the matter. I care about finding tangible evidence of vaccines causing ill-health. That is why studies are performed on large numbers of people and with accountability for results and peer review- its what people do when they are interested in finding out the truth.
#4: Other Countries Are Waking Up to the Dangers of Vaccines –
If Other Countries jumped off a bridge, would you???
#5: A Number of Vaccines Have Already Had Problems/Been Removed from the Market
Again, every vaccine can be evaluated on its own merit. A problem with vaccine A does not mean vaccine B, C, D, etc have the same problem. There is a lot of black and white thinking going on in the post.
#6 You Can Always Get Vaccinated, But You Can Never Undo a Vaccination
…but vaccines are a preventative measure, so you can’t always get vaccinated in time. There is also the fact that a lot of vaccines wear off and have to be given repeatedly to offer protection. That is a vaccine being ‘undone’ in the sense that it is no longer effective.
These are the same people who are constantly telling women to ignore their doctors advice, calling it ‘scare mongering’. Believing that there is a vast corporate and government conspiracy in place to sicken children for profit is seen as a legitimate fear, but contracting a preventable disease is not. There is considerable overlap between people who are anti-vaccine and pro-natural child birth. This should be a huge red flag to anyone considering using direct entry midwives for their birth. They may believe that vaccines are poison and that they don’t need to be vaccinated (despite working around pregnant women and infants, who could be severely negatively impacted by contracting a disease like influenza or measles). A midwife at the birth center I went to was not informed about vaccines and seemed to be against them, it was a nagging doubt that I should not have ignored. It is further evidence that lay midwives are not medical professionals because they are ignorant of and in opposition to preventative medical care. Some will outright tell their patients not to vaccinate their children. Recommendations about vaccines are way outside the scope of practice for a direct entry midwife, so they should really stop.