2013 April 19 by Randall Neustaedter OMD
Seeking social media connections
A study published in the journal Pediatrics (April 15, 2013) has determined that parents’ vaccine choices are often informed and influenced by online social networks. Parents who choose not to vaccinate according to the recommended vaccination schedule are much more likely to get information from other parents online compared to a group of parents who follow the schedule.
That is what I have been advising parents for years. Find a network of like-minded people who support your vaccination choices. The pressure to vaccinate children is intense. Doctors, schools, other parents, grandparents and extended family members often exert tremendous pressure on new parents to vaccinate their children. Going against this overwhelming tide of vaccine proponents usually involves some Herculean will on the part of parents who are attempting to make an informed choice. And real information about vaccine risks and side effects is difficult to discover.
Get balanced information
Parents need to discover valid information about vaccines that is free of the propaganda produced by the vaccine manufacturing industry. The first place parents go for information is the Internet. Many resources are available to them including the National Vaccine Information Center and related parent support groups and bulletin board networks online. Parents who choose to make thoughtful decisions will seek out other parents who have already made these vaccine choices.
This study conducted by an anthropologist and published in Pediatrics has uncovered the simple fact that vaccine critics have known all along. Parents seek information and validation for their choices from other parents and professionals in networks that promote informed choice.
Mainstream media has picked up this story and their spin is to try to influence parents to come back to the fold. What we need, they say, is to start parent peer groups to influence and convince wary parents about the necessity of full vaccination coverage for their children. Let’s send vaccine-promoting parents into the preschools and daycare centers to press upon parents the urgency of vaccinating their children. Who dictates to the mainstream media? The pharmaceutical industry. So Time magazine, US News and World Report, MedScape and many other media sources have published articles that tell us it is time for parents to join the ranks of vaccine promotion. Doctors are not doing a good enough job convincing parents, so it is up to the army of vaccinating parents to promote the cause. We can expect more peer pressure and more coercion of young parents who dare to question the dogma of vaccine recommendations and requirements.
Brunson EK. The Impact of Social Networks on Parents’ Vaccination Decisions. Pediatrics. Advanced publication online April 15, 2013.
2011 October 3 by Randall Neustaedter OMD
The vaccine industry has been increasing the pressure on parents to get their kids vaccinated. As more parents have decided to make an informed choice about vaccinations and chosen to avoid some or all vaccines for their child because of their concerns about adverse effects, the vaccine industry has taken notice. In an unprecedented move, California Health Departments have been visiting the homes of nonvaccinated children and the CDC has been calling parents of nonvaccinated kids to enforce state requirements for immunization. The California legislature has put through a bill that allows teenagers as young as 12 to decide themselves whether to get vaccines intended to prevent sexually transmitted diseases for hepatitis and cervical cancer without informing the children’s parents.
Seemingly, on the other side of this world several organizations and a host of natural health newsletters have launched Vaccine Information Week beginning October 1st in an effort to inform consumers about the full story of vaccination.
As the flu season begins and the fl vaccine campaign shifts into high gear, an effort to educate the public will focus on this controversial vaccine. Reviews of flu vaccine studies have consistently shown that the vaccine is ineffective, and many recipients of the vaccine know from personal experience that the flu vaccine can make you sick. Nonetheless the vaccine industry continually pushes flu vaccines and has even released a Hollywood movie, Contagion, complete with blockbuster stars Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Winslet, whose sole purpose seems to be to show how a flu vaccine can save the world. This shameless vaccine propaganda film seems to be yet another marketing ploy to encourage people to line up at their local drugstores for their annual flu injections. It is time to just say no to this useless vaccine.
For more information about Vaccine Information Week watch your favorite health newsletters.
2011 August 27 by Randall Neustaedter OMD
Packing lunch for school can be hard on parents. I suggest you sit down with your kids and make a list of things they want to eat in their lunches. This can lead to (yet another) discussion of the foods that are nourishing and foods that are not so good for your body.
Putting food choices into a context that kids can understand can be helpful. The traffic light model works well. Green light foods are good for you. Eat as much of them as you like. These include fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, nuts, and organic meats and dairy. Red light foods are those kids should not eat, like corn syrup, diet foods with Nutrasweet, caffeine products, and artificial colors and flavors. Yellow light foods are those you should slow down on, like desserts, processed white flour products, and juice.
A healthy packed lunch includes fruits such as organic blueberries, strawberries, grapes, or apples, some protein like peanut butter or meat and cheese sandwiches on whole grain bread, yogurt (without corn syrup), nuts or trail mix, organic chips, carrot sticks, seaweed snacks, or cheese sticks.
Beware of lunch boxes. Plastic lunch boxes may contain BPA (bisphenol-A), a synthetic estrogen that contributes to hormone disruption and cancer. The vinyl lining of lunch boxes and lunch bags marketed for children often contains lead. Seek out a BPA and lead-free tag on the bag to ensure that the food in your child’s lunch is not exposed to these toxins. Legal action was taken by the FDA and the Center for Environmental Health against lunch box manufacturers, but some of these may still contain toxins.
Keep your kids healthy by supporting their immune systems. Exposure to other children with viruses is bound to pass colds around the classroom, but you can help to minimize symptoms by giving some specific supplements during the school year. Several types of supplements can help boost immune function. Adaptogenic mushrooms are one of the most potent immune system activators. An excellent formula that also includes astragalus and elderberry is Immunoberry by Designs for Health. A probiotic formula with lactobacillus and bifidobacteria species will also help to protect children from viruses. Vitamin D3 is an essential supplement in the winter months (2,000 IU per day). And a colostrum or whey protein supplement to supply immunoglobulins and lactoferrin will also boost immune function.
Do not allow yourself to be pressured into giving vaccines to your child. Make an informed choice rather than just conceding to the pressure of school requirements. Consider the likelihood of exposure, seriousness of the disease, and side effects of the vaccine. Vaccines being forced on school age children these days include pertussis in DTaP (whooping cough), measles (MMR), and HPV (cervical cancer). Read about the vaccines in my book, The Vaccine Guide, or search the NaturalNews website for information about each vaccine before you comply with routine vaccination. Remember, an exemption from vaccination is always available to you.
Schoolwork can be demanding, and homework time consuming. Many schools have limited the amount of time devoted to PE. Make sure that your kids are getting some form of exercise every day, either in an organized sport or bike riding or just running around at the park. Staying fit is important for mental function as well as physical health.
2011 August 3 by Randall Neustaedter OMD
School districts are informing parents that their children are required to have a whooping cough vaccine in order to register for school this fall. What they fail to explain is that whooping cough is usually mild in older children and adults. They also neglect to describe the waivers for vaccine requirements. In many states including California and 19 others a philosophical exemption allows parents to simply state that vaccines are contrary to their personal beliefs. No other explanation or documentation is necessary to waive the vaccine requirement. In most other states a religious exemption is available, which is more or less equivalent to the philosophical exemption since courts have ruled that personal religious beliefs, such as the Native American belief in the natural order of the body and its relation to the world, are valid for vaccine exemption.
Do not allow yourself to be intimidated by the pronouncements of school boards. Know your rights to an informed choice about vaccines. The whooping cough vaccine is associated with significant side effects. The disease itself is relatively mild in these age groups. And whooping cough can be treated and resolved with holistic measures.
The vaccine industry has a great deal to gain financially from requiring large segments of the population to be vaccinated. Don’t allow yourself to be manipulated by their interests. Make an informed decision.
2011 February 23 by Randall Neustaedter OMD
Another study has shown the dramatic association of children’s health problems with vaccines. This survey polled parents of vaccinated and unvaccinated children and compared the incidence of autism, ADHD, asthma, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) in the two groups.
When comparing 17,000 boys and girls in California and Oregon, the vaccinated children were 120 percent more likely to have asthma. In the group of 9,000 boys, those who were vaccinated were 224 percent more likely to have ADHD, 155 percent more likely to have a neurological disorder, and 61 percent more likely to have autism compared to unvaccinated boys. Girls only represented 20 percent of the neurological disorder cases, and this smaller sample size did not show any significant differences in prevalence between the vaccinated and unvaccinated girls.