WHY WE DON’T VACCINATE

WHY WE DON’T VACCINATE

Well hello, my sweet, sweet friends! I’m glad you’re back for another one of my crazy blog posts.

I guess I should be honest and tell you guys I debated if I should make this post at all. After a lot of thought, I decided I would go ahead with this post. I know some of you may not agree with my family’s choice not to vaccinate, and that’s okay. I’m not writing this to convince you of anything, I’m simply making this post to share MY reasons for not vaccinating my son.

To the people who don’t agree with my choice please keep in mind I’m a person with feelings just like you, I welcome your feedback but if you have any negative comments please keep them to yourself. And to the family’s that are just like mine, know that you are not alone, I understand your struggles, and I will stand tall beside you in this fight. At the end of the day, agree with me or not we are all parents who are trying to do the very best for our children. Please keep that in mind. Now on to the good stuff

so….Why don’t I vaccinate?

THE VACCINE SCHEDULE

To help keep this post as short as possible ( yeah I know I basically wrote a book) I’ll just be comparing the CDC recommended vaccination schedule of 1995 to the one the CDC recommends today. If you’d like to take a look at all the vaccine schedules from 1995 until today I’ve included a handy- dandy link that will take you straight to the CDC website. If you’d like to go straight to the vaccine schedules I’m looking at today just click the year you’d like to view and it will take you right to the charts.(You’re welcome).
In 1995 it was recommended children receive at total of 19 vaccinations over a 12-year span. Today (the CDC still recommends the 2015 schedule for today’s children) the CDC recommend children receive a total of 28 vaccinations BEFORE age 12. This number DOES NOT INCLUDE the vaccines recommended for 12-18-year old children or the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine. With those vaccines included the number becomes a staggering 35 vaccinations by age 18. So as you can see the number of recommended vaccines has more than doubled in the past 22 years. I personally found this unsettling. I was not comfortable injecting my child with 35 doses of 15 different viruses. Once I saw how many vaccines my son was supposed to have I started to do more research, and what I discovered was terrifying.

VACCINE INGREDIENTS

Don’t worry I’m not going to bombard you with a huge list of mystery chemical and ingredients. I’ll keep my list here short, but if you’re interested in the ingredients of the recommended childhood vaccines I’ve made it easy for you. Just click this link and it will take you right to it (again, you’re welcome).
So here are just a FEW of the ingredients in vaccines and why the CDC says they need to be in them.

Aluminum gels or salts of aluminum which are added as adjuvants to help the vaccine stimulate a better response. Adjuvants help promote an earlier, more potent response, and more persistent immune response to the vaccine.

Antibiotics which are added to some vaccines to prevent the growth of germs (bacteria) during production and storage of the vaccine. No vaccine produced in the United States contains penicillin.

Egg protein is found in influenza and yellow fever vaccines, which are prepared using chicken eggs. Ordinarily, persons who are able to eat eggs or egg products safely can receive these vaccines. ( This is also found in the MMR)

Formaldehyde is used to inactivate bacterial products for toxoid vaccines, (these are vaccines that use an inactive bacterial toxin to produce immunity.) It is also used to kill unwanted viruses and bacteria that might contaminate the vaccine during production. Most formaldehyde is removed from the vaccine before it is packaged.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and 2-phenoxy-ethanol which are used as stabilizers in a few vaccines to help the vaccine remain unchanged when the vaccine is exposed to heat, light, acidity, or humidity.

Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative that is added to vials of vaccine that contain more than one dose to prevent contamination and growth of potentially harmful bacteria.
We all know that these substances not only unhealthy but can also be incredibly dangerous. So let me ask you..why are we injecting these into our children?

VACCINES LINKED TO AUTISM

I know, I know this is a touchy subject.I’m sure this is where a few of you are going to sign off. I understand, trust me I really do. Some of you probably think I’m crazy, honestly a few years ago I would have thought I was crazy too. So for your sake and mine, I’ll keep this part short. Please go watch the movie Vaxxed! Believe me, it’s eye opening. For your convenience, I made yet another link for you. Click right here to be taken to the vaxxed website.
I’d like to end by saying thanks for sticking around if you made it this far. If you were on the fence about vaccines or even if you weren’t I hope you gained something from the tiny bit of information I shared with you today. If there’s one thing I want you to take from this post it’s this, Please don’t always believe what you’re told. Do your own research. I know as parents we’re faced with a million difficult decisions, but like I said before we’re all just trying to do the very best for our children. So please I implore you, gather all the information you possibly can; your child’s future may depend on it.

Disclaimer: I am by NO way saying this is what’s right for everyone. I understand different things work for different families. This is just what my family chose to do. I am by NO means saying anyone is a bad parent/person if they chose to vaccine their child. DO WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU.

* more information is available on the CDC website.

My home birth story.

My home birth story.

I’d like to start by saying thanks for stopping by friends! I’m sure some of you clicked this link because you’re crunchy mamas like me who just LOVE reading other women’s birth stories, but let’s get real- Most of you clicked this thinking “HOME BIRTH…THAT B!*$% IS CRAZY!” It’s okay, trust me I hear that all the time. At one point I thought home birth was crazy too, but with the help of Ricki Lake (more on that in a minute), I was able to have a completely unmedicated, natural birth.

So I guess I should tell you how I discovered home birth right. Well. one night while scrolling through the list of documentaries on Netflix I came across “The business of being born, a documentary created by none other than….you guessed it Ricki Lake! so I won’t go into to much detail because I don’t want to spoil it for you, but the film basically discusses how modern birthing practices aren’t as cutting edge and safe as you’re led to believe. I won’t say more than that because I actually want you guys to watch it (no but seriously, it’s great!). I’m sure you get the point, but what I’m saying is that film changed my life.

Alright, let’s get into the good stuff, the stuff I know you all came for. August 24th, 2016 I went into labor. I’m sorry if you’re hoping for something dramatic like my water breaking at Wal-Mart, but yeah sorry that didn’t happen. It started with some back pain; back pain that was so dull that other people had to convince me I was in labor might I add. As you can imagine the back pain got progressively worse (duh), and by about 9 pm I was like ” Damn, I might actually be in labor.” So I called my midwife Nancy (if you’re reading this Nancy you’re amazing, I love you, thanks for being fantastic), My mom, and my best friend. Everyone headed over to the house, and that’s when shit hit the fan- I mean not really but the contractions did get way worse. After everyone arrived at my house, we got the ball rolling. We grabbed the birth kit, plastic floor cover, and per my birth plan had The Golden Girls playing on TV, and got ready for a crazy ride.

Over the next eight hours, I paced around the house trying to walk through contractions.I’ll take a moment to mention that if you’re going to have a natural birth walking through your contractions is KEY. Honestly, it makes them ten times more bearable. So again over the next eight hours, I’m pacing the floor, hoping in and out of the shower, doing door squats, and sitting on a birthing stool. Finally, I make it to ten centimeters and can finally start pushing! This is the moment everyone was waiting for, pretty soon we were all going to meet my little bundle of joy. If only things could be that easy, but oh no of course not. So if you’ve never had a baby you might not understand this but pushing is basically like taking the biggest poop of your life. It literally takes ALL of the energy you have to push your tiny, wrinkly, little baby out of your body. Maybe it was just me, but after pushing for four hours….ahem louder for the people in the back. After I pushed for FOUR hours straight I was literally falling asleep on the birthing stool. Looking back on that now I’m laughing so hard because I can’t imagine how hilarious that looked.

After those four hours passed I finally got to meet my beautiful baby boy. All in all, I wouldn’t have changed anything about my birth experience. Honestly, it was amazing and beautiful. Giving birth naturally was the most incredible thing I’ve ever done, and nothing has ever made me feel more powerful but, I couldn’t have done it without the help of my amazing boyfriend, and the truly amazing women who helped through it all. I’d like for everyone reading this to note that: 1. I didn’t mention much about the pain because obviously, it hurt everyone knows that 2. I am in no way saying that home birth is the right thing for everyone. It’s not I understand that. Home birth was just what was right for me and my family.