The Vaccination Question

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By: Philip Incao, M.D.
Q: I am a mother who does not immunize my children.  I feel as though I have to keep this a secret.  I recently had to take my son to the ER for a tetanus shot when he got a fish hook in his foot, and I was so worried about the doctor asking if his shots were current.  His grandmother also does not understand.  What do you suggest?

A: You didn’t give your reasons for not vaccinating your children.  Perhaps you feel intuitively that vaccinations just aren’t good for children in the long run, but you can’t explain why.  If that’s the case, I think your intuition is correct, but in today’s contentious world it is best to understand the reasons for our decisions and actions.  

There are many good reasons today for not vaccinating children in the United States  I recommend you consult the book, The Vaccination Dilemma edited by Christine Murphy, published by SteinerBooks.  See also the list of websites and books on this page.

I think the ultimate question is, how do vaccines work?  What changes do vaccines bring about in the body or in the immune system in order to protect children from illness?  Is there a downside to these changes?  For example, could a vaccination which makes a boy less vulnerable to whooping cough also make him more vulnerable to asthma?

Making rational decisions whether or not to vaccinate is very difficult today because there simply is no transparent evidence on how vaccines affect children in the long run.  It is just this lack of transparency that leads the questioning mind to suspect that vaccinations may have serious hidden problems.  The most egregious problem is that vaccinations have become a sacred cow in medicine, and therefore remain unscrutinized scientifically. 

There’s an enormous conflict of interest in our medical system in that those who develop and promote vaccinations are the same people who are supposed to monitor the long-term safety of vaccines.  This is a recipe for disaster.  I believe that our nation’s present autism epidemic is related to vaccinations.  Most of us are asleep to this problem, which means that the systematic reforms that are needed are, tragically, still a long way off.

For Information On Vaccinations Dr. Incao recommends:

National Vaccine Information Center        

Sherri Nakken, R.N., M.A., Classical Homeopath within/vaccine.htm   

Tim O’Shea, D.C.

Archie Kalokerinos, M.D.
Every Second Child, 1981

Robert Mendelsohn, M.D.
How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor, 1984

Leonard Sagan, M.D.
The Health of Nations:  True Causes of Sickness and Well-Being, 1987

Barbara Loe Fisher and
Harris L. Coulter
A Shot in the Dark, 1991

Stephanie Cave, M.D.
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations, 2001

Tim O’Shea, D.C.
The Sanctity of Human Blood:  Vaccination is Not Immunization
Seventh Edition, 2003

Debbie Bookchin and
Jim Schumacher
The Virus and the Vaccine, 2004

McKinlay, J., and McKinlay, S. “The Questionable Contribution of Medical Measures to the Decline of Mortality in the Twentieth Century.”  Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly 55 (1977):  4405-428.  

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