I have a few things to write about, but my other two blog posts have been sitting in the back of my mind for a few days, this one has been sitting in the foreground. I'm not even going to advertise this one because, I know, no one really wants to hear it - next to no one, anyway. But I need it out and this is my blog for my thoughts, even if you don't like them.
I often hear people say that non-vaccinators piggy back off the safe places created by people who vaccinate. I hear that we don't feel we need to vaccinate because 'Well, it's not like measles is that common, right, and no one gets polio anymore.'
This may be true for some vaccinators.
It really isn't true for me.
I would prefer my kids to get measles, and yes, even polio. Seventy-five percent of polio cases are a-symptomatic. That means the vast majority of people who contract polio show no symptoms, no high fevers, no aching bodies, nothing. They have the disease and don't even know they have it. Of the 25% who do get, only 1% actually get suffer the paralysis everyone associates with polio.
I have no evidence - so don't ask me to prove my theory, I cannot prove it. Just as Ignaz Semmelweis couldn't prove that bacteria lives on our skin, which was why surgeons should wash their hands before performing surgery; to lessen the likelihood of post op mortality (he was put in an asylum for his unproven theory, only to have it proved two years after he died).
I have a theory that childhood diseases teach our bodies how to build immunity. Less than five percent of people who contract any childhood disease die in a society with basic hygiene (clean water and soap). These diseases are relatively mild and I believe they teach our bodies what disease looks like and how to fight it.
Then modern medicine comes along and injects 'modified disease' into a newborn's body and that teaches the newborn body to build immunity to a 'modified disease', not a wild disease, but a 'safe' version of a disease. We are teaching our children's body the wrong thing.
My theory continues that there are some really nasty diseases out there. We've seen some of them; ebola, aids, anthrax, even bird flu. In bodies that have learned to build natural immunity to wild bacteria, I believe there is some line of defence - a 'know how' developed through fighting childhood illnesses. I believe bodies who are vaccinated have an impaired ability to fight wild diseases.
I believe there are some really nasty 'extinction level' diseases coming down the pipeline if we continue to vaccinate and introduce new vaccinations all the time because we have lessened the chances of anyone developing natural immunity early in life - including non-vaccinated children, my children - we have hampered our ability to survive these nasty diseases.
We already know about the phenomenon of anti-biotic-resistant disease, it took fifty years to occur, but it happened and now doctors are urging people not to take antibiotics unless it is absolutely necessary. I believe we will see the same phenomenon with vaccines. They will lose efficacy because of overuse.
The natural world is very good at assimilation - this is how humans came to be as complex and wonderful as we did. But are we now building weakened versions of ourselves?
So, no, I don't bask in the safety afforded my children by other parents who vaccinate their kids. I worry that my children have not had the opportunity to develop an early natural resistance to relatively mild childhood diseases and I worry about what that may mean for them, and the rest of us when the really nasty diseases start to emerge (as they already have).
I just had to put this 'out there' because it eats me up to think that people who vaccinate believe everyone who doesn't vaccinate is somehow grateful to them for vaccinating. I am not grateful, I believe other people vaccinating is directly endangering all of us, including my children.