by Rhonda Robinson
As homeschoolers, most of us woke up one day and realized it was not the state that was responsible for the education of our children; it was our right and responsibility as parents.
Yet I have to ask, “Do we take this view with the very health of our children also?” Whether we do or not, ultimately we will bear the full weight for the health decisions we make for our children, not the bureaucrats in Washington, or even the family doctor.
When presented with a procedure that alarms your parental instincts, ask the doctor this simple question: “If I submit my child to this, will you sign a paper stating you will be personally responsible physically, emotionally and financially for the care of this child for the rest of his life if there are any serious reactions or complications?”
Because you already have -- it was called a birth certificate.
Currently, parents are not being asked; they are being compelled by law to submit to as many as twenty-four vaccinations with little or no information on origin, efficacy, or possible reactions. Parents need to ask questions concerning the healthcare of their children. The price of our unquestioning compliance may be costing us more than we bargained for.
In just two decades, autism has surpassed childhood diabetes. In the early 1990’s it was a rare disorder, affecting only one out of 10,000 children. Today it is has skyrocketed to one in 150 children.
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder with a wide range of severity. It strikes a child’s ability to communicate, socialize or connect with others. Some children have a combination of keen hearing, yet no speech, while others retain their speech, they struggle with simple interaction, to the point of impairment. Some are brilliant, while others are trapped in their own world.
Private research studies are coming to light, showing autism could be a result of the high doses of the combination of high levels of mercury found in childhood vaccines and genetic susceptibility.
According to a New York Times report, a 6-month-old child on schedule with all immunizations would get a dose as much as “87 times higher than the guidelines for daily consumption of mercury from fish.”
While we need to factor in better diagnostic techniques -- as this would certainly increase the numbers with fewer children falling through the cracks -- still, experts do not consider (diagnostic techniques) to be significant enough to explain the epidemic.
According to WorldNetDaily.com, in 1992, Ohio reported 22 cases, then just ten years later that number had jumped to 3,057.
“In Illinois the rate of autism cases climbed from 5 in 1992 to 3,802 -- an increase of 76,040 percent.”
“Mississippi, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia reported no cases of autism in 1992, but by 2002 the number of cases reported were 461, 404 and 144, respectively.”
“Cure Autism Now” has launched a mass media campaign to enhance public awareness of autism
(www.cureautismnow.org). The “Learn the Signs, Act Early” Campaign is also directed toward physician education and early identification.
“Cure Autism Now” cites a new study at Johns Hopkins University, quoting Carlos A. Pardo, M.D. “These findings reinforce the theory that immune activation in the brain is involved in autism, although it is not yet clear whether it is destructive or beneficial or both to the developing brain.”
The New York Times reported that a seven-page memo revealed senior executives at Merck & Co. knew of the harmful effects of mercury-laced vaccines in the early 1990s. Nonetheless, the company has publicly maintained that there was no “creditable evidence” connecting vaccines to autism. The report goes on to quote James A. Moody, the lawyer who provided the memo to the Times, “The memo provides the first hard evidence that the companies knew -- or at least Merck knew – that the children were getting significantly more mercury than the generally accepted dose.”
The lack of concern for public health and safety within the pharmaceutical companies, and the conflicts of interest and political corruption within the FDA, has become evident over the last year with the deadly side effects of arthritis medicine and antidepressants. The pharmaceutical industry was slow to respond, they admitted the deadly effects only when forced out into the public eye with multiple lawsuits.
How much more resistant to public scrutiny are they when it comes to immunizations? There, they not only have a captive clientele they want to preserve, but they have the cover and security of a government-sanctioned mandate, with the power and tax dollars to back it.
It should no longer come as a surprise to us that drug companies do not have our best interest at heart. They are a business, not a humanitarian effort, which must consider cost and profit. Fatalities and injuries are just part of the cost of doing business within the pharmaceutical industry. Payouts for vaccine damages reached $1,189,700,000 in 2000.
Mercury has been completely removed from everything else, including animal vaccines. Yet we are still compelled by law to inject it into our children from birth.
Some states have written legislation for “Mercury Free Vaccines.” There was also a bill introduced in the House on February 17, 2005 -- HR 881 “To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to reduce human exposure to mercury through vaccines.”
Don’t get me wrong -- this is a much-needed bill, however, the fact that it is needed should be a wake-up call to us as parents. We no longer have the luxury to sit passively, and trust that all mandates that are handed down concerning our families are indeed in our best interest.
The cold reality is that we now live in a world where abuse is rampant; therefore, all parents have become suspect. Parents who are not abusive, yet have passively relinquished their responsibilities to state schools and health care agencies, have rendered parental authority nugatory.
One of the by-products of this social climate has been a subtle shift of priorities, not only for parents, but also for lawmakers.
Many working parents now consider it a hardship to stay home and care for a sick child for several days. Compounding the problem is that mothers are no longer skilled in caring for childhood illness. Fevers, earaches, and sore throats are common cause for an appointment with a doctor.
Often times, the trip to a doctor’s office is not entirely to care for the child, as it is to gain a pass (prescription) so a child is not considered contagious, and can be admitted back into school or daycare.
Mandatory chickenpox vaccines are a prime example of the shift in focus from mothering to parental productivity. Proponents of the vaccine cite the loss of work and productivity as a key reason for the state-mandated immunization.
Parents once considered chickenpox to be little more than an inconvenient interruption to their schedule, necessitating quarantining whining children, while attempting to control the itching.
Only 10 percent of the American population over the age of 15 has never had chickenpox, most families have their own chickenpox tale, and can usually point to at least one signature scar to punctuate it.
Our family has many such stories, including a speckled Christmas and a birthday where the spotted birthday girl sent out invitations to friends who had already had chickenpox, (or who wanted to catch them).
We met guests at the door with a red pen, and decorated everything from walls to the cake in large red spots…a pleasant childhood memory.
And yet, young mothers’ fear of this common ailment seems to have been well planned, at least in my state, Illinois. In July of 2002, amid conflicting opinions and opposition from parental-rights groups, Illinois became the 35th state to add chickenpox immunizations as a requirement for children to enter public school and daycare.
Along with the mandate came public awareness ads on billboards and commercials and radio proclaiming chickenpox as a deadly disease.
According to The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), an estimated 3.7 million cases of chickenpox appeared annually in the early 1990s. In 1992, out of approximately 158,000 cases of chickenpox, 100 deaths were reported. These are probably the statistics the commercials used, and explains why parents today are so alarmed. The problem with this type of public service message is that they are not really designed to inform the public, but to persuade and create a need.
They failed to present all of the information, because it is not the intent of the commercial to help parents make informed choices concerning their child. It is intended to make parents more comfortable with the new mandate.
What the commercials don’t say is that over half of those deaths were in adults. For adults, the varicella zoster virus (chickenpox) can be severe; 20 percent of adults develop complications. But less than one percent of children develop severe or life-threatening complications. And of these children, most have compromised immune systems or pre-existing health problems.
So who is at risk here? It would seem to be mostly the adults without immunity. Which brings us to an obvious dilemma. Are we are immunizing children today, only to leave them vulnerable as adults?
Immunized little girls, who have avoided chickenpox in childhood, could grow up and find themselves unprotected during their childbearing years. Chickenpox can prove devastating to a pregnant mother and unborn child.
Only recovery from full-blown, natural chickenpox can provide lifetime immunity.
In many states simply homeschooling does not exempt you from immunization laws. If you decide not to immunize your child, you need to enlist the support of your pediatrician. Some hospitals consider not being current on immunizations as neglect, and can be reported as such.
It is wise to seek out a pediatrician who will respect you as an informed parent, seeking the best care for her child. We have on file, in each of our children’s health records as well as our school records, our written statement of each immunization we claim exemption from-and update it yearly.
Whether or not you want your child to wrestle with the disease itself, or chance the affects of the vaccine, your decision is one of the most serious decisions you will make as a parent. However, you must decide, and you must weigh the cost.
The questions are: Have we traded mumps and measles and chickenpox for autism, neurological disease, and a new generation of children born with life-threatening deformities? And will the answers come in time for the children you love?
Rhonda’s Pocket Answer
When your physician explains to you, how it is for the good of the community that all children are immunized, and that is how they have managed to wipe out so many childhood diseases. Smile and nod, then say, “If I were responsible for enacting policies for the masses, I may make the same choice, and agree with you. However, I am responsible for only the care and well-being of my child. Therefore, I have to make the best decision for him alone.
I believe a vigilant parent and a good doctor working together is better medicine than anything that can be injected.
Mercury free vaccine bill
Rhonda Robinson has spent the last eighteen years in grade school, as a homeschooling mother of nine. Now she is stepping into her role as grandmother to six grandsons, and encouraging another generation of homeschoolers. Rhonda pens her perspective as a newspaper columnist on the social, political and parenting issues shaping the family. You can contact her at:
Rhonda@across-the-fence.com or www.across-the-fence.com