By Cathy Jameson
Thank you, Dr. James Conway for the title for this post. Conway is a pediatric disease specialist according to in this article. You’ll hear more about him toward the end of my post.
I tried not to read the article early last week. I hesitated to click on the link seeing a short intro for it on a news site. I knew the topic was going to get me all riled up. Since I already have enough on my plate I wanted to spare myself a few minutes of unnecessary aggravation. I should have avoided the story, but I didn’t. I peeked. As much as I want to shield you from the content in the link you’ll have to open it and read the article, too.
The opening sentence starts out fine. The reporter shares that a growing trend of parents are not vaccinating their children. I smiled and sent a virtual high five toward my computer screen. Woot! More parents are onto something! They are making bold statements (and taking action) about the state of the current vaccine schedule.
Then, my high-fived hand came down. My smile turned into pursed lips, and I shook my head. I stopped at the third sentence. A pediatrician named Margaret Hennessey interviewed on a radio show said that parents should not skip vaccines. Tsk. Tsk. Why don’t you know? When everyone is getting (vaccines) they work better!
What Hennesey mentions is also known as herd immunity. Guess what? It doesn’t work.
The doctor now makes her own bold statement: “There's no science that supports that it's worthwhile holding off on these vaccines.” She goes on to say that vaccines can prevent infant death. Her science is saying that vaccines are safe. And effective. And we should all get them. Or babies will die.
This is where I started talking to my computer screen, “Vaccines are effective?! For what? I know what they are effective in doing—they’re effective in causing mitochondrial dysfunction. They can cause cell death. Vaccines can result in autism. They can effectively change people’s lives negatively and possibly forever. Vaccines even lead to death. How’s that for the ultimate in effective?
I grumbled to myself, “Worthwhile, too? Hmpf. I’ll show you what’s worthwhile. My child, his health and preventing a vaccine injury is worthwhile. Assuming that by blinding jabbing anyone and everyone thinking that will make vaccines effective is ludicrous.” My guess is Dr. Hennessy hasn’t read everything there is to read on vaccine safety. She should know that some people can and have negative reactions to vaccines and what’s in them. With just a few clicks of the mouse one can certainly find more than enough evidence that science does exist to support it being worthwhile to hold off on vaccines. Just look at the massive list Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) and its contributors have compiled!
I started to regret opening the link to the news story. Since I wasn’t finished with the article I sat back in my chair, refocused on the monitor and cringed. I forced myself to continue to read.
Enter Dr. James Conway. Remember he’s that guy that gave me the idea for today’s post. Wait for his little tidbit. Conway says that not vaccinating children "is like putting your kids out in traffic."
I was now standing up yelling at my computer. Conway continues. He says, ‘…they might not get hit by a car, but if they do "that's a world of hurt."’
Are you kidding me?!?!
I’ll show you a world of hurt. Because of vaccines a seven-year old girl is dead. A so-called safe and effective flu shot killed her. I’ll show you a world of hurt. Parents are grieving for a son dead because of a massive seizure brought on by a vaccine injury suffered from his childhood shots. I’ll show you a world of hurt, Dr. Conway! Years of special education typically follows many children who are vaccine injured. There’s nothing special about seclusion, restraint and humiliation when someone shoves them into a “scream room” at school. A world of hurt does exist, Dr. Conway and it’s because too many parents trusted an institution and their wily ways for far too long!
As you can imagine I was beyond a little miffed when I got to the end of the article. Thankfully I did find one positive point. The parents interviewed for the article had the chance to share their opinion about why they skip vaccines. God bless the Hiratas for taking the chance to stand up for their kids’ health.
I was finally sitting back down ready to process the last few minutes. The short article starts out newsworthy: parents are not vaccinating as much as before.
Then we’re introduced to some mumbo jumbo with ‘everyone is doing it, you should, too’ in Hennessey’s statement: when everyone gets vaccines they work better.
Squeezed in are some bold-faced lies: “There's no science that supports that it's worthwhile holding off on these vaccines.”
False. False. False. False.
And, now it’s time for to lob the insults. Parents attempting to educate themselves when medical professionals think they have a) all the answers, b) the final decision, c) no recourse to their actions, or d) all of the above hear this: comparing not vaccinating is like purposely letting your kids play in traffic.
I had to reread that last one because I honestly didn’t think someone would actually think that let alone say that. I was shocked. Then, I was angry. Finally, I got sad. I just wanted to cry.
But, I won’t cry.
I have already cried for my child’s health issues (because of his vaccine injury). I have already cried for my friend whose son died (because of his vaccine injury). I have already cried for another friend’s son who is bullied because he’s different (because of his vaccine injury). I have cried for a child who is being denied the great school support he needs (because of his vaccine injury). I have already cried for the hundreds of parents I know who are trying so hard, just like me to navigate a world full of sadness, fear, regret and worry (because of vaccine injury). I have already cried so much.
Today, I will not cry. I will speak up again.
Dear readers, friends and family, Please. Please, educate before you vaccinate. You do not want to join me and the quest I have for better health and education for Ronan. You do not want to be one of the 1 in 110. You don’t want to join the hours of research I do to find a smidgen of helpful resources for my son. You don’t need to endure the endless waiting like I do for Ronan to catch up. You won’t like the extra work or the added stress I handle on a daily basis. I love you dearly, but I don’t want you anywhere near vaccine injury. Ronan is worth every bead of sweat, every tear of joy, every belly laugh he can muster. But, vaccine injury is a tough road. It isn’t well mapped or easily traversed. It means special diets, sleepless nights, sensory overload and countless appointments. Vaccine injury is real, and it’s difficult. It exists right here. It’s a world of hurt. It truly is.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.