PORTLAND, Oregon — First, a disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, and the final decision about vaccinating your child should take place between you and your healthcare provider. I’m not giving you medical advice; I’m stating my opinion.
I am a dad. And, I write this without benefitting in anyway from what is said here. I have no book to peddle, no profits to protect, and there’s no doubt that writing this will result in some amount of hate directed in my general direction for challenging a popular narrative that vaccines are only safe and effective and should be administered the same way to all children without consideration for the unique biology of each and every child. So be it.
About the title
How could this be the only vaccine guide you’ll ever need? Like the old adage about teaching someone to fish, I believe my words will help you to do two things that can put you in control of the vaccine decision for your child and family:
- Do your own research. Understand the risks and benefits of everything you are putting into your child.
Every single person is different. There is no part of medicine where “one size fits all” is a good idea.
If you understand the harm vaccines can cause in some children and the benefits they provide, you won’t be intimidated by any pressure or judgment being placed on you by others.
2. Find a healthcare provider who doesn’t believe “one size fits all” when it comes to vaccines
The relationship between you and a doctor when it comes to vaccines is critical. There is a lot of shame and intimidation used in the healthcare profession to goad parents into vaccinating. This is wrong on so many levels, and there are also many healthcare providers who don’t believe one size fits all, who do believe every child is different, and who work with parents to provide the best plan for each child. Find that doctor. (And if someone shames you or tries to coerce you, run away fast!) They exist in every region of the country — network with parents until you find one. They might be a naturopath, a D.O., or a chiropractor, just find one!
That was easy, right? Do those two things (your own research, find a great healthcare provider) and you will be in great shape.
So you know, I did neither of those things when I had young kids in the early 2000s. I did no research. I went with the local pediatrician everyone else seemed to use. I regret those choices deeply, which is why I’m writing this to you right now*.
(*like tens of thousands of other American parents, I watched my son decline into Autism after following the vaccine schedule perfectly.)
I’m going to do 2 more things with this post to hopefully get you on your way to a better understanding of vaccines:
- I’ll share with you ten truths about vaccinations that most people — and especially new parents — don’t typically know
- I will go through every vaccine currently recommended for American children by the CDC and give you my opinion on their risk vs. benefit