Crunchy Mama: Vaccinations {Counter Culture part Three}

II. We don’t vaccinate
Well, that’s not entirely true.  Lexie was selective and delayed vaxed (she received no more than 2 vaccines at a time, starting at 4.5monts old.  We got shots every 2-3 months).  But Max won’t be.  At all.  One reason is simply his dairy protein allergy.  Several of the vaccines have bovine protein, which is cow, in concentrated amounts.  If he has a reaction to me eating powdered ranch dressing as an ingredient in taco soup, what would bovine directly injected into his muscles do to him?  I’m not willing to find out.  The following post is FULL of a LOT of information.  It is compiled from many sources, which I have linked all throughout.  Just be patient with me, read slowly, and check the links for more information.  =)
 A. Vaccine Ingredients
Here is a link to the CDCs website and the ingredients in each vaccine: HERE
It was updated Feb 2012.  Please look at it- no those ingredients are not pretend or made up by someone trying to scare people into not vaccinating.  Those are real ingredients put out in the open for us to read.  In plain sight, by the CDC.  After you read it, research the ingredients you DO NOT know.  Chances are, you will not recognize most of them.
For instance, Google Miller growth medium.  Mueller growth medium-human cells taken from sick people whom you have no medical history of.  Read about the chick embryos in vaccines. More ingredients include: “DNA”- which came from aborted babies, Human serum albumin which has blood from “screened” donors-other human’s DNA directly injected into your and your child’s muscles.  Oh!  Or my favorite … “Vero monkey kidney cells” as found in the dTap and polio vaccines.  You read that correctly; we are being injected, by pharmaceutical companies funded in the billions by the government, with MONKEY cells.  That is not some crazy scare tactic from a random website-that is an ingredient from the list on the CDCs website.  Eggs, whey and yeast proteins, which many of our children are now allergic to.  “MRC-5 cells including DNA and protein,” and “CMRL 1969 medium (supplemented with calf serum)“- quoted from the CDC website.  This is also the language used on the required handouts given to you at the doctor.  How many parents would read and understand what MRC5 is?  What they don’t tell you is this:
The MRC-5 cell line was developed in September 1966 from lung tissue taken from a 14 week old fetus aborted for psychiatric reason from a 27 year old physically healthy woman. The cell morphology is fibroblast-like. The karyotype is 46,XY; normal diploid male. Cumulative population doublings to senescence is 42-48. G6PD isoenzyme is type B.
reference found HERE
More ingredients: Formaldehyde, yeast protein … the list goes on.  These are injected into newborns, 2, 4, 6, and 8 month old babies, sometimes 7+ vaccines at a time!  Chemicals and foreign proteins flooding their bodies, their tiny bodies with limited defenses.  Yeast extract contains MSG– which dietitians tell us to stay away from in our food.  Many of us have allergies and sensitivities to MSG (and don’t even know it) which is known to cause:
  • Migraine headaches
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Seizure
  • Stroke
  • Anaphylactic reaction
That last one, anaphylactic reaction, has happened to babies and children who were allergic to dairy protein but still received the vaccines with Bovine– death has occurred because of vaccines.  As a matter of fact, MORE deaths and reactions have occurred due to vaccines than have due to the diseases they “prevent” and “protect” against in the United States.  The same reaction can occur in children allergic to egg or any other vaccine ingredient.  Can it be as mild as swelling of the injection site?  Yes.  Can it be as serious as death?  Absolutely.

My daughter has eczema, and has had it since 4 months old (when we began vaccines…).  Eczema is an allergic reaction, not just dry skin; it can be external (such as a detergent) or it can be an internal reaction to foods such as milk, strawberry, eggs, or peanut allergies (all rooted in a gut imbalance).

I am mentioning this because when I took her for her 2 year well child, she was supposed to get her MMR.  (remember, I did selective and delayed schedules for her).  A few months before we went in, I changed my mind and decided against it; with my husband’s full support.  I just felt sick when I thought about giving her the shot.  I had done my research, I had looked at the CDC’s disease reports for the past years, and felt fine with her not receiving the vaccine.

I got to the dr office and for some unknown reason, I gave in.  I have NO idea why?!  I have stood up to doctors and other people many times about our decisions on vaccines, and for some reason I gave in.  The minute I said “okay” I knew it was the wrong choice for us.  Why was I doing this? (FYI: it wasn’t because the doctor said, and I do quote, “you don’t want your baby to get sick and die do you?”  Are you serious?  This is how doctors convince some families to make medical choices- FEAR)

To make matters worse, it is the only time she has ever cried at the doctor.  Here’s the kicker: By the end of the day Lexie’s eczema had broken out all over her body-arms, legs, cheeks- and was so inflamed it looked like she had hives.  Her face was swollen.  She reacted to something in that vaccine.  Her cheeks broke out, and the sores burst with fluid.  It was terrible.  And it has been inflamed non stop ever since.

This picture was taken when I first noticed the eczema inflamed that afternoon; it was worse by the next morning.  I don’t know why I didn’t take pictures then, too.  All I can think of is I never really expected to be telling anyone about all this- our decisions are personal after all, and really no one’s business.  I was fearful of judgement, but I’m really not anymore.

So that is just one more reason why Max will not be vaccinated; I cannot imagine the reaction he would have to ingredients since he already has dairy protein allergy.
Neither of our babies received the Vitamin K shot or Hepatits shot at birth.  Here is why: Vitamin K is only necessary in the case of a traumatic birth, which we didn’t not have.  And HepB is transferred through sex and dirty needles-neither of which my newborns were taking part in.

Vaccine ingredients and reactions
The following information is from the VaxTruth website here.  I encourage you to read that entire link and ask yourself serious questions.  You can check their math and their facts, as I have done.  But numbers don’t lie.  In regards to thimerosal, which is about 50% mercury (fyi, mercury is one of the most poisonous elements known to man, along with lead and aluminum), they say this:
“So how much does “trace” mean?  According to the CDC, it says less than or equal to 0.3mcg per dose. does a nice job of putting this into perspective:
 2 ppb mercury is the mandated limit in drinking water 
• 200 ppb mercury in liquid waste renders it a toxic hazard 
• 25,000 ppb is found in infant flu shots 
• 50,000 ppb is found in regular flu shots — recommended for children, pregnant women, the elderly…
Also the math on how many ppb in a “thimerosal free” vaccine:
0.3 mcg / 0.5mL =
0.3 mcg / .0005L =
…3,000 mcg / 5L =
600 mcg / L
1 mg/KG = 1 PPM (formal definition of PPM)
1 L = 1 KG (density of water or saline solution)
1 mcg/L = 1 PPB (because 1 KG and 1 L of water are equivalent)
600 mcg / L =
600 ppb Thimerosal in the “thimerosal-free” vaccine
Flu vaccine has “only” 25 mcg Thimerosal. The shot is 0.5mL. Let’s do some math:
25 mcg / 0.5mL =
25 mcg / .0005L =
250,000 mcg / 5L =
50,000 mcg / L
1 mcg / L = 1 ppb, therefore
The shot has 50,000 ppb of Thimerosal
Remember that 2 ppb mercury is the mandated limit in drinking water and normally 200 ppb would label something a toxic hazard.” 
Something doesn’t seem right there.  They allow more ppb (part per billion) of a poison in our vaccines than they do in our drinking water…?  These vaccines don’t go through God’s natural filtration system He placed in our bodies, which were made in His image.  They are injected directly into the muscles of our babies and elderly.  I realize that thimerosal is not the same as mercury; I also realize it is not stored in the body like mercury is.  But it is a heavy metal.  How can they allow more of it in”assumed safe” vaccines, than they do our drinking water?
B. Religous and Spiritual Beliefs
Genesis 1:27 tells me that God created man, including my children, in His own image.  We are to reflect Him in our lives and bodies, and we are perfect as he has made us.  I don’t think if Jesus were walking the earth today he would inject himself with all the ingredients listed on the CDC vaccination website for fun, or for health.  Leviticus 11:44-45 tells us to keep our bodies clean in order to be holy.  This is another reason we do not vaccinate, and also why we strive to keep pollutants out of the bodies of our babies and ourselves (despite those terrible cravings, which I do cave in to!).  An excess of anything is never good, but children only know what we teach them and have no choice in refusing vaccines.  Leviticus continues in 19:19 to explicitly say not to mix the blood of cattle with our own.  It is old testament, yes but there is cause for that command.  Exodus 20:13 tells me not to murder. Would I shoot to kill if someone were hurting me or my family, yes.  But I would not take the life of an unborn baby to maybe protect my child against, or lessen the severity of, a disease that they may never come in contact with, and that the vaccine is NOT proven to protect them against.  That baby is helpless and has done nothing to deserve to die, no matter how much I would like mine to live.  You can tell me I am cherry picking the Bible to suit my own agenda … I would disagree.
On my way in to the doctor with Max at his 4 month checkup, I suddenly felt anxiety stricken.  I knew where my beliefs were, I knew I had 100% of my husband’s support, but I was suddenly nervous about standing up to the doctor about our choice.  I called JTom, who reminded and reassued me I had done this before, I could certainly do it again to protect our baby.  I hung up with him and felt better, then I prayed all the way to the doctor’s office that He would just give me the words and knowledge I needed to go through with our decision.  And of course, He did.
C. Here Comes the Crazy Train!
You may now think I am one of those radicals that would let my child suffer and die in the basement of our home, as they scream in agonizing pain, rather than take them to the doctor. bahahaha  silly sheeples!  You are wrong.   But I am not here to convince anyone of my choices or reasons behind them.  I am just informing you of my research in hopes you will inform yourself.  I fully expect anyone who does not feel the same way I do, and even those that do, to do their own research.  In a few short hours you can have just about all the answer you are looking for.  I found many forums where many doctors are now choosing not to vaccinate their children.
D. More Facts
Vaccinations have not been proven safe.  The CDC states in their pamplets for each vaccine, which by law is given to you at the dr., (but of course not gone over with you, explained to you, or given to you in conjunction with research on both sides of the issue) that vaccines are “assumed” safe.  Meaning we and our children are GUINEA PIGS.  I do not, in anyway, want the government using myself or my children for research- they don’t have a great track record ….
Maybe you feel, as I once did, that the down sides of vaccines do not out weigh the benefits of possibly saving my child’s life-but then I researched.  I would ask you to research outbreaks today; research their death rates and complication rates, when they began declining (these diseases began declining between the 1930s-1960s, before the vaccines were prevalent, due to cleaner living conditions, clean water, and access to healthy foods.) and WHO provides financing for vaccine research fed to the media- I’ll give you two guesses, and the first one doesn’t count.
There is not an ounce of my being that feels it is okay for my babies to be injected with chicken embryo cells, MONKEY cells, or any other human’s DNA which has all been submerged in aluminum, formaldehyde, thimerosal, and other known poisons and carcinogens.  No one will convince me that is safe or doesn’t have life long side effects, especially for babies and small children.
Another thought: look at the flu vaccine.  I know at least 6 people who got the flu vaccine who have also contracted the flu.  And not mild, simple cases of the flu.  Full blown flu.  The CDC has even admitted their vaccine is NOT effective.  Research the known case studies of the effectiveness of the vaccines.  It has also been proven that UNvaccinated children are healthier than those who receive vaccines: they get fewer ear infections, chest infections, colds; are less likely to suffer from asthma or have allergies, and are overall more healthy than children who are vaccinated by to the CDCs vaccination schedule.
Pro-vaccinators say that those who do not vaccinate put their child at risk- FYI, if vaccines are so effective then your child has nothing to worry about, right?  And if they do, then maybe you should rethink the pros vs the cons.  Here are some great vaccination quotes:
“The decline in infectious diseases in developed countries had nothing to do with vaccinations, but with the decline in poverty and hunger.” –Dr. Gerhard Buchwald, MD
“Crib death” was so infrequent in the pre-vaccination era that it was not even mentioned in the statistics, but it started to climb in the 1950s with the spread of mass vaccination against diseases of childhood. –Harris L. Coulter, PhD
“It is pathetic and ludicrous to say we ever vanquished smallpox with vaccines, when only 10% of the population was ever vaccinated.” – Dr. Glen Dettman
“Up to 90% of the total decline in the death rate of children between 1860-1965 because of whooping cough, scarlet fever, diphtheria, and measles occurred before the introduction of immunizations and antibiotics.” —Dr. Archie Kalokerinos, MD
“The greatest threat of childhood diseases lies in the dangerous and ineffectual efforts made to prevent them through mass immunization…. There is no convincing scientific evidence that mass inoculations can be credited with eliminating any childhood disease.” –Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, MD
“Official data shows that large scale vaccination has failed to obtain any significant improvement of the diseases against which they were supposed to provide protection” – Dr. Sabin, developer of Polio vaccine.
“There is a great deal of evidence to prove that immunization of children does more harm than good.” – Dr. J. Anthony Morris (formerly Chief Vaccine Control Officer at the US Federal Drug Admin.)
“My suspicion, which is shared by others in my profession, is that the nearly 10,000 SIDS deaths that occur in the United States each year are related to one or more of the vaccines that are routinely given children. The pertussis vaccine is the most likely villain, but it could also be one or more of the others.” –Dr. Mendelsohn, MD
“The medical authorities keep lying. Vaccination has been a disaster on the immune system. It actually causes a lot of illnesses. We are changing our genetic code through vaccination.” –Guylaine Lanctot M.D., author of the best-seller ‘Medical Mafia’
“You can’t vaccinate believing that your children are protected and then feel that your children are not protected because somehow, some non-vaccinated child is carrying some secret organism that no one else is carrying. It just doesn’t make any sense.” –Dr. Larry Palevsky, board-certified pediatrician

Babies and Vaccines

I would like to mention that Japan (I have to find that link in all my research) and other countries have cut down the number of SIDS deaths drastically by delaying infant vaccinations.  There is research that suggests infant vaccinations can cause SIDS.  It is circumstantial, but enough that I wouldn’t risk it as a parent to a new born.

Also, there have been more infant/baby flu deaths and complications in children since 2003, when the CDC decided that children as young as 6 months could receive the flu vaccine.  Prior to this the age was 5 years old.  The same government that tells women not to eat fish while pregnant because of mercury, tells them to inject their bodies and unborn baby with a chemical and poison laden flu vaccine that has proven to cause fetal death.
A few quick facts:
The United States CDC suggest we give our babies 26 vaccinations by the time they are one year old.  38 by 18 months.  49 doses of 14 vaccines by age 6.
The united States has infant mortality rate that ranks 34th in the world-that’s high for a first world country full of medical care.  Again, this doesn’t mean that we have a higher infant death rate because of vaccines, but it doesn’t help the case for vaccines, when other countries have limited first year vaccines, and decreased SIDS deaths.

I will say all of that to begin my conclusion with this: Every parent must decide whether the risks of vaccination are offset by the potential benefits- that is up to you.  But read, reserach, and compare information before you decide.  When you think you have dug far enough, dig deeper.

Here are some more links I encourage you to check out.  Some of these are analyzed explanations of the CDCs insert that comes with vaccines.  Direct links to their website are included in the articles.
  • How vax are evaluated for saftey:
  • This one offers several studies and health professionals giving the numbers of deaths and life altering side effects to vaccines:
  • A study showing vaccines are linked to health problems:
  • This site is full of information:
You may read all of this, do your research and still think I am crazy, stupid, and/or nieve for thinking nature and God will take care of my children (in conjunction with our own prevention, of course).  And that is FINE.  To each their own.  This is just one of many things that make JTom and I “off beat,” counter culture, “crunchy conservative” parents.  But we are still raising happy, healthy babies like many families that do things much differently than we do.  This is just how we do it here  =)

I will conclude with please educate yourself; research, research, and dig deeper.  Read who makes the vaccines, where they originated, who finances the making of them, what is in them, their possible side effects, long term damage, etc.

Hopping back on my crazy train now.  😉

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  1. kate @ livinglovinglaughing says:

    Fantastic post – I really appreciate all the effort you put into linking all your resources too! As a mama who researched for months and months (and still does) before deciding not to vax her kids, I know it is one of the toughest decisions we have to make as parents. There are no guarentees either way but I know I truly did my best to be informed and make the best choice I could for my kids. Love your blog and love your efforts in posting this and ‘putting it out there’! 🙂

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