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Cough, Cough

Upon our arrival home from our trip to PA, Josh came down with a wicked sinus infection. He ended up staying home from work all of last week, and even today, he’s not feeling fantastic.

I had really, REALLY hoped that Jude and I wouldn’t catch any bit of what Josh had, but hoping is for suckers, I guess. My throat has been sore for the past few mornings, and today I feel horrible. Jude has had some goopey eyes for a few days, but had been fine otherwise. Until last night, that it. I’ve never really heard Jude cough before, but last night he coughed more than he has in the past two years combined. Okay, so he had two coughing fits. It wasn’t a ton, but it was a lot for him. Also, he went to be at 5pm yesterday and didn’t get up until 7am today. I think it’s safe to say that both he and I are a bit under the weather.

To treat Jude’s cough, I took a note out of Aviva Jill Romm’s book, Naturally Healthy Babies and Children. I mixed one half teaspoon of honey with equal parts fresh lemon juice and fresh ginger juice (squeezed from the gratings of a one-inch piece of ginger). Jude let me feed it to him on a spoon without any fuss. I’ll be making more for him (and for me!) after nap time today.

I’m planning a quiet day indoors for the boy and myself today. There’s a 60% chance of rain and with both of us feeling as crummy as we do, I think some videos, hot tea, and cuddles are in order.

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Vaccine Research-Getting Started

After reading my last post on vaccinations, some of you may be considering (or reconsidering) the safeness and effectiveness of vaccines. Perhaps you want to do some research, but don’t know where to start. Well, today’s your lucky day! The lovely members of the Mothering Forums have compiled an outline of sorts to help organize each vaccine’s pertinent information.

For each VPD (vaccine preventable disease), research, research, research until you can fill in each part of the following outline:

1. Name of the disease
2. Description of the disease
3. Length of time from initial infection to end of all symptoms
4. Infectious period
5. Normal symptoms of the disease
6. Known serious consequences of the disease
7. Proportion of persons infected developing serious consequences
8. Transmission route of the disease
9. Prevalence of the disease
10. Treatments of the disease and efficacy of those treatments
11. Relevant research about the disease
12. Name of the vaccine
13. Company that makes the vaccine
14. Contents of the vaccine
14A. The significance of whether or not the vaccine is live
15. History of development of the vaccine
16. Known side-effects of the vaccine and rate of incidence of those side-effects
17. Possible side-effects not yet acknowledged by the vaccine maker
18. Relevant research into the vaccine
19. How effective is the vaccine at preventing the disease?
20. What is the vaccine meant to do? (Many vaccines are not meant to prevent infection or transmission.)
21. Number of cases reported each year
22. Number of deaths reported each year from the vaccine and natural disease

Here’s a list of resources to get you started:

Info from the CDC
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: download the current issue
CDC Pink Book
Reported Cases and Deaths from VPDs, United States, 1950-2007

Info from VAERS
Package Inserts- .pdf format

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny talking about vaccines
Are Vaccines Safe?

Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide by Aviva Jill Romm
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations by Stephanie Cave

Excellent Blogs with References
Inside Vaccines
We don’t Buy It–specifically, Laura’s posts labeled Vaccines

I don’t claim to know everything there is to know about vaccines, but if you have a question, post it in the comments section or shoot me an e-mail. If I can’t answer it for you, I should be able to point you in the right direction.

Happy researching!

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A few days ago, Dooce posted her Momversation video contribution and a follow-up post on the subject of childhood vaccinations. In Heather’s post, she stated that she doesn’t understand parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. As of today, there are more than 1150 comments on that post (yours truly contributed 2), and the debate seems to be getting more and more heated as the days go by. The majority of Heather’s audience is pro-vaccine, followed closely by the selective/delayed vaccination group. I think the non-vaxers total about a dozen, but we’re putting up a good (and well-informed!) fight.

Parenting is such a hard job, and it’s not one to be taken lightly. In the case of vaccinations, it’s our job, as parents, to research–to look at the vaccine ingredients and to seek out information about each and what it means to be injecting those chemicals into our children’s bodies. We need to examine studies that are both peer-reviewed and unbiased (read: studies NOT conducted by pharmaceutical companies). We need to realize that doctors, as a whole, do *not* always act in the best interest of our children. The almighty buck is, well, almighty, and it drives people like no other material does.

Above all else, we need to not be afraid. Thanks to the great strides that have been made in the areas of personal hygiene and public sanitation, and because we now have information on each disease regarding how they are spread and how to treat them, these VPDs (vaccine preventable diseases) are, by in large, harmless. Measles? Treat with Vitamin A. Don’t use anti-pyretics to bring down the fever-let it do it’s job at fighting the infection. Petrussis? Treat with Sodium Ascorbate. Chicken Pox? Rest. Oatmeal baths. Calamine lotion. Chicken/vegetable soup.

Quickly, I want to restate the two points I made on Dooce’s blog post. The first has to do with Pertussis. I would say that 90% of Dooce’s comments that referenced Pertussis bitched about the unvaccinated population spreading the disease to the unable-to-be-vaccinated (infants and the immuno-compromised) and vaccinated populations. The fact is that the Pertussis vaccine DOES NOT prevent transmission. Hell, it’s not even 100% effective at protecting those who receive it from contracting the disease. Anyway, back to my point: Even if you are vaccinated against Pertussis, you can and still do, carry and transmit the disease. It is just as likely, if you come down with Pertussis, that you caught if from a vaccinated person as it is that you caught if from a unvaccinated person.

The second point I’d like to make is that the vast majority of non-vaxing parents do not choose to NOT vaccinate their children because of Autism. To quote what I said in the comments section of Dooce’s post: “Non-vaxers aren’t only (or necessarily at all) concerned with autism. Some issues we are concerned about are-the ingredients in vaccines, the perceived benefits vs. the risk of adverse reactions, the one-size-fits-all dosing of vaccines, and the lack of safety testing, to name just a few.” Here I’d like to add that in addition to the issues I listed on Heather’s blog, non-vaxing parents are also concerned with the rise in asthma, allergies, neurological disorders, diabetes, eczema, and a host of other dis-eases that we’ve seen (and that has been documented) in today’s children since mass vaccination was introduced to the public.

Whatever you decide to do in regards to vaccinations, I urge you to do so after having researched–thoroughly. Aviva Jill Romm’s book Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide is a fantastic (unbiased) resource to get you started. It’s well written, fairly easy to read and navigate (in other words, I was able to understand the points she made), and is steeped in fact.

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