Thursday, February 12, 2015

Shepherds are Supposed to Protect, not Sacrifice Lambs

When people discuss vaccinations, they are typically referring to the vaccination program for infants and children. This program, including prenatal vaccines, just reached 58 vaccines by age 6 for 2015.

In the vaccination debate, the focus is on the process of injecting a minor (baby, toddler, child) with a prophylactic medication. When people discuss vaccine compliance, they are referring to forcing parents to vaccinate their children.

People in this debate rarely discuss consenting adults who can make a voluntary, informed decision to vaccinate THEMSELVES. In other words, the debate itself is rigged. It's inherently flawed.

If this were truly about the noble mission to protect the helpless and the innocent, then our program would be the exact opposite. We would be calling for all adults to roll up their sleeves to get all the vaccinations, and then requiring regular titre testing and re-vaccination if immunity thresholds weren't high enough.

In a world where the innocents and vulnerable populations truly get protection, the adults would be sacrificing for the children. Instead, what our most people in the debate want is for the MOST vulnerable to be fully vaccinated under mandatory law and societal pressure while the adults get to decide which vaccines to get, if any at all.

We want the people with the LEAST DEVELOPED IMMUNE SYSTEMS, who are most sensitive to adverse reactions during their brain and body development, the ones who cannot consent, and who cannot even talk to describe their pain or adverse reactions, to be forced to endure prophylactic medical interventions.

The thing is, whether you're pro-vaccine, or anti-vaccine, or questioning, or moderate, or selective, or anything else, a vaccination is a medical procedure with potential side effects and risks that can be short term or long term, acute, or chronic. It is a product being inserted into your body that exerts numerous changes, whether considered healthy or damaging, or a bit of both.

Every vaccine has side effects and risks, short term and long term. You risk injury or death to yourself. You risk spreading the vaccine-disease to others and injuring or killing them. And you risk altering the epidemiology of society as a whole, including through multiple generations with epigenetic changes to the immune system.

Let's look at antibiotics as an example. This is fitting because several vaccines contain traces of antibiotics, but the analogy is still restricted since in most cases, antibiotics are prescribed to treat an existing medical condition.

When you take antibiotics, you consent to a risk to yourself and a risk to others. You can directly injure or kill yourself, and you alter the bacterial ecosystem, resulting in resistant strains that put the entire world at risk.

So, for example, thanks to people and the agri-industry overusing antibiotics, we now have super-bugs as the media calls them. These super-bugs pose increased risk of morbidity and mortality. A recent study claims they will kill up to 10 million people annually.

Similarly, the decisions you make regarding vaccinations will alter your health and the rest of society.

All of this on some level would still make a little bit of sense because so far we've been discussing an adult making a personal informed decision about her body.

That's not what the vaccine campaign is about, though. The CDC children's program isn't about adults freely consenting to what products they put into their body that might also pose a risk to others, such as smoking or driving drunk, or using carcinogenic household products that are washed into our water supply.

This is about demanding that parents force vaccines into their non-consenting children when no disease is present and lesser treatments (nutrition, supplements, breastmilk, etc) have not been tried first.

Wanting to force a medical treatment onto a non-consenting person without immediate lifesaving necessity is unethical. It violates every aspect of ethical medicine in our human existence.

"The patient should make his or her own determination about treatment... Informed consent is a basic policy in both ethics and law that physicians must honor, unless the patient is unconscious or otherwise incapable of consenting and harm from failure to treat is imminent." ~American Medical Association

Vaccine proponents demanding for compulsory vaccination of minors are saying that parents must put medical products with side effects and risks into their children regardless of bodily integrity and basic human rights.

It gets really easy to see that the vaccine program is faulty when you look at the population divide. A minority, 24%, of the population is aged 18 and under. Whereas adults make up 76% of the population. So, the vaccine program literally rests on forcing a vulnerable minority to protect the rest of the population.

The CDC vaccination program is specifically directed towards minors who cannot consent to a prophylactic medical intervention given in the absence of disease and without any immediate lifesaving indication.

Let's say what needs to be said here. The vaccine debate is not only about diseases and efficacy, studies and money. It's a debate about basic human rights to bodily integrity and informed consent in the medical system. It's a debate about whether or not we value the voiceless, the defenseless, and the innocent. It's a debate about whether the shepherds will sacrifice for their herd, or whether they will force lambs to be sacrificed instead. It's a debate over the value of our children. Are they people deserving ethical medical care, or are they merely living, breathing immune machines to shield society?

If you believe in vaccine theory and you want to alter society's epidemiology of disease for better or for worse, then YOU roll up your sleeve and YOU make that choice. Don't pretend your desire to force every infant and child to endure 58 vaccines by age 6 is somehow altruistic and noble. If you're a shepherd, then you stand between the wolf and lambs, not behind them for herd protection.

Have you thanked a sacrificial lamb and his/her parents?
Stop by Karen's post to thank them for their sacrifices.

Research vaccines to ensure this is really a medical procedure you feel comfortable consenting to on behalf of your child. If you're wondering where to start, follow these beginning steps:

Read each of the vaccine pamphlets, the actual inserts released by the vaccine companies over at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Check out the 3 pages of vaccine ingredients released by the Centers for Disease Control. (Although, you'll want to cross reference with the vaccine companies when reading the CDC page because sometimes this document is slightly inaccurate or out of date.)

Dig through the CDC Pinkpages to begin learning about various illnesses. Learn how they are transmitted, how they work in the body, common symptoms, rare symptoms, individual risks, natural and allopathic treatment, etc.

Learn more about the immune system and how it works here.

Explore the government website for vaccine reactions to determine which reactions are more likely to be associated with which vaccines and at what ages to give you a starting point for assessing your child's individual risks.

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