Vaccinations: Should You or Shouldn't You?

Vaccinations: Should You or Shouldn't You? - Blog - Elise Bowerman Yoga - Mom_holding_infantThis blog post last updated July 2017.

We can all agree: it's good to know what you're putting in your body (and that of your children.)

It's socially acceptable to read food labels to stay informed of how brands change ingredients or names or leave out ingredients over time. Those of us who have done so over the years are very familiar with how certain companies/investors would like us to not know what's in our food. It's challenging to say the least, but the same thought and consideration needs to be made about everything, like toothpaste, lotion, shampoo, sunscreen, makeup, etc. Why not investigate vaccines before injecting yourself or your child?

I get it. It's is grueling work. Plus, where do you begin?!

Start Understanding Vaccinations Today

Inform yourself of what ingredients are in each vaccine. (Read the vaccine insert. It is HUGE. If you are given an 8.5x11 sheet of paper from the doctor/nurse... ummm, that is not a vaccine insert. Repeat your request until someone gives you the true vaccine insert.) Check out the links below this article to aid in your research.

You can have yourself and your children allergy tested to see if there are any allergies to any of the ingredients in a shot. A titer test is another useful option to see if there are antibodies in the blood.

During Pregnancy

Find out what it means when the nurse or doctor says it is "mandatory" to get a vaccination prior to and after the birth of a baby. Often "mandatory" means preferred by their standards.

In the state of Michigan you may refuse any and/or all vaccinations at any time. You don't even have to do the eye ointment. Your healthcare provider is someone who works for you; not the other way around.

Regarding Children

Find out whether or not vaccinations are "mandatory" before entering daycare, public or private school. There are waivers in Michigan through the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) to opt-out all or some of the vaccinations. View the current non-medical waiver information here.

Hire Someone Who Supports Your Decisions

Whether or not you choose to vaccinate I highly recommend having an alternative healthcare provider as your primary care physician or secondary doctor. A Naturopath, Classical Homeopath, Ayurvedic doctor/practitioner or Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner are a few examples of professionals who can treat and heal with holistic remedies whether you are experiencing side-effects from vaccinating, or are processing a disease.

You may use an alternative healthcare provider in conjunction with a medical professional. Get the best of both philosophies!

Vaccination is an invasive process. An educated, experienced holistic practitioner will support the body/mind before the vaccine even happens: to prepare for what is to come. A holistic approach is all about prevention. For example, before dental surgery my family takes homeopathic remedies to prepare for what will likely happen in order to help the body heal quickly, and the mind to remain calm and present. Below are a few reasons to consider having a holistic practitioner if you choose to vaccinate. They can help with all four situations:

  1. Many children and adults fear needles and/or blood = emotional crisis.
  2. Needles puncture the skin, just like a spider or snake bite = emotional crisis + puncture wound, maybe even a scar.
  3. Man-produced chemicals and other human/animal byproducts are injected into the bloodstream = foreign cells/bodies in body = body is figuring out how to respond.
  4. The body and mind can have reactions from the injection, dependent on the vaccine and the individual's immune system, such as: low-grade fever, soreness near injection site, symptoms of the cold or flu, pneumonia, redness/rashes, itchy skin, seizures, headaches, brain injury, the ever-controversial autism theory, and autism again, etc.

Be Confident

Understand there are dangers with everything. Vaccinating fully, partially, spreading out or completely refusing all have inherent risks. 

You only know what you know. 

Don't beat yourself up for a past decision you may be changing your mind about, right now. You are gathering information to move forward with life - and future decisions. The great thing about our minds is that we get to change them if we choose! 

Have a united team on your side. By team, I mean at least one healthcare professional who will respect, treat and assist in any healing crisis. If you feel alone, you are alone. Do not, and I repeat do not seek emergency healthcare advice online through social media outlets of people - just like yourself at home sayin' stuff. You need someone who is valued for their expertise with whom you feel safe and trust when emergencies arise --- because they do happen.

When You Go Against The Grain

If you choose to not vaccinate, know you may get at least one disease, like pertussis (whooping cough,) measles or chicken pox. Where might you get these diseases, you ask?

One avenue are newly vaccinated people. They're everywhere! Some vaccines are "live" and may shed. Even CNBC is reporting on it.

Having a holistic doctor is key in keeping you and your children safe when processing a disease; or to work to detox the chemicals after a vaccination.

It's important to have a holistic doctor before you or your children get sick. Since a natural/holistic approach is all about prevention, they need to know how you look physically, think mentally and feel emotionally when you are well. This provides constitutional information. Consider it a baseline. This data will guide your practitioner to an appropriate remedy quicker. This is not to say you can't go to a holistic practitioner for the first time when processing an illness or disease.

This Ain't My First Rodeo

I grew up with a mother who questioned everything... the apple didn't fall far from the tree. I've been able to bring balance into health, family, my own self, career, relationships and more because of the cautionary tale of life she lead to the detrimental extreme. 

I have found that most of the hysteria regarding illness and disease is from those who are uneducated in holistic practices. Once someone is educated in preventative medicine, then they can be prepared for illness and disease; not from a place of fear, but a place of understanding the illness or disease itself. (FYI - medical training in the U.S. does not include preventative care or any understanding of how natural remedies work.)

Take action. Own your health. Connect with a holistic professional today whether you choose to vaccinate or not... don't wait for someone to get ill or have an adverse reaction to a vaccination using alternative medicine as a last resort. Use it the opposite way - the way it was intended.

We Still Have a Choice in Michigan

Day by day the freedom to choose whether or not to vaccinate, or even delay a vaccination gets questioned more. It is up to us, the people, to voice our concerns and share research to our legislators who are voting on this vital topic. Here's what you can do:

Review the resources below.

Attend the next Michigan Vaccine Education Forum.

House bills HB 5126 and HB 5127 introduced by MI Representative Tom Hooker with six co-sponsers on December 8, 2015, to rescind the December 2014 rule change approved by the Michigan Joint Committee of Administrative Rules. Tell your State Rep to vote YES!

Senate bills 259, 260, and 261 introduced.  Tell your senators to vote NO.  These bills will post vaccination rates in each school and daycare, on the physical building and on-line. Here are the links: 

Contact your legislator(s):

  • Find your Michigan House of Representatives legislator here.
  • Find your Michigan State Senator here.

Stay Informed

Organizations

Michigan Residents

Michigan for Vaccine Choice

Childhood Shots

Michigan Opposing Mandatory Vaccines 

It is not mandatory to give your newborn baby a shot (Hep B and/or Vitamin K) or the prophylactic eye ointment.

A Short Primer on Vaccine Refusal at the Doctors Office, article

Michigan Vaccine Law

Michigan Department of Community Health

Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MICR)

The Rest of the U.S.

Read package inserts - ask your doctor for them, too.

National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC)

A great article about the Tetanus shot

International Medical Council on Vaccination

The Vaccine Research Library

Institute for Vaccine Safety

Stop Mandatory Vaccination

Dr. Tenpenny

VacTruth

Health Impact News

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Vaccine Injured?

Report adverse event: Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
(BTW - most medical healthcare professionals don't know VAERS exists and/or will not report reactions.)

National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (HRSA)

NVIC has a great article with links.

Documentaries

Bought 

VAXXED: from cover-up to catastrophe

The Greater Good 

Trace Amounts: Autism, Mercury, and the Hidden Truth

We Don't Vaccinate!

YouTube Videos

You will never look at vaccinated children the same!- Shedding Viruses (7 min)

VACCINE TALK: Tdap Safe for Pregnant Mothers? + Pertussis Prevention in Unborn Babies (4 min)

The Age of Aluminum documentary (50 min)

How Vaccines Harm Child Brain Development (1 hr 28 min)

Honesty vs. Policy (6 short videos, 1 hr total)

The Vaccine Culture War in America: Are You Ready? (29 min)

CDC Whistleblower Revealed (10 min)

Measels, Back in the Days Before the Marketing of the Vaccine (8 min)

NO JAB NO PAY NO WAY RALLY BRISBANE CHRIS SAVAGE (11 min)

Vaccines and Toxins Cause Autism and Sudden Infant Death Syndrom (11 min)

Books

Vaccines and Informed Choice: Everything Parents Need to Know by Patty Brennan (Ann Arbor)

Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines and the Forgotten History by Suzanne Humphries, MD

Illusion: How Vaccination Compromises Our Natural Immunity and What We Do To Regain Our Health by Tetyana Obukhanych, Ph.D.

Saying No to Vaccines: A Resource Guide for All Ages by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

Vaccine Epidemic by Louise Kuo Habakus, M.A., and Mary Holland, J.D.

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