Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Vaccinations; The Power of Suggestion

Did anyone see the special on MSNBC? I'm curious about everyone's thoughts on it.

After our children's diagnoses of different issues going on (S.I. and ADHD), friends would mention that vaccinations could be to blame. In the back of my mind, I wondered as well.

At first, I was totally against the thoughts of NOT immunizing children. It may be what is great for that family, but my beef with it was putting OTHER families infants at risk who were choosing to immunize by the schedule.

Which is what I did as a mom, I went by the schedule, and I don't regret it either. Really can't go back now, and I too was doing what I thought was best for our children and the community around us.

That does not mean that I condemn someone who chooses not to immunize. Yet, I honestly had a slightly and thoughtful raised eyebrow at the thoughts, of possible repercussions that may come occur as a result of so many new moms choosing not to immunize.

I still just don't know...

Here is the MSNBC article if you click:

Court Rules Vaccine Not the Cause of Autism

Also, I found this article interesting too:

Small Decision, Large Impact

I am pretty open minded about those who don't immunize though. I'd just like to see some real documented hard evidence that vaccines truly are causing autism and other related mild versions of autism. AND vice versa...that not vaccinating has done a world of good in communities or know, within a larger group of folks.

Dr. Sears has a pretty good overall take on things, imo. He gives alternate vaccination ideas for hesitant parents concerned about the side effects of vaccines:

Separate Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccines No Longer Available? What Can Parents Do?

I realize this topic has been one of discussion may times previously in the blogger world. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it since this newer news broke out. I'm out of that stage of the infant shots, yet Bubb has some upcoming booster shots, and so the whole shot thing is on my mind.

On another note: J. has been thinking a lot about all of that hardware she saw in her x-rays. Now she is convinced that she can feel the screws inside. I'm not saying she can't, but that thought was never expressed until AFTER her appointment yesterday where she saw the x-rays of her back.

Now everyone who really knows J...I'm talking those of you who have known her since she was a know how the power of suggestion is quite strong in her life. If she thinks about it too long, she begins to think it is a reality.

So I got to thinking about the power of suggestion in my own life. I guess that is why the Bible tells us to think on those good things:

Philippians 4:8 (King James Version)

8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 4:8 (The Message Verson)

8-9Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

I know in my own personal life, if I get hung up on the negatives...whether it be about myself, or others, then that is what I begin to live out.

So concerning J., I am trying to get her to focus on the fact that the hardware is there, to help her fusions heal properly. That will take at least 1 yr before we can think about the possibility of removing the hardware. Until then, keep thanking God that she is not in terrific pain any more...she is already almost off all pain meds. Only taking Extra Strength Tylenol when needed. AND the best thing...her back is straight. What a blessing. She smiled, and I think she is going to give this new train of thought a try. :)

I'm going to renew my new train a thought (looking more at the positives, than the negatives) in my own personal life as well. :-D I have so much work to do on me!

Romans 12:2 (King James Version)

2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:2 (The Message)

Romans 12

Place Your Life Before God

1-2 So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.


Jaime said...

I'm not going to go into detail with our choice on vaccinations but I recommend everyone read "Vaccines: Are they Safe and Effective" by Neil Z. Miller before making any choices.

I don't necessarily think vaccines cause autism or other issues (although it's entirely possible), I'm just not convinced they are effective.

Read the evidence in that book. It's overwhelming!

Still praying for your J. I hope she continues to recover comfortably!

Jenn said...

Thanks so much for your input. :) I'd love to check that book out. Thank you for your thoughts of my little girl too. Blessings, jenn

Angela said...

Hi Jenn! We chose not to vaccinate after much research. Honestly, I never would have thought twice about it had I not had a newphew (now 11) who is autistic. My personal opinion that the rise in not only autism but also ADHD, childhood asthma, just to mention a few is definitely a result of vaccinations. Not, perhaps, vaccinations by themselves- but likely a combination of a genetic predisposition combined with the toxic load of vaccines and other environmental factors. I think it will be hard to pinpoint vaccines as the cause- but, if nothing else, I think that it's worth being cautious about. I am NOT anti-vaccine. We have always planned to selectively vaccinate at a delayed schedule. Not even sure when we'll start- my oldest as 6 and still no vax. But at some point we'll get what's necessary for travel- and what makes sense. The bottom line, for me, is NOT that vaccines are bad, but that absolutely there are TOO MANY TOO SOON. That is what it boils down to for me. There is just no reason to impose that kind of toxic load on a newborn whose immune systems and neurological systems are not even yet formed! One of the most interesting articles I ever read was- surprisingly- in Rolling Stone...

On another note- thanks for posting updates on your daughter! I pray her for her when she comes to mind!

Jenn said...

Thank you Angela for sharing. I will check that out!

It does make a lot of sense. It really saddens me that both of my children have a mild form of Autistm...being ADHD and Sensory Integration Dysfunction.

I too tend to think it is a combination of things...including the foods that have words in them that we can't even pronounce. lol! It can't be good for us.

I'm thankful when we get to heaven, we will have new and perfect heavenly bodies!! :)

Jenn said...

Oh Angela...THANK YOU for your prayers for J. :)