Growing up unvaccinated: This is what happens when your parents refuse

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I am the 70s child of a health nut. I wasn’t vaccinated. I was brought up on an incredibly healthy diet: no sugar till I was one, breastfed for over a year, organic homegrown vegetables, raw milk, no MSG, no additives, no aspartame. My mother used homeopathy, aromatherapy, osteopathy, we took daily supplements of vitamin C, echinacea, cod liver oil.

I had an outdoor lifestyle; I grew up next to a farm, walked everywhere, did sports and danced twice a week, drank plenty of water. I wasn’t even allowed pop; even my fresh juice was watered down to protect my teeth, and I would’ve killed for white, shop-bought bread in my lunch box once in a while and biscuits instead of fruit like all the other kids.

We only ate (organic local) meat maybe once or twice a week and my mother and father cooked everything from scratch – I have yet to taste a Findus crispy pancake and oven chips were reserved for those nights when mum and dad had friends over and we got a “treat.”

As healthy as my lifestyle seemed, I contracted measles, mumps, rubella, a type of viral meningitis, scarlatina, whooping cough, yearly tonsillitis, and chickenpox, some of which are vaccine preventable. In my twenties I got precancerous HPV and spent 6 months of my life wondering how I was going to tell my two children under the age of 7 that mummy might have cancer before it was safely removed.

So having the “natural immunity sterilised out of us” just doesn’t cut it for me. How could I, with my idyllic childhood and my amazing health food, get so freaking ill all the time?

Written By: Amy Parker
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23 COMMENTS

  1. Reminds me of an episode of Greg and Dahrma(sp?) I saw once on youtube. A child of Bay Area nutters she went for the ” natural ” cures, something about aligning chakras, and this being TV her intestinal disorder was cured by said nonsense.

    This, being the real world, reflects the story above. This woman sounds very lucky to have made it out of childhood!

    • In reply to #1 by Neodarwinian:

      This woman sounds very lucky to have made it out of childhood!

      She’s even luckier to have escaped the “anti-vax” mentality… and that luck rubs off on her children.

      Steve

    • In reply to #1 by Neodarwinian:
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      This, being the real world, reflects the story above. This woman sounds very lucky to have made it out of childhood!

      Lucky to have made it out of childhood and even luckier to have never tasted Findus crispy pancakes…

  2. a concerned, 19-year-old mother, frightened by the world I was bringing my child into

    you see, this is what i don’t understand. why “bring a child into the world” if it is, and, it is, such a frightening place? where is love in all that? these days, with over population, etc, if people want to have a family, why not simply adopt what’s already there; thereby not contributing to over population, and giving some poor kid a bit of love.

    • In reply to #5 by Net:

      a concerned, 19-year-old mother, frightened by the world I was bringing my child into

      you see, this is what i don’t understand. why “bring a child into the world” if it is, and, it is, such a frightening place? where is love in all that? these days, with over population, etc, if people want to h…

      Have you not realized that the vast majority are emotionally driven? As if the whole anti-vax thing wasn’t enough.

      People don’t want someone elses kids, they want their own, it’s a possessive, selfish drive to conquer more of the world with their own genes.

      • In reply to #12 by Seraphor:

        In reply to #5 by Net:

        a concerned, 19-year-old mother, frightened by the world I was bringing my child into

        you see, this is what i don’t understand. why “bring a child into the world” if it is, and, it is, such a frightening place? where is love in all that? these days, with over population,…

        yes, this is in fact what i was saying. i suppose i could have just come out and said it but i chose that particular rhetorical style to express it.

    • In reply to #5 by Net:

      a concerned, 19-year-old mother, frightened by the world I was bringing my child into

      you see, this is what i don’t understand. why “bring a child into the world” if it is, and, it is, such a frightening place? where is love in all that? these days, with over population, etc,

      Using Homeopathic Birth Control?

    • In reply to #8 by Stevehill:

      The one thing she does not say is whether she forgives her mother for the endless bouts of avoidable pain and suffering she went through.

      I’m not sure I would be able to.

      Well, she says “I’m glad she gave us the great diet that we had, I’m glad that she cared about us in that way.” which kind of implies that she’s forgiven her mom…

    • In reply to #8 by Stevehill:

      The one thing she does not say is whether she forgives her mother for the endless bouts of avoidable pain and suffering she went through.

      I’m not sure I would be able to.

      Perhaps she saw her mother as well intentioned but misguided/ignorant/misinformed rather than intentionally malevolent.

  3. I submit that life is a matter of priorities, not absolutes; we should learn from nature.

    I know of someone whose parents moved into the country when he was a child to avoid him contracting polio; and he did that very thing.

    Because, as I understand it, his immune system having been isolated didn’t recognize, or was too weak for lack of being challenged to resist the virus.

    As always I stand to be corrected.

  4. Well that’s all jolly good.

    I just hope everyone realises this is just another anecdotal tale with no clinical value whatever. It would be almost** as easy for some twat with an opposite viewpoint to write a similar story.

    Medical science moves forward with double blind clinical trials with enough subjects for high statistical significance.

    ** I say “almost” because as the high power double blind clinical trials would tell us, there are actually considerably fewer people who have the opposite experience, but it doesn’t stop them shouting loudly.

  5. I submit that life is a matter of priorities, not absolutes; we should learn from nature.

    When I was a child I avoided all vaccinations. The TB and German measles was given out to most teenagers in my time. This was the 1970s where I hate medical science interfering with my life. As a lay person I believe the immune system can cope with most virus and infections thrown at me. In this world nothing is guarenteed or should we ever take it for granted that we have good health. Mother nature has this wonderful habit of killing us and all the precautions will be for nothing.

    I am healthy young 57 year old. But I but that all down to genetics. Not diet or taking your vaccinations.

    • In reply to #14 by ikinmoore:

      I submit that life is a matter of priorities, not absolutes; we should learn from nature.

      When I was a child I avoided all vaccinations. The TB and German measles was given out to most teenagers in my time. This was the 1970s where I hate medical science interfering with my life. As a lay person I believe the immune system can cope with most virus and infections thrown at me. In this world nothing is guarenteed or should we ever take it for granted that we have good health. Mother nature has this wonderful habit of killing us and all the precautions will be for nothing.

      I am healthy young 57 year old. But I but that all down to genetics. Not diet or taking your vaccinations.

      The evidence is against you. Do you really want to learn from nature? Most creatures die being eaten alive by other animals often weakened by disease. Since vaccination and anti-biotics our life-spans have doubled. Hospitals cure people all the time, paracetamol has probably saved many infants by keeping temperatures down enough to allow the body to fight off infections. Remember you are part of nature so therefore is our big brains which allow us to develop these technologies to improve our lives.

      As a ‘lay person’ do you also feel qualified to fly a jet airliner or run a nuclear power plant? Why all of a sudden does your self professed ignorance on medicine make you qualified to comment on specific areas of modern medicine? I for one am glad that I was vaccinated, and frankly resent people refusing to vaccinate their children and thus risk mine.

  6. The evidence is against you. Do you really want to learn from nature? Most creatures die being eaten alive by other animals often weakened by disease. Since vaccination and anti-biotics our life-spans have doubled. Hospitals cure people all the time, paracetamol has probably saved many infants by keeping temperatures down enough to allow the body to fight off infections. Remember you are part of nature so therefore is our big brains which allow us to develop these technologies to improve our lives.

    As a ‘lay person’ do you also feel qualified to fly a jet airliner or run a nuclear power plant? Why all of a sudden does your self professed ignorance on medicine make you qualified to comment on specific areas of modern medicine? I for one am glad that I was vaccinated, and frankly resent people refusing to vaccinate their children and thus risk mine.
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    Reckless Monkey

    It is a matter of choice. I refused the vaccination at the time because I made a choice. Being part of nature is not being pumped up with medications which might/nor not prevent illnesses. Let me ask you a question ? Why when I cut myself I do not get any infection? My answer is that we have a very good immune system which works very well. It may need help from science for time to time. Doctors(like all professions, make mistakes) are brilliant and the antibiotics you mentioned have helped saved millions of lives. But I want Choice ! To take or not to take !!!! If you do not believe in that then you are a dicator !

    • In reply to #19 by ikinmoore:

      It is a matter of choice. I refused the vaccination at the time because I made a choice. Being part of nature is not being pumped up with medications which might/nor not prevent illnesses.

      [Here are some self medicating animals] (http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/32957/title/Self-Medicating-Animals/)

      It is not a matter of ‘might’ or might not make a difference’ there is plenty of data with error bars (known amounts of populations that will not benefit from vaccination). Vaccination works they know how many have complications and how severe and believe me the reward by orders of magnitude far outweighs the risk. Don’t take my word for it look it up.

      you are part of nature so am I, so is my doctor and the vaccines he injects into me and mine. I suspect you use any number of technologies-clearly you at least use computers. Would you go to a hospital for life saving surgery? Will you listen to a doctor who tells you you need to have a cancerous tumour removed? Or will you leave that to your immune system? Why single out vaccination as a technology to avoid?

      Let me ask you a question ? Why when I cut myself I do not get any infection? My answer is that we have a very good immune system which works very well. It may need help from science for time to time. Doctors(like all professions, make mistakes) are brilliant and the antibiotics you mentioned have helped saved millions of lives. But I want Choice ! To take or not to take !!!! If you do not believe in that then you are a dicator !

      Actually to a very large extent you are being protected from any number of diseases because of almost everyone else being vaccinated, viruses cannot spread if there is no-one to spread to. By refusing to be vaccinated you risk the lives of people who are vaccinated but for whom it didn’t give good antibodies, those too young to get vaccinated as babies, anyone on Chemotherapy or with aids or otherwise immune compromised, the elderly and so on. Allowing viruses to continue to exist in a population also gives it time to evolve and into new strains which we do not have vaccines for so your refusal to participate risks millions of lives, do you want polio back? If it mutates it can also mutate into something more deadly.

      You speak of wanting a choice, well you have it but I don’t have to like it. And I’m not going to applaud selfish acts of individualism at the cost of lives, I’m genuinely sorry if this offends you but if you think your choice causes no harm then you are wrong. Would you call someone a dictator for stopping you wearing clothes made out of asbestos in public? Or maybe chefs and surgeons may not want to wash their hands after going to the toilet and cooking or operating? Is society being unreasonable in expecting people to minimise harm to others?

      What choice are you giving to the victims of anti-vaccers mentioned above or are they just fodder for natural selection? Tell that to the parents of a child who’s had to watch the new born baby racking their lungs with whooping cough for weeks. Baby’s cannot have vaccines that young so they are reliant on all of us to be vaccinated to prevent the disease spreading. Children (otherwise healthy) suffer and die every year because this preventable disease exists in the community because of people thinking like you.

      In society you have some freedoms but your freedoms only extend to the point where you do no harm to others, your refusal to vaccinate risks the lives of people who have done nothing wrong but to be near you. You can be as libertarian as you like, alone on a desert island, but in a society there will be laws, restrictions and in this case social pressure based upon the harm you may cause others. I would suggest you read about the actual risks of vaccination go to google scholar and read some peer-reviewed science on the subject. Then please choose to do the right thing.

      Regards

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