An unvaccinated mom who grew up with the healthiest lifestyle, thanks to a very strict mother, but was always ill as a youngster, now advocates for children to get their shots. In a very detailed, personal account of her childhood, the woman strongly recommends that kids get their immunizations to protect kids from preventable illness, and says her own children are healthier than she ever was thanks to immunizations.
Amy Parker grew up in the English countryside — an “outdoor lifestyle,” she describes in a piece in the Slate — and didn’t eat any processed food and no sugar until she was one. She also had a diet rich in organic, homegrown vegetables, and used homeopathy, aromatherapy, osteopath to cure illness.
“We 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 (“fries,” to Americans) were reserved for those nights when Mum and Dad had friends over and we got a “treat.”
Despite all this, Amy was constantly sick and caught the entire realm of childhood diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella, a type of viral meningitis, scarlatina, whooping cough, yearly tonsillitis, and chickenpox. To top it all, and perhaps most frightening, she was diagnosed with precancerous HPV when she was in her 20s.
“[I] spent six 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.”
Amy now questions how her super healthy lifestyle and anti-vaccine upbringing could make her so sick all the time. But Parker doesn’t blame her mom for making her eat healthy food and not allow her to waste her time watching TV shows. However, this didn’t stop her from getting very sick all the time.
Because of the repeated use of antibiotics, Amy developed the penicillin-resistant disease quinsy at 21. Compare that to Amy’s two vaccinated children, who are rarely sick and have taken antibiotics perhaps twice during their childhood.
“My kids have had no childhood illnesses other than chickenpox, which they both contracted while still breastfeeding. They, too, grew up on a healthy diet, homegrown organics, etc. I was not quite as strict as my mother, but they are both healthier than I have ever been.”
After her experience with childhood illnesses, this mom wonders about the claims that complications from these diseases are very low, but side effects from vaccines are “rampant.” Amy relates that she knows far more people who are suffering the consequences from a preventable childhood illness than those who’ve had a reaction to a vaccine.
“I have friends who became deaf from measles. I have a partially sighted friend who contracted rubella in the womb. My ex got pneumonia from chickenpox. A friend’s brother died from meningitis.”
The unvaccinated mom pleads with what she calls “anti-vaxxers” to take care of their children, whose immune system may not be so strong as to fight these nasty albeit preventable diseases, and says not protecting children is simply cruel.
In recent years, there has been an increase in unvaccinated kids, due to parental concerns about the side effects of these childhood shots. Many school districts are receiving notices that parents have opted-out of required shots, which puts the rest of the student population at risk.
What are your stance on vaccinations for children? Are your kids’ immunizations up-to-date?
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