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Since finishing my pediatric training, I have come to realize that you can find evidence to support your decision to vaccinate or not to vaccinate. When I started my pediatric practice fresh out of residency, I was a primary care physician and offered vaccinations to those families who chose to vaccinate their children. I actually gave the children the vaccines myself (I’m so glad I no longer do that – I truly disliked that part of my job!). I was also one of the parents who chose to vaccinate my child. I did educate myself about the pros and cons of vaccines, and felt I still needed to vaccinate Kaitlin (my oldest), but selectively vaccinate and on an alternative schedule (one vaccine per month).
After the 5th vaccine, her eczema continued to worsen.
I started to have the uncomfortable feeling of having to step outside the lines of what the standard medical community recommended, on behalf of the health of my child.
I have always been a rule follower, so naturally stepping outside ‘the standard of care’ was very uncomfortable for me – especially as a physician going against ‘my tribe’. But…
I am a mother first and a pediatrician second. This I have never forgotten.
I cannot parent in ways that make me uncomfortable, to make others comfortable. I made the connection that Kaitlin’s eczema would improve if I stopped stimulating her immune system with the vaccines. In addition to supplementing her with cod liver oil and probiotics daily, I also stopped vaccinations. Her eczema resolved and has never returned.
I chose as a mom and a pediatrician to stop vaccinating Kaitlin, and never to vaccinate Elle or Addison. These are my decisions. Are there risks? Sure there are risks. There are risks with EVERYTHING. That’s life. All three girls had whooping cough – not fun. Could I have prevented those 2 months of relentless coughing with vaccines? Maybe, maybe not. The family that spread it to our family was fully vaccinated against pertussis.
Our bodies have built in barriers to defend ourselves from “invaders” protecting us from infection, which are bypassed with vaccine injections. Let’s look at some of these built in barriers.
- Our skin is a mechanical barrier, a first line of defense against infection.
- Coughing and sneezing are also mechanical barriers, ejecting pathogens from the respiratory tract.
- Our tears and urine flush out intruders, and mucus in our respiratory and gastrointestinal tract traps these microorganisms.
- Antibacterial proteins are found in saliva, tears, breast milk, and in secretions from the skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts.
- Don’t forget about all the healthy bacteria in our intestines – they also defend us by competing with non-beneficial bacteria and other microorganisms for food and space. Remember to take your daily probiotics!
There has been a lot of focus on the importance of the annual flu vaccine. I have never received a flu vaccine as a medical professional EVER! Again, for reasons stated above I am choosing NOT to vaccinate. The flu vaccine, of all the vaccines, is the least effective at preventing its intended disease. See To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate for the research and resources that supports this statement.
We have A LOT of decisions as parents to make on behalf of our children. Please Make an Informed Vaccine Decision. I understand how public policy has chosen vaccines for public health; but when it comes to inpidual health it falls short in many many ways, because REAL health is beyond the absence of disease. I am not pro or anti-vaccine, I am pro INFORMED choice. Think again – Watch the movie The Greater Good to hear a rational scientific discussion from leading experts. This documentary weaves together the stories of three families whose lives have been forever changed by vaccination. Hear the vaccine debate reframed beyond fear, hype and politics.
Reposted from www.getrealforkids.com
It may surprise you to learn that a seven year study showed that chiropractic patients
- spend 85% less money on pharmaceuticals
- 62% fewer outpatient surgeries
- 59% fewer days in the hospital
And that’s saying something!
The study was published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapy in May 2007.
À votre santé!
by Wiley Long
HSA for America
Health Savings Accounts and Chiropractic Care
The healthcare industry in the United States is dominated by the culture of conventional Western medicine. And health insurance caters to those who control the industry: medical doctors and hospitals. There is a long history of prejudice against chiropractic by medical doctors, which is one reason that chiropractic care is not often covered by health insurance.
Many research studies have shown that chiropractic care is beneficial and that it is more cost effective in the treatment of low back pain and other common musculoskeletal conditions than traditional Western medicine is. Chiropractic also lowers health care costs by focusing on prevention, was well as on treatment.
It is surprising that health insurers choose not to cover treatment that is as beneficial and cost effective as chiropractic care is. Studies have continually shown that individuals who seek the care of a chiropractor on a regular basis are healthier and, generally, spend less on health care than those who do not.
Chiropractic Care and Consumers
What is not surprising is that consumers are wise enough to see the advantages of chiropractic care. Many people prefer to see a chiropractor simply because they see tangible benefits from the care they receive. Many others are disillusioned with traditional Western medicine and the healthcare system, and they look for alternatives such as chiropractic care.
It is clear, both from patient testimonies and from clinical research that consumers benefit from chiropractic care. Unfortunately, they may have difficulty affording chiropractic care because it’s often excluded from healthcare insurance policies.
Health Savings Accounts can help consumers afford chiropractic care, even when it is excluded from their health insurance policy. They can pay for chiropractic care and other alternative medicine with pre-tax dollars by using a Health Savings Account.
Many chiropractors keep their costs as low as possible in order to make chiropractic care more available to consumers. They can, however, only absorb so much of the cost of providing that care. Another way chiropractors can help clients gain access to chiropractic care is to encourage the use of Health Savings Accounts.
Health Savings Accounts and Consumer Choice
The combination of a Health Savings Account and a High Deductible Health Insurance plan is supposed to encourage individuals to become thoughtful, wise consumers of health care. The individual is spending more of his or her own dollars on healthcare, so she will be more concerned about how those dollars are spent.
Health Savings Accounts give consumers more choice in how their healthcare dollars are spent. Money in the HSA must be spent on approved medical expenses, but there are really very few restrictions on what kind of healthcare you choose. More and more chiropractic patients are discovering that having an HSA is saving them money on their medical expenses.
Traditional health insurance has gatekeepers and controls. Even when chiropractic care is covered (not typical on individual plans), the individual requesting chiropractic care may be required to go see their family physician (or gatekeeper) and get a referral. Not all medical doctors will refer to chiropractors. If chiropractic care is covered on the health insurance plan, and if you can get a referral (which amounts to permission to see the chiropractor), there may be limits to the number and types of treatments you can receive.
Using a Health Savings Account to pay for chiropractic care gives you, the consumer, more choice. You can choose what type of medical treatment to get, where you will get that treatment, and how many treatments you will get. You can spend HSA dollars on preventive care as well, and actually have the government give you a tax deduction for keeping your family well.