Letters to the Editor

Letter: Regarding vaccines, what’s on the other side?

Continued from Part 1 (May 8 issue of The Free Press)

Another portion of your editorial talked about ‘rumours’ regarding vaccine side effects. Ask one of the thousands of parents of a vaccine damaged child if they think that these side effects are just rumours. The Shanghai study, based on reported pediatric adverse drug reactions for 2009, found that 42 per cent were caused by vaccines, with reactions ranging from mild skin rashes to deadly reactions like anaphylaxis and death. Of all the drugs causing adverse reactions among children, vaccines are the most commonly reported. It is common knowledge that there is a significantly higher incidence of many health conditions in vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children, such as allergies, asthma, hay fever, autoimmune disorders, ADD, ear infections, sinusitis and autism. Ask a parent whose child became autistic immediately following a vaccine if they think that it is just rumours.

In your final paragraph, you state that “Separating fact from fiction on this hot topic isn’t easy, but do your research and make an informed decision. The facts generally speak for themselves.” I think we can all agree that an ‘informed decision’ means to research both sides of an issue before coming to a conclusion. I am finding that for many people, researching the vaccine issue only means reading the pro-vaccine propaganda, which is very one-sided and usually funded by the pharmaceutical industry. When I ask people if they have actually ever spoken to an anti-vaxer to find out why they have come to their decision and what research they are basing their decision on, they often reply that in fact they have not. At one point, you mention that “It (vaccination) is the best defense from many serious diseases and should be a no brainer.” My perception of a 'no brainer' decision is a decision that is made without the use of critical thinking. A recent study showed that mothers with post-secondary degrees are more likely to refuse vaccination than mothers with high school education.

We live a very green lifestyle here in Fernie. I personally don’t know anyone who would think that it was acceptable to dump old gas into the Elk River or discard of some expired battery acid in their garden. Shouldn’t 'living green' also apply to our bodies? Is there anything green about injecting ammonium sulfate, latex rubber, formaldehyde, mercury, aluminum or animal cells in your child’s perfect little body? Most people don’t realize that every single vaccine must contain some of the above preservatives, adjuvants or stabilizers, since without that, all germs die within hours once removed from the petri dish. The average fully vaccinated child, according to the charts from Immunize B.C., will receive approximately 50 doses of vaccine, combined into approximately 24 shots. Is this really a green approach to our health? Some people think I’m radical. Who’s really radical? The person who follows the laws of nature and trusts in the body’s innate healing capabilities, or the one who believes that we must inject our bodies with a plethora of vaccines in order to develop immunity.

I urge you to to truly do your research on both sides of this issue. Then and only then can you truly make an informed decision! Be brave, step out of the “Matrix” of the health care industry and get fully informed. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this article or would like more information, I would truly love to speak to you. Please contact me through the editor, or you can attend my next free Vaccine Awareness Talk, which will take place at the lobby of Silver Rock on Thursday, May 22 at 7:30 pm.

Robert Champagne

Fernie, B.C.


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