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What is happening to our parental rights?

Governor Jerry Brown signed vaccine bill AB 2109 which impacts parents’ right to philosophically refuse to vaccinate their children.  This new law will require parents’ to take the waiver to a medical doctor’s office for the doctor’s signature in order for the waiver to be turned into the school (http://www.naturalnews.com/035893_AB_2109_vaccines_California.html).

I find myself a bit disturbed by this.  As a parent, I believe I have a right to choose what goes into my child’s body.  I am the mother of two, my son, David is my oldest and when he was born I had not done any research on vaccines.  In my mind, at the time, this was simply what one did when you had a child.  I wasn’t aware of how many additional vaccines were being given to him than when I was a child.  This was in 1997.  The only one I questioned was the one they told me was new and that I could choose to give it to him or not.  It was for the chicken pox.  My thinking was this, I had the chicken pox and while not fun, I got through it fine and so would my son.  I thought, he’s so tiny and still developing why would I put that into him when he doesn’t need it.

Having done a lot of reading since then on vaccinations, I wish I would have thought about how tiny he was for all of his vaccinations.

I’m not saying that we don’t need to do other things to keep our children healthy, for example my children get weekly chiropractic adjustments, take supplements, live active lives, and eat mostly organic food.  I just no longer believe that vaccinations have anything to do with keeping my children healthy.  When a child is born, it is still developing its immune system.  Each vaccine that the child is injected with lowers the immune system  at a time when it is still in development.  I cannot see how that is beneficial in any way to the child.

When I was growing up in Roswell, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta), I knew one child with ADD.  I didn’t know any children with allergies, and I didn’t know anyone who had autism.  Now, 1 in 10 children are diagnosed with ADD or ADHD (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/18/adhd-diagnoses-kids-1-in-10_n_930553.html#s283656&title=Youre_restless), we have nut free tables at schools because there are so many children allergic to peanuts.  When I was growing up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were “the” lunch sandwich kids brought.  In 1970, autism was diagnosed in approximately 1 in every 10,000 children.  Now, from what I can see we are somewhere between 1 in every 88-110 children (http://www.tacanow.org/family-resources/latest-autism-statistics-2/ http://lightitupblueaspen.org/about-autism-spectrum-disorders/).

I’m not telling anyone else not to vaccinate, although I am encouraging every one to read the information that is out there.

Back when David was born, I was a product of Western Medicine.  I grew up in this mindset.  However, after meeting my husband, Sam (a chiropractor), and learning more about chiropractic, health, and wellness, I see a different view of the human body and health and wellness (http://www.ElSegundoFamilyChiropractic.com).

My second child, Sarah, she is three and has never been vaccinated.

With the healthcare crisis what it is today, I’ve decided to go with a holistic approach.  We spend over $2.5 trillion annually on healthcare in the United States, and we rank in the 70’s in wellness worldwide.  It doesn’t sound to me like vaccines are doing us any good.  In fact, I truly believe they cause our children harm.  Again, I’m not saying you have to agree with me, I’m merely encouraging everyone to learn more about vaccines.

So, I guess my thinking is this…I have educated myself about vaccines, and Sam and I have chosen not to vaccinate our children.  Why do I need to have a doctor sign off on the waiver?   At what point does the government have the right to decide how we take care of the health of our children?  Neither of my children have any diseases or illnesses.  Neither of my children is obese.  Neither of my children have any allergies.  Neither of my children have ADD or ADHD.   Finally, for any other type of medical procedure, I have to sign approving the procedure before it can be done.  If that is the case, then why do I have to have a Medical Doctor sign stating that I do not want these medical procedures/vaccines?

Love and light to us all.

In Joy

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