To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? That is, indeed, the question. These days, there is always some “mommy war” somewhere online with people debating the usefulness, necessity, safety and purpose of modern vaccinations. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, you’re probably very quick to defend your family’s decision on this matter. And understandably so! Who wants to be accused of doing something harmful or foolish for their child(ren)??? Both sides have some really good points and both sides have some serious risks involved. But…isn’t that what parenting is all about? Making decisions based on the information you have available to you and hoping and praying those are the right decisions for your family. I think so, anyways.
The Great Shot Debate
In many groups I’m a part of on Facebook and blogs I read, these “wars” become so wearisome. The fighting and debating can get ugly and heated. And that is not what I’m looking for here. I simply hope to provide information for people who have questions so that they can make the best decisions for their families. My husband and I have decided that we will not give our children vaccinations because, with the information I’ve read and research I’ve done, the risks of vaccinations far outweigh the risks of not vaccinating. Our call is to first and foremost provide for and protect our family. We live in a fallen world where sin and death occur. This means that sickness and aging are also a natural part of our lives. Now, of course I am not saying sickness is a good thing, but that for every disease they produce a vaccine for, another one will crop up. No amount of vaccinations will make me live forever. And while I have no desire to outlive my children, few of the diseases we vaccinate for have high death rates. We choose to do other things to keep our family healthy…
For the entire first year of our babies’ lives, they have been adjusted every two weeks. My husband and I have been adjusted for 3-4 years. Since the purpose of this post is not to advocate chiropractic, I will simply say that the need for chiropractic is real. Why? Because all day long, every day!, our spinal columns are constantly being pulled and shifted out of alignment. This causes pinched nerves which results in sicknesses that manifest in symptoms. Getting adjusted corrects the subluxations (try that one on for size!) and allows our bodies to function properly. This in turn builds our immune systems and helps us fight off disease and sickness.
I am also working to reduce the number of toxins we allow into our bodies and put on our bodies. This is a really fancy way of saying that we’re eating healthy. =) Or trying to! It’s a slow process, but I am getting rid of processed foods and the harmful ingredients found in nearly everything in our grocery stores. (Don’t believe it? I didn’t, either. After watching this film, you will: Genetic Roulette – are you playing?) We also are still breastfeeding.
So really, all of this is an alternative to vaccinations. It’s one the government can’t mandate or control, but it doesn’t mean it’s any less safe. After reviewing lots of research it seems that these are the best ways for my family to function. And, ultimately, my hope is not in vaccinations, chiropractic, organic foods or reducing toxicity. My hope is in Jesus Christ Who is leading my husband and me and giving us wisdom as we ask for it. As I have mentioned, we will get sick, age and die. It is inevitable. But for those of us who are in Him, it doesn’t start there. In fact, it’s only the beginning.
How did you come to the decision you did for your family? What research (websites, books, etc) helped you most? Please share! (Be respectful! =)