There is no limit to the stories we hear about kids with special needs being picked on and it is heartbreaking every time. The news always seems to focus on the bad things that kids do. This story is wonderful in that it is the exact opposite of both of those things. A nice story, reported by a news outlet, that is helpful and happy about wonderful things kids have done for someone else.
These kids have taken a 5th grade special needs student under their "wings" and have surrounded, protected and promoted his social skills and feelings about himself and others. These boys are heroes and great people and should be celebrated!
Are your kids media zombies who cannot pull away from it for anything? Well this will make you laugh and could work!
by Dr. Sherri Singer, Psy.D.
Making medication the whole treatment.
1.) Some parents swear by medication for the symptom relief. Others want nothing to do with it. I help both. I tell parents regularly that the meds are for the purpose of curbing symptoms. They don’t build skills. Stop at the symptoms and your child may just stay right where he or she is.
Thinking your child is lazy or stupid.
2.) Problems listening to and following directions as well as homework and school problems are not usually about being lazy or stupid. The responses these kids have are learned based on years of feeling helpless. Frustration can be at the core of these problems and processing problems are usually the culprit. They can be trained differently.
Ignoring basic daily habits as contributory factors in distractibility.
3.) Focusing on some daily habits we all need to pay attention to can make some great changes in behavior, attention, mood and learning. Diet, sleep, exercise, laughing, self-esteem all play a large part in our kid’s and our own day where these things are concerned. Sometimes the answer is simpler than you think.
Believing this is the best your child can do.
4.) Maybe it is, but maybe he or she is capable of more in the right circumstances and training. I have had so many people come to see me telling me that there was nothing else that could be done for their child beyond medication and therapy. Not always true. Sometimes it's a practice issue. A habit that has developed a certain way that needs the opposite training. Sometimes they are capable of so much more than you think with the right changes. There are all kinds of ways to exercise your child’s brain to become more effective and to process information more effectively and automatically. Better processing can mean less frustration and better self esteem. Those can add up to more choices in life. Many parents have breathed a sigh of relief when they saw all the opportunities available to their child.
Not understanding that skills are like muscles. Your brain needs exercise Just like your muscles.
5.) You’ve heard the saying. "If you don’t use it, you lose it". There are lots of things one can do to do this exercise and bring processing skills to a better place.
by Ben Greenfield Author of the New York Times bestseller Beyond Training book; fitness expert; Get-Fit Guy podcast host
Good processing and learning requires a good foundation of health and that comes from good, healthy living. This topic may seem the antithesis of that, but it really isn't. A strong healthy immune system and good heath, is necessary to be able to do really anything else with learning and processing. A great read and then let me know what you think.
"I must admit, when my shiny new baby boys were brought onto the planet nearly six years ago, I certainly had my doubts about the value of letting their soft and innocent bodies roll, crawl and toddle amongst the dirt and doggy-doo. But since then -- especially after learning what I'm about to share with you -- I've become extremely lax, and my boys now clamber up and down farm animals near our house and elephants in developing countries, wallow like hogs in every mud puddle they find, and eat fistfuls of olives with faces and hands still stained from exploring every corner of the garage and backyard.
To understand why I'm not too concerned about germs, and why you shouldn't be either, you need to grasp a concept called the "hygiene hypothesis," along with two other important hypotheses. In a nutshell, these hypotheses hold that when exposure to parasites, bacteria and viruses is limited early in life, children face a greater chance of having allergies, asthma and other autoimmune diseases during adulthood. But we're going to delve into them in a bit more detail.
Three Important Hypotheses
Although the idea that exposure to certain infections may decrease the risk of allergy is not new, Dr. David Strachan was one of the first to formally propose it as the "hygiene hypothesis" in scientific literature, in a 1989 article in the British Medical Journal. In the paper, Strachan pointed out that the allergic diseases hay fever and eczema were less common in children from larger families, and that children from larger families were probably exposed to more germs through their siblings. Since then, epidemiological studies have confirmed the protective effect of not just large family size, but also of growing up on a farm.
Then, in a 2003 article in a journal of immunology, Dr. Graham Rook proposed the "old friends" hypothesis, arguing that the exposures necessary to increase immunity are not actually developed in childhood or during any other recently evolved infectious exposure, but instead are derived from microbes present since hunter-gatherer times, when the human immune system was evolving. Rook proposed that the microbes that co-evolved with mammalian immune systems are ancient, and that we have become so dependent on them that our immune systems can neither develop or function properly without these internal microbes. These microbes include species that inhabit our skin, gut and respiratory tract, and also inhabit the animals we live with, and even organisms such as symbiotic bacteria, viruses and helminths (aka parasites or worms) that establish chronic infections or carrier states that we can actually tolerate and that help us develop specific immunoregulatory responses.
Finally, in the past several years, the "microbial diversity" hypothesis has emerged, which holds that the health and diversity of the bacterial species in our gut mucosa a key factor for strengthening the immune system (vs. simply colonization with a limited number of bacterial species). This makes sense, since Dr. Rook compared the embryonic immune system to a computer that contains many programs but sparse data. During gestation and childhood exposure to diverse organisms, the immune system builds a "database" that allows it to identify and respond to harmful agents in the internal or external environment. This microbial diversity hypothesis is also why I recommend vaginal delivery of babies (vs. C-section) when it's an option -- due to the importance of exposing a newborn baby to the variety of bacterial species in the vaginal tract.
Each of these hypotheses is based on the general concept of upregulation of the body's T cells in response to infectious agents -- and appears to be well supported by epidemiological data. Studies have proven that a variety of immunological and autoimmune diseases are much less common in developing countries than industrialized countries -- and that immigrants to industrialized countries from developing countries develop immunological disorders such as asthma and chronic inflammatory disorders in relation to the length of time since arrival in the industrialized area. Furthermore, while there's no evidence to support the idea that reducing our modern practices of cleanliness and hygiene would have any impact on rates of chronic inflammatory and allergic disorders, there is a significant amount of evidence that it actually increases the risks of infectious diseases!
10 Ways To Get Dirty
So now that you understand the reason why germ, bacteria, and even parasite exposure can be helpful for a child's developing immune system, it's time to delve into the nitty gritty: how to actually get dirty! Even if your child wasn't birthed via vaginal delivery (our kids were actually C-section babies) there are plenty of other ways to get your kids "dirty" -- and here are 12:
1. Let Your Children Taste Things -- Although your natural reaction may be to slap that handful of leaves, patch of dirty grass, clump of mud, or slightly-discolored snowball from your child's exploring hands, resist the urge! The same goes for their propensity to gnaw on the grocery shopping cart handles, lick random windows, and chew on the seat belts in the car. Allow your children to experiment touching, handling and even tasting the natural world around them.
2. Don't Be a Bottle Boiler -- Sure, just like any other dishes, you'll want to clean fluid and food residue from bottles (or pacifiers) every now and again via boiling or washing, but you don't need to be that parent that nukes the pacifier every time it touches the carpet or boils the bottle nipple after the dog sniffs it. Your children can eat or drink from slightly germ-tainted surfaces every now and again.
3. Avoid Antibacterial Soaps -- By constantly using antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers, we may not only be inadvertently inhibiting immune development in our children, but may also be creating "superbugs" or increasing bacterial resistance to pharmaceutical and natural antibiotics in some bacteria. Stick to good old soap and water and avoid excessive hand washing.
4. Avoid Antibiotics -- Don't rush out and grab a Z-Pack, an antiviral medication or pump your kid full of antibiotics when they get a flu or become knocked down by a nasty bug. This can create similar bacterial resistance issues as antibacterial soaps. On the flip side, if you child is seriously down for the count with a flu, you may need to be worried about potential consequences such as pneumonia, bronchitis or sinutis. I recommend looking into natural ways to boost white blood cell count or introduce natural antiviral or antibacterial substances, such as astragulus, oregano, Echinacea, goldenseal and elderberry tinctures.
5. Visit Farms and Have Pets -- You don't need to fly to Asia and play with monkeys and elephants to expose your children to beneficial worms and germs. Instead, just go on the occasional field trip to your local farm to pet the sheep or feed the horses. In addition, pets count! Cats, dogs, gerbils, guinea pigs and even fish can expose children to a variety of germs, bacteria and other living organisms they might not otherwise encounter.
6. Increase Time With Other Kids -- We homeschool our twin boys, but we also go out of the way to put them into gymnastics, where they tumble around on a slightly dirty floor or mat surrounded by other children -- along with frequent visits to the gym's child care, basketball and soccer team participation, music camps, ski school, and a variety of extracurricular activities that exposes them to other children's sniffles, skin, and sweat.
7. Eat a Variety of Cultured Foods -- My wife is currently writing a cookbook called "Dirty Kitchen" -- alluding to the amount of lactofermentation and use of bacterial cultures she uses during food prep. I love this title because it alludes to the wide variety of bacteria in foods that can include natto, kimchi, kefir, pickles , yogurts, sauerkraut, rakfisk, poi, kombucha and even chocolate. Remember that it's variety that's important -- and simply feeding your child the same probiotic pill day after dayis probably not going to be adequate stimulus for their immune system.
8. Play Outside -- I wish this tip could go without saying, but the sad truth is that the great percentage of children spend more time indoors on Wii and Xbox than they do outdoors getting dirty. On any nice afternoon, we kick our kids out into the backyard to explore, and since they were tiny toddlers, they always return with dirt under their fingernails (or possibly animal dung), mud around their noses and mouths, and weeds and wild grasses lodged in their clothes. These are all immune system boosters that far outweigh the inconvenience of having to wash dirty children. Which leads me to my next point...
9. Don't Bathe/Shower Every Day -- In our post-Victorian, cleanliness-obsessed culture, it can be tempting to give our children a daily warm bath, followed of course by a perfect hairdo and a color-coordinated outfit from the Gap. But sometimes it's OK to let the dirt ferment on your child. On many a summer day, our boys go two or three days getting dirty and playing outside without a bar of soap in sight -- and while they get a bit stinky and stained, this is a fabulous stimulus for their immune system.
10. Don't Do Excessive Laundry Loads -- Germs, dirt and bacteria thrive on clothing. Prior to reading the rest of this article, you may have been tempted to take this as a sign to do a daily load of laundry for any of your child's dirty items. And while you shouldn't necessarily send your child to school smelling or looking like a pigpen, it's OK to give clothes a few good wears before laundering -- in the same way that you don't need to be constantly boiling bottles and pacifiers. Most of the time, it's OK for kids to smell just a little bit like... kids.
While this list of ways to get your kids dirty is by no means comprehensive, hopefully it gets your wheels turning about exposing your children to (gasp!) pathogenic organisms -- including bacteria, worms, parasites, germs, fungus, viruses, and even other sick kids or dirty animals. This may be one of the best favors you can do for your kids, and you'll probably be giving them an advantage later in life, especially compared to children who grew up in a bubble. And who knows? Your own immune system might benefit a bit too, and you have one less reason to be grossed out when your little one sneezes in your face, coughs at the table, or tracks a trail of dirt into the house!"
So what do you think?
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by Denise Thompson
The most common learning disabilities and behavioral problems seen today, that cause parents to seek medical advice, include:
In 1988, the Journal of the American Medical Association, called minimal brain damage "the single most prevalent disability reported by elementary schools..."
Information from the Development Delay Registry, indicates there has been an alarming rise in the number of development delayed children in just the past decade.
A well known child psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Kanner, found the same symptoms of learning disabilities and behavioral problems in children in 1943. However, he only found 11 cases.
Because there were so few, Dr. Kanner believed this was a new mental illness. However, further research showed there were others. He learned these were children who had suffered side-effects of "epidemic encephalitis" (inflammation of the brain caused by an infectious illness) . The children with less severe symptoms had been sent to reform schools and those with more severe symptoms were institutionalized.1 The numbers of children with these learning and behavioral problems continued to increase in the coming years, even where epidemic encephalitis had not occurred. Then in the 1960's there was a sudden rise, that has continued to today. There are now an estimated 200,000 or more diagnosed cases in the U.S. alone.
Harris Coulter, author of Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality, the Medical Assault on the American Brain, researched autism and found that vaccines have been known to cause encephalitis since 1922, when an outbreak of it occurred as a result of the smallpox vaccine. The Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis vaccines followed in 1925. More cases of autism were found , and a link between vaccines and encephalitis was recognized. However, this information was ignored as a possible cause for these learning disabilities and behavioral problems because of what it implicated about both the vaccination programs and the medical society.
In 1945, vaccinations were given on a wider scale. Autism became more common as well as other, milder forms of "learning disabilities". This same generation of children were the teenagers of the 1960's. A time in history unlike any before it, representing rebellion, immorality, drug and alcohol abuse, irresponsibility, disrespect for property and authority, impulsive behavior, crime, love of rebellious music, depression, anxiety and violence towards others that continues to this day.
An article in Pediatrics Journal, Volume 39, 1967, suggests it is highly probable that autoimmunity and developmental disabilities are interlinked by vaccine-induced encephalitis.
The Pertussis vaccine (The "P" in DPT), has been known to cause allergic encephalomyelitis since 1959, when scientists conducting experiments on lab animals, with the purpose of inducing anaphylactic shock, found it to be extremely effective. It is still being used for this in the lab.
Most of us have been told by our doctors that only babies or children who have severe reactions to their vaccines within the first few hours or days after a vaccine is given, are at risk of suffering brain damage. However, this assumption has been proven to be false. Research indicates there is no correlation between the severity of symptoms suffered with the diseases and the damage that appeared later. In many cases, the symptoms of the disease were mild, yet severe post-encephalitic complications arose months or years later. Often the damage became more apparent during times of sudden growth, such as during the ages of 7-10 or during the early teen years. Likewise, parents of vaccine-damaged children often noted no acute reaction to their child's vaccinations, yet the damage became apparent months or even years later.
In 1984 Time Magazine ran an article about the results of a mental health survey in America. It was found that rates of sociopathic personality and other mental illness are much higher in those born after the 40's (when mass vaccination was instituted) than before the 40's.
When the children of the mid-forties reached college age and took their Scholastic Aptitude tests, in 1963, a significant decline in their intelligence was noted. Scores today are the lowest in the 60 year history of these tests, even though the tests have been rewritten, so they are easier to pass. Tests given to military recruits in the 70's also reflected this decline in intelligence; especially when compared to the recruits of 1941-1945. These early recruits would have been adults who were not part of a mass vaccination program. Few would have been vaccinated, and none as infants. In 1965, Congress passed the Immunization Assistance Act, extending their vaccination programs and making them mandatory. In 1986, the National Health Interview Survey found that, in persons under the age of 17 years, the occurrence of mental and nervous system disorders had increased 80% and behavior disorders, drug abuse and hyperactivity 300%.
In 1986, Congress took the responsibility for the damages from the DPT vaccine by establishing the National Childhood Vaccination Injury Compensation Program, authorizing payment of damages, by the government, to children harmed by vaccinations. The laboratories making the vaccines had no longer wanted to take responsibility and pay out of their profits, for the damages from their vaccines. They felt the government and its tax payers should pay for the damages, after all it was a governmental agency, the FDA, who approved them. They have since paid over 450 million dollars to families of these vaccine damaged children.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 60,000 DPT shots annually are reported as having been followed by convulsions, shock, collapse, temperatures of 105 degrees, and/or high pitched screaming. Children who do not survive are often labeled SIDS (Sudden Infant Death) babies, even if they die the same day of the shot. One out of 750 children who receives all of their DPT shots is left severely injured. At least 12,000 others will be clinically diagnosed as having been severely damaged by vaccinations, yet still alive. Another one in five children suffers damage serious enough to be diagnosed as having a "developmental disability". The milder cases of learning and/or behavioral problems go undiagnosed or are unrecognized as vaccine damage. The FDA estimates only 10% of the adverse effects suffered by children after vaccination are reported by doctors.
Before 1975, Japan also vaccinated their children beginning at the age of 3-5 months. In the years following, they noticed an alarming rise in the morbidity and mortality of these children. As a result, they changed the age at which to begin vaccinations to twenty-four months and no longer made them mandatory. An 85-90% reduction in severe reactions and deaths to these children followed. It has also been noted that the average Japanese high-school student out performs American students who are in the top 5% of their class.2
The DPT and the MMR vaccines are thought to cause autism by interfering with normal myelination of the nerves in the brain, or demyelination of the nerves already coated. Myelin is the tough, fatty insulation that coats the nerves and helps prevent misfiring of nerve impulses, or messages to the brain; such as those that take place during times of learning, growing, and developing motor skills. When babies are born only a small percentage of the nerves have myelin on them. This process is just beginning at birth and will continue throughout life, unless something happens to stop it, or causes demyelination of the nerves already coated. When this happens, responses to new situations, information or other stimuli, are not recorded in the brain as they should be. Information can be lost (poor memory or retention), mis-stored (causing confusion or misunderstanding of information), or not stored at all (slow learning, retardation, limited learning abilities).
How do we "protect" our children if we don't vaccinate them?This is usually the first question on the minds of parents when they decide not to vaccinate their children. However, we also need to ask, do vaccines protect? Are we really giving anything up? The MMR vaccine is considered the second most dangerous to our children. It is suspected of damaging the myelin sheath, the autonomic nervous system, and the right temporal lobe of the brain. It's effectiveness is also being questioned, as measles outbreaks are becoming more common, even among the vaccinated. In one outbreak, at a college university, in 1995, more than 70% of the cases had been fully vaccinated for it.Pertussis (whooping cough), the `P' in DPT, is thought to be the most dangerous of the vaccines given to our babies. When this vaccine became mandatory in 1978, the incidence of whooping cough went up 300%. There have been numerous outbreaks of this in recent years all across the United States, with the majority of people contracting it in the vaccinated group. This vaccine guarantees NO protection from the disease nor relief of it's symptoms. It has also been observed that those not vaccinated for it seem to have less severe symptoms than those who have been vaccinated. This was our experience also. When my children and I got pertussis during the recent epidemic, those of us who had been vaccinated for it had more serious symptoms and a longer recovery period. The children who have not been vaccinated, had very few symptoms, and a fraction of the recovery time. Other countries, such as Sweden and Great Britain, have also made this observation and no longer use this vaccine because of it's dangerous side-effects and questionable benefits.
Diphtheria, the `D' in DPT, is another vaccine who's effectiveness is being questioned by medical authorities. In Germany, there was a 17% increase in the number of Diphtheria cases after this vaccine was given, with a 600% increase in it's death rate. Many researchers now believe vaccinations weaken the immune system, leaving the vaccinated individual vulnerable to even more devastating effects from these diseases than ever recorded before, as well as to other diseases.
In 1937, William Howard Hay, M.D., about vaccines, stated that "it is nonsense to think that you can inject pus into a little child and in any way improve his health."3
Surgeon General Leonard Scheele, in 1955, reported at the annual AMA Convention that "no batch of vaccine can be proven safe before it is given to children".4 Until recently, it was thought that a vaccine was safe if no "apparent" severe reaction occurred after it was given. New research has proven this not to be the case. James R. Shennan of the National Institutes of Health, is reported as saying "The only safe vaccine is a vaccine never used."5 An article in the 1992 Journal of Anthroposophic Medicine, concluded that the MMR vaccine is ineffective and dangerous. It was also noted that a high vaccination rate in the U.S. is not able to stop measles outbreaks, and there is now an unusually high complication and death rate with measles that was unseen before the vaccine was instituted.
The Sabin Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) is also under fire, even by it's inventor, Dr. Jonas Salk. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this vaccine is the only known cause of Polio in the U.S. today.
Dr. Richard Moskowitz, M.D., who has researched vaccines and written a number of articles about their possible negative side-effects, stated in one article, How Do the Vaccines Work?, " It is dangerously misleading and, indeed, the exact opposite of the truth to claim that a vaccine makes us 'immune' or protects us against acute disease..."6
Physicians of the 30's and 40's noted that children often appeared to go through growth spurts shortly after recovering from a childhood illness. They believed this was a positive response stimulated by the strengthening of the child's immune system from the illness.
Scientific evidence indicating this to be true was also mentioned in the 1992 article of the Journal of Anthroposophic Medicine.
Most parents who vaccinate their children were unaware they had the right to refuse them.
According to Attorney Tom G. Finn, in his book Dangers of Compulsory Immunizations, How to Avoid Them Legally, "no state has the legal right to force any of it's citizens to allow injection of a substance into the blood streams of their children". There are three ways for parents to get exemptions to vaccinations for their children, and Tom outlines these in his book. There is also a kit available through the National Health Federation.
What can you do to naturally protect your children from these diseases? There are many things parents of nonvaccinated children have found helpful to alleviate the symptoms and shorten the duration of a childhood disease. Adelle Davis, in her book, Let's Have Healthy Children, says, "it is unbelievable how mild these diseases can be when no malnutrition exists". She found that supplements of vitamins A, the B-complex, C and E alone would greatly reduce the discomfort and duration of childhood diseases.
Combinations of herbs put together with the purpose of supporting the immune system are also helpful when a child has either been exposed to, or has, a childhood disease. Some of these combinations include: IMM-C, THIM-J, Defense Maintenance or VS-C. For children who cannot take capsules, the Children's liquid Vitamins Plus Iron and Chewable Elderberry Plus may be helpful. The single herbs alfalfa, echinacea, parthenium, red clover, rose hips, Siberian ginseng, Una de Gato (Cat's Claw), and yarrow are also beneficial. Some of these are beneficial because of the nutrients they provide the body. Besides supplementing your child's diet, there are other factors that research indicates are important in order to achieve a healthy immune response. These include breastfeeding, which supplies antibodies and essential nutrients that make up the baby's first immune system response. No formula can do this. Also avoid sugar or foods containing refined sugar. Studies have shown these depress the immune response. Structural alignment is also important. I have found that chiropractic adjustments can be very beneficial when preceded by 2-4 epsom salt baths, spaced one week apart.
For children who have already received vaccinations, there are many things you can do to help their bodies repair damage and rebuild healthy tissue. I started with a homeopathic remedy called Antimonium Tartaricum in 30c strength to support the body in it's efforts to eliminate the fungus from the DPT vaccine. If another fungus is present, the Elecampane combination, when taken by itself several times a day for 5 days, helped the body eliminate it. By following this our bodies were able to get rid of all fungus in 2 weeks instead of several months, as was once expected. After the fungus was gone, tissue repair was more successful.
The second step, for older children or adults, was to support the body in its efforts to repair any damage to the spinal column. The homeopathic remedies Arnica in 60c or 200c strength, Rescue Remedy 200c, or Star of Bethlehem 200c are indispensable for this. Once this was accomplished, I used a homeopathic remedy called Vaccistat, to support repair of the autonomic and central nervous systems. With one of my children, I found it necessary to also use the homeopathic nosodes (available through Naturopathic physicians). Omega -3 EPA oils helped facilitate repair of the myelin sheath. Lecithin oil is also beneficial for this with some people. Grapine with Protectors or High Potency Grapine, when taken with Gotu Kola can help the body in it's effort to repair damage to the brain. Several herbs/combinations help support the nervous system. Some of these include: Lobelia, Lobelia-St. John's Wort, RE-X or STR-J. Some doctors are also having good results using high doses of B-Complex vitamins with these children.
As many researchers have indicated, hyperactivity often results from allergies and allergies will manifest when the spine is misaligned. Misalignment of the spine is common in babies born the `Standard American Way', where Doctors pull on the baby's head, either with a vacuum extractor, forceps or with their own hands. It is also suspected that the damage from vaccines may be more severe if the baby is vaccinated when the spine is out of alignment. To help the body eliminate allergies, and the hyperactivity that results from them, we found that two or three epsom salts baths, followed by appropriate chiropractic care to be very successful. Flower essences for trauma can also be helpful in the case of spinal repair.
The last thing we incorporated into the program was Biochemic Tissue Salts, also known as Cell Salts. One in particular, silicea, is very supportive to the body in its efforts to repair tissue damage. I use either 6x or 12x strength, depending on the needs of the individual.
Article "The Naked Truth About Vaccinations", by D. Abba Krieger, DC, M.P.H., The National Health Federation Vaccination Kit.
DPT, A Shot in the Dark by Harris Coulter and Barbara Loe Fisher, Warner Books, 1985.
Dangers of Compulsory Immunizations, How to Avoid Them Legally by Attorney Tom Finn, Family Fitness Press, New Port Richey, FL., 1987
Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective? A Parents Guide to Childhood Shots by Neil Z. Miller, New Atlantean Press, 1992
Vaccination Fact Sheet, "Are You or Your Child at Risk?" National Health Federation, 212 W. Foothill Blvd, Monrovia, CA , 1996.
"A Follow-up Study on the Hyperkinetic Child with Minimal Brain Dysfunction", by Menkes, Pediatrics Journal, Vol. 39, 1967
"Report on the Task Force on Pertussis Immunization", by Cherry, Pediatrics Journal, June, 1988.
"Vaccination: Prevention or Poison?" by Kathleen Finn, Delicious! magazine, Sept, 1994
"Who Calls the Shots", by Richard Leviton, Health Freedom News magazine, July/Aug 1989.
Immunization: the Reality Behind the Myth by Walene James, 1988, Bergin and Garvey.
"The Vaccine Reaction", National Vaccine Information Center, Vol.1, #6, Jan/Feb 1996.
The Immunization Decision by Randall Neustaedter, Publ. Group West, CA., 1995
copyright 1997, Tree of Light Institute
Original site of article: http://www.whale.to/vaccine/thompson.html
My 2 cents...
Many people claim that there is no viable evidence or science to refute the claim that vaccines are safe. Both sides of the literature must be taken into consideration and certainly the parent must have a say.
I don't usually get into the debate about whether they are safe or not, but rather try to encourage parents to work on trying to do everything they can to build the best cognitive and sensory skills they can for their child. In all cases it means working on trying to restore skills. Not all can be restored in every situation, but there is no parent who doesn't want to try to improve that situation for their child.
It is impossible for parents who have seen damage in their child to not be furious and I would never ask them not to be, but energy and resources need to be put into the remediation as well.
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