Recently a mom wrote a post on this very site with the title, “Your Unvaccinated Kid Is Not Welcome Play With Mine.” When I read this headline I couldn’t decide if I was more troubled with the headline, the article itself or with the ensuing commentary. Shortly after, Time tweeted a link that suggested “1 in 10 parents don’t vaccinate their children,” to which I RT’d, “That’s because 1 in 10 of parents are assholes.”
When a twitter acquaintance suggested that my comment was a bit harsh — she doesn’t vaccinate — I apologized and carried on. Still, both the stat and the post troubled me and so I decided to consult my father, Bolanle Williams, PhD, a microbiologist-virologist, a research scientist with patents, and a former university professor.
My father is a fairly plain-speaking man whose great grandmother was a Medicine Woman and herbalist. Some of her remedies have been passed down to relatives who have incorporated them into Western practice. For example, my father’s niece is a leading specialist on postpartum emotional care for women who’ve experienced difficult births in Africa. Given this type of familial legacy, my father doesn’t romanticize what Western medicine does well and he essentially feels the same way about naturally-derived medicinal concoctions, too.
In his words, “Science is not infallible, it doesn’t give you all the answers, but it enlightens you to the possibility of what can and cannot happen.” I once asked him what the deal was with pharmaceutical companies and, among other things, he said point blank that it’s big business. Of course it wasn’t always so, and Western drugs certainly do more good than harm if used properly under medical supervision. But we’re a pill-popping culture of addicts, ready to ingest the next cure-all and pharmaceuticals chemical or otherwise enable that.
As for the question of childhood vaccination, he said, “It’s a mistake not to.” The reason being, he explained, is that there are so many different kinds of infection that children can acquire at a young age since they do not have sufficient immune recognition. And, yes, if you eat well you are certainly well ahead of the game, but that doesn’t mean that you are protected against infection unless you consume things with relatively high amounts of certain chemicals that will prevent you from becoming infected. Still, the way to really become immune is with vaccinations and booster shots.
Vaccinations immolate your system before it becomes weak. That said, there are degrees of reaction to certain vaccinations. Sometimes an infection can take a long time to show up in the body and so, too, can a side effect. Reactions to certain vaccinations are normal. A reaction demonstrates that the body is able to recognize the vaccine and this renders the body immune from infection. If you don’t react, it means that the vaccination didn’t work and you will have to get another. It is important to note that having a reaction in the body is not necessarily a bad thing since it entitles your body to build up antibodies.
Which means the jury is still out on whether vaccinations “cause” autism, ADD, mental disorders, etc. There is no scientific proof that this is true. Science discredited and debunked the unscientific findings from the scientist who made the previous false claims that there was a link between childhood vaccinations and autism. It may be untrue.