2013 American Music Awards - ArrivalsIn Alicia Silverstone‘s new parenting guide, The Kind Mama, she explains that her son Bear’s healthy, kind, plant-based diet is the reason he’s never been sick. She refuses to vaccinate him, because the bowl of miso soup he has for breakfast every morning is just as effective as injecting him with a vaccine developed by decades of peer-reviewed scientific research and testing. Obviously.

I’m not really surprised by this inane holistic approach, she is the brains behind the Kind Mama Milk Share program, in which anonymous women on the Internet send their unscreened breast milk to mothers who have low supply, because receiving milk that hasn’t been screened for disease by strangers whose health you have no idea about is way “kinder” than supplementing with formula. Excuse me while I go bash my head against a wall for a few minutes.

I’m back! In an interview with People magazine she said, “I’m not against Western medicine. The problem is we’re using it as a first step for everything, even when it’s not needed.” Vaccinating your child against disease and protecting herd immunity is not the same thing as trying to get a prescription for antibiotics every time you feel a slight scratch in the back of your throat. It’s just not. The problem with assuming vaccinations are “not needed,” is that if you happen to be wrong – too late. Your child is sick.

Silverstone says of her son, ‘Because his body is a super-clean, healthy machine it can defend itself and flush out all the nasty stuff much more quickly than a baby whose diet isn’t as kind.’ Okay, I’ll humor her. Maybe Bear is so healthy that if he fell ill with one of the diseases we vaccinate our children against he would actually be able to fight it off quickly. But what about those people who don’t have diets that are as “kind” or immune systems that are as healthy? Does she care about the public menace that is electively unvaccinated children at all? Obviously not.

‘As far as critics, I’m very secure in the choices I make because I’m really informed and I trust my instincts and when I need help, I go to the people I see parent or birth or be pregnant in a way that was really inspiring me.’ 

Sorry Alicia. I don’t see what’s so “kind” about potentially putting the public at risk by refusing to vaccinate your child. I don’t see what’s so “kind” about blindly turning your head to decades of research and refusing to realize what diminished vaccination rates are doing to the spread of diseases that were all but eradicated. I have another adjective, but The Clueless Mama probably wouldn’t sell as well.

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