I think we all need a break from all the fear mongering and crazy media frenzy around vaccination. Let's instead just look calmly and clearly at a couple of key things that all parents need to know. Grab a cuppa and read on for some reassurance about how to
keep your children healthy.
Building Natural Immunity With Food
“The decision not to vaccinate does not mean that parents can be careless about protecting their children from disease. While some of the illnesses we vaccinate for are extremely rare (tetanus, diphtheria), unlikely to cause harm to children (chicken pox, mumps, rubella) or not a threat to children (hepatitis B), others like measles or polio can have serious consequences in poorly nourished youngsters.
It’s up to parents to provide the kind of diet that will give their child robust natural immunity— that’s the same kind of diet that will give a child good health overall. It’s also a diet that can help your child recover from vaccination injuries.
Here’s a list of recommendations to keep your children healthy and strong:
Foods Rich In Vitamin A
Vitamin A is our number one protection against disease. The immune system cannot function without vitamin A. Two important points about vitamin A:
In addition to these foods, cod liver oil can provide vitamins A and D on a daily basis.
Before the advent of vaccinations, the medical profession knew
that the vitamin A in cod liver oil would protect children
against all sorts of infections.
Moms are recommended to take cod liver oil while pregnant and nursing, and to begin giving it to their children around two or three months. Use only cod liver oil containing natural vitamins. (See westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil/ for more information and product recommendations)
Raw milk is a complete, highly digestible food for growing children. It is also a powerful immune builder. A key component of our immune system is antibodies, such as immunoglobins, which are found in raw milk.
Vaccines are supposed to work by stimulating the production of antibodies, but babies cannot make antibodies, including vaccine-induced antibodies, until they are at least one year old. Yet babies today get over a dozen vaccines before the age of one.
Babies get antibodies from their mother’s milk, or from the milk of another species. In fact, raw milk—whether human, cow, goat, sheep, camel, reindeer or water buffalo—contains all the components of blood except for red blood cells.
Raw milk creates the immune system in the infant, and nourishes that immune system throughout the period of growth. All of these valuable immune components, however, are destroyed by the heat of pasteurization.
Studies from Europe indicate that children who drink raw milk have fewer respiratory infections and less asthma, allergies and skin rashes compared to children who do not consume raw milk. (For more information, and to find raw milk, visit realmilk.com.)
(My edit to add: In BC, join the Facebook Group, Raw Milk British Columbia)
Fermented foods like raw sauerkraut, homemade kefir and aged raw cheese contain beneficial protective bacteria. Eaten on a daily basis, the bacteria in these foods colonize the intestinal tract where they provide powerful protection against pathogens.
During the past twenty years, scientists have learned that gut bacteria are critical to health. In fact, about 80 percent of our immune system comes from beneficial gut flora. In addition, the biofilm of good bacteria in the gut provides a barrier to heavy metals like aluminum and mercury.
Avoid Processed Foods
In this age of industrial food production it’s difficult to avoid processed foods, but parents will confer the great blessing of good health on their children by keeping them away from processed food. Especially avoid refined sweeteners like sugar, high fructose corn syrup and agave. Sugar uses up nutrients that the body needs to support the immune system.
Vegetable oils are also known to depress the immune system, while natural saturated animal fats support the immune system. Cook in animal fats like butter and lard, and give your children butter instead of margarine and spreads. Make your own salad dressing using olive oil rather than purchase ready-made dressings, which are made with the cheapest oils and loaded with additives.
In short, the recipe for protecting your children from disease and ensuring they will grow up healthy and strong is an old-fashioned, home-prepared diet rich in butter, eggs, cheese and nutrient-dense animal foods like liver and red meat. Fruits and vegetables can serve as vehicles for butter and cream!
The addition of raw milk, fermented foods, bone broths and, above all, cod liver oil to your child’s diet will compensate for the occasional junk food that cannot be avoided. This is the Wise Traditions diet—vastly superior than vaccinations for protecting your children from disease throughout their growing years.”
For further information: westonaprice.org
When diet is wrong, Medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct, Medicine is of no need.
~ Ayurvedic Proverb
How To Minimize Vaccine Injury, by Ted Kuntz
If you must vaccinate, you can reduce the risk of vaccine injury in your children with the following guidelines:
1. Consider delaying as long as possible. Some medical doctors recommend waiting at least two years until the child’s immune system is more developed.
2. Breastfeed your infant. Breastfeeding provides your infant with a sophisticated living immune system, which responds to pathogens that your child may be exposed to.
3. Give large doses of Vitamin C to your child before any vaccination. This will help to reduce the negative side effects.
4. Never vaccinate your child when he or she is sick.
5. Refuse any vaccine that uses mercury as a preservative.
6. Request vaccines with the lowest aluminium content.
7. Refuse to allow your child to receive multiple vaccines at once. Request single dose vaccines.
8. Space out the shots to allow you to monitor your child’s response to each vaccine.
9. Don’t continue to vaccinate if your child has a reaction to a shot. Educate yourself on what vaccine adverse events may look like.
10. Request and read the product information insert for each vaccine. Don’t rely on your doctor to inform you of the risks and contraindications.
11. Find a doctor who respects your questions and your concerns.
12. Consult with a Naturopath. Investigate homeopathic remedies and other immune supports. Homeopathic remedies can reduce the injury caused by vaccination.
13. Trust your intuition. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. No one knows your child better than you do.
14. Do not be pressured into vaccinating your child simply because it’s the “recommended schedule.”
15. The fewer vaccines, the better. Research shows the risk of injury increases with the number of vaccines given and the earlier they are given.
16. Know your rights. Become a member of a vaccine choice advocacy organization. Most jurisdictions have exemptions for medical, religious and personal belief.
(Image courtesy of Vaccine Choice Canada)
Linda Morken, WAPFTM Volunteer Chapter Leader in Sooke, British Columbia, Canada