I feel sorry for people searching for

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I feel sorry for people searching for
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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 8:01am
explanations for their less than perfect children. My son has Tourettes. He is also very active (a trait I myself would like to have). He is also very bright (reading at 3, algebra at 5).

I guess my point is some folks need to stop searching for causes and start seeing the fascinating differences in children. Most of my son's friends are vaxd and they are all so very different. I don't deny the possibilty of vax reactions (like anaphlaxsis) but this whole buisness of vaxs causing ADD, Autism, allergies is just sad. Too much energy is spent fishing around for causes. These problems have been around for centuries.

I got to thinking, this is tongue in cheek of course: my 5yo has Tourettes which showed up at 18 months.......hm, this is about the time I no longer gave him breast milk and organic foods. He also had his first sip of tap water around then. It's just about the time I started washing his clothes in something other than Dreft. It's also near the time that he got stung by a bee and had a strange reaction (hives and vomiting). Oh, and he also fell out of a shopping cart and onto concrete, right on his little, 18mo head.

Could it be any one of these things that causes his Tourettes? Doubt it. Besides, his gma, cousin and uncle all have it. Did any of these things make it worse? Doubt it. But then again, who cares? Michael is brilliant, funny, active, goofy and very, very kind. Cute, too.

Lucky

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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 9:36am
An explanation may or may not help future children. But I am sure every parent wants to know what can possibly be avoided to protect their children/fetus. Some things are out of our control, but if you knew that there was something you could do to possibly prevent your child from having a medical problem, wouldn't you like to know what it was?

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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 10:27pm
I would love to know how to avoid medical problems. Who wouldn't? I just think vaxing is the wrong place to keep searching for ADD, autism and allergy causes. These problems have been around alot longer than vaxes have.

Lucky
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Thu, 06-12-2003 - 10:28am
Lucky, I think you answered it yourself in your post. You HAVE the answer in your case. There is a clear genetic component for your son's condition. If there were not, perhaps you would be looking for causes as well. It can be very hard to just say "well, that's the way it is" and move on. It's not about wanting "perfect" children. It's about wanting the best FOR our children. And parents wanting answers as to why their children have to suffer. It's about feeling guilty that we may be responsible for our children's problems, and feeling angry that someone else could be. And parents who are conviced vaccines are damaging our children truly want to save other children from the same fate.

However, it is not that simple -- there are no easy answers. *I* don't think vaccines are responsible for many of the things they are blamed for by grieving parents. But it is a fact that they cause bad reactions in some children, and they are biologicals with potential for harm, and that is why they will always be subject to very careful scrutiny. And the image of injecting a healthy infant with "dangerous toxins" is very powerful, even without evidence of damage done, and will be exploited. Vaccines will always be controversial, no matter how much good they have done. And that is probably a good thing -- being in the spotlight keeps their safety an essential priority.

JMO -

Keeley

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Thu, 06-12-2003 - 11:28am
I would not love my daughter any less if she had some kind of medical problem, but I don't want her to have any problems and try to prevent them by any means possible. I don't know if vaxs cause as many problems as people say they do, but I think that people should always question what is injected into their childrens bodies. I think if they find any link between vaccines and ADD, asthma, allergies, or autism than we should reconsider what is put in them.

It sounds to me that you are very defensive about vaccines and don't want to even consider for a minute that they are nothing but good. Doctors used to say (and this wasn't that long ago) that formula was better than breast milk. They have now found out that that is not true. Maybe one day they will find out that vaccines are not as good as everyone seems to think they are. I am not bashing vaccines because I do not know enough about them to say they are totally bad, but from what I have found out about them, I am going to think before I let them give my next baby any shots.

I think that people should keep their minds open. This goes for people for and against vaccinating. They might prove that vaccines do not cause as many reactions as people think they do.

Sarah

Sarah...mommy to Janessa and Julian