View from an Unvaccinated Adult

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Registered: 11-13-2008
View from an Unvaccinated Adult
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Tue, 01-07-2014 - 9:27am

I thought this was an interesting perspective from an adult who was not vaccinated as a child:

I am the ’70s child of a health nut. I wasn’t vaccinated. I was brought up on an incredibly healthy diet: no sugar till I was 1, breastfed for over a year, organic homegrown vegetables, raw milk, no MSG, no additives, no aspartame. My mother used homeopathy, aromatherapy, osteopathy; we took daily supplements of vitamin C, echinacea, cod liver oil.

I had an outdoor lifestyle; I grew up next to a farm in England’s Lake District, walked everywhere, did sports and danced twice a week, drank plenty of water. I wasn’t even allowed pop; even my fresh juice was watered down to protect my teeth, and I would’ve killed for white, shop-bought bread in my lunchbox once in a while and biscuits instead of fruit, like all the other kids.

We ate (organic local) meat maybe once or twice a week, and my mother and father cooked everything from scratch—I have yet to taste a Findus crispy pancake, and oven chips (“fries,” to Americans) were reserved for those nights when Mum and Dad had friends over and we got a “treat.”

As healthy as my lifestyle seemed, I contracted measles, mumps, rubella, a type of viral meningitis, scarlatina, whooping cough, yearly tonsillitis, and chickenpox. In my 20s I got precancerous HPV and spent six months of my life wondering how I was going to tell my two children under the age of 7 that Mummy might have cancer before it was safely removed.

Read the rest of the article at: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/family/2014/01/growing_up_unvaccinated_a_healthy_lifestyle_couldn_t_prevent_many_childhood.html

Any thoughts on her viewpoint?

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 01-08-2014 - 4:34pm
Some other comments in the bottom of the article brought up some reminders. As a child of the 70's, she would not have had access to the meningitis, chickenpox or HPV vaccines as they were not in existence at that time, therefore, it wouldn't have mattered, she would have still been exposed and/or came down with them. Tonsillitis is also not something that would have been prevented by vaccines at that time. As for everything else, I can't say one way or the other, it sounds like she had a pretty compromised immune system to end up with that many things as a child. Did she end up taking a lot of antibiotics over time, which can end up making her more resistant to antibiotic treatments later in life.
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