Thanks to everyone who joined me at the movie Vaxxed last night! We had a group of about 10 people come out to see the film and participate in a very thoughtful discussion afterwards. Everyone came to the table with a slightly different perspective and opinion which is great (we had a mix of 3 different types of health care practitioners, parents & parents-to-be at the table). The topic of vaccinations is controversial, I get it. But controversy shouldn't stop us from being able to have a rational conversation about a topic that isn't as “black and white” as some might think. After seeing the film my concerns about vaccines were re-affirmed. I am not an "anti-vaxxer" by any means, but I am “pro-informed consent”.
Here is a list of some of the concerns raised by the film and from our discussion following the movie.
At the end of the day, the bottom line for me as a practitioner and parent is to protect the health and safety of all children. I believe this is the same goal shared by the parents and health practitioners or anyone else who promote vaccinations. So let’s stop taking sides and talking in terms of “pro-vaxx” and “anti-vaxx”. Attacking one another doesn’t serve anyone. Acknowledging the risks and working to make vaccines safer should put us all on the same page.
A final note on autism - My heart broke seeing this film and witnessing the real life stories of families who lost the children they knew to this debilitating and devastating disease. Children in North America are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at an alarming rate. This disease is not only devastating for the individuals and families themselves, but society as a whole will soon feel the widespread impact of the staggering numbers of children who are growing up with this disorder. Our healthcare system can not handle the burden of caring for the number of children who will grow into adults with no choice but to live with full time care and support. Anything that can be done to help identify the cause of this disorder and prevent this alarming trend from continuing on its current trajectory should be a top concern for our medical system and particularly for those practitioners who work with pregnant women and young children. Knowledge is power, and the movie Vaxxed will open your eyes to another side of the vaccine story. I’d encourage everyone to see it and to start asking more questions. If you have questions about vaccinations, let’s talk about it. Follow me on Facebook, instagram or Twitter and subscribe to my newsletter.
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A place for me to share my own experiences as an ND & Mom, things I find interesting in the world of wellness & medicine, share recipes, health tips and home/DIY self care ideas. Between 2012 & 2016 I got married, moved twice and had two kids! But I'm back and have SO much to share with you now. Becoming a mom has completely changed my world and my practice. Stay tuned for lots more from me :)