Many parents are concerned about the safety of childhood vaccines, and my attention was caught by Mothering’s action alert about “Green Vaccines”. What the heck is a green vaccine? It sounds like an oxymoron to me. Jenny McCarthy, spokesperson for Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), and Jim Carrey are calling for support of the Green Our Vaccines Rally for Autism.
On June 4, 2008, the Green Vaccines rally will be held in Washington, D.C. The rally cry is:
- We are not anti-vaccine, we are anti-toxins.
- Green our Vaccines!!
- Change the schedule, babies are getting too much too soon.
- We support informed consent for all families
- To give the moms and dads around the world a day to be heard. This is their day. This will be their moment.
Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey believe that the current mandatory vaccine schedule requires too many vaccines too soon for young children. I believe all these early vaccinations do not give children’s natural immune systems a chance to develop, and these young bodies are overloaded with toxins. I agree with Jim and Jenny, but I believe the slogan of “Green our Vaccines!” is a bit misleading.
The term “green” to me means “natural”. The only way to naturally protect a child from an disease, such as chicken pox, is for a child to contract the illness and develop naturally immunity. That being said, there are some illness that are too dangerous to contract, and in my instance, I have made vaccinations choices based upon my son’s congenital heart defect I would not have made otherwise. “Live” vaccines do work by causing the body to respond to weakened version of illness, which reminds me of the principles of homeopathy, and many doctors believe that vaccines strengthen the immune system.
I agree that the vaccine schedule needs to be revised and toxins, such as aluminum, need to be removed. We can have safer vaccines for children, and I recognize the importance of vaccines for both public and personal health. I am just not sure the slogan “Green our Vaccines” is appropriate. Perhaps “Safer Vaccines” or “Toxin-Free Vaccines” would be a more accurate way to describe the changes that need to happen to protect our children.
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