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January 7, 2014

Growing up unvaccinated:

A healthy lifestyle couldn’t prevent many childhood illnesses. 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.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 7, 2014 12:30 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Yeah, this is a great piece I wish people would pass around more. Very powerful and incredibly important.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at January 7, 2014 12:58 PM

Those childhood diseases auto-vaccinated us, albeit the hard way. I had them all, as did just about everyone I ever knew back then. You only had them once, then you were immune. Tonsillitis was usually a strep infection and you didn't develop an immunity.

Posted by: BillH at January 7, 2014 2:56 PM

The virulent strains in Mexico overcame my son's vaccinations against German Measles and a year to the day later, the Mumps. 10 days later, his father had mumps, too. Almost killed him.

Vaccinate, people.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at January 7, 2014 3:46 PM

What is commonly considered "healthy" as she described it is nothing more then the bias of someone who drank the alternative health craziness coolaid. None of these alternative superstitions is effective in either preventing or curing illness.

Posted by: GoneWithTheWind at January 7, 2014 4:47 PM

I love her comment about how if an immune system can handle a disease, it can certainly handle the weakened or killed strains that comprise a vaccine. Too many people today are too far removed from people who lived prior to mass vaccinations; it only takes a few rounds of "that was the day my sister died of measles" to really get a sense that vaccines are a GOOD thing.

FWIW, I will instantly stop reading any site that asserts that vaccines are horrible things, especially if they use the terms "mercury" and "formaldehyde." Or, as one memorable example, the site that blithely asserted that the fall in vaccine-preventable diseases that happened concurrently with vaccinations somehow had NOTHING to do with said vaccinations. Ignorant, stupid, DANGEROUS thinking.

Posted by: B. Durbin at January 7, 2014 9:06 PM

Anyone old enough to remember the world before vaccines is horrified and enraged by these lunatics. My mother was speechless when I told her about them, and she started sputtering about what Polio and Measles and the rest did to her generation. My dad's younger brother DIED from Polio.

What the anti-vaccine people are doing is straight up evil.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at January 8, 2014 10:08 AM

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