“What are we doing to ourselves and our children? The answer is, we do not know. Just as doctors and scientists have not understood the effects of the pertussis bacterium and the pertussis vaccine, they do not know the long-term effects of challenging our immune systems with so many bacterial and viral antigens about which little is known. Just as we have polluted our environment with man-made chemicals, we may well be polluting ourselves with a myriad of man-made vaccines in our quest to eradicate all disease and infection from the earth.
In her exploration of the ways that Americans have polluted the air, water, and earth with synthetic chemicals, Rachel Carson concluded in [her book] Silent Spring that ‘The choice, after all, is ours to make. If, having endured much, we have at least asserted our ‘right to know,’ and if, knowing, we have concluded that we are being asked to take senseless and frightening risks, then we should no longer accept the counsel of those who tell us we must fill our world with poisonous chemicals; we should look about and see what other course is open to us.’
One mother of a vaccine-damaged child drew a parallel to what Rachel Carson has observed. She spoke of her son, who cannot speak. ‘What makes me so mad is that it could have been avoided. I thought I was being a good parent to give him that shot. If I had known about the risks, if I had been given an option, I might have taken my chances with the natural disease. I don’t know. But I do know that God gave me a perfect child. I was so happy when he was born. He was so beautiful, with ten toes and ten fingers. God gave me a perfect child and man, with his own ways, damaged God’s perfect work.’
That is what this story is all about—parents grieving for their children, who were healthy and now are broken, many with futures too bleak to comprehend. As mothers, we miraculously conceive our babies and carry them to nine months while we eat the right foods and read books about how to be a good mother. As fathers, we attend childbirth classes so we can help mothers withstand the pain of giving birth without anesthetics that might harm our child. As mothers, we breastfeed to give our babies the best start in life, and we sit up nights rocking them to sleep so they will feel safe. As parents, we work long hours and make sacrifices of every kind to make their future secure.
We give everything we have to our children. They are part of us. We love them more than we love ourselves and more than we ever thought we could love anyone else. We hope for them and want them to lead productive, fulfilled lives. There is nothing we would not do for them and nothing we would not risk for them. They are our children. And they will have our grandchildren. We fight with all our strength and all our love to protect them from harm. The time has come to become educated about vaccines.”
— Harris L. Coulter and Barbara Loe Fisher, A Shot In The Dark
Courtesy: The Outliers