Take a Walk in My Shoes First… Janet Smedile

The following is a post by a friend in regards to some tasteless jokes/status that have been circulating around Facebook.  It is with her permission that I am posting it here.  Sandy Moroney

After seeing some rather nasty posts and one-sided articles over the past two weeks about vaccines I am using my wall to rant a bit.

TRUTH – Many vaccinations contain neurotoxins in the form of preservatives and other such chemicals that are KNOWN to be harmful. The vaccination schedule is much more intensive than it used to be thus some infants / toddlers bodies / brains cannot handle it. Our Steve has a neurological condition that made him vulnerable from birth so I have researched this extensively. Many parents are choosing NOT to vaccinate their children. I understand why but I also have had to think about my child’s susceptibility to disease and the welfare of others. Here is what we did as parents: asked our doctor for preservative free vaccines and had the schedule be spread out. Our pediatrician was great about this. For the later vaccines Steve needed, the doctor did blood work to see if he already had immunity for some of the diseases and we vaccinated accordingly. It does not have to be an all or nothing issue. Also before anyone says that I don’t know about children with conditions thought to be caused or exacerbated by vaccinations or other environmental factors, I have worked with children with exceptional needs off and on since I was 19 as a teacher so I have taken the time to honestly look at this subject. For those of you who have not walked in my shoes – clean your own house before you try to clean mine. Sick of the bitching, sniping and whining on this subject – just like politics – go do something about it instead of posting stupid crap and inappropriate jokes about autism and other neurological disorders.

One Reply to “Take a Walk in My Shoes First… Janet Smedile”

  1. A thoughtful, intelligent way to deal with a difficult situation. If only more parents took the time to educate themselves on the options available before completely ruling out vaccinating their children. We need more moms and dads willing to realize that this is not a black and white issue, and not jump on the non-vaccination bandwagon without exploring all their options for the good of their child and society at large, nor feel bullied into allowing their children to undergo treatment they are not comfortable with. Jennie McCarthy has done a huge disservice by spreading pseudo-science to people who would rather put their faith in celebrities than science. We need more Janet Smediles and less self-important talking heads. Sometimes those on both sides of the issue forget that there is indeed a middle ground.

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