Are Vaccines Safe for My Condition?

“Is it safe to get x vaccine if I have y disorder?” I hear this question asked all the time in support groups, on twitter and blog posts by spoonies. There are a lot of questions and confusion these days around the safety of vaccinations for children, elders and people with chronic illness or auto-immune disease. How do we determine what’s safe when our own doctors insist they’re safe yet courts are ruling that contaminants in vaccines are in fact triggering latent genes for conditions such as autism, 1, 2, 3 based on studies which confirm that vaccination causes mercury toxicity which can irreparably harm our mitochondria?

I don’t want to come across as sounding anti-vaxx. Vaccinations can be an incredibly good thing. They were responsible for eradicating Polio, after all and are meant to protect us from some pretty scary stuff. We need vaccines.

But not everything about vaccines is good. What bothers me is what comes along with the vaccine. They tend to be packed with things that aren’t good for the average person, but when it comes to the spoonie population can be downright disastrous. Vaccinations contain highly toxic metals and substances such as mercury, aluminum, lead, cadmium, formaldehyde, and thimerasol and often contain common allergens such as dairy and MSG, 4. I could break down what each of these does to a body, but let’s just say that most of these compounds do not simply process through the body without harm. They are toxic to our systems and can do any number of things to our bodies, including contribute to serious conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

I had a TDap vaccine several years ago that resulted in a high fever, chills, vomiting, swelling and heat at the site of the injection, all over soreness in my arm and a rash. Recently another member of my local zebra chapter reported the same symptoms with a different vaccine, only her arm was so severely affected that she couldn’t move it for several days. It took both of us weeks before we felt back to our normal selves.

Conversely, I’ve taken flu vaccines since with none of these side effects. Why? More than likely, the vaccines had different components, so I experienced a different reaction. But I’m wary of vaccines now and I’m certainly not the only one. I’ve done a lot of research since and I believe that the use of heavy metals and common allergens like dairy have to be removed from vaccines in order to make them safe for all of us.

This article discusses the history of vaccination problems among immune compromised persons and while it seems to contradict itself at every turn, it seems clear there is an issue. One which is complex, multifaceted and ongoing.

Of course this is a topic of hot debate. It’s especially important when governments and schools are making laws that force people to vaccinate their children for the “common good, 1.” I could not in good conscience vaccinate my child if it meant also giving them the mercury toxicity that could have led to my stepson’s autism. Luckily, if you want to call it luck, I won’t be having to make that choice.

I do have to face that choice for myself, though and will have to more and more as doctors push on me various vaccines recommended for aging and ailing populations. In order to get ready for those choices, I try to educate myself with the facts as much as possible and pressure manufacturers and law makers to force positive change to these much needed vaccines.

To that end, I’ve signed up to watch a documentary series on The Truth About Vaccines, beginning August 17th. I encourage you all to watch as well so you too can make the best, most well-informed decisions you can to stay as healthy as possible for as long as you may!




One thought on “Are Vaccines Safe for My Condition?

  1. A balanced perspective, well written.

    Except for the autism part (I think that link has been thoroughly debunked), there is a reason there is a special fund (my brain tells me) for victims of the rare side occurrences – because they CAN happen. But the alternative, an unvaccinated population which doesn’t give herd protection to those who cannot take the vaccines, is far worse.

    I’m fortunate – no side effects. My first child did have a problem with the pertussis part (IIRC) of the first DPT – his pediatrician had wisely given just a half dose because of that possibility, and he didn’t get the second half. His siblings had no problems. So I know what it’s like to worry about other people not vaccinating THEIR children when yours can’t have the vaccine.

    Sanity, calm, the willingness to discuss things rationally, and the knowledge that vaccines are not perfect (though immensely better than the alternative) – are all better than hysteria.

    I hadn’t thought that I might be at risk; so far I’ve been lucky: mild reactions.

    Now husband sends me a link to a NYT article that the kinds and quantities of vaccines need to change between 70 and 90 – because people who are old are also more delicate (I’m 67 – it’s coming).


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