Yep! It’s not a black and white issue as so many make it out to be. There are many, many shades of grey. I sure don’t want polio or scarlet fever, but I also want to be able to trust that the things I’m putting into my body or my son’s have been developed appropriately and as safely as possible. I want to feel assured that it’s been properly tested for both efficacy and safety and that the bodies entrusted to do that aren’t just taking the company’s own word for it but using their test results. I want to be able to believe that the manufacturers aren’t hiding data or misrepresenting it as was accused in that article you linked.

I’d really love to see somebody do a sociological study of why this topic is so incredibly polarizing and why there is so little reasonable discussion around relevant questions. It seems like anyone who asks those or who questions the dogma in any way is branded a heretic. It’s kind of fascinating in a bizarre way. Meanwhile, my very mainstream vet told me that they no longer vaccinate at the nape of the neck in case the animal develops cancer at the injection site. If they do it in the leg, as they commonly do now, and a problem arises, they can at least amputate the leg. She said this with a straight face and I nearly fell over. Isn’t that a enormous red flag about the whole concept? Can’t we do better than that? And how much of that translates to humans?

I’m sorry to hear about your daughter having a bad time. That must’ve been very scary. I’ve had several confidence-tanking incidents with mainstream medical care, both for me and as relates to my mom’s health. I avoid it as much as humanly possible.

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