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Danielle's letter

Hi Elizabeth,
I have been meaning to write you a letter in response to information I have learned about the Green Party. I am finding it hard to find the time
to do this, so will send a quick note in reply to your email instead.
Let me start with saying that I have supported the Green Party of Canada for over 20 years. I really started taking an interest in not only just
voting green but keeping abreast of what was actually taking place in politics in Canada when I saw you debating with the other parties and
just fell in love with your brilliance. You hold yourself so well and are so knowledgeable about so many issues that you always have something intelligent to say in response to others comments.
I am deeply disappointed though to have found out that you and the Green Party support mandatory vaccination. There are a few things wrong with this.
The Green Party "was the first to raise the alarm on Harper’s “anti terror” bill - Bill C-51” and continues to fight for Canadians “to have the right to engage in free speech". Yet, the Green Party is willing to actively take away the right of Canadians to have freedom of choice, freedom of health and freedom to parent.
This support to mandate vaccines and remove a parent’s right to informed consent by removing religious and philosophical exemptions is
against what I would think the Green Party stands for. I support the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which defines this great country and upholds our right to autonomy over our own bodies and those of our children. This proposition seeks to remove that right for products produced by for-profit corporations, that time and time again have demonstrated serious side effects. Where there is a risk of injury or death, no matter how small the perceived risk may be, there must be a choice.
One of the most prominent reasons seen for mandating childhood vaccines is for the greater good of our society as a whole. Unfortunately this is a large fallacy. Firstly, we know that vaccines are not 100% effective, leaving a large portion of the vaccinated population unprotected, even after all of the recommended doses. Secondly, vaccine induced immunity does not last a lifetime. Many adults have not received boosters and any immunity that may once have been conferred has since waned. Thirdly, many of the vaccines on the schedule are not designed to prevent transmission of the disease, but simply prevent the disease in the individual.
Unlike in the United States, Canadians have absolutely no recourse if they are injured by a vaccination. In fact, we are one of only 2 G8
nations that do not have a compensation program for those injured by vaccines. This would mean mandating a procedure to which the creator of the product is safe from any lawsuit and has no incentive to improve their product to make it safer or more effective. Looking at the American compensation program, established in 1986, as our closest comparison, they have paid out almost $3 billion to families whose
children have died or suffered adverse reactions to vaccinations. It would be unethical to mandate a medical procedure where there is no
liability.
This support to mandate ignores and eliminates the fundamental Canadian value of choice as well as a doctor’s ethical obligation to provide
their patients informed consent. If we are not free to make informed, voluntary decisions about which pharmaceutical products that we are
willing to take, then we are not free in any sense of the word.
Also, another reason why I would think the Green Party would not want to support something like this is that the Party seems to put a lot of
importance on the environment and on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in particular, but what about pollution? Pollution is such a big
problem in Canada, contributing to so many environmental issues, such as oil spills (I have pictures of multiple dead crabs we found fully
intact on the shores of Cates Park in North Vancouver from our most recent oil spill that nobody was found responsible for), over use of
plastics, pollution of our waterways with garbage and sewage, pollution of our land, water and resources with toxins and poisonous ingredients (that are banned in Europe) in our every day products (shampoos, body washes, laundry and dish soaps, all purpose cleaners, etc) that are washed out into our ground water killing local habitat.
And what about pollution of our internal environments with vaccines? People cannot be expected to be engaged in cleaning up their outer
environment if they are being forced to pollute their inner environment. Vaccines are drugs. Manufactured by pharmaceutical companies for
profit. There are many studies that show vaccines cause damage. Why would the Green Party of Canada support something so against our
constitutional rights?
You titled this email “step up”. I’d like to ask that you “step up” and do some research on vaccines and remove your support for mandatory
anything with regard to forcing toxic harmful drugs on the Canadian population.
I am definitely not voting for and especially not donating any money to you or the Green Party, who want to force drugs on the Canadian
people. I cannot express how incredibly disappointed I am in this. I have also let everyone I know in my community, online and in person, of
this directive.
From a sad and very disappointed Canadian citizen who supports freedom of choice and the right to treat our bodies as we want and the
freedom of choice to parent as we see fit.
Danielle
The response:
Dear Ms. Danielle,
Thank you for your thoughtful letter regarding The Green Party of Canada's stance on vaccinations and I apologize for the delay in responding - we're a small team doing our best to keep up! To answer your question, the Green Party remains in favour of the use of vaccinations for well established public health risks, like viruses.
Vaccines have been scientifically proven to be effective in preventing diseases that carry harmful and potentially fatal consequences. For this
reason we believe that is important to ensure that our population continues to benefit from the life-saving protection that vaccinations afford.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), only clean water performs better in reducing the burden of infectious diseases than
vaccines. I encourage you to read the article here.
In the same article, the WHO outlines the superior efficacy and safety of vaccinations over therapeutic medicines. Even in cases where a recently vaccinated patient contracts the illness, most medical experts agree they are more likely to have a much milder case and less likely to spread the disease. That being said, the Green Party supports ensuring that Health Canada continues to apply standards for vaccine approvals based on only the most advanced and most rigorous science.
Thank you again for your letter and I am sorry to hear we have lost your support. I hope you will consider supporting the Green Party again in the future.
Sincerely,
--
Hardie Rath-Wilson

So many people think vaccines

So many people think vaccines are safe, but really there are so many dangers! I am speaking from experience with my allergies.

I have allergies to dairy, corn, beef, strawberries, and coffee.

I got the H1N1 vaccine back in 2009 thinking that it was okay, but shortly after I experienced severe back pain, I actually ended up on my back with Sciatica. This didn't just happen once, but happened twice once in May 2010, and again in February 2013.

After doing my research, I found that the H1N1 possible had something to do with it. Just recently, I discovered those allergies, and after staying off those foods I am allergic to, I don't experience the back and neck pain from those allergies because I chose to abstain from those foods. Its amazing how our bodies work. In essence, let's be clear here.

Vaccines don't cause autism! But vaccines do cause allergies hence is why we have so many children with allergies especially peanut allergies. You wonder, why so many allergies?

So, if so many kids are being vaccinated, and the allergies are on the rise, then we goit to ask what is happening to our children's bodies? If you look at our bodies, they are made up of different cells. We have cells going back and forth between the brain and the rest of our bodies especially through the brain stem.

So when the toxins from the vaccines enter into the body, where do the toxins go? That is right! Into the GUT! When the GUT gets full of toxins, they have no where to go because our liver and kidneys can work fast enough to excret the toxins. This then causes toxic cells being sent back to the brain, and what do we get?

The brain becomes damaged resulting in ADD, ADHD, and most commonly now, Autism/Aspergers.

I was a victim of ADD, and was deemed deaf and dumb when I was 4 years old because I couldn't talk. When my parents took me to a medical doctor specializing in natural medicine, the first time she told my parents was to stop giving me the vaccines because they already damaged my gut. Do you remember what I said how the brain is affected?

Since, that time, my parents being wise were able to get me to a place where i could talk and function as a normal adult. In fact, I now have a highschool education, a college dipoma, a degree, and now I am working on another diploma. I also work fulltime.

No, I did not use Ritalin, but I used natural supplements. Remember what i said about allergies, and abstaining from the foods I am allergic to? I have found an immense improvement in my neck and pain just from abstaining from those foods.

Please consider what I am saying. I am a man that was told that he could never amount to anything, and that I would never be able to graduate high school. That same teacher that told me parents that I wouldn't make it, was shocked when she found out later that I already graduated from high school and college.

So, please parents understand this, my story is of overcoming the labels I had placed on me. Don't let your children become victims of what almost happened to me. Remember, the toxins from vaccines can have lasting effects on the brain, and our bodies are all connected. Vaccines don't cause autism, but the toxins from the vaccines can cause brain damage!

Trina's story

Finding out I was pregnant was so exciting, I wanted so badly to ensure I did all that I could to enable our child to be well.  So, in preparation for pregnancy I had gotten off all the meds I had been on previously. For a quarter of my life I had been treated for bipolar disorder, anxiety, attention deficient, mania, and colitis.  Interesting enough, with each pill came a new diagnosis.  These diagnoses had come with a pretty steep pill amount.  By the end of it I was taking 20 a day.  In the end I have had two doctors inform me it was a misdiagnosis.

Wanting to have a healthy body for my baby was so important.  I therefore looked for a way to be weaned off the meds.  My family was quite concerned about the number of medications I was taking.  My father referred me to a naturopath-in-training.  He worked with her mother and she too had healed/managed her mental health illness through natural medicine.  At that time I was not feeling well; I was getting weak, and I was concerned that the medications were creating some of the lethargy.

Upon meeting my Naturopath-in-training I knew I was making the right decision.  So, over a six month time frame, with the use of acupuncture and detoxing and supplementation, I was med free.  I did this without the blessing of my (then) psychiatrist.  He was very concerned and stressed I would be institutionalized should I do this, which was not very comforting.  After years of listening to what he had said, I knew there had to be a way to be well without meds.  After I was free of the medications, I was well and felt it would be a great time to get pregnant.  My family doctor, being new at the time, felt I should be followed at a clinic that specializes in high risk pregnancies.  So, upon getting pregnant I was referred to one.

With my pregnancy I was fine, progressing fine, no abnormalities or concerns; all was well.  I became pregnant in 2009 when the H1N1 “outbreak” was occurring.  There was so much concern and pressure to get the flu shot, especially for pregnant women.  Here I had weaned off medication, had a healthy pregnancy, and I did not want to jeopardize anything.  I was asked if I wanted to get the flu shot.  My mother thought it wise.  I was not sure.  I was well, and my baby was well.  That was all I needed.  I was told by a nurse it would protect me and my child and my child would not be harmed.  Being that mom who wanted to do everything "right" I agreed and got it when I was sometime between 4 and 5 months pregnant.  It was my one and only flu shot.

A few hours after having the flu shot, I was home and started eating grapes.  They tasted funny, as if they had been sprayed by something.  I asked my husband to taste them to see if he could taste the chemicals on them.  I also asked if his tongue was numb after tasting them.  He looked at me oddly, and said, “There is nothing wrong with them.  It must be the fact you are pregnant.”  Every piece of fruit I ate I reacted to this way.  Whatever part of my mouth touched the fruit first would be where the numbness began, and it would creep along the surface and move deeper into my tissues.  Then it would jump to my cheek, side of my face, or my nose, and the tingling would spread.  It would be so scary to have the precursor to anaphylaxis make its way slowly across my tongue, toward my throat, and feel my throat start to close.  And, what got even more troublesome was it was all fruit and some vegetables; all things that I could eat with no problem before having the flu shot.  That was the beginning of my oral allergy that took two years to get a diagnosis for.

The next morning after the flu shot I had eggs and pancakes.  Oh how I loved eggs; I had them for breakfast 3 or 4 times per week.  After breakfast I noticed I had a lot of gas and pain in my abdomen.  It was so painful I wondered if my pregnancy was in jeopardy.  And, the gas was so foul smelling; I was very concerned.  I spoke to my doctor who reassured me it was just pregnancy and not to worry.  That was the beginning of my egg allergy.

I began to have trouble making my hands work.  I was struggling to hold a pen and to pick up small items.  It was as if my brain could not send the signal to my hands.  It got so frustrating that I went in to see my doctor.  During my visit they checked my weight I had gained 5 pounds.  I thought this strange to gain that much in a week.  When I brought it up and my hands, I was told weight fluctuates (which it could) and that the baby must be positioned on a nerve.  After delivery I should be fine.  (After delivery I was still in incredible pain, and it became so bad I could not get up off the floor without assistance.  As well, I struggled to put on and take off a diaper.  Still I was told it was just an adverse reaction to being pregnant.  Nowhere in the Pregnancy 101 book was debilitating joint pain an end result of pregnancy.)

I left my doctor’s office confused.  A few days after that I began struggling to walk; my feet pain was excruciating.  My joints ached to the point I would cry.  It was so painful.  I went back into see my doctor who explained I now have plantar fasciitis.  All of a sudden, I have another issue.  She suggested I get orthotics to help to manage the pain until after delivery.  I left there confused again and just wanting relief.  The orthotics did give me some relief, but still it was nagging at me, what was causing this?

Around six months into my pregnancy I got sick, and could not shake it.  So, I was prescribed antibiotics.  I had an adverse reaction to the antibiotics, and ended up in emergency.  I thought I was going to lose our child.  The vomiting was so violent I bruised my ribs.  And, because I was losing fluid out of both parts of me they put me on I.V to try and help the fluid loss.  I remember asking could a flu shot bring on such symptoms and being told, “no”, so I pushed the idea aside.  In the end I was told I had an adverse reaction to penicillin and to make sure to not take it again.  Having had antibiotics one time or another my entire life, this was a first, and since then I have adverse reactions to all antibiotics.

My weight continued to climb, and the edema was immense.  At one point I lost my ankle and all the creases in my legs.  I gained one hundred pounds and went up a shoe size.  I began to have brain fog and struggle to retain things.  My sleep was disturbed; I would jump awake.  I experienced tingling all over my body, started losing hair, and was plumb exhausted all the time.  Getting up in the mornings was/is a challenge, it was like my eyes did not want to open.  Still I kept going.

My bowels also had been giving me trouble; I was concerned my colitis was returning.  I was able to get back into seeing my gastrointestinal specialist.  I had a third colonoscopy and, all had come back clean.  This had perplexed her quite a bit.  I remember her saying she has never seen a bowel so clean, especially with how bad it had been.  (Looking back, changing my diet is what healed my intestines).  It was here I learned I now had silent reflux and was given medication to manage.  When I shared I was having bowel issues and with my tests coming back clean she did a stool test to test for the milk protein allergy.  Viola the test results came back positive for the milk protein allergy,. and I was told to stay away from all dairy.  Interesting enough I was already dairy free.

Always in the back of my mind I wondered what triggered all this.  Our child was born ten days late after a double induction, and from birth there were eating and sleep issues.  To date both my children have food allergies, sensitivities and intolerance.  Both have sleep apnea which require cpap, allergies on the cellular level (I have been informed by a Pediatric Allergist there is nothing that can be done for them), anemia, sensitivity to sound and lights, adenoid issues (two times removed for my eldest), tonsils issues and tubes (my youngest).  Both reacted to all vaccines in every typical adverse reaction listed on the pamphlet.  And, when I asked I was told my kids were just sensitive and that it could not be due to the vaccines.  Yet, I was scrambling to keep it together; I kept listening and missed listening to my God given mommy instinct.

As I have been fighting to get my children well, I applied whatever food elimination to my diet; so gluten free/dairy free first, then egg free.  With my children there was improvement by leaps and bounds.  For myself the joint pain subsided; I could use my hands again, and I was able to use regular shoes again.  However, even with this diet elimination I was still struggling to eat; and my symptoms kept growing.

My saving grace had been nuts, however, now I was reacting to pistachios, almonds, pine nuts. And, get this, I did not test positive for any nut allergy, yet I would get numbness (oral allergy symptoms) while eating them.  I was struggling.  By the end of it I was down to eating only rice and kale.  I shared this with my doctor, but she did not seem concerned.  This was five years into the changes (since the H1N1 flu shot), and I was getting weaker.  And, no one could help.  My blood test results came back ok; I “looked” healthy.  So, last September I started the Holistic Nutrition program.  Having spent five plus years of my life dealing with special diets I thought it was a great opportunity to put my knowledge to use.

By the end of October I was beginning to get migraines and struggling to see and retain knowledge, so I made an eye appointment.  After being tested twice I tested two out of three for glaucoma.  I was given a prescription and asked to come back in a few months.  I was so frustrated.

Over Christmas 2014, I woke up to ringing in my ear so much so I could not hear.  It would come and go, come and go.  I could no longer work out; I could not keep my balance.  I returned home from vacation and made a doctor’s appointment.  I was still trying to study but having the worst time trying to keep it together.  Also at this time I began to have abnormal discharge come out of my eyes.  It was not painful but not pleasant.  The ENT did my hearing test, checked my ears, and did a scope up my nose.  He could not find anything to cause the ringing or eye infection.

In the spring with my diet so poor my doctor sent me to another allergist.  Here, where two years previously I tested positive for eggs (and I was eating eggs), this time no reaction at all; yet, if I eat eggs I swell and gain weight almost instantly.  However, with the increase of the oral allergy symptoms, loss of feeling in my face, cheek, nose, lips, tongue and throat she was very concerned and prescribed an epi-pen.  Considering the number of scares I was having was increasing, I was very thankful.

So, here I was; doctors could not figure it out.  What was I to do?  After hour and hours of research I stumbled upon histamine response.  This led me to read about the low histamine diet.  I asked my Naturopath about it and she gave me a list what I could not eat on a low histamine diet.  Man that list was long, and since I could already not eat most of it.  I sought to find a way to eat.  I found the Low Histamine Chef, and well, her material saved my life.  So here I am eight weeks in, and I am now able to eat ten things: some fruits, veggies, nut butter ☺ and drink certain teas.  The ringing in my ears have all but subsided, my sleep is less disturbed.  Slowly but surely the brain fog is lifting, my eyesight has improved, and am no longer testing positive for glaucoma.  I am able to manage my oral allergy; the numbness is manageable, and I have been able to add exercise little by little without being exhausted.  I still have a little way to go, however, this has been a huge improvement.

Almost six years in, and we are all still healing.  My children are stable, and I have been able to focus more on me and getting well.  The above is really just a glimpse into the last six years, and I have come to see the good that has come out of it.  It led me to finding ways to help my children which led me to a new career path in nutrition.  However, the price has been very steep and without much support along the way.

 You know, the hardest things to learn, are the hard way.  However, with health choice, we have options: avenues available to us to help us get well.  I, for one, do not take that for granted. It has been a long road getting myself and my children back to better health. I hope and pray we never loose our health freedoom.  There is nothing special about me this could happen to anyone at any time. After what I have shared I hope you don’t either.

Breanne's story

I personally had a severe reaction to the flu shot back in 2011. It was mandatory for me to take the shot as I worked at a nursing home as a chef where we dealt with a sensitive population. My arm swelled out that day and I felt very feverish and nauseated. The swelling didn't go down for about a week and I just felt generally off and unwell. It got so bad that I had to go home from work early because I felt really faint. I came home and made myself a peanut butter sandwich and my throat closed up.

Naturally I freaked out. I had no history of allergies aside from seasonal allergies. I was able to use my asthma inhaler to open up my airway and thankfully had liquid benedryl to be able to suppress the inflammation. I saw my doctor that night and was immediately prescribed an epi-pen and a rush visit to see my allergist where I reacted to nearly everything under the sun.

I found myself newly allergic to peanuts and other nuts (anaphalactic), psyllium fiber (anaphalactic), eggs, dairy, soy, legumes including peas, beans, chickpeas, lentils as well as being sensitive to sulphites, MSG and later finding out that I was reacting to gluten as well.

I had to quit my job as a chef as I was constantly exposed to foods I was allergic to every day. It was like my body had flicked a switch to be on permanent attack mode. I was allergic to 90% of what I was eating and left with the question of what to eat.

I since have dedicated my life to finding out what went wrong, and have recently graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition with honours as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. I was also recently interviewed by Niagara this Week and you can view the article at

http://www.niagarathisweek.com/…/5711718--so-what-do-i-eat-/

Even after all of this I'm not completely anti-vax but I am pro-choice. We need to be informed of what we are allowing to be injected into our bodies as well as those who don't have as big of a voice such as children or the elderly. Get informed. Read about the side effects and if you can space out vaccines so that the body has time to heal and isn't as overloaded.

Thanks for your time!
-Bre

P.S. I've been able to successfully reverse the majority of the damage caused by the vaccine. I'm now only allergic to nuts and soy.

Barbara's Letter

June 17, 2015

Dear Mr. Carrie,

This is my first time writing to my Member of Parliament, and I hope you can help. I apologize in advance for the length of this email.

I am contacting you to express my concerns regarding the CMA’s (Canadian Medical Association) proposal to mandate vaccines and remove a parent’s right to informed consent. I support the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which makes this a great country and upholds our right to autonomy over our own bodies and those of our children. This proposition by the CMA seeks to remove that right for products that have come to be known as “unavoidably unsafe”. Where there is a risk of injury or death, no matter how small the perceived risk may be, there must be a choice.

Ontario is one of only a few provinces that require proof of “immunization” for school; this includes either the immunization record or a signed and notarized form of conscientious objection. Parents must already take an extra step to inform themselves firstly about vaccinations, and secondly the path that must be taken to decline the vaccinations in order to attend school. As per the National Report on Immunization put out by the Public Health Agency of Canada states, “It must be emphasized that, in these three provinces, exceptions are permitted for medical or religious grounds and reasons of conscience; legislation and regulation must not be interpreted to imply compulsory immunization.” The CMA’s proposal goes against the Public Health Agency of Canada’s statement.

The CMA’s code of ethics includes in part the following;

1. Consider first the well-being of the patient.

2. Practice the profession of medicine in a manner that treats the patient with dignity and as a person worthy of respect.

3. Refuse to participate in or support practices that violate basic human rights.

4. Respect the right of a competent patient to accept or reject any medical care recommended.

Here again the CMA’s proposal is direct opposition to their own code of ethics. One of the most prominent reasons cited for mandating childhood vaccines is for the greater good of our society as a whole. Unfortunately this is a large fallacy. Firstly, we know that vaccines are not 100% effective leaving a portion of the vaccinated population unprotected even after all recommended doses. Secondly, vaccine- induced immunity does not last a lifetime; in fact it is synthetic immunity. I would hazard a guess that many, if not most adults have not received boosters and any immunity that may once have been conferred has since waned. I am glad I was purposefully exposed to measles, mumps and chickenpox as a child thanks to my informed mother. I now have lifelong natural immunity to these conditions as confirmed by titer testing by my doctor.

Remember when these mild conditions were a right of passage as a child? Media hysteria has been drummed up over the past few years by those profiting by vaccines, namely big pharma. Thirdly, many of the vaccines on the schedule are not designed to prevent transmission of the disease, but simply prevent disease in the individual. For more information on this I would refer you to a very well versed Doctor of immunology who wrote a letter of opposition to bill SB277 in California. http://www.globalresearch.ca/vaccine-legislation.../5447672 Formaldehyde, aluminum, thimerosal, and polysorbate 80 are only a few of the ingredients found in many vaccines. Why would I purposefully inject these toxins into my baby? What impact are these toxins having on my baby’s short term and long term health? We now have a generation of children with the highest rates of asthma, autism, learning disorders, allergies, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disease and cancer we have ever seen.

We do not know everything there is to know about the human body or our immune system, but more and more links are being found between the damage caused by interfering with the body’s natural immune system and the state of health of our children. The CDC, FDA and Health Canada use the very studies produced by the vaccine manufacturers to determine vaccine safety and efficiency. As we have seen with the recent CDC and Merck Whistle blowers coming forward that data can and has been manipulated to gain market approval. Most vaccine trials are only studied for reactions for a few days to a few weeks after vaccination and there are no studies into the long term health effects of vaccines.

Did you know that no studies have been done to test the current vaccination schedule in the US and Canada? Check out the increase in the vaccination schedule from 1983 to 2015 for the USA.

Canada’s schedule is very similar: There have been no national studies comparing the health of the vaccinated to the unvaccinated either. We should not be forcing an entire generation of children to receive vaccinations with so many questions unanswered. Unlike in the US, Canadians have absolutely no recourse if they are injured by a vaccination. This would mean mandating a procedure to which the creator of the product is safe from any lawsuit and has no incentive to improve their product to make it safer or more effective. Looking at the American compensation program (VICP) established in 1986, they have paid out over $2.8 billion to families whose children have died or suffered other adverse reactions.

It would be unethical to mandate a medical procedure where there is no liability. This proposed mandate by the CMA ignores and eliminates the fundamental Canadian value of choice as well as a doctor’s ethical obligation to provide their patients informed consent. If we are not free to make informed, voluntary decision about which pharmaceutical products we are willing to take, then we are not free in any sense of the word. If this bill passes it will set a very dangerous precedent and there will be no limit on which individual freedoms can be removed in the name of the greater good. As you can tell I feel very strongly about this issue, and I know of many other Canadians who share my feelings. We are grouping together and speaking out for the sake of our children, and to remind the government of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.

Barbara E*******, and my healthy un-vaccinated son Tom.

Sophie's story

Our daughter was the picture of health and as any other ‘responsible’ parent, I dutifully brought her to Well Baby checkups where she received all the vaccines according to the provincial schedule. That is, until she turned one…

When she turned one, I brought her in for her first MMR vaccine and of course, never questioned anything because I figured doctors and nurses knew what they were doing. Éva cried of course so I comforted her and once home, gave her some Tylenol to make her comfortable. Just like after every vaccine she had received, she was always lethargic for a day or two so this time was no different.  As she seemed to get better about three days post-MMR vaccine, she started showing signs of a cold (runny nose, fever). I had scheduled her 12 months photo shoot about a week post-MMR vaccine since I knew she’d be fussy but the runny nose never went away. I now use those photos as my point of reference as to when health problems arose. In fact, it worsened. And our daughter started snoring heavily at night while sleeping, something she had never done before so I figured she must be very congested. Days became weeks and the weeks became months.

One month post-MMR vaccine, Éva started crying and crying non-stop. At this time, the runny nose and fever continued to persist and she was still snoring heavily at night. Her fever spiked and Tylenol just wasn’t cutting it. At the same time, I started noticing other strange symptoms; she started losing weight dramatically, her tummy became incredibly swollen, her body was covered with eczema, she was losing the little hair she had, her skin tone became greyish, she became lethargic yet wouldn’t sleep at night. I could keep going and going. These were all symptoms she

never had before. When I brought her to the pediatrician, all he found was a severe ear infection for which he prescribed antibiotics. I start administering the antibiotics and Éva seemed to get better, but that was short lived. Her ear infections (in both ears) seemed to have healed but all other symptoms were still present and worsening, including the fever.

At this point, she lost her appetite and vomited whatever she managed to eat. Diarrhea kicked in as well. A bit less than two weeks after her first ear infection diagnosis, the crying started again, the fever spiked up once again so I brought her back to the pediatrician. Diagnosis; ear infections in both ears, again. So another round of antibiotics, stronger ones this time. I started thinking the first ear infection never really went away.

Éva finished her second round of antibiotics and by this point, she seemed relieved from her ear infections but all other symptoms were still present, including the fever. By this time, the eczema patches were permanent, she continued to lose weight – no appetite whatsoever, chronic diarrhea, lethargy, her skin tone was grey and her eyes were sunken in. Oh, and the crying and screaming!

Back to her pediatrician we went yet again. Diagnosis; ear infections in both ears, this time with abscesses about to burst. I can’t imagine the pain she was in! And once again, another round of antibiotics – the third round of antibiotics within a six-week period. We headed home, uneasy about all this but were desperate for Éva to find relief so I reluctantly gave her the antibiotics, along with Tylenol. By this time, she had sores in her diaper area that were bleeding and just wouldn’t heal. The diarrhea and weight loss continued. And of course, so did the fever.

Two days into her third round of antibiotics, I started thinking maybe antibiotics are not the answer. Who gives three rounds in six weeks? So I started looking for causes of ear infections. Turns out 2 out of 4 cases (or 3 out of 4, depending on the source of information) are caused by either an intolerance or allergy to dairy!

Éva loves yogurt and cheese. So I decided that very same day, to stop giving her dairy products (and any traces of them). On the same day, I stopped the antibiotics, as well as the Tylenol. Forty eight hours later, the crying stopped. The fever went down a bit, but still persisted. Although she didn’t seem to be in such pain any more, all other symptoms remained.

 

I thought at this point, one symptom at a time, right? A few days later, we headed back to the pediatrician to check her ears and it was good news! Her ears were completely clear! The doctor was very happy about this news although, I never told him I had stopped giving Éva her antibiotics four days prior as well as no dairy products. I did however (very innocently) ask his opinion on the correlation between ear infections and dairy products and he immediately denied it. At that point, I knew something was off here.

Soon after, I realized that doctors rarely prescribe this many courses of antibiotics in such a short amount of time (three rounds in six weeks). I approached him with all of Éva’s other symptoms: constant and persisting fever, lethargy, eczema, hair loss, severe weight loss, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, grey skin tone, constant whining, severe bloating, sores that don’t heal, easy bruising. She had at total of 23 symptoms – symptoms she never had before her first birthday.

The doctor’s reply? A virus, ‘because she attends daycare’’. I was at a loss. A virus? Yet, all other children at her daycare seem fine. He also refused to give us a referral for allergy testing. Within the next two months, I consulted six other doctors, including two specialists at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. During this time, Éva started suffering from recurrent nose bleeds, a new symptom. And again, the same diagnosis every time; it’s a virus because she attends daycare.

Then, I started thinking and I realized something. Éva was fine until she had her first MMR vaccine and she started getting sick exactly three days later. What if there was a correlation?? And my quest for answers started… and lucky for me, I found the documentary ‘The Greater Good’ online as I start doing some research.

My heart sank.

I found there is and can be a correlation. I decided to suspend all planned future vaccinations until I found clearer answers. I wanted and needed to find out what was going on as I started to question the safety of vaccines very, very seriously. I went back to the doctor’s office and requested the brand names of all the vaccines she had received. My request was met with great resistance and I was the one who was questioned as to why I wanted this information. A bell rang in my head and I started wondering why I was being questioned about obtaining the information I should have had in the first place?? I found this very troubling. I did end up leaving the office with the info I wanted (only because I had to threaten them that I’d come back with a lawyer) as I needed to look up what the side effects of the various vaccines were.

In the meantime, Éva’s condition was worsening, to the point where I had to keep her home from daycare on average two days a week, every week, from November 2011 to February 2012. Between Christmas and Valentine’s Day, she lost another five pounds. By the end of February, she was 17 months old and weighed only 17 pounds and continued to lose weight.

 

During this time, she developed pneumonia along with febrile seizures, not surprising since a simple cold would last at least 5-6 weeks and she was battling one at that time.  It’s important to note here that we started questioning general/mainstream medical practices when ill.

At this point, she looked like a starving African child we see on TV. While undressed, we could easily count almost every single vertebrae and rib from a distance. Fear in me kicked in. I suddenly realized our daughter was dying. What she was going through was a very slow death. She was still not eating, still vomiting everything she managed to eat, had severe diarrhea, was covered in unexplained bruises and everything else. Éva started looking like a severely neglected child, who was suffering from malnutrition. And I needed to do something fast. I knew hospitalization would be required very ,very soon but since all doctors I had met with denied something was seriously wrong to begin with, I was at a complete loss.

Western medicine seemed useless at this point since I was not getting the answers I needed.  I opted for alternative medicine during that winter, in hopes of finding healing through chiropractic, naturopathy, homeopathy, osteopathy, acupressure. When my naturopathic doctor asked me about reactions to the vaccines she had received prior to her first MMR, I remembered her having diarrhea and a fever for two days at her two-month vaccinations, same symptoms but for four days at her four month vaccinations, then for 6 days after her six month shots . It’s only once I answered this question that I noticed the consistency in our daughter’s reactions! I never put two and two together before. So these reactions to her first MMR vaccine made perfect sense given

the pattern.

After trying many treatments to try to relieve Éva’s symptoms over the course of a few months and nothing seemed to work, I opted for a $400 allergy test performed by our naturopathic doctor (that is not covered by insurance but at this point, I didn’t care). I was shocked when tests came back positive for thirteen different food allergies!! I was stunned because she never showed signs of food allergies before. She is allergic to wheat, gluten, dairy, goat’s milk, almonds, hazelnuts, oats, sugar, and cane sugar to name only a few. And at the same time, I found the vaccine inserts I was looking for and I could not believe the list of side-effects from the MMR vaccine, side-effects she was suffering from:

  • Inflammation
  • Persistent fever
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite,
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Chronic rhinitis
  • Food allergies
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Eczema
  • General malaise
  • Febrile seizures
  • insomnia

I cried so much that night, feeling so guilty for not noticing anything before and even worse, the guilt as a mother; ‘I should have known better’. But instead of dwelling on my guilt, I focused on the answers Éva so desperately needed. We finally had answers, almost six months after her symptoms appeared!

 

I had to re-learn menu planning, grocery shopping and cooking. With time, along with other alternative methods, Éva started getting better. We have learned to cope with her restrictive dietary needs however, we have also found out she now suffers from Celiac disease, a permanent autoimmune disorder she will be dealing with for the rest for her life. Éva turned four this fall but it has taken over two years to restore her health to a new ‘normal’. Looking back, her fever (that was believed to have been caused by a virus) lasted a total of 168 consecutive days and her ‘unexplained’ condition has cost us over $10,000 worth of alternative care, consultations and treatments. According to the alternative specialists we have met, she would not have survived another 6 months in such a state.

We have stopped all vaccinations, even for ourselves, her parents. Her baby brother is completely vaccination-free, also injection-free as we declined the vitamin K shot at birth. We refused to take any chances with our baby after doing our research and he is the picture of absolute perfect health as all children should be. As a result, we have become doctors’ worst nightmare as we question absolutely everything in order to obtain all the information we are rightfully owed before making any medical decision.

 

Today, Éva is once again the picture of health, just as long as we monitor everything she eats and even everything she touches as gluten is very present almost everywhere from food, to toothpaste, even down to Play-Do and many nail polishes as well as other body products. But it was not without a lot of hard work, tears, and countless hours of consultations, research and reading. On the morning of Eva’s fourth birthday, I cried. I cried tears of relief and happiness as I never even dared dream of (or think about) future birthdays while she was so sick. And this year for the first time, we can actually say we are looking forward to so many more!

Sophie B**********, Quebec
September 24, 2014

Dee's story

What I’m about to write, may shock some readers. However, this is the harsh reality for many families, and our story is offered for public awareness, which I am hoping will be used as an educational tool.

19 years ago my son Clayton was born. His induced birth was difficult, and with the aid of forceps, he was born blue, (cyanotic) unresponsive and needed to be resuscitated. He was brought around, though apgar scores were initially low. Although very alert, no one heard Clayton cry for three days. By the time we left the hospital, Clayton was, in spite of the events surrounding his birth, a normal, extremely alert little guy. He would lift his head and follow the nurses around the room with his gaze. The nurses were very impressed!

In the weeks that followed, my baby was a very happy, easy going little guy, who nursed well, gained weight and slept well. He was alert and never fussy. He was a beautiful blonde-haired, blue-eyed cherub. He loved the sound of his own voice.

Little did I know, at 19, what we were in for….

Clayton’s first DPT-P shot was administered at 8 weeks. Within hours, I could not hold him, try as I might, for he was arched right over backwards. His screaming was non-stop, at an unnatural, terrifying pitch I had never heard before. I later learned this is called ‘the encephalitic scream.’ I called our family pediatrician at 2 a.m. asking if I should bring Clayton in to the ER. No, I was told, this was normal, and it was suggested to me that I should just let him ‘cry it out.’ I was then told that Clayton would be fine, and that I should leave him be and go get some sleep. This went on for 16 hours! Still another call, with me more and more frantic. Being told to relax, as my hysterics could be exacerbating the problem. I was exhausted and fearful, and once again, asked if I should bring my son to the hospital. Again the answer was no, and again, told to just go to bed. Sleep!

Though my mind and body were screaming for just that, sleep was the last thing on my mind. All I could do was sit on the bed and cry; I’d never felt such a keen feeling of helplessness, and isolation in my life. There was no family to call for help – the Dr’s were all I could count on to help us… or so I thought.

Clayton grew very quiet. At this point, I was able to encourage him to nurse weakly for perhaps a minute, before his little body shuddered, and he fell into a deep sleep. His limbs were flaccid and limp as I changed him and placed him into his bassinet.

Too nervous to sleep, I paced the floor, chewing my nails, still unsure as to whether or not Clayton was really okay. Sitting on the edge of the couch, I stared into the bassinet. Not long after he had fallen asleep, his skin turned gray and his lips blue. (again, for the second time in his short life – cyanotic).

As I watched, Clayton stopped breathing. I couldn’t believe this was happening! (SIDS??) I nudged my son, and he gasped and began to breathe again. It happened over and over again. I had been without sleep at this point over 24 hours, and wasn’t sure my judgments were to be trusted. I trusted my pediatrician implicitly, blindly. I called him yet again, this time in total hysterics. I managed to explain to him what had happened. I told him how nudging the baby, seemed to get him breathing. Again, I questioned whether my son should be in the hospital.

Now, suddenly I’m told I should not go to sleep, in spite of being sleep deprived more than 24 hours. In addition, I should sit nearby and watch Clayton in the event he stopped breathing again. Should it happen, I should continue to nudge him each time. Again, I was told NOT to bring him in, that I was capable of dealing with this on my own. STILL told this was a ‘normal’ reaction. I don’t remember falling asleep, but when I woke up, it was many hours later. I was afraid to look. Clayton was still sleeping, (he would sleep 18 hours) and though some of his color had returned, he was still unresponsive, unable to nurse. I called the Dr once again and told him I was going to bring Clayton to the ER. No need for that I was told. My son’s unresponsiveness was attributed to his exhaustion. Just let the little guy sleep now and you do the same. I was told I was far too uptight. I had never seen anyone close to death before, so I had no way to know if this was the case with my son. I wondered if perhaps I was being hysterical. And a physician who has done this simple procedure to thousands of infants would know, right???

In spite of all he had been through, Clayton survived, though his personality was never the same. He was much quieter, not cooing nearly as much as prior to his immunization, sleeping a lot, and wore a permanent frown.

Weeks later, according to schedule, and although I was hesitant, we were back at the pediatricians office for Claytons next routine DPT-P vaccination. The reaction this time, was different. He stared, and became tired and weak. I felt this was a far cry better than the first time. Within 24 hours, it all changed. Clayton became violently ill with a high fever, projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea. I brought him to the pediatrician who quickly diagnosed an ear infection and prescribed an antibiotic. Still Clayton continued to deteriorate at an alarming rate. I knew enough about dehydration, to bring him to the ER, where we were given a new script as well as assurance that Clayton would improve from hereon… I was also told to relax, and that my nervousness could make the situation worse. I wondered to myself if this wasn’t some sort of standard; pat response for all young single mothers. I sure seemed to hear it a lot.

At home, I started Clayton on the new medication. We were up most of the night. As fast, as I’d get a diaper on him, he would soil it again. To add to my distress, his bottom was literally coming off in layers on the wash cloth. His cries, as I repeatedly had to wash his bottom, mingled with my own. I’m not sure who cried louder. I called the Dr and was advised to give him Pedialyte, a rehydration formula. I was also told to stop with breastfeeding and only give the Pedialyte, which Clayton refused to accept. We resumed nursing. One call later and I had about had it. I was told that something in Clayton’s room or crib was scaring him, making him sick. In my naiveté and frustration, I removed his crib mobile, all the cute little stuffed animals on the dresser nearby, stripped the walls of their decor, and put plain white sheets on his crib. I remember thinking, “What am I doing? This is nuts!!” Still no improvement. My last phone call to the Dr, whereby I was accused of being a hysterical mother and – it was my inexperience that was making my son sick!

Now I’d had enough and I would never, ever, ask if I should bring my son in again. Later, at the hospital I was told Clayton’s illness was a result of a severe candida infection caused by the antibiotics. I would later find out that was only one of the conditions Clayton had. At least he was admitted. Finally!

All day, I’d rock and nurse my son until I left at 11:00 p.m; leaving pumped milk for a 2:00 a.m. feeding. No cot was ever offered for me to be allowed to stay around the clock with my seriously ill baby. Late at night, exhausted, I would walk home to try to get some sleep. Only to return early the next morning to be subjected to cruel comments from nurses. The implications were that I was using the hospital as a babysitting service, so I could go out and party!! One or two kind nurses did encourage me to go home and get some sleep, but once at home I’d fall into bed into a fitful sleep – knowing that my son was not in his room.

I saw little improvement. Clayton still had dark circles under his eyes, his bowels were still far too frequent, and he’d lost too much weight. Finally, after a week I was told he’d made it through the entire night without a bowel movement. I still thought he looked unwell, but they said I could take my son home. We got home, sat in our rocker and Clayton nursed. He fell asleep and I put him to bed. Several minutes later, I heard some strange noises coming from Clay’s room. I went in to peek on him; he lifted his head and smiled weakly at me. Then I noticed the mess. I wrapped him up ‘as is’ and took him right back to the hospital. A new Dr in the ER took one look at my little guy and rushed some tests on him. I was berated for ‘letting it go on for so long,’ and told we were lucky to get there when we did. The Dr was shocked to learn that Clayton was just released an hour earlier!

Test results came back showing a gastrointestinal illness, caused by some kind of bacteria. The Dr. condescendingly asked ME how it got there? I was so relieved to finally have some answers. There was no way for me to qualify that! Or, even comprehend (at the time) what exactly he was getting at. All I knew was that I’d nearly lost my baby, and now I could anticipate his recovery. Not until many years later – while researching vaccine reactions would I come to grips with what this Dr meant by asking me where the bacteria came from. Appalled I was, to learn of the many mothers who, like myself – were accused of such horrors. Although I was not straight out accused of it, I might as well have been, and that question made me feel extremely humiliated and disgusted all those years later.

In spite of my questions and objections, Clayton was kept on a very strict vaccination schedule. Most of the first two years of his life were spent in the ER, or a Drs waiting room. We saw a specialist who inserted tubes in Clayton’s ears. They fell out. Our medicine chest was overflowing with medications to treat Clayton’s constant ear, nose and throat infections, which I was assured – were all part of growing up. Another shot (MMR) at age 2 caused Clayton’s leg to swell so badly the injection site had a lump as big as a baseball and he could not walk for days. When he finally got up off the couch, he would sit and bang his head repeatedly upon the floor. Also present were the usual reactions of fever, ear and throat infections. These are examples of the many ‘normal’ reactions my son had. None were ever classified as vaccine reactions. I was told when I questioned the possibility of them being vaccine reactions, that they were NOT, but only mere coincidence.

Later, prior to another routine vaccine when I questioned yet again the reaction factor, I was told that there was nothing in any of his files pertaining to any problems associated with vaccines. I could also safely assume that NONE of my middle of the night calls were ever documented. I assumed that to have a reaction documented, a severe reaction had to take place right in the Drs office. Since I have begun my quest for information, I have discovered that this is not necessarily the case, as I’ve read about infants who collapse into coma (now THAT’S severe!) on the examination table, and the parents are hustled out and told it’s just a faint and that the child will be fine. In most cases I read about, these infants were not fine. Regarding Clayton’s reactions, no explanations were ever offered to us, save to say that I somehow caused his illness by my ineptitude as a parent.

Clayton’s night terrors began at the age of 6 months. Shrill animalistic screaming at all hours of the night. He’d seem to panic, and each time the screaming would continue for about 20-30 seconds and stop abruptly, as he’d go back to sleep…Only to have another episode within an hour or so. Sometimes he would frantically crawl from one end of the bed to the other, as he screamed, then would collapse. It could happen anywhere from 7-10 times per night. No explanation (surprise!) from our Dr’s on this either, or the constant twitching of his nose, clicking in the back of his throat, or the stretching open of his mouth, so wide you could hear his jaw crack, and he always had split lips. He was/ is very obsessive compulsive, always tapping something rhythmically, repetitiously. In school, he was constantly in trouble for these things, as well as repeatedly throwing himself on the floor. I understood too late – that he was unaware of throwing himself on the floor. We had no idea, until after we placed him in foster care, and many years later that Clayton had Tourette’s

Syndrome and that night terrors are usually the first sign. It’s very strange to me today, to listen to my grown son scream out in his sleep. We also learned that he has severe ADD/HD/SLD, (severe learning disabilities) OCD’s and Raynaud’s, which is a circulatory disorder. Worse than any of these is the fact that he is also Oppositional Defiant. Sometimes, depending on his Tourette’s, he may require up to 20 hours sleep. This is because of his night terrors. He is exhausted. Even aside from the screaming, he never sleeps peacefully, and thrashes around in his sleep a lot. Drug treatments do not work for Clayton. Treating one disorder is cause for another to worsen, and there are no drugs to treat all of his disorders. We could get no answers from the medical profession, until we were forced to put him in foster care. I have also learned, through my research that Tourette’s is encephalitic in origin, caused by swelling of the brain. Now, when did that happen?

 

Very early on, Clayton started stealing from schoolmates. Whatever anyone else had, be it food or toys, appealed more to him than anything he had. He had all the latest toys, and I knocked myself out trying to accommodate his food allergies. Nothing worked in that respect for very long. I could not put a sign on his forehead telling people not to feed him. Food dyes and preservatives had horrible effects on him, to the point of violence – punching or kicking walls, and breaking things. He once bit deep into his sisters back after a teacher gave him candy. Ordinarily he was not violent towards his sisters, though he’d often tease them mercilessly. He had no friends and no self worth, no matter what we did to help him fit in. He lacked enough focus to follow rules in organized sports, though he was not aggressive towards other children. Just different. He did his own thing and found excitement, (at twelve years old) in sniffing gas, stealing and breaking into schools and homes. Our family life was suffering terribly – despite our repeated attempts in family counseling. I was married and had a third child by this time. My husband tried desperately to bond with Clayton as the son he never had. Fishing trips, basketball, bug hunting. He did Clayton’s will and tried to make up for what Clayton lacked not having friends. Once in foster care, people jumped and bent over backwards to diagnose my son. They needed to have clear-cut explanations as to why our child was being placed, and this I can understand. Many times after Clayton reached age 12, we’ve had no clue as to whether or not he was still alive… he would disappear for days at a time, with police and ourselves out searching everywhere to find him. He would turn up – seemingly unaware of the distress caused by his disappearances. It was gut wrenching for me as a parent, having a child who was so much of a risk-taker. He could not understand why I would get so upset when he’d climb out his second story bedroom window. He was absolutely fearless.

 

I learned – quite by accident (too little too late) that Clayton is vaccine reactive, just after his fifth birthday. The risk runs rampant in my family, whereas we have seizure disorders, insulin diabetes, thyroid illness, and autism. My brother was vaccine-damaged as an infant, and was autistic. He developed encephalitis shortly after his kindergarten MMR vaccine. My parents were told it was from a mosquito bite – in mid October, (cold where we lived) and not in a third world country.

As an infant my brother wore out a Lazy boy rocking chair. I recall clearly, how he’d sit on the floor and roll a battery back and forth – while he rocked rhythmically for hours! He could speak only one word at the time – Volkswagen… Strangely enough, the farther away from his shots, the more normal he became. The autistic label was eventually removed, however he is still somewhat disabled, though functional.

My second child, Stephanie has severe milk allergies. We had moved out West and our new GP insisted on giving her the measles vaccine. Within a few days time, she developed Roseola. (which, as far as I am concerned IS measles!) She also came down with the same gastro type of illness that Clayton had. I knew there was grave significance with her illness, and although I still had not figured out a way to avoid any more shots, put them off, I did! It turned out those were the only shots she had before my getting educated. Children with milk allergies are at a far greater risk of vaccine reactions. My daughter was very fortunate and suffered no long-term effects. A bright, gifted artist and she does very well in school. She aspires to be a French teacher someday.

 

My third child – a daughter, Breanne, has never been vaccinated. This child has been blessed with robust health, which we attribute to her being non-vaccinated. An honour roll student and she is in a class for gifted children. She is also a very talented artist, having won several awards and having her art displayed in our community. Breanne has aspirations to be a veterinarian, as well as a children’s book illustrator. We have had her to a Dr only once in her life, to verify that she existed – after being born at home with midwives. As for the immunity of Breanne, she was very healthy and strong; breastfed for a long time. Entering school was a shock to her immune system & she was absent at least a third of the school year for the first two years. Me being a stay at home mom, I was not bothered by her attendance in school. She was above average, and never got behind in her work. We did take her to a chiropractor, who stimulated her immunity, and by the first grade our daughter’s absences were down to only two or three days per year. This is still the case and she is in the sixth grade now. Still going strong, still very healthy. I am sure that her immune system did EXACTLY as it was supposed to… I believe this would likely be the case for all children if they weren't being artificially stimulated with countless vaccines, which don’t appear to be doing the trick anyhow…., All I need do is take a look around Breanne’s grade six class, and see the pallor amongst her classmates, see the empty desks – some for weeks at a time, and I know I am doing the right thing!

 

Myself, I suffered a severe reaction to a Tetanus vaccine. Within one week after the shot, I became violently ill with a severe gastric flu. I became so weak I could only crawl to feed my children. Shortly thereafter, I developed shingles. For 2 years following my tetanus shot, I could barely get out of bed. In the mornings I would get up, feed my children, collapse on the couch and go back to sleep. As a single parent at the time, although I kept an ear on the situation, I feel that my children were robbed of me during this time. I have suffered ever since, from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and because of various mysterious symptoms, I am looking into the possibility of Fibromyalgia and thyroid disorder.

In Ontario, unvaccinated children can attend school, although parents are required to submit a legal, notarized form that allows exemptions for reasons of conscience, religion, and in rare cases, medical. It is called a form 2 and is available on-line.

The form is also available at the Health Unit, and requires a legal stamp from a lawyer or paralegal at a minimal cost.

Despite our legal right to exemptions, the first few years for us – were a nightmare; we were constantly harassed by the school board. Time after time they demanded us to produce proof of immunization, or the exemption papers. I’m sure they must have six copies by now! The last few times they contacted us, we told them to stop harassing us and look in their files, for they surely had more copies than we did. They have not bothered us about it for years.

Occasionally the topic comes up – and I speak about the nature of our exemptions. I’ve actually had other parents tell me that my children are a threat to their children’s health… if only they knew… I’m treated adversely – as though I were against them personally for some reason. I’m really not even that outspoken on the matter. However, don’t get me going…

Repeatedly I read articles stating that many parents are making uninformed decisions, and not vaccinating their children. Over the years, I’ve met with many families, who have come to the same conclusions as I. They have also put in their fair share of time investigating the controversial issue of vaccines. I resent very much – being called uninformed. Myself, I am very driven on this matter. I didn’t just wake up one morning and decide not to vaccinate my children. I have spent thousands of hours reading, looking, probing, and digging for answers. I had a conversation with a vaccine expert, who informed me that she had visited with a class of medical school graduates. She posed the question to them on how much time they spent in class learning the theory of vaccines. I was pretty shocked to learn that it was under 10 hours, and anything else they happen to learn – is on their own time – if they wish. Really, they know little more on the theory of vaccines than the average person does. To me, this is scary. We are putting our children’s lives in their hands.

 

 

From our earliest recollection, we are told that we must get our shots or we will get very sick. This mis/information is repeated from one generation to the next. The indoctrination is embedded deep into our psyche, and it is extremely difficult to break free of it. Parents must educate themselves, not just rely on information that is provided by the pharmaceutical companies – whose motives are purely profit-driven. Much time and money seems to be spent researching why vaccines are a good idea. Precious little time and money seems to be spent researching the negative effects and long term ramifications. Why not spend as much either way?

For our children’s sake – don’t just read about the benefits of vaccination, also read how the risks far outweigh the benefits. Many excellent books have been written on the subject, and are available at local libraries and bookstores. We must not allow ourselves to succumb to bullying scare tactics used by so many doctors today. Remember there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

OUR CHILDREN. OUR CHOICE. OUR RIGHT.

 

What will become of Clayton?? What sort of aspirations might he have? He has been incarcerated for his involvement in an armed robbery at age 13, car theft and petty theft. He has not regularly attended school since grade 7, and is now is attempting to qualify for a permanent disability benefit from our government. Social Services have requested that Clayton visit a specialist and be re-diagnosed with his disorders. There are no Dr’s available to do this – not even in neighbouring cities. They claim they will give him money to take a bus to another city to see a one. Clayton will be frustrated and confused by what is being asked of him. The social worker I spoke with tells me that it is inevitable that Clayton will have to fill out a job search, in spite of barely having the ability to print his own name. She admitted that she could see that he has an obvious disability, by his application for assistance. (it was a mess!) She then informed me that Clayton will eventually be cut off any assistance unless he is able to see a specialist to be re-diagnosed. I advised the woman to contact his old specialists here, rather than put the onus on Clayton to prove his worthiness to a disability claim. I can now understand why there are so many homeless. Our government needs to understand that by partaking in this billion-dollar industry today, they will be paying for it in some way shape or form tomorrow. The cost of paying for long term disabilities, health care and prison, most of which is absorbed by the taxpayers of this country.

Clayton has a very loving nature at heart, and – like most people is looking to be loved and accepted. He spent months taking care of his ailing natural father. He has no steady girlfriend, never went to a school dance, will never drive, at least not (!!??) legally, and cannot hold a job. Upon first meeting Clayton, he seems polite and well mannered. One of the life skills we were able to teach him. He’s also strikingly handsome with a great build. Young women tell me he’s very pleasing to the eyes. Shortly thereafter though, it is apparent that this young man is different; by the clicking in his throat, the rhythmic roll of his eyes, and the steady, tap, tap, tapping of whatever he manages to get his hands on. Clayton’s main goals these days are to stay out of prison, for he has been in all three phases of incarceration. Adult prison was the worst, he says, and he never wants to go back there. He’s lasted exactly a year. We tell him we believe in him… and to ourselves we only hope he can make it longer.

The most difficult aspect of parenting this young man, for me, is to step back – to allow my higher power to take over. My husband and I pray daily for Clayton’s safety. I pray for a miracle. I’ve also prayed that this nightmare to end – that I’ll awaken and know it’s all just been a bad dream after all. That really, all those years ago, I took a stand for my son and refused to allow the assaults on my son to continue… And years later my handsome boy will walk through the door, girlfriend in tow, telling me about the courses he’s taking in college, how he’s fixing up his car, his hopes and dreams for a decent future… All the WHAT IFS AND IF ONLY’S??? Believe me, prior to Clayton’s leaving us the last time, (we have taken him back home several times, since his being in foster care, and in between jail time) we had exhausted all agencies in our area trying to get help. There is simply nothing left. And at 6 foot 3, 170 pounds, we can no longer sit on him to make him do

anything. His life is in his hands now as well as our Creator. Someday, perhaps – maybe simply staying out of prison won’t be enough for Clayton… He’ll demand more from life, and somehow find the strength to give it all he’s got. I hope this is true.

Prisons everywhere are full of Claytons. So are the streets. This story had to be told. People need to know why.

As I read over what I have written here, a huge lump forms in my throat, and I hang my head and cry. My son called two weeks ago – collect. No one was here to accept the call. I’m not sure what that means, but I am unable to reach him, for he has no telephone. I don’t know if he called from prison, a hospital or just calling to say hello, as he will do on occasion. No parent should have to suffer these nightmares.

 

End of story… Or is it?

 

Porche's letter

I wrote to MP Kennedy Stewart regarding the charter of health freedom as a way of starting a repport with him before bringing up vaccines later. Below is the letter and his response.

"June 11, 2015

Kennedy Stewart
4658 Hastings Street
Burnaby, British Columbia
Dear Mr Stewart,
First I must thank you for your continued service and stance on the pipeline. As someone who can physically see the Burnaby tank farm from her home, the pipeline a visceral issue to me.
However today I am not contacting you in regards to the pipeline. Today I am contacting you regarding the Charter of Health Freedom. This charter's aim is to ensure the rights of Canadians in pursuing traditional medicines in their medical care.
This particular charter is important to me because I have had to learn natural medicines due to the fact that I have multiple drug allergies and my child seems to express a similarly negative reaction when he has received medications. I am allergic to 3 of the most common antibiotics and 2 of the most common prescription pain killers. 
My son had his teeth badly damaged from the one and only antibiotic he had. 
If it were not for a plant based medicine I would have to take serious risks with medication to control his seizures. 
Thanks to a plant based remedy he no longer suffers 30+ seizures throughout the day and he is no longer developmentally delayed.
Easy access to these things has turned my sons long term quality of life 180 degrees and drastically improved my own health.
You can learn more about the charter here: http://www.charterofhealthfreedom.org/
 
Thank you kindly for your time and consideration.
Best Regards,
Porche and my son Tulkas"

And this is his response.

"Dear Porche, thank you for taking the time to contact me. I am so glad to hear that your and your son’s health have drastically improved. Since I was elected, I’ve heard from many constituents who, like you, want the right to access and choose from a wide variety of natural health products (NHPs). My NDP colleagues and I are working to address the issues surrounding accessibility, regulation and approval when it comes to NHPs. I am definitely going to take a look at the resources available on the Charter of Health Freedoms website you provided.

 

Thank you again for contacting me.

Best wishes,

Kennedy Stewart"

 

With the election being called I emailed MP Stewart again and now await his response.

"

August 5, 2015
Kennedy Stewart
4658 Hastings Street
Burnaby, British Columbia

Good day Mr. Stewart!

I'm sure this email finds you busy and possibly stressed with the election officially being called (F*ck Harper lol).
We all know that the pipeline is a key issue locally but there is one other that may surprise you as being extremely important to your constituents. The CMA has proposed the idea of mandatory vaccination. This is highly concerning for many reasons. Most families choose to vaccinate but do not wish for mandates because they prefer to have the option of saying no to a new vaccine they may not view as safe. Others may only choose to avoid a single vaccine like the HPV vaccine.
Consideration of any mandate is a dangerous infringement upon the basic medical rights of Canadians. Under Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms we are guaranteed the right of bodily autonomy. Additionally the Patient’s Bill of Rights ensures the right of informed consent. Canada is only one of 2 G8 nations with no compensation program for vaccine injury. This leaves families with the full financial and medical burden of caring for their loved one without recourse in the event of a vaccine induced injury. Please know that supporting mandates on vaccination undermines the basic rights and support for the families of this nation.
The families you represent do not seek to remove vaccines or to lower their use, only that their right and especially their child's right to good health and personal choice in their medical care be maintained.
Best regards,
Porche Berry and Tulkas"

Jordana's letter

"Doesn't the Green party Ontario stance on mandatory vaccinations conflict with the idea that the Green Party in general supports

freedom and civil liberties? Anything that has a risk, should be a choice. Where would forced medical intervention stop if vaccinations are forced upon people when the science is still incomplete? Why are medical Dr's the only way to gain an exemption when they learn nothing about the vaccines themselves and cannot be held accountable when an adverse reaction happens?

Are people who suffer adverse side effects from anti-depressants going to be forced to take anti-depressants because they might pose a risk to themselves or others?

Where does it stop?"

 

Below is their response.

"Hello Jordana,

Thank you for writing the Green Party regarding vaccinations.

The Green Party of Canada fully supports the use of vaccines for well-established public health risks like viruses. Our understanding is that vaccines are safe and offer significant benefits for children's health. Most medical experts agree that, while those recently vaccinated may contract the illness, they are more likely to have a much milder case and less likely to spread the disease.

However, we have not taken a position specifically supporting mandatory vaccinations.

Given that support of mandatory vaccines is a resolution of the Green Party of Ontario, I would suggest that you contact them to express your concern and raise your questions. Here is their email address: admin@gpo.ca

Thanks again for writing.

Pat D****

Volunteer."

Jackie's Story

Mine started during my pregnancy. They wanted me to vaccinate for the flu. I said nope. Of course I listened to all their information.

I also followed their instructions during labour and delivery. This resulted in my baby born very blue and unmoving. From there I got very ill due to the placenta not being removed. 5 ER trips over the course of a month until finally, my OB demanded an emergency ultrasound. I spent 1 month in the hospital following septic shock. Got out. Vaccinated my son, still following doctors orders. First set he was just really cranky for a week. After the 4 month shots, he was sick for a couple weeks, with 2 days of screaming. After his 6 month shots.... He screamed for the next 72 hours following them.

It was the DTaP high pitch scream. After he stopped screaming he lost left side motor skills and muscle tone. Even slumped to the left. Then came a month long rash. He stopped sleeping, literally waking every 45 mins for 6 months following his 6 month shots. After the rash faded came the constant ear infections. Only 2 days between them, until he was 13 months old.

I started researching after listening to my baby, that used to be happy, scream for so long... I spent 1.5 years delaying and researching everything. From the diseases to the vaccines. My following 2 children are extremely healthy and have had no vaccines! My journey truly started from learning the hard way that doctors can and are wrong at times. We have to be our own doctors to a degree, in our current society. My oldest is autistic. Still doesn't sleep well but is very healthy and suffers no health issues beyond 2 colds a year.

Kira's story

I was pregnant when swine flu "pandemic" hit north America. Everyone wanted me to get the vaccine.
That's when I started to research. I was hesitant as I'm allergic to formaldehyde. One doctor told me he didn't think they used that any more.
I searched for reasons as to why they were calling the pregnant safe version as such. The only thing I found was that the formula had been used in the bird flu vax and they looked at a group of 250 pegnant Chinese women and in 2 weeks none had died.
5 clients in the salon were pregnant. They all got the vax. 3 of them had to go on steroids as the fetus had stopped growing.
One had a still born. None of their doctors would attribute any of it to the vaccine.
So began my research. My son is all natural and healthy. I will never have another vaccine. I have asthma, excema, have had my large intestine removed from ulcerative colitis, I have sarcoidosis. I attribute all of my auto immune disorders to vaccines. I wish my parents had researched.
I am currently looking into MTHFR gene mutation for myself and my son.

 

Nicole's letter

Dear MP

I am contacting you to express my concerns regarding the CMA’s (Canadian Medical Association) proposal to mandate vaccines and remove a parent’s right to informed consent. I support the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which makes this a great country and upholds our right to autonomy over our own bodies and those of our children. This proposition by the CMA seeks to remove that right for products that have come to be known as “unavoidably unsafe”. Where there is a risk of injury or death, no matter how small the perceived risk may be, there must be a choice.

Ontario is one of only a few provinces that require proof of immunization for school, this includes either the immunization record or a signed and notarized form of conscientious objection. Parents must already take an extra step to inform themselves firstly about vaccinations, and secondly the path that must be taken to decline the vaccinations in order to attend school. As per the National Report on Immunization put out by the Public Health Agency of Canada states, “It must be emphasized that, in these three provinces, exceptions are permitted for medical or religious grounds and reasons of conscience; legislation and regulation must not be interpreted to imply compulsory immunization.” The CMA’s proposal goes against the Public Health Agency of Canada’s statement.

The CMA’s code of ethics includes in part the following;
1. Consider first the well-being of the patient.
2. Practice the profession of medicine in a manner that treats the patient with dignity and as a person worthy of respect.
3. Refuse to participate in or support practices that violate basic human rights.
4. Respect the right of a competent patient to accept or reject any medical care recommended.
Here again the CMA’s proposal is direct opposition to their own code of ethics.

One of the most prominent reasons cited for mandating childhood vaccines is for the greater good of our society as a whole. Unfortunately this is a large fallacy. Firstly we know that vaccines are not 100% effective leaving a portion of the vaccinated population unprotected even after all recommended doses. Secondly, vaccine induced immunity does not last a lifetime. Many adults have not received boosters and any immunity that may once have been conferred has since waned. Thirdly, many of the vaccines on the schedule are not designed to prevent transmission of the disease, but simply prevent disease in the individual. For more information on this I would refer you to a very well versed Dr. of immunology who wrote a letter of opposition to bill SB277 in California. http://www.globalresearch.ca/vaccine-legislation.../5447672 

Unlike in the US, Canadians have absolutely no recourse if they are injured by a vaccination. This would mean mandating a procedure to which the creator of the product is safe from any lawsuit and has no incentive to improve their product to make it safer or more effective. Looking at the American compensation program (VICP) established in 1986, they have paid out over $2.8 billion to families whose children have died or suffered other adverse reactions. It would be unethical to mandate a medical procedure where there is no liability.

This proposed mandate by the CMA ignores and eliminates the fundamental Canadian value of choice as well as a doctor’s ethical obligation to provide their patients informed consent. If we are not free to make informed, voluntary decision about which pharmaceutical products we are willing to take, then we are not free in any sense of the word. If this bill passes it will set a very dangerous precedent and there will be no limit on which individual freedoms can be removed in the name of the greater good.

And now we will wait for the reply. It will be added to this post.

Genevieve's Letters

Genevieve started writing to her MP and other politicians a few months ago and has agreed to share the correspondences with us.

"Good snowy morning Bruce,
Thank you so much for your reply. I really appreciate it especially since I've written Verlyn many times over the years and never garnered any response (but that's a discussion for another time). I value the thought you've put into your position and I do see the side and I understand your reasoning however that when there is risk there must be choice, and informed consent cannot truly be given under government coercion.
There are absolutely risks to vaccinations and when we mandate we are choosing to harm some children for the "greater good" in some instances children will even die. Vaccine manufacturers have complete immunity, you cannot sue them for compensation if your child is injured, even if your child dies from a contaminated batch there is no recourse for the manufacturer. In the US they have a tax funded compensation court that has paid out over 3 billion dollars to vaccine injured peoples (note that there is no compensation program in Canada). In the 20 years from 1990 to Nov 2010 the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) database in the US recorded 352,650 reports of vaccine adverse events, which may not seem like a lot but according to Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler's JAMA article entitled
"Introducing MEDWatch: A New Approach to Reporting Medication and Device Adverse Events and Product Problems"
"Only about 1% of serious adverse events are reported to the FDA" which means by his own estimate there have been around 35.2 million adverse reactions in those 20 years of recording! There has never been a single study of the health of the vaccinated vs. the non-vaccinated and there has never been as study of the cumulative effects of the entire vaccine schedule. We regularly give vaccines at the same time but we haven't tested or studied the effects of them together, that doesn't sit well with me.
Even if someone is vaccinated it is not guaranteed that they will have long term immunity and those recently vaccinated with "live" vaccines can shed the virus for up to six weeks. If we are truly worried about those who are immunocompromised should we not have those children recently vaccinated with MMR, Rotavirus, Chickenpox and influenza stay home from school to prevent disease transmission?

When I wrote Dr. Swann about how I felt about his proposed mandate he replied to me that what he wanted was for parents to make an "informed choice".
The thing is I feel that I am informed, I've spent countless hours reading books, pubmed, JAMA, and BMJ articles, talking with my Dr. and most importantly I've listened to my mother's intuition about what vaccines to give. My children's health is not something that I take lightly! I worry about how my children will develop with every exposure to my neighbours spraying round-up, with every bite of non-organic GMO altered food, and with every potential vaccine if they were mandated. I feel that before any government mandates vaccines they better do their due diligence and get rid of the other immune stressors in our children's lives to reduce the risk of vaccine injury because we are seeing the effects of our current cumulative environmental exposures and it is scary!
1 in 13 kids have a food allergy, 1 in 2 of our boys will get cancer in his lifetime, 1 in 3 girls in hers, 8.5% of our population has asthma, crohn's and colitis is costing Canadians 2.8 billion dollars every year, 1 in 68 boys has ASD, 42 people a day are diagnosed with epilepsy the majority of them under the age of 10, and by 2020 over 10% of our population will have diabetes. This generation of children will not outlive their parents. We are in a health care crisis and it isn't from the measles! I have to wonder if we've traded short term illnesses for long term chronic disease. I see studies linking vaccines to all of those conditions listed above so should it not be up to the parent to decide which path and which risk they wish to accept?

I'm not expecting you to answer me back on this and I'm not looking for a debate about it, there are absolutely pluses and minuses to both sides of the vaccine issue. I just hope you will read and consider what I've said if you do discuss this at the Legislature. This is not a clear cut issue and like I say, where there is risk there must be choice."

 

This was Swann's response:

"

Genevieve thankyou for writing.

Informed choice is precisely what is needed – no one can be forced to take a treatment without full consent. Mandatory choice means parents who opt out will be asked to review the medical evidence on risk and benefit and sign a paper to that effect.

Children would not be excluded unless and until an outbreak of illness (such as measles or whooping cough) in which case the exclusion would be for the duration of the incubation period to protect that child and prevent its spread in the community.

Sincerely

David Swann MD,MLA"

 

"Good morning Premier Prentice,
My name is Genevieve Martens, I live in W******** with my husband and two young children. I am writing you today to urge you to stand up for parental rights and push back against the mandatory vaccines for school entry policy that the Liberal Party is putting forward. I believe that parents have the right to make informed decisions for their children without threat or coercion from the government. Vaccination is a medical procedure that is not without risk, as a matter of fact they are classified "unavoidably unsafe" by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act in the US. How can we ask parents to submit to a medical procedure that carries risks such as Guillian-Barre, Encephalitis, Brain Damage, Anaphylaxis, Seizures and death in the hope that we will provide our communities with a little bit more "herd immunity"? According to the charts provided here by Health Canada vaccination rates have increased, not decreased since 2002. We are at herd immunity threshold numbers for most of the diseases we vaccinate for so why are we trying to take away the rights of the few who choose not to vaccinate?

In exchange for having reduced childhood disease we now have a generation of children with the highest rates of asthma, learning disorders, allergies, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disease and cancer we have ever seen. We do not know everything there is to know about the human body or our immune systems and whether vaccines are contributing to these diseases, the science is NOT settled! The CDC, FDA and Health Canada use the very studies produced by the vaccine manufacturers to determine the vaccines safety and efficiency and as we have seen with the recent CDC and Merck Whistleblowers coming forward that data can and has been manipulated to gain market approval. Most vaccines trials are only studied for reactions for a few days to a few weeks after vaccination and there are no studies into the long term health effects of vaccines. There have been no national studies comparing the health of the vaccinated to the unvaccinated either. We should not be forcing an entire generation of children to receive vaccinations with so many questions unanswered.

In the United States vaccine manufacturers have zero liability. In its place a portion of every vaccine sale is put into a government run program. To date there has been almost 3 Billion dollars paid out by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in the United States. In the 20 years from 1990 to Nov 2010 the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) database in the US recorded 352,650 reports of vaccine adverse events, which may not seem like a lot but according to Former FDA commissioner David Kessler's JAMA article entitled "Introducing MEDWatch: A New Approach to Reporting Medication and Device Adverse Events and Product Problems" "Only about 1% of serious adverse events are reported to the FDA" which means by his own estimate there have been around 35.2 million adverse reactions in those 20 years of recording!

In Canada we have no vaccine injury compensation program. Who will pay for the treatments of the children injured by these vaccines if they are mandated? Who will compensate the lost wages of the parents who have to stay home to care for their injured children? Who will be liable for vaccine injury? Will it be the government? Is our government prepared to care for and pay for vaccine injured children? Our ailing health care system and floundering budget tell me we are not.

I hope you will stand up for the rights of parents and children to decide for themselves, without threat of government recourse, what is right for them and their health. Every person has the fundamental right to decide what to inject or ingest into their bodies! I am deeply disturbed to think that our government feels it has the right to force medical procedures that carry very real risks onto its citizens."

"Dear Honourable Member Swann,
My name is Genevieve Martens and I reside in W******* with my husband and two young children. I am writing to inform you that as someone who has voted Liberal since I was first eligible to vote I will no longer be doing so. Anyone who thinks that parents should be forced, under threat of having their children removed from school, into consenting to a medical procedure that carries very real risks will never receive my vote. That is not informed consent, that is coercion. It is a fundamental human right to determine what we put into our bodies and I choose not to inject aluminium, formaldehyde, thimerosal, polysorbate 80, MSG and DNA strands from the eggs, dog kidneys, monkey kidneys and aborted human fetuses used in virus propagation into either myself or my children. 

Vaccines have been classified as "unavoidably unsafe" and have been linked to increases in asthma, diabetes, autoimmune disease, allergies, brain damage and death. The science is not conclusive when it comes to either vaccine safety or effectiveness. To date there has been almost 3 Billion dollars paid out by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in the United States. In the 20 years from 1990 to November 2010 the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) database in the US recorded 352,650 reports of vaccine adverse events, which may not seem like a lot but according to Former FDA commissioner David Kessler's JAMA article entitled "Introducing MEDWatch: A New Approach to Reporting Medication and Device Adverse Events and Product Problems" "Only about 1% of serious adverse events are reported to the FDA".

The CDC and FDA use the very studies produced by the vaccine manufacturers to determine the vaccines safety and efficiency and as we have seen with the recent CDC and Merck Whistleblowers coming forward that data can and has been manipulated to gain market approval. Most vaccine trials are only studied for reactions for a few days to a few weeks after vaccination and there are no studies into the long term health effects of vaccines. There have been no national studies comparing the health of the vaccinated to the unvaccinated. I strongly urge you to read Vaccine Epidemic by Louise Kuo Habakus and Mary Holland before you push a vaccine mandate onto the children in this province.

I am so utterly disappointed to see the party I have loved and supported all of these years go down the route of violating the freedom to choose what to put in one's body in exchange for public education.

I pray that you will have a change of heart in this matter."

Kim's Story

My youngest son was diagnosed with Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) post his kindergarten vaccinations. He received PANS and an MTHFR diagnosis shortly after his tic’ing and OCD ritualistic behaviors began in October 2012. He has also suffered with eczema asthma & allergies since about age 2. (Red Flag)

PANS is an antibody-mediated inflammatory brain disorder. These children seemingly overnight develop symptoms of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), involuntary movements (tics), mood disturbances, eating disorders, behavioral regression, anxiety, sleep problems, hyperactivity, learning disorders, bedwetting.and other serious health problems. These children have improper immune function and their body ends up producing antibodies that cross the blood brain barrier and attack the child’s own brain, producing an autoimmune reaction and swelling in the basal ganglia.

There is no doubt for me vaccines caused this. I am happy to say he is healing with natural methods, vitamin supplementation, an unprocessed organic diet and off of all rx medication, but the tics remain. Many parents with children diagnosed with PANDAS/PANS Syndrome feel it is a vaccine injury. For most it was shortly after kindergarten shots or a flu shot that their child changed (literally) overnight.

Trina's story

In 2008, I suffered a disabling adverse reaction to the Twinrix vaccine. I was 34 years old and about to marry the father of my children. There were signs of a reaction after the first dose but my doctor did not recognize them as potentially related to the vaccine. When I asked, he said the vaccine could not have caused my health issues, which were mainly gastrointestinal and neurological in nature. I believed him.

During my stagette weekend, I experienced debilitating symptoms and became convinced that someone had drugged my first drink at the pub. Little did I know that soon those debilitating symptoms would become a constant part of my life.

I received the second Twinrix shot four days before my wedding. I spent those days in constant anxiety. I awoke each morning with my body vibrating. I excused it as wedding jitters, despite that I'd been with my partner for seven years and wasn't really nervous about marrying him at all.

I felt ill throughout my wedding day. My gastrointestinal and neurological distress increased, so my honeymoon was spent resting rather than hiking and zip-lining, like we'd intended. Two days after we returned home from our honeymoon, I became too ill at work. I was so dizzy, I couldn't drive myself home.

I spent the next 1.5 years disabled by dizziness, tunnel vision, weakness, and nausea, among other things.

I was able to recover from many of the debilitating symptoms that plagued me during the first 1.5 years through going gluten-free. However, I continued to have gastrointestinal problems. I was eventually diagnosed with Crohn's Disease when I almost died from a sudden, unexplained bowel perforation. I now live with multiple autoimmune disorders, including food allergies and disabling arthritis, and frequent surgery complications.

About two years after the onset of my illness, I was expecting my third child and I had lost faith in the medical system (being blamed for my illness and told it was all in my head). I began to research vaccines in preparation for my newborn. My two older children were up-to-date. My middle child was approaching his 5 year old shots.

My research led me to an epiphany. All of the symptoms I suffered following the Twinrix Vaccine were listed as adverse events in vaccine inserts. I had indeed been vaccine-injured, as we'd originally suspected. I ordered my medical records to be sure, and my suspicion was confirmed. I had been in excellent health prior to the vaccinations, and all had gone downhill immediately after receiving them.

I was not informed about the risks of vaccines. Despite the fact that my own doctor administered the vaccines, and their product inserts listed gastrointestinal and neurological adverse events as possible side effects, he did not recognize or acknowledge the possibility of vaccine injury.

If he had, he would have certainly exercised caution in giving me the second shot. My life might have turned out very different. If my doctor would have recognized the signs, I might have had a much milder injury. Instead, I got another shot. And my health as I knew it...disappeared.

At the very least, doctors and parents should be able to identify an adverse reaction when it happens.
Educate before you vaccinate.

Porche's Story

I was 25 when my little boy was conceived. I was anxious and wanted to make the right choices on everything. If you don’t think you can do actual research on socks, think again. Every action and choice was carefully researched to the smallest detail.

At 40 weeks 5 days my son was born at 12:55 AM on August 8th 2012. He was perfect, they always are. He grew and was highly alert, almost everyone commented on his big eyes and long lashes.

At 2mos we went for his first check up and received all the vaccines on the schedule for that age. 9 vaccines in one visit. This was the one thing I didn’t research, the doctors said it was needed so I did it. The next 48hrs are some of the worst ones I have ever lived through.

He became clinically lethargic and stopped breathing 3 times. If he had slept in another room he would be dead. I got lucky because I was there to get him breathing each time.

At this point I decided that I needed to stop until I could rule the vaccines out. Our family doctor was supportive when I told her I wanted to stop until I had researched them and didn’t press the issue at all. As I researched I learned that he had a serious reaction and in the USA he would have been marked in the VAERS database.

Did you know Canada doesn’t have a reporting system for vaccine injuries?

 

I don’t want any parent to ever go through what I did. Please research and make sure you are confident in your choice to vaccinate. Different families react differently to vaccines.

#NoMandates