As a Scientist & Mother I'm Against Vaccines & This Is What I Want You to Know


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Dear pro-vaxxer,

As someone who once believed in vaccines, who vaccinated my child, I’m asking you to hear me out.

I know you might think I am either (1) stupid, (2) uneducated, or (3) crazy. I know you think questioning vaccine safety is akin to believing in conspiracy theories. I know you are angered to think that there are people putting children in harm’s way because of the increasing rate of vaccine refusal.

  •  I understand that.

    I 100% appreciate the fact that you care about children, that you care about health, and that you want the best for your family and for the rest of us.

    I know you find the practice of vaccination to be an incredible scientific advancement that you are deeply thankful for. I know you believe in the benevolence and good will of those in the medical profession. I know you believe that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risk of harm. I know you believe that vaccines save lives, and that with them we have eradicated horrible diseases and made the world a safer place, for everyone.

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  • HOW truly INSPIRING and absolutely wonderful is that to believe? 

    To believe that humans have changed and can continue to change the course of history, the threat of disease morbidity and mortality, through medical innovation? That is an incredible idea and reality that many of us REALLY WANT to believe...

    How difficult and frustrating would it then be, to have those beliefs challenged? And for medical professionals, to have one of the main tenets of their profession and life purpose be questioned, and attacked?

    It would feel terrible, insulting, and like all that is right in this world, everything you know that exists to protect your children, is being threatened by misguided idiots and those who want to watch the world burn. How could anyone possibly want to see polio return? Measles? Mumps? Whooping cough? To make everyone vulnerable and needlessly put in harm’s way, again?

  • I get it. No really, I do.

    Believe me, it took years of daily research and investigation into this issue before I began to decide that the potential benefits of vaccination do not outweigh the costs. And this was *after* vaccinating my child and watching him suffer neurodevelopmental and cognitive delays. This was after we began to deal with food allergies that gave him constant stomach pain and eczema.

    Let me add, that when I say the words “research” and “investigate,” I’m not talking about mom blogs or natural news websites with no sources or references for their information. I’m talking about published, peer reviewed scientific research from medical journals. I’m talking about data and records from the CDC website that you have to dig to find. I’m talking about important information about outbreaks and how to treat measles and whooping cough that doesn’t make the local or national news. I’m talking about historical records and archived articles. ... A significant amount of this information is behind paywalls. It’s not easily found or accessed unless you have come to learn what you need to search for.

  • I will also add that I am a scientist.

    Specifically, a toxicologist -- someone who determines the level at which a particular substance is toxic or deadly. (Please don’t attempt to remind me that “the dose makes the poison.” This applies to substances that are not toxic at the lowest levels we can measure.) I know how to read, understand, and interpret scientific research. When it comes to vaccines, I search for proof. For solid scientific evidence. It was and still is, of utmost importance to me, to see the research, and only then, come to an informed decision. And in the end, the overwhelming amount of unbiased historical and scientific evidence -- was against vaccines.

  • I do not take this issue lightly. The debate about vaccines is so volatile, simply because we all CARE so much, about children, about our families.

    People on both sides of this debate -- the majority of them are truly GOOD people. The difference between us is that you believe the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks. And after years of research and/or witnessing our children suffer vaccine injury, we do not. There is passion and frustration on both sides, and we are coming from the same place with that frustration. We simply disagree on how to best protect our children.

  • What I am hoping for is that you might just heed our warning and make an effort to dive deep into the research on this subject.

    So what, you know what you know, and the entire medical system and all of these great pediatricians KNOW that vaccines are “safe and effective.” Well what if that’s not actually ... true?

  • What if doctors never actually learn about vaccines, their ingredients, or adverse events in medical school?

    What if the medical textbooks are written with an enormous amount of funding from the pharmaceutical industry? What if the CDC owns patents on vaccines? What if the pharmaceutical industry is corrupt and funds studies which conveniently stop monitoring test subjects before adverse effects begin to manifest? What if vaccines contain toxic substances at levels which can cause chronic illness when children are repeatedly injected with them? What if we are trading temporary illness for the development of autoimmune and neurological disease later in life? What if the threat and danger of these “preventable” diseases has been inflated to push more vaccines? What if these vaccines are not even truly effective as we have been led to believe and we will always need more booster shots to try to make up for that fact? What if there is evidence for all of the above, you just haven’t seen it yet?

  • Listen ... If you want to vaccinate, then do so.

    I hope though that you might keep an open mind and genuinely take time to look into this for yourself, beyond the claims of our government and medical system which ignore or are unaware of the massive amount of evidence that contradicts those claims. Please take caution and know that I don’t do this to be popular. I don’t do this to make friends.

    The only reason I speak out, is to protect my children and your children, from unnecessary harm. Truly.

    With love.

    This article was originally written by Ashley Everly and was republished with permission.