The Vaccination Dilemma
In their first five years of life, children are expected to undergo 37 doses of eleven different vaccines, yet relatively few parents are aware of the risks of chronic disease, injury, or death that some vaccines can present. A growing body of research has linked immunization with autism, seizures, asthma, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and even hyperactivity and learning disabilities; yet we continue to use vaccination as “insurance” even against diseases that no longer pose a significant threat.
Christine Murphy has compiled a book that presents the vaccination dilemma from multiple perspectives. It clearly describes the immune system and its workings—and what science does and does not know about them. It offers suggestions and resources for parents whose children are sick, whether from a common childhood illness or from a vaccination reaction. And it makes a case for an alternate view of disease—as a teacher that allows us to develop physically and spiritually, and as a necessary test of strength that we have chosen out of our destiny.
This book will help educate parents about the vaccination dilemma and prepare them to make, in consultation with one or more health professionals, educated vaccination decisions for their children.
The Examiner of Medical Alternatives
Reviewed by Jule Klotter, October 2003
As the number of vaccines given to young children rises, parents are faced with weighing vaccine benefits against the possibility of adverse effects. The CDC stance that all vaccines are good and necessary for all infants drives some parents to an equally hard-line opposing view that all vaccines are suspect. Instead of advocating an all-or-nothing approach, The Vaccination Dilemma, edited by Christine Murphy, encourages parents to understand the illness that each vaccine is designed to prevent and to weigh the risks of the disease vs. inoculation for themselves. The book provides basic information about the immune system, childhood diseases, and vaccination.
The Vaccination Dilemma encourages parents to weigh the risks and benefits of disease and of vaccination. It avoids fear-mongering and presents a balanced approach that helps parents make informed decisions about vaccinating their children. Its non-technical language makes it readily accessible to non-medical people. I highly recommend it as a resource for parents (and physicians) who are struggling with this complex issue as they seek to do their best in protecting a child's health.
15 September 2002
This is a compilation of articles originally published in the former Lilipoh (now Spiritual Science) magazine espousing the principles of anthroposophy as founded by Rudolph Steiner in the early 20th century.
Anthroposophers argue for freedom of choice in healthcare, in this case against mandatory immunization of children in most instances. By not allowing the body to struggle naturally with illness, they say, immunization lays the groundwork for chronic illnesses such as asthma, autism, diabetes, Crohn's and irritable bowel disease, arthritis, and attention deficit disorder. As an alternative, practitioners often prescribe naturopathic or homeopathic treatments and remedies.
This book is divided into several sections: the problem with vaccination, how to treat childhood illnesses, treating the effects of immunization, and resources. The studies and statistics mentioned throughout are not referenced in either foot or endnotes. Although there are medical reasons to examine national immunization policies, this book presents a more philosophical, pseudoscientific basis for withholding vaccination in infants and children. As a result, it is not recommended except for collections covering alternative health controversies.