so...i would seriously love to hear what anyone has to say, but ask only that if you reply or respond to someone else's comment (or even what i say on the blog) that you do so with respect, regardless of your own opinion. everyone has the right to believe what they want, and we should respect that. we don't have to agree with it, but it is good to listen, consider, do our homework and then see what we can add.
some of the topics may not be super controversial necessarily, but may raise emotions for some as well. i welcome it! people who are passionate about something usually have a reason.
i would also appreciate if you quote something or share something from a website that you've read "somewhere" that you do the courtesy of sharing said link, book or whatever it might be. i might also be sharing something you say in the comments area, but will ask your permission first if i have a way to contact you.
if you have the time, go ahead and start researching now so you can contribute to topics. this first topic is particularly controversial and is one that i'm struggling with myself right now.
topic for this week:
here are some questions that i've had so far:
- who does the studies for the vaccinations that says that they are safe? that there are no links to SIDS or autism, etc? are these studies biased? if so, by whom? is there proof?
- if the medical community claimed (and still claims) that thimerosal was not a safety hazard in vaccines, why did they end up taking it out of vaccines overall?
- which vaccines are truly necessary? which ones are not? (example: i had chicken pox as a child and remember it being kind of a rite of passage of childhood. why is there a vaccine for it now? is that necessary? isn't it okay to have the chicken pox?)
- there are loads of stories all over the internet of parents sharing stories of their babies dying of SIDS (supposedly linked to DTaP? proof? do we need proof?), of parents who say that their children have autism because of some reaction to vaccines, etc. although i don't know what to believe, their stories still frighten me a bit. should i not believe them just because they aren't scientifically proven? do they need to be?
- why did my pediatrician chew me out for me asking about the safety of vaccines? he didn't even want to consider why i was asking. he was clearly mad.
okay, so there's just a few things for now.
ready, set, go and learn and share!