The Birthful Podcast: Episode #74
How do vaccines work? Do they carry risks? Are they all created equal? Does it matter when they are given, and how does that relate with the CDC’s recommended schedule that includes 49 doses before the age of 6? Dr. Paul Thomas is here to help us navigate this polarized and often overwhelming issue. Check it out.
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What we talked about:
- How do vaccines work?
- What are the risks associated with vaccination?
- What is the problem with the currently recommended vaccination schedule by the CDC and the AAP?
- How can parents go about getting their children the protection from infectious diseases while minimizing vaccine side effects?
- Are all vaccines safe for all children?
- The problem with Tylenol
- The negative health consequences of over-vaccination vs. the risk of getting the serious diseases that vaccines do prevent.
- How can parents find a pediatrician that is open or supportive of this approach towards vaccines.
- What about state laws and vaccines requirements – is there an easy way for parents to find out what these requirements are for where they live?
- What if these requirements are not compatible with a delayed or alternative schedule?
- Medical exemption, religious exemption and philosophical exemptions
- Minimizing toxins during pregnancy and for your children
- Looking at specific vaccines: flu vaccines during pregnancy; Hep B vaccine for newborns; HPV vaccine for preteens
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Resources, links, and other info mentioned on the show:
- How Community Immunity (“Herd” Immunity) works, from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
- Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years, CDC Schedule
- CDC’s vaccines website
- If You Vaccinate, Ask 8 questions, from the NVIC
- State Law & Vaccine Requirements, interactive US map from the NVIC
- Medical Versus Nonmedical Immunization Exemptions for Child Care and School Attendance, from the American Academy of Pediatrics
- Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) website, US Department of Health and Human Services
- This Physician’s Assessment of Flu Vaccines in Pregnancy, By Cindy Schneider, M.D.
- Link to get free 10-page pamphlet with “The Dr. Paul Approved Vaccine Schedule”
- Could A Common Painkiller Cause Brain Inflammation — And Even Autism — In Children?, by Jennifer Margulis
- Pregnancy: Nutrition & Avoiding Toxins (Pediatric Advice), video by Dr. Paul Thomas
- Top Pro & Con Arguments for/against vaccines
- Does your newborn really need the Hep B vaccine?, video by Dr. Paul Thomas and Jennifer Margulis
- The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health-from Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years, the new book by Dr. Paul Thomas and Jennifer Margulis
- Vaccinefriendlydoctors.org – new website starting to compile list of doctors
- Vaccine Friendly Doctor List -Liora’s List
What does Cochrane say?
Cochrane is the gold standard for unbiased science. As noted in their website, they “gather and summarize the best evidence from research to help you make informed choices about treatment”. Cochrane is a global non-profit institute that brings together “researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health”.
- Vaccines to prevent influenza in healthy adults
- Using the combined vaccine for protection of children against measles, mumps and rubella
- In children or grown-ups who have not been previously exposed to hepatitis B infection or whose exposure status is not known, hepatitis B vaccination as compared with no hepatitis B vaccination has an unclear effect on the risk of developing hepatitis B
[mark]About Dr. Paul Thomas[/mark]
Dr. Paul Thomas is a Dartmouth-trained pediatrician with nearly 30 years of experience in pediatrics. In addition to being board certified in Pediatrics, he is an expert on addiction and board certified in Addiction Medicine. In his practice, Integrative Pediatrics, he and his team of doctors and nurse practitioners serve over 11,000 children in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Paul has been awarded numerous awards, including America’s Top Pediatricians, and Leading Physicians of the World.
His mission is to be a voice for the children, a voice of reason for those who cannot speak for themselves and a force for honesty in science, common sense and informed consent, before vaccines and medical procedures. He is an avid blogger, has a solid presence on YouTube and has just published a book “The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health-from Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years” with co-author Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D. He describes himself as a pro-vaccine, pro-informed consent, pro-science pediatrician.
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