I wont disagree with your points because you are right - those diseases are not nice. What isn’t nice either is getting these diseases from vaccines. Or other conditions.
I am not well off but I get what you are saying. How dare people refuse vaccines that the very poor would love to have. I am not sure those in poverty would have vaccines first on their list of wants or needs. It would be clean water, food and shelter surely. That is on mine and when I get the good stuff then I sure don’t need vaccines. And this is the big difference between developing countries and most of the western world. We can choose to eat well and drink clean water and live in a house and basically over consume (usually at the detriment of those living in these third world countries - another issue I guess). As long as I can remember I was told not to vaccinate my children if they had a cold. Yet in third countries (including parts of Australia) they vaccinate children who are malnourished and very unwell. A shot of vitamin c would do more for these kids than a vaccine ever could.
We don’t have rabies in Australia and so I can’t comment on that one.
I agree that herd immunity wont work because most adults are not fully vaccinated (with boosters and new vaccines) if that is what you mean. I can’t remember last time I had a vaccine, probably high school. I did have my immunity to rubella tested when pregnant with my first 3 children which is standard in Australia.
Lots of politics going on, especially in vaccinations, I don’t doubt it. It makes me very weary of how many health professionals tell me to vaccinate and don’t ask questions. If we ask a question its clear they don’t know what they are ‘selling’. Maternal health nurse read to us from a book, “How to convince parents to vaccinate.” She seemed to be sure it was the best option til she read a portion to us that made her have a serious perplexed expression on her face. She had never questioned vaccinations, never thought there could be a risk with vaccinations. But there is, like any drug.When we are told our son can’t eat certain foods because he will have an anaphylactic reaction yet vaccines are advised, we queried the doctor and she went red faced. Oh, yes some people are sensitive and should not have vaccines building up in their bodies. It could literally kill them.
It amazes me when people think that my family is carrying disease and bugs because we don’t vaccinate. So it only affects others and not ourselves? That is an interesting thought. Also my older two were partly vaccinated - or fully vaccinated to 4 years and 1 year and not since (14 and 11 this year). So some doctors have said that they are protecting our younger three unvaccinated children. I find this intriguing! My children are healthy except for my oldest son. He does have chronic asthma but he doesn’t get viruses or bad colds or anything like that - doctors refuse to believe that and always check his mucous and insist its a trigger for his asthma. Either the doctors we meet are highly incompetent or possibly hiding something from us. They will blame themselves for not dealing with his asthma as serious but then blame us too. I don’t understand that. If doctors don’t understand health then I will do my best to work it out and see what works best for us.
The vaccine schedule has indeed grown since I was a child. A few as a baby, a few at school. Even the difference between what my daughter had and my son and then again what is on the schedule now. Its way too much. My son had HepB vaccine at birth and mengingoccal vaccine at one year, neither were on my daughter’s schedule. (He would have also received chicken pox - varicella - vaccine at 18mths). It was obviously too much for him. Also, of course the situation in which his vaccines were administered was different to my daughter’s too. My daughter received her first year vaccines (none at birth, but at 2,4,6,12 months) all at the local maternal health nurse, who was quite good - she would encourage breastfeeding and that made it easier. Then at 4 years I took my daughter to a school to get her 4 year boosters and that was awful. My son, he had them all done at the local council building. All paid by the government (the vaccine schedule in Australia is free - paid for by tax payers) and no monitoring of reactions, while breastfeeding was discouraged.
It has been a hard emotional year for me but some good has come. It was our first full year home educating all our school aged kids (which there are three) and that has worked out well.
On a personal level, I fell into exercise! That is to say, I started walking for some grounding and stress relief and now fitness is an important part of my life when before it was virtually non existent. Its early days but after three months I am feeling good about it all.
In 2002 I had a thyroidectomy, which I think has made it difficult to lose weight. I am vegetarian and made plenty of dietary changes over the past years yet I have put on so much weight I am classed as obese. My heaviest being over 100kg.
It was a shock to see those numbers. I did get over 100kg when pregnant once but to see three figures when I was not nurturing a child within was a shock. I am not fussed about being skinny but I do want to feel better than I did.
Walking has lifted my mood and helped me work through my emotions somewhat. And then of course the more I walk, the more I want to achieve so being lighter will help me in that way. I am also doing the C25k program albeit slowly.
My goal is to get under 100kg before Christmas which I think is possible, and to be no longer obese (under 30 BMI) by my birthday in late January. My weightloss is slow but at least its happening and slowly is good.
My fitness goal by year’s end is to walk 10km in less than 100 minutes. In the new year I want to give up oil as I have found it is rancid to smell and cannot be good for me. This will hopefully help me to eat better as I will eat less cooked foods.