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Was it really worth it?
By Rene Schooler
Tuesday, July 24, 2007

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Based on a true story this short tale prefaces the last tree chapters of The Elephant in the Kitchen.

A mother is getting her 18-month old baby boy ready to go to the doctor for his well baby check up and shots. He’s a happy, healthy little guy, full of energy. He loves to get into lots of trouble as any almost two-year old does. His mother who has lots of nursing experience understands the importance of vaccinations and wants her son to be the healthiest that he can, so she is very timely with her baby checkups. They sit down with the doctor and the baby boy is normal in everyway the doctor says. The nurse comes in with three shots that are to be given at 18-months of age and a waver form for the mother to sign. After signing she holds her son on her lap so the nurse can administer the shots. One in each upper arm and one in his thigh. He gets cute cartoon character bandages on each shot area and a sticker on his way out of the doctors office. His mother treats him to an ice cream on the way home.

A few weeks later: Same loving mom, same little boy. This once normal acting child is starting to show signs of aggression, not eating the same as he once did, spacing out, and banging his head in frustration against the walls and floor. As a concerned mother, she takes her baby son to the doctor once again. The doctor puzzled that this is the same child he saw only a few short weeks before, runs numerous tests. A few days go by. The mother receives a call that the doctor wants to meet with her. When she walks in, the doctor has a concerned look on his face. Her heart drops to her stomach and she feels nauseous. She sits in the chair in front of his desk. The doctor says, “I have some troubling news for you.” He pauses. “Your son is Autistic.”

A lifetime filled with pain. This story is based on the life of someone very near and dear to me. This story happens around our great country on a daily basis and is accruing more frequently than you might realize unless you have had autism touch your life in someway. As parents we only want the best for our children. We want them to grow up to be healthy, happy adults. From the moment we discover that we are pregnant we find ourselves concerned about this little life that is growing.

Think back to when you first held your child in your arms. That spiritual filled moment in the delivery room of the hospital. What was going through your mind in that moment? Remember how you counted each and every finger and toe. How you looked over your child’s ears, eyes and nose. Did you ever think in that moment that you would ever have the possibility of hearing such sad news as the above? Would you ever think that through your loving care of this sweet little baby, that you could throw your child in front of a moving bus. A bus such as autism or mercury poisoning.

What if I said that it is more likely for a child to develop autism after being exposed to three thimerosal-containing vaccines, such as the MMR shot, than it is for a person to develop lung cancer from smoking. Hard to believe! Well according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and the National Autism Foundation what I just said, is true . It is now even being shown that many cases of autism are actually mercury poisoning. If this is known, then why do autism rates keep rising?

Not that long ago, it was announced that all vaccines containing thimerosal were not to be used anymore because of the above reason. This should make vaccines safe again, right? Wrong. Vaccines of any sort have never been proven safe. There is more negative reports than you can possibly imagine. All you have to do is get on the internet and type into any search engine, dangers of vaccines. You will discover books of dangers. What about the flu vaccine, how safe is it really? Our schools support the flu vaccine. They promote it so strongly that you can get free flu vaccines right in school for your child.

Our country is safer because we vaccinate all of our children. At least that is what we are led to believe. What is the truth? If I were to report to you differently would you even consider the possibility that what you have been led to believe may actually be more dangerous to your child’s future than some street drugs? What if I were to tell you that every year there is a polio out break in this country and the people most effected have been vaccinated for polio a disease that we the public have been led to believe is a thing of the past or for third world countries. Not for the United States. The next chapter is one of my most controversial chapters. It is the drawing of a line in the sand. I do not wish to make you think the way I do, I only wish to inform you of the knowledge that is out there. Of the possibilities that do exist for our children’s futures. If you knew you could dodge a bullet in the future for your child, would you have the courage to stand up to your pediatrician, school, church, neighbors, friends and family today?

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