by Bunmion March 28,2014 in Natural Parenting StyleParenthood

From: OurKids.net

From: OurKids.net

The rate of autism is increasing, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention office in a report released yesterday. In 2012, 1 in every 88 children was diagnosed with autism.

HuffPost Parents reported:

According to the new report, among 8-year-olds living in one of 11 CDC surveillance areas across the country in 2010, roughly 14.7 in every 1,000 had autism, though there were some regional differences in rates — many of them pronounced. In New Jersey, for example, 1 in 45 children had been identified with autism, compared to just 1 in 175 in Alabama.

The last few months have been heated on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs as “vaccers” and “anti-vaccers” faced off over causation vs. correlation when it comes to autism and vaccines and yesterday’s report added fuel to an already hot fire.

Watching these intense debates play out over Facebook between friends and even within families always makes me uneasy. Name-calling. Unfriending. Blocking. I can tell that parents on both sides of the issue care deeply for the children and just want to see them have a bright future. It’s our fear that makes this debate so emotional.

I’ve chosen to stay out of the online debates. I keep the choices my family makes private: between my husband, myself and our doctor. For me, posting universal truths is pointless because 1) I don’t think every child is the same. All children have unique genetic makeups, dispositions, and family histories that only their parents are privy to and 2) I don’t want to add to the environment of discord.

One thing I do love to see are discussions. People talking without shaming or scaring: trading actual facts and personal anecdotes.

At the end of the day, there are real families being affected by all of this. Real mothers and fathers wringing their hands, just trying to do what’s best for their families. For me, being a gentle parent also means that I’m gentle TO other parents and respectful of their choices.

Where do you stand when it comes to sharing the choices your family has made? Are you loud and proud? An online activist? Or a quiet observer, like I am? :)

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Jon
Jon

I wouldn't have been so concerned with vaccines if they didn't contain harmful chemicals. Newborns are apparently given these toxic doses which their poor little bodies can't even remove yet. Who really knows the effects? It'll never be the same reaction for every baby as the variables are far too great. This is why the vast majority cannot understand what is going on. My own thoughts are that we are playing with something very dangerous in the name of keeping people healthy. If whoever truly wanted us to be healthy they would push healthy foods which would strengthen our immune systems to be able to naturally fight off infection.

I know it sounds like a conspiracy, but the mega profits from vaccines and 'poison food' (from McDonald's, coca cola etc...) are ridiculous. It's pretty bad when the bad food costs more than real wholesome nutrition. TSP is a very good cleaner and listed as an ingredient in most cereals. I know if I consumed enough of it I would probably get very sick and potentially die. But what about the minute quantities over time? Is it like arsenic or lead? Or mercury? Can we please review history? Does everyone remember the term 'mad as a hatter'? Couldn't have been because of their exposure to mercury?

My own recommendation to everyone would just be to stay vigilant and take responsibility for their own health. Don't be ignorant to the vast amounts of knowledge and wisdom out there. You don't need to believe everything you read, just be open to new ideas

mamatomany
mamatomany

Great post!!!  Like you its not very often I am reveal where I stand on issues such as the one that you have mention here.  I will quietly listening to others discuss opinions and choices and often am uncomfortable to where things end up heading.  I have seen friendships end and coffee groups split over the vaccination debate. As a past nurse and as a mother I have researched thoroughly both sides of the coin and from that have gone on to make my decision.  Unless I am asked directly I won't enter into discussions or slinging matches as the often end up.  It is an choice that is faced by parents and carers alike, a choice that we have a right to make. My only advice to parents is that research and research and then research some more. The only way to make a true inform consent is to be in the know of both sides of the story. And that often ends up digging around in places that you never thought you would find yourself. It does frighten me that all too often I hear people make such important decisions based solely on the opinion of a health professional or whatever their parents/friends/family have done.  That is not being informed at all! All parents want the very best for their children whatever they decide. Sorry for the big rant!!  Love this site xx

Jon
Jon

Woops.. Meant to say the bad food costs less than the good food. (Which might be subjective to some people)