An Open Letter To Non-Vaccinating Parents

I get it. You want the best for your children. You’ve done your “research” and you’re staunchly defending it all over the internet and Facebook. You’re proudly part of the “non-vaccinating parents” club.

An Open Letter To Non-Vaccinating Parents

You’re posting your indignation at California’s removal of their religious exemption for vaccines. And you’re mad because that was the exemption that you were planning on using.

An Open Letter To Non-Vaccinating Parents

Now, let’s think about this a minute. They’ve removed religious exemption. I understand that there are some religions that do not allow vaccinations. While I don’t agree, as a Christian, I support their doctrine.

But if you take a closer look?

  • Christianity: Although some Christian religions have stated a concern about the electively aborted fetal tissues used in the original creation of vaccines (we’re now 3 generations out from that, people!!), no Christian church has expressly stated a formal doctrine or restriction against vaccines.
  • Amish: There is no prohibition of vaccines in Amish communities, and vaccination rates vary. When a vaccine preventable illness strikes, it’s far more likely that the community will vaccinate.
  • Judaism: Jewish beliefs expect that those who follow Judaism are encouraged to maintain their health-which includes vaccinating.
  • Christian Scientists: Christian Scientists don’t believe in diseases. Interestingly, there are currently no rules against vaccinating, however.
  • Jehovahs Witness: Although the church used to discourage vaccinations, in the 1990s they began to identify the importance of vaccinations, specifically hepatitis vaccines.
  • Islam: Islam encourages their followers to pursue vaccinations to maintain health under the pretense: “That which is necessary makes the forbidden permissible.
  • Hinduism: One of the tenants of Hinduism is the respect for life, and as such, Hinduism is supportive of technology that, well, supports life. This includes life-saving vaccines.
  • Buddhism: It should say something that the 14th Dali Llama was involved in a polio vaccination program. Buddhism is very pro-vaccine.
  • Janism: Janism holds a strong belief in non-violence, with the exception of survival, such as killing food to nourish the body, or vaccines to fight off life-threatening disease.
  • Dutch Reformed Church: This is the only church who actually prohibits vaccinations and inoculations, and this practice dates back to the 1800s. Although this prohibition began due to the side effects of early inoculations (NOT vaccines!), it has morphed into a belief that vaccines interfere with their ability to connect with God.


Of all the major religions, only one expressly forbids vaccines.

And while we’re talking about aborted babies, let’s get real, people. Yes, electively aborted fetal tissue was used in the creation of many vaccines, like the MMR vaccine, but that tissue was donated, and the cell lines that are being used in today’s vaccines do not contain aborted fetal tissue. Get over yourself.

To say that the vaccines contain a significant amount of human fetal tissue, as some objectors to the vaccines claim, is misleading, stressed Dr. Paul Offit, the director of the vaccine education center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“There are perhaps nanograms of DNA fragments still found in the vaccine, perhaps billionths of a gram,” he said. “You would find as much if you analyzed the fruits and vegetables you eat.” source

Oh, and the Dutch Reformed Church isn’t fairing so well:

Despite vaccination coverage over 95%, a measles outbreak started in May 2013 in the Netherlands. As of 28 August, there were 1,226 reported cases, including 82 hospitalisations.

It is anticipated that the outbreak will continue. Most cases were orthodox Protestants (n=1,087/1,186; 91.7%) and unvaccinated (n=1,174/1,217; 96.5%).

A unique outbreak control intervention was implemented: a personal invitation for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination was sent for all children aged 6–14 months living in municipalities with MMR vaccination coverage below 90%.” source

So, as a Christian, I ask you to please, please, please, consider carefully claiming a “religious” exemption if you aren’t Dutch.

Medical Exemptions

While I’m at it, what about other exemptions? I’m all for medical exemptions. In fact, Smalls has one because of his Severe Aplastic Anemia. The key to these are the doctors’ notes, y’all. And medical exemptions are very, very hard to get. And it’s not one you want, because it means that you are incapable of fighting off the vaccine. Think Cancer, y’all.

What about philosophical, conscientious, or personal exemptions? There are only 17 states that currently offer such exemptions. If you go this route, you can’t pick and choose. You need to refuse all vaccines. And I can’t for the life of me understand why you would do that.

Now that we’ve established that your religion probably supports vaccines, you don’t qualify for a medical exemption (and if you do, I’m sending you a huge, huge hug)…you must be not vaccinating because of a philosophical or personal choice. Awesome.

Maybe you’re mad because the recent vaccine debate interferes with your definition of “health.”

Want to know why this gets my panties in a twist?

These Diseases Haven’t Been Eradicated

In the words of one of my favorite people, “NO. YOU’RE WRONG”. Smallpox is the only vaccine-preventable disease that no longer exists on the planet, and the rest of them were pretty scary pre-vaccine:

An Open Letter To Non-Vaccinating Parents - vaccine deaths


I’m not making these numbers up, y’all. These are from peer-reviewed publications. And let’s clear one thing up, a peer review is the process by which a scholarly work (such as a paper or a research proposal) is checked by a group of experts in the same field to make sure it meets the necessary standards before it is published or accepted.

They are not paid for. They’re are not sent to “big pharma”. Peer reviewed means they are read, edited, and fact-checked by multiple experts. These are people with doctorates in microbiology. Science, people.

And although we may not see a polio outbreak here in the U.S. (God willing), it’s still paralyzing children in other countries. Polio isn’t harmless. The most serious form of polio is paralytic polio. It affects the spinal chord, brainstem, or both. Oh! And let’s not ignore post-polio syndrome, which can occur 35 years after the initial polio virus has “left” your body. Post-polio syndrome can cause sleep apnea, muscle weakness, depression, loss of memory, and muscle atrophy.

In fact, none of the diseases that we now have vaccines for are “harmless”. Sure, chicken pox may seem like “just a rash”. After all, I had chicken pox and lived.

Diseases have risks

I’m betting you did, too. Did you know that there are serious complications that can occur from something with the word “chicken” in the title? Like inflammation of the brain, pneumonia, sepsis, bone infections, joint infections, and toxic shock syndrome (yup. the same reason your mother wouldn’t let you use tampons as a teen.), just to name a few. Oh, and death. Yup. Deaths from chicken pox continue to occur in the unvaccinated population.

Or what about Mealses? Well, it can be a rash, kind of like chicken pox. But in some cases, it can lead to brain damage, deafness, and death. Sounds like a good time to me. I think I will go get another MMR booster just to be safe.

I could go on, but I think you get my point. Why would you want to risk potential long-term, permanent harm by subjecting your child (and it’s not just your child or your family, by the way!) to these diseases that we should not have to worry about?

Personally, it’s not a risk I’m willing to take. But wait! You’re worried about those scary and harmful ingredients that are in the vaccines, aren’t you? Well, lucky you, I did some research, and you know what I found? You are far more likely to be harmed simply by doing every day activities…like drinking water. Yup. The ingredients in vaccines aren’t that scary.

“Harmful” Ingredients?

  • Aluminum: did you know that the most common source of aluminum exposure is the food you eat and the water you drink? We’d better stop eating and drinking, y’all. We wouldn’t want to put aluminum in our bodies!
  • Formaldehyde: I get it. You don’t want to be embalmed. But did you know that while scary, it’s far more likely for you to get formaldehyde poisoning due to inhalation? So unless you’re an undertaker, you’re probably not going to die from it (and probably not even then).
  • Fetal Bovine Serum: Sounds gross, but some vaccines need to grow in live cells to be effective. It’s this or Polio. And by the way…how was your hamburger?
  • Antifreeze: This is a myth, people!
  • Thimerosal: Most people’s problem with this is the mercury. You know what? Mercury has not been used in vaccines since 2002. AND, “…Study after study has failed to find or corroborate a link between thimerosal in vaccines or vaccines in general and autism.” source

And let’s not forget about this gem. People fear what they don’t understand, and it’s really, really easy to jump on board with someone who appears to have done so much tedious research. They must be really smart!

Except they’re not. And, in fact, most of the fear-mongering done by bloggers that list vaccine ingredients and equate them to deaths or severe impairment are forgetting the bedrock of pharmacological science: The dose makes the poison.

If we use this faulty logic and apply it to other items in our lives, we should all probably stop drinking water RIGHT.NOW. Because drinking too much water can kill you.

I know you feel vindicated doing your research through The Google, but honestly, how many of those articles are peer reviewed or scholarly? Because I couldn’t find ONE.

What about VAERS?

In an interview with CNN, Dr. Bob Sears (yes that one), God Bless Him, claimed that between 3,000 and 4,500 people [per year] report severe vaccine reactions that “land somebody in the hospital, the intensive care unit or cause a permanent disability or death.

Let me back up for a second. VAERS (for those who don’t know) is the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. But wait. Anyone can access it. You, me, your neighbor, the doctor, a nurse…. And when you view data from VAERS, you receive this warning:

“When evaluating data from VAERS, it is important to note that for any reported event, no cause-and-effect relationship has been established. Reports of all possible associations between vaccines and adverse events (possible side effects) are filed in VAERS. Therefore, VAERS collects data on any adverse event following vaccination, be it coincidental or truly caused by a vaccine. The report of an adverse event to VAERS is not documentation that a vaccine caused the event.”

To me, that means that there’s absolutely no proven cause and effect link. 

Add to that the potential for double reporting, and well…

There’s absolutely no linkage between cause and effect,” Catherine Troisi, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center, told us. “If I received the flu vaccine yesterday and got hit by a bus today, I could enter that into VAERS.  But I doubt anyone would say the vaccine caused the accident. VAERS is a great reporting system to look for trends that would trigger further studies – but it does not pretend to prove that the conditions entered are related to vaccination.” source

If you actually look at the 2014 data, Dr. Sears claim doesn’t hold water. Additionally, if you look at the VAERS data, you’ll notice that many of the adverse claims that were serious, according to Dr. Sears were from people who already had another health issue. You can read more about this misinformation here.

So. You tell me…was it the vaccine or the bus? While we’re talking about serious health issues, I want to point something out to you.

Vaccines Don’t Just Protect YOU

An Open Letter To Non-Vaccinating Parents


And if you think they do, you’re either stupid or selfish. Either way, you need to realize that the whole point of vaccines is herd immunity. Which means that the majority of the population has received their vaccinations and are, in effect, immune.

Because, in the end, vaccines also protect:

  • People without a fully-working immune system, including those without a working spleen
  • Those on chemotherapy treatment whose immune system is weakened
  • People with HIV
  • Newborn babies who are too young to be vaccinated
  • Elderly people
  • Many of those who are very ill in hospital


This is personal

This may be so far removed from your life that you don’t understand why I’m on my soapbox. Let me break it down for you: a year ago, Smalls (5) was diagnosed with something called Severe Aplastic Anemia. This means that his bone marrow stopped working. By the time we caught the bruising and got him into the hospital, his CBC (complete blood count) levels were so low that he needed multiple blood infusions so his body wouldn’t shut down.

You know what the first thing the doctors asked me before putting an IV in my baby’s arm? If he was fully vaccinated. They wanted to be sure that he was up to date because there’s always a risk. Thank heavens he was.

Over the past year, I’ve watched my baby receive more than 20 bags of blood and platelets. I had to sign a waiver every.single.time. stating that I knew the risks.

But it’s a choice: help my child live or watch him potentially slowly get worse (and we definitely do not want worse). The best part? The only cure for SAA is a bone marrow transplant. That comes with a whole other set of scary warnings.

What Does This Have To Do With You (Non-Vaccinating Parents)?

The mere fact that you’re “scared” of the “toxic” ingredients, or claim a faulty “religious” exception isn’t good enough for me. Yes, there are people out there who do have bad reactions to vaccines. I have a very dear friend whose baby cannot have the MMR vaccine because of a similar reaction. But he is vaccinated for everything else.

She chose to protect not only her child, but also yours and mine. So when you tell me that you “just don’t believe in it” or you have “evidence” of the potential harm, I get it. You’re scared. But if you look at the number of severe vaccine injuries against the total number of vaccinations performed, it’s miniscule.

I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, and I’m not saying it isn’t scary. Trust me, I have watched my baby be hooked up to a machine and been told he only had a 50% chance. I get it. I am all for being a mama bear when you need to be, but honestly, being a mama bear about vaccines because of some falsified research and celebrity bandwagoning makes me physically ill.

So for the love, please, please, do some real research. Get educated, and get your kids vaccinated.

*Edited to add: I am happy to discuss this, but please be civil in your comments. Do not post entire articles, please just provide a link to your sources. 

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  1. Elyse on June 11, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you for posting this! We have always made sure to vaccinate. We have so many people in our family that are in health care and we want to be sure that we are all protected from what they could potentially come on contact with. I hope that more people take a moment to really think about what it means to go without vaccines.

    • breefawn on June 11, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      That is exactly what spurred this article! Thank you for your kind comment!

  2. Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations on June 11, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Really, really enjoyed how you wrote this and all the information you gave. I know this is a hotly debated topic and I appreciate you sticking your neck out to share these facts and statistics. I’ll be sharing on my personal Facebook page, thanks. 🙂

    • breefawn on June 11, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you Justine!!

  3. Brittany on June 11, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Love this and commend your boldness to post it! I agree you and am also for vaccinating my kids! 😉

    • breefawn on June 11, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you!

  4. Hannah Kaup on June 11, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Hi Breanna! I totally agree with you and made sure to vaccinate our little ones. I love all the information you’ve given – and not to mention, God guided these doctors (with or without the doctors knowledge) to creating these vaccines that have prevented these diseases/illnesses for many, many years. God is good.

    • breefawn on June 11, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Yes He is!!

  5. Kelly on June 11, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    All the amens to vaccinating!! I just don’t understand why you would put your child at such risk for fear of the potential of something like autism. No, having an autistic child would not be easy but it would be a whole lot better than watching your child suffer from a disease that could have been prevented. Plus, my father had polio as a child and I’m pretty sure he’d say it wasn’t super fun! Great article mama!

    • breefawn on June 11, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you! My grandfather also had polio. He said it was awful.

  6. Cynthia Maurer on June 12, 2015 at 12:08 am

    ridiculous nonsense. Have you been living in a cave? I’ll just refute two of your false premises because there is so much wrong here it would take a day to refute it all. Here’s where polio went. And what you posted about Islam is someone’s opinion and misunderstanding. You really should get out more. I will add that the Pope has indeed spoken out against the use of fetal cells in vaccines.

    • breefawn on June 12, 2015 at 3:59 am

      I appreciate your comment, Cynthia. The comment about the Islamic religion was paraphrased from the article I cited. You are more than welcome to read it for yourself.

      And polio? I appreciate that blog post, but the information and source is faulty.

      You really should check your sources-Dr. A. Majid Katme is a PODIATRIST. I’m sorry, but someone who specializes in feet is far from an expert geneticist or microbiologist.

      As for your assertion about the Pope-he did speak out, however there is no formal doctrine or rule forbidding vaccines in the Catholic Church.

  7. Geraldine on June 12, 2015 at 12:14 am

    We care so much about the food our children eat and read the ingredients list carefully, but in some cases they get more sick or develop terrible allergies or autoimmune diseases or even get cancer, despite how careful we are. As conscious parents who want to do the best for our families, whenever you take your children in for a vaccination, you need to ask to see the actual vaccine insert page that is included with the vial so you can be properly informed about the ingredients and the actual side effects (not the colorful “Cliff Notes” version the Doctor hands you with all of that carefully omitted). If your Doctor truly cares about your child’s health, he will not deny you the right to informed consent or try to bully you into accepting his decisions without question. Keep in mind that most doctors get a bonus from the Pharmaceutical Companies for the more kids they vaccinate.

    In the current National Vaccine Schedule, in the first 6 years of life your child receives the following Vaccine Ingredients:

    • 17,500 mcg 2-phenoxyethanol (Bug Repellant, some brands of Antifreeze)
    • 5,700 mcg aluminum (a known neurotoxin)
    • Unknown amounts of fetal bovine serum (aborted cow blood)
    • 801.6 mcg formaldehyde (carcinogen, embalming agent)
    • 23,250 mcg gelatin (ground up animal carcasses)
    • 500 mcg human albumin (human blood)
    • 760 mcg of monosodium L-glutamate (causes obesity & diabetis)
    • Unknown amounts of MRC-5 cells (aborted human babies)
    • Over 10 mcg neomycin (antibiotic)
    • Over 0.075 mcg polymyxin B (antibiotic)
    • Over 560 mcg polysorbate 80 (carcinogen)
    • 116 mcg potassium chloride (used in lethal injection to shut down the heart and stop breathing)
    • 188 mcg potassium phosphate (liquid fertilizer agent)
    • 260 mcg sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
    • 70 mcg sodium borate (Borax, used for cockroach control)
    • 54,100 mcg of sodium chloride (table salt)
    • Unknown amounts of sodium citrate (food additive)
    • Unknown amounts of sodium hydroxide (Danger! Corrosive)
    • 2,800 mcg sodium phosphate (toxic to any organism)
    • Unknown amounts of sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate (toxic to any organism)
    • 32,000 mcg sorbitol (Not to be injected)
    • 0.6 mcg streptomycin (antibiotic)
    • Over 40,000 mcg sucrose (cane sugar)
    • 35,000 mcg yeast protein (fungus)
    • 5,000 mcg urea (metabolic waste from human urine)
    • Other chemical residuals
    (From the book, “What The Pharmaceutical Companies Don’t Want You To Know About Vaccines” – By Dr Todd M. Elsner)

  8. Talia on June 12, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Wow KELLY: “having an autistic child would not be easy but it would be a whole lot better than watching your child suffer from a disease that could have been prevented.” Are you KIDDING ME. Measles would be one lousy week at home. Autism cannot be CURED. What a shameful, idiotic comment.

    • breefawn on June 12, 2015 at 4:04 am

      She did not state that Autism could be cured. Living with a child who has an incurable issue like Austism cannot be easy, but I would much rather live with my child than not have them anymore.

      Additionally, measles is far more than “a lousy week at home”:

  9. FH on June 12, 2015 at 12:24 am

    “When it happens to you or your child, the risks are 100%”

    Published by the National Vaccine Information Center

    Barbara Loe Fisher, Editor

    Vol. 2 No.2 June 1996


    • breefawn on June 12, 2015 at 4:07 am

      Please do not post articles without any scientific backing.

    • FH on June 12, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      Way to “edit” every single thing I added as a comment to the point of erasing 97% of my message. That is the main problem with vaccine pushers, they cannot handle the truth, so they censor. You must work for Merck or something. Enjoy hell. Satan has a sizzling rock for you there.

    • Brea on June 12, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      If you provide a link, I will not edit it. I left the source information so that people would be able to look it up if they are so inclined. And nope, I don’t work for a pharmaceutical company. I just really like research and scientific fact.

  10. Annie on June 12, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Thank you, Brea! This was very informative and eye opening!

  11. Rebecca Beck on June 12, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Great post! I have never understood those anti-vaxxers. Thank you for being so articulate about it!

  12. Tina on June 12, 2015 at 3:43 am

    i admittedly didn’t read your whole article, because as I started it seemed repetitive of all other “messages” to us that refuse.

    Basically, as a person of faith, I don’t subscribe to what some “church” says. The bible forbids the mixing of blood of either human or animal. FDA labels vaccines as a biological blood product. You can and do get foreign DNA from humans and animals via vaccines. This is contrary to scripture. Aborted or not, donated or not, is irrelevant, it is still a violation of biblical law.

    I would go further, but honestly it would be a waste of time. If you choose to pollute your bloodstream that is up to you, but do not tell me that I am to pollute mine or my child’s because you think I’m suppose to follow what someone else’s take on the Word of G-d is. Fact is, most religious/faith based people don’t know what is in vaccines to even make a knowledgable decision about them. If more people knew, I’d care to bet you’d find many more of these organizations in opposition.

    • breefawn on June 12, 2015 at 4:33 am

      Hi, Tina. Since you didn’t read the article (which is part of my problem with non vaccinating persons):

      “There are perhaps nanograms of DNA fragments still found in the vaccine, perhaps billionths of a gram,” he said. “You would find as much if you analyzed the fruits and vegetables you eat.” source

      We are three generations out from the actual use of those cells. That’s 75 years.

      As for your biblical assertions, I suppose that you don’t wear gold jewelry (1 Timothy 2:9), or eat shellfish (Leviticus 11:10), or wear fabric blends (Leviticus 19:19). Additionally, most Christians no longer cover their hair during prayer, which goes against the Bible (1 Cor 11:5), nor do they stone their children (Psalm 137:9). I could go on, but you get the idea.

      “No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.” (1 Timothy 5:23) The Bible does support preventative medicine, by the way.

  13. shannon on June 12, 2015 at 6:05 am

    how do you suppose children are having reactions to vaccines. my son stopped breathing following the mmr and after that stopped talking stopped interacting

    this is taken from the cdc webpage… copied and pasted… •Signs of autism typically appear around the same time that children are recommended to receive the MMR vaccine. Some parents might worry that the vaccine causes autism. Vaccine safety experts, including experts at CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), agree that MMR vaccine is not responsible for increases in the number of children with autism. For more information about vaccines and autism, see:
    the thing with this is poul thorsen did the study he is waiting to stand trial in the united states for fraud…

    also taken from the cdc webpage it has been proven to cause autism symptoms these are autism symptoms… •Measles inclusion body encephalitis, or severe brain swelling caused by the measles virus, is a complication of getting infected with the wild measles virus. While rare, this almost always happens in patients with low immune systems. The illness usually develops within one year after initial measles infection and has a high death rate. There have been 3 published reports of this complication happening to vaccinated people. In these cases, encephalitis developed between 4 and 9 months after the MMR shot . In one case, the measles vaccine strain was identified as the cause.

    this is also taken from the cdc webpage their study is not correct if you talk to a parent who had a child that had the reaction they were told their childs seizure was a fb seizure nothing to worry about.. obviously this is something to worry about… and its happening more than its being reported.. don’t believe me do your research with parents that have been through this talk to them.. its been proven all the fraud in the cdc and that the studies have not been redone since poul thorsen did is research you can find dr boyle and bill posey congressional hearing on you tube and he flat out asks her if the studies have been redone and she admits they were not here is the congressional hearing

    • Brea on June 12, 2015 at 8:23 am

      I acknowledge that some children do have reactions to vaccines. But there has not been a solid cause-effect proven to link vaccines to autism.

      Correlation DOES NOT imply causation.

  14. brett on June 12, 2015 at 6:09 am

    mercury is used in vaccines still the mmr is a multi dose vaccine mercury is used in mulit dose vaccines the multi dose vaccines are the ones children are having reactions to.

    • Brea on June 12, 2015 at 8:21 am

      At present, all routinely recommended vaccines for U.S. infants are available only as thimerosal-free formulations or contain only trace amounts of thimerosal (≤1 than micrograms mercury per dose), with the exception of inactivated influenza vaccine. source

      Again, thimerosal has not been used in childhood vaccines since 2002.

  15. ann on June 12, 2015 at 8:01 am

    This article is filled with so much misinformation that it reads like a propaganda piece for the pharmaceutical industry. No one has died from measles in this country in the past 10 years, but 108 have died from the vaccine. The people who are concerned that we need safer vaccines are smart, successful and well educated, and they have taken considerable time and effort to research all sides of the issue. By the way, Ghandi was so against vaccines that he wrote a book about it.

    • Brea on June 12, 2015 at 8:18 am

      Measles is still common in other countries. The virus is highly contagious and can spread rapidly in areas where people are not vaccinated. Worldwide, an estimated 20 million people get measles and 146,000 people die from the disease each year—that equals about 400 deaths every day or about 17 deaths every hour.

      Quest honestly, 108 over 10 years, assuming only 100,000 vaccinations in that time (which is very, very, very low!) is .1%. Over TEN years. That’s miniscule. My son’s disease, Severe Aplastic Anemia approximately 600 to 900 people each year. There are 322 MILLION people in the U.S. alone. I get the risks.

      And Ghandi’s book is over 100 years old-vaccines weren’t even on the radar, and I wonder if he would have the same opinion now.

  16. Kelsey Inkol on June 12, 2015 at 8:50 am

    I don’t necessarily want to get some flack from those commenting – especially the ones calling out propaganda and Big Pharma, but THANK YOU for writing this.

    • Brea on June 12, 2015 at 9:01 am

      You are welcome. It needed to be said.

  17. Sheryl on June 12, 2015 at 10:47 am

    You feel courageous and righteous selling your Young Living Oils. Do you know the government is trying to take THAT right from you, too?

    And why do you even bother selling such snake oil when there is no science to back you up?

    You can get on your soapbox all you want but the people with the courage and guts to stand up against the majority are the true heros, y’all. Although the mainstream media do not cover much of the truth lest they lose their biggest advertisers, the truth is out there. And yes, I Googled it. It’s how we operate in this life.

    By the way, the US congress knows there are lies within the CDC and their connection to Big Pharma. A doctor and congressman tried to get a bill passed to sever that relationship but he was not successful. He was able to get the mercury out, however. You know, y’all, the mercury that was so safe for all your children? Ya, same one. And here is what he had to say about that:

    Congressman Weldon has a theory about why the CDC continues the charade of denying the link between vaccines and autism. “If it is eventually determined that an entire generation of kids was essentially poisoned,” he says, “a class-action suit against the federal government could be on the order of hundreds of billions of dollars, and so there’s very good reason for them to try to cover this up.”
    There are lots of good and interesting facts in this story if you dare to read it:

    Maybe you think all those other ingredients like aluminum and formaldehyde are perfectly safe but they are not. Even the CDC lists them as a toxic substance. In the case of aluminum, they recommend avoiding it whenever possible and formaldehyde is a known carcinogen.

    You should really watch the documentary, Trace Amounts.

    The bottom line is the issue of vaccinations being mandated is a violation of personal and medical freedom. As a woman you should understand that more than anything. There is no crisis and the parents who have avoided vaccination, usually do it selectively. The mandate in California is for 10 different vaccinations, including HepB and Tetanus, both of which cannot be spread in school.

    The US has one of the highest infant mortality rates and there is a good chance it has to do with vaccination. Many babies who die shortly after several doses of vaccination are often categorized as “SIDS”.

    You won’t find this in mainstream media. You have to google it and then connect the dots. The government had the opportunity to change how the public feels about vaccination but they chose not to do it and instead just create a trumped up Disneyland crisis and make people fear it. You fell for it, too.

    • Brea on June 12, 2015 at 11:01 am

      I’m aware of the FDA issues. However, there have been peer reviewed scientific studies that show essential oils work:

      “A large body of literature has been published on the effects of odors on the human brain and emotions. Some studies have tested the effects of essential oils on mood, alertness, and mental stress in healthy subjects. Other studies investigated the effects of various (usually synthetic) odors on task performance, reaction time, and autonomic parameters or evaluated the direct effects of odors on the brain via electroencephalogram patterns and functional imaging studies.[7] Such studies have consistently shown that odors can produce specific effects on human neuropsychological and autonomic function and that odors can influence mood, perceived health, and arousal. These studies suggest that odors may have therapeutic applications in the context of stressful and adverse psychological conditions.”

      I sell Young Living because I personally use it and have seen the benefits, but I did a lot of research before I began using them. I also did a boatload of research before vaccinating my children.

      I agree that aluminum and formaldehyde are not safe…but again, the dose makes the poison. You get more contaminants from drinking a glass of water, eating an organic apple. And if you’re worries about formaldehyde, I really hope you use cotton shopping bags, cosmetics, disinfectants, dyed fabrics, or paper towels (source).

      The selective choice to receive certain vaccines baffles me. What makes the flu shot safe (it’s the only childhood vaccine that STILL contains mercury) safe? The State of California is not mandating that you cannot have an exemption-you just need a medical one. Do you understand how sick your child would need to be in order to qualify for that? I pray you never find out.

  18. Sarah Noble on June 12, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I have a huge issue with a Christian toting that no churches have problems with vaccines and quoting the Bible to prove your perspective. You can have your perspective, that’s fine, but you have no authority to talk down on other followers of Christ that have been given a different conviction. I am hugely against abortion, we have discontinued shopping, supporting and frequenting many companies because of their support of even the faintest amount. Your research on the use of aborted babies is wrong. Plain and simple. And as someone claiming Christianity I would expect better from you. You live in this culture of death and, unless you have been closing your eyes and plugging your ears, you know the heinous ways abortions are done and you know this is a multi million dollar business, and you THINK the only abortion was done years ago so it shouldn’t matter any more and was the woman’s choice so get over it? No, I am not a coward. This is unacceptable and by refusing vaccines done by these companies and sending them letters explains why I refuse this product I am not cowering to their disgusting practices that go against my faith. I am completely dismayed that you would try to make another believer feel as though they didn’t do their research and should just get over themselves. Not okay.

    • Brea on June 12, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      I merely stated that no Christian doctrine or rule expressly forbids vaccines. I am simply sharing the facts that are a result of multiple evidence-based scientific studies.

    • Sarah Noble on June 12, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Did you check the facts that I linked? Because stating aborted babies are no longer being used is false information. You weren’t merely stating that no doctrine exists you stated explicitly “get over yourself.” I don’t go by a church doctrine, I go by the Bible, and the Bible states that murder is wrong, not “murder is okay if it was done years ago “electively” (against the child’s will!) and if it’s for the greater good.” No. Murdering children is wrong no matter the circumstance and to tell a follower of Christ to “get over yourself” in regards to their beliefs founded on the Bible? Where do you get your authority? No rule expressly forbids vaccines? As in, vaccines are not mentioned in the Bible, when they did not exist? So you cannot apply basic reasoning skills bestowed on you by the Creator to know that 50 Shades of Grey is not explicitly listed as something wrong to watch even though the Bible states in Philipians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” so you cannot draw the conclusion that this is not an okay way to entertain yourself? If you changed your article to exclude your non factual and condescending opinion toward followers of Christ to only your opinion of why vaccines are good I have no problem with this. The problem arises in your arrogance and cherry picked scripture to suit your personal opinion about vaccines.

    • Brea on June 12, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      I did read the entire article. The cell lines (NOT aborted tissue!) contain no more human DNA that the fruit you had for lunch. If you’d like more information, please read this article with the dates of the actual initial lines (which, yes, were donated aborted tissue).

      They have not used aborted fetal tissue in any vaccine since the early 1960s. Claiming that the cell lines contain actual human DNA is cherry picking at its finest.

    • Sarah Noble on June 12, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      You cling to your arrogance even still. I am not interested in what it actually contains, I am interested in the fact that aborted children were used in the creation of a number of vaccines. I do not buy food developed with Senomyx either for this very reason. If you cannot create something honorably your product is not honorable. Yet you tout this like is should be ignored. You know of an evil yet you insist that believers get over themselves and use an evil for a “greater good”. Deplorable. And still you go further to try to compare the DNA in fruit to the DNA being used from aborted babies. How do you have the audacity to compare one of Gods pure creations to the butchery and exploitation OF one of His pure creations? You can continue to ignore all of the Biblical principles I have pointed out to you that you have so callously ignored, the Truth will never diminish.

    • Brea on June 12, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Not in fruit ON fruit. As in from your hands.

    • Sarah Noble on June 12, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      To say “contain” would imply it is within the fruit, even better it is from your own hands. And the comparison makes even less sense. Your hands would still be one of Gods pure creations. Have we become so desensitized to the death of babies that we now seem it virtuous to use it for our own presumed benefit? I am holding to my original statement that this piece and your faulty reasoning and misuse of Gods word are deplorable, telling a follower to get over themselves is immoral. This is not the Truth we are called to proclaim.

  19. The Vaccinator on June 13, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    I just thought you might want to check out the comments on the FB page, “Vaccine Resistance Movement: VRM Updates & News From The Trenches.” Someone posted this article in their group and several of your critics came from there. I especially find FH’s (aka Freja Haus) comments to be illustrative of the caliber of personality associated with the antivax moment. Stay classy, VRM.

  20. Wendy Browne on June 16, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    If you don’t want to vaccinate, you do not want to follow the rules set up in this country to ensure public safety against disease that we can actually prevent. I suggest a remote commune of like minded anti-vaxxers wherein your family will also be free of the awful toxins of city/suburban life. You could always ex-pat to rising nations who would gladly take the vax you shun. You won’t likely be able to have wifi in these areas, so I can see your reluctance to leave.

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