I spent this week completing a clinical rotation in the antenatal/postnatal/child health ward of the clinic on the Eastern Caribbean island where I am situated as I journey through becoming a doctor.
First of all, every single staff personnel was quite nice, helpful and accommodating to me and my two classmates. We were obviously a bigger burden than asset to the facility, as we each knew the bare minimum in terms and possible conditions. I myself had the most embarrassing moment on my first day when I was asked to take the blood pressure of a pregnant patient. I wrapped the cuff around her upper arm properly, and then sat there helplessly watching the gauge and pump which I held in either hand, finally turning to the nurse and stating, I don’t know how to do this.
I learned a lot over this week and take my hat off to the nurses there who are extremely knowledgeable, friendly, caring, compassionate and patient. These women do so much with the little, and I mean little, the government offers them in terms of equipment and basic necessities. The cooperation and sharing among them is admirable.
That said, I must note some of the antiquated practices that I observed and take my stance on vaccinations and immunizations.
Black babies are still being offered Gerber, a well-known and trusted food product that displays the face of a white baby on all of its packaging. The number it does on the black baby’s psyche, food is satisfying, makes one happy and is directly related to a white face, stays with that child far into the future and has a negative effect on how he or she sees himself and a skewed effect of how he or she views white people. Cover the image, color it brown – but please, stop offering the message that white is right at each meal.
Breast feeding should not cease at six months, but should continue for as long as possible. Studies show that the longer a child is breast fed, even into his or her toddler years, the smarter and stronger he or she becomes. Babies do not need to eat meat and drink cow’s milk for protein and calcium, respectively, but can and should remain on mother’s milk, fruits and vegetables as a superior diet.
Speaking of cow’s milk. It is no longer an accepted phenomena that cow’s milk makes human teeth and bones strong, but rather an advertising ploy by the U.S. dairy industry. Cow’s milk produces mucous in the human body, which is why so many young children have snotty noses and suffer from colds. Teething, as an old wives tale, does not cause colds. Change of diet around that six month period from mother’s milk to dairy causes the naturally lactose intolerant body to produce mucous, which has glycoproteins in it that aid in immune and digestive system function and protection of the body.
Finally, in the first ten days of life, the mothers bring their beautiful babies back to the hospital for a puerperal check up. First thing one notices is the huge bubble on the baby’s left arm. This is where they are administered their first immunization, the tuberculosis vaccine, on their very first day on the planet, before they even think about leaving the hospital.
Those poor guinea pigs continue to return to the hospital at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and probably some more, to be stuck with a needle injecting the polio, Hepatitis B, diphtheria, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella (chicken pox) vaccinations. The babies do not cry when the needle punctures their skin, no; they cry when the burning poisonous toxin goes in. Vaccination are often followed by fever. If I may:
What exactly is in a vaccination? According to http://vaxtruth.org/2011/08/vaccine-ingredients/, here are some of the most common ingredients found in the various vaccines:
Anthrax (BioThrax) Aluminum Hydroxide, Amino Acids, Benzethonium Chloride, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Inorganic Salts and Sugars, Vitamins, BCG (Tice) Asparagine, Citric Acid, Lactose, Glycerin, Iron Ammonium Citrate, Magnesium, Sulfate, Potassium Phosphate DTaP (Daptacel), Aluminum Phosphate, Ammonium Sulfate, Casamino Acid, Dimethyl-beta-cyclodextrin, Glutaraldehyde, 2-Phenoxyethanol, DTaP (Infanrix) Aluminum Hydroxide, Bovine Extract, Polysorbate 80, Gelatin, Monkey Kidney Tissue, Yeast Protein, MRC-5 DNA and Cellular Protein, Neomycin, Polymyxin B Sulfate, Polysorbate 80, Dextrose, Soy Peptone, Phosphate Buffers, Bovine Albumin or Serum, DNA, Sodium Borate.
You can look them up for your own empowering knowledge, but on first glance, I promise you, I do not want formaldehyde, inorganic salts and sugars, bovine (cow) protein, monkey kidney tissue, or foreign DNA of any species going into my child. I won’t even begin on the illogical reasoning of administering the Hep B (a sexually transmitted disease) vaccine to newborns or state why I think SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is a result of this medical practice.
I am grateful to organizations, such as VacLib.org and VaccineTruth.com who are trying to obtain and maintain the rights of parents (in the U.S.) to decide for or against the immunization and vaccination of their children. States are becoming less lenient on parental rights and more stringent on enFORCING the shots. Know your rights and fight for them: http://ww.vaclib.org/exemption.htm#yourchoice