Quoting brendaruth: you may claim that you dont have an agenda... but i have always seen you stand up for medicine and the ... [snip!] ... pediatricians is what made some of these ladies so against vaccines in the first place, because their children had reactions!!
What you have seen has been me telling the boards that there is no RIGHT or WRONG way to do things as long as the decision is informed.
I am sure you are referring to the thread about natural birth where I said there are risks to both sides and that I didn't particularly appreciate the names that the OP glued to those of us who opted to go with the medical community over natural birth.
As I said in that thread "I support women who want to have and are able to have a natural birth, but there are risks involved just as there are risks involved with an epidrual."
In this case I support women who choose to not vaccinate their children, but it should be a well informed decision. One made from several different resources. INCLUDING the pediatrician who attends to the child's health.
IF you take your child to a doctor you don't trust, what does it say about you as a parent?
IF you disagree with your pedi's stance on vaccinations, then perhaps its better to discuss it with them and come to an agreement or move on to a pedi that better suits your needs.
But to be distrustful of a doctor you CHOOSE to take your child to? That makes no sense to me. Particularly since this is a person you would run to if your child is sick or worse- dying.
I PERSONALLY decided after lots of research from various medical journals, speaking with several pediatricians and even conversations with 2 neurosurgeons (one being my cousin) that I was not worried about autism.
HOWEVER, I opted to go with a doctor who would space my daughter's immunizations. I did this because from what I found in my own PERSONAL research it reduced the occurance of fevers and adverse allergic reactions based in all the independent studies that I found.
Is that purely holistic? No. Is it medical standard? No. But I didn't just take anyone's word for it. I made an educated choice.
And from there I found the doctor who best suited my needs- a conservative treatment for illness and a vaccination schedule that I felt comfortable with and a well respected degree and position to go with it.
I have absolutely NO reason to distrust the medical professional that I found.
Why do you think I should?
Why do you think YOU should distrust YOUR doctor?
Why not just research and pick one that you know and trust? Why not encourage other people to do the same?
I don't expect everyone to delay immunizations or to get them at all. But I also disapprove of spinning the facts. The studies are inconclusive. The neutrality of the situation should be a starting point for people to make their own decisions.