The Good and Bad of Childhood Illnesses

Graham Shepherd muhero at
Sat Mar 14 15:01:10 EST 1998

I can remember being miserable with mumps, measles and chicken pox as a
child. It's bad enough having the non preventable diseases (most respiratory
viruses, for example). Fortunately I avoided the worst consequences of these
diseases (eg blindness or deafness in measles). My cousin wasn't so lucky.
His mother had rubella when pregnant, and my cousin suffered permanent
damage as a result - relatively mild, but if there had been a vaccine it
wouldn't have happened at all.

So I'll take the madness, thank you, in preference to stupidity, for which
there will never be a vaccine.


ATeasd5941 wrote in message
<19980313210701.QAA23258 at>...
>Something for you to think about the good and bad about childhood
>Childhood illnesses are not very pleasant, they last a few weeks, can
>feel miserable and very occasionally cause death.
>Childhood illnesses mean that a mother or father are often committed
>to give a demonstration of their love to their child. Childhood illnesses
>force a parent to give time to their child, quality time. Childhood
>teach us about compassion, by example. Childhood illnesses allow us
>to ' know ' what to do and how to behave when someone is sick.
>Childhood illnesses can toughen people to other illnesses and create
>the time and space in a child's life to reflect on how precious it is.
>Childhood illnesses create a need for others, for shared help, and they
>develop a community.( All of which improves and develop the immune
>system long term)
>When we produce these vaccines to protect children is it right to take
>away the realities of life, the lessons of life,and  the little love that
>would have had. Life is more than an answer in an injection and unless
>those that develop and administer these injections understand all the
>complexities, they should leave well alone. Let children, be children,
>with all of what life has to throw at them at the pace that nature wants
>to go.
>If there is any British doctors reading this remember you are working in a
>system which is FORCING this sort of primary care on mothers, and you
>are allowing it to happen. You have no idea of the long term effects of
>vaccines, so what happened to common sense and caution?
>Primary care is caring for people, eye tests, hair checks, listening to
>mothers worries, discussing diet and giving counseling.
>Who are the people who have spent years and years in a university learning,
>the doctors or the politicians? Who are the ones who will be considered
>at fault when the consequenses come out, the doctors or the politicians?
>The doctors are going to be in their jobs long after the politicians have
>gone, think about that!
>Who is regulating the madness behind the medicine I wonder?
>Carol T

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