The Good and Bad of Childhood Illnesses

K. Weber kweber at
Thu Mar 19 14:23:35 EST 1998

On 15 Mar 1998, ATeasd5941 wrote:

> >>>You may think that those who questions vaccination are stupid, but perhaps
> it is time for you to do some research into the other side of this issue
> before you judge our motives or our intelligence.
> Take care,
> Meryl Dorey
> The Australian Vaccination Network, Inc.
> <<<<
> Thankyou Meryl it's nice to know after such a long time
> someone is on my side with this. Caution is a valuable thing
> in todays medicine and it seems to have got thrown to the
> wind. While in the hands of the Worlds ' intellectuals '
> Carol T
	When I ws about six months old, I had a vaccination of anthrax for
smallpox at Kaiser Permanente.  The recent hubbub in Las Vegas shows, I
think, how little people know now about vaccination.  The six
vaccination series that now will be used 
to provide the same immunity in robust young peple, largely men, indicate
that people are much more careful now.  More secure vaccines and more
careful protocols are desperately needed for all vaccinations, and I do
not believe that babies should be vaccinated before eighteen months--
possibly older if they are not in daycare.  I think parents, too, need
to be more aware that what is a cold to one child could be meningitis to
another. I don't think very many people understand this.  Many very
serious diseases are now thought to be caused by viruses which are no big
deal to most of the the people that contract them. I personally think that
the difference is largely genetic.  This may be why more than one family
member often has M.E. but the disease rarely crosses from one family
member to another if they are not blood relatives-- between a stepmother
and stepchild for instance. Both of my grandfathers had/have M.E.-like
illnesses.  My living grandfather was recently given a week to live.  Once
of the nursing home environment and allowed to rest, he largely
recovered.  He was a local historian, and his integrity has rarely, if
ever, been questioned.  He was immobilzed by the nursing home routine.
	At the moment, everything to do with M.E. is what my father would
have called a sticky wicket.  I will be glad when medicine can be medicine
again.  Hippocrates has been roling over in his grave since the thirties,
and would, I think, be glad to stop.  


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