Ask Dr. Ayurveda: Dr. John Douillard. #2: Which Vaccines Are Safe for My Child?

Via elephant journal
on Oct 30, 2008
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Dear Dr. Ayurveda, via Dr. John Douillard.

Q. I advocate selective vaccinations, each of which carries unique risk/benefit considerations. Which vaccines do you feel most strongly about (either positive or negative) and why? ~Sarah Kraft of Mindful Momma magazine.

A. This is a controversial issue. Parents need to be informed about their choices when it come to vaccines. The C.D.C. [Center for Disease Control] vaccine schedule may not work for every child—parents have to make that decision on a child-by-child basis. Factors in making vaccination decisions include immune strength of the child, parent’s health history and immune strength, family disease history, travel habits and whether you live in an area with a high incidence of vaccine-related diseases.

If a child gets sick once a year for two days rather than frequently sick for two or three weeks, they will be less susceptible to the potential toxicity of the vaccine and fight the infection better if exposed. Clearly avoiding vaccines with mercury, less shots per visit, checking the vaccine titers before giving boosters and perhaps, like in Europe, not starting them until your child is one year old are some valid points that parents should begin discussing with their doctor. Dr. Bob Sears’ The Vaccine Book will guide parents through the process of selective vaccinations, individual dosing and working with your doctor.

We parents must take back the reins of our children’s preventative healthcare. My wife and I have six children—and my book, Perfect Health For Kids, aims to offer parents the tools that have worked for us, and my patients.

Author of four Ayurvedic [traditional Indian Science of Health] books, DR. JOHN DOUILLARD directs LifeSpa, an Ayurvedic rejuvenation center in Boulder, Colorado, where he lives with his wife and six children.


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7 Responses to “Ask Dr. Ayurveda: Dr. John Douillard. #2: Which Vaccines Are Safe for My Child?”

  1. yogadude says:

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  2. This is a very hot topic and it is very difficult to say anything without offending someone either way. I just wonder if it is a good idea to knowingly put any toxins into our children or ourselves for that matter. I think that with good healthy living, avoiding contact with others when sick and keeping clean one can avoid the issue all together. While we can not plan for everything all of the time isn’t prevention the best medicine?

  3. Chiromamma says:

    I would like to add that there are no hard double blind studies showing that vaccines are 100% safe or 100% effective in preventing the diseases they purport to protect us from. Until I see that data, my children's immune systems will remain intact. I will also continue to encourage parents to educate themselves about the risks vaccines pose, both short and long term, before making the decision to vaccinate their children.
    I applaud Dr. Bob Sears' modified vaccine schedule. He has helped to create a needed paradigm shift.
    However, I would like to see more parents think even more critically about the advice they are given regarding vaccines. There is so much information available to us all. We no longer need to rely on experts. We can analyze the data on our own and make the best decisions for our families.
    Tracy Kirschner, DC

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  5. Brandi says:

    However, if everyone decided to not vaccinate their children, we risk the reintroduction of measles, polio, mumps, etc. Many diseases that prove fatal for little ones. Is that a better alternative? I'm a therapist for children with autism, and regardless of whether this is a result of vaccines, they are BEAUTIFUL children, talented, intelligent, and posses many abilities that someone without autism wouldn't have. I choose that over the risk of a fatal disease any day.

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  7. @momscience says:

    One if the reasons I am a Buddhist is due to the Dalai Lamas support of science. Seeing articles like this supporting authors who spend no time following the science (I.e. if they did they would know the mercury preservative in vaccines is not the same as the harmful environmental mercury and is pooped very quickly) is disappointing. How do you think the Dalai Lama would feel about the Elephant publishing articles about vaccines that have undoubtly save millions of lives around the world? Shame on you Elephant.
    Well, lets let the Dalai Lama speak for himself. Here he is administering the Polio vaccine to two infants himself: