If we were going to brag a little big on our patients, we’d have to say that they’re exceptional.
They’re informed – and committed to staying informed so they can make wise health choices in line with their attitudes, values and beliefs.
Acting on their right to make those choices, they take responsibility for their own health and well-being. They refuse to wait until things go wrong, then give themselves over to well-meaning physicians, surgeons and therapists, saying, effectively, “Here, Doc: You fix it.”
And sometimes, it seems as though such folks can’t see – understand, appreciate, accept – that not everyone is so passive about their health and well-being. Certainly, believing otherwise makes it easier to accept blunt public health measures like water fluoridation and mass vaccination as an unqualified good.
Here in Texas, we were lucky to have so many passionate activists at work during this last legislative session, fighting the numerous bills mandating vaccines in the wake of last winter’s measles hysteria. The Texas Health Freedom Coalition reports that out of 18 new bills that would have restricted health freedom, all but one were killed. The remaining one was severely amended.
Residents in other states were not so lucky. Out in California, lawmakers pushed through SB 277, killing the right to both religious and personal exemptions. If you don’t have your child fully vaccinated according to the state’s schedule, they’ll be kept out of school, public or private, as well as day- and afterschool-care facilities. And if you’re in a situation in which home schooling would present economic or other undue hardship?
“Tough luck” seems to be the only answer.
And now Californians are facing the sequel, SB 792, which would mandate vaccines for all preschool and daycare workers. Apparently, there’s no state mandate for school teachers, but it’s logical to think they’ll be next.
While supporters of such draconian measures believe they are protecting their children, they don’t seem to realize that they are just as much putting other parents’ children at risk by forcing them to take pharmaceuticals they do not want.
It’s not necessarily about “vaccines causing autism,” as the popular press and medical establishment likes to put it. It’s about honoring an approach to health and healing that supports and stimulates the body’s innate self-healing and self-regulating abilities.
Holistic, biological health care focuses on addressing root causes and providing the body with the resources it needs to successfully recover from injury, infection or other insult. To force drugs into someone taking this healing path is to throw obstacles into that process, preventing the body from doing what it was designed to do. It is to burden the body with compounds it would otherwise not have to deal with, potentially setting the stage for future illness or dysfunction.
About a year ago, the American Journal of Public Health published a paper that perhaps was only surprising in that its findings were so unsurprising: Parents who refuse vaccines also tend to refuse fluoride treatments.
You don’t say!
The real wonder is why a person would think any differently. No matter what a person believes, they need and will have – in some way, shape or form – a consistent world view. Are we surprised when a person who supports vaccines also accepts all other manner of drug therapy for the sake of their health?
So why should it surprise that someone who pursues a holistic, biological path to health would opt against any therapy that gets in the way of the body’s self-regulation?
Texas Health Freedom Coalition
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