There are several steps you, as a parent, can take to protect your child. First and foremost, as I keep reiterating, good nutrition is vital. This means a diet that includes proper types of fats, proteins and carbohydrates and a proper assortment of vitamins, minerals, and occasionally, special nutritional supplements.
Step One: Reduce or Eliminate Vaccines
This step will depend on where you live, since vaccine laws vary from state to state. My state, Mississippi, has the most stringent vaccination laws in the country. There are no religious or philosophical exemptions allowed and medical exemptions are difficult to have approved. Even worse, combined vaccines cannot be broken up and given separately. This has nothing to do with anything medical: it is pure politics.
Your options in such a case are to: (1) move to another state, (2) home school your children and avoid day care centers, or (3) fight it in court. The easiest recourse is the second option.
If you are from a more friendly state, ask your pediatrician to give the mixed vaccines, such as the MMR and DPaT separately, spaced apart by at least six months. If possible, refuse any live-virus vaccines altogether. Spacing vaccines significantly reduces the risk of complications, even with live-virus vaccines. Do not pay any attention to your pediatrician's assurances that the vaccines are safe. They are just accepting the word of their medical unions, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The live polio vaccine was finally voted out on June 20, 1996, and replaced with a killed virus vaccine. The only reason the live virus was ever used was pure politics. Jonas Salk, who invented the first polio vaccine, used a killed virus and warned that a live virus would cause problems, even the potential spread of polio. History proved him right, but it took over fifty years to convince the geniuses in charge of the vaccine program of the danger.
Refuse all vaccines, including flu vaccines, containing mercury (thimerosal). I always warn elderly patients against taking the flu vaccine. Instead, use nutritional supplementation and a healthy diet. It is much more effective and far less hazardous. Multiple studies have shown that the reason the elderly are so susceptible to the flu is because of age-related immune deficiencies, which I will discuss in chapter nine. At any rate, over 50 percent of the time, flu vaccines contain the wrong antigen and will not protect you, and a significant number of the vaccinated elderly actually contract flu because of the vaccine.
Elderly persons with pre-existing neurological illnesses, who have recently had surgery or who are recovering from an illness, should not have the vaccination. It will further lower immunity and can activate more serious latent viruses.
Step Two: Improve Nutrition During Pregnancy
You should take a good prenatal vitamin throughout your pregnancy. It should include 2,000 IU of vitamin A and 4,000 IU of beta-carotene. This will not only boost your immune system, but will ensure protection to your baby as well. These doses are not harmful to your baby.
During your pregnancy you should take DHA 300 mg a day along with vitamin E as mixed tocopherols 400 IU a day. Do not use either dl-alpha tocopherol form of vitamin E or dl or d-alpha tocopherol acetate. The acetate form is next to worthless. It is poorly absorbed, is a poor antioxidant, and may not enter the brain.
After your baby is born, and at least three weeks before the first vaccination, supplement your child's diet with a multivitamin, which should include 1,000 IU of vitamin A and all of the other vitamins in an appropriate dose. The vitamin should also contain zinc, selenium, and magnesium.
Step Three: Breast Feed
If at all possible, breast feed your baby. If for some reason you cannot breast feed, use a breast pump. If, for some reason, you are forced to bottle feed, add 50 mg of DHA to the bottle once a day and 50 IU of vitamin E. Unfortunately, American manufacturers of baby milk do not add DHA as European manufacturers do. There is a rumor that the American makers may start adding it. They're a little slow, to say the least.
Cow's milk should never be given to a newborn or young child since it has a much higher level of glutamate than human milk and also is strongly associated with juvenile diabetes. Do not feed your baby soy milk. Soy milk is high in glutamate and contains estrogenic plant compounds. In addition, soy significantly inhibits the thyroid gland, which is essential for proper growth, especially brain growth. If your child has an allergy to cow's milk, use goat's milk, which is closer to human milk in composition. But do not use raw goat's milk as it may contain numerous viruses.
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