We’ve all heard the horror stories about what can happen if you choose not to vaccinate your kids, and such kids are quick to get the blame when epidemics do occur. However, the experience of one mom shows a completely different side to the issue.
In keeping with their preference for a natural, healthy lifestyle, homemaker Toby Monte and her husband decided not to vaccinate their three children. Instead, she did everything she could to give her kids a healthy start, opting for a home birth, breastfeeding them, and cooking only plant-based, natural foods.
She said: “When I was nursing my babies and watching them thrive, the last thing I wanted to do was inject them with mercury, formaldehyde, aluminum, monkey kidney, human fetal DNA, and other terrifying substances. The vaccine package warnings, which included anaphylaxis shock and death, did not entice me either.”
Building immunity through clean eating
She decided to build their immunity instead, focusing on feeding them beans, organic vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fermented foods, fish, seeds and nuts. Meanwhile, red meat, processed foods, sugar and dairy were simply not part of their diet. Her efforts seemed to pay off; she says that her children rarely got sick, and when they did, she would turn to homeopathy for treatment.
The true test of their lifestyle came in 1996, when a boy in her son’s fourth grade class came down with whooping cough (also known as pertussis), despite him being fully vaccinated. She admits that several worries took hold during this time, chief among them whether or not her son would come down with the illness. This was compounded by the concern that authorities would force her to vaccinate her kids or even take them away; we’ve all heard those horror stories, too.
Whooping cough eventually became a full-fledged epidemic in their town, with officials considering closing schools down altogether until it passed, as immunized children left and right came down with the disease. Parents couldn’t understand why their vaccinated kids were getting sick anyway.
What happened to Toby’s kids? The answer might surprise you: nothing. They never came down with whooping cough like their vaccinated peers, and they escaped the epidemic unscathed.
Monte attributes this to her kids’ diet. After all, she reports that they did not suffer many of the problems other children did, including ear infections or the flu. She believes that the strong immune systems that can be built by eating unprocessed, whole foods are directly responsible for protecting her children against disease, and her experience seems to back that theory up.
Whooping cough vaccine is ineffective – so why is it still administered?
A 2014 British Medical Journal study called into question the effectiveness of the whooping cough vaccine. The researchers found that whooping cough was roughly as prevalent among vaccinated children as it was among those who were unvaccinated. Children who get the vaccine will need booster shots throughout their lifetime if they want to keep that protection.
It’s easy to see why Monte and other parents would rather skip the vaccine. According to the Vaccine Injury Table published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, some of the side effects associated with pertussis vaccines include anaphylaxis and severe brain inflammation known as encephalopathy.
Sometimes it’s worth taking a risk in the name of prevention, but if vaccinated kids are coming down with whooping cough anyway, it’s hard to justify getting the shot and its subsequent boosters, particularly when immunity can be boosted through sensible dietary choices.