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More on Vaccines and the CMS

March 6, 2014

Today I met parents who were looking for a new pediatrician. The one they had previously selected had promised to be vaccine friendly. When the time came, they got the talk and some nudging towards starting. They did not like the pressure and felt like they got the bait (yes, we can go slow on the vaccines) and switch (when the time came, eyeball rolling). As they told me about their baby, I became concerned. The baby was one and a half weeks overdue. Labor was slow, difficult and lasted 3 days, yes, 3 days. At 3 weeks of life, she stopped breathing and got purple around the lips. The dad had to do CPR. They went to the hospital and were told they see this “all the time.” They suggested, that she really did not really need the CPR, that she would have “come out of it.” They wanted to know if I could affirm their concerns and would support their decision to not vaccinate. I absolutely agreed. This child’s life started off with some degree of difficulty. If mom could breastfeed out to 6 months, this is the last child I would want to vaccinate, if at all! Parents, I want to shout out to you to trust your instincts. Do not let anyone force you to do something that feels wrong. I need to explain to you how they, the doctors of the CMS (read my prior post on the CMS) think. They, regular pediatricians, believe that she should be vaccinated according to the newest latest schedule; maybe especially because she had some early issues. They need “protection” of those vaccines. However contrarian my perspective, I think my logic is more sound. Her neonatal head was clamped down through a 3 day process. She needs time for that head to decompress and the brain and nervous system need a chance to develop. Ninety-five percent of the blood pumped into the brain drains out of the veins in the back of the skull. With that difficult delivery, those drainage vessels are kinked. Any products circulating in the blood can easily be deposited in the brain. So parents, here are some signs to be concerned.
Babies born by difficult delivery should be carefully examined to make sure that the soft spot is soft and pulsating. Hard tight, small and poofed out spots are reflective of pressures that are not allowing the skull plates to expand. Look for veins on the scalp that bulge or faint purple spider veins around the eyelids (read my prior post “Doctor, what is that blue mark on my baby’s face?”). Difficult labors that are too long (more than 16hours) or too painful, is a harbinger of problems to come. Usually, poor progress is a result of past traumas to the maternal pelvis which leave the deep pelvic muscles in chronic spasm. In delivery, they cannot relax and phase with the symphony of events that are important to vaginally pass the baby. When the baby comes out, there is a weak cry, there is poor latching, poor nursing. The baby grows to be fussy, arches a lot, has frequent spit ups that eventually become “reflux.” The baby stiffens up and is too alert. Yes, parents, you need to go with your gut. Take heart and keep searching for answers.

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