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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Atlantean Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881217361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881217367
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A MUST READ for anyone considering vaccination. Parents will be prepared to make truly informed decisions that can affect their children for generations to come." --Jerry Kartzinel, MD, FAAP, Board Certified Pediatrics

"A comprehensive research-based review for parents wanting to hear the untold story about vaccines. Thank you for this reputable resource; I will continually recommend this book to parents and healthcare professionals alike." --Susan McCreadie, MD, Board Certified Pediatrician

"An absolute MUST READ for medical professionals and motivated laypeople seeking facts and proper guidance, not more political policy masquerading as scientific truth." --Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD, Cardiology and Internal Medicine

"As a medical doctor, I learned a lot from this book and wholeheartedly recommend it to both professionals and laypeople. It is well researched with extensive references." --Gary G. Kohls, MD, Family Medicine

"The most honest, comprehensive, and informative book ever written on this troubling topic." --Keith Scott-Mumby, MD, MB ChB, PhD

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Dr. Eisenstein, MD, JD, MPH is the Founder and Medical Director of Homefirst Health Services. Homefirst provides a full range of family healthcare services in Chicago, with four medical centers. Since 1973, Homefirst doctors have delivered over 15,000 babies at home -- most of whom have never been vaccinated -- serving more than 75,000 parents, grandparents, and children. (Homefirst doctors have NO cases of autism in their unvaccinated children.) Dr. Eisenstein's healthcare philosophy -- minimal reliance upon prescription drugs, antibiotics, and medical intervention as a first line of treatment -- comes from his many years in medicine, law, and Public Health, combined with his years as a husband, father, and grandfather.

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This book is well researched and very informative.
Dawn
If you are serious about researching the healthfulness of vaccines, please don't blindly believe the authors who cite a random study.
Irene P
After reading this book, I believe you will be more qualified to Make an Informed Vaccine Decision for the Health of Your Child.
Maggie

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63 of 75 people found the following review helpful By M. Radu on May 4, 2010
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This book has the following chapters:
Polio
Influenza
Tetanus
Diphteria
Pertussis, DTP/DTaP
Measles
Mumps
Rubella
MMR
Autism
Chickenpox
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib)
Pheumococcal
Moningococcal
Rotavirus
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
Multiple Vaccines
Aluminum
Ingredients
Social Obligation
I found this book to be one of the most informative books on vaccines, alongside The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library) by Robert Sears. I recommend buying both. This book is very well documented and references scientific evidence, studies and publications of the medical field at the end of each chapter that support its findings. This is one of the few vaccines books that focuses on scientific evidence from the established traditional medical field, as opposed to others that are full of stories and quotes from family members of vaccinated children (which though impressive do not amount to scientific evidence), or others that focus on alternative medicine and present it as better in all regards to traditional medicine (and thus ignore the weight of evidence in traditional medicine itself of vaccine effects, and the worth of traditional medicine methods in general). This book is for the person that wants solid, informed, documented, scientific evidence of the effect of vaccines, knowing that either by vaccinating or not vaccinating, a risk is still taken: either the risk of contacting the disease, or the risk of suffering the adverse effects of the vaccine. The book presents the evidence of which of the two risks is greater for each individual vaccine. The book is written in everyday plain English, easy to understand.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Pidieh on May 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I had high hopes for this book - I am extremely skeptical about vaccines and was looking for some credible data to back up my instincts. A friend of mine who does not vaccinate her children recommended it to me. Unfortunately, this book does not do the job. Any good science the author cites is buried among everything from congressional testimony by who knows who to a Rolling Stone Magazine suggesting that the polio vaccine caused AIDS (the book does not mention that that particular article spawned a libel lawsuit which Rolling Stone lost). I mean, it is it a pretty interesting coincidence that AIDS developed right around the time the polio vaccine showed up and that both AIDS and the polio vaccine come from monkeys. But if you're trying to say that it's anything more than a coincidence, citing freaking Rolling Stone Magazine is not the way to do it.

When I look at the citations as a whole, I get the impression that he dug up everything and anything he could to use as an endnote, not unlike something I used to do while writing term papers the night before they were due. But if this is the author's best work, I am unimpressed. So far, I have only gotten through polio and influenza because I am actually looking up a good chunk of his sources, and I'm finding that the link between the citation and whatever point he is making is oftentimes tenuous at best. I have extremely limited training in evaluating research and I can see it. For example, he cited the drug manufacturer's label to say that 84% of children have antibodies after their second dose of the polio vaccine, but I could not find that statistic anywhere on the label. The way I read the label, the actual figure was somewhere between 95-100%. Don't know what happened there, but it left me uneasy.
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on June 1, 2010
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This book is absolutely essential reading for new parents. I have a large personal library of vaccine books collected over the years, starting when I was pregnant with my first child, and this book is at the TOP of my LIST of recommended vaccine books due to its unbiased information, complete documentation from peer-reviewed studies, and easy readability. Each disease is summarized so that parents can determine its likelihood of occurring, potential of contracting it, and risks if it is contracted. Each vaccine for the disease is summarized as well, to show how effective it is (or not!) and potential dangers. Ample studies are provided to support each statement. This is very important to me - and it should be important to you as well - because in this book you are never expected to simply rely on the credibility or opinion of the author/doctor (which I found frustrating when reading Dr. Sears' book). Instead, Dr. Eisenstein summarizes the studies and provides references so that parents can do additional research if they prefer. There are also several informative tables, charts, ingredient lists, and case reports. There is also an excellent chapter on whether parents have an obligation to vaccinate their children. (Dr. Eisenstein provides evidence that this should remain a personal choice.)

I love this quote from Dr. Eisenstein's introduction: As parents, all of us are concerned about our children and grandchildren. We want to do what's absolutely in their best interest. However, the right course of action is not always clear. Is the industry mantra - that vaccine benefits outweigh risks - an established fact or merely an effective marketing tool? After reading this book, I believe you will be more qualified to Make an Informed Vaccine Decision for the Health of Your Child.
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