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Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent's Guide: How to Make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives Paperback – September 1, 2001
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"This must-read book is a valuable resource for all parents." (Mary Bove, N.D., author of The Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants)
"Aviva Jill Romm brings a high level of intelligence and insight to the debate on public policies regarding vaccination. Level-headed and thoroughly researched, yet eminently readable, her book leaves no stones unturned and refuses to shy away from challenging the status quo. It should be read by every parent who is considering vaccination for their child; and I daresay that it should also be mandatory reading for every health professional in the position of recommending (or discouraging) the use of vaccines." (Robert Rountree, M.D., coauthor of Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child)
"Aviva Romm has written a well researched book that will educate and empower parents." (Lawrence B. Palevsky, M.D., Holistic and Integrative Pediatrician)
"Now especially, as the anthrax scare has some folks advocating compulsory vaccinations for all, Romm's wise and well-written book is a breath of fresh air." (MS, Napra ReView, January/February 2002)
"Romm takes a holistic approach to disease prevention yet provides balanced information on all aspects of the vaccination controversy. Overall, the book uses a commonsense approach that allows the reader to weigh the available options." (Living Without, Summer 2002)
“This must-read book is a valuable resource for all parents.” (Mary Bove, N.D., author of The Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants)
"The best book I've seen on the subject. Its commonsense, nonhysterical approach assures legitimate informed consent." (Peggy O'Mara, publisher of Mothering magazine)
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“Aviva Romm has written a book of aid and comfort for agonized parents, who must make intelligent life decisions for their kids while lacking reliable information about how vaccines act.”
--Richard Moskowitz, M.D.
“This must-read book is a valuable resource for all parents.”
--Mary Bove, N.D., author of The Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants
“Aviva Jill Romm brings a high level of intelligence and insight to the debate on public policies regarding vaccination. Level-headed and thoroughly researched, yet eminently readable, her book leaves no stones unturned and refuses to shy away from challenging the status quo. It should be read by every parent who is considering vaccination for their child; and I daresay that it should also be mandatory reading for every health professional in the position of recommending (or discouraging) the use of vaccines.”
--Robert Rountree, M.D., coauthor of Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child
Deciding whether or when to vaccinate a child is one of the most important--and most difficult--health-care decisions a parent will ever make. The recent increase in the number of vaccinations recommended and the concurrent controversies about whether vaccinations are safe or even effective have left many parents confused and concerned.
Midwife, herbalist, and mother of four, Aviva Jill Romm sifts through the spate of current research on vaccine safety and efficacy and offers a sensible, balanced discussion of the pros and cons of each routine childhood vaccination. She presents the full spectrum of options available to parents: full vaccination on a standardized or individualized schedule, selective vaccination, or no vaccinations at all. Negotiating daycare and school requirements, dealing with other parents, and traveling with an unvaccinated child are covered in detail. The book also suggests ways to strengthen children’s immune systems and maintain optimal health, and offers herbal and homeopathic remedies for childhood ailments. Emphasizing that no single approach is appropriate for every child, the author guides parents as they make the choices that are right for their child.
AVIVA JILL ROMM is a certified professional midwife, practicing herbalist, and the Executive Director of the American Herbalists Guild. She is the author of The Natural Pregnancy Book, The Pocket Guide to Midwifery Care, and Naturally Healthy Babies and Children as well as coauthor of ADHD Alternatives. She lives with her family in Georgia.
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A midwife and herbalist for 25 years, and now a Yale trained MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine with Obstetrics, she is one of the nation's leaders in the field of botanical medicine and the author of 7 books on natural medicine for women and children. Her focus is on women's and children's health, with an emphasis on the impact of stress on health, energy, food cravings, weight, chronic disease, and hormone imbalance.
An internationally respected authority on botanical and functional medicine for women and children, with 30 years of clinical experience, she is the author of 7 books on natural medicine, including Botanical Medicine for Women's Health, winner of the American Botanical Council's James Duke Award.
A graduate of Yale School of Medicine where she received the Internal Medicine Award for "outstanding academic achievement and community service," Aviva completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Yale where she was instrumental in creating the school's first integrative medicine curriculum. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Romm is an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Yale Integrative Medicine Program, is Medical Director of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and Therapeutic Compendium, and sits on the expert panel of the American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook. She also serves on the numerous boards and advisory committees.
Dr, Romm is a leader in the revolution to transform the current medical system into one that respects the intrinsic healing capacities of the body and nature - while helping women take their health into their own hands. Her goal is to foster greater access to a health-based, trans-disciplinary health care model. Her primary commitment is to practicing and teaching clinical medicine, promoting an ecological basis for health, and continuing to care for mothers, children, and families. Her areas of research include botanical medicine with a focus on the needs of women and children, improving maternity care models, mind-body medicine, and the impact of environment on health. She is a gardener, artist, and visionary physician, as well as the mother of 4 grown children and grandmother of two - all 6 born at home.
Top Customer Reviews
What I like about this book is:
- it does NOT tell you what to do
- it presents the pros and cons in a balanced fashion, almost to the point that you can't tell which side the author takes (in the end, I think she is mostly against vaccination)
- it discusses how to approach exemption, and how to deal with schools etc.
- it is fairly complete and up to date, and includes discussions of the more recent DTaP (v. DTP), and the chicken pox vaccine.
Check out this quote: " I have made an effort to substantiate the information in this book by relying heavily on medical literature and not vaccine-critical books or popular health books so that you have a fairly objective view of vaccine issues." p. 151.
What I don't like about this book is:
- it does NOT tell you what to do ;)
- if you decide to selectively vaccinate, it doesn't tell you enough about how you can deal with finding, for instance, vaccines that are just Diptheria and Tetanus, without Perstussis, or just one of the three of MMR.
WHAT I DECIDED TO DO
I have a 6 month old daughter, who has not had any vaccinations yet. Here's a per vaccine list that I have decided so far:
- Hepatitis B: NO.Read more ›
The FDA is made up of approvals boards that have had to retract or revise their decisions on many occasions. Science is still in its infancy in some regards, and when it comes to testing long-term effects of vaccines on infants and children, it is frankly primitive. As many readers know, the FDA has also been sued numerous times for conflicts of interest. Additionally, as a scientist, the possibility of diseases jumping the species barrier through vaccines via the DNA fragments of monkeys or aborted fetuses on which the vaccines were grown is a very real concern.
I am simply not convinced that vaccines have been sufficiently studied, each batch properly screened for the hundreds of known diseases that can be inadvertently transferred, and that all conflict of interests have been eliminated on the part of the FDA.
Of course, I realize the difficulties that such a task would pose. But that does not stop me from facing the fact that vaccines are still experimental substances with known adverse reactions, whose widespread use is heavily influenced by powerful pharmaceutical companies. These companies have a vested interest in making sure each and every newborn gets a Hepatitis B shot (regardless of whether a risk exists and regardless of the fact that the shot is ineffective within a matter of years) and that all children are given waves of booster shots, regardless of the concentration of the vaccine in the child's system at the time. Needless to say, my husband and I chose not to vaccinate.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good information. It's a great read for anybody on the fence in regards to vaccinations.Published 2 months ago by natb23
The best vaccination book I've read!! Every one should read this before forming an opinion about vaccines! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Julie
Simple and to the point. A good starting point for parents who want to do their own research!Published 12 months ago by Logan
Informative book, helped us make some decisions. Seller was prompt in sending, condition as described. Thank youPublished 12 months ago by Fred
Love it! So amazing to find all this information in one place. I am a pediatric nurse, part of my job is to assist families in decision making in relation to vaccination. Read morePublished 14 months ago by lapsha01
We think this book is amazingly put together and do not find it biased either way. We refer it to our expecting friends. A must have..Published 15 months ago by Ana Reed
There's so much drama, agenda, and contradictory evidence in the world regarding most mainstream conventional wisdom when it comes to Western Medicine. Read morePublished 18 months ago by JayO
Any one can make safe, sensible decisions on vaccinating one's children by reading this book. No-one can make their children safe (or sensible) however. Read morePublished 18 months ago by rowenateena&ben