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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892819316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892819317
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

"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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PARENTING

“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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It is both informative and easy to read.
Keeping It Real
Finally we have an excellent book that gives the pros and cons of vaccination for parents and medical professions to consider.
Fruit Loop
I highly recommend this book to all new & potential parents.
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214 of 220 people found the following review helpful By Freedom 2 Think on June 13, 2002
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Objectivity in the controversy of vaccinations is almost non-existent. Aviva Jill Romm has accomplished a singular feat in providing parents with an intelligent discussion of the issues without telling the parent which they should choose. Rather, she presents summaries of the most pertinent vaccination studies, analyzes difficulties in interpreting existing data, and explores thoughtful questions involved in the decision. She makes it clear that "to vaccinate or not to vaccinate" is not an easy question, and it has no easy answers that will suit everybody. To help parents make an educated decision, Romm also offers a succinct primer on how the immune system works, what symptoms and risks present with each "vaccine-preventable disease," and standard treatments for each disease. The last half of the book includes herbal remedies and recipes for common childhood diseases, as a supplement to other healthy choices to improve immune system functioning. This book serves as an outstanding reference on vaccination-related facts, a balanced decision guide for parents, and a handy cookbook for home remedies. I buy this book for my friends who are seriously and genuinely investigating the vaccination decision without prejudice.
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301 of 312 people found the following review helpful By D. G Sinclair on May 26, 2004
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Amidst the plethora of fanatical and unbalanced writing on vaccinations (both pro and anti), this book is the ONE book you should read on vaccinations. The author, a midwife who is supposedly working on her MD, covers the history of vaccinations, including the mistakes made. She covers each disease, it's risks and likelihood of complications, as well as each vaccine, it's risks and efficacy. It also provides a section on naturopathic approaches to immunity.

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

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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.
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161 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Brian Lee on September 8, 2003
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I am a father of a two-year old boy. Until the baby was born, I had never been aware of any issues surrounding pro or anti vaccination. My wife, I found out, is adamantly against just about every vaccination. Being deeply confused and frustrated when my wife simply refused to have the boy vaccinated, I decided to educate myself on the issue - so I can actually have civilized and educated discussions with my wife. In summer 2002 the reviewer below freedom2think kindly replied to me by stating that this book was the only non-biased book she had found on the subject issue. One by one, the book breaks down and discusses every major vaccine preventable disease and its respective vaccine known today in America in a manner that is easy to understand. It talks about the bio-chemical mechanism of how vaccines are supposed to work, its history, risks involved in both cases of vaccinated versus non-vaccinated, statistics, data, symptoms to watch and what-to-do in both cases where symptoms are observed. If does not tell you which side you should join, but rather helps you understand what really the issue is about and perhaps decide more comfortably. I would strongly recommend this book to you especially if you are a novice on the topic.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Natalia on July 25, 2004
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This is an excellent book to get you acquainted with the pros and cons of vaccinations. You can do some more research after reading this book, but it will give you good background to get started. This book does not give you answers, because answers would depend on your particular situation: whether you're going to stay at home with a baby, breast-feed, send him/her to day care at 3 month, etc. After reading this book you will be able to make more intelligent decisions about whether to vaccinate, not vaccinate or vaccinate selectively - strongly recommend!
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By S. Pearson on October 9, 2007
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I am a former biochemistry researcher who researched experimental drugs that were submitted for FDA approval. I am also a new parent who recently had to face the decision of whether or not to vaccinate.

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.
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