- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Hatherleigh Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781578262519
- ISBN-13: 978-1578262519
- ASIN: 1578262518
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Parents' Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccinations: From Newborns to Teens, Practical Medical and Natural Ways to Protect Your Child Paperback – October 30, 2007
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“A brilliantly readable exposition of the facts about vaccinations…this book will help you more than any other. “ — Jay N. Gordon, M.D., FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA Medical School, and author of Listening to Your Baby
"A very readable discussion of the pros and cons of specific vaccinations, and of vaccines in general. Feder includes alternatives to the standard vaccination schedule, an excellent 'Safe Shot Strategy' that advises on how best to prepare for vaccination, and information about prophylactic homeopathic treatments and other natural therapies." — Melissa Chianta, Mothering Magazine
About the Author
Lauren Feder, M.D. is a nationally recognized physician who specializes in holistic health and is board certified in homeopathic medicine. Affiliated with La Leche League, Holistic Pediatric Association, and the National Center for Homeopathy, she is a frequent lecturer and has been featured nationally on television and radio. She has written for Mothering Magazine and Homeopathy Today and has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, DiscoveryHealth.com, ClubMom.com, and others. Author of Natural Baby and Childcare, Dr. Feder has two sons and is in private practice in the Los Angeles area. Visit her at www.drfeder.com.
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This book is a bit too loosey-goosey and doesn't quite follow a clear roadmap to clue us in on the Information that's going to be presented. Vaccines seemed to take a back seat in this book, while Information, details, and dosage for homepathic was instructive. This book scratches the surface about vaccines, but should not be your only resource for vaccine research. It is simply not enough.
In contrast, the other book was very vaccind detailed and included formatting that made it easy to read and follow.
Had I not had the background from reading the earlier book, I would have been lost and confused about the terminology, references to outdated drugs, random name dropping of viruses that have been found in animal additives in the vaccines, etc that this book uses.
For example, this book suggests an alternative vaccine schedule. Well...What's that alternative schedule look like exactly? Is it less vaccines? If so, which ones? Why? Or is it starting later? Explain the difference/risks between home care and child center care infants as well as breastfed versus formula fed infants, and while we're at it, discuss frequent travelers v. Non-travelers. Those differences in family lifestyle can go a log way to inform us to make healthy decisions for our families.
To simply suggest that we then suggest to our doctors an alternative vaccine schedule, without knowing more, is an approach that would likely not go over well with a pediatrician and sadly lead to confusion and angst In a time when a doctor's attention is so hard to get.
I appreciated the homeopathic suggestions and dosages. But I know that I will need to find another book by a different doctor to give me details.
I read 4 or 5 books on vaccinations when trying to decide whether or not to continue vaccinating my son, now 5. Most books are obviously slanted one way or the other, it is rare to find a book that is neutral. This is as close as you can get. If you decide to vaccinate she has practical suggestions on what to do to minimize potential problems. If you decide not to vaccinate she has suggestions on alternatives and methods to handle the potential problems. Since I lean toward homeopathic solutions I really appreciated her recommendations in that area.
My son started having problems around 18 months old. A very intuitive child care person suggested I seek help. Based on her advise I did. I discovered my boy had sensory processing disorder. Later he was also diagnosed with ADHD. I don't know if his vaccinations contributed to his problems, but I suspected it was possible. I think deep inside, I wanted to stop vaccinations but every anti vaccine book seemed to be based on nonsense instead of science and evidence. I just didn't feel I would be making a wise choice to follow along with some iffy fringe thinking. However this book has statistics and sound arguments for both sides. I feel I can make up my mind based on scientific information and sound evidence. No kidding tho this book has all the information put together in a easily readable little book. She cites studies from trusted sources.
We ended up deciding to discontinue vaccinations for now. We may still do limited vaccines in the future but we will take her advise on how to prepare ahead of time and how to help my son after any vaccinations. I will also be more attentive to any after effects. In the beginning I trusted doctors to know what they were doing and I trusted pharmaceuticals to do their job right, boy was I naive. Get the book. Do your homework. Make a decision instead of trusting medical personnel decide for you.