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  |  Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2014 06:00 am

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It seems to me that the concerns I brought forward regarding measles and vaccinations got largely lost, beginning with the misleading header that was chosen for my May 3 letter: “Vaccines cause more harm than measles.”

It is unfortunate, as it would seem that this might have coloured the view of many readers. Their replies seem to indicate that they did not actually read what I actually wrote. Nowhere did I claim that vaccines cause more harm than measles. I was careful not to say that.

What I was trying to say is that I have grave concerns about our health and freedoms. One of the respondents indicated that I had opened a can of worms. That is accurate. This whole thing is such a confusing deep and wide grey area with “scientific proof” from each side refuting the other. To my mind, the result of this is that this question has no definitive answer, as of yet.

The debunkers debunk the debunkers who debunk them over and over on both sides of the debate. Not every researcher on the pro-vaccine side is a flawless scientist and not everyone on the con-vaccine side is an idiot, nor vice versa. I like to think that on both sides are some scientists actually looking for answers. My point was that there are risks associated with vaccinating. There are risks associated with not vaccinating. There seem to be no experts who have definitive answers here.

Nature is not so well understood or categorized as we would like, and attempts to do so by making bold statements, such as one respondent did, that the measles virus cannot mutate beyond the efficacy of measles vaccines, is not only not proven, it seems counter-intuitive.

All life forms survive by adapting to whatever their environment is, including viruses and bacteria. Mutation is not only possible but highly probable. To my mind, this leaves the matter unsettled, and the risks either way are there with any vaccine.

The responsibility lies with the individual to make the best health choices for him/herself and minor children. There are some diseases for which we have vaccines for which the risks of vaccination outweigh the risks of having the disease. And there are some that are not. Do your homework, is all I’m saying. And it will likely take more than the “two seconds” of Internet research one respondent has suggested.

I cherish the freedom to make my own health choices from the palate of options Canadians currently enjoy. I have an allopathic doctor I see regularly and I also utilize alternative health options such as naturopathic and homeopathic medicine in order to address my health concerns in a holistic manner. These alternative modalities and products all currently meet with Health Canada approval.

At the end of the day, our health is ultimately our responsibility. You are the one who needs that body for as long as you are here. There is nobody else who has that kind of investment in it.

Denise van Domselaar, St. Albert


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