hey hey. i am currently reading a book on vaccinations called "vaccinations: a thoughtful parent's guide: how to make safe, sensible decisions about the risks, benefits and alternatives", as i am trying to be a thoughtful parent making safe and sensible decisions about things like this.
anyway, i read an alarming fact that i thought i would share. did you you that the chicken pox vaccination, which is now on the manditory list of shots that your kids yet, is grown on human embryos?
this poses a pretty gigantic ethical problem, i would say. most other vacc's are grown on other delicious things like chicken, cow or monkey embryos, but the chicken pox (or varicella) is grown on little tiny people with souls created for medical research.
all this to say, a big lesson i am learning as a parent thus far is that we really can't just trust that what everyone tells us to do is the right thing to do regarding our kids. i mean, that might sound like a give in, but you never assume that you will need to question the authoritative medical figures in your life or the life of your child, especially (or at least i didn't). thats because you always want them to be protected and you always want what is best for them and so the easy answer would be to say that what doctor says goes... but these are serious, scary subjects to exam and to make decisions about. whats important is that parents are brave enough to get educated and to be educated enough to call the shots (no pun...) for their own babies, even if your doctor thinks your a moron.
anyway, thats what i am working at. a good, solid, education on all the things i never really thought of before...
like chicken pox shots grown on petre dish tots!
plus, we all had chicken pox! big deal!!