The desire for religious freedom was the primary motivation for which early immigrants moved to this beautiful country. American religious freedom allowed these immigrants to escape from social injustices and manifest religion (or belief) in teaching, practice, worship, and observance.

I have preached these words through a social studies curriculum for the last ten years to my elementary school students. My students’ history books exemplified the significant importance of why we possess religious freedom within the state of New Jersey. Never once, as I spoke these words aloud, did I ever think such a crucial freedom would not only be tampered with, but potentially ripped out from underneath our feet in the state of New Jersey. Yet here we are.

As a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and a new mother just shy of 29, I began researching everything and anything to do with pregnancy and parenthood. As we made our baby registry, I made sure to research the safest possible items for my child and added them to our list. It never even occurred to me that I should not only research the food and medicines that enter my baby’s bloodstream, but something that most wouldn’t even bat an eye at questioning: vaccinations. 

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I began with asking our pediatrician her thoughts on this subject. She didn’t have helpful information other than that they were “safe and effective”.  It appeared that she didn’t have detailed knowledge of the ingredients listed on the vaccine insert, nor about the adverse reactions/side effects.  Of course, when Heidi Larson Phd (who spoke at the Global Vaccine Safety Summit) recently shared that “…in medical school you’re lucky if you have half a day on vaccines” it made sense. Shouldn’t a parent be made aware of that which is about to enter their child’s body and any possible risks that may come with these injections?

Since I wasn’t presented the vaccine inserts, I performed my own research and boy was I surprised at what I found. Being in the holistic wellness field, I very much grasp and understand what should (and shouldn’t) be entering the body through any environmental factors. Many vaccines contain seriously toxic substances such as mercury, aluminum, polysorbate 80, formaldehyde, and phenoxyethanol (antifreeze). Some of the most disturbing discoveries were when I realized that a majority of the vaccine adverse reactions included seizures and encephalitis. As if that wasn’t horrifying enough, there was a risk that my newborn child could DIE (SIDS) after receiving an injection at a well visit. How could my doctor not inform me about this?! 

As I continued to research these scientific journals, I realized there is great concern about the efficacy of vaccinations. There is a myriad of peer reviewed medical studies demonstrating the failure of vaccinations. I also noted that multiple vaccinations at a young age overburden the immune system in a way that would never normally occur in natural life. Think about it; would your child encounter measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, etc. all at the same time in the real world?  Don’t take my word for it, do your own research. PLEASE at least read the vaccine inserts. Some books I found useful include Lynne McTaggart’ s The Vaccination Bible and Viera Scheibner’ s Vaccination: 100 Years of Research Shows That Vaccines Represent a Medical Assault on the Immune System.

We must question these legislative bills removing constitutional rights.  Where are they getting their data that removing the religious exemption will improve public health? Coercive medicine and mandates do nothing to increase public health. We need to address this issue thoughtfully before we look to remove rights and exclude healthy children from school. 

 

No one knows what is better for a child than his/her respective parents and doctors. Let’s remember that informed consent has been an ethical foundation of medicine since the end of WWI, and for good reason. History has taught us that medical tyranny is a very slippery slope and can lead to complete societal devastation. Where there is ANY form of RISK, individuals must have a CHOICE. Don’t give away your constitutional rights without being informed.

 

Marissa Reilly