Why American Doctors Are Questioning Some Vaccines


By Dr. Adrienne Carmack, M.D.

The medical profession tells great tales of decades past when people died from, or were disabled by, diseases such as polio and smallpox, and how the invention of vaccines stopped these epidemics. I believed that vaccines didn’t cause any diseases or problems and that they definitely saved lives. I also believed that those who refused vaccines were the very reason these diseases still existed.

But when I entered the “natural” community by choosing a midwife and breastfeeding, I was exposed to medical theories that differed. During my childbirth classes at the midwifery center, I was surprised when the student teaching the class brought up the subject of vaccines. She suggested that not getting any vaccines was a reasonable choice.

I initially dismissed her words on vaccines, based on ideas I’d been taught to believe about them–until it came time for my own daughter to be vaccinated. About a week before she was due for her first shots, I couldn’t stop wondering whether there was some truth in what those speaking out about vaccination shared.

Because I was a mother now, everything had changed. I listened differently, and I couldn’t ignore the people who talked about how traumatic it was for a baby to get six or seven shots at one time. I wanted nothing more than to protect my little baby and keep her safe and happy. In the “routine” world that I had begun to question, I automatically made an appointment to take my baby to see a pediatrician at the recommended time. I began doing some hardcore research on vaccines, and I became obsessed with the information I was discovering. There was vivid evidence on both sides of the vaccine debate, and I was shocked by what I found.

I had assumed the CDC’s vast research had led to make recommendations that were in our best interests. I had assumed I could trust them. There are many vaccines recommended today, and many pediatricians require them of their patients. But after looking at the studies examining the efficacy and safety of these vaccines, I learned the evidence did not unequivocally support all recommended vaccines.

The CDC recommended routine vaccination for hepatitis B, a disease that is transmitted through body fluids. I had received hepatitis B vaccinations as a requirement for entry to medical school and was supposedly immune based on blood tests, and my daughter would not be nursing from any other mother, yet this vaccine was recommended despite the fact that she had absolutely no risk of getting hepatitis B during her infancy.

No longer could I pretend the CDC had our best interests in mind.

I’ve never been one for conspiracy theory, but the evidence that money was the big motivator here was undeniable, given the guidelines for nationwide vaccination in situations in which vaccination made no medical sense. The broad recommendations for vaccines that were not highly effective, incompletely studied before release, or completely irrelevant for a big section of the U.S. population, I concluded, were not appropriate for my family.

I ultimately chose to give my daughter those vaccines I felt were safe and were for diseases that truly had the potential to harm her.

When I saw my pediatrician, however, and tried to share with her the information I had learned and the logic behind the choices I’d made, she advised me that if I didn’t give my daughter every single recommended vaccine, she would no longer be our doctor.

To my astonishment, she refused to hold any sort of educated discussion with me regarding the science of vaccinations–even knowing that I was a well-researched physician. She had no interest or even ability to discuss the research with me, as she was just following CDC recommendations. She was not familiar with, nor did she care about, the research I had found. I wondered if she’d ever considered verifying the CDC’s recommendations by looking at the research herself. I wondered if she had been a mother herself if her stance may have been different. I felt certain that she, like too many doctors, was just blindly accepting the recommendations of major organizations without taking responsibility herself.

The above article is excerpted from Dr. Adrienne Carmack’s book, Reclaiming My Birth Rights: A Mother’s Wisdom Triumphs Over the Harmful Practices of Her Medical Profession. Reprinted with permission from the author.

DrAdrienne CormackMDDr. Adrienne Carmack, M.D., is a board-certified urologist and mother of three, none of whom were circumcised and all of whom were born outside of the hospital and breastfed until age 2 or 3. She is the author of Reclaiming My Birth Rights: A Mother’s Wisdom Triumphs Over the Harmful Practices of Her Medical Profession and The Good Mommy’s Guide to Her Little Boy’s Penis. Like her on Facebook. Follow her on Twitter.

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  1. I did not research or question vaccines until one of my twins passed away after battling leukemia and the other developed fibromyalgia. I had been educated by the medical community–B.S.N. from the University of Michigan. I worked in hospital labor/delivery units and followed the protocols, until the use of piton became so aggressive and the rate of cesarean section was on a steady rise.

    I was burned out and I did something that I never imagined doing. I began assisting with home births. My experiences with the home birth community was healing and gave me the strength to stay in nursing. My interaction with home birth physicians and midwives began to open my eyes to questions about vaccines. I discovered a new perspective on health and began researching the immune system as well as vaccines. My two oldest children received all the recommended vaccines. My youngest, born after the death of his brother, did not get every recommended vaccine and has had a better health record. I am pleased that I have been able to have influence on the health of my grandchildren. They have not been given all the vaccines on the schedule.
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  2. Great article. Good for you for coming forward. IPAK is sending Statements of Concern to 40 major scientific journals, along with a copy of “Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak” and “Vaccine Whistleblower” (both courtesy Skyhorse Publishing). So far we have sent 20 care packages … 20 to go! Please visit ipaknowledge.org for more information and see how you can support this effort.

    Hope to hear from you & your readers, thanks!

  3. Hello,
    It is good to hear other physicians who are speaking up against the hegemony of vaccines. Before I “entered” the natural world myself, I pressed parents towards vaccines by showing the scary pictures of different disease. Even then however, I know that parents had the right to choose, so I never kicked families out of my practice. Some of my med school friends did exactly that to others and it was really disappointing to see it happen

    Now that I have my own practice in middle Tennessee, I can share what I have learned with parents and help them choose no vaccines, some vaccines, or all vaccines on whatever schedule we can agree on will work. I like to think that our clinic can provide a haven for parents who just love their children and want to do what is best for them.

    Hopefully more physicians will stop drinking the vaccine koolaid.
    Dr. Eric Potter Med-Peds
    Sanctuary Medical Care

  4. greg

    I require help as the australian government is trying to force me to vaccinate my children agains my will .
    They have never been sick as i offer them healthy food an dier etc an built up there own imune system .
    Any advice how i can fight these laws please tellme as i have had vaccinne amnesty before from my Dr as well , an now they denieing that as well

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