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Im084portant Facts To Know Regarding the Current Vaccine Debate

  1. 1.We are the mostly heavily vaccinated country in the world. We give 26 vaccines to our babies during their first year of life and administer 36-45 before the age of 5.  300 new vaccines are currently being developed.    In 1986 Congress released vaccine manufacturers from any liability associated with illness or death from vaccines.
  2. 2. The current Disneyland measles frenzy is uncalled for. Annually, approximately 100 people in the US develop a measles infection.  It is not a fatal illness (there have been 0 deaths from measles in the US in the past 10 years.) Many of the 170 individuals who developed measles were vaccinated.  If someone is vaccinated and the vaccine is effective, they should not develop the illness.
  3. Top scientists at Merck: the manufacturer of the MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella vaccine) have accused the company of producing fraudulent data regarding its effectiveness. One top scientist at the CDC recently revealed that he hid data from a 2004 study that showed a 240% increase in autism in African-American boys who received the MMR before 36 months of age.
  4. Currently, we have the highest rate of autism in the world (1 in 68 children/a sharp rise from 1- 2 per 10,000 20 years ago.) According to the CDC, 1 in 6 US children have either a behavioral, developmental or neurological disorder.
  5. Despite all of our medical advances, we rank 34th in the world for infant mortality (33 other countries have better survival rates from birth to one year of age than we do.)
  6. The statement that there is no good science showing a connection between vaccines and neurological damage (including autism) in children is naïve. Published studies elucidating these risks can be found at
  7. Next to Uranium, Mercury is the most toxic substance on the planet. It remains in the flu vaccine which is given to pregnant women and infants.  Additionally, most vaccines contain formaldehyde, aluminum, weakened or attenuated viruses and propylene glycol (a chemical similar to anti-freeze) to name just a few of the toxins in the cocktail we are injecting into our young babies.
  8. The chemical glyphosate which is a component of the pesticide Roundup is sprayed on every genetically modified crop. In addition to its numerous detrimental effects, it interacts with 2 specific components that are in many vaccines (aluminum and glutamate) causing additional damage.
  9. Although most individuals on either side of this discussion agree that protecting our children from infectious diseases is paramount, the way in which we are currently going about this task (by administering multiple vaccines containing toxic ingredients to our vulnerable newborns & infants with undeveloped immune systems) may turn out to be the single most significant mistake we as civilized society have ever made.
  10. Strengthening our children’s immune systems with optimal nutrition, exercise, avoiding toxic chemicals, giving appropriate supplements and the judicious use of vaccines are smarter ways of improving a child’s ability to resist infection and or minimize symptoms associated with an illness.


List compiled by Maureen McDonnell (a registered nurse who has worked in the field of pediatrics for over 37 years)


Letter to Senator Tarte re NC SB 346 to remove religious vaccine exemptions

March 24, 2015

March 23, 2015 Dear Senator Tarte, I have been a Registered Nurse in the field of Pediatrics for over 35 years.  I understand your proposal of SB 346 (requiring children in our state to receive all the vaccines in accordance with the CDC’s recommended schedule, and removing parental rights to a religious vaccine exemption) is […]

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The Pearls and Perils of the Paleo Diet … Looking for the article on the Gut – Brain Connection? it’s here: under the prevention tab

February 13, 2015

  I know how emotionally-charged discussions about diet can get. So, with that in mind, (as well as the fact that for over a decade I was a vegetarian), I’ll be treading cautiously on this topic of the Paleo diet. Not only do I not want to add to the polarization that already exists in […]

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The Relationship between the Gut and the Brain

January 14, 2015

Typically, gut specialists (gastroenterologists) and the brain docs (psychiatrists) do not function under the premise that their specialties are in any way related.  However, new understandings have emerged which show a wonderfully interwoven, codependent relationship between what goes on in the gut and how well the brain functions.  The relationship is so profound, that I […]

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Outsmarting the New Obstacles to Your Health

December 2, 2014

      I knew the moment I heard my first lecture in nursing school (highlighting the details of what happens when the body becomes riddled with disease), that I would spend my career focused on preventing illness.  My calling it seemed was to learn all I could about ways to keep the body healthy, […]

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A Top Scientist at the CDC Blew the Whistle!

November 6, 2014

 What does it mean when a top scientist at the Center for Disease Control (William Thompson, PhD) admits that he and the coauthors of a study published in 2004 purposefully hid data that revealed a strong association between the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine and autism in a specific population of children?  I’ll tell you […]

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An Adult Topic: Preventing Dementia….

August 21, 2014

Recently, a neighbor expressed great concern (actually fear) regarding the fact that because her parents developed dementia, she too would follow that same course. I immediately and emphatically responded that we have more control than we think over whether or not we develop a particular illness; even if there is a genetic predisposition for it […]

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