A Letter From the Principal

>So I had a letter waiting for me in my mailbox when I got home from vacation last weekend. It was from the school principal. I had failed to respond to a letter I had received in November (okay, I purposely didn’t respond) and if I don’t follow through in the next 30 days, my daughter will be removed.

Why?

She’s not fully vaccinated. I guess she’s a health risk.

Here’s the thing, I don’t fully believe that our health care in this country works. For all our advances, we’re not even in the top 10 of the world’s healthiest nations. How many people are living co-dependent lives–depending on medicines to keep them “stable?”

For all our advances, where are the CURES? Why can’t we figure out how to keep people off all the medications in the first place?

Because in this country, medicine = money–big time money in the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies’ CEOs and such. Our doctors are taught how to diagnose problems and which kinds of medications to prescribe. They might be able to pinpoint stressors–anger, lack of self-control, workaholism, and such–but to require a person to pray, stop smoking, be more patient, or Sabbath is unconstitutional. It requires that the doctor make recommendations for helping the patient be more responsible for his/her overall well-being, and well, that would be ridiculous.

We don’t need health care reform; instead, we need to put some major caps on pharmaceuticals and insurance policies related to pharmaceuticals. That would be a good start.

And because I won’t participate in a system that I believe is flawed, my daughter might get pulled from school. (I’m shaking my head as I type.)

I believe that God knit healing into the very fiber of our beings. When I get cut, certain cells rush to that exact site to form a barrier, which will later become a scab, so that I can be whole again in just a short time. When a virus invades my body, my glands begin to swell as my body’s immunity becomes an army-like system, resisting and attacking the invading foreign elements. I cough; I sneeze; I become boogery. These are signs that my body is doing what it was designed to do. And in a short while, I’m better.

Yes, I believe that doctors can do good. If I were to chop the top of my finger off, I’d rush to the doctor to sew it back on. If I were in a car accident, I’d want a team of doctors and surgeons at my side administering aid that only skilled physicians can give in such times of crisis. And if my babies were struck with a debilitating illness that only drastic procedures could alleviate, I would seek professional care. This is where I believe our current medical system is strongest.

But I should have the right to refuse the things that don’t necessarily provide better health or even cure the problem. In fact, with vaccines, some can do more harm than good. And here’s the scary thing, you never really know if your body will have an adverse reaction–even to the point of death–until you’ve been injected. I’m not okay with that risk.

Here’s the good news: North Dakota has exemption laws. You may call me crazy. You may think I’m putting my children at risk. You may even think I’m putting your children at risk (if so, go get your children vaccinated). I’m not convinced that vaccines always work, and certainly not on the schedule that the CDC has come up with. I’m exercising my right, and I’m glad I can.

What are the exemption laws in your state?

You can go to the National Vaccine Information Center today to find out more about vaccines, your rights, and what you can do about it.

Stay healthy!

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2 Responses to “A Letter From the Principal”
  1. Judy says:

    wow, I just typed an entire comment on this and it did not publish! ug. Well I went through the same thing for Emmit(grade school) and Ashley(while in high school)Pain in the butt! I am glad you know your rights… I am not even going to go into the rate of increase of autism in boys as the rate of requires vaccines increased. One of the many reasons Emmit is not getting shots until he is mucho older. Then he can make an informed decision. My mother has never been vaccinated.Ashley has made the decision to get some more shots because she is traveling to Africa this summer and some you have to have to get into the country… Thank you for your blog! You are a wonderfully gifted person! Love and miss you, Judy

  2. Amanda O'Tremba Oster says:

    Thanks Judy. I knew you'd be with me on this one.

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