There are two ways you can use this Guide. As a learning tool and a teaching tool.
Learning Tool – Navigating the research can be overwhelming! For this reason, the information is presented and organized in a way that lays a foundation to build on. Start with Learning the Basics and go through the tabs as they progress. It’s not easy to go against the grain of social norms and choose a different path. While this is your decision to make, in the beginning, it can be difficult to articulate and defend what brought you to this conclusion. Use this guide, in real-time, to show friends, family and even your doctor the research and reasoning that has you questioning/declining vaccines. Encourage them to take a closer look with you!
Teaching Tool – Use this guide, in real-time, to engage your friends, family and co-workers and healthcare providers in respectful and gentle vaccine discussions with easy to access, credible research. Become familiar with the content and format of the information for in-the-moment ease! Recommend this guide to your friends on social media and in everyday life, as it’s a powerful tool to assist parents in a very confusing area of parenting decisions.
Each menu option will lay the groundwork for the sub-categories that follow, so be sure to click the menu headers and not just the drop-down sub-categories!
MAMA TIPS – offers heartfelt advice or support.
CRITICAL THINKING POINTS – represent a piece of information or thought process that needs to be critically analyzed, considered or recognized.
REMEMBER – reminds you of something you’ve previously learned that directly or indirectly ties in to the topic at hand.
Here are some tools and tips that will help make the researching process easier and clearer:
Peer Reviewed Studies
Simple Definition: a process by which a scholarly work (such as a paper or a research proposal) is checked by a group of experts in the same field to make sure it meets the necessary standards before it is published or accepted.
Peer reviewed research either validates or disproves the original research. When research is sound, it should be able to be replicated with the original results intact
Simple Definition: having no bias or prejudice; fair or impartial. 2. (statistics) (of a sample) not affected by any extraneous factors, conflated variables, or selectivity which influence its distribution; random. (of an estimator) having an expected value equal to the parameter being estimated; having zero bias.
Nothing is more important than this!
Conflicts of Interest
Simple Definition: a situation in which a person is in a position to derive personal benefit from actions or decisions made in their official capacity.
This is crucial information! Time and time again, giant pharmaceutical companies pay out billions of dollars in damages for fraud, corruption, injury and death. Vaccines are manufactured and marketed by those very same companies! A study that is funded by a pharmaceutical company is as reliable as a car warranty … written in pencil … from a sketchy used car salesman. Many published studies will disclose, either at the very beginning or the very end of the study, if there is a conflict of interest. Some of the following links will highlight the long history of conflicts of interest surrounding vaccine science and policy making.
- Majority Staff Report Committee on Government Reform U.S. House of Representatives August 21, 2000
- Vaccine Policy Makers and Conflicts of Interest
- Drug companies donated millions to California lawmakers before vaccine debate
- How Conflicts of Interest Have Corrupted the CDC
- CBS report on the conflict of interest surrounding vaccine policy making
- The CDC Is A For-Profit Corporation, Owning More Than 50 Different Vaccine Patents
Articles & Blogs
Articles and blogs should not be immediately discredited simply because they’re not an official study. They are incredibly useful at breaking down complicated information so it can be understood without needing a medical dictionary by your side or having 1,000 tabs open on your browser! There are a lot of websites and articles online offering credible research, summaries and information about vaccines. Many doctors even blog or run their own informational websites.
It’s very important to determine the credibility of the information, and an easy way to do this is to check the references of the article in order to determine the source and validity of their information. A well referenced article will cite studies/relevant medical literature. If studies are cited, check that there is no conflict of interest or bias (this is usually disclosed under Author Information in the cited study). A solid article will cite reputable studies throughout in order to back up their claims. Articles are another great tool because they offer multiple studies and citations all in one place to help bring the research together on specific areas of research, rather than searching for/stumbling upon this information one by one!
Be a Critical Thinker!
You won’t get far in this research if you’re not a critical thinker. Instead of taking things at face value, learn to read between the lines. Notice what is missing instead of only noticing what’s provided. Recognize the difference between trusting your doctor and trusting your intuition and knowledge that YOU have PERSONALLY researched. It’s absurd to think that only those college trained should have an opinion on the matter. Even when an educated peer/colleague cautions about vaccines, they’re then quickly labeled a quack?! Listen, anyone with a mind is capable of learning *Anything* because learning can be done for free! We live in a time when information is at our fingertips – Literally!
If you’re not learning things from the internet, you’re doing it wrong. There are published medical journals and literature with peer reviewed studies – both free and paid subscription sites, esteemed colleges publish their studies online, there’s access to FOIA documents, Google Scholar, and yes…social media. It is social media that gives parents of vaccine injured children a place to be heard, a place to share their experiences, their research and a place where they found that they are not alone. With so much double-speak around the vaccine topic, you need to rely on critical thinking to decipher, analyze and compile what you’re reading in order to start putting the pieces together. And I don’t mean that in “conspiracy theory terms” (!) but more so in that the science and theory of vaccination that we’ve been taught to believe in is actually bought science from an industry that is known to put profit before people.
You have to check your fear at the door when researching. There’s no space for that here. This is a task for your willing and capable mind. Approach the research objectively and with the preset notion that you will likely not come out of this thinking the same thing as when you came into it. Knowledge IS power and the choice to vaccinate or not IS yours, too. Research thoroughly and choose wisely.
What will you find here?
All of the above, as this guide was intended to be a user-friendly learning tool, not a medical journal! The blogs that have been selected are known to be well referenced and factually sound. There are enough studies presented throughout the text, and in the Continued Learning section, to satisfy those interested in looking solely at the research. If that is you, do not be so quick to dismiss and discredit blogs! With that being said, you may want to skip right down to the article’s references and jump into the research from there! Since this a Guide, and not everyone is at the point of relying solely on medical studies, the articles and blogs offer a chance to better understand and build knowledge on a complex subject. It is human nature to learn from one another. In the online world, credible blogs can play the same role as a teacher in the classroom explaining new material.
A few blog sites that are frequently referred to are VaxTruth.org, DrGreenMom.com and ThinkLoveHealthy.com. All of their articles are heavily referenced and scientifically backed using credible sources. They also happen to have a knack for breaking down and presenting complicated information!
Marcella Piper-Terry, from VaxTruth, is driven by the passion of having a vaccine injured child – meaning that she was once “pro” vax. Her background in research has proven to be a valuable asset in her quest for credible studies and scientific literature. She uses that research and her website to help educate parents on the unspoken and stifled dangers of vaccines.
Dr Ashley Mayer, aka Dr Green Mom, takes a very non-biased approach to vaccination research. She chooses not to identify herself as “pro” or “anti” vaccination, but rather to take an objective look at the data and make an informed decision on each vaccine included in the recommended schedule.
Ashley Cates has a Bachelor degree in Environmental Toxicology. She is a Mother, Wife, Activist, Entrepreneur and Photographer. In her “spare” time, she is a Blogger for ThinkLoveHealthy. When her son became vaccine injured 3+ years ago, she began intense research. Her background in toxicology allotted her a deeper curiosity and understanding of the synergistic toxicity of vaccine ingredients and their effects on the body.
[Disclaimer: Information presented in this guide is for educational purposes only and does not constitute as medical advice on vaccination.]