Thoughts on VAXXED: The Movie

We are fortunate that people in our community worked hard to get the documentary film VAXXED: From Cover-up to Catastrophe to be shown at the Regal 20 Hollywood cinema in Sarasota. I chose to see it yesterday because there was a Q&A with the producers, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Polly Tommey and Del Bigtree, afterward and … Continue reading “Thoughts on VAXXED: The Movie”

How We Talk About Measles and Vaccines

Surely I cannot be the only one profoundly saddened by the blaming, shaming, name-calling, ridicule, anger, fear-mongering and outright aggression being shared recently on blogs, in news articles and especially in the comments, by both sides of the debate surrounding measles in particular and vaccines in general? Tell me I am not alone! People seem … Continue reading “How We Talk About Measles and Vaccines”

Can my child go to school if I choose not to vaccinate?

It’s back-to-school week and with that comes the question: Can my child go to school if I choose not to immunize? The answer is: Yes! Absolutely! The idea that all children must receive all CDC recommended vaccines in order to attend school is one of the most common misconceptions out there, and it’s no wonder! … Continue reading “Can my child go to school if I choose not to vaccinate?”

Vaccines: HMN meeting

Talk about a hot topic! Vaccines inevitably come up in my childbirth classes and people are often overwhelmed by all the information and misinformation out there on the web. On January 3, 2012, the Sarasota chapter of the Holistic Moms Network that I help lead hosted a meeting titled Vaccines: A Balanced Perspective where we … Continue reading “Vaccines: HMN meeting”