Malibu Moms to Vaccine Industry: Take Your Shots and Shove ’em
College educated Moms in Malibu and all around the Los Angeles area are refusing shots for their children at an accelerating rate.
And, as any trendspotter knows, lifestyle trends that take hold in California typically spread to the rest of the country over time.
How strong is this trend?
Estimates are that only 20% of children that attend some private schools in the Los Angeles area are vaccinated.
You read that right. Privately educated children in LA are unvaccinated up to 80% of the time!
How about public school?
Still shockingly non-compliant with the egregious CDC childhood vaccination schedule.
One public elementary school in affluent Malibu, just north of Los Angeles , reports that only 58 percent of its students are immunized. Health department authorities “recommend” 90+ percent immunization rates for school going children.
Nina Shapiro, a professor at UCLA medical school and mother of two who wrote an Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times recently about her growing concern with the anti-vax movement, sneered:
“Yes, that’s right: Parents are willingly paying up to $25,000 a year to (LA) schools at which fewer than 1 in 5 kindergartners has been immunized against the pathogens causing such life-threatening illnesses as measles, polio, meningitis and pertussis (more commonly known as whooping cough).”
“It’s that whole natural, BPA-free, hybrid car community that says ‘we’re not going to put chemicals in our children. It’s that same idea: ‘I’m going to be pure and I want to keep my child pure.”
A UCLA doctor publicly chooses to bully mothers who use their common sense and critical thinking skills by refusing to allow a lethal cocktail of chemicals, heavy metals, animal DNA/viruses and other highly toxic ingredients into their child’s body.
Sorry honey. Your white coat and fancy degree don’t mean anything to a Mom who smells a rat and is acting to protect her child from a lifetime of vaccine induced, auto-immune related health problems and a greedy and deceitful pharmaceutical industry.
This heartening trend of vaccine refusal by society’s most educated women is not new. It’s been known for some time that the anti-vax movement is being led by college educated, affluent mothers.
The American Journal of Public Health reported in 2007 following a study of 11,860 families from the National Immunization Survey, that children of mothers who had not completed high school were 16 percent more likely to have up-to-date vaccinations than children of college graduates.
But why affluent mothers in particular? There are plenty of middle and lower class Moms who care about this issue passionately.
Could it be because the typical Malibu Mom doesn’t have to worry about where the next meal is coming from or how to make the mortgage payment? This freedom from financial worry would give them time that other mothers don’t have to think and thoroughly research issues that impact the health of their children.
Moms who are overwhelmed with work/family balance issues might possibly tend to go along with what the pediatrician says without as many questions.
Trend of Vaccine Refusal Continues Despite Legislation to Stop It
The real story from where I sit is that the trend of vaccine refusal continues despite legislation designed to stop it. In October 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB499 which allows children as young as 12 years old to decide whether or not to accept the Hepatitis B jab or any other sexually transmitted disease vaccine without parental knowledge or consent.
Incidentally, AB499 was sponsored by political lackeys in the pocket of Merck who are either on the take (legislator Toni Atkins who lied about the money she received) or own a significant stake in the company (CA assemblywoman Sally Leiber who was forced to remove her name on the bill when her conflict of interest was revealed).
Then, the childless Governor Brown signed into law AB2109 introduced by Assembly Member Dr. Richard Pan MD which requires parents to obtain the signature of a MD, nurse practicioner, or physician’s assistant before exercising their philosophical exemption for opting out of vaccination for their children. Conveniently, chiropractors are not permitted to sign although the final version of the bill did include naturopaths.
Despite legislation giving adolescent children the “freedom” to go around their parent’s medical decisions and making it highly inconvenient to exercise the legal right under California law for a philosophical exemption, mothers are continuing to opt out of vaccination for their children in droves.
Not even scare tactics are working by the pharmaceutical industry funded mass media which is reporting ad nauseum about “outbreaks” of measles, mumps, and whooping cough around the country – outbreaks which have always happened periodically but have been widely reported only recently.
The vaccine industry is nothing short of desperate to contain this trend. What will work? How to stop these college educated Moms from, gasp, thinking for themselves?
The short answer?
For a growing segment of society, particularly college educated mothers, the jig is up. The reliable, residual income for the vaccine industry known as the CDC childhood immunization schedule is coming to an end.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year at the International Wise Traditions Conference in 2010.
Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics from Furman University and a Master’s degree in Government (Financial Management) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mother to three healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, National Review, ABC, NBC, and many others.