Open Letter to Doctors Who Reject Unvaccinated Patients
I was kicked out of my first pediatrician office in 1998. The Pediatrician in question was an old family friend, a neighbor of my high school sweetheart whose family I knew very well.
He was also a colleague of my Dad, a Geriatrician and Family Doctor at the same hospital in Dunedin, Florida.
This well-respected Pediatrician was very welcoming at first when I arrived for my initial office visit with our newborn son. Thankfully, my Mother-in-Law who is a nurse was with me. The alarm bells began going off in my head shortly after the examination started when I told him that my healthy, beautiful baby had been born at a birth center.
You could immediately see in his eyes the mental shutdown process begin as he proceeded to chastise me for my birthing decision and how women foolishly risk their own lives as well as the lives of their babies by forgoing a hospital birth.
When the time came for vaccination, though, that’s when things got ugly.
I had thought that because this Pediatrician was a friend of the family and was a very gentle, hands on type of doctor, that he would understand and respect our family’s wishes to delay vaccination due to concerns about toxicity and overall safety.
I was wrong.
While he seemed to grudgingly accept that I was going to delay standard childhood immunizations for the time being, he proceeded to push hard for me to vaccinate my son for rotovirus.
He explained that this particular vaccine was not a live vaccine and was “perfectly safe”. He also said it was very important that I vaccinate for rotovirus as it was an extremely contagious and dangerous intestinal illness for babies that caused dozens of deaths each year.
Was I scared by these words as a new Mom?
Yes, I most certainly was!
I remember the moment so well as I was struggling mentally with what to do at that moment. It was as if time stood still, and I felt that this moment and what I decided to do would somehow change my life forever, strange as that may sound.
In a split second, the answer came to me. I told him that I really needed to discuss the issue with my husband first as we had promised each other that we would jointly decide all medical decisions for our family.
My Mother-in-Law voiced her support for my decision.
I heaved a sigh of relief as I left the office. I had bought us some time.
Time to think. Time to research.
When I got home, I researched the rotovirus vaccine as best I could with what little was available online and was horrified at what I discovered. The list of ingredients was something that I would never consider, for any reason, for injection into my baby’s vulnerable little body! There was no way this lethal mixture could have benefits that outweighed the risks to his health, both in the short and long term.
I called the Pediatrician’s office and relayed my decision. I was promptly told that the doctor would no longer have me as a patient.
Shocked and hurt, I cried at the callous betrayal by an old family friend.
What to do now, I thought?
Was I going to be able to find a doctor who would respect our wishes to delay vaccination?
A few months later, I learned that the rotovirus vaccine this Pediatrican had pushed on me and promised was safe had been withdrawn from the market as it carried the significant and life threatening risk of twisting of the bowel which had already caused the hospitalization and emergency surgery for a number of babies. By the way, the new rotovirus vaccine that replaced it, RotaTeq, is even worse. It is a genetically engineered vaccine made of live, attenuated human-bovine hybridized reassortant rotaviruses.
It was at that point that I realized that assurances of vaccine safety by those in authority are hollow and meaningless. Our decision to delay vaccination turned into a decision to opt out of all vaccines.
As it turned out, I had no trouble finding another doctor who gladly accepted us as patients and has proven to be a wonderful sounding board and healer for our family for many years.
Other families I know who have been kicked out of a Pediatrician’s office because they don’t vaccinate have reported the same – no trouble at all finding a caring, open minded doctor who is happy to accept them in a nonprejudicial manner. In fact, there are many medical doctors today who not only respect a patient’s civil right not to vaccinate, but also don’t believe in vaccination themselves!
So, does it really matter that many conventional doctors choose to bully and pressure their patients to vaccinate or else?
No, it does not, although it makes for great mainstream media headlines hell bent on scaring parents into thinking that the choice not to vaccinate will lead to ostracization from society.
Guess what? It doesn’t. At least for now, thankfully this is a free country and forced drugging of the population with toxic chemicals touted as “beneficial to health” is not an acceptable form of governance.
Who needs a doctor who doesn’t respect my authority and right as a parent to make medical decisions for my child? Who needs a doctor who so cavalierly violates the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians for centuries?
I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.
I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.
I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.
I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.
I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.
—Written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna, Academic Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University, and still used in many medical schools today.
Who needs a doctor who violates the Constitution by discriminating against pro-life families who don’t vaccinate for religious reasons because numerous childhood (and adult) vaccines use electively aborted human fetal cell lines?
Don’t believe it Doc? Click here for a list of vaccines that use abortion as the manufacturing method of choice.
Oh, and it wasn’t “just one abortion a long time ago” not that this would make any difference anyway. According to the Catholic website cogforlife:
While it is true that the each of the cell lines used in final production came from only one aborted child as described above, there were numerous abortions and fetal tissue samples used before the final cell line was perfected. For example, in the case of the rubella vaccine there were at least 62 recorded, elective abortions involved in the research before the final version was developed.
So, good riddance to you and good luck living with yourself. You’re no physician. You’re a mercenary with a medical degree. I look forward to the day when a class action lawsuit is filed against one or more large doctor groups like Pediatric Healthcare Alliance in my community which practice this type of medical tyranny, lack of humanity, and religious intolerance toward unvaccinated patients.
The only reason these doctor groups haven’t been sued already is because it is so easy to find another doctor who accepts unvaccinated patients and also because when a parent chooses not to vaccinate, there is so little sickness which requires a doctor’s care anyway! Could vaccination be one way of ensuring repeat and residual business?
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.