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Should You Vaccinate or Give Your Toddler Antibiotics for an Ear Infection?
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Hey, guys, what’s up? Yuri back with you today. Another episode of the SNA Health Class. In today’s episode we’re going to be talking about ear infections and vaccines. I guess the title might be a little bit misleading—maybe not—but the reason I’m bringing this up is because I was on CNN Health, which has become another source of my misinformation that I’m going to be debunking.
This article is talking about the need when kids present to their doctors with an ear infection, why it’s the best time to vaccinate them. The article, it’s a really brief article, and they’re essentially going back and forth between saying, interviewing different doctors and they’re saying when a kid comes in with an ear infection or when they’re sick in general, once they’re in your office, now’s the best time to get them with a vaccine.
I’m just going to give you a couple quotes here. This is from—I’m not going to mention any names just to kind of protect people, including myself. This one says, “I think a lot of providers are thinking, We can put this off and they’ll come back,” says this study’s author, meaning they can put off the vaccinations.
And then it continues: “But if you don’t use this chance to give them an immunization, over a third of those patients you’re not going to see gain.” Darn it, right? A missed opportunity. And they go on to say, interviewing different authors and different medical doctors here, “The contraindications for getting a vaccine is for moderate or severe illness. For a mild or minor illness, like an acute ear infection, there’s no contraindication to get the vaccine, and you want to take advantage of that.”
I thought I would discuss this. The article actually doesn’t talk about ear infections or vaccines for ear infections because vaccinations don’t treat ear infections. Ear infections are a bacterial infection known as otitis media, and I want to give you some interesting stats just about ear infections for a second.
If you have an ear infection, if you’ve got kids who have ear infections, and we’ve had, Oscar had an ear infection when he was I think about a year old, maybe a little bit more than a year. We went to the doctor, doctor, obviously, what do they prescribe? Antibiotics, because if it’s a bacterial infection, antibiotics will take care of the bacteria supposedly.
For whatever reason, we decided to give him the antibiotics for a day. We gave him one dose. He took his afternoon nap, and he was freaking out with night tremors and just crazy screaming. Obviously, that’s an anecdotal experience, but it’s been known to happen in little kids who are on antibiotics. There’s stuff in their bodies that shouldn’t be there.
Anyways, what do we do? We stopped the antibiotic treatment, we threw it in the garbage, and we treated him naturally with probiotics. We even put—I have to thank a lot of our clients and Facebook fans because they gave us some really good recommendations, like cutting up an onion, putting it in a sieve, a very light sock, and putting it beside their ear. The properties of the onion are supposedly able to help fight the bacterial infection in the ear.
We did that for a little bit. Obviously with a one-year-old, it’s very tough to do that in terms of keeping their heads still. We treated the whole thing with time and with probiotics.
I want to give you some interesting stats. Antibiotic use for otitis media, it varies from about 56 percent in the Netherlands to 95 percent in the U.S. and Australia. The Netherlands use the fewest antibiotics of any developed country in the world, and, get this, they have the fewest occurrences of ear infections.
As you do this research—not that you have to; I’ve already done it and I’m just kind of sharing my findings with you—the more often kids are treated with antibiotics, the greater the increase of potential ear infections becomes. And that make sense because we’re totally throwing their systems out of whack.
So, that’s the issue with otitis media. If your kids have an ear infection, again, I’m not your medical doctor; I’m just saying that in a lot of cases, antibiotics are unnecessary and with time, within a week or so and if you really up the dosage of probiotics and look at other things like the onion thing on the side of the ear—you can look at garlic supplements, you can even drip garlic or onion juice into the ear with a dropper, just a very little amount, and that will help to fight the bacterial infection because those are antibacterial agents and they don’t kill your kid at the same time.
Let’s shift focus and go to the vaccine question for a second, because we’ve talked about vaccinations. We did an interview with Dr. Isaac Jones a few episodes ago, so I’m going to refer you back to that because he made some great recommendations in there for stuff to read and different resources.
I want to just discuss this notion of immunity. There’s actually a really funny—I don’t know if you guys have seen those things called Some e-Cards? The Web site is SomeECards.com. They have a bunch of just little funny cards that have funny sayings and stuff and it’s really humorous. I came across one that said “Why would my unvaccinated kids be a threat to your vaccinated kids if you’re so sure that vaccines work?” It’s kind of funny, right?
We’ve been told that if you’re not vaccinating your kids, you’re doing a disservice to the world, not just your kid, because of this notion of herd immunity, where everyone needs to be vaccinated, and if that happens, we’ll never have any problems ever again. That’s the biggest load of crap of all time.
This little e-card makes total sense, right? If my kids are not vaccinated but yours are, why should you be worried about my kids? Because if your kids are vaccinated, they shouldn’t get sick, right?
We know that that’s not true, because “vaccine” doesn’t mean immunity. Vaccination does not always mean immunization. I want to give you a couple examples here.
In 2007 there was an article in Reuters entitled “Nigeria Fights Rare Vaccine-Derived Polio Outbreak,” and it showed how the polio vaccine itself ignited outbreaks of polio in Nigeria, Chad, and Angola. According to the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, the polio program launched by Bill Gates paralyzed 47,500 children in 2011 alone. Those who were injured by the vaccine died at twice the rate of those infected by wild polio itself.
We’ve been led to believe—this is actually one of the things that we were debating, Amy and I, about, do we get our kids vaccinated with the polio vaccine, because it can be pretty deadly, especially if you travel to these third-world countries. The last thing you want to have happen is for your kids to develop polio. But, again, there’re other ways and getting an inoculation with a live virus that is filled with fillers and other things is not the safe way to go, at least in my opinion.
Some other stuff. Whooping cough, pertussis. If you’ve got kids and get whooping cough, it’s one of those things that’s potentially problematic. Between 1900 and 1935 mortality rates due to whooping cough dropped by 79 percent in the United States, yet the vaccine, the DDP vaccine for whooping cough wasn’t introduced until 1940. What’s interesting is those who have been immunized today are the most susceptible for whooping cough.
The researchers at the CDC, we talked about with Dr. Isaac Jones how he was talking with one of the lead researchers at the CDC, who said that he doesn’t even vaccinate his own kids. Here’s a statement from some of the researchers at the CDC in 2002, saying, “The number of infants dying from whooping cough is rising despite record-high vaccination levels.”
I could throw all these kinds of stats at you forever, but I think you get the point. It’s not that we’re deprived of vaccinations that we’re getting sick. And when it comes to ear infections, obviously, vaccinations have no impact on ear infections, but the whole article on CNN, they’re talking about how if kids are coming in sick, use that opportunity to vaccinate them.
And it’s scary because, and I can tell you first and foremost, even as a parent with my level of knowledge—and, again, I don’t claim to know everything, but I think I know a couple things about nutrition—going to the doctor and not being prepared to answer a question… If you go to the doctor for just a regular checkup or if your kid is sick and they throw this, “While you’re here, we should just get your kid vaccinated for this, this, and this,” and you’re not prepared for it, you maybe haven’t done your research, it’s caught you off-guard, and it’s like, What do I do? And if you make that decision to get the vaccination, then it’s like okay.
I will, full disclosure, I was caught in this myself. I went in for a regular checkup, which I never do, but I did that a year and a half ago, and my doctor just so nonchalantly was like, “Yeah, while you’re here, you should probably get your tetanus shot,” or whatever it was. I think it was tetanus, and I didn’t even think about it. I was like, sure, I guess. What’s the worst that could happen?
So, I got my tetanus shot, and I don’t know if it’s because of that, but since that time, my immune system has been all over the map. It definitely has not been the same since. I don’t know. Again, it’s not cause and effect necessarily; it’s tough to prove that it is, but I’m not too sure why I decided to let her inoculate me with some kind of vaccine that, for the most part, I would never get again.
It’s unfortunate because you can’t undo a vaccine. It’s not like you can retract the vaccine out of the body afterward. Do your research. I hope that information like this—and there’s a lot of information out there coming from these kinds of sources.
Again, I’m obviously more biased against getting vaccines and I understand that a lot of people are irate about that. They think that me spreading this message about the benefits of not being vaccinated as malpractice, as irresponsible, and I totally get that. If that’s how you feel, I get that, I understand. I just want you to understand that maybe kind of flip the picture as well, flip the story a little bit, because doctors telling you that you have to get vaccinated could also be considered malpractice depending on how you look at it.
I’m just trying to present the information here. Obviously there’s a slight bias when it comes to this stuff, but it’s because I’ve seen firsthand what happens with myself, with our kids, with tons of people who are getting vaccinations. That’s not to say that it’s going to happen all the time. We discuss immunity a lot more in depth in Module 5 or 6, I believe, in the Academy.
We spend a lot of time educating you on how immunity works, and it’s a very complex process. It’s actually a pretty simple process, but it can be complex depending on the different nature of the issues. Once you go through that module, you get a much better understanding of how your body develops immunity, and we look at what happens when you inject a live disease into your body, how does it react and all this kind of stuff.
When you understand that you start to have a little bit more power with respect to what you should and maybe shouldn’t do with respect to vaccinations. You have a better idea of, “Okay, this is how my body produces antibodies. This is why it happens. Does it need to produce antibodies in this case?”
Again, it’s really about empowering you with the right information and a deeper understanding of all this stuff, because, as far as I’m concerned, most people vaccinate because they don’t know alternative solutions. Maybe not most people but a lot of people.
We take our doctor’s word just like that. Doctors are the most trusted profession in Western culture based on several studies that have been done. Politicians have the lowest amount of trust, by the way. We see doctors as the be all and end all; when they say something, we tend to kind of take it at that.
My idea with the Academy is to give you, the everyday individual, even if you’re not a health professional, the level of nutrition knowledge and health knowledge that gives you your power back so that when you go to your doctor and your doctor says, “Hey, we should do this,” you can say, “Really? Well, why?” And then you can have an intellectual and knowledgeable conversation with your doctor.”
That’s really at the crux of it with the base of the Academy, giving everyday people a level of nutrition mastery so that they can feel more confident with the foods they choose but also with the decisions they make with respect to their health: whether that is to vaccinate or not, whether that is to antibiotics or not. Again, those are up to you.
Let’s stop it there. Again, as always, I’m always up for some debate, I’m always up for some good discussion. Join me back on the blog. If you have people who want to know this kind of information about vaccinations, again, send this episode to them or at least share this with them somehow on Facebook or e-mail or whatever and get them to think.
The whole idea is not to change your mind about whatever you’re thinking; it’s about getting you to think. I was giving a talk at the Ontario Soccer Association the other night to a bunch of athletes from all ages. We start off with a group of 8- to 12-year-olds, and I told them, I’m like, “What I tell you, my goal as someone who’s giving you this message is to”—and we were talking about sports nutrition. Somebody was asking a question about water, and they asked, “Is cold water or lukewarm water better for you?” and I said, “Well, if you’re playing outdoors and it’s thirty-five degrees Celsius and it’s hot and humid, ice-cold water’s the way to go, because it reduces core temperature, and it’s going to hydrate you at the same time.”
And this little kid who must’ve been 10, he put up his hand and he said, “Well, I heard that cold water was bad for you.” I was like, “Really? Why?” And he said, “I don’t know, because it is.” Those are the kinds of answers that perpetuate problems. I told him, “I want you to question everything. I want you to question everything I’m saying. I want you to question everything your parents tell you. I want you to question whatever you hear in the media, because a lot of this stuff is old wives’ tales or nonsense that doesn’t make any sense.” I said, “Yes, if you have ice-cold water before a meal, it’s not a good idea because it shuts down your gastric juices, and you’re not going to digest your food as well. But if you’re playing outside and it’s scorching hot, you need to hydrate yourself and cool your body temperature, and, therefore, cold water’s necessary.”
You really need to start asking yourself questions. You have to ask yourself why. And when you start asking yourself why or asking other people why, it opens up a dialogue, and it starts to really take you down that path of doing the research and really being properly educated.
Again, I want this to begin a dialogue with you, your family, your friends. Share this information with them, and then join me back on the blog, SuperNutritionAcademy.com/blog. Find this episode on ear infections and vaccines; let me know what you think. Am I full of crap? Am I irresponsible? Maybe. I don’t think so, but I’d love to hear your feedback anyways.
In the meantime, have a great day, and I look forward to seeing you in the next episode.
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