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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Atlantean Press; 1 edition (June 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881217361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881217367
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
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About the Author

Mayer Eisenstein, MD, JD, MPH is a graduate of the University of Illinois Medical School, the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Public Health, and John Marshall Law School. He is the Medical Director of Homefirst Health Services, with four medical centers. He has practiced medicine for 35 years. TV appearances include Phil Donahue, Hannity and Colmes, and Oprah Winfrey.

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Every parent for or against vaccines should read this before you make any decision.
This book is up to date and lists all ingredients in each vaccine and side effects.
It also lists what can happen if you do or dont vaccinate.

The most helpful and smart thing I have purchased as a mom
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Well written, organized and informative.
Dr Eisenstein's mentor Dr Mendelsohn was a friend of mine, and was clearly
an important influence early on, to both of their credit.
Bob Richmond DC
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HASH(0xa740e210) out of 5 stars Scientific evidence in everyday language May 4 2010
By M. Radu - Published on
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This book has the following chapters:
Pertussis, DTP/DTaP
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib)
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
Multiple Vaccines
Social Obligation
I found this book to be one of the most informative books on vaccines, alongside The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library) by Robert Sears. I recommend buying both. This book is very well documented and references scientific evidence, studies and publications of the medical field at the end of each chapter that support its findings. This is one of the few vaccines books that focuses on scientific evidence from the established traditional medical field, as opposed to others that are full of stories and quotes from family members of vaccinated children (which though impressive do not amount to scientific evidence), or others that focus on alternative medicine and present it as better in all regards to traditional medicine (and thus ignore the weight of evidence in traditional medicine itself of vaccine effects, and the worth of traditional medicine methods in general). This book is for the person that wants solid, informed, documented, scientific evidence of the effect of vaccines, knowing that either by vaccinating or not vaccinating, a risk is still taken: either the risk of contacting the disease, or the risk of suffering the adverse effects of the vaccine. The book presents the evidence of which of the two risks is greater for each individual vaccine. The book is written in everyday plain English, easy to understand.
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HASH(0xa740e63c) out of 5 stars Essential Reading for Every Parent June 1 2010
By Maggie - Published on
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This book is absolutely essential reading for new parents. I have a large personal library of vaccine books collected over the years, starting when I was pregnant with my first child, and this book is at the TOP of my LIST of recommended vaccine books due to its unbiased information, complete documentation from peer-reviewed studies, and easy readability. Each disease is summarized so that parents can determine its likelihood of occurring, potential of contracting it, and risks if it is contracted. Each vaccine for the disease is summarized as well, to show how effective it is (or not!) and potential dangers. Ample studies are provided to support each statement. This is very important to me - and it should be important to you as well - because in this book you are never expected to simply rely on the credibility or opinion of the author/doctor (which I found frustrating when reading Dr. Sears' book). Instead, Dr. Eisenstein summarizes the studies and provides references so that parents can do additional research if they prefer. There are also several informative tables, charts, ingredient lists, and case reports. There is also an excellent chapter on whether parents have an obligation to vaccinate their children. (Dr. Eisenstein provides evidence that this should remain a personal choice.)

I love this quote from Dr. Eisenstein's introduction: As parents, all of us are concerned about our children and grandchildren. We want to do what's absolutely in their best interest. However, the right course of action is not always clear. Is the industry mantra - that vaccine benefits outweigh risks - an established fact or merely an effective marketing tool? After reading this book, I believe you will be more qualified to Make an Informed Vaccine Decision for the Health of Your Child.
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HASH(0xa740e690) out of 5 stars Disappointed May 30 2012
By HP - Published on
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I had high hopes for this book - I am extremely skeptical about vaccines and was looking for some credible data to back up my instincts. A friend of mine who does not vaccinate her children recommended it to me. Unfortunately, this book does not do the job. Any good science the author cites is buried among everything from congressional testimony by who knows who to a Rolling Stone Magazine suggesting that the polio vaccine caused AIDS (the book does not mention that that particular article spawned a libel lawsuit which Rolling Stone lost). I mean, it is it a pretty interesting coincidence that AIDS developed right around the time the polio vaccine showed up and that both AIDS and the polio vaccine come from monkeys. But if you're trying to say that it's anything more than a coincidence, citing freaking Rolling Stone Magazine is not the way to do it.

When I look at the citations as a whole, I get the impression that he dug up everything and anything he could to use as an endnote, not unlike something I used to do while writing term papers the night before they were due. But if this is the author's best work, I am unimpressed. So far, I have only gotten through polio and influenza because I am actually looking up a good chunk of his sources, and I'm finding that the link between the citation and whatever point he is making is oftentimes tenuous at best. I have extremely limited training in evaluating research and I can see it. For example, he cited the drug manufacturer's label to say that 84% of children have antibodies after their second dose of the polio vaccine, but I could not find that statistic anywhere on the label. The way I read the label, the actual figure was somewhere between 95-100%. Don't know what happened there, but it left me uneasy. But then on the other hand down the line there will be a study or two that really seems to be on to something.

So I'll give the book two stars because it is providing food for thought and pointing me in a general direction for further research. Otherwise, I am sorely disappointed that the book seems to be catering to a subset of the population that was already biased against vaccines to begin with. I googled the author and found a Chicago Tribune article that casts the author as an opportunist who preys on proponents of natural medicine. Between that article and the willy-nilly citations, it doesn't look like this book is going to be something I'll be able to recommend to my friends.

My plan is to wade through the rest of this book, take what I think is decent, and then check out the Dr. Sears book to see if it's any better.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa740e9d8) out of 5 stars Dr Eisenstein Loved the Children, trust him!!! May 9 2015
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Excellent book! I was told about Dr. Eisenstein 3 years ago at a medical conference. When they started forcing pregnant women to receive the tDaP vaccine in their 3rd trimester my daughter insisted that my husband and I get the vaccine. She had been told there was an epidemic of whooping cough. I had never known anyone in my lifetime (60 years old) to get the whooping cough, except both of my parents who survived it. So I looked it up. Out of 500 million in the USA there were 20 deaths that year (all children under 3 months of age.) Hardly an epidemic. Far more die from the tDaP vaccine every year! And I started asking around. NO ONE knew anyone except a friend who had the vaccine for a trip out of the country. She got a terrible cough, she said "I coughed day and night for 21 days" after I got that....." Interesting hah? I found a study discussed on the FDA's own website, a study on primates.. they became carriers of the whooping cough organism for up to 6 weeks after being vaccinated with the tDaP. WTH?! Infants are those at risk and you expose the mother in the 3rd trimester? So I started reading......WOW No wonder the USA has the highest infant mortality rate of any of the developed countries... And the truth shall set you free
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HASH(0xa740e954) out of 5 stars The author clearly presents risks and benefits allowing you to choose for yourself how you would like to proceed Jan. 12 2015
By D. Kartzinel - Published on
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Well researched and informative while still being readable. The author clearly presents risks and benefits allowing you to choose for yourself how you would like to proceed.