Make an Informed Vaccine Decision for the Health of Your Child: A Parent's Guide to Childhood Shots Paperback – Jun 1 2010
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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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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
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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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.
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.
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.