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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Beachcomber Article Correction

WHOOPS!

March Twisdale was interviewed by The Beachcomber (of Vashon Island) about her role and participation in the soon-to-be released documentary film, Everybody's Business.  Among various questions asked by the interviewer, her family's use of vaccines was not explored.  Apparently, this is because the answer was considered obvious.

March Twisdale is a Medical Choice Advocate, and she works, speaks, and writes often about WHY it is important to recognize complexity in medicine - including the inherent necessity of maintaining medical freedom and leaving vaccination choices up to the patient.

According to the article published on May 29th, 2013 in The Beachcomber, due to her advocacy work, it can be assumed that March Twisdale does not vaccinate.  WRONG.  March's family has deeply explored vaccine science, analyzed family history, considered community needs, and made conscious choices around vaccinations and natural immunity.  

March Twisdale was fully vaccinated as a child of the 70's (receiving the 10 recommended vaccines of that decade compared to the current recommendation of 36 vaccines by the age of six).  She continues to utilize tetanus boosters.  As parents, March and her husband, Jose, decided to selectively vaccinate their children on a delayed schedule.  Both of their children have been vaccinated against Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, and Tetanus.  They sought (and found) Chicken Pox for both boys...and encountered Pertussis in 2001 and 2002.  The vaccines for both of these diseases are known to have low efficacy rates and wear off within 5-12 years.  Natural immunity to Chicken Pox is usually close to lifelong and the efficacy of natural immunity to Pertussis is generally un-studied...but there is reason to expect that it far exceeds a vaccine-induced level of immunity.

We wish to remind our readers to AVOID ASSUMPTIONS when it comes to complex subjects.  After all, being Pro-Choice does not mean you have had an abortion...

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