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Lily was my third child. She was born in China, in the city of Jiujang, in Jiangxhi Province. She was ten months old when we traveled to get her and weighed a mere 10 pounds.
Lily was beautiful. She was more like a newborn than a one year old. She could barely hold up her head and was so accustomed to being heavily swaddled in layers of clothing that she cried when the air touched her skin the first time we carefully unwrapped her. Her tiny features were so delicate. She was as quiet as a mouse. She slept through the night without a peep. She was perfect.
Looking back, I can see that Lily was suffering from "failure to thrive," or the lack of weight gain and physical growth that many orphans suffer when inadequately nurtured and underfed. Combine this with a challenged immune system and the trauma of leaving the familiarity of the orphanage, and you have a child who is very vulnerable.
Once home, the pediatrician suggested that Lily needed her vaccines; the Chinese records could not be trusted. Having never even questioned vaccines before, I agreed, and Lily was given her DPT, hepatitis B, polio, and the MMR. What I know now is that this amounts to eight separate disease agents at once, not to mention the additives in each injection. A chemical cocktail.
Shortly after, Lily's leg swelled to twice the size. She became more and more agitated, crying loudly. Long woeful shrieks were coming from her and nothing soothed her. Her temperature was 103 F. and rising. She was clearly in great distress and I ran her back to the pediatrician where she was diagnosed with aseptic meningitis. This is an inflammation of the membrane covering the brain and spinal cord. She was given IV antibiotics and her fever continued to climb to about 105 F. I tried to accept the fact that she might die and spent the next forty eight hours holding her warm, limp body and praying.
The Merck Manual is one of the world's most trusted medical references. First published in 1899, The "Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy" is a concise and complete medical reference for doctors, medical students, and healthcare professionals.
From its pages I read: "Disorders and drugs are common causes of meningitis. Disorders that most commonly cause meningitis include disorders that cause inflammation, including the inflammation that occurs when the body's immune system malfunctions and attacks the body's own tissues (autoimmune disorders)."  Among the culpable drugs listed are vaccines.
Eager for validation, back I went to the pediatrician, armed with my information, certain she would agree with me for unearthing the actual cause of Lily's illness. I was sadly mistaken. She informed me with complete confidence and authority that there was no connection whatsoever to the vaccines. Completely impossible. And furthermore, she delivered a terse lecture on the horrors of children dying from communicable diseases and how she had seen these horrors in the field. End of conversation. I was speechless.
In the months and years that followed, I underwent a total reorganization of my belief system. The stark realization hit me that no one was going to look out for my kids as I do. It was up to me. The sheer responsibility felt overwhelming. But at the same time, it felt somehow empowering. I wasn't going to trust what someone else told me without doing my own research ever again My choices eventually led me back to school where I spent four years earning a degree in homeopathic medicine. It was there that I learned more about how the healthy immune system operates.