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Between the latest online fads and the crazy media headlines, it’s easier than ever to get confused about your health. If you want to make better decisions about your health today so you can feel better and live longer, you’ve come to the right place.

On this episode we’re talking about one of the most controversial topics in the medical field today — vaccines. Are vaccines safe and do you really need them to stay healthy? I’m joined by Dr. Max Cohen, naturopathic physician and passionate advocate for vaccines as an essential part of whole health natural care. Dr. Cohen has spent years studying the medical facts and dispelling the fiction behind vaccines.  Today we’re diving right into the controversy of vaccines and answering the hard questions that seem to be on everyone’s mind. What are vaccines made up of, and how exactly do they interact with the body’s immune system? Is there value in administering vaccines on an altered schedule? How effective is the flu shot? Does the MMR vaccine cause autism? Is there any danger associated with the HPV vaccine?

The information you will hear on this episode is designed to help educate you about vaccines so that you can act with confidence, and not with fear. Still, I am fully committed to sharing both sides of the story with you, and you may be surprised when you hear the vaccine-hesitant view of this conversation. On the second half of this podcast we will look at the vaccine controversy from the other side. Is speaking out against vaccines considered an exercise of freedom of speech? Does personal belief ever outweigh the common good of the public? I share experiences both from my own childhood and with vaccinating my own children, and explain how these experiences have helped to form the strong opinion that I have about vaccines today.  Join me as we consider both sides of this critical health debate — to educate yourself and to be inspired to act confidently on your knowledge.

Key Takeaways:

[:35] Today’s topic is vaccines — are they safe? Do you really need them to stay healthy? A look at the facts on today’s podcast will help you make an informed decision about vaccinations.

[2:20] Introducing Dr. Max Cohen, N. D., who shares his experience working with the development of the tuberculosis vaccine and the effect it has had on his career, his research, and his interactions with concerned patients.

[7:30] A look at the controversy and history of vaccines shows that concerns over the safety of vaccines is nothing new, but that doesn’t make them any less safe than they have ever been.

[9:47] Is there any health value in administering vaccines on an altered, spaced out schedule? Dr. Cohen explores the potential physical and mental side effects of delaying vaccines.

[16:03] Are you wondering whether or not you should get a flu shot this year?  Consider these potential risks and side effects and weigh them against the benefits of this low-drama vaccine.

[22:12] Vaccine reporting systems — who can file a report about a vaccine-related incident and what you can expect will happen after you do.

[24:49] A look at the numbers — the risks of not getting a flu vaccination based on studies, complications, and annual deaths related to influenza.

[30:30] Do MTHFR variations and other genetic polymorphisms increase the risk of a negative reaction to the flu vaccine?

[34:55] High quality research has already answered our next question — the MMR vaccine does not cause autism. Dr. Cohen details the studies and data that proves why.

[39:41] Consider the transparency that has come with vaccines from the industry, researchers, and pharmaceutical companies that all stand to benefit from pushing potentially unsafe vaccines.

[42:47] The truth about administering vaccines in increased frequencies from past generations and a look at concerns about autoimmune diseases and the effects of vaccines, including the HPV vaccine.

[48:38] Understanding causation versus correlation — and why treatments administered reactively seem to work better than treatments that are administered proactively.

[51:33] What exactly goes into a vaccine?  Addressing your fears about aluminum, formaldehyde, thimerosal, environmental toxins and preservatives.

[1:01:02] Gathering medical information may be easier than ever, but that doesn’t mean that what you’re reading online is accurate or what is best for your health.

[1:07:26] Wrapping up and connecting with Dr. Cohen.

[1:08:38] My experience with trying to find a vaccine-hesitant speaker, and the importance of preserving freedom of speech in the face of fear.

[1:15:17] Understanding why personal choice does not outweigh the public good, especially in matters of communicable diseases.

[1:21:37] Breaking vaccines down — how do vaccines work and which elements of a vaccine are actually working with the body’s immune system to protect the body against illnesses?

[1:26:27] The considerations of overcoming fear, probability, causation and correlation when understanding the side effects of vaccines.

[1:31:00] Bad things in tiny amounts are actually good for you — what do broccoli and vaccines have in common?

[1:33:45] Do you have a topic you’d like me to cover? Contact me on Facebook or Instagram using #medicalmyths.

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VAERS Reporting System

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