For a long time, I have wished that there was a comprehensive resource about vaccines from someone I could trust.
I admit that I have a somewhat weary suspicion of most M.D.’s. I try to trust them, to think that they are making decisions because they care about my precious little girl with her sparkling blue eyes, her winning smile, and her gurgling laughter. I hope that they are not making decisions because of money or lack of time or pride, but that hope is often overshadowed by skepticism of a flawed industry.
That’s why I was overjoyed when I heard it was Dr. Sears who authored the book. I trust the Sears family – their gentler, warmer, more humane way of addressing patients and parenting. I appreciate their more natural approach – their stances about breastfeeding, babywearing, and co-sleeping (they’re advocates of all three).
I was not disappointed. Dr. Sears has created a thorough, detailed analysis of each vaccine (pros, cons, ingredients, side effects, etc.). Although it is obvious that Sears knows his stuff, his voice is warm and professional, not sterile and condescending. He answers common questions with grace.
But he doesn’t provide easy answers or gloss over the debate. In fact, I found myself floundering a bit when I closed the pages, still uncertain by the vaccine dilemma, a bit overwhelmed with all of the data. I did feel more knowledgeable, however, and I felt like I would come back to this book many times to thoughtfully revisit the concepts.
The Vaccine Book is the only book of its kind on the market. It is objective without some elephant agenda (ant-vaccine or pro-vaccine). It is clear and it is parent-friendly. The back of the book promises that it is the “first-ever, authoritative, open-minded guide to childhood vaccines” and that synopsis rings true to me.
I highly recommend this book to any parent who has ever wondered about vaccines, any parent searching for answers that are backed up by research and experience. This is one purchase you are unlikely to regret.
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