Anyone Over 30 Should Be Dead

Anyone Over 30 Should Be Dead

Last Saturday night, my husband and I went out with some friend who had just purchased a new car. I commented that it seemed rather spacious as the 4 of enjoyed moving through the city in our own transportation escaping our usual mass transit experience. Franny remarked back, that when they have both the car seats installed and her mother-in-law in the back seat, it is really pretty cramped.

We all laughed as we recalled our childhood car experience. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that any child under 40 pounds ride in a car seat. They also suggest using a booster seat for any child under 4′ 9″ of height. I am only 5′ 2″, so presumably I would have been strapped into my booster well into my teen age years. This probably would have set me up for some very cruel remarks from my friends. Plus how would my mother have car pooled all of us around? Come to think of it, my grandmother was only 4′ 8 ” tall, should we have strapped her into a booster seat at 99 years of age?

As we slowly moved through traffic along 9th Avenue we started recounting our childhood memories about safety. None of us had worn a helmet bike riding or skate boarding. I have a very clear memory of the first time my training wheels were removed and I went zooming around our circle on my own two wheels. That is, until I panicked and forgot how to stop and went crashing into my lawn to cushion my fall. We were also belly sleepers back then and were not introduced to the world of hand sanitizers.

This of course led into the subject of vaccinations. When my friends and I were born in the early 70’s, we were subjected to only a small handful of required vaccinations. Now children are subject to 37-50 vaccination shots during their early formative years. Currently, in a Washington DC school district, parents are being jailed or fined $50 a day for not giving their children the chicken pox and hepatitis B vaccination. I personally am a little wary of the increased amount of vaccinations that are now required for children. I am also aware of the argument of “vaccinating your child will help protect the health of others.” But when a vaccine for chicken pox is required to enter school, I think we have gone too far! Yes, the chicken pox are uncomfortable and itchy, but do we really need to require people to put more chemicals and medications into the bodies of babes! When does a parent get the choice of “informed consent”? At this time, the only ways to be exempt from vaccinations is to have a note from your doctor stating that the vaccination will give an allergic reaction to the child, or claim religious or philosophical reasons. I truly feel for the parents that are put in the situation of choosing between their child’s education and their personal beliefs and values.

As our society continues to venture forward and set guidelines for how we can make our lives happier, healthier and safer, it has become abundantly clear to me…ANY OVER 30 SHOULD BE DEAD!

4 Comments
  • AmyLee
    Posted at 13:46h, 05 January

    Wow. I have several comments on your post. First of all, the car seat issue. The national safety transportation board, (and all of their research) has SUGGESTED that children stay in car seats until 40LBS. Just as, the transportation board has SUGGESTED that all cars should be equipped with SEAT BELTS, (you DO wear one of those right). These are GUIDELINES maximizing safety in cars. Your grandmother surely didn’t do as much motorized commuting as the modern population now does, In addition, the speed at which we commute has changed–people generally drive much faster now!
    Another example–People no longer smoke in the office, or in the presents of non-smokers, as they did in the past. Another guidline set forth by a safety board.

    Vaccinations~ I’m a nurse, and I ALWAYS suggest people do the research on vaccinations before turning them down. Their is a difference between INFORMED CONSENT AND IGNORANCE> most people who DO NOT vaccinate do it due to religious reasons, or because they are ignorant to the dangers posed by not vaccinating. I suggest reading articles on post-vaccination epidemics, such as small pox, and influenza. Current developments with polio in other countries should be a terrifying reminder of WHY these vaccinations were developed in the first place…. And this situation also shows us what the consequences are when only a percentage of people are vaccinated, while the rest are left untreated (and its the untreated that SUFFER!). Please see http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/07/19/health/main630608.shtml and http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/10275.php

    There are countless other current articles on this situation. PLEASE

  • Deb
    Posted at 19:27h, 06 January

    Hi Amy

    Thank you so much for reading the blog and leaving a comment.

    I did not once in the blog post suggest not using a car seat. I simply commented on the fact that when I was at the age, height and weight suggested for a car seat use, they were not being implemented and yet we all some how survived. I do wear a seat belt every time I am in a car and understand the reasons for such safety devices.

    As for the vaccination issue, again, I never suggested not getting them. Again, I just acknowledged the vast difference of how things are now compared to when I was a child. I don’t however understand why you are assuming that the people that are declining the use of vaccinations are ignorant as opposed to well informed on their decision.

    I was also simply expressing my empathy for those parents that have to make the tough decision between giving their child a new vaccine for chicken pox or not having their child be allowed to attend school.

    Again, thank you for voicing your thoughts and opinions.

    Deb

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 00:00h, 15 October

    I am the acting dula for a great friend of mine and we have been discussing (along with her husband) the great vaccination debate as her due date gets closer… There are MANY more vaccinations being given now as apposed to when we were kids/newborns. And the point of our discussions is not if they should be done at all, but rather which ones are redundant and will end up doing more harm then good to the child if they are not needed. For example: there are many vaccines that are given to a child which are meant to be used if there is a std in question that might be passed on. But if both parents are clean and unaffected, there is no need for that vaccine! Other vaccines might be good for the child but have many other chemicals in them that are not, and seem to counter-act any benefits that may be had!
    Every parent and support should know what is in any of these concoctions and how it will effect the life of their child. I think the simplest way I can state it is: I would not take a pill without knowing what it would do to me, why would we treat a newborn any differently! I agree that some vaccines are necessary and good but too often they are all given just because it is easier to treat every child the same rather then focusing on the individual needs of each!
    Thank you! I have been enjoying all of your articles! Keep up the good work!

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