Unvaccinated From Birth, Here’s My Life

My mother is a nurse (an RN) at a local hospital, one of the only hospitals within the city. She is somewhat “antivaxx”, simply because of what she knows about the flu shot and her other training she gained from her nursing degree. She did not have me and my four siblings vaccinated, however she gave us the choice if we wanted to get them around our high school years. I declined because it can be expensive, and we weren’t really doing very well financially. I also had been just fine until then and hated going to the doctor. At this point in my high school years around 2012, my medical issues consisted of an inaccurate diagnosis of asthma, and something called pectus excavatum.

I had gotten the chickenpox when I was around four or five years old, which is relatively normal, and around this same time, my whole family caught some weird fever inducing illness. Everyone else got better within a week (without a vaccine), but I was the youngest and was having some symptoms a little worse. I started having trouble breathing and started heaving, so my mom took me to the ER. From what I remember, they gave me something to help me breath normal again (probably an oxygen mask), they gave me a shot for the fever, and then sent us home.

It was later that I found out something different. When I was about ten years old, I was going through our bathroom closet and found a bottle of liquid medicine for asthma in kids. It was about half-empty. My mom then told me that I was diagnosed with Asthma at that ER visit, but she knew that I didn’t have it so she stopped giving me the medicine. I couldn’t remember that fact, and I’ve never had any issues breathing since that visit to the ER. I was misdiagnosed.

Around the time I hit puberty, my mom noticed my chest dipped in more than the average child. She knew what the condition was; it’s hereditary. We went to a doctor who specialized in it and he confirmed that I have pectus excavatum. Pectus is a condition where your cartilage in your chest grows too much, causing your sternum to either cave in or poke out. This has never been something treatable by vaccine. I could have, however, gotten a “cosmetic surgery” that would have straightened out my sternum, but I declined that as well.

Growing up, my mother was steadfast on a healthy diet: whole foods and meat that was grass-fed, etc. But my parents were divorced and my dad didn’t think that was super important. He felt that feeding us was all that mattered. He fed us a typical diet most parents feed their kids, gave us chips and sandwiches. We ate frozen dinners at his house and got fast food when we didn’t have anything at home to cook. So one week it was all natural for me, the next could be all junk. I began noticing the difference this had on my body. I would get stomach issues and headaches when I was at my dad’s, but felt fine at my mom’s. This caused drama between both sides of the family, and caused stress.

In 2015, I graduated high school and began my process to attend college. Naturally I was given the standard papers to document the “mandatory” vaccines and medical treatments. I wrote off that I didn’t have them due to religious reasons, and sent that in. To this day I have never been vaccinated. The only medical issues I’ve had since 2012 is that I have a minor case of scoliosis. Something minor enough to not need any medical treatment or surgery.

There was an outbreak of the mumps at my college, and the president of the school sent out an email warning students to wash their hands, etc. One of the students in my English class had contracted the disease, but I did not. We go to the same building and same room. There were a number of other cases of it at the school too, but I, an unvaccinated child, never got the mumps.

Since I’ve been in college, I’ve not eaten the best; my diet resembles what I had at my dad’s as a child. I’ve been having minor stomach issues and noticing some pain during that time of the month. To me, this is obviously not because I lack a vaccine. It is evident that there are other factors involved, and vaccines would not even help with this, because I don’t have a disease. I’m lacking certain nutrients that my body needs to be healthy and am more stressed because I now have bills and am in college.

I am not anti-vaxx, but I do believe in the right to do what you will with your own body. I am reporting this because it’s the side unreported. The only vaccines I’ve considered getting is the measle/mumps and a tetanus shot. I believe vaccines are beneficial to those who have poor genetics or live a life with a poor diet and exercise, but those who live healthy with a healthy background will have the immune system to fight whatever disease they come in contact with. A question still remains what is the healthiest life to lead and is that something we can reasonably direct people towards instead of a one-time shot?

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The True Definition of Feminism

For my first post, I figured I’d use something I’ve already written on feminism. Here’s an abridged version of an essay I wrote for my teacher, Shannon Kenny:

Women denouncing feminism appears confusing, as it is contradictory. An article came out by Gina Davis, titled I Am a Female and I Am So Over Feminists. To fully understand what I’m about to talk about it, it’s probably best if you read her article in full. Davis does not follow what the term “feminism” means and appears rather uninformed on this particular theory.

Davis says the amount of women who watch sports are “not enough for TV stations to make money,”, but women are just as nearly interested in sports as men. According to an Adweek/ Harris Poll, fifty-five percent of women in the United States watch NFL sports. With some math, this makes up forty-percent of the overall people who watch NFL sports in the United States, leaving sixty-percent to a male following. Taking on Davis’ ideas: if a business ignores forty percent of their clientele, then they’re losing a lot of potential business. The notion that the sports market adheres to men more than women could be a huge factor for why women don’t watch sports to the number that men do, leaving the majority of male following of NFL sports influenced by stereotypes.

Davis argues another stereotype that women can’t be in the NFL. She says, “The male is made of more muscle mass, and the woman has a more efficient brain” However, according to a study by the National strength and Conditioning Association, women have two-thirds the amount of muscle mass as men. This study has found that women have body muscle geared towards balance and certain agile skills, while a man’s muscle is built for upper-body strength and large force. This is part of what Davis wrote about, but the study also says if a woman trains to the level that a man does she can reach an equal muscle mass as a man in upper body strength and force. And according to a study by a behavioral neuroscientist at Tel Aviv University, it was concluded that “There is no one type of male brain or female brain”. These studies show that a woman can take a “220-pound linebacker” if she so desires, and a man can do all the technical and communicative skills typically associated to women. Meaning there’s no reason that women cannot do one thing and men cannot do another.

Feminism is defined as “the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.” These things show that everything else Davis argues is mute. Feminists don’t care for dominance, and “gentlemen” are not old-fashioned. If someone desires to be nice and pick up the bill on a date or hold the door for another, then regardless of their sex it is considered courteous and “gentlemen-like”. Feminists fight for the rights of men too, so when they say “I’ll take the bill” they mean it courteously. It could be understood that every time Davis uses the term “feminism” she is actually referring to what is often coined as “femi-nazis”; a slang term for the extremists, who try to take dominance over men.

Going on, Davis explains that “Women have more rights in the United States than anywhere else in the world,” which is mostly true. Women have more rights than those in a lot of third-world (or fourth-world) countries and other places in the world. There are women who still are forced into arranged-marriages, and there are women who are forced to receive genital mutilation from the time of birth. Even though in The United States women don’t face such oppression, women still encounter issues with sexual assault, sexual health rights, the right to get equal pay, day-to-day social discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, inability to enter the same occupational fields as men, and the list goes on.

With every feminist fighting for equality, women move closer to diminishing these poor impressions and to helping those in other countries who face deep oppression. It’s a wonder why Davis and many other women would refute feminists, as feminists are the ones who made it possible for them to refute anything to begin with. Feminists help all sexes and if someone acts as though this is wrong then it can be assumed that they are a “femi-nazi” and that “femi-nazis” are uninformed just like Davis.

Following this essay I wrote, please understand that anytime I use the word “feminism”, I’m referring to the bare minimum of the term; the Webster dictionary’s definition: “the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes”. And what I mean when I say I’m a feminist is simply that there’s been a clear disparity between the sexes, outside of the biological differences, for many years. This causes poor things, so this should be addressed. Whether we can succeed at addressing it, and how we can address it, is definitely up to debate and not what I’m discussing by saying I’m a feminist.

Clarity

Something I wrote when I originally made this blog and abandoned it three years ago:

The earliest memory I have was when I was three. I remember it as this: my mother and I went to a place that looked like a mall with stairs up into tall buildings. But I found out later, that I remembered this far more wrong than thought. The building was actually in a parking lot and not as nearly luxurious as a mall.

It’s funny how things happen like this; they become clearer as you become older. Writing was like this for me, and I imagine for most. None of it make sense and then, eleven years of education later, it’s all obvious.

(My writing has even improved since I wrote that post.)

Originally I planned to use this to display my fictional work (mostly from completing NaNoWriMo). My goal with this was to get some feedback and suggestions, but mainly just to get readers. Maybe I will follow up with that on a separate page, when I have some extra time in the summer… Now this is my blog of political theory meeting political practicality. I’m interested in hearing feedback and your opinions of what I discuss in my posts. I encourage you to give me your political views of my posts and I will do my best to respond with an open mind.

Enjoy my political nonsense that will come in my first post today or tomorrow!