Banned From Religious School For Not Vaccinating: Oy Vey!

In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off–one of my favorite movies— Cameron said, “I am not going to sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I’m going to take a stand. I’m going to defend it. Right or wrong, I’m going to defend it.”

I think we could all take Cameron’s advice to heart. I did.

One of my patients, Steve, informed me that my Synagogue of 15 years, Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills, MI, decided that if a child does not have all of his/her vaccines they cannot attend their preschool. My patient was very Drugs That Don’t... David Brownstein Best Price: $3.74 Buy New $17.63 (as of 08:30 UTC - Details) upset as he informed me that both he and his wife were not comfortable giving their children all the vaccines that were recommended and they wanted to space out the vaccines. These parents are both intelligent and caring parents and had done their research about childhood vaccinations. Steve said, “Nearly all the {Detroit} Jewish temples {such as Temple Israel, as well as Hillel Day School and the Jewish Community Center} are mandating full vaccination or your child cannot attend. I can’t believe this is happening.”

In Michigan, in order to attend public school, the citizens are allowed a medical, religious or philosophical exemption from childhood vaccinations.

Curing the Incurable: ... Levy, MD JD Thomas E Best Price: $22.60 Buy New $18.89 (as of 08:55 UTC - Details) Steve told me that he met with Rabbi Miller at my temple to discuss his concerns and that the Rabbi was not receptive to his viewpoint.

I called Temple Beth El and asked if they had indeed instituted this new vaccine policy as I was not aware of it. I did not recall seeing this new vaccine edict in any Temple Beth El publication.   I was told that this was the new policy. At this point, I told an employee that I could not be a member of a Temple that supported such draconian policies. The employee asked me, “Why does this affect you as your kids are older?” I stated that I do care because my patients have children and I do not feel the present vaccine program is safe as it injects children with toxic substances such as mercury, aluminum, MSG, and formaldehyde. At this point, the executive director asked if I would meet with the Rabbi to discuss my concerns. I agreed to meet. Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C... Buy New $32.95 (as of 10:05 UTC - Details)

My wife Allison and I met with Rabbi Miller. At this meeting, I introduced myself and let the Rabbi know my concerns about forced vaccination. Specifically, I told the Rabbi that following the recommended vaccine schedule exposes children to toxic doses of mercury, aluminum, and formaldehyde. Furthermore, I told him that Temple Beth El’s interest should be educating the members about Jewish ideas and practices, not mandating or opposing medical therapies. “I don’t think Temple Beth El should be making medical decisions for me or my children,” I stated.

New Chapter Zyflamend ... Buy New $47.99 (as of 10:05 UTC - Details) The Rabbi began our discussion by asking me what I thought about Christian Scientists who do not believe in any medical therapies. He brought up children with pneumonia dying from not receiving antibiotics because the parents did not believe in conventional medicine.

Needless to say, that was not a good start to the meeting. I reminded the Rabbi that I was not a Christian Scientist and that I recommend anybody suffering with pneumonia to take an antibiotic. I informed the Rabbi that I was concerned about the vaccination policy. He stated that he could not argue the science with me but that vaccines have been proven safe. At this point, I stopped him and said that thimerosal has never been proven to be safe to inject in any living being and that it never would be shown to be safe as it contains 50% mercury by weight. Mercury is one of the most toxic substances known to mankind. I informed the Rabbi that the flu vaccine contains 25,000 times the upper limit of mercury in drinking water as established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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