What are your weapons against sickness? I decided to write this blog because of some of the extremism I’ve seen on both sides of the vaccine controversy. I see some pro-vaccine people who act like vaccines are all they need to be protected against disease. I also see some anti-vaccine people who act like their immune system will handle any germ that comes their way with no concerns about the spread of illness. There are many ways to promote health and healing without vaccinating. You may choose to have vaccines in your toolbox as a tool to protect against specific infections. That doesn’t mean you don’t need any other tools in your toolbox.
So what are these tools I’m talking about? Tools against infectious illness are things that help us fight those illnesses, overcome them sooner if we do get sick, and prevent the spread of those contagious illnesses.
What are the pathogens? Viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, protozoa, and prions are types of pathogens. There are countless pathogens within those 6 categories. There are only vaccines for a few if you choose to go that route. Fortunately, there are many tools that protect against multitudes of illnesses.
How are they spread? There are a variety of ways illnesses spread. Some are airborne (mainly spread through sneezing and coughing). Many are germs we pick up by touching something we didn’t realize was contaminated. Sickness can be spread through liquids and foods also. Other illnesses are transmitted by exposure to bodily fluids.
There are a lot of ways a person can get sick. They can catch something from a friend. They can drink after people and get their germs. They can eat food that didn’t go through proper safe preparation methods or drink water that isn’t clean enough. They can get infections from sexual promiscuity. Or they can get sneezed on by a sick kid and end up with a cold. There are lots of things that can make people sick. Thankfully, we have an immune system that fights to protect our bodies. We also have these tools in our infectious diseases protection toolboxes.
REVIEWING THE BASICS
These tools may sound silly. Who doesn’t do this, right? It’s surprising the people who neglect to follow these basic simple guidelines. I see people who don’ wash their hands after they go to the bathroom. I’ve also seen pro-vaccine fanatics who won’t let any unvaccinated people around their newborn, but they will let friends over who have a cold.
FOOD SAFETY TOOLS
SWAPPING BODILY FLUIDS
CLEANING TO KILL…. PATHOGENS THAT IS
STRENGTHENING OUR IMMUNE SYSTEMS IN GENERAL
WHAT TO DO WHEN ILLNESS STRIKES
I promise I’m not a germaphobe. The point of this blog is to say on behalf of those who don’t get vaccinated, that doesn’t mean we don’t care about spreading illness. There are people who get vaccinated that aren’t genuinely concerned with public health at all. Everyone is different. As for me, I do care about public health. I don’t think vaccines are a safe tool to use. I threw that option out of my toolbox. There are a lot of other tools in my toolbox though. It’s not like I’m walking around spreading germs with my dirty hands and letting people drink after me. I do care about preventing infectious illnesses. I do care about public health. I care about keeping people safe from sickness. I also care about people recovering from illnesses as quickly as possible with the best treatments. Whether you choose to vaccinate or not, all of these areas of infectious illness protection should be something you are proactive about. What tools are in your infectious diseases protection toolbox?