Confessions of a Naturopath
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Neither.

You might have noticed that this is a hot topic as of late. I have had many people ask
me my opinion. And believe me, I have opinions. But, it’s one of those topics that you
tread lightly around, just like asking someone how much money they make, or what
your religious beliefs are. You tread lightly because they are HEATED topics. You can
find those who are adamantly opposed. or adamantly against vaccinations.
But I am neither. I am ADAMANTLY FOR the health of you and your children.

Let me paint a picture for you, so you understand where I am coming from...

There’s this person. And they want to become a doctor because they have a real
interest in helping people. So they go to a conventional medical school and they learn
how to help people. The helping is centered around treatment of disease that consists
of pharmaceuticals and vaccinations. These are the tools that conventional medical
doctors learn to use. So when they think about the safety of your child, which is very
important, they use their tools. And they use them with vigilance because this is how
they know how to keep your child safe.

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Then there’s this person. They want to become a doctor because they have a real
interest in helping people. So they go to a naturopathic medical school and they learn
how to help people. The helping is centered around treating the person’s terrain, or
their internal world, in order to address the deeper reason why the body allowed the
disease in in the first place, and to strengthen the body’s own defense at fighting off
invaders. The tools consist of natural things, like herbs, homeopathics, energy medicine,
nutrition, and physical medicine. So when this person thinks about the safety of your child,
which is very important, they use their tools. And they use them with vigilance because
this is how they know how to keep your child safe.

Is one right? Is one wrong?

Absolutely not.

There are very real pros and cons to either method. And as your doctor, and your
children’s doctor, I assess those risks very heavily. Because I am interested in keeping
you and your children safe. That is very important to me.

How I keep you and your children safe, to the very best of my ability, is to assess each
and every one of you for the unique individuals that you are. No two people are alike.
And I will not treat you as if you are.

Let’s take 3 year old Jane. She comes into my office and mom tells me that she is
continuously getting sick and being sent home from daycare (sick beyond the 5-6 times
per year that a child that age should be getting sick), her nose constantly runny, she is
constipated but alternates with loose stools that she sometimes has a hard time controlling,
she has temper tantrums that are big, real big, she spaces out on occasion, she won’t eat
anything but McDonald’s hamburgers or Starbursts, her mom and dad smoke in the house,
mom’s pregnancy was terribly stressful, and Jane was never breastfed.

Now let’s take 3 year old John. He comes into my office and mom tells me that he seems to
get through colds pretty easily, he has regular poops in the toilet, he has a happy demeanor,
he is very adventurous about the foods he eats and therefore eats a lot of vegetables, he
sleeps well, he was breastfed for a year, his mom had a happy pregnancy, and neither of his
parents have ever smoked.

There is no way that I could recommend the same treatment for both John and Jane. Their
internal terrain is going to be terribly different. Their ability to deal with stressors (as a vaccine
and all of the additives can be) is going to be very different. This is why when one child goes
to get a vaccination, they sail through it, no big deal. And why when another child goes to get
a vaccination, there is a poor outcome.

Speaking of poor outcomes…..does the MMR vaccine cause Autism? I don’t know. And you can
find someone to argue vehemently one way or the other. But what I do know is that some children
do not have an easy time getting toxic junk out of their bodies, and others do. Vaccines, and this
is no secret, contain things like aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde, antibiotics, etc. And with the
current vaccine schedule for your children these days, they are exposed to A LOT of these
adjuvants at once. For example, if you bring your 2 month old child in to your pediatrician for their
routine visit and vaccinations (per the recommended schedule), which consists of Polio, Rotavirus,
Hep B, Pneumococcal, Hib, and DTaP, then your child has been exposed to 1000 mcg of Aluminum.

1000! At one visit. And do you know that the allowable FDA limits on exposure to Aluminum is 25 mcg
for this 2-month old child. 25!

So, I, as someone who is passionately interested in you and your children’s safety and health,
cannot recommend 1000mcg of Aluminum being injected into anyone’s body at one time.

However, I do recognize the value and role that vaccinations have played in decreasing incidence of
disease throughout history.

Each of you and your children must be seen as the individuals you are, evaluated to determine what
your terrain is like and your ability to eliminate toxic crap out of your bodies, and then use treatments
and preventions that are right for YOU.

With Wellness and Love,

Dr Jennifer Letellier, ND
Naturopathic Doctor
Phone: 970.247.3717