February 17th is Vaccine Exclusion Day at Oregon Schools- Did You Know That You Can Still Get Non-Medical Exemptions? – Learn how

Feb17February 17th. is Vaccine Exclusion Day at Oregon Schools.

In 2015, I testified at the Oregon Senate health committee against SB442 that was going to get rid of the ability for parents to get a philosophical or non-medical exemption to vaccines. That bill was dropped, so we have preserved parent’s rights in Oregon to selectively vaccinate or not to vaccinate.  Medical freedom still exists in Oregon. If you ask most doctors and most school officials, you will not hear this truth.  They will tell you your child needs all the “required” vaccines or they will be excluded from school on February 17th. 2016.

The State vaccine program has been sending out warning letters to parents whose children are not fully vaccinated that these children will not be able to attend school starting February 17th. Sadly, they do not inform parents of their right to watch a state produced educational video and then print off their certificate so the schools will allow their child to attend school.

As a result of the passage of SB895 last year, students in public and private schools and certified child care facilities who had a non-medical (religious or philosophical) vaccine exemption in place before March 1, 2014 need to obtain a new non-medical exemption by next Wednesday, February 17.

You can watch the Vaccine Education Module here: http://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/VaccinesImmunization/GettingImmunized/Modules/vaccineeducation.htm

You will have to sit there and click through the slides of the video. The length of the video depends on how many vaccines your are opting out of, and takes anywhere from 10 minutes for a single vaccine, to about an hour for all of them. Be sure your computer is attached to a printer at the time you watch this and print off several certificates, at least one for each child and an extra one for you to keep in your records. When you give this document to your school or daycare, you will also need to fill out, and sign the state certificate of immunization status: https://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/VaccinesImmunization/GettingImmunized/Documents/SchCISform.pdf  that the schools typically provide.

Most of my patients have done lots of vaccines, just not all of them.  Fill in those that you have done.  Sign it. Turn in your certificate and wish them a good day. No, your doctor does not need to sign this form.

If your school is giving you any trouble, send them to the State web site on this topic: https://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/VaccinesImmunization/GettingImmunized/Pages/non-medical-exemption.aspx

They can Google search “Oregon non-medical exemptions” and it comes right up!

If all this fails perhaps a visit from an attorney to level harassment charges might be the last resort.

Medical freedom and informed consent must be our guide, not misinformed schools and physicians who don’t even know the law or the rules. I’m being nice when I say they don’t know the laws and the rules.  Perhaps they are being dishonest and manipulative.  I’d like to think not.

 

Dr. Paul.

PaulThomasDr. Paul Thomas, M.D. is an award-winning Dartmouth-trained pediatrician with nearly 30 years of experience in pediatrics. In addition to being board certified in Pediatrics, he is an expert on addiction and board certified in Addiction Medicine. His practice, Integrative Pediatrics, serves some 11,000 children in Portland, Oregon. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health—from Pregnancy through Your Child’s Teen Years (Ballantine 2016).

Help Shape Medical Freedom In Oregon

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Our thanks go out to those who helped with the signature gathering on the petitions for our potential ballot measure. We don’t have an official update yet, but as soon as have concrete information, we will let you know! The political process is time-consuming and sometimes runs slow as you all well know.

It’s also expensive.

We’ve made headway, but we have a long way to go. We’re on the cusp of creating a clear and permanent moat around preserving medical freedom for our kids and our families, but we need your help urgently to make it happen.

We don’t have fancy donors or large companies behind us – but we do have passion. We are the future of medical freedom and it takes all of us, little by little, to make big changes in Oregon.

Your contribution of $5, 10, 25, $50, or $100 will have a significant impact as we fight to protect our rights to medical freedom and informed consent, and because of the Oregon Political Tax Credit, it doesn’t have to cost you anything. Sound too good to be true? Read the details about this tax credit on our website.

We know the fight to protect medical freedom, right to privacy, and personal decision making regarding medical procedures for our families, is far from over and we need your help now, more than ever. Please consider contributing to support our efforts and help medical freedom move forward.

You can contribute quickly and securely by clicking on the button at the end of this email, on our website here, or you can mail a check to Oregonians for Medical Freedom PAC with the information here.

Thank you so much for your support, for your consideration of a financial contribution, and for your continued commitment to medical freedom for all Oregonians.

With your help today, we will shape medical freedom in the future.

 

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Parents! Collect Those Cell Phones Before Bed and Watch Your Teenager’s School Performance Improve

TeenOnPhoneWhen my house was full with eight children, most of them teenagers, most with cell phones, it was obvious that cell phone use after typical bed time hours was contributing to daytime fatigue and suspected poor school performance. With my daughter who simply couldn’t unplug from socializing, we collected her phone before bed.  I learned years later, that she would do chores for her older brothers to get access to their phones!

The study Effects of Instant Messaging on School Performance in Adolescents found that students with the most cell phone use after lights out reported the least sleep duration, a higher rate of daytime sleepiness, and poorer academic performance.

The solution is simple. Have a family policy that all phones and smart anything (Ipads, laptops, etc.) are turned in for overnight charging to a location like the parents bedroom!

Training your child and your family in general to unplug from this constant need for connectedness will improve more than just sleep and academic performance. You might even find that your teenager comes and says good night and tucks you in at night!

 

Dr. Paul

PaulThomasDr. Paul Thomas, M.D. is an award-winning Dartmouth-trained pediatrician with nearly 30 years of experience in pediatrics. In addition to being board certified in Pediatrics, he is an expert on addiction and board certified in Addiction Medicine. His practice, Integrative Pediatrics, serves some 11,000 children in Portland, Oregon. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health—from Pregnancy through Your Child’s Teen Years (Ballantine 2016).

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Why the Autism Intensive Summit?

Autism spectrum disorders are the fastest growing developmental disorder in the world today.

In the United States a child is diagnosed every 11 minutes. For the past three decades the rates have increased at an accelerating rate and are currently 1in 68 children; 1 in 48 boys and 1 in 189 girls are affected.

This is the first online Autism Summit. The compilation of experts across multiple disciplines with cutting edge and innovative therapies make this summit unique, with a comprehensive, inclusive, credible approach to a much-debated issue.

Learn from video interviews with Functional  Medicine visionaries and innovators that are experts in root cause resolution. 

Autism spectrum disorders are a complex chronic condition with a large variation in symptoms. The cause remains elusive. A series of scientific studies over the last decade document that the increase is a real and cannot be attributed to better diagnosis.

There is a need to think deeply and objectively about this disorder. We know that multiple body systems are impacted, including: brain, nervous, immune, gastrointestinal, oxidation/reduction, inflammation, and mitochondria

We have assembled an outstanding group of doctors, parents, clinicians, chiropractors, nutritionists, and researchers that can shed light on this complex chronic condition. Our experts discuss the environmental connection and share with you cutting edge information about what you can do to improve the health and well being of your child.

Learn the latest, most up to date information about autism spectrum disorders, including ADHD. Discover how early intervention and treatment, and life-long support can make a difference for individuals with autism and their families.

The real answers are likely not being offered by mainstream medicine. We have traveled the country to interview 35 respected and trustworthy practitioners. It can often seem like there’s no options and no one else to turn to, The Autism Intensive Summit will help you get to the root of dysfunction in you child by giving you information you need to address:

  • Diet, nutrition, supplements, neutraceuticals, pharmaceutical, helminth therapy, essential oils
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  • How to detoxify/eliminate heavy metals and environmental pollutants in food, air and water.
  • Treating chronic infections.
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  • Understand biochemical and physiological basis for efficacy of biomedical interventions
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There are many reasons why we seeing an alarming increase in autism spectrum disorder, by sharing this information we can do something about it! Collectively we know enough to prevent and remediate autism spectrum disorders.

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PaulThomasDr. Paul Thomas, M.D. is an award-winning Dartmouth-trained pediatrician with nearly 30 years of experience in pediatrics. In addition to being board certified in Pediatrics, he is an expert on addiction and board certified in Addiction Medicine. His practice, Integrative Pediatrics, serves some 11,000 children in Portland, Oregon. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health—from Pregnancy through Your Child’s Teen Years (Ballantine 2016).