Hepatitis B Vaccine and Autism

Dr. Thomas discusses giving the Hepatitis B vaccine to newborns, and the potential for brain damage from aluminum adjuvants.

You can learn more about Dr. Thomas and the upcoming Autism Summit here!

 

Dr. Paul Thomas, M.D., F.A.A.P., received his M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School and completed his pediatric residency at the University of California San Diego. He is a board-certified fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, board-certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine, and a diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He opened his own practice in 2008, Integrative Pediatrics, LLC, and he currently serves over 11,000 patients in the Portland, Oregon metro area. He is the co-author (with Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D.) of The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health—From Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years, which is forthcoming from Ballantine.  Join the 70,000 other subscribers who follow Dr. Paul on YouTube or find him on Facebook. Learn more about autism for free at the Autism Summit, where Dr. Paul is one of the speakers: http://autismintensive.net

New Years Resolution 2016

Happy GuyShould you make a New Years Resolution? If everything is exactly as you want it to be, then no. For the rest of us, why not? I see this as an opportunity to reflect on what in my life needs an adjustment, then outline concrete simple steps that get me closer to my goal.

 

GOALS

Should you have any? If everything is just as you want it to be, then no. For the rest of us, a big yes! Studies show that those who make goals get a lot further and closer to accomplishing them than going through life without goals.

While hitting the mark each time is rare, if your goals are huge, even missing the mark will be a big improvement. Just keep adjusting, resetting goals, and chase after them, if it is important to you.

 

FAILURE

No one keeps their New Years resolutions so why bother?

I would rather try and fail than to do nothing to improve my life and that for those around me. Too often we forget that failure is not to be feared, but embraced. Virtually nothing huge and important has happened without massive failure before it was accomplished. This is true whether it be a child learning to walk, Edison and the light bulb, or our own attempts at self improvement or starting a new business.

 

NEVER GIVE UP (personal example)

I had the goal of becoming a doctor. My motives were pure (well OK, in addition to wanting to help people, I probably was attracted to the prestige, status, and income potential). My freshman year in college, first year back in the USA having grown up in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), I got B’s and C’s. GPA: 2.5 …ouch! I transferred from Kalamazoo College where I had discovered there was no way I would ever be a doctor if I stayed there and started over at the University of the Pacific in Stockton California, as a biology major and vowed to tell no-one at that school I was pre-med.

I got A’s and B’s my second year, a 3.5 GPA which resulted in a two year average GPA of 3.0 …ouch again! I was basically a straight A student my last two years, ending up with a cumulative GPA of 4.3 in college.

After 12 rejection letters, that first year of applying to medical school, I enrolled for my masters in biology, became a teaching assistant and made plans to re-apply to medical school. Over the next two years I would retake the MCAT and improve my scores, complete my masters program and, after 33 rejection letters, I finally received that acceptance letter  to Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire.

 

KEEP TRYING- When the goal is worthy

While moving this last year I stumbled on a poster I had made in 1989, of new year resolutions. I had forgotten that I used to do that, make a large visual poster of my goals. This one had a pyramid shape with top priorities at the top of the pyramid. My top #1 resolution in 1989 was to stop drinking. I used to drink more than I thought was healthy. That goal remained at the top of my list until 2002 when I had my last sip of alcohol. It took 13 years of trying and I now have 13 years since alcohol entered my body. I don’t drink today, and for me, it had to be all or none. It seemed I just couldn’t do moderation! But I kept the goal, and fought hard. Funny the solution on that one was surrender. Surrender to win. Sounds crazy right? Sometimes you just need to get some help outside of your own thinking.

 

MY GOALS for 2016

I share a few of my goals here in case this may be helpful to you. (Remember to be specific in your goals)

  1. Slow Down. I am poised to have the busiest year of my life. I run 4 clinics (Integrative Pediatrics, Pediatric Urgent Care, Fair Start, and Natura Integrative Medicine) I’m publishing a book, doing extensive research, and starting a new online business. I simply must take some time off. My goal is to take a lunch break, and Sundays off.
  2. Eat Right. Lose weight. For me sugar, gluten, and dairy (and processed foods) all result in weight gain and health challenges.

My goal is to eat no added sugar, gluten or dairy and minimize processed foods – focusing on organic fruits and vegetables, meats, nuts and seeds.

  1. Exercise. More is what I need. Specifically, I’ll work out a minimum of 3 times a week for at least an hour and try to add one long work-out each week where I build stamina.

I could write a very long list of things I will do for family, for work, for my businesses, and for personal and spiritual growth. The list I shared above was simply those things that I personally needed to focus on.  If I lose my health, none of the rest matters.

 

What really matters most in your life?

I encourage you to write down three things you are willing to do to make 2016 that year that you finally got over the hump on a personal goal. Keep these goals in front of you. By the end of the first week, only 75% of us are still on track with our resolutions, and more than half have given up by 6 months. Clearly, the first weeks are key. Once you have created a new habit, a new routine – your chances of success are much improved.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Dr. Paul

 

 

Dr. Paul Thomas, M.D., F.A.A.P., received his M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School and completed his pediatric residency at the University of California San Diego. He is a board-certified fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, board-certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine, and a diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He opened his own practice in 2008, Integrative Pediatrics, LLC, and he currently serves over 11,000 patients in the Portland, Oregon metro area. He is the co-author (with Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D.) of The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health—From Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years, which is forthcoming from Ballantine.  Join the 66,000 other subscribers who follow Dr. Paul on YouTube or find him on Facebook. Learn more about autism for free at the Autism Summit, where Dr. Paul is one of the speakers: http://autismintensive.net

 

Last Chance To Use Your Tax Credit!!

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Oregon’s Political Tax Credit –
Use it or Lose it by December 31!

It’s your last chance to use your Oregon Political Tax Credit and support medical freedom in Oregon. Your contribution of $25, $50 or even $100 can make a difference to our coalition as we fight to protect our rights to medical freedom and informed consent—and it doesn’t have to cost you anything!

Sound too good to be true? It’s not…

Through our tax system, the state of Oregon gives each tax-paying Oregonian a $50 gift. But you can’t keep it—you either send the money back to the state in taxes, or you donate it to a qualified political action committee like Oregonians for Medical Freedom.

If you file an Oregon tax return, you may be eligible* for the Oregon Political Tax Credit which allows you to make a contribution of up to $100 (married filing jointly, $50 individual filers) to committees like ours and receive every dollar of it back when you file your income tax return next year.

This is not a deduction. It is a tax credit. That means that if you owe money to the state at the end of the year, you will owe up to $100 less. If you are due a refund, your refund will be that much more.

You must use it before December 31, 2015! Donate online today!

You can read more about the Oregon Political Tax Credit on our website here.

*Please note, due to a recent change in Oregon law, individuals with adjusted gross income over $100,000 or joint filers with combined income exceeding $200,000 no longer qualify for the Political Tax Credit. You can consult your tax advisor for more information. 

Shared Decision Making Between Patients and Doctors Improves Outcomes

PaternalismHenry David Thoreau said: “(if) a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.”

When I was in medical school 30 years ago, one of the doctoring styles most looked down on was that called paternalism. Paternalism in medicine can be defined as the practice by doctors (those in positions of authority) of restricting the freedom and responsibilities of patients supposedly for their own good. It is a “Doctor knows best” approach that denies the patient decision making rights regarding their health care.

I have been horrified in the last few years to see my profession completely turn it’s back on patients and adopt the despicable practice of paternalism when it comes to vaccines. The entire concept of informed consent seems to have been thrown out the window when it comes to vaccines. All doctors are saying now is, “it’s time to do your vaccines,” as they hand patients a CDC glossy that literally glosses over the side effects and negative effects of vaccines while magnifying the horrors of the diseases the vaccine might protect against. The paternalistic doctor would then make some disparaging comment about parents who don’t care enough about their children to decline such a life saving procedure as the vaccine in question. Faced with this, most buckle. Score one for the “doctors know best” and the pharmaceutical company that has masterfully manipulated the data to magnify the benefits of their vaccines while carefully designing studies not to show the side effects that often come years later, or are so rare that they are missed in the small studies.

With paternalism there is a conflict of two important values:

  1. The value we place on the freedom of persons to make their own choices about how they will lead their lives.
  2. The value we place on promoting and protecting the well being of others.

 

I happen to like helmet laws and seat belt laws. They could be considered paternalistic as it is the state mandating a behavior that really is for your own good. The reason I’m OK with them is that I really can’t find any downside to wearing a seatbelt or helmet. If there were a down side, then I would vote that we leave the decision to the individual.

So, what about smoking, the number one killer in the world? Why don’t we have a paternalistic stance and ban the stuff?

When it comes to medical recommendations, there is almost always a need for informed consent. There are pros and cons to the procedure. This is where paternalism is a very bad thing. This is what I was trained to watch out for, and I’m sure my peers were too. At the top of medical ethics committees are these types of questions: “is it ethical to mandate this treatment?” or “what would the patient decide using common sense and the current knowledge?”

Shared decision making, in which doctor and patient exchange knowledge concerning the patient’s disease and its treatments, discuss treatment options, and jointly choose one, or decide to do nothing, is the gold standard for how we as doctors should approach all decisions. Studies show that patients prefer shared decision making and informed consent when faced with medical decisions. You can read more about this here… and here…

Parents and citizens of the world, we are at risk of losing our medical freedom if we roll over and ignore the assault on these freedoms that is coming in the form of mandated medical care. The most obvious example of this paternalistic medical abuse is in the arena of vaccines. If the medical procedure of vaccines is mandated by the state, then we no longer have medical freedom, we no longer have the freedom to choose our medical care, and we have crossed over into a very dangerous practice of State mandated medical procedures!

 

Dr. Paul

 

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