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#31 Gemini

 
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:17 PM

I almost died when I had chickenpox. I was three years old but I remember it as if it were yesterday. So weak, such a high fever, and so much pain. Plus, those who have had chickenpox are at much greater risk of shingles in adulthood.

 

I agree that kids are overvaccinated these days, but chickenpox is one that I think is good. Measles too. That's another one that has killed quite a few kids.

         I think the number of kids that die from chicken pox today is pretty low. That's extremely rare and we have better medicine to help if things get out of control.

 

I had them and it was just another childhood illness.  I also had shingles once but I knew what it was, went immediately to the walk in clinic and was put on anti-virals right away and it was not that bad.  Nearly dying of Celiac was far worse.  Not everyone develops shingles either...that medical scare is overblown, like everything else.  Kids get way too many vaccines today....they need to pick and chose the ones that apply to each situation.  It just seems odd that with all the vaccines, kids are sicker today than when I was young.  No one had food allergies when I was in school and diabetes was rare.  It makes you wonder if the assault on a kids immune system today does something bad in the long run.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:52 AM

From the case files of some of the chickenpox deaths, its seems there was extreme OVERmedication.  The patient was given more drugs that need to processed by the liver, when the liver is needed to process the virus.  So the patient "died from chickenpox"  but IMO the patient died because of liver failure.  My opinion was partly formed from Reye's syndrome.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:07 AM

Eosinophilic Esophagitus is the modern medical mystery.  (I am a bit bitter paying for specialist that can only say "just don't know".  *Something* just triggers the production of eosinophils to be produced and the nasty white blood cells just damage everything.  Fortunately we have narrowed down some of the food triggers (have suspects for the airborne triggers as there is a seasonal "flare".)  Gluten is the "trigger" for some patients, so we have quite a few EE patients here.  The connection was finally noticed by the medical community and newly diagnosed EE patients should be screened for Celiac.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:58 AM

I think one of the reasons kids get sick more often today is that they don't play in the dirt. They are using anti-bacterial soaps. They are living in a more sterile environment and their immune systems don't get to build up strength. I know that is why you believe we should let our kids get these childhood diseases, but I guess it depends on the individual child. I was born sick and almost died several times. I had pneumonia several times as an infant and more as a child. (I even had it a few times when I was in my 20's - one time so bad that I needed to be hospitalized.) Mom said measles almost killed me too but I don't remember measles. I had croup, I got bronchitis at least twice each winter, I had scarlet fever, I was a mess!

 

I grew up to be pretty healthy though except for celiac and a touch of asthma. :)


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