MB Comment: I laugh every time the mainstream press wags its finger at the low vaccination rate in Waldorf Schools. Reporters think they have exposed some big scandal that will discredit and make everyone avoid Waldorf education.
The truth is exactly the opposite. Educated and enlightened parents are sick and tired of the nonsense vaccine mandates that are getting crammed down their children by the pharmaceutically-controlled public school system. Articles like the one below (from the Orange County Register) are free advertising for Waldorf Schools, which are a haven for vaccine and health freedom.
A 2006 PubMed study looking at the health of unvaccinated children (the PARSIFAL study) found that Waldorf school students had a lower rate of allergic diseases than the fully vaccinated population. That is a rare insight from a mainstream study to compare the health of unvaccinated (or vaccine hesitant) vs. vaccinated children.
This is an excerpt from that Parsifal study. Anthroposophic = Waldorf education. ‘Allergic diseases and atopic sensitization in children related to farming and anthroposophic lifestyle–the PARSIFAL study. CONCLUSIONS: This study indicates that growing up on a farm, and to a lesser extent leading an anthroposophic life style may confer protection from both sensitization and allergic diseases in childhood.’
This is exactly the type of study (to compare unvaccinated to vaccinated) that the CDC and medical profession absolutely refuse to do with regard to the current 69 doses of 16 vaccines CDC-recommended vaccine schedule. Why? Because the vaccinated population has a high rate of neurological disorders (aka autism) and auto-immune disease (asthma, etc.). They are terrified to let the cat out of the bag and let people discover that unvaccinated kids are healthier than the vaccinated.
So if you are an enlightened and educated parent who is offended by the onslaught of vaccine mandates in public schools, you might want to investigate Waldorf education. Waldorf schools collectively form the largest, and quite possibly the fastest growing, group of non-profit, independent schools in the world. Of course Waldorf education is not simply about vaccine exemptions, it’s about fostering imagination – as opposed to rote regurgitation in the world of public education standardized tests.
My kids (including Sebastian the Refusers drummer) go to a Waldorf School, as do the kids of prominent Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Apple, Ebay, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard. You might want to take a look at Waldorf Schools in your community.
Listen to an 11-year old Waldorf student (my son Sebastian) lay down a reggae groove in this Refusers song Vaccination Choice is a Human Right.
Orange County school has high opt-out rate for vaccinations
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Sep 25, 2012
62 percent of kindergarteners at the Waldorf School in Costa Mesa skipped some or all of the required shots last year.
Jen Morgan values the emphasis on independent thinking in her daughter’s kindergarten class at Waldorf School of Orange County. She says she has applied that principle to her decision not to vaccinate her children.
“My husband and I did a lot of research,” said Morgan, who lives in Newport Beach, as she picked up her daughter from the Costa Mesa school last week. “They might be doing more harm than potential good. Big business and the drug companies don’t have my children’s best interest in mind.”
At Waldorf, 62 percent of kindergarten students skipped some or all of their required shots last year. The private school – with an enrollment of 332, including 62 kindergarten students – has one of the state’s highest opt-out rates for vaccinations, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.
School officials said the decision is entirely up to parents.
“We certainly don’t advocate not getting vaccinated by any means,” administrator Gina Illes said. “Not part of the curriculum at all.”
But she said the decision not to vaccinate could be shaped by the school’s culture, where only organic food is served and children don’t play with plastic toys. A school newsletter from this month advertises appointments for “therapeutic eurythmy,” described as exercises to trigger healing properties in the body.
“There’s a very natural aspect of our curriculum that draws a particular kind of family,” Illes said.
County public-health officials said they are concerned about the high opt-out rate at Waldorf.
“That’s quite worrisome,” said Dr. David Núñez, medical director for the family-health division of the Health Care Agency. “The Centers for Disease Control talks about trying to maintain vaccine coverage levels at a minimum of 90 percent.”
Last year, 89.5 percent of Orange County kindergartners in public and private schools had received all mandatory vaccinations, Núñez said. The number of personal-belief exemptions has been creeping up.
“The vaccine experts at the CDC and other medical experts assure us this is the safest, most tested vaccine supply that we’ve ever had,” Núñez said. “There’s abundant evidence that there is no link between the vaccines currently used and increased risk of autism. This notion of it being better for the body to get one of these diseases and deal with it naturally, that’s just quite frankly dangerous. I can think of no reason why someone would want their child to have measles and end up with permanent disability or death.”
Dr. Marc Lerner, medical officer for the Orange County Department of Education, said the risk of contracting illness becomes more heightened when unvaccinated children attend school together. He said vaccinated children are also less likely to miss class and have their learning disrupted.
Lerner said the county held a meeting last week for health staff at private schools to discuss vaccinations. For the first time, he said, focus groups were held recently with parents who are reluctant to vaccinate.
“We continue to work together to try and help meet the needs of families who are cautious or who feel their questions are not adequately answered about safety,” Lerner said. “The families who are not ready to vaccinate are coming from different points of view. Their needs are not all the same.”
Waldorf parent Leslie Drosman of Costa Mesa vaccinated her first-grade son, but supports the right of parents to opt out.
“We have polio in our family,” Drosman said. “In every other way, we only eat organic, and we’re very homeopathic except for that area. I just know vaccines have eradicated a lot of the diseases we saw in the past.”
Illes said whenever a student becomes sick with a communicable disease, such as whooping cough, parents are notified right away.
“We work like a big family,” she said. “We’re very much on the side of letting our community know so they can react accordingly.”