As healthy as my lifestyle seemed, I contracted measles, mumps, rubella, a type of viral meningitis, scarlatina, whooping cough, yearly tonsillitis and chickenpox. In my 20s, I got precancerous HPV [...] How could I, with my idyllic childhood and my amazing health food, get so freaking ill all the time?
- "Growing up unvaccinated" via the Winnipeg Free Press
Nutrition is an important aspect of health, but having an amazing diet isn't a replacement for vaccination. You could lead the healthiest lifestyle possible and still come down with a vaccine-preventable disease, or any other disease for that matter. The best way to prevent infection with a vaccine-preventable disease is to get vaccinated.
Amy Parker grew up eating organic food, got the right amount of exercise, and had a mother who strongly believed in homeopathy, aromatherapy, and osteopathy. While growing up, Parker battled vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and mumps because her mother never vaccinated her. Parker eventually changed her "crunchy" beliefs, and vaccinated her children to make sure that they are protected against the diseases that plagued her childhood.
You can read "Growing up unvaccinated" by Amy Parker on the Winnipeg Free Press.