Vaccination: A Conversation, Pittsburgh, PA

Yesterday, I had the amazing opportunity to attend an event in what has to be one of the most beautiful spots in Pittsburgh: The Phipps Conservatory. Surrounded by the most beautiful plants, tress, and flowers: thought leaders, practitioners, and parents gathered to have a conversation about a topic that comes with much emotion and controversy in today’s world.  But instead of arguments, name-calling and disagreement (as happens all too often in cyberspace) the atmosphere was one filled with respect, thoughtful discussion, and support for a parent’s individual right  to determine the best course of care for the health of their child.

The day was filled with a thought-provoking seminar on immunity and how T1 and T2 cellular response differ, and how each are impacted by vaccination, by Dr. Chris Powell, followed by a talk about our genetic differences, methylation cycle abnormalities and susceptibilities by Dr. Noah Erikson. The day culminated with a talk by Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center about her own very personal story of her son’s severe reaction to the DPT shot, followed by a history of vaccine legislation in the United States and how that impacts parental rights.  Her keynote address was met with a standing ovation from the packed room of attendees.

The day concluded with 2 panel discussions: A practitioner’s panel, highlighting an MD, RN and ND’s views on vaccination and then a Parent’s panel with 3 moms who all had different experiences with their children: one who experienced mitochondrial disease with her child, one with down’s syndrome, autism and leukemia, and severe autistic regression after MMR vaccine with a third child.  One of the many things I loved about the conference was there was ample time for questions and discussion around all the topics that were discussed. And while no one person could answer all the questions, given the extremely educated audience, it seemed other attendees could easily jump in and answer what they knew about the questions at hand. It was a true respectful CONVERSATION and DISCUSSION.

Patricia Lemer, the organizer of the event, and the author of Outsmarting Autism, concluded the day by highlighting some takeaways from the event:

  • Patricia stressed that we all need to KNOW WHAT A VACCINE injury looks like.


Recognizing Vaccine Reaction Symptoms

(from the NVIC website)

If you or your child experiences any of the symptoms listed below in the hours, days or weeks following vaccination, it should be reported to VAERS.  Some vaccine reaction symptoms include:

  • Pronounced swelling, redness, heat or hardness at the site of the injection;
  • Body rash or hives;
  • Shock/collapse;
  • High pitched screaming or persistent crying for hours;
  • Extreme sleepiness or long periods of unresponsiveness;
  • Twitching or jerking of the body, arm, leg or head;
  • Crossing of eyes;
  • Weakness or paralysis of any part of the body;
  • Loss of ability to roll over, sit up or stand up;
  • Loss of eye contact or awareness or social withdrawal;
  • Head banging or onset of repetitive movements (flapping, rubbing, rocking, spinning);
  • High fever (over 103 F)
  • Vision or hearing loss;
  • Restlessness, hyperactivity or inability to concentrate;
  • Sleep disturbances that change wake/sleep pattern;
  • Joint pain or muscle weakness;
  • Disabling fatigue;
  • Loss of memory;
  • Onset of chronic ear or respiratory infections;
  • Violent or persistent diarrhea or chronic constipation;
  • Breathing problems (asthma);
  • Excessive bleeding (thrombocytopenia) or anemia.


  • Patricia highlighted the NVIC’s brochure: Ask 8 Before you vaccinate– stressing that a sick child or one that is on antibiotics should never be vaccinated while they are sick.
  • Patricia reminded parents that Acetaminophen can lower a person’s glutathione making it more difficult for the person to detoxify, and therefore it may not be the best choice to be given before (or after) vaccination.
  • Patricia stressed the importance of eating REAL FOOD and that for children who are damaged, the nutrition they get from food (even real food) may not be enough, so supplementation may be necessary.
  • Patricia declared a CALL TO ACTION- to become vaccination educators and to join NVIC’s advocacy portal.

My day ended with a stroll through the breathtaking gardens of Phipps and a view    a-top Mount Washington, a perfect ending to a thought-provoking & intellectually stimulating day.


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1 Response to Vaccination: A Conversation, Pittsburgh, PA

  1. Yahoo! says:

    Excellent, thank you!

    Kate Svagdis God bless America

    God save us

    “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” Sir Edmund Burke, 1781

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