It seems there are a handful of options when it comes to vaccines:
- Do what your doctor says. Get all your shots, on time, multiple vaccines at once, and more added to the list every few years, it seems.
- Push back, hard. Do research, avoid all vaccines, sign waivers, deal with angry pediatricians.
- Take a decision-making approach one shot at a time. Choose some vaccines and not others.
- Go slower. Get all your shots but space them out over a longer period of time or avoid multiple vaccines in one day, or just delay starting vaccinations until a child is one or two years old.
I’d like to introduce you to our newest sponsor, Vaccishield, who offers one more option for vaccination time:
Build your child’s immune system and give them defenses particularly designed to fight the potential side effects of vaccines.
For plenty of parents in category number one, vaccines are a non-issue. They go to their well-child checkups, make sure their child gets hugs and kisses and a band-aid, and they neither know nor worry about whether the vaccine might hurt their child. (top photo source)
For many of the KS readers, however, I’m guessing there’s some concern in the groups of parents who choose vaccines for their children. They’ve done their research, learned about the potential real and mythical side effects of vaccinations, and they’ve decided that the benefits of the shots outweigh the risks…but they’ve read about the risks. Of course they want to do whatever they can to mitigate them.
Some will choose to space out vaccines, to leave a few off the list, to delay starting them. There’s some peace of mind there, and I’m pleased to share another version of vaccine peace of mind in today’s giveaway.
Kitchen Stewardship always has been based on a mission of baby steps, bringing real food and natural living to a practical level, accepting whatever phase of the journey people are in and offering grace. I feel like Vaccishield, which is a white powder given to the child for about two weeks surrounding a vaccination, is the perfect product to help parents who choose vaccines find the balance.
As I chatted about the product on Facebook, there were many positive reactions and some controversy, as it seems there always is when it comes to vaccines.
This conversation is a huge one and just this week people had plenty of ways to disagree with my even mentioning Vaccishield – but I still think it’s a great fit for the mission of KS and allows me to empathize with all sides, not to judge, to meet every reader where they are, and to present all the sides of every story since I truly believe in offering ideas, research, and products for parents who take any route. One reader also reminded the community that some parents – like those who take in foster children – have no choice but to vaccinate fully and on schedule, and for them, Vaccishield is a nice opportunity.
Here’s a little about how the product works from the company:
I founded WellFuture in 2010 as my son turned six months old. As an expectant mother I became concerned about vaccinating my son and wanted another option to support him during vaccinations. I looked to the research to see if there was something I could do nutritionally to support health during this vulnerable time.
So we created VacciShield to fill a gap that we saw in the vaccination process. VacciShield is designed for infants and kids to help support healthy brain, immune, gastrointestinal and detoxification function during vaccination. It is a blend of non-dairy infant-friendly probiotics, vitamins, minerals and an amino acid and it’s designed to use daily in the two weeks surrounding immunizations to boost health.
Well Future also helps low socio-economic kids and expectant mothers around the world obtain better nutrition through their charity project, which you can read more about HERE.
I know that Vaccishield isn’t a product that all KS readers will need, but if you have kids at the right age and you’ve chosen to vaccinate, then perhaps it catches your eye. (It costs about 50 cents a day, FYI.) I’m happy to share it with you if it’s a good fit, and if it’s not, the parent company, WellFuture, has one more product for infants and children.
Since I’ve had WellBelly probiotics in our house, I’ve genuinely recommended it already to two people: a reader whose infant had an intense round of antibiotics and a friend in real life whose 5-year-old tried the green powder that the probiotic fairy shared with him (story in this post). The green powder in applesauce became such a power struggle in the mornings that it just wasn’t worth the potential benefit anymore, even though for a while the “super hero green” applesauce trick worked nicely.
WellBelly is not only specifically formulated for infants and children but is also an unassuming white powder. The scoop serving size completely disappears into applesauce or yogurt. I tested it on my kids by not telling them it was in there, and no one was any the wiser. Believe me, they’re quick to tell me when something is fishy! I dish a little more about that in this very important post on your microbiome and how it affects your health.
Today one KS reader from anywhere in the world will get their choice of two bottles of WellBelly or VacciShield (or one of each), a $56.98 value.
And if you’re not the winner or just can’t wait, be sure to use the coupon code “KITCHENSTEWARDSHIP” for 20% off any purchase from wellfuture.com (expires September 1, 2014).
Last week’s giveaway for Squooshi was a big hit, and the winners have been chosen:
- 1st Prize: Renee Houston
- 2nd Prize: A Cole
If that’s not you, remember that you can use the coupon code JUSTMAKEIT20 through September 30th for 20% off all Squooshi products right HERE.
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Disclosure:I received products for my review at no charge, which of course did not affect my opinion in the least. Giveaways are paid advertising and a great thing for my readers, so I’m happy to include it separately from the full review. See my full advertising disclosure here.
Official rules and small print stuff: 1) No purchase necessary to win 2) must be 13 or older to enter and have a mailing address within the sponsor’s boundaries (see above) 3) only one survey entry per person 4) odds of winning depend on number of entries 5) employees of Kitchen Stewardship, LLC or sponsoring company not eligible for participation 6) contest sponsored by WellFuture. 7) prizes must be accepted as is and are not redeemable for cash 8 ) Kitchen Stewardship, LLC and sponsoring company are not liable for any injury or damage to persons and/or things as a result of the acceptance of the prize offered. 9) This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
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