What follows might shock a few people, especially those who only really got to know me post 2012 (see Note 1). I was not always the stone-hard pro-vaccine nurse that I am now. In fact, most people I know today would probably define me as anti-vaccine, I am not sure if I would. But then again I am looking at myself rather than judging someone else. This all also ties in with what I keep on saying regarding Education, Critical Thinking and Evidence.
I guess it all started with my fascination with herbal medicine and other alternative healing practices. I had a very nice and sizeable herbal remedy bookshelf. The pride of which was my ‘The Green Pharmacy‘ by Dr. James D. Duke. I’ll come back to that in a bit. I also used ‘Healing Foods‘ by Miriam Polunin, still, do when the occasion takes me.
I liked my herbal teas, I was especially a big fan of Celestial Seasonings, which has proved to be extremely hard to get hold of in the UK. I liked the whole alternative lifestyle, I was an active Buddhist practising Nichiren Buddhism, I did most of my shopping in a local Health Food Shop. I was living in a town which had a big Buddhist centre just outside of it. Though in my defence, I did not take to astrology, or reiki, or faith healers, and I had some serious doubts about Homeopathy. As well as Bach’s Remedies.
But I did use the phrase “Sometimes Science Doesn’t Know Everything”, and right now I want to slap my younger self. But I wouldn’t because as odd as it all sounds this is what made me who I am today. I didn’t trust medicine that much, and if I could help it I’d rather get a herbal remedy than go to my GP and then the pharmacy. I wanted things organic when possible. I wanted things local. I wanted things compostable. I wanted cloth nappies. I wanted whole wheat pasta. Continue reading “Pro-vaccine nurse tells the story about how his views changed”