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Vaccines, with Dr. Paul Thomas

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #74

How do vaccines work? Do they carry risks? Are they all created equal? Does it matter when they are given, and how does that relate with the CDC’s recommended schedule that includes 49 doses before the age of 6? Dr. Paul Thomas is here to help us navigate this polarized and often overwhelming issue. Check it out.

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What we talked about:

  • How do vaccines work?
  • What are the risks associated with vaccination?
  • What is the problem with the currently recommended vaccination schedule by the CDC and the AAP?
  • How can parents go about getting their children the protection from infectious diseases while minimizing vaccine side effects?
  • Are all vaccines safe for all children?
  • The problem with Tylenol
  • The negative health consequences of over-vaccination vs. the risk of getting the serious diseases that vaccines do prevent.
  • How can parents find a pediatrician that is open or supportive of this approach towards vaccines.
  • What about state laws and vaccines requirements – is there an easy way for parents to find out what these requirements are for where they live?
  • What if these requirements are not compatible with a delayed or alternative schedule?
  • Medical exemption, religious exemption and philosophical exemptions
  • Minimizing toxins during pregnancy and for your children
  • Looking at specific vaccines: flu vaccines during pregnancy; Hep B vaccine for newborns; HPV vaccine for preteens


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About Dr. Paul Thomas

Dr. Paul Thomas is a Dartmouth-trained pediatrician with nearly 30 years of experience in pediatrics. In addition to being board certified in Pediatrics, he is an expert on addiction and board certified in Addiction Medicine. In his practice, Integrative Pediatrics, he and his team of doctors and nurse practitioners serve over 11,000 children in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Paul has been awarded numerous awards, including America’s Top Pediatricians, and Leading Physicians of the World.

His mission is to be a voice for the children, a voice of reason for those who cannot speak for themselves and a force for honesty in science, common sense and informed consent, before vaccines and medical procedures.   He is an avid blogger, has a solid presence on YouTube and has just published a book “The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health-from Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years” with co-author Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D. He describes himself as a pro-vaccine, pro-informed consent, pro-science pediatrician.

Follow Dr. Paul at the following social media sites:

The PaulThomasMD YouTube Channel

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Like the music on the podcast?:

Title music:Vibe Aceby Kevin MacLeod, from the Free Music Archive / CC BY (edited for length).

Sponsorship music:Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, from the Free Music Archive / CC BY (edited for length).

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