This is a personal account of Heyley’s Vaccine-related Story. Heyley completed the Autoimmune Sisters vaccine-related story form and submitted with permission to share.
Heyley’s Vaccine-related Story: I support a persons right to choose what they feel is best for them and their body. I would never want to ban anyone from accessing a vaccine they want. And I would hope others wouldn’t want to force me to take a vaccine I believe has potential to harm me.
I think it’s important to do your OWN research. Just as many of us had to do when we watched countless numbers of western medicine doctors fail us in our chronic health journey. At some point we listened to our intuition about “the person with a doctorate degree” and found that we COULD help ourselves by seeking out alternative methods. And even to our surprise that there was in fact a lot of science or peer-reviewed journals to support the decisions we decided to make contrary to our medical doctor’s guidance.
For those of us let down by western medicine and use our own discernment; this is still true for the Covid-19 vaccine. Do your OWN research and do not take something simply because a doctor says you should, or the CDC. Continue questioning things, read peer-reviewed journals, listen to alternative views like the America’s Frontline Doctor’s treatment, silence the social media back-lash, and weigh the pros and cons. Whatever decision you make, you alone will be the one to bear the consequences in your own body. So, make sure you don’t feel pressured from either side.
Name: Heyley Taber
Occupation: Homeschooling mom
Family/Children: Married for 9 years with 2 active children ages 8 and 6.
IG Handle: @Sheplaysafender
Chronic Viruses: Chronic Epstein Barr Virus
Physical Activity/Dietary/Lifestyle Preferences: My diet is completely gluten free, low dairy/low sugar, and I avoid many ingredients that I know cause problems for me. I sleep about 9 hours if I can. In addition, I try to nap during the day or rest daily a couple times.
Do you have any of the following COVID “high risk” factors? Check all that apply: Comorbidity (the presence of 2 or more diseases in the same person), Metabolic Syndrome
Are you under the care of a medical doctor? Yes
Did your doctor(s)/provider(s) advise you to get the vaccine? No
Health Related Questions:
Please describe your health along with any autoimmune, chronic or related illness symptoms you are experiencing. My health is up and down, but mostly pretty good. I am able to do a lot at home, running errands and taking care of the house, cooking a lot for my gluten free diet and my sons special dietary needs (food allergies). Epstein Barr seems to be a big battle for me that is hard to keep under control! I struggle with “flare ups” triggered by gluten, stress, travel, or sometimes (I joke) just turning the wrong way when I wake up.
What kind of prescribed medications do you currently take?: I don’t take any prescription medications.
What kind of vitamins/supplements do you currently take?: I take Berbersdine (insulin resistance)
Are you in remission? Explain: Not in remission, but off and on with feeling well.
Heyley’s Vaccine-related Story – Covid-19 Related Questions:
Did you already have Covid-19?: Yes
When did you have Covid-19? March 2021
Please explain your symptoms and experiences while sick with Covid-19. I did feel pretty awful with Covid-19 but I did not have any breathing problems or coughing. Early on I decided to take over the counter supplements like zinc, vitamin d, and quercetin in large amounts. Ivermectin was prescribed by a America’s Frontline Doctor. I was sick for about a week and a half, with no appetite and very bad leg pains that made it difficult to sleep. I also had terrible headache and sinus pain, loss of smell/taste, great fatigue.
Since having the vaccine, have you been tested for Covid-19 antibodies?: Yes
What were the results of your Covid-19 antibody test? I did not have measurable antibodies (likely due to autoimmune) which is the reason why my medical doctor said she would not recommend the vaccine for me. She said it’s possible I may have T cell immunity, but there is currently no way to measure that.
Why do you oppose the Covid-19 vaccine?
There are too many reasons to list why I oppose the vaccine, personally and widespread. For me personally, I have a family history of Guillian Barré Syndrome (a potential side effect) and do not take the flu vaccine for this reason. Also in having autoimmune problems, I, like many others, have seen the ugly side of western medicine- it’s great in life-saving scenarios and broken bones, but otherwise it was very unhelpful in my health journey.
I have personally witnessed doctors tout the phrase “there’s no science to support that” when I have shared various alternative methods or tests used to help me in my journey. Or doctors who were unfamiliar with the gut problems I had, then linked to other problems. I have seen these very same doctors scoff at the America’s Frontline Doctors who tried to tell the public there are other options besides a vaccine that can help combat Covid and have peer reviewed science journals to back the claims.
The continuing silencing of those doctors had me heavily concerned along with the fact that the only way the vaccine could get EUA approval was if there was NO alternative treatment. Meaning if the treatments that work are silenced, then the EUA could get the okay. we can In my opinion, hat’s quite untrustworthy and the list keeps building.
The vaccine was never intended to prevent the spread of Sars-Cov-2. It’s use was to merely reduce of severity of symptoms (called Covid-19). So we end up at making a list of risk vs benefits.
Potential benefits of the Vaccine?
I might have slightly less severe symptoms. However, I know there are treatments that I can use to reduce the severity as well, so that benefit doesn’t stand highly.
The Cons of the Covid-19 Vaccine:
Now the cons, much greater: no long-term studies, no manufacturer liability if I am harmed (and who knows, with my many autoimmune issues?), the clinical trials are STILL on-going until mid-2022 or 2023. Plus, I would rather not partake in the experiment.
Simply put, the risks outweigh any potential benefits in my opinion, and I would much rather prepare myself for Covid-19 with supplements and even pharmaceuticals that have many more years of safety and efficacy studies on them than the vaccine. Having used all of the supplements and Ivermectin with success, I would choose to do it all over again and I would not choose to get the vaccine.
Heyley’s Vaccine-related Story: Are you opposed to all vaccines or just to the Covid-19 vaccine?
Personally, I am not opposed to the idea of vaccination so much as I am opposed to the methods and lack of safety studies, and manipulation that has occurred with them in the past.
As a Christian, I am opposed to the use of aborted fetal tissue used in the manufacturing of many vaccines. I also believe our bodies our temples of the Lord, and we should carefully assess what we put into them- especially if it’s injected. In addition, I am concerned with many of the ingredients and adjuvants in common vaccines.
Lastly, I take note and concern of the 13.1 warning label on the package insert of most vaccines. This warning label says “has not been tested for mutagenic or carcinogenic potential or impairment of fertility”. As someone who struggles with a chronic illness, I want to heed that warning.
Again, risk vs benefit.
If I were to get sick with said illness, is it something that has any possible remedy? Is it easy to overcome, or has the public fear-mongering made it something scary? It is also concerning that the entire CDC childhood schedule has never been tested for safety! And lastly it concerns me about the 1986 act that protects vaccine manufacturers from being sued for injury or death. It takes a little more research and questioning the vaccine industry as it does to question western medicine when you have doctor after doctor giving you pharmaceuticals that only make you feel worse.
Again, the idea of vaccines is a very good one- but the current way the pharmaceutical companies run these vaccines is very concerning and not something I trust. Especially when there is so much unknown as to the lifelong potential effects they may have.
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