Parents have the right to make decisions and take certain actions on behalf of their children. These rights belong to biological parents as well as adoptive parents, foster parents and in some cases, legal guardians. Besides having rights to physical custody and visitation, parents typically have the right to make decisions regarding fundamental matters for their children such as:
Parental rights are meant to protect and ensure the wellbeing of the child. These rights do not change during a pandemic. IHCM knows that parental rights must be assured even during a pandemic and are not subject to government interference, coercion or threats with regard to parents’ decisions for their child’s health.
What is holistic health? Holistic heath is healthcare that considers the whole person. People are not simply creatures made of matter. People also have emotions, beliefs and concerns. In holistic health, practitioners seek to address not just physical health in treatments but consider the effects on emotions, social interactions and religious beliefs. IHCM believes that holistic health does address important components of individual well-being and should be considered when treatments are applied.
Religious freedom is the right guaranteed under the free exercise clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to practice one’s religion or exercise one’s beliefs without intervention by the government. IHCM believes these rights are so important to living a healthy and happy life. We will work with our State legislators to put forth laws that protect this right for everyone.
Vaccine exemptions provide protection to parents. Parents have a basic right to protect the health of their children, free of governmental interference. Parents love their children and seek the best for them based on medical necessity and new advancements, personal values and religious beliefs. These rights must be protected.
Exemptions are necessary to ensure that all children can participate in school, clubs and social activities and can access medical care without discrimination.
What Is Natural Immunity?
People can develop natural immunity to disease with exposure in the general environment. Exposure increases the natural health of the immune system and can be life-long protection from new infection.
Active immunity results when exposure to a disease organism triggers the immune system to produce antibodies to that disease. Exposure to the disease organism can occur through infection with the actual disease (resulting in natural immunity), or introduction of a killed or weakened form of the disease organism through vaccination (vaccine-induced immunity). Either way, if an immune person comes into contact with that disease in the future, their immune system will recognize it and immediately produce the antibodies needed to fight it. Active immunity is long-lasting, and sometimes life-long.
Passive immunity is provided when a person is given antibodies to a disease rather than producing them through his or her own immune system, such as a newborn baby who acquires passive immunity from its mother through the placenta. A person can also get passive immunity through antibody-containing blood products such as immune globulin, which may be given when immediate protection from a specific disease is needed. This is the major advantage to passive immunity. Protection is immediate, whereas active immunity takes time (usually several weeks) to develop. However, passive immunity lasts only for a few weeks or months. Only active immunity is long-lasting.