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  1. Tracy says

    This is wonderful. I trust so much of what you research. This really puts my mind at ease. I had already decided to get the vaccine after doing my own research but this confirms I made the correct decision. Thank you for your hard work in putting this together!!

  2. Karen Guzowski says

    Thank you for doing this. I still feel the need to talk to my doctor, considering I’ve had very bad reactions to the regular flu shot, with each time worse than the previous time, and I’ve had reactions to shrimp, (ear to knee hives), even though I’ve not tested as allergic to it. I would like to get it, because I do want to travel again in the future, and I think this might be required to do that.

  3. Meredith says


    This was so comprehensive, and literally answered all the of questions that were in my
    mind at any given day.

    Thanks so completely! I hope this isn’t inappropriate, but there’s the “rumors” floating around about [tissue] .. I’ll leave it at that; any evidence?

    Bless Y’all for this round table!

  4. Katlyn Cosentino says

    Wow, I for sure thought I would pull this up and you would all be against it. It was so educational and extremely helpful. Thank you so much!!

  5. Amelia says

    I’ve been researching this topic as well as childhood vaccines starting just before the pandemic.
    I guess you could say I “woke up” in many different areas of health and wellness after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018.
    This is how I found your website ( which I love) among many others.
    I have lost some friendships over this topic, I find it very sad that some of us are not allowed to have a difference of opinion when it comes to our health. We should all have the freedom to make personal decisions in regards to our bodies and our health with out being bullied or being called such derogatory names. Unfortunately, this is where we are.
    All I can say is ,do your own research, you’ll need to do some digging, a lot of the information is buried.
    Go with your gut and please ,use some common sense. If you use the media as your only source of information, you’re only hearing one side.
    Be open! I’ve always been open to different ideas, different opinions, including different political opinions, viewpoints, different religions, different cultures, different ways of healing your body. Your immune system is actually a miraculous thing.
    And also consider, if you or a family member are injured by the vaccine the pharmaceutical companies are not liable, neither is your Doctor, you’re on your own.

    • Suzanne Weaver-Goss says

      Hi Amelia,

      I agree that we should all be open to different opinions. And I like to question opinions to make sure they have some facts behind them. It is good to be skeptical and this is a challenging issue because it’s the first worldwide pandemic that has brought our country to it’s knees in a while. Think of the native Americans who were decimated by diseases that they had not been exposed to before by new settlers who came to this country. We do a lot of research and if you read our article it is not from the media it is from a scientist, a medical doctor, and our family members. That is a small sample for sure, although I think the medical community is pretty aligned that the vaccine is necessary especially for people with compromised immunity and to promote herd immunity without killing more people. Also, sometimes the media is a good place to get information depending on the source. I don’t think it is a good idea to disregard all media. And I agree our immune systems are a miraculous thing and our best defense agains illness. This is a very difficult time for everyone and I agree that we all are responsible for our own health. Just always check your sources of information and stay open. Best Regards, Suzanne

  6. Deni says


    Great article!
    I also have never gotten the flu shot (and I am 65 years old ) despite the pressures from my peers who get their flu shots like clock work every year and without hesitation. I also have Hashimoto and still refuse to get the flu shot.
    I do feel better now about getting the Covid vaccination thanks to your comprehensive article.

    Thanks again !

    • Suzanne Weaver-Goss says

      You and I are similar. I will be 70 this January and have never gotten a flu shot. The Covid vaccine feels like a different situation. I haven’t been able to see my children or grandchildren up close because we are all trying to follow the guidelines to keep everyone safe. That has been extremely difficult as we are a very close family. We wear masks and meet outside. As you can tell from reading this article the scientists and medical doctors in our family are very sure that we should get the vaccine and we will be fine. We are trusting their advice. Thanks for reading.

  7. Jessica says

    What are your thoughts on the vaccine’s effects on fertility? Is there info about this specifically? We plan to get pregnant in the next year and I’m on the fence if we should wait to get the vaccine.

  8. Aj says

    The mRNA in the vaccine tricks your cells into creating viral proteins then the immune response comes from the viral proteins, correct? Am I understanding this correctly? How do we know if there are any long term effects to our bodies making these proteins? It just seems like there is no way to know of any long term consequences in this amount of time. The problem with new therapeutics is we don’t know what we don’t know. I took multiple drugs in the 90s I was told were perfectly safe, then the FDA came out and basically said whoops, we were wrong, these particular drugs are dangerous. For now I’ll hold off and continue to be very cautious and social distance.

  9. T. J. says

    I have alway appreciated your website and the wealth of free information you provide and I hope this comment comes across respectfully! I do want to say I’m disappointed that you didn’t offer the input of even one person who does not plan on getting this vaccine. It would have seemed more well-rounded and realistic as there is (from my viewpoint anyway) a lot of hesitancy surrounding this vaccine and some very valid reasons for not getting it. It would have been nice to have been able to hear both sides of the “argument” so-to-speak. I have many family members and friends in the medical field and some definitely plan to opt out of receiving it. It would have been wonderful to hear an educated opinion that differs from the 5 opinions here. I’m also disappointed on how casually it was mentioned that the vaccine might be required to travel- as if that wouldn’t be a massive breach of medical freedom (which needs to remain a basic human right). You are of course entitled to publish what you wish and I fully respect that but you have a wide range of followers and some of us (I know I can at least speak for myself) feel rather estranged right now.

    • Suzanne Weaver-Goss says

      Hi T. J.,

      Sorry that you are feeling estranged right now. From what I have read from other health and wellness bloggers; there are plenty of opinions that are against the vaccine. Unfortunately, we don’t read anyone that is against the vaccine strongly that we know or trust. If you know someone who is against the vaccine and has some knowledge about it we would be happy to get their input. The only people I have found are fellow health coaches with no expertise in medicine, pandemics, or viruses. I certainly believe that the best way to protect yourself is through diet and lifestyle but this feels very different in that it is effecting the whole world and killing many people and leaving others with health problems. I am fine with admitting that I don’t know the answer to this dilemma and I am following the advice of the experts. I hope that you can find some peace and please reach out if you find someone with credible sources that offer an alternative solution to the pandemic. I haven’t seen my grandchildren (in close contact) since last March and that leads me to eventually accepting that I will get the vaccine in order to free me from isolation. Of course, I am in an older demographic that is at more risk although we are in excellent health. My children, have been very careful and concerned about us. Thanks for reaching out. Suzanne/Nana

  10. Jamie says

    Well rounded response. Appreciate all of the varied backgrounds and how you offered it up as a panel discussion. We’re at the bottom of the vaccine list but we’ll be getting it!

  11. Jennifer says

    Thank you for answering so many lingering questions I had. I have also never had the flu shot and refuse it for my children as well (which is always an argument with my husband)
    I am still skeptical about getting the vaccine, most of my skepticism is of big pharma, but you made me feel more comfortable about the possibility of taking it. I value your opinion and thorough research. Thank you! Thank you!

    • Suzanne Weaver-Goss says

      Hi Jennifer, We are definitely skeptical of many pharmaceuticals. There is far too much focus on profit in our health care system. This virus though has been a focus of the scientific community worldwide. I have never gotten a flu shot. I cannot say that I never will as I continue to age but I support your skepticism especially with children. The scientists and doctors in our family know how skeptical we are and they have our best interests. We are trusting their research and expertise and felt it was important to share. I still think a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle is the best protection for our health but vaccines have their place too, especially now.

  12. Jodi says

    Such good information here! Thoughts on getting the vaccine if you are a nursing mother who has already had (mild) COVID-19? I work in public health and could get the vaccine tomorrow, but I keep going back and forth about getting it. Am I wrong to think my natural immunity should be enough?

  13. Molly says

    Thank you.

    I am highly skeptical of vaccines and don’t think the risk outweighs the benefit in many cases But this, as you say, is different. We have a responsibility to help stop this. Some people may (or, probably, will!) have adverse reactions to the chemicals in this vaccine. But many more are dying from covid.

    Thank you for being a voice in the holistic health-minded community saying this.

    • Suzanne Weaver-Goss says

      Hi Molly,

      Thanks for your feedback. We are cautious with vaccines and think questioning is ok. However the risks of Covid are very real and like nothing I have seen in my very privileged healthy life so I am deferring to the scientists and doctors who know way more than I.

  14. Talia says

    I received some conflicting information about whether children versus parents should get the vaccine. It’s a little concerning.
    On one hand, our pediatrician here in CA recommends the children get the vaccine versus the parents.
    On the other hand, my brother in law who is a surgical nurse in Pennsylvania, was told by their hospital admin team that they are recommending children do not get the vaccine.
    What are your thoughts on this?

  15. Judith DeWitt says

    Thanks, Maia, and all. This information was so specific, helpful and all in one place! As a teacher, I plan to get the vaccine as soon as possible. I want to protect myself and members of the community and the risks of the vaccine seem far less than the risks associated with getting Covid. However, because I have a compromised immune system, I’ll consult my doctor first.

  16. Taylor says

    Thanks for your work in researching this! I would be interested to hear from any other experts with a different opinion. I think there is usually valid points on both sides of an argument (especially when it comes to vaccines). You all basically agreed on all points.

    • Suzanne Weaver-Goss says

      Hi Taylor, You’re welcome. Yes, I welcome experts with differing opinions but so far we haven’t heard any. Suzanne

  17. Carlene says

    This is an interesting brief information,Thank you!
    A few more trusting answers may help to understand the o risks of unknown origin of tomorrow and the future.

    How does it affect our DNA, now and for the future?

    Are there any human cells or parts of a human body, or tissues, or any resulting from aborted feces used in developing and/ or administering this vaccine from any of the companies distributing them?

    There are so many variables yet unknown.
    We all can be confident that Results vary of recovery and treatment from this vaccine or no vaccine,
    based on age, tolerance, each individuals level of immunity,
    Levels of risk-taking, ability to receive truthful information, building of knowledge and awareness Of your own body and healing abilities and mechanisms used in doing so.
    Where is all the data that is working for many enhancing our immunity against this and all other virus/ bacterial infections/invaders?
    Can we establish how we can build our confidence in the choice not to vaccinate?
    Where can we locate the studies/information distributed on the results thus far of God’s earthly and untainted natural therapy’s, supplements, frequency therapies, and modalities, etc. of cooperation that enhance our own individual cellular activity and protection, as we know from the flu vaccines and outside invaders?

    The following statement is vague,
    Daylon: The vaccines that use the mRNA (as described above) were able to be produced so quickly because as soon as we received the virus’s sequence from scientists in China, we had a blueprint (basically a map) of all the viral components which could be copied to create the vaccine. The technology has been in development for more than decade. So with the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, scientists read the genetic sequence of this specific virus, and plugged it in to the vaccine. The discovery process for a vaccine is actually very short because you copy the virus that already exists—as opposed to trying to come up with a therapy for most illnesses.
    How do you and how can we be confident of the truth of this blueprint?

    what other country has trusted the virus sequence from scientists in China?How would you know that you can trust this map and that reigns as the truth?
    Are all studies based on this blueprint from China?

  18. Greg Scott says

    Do any of these vaccines also stop the spread of the virus? If not, won’t we have millions of vaccinated people who are asymptomatic spreading the virus everywhere?

    • Suzanne Weaver-Goss says

      The evidence is not conclusive on whether once you are vaccinated you can still spread the virus. However, once enough people are vaccinated or have gotten the virus and we reach herd immunity, then we won’t be spreading it anymore.

  19. Jenn says

    I am part of a covid long haulers Facebook group. Many of them have said they have tested positive for covid and then months later test positive again. Someone in your post said there have only been a handful of reinfections worldwide. So are these situations not reinfections? If not, what are they?

  20. Erin says

    Thank you so much for this post. It was wonderful to be able to see so many points of view that came to the same conclusion. I’m very wary about vaccines and stretched out vaccines for my kids due to my own allergies (I’m allergic to a lot of anti-biotics, not sure if they hit that genetic jackpot) so I was worried about these new vaccines. Everything I have read and everything in your interview comes to the same conclusion: better to get the vaccine than to get Covid. In all honesty I thought of people who took the Polio vaccine on sugar cubes. They had no idea what the long term effects of the vaccine might be, but they definitely knew they did not want to be stricken with Polio, and they needed to stop it’s spread. I’ll be holding off for my kids to see how trials go, but this was so helpful to read. Thanks again, and have a Happy, Healthy New Year!

  21. Vince says

    Maia and panel – I’m curious if your thoughts re: pregnancy, breastfeeding, and vaccinating children change in light of the guidance the UK government is providing healthcare professionals re: the Pfizer vaccine. The lack of any data regarding fertility has me concerned about vaccinating my sons and daughter.


    4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation

    There are no or limited amount of data from the use of COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2.
    Animal reproductive toxicity studies have not been completed. COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine
    is not recommended during pregnancy.
    For women of childbearing age, pregnancy should be excluded before vaccination. In addition, women of childbearing age should be advised to avoid pregnancy for at least 2 months after their second dose.

    It is unknown whether COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 is excreted in human milk. A risk to
    the newborns/infants cannot be excluded. COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 should not be used during breast-feeding.

    It is unknown whether COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 has an impact on fertility.

    • Maia James says

      My understanding is that all of the above is just because we haven’t tested the vaccine on those populations, so it’s all unknown–and unknowable right now, unfortunately. FWIW, my husband doesn’t see how there would be an effect on fertility.

  22. Galia Schultz says

    This was informative and helpful! There is so much information out there, yet so many unknowns! I trust the information that you give, so thank you!

  23. Susan says

    Thank you for the thoughtful research and commentary. Excellent food for thought.

    Biggest issue for me is that since the vaccine is proprietary, we don’t know what’s actually in it. Therefore, all are researched guesses/theories, albeit educated ones. It is so upsetting that this concealment has been allowed all these years, and it’s only money/power that keeps it that way.

    The other concern is why the big push to vaccinate when the virus has a success rate of 99.985% with no herd immunity yet in place?

  24. AL says

    Thank you for this. Vaccines are definitely a controversial topic. I can’t, in good conscious, be ok with the new COVID vaccines. Or any for that matter. There is SO much money behind them and that always leaves a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. The fact that no one talks about this makes it even scarier. Money and power play a HUGE role. Until ‘scientists’ face the concern that thousands or parent’s have when it comes to the ‘safety’ of vaccines, who can we really trust? I absolutely NEVER thought I would not be able to trust pediatricians. Yet, here I am not trusting them. It’s heartbreaking.

    • Irene Young says

      In this particular case, we cannot work on changing anything if we are dead. I am a sensitive, and a two-time breast cancer survivor. I will take take the vaccine, not just for me, but for everyone. I am also not crazy about staying home for the rest of my life. That would not be a life well-spent.

  25. Chad says

    I agree with another comment that this post should have included someone that was more hesitant about the COVID vaccines. I realize that might have been hard to find amongst their circle of friends and family but still feel like this important piece was missed. Most people from the medical field has an inherit bias that vaccines are “safe and effective” because that is the strong consensus in that circle. I’ve seen that over and over. If you have alternative thoughts to that consensus you could loose your job so it would take some guts to post your true thoughts about this vaccine or any if you are part of the medical community. I’d also take this post more seriously if it has at least some references. While I respect each person’s opinion on the matter – show me the science! Your responses are far too “high level” for this very complex topic. There are plenty of articles or papers to reference so your audience has more confidence in your opinion if they want to get into the weeds on the topic. Why no mention of “‘paradoxical immune enhancement phenomenon” that is well established with COVID vaccines? This is likely one of the biggest concerns with these vaccines and no one is talking about it recently. However, when the pandemic started this problem is so serious you had Peter Hotez and Paul Offit (look them up if you don’t know who they are) basically telling everyone to not rush this vaccine because of serious challenges they and others have never been able to solve. These guys make vaccines for a living and are huge proponents of vaccines in general. If we can’t listen their warning then I’m at a loss. Paul Offit even noted he couldn’t imagine having a vaccine ready within 2 years but yet here we are. Furthermore, if you really dive into the science of these new vaccines with new technology never rolled out there should be great caution for anyone based on the known unknowns and unknown unknowns (re: Donald Rumsfeld classic clip on the “knowns”). For more on the details surrounding these vaccines everyone should consider reading and listening to Robert F Kennedy Jr and Del Bigtree to understand both sides of the science. As anyone reading this blog likely knows really on one side is being told through social media and main stream media. Any opposing side is being censored like the world has never seen. I know some will quickly label Robert and Del as quacks or anti-vaxxers but the fact of the matter is these guys are so far in the trenches with vaccines and the lack of science they are winning law suits against HHS, CDC and NIH for their incompetence. They are really fighting for a better vaccine program and not against vaccines. They want a better, more robust process and monitoring system. I realize no one is right about everything but they are not the only ones concerned about these vaccines. Many world renowned scientists are very concerned you just don’t hear about them since they are being censored. The trials didn’t have robust animal studies because they didn’t have time to perform them which should be talked about more so people understand what that means. The vaccines are released under emergency use meaning they are purely experimental at this point. They don’t have robust safety data what so ever even though they are selling it to us like they do. This is so much of a concern that former Pfizer R&D executive Mike Yeadon has been outraged with the entire process and has taken Twitter. Can we hear from him on main stream media since he knows a thing or two about all of this? Nope. He can’t even get on BBC in the UK to express his professional opinion that we should weigh far greater than anyone writing or responding to this blog. Bottom line is for a blog post like this you have gotta dive a bit more into the science versus just opinion. I think your audience can handle getting into the weeds a little and probably would love to with some of your references!

  26. Annabel says

    Have any of you read the book Bill Gates had in his stack, How to Lie with Statics? He’s putting it right out there for everyone to see how they’re getting away with this bs.

  27. Stephanie says

    Thank you for this information! I’m a nurse at a hospital, but I’m breastfeeding and very torn on whether to get vaccinated. Can you elaborate a little as to why you think it’s safe for the baby

    Thank you!

    • Maia says

      I don’t have a study to site that says it’s safe, of course, so my feeling that I would be comfortable is mostly based on intuition and research I’ve done about other vaccines or even alcohol while breastfeeding—how much is excreted in milk and the potential harm of the specific ingredients in these vaccines (no heavy metals is a big plus!). I suppose I would also take into consideration the age of the baby and whether breast milk were the sole source of food.

  28. Evie says

    Thank you for all your info, time and balanced reasoning, scientific facts, and thoughts. There are so many negative comments from people that just sound insane and their logic is from another planet. It makes me sad and very fearful for everyone’s health. Can you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE write an article on why you don’t get the flu vaccine? I’m very interested to hear your perspective along with your great team. I’m sure you’re super busy but I think it’s really needed. I got it when I was pregnant and then gave it to my 7th month old. I’m wondering if I should get it again when I’m pregnant again. I would really love to have all the facts before I decide. Thank you!!!! xo

  29. joan riley says

    thank you for bringing a refreshing and comprehensive picture of the vaccine process. You really impressed me. I am grateful.

  30. Stefanie says


    I want to start by saying thank you for this. It’s so informative and I really loved reading all of the opinions.

    My question is for Daylon and his calculations on the vaccine being better than getting the disease for pregnant women. Are you able to elaborate more on this? I feel like from what I’ve read about pregnant women not doing well with disease there is no detail about the health of these women. I’m 33 and pregnant. I’d consider myself healthy (clean eating, light exercise regularly, low stress etc) and I have no pre-existing medical conditions. What would you say the chances are of me 1.catching this disease (we’ve been pretty good with social distancing but my son is in preschool) AND 2.having a potentially fatal or life altering outcome for me or my baby ….and then my chances of a potentially fatal or life threatening outcome from the vaccine?

    I thought I felt confident in my decision not to get the vax because my baby will be born beginning of May so I thought I should try to hold out and wait until her birth but your statement has made me a bit nervous.

    • Maia James says

      Hi Stefanie-
      I’ve asked Daylon to elaborate, and really he just keeps citing the meetings he attends in his practice (with obstetricians and reproductive endocrinologists)–they all feel based on the studies they see that there is no risk to the vaccine in pregnant patients. Although, at this point if you’re young and healthy you probably will not be offered the vaccine before May–and it sounds like you’re low risk of catching Covid in any case.

  31. Jessica says

    Thank you so much for the incredible effort it must have taken to put this together. It was incredibly helpful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  32. H says

    People have been forced to get vaccines, and if they don’t they are not allowed in education. CA law is that our children must be vaccinated up to “CDC guidelines” and if they are not, they aren’t allowed in schools. It doesn’t matter if they have any kind of exemption, those have a expiration date. This vaccine that had very little research done on children will likely be in that schedule and that in itself is terrifying.

  33. Christina Sidoti says

    Thank you. Thoughtfully written. I am in general a slow or low vaccine person for my children and have had complications. But with Covid vaccine technology it is a new world and likely will be helpful for future vaccine technology. I get my vaccine tomorrow and am nervous but hopeful.

  34. S. says

    I absolutely agree with people pointing out people ARE being forced to vaccinate (current CA requirement in schools). I have a child with many intolerances and a few anaphylaxis allergies (and autism, and, and….) and although he has a medical profile that would warrant a medical exemption, they are no longer honored in CA. No religious exemptions either. Other states are following (recently Hawaii). The only option in our area is a ridiculously lacking independent study program through the school, or 100% homeschool – neither of which I can afford to stay home and do. Can’t believe I’m being forced into this choice. And yes, work places are starting to require Covid vaccine, and they’re already talking travel, etc. You may not be required to vaccinate, but you and your unvaccinated family will be barred from most aspects of life including work, school, travel, social functions, etc. And in terms of vaccinating while pregnant…..I can only say I wish I would have known when I was pregnant what I know now and not exposed my developing fetus to a flu shot (high dose of Mercury). I pray pregnant women will wait to get Covid (and flu) vaccines until after giving birth. For those of us who HAVE already witnessed firsthand vaccine injury to our children, this dilemma as to whether to inject more vaccine or face dangers of Covid is beyond gut wrenching and terrifying, but rest assured, eventually we are being forced.

  35. Lisa says

    I am curious how the three grandparents did with getting the vaccine, and if any of your opinions have changed given all of the reactions posted on VAERS.

    • Maia James says

      Everyone who was interviewed above (including me) is now vaccinated, and no one had more than mild side effects.

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