Measles Shmeasles Goes to Disneyland

Ya’ll seriously. I just read this headline “Disneyland Measles Outbreak Linked To Anti-Vaccine Movement”. This can’t be real life. First, the term “Anti-Vaccine Movement” was created by the very people who caused it. Such a joke.

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I’ve written on this topic oh you know a bazillion times already.
You can read a few of those most popular posts here: Measles Shmeasles, Why All The Measles Outbreaks and Thanks, Pharma. You created the “anti-vaccine movement”

A BRIEF SUMMARY ON MEASLES:

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In 1967, during a measles campaign, the CDC said: “Effective use of this vaccine during the coming winter and spring should insure the eradication of measles from the United States in 1967”. The cutesy slogan read “Stop measles with just one shot”.

Well that was 47 years ago. And now a child entering Kindergarten needs 3 measles shots.

The measles vaccine is now given as a 3 in 1 shot, the MMR.
In 2011, we added a third MMR vaccine onto the childhood schedule, and also put it on the adult vaccination program as a regular booster.

What happened to eradicating measles by 1967 and only needing “just one shot”?

Good ole measles.

WHY THE OUTBREAKS?

Scientists believe that measles can be eradicated by vaccinating 80% -100% of the population. Theoretically, such “herd” immunity will interrupt measles transmission and end epidemics.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that “immunization coverage of 2 year olds at 80% may be sufficient to prevent sustained measles outbreaks in urban communities”. This is what is referred to as “herd immunity”. So for the sake of the MYTH OF HERD IMMUNITY, let’s break down some numbers.

-We need about 80% of people (children) to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity and prevent outbreaks.

-The federal government targets 90% childhood vaccination rates.

-Nationwide, Americans are hitting or exceeding that goal for measles, mumps and rubella; for polio; for hepatitis B; and for varicella

-The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said childhood immunization levels are near or above national targets of 90%. 

-Published August 29, 2014, the results of the 2013 NIS indicate that “vaccination coverage among children increased relative to 2012 NIS estimates and less than 1% of children had not received any vaccinations. No change was observed in the percentage of children who received no vaccinations”

Let me repeat: CHILDHOOD immunization levels are near or ABOVE National targets of 90%. And according to NIS statistics published by the CDC, less than 1% of children not received any vaccines. 

HERD IMMUNITY?!? 

Have you ever realized that the “anti-vaccination movement” is ONLY directed at the unvaccinated children? What about the adults? At least half the population, that is the generation x and baby boomers, have had no vaccine-induced immunity against any of the diseases for which they had been vaccinated for very early in life. At least 50 percent of the population has been unprotected for decades.

Let me repeat: we have all lived for at least 30 to 40 years with 50 percent or less of the population having vaccine protection.

Herd immunity has not existed in this country for many decades, and no resurgent epidemics have occurred.

But who cares right? Let’s just continue to blame “outbreaks” on what used to be called the “people who refuse to vaccinate their children”, which has now been turned into the “anti-vaccine movement”. That less than 1% (some estimate 2%) of children are unvaccinated. It would make more sense to blame outbreaks on the adult population (who never contracted measles naturally) but received a measles vaccine as a child. Ask them when the last time they received a measles vaccine? I doubt they are “up to date”.

But instead we preach herd immunity. Our target levels for children are on track. Adults are not. We tried an adult schedule and no-one really complies. So we blame the teeny tiny percent of unvaccinated children.

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WHAT IS THE ANTI-VACCINATION MOVEMENT?

It’s called Pharma. And to them I say…wake up Pharma. Wake the hell up. There is no such thing as an “anti-vaccine movement”. You created it. You got greedy and added 49 vaccines to the childhood schedule before a child starts Kindergarten. You created an entire generation of sick children. We know them as vaccine injured child. Guess what? These children ARE vaccinated. You know, the GREATER GOOD. The parents believed the lie. They did what they were told. They took their kids in for the shots. They were as pro-vaccine as it gets. This movement you’ve created is not about the 25 measles cases at Disneyland. This movement is called truth. And it will never lose steam. Not until you stop harming and injuring children. This movement is only growing. This movement is just getting it’s steam. Your “anti-vaccine movement label”, it fuels us.

So go find another scare tactic. Your “measles outbreak” scare tactics aren’t fooling anyone.

HOW ARE UNVACCINATED CHILDREN A THREAT?

“It is preposterous to think that a child who is vaccinated no longer carries the bacteria or the viruses that they have been vaccinated against. If, in fact, children are vaccinated, then why are parents and public health authorities afraid that non-vaccinated children are somehow carrying something that their children are not, when they should feel comfortable that their children are vaccinated? You can’t have it both ways…

You can’t vaccinate believing that your children are protected and then feel that your children are not protected because somehow, some non-vaccinated child is carrying some secret organism that no-one else is carrying. You can’t have it both ways. It just doesn’t make any sense”. -–Dr. Palevsky, board certified pediatrician in New York

FACTS ABOUT MEASLES:

Measles was a disease that if contracted naturally, permanent and lifelong immunity would be gained. Before the measles vaccine, mothers who contracted measles naturally would develop protective antibodies and passes those along to her baby who would then be naturally protected from measles for the first 15 months of life. Measles was never a risk to babies. Before the vaccine was introduced, less than half of 1% of babies contracted measles. Less than half of 1%.

Today, 30% of all measles cases are in babies less than one year of age.
The age in which children are most at risk from measles.

We took a relatively mild viral childhood illness, that when contracted naturally, served a greater purpose; gave life-long specific immunity to measles, passed protective antibodies to our babies during pregnancy, gave life-long non-specific immunity to degenerative diseases of bone and cartilage, sebaceous skin diseases, immunoreactive diseases and certain tumours, and protected us from asthma and allergies…all of that prevented by the natural measles disease.

AND we traded it for a manmade, fake, temporary, and ineffective vaccine, which isn’t even able to be administered to a baby for “protection” until they are 12-15 months. AFTER the age in which measles is most “dangerous”.

IS CONTRACTING MEASLES DANGEROUS?

Yes, it can be in malnourished children living in undeveloped countries.
Yes, it can be impoverished areas with poor nutrition and no sanitation.
And no the vaccine is still not the answer. Malnourished children living in impoverished areas need food and clean water. Not a measles vaccine.

A study was done on African children with measles. Half the children received vitamin A, the second group received the routine treatment. Guess what group faired better? Mortality rates in the Vitamin A group were cut in half.

“Data shows that one-third to one-half of the millions of deaths in children across the world, caused by measles, diarrheal diseases, pneumonia, AIDS, & malaria, are due to undernutrition, not undervaccination”

In a healthy, nourished child in America, measles is a relatively mild childhood illness that passes without complication.

The truth is, 1 in about 10,000 (not 1,000) may develop inflammation of the brain. However 1 in 50 kids with autism suffer from inflammation of the brain. The MMR vaccine package insert for the measles vaccine actually lists inflammation of the brain as a side effect from the vaccine. Go read the package insert. It’s called encephalitis. Caused by the measles vaccine. Not caused by the natural measles virus.

And to think… the measles death rate had declined on it’s own by 98% before the measles vaccine was introduced. Does the incidence rate when the vaccine was introduced even matter? We are still dealing with incidence rates in 2015. Measles was NEVER a deadly disease when we introduced the vaccine. And vaccines were meant to “save millions of lives”.

The SCARE THAT ISN’T a SCARE:

Have you ever noticed when a major news outlet reports on the newest measles outbreak that is always caused by the unvaccinated, that the articles always end with sentences such as:
“Fortunately, all measles cases passed without complications, as is usually the cases with measles”.
“Most patients recover after an unpleasant but relatively uneventful period of sickness”

Heck all you have to do is watch tv episodes from back in the day when measles was a laughing matter on tv and referred to by the CDC as “a mild childhood illness”? Before the holy vaccine God turned measles into a big, bad, scary, deadly disease that should most certainly always be blamed on the unvaccinated.

Oh hey did you know outbreaks still occur in communities where 97% of the population is “protected”? But who cares about that…let’s just keep saying “herd immunity” and make them think it’s normal that it’s taken longer than 47 years to eradicate. Let’s call it the “ANTI-VACCINATION MOVEMENT”.

AM I SCARED OF A MEASLES OUTBREAK?

No.

I can give my child 9 shots (3 doses of a 3-in-1 shot) for a disease that is not deadly, that a child is more likely to catch if they are vaccinated, that doesn’t offer permanent immunity, and that has high risks associated with the shot including seizures, encephalitis, blood disorders, sensory impairments, learning disabilities, immune system suppression, inflammatory bowel disease, inflammation of the brain, and many other severe allergic reactions.

Nope. I’ll just stick with my anti-vaccination movement label. And head off to Disneyland…

 

 

 

 

A Full Circle Moment in Bloggy World!

I can definitely say that this past weekend was a full circle moment for my blog. When I first started writing this blog, I hoped that my closest and friends and family would read it. That was as far as my expectations went. I thought…well if I can just get my closest friends to read my vaccine research, then hopefully I can help them with their decision. I honestly had no idea this blog would one day be read by millions of people, that I would form relationships and friendships with many of my readers all over the world, and that would day I would travel to meet them. Wow!

First let me say….YOU GUYS ROCK!!! I absolutely adore my bloggy friends that read this blog and the community of friendships that have been formed. You guys are the reason why I will never quit writing (even when I want to, which is often). You confirm, validate, and encourage me to keep going.

This past weekend I was able to travel with my friend Danielle to teach oil classes. We traveled to and through 7 different states. I knew I was going to be teaching classes for members in my downline that signed up for YL through my blog, but I wanted I didn’t realize was the amazing testimonies and stories and friendships that would come from it. And that the people who I often refer to as “blog readers” are real life, awesome, amazing people that I get to hug and cry with and talk to and get to know as friends! How cool is that?

Meeting my blog readers face to face and hearing their stories of how this blog has changed their way of thinking, their vaccine decisions, their health choices, and hearing their stories testimonies was simply amazing. It was a full circle moment for sure. This blog talks about many things: family life, adoption, health, vaccines, and oils to name a few. Never did I think that oils would allow me to meet the people who this blog has touched face to face. Many of whom have been touched by my vaccine posts. Wow!!!

Many of the mothers I meet are mothers of vaccine injured children who just want to thank me for being a voice to them. To you guys, I say YOU ARE MY HEROS! When I started my Lioness Arising Series, it was my way to try to give a voice to the autism community. I quickly fell in love with this community and formed many friendships with mommas of vaccine-injured children from all over the world. Your stories literally break my heart and are one of the main reasons why I will never stop fighting for truth. And then there’s The Thinking Moms Revolution. A community of amazing thinkers who many of them have become dear friends to me. I always say I can’t imagine anything worse than knowing that I know that I know that I know what happened to my child, and the rest of the world denies it. I love that The Thinking Moms Revolution is changing the mindsets of many people.

Full Circle Moment: 2 years ago I shared Thinking Moms co-founder, Kim Spencer, sons story of vaccine injury and recovery in my Lioness Arising Series. Never would I have imagined that we would become dear friends, and two years later I’d be traveling 10 hours to spend the weekend at her house, meeting her son, and being cooked for and waited on by her. Haha! Just kidding! Thanks Kim for all the meals and opening your home to us. I love you and your precious family! What a special weekend it was to meet Patrick. Wow! Recovery is real and beautiful. Patrick, age 14, now makes handmade American flags out of wood, steel rods, nuts, and bolts. These flags are amazing. I bought one from him. This American flag will forever hang in my yard as a special reminder that what started out as a simple blog for family and friends has turned into a one of the most special avenues that I have, where I get to travel and meet these amazing heros face to face!

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Many of the other mothers I meet are mothers who were searching for truth. Either they had vaccine safety & efficacy questions or they were noticing something in their child after a round of shots and their instinct was speaking to them, one way or another they found this blog. Their stories are amazing. I wish I could share them all!

The past 5 years of writing this blog has been something that is hard to put into words. The loss of friendships when I decided to fist start writing about vaccines was heartbreaking for me. The death threats and hate mail, also not fun. And then the recent FDA adventure. I’m not going to go into details, but for those of you that read this blog regularly, you will see that every blog post I’ve ever written on essential oils is no longer on this blog. You can thank our friends at the FDA for that. Working with a legal team is not something I ever though would happen as a blog writer.  Last week I was ready to be done with this blog forever. And then I took this recent trip and met dozens of blog readers who shared their personal stories of what this blog has meant to them and how it’s changed their families radically, and it was confirmed once again that this is a God-given passion and I will continue to write, even when I don’t want to. The Lord is so sweet and gracious in that He showed me a glimpse into the impact that this blog has made and it was exactly what I needed to keep going. I’m so thankful to serve a faithful God that redeems, refreshes, and restores us. “For He who calls you is faithful, and He will do it” -1 Thessalonians 5:24

I often think of this God-given passion that was given to me. Write about vaccines. Yikes! I know many, many, many friends that do not vaccinate, but they also don’t share or talk or write about it. Sometimes I’m envious of that. I wish I could hide in my own little bubble with my 5 kids, knowing that the decisions that we have made for our families health work for us, and that’s all that matters. But that’s not the case for me. I write about one of the most controversial topics and it’s not always what I want to do. I opened up recently in a post called “Blog Bullies and Hate Mail”, where I share the ugly truth of what bloggers like me deal with when speaking out about vaccines. But the Lord is faithful and constantly refreshing me and this past weekend tangibly showing me that my efforts are not in vain, but are truly helping others.

For those of you that I met this past weekend, thank-you! Thank-you for sharing your story with me. I pray that I can continue to educate, inspire, and encourage you all to follow your instincts and continue to make the health choices that feel right and work best for you and your family!

Really though, this blog is NOT AT ALL ABOUT ME. This is a God thing. And to HIM, ALL THE GLORY!

“Now to Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. To HIM be the glory” -Ephesians 3:20

Yay for truth!
xoxo, Jessica

Melanie’s Marvelous Measles

Hey did you know there is a major measles outbreak right now? Oh right, how could you not know?  The media loves to promote these outbreaks. Hard to keep up with the outbreaks these days, when there is always a “current measles outbreak” and of course they are always caused by those unruly unvaccinated kids. Why are these “outbreaks” plastered all over the media? Because money talks. The entire vaccine industry is built on fear and scare tactics, and they are a multi-billion dollar industry that pays big money to talk their talk. All you have to do these days is watch night-time talk shows to see how money talks. Last night the vaccine industry’s most well-paid spokesperson (Paul Offit) was on the John Stewart show. Offit owns patents on childhood vaccines that he invented and then he votes his own vaccines onto the childhood vaccine schedule (no conflict of interest there). He is a millionaire because of vaccines. He gets to go on night-time talk shows and promote his vaccines through scare tactics and lies. His big money makes you believe that measles is being caused by the “anti-vaccine movement”. He gets to go on national television and make fun of unvaccinated kids. And for some reason this new level of vaccine propoganda is socially acceptable. It’s not.

I’ve written on measles until I feel like I can’t possibly write another post on measles. I’ve said everything there is to say and then some. I always say “I’M DONE TALKING ABOUT MEASLES”. Ha! But then I received a set of books in the mail from an author in Australia. All of her books are awesome. They are written for children and they teach on various topics such as bullies, visiting naturopaths, and vaccines. One of the books is titled: “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles”. She asked if I would review it.  I said “Of course!” Well wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Her intro alone had me crying. This author is a momma. A real life momma with a real life baby who was taken from her. She is using her story to help others. It is an excellent book for anyone looking for logic and truth.

“Melanie’s Marvelous Measles”, shares in an extremely positive and kid friendly way how measles is NOT to be feared. My 8 year old read it when she got home from school the day the book came in the mail. When she was done, I simply asked: “What did you think of that book?” She said: “I think it’s cool that kids get measles and they actually get stronger from it”. I asked: “Why do you think people are afraid of measles?” She said: “I think they don’t know enough about measles”. Yep. My 8 year old now knows enough to not fear measles.

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MY REVIEW

The book starts off about a girl named Melanie who has the measles. The teacher announces to the class that Melanie is not at school because she has measles. Tina is sad because Melanie is her best friend. Some of the other children in the class become worried that they are going to catch measles. Tina overhears a boy in the class named Jared tell his friend Travis how he won’t get the measles because he has been vaccinated. When Travis tells Jared that he isn’t vaccinated, Jared becomes angry and tells him “Well, you’re going to die if you don’t get vaccinated”. Travis replies: “Well, I know that isn’t true because I haven’t had any vaccinations and I am still alive”. Jared didn’t know what to say to that. After overhearing this conversation, Tina decides that she does not want to announce that she is also not vaccinated. You see, Tina’s brother Sam became very sick after he had his shots, so Tina’s mom & dad decided to research more before vaccinating their other children again. After researching, they decided it was too risky, so Tina didn’t have any shots and was a very healthy child.

Tina goes home from school that day with a lot of questions and concerns. The next few pages in the book share the excellent conversation between Tina & her parents. Her mom teaches her that measles “don’t run and catch you our hurt you”. She explains that measles is a “common childhood disease”. She teaches what measles is: “children get spots on their body and they can feel very hot and have a cough for a few days. For most children it’s a good thing to get measles. Many wise people believe measles make the body stronger and more mature for the future”. mmm Without telling the entire story (I gotta save some of it for you to read), one of the questions Tina asks her parents “Why were the children (from her class) scared?” Her mothers answer: “They are scared because they don’t know much about measles and most people fear things they don’t know anything about. It’s a lot like being scared of the dark”. She goes on to explain to her daughter: “When I was a child, if one child had measles or chicken pox, many parents would take their own children over to play with them. They hoped their children would get the disease and then have natural lifelong immunity”. 

mmm2Tina and her mom decide to go over and visit Melanie and bring her some healthy foods and juice. They bring her carrot juice and melons because research shows that if your body has plenty of Vitamin A, you won’t get measles and if you do have measles, eating fruit and vegetables high in Vitamin A are helpful for healing.

Melanie’s mom thanks Tina’s mom. Melanie’s mom also says: “So much for being vaccinated. The doctor said Melanie has the worst case of measles he has seen in years”. Yep. 
10331539_10152410168340883_206555904_nAnd guess what? Jared (the other vaccinated friend) he ended up contracting the measles too. Tina never did.

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As much as I want to share every word and page of this book, I encourage every family to purchase this book. Give your children the gift of knowledge through these kid friendly books that teach truth. I highly, highly, highly recommend these age appropriate children’s books!

How do we break the cycle of vaccine propaganda through fear and scare tactics? Truth. The next generations of thinking children are our future. Hard to believe it’s been 47 years since the very first measles campaign in 1967.

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This cutesy slogan reads “Stop measles with just one shot”. According to the CDC 47 years ago— “Effective use of this vaccine during the coming winter and spring should ensure the eradication of measles from the United States in 1967”. Looks like it’s time to teach the next generation truth.  A great way to start is through children’s books like Melanie’s Marvelous Measles.

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You can purchase this awesome children’s book HERE

Past posts on Measles:

Thanks Pharma

Why All The Measles Outbreaks

Measles Shmeasles

Do You Fear Measles






Nurturing your Lioness Instinct

This blog post is my attempt at connecting two different thoughts/topics I have going on…so bear with me.

First: LIONESS ARISING. Two and a half years ago, I heard Lisa Bevere speak. She was powerful, anointed, and spoke on her newest book, Lioness Arising. That book radically changed me and gave me the courage to continue on the path that I felt like the Lord had called me on; speaking about vaccines. Shortly after reading the book, I started The Lioness Arising Mothers series, where I share mothers’ stories of their vaccine injured children. Through the words in Lisa’s book, I knew the Lord was giving me the permission I needed to fight for truth. He was telling me that the fight didn’t have to always look pretty or nice and that I could still be a Christian woman and fight for truth. When I first read the book Lioness Arising, I had so much stirring in my heart. I had a righteous anger inside me and a strong desire to speak out about it. I will never forget reading these following sentences:

How will you respond when you are fully, dangerously awake? What history will you make? Will you, like the fierce lioness, awaken from a tranquilized state and rise up to defend your family, your community, your world? Are you awake? Even now, what is stirring in your heart?

The world needs you, lovely lioness sister, not to merely wake up, but to give expression to your God-given fierce side. What does it look like for a Christian woman to be fierce? Is it yelling, screaming, clawing, and kicking? There might be a time for that.

That’s when my Lioness Arising Mothers series was born and I haven’t looked back. I have told powerful stories of powerful women and their amazing children.  I’ve met these women from all over the country. I am honored to tell their stories. I am honored to defend their truths.

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What I didn’t know was that 2 1/2 years later, Lisa Bevere would be calling me. She found my blog series and was inspired by it. She wanted to know more about the subject of these Lioness Arising Mothers. She get’s it. SHE. GET’S. IT. We talked for over an hour on the phone. It was an honor. It was the validation and confirmation that I am doing EXACTLY what God has called me to do. It was an amazingly blessed day for me. The Lord did not have to send Lisa Bevere to confirm that I’m doing what I’ve been called to do, but the Lord is so sweet and loving and kind and gracious that He choose to bless me by personally sending the author of the book to encourage me and pray with me. The Lord always does exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can ask, think, or imagine. I am so blessed to have Lisa as a friend and mentor and look forward to future projects that we will collaborate on together. More on that later!

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SECOND: NURTURE

While on the phone with Lisa, she asked me what my prayer was for women everywhere. I shared how my biggest prayer is that women would discover how to trust and follow their instincts. How it is the greatest gift God gives us and how everyday I watch this being stripped from women, especially mothers. I shared how I want women to be filled with the peace that comes from following our intuition and how sad I am to see women constantly living in fear and worry and guilt and shame and regret.

Of course, I am mainly speaking from the point of view of vaccines, well baby visits, and the choices we make for our children. As Lisa and I were discussing the topic of intuition, she said “You HAVE to read my book Nurture. I have a chapter on INTUITION”. A few days later, a box of books arrived. I sat and read the Intuition chapter this morning. I was blown away. I felt like I was reading a book written by a much smarter, wiser, cooler version of me. In this chapter were the words that I have always had stirring in my heart, but did not know how to put down on paper. It taught on everything I have desired to help women understand. I have always had such a strong desire to teach, educate, inspire, and encourage women to FOLLOW THEIR INSTINCT. And now 2 1/2 years later, this author is once again blessing me with the words I needed to help others. Sitting in my living room this morning, reading the chapter on intuition, and reading the words that so beautifully put it all together brought me to another full circle moment.

I started a project a few months back called PROJECT INSTINCT. You can read about it (HERE). I asked 100 mothers the same question and the overwhelming answer was INSTINCT. Reading Lisa’s chapter on Intuition was like connecting my PROJECT to the research behind INSTINCT. Read the Project Instinct post to better understand.

Intuition (noun): The state of being aware of or knowing something without having to discover or perceive it, or the ability to do this 2. Something known or believed instinctively, without actual evidence for it 3. Immediate knowledge of something.

The definition of intuition carries a designation of an immediate sense of understanding. When the answer is presented, it is known and therefore immediately recognized. And undeniable quickening occurs when truth is heard.

I’ve been researching and speaking out about vaccines for 8 years. I’ve been writing about it for about 4. The controversy surrounding vaccines is uglier than politics. There is a never ending conflict between both sides. I think of the many debates I’ve been involved in over the years. Most of the time, it’s not a debate about science or facts, but it’s a debate about a belief system. Vaccines are a philosophy, which is why the topic is met with so much controversy. And almost every single time – the debates  become personal. I love what Lisa says in her chapter on Intuition:

“If we make the conflict personal, there will be no true or lasting solution.

I have wasted far too much time, thought, and energy trying to make sense of the senseless…and so have you. Each of us must decide those days are over. Daughters, you will come up against many problems and conflicts. You may be tempted to take many of them personally. I implore you, fight the temptation. These issues and asides will never be successfully navigated from a personal perspective, so don’t make it personal”.

I think of the autism moms I have grown to know and love and advocate for, and how personal it is for them when someone tries to tell them that what they know to be exactly true about their child is false. And it hurts my heart for them. Or when a mother is belittled my her pediatrician for choosing not to vaccinate based on her instinct. It becomes personal. This fight for truth is so much greater though.

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rules and authorities of the unseen world, against might powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places –Ephesians 6:12

No problem can be solved on the same level at which you meet it. -Albert Einstein

I believe this battle is spiritual. And this chapter goes into much greater detail than what I’m covering in this simple blog post. As much as I want to share every word from the chapter on Intuition, I can only encourage you to read it. It’s not at all a book about vaccines. But it is everything I have ever believed to be true when it comes to intuition and the great big vaccine debate. And as my favorite doctor, the virtuous hero Dr. Wakefield says: “To the parents I would say, trust your instinct above all else. When considering how to vaccinate your children, read, get educated, and demand fully informed consent and answers to your questions. When you are stonewalled or these answers are not to your satisfaction, trust your instinct. I say this as someone who has studied and engaged in the science and who has become aware of the limitations of our knowledge and understanding of vaccine safety issues. Maternal instinct, in contrast, has been a steady hand upon the tiller of evolution; we would not be here without it”

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I’ll end with a few more quotes from the chapter on INTUITION from the book Nurture.

“Some of us have quenched the light of our God-given feminine intuition and it needs to reignited”

“Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way”

Did you know the Latin breakdown of intuition (in and tueor) yields “Inward tutor”? How cool is that?

Given to us by the Holy Spirit! (1 John 2: 27)

“When truth is spoken the inward tutor, Holy Spirit, confirms it to you and in you. You will feel as though light and strength, truth and freedom are being poured out upon you”. Intuition is given to us from God.

“The gift that follows intuition is the gift of peace of mind”. (Wow!)

“The peace God gives us (after following our instinct) abides even in the midst of turmoil and raging storms. There may be a few drops that remind you what is coming against you, but you are safe from the deluge that would seek to overwhelm you”.

“Unfathomable peace that surpasses our natural ability to understand”. Wow! This is the gift that follows intuition!

“To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” –Luke 1:79

“We must steward truth well, but truth without inner peace does not work”

“Peace fosters an atmosphere for discernment to flourish and this insight is invaluable. Intuition creates a level of awareness and discernment that equips you make a wise decision”

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Wow! Wow! Wow! The foreword to the book Nurture reads:

“This book is dedicated to every woman, regardless of age, who longs to make her connection with other women and touch the world she lives in but does not know how. You, beautiful one, are an answer, not a problem and we need both you and your contribution. May these words help facilitate what you need to begin to see your life enlarged on every level. May the God-gifted treasure within you flourish as you find your voice and place as one among the many women who even now watch for you”.

If you are a mother reading this post and struggling with trusting your intuition, or looking to give and get what you need to flourish, please read the book Nurture. Find other women to surround yourself with who will validate your intuition. Find a pediatrician who will respect your decisions. My prayer is that fear and worry would be replaced by peace. Instinct is the most precious thing we own. No-one can take that from you. Guard it well.

“The only real, valuable thing is intuition” -Albert Einstein

Thanks, Pharma. You created the “anti-vaccine movement”.

I love that when a nonsense article floats around on facebook, everyone who knows me, sends it to me. This newest article was sent to me about a dozen times today. I’m out of town for work and said “Nope, not refuting it. No time”. But here I am, with a few hours to spare in my hotel room, and what am I doing….refuting the article. Haha!

I’ve been researching the measles vaccine for 8 years now and have written many posts on this subject.

So here we go…..again.

I have to remind myself that my passion and heart is truly to educate and empower other mothers. So if you are a non vaccinating mother and read the silly Daily Beast article titled “Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC”, and that article made you question your decision, or you were to made to feel like you needed to defend yourself and your decision to friends or family, this post is for you!

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The article begins with: “There is currently an outbreak of measles in New York City.  Considered eliminated in the United States in 2000, last year saw a record number of outbreaks around the country”. (I kept the two original links within these sentences for references)

Let’s break this down.

Right away, the original article links to other articles.  I always click on the links within the original article, because that is where the real information can be found. The original article is always an opinion piece with no research or statistics. So I always leave the original article to get to root of what is being said. I look for statistics. Research. Science. Logic.

The first linked article is titled: “New measles cases confirmed in New York City”.

Are you ready for what comes next?

First sentence: “New York City health officials have identified 3 more cases of measles”

“Five hospitalizations have occurred as a result of this outbreak”

“At least two cases were transmitted right in a doctor’s office, officials said”

Say what? 3 WHOLE CASES? 5 hospitalizations? And 2 cases were transmitted right in a doctors office?

And this is what we call an outbreak? And we blame the unvaccinated? I honestly wonder how an “outbreak” such as this can warrant an article titled:  “Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC”. Is it just me, or have we completely lost grasp of what true journalism is?

And 2 cases transmitted right in a doctors office? Wait you mean transmitted through the vaccine? Ha! Seriously though, let’s not forget that the measles vaccine is a live virus vaccine that can live in saliva and feces, so yes those recently vaccinated are carriers. Vaccine shedding anyone?

I love how the original article (like I said which is always an opinion piece) says: “Measles was considered eliminated at the turn of the millennium. Now it’s back, thanks to the loons who refuse to vaccinate their children” Really? That’s the science? An article that calls parents loons? How low can we go?

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The second link given in the original article, (about how measles was considered eliminated in the United States in 2000, but last year (2013) saw a record number of outbreaks), that link leads you directly to the CDC website which shows the graphic above. I’ve shared this graphic before. There you have it folks, all 159 cases of measles (2013 actually ended with 189 cases).

In 2000 (the year measles was “eliminated” from the US) there were 86 cases. So I guess somehow the difference between the 189 cases in 2013 and 86 cases in 2000, all 103 of those new cases are considered “outbreaks” and are caused by the small percentage of unvaccinated children? Totally logical, right?

Funny though, I went to the CDC website and in the year 2011 there were 222 cases in the US, which is significantly higher than 2013. And did you know that in 2011, we added a third MMR vaccine onto the childhood schedule, and also put it on the adult vaccination program as a regular booster?

Funny how we just can’t seem to eliminate measles within the United States.

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In 1967, during a measles campaign, the CDC said: “Effective use of this vaccine during the coming winter and spring should insure the eradication of measles from the United States in 1967”. The cutesy slogan read “Stop measles with just one shot”.

Well that was 47 years ago. And now a child entering Kindergarten needs 3 shots.

Good ole measles.

I love how the original article states: “Most patients recover after an unpleasant but relatively uneventful period of sickness”. Yep, big bad scary measles. Seriously, how have we let measles become so scary? In a healthy child, the symptoms are nothing more than a common cold.

The article does goes on to say:  “Unfortunately, about one patient in every 1,000 develops inflammation of the brain, and one to three cases per 1000 in the United States result in death”. The truth is, 1 in about 10,000 (not 1,000) may develop inflammation of the brain.

Dr. Mendelsohn: “Doctors maintain that the inoculation is necessary to prevent measles encephalitis, which they say occurs about one in 1,000 cases. After decades of experience with measles, I question this statistic, and so do many other pediatricians. … in middle and upper-income brackets, … incidence of true encephalitis is probably more like 1/10,000 or 1/100,000.”

However 1 in 50 kids with autism suffer from inflammation of the brain and the MMR vaccine package insert for the measles vaccine actually lists inflammation of the brain as a side effect from the vaccine. Go read the package insert. It’s called encephalitis. Caused by the measles vaccine. Not caused by the natural measles virus.

As the article suggests, how do we actually know 1 -3 cases per 1,000 in the United States result in death? We don’t. According to the CDC, deaths occur in populations with high levels of malnutrition and a lack of adequate healthcare. Deaths don’t occur in developed countries. Deaths do not occur in 1 -3 cases per 1,000 in the United States. And in developing countries, “Data shows that one-third to one-half of the millions of deaths in children across the world, caused by measles, are due to undernutrition, not undervaccination”. 

WHERE IS THE LOGIC?

The original article continues with paragraphs such as: “The anti-vaccine crowd may think they’re only making a decision for their own family. In fact, they’re threatening to make the rest of us sick. Refusing to vaccinate your children means you are contributing to a worsening public health crisis. There is no denying it, and there is no point in sugar-coating it”.

HOW ARE UNVACCINATED CHILDREN A THREAT?

“It is preposterous to think that a child who is vaccinated no longer carries the bacteria or the viruses that they have been vaccinated against. If, in fact, children are vaccinated, then why are parents and public health authorities afraid that non-vaccinated children are somehow carrying something that their children are not, when they should feel comfortable that their children are vaccinated? You can’t have it both ways…

You can’t vaccinate believing that your children are protected and then feel that your children are not protected because somehow, some non-vaccinated child is carrying some secret organism that no-one else is carrying. You can’t have it both ways. It just doesn’t make any sense”. -–Dr. Palevsky, board certified pediatrician in New York

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I won’t go through each silly paragraph within the article. My favorite though was: “If you missed measles and are glad it’s back, thank a vaccine-denier”. If you are an adult who survived measles as a child, you now have PERMANENT immunity acquired from contracting the natural measles virus. You cannot and will not ever contract measles again. Who else is this article referring to that would be “missing measles” but the generation that actually contracted it naturally? They aren’t worried.

When these types of articles clearly point the finger at only one people group (in this case the non-vaccinating parent) it is so hard to understand the logic. The article states: “Perhaps vaccine-refusing parents will consider whether it’s worth the anxiety of knowing that a person who coughed in their grocery store two hours earlier could infect their kids as they do the week’s shopping together, and will reconsider their choices”

Scientists believe that measles can be eradicated by vaccinating 80% -100% of the population. Theoretically, such “herd” immunity will interrupt measles transmission and end epidemics. According to the CDC, childhood immunization levels are near or above national targets.

CHILDHOOD immunization levels are near or ABOVE National targets. 

And why the heck is it always the “vaccine-refusing parents”? What about the vaccine-refusing adults? We have an entire generation of baby boomers who haven’t had a booster shot in years. Why don’t we blame them? The blaming is so targeted, it’s hard to take serious. The small percentage of unvaccinated children would or could never be the cause of an outbreak. But then again, it’s almost comical what we call an “outbreak”.

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Dear Pharma

I’ll end with the sentence in the article that said: “I hope the anti-vaccine movement somehow loses steam”. Wake up Pharma. Wake the hell up. There is no such thing as an “anti-vaccine movement”. You created it. You got greedy and added 49 vaccines to the childhood schedule before a child starts Kindergarten. You created an entire generation of sick children. We know them as vaccine injured child. Guess what? These children ARE vaccinated. You know, the GREATER GOOD. The parents believed the lie. They did what they were told. The took their kids in for the shots. This movement is called truth. And it will never lose steam. Not until you stop harming and injuring children. This movement is only growing. This movement is just getting it’s steam. Your articles like the one today, they fuel us.

So go find another scare tactic. Your “measles outbreak” scare tactics aren’t fooling anyone.

Thanks, Pharma. You created the “anti-vaccine movement”.

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To read more posts on the topic of outbreaks:
Why All The Measles Outbreaks? 
Measles Shmeasles
The Myth of Herd Immunity
LA Times and the Whooping Cough Story
The Whooping Cough Has Me For a Loss of Words
Pertussis: The Outbreaks that Cry Wolf

LA Times and the Whooping Cough story…

This week, I had a handful of people send me articles to refute. I don’t always have time to refute all of the nonsense articles that float around. I wish I did have the time. But I don’t. I simply write these posts to help others. I’m honestly in a season of my life where I don’t feel the need to defend my vaccine stance anymore. When I was first having babies, I felt a strong need to defend my stance. And I wrote tons about vaccines. Now that my children are getting older, their health is living proof. And I have little desire to defend my stance or spend my time refuting articles.

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However one article that was sent to me (by a friend looking for genuine help)…it kept bugging me. I kept going back to it, then talking myself out of not wasting my time refuting it, then going back to it again. So here I am. Refuting this most worst article published in the LA Times. It was titled “The toll of the anti-vaccination movement, in one devastating graphic”. The article led to a graphic above of a map showing “vaccine-preventable outbreaks”. Whatever that means. Under the map it said “Almost all the whooping cough is in the United States.”

Uh yeah…. of course almost all of the whooping cough cases are in the US. We are the most highly vaccinated country in the world, against a disease that is primarily spread through the vaccinated.

As vaccination rates and boosters continue to rise, we have become the most highly vaccinated population in the history of the world. And we still can’t escape whooping cough outbreaks. So we keep blaming the outbreaks on the small percent of the unvaccinated population. And we call it the “anti-vaccination movement”. Whatever that means.

Don’t the people conducting the “ground breaking research” about the so-called “anti-vaccination movement” understand that there is no such thing as an anti-vaccination movement? Most of the people who have woken up to the truth about vaccines are parents of vaccine injured children (Who guess what? They once believed in vaccines and their children ARE vaccinated) or parents like myself who have done the proper research. I’m not anti-vaccine. I’m pro-truth, pro-safety, & pro-effectiveness. Vaccines are none of those. It’s that simple.

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OK back the LA Times article. I’m actually only taking the 4th paragraph from that article that then leads to a “study”. And I’m going to focus on how a “study” with  such crap science becomes the reason behind an LA Times published article with a title called the “TOLL OF THE ANTI-VACCINATION MOVEMENT”.

It is truly hard to comprehend how the study I’m about to breakdown is the reason behind the “toll of the anti-vaccination movement”.

4th paragraph in the article:
“Vaccine panic also plays a role in the shocking incidence in the U.S. of whooping cough, also beatable by a common vaccine. Researchers have pointed to the effect of “non-medical exemptions” from legally required whooping cough immunizations… as a factor in a 2010 outbreak of whooping cough in California”

Ok, lets break this down….

“Vaccine panic also plays a role in the shocking incidence in the U.S. of whooping cough, also beatable by a common vaccine”

First of all what is “vaccine panic”? Lame. And how is the whooping cough “beatable by a common vaccine” when the majority of people with whooping cough are vaccinated? That the CDC admits has waning immunity? How many boosters do we need to add to the schedule before the vaccine is actually effective?  And are we really always going to try to blame the incidence of whooping cough on the small percent that doesn’t vaccinate? The so called “anti-vaccination movement”.

“Researchers have pointed to the effect of non-medical exemptions as a factor in a 2010 outbreak of whooping cough in California”

OK, seriously, click on the link this article gives as the “research” behind this claim. It leads you to this: Nonmedical Vaccine Exemptions and Pertussis in California, 2010

The first paragraph to this study reads: “Although this resurgence has been widely attributed to waning immunity of the acellular vaccine, the role of vaccine refusal has not been explored in the published literature. Many factors likely contributed to the outbreak, including the cyclical nature of pertussis, improved diagnosis, and waning immunity; however, it is important to understand if clustering of unvaccinated individuals also played a role” 

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So the first paragraph clearly tells us that:

1. The resurgence has been WIDELY attributed to waning immunity of the acellular vaccines

2. That the role of vaccine refusal has NOT been explored in published literature (I guess until this ground breaking study)

3. That MANY factors likely contributed to the outbreak including: – the cyclical nature of pertussis, improved diagnosis, and waning immunity

4. However, LET’S STILL TRY TO BLAME THE UNVACCINATED, right?

The conclusion to this amazing “research” article…Are you ready? 

CONCLUSIONS: Our data suggest clustering of NMEs (Non medical exemptions) may have been 1 of several factors in the 2010 California pertussis resurgence.

May have? Or not.
And 1 of several factors. But let’s not talk about any of those other factors.

By the way, they analyzed nonmedical exemptions (NMEs) for children entering kindergarten from 2005 through 2010 they found “2 statistically significant clusters of pertussis cases in this time period”

TWO.

There were 9,120 cases of pertussis during the 2010 outbreak. And researchers have already determined from a 2012 report that  92% of pertussis cases in California during that outbreak were in vaccinated individuals.

But this study found TWO clusters of pertussis in NME’s over a 5 year period and LA Times gets to publish a piece about the “toll of the anti-vaccination movement”. Whatever.

And that’s really where this post should end. But I’m going to take it a step further and break down the REAL reasons behind the increase in Whooping Cough (pertussis) outbreaks.

So if you need to take a break…come back later for the 2nd half of this post. If not, keep reading 🙂

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According to the CDC…

“In the past 20-30 years, we’ve seen the peaks getting higher and overall case counts (of pertussis) going up. There are several reasons that help explain why we’re seeing more cases as of late. These include: increased awareness, improved diagnostic tests, better reporting, more circulation of the bacteria, and waning immunity”

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Let’s talk about these other important factors:
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Waning Immunity of the Acellular vaccine.

In 1997,  the ACIP recommended that pediatric DTaP replace all pediatric DTP doses. What does that mean? It means we went from a whole cell vaccine (DTP) to a targeted acellular vaccine (DTaP). The DTP vaccine was much more effective, but very dangerous. The DTaP vaccine was not nearly as effective, and still dangerous. Great logic there. Anyways, that was 15 years ago. There was a large group of intelligent people who knew back then that the acellular vaccine was not going to be effective. And that it was still dangerous. But none of that mattered.

Since that time, we have been experiencing “outbreaks”. So many times these outbreaks are blamed on the  folks who don’t vaccinate. Like what the LA Times article and graph is trying to show.  And this is how we create the “anti-vaccine” movement and credit them with the vaccine failure.

How many boosters are we up to? Seven. And we are still having outbreaks. Blame the unvaccinated of course.

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“If you think that a vaccinated person cannot get whooping cough, in the most severe manner, think again. Most babies over the age of 6 months who get whooping cough are fully and “appropriately” vaccinated. Pertussis is admittedly, even by the vaccine enthusiasts,primarily spread by vaccinated children, adolescents and adults” –A Special Report done by the International Medical Council on Vaccination

Cyclical nature of pertussis.

Pertussis is and has always been cyclical in nature, with peaks in the disease every 3-5 years.

I am copying and pasting directly from the CDC website (as you will see, they do not blame the “anti-vaccine” movement)

Q. Why are reported cases of pertussis increasing?
A: Since the early 1980s, there has been an overall trend of an increase in reported pertussis cases. Pertussis is naturally cyclic in nature, with peaks in disease every 3-5 years. But for the past 20-30 years, we’ve seen the peaks getting higher and overall case counts going up. There are several reasons that help explain why we’re seeing more cases as of late. These include: increased awareness, improved diagnostic tests, better reporting, more circulation of the bacteria, and waning immunity.

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More circulation of bacteria

Did anyone notice this was listed under the CDC’s reasons behind why we are seeing more cases? Let me explain…

More and more studies and reports are showing how the DTaP vaccine is causing a mutated strain. Mutated strains are not the strains we are vaccinated against. Mutated strains also shed. See there are different bacterial strains of Pertussis. In an excellent article written by Everything Birth, they explain the difference in these two very clearly:

“See, this disease is most often attributed to B. pertussis infection… BUT, it is also caused by the closely related  B. parapertussis.

But, what they already know and just aren’t telling you is this…  In tests, the vaccine appears to work quite well against B. pertussis in mice. In contrast, the same tests showed vaccination led to a 40-fold enhancement of B. parapertussis colonization in the lungs of mice.

40-Fold.

That doesn’t necessarily translate into 40 sick mice as opposed to just one. It means 40 times the lung colonization.

Just so there is no confusion: colonization [kol″ŏ-nĭ-za´shun] the development of a bacterial infection on an individual, as demonstrated by a positive culture. The infected person may have no signs or symptoms of infection while still having the potential to infect others.

So, yes…. Please, think of those with weakened immune systems. Think of them enough to demand better tests. Think of them enough to look at the facts of this vaccine.  Think of them enough not to get swept away in this scaremongering.  Also think of what this means to your own child’s health.  At the end of the day, no one is going to care if their pertussis is B. pertussis or B. parapertussis. Sick is sick.

And the vaccination appears to have the potential to make sure more people are walking around contagious or sick.  Worse yet, these people could be walking around showing NO symptoms…”

Please read the conclusion of this most excellent article (HERE)

*Back in 2011, scientists came out with a study warning: Whooping Cough Strain Now Immune to Vaccine: THE bacteria that causes whooping cough has mutated, eroding the protection provided by the vaccine now given to children.

“A key issue is that the whole cell vaccine (DTP) contained hundreds of antigens, which gave broad protection against many strains of pertussis. But the (targeted) acellular vaccine (DTaP) contains only three to five antigens. Our findings suggest that the use of the acellular vaccine may be one factor contributing to these genetic changes.” – UNSW School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences

*CDC study:  suggests that the resurgence of WHOOPING COUGH is due to the vaccine causing an increased and more virulent toxin. The CDC acknowledges that whooping cough is recurring in highly vaccinated populations. They also concluded that there is a high secondary transmission rate from vaccinated individuals.

The CDC ended the study with: “Vaccinated adolescents and adults may serve as reservoirs for silent infection and become potential transmitters to unprotected infants. Therefore, even young, recently vaccinated children may serve as reservoirs and potential transmitters of infection.”

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Improved diagnostics.

I think improved diagnostics being one of the reasons behind the resurgence in whooping cough is interesting. Especially if improved diagnostics leads to studies such as this. Haha!

Title: “A cluster of suspected whooping cough cases in Colorado was actually most likely a “pseudo-outbreak,”according to an investigation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

1. The patients were mistakenly diagnosed because of contaminated samples.
2.  The samples were contaminated from the pertussis DNA in the vaccine.
3. They tested more patients than necessary, leading to more mistaken diagnoses.
4. Many of the people they found infected with pertussis were vaccinated.
5. They still recommend the vaccine. Haha!

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What about all the outbreaks though?

In April 2012,  an infectious disease specialist out of California came out with a pretty damning report that showed the majority of whooping cough cases in the famous 2010 CA outbreak, occurred within the vaccinated population.

Here are few more articles worth reading: 

ARTICLE: Whooping Cough Epidemic In Washington State Exposes Vaccination Problems:

“We started dissecting the data. What was very surprising was the majority of cases were in fully vaccinated children.  That’s what started catching our attention.”

ARTICLE: Vaccine failure admitted: Whooping cough outbreaks higher among children already vaccinated

ARTICLE: Whooping Cough Vaccine – Doesn’t Work – GSK Says “We Never Bothered to Check”

ARTICLE:  92% of pertussis cases in California were in vaccinated individuals 

ARTICLEWhooping Cough Spreads Mainly through Vaccinated Populations

ARTICLE: Why Whooping Cough Cannot be Prevented, Despite Near 100 Percent Vaccination Rates

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I also wrote a post called “Pertussis: The Outbreaks that Cry Wolf”, where I share further research on this topic and cover many other outbreaks through the years. I also cover risk/benefits (the majority of $2 billion paid out by our government for vaccine injury is for injury caused by pertussis vaccine). I also share different published studies on safety and effectiveness. For example, a 1994 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that 80% of children under 5 who got pertussis had been fully vaccinated. The researchers concluded that the “vaccine offered insufficient protection from the disease”. You can read that post (HERE)

In closing, this what I call “The toll of the Whooping Cough Vaccine in one devastating graphic”
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Lioness Arising Mother #8: Robyn Charron

I’d like to introduce my next mother from the Lioness Arising Mother series, Robyn Charron. I first learned about her story a few months ago. When a mothers story grips me and I can’t stop thinking about it, I know I have to re-tell their story. Robyn fits the definition of a Lioness Arising Mother in every way and I am honored that she is allowing me to share her sons story. It is both heartbreaking and encouraging. Heartbreaking because this is the new normal and represents so many children. And encouraging because this momma gets it. She. Gets. It.

If you or anyone you know has a child with colic, reflux, head-banging, food allergies, or constant rashes please share this story.

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In Robyn’s own words….

“If you wait until your child is born to think about vaccines, a vaccine injury is almost impossible to recognize.  You are too tired and overwhelmed when it strikes.  You are too immersed in the trees to see the forest.  Too busy putting band-aids on symptoms to see the syndrome.  You might be told that you have a sensitive, high-needs baby on your hands and his sensitivities manifest as colic, reflux, head-banging, food allergies, or contact rashes.  You will be told that it is all normal, which is the truth, considering what passes for normal these days.  Now I see these signs in other infants and I try to intervene.  I try to warn the parents that these sensitivities mean so much more than their doctor tells them.  I know that these parents are too down in it to see for themselves.

My son was born and like a lot of people, we put more thought into the paint in his bedroom than we had into vaccinations.  I knew one person, nearly a decade ago, who didn’t vaccinate his children.  He said, “We don’t put that crap into our kids.”  He scared me.  I thought he was a conspiracy theorist.  I would never be like that guy.

We were presented with the Hepatitis B vaccine paperwork on our child’s third day of life, just before leaving the hospital.  I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology but I didn’t know what Hep B was.  None of the parenting books I’d read mentioned that I would be expected to make a decision I knew nothing about while I was high on painkillers.  If you don’t already know, Hep B is a sexually transmitted blood borne disease that is also spread through using dirty needles.  Children don’t catch Hep B at the playground, or from a sneeze, or from drinking water.  The vaccine administered to a newborn baby will have long worn off by the time the child becomes sexually active.  If a mother is Hep B positive and has been receiving prenatal care, she certainly knows her status prior to the baby arriving.

So why are hospitals vaccinating all of our newborns for Hepatitis B?  Because they can.  Because almost no one says “No.”  It is as simple as that.

We all want to trust our doctors.  No one wants to believe that the CDC and the AAP aren’t looking out for our best interests.  No one wants to retroactively realize they were responsible for harming their babies.  No one wants to debate their child’s pediatrician.  No one wants to have this battle with their spouse.

We allowed the Hep B vaccine that day.  We actually said, “It must be a really big deal or it wouldn’t come with all of this consent paperwork,” but allowed it anyway.  We took our baby home that evening and spent the wee morning hours wishing we could put that hysterical child back into my body.  We didn’t make a connection between the two events.  We were already too down in it to see.

A week later we were still miserable.  My husband would race home from work to help me.  I would still be in my pajamas, covered in spit-up, leaking milk.  Our baby would be crying.  I would be crying.  I wouldn’t have fed myself, brushed my teeth or folded any laundry.  At two weeks old our son was diagnosed with “classic colic” and it did not let up for the next five months.  It was the most severe case of colic anyone in our lives had ever seen.  We ended up medicating him with an antispasmodic to save our marriage.

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Day before 2 month vaccinations

When he was nine weeks old I took my fussy baby in for his 2-month checkup and was attacked with paperwork.  I wasn’t prepared for what the check-up would entail.  “Sign here, sign here, sign here, he needs his vaccinations.”  They were three injections and two orals that covered 7 diseases.  “Is this safe?  Why are there so many?”  They don’t want you to ask questions.  They don’t have any answers.  There is a list of side-effects on the package inserts but they do not share it with you.  You are rushed to hurry up.

They try to strip you of all maternal instinct when you are in your most vulnerable postpartum state. 

My postpartum anxiety was sky-high.  I was a shell of my former self and sleep-deprived.  I had been screamed at for hours on end by this tortured baby.  I was too down in it to think.

I asked to nurse him through the shots and was denied.  I signed off on the vaccines.  Within 20 minutes he fell into a deep unwakeable sleep.  This colicky child of ours did not usually fall asleep out in the middle of commotion.  He did not ordinarily pass out the moment I put him into the car.  I called my husband to tell him that something was wrong.  I put our son into his crib but even the transition did not wake him.  I hovered over him as he slept for hours—something he’d never done before.

When he finally did wake, he screamed a high pitched scream I’d never heard before or since.

I remember running into his room and standing over him with the phone, letting the nurse at the doctor’s office listen.  She insisted this hysteria was due to “pain from the injection site” and said I should give him more Tylenol.  I didn’t believe her.  The note they sent me home with said to call if he had a high-pitched scream so why were they saying it was normal?

He didn’t want to be held.  He didn’t want me touching him.  After 15 minutes of ear-splitting screams I nursed him back to sleep.  I was sitting inches from him in his baby hammock chair when he woke the second timeI will never forget the way his arms stiffened up and shot out from his body with his piercing screams.  His eyes scrunched tightly shut as he put every ounce of his energy into the terrifying sounds coming out of his teeny, tiny person.  He wasn’t looking at me.  He didn’t even know I was there.   He went back to sleep and the scream stopped.

I stayed up all night doing the research I should have done 2 months before.

His scream was cry-encephalitis, also known as the DTaP scream.  It is brain inflammation.  It is literally an allergic reaction to vaccines in the brain.  It is not uncommon.  Had I taken him to the ER, it would have been documented with an EEG.  Instead I was lied to by my pediatrician’s office until the event had passed.

That was the beginning of the end of vaccines for us.

Children do not have the requisite myelin sheath coating their nervous system pathways to withstand bombardment of viruses, aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde, MSG, and animal DNA.  Damage to the nerves not covered by myelin sheath is autism.  It is Asperger’s.  It is epilepsy.  It is asthma.  It is well-documented and accepted by mainstream media that damage to the myelin sheath is physically and mentally debilitating in head injuries, yet the connection to autism remains unacknowledged.

Believe me, it made me sick to think about not vaccinating my child.  I flip-flopped on my stance countless times.  I told myself that at his next vaccinations we would go wait in the parking lot of the emergency room just in case.  Then I told myself that was crazy talk—what kind of mother would subject her child to something that might send him to the emergency room?  The day before his 4-month doctor appointment I finally got up the nerve to tell his doctor we were holding off on more vaccinations until he turned one.  The doctor took the news so well that I felt silly for making myself sick over it.

Our baby now had eczema all of the time.  At 4 months he was covered head to toe in a body rash from his first tablespoon of banana.  We held off two more months for solid food.  At 6 months old he developed a contact rash on his face from sweet potatoes.  I pushed his doctor for answers, and a blood test came back positive for a peanut allergy.

My 6 month old breastfed baby had deadly peanut allergy.  I didn’t see a connection.  I was way too down in it by now.

At 12 months old his pediatrician who promised us that he “wasn’t a stickler” for the CDC vaccination schedule kicked us out of the practice for not resuming the shots.  “It’s stressing me out not to vaccinate your child,” he said.  I was holding my baby in my arms, trying to explain our fears, describing how horrible that terrifying day ten months prior had been.  I told him how worried I was that we would end up in the ER this time.  I was humiliated.  He’d told his entire staff he was kicking us out that day.  I left in tears.  I thought of all of the things I’d wished I said to him for months to come.

We never did resume the vaccines.  It took some time to feel confident in that decision.  My supportive husband stood by me in our defiance even though neither of us knew what we were doing, and man we were scared. unnamed (1)Today at 4 years old

At 13 months old our child broke out in hives at a birthday party from bites of a meatball that contained walnut.  At 16 months we’d had enough and took him to an allergist for a $600 skin test.  He was officially diagnosed with allergies to wheat, egg, melon, cat, ragweed, grass, cedar, tree nuts, and a deadly peanut allergy.  We’ve since learned that he can’t have corn or potato and still can’t eat banana.  My baby has a dozen allergies.

I had to learn how to feed him all over again.  The natural process of these eliminations led to putting him on an organic Paleo/Primal diet, and my husband and I followed suit ourselves six months later.

My child was 16 months old when he was diagnosed with the slew of allergies and I didn’t make the connection that he was harmed by the vaccines even then.  I was mystified.  I asked the allergist what caused these problems in my child.  His answer was, “He’s under-vaccinated.  We need vaccines to challenge our immune systems in order to eat food without our bodies attacking it.”

Although I did not believe such an unfounded statement, I was too busy putting band-aids on symptoms to see the syndrome.  It wasn’t until The Greater Good was released in October of 2011—nearly 2 years after the fateful vaccinations—that the anvil hit me on the head.  It all made sense.  The colic, the encephalitic scream, the rashes, the mast cell issues, the hyper-vigilant immune system.

There is now no doubt in our minds what path we were forcing our sensitive child to go down had we continued vaccinating.  I know in my heart that he cannot handle vaccines and he would have autism today had we continued.  All the signs were there.  My second child who statistically shares half of his DNA is nothing like this.  A needle has never pierced her skin.  She can eat anything.  She does not get contact rashes.  She never had colic.  She does not have eczema.

This is what really gets to me, though:  The staunchest defenders of vaccines.  The parents who will go toe-to-toe with me in a public forum saying what a bad parent I am for not vaccinating.  And then what do I find out months later, years later, always in private?

Their child has food allergies.  Their child has a learning disability.  Their child is medicated for ADHD.  Their child is crippled with asthma.  Their child is on the spectrum.

How do they publicly proclaim, “We vaccinated on schedule and my child turned out just fine!” but in private they are dealing with these problems?

Welcome to the new normal.  Your child isn’t fine. Your child is vaccine injured– just like mine”

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About Lioness Arising Mother #8

Robyn has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and years of experience as a lab tech. She previously wrote a public blog The Robyn Nest, but it is now private due to security reasons. Sadly mothers who share the truth are persecuted. Pieces she has written have been published by Scary Mommy, Mass Appeal, The Girl Who for Babble, Bonbon Break, Just Eat Real Food, and MSN.  The Thinking Mom’s Revolution published a video she made. And she has done a live interview for the Huffington Post, that you can watch (HERE). This video shares her powerful story in more detail. Please watch. 

Lastly, please pray for this mother and her son. A message I received from her today: “My son just went into respiratory failure at noon yesterday for unknown reasons.  The doctors’ best guess is that his peanut-free school has traces of peanut butter from kids who ate it for breakfast and didn’t wash their hands.  It seems he touched something and it got into his eyes.  He had to be epipenned by the director and took his 3rd ambulance ride in 8 months.  Everyone needs to know that for the majority of kids, this is preventable.  Skip the vaccines.  We are living a nightmare”

It doesn’t have to be this way.

“If there ever comes a time when the women of the world come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it will be a force such as the world has never known”
-Matthew Arnold, Nineteeth-Century British Poet and Philosopher

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