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…

 

 

 

 

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






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

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.

Share. This. Story.

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

To learn more about the Lioness Arising Series and read about the other mothers changing the world, click (HERE)

Finding A Balance in Medicine: Mainstream vs. Alternative

I am often very misunderstood when it comes to my stance on medicine, particularly with my children.

Today I ran into our old pediatrician. I shared about it on facebook. The post read:

“Ran into our old pediatrician today.  I always really liked her. She always supported our decision to not vaccinate. She was always super nice, took time with us at each well baby visit, always to tell me “your babies are very healthy”. After awhile, the visits became a waste of my time. If not to vaccinate or get a prescription filled, what was a “well baby” visit to offer? The co-pay and time spent was not worth getting a height and weight. So we stopped going. I hadn’t seen her since The Tot was born 3 years ago (when I was mandated by the state to go get a PKU test, since I refused it at the hospital). Other than that day, we haven’t been to a “well baby” visit in 5 years.

Running into this pediatrician today, she was genuinely happy to see me and the kids. She said everyone looked great and then said: “I never see you anymore.” I explained very politely that I although I really liked her, I didn’t have a reason to see her anymore. I said “Since we don’t vaccinate, and my kids are never sick, I had no reason to continue coming.” She said “I know.”

Running into this pediatrician made me sad. Why? Because pediatricians livelihoods depend on sick kids. Not healthy kids. And our society has done a fantastic job making kids sick. The business of sickcare is what we run. Not healthcare.

And I really like this pediatrician. I just hate what she has to do to make a living”

Of course this post received a quite a few private messages. One which asked “How do you not go to doctors anymore? Do you really think you are your kids doctor?”

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Um….no.

I’m actually a very bad “doctor”. I’m queasy and panic easily. My husband is a much better “doctor”, but even he is very thankful for the times that we have needed and used doctors and medicine for our children.

See not going to “well baby” visits, does not mean that you are done with doctors. It just means you no longer attend scheduled doctors visits at 2, 4, 6, 12, 18 months, etc… for vaccines. It also means not going to a scheduled “well baby” visit, when your kids are….well. Doctors visits are for sick kids, not well kids. The irony of the name “well baby” visit.

I am very thankful for medicine and doctors over the years.

Here are a few examples of when mainstream doctors visits and mainstream medicine has worked for us.

*ER visit with Big Sister. She cracked her head open while watching her aunt play in a college volleyball match at Tulane.  Was put on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. Got a head full of stitches. I was very thankful for the expertise of an ER doctor that day. And the efficiency of the emergency room.

*ER visit with Next Sister. She & her siblings were racing in the driveway and she tripped and fell and broke her collarbone. I was very thankful for the expertise of an ER doctor that day. I was also thankful for the subsequent follow up visits with an orthopedic surgeon who specialized in fractured bones.

*Our entire family needed physicals for our adoption case. We went to a local family practice doctor who performed very thorough physicals. I was very thankful for the role of that doctor that day. Her expertise helped us get the proper paperwork we needed to move foreword in our adoption. *I also highly recommend specialized yearly physicals for children. This is much different than a “well-baby” visit.

*At the end of the summer (a week before school started), two of the five kids came down with strep throat. We were able to treat one child naturally. I was not able to treat the second child naturally. We went back to the walk-in clinic where the same family practice doctor that conducted our physicals, was able to prescribe Next Sister with the lowest dose of penicillin (since at the age of 6, she was on antibiotics for the first time). 3 doses of the penicillin did the job and her strep throat was gone. Very thankful for medicine that day, as Next Sister was able to attend her first day of 1st grade. I write about that experience in detail (HERE).

I can honestly say these are the 4 times we have used mainstream medicine in the last 5 years. But I will never minimized how thankful I am for the role of doctors and medicine during these times.

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Here are a few examples of when naturopath doctors and alternative medicine has worked for us.

*When Big Sister was in ER for her busted head, we shared with the doctor how it wasn’t likely we would be coming back to this particular ER (since our child was  ambulanced over an hour away from our home) to get her stitches removed and that we really didn’t want to have to make an appointment with a doctor for this procedure. So we were sent home with the sterilized medical equipment and instructions on how to remove the stitches at home. I was very thankful on the day of stitch removal for my husbands steady hand.

*Big Sister burnt her arm badly. We knew enough to know that what the ER would have used to treat her burn, would not have been as safe or effective as what we knew to work.  So we choose to treat this naturally. It worked and we shared about it (HERE). It’s not to say that our choice of treatment did not have some family members scared and feeling like we needed to bring her to the ER instead. We knew better. I was very thankful that day for my husbands calm spirit and ability to treat her burn at home.

*Solomon came home from Uganda with many issues. We used a local naturopath for him. During this time we learned that he had suffered from vaccine reactions in Uganda. We were able to do a 12 week detox pulling metals and toxins and viruses from his body. We also treated two busted ear drums, a viral infection of the scalp, thyroid issues, glucose levels, and toothaches, all using a naturopath and natural medicine. Homeopathy, herbs, etc… I am very thankful that we were able to treat and heal our son with natural medicine, instead of adding further insult to his injury.

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I honestly wish I had more stories to tell when it comes to times we have needed or used doctors or medicine. But for the most part, we treat everything from home.

I have learned over the years that are two main types of responses from parents when it comes to their children getting sick. #1: Those who seek diagnosis and #2: Those who do not seek diagnosis. And I’m referring ONLY to healthy children with common sickness or illness.

It is common for children to have fever. It is common for children to have coughs. It is common for children to get colds. It is common for children to have stomach bugs and tummy aches. It is common for children to have sore throats. It is common for children to throw up or have diarrhea. It is common for children to have ear aches. It is common for children to break out into rashes.

None of these things are common when they happen often, but when they do happen, it is ok.  So going to a doctor for a diagnosis in our family is a waste of time because we know that common sickness and illness can be successfully treated naturally and from home.

A cold in one of our children does not need an official diagnosis. Same with a fever or an ear ache or a cough or a sore throat. Our bottom line is healing. It doesn’t matter what the sickness is officially diagnosed as. So we treat from home. Our arsenal of healing remedies is abundant. I’ve written about fevers in detail (HERE)

But most important is prevention. Prevention is key to overall health and healing. Breastfed babies, homemade baby food, healthy food choices, keeping children off of antibiotics for unnecessary reasons, staying away from unnecessary medical procedures, avoiding unnecessary doctors visits (like bringing a healthy child to a sick place for a “well baby visit”). Prevention is letting an immune system build and grow naturally. Prescribing antibiotics to a 4 month old for an ear infection that is most likely viral destroys the immune system in that baby. The mainstream treatment plan suddenly becomes worse than the ear infection. I’m sure my kids have had ear infections, but we have treated every single ear ache from home naturally and have never gone to the doctor to receive an official “ear infection” diagnosis. Ever. Not a single prescription filled ever. For anything.  And one child has been on antibiotics at age 6 for the first and only time.

Prevention: Not tricking the immune system through a needle is a great place to start.

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Because we don’t seek diagnosis, we avoid many trips to the doctor and unless it’s an emergency visit (ER) or a specialty visit (like an orthopedic surgeon), we have had no use for a pediatrician in 5 years.

And yes, like my original Facebook post said, it makes me sad.

But it does not mean we don’t use doctors. It just means that the role of a pediatrician is sadly, un-used.

So yes, in a sense…we have become our children’s own doctors in that we decide when and how to use doctors and medicine. And for our family, the overall health of our children has confirmed that we are on the right path.

My prayer for every family is that the health decisions they make for their children would always be met with peace and confidence and clarity.

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Fevers are Not to Fear

Did you know that the majority of phone calls made to the pediatrician are concerning FEVERS? In this post, I’m combining years of research and some of my favorite resources to help shed light on the truth concerning fevers. The misconceptions and mishandling of fevers is a topic that I witness on almost a daily basis. This is a long post, but is well worth the read.

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“There is a strong motivation to do something when your child is not feeling well. Fever, more than almost any other common condition, causes great parental anxiety. Parents fear fever not only because it makes their child look and feel ill, but also because they’re concerned that the fever means there is a serious medical problem going on, or that the fever is going to harm their child. The majority of calls to pediatricians are related to fevers in children” –Attachment Parenting Pediatrics

“By far, the greatest number of after-hours telephone calls are questions regarding the “management” of fever with drugs. Undue attention to a child’s temperature and mishandling of fevers generate a great deal of unwarranted parental anxiety, avoidable medical complications, and countless calls and costly visits to doctors and emergency rooms. As long as we remain captive to the medical myth that nature made a mistake in causing a fever during illness, our children will be put at risk” -Susan Markel, MD, (board certified pediatrician)

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I wrote a post about fevers a few years ago, telling the story of how my research with fevers began. They started with my middle child about 6 years ago when she graced us with her 105 fevers every time she got sick.

It always went something like this:

Get thermometer out.
Read the temperature.
Panic.
Call the doctor immediately.
End up at the doctor, hospital, or ER.
Always think something was terribly wrong.
Nothing was ever wrong.
Dr. visits usually worsened the problem.
Went home even more confused.

During this time, we were always told the SAME thing:
Alternate Tylenol & Motrin ever 4 hours. So we did what we were told.
The fevers typically lasted around 3 days.

After going through this scenario about 5 times, something in me clicked.
Learn About Fevers. Research.

I remember the last time we went through this scenario. Fever was at 104.5. Called pediatrician and was told to come straight in. After bloodwork, etc… was told that everything seemed ok, but if the fever got higher to go to ER. Of course that night, the fever went higher (105) and we ended up in the ER. After a miserable night in the ER, we were told that everything was fine. I was so confused. The funny thing is, they were right. EVERYTHING WAS FINE! I just didn’t know that back then.

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That’s when my research began.

Why was I always so panicked about fevers, but was continually told that everything was fine? Why was I always told to suppress the fevers? Why was I alternating Tylenol & Motrin every 4 hours? Why would the fever spike again before each dose?

“FEVER PHOBIA”: misconceptions of parents about fevers.
In 1980, a paper published by Barton Schmitt, MD contained the results of a survey in which 81 parents were asked their understanding of fever. All parents were inappropriately worried about low-grade fever, with temperatures of 102°F (38.9°C) or less. Most parents (52 percent) believed that fever with a temperature of 104°F (40°C) or less could cause serious neurological side-effects. As a result, almost all parents in the study treated fever aggressively: 85 percent gave anti-fever medications and 68 percent sponged the child with cool water temperatures far below 102°F (39.5°C).  Their over concern was designated by Schmitt as “fever phobia.”

“Doctors do a great disservice to you and your child when they prescribe drugs to reduce fever. Fever phobia is a disease of pediatricians, not parents, and to the extent that parents are victimized by it, doctors are at fault.” “Fever phobia” is made worse by hearing myths about children being severely harmed by having a high fever.

Follow up study in 2001, “Fever Phobia Revisited: Have Parental Misconceptions About Fever Changed in 20 Years?” Read more (HERE)

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In a fantastic article  “Eliminate the Fear, Not the Fever”: “Parents are left to fear that their child’s temperature will keep rising unless measures are taken to control it. Yet, reducing the child’s temperature will do nothing to make the child well, and our bodies have a built-in mechanism that will prevent an infection-induced temperature from reaching dangerous levels”.

I remember the very first book I read when I began my research on fevers. Dr. Mendelsohn (a pediatrician of 30 years) wrote a book called “How to Raise A Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor”. He has a chapter on FEVERS.

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“Fever: Your Body’s Defense Against Disease” is the title of Chapter 7 in Dr. Mendelsohn’s book.

Dr. Mendelsohn writes about the useless and dangerous practice of fever suppression through drugs, and counters the myth that high fever causes seizures. “Many parents are fearful of fevers because they have heard of convulsive seizures and believe their child may experience one if the body temperature is allowed to rise too high. High fevers do not cause convulsions. They result when the temperature rises at an extremely rapid rate and are relatively uncommon.” Only a small percentage of children with high fever experience convulsions, and those who do suffer them do not have any aftereffects. Simple febrile seizures are self-limited and harmless, although they are one of the most frightening things that a parent can witness.

Dr. M teaches: “Fevers produced by viral or bacterial infections will not cause brain damage or permanent physical harm. Fevers are a common symptom in children and are not an indication of serious illness unless associated with major changes in appearance and behavior or other additional symptoms such as respiratory difficulty, extreme listlessness, or loss of consciousness. The height of fever is not a measure of the severity of the illness”.

“Numerous studies have shown that fever enhances the immune response by disabling bacteria and viruses. Also, with a rise in temperature, iron is removed from the blood and stored in the liver, further disabling the rate at which bacteria can multiply”

Dr. M teaches how we have been misled to view fevers as a bad/scary thing, when really fevers are a good thing. Typically a common cold, sickness,  illness, virus, or bacteria is associated with fever. Why? Fever is how the body fights.

“The pervasive belief that fever is dangerous and must be suppressed disregards the scientific evidence demonstrating its beneficial role in inflammatory diseases. The immune system depends on the fever to accomplish myriad tasks when gearing up to fight infections” 

Fevers are not to fear!
I learned that a fever can safely get to 105 without needing to panic!
The body can safely get to 105 without something needing to be “wrong”.

When a child has a fever, it produces white blood cells (which are a good thing, they kill bacteria).
Anytime a fever reducer is introduced, it rids the body of white blood cells, which makes the body work overtime to fight illness. Fever reducers actually prolong the illness by suppressing the body’s natural healing process. The fever then lasts longer because we are interrupting the body’s natural response to fight the illness. Fever reducers also deplete the body of glutathione. Glutathione is critical for helping the body eliminate toxins and fight illness.

Fever is an important part of how children’s bodies remove wastes and toxins.

We have been led to believe that we must give fever reducers,
when really they do more harm than good!
ESPECIALLY WHEN GIVEN FOR FEVERS AFTER VACCINES. *Please research this further.

Fever reducers mask the symptoms and may provide temporary relief.
Fever reducers do not treat the symptoms.
Mask & Treat: Big difference.

Fever reducers come with risks.
Letting a fever run its course does not.

Fever is a natural defense.
Fever is a healing response.
Fever stimulates the immune system.
A fever is the body’s most effective weapon for fighting disease.

“Give me a fever and I can cure the child.”
—Hippocrates

FEVERS TODAY (in our household)

It’s been 6 years since that last visit to the doctor and ending up in the ER later that night. It doesn’t matter what the thermometer says anymore. I rarely use a thermometer. I’ve learned now how to feel a fever with my hands. Bodies are either hot or very hot and it doesn’t matter because it won’t change anything. We let the children know that they are doing an awesome job fighting off whatever illness or sickness is going on in their little bodies. We let them rest, give them fluids, and do anything to alleviate the uncomfortableness of a fever. And then we let the body do its job.

Fevers typically last 12 hours instead of 3 days.
At almost exactly 12 hours, the fever breaks.
The body is healed and immunity is gained.

No fever reducers given.
No panic.
No doctor calls.
No ER visits.
No confusion.
Just a hot body, being loved on and cared for.
Body Effectively healed.

During fevers in our home, our main concern is that our children do not suffer. No-one wants hot and miserable children. Our number one goal is to make sure they are resting peacefully and soundly and staying hydrated. Many things can provide relief to the misery and uncomfortableness of a fever. Our go to aide is homeopathic chamomile tablets for discomfort and irritability. The most important thing however, should always be to treat the sickness, not trying to suppress/reduce the fever. Building the immune system during fevers is very important. Lots of fluids, healthy nutritious food (if child has appetite, typically they do not), rest, herbal teas, & homemade soup broths, & essential oils. A drop of high quality Young Living essential peppermint oil can reduce a fever in minutes. It doesn’t suppress the fever, but it can help lower the temperature. See #6 below on treating symptoms of fever with essential oils as well.

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I absolutely love Dr. Palevsky’s (MD & board certified pediatrician) list of 14 things for general guidance of fevers:

1) Fever is an important part of how children’s bodies remove wastes and toxins. The immune chemicals that produce the symptoms of fever are always present and active in our bodies, on a day-to-day basis, even when we don’t have an elevated body temperature. They serve us by getting rid of the wastes and toxins we accumulate from our daily activities so that we don’t require an elevation in our body temperature to burn them out. The immune chemicals that cause fever don’t just magically appear in our bodies when we develop a fever. They circulate in our bodies all the time to help us stay well by keeping our body temperature stable, and by maintaining homeostasis in our cells, tissues and organs. Fever develops when these immune chemicals become up-regulated and amplified in our bodies, when the amount of wastes and toxins increases in our systems to a greater extent than what our bodies are capable of removing on a day-to-day basis through the normal processes of elimination: stooling, urinating, breathing, sweating, resting and sleeping.

2) The accumulation of wastes in our bodies occurs due to 1) poor food choices and overfeeding through food and nervous system stimulation, 2) increased stress from chaotic schedules and home environments, 3) poor sleep patterns, 4) lack of down time and proper rest, 5) difficulties at new schools, or at school in general, 6) emotional upsets and unsafe environments, 7) environmental air, food, water, skin and nervous system toxic exposures, 8) frequent use of over-the-counter and pharmaceutical medicines, and vaccines, 9) pushing ahead with our lives and not listening to the messages our bodies are giving us, and 10) living a life that’s opposite to the cycles of nature (e.g., animals hibernate in the winter, and humans in the northern hemisphere keep a schedule as if it’s still summer time). The keeping of a diet and lifestyle in opposition to the laws of nature is a drastic set up for waste and toxin build-up in our bodies, leading to an increase in the chemicals that produce fever, and resultant symptoms of flu, cough, illness, depression, stomach upset, etc. Therefore, fever is something our bodies use to help us get well. Fever forces us to stop what we’re doing and pay attention to what our bodies need most in order to become more optimally well.

3) Focus your attention on treating your child who has an elevated temperature, and try not to focus primarily on the number on the thermometer. Stay with your child. See the Pediatric Checklist.

4) Give your child a warm bath, several times per day if necessary, to help her sweat. Sweating will help cool your child’s body, and make your child feel better. You can use epsom salts, baking soda, or even hydrogen peroxide in the bath, to support your child in feeling more comfortable during the fever. Be mindful of cool drafts after coming out of a warm bath that can compromise your child’s health. You can also use lavender flowers, yarrow flowers, or elder flowers in the bath to promote healing and relaxation.

5) Fever does not cause brain damage, and is not automatically going to lead to a seizure in your child. Read (HERE)

6) To help your child feel better with the symptoms of fever, use one drop of lavender or German chamomile essential oil rubbed undiluted on the tops of both ears, and in the space between the largest vertebrae in the base of their neck and the vertebrae below it. It is also therapeutic to massage the oil down the spine, and place a drop or two on the center of the pads of both big toes. You can do this several times per day on these acupuncture points to help their bodies cope better with the chemistry of the fever.

7) Use the wet sock treatment after the warm bath: put a pair of wet, cool, cotton socks on your child’s feet, followed by a pair of dry, wool socks, and put your child to bed. Dr. Palevsky thanks his naturopathic physician colleagues for this smart therapeutic intervention. Many parents report how much it helps to improve their children’s symptoms of fever and upper respiratory issues.

8) Make sure your child drinks as much fluids as possible, and check that the urine is clear to slightly yellow in color. Dehydration in children with fever will make your child feel worse and compromise her ability to heal.

9) Refer to the list of resources below for other remedies to help support your child through the fever.

10) Continue to observe your child for mental status changes (see Pediatric Checklist below).

11) Dr. Palevsky does not recommend the use of over-the-counter medicine for fever reduction. He does not believe these medicines are safe for human consumption, and there is growing literature to support his position (see below: Resources). He also understands that most often the fever becomes prolonged in children when these medicines are used. In other words, the fever doesn’t last as many days, and goes away quicker, when parents try to refrain from using these medicines.

12) Fever helps the body eliminate wastes. Stopping the fever with these medicines stops children’s bodies from eliminating the wastes. But, the body is “smarter” than that, and will continue to rage on with the fever until it is allowed to burn out the wastes… or not. If the wastes aren’t eliminated promptly, they hang around and cause more irritation to our children on a chronic basis. Often, children will have a subsequent acute illness accompanied by fever, soon after their initial febrile illness, when the fever is suppressed with over-the-counter medicines.

13) Most over-the-counter medicines use up important immune chemicals in children’s bodies (e.g., glutathione) that are needed to deal with the removal of the wastes that caused them to have the fever in the first place. Less glutathione in the body leads to less elimination of wastes and, therefore, more accumulation of wastes in the cells, tissues, and organs of the body. This state of health leads to the need for, and the development of, further episodes of acute illnesses. The body cannot function in an optimal way if these wastes are allowed to accumulate in the body, thus, the reason for further episodes of acute illnesses. With continued use of over-the-counter medicines to suppress the fevers, children will further deplete their glutathione stores, which could eventually increase the potential for them to develop the onset of chronic illnesses.

14) Some over-the-counter medicines also inhibit the production of other immune chemicals (e.g., prostaglandins) that children’s bodies need to help them eliminate their wastes. As a by-product of this inhibition, children will produce other irritating chemicals (e.g., thromboxanes and leukotrienes) that have longer lasting inflammatory properties on their health, leading to illnesses that are often worse than what they were originally dealing with when the fever developed in the first place.


“Do less, Stimulate less, Speak less, Eat less.”
“Drink more, Sleep more, Rest more, and Breathe more.”

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO LEARN ABOUT FEVERS & FEVER REDUCERS:

*To learn about the risks in giving fever reducers & pain relievers. Read more (HERE)

*Tylenol/Acetaminophen reduces the glutathione level in the human body by on average 70%. Why is that a bad thing? What is glutathione? Watch this short 5 minute video explained easily by a doctor (HERE). Please do not give tylenol to a child after a round of shots.

*What Every Use of Acetaminophen needs to know. Read (HERE)

*Robert Mendelsohn, M.D., How to Raise a Healthy Child, Inspite of Your Doctor, Ballantine Books, New York, 1984
Dr. Mendelsohn’s book does a great job of taking the fear out of our children’s sicknesses & illnesses and giving us (the parents) the power to know what to do. I highly recommend this book.

*Eliminate the Fear, Not the Fever. Read more (HERE)

*The Importance of Fever, by Dr. Tenpenny. Read more (HERE)

*Fever Phobia study: REF: Am J Dis Child. 1980 Feb;134(2):176-81.

*Healing the Whole Child Naturally, Dr.Palevsky. Read more (HERE)

* “We are fearfully and wonderfully made” –Psalms 139:14