The Story of Three Doctors

The following information come directly from the book Vaccine Epidemic: Chapter 13: “PEDIATRICS: SICK IS THE NEW HEALTHY”.

The book is written by over 20 authors, all experts from the fields of ethics, law, science, medicine, business, & history. This particular chapter is written by Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD. Judy is a licensed registered dietician, with an undergraduate in nutrition sciences and a master’s degree in public health nutrition, specializing in pediatric special needs nutrition care since 1999. Her training has taught her that the nutrition status of a child is what drives the child’s ability to fight infections. Low nutrition makes children more susceptible to infection and nutrition status decline during infection.

“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”.

“I am disturbed by how sick the children are who I meet each week in practice, but I am more concerned that their pediatrician seems nonchalant. They are like my pediatrician-not well informed beyond pharma-driven information, not thinking critically, not using their training and skills to the fullest, and biding to the dictates of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, who ultimately underwrite what they do everyday.

IS THIS THE BEST WE CAN OFFER?”
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The chapter starts off introducing three different doctors. Two are pediatricians and one is a renowned surgeon with expertise in immunology.

Here is the short version summary of the two pediatricians:

Pediatrician #1: Understands the importance of diet and nutrition. Knowledgeable about food allergies and sensitivities, and encourages special diets to help them. He acknowledges the possibility that vaccines can trigger autism and supports findings that show a link between inflammatory bowel disease and MMR vaccine. He questions the current pediatric vaccination schedule.

Pediatrician #2.  Not informed about the above issues. Supports vaccination to the fullest, believes all vaccines are safe and effective, and vaccinates without hesitation.

The first pediatrician is appalled by the degree of chronic illness and disability that has become normal in children. He is relieved to be retired after 3 decades of this practice, and hopes for dramatic changes in the field. The second pediatrician is still practicing and operates within the status quo of pediatrics, following the guidelines of the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics.

“I would like to have a pediatrician like the first one…unfortunately; I can’t have him or a younger, unretired version of him as my pediatrician. A pediatrician who questions vaccines is not only unwelcome among his peers and professional organizations but is cast aside as unscientific, intellectually feeble, and even unpatriotic”.

“I use the other pediatrician only because he is available. He is all that our beleaguered healthcare system sanctions. Insurance pays for doctors like him, but not for the ones who think independently. This pediatrician’s scope of practice is in lockstep with what the health industry dictates, which, in turn, is in lockstep with what the pharmaceutical industry dictates. If there is no need for prescription drugs or vaccines, there is no need for this pediatrician; indeed, we rarely see him”.

 “I am sure he (pediatrician #2) is a good, kind, and even smart man.
WHY DID HE STOP THINKING SO INDEPENDENTLY AND CRITICALLY?”

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The chapter continues on, answering the question: WHY ARE OUR CHILDREN SO SICK? You can read more of my review on this chapter (HERE)

The chapter ends with sharing about Doctor #3.

Dr. #3:  Dr. Francis Moore, MD. He was a Moseley Professor of Surgery, emeritus, at Harvard Medical School. Surgeon-in-chief at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Celebrated as one of the greatest surgeons of the twentieth century, he led the way in developing techniques in organ transplantation and the metabolic support of surgical patients. He led the team that performed the first successful human organ transplant, a kidney transplant in twins. He authored hundreds of medical articles and six books, including a text that became a standard in the field.

Dr. Moore is related to the author of this chapter. Judy Converse is Dr. Moore’s granddaughter-in-law. Ms. Converse testified before the congressional subcommittee reviewing Hep B vaccine safety in 1999. He writes her a letter after a phone conversation about the Hep B vaccine that injured her son. (It is included in the appendix of Vaccine Epidemic, written on letterhead from Harvard Medical School).

Dr. Moore writes:
“The only solution I know for this is the absolute avoidance of neonatal immunizations, particularly against hepatitis B, which is a disease of very young children that is of the utmost rarity. To put any child at hazard of autism with the excuse of avoiding this extremely rare diseases, is of course preposterous”.

This was written in 1999. This book challenges you to read the letter and wonder:

“If one of the worlds most respected medical achievers had this opinion, but has now passed on, who else of his stature can continue this conversation? Where are the sage experts to guide us? If he were alive and publicly voicing this point, would he too be dragged through a spurious trial and stripped of credentials and authority, as the British General Medical Council did to Dr. Andrew Wakefield for his research on vaccines and autism? When our doctors are no longer free to think independently, pioneer, investigate, and lead, as Dr. Moore did throughout his career, and as I believe, Dr. Wakefield endeavored to do-medicine is truly dead. Our children will suffer the most. It then falls upon you, the individual parent, to uphold your right to choose with your doctor how you vaccinate your children. It falls on you to investigate, read, explore, defer, or simply stop going to the pediatricians if all they can offer is rote information and new needles at each visit. Support the independent thinkers”

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As Ghandi said, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”.

 

The Truth about Tetanus…

I’ve wanted to write a blog on tetanus for awhile now. I’m so sad every time a parent contacts me, because their child was given the DPT or DTaP vaccine (Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis) after a visit to the ER for stepping on a nail or anything that resembles a cut, scrape, or puncture wound.  Just recently a very good friend contacted me in the middle of the night. She was so concerned over her young son receiving DTaP in the hospital that night. They didn’t want him to receive the 3 in 1 shot, but they were scared about tetanus, because he had stepped on a nail that day. So the young boy received the vaccine.

Fear is such a strong motivator for vaccines.

I know many families that don’t vaccinate, but they are still very fearful about tetanus and say that they might probably choose the tetanus vaccine if their child happened to step on a rusty nail.

Fear does that to people.

Most parents want to know why a child just can’t receive a tetanus vaccine? Why do they have to receive diphtheria and pertussis too? Why is tetanus given as a 3 in 1 shot? Does stepping on a rusty nail really warrant a tetanus vaccine?

And this is my hypothetical question that I have always wanted answered:  Why is it ok to give a child the tetanus vaccine (in the form of DTaP) at, say, their 1 year “well baby” visit, but only 2 weeks later, when they unexpectedly end up in the ER with an open would, the child is automatically given another tetanus booster (in the form of another DTaP)? How is this ok? And how does this make sense?

I love one of the recent status on The Thinking Moms Revolution site the other day. One of the Thinking Moms (Tex) was interviewed on a radio show called: “Vaccine Myths”

“Where are all the rusty nails?”

“You mean the rusty nails that actually have bacteria from cow manure on them? The ones that SOOooooo many children seem to be stepping on every year? Gee… we don’t know Tex. But if they are such a huge threat – then why don’t they offer the Tetanus vaccine WITHOUT the Diptheria and Pertussis for parents who might consider getting THAT vaccine if they don’t want the combo? Combo or singular- vaccines cause damage. Rusty nails are a FAR lesser threat than the aluminum and formaldehyde, and monkey DNA and aborted fetal tissue DNA and neurotoxins that make up these vaccines”

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There is a story about a boy from New Zealand almost dying from tetanus that is circulating fb right now. Of course the gist of the story is that he was “unvaccinated”. Many vaccine safety advocate groups say the story is not true. If the story of the boy is true (which I doubt, because the story has a million holes in it), then based on what the parents are quoted saying, I have some major issues:

“As soon as they (the doctors) said it was tetanus my other two kids were vaccinated the very next day, against all childhood diseases.”

I couldn’t agree more with a comment I read on the Great Mother’s Questioning Vaccines fb page:

“If this article is in fact true then these parents are very reactionary and motivated purely by fear. They read a few scary stories and decided not to vaccinate then had a scary experience and vaccinated the heck out of all their kids. Not my kind of parenting role models regardless of their stance on vax”

You can read the original story (HERE) As you read it, it is very obvious this article was a push for vaccines and not really about the boy with tetanus.

I read an article on the Immunization Awareness Society for Informed Choice website today. It breaks the story down (properly) of this boy almost dying from tetanus and gives a very accurate portrayal of what informed consent really looks like in a family that originally choose to not vaccinate.

“… Everybody needs to understand above all else, is that informed consent is not made by listening to conspiracy theories, or emotions and feelings.  Informed decision making is also more than just saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to an intervention such as vaccination.

Most parents who make an informed choice not to vaccinate, will research thoroughly everything they can.  Not just about the diseases, or the vaccines, but what constitutes good health.  These parents do everything to ensure their children remain healthy and happy, and understand the risks involved in ALL the diseases, how to prevent them if possible, how to treat them at home, risk factors for the diseases and complications, and so on.

…parents who make a scientifically informed choice don’t make important health decisions on the basis of conspiracy theories online, or call themselves ‘hippies’, or assume that having a science degree makes them well informed; neither do they suddenly find out they are ignorant the night their child falls ill”
-Immunization Awareness Society for Informed Choice

You can read the full article (HERE)

Anyways, all of this can easily turn into a debate over whether or not the article about the unvaccinated boy is true or not. And really, who cares. This is about tetanus. Learning the truth about tetanus is what is most important.

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So what is Tetanus?

“Tetanus is the name of a sickness you get when the bacterium Clostridium tetani enters your body and flourishes (with a life cycle). The emphasis should be on ‘flourishes’ because Clostridium tetani requires an anaerobic environment. What does this mean? It means for the bacterium to survive, it must be in an environment free of oxygen.

In other words, to get sick with Tetanus, you must get the Clostridium tetani into your body, such as through the infamous example of stepping on a nail. Then you must ensure that the wound does not get oxygenated (does not bleed and is not exposed to air) and you must ensure the bacterium multiplies enough to start a life cycle, because the toxins released when they die is what causes Tetanus symptoms.

Summary: Tetanus requires a wound that is deep enough and neglected enough to create an anaerobic environment so that the bacteria can flourish, die off and spread a toxin in the body. The incubation period is 3-21 days, the average being 8 days.

And what does it mean to ‘oxygenate’? It means to bleed. Blood is oxygenated by passing through the lungs and then flowing through the body to oxygenate all the tissues. That is how we live. We are oxygenated creatures. So if you step on a nail and you bleed, the Clostridium tetani cannot live. In other words, Tetanus is impossible to get if you are alive, pumping blood normally through your body and taking care of the wound.  Feel bamboozled yet?” – Tetanus Vaccination: Fact & Fiction,  read entire article (HERE)

According to the CDC’s own website: “Tetanus is different from other vaccine-preventable diseases because it does not spread from person to person. The bacteria are usually found in soil, dust and manure and enter the body through breaks in the skin – usually cuts or puncture wounds caused by contaminated objects. Today, tetanus is uncommon in the United States, with an average of 29 reported cases per year from 1996 through 2009″

“Today, tetanus is uncommon in the United States, with an average of 29 reported cases per year from 1996 through 2009”?

Say what?!? Pretty much, the CDC’s own website tells us it’s not common and is found in wounds caused by contaminated objects…

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The incidence of tetanus had almost completely disappeared by the time vaccines became popular. Tetanus vaccines has been a part of  of mass inoculations since the 1940’s. It’s the T of DPT. Since the 1950’s a child received 4 DPT shots by the time he is 18 months old. Even after that, for life, any time anyone steps on a nail or gets a minor cut, tetanus “boosters” are routinely given. But what sense does it make to pretend to cure a disease that is caused by a puncture would which may have the remotest possibility of containing Clostridium by giving the person another puncture wound that definitely contains Clostridium, or its byproducts?

It’s one thing to claim that the vaccine could confer immunity before the injury happened. But to pretend a shot could immunize someone after the infection has occurred trespasses into the realm of superstition. No manufacturer has ever claimed curative powers for any vaccine. They’re preventatives, remember? That’s the whole basis of immunology.

Again, no scientists claim curative value after being infected with Clostridium. Nor do any suggest that a subsequent vaccine would prevent the development of tetanus. Think about it: if you have a disease process already going on, how could adding more of the pathogen or its toxoids to your blood possibly help you? This is pure science fiction” -Dr Tim O’Shea
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“But what if???”

1. “IF for some reason you and your child’s doctor assess a risk for Tetanus, you have the option of choosing a non-vaccine shot called Tetanus Immunoglobulin or TiG for short. The TiG is an anti-toxin serum, not a vaccine.

IMPORTANT: if you suspect Tetanus, make sure your child gets the TiG shot! Many doctors and nurses sadly are not informed on this issue. They will pressure you to give your child the vaccine instead. Even if you ask for the immunoglobulin, some medical employees might not know what this is or think you are mistaken and assume you want the vaccine. Sometimes they claim to have a “T” only vaccine, which is untrue.

This creates a dangerous situation because the vaccine will not take effect soon enough if your child was exposed to Tetanus, and even if the vaccine did take effect soon enough, vaccines don’t work for everyone. Make sure you see the packaging and/or insert of the immunoglobulin shot to ensure it is the right medication”

Tetanus Toxoid = Vaccine
Tetanus Immunoglobulin = Anti-Toxin

2. Cuts, scrapes, nicks, and wounds need to be cleaned. Soap and water go along way.

3. Heat helps to kill tetanus bacteria. A good soak in some Epsom salts to help with wound healing is good.

4. Put hydrogen peroxide, which is H2O2 (extra oxygen) after any significant wound injury. The extra oxygen kills tetanus spores additionally.

One of my favorite doctors, Dr. Kurt Perkins says this:

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One thing I would like to point out is the ridiculousness of giving a tetanus shot AFTER you have a puncture wound.  Why get a puncture wound that definitely contains tetanus from a puncture wound that might not contain tetanus?  It’s sketchy enough to say you’re immune from tetanus from the regular vaccine schedule but to say there are curative powers by getting the vaccine AFTER the puncture wound is pretty ballsy, yet many line up to get injected after they think they might have tetanus.
After all, where do you find tetanus?  It’s in soil and the intestines of animals and humans. I want my son to experience nature but I draw the line at playing in the intestines of animals or humans.

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Love Dr. Kurts humor! If you have not read his article called “My CRYSTAL Clear Stance on Vaccines”, you really should. You can find it (HERE)

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How did the conventional wisdom of tetanus shots from a dirty rusty nail outdoors where Clostridium may be harbored in animals spoors – how did that idea get transformed to needing tetanus shots after the slightest most antiseptic nick around the house?” -Dr. Tim O’Shea from the book “Vaccination is NOT Immunization”


To Be Honored…

It’s interesting how we go through seasons. Consider this sorta like a year-in-review type post, as I share how the tide has turned and I feel like I’ve just taken in a great big breath of fresh air.

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7 years ago I entered a season of uncertainty. Speaking out against a topic that was taboo, controversial, unpopular, and not accepted. The “V” word.

I lost friendships and spent many days contemplating if should just throw in the towel. I had so many justifications for giving up on what I clearly felt like the Lord had called me to speak out against. There were days when I figured I was just plain crazy: who in their right mind would want to be a vaccine safety advocate and speak out against the dangers of vaccines?

Not worth it. Too dangerous. Not popular. The reasons went on and on…

But I didn’t give up. I couldn’t. Everywhere I went (and still go), I am introduced to vaccine injured children. Sick kids. Everywhere. The new normal.

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For those of you that follow this blog, you know I write about this topic a lot. In my post Is This The Best We Can Offer, I write about Chapter 11 in the book Vaccine Epidemic: “Pediatrics, Sick is the New Healthy”.

I’ve shared on more than one occasion how I’ve fallen in love with the autism community and how the Autism mommas have capture my heart: I Only Want Things to Make Sense.

I’ve challenged my readers with a post called: “I Hope You’ve Done Your Research” and I’ve asked for logical explanations on issues like introducing the whooping cough vaccine to newborns in a post called: The Whooping Cough has Me at a Loss for Words. I’ve exposed myths, the most common being: The Myth of Herd Immunity.

I started a series called “Lioness Arising Mothers”, where I tell the personal stories of mothers and the devastating journey they are on with their precious children.

In June I wrote a post called: Food & Water: Nope. Vaccines: Yep. It struck a nerve. It was featured on Dr. Mercola, Gaia Health, National Vaccine Information, and more. Suddenly, Bill Gates and his billion dollar anti-vaccine surveillance alert system group found my blog. I think that day I received about 300 comments from his paid peeps. Good I thought, I got their attention. Funny how truth has a way of doing that.

Through the years, I’ve watched how the tide is turning. In the beginning I received mostly resistance. Now, I receive more and more messages of acceptance. Either parents are “getting it” or parents are at their wits end and desperate and ready for help. Why the change? Because more and more children are becoming sick. And those same children have parents. And those parents know EXACTLY what happened to their children. And they won’t shut up until the truth is told. Enter The Thinking Moms Revolution.

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A few weeks ago I was honored by The Thinking Moms Revolution, in a creative piece titled “Snooki vs. Jessica Gianelloni: American Heroines” You can read the full post HERE. I’ll share just a bit of it:

“Jessica has been writing about TMR and our friends for quite some time. What makes Jessica unique is that she does not have affected children. Her mission is simply to take the knowledge she has been given and share it with the world. Please read her latest post about “A Different Type of Orphan.” 

While she has been called to advocate for orphans, as is the case with everything Jessica does, she takes it a step further, goes the extra mile, and puts the finishing touches on research and information that others would have glazed over. She gets it. She gives us her time, her knowledge and that which we are most grateful for… her unending stores of energy and her unshakable sense of peace. 

Yes, Thinking Moms are indeed a burgeoning institution/movement/powerhouse… but we are in no position to offer her 32k for all that she gives us… for free. 

Our gratitude is all we’ve got. From the very bottom of our hearts, thank you, Jessica Gianelloni.

So, I leave you with this. We live in a country where someone like Jessica has to remove the names of her children from her blog because of the threatening hate mail she receives for telling the truth about vaccines and unclean food. Snooki, a Reality TV Star with no discernible life skills speaks at one of our country’s finest higher learning institutions for 45 minutes and receives 32k. 

What are you going to do about it?”

Wow. I was blown away. Was I really being honored by the very people that deserve the honor?

The day this article was published, I shared my heart in a fb post: “7 years ago, as I began this journey of vaccine awareness, I lost many friendships, as those close to me suddenly did not understand who I had become. It was a disappointing time in my life. 7 years later, and today I am being honored by The Thinking Moms Revolution. I can’t think of a bigger honor to be bestowed upon me in this area of my life. I feel like this is God’s way of confirming this is the journey He has me on. I am in the lane I’m meant to be in. And I will continue to run this race and fight this fight! I am humbled & honored beyond words. Thank-you Thinking Moms!”

Why am I sharing all of this? Because the honor isn’t really on me. The honor is on truth. Truth can only go as far as the people willing to share it. And that’s what I love about The Thinking Moms Revolution. They give me an outlet to spread and tell truth.

The Thinking Moms are reaching far and wide. Yesterday I received this message from a good friend who is a nurse. She told of a conversation she had with another nurse during their shift in the hospital. Her message read:

“So God is awesome…clearly we know that. Here is some more proof though.

Last night I worked with a nurse that I don’t normally work with. Somehow we got on the topic of her 14month old little boy who has constantly been sick since he was born. High fevers, ear infections, respiratory problems, etc. In the middle of her story telling, she says “I can’t believe I’m telling you all this. I never talk about how sick my little boy is…”

I don’t talk very much about vaccines at work because I don’t feel that I’m well educated enough (yet) to speak against them. (Especially in a vaccine happy environment.) This time I felt that I had to bring them up. So i said, “I can’t believe I’m bringing this up either because it is so taboo around here but…has your son had all of his vaccinations?” She proudly said “oh yes, absolutely!”… So then I asked if she thought that perhaps his sickness could have started after receiving the vaccines. She said that she had thought that, and asked the doctor, to which he replied “Oh, of course not.” (Of course). Even though last night she realized, he has had all his exacerbations right after shots.

This poor momma is at her wits end after months of antibiotics, sleepless nights, breathing treatments, blood work, testing for autoimmune diseases…and NO definitive diagnoses.

I told her about you, your blog, (Solomon, too. i just HAD to tell her about God’s handiwork in that part of your life) and The Thinking Moms Revolution website. We pulled it up last night (at our nurses station at work) and she found a case that sounds EXACTLY like her little boy. With a court case story to go with it. She just kept saying “I never either thought to educate myself about something like this”.

I told her I was the exact same way until not so long ago. She is a believer who has spent hours after hours in prayer for her little boy. The same little boy who’s daddy called this morning at work and told her he has a 102.2 fever only 2 weeks after being off antibiotics.

She said she couldn’t wait to get home to read more about The Thinking moms and you! The light bulb definitely went off.

Last night wasn’t my normal night to work. She only works 2-3 shifts a month on ANOTHER floor. God arranged that meeting and gave us both the confidence to talk about things we usually keep quiet.

The impact of your research, your lifestyle, your stories, and your voice, your faithfulness to God’s calling, and THE truth are reaching far beyond the people you have met. I just wanted you to know. :)”

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The end of 2012 comes during a season of restoration. God is a redeemer of all situations.  For me personally, the Lord is redeeming a season in my life when I was once misunderstood and rejected, to entering a season of being honored and thanked.

Truth is truth is truth is truth. And it will always win.

Here’s to truth. Here’s to The Thinking Mom’s Revolution.

Are you a Thinking Mom? I sure hope so.

The world is waiting for you….

Eat the Cupcake or Go Home…

Eat The Cupcake or Go Home…

OK, that’s not exactly how it happened.

But my sweet little girl no longer attends her private Christian pre-school.
Pretty much the way we eat was “too much of a problem”.

This blog is not necessarily about our situation or about the school. I have no desire to bad mouth my children’s school and know this was an isolated incident. What this blog post is really about is the bigger picture.

I get it. I really do. Our lifestyle is misunderstood. We don’t fit in with the “norm”.
We make decisions that go against belief systems that are so engrained in our mainstream society.

The thing is, I don’t care to fit in anymore. And I know I don’t have control over whether people understand me or not. But I do have a desire to teach and educate and empower others.

And I will never stop doing that.

Writing about these passions of mine regarding health (food, vaccines, medicine) are what God has called me to do. I’ll be honest, I haven’t always embraced this call on my life. In fact, I’ve struggled with it. I’ve asked the Lord plenty of times: Why me? I don’t want to be a vaccine spokesperson. I just want to stay in my own little comfort zone where I know that the decisions I make for my family work for us. I know my children are protected and safe and healthy. I have total and complete peace over my decisions. Now, can I just sit back and do my own life and not care what anyone else does?

Nope. That’s not how it works. God’s plans are always bigger and better.
That doesn’t mean easier, just better.

My passions and these topics are constantly offending people. Whether it’s through a fb post where I share the current statistics of this generation of sick kids, and suddenly everyone who reads the statistics thinks I’m personally attacking their child.  Or if I post an article about the ineffectiveness of a vaccine, somehow I’m offending the mom who just gave her child that vaccine. Interesting how someone can share an article about a Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo recall, and suddenly every mother that has ever used that shampoo is so thankful to know the truth.  Vaccines don’t work that way.  I can’t really think of a more controversial topic.

Yay for me, that’s the topic I speak about on a daily basis.

And then there’s the topic of food. Even my kids are now offending people. At a recent class party, when my child was asked if she wanted a cupcake, she responded “No thank-you, that is not healthy”. Apparently that offended the teacher and I am raising my children “to be judgmental”.

Since when did healthy food choices become offensive?

I understand that people don’t want to hear that the skittles they just ate are carcinogenic and filled with petroleum. Suddenly they are offended because they like skittles. And how dare you talk about the ingredients in foods that people like to eat.

How dare you make a teacher feel like the food she feeds the students at a class party is not good enough for your child. That is extremely offensive.  Especially if they already think you are nuts because of your view on vaccines or the fact that you don’t give fever reducers.  At that point, pretty much any decision you make is going to be met with opposition and resistance and criticism.

According to this teacher, my children suffer when they have fevers. How do I know this? She wrote about it on fb. Who cares that I spent 2 years in ER rooms wondering why my baby had such high fevers when she had a slight illness (104-105 degrees) and no-one could give me any answers. So I started researching and learned that the fever reducers I was giving her were doing more harm than good. That they were depleting her glutathione and making it impossible for her to heal and recover from a common cold. I learned that fevers are not to fear. I learned that when I let a fever takes its course, my child recovered much quicker. I’ve shared that research here: Fevers Are Not to Fear & And then there were TUBES. Every decision I make for MY children comes from an abundance of diligent research.

Who cares that it’s an educated decision to not feed your child sugar and artificial colors. It would almost be easier to have a kid who was allergic to red dye or peanuts, that way it wouldn’t be an offensive “choice”.

Food allergies are accommodated for. Food choices are offensive.

For the past week, I have sat through meetings and had more conversations concerning  what took place at my child’s school than I care for. I’ve sat with the teachers, the Director, the Pre-School Minister. And while the story is long and painful and upsetting and hurtful, it’s also quite simple. We are misunderstood. Our choices for our children are not seen as EDUCATED choices. Our decisions are second-guessed, criticized, and misunderstood.

This lifestyle is so misunderstood that during one of the meetings this past week, I was asked if “our practices also don’t believe in bathing?” Really? I’m not quite sure what “our practices” are, but the last time I checked the same parents that want healthy kids, also want clean kids. Who wants dirty healthy kids? That doesn’t even make sense.

See the misconception is this: A non-vaccinating parent that feeds their children proper life-giving nutrition and treats sickness naturally, well the kids of those parents, they are being neglected by their uneducated and misinformed parents. You know, those neglected kids that have the occasional runny nose, and heaven forbid their parents don’t do anything about it. Who cares that a clear runny nose is a sign that the body is eliminating something it doesn’t want in the body. You know part of God’s great plan for us to detox. No, dope the kids up on meds. Mask those symptoms. We don’t care about healing or treating the symptoms. We just don’t want to see the runny nose.

I didn’t pick up Vogue Magazine one day and read an article about how cool it is to not vaccinate and suddenly decide… “Hey, I don’t think I’m going to vaccinate my kids. I sure hope this is the right decision.”

What these teachers don’t understand is that parents who choose not to vaccinate are the most educated and informed parents I have ever met. We aren’t just a bunch of crazy anti-vaccine conspiracy theory activists who don’t bathe their children. Haha!

Seriously though, I have done more research on this topic than I ever imagined was possible. Just when I think I’ve caught up on current research, 20 new published studies pop up in medical literature, and suddenly I’m neck deep in research again.  I Hope You’ve Done Your Research. Not to mention the fact that I am literally surrounded by friends with vaccine injured children. Everyday my fb newsfeed is filled with stories from my autism mommas and parents of children who are chronically ill from vaccines (asthma, allergies, adhd, intestinal issues, autoimmune disorders, autism, etc..). As long as the vaccine schedule keeps increasing and our food chain becomes more toxic, these stories will NEVER go away.

That’s why I started the Lioness Arising Series. The stories of the these children and their mommas must be told.

Every week I receive dozens of messages from parents asking me questions, desperate for help, thanking me, etc… Sometimes my inbox is so overwhelming I can’t keep up. I know I’m walking in God’s will though, because He continues to give me the strength and grace to walk this journey. It’s not always easy. I’m often tired and feel defeated. Especially when I have to defend my decisions to my children’s school.

I didn’t see a picture of a celebrity eating an organic salad one day and think “Oh that looks cool and trendy, I want to eat organic”. The decision to feed our children the way we do comes from years and years of research, starting with my revolutionary parents who started the first Health Food restaurant in Louisiana 35 years ago. My sister Harm could practically write a book based on her research of food. My husband Rit reads every book there is from “Foods that Fight Cancer” to “The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook”.

Ever read “Nourishing Traditions?” Why would we continue to let our kids eat junk when we know too much about what it can do to their bodies? Why would I compromise my research  just because my kids’ class is having a party? We were once told “You can’t really make a religion out of how you eat”.  Funny, I see it differently.  I call it being a good steward over the life and body God gave you.

I watch chronically sick children get healed through proper diet & nutrition. Those parents have to make a religion out of how they feed their kids, otherwise their kids won’t heal. If we can heal sick kids through proper food & diet & nutrition, then why not feed  healthy kids this way and avoid all the pain and suffering and sickness and illness?

I wish these teachers would have chosen to focus on the results of our families lifestyle, rather than the fact that the process might not look “normal”. Like the fact that in the two consecutive years these same teacher had our kids, my children never missed a single day of school due to being sick. That my children have never been on a single prescription medication, including antibiotics. When every other kid is getting their “rites of passage” ear infection that is somehow considered “normal”, none of my children have ever had a single ear infection.

I could maybe understand if my kids were always sick, always at the doctor, always on antibiotics or getting prescriptions filled. Then there might be reason for concern. But there was no basis for concern. The concern was that I don’t fit into the box they want me to fit into. They wanted my kid to eat the cupcake, just like every other kid. Who cares that children are smart and once they realize that certain foods actually make them feel worse, they have no desire to eat that food again. No instead, it’s “Hey kid…eat your cupcake and be quiet”.

So here’s to all you other crazy parents who choose to practice health differently…

Eat your Cupcake or Go Home!