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

 

Project _________

I started this project a few months ago when I was told that my views on vaccines are just “one individual opinion”. I agreed. I am only one person. When I am asked my thoughts and views on things, it doesn’t matter how much research I’ve done or how many studies I’ve read, I am still only ONE person. This thought that my views only represent ONE person kept ringing in my head. This word: “ONE” struck a nerve. I thought….how can I represent myself as more than ONE person.

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So I posted a question on facebook. It read:

“Moms who don’t vaccinate. I’m working on a project. Please tell me in one word, one sentence, or one paragraph why you have made this decision. Or if you were a momma who did vaccinate and then stopped. Or if you did vaccinate and your child is vaccine injured, What is the ONE word, ONE sentence, or ONE paragraph you would like to share”

I had no idea what to expect. I received over 100 answers. I knew that in those 100 answers, I would find an underlying theme. A common answer that united the decision. And that’s what I would name the Project.

I honestly thought that common answer would be TRUTH and that I would name the project…Project Truth.

But there was a different theme. A few dozen responses in, I realized an overwhelming common answer. This mutual thing that all these mommas had in common was the same thing I have always hoped and prayed for mommas to follow. I couldn’t believe how prevalent it was in every answer. But then again, why was I surprised? This common thing that we all share is a God given gift to us. God gives ALL mothers this thing. Over the years, I have been crushed and saddened as I watch this thing get stripped away from mothers, one well-baby visit at a time. But all along I knew mothers had it. What is that one thing?

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INSTINCT.

PROJECT INSTINCT

Every mother has instinct. Some bring it to their first pediatricians visit and it’s as simple as one question: “Are these vaccines safe?” The pediatrician ensures the mother that yes, of course vaccines are safe. And just like that, the pediatrician has spoken on behalf of the mothers instinct. And poof! The instinct is gone. The still small voice is still there, and almost every mother I talk to who went against their instinct, shares how they still did not have peace, but they went ahead and ignored their instinct. Because pediatricians always know best, right?

My prayer is that every mother would take that instinctual question…and not stop researching until she is met with total and complete peace.

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What I’ve found over the years is that we all learn differently.

Some women learn better with just ONE word at a time.  One word that catches their attention and taps into their instinct. Some women learn better with a sentence or a paragraph. Or a book or ten books or a hundred books. Some women like to learn from personal stories. Others like to learn from published studies. I’ve never met a mother who wants to learn about vaccines and spends her days on the vaccine manufacturers website. That is not where instinct leads you. Instinct leads you to conduct thorough research that is not produced by the very people with financial incentives. Instinct leads you to question with a fine tooth comb and to not stop until every question is answered. Instinct does not accept a 2 minute answer from a pediatrician. Especially when the answer does nothing more than put fear into a parent.

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I’ve been researching vaccines for 8 years now. I’ve estimated that I’ve put in over 5,000 hours of research. However, when I first started, I started off with 2 words. First let me not forget that my INSTINCT gave me two words: SAFETY & EFFECTIVENESS. I was pregnant with my first child. It did not make sense to me that my baby was going to be born vaccine deficient and that the only way she would live a healthy, safe, & protected life was through endless amounts of vaccines. Starting from the day she was born (Hep B). So I needed to make sure that the product I was told my baby had to have, was SAFE & EFFECTIVE. I took those two words and never stopped. I’m so thankful I followed my instinct.

I found that this product called vaccines was not safe and not effective. The risk/benefit ratio suddenly became a risk/risk ratio.

There were waaaaay too many unanswered questions. Why has the current vaccine schedule never been studied? There has never been a single study done on the current vaccine schedule. The combined doses of vaccines have never been tested. Not once. Ever. These sort of facts didn’t sit well with my instinct. I didn’t care what my well-intention pediatrician told me. She could look me in the face all day and tell me vaccines were perfectly safe. Show me the safety studies. Where are they?

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I’m often amazed at how pediatricians are put on a throne of vaccine expertise. Yes, they went to medical school. That still does not make them an expert in Immunology. Or an expert over your intuition. In the newly release book Vaccine Illusion, written by a Ph.D Immunologist : “I never imagined myself in this position, least so in the very beginning of my Ph.D. research training in immunology. In fact, at that time, I was very enthusiastic about the concept of vaccination, just like any typical immunologist. However, after years of doing research in immunology, observing scientific activities of my superiors, and analyzing vaccine issues, I realized that vaccination is one of the most deceptive inventions the science could ever convince the world to accept.” – Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych earned her Ph.D. in Immunology from the Rockefeller University, New York, NY and has done postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA and Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA.

Sadly, pediatricians do not receive this type of training or conduct this type of research in immunology. Pediatricians are not vaccine experts. So when a mother puts her instinct into the hands of a well meaning pediatrician, most often, the answers are not met with peace because the “answers” don’t sit well. Show.me.the.research.

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As I continued to read through the 100 answers I received, it was so refreshing to see that instinct outweighed a pediatrician. And that instinct eventually led to experts who HAVE conducted the proper research. Proper research can and does and will confirm what instinct always knew. Instinct leads to truth. Parents who follow their instinct are met with feelings of peace and clarity. Educated. Empowered. Informed.

Parents ARE the experts over the decisions that they make for their children’s health. In the end, no-one else will be held accountable for the outcomes.

I can’t wait to share all the answers I received. So many times, I read the words:
“Instinct”
“Gut”
“A feeling”
“Intuition”
“Still small voice”
“Holy Spirit”
“Peace”

WOW! The answers from this project have me more amazed seeing firsthand the gift of a MOTHER’S INSTINCT being played out. Mothers instinct is bigger than fears and myths and lies and propaganda and everything else that the vaccine industry is built on. Sort through all the nonsense and there lies truth.

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So who are these parents of unvaccinated children? How did they arrive at their decision?

Researchers from the CDC published a study in the Journal of Pediatrics. It showed that children who hadn’t received any shots at all tended to come from educated families who had “parents who expressed concerns regarding the safety of vaccines and indicated that medical doctors have little influence over vaccination decisions for their children”.

The study ended saying: ”It’s an excellent example of how more education and awareness translates to better health. Parents are gradually waking up to the dangers of vaccines. Those who have a university education and a well paid job, are in a better position to research vaccinations and know their rights. Education is power and they and those most invested in health and research are most likely to avoid vaccinations at all costs, a trend that is welcome and timely for future generations”.

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For me personally, my decision became one of peace and clarity and gratitude that I had a choice and I was able to make a choice based on my instinct, and confirmed over and over again by years and years of research. I’ve shared briefly about my own journey in a few different posts called “I HOPE YOU’VE DONE YOUR RESEARCH” & “I ONLY WANT THINGS TO MAKE SENSE”.

I cannot wait to share all of the answers. I will be sharing them in ONE word, ONE sentence, and ONE paragraph answers. We are all only ONE person. But together, we represent ONE answer: MATERNAL INSTINCT.

Which brings me to my favorite quote ever. Written by Dr. Wakefield. (By the way, if you are not familiar with the truth about Dr. Wakefield and have only heard media soundbytes on him, please research the truth about Dr. Wakefield. He has written an astounding book called “Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines — the Truth Behind a Tragedy”. He merely suggested that perhaps a connection between MMR vaccine and Autism deserved further study. That was it. And that was all it took for his entire medical career to get dragged through the mud. Dr. Wakefield is not finished though. I share about that (HERE). I have personal friends who still work with him on a daily basis. He is still helping thousands of families today. Just last week he spoke in Chicago with a panel of Thinking Moms and Doctors. Yes, doctors that get it.

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Dr. Wakefield quote:

“To the parents I would say, trust your instinct above all else. When considering how to vaccinate your children, read, get educated, and demand fully informed consent and answers to your questions. When you are stonewalled or these answers are not to your satisfaction, trust your instinct. I say this as someone who has studied and engaged in the science and who has become aware of the limitations of our knowledge and understanding of vaccine safety issues. Maternal instinct, in contrast, has been a steady hand upon the tiller of evolution; we would not be here without it”

Stay tuned for PART II of PROJECT INSTINCT

The Greater Good

If you have not seen The Greater Good movie, you need to. Whether you are for vaccinating or not, this is a must see documentary. I first saw this documentary when it was released, but still recommend it to anyone I know who truly wants to be educated on the topic of vaccines. Which I believe, IF you are a parent, you better be educated on the topic of vaccines. What better way to become an informed consumer, than to watch a well made documentary that has won awards and great reviews.

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“A new documentary about childhood immunizations, THE GREATER GOOD could intensify debate around the potential dangers of vaccines.”- The Wall Street Journal

“Deftly examined…provocative…film is an effective eye opener” – LA Times

Since the documentary came out in 2012, The Greater Good continues to write articles refuting what is told through mainstream media and reports on up-to-date vaccine research. I want to briefly share two articles. You can click on the title to read the full article and analysis.

1. Hep B: Vaccination and Mutations: Mother Nature Bites Back
Uh-oh! But are we really surprised? 
Hepatitis B virus is mutating. What will the unintended consequences be? Who knows…. All we know is that the surface of the virus is mutating to outsmart the vaccine – what a surprise! This lovely vaccine is now given to newborns on their first day of life. I’ve shared before here on this vaccine being given to newborns. And now, the consequences…oh my!

2. Pertussis Outbreaks and the Journal of Pediatrics – Shameless Blaming
In recent days there have been dozens of reports covering a new study blaming unvaccinated kids for fueling the recent whooping cough outbreaks. The study in question is anything but scientific. Rather it is propaganda designed to do one thing: frighten parents into getting more vaccines. Here the Greater Good shares a brilliant critique of the study and the Activist Post piece that brings this “study” to its knees.

Remember, what neither the media nor Journal of Pediatrics wants you to know is that 70-8o% of those who contracted pertussis had been fully vaccinated.

Did you know that both the US CDC and California Dept. of Health have openly stated that the pertussis outbreaks in recent years are NOT due to non-vaccination but rather due to vaccine failure. This is also documented in the scientific literature. I’ve written on whooping cough vaccine failure here & here as well.

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I’m thankful for The Greater Good documentary and for their efforts to continually give fair media reporting on the one of the most important topics that involve decisions we make for our own children.

To learn more about the movie, click (HERE) or click the image below to watch full length feature of the film.

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Why Do I Care So Much?

When I first started this blog, we had 4 kids under the age of 4. I think I needed an outlet, or I was going to lose my mind. Blogging is much like journaling, except really really public. Haha! Around the time I started blogging, I was (still am) passionate about the topic of health: specifically vaccines (I had started researching vaccines before the birth of my first child 8 years ago) and felt like the whole world needed to know. I learned very quickly that the whole world did not want to know. But many people did. That was 3 years ago.

Today, I have 5 children. 4 biological & 1 adopted. Ages 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7.

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My children are all healthy. I am very thankful for that. We haven’t been to a “well baby” visit or visited a pediatricians office in almost 5 years. None of my children have ever received a diagnosis for any sickness or disease. No ear infections or any other “common” childhood illnesses. Not a single round of antibiotics (except one child at age 6, took three doses of an antibiotic for strep throat. We threw the other 72 doses of the prescription away). I recently wrote about that here: “A Tale of Two Strep Throats”. No allergies or eczema or any other childhood illnesses that are considered “normal”. Our adoptive son came to us with a few issues, but they were the direct result of improper nutrition and care. He is now thriving.

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Writing my blog has always just been a passion of mine. I write from my heart. Pretty quickly my blog grew. It started being shared on sites like Dr. Mercola, Gaia Health, & National Vaccine Information Center. I write a lot about health and have covered every topic from fevers and ear aches to preventing and fighting the flu to common childhood illnesses and my newly found love for YL oils. But mostly I tackle vaccines. I did a series on polio, wrote a few whooping cough pieces that went viral, shared quite a bit about measles, the truth about tetanus, how shingles are from hell, Hep B & Gardasil (crimes against humanity), compared vaccinated to unvaccinated and much much more (see vaccine tab on right side of blog)… One of my favorites is my dinner party piece. I also write about foodhealthsugar, children’s snacks. And all those things that make people call you a “crunchy mama”. healthy_living (1) I also write random personal posts like the 33 Random Things We Did This Summer or ALL the random things people say to me for having 5 kids. I’ve shared about my thoughts on everything from homebirths to homeschooling. But mostly I write about that awesome topic that isn’t the least bit controversial: vaccines. People either love this blog. Or they hate it. And they love to tell you why they hate it.

One of the most eye opening posts I’ve written in regards to children’s health, is titled “Is This The Best We Can Offer?” I wrote it two years ago and sadly, the statistics I shared have only gotten worse. I wrote that post directly from the book Vaccine Epidemic, Chapter 12: “Pediatrics: Sick Is The New Healthy”. Seriously? What are we doing?

When the vaccine topic gets “controversial”, my response is….I Only Want Things To Make Sense.

The autism community captured my heart and I started a series called “Lioness Arising” where I highlight parents of vaccine injured children. This is when my blog really fell into a groove and I found my niche. I adore this series. These mothers are my heart and soul and they are why I will NEVER stop writing about this topic. Please read about these amazing mommas and their precious children.

This blog earned the respects of The Thinking Moms Revolution (out of nothing but a mutual love and respect for one another) with a post titled Snooki vs. Jessica Gianelloni: American Heroines and with that article came many followers of families with vaccine injured children. I wrote a piece called “To Be Honored” where I shared in a nutshell what The Thinking Moms Revolution means to me. And what a full circle moment it was after a 7 1/2 year journey of vaccine research, to be honored. And then I spent 3 days with The Thinking Moms, where my passion was confirmed again and again. Read (HERE).

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People ask me ALL the time: “WHY DO YOU CARE SO MUCH?” I’ve answered this before, in more depth (here), but this is my answer: I can’t imagine anything worse in the world, than to know, that I know, that I know, that I know, what happened to my child. And the whole world tries to deny it. Denial of what happened also keeps these children from being healed and recovered. Autism is preventable, treatable, & recoverable. This epidemic is a tragedy. I know that these parents (1 in 50) are tired and overwhelmed. I am not. So I will fight for them.

I wish everyone could see my fb newsfeed on a daily basis. Please click this to see what AUTISM LOOKS LIKE IN REAL LIFE. Our family blog received the honor of being listed as one of the resources for the Chalkboard Campaign with my post called “I Hope You’ve Done Your Research”.

Please watch the Chalkboard Campaign video and the Preventing Autism: What the Parents Say video

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I’ve never followed blogging rules. I’ve never taken a class on how to market my blog or “choose an audience”. I didn’t start writing with a specific audience in mind. I just wrote when I felt like writing and have always shared my heart and my passions. I write from my heart.

Then I went to Uganda for the first time 2 summers ago and fell in love with God’s children: the orphan. And I started blogging about the plight of orphans, and shared our entire adoption journey (all 23 updates). Including when we came HOME and this follow up heartfelt post (HERE). So then the mix of topics became even more diverse.

Health, Vaccines, Family, Adoption, & Orphans. Oh my…

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I don’t know who my audience is. I’m not concerned really. But why do I share my life publicly with such a large audience over such a wide range of topics? I mean after all, I wrote an entire post about how our kids flushed our nativity scene down the toilet on Christmas Eve.

So I spent a lot of time contemplating, thinking, and praying about whether or not to continue writing this blog.

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I know why I write. I write because I’m passionate about certain topics. And my desire is to educate, encourage, & inspire other mommas to think for themselves and make decisions for their family that feel right to them.  Sometimes I wonder…why share publicly? How do I mix vaccine world and health world and adoption world in a single blog? Or do I just continue being who I am and write about what I originally made this blog to be about: “Gianelloni Family: Life As We Know It”?

Not as anyone else knows it. Life As We Know it.

I write to give a voice to vaccine injured children and their parents. I write to shed light on issues that are not given a fair platform. I write because our media and the medical industry has failed us.

I never know which blogs are going to be “popular” or not. I just write from my heart. Some of my posts are called “emotional”. Good. I’m glad that when I post about a ridiculous CNN story on a measles “outbreak” that my post is emotional. I’m not writing a research paper. I’m writing a personal blog. My prayer and hope is that as I shed light on certain topics, that I encourage and educate along the way, and motivate you to do your own research.

Some days I write about how the CNN article on the measles “outbreak” has me mad (I call it righteous anger) or how Buffy the Vampire slayer is promoting the whooping cough vaccine (lame) and some days I write about adoption. Other days I just share personal stories about my family.

Please don’t ask me what my credentials are. My credentials are that I’m a THINKING MOM who followed her instinct.

“To the parents I would say, trust your instinct above all else. When considering how to vaccinate your children – read, get educated, and demand fully informed consent and answers to your questions. When you are stonewalled or these answers are not to your satisfaction, trust your instinct. I say this as someone who has studied and engaged in the science and who has become aware of the limitations of our knowledge and understanding of vaccine safety issues. Maternal instinct, in contrast, has been a steady hand upon the tiller of evolution; we would not be here without it” – Quote by hero Dr. Wakefield 

The Lord is definitely leading me through this blogging journey. I know when I need to lay low on a topic. And I know when I need to shout a certain topic from the roof tops. I will continue to write this blog, as long as I feel like the Lord is leading me through each post with peace and clarity. There is still a lot of truth to share and a lot of glory that God needs to be given…so I will continue to write. speak-the-truth I will always write about the things I am passionate about.

Here’s what this blog is NOT:

*Planned, organized, or marketed. I write when something is placed on my heart. I write sporadically. Sometimes twice a week, other times once a month. Who cares? I hate blog rules. This is not a strategic blog with a central theme that looks to grow it’s monthly viewers and gain approval from followers. I guest write for other blogs that do this. This is not that type of blog. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so happy you are here. But please don’t write to me telling me I need to write more often.

*My posts may not always give all the references and sources that one wishes. I’ve logged in over 5,000 hours of vaccine research. Please don’t read this blog as your form of research. Hopefully I’ve sparked an interest, or planted a seed, or initiated a question. Follow your instinct. Seek truth. In the end, whatever decision you’ve made, as I shared in this post: I Hope You’ve Done Your Research

*I receive comments that “this is just a blog”. Yep, yes it is. And while I encourage every mother to put in 5,000 hours of her own vaccine research, the truth is…most won’t. The great thing about social media is that people can take years of research and put it into easy to understand blogs, and share it. That’s what I’m doing. But by all means, if you want to verify what I say, you are more than welcome to spend an entire summer in the library (I did), digging up facts and statistics and CDC quotes that are just plain buried these days. I’ve read way too many boring published studies in medical literature. If I posted those studies on a blog, NO-ONE would read them. Doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

*Please don’t ask me for studies and when I give you a link to 70 published studies that show vaccines cause autism, then tell me I’m just sending you to “another blog”. Where do you want these 70 published studies to be located on the internet? On the CDC website? Ha!  NOT.

There are great books out there. I’ve probably read them all. Here’s are my current 3 favorites.

“Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, & Our Children” Featuring more than twenty-five experts from the fields of ethics, law, science, medicine, business, and history, Vaccine Epidemic urgently calls for reform. It is the essential handbook for the vaccination choice movement and required reading for all people contemplating vaccination for themselves and their children.

Vaccine Illusion” Newly release by a Harvard PhD immunologist. I love her forward: “I never imagined myself in this position, least so in the very beginning of my Ph.D. research training in immunology. In fact, at that time, I was very enthusiastic about the concept of vaccination, just like any typical immunologist. However, after years of doing research in immunology, observing scientific activities of my superiors, and analyzing vaccine issues, I realized that vaccination is one of the most deceptive inventions the science could ever convince the world to accept”

“Thinking Mom’s Revolution: Autism Beyond The Spectrum” Inspiring True Stories from parents fighting to rescue their children. *Did I say FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCT? I hope so. I can’t say that enough. I’m about to launch a new Project and it has everything to do with Instinct.

*This is not a place for debates. If a comment is rude or degrading, it is thrown in the trash. I do not see many of the comments, as they are sent to me once they pass approval (thank goodness for a comment moderator). I try to respond to as many comments as I can, but I do not get to all of them. If you want your comment approved, be kind. If you do not agree with this blog, may I kindly suggest that you spend your time and energy elsewhere. I will never waste my time or energy engaging with insults, and honestly I don’t even see them. If you want to debate in a civil way, just for the sake of debating…I’m not into that either. However, I love comments that contribute to our community of THINKING moms and dads. I love hearing your stories and journeys. Please keep those comments coming!

*I make no money off of this blog. I have nothing to gain for writing from my heart and sharing truth.

*I have no audience. I probably never will. I cannot cater to only people looking for vaccine research. I cannot cater to sharing every single detail of our adoption journey.  I cannot pretend to be a “health related” blog. This blog is just our family’s life. Some of which I share. Most of which I don’t. And our life is pretty boring and not anywhere near perfect. I care a lot about health. A lot. But I am nowhere near perfect.  I just brought an orphan home from a 3rd world country. I am more elated with the convenience that I can heat up coconut oil in 5 seconds in my microwave to rub on his always & chronic ashy skin (anyone with a brown skinned child will understand this dilemma) than I am with the consequences of using a microwave.  I spent time in a country where, for 3 weeks, non-organic food was prepared for us using dirty water, and nasty cooking oil. And I couldn’t have cared less. I knew God’s grace and protection was covering us during our time in Uganda. I was thankful to be in a situation where I had to trust that God is bigger than my own desire to eat an organic, pure, and privileged diet (which is what our family eats). I experienced a major shift in my thinking. Don’t get me wrong. I’m still probably considered “a health nut” by the majority. So much so, that our new son thinks Kombucha is “soda” and I don’t mind lying to him about it 🙂

So here’s where I am. I will continue to write when I feel led to write. One day it may be about the joys of adoption, and another day it may be about vaccines. Or I might share pictures from one of the children’s b-day parties. Next week, our youngest turns three and she will most definitely get her own blog post 🙂 Boring, I know right? No, of course not. I do a blog post for each child on their b-day!

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I know I don’t always get around to answering comments and questions. I’m a really, really bad blogger. But I love your comments and stories. And from the bottom of my heart, I thank-you.

I’m glad you are here.

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This is Our Life….As We Know It!
With love, The Gianelloni 7

   

The Myth of Herd Immunity

CNN article: U.S. measles cases in 2013 may be most in 17 years

Apparently “this year is on track to be the worst for measles in more than a decade”…..and
….wait for it…..wait for it….yep, of course…..AND
“people who refuse to vaccinate their children are behind the increasing number of outbreaks, health officials say”

Ofcourse! It is ALWAYS the unvaccinated. And the answer is always MORE vaccines.

This is a two part series on my response to the CNN article.

Part I: The Myth of Herd Immunity
Part II: Why All the Measles Outbreaks

The Myth of Herd Immunity

 The Myth of Herd Immunity leads us to believe that unvaccinated populations will bring back epidemics of deadly diseases. This myth also makes us believe that unvaccinated children are a threat to society and that unvaccinated children pose a risk to vaccinated children. I’ll tackle this whole discombobulated mess of a myth in one post, through the research, knowledge, science, & expertise of a doctor, a pediatrician, & a neurosurgeon.

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What are we told?

  • We often hear statements from public health officials like “Clusters of unvaccinated children are not only in potential danger themselves, but are also a threat to the herd immunity”.
  • Authorities argue that parents should vaccinate their children to protect society as a whole from epidemics.
  • According to public health officials, “parents who reject vaccines don’t consider the effect of their child on the rest of society”.
  • We are told that for the shots to work, everyone must play along. And parents who decline the vaccines, are somehow reaping the benefits from those who are vaccinated.

What is truth? 

Dr. O’Shea, in his book: “Vaccination is Not Immunization” explains:  “Do not make the error of many pediatricians or journalists who talk about herd immunity as though it refers to the immunity that proceeds from a large group of people being vaccinated. The calculated deception behind this common misnomer is that if you don’t know what herd immunity is, you’ll buy their illusion: that the unvaccinated child can take advantage of the herd who have been vaccinated. This is well thought-out propaganda. True herd immunity is a term which indicates that a disease has burned itself out within a population, as with plague, smallpox, typhus-every infectious disease in history. The herd has become immune. Natural selection. It has to do with nature, not with manmade vaccines. Don’t be fooled again”

Dr. Palevsky (board-certified pediatrician) explains: “This whole concept of herd immunity is very interesting, because we were taught that herd immunity occurs because a certain percentage of a population gets an active illness. Therefore by a certain percentage of getting the active illness, they impart a protection onto the remaining part of the population that has not gotten the illness yet. And so the herd that is getting the illness is shedding the illness and protecting those who have not gotten it.

In vaccine science, we are extrapolating or concluding that if we vaccinate a certain percentage of people, we are imparting protection on those who have not been vaccinated. And that has NOT been shown to be true, because the true herd immunity in theory is based on an ACTIVE DISEASE, and we know that despite what we’re taught, vaccination does not mimic the natural disease.

So we cannot use the same model of herd immunity in a natural disease in the vaccination policy. But unfortunately, we do use it even though it doesn’t have scientific backing.

What’s most interesting to me is that the entire concept of herd immunity fails to acknowledge that there is a life cycle of the viruses and the bacteria all on their own, and that what turns them on and off may have nothing to do with the percentage of people who have been infected.

We fail to include that viruses have a life cycle, and that they are in relationship to other organisms and to us. Something activates them and something actually stops them, and it has nothing necessarily to do with the percentage of people who would have the illness or who have been vaccinated. …

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”.

Dr. Blaylock (board certified neurosurgeon) explains: 
“In the original description of herd immunity, the protection to the population at large occurred only if people contracted the infections naturally. The reason is that naturally acquired immunity lasts for a lifetime. Vaccine proponents quickly latched onto this concept and applied it to vaccine-induced immunity. But there was one major problem: Vaccine-induced immunity lasts for only a relatively short period…

This is why they quietly began to suggest  boosters for most vaccines, even the common childhood infections such as chickenpox, measles, mumps, and rubella.

Then they discovered an even greater problem: The boosters were lasting for only two years or less. This is why we are now seeing mandates that youth entering colleges have multiple vaccines, even those that they insisted gave lifelong immunity, such as the MMR. The same is being suggested for full-grown adults. Ironically, no one in the media or medical field is asking what is going on. They just accept that it must be done.

That vaccine-induced herd immunity is mostly myth can be proven quite simply. When I was in medical school, we were taught that all of the childhood vaccines lasted a lifetime. This thinking existed for over 70 years. It was not until relatively recently that it was discovered that most of these vaccines lost their effectiveness 2 to 10 years after being given.

What this means is that at least half the population, that is the baby boomers, have had no vaccine-induced immunity against any of these diseases for which they had been vaccinated very early in life. At least 50 percent of the population has been unprotected for decades.

If we listen to present-day wisdom, we are all at risk of resurgent massive epidemics should the vaccination rate fall below 95 percent. Yet 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. Vaccine-induced herd immunity is a lie used to frighten doctors, public-health officials, other medical personnel, and the public into accepting vaccinations”.

Where is the Logic?

Take Pertussis (whooping cough) Dr. Palevsky explains this very well:

Do children vaccinated with the pertussis vaccine somehow stop carrying pertussis bacteria in their airways simply because they’ve been vaccinated? NO

Do pertussis vaccines stop vaccinated children from transmitting the pertussis bacteria to other people? NO

Do pertussis bacteria disappear from society once vaccination rates are high? NO: Vaccination rates for pertussis have no impact on whether the pertussis bacteria are in the air or not, or whether or not we breathe them in. The presence of the pertussis bacteria, and the exposure to them, are in no way affected by vaccination status or vaccination rates.

Do unvaccinated children, because they are unvaccinated, carry the bacteria in their airways, which vaccinated children are somehow no longer believed to be carrying because they’ve been vaccinated? NO

Do unvaccinated children transmit the pertussis bacteria to other children by the mere fact that they are not vaccinated? NO: Air is air. Air is free to breathe. We breathe in whatever is in the air. And, vaccinated and unvaccinated children are equally exposed to breathing in pertussis bacteria.

Anyone who poses as science the idea that unvaccinated children pose a threat to the population because they are unvaccinated and are more likely to transmit a disease to the rest of the population, is misleading you, promulgating myth, and inaccurate. Vaccination with the pertussis vaccine does not exonerate anyone from carrying the pertussis bacteria, or prevent them from being exposed to the bacteria.

The fact is that vaccination does NOT stop you from carrying bacteria or viruses in your nose, throat, intestines, airway, skin, or in your body. We have been made to believe that if you’re vaccinated, you won’t carry the viruses, and therefore, others will be protected because you’re vaccinated. This belief is NOT based on scientific fact.

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 one else is carrying. You can’t have it both ways. It just doesn’t make any sense.

 

Lastly, If a comment is rude or degrading, it is thrown in the trash. I do not see many of the comments, as they are sent to me once they pass approval (thank goodness for a comment moderator). I try to respond to as many comments as I can, but I do not get to all of them. If you want your comment approved, be kind. If you do not agree with this blog, may I kindly suggest that you spend your time and energy elsewhere. I will never waste my time or energy engaging with insults, and honestly I don’t even see them. 

Measles Shmeasles…

People ask me all the time if I fear my children contracting measles?

I first answered this question in a post 2 years ago, called “Do You Fear Measles?” You can read that post (HERE)

This post is an update to my original post and I’m also addressing two current breaking news stories concerning measles.

1) There is this article circulating, about why people who don’t vaccinate their children should get sued or sent to jail. Haha! The article is opinion based and beyond ridiculous. I honestly couldn’t get through the first sentence.

FIRST SENTENCE OF ARTICLE:
What if a mother decided not to vaccinate her daughter for measles, based on rumors that the vaccine causes autism, and her daughter gets the disease at the age of 4 and passes it to a 1-year-old, who is too young for the vaccine, at her day care center. And what if that baby dies?

MY ANSWER:
What if a mother decides TO vaccinate her daughter for measles, based on rumors that vaccines are safe and effective, and her daughter gets the disease, (because that is very common for vaccinated children to still get the disease), in fact according to the World Health Organization, “the odds are about 15 times greater than measles will strike those who are vaccinated against the disease than those who are left alone”. Or what if her vaccinated daughter spreads the disease, (because that too is very common for vaccinated individuals to shed live virus vaccines). In fact, the CDC has admitted that “measles transmission has been clearly documented among vaccinated persons. In some large outbreaks…over 95% of cases have a history of vaccination”. And what if that vaccinated child shed the live measles virus to a 1-year-old, who is too young for the vaccine, at her day care center. And what if that baby dies?

2) And now the latest “outbreak” in Texas. 16 people are ill from measles. Half of them are adults. 5 of them were vaccinated. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and sore throat. You must panic. And blame the unvaccinated. Even though 98% of that county is properly vaccinated, the herd is still not immune. The only solution must be to go get vaccinated. Again. And again. And again. Even adults who had measles as a child and received permanent, lifelong immunity. You must get vaccinated too. Even though you are already immune. Everyone must get vaccinated. But first make sure you are fearful and panicked.

It’s odd; measles just can’t seem to go away.

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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”.

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 Stop measles with just one shot and we can eradicate it in 1967?
Hmmm…fast forward 46 years…

2013:
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. A kid entering Kindergarten must now have received two MMR vaccines.

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

Usually this question leads to the whole  “herd immunity” argument. The CDC says that measles outbreaks can be avoided if 70-80% of the population is vaccinated.
Blah, blah, blah…

Look people…the herd is immune.
For 46 years the herd has been immune.
And it aint workin!

One shot didn’t work. Two shots didn’t work.
And let me guess…that third shot isn’t working either.

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 46 years to eradicate.

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Here is the sad part. We took a relatively mild childhood disease and decided to play God.

Measles was a disease that if contracted naturally, then 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. That’s why 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.

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We took a relatively mild viral illness (disease) that God created for us to contract naturally, which served a greater purpose (see last paragraph of post), to pass protective antibodies to our babies, and we traded it for a manmade, fake, temporary, and ineffective vaccine, that isn’t even available to a baby for “protection” until they are 12-15 months.

We really screw things up when we try to play God.

Is 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”

And to think… the measles death rate had declined on it’s own by 98% before the measles vaccine was introduced. I know, I know…what about the incidence rate?
Why does that matter? It wasn’t a deadly disease when we introduced the vaccine.
I thought vaccines were meant to “save millions of lives”.

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Anyone remember the 2008 San Diego Measles outbreak?
One of my favorite articles written during that time said this: “Some infants caught measles before they were old enough to even be vaccinated”. Isn’t it a shame that because of the vaccine, mothers can no longer pass immunity onto their babies for the first 15 months of life, which ultimately leaves young babies at risk of contracting measles before they are old enough to receive the vaccine that is going to “protect” them?
But have no fear…the article went on to conclude: “Fortunately, all measles cases passed without complications, as is usually the cases with measles”.

Wait a minute, are you telling me that if my child were to contract measles, they would still be ok? And they would gain natural, permanent, lifelong immunity?

Why am I so scared of a measles outbreak?

Hmmm….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, and many other severe allergic reactions.

Why?

Also, did you know there are benefits of contracting measles? Having measles not only results in life-long specific immunity to measles, but also in life-long non-specific immunity to degenerative diseases of bone and cartilage, sebaceous skin diseases, immunoreactive diseases and certain tumours. Did you know that asthma and allergies are prevented by the natural measles disease? Read more (HERE)