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My thought on vaccines….

Posted on June 30, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

As I was looking over my friends posts on facebook, this morning I saw one friend posted an article about vaccines. There are three things I am very passionate about, the first being health, and the other two being nutrition and vaccines. I started reading the post about vaccines, and I started to get a little fired up. When I see an article about how wonderful vaccines are, and how many lives they saved, and how the responsible parents are ones that vaccinate their children. I have to respond. When it comes to the vaccine issue, if I can get one person to think twice about the issue, then I’m happy. In college for my writing class, my final project was a paper on the efficiency of vaccines. How did I become so anti-vaccine? My personal health and my dogs. Do I think vaccines impacted my health as a chid? I don’t think they made me any healthier and maybe they did cause some issues. I have two dogs, and I have fostered numerous dogs, and pets today are not healthy, which I think is a combination of bad breeding, kibble and vaccines.

So the article is titled:
No vaccine-autism link: Get kids shots

The article is written by a physician, guess what kind? A Pediatrician! I wonder how much money he makes every year by administering vaccines.

He starts the article saying how happy he is that his children can run around a park, and not worry about contracting a disease. That 60 years ago, his child might have picked up some life-threatening disease such as polio, or measles, and thank goodness vaccines are around to prevent these nasty diseases. Well I have a question for this doctor, what proof do we have that vaccines have prevented these deadly diseases? Is it that we’ve been told time and time again, that vaccines prevent disease? Let’s look at a little study that can be found HERE and HERE. These charts show that the deaths from these diseases decreased before the vaccines were released. Some people think the charts are bullshit. The thing is we can all find data to back up our ideas. I can show you a chart that says it wasn’t vaccines that saved lives and you can show me a chart from the CDC that states the opposite, that vaccines did save lives just look at this chart from the CDC. This is something that I am very passionate about, and you will find others who are very pro-vaccine, and you have to realize that there is no point in arguing with them. Otherwise you have two people throwing out data, and neither one is listening to the other.

I really do enjoy this part of the article: “In 2008, a San Diego, California, child, whose parents had refused to vaccinate him, returned from vacation with measles, exposing children too young to be vaccinated to the disease. Any child who had been exposed had to be quarantined for several weeks at home. No school. No park. No sports.” Your telling me the kids were not allowed to go to school, that they had to stay home!! How awful, that must have been! I’m sure they were allowed out in the back yard right? So they probably spent the two weeks playing and watching tv. Goodness gracious the things children have to go through, and to think had they just been injected with a little needle, they wouldn’t have missed school, and they could have played sports. Wait a minute, according to vaccineinformation.org the vaccine should be given on or after the first birthday. So that means one year olds couldn’t play sports? How many one-year olds do you know playing soccer, and other sports, and how many kids that age are in school? Maybe he meant they hadn’t had their second shot, either way, I find that to be a very weak argument for vaccinating children.

Here’s another excerpt from the article: In early 2009, a child in rural Minnesota died from meningitis caused by the bacteria Haemophilus influenzae. His parents had refused to vaccinate him against the disease. Four other children were hospitalized with the exact same disease. Two of those were also children of parents who had refused vaccines. The fourth was a 5-month-old baby who was just too young to have been completely immunized. The fifth was a child who has an immune deficiency.

Let’s review this information, 5 children had meningitis, one died, 4 others were hospitalized and they survived. The fifth child had an immune deficiency, he had to be vaccinated or else they would have blamed it on him not being vaccinated so the vaccine didn’t work. Two of the other children who were not vaccinated contracted the disease and they survived, good for them! They must have had a strong enough immune system to fight the disease. He states that the infant who was too young to be completely immunized, now the vaccine for this diseases is the Hib vaccine, and it is recommended that it be administered at the age of 2 and 4 months, and then at 12 and 15 months. So this infant may have had two rounds of the Hib vaccine, shouldn’t that be enough to protect him from getting the disease? I guess not. Now for the child that passed away, how healthy was he before he got sick? Do we know that? No we don’t, maybe he was perfectly healthy, and maybe he wasn’t.

He ends with this: And if you decide, as I hope you do, to protect your children against these deadly diseases, then you’ll be choosing health. You’ll be choosing health for your child and family. You’ll be choosing health for your community, because every child who’s vaccinated helps to create an ecosystem of protection for those too young to get shots. You’ll be choosing to keep your kids out of my doctor’s office and keep them on that playground, in school, on that soccer field, which is right where they belong.”

Wait I’ll be keeping my child out of the doctors office, if I have them vaccinated? Don’t I need to go to the doctors office to have my child vaccinated? And another thing, I was fully vaccinated as a child, would you like to know how many times I went to the doctor as a child? I was born in March of 1983, from  April of 1983 until April 1985, I went to the doctor 12 times, and those were not the times that I went to be vaccinated. From May 1986 to August of 1988 I went 14 times. Thank goodness I was vaccinated so I didn’t have to go to the doctors office! HA!

I found an article that talks about autism and vaccines from The Huffington Post

In the article is says: The Vaccine Court, in other words, seems quite willing to award millions of dollars in taxpayer funded compensation to vaccine-injured autistic children, so long as they don’t have to call the injury by the loaded term “autism.” Isn’t that amazing? If you go to court and say your child was injured from vaccines, but don’t say it caused autism, your more likely to get money??

One last thing if you think all this research is bullshit, talk to someone who’s experienced it. There are quite a few mothers out there who took their child to be vaccinated, and saw signs of autism after being vaccinated. Does it mean it that vaccines cause autism? No Do I think it can lead to autism? I do.

The last thing is SIDS, I know someone who lost her child to SIDS years ago. I don’t know if the child was vaccinated a day or maybe even a couple days before hand, but I wonder. I was reading my old letters from a friend and years ago she did a walk for a family who lost their child to SIDS. She told me that the child passed away on the way back from a doctor’s visit. That the doctor said the child was healthy, my first thought when reading that was, I bet you that child was at a check-up to receive his monthly vaccines. Read the stories of women who lost their children after being vaccinated to SIDS: Think Twice.

The purpose of this post, is not to tell you whether or not you should vaccinate your child, but that you do your own research. That you don’t trust what the government and the doctors tell you is the right thing to do. That you decide for yourself are vaccines harmless? Look at how many vaccines we gave in 1983 and how many we give now? Here’s 1983 and here’s todays schedule. All I know is I’m not going to allow my child to be a science experiment. I personally think the best defense against disease is a strong immune system, and to me that means that I have to be incredibly healthy when I conceive, that I will eat the most nourishing foods during my pregnancy, even if that means eating liver once or twice a week. That my child will be breast-fed, I’m not sure how long I will breast-fed, but I plan on doing it for a minimum of two years. That when my child is old enough and ready I will offer nourishing foods such as egg yolks, butter, bone broths and liver. Yes Liver. Dr. Thomas Cowan has an article titled: Feeding Our Children another great resource is Nourishing Our Children. I could post a bunch of links about how dangerous vaccines are, but I want you to do your own research. See what you find, and don’t do something because your scared of what might happen, do it because in your heart you know your doing the right thing.

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Sugar Addiction

Posted on June 26, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

When I started my nutrition educator program one of my thoughts was, once I start practicing am I still allowed to eat dessert? Do I have to avoid sugar all together?  When I turned in my diet journal to my holistic health care practitioner, she said over all it was pretty good, but I consumed too much sugar, I thought WHAT?? I don’t consume that much sugar. What is she talking about? She must be talking about my fruit intake I must be eating too much fruit. I don’t remember exactly what I put I down on my diet journal, but I have a feeling that if I were to look at it, I would probably agree with her.

I have had a sugar addiction for as far back as I can remember, I grew up eating junk food everyday. In college I probably consumed candy 4-5 days a week, especially when I was working 40 hours and going to school full time. I would be tired and snack on some skittles, or have a chocolate bar. One of my favorite candy bars was the milky way midnight, I could have eaten one a day. The last job I had, we handed out candy bags to the customers, which meant I was around candy every day I went to work. One of my favorite customers always rejected the bag of candy calling them fat pills. In 2007 I finally decided to change my eating habits, I started eating meat and decided to give up candy, it was difficult and there were times that I gave in, but then I started reading the ingredients whenever I craved it. The first three ingredients in Starbursts are: CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL OIL, after reading that I decided that I no longer wanted it.

The first diet that my health care practitioner put me on was the dysbiosis diet, and when I found out I was allowed to eat fruit, I was thrilled. My allowed fruits were: watermelon, apples, lemon/lime, blackberries, papaya, pineapple, pomegranate, strawberries and peaches. I didn’t really notice any sugar withdrawls, but I thought to myself once I’m off this diet how often can I eat sweets, I know the 80/20 rule. Does that mean I can eat sweets a couple times a week, or maybe once a day such as adding some honey to my tea? I was obsessed with sugar.

Then I switched to the candida diet, and my allowed fruits were berries, lemons, grapefruit and green apples. I thought grapefruit and green apples? Green Apples are not sweet enough, and grapefruit, that pungent sour fruit. No thank you! I purchased a couple green apples from the market, and thought these taste great, I can do this. I even tried a grapefruit, and was shocked that I really enjoyed it. But I had this addiction that was not part of the diet and that was dried apples, I rationalized it, I told my self their just apples that have been in a dehydrator, they really aren’t that bad. They might have a little more sugar in them then regular apples, but they are so easy to eat, and taste so good. They were addictive, I would tell myself just one or two, and then I would have a couple more, I could have sat down and eaten a whole bag. I then realized that I was sabotaging my diet by eating these dried apples, and realized that I was fulfilling my sugar craving by eating dried fruit.  So I decided to stop, and I did.

It was probably a month ago, that I gave up the dried fruit, and my sugar cravings have really decreased. In fact I was in San Diego last weekend and I ordered a bratwurst with sauerkraut and mostrada. I thought that mostadra was some sort of mustard. It’s not, it’s a condiment made of candied fruit and mustard flavored syrup. It was amazing. I knew that it wasn’t allowed on my diet, but I didn’t care it was so good. I also found it incredibly sweet though. Afterwards I thought if I were to eat sweets I rather eat something like this, rather then then an actual dessert. You got german sausage, sauerkraut and dried fruit, what could be better? A couple months ago, I probably would have eaten it, thought nothing of how sweet it was and still wanted dessert. If the thought of not consuming sugar for a couple of days, or even a day seems frightening then you might want to consider doing a sugar detox. A friend of mine has a 21 day sugar detox manual that can help you get off sugar which can be found here.

Some of my favorite desserts are applesauce made from green apples, I add nut butter and berries to it, and that has really helped out when I have a sweet craving. During the week I made muffins using coconut flour and blueberries with a dash of stevia. They taste fine alone, but I like to add nut butter to them, if I’m really craving something sweet I’ll mash in some berries with the nut butter and put that on the muffin. I recently discovered coconut butter, and OMG is it good. I purchased it yesterday and within 24 hours I’ve probably consumed 4-5 tablespoons of it. I opened it up driving back from the store, and couldn’t stop sticking my finger in for more. It kind of tastes like coconut oil, but not really, it’s smoother and has a hint of sweetness.  Had I known about it before hand, I probably would have just taken a spoonful of that, when I had my sweet cravings, rather then eat the dried apples. Today I mashed some raspberries and added the coconut butter and put that on the muffin, and that was also really good. Another good option is to sauté an apple in some coconut oil and sprinkle some cinnamon on.

It’s nice to not be obsessed with sugar anymore. No longer thinking how much longer until I can consume sugar? Don’t get me wrong, when I go off the diet, I will probably celebrate by having some sort of dessert, but it will probably be homemade with a natural sweetener, and I won’t use as much as I had in the past. Such as chocolate pudding made from bananas, avocado, cocoa powder and maybe a  dash of honey, or maybe I won’t even need the honey. The other big difference is before the diet I poured honey into my tea, to the point where it probably tasted more like honey water then tea. I couldn’t imagine drinking tea without honey. Now when I drink tea, I’m not allowed to add honey, and I’m okay with that. Right now I’m sipping on a vanilla rooibos tea, and even if I could add honey, I wouldn’t because it’s sweet enough without it.

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This is a long difficult journey

Posted on June 3, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I have been miserable, and I mean on a scale on 1 to 10, I’ve been a 10. A little more then a month ago I had this rash on the back of my neck. It wasn’t too bad. It didn’t bother me and it wasn’t noticable, until this past weekend. I don’t know what happened but my skin became much worse. Saturday night I had a hard time falling asleep, it was hot that day and it itensified the discomfort that I was experiencing with the rash, I had a difficult time not scratching. Sunday I noticed my left ear was bothering me I looked in the mirror and it was red. It was itchy all day. Now both of my ears are red, and when I go to bed if I lay down on my left ear its tender, there’s a little pain. Then there’s the hair loss. When I showered Monday morning and I combed my hair in the shower as I always do, I looked at the hair that came out and just thought how am I still losing so much hair? It’s been a tough week.

I was hesitant to e-mail my health care practioner, I didn’t want to send her an email telling her how awful I’ve been feeling. I feel like I’m not doing something right or I’m not doing enough. I’ve been pretty good about following the diet, I’ll eat rice twice a month when I go out for Indian. I did eat some cherries a couple weeks ago, I love cherries, they are probably my favorite fruit. I know that by the time I’m allowed to eat cherries, they won’t be at the market anymore. So I went a little crazy eating cherries. I then realized that the more I go off the diet the longer I will be on the diet.

So my health care practitioner told me that she wanted to talk to me on the phone, and I felt like I was in trouble. One of the reasons I picked the place I did is that there are two people in the office, and I had a feeling I might be a difficult client. I had my phone consult with her and she spoke with her husband another health care practitioner about me. She is completely changing my protocol. When people have gut issues the proper way to treat them is the 4R’s Remove, Replace, Rejuvenate, and Repair. So she’s going to have me do a little bit of everything at once, I’m still taking my anti-fungal supplements. I’ve been taking digestive enzymes to help me digest my food and I’m going to start taking a probiotic and I have to drink aloe vera juice and take another supplement to help heal my gut. People get stuck thinking there’s one way to do things, and I’m proof that following the typical protocol doesn’t always work, sometimes you have to mix things up a bit. We talked about the rash, and she thinks that the rash has more to do with yeast die-off. I know in homeopathy they say the body heals itself from the inside and pushes things outwards, so if you have skin eruptions that means your body is pushing the illness out.

I went blueberry picking today, picked a pound and a half of blueberries. I did the pulse testing with blueberries and my pulse shot up 12 points so I froze all of the blueberries, and will try eating some in a week and a half and see if I’m still sensitive. I feel like I’ve been eating too much fruit, so I’m thinking of removing all berries for a week and just eat green apples and maybe a grapefruit. The rash has gotten so bad that it’s spreading to the front of my neck. I don’t want to leave the house because I’m embarrassed of how I look. Just my shirt touching the rash irritates it. I just have to remind myself that this is temporary, that it will go away. I just hope it goes away sooner then later. I’m going to increase my detox baths, hoping that it will help me get rid of this rash.  The other thing is I try and stay positive, I know that the moment I think I’m not going to improve that I’m stuck feeling this way then it’s over, I won’t get better. Energy wise, I felt better yesterday then I have in a long time, I didn’t feel as tired as I have been, and in the night time I actually wanted and felt like exercising. I really felt the need to do some yoga, so I turned on the Wii fit and did a couple yoga poses, then I did the step exercise and then took the dogs for their walk. I know that one of these days I’m going to wake up and not want to stay in bed for another 30 minutes, that I’ll wake up excited to start my day. I wonder what that will feel like, and that’s something that keeps me motivated.

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