One Year Ago. The Ruling: Part II

This is Part II of a series I’m doing updating all of the ONE YEAR celebrations of our adoption. If you missed Part I, you can read about that here:
One year Ago. The Airport: Part I

Today is a celebration of our ruling. One year ago today on April 12th, late at night in a Ugandan courtroom, our written ruling was officially signed, and we became Solomon’s legal guardians. It was a 10 month journey that was celebrated through tears, hugs, and the largest exhale of my life. This day is known as “Gotcha Day”. April 12, 2013 is our Gotcha Day!

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We actually learned about our ruling the next morning when we woke up. It was Saturday April 13th. We were not expecting to receive the ruling after only 4 days post court date. We were told the ruling could take 2-3 weeks to receive. To wake up to our ruling on a Saturday morning was a miracle. To say we were relieved and thrilled is an understatement. There truly are no words to describe how it felt to learn that the ruling was positive. And that yes, the child you fought so hard for was finally yours.

I have purposefully not discussed our court date. During our adoption process, when trying to learn about what the court hearing would be like, it was very hard to find other Ugandan families sharing information. I often wondered why people were so secretive about their court dates. For me, it’s not being secretive, but more choosing to not publicly discuss a system that is very unique and a culture that is very hard to understand unless you’ve experienced it. I will say that our court hearing lasted about 5 hours. We came home exhausted. All we could do at that point was pray for a positive ruling. The relief of receiving that ruling after only 4 days was a huge answer to prayer!

Rit snapped this picture of me moments after receiving our ruling. It is the raw emotion of tears and relief. This is the look of a tired, exhausted momma who only 4 days before was put under oath in a Ugandan court room and grilled. This is the look of a momma who was then sent to Parliament to learn a song and dance to perform in the native language (yep I am truly an African momma haha). This is the look of 10 months of praying and paperwork, and waiting and paperwork, and fundraising and paperwork, and leaving 4 young biological kids to travel half way across the world to bring home a child.
This is the look of emotional JOY.

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We quickly learned that the Ugandan ruling was only the first of many steps to brining our son home, but for us…on this particular day….the ruling was enough to begin the first of many celebrations.

So we did what any family from Louisiana would do. We threw a Mardi Gras parade for Solomon and all his friends.  So glad we brought all of our Mardi Gras beads for such a fun celebration. You can watch the video (HERE)

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We also took about 35 kids to Lake Victoria for a boat ride and a fun day at the beach. It was one of the most beautiful days!

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Rit and I slept good that night in Uganda. We were now officially a family of 7. The following weeks would prove to be some of the most challenging weeks ahead. I’m glad we didn’t know how much more work was ahead of us that night. On that night, one year ago today, all that mattered was Solomon was officially ours. Forever.

In Part III I’ll share bits and pieces of what the the final weeks in Uganda entailed to get the mountains of forms and paperwork approved and ready to leave the country.  The never ending appointments at the US embassy and FINALLY the VISA to bring him home. If you are an adoptive family reading this, you know that the VISA in your hands is just about the most exciting piece of paper you could ever wish, hope, or pray for! I’ll also share about the night Rit flew back to the US and how I had to overcome one of my biggest fears of being alone in a 3rd world country by myself and not knowing how much longer I would be there. It was literally me, a 4 year old, & Jesus. And what I learned during that time is that Jesus is ALL I ever need.

Thank-you Jesus for this last year of giving us your amazing grace as we walk through the journey of adoption. And thank-you that one year ago today you gave us our son Solomon! 

 

Young Living and ADHD! An amazing testimony!

I received this testimony a few days ago. I was so amazed with this testimony that I asked the mother if it was ok for me to share. So with Rebecca’s permission, here is her amazing testimony of how she took control of her son’s health and ultimately his life.

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“Dear Jessica,
When my son was diagnosed with ADHD and also bipolar I didn’t even know what to do. For three years I have pumped my son with the recommended medication from his doctor and psychiatrist. My son changed over night…moody, violent tendencies, “melt downs”, wouldn’t eat, play or talk.  I discussed all these things with his doctor and psychiatrist and was told “Give it time, he will get better”.  The final straw was when he told me that it felt like bees were inside of him and he wanted to kill himself…this was at age 9. My son mentally checked out of the world and it was the most heartbreaking thing to hear…”I want to kill myself”.

Sad Ashton1Ashton at 6 years old when he just started taking his prescribed meds from his doctor…I would get that blank stare a lot from him.
Sad Ashton2Ashton at 9 years old, he would come home from school and sit outside like this for an hour before he would come inside.

With the guidance of the Holy Spirit I made the decision to stop all meds and pray for a miracle. That is where you come in :) My friend Gená told me about you and these oils, so I read ALL and I mean ALL your blog posts and I loved what I read. Could my answer to my prayers be something as simple as oils??

YES!! Thank you Heavenly Father YES!!!

I joined YL in November and immediately started applying the oils to my son. I can’t even describe the transformation in my son. To hear him say I love you Mom, to see him play, to see him eat, to watch him not try to hurt himself anyore, to see him…HAPPY…There isn’t enough words to describe what you have done for us but let me start by saying THANK YOU JESSICA… this is the miracle I prayed for and God bless you for that. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! God DOES answer prayers!

My prayer is that for all parents to never give up, to know there are other options out there, trust your gut instinct and pray about it….miracles do happen!!!!!”

Ashton1This is Ashton now…I never thought I would see that smiling face again.

Wow! I love this testimony. I love that this sweet boy is happy and healthy and whole again. This testimony is what Young Living Essential oils are all about. Health and healing using God’s medicine!

One of the most effective approaches to treating ADD and ADHD – without drugs – is the use of pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils per a study conducted in 2001 by Dr. Terry Friedman that compared the effects of lavender, vetiver, and cedarwood essential oils in improving focus and learning in ADD and ADHD kids.

One of the oils Rebecca mentioned above is called Vetiver. Vetiver oil is psychologically grounding, calming, and stabilizing. One of the oils that is highest in sesquiterpenes, vetiver was studied by Dr. Terry Friedmann for improving children’s behavior.

“The American Medical Association Journal published a two year case study (1999-2001). Stating that Dr. Terry Friedmann M.D. found children who previously had been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD were administered therapeutic essential oils by inhalation that got noteworthy results. The essential oils used were Lavender, Cedarwood and Vetiver”

Dr. Friedmann found a 53% performance increase with Lavender, 83% performance increase with Cedarwood, and 100% performance increase with Vetiver.

A 100% performance increase with Vetiver. Wow!

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When I first received Rebecca’s testimony I asked if I could send her some free oils as a way to celebrate her sons healing. She said “Thank-you, but I would rather you help other mothers who need help”. Sooo….7 mommas received a FREE bottle of Vetiver! Yay!!! Thank-you Rebecca for sharing your story!

Yay for Young Living oils!

 

HOW TO ORDER:

TWO OPTIONS:
*You can order as a customer: Retail price
*You can order as a wholesale member: 24% off

Go to YoungLiving.com and choose your country!
1. Click on “Member Sign-up” I’ve linked it (HERE)
2. Click on Young Living Wholesale member
3. You will need to enter a SPONSOR ID and an ENROLLER ID. You will enter my MEMBER ID FOR BOTH: #1403853
4. When you sign up as a member, you will then order your 1st STARTER KIT (that is under STEP 1). I highly recommend starting with the Premium Starter Kit. STEP 2 will ask you to order an ESSENTIAL REWARDS KIT, but you can click the button on bottom to order that kit later.

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The Premium Starter Kit includes 11 oils (Frankincense, Purification, Lemon, Peppermint, Thieves, Lavender, Valor, Panaway, Peace & Calming, Stress Away, & Joy, plus the home diffuser, samples, and informative literature. (JOY was recently added to the premium starter kit and not shown in picture abve. I love JOY.  It’s my daily perfume and I’ve written about it here), along with the Home Diffuser, product literature, and samples to be shared with friends and family! $150.00


*Many of you will ask how Rebecca used the oils for her son. While I typically don’t share exact protocols, because the oils work differently for all people, and the key is finding what works best for you….Rebecca’s protocol for her son is: Every night: Vetiver on his right big toe, Valor down his spine and diffuse Peace and Calming.  Every morning: BrainPower behind his ears and at the base of his neck.  During homework  she diffuse Clarity and Lemon.

*Disclaimer: These statements and any information contained on this blog have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult individual products labels for safety information.

 

Dear parents, you are being lied to.

Immunisation_baby2 In light of the media’s hysteria over a once common childhood illness called measles and the refusal of the vaccine industry to acknowledge the problem has nothing to do with the unvaccinated, it was past time for this post.

Dear Parents,

You are being lied to.

People who claim to be acting in the best interest of your children by pushing vaccines are putting their young lives at risk because they have received little to no education on vaccine ingredients and the injuries that they cause.  They aren’t aware that the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program pays out $100M a year in damages, which is barely a drop in the bucket of vaccine injury in this country.  In fact, the doctor singing the loudest praises of vaccine safety was paid $36M for his 20% portion of a patent on a vaccine that your child probably received, after the first rotavirus vaccine he voted to be added to the CDC schedule was withdrawn from the market for causing injuries.

They say that measles is deadly, but they’re talking about famine-stricken countries, not in America.

They say that the measles vaccine is effective but the truth is that outbreaks happen in populations of 99.7% vaccination with no easy explanation.

They convince you to vaccinate for chicken pox so that your boss isn’t mad that you miss a few days of work to be home with your child.

They distort the number of flu infections by combining it with pneumonia, which is irrelevant in anyone but the most elderly, while mainstream media write headlines about flu deaths in children that had other, far more serious simultaneous infections.

They tell you that whooping cough is “back” due to herd immunity rates dropping when the truth is that pertussis is cyclical, immunity to it cannot be defined, and researchers at Johns Hopkins knew even 20 years ago that herd immunity to whooping cough could never be achieved through vaccination.

They say that vaccines are effective at preventing disease, but the truth is that antibody production only tells half of the immunity story.

They’ll have you believe that vaccination is equal to natural infection, but the truth is that even the FDA admits that aluminum adjuvant vaccines cannot produce cell-mediated immunity, which is the basis of herd immunity.

They say that vaccines are safe but the ruler by which safety is measured is the mouse weight gain test, not the fact that 1 in 6 children today live with a chronic illness or disability in our over-vaccinated country.

They will tell you that vaccine side effects are mild because they’re referring to the aluminum depot in your child’s thigh swelling and getting hot.  They’re not talking about 4 months later when you realize your child has developed a deadly peanut allergy. The truth is that there is a mountain of research about the dangers of injecting aluminum– from IgE antibody production in asthma and allergies, to how aluminum targets the myelin covering of the nervous system, which causes autism, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s disease.

They will insist that a viral vaccine can’t cause autism at the same time that researchers are quietly making autistic mice in the laboratory by creating a viral infection in pregnant mothers.  Nonsensically, they want you to believe that regressive autism would begin in 1 million children at 12, 15, 18 or 24 months anyway, on its own, and the timing with the vaccine is a coincidence, despite no explanation for such a theory, and of course no control group proving them right.

They’ll tell you that mercury doesn’t cause autism, regardless that Merck admitted in 1991 they were exposing children to 87 times the toxic levels of mercury that should be eaten, and the FDA didn’t intervene for almost a decade.  They will offer its removal as some kind of proof that the MMR doesn’t cause autism, despite the fact the MMR never contained thimerosal in the first place.

They’ll tell you that vaccines “no longer contain mercury” and hope that you don’t realize the number of vaccines that are bathed in mercury and the amounts remaining are determined to be residual and not worth telling you about.

They will distract from the bodily damage caused by aluminum by discussing the abundant aluminum found in the earth’s crust, or in a mother’s breastmilk, asking you to believe that drinking breastmilk is equal to injecting aluminium into the human body; as if aluminum poisoning our mothers’ breastmilk is something to celebrate.  They will hope that you don’t learn that the amount of injected aluminum in the two-month vaccination schedule exceeds the amount of aluminum allowed intravenously by a factor of 20.  They will snidely say, “It’s a good thing it’s injected subcutaneously and not put into a vein,” as if capillaries don’t carry those injected substances to the bloodstream.

They will tell you the vaccine reactions recorded by parents in VAERS aren’t to be believed, as if they know more than the parents who stand as witnesses to the crippling effects of vaccination in their children.  They will play down the reports in VAERS despite the fact that the FDA admits that only 10-20% of all vaccine reactions are even reported.

They’ll tell you that the vaccine schedule is safe but the cold hard facts are these: there has never been a laboratory double-blind study of the CDC vaccination schedule.  Not in 1980, not in 2010, not ever.  The people telling you how safe the vaccine schedule is were not even remotely vaccinated on that schedule.

They throw around the phrase herd immunity as if it is proven fact, rather than a hopeful theory derived from naturally acquired viral illness.  They fail to mention that one can never become immune to bacteria for the same reason antibiotics cause bacteria to evolve into superbugs.   They will not admit that vaccination has turned conventionally inconvenient illness into deadly infections.

They cry to protect the immunocompromised children who “cannot” receive vaccines when the truth is that those children should not receive further vaccines because vaccines are what caused them to be immunocompromised in the first place.  To add insult to injury, the CDC has removed almost every contraindication for vaccination so that “immediate anaphylaxis after vaccination” is nearly the only reason one could rely on for a medical exemption to vaccines.  In fact, even children with cancer are expected to be fully vaccinated with exception of the live viruses in the MMR+V.

They are quick to smack down any treatment that a pharmaceutical company doesn’t own a patent on, even those that are widely known to be beneficial, such as cannabis oil, chelation, or supplements for vitamins and minerals that are lacking in our pesticide-heavy American diets or due to malabsorption in those carrying MTHFR defects.

They will tell you that vaccination is a greater achievement than the creation of a water sanitizing system so that we no longer drink our own disease-ridden fecal matter.  They want you to believe that Africa needs more vaccinations rather than clean water to drink.

Why are they lying to you?  For several reasons.  Many of them don’t know any better; nutrition isn’t given much time in medical school and their biased learning institutions are funded by pharmaceutical companies.  They truly believe the lies they repeat to their patients.  Many of them are victims of their own Doctor As God complex.  Many see what happen to those MDs who dare to caution others of pharmaceutical dangers and watch those whistleblowers called quacks and become the victims of media witch-hunts.  Many of them know that admitting the truth means admitting their role in the tragic harm that’s been caused for the past 30 years.  Expecting those doctors to take responsibility is like expecting the last of the Nazi soldiers to come out of hiding and turn themselves in to stand trial.

In only one respect is my message the same as the pro-vaccine propaganda: Educate yourself. But while they mean “Read all these websites that we fund to support our position”, I suggest you should learn what the scientific community that does not profit from vaccines is saying. Learn how the immune system works. Go read about the history of disease before vaccines, and talk to older people who grew up when polio, measles, and other diseases that were prevented by modernization of society and clean water before vaccines were available. Go read about how vaccines are fast tracked for approval without proper safety trials. Learn about Andrew Wakefield, and how his paper that suggested there may be a possible link between childhood vaccines, intestinal inflammation, and neurologic injury in children has been replicated and proven time and time again and how his partner Professor John Walker Smith was exonerated of all charges, proving that the allegations of fraud propagated against Dr. Wakefield were unfounded.

Read the numerous, huge studies that have explicitly examined whether autism is caused by vaccines…and have found that yes in fact, there is a connection. While you’re at it, understand that we have spent 27.4 million dollars on 127 genetic studies since 2006 and are no closer to finding a cause.

That may seem like a lot of work, and the scare tactics from the media can seem intimidating. But learning to differentiate between truth and propaganda is a skill that can be mastered. You owe it to your children, and to yourself, to thoroughly investigate the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Don’t rely on what some stranger on the internet says (not even me!). Read the scientific studies that I linked to in this post for yourself. Despite what anyone is telling you, you don’t need to be bullied by scare tactics. You should instead be afraid of the fact that vaccines are admittedly “unavoidably unsafe” and the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act releases all manufacturers and administers of vaccines from all liability from any injury caused by a vaccine.

This blog post was guest written by Robyn Charron.
Robyn has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and years of experience as a lab tech. Robyn has written pieces that have been published by Scary Mommy, Mass Appeal, The Girl Who for Babble, Bonbon Break, Just Eat Real Food, and MSN. 

Due to the fact that this blog was guest written, comments are closed.

One year ago. The Airport: Part I

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How has it already been ONE YEAR?

One year ago today, after traveling half way across the world, at around 11pm in an airport in Uganda, East Africa, our 5th child came running through the airport. He jumped into our arms and it was the best day of meeting one of my children for the very first time, that I’ve ever experienced. You see that little green dot? That’s him. He ran to us. After traveling 36 hours and feeling extremely exhausted, anxious, and overwhelmed. He ran to us.

And all was well in the world.

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It was an instant connection. Love at first sight. And at that moment, our new son was “born” into our family.

Forever. A forever family.

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It has taken me until now to share some of these intimate photos and details publicly. Over the next few weeks, I will share bits and pieces of what took place in Uganda during the month it took us to bring our son home. There is so much about Ugandan adoptions that remain untold. And I will always respect that privacy. But there is so much about Ugandan adoptions that need to be shared and celebrated.

Over the next few weeks I’ll share about the day that we officially became his legal guardians (this day is referred to as “Gotcha Day” in adoption world). And I will also try to do a post sharing about what this first year has been like. But there is much I will never share publicly. Those stories rest safe and secure in my heart and soul. My son deserves his past to be told when he is ready. So while there is much about our adoption story that will never be told, I’ll try to share a few highlights from the past year that will be celebrated publicly on this blog over the next few weeks.

Adoption is truly the most incredible, miraculous, & wonderful thing I’ve ever experienced. 

The walk out of that airport that night was one of the happiest walks of my life. My son who I had just met, holding my hand, and calling me MOMMA! That next month in Uganda would turn out to be one of the hardest and most challenging months of my life, fighting like crazy to bring him HOME. But it was worth it.

Every single moment of the experience was worth it.
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“My friends, adoption is redemption. It’s costly, exhausting, expensive, and outrageous. Buying back lives costs so much. When God set out to redeem us, it killed Him”

Wow! It’s been ONE YEAR!

An Apple A Day…

Never underestimate how much of a difference small children can make. Today, I received a note home from my sons Kindergarten teacher. It warmed my heart, so I’m going to share. First let me give a bit of background.

My children’s school takes part in a snack program, where each day a child in the class brings snack for everyone. For years now, my children have not taken part in the snack program, because well…the snacks that kids eat these days are not real food. Well let me take that back, 98% of the snacks children bring are not real food. My children will take part in the snack when it is healthy. But sadly, that does not happen often (enough). However, we do BRING snack on our assigned days.  I have always wanted my children to contribute. Plus it makes me happy to know that the kids in their class get a nutritious snack on our snack days! On every other day, I pack my children their own snack, that they remove from their backpack when the other snack is being passed around. Most of the time my children bring fresh fruit for snack.

Well guess what? Children notice this. Little 5 & 6 year old Kindergarteners notice this. And not in the way we would expect. They take notice because the snacks my children bring are YUMMY! And I honestly think children know which foods make them feel good and which foods make them feel bad. Most children however, do not have the self control to turn down what is given to them, especially when it looks and tastes good, even though it makes them feel crummy later!

Thankfully my children have always eaten such a pure diet, that they are happy to pass on the unhealthy choice, because they already know they won’t like how their belly is going to feel later, and they like the healthy alternatives better. I like staying out of doctors offices.

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Last year, I was at a Kindergarten b-day party when one of the parents told me “You know, my daughter insisted that we find a snack called ‘Annie’s Organic’ so that your daughter could take part in the snack at school. I had never heard of Annie’s snacks, but my daughter said they were healthy and yummy and the only thing your daughter would eat at snack and she wanted your daughter to be able to eat her snack. So we went specifically to Target to find Annie’s snacks for your daughter. Turns out, Annie’s snacks ARE better. So thank-you”. Haha! Yep. It still amazes me how people don’t think healthier food options tastes good. Not only do they taste good, they actually taste BETTER.

This year our adoptive son is now in Kindergarten (we will have survived 5 back-to-back years of Kindergarten school snack sharing by the time The Tot enters school. Haha! Can I get an amen for 5 kids only 1 year a part?) Anyways…. our adoptive son came to us after 4 years of living on the worst diet ever. His diet consisted of rice, posho, and soda. Yes, soda. When we arrived in Uganda, he was drinking about 5 cokes a day. Oh and eating sugar cane off the stick. So his diet consisted of carbs and sugar. Awesome.

Getting him off soda was easy. We tricked him with Kombucha. Say what?!? Oh yes we did. The carbonation in Kombucha did the trick. Plus we called it “American soda”. In our home, it’s the closest thing ANY of our children will ever come to drinking a soda. Other than the first week of him getting off soda (he was addicted), our son has thrived from his new diet. He loves healthy food. He is proud to eat healthy and loves how his body feels. He is strong and healthy! Gone are the days of him being chronically sick.

Ok ,so finally to my original story…kindgarten The note home from Kindergarten today:

“Dear Rit and Jess, Today one of my students brought a special snack for Solomon. This is the story: The family had bought Fruit chews for the snack. This morning the mom found Bob (that’s what we are calling the sweet boy for privacy reasons) in the kitchen trying to cut up an apple. She asked Bob what he was doing and he said that he was cutting an apple for Solomon. Bob told his mom that Solomon eats fruit, and he wanted Solomon to have an apple since he knew Solomon could not eat the fruit chews at snack today. When Bob gave the apples to Solomon, Solomon said thank-you and they embraced one another in a hug. I love when I see this in the children. Such kindness. My bucket was filled”. Sincerely, Worlds Best Kindergarten Teacher ever

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First, fruit chews are not fruit. Heck, fruit chews aren’t food. Fruit chews are nothing more than chewy sugar with artificial flavor & coloring.  Corn syrup, sugar, modified corn starch, citric acid, lactic acid, artificial flavors, sodium citrate, gelatin, coconut oil, carnauba wax, red 40, yellow 5 and blue 1. Yummy.

Here’s what I love about this story. Kids are smart. Kids are kind. We are raising up the next generation of THINKERS. Children can make a difference. Even if it’s something small like teaching other kids their age about healthy food choices. Yes, even when they are in Kindergarten. What Bob did was kind. Hopefully the lesson Bob taught his parents was even better. Feed Bob healthy too. Bob deserves the apple.
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For other posts I’ve written on this topic:
“Eat the Cupcake or Go Home
My first blog post to go viral, after my daughter was kicked out of her Christian pre-school for not eating a cupcake.
Healthy School Snacks
Healthy School Snacks, Part II: Sugar

Light it up True…

April is Autism Awareness Month.
And today, April 2nd  is World Autism Awareness Day!

I can’t think of a better way to “celebrate” this day, than to provide awareness behind what is really happening through these “awareness” campaigns.

Last week the new Autism numbers were released: 1 in 68. We are all AWARE. And there is nothing to celebrate.

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What I find so interesting is that the same organization that celebrates World Autism Awareness Day through their catchy campaign “Light It Up Blue”, is the same exact organization that denies the causes of autism. This organization is called Autism Speaks, and sadly the families I know with children with autism, do not in anyway support Autism Speaks. Today, they will not be “lighting it up blue” for their child.

I have not met a single autism parent that does not despise this multi-million dollar organization.

Why?

“It is a leech upon the autism community, sucking resources and walk-a-thon energy away from cash-strapped families struggling to cope. If there was any value in its “awareness” campaign, it has been achieved; Autism Speaks has no apparent further reason for being. It’s delaying progress, deflecting attention from the truth. It’s job, like any other business (or malignancy), is to grow”
–Dan Olmstead, Investigative Reporter and Editor of Age of Autism.

Autism Speaks has wasted 27.4 million dollars on 127 genetic studies since 2006 and are no closer to finding a cause…
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If you know the behind-the-scenes details regarding the Autism Speaks foundation, it’s actually quite maddening. Here’s the short version:

Katie Wright is the daughter of the founders of Autism Speaks and the mother of the little boy who was the catalyst for the organization. She’s been extremely vocal and active about what she witnessed happen to her son; vaccine regression into severe autism. She sits on the boards of other organizations because she doesn’t support the very organization created in her own child’s honor. Think about that.

Here is Katie Wright’s comments of one of Autism Speaks’ many studies debunking vaccine causation:  “This is just Autism Speaks caving in to the government and Drug Companies… AGAIN!!! They just keep publishing Government funded studies by organizations who get PAID by major Drug Company $$$”

The founders of Autism Speaks own daughter.  It’s just plain sad.

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“I’m tired of pretend vaccine research. Give me some REAL research. Give AMERICA some real research. Stop playing games and wasting money that should go into real studies.” -Dr. Sears

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It is very sad to me that today, the world will “Light It Up Blue” for a billion dollar organization that does nothing to help the Autism Community. An organization that funds studies to “prove” vaccines don’t cause autism.

Why not instead support The Thinking Mom’s Revolution.
Real parents rescuing their real children from the real cause of autism.

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So today, lets all Light It Up True!
If you are asked to donate to Autism Speaks today, just say no. And go check out TEAM TMR’s 501c3 Not-For-Profit Organization Created By The Founders Of
The Thinking Moms’ Revolution. 100% of your donation will help heal and recover a child from autism! 

Donate to them TODAY! 

 

Lemongrass Love for All!

OK bloggy friends! I have a new oil that I love. And I want you to have it too. It’s Young Living’s Lemongrass oil. And my current new best friend! Read along to learn how to get a FREE bottle today!

First, what is Lemongrass oil? It has a light, fresh, citrus aroma and is distilled from the long slender, grass like leaves. And the benefits of lemongrass are amazing!

*The documented medicinal properties are: antifungal, antibacterial, antparasitic, anti-inflammatory, regenerates connective tissues and ligaments, dilates blood vessels, improves circulation, & promotes lymph flow.

*Lemongrass has been used to treat: Bladder infections, respiratory/sinus infection, digestive problems, parasites, torn ligaments/muscles, connective tissue issues, fluid retention, varicose veins, & salmonella.

*Lemongrass helps the mind to be refreshed, rejuvenated, balanced, and stimulated. Lemongrass improves mental clarity.

*Historical data: Lemongrass is used for purification and digestion. Research was published showing lemongrass applied topically has powerful antiviral properties. It has a very high oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) score (17,765), which shows its antioxidant level.

*Research: Lemongrass essential oil is playing a role in the inhibition of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Did you know that medical studies have already supported lemongrass’s ability to stop even antibiotic resistant staph?

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Why do I personally love Lemongrass oil?

1. It smells great! I love putting it in my diffuser, mixed with grapefruit. The smell is very uplifting and makes my home smell fresh and clean. It also makes the gloomy days brighter!

2. It makes me feel good! I put it in a capsule for energy. Also great for digestion and helps aid in weight-loss.

3. It has amazing healing properties!

4. It’s yummy in food! Today, both me & hubby are dealing with a nasty sinus pressure headache. Hubby made us an amazing soup, that I affectionately named Lemongrass Love. Here’s how he made it:

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1st: Saute in coconut oil (1 or 2 tbs) and a little extra virgin olive oil the following ingredients for about 5 minutes:
-Grated ginger, about a teaspoon
-Chopped or minced garlic, three or four cloves
-Chili pepper flakes, about 1/2 tsp
-Baby bok choy, one bunch -
Summer Squash, one thinly sliced
-Mini sweet peppers, one of the red and yellow ones chopped
-Anaheim pepper, chopped (or any low to medium heat pepper)
-Green onions, two or three chopped, keeping some raw to top your bowl of soup
-Cilantro, a chopped handful
-Lemon, juice from half

2nd: Add quart of organic chicken stock and 1/4 cup water. While coming to a boil, add the following ingredients:
-Lemongrass herb, tsp dried
-Young Living Lemongrass oil, 2 drops
-Thyme, 1/4 tsp
-Salt & Pepper, to taste

Bring to a rapid boil, then turn off and remove from heat. Let sit about 5 or so minutes. That’s it!

It was delicious. It cleared my sinus pressure and filled my body with the healing properties it needed today! photo 4 (7)

Sharing the Lemongrass Love!

This past weekend, I decided to give away a FREE bottle of Young Living Lemongrass oil to the first 3 friends who enrolled for Young Living with the Premium Starter kit. I ended up giving away 5 and it was just way to fun, so I decided to share the love with my bloggy friends too! TODAY only if you enroll with Young Living with the Premium Starter kit (pictured below), you will receive a FREE bottle of Lemongrass oil and TODAY is the last day of my FREE book promotion that I’ve been running for the last 2 months.

So two free gifts today, valued at $50!
Offer ends March 31, 2014

The Premium Starter Kit includes 11 oils (Frankincense, Purification, Lemon, Peppermint, Thieves, Lavender, Valor, Panaway, Peace & Calming, Stress Away, & Joy, plus the home diffuser, samples, and informative literature. (JOY was recently added to the premium starter kit and not shown in picture below. I love JOY.  It’s my daily perfume and I’ve written about it here), along with the Home Diffuser, product literature, and samples to be shared with friends and family! $150.00 jess-yl-flier-price (2) FREE! lemongrass-essential-oil FREE! Essential OIl Pocket Reference

HOW TO ORDER:

TWO OPTIONS:
*You can order as a customer: Retail price
*You can order as a wholesale member: 24% off

Go to YoungLiving.com and choose your country!
1. Click on “Member Sign-up” I’ve linked it (HERE)
2. Click on Young Living Wholesale member
3. You will need to enter a SPONSOR ID and an ENROLLER ID. You will enter my MEMBER ID FOR BOTH: #1403853
4. When you sign up as a member, you will then order your 1st STARTER KIT (that is under STEP 1). I highly recommend starting with the Premium Starter Kit (shown in picture above). STEP 2 will ask you to order an ESSENTIAL REWARDS KIT, but you can click the button on bottom to order that kit later.
5. I will send you a personal welcome email today confirming that you will be receiving the free book and Lemongrass oil!

I love these oils so much and believe every home needs them. lemongrass 1

There’s an Oil for That….

Over the last 6 months we have watched our home medicine cabinet go through a complete make-over. The interesting thing is, our home medicine cabinet was already “unconventional”. It once mainly consisted of homeopathics and herbs and an assortment of other natural remedies. And all of those things were (and still are) great. But now our medicine cabinet has been taken over by OILS.

The more I learn about Young Living oils, the more I realize there truly is an oil for everything. They are so dang versatile.

I think what I love most about our new medicine cabinet is that essential oils are easy to use, quick working, and very effective.  And every member of our family loves them.

I love that my 3 year old will run in from outside with ant bites and say: “Hurry mommy, I need my lemon oil”. And within 30 seconds of rubbing her legs down with lemon oil, her bites are no longer itching.

I like that my 5 year old “twins” will lay in bed at bedtime with their feet up in the air so that I can rub Peace & Calming on their feet. And within minutes, they are both sound asleep. IMG_1127 I like that my 7 & 8 year olds are really starting to take interest in learning more about the oils and how they can help others. I overheard them talking to each other about how peppermint oil could have helped their friend with a belly ache at school. And I love how my big girls ask for lavender oil in their bath to “relax”. Haha! Just like their momma :)

And then there is my husband. He went from being the biggest oil skeptic to the most well researched between the two of us. I think it’s his degree in biology and his love for science that finds him in his chair reading the Essential Oil Reference Handbook. And now he is teaching me. I love learning from Rit.

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Our entire family is now using the oils on a daily basis for just about everything.

Personal Testimony

Our adoptive son had an allergic reaction to shell fish. It was his first time eating it, so we had no idea he was allergic. He woke up in the middle of the night wheezing and sounding like he was choking or couldn’t breath. He was crying that his throat hurt. I immediately rubbed him down with RC & Raven on his neck and chest. I rubbed Thieves & Oregano on the bottom of his feet. And put Thieves in his diffuser. He went back to sleep and didn’t wake again. The next day though, he had a rash all over his body. That’s when I knew he was having an allergic reaction. I mixed together a blend of oils to rub on the hives. I used coconut oil as the carrier oil and mixed  frankincense, lemon, and peace & calming. Eventually, his rash went away.  During these few days of the rash, I could tell his immune system was being tested (he started to get a runny nose and a cough and complaining his throat hurt) so I taught him how to swallow capsules (Yay for that! He is only 5). For two days, I gave him capsules of Theives and Lemon. It only a took a few days of diligent use of the oils, but eventually he was back to normal. No signs of his allergic reaction. No more symptoms of being sick. And one more doctor mommy testimonies for the books :)

Here’s what I love about this testimony:

1. His allergic reaction started in the middle of the night. I didn’t have to panic and rush him to the ER. I simply stayed calm and used the oils I knew would help him.

2. We did not have to schedule any doctors visits, pay co-pays, and take any of the prescribed prescription meds that would have been given.

3. We built his immune system, while dealing with the symptoms. Strengthening the immune system is so important when a child is already dealing with a sickness or reaction. The body is already fighting hard enough to heal. So often, allopathic medicine weakens the immune system even further, while only suppressing symptoms, not actually healing them.

4. We helped our son get better in the comfort of our home. With 5 young children and crazy busy schedules, I am so thankful that my days of going to the doctor for a diagnosis and treatment are over.

So what are the oils we used?

Glad you asked :) I’ll briefly explain each and link to blog posts I’ve written in greater detail. I’m going to explain the first two oils: RC & RAVEN in the most detail, as those two oils are what helped our son breath properly again during his allergic reaction in the middle of the night. rc-oil-7 1. R.C. OIL:  bring oxygen levels up in minutes and can pull a person out of an asthma attack. This oil is used to heal everything from colds, bronchitis, sore throats, sinusitis, respiratory congestion, to pneumonia. There are nine different essential oils in RC Blend. Eucalyptus globulus,  Eucalyptus radiata, (Black Peppermint Oil), Eucalyptus citriodora (Lemon Eucalyptus), Myrtle, Pine, Marjoram, Lavender, Cypress, & Peppermint. Wow! Such an awesome blend!

This combination of oils have: antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. A strong antimicrobial germ killer. Reduces any throat infection. Anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory and an expectorant. Combats bronchitis and sinusitis. Has analgesic and antispasmodic properties. Decongests and disinfects lungs and sinuses. Oxygenates and expels mucus from the respiratory system. Has expectorant properties. Dilates and opens up the respiratory system, particularly the bronchial tract. Reduces spasms and is relaxing to the body. . It helps relief stress, sore muscles, menstrual cramps and nervous tension in the body. Strengthens the vascular system. Increases circulation and supports detoxification of the lymphatic system. Soothing, cooling and dilating the respiratory system.

What are the Documented Uses for RC Essential Oil? Bronchitis, allergies, colds, cold sores, pneumonia, sinusitis, sore throat, mucus, respiratory inflammation and congestion, decongestant, expectorant, lung infection, sleep apnea, snoring, bone spurs (dissolves), acne, bacterial and viral infections, chronic inflammation of the mucus membranes, breathing, coughs, deodorant, emphysema, fungus, Lyme disease, mononucleosis, lymphatic congestion, nose polyps, pancreas, pimples, tuberculosis and typhoid.

raven oil 2. RAVEN OIL: Raven Essential Oil is a blend of five different therapeutic grade oils that specifically addresses any condition of the respiratory system.  RC and Raven together make some of the toughest oils for combating any respiratory condition.

The oils in Raven are Ravensara Essential oil, Eucalyptus radiata, Wintergreen essential oils, Peppermint essential oil, & Lemon essential. oil.  This combination of oils are:  antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antiviral and expectorant properties. Strengthens and opens the respiratory system.  Helps to reduce chronic sinus inflammation. Combats bronchitis and sinusitis. Wintergreen has a cortisone-like effect that reduces pain and inflammation from bones, muscles, and joints. It is also is good for lymphatic system detox. The peppermint oil is soothing, cooling and dilating the respiratory system. And the lemon oil is purifying and uplifting. It is antiseptic qualities make it excellent for the respiratory system.

What are the Documented Uses for Raven Essential Oil? Acne, airborne bacteria, allergies, anti-catarrhal, apnea, asthma, boils, breathing, bronchitis, colds (head), Candida Albicans, congestive coughs, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, flu, fungus, immune system, infection, infectious disease, inflammation of the mucous membranes, lungs, mononucleosis, mucus (excess), nasopharyngitis, pancreas, pimples, pneumonia, respiratory system, ringworm and skin candida, rhinitis, sinus congestion, sinusitis, sore throat, strep throat, tuberculosis and whooping cough. thieves-oil 3. THIEVES OIL: A blend of five different therapeutic grade essential oils that are scientifically documented to be highly anti-infectious, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic. Thieves oil blend includes cinnamon, clove, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. This combination of healing oils covers a wide range of antimicrobial activity and contains properties that strengthen the immune system. Due to its effectiveness against highly infectious germs, including viruses and bacteria, it is one of nature’s most powerful natural home remedies. A must have in every home medicine cabinet. Click on the link (HERE) to learn more. Thieves is a life-saver! One of my go-to-oils for every sickness! Oregano (1) 4. OREGANO OIL: Oregano oil is classified as being one of the strongest microbial oils against broad spectrum microorganisms. Oregano inhibits the growth of these common pathogenic germs that we deal with every day. Young Living’s Oregano essential oil is 4 times more powerful than penicillin. Oregano is a powerful weapon against some serious strains of bacteria and definitely one worth having on hand at all times. It is an essential oil that has been around for thousands of years. Oregano essential oil is potent and even 1 drop can boost the immune system. You can read more (HERE) FRANKINCENSE OIL 5. FRANKINCENSE: This oil is amazing! It’s anti-tumoral, immuno-stimulate, antidepressant, & muscle relaxing. It can be used for depression, cancer, respiratory infections, inflammation, and immune stimulating. Why did I use this for our son during an allergic reaction: *Frankincense is great for your skin  - Frankincense promotes the regeneration of skin and healthy cells. *Relieves Itching Skin *Relieves Pain *Reduces Inflammation *Strengthens Immune System *Overall health – Healthy Maintenance. To read more about this amazing oil, where it’s coming from the research that is being done for cancer, click (HERE) lemon-oil1 6. LEMON OIL: Lemon oil is so versatile. Great for everything from being anti-viral and anti-bacterial, to an awesome disinfectant, to an immune builder. It has such a pleasant smell and I like to combine it with other oils when I use on the children topically, in diffuser, and in capsules. Historically lemon oil was used to fight food poisoning, malaria and typhoid epidemics and played a vital role in preventing scurvy (vitamin c deficiency). Lemons have the highest level of vitamins and minerals then any other foods and has the ability to detox or clear toxins from any part of the body. That includes the digestive system, the kidneys, the liver, and the skin. Lemon oil properties: Anti cancer, antidepressant, anti-tumoral, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, astringent, anti-inflammatory, immune stimulant, diuretic, digestive, expectorant, calming. I love to put a few drops in my water when I wake up each morning. peace-and-calming-essential-oil-01 7, PEACE & CALMING OIL: And last, but not least. I wrote about Peace & Calming back in August (you can read (HERE) when this oil single handedly saved me from my 2 year olds refusal to no longer take naps. Peace & Calming saved me. Not only is it an amazing oil for helping to calm a child and for restful sleep, but it also acts as a natural benadryl. How cool is that?

There are 5 oils in the Peace & Calming Blend. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, Patchouli Essential Oil, Tangerine Essential Oil, Orange Essential Oil, Blue Tansy Essential Oil. The combination of these oils increases relaxation. Restores confidence and equilibrium. Very high sesquiterpenes that stimulate the limbic center of the brain. It reestablishes mental and emotional equilibrium and energizes the mind. Contains esters and aldehydes that are sedating and calming, helping with anxiety and nervousness. Elevating to the mind and body and brings joy and peace. Is an anti-inflammatory and helps cleanse the liver and lymphatic system.

What are the Documented Uses for Peace and Calming Essential Oil?  stress, anxiety, insomnia, tension, depression, hyperactivity Seriously. Every home with young children needs this oil simply for sanity.

So those are the 7 oils I used to help our son overcome a pretty serious allergic reaction. Thank-you God for your medicine!

If you are not yet using Young Living essential oils, it is very easy to get started. The premium starter kit is the way to go! Below is what you get in the premium starter kit. It is 11 oils (Frankincense, Purification, Lemon, Peppermint, Thieves, Lavender, Valor, Panaway, Peace & Calming, Stress Away, & Joy, plus the home diffuser, samples, and informative literature. (JOY was recently added to the premium starter kit and not shown in picture below. I love JOY.  It’s my daily perfume and I’ve written about it here). jess-yl-flier-price (2)

HOW TO ORDER:

TWO OPTIONS:
*You can order as a customer: Retail price
*You can order as a wholesale member: 24% off

Go to YoungLiving.com and choose your country!
1. Click on “Member Sign-up” I’ve linked it (HERE)

2. You will have the option to be a Young Living Retail Customer OR Young Living Wholesale member

3. You will need to enter a SPONSOR ID and an ENROLLER ID. You will enter my MEMBER ID FOR BOTH: #1403853

4. If you sign up as a customer, you will follow the sign up directions. If you sign up as a member, you will then order your 1st STARTER KIT (that is under STEP 1). I highly recommend starting with the Premium Starter Kit (shown in picture above). STEP 2 will ask you to order an ESSENTIAL REWARDS KIT, but you can click the button on bottom to order that kit later.

I recommend becoming a wholesale member because it’s FREE and you get oils at a discounted price! I’m also doing a promotion until the end of March. Anyone who becomes a member with the Premium Starter kit, I will send you a FREE Essential Oil Reference Handbook ($35 value)
Essential OIl Pocket Reference

Happy Health and Healing! From Our Home to Yours! 

Dear Blog Bullies, I Don’t See Your Comments!

Whenever I write a blog that quickly goes viral, the backlash is immediate. Through the years, I’ve come to expect it. Through the years, I’ve also learned that cyberspace bullies really do exist. Most of them hide behind fake names and a lot of them are paid pharma shrills. I have a zero tolerance and engagement policy. And this will be the one and only time I ever address this.

First let me say this: If you are new and recently subscribed to this blog, WELCOME! I’m thrilled you are here. This post is not for you. Please read my post: “Why Do I Care So Much?” to learn a little more about me and this reasons behind this blog. I’m happy to have you along for this journey! The rest of the post is written for the Blog Bullies. So here we go…

Dear Blog Bullies, I Don’t See Your Comments.

I have a comment moderator that moderates each comment before I ever see them. Let me repeat blog bullies: I don’t see your comments.

Your comment is immediately deleted if:

*you use profanity

*you hide behind a fake name that uses profanity

*your comment involves name calling and insults

*you use bullying and intimidation tactics

*you belittle my Faith

*you demand my “credentials”

*you tell me I’m “just a mom”

*you demand that I prove my research

*you entice me to defend myself

*you tell me I don’t know how to read the science

*you tell me I’m putting my kids or other kids at risk

*you try to tell me vaccines don’t cause autism

*you try to tell me vaccine reactions are rare

*you try to tell me Wakefield’s findings were discredited

*you try to tell me vaccines saved the world from polio & smallpox

*you try to pressure me using stories about children in 3rd world countries.

*you give me links to the CDC or WHO

*If you send me 18 paragraphs commenting on everything you disagree with, sentence by sentence, please know that your comment is deleted about 3 sentences in, and you’ve pretty much just wasted a few hours of your life. Unless of course you are being paid by the anti-vaccine surveillance and alert system, then I expect you to have all the time in the world finding blogs like mine to bully. After all, you are being paid for a job with a mission statement to: “establish an internet-based global monitoring and rapid alert system for finding, analyzing, and counteracting misinformation communication campaigns regarding vaccines to support global immunization efforts”. A whole lot of Bill Gates money went into this program, so I expect there are quite a few of you. You are not real. Neither are your comments.

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I don’t have to prove myself to you. I don’t know you. If you don’t like the content in the blog, please go elsewhere to learn. I don’t need to have a PhD or be an MD or have immunology training and work in the “health”care industry, to know how to use logic and THINK for myself. Vaccines are a belief system. You get to believe in them. I don’t. I get to do what I want to do for me and my kids. I could throw logic and science and statistics at you all day, and at the end of the day, you will still choose to believe in vaccines, because that’s what you want to believe. Guess what? I don’t have to believe what you believe. And you can’t make me.

Because here’s the thing. I could sit here all day and link every THINKING doctor who understands the same truth and logic that I have found. Would it really make a difference if I was a doctor? No, you’d find a new way to try to bully. Because that’s what bullies do.

“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.” -Vaccine Illusion, written by Tetyana Obukhanych (Ph.D. in immunology from Rockefeller University, New York, NY)
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What about the other comments?

After a moderator trashes the insults, death wishes, and such…. I do read the respectful comments even when they have different view points. What I find is there is always a common theme in the comments from those who don’t agree with the particular post at that time. This last post brought out a very common theme and I would like to address it.

In my previous measles post I asked  “How are the unvaccinated a threat?”

And I shared a quote from a pediatrician about how preposterous it is to think that a child who is vaccinated no longer carries the bacteria or the viruses that they have been vaccinated against. And how preposterous it is to the think that the unvaccinated child is carrying some secret bacteria or viruses that no-one else is carrying. “You can’t vaccinate believing that your children are protected and then feel that your children are not protected because somehow, some non-vaccinated child is carrying some secret organism that no-one else is carrying. You can’t have it both ways. It just doesn’t make any sense”.

While some still believe that somehow the unvaccinated can put the vaccinated at risk, the more common theme was about how the unvaccinated can put those who CAN’T receive vaccines at risk.

The comment goes something like this: 

-“Un-vaccinated children are a threat because there are some people who have forms of immunodeficiency diseases that a “herd immunity” will help protect them from. You are putting kids at risk that for medical reasons can’t receive them, ie. immune system disorders, etc. You are also putting babies at risk who are too young to receive vaccines”

-”I find those who refuse to immunize the epitome of selfishness and self-centeredness. Stop thinking only of yourself and consider those around you”

My personal favorite:

-”You fail to realize that many kids can still get measles even if they got the vaccine. So your un-vaccinated child could potentially infect a vaccinated one. Your behavior is actually putting other children at risk”

Here’s how I read that last one: “You fail to realize that vaccines don’t work. So your unvaccinated child could potentially infect a vaccinated one. So go get your unvaccinated child vaccinated with a vaccine that doesn’t work to protect the vaccinated child who wasn’t originally protected from the vaccine that didn’t work”

How is the previously unvaccinated child who is now vaccinated going to now protect the always vaccinated child if the vaccine doesn’t work?

Oh logic, where art thou?

But in all seriousness….

Here is my response plain and simple:

My responsibility as a parent is to protect my own children. The end. 

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At the end of the day, the only person who will answer for my children is ME. I walk daily with peace and confidence over MY decisions for MY children. Their immune systems were fearfully and wonderfully made. Every single thing that goes into their bodies (and does not go into their bodies) is building and strengthening their immune systems. Their health is the living proof. I do not expect anyone else to protect my children. And I will not be bullied into thinking that it is my responsibility to protect other children. I think it’s selfish that anyone would expect that. As my wise friend Em says: “You worry about your immune system and I’ll worry about mine”. The Greater Good is a movie based on the myth of Herd Immunity. If not, then every single adult who has not had a booster in 50 or so years is also “threat” and a “risk” to those who can’t receive vaccines. As if.

One would also have to believe that vaccines do in fact “protect” to think that it’s appropriate to expect people to vaccinate to keep others safe.  It’s quite silly to think that a vaccinated child could “protect” anyone. And that an unvaccinated child is a “threat”.

How can an unvaccinated individual without said diseases expose others to a disease they do not have?

Just plain silly.

The entire vaccine industry is built on fear and the myth of herd immunity. If we can’t make people think it is their responsibility to protect others, then there becomes no social pressure to vaccinate. Without the social pressure, what argument is left to bully the unvaccinated?

So NO! it is not my responsibility to put my children at risk with a product that is neither safe or effective in order to “protect” others. 

By the way, who protects the vaccine-injured children?

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Modern Alternative Mama published such a fantastic piece last week. I’m going to share some of that article below, as it eloquently speaks what so many of us THINKING MOTHERS feel. Originally published on her site, you can find the FULL article (HERE). Great post Kate!

Dear Vaccine Pushers: I Don’t Vaccinate and You Can’t Make Me

“I’m not going to defend myself against the bullies.  I’m not going to throw facts and statistics at you, showing how reasonable my position actually is.  (My position, by the way, is that every parent should have the right to choose if they want to vaccinate or not.  If you want to, that’s fine.)  I’m not going to try to mount an actual logical argument.  Because these people are bullies.  They are not interested in facts.  They are not interested in logic.  They are only interested in forcing people to accept their will.

Herd Immunity: Who Cares

The biggest reason people want me, and everyone, to vaccinate is herd immunity.  They claim that unless 95% or greater of the population is vaccinated, that we all risk these diseases beginning to circulate again wildly — and that the elderly, infants, and immunocompromised will be at serious risk.

Let’s ignore that:

  • Most of the adult population isn’t up to date on boosters and/or never received certain vaccines in the first place
  • Over 95% of children ARE up to date on their vaccines
  • We’ve had major advances in medical science that allow us to treat diseases differently so they’re NOT deadly anymore

I make the decisions that are right for my child.  do.  With no input from you or anyone else, unless I choose to consult them.  And I’m not asking right now.  I’m not willing to put my children at risk on the tiny chance that it might someday prevent another child from getting a disease (that most likely won’t harm him or her).

No, I don’t think it’s selfish to say that.  In fact, I think it’s selfish for people to ask me to vaccinate when I’ve made a decision not to.  That’s right — you’re being selfish to try to force your will onto me.  Vaccines are not without risk.  In fact, there are thousands of reports of children who have died or been permanently damaged by vaccines.  But vaccine pushers are going to tell me that that doesn’t really happen that often, and it doesn’t really matter, that it’s “worth it” to “save” some other children.  (Never mind that vaccine reactions are much more common than most people know, and that severe complications from the disease themselves are quite rare….)

I’m sorry, but having my own child dead or damaged isn’t worth it to me, to possibly save another child from an uncomfortable week.  Not by a long shot.

I will not be bullied into vaccinating.  I won’t place my child at risk to possibly help someone else’s child.  I.will.not.  And don’t ask me to, either.  You don’t have that right.

Responsibility to Society

Some of you say, okay, fine — don’t vaccinate.  But then don’t ever come out in public. Don’t go to libraries, to public schools, to anywhere that your child might “infect” someone else.

I say, do you know how silly that is?

First, unvaccinated children are not disease carriers.  Under normal circumstances, they’re as likely as anyone else to catch something.  Most of what they’re likely to catch, we don’t vaccinate for anyway.  The rotovirus (stomach flu) that’s been going around this year is truly nasty…but we don’t vaccinate for it.  I don’t see this as being any worse or different than measles.  Yet if my family inadvertently gave it to someone else, they would just say “It happens.”  But if my family somehow gave someone measles?  They might flip out.

It’s not different, people.  These illnesses are pretty equally bad.  And pretty equally “fine,” in the sense that you will recover with no lasting damage.

“They” say that people like me aren’t scared enough about these diseases, that we don’t really remember what they are like.  I say, the opposite side is too scared.  Good job, media! They’ve made people think that if you get polio, you will end up paralyzed and in need of an iron lung (not even remotely close), that if you get mumps you will end up sterile (almost no chance), that if you get measles you will go blind (this wasn’t even reported as a complication in any case in the last 30+ years in the U.S.).

Our responsibility to society is simple: don’t go out in public if you are sick.

Yeah!  That’s it!

There’s no reason to keep healthy people out of the public sphere just because they haven’t had a vaccine.  It’s ridiculous.  It’s paranoid.  It’s bordering on obsession and insanity.  And I’m honestly not blaming most who think this — it goes back to the media.  They’ve done a great job of scaring people into vaccinating, and against those who choose not to”. -Modern Alternative Mama

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So Dear Blog Bullies:

Stop wasting your time commenting on this blog. This blog is not open for dialogue with you. No matter how hard you try, you will not entice me into a debate with you.

And one more thing you should know about me,

You will never change my decision.

Signed, a thinking MOM (yep, that’s all) :)

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

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

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

So here we go…..again.

I have to remind myself that my passion and heart is truly to educate and empower other mothers. So if you are a non vaccinating mother and read the silly Daily Beast article titled “Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC”, and that article made you question your decision, or you were to made to feel like you needed to defend yourself and your decision to friends or family, this post is for you! Baby-Vaccines-175058_L
The article begins with: “There is currently an outbreak of measles in New York City.  Considered eliminated in the United States in 2000, last year saw a record number of outbreaks around the country”. (I kept the two original links within these sentences for references)

Let’s break this down.

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

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

Are you ready for what comes next?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good ole measles.

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

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

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

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

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

WHERE IS THE LOGIC?

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

HOW ARE UNVACCINATED CHILDREN A THREAT?

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

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

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

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

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

CHILDHOOD immunization levels are near or ABOVE National targets. 

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

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Dear Pharma

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

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

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

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