A Lioness Arising Mom in Need!

Those of you who read this blog on a regular basis know that my Lioness Arising Mommas are near and dear to my heart. As I share their stories for all the world to hear, I get to personally know these mommas. They capture my heart and become forever friends. One of the mothers whose stories has been told in my Lioness Arising Mothers Series desperately needs our help! I am asking my bloggy friends to please read this post and pray about how you can help! My sweet friend Melanie means the world to me. The news of her diagnosis has brought me to my knees in tears and prayers. This is the first time I’ve ever done this on my blog, but I know that by sharing her story, we can ALL help her!

Melanie just found out she has spine and liver cancer after having beaten breast cancer and bone cancer.

Melanie is one of the most Godly, loving, amazing women I have had the privilege of getting to know. I first shared the story of her sons vaccine injury 2 years ago. It was a profound post, written in the words of Melanie. You can read it HERE.

Through the years, Melanies posts have made me laugh, brought me tears, made me think, and have brought me closer to the Lord. I have watched the selfless care that Melanie gives to her son Luke. I have been moved by Melanie’s  heart that serves and honors the Lord in everything she does, while also being a world changer through sharing the harsh truth and reality of what is happening to this generation of children, while also helping her son survive from day to day.

When The Thinking Moms Revolution came to my home town for a book signing tour, Melanie was one of the mommas I hoped could make it. However, she was not able to, as she is raising a severly affected son who still requires 24/7 care and attention. Luke suffers from autism and is very ill and self-injurious. Melanie cares for Luke every single day. They have a sweet bond. I cannot imagine Melanie leaving Luke behind right now.

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Melanie is also one of the authors of the Thinking Moms Revolution book. A group of women who is near and dear to my heart.  In TMRS own words: “Melanie is an amazing woman who has changed the face of the autism and cancer cultures by telling her story to thousands as “Booty Kicker” in the Thinking Moms’ Revolution’s book Autism Beyond the Spectrum.  For anyone who knows Melanie through Facebook, two words come to mind. “Faithful” and “Godly.” For those of us at TMR who know her on a more intimate level we may use use the words hilarious, witty, kind, loving, patient, and steadfast.  She is the voice of reason, and sometimes opposition, but always with a clear focus in mind.  She makes us all better people”. 

Please consider donating generously to help her family care for Luke as Melanie regains her health and overcomes her current situation with this new diagnosis. Please help their family establish financial security that will help them thrive during her absence.

Please pray how you can give to help Melanie. Please visit the GiveForward site set up for the Baldwin family HERE. 

If you have not, you must read the blogs written by Melanie. Her Autism and the Church series found here, here and here is truly exceptional.  She is touching so many lives. Read.  You won’t be disappointed.

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And to you Melanie, blessings to you my sweet friend. May the peace that surpasses ALL understanding cover both you, your husband, & Luke as you walk through this extremely difficult time. I pray peace, wisdom, & healing over your. I pray that this blog post blesses you with the finances that you need to receive the treatments that you need. I love you. Jessica

“The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
 the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.”’

Blog Bullies & Hate Messages

Warning: This post contains language that is inappropriate and not easy to read. However, for the sake of getting my message across, I will include the language as it was originally sent to me.

First let me say that I absolutely know what comes with the territory of writing a blog, especially when I write on a controversial topic such as vaccines. I’ve been receiving hate mail for 4 years. My kids have received death threats. And I know that this blog is passionately hated. Or passionately loved. Unfortunately it is rare to find a middle ground in the vaccine “debate”. Vaccines are a philosophy and the debate is about a belief system. Not science.

What I don’t understand is the HATE that comes from the opposing view.

I read an article today and it really resonated with me. The article was written by someone who wanted to find out “Just who are these ANTI-VAXXERS anyways?” The author of this article shares how she first set out thinking “ANTI-VAXXERS!  Crazy People!  Dangerous therapies!  Autism Haters! Pseudo Science! QUACKS!” And then she got to know “anti-vaxxers”. (Read the entire article, it’s really great).

Part of the article read:

“The hatred in this country that is aimed at the ‘ANTI VAXXERS’  has put me over the edge this week.

So WHO does everyone think these Anti-Vaxxers are, anyways?  Do they really deserve this hatred, this mockery, this ridicule, this BULLYING?  Because that is what is sounds like, it sounds like bullying. And most of them have retreated, afraid to admit that yes, it happened to their child too.  They are afraid of the bullying, and they have no voice. No matter what your stand is on vaccines … and whether you believe them or not … the question is about bullying”.

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Yes, it absolutely is bullying. I wrote a post a few months back called “Dear Blog Bullies, I Don’t See Your Comments”. Whenever my vaccine posts go viral, the hate mail comes flooding in. I really don’t read the comments anymore. I now have a blog comment moderator who throws bullying comments in the trash before I ever seen them.

Last week my post “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles” spread around the internet. Even though I wrote it about 4 months ago, blog posts seem to make there rounds. This simple children’s book review sure brought out some HATE.

I typically would never read or share the absolute HATE messages that I receive, but I don’t think people really understand the hate and the bullying that is given to parents like me who have made an educated, informed decision to not vaccinate. When I read the article today where the author sheds light on the fact that it is bullying, I thought I would share just a few of the comments I’ve received within this last week. So into the trash pile of my blog comments I went. Oh the gems of comments that I found.

WARNING: content below is NOT appropriate for children. Well not appropriate for anyone really.

-“You people are a special kind of stupid, aren’t you? Why in the name of all things holy would you want to expose your children to measles? I hope some of you realize this before you have to bury a child”

-“Hitting head against a brick wall. Just where do these nutcases come from? The utterly uneducated, uniformed, unscientific delusional thought patterns behind this nonsense are absolutely UNBELIEVABLE! Your children should be removed from your care”

-“You are a moron who will kill your children”

-“Wow, you’re a fucking idiot”

-“I can’t believe someone like you has children and promoting this abuse”

-“You should have your children taken away”

-“Your promoting child abuse”

-“This has got to be the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard”

-“This has got to be the most ass backwards book I have ever seen”

-“Seems like most of you are completely uneducated”

-“Your stupidity is harming your kids”

-“Holy shit. You are actually insane, aren’t you? Or just incredibly stupid”

-“Please jump off a building, all of you. Help eradicate stupidity one leap at a time”

-“Grow up. It is people like you all that make me embarrassed to be part of the human race”

-“Unfortunately there is no vaccine for stupid. Good luck”

-“Well, woe to you, arrogant, ignorant stupid lady. Your ilk would bring back measles and kill children all in “His Name”.

“A great big fuck you from me to you. You have blood on your hands and I hope you rot in hell”

-“YOU ARE A FUCKING MENACE.

YOU ARE LITERALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF CHILDREN.

YOU FUCKING MONSTER”

-“You are a disgrace to Christianity and America”

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So this my friends is a glimpse into what we refer to as internet trolls and blog bullies. And what educated mothers who have chosen to not vaccinate are met with.

How in the world does a children’s book teaching that measles is not a disease to fear, bring this much hate out in people? And do these commenters really think that their hate is going to change my educated decision?

Or as LA Times recently described us: “Rich, Educated, and Stupid”.

Educated AND Stupid? Now that takes skill. Haha! Maybe LA Times should also add to our description: “Rich, Educated, Stupid, Hated, and Bullied”.

So while the internet trolls & blog bullies waste their time and energy using HATE. I will continue doing what I’ve done for the last 4 years. Seek truth. And speak truth.

Truth always wins.

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P.S I’m not an “Anti-vaxxer” and I honestly don’t even know what that means. It’s a derogatory term that shows the ignorance behind the hate and bullying. I personally am Pro-Truth. Pro-Safety. Pro-Effectiveness. Pro-Immune System. Pro-Education. Pro-Informed Consent. Vaccines offer none of those.

The best is when I hear mothers & fathers with vaccine-injured children being called “Anti-vaxxers”. Um….no. Pretty much the opposite actually. How do you think their child was injured in the first place?

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Erased by a Birth Certificate

In light of the recent events surrounding the CDC whistleblower.
Guest post by Bobby Dee
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Have you seen the headlines screaming about the CDC vaccine researcher leaking documents that show the CDC knew in 2002 that the MMR vaccine was causing autism 3.36 times more often in African American toddlers who received it prior to the age of 3?

Yeah, me neither.  Welcome to the media black-out.

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In the event you need to be brought up to speed on the fraud perpetrated by the CDC on the American people for the past decade, start here, here, here and here.  Here’s the speedy version:

Dr. Bill Thomspon co-authored the CDC study of school children in Atlanta that investigated whether the age at which children were vaccinated with the MMR correlated with an autism diagnosis.  The answer, for black children at least, was a resounding yes.  Thompson didn’t want to have to present that information to hostile autism parents and asked for guidance in what to do.  The answer– from another author on the paper–  was to make it go away.

How do you make black children in Atlanta disappear from a study?  Require their mothers to produce a Georgia birth certificate.  41% could not, were kicked out, and the impact of the MMR went right along with them.  Dr. Coleen Boyle then sang the praises of the MMR in front of a congressional committee in April of 2002 and the Atlanta study has been used countless times to prove that autism is not related to the MMR vaccine.

Earlier in 2014 Dr. Brian Hooker analyzed the raw data obtained through a Freedom of Information request and published about the 3.36 factor of autism (236%) increase, although the CDC has already forced the journal to take it down in the name of causing harm to the public.  Click that first link fast before PubMed takes it down too.

The CDC responded to the commotion caused by the iReport on Monday, claiming that the Georgia birth certificate allowed researchers to view important autism risk factors such as the mother’ age, mother’s education level (because we all know college educated mothers don’t have autistic children, right?), child’s gestational age at birth (always an exact science), and weight when born.

Well, OK.  That’s understandable, right?  Underweight babies, premature babies, they’re more prone to become autistic (and that’s giving the CDC the benefit of the doubt that “autism risk factors” not only existed in 1996 but had been narrowed down to include the theory of mother’s education level which was floated 13 years later as a novel idea). Except, wait a minute.  The objective of the study was to compare ages of vaccination with the MMR to autism diagnosis, not prematurity, birth weight, or mom’s academic ambitions.  The rest of that information is not even relevant to the objective, so why were they asking for it?  Who were they going to eliminate?  The college educated mothers or the high school drop-outs?

Let’s just say for the sake of argument that knowing if mom only went to undergrad or continued on to get a master’s degree was crucial information.  Therefore it was imperative that the mothers produce those birth certificates because God forbid the researchers just asked mothers what their education level was or how old they were when their child was born.

Fine.  I can buy that.  So, this was all going on when?  1996?  And the children in the study were at least 3 years old?  So a birth certificate that would have been produced might have been for a child born in 1990?  Perfect.  Let’s a have look here at a 1990 valid Georgia birth certificate and scan for the mother’s education level, baby’s birth weight, and gestational age when born.

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Did you find it?

Me neither.  You know why?  Birth certificates are federally regulated and none of that stuff is printed on them.

OK, fine!  Maybe the CDC misspoke and what they meant to say was, “We needed the long form birth certificate application that contains the autism risk factor information we were looking for.”

Yes.  Except parents don’t get to keep those applications.

Try again?  Maybe they were saying, “We needed the birth certificates in order to access the database where the information contained on the long form application for a birth certificate is stored.”

Oh, I get it now.  So, not the actual birth certificate because everyone knows those don’t contain that information, and not the birth certificate application because those are sent directly to a state’s vital records office, but it’s the database that we’re talking about.  I understand.

Wait, is it this database?  The National Vital Statistics System?  That’s where the critical autism factor information is that the CDC needed to access?  Because– call me crazy–  but the CDC owns that system and I’m pretty sure they don’t need no stinking birth certificate to access it.

Why would a parent in Atlanta not have a birth certificate on hand?  Because they are not free and receiving one is not automatic.  Today a Georgia birth certificate is $20.  Can you imagine impoverished people spending $20 on a birth certificate if they didn’t have to?

Does this all boil down to the CDC deciding, after generating extremely negative results about the MMR with regard to the African American community, that they needed the birth certificates to positively ID the children who were already included in their study so that they could then access a database that they already own?  Because that just sounds crazy.

Almost as crazy as introducing a birth certificate requirement to a study after it’s already finished and knocking out 41% of the participants, but not quite.

What can you do about it?

Contact your US Representative and Senator and tell them you want an investigation into the CDC.

Melanie’s Marvelous Measles

Hey did you know there is a major measles outbreak right now? Oh right, how could you not know?  The media loves to promote these outbreaks. Hard to keep up with the outbreaks these days, when there is always a “current measles outbreak” and of course they are always caused by those unruly unvaccinated kids. Why are these “outbreaks” plastered all over the media? Because money talks. The entire vaccine industry is built on fear and scare tactics, and they are a multi-billion dollar industry that pays big money to talk their talk. All you have to do these days is watch night-time talk shows to see how money talks. Last night the vaccine industry’s most well-paid spokesperson (Paul Offit) was on the John Stewart show. Offit owns patents on childhood vaccines that he invented and then he votes his own vaccines onto the childhood vaccine schedule (no conflict of interest there). He is a millionaire because of vaccines. He gets to go on night-time talk shows and promote his vaccines through scare tactics and lies. His big money makes you believe that measles is being caused by the “anti-vaccine movement”. He gets to go on national television and make fun of unvaccinated kids. And for some reason this new level of vaccine propoganda is socially acceptable. It’s not.

I’ve written on measles until I feel like I can’t possibly write another post on measles. I’ve said everything there is to say and then some. I always say “I’M DONE TALKING ABOUT MEASLES”. Ha! But then I received a set of books in the mail from an author in Australia. All of her books are awesome. They are written for children and they teach on various topics such as bullies, visiting naturopaths, and vaccines. One of the books is titled: “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles”. She asked if I would review it.  I said “Of course!” Well wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Her intro alone had me crying. This author is a momma. A real life momma with a real life baby who was taken from her. She is using her story to help others. It is an excellent book for anyone looking for logic and truth.

“Melanie’s Marvelous Measles”, shares in an extremely positive and kid friendly way how measles is NOT to be feared. My 8 year old read it when she got home from school the day the book came in the mail. When she was done, I simply asked: “What did you think of that book?” She said: “I think it’s cool that kids get measles and they actually get stronger from it”. I asked: “Why do you think people are afraid of measles?” She said: “I think they don’t know enough about measles”. Yep. My 8 year old now knows enough to not fear measles.

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MY REVIEW

The book starts off about a girl named Melanie who has the measles. The teacher announces to the class that Melanie is not at school because she has measles. Tina is sad because Melanie is her best friend. Some of the other children in the class become worried that they are going to catch measles. Tina overhears a boy in the class named Jared tell his friend Travis how he won’t get the measles because he has been vaccinated. When Travis tells Jared that he isn’t vaccinated, Jared becomes angry and tells him “Well, you’re going to die if you don’t get vaccinated”. Travis replies: “Well, I know that isn’t true because I haven’t had any vaccinations and I am still alive”. Jared didn’t know what to say to that. After overhearing this conversation, Tina decides that she does not want to announce that she is also not vaccinated. You see, Tina’s brother Sam became very sick after he had his shots, so Tina’s mom & dad decided to research more before vaccinating their other children again. After researching, they decided it was too risky, so Tina didn’t have any shots and was a very healthy child.

Tina goes home from school that day with a lot of questions and concerns. The next few pages in the book share the excellent conversation between Tina & her parents. Her mom teaches her that measles “don’t run and catch you our hurt you”. She explains that measles is a “common childhood disease”. She teaches what measles is: “children get spots on their body and they can feel very hot and have a cough for a few days. For most children it’s a good thing to get measles. Many wise people believe measles make the body stronger and more mature for the future”. mmm Without telling the entire story (I gotta save some of it for you to read), one of the questions Tina asks her parents “Why were the children (from her class) scared?” Her mothers answer: “They are scared because they don’t know much about measles and most people fear things they don’t know anything about. It’s a lot like being scared of the dark”. She goes on to explain to her daughter: “When I was a child, if one child had measles or chicken pox, many parents would take their own children over to play with them. They hoped their children would get the disease and then have natural lifelong immunity”. 

mmm2Tina and her mom decide to go over and visit Melanie and bring her some healthy foods and juice. They bring her carrot juice and melons because research shows that if your body has plenty of Vitamin A, you won’t get measles and if you do have measles, eating fruit and vegetables high in Vitamin A are helpful for healing.

Melanie’s mom thanks Tina’s mom. Melanie’s mom also says: “So much for being vaccinated. The doctor said Melanie has the worst case of measles he has seen in years”. Yep. 
10331539_10152410168340883_206555904_nAnd guess what? Jared (the other vaccinated friend) he ended up contracting the measles too. Tina never did.

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As much as I want to share every word and page of this book, I encourage every family to purchase this book. Give your children the gift of knowledge through these kid friendly books that teach truth. I highly, highly, highly recommend these age appropriate children’s books!

How do we break the cycle of vaccine propaganda through fear and scare tactics? Truth. The next generations of thinking children are our future. Hard to believe it’s been 47 years since the very first measles campaign in 1967.

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This cutesy slogan reads “Stop measles with just one shot”. According to the CDC 47 years ago— “Effective use of this vaccine during the coming winter and spring should ensure the eradication of measles from the United States in 1967”. Looks like it’s time to teach the next generation truth.  A great way to start is through children’s books like Melanie’s Marvelous Measles.

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You can purchase this awesome children’s book HERE

Past posts on Measles:

Thanks Pharma

Why All The Measles Outbreaks

Measles Shmeasles

Do You Fear Measles






Lioness Arising Mother #9: Robin Maiocca

This might be one of my most special blog posts I’ve ever written, as I’m sharing the personal story of one of my longest and closest friends. I am honored to share Robins story in my Lioness Arising series. Robin & I have known each other for over 20 years. We met in high school and became good friends. We have literally watched each other grow up. I remember about 8 years ago when I wrote to Robin and told her I was writing a book on vaccines. She replied something along the lines of  “Thank-you, but no thank-you I don’t want to hear anything you have to say regarding vaccines”.

Robin & I remained good friends even through our “let’s agree to disagree” approach to the topic of vaccines. At the time, one or both of us were always pregnant and having babies, but we never talked about the topic of vaccines again.

Then Robin’s 3rd child had a serious vaccine reaction. And this is where her story begins. Here is Robin’s story in her own words. There are 2 parts to her story. What took place 4 years ago and present time.

Powerful. Anointed. Truth.

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This is my story.

Part I: 4 years ago…

My “vaccine-awareness” story (for lack of a better phrase) began in 2010 shortly after the birth of our third child, Phoebe. Up until this time I vaccinated both my children and always stayed on top of the vaccine schedule through wellness visits, etc. They gave me a very structured schedule to follow and so I did. If I missed a visit, the pediatrician would always make a reminder call and I would be in next week. I never thought about the process – this is simply what you do when you have kids, right?

I never thought to question these visits. Sure it broke my heart every time my children received a shot. I cried at all of Hannah’s because she was my first. With Christopher, I was stronger because I had been through it with Hannah and I knew what to expect. Plus this was ‘for their health.’ It’s required and who was I to question. I mean, why would I? The doctor said it’s safe and they have to have the best interest of my children’s health in mind. That’s what I would tell myself. So I vaccinated them completely. They received everything they needed to enter school and so on. (sigh)

My Crisis

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Then Phoebe came along. There is something that I will say about this child: Phoebe is very special! She has been the most ‘perfect baby’ I could have ever hoped for or imagined. From the moment I held her in the hospital, there was something so sweet and almost magical about her. She held her head up for the first 3 hours in the hospital, looking all around. She would already be looking into my face and apparently studying it. She was very aware and very alert. She ate well and slept beautifully. Pacifying her was the easiest thing in the world. Upon leaving the hospital, Phoebe received her Hepatitis B vaccine because – as I was told – that’s just what we need to do before leaving the hospital.

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Fast forward two months and it was now time for her first ‘wellness’ visit and thus her first set of vaccines. Up to this point, Phoebe had never cried except for when she was overly tired or hungry. It was really strange how utterly content she was. Sometimes, when she was hungry, I would just let her cry for a few minutes because it was such a sweet soft cry and I hardly ever heard it. Sounds crazy I’m sure, but I promise it’s true.

So I took Phoebe in for her doctor’s visit. Everything was perfect on her: weight, height, etc. At the end of the visit, the nurse came back in to administer the vaccinations. She administered the shots and yes, Phoebe cried, which was what I had expected. I immediately picked her up and held her in my arms. I consoled her, nursed her and comforted her best I could. She cried most of the way home but that was very typical. I knew this from my other children. I thought nothing of it. When I got home though things changed and this is where it all began for me.

Phoebe began crying in a way I had never heard her. It wasn’t even a cry, it was a wail. She would straighten her legs and scream at the top of her lungs. It was like nothing I had ever heard before, from any of my other children. Her eyes were huge and her face was bloodshot red. Immediately, my God- given ‘mother’s instinct’ told me something was very wrong. Now, if you are a mother, you know what I’m talking about. It is that undeniable, gut-wrenching feeling in the middle of your being that you can not ignore, even if you tried. My heart flipped upside down and immediately I started asking, “What have I done?”

Phoebe cried, non-stop for four hours. I walked around my house holding my precious baby girl wondering what in the hell was happening to her. Clearly something had happened. It was like she was being burned and tormented. I know how over the top dramatic that sounds but that is the best description I can offer. She was trapped in her own little body and I had no way of helping her. When I would look at her face, she would look me in the eyes and scream. It was as if she was saying, “Mommy, make it stop.” I will never forget these hours in which I was convinced I had lost my little girl. Something was happening to her and I could not make it stop. I could not comfort her. I could not bring her peace. It was beyond my control. Her little body was exhausted from crying, as if she was wailing with all her strength, and her head would hang low.  Then, every few minutes, her legs would shoot straight out stiff and the wailing would begin again. .My world had stopped.

The screaming continued into the night and the next day. I would say she cried uncontrollably for twenty-four hours straight. My sweet precious little angel… what had happened? Immediately I knew this was a result from the vaccines. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out.

My Journey

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For the next two weeks, my heart was in turmoil. I could not believe what I witnessed and was scared to death for her four month wellness visit when she would be receiving more of the same vaccines. My heart went into mayhem and I could not sleep. I asked my husband to be praying for Phoebe and for me.

During these next few weeks I knew I needed to research and study these vaccines. I didn’t know where to start. I had no one I could turn to because no one really talks about these things. So I prayed. I asked the Lord, “Help me, give me wisdom on how to handle this whole thing. I don’t know where to turn.”

Some may say it’s a coincidence, but I know my prayer was answered. Anyway, whatever your beliefs are here, the timing for me could not have been more perfect. I would like to call it a “Divine Intervention”. My friend Jessica randomly emailed me that day asking how I was. I was on her heart. And I immediately remembered the book she told me she was writing 4 years earlier. (this was before this blog existed). She was the exact person I needed to talk to that day. We talked for hours. My eyes were opened, the blinders were lifted, and there was no looking back.

With her help and much prayer, I was able to surround myself with the recourses I needed to study and understand the vaccine/medical and pharmaceutical industries from both sides and not just what I learned from my pediatrician. Not just from the literature they gave me but from other sources as well.

I learned about the history of vaccinations and the long term damage and side-effects they are causing. I learned about what they do to a child’s developing mind and body and brain. Most importantly, I read scores of personal testimonies of real parents who watched their children disappear before their eyes after receiving vaccines. I had no idea these sources existed. I had never had a reason to look. The information I obtained, the studies I read and facts that I learned about vaccines were shocking to me. Shocking and appalling.

In the time between Phoebe’s two and four month ‘wellness’ visit, when my heart was in complete disarray, I made a commitment to my husband that I needed to learn as much as I could before we put another needle in the arm of any of our children. I asked him to trust me with what I was learning and assured him that this would help us to make the best decision for our family. I, my husband and several friends earnestly prayed over this decision and we eventually came to the conclusion, after hours/days and weeks of research that we would no longer vaccinate our children.

I believe with all my heart that Phoebe would be damaged somehow if I continued down this road. She had a reaction that no doctor can tell me is normal. And if they did, shame on them. The sad thing is that, from what I learned, Phoebe’s reaction was nothing compared to what some other parents have gone through. I say that with a broken heart for those families. The stories I have heard and read are nothing short of heartrending.

This is what awakened me to the dangers of vaccines: a close call with my own child. I understand every parent needs to make their own decision regarding their children’s health. I would never tell someone not to vaccinate. I would simply ask you to study both sides. Read personal testimonies. Look at studies. Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to the health of our children. Understand that there truly are great risks that go along with vaccinations. Risks that do not “outweigh the benefits.”

I am so thankful and grateful because God’s grace is sufficient. So far, none of my children have any lasting side-effects from vaccination (that I know of). However, if I could do it all over again, knowing what I know now, I would have never chosen to vaccinate. The sad thing is, I never knew I actually had a choice.

I now believe that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by our Creator. He has given us an immune system and (as I have found) the countless number of vaccinations that we give our children go much further in compromising the immune system than it does in aiding it. I have searched Scriptures in vain to find any place where God tells his people to inject (or ingest) potions to assure that their children will be healthy. Needless to say, as a Christian I was appalled to learn that aborted fetus tissue is actually an ingredient the pharmaceutical companies currently use in their MANY of the vaccinations. Needless to say, this revealed to me the spirit behind much of what the world terms ‘wellness plans.’ I pray that the next generation of moms would look more deeply into what I have found to be, in so many cases, a very sinister scheme to make profits from pumping our children with poison.

I guess my one prayer is: please just be informed. There are so many layers to this that need to be pealed away and looked at closely. The vaccine industry is so different than it looks like on the surface and I believe we owe it to our children to be absolutely educated in this area so we can make the best, healthiest decisions for their lives.

PS: The screaming I was describing with Phoebe those first 24 hours after 2 month vaccines… that screaming is called the “encephalitic cry”. It means the brain is swollen and inflamed. It is listed as a warning on the vaccine package insert. It is listed as a warning, because of the “seriousness or frequency of reporting”. My precious, beautiful, healthy little girl…her brain swollen and inflamed. Really? Why? … Because I didn’t know. But now I do.

Part II: 4 years later…

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Many times I’ve gone over my children’s past medical records and they have truly broken my heart and brought many tears to my eyes. It is unbelievable to me how often I ran to the doctor for “ear infections”, “strep throats”, & “rashes”. And every visit I got antibiotics and/or prescriptions refilled again and again and again. I’m amazed at how sick they were even though we went to all of their “well” check visits. 

It’s absolutely crazy to me that in the last four years since Phoebe’s reaction and my utter cry for wisdom, I have not been to the doctor one time for my children. Not one time. All those ear infections, strep throat, & rashes, well they seemed to not come as often and when/if they do, I have been able to treat their illnesses naturally in my home. I learned about more natural ways because I was desperate to keep my children healthy and off of drugs. To keep toxins and poisons out of their bodies. If I had only known then what I know now I would’ve saved so much money and most importantly so much unnecessary stress on my children’s body. 

Deep down in my heart I used to always say if I ever got pregnant again I would do everything hundred times different. Never truly thinking that we were ever having another child I just tucked that thought away in my heart and just committed it to The Lord.

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In the summer of 2012 we unexpectedly became pregnant with our fourth child. While emotions were scattered at first because we weren’t “planning” this child, I ultimately knew this was a gift from The Lord. I knew he was giving me another opportunity to do things differently according to my heart and not what I was told to do. I always like to say that the Lord gave me back the years that the Locust had eaten with the beautiful pregnancy of our child number four.

Baby #4 is now a beautiful healthy, unvaccinated, never been to the doctor, hardly ever sick, completely healthy vibrant developing smart one-year-old little boy. The months while I was pregnant with him where some of my most magical moments. Preparing my heart for a natural birth, educating my mind for natural labor, and most importantly understanding that “well baby visits” were no longer something we would do once my child was born. My sweet little sons only doctor visit has been when we went to see our Midwife at six weeks old. My son is healthy, developing, growing, being nourished, and building his immunity in the proper ways the way he should. 

I thank the Lord every day for the experience that he allowed me to have with child number four. I’m thankful that the Lord blessed me with the opportunity of having a water birth. This was also something that in the depths of my heart I longed for once I realized the beauty of natural labor.

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Today 
Today I have four healthy young children. Two which are basically fully vaccinated (up to 4 years ago), one that had one round of shots (and almost died) and one that has never been touched by a needle (my healthiest). I’m thankful for everything that the Lord has brought me through in these last 10 years. I have learned so much about our bodies and health and ultimately about our Lord and how he created us. I pray my story can encourage others to open their hearts and minds to take the lead role when it comes to the health of our kids and our families. Follow your instinct. And know that you have a choice. 

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To learn more about Robin, check out her family website at: www.growing4hisglory.com where she shares much of her knowledge in how she has kept her children healthy and doctor free for over 4 years. She also shares many of her resources that helped her make an informed choice when it came to vaccines.

Lioness Arising Mom #1: LJ Goes (Thinking Moms Revolution)

Lioness Arising Mom #2: Laurie Annie

Lioness Arising Mom #3: Melanie Baldwin (Thinking Moms Revolution)

Lioness Arising Mom #4: Rebecca Ferguson (Regarding Caroline)

Lioness Arising Mom #5: Melissa Vega

Lioness Arising Mom #6: Kim Spencer (Thinking Moms Revolution)

Lioness Arising Mom #7: Rainna Moran: (Chase Answers)

Lioness Arising Mom #8: Robyn Charron (Huffington Post Interview)

Lioness Arising Mom#9: Robin Maiocca 

 

Nurturing your Lioness Instinct

This blog post is my attempt at connecting two different thoughts/topics I have going on…so bear with me.

First: LIONESS ARISING. Two and a half years ago, I heard Lisa Bevere speak. She was powerful, anointed, and spoke on her newest book, Lioness Arising. That book radically changed me and gave me the courage to continue on the path that I felt like the Lord had called me on; speaking about vaccines. Shortly after reading the book, I started The Lioness Arising Mothers series, where I share mothers’ stories of their vaccine injured children. Through the words in Lisa’s book, I knew the Lord was giving me the permission I needed to fight for truth. He was telling me that the fight didn’t have to always look pretty or nice and that I could still be a Christian woman and fight for truth. When I first read the book Lioness Arising, I had so much stirring in my heart. I had a righteous anger inside me and a strong desire to speak out about it. I will never forget reading these following sentences:

How will you respond when you are fully, dangerously awake? What history will you make? Will you, like the fierce lioness, awaken from a tranquilized state and rise up to defend your family, your community, your world? Are you awake? Even now, what is stirring in your heart?

The world needs you, lovely lioness sister, not to merely wake up, but to give expression to your God-given fierce side. What does it look like for a Christian woman to be fierce? Is it yelling, screaming, clawing, and kicking? There might be a time for that.

That’s when my Lioness Arising Mothers series was born and I haven’t looked back. I have told powerful stories of powerful women and their amazing children.  I’ve met these women from all over the country. I am honored to tell their stories. I am honored to defend their truths.

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What I didn’t know was that 2 1/2 years later, Lisa Bevere would be calling me. She found my blog series and was inspired by it. She wanted to know more about the subject of these Lioness Arising Mothers. She get’s it. SHE. GET’S. IT. We talked for over an hour on the phone. It was an honor. It was the validation and confirmation that I am doing EXACTLY what God has called me to do. It was an amazingly blessed day for me. The Lord did not have to send Lisa Bevere to confirm that I’m doing what I’ve been called to do, but the Lord is so sweet and loving and kind and gracious that He choose to bless me by personally sending the author of the book to encourage me and pray with me. The Lord always does exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can ask, think, or imagine. I am so blessed to have Lisa as a friend and mentor and look forward to future projects that we will collaborate on together. More on that later!

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SECOND: NURTURE

While on the phone with Lisa, she asked me what my prayer was for women everywhere. I shared how my biggest prayer is that women would discover how to trust and follow their instincts. How it is the greatest gift God gives us and how everyday I watch this being stripped from women, especially mothers. I shared how I want women to be filled with the peace that comes from following our intuition and how sad I am to see women constantly living in fear and worry and guilt and shame and regret.

Of course, I am mainly speaking from the point of view of vaccines, well baby visits, and the choices we make for our children. As Lisa and I were discussing the topic of intuition, she said “You HAVE to read my book Nurture. I have a chapter on INTUITION”. A few days later, a box of books arrived. I sat and read the Intuition chapter this morning. I was blown away. I felt like I was reading a book written by a much smarter, wiser, cooler version of me. In this chapter were the words that I have always had stirring in my heart, but did not know how to put down on paper. It taught on everything I have desired to help women understand. I have always had such a strong desire to teach, educate, inspire, and encourage women to FOLLOW THEIR INSTINCT. And now 2 1/2 years later, this author is once again blessing me with the words I needed to help others. Sitting in my living room this morning, reading the chapter on intuition, and reading the words that so beautifully put it all together brought me to another full circle moment.

I started a project a few months back called PROJECT INSTINCT. You can read about it (HERE). I asked 100 mothers the same question and the overwhelming answer was INSTINCT. Reading Lisa’s chapter on Intuition was like connecting my PROJECT to the research behind INSTINCT. Read the Project Instinct post to better understand.

Intuition (noun): The state of being aware of or knowing something without having to discover or perceive it, or the ability to do this 2. Something known or believed instinctively, without actual evidence for it 3. Immediate knowledge of something.

The definition of intuition carries a designation of an immediate sense of understanding. When the answer is presented, it is known and therefore immediately recognized. And undeniable quickening occurs when truth is heard.

I’ve been researching and speaking out about vaccines for 8 years. I’ve been writing about it for about 4. The controversy surrounding vaccines is uglier than politics. There is a never ending conflict between both sides. I think of the many debates I’ve been involved in over the years. Most of the time, it’s not a debate about science or facts, but it’s a debate about a belief system. Vaccines are a philosophy, which is why the topic is met with so much controversy. And almost every single time – the debates  become personal. I love what Lisa says in her chapter on Intuition:

“If we make the conflict personal, there will be no true or lasting solution.

I have wasted far too much time, thought, and energy trying to make sense of the senseless…and so have you. Each of us must decide those days are over. Daughters, you will come up against many problems and conflicts. You may be tempted to take many of them personally. I implore you, fight the temptation. These issues and asides will never be successfully navigated from a personal perspective, so don’t make it personal”.

I think of the autism moms I have grown to know and love and advocate for, and how personal it is for them when someone tries to tell them that what they know to be exactly true about their child is false. And it hurts my heart for them. Or when a mother is belittled my her pediatrician for choosing not to vaccinate based on her instinct. It becomes personal. This fight for truth is so much greater though.

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rules and authorities of the unseen world, against might powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places –Ephesians 6:12

No problem can be solved on the same level at which you meet it. -Albert Einstein

I believe this battle is spiritual. And this chapter goes into much greater detail than what I’m covering in this simple blog post. As much as I want to share every word from the chapter on Intuition, I can only encourage you to read it. It’s not at all a book about vaccines. But it is everything I have ever believed to be true when it comes to intuition and the great big vaccine debate. And as my favorite doctor, the virtuous hero Dr. Wakefield says: “To the parents I would say, trust your instinct above all else. When considering how to vaccinate your children, read, get educated, and demand fully informed consent and answers to your questions. When you are stonewalled or these answers are not to your satisfaction, trust your instinct. I say this as someone who has studied and engaged in the science and who has become aware of the limitations of our knowledge and understanding of vaccine safety issues. Maternal instinct, in contrast, has been a steady hand upon the tiller of evolution; we would not be here without it”

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I’ll end with a few more quotes from the chapter on INTUITION from the book Nurture.

“Some of us have quenched the light of our God-given feminine intuition and it needs to reignited”

“Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way”

Did you know the Latin breakdown of intuition (in and tueor) yields “Inward tutor”? How cool is that?

Given to us by the Holy Spirit! (1 John 2: 27)

“When truth is spoken the inward tutor, Holy Spirit, confirms it to you and in you. You will feel as though light and strength, truth and freedom are being poured out upon you”. Intuition is given to us from God.

“The gift that follows intuition is the gift of peace of mind”. (Wow!)

“The peace God gives us (after following our instinct) abides even in the midst of turmoil and raging storms. There may be a few drops that remind you what is coming against you, but you are safe from the deluge that would seek to overwhelm you”.

“Unfathomable peace that surpasses our natural ability to understand”. Wow! This is the gift that follows intuition!

“To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” –Luke 1:79

“We must steward truth well, but truth without inner peace does not work”

“Peace fosters an atmosphere for discernment to flourish and this insight is invaluable. Intuition creates a level of awareness and discernment that equips you make a wise decision”

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Wow! Wow! Wow! The foreword to the book Nurture reads:

“This book is dedicated to every woman, regardless of age, who longs to make her connection with other women and touch the world she lives in but does not know how. You, beautiful one, are an answer, not a problem and we need both you and your contribution. May these words help facilitate what you need to begin to see your life enlarged on every level. May the God-gifted treasure within you flourish as you find your voice and place as one among the many women who even now watch for you”.

If you are a mother reading this post and struggling with trusting your intuition, or looking to give and get what you need to flourish, please read the book Nurture. Find other women to surround yourself with who will validate your intuition. Find a pediatrician who will respect your decisions. My prayer is that fear and worry would be replaced by peace. Instinct is the most precious thing we own. No-one can take that from you. Guard it well.

“The only real, valuable thing is intuition” -Albert Einstein

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.

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! 

 

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