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A Note From Mommypotamus: Have you ever looked back at your 7th grade school photo and thought, “Wow, that totally seemed like a good idea at the time!” Well, I had a similar experience when I looked at the before and after comparison of my ebook, Nourished Baby. Today I am honored to introduce you to the person behind the transformation. Sandrine Love is an expert in visual communication and a passionate advocate of traditional foods who has a unique perspective on the power of advertising to shape out perceptions about food. I’ve asked her to share her insights with us today.
P.S. Here’s the before and after (preview #1 | preview #2 | preview #3) if you want to take a peek. Amazing difference, yes? If you’re interested, there’s a special offer on the book here with a giveaway. And now, the guest post!
When I founded Nourishing Our Children in 2005, my initial vision was to “simply” create a PowerPoint presentation that we, a group of volunteer presenters, would give to audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area. I wanted to teach timeless principles for supporting our children’s learning, behavior and health through optimal nutrition. With the support of Sally Fallon Morell, the president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, we created an outline of the topics we would cover in our presentation, and front and center was milk. Since that very first iteration of our PowerPoint, I’ve included ads from the got milk? campaign to address what many of us had taken for granted – that all milk is good for us.
got milk? has been described as one of the most famous commodity brand and influential ad campaigns in the United States. The campaign, which encourages the consumption of cow’s milk, was created for the California Milk Processor Board in 1993 and later licensed for use by other milk processors and dairy farmers. This long running series of print ads feature a variety of ethnically diverse celebrities, athletes and fictional characters sporting their own “milk mustache.” The campaign has been credited with greatly increasing milk sales in California though not nationwide.
But what kind of milk are they promoting? And does that kind of milk really “do a body good?” Is all milk created equal?
The kind of milk that the “got milk” campaign has been promoting for over a decade is pasteurized, or ultra-pasteurized, homogenized, conventional milk produced from cows in confinement eating corn or other grains which are often genetically modified and pesticide treated. They may also eat bakery waste, soy, citrus peel cake laden with pesticides and even manure from chickens, none of which constitute an appropriate diet for cows. Not what we would consider real milk. What is real milk? Real milk comes from old fashioned cows such as the Jersey and Guernsey. Real milk comes from herds allowed to graze on green pasture. Real milk is not pasteurized, it is “raw”. Real milk is not homogenized. Real milk contains butterfat and lots of it. Real milk contains no additives.
Learn more about real milk.
Using advertisements that we are all accustomed to seeing proved to be an effective way to address common dietary myths. I added more advertisements about the dangers of saturated fats and the benefits of soy as our PowerPoint evolved and as our educational materials expanded to include a DVD and an ebook. I want our audiences and readers to question what we are commonly told is beneficial or dangerous for our health. Along those lines, read about this example of false advertising provided by Heather Dessinger.
We at Nourishing Our Children are deeply concerned about the fact that saturated fats have been demonized for over 50 years as one of the biggest nutritional villains. In our educational materials, I include the following images. What do they symbolize to you?
Consider these symbols: a steel trap, a mouse trap, and a razor blade.
The photographs above were captured by Peter Lippmann for print ads used by the World Heart Federation that were released in 2008. The Advertising Agency is listed as BBH, London, UK. We edited the ads to reveal only the photographic content, so you could form an opinion without the corresponding ad copy and logo information. We wanted you to relate simply to the visual communication. The ads may be described as beautiful, well-made, appealing, slick and perhaps even convincing.
However, is eating butter, even regularly, akin to eating razor blades? View this print ad. Notice the razor blades next to the butter, which are somewhat camouflaged. The ad copy reads, “Open your eyes to saturated fat.” Imagine if you swallowed a razor blade? The message appears to be clear – eating butter is dangerous, and may even kill you. Does butter cause disease? On the contrary, butter from grass fed cows protects us against many diseases. Read more about Why Butter is Better.
Will eating cheese, even regularly, kill you? View this print ad and note that a search on google reveals that it has been widely published on websites in many languages. Imagine taking a piece of cheese from this table! Again, the ad copy reads, “Open your eyes to saturated fat.” The copy could read, “Don’t be tempted by cheese, eating it will kill you.” We would encourage you and yours to enjoy raw cheeses as a nutrient dense food.
Will eating steak, even regularly, be akin to putting your hand or body in a steel trap? View this print ad and notice again that the ad copy reads, “Open your eyes to saturated fat.” With the exception of butter, no other food has been subjected to such intense demonization in recent years as red meat, particularly beef. Sally Fallon Morell and Mary Enig answer the question, “Is beef good for you?” in their article It’s the Beef – “What a shame we have demonized red meat because this is one modern food, enjoyed by almost everybody, that is rich in nutrients.
Let us be very clear – saturated fats from animal foods are needed by every cell in your body. They don’t cause obesity and they are not associated with heart disease. If you’d like to learn more about how we got so confused about fats, read The Oiling of America by Sally Fallon Morell and Mary Enig.
The last dietary myth that I’d like to address, which is included in our educational materials is …
Due to the increasing number of people who are having an allergic reaction to pasteurized milk products, soy beverages have emerged as an often sought out alternative. Although widely promoted as a health food, hundreds of studies link modern processed soy to malnutrition, digestive problems, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders, immune system breakdown, and even heart disease and cancer.
The other ads above promise that whole soy will result in good karma, no grumpy aftertaste, resistance to a bad day and that it will even disperse dark clouds.
Are these examples of false advertising?
Problems with Soy
Here is a more comprehensive list of problems. How could soy be linked to all this disease? Because the soybean contains many naturally occurring toxins. All legumes contain toxins but the problem with soy is that the toxins are found in very high levels and are resistant to the traditional ways of getting rid of them.
What separates our cause from others who are focused on nutrition? From our mission statement:
Our cause not only identifies the problems with Oreos, cola, candy and other obvious junk foods. We also present research that illustrates how foods widely assumed to be nutritional – including packaged foods commonly described as “organic”, “natural” or “fortified” – are themselves heavily processed and stripped of nutritional value. While these labels provide a convenient way for parents to determine which foods to buy, the items associated with those labels often betray the standard of optimal nutrition.
Even more important, we demonstrate that many traditional foods now considered unhealthy are, in fact, vital to the growth and intellectual development of our children. We intend to help parents see the facts behind the spin, so that the decisions they make about the food they buy is not determined by commercials, labels or lobby groups, but rather by timeless dietary principles.
Sandrine Love previously worked as a family therapist, art therapist, teacher, and as an educational therapist in private practice before she established Nourishing Our Children in 2005. Convinced that the children she worked with were well-fed but malnourished, Sandrine closed her private practice to devote herself to the cause of educating and inspiring parents to return to the whole, natural foods that have produced generation after generation of healthy children. She founded the San Francisco Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation in 2004 and served as the volunteer chapter leader for more than a year. She has also taught Nourishing Traditions and Moroccan cooking classes. Beyond her own visual communication business, she currently serves Nourishing Our Children as both the executive and creative director. Sandrine has received an activist award from the Weston A. Price Foundation in 2006 for her leadership role.Read More »
My son lunged over a plate of pot roast to grab a stick of butter . . . for dinner. Did I snatch it away from him or run to check the CDC’s prediction regarding the likelihood he will develop heart disease? Um, no, I grabbed my camera!
You see, butter cravings are a milestone in my house, and I’m explaining why over at Nourishing Our Children today!Read More »
…you grind up an eggplant, put it in a jar with vinegar, put it in the fridge for 3 days, then use it on your son’s warts… and it really works too! - Gina Palmer
Your 16 month old thinks socks are for her hands! (because she goes barefoot everywhere!) - Unmistakably Food
You tell your 4 year old you’re having chicken nuggets for dinner and she says “Mama, what are chicken nuggets?” - Mommypotamus
Your kids beg for “special chocolate” daily and even ask for seconds. (“Special chocolate” = Chocolate Cream FCLO) – Kate Tietje
Your answer for everything from bug bites to fabric soften(er) is vinegar! – Autumn Peiser
For a snack your kid wants butter. Just. butter. – Becki Pembleton
Your OB’s nurse asks, “what is this D.C. is after your primary care Dr’s name” [D.C. = Doctor of Chiropractic] – Mindy Worley
You make brownies out of soaked black beans, you put bone broth in sippy cups and your toddler cries for sauerkraut. – Kelly Villareal
You let your children choose their own weaning date and then invite their friends to their weaning party. – Jolene Michele
You ask your daughter what she bought from the school bake sale and she replies, “Ewwwww. Nothing. Everything was covered in chemicals.” – Mommy OM
The phone in your bedroom rings in the morning and it wakes the entire family up because you are all in the same bed. – Debbie Cook St. John
Your request to keep your placenta is met with confusion by hospital staff. – Caroline May
You steal your placenta from the hospital when the nurses say you can’t take it with you. – Candace Spain-Smith
Check! Extra trips to the bathroom as my bladder tried to cope with my Stay Puffed Marshmallow status? Double check! Folks, I have been keeping a secret that’s had me feeling like I was going to explode, but today is the day I get to spill!
A few months ago Sandrine Love of Nourishing Our Children approached me about incorporating my ebook, Nourished Baby, into their educational materials. Because Nourishing Our Children is a project of the San Fransisco Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation, my book was sent to Sally Fallon Morell for review – and it was APPROVED!
Since then, several of my favorite bloggers have joined our collaboration – contributing 15+ new baby/toddler-friendly recipes like fermented lemonade, a birthday smash cake made without grains or refined sugar, probiotic fruit roll-ups, banana pancakes, healthy chicken nuggets and bunless sloppy joes. Sandrine got to work on cleaning up the design, which was frankly a hot mess, and away we went!
The end result? A completely redesigned book with yummy recipes featuring:
As Sandrine and I worked together it became obvious that my book and another project she was working on – the Nourishing Our Children ebook – were two peas in a pod. The Nourishing Our Children book explains the principles of a nourishing diet, and Nourished Baby is a field guide for implementing these principles with our precious children.
Y’all, Sandrine’s book is MUST READ for every parent! It’s not a dry list of “do’s” and “don’ts” . . . it is is an invitation to a journey. If you’re looking for something to inspire, inform, and provide you with baby steps you can take to improve your family’s health, this is it. Better yet, if someone you love needs a riveting introduction to Dr. Weston A. Price’s Research, this is most definitely it.
Both books usually sell for $20 each, but we’ve decided to pair them up for a special offer! Right now you can get them both for a total of $30. Note: While these books can be viewed on a digital reader, you don’t need one (they are in PDF format)
There is an upgrade option. Everyone who purchase 30+ days before the release of the second edition can download the new book for 50% off the standard price. With the promotion currently running that’s an additional $5 off. All you’ll need to do is contact me and let me know which email address you used previously at checkout so I can confirm your purchase and set up the upgrade. This offer does not apply to discount copies purchased through the Toadally Primal ebook bunde. Those who purchased the 1st edition within the past 30 days will be receiving a complimentary upgrade. Please check your email between now and January 21st for your notice. You won’t have to contact me. A download and link will be emailed to the email address you provided at checkout.
Not familiar with Nourishing Our Children? I can think of no better way for you to to get acquainted than through their DVD, so I’m giving one away! This is a captivating video that explores the dietary principles discovered by Dr. Weston A. Price. It makes a fabulous gift for loved ones who may not take the time to sit down and read a book and is a great conversation starter with kids, too. I’m using it in Katie’s home school curriculum next year.
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Counting baby toes, pennies and the number of times Micah says “sooopooon” (spoon) in a day – all good stuff! But when it comes to my kids health math rarely factors in. Why? I watch them, not the numbers. This is especially true with fevers.
I’m not alone, either. According to Dr. Hannah Chow-Johnson – pediatrician at Loyola University Health System and assistant professor of pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine – numbers may not be as significant as we tend to think.
“My most frequent calls are from worried parents who want to know how high is too high of a fever. What many parents don’t realize is that often, fevers are their child’s friend.
. . . . Fevers can actually help your child recover more quickly, especially if he or she is battling a viral illness . . . I often wish thermometers had a gauge that read either ‘fever’ or ‘no fever.’ That would definitely help parents who worry if their child has a fever that’s too high.”
Here’s a video from another pediatrician, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, which explains more:*
Can I just say that I LOVE these woman?? Personally I’d avoid the use of fever reducers if possible – here is one of the many reasons why – but I am still **this** close to sending them a dozen orchids. Regarding when fevers may need the attention of a pediatrician, here’s what Dr. Swanson has to say:
“The main take home is not to treat fever per se, but your child. There is no reason to make a fever disappear if your child is otherwise acting well, playful, and staying hydrated. But do know there are some fevers that do require a visit with the pediatricians. It’s important to seek care when fever persists after 3 days in infants and children, any fever in a baby 3 month old or less, and if fever is over 104 degrees.”
And here’s what else Dr. Chow-Johnson has to say:
There are times you should seek medical attention when your child has a fever such as:
Loyola Medicine: That Fever Might Be Your Child’s Friend (emphasis mine)
Ahhh, I’m swooning! And the best part is she’s not alone: Dr. Natasha Burgert says pretty much the exact same thing.
“There is no ‘number’ on a thermometer that requires a trip to the Emergency Department. Nope, not even 104F degrees. With very specific exceptions, kids do not have to maintain a “normal” temperature during times of illness.” (Fever: 5 Facts You Should Know)
One of the most common objections to letting a child ride out a fever seems to be concern over febrile seizures. Here are two things worth considering when weighing that concern:
1. Febrile seizures are not considered harmful. According to the Royal Children’s Hospital In Melbourne, “Most children with fever suffer only minor discomfort, however 1 in 30 will have a febrile convulsion at one time or another. This usually happens between the ages of 6 months and 6 years. Febrile convulsions are not harmful to your child and do not cause brain damage. They are, however, quite upsetting to parents to witness.
Most children with febrile convulsions only ever have one fit. Some children will have one or more seizures, usually during illnesses which cause a fever. There is no increased risk of epilepsy in children who have febrile convulsions.”
2. Giving fever reducers may actually induce a febrile seizure. Febrile seizures are caused by a rapid change in body temperature in either direction. In certain circumstances, fever reducers bring the fever down too quickly and cause a seizure. Also, there’s another way fever reducers may trigger febrile seizures. According to Amy Love, NTP, CGP, CILC, “fever reducers can CAUSE the febrile seizures because they suppress the body’s attempt to create a fever, and so it has to try harder, thus causing a higher fever (that rises faster), called a rebound fever.”
A new report in the journal of Pediatrics signals a huge shift in the way doctors are viewing fevers.
“Parents have been told for generations that a high fever can be dangerous to kids. If you don’t get your child’s fever down, you’ll run the risk of frying brain cells, doctors have warned.
But now the American Academy of Pediatricians has turned that conventional wisdom on its head. A new report published this month in Pediatrics states that not only is there no need to bring down a fever in an otherwise healthy child, but there is a downside to treating a fever – it can prolong the illness that originally sparked the high temperatures.
The only reason to treat a fever is to make a child more comfortable, a co-author of the report said. ‘In a normal child there’s no set temperature at which you’d need to treat a fever,’ said Dr. Janice Sullivan, a professor of pediatrics and pediatric critical care at the University of Louisville. ‘Our recommendation is primarily to treat discomfort associated with an illness rather than the fever itself. So, when children are uncomfortable or crying, then you should treat them with medication.’
Sullivan and her colleagues scrutinized studies on fevers and found that there was no evidence that a fever by itself could harm a child – unless the child was under the age of 3 months or had heart problems. In fact, the researchers determined that bringing fevers down could actually prolong illness. That’s because fevers are one of the body’s lines of defense against viruses, Sullivan explained.
‘Studies done in children with chicken pox, for example, found that children whose fevers weren’t treated had about a day less that they were considered contagious compared to those who were treated,’ she said.”
Okay, so fevers aren’t scary and we should watch the child instead of the thermometer – what happens though when we feel it’s time to try to bring the fever down? I decided to do some research just in case I need it later on. Here’s what I found:
Calcium lactate can be especially helpful in making a sick child/adult more comfortable. When the body fights infection it draws calcium out of the bones to be utilized by white blood cells. The process can make you feel quite achy, so it’s easier just to give the body what it needs without it having to withdraw from “the bank.” Calcium lactate works with the fever to make it more effective, which in turn usually means it’s over more quickly, yay! (Where to buy calcium lactate)
This is an old remedy used by grandmothers and great-grandmothers that is thought to “draw out” the fever – people still swear by it! Soak a couple washcloths in apple cider vinegar and place on forehead and tummy, or add a cup to a warm bath. Some people also soak a cloth in and wrap it around the soles of the patient’s feet – my friend Emily at Holistic Squid says lemons work, too. (Where to buy raw apple cider vinegar)
Soak a pair of socks in egg whites obtained from healthy, pastured chickens and put them on the patient. For a less messy version, soak paper towels in egg whites and place them on the bottom of the feet, then cover with socks. Replace the socks/paper towels when they dry out. Most people report that they see results from this method very quickly – anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. If egg whites cannot be used due to food sensitivities onions or shredded potato can be used.
Blend a enough fresh garlic cloves to make a 1/4 inch paste that will spread across the feet. Blend with a little olive oil or coconut oil and apply. Leave a few spots uncovered so heat can still escape, then wrap in gauze and leave on overnight. (Note: Only do this on yourself so you can feel if it’s too “hot” for your feet. A mama shared with me that this remedy burned her little one’s foot.)
A cold bath can shock the body into trying to raise the internal thermostat even more, but a warm to extra warm (depending on comfort level) can be helpful, especially when a cup of apple cider vinegar is mixed in.
Want more info? Treating Fevers Naturally is a very helpful guide written by Meagan Visser, an R.N. with a holistic perspective on fevers. It includes a lot of great info and recipes for keeping kids comfortable during a fever.
I’m not against scales, statistics, thermometers and all those other things mama’s are supposed to be fond of. I totally use scales to make soap, statistics to analyze the likelihood that Daddypotamus will make up for the fact that he will be traveling on our anniversary (sources say YES!). And thermometers . . . oh how I love them to make marshmallows! And sometimes I use them on my kids, too.
If by chance that thermometer starts setting off alarm bells for me, you can bet my house will be stinking like a garlic omelette with vinegar on the side!
*In the original publication of this post I attributed Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson’s video statements to Dr. Chow-Johnson. I stand corrected
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Invaded your house, drawn mustaches on all your family portraits and released the goldfish into the commode? Oh no, that was your KIDS? It sounds to me like they could use a little distraction on this rainy/excessively sunny/busy/whatever day before they try to decoupage your drivers license. No fear, mama, I have the answer!
Homemade play dough is cheap, easy to make and oh-so-fun! Help your kids whip up a batch and then sneak away with a cup of tea. You may find them so preoccupied that you get to go to the bathroom by yourself!
There is A LOT of wiggle room for this part, so have fun and experiment! To get started making your own play dough dye, just put veggies/fruits in a pot of filtered water and bring to a boil. Let boil for 10 minutes to kill any bacteria that might cause mold and then simmer for 10-30 minutes depending on how intense you want the color to be. For spices, just warm the water up and mix until dissolved. Here are some color ideas I grabbed from my post on naturally dyed Easter eggs.
I used: 2 cups water +1 cup shredded beets for the intense pink
3 cups water, 1 cup tightly packed purple cabbage simmered for 20 minutes for the light pink
Other possibilities: cranberries/ cranberry juice, raspberries, strawberries, red grape juice or beet kvass
I used: 2 cups water + 1 cup packed onion skins
Other possibilities: grapefruit, orange or lemon peels, carrots, chamomile tea, celery seed, green tea, saffron
I used: 1 cup water + 3/4 tsp turmeric for the bright yellow
1 cup water + 1 ½ cups shredded carrots for the orange
Other possibilities: carrots and paprika
3 cups water + 1 cup tightly packed purple cabbage + baking soda*
Other possibilities: blueberries
* To make the cabbage water blue rather than purple, simply add small amounts of baking soda until you get a color you like!
I used: 1/2 cup of spinach + 1 ½ cups of water.
Other possibilities: kale, asparagus
Elderberry, dried or fresh!
I haven’t tested this, but I think blackberries would work. You could also try mixing red and blue.
Basic Play Dough Recipe
Gluten-Free Dough Recipe
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Should I get my 9-month old son a flu shot or not? Seems to be a little bit of debate on this one…
Great question, Andrew! I am not a doctor so I cannot say what you should do, but personally there are several reasons I do not vaccinate my children against the flu. (Obviously this is my perspective – I encourage you to do additional research and talk to a healthcare provider you trust. )
According to some experts, we need to stop thinking of germs as predators from the outside and start thinking of them as scavengers within. They are not attacking us, they are opportunists that live off the messes we leave in our own bodies. Gross, I know, but true.
Most of the time we live in relative peace with a host of pathogenic germs, but too much stress, or sugar, or whatever knocks our body off balance biochemically, leaving a glut of food that one germ or another prefers. When this happens germs take us up on our generous offer and have a nice old sit down dinner. Does this make us sick? Yes and no.
Germs are notorious for excreting all kinds of toxic waste after they eat, and this can make us feel tired. For the most part, though, the peak of infection is usually marked by no symptoms at all. It is only when our body begins to fight back that we get “sick,” because the fact of the matter is that fever, diarrhea and other unpleasant things are not what microbes do to us, it’s what we do to THEM. Our bodies are creating inflammation, which is the cure, not the disease.
“Inflammation, as the word implies, is like a fire in the body which burns up the waste and debris, along with the germs which feed on waste and debris, and cleanses the body. Thus it is our immune system which causes us to become sick, by creating inflammation to drive out infection and renew us.”
Here’s the kicker: The stronger our immune system, the stronger the illness. Bouts of intense illness – or “healing crisis” as they are sometimes called – indicate the presence of a thorough housekeeper [aka immune system]. Chronic symptoms of “feeling bad” and fatigue without periods of acute illness, on the other hand, are signs of low-grade toxicity in the body – the result of our housekeeper being too weak to do her job”
Vaccines: Questions All Parents Should Ask. Ted Koren p. 107
Don’t just take my word for it, though, even this doctor says fevers are a child’s friend and may actually help them recover faster! I disagree with her on pain relievers, though. See this post to find out why.
So what does this have to do with vaccines in 5 words or less? Vaccines may cripple our inflammatory response.
Okay, I’m obviously going to need more than 5 words.
According to Stephen Marini, PhD, our immune systems are actually comprised of two sub-systems. The humoral system mainly recognizes pathogens and produces antibodies which prevent them from entering cells – this is the TH1 system. (source)
The cell-mediated system “primarily destroys, digests and expels foreign antigens out of the body through the activity of its cells found in the thymus, tonsils, adenoids, spleen, lymph nodes and lymph system throughout the body” – this is the TH2 system. (source) The TH2 system is what turns up the thermostat in our bodies to clean up when things get ugly inside.
The Th1 system is most effective against viral, gram-negative bacterial and fungal infections, and tuberculosis. It is also the system which digests cancer cells within our bodies. Th2 function mainly deals with gram-positive bacterial and parasitic infections. Both are needed, but they must function together in harmony.
So what does this look like usually? In a healthy person, TH1 function is dominant. Pathogens are hunted by stealth ninja T cells, digested and escorted to the exits constantly. Vaccination turns this balance on it’s head, making the TH2 system dominant. That’s a HUGE problem, and here’s why:
“A Th2 response to a specific virus infection will specifically suppress Th1 cells from becoming activated against the same virus. With the resulting failure to generate a Th1 response, cells infected with virus cannot be destroyed.” (source, emphasis mine)
So basically, vaccines may actually cripple our ability to expel viruses. Sure, they can “help” us produce antibodies that allow fewer cells to be infected, but based on this understanding the cells that do become infected are literally paralyzed from doing anything about it. In that sense, vaccines do “work.” They keep us from experiencing the sensations we associate with illness, but there may be a cost.
According to Dr. Marini, infected cells cannot fight well when the TH2 system is dominant, so they just try to manage until they get really sick and tired of being sick and tired. Then they start trying to game the system for some relief.
“Chronically infected cells, like nerve cells, can occasionally trick the immune system into reacting to and attacking similar nerve cells resulting in autoimmune disease such as multiple sclerosis, Guillain Barré, etc. Cells chronically infected with live vaccine viruses also risk having the viruses mutate, trade genes with each other, as well as interact with the host cell DNA.¹”
In other words, vaccines may work in the short term to block the infection of some cells and reduce the incidence of acute illness, but in doing so they may very well trigger autoimmune reactions, prevent our TH1 systems from dealing effectively with the rogue cancer cells we all have, and modify the immune system in ways we can’t predict. They also negatively affect herd immunity, but that’s another post!
Vaccine makers have made attempts to stimulate TH1 responses instead of TH2, but so far they haven’t been able to. (source) Of course, they continue to maintain that current vaccines are safe and effective, but are they?
This brings me to my next point, which is that . . .
The 2012-2013 vaccine has been formulated with three strains: Influenza A (H3N2), Influenza B and Influenza A (H1N1). (UPDATE: The 2013-2014 vaccine has four strains: H1N1 and H3N2, and two influenza B strains.)
In 2012, a study linked the H1N1 vaccine with a tenfold increase in miscarriages over previous flu vaccines.
Additionally, according to this article “Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, a world-leading immunogeneticist, has extensively studied the effects of the flu vaccine on neurological health. The results of his research indicate that an individual has a 10-time greater chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease after receiving five flu shots in the course of their life compared to individuals who have had zero to one shot in their lifetime.
Dr. Fudenberg and other researchers believe the increased risk of Alzheimer’s is a result of the combination of mercury and aluminum within the flu vaccine.” (emphasis mine)
Others have drawn the same conclusion, including Dr. Bernard Windham, who has testified before the FDA regarding his findings. According to Windham, mercury toxicity blocks sulfate oxidation which allows cysteine levels to build up in the brain and CNS to neurotoxic levels. He cites numerous studies which have found elevated cysteine levels – about 500% higher than controls – in patients with Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s, Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and autism. (source)
Mercury exposure can also cause memory loss, depression, ADD, oral health problems, digestive imbalances, respiratory problems, cardiovascular diseases and many more serious health problems. (source) Note: Single use flu vaccine vials may not contain mercury. The inhaled vaccine never does. (source) Single use vials with a pink syringe plunger rod in the pre-filled syringe contain only “trace” amounts of mercury – these are the made for children from 6-36 month old. They are made in limited quantities so children often receive the mercury-containing vaccines.
So, it often contains mercury AND it’s risky for pregnant women, despite the fact that this is one of the “vulnerable” populations targeted for vaccination? Interesting.
What happens when an individual compromises their TH1 immune function to be “protected” from the 3 strains of flu that came in this year’s vaccine? They’re vulnerable to the hundreds of other strains that will circulate this year, of course!
Back in the spring of 2009, just when the swine flu hysteria was building, a Canadian study revealed that people, who had received a regular, seasonal flu shot, were twice as likely to catch swine flu. This was initially passed off as unproven but, lo and behold, in 2010 the results of several epidemiologic investigations revealed that seasonal flu shot DID increase the risk of catching swine flu.
The four studies, which were conducted by public health agencies in Canada, involved about 2,700 people in all, and each one had the same result: if you got the seasonal flu shot, you were more likely to get the swine flu. The researchers wrote in PLoS Medicine:
” … Estimates from all four studies (which included about 1,200 laboratory-confirmed pH1N1 cases and 1,500 controls) showed that prior recipients of the 2008–09 TIV [seasonal flu shot] had approximately 1.4–2.5 times increased chances of developing pH1N1 illness that needed medical attention during the spring–summer of 2009 compared to people who had not received the TIV.”
In an analysis of 50 published studies conducted by the well-respected, independent Cochrane Review, researchers found that only studies funded by pharmaceutical companies found a benefit. Their analysis revealed a far different conclusion:
According to this article, supplementing Vitamin D is actually MORE effective at preventing the flu than the vaccine. You can find more tips for preventing colds and flu’s naturally here and here. I recommend using the acerola powder mentioned in the second article over a traditional Vitamin C, supplement, which is likely to be synthetic.
A “large-scale, systematic review of 51 studies, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2006, found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo in preventing influenza in children under two. The studies involved 260,000 children, age 6 to 23 months.” (source)
Another Cochrane Review found that vaccinating nursing-home workers did not reduce the number of confirmed flu cases among residents. (source)
Here’s an excerpt from the study’s conclusion:
“No effect was shown for specific outcomes: laboratory-proven influenza, pneumonia, and death from pneumonia. An effect was shown for the nonspecific outcomes of influenza-like illness, primary care consultations for influenza-like illness, and all-cause mortality in patients 60 years and older. These nonspecific outcomes are difficult to interpret because influenza-like illness includes many pathogens, and winter influenza contributes less than 10 percent to all-cause mortality in patients 60 years and older. The key interest is preventing laboratory-proven influenza in patients 60 years and older, pneumonia, and deaths from pneumonia, and we cannot draw such conclusions. The identified studies are at high risk of bias.”
Disclaimer: Obviously this is my perspective – I encourage you to do additional research and talk to a healthcare provider you trust. See my full disclaimer here.
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