Communal vaccine debate continues

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As our communal discourse about vaccines continues, I am in part relieved just to see people at least willing to talk somewhat openly about the taboo subject. To quote Jon Rappoport of Nomorefakenews.com, “Vaccines are the holy sacrament of the medical church; they are supposed to be left alone.”

My heart, on the other hand, feels constricted as I see that the majority of people will continue to lap at the CDC’s feeding trough, hungry for the continuum of their comforting assurances – Life is safe. You are safe. We will protect you. Those big scary conspiracy theorists can’t puncture your safety net as long as we’re around. 

I digress.

Printed in the September 10th, 2014 edition of the Homer News, a concerned citizen writes:

“I was dismayed to read the fear mongering anti-vaccination opinion piece by Ashley Gregoire published in the Homer news recently. She asserts that there was a major Centers for Disease Control “coverup” that recently came out, but she was terribly short on facts. The “coverup” was instead a disagreement on statistical data analysis reporting from one team member on a paper that was published 10 years ago.”

Allow me to respond with a statement that is not my own.

“My name is William Thompson. I am a senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where I have worked since 1998. 

I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African-American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at an increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”

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Dr. Thompson goes on to say that he still believes in the necessity of vaccines ect., but that the CDC has a responsibility to be straight forward about potential side effects.

I do not see this to be a report of disagreement among colleagues, barring the obvious fact that they probably disagree with Mr. Thompson’s recent decision to come clean. I see this as a clear admission of medical fraud.

It is also worth noting that two of Mr. Thompson’s aforementioned coauthors, Colleen Boyle and Frank DeStefano, hold positions as CDC research scientists under a conflict of interest as they are also high ranking CDC executives. This basically means they work the PR front for the CDC, making folks comfortable while simultaneously cooking data behind the scenes.

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The concerned Homer citizen goes on to state that I fail to mention the 2010 retraction of Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 submission to the Lancet suggesting a connection between MMR and the development of autism. I have a great deal of respect for Dr. Wakefield as the pioneer of medical and scientific integrity that he is. You can learn more about his fascinating story, research and vindication herehttp://youtu.be/LgWkhWkd_vo .

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Delving further into this letter, said citizen voices concern for her safety and for the collective immunity of our community. Herd immunity, as I have voiced before, is a mythological phenomenon. There is absolutely no credible scientific evidence to prove that herd immunity is anything beyond a scare tactic, and if we look at the numbers we can conclude it is an outrageous lie.

Children under 15 years of age make up only 20% of the American population, and when we consider the fact that vaccines induce immunity lasting 5 – 10 years in the instances where they are effective at all, we are looking at a population wherein 80% of people are unvaccinated.

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“Herd immunity is not a scare tactic made up by conspirators to devalue your individual freedoms. That is paranoia. Herd immunity works on a population-level basis and is fairly straightforward in it’s effectiveness – we have seen our collective immunity decrease as fear mongering like what we read from Mrs. Gregoire plays with the emotions of parents.”

No such collective immunity exists in scientific literature, nor do we observe it in everyday life. For example, every winter my children are exposed to every head cold and flu bug that flies around Homer, and in the uncommon instance they catch something it is generally very mild and short lived. This is because true immunity is dependent on personal responsibility in so far as one’s willingness to protect oneself through nutrition, supplementation, lifestyle and sanitation.

And I suppose, to this author, there is a fine line between the fear monger and the parent of a vaccine-injured child.

Or are the tales of vaccine-injured children another scary bedtime conspiracy story lacking in societal relevance?

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All facts aside, the concern raised in this letter to the editor is legitimate and does not deserve harsh critique. In fact, no one individual, even within the medical community, is to blame for the spread of disinformation about vaccines; it is trust in a faulty system based on greed that is at the heart of discord between citizens on matters such as these.

It is not our collective immunity that should be called into question in Homer, AK. Our collective consciousness for the world and our neighbors beside us, however, is seemingly in trouble.

Amazing Juice Part 1 – The Cancer Connection

Childhood diets are the major cause of adult cancers. Heart disease is easy to prevent. Cancer is different, cancer is more difficult. But we can win the war on cancer.

– Joel Fuhrman, MD

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From cancer to diabetes, sometimes the answer to our illnesses are as simple yet complex as needing more fruits and vegetables. Simple yet complex? Yes. I mean to say that the answer is simple, yet the process of actually protecting yourself against disease can be seem complex at first.

The average American would be surprised at how many times improper nutrition is behind many of the serious illnesses and diseases so common in our world today. Many of you are probably getting sick of the ‘pill for every ailment’ approach, and are now looking to do more than suppress your symptoms. This article is for you!

Why Cancer –

When our bodies gets sick, they are communicating with us. When we constantly tune them out with modern pharmaceuticals, we never get to the root problem, and due to the additional resulting side effects, the list of medication needed then climbs higher and higher. And as many of you know by now, pharmaceutical prescriptions are a large part of our growing cancer rates.

There are many health conscious Americans, however, avoiding trans fats and eating the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables on a regular basis, and yet these individuals are still getting sick…why is that, you ask? This is where the complex part comes in.

Disease Prevention –

Cancer is one of the most frightening, devastating, and tricky illnesses to prevent. As quoted above, heart disease is easy. One must simply avoid trans fats, eat well and exercise on a regular basis. Preventing cancer, on the other hand, requires an individual to obtain CNA, or comprehensive nutritional adequacy.

The most dangerous nutrient to be deficient in… is the one you’re deficient in.

– Joel Fuhrman, MD 

Achieving CNA –

Using new advanced technologies, we can actually read a persons AGE’s ( advanced glycation end products ) in their tissues and skin. Simply put, this is a good indicator of a persons biological age. When compared with a person eating the Standard American Diet, or even a ‘Food Pyramid’ diet for that matter, a person consuming large amounts of organic leafy greens and  organic green cruciferous vegetables shows a much lower biological age.

More amazing still, take a woman with high GSTP activity ( a woman with genetic risk or predisposition for breast cancer ) feed her enough cabbage, kale and other raw veggies daily, and that gene putting her at risk for cancer is suppressed and therefore unable to express itself.

Synthetic Vitamins –

Now, I do not take synthetic vitamins or supplement my family with them, the reason being that our bodies aren’t able to assimilate them properly. Synthetic vitamins are never beneficial, in some cases, as with calcium and vitamin A, they prove to be very detrimental to our health.

It’s important to understand that synthetic vitamins are manufactured very similarly to pharmaceutical drugs, and likewise cause stress to your internal organs as well as oxidative stress to your cells. A little known fact is that cancer rates actually skyrocketed in 1930 when vitamins and minerals were first discovered and manufactured. These rates have continued to climb every single year since with no exception, in part because many synthetic vitamins are carcinogens, but more so because people then fell into the routine of believing that taking their daily multi-vitamin would be a substantial trade out for eating a healthy diet.

( Note – In no way am I placing all blame on synthetic vitamins, certainly there are a great many factors contributing to cancer rates today )

While it is true that many people are alive today only because of advancements made in the medical field, every time we try to re-invent the wheel of nature we will fail, and in the least face dire consequences where health and wellness are concerned.

Nature already provides us with the capabilities to achieve comprehensive nutritional adequacy, we must simply be willing to eat a LOT of raw veggies and moderate amounts of raw fruits. This sounds easy enough, but the problem is that many of us simply don’t enjoy eating that much raw food.

And of course we are so busy with our daily lives we just don’t have time to sit down and eat a bowl of raw kale, let alone chewing each piece until it’s completely broken down in order to even get the cancer fighting benefits of that kale.

Putting it all Together – 

The answer to the vitamin dilemma and to the veggie dilemma is easy, fun, and TASTY!

It’s juice! Not store bought juice, but make-it-yourself juice! Amazing, energy boosting, mood enhancing, life changing, and even life saving… juice.

There you have it! I hope I’ve given you some incentives to finally get that juicer you’ve been thinking about 😀

I’ll be back tonight or tomorrow to conclude with Amazing Juice Part 2, where I’ll dive into benefits and the juicer I personally use daily, as well as great tips and  juicing recipes that are family favorites in my house.

Green Goodness Folate Smoothie!

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I’m sure, especially if you’ve had children, the that you’ve heard of folic acid and know what it is and why it is important to take during pregnancy and even before conception ( preventing neural tube defects in a developing baby ). But are you familiar with folate?

Folate is the general term used for a group of bio-available b-vitamins, and is also known as vitamin B9. Folic acid refers to the oxidized synthetic compound used in commercially manufactured vitamin supplements, and folate is naturally found in foods such as green leafy vegetables ( kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, swiss chard, ect. ), lentils, asparagus, broccoli and avocados.

Benefits & Risks of Folic Acid:

Research tells us that continual consumption of folic acid over extended periods of time actually increases one’s risk of developing cancer, particularly colon and and prostate cancers. http://chriskresser.com/folate-vs-folic-acid 

I would advise that you stick with the guidelines set with your doctor or midwife for supplementation during pregnancy ( unless you’ve done your own research to decide otherwise ), though it goes without saying that steering clear of the synthesized version of folate after the child bearing years would be a smart move for your health.

Benefits of Folate: 

Studies show that daily, and even weekly consumption of folate will considerably reduce your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. While there is little conclusive evidence to show that folate might be a sufficient alternative to supplementation before and during pregnancy, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to do both!

You and your baby will both benefit from getting your daily dose of green veggies 🙂 I should mention that beginning a juicing regimen during pregnancy is not safe, as your body will begin to detox and release toxins that can potentially be very harmful to baby. Blending and smoothies, however, is an excellent way for you to get the greenies you need!

This smoothie is a great way to start your day, pregnant or not!

Green Goodness Folate Smoothie ~

1 large ripe or slightly over-ripe banana

5 large kale leaves

1 1/2 – 2 ripe avocados

2 green apples

1 handful cilantro

7 drops Lemon oil

Blend and enjoy! Serves 2

Happy delicious blending everybody!

5 Reasons to Use Coconut Oil for Sunblock ( UPDATED 2014 )

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( Little Nevaeh soaking in the hot sun for our all day trip across the bay – this fair little child didn’t burn at all! )

RECENT UPDATE ( 2014 ): Lol! This post has received more attention by far than anything I have posted yet – I literally thought it would circulate through my family and friends on Facebook and end there as with my usual posts ( why this post God? lol ). Mostly I have received a lot of flack for it, and LOADS of hate. I should again note that my children, particularly my daughter who is pictured above, are extremely fair. I wrote this post not long after returning from our first family vacation together in Florida, the whole time using only coconut and emu oils as protection, without a single burn.

That being said, my husband did burn the back of his neck during a subsequent 2013 Mexico missions trip, and my I got slightly pink recently on our Hawaii family vacation. #1, my husband did not have me there to reapply every hour like only a natural-obsessed woman as myself would do, and #2, my skin reacted very differently in Hawaii as I was pregnant, and we all know that pregnancy skin is very sensitive.

SO, does coconut oil provide natural sunblock? Yes, and I still know many who use it as their only source of protection just fine. As I originally  mentioned however, it is something you literally have to apply all the time. For a more effective approach I recommend making your own DIY sunblock. I have since experimented with mixing 1 cup coconut oil, 1 cup emu oil and 15 drops of the essential oil Helichrysum ( which is a natural sunblock itself).

You can also find an excellent DIY sunblock here that I intend to make use of this summer 🙂 http://raising6kids.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/let-the-sun-shine-on-me/. She also provides excellent links and information about the link between diet and skin health.

So again, take caution ( and do heed warnings about conventional toxic & carcinogenic sunblock ), but I still do encourage you to explore all that nature has to offer as sun protection – it works. > > >

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I can only hope you’ve been able to enjoy this fabulous weather as much as the kids and I have been! It’s been phenomenal; gardening, outdoor play dates – all slathered up nice and good with coconut oil!

Why coconut oil?

Yes, I always get funny looks, lol, but I assure you it works better than anything else for us, and is much safer too!

The Polynesians, a culture known for their radiant skin and hair, have used coconut oil traditionally for many things, including skin protection, for hundreds – probably thousands – of years. A lot of people assume that only those with naturally darker pigmentation can safely use oils as effective sunblock, but it’s totally perfect for us pasty folk too! I’ve used both emu ( yes, it’s oil from the emu bird, and though a wonderful oil, it is far more expensive than the latter ) and coconut oils on my children ( both as fair as fair gets ) for years now, and they have never once burned with it on.

So, seriously…why coconut oil? Why not sunscreen?

Ok, 5 reasons to use coconut oil instead ~

#1) Number one, lets start with whats wrong with sunblock:

a. For one, it blocks more than just damage from rays, it actually blocks a good portion of the vitamin D and other important nutrients ( that we lay in the sun for in the first place ) as well! Coconut oil protects your skin from damage, while allowing your skin to absorb everything good and essential from the sun.

b. Second, but most importantly, sunblock is now a known carcinogen. When the suns rays hit the sunscreen on your skin, a chemical reaction occurs that actually creates and grows cancer cells inside your body, not only causing skin cancer, but contributing to a multitude of other types of cancers as well.

There is no disputing this today, as any current* cosmetologist or skin care specialist can tell you the very same facts. Why, then, are we still told to use it? And on our children? Because it is still widely believed that there is no better protection for our skin than the good ole’ laboratory – made concoction of chemicals :/ Wrong! I’m here to tell you that when God provides, he truly delivers every time! God – made beats man – made every day!

#2) Now, it depends on what grade sunblock you generally prefer to purchase, but coconut oil is generally the same price and in many cases much cheaper than your average sunscreen. Case in point.

#3) So, if you’ve read my Beauty Products page, http://holisticchickblog.com/beauty-products/, you totally already know my policy of ,”It only goes on my skin if I can drink it”. Our skin is the largest organ of our body, and it only takes 23 seconds to absorb whatever chemical we put on it. We don’t often think of it this way, but whatever goes on our skin literally is in our body as much as if we drank it down like water. When we look at it like that, it can really make us think twice about what we honestly want to use lotions/cosmetics wise.

One of the thousands of things that is super cool about coconut oil is that – wait for it – it cleanses our blood when used topically. Yes, I’m totally serious! Apply, absorb, and clean and heal! This means stable blood glucose levels ( unless you’re simultaneously chowing a burger or other insulin spiking food, but you know ), which means less binges and cravings.

And one more fact about coconut oil – it’s a thermogenic fat burner, which means it signals your body to create extra heat that in turn burns calories and fat cells. Detoxing and weight loss by applying lotion? Bring it, baby!

#4) Coconut oil has strong anti bacterial, anti microbial, anti fungal and anti candida properties – now doesn’t that just sound like a nice thing to put on your skin? For this reason it makes for one of natures most excellent and effective wound healers/cleansers, but I digress…

#5) Coconut oil prevents and diminishes wrinkles and sun spots. In short, coconut oil is a saturated fat that acts as an antioxidant on your skin, helping it maintain it’s youthful elasticity, tone and texture, and slowing down the rate of wrinkling from oxidation( not that I appreciate societies blatant disrespect for the aging process, but there you go ).

There you have it, the 5 most important reasons to make the switch from traditional sunblock, to incredible coconut oil!

*Caution for first time users:

Until you know your skin with coconut oil better, and depending on how thick you apply, re-apply a light layer about once every hour, especially on particularly hot days, and always for children.

Be sure to use a quality oil for effectiveness. Select only oils that say ‘cold pressed’ or ‘raw’, and always organic because non-organic may contain traces of formaldehyde.  Below are the three brands I prefer from my local grocery store.

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Amazing Juice Part 1: The Cancer Connection

Childhood diets are the major cause of adult cancers. Heart disease is easy to prevent. Cancer is different, cancer is more difficult. But we can win the war on cancer.

– Joel Fuhrman, MD

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From cancer to diabetes, sometimes the answer to our illnesses are as simple yet complex as needing more fruits and vegetables. Simple yet complex? I don’t need coffee, no. I mean to say that the answer is simple, yet the process of actually protecting yourself is complex. Sort of.

The average American would be surprised at how many times improper nutrition is behind many of the serious illnesses and diseases so common in our world today. Many of you are probably getting sick of the ‘pill for every ailment’ approach, and are now looking to do more than suppress your symptoms.

When our body gets sick, it is communicating with us. When we tune it out with western medication, we never get to the root problem, and thus the list of medication needed climbs higher and higher. As many of you know by now though, pharmaceutical prescriptions are a large part of our growing cancer rates.

There are many health conscious Americans, however, avoiding trans fats and eating the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables on a regular basis, and these individuals are still getting sick. This is where the complex part comes in.

Cancer is one of the most frightening, devastating, and tricky illnesses to prevent. As quoted above, heart disease is easy. One must simply avoid trans fats, eat well and exercise on a regular basis. Preventing cancer, on the other hand, requires an individual to obtain CNA, or comprehensive nutritional adequacy.

The most dangerous nutrient to be deficient in is the one you’re deficient in.

– Joel Fuhrman, MD

Using new advanced technologies, we can actually read a persons AGE’s ( advanced glycation end products ) in their tissues and skin. Simply put, this is a good indicator of a persons biological age. When compared with a person eating the Standard American Diet, or even a ‘Food Pyramid’ diet for that matter, a person consuming large amounts of organic leafy greens and  organic green cruciferous vegetables shows a much lower biological age.

More amazing still, take a woman with high GSTP activity ( a woman with genetic risk or predisposition for breast cancer ) feed her enough cabbage, kale and other raw veggies daily, and that gene putting her at risk for cancer is suppressed and therefore unable to express itself.

Now, I do not take synthetic vitamins nor do I supplement my family with them, the reason being that your body won’t even be able to assimilate them enough to be beneficial. Fat soluble vitamins are beneficial and a whole separate issue that I’ll address later.

It’s important to understand that synthetic vitamins are manufactured very similarly to pharmaceutical drugs, and likewise cause stress to your internal organs as well as oxidative stress to your cells.

Cancer rates actually skyrocketed in 1930 when vitamins and minerals were first discovered and manufactured. These rates have continued to climb every single year with no exception. In no way am I placing all blame on synthetic vitamins, certainly factory farming with its antibiotics and other such evils are now an enormous part of the cancer equation. I am simply putting emphasis on the effects of the synthetic world in which we live.

While it is true that many people are alive today only because of advancements made in the medical field, every time we try to re-invent the wheel of nature we will fail, or in the least face dire consequences to our health.

Nature already provides us with the capability to achieve comprehensive nutritional adequacy, we must simply be willing to eat a LOT of raw veggies and moderate amounts of raw fruits. This sounds easy enough, but the problem comes in when we simply don’t enjoy eating them that much. And of coarse we are so stinking busy with our daily lives we just don’t have time to sit down and eat a bowl of raw kale, let alone chewing each piece down until it’s completely broken down in order to even get the cancer fighting benefits of that kale.

The answer to the vitamin dilemma and to the veggie dilemma is easy, fun and TASTY!

Juice! Yes, juice. Not store bought juice, straight up make-it-in-your-kitchen juice. Amazing, energy and mood boosting, and even life saving juice.

If you have time, look up Jay Kordich online. He has made a living practically off of preaching about juice, and if you like him on Facebook you’ll get daily updates and tips. Another good person to check out is Drew Canole, juicing expert. Again, like his Facebook page, ‘Juicing Vegetables’ and get great daily update.

If not, no worries as Ill be back tonight or tomorrow to conclude with Amazing Juice Part 2, where I’ll dive into benefits and the juicer I personally use daily, as well as great tips and  juicing recipes that are family favorites in my house.

Until then thanks for reading! I would love to hear your thoughts:)