Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
I found this recent newsletter interesting and wanted to share it with my readers. I’m not advising for or against vaccines…. that’s an individual choice for each family, but the more information we have to help make those decisions, the better!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, February 14, 2012
Vitamin C Prevents Vaccination Side Effects; Increases Effectiveness
by Thomas E Levy, MD, JD
(OMNS, Feb 14, 2012) The routine administration of vaccinations continues to be a subject of controversy in the United States, as well as throughout the world. Parents who want the best for their babies and children continue to be faced with decisions that they fear could harm their children if made incorrectly. The controversy over the potential harm of vaccinating, or of not vaccinating, will not be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties anytime soon, if ever. This brief report aims to offer some practical information to pediatricians and parents alike who want the best long-term health for their patients and children, regardless of their sentiments on the topic of vaccination in general.
While there seems to be a great deal of controversy over how frequently a vaccination might result in a negative outcome, there is little controversy that at least some of the time vaccines do cause damage. The question that then emerges is whether something can be done to minimize, if not eliminate, the infliction of such damage, however infrequently it may occur.
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Saturday, January 14th, 2012
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, January 14, 2012
Flu Vaccine: No Good Evidence
by Damien Downing, M.D.
(OMNS, Jan 14, 2012) Is it wise to have the flu vaccine, or Tamiflu, or would you get better protection just from taking vitamin D? Having a vaccine should be a matter of personal choice; we don’t think that government or insurance companies or medical societies should be telling you what to do. If you’re bothering to read this then you’re clearly smart enough to make your own decisions about your own health. While you are deciding, here is a second opinion.
So What About Vaccines?
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A day’s high raw, all vegan, all organic food plan – giving little Kamea lots of nutrition!
Ummm… 1 bite of organic dark chocolate :)
3 cups calorie packed green smoothie
water, ice, spinach, lucuma powder, hemp protein powder, hemp seeds, vanilla, bananas, Sun Warrior Ormus Supergreens (update: I have read that parsley can dry up a mom’s milk supply so I’ll hold off on using too much of this; that means more for my husband and he likes it!)
Curried lentils n rice n sweet potato
I made red lentils with rice and sweet potato and seasoned it with curry powder and soy-free miso
romaine, spinach, apple, cucumber, avocado, red bell pepper, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Himalayan crystal salt
Salt-n-Pepper Snacky Seeds with raisins
Zucchini, carrot, and avocado salad with olive oil, coconut vinegar, Himalayan crystal salt, pepper
Curried lentils n rice n sweet potato
On another note… we are having a great discussion about vaccines over at Green Mommy Blog (come check it out and share your opinion!). I just bought this book, Make an Informed Vaccine Decision. As if I need another, I already have five books on the difficult topic. Although, this one is very recent so I decided to buy it (June 2010). The others I have: The Vaccine Book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations, Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide, The Parents’ Concise Guide To Childhood Vaccinations, and Mother Warriors.
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
I found this interview full of important information. “Find out all the reasons why pregnant women should NEVER get the H1N1 vaccine. Renowned expert exposes major H1N1 myths.”
It’s long, but VERY much worth listening to. I had a few jaw dropping moments while I was listening to it. In the end, everyone needs to decide for themselves what is best… but it’s important to have all of the information in doing so.
I’m getting together the goods for my next email newsletter (sign up here), and one of the featured recipes is this delicious dip (or it can be used as a salad dressing like I did here). I promise…the next time you’re jonesing for a ranch style dip or dressing that is so satisfying and keeps you coming back for more, make this! It’s amazing.
Kristen’s Raw – Twitter Style
I’ve been having a lot of fun using Twitter to stay connected and meet new people around the world. Follow along with me here.
No, it’s not anytime real soon – so don’t get too excited (although I must admit I’m very excited at the idea of it in the future!). However, here are some things I’m researching to get prepared.
1) Having the birth at home with a midwife
I was introduced to this idea after reading a phenomenal book by John Robbins, Reclaiming Our Health (I highly recommend this book, it’ll blow you away). Since then, I saw The Business of Being Born (also available through Netflix) and my resolve intensified greatly to give birth at home (or in the very least by using a birth center).
2) Insurance doesn’t cover maternity
WTF? This is something I didn’t know until recently. The good news is that having a home birth is supposed to be less expensive than a hospital.
Last year I saw a Penn & Teller: Bullshit show (it aired on Showtime, but I watched it online. It appears to have been taken down though). Their premiere episode, Circumcision, was a fascinating, yet comical at times, investigation into the controversial medical procedure that gets people asking, “to snip or not to snip?” It might not be so crazy to say “no” to this procedure anymore. Thus, the days of a boy feeling weird in the locker room are probably not going to be much of an issue in the future, if people continue to elect not to have the procedure done to their sons.
4) To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate
I saw an episode of Larry King Live with Jennifer McCarthy and she talked about her concern over the fact that in the recent years we’ve added so many new vaccinations and the speed to which we schedule them could be extremely harmful, with the possibility of being linked to autism.
5) Homeschooling – A Smart Microtrend
Homeschooling has become a microtrend in itself (just like veganism). It’s exciting to see this option gaining popularity with people taking their children’s education into their own hands to make it the best possible. In a time when… 1) more people are working from home, 2) amazing technology like the Internet makes this easy to do, and 3) families are growing tired of our shitty educational system…this is no longer a “fringe” lifestyle.
In fact, I was amazed a few months back, while teaching a Raw food class, when the topic came up and I had a handful of Scottsdale moms (all very normal, well-to-do ladies) who homeschool their kids – and they didn’t even know each other! I say “Scottsdale Moms” and describe them as such, because there was a time when homeschooling was associated with either bible-thumpers or granola-backpacking-barefoot-tree-huggers. On the contrary, these women, and their families, are far from that.
As far as our teaching skills…well, my man is wicked smart with an MBA from Wharton (he’s brilliant), a mind like a steel-trap (he remembers everything he reads and hears), and he has the patience of a monk (he’s going to be such a good dad). Me? Well, I’m college educated myself (University of Michigan), I’m resourceful and well-versed in many subjects, I’m super fun, I have the time to dedicate, and I can make a mean-green-smoothie! We feel like we’ll do a world of good for our kids if we homeschool.
6) Breastfeeding – I know I’ll do it…but for how long?
It’s my understanding that some women in the United States do this for the first 6-12 months typically. Yet, in other parts of the world, they breastfeed for at least a few years.
Check out this NEW study suggesting that breastfeeding is associated with increased intelligence!
7) The Diet!
Of course, my children will be living a High-Raw-All-Vegan lifestyle. The concern can be with letting other people babysit (family, friends). I’ve experienced, first hand, people making food for me, and thinking it follows along with my lifestyle, only to find out there was an ingredient included which wasn’t vegan. Oops.
I will end with one of my favorite quotes because, although some of the practices mentioned in this post can seem foreign to many, I can’t help but think that they feel very natural to me. I love what Gandhi said, Be the change you wish to see in the world.