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Did you grow up watching The Flintstones or The Brady Bunch? I know I did. These television programs were pretty popular in their day.

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You might want to take a step back in time and reminisce by watching these hilarious measles episodes joking about how trivial getting the measles was, way back before the vaccine was invented. And maybe it will get you thinking, ”why all the fuss today?” Is measles something to be terrified of?

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I’m sure we all can agree, most grandparents would say that they caught measles and that they “got through it just fine.” And our mothers can probably also remember measles and chicken pox parties, where people would invite their kids to be around other children who had either of these two viruses. It was nothing to be scared of. Sure, if you didn’t treat it correctly, it could make some children’s symptoms worsen, and it’s definitely not good for adults to get measles (hence the parties!) but all in all, measles was seen as something that was very common and nothing to be frightened of. Please try and view the video first, then read on.

Why are things are so different now?  We’ve all become very scared of contracting any illness. Even the flu makes people rush out and get vaccines that have actually been proven to harm (and can even kill). What’s worse, not only are they harmful, they really do not work very well.

Where Does The Fear Come From?

What has caused such a huge change in our attitudes towards the measles?

Cathy Jameson from Age Of Autism wrote the following in her article A Very Brady Measles:

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Things are so different today. Illness is a bad word. What used to be called a common childhood disease is now viewed as impending doom. Fevers, rashes and sicknesses that last longer than a few hours are treated like the plague. Anything that can be passed from one person to another is a death sentence. These types of exaggerations fill many news stories.  With those exaggerations, as well as how other fear tactics are used, including the mantra that the almighty vaccine is the answer no matter the question, no wonder people feel anxious about disease today!

Cathy also wrote about the Disney ‘outbreak’ that has many people up in arms:

I don’t know why a growing number of news sources that are reporting on diseases are resorting to such exaggeration. Take the latest disease story in the news, the Disney measles story. Pre-vaccine hysteria, we recognized that after a childhood illness ran its course that natural immunity would be gained.  Nowadays, rather than promote natural immunity, we’re being ushered and demanded to get vaccines. I have to ask why, especially why the measles vaccine (MMR), when this particular vaccine clearly isn’t working.

We know that it isn’t working because several of the people who came down with the measles in the recent Disney outbreak were vaccinated. That fact – that vaccinated individuals got the disease that their vaccine was supposed to prevent – negates the current media feeding frenzy. You’d think focusing on those vaccinated individuals who fell ill is a more of a breaking news story. You’d think that because we’re told so many times that vaccines are always life-saving, safe and effective, effective in preventing disease. Evidently, they are not.

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The Chart Used in Brady Bunch TV program to highlight what the Brady kids had caught.

“Over $3 billion has been paid out to victims of vaccine reactions. Not $3 million. Not $30 million. Not even $300 million, but $3 billion. Are we paying that much money to victims of pretend reactions? I think not.”  – Dr Bob Sears

Worried About Measles & Other Viruses?

It personally boggles my mind that most people today are so frightened of common viruses that “everyone got” years ago, yet many don’t know that real health comes from what we eat, how much exercise we get, how we control our stress and how much Vitamin D we get.

But what can we expect when we have a medical system with doctors who don’t tend to learn more than about 12 hours (maybe I’m even stretching this amount!) of training to do with nutrition. And whilst they do mention the other things in their advice to patients, it’s not really emphasised in detail – eg. they will still prescribe a drug that might not be necessary when a lifestyle change may actually fix that concern.

Because doctors don’t receive much nutrition training, this of course, then effects what the media writes about nutrition and allows them to advertise these awful foods to begin with.

So because of this lack of education – generally speaking – many people often regularly eat junk food, always resort to medications (that can harm  the body with regular use), and don’t breastfeed their children for too long – or at all.  They also aren’t concerned about or don’t understand that chemicals are harming society, and just generally lead a very unhealthy lifestyle.

Yet they perhaps want to believe that a vaccine will take care of everything, instantly making them healthier individuals and immune to disease.

Ensure Adequate Levels of Vitamin A

There’s a lot we can do for ourselves and our children in relation to the measles. One is very simple and that is ensuring that we have adequate vitamin a levels.

Leon Chaitow wrote in his book  (published back in 1987 when measles deaths did occur) Vaccination and Immunisation: Dangers, Delusions and Alternatives about the evidence supporting vitamin a deficiences showing that:

  • those children that have the worst symptoms during and following measles have lowest levels of vitamin a
  • such children are the most likely develop eye symptoms during measles
  • they are also likely to have a fever above 40 degrees (104 F) and require hospitalisation
  • they are the children most likely to die from measles
  • supplementing with vitamin a dramatically reduces the risks of severe illness or death associated with measles
  • this has been demonstrated in Africa where a 700% reduction in children dying from measles followed with vitamin a supplementation

Therefore, it must be considered, we may be seeing these outbreaks happen today, partly due to simple vitamin a deficiencies. We know that many children aren’t eating good diets. That’s a fact. You only have to take a walk outside most cities and you will see overweight children who are clearly not having a good wholesome diet.  I often see children with dark circles under their eyes, sallow skin and just lack of ‘spark’ behind their eyes. If they don’t look healthy, chances are they are missing some pretty important nutrients.

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excellent source of Vitamin A

Where Do You Get Vitamin A From In Diet?

As parents or as an individual, we can try and ensure we have good levels of vitamin a in our diets. High levels of  vitamin a – in the form of retinol (the most important source) –  is found in many animal products such as:

  • grass fed organic egg yolks
  • grass fed organic butter
  • grass fed organic liver
  • fermented cod liver oil
  • grass fed organic full fat cream

It is found in plant sources too, but according to research its not the correct source.

Author Lauren, of the Empowered Sustanance wrote:

When you hear think about vitamin A foods, what sources come to mind? Most nutrition books and internet sources list the following as excellent sources of vitamin A:

  1. Carrots
  2. Sweet potatoes
  3. Dark leafy greens
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Bell peppers

Although taken for granted as ideal vitamin A foods, these plants provide only the precursor to vitamin A, carotenoids. Interestingly, we need to be consuming true vitamin A foods, foods containing retinol, to meet our vitamin A requirements.

The most important fact about vitamin A is the difference between retinoids and cartenoids. The vitamin A from animal sources is retinoids, also called retinol, while plant source vitamin A is carotenoids, such as beta carotene.

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Think Carrots Are A Good Source Of Vitamin A? Not So

Animal sources of retinol is bio-available, which means the body can utilize it. The vitamin A from plant sources, in contrast, must first be converted to retinol to be useful in the body. This poses two big problems.

First, when we are in pristine health, it requires at least six units of carotenes to convert into 1 unit of retinol (source). To put this in perspective, that means one must eat 4 1/2 pounds of carrots to potentially get the amount of useable A as in 3 oz. of beef liver (source). What happens if we have digestive issues, hormone imbalances, or other health problems? It requires even more units of carotene in the ratio.

Second,  the carotene-to-retinol conversion is HIGHLY compromised. As a matter of fact, this conversion is negligible for many individuals. This conversion is virtually insignificant:

  • In infants
  • In those with poor thyroid function (hypothyroidism)
  • In those with diabetes
  • In those who are on a low fat diet or have a history of low fat dieting
  • In those who have compromised bile production (think: gallbladder and digestive issues) (source and source)

This information is most certainly not going to appeal to vegans. However, I would suggest you get tested yourself for vitamin a levels and your children as well if they too are following a vegan diet.

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Adequate Vitamin D Is A Must For Healthy Kids And Adults

Vitamin D

We also now know that many people are incredibly deficient in vitamin d, which is vital for good health and a strong immune system. I’d personally go as far as saying that vitamin d is essential for the health of every single part of the body. Concerningly deficiencies are now a huge problem found in children.

Sunlight is the best source, but due to the vilification of the sun years ago, many people always slather themselves with toxic sunscreens before they have any sun exposure at all.  These creams do a fantastic job of blocking out the bad and good rays.

So where are people getting their vitamin d from if they are always covering up? Diet is another area that we can tray and get some more from:

 

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mushrooms – a source of vitamin d

Common Foods That Contain Vitamin D

  • eggs
  • mushrooms
  • oily fish
  • cod liver oil
  • orange juice
  • beef liver

another way to get Vitamin D is from:

Supplementing with Vitamin D

In regards to supplementation, I would like to share what Dr. Mercola wrote on his website:

If You Opt for a Vitamin D Supplement…

If your circumstances don’t allow you to access the sun or a high-quality tanning bed, then you really only have one option if you want to raise your vitamin D, and that is to take a vitamin D supplement (make sure it is vitamin D3, not D2). I recommend regularly testing your levels to make sure you’re staying within the therapeutic range of 50-70 ng/ml year-round. The Society Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee recommends the following dosages. Keep in mind that these guidelines are thought to allow most people to reach a vitamin D level of 30 ng/ml, which many still consider suboptimal for disease prevention.

  • Neonates: 400 to 1,000 IUs per day
  • Children one year of age and above: 600 to 1,000 IUs per day
  • Adults: 1,500 to 2,000 IUs per day

GrassrootsHealth offers a helpful chart showing the average adult dose required to reach healthy vitamin D levels based upon your measured starting point. Many experts agree that 35 IUs of vitamin D per pound of body weight could be used as an estimate for your ideal dose, but you’ll need to test your levels to find out the dosage that’s right for you.

Get Your Levels Checked

Another way to know whats going on with your body is to get some testing done in relation to your levels of vitamin d. You can ask your doctor to do a screening for you (you may have to be quite firm about your request) or you could purchase a kit like this one.

When suffering from the measles another great way to treat it is with Vitamin C.  Dr Suzanne Humphries writes:

Vitamin C is one of the safest medical wonders on the planet. The following link will show you Vitamin C’s success as published in medical literature since the 1940′s.  It has been put down by the FDA and much disbelief exists within the medical community.  Link to article HERE.  However, I and many others have first-handedly enjoyed the nontoxic benefits of sodium ascorbate.  It is important to use high enough doses and the right formulation to achieve best results.

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The reason conventional medical doctors are not taught about the mechanisms of action and benefits of vitamin C in medical school, is that if they knew about it, then not only would a raft of other drugs have been unnecessary, but there would not be serious whooping cough or even deaths.  Vitamin A and C would render measles really easy to treat. You’d never see meningococcal complications, because all people suspected of having it, would immediately be put on IV vitamin C and there would be no coagulopathy at all.  Vitamin C antidotes DIC, the coagulopathy.  The ACIP and it’s cronies wouldn’t be able to use meningococcal complications and deaths as emotional blackmail to get people to vaccinate, because people wouldn’t be scared of infections any more.

Why The Huge Rise In Autoimmune Disorders?

If vaccines were truly making us ‘healthier’ and have stronger immune systems, why is their such a huge increase in auto-immune disorders that we have?

It is estimated that in the US alone, 50 million citizens have an autoimmune disorder. And guess how many different ones there are these days?

Between 80-100.

This is beyond shocking.

I know, to achieve good health, it can cost more, you do have to spend more money on wholesome food, on supplements and other preventative measures, but the long term goal is to not need to suffer later in life – and cost the health system (which uses our taxes to pay for it) so much money.

There’s so much an individual can do to help their immune system become very efficient, it just takes a little interest and serious effort. It’s actually got to become a way of life.  We just need more education on how to do this.

Measle Vaccines Spreads Measles

Another thing people don’t seem to understand about the measles vaccine is that it can spread the disease to others. Because it contains a “live virus,” most people who are recently vaccinated can be contagious for approximately 2 weeks. This is called “shedding.” This is not hearsay, this is a fact and is often clearly stated on vaccine inserts.

In New York City, a 22 year old fully vaccinated adult developed measles and then unknowingly gave the virus to four other people, two of which had also been vaccinated.

Despite kids today being given up to 3 doses of the MMR vaccine, it’s also not guaranteed that they will still be immune later in life  – which is pretty frightening to know considering catching measles as an adult is certainly a lot riskier.

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Vaccines that can shed

 

Measles Vaccine Reactions Not So Rare

If you check out the MMR’s adverse reactions that have been listed after they conducted their study, the list is enormous – too much to list here – but it contains some very frightening noted effects.

However, I also found some concerning information, again, found in Merck’s own product information PDF:

  • As for any vaccine, vaccination with M-M-R II may not result in protection in 100% of vaccines.
  • M-M-R II has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or potential to impair fertility.

So basically they’re saying that they can’t guarantee that the MMR vaccine will provide us with immunity and that it – or any other vaccines on the market – have not been studied to disprove if this vaccine can cause us long term problems such as cancer, or if it could cause other health problems or even effect your ability to conceive a child.

Not So Safe & Not So Effective

Really, they haven’t proven anything in regards to its safety. Sure, some will say, “My kids had it but they are fine, they haven’t had a reaction,” but how do we know that in the long term they might not develop cancer because of this vaccine?

There’s simply no proof from them to say this won’t happen.

Is this a good way to study something that is being commonly dolled out to all of our kids? And yes, the vaccines have been around long enough now for a study to be performed, but pharmaceutical companies simply don’t do these long-term studies.

I don’t know about you, but this is not good enough at all. If something is staunchly recommended for my child to take, I want real proof that it’s safe and that it’s going to work. What I don’t want is a long list of possible adverse reactions that have been recorded during trials and since reported to VAERS.

The possible effects from catching measles naturally (when treated the correct way)  is often so minimal.

The vaccine has far more possible side effects.

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Court Documents Filed Against Merck

What About Deaths From Measles?

In fact, there have been some pretty serious adverse reactions due to the vaccine recorded with VAERS, namely deaths. Yet it’s questionable anyone has died from the measles in the last TEN years.  In the last year, Dr. Anne Schuchat, the director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, made this statement in an Associated Press story published by Fox News on April 25, 2014:

“There have been no measles deaths reported in the U.S. since 2003.

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Does it really look like the measles vaccine caused measles to decrease?

Just this past week a news story came out of Berlin, that a toddler has recently died from the measles. When you look at the story though, there is actually no proof this is true. There is no interview with the parents, no photo, nothing. Also if it true, they have said in the reports that he is an asylum seeker from Bosnia.  Now, if you have a think about what that could tell about his health – it could mean that he a) hasn’t been eating very well or very much b) has been living in poverty c) suffering a lot of stress.

The reports also say that he was suffering from some other disease as well. With what some of us know about the close ties between the media and pharmaceutical industry – this story could be more of a fear tactic. Regardless even if true, it is one death. Not ten, not twenty, not thirty but one. In ten years.

However, the amount of deaths recorded after receiving measles vaccines is up to approximately 108.  And it’s always best to understand the fact that not all vaccine injuries are ever recorded. If a doctor denies to a patient that the vaccine could have caused their child’s death (and most do), sometimes parents just believe that and don’t press the issue any further. So the real amount of deaths from the measles vaccine, could in fact be much higher.”

The odds are more on the side of receiving an injury from the vaccine, than from dying from measles.

This chart below is from Medalerts.org, a public database anyone can access to see what reactions have been recorded.

There have been 4 different measles vaccines in use over the last 10 years.  Not all were combined vaccines (such as the one used solely today – the MMRII)

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Deaths From Measles Vaccines – MedAlert data base

  “It has killed no one. It can kill about 1 person in every 1000 cases. Will someone die of measles in the United States in the years to come? Maybe. But it hasn’t killed anyone in the past 15 years or more.” – Dr Bob Sears

Merck Lawsuit For Fraud

Oh, and lets not forget that Merck is being sued by two former scientists who filed a law suit back in 2010 claiming that Merck was trying to:

defraud the United States through Merck’s ongoing scheme to sell the government a mumps vaccine that is mislabeled, misbranded, adulterated and falsely certified as having an efficacy rate that is significantly higher than it actually is.

So not only do we have a vaccine whose own manufacturer admits that:

a) they can’t prove its vaccine is efficient for everyone

b) it can spread the disease to other people through ‘shedding’ process

c) they can’t say it won’t give you cancer, cause infertility or other health problems

We can also now say that it’s pretty likely they:

d) have committed medical fraud.

This is all so very comforting to know.

Are YOU Fully Vaccinated?

If you are a staunch believer in vaccines, can I get you to ask yourself this question:

Are you “fully vaccinated” for every disease that you are so worried about?

Have a good think about this, because most adults are not. This is because back in our early years, we didn’t have such a huge jam-packed schedule of vaccines. So chances are, technically you are “at risk” for catching disease.

Have a look at the vaccine comparison chart below and see what you would have received and what you are missing. There are about 25 vaccines I haven’t personally been given, but have I caught any of those things? Nope.

I do hope this gets you thinking though, that no, you are NOT vaccinated for all of these things, but you haven’t caught all of the diseases. You’re here and alive and well.

To continue being so adamant that ”everyone” should be vaccinated (with no personal choice on this matter) is an attitude which may in fact make you quite hypocritical.

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Suggested Further Reading:

http://vaccineimpact.com/2015/zero-u-s-measles-deaths-in-10-years-but-over-100-measles-vaccine-deaths-reported/

http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/2014/06/24/measles-and-measles-vaccines-fourteen-things-to-consider-by-roman-bystrianyk-co-author-dissolving-illusions-disease-vaccines-and-the-forgotten-history/

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/vaccinated-spreading-measles-who-merck-cdc-documents-confirms

http://www.naturalmedicine.net.nz/vaccination/whats-worse-measles-or-the-vaccine/

http://www.dinnerforthought.com/blog/ending-the-vaccine-debate-one-voice-at-a-time

 

If you’d like to learn more about Vaccines you can watch Vaccines Revealed, a 9 part Documentary series

 

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3 Powerful Tools to Help Overcome the Emotional Toll of the Pandemic

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    The pandemic has had a significant effect on our lives. Possibly without realizing it, many are suffering from a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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    If you feel stressed or feel that you have PTSD resulting from this pandemic, try these suggestions before resorting to medication or maladaptive coping strategies.

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The pandemic has had a significant effect on our lives. Possibly without realizing it, many are suffering from a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Every news cycle paralyzes us with fear of a new variant. Some feel grief over who or what they have lost or continue to have feelings of social disconnectedness. Despite what we have all been through, we need to start moving forward with our lives and truly live again. We must recognize that we have more control over our physical and mental health than advertised. The truth is that there are many helpful things that we can do.

PTSD is a stress-related disorder that may develop after exposure to a traumatic event or ordeal in which death or severe physical harm was a threat or occurred. Those with PTSD may experience agitation, irritability, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive behavior, social isolation, flashbacks, fear, anxiety, depression, attention difficulty, loneliness, insomnia, or nightmares.

Trauma can lead to feelings of powerlessness, but powerlessness can also keep us trapped in a PTSD cycle. The psychological imprint of trauma rewires the brain. There’s an old saying in neuroscience: “neurons that fire together wire together.” Our brain neurons begin firing in the amygdala, the emotional part of our brains, during a traumatic event. People can get stuck in an emotional loop, and the rational voice in their heads does not weigh in. This looping can cause a person to respond disproportionately to stress – freezing, panicking, or acting out in anger. Some dissociate or enter a trance-like state. Maladaptive coping skills can sometimes develop. Cutting, burning, overeating, drinking, drugs, overspending, etc., is all an attempt to dampen our painful emotional feelings. So, to avoid getting stuck in a PTSD cycle, we must act and take our power back.

Time to seek out the most effective help so that we can feel calm and in control again. What can we do?

1. Boost Your Immune System

If you fear getting sick, it’s time to live a healthier lifestyle and boost your immune system. Sadly, we are taught (with the help of pharmaceutical dollars) that health comes from a needle or a pill. Our “experts” recommend masks, hand-washing, social distancing, and mRNA vaccines. Still, they seldom suggest a healthy diet, supplements, and other natural remedies to help improve our health and support the body to fight off illness and disease. Click here for my article that includes 16 Tips on Boosting Immunity.

2. Embrace Spirituality

Over the last 20 years, I have been honored to have worked with many great therapists, healers, spiritual leaders, and trauma survivors to witness the power of Spirituality in healing. Spirituality is an inner belief system providing an individual with meaning and purpose in life. Whether it involves a higher power, nature, religious rituals, meditation, mindfulness, or prayer, the premise is to stay connected to the core of who we are. That place of stillness within us holding the memory of wholeness, peace, inner strength, and balance – despite what has happened. A spiritual philosophy or practice can provide us with a bigger context for our experiences and clarify our purpose. Spiritual methods also connect us with a sense of community and support. Finding our tribe is essential in the face of trauma and loss. The spiritual journey often allows us to go inside ourselves and listen to our inner guidance and “knowingness.” The inner voice may know, for instance, that the virus will not hurt us, or what we are being told by the media is untrue. Spirituality also helps us shift our perspective from “why me” to “what can I do about it. It brings us a sense of power and control.

3. Guided Imagery & Bilateral Stimulation

Both tools are essential for the trauma therapy toolbox. They are noninvasive and helpful for overcoming the effects of trauma. Guided imagery can help us alter the negative or stressful pictures and thoughts in our minds and help us create new, more peaceful ones—a form of instilling positive affirmations. Before you read on, I thought you might like to download my 10-minute exercise. This science-based, comprehensive video will help you to cultivate a sense of inner peace and give you a way to help overcome the effects of this pandemic – GET IT HERE

Is There Science Behind This?

Science, yes. Magic, no. This method requires regular practice if you want to make lasting, long-term changes to the ways that you think and feel. The good news is that both guided imagery and bilateral stimulation are widely practiced and well-established practices. However, I recommend that if you are still struggling after repeated listening, you find a qualified trauma therapist to continue the work you have already started.

A Look At The Research

Guided imagery is a behavioral technique using a series of verbal suggestions to guide oneself or others in visualizing an image in the mind to bring a desired response in the way of a reduction in stress, anxiety, or pain. A growing list of empirical literature supports the use of these techniques in various physical and emotional conditions. Guided imagery resulted in a clinically significant reduction in PTSD and related symptoms in a returning, combat-exposed active-duty military population. Positive affirmations can positively affect the brain’s circuitry. There is MRI evidence suggesting that specific neural pathways are increased when people practice self-affirmation tasks.

Numerous research articles have established that bilateral stimulation is one of the most effective treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some therapists practice Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a combination of psychotherapy and bilateral stimulation. EMDR is very effective for treating a wide range of mental health issues due to emotional and physical trauma. During bilateral stimulation, patients tend to “process” the memory in a way that leads to a peaceful resolution. And, often results in increased insight regarding both previously disturbing events and long-held negative thoughts about the self.

“Bilateral Stimulation induces a fundamental change in brain circuitry, similar to what happens in REM sleep. It allows the person undergoing treatment to process and incorporate traumatic memories into general association networks in the brain. This therapy helps the individual integrate and understand the memories within the larger context of their life experience.” – Robert Stickgold, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

Takeaway

If you feel stressed or feel that you have PTSD resulting from this pandemic, try the above suggestions and download my helpful video before resorting to medication or maladaptive coping strategies. Also, you can discover the many mind-body practices you can do at home to help manage stress more successfully and so much more. SIGN UP HERE to receive your free download today. To purchase my book Healing Without Hurting, click here.

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    Vitamin D is essential for proper immune functioning and alleviation of inflammation.

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    Are you or someone you love suffering from depression or an autoimmune disorder? When is the last time you checked your Vitamin D levels?

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Are you or someone you love suffering from depression or an autoimmune disorder? It appears vitamin D deficiency may be to blame.

Vitamin D is essential for proper immune functioning and alleviation of inflammation. The beneficial effects of vitamin D on protective immunity are due in part to its impact on the innate immune system and has numerous effects on cells within the immune system. Vitamin D is also involved in maintaining the proper balance of several minerals in the body. And, it helps to ward off the flu and many viruses and treat them. The latest research links vitamin D deficiency to many disease states. These disease states include cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, depression, arthritis, and just about every other degenerative disease.

 “Vitamin D reduces depression. In a randomized, double-blind study, People with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed a marked improvement in their symptoms.” – Journal of Internal Medicine

According to the Nutrition Research Journal, as many as 80% of people are deficient in vitamin D. Inadequate exposure to sunshine, poor eating habits, malabsorption, the VDR genetic mutation, and accelerated catabolism due to certain medications, dark skin pigment color, and too much sunscreen can be to blame. 

A doctor can check vitamin D levels with a simple blood test. Many mainstream doctors will suggest that you are within normal limits if your levels are 20-30ng/mL. However, for optimal health, the Endocrine Society and many functional medicine M.D.s and naturopaths will recommend levels of between 40-70 ng/mL for both children and adults. These doctors will also recommend a more aggressive replenishment program. For example, at age five, my son’s level was 24. The pediatrician recommended 500iu daily of supplementation, while our naturopath recommended 5,000iu daily for six months before retesting. Six months later, his levels were almost normal. 

“Through several mechanisms, vitamin D can reduce risk of infections. Those mechanisms include inducing cathelicidins and defensins that can lower viral replication rates and reducing concentrations of pro-inflammatory cytokines that produce the inflammation that injures the lining of the lungs, leading to pneumonia, as well as increasing concentrations of anti-inflammatory cytokines” – PubMed

How to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels

Get enough sun. Vitamin D3, “the sunshine vitamin,” is the only vitamin your body that is made, with the help of the sun. So be sure to get enough sun exposure to help the body make this essential nutrient. Hold off trying to protect ourselves from the rays of the sun at every turn by slathering sunscreen. Allow yourself to play outside, garden, and enjoy the rays in moderation.

If you must use some sunscreen, avoid chemical sunscreens made with toxic chemicals that cause thyroid dysfunction, endocrine disruption, allergies, organ toxicity, reproductive toxicity, skin cancer, development, brain, and metabolism problems. Shop for natural mineral-zinc-based certified products instead. When exposed to scorching climates or in the sun for extended periods, we use sunscreens by Babyganics, Badger, Babo Botanicals, and Goddess Garden products.

Eat a well-balanced diet, with foods higher in vitamin D. Although it is believed that we only get twenty percent from the foods we eat. Some foods higher in D include cod liver oil, fish, oysters, eggs, and mushrooms. 

Get checked for the VDR mutation. A blood test will determine if you have mutations in the vitamin D receptor. The consequence can be lower vitamin D levels and the inability to absorb vitamin calcium and many other minerals properly. According to a 2020 scientific report, supplementation of vitamin D can help improve VDR gene expression, so more supplementation may be necessary if you have this mutation.

“Something so simple. Vitamin D supplementation could improve the health status of millions and so becomes an elegant solution to many of our health problems today.” – Carol L. Wagner, MD – Medical University of South Carolina

Supplementation 101. Supplementation is often critical if you cannot properly metabolize or absorb enough vitamin D or not get enough sunshine. In areas with long winters and specific populations of people with darker skin color, supplementation may be even more critical. There are many supplements on the market. However, many tablet forms are not as bioavailable and harder to absorb. Therefore, it has been recommended that liquid forms are better. In addition, liquid D is often suspended in olive oil, which helps the vitamins to absorb more easily since it is fat soluble. One of my favorite brands is by Seeking Health. It does not contain any impurities or allergy-inducing ingredients. 

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Most Diabetic, Heart Disease & Alzheimer’s Deaths Categorized As “Covid” Deaths (UK)

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  • The Facts:

    According to professor of evidence based medicine at Oxford Dr. Carl Heneghan , who is also an emergency GP, most diabetic, heart disease & alzheimer's deaths were categorized as COVID deaths in the United Kingdom.

  • Reflect On:

    How many deaths have actually been a result of COVID? Why is this pandemic surrounded with so much controversy? Why does mainstream media fail at having appropriate conversations about 'controversial' evidence/opinions?

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 Dr. Carl Heneghan has an interesting view on the pandemic, not only is he a professor of evidence-based medicine at Oxford University, he also works Saturday shifts as an emergency GP. This allows him to see healthcare from both the academic perspective as well as the healthcare experience, more specifically, it allows him to see COVID from both perspectives.

What Happened: In a recent article he wrote for The Spectator, he writes the following,

It’s hard to imagine, let alone measures, the side effects of lockdowns. The risk with the government’s ‘fear’ messaging is that people become so worried about burdening the NHS that they avoid seeking medical help. Or by the time they do so, it can be too late. The big rise in at-home deaths (still ongoing) points to that. You will be familiar with the Covid death toll, updated in the papers every day. But did you know that since the pandemic, we’ve had 28,200 more deaths among diabetics that we’d normally expect? That’s not the kind of figure they show on a graph at No. 10 press conference. For people with heart disease, it’s 17,100. For dementia and Alzheimer’s, it’s 22,800. Most were categorised as Covid deaths: people can die with multiple conditions, so they can fall into more than one of these categories. It’s a complicated picture. But that’s the problem in assessing lockdown. you need to do a balance of risks.

Evidence-based medicine might sound like a tautology — what kind of medicine isn’t based on evidence? I’m afraid that you’d be surprised. Massive decisions are often taken on misleading, low-quality evidence. We see this all the time. In the last pandemic, the swine flu outbreak of 2009, I did some work asking why the government spent £500 million on Tamiflu: then hailed as a wonder drug. In fact, it proved to have a very limited effect. The debate then had many of the same cast of characters as today: Jonathan Van-Tam, Neil Ferguson and others. The big difference this time is the influence of social media, whose viciousness is something to behold. It’s easy to see why academics would self-censor and stay away from the debate, especially if it means challenging a consensus.

This is something that’s been a concern since the beginning of the pandemic. For example, a report published during the first wave in the British Medical Journal  titled Covid-19: “Staggering number” of extra deaths in community is not explained by covid-19″ has suggested that quarantine measures in the United Kingdom, as a result of the new coronavirus, may have already killed more UK seniors than the coronavirus has during the months of April and May.

According to the data, COVID-19, at the time of publication, only accounted for 10,000 of the 30,000 excess deaths that have been recorded in senior care facilities during the height of the pandemic. The article quotes British Health officials stating that these unexplained deaths may have occurred because quarantine measures have prevented seniors from accessing the health care that they need.

Fast forward to more recent research regarding lockdowns, and these concerns have grown. Professor Anna-Mia Ekström and Professor Stefan Swartling Peterson have gone through the data from UNICEF and UNAIDS, and came to the conclusion that at least as many people have died as a result of the restrictions to fight COVID as have died of COVID. You can read more about that here.

These are just a few of many examples. You can read more about the hypothesized “catastrophic” impacts of lockdown, here.

When it comes to what he mentions about academics shying away from debate, especially if their research goes against the grain, we’ve a seen a lot of that too. Here’s a great example you can read about from Sweden regarding zero deaths of school children during the first wave despite no masks mandates or lockdown measures. Jonas F Ludvigsson, a paediatrician at Örebro University Hospital and professor of clinical epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute is quitting his work on COVID-19 because of harassment from people who dislike what he has discovered.

Why This Is Important: Heneghan’s words are something that many people have been concerned about when it comes to the deaths that are attributed to COVID-19. How many of them are actually a result of COVID? The truth seems to be that we don’t really know. But one thing we do know is that total death toll caused by COVID doesn’t seem to be quite accurate.

That being said, we do know that people with comorbidities are more susceptible to illness and death from COVID, and that’s something to keep in mind. For people with underlying health conditions, covid, just like flu or pneumonia, can be fatal.

Ontario (Canada) Public Health has a page on their website titled “How Ontario is responding to COVID-19.” On it, they clearly state that deaths are being marked as COVID deaths and are being included in the COVID death count regardless of whether or not COVID actually contributed to or caused the death. They state the following:

Any case marked as “Fatal” is included in the deaths data. Deaths are included whether or not COVID-19 was determined to be a contributing or underlying cause of death…”

This statement from Ontario Public Health echoes statements made multiple times by Canadian public health agencies and personnel. According to Ontario Ministry Health Senior Communications Advisor Anna Miller:

As a result of how data is recorded by health units into public health information databases, the ministry is not able to accurately separate how many people died directly because of COVID versus those who died with a COVID infection.

In late June 2020, Toronto (Ontario, Canada) Public Health tweeted that:

“Individuals who have died with COVID-19, but not as a result of COVID-19 are included in the case counts for COVID-19 deaths in Toronto.”

It’s not just in Canada where we’ve seen these types of statements being made, it’s all over the world. There are multiple examples from the United States that we’ve covered since the start of the pandemic.

For example, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health stated the following during the first wave of the pandemic:

If you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live and then you were also found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death, despite if you died of a clear alternative cause it’s still listed as a COVID death. So, everyone who is listed as a COVID death that doesn’t mean that was the cause of the death, but they had COVID at the time of death.

Also during the first wave, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment had to announce a change to how it tallies coronavirus deaths due to complaints that it inflated the numbers.

As you can see, we’ve struggled to find an accurate way to go about tallying COVID deaths since the start, creating more fear and hysteria around total numbers that are plastered constantly in front of citizens by news stations. That being said, a lot of people who are dying of COVID do have co-morbidities as well. But as the professor says, “it’s a complicated picture” and hard to figure out, and probably something we will never figure out.

There’s been a lot of “fear mongering” by governments and mainstream media, and some believe that lockdowns and masks are simply being used as a psychological tool to keep that fear constant, which in turn makes it easier to control people and make them comply.

Meanwhile, there are a lot of experts in the field who are pointing to the fact that yes, COVID is dangerous, but it does not at all warrant the measures that are being taken, especially when the virus has a 99.95 percent survival rate for people over the age of 70. There are better ways to protect the vulnerable without creating even more chaos that lockdown measures have created, and are creating throughout this pandemic.

That said, it’s also important to note that some calls for lockdown measures are focused on stopping hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. Why do some places with very restrictions see no hospital capacity issues? Why do some places with a lot of restrictions see hospital capacity issues? Why do we also see the opposite for both in some areas? These questions appear to be unanswered still. That being said. Hospitals have always been overwhelmed. This is not a new phenomenon.

The main issue here is not who is right or wrong, it’s the censorship of data, science, and opinions of experts in the field. The censorship that has occurred during this pandemic has been unprecedented.

Science is being suppressed for political and financial gain. COVID-19 has unleashed state corruption on a grand scale, and it is harmful to public health. Politicians and industry are responsible for this opportunistic embezzlement. So too are scientists and health experts. The pandemic has revealed how the medical-political complex can be manipulated in an emergency—a time when it is even more important to safeguard science. –  Dr. Kamran Abbasi, recent executive editor of the prestigious British Medical Journal (source)

This censorship alone has been an excellent catalyst for people to question what we are constantly hearing from mainstream media, government, and political scientists. Any type of information that calls into question the recommendations or the information we are receiving from our government seems to be subjected to this type of censorship. Mainstream media has done a great job at not acknowledging many aspects of this pandemic, like clinically proven treatments other than a vaccine, and therefore the masses are completely unaware of it.

Is this what we would call ethical? When trying to explain this to a friend or family member, the fact that they are not aware of these other pieces of information, because they may be avid mainstream news watchers, has them in disbelief and perhaps even sometimes labelling such assertions as a “conspiracy theory.” This Brings me to my next point.

The Takeaway: As I’ve said in a number of articles before, society is failing to have conversations about “controversial” topics and viewpoints. This is in large part due to the fact that mainstream media does such a poor job at covering these viewpoints let alone acknowledging them. The fact that big media has such a stranglehold over the minds of many is also very concerning, because we are living in a time where independent research may be more useful. There seems to be massive conflicts of interest within mainstream media, and the fact that healthy conversation and debate is being shut down by mainstream media contributes to the fact that we can’t even have normal conversations about controversial topics in our everyday lives.

Why does this happen? Why can’t we see the perspective of another? To be honest, I still sometimes struggle with this. When it comes to COVID, things clearly aren’t as black and white as they’re being made out to be, and as I’ve said many times before when things aren’t clear, and when government mandates oppose the will of so many people, it reaches a point where they become authoritarian and overreaching.

In such circumstances I believe governments should simply be making recommendations and explaining why certain actions might be important, and then leave it to the people to decide for themselves what measures they’d like to take, if any. What do you think? One thing is for certain, COVID has been a catalyst for more and more people to question the world we live in, and why we live the way that we do.

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