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Whooping Cough Vaccines For Pregnant Women?

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  • The Facts:

    Pertussis vaccines are not very effective. Every dose of the DTPa (diptheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccine contains 500 micrograms of aluminium. Aluminium is a neurotoxin.

  • Reflect On:

    Are vaccines truly effective when we look at the numbers? Did you know most illnesses were almost eradicated naturally before vaccines for them came into play?

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Among the advice given to expectant mothers is to avoid alcohol, limit fish intake, and choose wisely when consuming cheese. So I am both astonished and saddened that young mothers-to-be are now advised to be vaccinated.

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The Australian Government recently announced it will provide the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine free to every pregnant woman in the country. The measure was included in the 2018 budget at a cost of $39.5 million ensuring that the vaccine becomes part of Australian National Immunisation Program.

The DTPa vaccine is used to provide protection against three diseases, diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is given to children at 2, 4 and 6 months followed by another dose at 18 months and yet another at 4 years. At 10-15 years another dose is given as part of the school vaccination program. Now it is recommended for all pregnant women, ideally at 28 weeks, during their third trimester.

What Is Pertussis?

Pertussis or whooping cough, is a respiratory disease caused by the Bordetella (B.) pertussis bacterium.

Australia is currently experiencing extremely high levels of reported whooping cough. This situation has continued for a decade and has, at times, seen the reported rate of whooping cough reach levels similar to those recorded prior to mass vaccination in 1953, and has culminated in nearly 40,000 cases reported in 2011. Ironically, this increased level of reported illness has occurred during the same period that vaccination for the disease has increased substantially.

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History Of Pertussis

Decline of pertussis

In 1922, there were 107,473 pertussis cases reported in the U.S. with 5,099 deaths. Mortality associated with pertussis declined dramatically in the 1940s as living conditions improved, including sanitation and hygiene and access to health care.

History Of The Disease In Australia

From the above graph it can be seen that by the time mass vaccination commenced in 1953 with the licensing of the first DTP vaccine, deaths from this disease had already declined by roughly 95%

Problems With The Pertussis Vaccine

1. Pertussis vaccines are not very effective. After an outbreak of whooping cough in highly vaccinated kindergarten children living in Elk Grove, California, concerned health officials suggested that the vaccine was only protective for three years at most.

2. The mass pertussis vaccination program may be causing more dangerous strains of pertussis to emerge resulting in more serious symptoms. There have been reports from around the world that there is a new more virulent strain which differs from that contained in the vaccine. Eight-four percent of all reported pertussis cases in Australia are reportedly associated with the newer strain.

3. Animal studies have shown that although vaccinated baby baboons didn’t develop symptoms of pertussis when coming into contact with the pertussis bacteria, they still colonized B. pertussis in their throats and so could pass the infection onto others. The study’s lead author, Tod Merkel, explained that when someone is exposed to B. pertussis after recently getting vaccinated, they could be an asymptomatic carrier and infect others. “When you’re newly vaccinated, you are an asymptomatic carrier, which is good for you, but not for the population.”

4. According to Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) there have been 19,357 serious adverse events as of December 30, 2015 in connection with pertussis-containing vaccines since 1990 and most of these in children three years old and under. The deaths resulting from these adverse events of the vaccine amounted to 2,512, with 90% of deaths in children under three years old.

Pertussis Vaccine Ingredients

Australia uses GlaxoSmithKline’s Boostrix vaccine for adults. The contents of this vaccine are:

diphtheria toxoid, tetanus toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine dTpa components adsorbed on 0.5mg aluminium and suspended in isotonic sodium chloride. It also contains formaldehyde, polysorbate 80 and glycine in residual amounts

Every dose of the DTPa (diptheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccine contains 500 micrograms of aluminium. Aluminium is a neurotoxin and this is injected into the bodies of very young children whose developing brains are extremely vulnerable. Five doses by the age of 5 results in a large amount of the heavy metal accumulating in these growing bodies especially when coupled with the aluminium received by way of other vaccines such as hepatitis B given from birth and again in childhood. This is all very serious and gets even more alarming as the pregnant women are also being coerced into having these aluminium containing vaccines.

Paediatrician Dr. Paul Thomas gives his advice to expectant mothers:

“The problem is that it is a humungous dose of  aluminium you are injecting right into the pregnant mum. It is going to go right into the bloodstream where it has a half life of over a week during which time it bathes that developing baby’s brain with a known neurotoxin. It’s insanity! I would absolutely under no circumstances do that to my unborn child.”

It is no surprise then that we are now hearing of an increase in fetal deaths in pregnant women who have been vaccinated against pertussis.

I received the TDAP, against my instincts, March 17, 2015. My daughter was stillborn April 11, 2015 at 35 6/7 weeks. It is likely she was dead a few days before I found out on April 10, 2015. There was no known cause of death, and no flags or warning signs. We were a low risk pregnancy, with no abnormal prenatal clinical or lab findings. – Chelsea Nichole Smith

Marcella Piper-Terry in her video Fetal Death Flu Shot & TDAP in Pregnancy discusses foetal demise (death in womb) from vaccines given in pregnancy. A whistleblower from an insurance billing company contacted her with documentation about what is happening in regard to these shots in pregnancy.

Stephanie was given the diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine on October 20, 2015 and on November 9, 2015, her baby died at 37  weeks gestation.

Sarah received her flu shot on October 15,  2015 and five days later her baby died. The death was recorded as intrauterine foetal demise.

Melissa received Boostrix which contains 500 micrograms of aluminium on January 8, 2015. On February 13, it was noted that there was a uterine size discrepancy – the baby was not growing normally. On March 30 the baby died.

Ally received TDAP on December 7,  2015 and on the very same day her 29 week foetus had a heart attack and died.

There are many more of these deaths and as Marcella Piper-Terry states, these are not coincidences. She blames the aluminium for these deaths.

We should not be giving pregnant women vaccines. It does not make any sense.

But the fear of one’s baby dying from a case of whooping cough rages in Australia. But what are the chances of death from the disease?

In Australia in the years from 2006 to 2012 there were 10 deaths in babies under 6 months old2 deaths in 2014 and one in 2015.  Babies under six months of age are most vulnerable to whooping cough so the importance of  breastfeeding in helping baby develop a stronger immune system in order to resist disease needs to be stressed.

We are mad to risk the health of expectant mothers and their babies by vaccination during pregnancy. Sure the disease is nasty but medical help and hospitalization is available to handle any respiratory distress. As parents and grandparents, we must realize that we cannot control nature. Best we can do is to work with it and not against it.

Please note:

TDAP used for adolescents and adults in the US
DTaP is for children under 7 in US
DPTa is vaccine used for children in Australia
Boostrix or dTpa  is used for adults

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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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Boosting Your Mood and Improving Your Health With Vitamin D

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  • The Facts:

    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. 

Final Thoughts

Boosting the immune system naturally works on your body’s innate wisdom. It supports the body to operate like a well-oiled machine, protects it from unwanted pathogens and disease, and helps ensure a healthy body and mind.

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Are Lockdowns Affecting Children?

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  • The Facts:

    We spoke to activist and mother Stephanie Sibbio about her co-creation of an organization called 100 Million Moms which seeks to empower women to stand up against injustices.

  • Reflect On:

    Are we choosing virus mitigation methods that are short sighted and harmful over the long term? Are they more harmful than the virus itself?

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The potential downsides of lockdowns during pandemics have been explored quite a bit – and the truth is the scientific community is quite divided on whether it’s the right move. On one hand a case can be made for effectiveness of lockdowns, but at quite a cost, while on the other hand many have shown lockdowns to be ineffective in slowing spread. How a study is organized and conducted can also dramatically change results.

Interestingly a study in Nature showed that “less disruptive and costly NPIs can be as effective as more intrusive, drastic, ones (for example, a national lockdown).” This essentially states that governments could choose effective ways to mitigate virus spread effectively without inducing unwanted and long term side effects on society as a whole via lockdowns – regardless, lockdowns are still widely being used.

One question we might have is, what about factors that are not so easy to measure right away? Things like long term psychological damage of being constantly stressed, out of touch with community and friends, and confined to our homes. What affects are children experiencing in their development and learning? We may not know exactly for quite some time.

I felt inspired to speak to a mother who has not only be asking this question with regards to her child, but who has decided to do something to push back against government measures, like lockdowns, that many citizens and scientist don’t agree with.

Along with another activist, Stephanie Sibbio created a movement called 100 Million Moms who, as their Instagram states, are a rights-based movement empowering moms all over the world to stand up against injustice. We advocate for natural health & medical freedom.

I spoke to Stephanie about how she has seen lockdowns affecting children, and her story in co-creating 100 Million Moms. In this discussion you will learn how you can get involved as well.

Further Discussion

A large meta analysis on mask wearing has shown that children are having physiological issues and learning challenges with prolonged mask wearing.

A group of doctors did a panel worth considering that discusses the potential harms of lockdowns and the science that supports the idea.

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