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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Education, not Vaccination

Okay, so I am one the many parents that choose not to inject toxins (vaccinations) into my children's bodies. It is a choice that I have to defend everytime I take them to their yearly school physicals. I almost have the doctors at the clinic I use trained not to broach the subject with me. If the doctor I use is not in, I warn the receptionist that to tell the Dr. on staff that I am not paying him for his opinion on my vaccination choices. It makes the trip a lot more productive. It was easy for me to make the choice, I attended vaccination classes that just happened to have nurses attending too. They told the class of the many calls, post vaccination, about the side effects that some parents dread. I also learned that they are only aloud to post a small percentage of those complaints to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Then I went to the library and opened a PDR (Physicians Desk Reference) and looked at a few vaccinations to determine what is put into a vaccination. Scary stuff!!! That was that - decision made.
Let's take the MMR vaccine - the one that has been hailed for many years as being a trigger for autism. This is injected twice typically. The first time at 12-14 months old and again at age 4-6 prior to children entering school. Just a few ingredients for you to consider: each dose of reconstituted vaccine contains approximately 25 mcg of neomycin (an antibiotic), a strain of mumps virus propagated in chick embryo cell culture; and a strain of live attenuated rubella virus propagated in WI-38 human diploid lung fibroblasts from aborted fetusus. (The Chickenpox, Hepatitis-A and MMR vaccines were developed using aborted fetal cell lines) Each dose of the vaccine is calculated to contain sorbitol (14.5 mg), sodium phosphate, sucrose (1.9 mg), sodium chloride, hydrolyzed gelatin (14.5 mg), recombinant human albumin (≤0.3 mg), and fetal bovine serum. I found this letter from the Vatican on the use of tissue from aborted fetuses
These are the side effects listed in the paper work that comes in every MMR vaccine. The following adverse reactions are listed in decreasing order of severity:
Body as a Whole
Panniculitis; atypical measles; fever; syncope; headache; dizziness; malaise; irritability.
Cardiovascular System
Vasculitis.
Digestive System
Pancreatitis; diarrhea; vomiting; parotitis; nausea.
Endocrine System
Diabetes mellitus.
Hemic and Lymphatic System
Thrombocytopenia (see WARNINGS, Thrombocytopenia); purpura; regional lymphadenopathy;
leukocytosis.
Immune System
Anaphylaxis and anaphylactoid reactions have been reported as well as related phenomena such as
angioneurotic edema (including peripheral or facial edema) and bronchial spasm in individuals with or
without an allergic history.
Musculoskeletal System
Arthritis; arthralgia; myalgia.
Arthralgia and/or arthritis (usually transient and rarely chronic), and polyneuritis are features of
infection with wild-type rubella and vary in frequency and severity with age and sex, being greatest in
adult females and least in prepubertal children. This type of involvement as well as myalgia and
paresthesia, have also been reported following administration

Nervous System
Encephalitis; encephalopathy; measles inclusion body encephalitis (MIBE) (see
CONTRAINDICATIONS); subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE); Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS); febrile convulsions; afebrile convulsions or seizures; ataxia; polyneuritis; polyneuropathy; ocular palsies; paresthesia

Respiratory System
Pneumonia, pneumonitis (see CONTRAINDICATIONS); sore throat; cough; rhinitis.
Skin
Stevens-Johnson syndrome; erythema multiforme; urticaria; rash; measles-like rash; pruritis.
Local reactions including burning/stinging at injection site; wheal and flare; redness (erythema);
swelling; induration; tenderness; vesiculation at injection site.
Special Senses
Ear
Nerve deafness; otitis media.
Special Senses —
Eye
Retinitis; optic neuritis; papillitis; retrobulbar neuritis; conjunctivitis.
Urogenital System
Epididymitis, orchitis.
Other
Death

Now, can you see why the decision you make needs to be based on education, not the fear factor most medical professions and billboards impose on us?!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

New Tooth Revolution

Okay, I can hardly believe it myself - but I still tell everyone who will listen. One year ago, in the fall of 2007 I visited the dentist and received bad news. I had a hole in my tooth, and it was going to be very hard to get to. It was at the back tooth, on the side of the tooth (I guess from storing food in my cheeks). I don't know what the dentist was thinking, maybe that the painless dentistry would make it painless, but she informed me that it would take a lot of numbing (more pokes with the needle). So, I put it off a few months, giving the tooth a lot of TLC. When the visit came up, I put it off again. See, I am terrified of needles - don't mind poking clients, just don't like to be poked myself. I ended up putting it off for several months. When I finally felt brave enough I sucked it up and went in to see her. Well, this is when the magic happened. The dentist put on her gloves and mask and gave me my spit apron. She shined the light deep into my mouth and after scraping for a moment and referring to my chart from the fall she asked me if I was using Xylitol. Yes! I was using it since our last visit, in my toothpaste, mouth rinse, gum, mint and food. It is a natural, food based sweetener that is also used for re-building tooth enamel. It is suppose to kill bacteria that does a lot of damage to our teeth. You are about to become a bigger fan of Xylitol! THE DENTIST COULD NO LONGER FIND THE CAVITY - IT WAS GONE!!! I was in the dentists chair for no longer than 20 minutes before I was on the phone to everyone I knew! My girlfriend who has had several teeth removed from her mouth was astounded. My husband, parents, clients.... and now you, the new fans of my blog. I hope you have the same sort of success that I did. I don't mean to put any dentists out of business. Maybe you can get your dentist on the bandwagon - making teeth healthier can be part of their practice too!