Vaccine Wars

Conflict stick figuresHelp! I have a family member who wants to vaccinate a child I love. What can I do to get them to change their mind????

Sometimes significant family members refuse to research factual information, yet strongly disagrees when we present the true dangers and risk of vaccines. Vaccine debates in families can become extremely emotional. Both sides feel committed to their point of view.

If you are having vaccine safety discussions with someone you love, who also loves your child, it is critically important for you to remember that you are on the same team. You both want the best for your precious baby. It’s not about who is right and who is wrong, but it is about what is truly best for your baby. It is also important to recognize that the media and the medical system push vaccines on the public through well designed fear campaigns. Many times conversations about vaccines can become a heated topic. It is best to avoid that. Sometimes asking a friend to play the role of arbitrator can be helpful. It is always helpful to pray. God can truly work miracles, even today.

Understanding the point of view of the other person is a priority and will help open up calm rational discussion. Seek first to understand. Don’t even try to change their mind. Have a few conversations just exploring their background beliefs on the topic of vaccines.

  • Is the pro vaccine stance rooted in a fear of disease? Which particular disease? Where is their information or fear coming from?
  • Does their pro vaccine stance stem from social fear? Maybe their own parents or family has drummed it into their mind that anyone that doesn’t give vaccines is just stupid or irresponsible, and they don’t ever want to have ‘that conversation’ with them.
  • Are there any medical/educational factors in their background? Maybe a course they took where a teacher stressed vaccines were safe and effective and everyone should get them.
  • Is there a previous tragedy in the family that they think might have been prevented with vaccines?
  • Lack of education, yet pride. Sometimes when a person is bombarded with ‘scientific evidence’ it makes them feel inferior so they dig in their heels just to demonstrate their strength and power. By listening and showing respect for their views it can give them space to let go of their pride.

When you are reasonable and listen, it will enable you to slowly ask questions and impart important information about the specific risk of vaccines. Many of us have been researching the harm of vaccines for years and could give several hours worth of lectures on the topic. That is WAY TOO MUCH information to share. We need to simplify and make very simple requests like, can we read the vaccine package insert together? Many people find exploring the vaccine package inserts supplied by the manufacturer for each shot contains valuable information to understand both the ingredients in the vaccine and the adverse events noted when it was studied.

Another step is to research the disease which the pro-vaccine family member fears the most. Look at the actual number of cases of the disease so you know the risk and learn how to treat it.

A critically important area to research is the design and function of the infant’s immune system. Scientific understanding of the development of the immune system in the last 10 years has exploded. So much new information is now available on the gut/brain link and the lymphatic system that all medical textbooks need to be re-written. Most doctors are not able to keep current on the latest scientific discoveries.

A parent’s most important role in the early years of a child’s life is to protect their babies brain. Ask your pro-vaccine family member to look into the blood brain barrier. No parent will knowingly put their baby into a faulty car seat, yet we inject baby with chemicals we would never let them touch or put into their mouths. Stick to limited information. One ingredient of particular concern is aluminum.

I highly recommend watching any video on Youtube by Dr Suzanne Humphries, especially the videos in which she explains exactly HOW the infant immune system develops. All her talks contain the latest unbiased SCIENCE. Everything she explains is evidence-based with REAL science, not the bought and paid for type. I linked her video on this blog. Stress the importance of finding unbiased scientific support for any decision you make. You are on the same team and both parents want the best for your precious baby – safety from illness and a long healthy life. The question is, how is that achieved?

Regarding the recommendation implemented in 2013 by the CDC for every woman to get a TDaP for every pregnancy, please research carefully before you inject anything into your body when pregnant. I wrote about shots recommended for pregnancy here.

If you have tried everything and your partner still feels strongly about giving your baby vaccines, as a last resort, may I respectfully suggest that you ask to schedule a face to face conversation to discuss one specific request. Don’t rely on texts, or sending links via email. Make an appointment like this, “Hey, when would be a good chance for us to have an important conversation? I just want to make sure it’s a time when we won’t face any other distractions, so that we can truly hear each other.” Set a day and time.

Plan what you want to say. It might be something like this, “I know you think vaccines are really important for ____ to receive. I know you are concerned about infectious diseases and would never want our baby to suffer. I know you trust ______ (the doctor) and want to be a great parent. You are a great parent, by the way. I have one request. Could we please delay all vaccines until we are able to have some more rational conversations about this topic. We might need someone to come and help us talk about it. I would like to recommend specifically that we delay all vaccines at least until the baby’s blood brain barrier is fully formed. My particular concern is that the ingredients in the vaccines which are injected will make their way to the brain.”

There are differing opinions on when the blood brain barrier closes (perhaps your partner would want to do more research), but experts agree that it is sometime between 2 – 8 years. If you can get an agreement to wait until 2 years, research, pray like crazy, and try to understand your partner’s point of view! Asking questions and try to understand where they are coming from, without trying to win every argument will go a long way in helping them eventually come to understand the truth about the vaccine debate.

Finally, if for whatever reason, your baby is given vaccines, please read this first so that you are fully prepared and understand the process, and how to make it easier on everyone.

You might not agree, but I believe the issue of vaccine safety is part of a spiritual battle we face. Paul gave Timothy, his young prodigy, this profound advice:

“Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:25-26

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Author: Becky Hastings, wife, mother, grandmother, passionate follower of Jesus and truth. As a breastfeeding counselor for over 23 years Becky is devoted to helping parents make wise decisions for the long-term health and wellbeing of their babies. As a member of a Vaccine Safety Education Coalition, Becky writes and speaks on the topic of vaccine safety.

Parenting 101: Raising Little Sinners

watching-the-sun-set-croppedIs there an approach to parenting that is 100% guaranteed to help me raise the type of children I desire? Is there a magic method of getting my children to respect my words and comply with my instructions as a parent?

Grandparenting must be one of the most wonderful roles a person could ever have in life. I LOVE spending time with my grandchildren, every one of them is delightful in a unique way, and they are teaching me so much!

After having my five and three year old grandchildren come for ‘four sleepovers with Granny and Grandpa’, without their parents, I have arrived at a clearer understanding of the word sin and the primary struggle of parenting. Of course I experienced these issues many times in raising my five children, but this fresh immersion into parenting brought some vivid reminders.

Sin is an uncomfortable word for most of us. We don’t easily see ourselves as sinners. The word ‘sinner’ sounds like an extremely heinous description of ‘bad’ people. Sin is actually a lot simpler and a lot subtler; the essence of sin is simply wanting our own way. We are born with a desire to get what we want and to pursue our own desires, with little thought for the needs of others. As we grow older, most of us get trained to some degree or another that we need to also respect other people in our lives, but that does not come naturally.

What does God say about sin? Sin is the thing that separates us from God. Sin prevents us from the loving connection He wants most to have with us. Sin is ignoring God’s sovereignty over us, as our Designer and Creator, and saying, “I have a better plan.” Sin is thinking God’s desires for me will limit me, but I will find happiness through pursuing the things I think will bring satisfaction.

Why is parenting so difficult? Because we are raising little sinners. Little independent people who have their own ideas about what will bring them satisfaction. Some of these little people seem to have a personality that wants to buck every single event or decision throughout the course of a day. Others may be mostly agreeable, but every once in awhile their independence will exert itself. Why can’t children just be agreeable? Why don’t they understand that we only want what is best for them, that we have years of experience that has given us insight, understanding, and wisdom for every decision we make? Why don’t they just eat the healthy food we provide? Why don’t they immediately respond when we have given them warnings and prepared them for the fact that a fun activity must now end? Why do they sometimes randomly physically attack their sibling?

Why do we feel like we are in a constant battle to see who is in charge in this relationship? Why can’t they just accept our authority?

Have I done something wrong? Am I a bad parent? Did I miss a window of “training” at a certain age?

Should I have spanked my children? Should I have spanked my children more? Should I have not spanked my children? Is there a formula for raising compliant “yes, ma’am” children that I missed? Did I read the wrong books? Did I follow the wrong advisors?

What is the answer? Is there actually an answer?

How did God ‘parent’ His people?

God’s kindness towards us leads us to repentance. Repentance is the goal. Repentance means getting off the train heading for “my way” and boarding the train heading to “God’s destination.” Every sermon given by the early followers of Jesus, which we read in the book of Acts, explains the necessity of repentance. As parents, or grandparents, our goal should be to gently help our children or grandchildren to understand what repentance looks like, and why it is desirable.

Having a “see I told you so” attitude, while very tempting, generally doesn’t lead a child toward repentance. Repentance involves a bending of our will towards God’s will. God never forces us. As parents we are often tempted to force our children to our will. This may seem to work for some children, yet this adage is true for adults and children, “a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” Our goal in training children is not a compliant child. Our goal is a child with a heart that delights in God and obeying Him.

Some parenting techniques may result in a very well behaved young child. However, our goal should not focus entirely on the moment, but should also consider the long term. When I think in terms of raising a well adjusted thirty something adult, my interactions with my child may be significantly impacted. The methods of achieving my goal require a longer commitment. Sometimes having a long-term view can result in momentary embarrassment, especially in a public setting where there are people who may judge my child or me unsatisfactorily. My goal is not to please the public audience around me. My goal is not personal pride in a ‘well-behaved’ little child. My goal is raising a human being with a deep knowledge of His Creator, an understanding of their own propensity towards their own direction, and a humble submission to seeking God and His way.

Parenting with these goals is not an easy task. The other problem I face is that I am also a sinner. I naturally desire my own way. I easily fall prey to pride and judgment. It’s hard for me to see my sin or my pride. I am a sinner, raising little sinners. In my parenting journey I also need to repent. I need to get off my train toward my own perceived destination for my children, and myself and get on the train that takes me towards God’s outcome. How do I do this? Parenting requires a daily surrender and a daily seeking of wisdom from God, through His Word, and laying down my own ways. Parenting is trusting God in the way we desire our children would trust and respond to us. Parenting is modeling for our children what trusting God looks like.

Acknowledging that I will never be a perfect parent and my children will never be perfectly obedient takes a huge weight off of my shoulders. Trying to force perfection on our children or ourselves is a source of extreme stress.

Jesus wants so much more for us. He wants to refresh us with His presence. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Acts 3:19

Immediate Vaccine Reaction

A guest post…

Hey!I wanted to share my story with the hope that I can raise awareness on the reality of vaccine injury. Every vaccine is a risk. A much greater risk than any parent is every told.

A few days ago, I was…

Praying really hard that A’s tests come back good and we are on the road to recovery!
Praying that the EEG SHOWS NO SEIZURE ACTIVITY OR PERMANENT DAMAGE.

I’m listening to screams from the back hallway and I’m praying it isn’t my sweet two year old boy. I know these appointments are so traumatizing for him.

We thought we were being wise parents. We knew vaccines could be a risk. We only allowed one shot at a time, spaced out, and delayed. Our first pediatrician ‘kicked us out of their office’ because we dared think for ourselves. What did we do? We refused to give vaccines at the 12 month appointment because baby was sick.

Baby's mom vacc injuryHis first shot was right around 4 months. He seemed to do fine on single shots. After we were refused service at the first office, we found another paediatrician. At the first visit in the new office we were pushed hard to give more vaccines than I was comfortable with. He was given the DTaP, Hib, and Prevnar (3 shots, but 5 vaccines in total) and my spouse and I watched our son convulse on the table right before our eyes.

We got dismissed from the second paediatrician the same day my son convulsed on the table during/after his shots. The reason? We refused to give him the Hepatitis A, Varicella, MMR, and Hepatitis B. They wanted to give him 4 additional needles with a total of 6 vaccines. We refused. They dismissed us.

I pray that every Mom out there will question everything that goes into their child. Most of my ‘friends’ ignore my posts about my son’s vaccine injury after receiving those shots a year ago, but vaccine injury is serious and it does happen more often than anyone wants to acknowledge.

Vaccine injury is SEVERELY under reported. I’m in the medical field and have seen it first hand. Doctors and nurses love to tell parents: “It’s just a coincidence, it couldn’t have been the vaccines.” I’m positive my child’s reaction to those vaccines happened less than 2 minutes after being injected. My child’s reaction was most certainly due to the vaccines. My child had ABSOLUTELY NO ISSUES PRIOR TO THIS EVENT. Doctors, nurses, all the assistants, and the office staff are all in absolute denial. When I recently went to collect my son’s medical records, including batch numbers of the shots, there was absolutely no note in his record of his reaction to the shots he was given. There was no documentation anywhere in his charts, even though they made us stay in the office for an hour of observation after his traumatic reaction.

I feel so alone in this journey because NOBODY wants to talk about the fact that vaccine injury occurs. I have to pray hard not be angry with all of this and with the people in my life that want to ignore that this happened to us. I’m just so thankful I didn’t agree to the other 6 vaccines they wanted to give him on the same day. If I had said yes, I might not have my son with me today. I trusted my Mommy instincts to at least limit the number of vaccines he received. My advice to other mothers is, follow your gut instincts, they are rarely ever wrong. This has been a very long journey for our family over the past year.

If I could say one thing it would be that nothing in medicine is ONE SIZE FITS ALL. Every drug has side effects and that includes vaccines.

Take time to read the ACTUAL INSERTS, not the sugar coated version the doctor hands you. Look at the ingredients, REALLY get the vaccine package insert and find ALL the ingredients (most of which aren’t safe for an adult, much less a baby). Make your informed choice because it’s your right as a parent. I wish I had done this.

It’s okay to say, “NO. I don’t want my child to have 5-10 vaccines pumped into him at once.” It’s okay to say, “I want to wait until baby is older and the chance of injury is less.” It’s okay to say, “I don’t want them to have vaccines at all until I’ve thoroughly researched.” It’s okay to research and come to your own decisions. It’s okay to not follow the herd and it’s okay to refuse to sacrifice your child for the supposed “greater good”. I assure you it’s better than living with the guilt of knowing that you were a part of your child’s injury by allowing it to happen.

What’s NOT OKAY is our society ostracizing parents of vaccine injured children and pretending it didn’t happen. THAT’S NOT OKAY!

If I said I’m being abused then I’d have everyone’s attention. If I said I was in a car wreck, I’d have everyone’s condolences. When I say a vaccine injured my child, NOTHING! It’s heartbreaking. I’ve never felt so alone on a journey in my entire life. Whether you agree with my current thoughts on vaccines or not, it’s okay to support me during a difficult time.

If our family’s journey can open the eyes of one person, then I guess it wasn’t for nothing! There are some who have been a great support to me, most of whom are also walking this journey.

It’s been almost a year now and we are doing biomedical healing and he is doing much better. It’s been a long hard road and I wish I could go back. I would trust my gut and protected my precious boy from vaccines.

On a side note: it will be over my dead body before anyone vaccinates my children again.

S. Andrews, mother of four

A Heartbroken Mother’s Story

13567065_517533088443503_4184410412180327738_n 13615384_517533165110162_6616417198109059937_n“This is my daughter. The first photo of her and I was before she received the Hep B vaccine. The next is the very last photo I got of her. To me she looked almost sickly in the second photo. She passed that following morning between 6:50-7:20 am, exactly 36 hours after receiving the Hep B vaccine at 14 days old. She weighed 4 lb 6 oz and was mildly jaundiced. She had not even reached her due date. I feel so robbed. My baby was stolen from me.

My precious beautiful baby girl. My first daughter. I found out I was pregnant with her August 17, 2013. She was born at 34.5 weeks on April 10, 2014. She received the Hepatitis B shot on April 24, 2014. She passed on April 26, 2014. She was just 16 days old.

I was going to take her to the ER that morning if she was still lethargic like she was the day before. Unfortunately she never made it, because I TRUSTED her doctor. I called and he said she would be fine, it’s just from the vaccine. Yeah. It was from the vaccine. Little did I know it was causing her liver and heart to go into failure.

I feel so much guilt. I think of all the things I COULD have done, all the things I SHOULD have done. I have a hard time forgiving myself, and accepting the fact it wasn’t my fault. But I feel like it was, I should have trusted my gut, because my gut was SCREAMING don’t vaccinate her. That’s why I had refused to give her the shot while still in the hospital, but they threatened me with cps, and told me I’d get my kids taken if I didn’t vaccinate her. I’m not Hep B positive. Newborns don’t do drugs and don’t have sex. Why was it SO imperative to inject my preemie with the toxins that killed her? And the worst part is, I can’t even hold the doctor who forced it accountable! So moms, dads, and anyone else reading this, if you have any doubt, or if your gut/instinct is screaming NO, LISTEN. It’s there for a reason. Please listen to it, I wish I did, it may save your child’s life.”

A heartbroken mother.

Be prepared. Get the facts on vaccines, especially Hepatitis B. Say NO to unnecessary vaccines. Hepatitis B is recommended by the CDC for all full-term infants on the first day of life. Preemies are recommended to get the shot at one month. Why? Get the facts on Hepatitis B, the true risk of the disease versus the risk of this injection which contains 250 mcg of aluminium and up to 15 mcg/mL residual formaldehyde. See vaccine package insert.

Protect your baby. Nothing is more precious than the life of your children.

Cumulative Aluminum by 18 mo

PS. This comment was added below, but is so significant, I decided to quote it here:

“Years ago Dr. Sears pointed out how easy it is to check online.. to see how things don’t add up. He pointed out that the AMA’s own web site cautions that the maximum safe dose of aluminum hydroxide for a baby (not even a newborn!) is 25 micrograms; Then you could check the vaccine ingredients online and see that the Hep B shot by Merck, contains 250 micrgrams of Aluminum Hydroxide or 1000% of the (allegedly) safe dose. The truly egregious thing here, is that even if doctors are not aware of this information, which they ought to be, they have ready access to it. It is beyond unconscionable to administer a Hep B shot to anyone, with its aluminum content.. it’s criminal. Giving it to a premature baby.. should be viewed as manslaughter, or even homicide.” V Christine Bingham.

Thanksgiving 2015 Becky Hastings, author, speaker, vaccine safety education spokesperson. And a wife, mother, and grandmother who is passionate about health and Jesus Christ, the Resurrected Savior and Lord.

 

MUST READ for Pregnant/Potentially Pregnant Couples

Pregnant Family croppedAre you pregnant? Do you know anyone who is pregnant? Do you know anyone who could be pregnant in the future?

Please READ & SHARE. With all the hype in the US media in 2016 about Zika, mosquitos, microcephaly, etc, these facts are very interesting indeed…

Microcephaly1) Two countries side by side have the same climate, mosquitos etc.;
2) Two countries side by side have Zika going around;
3) Two countries side by side have totally different infant microcephaly rates;
4) One country BRAZIL began recommending TDaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccine to ALL pregnant women with from May 2015, from 20 weeks gestation, and exactly 20 weeks later, the beginning of a microcephaly epidemic in the new babies;
5) The other country COLOMBIA does not vaccinate pregnant women, and has an extremely low rate of microcephaly;
6) The US has 25,000 cases of microcephaly per year[1];
7) In 2011 The ACIP/CDC began recommending DTaP for every pregnant woman[2];
8) The ACIP/CDC has been recommending flu shots for pregnant women during any stage of pregnancy since 2006[3]. Very little caution is given to avoid multi vial mercury containing flu shots.
9) In 2012 the ACIP/CDC voted to recommended a TDaP shot to every pregnant woman for every pregnancy, regardless of when a previous TDaP shot had been given.[5] 

“Microcephaly may result from any insult that disturbs early brain growth…Annually, approximately 25,000 infants in the United States will be diagnosed with microcephaly…”[1]

“This [data] gives a consistent interpretation that there is no direct link between Zika and microcephaly except for random co-occurrence.”[6]

PLEASE warn young women and pregnant women to research before accepting vaccines during pregnancy. The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC.org) provides scientific evidence to help you research. [4]

If you or your baby experience any injury from any vaccine, there is no liability or compensation available to you, except through the VICP which is a lengthy challenging process which you must begin within three years of the injury. Not many people know about this and not many doctors recognize vaccine injury or help their damaged patients with this process. Since 1988 all vaccine manufacturers, doctors, or government entities recommending vaccines have been indemnified against all liability. The only person responsible for a vaccine injury will be you and your family.

Take responsibility and ensure your own health.

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Author: Becky Hastings, Jesus follower, wife, mother, grandmother, passionate seeker of truth and health, vaccine safety advocate, and breastfeeding advocate.

Other popular blogs on vaccine safety: Protect Your Baby’s Brain, Our Children Our Future, It’s Just A Tetanus Shot, It Wasn’t the Truck, Vaccine Disagreements

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References:
[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19752457
[2] http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6041a4.htm
[3] http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5510a1.htm
[4] http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/November-2013/Vaccination-During-Pregnancy–Is-It-Safe-.aspx
[5] http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6207a4.htm
[6] http://necsi.edu/research/social/pandemics/statusreport

DTaP Effectiveness Links

Test tubesA 1991 study published in The National Center for Biotechnology Information reveals that the United Stated government has known since 1991 that a link between DTP and microcephaly exists.

Commentary:
http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/1991-government-document-confirms-tdap-vaccine-causes-microcephaly/

Actual study:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK234367/

The DTP whole-cell pertussis vaccine was withdrawn in 1996 and replaced with the acellular pertussis in two versions: DTaP for babies and young children and the TDaP for older children and adults. A series of four shots is recommended for babies by the CDC, at 2, 4, 6, and 15-18 months. In 2013 the CDC implemented a policy of recommending every Pregnant woman be given a TDaP shot in every pregnancy, no matter when they last had a shot, despite the risk to the unborn baby, the contraindications of giving TDaP to children, and lack of safety studies.

From the National Vaccine Information Center:

 Whole-cell DPT contains B. pertussis bacteria heat and chemically treated as well as significant amounts of endotoxin (capable of killing animals and humans on its own). There is less endotoxin in DTaP, however both DPT and DTaP contain aluminum adjuvants. Aluminum can kill brain cells and make the blood brain barrier more permeable

Even though the acellular DTaP vaccine is believed to be less reactive than the whole cell DPT vaccine, NVIC still receives reports of serious reactions following DTaP vaccination that are consistent with symptoms and injuries known to be associated with DPT vaccine, including high pitched screaming, fever over 103F, collapse/shock (hypotonic/hyporesponsive episode), convulsions, and encephalopathy.

Infants and children, who have demonstrated one or more of these symptoms following DTAP vaccination (or any other vaccination), should be carefully evaluated by one or more health care professionals before more DTaP or other vaccines are given. If you, as a parent, are concerned that continuing vaccination would harm your child and a doctor is insisting more vaccines be given without your voluntary consent, you should contact another trusted health care professional for a second opinion. If your child has experienced health deterioration after previous vaccinations, it is important listen to your intuition and become totally comfortable before proceeding with more vaccination. http://www.nvic.org/faqs/vaccines-infectious-disease.aspx

The chances of getting pertussis worldwide according to data taken from 2014 is about 1 in 50,000. Pertussis causes the most complications to children under 3 months. If a baby is given vaccines according to the CDC schedule, they aren’t fully vaccinated until 6+ months (DTaP at 2, 4 and 6 months). Children who get pertussis over one year of age usually fully recover with no lasting problems. Vitamin C therapy has been shown to reduce the severity and duration of pertussis in infants.

According to the Daptacel vaccine insert, (Sanofi Pasteur’s diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine) many serious adverse reactions were reported including bronchiolitis, pneumonia, sepsis (life threatening blood infection), meningitis, and pertussis. 1 in 431 experienced seizures after receiving the vaccine. “Systemic reactions that occurred in >50% of subjects following any dose [of Daptacel]  included fussiness/irritability, inconsolable crying, and decreased activity/lethargy. Fever ≥38.0°C occurred in 6-16% of US subjects, depending on dose number.”

Pentacle (Sanofi Pasteur’s vaccine which includes diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, IPV/polio, and HIB) had a 1 in 25 serious reaction rate according to one of the studies. The top reported reactions were pneumonia, asthma, bronchiolitis, gastroenteritis, and dehydration. 1 out of 1,196 died (they aren’t sure if its related or not, but that’s the facts and the potential risks). “A total of 5 deaths occurred during Studies 494-01, 494-03, 5A9908 and P3T06:”

Pediarix (Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Adsorbed, Hepatitis B (Recombinant) and Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine by GSK) reports reactions of seizures, bronchiolitis, sepsis, and gastroenteritis. 1 in 33 got a chronic illness like diabetes or asthma and 1 in 1618 died.

A good research article documenting how vaccination with DTaP and TDap contribute to increased rates of whooping cough.

“Thus, we conclude that aP vaccination interferes with the optimal clearance of B. parapertussis and enhances the performance of this pathogen. Our data raise the possibility that widespread aP vaccination can create hosts more susceptible to B. parapertussis infection.”

Acellular pertussis vaccination facilitates Bordetella parapertussis infection in a rodent model of bordetellosis, Proc Biol Soc July 2010, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2880100/

Neurological Complications of Pertussis Immunization has been known since 1958 when this paper was published, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2025848/

DPT Vaccine and Chronic Nervous System Dysfunction: A New Analysis, http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=9814#toc /

Pertussis toxin is required for pertussis vaccine encephalopathy, published in 1985, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/…/pdf/pnas00364-0469.pdf /

Delay in diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus vaccination is associated with a reduced risk of childhood asthma, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, March 2008, http://www.jacionline.org/…/S0091-6749(07)02379-2/fulltxt /

Effects of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis or tetanus vaccination on allergies and allergy-related respiratory symptoms among children and adolescents in the United States, J Manipulative Physiol There, February 2000, ‪http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10714532

Pertussis outbreak in Washington 2012. CDC reports that 76% of cases were 100% vaccinated and up to date on boosters and 93% of children were vaccinated for DTap. In this sample only 4% of children were unvaccinated. 2012, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6128a1.htm

Acellular pertussis vaccination facilitates Bordetella parapertussis infection, Proc Biol Sci, July 2010, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20200027

Acellular Pertussis vaccine protects against disease but fail to prevent infection and transmission in a nonhuman primate model, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the Unites States of America, October 2013, http://www.pnas.org/content/111/2/787

Clinical presentation of pertussis high amongst fully immunized children in Lithuania, BMC Infectious Diseases, May, 2005, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1177947/

Pertussis outbreak in US elementary school with high vaccination coverage, Pediatric Infect Dis J, December 2001, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11740314

The pertussis vaccine is shown to be not very effective:

Unexpectedly Limited Durability of Immunity Following Acellular Pertussis Vaccination in Pre-Adolescents in a North American Outbreak , Clinical Infectious Diseases Advance Access, March 2012, http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/03/13/cid.cis287.full.pdf

Whooping cough caused by Bordetella pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis in an immunized population, JAMA, August 1998, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9718056

DPT Vaccine and Chronic Nervous System Dysfunction: A New Analysis, IOM, 1994, http://www.nap.edu/catalog/9814/dpt-vaccine-and-chronic-nervous-system-dysfunction-a-new-analysis

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

FDA study helps provide an understanding of rising rates of whooping cough and response to vaccination, FDA NEWS RELEASE, Nov. 27, 2013, http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm376937.htm

36 Abstracts with Vaccination: Diphtheria-Pertussis-Tetanus Research, http://www.greenmedinfo.com/anti-therapeutic-action/vaccination-diphtheriapertussis-tetanus

This article clearly describes vaccine failure because a pertussis outbreak occurred in mostly vaccinated children:

Sustained Transmission of Pertussis in Vaccinated, 1-5-Year-Old Children in a Preschool, Florida, USA, Emerging Infectious Diseases, February, 2016, http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/22/2/pdfs/15-0325.pdf

Most of the people who got whooping cough in San Diego County were up to date with their immunizations, according to county data. Of the 621 people who contracted the illness, 85 percent had all their preventative shots — calling into question the efficacy of the vaccine.

Immunized People Getting Whooping Cough. KPBS, June 12, 2014, http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/jun/12/immunized-people-getting-whooping-cough/

Vaccine Disagreements

Mom Dad BabyWhat do you do when an educated, caring spouse disagrees about vaccine safety?
My husband is a former science professor with a PhD in molecular/cellular biology. My father had a medical degree with scientific training as a virologist and worked in public health. I never finished college, but have spent my life homeschooling our five children and myself on topics I am passionate about. Our children are now aged 33 to 16.

Initially my father admitted vaccines did cause damage to some children, but he had been so well indoctrinated in his medical training that he still thought vaccines were best for society. He told me that my breastfed babies were healthier NOT having vaccines. I began researching the real dangers of vaccines 34 years ago. Over time, both my dad and my husband came to respect the evidence I brought. My husband wholeheartedly supports keeping children safe with a robust innate immune system – something vaccines will never give.

If you are having vaccine safety discussions with someone you love, who also loves your child, it is critically important for you to remember that you are on the same team. You both want the best for your precious baby. It’s not about who is right and who is wrong, but it is about what is truly best for your baby. It is also important to recognize that the media and the medical system push vaccines on the public through well designed fear campaigns. Many times conversations about vaccines can become a heated topic. It is best to avoid that. Sometimes asking a friend to play the role of arbitrator can be helpful. It is always helpful to pray. God can truly work miracles, even today.

Next, encourage the pro vaccine (or fearful) spouse to research the disease which they fear the most. A critically important area to research is the design and function of the infant’s immune system. So much has been learned in the last 10 years about the immune system, the gut brain link, and the lymphatic system, that all medical textbooks need to be re-written. Most doctors are not able to keep current on the latest scientific discoveries.

I highly recommend watching any video on Youtube by Dr Suzanne Humphries, especially the videos in which she explains exactly HOW the infant immune system develops. All her talks contain the latest unbiased SCIENCE. Everything she explains is evidence based with REAL science, not the bought and paid for type. I linked her video on this blog. Stress the importance of finding unbiased scientific support for any decision you make. You are on the same team and both parents want the best for your precious baby – safety from illness and a long healthy life. The question is, how is that achieved?

As a parent, the most important thing you can do is Protect Your Child’s Brain. In our world there is ever-increasing exposure to many different toxic ingredients, from our food, air, and chemicals around us. Please explore exactly what is in the vaccines recommended for your baby and how those ingredients will impact the body and brain.

Sometimes family members – not your partner – want to bombard you with their strong opinions on your vaccine choices. Some push really hard and have strong opinions. If you are experiencing something like this, I compiled this blog just for you which asks eight key questions to help your pro vaccine supporter think through some of the facts about vaccine safety.

Regarding the recommendation implemented in 2013 by the CDC for every woman to get a TDaP for every pregnancy, please research carefully before you inject anything into your body when pregnant. I wrote about shots recommended for pregnancy here.

If you have tried everything and your partner still feels strongly about giving your baby vaccines, as a last resort, may I respectfully suggest that you ask to schedule a face to face conversation to discuss one specific request. Pray their eyes will be open. The one request is to buy time. Request that you delay all vaccines at least until the baby’s blood brain barrier is fully formed. There are differing opinions on when that happens (perhaps your partner would want to research what it is and when it happens), but experts agree that it is sometime between 2 – 8 years. If you can get an agreement to wait until 2 years, research, pray like crazy, and try to understand your partner’s point of view! Asking questions and try to understand where they are coming from, without trying to win every argument will go a long way in helping them eventually come to understand the truth about the vaccine debate.

Many people find exploring the vaccine package inserts supplied by the manufacturer for each shot contains valuable information to understand both the ingredients in the vaccine and the adverse events noted when it was studied.

If, after a lot of exposure, or if there is a refusal to research factual information, understanding the point of view of your partner will help open up calm rational discussion. Seek first to understand. Don’t even try to change their mind. Have a few conversations just exploring their background beliefs on the topic of vaccines.

  • Is the pro vaccine stance rooted in a fear of disease? Which particular disease? Where is their information or fear coming from?
  • Does their pro vaccine stance stem from social fear? Maybe their own parents or family has drummed it into their mind that anyone that doesn’t give vaccines is just stupid or irresponsible, and they don’t ever want to have ‘that conversation’ with them.
  • Are there any medical/educational factors in their background? Maybe a course they took where a teacher stressed vaccines were safe and effective and everyone should get them.
  • Is there a previous tragedy in the family that they think might have been prevented with vaccines?
  • Lack of education, yet pride. Sometimes when a person is bombarded with ‘scientific evidence’ it makes them feel inferior so they dig in their heels just to demonstrate their strength and power. By listening and showing respect for their views it can give them space to let go of their pride.

Finally, if for whatever reason, you decide to give your baby vaccines, please read this so that you are fully prepared and understand the process, and how to make it easier on everyone.

You might not agree, but I believe the issue of vaccine safety is part of a spiritual battle we face. Paul gave Timothy, his young prodigy, this profound advice:

“Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:25-26

Thanksgiving 2015

Author: Becky Hastings, wife, mother, grandmother, passionate follower of Jesus and truth. As a breastfeeding counselor for over 23 years Becky is devoted to helping parents make wise decisions for the long-term health and wellbeing of their babies. As a member of a Vaccine Safety Education Coalition, Becky writes and speaks on the topic of vaccine safety.

Plarn – Plastic Yarn

Plarn Bags SACreating something out of a product destined for a landfill can be quite fulfilling! I have made many plarn bags, in a variety of sizes, out of plastic grocery store bags. I find the activity relaxing, and completing a project brings satisfaction. I have gifted many of the bags, sold a few, and have a few for demonstrations. Each bag is a unique, one of a kind example of UpCycling.

Plarn WalletWhen my mother told me she was saving plastic grocery bags for me, I decided to make a video on how to prepare plarn from the plastic bags – with the hope that she might take her support one step further! Preparing plarn is the first step towards making an UpCycled Bag that will make a big impact on your friends!

This is my first video, my mom did say I talked too fast, but I was trying to make a very short video! It turned out to be 3:37! I realize that I might not make the joining of the loops as clear as it could be, so perhaps there will be another video to follow! Please like, share, or comment! Feedback is always appreciated!

It’s Just a Tetanus Shot

Hey!A story from a heart broken mother:
I am up. It’s 5am here. I stopped researching at 1 am and fell asleep crying after throwing my phone across the room in tears. I was furious. I was devastated. And I still am. But now I’m sick to my stomach and I’m up.

My son has been having trouble medically since he received two DTaP shots (yes 2) in the ER back in August. That was 11 months ago when he was 3 years old, after getting some stitches. He has been having seizures, weight loss, social regression, migraines lasting multiple days, increase in irritability, increased sleep (up to 18 hours some days), vomiting, very thirsty and more.

We have been doing non-stop testing for over a month with more tests scheduled: an MRI, another EEG, glucose testing, a 24 HR EEG and another heavy metals test. Yesterday I got a call from one of our doctors saying that he had test results in about heavy metals and essential minerals. This was the test I was most excited to see as I thought for sure it was going to be aluminum poisoning from the DTaP overdose that was causing the problems.

To my surprise, he did not have aluminum toxicity. Or mercury,…..or lead……. or iron. I was shocked, but also curious what could be causing these problems in a previously healthy and virtually vax-free organic free-range wild child. But the test results did show immense toxicity in another heavy metal that I had never heard of. Cadmium.
The doctor was perplexed. Cadmium poisoning?!?? From where? No smoking in our family. No exposure to places or things where cadmium would be around to cause that. The doctor left me with a list of foods that chelate cadmium and said to return in a month for follow up testing to see if it detoxes from his body. We were both also curious if his body was for some reason not able to naturally detox itself.

So I started to do detailed research. I was on my computer/iPhone for 7 hours. And I found it. At 12:38 am today I found it. And I got angry. And here’s why-
POLYSORBATE 80!

Polysorbate 80 prevents the body from being able to excrete cadmium. And if cadmium toxicity gets high enough it can cause death.
He also had other essential minerals missing entirely. We are still researching and chelating, hoping for success. We are also hiring an attorney for VICP (vaccine Injury court).

I hate the CDC. I HATE pharma. I am heartbroken. I am furious.

This week is the anniversary of my god daughters death from a DTaP shot at six months old. She died on July 7th. Every year on her birthday and her day of death I spend the ENTIRE DAY HOLDING A CRYING HEART WRENCHED MOM WHO MISSES HER BABY THAT SHE CANT GET BACK. She fell apart earlier than expected this year with this stupid law forcing vaccines on babies in California, plus the vigil in Santa Monica hit her hard. So, today I took the day off work to go take her wherever she wants to give her grieving space.

And now I’m in tears too. Over the same damn vaccine! And they almost killed my child too! How in the world is this possible?!?! HOW DID OUR WORLD COME TO THIS LEVEL OF CORRUPTION?!!!!! I have tears streaming silently down my face as I type this in bed lying next to my poisoned baby. I’m furious. I’m heartbroken. I’m done with being quiet. Vaccines are dangerous. No one should ever vaccinate their child!!!!!

Why TWO DTaPs? At the hospital, when pushed, I agreed to ONLY tetanus. They did not tell me that it was no longer possible to get a tetanus only shot. The only available option comes in a combo (DTaP). They verbally told me they would give a tetanus only shot and came in with the syringe. I trusted her without seeing the package. Then near the end of the injection my son pulled out of the needle. She dramatically insisted on following through with hospital policy that the shot must be repeated. She stated she needed to give it again. We had been there for over 6 hours and my son had been poked at so much that we all just wanted to get out of there as fast as possible (we don’t do western medicine. Period.) so I accepted just to get us out. Worst mistake ever. I’m paying for it in the worst ways.

Christie Pallotti

Too many parents innocently consent to shots for their children under great pressure by the medical establishment only to watch a devastating long-term reaction. Please research every shot you are thinking of giving your child. It seems we must also insist on examining the package, and the vials, in addition to asking for the vaccine package inserts. My heart aches for the suffering parents like Christie are experiencing. I share their stories to hopefully help other parents make wiser decisions for their babies.

Thanksgiving 2015

 

Becky Hastings

Travel Vaccines

passport pictureI have researched the topic of vaccines in-depth since expecting my first son in 1982. I’ve travelled to many countries in Africa and been blessed to meet wonderful people and enjoy their hospitality. I spent 30+ years in South Africa and raised five children there.

I am a concerned mom and grandmother. I am also passionate about health and an avid truth seeker. While I might not seem to be much of an authority on anything, as I read and learn from experts who have a deeper knowledge of the science regarding vaccines, I am troubled when people I love rush to get travel vaccines prior to their mission trips. Here are some facts not commonly known:

Vaccines sometimes cause harm. Most people, including the majority of doctors and medical professionals, don’t know that the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) was established by US government agencies as a national vaccine safety surveillance program to collect information about adverse events (possible side effects) that occur after the administration of vaccines licensed for use in the United States. You can go and read 551,181 reports collected from 1986 – 2016 for yourself.

No liability. Those who make and inject vaccines are exempt from any and all liability from any vaccine – that means that the individual who receives the vaccine is fully responsible for any adverse event and ensuing medical expenses.

Choosing to receive a travel vaccine means you are choosing to be 100% responsible if there is any adverse event from that vaccines.

Media Hype. Please consider that what you hear repeated by the media and are told ad nauseam by CDC and pharmaceutical representatives is more likely motivated by financial incentives than the health and well-being of the public.

Vaccine Recommendations. The CDC provides a list of recommended vaccines for every county you might be thinking about visiting. Diseases are listed with recommendations based on the activities you may be engaged in while visiting. All travelers are encouraged to make sure they are up to date with the vaccines recommended for all adults living in the USA: tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, (given together in one shot called the TDaP), measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), varicella (for chicken pox), polio, and a yearly flu shot. The suggestions for other vaccines, depending on the country, include Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Malaria, and Rabies. Some of these recommendations are highly suspect. Having lived in South Africa for 30+ years I found their suggestion to get rabies vaccines if you are planning to move there, or will be staying for a long time, to be ludicrous.

Many unsuspecting missionaries have naively accepted the ‘recommended’ travel vaccines only to find themselves incredibly sick with strange autoimmune illnesses. Many mission boards blindly trust recommendations by government authorities without any further thought or investigation. Adhering to standard medical recommendations is extremely naive and perhaps foolish in our age when we can access and study information for ourselves. Injecting chemical cocktails into your body in the hope it will protect you from illness is based on a flawed understanding of what we now know about the immune system. Most doctors have not been trained and do not understand the full mechanism of vaccines and the possible harm that can be inflicted on the body. Giving many shots at once is an especially dangerous practice.

If you are considering travel vaccines, I urge you to watch at least 3 important presentations:
1. Dr Suzanne Humphries‘ extensive presentations on the ingredients in vaccines;
2. Dr Tent’s talk on Exploding Autoimmune Disorders;
3. Trace Amounts, a film exploring the strange reaction one man in his twenties had after a routine tetanus shot.

Additionally you will want to read the entire vaccine package insert (generally a 20 page document) for any vaccine you are thinking of getting. You might also want to study the VAERS data base to discern if there have been reports of serious adverse events from that vaccine. Bear in mind that it is estimated that less than 10% of all adverse events are ever reported.

I pray you will be blessed in your travels and enjoy good health through making wise food choices. Please listen to this caring mother/grandmother before you decide to place your trust in this multi billion dollar industry.

Thanksgiving 2015

 

Author: Becky Hastings, wife, mother, grandmother, passionate follower of Jesus and seeker of TRUTH!