Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

decadent-chocolate-cake-quinoaThis recipe is based on quinoa and is amazingly moist. My friend, Simela, says it works equally well using millet. While I generally try to avoid sugar, this recipe with the quinoa, butter, coconut milk, coconut oil, and eggs, makes it lean towards the more healthy of decadent chocolate treats! My presentation skills are not high in my skill set, but I thought the picture looked quite appealing! I imagine adding some blueberries or other berries on top would increase the appeal.

cake-cherry-sliceThis recipe is quick and easy to make if you have a blender. I’m not sure what the results would be without a blender. I used my Vita-mix, and since I was using such a powerful blender, I decided to try something I’d never seen before in a cake recipe. You know how it says, “whole eggs”? Well, I washed my farm fresh eggs bought directly from a local farmer, and put the WHOLE eggs into the Vita-mix! So, my cake has the additional benefit of calcium and probably a few other necessary minerals! We can all use more minerals!

cake-eggsMy cake is based on inspiration from my friend, Simela, and the explanation found here. Of course, I can never follow recipes exactly, so here is what I did:

Combine in blender:

  • 4 whole (I literally used whole clean eggs in my Vita-mix! I blended them on high until no crunchy noises were heard!) If you don’t have a Vita-mix, or aren’t into consuming egg shells, just crack and use the 4 eggs as normal!

Then I added the following ingredients and blended again.

  • 1/3 Cup raw milk (from my local dairy farmer)
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (I used sprouted organic)
  • 1/2 Cup melted butter (I never use a microwave to melt butter – unlike some people who bake in my kitchen. I always melt slowly over low heat)
  • 1/4 Cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla

In a separate bowl I combined:

  • 1 Cup Hershey’s dark cocoa (I often use raw cacao, but when you are going to be cooking, there is little point in using raw cacao which is more expensive)
  • 1 Cup organic brown sugar (because that is what I found in my pantry. My friend Simela, always uses honey – just less than a cup – in hers. I think I will try honey next time.
  • 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder (I left out the baking soda/bicarb because it ALWAYS seems to give baking a bad taste)
  • Himalayan salt, several turns, probably around 1 tsp, but life is too short to measure exactly.

I poured the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and stirred to mix thoroughly. I lined 2 pans with parchment paper and divided the batter between them. The batter was a bit stiff and I spread it around and popped them straight into a 350 degree (180 Celsius) oven and baked for 25 minutes.

It works best to prepare the icing BEFORE. But I neglected to read that part – or at least digest that information enough to put it into practice! I did however, put the can of coconut milk into the refrigerator the day before, so it was nice and cold, which is important.

ICING:

  • I melted one whole 12 oz (340 g) bag of Private Selection 43% Cacao semi sweet chocolate chips. I’m sure a variety of chocolate would work, for me the darker the better.
  • I opened the can carefully and scooped out all the thick part of the coconut milk. It was about 1/2 of the can and added it to the chocolate once it was melted. You can taste it at this point to see if you want to add more coconut milk, depending on the darkness/sweetness of your chosen chocolate. I stirred everything together, then allowed it to cool on the counter, then in the refrigerator.
  • After it was cold, I whipped it for about 45 seconds.

Putting it all together:

cake-insideAfter the cake cooled I put it carefully on a plate with the bottom side up, smothered it with 1/2 of the icing, added the 2nd cake bottom side up, and smothered it with the remaining icing. I put the whole thing in the refrigerator to get cold.

I did have a piece for breakfast desert. It is satisfying, without leaving you craving more – a good place to be!

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.

WARNING for Pregnant Women

pregnant-4-croppedPregnant? I am so glad you are here. If your doctor tells you “it is now time for a flu shot or a TDaP shot” and acts like it’s just a normal thing ALL pregnant women do, please ask them to bring the vaccine package insert (VPI) so that you can read it together. Go to “Section 8: Use in Specific Populations.” Read what it says regarding this vaccine in pregnancy. I have a VPI for Flucelvax which states that studies have been done on pregnant rabbits with no adverse impact noted. However, it also includes this:

There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, this vaccine should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.

If your doctor continues to push you to get ANY vaccine, as a young mom, you might want to smile sweetly and say, “I’ll think about it. Can I take this (VPI) so I can study it? I also want to discuss it with my partner.”

A fellow vaccine truth activist, Stef Miharas, made a phone call to the FDA. This is what she found out:

Notice to all pregnant women: after an hour phone call with the FDA to check the CDC – this is what I was told! No vaccine – not FLU nor TDAP – is approved for use in pregnant women! The FDA is unwilling and unable to censor the CDC. The only one who can issue a public message is the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Sylvia M. Burwell.  Since she is silent, she is either woefully uninformed (ignorant) or #bought! Any doctor who has not read and explained to you the entire package insert, which lists all possible adverse events and the cautions about use in specific population (i.e. pregnancy), is in non-compliance with the FDA! Call your elected officials! This must stop! #cdc #vaxxed #cdcwhistleblower

Attention pregnant women…here’s the TDaP (Boostrix) vaccine made by GSK. Find Section 8: Use in Specific Populations. While you have it open, you might want to stop by and read Section 5: Warnings and Precautions and Section 6: Adverse Reactions.

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You can read the full Boostrix vaccine package insert here.

Ironically, the HHS website clearly states their purpose “The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) protects the health of all Americans and provides essential human services, especially for those least able to…”. HHS is led by HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. Check out her biography here. She has two small children. Maybe she truly believes vaccines are good for pregnant women. If we all sent her an email, maybe she will change her mind?

HHS Office of the Secretary
Sylvia M Burwell
E-mail Address:
scheduling@hhs.gov

Vaccines, like all other medications, given to pregnant women can have significant health impacts. Please urge all pregnant women you know to investigate thoroughly before they accept any ‘routine’ medical procedure. Previous blogs I have written which address the issue of vaccines given in pregnancy:

TDaP & Flu Shots in Pregnancy?
Flu Shots in Pregnancy?
More on Pregnancy and Flu Shots
DTaP/TDaP Effectiveness

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.

Why I’m an Activist

CDC Truth Rally 2016A Guest Blog featuring Marcella Piper-Terry, a tireless researcher and a mom of a vaccine injured child who helps other families impacted by vaccine injury find healing.

I remember how I felt the first time it really sunk in that vaccines were causing autism, and a whole host of other neuro-developmental, immunological, gastrointestinal and behavioral disorders.
That was the day my life and my path changed forever.
It felt like I had discovered this HUGE secret.
It was well before Facebook and I wasn’t connected to anyone else who “knew.” At least not anyone I knew.
All I needed to do was tell them.
I had no idea how difficult that would be.
I really had no idea how resistant and how angry people would be.
That was an eye-opener.
I was naive enough to think that this whole thing was a mistake.
I thought the vaccine program was “something good that just had unintended consequences” and even though vaccines were “good for most people” there were some people (like my family, myself, my children, my patients) who just couldn’t handle them.
In our family, I believed it was because we had been previously exposed to lead. That’s how I “discovered” the problems with vaccines. I thought it was just that certain people couldn’t handle them because of the synergistic effects of mercury, aluminum, and lead (or other exposures to environmental toxins).
Because I already knew a lot about what lead does to the body, when I started looking at mercury (which is many times more toxic than lead), it made sense. Because of my science and research background, I understood.
From that moment forward, it became my mission to try and help other people understand.
It was a long time after that initial “Aha!” moment that I had my second BIG “Aha!”
Because I still thought that vaccines were basically “good for most people,” I spent a lot of time trying to determine who the children might be that were more vulnerable to vaccine-injury. In my work, over several years, I had developed a very lengthy Child Developmental History Form. It’s now more than 20 pages long and contains a LOT of questions. I became obsessed with finding the common factors in the children I saw – and later, in the children of my friends on Facebook – who regressed or became very ill after vaccinations.
I am a researcher and that’s what I do. I research. I gather information and I examine it. I look for patterns. I try to problem-solve and this was the biggest problem I had ever tried to figure out.
My goal… the reason I was trying so hard, is because I still believed this was a mistake. All that had to be done was to TELL our government what was happening and they would change it.
Then I learned about Simpsonwood.[1]
And I heard Dr. Bernadine Healy talk about her colleagues at The Institute of Medicine and how they knew there were subsets of vulnerable children and they were refusing to do the research that might identify those children.
And I started reading the published research that was done by those at The CDC.
And I realized.
It’s not that they don’t know.
It’s that they don’t care.
It’s been a few years since I came to that second realization and I have to say it was even more painful than the first. Maybe it’s because I’m just very naive, or because I really do want to believe in the goodness of people, it was extremely difficult for me to grasp that all the stuff I had been fed as a child growing up about how great it is to be an American, and to be “free” in this “great land of opportunity” was… well… complete and utter BS.
At this moment, my brain just went to Michael Jackson and “All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us.”
The sooner we realize that, the better.
I hope and pray those who are much younger than I are also much wiser and less trusting.
On October 13, 2016, I will be gassing up my car and making the 6 hour drive to Atlanta, where I will stand outside the CDC with parents, grandparents, children, and activists from around the country. We will hold our signs. We will blow our whistles. We will talk to the media. We will tell our stories. We will be visible and vocal.
Will it stop the carnage?
not immediately
Will it get William Thompson subpoenaed?[2]
not immediately
Nothing will accomplish the end of the corruption that is harming children around the world in a single day. But that does not mean we stop trying.
The corruption that is harming our children is deeper and darker than anything this world has ever seen. No single event will stop it. But together, multiple events and multiple voices in multiple places WILL make a difference.
Every time we speak. Every time we march. Every time we protest. Every time we travel to our state houses. Every time we go to meetings and put our truth out there, we reach others who would not otherwise hear.
I have stood on corners with signs many times. Often by myself.
Every single time, I have felt it was time well spent.
I’ve been asked a few times about the upcoming rally in Atlanta, “Is it going to accomplish anything?”
The answer to that is, “Absolutely.”
We will educate passers-by. We will educate CDC employees. We will empower and strengthen each other. We will hug and laugh and talk and meet people we’ve only known through social media.
And we will grow our numbers through our advocacy.
Because truth cannot be hidden indefinitely.
We are on the right side and we WILL win this war.
CDC Truth Rally 2016One conversation and one corner at a time.
10/14/16. Be there.
For details and to register for the Saturday Educational Summit, please go to http://cdctruth.info/
#cdcTRUTH  #cdcWhistleblower  #VaxXed  #HearUs  #OneIssue

Author: Marcella Piper-Terry. For more valuable research and insights into the vaccine debate visit Marcella’s web-site at http://vaxtruth.org

[1] You can read the entire Simpsonwood Transcript (200+ pages) or a summary of the incriminating statements made by 50+ experts, including medical doctors, attending a secret meeting convened by the CDC in June 2000. The reason for the meeting was to discuss the troubling scientific data that had been collected and showed a “strong signal” between vaccines and later neurological damage or delays in children. These experts openly discuss the unfortunate reality and the impact it could have on their cherished vaccine program.

[2] Read more about Dr William Thompson, CDC Whistleblower here.

Choice & Belief

6 needles croppedThe overriding issue in the vaccine debate is choice. Many highly educated doctors and parents, who take the time to closely dissect the research behind ‘vaccine science’, develop deep concerns.

Anyone who desires the truth and wants to understand vaccines should start simply by reading the vaccine ingredient list. The ingredients of each vaccine can be found in the complete vaccine package insert (VPI) provided in the box from the manufacturers – not the “info sheet” that the CDC has prepared and that your doctor will have in his office. You can read all the package inserts on the FDA’s own website. Section 11 of every VPI contains the ingredients. Look up the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) on each ingredient.

When discussing vaccine ingredients, many who are pro-vaccine repeat (ad nauseam) that the ingredients we eat (i.e. pears) contain more of these toxic chemicals than are in vaccines. This concept deserves deeper consideration. The FDA has standards for safety for the ingestion of many of the ingredients listed in vaccines. However, ingestion is inherently safer than injection because the gastro intestinal tract contains and eliminates toxins rather efficiently. Injecting toxic chemicals intramuscularly is exposing the body to far more harm. The blood system and lymph system is not always able to identify and eliminate harmful ingredients such as aluminum, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, mercury, and Glutaraldehyde.

Vaccines also contain protein and DNA fragments from the growth medium used which could include aborted human fetal tissue, dog tissue, egg tissue, monkey kidney cell tissue, etc. Apart from the ethical issues raised by these methods of vaccine development, especially for those who maintain a ‘pro-life’ or vegan standpoint, very little scientific study has been done to determine the impact of injecting these fragments of foreign material into the muscle of a small baby. One study on the elimination of aluminum by infants after receiving vaccines containing aluminum adjuvants showed that it was not excreted in the urine and was not measurable in the blood in the two weeks following the injection. Where was it? Since the researchers did not find it excreted by the body, the obvious question that one would think they would be eager to ask and answer is, “Where is the aluminum and what is it doing?” Further studies have not been published, so the answer is conjecture, but seems obvious. The aluminum must be in the tissue, brain, other vital organs, or bone since it was not eliminated into the blood system or urine.

The point is that we are regularly injecting babies with a host of harmful ingredients with blind faith that these vaccines will be safe and will prevent a range of “vaccine preventable disease.” What is the truth?

There is a risk associated with every medical procedure. The US Supreme Court has ruled that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe.” Those were their exact words. Where there is a risk, there must be a choice.

The state of California passed a bill which made a significant change in the ability of families to have a choice in giving a potentially harmful medical procedure to their babies and children if they want to participate in schools.

The rationale behind this push to force vaccines on all children is hard to grasp. A healthy child who has not received the Hepatitis B vaccine (which is given in three doses and contains 0.25 mg of aluminum per dose) cannot attend school in California, Mississippi, and West Virginia, yet a child diagnosed with an active case of Hepatitis B can go to school and no one would ever know, because that child’s medical status is protected by law as privileged medical information – and rightfully so. But is this logical?

A further question that must be asked by those considering vaccines is, “Do vaccines even prevent the diseases for which they are intended?” Recent incidents of multiple outbreaks of various diseases in the mostly vaccinated populations in both the USA, India, and China demonstrate that the vaccines are not delivering on their promised protection from infectious diseases.

Most parents who find themselves strongly opposed to mandatory vaccines were once quite pro-vaccine. They have learned through a long difficult experience that sometimes what you think is good for your child can actually cause a great deal of harm. In fact, for some families who have watched their child die immediately following a ‘well’ baby visit where they received multiple vaccines given at one time injected into the thighs while they helped hold baby down, the guilt is enormous. They were not told that the CDC recommended shot schedule has never been tested for safety. Many vaccines have been added to the schedule without ever considering the combined impact of multiple vaccines on the infant’s body.

Other families have watched their precious baby regress in their previous abilities and become challenged with numerous physical symptoms demonstrating severe damage in the body. When they return to the same doctor who gave their baby the vaccines, and ask for help to understand and fix the host of symptoms, those same doctors deny any connection to vaccines and often dismiss them from their practice. The doctors are unable to address the myriad of physical symptoms resulting from vaccines, from non-stop diarrhea, constipation, neurological digression, seizures, tics, head banging, loss of speech, failure to thrive, etc. Parents recognize something is severely wrong with their child and are left helpless. They know their child is in pain and the severe gastrointestinal connection is obvious, but they don’t know where to begin to heal or fix the damage caused by vaccines.

Parents are left with the aftermath of a debilitated child and absolutely no support. The vaccine manufacturer is indemnified. No matter what happens after a vaccine, the manufacturer is not responsible. The CDC, who recommends nearly 80 vaccines to all children during their childhood, is also free from liability. The doctor and/or nurses who inject the vaccines have no legal responsibility for what happens, and further, are deeply indoctrinated that vaccines are ‘safe and effective’ and thus often cannot recognize the overwhelmingly obvious impact of the vaccine on the overall health of the child in front of them. They do not want to see it, and they have no understanding of how to help heal the child.

Do you believe in vaccines? That’s an interesting word. It seems a word that should be connected with a religion. Perhaps it is. Perhaps the whole system of vaccination promoted by the western medical system is just a man-made religious system.

This information is not designed to make you feel guilty for what you did or didn’t do as a parent. 99% of all parents want the best for their child. Every action towards our infant is done from the depths of our loving hearts. We want the BEST for our babies. Sometimes we are misled by those we trust and respect. They may be misled because they respect the ‘experts’ who perhaps have undisclosed vested interests, or complete ignorance. Doctors are generally very busy and don’t have time to research each topic in depth. They trust “experts” to do unbiased analysis and evaluations. It is time for more unbiased science to fully examine all the facts surrounding the vaccine debate.

The point of understanding vaccines and the potential harm they can have on babies is to help educate those making this decision today. We can’t change the past, but we can warn the generations to come so that they make wise choices. It’s all about choice.

Here are some excellent resources to help you on your journey towards understanding the vaccine debate:

  • Dr. David Ayoub presents vaccine safety issues and autism causation to a group of doctors who support giving recommended vaccines.
  • Vaxxed the Movie: From Coverup to Catastrophe provides a detailed account of the confessions made by Dr William Thompson, the CDC Whistleblower, interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, politicians, and parents of vaccine-injured children, which reveal an alarming deception that has contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism and potentially the most catastrophic epidemic of our lifetime.
  • Dr Suzanne Humphries has spent years and thousands of hours reviewing the science behind vaccines for herself after discovering that the information she received in her medical training was far from thorough. I’ve linked one of her videos here.
  • District Attorney Nico LaHood, with his wife, Davida, tell their story of vaccine injury and their journey to discover and share truth. As a district attorney he has great insight into the role of evidence in drawing conclusions.

Thanksgiving 2015Author: Becky Hastings, wife, mother, grandmother, passionate follower of Jesus and truth seeker. 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.

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

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.

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/