Friday, November 20, 2009

Magical, Mystical Bees: Friendly Haven Rise Farm: Jacqueline

One thing, I would love to do is add a hive or two to our yard to support our honeybees (and to have some of our own raw honey. YUM!) When I saw a documentry on PBS about CCD, I realized that our food supply could be in trouble if our honeybees disappear. A huge part of our food is dependent upon pollunation by bees..fruit, vegetables...are all bee dependent. Bees are not just important for honey!

1 in 3 U.S. Bees Died This Winter (May 2009)
That's good news, in terms of colony collapse disorder -- but still very bad news for beekeepers. Also see our DIY backyard beekeeping guide.Read more:
Colony collapse disorder (CCD) or sometimes honey bee depopulation syndrome (HBDS)[1] is a phenomenon in which worker bees from a beehive or European honey bee colony abruptly disappear. While such disappearances have occurred throughout the history of apiculture, the term colony collapse disorder was first applied to a drastic rise in the number of disappearances of Western honey bee colonies in North America in late 2006.[2] Colony collapse is economically significant because many agricultural crops worldwide are pollinated by bees.

A couple of years ago, I attended a Beekeeping class at this farm:

Jacqueline was an amazing teacher. I still feel refreshed when I think about the hours I spent on her farm that day and what I learned. She is a bee rescuer. She will get a call that a swarm has been located in someone's barn, or inside of someone's wall, and she will capture and relocate the swarm and create a new hive/home for it.
I believe she takes a bio-dynamic approach to farming. (something I would like to learn more about!)
Biodynamic agriculture is a method of organic farming that treats farms as unified and individual organisms,[1] emphasizing balancing the holistic development and interrelationship of the soil, plants, animals as a self-nourishing system without external inputs[2] insofar as this is possible given the loss of nutrients due to the export of food.[3]
Regarded by some as the first modern ecological farming system,[4] biodynamic farming has much in common with other organic approaches, such as emphasizing the use of manures and composts and excluding of the use of artificial chemicals on soil and plants. Methods unique to the biodynamic approach include the use of fermented herbal and mineral preparations as compost additives and field sprays and the use of an astronomical sowing and planting calendar.[5] Biodynamics originated out of the work of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the spiritual philosophy anthroposophy.

Jacqueline takes an approach that is very different from commercial beekeeping. Did you know that most commercial hives do not contain a true queen, but a "weaker" substitute queen that is only supposed to function for about a year until a true queen is born, but subs are continued to be used, to keep the hive from swarming away? These subs, will never be strong like the true queens..never meant to be the queen for long, etc.... Did you know that queens are marked with a dot-from a permanent marker so that commercial beekeepers can keep track of the queen. I could go on and on about why bees could be disappearing..pesticides, monoculture crops, commercial-large scale practices, etc.."Every colony has a queen, and what we’re finding is that those queens are dying. And if a colony is unable to successfully replace them, or if the beekeeper is unable to identify that there’s a problem with the queen and buy a new queen to replace her, the colony dies.
Also, we’re finding that beekeepers tend to have better success keeping their colonies alive by keeping colonies as healthy as possible and by aggressively treating disease and keeping colonies well nourished."
It is a very interesting topic to me.. One I hope to learn more about at some point. To me, bees seem magical/mystical. I highly recommend reading The Secret Life of Bees
There are so many aspects to bees, that are truly amazing. How they set up their community, their hive, their social order, even how their little bodies work, how they pollunate...
Amazing how important one of God's small little creatures is! How easy it is to forget...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dinner as a family/Lifestyle Changes

I am feeling frustrated with the number of hours my husband is away..thinking I should be grateful-he's working. trying not to be angry--holding that feeling at bay. thinking it could be much harder. but wishing he'd be home for dinner more often.. It's either drum class, or because he biked, or because of a work deadline. But we often have breakfast together, at least...How many families have dinner together anymore? It deeply saddens me.. Perhaps, it's the norm now? Hard to make peace with that. Count my blessings...count my blessings...count my blessings... How is this okay? I guess, can't have it all... (-; there's always something to mourn..and for me, this is one of those things.. (ok..that was really personal..) How do accept this as the way it is going to be normal for us?

I grew up always having dinner with my whole family...My parents felt it was very important and treasured it. I took it for granted then, but I mourn it, it happens less and less often each year in our family.. Each year, I feel like I have to let it go a little more..Each year, one more complication, obligation, or activity seems to be added.
I read an article a couple of years ago about a correlation between childrens' school success or emotional stability/(or something like that) and families having regular dinners together. Dinnertime can be a good time to reflect together about the day...catch up, as a family. I guess it can happen at other times too.. Or a family can make a point to have regular family meetings. But, I guess, I'm old fashioned in this sense. I still have the picture in my mind of my own family sitting together. Not that it was ideal..and even sometimes I resented it, but it instilled in me a feeling it was important anyway.
I work really hard on preparing a good meal; and it breaks my heart that it is not shared together, more often. But I think that probably, not many families are sharing dinner together tonight either... ?? or are they? I guess, I can still try to make a point to sit down with my kids..single parent style and make the most of it. The rest seems to be out of my hands.
Still, families are different now than even 30 years ago... How do families find cohension, connection, traditions of their own? What are those traditions now, that families have less and less dinnertime together? What does it look like in single parent homes? What does it look like in blended homes? What does it look like outside of the US? in different cultures? I recognize that dinner time is not the only way to find family cohesion.. I would love to know if you are reading this, what traditions your family has if you wish to share?


disclaimer: please realize I write this as a journal entry. It is not polished by any means..none of my articles are--they are mostly first drafts..I simply want to put my thoughts down and share. Perhaps, one day, when I have a little more time, I can make them more polished..(or not)
This idea of "overparenting" is coming to my attention lately. Just read this article from Time Magazine. Interesting article. A little exaggerated, I think.. And not completely balanced...which I think makes it lose some of its credibility. And the term, "helicopter parent" is quite's another derogatory way of looking at another human being. It isn't necessarily helpful. This article is quite unforgiving in the supporting of this stereotpye.
but it makes some good points-which I will get into later...
All that being said, I am guilty of being protective..and I have definitely felt the cringe of anxiety at times when my kids climbed up high or took some risks. I also want my children to have the best in life..(whatever that means?) The best in life has actually changed in meaning for me as my children have grown...When they were babies, I bought into the idea that Baby Einstein Videos were good for my kids..and thought that toys that were designed to stimulate their minds and bodies were good for them...didn't realize more is not better.. thought Little People everything sets were great for their imagination(but never really liked noisy toys, at least). I don't buy into that anymore..I am still trying to purge some of that stuff...even this very week, have I sold some of the remnants of that stage of my parenting.. I had memberships (still have memberships to the zoo and omsi)..used to go there a lot. (some research shows that this is no better than going to the grocery store??) intersting. I'd like to look at that research.
The best of life now means something different. I don't think taking them to the zoo every week, is what will be best for my kids... I don't think protecting them from hardship..emotional or physical will make them the best people they can be.. As babies, I felt my heart overflow with wanting to give them happiness...and love.. I still wish this for them, but now I want more for them to find happiness in any situation even hard situations...I want them to be kind, generous, gentle, forgiving, loving, empowered, informed, thinking, spiritual, etc... and handing the world on a platter to them is not going to help them achieve this. I was tempted to homeschool them...wanting to protect them from the pain that could happen at public schools... but I think now, that some of that pain, they can pull themselves through and grow from..become better because of it..If I am there for them to talk them through it..try to guide them.. Homeschooling still seems wonderful to me and ideal in some ways, but I don't think sending children to public school is any less loving when done with "care"..
My children are also taking Suzuki Violin....We started out at the music center, but have now toned it down to a lesson every other week, and we practice 10 minutes 3x/week. Never felt good about pushing them into an intese musical regime yet..not unless they want it. It is one of the extra regimes I do wish to do with them, besides our monthly Baha'i class, and homework. I think it is character building. They work at it and see how practice brings results. But, I am not going to "push" them to being violionists.. But, it is something I wish to share with them..It is time we spend together..(so long as I also spend "unstructured" unevaluative time with them too.)
All this being said, I agree with quite a bit of what the article states. 1. play is very important. Leave the kids alone so they can do this! 2. Less is better. Simple is better. Don't overschedule. Quality of life is better-time together-priceless. 3. Mistakes are important-let them make mistakes.
Trips to our CSA Farm, have replaced many of our trips to OMSI or the zoo. And now that they are in school, I often just let them play. My son has plenty of "structured time" at 6 years old..I think.. First grade is quite focussed on academics. I am not aiming for have "gifted children"..or to be better than other kids...(another criticism I have of the article..seems to show such a slant assuming so many of these helicopter parents are pushing their kids to be "better" than others) I think that is a simplistic assumption..
And for the "hovering"..I agree with this too..protecting is important, but hovering and not letting our kids make their own discoveries..or mistakes robs them... Sometimes this is hard for ME to do, because I can't always determine the amount of danger...that is okay.. letting them take some of the physical risks has been hard for me. I don't want them to get hurt.
Well, I am out of time..I want to write more on own thoughts evolve as I write..and it is an interesting topic!! What do you think?

June 2, 2012

I have been thinking a lot about this topic since I wrote this post..There is a shift happening.  There was another Time article (which I haven't read) but the cover was quite controversial..about attachment parenting and extended nursing.  And conversations have been happening over the "Mommy Wars"  It is an interesting time to be a parent these days..the divide between crying it out/co-sleeping.  Helicopter parenting versus Free Range Kids.  As my kids are getting older 9 and 7, and now we have a third child who is 16 months, my own parenting has evolved due to the changing needs of my children and my own personal development and discoveries.  I am"tougher" than  I used to be..I expect more of my kids, and I allow them a little more hardship.  I no longer think that spoon feeding them and protecting them and making them happy all the time, is the best way to help them become the best they can be..  I have been reading some posts with the idea that if you meet their needs as babies, they will become more self-sufficient and trusting later..with the idea of completely sacrificing your needs...totally giving up you bed with your partner for years!  While, co-sleeping worked for us for awhile, it was not for us for "years"..  My husband started sleeping on the couch, our bed was not big enough for the 3 of us.. That was not okay long term..  We all have needs to be met, not just the baby/children...We do a disservice being all-sacrificing for our children.  It is not a good lesson for them..  Needs evolve and with it, we should also adapt and change to it..and honor our own needs as parents as well.  Our home is a place to honor a system, not a royal palace meant to put our children upon prince and princess pedestals..  While, it seems noble to put our needs aside, it does not do our children a service to meet their every need..  Sometimes hardship helps them grow, and we should not deny them those learning experiences either.

I have had a an adverse reaction to the term helicopter parent, because someone gave us a book with a child covered in warning tape, and I felt offended that that person, was pointing a finger at us, judging us..telling us, we were being too protective..When that person, was actually someone who was the opposite of that, someone who did not stand by his children much at all..There are just as many people who are "neglecters" as there are people who helicopter..  Neither are healthy..  As always, I try to find moderation in the pedagogies, following my own heart, doing what seems right for me as a parent..and that shifts as new information and lessons present themselves. I sometimes find I am wrong, and when I find a new truth, I have to adapt to that..  Truth meaning a "TRUTH" not a trend...  or what I think of as a "truth"..

Friday, November 13, 2009

Will we prevail over nature in the future?

I was just thinking about a Star Trek episode... (yeah..I'm a BIG Star Trek fan!)--watched The Next Generation when I was a kid...My mother loved the original series.. and I've been getting into Battlestar Galactica lately too.. LOVE good intelligent Sci Fi! Anway, I remember some utopian society episodes (in general)..where most diseases were eradicated and they had overcome the problems of pollution. It makes me think of how visionary science fiction has been..some of the old sci fi "visions" have come to pass.. I wonder if it will be possible to some day live without disease? I think about all our attempts of arising above nature, have often lead to unhealthy results.. Our world now is in so much imbalance.

What about genetic engineering of our food?? Is that good or bad? There is a lot of talk about the evils of it lately. I've heard some very bad stories about Monsanto.

That they have made it very difficult for organic farmers and patenting seeds..and suing people for trying to "save" seeds, etc. In a way, genetically engineering food is part of our pursuit of dominance over nature..trying to free ourselves from the limiations.. I don't think in idea, that is bad?? But everytime we "mess with nature" we seem to cause an imbalance..and other problems. It seems to backfire.

This idea of being free of disease in the future?? and altering our food so that more people have food? Somehow greed often gets put into the mix...big agribusinesses, etc.. I don't know, but it is a nice idea..looks "pretty" on Star Trek. I wonder if one day, we will find a balance, and make peace with nature..But I wonder if we also have to accept some its inherent limitations?? But I do think, that when we do alter nature, we must find a way to do it that also "respects it".. And perhaps, there is no real dominance over it..It will keep fighting back..stronger disease..strep that is immune to antibiotics, etc.. Those diseases won't die without a fight. And perhaps, trying to eradicate disease is like trying to rid ourselves of predatory animals..they are a part of the natural cycle of life. If you wipe out one part of it, the other parts of the chain are impacted.. We are truly humble and vulnerble to the forces of nature..we are trying our darndest to be "stronger" but the jury is out on who is stronger. We certainly have been powerful enough to inflict plenty of damage. But that damage it biting us in the "butt". (-; So, it seems nature will win out ultimately. Unless, we figure out how to co-exist..and are able to clean up the damage. I like the opimism in Star Trek. It assumes, we will clean up our act on earth..for the most part, and stop warring amongst ourselves too! I hope. I hope. I hope we can do at least that..

Baha'i Shrine in Haifa, Israel

In my religion, we believe there is hope....I keep trying to remind myself of that. This is not the end of the world. It is perhaps an end of an era, an age, but not the end of the world. Our faith is based on a lot of are many relgions, I think.. The vision is that we will come together and stop "warring" We are to teach about the teachings of Baha'u'llah to help bring about a care about our world, each other, our spiritual live a life of honesty, integrity, peacefulness. If corporations followed a model of honesty and integrity, rather than greed and selfishness...How would that look? If we somehow eliminated the "extremes" of wealth and poverty..enough so that no one starved..everyone had a home, security..what would that look like? If leaders sought not power, but empowerment of their people, what would that look like? I like science fiction, because it is visionary.. It is a possible future...if we can imagine it, we can achieve it. It must be possible, because human beings truly are incredible creatures..powerful, visionary.. loving too... There is a lot of love in this world. There are a lot of people who care.

Experimenting with Scribd and posting lessons

I found a way to post documents to blogger and wanted to make the lessons I've put together for baby, preschool-early elementary Baha'i classes available to other teachers. These lessons are created from a synthesis of Ruhi, Core Curriculum, and Virtues curriculums adapted for a younger age group of children. It will take me a while to post all of the lessons, so bear with me as I post them gradually.

For those of my readers who are not Baha'i. Ruhi, Core Curriculum, etc.. are types of educational materials for spiritual eduction of children based upon Baha'i principles.

You can find them easily through the right hand column list of topics under Baha'i Lessons.

Virtues Lessons Part 1






Thursday, November 12, 2009

Baha'i Holy Day today: Birth of Baha'u'llah. November 12, 1817

No school today for the kids. I am keeping them home to commemorate this special Holy Day in our Faith. Taken from:

Throughout history, God has revealed Himself to humanity through a series of divine Messengers, each of whom has founded a great religion. The Messengers have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad.
The latest of these Messengers is Bahá’u’lláh, who brings new spiritual and social teachings for our modern age. He taught that there is only one God, that all of the world’s religions are from God, and that now is the time for humanity to recognize its oneness and unite.
The photographs that follow give a glimpse into the extraordinary life of Bahá’u’lláh, known to the worldwide Bahá’í community as the latest “Manifestation of God.” They present His story in pictures: His birthplace, the cities of His exile, the cell in which He was confined for two years and His final resting place. Here, too, are examples of His handwriting, relics of His remarkable life, and photographs of the beautiful gardens in the Holy Land which His life inspired.
What is not here is a picture of Bahá’u’lláh Himself. For Bahá’ís, the station of Bahá’u’lláh is such that even His photograph is very precious. It should, therefore, only be viewed with the utmost reverence and respect and not displayed openly, even in the private homes of Bahá’ís.
Photos: The entrance to the tomb of Bahá’u’lláh. The inscription, an invocation in Arabic meaning “O Glory of Glories,” is a reference to Bahá’u’lláh.

Bahá’u’lláh (ba-haa-ol-laa Arabic: بهاء الله "Glory of God") (November 12, 1817 - May 29, 1892), born Mírzá Ḥusayn-‘Alí (Persian: میرزا حسینعلی), is the founder of the Bahá’í Faith.
He fufilled the Bábí prophecy of "He whom God shall make manifest", but in a broader sense He was also the "supreme Manifestation of God"[1], referring to the fulfillment of the eschatological expectations of a prophetic cycle beginning with Adam, and including Abrahamic religions, as well as Zoroastrianism, the Indian religions, and others. Bahá’u’lláh is the initiator of a new religion, as Jesus or Muhammad were — but also the initiator of a new cycle, like that attributed to Adam.
Bahá’u’lláh authored many religious works, most notably the Kitáb-i-Aqdas and the Kitáb-i-Íqán. He died in Bahjí, present-day Israel, and is buried there.


Bahá’u’lláh was born on November 12, 1817, in Tehran, the capital city of Persia, in present-day Iran. His mother was Khadíjih Khánum and His father was Mírzá Buzurg. As a young child, Bahá’u’lláh was privately tutored and was known to be intelligent. He was a devout Shi'a Muslim, and by the age of 13 or 14 He discussed intricate religious matters with leading ulema.
Bahá’u’lláh's father, Mírzá Buzurg, served as vizier to Imám-Virdi Mírzá, the twelfth son of Fat′h Ali Shah Qajar. Mírzá Buzurg was later appointed governor of Burujird and Lorestan,[2] a position that he was stripped of during a government purge when Muhammad Shah came to power. After His father died, Bahá’u’lláh was asked to take a government post by the new vizier Hájí Mírzá Áqásí, but He declined the position.[3]
Basic Teachings of Bahá'u'lláh
Bahá'u'lláh taught that there is one God whose successive revelations of His will to humanity have been the chief civilizing force in history. The agents of this process have been the Divine Messengers whom people have seen chiefly as the founders of separate religious systems but whose common purpose has been to bring the human race to spiritual and moral maturity.
Humanity is now coming of age. It is this that makes possible the unification of the human family and the building of a peaceful, global society. Among the principles which the Bahá'í Faith promotes as vital to the achievement of this goal are
the abandonment of all forms of prejudice
assurance to women of full equality of opportunity with men
recognition of the unity and relativity of religious truth
the elimination of extremes of poverty and wealth
the realization of universal education
the responsibility of each person to independently search for truth
the establishment of a global commonwealth of nations
recognition that true religion is in harmony with reason and the pursuit of scientific knowledge

Birth of Bahaullah

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Some thoughts on Nature: Our trip to The Columbia Gorge (Oregon)

My husband and I spent the weekend out in Hood River celebrating our 9 year anniversary. Our real anniversary is in December, but we decided to go early in case our basement decides to leak in December like it did the last 2 years. (that is another story for another time)Mount Hood Time out in nature is a great way to get exercise, to detox from life-from TV, phone calls, obligations, internet..and walking together can do wonders for a relationship. Time to talk, be together. The act of walking-hiking brings on the endorphins and good feelings..and the quiet opens us up to talk together, or practice being in the here and now, as we engage our senses: listen to the sounds, smell the plant life, feel the air, the ground beneath our feet, touch the leaves, taste our snack, observe the change in scenery, the light variations in the forest, etc..

Recently, at my daughter's preschool, her teacher gave a talk about the importance of nature. She did a research project in which she studied the types of play from the dramatic to the constructive, soliatary, social play, etc. She hypothesized that out in nature, children would engage in more complex play; and he studied did show just that. I also read an article from the Waldorf perspective of education about the types of toys that they recommended. Open-ended, undefined. Toys made simply out of natural materials: sticks, shells, nuts, rocks..Those things can become anything in a child's imagination. Too often toys are made from plastic and are too defined...which actually limits a child's imagination. When child plays out in nature, the sky is the limit of her imagination. A stick can be anything...a rock, a shady tree. Downed trees become playstructures to balance and climb upon. Water play..leaves piled high..snow-forts, igloos..You get the idea. When children play and connect with nature, they will be more likely to care about nature.

I have lived in Oregon for 11 years now. I LOVE it here! So much natural beauty and also a great place to grow food as well. The culture at least in the Portland area is becoming more and more sustainability minded. At times, I have been wary of the "trendy-ness" aspect of this..I'm not about to spend our "whole paycheck" shopping at Whole Foods or New Seasons(i do shop at NS regularly, but not for my "entire grocery needs"..Healthy food should not just be for the "elite" And Trader Joes is cheaper and has great snacks, but has a hypocrical overuse of packaging-to appeal to an elite, I think..make it look pretty all packaged up. And much is imported...big carbon footprint there..Once I even found a pencil at New Season that advertised itself as being a pencil made from recycled newspaper. But, the single pencil was encased in plastic packaging!! How silly!!! What a fraud! and how frustrating to those who want to be true to "sustainability"... I am not interested in being popular or elite. I just want to live in a more sustainable, healthy way in an affordable way. That is one reason Monique Dupre's Sustainable Living on a Budget appealed to me 2 years ago. She is educating people on how people can eat and live responsibly and inexpensively.

Nature is spiritual too---whenever I am surrounded by nature, I feel a sense of peace..and humility.. thoughts come to me that might not surface into my conscious thought on a hectic day of running errends. Many cycles of nature mirror our spiritual cycles..Metaphors can be created from nature to explain soo much...and give us much greater understanding. Lodgepole pine trees only release their seeds in fire...only through fire can they propogate themselves. In life, the "fire" or tribulations are sometimes the only way we can also grow.. Sometimes the harsh fires that seem so "bad" are actually necessary. Perhaps even the pandemics...are necessary and our fear of "fire" of death..fear of nature and somtimes its lack of mercy.. makes us create vaccines to avoid facing our mortality..we are so afraid of nature..or the illnesses. (me included)..but the truth is, we can't run from it forever..the chronic illnesses from over-medicating ourselves from it..thinking we are protecting ourselves from going to catch up to us, I predict.. The Canadian study that isn't published or proven yet...give me an incling of that...that possibility that people who get the seasonal vaccine might be 2x as likely to get the swine flu... like that make we wonder that we really can't run away from the dangers of nature forever. And many people born before the 60's are not likely to suffer too much from this flu (because they have already been exposed to a cousin of this virus)..If those people were vaccinated for it then, they probably would be more vulnerble now??wouldn't have the lifetime immunity that they may have now..In 20 years what will the next pandemic look like if we depended too much on a vaccine now? Fewer people with a lifetime immunity to it, perhaps?? Perhaps the true danger isn't in this pandemic, but the next one..and I theorize that the vaccine now..could make us more vulnerble at a time when it is more dangerous.. (i'm not against all vaccines..but I am against unnecesary ones..considering that each vaccine can have harmful chemicals in the mix--too many harmful chemicals may overwhelm our bodies to rid themselves of the bad stuff..)
On top of that, it seems the vaccine doesn't even work very well. 60% success rate at its best for young children.. Someone I know had her 3 children vaccianted weeks ago for the swine flu. They recently came down with it anyway-- long after they should have been immune to it; and they got it pretty bad. Could the vaccine have even made their systems weaker and have a harder time fighting it? I'm not sure.. But, I wonder...

Somehow we need to make peace with these natural forces...and perhaps even trust that it isn't as merciless as we think...God has given us so many plants that are medicinal to us..perhaps that is part of the mercy.. Each species has something inherent that protects them. And perhaps even death truly isn't the "end"..perhaps the mercy is always there..especially if you believe we do not truly die.. Not that I want to die...and especially not my children!!! But, perhaps it would be good to examine our fear of nature..Seems we don't even trust women to give birth naturally.. 25% c-section rate in this country, (maybe higher) afraid that if birth doesn't happen during a certain time frame, that there is inherent danger..if a women in labor too long, or if she is over 41 weeks..then begins the talk of induction.. We don't trust herbs to heal us so we resort quickly to aggressive approaches all too often, I think.. Not that they always work, either, but why not try more natural ways first..?? I think this is changing...How we view nature -how we co-exist, interact, use our world HAS to change or we will not last much longer on this planet. It's as simple as that. but not really so simple...much to give up and change and it is not going to happen too quickly, I'm afraid. I hope, that we will change, time to save this world for our children, grandchildren. I don't want their lives to be full of the consequences of our lifestyle..because of our shortsightedness..because we think we "need" that "new" thing..toy.. I am trying...trying to change. and even in myself, feeling as I do, I struggle with this everyday...when I forget, get distracted, feel an impulse.. It really takes strength, determination, will-power, commitment..but I think the only way to do it is one step at a time and remembering the "battle" everyday to filter those ads, ask ourselves if we can buy that thing used..or cooking from scratch, thinking about our carbon footprint..buying local, sustainable, whenever we can.. learning, using our minds, our consciences.. And..caring about our world...spending time with it, remebering what it gives to us..the peace you can find on a hike, a bike ride, a walk, a boat ride, fishing, playing with a stick, gardening, even sitting in the sun.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Are we taking care of our world or ourselves??

  • From the Oregonian World page November 3, 2009: "One in five mammals and 70% of plants are cited as threatened"

  • From the subsequent website: "Out of the 47,677 species in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 17,291 were deemed to be at serious risk.
    These included 21% of all known mammals, 30% of amphibians, 70% of plants and 35% of invertebrates. "

    BBC NEWS Science & Environment Species' extinction threat grows

This is HUGE! I am on a trend of thinking... This journey of deciding whether or not to vaccinate our family for the swine flu...and trying to decide what information to trust has required me to turn on many filters and view everything I read with scrutiny. One thing I noticed is that most doctors/CDC information have not answered some critical questions---why have they not tested the flu vaccine on pregnant women? Why are they not (really) looking into the correlation of mercury and autism? Of those who have died, how many of them had received the seasonal flu vaccine either this year or the previous year? How many come from homes where there is "smoking" etc.. Why are they hugely selling this vaccine without truly guaranteeing its safety..They say it is "safe" but are not really answering all the questions regarding its safety..

My mother had epilepsy and was taking dilantin. She chose to go off the medication when she bacame pregnant with me. The doctor assured her that the drug was safe while she was pregnant. She did not believe him. Now----they are finding that there are birth defects from dilantin use. (Hindsight) She followed her gut and I am thankful she did.

History shows time and time again the mistakes we make, yet we forget.. I wish to cite more on this and plan to add more to this blog entry..

We have not been taking care of our planet. We have not been really taking care of ourselves...the food we eat is so highly processed (bad oils, fats, chemicals, preservatives) and "dead"-The meat we eat comes from very ill animals that are pumped with antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, etc.. Our vegetables are full of pesticides. The toys our babies chew on are filled with phalates, lead, etc..The number of vaccines that are required has increased quite a bit over the past few years (and they are often coctailed with things like fromeldahyde(sp?) mercury, adjuncts.) There are tons of toxins that we CREATE --that are in the air, in the water, in our kitchen cabinets..and we are destroying our animals and plants..

Look at how badly our animals are doing, by looking at this article. We are also in the SAME boat...we are not immune to the effects that the animals and plants are suffering.

Still, we continue on this road... Buy buy buy, waste waste waste, throw away...still we are unsatisfied, becoming more obese, becoming more chronically ill... We need a new paradigm... We cannot blindly trust the advice to vaccinate...or buy this..

Getting this vaccine is no different from "buying" a product..We are pressured EVERY day to buy..consume...I get telemarkers call me even though I'm on the do not call list. I get people coming to my door. Commercials, billboards, ads...It is EVERYWHERE!

Consume. Consume. Consume.

The vaccine is MARKETED!

I'm not saying, "don't get the vaccine" You make your own do what you think is best for your situation. It could be a bad choice to not vaccinate...who knows? Only time will tell for sure how this unfolds....

But realize that we are being "pressured to buy" this vaccine...just like everything else!

Be wary and think "filter"...filter out the make a decision based on fact and your own "gut".

More on the Flu: Elderberry and Flu Waves

Can Elderberry help you with flu symtoms: a study was done that show it does help relieve symptoms of Influenza A and B.

Has the swine flu already peaked? I know we are still in full forces, but on google flu it shows it starting to dip. Past pandemics showed a trend of an early start (out of phase flu season) that started early, peaked early, then slowed..

Right now google flu trends shows that in the US, the flu is on the declining side of the peak. Hopefully, it will keep declining...

Google Flu Trends United States

Swine Flu -- One of the Most Massive Cover-ups in American History

Very interesting statistics and perspective on the swine flu... As with any information out there, read it cricitally. The one thing I like about this article is that is presents numbers--and percentages and talks about Australia's winter. It is one of the most comprehensive articles I've read...I'd like to say it is truly factual, but always keep in mind that everyone seems to have an agenda and most information is slanted. However, it does seem to answer questions I've been having that no one else seems to attempt to answer.

Swine Flu -- One of the Most Massive Cover-ups in American History

By Dr. Russell Blaylock (

What experience and history teach is this -- that people and governments never have learned anything from history or acted on principles deduced from it.” G.W.F. Hegel

I have been following the evolving “pandemic” of H1N1 influenza beginning with the original discovery of the infection in Mexico in March of this year. In the course of this study I have tried to utilize as my sources high-quality, peer-reviewed journals, data from the CDC and accepted textbooks of virology.

As with all such studies one has to integrate and correlate previous experiences with epidemics and pandemics. As you will see, a great deal of my material comes from official sources, such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the New England Journal of Medicine. Thus my distracters cannot claim that I am using material that is not within the mainstream.

Pregnant Women NOT at Special Risk from Swine Flu

In the beginning, even before it was declared a level 6 pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), a group of “scientists” were sounding the alarm that this might indeed be the terrifying, deadly pandemic they had been expecting for over half a century.

Naturally, the vaccine manufacturers were doing all they could to fuel this fear and they were quietly making deals with WHO to be among the companies selected to manufacture the “pandemic” vaccine for the world. Being anointed by WHO would guarantee tens of billions in profits.

As the infection began to spread into the United States and then the rest of the world, its peculiar nature became obvious. Those born before 1950 seem to have a high degree of resistance to the infection and the disease seems slightly more pathogenic (disease causing) among those aged 25 to 49. Early on the official sources declared that pregnant women were at a special risk as compared to the seasonal flu.1 As we shall see later, this was a grand lie.

Initial Studies Show H1N1 NOT Dangerous or Highly Contagious

Once the pandemic had been declared, virologists tested the potency of this virus using a conventional method, that is, infecting ferrets with the virus.2 What they found was that the H1N1 virus was no more pathogenic than the ordinary seasonal flu, even though it did penetrate slightly deeper into the lungs. It in no way matched the pathogenecity of the 1917-1918 H1N1 virus. It also did not infect other tissues, and especially important, it did not infect the brain.

Next, they wanted to test the ability of the virus to spread among the population. The results of their tests were conflicting, but the best evidence indicated that the virus did not spread to others very well. In fact, an unpublished study by the CDC found that when one member of a family contracted the H1N1 virus, other members of the family were infected only 10% of the time -- a very low communicability.

This was later confirmed in a study of the experience of New York State, in which only 6.9% of the population contracted the virus, far below the 50% predicted by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.3 It is instructive to note that during the 1917-18 Swine flu epidemic the world infection rate was only 20%.4

They also predicted that 1.8 million people would need hospitalization and 300,000 would end up in the intensive care units (ICU). Further, they predicted that hospitals would be overwhelmed and that ICU units would not have enough beds to care for the sick and dying. Incredibly, they predicted that 90,000 people would die.

Much Fear Mongering

Not satisfied, they up the ante on fear mongering by peddling the idea that pregnant women were especially in danger as were small children. We were told daily that young, healthy people were dying, not just those with underlying medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other immune suppressive diseases. The Minister of Fear (the CDC) was working overtime peddling doom and gloom, knowing that frightened people do not make rational decisions -- nothing sells vaccines like panic.

These same dire predictions were extended to Australia and New Zealand, which began to show an increase in their reported cases of H1N1 and associated hospitalizations as they entered their fall and winter. Recently, two major articles were released in the New England Journal of Medicine, which analyzed the American hospitalization experience5 and the Australian/New Zealand ICU experience6. I will analyze these very interesting studies.

There is a dramatic disconnect between what the science is discovering about this flu virus and what is being broadcast over the media outlets. As you will see, this is a very mild flu virus infection for 99.9% of the population.

Australian and New Zealand Experience Prove U.S. is Wrong

As I stated, the countries in the southern hemisphere have already gone through their fall and winter, that is the seasons of peak flu infections. Epidemiologists and virologists have been surprised at how mild this flu pandemic has been in the Southern Hemisphere, with relatively few deaths and few hospitalizations in most areas.

The study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine on October 8, 2009, called the AZIC study, analyzed all ICU admissions in New Zealand and Australia, looking at a number of factors.6 Here is what they found.

ICU Hospitalizations

Out of a population of 25 million people, 722 were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with a confirmed diagnosis of H1N1 influenza. Overall, 856 people were admitted with a flu virus, but 11.3% were a type A flu that was not subtyped and 4.3% were seasonal flu.

They also analyzed the number of people admitted with viral pneumonia and found the following:

Number of People Admitted to the Hospital each Year with Viral Pneumonia5

•57 people in 2005
•33 people in 2006
•69 people in 2007
•69 people in 2008
•37 people in 2009
So we see that in 2009 they had 32 fewer people admitted with actual viral pneumonia. The CDC and other public health agents of fear like to imply that mass numbers of people are dying from “flu”, that is, actual influenza viral pneumonia, when in fact, most are dying from other complications secondary to underlying health problems -- either diagnosed or undiagnosed.
They also found that the average person’s risk of ending up in the ICU was one in 35,714 or about three thousandths of one percent (0.00285%), an incredibly low risk. When they looked at actual admission to the ICU, they found that it was people aged 25 to 49 who made up the largest number admitted. Infants from birth to age 1 year had the higher admission per population, and had a high mortality rate.

Majority of Children Respond POORLY to Flu Vaccine

It is interesting to note that babies this age respond poorly to either the seasonal flu vaccine or the H1N1 vaccine. One of the largest studies ever done, found that children below the age of 2 years received no protection at all from the seasonal flu vaccine.7

The recently completed study on the effectiveness of the new H1N1 vaccine reported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease found that 75% of small children below age 35 months received no protection from the H1N1 vaccine and that 65% of children between the ages of 3 years and 9 years received no protection from the vaccine.8

Flu Vaccine DOUBLES Risk of Getting H1N1

It is also important to view this in the face of the new unpublished Canadian study of 12 million people that found getting the seasonal flu vaccine, as recommended by the CDC and NIH, doubles one’s risk of developing the H1N1 infection. It would also make the infection much more serious. So much for expert advice from the government.

Obese at Six Times Higher Risk from H1N1 Complications

As stated, most authorities agree that the H1N1 variant virus is quite mild as far as flu viruses go. The vast majority of people (99.99%) are having very brief and mild illnesses from this virus.

Keep in mind that when I am discussing numbers and risk, this does not intend to understate the devastation experienced by the people who are experiencing serious illness or even death.

Any death is a tragedy.

What we are discussing here is -- is the risk from this virus significant enough to justify draconian measures by the government and medical community? Should we implement mass vaccinations with a vaccine that is essentially an experimental vaccine, poorly tested and of questionable benefit?

The study also looked at the health risk of the people admitted to the ICU, but unfortunately did not look at the underlying health problems of those who died. We get a hint, since the American study did note that it was those over age 65 who were most likely to die, and that 100% of these individual had underlying health problems before they were infected.

One of the real surprises from this study, and the American study, was that one of the more powerful risk factors for being admitted to the ICU and of dying was obesity. Obese people are admitted 6x more often than those of normal weight. As we shall see, obesity played a significant role in the risk to children and pregnant women as well, something that has never been discussed by the media, the CDC or the public health officials.

This study found that 32.7% of those admitted to the ICU had asthma or other chronic pulmonary disease, far higher than the general population. The Australian and New Zealand study also had a large number of aboriginal patients and those from the Torres Strait. It is known that nutrient deficiencies are common in both populations, which means an impaired immune system.

Obesity is associated with a high incidence of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome, both of which would increase one’s risk of having a serious infection, even to viruses that are mildly pathogenic. (mild viruses).

H1N1 Vaccine is NOT Made the Same as Regular Flu Vaccine!!

I am really upset at the insistence by the CDC, medical doctors and the media that all pregnant women should be vaccinated by this experimental vaccine. The media repeats the manufacturers’ mantra that this vaccine is produced exactly like the seasonal flu, when in fact it is not. Yes, they use chicken eggs, but the rest has been fast tracked and many shortcuts on safety procedures have been allowed.

There are 250,000 pregnant women in Australia and New Zealand combined. Only 66 pregnant women were admitted to the ICU, an incidence of 1 pregnant woman per 3,800 pregnant women or a risk of .03%.6 Put another way, a pregnant woman in these two countries can feel comfortable to know that there is a 99.97% chance that she will not get sick enough to end up in the ICU.

Pregnant Women NOT at Increased Risk, Obese Women Are!!

So, why did even 66 pregnant women end up in the ICU? As we shall see in the American study5, a significant number of these pregnant women were either obese or morbidly obese and most had underlying medical problems. The Australian/New Zealand study6 found that one of the major risk factors for pregnant women was indeed being obese and that obesity was associated with a high risk of underlying medical disorders.

They also found that death from H1N1 infection correlated best with increasing age, contrary to what the media says. They concluded the study with the following statement:

“ The proportion of patients who died in the hospital in our study is no higher than that previously reported among patients with seasonal influenza A who were admitted to the ICU.” 6

In fact, they report that of those infected with the H1N1 variant virus who were sick enough to be admitted to the ICU, 84.5 % went home and 14.3% died and that of those admitted with seasonal flu 72.9% were discharged and 16.2% died. That is, more died from the seasonal flu.

Recent NEJM Study of the American Experience

In the same Oct, 8th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine they reported on the American experience with the H1N1 variant virus.5 The study looked at data from 24 states with widespread influenza infection from April through June 2009. Remember, unlike most flu epidemics in the United States, this epidemic began early and by the end of September it was beginning to peak, with late October being the date it may begin to decline.

The study examined 13,217 cases of infection involving 1082 people who were hospitalized. Here is what they found:

Underlying Medical Conditions

Of the total hospitalized patients:

•60% of children had underlying medical conditions
•83% of adults had underlying medical conditions
They also found that 32% of patients had at least 2 medical conditions that would put them at risk. We are constantly told that it is the young adult aged 25 to 49 who is at the greatest risk. Note that 83% of these people had underlying medical conditions. This means that in truth only 292 “healthy” people out of 1082 in 24 states were sick enough to enter the hospital -- that is 292 healthy people out of tens of millions of people, not much of a risk if you do not have an underlying chronic medical problem.

Underlying Medical Conditions Risk Factor for H1N1 Deaths

When they looked at people over age 65 years of age, that is, the folks who are most likely to die in the hospital, 100% had underlying medical conditions -- all of them. So, there was not one healthy person over age 65 who has died out of 24 states combined.

What about the children, a special target of the fear mongering media and government agencies? This study found that 60% had underlying medical conditions and that 30% were either obese or morbidly obese.

A previous CDC study states that 2/3 of children who died had neurological disorders or respiratory diseases such as asthma.3 If we take the 60% figure, that means out of the 84 children reported to have died by October 24th, 2009, only 34 children considered healthy in a nation of 301 million people really died, not 84. It is also instructive to note that according to CDC figures, the seasonal flu last year killed 116 children.9

Remember, that is, 34 so-called healthy children out of a nation of 40 million children. In 2003 it was reported by the CDC that 90 children died from seasonal flu complications. Ironically, as shown by Neil Z. Miller in his excellent book -- Vaccine Safety Manuel -- once the flu vaccine was given to small children the death rate from flu increased 7-fold.10 Not surprising, since the mercury in the vaccine suppresses immunity.

Pediatric Flu Deaths by Year Made WORSE by Flu Vaccine

•1999 -- - 29 deaths
•2000 -- - 19 deaths
•2001 -- - 13 deaths
•2002 -- - 12 deaths
•2003 -- - 90 deaths (Year of mass vaccinations of children under age 5 years)
•2006 -- 78 deaths
•2007 -- - 88 deaths
•2008 – 116 deaths (40.9% vaccinated at age 6 months to 23 months)11
Parents should also keep in mind that this study, as well as the Australian/New Zealand Study found that childhood obesity played a major role in a child’s risk of being admitted to the ICU or dying. This is another dramatic demonstration as to the danger of obesity in children and that all parents should avoid MSG (all food-based excitotoxin additives), excess sugar and excess high glycemic carbohydrates in their children’s diets. This goes for pregnant moms as well.

Every Parent Needs to Know Other Vaccines INCREASE Risk of H1N1

One major factor being left out of all discussion of these vaccines, especially those for small children and babies, is the effect of other vaccinations on presently circulating viral infections such as the H1N1 variant virus. It is known that several of the vaccines are powerfully immune suppressing. For example, the measles, mumps and rubella virus are all immune suppressing, as seen with the MMR vaccine, a live virus vaccine.12, 13

This means that when a child receives the MMR vaccine, for about two to five weeks afterwards their immune system is suppressed, making them highly susceptible to catching viruses and bacterial infections circulating through the population. Very few mothers are ever told this, even though it is well accepted in the medical literature.

In fact, it is known that the Hib vaccine for haemophilus influenzae is an immune suppressing vaccine and that vaccinated children are at a higher risk of developing haemophilus influenzae meningitis for at least one week after receiving the vaccine.10,14 These small children receive both of these vaccines.

According to the vaccine schedule recommended by the CDC and used by most states, a child will receive their MMR vaccine and Hib vaccine at one year of age and both are immune suppressing.

At age 2 to 4 months, they will receive a Hib vaccine. Therefore at age 2 to 4 months, and again at age one year, they are at an extreme risk of serious infectious complications caused by vaccine-induced immune suppression. The New Zealand/Australian study found that the highest death in the young was from birth to age 12 months, the very time they were getting these immune-suppressing vaccines.6

The so-called healthy children and babies that have ended up in the hospital and have died may in fact be the victims of immune suppression caused by their routine childhood vaccines. We may never know because the medical elite will never record such data or conduct the necessary studies. Recall also that the seasonal flu vaccine, which is recommended for all children over the age of 6 months, each year, is also immune suppressing because of the mercury-containing thimerosal in the vaccine.15

Infants under the age of 3 receive mercury-free seasonal flu vaccines, but any child over the age of 3 will receive the mercury-containing flu vaccine year after year. (Each dose of seasonal flu vaccine typically containing 25 mcg of mercury.)

If parents allow their children to be vaccinated according to the CDC recommendations, that is 2 seasonal flu vaccines and 2 swine flu vaccines as well as a pneumococcal vaccine, that will increase the number of vaccines a child will have by age 6 years to 41. This amounts to an enormous amount of aluminum and mercury as well as intense brain inflammation triggered by vaccine-induced microglial activation.16

Risk of Serious Illness from the H1N1 Mutant Virus

Their survey of 24 states found that a total of 67 patients out of tens of millions of people ended up in the ICU. That is, only 6% of the people admitted to the hospital were so sick as to need intensive treatments. Of these 67 patients, 19 died (25%) and of these 67% had obvious underlying long-term medical illnesses. This means that only 6 patients out of tens of millions of people in 24 states that were considered “healthy” before their infection, had died. Is this justification for a mass vaccination campaign?

Of the 1082 hospitalized patients, 93% were eventually discharged recovered and only 7% died, a very low death rate. Their analysis of these cases concluded that those who died fell in three categories:

•They were older patients
•Antiviral medications were started 48 hours after the onset of the illness
•There was no correlation to having had seasonal vaccines
The last item is especially interesting because they assume that having had seasonal flu vaccine would have offered some protection -- it offered none.

What they did find was that none who died had been given antiviral medications (Tamiflu or Relenza) within 48 hours of getting sick. Those given the antiviral medications within the golden 48-hour period rarely died. Relenza is far safer than Tamiflu. This was the only factor found to correlate with survival of severely ill ICU patients.

What about the Danger to Pregnant Women? The American Experience

Our media is inundating the public with scare stories of the danger this virus poses to pregnant women. Most of us visualize the pregnant woman as being healthy, young and without underlying medical diseases. The study is quite revealing, but omits some very important factors.

We are told that pregnant women are 6x more likely to end up in the hospital than the general population. This figure is derived from the fact that it was estimated that pregnant women had a 7% greater chance of requiring hospital admission than did the general public at 1% (Even this is a far higher number than their own studies indicate -- actually it is a very small fraction of 1%).

Dr. Michael Bronze, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, writing for emedicine (WebMD), states that the risk of a pregnant women being hospitalized with the H1N1 infection is 0.32 per 100,000 pregnant women (which is 1 in 300,000 pregnant women).17 One can safely say, based on the Australian/New Zealand experience (at the peak of their flu season) and the American data somewhere in the middle of their flu season, that pregnant women have about a 99.97% chance they will not become so sick as to require hospital care at any level.

The death rate of pregnant women who were admitted to the ICU was 7.7%, a fairly low figure for infectious ICU patients. Remember, most patients admitted to the hospital are admitted for hydration and are not that ill in terms of the infection itself.

Smoking and Obesity Increase Risk of H1N!

Now, most of us assume that these pregnant women are perfectly healthy as mentioned above, but the data shows something quite different. They found that greater than 30% of the pregnant women were either obese or morbidly obese, as did the Australian/New Zealand study. Of these, 60% had underlying medical conditions that put them at greater risk of overwhelming infections -- both viral and bacterial.

It is unfortunate that they did not enter any information on smoking, either by the mother or by anyone living in the household. It is known that smoking greatly increases ones risk of severe complications from any flu virus.18,19 This is for several reasons. One, smokers eat a much poorer diet than non-smokers.

Second, smoking destroys the cilia in the bronchial passageways that are essential for clearing mucus and debris -- thus increasing the risk of developing pneumonia.20 Finally, nicotine is a very powerful immune suppressant.21 The combined effect of all three is enough to land anyone in the ICU during even a mild flu season. Likewise, chronic smokers have low magnesium levels, which increase their risk of developing bronchiospasm that is resistant to normal drug treatments.22-24

They also failed to record possible illegal drug use, how many were living at poverty levels and how many were on prescription drugs known to suppress immunity or deplete nutrients essential for immune function. And, one must keep in mind, at this age, (age range of 15 to 39 years) many would have had numerous childhood vaccines and booster vaccines.

This was also not considered for obvious reasons. So, some critical information we all need to evaluate this “pandemic” is being excluded or purposely kept from us.

Bacterial Pneumonia and Swine Flu

The American study found that of the people admitted to the hospital, 40% were found to have X-ray evidence of pneumonia. Of these, 66% had pre-existing medical conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), immunosuppression for transplants or cancer or neurologic disorder.

We are not told how many were smokers or lived with smokers, again, something that puts people at great risk of having severe reactions to any infection. Smokers have much higher bacterial pneumonia rates every year. The CDC estimates that smokers have a 200% increased risk of flu virus complications as compared to nonsmokers.

The CDC released in the September 29 issue of the MMWR an analysis of the lung tissue from 77 fatal cases of H1N1 infection.25 Of these, 29% had a secondary bacterial infection -- pneumonia. This is an important study because the media and the CDC are telling adults they need to get a pneumococcal vaccine and that parents need to have their children vaccinated with the pneumococcal vaccine as well.

This adult study found that only half of the pneumonias were due to Streptococcus pneumoniae, the organism used in the vaccine. Half of the cases were due to other strains of streptococcus, staphlococcus or H. Influenza. Some 18% of the people had multiple organism cultured from their lungs.

It is important to note that they found that all of these autopsied patients had previous, serious medical problems prior to becoming infected with H1N1 variant and that not all bacteria were examined, meaning that even those with Strep pneumoniae could have had multiple infections, for which the vaccines would have offered no protection.

Parents should also know that the vast majority of pneumonias found in these infected children were not due to Strep pneumoniae, but rather Staph aureus. Again, the pneumococcal vaccine would have offered these children no protection.

Pregnant Women Given Vaccine Have Babies with More Health Problems

It has always been a principle of medicine that one should not vaccinate pregnant women, except in extreme cases, because the risk to the baby is too high. Recently, we have seen two examples of violation of this policy. When the HPV vaccine Gardasil was first released the CDC and the manufacturer (Merck Pharmaceutical Company) recommended that it be given to pregnant women.

Shortly after beginning this dangerous practice it was ordered halted because a number of women were losing their babies and babies were being born with major malformations.26

It is known that stimulating a woman’s immune system during midterm and later term pregnancy significantly increases the risk that her baby will develop autism during childhood and schizophrenia sometime during the teenage years and afterward.27

Compelling scientific evidence also shows an increased risk of seizures in the baby and later as an adult.28 In fact, a number of neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems can occur in babies born to women immunologically stimulated during pregnancy.29-32

It is true that serious flu infections or E. coli infections during pregnancy are a major risk for all these complications, but a woman’s risk of becoming infected, as we have seen, is a very small fraction of 1 %, yet they are calling for all pregnant women to be vaccinated with at least three vaccines, two of which contain mercury. There is also evidence to show that a large number of these women will gain no protection from the vaccine.

Dr. Bronze, quoted above, notes that animal studies have shown that vaccines harm unborn babies and that no safety studies have been done in humans. A recent study done by Dr. Laura Hewitson, a professor of obstetrics at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center, found that a single vaccine used in human babies, when used in newborn monkeys, caused significant abnormalities in brainstem development.33 This mass vaccination program for H1N1 variant virus will be the largest experiment on pregnant women in history and could end as a monumental disaster.

How Many Cases are Really Swine Flu?

CBS, to their credit, conducted a three-month long investigation that indicates that we have all been hoodwinked by the governmental “protection” agency called euphemistically, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.34

What they tried to learn from the CDC was just what percentage of the “flu cases” were in fact H1N1. The CDC did all they could to protect this information and only after filing a Freedom of Information request and waiting 2 months did they finally release the data. Now we know why they wanted it protected and why they stopped testing for the H1N1 virus in late July.

The data revealed that in fact very few cases reported as swine flu were in fact H1N1 variant virus. CBS examined the data in all 50 states. What they found, for example, was that in Georgia only 2% of reported cases were H1N1 (97% negative for H1N1); in Alaska only 1% of reported cases were H1N1 (93% negative for flu and 5% seasonal flu) and in California only 2% of reported cases were H1N1 with 12% being other flu viruses and 86% negative for flu.

A recent release from the CDC found that their survey reported that of 12,943 specimens tested from around the country, only 26.3% of cases tested positive for H1N1 variant virus, but that 99.8% of the specimens tested positive for some type of other flu virus, most of which were regular seasonal flu.

The CDC has now changed all data reporting on the flu effects. They did this by stopping viral typing and subtyping and rolled back all previous numbers based on prior data. The new system for collecting data now started on August 30th, 2009.

The only reason I can imagine they did this is that the prior data was clearly demonstrating that the H1N1 variant virus was causing a very mild illness in most people (99.99%) with fewer hospitalizations, fewer cases of pneumonia and fewer deaths for all ages and groups than the prior seasonal flu in past years. This was true for the United States and the Southern Hemisphere, which has gone though the worst of its flu season.

Now that they are no longer typing the virus, they can attribute all cases of pneumonia, hospitalizations and deaths to H1N1, even though the majority of cases appear to be from a long list of other causes. In fact, they can classify many cases of primary pneumonia as caused by H1N1.

Actually LESS Flu Deaths this Year

One must always keep in mind that the CDC has told us that 36,000 people die every year from influenza and influenza-related complications. Thus far, we have seen (accepting their data) about 900 deaths and 21,829 cases of pneumonia.

This is far below the 36,000 figure. In fact, perhaps we should be breathing a sigh of relief that 35,000 fewer people have died this year from flu-related disorders. This would go down on record as the fewest flu-related deaths in recorded history.

In fact, worldwide, according to CDC and WHO data, far fewer people have died form H1N1 than any seasonal flu in the past. This graph from the CDC showing the "Pneumonia and Influenza Mortality for 122 US Cities" also show that, so far, this year's flu mortality is far below that of 2008.

In fact, worldwide, according to CDC and WHO data, far fewer people have died form H1N1 than any seasonal flu in the past. So, one must ask, why is the government and their handmaidens, the media, fueling this panic mentality? Why are we once again talking about mandatory vaccination for every man woman and child in the nation?

And I can assure you that soon we will hear an announcement that the adjuvant MF-59 or ASO3 (squalene) will be needed to save lives.

Now, if the CBS data forced from the files of the CDC is correct, why are so many people dying from this flu? The answer is that no greater number are dying now, for any age group, sex or state of pregnancy than have died in any previous flu outbreak.

By statistical slight of hand they have created this pandemic and continue to do so. One cannot foretell the future, but based on the data now available from the United States, Canada, Europe and the Southern hemisphere, there is no justification for the fear mongering by the media and government agencies.

It is accepted that the cognitive portions of the human brain work less well under two conditions -- fear and anger. Those who have survived deadly situations or who make their living surviving such situations tell us that controlling our fear is the most important thing in survival. More people have died from making poor decisions while overwhelmed by fear than have died as a result of the situation itself.

I am reminded of the poor elderly person who died several years back waiting in a very long line for a flu vaccine in the sweltering heat. It seems she passed out and struck her head on the hard asphalt.

She was standing in that line for hours because the CDC announced that that year’s flu was going to be especially deadly for the elderly and there was a shortage of vaccine. As it turned out, that year they picked the wrong virus to make the vaccine -- so it was not only a dangerous vaccine, it would have given her no protection. But then, the vaccine manufactures got their blood money.

What Do They Not Know About This Vaccine?

Insurance companies in Australia would not insure doctors who gave the vaccine because it was a fast tracked vaccine and therefore experimental. They felt that the danger of complications was far too high to risk insuring the doctors. Unlike doctors in America, they did not have a special law that Congress would pass to insulate them from liability should severe complications arise from the vaccine.

It is also of special interest to note that tens of millions of babies were vaccinated with the Hepatitis B vaccine (providing no protection to the babies) only to learn later that it is linked to a 310% increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis.36 One has to ask -- What else do they not know about this vaccine?

Well, it turns out a lot.

Years after it was added to the recommended vaccine schedule, it was linked to a terrifying disorder called macrophagic myofascitis, which in children is associated with a severe dementia-like illness.

Then we have the case of the Gardasil vaccine. Millions of young girls were vaccinated and within several months pregnant women were losing their babies, babies were being born deformed, several of these very young girls died and a growing number have had serious reactions to the vaccine. Once again we have to ask -- What else do they not know about this vaccine?

Vaccine Safety Testing Only Done for ONE Week

Now we are being told that this new fast tracked, poorly tested vaccine is very safe and effective. The results of the testing on this vaccine were reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.39 It is instructive to learn that the tests for safety and to assess complications lasted only 7 days after the vaccine, an incredibly short period of follow-up. Gullian Barre paralysis can occur even months after a vaccine as can seizures, behavioral problems and neurodevelopmental disorders in children.

It is interesting to note that the authors of the safety study for our swine flu vaccine were all employees of the maker of the vaccine CSL Biotherapeutics and eight held equity interest in the company.39 This admission is part of the disclosure policy of the New England Journal of Medicine.

It is always important to keep in mind when you hear about this vaccine being safe and produced just like the seasonal flu vaccine -- What else do they not know about this vaccine that they will discover months, years or even decades later. Once injected with the vaccine and you develop a complication there will be little that can be done to treat the life-long degenerative disorder it produces. You will just be a sad story on 60 minutes.


About Dr. Russell Blaylock:

Dr. Blaylock is a board certified neurosurgeon, author and lecturer. For the past 25 years he has practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from both practices to devote full time to nutritional studies and research.

Dr. Blaylock has written and illustrated three books. The first book was on the subject of excitotoxins, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills,and how they are related to diseases of the nervous system.

His second book, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, covers the common basis of all diseases, nutritional protection against diseases of aging, protection against heavy metal toxicity, the fluoride debate, pesticide and herbicide toxicity, excitotoxin update, the vaccine controversy, protection against heart attacks and strokes.

His third book, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, was released in April, 2003 and discusses the ways to defeat cancer, enhance the effectiveness of conventional treatments and prevent complications associated with these treatments.

In addition, he has written and illustrated three chapters in medical textbooks, written a booklet on nutritional protection against biological terrorism and written and illustrated a booklet on multiple sclerosis. He has written over 30 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals on a number of subjects.

Since the publication of his first book he has been a guest on numerous national and international syndicated radio programs.


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Dr. Mercola's Comments:

First, I want to thank Dr. Blaylock for his excellent review of the swine flu “pandemic.” But I also want to extend my thanks to all the doctors and health care professionals out there who in increasing numbers are beginning to challenge the assumptions of our current vaccine programs, and question the sanity and safety of rushing to mass-vaccinate against such a mild virus as H1N1 with untested and unproven vaccines.

It takes courage to voice these concerns, and I applaud those in the health field who are courageous enough to do so in order to protect the health of their patients.

An article published in Medscape on October 28, 2009, illustrates the opposing viewpoints that clearly exist within the medical community. The vaccine issue is not as clear-cut as many would like you to believe, and those who question the safety of what’s being done are not fringe lunatics, quacks, or fanatics of some sort.

Many are well-educated health professionals, willing to think for themselves and investigate beyond the dogma taught in medical school and what they’re told by pharmaceutical reps.

In her article, Physicians are Talking About: Is It Worth Getting the H1N1 Vaccine?, Nancy Terry writes:

“… However, other physicians are equally adamant about not getting the H1N1 vaccine.

"I don't want to be a lab rat," says an internist. "No way I or my family will receive the vaccine. Not a chance!" comments another internist.

"Emphatically no to both vaccines," says a family medicine physician. "I agree with Dr. Joseph Mercola's take on the swine flu and this and the prior round of vaccinations for it. I believe, based on all I've read to date, that vaccinations cause a body more harm than good."

"I remember the last vaccine rushed to production. People died and some developed paralysis," says another family medicine physician. "I prefer to take my chances."

Several physicians wonder about the advisability of vaccinating segments of the population already exposed to influenza.

An emergency medicine physician, who saw H1N1 cases throughout September, comments, "If the epidemiology here mirrors the Southern Hemisphere flu season, by the time H1N1 vaccine is available the virus probably will be done circulating through my community."…

… "This ain't your grandma's seasonal flu virus," says a pediatrician. "It's a quadruple-reassortant swine/avian hybrid that's never been seen before, significantly different from its predecessors, even if relatively wimpy." For this reason, he suggests that caution is warranted with regard to the infection and the vaccine. He adds, "It's not inconceivable that this vaccine could cause side effects not seen with seasonal vaccine, although it seems safe in trials, so far."

A family medicine physician agrees: "Any vaccine made at the last minute and made only by a few manufacturers with huge government contracts at stake cannot help but be higher risk for untoward side effects."

… A family medicine physician comments, "I'm not sure I can justify recommending this vaccine to all children until safety is better ascertained when, so far, cases on the whole seem to be mild."

As you can see, I’m not the only doctor on the block who has serious reservations. Hopefully, together we will be able to make a difference and save countless people from unnecessary harm.

You Can Make a Difference

Most polls show that we ARE making a difference because more people are becoming educated about influenza and flu vaccines, especially H1N1 swine flu. Recent national polls have revealed that 30 to 50% in many communities are not planning to get a swine flu shot. Those who haven't made up their minds yet have lots of questions. So we have created some posters that you can print and post ALL over your community, your local stores, office and schools.

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