Friday, February 29, 2008

Vaccine Case Conceded in Federal Court

So, I am anti-vaccinations. I absolutely refuse to get LuLu vaccinated and have refused since her birth, where they tried to push the Hep B vax on us even before she left the hospital. I absolutely disagree with injecting live modified or even killed virus into infants, the reason being that their immune systems are still undeveloped. By injecting a vaccine into someone with an undeveloped immune system you alter forever the way their immune system responds when they actually do get sick later. It's folly to think we can provide a vaccine for every single disease out there and have out children never get sick. Getting sick is part of growing up; they are called childhood diseases for a reason. They help build a strong and healthy immune system that will function appropriately in adulthood. Aside from the immune response being altered, several additives in vaccines are cause for great concern, including heavy metals like lead and aluminum that act as buffers and thimerosal, a mercury-derived preservative.

Why are these things bad? For those in the know, aka those who do some research before blindly injecting their children with whatever their doctor tells them to, there is a strong causal link between heavy metal poisoning, especially mercury, and Autistic Spectrum Disorders including full-blown autism. There is also growing evidence that vaccines are directly resonsible for SIDS deaths. SIDS deaths peak between the ages of 2-4 months, which coincidentally the start of the first major round of vaccinations in a normal vaccination schedule.

Since it is our government's policy to deny, deny, deny everything until the evidence is insurmountable and the public is duly tipped-off, it comes as a surprise to those of us in the anti-vax fringe group that the US federal court condeced a vaccination case, saying that vaccines did indeed directly cause ASD in one individual, a little girl who before her first round of vaccinations at 18 months was perfectly normal and healthy, showing no signs of autism. Now, she has seizures, the characteristic staring at lights, rocking back and forth, and unwillingness to look people in the face that are classic signs of autistic disorder.

For all the new parents out there, I urge you to do your own research to decide what is appropriate for your own family. At least be informed, and if you still make the decision to vaccinate your children please do it with all the facts. That's my public service annoucement for the day. Here are links to the federal case, as well as some other links regarding vaccinations:

David Kirby: Government Concedes Vaccine-Autism Case in Federal Court - Now What? - Living on The Huffington Post


Thursday, February 14, 2008

Mommy's Magic Milk

So I was reading this article here:
that basically says this scientist discovered that breast milk contains stem cells, and that these cells are responsible for further genetic development in the infant outside of the womb. This can explain why infants fed breast milk tend to have higher IQs than their formula-guzzling counterparts. The article went so far as to state that individuals who are formula-fed will NEVER reach their full genetic potential as adult human beings because they were deprived of the vital role breastmilk plays to a developing child's system. I'm a total lactivist, so naturally I wholeheartedly approve of news clippings that state that basically people who feed their children formula are dooming them to ride the short bus of life. There are so many unknown constituents being discovered in breastmilk that it drives home the fact that formula is liquid crap, completely empty filler calories. Yes, formula companies are savvy enough to make sure they advertise that hot "new" vitamins and supplements like Omegas and DHA are in their products, hoping to make people believe their rat poison is at least equally good as what babies are supposed to be drinking. Now I know I'm going to get flamed by women who say, "but I COULDN'T breastfeed!" I have to say that my position on that is similar to my view on "emergency" c-sections in this country. There are way too many "emergency" c-sections being performed that are absolutely unnecessary medical procedures. Sure, I concede that some women just can't breastfeed. They are in the very minute constituency, way less common than those who claim they couldn't do it. I mean, if the percentage of women who can't breastfeed is really as high as everyone claims, I think the species as a whole would have been in a lot of trouble back in the days before formula. People in this day and age of drive-through fast food, ATM machines, and on-demand television are conditioned to take the path of least resistance in everything. That includes taking the perceived "easy" way out of birth (yes, it's called "labor" for a reason. I would pick a natural birth any day over major abdominal surgery, especially factoring in the recovery time and pain!) and the "easy" way out of feeding their children. Again, the "easy" way isn't so easy, when you consider that every time baby needs to be fed mom or dad has to sterilize a bottle, mix formula, make sure formula is at the right temperature, and THEN finally get to feeding. In the meanwhile, I will be almost done feeding my daughter and I didn't have to get out of bed in the middle of the night and almost kill myself tripping over the dog to get to the kitchen while the baby wails because she's AWAKE and hungry. Hooray for booby milk!