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Thursday, March 6, 2014

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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Friday, February 28, 2014

The Reasons I Don't Think Vaccines Have Saved Us




Be sure to read the other posts in this series: 
Vaccinations: The Big Debate


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Dr. Inaz Semmelweis was a Hungarian physician in the 1800's.  In 1847, he was an assistant in the maternity clinic at the Vienna General Hospital in Austria.  While employed there, Dr. Semmelweis discovered that the doctors' wards had a mortality rate that was 3 times higher than the mortality rate of the midwives' ward. {I'd be stickin' with the midwives, ya know? ;)}  These mothers were dying of puerperal fever, which is often fatal.  Dr. Semmelweis discovered that the doctors were performing autopsies in the basement of this hospital, and then immediately going up to deliver babies in the maternity clinic without washing their hands.  

Dr. Semmelweis made a connection between the autopsies and the high rate of mothers dying.  After sharing his findings with his colleagues, he encouraged the other doctors to wash their hands after autopsies.  This simple hand washing practice immediately brought the cases of fatal puerperal fever to less than 1%.  Dr. Semmelweis believed cleanliness would reduce other diseases as well.  His hypothesis was rejected by the medical community, and he was ridiculed and ignored because of his belief.  This indifference by the medical community outraged Dr. Semmelweis and he did not cease to try to persuade others to accept his theory.  His colleagues, and even his wife, thought he had lost his mind for believing in "germs" that cannot be seen with the eyes.  

In 1865, Dr. Inaz Semmelweis was committed to an asylum, and died 14 days after.  It is believed that he died from being severely beaten by guards.  {Wikipedia}  What a tragic ending for a man who was spot-on about the spread of disease.

Years later, Louis Pasteur helped to further explain Semmelweis' findings, developed the germ theory of disease, and germs became a widely accepted fact.  Dr. Semmelweis is now considered a "pioneer of antiseptic procedures."

In our day, we cannot imagine how a doctor could think nothing of performing autopsies and delivering babies without washing his hands in the transition.  We are well aware of the importance of sanitizing and sterilizing hands, equipment, surfaces, etc. to stop the spread of illness and disease.  

What were the doctors doing in the Vienna General Hospital in Austria when they performed autopsies and then delivered babies without washing their hands?  Spreading disease

How did this spread of disease reduce to below 1%?  Cleanliness 

Cleanliness and sanitation {not vaccinations}, my dear friends, is what I believe to be the main reason for reduction in diseases.

There are a few other things besides sanitation that are a possible credit to the reduction of disease:

  1. Better living conditions
  2. Better personal hygiene 
  3. Better nutrition
  4. Clean drinking water
  5. Flushing toilets
  6. Better medicine and medical help

In the "old days", chamber buckets were emptied into gutters that ran into the streets, and children thought nothing of playing in these gutters, garbage and slop was tossed into the streets and alleys, unclean drinking water was consumed. {Source}  If you visit countries today where diseases are prevalent, you will find poor living conditions and/or poor nutrition.

What happened to typhoid and tuberculosis?

Vaccinations for typhoid and tuberculosis have never been used widespread in the US, and yet the death rates for these diseases declined just the same.  The only reasonable explanation seems to be good sanitation, nutrition, and better medicine.

Another interesting thing is that whooping cough and chicken pox are on the rise in our day.  As much as we are told that these diseases are showing themselves because of the unvaccinated, this is not true.  These diseases are on the rise among the vaccinated as well.  In her book, "Be Your Child's Pediatrician", Rachel Weaver speculates that perhaps these 2 diseases are on the rise because the abundance of processed foods and vaccine toxins are weakening children's immune systems.  This is a good speculation.

Below you will find a few graphs that show the decline in disease before vaccinations.  These graphs are used with permission by Dissolving Illusions.  


This graph shows that tuberculosis and typhoid declined when the other diseases did.
{Statistics from the US}











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Sources:
Dissolving Illusions
Be Your Child's Pediatrician
Wikipedia


Monday, February 24, 2014

How I Get My Toddler To Drink Medicinal Tea



I heard my 3 year old coughing in her sleep a few weeks ago.  It was one of those croupy, wheezing coughs that hit without warning.  The cough was not waking her up so I let her sleep.  As soon as she woke up the next morning, she wheezed when she breathed, her barking cough sounded tighter.  I immediately got out my favorite lung herbs to help her.  It's important to begin treating any illness immediately before it has time to take over.

It's very simple to get younger children to drink any medicinal tea that may not taste the best.  Adults can many times force themselves to down something if we know the importance of consuming it....it can be harder to convince a young child of it. :)

The child dosage for medicinal tea is 1/2 cup three times a day.  If the illness is really bad or you don't catch it at the beginning, you may need to administer the 1/2 cup of tea hourly or every other hour.

Simply bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil {or boil 1 1/2 cups at a time if you'd like to make the tea all at once for that day}.  Add 1/2-1 tsp. of dried herbs per 1/2 cup water {double the amount of herbs if using fresh}.  Cover the pan and steep for 5-20 minutes depending on how strong you want the tea.  I typically steep for 15 minutes.  


Strain the herbs into something besides plastic.  If you give your child a plastic cup to drink from, it's best to let the tea cool before pouring it in plastic.


Once the tea is cooled, pour 1/2 cup in the drinking cup.  The only other thing you need is juice.  Thankfully my local Aldi has started carrying organic apple juice!  Use whatever is available to you though!



Fill the cup up with juice....



... and down she drinks it!  I like combining tea with juice rather than sugar - makes it a little healthier. 


And as for this cough?  I gave her the tea 3 times that first day and it was gone by the next morning!  I also gave her elderberry syrup for a few days {about 3 times a day because she was happy and eating and not lethargic.  If she were lethargic, I would give it to her hourly.}, to help her immune system fight off whatever she had.

How do you get your children to drink medicinal tea?

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