Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Great Debate

I've been thinking about this a lot lately...well for about the last year anyway. And upon the release of the swine-flu "outbreak", it brings the issue to mind once again. It is perhaps one of the most debated and controversial issues of parents today, or then again maybe some people don't think twice, I don't know. But it's a big one with me.

Vaccinations.

To be blunt. I don't do it. At all. Not a single vaccine in my little girl. And here's why.

I believe that our bodies are built perfectly. God does a pretty good job with that. And I'm not going to pretend that I, my doctor, or the researcher down at big Pharma knows how to make our body better than He does. That's the big one with me.

I believe that injecting a virus, live or otherwise, into my child does not help increase her immunity levels. In fact, I think it upsets the body's natural reaction and response on how to handle the virus.

Now, I may think differently if it was just a virus that we are dealing with, because in theory that makes sense. But it's not. In typical vaccination schedules, it's an assortment of a few viruses plus all the chemical additives. How is my body supposed to react when it's hit with 7 different viruses at one time, let alone a 2 month old baby? I wouldn't think of drinking the vaccine...so why would I feel any different about injecting it into my daughter? Doesn't it just seem wrong when we think about it?

By the way, do you know what you're putting into your body when you receive a vaccination? A vaccine isn't just a vaccine. It's a chemical cocktail. Invented by trained mixologists. (see here for a list of vaccine ingredients) And it's big money. BIG money.

And while I'm not really much of a conspiracy theorist, it doesn't take much to discover how deeply the pharmaceutical companies are embedded in our society. If you start to look, you'll notice propaganda for their cause everywhere. And it's not necessarily our Doctors & nurse's fault. Yes, they recommend vaccines. But why? Because for the most part, they are trained and educated about the pros of vaccination. And it starts early. High school biology...and certainly earlier in a roundabout way, as vaccinations are recommended as a way to stay healthy. And it's generally accepted and unquestioned by much of society.

But again, if you start to follow the money, we see who sponsors either directly or indirectly the very agencies that are supposed to be "educating" us. And admit it or don't, but they are educating us in favor of their cause. Money is pumped into educational institutes by way of donations, scholarships, sponsorships, etc from the makers of vaccines. And obviously these people have a vested interest in ensuring what we believe to be true. If our doctors and nurses are taught that vaccines are safe & effective, that's what they come to believe. And I'm well familiar with the way post secondary institutes are run, and the influence outside interests play. Big Pharma has partnerships on all levels of government. And if you don't believe me, take a look yourself. It doesn't take a research wizard to figure it out. So, with this information in mind, how are we to be sure that we are given objective information with which to base our decisions on?

When you got your flu shot, or you took your baby in for a routine vaccination, did your doctor sit down with you and discuss the pros and cons of each vaccine? Did they present you with the real risks of each disease? Did they present you with the listing of adverse side effects that even the manufacturers of the vaccines admit to, including death?

Sadly, you have to do your own research. Into every disease and related vaccine.

Yesterday, I attended a "breastfeeding support" session that is put on by the David Thompson Health Region. Obviously, I know their stance on the issue. Someone in the group made a comment that some local children's programs do not allow your child in if they are not vaccinated. Being the opinionated person I am, I couldn't just keep my mouth shut. I made a comment somewhere along the lines of "are these programs sponsored by big Pharma?". One of the nurses reacted with "I think they just want to make sure no one gets sick". Hmmm. Interesting.

If vaccines work, why would your vaccinated child need to worry about coming into contact with my unvaccinated child? Shouldn't I be the one worried? If you believe that vaccines create immunity as intended, you have nothing to worry about. So why does it matter? Why should my child be excluded?

I think ultimately, we need to use common sense. If your child is sick. Please stay home. Yes, I know it sucks. I know Mom needs a break, wants to get out, blah, blah, blah. I get it. Trust me. I do. But your child is sick. They don't need to be out. They need to be home getting better. And not passing on whatever they have.

Living a healthy lifestyle is a much more reasonable prevention strategy. Eat healthy (sugar is the main "food" for disease, limit sugar as much as possible), wash your hands (and not with that stupid antibacterial soap...which only helps breed stronger bacteria), take your vitamins, exercise. Reduce your exposure to chemicals. But why do these things if we can just get a shot? Nevermind how effective it really is.

We live in a society that is constantly being bombarded with information. And a lot of it is provoking fear (take for example the recent swine flu outbreak). We're terrified. And the first thing many people are asking for is a vaccine. And they'll get one. But what kid of long term effects will be left in it's place?

By the way, does anyone else find it strange that it coincides with the greatest economic crisis since the great depression?

Perhaps I am a conspiracy theorist afterall.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Trying to Keep Up!

So, apparently finding time to keep up a blog is a little trickier than I thought. I guess it's about finding that delicate balance between finding your inspiration and the time to catch up!

It's been a busy week. My little monkey has begun to crawl. Which is interesting to say the least. Last Saturday was the first day she actually figured out how to move forward. And by today (Wednesday) she can make it from the living room to the kitchen in no time flat. And that's working her way around the tables in the center of the room. Tonight once we hit the tub, I noticed her poor little knees are all red from scurrying about. But of course, she's resilient and it doesn't seem to bother her in the least.

And boy...this kid moves fast. For anyone who has met Eavan, they know she's...hmmm, how do I put it? Lets just say she certainly burns off every calorie she takes in. She is ALWAYS moving at a rate of 100 miles an hour. Literally. I clocked her the other day. Okay, so not quite. But she is definitely inquisitive, curious, playful and ENERGETIC. Which means, I keep pretty busy trying to keep her entertained, and safe.

That's a whole new venture. I'm not the most organized person when it comes to cleaning up after myself (turn my head in shame). I loath cleaning with the fire of a thousand suns, but of course now with a little one gaining mobility faster than it takes to sneeze, I really have no choice but to pull up my socks.

I'm convinced that babies are the motivation some women, namely me, need to kick themselves from the lazy, sloppy teenager to the clean freak mom. Or at least it is in my case. Which I guess is a good thing. I suppose it's time to face my reality and get cracking on the spring cleaning.

Which brings me to another point. SPRING. FINALLY! Or so I hope. We were graced with the most beautiful Easter weekend I've seen in a long time. Gorgeous weather. Saturday clocked in at a whopping 19 degrees! Of course by Monday night it was snowing again, but that's what you get for living in Alberta. I am so incredibly excited for spring...mostly because it brings us to my most favorite season of all. The season of Thunderstorms, green grass, lakes, campfires, camping, patios, beer on patios, margaritas, (hey give me a break, I made it through an entire hot, hot summer without enjoying a single beer last year...I think I've earned a couple). Oh, I could go on and on and on... This summer is going to be the most exciting one ever because I get to see it all through the eyes of a child. An opportunity to see it all for the first time again.

Yes, I am truly blessed. And at the rate we're going Little E will be running around before the mosquitoes hit. Oh right. Forgot that part of summer. That part I could do without.

Monday, April 6, 2009

TV Sucks

So, with the encouragement of my husband and my friend, Shauna...I have finally set out to publicize the random thoughts that scamper through my brain. A good sort of release for the clutter that is my mind, I guess.

Ahhh...my first blog post. Read on if you dare to enter the mind of me.

My first order of business. I need to address the issue of a television program I encountered last night. I haven't watched a whole lot of TV since my daughter, Eavan was born last September. But last night, I was home alone, Eavan was sleeping and I thought I would nestle into the couch and pollute my brain with pointless TV. Of course, having an opportunity to watch TV uninterrupted is rare, so you can imagine my disappointment when all of the "good" shows normally scheduled on a Sunday night were reruns. But alas, I scroll through the channel listings and come across a title which sparks my interest. It's on TLC and it's called "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant".

I could go on and on and oooon about a topic like this but I'll start here.

Since becoming pregnant with Eavan, I have been intrigued by the world of pregnancy and baby. Being the keener I am I have done a lot of research into the subject and long story short, I have been enlightened. Before becoming a mom, I thought that should I ever become pregnant, a scheduled C-Section would be the way to go. Cue hours of delving into the world of pregnancy and I am now a proud supporter and believer in the power a woman has to birth her baby naturally. Without drugs or other needless intervention. Of course, there are exceptions, but for the most part I believe that interfering with the natural progressions a woman's body is made to endure is unnecessary, needless and dangerous. I'll leave it there for now, but I'm SURE I'll come back to it at some point.

So, back to the show...

Upon flicking over to TLC, it didn't take long for me to become greatly annoyed with the show. Not only did they show dramatic reenactments of women who mysteriously found themselves in labour, but they said things like "Miraculously, Dwinnell was able to deliver vaginally without any drugs or medical intervention!" OMG!!! A woman was able to do what her body was designed to do with out some drug-company sponsored MAN telling what to do. Shocking!

And okay, I can find it believable that someone doesn't know they are pregnant...for the first few months, maybe. But how can someone deliver a full term baby without knowing they are pregnant? The show goes on to explain that Dwinnell didn't know she was pregnant because she didn't have morning sickness or cravings. So without these signs, she couldn't be pregnant! Plus she only gained about 10 lbs...which she attributed to stress and the fact that she was working in a fast food restaurant. Okay, I guess if you are drastically overweight, MAYBE that is understandable...but geez.

And then when Dwinnell goes into labour and goes on to deliver her baby into the toilet, what does she do? She leaves the baby in the toilet...until the 16 year old co-worker received the advice from the 911 operator to take the baby OUT of the toilet and cover it in a blanket. Seriously? SERIOUSLY?!

Our society is becoming so dumbed down and it worries me. Common sense isn't too common anymore, is it? We're fearful. Of everything. And we don't trust ourselves, our instincts or our God to tell us what's right or wrong. Instead we turn to our neighbor. What's he doing? Or the Internet. It's written, so it must be true. But yet we question those things that our hearts tell us are true or real.

Maybe it's time we all shut out the influences in our lives that don't bring us happiness. Or at the very least those that actually aid in the degeneration of our society. Dare to question those things that are considered "normal" and learn to trust the inner voice inside us all. Our instincts..or the whispers of God.

Okay, so that's all I have for now. Well to clarify, that's all I have time for right now. My little munchkin is waking from a great nap (I do a little dance in celebration for my baby rarely sleeps), and so I must call an end to my first blog entry.

And remember, Christopher Robin said it best. "You're braver than you believe, smarter than you think and stronger than you seem".