Parents Rally to Send Message to Dems “We Will Leave the Party Over SB277″

UNAVOIDSeveral different groups in the Los Angeles area are mobilizing to join forces Saturday in Anaheim at the site of the Democratic Convention to show their dismay for the passage of SB277 through the California Senate yesterday.

Groups are all following these guidelines, which activist Marisa Davis Clark says are as follows:

Location/Parking/Food:

LOCATION: We will gather at south side of the Fountain on the Grand Plaza in the Palm Court area at the Main Entrance to the Center. This area has been reserved for us specifically and we are working with the Police and the Convention Center Security to ensure the safety of us – and most importantly our children. As an additional information and safety measure, we will have designated people available to answer questions, and assist in any way.

PARKING: *I was just informed that the parking garage in under construction. So be prepared for some parking difficulties. Carpool if you can, and be prepared to walk. There may be some extra parking at Disney. Most convention parking is off West Street (Car Park 4,5,6 –see sight map) which is between and Katella and Orangewood –the west end of the convention building. There is a parking lot where many of the trucks dock and there is a parking structure. Cost: $15 – $30

FOOD: There is a Starbucks and Pizza Hut inside the Marriott (where we will be gathering in front of) as well as a number of other restaurants around the area. There is food inside the convention center – cost and quality are questionable. There are often food trucks set up nearby for large events as well. There are also no restrictions on bringing food in with you.

Press will be there 11 to 12. Some parents will be gathering as early as 9 a.m.  There will be security for the demonstrator’s protection. But because it is a public space be prepared to bring signs and other soft toys that are moveable.  Demonstrators will be wearing red shirts, and if you have red clothing you would like to swap bring it in a plastic garbage bag.

More information can be found at  https://www.facebook.com/events/788653927897559/.

are you seeing red yet?

THEN LET’S BRING IN THE LOVE!GROVE

JOIN US

AT THE

DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

IN ANAHEIM

#COOL2CARE #SB277 #MINE

“ARE YOU SEEING RED YET?” LOVEFEST

SAT. MAY 16 ALL DAY

PRESS 10-12

MINGLE AND MEET WITH YOUR FELLOW WARRIOR MAMAS AND PAPAS ON THE

DESTROY SB277 MISSION  WHILE WATCHING FOR YOUR

FAVORITE BOUGHT POLITICIAN TO STROLL BY!

 – SEE WHO CAN PHOTOBOMB THE MOST DEMOCRATIC POLITICIANS

– BRING ART SUPPLIES & CARDBOARD

– BRING BUTTON KITS

– BRING ANY RED CLOTHING YOU DON’T WEAR FOR OUR SWAP BOX

& RED T-SHIRTS TO PAINT

– BRING STROLLERS & KIDDOS

– BRING SNACKS

PLENTY OF PARKING     LOTS OF SHADE     GREAT BENCHES AND URBAN PLAZA SPACE     SEE VIDEO OF SPACE BELOW

ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER ALL DAY

– HAVE YOUR TALKING POINTS READY       – INTERVIEWS W/PRESS 10 AM – NOON

– BRING THE KIDS!   – BRING A PICNICUNAVOID

– BRING RAINBOW LOOM TO MAKE RED BRACELETS

WONDER IF BEN AND DR. DICK WILL BE THERE? IT'S A PARTY!

WONDER IF BEN AND DR. DICK WILL BE THERE?  IT’S A PARTY   – BRING ART SUPPLIES

-BRING CARDBOARD SIGNS

& CARDBOARD TO MAKE SIGNS

                           – EVERYTHING RED!!

  – TALK STRATEGY WITH YOUR CO-ACTIVISTS

 – BRING RED BALLOONS

– BRING RED T-SHIRTS TO PAINT

 LET’S SHOW DEM LAWMAKER’S WHO’S BOSS

BRING YOUR STROLLERS!        TONS OF SHADE!

IT'S TIME TO GET YOUR HIPPIE ACTIVIST GROOVE ON!

IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR HIPPIE ACTIVIST GROOVE ON!

CONGREGATE WITH MOMS AND DADS IN RED READY TO ROCK THIS BILL INTO OBLIVION!

TAKE A STAND AGAINST SB277!

LOTS OF BENCHES, WATCH VIDEO ABOVE

PARKING ALL AROUND THE CONVENTION CENTER!

BRING SNACKS, ART SUPPLIES, SMART PHONES, TALKING POINTS, POSTERS, FACE PAINT, LOTS OF LOVE AND OPEN HEARTS AS WE PEACEFULLY BUT STRATEGICALLY TELL LAW MAKERS

“WE ARE HERE TO STAY AND WE’VE HAD ENOUGH! NO ONE OWNS OUR KIDS BUT US!”

SEE YOU IN ANAHEIM……..

VACCINES MAKE MONEY:

Dept. of Treasury Spikes Big Gains From Flu & Disneyland Campaigns

The U.S. Government is realizing an increase in profits on monies collected in the name of individuals with vaccine injuries — increases of $40m that correlate directly with heightened flu season and measles campaigns in the media, the MSJ has learned.

In analyzing balance sheets from monthly reports generated by the U.S. Department of Treasury (the governing agency in charge of investing and managing the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund, or VITF) — a direct correlation can be seen between when PR campaigns were launched and a significant increase in vax tax revenue.

Increased Revenues in NVIF Correlate with Flu & Disneyland Campaigns

Increased Revenues in NVIF Correlate with Flu & Disneyland Campaigns

For example, during the month of March as the Disneyland campaign began to hit a fevered pitch in America, assets for the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund (VITF) which now total $4.6 billion, reached revenues of $12m in one month — up from $117,000 in revenues from the month prior (Feb., as word of the measles campaign was starting to spread).

The same effect occurred in November of last year (flu season campaign), when vax tax revenues for VITF spiked to $31 million in one month up from the miniscule $2,800 in revenues from the month prior (Oct., a non-campaign month).

Such erratic behavior involving such large sums of money invite speculation the U.S. Government is colluding with vaccine manufacturers to create fear-driven, pro-vaccine heightened awareness campaigns — events that stimulate the general public to vaccinate, thereby increasing vaccine sales and adding more cash to the VITF which the government can then turn around and invest.  Moreover, critics point out how the excessively high balance in the fund ($4.6 billion as of March), sits earning interest instead of being used to help distressed families as it was intended. Vaccines are taxed at a rate of $.75 per vaccine, or $2.25 for a triple-shot like the MMR, which was promoted as the vaccine of choice to combat the Disneyland campaign.

Despite designation of the NVIF as a vehicle to help provide relief to vaccine-injured families, many who suffer the loss or injury of a loved one from vaccines opt out of the process altogether — often the result of intimidation of working with the Government’s aggressive attorneys which are paid for out of the NVIF, or because of the excessive lag time in processing claims, which often extends the life of their pain and suffering for up to 10 years.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Website Featuring a Measles Graphic Consistent with the Disneyland Measles Campaign that Spiked Vax Tax  Revenues in March to $12m

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Website Featuring a Measles Graphic Consistent with the Disneyland Measles Campaign that Spiked Vax Tax Revenues in March to $12m

In addition to the correlation between pro-vaccine PR campaigns and spiked revenues, the MSJ has also learned that top vaccine manufacturers and some of the government agencies that monitor and regulate them are all working side by side with the same world-wide public relations agency — Ogilvy & Mather.  By living under the same PR umbrella, organizations like Merck, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Pfizer, and Schering-Plough as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institutes of Health, FEMA, Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can enjoy economies of scale and shared messaging, all operating out of O & M’s Washington, D.C. office.  In fact, the HRSA’s website which has information about NVIC can be seen right next to a sidebar which features an info graphic about the safety of … the measles vaccines.

Increased revenues aren’t the only result of these lucrative pro-fear campaigns (vaccine revenues globally increased to $12 billion a year in 2005, $48 billion a year in 2015, and are expected to increase to $52 by 2016): within weeks of the launch of the Disneyland campaign, 110 bills rolled out in 35 states on cue, seeking to snuff out all personal belief and religious exemptions to mandated vaccines — a well-orchestrated event that took its cue from the fear-driven hysteria that traded on the demonization and marginalization of unvaccinated children, and at the same time ensures increased revenues from vaccine sales for generations to come — including vaccines not yet on the market.  Passage of such legislation will bump revenues even higher, at a time when parents question the validity of injecting children with up to 24 doses of vaccines by the age of 18 months.

Dr. Julie Gerberding, former Director of the CDC & head of Merck's Vaccine Division, recently promoted to Executive Director of Strategic & Global Policy for Merck

Dr. Julie Gerberding, former Director of the CDC & head of Merck’s Vaccine Division, recently promoted to Executive Director of Strategic & Global Policy for Merck

Moreover, because the players are trading on the pain and suffering of both vaccine-injured and the unvaccinated, they are stirring up controversy amongst parents in an environment where public confidence in both the vaccine program and big government is at an all-time low.

Speculation about conflict of interest issues ignited, when in 2009 CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding resigned from the CDC to walk across the street and become head of the vaccine division for the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, Merck.

In December, on the heels of the $31 million vax tax spike from November alone, and just as Dumbo was about to give Merck a nice Christmas bonus, Gerberding was promoted by Merck to Executive Vice President for Strategic Communications for Global Public Policy and Population Health — the perfect job title for a seasoned executive about to assist in the orchestration and ushering in of 110 bills in 35 states.

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Dr. LaMar Hasbrouk takes the helm of the Big Pharma funded NACCHO after 11 years at the CDC

Furthermore, sixty days after Gerberding’s promotion, another former CDC executive and Gerberding associate joined the vaccine arena.  The National Association for County & City Health Organizations (NACCHO), an organization that looks/sounds & feels like a federal conglomerate for public health offices around the United States, but in actuality is a pro-vaccine public-policy-pushing organization that is funded directly by vaccine manufacturers, was turned over to Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck who is now NACCHO’s Executive Director.   Not only are Gerberding and Hasbrouck both alumnus from the same university (UC Berkeley), but both were employed by the CDC for 11 years at exactly the same time (Gerberding from 1998 – 2009), (Hasbrouck 1998 – 2009).

NACCHO is just one of many big-pharma-sponsored organizations designed to pressure the public into forced vaccinations. Another, Sacramento lobbying firm DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler, has been directly advising California Senators Ben Allen and Richard Pan on the Senate floor during crucial moments in SB277 — legislation seeking to remove children from public school if their parents feel a need to delay, postpone or opt out of vaccines for health, religious or other concerns. DBH&K boasts the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as one of their clients.

Because noted environmental litigator Robert Kennedy Jr. made an appearance in Sacramento several weeks ago, his voice has been added to a debate that new and first-time parents have been wrestling with for years: do I risk vaccine injury with my newborn, or risk catching a childhood disease?  Reports of highly vaccinated populations experiencing break-through infection have sprung up around the world, inspiring parents to reconsider the artificial stimulation of temporary vaccine immunity versus managing the health of their child naturally, which avoids the complications and risks of injuries sometimes associated with vaccinations and instead provides natural, lifelong immunity.

Despite an overall media blackout due to fear of loss of advertising revenue from big pharma by traditional media outlets, parents are taking to social media to share their stories, one of the more poignant being the #hearthiswell campaign on youtube, which features 1100+ heartbreaking videos of parents who tell of lifelong challenges with their vaccine-injured children — a place they would gladly trade for 10 days to 2 weeks of a childhood sickness.

Mary Holland, NYU Legal Scholar, on SB 277

NACCHO: A Big Pharma Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Crowds of Parents Flood the Halls of the State Capital in California but their Protests fall on Deaf Ears as Senator Richard Pan — a newly-elected state Senator who is backed by Big Pharma — Pushes through legislation to Eliminate their Parental Rights.

Today, the Judiciary Committee in the California Senate will bow to the agenda of Big Pharma by passing a bill that strips parents of their medical rights, despite thousands who are protesting the mandated use of questionably medical products in children, furthering a political agenda which is infecting United States policy faster than measles at Disneyland.

And politicians who are bought and paid for by Big Pharma are leading the charge — supported by organizations that are facades mascarading as legitimate public agencies when in reality, they are organizations that are run by and funded completely by Big Pharma directly.

It’s public policy at its worst: hijacking the needs of the people to further a financial agenda that will cause many more to be injured and stressed by forcing families to choose between their child’s safety and health or face economic hardship by requiring one parent to stay at home and home school at a time when the middle class has never been under more duress.

Driven completely by special interests, lobbyists, drug makers and a collusive media, after decades of strategic policy manipulation, posturing, erosion of boundaries between government and Big Pharma, the United States as a whole is poised to force parents to inject children with toxic materials for generations to come or be denied a public education, since 110 bills have rolled out with the exact same agenda in 35 states. Medical tyranny is invading our nation.

It all started in 1986 with a little girl by the name of Hannah Bruesewitz (Bruesewitz v. Wyeth). Hannah received the DTap vaccine and soon after went into extreme seizures and never recovered. She, like so many children in the 1980s known as the thimerisol generation, was exposed to a vaccine product that was manufactured by a pharmaceutical industry that was using thimerisol (or mercury) as an adjuvant — despite the fact that it is a known neurotoxin and heavy metal.

Hannah wasn’t the first child to be injured by a vaccine — in fact, there were so many cases of vaccine injury emerging in the United States in 1986 that by the time Hannah received her day in court, the U.S. Congress decided to put a stop to it.

Parents Protest Big Pharma's Agenda to Take Away Parental Rights

Parents Protest Big Pharma’s Agenda Tuesday in Sacrament to Take Away Parental Rights

If you’re thinking they passed a law prohibiting thimerisol in vaccines, sorry. Wrong answer.

Instead, they made a motion to protect Big Pharma from any more lawsuits, and they did so by setting up a separate court so that Americans can no longer sue for vaccine damages.  And instead of taking out the thimerisol, they kept it in, and in some cases exchanged it for aluminum — another neurotoxic heavy metal.

The result? Vaccine revenue has increased 300% from $12 billion in 2005 to an estimated $48 billion this year (2015). So what’s $3 billion and counting paid to citizens of the United States for a bunch of sick, dead or injured kids since 1986?

Nothing.

Score: Big Pharma 1, Children of the World 0.

Ian Gromowski after a severe reaction to the Hep B vaccine took his life at 47 days old

Ian Gromowski after a severe reaction to the Hep B vaccine took his life at 47 days old

As difficult as it is to see the photo on the left, we’d like you to meet Ian Gromowski. Ian lived 47 days and then he died without ever leaving the hospital. He had a severe reaction to several drugs, yet despite his compromised health he was given a Hep B vaccine 8 days later — remember Hepatitis B is transmitted through shared needles and unprotected sex.  Why do we give this to children at all, much less a child that is already facing health challenges in the first few days of life? Like measles at Disneyland, the sense of urgency around Ian and a Hep B vaccine was a over emphasized.

You should Ian’s story, because pediatric vaccines is exactly what Big Pharma is banking on to increase its revenue even further in the next five years, by 10%. Big Pharma, via the NIH, puts out all sorts of propaganda to try to discredit Ian’s story. After all, lots of money can go lots of places.

Let’s move on.

In the late 1990s, the Federal Communications Commission deregulated advertising allowing Big Pharma to advertise direct-to-consumers (“ask your doctor”).  At a time when traditional media outlets were being replaced by the internet in order to feed a voracious 24/7 news cycle, Big Pharma was able to throw around enough big money in advertising revenue to intimidate traditional media from providing unbiased coverage of vaccine injury.  This practice continues today. And despite the fact that multiple vaccines are being pulled in other countries and the vaccine makers are being sued by those same nations for vaccine damage, the news goes uncovered here in America, except for the very alternative health press — Spain, France, India and Japan alone are currently suing for damages from Merck’s controversial Gardasil vaccine.

This hostile climate for vaccine manufacturers is a boon to PR agencies and spin masters like Big Pharma’s PR agency Ogilvy and Mather, which now boasts offices in Washington, D.C., and has a division devoted to ‘social change’ and policy.  They create content that plugs into pseudonym fronts trumped-up to sound like federal agencies but instead are storefronts for Big Pharma’s political agenda — all designed to boost sales while simultaneously squelching any doubt in the mind of parents that vaccines are unsafe.

The result? Aggressive, skewed and heavily biased propaganda is now being accepted in the United States as responsible journalism. Peripheral health corporations — the hand-maidens to Big Pharma — have participated in this effort, trumping up hype to discredit parents questioning the system at every turn.

California Becomes the Great State of Big Pharma

California Becomes the Great State of Big Pharma

One of the worst examples is an article published in Healthline in 2014.  In a story entitled “Anti-Vaccination Movement Causes a Deadly Year in the U.S.” reporter Brian Krans posted a story comparing Californian soccer moms who choose to not to vaccinate to the Taliban. Krans’s misleading headline doesn’t live up to its claim, and makes no mention of any deaths in the U.S. that year as a result of unvaccinated children (because there weren’t any), choosing instead  to make a leap from  101 cases of polio in Pakistan as being an ‘epidemic,’ even though it represented only .00004% of Pakistan’s 250,000 children in 2014.  (Had Krans been a responsible journalist, he would have reported the truth, which is because polio is transmitted from fecal matter entering the body via the mouth, living in a war zone with no running water or sanitation clearly would contribute directly to outbreak more so than non-vaccination — especially since it has been a matter of public record since 1979 from Jonas Salk himself when he testified before Congress that the polio vaccine itself contributes more to spreading the disease than anything else.)

Krans’ publication, Healthline? Owned in part by … Kaiser Permanente, a massive healthcare conglomerate that benefits from the sale and use of vaccines.

Score: Big Pharma 2, Children of the World 0.

According to Kaiser Permanente’s wikipedia page, the company ran clinical trials from June 1990 to October 1991, along with the Los Angeles County Department of Health, Johns Hopkins University and the CDC, injecting “1500 mostly black and Latino babies with an Edmonton strain of Measles vaccine.”  Additional trials were conducted in Haiti and Africa, but were discontinued due to increased mortality, inadequate consent and unlicensed use of the vaccine on these children.  The CDC had “concerns over U.S. government department ethics, and occasioned an apology by the CDC who ascribed it to an administrative oversight.” 

This news is of considerable interest, since Dr. William Thompson — a senior scientist at the CDC — recently confessed that he and his co-workers intentionally omitted statistically significant data in a 2004 study published in the journal Pediatrics that demonstrated that “African-American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were 336% more likely to suffer an autistic response” (DeStefano F, Bhasin TK, Thompson WW, et al. “Age at first measles-mumps-rubella vaccination in children with autism and school-matched control subjects: a population-based study in metropolitan Atlanta.” Pediatrics 2004 Feb; 113(2): 259-66).

Thompson’s study was verified independently by Dr. Brian Hooker in August of 2014, who published almost the exact results in Translational Neurodegeneration (Hooker BS. “Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination timing and autism among young African-American boys: a reanalysis of CDC data.” Translational Neurodegeneration 2014 Aug 8; 3: 16).

The result?  110 bills introduced in 35 states that will mandate the injection of vaccines or deny children access to education. On that list? The MMR.

Big Pharma 3, Children of the World 0.

The Director of the CDC during Dr. Thompson’s tenure was Dr. Julie Gerberding.  In a letter dated February of 2004, Dr. Thompson expressed concern about the integrity of scientists at the National Immunization Program, in light of an upcoming presentation in front of the Institutes of Medicine around autism and vaccines.

The result? In 2009, Dr. Gerberding did nothing to assist Thompson, and instead left the CDC in 2009 and became head of Merck’s vaccines division. In December of last year, just as measles was being included in the Disneyland parade, Dr. Gerberding was promoted to Merck’s Executive Vice President for Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy and Population Health.

Big Pharma 4, Children of the World 0.

Legislation is being forged on the tip of Big Pharma’s sword, and they’re doing it in the name of social change (notice how Merck stands out on that list of government agencies? That’s because they are funding a lot of those agencies activities and are now considered as credible on the subject of social change — interchangeable as the NIH, the CDC, Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs and FEMA).

Moreover, they’ve been throwing a lot of money everywhere from politicians to schools and universities, to community organizations, to health care workers to doctors to anybody that will take it — all contributing to the continued illusion that Merck has the world’s best interest at heart.

The most covert of activities has reared its ugly head in the form of an organization known as the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

NACCHO is described as  “2700 local health departments across the United States”  — a definition that at first blush appears to be an umbrella organization for the public health departments in the United States.  Their self-described vision is “health, equity, and security for all people in their communities through public health policies and services.”

The inference is very much on purpose —  they want you to think they are a federal organization, and that their function is to serve as a governing body for all the local health departments. They even have a directory of all the local health departments in the United States on their website.

There’s only one problem: NACCHO accepts membership dues from health departments that only accounted for $2.6 million in 2014. Yet it received $23 million in 2014 in contributions and grants. Where do they get their funding and what exactly are they doing with it?

First, let’s take a look at their leadership.

Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, who was promoted to Executive Director of NACCHO in February of this year, is an old buddy of Dr. Gerberdings from Merck (remember her? the former head of the CDC who went directly from the CDC to running Merck’s vaccine program?).

In December, just as measles was cozying up to Dumbo, Dr. Gerberding is promoted to Merck’s Executive Vice President for Strategic Communications for Global Public Policy and Population Health. Read that carefully: VP for STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS for GLOBAL PUBLIC POLICY and PUBLIC HEALTH. That means she’s in charge of master strategy for policy and public health.  Do you think vaccines are at the top of her list?

She certainly is seeding the field.

Dr. Julie Gerberding went from Director of the CDC to head of Merck's Vaccine Division

Dr. Julie Gerberding went from Director of the CDC to head of Merck’s Vaccine Division

Sixty days after Dr. Gerberding is promoted to Merck’s head global policy maker, Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck — one of Gerberding’s buddies from the CDC — is promoted to Executive Director of NACCHO.   Not only are Gerberding and Hasbrouck both alumnus from the same school (UC Berkeley), but in fact they were both employed by the CDC for 11 years at exactly the same time. (Gerberding from 1998 – 2009), (Hausbrouck 1998 – 2009).

Do you think Dr. Gerberding had a say in Dr. Hasbrouck’s appointment? Is it a coincidence that during the period between Gerberding’s promotion and Hasbrouk’s appointment the trumped-up measles noise was unfolding, resulting in 110 bills rolling out on cue in 35 states?

Deadline for introducing new bills has limits. In California, it’s February. So this well-rehearsed symphony was tuning up right on cue.

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Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck followed his colleague Dr. Julie Gerberding from the CDC to Merck-sponsored policy fronts

Let’s get back to the money.

Here is a list of every organization NACCHO receives money from. Remember: NACCHO’s income from membership falls way short of its budget needs, which means it is set up by design to be funded by outside resources. Let’s take a look at these contributors, and see what we see:

1. Center for Advancement of Health: gets money from Bill and Melinda Gates, which turns around and funds NACCHO.

3. Alliance for Community Health Plans: several board members from Kaiser Permanente including the Permanente Trust, which then turns around and funds NACCHO.

4. Health Together.org: a barely-there website — more of a four-page brochure that could’ve been thrown together in 20 minutes by any high school student with the latest post from May 2014? Yet they somehow give money to an organization that receives $25 million annually? Hmmm.

5. American Academy of Pediatrics: after being redirected in circles on this website, we finally found the corporate sponsor page which includes vaccine manufacturer and Merck partner Sanofi Pasteur, Merck, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Boeringher Ingleheim and more.

6. American Association of Health Plans: of which, our friends at Kaiser Permanente are of course members. KP pays for membership, and AAHP pays NACCHO, and health plans directly reimburse physicians based on vaccination rates. The higher the patient population, the higher the percentage of reimbursement which is why so many physicians are dropping patients with children who delay or opt out.

7. American Public Health Association: donates an entire page to vaccines, using fear by comparing a lightning strike as being more likely than a vaccine reaction.

9. Association of Maternal & Child Healthplans: Even though this link was dead on the NACCHO funder’s page, we googled it and found something shocking: an entire program funded by Merck called Merck for Mothers. This is a global front for worldwide vaccines and includes India, which is currently suing Merck over Gardasil (you won’t find that on their website). Their sponsors are numerous including… Bill & Melinda Gates.

10. The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials: Sounds official, right? Look at their sponsors. Their sponsors gives ASTHO money, and ASTHO gives money to NACCHO. Are you seeing the pattern?

11. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: That’s where our friends Dr. Gerberding and Dr. Hasbrouk met, remember? NACCHO lists two CDC divisions as sponsors: the National Center for Environmental Health and the … wait for it … National Immunization Program.

Let’s start with NCEH. The NCEH states it is “working to prevent illness, disability, and death from interactions between people and the environment.” Hmmm. Wonder how Erin Brokovitch and Robert Kennedy Jr.  think they’re doing, because they’ve both made great careers off of cleaning NCEHs’ unaddressed environmental messes.

Now for the juicy CDC division that sponsors NACCHO, the National Immunization Program.  This is the massive nerve center of policy, influence, funding and agenda setting which, in Feb. 0f this year, research and market analysts are predicting is now so effective due to the squeezing of parental rights, that the vaccine market alone which is already in the billions annually will increase 10+% in the next five years for all these manufacturers. The main reason? “According to the report, the primary driving factor is the inclusion of pediatric vaccines in the national immunization schedule of many countries. This helps increase the consumption of vaccines in the market, thereby boosting growth.

See? Politics and corporate policy can be very lucrative bedfellows. The folks running Big Pharma figured this out a long time ago, and they are counting on you staying silent, playing Russian roulette with your children while the U.S. Government continues to pay out $3 billion and counting in vaccine injuries.

Meanwhile, NACCHO is crying foul that President Obama has only approved the CDC for $561 million in the U.S.  fiscal budget for 2016 instead of the $611 million from last year, for the Section 317 immunization program which disperses vaccines far and wide in the U.S.  NACCHO  is asking the U.S. Government for $650 million dollars to push vaccines on your community — citing the recent “disease outbreak” of measles as being “epidemic.”

Score: Big Pharma 5, Children of the World 0.

So we’ve made it through the first 12 or so funding partners for NACCHO, but there are 34 more on the list. We will continue to investigate and will post additional findings.

In the meantime, if you don’t live in California, and if you don’t have small children, you probably don’t even know this legislative onslaught is happening. But it is.

And it’s coming to your town sooner than you think.

It’s time to #wake up.

 

POWER IN NUMBERS

ATTENTION CALIFORNIANS: WE ARE ON THE MOVE to create ONE VOICE!

Why?

Because WE are POWER IN NUMBERS! If you are a registered voter DO IT NOW!

It’s super easy and takes 10 minutes.

WE NEED TO SEND A CLEAR SIGNAL to LEGISLATORS THAT THE CHILDREN OF CALIFORNIA DO NOT BELONG TO THE STATE!

HERE’S HOW:

STEP 1: Get a youtube account. It’s free, just go to youtube.com.

STEP2: Video record yourself on your smartphone saying your NAME, CITY, REGISTERED VOTER if you are (or will be by election time) and I STRONGLY OPPOSE SB277. Already have a google or gmail account and are uploading from your desktop? SKIP TO DEETS BELOW.

Already have a google or gmail account and need help uploading to youtube from your iphone/ipad? Click here.

Already have a google or gmail account and need help uploading to youtube from your android? Click here.

MAKE SURE to use THESE TWO hashtags — #PowerInNumbers #NoOnSB277 — otherwise I can’t see your video.

Power in numbers is BOSS.

Let’s do this!!!!

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FROM A COMPUTER:

-Email your video to yourself. Open the email, save the video to your desktop.

– In a new tab in your browser go to youtube.com.

– In the upper right-hand corner, click on upload. A new window will open. IF YOU HAVE A GMAIL ACCOUNT AND ARE NOT LOGGED INTO IT then it will ask you to log in.  If you are logged in, it will take you right to the next step.

– There will be a giant gray arrow with the words “select “files” in the middle of the screen. Make sure the “Public” option is selected in the dropdown menu below the gray arrow, then click on the gray arrow.

– A browser window to your computer files will open. Browse through the menu until you find the video clip.

– Select the file, click open.

– Your file will automatically start to upload and process. This will take only about 90 seconds.

– While it is uploading, look in the center of the screen under ‘Basic Info.’ You will see three boxes:
1. The first box has the original file name that you are uploading. You may change this to #PowerInNumbers #NoOnSB277.
2. Copy and paste both of the hashtags you just typed in the next two boxes which are ‘Description’ and ‘Tags.’
3. Then Click on the blue ‘publish’ button in the upper right hand corner.

Go to youtube.com, and in the search bar paste your two hashtags and click the magnifying glass. When the search results come up, make sure you see your video. Give it time to finish processing first to make sure. If you see your video, you’re done!

Now go record your spouse/mom/dad/neighbor/friend — anyone who is old enough to vote who/or is about to be a REGISTERED VOTER.

I am utilizing a feature in youtube that allows me to collect them all into one basket which will prevent trolls from hijacking this campaign, so we will be STRONG and POWER IN NUMBERS!!!

Thanks for your help. It’s much easier than it sounds.

SPREAD THE WORD!! And if you’re really having problems email the video to me and I will post it: lorimartingregory@gmail.com.

– Lori

Sacramento Secrets: Video Confirms Lobbyists’ Loyalties

Dear Karen de Sá, San Jose Mercury News:

The world woke up this morning to the truth: SB 277 passed the California Senate’s Education Committee. But interestingly enough, what’s been played out in the California senate you described verbatim almost five years ago.  In your article — which it took five years for us to finally wake up to — you describe exactly what we are seeing displayed before our very eyes, with one of the most controversial bills to hit the senate floor in Sacramento in 15 years.

Sacramento In Trouble

Sacramento In Trouble

You see, we had no idea when all this madness started last month it that would result in us catching two Senators — blatantly, on live camera, on public record, in front of all the world to see — doing exactly what you described to a tee in 2010: executing one of the most important public policies in California’s recent history by being completely beholden to special interest lobbyists. In this case, you will see Sens. Pan and Allen consult with two lobbyists live on senate tv during the SB 277 hearing last Wednesday, at the height of the hearing, when it was time to decide on a vote.

Thriiive.com founder and #CDCWhistleblower Dana Marie has documented the hearing footage here, start at 6:05 to begin at the call to vote.

It’s soul crushing Karen, to actually witness exactly what you described in person.  I guess I’ve been an asleep-at-the-wheel democrat, Because it brings to life exactly what you described in your article five years ago: that lawmakers we elect are merely puppets, operating solely at the discretion of special interests and lobbyists. And it makes me afraid of what other bills have been manipulated through our system during the past five years since you wrote the script.

Maybe I’m moving too fast. Let me backtrack for a second…

Back in March, we were just a group of moms objecting to big corporations sticking their noses into our business, trying to tell us Moms how to take care of our kids.  But from its inception, SB 277 had a really bad stench: how could our elected officials be pushing legislation that would mandate our children be injected with a medical product that is currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, or deny their right to a public education?  Especially when that same company is under indictment by Spain and other countries who are suing them for faulty products that are making them billions of dollars? Is that policy in the best interest of the people of California?

I know about 10,000+ and counting parents in California who don’t think so.

When SB 277 started to hit a fever pitch in March, social media lit up like a wildfire, and within days moms groups began to share information.  Parents struggled to try to understand how — at such an all-time low in the confidence America has around its vaccine program — such irrational legislation could even be considered?

The people in Washington, Oregon, Colorado and North Carolina wasted no time shutting phase one of this legislation down.  So how, in the liberal bastion of California, is this crazy legislature being allowed to unfold?

Don’t get me wrong — it’s not just a vaccine issue.  For parents, it’s a legal rights issue. It’s a parental rights issue.  Believe me, as I’ve learned recently, when it comes to legal rights, the last place anyone should want to be is in between a mother and child.

But, I digress.

Many of the members of the Senate Health committee who voted last week have received campaign funds directly from big pharma — some as recently as last summer.  Despite efforts to link these contributions to the 1974 California Political Campaign Reform Act, parents soon began to realize the message had a puppet master and it was much bigger than they thought.

And it gets worse.

Lobbyists Jodi Hicks & Janus Nelson Control Senators’ Agenda on SB 277

See the two people in the photo? Take a good look. Democracy in action, 2015.

What you see here may be allowed, but what you see here is a disgrace.

This is a still shot of video taken at the Senate Education Committee, and the two individuals are both lobbyists that work in healthcare, Jodi Hicks on the left of Sacramento lobbyist firm DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler; Janus Nelson, Chief Lobbyist from the California Medical Association.  Both organizations are known to be pro-vaccine, Jodi Hick’s other client when she’s not babysitting Pan and Allen is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

They are the people Senators Allen and Pan went to directly as soon as they were asked by Chairman Liu if they wanted to ‘postpone the vote, because if you take a vote today this bill will die.’

Nice coddling.

The Senators proceeded to seek counsel immediately from these two lobbyists, even though Jodi Hicks testified at the Education Committee Hearing last week that she represents the Family Physician Political Action Committee.

Another funny thing? When we looked up the Family Physician Political Action Committee, we found their website, and guess who else we found smiling right back at us from the home page?

Sen. Pan & The PAC Family Physicians

Sen. Pan & The PAC Family Physicians

Why it’s Sen. Richard Pan right there above the C in PAC! The sponsor of SB 277 and poster boy for how to be a patsy for big pharma.  What a small world!

More charming.

There’s only one thing: when you search Sen. Pan’s contributions at followthemoney.org, there’s no entry for the Family Physician PAC.  Isn’t that strange? That a politician like Richard Pan who has received TONS of legal PAC money would be on the home page of a political action committee (PAC) and NOT have a record of receiving campaign funds from them?

Karen, in homage to that brilliant piece you published in the July 11, 2010 edition of the Mercury News… please watch the video. Let fearless mom Dana Marie who has reported tirelessly on this issue to the point of vocal exhaustion, take you on a journey starting at 6:05, where you will watch the demise of the democratic system before your very eyes.

And the two lobbyists in question? They show their mugs  at 11:32, — again, on the Senate Education Committee Hearing video that is public record.

Here is another report on Lobbyistgate.

Standing right there, in plain sight, in front of the People of the Great State of California, making our senators look like complete fools, in front of 700+ parents who came to Sacrament to oppose this bill.

This morning, at 9 a.m., these same lobbyists succeeded by passing SB 277 7-2.

Is this what happens when special interests take over? Is apathy killing democracy? Did the near-death of newspapers create the perfect environment for big business to run our country?

You are the perfect person to tell this story, Karen.  The truth needs to be told.

Educating Ben Part 1

Dear Senator Allen,

Thanks so much for your editorial piece in the Sac Bee from the other day. And thank you so much for bringing forth SB 277.  By initiating this bill, the long, misunderstood, complex, polarizing issue of vaccine safety is coming to light, and it is long overdue. Without your legislation and your leadership, much of this information would still be in the shadows. I, for one, will be eternally grateful to you for that fact alone. Because now we can have The Discussion.

First off, I’d like to say how deeply sorry I am Senator Allen, that your father had to live through and suffer the effects polio.  I am certainly no polio expert, but I do know thanks to the advent of modern medicine, indoor plumbing and clean water, fortunately we haven’t seen a case of “wild” (i.e., natural) polio acquired in the United States since 1979 (vaccineinformation.org).

I don’t know anyone who has had to live through polio so I could never imagine what it has been like to live in your dad’s shoes.  I am certain his struggle made a huge impact on you as a child growing up. And I am also certain, as you have stated on record, it has been a big influencer for you around this legislation.

However, Ben — may I call you Ben, since we are having The Discussion? — it seems you’ve been sold a bit of bill of goods here (dare I say revisionist history?).

You see, inspired by conflicting reports in the media of vaccine effectiveness/ineffectiveness/lawsuits/corruption and forced mandates, I decided to take a look further into the history of polio myself, and what I found is very interesting.

Polio Increased After Salk's Vaccine

Polio Rates Before the Salk Vaccine, and in 1950s after the first massive immunization program. Courtesy Neil Z. Miller, medical research journalist and Director of the Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute http://vaxtruth.org/2012/03/the-polio-vaccine-part-2-2/

If your father had received the polio vaccine in 1955 when it was introduced, there’s a good chance he could have contracted the very same disease he was trying to avoid.  That’s because the incidents of polio actually increased substantially after the introduction of mass vaccination programs, resulting in a 50% increase in cases from 1957-’58 and 80% from 1958-’59.

According to the U.S. Government Department of Records, Dr. Bernard Greenberg, head of the Department of Biostatistics of the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, testified to that fact in 1962 during US Congressional Hearings. He also testified that statistics “were manipulated to give the impression of the effectiveness of the Salk vaccine.”   (Source: Intensive Immunization Programs, Hearings before the Committee on Interstate & Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives, 87th Congress, 2nd Session on H.R. 10541, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1962; pp. 96-97)

In 1976, Dr. Jonas Salk himself, creator of the dead-virus polio vaccine used in the 1950s, testified before congress that the live-virus vaccine he helped pioneer (the same one used in the United States between early 1960 & 2000) was the “principal if not sole cause” of all reported polio cases in the U.S. since 1961 (Washington Post, September 24, 1976).

Because the polio virus remains in the throat for one to two weeks and in the feces for up to two months (an effect we now call shedding), vaccine recipients and those around them are at risk, and can potentially spread the disease, as long as fecal excretion of the virus continues (American Academy of Pediatrics, Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases: 1986 (Elk Grove Village, Illinois: AAP):284–5).

In 1992, the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an admission that the live-virus vaccine had become the dominant cause of polio in the United States, and in fact, according to CDC figures, every case of polio in the U.S. since 1979 was caused by the oral polio vaccine (Strebel PM., et al. Epidemiology of poliomyletis in U.S. one decade after the last reported case of indigenous wild virus associated disease, Clinical Infectious Diseases CDC, February 1992:568 79).

Pretty incredible, huh?

It’s gets even more interesting when you look at what happened five years’ prior to the introduction of Salk’s vaccine at the University of Pittsburgh.

In 1950, five years’ before Salk presented the world with the polio vaccine, William Hammon — also at the University of Pittsburgh — purified the gamma globulin component of the blood plasma of polio survivors using a natural concept called Passive Immunity.  In a large clinical trial, Hammon proved that he could successfully reduce the severity of polio by about 80% in patients who had contracted polio, by using the naturally occurring antibodies in polio survivors.

Immune globulin was easy to source in 1950 because polio had been around since 1894. As a result the population as a whole had developed antibodies and polio, in fact, was on the decline.

The Passive Immunity immune globulin market today is an industry that’s expected to reach $11 billion by 2021. Hammon was on the right track. Maybe, if his protocol were followed through your father would have been spared polio, since — as we’ve just learned — vaccines are directly responsible for spreading the virus.

allenphotoAll I know is, since we’re having The Discussion, I’ve got to ask: are you sure SB 277 is the right agenda at the right time?  Is it the right move to be choosing to force the children of California to be injecting their bodies with controversial products that are currently facing lawsuits and questionable efficacy? Especially when the largest manufacturer of vaccines, Merck, is under indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice for falsifying data that may prove they also do NOT have our best interest in mind?  Is it possible that maybe, just maybe, a better approach would be to look at the truth of the history of vaccines and find a way to make them better? TO NOT be beholden to Big Pharma like all the other politicians? We love that you don’t take money from them, and we want to see you continue to be a rising star in the Democratic party.

We know Dr. Pan is drinking the cool-aide because we know Merck starts courting students when they are in medical school. He has to buy their baloney because he’s a part of their cover-up.

But you Ben, we want to be in The Discussion with you for years to come.  We know you have our backs, we just want to work together so that we can both learn the truth as we go, and not alienate each other.

After all, we’re just getting started.

 

 

Does Big Pharma Own America?

Sen. Dr. Dick Pan

The political climate in America is heating up — not just because we’re entering a presidential election cycle — but because there’s a perfect storm brewing that is providing corporate access to our political system like never before.

For Californians, it has shown up in the form of Sen. Richard Pan.

Pan, D-Sacramento, is a pediatrician. He has been the driving force behind all major vaccine legislation in California for the past five years.  As a state assemblyman, he launched and helped pass AB 2109, legislation signed into law that directly caused a 6% increase in vaccinations statewide from 2010 to 2014 (89% to 94.7%).

Now, a state senator, Pan is pushing SB 277. And all along the way he promised his constituents he would preserve parental choice.  He lied.

Pan’s SB 277 — a bill written specifically to deny parent’s rights to access public schools if they opt out of vaccinations — closes the loophole Big Pharma has tried to close for years. By using policy, pharmaceutical companies are attempting to seed their profits nationwide, forcing those who delay or opt out for religious or personal beliefs to be denied a public school education.

It’s already happened in Mississippi and West Virginia. And it’s happening to the tune of 110 bills in 35 states that have been rolled out on cue during the past 90 days following a trumped-up measles apocalypse-that-was-not at Disneyland in December 2014 (134 cases, nobody died, .000003% of California’s population).

If Pan passes SB 277, Californians would all be required, according to the CDC schedule, to take 35 injections by the age of 6 in order to attend public school. And, despite the most basic notion of conflict of interest, Sen. Pan’s taken money all along the way from the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, Merck, as far back as the beginning of his political career in 2010.

And he has company.

Sen. Holly Mitchell, co-author of SB 277, accepted contributions — according to  Merck’s website — as recently as last July when she was elected in a special election.  In doing so, she may be guilty of violating the 1974 California Political Campaign reform act, which reads:

“… no gift or gifts aggregating two hundred fifty dollars ($250) or more in value provided to, received by, or promised to the public official within 12 months prior to the time when the decision is made.”

Mitchell voted on SB 277 last week, which would make her in violation since SB 277 would bring financial gain to Merck who gave her money within 12 months of the vote.

Sen. Holly Mitchell
Sen. Holly Mitchell

Mitchell has been receiving direct funding from Merck as far back as 2010, as have other members of the State Senate Health Committee (see chart below) including  Sen. Andy Vidak. Vidak also received direct funds from Merck as recently as 2014.  Vidak was set to vote on the bill Wednesday as a member of the Education Committee, but because it was tabled he will vote privately next week. Voting on this bill could also put him inside the restricted 12-month period (click here to see the campaign donations).

Sen. Andy Vidak

Education Committee Chairman Carol Liu expressed a desire for religious exemption to be an option in California, after witnessing droves of parents of vaccine injured children show up at Wednesday’s hearing (click on the above link and start at 48:30 to hear). There were also educators, health professionals and constituents that came forward to let their voices be heard in opposition to the proposed legislation.  Liu gave Pan one week to re-tool and return for a private vote next week.

But the larger question remains: How did we get here in the first place?

In 1986 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe.” The ruling allowed Big Pharma to be exempt from any responsibility of injury, and instead the Government set up a separate ‘court’ that pays Big Pharma’s bill for those who are either have a vaccine injured child or have a child who died as a result of vaccines.  To date, the government-sponsored Vaccine Injury Fund has paid out $3 billion in settlement costs to families.  Result? No Courts. You can’t sue a vaccine manufacturer if you are injured.

MERCK 2010 Campaign ContributionsThe next puzzle piece fell into place in the late ’90s. when the FCC deregulated its advertising policy allowing for pharmaceutical companies to market drugs direct-to-consumers (DTC marketing). That’s when the ‘ask your doctor’ commercials started showing up on television, which allows companies like Merck to market their drugs directly to children. Merck did exactly that with their controversial Gardasil vaccine, launching a fear campaign on VH1 that targeted teenage girls directly to get  them to go to their parents and ask to get the shots. It worked.

It is also what has enabled Big Pharma to own the media, who in the age of the internet, are fighting for every advertising dollar they can get to stay alive. According to Robert Kennedy, Jr., Big Pharma is responsible for up to 70% of the advertising revenue on network television in non-election years and, as a result, major networks refuse to air the story. Result? No media.

So our courts are bought, our media is bought. What’s left?

Routine campaign practices: In 2014, Merck Pharmaceuticals spent $1 million plus on political donations made directly to candidates running for office across the United States. Those contributions follow a pattern of typically small, $1,000, $2,500, etc., mainly because they are direct and on the record.

But if you dig a little deeper, it turns out the indirect contributions are where things start to get more interesting. The real money is shuffled from hand-to-hand via third-party groups called political action committees (PACs).

For example, Merck gives $15k to the PAC Biotech Industrial Organization; the Biotech Industrial Organization turns around and gives $10k to the Democratic Governor’s Association.  The Democratic Party is the largest contributor to Sen. Pan’s campaigns (followthemoney.org). PACs like, PhRMA (Amgen, Merck, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Abbvie Inc.) regularly fund politician’s campaigns (see $54,000 & $6,000 contributions by PhRMA to California politicians in the chart above), but they do it in ways you and I might never suspect. Result? No politicians.

PhRMA hired 757 lobbyists in 15 years.

Merck gives ten times that and more in national grants at medical schools and universities, thereby sprinkling the money like a bread-crumb trail to up-and-coming doctors and researchers making sure they are bought before they even get out of medical school.

It gets worse.

Merck is the exclusive maker and manufacturer of 10 vaccines currently on the CDC schedule, the most controversial being Gardasil and the MMR.  (Gardasil is facing formal criminal complaints from Spain filed in August of last year. The story has yet to make headlines amongst major media outlets in the United States at the time of this post.)

Merck’s MMR vaccine is the subject of a Department of Justice investigation, as Merck is being accused of falsifying data with the MMR in order to meet the 95% efficacy rate which is the benchmark required by the FDA to maintain its monopoly on patent. It also could indicate vaccine failure and be the reason for recent outbreaks among vaccinated individuals (the story only appears in mainstream media on Huff Post Canada).  Moreover, former virologist-turned-whistleblower Dr. Bill Thompson recently confessed that he and his co-workers intentionally omitted statistically significant data in a 2004 study published in the journal Pediatrics that demonstrated that “African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were 336% more likely to suffer an autistic response” (DeStefano F, Bhasin TK, Thompson WW, et al. “Age at first measles-mumps-rubella vaccination in children with autism and school-matched control subjects: a population-based study in metropolitan Atlanta.” Pediatrics 2004 Feb; 113(2): 259-66).

Cut to the heavily trumped-up Disneyland measles outbreak which appeared at the happiest place on earth just a few months after the #CDCWhistleblower story came forward. According to the California Department of Public Health the all clear will sound April 17.

So, is Sen. Pan acting in the best interest of Californians by pushing policy to mandate the injections of Merck’s products into our bodies at a time when the safety and efficacy of the company’s products is in serious question? Or is Pan putting the agenda of his campaign financiers first? Are our politicians gone? Is your politician on Merck’s payroll? More important, do you care if  ‘biostitutes’ are making decisions that affect your children?

No courts. No media. No politicians. So all that’s left is the parents.  It’s up to us. If you are concerned and want to say enough is enough, contact your state representatives and let your voice be heard. And feel free to leave your comments below and follow The Mom Street Journal for more updates.

#TheWorldiswakingup.

 

And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor

Smoking: Just What the Doctor Ordered

I am truly saddened that the people of California entrusted their government to Senator Richard Pan. IMAO, he is the picture of what’s wrong with medicine today.

“There’s no scientific evidence to prove vaccines causes autism.”
– Sen. Dick Pan

Since when does a doctor diagnose his patients based on a scientific study?

Aren’t they supposed to look at what they see in front of them? Oh wait — he’s a pediatrician, but he doesn’t really see patients anymore and hasn’t for years. So how does he know what these families are going through every single day and night of their lives?

He doesn’t.

I see no compassion. I see no evidence of a kind healer.

So I say this, Dick Pan:

“There is no evidence of any kind to prove going to medical school makes you a healer — a bearer of light who seeks first to DO NO HARM. I think you might have taken the hypocritic oath by mistake, so please resign yourself from all activity around legislating our rights away and get yourself together.”

– Me

Sen. Pan, why don’t you try looking into the eyes and faces of a family that lives with vaccine injury EVERY DAY? Search ‪#‎HearThisWell‬ on youtube to see the proof. No? Oh that’s right. You don’t want to look the truth in the eye, because then you will have to live with the truth of what you are doing.

You don’t know the truth because you DON’T WANT to know the truth. You want to stay ignorant so you feel justified in what you are doing. You don’t want to feel guilty for taking that plenitude of big pharma money that funded your two elections and keep pushing their agenda like a good doobie. Just like Merck, you have no interest in being accountable, you just want to keep counting your donations.

You are an ego out of control, sir. And I am saddened that you are trying to drag our state and our country down to your level (you can’t btw, your rookie, out-of-touch legislation has only brought us out of the woodwork and into the streets where we are talking and bonding and sharing and working together).

This MESS called a vaccine program must be sorted out, making them MANDATORY certainly is not the issue. Parents ABSOLUTELY will have free choice to opt out. And even when and if it IS sorted out, our bodies and our children’s bodies belong to US. So keep your greedy mitts OFF!

‪#‎TheWorldisWakingUp‬ Sen. Pan, don’t you think it’s time you do, too?

Word.

Kennedy Speaks Out

Like cream, truth always rises to the top.

Hear more details about the truth of the vaccine issue from Robert Kennedy here. He started out as an environmental activist and the truth led him to vaccines, which are causing far more damage than the environment…

Namaste.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxLjtLPNxP4

The World is Waking Up: Parental Rights Under Siege

I wanted to meet RFK but I was too young. I admired his work for civil rights in the ’60s, and have wondered recently what he would say about all the social injustices along racial lines  making headlines these days.

I will finally get to meet Robert Kennedy, Jr., just not under the circumstances I had hoped...

I will finally get to meet Robert Kennedy, Jr., just not under the circumstances I had hoped…

Little did I know that same wave of social injustice would land on my doorstep just weeks later.

Yes, despite the realities of vaccine injured and dead children, Big Pharma (a.k.a. Merck) along with the U.S. Government (a.k.a. paid off politicians) are now fast-tracking your rights as parents into the dumpster.

Why? Because billions of dollars are at stake and the system is set up for those in power to win.

It’s not herd immunity, people. Herd immunity is a myth, which is why in areas of China where populations are 99% vaccinated there are STILL measles outbreaks.  It’s not crazy, tin-foil-hat-wearing parents, because there are families telling the same stories with no motivation other than saving other parents from the hell of living with an autistic child in their 30s wearing diapers with zero language capabilities.

It’s also not about protecting vaccinated children from the unvaccinated.  Because if vaccines work, why are parents afraid of the unvaxxed?It’s also not about making the world safer, because safer is letting our immune systems grow to a stable place before injecting babies with open blood brain barrier noggins from toxins like mercury and aluminum — the latter of which is known to contribute to Alzheimer’s.

It’s about money. Lots of it. And control.  All of it. Which is why the government is colluding with THE vaccine manufacturer (that’s right, there’s only one, rhymes with JERK, and they have cart blanche to make the cheapest vaccine they want with the most inferior ingredients they want and the Government writes a big fat check to protect them, to date totalling $3 billion and counting, all of which parents would gladly give back to have their healthy children back).

–if they are compensated at all.  Most opt out of the “Vaccine Court” because the process is often humiliating and is more like a Kangaroo Court than anything.Now the #cdcwhistleblower Dr. William S. Thompson comes out in August to confess data was FALSIFIED at the CDC level by Merck to keep its 95% or better safety and efficacy rate on its meales vaccine, including that when the data was rerun African American males are 336% more likely to have a reaction.

THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT because by falling BELOW 95% Merck’s patent should have expired which means the vaccine would have been opened up to manufacture by other drug companies (which would have been good for us, btw).

Keep in mind Big Pharma lawsuits do bupkiss.  Glaxsmithkline recently was fined $3 billion for falsifying its Paxil data — which was shit because GSK’s revenue on Paxil was $44 billion.  And BTW you won’t read about any of this except in alternative blogs like this one, because newspapers are dead/dying and broadcast media is funded by big pharma (watch the commercial inbetween the ‘news’).

On the heels of the #cdcwhistleblower, an ‘unknown foreigner’ somehow (still unidentified) arrives at the ‘happiest place on earth’ and spreads the measles virus around, igniting a shitstorm over 135 cases (no one died and, yes some were unvaxxed but also some were vaxxed thereby proving there’s no guaraneed on either side).  We’re talking about 135 cases in Orange County, a county that houses 3.1 million people.  (BTW the OC health department issued the ‘all clear’ 21 days later which is the incubation period).

It’s painful, I know. Cry on my shoulder. Cry on the shoulder of your friends and family. It is disheartening, but we’ve got to get the word out. The problem is NOT unvaccinated children, the problem is Big Pharma wants your money and it doesn’t care how it gets it.  In the name of herd immunity, it is seeking to tighten your rights as parents and monopolize its vaccine cash cow as long as it can.  Many many many many dollars are at stake.  Many many many many lives are at stake, including yours because madatory adult vaccinations are next.

Go googling. See for yourself.  The story will not come to you, you must use your own brain like I did and go find it.  In 35 states, 110 bills are under review currently to madate vaccines for EVERY child regardless of religious or philosophical objection.  Regardless of your child’s genetic code which might make him or her the next medical victim.Wake up, pay attention. For your children and grandchildren, for your nation.  I don’t think we want a nation of future leaders damaged by our system.

Some of us are vaccine damaged and don’t know it (irritable bowel, Alzheimers’s later in life, pediatric cancer — it’s all on the rise.  If you don’t believe me, watch the new documentary “Bought.”)As for me, I will get to meet RFK Jr. at a screening of Trace Amounts (yet another documentary coming to light on this issue). Bob, I am so grateful for the work you are doing to help educate our legislators on this very dangerous issue.  Glad you are thinking about your legacy and ours, someone has to.

Namaste.

Get Healthy Now!

Five Steps to Perfect Health

How to Balance Life and Health

TIME is the great equalizer — no matter how rich or how famous we are, we can’t buy more.

That’s why when we get sick, time comes to a grinding halt.  We do deals with the devil, search for magic bullets to get rid of it.  THERE ARE no magic bullets — prevention is the only way to stay in the game in the first place.

As Americans, we EXCUSE away things that are out of balance, BLAMING our ailments on a this flu thing or some stomach bug.  We focus on what’s going on outside of the body instead of inside, which is where imbalance starts in the first place.  Truth is, if your immunity is strong, bugs and flus never have a fighting chance.

When I started studying Ayurveda 15 YEARS AGO, I was a HOT MESS.  A combination of factors, including vaccine injury, formula vs. breast milk and overuse of antibiotics, led to chronic symptoms for 37 years: poor digestion & diarrhea; strep throat & tonsillitis; excruciating gall bladder pain and severe acne.  I was skinny as a rail and, in fact, poor digestion led to salmonella for which I was hospitalized for a week at the age of 10.  It took hitting bottom to realize enough was enough: I wanted to learn how to cultivate good health, and it started with eating good food.

The good news is you can learn how to do this for yourself, no matter who you are or what your situation.  Five Steps to Perfect Health can start you on the road to taking control of your life.

Word of warning: they are simple, not easy.  Also, toxic load and your personal history will have an affect: symptoms often get worse before they get better.  Become Aware of how you can truly nurture your body and cultivate a state of divine health.

These steps work well together.  If done separately you will not see a huge change.  But the combination of the cumulative effects is what is significant.

No matter what you’re doing or who you are, when you feel great, life ROCKS!.  Americans SAY health is a top priority, but they often have a hard time taking responsibility for it.  So take this advice: Be proactive now to care for yourself.  You’ll thank yourself later.

1. No food after 8 p.m.

The Gastric Garage cleans 2 x daily: 10-2, (am & pm).  The gut floods with gastric juices…  on the 10-2 a.m. cycle, you get your peak digestive force (noon), which is the optimal time to eat your largest meal.  On the 10-2 p.m. cycle, we’re supposed to be asleep. The empty tummy takes advantage of the same gastric flood, only this time it gets a good cleaning

2. Hot Water & Lemon first thing in the Morning

H20 is the best way to ‘break’ your ‘fast.’  It’s a gentle pipe cleaner for the body, and also helps balance the digestive system first thing in the morning.

The lemon ilemon-slice-in-water2s key because it has an alkaline affect on the body.  The more alkaline you are the healthier your immune system.  Remember: bacteria and viruses cannot live in an alkaline state, but they thrive in acid (sugar, coffee, meat, balsamic and red wine vinegars, alcohol and other fermented foods, processed foods).  So having the lemon water first thing means you get a nice soft flush in the a.m. after the janitor has done most of the heavy cleaning.

You don’t have to give up your mocha chino frappa cappa coffee drink, but you do have to…

Step 3. Switch to decaf.

The number one condition I treat in my Ayurvedic consulting practice is caffeine addiction (number two is constipation, number three is candida infestation).

Hate to break it to you, but caffeine is a dangerous narcotic. That means it interferes with the body’s natural functions.  “But I only drink a cup a day,” clients tell me.

Remember: what you do everyday affects you the most.  One cup a day means 30 cups a month!  That’s 365 cups of coffee a year.  Imagine!

The caffeine monkey will want you to feed it more and more and more and more and more….

One cup today will be three cups in five years, and five cups in 7 years and so on and so on.  I watched my aunt suffer brutal headaches in the morning until she had her coffee.  And by the time I was in my teens she required five cups every morning just to get rid of it.  She eventually died of brain cancer — was caffeine addiction an accelerator? Remains to be seen.

This is the inevitable path of caffeine addiction.  If you know you need it and can’t live without it, that’s a sure sign you better give it up.

Here’s the bestAAHM001070 way:

1. Start by blending 1/2 caffeinated, 1/2 decaffeinated.  Do this for one week.  On the second week, make it 3/4 decaf and 1/4 caffinated for 3 days, then taper to 100% decaf as soon as you can.

2. At the beginning of the second week start detoxing, keep hydrating and avoid chocolate and other hidden sources of caffeine.

3. Take the tincture for ten days after you stop caffeine altogether, or until the tincture runs out.  If you are a heavy user you may experience headaches and constipation. Take triphala for the constipation, drink lots of water and take psyllium at night for the headaches.  Acupuncture is also an awesome addition.

Headaches usually last 10 days, constipation can last longer.  Stick with it; once you detox from caffeine it is like a cloud lifting.  You will feel, look and sleep better than you have in years!

Step 4. Go upside down.

inversion-21Inversions are the most powerful form of yoga.  The Sanskrit term, Niralamba Sarvangasana literally translated is “all whole,” which means it is good for your whole body.

That means your thyroid, pineal and pituitary glands, thymus, parathyroid — all your master computers of your body — get fresh oxygenated blood when you are inverted.  Reverse gravity causes all the fluids in your body to replenish tissue in the opposite direction — tissue that as we age often gets ignored.  You are literally massaging your body with fresh oxygen from the inside out —  Kidneys, adrenals (that sit like little hats on top of the kidneys), gallbladder, liver, pancreas, spleen — all refreshed.

And those little diverticuli?  They get emptied out like a pocket in a heist.

Here are the deets on the  best way to do an inversion, which is a unique approach developed by my amazing teacher, Loretta Pharo, RN.

Step 5. Healthy Green Drink is the new breakfast.

Get your green drink on, people!  If you’re not doing this yet, it’s t-i-m-e.  What’s the fastest way to build your immune system? Put good stuff in your body!

You don’t have to do it every day, but remember what you do everyday affects you the most.  Have it at least three times a week.  First thing in the morning after your hot water and lemon maximizes its effectiveness.

Pure Synergy is my favorite. I blend it with fruit, probiotics and either raw milk or water.

Probiotics are important because they keep good bacteria at bay by a ratio of 200:1. Read that again. That means for every one good bacteria in your gut, 200 bad ones are out of commission.

Problem is, you only get probiotics in nature from your mother’s breast milk.  Which means if you’ve ever taken an antibiotic, (or were never breast fed in the first place) youoprahdrozgreendrinkr probiotic population is l-o-n-g   g-o-n-e.

Unless you replace, they stay erased. Most of you think yogurt is the best source of probiotic, but beware: dairy yogurt makes mucous which is part of the problem you are trying to eliminate. Plus you’d have to eat SO MANY yogurts to get the quantity of good bacteria population you need…  It’s best instead to take a healthy supplement.

I recommend Metagenics Probiotics, which I also add to my green drink.

BONUS: Go Organic!  But if you are low on $dough$… usda-organic-logo-main_full

…carry this card in your wallet.  Print it out and have it laminated.  It tells you the Dirty Dozen: 12 fruits and vegetables known to be the most toxic when consumed conventionally (Natural Baby & Childcare, Dr. Lauren Feder).  That means if you can’t afford to go organic on everything, at least  go organic on these twelve.  They are apples, celery, cherries, grapes (imported), nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, red raspberries, spinach, strawberries, sweet bell peppers.

Good health to you all — thanks for taking the time to read my first post.  I appreciate any feedback you are inclined to share.

Peace and Blessings!

Recipe: Healthy Marshmallow Peeps

easterbasketOh, the empty easter basket… It can strike fear into the hearts of moms who try so hard to keep kids away from sugar and other toxic junk.

So what do we tell the Easter Bunny to bring if we want to stay on the healthy food path?

Thanks to Kimi Harris at the Nourishing Gourmet, with very little effort you can ditch the corn syrup, artificial dyes and other yuckiness found in those little marshmallow peeps, and instead make this healthy gelatin-based version.

Kimi’s recipe is quite easy.  And Gelatin — in addition to NOT being corn syrup — has wonderful health benefits.  According to the Weston A. Price foundation, among gelatins benefits are:

– Support for skin, hair and nail growth

– Good for joints and helps joint recovery

– Can help tighten loose skin (like the kind you get after having babies…)

– Can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive track

– Rumored to help improve cellulite

– Is a great source of dietary collagen (collagen is too large to be absorbed by the skin, so those skin creams are pretty useless… get it internally and use coconut oil for lotion!)

– Is a source of protein (though not a spectacular one) but its specific amino acids can help build muscle.

Gelatin is largely composed of the amino acids glycine and proline, which many people don’t consume in adequate amounts since they are found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals.  As a population, we don’t consume these parts as much anymore.  These amino acids are needed not only for proper skin, hair and nail growth, but for optimal immune function and weight regulation.

You can order your gelatin online here, and enjoy your yummy gelatin peeps!

Namaste.

Dangerous Dairy vs Healthy Dairy: Do You Know the Difference?

It’s been years since I’ve jumped into the milk vat.  After suffering chronic joint and gallbladder pain in my 30s, I decided it wasn’t worth it.  So I chucked it.

I have felt a lot better since I did.  But in the past year, I have switched to raw milk and I now can enjoy dairy again with zero gallbladder pain, zero joint pain and very little mucous response.  And I’m thinner than I’ve ever been!

Here’s what I’ve learned: raw milk has all the healthy enzymes needed to digest it.  It also has all the healthy fats that are important for brain function.  Raw goat’s milk is closer to human milk than cow milk.  But raw cow milk, especially in the summer months when the cows are all grazing on the yummy green grass, is otherworldly delicious.

Commercialized dairy, which is processed by pasteurization and homogenization, is trash.  The processing strips the milk of its naturally occurring enzymes which makes the milk impossible to digest.  Which means it’s stored as fat.  Which means the body floods its intestinal walls with mucous to try to prevent your body from absorbing it, because it’s so broken down it cannot go any lower. The body knows, which is why you will notice mucous in your throat after you eat processed dairy products. Two percent and one percent milk are even worse.  We are poisoning ourselves when we consume it.

And that’s not even mentioning the recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) that is added to the commercial milk.  Without a label.  Amongst other junk…

So find a local supplier of raw milk and jump in.  You will be amazed at how positive the experience can be.  And do the same with your cheeses and your butter.  BTW if you live near a Trader Joe’s you can get raw milk cheese all the time.  It’s eye opening once you experience the difference.

Namaste.

Time to Build a Sailboat

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As we settle into the new year, I am sensing big change.  Not as in small change, like a new haircut, but a global shift.  And it’s coming from all directions.

As an energy worker and healer, I am particularly sensitive to shift.  And because I have lived on both coasts of the United States (as well as a few places in between), I’ve collected wonderful friends from all over.  The advent of social media is a profound gift for someone like me.  It has helped me weave a treasured tapestry of  friendships that I can enjoy all in one place.  No surprise I was an early adopter of social media for this very reason.  Without it, some of those friends I love (but somehow fell through the cracks), have returned to me like the soft spurs of a dandelion that —  once blown into the wind — float back and gently kiss my face.

I am noticing this shift in the posts and updates I see from friends and strangers alike.  The men are getting more emotionally expressive and sensitive; the women more humorous and relaxed.  The flow of humanity, for me, is reflecting a consciousness shifting itself into a deeper space of self-reflection, self-awareness.  We have found a perfect, permanent coffee shop, filled will only our very own favorite besties.  And it’s open 24/7, for a quick ‘thinking of you,’ or maybe an unexpected middle of the night profound conversation.  It has the wonderful, soothing effect of giving us the sense that maybe, just maybe, we are all not so terribly alone.

This morning I received a link to the most magnificent video projece by some folks at Harvard, from my dear friend Charlie Smith.  Overview, by Planetary Collective, is a wonderful dialogue of astronauts’ profound surprise at what it was like to look back at planet earth while in space.  It is the ultimate demonstration in what it’s like to see yourself and all of humanity in that cosmic mirror for the first time.  It reminds us that traveling in space is somewhat redundant because we are already there.  In the profound words of James Taylor, that “little blue ball falling around the sun.”

So I marvel at it all, knowing that all is well.  That no matter what you or I may be experiencing in this moment — good, bad or indifferent — there are no worries because it will all change in the blink of an eye.  Change is the only constant.  And since the winds of change are always going to blow, you might as well build a sailboat.

Namaste.

11 Health Foods That Can Kill You

I came across this post on HoneyColony and couldn’t agree more — check out these 11 “Health Foods” That Can Kill You.  I agree with almost all of them, except that since in my house we’ve been eating more raw vegan our bodies are able to process sugars like agave and honey more easily.  Eating raw foods will do that, as the raw content inspires your spleen, gall bladder, pancreas and liver to function more efficiently by producing more naturally occurring digestive enzymes which helps you break down the food and sugars more easily and effectively.

On the whole, this is a good list — check it twice to see how it compares to your daily routine.

Namaste.

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PHOTO BY Angus Clyne

By Kris GunnarsPopular Science

Nutrition is full of nonsense.

You will find bold health claims for all kinds of foods, most often based on zero evidence.

Here are the top 11 “health foods” that are actually very harmful.

1. Fruit Juices

The fruit juices you find at the supermarket aren’t always what they seem. They may have small amounts of real fruit in them, but often they are little more than water, artificial flavor and sugar. But even if you’re drinking real fruit juice, it is still a bad idea.

Fruit juice is like fruit with most of the good stuff removed. All that is left is the sugar and a few vitamins. Orange juice, for example, contains the same amount of sugar as Coca-Cola. There’s no fiber in it, no chewing resistance and nothing to stop you from downing massive amounts of sugar in a short amount of time.

Eating too much sugar is associated with all sorts of diseases. These include obesity, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and many others (123). It is much better to avoid fruit juices and eat real fruits instead.

Bottom Line: Most fruit juices contain the same amount of easily digestible sugar as sugar-sweetened soft drinks. It is best to eat whole fruits instead.

2. Whole Wheat

It is true that whole wheat is healthier than refined wheat. But this does not mean that whole wheat is healthy. It’s kind of like saying that because filtered cigarettes are healthier than unfiltered cigarettes, everyone should be smoking filtered cigarettes. It’s flawed logic.

There are plenty of good reasons to avoid wheat, both the refined and the whole variety. For example, wheat is the main source of gluten in the diet and a large part of the population may be gluten sensitive (45789).

One study shows that wheat fiber can make you vitamin D deficient, making you burn through your stores of this important vitamin much faster (10). Another study shows that whole wheat raises small, dense LDL (the truly “bad” cholesterol) by a whopping 60 percent (11).

Bottom Line: Whole wheat is rich in gluten and can cause digestive problems and various symptoms. It may also cause vitamin D deficiency and elevated small, dense LDL cholesterol.

3. Agave Nectar

In the health food aisle at the supermarket, you will definitely find some “sugar-free” products that are sweetened with agave. This sweetener is touted as a healthy alternative to sugar because it is natural and has a low glycemic index.

But the harmful effects of sugar have little to do with its glycemic index; it is harmful primarily because it is loaded with unnatural amounts of fructose. Too much fructose in the diet can cause all sorts of problems, especially in people who don’t exercise much.

All fructose is metabolized by the liver. If the liver is full of glycogen the fructose will be turned into fat (1112). This can cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and all kinds of metabolic problems like resistance to the hormones insulin and leptin, which will ultimately lead to obesity and diabetes (13141516).

While regular sugar is 50 percent fructose, the fructose content of agave is as high as 90 percent. If anything, agave is even worse than sugar!

Bottom Line: Agave nectar is loaded with fructose and therefore causes all the same problems as regular sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.

4. Sports Drinks

Sports drinks were designed for athletes who have just finished an intense training session with massive sweating and glycogen depletion.

For this reason, sports drinks contain:

  • Water: to replenish lost fluid.
  • Electrolytes: to replenish electrolytes like sodium that were lost via sweat.
  • Sugar: because athletes need energy after an intense workout.

You don’t need any additional electrolytes unless you’ve been doing a very intense workout, and most people are already eating too much sugar. One bottle of Gatorade contains over 30 grams of sugar.

You’re better off sticking to plain water, which you should certainly drink plenty of, especially around workouts.

Bottom Line: If you’re not doing super intense workouts, then you should avoid sports drinks. They are not needed and contain sugar.

5. ‘Heart-Healthy’ Vegetable Oils

As the fear of saturated fat took hold of the world, consumption of all kinds of nasty ingredients increased. Prime examples are industrial seed- and vegetable oils like soybean, corn, and cottonseed oil.

These oils are extracted from seeds using very harsh processing methods and include high heat, bleaching, and the toxic solvent hexane. These oils contain very large amounts of omega-6 fatty acids, way more than humans ever consumed throughout evolution.

We need small amounts of these fatty acids in the diet, such as the amounts found in meat and nuts. However, if we eat way too much like is the case with Western populations, this causes problems (17). Eating too much of these fats can lead to inflammation, which is a leading cause of many chronic diseases (18). These oils get incorporated into our body fat stores and cellular membranes, where they are highly sensitive to oxidation and damage.

To top it all off, the industrial vegetable oils that you find in the supermarket contain 0.56 to 4.2 percent of their fatty acid as trans fats, which are highly toxic (19). (This does not apply to olive oil, which is good for you!)

Bottom Line: Vegetable oils are unhealthy and lead to inflammation. They are potential key players in the epidemic of Western diseases.

6. Low-Fat or Fat-Free Foods

It ain’t the fat, people! Despite the last decades of propaganda against saturated fats, they have now been proven to be harmless (2021).

When the anti-fat message first came out, food manufacturers started producing “healthy” products that were low-fat or fat-free. The only problem is that foods that have had the fat removed taste like crap.

The food manufacturers then loaded their products with chemicals, artificial sweeteners and massive amounts of sugar. What they basically did was remove the good stuff (fat) and replace it with bad stuff (sugar). This is how they managed to turn perfectly healthy foods like yogurt into very harmful products filled with unhealthy ingredients.

Bottom Line: Avoid everything labelled “low-fat” or “fat-free.” These are highly processed products loaded with sugar and other harmful substances.

7. Gluten-Free Foods

Many people have started to avoid gluten, a protein found in wheat, spelt, rye, and barley (and a few other grains). Almost a third of the U.S. population currently wants to cut back on gluten or go gluten-free.

Food manufacturers have caught up on the trend and have started offering all sorts of gluten-free “health foods.” The problem with these foods is that they’re usually not healthy at all.

Instead of a gluten grain, they’re made with other starches like potato starch, tapioca starch or some others. These starches are usually highly refined, void of nutrients and spike blood sugar fast, just like wheat. But these products are often also loaded with sugar and other harmful or artificial chemicals.

This does not apply to foods that are naturally gluten free, like meats or vegetables. If a product says “gluten-free” on the package, then it’s probably bad for you.

Bottom Line: Gluten-free foods are highly processed foods that are not much healthier than their gluten-containing counterparts. It’s best to avoid them.

8. Margarine And Fake Butters

“I wish butter tasted more like margarine, said nobody ever.” – Danny J. Albers

Another side effect of the anti-fat hysteria is a plethora of so-called “healthy” butter alternatives. The most notable example of these is margarine. It used to be loaded with trans fats; now it tends to contain processed vegetable oils instead. Butter consumption went down, margarine consumption went up.

The problem with this is that butter is healthy. Margarine is not.

Grass-fed butter, in particular, is an excellent source of the fatty acid butyrate and vitamin K2, both of which can have powerful positive effects on health (2223). Margarine is a processed food with harmful ingredients that can make you sick. In one large study, replacing butter with margarine lead to a drastically increased risk of death from heart attacks (24).

This is one great example of where blindly following the mainstream advice can put you in an early grave.

Bottom Line: Margarine is a processed food that contains unhealthy, artificial ingredients. Avoid it, use real grass-fed butter instead.

9. Energy Bars

Energy bars are in the same boat as sports drinks – most people don’t need them. If you’re an elite athlete who desperately needs to keep protein intake high and eat every two to three hours, then these bars can definitely be convenient.

However, most people don’t need to eat that often, and these bars don’t contain anything that you can’t get from real foods. Energy bars and protein bars are often highly processed products. Even though they may be higher in protein than chocolate bars, they often still contain the same unhealthy ingredients. Sugar, white flour, artificial flavor; you name it, they’ve got it.

Of course, there are some healthier brands available, but if you want to avoid the crap then you must read labels! If you’re starving and far away from home, then healthier types of energy bars can certainly be better than a burger and a Coke, but your money is still better spent on real foods.

Bottom Line: Energy and protein bars are often highly processed products. Most people don’t need them and they tend to contain sugar and other nasty ingredients.

10. Low-Carb Junk Foods

As people have changed their mind on fat being the root of all evil, some people have started cutting back on carbs instead. Again, food manufacturers have caught notice and brought all sorts of low-carb junk foods to the market.

Even though something is low in carbs and sugar, it can still be very unhealthy. Great examples are the low-carb Atkins bars. These are nasty, highly processed products that nobody should be eating. Just check out the ingredients list for this Atkins Advantage bar. This isn’t food.

If you’re going to do a low-carb diet, stick to real, unprocessed foods.

Bottom Line: There are some low-carb processed foods on the market that are extremely unhealthy and loaded with artificial ingredients.

11. ‘Healthy’ Breakfast Cereals

Most highly processed breakfast cereals are not healthy. In fact, they are among the worst foods you can eat. They’re often loaded with sugar and refined carbohydrates. Then the manufacturers fortify them with some synthetic vitamins and put tiny amounts of whole grains in the mix, then market their products as healthy.

Don’t be fooled by the labels: low-fat, fat-free, whole grain, etc. Just check the ingredients list on these products. They’re usually loaded with sugar.

Starting the day with a high-sugar cereal will set you up for a blood sugar crash later in the day, followed by hunger, cravings, and another high-carb meal.

12. Anything Else?

If the packaging of a food tells you that it is healthy, then it probably isn’t.

Feel free to add to the list in the comments!

 This article was written by Kris Gunnars and published in Popular Science on April 30, 2013. Photo by Angus Clyne/Flickr.

Do You Really Know What’s In Vaccines?

are-vaccines-really-safeAs of March 2013, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) declared that autism now affects 1 in 50 children in the United States — when my son was born in 2007 it was 1 in 90.  Wow.

If you or someone you know and love is having a child, you owe it to the child to educate yourself on the real story behind vaccines and the modern-day risks associated with injecting a baby with highly toxic materials.  The immune system is capable of growing itself to support healthy bodies, especially if you live in America where we have regular access to clean water, (relatively) clean food and shelter.  Vaccines are not a guarantee, nor are they the only answer.

If you want more information, read Dr. Lauren Feder’s book on Vaccines, as well as my post from several years ago under Archives called “Why We Choose Not to Vaccinate.”  Our little boy is now five years old and growing strong and steady.  Don’t be afraid to take the road less traveled…

By the way, if you’ve already vaccinated your child and you are concerned about reversing the effects of vaccine toxins, have no fear: you can do a detox depending on the level of toxicity and/or symptoms your child may be experiencing.  Food allergies is a good example, as they can often be in actuality a leaky gut and completely reversible.  Chelation therapy is also a great way to detox the body of metals like mercury.  The well-known pediatrician Dr. Sears has a list by state of modified vaccine friendly pediatricians and doctors, which is also a great way to find a natural health practitioner that can help you reverse vaccine symptoms.  You can also send me an email if you would like to know more, lorimartingregory@gmail.com.

Namaste.

Healthy & Easy Raw Vegan Condiments

ketchupOne of my biggest challenges relative to eating healthy is avoiding soy.  It’s everywhere, because it’s used as an emulsifier in everything from mayonnaise to salad dressings.  Sugar also is a culprit, because it’s in everything from ketchup to well, just about everything.  If I’m having sugar, I want chocolate cake.

But thanks to Laura-Jane at The Rawtarian, I’ve found a way around soy in my mayo and sugar in my ketchup — without sacrificing taste.  Her recipes for both are super simple,  and are raw vegan to boot.

Check out all her stuff.  They are INSANELY DELISH!!  We’re eating raw vegan more and more these days, and her recipes make it super easy, healthy and most of all so yummy.

Namaste.

RETHINKING FOOD III: Exploring Raw Veganism

Years ago I attempted raw vegan cooking.  I always feel great when I eat it and I find I have more calm and focus, although I still believe in combining my families’ diets with a combination of raw vegan and carnivorous dishes in the Weston Price tradition.

Well light years have passed since I made my first raw vegan attempt, and recipes have become simpler, easier to prepare and more delicious.  All you really need is a Vita Mix and a decent food dehydrator, some nuts and veggies, a good recipe and a sense of adventure.

Here’s one of my latest favs, raw vegan broccoli soup, courtesy of The Present Moment Cookbook.  Another great website if you want free delicious recipes is http://www.therawtarian.com.

Namaste.

Broccoli Cheddar – yields 1 quart

Base:

3 cups filtered water
2 cups cashews, soaked 1-2 hrs. & rinsed
1 seeded red bell pepper
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp tamari (or Bragg’s Aminos)
1 tbsp agave
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp onion powder

vegetables:
11/2 cups broccoli florets cut into small pieces

Drain and rinse cashews well.  In a vita mix, blend base ingredients to smooth consistency.  Pour into bowls, add broccoli (and fresh chopped tomatoes if desired) into bowls.  Serve.

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