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When my eldest was on his way, and when he was still a young infant, I did some research– called up the CDC and spent hours on the phone with the people there, and wouldn’t let them go until I had real numbers– not just “unlikely”, “likely”, “seldom”, etc. I wanted real numbers, and wanted to know what those numbers meant with regards to how much risk I’d be taking with my child… After intense probing and questioning (it’s not info that was readily available at first glance to the lady who answered the phone there), I finally hung up, satisfied that I had the tools I needed. I’ve continued to research since then. I’d encourage anyone responsible for making decisions for those too young to decide for themselves to look beneath the surface and beyond the “status quo.”

Found these two quotes from Hillary Butler: “Recent published studies have found that 72% of hospitalized measles cases in America are Vitamin A deficient.”

Ok… that’s interesting. Second quote is more interesting:

“They took 59 children who had blindness as a ‘result of measles’ , and put them on 100,000 iu of vitamin A every day… by two weeks, all 59 children, with or without corneal scars, had healed. So tell me. What causes the blindness? The measles, or a fundamental vitamin A malnutrition?”

See post on CLO– a GREAT source of Vitamin A as well as Vitamin D:

https://leavesheal.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/naked-in-the-sun-clo/

There’s something deep and fundamental about injecting things into our bloodstream. ” For as for the life of all flesh, its blood is identified with its life…” Leviticus 17:14

“”For every drug that benefits a patient, there is a natural substance that can achieve the same effect.” –Carl C. Pfeiffer, MD, PhD

The following is found at this site:

http://www.whale.to/a/butler9.html

MEASLES : THE REAL FACTS

HILARY BUTLER, spokesperson for the Immunisation Awareness Society.

The Health Department is intending to vaccinate 540,000 children from the ages of 2 – 10, which they say will prevent an epidemic of 50,000 cases, 900 hospitalisations with complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis, and 10 deaths.

The seven to 10 year olds were the so-called susceptible children in 1991 who either got measles, or were the targetted population for the “one-off” MMR vaccine campaign. Of the 2- 6 year olds 85%. have been vaccinated with a vaccine which is supposed to produce antibodies in 95% of vacinees.

This means that 87+ of the 2 – 6 year old will be given a vaccine that they don’t need, and the 7 -10 year olds will yet again be subjected to another “one-off” jab.

WHAT YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TOLD ABOUT MEASLES:

In the early stages of the cough, runny nose and fever, a child with Measles will get KOPLIK SPOTS which look like bluey-white grains of salt. These are best seen on the inside of the cheek near the second upper molar, but may also be on the gums anywhere in the mouth. They last for a few days, and are SPECIFIC for measles only. (Medicine International, 1984, pg 20, Viral Diseases in Man, 83rd Edition, pg 412.) Why do you need a painful blood-test with such a specific sign easily available?

You should NOT take your child to the doctor in this prodromal stage if your child has KOPLIK SPOTS. This stage is the MOST infective. If necessary, ring the surgery, but there is nothing your medically responsible doctor should, or could prescribe for your child at this stage. Studies have shown that “prodromal” children taken to doctor’s surgeries, health care facilities and hospitals increase the spread of measles, and put at risk the very people for whom measles is so dangerous – sick or immunocompromised adults, babies and other children. (Infect Dis Child, Dec 95; Ped Infct Dis, Jan 93; Maryland Med J, Oct 91.)

There is a “cure” for measles. It is called Vitamin a…Cod-liver oil. As early as 1932, doctors used cod-liver oil to reduce hospital mortality by 57%, but then antibiotics became the treatment of fashion, and Vitamin A was thrown out until the mid-80’s. Recent published studies have found that 72%. of hospitalised measles cases in America are Vitamin A deficient, and the worse the deficiency the worse the complications and higher the death rate. (Pediatric Nursing, Sept/Oct 1996.) Yet doctors and hospitals in New Zealand do not use Vitamin A.

FACT; 1991 Six deaths, 4 younger than 12 month , unvaccinated, died of pneumonia/encephalitis. 2 vaccinated children, deaths encephalitis.

FACT: THESE CHILDREN WERE NOT TREATED WITH VITAMIN A

Q. ( IF THEY HAD BEEN, WOULD THEY HAVE DIED?)

The Health Department says that keeping unvaccinated healthy children away from vaccinated children will protect vaccinated children. They tell us that vaccines protect children, so aren’t they already vaccine “protected”? The answer is No. In 1991 over 60% of cases in children were “vaccinated”.

Question: Didn’t children used to get measles regularly? Health Department answer: “Yes, because there was no widespread immunisation… Deaths and hospitalisations from measles were not recorded.”

FACT. Vaccinated children still get measles. Deaths and hospitalisations have been recorded for 120 years. The measles death decline graph provided shows that the measles vaccine had nothing to do with the decline in deaths, and has not affected the number of children hospitalised during epidemic years since its introduction. (Appendices to Parliamentary Journals, Official Year Book, Health Department publications such has “Health Trends” and Immunisation Handbook. Also, graphs provided to Herald and Metro in the past)

PARENTS HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW THAT,

*** A similar campaign vaccinating 7.1 million schoolchildren in England has resulted in a legal firm called Dawbarns (dawbarns @paston.co.uk) (0044 1553 764373) taking legal action against the British Health Department on behalf of the following cases:

Autism (202), Crohn’s disease and other serious chronic stomach problems (110) Epilepsy (97) Hearing and vision problems (40) Arthritis (42) chronic fatigue syndrome (24) Diabetes (9) Guillain-Barre syndrome (9) chronic Thrombocytopenia (5) subacute sclerosing panencephalitis SSPE {3) Wegener’s Granulomatosis (2) Multiple Sclerosis (1) Death (14) (Dawbarns fact sheet)

*** The childrens’ doctors and specialists have come out in the media in support of the children

*** The New Zealand, and British Health Departments deny the existence of these cases. (NZ H Dept media release, and BMJ article) and maintain that OPERATION SAFEGUARD eliminated measles from UK. In October 1996, UK started another MMR booster campaign.

**** Deaths from Measles were virtually wiped out in every country before the vaccine was even used.(See disease decline graph

*** Using the Health Department statistics on vaccinating 540,000 children, would result in:

Up to 81,000 cases of rash and fever.

Up to 5,400 cases of parotid (mumps) swelling

Up to 216 cases of febrile seizures

Up to 18 cases of thrombocytopenia (red-blood cell destruction)

Up to cases of chronic thrombocytopenia.

Up to 5 cases of Aseptic Meningitis.

Up to 1 case of Central Nervous system damage.

Up to 15,420 cases of transient joint arthralgia some of these becoming chronic. (pg 95, H. Dept Handbook)

*** Germany does not routinely use the measles vaccine because their reporting system found 1 per 2,500 vaccinees had a neurological complication, and 1 per 17,500 vaccinees had abortive encephalopathy. (FDA Technical Report, 1980)

The Germans considered the risks too high in light of the fact that deaths and disease severity had decreased without any reference to a vaccine. * THE SAME IS TRUE OF NEW ZEALAND, but parents are not told that.

*** That in the pre vaccine era, mothers’ antibodies protected babies for around 15 months, measles was mainly an infection of 5 – 9 year olds, and by 15 yrs, 99% had antibodies. By 1985, 14 % of 15 year olds lacked antibody.( NZ Med J. 27 May, 1987) No-one knows what the level is now, but evidence from America shows that adult measles, which can be very serious, is now quite common.

*** that vaccinated mothers cannot give protective antibodies to their babies, so that young babies, for whom measles is serious are no longer protected. (Washington Post, Sun Nov 22, 1992, and others)

“** that in the 1991 USA measles outbreak, over half the deaths were vaccinated, and most deaths were in immunocompromised people. (Washington Post June 14, 1991, BMJ, 11 May, 1991)

*** that New Zealand doctors and hospitals do not prescribe or use Vitamin A for measles, and as a result, many cases are far more serious than they should be.

“** that in Africa, children who have a natural measles infection have half the asthma, allergies and eczema compared with their vaccinated peers. (Lancet, June 29, 1996)

*** that if children with mild to moderate psoriasis get a natural dose of measles, the psoriasis is often cured. (3 med studies)

*** that babies vaccinated who have maternal antibodies, or people who have measles suppressed with gammaglobulin go on to have a higher rate of immunoreactive diseases, sebaceous skin diseases, degenerative cartilage and bone disease and certain tumours. (Lancet, 5 Jan 1985) If you revaccinate children who already have antibodies what will happen to them in later life?

*** that you have the right to take home the PRODUCT INSERT, and read it carefully before you make any decision”.

IF YOU CHOSE TO VACCINATE YOUR CHILD WITH MMR.

and anything happens which you know is not normal for your child, go to your doctor, or hospital immediately. Fill out an H 1574 form, make sure that the medical records are correct, sign them yourself, and get copies. In the event of permanent damage. Without these documents you will be unable to obtain ACC coverage, or financial assistance of any sort

“”For every drug that benefits a patient, there is a natural substance that can achieve the same effect.” –Carl C. Pfeiffer, MD, PhD

 

I’ve been offline for a bit. Internet access has been sketchy, but I had to post this:

I’ve seen miracles.

Horsetail is my buddy. My teeth & gums & joints all love horsetail tea, but we’ve been out of it for about a month. I’m feeling it. So we went adventuring… in our new car!!!! …well… new to us, anyhow. It doesn’t like going uphill, we’ve found, and only seats 5 of us at a time, and it has a few other quirks, but hey, it was FREE, and it got me to my horsetail! That makes it a good car in my book 😀

At any rate, my house is currently overflowing with another medicinal plant to be stored up for winter. I’m a happy camper 🙂

Oh, yeah, and there’s an ancient “arrow” or two,  pointing us toward exploring things like horsetail:

‘and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so.’

–Genesis 1:30

… and that 7th year letting the land rest and eating the stuff that grows on its own thing:

“You shall sow your land for six years and gather in its yield, but on the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, so that the needy of your people may eat; and whatever they leave the beast of the field may eat. You are to do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.”

–Exodus 23:10-11

Being kind to the poor and the animals is just a great health investment 😉

For more info on how horsetail may be of benefit in your world, you can visit this link:

http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_horsetail.htm

For more info on dealing with joint pains, here’s a post I wrote on that:

https://leavesheal.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/arthritis-adventures/

For my multivitamin recipe that includes horsetail, click here:

https://leavesheal.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/home-grown-vitamins/

For my toothpaste recipe, click here:

https://leavesheal.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/diy-all-natural-toothpaste/

Hope you all are having a beautiful Summer! Let me know if you find an herb you love, and why! 🙂

A friend asked me to share what economic, practical thoughts I have on how we make it as a single-income family. First off, I have to acknowledge: we’re well-blessed, and I “get it” that not everyone has all the tools in their basket that we do. That said, other people do have tools in their baskets that we don’t. In a nutshell, we have to find thankfulness for what already exists, rather expending time, energy, money, and frustration on pining after what isn’t. In a world where instant gratification and marketing and sales and “shoulds” and “obligations” are often hailed as gods above real needs, real relationships, and multi-generational investments, finding thankfulness for what already exists is not always the easiest path. We don’t walk it perfectly, but we do walk it, learning along the way.

In no particular order, some things that make our world function on one income:

1. Home Hair Cuts: I do all of them, including my own, and I get compliments on them! If you’re not brave enough to try it right off, practice on a doll, and barter with someone who’s done it before ’till you’re feelin’ ‘yer oats 😉

2. Drying Line: Cuts down on the power bill. Wood heat in the winter helps w/ this, as it serves dual purpose: re-humidifies the air a bit, and you’re not paying for the heat twice.

3. Bicycles: We have an update post here on the “family car.” Between insurance and gas and overall health improvements, it’s been an awesome gift in our world. Not an easy one to initially imagine, considering I was pretty arthritic when we first gave up the car, but no regrets 🙂

4. Giving: Ancient Hebrew Pictograph of the word give here. What goes around comes around. Find someone in worse shape than you are (it’s usually not as difficult as it sounds), and do something about it that you *can do.

5. Become Debt-Free: Ancient Proverb says, “The borrower becomes the lender’s slave.” Find a way out of your slavery.

6. Family Relationships: It’s a team effort. We all have to understand that we’re working toward something bigger and more important than money. We have to find the place where we want to build each other and our home into a healthy, peaceful place more than we want the next trinket.

7. Grow Something To Eat: The closer we get to dirt, the more “grounded” we can be, not only emotionally and physically, but also financially. Our health is one of the most expensive things to lose, and one of the fastest ways to improve it is through organic gardening. Chickens are good, too. Check with local restrictions, though. Some cities will allow hens but not roosters, and there may be a restriction per square foot of land area.

8. Tiny House: More land; Less House; Less Stuff. Find the minimum quantity of “stuff” you need to be happy, and do the house size that just barely fits. Land gives food. House & stuff just drain the budget. Shelving, bunk beds, and Straw-stuffed (make sure it’s clean & dry) mattresses have been a great help for us in making a small house work.

9. Natural / Alternative Medicine: There’s a learning curve to it, and the first few years, we did use modern medicine for a bit. It didn’t work for us, so I studied on my own, and listened to the health-nutty guru’s that had conquered this, that, and the other thing. At this point, our world doesn’t revolve around gas money to get to the doctor’s office. The doctor can’t research as quickly or as effectively or as intimately as I can, here, from home, on my computer. Outside of dismemberment, I haven’t found any use for modern medicine: I can do better for my own family. They’re just people with fancy papers who have been through a system that’s run by money. I’m not. I’m just as smart as they are, but less brainwashed, and better-motivated. All of that said, check out the disclaimer below 😉

10. Growing Herbs: Seasonings and Medicines and a lot of herbs that double as both. A gold mine!

11. Convection Oven: In the absence of a very efficient wood stove (will post on Hubby’s invention / modification later) that runs on twigs, rather than logs, a convection oven uses a lot less energy (money) than the regular sort. Our counter-top version was a second-hand purchase, and has been great!

12. Craigslist: That second-hand thing. The world gets a lot less trashed with re-using what someone else figured out they didn’t need. Meanwhile, I pay less than half what everyone else did for theirs, originally.

13. Build Something: Hubby’s built a business that will, hopefully, sell for enough to pay for the materials for us to build a place where we won’t have to pay rent anymore! Meanwhile, he’s built a sauna for me (LOVING MY MAN!!!), and a shed to sell or maybe trade for the vehicle to move us to our new place to build 😀

14. DIY: Look up whatever it is you find you need, and build it, make it, cook it, brew it, medicate it, repair it. Whatever it is, chances are, it’s just not that complicated… unless it’s a computer… and you’re like me about computers. Still working on conquering that “giant” in my world. LOL!

15. Writing? I’m writing a book… hoping it sells a billion or two copies, and we can retire, fat-and-happy! LOL!

Love to all of you, who are working to do the single-income thing! It’s been well-worth-it for us: our babies know who we are, and we know them. We’re building our home together, one life lesson at a time.

Standard Disclaimer:

I’m  no doc, and don’t pretend to be one. I am therefore not legally licensed to diagnose, cure, treat, prevent, or otherwise mitigate any disease, and neither is the stuff I generally choose for healing… but then, I’ve not been educated / indoctrinated by boards with big pharma reps on them, either ;-)  so do your own research and find what works for you :-)

So this post was from a few years back… and now we have another kiddo ready to pedal… so Hubby played with the welding torch, some pieces-parts of old bikes, and a grinder. The result: we’ve got a tandem in the works to put on the back of the “Wagon”, with some reinforced hitches. MacGyver got nothin’ on Hubby! LOL! He refinished the “wagon box” yesterday, and it’s lookin’ classy 🙂

Here’s the first part of that story:

“Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer true…”  OK, so he didn’t have this thing when he proposed, but  we didn’t have 5 people to put on it then, either LOL! Hubby traded some work for a bike, and traded that bike for this… in not-quite-so-good-a-shape as it’s in now, and started tinkering… he fixed this and that… added two hitches to the back of it to put the two big kids’ bikes on…

Then he added the two little ones’ car seats, tethered down (yes,the thing goes fast, and deserves car seats)…

…and a “Wagon Box” and Cover…

The babies and I went on a 25 mile ride about a week ago. Today was more laid-back. Here’s Mamma’s Wagon at rest:

My Two Useful Engines:

Pappa Relaxin’

Bikin’ Baby On the Prairie:

Baby Girl tryin’ out the driver’s seat:

It’s kind of our answer to the oil crisis, economic challeges, and our total health picture all wrapped up into one. We sold our family car over a year ago, and I’d been driving a granny-trike with a double baby trailer on behind, and the two big kids have been on their own bikes. I like this much better– THANK YOU, HUBBY!!! It’s great for keeping track of everybody, and this machine was designed to haul! On our longer jaunt, we had a few people lean out the window and take our picture.  We had a beautiful educational opportunity, too. As we were driving under an overpass, a lady leaned her entire upper body out the window of her car, and yelled, “THAT IS SO BI***IN’!!” We got to discuss the intention behind what a person says, and the differences in our vocabulary choices for expressing those positive intentions LOL!

Yesterday, I went for a walk to “decompress” a bit. Walked through “The Big, Grassy Field.” The Big, Grassy Field is a vacant lot ’round the corner from us, where nobody sprays anything, and all the wild herbs grow, each in their season… and where everyone dumps whatever trash is in their hands along the path through it. The kids don’t seem to notice the garbage, though. They’re too busy LOVING the grass and herbs and free space to run and play. Their world is right whenever we take a break, or have a reward and go to The Big, Grassy Field.

At any rate, I was walking said path through said Big, Grassy Field, and I registered being “on the edge”– like I could get angry about the smog and asphalt and fast food smells and society in general and all, or I could focus on something good. I felt YHWH telling me, “Focus on the good, green things.” I found all the plants with their colors and flowers… “Touch the good, green things.” I touched the herbs. Normally, I’m more a “use the herbs” type, rather than a “touch the herbs” type LOL!  Found some to bring home & show the kids– different stages of development of horsetail (which one of my kiddos promptly ID’d when I got home, and from the most difficult sample, first :-D). I felt more “grounded.” I felt YHWH saying, “When you can, touch the good, green things, and make them grow.”  It wasn’t just about plants. I could see the vision of strong, healthy plants, breaking up pavement and tearing down the mess we’ve made… but it’s not just nature. It’s building the “good, green things” in people, where I find them, and “making the good, green things grow, when I can.” …in difficult relationships… and not-so-difficult ones… in whoever I happen to meet and “touch.” My job is to nurture the “good, green spaces.” …in the children, and in their parents, through my book…(s), blog(s) & what-not. “Find the good, green spaces. Touch it. Make it grow.”
May YHWH richly and abundantly bless you and yours, and may He touch the good, green spaces in all of you, and make it grow.

3/4 Cup Powdered Xylitol (I like a clean coffee grinder for this)

15 Drops Lemon-Myrtle Essential Oil

3 teaspoons MSM powder, Powdered more finely

1 Tbsp Calendula-infused olive oil (can be purchased at a health food store or made w/ your own flowers)

40 Drops Rosehip Seed Oil

15 Drops Grapefruit Seed Extract

6 Tbsp Organic Olive Oil

 

Mix it up, and put it in a food-grade squeezie tube.

Kosher for Passover 🙂