Should My Newborn Get a Vitamin K Shot?

Going through nursing school, in my OB rotation, there were some things we learned that were routine and done for every newborn. A hepatitis B shot and Vitamin K shot were two of them. Today I wanted to lay out some information on the Vitamin K shot to help you and your partner make an informed decision on whether or not you would like to go through with this for your newborn.

I’m not going to lie, this is a tough one. There is fear as a new parent, where we don’t want to do anything that could put our new, precious, innocent little baby in danger. As with any medical procedure, there are ALWAYS risks, however low they may be, which is why it is important that you have all the facts.

Why is Vitamin K important?

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin needed for blood clotting. One of it’s primary functions is to activate clotting factors in the body. Vitamin K’s other job is to put calcium in the right places (bones and blood) and keep it from being deposited in the wrong places (calcification of the blood vessels, bone spurs and calcification of soft tissues). We do not make our own vitamin K. 90% of our vitamin K (vitamin K1) levels comes from plants such as green leafy vegetables and about 10% (vitamin K2) comes from fermented foods, some animal fats, and bacteria production in the gut.

Why does every newborn routinely get a vitamin k shot?

When babies are born, they are ALL born with low vitamin K levels, and regular “clotting factors”. Even with low vitamin K levels, our bodies can still clot, however, if levels get too low, the infant can be at increased risk for bleeding complications. Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding (VKDB) is very rare, however, it occurs with unknown cause and the signs are not easy to detect until the baby is in trouble. One in 20,000 babies will suffer from Hemorrhagic Disease of the Newborn (HDN), where internal bleeding can cause brain damage or death. In attempts to prevent that 1 baby in 20,000 from suffering from these complications, medical policy began integrating vitamin K shots into the plan of care for every newborn.

In 1944, a definitive Swedish study was published including more than 13,000 infants who were given 0.5 mg of Vitamin K (either oral or injection) on the first day of life. The researcher found that infants who received Vitamin K experienced a 5-fold reduction in the risk of bleeding to death during the first week of life. It was estimated that for every 100,000 full-term infants who were born, Vitamin K would save the lives of 160 infants per year (Lehmann 1944). In 1961, it became recommended for all newborns to get a vitamin K injection after birth.

Why are babies born with low Vitamin k?

That’s a great question, my friend. This is where I have a tough time because this question doesn’t have any clear answers found yet by science. For an excellent alternative view on vitamin K deficiency, please check out this article here. It would seem to be that there is a reason 100% of babies are born with low levels. It should be acknowledged as well that because 100% of babies are born with lower levels of vitamin K than the average adult, no baby is actually deficient, because they are similar across the board. Does that make sense? Studies have shown that fat-soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K) do not transfer as easily across the placenta from mom to baby. Vitamin K is also not transferred in high amounts via breast milk from mom to baby.

There are 3 different types of VKDB:

  1. Early VKDB- Onset within 24 hours after birth and is almost exclusively seen in infants of mothers taking drugs which inhibit vitamin K. These drugs include anticonvulsants (carbamazepine, phenytoin and barbiturates), antituberculosis drugs (isoniazid, rifampicin), some antibiotics (cephalosporins) and vitamin K antagonists (coumarin, warfarin).
  2. Classic VKDB- Onset between 24 hours and 7 days after birth and is associated with delayed or insufficient feeding.
  3. Late VKDB- Onset between 2-12 weeks of age and is exclusively associated with breast fed only babies. In fully breast-fed infants who did not receive vitamin K at birth, the incidence is between 1/15,000 and 1/20,000. Babies with gall bladder, liver, or malabsorption disorders are at particular risk.

Although in the above statistics, Late VKDB is associated only with breastfed infants, studies have also shown the following regarding breastfeeding & VKDB:
• Breast fed babies whose mothers ate leafy green vegetables while pregnant, did not get VKDB
• Breast fed babies whose mothers were supplemented with vitamin K tablets while pregnant did not get VKDB
• There are higher levels of vitamin K in colostrum, the baby’s first milk, so it is really important that he gets to drink colostrum as soon as possible. A study in the British Medical Journal in 1992 showed that babies who had unrestricted access to the breast immediately after birth, and who had breast fed before they were 24 hours old, did not get VKDB.

What is in the Vitamin K injection?

If the injected vitamin K was from a natural source with no potentially hazerdous added ingredients, I wouldn’t have any reservations about this shot. That, however, isn’t the case. The Vitamin K used in the injection is a synthetic Vitamin K form, known as vitamin K3 or PHYTONDIONE. The dosage is also incredibly high at almost 9,000 times the adult level of vitamin k. According to Archives of Disease in Childhood, 1997, a baby given a vitamin K injection receives 300 times more vitamin than is recommended for an adult and has a 9000 times higher blood plasma level. It should be noted that your tiny baby has to process all of that excess vitamin K in addition to all of the additives through it’s liver, which is why there is an increased risk of jaundice with the vit K injection. Different brands of vitamin k shots vary slightly in their ingredients, but for the most part they include the following:

– Phenol (carbolic acid – a poisonous substance derived from coal tar)
– Benzyl alcohol (preservative)
– Propylene glycol (better known as antifreeze and a hydraulic in brake fluid)
– Acetic acid (astringent, antimicrobial agent)
– Hydrochloric acid
– Lecithin
– Castor oil

As you can see, there is more than a decision of whether or not to supplement your newborn with extra vitamin K when it comes to the shot. There are quite a few additional ingredients being injected into your newborn, which always brings question to it’s immediate and long term effects.

Pro’s Vs. Con’s of the Vitamin K Shot

Pro’s:

  • Going off the current studies on vitamin K injections in newborns, your infant’s risk of suffering from VKDB is significantly decreased with the injection. It should be kept in mind that only 1 in 20,000 infants suffer from VKDB, and this isn’t including factors such as medication of the mother, nutrition of the mother, health of the baby, pregnancy complications, etc.

Con’s:

  • A synthetic version of vitamin k is used. Synthetic vitamins should be avoided as they can cause imbalances in the body and have unintended consequences. For example, synthetic vitamin A actually causes the type of birth defects that natural vitamin A prevents!
  • Increased risk of jaundice and liver problems in the newborn
  • The fact is that medical science still does not know that much about the metabolic fate of vitamin K. Little to no unmetabolized vitamin K shows up in urine or bile. This is disturbing given the fact that vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin and therefore has the potential to accumulate in body tissues. More disturbing is that the liver of a newborn does not begin to fully function until 3 or 4 days after birth. As a result, this little being has very limited to no ability to detoxify the large dose of synthetic vitamin K and all other the ingredients in the injection cocktail.
  • Midwifery Digest, Vol 2 #3, September 1992 estimated that the chance of your child developing leukemia from the vitamin K shot is about one in 500! This means that the risk of developing leukemia from the vitamin K shot is much higher than the risk of bleeding on the brain which the vitamin K shot is supposed to prevent!** There have been additional studies that have supposedly disproven this study, however, this study was still done, and I believe should still be in the back of parent’s minds. It wouldn’t be the first time man-made medicine made the human body sicker instead of healthier.
  • Although uncommon, reported infant anaphylactic shock has occured due to the vitamin K injection (source).
  • Pain in the newborn immediately after birth. This may be a bigger deal than you may think. Dr. David B. Chamberlain, psychologist and co-founder of the Association of Pre-and Perinatal Psychology and Health, wrote in his article “Babies Don’t Feel Pain: A Century of Denial in Medicine”:The earlier an infant is subjected to pain, the greater the potential for harm.” A 2004 studyvii found that very early pain or stress experiences have long-lasting adverse consequences for newborns, including changes in the central nervous system and changes in responsiveness of the neuroendocrine and immune systems at maturity.
  • An injection creates an additional opportunity for infection in an environment that contains some of the most dangerous germs, at a time when your baby’s immune system is still immature.

How to naturally decrease your baby’s risk of VKDB without the vitamin K shot-

  • If circumcising your son, WAIT until day 8 after birth, do NOT do it sooner. Day 8 is said to be the only time in a baby’s life when his prothrombin level will naturally exceed 100 percent of normal. As it turns out, Genesis 17:12 of the Bible mandates the circumcision of infant boys on the eighth day after birth—a recommendation pronounced long before we had the science to back it up. Cool, huh?
  • Vernix, the milky white substance covering baby at birth, is also high in vitamin K, so parents may want to consider allowing this substance to be absorbed by their baby rather than washed off, allowing for all the nutrients to absorb into baby’s blood stream.
  • Immediate clamping or cutting of the umbilical cord results in a loss of up to 40% of the baby`s blood volume. Valuable platelets and coagulation factors are also lost. While some studies have shown only a minimal amount of vitamin K in the cord blood, it is always a good idea to let your baby keep all of it’s nutrients from the womb before clamping or cutting the cord.
  • Mom, it’s a GREAT idea for you to consume a plethora of green veggies during pregnancy, especially towards the end to increase your vitamin k levels. You could also find a natural vitamin k supplement if you would like. Since part of our vitamin K levels come from fermented foods and healthy gut bacteria, I would also like to think that a mother who consumes daily probiotic foods will birth a child with higher friendly bacteria counts in their gut, therefore naturally increasing vitamin k levels in baby. That would make sense, wouldn’t it?  🙂 Down that sauerkraut, kombucha, and kefir!

Oral vitamin K supplementation option-

For those of you who aren’t aware, across the world, OB caregivers also give the option of oral vitamin K supplementation. With this option, you can naturally supplement vitamin K levels in the newborn without the pain and extra additives. There is a wonderful supplement by Biotech’s Research Corporation which you can find on amazon here.

Dosing varies slightly depending on practitioners. Ultimately, you should consult with your pediatrician or midwife.

The Cochrane Collaboration has determined the following dosing schedule, which results in very similar rates of protection from HDN:ix

  • 1 milligram liquid vitamin K weekly, OR
  • 0.25 milligram liquid vitamin K daily

Here is a study of oral vitamin K given to infants and the incidence of VKDB…which was zero- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12892158

Ok, my friends, now you should have a well rounded view of the vitamin K in newborns debate. Hopefully you can now make an informed decision on what will be the best route to take for you and your baby. Either way, have grace with yourself, knowing you are making the best informed decision you can for your little one. Be an advocate for your baby.

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The Downside of Newborn Hats

Newborn babies are just so yummy! Their smell, their teeny tiny features, their sound, their innocence….(sigh)…they are so mesmerizing! The classic picture of a newborn baby is of them all cleaned up, swaddled, with the blue and pink striped hospital beanie on. Everything newborn is cute, maybe because it’s so little? I don’t know, but I had to buy my son-to-be some super cute baby beanies because I remembered learning in nursing school how important it was to put a hat on the baby almost as soon as it was born. We were taught that babies lose heat from their head the fastest, so in order to regulate their temperature, they needed to be swaddled and their heads covered immediately and at all times.

It wasn’t until I started looking at other people’s birthing plans that I found there is actually a negative side to putting a hat on a newborn, and a rather significant one! As I continue to learn about pregnancy, labor, and all that happens in the mom and baby’s body through this process, I am blown away! There is such an evident, perfect, and intricate process created for reproduction! Ok…let’s get to the facts of how newborn hats can significantly get in the way of baby and mom’s healing process after birth.

  1. It covers up the “new baby smell” (& it’s a bigger deal than you might have thought!)

Ok, THIS. IS. AMAZING. Most of you know, newborns have this amazingly sweet, fresh scent when they’re born. It turns out smell is one of the first senses that bonds baby to mom and dad. Baby recognizes your scent as soon as they are put on your chest. Mom is also biologically primed to recognize the scent of her baby. As soon as mom gets a good whiff of that delicious baby smell immediately after birth, biologically things start happening in mom’s body.

3rd Stage of Labor- Baby smell is one of the cues that triggers the third stage of labor, which is delivering the placenta. Mom gets a huge rush of oxytocin hormone to the brain triggered by this smell, which causes the uterus to contract and safely expel the placenta and encouraging constriction of blood vessles. Proper placenta delivery and constriction of the blood vessels is critical to ensure mom stops bleeding and starts healing. Every mom and dad is scared of birthing complications. Making sure you snuggle up to your naked baby on your chest is nature’s powerful way of finishing labor and advancing healing.

Bonding- This intoxicating baby smell is one of the most important bonding cues in a baby and mother’s brain due to the hormone production in the brain. This is where your magical relationship ignites on a chemical, biological, emotional, physical, and spiritual level. All, which is triggered by baby smelling mom and mom smelling baby.

Research has demonstrated that the changes to the olfactory bulb and main olfactory system following birth are extremely important and influential for maternal behavior. Mammalian olfactory cues play an important role in the coordination of the mother infant bond, and the following normal development of the offspring. Maternal breast odors are individually distinctive, and provide a basis for recognition of the mother by her offspring”.

Isn’t it amazing this critical piece of bonding could be interrupted by a baby hat?

2. Impaired temperature regulation

It has long been believed that we lose most of our heat from our heads. This myth was debunked in a study which was published in the British Medical Journal in 2008 and by another study in 2006 (Pretorius).

Newborn hats not only are ineffective at temperature regulation, they can actually do more harm than good. Hats on newborns may actually cause an infant’s head to overheat. So, what’s the best way to keep your baby warm? YOU! Research has proven that the best way to keep baby at the perfect temperature is by skin-to-skin contact with mom. But, wait! It get’s even better!

Studies have shown that when a newborn and mother are skin-to-skin, the mother’s body actually changes temperature dependent on what the baby needs! If the baby is too cool, mom’s body will warm up a degree. If the baby is too warm, mom’s body will cool down a degree. In fact, you not only keep your baby’s temperature regulated, you also regulate your baby’s breathing pattern, heart rate, and even blood sugar levels (Ludington-Hoe, 2006). How amazing is that?!

This kind of stuff leaves me in awe. I LOVE learning about the human body and how we were created to sustain life. Our bodies were intelligently designed so intricately, that the smartest scientist in the world can’t even fully comprehend it. I love it! So, now that I have learned about the importance of my baby going hatless, that will definitely be something added onto our birthplan. Of course, when you’re outside or in a very cold environment, feel free to put those cute little baby hats on your little one. Hopefully, what you took away from this information is the vital importance of baby’s first hours in this world and why your bonding time skin-to-skin is so crucial for mom and baby.

For more amazing info please check out the following resources:

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WTH is Vernix and why shouldn’t I wash it off my baby???

We are putting together our birthing plan, and along my research, I started reading all about Vernix Caseosa. It intrigued me so much that I thought I would share the research with all of you.

What is Vernix Caseosa?

Vernix is a very not-cute (in my opinion), white cheese-like substance that covers your baby’s skin in the womb and is present upon delivery. I don’t know about you, but thinking about my baby covered in cheese is not the most ideal situation I could think of, but before you rush your baby to the bath, learn about how AMAZING it is!!!

Purpose & Function of Vernix Caseosa-

I used to think Vernix was left over amniotic fluid or “stuff” from the birth sack or birth canal, but infact, it starts being produced in the 3rd trimester for some very important purposes:

  1. Waterproof coating- Vernix acts as a waterproof coating on the baby’s skin to protect the baby from the watery environment baby’s live in while in utero. According to Cosmetics & Toiletries Sciences Applied, the prenatal functions of vernix include: ”waterproofing, since due to the low surface energy, vernix caseosa is highly unwettable; the facilitation of the skin formation in utero; and protection of the fetus from acute or sub-acute chorioamnionitis (an inflammation of the outer (chorion) and inner (amnion) fetal membranes due to a bacterial infection). During delivery, vernix caseosa acts as a lubricant while postnatally, it exhibits antioxidant, skin cleansing, temperature-regulating and antibacterial properties.”
  2. Lubricant- During delivery, the more lubricant to get that baby out, the better! Can I get an “Amen” ladies?? Vernix acts as a slippery lubricant to help baby slide out as easy as possible considering the circumstances of baby being the size of a watermelon with the exit door being as big as a lemon.
  3. Temperature regulator- Vernix has been shown to help baby maintain a healthy temperature once he is born and prevent too much heat loss. Fascinating.
  4. Antibacterial & Antimicrobial properties- THIS is the part that fascinates me the most! We all know babies have low immune systems when they’re first born into this world, but did you know that they are born with a super (cheesy) shield to protect them from some of the most harmful bacteria?? A study regarding the significance of vernix was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 191 (6), 2090-2096, titled: Antimocrobial Properties of Amniotic Fluid and Vernix Caseosa are Similar to Those Found in Breast Milk. This study revealed that a number of immune substances were present in both amniotic fluid and vernix samples. Tests using antimicrobial growth inhibition essays show these substances are effective at deterring  the growth of common perinatal pathogens— group B. Streptococcus,     K. pneumoniae, L. monocytogenes, C. albicans and E. coli! That’s amazing!

What should I do about Vernix Caseosa?

That is completely and entirely up to you my friend. That being said, The study mentioned above suggests that baby’s first bath should be delayed until at least twenty-four hours after birth. Did you know that  The Department of Health in conjunction with the World Health Association set a protocol for newborns including what they recommended on the vernix topic? In the section regarding thorough immediate drying of the baby (0-3 minutes after birth), it says “Do not wipe off vernix,” and “Do not bathe the newborn.”  The protocol later states that you should wait at least six hours to wash the baby. It’s interesting that these studies and this science with protocols are out there, but so many newborns are rushed off to have a bath right after their delivery. We’re such silly gooses, us humans. Due to our phobia of bacteria and “dirty” things, we usually go way over kill and make things much worse trying to sterilize and overkill. Hello superbugs!

All this being said, our birth plan will indicate that we would like the vernix rubbed in instead of all washed off. Rubbing in the vernix acts as nature’s best moisturizer for baby and will keep him extra healthy in our unhealthy world he arrives in. He has the rest of his life to be super cute, so a few extra hours of goop will be a quality, humbling experience for him I think. 😉 We will have the icky bits of goo and his face wiped off, but that will be it for the first day. Ideally, we’ll be able to give him his first bath at home.

For more information on Vernix Caseosa check out these links-

https://birthbliss.wordpress.com/2010/09/01/benefits-of-vernix-its-amazing-stuff/

http://www.scienceandsensibility.org/tag/benefits-of-vernix/

Why Don’t You Vaccinate?

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First, I want to make sure and be clear that I DID NOT WRITE THIS ARTICLE. I am sharing it on my blog because it is so excellently written. Please read this mom’s original post on – www.dinnerforthought.com/blog/why-dont-you-vaccinate.

It is never my intention to offend anyone, although I know I will. Everyone must choose what is best for their family, and that decision, whether it’s to fully vaccinate, partially vaccinate, or forgo vaccinations all together, should be respected.I share this information to encourage research and critical thinking on this important issue, and most importantly emphasize how unconstitutional it is for the right for parent’s to choose to vaccinate their children or not, to be taken away as it has in SB 277.

I’ve copied her article for your reading pleasure below…

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I was asked recently what my reason for not vaccinating my children was.

I’ve been asked this many times. It’s an understandable question, coming from those who are shocked to learn that people even consider bucking the medical system and their infamous childhood vaccine schedule. To some, I may seem like some sort of modern day renegade; some kind of rogue in a vast wilderness of pharmaceutical influence. I suppose I am different, although I don’t feel that way most of the time. What may set me(and millions of others) apart is how I reached this decision.

There is not one sole reason that I’ve stopped vaccinating my kids; there are many reasons.
I’ve been researching this topic in depth for quite a while now(spurred on by an adverse reaction my second child had to her twelve month round of shots), and I’ve come to the eye opening realization that the rabbit hole is much deeper than most people realize. I have many reasons for not trusting common vaccine science, but there are ten reasons that I feel compelled to specifically address whenever the topic comes up.

                                        “Why don’t you vaccinate?”

10. Vaccine manufacturers are immune from any and all liability.

This means that they cannot be held responsible for vaccines that cause damage to the recipient, or if a fully vaccinated person still gets a disease they thought they were protected from. If your child’s car seat failed, you’d own a lawsuit and get thoroughly compensated. Not so with vaccines.
See, back in 1986, vaccine makers actually threatened to stop making them because of all the lawsuits they were losing. Kids and adults both were getting injured and dying, and pharma was paying for it. So they struck a deal with the government. They would be exempt from product liability. The government then set up “Vaccine Court”, which really isn’t a court at all, and became not only extremely difficult to get into, but also extremely difficult to “win”. Even with strict rules for entry consideration in place, well over three billion dollars has been paid out to numerous families of vaccine disabled/dead children. The following graph breaks down exactly how much has been paid out since 1989. Find more info at:

http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/statisticsreport.pdf 

9. Financial incentives and conflicts of interest turn me off.

In the case of vaccine manufacturers, who make billions annually from vaccines, and the CDC/WHO, who make an astronomical amount themselves for researching and supporting them, it really turns me off. I would think that most people, without much effort or research, could see that there’s a big time conflict of interest that lies beneath the surface of today’s medical system. The government(CDC), with shoddy research, bias, sugar coated statistics, and all out lies, backs the pharmaceutical companies, who in turn reward them for it. Doctors get their running orders from the government, who of course recommends a ridiculous childhood vaccine schedule, despite the lack of disease outbreaks to begin justifying it, and despite a severe drought of legitimate safety and efficacy studies. Doctors are given a pharma-sponsored education on vaccines; in other words a heavily biased one with little to no education on the risks and dangers. Doctors are also heavily pushed and incentivized to administer vaccines on schedule. Many are so cognitively dissonant by the time they have their own practice that it’s nearly impossible to convince them that what they’re participating in is so dangerous. The fourth aspect of this vaccine paradigm we find ourselves in is the media. They are paid boku bucks to advertise vaccines in accordance to pharma regulations and health department/CDC specifications. All you’ve ever seen on vaccines in the media has been paid for by an entity with a clear agenda. Please research this in depth before blatantly labeling me a conspiracy theorist or something equally as silly.
8. The vaccines aren’t as effective as you’re led to believe.

Some, like the pertussis, influenza, mumps, and meningitis vaccines, are easy to observe with the failing rates, by simply looking at a large percentage of vaccinated people that still contract these diseases. Even the CDC hesitantly admits some of them aren’t as effective as advertised.
Others are a little more difficult to observe, because disease outbreaks in the US have become so rare. In the case of polio, measles, diphtheria, and tetanus, we can see clearly that cases were already declining before vaccine introduction, so it’s almost impossible to prove that the vaccines are what saved us from outbreaks.
While I do believe that vaccines can work to a certain degree in generating an antibody response to a targeted disease(for some people), therefor rendering reactive vaccinees “immune”, it isn’t accurate to say that vaccines save us from disease. Vaccines only target one part of the immune system(antibody stimulation), and bypass two other very important aspects of it.

In peer reviewed literature, we see many cases of outbreaks in fully vaccinated communities, and people who were fully vaccinated still contracting a disease when exposed. We also know that not everyone even has an immune reaction to vaccines. It is estimated that around 50% of the population is not immune to many of the “vaccine preventable” illnesses. You can easily access the studies I’m referencing in PubMed. Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD in immunology, has some really great information on this topic if you’re interested in learning more about this aspect.

7. I don’t believe that vaccines eliminated diseases.

At least, not in the manner that we’re force-fed. It becomes quite clear from studying historical graphs of disease morbidity and mortality rates, that most of the diseases we vaccinate for today were already on a steep decline before their respective vaccines were widely introduced. While this may go against everything you’ve ever been taught to think, I’d ask you to look into this further before laughing it off. As it turns out, hygiene/sanitation has played the biggest role in reducing disease than any other factor. Again, I do believe vaccines have helped curb outbreaks in some ways, but I do not give them near the full credit as many people do without even studying the facts.

6. We’ve traded disease epidemics and natural immunity for neurological and auto-immune epidemics and artificial, temporary immunity.

Kids aren’t dying from diseases; now they’re dying from SIDS, cancer, severe seizures, and other unknown causes – at a higher rate than ever before. Many make the argument that correlation doesn’t equal causation. This is sort of a hypocritical argument, since many also give vaccines the credit for disease elimination, without sufficient proof that it was in fact vaccines that played a critical role.
While I acknowledge that vaccines aren’t the sole cause of autism, asthma, auto-immune issues, and gut complications, I’m also not stupid; neither are the hundreds of thousands of other people who watched their normal, healthy child go into a well visit and come out differently. Vaccines do cause a myriad of health issues; you cannot dispute this if you’ve really researched the topic.

5. Herd immunity does not exist.

Well, let me take that back. It does exist, when a certain percentage of the population is naturally immune; meaning a certain percentage has contracted the illness naturally, defeated it, and is now immune for life. The term “herd immunity” was coined in 1933, well before a vast majority of today’s vaccines were invented. It was scientifically observed that if over 68% of a community population was naturally immune to the measles, the outbreaks ceased and the remainder of the population was protected. Back in these days, disease immunity still worked like it had since the beginning of time. Herd immunity as we know it now(that a very high percentage of populace must be vaccinated, to protect those who can’t receive vaccines) doesn’t exist, because we already know that the majority of the population does not have the desired immune response to vaccines. Even if they do, the immunity is only temporary, and wanes at various paces depending on the individual. It is now widely believed, and admitted by the CDC, that at best, one can only retain vaccine immunity for up to ten years.
When mass vaccination campaigns first began, it was widely touted that one shot would grant you immunity for life. That has long ago been thoroughly dis-proven, which is why there’s now a sudden rush to get adults up to date on their boosters. Of course, what good are boosters if half of those adults never responded to their first round? The real question is, why are we not continuing to see disease outbreaks despite a population that is largely “unprotected”?

4. The ingredients in vaccines scare the crap out of me.

Not just because they sound scary(Mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, MSG, antifreeze, the foreign DNA mentioned earlier, and the viruses/bacteria themselves), but in researching them, you find that many of the common, necessary ingredients are labeled as toxic, carcinogenic, mutagenic, or unavoidably dangerous in other venues. It also astounds me how many people don’t understand the difference between injection and ingestion. We are injecting these ingredients(at a much higher rate than ever before) into our babies, and not only bypassing their natural digestive systems, but assaulting their undeveloped kidneys, which of course is basically the body’s toxin filter. While a common argument is that these ingredients are only given in “trace” amounts, the truth is drastically different. For example, mercury(which is still used as a preservative for your annual multi-dose flu shot) in trace amounts had been scientifically demonstrated to destroy brain cells. Aluminum is one of the most common metals on earth, but we know it can be quite harmful if ingested in large quantities. Now consider that the hep B vaccine, administered on the first day of life, contains the FDA’s daily limit for a healthy adult(250mcg). Most other vaccines using aluminum as an adjuvant contain even more than that, including the DTaP, which is given at 2, 4, and 6 months. Many peer reviewed studies conclude that aluminum can potentially interfere with brain neurons. What are we doing to our infants?
Formaldehyde is used not only for embalming dead bodies, but also to kill the viruses or bacteria in inactivated vaccines. It has been labeled a carcinogen in other areas, yet we’re injecting it into our bodies. Sure, a pear might contain the same amount of formaldehyde as a single vaccine, but when’s the last time you injected a pear, or even fed one to your 2 month old? The bottom line is, it hasn’t been tested for safety in infants. Go ahead, check. Even the package inserts themselves state explicitly that vaccines have not been tested for carcinogenic or mutagenic effects. Have you noticed the epidemic of childhood cancer that is happening today? No, they don’t know what’s causing it.

3. Many vaccines contain foreign animal DNA.

There is no way around the fact that every vaccine contains some type of foreign DNA. Tissue from several animals is needed to cultivate viruses and bacteria. There are no safety studies on injecting foreign DNA and what it does to the body.

I’ve decided that I don’t like the thought of my children getting injected with pig, cow, monkey, mouse, rabbit, and dog DNA; I don’t care if it’s widely deemed “safe”.

With no studies on the effects, and my own common sense, this should be enough. No thanks.

2. Many vaccines are designed using aborted fetal tissue as a growth medium.

While there is no fetal tissue in vaccines(a common misconception), there are unavoidable traces of fetal cells/foreign human DNA in many of them. There are no safety studies that prove this isn’t dangerous or doesn’t cause adverse effects. There are studies, however, that do find a strong correlative link to the case spikes in autism and the introduction of vaccines containing human fetal cells.
I also have a big problem with abortion, and cannot support a medical practice that benefits from it. No matter your views on abortion, you have to admit that there’s a flaw with this practice. We know nothing about the effects of foreign DNA in the bloodstream.
1. It’s MY choice.

It’s not up to the government, the pharmaceutical giants, the health department, my doctor, or you to decide for me how to raise my kids. I’m not neglecting or abusing my kids by not having them vaccinated, despite a new push to paint this image into the minds of the public.
No, I stopped vaccinating my kids because I love them so much that I realized I really needed to be researching such an important topic; one that has destroyed the lives of many families.
I’ve already told you nine other reasons why I chose to stop vaccinating my children. I could have just said it’s none of your business, and gone about my day. I could have laughed and called you a mindless drone who only believes what their TV screen tells them. I could have called you close-minded when you rolled your eyes at various points throughout this list.
But I didn’t, and here’s why:
You need to know why I don’t vaccinate.
You need to know why more and more parents are deciding not to vaccinate.
You need to know that my unvaccinated child is much healthier and farther ahead of her vaccinated siblings.
You need to hear the hundreds of thousands of parents out there that have experienced their child having an adverse, sometimes life-long reaction to vaccines.
You need to hear that many parents have lost their dearly beloved children to “unknown” causes, days or even hours after routine vaccinations.
You need to know the risks. You need to know the dangers.
You need informed consent, because the truth is, you’re not getting it from your pediatrician like you should be.
Someone has to tell you this before universal vaccines are mandated, and it’s not your choice anymore.

Wake up. Read up. Make an informed choice.  http://www.immunize.org/packageinserts/ 

If you want to learn more about this topic, visit my Facebook group, The Vaccine Gamble. There you can easily access studies, stats, stories, and much more.

#hearthiswell
#CDCwhistleblower
#onevoiceatatime
#informedconsent
#we’renotgoingaway

Eating for Two

Eating for two

When the world around me first found out I was pregnant, I was bombarded with opinions, excitement, and FOOD! I realized more than ever before how much women use the term, “Eating for Two”, to overindulge in pretty much anything they want. I had many people, especially lady friends, try and push this belief on me and shove brownies, soda, cookies, and various other junk food down my throat.

My feelings about the term, “Eating for Two”, is quite the opposite. Maybe it’s because of my medical education or maybe it’s because of being saturated in the nutrition and natural health world…either way, when I put something in my body while being pregnant, I feel I have a much deeper responsibility. My baby is being built on the building blocks I choose to fuel my body with.

Think of it this way…if you had a choice to have a baby built on sugar, additives, artificial ingredients, processed, and junk food-OR- a baby built on organic whole nutrient dense foods, clean protein, and nutrition packed with vitamins and minerals, what would you choose? Anyone would could see that the second baby would be much healthier and have a much stronger start than the first.

To me, parenthood is both an amazing blessing and huge responsibility that starts before conception. To give our babies the best start at life, we have the opportunity to get our bodies strong and clean first. We have the resources to pack our bodies full of nutrients that create a strong foundation for our little ones. Why not dive into that amazing opportunity head first and give your baby the best chance they have at living a healthy, vibrant life?

Here are some of my favorite pregnancy foods….

PROTEIN

  • Grass-fed beef
  • Organic chicken
  • Organic local eggs
  • Raw nuts & seeds (almonds, walnuts, chia, flax)
  • Lentils & beans
  • Organic cheese (in small amounts)
  • Raw, organic, local goats milk (I’ll write more about this in the near future)
  • Almond/peanut butters
  • Nitrate-free jerky
  • Quinoa
  • Hummous
  • Grass-fed yogurt

CARBS

  • Brown rice, quinoa, millet
  • Organic popcorn
  • Sprouted or gluten-free bread
  • Quinoa pasta
  • Organic red potatoes & sweet potatoes
  • Gluten-free chips & crackers

* With fruits & veggies, I try to get as many colors in that I can palate. I’m not going to lie…especially in the beginning, I could not stomach a salad, but loved fruit! I did whatever I could to get my colors in. I’ll go into detail in future articles on my favorite supplements and superfoods during pregnancy and why. 🙂

I hope this was helpful and inspired you to truly eat for two with your body and baby in mind. PLUS! It makes pregnancy itself and recovery, SO much easier!!

32 Weeks- Bed Rest…Sucks.

IMG_1337Hi!! Well, my baby blogging is beginning with a diagnosis of strict bed rest. I am a doer…not a sitter, so as weird as it may sound, being forced to lay in bed and do nothing all day is a major challenge! It’s funny how when my alarm clock went off at 0400 every morning 5 days a week, I would have given anything to stay in bed and relax all day. Now that I’m being FORCED to lay in bed…all I want to do is get up and DO things! But, it’s what’s best for baby, so I’m sticking to it, and using this blog as some therapy! 🙂

Not to mention, this bed rest silliness is somewhat of a shocker! We have had a very low risk pregnancy. I am a health nut and have been taking great care of myself, exercising, eating right, staying hydrated, taking my supplements, and gaining the appropriate amount of weight for mom and baby. I work(ed) full time, and loved post-work home time with my hubby. Everything was going great and I was feeling great…right up until the 3rd trimester mark. At about 28 weeks was when I started feeling the pelvic pressure, slight cramping, increased gum bleeding, constant back pain, and other things that I never experienced in the past.

My husband and I have decided to have a natural birth with our midwife at a natural birthing center near our home. So, at our check up appointment with our midwife she decided it would be a good idea to check my cervix and make sure there weren’t any cervical changes. It turns out at 30 weeks, I was already 1.5 cm dilated and 50% effaced. No bueno. That day I was taken off of work and put on modified bed rest.

Fast forward 2 weeks and we found ourselves in the hospital hooked up to the baby monitors. I had been feeling some cramping and that morning didn’t feel our little one moving as much, so we called our midwife, and with my previous exam and increased risk for preterm labor, she had us go in to the hospital to make sure everything was ok.

6 hours, 3 cervix checks, and 4 tests later we were able to go home, but on strict bed rest instead of modified. Thankfully there wasn’t much change in dilation or effacement, but they did pick up contractions on the monitor, contractions I didn’t feel. With my lack of enthusiasm for hospitals, I still feel like those contractions were hospital induced! Ha!

So….here I am, being good about strict bed rest so I don’t have to be on some horrible medications to stop contractions. And now I get to write all about babies, pregnancy, and my journey on my new blog!

Ready. Set. Go! Well, you can go, I’ll be here…on the couch. Haha…