To Vaccine or Not to Vaccine

Well, I attended a very interesting talk last night hosted by Dr. Josh Axe.  He is a local nutritionist and wellness doctor.  He has been doing a lot of talking in our community about various aspects of our life in regards to our intake and management of our bodies.  I have listened to him on the radio and now have seen him twice in person.  I want to post some of the information that I learned here to help me remember why I will no longer be vaccinating my children.  Dr. Axe highly recommended that I research this myself and see what I come up with.  I will bookmark some of the links I am reading below based on what he stated.

* a book was recommended by Dr. Mendelsohn R. “How to Raise a Healthy child…in spite of your doctor” – a quote used from this book was “We have traded mumps and measles for cancer & lukemia.”

* comparing immunized children to non-immunized children; those immunized had almost 30% more asthma & 30% more allergies…those non-immunized had 0!!!  This article seemed to have a bunch of things summarized together pointing to this statistic, but I couldn’t find the specific one that he referenced.

*our immune system has a 2 part response system.  A TH1- kills off virus, parasite, and cancer by using our first line of defense- mucus membranes and such.  A TH2- uses white blood cells and inflammation to clean up the mess the TH1 found.  Since we are injecting these diseases directly into our blood stream we are by passing the TH1 response and all we get is our body is messed up and retrained on how to deal with infections only using the TH2 responses.

*a remark was made about Japan having the worst crib deaths until they postponed/stopped immunizations.  I found a longer article here, but this is an excerpt of what I read:

Evidence That The Age Distribution Of SIDS Is Vaccine Related

So, is any of this more than just theory?

Between the years of 1970 and 1974 in Japan, there were 37 infant deaths directly after vaccination. Because of this, a group of doctors decided to boycott vaccines and vaccination was stopped altogether for two months. After that two months, the vaccination starting age was lifted to 2 years old, meaning that no child recieved a vaccine until after their 2nd birthday. Japan jumped from 17th place in child mortality to the lowest child mortality in the world. SIDS had disappeared.

In 1988 the vaccination age was lowered to 3 months old, and the SIDS rate rose again.

Cherry et al (1988), Pediatrics 81:6 Part 11 (June 1988) Supplement pp 936-984, said he found this to be ‘instructive’, suggesting a link between the Japanese vaccination schedule and SIDS.
Interestingly, Noble et al. (1987) who spent some 2 weeks in Japan studying the acellular whooping vaccine there, wrote: “It is difficult to exclude pertussis vaccines as a causal factor even when other etiologies are suggested, particularly when the adverse events occur in close temporal association with vaccination”.

The same thing has happened in other countries when vaccination is stopped or delayed.

For instance, in the UK in 1975 and 1976, there was publicity about the whooping cough vaccine causing brain damage, so the vaccination rate fell to only 30%, and only 10% in some areas. In line with this, the infant mortality rate also fell.
By 1977, the controversy was starting to simmer down so vaccination rates began to climb up. And yes, you’ve guessed right, the infant mortality rate increased.

*Pediatric cancer has risen 1% a year since 1975.  Now taking its place as the leading cause of death in children.  He had a chart from what I thought was the CDC, but I have not been able to find it yet. Many are due to inflammatory cancers and such.

He talked a bit about the swine flu throughout.  Recognizing the need for proper nourishment and proper sanitation to avoid contamination.  He stated that this swine flu (H1N1) is no worse than the regular flu or a cold.  Vaccines in the past have been introduced to the population when the disease was nearly and naturally irradicated.  Take Typhoid and Scarlet Fever, they both were 2 of the biggest population killers, no vaccine was introduced and yet it is unheard of now.  How is that possible?

Having measles and chicken pox will enable our children to have stronger immune systems.  Another thing I thought was interesting was that the chicken pox vaccine was not introduced because children were suffering so, it was because parents were missing 1-2 weeks of work per occurrence and it cost too much.  Several people nodded their heads in agreement, it was the first time I had heard that.

* Heavy metals like to deposit themselves into fat and cholesterol = brain and spinal chord (i.e. dimensia, add, adhd, and autism can fall into these categories)

* What risks are you willing to take?  Getting Hep B or Polio is a 100,000 to 1 chance without a vaccine OR a 1 in 100 chance that your kid will end up autistic with a vaccine?

*Some things that are included in some of the vaccines given: aborted fetal tissue, animal tissue, heavy metals, etc.

*Catholics are making public statements in regards to immunizations because of what the vaccines contain.  Check out this long paper.

What TO DO:

You do not have to have vaccines even for public schools!!  You can fill out a vaccine exemption form for your state.  There are various free sites that will help you find the form for your particular state.  Here is one example.

For having a birth in a hospital facility you will run into alot of red tape as I experienced with declining some of the ‘normal’ things they wanted to do to Lucy.  I have located the following, to opt out of any immunization type procedures for my state.  A quick search on google will help you find yours.

In partner with the form, one thing that Dr. Axe really focused on throughout was God’s plan for how we live our lives.  There is also a religious exemption you can take.  Think about the Old Testament, the Egyptians used goats blood and snake skins to alleviate illness while God’s people were instructed to follow certain food laws, use proper sanitation, and trust and pray to God for health and healing.  God has created our bodies to naturally fight off infection and disease with his help.  If we give our immune system the fuel necessary we can go many days and years with no illness.  The answer is building a strong immune system.

1.  build up your nerve system strength

2.  take in the proper nutrients

3. proper sanitation and reduce toxicity

I’m sure there is alot more that I missed, but that’s what seemed to get my attention.  Hopefully if anything this will cause you to think and be informed about what we are doing to our children and be empowered to ask questions.  I am not going to look down on anyone that decides to vaccinate their children, it is each parent’s choice.  I just want people to be making informed decisions.  It seems like many things our culture here in America is that there is an imbalance of information that is shared.  Our freedom is our choice, lets use it!

A little treat from Katie’s Birthday this past weekend!


A Word

From my reading, I have come across a familiar passage.   It really stood out to me yesterday and has been on my mind quite a bit since.  Since I was really moved by the following passage and wanted to bookmark it here for my own sake and also to encourage those who are called according to His purpose!

2 Peter 1: 3-8

3His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Summer Reading for Children

I am in the process of searching out some fun summer reading programs for the girls.  So far we have begun the following:

We attended the Maury County Library Summer Reading program carnival – the girls recieved tickets for registering and got to play games.  The program consists of completing tasks that are age appropriate and they get to win prizes with the completion of 3, 6, & 9 items on the list.  Today they came home with pretty necklaces, a notebook, a rubber kind of little man, and a couple of purchases from the other kids selling at the Youth yard sale on site.

I have begun with Molly the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading program found here. She is quite excited about getting a free book for reading.

I checked out Half Price Books & Cici’s Pizza are teaming up here.  Unfortunately there are not any participating locations in my area… oh well!  The child either gets a coupon for a buffet visit to Cici’s Pizza or $3 towards a book purchase. is offering a weekly book give away and your child can accumulate points on line for a team they get assigned to and the winners get to pick an organization for Scolastic to donate to.

We plan on attending our local library to participate in their program as well next week.  I am looking forward to that one since they had some nice prizes last year!

I had already signed up for the Book It program for next year.  Even if you are homeschooling, you can register and the materials will be mailed in September.

What about you? Have you found anything worth signing up for?  I am excited this year since Molly has really stepped up her reading this year.  She has really enjoyed her chapter books.  I want to focus on her strengths in that this summer and we shall see how that goes!

Menu Planning Monday

Well, I have not been very good at posting my menu here, I have been planning a good bit.  I have really been shopping hard the sales to get the best deals and then using those meals to build the bulk of my bi-weekly menu.  I have figured out that I do better planning our menus bi-weekly rather than weekly, although I am only sharing a week here at at time.  Any who…here it goes.

Breakfast: (same choices each day) Oatmeal, Eggs & grits, Cereal;  Fruit, toast, & milk are always on the side

Lunch: (Same choices each day) PB & J, Meat & cheese stack ups, Tortilla roll up; Apple/bananna, water, chips/pretzels


Sunday- Breakfast (omelets & toast), apple & banana salad

Monday- Spagehtti & meatballs (Rachel Ray’s from the freezer), cantaloupe

Tuesday- Hot Chicken Salad (freezer) & green beans

Wednesday- Popcorn Shrimp & frozen veggie & pineapple

Thursday- Homemade Pizza night & cantaloupe

Friday- Viola skillet meal (have a conference to attend)

Saturday- Chicken, Rice, & cuban Black beans

Be sure to check out for some other fantastic ideas!


The Skirty & a Spring Line

I really love this site…if you haven’t checked it out, I highly recommend it.  Such beautiful colors and I want skirtys for both of my older girls this year!!  It is called Amoretti. The colors are precious and designs are so classic.  Perfect for my precious girls!  Enjoy!!

Organizing Photos

So the challenge this month at was organizing my pictures.  I have to confess I was not completely successful in finishing what I wanted to do, but am making progress. 

My plan was to upload all the pictures I have stashed digitally to my shutterfly account.  I am at about the 50% mark.  Mainly because I cannot devote the amount of time necessary with 3 little ones around to focus on that particular task.  We have a lot of family in different parts of the country that like to have pictures of my kids and family.  Since I cannot quite afford to send pictures to everyone as often as I would like, this allows them to view and purchase the ones they want.  I do like to use this system to keep my grandparents updated as to what my kids look like.  They really like getting these photos and it gives me another reason to call and check in on them.

 I have also began creating the Shutterfly photobooks.  I really like this idea since I’ve never gotten into scrapbooking, but really love how those look.  Again- I don’t prioritize that high enough.  I can start a project and come back to it.  I save it online for a while and plan on ordering it when I get free shipping on those books.  That could be hefty! I plan on making books annually for our family recap as well as for any of the major kid events, like births or birthdays.  

I also have been using Facebook recently to upload pictures to share with various friends.  Since getting our computer this past month it has been quite a task to get reorganized on the internet world again.  This now allows me to update pictures in the albums I have created in iphoto- love that system!!  I 30+ relatives on this site and knowing alot of them will not order pictures, it is a good way to keep in touch with them.

I have some really old photographs from my grandparents and would like to get those in some protected gear, but for another day!  How have you organized your photos?  Do you have a system that you really like to use?

Best Bread Machine Bread

Someone asked for my recipe and I cannot remember who it was.  I will post here and hopefully she will find it?! This is my ‘go to’ recipe.  We use it for sandwiches and meals.  I ‘borrowed’ the base of it from and took some of the notes and some input from my friend Andrea and viola! I love how this turns out every single time!!


1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

2 tablespoons white sugar

2 1/4 teaspoon bread machine yeast (.25 ounce package)

1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use olive oil)

3 cups bread flour

1 1/2 teaspoon salt



Place the water, sugar, and yeast in the pan of the bread machine.  Let the yeast dissolve and foam for 10 minutes.

Add oil, flour, and salt to the yeast.  ***Select Basic or White Bread setting and press start.

***My personal note- this is where I just put the bread maker on the dough setting instead.  Once completed ( about 1 hr 20min) it punch it down and put it into my stoneware bread pan that has been sprayed with non-stick.  I have another that can cook 4 mini-loaves which I will separate the dough evenly into those quadrants.

I place the selected pan in my oven, covered with a clean towel, with the oven light on, resting on the top rack while a jelly roll pan of hot, hot water is sitting below my bread for 45 – 60 minutes. It rises really high in this controlled environment!  I’ve started letting it rise for the 45 minutes since it was rising too high while I waited for the oven to heat up.  Once your rise is complete, remove your water pan & risen bread and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Once preheated cook for 30 minutes.  I take it out of the oven and spray the top of the bread – while hot – with room temperature water.  This will soften the top of your loaf (if you like it that way)

The time line overall is the same, but a little more labor intensive.  I consider it worth it because I do not like the shape or size of the loaf in the bread machine.  This makes a larger loaf for me and of course we can always use more bread! 🙂