16
Dec

Vaccines and Sids

by Tiffany in Children, Health & Healing

I belong to many online discussion groups and today I came across this link about a correlation between SIDS and vaccines. I found it most interesting since it concurs with my own personal feelings on the issue. We are a non-vaccinating family.

Here are a few of the highlights from the November 2000 Idaho Observer:

In 1985 Dr. Scheibner, a former principle research scientist for the government of Australia, and her husband electrochemical engineer Leif Karlsson invented the CotWatch breathing monitor for babies who are diagnosed “at risk” for SIDS, or “Cot Death” as it is known in Australia. Over the next three years, the couple monitored hundreds of babies and studied the event reports that their CotWatch produced. “By 1988 we knew that vaccines are killing babies,” said Dr. Scheibner.

SIDS occurs among babies who have suffered a physical insult to their vulnerable bodies. Scheibner and Karlsson learned that the most common physical insult suffered by SIDS babies was routine vaccinations. Printouts from their monitor illuminated patterns that indicated critical days after vaccinations.

The full article can be found here.

So why do I feel that this article speaks loudly to some profound truths that often go ignored? Quite simply it is because I have seen first hand the damaging effect of vaccines. My own child experienced three…yes three adverse vaccine reactions before I finally denounced the medical community that wanted me to believe that it was all just coincidence. The third and final reaction resulted in a massive seizure, respiratory arrest, and subsequent brain damage.

Now I encourage ALL parents to thoroughly research this issue. Vaccines protect the masses you might say…but what does that mean to a parent with a vaccine injured child? To me it means nothing. I will instead focus my energies on protecting the children that I brought into this world and for our family that means no vaccines.

Visit one of my favorite sites: ThinkTwice Global Vaccine Institute

No matter what your opinion I encourage you to leave a comment and tell me what you think about this issue :)

Friday, December 16th, 2005

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15
Dec

Brushing Naturally

by Tiffany in Beauty

hair brush

I am still trying to weed out all of the non-natural toiletries we have always used in my family. This week we made the move from conventional toothbrushes and combs to a more natural alternative. So instead of the Oral B toothbrushes we used to use we have wooden handled brushes with natural bristles. These brushes do a marvelous job of making my teeth look and feel sparkly clean. They seem to be much more efficient then my old brushes.

I am also a big fan of combs (not so much of brushes) so I threw out my plastic combs and replaced them with Chinese wooden combs. I have long thick hair but the combs work great AND they eliminate static cling! They are also a work of art….absolutely beautiful.

These are just a few small steps that we have taken to eliminate the plastic in our lives. Now I am thinking I should get some plastic chopsticks so that I can get rid of my plastic alligator clips.

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

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10
Dec

Become a Farmer

Smiling farmer woman standing by cattle outside

Perhaps you imagine that to be a farmer you must have a hundred acres of tillable land, a big red barn, cows grazing in a green field, rows of corn and a big flock of chickens in the barnyard. Yes, this is the most popular image conjured when one thinks of farming but it is only one version of farm life.

Nowadays many people have added a few chickens to their household so they can enjoy farm fresh eggs. Others are growing green bean and strawberries in their backyard gardens. These may not be your conventional farmers but generally they are the same…being concerned with plowing, seeding, weeding, harvesting, feeding and caring for their livestock…just like larger scale farmers. Taking on a farmer’s life…even on a small scale can bring many benefits. Here are a few of those benefits:

1. Growing and eating your own local food means that you are helping conserve energy and natural resources.

2. You are teaching your children self sufficiency.

3. You have the opportunity to grow organic food and organic livestock, which are infinately more healthful and delicious.

Here are few articles of interest for anyone wanting to add a little farming to their lives :)

Why Go Organic

The Advantages for Children Involved in Raising Farm Animals

Saturday, December 10th, 2005

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8
Dec

Compost in Your Kitchen

Have you seen the NatureMill Kitchen Composter that keeps kitchen scraps out of landfills and enriches the soil naturally? This is easily one of the coolest gadgets we’ve come across this year. Push a button and get compost in 2 weeks!

Here is how it works:

Just add organic waste, any time, such as vegetables, coffee grounds, paper, even meat, dairy, and fish (up to 5 lbs. per day). The NatureMill does the rest! Inside the sealed reactor, the air flow and mixing are controlled, making odorless compost effortlessly. Just empty the tray every 2 weeks when the red indicator light comes on. Now you have compost!

NatureMill recycles its weight in waste every 10 days, diverting over two tons of waste from landfills over its life. This reduces emissions of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas produced when organic matter decomposes in oxygen-starved landfills. Compost returns nutrients to the environment, reducing our need for chemical fertilizers. NatureMill uses 10 watts of power – less than a garbage truck would burn in diesel fuel to haul the same waste. It is made from recycled and recyclable materials.

Check out this amazing product here.

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

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6
Dec

A "Green" Christmas Tree

So what are your Christmas tree options this year? Should you get a real tree – grown on a local Christmas tree farm with chemicals and fertilizers or should you get an artificial tree with the dreaded PVC? This is a hard but necessary choice for many because Christmas just isn’t the same without a tree.

Well, the EPA recommends the artificial tree if you plan to use it year after year. BUT have you considered a live potted tree, grown organically, and then re-planting it after use?

Visit this site for more information on living Christmas trees, including information on how to re-plant after use.

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

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