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If I Could Turn Back the Clock and Feed My Family Differently…

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It was the year 2000 and we had just moved from Boise, ID to Spokane, WA for my husband’s job. When I learned I was pregnant with our first and only child at age 31. I didn’t yet have the benefit of the knowledge shared in the real food and Weston A. Price Communities.

 

Most of my life I had eaten a lot of processed foods including lots of sugar and grains. I had also consumed a fair amount of alcohol in my youth, right up to when I found out I was pregnant.

 

 

In the late 90s, I had started to become interested in more natural ways of living, but I wasn’t there yet. Bruce, my husband, and I were eating some organic foods, but many of them were packaged and processed. I definitely wasn’t getting the nutrient-dense super-foods necessary to support my own health nor the growth, development, and birth of a healthy baby.

Trouble in pregnancy

At 30+ weeks, I started having a great deal of abdominal pain and discomfort. This went on for nearly a week. I was admitted to the hospital when the pain became unbearable and tests were done, finding only some gallstones in my gallbladder. After spending 3 days there I returned home, still in pain. Less than a day later, the pain turned into sharp contractions, and we went back to the hospital. On a wintry, frozen morning, Tristan was born naturally.  He was delivered less than 20 minutes after we arrived and whisked off to the NICU.

I remember being given the drug stadol for pain before he was born. I had not completed my birth plan yet, but I knew I’d be in the hospital because back then I didn’t understand the benefits of natural childbirth. The birth was terrifying and fuzzy due to the severe amount of pain I was in and the uncertainty of what was happening.

I can recall the room in the maternity ward and being on a large amount of morphine, because even though the birth had come and gone, I was still in immense pain. Instead of receding, my abdomen was swollen and becoming more distended. Nurses were pushing on my stomach to put my uterus back into place. I blacked out then, and many other times in the days following. My bowel movements were black and I didn’t have much of an appetite. I told my midwife I was afraid I would die, she didn’t even try to dissuade me from my fears. I had been looked after by 2 OB/GYNs, a midwife, the maternity doctors on staff, and 3 gastroenterologists. But no one had any idea what was wrong.

Three days after Tristan was born and more tests which revealed nothing, I was rushed into emergency exploratory surgery.  The discovery was made that I had a ruptured appendix. If I had stayed in that condition much longer, I surely would have died. It was a miracle I hadn’t already. My whole abdominal cavity was full of infection, so I was a very sick girl.

In the days following surgery, I remained in the hospital. I barely remember what happened.  A week and a half later, I was allowed to go home.

The aftermath

Just before leaving the nurse told me that I should be on the lookout for gallbladder problems. She said that many pregnant women develop them and that since they found gallstones in my ultrasound when I first went into the hospital, it was a likely possibility.

That night when I went home, I had my first gallbladder episode. I can say with certainty that it was at least as unpleasant and painful as what I experienced before my appendix ruptured. In the months to come I had many more of these. I started seeing a naturopath and acupuncturist and with just a few visits was able to get off my pain pills. I was told by my doctors to eat a low-fat diet since my gallbladder was malfunctioning. At the time I didn’t understood why, but this advice seemed counter-intuitive to me.  All I knew, was, I was sick and not getting better.

Amazingly, Tristan was very strong and healthy for being born so early. He was placed on oxygen only for the first 5 days of his life. I felt fortunate that nothing more serious appeared to be wrong because so many other babies who were in the NICU were very sick and clinging onto life by a thread.

But there were still rocky days ahead for us. Tristan came home after being in the hospital for 7 weeks. He was fussy and I didn’t have much milk supply because my body was ravaged by the infection I had sustained. I spent hours pumping each day, and usually got nothing more than an ounce for my efforts. I got tired of pumping and resorted to formula. We went through a lot of different types of commercial formula thinking that if we just found the right one, Tristan’s fussiness and colic would abate. But that didn’t happen. He spent most of his days being discontent, sleeping little, and going into long screaming fits at night which usually kept us up past 11 p.m. Exhausted and at the end of our ropes, we continued preparations to move back to Boise, my hometown.

After just two weeks at home, we learned that Tristan had sustained a double-inguinal hernia from the massive amounts of screaming and crying for which he would have to have surgery.  Very early on the morning of February 14th, we took our precious baby back to the hospital to repair his hernia. We were so worried; he was so little and he had already experienced a traumatic premature early birth. We weren’t sure what to expect, and he would have to spend the night the procedure.

The surgery went fine and he came home without incident, but the next number of months were filled with great fussiness and a lot of screaming and crying. If I knew then what I know now, I’d have realized he was starving to death and simply needed some nutrition in his little body. Being so far from home, friends, and family, we had almost no support except from the conventional group of medical doctors and nurses from the hospital. And what they were telling us to do wasn’t working.

Relocation

In April we moved back to Boise and I started doing more online research. In July of 2001 my doctor said I needed to have my gallbladder removed, and I agreed. Not knowing any better, I continued to feed my family a lot of processed fodos. Tristan continued to get formula until he was over a year old and could eat more solid food. I was pretty strict about sugar and I was buying him organic baby foods, but I hadn’t stumbled upon real food nor Weston A. Price yet.

It wasn’t until Tristan was in Kindergarten and we had gone through many unending, intense tantrums and mood issues that I finally discovered our diet could be causing problems.  At the same time, health issues I’d had for years were coming to a head which I could no longer ignore: anxiety and panic symptoms, sleeplessness, nausea, muscle weakness, and extreme exhaustion. Read about my experience using nourishing foods and GAPS to heal my body here.

Bruce and I had many discussions where we wondered if Tristan was autistic, but feared obtaining a diagnosis confirmed by a doctor because we didn’t want our son on the radar with the healthcare system for any reason.  Several casual conversations with various people made me think he wasn’t autistic because he was far too social and talkative, happy and engaging when he wasn’t in the middle of a meltdown.

Our transition to real food

Bruce had for many years experienced issues with dairy and had been avoiding it for sometime, but I had read about the benefits of raw milk and wanted to try it. As far as I knew, there wasn’t any raw milk in our area so in 2007 I ordered our first case of Organic Pastures milk and cream. We tried it and loved it. We ordered a case of dairy every 6-8 weeks for the next year and some months before  laws about shipping dairy foods over state lines in CA changed and we were forced to stop buying it. I also learned about the benefits of fermented cod liver oil, so I ordered that to try it. Because Tristan didn’t like any of the emulsified flavors but was able to swallow capsules without issue at the age of 6, I decided to stick to those.

As time went on, I became more involved in the real food community, at first online and then locally. I wanted to know everything I could about how to nourish my family and heal from the chronic health issues we all experienced. Weston A. Price was a big part of that, and when I started blogging I came across many other people who were doing the same thing.

Discovering Nourishing Our Children

It was during that time that I became acquainted with the Nourishing Our Children site and educational materials. I was so excited to learn from these sources that my choice to follow a nourishing diet with traditional foods was right on track! I loved the easy-to-follow and highly engaging content of the PowerPoint and other media I viewed. I couldn’t believe that every parent in the world didn’t have access to this information!

Over the last 7+ years we’ve followed a journey that included adding the nourishing foods discussed in the work of Dr. Weston A. Price and the Nourishing Our Children site and educational materials. Fermented foods, bone broths, real, traditional fats, and home-made, unprocessed foods are now a part of our everyday diet.

The health improvements we’ve experienced have been nothing short of a miracle. Although we don’t have perfect health all the time, the overall effect of the choices we’ve made is reinforced every day with the lasting improvements we’ve made to eat nourishing foods and also nourish ourselves in other valuable ways such as getting enough rest, sun exposure, barefoot time outside, and reducing the amount of chemicals and toxins in our environment. My son’s once crooked teeth have straightened out tremendously and his moods and emotions are much more even and controlled than ever before.

Going back to the title - If I Could Turn Back Time and Feed My Family Differently … it’s easy to feel regret and remorse for things we’ve done in the past. I spent many years doing this. But I’m done forever because I feel we all have a destiny to fulfill and our paths are woven from the choices we make. If I had not made those choices, I wouldn’t be where I am now, and I wouldn’t trade my life for anything. I am so full of gratitude and love for the blessings God has given me and my family, and from meeting the people I have along the way, it’s hard to stay in that place of regret and ‘what if’ because I know we’re exactly where we are supposed to be.

I have been so inspired by the path forged by Sandrine that I decided in February of this year to join her in spreading the word to the world about how we can truly nourish our children and ourselves.  In addition to my blog, I’m now a primary administrator of the Nourishing Our Children Facebook page, and it gives me great joy to know that I am helping to provide such valuable information to so many in need. Everyday it reinforces the roots from where I came: a diet of processed foods and an uncertain future of chronic health problems for myself and my family.

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Wakefield Upheld: Italian Court Gives Case to Family of MMR-Vaccine Injured Child

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It seems the “fraudulent” findings of Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s work are being proven once again in a court of law to solidify the very real connection between autism and vaccines. An Italian court has ruled that Valentino Bocca’s autism symptoms were in fact linked to the MMR injection he received when he was 15 months old.

The child was vaccinated in March of 2004. After returning home, there were immediate adverse symptoms noticeable by the parents. Over the next year, regression was evident, and the autism diagnosis was given. The child is now 100% disabled by the disease.

Previous court cases which used similar research findings

This isn’t the first time a court has ruled in favor of parents of a child with autistic health symptoms who was given the the MMR vaccine. In September of 2010, the Poling family was awarded 1.5 million for life care in a case where the investigation revealed that prior to July 2000, Hannah Poling was a “normal” child at the age of 18 months, but after receiving vaccines to immunize her against 9 different diseases – measles, mumps, rubella, polio, varicella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and Haemophilus influenzae.

Shortly after, Hannah began exhibiting the following symptoms: screaming fits, developed high fevers, stopped eating, failed to respond when spoken to, and other symptoms of autism. Her parents filed a claim in federal vaccine court, and more than 2 years lapsed before both sides came to a settlement about the compensation amount for Hannah’s injuries.

In August of 2010, the Fletcher family in Britain was compensated £90,000 for their son Robert who experienced severe brain damage after receiving the MMR vaccine as an infant, and 18 years of legal battles.  He is unable to stand or feed himself, and speaks minimally.

Another case in 2009 awarded a family $810K+ when it ruled that acute brain damage was caused by an MMR vaccine given to a child. Here are the court case papers.

“But”, you may ask, “Why haven’t I seen anything about this in the mainstream news media?

Mainstream news outlets have shown their clear and unrelenting support for mainstream medicine, which has flagrantly criticized and derailed brave doctors like Andrew Wakefield and his colleagues. In 2010, a British Journalist named Brian Deer made it his mission to be a major instrument which would bring Dr. Wakefield down, and he was successful.

“But”, you may ask, “Didn’t Dr. Wakefield make money after his reputation was soiled?”

There are always those who will point the finger at Dr. Wakefield and say that he’s made money on his book Callous Disregard, or that he’s becoming a millionaire from all the press he’s gotten (interviews, publications, etc.) because of the “fraudulent studies” he produced. And those people believe that study is somehow harmful to children.

Everyone is entitled to make a living, it’s what’s done with that living that counts.

Here are some important questions: exactly how are Dr. Wakefield’s findings, his interviews, or his book harming children? Because parents wanted answers and weren’t getting to the bottom of why their children were sick? Because he produced findings showing an outcome about something people didn’t want to hear? Because his findings are the same as what’s now being revealed at Wake University Medical School, and also previously replicated in study after study after study?

In his book, Dr. Wakefield talks about how since 1991, the U.S. Vaccine Court and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been settling cases of vaccine-related issues (autism) who exhibit neurological and developmental issues. These cases usually don’t make the news, and you can’t read about them in general media outlets.

In 2008, CBS News reported that these entities had in fact settled these cases out of court, and their public statements continued to be that no connection existed between the incidence of autism and the vaccines they were recommending.

I want to understand how these facts somehow make Dr. Wakefield a bad, incompetent doctor. The real answer is, they don’t.  But it does show how a massive cover up on the behalf of journalists being paid off by special interests of the pharmaceutical companies takes place.

Why doesn’t Brian Deer look into the reasons why so many parents bring their children to the doctor with complaints of many different types of symptoms that match up with autism and related disorders? Why isn’t there a thorough investigation being done about the thousands upon thousands of children who are vaccine-injured?

There is a database containing this information called VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System), and the cases listed are just what’s been reported. Why isn’t there a massive outcry of injustice and fraud to these journalists and these entities, who are clearly covering up important information the public should know?

So even despite reports that these entities were settling cases of vaccine-injured children out-of court, according to the CDC’s vaccine information page:

“Gaps in the scientific knowledge of rare vaccine side effects prompted the CDC to develop the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) project in 1990. This project involves partnerships with eight large managed care organizations (MCOs) to monitor vaccine safety.”

Why do systems like the Vaccine Safety Datalink exist if vaccines are safe?

In 1986, the CDC also established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: 

“Individuals and their families can qualify for compensation in three ways. One is to show that an injury found on the Vaccine Injury Table occurred in the appropriate time interval following immunization. The other two ways to qualify include proving that the vaccine caused the condition or demonstrating that the vaccine worsened or aggravated a pre-existing condition.”

and the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act:

“The topic of vaccine safety became prominent during the mid 1970s with increases in lawsuits filed on behalf of those presumably injured by the diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT) vaccine. [4] Legal decisions were made and damages awarded despite the lack of scientific evidence to support vaccine injury claims.”

If all of these cases were truly lacking in real scientific evidence to support vaccine injury claims, why bother having these systems in place? And why do courts continue to rule in favor of the vaccine-injured children?

Another important question: Why are there no real, third party studies or research showing the efficacy and safety of vaccines? The vested interest studies conducted by the vaccine manufacturers should not be considered sufficient, which is what are currently used in defense of the vaccines pharmaceutical companies manufacture and sell.

An even more important question iswhy are there so many reports of children having tell-tale symptoms after receiving these vaccines? 

Misrepresentation on the other side

Remember, everyone has to make a living…it’s what you do with that living that counts.

What about the income Brian Deer received from efforts to destroy Dr. Wakefield’s livelihood and career while protecting large, corrupt, corporations who never seem to have real answers for the vaccines they produce…and which continue to harm children?

In March of 2012, Brian Deer was found to have misrepresented the facts about findings of Dr. Wakefield’s research. The high court in the U.K. found that Professor John Walker-Smith, a co-author of the same document prepared by Dr. Wakefield detailing findings of the connection between bowel disorder and the MMR vaccine, was found innocent of all charges brought against him alleged by the GMC (General Medical Council in Britain).

Judge Mitting reported that the GMC, “on the basis of sensible instructions, does not invite me to remit it to a fresh Fitness to Practice panel for redetermination. The end result is that the finding of serious professional misconduct and the sanction of erasure are both quashed.”

In a post I wrote in 2010, I discussed why the statements made by Brian Deer were false. I also listed out a series of other valid studies done before Wakefield’s work, showing similar findings.  Fraudulent findings cannot be replicated over and over again. It’s just not possible.

What about this article by J.B. Handley discussing reasons why Brian Deer’s professional character should be called into question – such as the fact that Brian Deer made the statement that he worked for the Sunday times since the 1980s, when the The Sunday Times refutes this in print, claiming that he is not a member of their staff.

Dr. Wakefield’s reputation

It would stand to reason that if Professor John Walker-Smith’s name was cleared, Dr. Wakefield’s would be also, correct? However, if he were exonerated, the results for pharmaceutical companies would be disastrous. Consumers would know once and for all that the MMR vaccine is problematic and that there is a clear connection between bowel disorder and the vaccine, and that autism is not a made-up health issue which does involve pathologies in the gut that are introduced by an outside source such as a vaccine.

These facts are the very things that the pharmaceutical industry, government, and media have collectively spent much time, effort, and money working to cancel out and eliminate as truth to the public.

This document shows new evidence which would condemn the BMJ’s retraction of Dr. Wakefield’s research, showing a study from Professor John Walker-Smith:

“New documents have come to light confirming our report of intestinal disease and autistic regression following MMR vaccine published in the medical journal The Lancet in 1998, The documents prove that there was no fraud. They describe 7 of The Lancet children, and were written by Professor John Walker-Smith in December 1996, 14 months before our team’s paper was published.

Professor John Walker-Smith prepared the documents as a report for a scientific meeting based upon his own assessment of the children’s disorder, supported by the study’s senior pathologist Dr. Dhillon. I was not involved in these assessments (see Level 4, Walker-Smith’s sworn testimony). I am accused of altering the findings to report disease where none existed and deceiving my colleagues in the process.

It has also been revealed that Dr. Godlee, the responsible editor at the British Medical Journal that published the allegations, did not adequately check these facts – facts that were referred to in both my book, Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines – The Truth Behind a Tragedy, published by Skyhorse Publishing in May 2010, and my complaint
about Brian Deer to the UK’s Press Complaints Commission.”

One of the most glaring errors the media, mainstream medical authorities, and other critics of Dr. Wakefield have made is a lack of acknowledgement of many other bodies of research confirming his findings.  Repeatedly, researchers are finding a clear link between inflammation in the digestive tract and autism, as well as the connection between the MMR vaccine with bowel disease.  Autism is caused by bowel disease.  In these cases, the bowel disease is exacerbated to the point by the vaccine that children experience full-blown autism.

The media and mainstream medical community continue to dispel this occurrence, and so its importance is reduced to nothing in the eyes of the world-wide health community. 

From The Daily Mail discussing an ongoing study being conducted by Wake Forest University:

” … a team from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina are examining 275 children with regressive autism and bowel disease – and of the 82 tested so far, 70 prove positive for the measles virus … the team’s leader, Dr Stephen Walker, said: ‘Of the handful of results we have in so far, all are vaccine strain and none are wild measles.

This research proves that in the gastrointestinal tract of a number of children who have been diagnosed with regressive autism, there is evidence of measles virus. What it means is that the study done earlier by Dr Wakefield and published in 1998 is correct.

That study didn’t draw any conclusions about specifically what it means to find measles virus in the gut, but the implication is it may be coming from the MMR vaccine. If that’s the case, and this live virus is residing in the gastrointestinal tract of some children, and then they have GI inflammation and other problems, it may be related to the MMR.”

The second paragraph is very telling: in the gastrointestinal tract of a number of children who have been diagnosed with regressive autism, who are shown to be experiencing GI inflammation and other problems which may be related to the MMR, there is evidence of measles virus being present (vaccine strain).

Although there are many factors which come into play in the development of autism including environmental factors, diet, health of the parents before conception, none of these kids were healthy before they received their vaccines. If they were, autism would not have become a full-blown issue. In my mind, that is clear evidence of the causation between the MMR and autism.

Coincidence? You be the judge.

More information:

Summary of MMR vaccines and damages

Industry studies showing the MMR vaccine doesn’t cause autism

Why Medical Authorities Went to Such Extremes to Silence Dr. Wakefield (interview with Dr. Mercola)

Autism Fraud? Researcher a Victim of Yellow Journalism

Charlie’s Story: From A Mother’s Heart

Why Vaccines are Scientific Fraud 

Vaccine Risk Awareness Network

Dr. Wakefield Interview with Dr. Mercola, Part I of 10

VaxTruth: Meet The Children

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