Hand-Out For Mask Shamers

In recent months, my children and I have been verbally assaulted multiple times for walking outside without masks. In one instance, a woman with two children whose faces were obscured by large black masks came lumbering toward us, screaming “People are DYING! You’re MURDERERS!” All this, because I was pushing my toddler on a swing at a public park, about twenty feet away from her, and neither my toddler nor I were wearing a mask. The person is usually so irate, so angry, so terrifying that I can’t so much as get in a word. What to do?

Perhaps you too enjoy breathing fresh air and you’ve had these well-meaning people attack you for spending time outside and supporting your immune system. I’ve prepared a one-page hand-out to gently and lovingly pass along. I believe it’s time to start cautiously engaging with these people and helping to heal their trauma, before they continue to break our country and vote away our American freedoms. Below is the hand-out I’ve prepared for these situations. Fold it up and tuck it into children’s playgrounds, stash it in children’s libraries, tape it up in bathroom stalls. Just copy the words below, paste into a Word document, and print:

To The Well-Meaning Mask-Wearer Who Is Afraid:

I stand with science. I support my immune system – and yours – by:

  • Regularly exercising outdoors
  • Breathing clean, fresh air every day – not the dust and particles of a face covering
  • Eating fresh fruits or fresh vegetables with every meal
  • Limiting my consumption of processed food and abstaining from alcohol
  • Avoiding processed sugars including corn syrup, cane sugar, etc.
  • Using no pesticides or herbicides in my house and yard
  • Prayer, gratitude and meditation

Science and critical thinking tell us that masks and other face coverings:

  • Lower oxygen flow to the lungs and brain (which lowers your body’s immune response to viruses)
  • Increase carbon dioxide inhalation (symptoms include difficulty concentrating, feeling faint or light-headed, headache vision problems, vertigo, tinnitus, and more)
  • Increase the incidence of sinus infections, lung infections, and staph infections
  • Inhibit communication and present safety issues, especially for those on the spectrum, the hearing impaired, and children
  • Delay or permanently derail crucial learning milestones in young children, including language, pronunciation, reading skills, and especially socialization
  • Impact infants’ social and emotional development and caregivers’ abilities to comfort them
  • Obscure identification, leading to increased crime

Your fear and anxiety is not your fault. You have been lied to by the government you thought you could trust, misinformed by the media, your doctor’s medical education has been funded by the pharmaceutical companies who profit off keeping you sick, and you have been isolated from the sight of human smiles for an inhumane length of time.

I urge you to stop consuming media articles that stoke your fear and instead read a broad range of scientific studies on the subjects you care about most. Instead of allowing the media to cherry-pick scientific studies for you, please consider using a search engine like duckduckgo and doing your own research.

May you reconsider your response toward children, the most precious and vulnerable among us whom the government have bullied into submission and renamed “super spreaders.”

I wish you the very best. May your fears be soothed and your eyes opened.

Are Americans dying from COVID-19… or from stress?

A Scientific American article is circulating in response to the widespread criticism surrounding the CDC’s claims of COVID-19 deaths. The article aims to convince Americans that COVID-19 death counts have not been inflated but acknowledges that case counts of COVID-19 “are a kind of quick and dirty accounting, says Shawna Webster, executive director of the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems… no one has time to double-check the information or look for missing lab tests.”

In response to the assertion that 94% of people who reportedly die from COVID-19 have at least one underlying medical condition, the article goes on to admit that, yes, in just “6 percent of the coronavirus mortality cases… COVID-19 was the only condition listed on the death certificate,” but theorizes that these may have been incomplete records because death certificates themselves are complicated and reporting is not always uniform.

The real crux of the article, and perhaps the most convincing statistic of all, is that despite the muddy details, there is a way to spin the numbers so that overall deaths in America appear to have increased and that some 200,000+ additional Americans have died this year when compared with prior years. The article itself qualifies this estimate: “The numbers in Woolf’s study come from provisional death data, the kind that [has not been fact-checked] for miscoding or other issues, so it comes with some degree of imprecision.”

In fact, a Johns Hopkins researcher has spoken out against this estimate and published a study finding that despite an increase in COVID cases, “the percentages of deaths among all age groups remain relatively the same.” Pulling from the CDC’s own data, the Johns Hopkins researcher explained, “The reason we have a higher number of reported COVID-19 deaths among older individuals than younger individuals is simply because every day in the U.S. older individuals die in higher numbers than younger individuals. As the analysis gained traction and the numbers refuting an increase in deaths circulated more widely, Johns Hopkins yanked the study – and then Google yanked evidence of the study having ever existed at all. (At the time of this post, a Google search no longer returns any evidence whatsoever of the Johns Hopkins study having ever existed or retracted, but you can still access archived pages of proof of the study, data, and full analysis using an alternative search engine like duckduckgo.com).

Even so, what if there really are additional deaths this year? It seems worth exploring. Mysteriously, the Scientific American article mentions that more than a third of these additional deaths could not actually be traced or related to COVID-19 in any way, but nonetheless they are additional deaths. That’s food for thought.

Why the uptick in deaths during 2020? Could it be that COVID-19 is really the greatest danger to humanity of our modern times?

Imagine for a moment that the American people were under greater stress than usual beginning sometime in March of 2020. Did you know that stress itself significantly increases a person’s rate of death?

That applies to even minor stress, which increases one’s chances of dying from anything – cancer, heart disease, accidents, injuries. Even the common cold is more likely to kill you if you’re stressed and anxious. Study after study finds that “the greater the level of psychological distress, the more likely a person was to die...” According to a study published in the peer-reviewed British Medical Journal, “even people displaying minor symptoms of psychological distress were found to have a 20 percent increased risk of dying…”

On the other end of the spectrum, what about “those with the highest levels of psychological distress”? Their chances of dying jumped 41 percent. Still other studies have found the increase in death rate resulting from stress to be as high as 60 percent.

It’s no stretch to imagine that the American people have been mildly stressed since March of 2020 whether due to genuine fear of COVID, concerns about the economy, real job loss, lack of access to child care, relational stress, sudden shifts in lifestyle, and more.

Based on the stress alone that American people have experienced since March, we should expect to see an increase in American deaths this year of at least twenty percent across the population. That’s assuming that Americans are only experiencing very “minor” stress from COVID.

If Americans are “mildly” stressed about COVID, we would expect the increase in deaths to be far greater than 200,000.

So if that 200,000 is easily explained away by an increase in stress, where are all the COVID-19 deaths we’ve been told to fear?

. . .

The actionable message here is this: Don’t stress. But how?

A 2012 NPR article “Best To Not Sweat The Small Stuff, Because It Could Kill You” reported on a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Experimental Gerontology finding that “the most stressed-out people have the highest risk of premature death.” Helpfully, the article goes on to provide ways to combat this effect:

  1. Exercise for 30 minutes per day. “When it comes to fighting stress,” Waldinger says, that’s enough. “More than 30 minutes a day is not necessary — you don’t get any boost. So if you think just in terms of stress relief and antidepressant effect, 30 minutes is enough. Note: This may be difficult if your fitness studio has been closed or if you’re confined to a small room in a nursing home or a studio apartment in a major city. Don’t let that stop you. Get outside, go for a walk; exercise in your room if you must.
  2. Meditate or pray. Note: This may be difficult if your yoga studios, temples, synagogues and churches have been shut down. But take time to meditate by yourself or pray with your family.
  3. Breathe deeply. “Breathing may be the simplest and most immediate fix,” says Carolyn Aldwin who directs the Center for Healthy Aging Research at Oregon State University and led the study. Most importantly, she says, avoid breathing “rapidly and shallowly.” Note: Deep breathing of fresh air is not possible if you’re wearing a mask. For your health, seek out ways to breath fresh air and breathe it deeply.
  4. Finally, drink less alcohol, which disturbs sleep and acts as a depressant. Note: Bars are the one business most states have allowed to remain open and despite the negative health effects, alcohol sales have skyrocketed. In fact, “Nielsen reported a 54% increase in national sales of alcohol for the week ending March 21, 2020, compared with 1 year before; online sales increased 262% from 2019.” That’s an article for another day – because even light drinking increases your chance of premature death by twenty percent – but don’t fall into the trap and let government policies determine how you relieve stress, or whether you die from it.

Now that you’re armed with the facts, that 200,000 number probably sounds low. Given the job losses, closures of schools, food shortages, and rampant anxiety and depression of 2020, we would expect to see a much greater death toll due to stress alone than a mere 200 thousand additional deaths out of a population 328+ million. There’s at least one solution to protect your health: Fear not. COVID-19 deaths can be chalked up to a sort of reverse placebo effect. Perhaps the only thing to fear really is fear itself.

Wellness & Equality hopes that this article relieved some of your COVID-19 stress and anxiety.

Conspiracy Theorists: What Do They Really Believe?

You’ve heard about conspiracy theorists but have you spoken with one? What do they really believe? WE interviewed a conspiracy theorist to learn about the “agendas” they say are being quietly pushed by the Deep State, an alleged web of powerful government officials hidden within the elected government.


DE-POPULATION. Conspiracy theorists allege that there is a widespread agenda to lower the global birth rate and decrease fertility. The methods are many: polluting the air, contaminating our water and food supplies, increasing hormonal imbalances through chemicals and stress, a public education model that discourages procreation, convincing doctors to prescribe birth control that damages long-term reproduction potential, inject healthy people with poisonous vaccines, and more. At the top of the vaccine scandal, you’ll find none other than Bill Gates, whose wife Melinda writes compellingly about the need to bring vaccines to Africa, whose countries just happen to have the highest population growth in the world. Coincidence?

ONE WORLD POLITICAL ORDER. Conspiracy theorists allege that power-hungry individuals are working to persuade all countries to answer to one singular leader or organization. All the better to control you, my pretties.

ONE WORLD RELIGION. According to our source, this is an especially complicated but important agenda with many sub-goals including to REDEFINE CHRISTIANITY and DISCREDIT OR REWRITE THE BIBLE. Theorists predict the new world religion will seem less controversial and be easier to agree with than any prior religions but its goal will be simple: Remove the fear of God, increase the fear of one another. According to the conspiracy theorist we spoke with, this agenda is well underway with key components of biblical history already hidden and rewritten.

UNIVERSAL ID AND UNIVERSAL TRACKING FOR ALL HUMANS. How can the Deep State control you if they can’t track you? Conspiracy theorists predict that you will be mis-educated until you ultimately agree to submit to a tracking device and universal identification permanently affixed to your body – all of which will be positioned as a benefit for you. In a world currently impacted by COVID-19, it doesn’t seem so far-fetched for the government to insist that we need universal identification and tracking of every human – all in the name of safety.

REWRITE HISTORY. We can’t learn from our mistakes if we aren’t aware of them. For the Deep State, physical copies of books present a problem, but moving everything online makes editing history easier. According to theorists, the Deep State doesn’t want you to buy hard copies of books, newspapers, magazines, music or films. Hard copies present problems: They cannot be edited after publication, their consumption cannot be tracked, and they cannot be easily removed from your possession. Deleting web pages and editing a Kindle page is easier than burning books.

DISCONNECT PEOPLE FROM NATURE. Replace food with medicine until even our food supply is entirely manufactured and controlled by corporations, according to conspiracy theorists. Without an understanding of Mother Nature and how to live off the earth, humans will have no choice but to run straight into the arms of the Deep State.

SEXUALIZE CHILDREN and NORMALIZE PEDOPHILIA and CULTIVATE ANDROGENY. According to conspiracy theorists, pedophiles have already infiltrated the highest ranks of our churches, government, and educational organizations to quietly change public policies and alter public education. Mainstream sources confirm that elementary schools in California have begun teaching the anatomy of anal sex as part of a more inclusive sex education and you may have seen the Common Core controversy about allowing elementary school children to choose their own gender. You be the judge: Is this progress or Deep State propaganda?

DESTABILIZE THE FAMILY UNIT. Blur the definition of a father, a mother, a child, a sibling. Does a child even need a father? In the future, will a child even have a mother? Destabilizing the family unit will destabilize the identity of the individual and decrease support. With weak roots, all the better for the Deep State to step in and control the education and rearing of a new generation of minds. Mothers present a problem so the Deep State intends to separate them from their children, creating rifts in attachment, as soon as possible after birth.

MERGE MAN AND MACHINE. Bigger, better, smarter, faster. The Deep State will seduce you with its song of progress: Why be human when you can be a better human? In future generations the line between natural human and man-made machine will be blurred beyond recognition.

According to the conspiracy theorist we spoke with, this is just the tip of the iceberg. To learn more, choose a web search tool that isn’t run by the Deep State (Tip: Google won’t turn up search results so try duckduckgo instead) and start researching. Alternatively, read the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Or seek out someone who is bare-faced in a sea of masks.

Just be forewarned: Once you know, you can’t un-know.

Happy theorizing!

Oregonians Committing Suicide and Dying of COVID-19 At Similar Rates

COVID-19 Fact Check: Which is killing more Oregonians – social isolation or COVID-19?

Year to date, midway through November of 2020, Oregon has reported 779 deaths from COVID-19 in a state of 4.3 million. In 2019, 908 Oregonians committed suicide. If you live in Oregon, you’re about as likely to commit suicide as die of COVID-19. Oregon has the 5th lowest rate of COVID-19 of all fifty states (trailing only Vermont, Maine, Alaska and Hawaii). Yet Oregon Governor Kate Brown refuses to open public schools and continues to impose stricter regulations in the state. When the number one risk factor for depression, anxiety and suicide is isolation – and the numbers show that suicide and COVID-19 are statistically equal concerns in the state of Oregon – why is Governor Kate Brown increasing isolation, banning social interaction and closing places of worship?

5 Fast Facts About Oregon Governor Kate Brown

  • MONEY: Much of her fundraising comes from out of state and pharmaceutical drug companies are one of her biggest supporters. Under her leadership, Oregon has one of the highest rates of prescription opioid misuse in the nation. Her other behemoth supporter is unions. In 2020, the Oregon Teacher’s Union donated a half a million dollars to her, asking her to keep Oregon public schools closed to all children for the 2020-2021. Kate Brown accepted their donation and promptly shut down schools.
  • FAMILY: She capitalized on Portland’s LGBT-friendliness by marketing herself as openly bisexual on the campaign trail. She is currently married to a man.  She has no biological children but has strong views on motherhood: She has fought repeatedly and aggressively to transfer the rights of mothers to the state, particularly when making medical decisions for their children.
  • ACTION: She’s a shutdown junkie. On a day when the state of Oregon had a grand total of two new COVID-19 deaths in a state with a population of more than 4.28 million – yes, 2 – Kate Brown announced newer, stricter shutdowns. While Oregon public schools had already been closed for 8 straight months, her additional shutdown closed gyms, fitness facilities and health food restaurants. “We know that social interactions create transmission,” she explained, forcing tens of millions of Oregonians into deeper social isolation despite the fact that the state as a whole had reported less than 800 deaths from COVID-19 in a state of 4.28 million.
  • POLITICAL SKILLS: While the populace wonders why Republicans and Democrats can’t seem to get along, Kate Brown has this to say about collaborating with colleagues on the other side of the aisle: “Revenge is a dish best served cold and slowly,” she told Politico. After a battle of wills with political opponents in 2018, she promised to “haunt them over the next decade.” There’s an excellent book about negotiation called Getting To Yes. Spoiler alert: Kate Brown hasn’t read it.
  • RELIGION: Last but not least, you may have heard the rumors. It sounds outlandish. Could Oregon governor Kate Brown really worship Satan? Theorists have noticed that she chose to announce both her spring 2020 COVID-19 shutdown and her fall 2020 COVID-19 shutdown on Friday the 13th, first in March and then in November. She also favors Halloween. Pressed as to whether she was willing to identify her spiritual views — Christian, Satanist, atheist, agnostic? — she has said only that she is not agnostic. Asked to clarify her religious philosophies, Brown had this to say: “I believe that each one of us has a spirit living within us…” What spirit do you think lives in Kate Brown?


Not Self-Driving Cars: Let’s Call Them What They Are

For the self-driven car industry to flourish, human-driven cars will have to be illegal. Are you ready to part with your right to drive? 

Driving home from a store tonight, I typed my home address into my phone, but my phone re-routed me to an adult care home several hours away. I had never heard of this “home,” never looked it up, and have no connection to it whatsoever, but every time I plugged in my home address my phone replaced it with this adult care home and began GPS to that location, 3 hours away. As I began the 15 minute drive to my house from memory, my phone continued overriding my attempts to go to my own home and instead fed me incorrect directions to a far away location. My phone and I continued fighting (me trying to manually plug in the address, the phone ignoring or over-riding what I was doing and re-routing me to this random location) until my phone finally died. I didn’t have a car charger with me so tried to create the route from memory, but quickly realized that I did not know the roads near the store very well and that I was at risk of getting lost. Within a few minutes, I realized my best course of action was to drive straight back to the store and ask for help. It was late at night and the store was mostly empty. I passed rows of automated check-out lines and found a living, breathing human at the Customer Service Center, whom I asked if I could please borrow a phone or look up directions. The woman let me use her computer to look up directions. I typed in my address… but the Google directions were, once again, wrong. They were missing streets that I knew I needed to take. I showed her how on the map how there were all sorts of additional streets that the directions were not including and that the directions made no real sense. She was perplexed. She printed out the map for me, gave me a hard copy of the map, and that’s how I finally got home.

If you’ve ever had a problem with GPS or your cell phone, I encourage you to take some time to think about your views on self-driving cars. It’s one thing to override/ignore a phone, but an entirely different thing to override/ignore a massive powerful automated 2,000 or 10,000 pound car which humans do not have physical power over. When self driven cars are officially rolled out to the public, manufacturers will promise they are equipped with an override/off button. But I’ve noticed that at times, my cell phone refuses to turn off. I try and try to turn off, it insists on staying on, and eventually I just give up, plug it in, and let it remain on. Have you ever woken up in the morning with the screen of your TV on after turning it off the night before? From time to time, our ROKU remote turns the TV on the middle of the night. Technology is not what it used to be; the new levels of complexity make it more dangerous. Our lives should not depend on it.

Self driving cars will never be as safe as a conscientious driver in the real world on real roads. The argument for the safety of self driving cars over the human brain cannot be won, only fabricated. Allowing manufacturers of self driving cars to test their products with computerized programs will offer a significant advantage to the self driving cars and a steep disadvantage to the human drivers. We have another situation of the fox guarding the chicken coop – does it really seem logical to allow the manufacturers of self-driven cars to tell us how safe they are? Self driven cars must be tested in the real world, on real courses, in unpredictable circumstances that the manufacturers did not create and are not privy to prior to tests. Manufacturers will make an argument that human drivers are not always conscientious and alert, that they are distracted by cell phones, etc. and perhaps slowly we will come to believe that self-driving cars need only be safer than a distracted driver. In a way, cell phones have paved the way for self driving cars. Cell phones have increased our comfort relying on GPS and they are an easy way for the self driving car auto industry and eventually the government to claim we are all too distracted/unfit to drive. With cell phone carriers and manufacturers and apps all tracking the activity of cell phone users, you can be sure that when they are ready to push self driving cars, there will be no shortage of studies showing how often humans use cell phones while driving. At our own expense, we are spiraling into a more automated world – a spiral that will continue until we vote against giving up our rights and freedoms in the name of technology.

The inner circles of real estate and commercial developers are already planning for a future where self driven cars rule the roads. Planners are being instructed to build larger parking lots in urban areas with the expectation that greater numbers of people will be commuting more often. Some experts are predicting a swing back to suburban and rural living as cities become overcrowded and people become more comfortable with self driving cars. It’s an easy sell: Just imagine the commute to work as a luxury in which you brew a latte and read the news in your personal self driven limo. But is it worth voting away your rights and freedoms?

For self driving cars to be even close to as safe as human directed modes of transportation (from walking to biking to driving to flying), self driving cars will have to communicate with each other just as humans communicate through their windshields with eye contact, a nod, a wave. Self driven cars will be part of an online or GPS communication grid of some sort and that will be part of the selling point – that self driven cars will “know” where other self driven cars are so that if one car glitches or takes a sudden turn, the other automated cars will receive an alert and slow down to avoid a collision. But how would a self driving car communicate in this way with a human driven car? It’s impossible. Human driven cars won’t be on the communication grid. As passengers get used to self driving cars silently communicating with each other in a way that seems more sophisticated than eye contact between drivers, waving, turn signals, etc. the passengers of self driven cars will lose faith in human driven cars. Those old methods of communication will all seem archaic.

And so self driven cars come with a caveat: For the self driven car industry to flourish, human driven cars will have to be illegal. If we are honest about this possible future – in which you lose your legal right to drive your personal car – we can think clearly and formulate our views before we are swept away by a narrative woven by manufacturers.

Today, when I read about self driving cars causing deaths (for example, the self driven car that ploughed into a semi truck, decapitating the driver of the self driven car and injuring the driver of the truck), I think, “Well, the self driving car should have stopped instead of ploughing into the semi truck.” We still feel confident demanding more from self driven cars. But in the future, the public will slowly be sold a story that makes them think instead, “How is the self driven car supposed to respond to unpredictable behavior like that? The human-driven car shouldn’t have turned in front of the self-driven car without warning.”

And then the self driving car industry will make a new argument – let’s end drunk driving, let’s end road rage, let’s end unpredictable driving, let’s end human error, let’s make it not only illegal but impossible. It will be an easy sell. Government officials will tell stories of children killed by human-driven cars and say things like, “We have to save our children. We have to protect our citizens.” The self driving car industry will parade statistics about saving the environment, about the efficiency of self driving cars causing less pollution.

And just like that, we will lose our RIGHT to drive on public roads because people, with the best of intentions, will vote it away. 

Keep in mind that even if self driving cars release less smog, for example, all of that pollution will simply be replaced by new forms of pollution that are equally if not more harmful to people – EMF radiation, for example, as 10,000 pound computers connected to the Internet fill the freeways.

If we had any privacy as citizens before this change, there will be none. No leaving your cell phone at home. You’ll be driving in a giant car that is a borrowed cell phone from Big Brother. If you want to go anywhere, your choice will be to:

(a) contact a self driven car and hope that the technology both understands and approves of your errand, and then takes you where you want to go

(b) walk, bike, or move in some alternative way; however, we should be aware that walking and biking will very likely become more dangerous, not less. A computer is not equipped to detect the group of oblivious adolescents I drove past tonight as they stood on the side of a narrow, dark road wearing dark clothing with a background of dark trees and bushes. Fortunately, I was alert and recognized their subtle shapes and movement in time. Will self-driven cars be equipped with heat sensors or some sort of technology that detects the heat of animals/people in advance? Perhaps. And will laws then be passed allowing increased speed limits for self driving cars as we the public are freshly convinced of their safety, once again impacting the safety of walkers and bikers?)

We are often encouraged to vote away our rights and freedoms for the sake of science, for the sake of technology, for the greater good. But is the loss of our rights and freedoms really for the best? Is a world in which our mode of transportation is fully tracked as if we are all suspected murderers really right?

First and foremost, as we embark on this debate as a society, let’s be fair and clear about the terms we use. We should all take issue with the term “self driving cars.” There is no “self” driving the car. You could more accurately call it an automated car or a computer-driven car. The term “self-driving car” is a PR strategy – it’s a way to humanize the automated car as if it has a “self,” a slogan to make the public more comfortable with this dangerous technology. Journalists should not be using this term.

Dear USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, Chicago Tribune, NewsDay, New York Daily News, AM New York, Boston Globe, New Hampshire Gazette, Hartford Courant, Poughkeepsie Journal, Register Star, Augusta Chronicle, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Berkshire Eagle, Daily Mail, Recorder, Rutland Herald, Norwhich Bulletin, Keene Sentinel, Post and Courier, Press-Republican, Fayetteville Observer, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Cherokee Phoenix, Ledger-Enquirer, Post-Standard, Philadelphia Inquirer, Barnstable Patriot, Boston Post, Observer-Dispatch, the many other publications whose intention is to inform our citizens, and all conscientious members of the media:

Why are you using the terms “self-driven cars” and “self-driving cars” to describe this technology? For the sake of impartiality, correctness, fair representation, accurate reporting, for the sake of not becoming a marketing arm for the manufacturers of these cars, to support the future wellness and equality of American citizens as we try to make informed decisions, please choose a description that is more fair to humans with selves. Let’s call them automated cars, computer-driven cars, computerized cars, Internet cars, driverless car, robotic car, or choose a new name altogether. 

But above all, let’s remember: 

A car does not have a self. A car driven by a human is a car driven by a self.

Glyphosate in Cheerios and Oatmeal Causes Cancer, ADHD, and Autism

My husband and I have begun joking that oatmeal is a “tantrum starter.” No matter how we doctor that oatmeal to make it more filling (adding nuts, coconut oil, organic butter, fruit, organic yogurt, pumpkin puree, etc.), our children seem to have more tantrums on the mornings they eat oatmeal. Even after nights of good sleep and mornings that start out well, it seems like oatmeal can ruin everything. They struggle to follow directions, dress themselves, and brush their teeth. Then I noticed that I get body aches after eating Trader Joe’s gluten-free oatmeal. All arrows point to the oatmeal but until recently, we laughed at the possibility – how could our innocent oatmeal be causing these problems? Hasn’t oatmeal been around for centuries? Have you noticed any of these side effects after eating cereal or oatmeal?

While ceral and oatmeal have been dietary staples for generations, a new pesticide in them is wreaking havoc: glyphosate.

Recently, I was at Trader Joe’s when I heard a mother with a cart full of three kids announce loudly, “Put back the cereal — it causes cancer!” Her children sulked as she browsed the breakfast cereals.

“Are you talking about an ingredient?” I asked her.

“No, I’m talking about glyphosate,” she told me. “My children have a friend – a little kid – dying of cancer right now. And their uncle, too. And now we know that the Cheerios they both ate every day for breakfast caused their cancer.” She shook her head, disgusted. “Cheerios! Using a chemical that causes cancer! Can you believe it? And it’s in all these cereals.” She waved at the boxes lining the aisle.

I had heard about this before: General Mills, the maker of Cheerios, allows its cereal to be saturated with glyphosate – the toxic chemical in Round Up – far beyond levels considered safe by any scientists. Since learning about glyphosate, I hadn’t allowed my children to eat conventional wheat products – but, busied by the demands of mothering and life, I hadn’t researched glyphosate in several years. Over time, we had replaced wheat with oats and other grains.

Then it occurred to me: Could there be glyphosate be in the gluten-free oatmeal I was serving my kids?

That night, I researched glyphosate. Here’s what I found:

–          The use of glyphosate has increased exponentially in the past several years. It’s no longer just in wheat; glyphosate is now used in oats, corn, soy, potatoes, beets, almonds, sunflower seeds, canola, lentils, peas, and most grains.

–          The United States allows levels of glyphosate significantly higher than other countries.

–          Exposure to glyphosate can actually cause symptoms that mimic celiac disease, explaining the unusual rise in Americans who are now gluten intolerant.

–          Glyphosate has been strongly correlated with attention disorders like ADHD, autism, thyroid and hormonal dysfunction, infertility, birth defects, colitis, depression, diabetes, ALS, MS, brain cancer, breast cancer, other cancers, and more.

–          Due to aerial drift during spraying, glyphosate is now contaminating many American crops, even organic.

Since glyphosate is strongly correlated with ADHD, autism, and depression, it seems reasonable that the current levels in breakfast cereals and oatmeal could, at a minimum, cause tantrums and inability to focus. Have you noticed that your children have more tantrums after consuming non-organic cereal, oatmeal, and other products made with wheat, corn, soy, and other ingredients treated with glyphosate?

At our house, we’re trying something new: Can we have a breakfast free of glyphosate every day?

Eating breakfast in America without consuming glyphosate is surprisingly hard to do, considering that even chickens scratching in glyphosate-soaked American soil are laying eggs that test positive for glyphosate. But we’re trying. We’re starting the day with organic fruit, organic veggies, probiotics from kombucha or yogurt from grassfed cows (not GMO glyphosate-laced feed), and/or sauteed vegetables served with eggs from chickens who have been pastured and fed organic non GMO feed (conventional animal feed contains glyphosate).

What about you? What’s your favorite glyphosate-free breakfast? 


NYT Article: Reports Find Controversial Herbicide in Cheerios and Quaker Oats

Article: Many Surprising Foods Found To Contain Monsanto’s Deadly Poison


Study: Glyphosate Causes Adverse Neurologic and Neurobehavioral Developmental Effects In Children Born to Applicators


Expert: Glyphosate Linked To Chronic Illness, Infertility, and Birth Defects

NYT Article: Safety of Weed Killer Is Doubted

NYT Article: Monsanto Sued Over Glyphosate

Top 70 Crops Sprayed With Glyphosate

Eco Watch: 15 Health Problems Linked To Monsanto Round Up


Growers Sound Alarm Over Aerial Drift of Glyphosate and GMO Concerns

The Science Behind Vaccine Safety

***Our goal is to compile a comprehensive list of the valid scientific research behind vaccine safety and side effects. We will publish comments that include links to relevant studies from their direct sources (not media articles or opinion). Let’s empower mothers and patients to make educated decisions. Before you vaccinate, read the science.***

Study: For 1 in 168 children, vaccines cause side effects so severe that they require an ER visit.


Study: Boys vaccinated against Hep B at birth are 3x more likely to develop autism.


Analysis: SIDs and Infant Mortality Rates Regressed Against Number Of Vaccine Doses Routinely Given “A high statistically significant correlation between increasing number of vaccine doses and increasing infant mortality rates…”


Case Study: Rare simultaneous Sudden Infant Death (SID) of identical twins 2 days after vaccination.


Study: Rotovirus linked to fatal intestinal disorder in 1 in every 4670 infants. “There was also an increase in the risk of intussusception after the second dose of the vaccine… The strong association between vaccination with RRV-TV and intussusception among otherwise healthy infants supports the existence of a causal relation.”


Study: “Epidemiological evidence supporting an association between… Thimerosal-containing childhood vaccines and the subsequent risk of an ASD diagnosis.”


Study: “The higher the proportion of children receiving recommended vaccinations, the higher was the prevalence of AUT or SLI. A 1% increase in vaccination was associated with an additional 680 children having AUT or SLI. Neither parental behavior nor access to care affected the results, since vaccination proportions were not significantly related (statistically) to any other disability or to the number of pediatricians in a U.S. state. The results suggest that although mercury has been removed from many vaccines, other culprits may link vaccines to autism.”


Analysis: “The risk of autism among African American children vaccinated before the age of 2 years was 340% that of those vaccinated later.”


Analysis: “Methodological issues and evidence of malfeasance in research purporting to show thimerosal in vaccines is safe.”


Study: Link between antibodies from MMR vaccine and central nervous system autoimmune dysfunction in children with autism


Study: Link between aluminum in vaccines and prevalence of autism


Study: “The related and damaging effect of exposure to high levels of mercury… a viable alternative explanation for the occurrence of regressive autism. The evidence indicates there is alteration to chromosome structure and/or function.”


Case Series: Vaccine additives cause autism-like symptoms.


Analysis: “A comprehensive review of mercury-provoked autism. In conclusion, the overwhelming preponderance of the evidence favours acceptance that Hg exposure is capable of causing some ASDs.”


Analysis: Explanation of why some children are at greater risk of developing autism after vaccines. “The evidence suggests that the abnormal sulfation chemistry, limited thiol availability, and decreased GSH reserve capacity could explain why the adverse effects of TM are greater in a subpopulation of children with this susceptibility…”


Evidence: “Certain individuals with a mild mitochondrial defect may be highly susceptible to mitochondrial specific toxins” found in vaccines, resulting in autism spectrum disorders.


Review: Autism linked to encephalitis (brain swelling) following vaccination.


Hypotheses: Conjugate vaccines may predispose children to autism spectrum disorders.



Study: Link between autism and prenatal exposure to heavy metals via Rhogam shot in RH-negative mothers. “Children with ASDs (28.30%) were significantly more likely (odds ratio 2.35, 95% confidence interval 1.17-4.52, p < 0.01) to have Rh-negative mothers than controls (14.36%).”


Study: Autistic children have difficulty excreting heavy metals like mercury, as evidenced by significantly lower levels of mercury in their hair. This points to a genetic susceptibility to autism in children who cannot effectively detox vaccine toxins.


Analysis: “A possible central mechanism in autism spectrum disorders… the link between excessive vaccination, use of aluminum and ethylmercury as vaccine adjuvants, food allergies, gut dysbiosis, and abnormal formation of the developing brain.”


Study: “The role of mercury [found in vaccines] in the pathogenesis of autism.”


Study: Vaccine additives induce autistic behavior in mice.


Study: Vaccine-induced autoimmunity may cause autism.


Study: DNA changes and the overuse of vaccines linked to autism


Study: Mercury toxic encephalopathy manifesting with clinical symptoms of regressive autistic disorders. ‪http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17454560

Study: Relation of mercury to high autism rates in boys



Study: Elevated levels of measles in children with Autism


Survey Study: Tylenol following MMR Linked to Autism


Study: Fetal and Retroviral Contaminants in Vaccines Linked to Autism and Cancer. “…Linear regression revealed that Varicella and Hepatitis A immunization coverage was significantly correlated to autistic disorder cases… Autistic disorder change points years are coincident with introduction of vaccines manufactured using human fetal cell lines, containing fetal and retroviral contaminants, into childhood vaccine regimens. This pattern was repeated in the US, UK, Western Australia and Denmark. Thus, rising autistic disorder prevalence is directly related to vaccines manufactured utilizing human fetal cells…”

Abstract: http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/JPHE/article-abstract/C98151247042

Full Study: Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology_Deisher_et_al/

Evidence: Scientists have known for decades about the dangers of insertional mutagenesis caused by using human fetal cell lines in vaccines. Instead of conducting safety studies, the FDA has ignored the dangers and merely regulates the amount of human DNA that can be present in a vaccine to no greater than 10ng–an amount that has not been proven safe. www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/05/slides/5-4188S1_4draft.ppt

Hypothesis: conjugate vaccines may predispose children to autism spectrum disorders


Regressional Analysis: Rise in autism coincides perfectly with rise in vaccines. “The relationship between the proportion of children who received the recommended vaccines by age 2 years and the prevalence of autism (AUT) or speech or language impairment (SLI) in each U.S. state from 2001 and 2007 was determined. A positive and statistically significant relationship was found: The higher the proportion of children receiving recommended vaccinations, the higher was the prevalence of AUT or SLI.”


Study: Relationship between Thimerosal-containing vaccine administration and the risk for an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis in the United States



Study: Adverse events after vaccines containing adjuvants linked to autism and autoimmune conditions. “A traditional infectious disease vaccine is a preparation of live attenuated, inactivated or killed pathogen that stimulates immunity. Vaccine immunologic adjuvants are compounds incorporated into vaccines to enhance immunogenicity. Adjuvants have recently been implicated in the new syndrome named ASIA autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants…. The most frequent clinical findings were pyrexia 68%, arthralgias 47%, cutaneous disorders 33%, muscle weakness 16% and myalgias 14%. Three patients had diagnosis of Guillain-Barre syndrome, one patient had Adult-Still’s disease 3 days after vaccination. A total of 76% of the events occurred in the first 3 days post-vaccination. Two patients with previous autoimmune disease showed severe adverse reactions with the reactivation of their illness… Vaccines containing adjuvants may be associated with an increased risk of autoimmune/inflammatory adverse events following immunization.


Study: Higher Heavy Metals in Hair Samples from Severely Autistic Children


Study: Subtle DNA changes and the overuse of vaccines in autism. “There is a compelling argument that the occurrence of regressive autism is attributable to genetic and chromosomal abnormalities, arising from the overuse of vaccines, which subsequently affects the stability and function of the autonomic nervous system and physiological systems… This article explores the issues and concludes that sensory dysfunction and systemic failure, manifested as autism, is the inevitable consequence arising from subtle DNA alteration and consequently from the overuse of vaccines.”


Study: Elevated levels of measles in children with Autism


What Med School Never Taught Your Doctor About Vaccines


“Maybe the problem isn’t mothers who don’t believe in science; maybe the problem is that medical schools have stopped teaching the science to doctors.”

Back when my first baby was born, I believed all vaccines worked. I believed all vaccines were safe. When I took my firstborn to the doctor for a routine set of infant vaccines, I had a simple question for my pediatrician. I’d recently read a study revealing that babies who receive the rotavirus vaccine were more likely to suffer an intestinal disorder called intestinal intussusception in which their intestines collapse into each other. The condition is painful and deadly. I expected that our pediatrician would easily put my new-mom fears to rest. Since rotavirus is not considered deadly in first world countries with access to clean water, but intussusception is considered deadly or at least permanently disabling, I assumed he could explain why the rotavirus vaccine was so important, despite its risks. But when I mentioned the study to our pediatrician, he did not even know the study existed. When he saw my surprise, he cursorily skimmed the article I was holding and then announced that it was “hogwash.” I wanted to believe him, but he seemed uncomfortable, like a child who doesn’t want to answer his mother’s questions. If he had been well versed in the science of vaccines, I probably would have trusted him, but now I was suddenly aware that I had read more studies about vaccine safety than our pediatrician. I decided to hold off on the rotavirus vaccine and I took my eight-week-old infant home. Back at home, I dug deeper into the research—and found much, much more disturbing information on vaccines.

At least a dozen of my closest friends are doctors who have graduated from top American medical schools. I’ve spoken with many of them about their medical education. I have learned that mainstream medical schools teach their students very little about preventive health, but spend entire semesters teaching techniques to ensure “patient compliance.” Courses on patient compliance, sometimes called patient “adherence” or “capacitance,” teach doctors how to convince patients to listen to them, even when patients voice serious concerns about the doctors’ recommendations. This seems like a generally dangerous practice and a poor use of time during medical school, when there is so much to learn in such a short time. Why all this focus on patient compliance?

What many medical students don’t realize is that their education is funded by drug companies who benefit from overprescription. Most people have heard of pharmaceutical reps whose job it is to convince doctors to push specific drugs on unsuspecting patients, but did you know that those same drug companies wine and dine medical students, pay medical school professors millions of dollars each year, and begin lecturing medical students even before they are doctors?

Over the years, Harvard Medical School has received hundreds of millions of dollars from drug companies. TIME reports, “1,600 [Harvard professors] admit that either they or a family member have had some kind of business link to drug companies — sometimes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars — that could bias their teaching or research.”

Several of my pediatrician friends have told me that they are sick of mothers who don’t believe in vaccine “science,” but these same pediatricians have admitted to me that they haven’t actually read a scientific study on vaccines in years. My friends—so many of whom are intelligent, well-intentioned doctors who genuinely hope to help their patients—simply trust that their medical schools have taught them all they need to know about health.

So what do doctors learn about vaccines in medical school? Not much. A reader sent us the above screen shot of a woman taking to Instagram to complain that her roommate, a doctor, is storing live typhoid vaccine in their communal refrigerator. Most people know that live viruses are the stuff of chemical warfare, but this doctor was apparently not concerned. Why didn’t she learn how to safely store vaccines in medical school? Even the U.S. government admits, “It is the nature of living things to change, or mutate, and the organisms used in live, attenuated vaccines are no different… An attenuated microbe in the vaccine could revert to a virulent form and cause disease….”

But Pharma-funded medical schools know that if they were to teach their students about the dangers of live vaccines—including the fact that live vaccines are excreted in the mucus and feces of injected children and can even be spread to other children for days and weeks following vaccination, a phenomenon known as “shedding”—that they would be opening up a broader conversation about vaccine safety. It’s a conversation that Big Pharma and medical schools don’t wish to have.

So, instead, medical schools ignore the conversation about vaccine safety altogether. They encourage doctors to focus on “compliance,” not science.

Maybe the problem isn’t mothers who don’t believe in science; maybe the problem is that medical schools have stopped teaching the science to doctors.


Above: A medical student’s roommate complains that “Literally the only thing on [Med Student’s] side of the fridge is a live typhoid vaccine.” The medical student was never taught that vaccines should not be stored in home refrigerators.


Time Magazine: Is Drug-Company Money Tainting Medical Education?


U.S. Government: Types of Vaccines