Question: Why does a salad cost more than a Big Mac?
Answer: Federal food subsidies.
Question: Why does a salad cost more than a Big Mac?
Answer: Federal food subsidies.
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?
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.
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
***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…”
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
“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
I believe in the goodness of people, so I believe your doctor probably has good intentions. Just like the generations of doctors before him or her. Just like the doctors a few decades ago, who told their patients that smoking cigarettes was perfectly safe, even good for your health. Those cigarette-prescribing doctors pointed their patients to the body of published “science” that supported the safety of smoking at the time.
Had you asked your OBGYN back in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, or 70s how to reduce your chance of miscarriage, your doctor would have told you to take diethylstilbestrol (DES) during your pregnancy, a drug that caused cancer in ten million daughters born to mothers who listened to their doctors. Doctors told their patients that DES was safe and the “science” said DES was safe; DES was recalled after 37 years on the market.
Had you asked your doctor how to lose weight between 1973 and 1997, your doctor would have helpfully written you a prescription for Fen-Phen, a drug that caused massive heart attacks in patients for almost three decades. Fen-Phen remained on the market for 24 years before it was recalled.
Had you asked your doctor how to lower your cholesterol in 2000, he would have prescribed Baycol, a drug whose side effects killed tens of thousands of people in just a few short years. Baycol was recalled only after 100,000 people were killed.
Had you asked your doctor how to heal arthritis pain in the early 2000s, he would have prescribed Vioxx, a Merck drug. Vioxx was recalled after damaging the hearts and cardiovascular systems of more than 140,000 people.
Had you complained of inflammation to your doctor in 2005, he would have prescribed Bextra, a Pfizer drug that caused heart attacks, strokes, and fatal skin conditions. After Bextra was recalled, Pfizer’s subsidiary admitted to “intent to defraud or mislead” with their promotion of the drug.
Had you sought treatment for Type 2 diabetes in 2000, your doctor would have prescribed Rezulin, a drug that was found to increase hepatitis cases. When one doctor did voice concerns about Rezulin’s safety, the FDA fired him. The drug was only pulled after overwhelming evidence showed that it was dangerous–at a time that was already too late for many people who had been hurt by it.
Did you know that doctors used to prescribe tobacco cigarettes to prevent illness? Physicians played an integral role in the promotion of smoking. Those cigarette-promoting doctors were probably decent people who simply believed in the “science” of the time. Those doctors, with the best of intentions, believed they were helping their patients.
In the year 2016, if you take a healthy newborn to an American doctor, your doctor will recommend injecting your baby with 49 doses of vaccines containing a cocktail of known toxins, including aluminum, formaldehyde, MSG, aborted fetal cells, cow cells, chick embryo cells, monkey kidney cells, and some of today’s most common childhood allergens. Your doctor might even mention the “science” that supports the safety of such a schedule, but the truth is that no prior generation has ever received this number of vaccines at such a young age. Zero long-term studies have examined the safety of the schedule. In the same way that we allowed cigarette manufacturers to fund and interpret the “science” of cigarette safety, our current system allows vaccine manufacturers to fund, oversee, and interpret the “science” of vaccine safety.
If you listen to your doctor and allow him to vaccinate your baby with a vaccine full of ingredients you haven’t researched, and then you call your doctor a few hours later because you’re concerned about your baby’s reaction, your doctor may tell you that nonstop crying, fevers, and even seizures requiring hospitalization are a normal response to those vaccines. This generation of American children is the first to experience a new “normal” when it comes to health: more autoimmune conditions than ever before, 1 in 42 boys diagnosed with autism, never-ending rashes, rampant obesity, incessant illnesses, and severe, lifelong allergies that many will never outgrow.
One day, with the 20/20 hindsight of history, we will look back on the vaccine debate in the United States and we will understand it more clearly.
Until then, you can trust your doctor. But when you choose whether to trust your doctor without doing your own research, remember that your doctor, like millions of doctors throughout history, is only human.
Source of vaccine ingredients: CDC.
As Brazilian and U.S. officials continue to push for a lucrative Zika virus vaccine, new theories are emerging to explain the crisis in Brazil. According to organicconsumer.org, “a chemical larvicide that produces malformations in mosquitoes was introduced into the [Brazilian] drinking water supply in 2014. This poison, Pyriproxyfen, is used in a State-controlled programme aimed at eradicating disease-carrying mosquitoes….”
When my husband and I began discussing the possibility of having children, we initially decided to wait a year to take advantage of our child-free lives. Then one night, after a few glasses of wine, we threw caution to the wind. At the time, I didn’t know anything about fertility. I didn’t realize that it would have been biologically impossible for me to get pregnant that night because I had already ovulated earlier in the month.
When I found out that I wasn’t pregnant a few days later, I panicked. I wondered: What if I have endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome or blocked fallopian tubes? I began to research infertility—and I was stunned by what I found.
Last year, American women spent upwards of $4,000,000,000 on fertility treatments. A typical round of IVF carries a price tag of $15,000, and with a success rate of 20 to 30 percent per round, many hopeful parents undergo multiple rounds before conceiving a child. As a result, America’s (in)fertility industry is booming.
By some accounts, fertility treatments are a modern medical miracle. Couples who may not have been able to conceive without medical intervention are now meeting their biological offspring. This may sound like a happy ending—and often is, for those who can afford it—but there is more to the story. Because the industry benefits financially from infertility, there is little to no motivation to promote free, natural methods to improve fertility. Given the industry’s fierce drive for profit, some experts speculate that too many women are offered invasive fertility treatments before they receive any counseling about how to alter their diets, lifestyles, and behaviors in order to conceive naturally.
As I began to learn more about fertility, I wanted to know the answer to a simple question: How can I improve my chances of conceiving a baby quickly and naturally? I never wanted to experience the fear of infertility again. Like many couples, when we decided we were ready to get pregnant, we wanted to get pregnant as soon as possible.
My husband and I agreed to spend a few months focused on health before trying to conceive again. We cut back on caffeine, stopped drinking alcohol, and cooked more healthy meals together. A few months later, when we tried again—this time, officially—we got pregnant immediately. Was it chance that we conceived the first month we actively tried? Or did our dietary and lifestyle changes make the difference?
American women are facing unprecedented rates of infertility. The number of couples unable to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse has risen from 1 in 10 couples to 1 in 6 couples. Can our rising infertility rates be fully explained by the delayed age of first marriages and first pregnancies? The answer is unclear, but at least one puzzle piece is within your control: your diet.
As scientists have long agreed, fertility is an important marker of health in the animal kingdom. When an environment is inhospitable to new life—due to famine, environmental pollutants, or other concerns—a series of biological chain reactions take place and animals are unable to procreate. Fertility, then, is not only important when a couple is trying to conceive; it’s an important indication of personal health.
What dietary changes can you make to improve your chances of conceiving a baby quickly and naturally?
Note: The tips below apply to both men and women. Women: You were born with all of the eggs you will ever have, so your lifelong habits are especially critical to the health of your future children. Most sources estimate that diet and lifestyle changes take about 3 to 6 months to impact ovulation, menstrual regularity, and fertility, so plan to make these changes half a year or more before you begin trying to conceive. Men: The most recent studies suggest that the lifecycle of your sperm is just 74-90 days, so be sure to implement fertility-friendly dietary changes at least 3 months before you and your partner hope to conceive.
The Fertility Diet:
15 Tips To Help You Conceive Quickly And Naturally
1. Eliminate soy (including soy products, like tofu) and corn (including corn products) from your diet. Thanks to powerful biotechnology corporations like Monsanto, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are extremely prevalent in the U.S., but they have never been proven safe—that’s why the European Union has banned many of them. Current studies clearly link GMOs to reproductive health issues and infertility. Worse, some animal studies suggest that the side effects of GMOs are cumulative across generations, meaning that the daughters and granddaughters of today’s GMO-consuming mothers will experience the harshest effects. Since 94% of soy is genetically modified and 88% of corn is genetically modified, you can eliminate a majority of genetically GMOs from your diet simply by cutting out soy and corn. If you do choose to eat soy and corn, make sure they are always organic. Remember, the current generation of reproductive-age women is the first generation ever to try to conceive while consuming GMO food; our own mothers did not grow up eating GMOs. Do you really want to be Big Agra’s guinea pig?
2. Limit your caffeine and alcohol consumption. Did you know that men who consume two or more alcoholic drinks per day produce fewer sperm? In fact, the sperm that these men do produce are often deformed. Fertility doctors refer to these two-headed or two-tailed sperm as “sloppy swimmers” because they are unlikely to be strong enough to make the journey to the egg. Sadly, if they do reach the egg, the pregnancy is more likely to end in miscarriage. Like alcohol, caffeine seems to impair sperm in a similar way. Fortunately, most healthy men produce many, many sperm in the biological hopes that the healthiest sperm will reach the egg. However, for women, who generally release only one egg each month, limiting or avoiding alcohol and caffeine while trying to conceive is even more important. A study of Danish couples found that women who drank five or fewer drinks per week had a harder time getting pregnant than women who didn’t drink at all. Other studies have found that consuming alcohol can change a woman’s ovulation pattern, delaying or even halting ovulation altogether. The bottom line: A healthy egg and healthy sperm are requirements for conception, so if you want to get pregnant quickly, it’s a no-brainer: cut back on caffeine and alcohol.
3. Avoid processed foods and “natural flavors.” Always, always read ingredients. If you can’t identify every ingredient on a label, do not put that Frankenfood into your mouth. Just what are “natural flavors”? 60 Minutes recently answered that question with a fascinating video, which you can watch on their website. So-called “natural” flavors are actually a concoction of chemicals that “give an impression” and “mimic the taste and smell” of real food. Since the flavor industry has come of age only recently, you can be sure that our mothers did not consume these chemicals. There are already enough dangerous, fertility-disrupting chemicals in our environment—in non-stick pans, cleaning products, plastics, flame retardants, personal care products, and pesticides—so keep them out of your stomach!
4. Consume dairy from organic, whole milk sources—never non-fat. This is a big one, especially for women! In fact, this is probably one of the easiest-to-fix diet-related causes of anovulation (not ovulating, and therefore skipping periods). A famous Harvard study found that women who ate two or more servings of low-fat or non-fat dairy per day, like skim milk or yogurt, had an 85 percent increased risk of infertility when compared with women who ate the same amount of dairy from whole-fat sources. Here’s the science behind it: “To prepare low- and non-fat dairy, whole milk is spun at high speeds to separate the fat from the water. Hormones separate differently according to their preference for fat. Estrogen and progesterone prefer fat, so when milk is being separated, those hormones go into that fat layer. Androgens, insulin-like growth factor one (IGF-1), prolactin, and male hormones prefer the watery layer — hence a glass of skim or low-fat milk gives you more male hormones and fewer female hormones.” How creepy is that?! So next time you’re making oatmeal, skip the water or skim milk, and use whole milk instead. Eating fruit? Mix in some unsweetened organic whole fat yogurt and drizzle with maple syrup or honey. The good news: Women who eat one full-fat serving of dairy every day are 50 percent less likely to experience anovulation than women who consume full-fat dairy only once a week.
5. Eat organic, pastured eggs including the yolks. Experts agree: Eggs are a reproductive health superfood. In traditional Chinese medicine, eggs have a long history as a fertility booster, energizer, and blood strengthener. Did you know that too little cholesterol can actually cause fertility issues? Perhaps this is where those Chinese traditions stem from. But not all eggs are created equal: Pastured eggs, which come from hens that are raised on pasture unlike factory hens fed GMO grains, contain up to 20 times more healthy omega-3 fatty acids than eggs from factory hens. Scrambled, fried, hard-boiled, chopped on top of a spinach salad—the possibilities are endless!
6. Eat high-quality, 100% grass-fed red meat. Did you know that vegans have just one fifth the chance of giving birth to twins? Although the causation is not yet fully understood, studies suggest that women who consume animal products have higher rates of either ovulation or embryo survival. Of course, grass-fed red meat is very different from farm-raised, hormone-filled, corn-fed red meat, so seek out the healthiest red meat you can afford. A McDonald’s hamburger and a 100% grass-fed beef patty are not the same. Also be sure to consume animal products like organic, cage-free eggs and whole milk dairy products. Protein is one of the building blocks of human life. Are you getting enough?
7. Up your antioxidants. You can eat all the organic meat and dairy in the world, but if you’re not getting enough produce in your diet, your diet won’t be balanced. Antioxidants—found at particularly high levels in fresh berries—protect a woman’s eggs from damage and aging. Similarly, studies have shown that men who consume more Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and beta-carotene—all of which are found in colorful fruits and veggies—produce sperm with less age-related DNA damage. So don’t forget your fruits and veggies!
8. Eat the right fish. Weekly consumption of fish is linked to a host of health benefits. Unfortunately, as our world and oceans become more polluted, it’s important that women do not eat fish indiscriminately. Although I don’t generally recommend vitamins and supplements when food will do the trick, many people sing the praises of fish oil supplements and Nordic Naturals consistently receives high ratings for their fish oil supplements. Still, at Wellness and Equality, we prefer real foods to supplements, so choose fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in mercury whenever possible. Aim for one or more servings of wild-caught, low mercury fish per week. Omega-3 fatty acids are especially important for the brains of developing fetuses, and as they say, it’s best to nourish the soil before planting the seed. Click here to view an infographic that can help you make sense of all the choices.
9. Eat oysters. Have you heard the old wives’ tale about oysters as aphrodisiac? It just might be true, but there’s more to the story! Zinc, which is a fertility-friendly mineral, is mainly found in oysters. In fact, zinc deficiencies are sometimes the culprit in ovulation issues, irregular periods, and uterine fibroids. Though oysters offer the most concentrated source of zinc, zinc is also found in peas, lima beans, maple syrup, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and whole-milk dairy products.
10. Eat Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, and peanuts. Eating just 2 to 3 Brazil nuts per day can significantly increase levels of selenium in your body, which has been nicknamed “the fertility mineral.” That said, too much selenium can cause a variety of side effects, so there’s no need to eat more than a few Brazil nuts per day. As for almonds, cashews, and peanuts, feel free to enjoy them by the handful! Just be sure you purchase nuts that have been properly prepared, or soak them yourself.
11. Eat sweet potatoes. This one is just for a bit of fun! The Yoruba tribe in Nigeria, West Africa has the highest rate of twinning in the world, with 45 pairs of twins per every 1,000 births, and scientists have speculated that their yam-heavy diet is responsible. Wild yams contain phytoestrogen, an estrogen compound that may increase follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and induce higher rates of ovulation. Now, you would probably have to consume wild yams at an impossible rate to make a true difference, but there’s certainly no harm in consuming this healthy, Vitamin A-rich root vegetable.
*** Many OBGYNs recommend that women take a high-quality multivitamin or prenatal vitamin for several months before trying to conceive, especially women who have ever taken oral contraceptives, which have been shown to deplete vitamin stores. The final four tips below are particularly important for women who have taken oral contraceptives, but may be helpful to any woman. ***
12. Consume foods rich in folate. The well-established fact that oral contraceptive pills deplete the body’s stores of folic acid, fat-soluble vitamins, and other nutrients is one of many reasons why most OBGYNs recommend waiting a few months to get pregnant after stopping the pill—that is, to replenish those depleted stores. Folate is an extremely important fertility nutrient because a lack of folate can cause serious birth defects. Like any nutrient, folate is best consumed as a food, rather than as a supplement, whenever possible. It can be found in dark leafy greens, nuts, liver, and chicken. If you are taking prenatals in advance of a pregnancy, seek out a vitamin that contains folate, not folic acid.
13. Consume foods rich in fat-soluble vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins like D, K, E, and A, which can also be depleted by years of oral contraceptive use, help to support the production of estrogen and other hormones important to fertility. Fat-soluble vitamins D and K2 are found in egg yolks, butter, liver, and wild salmon. Vitamin E, which may normalize hormone production, is found in butter from grass-fed cows, olives and unrefined olive oil, palm oils, avocado, and almonds. The essential Vitamin A is best consumed from animal sources like organ meats, butter, cream, cod liver oil and eggs, but can also be absorbed from plant sources like carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, spinach and collard greens.
14. Consume foods rich in B vitamins. Oral contraceptives have a confusing impact on Vitamin B levels. Vitamin B6, which balances estrogen and progesterone and aids in reproductive health, can be found in meat and starchy fruits and vegetables, including potatoes and bananas. Vitamin B12, which is also impacted by oral contraceptives, is another important hormone balancer and can be found in grass-fed red meat, poultry, wild-caught fish, shellfish, eggs, and whole-milk dairy products.
15. Consume foods rich in iron. Last but not least, iron is another key for women’s reproductive health. Humans absorb iron best when it comes from animal sources like eggs, salmon, tuna, beef, dark chicken meat, and pork.
16. Bonus Tip: Last but not least, consume FRESH, raw, unprocessed fruits and vegetables every single day. Simply put: Eat a rainbow of red, yellow, orange, green, blue and purple plants.
For a healthier pregnancy, nourish the soil before planting the seed. Improve your health before you begin trying to conceive. Your commitment to health before and during pregnancy is one of the most important gifts you can give to your unborn child. The benefits of a healthy pregnancy continue not only throughout your unborn child’s life, but also into the lives of future generations.
In our culture, we spend a lot of time talking about how to avoid pregnancy. Let’s change the conversation and teach women about how to keep their bodies healthy. Clearly, the success of America’s fertility industry confirms that women are craving information about their bodies, conception, fertility, and health. If you know a woman—a daughter, a friend, a sister—who may try to conceive in the future, please share this article with her.
Wishing you and your loved ones prosperity!