Thursday, April 25, 2019


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There has been a lot of recent controversy surrounding the measles and other vaccines. On the surface, it's a no brainer to get vaccinated. However, there are many claims that the  ingredients in the vaccines can cause things like alheizers to autism. I decided to look up what's in vaccines and this is what I found:

Vaccine ingredients
  • Active ingredients.
  • Added ingredients: Aluminium. MF59. Thiomersal, also called Thimerosal. ...
  • Products used in vaccine manufacture: Antibiotics. Egg proteins (ovalbumin) Yeast proteins. ...
  • Growing the active ingredients: Human cell strains, animal cell strains and GMOs. Recombinant DNA technology. ...
Thiomersal (or Thimerosal) is a mercury compound used as a preservative used in some vaccines. Anti-vaccination activists promoting the incorrect claim that vaccination causes autism, have asserted that the mercury in thiomersal is the cause. There is no scientific evidence to support this claim.

Fetal bovine serum (FBS) comes from the blood drawn from a bovine fetus via a closed system of collection at the slaughterhouse. Fetal bovine serum is the most widely used serum-supplement for the in vitro cell culture of eukaryotic cells.

Common substances found in vaccines include:
  • Aluminum gels or salts of aluminum which are added as adjuvants to help the vaccine stimulate a better response. Adjuvants help promote an earlier, more potent response, and more persistent immune response to the vaccine.
  • Antibiotics which are added to some vaccines to prevent the growth of germs (bacteria) during production and storage of the vaccine. No vaccine produced in the United States contains penicillin.
  • Egg protein is found in yellow fever and most influenza vaccines, which are prepared using chicken eggs. Ordinarily, persons who are able to eat eggs or egg products safely can receive these vaccines.
  • Formaldehyde is used to inactivate bacterial products for toxoid vaccines, (these are vaccines that use an inactive bacterial toxin to produce immunity.) It is also used to kill unwanted viruses and bacteria that might contaminate the vaccine during production. Most formaldehyde is removed from the vaccine before it is packaged.
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and 2-phenoxy-ethanol which are used as stabilizers in a few vaccines to help the vaccine remain unchanged when the vaccine is exposed to heat, light, acidity, or humidity.
  • Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative that is added to vials of vaccine that contain more than one dose to prevent contamination and growth of potentially harmful bacteria.

Vaccine Ingredients - Aluminum | Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Aluminum is used in vaccines as an adjuvant. Aluminum adjuvants are used in vaccines such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, diphtheria-tetanus-containing vaccines, ...

Epidemiological Evidence

Five methodologically sound, controlled epidemiological studies found no association between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and thimerosal in vaccines [5-9], as well as the relevant systematic reviews [10, 11] and a meta-analysis [12]. The Institute of Medicine (IOM), now called the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), concluded that the body of evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between autism and thimerosal-containing vaccines [13]. See the Do Vaccines Cause Autism? summary for more details.

A few studies have reported an association between vaccines containing aluminum adjuvants and persistent nodules at the injection site, at an estimated rate of 0.03-0.83% [14-17]. Two studies examining infant exposure to aluminum from both diet and vaccines that include aluminum adjuvants concluded that the levels of aluminum in vaccines are well below the calculated safe body burden [18, 19].

A review of data on substances sometimes found in certain vaccines in very small quantities, such as thimerosal, aluminum, gelatin, human serum albumin, formaldehyde, antibiotics, egg proteins, and yeast proteins, found no evidence of harm other than rare instances of hypersensitivity reactions such as anaphylaxis in those with severe allergies to either gelatin or egg proteins [4]. See the Do Vaccines Cause Anaphylaxis? summary for more details.

ConclusionToxic metals such as aluminum do not belong in prophylactic medications administered to children, teenagers, or adults. Vaccines are normally recommended for healthy people, so safety (and efficacy) standards must be impeccable. Parents, especially, should not be compelled to permit their loved ones to receive multiple injections of toxic metals that could increase their risk of neurodevelopmental and autoimmune ailments. Safe alternatives to current disease prevention technologies are urgently needed.

Those seeking more information can obviously do more research.

My concerns are:

~Is it even necesary to include some of the dangerous elements/chemicals in a vaccine?

In the early 1950s, four vaccines were available: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and smallpox. Because three of these vaccines were combined into a single shot (DTP), children received five shots by the time they were 2 years old and not more than one shot at a single visit. According to Kids Health, this is the current recommended vaccination schedule:


  • HepB: Hepatitis B vaccine. Ideally, the first dose is given within 24 hours of birth, but kids not previously immunized can get it at any age. Some low birth weight infants will get it at 1 month or when they're discharged from the hospital.

1–2 months

  • HepB: Second dose should be given 1 to 2 months after the first dose.

2 months

  • DTaP: Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine
  • Hib: Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine
  • IPV: Inactivated poliovirus vaccine
  • PCV: Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
  • RV: Rotavirus vaccine

4 months

  • DTaP
  • Hib
  • IPV
  • PCV
  • RV

6 months

  • DTaP
  • Hib: This third dose may be needed, depending on the brand of vaccine used in previous Hib immunizations.
  • PCV
  • RV: This third dose may be needed, depending on the brand of vaccine used in previous RV immunizations.

6 months and annually

  • Influenza (Flu): The flu vaccine is recommended every year for children 6 months and older:
    • Kids younger than 9 who get the flu vaccine for the first time (or who have only had one dose before July 2018) will get it in two separate doses at least a month apart.
    • Those younger than 9 who have had at least two doses of flu vaccine previously (in the same or different seasons) will only need one dose.
    • Kids older than 9 only need one dose.
  • The vaccine is given by injection with a needle (the flu shot) or by nasal spray. The flu shot is preferred for children of all ages because it has been shown to be safe and effective. Although the nasal spray was not used in recent years, a changed version of it is now recommended (for the 2018–2019 flu season) for kids who may otherwise not get a flu shot. The nasal spray is only for healthy people ages 2 through 49. People with weakened immune systems or some health conditions (such as asthma) and pregnant women should not get the nasal spray vaccine.

6–18 months

  • HepB
  • IPV

12–15 months

12–23 months

  • HepA: Hepatitis A vaccine; given as two shots at least 6 months apart

15–18 months

  • DTaP

4–6 years

  • DTaP
  • MMR
  • IPV
  • Varicella

11–12 years

  • HPV: Human papillomavirus vaccine, given in two shots over a 6- to 12-month period. It can be given as early as age 9. For teens and young adults (ages 15–26 in girls and ages 15–21 in boys), it is given in three shots over 6 months. It's recommended for both girls and boys to prevent genital warts and some types of cancer.
  • Tdap: Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis booster. Also recommended during each pregnancy a woman has.
  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccine: And a booster dose is recommended at age 16.

16–18 years

  • Meningococcal B vaccine (MenB): The MenB vaccine may be given to kids and teens in two or three doses, depending on the brand. Unlike the meningococcal conjugate vaccine, which is recommended, the MenB vaccine is given at the discretion of the doctor.
 ~Given the number of current recommended shots, and given the degree of toxic metals found in other products, it would seem the the cummlative effect could, indeed be very dangerous to yoyr health. Like X-Rays, one is okay but if you get one one a week you're probably in trouble.

Add to all of the this that the majority of the food you and your kids eat are Genetically Modified and also contain weed killer, this aggregation of chemicals in the body, starting with babies, cannot be healthy.

I can see why parents are concerned. it's like telling the children in Flint, Michigan that it's all right to drink the lead laden water. It's only a small dose. Being cautious with your child's health is not to be taken lightly. Perhaps if the dangerous elements were removed from the vaccines, there'd be less controversy?

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A nation too close to call.

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When I was hearing about record voter turnouts, I was very excited. The idea of a resounding rebuke of hate and fear filled rhetoric seemed a certainty. But this didn't happen. Yes, the House flipped and there where some exciting election results. A first-ever female and Democrat governor in Maine generated a broad smile. Wins by Cortez in NY, Pressley in MA, Tlaib and llhan, and more, were very heartwarming. It shows progress is being made.

However, there really was no "blue wave." What we saw was a wave of murky waters. We learned that the rhetoric did not only excite the right wing white supremacists, but it also awoke a sleeping cord in many right learning voters. There are a variety of reasons for the GOP Senate victory, but amomg them must be listed a reaction against an inclusive society.

We are a nation too close to call. We are not a nation in the middle, but we're neither left nor right. We are a nation divided. Will healing occur over the next few years? I'm not optimistic. There may well be so much gridlock and so many investigations that galvanization will increase.

If ever there was a time to build bridges, it's now.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Don't vote ...

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Don't vote if you support hatred, lies, deceit, racism, xenophobia, Russia, bullying, the end of democracy, Wall Street, more tax cuts for the rich, mysogyny, ally bashing, destruction of the environment, dumbing our children, no health care, fear.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

If you are ...

If you are a POC, LGBTQ, a white person with any degree of compassion, a woman, a young adult, a senior, and anyone who cares about our planet, education, health care, democracy, civil rights, freedom, constitutional rights, and peace, then you really need to vote 

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Soul of the Nation

On November 6th, you'll have the chance to vore for the soul of the nation. Will you vote darkness?Image result for darkness
Or, will you vote Light?
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If you don't vote, you have chosen darkness. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Next Tuesday's elections are more important than any I can remember in my lifetime -- and that includes when I was on the ballot. That's saying something.

Now I know politicians say all the time, "This is the most important election." But this one really is that important. The stakes really are that high.

The consequences of you not voting -- or not doing everything in your power to ensure your friends, family, and neighbors vote -- could be monumental.

America is at a crossroads, and control of Congress may be decided by a handful of razor-thin House and Senate races. Dozens of governorships and thousands of state legislative seats are up for grabs, with major implications on whether we can draw fairer maps for the next decade.

Make no mistake: The direction of the country will come down to who turns out and who stays home. And the greatest threat to our democracy is indifference.

Indifference is exactly what cynical politicians want from you. They're counting on it. Their success depends on convincing you that your vote doesn't matter. They know their agenda is unpopular, so the only way to keep power is by shrinking the electorate.

Don't let them.

If you're mad at politicians trying to take us back to the days of health insurers denying people with pre-existing conditions of care ... Vote.

If you're sick of politicians giving huge tax cuts to billionaires, only to tell you we have no choice but to slash Medicare and Social Security ... Vote.

If you're upset with politicians denying basic climate science as our communities continue to pay a steeper and steeper price ... Vote.

If you're outraged by politicians refusing to pass common-sense gun laws in the face of a tragic epidemic ... Vote.

If you're frustrated with politicians failing to adequately stand up for the rights of immigrants, or women, or LGBTQ Americans ... Vote. Vote. Vote.

Barack Obama

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 Indifference is a Choice | Intentional Encounter