On May 30, 2012, I was recording, as I had grown accustomed to doing every day, the time of Autumn’s seizures:
Little did I know at the moment I wrote 9:08, that would be the last seizure I would record…for 5 years…and counting!
You can just imagine how many times the phrase “Has she had one yet?” was said during the hours, days and weeks that followed.
We went from this nightmare:
To this dream:
None of this would have happened without these people: Kate – Mom of 2 autistic boys, who introduced me to Tresa, mom to a son with unrelenting seizures, who then introduced me to an amazing dietitian, Christine (who I still don’t have a picture for!).
And she introduced me to this incredible organization and these amazing resources:
All this to say, is that none of this would have been possible if all these people had not fortified our family with their knowledge, time and willingness to help. These were complete strangers. We were in desperate need. And because of their help, Autumn was cured.
We started this blog to encourage others walking down this same path, and thankfully we have been able to do just that throughout these past 5 years.
In an effort to continue on the theme of fortifying others, we have started a new blog, specifically geared towards moms, called, “Forti–fy”.
The goal is the same: encouraging others, by others who have walked along life’s ways and are willing to take time out to fortify those who are in need.
Today we celebrate all those who picked up the phone, sent an email, wrote a book and started an organization – all those who fortified us – and we give thanks, that is immeasurable, to each and every one of you!
(And in all honesty, we’ll probably have some cake and ice cream! 😉 )
This series happened to come up in my FB newsfeed a few days ago, so I thought I would check it out. It would be so helpful if this information could get out to the larger population so that the vaccine conversation could open up. “The truth is, is that we all care about the same thing. Pro-science, pro-common sense, pro-public health.”
Click here to watch the first of the 7 part series. Episode 2 aired last night and episode 3 aired tonight – they have been excellent.
Unfortunately, with the exception of episode 1, each link is only up for 24 hours. I could not find a working link for Episode 2 . Click here for episode 3, which should be up until tomorrow (Saturday, April 15) night.
Click here to sign up for the rest of the series.
Get informed and then make the decision that is right for you and your family.
I have deliberated for a great deal of time as to whether to write this post or not. Many might applaud me for the courage to post it, and others will write me off as a crackpot conspiracy theorist for doing so. The goal would be to encourage you to honestly read and watch everything in this post and then come to your own conclusions.
This is a long post. I know that brevity makes for a much more readable post; however, I am not a savvy enough writer to know how to make it shorter. I will just state that this is an extremely important issue that will affect all of us in one way or another. Especially now since some states are mandating vaccines, with no “option-out”. If you are really interested in having an honest discussion on this topic, I hope will consider carving out some time to get through it. Most of all the information I am providing is in the form of video clips – please DO NOT skip past them – because they hold the key information.
I would like to state at the very onset that my husband and I are not “anti-vaccine”. Our first 4 children had all started on their vaccine schedule. Then we became personally aware of adverse reactions to vaccines. Because of that, we started researching all we could, and we decided not to vaccinate our last 4 children. That was over 16 years ago. The issue has recently been brought up again in our lives because our oldest daughter would like to go to Africa and work, short term, in an orphanage. So we need to do what we can to keep her, and others, safe and healthy. Over the last several months we have been researching, once again, the safest way to do this. Contrary to what many vaccine blogs may assert, just because someone questions vaccines, does not mean they are “anti-vaccine”. We are pro-education, pro-informed consent, and pro-safety.
There is no shortage of information on the vaccine issue – both pro and con – on the internet, literally millions of sites – mostly screaming at one another. Anything I write in this article, you will be able to provide ammunition for or against – I know because I have read a great deal of it!
I am going to start this conversation with this video from the Today Show, which aired today (April 13, 2016). The host is interviewing Robert De Niro about his Tribeca film festival, The subject of the conversation turns to a film De Niro had wanted the festival to include, but ended up pulling it (See controversy video clips below). The name of the movie is: Vaxxed From Coverup to Catastrophe. The movie discusses how the CDC covered up data showing a link from the MMR vaccine to Autism. De Niro has a son with Autism and he feels that there needs to be a conversation on this matter. “There is more to this than meets the eye, There is something there, that people aren’t addressing. All I wanted is for the movie to be seen. People must see it. They can come to their own conclusions….there is a link…it is much more complicated.”
Now there has been a huge amount of controversy about the film since just being released a few weeks ago.
This video gives a timeline of the controversy and includes an interview clip with NBC Today host Matt Lauer and (retired head of NBC) Bob Wright, where Matt asked Mr. Wright, after stating all the scientific research has disproved a link between autism and vaccines, straight up, “As a man who has done so much in an effort to educate people what is the definitive answer on vaccines?” to which Mr. Wright says, “There is no definitive answer.”
Of note, John Wright’s book, “The Wright Stuff” also just came out in the last several weeks. Wright has a grandchild who developed Autism. Sheryl Attkisson (American author and formerly an investigative correspondent in the Washington bureau for CBS News) on her blog reviews a portion of his book and notes the following:
“In his book, [former head of NBC Bob Wright] says that President Obama’s key adviser, Valerie Jarrett, killed a proposal to improve the safety of vaccines, so that parental fears about the link between vaccines and autism could be addressed.
The Bush administration killed a similar proposal, he says. In that case, the explanation was that “the White House was afraid of press reaction.”
Attkisson notes: The federal government recognizes the risks and dangers, having established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to compensate victims of vaccines. This takes the vaccine makers off the hook for injuries and deaths caused by government-mandated vaccines. In short, Big Government is protecting Big Business from liability for their products. Wright notes that $100 million a year is paid in damages to victims of vaccines.
Florida Congressman Rep. Bill Posey, who is a safe vaccine advocate, addresses this issue here on the house floor where he mentions that our government has paid out over 3 BILLION dollars in vaccine injuries. He then discusses the CDC cover-up.
The Vaxxed film was then pulled about a week ago from the Houston film festival, with this info:
The Director of a Houston film festival was threatened by officials in the Texas government to withdraw a film that accuses government officials and scientists at the CDC of fraud and collusion with respect to science on the vaccine/autism link.
“Dear Philippe~ Good Morning…
“I wanted you to know that just like DeNiro and Tribeca, we must withdraw our invitation to screen VAXXED! It has been cancelled, and there was no press release about the film… that was scheduled for today, but after very threatening calls late yesterday (Monday) from high Houston Government officials (the first and only time they have ever called in 49 years) – we had no choice but to drop the film. Heavy handed censorship, to say the least… they both threatened severe action against the festival if we showed it, so it is out. Their actions would have cost us more than $100,000 in grants.
I do hope that they did not call or threaten you. It is done, it is out and we have been censored… There are some very powerful forces against this project. It does seem a bit of overkill, as I am confident that it will be released Online soon and millions of people can see it.
My Thanks and Best regards,
Chairman & Founding Director
The 49th Annual WorldFest-Houston”
The local news covered the story here:
This is a fascinating article on linking all of the parties involved in the shut down of this movie- it is hard to dismiss all of the connections – this is a powerful group:
Probably the biggest controversy of the movie revolves around the “de-frocked” doctor who has been labeled the “father of the anti-vaccine movement”, Dr. Andrew Wakefield. The label is very much a misnomer because Dr. Wakefield has not been, and is not, anti-vaccine. He is pro-safe vaccine. If you were to Google his name you would find things like: “discredited, fraud, dangerous and disgraced, or conversely you would find: hero, champion, pioneer, child defender, greatest scientific mind of our time.
The controversy started back in 1999 when he suggested that there MAY be a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. He was a strong proponent of the measles vaccine, but felt that it should be given by itself. Thus was born the “anti-vaccine” movement (again, a misnomer). In lieu of writing up the entire history (which is very long) of this controversy surrounding him, this interview covers his side of the story. PLEASE, if you are sincerely interested in this controversy, you will need to take the time to listen to this ENTIRE interview from start to finish. This is the foundational piece to this entire controversy. If you don’t watch it, it will be extremely difficult to wade through the claims surrounding him. Yes, it is a long, but it is important and it is only fair to listen to the words of the man who is at the heart of the story. Now, some may object and ask why am I not posting the other side to this story? Well, because quite frankly, the other side is pretty much all you get when you research this controversy. I am not saying that you shouldn’t, I am just saying at least listen to both sides. It is often the case when people use alternative methods of curing their cancer or other diseases and even though they have been cured, when they promote what helped them, they are dismissed as quacks. You will have no shortage of sites to read about what a “fraud” he is. So to be fair please listen to him speak, and decide for yourself. Also, it is noteworthy that Dr. Wakefield is credited by Bob Wright’s daughter as the doctor that helped her child receive significant help.
Here are some facts on the rise of autism and the vaccine schedule:
The Prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased by 119.4 percent from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68). (CDC, 2014)
Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability. (CDC, 2008)
# of Recommended Vaccines VS Autism Prevalence:
1953 – 16 dosages of 4 vaccines (Between 2 months and age 6) 1 in 5000 (1973)(Prior to 1973 it was believed prevalence was 1 in 10,000)
1983 – 23 doses of 7 vaccines (Between 2 months and age 6) 1 in 2500 (1985)
2013 – 118 vaccines (49 doses of 14 vaccines by age 6 (69 doses of 16 vaccines ages 7 – 18 ) 1 in 50 (2013)
Did you catch that? 1 in 50!
Consider how that vaccine schedule might get even more crowed given the rise in new vaccines coming out:
“By 2016, the Global Vaccines Market is Expected to Generate More Than Twice the Annual Revenue of 2009(The global vaccine market is expected to surpass estimated USD 100 billion by 2025).
The global vaccines industry was valued at $24 billion in 2009 and is expected to reach $52 billion in 2016 at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11.5%.The ability of vaccines to generate high revenue and profits despite being priced at a premium has proven attractive to both existing players in the market and to big pharmaceutical companies who have been watching the development of the market with interest.
The surge in revenues and growth rates came at a time when the pharmaceutical industry was under huge pressure from patent expiries and weakened pipelines…. The success of premium priced vaccines such as Prevnar, Gardasil, and Cervarix has prompted big pharmaceutical players such as Pfizer and AstraZeneca to invest in the vaccines industry which promises safe revenues due to a lack of threat from generics.
The Vaccines Industry is Looking to Increase its Revenues Through the Introduction of Novel Vaccines and Indication Expansions for Established Products.” (business wire.com)
Is it any wonder that these companies would not like any one questioning any adverse effects of vaccines? Perhaps this is too much of “good thing’?
It is understandable that government officials do not want to put the general public in a panic mode; obviously millions of people don’t react to vaccines. Certainly government officials are concerned for the health and safety of its nations’ citizens. However, it is just as understandable that the thousands of families whose lives have been changed just hours or days after their child was vaccinated want the truth of their injuries to be heard, and bring awareness for the safety of others. We need to start building trust on both sides of this issue. I don’t know of a parent who is not concerned for the safety and health of their child and would like to be able to trust what they are told by their health care providers.
Lastly is the Gardasil vaccine. This has nothing directly to do with Andrew Wakefield or the movie Vaxxed. There has just been so much written regarding this vaccine that I have seen over the last several years that I am simply just going to share these links. Is the risk of what you see here really worth any benefit? While reviewing these links, keep in mind that Gardasil has been a huge profit maker for Merck.
Oh, I guess there is one more item – you know how many kids have peanut allergies today? Check this out – this was interesting: http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/whats-really-behind-peanut-allergy-epidemic/ )
Finally, here is just a sample post of a recurring theme which has probably been reiterated thousands of times – many educated, well informed individuals who are just trying to raise awareness:
My son was born in July 1995. He was bright, alert, engaging and clearly neurotypical in every way. He met and exceeded all of his developmental milestones until 7 1/2 years of age when he sustained a vaccine injury from the flu shot in late 2002. Within a very, very short period of time after the vaccine, he developed severe neurological, neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral changes. I was forced to research this issue, as did my late husband, a physician, in order to save our son. We were not anti-vaccine (which should be obvious, otherwise, our child would not have suffered a vaccine injury). We were not conspiracy theorists. We were intelligent, educated, articulate parents trying to find out what happened to our formerly healthy son. We understood medicine, statistics and how to read and comprehend scientific research. My late husband was a triple board certified physician and Chairman of Emergency and Trauma at a major Level 1 Trauma Center. He served as Associate Professor of Surgery at a well-respected medical school/teaching hospital, as well as Medical Director of a Physician Assistant program at a major university. He did peer-review for numerous medical journals, served on the boards of numerous National, State and local medical societies. He was a published author of numerous medical articles, peer-reviewed scientific studies and even a medical textbook. My background was in politics, nursing in physician offices and forensic accounting. In others words, we were NOT clueless, gullible, conspiracy theory, “anti-science” parents as the CDC and mainstream media try to paint anyone who has the audacity to question vaccines.
All one has to do is follow the money to ascertain why the pharmaceutical companies and government vaccine program defenders (like the CDC, FDA, NIH, WHO, etc. are attacking anyone who questions vaccines. They have 30+ billion reasons per year (money generated each year from vaccines) to deny any evidence of harm from vaccines. Denying that vaccines cause severe harm does not change the FACT that vaccines CAN and DO cause severe harm and/or death to some. My child IS evidence of harm. This is why I encourage all parents to educate themselves about the true RISKS before they vaccinate their child. I wish I had done so instead of relying on the misinformation of my well-intentioned, but woefully misinformed pediatrician.”
Andrei Sakharov, a Russian nuclear physicist who helped develop the atomic bomb, said before dying, ‘I always thought that the most powerful weapon in the world was the bomb. I’ve changed my mind. The most powerful weapon in the world is not the bomb, the most powerful weapon is the truth.'”
So, is it the truth that this is the greatest cover-up of our time, or is it all just an “anti-vax” conspiracy that is going to bring mass disease back into the land? Or perhaps, the answer lies somewhere in-between?
You will need to decide for yourself.
(Thought I would re-post this from last year as Valentine’s Day is once again upon us – Yum!)
Valentine’s Day is coming up! We wanted to give you some “mmm mmm good” ideas so you would have plenty of time to plan ahead. ♥
Simply click on the title to get the recipe:
Use coupon code “valentine2015” to receive 20% of your scarf order at
the girls’ etsy site: Morning Has Broken
If there are chocolates and treats – then there must be Keto Joy!
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I saw this today and thought it might be a great resource to share, especially with Halloween and the holiday season coming up!
I have done previous posts on candy that you can view here:
All will provide many happy faces!
KETO JOY !
Actually they have been home for a while
– Just been busy!
The cats and dogs were probably as excited as I was!
They had tons of fun with cousins and grandparents..swimming, hiking, hanging out. And NO Seizures! They loved their trip to legoland. Yes, this is all built with legos – amazing!
Now we are back to……
Frisbee Tournaments and Soccer practice:
First game 6-0 win! Working off the boarding/riding stable fees – But with a brand new smile – Braces off!
Piano for all:
Joining two others
Getting the animals fed.
The 4H pig project
And the chickens…
And Oh do the cows love what’s in the scrap bucket!
Enjoying their brothers, who are also back at home…
…even when they wear funny colored pants! 😉
and of course, the beloved kittens!
All is well again! 😉
(Although I also would be delighted to see this family home again! Possibly Thanksgiving??? 😉 )
Thank you Keto Joy!
The last few days have been all a buzz in “busyness” and excitement over 4H projects and some of the girls getting ready to leave with Dad on a trip to California to visit family.
The truth is I, unfortunately, have been busy with fear.
I hate living there. But I have to be honest.
Debbie Synder, the author of “Keto Kid”, once asked Dr. Freeman the question, “How long will it take before I don’t worry any more?” His answer, “When you are 76.”
I’m sure it will be 106 for me.
Autumn has had ear pain for several weeks, and all my usual remedies that typically work, didn’t fix it. So this past Monday found us in the doctor’s office.
“I am pretty sure I see some pus behind the ear drum,” says he. And then comes the RX for an antibiotic.
In my mind I am thinking, “If she wasn’t getting on a plane in 3 days, I would just try to ride this out. But she is getting on a plane, and she could be in excruciating pain if that infection continues. What is worse, the treatment or the pain.”
For some of you reading this, you won’t understand what is the big deal about putting your kid on antibiotic. I am not against antibiotics. I am grateful they exist.
The issue is living life after seizures and being worried that something will set them off again.
With all the research about the microbiome and gut health affecting brain health…as a past seizure mom…it makes you worried. In addition to that, the flight times are a bit crazy and will yield very little sleep. And of course with all the family gatherings there will be lots of activity and lots of great food – all kinds of great wonderful favorites and treats to eat while laughing and hanging out with her cousins. But she will need self-control…that antibiotic will be messing with her gut… and if she’s eating the wrong food… and perhaps not getting enough sleep…. could be a recipe for disaster…and on… and on… and on.
I wanted her to be able to go and just enjoy the trip. She hasn’t been out to see family for almost 6 years.
I didn’t want her to be worried about anything.
But she knows mom is worried.
This is not the way I wanted it to be.
“Wanting things your way — can destroy any way at all.”*
And so I wait. I just have to wait. I have to wait for 10 days until they are all back home. With me. (Of course then they will be safe, right?!)
“Waiting can feel like an insane asylum of its own.”
Yes, I am living there today. I want the answer now! “Is she going to be ok?!”
“He who is hurried by worry, delays the comfort of God.
I am literally exhausted today by worry…Why can’t I just rest in that comfort?
“We can simply want our situation solved — when God simply wants to be our answer. And the best situation — is always what makes God your best hope.”
For those of you who pray, I would covet those prayers for peace and protection right now. I am not afraid to ask.
One thing I know for sure, I know her dad will keep her close and take the greatest care of her.
He is an amazing man.
Perfect love casts out fear. (1 John 4:18)
I will press on. 🙂
* All quotes come from today’s Ann Voscamp
Well, the 4-H Summer 2015 Judging was yesterday and here are some of the results:
Grand Champion for Autumn’s Keto Joy display board and brochure!
The judge told her several times that she really needed to enter her project into any and all science fairs that she could. We will look into that. This award really goes to everyone who has ever helped anyone with this diet. I can’t imagine this day even being possible without that help. This is where we once were:
Champion for Consumer Clothing
Champion for Fashion Review for her division, Reserve Champion overall; Sister, Promise, received Reserved Champion for her division.
Champion for Sewing:
None of this would have been possible without our beautiful sewing helper over the years, the amazing, Leah!
Promise, took Grand Champion for her Cake:
Promise really owes her success to the help of big sister, Rebekah. Rebekah missed judging this year as she went out to help out her big brother, and sister-in-law, with child care for Max and several of their foster children. She has been busy building forts, playing games, doing art projects and cooking in the kitchen with them! (I can only show 1/2 the picture due to privacy laws).
Kristen, took Grand Champion for all Needlework!
Kristen’s cards are Brazilian embroidered with beading. Brazilian embroidery is a rarity today and we were so blessed by some wonderful ladies from the embroidery guild that put on FREE classes at our local library in the summer. The girls started the classes several years ago and Kristen really progressed with the help of this dear, sweet 80 + -year-old member, Betty. The girls and I had presented a picture frame and poem to her last year to thank her for all her help!
The blessing of investment. Oh, how we have been SO blessed by SO many who have been willing to invest their time, talent and resources to help us…
I hope we can pass it on!
It’s not TOO Hard! 🙂
That is the message Autumn is proclaiming about the Ketogenic Diet, for one of her 4-H projects this year.
In an effort to create awareness of using the Ketogenic diet as a treatment option for seizures, Autumn has created a brochure that she can hand out to people at our local county fair. She has also distributed the brochures to local doctors in our area to help inform them on this treatment option.