So many of us have questioned what vaccinations contain and how they are affecting our children.  Especially with so many disorders on the rise such as autism which many studies have linked to vaccinations.   Well, what if thee were a waiver you could bring with you to your Doctor when you brought your child in for their checkup which essentially requires your Doc to legally say that they are aware of the contents of the vaccination and it’s possible harmful effects?  Spread the word!

 Thanks to Dr. Rapp and her blog for sharing this awesome waiver as well as  PreventDisease.com for designing it !  Here is a preview below with an impressive list of possible ingredients you could find in your childs vaccination.  To print a copy to bring to your physician please visit: http://preventdisease.com/pdf/Warranty-of-Vaccine-Safety-English.pdf 

PHYSICIAN’S WARRANTY OF VACCINE SAFETY

I (Physician’s name, degree) _______________ , _____ am a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State/Province of _________ . My State/Provincial license number is ___________ , and my DEA number is ____________ . My medical specialty is _______________ .

I have a thorough understanding of the risks and benefits of all the medications that I prescribe for or administer to my patients. In the case of (Patient’s name) ______________ , age _____ , whom I have examined, I find that certain risk factors exist that justify the recommended vaccinations. The following is a list of said risk factors and the vaccinations that will protect against them:
Risk Factor __________________________
Vaccination __________________________
Risk Factor __________________________
Vaccination __________________________
Risk Factor __________________________
Vaccination __________________________

I am aware that vaccines may contain many of the following chemicals, excipients, preservatives and fillers:

* aluminum hydroxide
* aluminum phosphate
* ammonium sulfate
* amphotericin B
* animal tissues: pig blood, horse blood, rabbit brain
* arginine hydrochloride
* dog kidney, monkey kidney
* dibasic potassium phosphate
* chick embryo, chicken egg, duck egg
* calf (bovine) serum
* betapropiolactone
* fetal bovine serum
* formaldehyde
* formalin
* gelatin
* gentamicin sulfate
* glycerol
* human diploid cells (originating from human aborted fetal tissue)
* hydrocortisone
* hydrolyzed gelatin
* mercury thimerosol (thimerosal, Merthiolate(r))
* monosodium glutamate (MSG)
* monobasic potassium phosphate
* neomycin
* neomycin sulfate
* nonylphenol ethoxylate
* octylphenol ethoxylate
* octoxynol 10
* phenol red indicator
* phenoxyethanol (antifreeze)
* potassium chloride
* potassium diphosphate
* potassium monophosphate
* polymyxin B
* polysorbate 20
* polysorbate 80
* porcine (pig) pancreatic hydrolysate of casein
* residual MRC5 proteins
* sodium deoxycholate
* sorbitol
* thimerosal
* tri(n)butylphosphate,
* VERO cells, a continuous line of monkey kidney cells, and
* washed sheep red blood

and, hereby, warrant that these ingredients are safe for injection into the body of my patient. I have researched reports to the contrary, such as reports that mercury thimerosal causes severe neurological and immunological damage, and find that they are not credible.

I am aware that some vaccines have been found to have been contaminated with Simian Virus 40 (SV 40) and that SV 40 is causally linked by some researchers to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and mesotheliomas in humans as well as in experimental animals. I hereby warrant that the vaccines I employ in my practice do not contain SV 40 or any other live viruses. (Alternately, I hereby warrant that said SV-40 virus or other viruses pose no substantive risk to my patient.)

I hereby warrant that the vaccines I am recommending for the care of (Patient’s name) _______________ do not contain any tissue from aborted human babies (also known as “fetuses”).

In order to protect my patient’s well being, I have taken the following steps to guarantee that the vaccines I will use will contain no damaging contaminants.

STEPS TAKEN: __________________________
_______________________________________
_______________________________________
_______________________________________

I have personally investigated the reports made to the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) and state that it is my professional opinion that the vaccines I am recommending are safe for administration to a child under the age of 5 years.

The bases for my opinion are itemized on Exhibit A, attached hereto, — “Physician’s Bases for Professional Opinion of Vaccine Safety.” (Please itemize each recommended vaccine separately along with the bases for arriving at the conclusion that the vaccine is safe for administration to a child under the age of 5 years.)

The professional journal articles I have relied upon in the issuance of this Physician’s Warranty of Vaccine Safety are itemized on Exhibit B, attached hereto, — “Scientific Articles in Support of Physician’s Warranty of Vaccine Safety.”

The professional journal articles that I have read which contain opinions adverse to my opinion are itemized on Exhibit C, attached hereto, — “Scientific Articles Contrary to Physician’s Opinion of Vaccine Safety.”

The reasons for my determining that the articles in Exhibit C were invalid are delineated in Attachment D, attached hereto, — “Physician’s Reasons for Determining the Invalidity of Adverse Scientific Opinions.”

Hepatitis B

I understand that 60 percent of patients who are vaccinated for Hepatitis B will lose detectable antibodies to Hepatitis B within 12 years. I understand that in 1996 only 54 cases of Hepatitis B were reported to the CDC in the 0-1 year age group. I understand that in the VAERS, there were 1,080 total reports of adverse reactions from Hepatitis B vaccine in 1996 in the 0-1 year age group, with 47 deaths reported.

I understand that 50 percent of patients who contract Hepatitis B develop no symptoms after exposure. I understand that 30 percent will develop only flu-like symptoms and will have lifetime immunity. I understand that 20 percent will develop the symptoms of the disease, but that 95 percent will fully recover and have lifetime immunity.

I understand that 5 percent of the patients who are exposed to Hepatitis B will become chronic carriers of the disease. I understand that 75 percent of the chronic carriers will live with an asymptomatic infection and that only 25 percent of the chronic carriers will develop chronic liver disease or liver cancer, 10-30 years after the acute infection. The following scientific studies have been performed to demonstrate the safety of the Hepatitis B vaccine in children under the age of 5 years.
____________________________________
____________________________________ _____________________________________

In addition to the recommended vaccinations as protections against the above cited risk factors, I have recommended other non-vaccine measures to protect the health of my patient and have enumerated said non-vaccine measures on Exhibit D, attached hereto, “Non-vaccine Measures to Protect Against Risk Factors.” I am issuing this Physician’s Warranty of Vaccine Safety in my professional capacity as the attending physician to (Patient’s name) ________________________________. Regardless of the legal entity under which I normally practice medicine, I am issuing this statement in both my business and individual capacities and hereby waive any statutory, Common Law, Constitutional, UCC, international treaty, and any other legal immunities from liability lawsuits in the instant case. I issue this document of my own free will after consultation with competent legal counsel whose name is _____________________________ , an attorney admitted to the Bar in the State of __________________ .
_________________________ (Name of Attending Physician)
______________________ L.S. (Signature of Attending Physician)
Signed on this _______ day of ______________ A.D. ________
Witness: _________________ Date: _____________________
Notary Public: _____________ Date: ______________________

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SCHOOL

Well, spring sprang and with it so did the pollen count.  We went from doing really well this year with a mishap or two and strep throat around Halloween to a 2 and 1/2 hour school day because afternoons have turned into a fall apart time of the day.  The pollen count is usually highest starting around 1pm.  It can be really frustrating when it seems all of your efforts and progress have just fallen apart.  I guess it’s because when things go bad, they go so bad people forget that we made it through almost a whole school year, off of meds, without any significant challenges until now! 

Perhaps you are wondering why I brought up the pollen count.  Well, a majority of what I am thinking about my sons behavioral issues stem from his allergies.  We all know that when you don’t feel good, you can be very irritable.  We have a kid here who has class III allergies to trees found in our area and also to molds(we live near a river).  For those that are unfamiliar with allergy classification we go from o not allergic to highly allergic at class 6.  His worst allergy result was to a specific dust mite at a class IV.  It can be very frustrating when you suspect something and there is tons of literature on the subject but still people doubt you. Our latest testing was done with the hopes of starting sublingual drops to help desensitize his system making it easier for him to make it through the day.  I have a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD with mood disorder otherwise unspecified but was also told by our  pediatric neurologist that he didn’t meet the criteria for any ONE specific disorder, etc.  Sometimes it seems like we are dealing with BiPolar with rapid cycling because his mood swings are so quick.  Sometimes I wonder about schizophrenia(which some studies are showing there is a link between schizophrenia symptoms and celiac disease).

UNDERSTANDING

I guess I can understand where the school is coming from with such a dramatic change in behaviors and mood but there are also times I would like to expect a little understanding.  The new plan is to look over the summer for a social-emotional classroom which will enable him to learn and take into consideration his mood swings.  Of course the suggestion was also made to have him go into a home for troubled youth for a 30 day evaluation.  This was recommended as a “with our family’s best interests” intention.  My child is 10 years old and maybe he is not perfect but I have seen far worse.  I have lived with these mood swings for at least 7 out of those 10 years and dealt with sleepless WEEKS prior to them due to his many health issues.  While the thought of a respite is nice, I wonder about the at what expense part. 

I have read about parents with autistic children who continuously must fight the newborn sleep deprivation battle with their children at advanced ages.  I genuinely feel for these parents and families as I know how difficult taking care of your family and other obligations can be when you don’t sleep enough.  It is hard to be a good judge of what is necessary unless you have lived through it yourself.  I realize sometimes others outside of our situation can see things we cannot but at the same time, no-one lives inside your head and heart besides yourself.

FRUSTRATION 

I guess the purpose of this particular post is to help me sort some things out in my head and release a little of my frustration.  There are many hardships we will face in this life and hopefully we can meet them head-on and come out with few scars and knowing it was all worth it!

Strawberry Cake

Today is my sons 10th birthday!  Things have been less than perfect lately preventing me from really getting on here and posting anything but for the special occasion I thought maybe I would just hop on and share an awesome recipe with you!

If you go to the store and purchase a cake mix for strawberry flavored cake, you get a little red #40, etc.  so I did a search for the perfect recipe for a strawberry cake without the food coloring.  This version is not gluten free (although I imagine you could use your favorite all purpose gluten-free mix and tweak slightly) and the original version is not dairy free, so I give you my modified dye free, dairy free, soy free strawberry cake:

Ingredients

  • For the strawberry puree:
  • 2 16 oz. packages of no-sugar-added frozen strawberries(thawed)
  • 1-2 tsp sugar (optional)
  • When you thaw the berries you should have some juices, pour the berries into a strainer and collect the juice.  This can be used to help give your cake a pinker color!

          For the cake:

  • 1/4 cup Rice Dream(or other non-dairy substitute) milk, at room temperature
  • 6 large egg whites, room temperature (4 whole eggs can be substituted)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup cake flour, sifted
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12 Tbsp Earth Balance dairy and soy free butter, at room temp

Instruction

1.  Place 2 16 oz. bags frozen strawberries in a food processor or blender and puree.

2.  Reserve 3/4 cup puree for the cake.

3.  Keep leftover puree for frosting and to fill cake if you like.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare two 8- or 9-inch pans: use grease/flour combination and coat pans).

5. In small bowl, combine 3/4 cup puree, 1/4 cup rice dream milk, egg, pure vanilla and mix with fork until well blended. If using a mixer add this to your stand mixer(you can mix by hand), add sifted flour, sugar, aluminum free baking  powder and salt and mix to combine. Continue beating at slow speed and add Earth Balance soy/dairy free butter. Mix until combined and resembling moist crumbs.

6. Add wet ingredients and beat at medium speed for about 1 minute or until full and evenly combined.

7. Divide the batter evenly among the pans and smooth tops.

8. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (time will vary). Let cakes rest in pan for about 10 minutes and turn out onto wire racks. Let cakes cool completely (about 2 hours).

(this recipe is a modified version from http://www.jasonandshawnda.com/foodiebride/archives/1088 ”

The following is a modified version of  http://www.marthastewart.com/316838/sprinkles-strawberry-frosting

1 cup Earth Balance dairy/soy free Butter

4 cups of sifted powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract

3 TBS. leftover puree

Cream butter until smooth, add powdered sugar slowly until combined

Add vanilla and puree and mix until JUST blended

We did have an issue with the frosting melting at room temperature.  Next time I will try a  little more powdered sugar to see if it holds together better.  Any suggestions for this would be great!

And VOILA!  You now have a homemade strawberry cake and strawberry frosting without the dyes or dairy and soy!  I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

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Backslides!

Emotions

Emotions often run high when you are raising a child with special needs.  Parenting of neuro-typical children can seem like a rollercoaster ride(I have four) so adding the special needs child into that mix makes it seem as if you’re on that rollercoaster that turns upside down without the over the shoulder restraints.  Stress levels often run high and everyone can be affected.  Sometimes, I begin to feel like I can’t do it anymore.  Thisis a horrible reality.  I love all my children and sometimes I feel as if I am sacrificing some important element of my other childrens lives because so much of my time is taken in trying to find the exact right solution to what ails one of them.  Is ailment an accurate descriptor? 

Guilt

Sometimes it is to easy to fall into the trap of feeling guilt.  I often think, ” If this is so hard on us, I can’t even imagine how hard it is on him!”  Imagine for a child who has uncontrollable outbursts of anger(or just emotion) which could turn violent and it’s become an expected response.  You become preconditioned and a cycle ensues.  Patterns of behavior which can be destuctive on both ends become the norm.  The best thing to do in this instance, is to to at first recognize the pattern.  Then examine your roll in the pattern.  Once you discern your part, you can eventually begin to redirect yourself.  ” We do the best we know how to do and when we learn better we do better!”  One of my favorite quotes.