Friday, October 30, 2009


My beautiful sister sent this information to me and I felt it would be a crime to not share it wih you all!
A friend of mine called yesterday and said her 3 year old daughter (my peanut!) has the Swine flu-the doctor confirmed that the swine flu is NOT that much worse than the "normal" flu.
My question is, what motivation would the government have in creating panic over this? Think about it, inform yourself before simply getting the injection-what are the side affects?, how long have they tested it?, what does it contain!?
I have always said- QUESTION AUTHORITY!

Holistic Medical Practice of Randy S. Baker MD and our center, the Pacific Center for Integral Health in Soquel, CA

Many people are concerned about the H1N1 influenza strain, popularly
called the swine flu. Because this is a strain few people are immune to,
it will likely spread more than the typical flu, and might affect 1/3 or
more of the population (of interest, the elderly are more likely to be
immune and thus less likely to become ill). However, this flu strain is
not any more serious than the typical seasonal flu, and there is growing
evidence that it is generally milder than typical seasonal flu. While
some people unfortunately die from influenza each year, most fatalities
are in those with serious chronic illness. It is rare for a generally
healthy person to die from influenza. Of interest, while the CDC states
that 36,000 people die in the US from influenza each year, the data shows
that the number is actually about 1,300.
Many steps can be taken to prevent influenza. A widely-used
strategy is the flu vaccine. The H1N1 strain did not appear until
this year’s seasonal vaccine was already in production, so
there are 2 vaccines this year, the regular seasonal vaccine and
one for H1N1. Until recently, I
strongly advised against the swine flu vaccine due to plans to add
squalene to the vaccine in an attempt to make it more potent.
Squalene has the potential to trigger serious autoimmune disease.
Fortunately, significant public awareness was raised about this
Hazard (largely due to the efforts of Dr. Joseph Mercola), leading many to
plan to refuse the vaccine, leading the manufacturers to recently announce
that it would not be added in the US. While I still have some concerns
about the safety of this vaccine, they are far less if it is
squalene-free. Remaining concerns include the presence of thimerosal, a
mercury-containing preservative found in most of the injectable flu
vaccines, and the fact that a certain percentage (5-10%) of vaccines are
contaminated with viruses and bacteria such as mycoplasma. Still, I feel
it is now
reasonable for those in fragile health to consider the vaccine.
An outspoken critic of vaccines is Dr. Mercola. You can go to his
popular web site to read his latest take on the vaccine and
Also of interest, 12 of 13 Canadian provinces recently suspended giving
the seasonal flu vaccine due to research showing that people who got the
annual flu vaccine last year had twice the chance of getting the H1N1
strain this year(!):
This calls into question the safety and efficacy of flu vaccines. A review
of research by mainstream scientists with impeccable credentials suggests
that the influenza vaccine is not particularly safe and effective for
either adults or children: and There is evidence that elderly
people in extended care facilities have significantly less deaths from
pneumonia if they get flu vaccine, so it is reasonable for that population
to consider. I do not recommend children and adults in good general
health get influenza vaccine.
There are many other ways to prevent the flu. Research shows that
people with low blood levels of Vitamin D have a significantly
greater chance of getting influenza. Experts advise 5000 units of
Vitamin D during fall and winter to boost immunity.
Other good immune boosters include zinc (15-30 mg/day), Vitamin A
(10,000 units/day, ideally form a fish source), and Vitamin C (1,000-2,000
mg 2x/day). Andrographis, a wonderful herb, can reduce chances of getting
colds and flu by 50% (200 mg 5 days a week or 400 mg 3 days a
Avoiding contact with sick people, frequent hand washing, and
eating a healthy diet while minimizing sugar, alcohol and fried
foods are all likely to help. Reducing stress and maintaining a positive
attitude also boosts immunity.
A homeopathic preparation made from influenza virus, Influenzinum,
is claimed to act like a vaccine. Research needs to confirm this,
but many homeopaths have found it effective in their practices and
it seems reasonable to try.
If one gets influenza, homeopathy can be the best treatment. It
was documented to be remarkably effective during the 1918
pandemic. Here is a summary of how homeopathy was useful in this pandemic:
It is documented that in the 1918 pandemic
up to 30% of patients seeking conventional care died. However, it is
important to note that there is absolutely no evidence that the new H1N1
strain is anywhere nearly as virulent, and almost all of the deaths were
not directly from influenza but from secondary pneumonia. This was before
the discovery of antibiotics, and undoubtedly western medicine today is
much better able to successfully treat pneumonia.
However, during the 1918 pandemic it documented that those treated with
homeopathy had dramatically better outcomes.

The following is an extract from an article entitled "Homeopathy In
Influenza- A Chorus Of Fifty In Harmony" by W. A. Dewey, MD that appeared
in the Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy in 1920 (thanks to
Julian Winston and David Warkentin for this).

"Dean W. A. Pearson of Philadelphia collected 26,795 cases of influenza
treated by homeopathic physicians with a mortality of 1.05%, while the
average old school mortality is 30%.

Thirty physicians in Connecticut responded to my request for data. They
reported 6,602 cases with 55 deaths, which is less than 1%. In the
transport service I had 81 cases on the way over. All recovered and were
landed. Every man received homeopathic treatment. One ship lost 31 on the
way. H. A. Roberts, MD, Derby, Connecticut.

In a plant of 8,000 workers we had only one death. The patients were not
drugged to death. Gelsemium was practically the only remedy used. We used
no aspirin and no vaccines. -Frank Wieland, MD, Chicago.

I did not lose a single case of influenza; my death rate in the pneumonias
was 2.1%. The salycilates, including aspirin and quinine, were almost the
sole standbys of the old school and it was a common thing to hear them
speaking of losing 60% of their pneumonias.-Dudley A. Williams, MD,
Providence, Rhode Island.

Fifteen hundred cases were reported at the Homeopathic Medical Society of
the District of Columbia with but fifteen deaths. Recoveries in the
National Homeopathic Hospital were 100%.-E. F. Sappington, M. D.,

I have treated 1,000 cases of influenza. I have the records to show my
work. I have no losses. Please give all credit to homeopathy and none to
the Scotch-Irish-American! -T. A. McCann, MD, Dayton, Ohio.

We treated over 300 cases of influenza among the members of the Student
army Training Corps with no deaths.Gelsemium, Bryonia and Ferrum
phosporicum were the leading remedies. Only in those cases having had
aspirin was convalescence delayed and pneumonia produced.
C.B.Stouffer, M.D
Ann Arbor

One physician in a Pittsburgh hospital asked a nurse if she knew any
better than what he was doing, because he was losing so many cases. "Yes,
Doctor, stop Aspirin and go down to a homeopathic pharmacy, and get
homeopathic remedies." The Doctor replied; "But that is homeopathy." "I
know it, but the homeopathic doctors for whom I have nursed have not lost
a single case."
W.F.Edmundson, M.D

Three hundred and fifty cases were treated and I only lost one.
Cora Smith King, M.D
Washington D.C

Eleven men reported 3,600 cases with 6 deaths. My records show 750 cases
with one death.Gelsemium, Bryonia and Eupatorium were the remedies
F.A.Swartwout, M.D
Washington D.C.

In the Public Health service in New Mexico among the Mexican population
chiefly Veratrum viride, Gelsemium and Bryonia were introduced and
excellent results followed their use in influenza. No cases died under
homeopathic medication.
E.Fisher, M.D

Epidemics tend to have a single remedy that helps most
patients. Homeopaths have found several remedies helpful thus
far for swine flu and there is not yet a consensus if one is the
best for most cases. Homeopaths seem to be having the greatest success
with Arsenicum album, Belladonna and Eupatorium perfoliatum. It might be
a good idea to get all 3 to have on hand. A good summary of how to choose
an appropriate remedy is here:,93
If a consensus on a remedy good for most cases develops, I will post it here.
At the first sign of the flu I would take Oscillococcinum (a
homeopathic remedy proven effective for flu) or a more specific
remedy based on symptoms. I advise Vit. C 2,000 mg every 1-2
hours until loose stools (then lesser amounts). I advise
elderberry extract (Sambucol, or Immunity Take Care by New Chapter, also
called DART Immune by NewMark), Lomatium and Andrographis (400 mg 3x/day).
Boneset tea can also be helpful.
John Cannell MD has found that taking 900 units of Vit. D per
pound of weight for 3 days to be a highly effective treatment.
This means a 200 pound person would take 180,000 units a day for
3 days, truly a megadose. Such doses are toxic if taken
long-term, but appear safe if limited to 3 days:
Vitamin A can also help, up to 250,000 units of a fish-based source, for
up to 5 days. This dose can be toxic taken for prolonged periods, but is
safe to take for a few days.
Even if one takes nothing, they will likely fully recover from the flu
within a week or 2. Taking appropriate homeopathics, vitamins and herbs
can dramatically reduce the severity of symptoms and duration of illness
while preventing complications such as secondary infections.
If we do get the flu, it forces us to slow down and can be a good
work-out for the immune system, giving us natural immunity to the
flu for years to come. Having the flu helps our bodies to
detoxify, and helps us to appreciate what a blessing it is to enjoy
good health, something best not taken for granted.

Check back here periodically for updates as this situation develops.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

98~ *WIN*

I just became a champion of our national parks with the Sierra Club, and entered to win a trip to Yosemite and San Francisco - you should too. And be sure to let the Sierra Club know I referred you!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

97~ Ellen Quote...

Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.

Ellen DeGeneres

96~ Deal on Halloween Costumes!

Nothing But Costumes - Take an Extra 10% Off!

95~ Bindis

Strange request-my 7 year old daughters birthday is coming up and she said she wants Bindis for her birthday, it spawned from my mothers last trip to India, I love that my girls embrace any and all traditions and cultures so I NEEDED to find my quest for Bindis I found the following shop...
Looks like a really funky shop that I may be bookmarking!

Good 'ole Amazon has them also!

94~ Easy Banana Bread recipe...

Funny thing happens when the weather gets a bit chilly, Betty Crocker explodes into our kitchen!
I have been cranking out banana bread the past few days,and cannot seem to make enough to have an extra loaf to freeze! The whole family Loved it!

~Of all sources, the following recipe comes from a cookbook copywrited in 1978!
The Taming of the C.A.N.D.Y. Monster, by Vicki Lansky....((C-ontinuously A-dvertised
N-utritionally D-eficient Y-ummies))
***A lot of the information/tips in this cookbook are "no-brainers", but even such, I hold onto it!

1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg -beaten
1 cup bran cereal or uncooked oatmeal
4-5 mashed ripe bananas (1 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour (white/whole wheat, or combination)
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chopped nuts (i omitted these, so far no bread police have shown up!)

Get to work....
Cream shortening and sugar until light. Add egg and mix. Add cereal, bananas and vanilla. Stir. Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and add to the first mixture, stirring only long enough to moisten the flour. Bake in a greased loaf pan at 350 degrees for an hour* or until bread tests done. Stand back, family will attack!

*an hour was not even close to the correct time for me on this, I used a loaf pan and it took an hour and a half-I had better results dividing the mixture in half using 2 loaf pans, thus cutting bake time in half...