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Frightening Vaccination Bill June 16, 2008

Filed under: Current Events — katieosborne @ 12:10 am
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I don’t know what the chances are of this becoming law, but there is a bill in the New York State Assembly right now calling for mandatory vaccination of all children, on the prescribed schedule. This includes a yearly flu shot (which still contains Thimerosol) and the controversial Gardisil vaccine which is supposed to protect against a couple strains of HPV that can be contracted through sexual activity. Gardisil has undergone little testing before hitting the market, it’s efficacy is questionable, and it has been linked to many serious side effects, including miscarriage and death, yet parents would be forced to subject their young girls to this shot. The bill will also allow the administration of vaccines for sexually transmitted infections to minors without parental consent. Those who are unvaccinated will not be allowed to attend school; it sounds like this includes state college.

Regardless of how you feel about vaccinations, we should all be outraged that the state is attempting to force it’s agenda on families in yet another manner. Short of home schooling, and I suppose private school, or moving out of state, parents will have no choice but to vaccinate their children with every shot mandated by the government, on the schedule recommended by the government. I’ve said it before, but the State views our children as theirs and continues to chip away at parents’ rights to raise and care for their children as they see best.

 

More On FLDS Kidnapping May 22, 2008

Filed under: Current Events — katieosborne @ 7:21 pm
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The appeals court has ruled that the State acted improperly by taking the FLDS children and placing them in the foster care system. It’s unclear when the children will be returned to their families, and the State plans to appeal the decision. But hopefully the families will be reunited soon, and they can begin healing.

As a side note, I came across this article today regarding the State’s order to have the children immunized. (The community is largely unvaccinated). As a parent of an unvaccinated child, I am completely infuriated that the government has the ability to make such a decision. They truly do believe our children belong to them.

  Crimmins said the state requires all children in custody to be immunized for their “health and safety.” He said no one would be forced to get inoculations; older children specifically would have the opportunity to decline the shots.

I don’t quite understand how it can be a requirement, yet they say the children can reject them. If this is true, unfortunately it won’t help the youngest children, those at greatest risk for being negatively affected by the shots, since they’re not able to make that kind of decision. In fact, it is absolutely ridiculous to allow children to make such a decision at all. That is the job of the parents who hopefully have educated themselves on the benefits and risks of vaccinations.

Since most haven’t had any, I wonder how many shots they plan to pump them full of at once to make up for lost time.

What a disaster. This whole thing. At least the children will hopefully be returned soon.

 

The State’s Inhumane Treatment of Women And Children May 16, 2008

Filed under: Current Events — katieosborne @ 10:18 pm
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 I don’t think there is a day that goes by that I don’t think about the nightmare the state of Texas brought on the FLDS mothers and children. It makes me so ashamed of what this country has become, and I feel so much grief and anger for what these people are going through.

How the state feels justified in causing irreparable emotional and psychological damage to these innocent children and their mothers because of a false claim of sexual abuse from a woman who was not, and has never been, a member of the community is simply mind boggling.  I keep expecting someone to step in and finally say, “this has all been a terrible mistake. We apologize profusely for the terror and trauma we’ve caused. Your children will be returned to you immediately, and you are all free to return home.” But that is not going to happen.

I just feel like something must be done. There must be some way to help…some way to take a stand for these people who are being persecuted because of their unpopular beliefs. But I have no idea what I can do.

Reading the accounts of many of the mental health workers involved, reinforces the disbelief I feel over the situation. The accounts can be found here in their entirety. Below are some excerpts.

 

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Doesn’t The Government Have Anything Better To Do… May 6, 2008

Filed under: Current Events — katieosborne @ 6:34 pm
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…with it’s time and our tax dollars?

A Pennsylvania Mennonite farmer was arrested for selling raw milk in NYC, where it is illegal. Granted, he was breaking the law, but certainly, this is a law that needs to be repealed.

It is absurd that the government has decided it has the power to mandate what we can and cannot put in our bodies and can arrest a peaceful farmer for providing a product, a product far superior to what is available at the grocery store, for which there is great demand.

Ridiculous.

 

FLDS Ranch Raid April 25, 2008

Filed under: Current Events — katieosborne @ 12:40 pm
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I have been very troubled by this story since it broke a few weeks ago, and I can’t stop thinking about it. Thinking about all those mothers and children separated from each other with no just cause grieves me. I cannot imagine what they are going through, and trying to imagine makes me cry.

The judge will not even allow nursing mothers to remain in state custody with their babies. She rationalizes, “every day in this country, we have mothers who go back to work after six weeks of maternity leave.” How women, who have the option of pumping during the day and nursing at night, voluntarily returning to work, is in any way comparable to women who’s children were kidnapped from them is completely beyond me.

[I began writing this post on the 23rd. As of the 24th, it is reported that the judge has had a change of heart and is allowing mothers of nursing children under 12 months to remain with their babies. A small bright spot in this nightmare.]

The fact that the state is so blatantly denying these people due process based on some very flimsy “evidence” is maddening. The call was fabricated by a woman in Colorado. There is no Sarah, but the state doesn’t care; they’ve been dying for an excuse to get inside for years. Even if Sarah existed, the state should have located her and removed her to safety while her allegations against her husband were investigated. They had absolutely no right to take those children away from their families.

The government asserts that the children are all in danger of child abuse and must be removed from their homes. Nevermind the fact that there is no reason to believe any of them have been harmed. The government has no right to remove the children simply because they might possibly be abused in some way in the future, yet that seems to be the rationale. From what I understand, beyond the Sarah issue, the possible abuse within the community centers around the fact that some girls are married at an age younger than permitted by the government, and their husbands are therefore guilty of statutory rape. And there are also allegations from a few women of their husbands forcing themselves on them. A crime to be sure, but not one that has anything to do with the safety of these 437 children who have been ripped from their mothers’ arms.

Apparently we are all entitled to our constitutional rights as long as we don’t belong to a group that is identified as fringe, however the government chooses to define it. Is it just a matter of time before the rights of conservative Christian home schooling families are threatened in a similar manner? So many people, Christians included, maybe Christians especially, are applauding the state’s “rescue” of these children. They don’t care that the families are being denied their constitutional rights. The FLDS’ beliefs and practices are unpalatable to them, so people rationalize the situation and say that the state did the right thing. They don’t seem to comprehend the fact that they could be targeted next. It’s all okay when it’s some group of weirdos being persecuted, but what happens when you’re seen as the weirdo? Either the government abides by the law for all citizens, or we are all in danger of having our rights trampled.

I am not defending the group’s beliefs. I do not agree with many of their practices, and I don’t understand everything that has taken place within the community. What I am defending is their right to due process. These people have already been deemed guilty by the government, the media and much of society despite lack of proof. That is wrong.

The state acts as though they have performed a noble deed by kidnapping and terrorizing these children. They say they are only interested in their safety, as they shuttle them off to foster homes across the state, homes that are known for abuse including poisoning, rape and death. Yes, I’m certain those FLDS children will be much safer in such environments as they become exposed to all the best our immoral society has to offer, instead of safe in the protective arms of their mother’s where they live simple and productive lives.

I am not trying to paint an idyllic picture of life in this community. From what I know of him, Warren Jeffs abused his power as leader of the group, and I’m sure there are FLDS men who are on power trips, but I bet there are also good men who love and protect their families. I don’t know how young brides feel about their marriages. Many of them defend their way of life, though it’s hard to say whether it is out of truth or fear. I am aware of stories from ex-members like Carolyn Jessop, but there are also many members and former members who speak positively of their experience within the FLDS church and defend their way of life.

I guess the point is, ultimately, these things don’t matter when it comes to the question of whether these children should have been forced from their families. Maybe there are many young women who are oppressed and even abused by the FLDS men and who wish for a different life. I have no idea. But that is a different issue, and this is not the way to reach them. Acts of aggression like this, stealing children, only serve to further isolate and aggravate.

These children are going to be irreparably damaged by the government’s actions. They’ve grown up in an extremely conservative environment with little exposure to our popular culture. It would be near impossible for any child forced from the safety of her home to adjust to life without her mother, life with a foreign family, wondering when she’ll get to go home. How much more difficult for these children. I can’t believe for a moment that the government really believes they are protecting these children. I don’t think they care.

 

Raw Milk Consumption = Idiocy (Apparently) February 4, 2008

Filed under: Food,Health,Politics — katieosborne @ 1:02 am
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Ben brought an article on www.mises.org to my attention the other day. It’s a response to a recent article by Michael Kinsley of the Washington Post regarding “what’s wrong with libertarianism.” I am primarily interested in one statement Mr. Kinsley makes regarding the governments ban on raw milk:

Libertarians are quick to see hidden costs of ignoring libertarian principles and slow to see such costs in adhering to them. For example, Tucker Carlson reports in the Dec. 31 New Republic that Ron Paul wants to end the federal ban on unpasteurized milk. No one should want to drink unpasteurized milk, and almost no one does. Paul himself doesn’t. But it bothers him that the government tells people they cannot do something they shouldn’t do.Libertarians would say that if most people want pasteurized milk, the market will supply it. Firms will emerge to certify that milk has been pasteurized. These firms will compete, keeping them honest.

So yes, a Rube Goldberg contraption of capitalism could replace a straightforward government regulation. But what if you aren’t interested in turning your grocery shopping into an ideological adventure? All that is lost by letting the government take care of it is the right of a few idiots to be idiots. That right deserves respect. But not much.

Politics aside, this is an embarrassingly uneducated statement. There are many idiots, as he calls them, who inconvenience themselves to purchase unpasteurized milk because, unlike Kinsley, they have educated themselves on the benefits of raw milk and the detriments of pasteurized milk, and believe that it is worth the additional effort required to acquire raw milk.

Kinsley states that “no one should want to drink unpasteurized milk”, and yet my family, and many others, do. Well, we simply must be crazy. The government tells us that unpasteurized milk is unsafe; it’s hazardous to our health. Who wouldn’t believe the government? They’ve always proven themselves to be trustworthy; they never meddle unnecessarily in our lives; they always have our best interests at heart. Isn’t that right?

Umm. Right.

In truth, raw milk possesses many health benefits that are destroyed during the processes of pasteurization and homogenization. The resulting product is far inferior to the original, God designed, one.

Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions, has this to say of raw milk:

Raw milk contains lactic-acid-producing bacteria that protect against pathogens. Pasteurization destroys these helpful organisms, leaving the finished product devoid of any protective mechanism should undesirable bacteria inadvertently contaminate the supply. Raw milk in time turns pleasantly sour while pasteurized milk, lacking beneficial bacteria, will putrefy.

But that’s not all that pasteurization does to milk. Heat alters milk’s amino acids lysine and tyrosine, making the whole complex of proteins less available; it promotes rancidity of unsaturated fatty acids and destruction of vitamins. Vitamin C loss in pasteurization usually exceeds 50%; loss of other water-soluble vitamins can run as high as 80%; the Wulzen or anti-stiffness factor is totally destroyed. Pasteurization alters milk’s mineral components such as calcium, chlorine, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and sulphur as well as many trace minerals, making them less available. There is some evidence that pasteurization alters lactose, making it more readily absorbable. This, and the fact that pasteurized milk puts an unnecessary strain on the pancreas to produce digestive enzymes, may explain why milk consumption in civilized societies has been linked with diabetes.

Last but not least, pasteurization destroys all the enzymes in milk— in fact, the test for successful pasteurization is absence of enzymes. These enzymes help the body assimilate all bodybuilding factors, including calcium. That is why those who drink pasteurized milk may suffer, nevertheless, from osteoporosis. Lipase in raw milk helps the body digest and utilize butterfat. After pasteurization, chemicals may be added to suppress odor and restore taste. Synthetic vitamin D2 or D3 is added — the former is toxic and has been linked to heart disease while the latter is difficult to absorb. The final indignity is homogenization which has also been linked to heart disease.

Further,

Real Milk–full-fat, unprocessed milk from pasture-fed cows–contains vital nutrients like fat-soluble vitamins A and D, calcium, vitamin B6, B12, and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid naturally occurring in grass-fed beef and milk that reduces body fat and protects against cancer). Real milk is a source of complete protein and is loaded with enzymes. Raw milk contains beneficial bacteria that protect against pathogens and contribute to a healthy flora in the intestines. Culturing milk greatly enhances its probiotic and enzyme content, making it a therapeutic food for our digestive system and overall health.

Here is an interesting table comparing the nutritional value of raw and pasteurized milk:

Raw Certified Milk

Pasteurized Milk

D. Nutritional Values
  1. Enzymes, catalase, peroxidase and phosphatase are present.
    1. Phosphates is needed to split and assimilate the mineral salts in foods that are in the form of phytates.
    2. Wulzen Factor (anti-stiffness) available.
    3. X Factor in tissue repair available.
  2. Protein–100% metabolically available; all 22 amino acids, including the 8 that are essential for the complete metabolism and function of protein.
  3. Vitamins–all 100% available
    1. Vitamin A–fat soluble
    2. Vitamin D–fat soluble
    3. Vitamin E–fat soluble
    4. Vitamin K–fat soluble
    5. Vitamin B–Complex:
      Vitamin Bw–Biotin
      Vitamin B –Choline
      Vitamin Bc –Folic Acid
      Vitamin B1 –Thiamine
      Vitamin B2 –Inositol
      Vitamin B2 –Nicotinic Acid
      Vitamin B2 –Riboflavin
      Vitamin B2 –Pantothenic Acid
      Vitamin B3 –Niacin
      Vitamin B6 –Pyridoxine
      Vitamin B12–Cyanocobalamin
    6. Vitamin C
    7. Antineuritic vitamin
  4. Minerals–all 100% metabolically available.
  5. Carbohydrates–easily utilized in metabolism. Still associated naturally with elements (instable).
  6. Fats–all 18 fatty acids metabolically available, both saturated and unsaturated.

  • Pasteurization destroys the enzyme phosphatase.
    1. Absence of phosphatase indicate that milk has been pasteurized.
    2. Wulzen Factor destroyed (anti-stiffness nutrition factor lost).
    3. X Factor–No evidence of alternation by pasteurization.
  • Protein–Digestibility reduced by 4%, biological value reduced by 17%. From the digestibility and metabolic data it is concluded that the heat damage to lysine and possibly to histidine and perhaps other amino acids destroys the identity of these amino acids and partly decreases the absorbability of their nitrogen.
  • Vitamins
    1. Vitamin A–destroyed
    2. Vitamin D–Not altered
    3. Vitamin E–Not altered
    4. Vitamin K–Not altered
    5. Vitamin B complex–pasteurization of milk destroys about 38% of the vitamin B complex.
    6. Vitamin C is weakened or destroyed by pasteurization. Infants fed pasteurized milk exclusively will develop scurvy.
    7. Antineuritic vitamin: Testing of pasteurized milk indicates destruction of this vitamin.
  • Minerals— After pasteurization the total of soluble calcium is very much diminished. The loss of soluble calcium in regards to infants and growing children must be a very important factor in growth and development, not only in the formation of bone and teeth, but also in the calcium content of the blood, the importance of which is now being raised.
  • Carbohydrates —no evidence of change by pasteurization.
  • Fats–Pasteurization harms the fat content of milk.
  • What about safety? Isn’t the government protecting us from illness and possible death?

    The answer is no. In fact, pasteurized milk poses far more health risks than raw milk. Of course one must make sure that the source of their milk is reputable, but if you are consuming clean, raw milk, your risk is lower than those consuming pasteurized milk.  The friendly bacteria found in raw milk inhibits the growth of dangerous organisms. Pasteurization kills these bacteria, and therefore, the milk is more easily contaminated.

    Here is a table used for a vote permitting raw milk in Los Angeles that shows many outbreaks caused by pasteurized milk and none caused by raw milk.

    More information from Fallon:

    PASTEURIZED milk has been the source of many widespread outbreaks. A total for some of the documented outbreaks due to PASTEURIZED milk over the past few decades is 239,884 cases and 620 deaths.

    The nation’s largest recorded outbreak of Salmonella was due to PASTEURIZED milk contaminated with antibiotic-resistant Salmonella typhimurium. The outbreak, which occurred between June 1984 and April 1985 sickened over 200,000 and caused 18 deaths. Disturbingly, the CDC did not issue a specific Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for this outbreak; information must be gleaned from other reports published in the FDA Consumer and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    A 2004 outbreak in Pennsylvania and New Jersey involved multidrug-resistant Salmonella typhimurium infection from milk contaminated after pasteurization.

    Despite numerous outbreaks due to pasteurized milk, neither the FDA nor the CDC has ever issued a warning against consuming pasteurized milk. Pasteurization is not a guarantee; pasteurized milk is not sterile. The FDA permits the presence of up to 20,000 bacteria /ml and 10 E.coli/ml in milk after the pasteurization process has been completed.

    Apparently, Kinsley trusts the government to know best and do his thinking for him. I’m not sure how else he could come to such a conclusion regarding raw milk, as he obviously didn’t do a bit of research on the subject.

    Sadly, Americans are so ignorant on so many issues. They blindly trust a government to tell them what to consume and what to avoid without a second thought. We need to start questioning. We need to start thinking for ourselves. Our health and well being are dependent on it.