Vaccination, Injury Reports, Schedules and Allergies

Vaccines are NOT an attempt to harm our children

That being said, you can find a group for everything. 

There are people who believe that vaccines have caused autism, birth defects, and behavioral issues in all children and should be removed from the market. 

The truth is that some vaccines are causing a problem in SOME people. I am NOT an anit-vaxer, I am a firm believer that the schedule should be changed though. 

Vaccine Schedule Birth to age 18

According to the schedule, there are 26 vaccines prior to 18 months of age. 

As a new mom, I found this terrifying. Particularly because I had premature white male twins. One had a kidney problem at birth that we were aware of. The other was low birthweight, in the NICU and on Oxygen. There is a syndrome that has been nicknamed “Wimpy White Boy” that is due to a collection of data on premature babies. In the case studies, they found that premature white males of low birth weight or other complications were less likely to breastfeed, More likely to need interventions, More likely to have complications in later toddler years. 

What is wrong with the schedule?

Everything. Some of them specifically recommend not getting them if allergic to things like dairy or poultry. Yet these things are not introduced in the diet until one year of age. Why then, are we giving a vaccine at 3 months old?? How would you know if your child has an allergy if they have never had the product? Some of the vaccines also have mercury based preservative. Mercury thermometers were removed from the market because of the danger of ingestion. But we inject it into our children?? We are told to avoid fish while pregnant because the mercury content is too high. But we inject it into our children??

Mercury is known to have significant negative side effects on the development of children. It can cause neurological conditions. It has significant negative effects on the digestive tract and immune systems. Mercury has also been reported to negatively affect Lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes. Yet we inject them with this substance 26 times before 18 months. 

What is Herd Immunity?

Herd immunity is the tipping point at which the “herd” is protected because a specific number is vaccinated for/against or has had a virus. This innate protection comes because the carrier’s bodies fight off the disease and can then protect those unvaccinated. 

The rate at which herd immunity is achieved varies by disease and ranges from a need of 33% to 95%. That is a big number on the high end. The other problem is that Anti-Vaxers will tell anyone who will listen that Herd Immunity is only achieved by obtaining the disease, not through vaccination according to studies in cattle. 

If Herd immunity is needed to eradicate disease, what are the follow ups?

Vaccine Schedule Adult 19+

Did you know you should be re-vaccinated? Multiple times? Did you know there was a schedule? If you are pro vaccination, did you get your most recent shot? Did you ask your primary care doctor what was recommended? Did you talk about family planning and when you should or should not get certain vaccines? 

Maybe it’s time. 

You can have a test called a titer test run to see if you are lacking antibodies for specific vacinatable diseases. The question is, Will you?

If you have a child under age 5 did you require everyone coming into contact with your child to get the whooping cough vaccine? I did. And thank goodness. When the Twins were 5, my in laws both contracted the disease from friends. Luckily my husband and I as well as our twins were vaccinated against the respiratory illness. 

Fast Tracked Vaccines. 

Are they safe? I am not so sure either way. What I can say is that most of the vaccines in circulation today have lots of testing behind them. Some of the researchers of a specific vaccine have said they’d rather chance the disease than the vaccine. The vaccine was pushed to market too quickly. This one for COVID-19 will be a true test of the medical system because our Frontline Workers will be the first to be given the vaccine. The second round will be the elderly over age 65. Then they will look at who is next. I am not sure I will say yes to this one. I say no to the flu vaccines. I do that because the last time I had one, I was hemorrhaging 12 hours later and almost miscarried. With a previous flu shot i was not so lucky. I have already contacted the kids school to opt out of this vaccine for them as well. 

This is a serious decision you need to make for you and your family. 

This blog is not an attempt to profile anyone. It is an attempt to educate. If you are not sure what vaccines are safe for you and your family, ask. If you are unsure what steps you should take, set up an appointment and ask the tough questions. 

Do Your Research! From websites that are giving facts, not social media. 

Stay healthy out there!!

References:

Please be sure to FACT Check all information that you see. 

Most information for this blog was taken from the CDC WebSite. 

FDA.gov/media/140161/download

FDA.gov/media/143737/download

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2862331/#:~:text=The%20most%20significant%20of%20these,intervals%20averaging%20approximately%2040%20years.

Incentivized Payments in This Pandemic

There is a Huge Argument between Healthcare and Sickcare in the United States.

Many Americans are having trouble distinguishing what healthcare actually is. They pay for an insurance company to cover the bills that they have regarding health, but every year it covers less and less. They don’t feel like they have options to choose providers that are listed as being the best. They feel like they are strangled in choosing a procedure, prescription, and even if they should get testing done to see if a medication or procedure is necessary. The hoops one must jump through to achieve a diagnosis take longer and longer each year. The insurance layers to gain access to appropriate care or the prescription that the physician recommended instead of some other brand or different drug has affected the ability to recover.

Unfortunately, SARS-COV2 may be even worse.

On March 27th, 2020 information was released that was part of the COVID19 Stimulus Bill. It reported that facilities would receive 20% more than typical reimbursement for positive COVID19 cases. If such a case ended up on a ventilator, the increased in reimbursement with be $39,000. 3x’s the normal reimbursement. Senator Jensen of Minnesota said in a statement on April 8th,

“Nobody can tell me after 35 years in the world of medicine that sometimes those kinds of things impact on what we do.”

He did later say that he doesn’t believe that all decisions were made based on this reimbursement, but he believes that cases are over reported. There were some indications that he believes that the Point of Care cases were over reported and flu cases under reported.

IF you remember the blog from Nov 30th, I talked about the different types of tests. The most common test done does not rule out the common cold or flu. It simply tests for all coronavirus.

So, if this is true…..the number of cases of the flu are under-reported, cases of SARS-COV2 are over reported and we are not being cared for the way we need or expect as the American Public.

A Nurse comes Forward

On May 5th a nurse from Nevada, who had willingly traveled to New York to help relieve some of the stress of overwhelmed medical providers, put a video up on YouTube.

In the video she claims that they are murdering people in the most affected low income, minority hospital in New York. She talks about the fact that people were being defibrillated while they still had a pulse of 40BPM. This is significantly contraindicated and will cause cardiac arrest (heart stop). She states that a patient died waiting for an x-ray because the ventilator tube was not in place. They could not breath on their own. She told the anesthesiologist and the warning went ignored. There is also the discussion about the pressures on the ventilators being higher by 20% than they should be given normal human lungs. Reporting on a case where a feeding tube was placed into the lungs instead of the stomach as well. The mother of two traveled from Nevada to New York to assist. Like hundreds of others. She said that they had plenty of assistance by the time of the video and yet mistakes that were being blamed on over worked and too tired were simply negligence and mismanagement.

This woman was not the only one affected. The protocols placed by administration of the hospitals were not what most of the providers thought were a good idea. There have been an increase in Medical Provider suicide since the start of COVID-19 protocols.

Protocols to improve Finances don’t always mean Best Care

This past decade has brought about more and more Direct to Patient Care, Concierge or Hybrid type Practices. There are some who will say that this shift was due to the ACA Healthcare Bill, but as a provider, I Know it is about more. I have had the opportunity over the past 4 years to interview physicians and other providers who have made the switch. The common theme among them is that they have to see too many people and they don’t actually get to practice medicine anymore. The Popularity of Alternative Medicine currently also paints the picture of what Americans Desire.

Physicians don’t want to see 30 patients a day, neither do physical therapists, surgeons, cardiologist, chiropractors, etc. Yet with declining reimbursement, more hoops for pre-authorization and less autonomy when recommending medication and protocols, this is reality. That is why so many are jumping ship and quitting the profession entirely or moving to concierge direct to patient models.

What happened to that new disease Vaping Lung? or even Influenza?

Do you remember back to January of 2020 the stories of vaping lung disease that was affecting young people. Particularly those who used flavored vape pens? What ever happened with that? My guess is that some of the negative tests where people have died of respiratory symptoms, have been attributed to COVID19, even if it was this instead. Senator Jensen believed this was the case of a 38 year old male who tested negative twice, did admit that he vaped, died of respiratory symptoms, but cause on Death Certificate was attributed to COVID-19.

It also seems that no one has the traditional flu anymore, even though we can trace influenza A and B outbreaks back to 1889 with certainty, and likely back 500 years.

 

Do Your Research! From websites that are giving facts, not social media. 

Stay healthy out there!!

 

References:

Please be sure to FACT Check all information that you see. 

Most information for this blog was taken from the CDC WebSite. 

 

FDA.gov/media/140161/download

FDA.gov/media/143737/download

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2862331/#:~:text=The%20most%20significant%20of%20these,intervals%20averaging%20approximately%2040%20years.

What Is Coronavirus?

Why the Hype about Coronavirus?

When the pandemic first started you could see a lot of misinformation spreading. There were those that new other corona viruses existed and those that didn’t. Some would post pictures of Lysol cans on the internet and say “see, nothing to worry about. Lysol kills this so its not new.” Others would look at that same label and say “Lysol is just trying to make money.”

Here is what you need to know. Some form of Coronavirus Causes Most Colds and Flus. 

In fact, there are 4 different types of corona virus that cause common colds. They are more prevalent in cooler months, but are present year round. Hence “Summer Colds”. The most common way you contract them is by touching surfaces that have been contaminated, someone coughing or sneezing, sharing cups, etc..

Symptoms of any coronavirus include: Runny Nose, Headache, sore throat, Mild to moderate fever, cough and sneezing, Chills. More aggressive symptoms can include Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, body aches and fatigue. If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to use a facemask in public if you have to go out. You should avoid public places if you are running a fever, unless you are going to seek medical treatment. 

On the CDC Website, You can look at data covering the last decade on reports of number of tests reported to the CDC, number of cases of influenza treated and reported in the season, number of hospitalizations and number of deaths from the disease. Most hospitalizations occur because the virus progresses into pneumonia. Pneumonia causes inflammation in the air sacs in the lungs. This causes fluid to accumulate. That means that oxygen can not be produced to be utilized by the body. There are approximately 3 million cases of Pneumonia each year in the United States.

What’s Different about Sars-COV2?

In a previous blog on November 20, 2020 I talk about the fact surrounding the current pandemic and what you should know. This is a continuation.

The Main Difference is Severity of symptoms. However, the addition of loss of Taste and Smell is of significant note. It can persist for months after the person has recovered from immediate symptoms as well. Another note is that while children with the flu may experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, with SARS-COV2, this is more common across all age groups. 

Testing: WHAT IS BEST?

Traditionally, about 60% of persons in the US with symptoms of cold and flu receive a standard flu test each year. Tests for flu virus usually are a nasopharyngeal rapid test with results in as little as 15 minutes. This test has been fairly specific at 90%, but only 70% sensitive, meaning you can get up to 30% either false positive or false negative tests. Tests like this have been available since the 1990’s. If the rapid test is positive, the Point of Care provider will likely prescribe some antiviral. Ask you to drink plenty of fluids, Remain home, Rest and do some light activity. It has been shown that light cardiovascular activity can reduce the risk of pneumonia and decrease time of symptoms of cold and flu. 

You will likely also be asked to make sure you are following proper hygiene. This means frequent hand washing. Handwashing should be done for at least 20 seconds and cover all surfaces of the hand including under the fingernails. It should be done before and after each meal. Any time hands come into contact with the face. Always after using the restroom.

Testing for SARS-COV2 can be done in 3 ways, but one way is more effective. 

First test is the Antigen test.

It is the most common test currently used in the United States. It is very similar to the Flu test in that it is a nasopharyngeal swab. Results come in a few hours to a day. The test is given at Point of Care facilities and Providers. These include Urgent Cares, Primary Care Doctors, Pediatricians and most Emergency Rooms. The test is done because it is the least expensive, Results come quickly and it is then easy to report. However, the test is not as specific to SARS-COV2 according to the FDA.Gov website. A positive test is likely positive for cold, flu, or COVID-19 and should be followed up. 

Second is the Molecular PCR test.

This test is both highly sensitive and specific. It can take up to 1 week to get results. The test is also a Nasopharyngeal swab, but includes saliva testing as well. If you have a positive test at a Point of Care facility, you should ask for it to be followed up with a molecular test before it is reported to the county health department to rull in COVID-19 versus traditional Flu.

Third is the Antibody test.

While antibody testing is not recommended to actually diagnose an active case of the SARS-COV2 virus, it can catch the presence of it if you have had mild symptoms for approximately 2 weeks. According to the FDA.Gov website, best testing for actually accounting for positive cases would be a combination of the molecular PCR test and the Antibody Test. 

What Do I Do Now?

If you feel like you have Flu or Cold Like symptoms, call your primary care provider in the first 48 hours to get a FLU TEST. If it is positive, you can be given antivirals right away and begin recovery. If it is negative, then you can ask for and insist on the Molecular PCR test. 

Stay Home!! Recover away from family, including spouse or partner. Most cases of cold and flu take 7-10 days. Non-hospitalized SARS-COV2 are averaging 3-4 weeks. 

Clean up after yourself! Wash hands thoroughly. Wipe down surfaces that you touch with gloved hands after washing them using a disinfectant wipe. 

Try and do 20 minutes of walking daily.

Drink Plenty of Fluids. 

If you are going to miss work in your recovery, ask your employer about their short term disability policy through the Human Resources Department. There are likely a specific number of days in a row that you need to be absent prior to qualifying. If you come back at day four and go back out at day 6, the process starts over. You want to be mostly symptoms free for 2-3 days before returning to work.

Do Your Research! From websites that are giving facts, not social media. 

Stay healthy out there!!

 

References:

Please be sure to FACT Check all information that you see. 

Most information for this blog was taken from the CDC WebSite. 

FDA.gov/media/140161/download

FDA.gov/media/143737/download

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2862331/#:~:text=The%20most%20significant%20of%20these,intervals%20averaging%20approximately%2040%20years.