▶ Interesting Information: “Why Some Parents Fear Vaccines” Video

Interesting Information:  May 5, 2016

 “Why Some Parents Fear Vaccines” Video


54% of children are chronically ill or disabled

9 million have skin allergies

8 million have respiratory allergies

7 million have asthma

5 million have learning disabilities

1 in 400 children have diabetes

1 in 50 have autism

Studies link these conditions to vaccines.  Yes, they do.

Vaccine makers have no liability.

If your child is harmed by a vaccine, you will be totally on your own.

Please watch this 11 minute video on why some parents fear vaccines and understand why you must inform yourselves before you choose to vaccinate:




Blog Reader’s Quilts: Becca Babb-Brott’s Quilt

Blog Reader’s Quilts:  May 2015

Becca Babb-Brott’s Quilt

Becca is one of our Coastal Quilters members.

I love, love her work.

Here’s a quilt she made by using all the “modern” neutrals combined with contemporary warm and cool colors.

I am so drawn to all the neutrals that are around today–and have a stack of them I need to start cutting up and using.


Becca also has an etsy store where you can see the kinds of modern fabrics she likes:  SEW ME A SONG.



Turkey Tracks: A Very Fun Purse

Turkey Tracks:  May 17, 2015

A Very Fun Purse

Some years ago, I bought one of Rebecca Hokkanen’s purses at one of our quilting auctions.

And I have truly enjoyed using it, yes, but just looking at the art work in it too.


Essentially, Rebecca has “made” fabric with this little purse–by layering different fabrics and embellishing it all.




There is so much creativity in this little purse.  It’s a joy to see.


Books, Documentaries, Reviews: A LITTLE LIFE, Hanya Yanagihara

Books, Documentaries, Reviews:  May 17, 2015

A Little Life

Hanya Yanahihara

I finished it.  All 720 pages of it.

I was sad to see it end.

But glad, too, for the story had finished appropriately.



It’s a book to savor.  It’s a hard read though–because this astonishing writer is uncompromising with her story.  People get hurt when they are young some times, and the hurt cannot be cured and causes life-long beliefs and practices that cannot be changed.  We Americans have such a belief that anything that goes wrong can, magically, be fixed technically or with love–and more often than not, they can’t.  The darkness of this novel, though, is suffused with the glow and warmth of love and, also, with bad behavior that stems from love fueled by ego and fear.  It’s also an amazing love story that spans over thirty years–some of them troubled, some of them fulfilling.

This “little life” impacts a bigger circle than realized, as may be true for many of us.  Who knows at the time?

The quotes below only show the writer’s ability to…write.  You can trust that the story she weaves has as much complexity and depth.


* * *

The other aspect of those weekday-evening trips he loved was the light itself, how it filled the train like something living as the cars rattled across the bridge, how it washed the weariness from his seatmates’ faces and revealed them as they were when they first came to the country, when they were young and America seemed conquerable.  He’d watch that kind light suffuse the car like syrup, watch hit smudge furrows from foreheads, slick gray hairs into gold, gentle the aggressive shine from cheap fabrics into something lustrous and fine.  And then the sun would drift, the car rattling uncaringly away fro it, and the world would return to its normal sad shapes and colors, the people to their normal sad state, a shift as cruel and abrupt as if it had been made by a sorcerer’s wand (26)

* * *

Later, he would look back on this episode as a sort of fulcrum, the hinge between a relationship that was one thing and then became something else:  his friendship with JB, of course, but also his friendship with Willem.  There had been periods in his twenties when he would look at his friends and feel such a pure, deep contentment that he would wish the world around them would simply cease, that none of them would have to move from that moment, when everything was in equilibrium and his affection for them was perfect.  But, of course, that was never to be:  a beat later, and everything shifted, and the moment quietly vanished (176).

* * *

“The axiom of the empty set is the axiom of zero.  It states that there must be a concept of nothingness, that there must be the concept of zero:  zero value, zero items.  Math assumes there’s a concept of nothingness, but is it proven?  No.  But it must exist.

“And if we are being philosophical–which we today are–we can say that life itself is the axiom of the empty set.  It begins in zero and ends in zero.  We know that both states exist, but we will not be conscious of either experience:  they are states that are necessary parts of life, even as they cannot be experienced as life.  We assume the concept of nothingness, but we cannot prove it.  But it must exist.  So I prefer to think that Walter has not died bukt has instead proven for himself the axiom of the empty set, that he has proven the concept of zero.  I know nothing else would have made him happier.  An elegant mind wants elegant endings, and Walter had the most elegant mind.  So I wish him goodbye; I w ish him the answer to the axiom he so loved” (288).

Turkey Tracks: Spring Rites

Turkey Tracks:  May 16, 2015

Spring Rites

TWO cars cleaned on a sunny day.

Hang the windchimes:

The first trip to the nursery for plants:


Along with lots of other people with the same idea:


Just a few things to plant as it’s still very cool at night:


Dorman’s is now open:  stop for a soft-serve vanilla custard:


(I’ve NEVER seen the window without people waiting in line no matter the time of day or night.)


Guess who else likes ice cream?




Order mulch and manure and plant what was just bought:


See all those pots next to the garage, they will all get plants when I come back from Charleston May 30th.

Admire the daffodils planted last fall–and thought of so very, very often when we were getting ten plus feet of snow:




Next fall–more daffodils!!

(The deer don’t like them.)

Interesting Information/Vaccines: British Court Throws Out Conviction of Autism/Vaccine MD: Andrew Wakefield’s Co-Author Completely Exonerated

Interesting Information:  May 2015

The Dr. Andrew Wakefield Vaccine Saga

Dr. Andrew Wakefield was an early casualty in the vaccine wars.

He and his team published a research article that suggested that there MAY BE a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism.  The result:  all hell broke loose for Wakefield and his team.  The paper was retracted–for unscientific and unfair political reasons; many on the team bailed out so their careers would not be ruined; and Wakefield and Walker-Smith were hauled before a UK regulatory board and thoroughly and unfairly demonized, smeared, and ruined.

It’s an old story when dollars are at stake and industry is powerful.

Walker-Smith’s insurance paid for his defense; Wakefield’s did not.

Their premise has since been confirmed–but Wakefield has not been reinstated.  It is pretty hard to appeal when you’ve fled the country and have no money.

AND, Wakefield’s name is still invoked as a quack, a charleton, and so forth by those who did not get to the end of the story.  Wakefield’s name has been invoked here in Maine by a local doctor in a local paper and attempts to set the record straight have been met with a refusal to print.  So, the doctor can lie/or miss the actual history, and it does not matter.  That’s how myth stays in place.

Here’s a quote:

In a stunning reversal, world renowned pediatric gastroenterologist Prof. John Walker-Smith won his appeal against the United Kingdom’s General Medical Council regulatory board that had ruled against both him and Andrew Wakefield for their roles in the 1998 Lancet MMR paper, which raised questions about a link to autism. The complete victory means that Walker-Smith has been returned to the status of a fully licensed physician in the UK, although he had already retired in 2001 — six years before the GMC trial even began.

Justice John Mitting ruled on the appeal by Walker-Smith, saying that the GMC “panel’s determination cannot stand. I therefore quash it.” He said that its conclusions were based on “inadequate and superficial reasoning and, in a number of instances, a wrong conclusion.” The verdict restores Walker-Smith’s name to the medical register and his reputation to the medical community. This conclusion is not surprising, as the GMC trial had no actual complainants, no harm came to the children who were studied, and parents supported Walker-Smith and Wakefield through the trial, reporting that their children had medically benefited from the treatment they received at the Royal Free Hospital.

– See more at: http://healthimpactnews.com/2012/british-court-throws-out-conviction-of-autismvaccine-md-andrew-wakefields-co-author-completely-exonerated/#sthash.XtVFBt1D.dpuf


British Court Throws Out Conviction of Autism/Vaccine MD: Andrew Wakefield’s Co-Author Completely Exonerated.

Interesting Information/Vaccines: STONEWALLED, Sharyl Attkinsson

Interesting Information:  May 2015


Sharyl Attkinsson


Sharyl Attkisson is a five-time Emmy Award winning investigative journalist whose television career spans more than three decades. She was the reporter who, in 2009, blew the lid off the swine flu media hype, showing the hysteria was completely unfounded and manufactured.

Why Conventional Media So Rarely Tells You the Truth About Health

One industry that wields a great deal of power within the media today is the pharmaceutical industry. It’s rare to sit through an evening of television without viewing several drug ads. They also advertise heavily in print and online media. The advertising dollars they spend not only generates sales, it also gives them the power to influence what’s being reported in the news. Here’s just one example:

“There’s a story in my book about former executive producer of mine who got a phone call from the sales division, which was very inappropriate. He said the sales person from CBS was kind of screaming at him because we’d been doing a lot of stories looking at side effects and problems with the very popular and billion-dollar-selling cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins.

The advertisers didn’t like that. Therefore, someone from the CBS corporate apparently didn’t like that, and called down and said something like, ‘If you keep doing these stories, it’s going to be really, really bad for CBS…’

I think that happens more often than we know explicitly. But this time, it was followed by what I see as all of the media backing down on pharmaceutical-related stories. We were doing very aggressive coverage of problems within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – not just me, but all the networks and a lot of print publications – about vaccines side effects, and about other medical issues. That all has virtually stopped. You can almost point to a time period when it seems someone made a phone call and said, ‘That’s it fellas. There are advertisers.’

And you won’t see these stories now even when there’s a multi-billion-dollar criminal settlement against drug companies for mismarketing drugs that are commonly used. That’s a huge story that should be leading the news in my opinion. But most people probably never heard of it because those are things that offend the sensibilities of advertisers, who now control to some degree the editorial content of networks, publications, and print publications that are advertising.

And, as you know, they have several lobbyists for every member of Congress on Capitol Hill so they can make sure certain hearings don’t happen. As recently as last year, they were able to stop a planned vaccine-related hearing. The control is almost total in my view. That’s just one example of a corporate influence.”

STONEWALLED, Sharyl Attkinsson


Interesting Information: The New Gardasil: Is It Right For Your Daughter?

Interesting Information:  May 16, 2015

The New Gardasil:  Is it Right For Your Daughter?

Kelly Brogan, MD

From the article:  

Dr. Kelly Brogan is boarded in Psychiatry/Psychosomatic Medicine/Reproductive Psychiatry and Integrative Holistic Medicine, and practices Functional Medicine, a root-cause approach to illness as a manifestation of multiple-interrelated systems. After studying Cognitive Neuroscience at M.I.T., and receiving her M.D. from Cornell University, she completed her residency and fellowship at Bellevue/NYU. She is one of the nation’s only physicians with perinatal psychiatric training who takes a holistic evidence-based approach in the care of patients with a focus on environmental medicine and nutrition. She is also a mom of two, and an active supporter of women’s birth experience. She is the Medical Director for Fearless Parent, and an advisory board member for GreenMedInfo.com. Visit her website.

Here’s a quote about fear-based marketing of Gardasil:

In the marketing and licensure of the HPV vaccine, changes to cervical cells have been equated with death. This is called using a “surrogate marker” and in vaccine research, this is considered acceptable because we can’t otherwise prove a non-event is attributable to an intervention. There are leaps in logic and in science inherent in this practice, that render conclusions nothing more than false marketing.

In fact, none of the HPV vaccines have ever been proven to prevent a single case of cervical cancer.


The cervical cancer diagnosis rate in the United States is 7.9/100,000. Given that only 5% of HPV infections progress to neoplasia (CIN) and that 91% of early stage cases resolve spontaneously within 36 months, with 70% of CIN 1 and 54% of CIN 2 cases doing the same within 12 months, using these pathologies as surrogate markers for cancer incidence represents a scientific shortcoming.

Built on this house of cards, and defying pre-existing FDA criteria for fast-tracked approval, Gardasil was brought to market in 6 months and is now one of our great human experiments. Several countries including Japan, France, and India have banned and/or filed criminal lawsuits about Gardasil, but, as Americans, not only are the “one less” commercials still running, but the latest and greatest version of Gardasil is now available.

The New Gardasil: Is It Right For Your Daughter? | GreenMedInfo.

Interesting Information/Vaccines: TV2 Denmark Documentary on HPV Vaccine Shows Lives of Young Women Ruined

Interesting Information/Vaccines:  May 16, 2015

TV2 Denmark Documentary on HPV Vaccine Shows Lives of Young Women Ruined

Our media is refusing to cover the vaccine issue appropriately.

Kudos to Denmark’s TV2 for this documentary–which is one of the best I’ve seen done by any mainstream media

Are there problems with it?  Yes.  See below.  But they do a really good job, too, of showing that there is a problem that is being ignored.

TV2 Denmark Documentary on HPV Vaccine Shows Lives of Young Women Ruined.

What’s wrong?  No one asked (or answered appropriately) if Gardasil cures or prevents cervical cancer–which is a rare cancer that is completely detectable with a Pap smear which does not have any side effects.  The ads for Gardasil are misleading.  Cervical cancer takes 20 to 30 years to develop–and there is evidence now that Gardasil might be CAUSING cervical cancer problems.


Here’s a quote from Health Impact News about this documentary;

Are those in charge of the Danish Health and Medicines Authority willing to risk the 2500 serious adverse reactions per 100,000 Gardasil recipients disclosed in Merck’s latest prescribing information packet to try and avoid 12.1 cases of cervical cancer per 100,000?

Are the women of Denmark willing to accept the same risk? Do the women of Denmark think it is reasonable to trade 2500 potentially devastating medical conditions to save 12 people per 100,000 users from the diagnosis of a very treatable cancer?

– See more at: http://healthimpactnews.com/2015/tv2-denmark-documentary-on-hpv-vaccine-shows-lives-of-young-women-ruined/#sthash.PaLzAcJ4.dpuf

 Be sure to read more of the Health Impact News analysis that is on the same page as the documentary.

▶ Interesting Information/Vaccines: Laura Hayes NO ON SB277 Speech, Sacramento, At The Capitol on April 8, 2015

Interesting Information:  May 4, 2015

A Mother Speaks

Scratch an anti-vaccine activist, and you’re going to find either a parent with a damaged child or someone who has witnessed vaccine damage first hand.

California is one “hotspot” for the move to mandate vaccines for EVERYONE and, as a result, for unscientific hysteria and political incompetence.

Before this mandating vaccines gets to your state, or if it has already as is true in Maine, you may want to hear what this mother has to say.  Spend 14 minutes with someone whose child has been damaged–just as YOUR child could be damaged. Damage is much more frequent than you are being told, and much damage is permanent.  Vaccine damage is far riskier than whatever childhood disease is being supposedly subverted.

Not long ago, I heard myself referred to as “you people,” as if I were an out-of-control quack.  Yet I have a PhD and know how to research, how to vet sources, how to critically think.  The “you people” person had done no research and had no understanding or comprehension of how corrupt our government and our medical system has become.

Scratch an anti-vaccine person, and you’ll find also someone who has done good research and who often has higher educational degrees.  So, yes, I’m one of the “you people.”

So, please don’t stick your heads in the sand on this issue.

California’s mandate likely will not stand as it violates California’s own constitution.  And, likely, the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution.  I just read that the ACLU is now part of the legal protests beginning in California.

▶ Laura Hayes NO ON SB277 speech Sacramento at The Capitol on April 8, 2015 – YouTube.