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A patient, who died, paid $2,500 to Mitchell and $2,500 to the owner of the cow used for the treatment. After the patient died, the cow’s owner wired $2,500 back to the patient’s family, but Mitchell refused to provide a refund.
June 2012: “The board issued a cease-and-desist order to Roby Mitchell that bars him from acting as a physician or engaging in any practice of medicine.” (He’s still practicing without a license.)
June 2016: He was acquitted of attempting to carry a handgun onto a flight.
Jan 2017: Found Guilty of a Class B misdemeanor charge of making a terroristic threat.
On the left you can see a meme from the Natural News, it’s meant to fear monger; it’s meant to scare you off of taking medications you may need to have a good quality of life, or even survive. In reality, it’s true, yes I agree with the natural news (probably the only time you will see that from me), but not in the way they want me to agree. This meme isn’t scary to me, I agree that you should not take more than the dose that is directed by your health care provider. On the right I have created a meme in the same style. It’s not so scary when you swap out “medicine” for “water”, you see, it’s the dose that makes the poison. Even drinking too much water can kill you. The same is true for vaccine ingredients, and every single other chemical in existence.
Whopping cough, or pertussis, is a life-threatening disease which can cause severe respiratory complications for newborns who are too young to receive their first TDaP booster at 2 months old. The babies cough so hard and for so long that they are unable to breath properly; they gasp for breaths in between severe coughing fits which causes a “whopping” sound. Most babies who contract pertussis end up in the hospital and the cough can last up to ten weeks which is why it is often referred to as the 100 day cough. The CDC estimates that worldwide more than 195,000 deaths can be attributed to pertussis each year.
Here is a video from the Mayo Clinic of a baby with whopping cough. This may be upsetting to some.
Getting the Tdap vaccine during your third trimester (27-36 weeks) of each pregnancy is important because it ensures that you will pass the antibodies you have developed against pertussis to your unborn baby so that he/she is protected until they are old enough for their first of three DTaP boosters at 2 months, 4 months and 6 months. Your baby will also receive boosters later on at 15-18 months and also at 4-6 years old.
Some people wonder why they get a Tdap vaccine and their babies get a DTaP vaccine. The vaccine for babies contains 3-5x the amount of the toxoid (the bacteria) so that the baby makes a strong immune response. To distinguish the stronger dose from the lesser dose, uppercase letters are used. Since adults have already received their initial DTaP vaccines when they were children, they only need their Tdap boosters in pregnancy.
Light for Riley is a foundation which started in 2015 after Australian infant Riley Hughes lost his life to whooping cough after just 32 days of life. His mother, Catherine Hughes, has raised awareness in Australia and the world about the importance of getting the Tdap vaccine during the third trimester of pregnancy. Before Riley’s death, the Tdap booster in the third trimester was not offered for free in Australia. Thanks to Catherine Hughes’ advocacy, each state in Australia now provides the Tdap booster in the third month of pregnancy for free.
Some people choose not to vaccinate their children which has led to some public health outbreaks of pertussis. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get the Tdap vaccine during the third trimester of pregnancy and to ensure that all adults who will come into contact with your newborn get their Tdap booster.
In 2012, the most recent peak year, 48,277 cases of pertussis were reported in the United States, but many more go undiagnosed and unreported. This is the largest number of cases reported in the United States since 1955 when 62,786 cases were reported.
Whooping cough can be life-threatening for babies who are less than a year old. And they’re most likely to catch the disease from household members and other close contacts who might not even know they’re infected. So vaccinating adults and adolescents against whooping cough also helps protect babies from the disease.
Blog: The One Reason Why I’m So Glad We Vaccinated
I thank God I fell down on the side of science. I thank God we didn’t miss our two-month appointment, or decide Blaise could wait on a TDaP. I never saw my son turn blue from coughing; I never saw my son unable to catch his breath. He’d have been hospitalized, at the very least, and subject to all the IVs and aspirators and nebulizers they had to shove at him. My precious, perfect son could have cracked a rib, could have started asthma attacks and damaged his pretty pink lungs already, at 4 months old. He could have been sick beyond belief.
But he didn’t. He wasn’t. All because of one small shot that saved him so much pain.
California Study: Whooping Cough Less Severe if Mom Gets Tdap Shot During Pregnancy
Of the sick infants whose mothers did not get the vaccination, known as Tdap (which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), three out of four (77 percent) were hospitalized, according to the study. Less than half (44 percent) of those whose mothers did get the Tdap ended up in the hospital.
Australia: Whooping Cough: Why are We Having Outbreaks?
Oregon: The Timing of Pertussis Cases in Unvaccinated Children in an Outbreak Year: Oregon 2012
In this outbreak, pertussis cases among unvaccinated children represented an earlier spread of disease across local areas. Controlling outbreaks may require attention to the composition and location of the unvaccinated.
One of the most common concerns people have about vaccines is that their child is receiving too many vaccines too soon. This couldn’t be further than the truth! Your baby is exposed to more antigens (foreign things to the body) in their own bedroom at home than they are exposed to in a single vaccine! The body makes antibodies to the antigens we are exposed to so that we will know how to fight them off the next time that we are exposed to them.
“In the womb, babies live in a sterile environment. When they enter the birth canal and the world, however, they are bombarded with bacteria. People have about 100 trillion bacteria living on their skin as well as on the lining of their nose, throat, and intestines. Each of these bacteria contain between 2,000 and 6,000 immunological components—to which children make an immune response. If they didn’t, these bacteria could enter their bloodstream and cause harm. Indeed, children born without an immune system (called Severe Combined Immunodeficiency) often suffer sepsis caused by these bacteria. The food we eat isn’t sterile. The water we drink isn’t sterile. The dust we inhale isn’t sterile. In response, we make large quantities of immunoglobulins every day to prevent these colonizing bacteria from causing harm. Vaccines are a drop in the ocean of what children encounter and manage every day.”
Here is an excellent response from Dr. Alison Schuman about the body’s response to antigens, or foreign material, in the body and how vaccines only contain a handful of antigens.
Here’s a great video response from Dr. Paul Offit and Dr. Mark Sawyer explaining how the number of vaccines a child receives are not too many nor are they too soon.
This is one of the most common misconceptions about vaccines. There is no link between vaccines and autism.
How did this rumor start?
This misconception started in 1998, when a study was published in the British medical journal The Lancet which was rumored and presented by the media as having “proved” a link between autism and the MMR vaccine. The study was later retracted.
The study, led by gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield, is widely cited by the vaccine-refusing crowd as “evidence” of how vaccines cause autism. There are many problems with this “study,” most notably the fact that it states right within the study that no link was found between autism and the MMR vaccine. A study must include thousands of participants in order to be considered statistically relevant. The Wakefield “study” only includes a small sample size of 12 participants and he collected their blood samples at a kid’s birthday party, not in a controlled lab with other medical professionals to witness the collection. Further, the 12 participants never had blood tests to verify that they had even received the MMR vaccine in the first place.
The many problems with this study led to eleven of the original coauthors rescinding their involvement with the study and the remaining two coauthors losing their medical licenses. Including Andrew Wakefield. Andrew Wakefield has no medical license and continues to use his flawed study to encourage parents to forgo the recommended vaccine schedule.
This article further discusses Wakefield’s fraudulent behavior:
In 1993, Japan stopped using the combo MMR vaccine in Yokohama and used separate measles, mumps and rubella vaccines instead. However, the rate of autism continued to rise. If the MMR vaccine caused autism, then the rate of autism should’ve gone down instead of up when it was discontinued.
Fact: There is not an autism epidemic
The vaccine-denying crowd often states that there is now an increase in the rates of autism due to the MMR vaccine. Some refer to it as an autism “epidemic.” The fact is that there is not an autism epidemic.
Here’s a link which demonstrates that the rates of autism have not decreased even though the number of children who get the MMR vaccine has decreased.
Here’s an article from The Scientific American which discusses that the rates of autism are not at an epidemic level and that changes in the criterion for diagnosis autism have led to an “increase” in the number of cases of autism which would otherwise go undiagnosed.
Fact: vaccines do not cause autism: Here are some links which demonstrate that vaccines do not cause autism