Fitness and Health

A Plea to Bring Back our Freedom of Choice

Regardless of how you feel about vaccines, we need to understand that it’s infringing on our right to decide what is best for our child when the state and country make vaccines mandatory, as they currently are. I do not want kids vaccinated because I’ve seen and experienced the damage done in my own kids. Some may choose to have their kids vaccinated because they don’t see any correlation between health problems and vaccines; they believe what has been ingrained in them for a few generations. But regardless of whether we believe vaccines are good or bad for our kids, we must all agree that we should have the right to say no to them if we believe they have a high potential of damaging our kids. If you want your kids to be vaccinated, go ahead, just give me the right to keep my kids healthy in the way I believe would help them the most. 

 

In this blog post, I appeal to you only on what I’ve seen happen to my teenage daughter. When she was a baby, I made sure she had her mandatory shots, like I had done for my son all the way until he I took him in for him 6 y.o shots, at which point he ran around the area in circles and I got so frustrated and angry at him that he never did get him vaccinated. Meantime, my 2-year-old daughter sat in her chair like a “good little girl” and had them shoot up the vaccines into her arm.  She was also given a half-dose of the flu shot. As I look back, I remember that she was constantly sick with deep chest colds. I gave her what I thought would help her - kids liquid cold medicine and fever reducers. Every month she would be sick for weeks at a time. She cried a lot and I was frustrated and angry a lot because of it because I felt helpless and I lacked sleep, constantly getting up helping my sick daughter. 

 

 A GLIMMER OF HOPE:

This went on until she was 3 or 4. In December of 2006, I heard of a company called Young Living, which sold a drink called NingXia Red. I bought it to try it out myself to see if would enhance my own health (that’s a story for another time), and I noticed that it did. So, a couple months later I purchased a kit that had a DVD that talked about the essential oils this company sold. I was intrigued and fascinated, so I purchased an oil blend called R.C, a blend that contained eucalyptus oils and a few other ones. When I got it, I applied a drop on her chest and another on her back to see if that would help enhance her health. I was so grateful when I saw it did! I stopped using over the counter medicines and started simply applying this oil on her anytime she started getting sick. What amazed me the most was the fact that she wasn’t getting sick as often! It took years for me to understand that the reason for this was that it had been improving her immune system; I simply applied this oil with the faith that God was healing her with this natural method. 

 

As I started researching more about essential oils and started experiencing more in my home, I vowed to not take my kids in for any more vaccines nor give them any kind of prescription or over the counter drugs. As I researched the Young Living brand, I slowly started creating a healthy environment for my kids and pets by substituting the unhealthy personal use and cleaning products with products from this company. 

 

Back to Square One

Fast forward to this year, when my daughter, who had been homeschooled all her life, decided to attend public high school. The law changed and it was mandatory for me to give her some of the shots that she was still missing. She would not be accepted into school until she got those mandatory shots. I tried to fight them on it, but to no avail, so my daughter got the shots. She was accepted into the school and became a cheerleader. The doctor okayed her for the team saying she was in good physical condition. 

 

To my horror, this weekend I learned my daughter has developed asthmatic symptoms! What??? She had been in the running club when she was in 7th grade and attended the Community Homeschool Education Program, so how could it be possible that she was severely out of breath when her coach had her run? As her story unraveled, she told me that someone asked her friend, who had been diagnosed with asthma if she wanted her inhaler, and she said “yes”, and then she asked my daughter if she wanted hers as well. Oh, my goodness! She must have been pretty bad off if they thought she had asthma. My daughter asked if she could get an inhaler. Now I had to explain to her why I didn’t want her to have that. I broke down in tears. The next day my husband was telling me that she had told him a week ago about this problem and he was wondering what we could do about it since it was a severe condition. I had calmed down by then and was able to explain how in those situations we need to focus on our breathing. Instead of hyperventilating, we need to focus on deep breathing techniques. I recommended that she take a roll-on Young Living offered called Breathe Again to remind her to do just that. The oils in that blend could help expand her lungs and could help her concentrate on breathing deeply again. I pray that I won’t have to have another conversation with her about why I don’t think she should get an inhaler. 

 

I’m holding on to the promise in the Bible “All things work together for good for those who love God”, in Romans 8:28. Her life is in HIS hands. This experience will get her back into using the oils more often, hopefully, and focus on enhancing her health through good nutrition, instead of fighting off symptoms, which is always a good thing. **By the way, I found an excellent site about natural remedies for asthma, written by Dr. Axe, which I probably would not have researched if this had not happened. Here is the link if you want to check it out: CLICK HERE

 

I appeal to you… Fight with those of us who want our freedom of choice back. None of us are created equal, so not every person can handle vaccines and flu shots. It may help some, but these should never be treated as a “one size fits all” type of thing. Our focus must never be on vaccines; it should be on a creating a healthy environment for our kids to live in and on helping them create healthy habits that they will hopefully carry on for a lifetime.