Archive for May, 2018

Vaccine Questions

May 16, 2018

I recently learned that since over 10 years had elapsed, I was due for a Tetanus shot. Initially, I did not plan to update the Tetanus, but in an Oh Well Moment, I made the appointment to have a “Tetanus toxoid vaccine” booster.

At the appointment, I learned that Tetanus toxoid vaccine is no longer given as a stand-alone vaccine for adults. It is paired with either Diphtheria (Td) or Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap). This seemed odd but I was advised that diphtheria was on the rise among older people in developing countries, and was given the Td shot.

Early morning the day after the Td vaccine was given, my throat signaled it was dealing with an intruder. A few days later, despite regular hot salt water gargles, I was clearly dealing with an upper respiratory infection. This one clearly meant business as it coated my bronchial tree with a thick yellowish coat that my body used a persistent hacking cough to rip off in painful chunks for the next week and a half, along with copious sinus drainage. Because I exercise regularly and include minimal refined sugar in my diet, I was able to fight off this infection. Otherwise, I would probably have ended up in the hospital.

Curious, I checked the incidence of Tetanus and Diphtheria in the US. I learned that five people died of Diphtheria in the US in the last 10 years.  And since 1947, the incidence of Tetanus has decreased 99%.  Why is the CDC messing with the adult Tetanus vaccine, throwing more so-called immunizations at us for non-existent problems?

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website says we have all the vaccines to thank for the decreased incidence of Diptheria and Tetanus. Other research claims that increased sanitation and wound care improvements during the same timeframe gave us the respite. Susanne Humphries, MD, a nephrologist, sums up the findings of researchers who question the widespread use of vaccines in her Youtube Lecture on Vaccines and Health.

We each have to decide where our confidence lies. I simply urge you to review both websites for yourselves to make an informed decision.

Whatever we choose, when respiratory illness strikes, fresh fruits (especially melons and citrus) and vegetables (especially greens) are easiest for our bodies to digest, along with plenty of water to keep everything moving OUT while we regain our health and strength, and gear up for a great summer. Now is a great time to get out and exercise, gardening, walking, hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming, playing tennis, badminton and anything else that keeps everything moveable moving!

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Welcome Spring!

May 16, 2018

 

The ice is gone and even some of the high peaks are doable with microspikes. Spring is a time of lightening up, getting out, touching the Earth, scratching Earth’s back so garden beds and lawns will flourish. All Earth people are called to get moving, stretch out, reach up, inhale deeply, and refresh ourselves. Even road walks bring in spectacular moments.

The trees wait in stillness to greet the day and whatever elements choose to visit. They accept birds, rain, snow, squirrels. Are trees sad when branches are laden with snow and ice or do they welcome an extra stretch, a winter wrap? Does wind move them more deeply into yogic stretches that leave them feeling vibrant? Do nesting birds fill their tree life with song and pockets of warmth?

My neighbors and I do not put out bird seed in hopes that flying squirrels will winter in the woods and not in our attics. There are plentiful worms and seeds now available as snow melts. The juncos have been here all winter, along with a few jays, but dawn now warms up with boisterous flocks of robins, jays, chickadees and nuthatches singing their frenzied oratorio of mating calls.

Do trees look forward to all the critter gatherings at their meeting place? Are trees like a pub, a place where critters share stories and worries? Is each leaf a little bellows or fan depending on what’s needed? Are trees lining streets encouraging us to walk there and breathe deeply?

Pheromones are chemical signals trees and plants give off that influence the behavior of kindred souls of their species. In their pheromone language, trees seem to express joy, sorrow, hope success, caution, love. They gather in family groups. Old folks form small gatherings; youngest bunch together in gaggles. What empowers them to make that choice? Hmm, spring is a time to wonder about all of nature’s connections.

For me, spring is a time when nature pulsates with song. Peepers, birds, chipmunks, running brooks and waterfalls, pelting rain, children’s voices excited over new life they are discovering everywhere, old voices happy to be able to walk about with no ice worries, bike wheels humming ……

Ah, yes! Time to tune up and sing with spring!