Raising Awareness About Health Choices

Preserving the Fundamental Human Right to Health Freedom


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  • October 10, 2020 6:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Kevin White

    Some people call me a medical hacker based on what I have learned over the last seven years. They reel in wonder when I tell them how they can do things to never catch a cold or flu, lower high blood pressure naturally and how to keep kidneys from advancing to dangerous stage levels. I have close friends and family I have helped fix issues they were told could not be cured. I always tell them this is what worked for me and am not advocating as a medical professional but explaining what I know worked for me.

    In 2013 I injured both of my knees while deployed to Djibouti Africa with the United States Airforce. I returned home early to receive medical attention from military doctors at Wright Patterson AFB where I primarily received medications for pain and physical therapy for rehabilitation. The medication I took caused my potassium to drop below normal levels; under 2.5 millimoles per liter causing my blood pressure to skyrocket. The blood pressure medicine they gave me caused other problems I had to deal with as well. My pulse was stuck at 106 beats per minute most of the day. Anxiety pushed me to check my pulse every time I looked at a clock. I was so good at it I could tell my nurse what my pulse was just by feeling my wrist.

    When I was in the military, I was an aircraft electro/environmental specialist whose job it was to troubleshoot complex high-tech problems. I had many years of experience developing innovative problem-solving skills I was able to apply to the health problems I explain in this article.

    The worst of my issues was the IBS-C; It was by far the worst thing that ever happened to me because it took a physical and mental toll on me. I spent 80% of my time trying to clear the constipation that moved at a snail’s pace in my intestines. I could not eat anything with sugar because it sent me into a tailspin shortly after I ate anything sweet. I lost 35 pounds from when I started seeing the military doctors. I started researching IBS cures but none of them worked until I found information about enteric peppermint drops. After taking the peppermint capsules my symptoms lessened by 75% but I was still IBS-C ridden with all the other symptoms that came with it.

    I was not satisfied with the band aid I discovered for the IBS situation because it still limited my ability to eat freely because I had to swallow a capsule 45 minutes before each meal for it to work. My doctor told me there was nothing I could do but avoid trigger foods; everything was a trigger food! I started to analyze the timeline of my IBS and figured out that it coincided with the start of the blood pressure medication. I discussed my theory with my doctor, and she agreed to try it. Two days later the IBS went away for good.

    I got rid of the BP meds, so my blood pressure went back up above normal levels. I tried everything to no avail until I read an article about Coq10 helping lower blood pressure in experiments. 100 mgs a day dropped my BR from 165 to 125. I can literally see my pulse drop to the mid-60s in one and a half hours. It takes ace inhibitors weeks to lower your blood pressure but, in my case, Coq10 only takes one and a half hours. Coq10 contains organ meat extract that most Americans are missing in their diets. Coq10 acts like a beta blocker but without the side effects. It slows your heart and lowers your pressure and makes you immune to viruses while protecting your heart.

    With the low potassium I found myself going into tachycardia events if I sweated, walked more than 2 minutes, ate foods with magnesium in it or took an epsom salt bath for my knees. I eventually discovered fresh lemon juice made the events very subtle and more tolerable. I advanced to apple cider vinegar mixed with water and that made them go away for good. This is the point when I learned about the power of alkalinity to keep your body in a high PH state. The lemons and vinegar raised my PH levels by converting acidic to alkaline once they entered the body. My doctor was at a loss for this, but I let her know how the process cured my problems.

    I used to spend my free time joining Facebook groups telling friends what worked for me when I had the same issues. Many people have benefited from my stories and have thanked me for helping them make their own decisions on alternative cures. It is very satisfying when people can escape illness their doctors have abandoned hope for. There are so many things physicians are never taught in medical school. There are so many more possibilities just based on principles of how our bodies work we have yet to discover. I am the kind of person that never gives up on fixing a problem.

    I heard a report from a friend who is at stage 4 kidney failure. She was told she had to go on dialysis when she first learned about it. I suggested a theory I heard about stopping the slide by alkalizing her kidneys with apple cider vinegar every day. She started the regimen I told her I did every day and month later she said her doctor asked what she was doing to keep her kidneys at the same level. That was over two years ago. Last week I learned from my wife that another test showed she is still holding steady with no changes noted.

    I believe there is a cure for most ailments we face if we try to understand what disease really does to our bodies and try to counteract them naturally. Learning holistic cures in the face of medical reasoning requires critical thinking and putting more faith in yourself and nature than in the science of medicine. It is a lonely journey trying not to look crazy when you suggest cures people have never heard of before. I have been called witch doctor, shaman, and other exotic names but, when they work in the face of traditional medicine people take notice. Not everything that works for me will work for others, but it only pushes me to dig deeper to learn more and more everyday.

    Kevin White is a newly published author of the book “Growing up White” an Oreos guide to Fitting in. In his book, Kevin expresses his experiences growing up as a military dependent on military bases around the world.

    Kevin is also the owner and CEO of Brownie Fox publishing LLC, an Ohio based publishing company founded in 2019. With Brownie Fox publishing, Kevin envisions publishing more books and adding more authors to contribute additional works soon.

    Kevin is a retired veteran with 30 years of service to the Unites States Air Force. He graduated from Wright State University in Dayton Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2017. His B.A. background enabled him to navigate the social complexities of writing the book “Growing up White”. Kevin enjoys playing guitar, writing music and listening to old time radio programs. He resides with his wife Carolyn and his two daughters in Huber Heights, Ohio.

  • September 30, 2020 4:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Nadera Lopez-Garrity


    On Wednesday, November 4th, 2020, Health Freedom Ohio (HFO) will be hosting the much anticipated “HPV and Covid-19 Vaccine Safety Symposium: Making an Informed Decision,” scheduled to take place in the heart of Columbus, the day post-election, as hundreds of attendees will travel across the nation to learn the facts about Gardasil and the fast tracked SARS-CoV-2 vaccine from experts who are well versed on the published science and free from conflicts of interest. 


    Among the notable speakers and panel of experts who will be presenting at the symposium is the late U.S. Attorney General’s son, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.,  Chairman of the Board and Chief Legal Counsel for Children’s Health Defense, a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to end the childhood health epidemics by working aggressively to expose causes, eliminate harmful exposures, hold those responsible accountable, seek justice for the injured and establish safeguards so this (epidemic) never happens again.”


    Mr. Kennedy, who is among the legal team that is suing Merck for its catastrophic Gardasil scam said, “Throughout history, totalitarian elements and ruling elites have used crisis as a convenience to inflame public fears to justify the imposing of censorship and authoritarian controls that allow them to shift wealth upwards without protest. Today, we are watching Technology and Telecom Titans construct a surveillance state on the ruins of our once proud democracy and our obliterated middle class. Empowerment through knowledge is the antidote to fear. Our strategy for stemming the rising tide of despotism is to develop new mechanisms for informing, educating and organizing the resistance. This symposium is the first step in empowering individuals to make informed decisions that protect themselves and their families while we fight to rebuild the fallen institutions of our democracy.”


    Empowerment through knowledge to safeguard that which is most sacred is the primary driving force behind this extraordinarily educative symposium. 


    In the age of information, ignorance is a choice that can be crippling to even the most ardent supporters of freedom, who are willfully unaware of the massive conduits of deceit that are exploiting the masses in their illusionary bliss. The past few months have left much to be desired from healthcare officials and State leaders who resorted to a drastically erroneous model to impose statewide orders that have adversely impacted countless of lives across the nation, exponentially increasing the rates of domestic violence, starvation and deaths of despair as our economy is pushed to the brink of collapse, and the most potent tool for totalitarian control – the digital currency – threatens our democracy.


    Therefore, we can no longer afford to live confined by the shackles of fear. 


    We must empower ourselves with knowledge if we are to maintain our fundamental, God given human rights and freedoms as protected by the Constitution of the United States. Facts over fear will set us free from the social constructs that have longed plagued our nation and the rest of the world, which are now more than ever suffocating under a masquerade of the greater good, intended to set the stage  for the so called fast tracked savior that will benefit the only entities that have stood to profit from this debilitating social conditioning agenda – the pharmaceutical industry.


    Hence the expansion of the much-anticipated HPV Vaccine Safety Symposium to include the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine jaw-dropping findings as revealed by the published scientific literature.


    Participating in these efforts are other notable keynote speakers such as Dr, Judy Mikovits, Dr. James Lyons-Weiler, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Shannon Powers and Destiny Maynard, all of whom have graciously lent their powerful voices, unparalleled knowledge and extensive expertise to empower the masses who will be in attendance the day of the symposium with peer-reviewed supported information concerning Gardasil and the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. An exceptional group of experts, devoid of any conflicts of interest, who have valiantly sacrificed much in their exposure of the truth for the sake of humanity and whose unwavering moral courage speak volumes.


    After noting the tragic impact that Gardasil has had in ruining the lives of millions of children and generations to come, Dr. Mikovits, a world-renowned biochemist and molecular biologist with an impressive resume working with the likes of Anthony Fauci and other institutions who were rocked to their core upon her appearance in the documentaries, Plandemic I and II, said that she is committed to raising awareness “because our very humanity depends on it. These innocent victims trusted that research was unbiased and free from political interest.”


    Like countless of other parents worldwide, Powers and Maynard are among those who trusted and tragically learned the hard way as the lack of honest disclosure from the pharmaceutical industry and their unsuspecting healthcare providers, proved to be catastrophic for the life of their children. 


    Maynard’s son, Christopher Bunch, a spirited fourteen-year-old boy from Moline, Illinois, who had a bright future ahead of him, sadly passed away on August 14, 2018, “from a severe form Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), an inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system which his doctors confirmed was caused by the HPV vaccination he had received earlier that summer,” according to ChristopherBunch.com. 


    Since her son’s passing, Maynard has committed her life to raising awareness about the risks of Gardasil, including testifying before the Illinois Public Health Committee in May of 2019, which led to the removal of false and misleading information from SJR 43, a resolution that sought to encourage adolescents to receive the HPV vaccine. 


    Powers, the Sanevax.org ambassador for all Ohioans injured by the HPV vaccine and an active administrator for the group, “Ohio Gardasil Injured,” was also thrust into the devastating world of vaccine injury after her youngest daughter was severely injured by Gardasil a decade ago.  


    “My child’s life is priceless and I will continue to fight and educate every parent who is thinking of giving their child this vaccine,” said powers. “I choose not to let another child become ‘One Less’ healthy individuals.” 


    Last year, Powers joined forces with WWDNYK-studios as the Executive Producer for the podcast “Breaking Science with Dr. Jack,” which is hosted by Dr. James Lyons-Weiler, CEO and President of The Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge (IPAK), a nonprofit organization that exists to perform scientific research in the public’s interest.


    “My first aim in life is to be good to those I love and the people around me,” said Dr. Lyons-Weiler. “My second aim in life is to reduce human pain and suffering through knowledge.  That's why in 2015, I created IPAK in an effort to conduct research in the public’s interest without profit motive and also why, in August 2020, I launched IPAK-EDU LLC, with the motto Liberte per scientiam: Freedom through Knowledge, where we offer college-level courses online for the general public to learn the fundamentals of biology, science, law, analytics, and psychology.  Via IPAK-LLC, people will be able to empower themselves through knowledge and compete in the public square on a firm footing of rock-solid education on the fundamentals.”


    Dr. Lyons-Weiler added that since he “jumped into the rabbit hole in 2015 by adding a chapter on Vaccines” to his second book, "Cures vs. Profits,” he has “met the most amazing people the US and world have to offer.”


    “I am honored to call you my friends, colleagues, advisors, and students.  Everything that I do is made possible by your generous spirit, your faith in humanity and your love of your fellow man.  No one is alone in these times.  We all have each other, and we have Science, not ‘Science-Like Activities’ backing us,” said Dr. Lyons-Weiler.


    Registered Nurse, Michelle Cotterman, Co-founder and President of the symposium’s host organization HFO, which is a community and politically active 501(c)4 consisting of citizens, medical and healthcare professionals dedicated to raising awareness about complementary and alternative pathways to health and wellness, echoed similar sentiments.


    “The symposium will be an impactful event for people to support one another and acquire the knowledge they need,” said Cotterman. “During these uncertain times when accessibility to information is being censored by corporate conglomerates, it is imperative to find effective ways to engage in these important discussions so people are able to make an informed decision when it comes to consumable products that are indemnified of liability. The science is absolutely on our side and people deserve to know the facts based on the undisputable evidence.”


    Please visit https://tinyurl.com/hfo-event to register for the event and acquire additional information. 

  • September 13, 2020 1:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Keli Beeson

    Walking into businesses across the state of Ohio you may see signs posted, “Masks are required to enter here”.  The first few months of the pandemic, masks were recommended. Now mask compliance has attempted to become even more enforced by Governor Mike DeWine when he announced a Mask Mandate on July 23rd, 2020, signed by the Ohio Department Health Director. There are people who argue that since businesses can state, “no shoes, no shirt, no service”, they can also enforce with masks.


    The first point to examine is, is the Governor's mandate lawful or is the Governor abusing his power by mandating the citizens of Ohio to wear masks? Do Governors have the legal authority to create laws and mandates or are they administrators of state agencies, not lawmakers?


    Ohio Constitution I.18 Suspension of laws (1851) states, “No power of suspending laws shall ever be exercised, except by the general assembly.” This means Governor DeWine has no power to suspend our unalienable rights. 


    Ohio Constitution ORC 3.05 states, “The supreme executive power of this state shall be vested in the governor.” Blacks Law defines executive power as the power to execute the existing laws. This means the Ohio Governor does not have the power to make the laws and the power to judge them. 


    Ohio Constitution ORC III.07 states, “He shall communicate at every session, by message, to the general assembly, the condition of the state, and recommend such measures as he shall deem expedient.” The Governor is only able to recommend measures to the general assembly, not mandate.


    Ohio Constitution ORC 2317.54 states, “Written consent to a surgical or medical procedure or course of procedures shall, to the extent that it fulfills all the requirements in divisions (A), (B), and (C) of this section, be presumed to be valid and effective, in the absence of proof by a preponderance of the evidence that the person who sought such consent was not acting in good faith, or that the execution of the consent was induced by fraudulent misrepresentation of material facts, or that the person executing the consent was not able to communicate effectively in spoken and written English or any other language in which the consent is written.” Informed consent to a medical procedure and businesses that are enforcing masks are not providing informed consent. 


    Ohio Constitution ORC 4731.41 states, “no person shall practice medicine and surgery, or any of its branches, without the appropriate license or certificate from the state medical board to engage in the practice.” By Governor DeWine mandating masks, he is in direct violation of this code since he does not have a medical license. 


     Article 1 of the Ohio Constitution states, “Slavery and involuntary servitude (1851);

    “There shall be no slavery in this state; nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of a crime.” Definition of slavery according to Black’s Law Dictionary, “is the status or condition of a person over, whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership is exercised.” The definition of servitude according to Black’s Law Dictionary, “the state or condition of a slave; bondage, the state or condition of being subjected to or dominated by a person or things.” (Black, Black's Law dictionary: definitions of the terms and phrases of American and English jurisprudence, ancient and modern ; with Guide to Pronunciation 1951)The mandating of masks is placing the people of Ohio into a position of servitude to the Government.


    ORC 3701.13 states, “The department of health shall have supervision of all matters relating to the preservation of the life and health of the people and have ultimate authority in matters of quarantine and isolation, which it may declare and enforce, when neither exists, and modify, relax, or abolish, when either has been established.” ORC 3701.13 was amended and effective 09/29/2013, however, this does not make this code lawful. No law, statute or code can violate our Bill of Rights or it is null and void. This is reiterated by the supreme court cases listed below. It is impossible for a law which violates the constitution to be valid, it must be in agreement with the constitution.


    “All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void. " Marbury vs Madison, 5 U.S. (2 Cranch) 137, 174, 176, (1803)


    "Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them.” Miranda vs Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 p. 491.


    "An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no right; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed." Norton vs Shelby County, 118 U.S. 425 p.442


    "Emergency does not create power. Emergency does not increase granted power or remove or diminish restrictions imposed upon power granted or reserved. 

    The Constitution was adopted in a period of grave emergency. Its grants of power to the Federal Government and its limitations of the power of the States were determined in the light of emergency and they are not altered by emergency." Home Building & Loan Assoc. v Blaisdell 290 U.S. 398 (1934)


    “The state cannot diminish rights of the people.” (Hurtado v. People of the State of California, 110 U.S. 516)


    "The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and the name of law, in reality is no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of its enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it." 16th American Jurisprudence 2d, Section 177 late 2nd, Section 256

     

    What some states are also doing, including Ohio, is imposing fines to force compliance. This is a violation of our constitutional rights as evidence by court case Sherar v. Cullen, F 481 2d 946 (1973), “There can be no sanction or penalty imposed upon one because of his exercise of Constitutional Rights.” No one is above the law including legislators of our Government. Legislators do have an obligation under USC §1986 a duty "to prevent a wrong from being done” and under USC §1621 citing the "neglect to protect" by individuals under oath (Admin & Admin, Latest News).


    United States Federal Codes are listed, and these are the “remedy of the people when rights violated.” (Robinson, 2013)


    CONSPIRACY AGAINST RIGHTS—USC 18 §241

    “If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.”

     

    DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS—USC 18 §242

    “Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State the deprivation of any rights, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”

    DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS—USC 42 §1983

    “Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State subjects, or causes to be subjected, any person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law.”


    There are exemptions listed in the mask mandate order for Ohio. Two exemptions that are most exercised are Religious and Medical. Some individuals may hold deep religious convictions against wearing a mask. They may believe the mask is making way for the Mark of the Beast. Others may believe it signifies a “ritual”; this belief is also reinforced because there are Pagan rituals that require masks. Scripture that has been argued to support not wearing a facial covering; 1 Corinthians 11:7 “For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man.” 1 Corinthians 11:4 “Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head” Psalm 27:9 “Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior.” People often read scripture and have different interpretations, that interpretation is part of our religious freedom. Under Federal law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act) religious beliefs are protected even when they differ or vary from mainstream or traditionally held views. 


    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Section 201, Section 202 states, “All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, and privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, as defined in this section, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.” This means that a business or place of employment cannot discriminate based on an individual’s religious beliefs. 


    Appendix of AG Barr’s Memorandum, section A, “The Free Exercise Clause” recognizes and secures the “right to believe and profess whatever religious doctrine [they] desire.” Empl’t Div. v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872, 877 (1990).” “The Free Exercise Clause protects beliefs rooted in religion, even if such beliefs are not mandated by a particular religious organization or shared among adherents of a particular religious tradition”


    There are others who are unable to wear a mask because of a medical condition, this is also an exemption listed on the mask order. There has been a lot of debate on whether a business can ask for your medical condition to allow entry to their business. Forcing an individual to provide their medical condition forces the patient to waive their doctor/patient, which would make it a HIPAA violation. The right of public services is also guaranteed to citizens who are disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Americans with Disabilities Act states, “The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.” (What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? 2020)


    A business cannot violate your rights or break the law. We have unalienable rights that were bestowed upon us from our Creator. Black’s Law Dictionary states, unalienable rights are “incapable of being aliened, that is, sold and transferred.”(Staff & Haley, Black's law dictionary 1991) Long ago we adopted Civil and Religious Freedom, it is that same religious freedom that gives us God-given unalienable rights and the laws of nature, natural rights. When the Declaration of Independence was written our Founding Fathers made sure to state, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Our Founding Fathers knew that government would from time to time attempt to violate our rights and they secured constitutional protections for the people. Whether it is mandatory testing, forced mask wearing or even temperature taking, this is a clear violation of our Bill of Rights. While businesses may state, “no shirt, no shoes, no service” it does not appear that forcing a medical device to enter their business is lawful especially if it can cause mental, physical or emotional harm to the individual this is being forced upon. 



    Keli Beeson is a health freedom activist. She started a group in Palm Beach County, Florida, District 21 PBC, that meets with legislators and attends events to help educate the public. When she moved to Ohio in February 2020, she continued to get involved to help protect medical and religious freedoms. She joined the Ohio Assembly in June 2020 to help secure unalienable rights for Ohioans. Her previous knowledge and experience combined with the assemblies educational tools are what is driving her to continue advocating for the people. As a mother of two young babies, she knows how important this fight is and what's at stake.

    For more information on the Ohio Assembly, please visit www.ohioassembly.org.



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  • August 28, 2020 7:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Kristine M. Severyn, Ph.D., R.Ph.

    In late April 2020, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced that it “partnered” with Partners in Health (PIH) to “implement” coronavirus (COVID-19) contact tracing across Ohio.  Describing PIH as “a world-renowned organization that works to protect communities,” ODH would work with PIH to increase the number of local contact tracers from a “few hundred to possibly nearly 2,000” (1). 

    While widespread coronavirus testing and contact tracing were touted as keys to reopening the country from the pandemic (2), such public health directives, especially widespread testing of healthy people, impede economic recovery.  Based on sometimes inaccurate coronavirus tests (3, 4), citizens are unnecessarily forced into house arrest (5), small businesses shuttered, organized sports cancelled, and entire schools and colleges closed (6).  This might explain President Trump’s opposition to increased funding for coronavirus testing and contact tracing in the July 2020 coronavirus relief bill (7). 

    Ohio thus far has received about $300 million for coronavirus testing and contact tracing for 2020 and 2021, courtesy of Congress’s CARES and Paycheck Protection Program Acts for distribution across county and local health departments (8). 


    Who is Partners in Health? 

    Massachusetts-based PIH, founded 35 years ago, has a staff of 17,000 around the world in eleven mostly Third World-economy countries, e.g., Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Haiti. PIH works with local departments of health in these countries in health care delivery, contact tracing, and chronic health conditions (9).  Co-founded by Marxist, socialist, globalist Paul Farmer,   Partners in Health and the Clinton Foundation have Chelsea Clinton, Bill and Hillary Clinton’s daughter, on their boards.  Both organizations have worked together on common projects.

    PIH asserts that “health is a human right.” Its stated goal is to change and increase the influence of the public health system to eliminate health care inequities.  They want a “real systemic health care change” for those who face systemic inequities.


    Pro-life concerns

    Partners in Health has a history of endorsing liberal abortion practices, having opposed President Trump’s reinstatement of the pro-life Mexico City Policy and denouncing the U.S. defunding of the pro-abortion World Health Organization.

    PIH and its supporters include a collection of progressive individuals and organizations that support abortion rights, e.g., Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, George Soros’s Open Society, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, all major supporters of Planned Parenthood, which has recently acknowledged its racist, eugenic roots (10).  

    Globalist financial partners of PIH include Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Google, Bank of America and the World Bank.

    PIH receives major funding from drug companies, who promote potentially harmful birth control drugs and devices around the world.  


    PIH finances

    PIH is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with total income in 2019 of more than $154.5 million, and total assets of close to $100 million.  


    How is Partners in Health operating in Ohio and other states to facilitate coronavirus contact tracing?

    Drawing on its experience in establishing disease contact tracing in Third World countries and Massachusetts, PIH established in May 2020 its “U.S. Public Health Accompaniment Unit” to operate coronavirus contact tracing programs in state departments of health and establish “long-term” computer surveillance systems.  


    How did Partners in Health become involved in Ohio’s coronavirus contact tracing?

    In a June 16, 2020 Webinar to state and local health agencies across the U.S., PIH described its newly-formed “Public Health Accompaniment Unit” (11). 

    Massachusetts, the home of PIH, was the first state to contract with PIH for coronavirus contact-tracing work, hiring more than 1,900 staff to “very quickly” support contact tracing, making over 300,000 contact tracing calls across the state.   PIH also instituted a massive public relations campaign for citizen education and buy-in.

    After its work in Massachusetts, PIH “did not want each state to contract with PIH.   Thus, PIH formed its Public Health Accompaniment Unit., with the goal to “[ramp] up advising, learning spaces, and broader communication efforts to strengthen the national U.S. Covid response.”  Likewise, PIH wanted to help other states, cities, and communities “rapidly scale-up their coronavirus contact tracing and to accelerate the speed and ability to get to [the] scale required.”   


    The three core areas of the PIH contact-tracing plan are:

    1. To assist local and state health departments to ramp-up contact tracing through “technical and implementation accompaniment;”

    2. Build an online resource hub, a sort-of “library,” of best practices that local departments. of health can use to further their contact tracing efforts; and

    3. Leverage the learnings and collective power of its growing members to strengthen the U.S. public health system and epidemic preparedness to ensure preferential provisions and comprehensive support for those hardest hit by Covid-19. 

    Since early May 2020, PIH has conducted “Technical Advising” with groups across the country in Newark, New Jersey, the Navajo Nation, Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, and Ohio.

    PIH says that coronavirus contact tracing may be necessary for years, even as the country reopens, as part of a comprehensive strategy to stop the virus.  By growing the ranks and power of government coronavirus contact tracers, the public health establishment will grow even more powerful, a stated goal of Governor Mike DeWine (12). 


    How much is Ohio paying Partners in Health for contact tracing?

    The Public Health Accompaniment Unit (PHAU), PIH’s program to support public health agencies across the U.S. with coronavirus contact tracing training and advice, received multi-million-dollar funding through The Audacious Project in April 2020 (13).  Such funding currently enables PIH to provide its contact tracing services to states at no charge for about one year, beginning May 1, 2020.  PHAU supports public health coronavirus contact tracing in New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, California, Minnesota, and Maryland (14).

    Indeed, the three-month “Memorandum of Understanding Between the Ohio Department of Health and Partners in Health,” dated May 18, 2020, and signed by former ODH Director Amy Acton, states that PIH’s services “are provided without cost to ODH” (15).  This could explain the lack of response by ODH to public records requests for contracts and/or expenditures to PIH.


    How will Partners in Health “partner” with each state?

    PIH plans to provide “effective scale-up” of contact tracing across the U.S. in three ways.  (1) Co-create contact tracing programs in departments of health through placing small teams of PIH experts for two to four months; (2) Provide technical assistance; (3) Provide an online “toolkit” and learning community of best practices for sharing with other contact tracing programs around the world.


    What is The Audacious Project?

    Housed at TED, The Audacious Project is described as “a collaborative funding initiative” for large multi-year projects with “social impact on a grand scale.”  Thirty-two donors currently contribute to projects selected yearly to “nurture a group of big, bold solutions to the world’s most urgent challenges” (16).  


    Why is Partners in Health not registered with the Ohio Secretary of State?

    PIH seems to have violated State of Ohio Regulatory Contract Requirements, by asserting in the Memorandum of Understanding between PIH and ODH the following:  “PIH affirms that it has all of the approvals, licenses, or other qualifications needed to conduct business in Ohio and that all are current” (17). 

    Ohio Revised Code 1703.27 mandates, “No foreign [incorporated in another state] nonprofit corporation shall exercise its corporate privileges in this state in a continual course of transactions until it has first procured from the secretary of state a certificate authorizing it to do so” (18).  As of this writing, PIH has not registered with the Ohio Secretary of State as a foreign non-profit corporation.

    It would seem that ODH legal counsel would have verified whether or not PIH was properly registered with the Ohio Secretary of State, per Ohio law, before the ODH Director signed a formal agreement with an unregistered out-of-state corporation on behalf of the State of Ohio. 


    Conclusion

    Due to a multi-million-dollar donation to Partners in Health from the Audacious Project to fund scale-up of coronavirus contact tracing across the U.S. through PIH’s Public Health Accompaniment Unit, PIH is offering its contact tracing “partner” services at no charge for one year to selected U.S. states, including Ohio.  After one year, it is unknown if such services will still be free, or if PIH will begin to charge a fee, similar to the State of Texas, which in May 2020 signed a controversial $295 million contract for contact tracing services (19).  While Ohio has “partnered” with PIH for start-up of contact tracing, the state, through the Ohio Department of Health, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with PIH on May 18, 2020 for three months, unless it is renewed.  Public records requests from ODH yielded no payment contracts or records to PIH because the State of Ohio apparently paid nothing for PIH’s services.  It appears that Massachusetts-based PIH violated Ohio Revised Code 1703.27 by neglecting to register as a foreign non-profit corporation with the Ohio Secretary of State.  Such registration is a necessary State of Ohio Regulatory Contract Requirement as a Qualification to Do Business.

    Print the PDF: K.Severyn PUB Contact Tracing Partner.pdf

    Dr. Severyn earned a B.S. in Pharmacy and a Ph.D. in Biopharmaceutics at the University of Cincinnati, with a concentration in pharmacology, toxicology, and drug kinetics.  She is a registered pharmacist who researches and writes on medical / legal issues, with special interest in public health and medical informed consent.

    REFERENCES

    1. COVID-19 Contact Tracing:  Protecting Against COVID-19.  Ohio Department of Health.  April 28, 2020.  https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/responsible-restart-ohio/contact-tracing/contact-tracing

    2. National coronavirus response:  A road map to reopening.  American Enterprise Institute.  March 28, 2020.     https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/National-Coronavirus-Response-a-Road-Map-to-Recovering-2.pdf

    3. Accuracy of COVID-19 tests still largely unknown, Associated Press, June 14, 2020. https://www.modernhealthcare.com/technology/accuracy-covid-19-tests-still-largely-unknown

    4. Ohio governor says his 'false positive' is a 'wakeup call' about newer types of coronavirus tests, The Hill, August 9, 2020.   https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/511232-ohio-governor-says-his-false-positive-is-a-wakeup-call-about-newer

    5. Is coronavirus testing really good for Ohio? July 21, 2020.   https://healthfreedomohio.org/News-Views/9116970

    6. 5 things to know about coronavirus: University of Dayton goes online, restaurants reopen after Covid-19-related closures, Dayton Daily News, August 24, 2020.  https://www.daytondailynews.com/local/5-things-to-know-about-coronavirus-university-of-dayton-goes-online-restaurants-reopen-after-covid-19-related-closures/X5UEKD6UOFGVRDXTIFYNEA7AGQ/?utm_source=Iterable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=campaign_1464809

    7. Trump administration pushing to block new money for testing, tracing and CDC in upcoming coronavirus relief bill, Washington Post, July 18, 2020.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/07/18/white-house-testing-budget-cdc-coronavirus/

    8. Ohio Controlling Board.  https://ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/site/government/resources/controlling-board

    9. https://www.pih.org/

    10. Planned Parenthood to remove Margaret Sanger’s name from N.Y. clinic over views on eugenics, Washington Post, July 21, 2020.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/07/21/margaret-sanger-planned-parenthood-eugenics/

    11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J91eqLeA5-M

    12. Ohio spends less per capita on public health than nearly every other state, Columbus Dispatch, April 2, 2020.  https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200402/ohio-spends-less-per-capita-on-public-health-than-nearly-every-other-state/1  

    13. https://audaciousproject.org/ideas/covid-19-response/partners-in-health

    14. https://www.pih.org/USAccompaniment-FAQs

    15. Memorandum of Understanding Between the Ohio Department of Health and Partners in Health, May 18, 2020, at 2, par. 5.

    16. https://audaciousproject.org/ .  Eight major donors:  https://skoll.org/ (Skoll Foundation); https://www.ted.com/ (TED); https://www.virgin.com/unite/ (Virgin Unite); https://www.bridgespan.org/ (The Bridgespan Group); https://www.daliophilanthropies.org/ (Dalio Philanthropies); https://www.elmaphilanthropies.org/ (ELMA Philanthropies); https://www.gatesfoundation.org/ (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation); https://sciencephilanthropyalliance.org/ (Science Philanthropy Alliance).

    17. Supra. note 15 at 5, par. 9.2 (State of Ohio Regulatory Contract Requirements, Qualifications to Do Business).

    18.https://codes.ohio.gov/orc/1703.27

    19. Gov. Abbott, on hot seat, defends $295M contact tracing deal, Houston Chronicle, May 22, 2020. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Gov-Abbott-on-hot-seat-defends-295M-contact-15290321.php

  • August 24, 2020 5:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    By Maura Urchek BSN, RN

    In a May 2020 U.S. Food & Drug Administration Guidance Document entitled “Temporary Policy Regarding Certain Food Labeling Requirements During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: Minor Formulation Changes and Vending Machines,” the public received notice of radical changes to food labeling requirements in the US. The Docket Number for this Guidance Document is  FDA-2020-D-1139 and it was issued by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Nutrition and Food Labeling.

    The following article from Consumer Reports entitled “What the FDA's Relaxed Food Label Rules Mean for People With Allergies--The agency’s action is alarming consumers who rely on ingredient labels to stay safe” explains: “To avoid potential food-supply-chain disruptions in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration announced last month that it has temporarily relaxed food labeling guidelines, allowing manufacturers of packaged foods to substitute certain ingredients without changing the labels.” 

    As a result, many families affected by food allergies have had their worlds turned upside down.  The scrutiny of food labels is one of the primary actions individuals and their families can take to prevent ingestion of allergens.   

    Allergic Living features the following article published on June 23, 2020 “FDA’s Relaxed Label Rules: Updates Fail to Silence Allergy Concerns,” which details the FDA’s temporary policy, subsequent public outrage, and the June 18th FDA posting of a new Q&A that includes additional recommendations. The author notes that the June 18th FDA Q&A has been met with varied responses from within the allergy community. For many, particularly those with non- “Top-8” food allergies, their concerns persist. 

    Individuals and families affected by food allergies rely on truth in labeling to navigate their everyday food intake as a matter of survival. What is termed a “minor formulation change” could have not-so-minor effects for the highly allergic individual. Even before the 2020 quarantine, many individuals affected by food allergies are so sensitive that they must routinely limit contact in public, avoid touching doorknobs, decline common social greetings like handshakes and hugs, abstain from social gatherings with food, and avoid parks and public benches, all as a matter of necessity knowing that a severe allergic response could be provoked by casual contact with contaminated surfaces and objects.  These individuals and their families take great caution and follow stringent hygiene and food preparation protocols to minimize risk.  Is it acceptable for the FDA to permit relaxations in food labeling and, in essence, potentially expose individuals affected by certain allergies to unnecessary risk of contamination from the very food they ingest?  

    Let your voice be heard by providing public comment to the FDA regarding the “Temporary Policy Regarding Certain Food Labeling Requirements During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: Minor Formulation Changes and Vending Machines” at the following link:

    https://beta.regulations.gov/comment/FDA-2020-D-1139-0009

    2,992 comments have been received as of 11:59 PM 08/22/2020. 

    (Source: https://beta.regulations.gov/document/FDA-2020-D-1139-0009/comment Accessed 23 August 2020)

    References:

    Peachman, R. (2020, July 7). What the FDA's Relaxed Food Label Rules Mean for People With Allergies. Retrieved August 23, 2020, from https://www.consumerreports.org/food-labels/fda-relaxed-food-label-rules-and-people-with-allergies/

    Smith, G. (2020, June 23). FDA's Relaxed Label Rules: Updates Fail to Silence Allergy Concerns. Retrieved August 23, 2020, from https://www.allergicliving.com/2020/06/23/fdas-relaxed-label-rules-updates-fail-to-silence-allergy-concerns/

    United States, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Nutrition and Food Labeling. (2020, May). Temporary Policy Regarding Certain Food Labeling Requirements During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: Minor Formulation Changes and Vending Machines: Guidance for Industry. Retrieved August 23, 2020, from https://www.fda.gov/regulatory-information/search-fda-guidance-documents/temporary-policy-regarding-certain-food-labeling-requirements-during-covid-19-public-health

    United States, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. (2020, May 22). FDA Announces Temporary Flexibility Policy Regarding Certain Labeling Requirements for Foods for Humans During COVID-19 Pandemic: Constituent Update. Retrieved August 23, 2020, from https://www.fda.gov/food/cfsan-constituent-updates/fda-announces-temporary-flexibility-policy-regarding-certain-labeling-requirements-foods-humans

    United States, U.S. Food & Drug Administration. (2020, June 18). Questions and Answers on FDA’s Temporary Policy on Food Labeling Changes During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Retrieved August 23, 2020, from https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-during-emergencies/questions-and-answers-fdas-temporary-policy-food-labeling-changes-during-covid-19-pandemic

  • August 23, 2020 3:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dayton Public Health is hosting a vaccination clinic Wednesday, August 26, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Kroc center, in partnership with CareSource and Dayton Children’s Hospital. This clinic is under the auspices of providing the required (no exemptions mentioned!) 7th and 12th grade vaccines; however, the article and press release also mention that the HPV vaccine will be available and is recommended for this age group. To entice families, school supplies and even job assistance, among other perks, and RTA will provide free transportation. 

    This seems like a lot of effort for vaccines that can and perhaps should be given by a person’s primary care doctor. Is this clinic intended to lure students and their parents in with freebies and mandated vaccines only to push an HPV vaccine, which is not required in Ohio law? Local and state governments have been attempting to push HPV on adolescents for years, with no regard for the questionable science, potential injuries, and even death associated with the vaccine. 

    Health Freedom Ohio encourages you to consult with your own doctor before getting any vaccines and do your own research to determine risks and benefits. We advocate for your right to freely accept or decline any and all vaccines and other medical interventions and procedures, and to pursue the path to health that you feel best serves you and your family. 

    Vaccination is a medical intervention with significant risks and for which manufacturers and health care professionals have no or limited liability. HPV vaccine has come under increasing scrutiny recently, as it has been linked to an increase in suicide on recipients and other adverse health consequences. Robert F Kennedy Jr recently announced a pathway for suing the manufacturer based on fraud and has set up a toll-free number (844–RFK-HPV1) for people who believe they have been injured. 

    Health Freedom Ohio is hosting an HPV vaccine safety symposium in November 2020, including presentations by Robert F Kennedy Jr and other distinguished speakers. We invite you to learn more about this controversial vaccine from the science to the legal ramifications. 

  • August 11, 2020 2:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Disclaimer: The following article is not intended as legal advice but rather to provide an overview of workplace vaccination requirements and options for employees whose religious beliefs (including strong personal convictions) oppose some or all vaccinations. Much of the information is from presentations, discussions, and writings of Alan Phillips, J.D. From his own website: “Alan has helped 100's of healthcare workers and other employees get exemptions in the workplace, and can assist you with general educational materials, and can provide specific information, if needed, to your local attorney.” His helpful e-book, The Authoritative Guide to Vaccine Legal Exemptions, is available for purchase at his website. Employees who desire to file a religious accommodation request are strongly encouraged to seek legal counsel. 


    Ohio Representatives Ron Hood (R) and Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D) have introduced a new bill, House Bill 268, to limit punitive employment consequences for declining any vaccination.



    Approximately a dozen states have legislation pertaining to workplace vaccinations and/or exemptions. Ohio state law does not yet provide exemptions for workplace vaccinations. Employees who decline vaccination -- an invasive medical intervention -- may be fired if the employer does not offer exemptions, reassigned to other areas/duties, and/or required to wear a mask for the duration of “flu season” — often October or November through April.


    Some employers do offer their own official exemptions to vaccines such as annual flu shot, but such employers are increasingly rare. Such exemptions are usually limited to medical contraindications and religious exemptions. Medical contraindications are extremely limited according to a list from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mainly severe life-threatening allergies to the vaccine or its ingredients. Most people don’t know they have such an allergy until they have already had a catastrophic reaction to a vaccine.



    For religious exemptions, some employers actually require letters or other official documentation from religious authorities, which violates the long-held American tradition and both state and federal definition of religious belief, which is about an individual’s deeply held beliefs and not a particular denomination or formalized belief system.


    Employees who decline a vaccine may face punitive action from their employers. Some employers even exclude those who decline vaccination from merit raises and other perks. However, public and private companies who employ 15 or more people are required under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to provide religious accommodation to employees with sincerely held beliefs. This accommodation does not require any denomination or even belief in God, but must be carefully worded to withstand legal challenge. Common mistakes include requesting religious accommodation focused on safety and efficacy, or science, rather than belief issues.


    It is important to recognize that this religious accommodation is not the same as employer-offered exemptions or exemptions in state law. Health Freedom Ohio is aware of people in Ohio who have successfully sought and used religious accommodation regarding vaccination, most with the help of a lawyer. Employers do not typically inform employees of this option, and some make it very difficult to pursue, such as by requiring employees to answer very personal questions about their beliefs and what alternatives to vaccination they would use. 


    Under federal law for accommodations, employers can retrain and reassign employees. This accommodation may also extend to college students in clinical work or internships, as well as those in training. Interestingly, as observed by a prominent former vaccine rights attorney, hospital employers often allow exemptions/accommodations for influenza vaccination but often cite “undue hardship” for other vaccines like TDaP, Hep B, Varicella, and MMR.


    Other Considerations 

    Despite the obvious ethical problems, vaccination requirements in the workplace seem firmly entrenched. More and more vaccines are being added, and powerful pharmaceutical/medical lobbies are pushing for adult vaccinations. Employees must join together in protecting their right to bodily integrity and to determine what medical interventions and pharmaceutical products they consume. Employers should provide very robust data supporting any requirements that carry risk of injury or death. Employers’ rights should never extend inside workers’ bodies, especially when it comes to issues of informed consent to medical products and procedures. One possible avenue for addressing vaccination and other requirements that pose significant risks for workers is the National Labor Relations Board.


    Unless you are proactive about protecting your rights, employers can set any and all conditions for employees, and fire employees who object.


    To find out more about the new bill, and to learn how you can help safeguard your right to make your own medical decisions, free from government orders, please join us at Health Freedom Ohio.

  • July 27, 2020 1:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Eric Calderaro and Julie Clay

    “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – President Ronald Reagan.

    Over the past several months, an increasing number of Ohioans have reached out to their legislators demanding that Governor DeWine be impeached and removed from office [1]; something the Pennsylvania legislature has already taken the lead on doing back on May 16, 2020 when it proposed a resolution to impeach their governor [2]. Many Ohioans have also asked what they can do to cease the deprivation of our God-given constitutional rights and completely restore our freedoms. Many have initiated petitions, others have led or participated in peaceful protests, while many others have sent emails, made phone calls, and provided testimony in support of important legislative bills. And increasingly Ohioans are engaging in peaceful civil disobedience against mandates they believe violate their inalienable Constitutional rights. In my conversations with many of these Ohioans, they agree that the Governor and his Administration have committed dereliction of duty in what Ohioans believe is a mismanagement of the COVID-19 event; which after 4 months, continues to gravely impact our economy and deprive us of our civil liberties - liberties which are supposed to be guaranteed to us under the U.S. Constitution and Ohio Constitution. 

    U.S. Attorney General, William Barr has directed his staff to “be on the lookout for state and local directives that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.” And he stated “the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis.” [3] Barr also indicated the Department of Justice may side with citizens who sue states over “onerous” COVID-19 restrictions.

    Law.com wrote an article, "Texas Supreme Court Reminds Cities There Is No Pandemic Exception to the Constitution" The Justices wrote, the Constitution is not suspended when the government declares a state of disaster.” And “As more becomes known about the threat and about the less restrictive, more targeted ways to respond to it, burdens on constitutional liberties may not survive judicial scrutiny.” “Any government that has made the grave decision to suspend the liberties of a free people during a health emergency should welcome the opportunity to demonstrate—both to its citizens and to the courts—that its chosen measures are absolutely necessary to combat a threat of overwhelming severity” and that “less restrictive measures cannot adequately address the threat.” [4]

    In Ohio, two local judges have already ruled the orders of the former Ohio Department of Health Director, Amy Acton, as unconstitutional. In Lake County Ohio, on May 20, 2020 Judge Eugene Lucci, in reference to the Rock House Fitness lawsuit, ruled the following: [5)

    • “The director has no statutory authority to close all businesses, including the plaintiffs' gyms, which she deems non-essential for a period of two months. She [Acton] has acted in an impermissibly arbitrary, unreasonable, and oppressive manner and without any procedural safeguards.” 

    • “Fundamental liberties to own and use property and earn a living are at stake and are violated by the defendants' [Acton’s] actions. The defendant has criminalized lawful businesses, imposing strict liability for violations, including severe criminal, civil, and equitable penalties.”

    • If Acton’s orders were allowed to remain in effect, “the general public would be harmed…There would be a diminishment of public morale, and a feeling that one unelected individual could exercise such unfettered power to force everyone to obey impermissibly oppressive, vague, arbitrary, and unreasonable rules that the director devised and revised, and modified and reversed, whenever and as she pleases, without any legislative guidance. The public would be left with feelings that their government is not accountable to them. Prolonged lockdowns have deleterious effects upon the public psyche. Humans are naturally social beings; socialization strengthens immunities against disease and benefits psychological health.”

    Judge Lucci went on to rule that Acton committed “statutory violations” and engages in “continual infringement” of “fundamental constitutional rights.” And that Acton has “no statutory authority to close all businesses.” Maurice Thompson, the plaintiff’s counsel and Executive Director of The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, went on to state, “Constitutions are written to prevent governments from arbitrarily interfering in citizens’ lives and businesses. On that front, the call to action is clear:  The Governor and Health Director may no longer impose their own closures and regulations and write their own criminal penalties to enforce those regulations and closures.” [6]

    Those sentiments were echoed in the Erie County lawsuit filed on behalf of Kalahari Resorts. In that lawsuit, on June 12, 2020 Judge Binette ruled, “The statutes granting [the Health Director] the authority, power to enforce, and criminalize also violates the separation of powers that exist in our Constitutional framework to protect our citizens from the consolidation of power in one person.” He went on to rule that Acton has “been improperly granted the power to create and criminally enforce, with strict liability, laws simply by a decision of an unelected, unaccountable to the general public, administrative officer by virtue of an Order. Application of which is, can and does trample of the fundamental rights of the citizens. Moreover, if one unelected, unaccountable to the public, official is allowed to invoke unfettered Orders, which can criminalize an otherwise non-criminal activity only for disobedience to her Orders, then the right to Due Process is extinguished.” As a final blow, Binette ruled that Acton’s order infringed on Due Process and Equal Protection rights. [7]

    Essentially, two different judges in two different counties, affirmed the same thing: unelected officials, along with the sole representation of the executive branch, do not have the authority to both make and enforce laws. Thompson, legal counsel for the plaintiffs in both lawsuits, said it best, Our corrupt and incapable Governor  can run from the Ohio Constitution, but he can no longer hide from it. With yet another judicial repudiation of his conduct, there can be no justification for continuing his unconstitutional assault on Ohioans.” [8]

    Increasingly courts across America are ruling portions and/or the entirety of governments’ COVID-19 mandates as unconstitutional. May 13, 2020 Wisconsin Supreme Court restored the constitutionally guaranteed checks-and-balances within government and thereby restored its citizens their freedoms, by striking down the governor’s lockdown orders, which forced the governor to work with the state legislature on any future orders. The court wrote that “…in the case of a pandemic, which lasts month after month, the Governor cannot rely on emergency powers indefinitely. It is without doubt that the strictures of the constitution must be diligently defended during this crisis; the judiciary must never cast aside the law in the name of emergency. But just as true, the judiciary must never cast aside our laws or the constitution itself in the name of liberty. The rule of law, and therefore the true liberty of the people, is threatened no less by a tyrannical judiciary than by a tyrannical executive or legislature.” [9]

    Rather than hope and pray for a court ruling or for their elected legislators to take decisive action, perhaps one of the most overlooked options for Ohioans who feel they have been deprived of their guaranteed constitutional rights, is their local sheriff and police chief. According to the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, the sheriff “stands as the upholder, defender, protector and servant to the liberties of the people within the county. In addition to upholding the law, the sheriff is also charged with upholding the supreme law, the Constitution. The law enforcement powers held by the sheriff supersede those of any agent, officer, elected official or employee from any level of government when in the jurisdiction of the county.” [10] Essentially, the sheriff has the authority to check and balance all levels of government within the county they serve. 

    Increasingly more sheriffs and police chiefs across our great nation realize our Constitution is “not suspended in times of crisis.” These sheriffs and police chiefs are displaying the great moral, ethical and political courage in publicly speaking out against enforcing such orders. Here is just one example of no less than 43 sheriffs and police chiefs (links to all 43 found at end of this article).

    On June 30, 2020 Sheriff Mike Lehl, Comanche County, KS - “The Bill of Rights was not adopted to give us certain rights. It was adopted as a protection to limit government and to keep our government from infringing upon our God-given rights. Had the government given us our rights, government could -- by legislation, executive order, judicial decision or Constitution amendment -- take them away. But since our rights are God-given and unalienable, government has no authority to take them away or infringe upon them. And when governments do, the people have a right to alter and abolish such governments and institute a new form of government which will protect and defend the God-given rights of the people. These days I feel it is the responsibility and duty of the Sheriff to ensure that the local populous is safeguarded from both State and Federal government’s over-reach of power. As an individual you have rights, if you do not feel safe, stay at home. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, by all means, wear a mask. There is no law in the State of Kansas that states that you will/shall wear a mask, therefore there will be absolutely no lawful enforcement within Comanche County.” [11]

    For many Ohioans, the Governor’s recent statewide mask mandate is believed to be illegal and unconstitutional, not to mention there is an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence from studies done for years prior to COVID-19, that face masks pose serious risks to healthy persons [12]. On July 10, 2020 The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law reaffirmed the mask mandate as being unconstitutional and wrote [13], Practically nobody is forced to wear a mask: there are 13 exceptions, which, cumulatively, are broad enough to exempt anyone at anytime and anyplace.  Bottom line: if you don’t want to wear a mask, you don’t have to. And if you’re wearing a mask, it’s because you’re choosing to do so.” However, an increasing number of Ohioans who are prevented from wearing face masks due to pre-existing medical or developmental conditions (e.g. emphysema, asthma, autism, etc.), conditions which are protected under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are considered a medical exemption under the Governor’s mask mandate, are still feeling discriminated against by local businesses that refuse service to them for not wearing a face masks. Ohioans are not alone in this experience. 

    Pennsylvanians, who have similar mask mandates and feel they are being discriminated against by local businesses, have recently flooded Giant Eagle supermarket with over 32 federal lawsuits alleging the supermarket chain of violating the ADA. [14] In Florida residents are suing Palm Beach County challenging the county’s recent mask mandate. "Despite having no authority, actual or apparent, under Florida law to do so, Defendant [Palm Beach County] has recklessly required countless American citizens and Florida residents... to submit to dangerous medical treatments with well-known risks and potential for serious injuries and death," the complaint alleges. [15]

    “Somewhere a perversion has taken place. Our natural, unalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation of government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.” Words fitting of today, yet were words spoken by Ronald Reagan (prior to becoming President in 1981) in his speech, A Time for Choosing October 27, 1964 [16].

    Many Ohioans believe we are fighting a war against this virus. The Governor and his Administration have consistently induced panic to the point we hear voices pleading for even greater government-mandated security and protection from a virus at seemingly any price and any expense to our unalienable rights. While many other Ohioans believe we are not only fighting a war against the virus, but also fighting a war to maintain our economic livelihoods and our constitutionally guaranteed liberties which include ,“enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and seeking and obtaining happiness and safety." [17]

    A further glimpse into the past from Reagan’s A Time for Choosing speech reminds us that, “A government can't control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. So governments' programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth.” And in reference to the threat of losing our liberties to communism in the Cold War, Reagan went on to state, “If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand—the ultimatum. And what then—when Nikita Khrushchev has told his people he knows what our answer will be? He has told them that we're retreating under the pressure of the Cold War, and someday when the time comes to deliver the final ultimatum, our surrender will be voluntary, because by that time we will have been weakened from within spiritually, morally, and economically. He believes this because from our side he's heard voices pleading for "peace at any price" or "better Red than dead," or as one commentator put it, he'd rather "live on his knees than die on his feet." 

    While the Governor’s continued mandates may weaken many Ohioans spiritually, morally and economically, as Ohioans, we need to ask ourselves how much of a price are we willing to pay to sacrifice our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms under the guise of government-provided security and protection from a virus that our Governor says we have to learn to live with because it will be with us indefinitely? We need to ask ourselves the same question Reagan asked during his speech, Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.” 

    For those of us Ohioans who believe that we expect elected public officials to act honestly and in accordance with the Constitution and Bill of Rights irrespective of the situation at hand, and for those of us who are horrified by our state government’s recent abuses of power and the dangerous precedents being set, I urge you to a Call to Action. Contact your Ohio sheriff [18] and police chiefs [19] today (click resources for contact info) and urge them to join their fellow law enforcement brothers and sisters from across nation, by displaying the moral, ethical and political courage to stand up for your rights, and publicly reaffirm they will uphold their oath of office by not enforcing any of the unconstitutional mandates, including those on masks. Advise them that recently Sheriffs from Clermont County, Butler County, Montgomery County and Warren County, along with police departments in Cincinnati, Norwood, Centerville, Fairfield, Fairfield Township, Middletown, Clayton, Brookville, Xenia and the Columbus Public Health Dept. [20], Butler County Public Health [21), have all publicly released statements indicating they will not enforce any mask mandates. Links to all the 43 law enforcement departments refusing to enforce unconstitutional orders, including mask mandates, can be found below. Stand up and speak up, because as Samuel Adams wisely stated, “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds,” because “security without liberty is called prison.” Thomas Jefferson.

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  • July 21, 2020 4:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Kristine M. Severyn, Ph.D., R.Ph.

    With recent Congressional approval of free COVID-19 (coronavirus) testing, we see daily news coverage of outdoor “pop-up” coronavirus testing stations, with cars lined up for blocks on roads leading to shopping mall, grocery store, and sports arena parking lots.  Healthcare workers wearing gowns, gloves, masks, and face shields insert, what looks like, a long flexible Q-tip swab up people’s noses as they drive through the testing tent.  

    Widespread coronavirus testing, contact tracing, and social distancing directives are major parts of the federal government’s plan to reopen the country from the pandemic, and are required of all states and cities accepting coronavirus federal relief funds (1).  While President Trump, state governors, and public health officials encourage more and more testing, people waiting for hours in their cars for coronavirus testing should be careful what they wish for. 

    How could testing be harmful?

    When you agree to a coronavirus test, you sign a form giving permission to send the test result to your state Department of Health.  All positive test results are assigned to a paid government “contact tracer,” who will phone you.  Your phone should display something with “COVID TEAM” on the caller ID, if you choose to ignore the call.  However, if contacts repeatedly ignore calls, texts, and letters, a contact tracer may appear at your door (2). 

    In his April 24, 2020 coronavirus press conference Ohio Governor Mike DeWine described contact tracing as “one of the strongest weapons we can employ to help our family, friends, and ourselves stay healthy [to] isolate and kill” coronavirus.  Former Ohio Department of Health Director, Amy Acton, who still works for her previous salary behind the scenes with Governor DeWine, referred to contact tracers as members of her “army.”

    The National Association of County and City Health Officials recommends that the country needs close to 100,000 contact tracers (3).  Ohio’s goal was to hire close to 2,000 tracers (4, 5).

    House arrest and snitching

    When the contact tracer phones, you will be ordered to stay at home for 14 days, and take multiple coronavirus tests until you are symptom-free and have a negative coronavirus test.  If disease symptoms develop, you should contact your healthcare provider.

    The contact tracer will also ask you to reveal the names and contact information of anyone with whom you’ve recently had close contact, defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated” (6).  

    If you can’t remember your contacts, the tracer will ask you to look through your cell phone to jog your memory.  The tracer will then contact any names you reveal, e.g., your friends, co-workers, family, and will then tell them to stay home for 14 days.  

    To verify that you can isolate in your home for two weeks, the contact tracer will instruct you to send photos of the rooms inside your home to assure you have the government’s designated number of bathrooms, bedrooms, etc.  If not, you’ll be advised to move to a hotel to isolate yourself.

    If you have children, and have no spouse or family to care for them, your contact tracer will contact the local children’s protective services to take your children out of your home during your quarantine.  Even your dog is not permitted to have contact with you (7).  Under the appearance of “helping you,” if you don’t have friends who can help you, the tracer will arrange for more government social services to deliver groceries to you and pick up medicine from the pharmacy (8, 9).

    You and your contacts could potentially endure multiple episodes of such quarantines and house arrest, if you accidentally come into contact again with a person who tests positive for coronavirus.

    How is contact tracing funded in Ohio?

    The Ohio Controlling Board documents more than $82 million in contact tracing funds earmarked for Ohio’s 113 local health departments for 2020 and 2021.  Congress approved these funds in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Security Act (CARES) and the COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (10). Additional funding is expected.

    Is contact tracing voluntary?  

    While Governor DeWine stated in his April 24, 2020 coronavirus press conference that contact tracing is voluntary, he was contradicted by former Director of Health Acton.  If you don’t follow your contact tracer’s “suggestions,” contact tracers are trained to report you to their “supervisor.”  You can then likely expect a written health department order that your house arrest is not voluntary (9).

    Could the heavy-handed approach of other states’ contact tracing programs come to Ohio?  

    • Kentucky residents who opposed contact tracers’ quarantine and isolation house arrest advice were ordered to wear ankle monitors, similar to convicted criminals (11).

    • Washington State Governor Inslee warned, “For those individuals that refuse to cooperate with contact tracers and/or refuse testing, [they] will not be allowed to leave their homes to purchase basic necessities such as groceries and/or prescriptions.” (12).

    • Ventura County, California health officials warned that families could be relocated to coronavirus isolation facilities if the household did not have the government-recommended number of bathrooms (13).

    • Arkansas Governor Hutchinson announced that his state’s Army National Guard would transport coronavirus-positive persons, who were unable to isolate at home, to government isolation facilities (14).

    Risks to civil liberties, the economy, and society

    Under the guise of protecting public health and protecting the community, Ohioans and all Americans can be intrusively tracked, monitored, and controlled by state health workers.  Privacy violations and the constitutionality of contact tracing remain major concerns (15-17).  Considering reports of faulty coronavirus tests and procedures (18, 19), are citizens being unnecessarily forced into house arrest, small businesses shuttered, organized sports cancelled, and entire schools closed, some for reporting even one positive coronavirus case (20, 21)?  

    With the CDC roughly estimating coronavirus infection fatality rates as low as 0.5%, meaning 99.5% or more of those infected recover (22), arguably in the range of seasonal influenza, Ohioans should not be concerned about every positive coronavirus test (“case”) reported in the news, especially since many coronavirus cases are mild or asymptomatic.  Likewise, considering the weak evidence that asymptomatic coronavirus carriers routinely transmit the virus to others (23), Ohioans may wish to reconsider the wisdom of widespread testing of asymptomatic individuals.  Government public health policymakers have historically not advocated widespread testing for a virus, unless a patient appears sick or is high-risk.  To now test every person for a virus with such a low death rate represents a radical, questionable change in medical practice.

    Dr. Severyn earned a B.S. in Pharmacy and a Ph.D. in Biopharmaceutics at the University of Cincinnati, with a concentration in pharmacology, toxicology, and drug kinetics.  She is a registered pharmacist who researches and writes on medical / legal issues, with special interest in public health and medical informed consent.

    References:

    1. CDC-RFA-TP18-1802, Cooperative Agreement for Emergency Response:  Public Health Crisis Response, COVID-19 Crisis Response Cooperative Agreement—Components A and B, Supplemental Funding, Interim Guidance, March 15, 2020.  https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/readiness/00_docs/CDC-RFA-TP18-1802_Sup-Guid-COVID-19-Crisis-CoAg_Supplemental.pdf

    2. Contact Tracer Teams Growing Amid New Challenges, June 30, 2020. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/933213?src=mkm_covid_update_200630_mscpedit_&uac=345179HT&impID=2441524&faf=1&fbclid=IwAR3xnMXJ3K7XKbB4wO2E92luogz0mqjb_sjzS9LJmbofCkl0WBFeybaFdfo#vp_4

    3. National Association of County and City Health Officials, Position Statement, Building COVID-19 Contact Tracing Capacity in Health Departments to Support Reopening American Society Safely April 16, 2020.  https://www.naccho.org/uploads/full-width-images/Contact-Tracing-Statement-4-16-2020.pdf

    4. COVID-19 Contact Tracing, Ohio Department of Health, April 28, 2020.  https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/responsible-restart-ohio/contact-tracing/contact-tracing 

    5. Coronavirus: Ohio hiring ‘disease detectives’ to conduct contact tracing, The Columbus Dispatch, May 12, 2020. https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200512/coronavirus-ohio-hiring-disease-detectives-to-conduct-contact-tracing    

    6. Contact Tracing for COVID-19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Updated June 17, 2020). https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/contact-tracing/contact-tracing-plan/contact-tracing.html#:~:text=For%20COVID%2D19%2C,the%20patient%20is%20isolated.   

    7. Pet Owners FaQ, Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), June 23, 2020, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.  http://www.ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/animals/FAQ-PetOwners.pdf

    8. A Woman Gets Her Contact Tracer Certificates and Tells All, May 27, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFUyZWw7qoc&feature=youtu.be

    9.  COVID-19 Contact Tracing, online course offered by Johns Hopkins University, 2020. https://www.coursera.org/learn/covid-19-contact-tracing?edocomorp=covid-19-contact-tracing

    10. Ohio Controlling Board, Fund / Appropriation Requests:  May 11, 2020: CB# OBM 0100102, $12,452,824.00, Account Category 550; June 1, 2020:  CB# DOH 0100565, $20,000,000.00, Account Category 550; July 13, 2020:  CB# OBM 0100112, $49,599,809.00, Account Category 550.

    11. Kentucky orders quarantine-breakers to wear ankle monitors, April 3, 2020. https://nypost.com/2020/04/03/kentucky-orders-quarantine-breakers-to-wear-ankle-monitors/

    12. Washington gov: Those who don’t cooperate with ‘contact tracers’ and tests not allowed to leave home.  The state will provide 'family support personnel' to check in on the non-compliant.  May 14, 2020.  https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/washington-gov-those-who-dont-cooperate-with-contact-tracers-and-tests-not-allowed-to-leave-home

    13. Ventura County clarifies claims it would force people from homes into isolated coronavirus centers, May 7, 2020. https://www.foxnews.com/us/california-ventura-county-coronavirus-forcibly-removed-homes-quarantine

    14. Arkansas National Guard transporting COVID-19 patients to isolation facility, July 15, 2020. https://www.fox13memphis.com/news/local/arkansas-national-guard-transporting-covid-19-patients-isolation-facility/M6QOEDIC4JEGLKO7L2AN4BVYDQ/?fbclid=IwAR0kV0D3bWOMtjrze27ivlGNG5jSU0hHhAbT2JXyTbVc9WnlfV8Cu0D9SBE

    15. CORONAVIRUS.  Disease Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment, April 7, 2020. https://www.lawfareblog.com/disease-surveillance-and-fourth-amendment

    16. Analyzing the U.S. Privacy Law Implications with Employee Contact Tracing Apps, April 21, 2020. https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/analyzing-the-u-s-privacy-law-36814/

    17. Constitutional scholar tells Laura Ingraham why contact tracing will lead to real privacy concerns. May 22, 2020. https://www.foxnews.com/media/constitutional-scholar-warns-of-privacy-threats-from-contact-tracing

    18. Accuracy of COVID-19 tests still largely unknown, Associated Press, June 14, 2020. https://www.modernhealthcare.com/technology/accuracy-covid-19-tests-still-largely-unknown

    19. Florida Department of Health says some labs have not reported negative COVID-19 results, July 14, 2020; updated July 18, 2020.  https://www.fox35orlando.com/news/fox-35-investigates-florida-department-of-health-says-some-labs-have-not-reported-negative-covid-19-results

    20. Coronavirus: Dayton schools will switch to online learning if necessary. Dayton Daily News, July 6, 2020 (online); July 12, 2020 (print).  https://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_action=doc&p_docid=17C1117905090060&p_docnum=6

    21. DeWine Sends Message About Masks To GOP Lawmakers; Suggests Schools Could Stay Shut, July 17, 2020.  https://www.statenews.org/post/dewine-sends-message-about-masks-gop-lawmakers-suggests-schools-could-stay-shut

    22. COVID-19 Pandemic Planning Scenarios, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, updated July 10, 2020.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/planning-scenarios.html#five-scenarios

    23. A study on infectivity of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carriers. Respir Med . 2020 Aug;169:106026. doi: 10.1016/j.rmed.2020.106026. Epub 2020 May 13. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32513410/

  • July 10, 2020 8:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Andrea Hand

    ***This is a becoming proof story of health recovery. Health Freedom Ohio is dedicated to providing a platform for Ohioans who have overcome health challenges. If you have a recover story you would like to share, please email us at info@healthfreedomohio.org***

    My name is Andrea. I’m a mother of 2 sweet boys, married to my best friend and have a passion to help others.  

    I’m sharing my health journey in the hopes others will know they don’t have to live a life of illness. 

    I was 20 when my health started going down hill and the trials I had to go through to get help was insane. I collapsed at work in November of 2015, I woke up in an emergency department hours later confused and incoherent.

    I went through every test in the book, was told by medical doctors and nurses they didn’t know why I passed out. I went to get up and lost all feeling in my legs and couldn’t stand. My head was spinning, heart rate rapid, nauseous, stomach pain and felt terrible. I left the emergency department with 0 answers and a $5,000 dollar medical bill.

    I was under extreme stress and worked way more than I should. I had the mindset I was invincible and didn’t take the best care of myself. I ate maybe one meal a day, lived on coffee and slept 4 hours. I was off work a month recovering and ended up finding a naturopathic doctor. She helped me navigate my nutritional deficiencies and helped me recover from adrenal insufficiency, anemia, and hypoglycemia.

    Fast forward a year later I found I was pregnant with my first son. I knew right away do to extreme morning sickness. I went downhill fast and ended up with hyperemesis gravidarum. I lost 64 pounds by 34 weeks pregnant and ended up taking leave from work. I would vomit, pass out and spent most days fighting to keep water down. My husband, family and friends helped take care of me. My naturopathic doctor and midwife helped me get on a high protein clean diet and lots of supplements. I rested and did everything I could to limit stress. 

    At 38 weeks pregnant my blood test came back rough, my hemoglobin was at 6. I had to get that number up or my life would be at risk during and after labor. I worked hard to get my iron up and eat all I could even when I didn’t want to. My son ended up being a couple weeks over which gave me some much needed time. Three days before he was born my hemoglobin was at 12 and I had achieved what seemed impossible. I went into labor and had my 7 pound health baby boy in 5 hours. I hardly bled and had no tearing. I had a complete natural birth at home. I continued to improve my health and learn.

    I want to add from my own personal experience our minds are powerful and we gain strength through our mindset as well as our physical body. Overcoming defeat and fear plays a huge role in our overall health. I believe God gives us that strength and he is why I’m here today. 

    Fast forward I got pregnant with our second son 7 months postpartum and this round I worked hard to have a better pregnancy. I still had extreme morning sickness my whole pregnancy but I kept my healthy high protein diet and supplement routine. I saw a chiropractor to help with my back and overall health. My blood work stayed balanced most of my second pregnancy and definitely was better than my first. I still had hyperemesis gravidarum but I made sure to prioritize my body’s needs.

    I ended up going 3 weeks past my official due date which is normal 40 weeks is a estimate not a guarantee. I went into labor with my second son and he was born in 2 hours weighing 9 pounds 8 ounces. I didn’t tear and had another great home birth. 

    Postpartum was different the second time, I lost all my weight in a week but felt off. I had cravings, anxiety, nausea, rapid heart rate, fatigue, hair loss, rashes, yeast infections. It just seemed my body was out of wack and continued to get worse. By 6 months postpartum I had gained 60 pounds while breastfeeding which made no sense. I ate healthy, worked out, always running around and very active. I kept telling myself it was just postpartum hormones but I just kept feeling worse. I decided to get some labs done and see what was going on. 

    I ended up finding out I developed Hashimoto's which is when your thyroid slows down. In my case extreme and had turned autoimmune. I ended up seeing an Endocrinologist and was put on a more natural version of a thyroid hormone. This doctor told me I would need it the rest of my life and there was no cure. I, however, didn’t believe that and wouldn’t except that answer. I’m 25 years old and after all I’ve overcome I’m not stopping now. 

    It can take up to 6 years for a medical doctor to diagnose Hashimoto's and they only treat symptoms. I spoke to my naturopathic doctor and she was confident getting to the root of my health issues would bring healing. 

    I started with the AIP protocol; this diet gets all Inflammatory foods out of your diet. Next I had several tests done. I did a food sensitivities test to determine what my body was allergic or sensitive to. I did a saliva test for hormones, GI test which checks for parasites, bacteria and gut flora levels.

    I looked up what foods help or hurt thyroid function, got rid of gluten, dairy and sugars. Made sure I had all organic, non chemical, artificial and GMO foods. This is important because in order for our body’s to heal we have to stop inflammation. 

    Another big deal food was soy even organic because the body confuses it with estrogen. Plus most soy is GMO and covered in pesticides. Eating a clean diet is very important and there are so many resources to achieve it. 

    I recommend Dr. Axe, holistic site websites, books or a credible naturopathic doctor. I made sure to eat high protein, moderate fat, healthy carbs and 80 % non starchy leafy vegetables. This is the diet that fit my situation. I believe it’s important to find out what your body needs and modify to that. One size doesn’t fit all and it’s very important to find out what is specific to our body's needs. 

    My naturopath had me on several supplements which, just like diet, are tailored to my specific needs.

    Within 6 weeks of this strict protocol my thyroid went from 68 TSH to 1. Lets just say my medical doctor was shocked and had no words. It was impossible in his eyes but holistic medicine is incredible!  My naturopath discovered I had parasites in my gut lining which had been there for years and were linked to thyroid disease. I also had Candida and another bad bacteria. I did a parasite cleanse and Candida cleanse. These do take time and parasites can take 2 years to completely cleanse. 

    My thyroid has been balanced now and I’m the healthiest I’ve been in years, I’ve reversed my disease. I had gotten so used to living sick that I had no clue what life could be like feeling well. Symptoms are how our bodies ask for help. They should never be covered up or ignored. I don’t blame medical doctors they are only doing what they have been taught and I hope one day they will learn this other incredible side to medicine. I am continuing my journey and hoping to help others find health and a better life. Holistic medicine has been around since Ancient times and is vital to our well being. 

    I can’t say enough on how holistic medicine has transformed my life and continues to do so! I encourage people to look past what society has made normal and see there is much more. We were made to be strong and healthy. Our bodies are powerful and need treated as such. I hope this will give people answers and direction to recovery. I wish I had known years ago and hope my experience will benefit others. 

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