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  • July 17, 2019 1:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, June 19th, Ohio citizens were shocked to discover that a last minute amendment was snuck into the Senate Omnibus Budget Bill (HB166), adding language to our vaccine exemptions Ohio Revised Code 3313.671. The amendment proposed that:

    “Section 3313.671 (F) Notwithstanding division (B) (4) of this section, a nonpublic school may deny admission to or refuse to enroll a pupil whose parent or guardian declines to have the pupil immunized for reasons of conscience, including religious convictions.”

    Considering this language was completely unrelated to the budget process or the financial operations of a state, it quickly became clear that the omnibus amendment was intended to undermine the voices of Ohio citizens. Any such authorization affecting human, medical and civil rights MUST allow for an adequate and comprehensive review that is also open for public comment. As a last minute sneaky addition, the public comment was completely removed from the equation. 

    However, through extensive unified efforts, grassroots advocates quickly mobilized and began proactively contacting Ohio legislators to express their objection and grievances. Legislators reported they received hundreds of calls and emails daily from Ohio citizens expressing their concerns with this unscrupulous amendment. 

    Thanks to the hard work, dedication, perseverance, resilience and bravery of the people both statewide and nationwide, the provision language was successfully removed from the Ohio State Budget Bill during the Conference Committee hearing on July 16, 2019, through amendment CC5915.

    A monumental victory showcasing the impact and collective strength of Ohioans voices as a citizenry united to protect the people’s fundamental human rights and freedoms. 

    Ohioans are deeply grateful for all the legislators who proactively took a stand for what is right and as such honored our freedoms. It is a blessing to live in this great State where the people’s voices and concerns are represented when actively engaged through advocacy.

    Health freedom advocates will remain vigilant as we continuously raise awareness and respectfully engage in mutually educative legislative experiences that preserve our fundamental human rights and freedoms.  

  • July 02, 2019 1:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By: Ravi Kulasekere, PhD, ND BCHHP

    After traveling around for a week on vacation and business my 3-year old pharmaceutical-free child developed a cold. We as usual reached for our trusted ‘terrain-supporting’ holistic remedies and within a mere 36 hours her cold was completely resolved, no residual drainage, no coughs, no ear-infections and even during the episode she was eating and acting completely normal. This has happened a few times that it prompted me to write something to let people know that supporting the body with holistic means is far better than trying to eliminate the ‘germ’ causing the illness with toxic pharmaceutical drugs. Contracting minor illnesses and infections is an integral part of life and is not something we can or should always try to thwart. Usually the process of recovery is one of cleansing and strengthening the terrain and also a process of training for the immune system. In modern times how we address these situations and the way these infections and illnesses manifest in people is one of interest to many who are traditional naturopaths.

    The most remarkable difference is seen between children, and adults alike, whose immune systems have not been corrupted by external influences both man-made and environmental, and those whose immune system have been subjected to these outside influences. In the latter these minor illnesses become many weeks of struggling going from one system to another and causing additional co-infections and taking much longer to recover. In the former the uncorrupted immune system works just as intended and returns the body to a recovered state much faster and with little to no additional burden. I observe this in my practice a lot and also at home with my own family.

    In this image (shared with permission from a good friend of mine, thank you and you know who you are) you can see how the majority of people are trained by the modern medical industry to address these issues. The modern medical view of germs and the assumption that all germs are bad and should be eradicated as quickly as possible actually is a false premise and most often back-fires on the recover process as well. The toxic pharmaceutical approach therefore should not be the first solution for either group of people. 

    This image shows the traditional naturopathic approach of supporting the terrain while the body fights. In this method you employ things that provide the terrain the proper "energy"; in the form of homeopathy, essential oils and other modalities, "nutrition"; in the form of food- based supplements and vitamins and "botanicals"; which are supporting herbs that are appropriate for the situation. In the vast majority of cases using this three-fold approach assists the body to fight off illness in the shortest possible time and return you to wellness.

    Don't wait till you get sick to learn about these methods. Talk to your traditional naturopath or wellness coach today so you are well prepared and armed with the right knowledge and tools to support your health and wellness as well as know what to do to prevent. 

    Call or email Do No Pharm Naturopathy to learn more or if you have any questions.

    Dr Ravi Kulasekere PhD, ND BCHHP Do No Pharm Naturopathy LLC  

    14900 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107 

    (330) 285-3247 donopharmnaturopathy@gmail.com

  • March 24, 2019 1:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi, Jodi Ledley here from Adventures with Jodi

    I used to be a “normal” person; but at some point, around 2009 I began having extreme migraines, chronic pain and issues with all things neurological.  I saw 19 doctors to no avail and they even recommended a spinal cord implant called a neurostimulator (which I did not get) to control pain.  Later I found out those implants were recalled due to catching on fire IN people. 

    On my own, I discovered my problems were caused by food additives called excitotoxins that make nerves rapid fire.  My recovery was nothing short of a miracle, so I wrote a book (Adventures with Jodi) and was determined to reach out and help others.  No one deserves to suffer like I did! 

    After my recovery I wrote to all of my previous doctors and neurologists because I thought they would want to help others, as there is no help for migraine and chronic pain other than trying to mask the pain.  Only a couple doctors replied back. 

    One particular place I’d went to was a world-renowned, expert-filled place for migraines and pain.  I had to sit through an orientation on suicide, because that’s common I guess, yet when I offered them a FREE book of mine for their patient library after recovery, they didn’t respond or want to know any details on how I became well.  

    In March 2017, my husband Casey was diagnosed with Stage III rectal cancer. We were already eating a radically different diet than most.  We didn’t eat out anywhere, and weren’t eating processed foods.  The animal products we ate were grass-fed and of high quality...and quantity.  While this got rid of my problem, it wasn’t enough to reverse cancer.  Even good quality animal products can help cancer cells grow. 

    The very day of diagnosis, again we turned to food, we did a cancer coaching program called Square One by Chris Wark, a natural cancer survivor himself.  This program combines similar things that many long-term natural cancer survivors have done to regain health.  We did it together, and saw a difference in the tumor in two weeks!  The tumor at diagnosis looked bloody and blistered and two weeks later, no blood and a healthy color.... like the body was trying to heal!

    It seems to get ahead of things, we needed to eliminate the animal products and massively overdose on fruits and vegetables, as those have multiple pathways that target cancer cells!                    

    We were highly pressured to do conventional treatment, which would have involved 5 weeks chemo and radiation before surgery, followed by four more months of chemotherapy.  Cancer clinics don’t normally tell patients how much treatments are going to cost but we told them that we would not schedule surgery until they gave us an estimate.  The 5 weeks of radiation alone was $200,000!  And get this- they were ready to start treatment the next day, but it took over 5 weeks to get us that estimate!! 

    During that time, we did a lot of research and we couldn’t find any evidence that the treatment was actually working for rectal cancer and in our research, there were studies that said it was controversial, so my husband declined the chemo, radiation and only had surgery.  BUT we did have to wait close to 6 weeks for them to “think about” allowing us to skip the chemo and radiation before surgery. 

    During that time, we continued the diet (Square One) and based on an initial MRI at diagnosis, Casey was told he had 3 cancerous lymph nodes, but following surgery there were only two. 

    In July 2018 I found a new study by the University of Florida of 52,519 people under 50 with rectal cancer showing that the current recommended treatment (chemo/radiation/surgery) provides ZERO survival benefits!!!???? No mention of the side effects it caused, of course.  The study mentioned rectal cancer as being biologically different in young people possibly due to microbiome changes.

    That got me wondering what kind of research is out there on rectal cancer and microbiome.... what have they found?  

    Here are the highlights of my research! 

    People with CRC (colorectal cancer) are found to have a DRAMATIC loss of a cancer protective bacteria called Lachnospiraceae and an increase in a cancer promoting bacteria called Fusobacterium.  

    Lachnospiraceae, the good bacteria, is a type of clostridia that feeds on plant matter (fiber) and produces a short-chain fatty acid called butyrate.  Butyrate is known to have substantial antitumorigenic properties, including the ability to inhibit tumor cell proliferation. 

    What feeds the good bacteria? Starch and fiber from plant foods, and eugenol, a compound found in cinnamon, basil, and cloves. Some studies indicate that eugenol is the key to thickening the mucosal lining in your gut, so that bad bacteria like Fusobacterium can’t penetrate it. 

    Another study indicates that periodontal disease-causing bacteria (including Fusobacterium) may be connected to CRC, and are found at high levels in tumors.  CRC patients with elevated levels of Fusobacterium have especially poor survival rates. 

    So, how do we get rid of cancer-promoting Fusobacterium? 

    All signs point to cutting off its fuel! 

    The Standard American Diet or appropriately abbreviated SAD diet feeds Fusobacterium and dramatic shifts can be seen in the microbiome with diet changes in a matter of days.

    What kills it?  I did find a study about a single plant food that can kill Fusobacterium: wild blueberries!!!   

    I also found a study on periodontal bacteria that includes fusobacterium and tests plant phytochemical's inhibiting effects on different types of bacteria.  It’s not just blueberries, many other plants inhibit the growth of fusobacterium especially curcumin and quercetin! 

    In other interesting news, when I was researching how diet changes microbiome, I came across a guy who tested his poo for 365 days on all sorts of diets.  He tested paleo, raw vegan, vegetarian, Jenny Craig, high fat low carb, and more.  He even lived with the Hadza tribe and got a fecal transplant from one of them!!!!  One thing that stood out was how easily and dramatically he could shift his microbiome with fiber.  He is a “Paleo” person that eats a lot of fiber but found that the average paleo-er eats a sad 19-25 grams of fiber per day, vegan eats 43, and an African kid eats up to 130!  African’s have 50 times less colon cancer! 

    Another find was that low carb, equaled NO fermentation, so no butyrate and no way to feed the protective Lachnospiraceae.   

    It turns out this guy (Jeff Leach) wrote a book called Rewild (which I had at my house two days later) and founded the Human Food Project.  I read the book....in one day, it’s that interesting! 

    Also interesting is that all of this information has been researched but treatment for most cancers have not changed since the 50’s!

    The drug recommended for Casey 5-FU (aka Five Feet Under) was patented in 1956 and kills approximately 1000 Americans each year that have a DPD enzyme deficiency.  People without that enzyme cannot break down 5-FU leading to death.  The craziest part of that is they don’t test anyone for the deficiency and 4-8% of the population have it!

    Casey is now two years out from diagnosis, he has no evidence of disease per conventional CT and colonoscopy.  Because he never had elevated tumor markers, we follow his progress via circulating tumor cell test.  This is part of the Greek Test.  A test that counted and tested HIS circulating tumor cells against chemo/radiation and 45 natural substances.  See test sample here

    His original CTC (circulating tumor cell count) was 6.2 (advanced disease) then 4.9 (early disease or treatment working) then 4.4, and now 4.0.    

    We continue to work on the root cause and are hoping to get his CTC count at <2.  Circulating tumor cells are the reason for metastasis, this isn’t even disputed in the conventional world, yet our doctor doesn’t want to know anything about monitoring them or why his numbers are dropping.   

    If you would like more information or to follow our story, please visit my FB page - Adventures with Jodi

  • March 18, 2019 1:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By: Sheila Olson

    Photo via Pixabay by Congerdesign

    If you made a goal to get active and healthy but haven’t been able to follow through, don’t feel bad; millions of Americans make the same promise to themselves and deal with the same obstacles and struggles that you are. Sometimes it’s through no fault of their own, or because of unforeseen circumstances that got in the way--such is life. 

    If you started a new exercise routine but have given up on it, or find yourself heading to the drive-thru during a busy week rather than grabbing a healthy dinner, think again about how you might make some changes that you can stick to. This can also be a great way to learn about self-care if you’re coming out of a battle with drug addiction.

    Here are the best ways to create a new healthy routine and follow through with it.

    Make it fun

    Think of the things you loved to do when you were younger, such as roller skating, swimming, playing a sport, using a hula hoop. These are all great ways to get active. Take something fun and apply it to your exercise routine, and try something new each day to keep it fresh. 

    You can also go simple and just push back the furniture for a dance party with the kiddos. Make it a theme night with glow sticks and flashlights! Getting the family involved in your new routine can help you stay motivated, and it’s a great teaching experience as well. Daily exercise can boost self-esteem and energy levels and can teach kids about the importance of taking care of themselves. 

    Incorporate new tactics into your daily routine

    It can be hard to stick to a new regimen when you’re working out or changing your diet haphazardly. Set a schedule for exercise rather than getting it in whenever you have a few minutes to spare, and find ways to change up the way you eat that can easily incorporate into your everyday life. For instance, buy a large reusable plastic bottle that you can fill with water and sip on during the day. This way, you can stay hydrated and see how much water you’re drinking--most Americans don’t get nearly enough.

    Work out at home

    While a gym is a wonderful place to get fit, some people prefer working out at home. Not only is it easier (and cheaper!), but if you have kids, they’ll get the benefit of seeing you be active, which can have a positive effect on their own abilities. Set up your own at-home gym with a stability ball, a yoga mat, some resistance bands, and some free weights. This is a great way to stay on track because you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home to work out.

    Treat yourself

    When you’ve had a good week, or when you’ve pushed through a workout despite being tired, treat yourself to a massage or pedicure. You can also treat yourself to a delicious smoothie, which has the added benefit of getting more fruit and vegetables into your diet (you’ll likely need a blender strong enough to crush ice). Giving yourself little pats on the back can help keep you motivated, so think about the best ways to help yourself feel good. Self-care can encompass many areas; it doesn’t have to be anything specific to someone else’s needs. If a long, hot bath makes you feel comfortable and ready to tackle the day, do it! 

    Daily exercise can help you feel better mentally, physically, and emotionally, so make it a point to stay motivated by asking for support from your friends and loved ones. Create a workout plan and stick to it, and remember not to be hard on yourself if you don’t see immediate results. Getting fit takes a little time and patience. 

    ***Sheila Olson is a fitness trainer of five years, she created FitSheila.com to spread the word about her fitness philosophy*** 

  • March 10, 2019 1:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By: Kristine Severyn, Ph.D.

    ***Originally published as an OpEd in Dayton Daily News January 27th, 1999 and republished with permission from the author. This is an historical reference of the lengths pharmaceutical lobbies will go to enact forced compliance, even if their actions violate the Ohio constitution.***

    Drug lobby, not science, pushed through hepatitis B immunization requirement

    Because a few in society choose to sleep around or shoot up drugs, all Ohio children will be forced to receive a vaccine for a disease that more than 95 percent of them will never acquire in their lifetimes. 

    Recent public-health chicanery in Columbus, played out by drug-company lobbyists, unwitting state legislators and the Ohio Department of Health, will force each kindergartener in Ohio to receive three hepatitis B vaccinations by this fall. The mandate will eventually cover all students.

    Meanwhile, France has stopped giving the shots due to evidence that they can cause neurological disorders.

    In the United States, hepatitis B is basically an adult lifestyle liver disease of promiscuous homosexuals, heterosexuals and intravenous drug abusers. Blood transfusion recipients and infants born to infected mothers comprise a small percentage of total cases.

    The disease is essentially unknown before the age of 10 years. The Ohio Department of Health has never reported transmission in an Ohio school because hepatitis B is not spread by casual contact. 

    One-fourth of the nation’s cases are concentrated in New York and California (source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

    Based on the assumption that all babies may grow up to be drug addicts and/or engage in promiscuous sex, federal vaccine bureaucrats recommended in 1991 that all newborns receive hepatitis B vaccine before leaving the hospital, with two more doses before their first birthday.

    Vaccine not cost-effective 

    To vaccinate 170,000 children, the approximate number of Ohio kindergarteners, with three doses of hepatitis B vaccine would cost an estimated $7 million. This figure represents only vaccine purchases and does not include administration fees and office visits paid by private-sector patients. These latter fees can exceed $2 million. 

    Thus, according to government statistics, this $9 million yearly price tag might possibly prevent only one or two hepatitis B associated deaths 40 or more years in the future. This assumes the vaccine is 100 percent effective, which it is not. No evidence exists that the vaccine’s protection would last into the teen and adult years. 

    Ohio already has a very low incidence of hepatitis B, without mandatory hepatitis B vaccination. Nearly two-thirds of Ohio’s counties reported no new hepatitis B cases in 1996 or 1997. 

    Of 120 new Ohio hepatitis B cases reported in 1996, zero cases occurred in children under age 10. Similarly, in 1997, only two of Ohio’s 94 reported cases occurred in children under age 10 (and one case was an infant who presumably acquired the disease from an infected mother). More than 99.7 percent of Ohioans do not carry the virus (source: Ohio Department of Health).

    Law by deception and lobbyists

    The history of Ohio’s hepatitis B vaccine legislation reflects a direct effort to shield the bill from the public eye. In response to drug-company lobbying, Senate Health Committee Chairwoman Grace Drake, R-Solon, sponsored Senate Bill 251, intending to mandate hepatitis B vaccine for all kindergarteners in fall 1999. Upon its introduction on May 19, 1998, S.B. 251 was assigned to the Senate Education Committee.

    That same day, again in response to drug-company lobbying, House Health Committee Chairman Dale Van Vyven, R-Sharonville, amended Substitute S.B. 153 (a hazardous-waste bill passed three months earlier) on the House floor to include the S.B. 251 language. 

    With no discussion or study, the House immediately passed Substitute S.B. 153. The next day, the Senate passed Amended Sub. S.B. 153. On July 1, Gov. George Voinovich signed the bill.

    Why were Ohio children denied even minimal legislative review before the mandatory hepatitis B vaccine was enacted? This past spring New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman pocket-vetoed mandatory hepatitis B vaccine legislation because of insufficient studies.

    Citizens become discouraged when corporate lobbying by vaccine manufacturers results in the deceptive passage of laws that financially benefit these companies. 

    Nowhere in the 1998 Ohio legislative status sheets was it noted that S.B.251 had been buried in a hazardous-waste bill. As of late November, even Senate Education Committee Chairman Robert Gardner was unaware that his committee had been circumvented. Such actions also appear to violate Article II, Section 15 (D) of Ohio’s constitution, which bars legislators from combining bills with different subject matter.

    Mandate is part of a pattern

    This is not the first case of deception relating to vaccine mandates. Ohio’s 1992 second-dose MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine mandate for seventh-graders was never passed by the legislature (it failed in committee hearings). To bypass the legislature, the Ohio Department of Health mandated the vaccine through a director’s journal entry, ignoring state rule-making procedures.

    While the legislators involved in enacting the hepatitis B mandate had noble intentions, legislative committee hearings, open to the public, could have revealed valuable information purposely avoided by this stealthy enactment. As more sexually transmitted disease vaccines become licensed, can we expect further subterfuge in health-care legislation?

    For parents whose religious convictions tell them a healthy, wholesome lifestyle, including refraining from illicit drugs and premarital sexual intercourse, is the best prevention against hepatitis B, the legislature provided a limited exemption in the law (Ohio Revised Code 3313.671 - available at your public library).

    Vaccine policy has gone too far. Public health concerns do not warrant hepatitis B vaccine for all Ohio’s children. The only proper action is to rescind the hepatitis B vaccine mandate and hold public legislative hearings on the issue. Let your state lawmakers in Columbus know that you disapprove of highly paid pharmaceutical lobbyists controlling your family’s private medical decisions.

    ***This OpEd was published 20 years ago. Unfortunately it sounds very familiar to what we continue to battle today, corporate overreach into the legislative process. If you would like more information on hepatitis B vaccination and the concerns associated with it, please see this YouTube interview with Dr. Paul Byrne, Neonatologist and Pediatrician. As well as this peer reviewed published paper by Dr. James Lyons-Weiler ***

  • February 27, 2019 1:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Donna James 

    My first thought when I was approached with the idea of writing about my recovery was, “Is my story really worth sharing?” I couldn’t imagine that it was particularly exceptional. But the idea of empowering others to look beyond allopathic medicine for improving and maintaining good health inspired me to look at my experience more objectively.

    Not one, but two long term, chronic medical issues plagued me. Several minor back and neck injuries in my 20s had resulted in degenerative disk disease by the time I was in my 30s. Degenerative disk disease is when the disks between the vertebrae become compressed and cause pain. I followed my doctor’s advice. I took the pain relievers and the muscle relaxers, did the physical therapy. My doctor recommended more extreme measures like opioids and surgery, but I declined. And then in my early 40s I developed high blood pressure, which brought even more prescription medications. While those things sometimes provided temporary relief, the back pain and spasms always returned, and the pills for both my back and the blood pressure often caused side effects which were as bad, if not worse, than the conditions themselves!

    It wasn’t until I started taking a serious look at what I could do to get away from the pharmaceutical products that I really started to see significant improvement in both my spine and my blood pressure. I had always found some relief through chiropractic care, and some decompression, but had never thought to add massage therapy until it was suggested to me by a chiropractor who had a massage therapist on staff. It was an amazing difference! Not only did this help the adjustments hold longer, but it also reduced my blood pressure. When I moved to Ohio I started seeing a chiropractor who had a full range of therapeutic services available, including spinal decompression, massage therapy, progressive rehabilitation, functional exercise, and nutritional counseling. Together, we were able to not just manage my condition but reverse the compression of my disks and virtually cure it! 

    Coming to Ohio and starting with that chiropractor also lead me to figuring out what was causing the inflammation that led to my high blood pressure. Their nutrition counseling, as well as their support and encouragement, allowed me to go from taking two different blood pressure medications on January 1, 2018, to being off both completely by June. I was also able to lose 50 lbs during that time, which was highly beneficial to maintaining my healthy changes. I’ve also been very fortunate to find a community here in Ohio of folks who are knowledgeable about natural remedies and supporting health through diet and supplements. It’s been a blessing for myself and my family, as we’ve been able to eliminate the dependence on pharmaceutical products that has sadly become accepted as a part of life today.

  • February 16, 2019 1:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The freedom over what is done to your body is the most basic fundamental human liberty. Article 6 of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights says:

    “Any preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medical intervention is only to be carried out with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned, based on adequate information. The consent should, where appropriate, be express and may be withdrawn by the person concerned at any time and for any reason without disadvantage or prejudice.”

    Some parents have very strong moral, ethical, conscientious, and religious objections to vaccination. It is a fact that vaccination is an invasive medical procedure that comes with risk, including severe disability and even death. As a result, you have the legal right to be fully and accurately informed about the benefits and risks of a medical intervention, including the consumption of a pharmaceutical product, and be free to make a voluntary decision about whether to accept the risk for yourself or your minor child without being coerced or punished for the decision you make. Ohio has an informed consent law, please see ORC 2317.54 Informed consent to surgical or medical procedure or course of procedures

    The following is a letter written to the Ohio Legislature relating to the history of mandatory vaccination laws in Ohio and an example of the lengths  a parent will go to protect their children from over reaching draconian laws. 

    “Dear Ohio Legislator,

    As an Ohioan and descendant of a family who was negatively impacted by mandatory vaccination, I urge you to always include “reason of conscience” and “religious conviction” in any legislation involving vaccinations. The following is our story of how mandatory vaccinations devastated my great uncle’s life:

    Ralph Bowser and his wife, Marguerite Roth Bowser, were deeply religious. Ralph was raised by Dunkards and German Baptists in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Ralph came to Ohio because his mother and step-father had moved to Dayton. Ralph had strong religious convictions against vaccination. In the early 1940’s, the Dayton public schools made vaccination mandatory for all students. Ralph chose to withdraw his two children, Louise and Ralph Jr., from public school and school them at home. Unfortunately, home-schooling was illegal at that time in Dayton. In 1941, Ralph and Marguerite were charged with failing to enroll their children in public school. Ralph was sentenced to six months in the county workhouse. Marguerite was placed in a mental hospital because there was no women’s jail facility at that time. Ralph and Marguerite’s two children were placed in the Shawen Acres Children’s Home of Montgomery County. His brother, my great-grandfather, Harvey Bowser, was unable to take the two children because he already had his hands full caring for his wife, who was ill. Ralph’s mother, Sarah Geiser, was ill also, and she passed away in 1941.

    Ralph went on a hunger strike. Ralph’s case made national headlines. Many newspapers portrayed Ralph as an anti-social religious fanatic and claimed his children were barely educated--which was not true. His daughter, Louise, later remembered her parent’s deep faith and gentle ways. Louise remembered her mother teaching her brother and her. She recalled that Shawen Acres tested her to determine her grade level and that she qualified to be in the same grade as her age-mates. Louise also remembered that Shawen Acres vaccinated both her brother and her against their will and separated her from her brother. Louise missed her parents very much during her time at Shawen Acres.

    In response to Ralph’s fast, the workhouse assigned him to work in the kitchen and tried various means to tempt him into eating. Failing to break Ralph’s fast by temptation, the court then ordered Ralph to a hospital to be force fed on the 28th day of his fast.

    Eventually, both Ralph and Marguerite were released. Marguerite would not speak of her treatment in the mental hospital, but her family said she was never the same after her experience-mentally broken. Ralph and Marguerite were not able to bring their children home for a long time. Thus, Ralph Bowser, a former marine and heavyweight wrestler, and his wife and family were damaged mentally, physically, and financially, because they objected to vaccination.

    I share Ralph’s story because Ohio instituted exemptions from vaccination because of similar cases. Let us not repeat the past. Prevent similar injustices in the future.”

    As you can see, being aware of history is important so we may gain an appreciation for where we are and why we have exemptions to vaccination.

    According to ORC 3313.671, a child must be vaccinated against mumps, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, rubeola, rubella, hep b, chickenpox, and meningococcal or submit a written statement in lieu of the vaccination record in order to gain access to a public school. It is important to note two things. The first, if a parent declines even one of the above mentioned vaccinations in the series recommended by the CDC, a written statement of exemption is required. The second, there is absolutely no proof of immunity required to attend public school only proof of consumption of a vaccine. Please see Ethical Vaccinomics to learn more about primary and secondary vaccine failure. According to the CDC Ohio has a 2.6% exemption rate to one, some, or all vaccinations. 

    ***The above letter was published with permission by Rebecca Shull***

    Michelle Cotterman, RN APP is a co-founder of Health Freedom Ohio. She is the mother of two naturally raised children. Her continuing education focuses on Holistic Health and includes Polarity Therapy, Homeopathy, and Herbalism. Michelle has been studying the science behind vaccines and the vaccine industry since 2010. 

  • February 13, 2019 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ***It is my passion to raise awareness about alternative-to-pharmaceutical modalities that promote health and wellness. I hope you enjoy the stories I share from my own journey raising natural, pharmaceutical free children. The following is not meant to be medical advice, if you need medical advice seek out a pharmaceutically trained medical physician.***

    I had always believed in homeopathy, since becoming a mother and seeing how helpful it could be when I had a teething baby. However, I had no idea how valuable it would be in treating our family, in such a broad sense, including treating future dental needs I still believed could only be addressed by antibiotics. 

    Our middle son developed some dental issues quite young, and despite following healing protocols and working with a DDS, the issues persisted. When we noticed a back molar showing signs of decay when he was about 3 1/2 years old, we decided to go forward with some non-amalgam fillings after not having a lot of success even implementing any of the highly effective methods discussed in books like "Cure Tooth Decay"

    We ended up doing a couple of fillings which was very traumatic for our son. Some of the fillings ended up falling out. My son ended up with an abscess tooth on his back bottom right molar a few weeks before his fourth birthday, our family vacation, and his debut as a ringbearer at his aunts wedding. Obviously, fear was setting in because the thought of being in another state with a potentially serious dental emergency, paired with being a very holistic family, I did not want to take any chances. It actually took us a couple of days to get into our dentist, in the meantime at my urging, he agreed to write me a prescription for antibiotics. I was of the mind that only antibiotics could take care of something like a dental abscess, but also very aware they would destroy his gut, possibly making his already picky eating even more intense and essentially wipe out his good bacteria. Every attempt to have this child ingest the liquid antibiotic, was completely a failure - it was as if he knew how detrimental something like that could be to his body! He kicked, screamed, spat, and cried.

    At this point a friend who is also a registered nurse, suggested looking into the homeopathic remedy Hepar Sulph. I quickly began researching and found the potency suggested for healing dental abscesses on Joette Calabrese homeopathic website. At this point our son was averse to any sort of medication, however we could dissolve the remedy into his water and he quickly began showing improvements. Within a day the swelling had significantly gone down. We were also using things such as essential oil externally, Sovereign Silver, iodine and salt water however the homeopathy was the one thing that we could guarantee to get in him through his daily water intake.

    Within a few days he was completely recovered we were able to go on our family vacation. He had a wonderful happy birthday celebrated at the beach. We are forever grateful that we were able to heal our son without damaging his gut or his microbiome, no trauma, no holding him down to get medication in, and when we went to have that tooth extracted because we thought that it was so damaged, after the x-ray they had a hard time determining which tooth needed to be removed because all of the infection was gone.

    Megan Elder is a holistic health and medical freedom advocate in the Cleveland area, where she resides with her husband and three children. She is a former public school teacher for children with Autism, with a Masters in Education. She now homeschools her children while she studies homeopathy and other healing modalities in her free time.

  • February 05, 2019 9:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Headlines exploded February 1st, 2019 over a Kentucky Department for Public Health press release.  

    A company that provides on-site vaccination clinics in the workplace, Location Vaccination, provided improperly handled and contaminated vaccinations that resulted in infection at the injection site. These vaccines have been provided to various companies offering on-site vaccination clinics since September 1, 2018. The vaccine reactions present as redness, pain, tenderness, swelling, and hard lumps or nodules at the injection site and may even develop more than 12 weeks after receiving the vaccine. 

    States affected include Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. The Ohio Department of Health has been silent on this very concerning health issue. The cities in Ohio where Location Vaccination worked with businesses to provide vaccines include the following:

    •  Dayton, OH
    •  Georgetown, OH
    •  Norwood, OH
    •  Cincinnati, OH
    •  Columbus, OH
    •  Circleville, OH
    •  St. Bernard, OH
    •  Pike County, OH
    •  Beech Hollow, OH
    •  Mansfield, OH

    Here is what they are not telling you…

    Mycobacteria species have been identified from the injection site wound culture from numerous patients who received a hepatitis A, Tdap, pneumococcal, or seasonal influenza vaccination from the above mentioned on-site vaccination company, Location Vaccination. You may be more familiar with mycobacteria species by their “infectious disease” names Tuberculosis (TB) and Leprosy. However, these are just two of the many different species of mycobacteria.

    The Kentucky Department of Health is advising practitioners to perform a series of tests specific to nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), along with other bacterial and fungal pathogens for any abscesses, inflammation, or fibrous nodules encountered post vaccination at the site of injection. These tests include:

    •  Anaerobic culture
    •  Aerobic culture
    •  Fungal culture
    •  AFB smear and culture

    Mycobacteria, in general, are hardy organisms. They have the ability to repel water and are resistant to disinfectants, common antibiotics, and heavy metals. NTM can form biofilms, a thin, slimy film of bacteria that sticks to a surface. These biofilms can attach to a wide range of organic(plastic, silicone, rubber, and PVC) and inorganic (glass, metals, and metallic fluids of machines) materials. The above characteristics also makes treatment difficult. Many of the same drugs used to treat TB are also used to treat NTM. To overcome drug resistance, people with these kinds of infections will need to take several different antibiotics at the same time. Treatment may last anywhere from 6 months to two years and come with a laundry list of side effects, the worst of which is liver failure. 

    Providers often do not think of mycobacteria as being the culprit for the infection, and the diagnosis is delayed. An infection can smolder for days, weeks, and sometimes months before it is discovered. These infections are particularly dangerous in immunocompromised individuals, especially if they are given steroids and the wrong type of antibiotics, the consequences of which are death.

    While it is understood the state health departments are attempting to mitigate the damage this mistake will undoubtedly cause to the reputation of the vaccine program, it is not appreciated. The lack of transparency is both irresponsible and unacceptable. The public has a right to be made aware of the dangers and be informed of the organism involved with this contamination. A mistake of this nature calls into question the flimsy oversight and lack of proper regulation over on-site vaccination clinics. 

    If you or someone you know is the recipient of a vaccine administered by an on-site vaccination company and you have an adverse reaction at the injection site, please seek medical attention immediately and present a copy of the provider letter to your physician (KY HD Provider Letter.pdf). These types of infections will not go away on their own and require special testing and treatment.

     Michelle  Cotterman, RN APP is a co-founder of Health Freedom Ohio. She is the  mother of two naturally raised children. Her continuing education  focuses on Holistic Health and includes Polarity Therapy, Homeopathy,  and Herbalism. Michelle has been studying the science behind vaccines  and the vaccine industry since 2010. 

  • January 12, 2019 9:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ginger has long been praised for its medicinal values, known to be a natural antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, and GI soothing. This homemade, fermented, enzyme rich soda is far removed from the fake "ginger ale" you can find at the local grocer. It's easier to make than you may think and packs a healthy punch.  

    Start by making a ginger bug. Ginger naturally ferments and quickly becomes a bubbly culture of beneficial bacteria. 

    Ginger Bug:

    • 3" piece of fresh ginger root, grated 
    • 3 tbs of organic cane sugar
    • 2 cups of filtered or spring water, must be non-chlorinated

    Combine all ingredients in a quart size glass jar and stir well with a wooden spoon. Cover with a coffee filter and rubber band. Each day add 1 tbs of grated ginger root and 1 tbs of sugar and stir to combine. It is very important that no metals come in contact with the culture, as this has an adverse effect on the bacterial colonies. The mixture should begin to bubble, fizz when stirred, and have a sweet, mildly yeasty smell. You know your culture is ready when it takes on these characterizations. Typically it takes five to eight days, less days in warmer weather and more days in colder weather. One ginger bug starter will make 2 gallons of ginger ale.  

    Ginger Ale:

    • 3" piece of fresh ginger root, grated
    • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
    • 1 tsp unsulphured molasses
    • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
    • 1/2 cup lemon or lime juice
    • 1/2 cup ginger bug
    • 6 1/2 cups filtered or spring water, must be non-chlorinated

    Add 3 cups of water, grated ginger root, sugar, molasses, and salt to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add remaining water. Allow to cool to room temperature and transfer to a 1/2 gallon glass jar. Add lemon or lime juice and ginger bug, stir well with wooden spoon. Cover with an air tight lid and allow to rest at room temperature for three to five days. It may be necessary to burp the jar during this process as building pressure from the fermentation/carbonation process can cause the jar to explode. After three to five days strain the ginger ale and transfer to the refrigerator where it can remain indefinitely!


    Michelle Cotterman, RN APP is a co-founder of Health Freedom Ohio. She is the mother of two naturally raised children. Her continuing education focuses on Holistic Health and includes Polarity Therapy, Homeopathy, and Herbalism. 

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