The Truth behind Vaccines

The only vaccine I have ever been given is the Vitamin K vaccine that was administered into my little seven pound body soon after I made my appearance to the world. What my mother thought to be an innocent vitamin, would quickly become the reason for the jaundice that overwhelmed my body in the days after, and the health issues that would slowly arise, making my body their permanent residency. I am thankful that my mom was smart enough to recognize the correlation between my yellow skin and the vaccine, and even more thankful that she was smart enough to do her own research about the dangers of the money-making serums, resulting in a decision against vaccinations, of which potentially saved my life considering how sick I am from only a single vaccine. Recently, I decided to do my own research regarding immunizations, specifically through Neil Z. Millers book Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective?

Here is what I found:

In present America, a heartbreaking trend of decreased health in individuals of all ages can be seen and felt by many. Children and young adults are sicker today than ever before, which can be observed through the substantial scientific reports and statistics surrounding allergies, autoimmune diseases, asthma, behavioral disorders, cancers, and more. Undoubtedly, a variety of factors continue to influence the decreasing health trends, including an almost constant exposure to a toxic environment filled with chemicals and genetically modified food, as well as unhealthy dietary and physical activity patterns.

Yet, in addressing the possible factors that contribute to decreased health, the increased immunization patterns especially of young children must be closely examined and analyzed in relation to the health trends in America. Neil Z. Miller, who is a medical researcher and journalist, defines vaccines in his book Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective, as “injections that contain weakened amounts of the disease that they are meant to protect against,” in hopes that by injecting the body with a small amount of the very sickness, the body will produce antibodies to fight off the harmful disease. While the idea seems promising, the rise of many diseases have been documented after the vaccine for each given disease was distributed. In examining Polio and the vaccine that was specifically designed to combat the disease, several studies show that the vaccine actually increased the likelihood to contract polio, and even was shown to have began at the site of the injection. A study was completed and published by the New England Journal of Medicine in 1995 that reported children who received the polio vaccine were 8 times more likely to contract polio than the children who never received the vaccine. Situations such as this reoccurred in a similar manner throughout many sicknesses such as measles, mumps, tetanus, pertussis, chickenpox, hepatitis a and b, as well as others as simple as the common flu.

Perhaps the dangers of vaccines lie within the added ingredients such as formaldehyde, aluminum, fetal tissue, calf serum, kidney cells from monkeys, mercury, chick embryo, and more, which can be viewed on the CDC website. All of which increase allergies, increase cancer cells, damage the brain, cause autoimmune diseases, alter our genetic structure, cause heavy metal poisoning and do far more damage than could possibly be summarized. The unnatural injections being administered into the blood stream can lead to the development of diseases far worse than the original disease, damaging vital organs in the body sometimes at a rate so slowly that the correlation between the declined health and vaccinations are often not registered. Many doctors, scientists, and researchers have mentioned that vaccines do nothing more than trick the body into focusing only on producing antibodies, rather than focusing on the series of immune system defenses that the body goes through when exposed to a virus or bacteria. When a child’s blood stream is directly injected with the virus, the body does not have time to complete the series of immune system defenses to protect against the disease, but rather gives the disease immediate access to all major organs and tissues within the body. Neil Z Miller explains that “when the infant gains exposure to viral and bacterial microorganisms in the environment, normal development of the immune system is likely to occur,” but when the disease is directly injected into the blood stream, normal immune system defenses are bypassed, weakening the immune system and placing the child at greater risk for contracting any virus or bacteria the body is exposed to.

The added ingredients in each vaccine damage every aspect of the body, increasing the risk for declined health aside from the original disease. Even when vaccine reactions occur quickly, many doctors do not report the reaction despite their legal duty to do so. Only 18% of doctors actually report vaccine injuries, whereas the other 82% not only don’t report the injury or death caused from vaccines, but justify their refusal to report the reaction by arguing the injection had no correlation to the reaction, and go as far as saying the deaths caused by vaccine reactions was simply “SIDS”, also known as sudden infant death syndrome, of which should not legally be a reason for death. We all know that no one just dies without rhyme or reason.

While I am not saying that the decline of health trends in America is solely caused by increased vaccine injections, I am saying that the correlation between the two cannot be ignored. I would also like to mention that my issue does not stand with science, but rather the lack of research and ignorance against the dangers that vaccines have on the body. Additionally, I am vaccine injured myself and will forever struggle with an autoimmune disorder, food allergies, and other health issues of which could have been avoided with proper knowledge surrounding vaccines as simple as the vitamin K one. My goal is not to judge you or even change your mind on vaccines, but to provide you with the proper knowledge in order to keep yourself and those you love safe. I would like to end by asking you this, if the ingredients in vaccines were placed in a bowl before your child, would you allow them to eat what was inside?

Here are some graphs and charts to support my findings, which can be found in Miller’s book.

Sex Trafficking: Bringing Awareness to the Growing Pandemic

Aside from bringing knowledge to health and healing, I feel as if it my duty to highlight the growing issue of sex trafficking through this platform. I hope that through reading Sarah Koeppen’s story, you are made aware of the dangers that the evil of this world bestows upon each of us. I hope that you gain knowledge through this story in a way that protects you and those around you, encouraging you to fight against the sex trafficking industry in the process.

The rancid smoke whirled down the stairs like a drunk dancer as the flames became one with the mattress, engulfing the room along with it. Behind the flame stood a boy whose reflection painted the picture of the echoing pain ignited by abandonment and abuse, but who highlighted the burning need for the saving of a world that is held captive by the pandemic of sex trafficking, and is influenced by abuse and child abandonment. The devastating pandemic would be acknowledged and fought by selfless wife, mother, and author, Sarah Koeppen.

Sarah Koeppen, founder of THE HOPE BOX and author of the book CALLED TO HOPE.

Growing up in a large family of 12, Sarah Koeppen quickly found herself adopting the role of additional mother, as she assisted her parents in caring for her younger brothers and sisters. In looking out for her little siblings, she learned the ins and outs of raising children and how to overcome difficulties as they arose. From a young age, Sarah was instilled with a raging love for people and children, as well as a passionate desire to make a difference in the broken world around her. Sarah is married and is an amazing mother to five beautiful children and is the adoptive mother to the boy who sought refuge behind a burning flame.

Sarah’s adopted son was abandoned at her front door step at the young age of three, accompanied by nothing but a backpack. Sarah knew that in order to complete the proper steps that were required to gain sole custody of the young boy, she needed to study and better understand the ins and outs of the law herself. Upon her research surrounding the law, Sarah also dove deep into the issues of child abandonment and abuse and learned of the direct correlation they have with the growing industry of sex trafficking. She discovered that while there is a large market for males in the sex trafficking industry, the market for females is generally higher, the reason being that females are easier to control and are also able to carry and deliver infants, providing additional victims for the industry to benefit from. Influenced by this discovery, Sarah specifically chose to analyze the role that mothers and children under the age of three play in the business of sex trafficking. Upon doing so, she came to learn the disturbing truth that young children ages three years and under, are at the highest risk for trafficking. Sarah discusses that the reason being, was due to the common trafficking of mothers who become pregnant through the industry, to which their babies become the next best thing to the sex trafficking pimps. She mentions that “when you are pregnant and, in that industry, you are just surviving,” further explaining how common it is for mothers that have been enslaved in sex trafficking, to either abandon their babies in trash cans and behind bushes, or sell them to the buyers of the industry in order to make some extra money. Sarah was made aware of this through a woman who felt trapped in her own involvement with sex trafficking and who called Sarah to inform her of the plans she had to sell her baby for some quick and easy cash. Through the phone call, Sarah was shown a glimpse of the loneliness and entrapment that women enslaved in the business of sex trafficking experience, provoking a greater desire to provide hope to those who have none left.

Among her research and relationships with many victims, Sarah was disturbed to learn of the specific desire that the sex trafficking industry has for young children ages three years and under. Healthline Parenthood explains the important reflexes that infants are born with, of which assist them through their first stages of life. These reflexes are involuntary and happen in response to different actions. For example, the sucking reflex occurs when the roof of a baby’s mouth is touched. Healthline Parenthood states that “the baby will begin to suck when this area is stimulated, which helps nursing or bottle feeding,” making infants the ideal victim of sexual assault and abuse. Often times, after a baby has experienced extreme sexual abuse, their eyes turn black because of the trauma they have endured. These black eyes are referred to as panda eyes and aid in the recognition of sexual abuse in infants and young children. This devastating news encouraged Sarah to work even harder to provide a safe place for women to receive help and for their babies to have a chance at a life apart from abandonment and abuse.

Sarah did her best to provide women with the proper knowledge and resources needed to get out of the sex trafficking business. Yet, to her surprise, she found that many victims have no desire to be freed of their enslavement, as they often believe that whoever brought them into the industry genuinely loves and cares for them and has their best interest at heart. Victims are typically provided with food, water, shelter, and even drugs when enslaved in the business, of which creates an unhealthy attachment to the sex trafficking industry, despite the abuse they endure. Sarah learned how common it is for victims to be unaware of the abuse they experience so frequently, as they believe it to be normal. Families have been found to sexually exploit their children for money, creating a business out of the of the sexual, emotional, and physical abuse that they put their children through. Victims may be aware of their internal and external suffering, but unaware that they are experiencing sex trafficking first hand, and additionally, unaware that there is a way out, especially if the abuse occurs within their own home and the abuser is a family member or close friend. In order for victims to get out of the industry, they must want to get out. Sarah witnessed how scary it can be for victims to be reintroduced to the real world. Victims must also go through extensive counseling and therapy to release their minds and body of the abuse they have been accustomed to. Victims eventually have to be reacclimated to society in a way that provides them with a sense of self again, such as through work or school. Ultimately, victims will not be able to be released from the abuse until their desire for freedom is stronger than their fear of change.

After learning the saddening truth about sex trafficking, especially among women and abandoned babies, Sarah Koeppen worked tirelessly to establish a safe place for women to leave their babies, rather than selling them to abusers or leaving them to die alone. In doing so, she founded THE HOPE BOX, of which provides mothers a safe place to leave her baby without question. THE HOPE BOX states that they also work alongside “legislators, public safety professionals, medical personnel, crisis pregnancy centers, and adoption professionals to address the issue of infant abandonment,” while providing education surrounding child abandonment, sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. Sarah also assisted in the amending and passing of House Bill 391, of which is a safe haven law in Georgia that increases the time of relinquishment to 30 days rather than seven, allows for infants to be left in fire stations, police stations, health departments, and hospitals, and no longer requires mothers to leave any personal information or her identification when leaving her infant. Additionally, mothers are provided with medical attention if need be, even if identification is not provided. Sarah also wrote a book titled Called to Hope, of which tells her story, highlights the hopeful stories of others, and brings knowledge and awareness to the dangerous industry of sex trafficking. With the help of House Bill 391, THE HOPE BOX, and her book Called to Hope, Sarah Koeppen has provided women and their young children with the proper knowledge and resources to assist in their involvement with and escape from the sex trafficking industry. Additionally, Sarah has brought awareness and knowledge to the growing issue of sex trafficking in an effort to defeat the heartbreaking industry all together.

See what THE HOPE BOX is doing by watching the video attached below:

Sarah Koeppen warns individuals of all ages of the signs to identify sex trafficking ‘scouts’, whose job is to solely seek out and lure in victims. She highlights the danger of the words “don’t tell anyone about this”. Sarah further states that if anyone threatens you not to tell of what they have done, that should increase your likelihood of telling someone. Someone threatening an individual to keep a secret, typically means that they know what they are doing, or have done is wrong. Additionally, she warns of people asking to look at or use your phone, as they can quickly download a tracking app to your cellphone. She advises to avoid interacting with strangers, and to “always trust your gut, and to know that you are not crazy,” because your instincts are almost always correct. She emphasizes the danger that all people and genders may pose, as women are also used to lure in victims, especially since females are more easily trusted. Additionally, Sarah says to be cautious of the images and unhealthy thoughts that you feed your brain. She discusses the way that pornography “changes your brain like drugs do, and you become more and more addicted,” altering the way you think about sex and the way that you view the bodies of all ages and genders. Above all, Sarah emphasizes the importance of being aware of your surroundings and always trusting your own intuition and instincts.

What began as a simple eye for the needs of victims that have suffered from sexual, physical, and mental abuse as well as neglect, quickly ignited the founding of an organization, book, and even the passing of a law, all of which was accomplished by Sarah Koeppen through her vision to make a difference.

I hope that through Sarah’s efforts to make a difference in our broken world, you would be encouraged to do the same, beginning with the proper knowledge in order to protect yourself and those around you.  

Tips to protect yourself against sex trafficking:

  1. Never release personal information to strangers or people that you aren’t sure you can trust
  2. Avoid giving people your cell phone, even if it’s just for a moment
  3. Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  4. Never leave with random people, no matter how tempting it may be
  5. Be aware that everything you post on social media will never fully go away, even if you delete it
  6. Always tell someone if you are going out, especially if you are going out alone
  7. Never eat or drink anything that you don’t know where it came from
  8. Always trust your instincts

Listen to the interview with Sarah Koeppen that discusses sex trafficking and its entirety by clicking the link below:

https://anchor.fm/mikayla231/episodes/Insude-the-Pandemic-of-Sex-Trafficking-et37u0

Sources:

Marcin, A. (2018, January 4). Sucking Reflex in Newborns: Testing, Seeking Help, and Other Reflexes. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/sucking-reflex#:~:text=These%20reflexes%20are%20involuntary%20movements,with%20nursing%20or%20bottle%20feeding.

Safe Haven: The Hope Box: United States. thehopebox. (n.d.). https://www.thehopebox.org/.

Interview with Sarah Koeppen.

Sugar and the Body

Contrary to what our taste buds lead us to believe, the consumption of sugar does far more harm than it does good. From ketchup to bread, sugar is often found in even the most unexpected products that we consume on a day to day basis. Most people rely on quick and easy meals and snacks that are ideal for a busy life, which typically contain excessive amounts of sugar, and thus accounts for a large portion of daily calorie intake. Consuming high amounts of sugar has been normalized and the unnecessary addition of processed sugar to most products is not even questioned or talked about. Yet, what we don’t know about sugar can hurt us.

Not only can a high sugar diet contribute to weight gain, but can also lead to increased sickness and risk for disease. Quickly after sugar is absorbed into the body, the immune system is weakened and struggles to fight off the bacteria that it is almost constantly exposed to, making the possibility of contracting a sickness and disease that much easier. The main type of sugar that is generally found in processed foods, is fructose, which suppresses the bodies production of leptin, the hormone responsible for regulating the feeling of hunger and satiety. Leptin works by sending signals to the brain, telling the body when to eat and when to stop eating (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4443321), but with a low production of leptin, the brain doesn’t have the proper resources needed to tell the body when it is full. As a result, the body will have an unsatisfiable feeling of hunger, leading to increased eating, and in turn, weight gain. Additionally, high sugar diets cause inflammation as well as high blood sugar, blood pressure, and triglycerides, all of which are the leading causes of heart disease. Likewise, sugar feeds the cancer cells that naturally live within the body, increasing the risk of all types of cancer.

Aside from the detrimental effects that sugar has on the bodies physical health, the effects that it has on ones mental health are arguably just as damaging. Although consuming a sweet treat quickly raises endorphins in the moment, it leads to decreased energy and an increased risk of depression, as blood sugar rises quickly and drops substantially.

Though the occasional consumption of sugar will not cause immediate death, excessive sugar intake will certainly cause a rapid decline on both the bodies physical and mental health.

Decreasing the consumption of sugar in a high sugar diet is not an easy task, but should be attempted whenever possible.

To do so:

• Focus on eating more home cooked meals rather than fast food.

•Choose meals high in protein and vegetables and low in carbs.

•Substitute soda for water, herbal teas, and seltzer water.

•Try using stevia in place of white sugar.

•Replace candy with frozen fruit or trail mix.

•Choose dark chocolate sweetened with stevia instead of milk chocolate (Lily’s has the BEST stevia sweetened chocolate chips and chocolate bars).

•Use oil and vinegar in place of sugary salad dressings.

•BE DETERMINED TO DISCOVER A HEALTHIER YOU

About Me

I am 19 years old, currently living in Longmont Colorado and pursuing a career in nutrition, where I hope to one day open up my own practice and help others in the same way that I have been helped. My free time is often spent writing poetry, painting, or spending time with friends and family.

At a young age, I found myself sick and overweight, often falling asleep near the toilet, unable to move or else agitating my stomach pain and nausea. A new rash appeared almost daily and I accepted the painful battle between my muscles and my skin as normal, tightening one muscle at a time from my head to my toes, in hopes of easing the discomfort. Shooting pain would strike my heart like lightening and skip beats with every bolt. The thought of food made me sick, yet leaving my stomach an empty pit, made me even sicker. I began having anxiety, unable to leave the house without making myself sick over the possibility of dying, and falling asleep with my hand over my heart, paying close attention to the rhythm and praying that it wouldn’t stop.

After years of normalizing the excess of symptoms that surged through my body, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Hashimotos, as well as Lyme Disease, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), food allergies, leaky gut syndrome, and hormonal imbalances. A dangerous combination that put my body into a place of exhaustion.

Up until the last few years, I was unaware that every substance your body is exposed to, has either a positive or negative effect on how it is able to function. The foods that you feed your body and the chemicals that you use are either helping you or hurting you. Just like putting the wrong type of gasoline in your car will hurt the engine, putting the wrong things into your body will also hurt your bodily engine.

After removing chemicals from my home and decreasing my intake of sugar and processed foods, I have been able to improve my health substantially.

In this blog, I hope to educate you on the things that are often left unspoken surrounding food, chemicals, and the body, as well encourage you to make changes to find a healthier you through tips, recipes, and healthy alternatives. My goal is not to help you lose weight or alter your appearance, but to help you discover how great the body was truly designed to feel, although losing a few pounds may come with a healthier body;)

What you weren’t taught, is not your fault.

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