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  1. I feel like the theme of this thread is poor quality foods like canned vegetables and convenience foods that were common in the 70s and 80s. And overcooked vegetables. I think convenience foods have improved a lot, and internet access to a billion recipes and their reviews have seriously improved our dinners in America. Because most of these hated foods I don't *think* people eat much anymore. The first time I made posole DH was rather skeptical because his only experience with hominy was plain. Like straight out of a can. I don't know where she got it or why his mom had it, but she didn't know what to with it. That would definitely scare a kid away from it.
  2. I don't really remember much of what my mom cooked, except our Sunday pot roasts. I don't think I was a picky eater. But I hated poached eggs, served with a piece of toast and then covered in the poaching liquid. The soggy toast was more than I could handle. I have made poached eggs a few times recently and I actually like them, but I don't serve them with soggy toast.
  3. Because this appears to be a sudden change in behavior, I would also be incredibly worried that there is something going on in his life causing him to react this way. I would be doing lots of gentle digging to get at the real root of the problem.
  4. Our last home had a pool. My kids used it all the time and learned to be good swimmers. It was an older pool and the plaster really needed to be redone. Because of that, we fought black algae quite a bit and I felt like in the summer we were spending $100/month on chemicals, not to mention the power used to run the pumps. In our city we have a number of public pools, one just around the corner from our home. A summer pass for the whole family is just over $100. While not quite as convenient as a backyard pool, overall it was a lot cheaper. If there weren't 1001 other things I'd rather spend my money on, a backyard pool is a lot of fun.
  5. I don't doubt that vaccines have reduced the number of cases of these illnesses. I don't think that's ever been disputed. But the mortality rates for diseases like measles, whooping cough, etc dropped dramatically before the introduction of their respective vaccines. Even the mortality rate for Scarlett fever dropped dramatically before the widespread use of antibiotics. It's why we can't use mortality statistics from Africa to justify vaccine policy in the US-- our kids are healthier and have access to medical care and these diseases generally are very mild. Even if everyone stopped vaccinating and these diseases returned to the point that most people eventually got the illnesses, we would never reach the mortality rates of the 1800's. ETA: I do think sanitation and health care has reduced the number of cases some though. In the US we have never had a widespread tuberculosis vaccine campaign and yet our rates of TB have fallen along with the countries who do vaccinate against TB. Diseases like cholera, typhoid, etc have nearly disappeared thanks to our understanding of germ theory and our sewers and water treatment facilities. And like I mentioned upthread, a significant number of children are asymptomatic when they get illnesses like mumps or Hep A. This is a wild guess, but I would assume that one's overall health is going to contribute to how severe the disease is. If you're already sick and malnourished, even an otherwise mild disease is going to be severe. I am not advocating that we all stop vaccinating, but I do think we need more honesty when it comes to how we talk about these diseases. With all of this talk about measles, I have seen worldwide measles deaths statistics quoted when that just isn't relevant in the US and using those numbers is only intended to scare people. According to the CDC, between 400-500 people died annually in the US from measles before the vaccine. Of course any death is tragic. But asthma, which I have never heard anyone say is deadly, kills several thousand people every year. We need to quit using scare tactics to push vaccine policy. From what I understand, they are threatening to fine people in NY for refusing to get vaccinated, when I don't think the statistics really justify that kind of government overreach.
  6. I've also got a barely used wedge pillow for sale that was too uncomfortable for me to sleep on. Since I get acid reflux bubbling up my throat even when I am standing, the incline doesn't really help me anyway. (Sorry, I have reached that point where I just complain and complain anytime I think someone will listen. I just need to have this baby already....)
  7. This pregnancy has given me the worst heartburn ever and I have tried everything. I can't do OTC meds because they aggravate my already aggravated restless legs. So while I am purchasing a dozen or so of these necklaces, I'm open to snake oil as well if anyone has it for sale.
  8. I have read several different places that for children, approximately 1 in 3 children who get mumps will have no symptoms at all. This is one of those diseases that seems to be less severe for young children.
  9. From what I understand, the risk of infertility is for adult men who get mumps. That's one concern I have about the ineffectiveness of the mumps portion of the MMR. The vaccine protects children, who are least likely to suffer complications from mumps, and then over time the effectiveness wanes, leaving adults more vulnerable
  10. No, the problem is when people (not you) don't know or don't understand that sometimes vaccines aren't effective and still blame any and all cases of VP diseases on the unvaccinated. Sure, let's work on developing safer, more effective vaccines. But meanwhile, we shouldn't be trying to scare people into getting vaccines that aren't even effective. And let's acknowledge the real reasons why we still have outbreaks of VPDs in highly-vaccinated populations.
  11. You're misunderstanding how the vaccine works. Pertussis is a bacteria, but it's actually a toxin that the bacteria produce that causes all the nasty symptoms of pertussis. The vaccine protects you (the recipient of the vaccine) from the side effects of the toxin. But if you, as a vaccinated individual, are exposed to the pertussis bacteria, you can still be infected with it, you just won't have any symptoms. The baboon study showed that vaccinated baboons, when exposed to pertussis, didn't get sick. But they did have active infections and they were still able to spread it to other individuals. If you have pertussis and you're sick and you know it, you stay away from babies. If you have pertussis and you don't know it, because the vaccine is preventing you from having symptoms, you don't know to stay away from the babies.
  12. And Quill, you mentioned pertussis-- I don't have time to find you a bunch of links or research right now (I should probably homeschool some kids today!) but the pertussis vaccine does not stop the spread of pertussis. There was recently a baboon study that showed, because of the way the vaccine works, that vaccinated individuals still spread pertussis, they just do it asymptomatically. Considering how dangerous pertussis is for infants, I find it really disturbing that they are pushing booster shots for anyone who is going to be around babies when it's not going to protect them.
  13. This is a really interesting study.... It should be noted that the DTP was removed from the market here in the US, though I believe it is still given in other countries. The DTP vaccine reduced the number of deaths from those specific diseases, but actually increased the number of deaths from other causes. There is other research showing how vaccines can prime your immune system to have the wrong kind of immune response, so that when you are exposed to other diseases you are actually less likely to be able to fight them off. I don't post this in an attempt to prove anything, but just to show how complicated and diverse this conversation about vaccines needs to be. Sure, we can show that vaccines reduce mortality for the diseases they prevent, but at what cost? Are there unintended long-term side effects? And if there are, who is looking for them?
  14. No, there has to be more to it than just that these sickly kids with chronic illnesses would have died anyway before vaccines. These autoimmune diseases and chronic illnesses have risen too quickly for such a simple explanation. As someone mentioned, we do need better reporting of adverse reactions and better safety studies. It's well-known that safety studies for vaccines are short-- they track adverse reactions for days or a couple weeks, but they are not looking at overall health outcomes in the long-term. We really need those studies done and we need to be able to hold pharm companies accountable so that they are required to produce the safest products possible. Right now they have no liability and no reason to improve their products.
  15. Mortality rates have decreased for a lot of reasons besides just vaccines. Kids were dying of all sorts of diseases we don't vaccinate for but they aren't today. In fact, mortality rates for even the VPDs were in serious decline before their respective vaccines were introduced. Scarlett fever, which we have never vaccinated for, killed a lot of kids. But mortality rates for Scarlett fever dropped dramatically even before widespread use of antibiotics. We owe a lot to improved sanitation, nutrition and medical care. Not to say vaccines haven't done anything, but they are certainly given more credit than they deserve. Children that were dying of VPDs 150 years ago would not be dying today thanks to improved nutrition and medical care. While we have worked to eliminate these childhood illnesses, we've also seen a dramatic rise in chronic illnesses, including autoimmune diseases. I think there are a lot of reasons for that, and I won't pretend to blame it on any one thing, but from the research I have read, vaccines are certainly contributing to the problem. The CDC's website contains a warning for people with immune system problems (I can't remember their exact wording) with regards to getting the MMRV. This is not some fringe science, but a growing awareness that vaccines come with unintended side effects. I have said this before, but the loudest and usually most well-researched voices coming from the anti-vaxxers (or more appropriately named ex-vaxxers) are parents who followed the CDC schedule and watched their children suffer because of it. I have been doing vaccine research since before my oldest was born. There was research then linking vaccines to autoimmune diseases. But I went along, believing I had a societal responsibility to contribute and to vaccinate my kids. Then when my 23 month old developed an autoimmune disease it totally changed my perspective for ME and for MY FAMILY. At that point I wasn't trying to make decisions based on hypothetical what-ifs. Regardless of whatever caused my daughter to have an autoimmune response, it effects the way I make future decisions. Once you have one autoimmune disease you are statistically more likely to develop another. So do I keep rolling those dice again and again with vaccines knowing what I know about how they effect the immune system? It's a really hard decision.
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