Mia Love’s speech at the RNC convention

My parents immigrated to this country with ten dollars in their pocket, and the hope that the America that they had heard about really did exist. When tough times came, they didn’t look to Washington, they looked within.

So the America I grew up knowing was centered in self reliance, and filled with the possibilities of living the American dream.

The America I know is grounded in the determination found in patriots and pioneers, in small businesses with big ideals.
It’s found in the farmers who work in the beauty of our landscape, and our heroic military. It’s found in the Olympic Athletes and every child who looks at the seemingly impossible and says, “I can do that.”  That is the America I know!

President Obama’s version of America is a divided one — pitting us against each other based on our income level, gender, and social status. His policies have failed! We are not better off than we were 4 years ago, and no rhetoric, bumper sticker, or campaign ad can change that.

Mr. President, I am here to tell you we are not buying what you are selling in 2012.

The American Dream is our story. It is a story of human struggle, standing up and striving for more. It’s been told for over 200 years with small steps and giant leaps; from a woman on a bus to a man with a dream; and the bravery of the greatest generation, to the entrepreneurs of today.

This is our story. This is the America we know because we built it.

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A father’s mission after the death of his daughter following Hepatitis B vaccination

Michael Belkin, Testimony to Congress, February 17, 1999:

“My daughter Lyla Rose Belkin died on September 16, 1998 at the age of five weeks, about 15 hours after receiving her second Hepatitis B vaccine booster shot. Lyla was a lively, alert five-week-old baby when I last held her in my arms. Little did I imagine as she gazed intently into my eyes with all the innocence and wonder of a newborn child that she would die that night. She was never ill before receiving the Hepatitis B shot that afternoon. At her final feeding that night, she was extremely agitated, noisy and feisty — and then she fell asleep suddenly and stopped breathing. The autopsy ruled out choking, The NY Medical Examiner ruled her death Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)…”

We must fight for other childrens’ rights against mandatory vaccination of the Hepatitis B vaccine.

Further information on vaccine injury from this and other vaccines is available from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

The best cream for my son’s eczema: Ode to Vanicream

My son has eczema. And not just “oh a little dry skin and I’ll call it eczema”. His skin made me cry it was so bad. When he was a baby, my doctor told me it was the worst case she’d ever seen. We had tried every organic lotion and oil known to man, as well as most over the counter creams. Nothing helped his red, cracked, itchy skin.

And our referral to the dermatologist ended with prescriptions for steroid cream and antihistamine medicine. These are just bandaids on a gaping wound. I didn’t want to give my son something that wasn’t going to heal him, and only block some symptoms. So, I never filled these prescriptions, but took her advice to try plain ol’ Vaseline, especially on damp skin to “seal in the moisture”. This did help immensely, and was the best product we’d tried. Who knew that my mom and grandma were right? Petroleum jelly, say what you will about its “un-naturalness”, but it saved my baby’s face and legs, for a while. His skin didn’t look or feel smooth, but it was no longer cracking and it was a lot less itchy. I was annoyed when it stopped being as effective, because using it had taken a toll on his clothes, sheets, my clothes, due to the greasy nature of Vaseline; this stuff does not soak in, it just sits there.

Well, I dumped the Vaseline, and tried a few more over the counters: CeraVe, Aveeno, Aquaphor, Eucerin, Egyptian Magic, Tate’s Miracle Conditioner, coconut oil, calendula oil, etc, you name it. I have tried at least 20+ different remedies. We were using Eucerin for a while (also a petroleum based cream), but then my son’s gluten allergy was diagnosed…. and in about all the lotions you see at a pharmacy are that evil “wheat product”. That’s why his skin is red every time after I apply. Doh.

Another trip to the dermatologist, with more lies that I used the creams and drugs they prescribed, claiming some relief, but not long term (which I knew would be the case even if I had used them). And she suggested (Ah, angels singing!) Vanicream. I ordered it, reluctantly. Another $15 down the drain. Amazon carries it; pharmacies do not. And I can proudly say that, after one month of using it on my son’s scaly, red, cracked, itchy legs, he is not red and he is even smooth! This is a miracle. Not only does it work, but it is a nice consistency, soaks in, a nice thick cream that lathers on him after his baths and before bed. He does not itch at it. And in his sweet two year old voice says, “soothing,” as I moisturize him up.  (I have to add, too, that the SUN has probably assisted Vanicream’s miracle-ness, but no other lotion has helped him, even with all the sun in the world.)

I hope and pray that its effects won’t wear off. I hope this is all we will ever need. I have even begun using it and am happy with the results in my face and body. This is a wonderful, hidden secret, and every mom whose child has skin ailments must try it! I hope you get the same results as we did.

$11 for a wonderful cream, free of dyes, fragrance, masking fragrance, lanolin, parabens, and formaldehyde (16 oz).  Well worth it.

**I was not compensated for this review.  I just love Vanicream and I know you will too.

Low iron in pregnancy: Ode to Floradix

I am now 7 1/2 months pregnant with my second child.  I had been feeling so worn down — I couldn’t climb up the stairs without stopping to catch my breath, I couldn’t pick up my 2 year old son, I couldn’t stand for very long at all.  My midwife guessed that I had low iron (and my blood work came back a week later to confirm this).

She recommended a whole food supplement called Floradix.  This product comes in a dark glass bottle and the adult recommended dose is 10 ml two times a day.  I have been taking about 15 ml in the mornings — simply because I am running around so much that it would be hard to remember to take two doses.  Floradix is made by a German company and it tastes great going down (fruit juices are added to make it more palatable).

My midwife told me that I would be able to tell within 24 hours if the Floradix was helping my anemia.  And it worked!  I began feeling light on my toes again (yes, even with an extra 35 lbs on me), I could (gasp!) walk up the stairs without thinking I was going to die, and I could, most importantly, pick up my little boy again.  I can’t believe it, but for about four weeks now, this has been the best of my pregnancy and I feel great!

If you have been struggling with energy, lethargic-ness, always feeling tired, etc., than you may benefit from trying Floradix.

One more tip:  I take my other supplements in the morning when I gulp down my Floradix.  I take a cod lover oil, a fish oil, and a vitamin D (5000 iu).  I ran out of vitamin D about three days ago, and I have started to get that feeling back — worn down and tired, and I did a bit of research and see that vitamin D aids in the absorption of iron, so I’m assuming that once I can get to the store (tomorrow?) and pick up more vitamin D, I will be in tip top shape again.

**I am in no way affiliated with Floradix and have not received compensation for this review of the product.  I just want to help other pregnant mamas out there who may be struggling with low-iron symptoms and would like to try a low-risk, whole food, natural supplement.

Spraying insecticide on your home is safe

The aerial spraying of insecticide in Dallas may cause more harm than the West Nile virus itself.  And yet the Texas Department of State Health Services deems it necessary to do so.  Texans are protesting this insecticide spraying, and yet, this decision has not been put to a vote.   This illness, which creates flu-like symptoms, has been fatal for only a handful of elderly citizens, but has only been contracted by 400 people in all of Texas. Don’t people think of long term side effects for these things?  …. But our government would never spray anything really harmful its citizens.  Right?

Forgive my sarcasm but Agent Orange, Tuskegee, SV40, and Zyklon B come to mind, not to mention the spraying of DDT on our shores.

Use of aborted fetuses in vaccinations

The issue of abortion is a hot button issue, as is the vaccine-autism controversy, but these two issues are closer related than you may imagine. There is much controversy over vaccinations and their ingredients, their effectiveness and efficacy, and side-effects, but many do not know about the usage of aborted fetal tissues in the creation and utilization of vaccinations.

Movies have been made regarding the use of organ and body donation (The Island, Never Let Me Go). They show the horror of human life used for the sole purpose of science. The main characters’ lives are taken when it is useful for society or the person who ‘bought’ their very creation needs an organ or tissue. What is even more horrendous is that embryonic stem cell research is claimed to be used ‘for the good of mankind.’ (In fact, adult stem cells have produced much more advancements.) What kind of a world do we live in, when embryos, and even fetuses, are used for scientific research? Why isn’t life valued? Adults, before they die, are given the choice if they want their bodies to be used for science or organ donation, but these fetuses have no choice. And now, their tissues and cells are being used, and injected into, the bodies of our children.

The Center for Disease Control has ‘Human Diploid Tissue’ listed for many vaccinations on their site: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, MMR, Polio, Rabies, Varicella (Chicken Pox), Rubella. Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute also lists these on their site. In aborted fetal tissue research, as in any type of human tissue or organ transplant or research, it is essential that the samples collected are still living. It is not possible to simply perform an abortion and after the fact, decide one wants to use the discarded fetus for cell research. It is no different than prearranging the donation of one’s organs after death. Steps must be taken immediately to safeguard the life of the tissue or organs. The fetuses used for vaccine use were specifically chosen and worked on within seconds of a performed abortion.  Please see the Love the Truth site for further information and details on how these fetal cell lines were created and are used today.

“The Fetus As Transplant Donor the Scientific, Social, and Ethical Perspectives,” written by Peter McCullough, who is an immunologist at the University of Western Australia: “Healthy human fetuses from 7 to 21 weeks from legal abortions were used. 50% of the time, the baby would be born alive, but that didn’t stop them. They would just simply open up the abdomen of the baby with no anesthesia, and take out the liver and kidneys.”  See also: Harvesting the Fetus by Bernard Nathanson, M.D.

In the FDA report, detailing aborted fetuses, on page 81, lines 14-22, “The fetus, as far as I can remember was completely normal. Nothing was wrong. The reasons for the abortion were unknown to me. I probably knew it at the time, but it got lost, all this information.” States Dr. Van Der Eb, Crucel, “So I isolated retina from a fetus, from a healthy fetus as far as could be seen, of 18 weeks old. There was nothing special with a family history or the pregnancy was completely normal up to the 18 weeks, and it turned out to be a socially indicated abortus – abortus provocatus, and that was simply because the woman wanted to get rid of the fetus.”

Another important question: is DNA in vaccines and does it pose a risk to those who are injected? Does this have a part in the autism debate?  CBS wrote about this in March in “Vaccines and Autism: a new scientific review.”

Religious vaccine exemption waivers are available; you and your children have rights.

Are we there? Selling human baby organs and tissues to “save” other human lives? Will women contemplating an abortion choose to terminate their fetus because he/she could be used toward vaccinations and research and in the name of “saving” others? Will women get paid for it? Will the doctors, nurses, etc. be paid for selling these aborted babies? Is this an argument to support abortion? Have we gone mad?

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” Jeremiah 1:5

(Contributor: L. Holland)

Wildflower Ramblings

My notes on male (and female) circumcision

I wrote this for the one-year anniversary of saving my son’s penis.  I was going to cut him according to Jewish custom, on the eighth day of life.  Though I am Christian, I adhere to some Jewish traditions and enjoying reading my Bible in its original Hebrew.  In no way is the following seeking to minimize the importance of the Jewish religion.  My husband and I became informed from hours of research and decided to keep our son whole — he was born perfect.  I hope and pray that our research may benefit another young baby boy from the harmful effects of circumcision.

Paul wrote in his letter to the Colossians that it is by faith you are saved; circumcision (the blood sacrifice introduced to Abraham in Genesis 17) is no longer necessary for salvation: “Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all” (Colossians 3:9-11).

History

God ended required circumcision, through Christ, on the bloody cross.  He asked Abraham and his descendants to make a huge sacrifice.  But this practice was only a small portion of the tip of the foreskin (called Milah).  Evidence can be found at Milah v. Periah and an article written by Jay Michaelson.  Both explain that the destruction and cutting of the entirety of the foreskin (called Periah) is quite different than what was introduced in Biblical times.

Circumcision has been accepted and “normal” in our country for a little over 100 years — a detailed history of circumcision in the US can be found here.  Male genital mutilation began in Victorian times (notably by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg) in an effort to prevent male masturbation. This tradition has been accepted as normal and non-questionable.

Procedure and fatalities

Before my own son was born, I never thought of circumcision as unnatural or barbaric because I blindly thought that it was done for the sake of the baby.  After watching a male circumcision being performed, I am beyond thankful that we chose not to cut my son.  When people ask me, “Why didn’t you circumcise him?”  I respond, “Would I have circumcised a baby girl? Would I cut her genitals apart?”  Of course not — I see both of these surgeries as equal.  They both cut from the human body their most sacred and private parts.

Many parents choose circumcision now because of American tradition.  This decision can never be reversed and many parents make this decision without thinking of the long-term damage it can have on their child.  Many children die from circumcision due to complications during the procedure. Read: Death by Circumcision which explains this with powerful statistics.  In 2009, 115 babies died of SIDS and 117 died from circumcision.  This tragedy is real.

Here is another video of the procedure.  Observers often can be heard saying that they have never heard a louder, or more powerful, scream as the one a child makes when their manhood (or womanhood) is cut from their bloody bodies.  I think that every parent should watch a dozen of these videos.  And here is another video.  And another.

Why alter perfection?

Even the American Association for Pediatrics now classifies male circumcision as a “cosmetic procedure,” but it classifies female circumcision quite differently, as this procedure is, (rightfully) outlawed in the United States.  Why are baby boys not protected and baby girls are?  Both practices are genital cutting. And until male cutting is against the law, I will not be satisfied, and nor will many millions of others who devote their lives to exposing the atrocity of male genital mutilation.

Many parents blindly use the excuse that they desire for their sons to not look or be different from their fathers.  But, I ask, does a child’s penis look the same as an adult’s, circumcised or intact?  Certainly not.  And when a male reaches the age of maturity, will he be comparing penises with his father?  Certainly not.

Arguments against pro-circumcision activists

It was argued, in the past, that circumcision is more “clean” or prevents sexually-transmitted diseases.  This argument is faulty and the statistics prove it.   Here is a rebuttal of the “circumcision prevents HIV transmission” argument.  Presently in Africa, many celebrities are misleading uneducated Africans that circumcision will prevent AIDS.  Adult males are being harassed into cutting their penises and being told it is best for their sex lives and for their health.  This is a lie and a travesty.  Bono and Bill Gates are a part of this barbaric movement.  And a circumcised penis is no easier to clean than a whole penis; the argument that a foreskin is unclean is beyond ridiculous.  Do we cut female genitals, because their labia have to be “pulled back” to rinse in the shower?

Sexual dysfunction

Periah circumcision continues today, and causes male sexual problems such as: painful penile growth during maturity and up to adulthood, impotence, erectile dysfunction, dissatisfaction with sexual life, and lastly, poor sexual experience.  Women often have “sexual dysfunction” issues or problems due to dryness, when actually the real issue is that her partner is cut and the friction during sexual intercourse is painful due to male circumcision and not a woman’s personal lubrication issues.  Jews against circumcision and Catholics agains circumcision have been speaking about these consequences for years.

Many adult men deeply resent their most private and nerve-sensitive areas being cut off.  There are men out there who have chosen circumcision (or were told by a doctor that it was required after an injury) after experiencing life with an intact, whole penis.  These men write honestly about their loss and devastation in regards to feeling and climax satisfaction.  Actor-director Ben Affleck is one of these men, having been circumcised at an older age and deeply resenting it.  A glossary of proud intact men can be found here.  There is also a movement towards foreskin restoration to help men revive some of what was taken from them.

Where in the world?

Today, the only countries that routinely practice male circumcision are the United States, South Korea, Philippines, Israel, and some Polynesians and Australians do as well.  In the US, the infant rate is now approximately 36%, which is much lower than 55% just ten years ago and 80% twenty years ago.  However, the rate in European nations (and Canada) are are about 20% and Europeans are aghast at how readily circumcision is still routinely practiced in the US; over there, it is done for religious reasons, particularly still amongst Jews in Europe.  However, an estimated 1/3 of the anti-circumcision (intactivist) movement consists of Jewish people. European nations are even beginning to limit the circumstance allowable for legal male genital cutting, and circumcision has been banned in Sweden.  Male circumcision is most prevalent amongst Jewish and Muslim peoples.  Here is a map breakdown of countries that practice genital mutilation, both male and female.

Sexual abuse

One more interesting point should be noted.  In this country, we have more sexual abuse perpetrated by men than any other country.  It has been argued that a root cause of this may be from the psychological harm caused by male circumcision. (See: Ending circumcision: where sex and violence first meet). The explanation for this is that the first sexual experience for the infant male consists of his foreskin being ripped from his penis (they are molded together, similar to a fingernail to a finger) and then painfully cut from his body.  This is an extremely violent and bloody experience.  The sexual and violent act merge, becoming inter-connected in the psyche of men, and can lead to abuse perpetrated by these men onto others.  I am not arguing this as fact, but it is certainly a well-written and well thought-out argument.

Cherish our sons

Lastly, I must say, I know many men who are circumcised and have a very high-quality of life.  (Obviously), life does not end with circumcision.  All the men close to me — as far as I know — are circumcised, with the exception of my son.  I do not judge their parents for making decisions based on their experience and their knowledge at the time.  I do think that we are capable of cherishing our boys’ sexuality in the same way we cherish our girls’.  I believe their bodies deserve to be treated as sacred and perfect, from conception.  I want to encourage my son to love himself and his body, as it was created by God, from birth, through puberty, and throughout his sexual life.

**Are You Fully Informed? and How to Care for the Intact Penis — from the Peaceful Parenting site: DrMomma.org and 50 Reasons to Leave it Alone.