Vaccines: Keeping it Simple

Vaccines? Quite a complex topic. There are really a lot of “bones” in it. (more than most folks realize.)

But at bottom, really, the main things you need to know are pretty straightforward.

Here are 2 key things to be sure & keep forefront in your mind:

# 1. This. We often hear these days of “outbreaks” or “epidemics” of measles, mumps, chickenpox or whooping cough. This in spite of the fact that vaccine rates are very high. (& indeed, that, almost invariably, those who contracted the illness were fully vaccinated!)

Who gets blamed?

People who were not vaccinated.

Ponder this for just a moment, please. Let it sink in.

It’s kind of straightforward, actually.

******** (I’m giving you a moment or two to ponder it.)

Did you ponder?

If vaccines work … then how come the vaccinated kids got the illness?

& the unvaccinated children/people did not?

You see what I’m saying?

Ponder again, if need be. Take all the time you need.

(It’s actually pretty Orwellian, if you get my drift, the way the un-vaccinated are blamed.)

  ** Look for relevant items below, under ‘The Vaccinated spread illness’

** Look for relevant items below, under ‘The Vaccinated spread illness’

# 2. Asking for vaccine “inserts.” Vaccines (like all pharmaceutical drugs, I gather) are accompanied to the doctors’ (or pharmacists’) office by lengthy information sheets (“monographs” or “inserts”) from the manufacturer, with many paragraphs containing warnings and lists of (some very serious) possible side effects. How can it be that doctors/health professionals don’t offer patients (or parents) a copy of this information BEFORE jabbing a needle into the patient’s arm (or more than one, these days, into her/his tiny infant’s thighs)?

Why, eh?? (This one is likely worth a little pondering time also.)

It’s important! You need to pay attention.

You need to read those inserts/monographs BEFORE those needles go in.

You really, really do.

It’s important.

(Okay, I know I’m repeating myself, but it really, really IS important!)


These two “little” items ought to give you pause.

I did say “Keeping It Simple.


If you want to dig a little deeper (a pretty excellent idea, actually!), & look into:

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  • Deaths from vaccines: Legion! Here are only two cases that spring immediately to mind: the Catone family’s loss of baby Nicholas (in May 2017). Two babies die in Samoa (July 2018) immediately following their MMR shots. (Since vaccine injury reporting systems are so poorly and inconsistently used, no one really knows the true statistics. See VAERS, below)

  • Decrease in disease mortality: related to better public health measures, sanitation, hygiene. Excellent long piece here on this & much else to do with vaccines. (Related item here, also.)

  • DTP (or DTap) vaccine dangers / deaths: another one with too much info to choose among. Take a look at the DTP section in this posting for a whole selection. To make it personal? Make it real? Read about this family’s story.

  • Doctors’ compensation rates for vaccination of their patients: yes, they are well-paid for all these shots. They may even turn you away from their practice if you decline vaccinations for your child.

  Who knows what the payment scheme is in Canada? I don’t. Will add info if/when I find it!

Who knows what the payment scheme is in Canada? I don’t. Will add info if/when I find it!

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  • Increase in vaccine “schedule” following the release from liability (see above). Once Big Pharma got released from having to pay if their products do harm, the # of vaccines being given ramped up, & it continues to ramp. See below. Also, look at this postcard that shows the increases (this one is from Ontario. Other provinces’ schedules are all found here.)

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  • Informed consent: the idea of this is, you should be informed by your medical professional about what the risks are, before you say either “Yes” or “No” to a procedure, e.g. a vaccine. But in order for informed consent to take place, information about risks & possible side effects must be shared BEFORE the procedure. In this case, then, BEFORE the needle goes in. Yet this is not what is occurring. I have heard it suggested (I will try to find the source) that what is occurring is actually not even legal. Note: since “health” professionals are not too forthcoming with information, it is entirely up to you to become informed ahead of time: if you are not told ahead of time of risks/possible side effects, you have not really provided “informed consent,” have you?? Since your consent was in fact NOT informed. (Fat lot of good it does to tell you possible side effects when you have already had the stuff injected into your arm, or your child’s arm or thighs!) So. Read up on risks/possible side effects ahead of time. And know that nobody can say for sure what the synergistic effects are of injecting multiple vaccine concoctions at one time (see ‘Safety’ below). Which is increasingly what has been done, ever since the late 1980s & the release from liability. Quite a gig to not have to pay or explain if you hurt or kill people, eh?? Whoa. Follow the money, hmmmmm???

  • Injury. Vaccine injury is very common indeed. The VAERS reporting system (in the U.S.) is supposed to register/record vaccine injury. But it’s estimated the system records as low as 1% of actual vaccine injuries. (In Canada, the reporting system is inconsistent, ill-used, incoherent. And we have no injury compensation program at all.) See (a U.S.-based site) for a whole section on vaccine injury stories. Vaccine Choice Canada also has injury stories.

  • Legal case for vaccines causing autism: spelled out in Chapter 6 of the new book How to End the Autism Epidemic, by J.B. Handley (book review by me here)

  • Media blackout on truth about autism rates/causation/vaccine safety/efficacy (note: autism rate is up since the time of this item’s publication)

  • Medical error—the third leading cause of death in the US

  • Mercury (thimerosal) in vaccines, mercury in other pharmaceutical products: buyer beware!

  • Pharmaceutical industry as organized crime?

  • Polio (quite a bit of polio info here!)

  • Research site, from A to Z. (This posting ‘Vaccines: Just the Science, Thanks!also has numerous links to scientific research)

  • Safety/lack of safety of multiple vaccines being given at one time

  • Shoddy science (e.g., no proper placebo studies, “healthy user bias”)

  • SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Scroll to S for SIDS in this posting; several items there.

  • Smallpox The story of the city of Leicester. A 1-hour YouTube about smallpox history (note: it’s fascinating!)

  • Snopes as an arbiter of “truth:” Best to read this before you place your trust with them.

  • Supreme Court: the vaccines’ “unavoidably unsafe” decision (2011)

  • Unvaccinated children: healthier than unvaccinated?

  Also    this

Also this

  • Vaccines for pregnant women: watch out! Of interest even to the non-pregnant! (See also this)

  • Vaccine “hesitancy(& also here)

  • Vaccine ingredients

  • Vaccine inserts: Truth hiding in plain sight! (convenient route to all inserts here; get it right from the horse’s mouth!)

  • Vaccine mandates (Vaccines for children ARE NOT mandatory in Canada! Lots on this page in the little box on left-hand side)

  • Vaccine “skeptics”: #1: Everyone should be a skeptic until they’ve done some research! #2: Skeptics are not some weird cult. More on that here. #3: Those who become skeptical usually do so after they’ve been exposed to personal injury. I.e., they trusted vaccination. Got vaccinated. Injury happened. Bingo: a new skeptic is born. (2-minute item on this on Facebook.)

  • VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System): only around 1% of injuries reported

  • Weight of evidence approach: wise folks know not to trust just one source. One study. One person. One “expert.” You look into many studies, many sources before you conclude what the “weight of evidence” is revealing to you. (& don’t forget! Always: #Follow.The.Money. Always, always, always.)

etc. etc. etc.

Well, that is eminently do-able!

The knowledge base is out there.

It exists.

We’re all smart, right?

We can:

  • Be curious; ask questions!

  • Dig into things

  • Do our own research

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& all that.


Can’t we?

Maybe we should.

Maybe we had really better!

(Hint: I sure think so!)


p.s. when I posted this, I had not had time to insert links, as I have now done.

If you check out the posting Vaccines: Miscellany A – Z, you will likely find helpful additional information there.

p.p.s. I am just plain crazy about quotations! For their ability to startle & inspire us.

You will find many quotations about vaccines here. The collection includes many from M.D.s.

& many quotations about science, here (there are some real humdingers!!)

p.p.p.s. here is the full iceberg image. You can likely see now why I chose the iceberg as a bit of a metaphor for the vaccine issue, hmmm? So much more to it than meets the eye…


Appreciation = the magic

** this is a re-post from November 2012. Still utterly relevant & true!

A dear colleague/friend thanked me extravagantly the other day for who I am & what I do. I’m well aware that I’m a person who is much, much blessed. I have a lot of people in my life who love & appreciate me. I have meaningful work I love – & enjoy so much that I do it without pay!

But you see I am paid: I’m paid in appreciation. The work I’ve done for the past 20+ years (environmental activism & writing) is so engaging to me that I’ve done most of it without a paycheque (& yes, thankfully at times there have also been some paying gigs).

But all along the way, I’ve known that my efforts have always been (still are) much appreciated.

I think some sort of little (or actually big!) miracle happened for me along the way. In the wake of a huge personal life disaster 17 years ago, I took up the gratitude habit (being actively grateful for this, that & the other thing; many postings on this blog about that; many are listed here) – & I am regularly actively grateful for much, much indeed and, I am simultaneously much appreciated.

It’s magic! Or it sure seems that way to me…

None of this has anything whatsoever to do with the official “economy.” It operates outside that realm entirely. And as you can see, it’s a rather magical, circular phenomenon, hmmm?

Unfortunately, I do not have a magic wand at my disposal. I cannot make this work in anyone else’s life. You have to create or invoke it in your own life, yourself. It works from the in-side out, not the out-side in. It’s your own creation.

I don’t think it matters at all who you are, or what kind of work you do. For example, a woman just came by where I am sitting (at a coffee shop in a mall, the sort of place I love to hate) – to sweep up some stuff on the floor. And I thought “Yup. She too can do the gratitude thing, & be appreciated for what she does.” It will work for anyone! (If she had looked my way, she would have seen that I was smiling at her; even a smile can make you feel appreciated!)

The process merely requires sincerity & faithfulness. And practice. Lots of practice. Practice makes perfect!

So while I'm going to have to start earning some money soon (new life phase approacheth), I’ll keep right on being grateful, &, I suspect, feeling appreciated.

I sure do wish this magic for all of us on Planet Earth!!


p.s. I've hung around with quite a few teachers in my life. Teachers (in Canada, anyway) are paid a pretty decent salary (well, not compared to bigshots in industry – but let’s face it, some of those dudes are a little overpaid…wouldn’t you say??). I’ve known a couple of teachers really well, & I know they were grateful for their salaries…but also that it felt especially wonderful when a student or colleague let them know they were appreciated. Paycheques are delightful, & they sure do help pay the bills & all that. But they are rather poor at conveying appreciation. We human beings need to feel appreciated. It’s very-very important for our mental health!!

p.p.s. & needed. We want, & need, to be needed. At least I am pretty sure this is true...

‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Albert Clarke, quoted in Speak Peace in a World of Conflict – What You Say Next Will Change Your World, by Marshall B. Rosenberg. (more quotes & postings about gratitude here.).

Runner-up: “We can no longer have everything we want, but we can be more than we ever imagined.” – Howard Jerome, quoted in Life, Money & Illusion – Living on Earth as if we want to stay, by Mike Nickerson [italics added by me, for emphasis]

Red Lentil Soup (& also Carrot Soup)

This is my new favourite soup! Soooo delicious. 🙂

Red Lentil Soup


  • 1 ½ Tbsp. olive oil

  • 1 large onion

  • 3 garlic cloves

  • 1 ¼ tsp cumin

  • ½ tsp tumeric

  • ½ tsp cayenne (1/4 maybe; when I made it full bore, it was too spicy for my taste)

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ½ cup tomatoes, diced (I used canned, since tomatoes at this time of year taste like cardboard)

  • 1 cup dried rinsed red lentils

  • 4 cups water

  • 1 ½ cups vegetable broth

  • 3 carrots, sliced

  • 3 celery ribs, sliced

  • 1 cup spinach, chopped

  • 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped


  1. Saute onion in a soup pot.

  2. Add garlic, cumin, tumeric, cayenne & salt.

  3. Cook for 2 minutes.

  4. Add lentils, water & broth & tomatoes. Bring to a boil.

  5. Reduce heat to medium & simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.

  6. Add carrots & celery. Cook for 5 more minutes (or maybe a bit longer).

  7. Add chopped spinach.

  8. Serve garnished with parsley (or not. Works either way, to be sure)

** Freezes well.

** There are several other soup recipes in the Collections posting, under S for Soup. (They’re all pretty simple & quick. & hearty. & delicious! 🙂🙂)

Carrot Soup

  • 2 – 3 Tbsp. butter or margarine

  • 7 medium carrots, peeled & sliced

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 medium potato, peeled & chopped

  • 1 tsp. dried thyme

  • 5 cups chicken or vegetable broth (I use vegetable bouillon)

  • ½ cup cream or milk

  • Salt & pepper

  • Croutons



1.     Melt butter in saucepan.

2.     Add carrots, onion & potato. Cook, stirring, 10 minutes.

3.     Add stock & cook, covered, until vegetables are tender (about 15 minutes).

4.     Process soup in blender or food processor until smooth.

5.     Return to pot, stir in cream (or milk) & heat through.

6.     Season with salt & pepper.

7.     Serve with croutons (if desired. I never desire this myself, personally.)


Yield: 6 servings