Prevention in Uncertain Times

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I spoke with a woman today who believed that her children have been adversely affected by vaccines and, as such, she has chosen not to vaccinate them further. Her son has autism and her twin daughters have seizures. She reported that she gets her information from Google and was not able to provide any solid proof that her children received their health situations from vaccines. 

A cigarette dropped from her person. I asked her how long she'd been smoking. She stated she started at age 12 as she pulled out and lit up a cigarette in front of me with her margarita near by. I asked her if she thought that any other factors may have contributed to her children's health. She paused a moment then went right back to claiming it was the vaccinations that caused the issues and that the CDC is "controlling us". She stated that I have been essentially brainwashed into believing as I do because I "work for them". I informed her that I don't work for anybody at the moment, thank's to the Coronovirus crisis pandemic, and that my 25 years as a registered nurse and medical and scientific studies have provided no proof, not even one case, that autism is caused from vaccines. We agreed to each have our own opinions, respectfully, and we parted amicably. Before I left, however, she wanted to shake my hand and give me a hug. Both of which I respectfully declined in light of the Coronavirus social distancing recommendations. As I left, I reminded her that I choose to PREVENT!....So it doesn't happen to me. (

I share this story to make the point that there is a great deal of misinformation out there and a great amount of denial when it comes to how a person's own actions and behaviors could potentially be contributing to the situations they are experiencing. Disclaimer: I am not blaming this woman for her children's health issues nor claiming that it is her cigarette use and use of alcoholic beverages that caused them. I am merely pointing out that there may have been other contributing factors that were going on at the time her children were conceived or when they were young and that she may have associated the vaccine timing with when she noticed symptoms.

                                         Do vaccines cause autism?

As a nurse, I do not believe so and there is a plethora of documentation to back that up. However, I am not here to push peoples' buttons or claim to be all knowing. Each person has a right to their own beliefs. As Voltaire is credited for saying, "I disapprove of what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it".

                                       Does Social Distancing Work?

I choose to take my chances and error on the side of caution. There is much communication currently about the legalities and constitutionality of local and state governments ordering businesses to close and citizens to stay home. There are those that choose to exercise their right to state that their freedom is being violated. For me, this is a time where I am not so much concerned about the legality or constitutionality of such measures as the social responsibility of them. I will gladly follow CDC recommendations or that of a local or state government so as not to potentially endanger a less healthy fellow citizen or cause undue risk to myself or my family. I guess we all have to make that decision for ourselves. However, I am always diligent in keeping a watchful eye on the outreach (or overreach) of the elected officials in our governments.

In this time where so many seem to be out looking for a fight or a way to criticize the actions of others, I choose to listen to the media but research for myself instead of blindly believing everything I hear. As a nurse for 25 years, I can say there there is a real risk with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). There are some simple safety measures we all can take to help protect ourselves and others.

                                   Does Hand Sanitizer Really Protect Us?

Hand sanitizer is an effective, short term option in the absence of soap and water. However, it is not effective against Norovirus, Salmonella, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) or E. Coli. Additionally, although it is effective in killing many bacteria and germs, it does not remove them from the surface of your hands. Only soap and water with friction (rubbing hands together vigorously) can remove the germs and truly clean your hands. So, yes, hand sanitizer can protect us from some contaminants but it is not the end all when it comes to infection prevention. There is still no substitute for quality hand washing, as basic and simple as it is. 

                                   Avoid Spreading Germs by Sneezing and Coughing.

When sneezing or coughing, it is encouraged to not do so into the air as tiny, often unseen, droplets land on other surfaces from 19ft to 26 ft away! Surprisingly, a sneeze can travel at speeds of up to 100 mph. Different germs can last on surfaces for varying lengths of time, anywhere from 30 minutes to 30 days, or in some cases, even longer.

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A cough can travel 6ft to 8ft. 

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If you do need to sneeze or cough, protect others by coughing into a tissue, the crook of the bend of your elbow or even inside our shirt or jacket. Then be sure  wash your hands with soap and water, using friction as you rub them together for at least 20 seconds. Try to get out of the way and/or turn your back if you see somebody getting ready to sneeze or cough in your direction. Then, again, wash your hands. These simple measures will help prevent the spread of germs and are truly the best and most effective measures we have. 

Additionally, people who are healthy are better equipped to fight off illness. Be sure to eat healthy such as fruits and vegetables, get plenty of quality sleep, hydrate and exercise. Stay home if you are feeling sick, are vomiting, have diarrhea and/or have a fever of 100.5 or greater. This is a general rule always and not just during the Coronaviris pandemic. You will need to be fever free for 24 hours, without having used fever reducing medication during that time, before you can return to normal activities and/or be around others.

These measures really do make a difference. Prevention is all of or responsibility. We have to ensure our own health but not carelessly put others at risk either. 

Remember, PREVENT!....So It Doesn't Happen To You!

As an added resource, I have provide a link to The Lost Book of Remedies. This is a very informative video with great information from herbalist Dr. Nicole Apelian. I encourage you to check it out.

Until my next post and always, stay safe and PREVENT!.....So it doesn't happen to you! 


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  • Betsy Bykerk on

    Very interesting! Thank you.

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