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For hundreds of years, various cultures have used plants to help alleviate symptoms of different illnesses that people are experiencing. One prime example of a plant that has consistently remained in use is witch hazel. Originally utilized by Native Americans, this plant has gained a reputation for helping soothe pain in various situations.
What Is Witch Hazel?
Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is a shrub that can grow up to 5 meters (16.4 feet) tall and 5 meters wide.1 The name is believed to be derived from the Middle English words “wicke,” which means lively, or “wych,” an old Anglo-Saxon word for bend.2
One of the defining characteristics of witch hazel is its long flowering periods, which can last between four and six weeks. The blooms have long, spidery petals that emit a spicy fragrance, and the color can range from yellow to orange or red, and even purple.3
In addition, witch hazel has long been a part of traditional medicine among Native Americans. In the next section, you can learn about the various ways this plant is used, and how you can use witch hazel to your own advantage.
Potential Benefits of the Witch Hazel Plant
Witch hazel has been used by Native Americans in various ways throughout history. The Osage, for example, applied witch hazel bark on their skin to help ease skin ulcers and sores. The Potawatomi, on the other hand, steamed the twigs over hot rocks to help with sore muscles.4
That being said, currently there’s little evidence to support the effectiveness of these treatments. However, actual studies performed with the plant have indicated that witch hazel may be good for conditions such as:5
Acne — Tannins found in witch hazel have astringent properties6 that may help treat acne.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) — CVI is a condition wherein the venous wall in the leg veins do not function properly, thus impeding blood from returning to the heart.7 In this regard, witch hazel may help due to its tannin content that may help soothe inflammation.8
Dermatitis— A 2013 study from Advances in Dermatology and Allergology stated that applying witch hazel extract on the area affected with dermatitis may help reduce inflammation.9
Overall skin health — A study published in Chemical Research in Toxicology suggests that the various compounds found in witch hazel work together to help fight free radicals that may damage your skin. Researchers noted that the plant was even able to help inhibit the growth of SK-Mel 28 melanoma cells.10
Witch Hazel Side Effects To Be Aware Of
Witch hazel products (natural or otherwise) are generally safe to use as long as instructions are followed carefully. Be sure to visit a doctor first and discuss your intention of using witch hazel. If you develop any form of allergic reaction, such as rashes, itching, swelling, breathing problems and dizziness, stop using witch hazel immediately and return to your doctor for treatment.11
Growing and Storing Witch Hazel at Home
Growing your own witch hazel at home ensures that you have a fresh supply of the plant whenever you need it. Fortunately, it’s quite easy to grow, so even inexperienced gardeners can gain practical experience in this hobby.
Start by making sure your garden has enough space, because a fully mature witch hazel shrub can grow very tall and wide. Witch hazel can grow in different types of soil, but to produce the best blooms, moist soil is preferred.12 In addition, make sure that the pH level of the soil is acidic to neutral (4.5 to 6.5).13
When watering the shrub, only do so during dry periods.14 However, be aware that witch hazel will take time to grow — a fully mature shrub will take around six years when grown from seed.15 Even better, the plant is not bothered by serious pests or diseases.16
When harvesting witch hazel, simply strip the plant’s twigs in small patches just as the leaves are sprouting during early spring. Afterward, spread them out, then strip the bark once fully dry. The strips can be stored in a container for later use if you plan to make witch hazel water.17
Make Your Own Witch Hazel Water
Witch hazel is known for its anti-inflammatory components that may help with various topical issues such as acne, sunburns, insect bites and hemorrhoids. However, you can’t just apply the plant directly on your skin. You will have to make a homemade decoction to fully utilize witch hazel’s beneficial compounds. Follow this procedure to make a water decoction that will suit a variety of situations:18
Prune a handful of twigs and small branches from your witch hazel shrub.
Peel and scrape the twigs, then cut them into small pieces.
Place the chopped twigs and bark into a pot, then cover the contents with water.
Bring the pot to a boil, then cover it, reduce heat and simmer for at least half an hour.
Allow to cool overnight, then strain into a glass jar.
Refrigerate and use within a few days.
The Various Uses of Witch Hazel
Once you have your witch hazel water, you can apply it in several ways. The Healthy Home Economist recommends these applications, which clinical studies have shown to be helpful:19
Dab it on acne— The water may help dry up and act as an astringent20 to clear blemishes by reducing inflammation.
Use it for hemorrhoids— Witch hazel has vasoconstrictive properties21 that may help soothe hemorrhoids and act as an astringent to stop them from bleeding.
Relieve varicose veins — Wrapping a cloth soaked with witch hazel water in the affected leg may help reduce pain caused by varicose veins. Also, some studies have shown that, when taken orally, witch hazel may improve capillary flow and vascular tone.22
Ease painful sunburn — Applying witch hazel on sunburns23 may help minimize peeling and the associated pain.
Other ways to maximize your witch hazel decoction is by applying it on minor wounds and cuts to help speed up healing. This is also the same reason why the herb is added to aftershave lotions.24 The anti-inflammatory qualities of witch hazel may also help ease hemorrhoidal, anal and vaginal itching.25
If You Have the Patience, Grow Your Own Witch Hazel
As mentioned earlier, growing witch hazel is easy, but it can take years before your plant can fully mature. Aside from having a natural source for your witch hazel water decoction, you will also have a beautiful plant that can add color and brighten up the atmosphere in your garden.
Frequently Asked Questions About Witch Hazel
Q: Where can you buy witch hazel?
A: Witch hazel products can be conveniently purchased at the store or online. However, it’s preferable to grow your own witch hazel plant. If you don’t have the resources to do so, make sure that the product you’re purchasing comes from a reputable manufacturer.
Q: How can you use witch hazel?
A: You can make a remedy by boiling witch hazel twigs and bark in water. This decoction can be applied topically to help eliminate acne, ease varicose veins or relieve sunburn. Do not use witch hazel orally without first checking with your health care provider; before using it topically, do a skin-patch test to make sure you are not allergic to it.
Q: What is witch hazel good for?
A: Witch hazel may be helpful with inflammation-related conditions such as acne, chronic venous insufficiency and dermatitis.26
Q: Does witch hazel help with acne?
A: Yes.Published data suggests that witch hazel may be useful against acne due to its tannin content.27
Protection of the human right to exercise informed consent to vaccination continues to be a topic that is of great concern for many people in America.
In a 2018 Annual Report on U.S. State Vaccine Legislation, the nonprofit charity National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) reports that during this year’s legislative session, no state eliminated or restricted existing medical, religious and conscientious or philosophical exemptions for day care or school attendance.
This is the third year in a row that state legislatures have rejected the efforts of vaccine industry lobbyists to persuade more state governments to do what California did in 2015 and eliminate the legal right of citizens to exercise freedom of thought, conscience and informed consent when making vaccine decisions for themselves and their children.
What Is the National Vaccine Information Center?
Working to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths through public education since 1982, NVIC is the largest and oldest U.S. charity disseminating information about diseases, vaccines and informed consent to vaccination.
NVIC provides well-referenced, accurate information to the public about vaccination and health but does not make vaccine use recommendations. In 2010, NVIC launched the NVIC Advocacy Portal (NVICAP), a free online vaccine choice advocacy network, for the purpose of securing and defending informed consent protections in state vaccine policies and laws.
NVIC works alongside and shares legislative information with many health freedom groups that support NVIC’s more than three-decade call for the protection of vaccine informed consent rights in America. The NVIC Advocacy Portal team, including key NVIC Advocacy directors in many states, works with families and enlightened health care professionals to educate legislators and protect vaccine informed consent rights.
During the 2018 legislative session, NVIC analyzed, tracked and issued positions on 143 vaccine related bills in 36 states through the NVICAP.1
If you live in one of the following 36 states, your state had one or more of the 143 vaccine bills being considered in the 2018 legislative session and tracked by NVIC: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Bills referenced in this report are published on the NVICAP, where registered users can obtain a more detailed bill analysis, including current status, NVIC’s position on the bill and recommended action.
Highlights from 2018
There were three significant positive takeaway points from the outcome of the 2018 legislative session:
No state lost or restricted existing vaccine exemptions for school, day care or other statewide requirements
Of the 82 vaccine-related bills that NVIC opposed, only 17 bills passed. Of the 17 bills that did pass, only four bills had elements that NVIC targeted for strong opposition
The 2018 legislative session featured more proposed vaccine-related bills worthy of support (47) than any session since the launching of NVIC’s Advocacy Portal in 2010
There were three states with 10 or more bills filed this session. Oklahoma set the record with 13 bills, but they all died. Minnesota had 10 bills filed that all died.
New York also had 10 bills filed and only one bad bill passed (A 9507), which allows pharmacists to give flu shots to young children 2 years and older and compels pharmacists administering vaccines to children to not only report and track the shots they administer, but to track vaccine refusals as well.
The three other bills passed that NVIC strongly opposed: a meningitis vaccine mandate in Louisiana (HB 176) and Maine (LD 1664), and a bill in Alabama (HB 76), which requires religiously-affiliated private day cares and preschools to give the Department of Human Services vaccine records on request.
The remaining 13 bills that NVIC opposed fall into the category of required vaccine marketing and promotion. The vaccine-related bills that either passed or were defeated in states during the 2018 legislative session are broken out and described below by category.
2018 Bill Analysis by Category
The four main areas that NVIC focuses on when tracking proposed bills are: (1) vaccine exemptions and informed consent rights; (2) vaccine mandates; (3) vaccine tracking and reporting; and (4) vaccines in general.
Some bills may be included in multiple categories. For example, a proposed bill attempting to mandate a vaccine may also have a requirement for vaccine tracking, so it would be counted in both categories but only counted once in the total bill count.
The breakout and analysis of bills in these different categories identifies trends across the states and serves as a guide if you want to become active by joining the NVIC Advocacy Portal (NVICAP) and educating your state legislators and community in 2019 about why it is so important to protect vaccine informed consent rights.
Vaccine Exemptions and Informed Consent (61 Bills)
The majority of the 61 vaccine-related bills filed in state legislatures in 2018 had components that affected vaccine exemptions and informed consent rights. NVIC opposed 20 of the proposed bills, supported 37 and “watched” four of them.
This is a huge improvement from 2017, when NVIC tracked 81 bills, opposed 42 and supported 39 bills. This shift can be directly credited to positive action taken by forward thinking state legislators, who were given fact-based information about vaccination and diseases by concerned citizens who took the time to make one-on-one personal contact with their elected representatives.
The NVIC Advocacy team provides referenced, accurate vaccine information and talking points for NVICAP users to background legislators. Some of the position statements NVIC posted on the Advocacy Portal in 2018 were listed as bills to “watch” because our analysis indicated they contained sections that could be vulnerable to amendments that would conflict with NVIC’s mission.
Eliminating or Restricting Vaccine Exemptions
Vaccine choice advocates successfully held the line on protecting vaccine exemptions in 2018 and no state legislature repealed or restricted existing school, day care or statewide vaccine exemptions.
Only three bills and one resolution spanning two states proposed to eliminate vaccine exemptions, and these attempts failed. In Minnesota, two bills that tried to eliminate conscientious vaccine exemptions (SF 3977 and HF 4406) failed to secure even a single hearing.
The same thing happened in Oklahoma, where a bill (SB 1123) that would have eliminated all exemptions to vaccination except for limited medical reasons, along with a resolution (SJR 57), which would have placed the elimination of all nonmedical exemptions on the next general election ballot, were both rejected.
Minnesota HF 96 and SF 143 would have required parents to get a physician to sign off on the conscientious belief exemption and would have replaced the language “conscientious belief” with “personal belief,” but both of these bills died.
(Government health officials do not like vaccine exemption language that includes the words “religious” or “conscientious” because freedom of religion and freedom of conscience are defined as human rights.)
At the time this report was written (September 8, 2018), there were two bills still pending in Ohio and New Jersey that would restrict vaccine exemptions. A bill in Ohio (HB 559) proposed to mandate that parents use a state form to file a vaccine exemption for their child, which requires the signature of a health care provider, and two bills in New Jersey (A 3818 and S 2173) proposed to restrict religious belief exemptions to vaccination.
New Jersey families supporting the legal right to take a religious vaccine exemption will need to watch these bills closely and be ready to immediately take action to oppose them in order to protect that right. NVICAP is watching those bills and will post new information on the status of those bills as it becomes available.
It is critical that vaccine choice advocates residing in states that currently have philosophical or conscientious vaccine exemptions be aware that NVIC predicts there will be renewed unjustified attacks on those exemptions by the vaccine industry and medical trade associations next year.
Now is the time to educate your legislators through the end of this year and early next year so you can be ready to counter bills that will restrict or eliminate those exemptions. Recently, certain states have been heavily targeted for criticism by the mainstream media and forced vaccination proponents for allowing philosophical or conscientious vaccine exemptions, including Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah.2
Exemption Disclosure and School Shaming
One way vaccine industry lobbyists place disruptive pressure on schools allowing students to enroll with vaccine exemptions is to lobby for legislation that requires individual schools to publish vaccine exemption rates and post that information online.
These bills are promoted under the guise of educating parents, but they are really about government-sponsored shaming that pits school against school and parent against parent for the purpose of marginalizing and increasing peer pressure on families whose children have vaccine exemptions.
Fortunately, there were only three school shaming bills filed this session with two in New York (A 3912 and S 2955) and one in Arizona (SB 1358), and none of these passed. This is a big improvement compared to the 11 school shaming bills filed in 2017.
Children Vaccinating Themselves?
A very troubling area of proposed legislative changes are bills that allow minor children to be vaccinated without the knowledge or informed consent of their parents.
A child is less likely than an adult parent to understand their personal and family medical history, including a history of vaccine reactions, allergies and autoimmune or neurological disorders. Minor children do not have the same kind of critical thinking skills or emotional maturity required to make a vaccine benefit-risk decision, compared to an adult.
In addition, if a child receives a vaccination without a parent’s knowledge or informed consent and experiences a vaccine reaction, a parent might not recognize the potential cause of their child’s sudden decline in health. This lack of knowledge by parents could be life threatening for the child.
The Minnesota legislature saw four bills introduced that would have allowed minor children to consent to HPV vaccinations without their parents’ knowledge or approval and none of them even garnered enough support among legislators to schedule a hearing.
A child vaccine consent bill, which covered the HPV vaccine and vaccines for other sexually transmitted diseases, was introduced in Connecticut but failed to move out of committee.
New Hampshire went even further with another unsuccessful child consent bill that proposed granting permission to minor teens aged 16 and older to agree to all medical procedures, including for vaccinations, without parental knowledge or consent.
Expanding Vaccine Exemptions and Informed Consent
Hard working vaccine and health freedom advocates and open minded legislators came together to introduce 16 bills filed in eight states to expand vaccine exemptions and protect informed consent rights.
Legislators in Hawaii, Mississippi, Rhode Island and West Virginia introduced bills to add philosophical or conscientious belief exemptions. Mississippi and West Virginia legislators proposed bills to add religious exemptions to vaccine laws that currently only allow a narrow medical exemption, while New York considered a bill to streamline and simplify the obtaining of a religious exemption. None of these bills passed this session.
Regarding adult employees, Illinois successfully passed a religious exemption (HB 2984) for annual flu vaccination requirements for health care workers. Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and West Virginia had bills filed adding exemptions for other adult employees, but none of them passed.
Expanding vaccine informed consent rights is an area that 10 states took on during 2018. Although none of these bills passed (Pennsylvania is still pending), bills to obtain informed consent prior to vaccination were introduced in Hawaii, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Rhode Island, and bills that would require disclosure of vaccine exemptions were introduced in Indiana and Pennsylvania.
These are examples of bills protecting informed consent rights that more legislators have been receptive to filing in state legislatures.
Oklahoma broke important ground this session taking a stand for parental rights. A bill was filed (SB 1432) to remove the ability of the Department of Human Services to vaccinate children in protective custody and another bill (SB 1433) was filed to clarify that refusing to vaccinate or delaying vaccination is not child abuse.
While these bills did not pass, reining in state child protective services offices attempting to criminalize voluntary vaccine decision making and override parental rights is another area state legislators have expressed an interested in addressing with proactive legislation.
Since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) came out squarely against conscientious and religious vaccine exemptions in 2016,3 more families have experienced their children being “fired” from pediatric practices if parents decline to give their children every one of the 69 doses of 16 federally recommended vaccines on a vaccine schedule endorsed by the CDC and AAP.4
In two states, legislators introduced bills that addressed this kind of physician discrimination and withholding of medical care from different perspectives, although neither of the bills passed. In Missouri, a bill (HB 1560) was proposed to prohibit discrimination against children by preventing doctors from expelling patients based on vaccination status.
In Oklahoma, a bill (HB 3444) was introduced prohibiting health insurance companies from (1) requiring the administration of vaccines; (2) penalizing doctors for not administering vaccines, or (3) providing financial incentives to physicians to issue a vaccination protocol.
Threats and outright denial of health care by physicians based on a patient’s vaccination status is a growing problem in America, and a number of state legislators are justifiably concerned about it and have become more open to considering bills to prohibit such abusive practices.
NVIC encourages families to educate their legislators about harassment and discriminatory practices by physicians and to share personal experiences related to threats and sanctions by physicians — or anyone else — for exercising vaccine informed consent rights by posting on NVIC’s Cry For Vaccine Freedom Wall.
Vaccine Mandates (30 Bills)
In 2018, of 19 bills that proposed to expand and add new vaccine mandates, only bills adding a meningitis vaccine mandate for 11th-graders attending school in Louisiana (HB 176) and a legislative rule review bill (LD 1664) approving a health department rule requiring meningitis vaccinations in Maine for seventh and 12th grade students were passed. Bills to mandate meningitis vaccinations for school students failed in Kansas, Oregon and Virginia.
An HPV vaccine mandate in Florida (HB 1343 and SB 1558) was defeated after significant vocal opposition. Hawaii, Missouri and West Virginia all failed to pass bills mandating more vaccines for various health care workers.
In Arizona, a bill (SB 1383) attempting to repeal the legal protection clarifying that foster parents are not required to vaccinate their natural or adoptive children as a condition of foster home licensure was defeated.
This was the same as SB 1268 from 2017 that failed to move forward as well. We are grateful that Arizona legislators have consistently upheld the rights of parents to make informed vaccination decisions for their own children while they are helping to provide temporary homes for foster children.
New Jersey has bills (A 3587 and S 634) still pending that would mandate more vaccines for health care workers and health care vendors (A 2397), as well as mandate meningitis vaccinations for college students (A 1991 and S 941), and HPV vaccinations for students sixth through 12th grade (A 1847). NVIC opposes all of these bills and will continue to post information about their movement on the NVICAP.
NVIC supported seven bills in five states that would have restricted vaccine mandates. Bills were introduced in Missouri, Mississippi and New Hampshire to eliminate Hepatitis B vaccine mandates, but none passed.
Bills in both Michigan (HB 5162 and HB 5163) and Oklahoma (HB 2623) sought to return the power to add new vaccines to the mandated schedule back to a vote by the legislature instead of continuing to allow state health department officials to add new vaccine mandates through an administrative rule making process. The Oklahoma bill died, and Michigan HB 5162 and HB 5163 have not seen action since hearings at the end of 2017.
Vaccine Tracking and Reporting (22 Bills)
Forced inclusion and OPT-OUT electronic vaccine tracking registries and enforcement systems continue to threaten the medical privacy of citizens and the legal right to delay or decline one or more federally recommended vaccines without harassment or punishment.
The 2018 legislative session included 22 bills in this category that NVICAP posted and tracked. This included six bills proposed in three states to expand government operated childhood vaccine tracking databases to also require the vaccination status of adults to be tracked.
Florida, the third most populous state, saw multiple bills (CS/CS/HB 1045, CS/CS/HB 1047, and CS/CS/SB 1680) introduced proposing to legally require the vaccination status of every state resident to be stored and tracked in Florida’s government-run electronic vaccine tracking registry for the purpose of reaching a 100 percent vaccine compliance rate by all children and adults.
Requiring doctors to automatically upload the vaccine status of their patients into the state vaccine tracking system without securing their expressed OPT-IN informed consent of the person violates Section 23 of the Florida Constitution, which guarantees Florida residents the right of privacy: “Every natural person has the right to be let alone and free from governmental intrusion into the person’s private life except as otherwise provided herein.”5
Medical privacy and vaccine choice advocates worked together in Florida to educate legislators about the intrusive nature of these vaccine tracking bills. Although none of these bills ultimately passed during the 2018 legislative session, Florida residents need to be ready next year during the 2019 session to continue to educate legislators about the importance of protecting medical privacy and vaccine informed consent rights in Florida.
In Kansas, a bill (HB 2121) was introduced that would have required all vaccines administered in the state to be entered into the state’s electronic vaccine tracking system. Two bills (H 7882 and S 2530A) introduced in Rhode Island would have expanded the state’s vaccine tracking registry to include all adults.
NVIC opposed all of these bills because they didn’t require an adult’s OPT-IN written informed consent prior to being included in the vaccine tracking system. Fortunately, none of these bills passed.
Medical privacy and informed consent rights of Nebraska residents were protected when a resolution, which proposed to conduct an interim study on mandating the reporting of the vaccination status of all children and adults to the state’s electronic vaccine tracking registry, failed to pass.
Pharmacists in Hawaii, who are already administering vaccines, were unsuccessfully targeted by a bill (HB 1950) that would have required them to report all vaccines given to the Hawaii Immunization Registry.
In Massachusetts, unsuccessful bills (H 3224 and S 1219) were introduced to expand the scope of the state’s vaccine tracking system to include vision screening and, in New York, bills (A3899A and S3941) proposed to make the blood lead levels of children already inappropriately stored in the vaccine registry available to schools.
The stated purpose of the New York bills, which was to provide children with “appropriate educational services,” is a fallacy. There is no blood test that can accurately determine a child’s educational needs.
The New York legislature did, however, pass a bill (A 9507) that not only authorizes pharmacists to give children as young as 2 years old annual flu shots, but mandates the reporting and recording of the administration of the vaccine as well as vaccine refusals to the state’s electronic vaccine tracking registry.
The passage of this bill will make it very difficult for families in New York City to enroll their children in day care and preschool without annual influenza vaccinations. Just two months after the passage of A 9507, a 2013 rule invoked by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene requiring annual flu shots for preschoolers was upheld by the New York Court of Appeals.6
In Vermont, a bill (H 247) was introduced and supported by NVIC that would have required the Department of Health to submit vaccine adverse reaction reports to the General Assembly. The bill did not pass.
Vaccines (37 Bills) Authorizing Pharmacists to Administer More Vaccines
More states continue to authorize pharmacists to expand services to include the administration of vaccines to younger and younger children. In 2018, Missouri passed bills (SB 776 and SB 826) that now allow pharmacists to give all CDC recommended vaccines to children 7 years and older, and New York passed a bill (A 9507) that now allows pharmacists to give influenza vaccinations to children as young as 2 years old.
Requiring Vaccine Promotion/Marketing
The overall single most active category in expansion of vaccine-related state legislation so far this year has been bills proposing to legally require the marketing and promotion of specific vaccines. Unlike legal requirements to be vaccinated, these mandates require either public or private businesses to advertise and promote vaccine use.
During this year’s legislative session, the vaccine to receive the most state-backed legislative support for active marketing and promotion by schools and medical and residential facilities has been influenza vaccine.
This is the same underperforming vaccine that CDC officials themselves admit has one of the worst vaccine effectiveness outcomes on record: 36 percent effectiveness for the 2016/2017 flu season and ranging between a dismal 10 percent and 60 percent effectiveness over the last 14 years.7
Perhaps the vaccine industry is trying to combat the well-earned negative impression of the flu vaccine’s poor performance by lobbying for bills aimed at marketing and promoting use of the vaccine by children and adults.
In 2018, bills were passed that now require day care facilities in Alabama, schools in Illinois and Louisiana, hospitals in Rhode Island, and long-term and residential care facilities in Delaware and Indiana to promote annual influenza vaccinations. Similar bills to push flu vaccines in Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri and Oklahoma all failed.
Fortunately, Florida and Maryland legislators were smart enough to reject bills requiring schools to promote student use of the highly reactive HPV vaccine,8 but a bill passed in Illinois that targets boys for HPV vaccine promotion programs.
One of the more controversial attempts to market vaccines at taxpayer expense occurred in New York this year, when a bill proposing to grant a tax exemption for dependents fully vaccinated according to state health department recommendations was defeated.
A new legislative twist to save vaccine manufacturers from having to spend as much of their own money on advertising came up this legislative session when multiple resolutions targeting adults for shingles vaccination were passed in a number of states.
The CDC admits that shingles (herpes zoster) is increasing among adults in the United States.9 Some research suggests that the chickenpox (varicella zoster) vaccine licensed in 1995 and mandated in most states for children to attend school may have contributed to the increase in reported cases of shingles in older children and adults.10
This raises the question of whether the vaccine industry has been behind an orchestrated effort to get states to market shingles vaccine since so many resolutions were filed and passed in state legislatures in 2018.
The following 13 states filed resolutions to “encourage” shingles vaccinations or to declare certain months as shingles “awareness” or “improvement” months: Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
The only two states that did not pass a filed shingles vaccine resolution were Wisconsin and New Jersey (still in session at the time this report was prepared).
Even Congress has jumped into the vaccine promotion resolution game to increase shingles vaccination uptake by adults. A federal bill (HR 4297), known as the Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act of 2017, was filed in November last year, but it hasn’t moved yet.
Three more vaccine promotion resolutions were filed and passed in California (SR 120), Kentucky (HR 278) and New York (AR 1403) aimed at increasing adult vaccination rates with all vaccines the CDC recommends for adults (seasonal influenza, Tdap, Td, shingles, HPV, pneumococcal).
While resolutions passed by state legislatures are different from bills that are passed because they don’t carry the force of law, these vaccine promotion resolutions still cost taxpayers money in terms of state resources devoted to the legislative process and for employees in state agencies to implement the resolution by creating ways to promote the message contained in the resolution.
These vaccine promotion messages tend to adopt a one-size-fits-all approach and rarely do vaccine marketing materials contain information about vaccine risks or how to prevent vaccine injuries.
Comparing Recent Sessions to 2018
The 143 bills filed in state legislatures in 2018 represent a sharp decline in vaccine-related legislation compared to the 184 bills filed in 2017; however, it is still above the average of 135 bills filed per year when looking at the total number of state bills filed between 2014 and 2017 as reported in NVIC’s in-depth analysis, State Vaccine Legislation in America 2015-2017.
The number of states proposing bills that affected NVIC’s mission has declined as well since last year, from 42 to 36 states.
Some of the decline in numbers of vaccine-related bills filed can be attributed to four states: Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Texas. These state legislatures meet biannually to consider new bills and do not hold a legislative session in even years.11
In 2017, 26 of the 184 bills filed were in Montana (2), Nevada (1) and Texas (23). If this trend continues, we should expect to see more vaccine-related bills introduced in 2019 than we have ever seen since the NVICAP was launched in 2010.
There were more positive bills filed in 2018 to expand vaccine informed consent rights, to restrict addition of new vaccine mandates and to restrict automatic inclusion of children and adults in electronic vaccine tracking systems than were introduced in 2017.
There were also fewer bills that NVIC opposed this legislative session compared to 2017, such as bills proposing to eliminate or restrict vaccine exemptions, to increase vaccine tracking or to add new vaccines to school mandates, all of which had been steadily increasing before this year.
Enlightened legislators not only are listening to concerned constituents in greater numbers, but are resisting aggressive lobbying efforts by the vaccine industry to force the purchase and use of every vaccine produced by pharmaceutical companies and recommended by public health officials.
Slowly but surely as a result of many years of hard work, grassroots vaccine education and informed consent advocacy in the U.S. is achieving tangible results. It is a trend that the vaccine industry pushing for more oppressive forced vaccination legislation does not want to continue.
It may help explain why there has been a recent increase in biased media articles12 and newspaper OpEds13 that minimize or deny very real vaccine risks14 and attack vaccine exemptions, while marginalizing families and trying to delegitimize vaccine exemptions.15
What Can You Do?
NVIC expects that the vaccine industry will step up lobbying efforts and that there will be many more vaccine-related bills filed in the states in 2019. Please become a registered user of the NVIC Advocacy Portal and check in often to learn about ways to personally educate your legislators when vaccine bills that affect your rights are moving in your state. Please encourage your family and all of your friends to do the same.
Clearly, your efforts are making a much more significant difference than the media and those pushing “no exceptions” forced vaccination policies and laws are willing to admit, and your active participation is vital to protecting informed consent rights and vaccine choices in America.
Yes, the challenges are great, but so are the opportunities to educate and empower legislators and residents of every state to defend vaccine freedom of choice. NVIC is committed to continuing to make that happen and we look forward to working with you through the NVIC Advocacy Portal to help you protect vaccine informed consent rights in your state in 2019.
An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea,1 the most common type being obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which causes the airway to become blocked during sleep, leading to reduced or blocked airflow.
Up to 80 percent of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea cases are undiagnosed, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), which presents a dangerous scenario because, left untreated, the condition increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke and other heart problems.2
OSA is also associated with obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, conditions also linked with gout, a form of arthritis. Now, research published in Arthritis & Rheumatology also suggests that the two conditions — gout and OSA — may be connected, with OSA increasing the risk of gout considerably.3
People With Obstructive Sleep Apnea at Greater Risk of Gout
The study involved nearly 16,000 patients with OSA, and another 63,000 without, who were followed for about six years. Nearly 5 percent of those with OSA developed gout during the study period compared to 2.6 percent of those without.
Gout is a painful condition that causes swelling and tenderness in the joints. It’s caused by an accumulation of urate crystals in your joints. The crystals may form due to high levels of uric acid in your body, which are formed when your body breaks down purines. Purines are found in food and are also produced naturally in your body.
Uric acid is typically dissolved and passed through your urine for elimination, but if a buildup occurs, sharp urate crystals may form, leading to pain and inflammation associated with gout.4 It’s unclear why OSA may increase the risk of gout, but it’s known that a reduced oxygen supply during sleep, as occurs during apnea, may increase your body’s production of uric acid.5
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a special type of sleeping mask prescribed for severe sleep apnea that mechanically restores your breathing by using air pressure to open your airway. “It’s possible that people who use CPAP could reduce the risk or severity of gout,” the study’s lead author said.6
The Connections Between Sleep Apnea and Gout
It’s interesting to note that gout attacks — which often wake up sufferers from a sound sleep with intense pain and burning in their big toe — are 2.4 times more likely to occur at night than during the day.7Sleep apnea may be one explanation for this phenomenon.
In addition, past studies have found up to 50 percent of patients with sleep apnea may have hyperuricemia, or an excess of uric acid in the blood, “and therefore sleep apnea could predispose individuals to gout attacks,” researchers wrote in a 2015 study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology.8
That study found patients with sleep apnea had a 50 percent higher risk of gout compared with people without gout (but who were at very high risk of developing it). It’s also been suggested that patients with gout should be screened for sleep apnea, as it often goes undiagnosed and gout could be a red flag indicating the potential presence of the condition.
This is true even in people who are not overweight, as 30 percent of those with sleep apnea and gout are normal weight. A letter to the editor published in The Medscape Journal of Medicine added:
“Screening patients with gout for sleep apnea is an important tool for treating their gout, even if they are not overweight.
Using their gout as an indicator leading to diagnosis and treatment, if warranted, of the sleep apnea not only may prevent further gout flares, but more importantly will greatly lower their risks for the very serious — even life-threatening — cardiovascular, neurologic, and metabolic consequences of sleep apnea.
The lifestyle focus for treating gout needs to consider not only how the patient eats or drinks, but also how the patient sleeps.”
Eating the Right Diet May Help Both Sleep Apnea and Gout
While gout is a condition often associated with diet, fewer people are aware that sleep apnea may also be influenced by what you eat. In fact, processed foods, which tend to acidify your blood, will make you breathe heavier and can lead to chronic overbreathing.
The reason for this is because carbon dioxide, which is in your blood, helps regulate pH. Besides water, raw fruits and vegetables have the least impact on your breathing, followed by cooked vegetables. Processed, high-protein and high-grain meals have the greatest adverse effect on the way you breathe.
Processed foods are also better off avoided to prevent and treat gout, especially those containing high-fructose corn syrup. High-fructose corn syrup increases your uric acid levels,9 with research showing consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks and fructose is strongly associated with an increased risk of gout in men.10 Even fructose-rich fruits and fruit juices may increase gout risk.
Further, refined fructose essentially “programs” your body to consume more calories and store fat, which could lead to obesity — a key risk factor for sleep apnea. If you are obese, you can dramatically improve the effects of sleep apnea by losing weight, which will reduce pressure on your abdomen and chest, thereby allowing your breathing muscles to function more normally
Losing weight if you’re overweight or obese will also improve gout, as excess body weight plays a role in gout attacks, resulting in increased uric acid production and reduced ability of the kidneys to eliminate it from the body.11 If you drink alcohol, reducing or eliminating it is another strategy, as alcohol consumption is associated with both a higher risk of sleep apnea12 and gout.13
Is Sleep Apnea Causing Your Gout?
If you suffer from gout, it’s worth considering whether sleep apnea could be involved, especially since many cases of the latter go undiagnosed. If you snore loudly and often wake up feeling tired, sleep apnea could be to blame. Other symptoms include:14
Gasping for air during sleep
Awakening with a dry mouth or headache
Feeling excessively sleepy during the day
Difficulty paying attention while awake
Snoring, along with snorting or choking in your sleep, is a common sign of sleep apnea that occurs when your brain lets you know you don’t have enough oxygen in your blood. You’ll awaken briefly so your airway can be cleared, but probably won’t remember awakening.
Such episodes can occur up to 30 times an hour in severe cases,15 seriously interfering with your ability to get deep periods of restful sleep. Sleep apnea is diagnosed via your sleep history, which may be reported personally (with the help of someone you sleep near) or by spending the night in a sleep disorder center where your breathing can be monitored overnight.
Home sleep tests are also available to help with sleep apnea diagnosis. In mild cases, lifestyle changes like losing weight and quitting smoking may be all that’s needed to keep the condition under control.
Exercise is also important and can reduce the severity of sleep apnea, even without major changes in body weight.16 In moderate or severe cases, CPAP is often effective to keep your airway open while you sleep.
The only downside to CPAP is that some people find it uncomfortable to sleep in, but most are able to adjust (you can try different types of masks for a better fit). Other potential treatment options include:
Buteyko Breathing Method — Named after the Russian doctor who developed it, the Buteyko technique can be used to reverse health problems caused by improper breathing, including sleep apnea.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy — Myofunctional therapy involves the neuromuscular re-education or repatterning of your oral and facial muscles. It includes facial and tongue exercises and behavior modification techniques to promote proper tongue position, improved breathing, chewing and swallowing. Proper head and neck postures are also addressed.
Oral appliance — If your mild to moderate sleep apnea is related to jaw or tongue issues, specially trained dentists can design a custom oral appliance, similar to a mouth guard, that you can wear while sleeping to facilitate proper breathing.
Can Sleep Apnea Be Prevented?
It’s possible for anyone to develop sleep apnea, but there are steps you can take to significantly lower the risk. One of the first is breastfeeding, as breastfeeding longer than one month is linked to a lower risk of habitual snoring and apneas.
Researchers believe there may be a “beneficial effect of the breast in the mouth on oropharyngeal (middle part of the throat, behind the mouth) development with consequent protection against upper airway dysfunction causing sleep-disordered breathing.”17
It’s thought that breastfeeding helps expand the size of the child’s palate and shift the jaw forward, helping prevent sleep apnea by creating enough room for unobstructed breathing. Sleeping on your side or on your abdomen or with your body elevated from the waist up, rather than on your back, is another preventive measure.18
Sleeping on your back can cause your tongue and soft palate to rest against the back of the throat and block the airway. Sewing a tennis ball into the back of your pajamas, or positioning pillows strategically, can help prevent you from sleeping on your back.
Leading a healthy lifestyle, including eating right, not smoking and avoiding alcohol, can also help lower sleep apnea risk. If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Left unchecked, it increases your risk of a number of conditions, including cognitive and neurobehavioral dysfunction, memory impairment, metabolic impairment and mood changes such as depression.19 Further, the lack of sound, deep sleep leads to progressively worsening daytime sleepiness that may impair your performance at work or lead to accidents while driving.
In fact, sleep deprivation, or a lack of quality sleep, has a significant impact on your brain health and your overall health and may lead to the following:
Increased risk of car accidents
Increased accidents at work
Reduced ability to perform tasks
Reduced ability to learn or remember
Reduced productivity at work
Reduced creativity at work or in other activities
Reduced athletic performance
Increased risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease
Increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
Decreased immune function
Slowed reaction time
Reduced regulation of emotions and emotional perception
Increased probability of poor grades in school
Increased susceptibility to stomach ulcers
Exacerbated current chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and cancer
Increased expression of genes associated with inflammation, immune excitability, diabetes, cancer risk and stress after losing just one hour of sleep20
Increased risk of premature aging by interfering with growth hormone production, normally released by your pituitary gland during deep sleep
The good news is that sleep apnea is typically highly treatable using a combination of lifestyle factors and interventions like CPAP. If you’ve been struggling with any of its related symptoms, or enduring gout, and you can’t figure out why, get evaluated for sleep apnea — addressing this underlying condition could be key to significant health improvement.
I am not in the mode of going into whether this new person’s story is “valid” or not. I’m only presenting Corey’s recent post about “SSP Larpers” and Jordan’s take on this. Each one reading these may use their own Higher Discernment with regards to all of this.
[CG] “Nearly two years ago I warned the public that groups pushing a partial disclosure narrative would first attempt to discredit me in a smear campaign and then attempt to ‘Super Soldier’ the SSP topic by flooding the community with LARPERS.
“We witnessed the largest coordinated smear campaign in Ufology history a little over a year ago just as warned. Now we have the LARPER Disinformation Campaign that is moving in for part 2 of the partial disclosure plan.
“So far, the first LARPER is copying my testimony almost word for word and is using it as a template for their own fictional SSP experiences. [and I presume CG means the person in the latest Gaia Cosmic Disclosure episodes]
“We must say NO to SSP LARPERS and YES to Full Disclosure and consider the LARPER’s stories for what they are, entertainment. This all occurs just as Space Force is announced and Q-Anon posts about Secret Space Programs and ET’s.
[JS] “…I see NOTHING new in the guy’s testimony, it seems like a rehash of other people’s testimony, very vague, and I have seen NO actual vetting of this individual… At first intuitive glance, this seems like a money grab or coordinated disinfo effort.
“You see, Gaia and Infowars are two sides of the same limited hangout coin… We have no time for half-ass disclosure. Let’s just do it ourselves!”
Nearly two years ago I warned the public that groups pushing a partial disclosure narrative would first attempt to discredit me in a smear campaign and then attempt to ‘Super Soldier’ the SSP topic by flooding the community with LARPERS.
Gaia is rolling out a new “Secret Space Program Insider”.
After observing this episode and his claims, I see NOTHING new in the guy’s testimony, it seems like a rehash of other people’s testimony, very vague, and I have seen NO actual vetting of this individual.
At first intuitive glance, this seems like a money grab or coordinated disinfo effort.
This statement is at the heart of the holistic healing philosophy of Dr. Farrah Agustin-Bunch, the owner of Natural Medical Center of Victoria, Tarlac in the Philippines. This philosophy may also be why big pharma wants her to stop practicing.
The fact remains: If enough people wake up to the truth, the drug companies will lose a large portion of their business. And, obviously, they don’t want that.
During an interview at the Emmy Awards, Millie Bobby Brown discussed her friendship with Canadian rapper Drake. She said:
“I love him. I met him in Australia and he’s honestly so fantastic. Drake is a great friend and a great role model. We just texted each other the other day and he was like ‘I miss you so much,’ and I was like ‘I miss you more,’ he’s great”.
There is increased activity in the Galactic Center, leading to the final purification of all darkness and to completion of the Galactic network of Light, the Central Race bringing galactic high culture even to such backward places as planet Earth.
The Galaxy is a multidimensional mandala of Light and our Solar System sits at one of the more important intersection points of this mandala.
As a result of increased activity of the Galactic Central Sun, the tectonic plates in the Earth’s crust are becoming restless:
Unfortunately, the dark forces are masters of deception, and they were able to funnel anomalous plasma from the Galactic halo located in the outskirts of the Milky Way galaxy through plasma filaments (tunnels of Set) into the implants of beings inside our Solar System, since the Archon invasion of 1996 until very recently. This was one of the main reasons for many delays and one of the main reasons why many things went wrong:
This problem was recently taken care of and things will now proceed more rapidly.
What is now remaining are plasma toplet bombs close to the surface of the planet, remnants of plasma Yaldabaoth head and remnants of many lesser plasmoid entities, especially spider plasmoid entities that correspond to cities of surface human population.
Spider plasmoid entities are energetically connected with castles, palaces and leaders of Black Nobility:
Partially, he is (rarely) also listening to guidance of the Positive Military Intelligence, and the Positive Military Intelligence is tactically stroking his ego by encouraging Trump worship in alternative media through QAnon and other alternative channels, as opposed to Trump criticism in the Rothschild controlled mainstream media. This makes Trump more willing to follow the suggestions of Positive Military Intelligence.
Left/right paradigm is artificial. Both parties are controlled by the dark forces. As I have already said years ago, the Black Nobility families and the Jesuits are throwing Rothschild and Rockefeller factions under the bus to survive the transition intact, and current political divide is serving exactly that purpose.
Political left (Rothschild-controlled) is more inclined towards libertarian Luciferianism which is based on deep occult misunderstanding on the use of free will (Thelema), which they interpret as the permission to do whatever they want for selfish purposes. Luciferians are outcasts of mystery schools that did not pass the initiation tests.
Political right (Vatican-controlled) is more inclined towards Satanism, which occulty worships darkness as a principle. They believe in free will as a sacrifice to that darkness.
There is a brilliant plan of the Light Forces to end all this, and they have requested absolute radio silence about that Plan since the end of January 2018.
That request was not respected for the first time in late August when QAnon leaked intel about hacking of the spy satellites (Operation Keyhole). Later, David Wilcock released a few breadcrumbs about the Plan in his latest article, thankfully nothing significant. The Light Forces have communicated that they understand enthusiasm which comes when important operations are completed, but it is not over until it is over, and we all have to keep absolute silence about operations of the Light Forces that are underway.
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