Monday, June 13, 2005

This Mornings Thoughts

The cows are milked and it was a little cooler in the barn this morning. The heat is killing me lately. We got a good rain yesterday. Of course I got stuck out in it right before milking and had to milk with wet clothes. It was worth it, if it makes the grass grow. Me and John have plans to go fishing tonight. We had a surprise visit from Mr. Owen last night! He was passing through on the way home with a new set of wheels(darnedest lookin' thing I ever saw). We chatted for a while and I sent him home with some homebrew.

Its time for consumers of milk and dairy products to raise a stink. I don't think most people know that they are getting screwed as bad as the farmers when it comes to milk prices. Did you know that when the farm prices took a super dive a few years back we got less money, adjusted for inflation, than farmers did in the 1950's. Our expenses went up of course. The price of milk in the stores stayed the same. When milk prices at the farm go up a little bit, the price always goes up in the store because they say "we have to pay the farmers more". It always goes up and never goes down. If you folks paid something that resembled the price we received you would spend less and perhaps even buy more. Milk prices are controlled by futures traders and big shots like Kraft Inc. Kraft likes to couse market crashes and then buy huge sums of milk at low prices. If the price starts to rise they flood it with some of the cheap stockpile, and it goes on and on.

Check this article out if you still think injecting children with mercury is a good idea. One more reason to think twice about childhood immunizations.

If you didn't catch this link over at the Degenharts, you will want to see this post by Caleb Hayden titled, Dabney vs. the Modern Limited Liability Corporation. This quote by Dabney is priceless, "corporations have no soul to damn or backside to kick."


At 6/13/2005 1:33 PM, Blogger abigail said...

About the mercury in vaccinations...

Merck & Company and other major vaccine manufacturers have replaced virtually all vaccines containing mercury (or thimerosal) with mercury-free alternatives (perhaps due to warranted pressure from the public). This is not a statement for or against vaccinations, but I just thought I'd give the most up-to-date info.

A compelling reason for not using certain vaccinations-- apart from possible health risks-- that I recently found out about is in this article.. To see vaccines that have been created using chick embryos that are alternatives for most of these vaccinations see this article. (Only Varicella, Rubella, Hepatitis-A, Ebola or HIV have no "clear conscience" alternatives for Pro-Lifers in the U.S.). Dreaded Chickenpox. :)

Anyway, when I was struggling with the decision of whether or not to vaccinate Millie, John told me that the possible risks inherent in either decision are still within God's control. Either choice one makes has a risk. It's very possible that vaccinations cause harm, and unvaccinated children face harm, as well (last year, several children died from pertussis after an outbreak in this area.) This is not to say that those who choose to vaccinate are wrong or that those who choose to not vaccinate their children are wrong. One should prayerfully make choices only after research and study.

At 6/13/2005 1:35 PM, Blogger abigail said...

As a new mother fearing what lurked around every corner, I needed John's reminder of God's providence. (Not that I'd throw Millie out the second-floor window trusting God to give her wings, but still...)

At 6/13/2005 5:47 PM, Blogger abigail said...

Sorry. For the list of alternative vaccines derived from animal embryos, click the link and then just take off the "l" of html at the end of the url.

At 6/14/2005 9:14 AM, Blogger reformed farmer said...

Thanks for the info Abby.

We will probably get the tetnus shots for the boys. Rusty nails and horses around. Most of the rest of them are nonsence in my opinion.

At 6/14/2005 9:48 AM, Blogger abigail said...

I can't believe you're not going to protect your children from chickenpox.

(You can either inject your little baby with varicella, which I don't do, or, when they're a bit older, put 'em near a cousin who has it. I'd rather put 'em near a cousin, so just let us know when little John gets The Spots, and we'll be right down...)

At 6/14/2005 12:09 PM, Blogger Leah said...

Abby said, "It's very possible that vaccinations cause harm, and unvaccinated children face harm, as well (last year, several children died from pertussis after an outbreak in this area.)"

Abby, do you have any idea how many of those children DID get vaccinated for pertussis? Just curious.

At 6/14/2005 4:56 PM, Blogger abigail said...

The pertussis cases I know of were in unvaccinated children (most young babies), but as you know, pertussis is extremely contagious and can be contracted by vaccinated children, as well (their resistance is just higher).

I am so glad you commented because I re-read my comment and saw a gross and unintentional error! Several cases of death from pertussis in this area last year did NOT occur, at least as far as I know. In fact, only an average of 20 pertussis-related deaths are reported to the CDC yearly. (Incidences and subsequent death are significantly higher in undeveloped countries, though.) I started that sentence intending to write about something different, and I ended up meshing two unrelated thoughts into one sentence. I'll pay a willing proofreader in chocolate if anyone's interested...

There was a pertussis outbreak, but the resulting pneumonia proved the most dangerous. Anyway, my point wasn't to say, "You need to vaccinate against dangerous pertussis!" but that our children face health risks just by living and that God can allow serious illness in vaccinated or unvaccinated children. (But pertussis was a foolish choice to use in that statement anyway, given the decline of pertussis percentages from 1900 to the present...)

At 6/15/2005 5:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We just went through a pertussis outbreak or pertussis-like outbreak here in our household last year. (It was never officially confirmed BUT the symptoms fit and I could go into greater detail about the doctors that strongly suggested that's what it was but wanted to give the official diagnosis as something else.) Four people that had it were vaccinated, two of which were adults and two children had it that were not vaccinated. Vaccinations are a tough issue. I really appreciate the website. Blessings, Stephanie Seabrook


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