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05 December

Vaccine Syndrome

Since I was discharged from the military I have always felt the shots I received while on active duty made me ill.  I had chronic fatigue, and joint pain/issues.  I saw Vaccine Syndrome this week and I realized I am not alone.

 

A friend sent me a link to a Mercola article called Vaccine-Deficient Employees Fired to Gain Healthcare Funding.  I was quoted in this article that shows hospitals might say they mandate flu shots for their employees to benefit their patients, but in reality they do it for the money they will receive if they do.

 

Here is a full length move on vaccine coverup.

 

Is Health Care Policy bought here in the United States of America?

Veteran Fired for not getting Shot

 

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28 November

Vaccines Revealed

It has been eight days since I was fired for not receiving my flu shot.  Today I got an email from Dr Patrick Gentempo that says they are putting out a docu-series on vaccines.  I watched some of the GMOs Revealed  docu-series they put out this summer and found it very interesting.  I am looking forward to this new series about vaccines..

 

Vaccines Revealed is a documentary series that starts tonight.  “According to the HSRA (Government Website) 88 of the 108 cases settled the first quarter of 2016 were for injuries and deaths due to the flu vaccine, making the flu vaccine the most dangerous vaccine in the U.S., harming and killing more people than all the other vaccines put together.”  http://www.vaccinesrevealed.com/

 

Vaccines Revealed mission is to prevent vaccine injury and death and to promote and protect the right of every person to make informed independent vaccination decisions for themselves and their families.  “We will not stop until the entire world is educated and empowered with knowledge exposing the truth about vaccines.”  http://www.vaccinesrevealed.com/

 

This entire series is available to view for free, you get one new episode every day for the next 9 days with a full 24 hours to see each episode. (You can buy the series later, if you want).  Go to Vaccines Revealed website to sign up for free.

 

Mandatory flu shot

 

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Minnesota Public radio aired a segment about Essentia Health’s mandatory flu shot policy.

 

“About 300 employees of Duluth-based Essentia Health could lose their jobs for refusing to comply with the company’s new mandatory flu shot policy.

“Monday is the deadline for the company’s 15,000 employees to get the vaccine, or receive a medical or religious exemption. Essentia says 98 percent have complied.

“Scot Harvey is not one of them. Harvey, who lives outside Chisholm on the Iron Range, has worked as an administrative representative at Essentia Health in Duluth for about a year. He said Essentia denied his request for a medical exemption because he missed the deadline to apply.

“”I don’t see how an employer can have the right to decide what I have to do to my body in order to keep a job,” he said.”

 

Read more of this MPR article.

 

The article goes on to say, “a recent analysis of major studies on the issue could not find any demonstrable benefit from mandatory health care worker vaccination programs.”

 

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Veterans Day has just passed. A day when we stop and think about the sacrifices the men and women in the military have made to secure the freedoms we enjoy. I ask you, was such a great sacrifice worth it? Sure! Every Veterans Day we try and tell the veterans we know, “Thank you for your sacrifice.” Do our actions speak louder than our words?

 

Essenia Health made a new policy two months ago that makes getting the flu shot a condition of employment. This was not enough time for the unions to negotiate protections for their members, and an emergency injunction filed by the United Steelworkers Union was struck down in court. Now wait a minute. I thought that here in America one had the right to choose what happens to one’s own body.

 

If I just lie down and give up this right just because my employer threatens to fire me, how can I face that mother whose son or daughter died to protect the rights I hold so dear? The value of something is determined by its cost. I fear that for most of us war is something that is too distant for us to remember how much our freedoms are really worth.

 

I do not fault anyone who got the flu shot because they could not afford to lose their job. In a battle, sometimes one has to be sacrificed to save the rest. I am saying I am willing to be that one. Even if I do not have a union, or anyone else to back me, I am willing to stand up for the right to chose for oneself if the benefits of a flu shot outweigh the risks. If no one stands up while this right is stripped from us how long will it be before we cannot find a job unless we prove we have had a flu shot. Then what will be next?

 

Essentia Health will argue that they offer religious and medical exemptions. To qualify for a religious exemption I must prove it is against my religion to get a flu shot; that I believe my soul will be damned to hell if I get the shot. I must also prove that I live a Christian lifestyle. (Since when are one’s lifestyle choices a condition of employment in America?) I have not been to church in years, but I have held strict religious beliefs in the past that I was willing to die for. The flu shot is not one of them. If I were to be killed for not getting the shot, the benefits of getting one would finally outweigh the risks.

 

Essentia Health says your doctor can file a medical exemption for you for one of three reasons:
• Allergic reaction to previous flu vaccine with documented allergy testing results.
• Guillain-Barre Syndrome within six weeks of getting a previous flu shot.
• Other. (This will be looked at on a case by case basis.)

 

If I had an allergic reaction to the flu vaccine and my employer would not take my word for it until I went through the hassle and expense of allergy testing…

 

Then there is Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which is a scary life-threatening disease. I do not believe that it is a disease you build up immunity to, or that you get it lighter the second time. Now the CDC says that it is rare to get it from the flu shot but they cannot tell what the actual risk will be for that year until people have had the shot. “The increased risk was approximately one additional case of GBS for every 100,000 people who got the swine flu vaccine.” https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/guillain-barre-syndrome.html

 

Now if you almost had to die to qualify for the first two options, what are the chances the standards will be lowered for the third?

 

I had it said to me that I should quit being stupid and just get the shot. It is just a little thing and it doesn’t really hurt that much… Since when does how big something is or how much it is going to hurt determine whether or not I have to lie down and take in order to keep my job.

 

My question is: Where do we draw the line? Which freedom that I have is worth the sacrifice of those men and women who bled and died to give it to me?

Veteran fired for not getting Shot.

Mandatory flu shot

 

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15 November

Mandatory Flu Shot

 

Union’s flu shot motion denied; Essentia Health mandate still set to take effect on Monday

 

That was the headline for an article in the Duluth News Tribune this morning.  A Judge denied the United Steelworkers Union’s request to block the firings.   It bothers me that in September a hospital can change a policy to require a flu shot and one can be fired in November if you cannot comply.  (I am in Nursing Administration and do not belong to a union so I have no one standing up for me.)

 

Why would a hospital have to fire someone for not getting a shot anyway?  If the risk to benefit ratio was good, people would be falling all over themselves to get the shot.  According to the CDC website the flu vaccine effectiveness has only been above 50% effective four times since 2004 and it was below 25% effective three times.

 

If a company believes that getting a flu shot reduces healthcare costs why don’t they reduce the insurance deductible as an incentive for people to get the shot instead of intimidation and termination?  One of the notes hanging up at work to remind people to get there flu shot read:

 

Also get your flu shots you degenerates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

When I asked the staff standing in the nurse’s station about that note they just laughed and said, “They just meant that as a joke.”   I didn’t think it was funny and so I took it down and kept it.

 

Essentia Health says you can get a medical exemption for one of three reasons:

  • Allergic reaction to previous flu vaccine with documented allergy testing results.
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome within six weeks of getting a previous flu shot.
  • Other.  (This will be looked at on a case by case basis.)

 

Your doctor must fill out your request and send supporting documentation.  I am afraid to ask a doctor to fill out an exception for me and put his job at risk.

 

 

According to the CDC website people can develop Guillain-Barre Syndrome after having the flu or other infections (such as cytomegalovirus and Epstein Barr virus). On very rare occasions, they may develop GBS in the days or weeks after getting a vaccination. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/guillainbarre.htm

The increased risk was approximately one additional case of Guillain-Barre Syndrome for every 100,000 people who got the swine flu vaccine. Scientists have several theories about the cause, but the exact reason for this link remains unknown. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/guillain-barre-syndrome.html

 

 

I found an article from Russia where it says they provide free flu vaccine but do not force them.

“The deputy PM also said that experts in her ministry expected about 60 million Russians to be given a free vaccination this year. She added that almost 29 million people in the northern regions of the country had already done so.

“In mid-September this year, Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova proposed cutting sick leave compensation for parents who refuse to vaccinate their children without a legitimate medical reason. However, the idea was met with strong opposition from the Russian children’s rights ombudsman, Anna Kuznetsova, who claimed that healthcare should not be enforced by punishment and that material restrictions could hurt children instead of protecting them.”  https://www.rt.com/politics/405398-russian-pm-tells-health-minister/

 

Veteran Fired for not getting Shot

What happened to the CARE in healthcare

 

 

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I chose to become a nurse 12 years ago because I wanted to help people.  I pictured myself at the patient’s bedside caring for and comforting them.  I saw myself sitting there holding their hand when they were scared and just needed someone to talk to.  Patients are in the hospital because they are sick and in need of help.  If they could care for themselves they would be at home.

 

Then I became a nurse.  I learned to pass meds quickly because there are so many of them and they are due at so many different times.  Then there is all the education you have to provide the patient.  Is it my fault that one patient is in so much pain that they cannot understand what I am trying to teach them, and another patient just got their pain meds and they do not care about anything at the moment.  What do you mean the patient did not understand the education I gave them?  I taught them because I documented that I did.  (I have found that most people learn better when they have the question, and are ready to hear the answer, not when I find it convenient to throw it at them.)

 

The biggest surprise for me when I became a nurse was the small amount of time I had for each patient.  I remember one night I asked my patient if they were in pain and I literally prayed silently that they would say no because I did not have time to get them anything.  Then there is the charting.  I bothers me that the government has enforced on hospitals this idea that if it is not charted it was not done.  They enforce this by not paying if it is not charted in the exact way they want.

 

My question is: if the nurse is doing all this charting who is caring for the patient.  If there is a bad patient outcome all these extra people pore over the chart to make sure everything was charted properly and at the right time.  Where were all these extra people when the patient needed help?  Now, I do not fault a hospital for having all these extra people whose job it is to look at charts.  These people are needed to cut through all the red tape so that they can eventually get pennies on the dollar for the care that was provided for the patient.

 

I believe that if something is mandated or required it no longer has to be good.  It doesn’t even have to work right.  Take computerized charting for example.  The government mandates it and requires all hospitals to get it.  Now, as far as the company making the program is concerned, who do they have to make happy?   That is why I think these programs are so great at being able to sort through massive amounts of data and compiling any of hundreds of different reports.  The other day we repeatedly tried sending a fax to a unit and it kept saying the line was busy.  When we called the unit they said they were getting a patient and a fifty page fax was coming through… 50 pages?  Since these programs can do this so well, the government is happy and it doesn’t matter that the nurses and doctors spend so much time and have so much difficulty using the system.

 

It is easy to stand back and blame the hospital you work at for the fact that the Care is missing in health care.  Hospitals should be a place you can come to in a time of need even if you do not have money.  Unfortunately, with all the extra staff required to get through the red tape, and all the expensive unfunded mandates the government imposes on hospitals, they have to make collecting money a priority.  If I am honest, even with all my ideals and wanting to spend all this time with patients, I do not work for free.

 

What if the government got away from paying for charting and went back to paying for care.  If that happened I believe the care would come back because hospitals could afford to hire more people to care for the patients since they would not have to have so many people caring for the charting.

 

Veteran Fired for not getting Shot.

Mandatory flu shot

 

 

 

 

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I remember growing up in the 1980s. At that time the Soviet Union was the biggest threat to our freedom. I remember hearing stories about some poor worker who lost his job or home because of some petty offense and thought, “How lucky I am to live in America where that would never happen.”

 

I joined the military in June of 1990 because I wanted to protect the freedoms that I hold so dear. I was not even through training when, in August, my country went to war. I cannot tell you how proud I was to be in the military at that time.

 

In December I arrived at the Air Force base in Texas where I would serve most of the remainder of my four-year enlistment. In Basic training I had received many vaccinations and now that I was at my duty base I received several more in preparation for deployment in support of what would be called Operation Desert Storm or the Gulf War. I received a National Service Medal even though the war did not last long enough for me to be deployed. Although I did not get deathly ill and end up in a hospital, I became very sick from all those shots. I had a slow nagging illness where the glands in my neck swelled up to the size of extra large olives. I felt too tired to move and my joints ached.

 

I did not reenlist in the military. My wife, kids and I moved back to Tennessee where I had grown up. I was born and raised Seventh-day Adventist and after getting out of the military I returned to church for a time.   Looking back on it now I was fanatically strict in my beliefs. It was against my religion to work on the Sabbath and, even though Tennessee is in the Bible Belt, time after time I would not be hired after telling a potential employer that I could not work on that day.

 

Eventually I got a factory job earning minimum wage polishing truck accessories like stainless steel grills and rails. For eight hours a day I stood in front of a large polishing wheel pulling stainless steel rails back and forth until they shone like mirrors. One morning, after about three weeks of work, I got out of bed to discover I could not even hold a pen to fill out a check to pay a bill.

 

At the factory I could not hold the rails. I went to the office and told them I was going to have to quit because I could not physically do my job. They were very gracious and instead of letting me go found a less physically demanding job for me in their shipping department. That was better, but after a few months it was also too much for me and I quit because I did not feel I was giving my employer an honest eight hours of work a day.

 

One of the wealthier members of my church decided to sponsor me to sell religious books and give bible studies. This was much better for me physically, but I found I could not make a living selling bibles in the Bible Belt. One day I rounded the corner for home after giving a bible study only to see pieces of our home scattered all over the yard. While I was away a tornado had destroyed our home with my family inside. That is one of the reasons we moved to Northern Minnesota, someone told my wife there were no tornadoes up here.

 

By the year 2000 I was still having trouble working a physically demanding job. I went to the local Veterans Services office and applied for disability. This was a long drawn out process. Mister Bean, who worked there at the time, advised me that even though I had the symptoms of Gulf War Syndrome I would have a hard time proving I had it because I had never left the United States during the war. He advised me to try and get a less physically demanding job while I waited to see if I qualified for disability.

 

My application for disability was denied because some of the required documentation I was supposed to send in did not arrive at the required destination in time.  I had mailed the documents to the wrong government office.   Several months after I had mailed them I received a package from a government official.  Inside the package were my documents with a note that said I must have sent them to the wrong office by mistake.

 

I did not appeal the denial because, in the meantime, I had found a position as an electronics technician fixing cell phones.  I finally had a job that I could do that paid well enough to put plenty of food on the table. All was well. It was not to last. The cell phone company found out they could fix cell phones cheaper in Mexico, so I was laid off.

 

Because of the NAFTA agreement I was paid to go to college for two years and I became a Registered Nurse.  One of the blessings about being a nurse is that hospitals do not want to pay overtime, so most hospital nursing positions are part time.  If I do not feel well I can just work my scheduled hours, but if I am doing okay I can work more. Once again life was wonderful.

 

Until November 10, 2017 when I received notice that since I did not receive my flu shot my employment with Essentia Health is to be terminated on November 20, 2017.

 

Mandatory Flu Shot

What happened to the CARE in healthcare?

 

 

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Every Veterans Day I listen to this song by Lee Greenwood and It brings tears to my eyes.  I was in the Military but never saw combat.  I am smart enough to realize that I will never be able to comprehend the magnitude of the sacrifice of those men and women who have stood in combat to protect the freedoms that I often take for granted here in America.

 

If tomorrow all the things were gone
I’d worked for all my life
And I had to start again
With just my children and my wife

 

I’d thank my lucky stars
To be living here today
Cause the flag still stands for freedom
And they can’t take that away

 

And I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me

 

And I gladly stand up
Next to you and defend her still today
Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God bless the USA

 

From the lakes of Minnesota
To the hills of Tennessee
Across the plains of Texas
From sea to shining sea

 

From Detroit down to Houston,
And New York to L.A
Well there’s pride in every American heart
And its time we stand and say

 

That I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me

 

And I gladly stand up
Next to you and defend her still today
Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God bless the USA

 

And I’m proud to be and American
Where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me

 

And I gladly stand up
Next to you and defend her still today
Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God bless the USA

 

I am older now and hope I never have to see combat, but I am willing to stand up here at home for the freedoms I hold dear.  Companies and organizations are getting too big.  They use their power to bully, intimidate, and force people to do things they would otherwise not choose to do.  Why are we letting them?  Why are we not standing up?  Why are we giving away the freedoms that were bought by the blood of our fellow Americans?

Veteran fired for not getting Shot

Mandatory flu shot

 

 

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18 October

Garden Seed Corn

Thanks to the freezing nights, harvest time is over for us.  Even with the deer eating some of our squash patches we still harvested more squash then ever.

 

We harvested a very diverse crop of corn.  Some of the corn we tried did not mature here because of  our short growing season but we did pretty good otherwise.

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07 September

Rare Heirloom Seeds

For the month of September Garden Seeds is featuring Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company again.  We featured them when we first started this website back in January of 2016 because Jere inspired my son Basswood with his desire to learn about and collect rare seeds.    Garden Seeds Featured Seed Companies.

 

There is a documentary series on the dangers of GMOs that has been running the last couple of weeks.  It was put out by GMOs Revealed.  Since it has run the traffic to our GardenSeeds.org website has more then tripled as people are trying to learn about growing their own GMO free food.  Heirloom and Landrace Seed Companies are invaluable sources of GMO free seeds.

 

 

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