Vaccination Information

This letter has been around for a couple years, but it is worth re-posting.  If you want to learn everything you can in order to make an informed decision about vaccines, read on…

Forced Vaccinations, Government, and the Public Interest

By Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D.

December 2009

Those who are observant have noticed a dangerous trend in the United States, as well as worldwide, and that is the resorting of various governments at different levels to mandating forced vaccination upon the public at large. My State of Mississippi has one of the most-restrictive vaccine-exemption laws in the United States, where exemptions are allowed only upon medical recommendation. Ironically, this is only on paper, as many have had as many as three physicians, some experts in neurological damage caused by vaccines, provide written calls for exemption, only to be turned down by the State’s public-health officer.

Worse are the States, such as Massachusetts, New Jersey and Maryland, where forced vaccinations have either been mandated by the courts, the state legislature, or have such legislation pending. All of such policies strongly resemble those policies found in National Socialist empires, Stalinist countries, or Communist China.

When public-health officers are asked for the legal justification for such draconian measures as forcing people to accept vaccines that they deem either a clear and present danger to themselves and their loved ones or have had personal experience with serious adverse reactions to such vaccines, they usually resort to the need to protect the public.

One quickly concludes that if the vaccines are as effective as being touted by the public-health officials, then why should one fear the unvaccinated? Obviously the vaccinated would have at least 95% protection. This question puts them in a very difficult position. Their usual response is that a “small” percentage of the vaccinated will not have sufficient protection and would still be at risk. Now, if they admit what the literature shows, that vaccine failure rates are much higher than the 5% they claim, they must face the next obvious question – then why should anyone take the vaccine if there is a significant chance it will not protect?

When pressed further, they then resort to their favorite justification, the Holy Grail of the vaccine proponents – herd immunity. This concept is based upon the idea that 95% (and some now say 100%) of the population must be vaccinated to prevent an epidemic. The percentages needing vaccination grows progressively. I pondered this question for some time before the answer hit me. Herd immunity is mostly a myth and applies only to natural immunity – that is, contracting the infection itself.

Is Herd Immunity Real?

In the original description of herd immunity, the protection to the population at large occurred only if people contracted the infections naturally. The reason for this is that naturally-acquired immunity lasts for a lifetime. The vaccine proponents quickly latched onto this concept and applied it to vaccine-induced immunity. But, there was one major problem – vaccine-induced immunity lasted for only a relatively short period, from 2 to 10 years at most, and then this applies only to humoral immunity. This is why they began, silently, to suggest boosters for most vaccines, even the common childhood infections such as chickenpox, measles, mumps, and rubella.

Then they discovered an even greater problem, the boosters were lasting for only 2 years or less. This is why we are now seeing mandates that youth entering colleges have multiple vaccines, even those which they insisted gave lifelong immunity, such as the MMR. The same is being suggested for full-grown adults. Ironically, no one in the media or medical field is asking what is going on. They just accept that it must be done.

That vaccine-induced herd immunity is mostly myth can be proven quite simply. When I was in medical school, we were taught that all of the childhood vaccines lasted a lifetime. This thinking existed for over 70 years. It was not until relatively recently that it was discovered that most of these vaccines lost their effectiveness 2 to 10 years after being given. What this means is that at least half the population, that is the baby boomers, have had no vaccine-induced immunity against any of these diseases for which they had been vaccinated very early in life. In essence, at least 50% or more of the population was unprotected for decades.

If we listen to present-day wisdom, we are all at risk of resurgent massive epidemics should the vaccination rate fall below 95%. Yet, we have all lived for at least 30 to 40 years with 50% or less of the population having vaccine protection. That is, herd immunity has not existed in this country for many decades and no resurgent epidemics have occurred. Vaccine-induced herd immunity is a lie used to frighten doctors, public-health officials, other medical personnel, and the public into accepting vaccinations.

When we examine the scientific literature, we find that for many of the vaccines protective immunity was 30 to 40%, meaning that 70% to 60% of the public has been without vaccine protection. Again, this would mean that with a 30% to 40% vaccine-effectiveness rate combined with the fact that most people lost their immune protection within 2 to 10 year of being vaccinated, most of us were without the magical 95% number needed for herd immunity. This is why vaccine defenders insist the vaccines have 95% effectiveness rates.

Without the mantra of herd immunity, these public-health officials would not be able to justify forced mass vaccinations. I usually give the physicians who question my statement that herd immunity is a myth a simple example. When I was a medical student almost 40 years ago, it was taught that the tetanus vaccine would last a lifetime. Then 30 years after it had been mandated, we discovered that its protection lasted no more than 10 years. Then, I ask my doubting physician if he or she has ever seen a case of tetanus? Most have not. I then tell them to look at the yearly data on tetanus infections – one sees no rise in tetanus cases. The same can be said for measles, mumps, and other childhood infections. It was, and still is, all a myth.

The entire case for forced mass vaccination rest upon this myth and it is important that we demonstrate the falsity of this idea. Neil Z. Miller, in his latest book The Vaccine Information Manual, provides compelling evidence that herd immunity is a myth.

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

Those pushing mandatory vaccination for an ever-growing list of diseases are a mixed bag.   Some are quite sincere and truly want to improve the health of the United States.   They believe the vaccine-induced herd immunity myth and likewise believe that vaccines are basically safe and effective.    They are not evil people.

A growing number are made of those with a collectivist worldview and see themselves as a core of elite wise men and women who should tell the rest of us what we should do in all aspects of our lives. They see us as ignorant cattle, who are unable to understand the virtues of their plan for America and the World. Like children, we must be made to take our medicine – since, in their view, we have no concept of the true benefit of the bad-tasting medicine we are to be fed.

I have also found that a small number of people in the regulatory agencies and public health departments would like to speak out but are so intimidated and threatened with dismissal or destruction of their careers, that they remain silent. As for the media, they are absolutely clueless.

I have found that “reporters” (we have few real journalists these days) rarely understand what they are reporting on and always trust and rely upon people in positions of official power, even if those people are unqualified to speak on the subject. Most of the time they run to the Centers for Disease Control or medical university to seek answers. I cannot count the number of times I have seen university department heads interviewed when it was obvious they had no clue as to the subject being discussed. Few such professors will pass up an opportunity to appear on camera or be quoted in a newspaper.

One must also appreciate that such reporters and editors are under an enormous economic strain, as vaccine manufacturers are major advertisers in all media outlets and for an obvious reason – it controls content. A number of excellent stories on such medical subjects are spiked every day. That means we will always be relegated to the “fringe media” as our media outlets are called. Despite the high quality of the journalism in many of the “fringe” outlets, they have a much smaller audience. And despite this we are having an enormous effect on the debate.

As the Public Awakens, the Collectivist Becomes Desperate

John Jewkes, in his book Ordeal by Planning, observed that as the British collectivists began to see opposition rise to their grandiose plans, they became more desperate and aggressive in their reaction.   They then initiated a campaign of smearing their opponents and blaming every failure on the unwillingness of the people to accept the planner’s dictates without question. We certainly have seen this in this debate – opponents to forced vaccinations are referred to as fringe scientists, kooks, uneducated, confused, and enemies of public safety – reminiscent of Stalin’s favorite phrase, “enemy of the people.”

This desperation is based upon their fear that the public might soon catch on to the fact that the entire vaccine program is based upon nonsense, fear, and concocted fairy tales. One special fear of theirs is that the public might discover the fact that most vaccines are contaminated with a number of known and yet-to-be discovered viruses, bacteria, viral fragments, and DNA/RNA fragments. And, further, that our science demonstrates that these contaminants could lead to a number of slowly-developing degenerative diseases, including degenerative diseases of the brain. This is rarely discussed but is of major importance in this debate.

The idea that adults and their children would be forced to submit to being injected with dozens of these organisms and organic fragments is terrifying. No regulatory agency is tracking to see if chronic diseases are rising in the vaccinated, yet we have compelling evidence of a massive rise in all autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and certain cancers since the advent of a dramatic increase in the number of vaccines being mandated.

Of special concern is the finding that many of the contaminant organisms can pass from generation to generation. For example, new studies have found that SV-40, a major contaminant of the polio vaccine until 1963, not only existed as a latent virus for the lifetime of those exposed to the vaccine but was being passed on to the next generation, primarily by way of sperm, something called vertical transmission. This means that every generation from now on will be infected with this known carcinogenic virus. There is also compelling evidence that some polio vaccines manufactured after 1963 may contain SV-40 virus.

What makes the SV-40 contamination disaster of such concern is its association with so many cancers – including mesothelioma, medulloblastoma, ependymoma, meningioma, astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, pituitary adenoma, glioblastoma, osteosarcomas, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, papillary thyroid carcinomas, and anaplastic thyroid carcinomas.

The Federal government has gone to enormous lengths to cover up this association, despite the powerful scientific evidence that this vaccine infected at least a hundred million people worldwide with this carcinogenic virus. And, it took over 40 years just to get this far. Linking vaccine contaminations and immunoexcitotoxicity to the drastic rise in neurodegenerative diseases will probably take even longer because of the widespread growth of entrenched powers high in government and their control of the media, which is equally extensive. The fact that powerful, enormously wealthy foundations, such as the Ford Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Rockefeller series of foundations, are supporting forced vaccination greatly enhances the power of governments all over the World.

These foundations operate in the shadows, influencing legislation and government actions through the World Health Organization and individual governmental bodies. Behind every call for forced vaccinations, mandated quarantines, and home invasions, one can find one of these foundations providing the money as well as experts. Remember, the largest of the pharmaceutical-vaccine manufacturers are also providing much of the money for the foundations and serving on the boards of these foundations. The Rockefellers either owned outright or had controlling interest in all of the major pharmaceutical companies. This has given them absolute and extremely powerful access to the reins of power at all levels. Yet, they can be defeated by the truth.

Dr. Blaylock is a board-certified neurosurgeon, author and lecturer. He attended the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana and completed his internship and neurosurgical residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. For the past 24 years he has practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice for 2 years. Retiring from his neurosurgical practice to devote full time to nutritional studies and research, Dr. Blaylock has written and illustrated three books (Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, and Natural Strategies for The Cancer Patient). In addition, he has written and illustrated three chapters in medical textbooks, written a booklet on nutritional protection against biological terrorism, has an e-booklet on radioprotection (Nuclear Sunrise), written and illustrated a booklet on multiple sclerosis, and written over 30 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Other credits include Dr. Blaylock’s DVD Nutrition & Behavior, a CD-ROM on the Truth About Aspartame, and, for the past five years, a health newsletter The Blaylock Wellness Report, published by NewsMax. Since the publication of his first book, he has been a guest on over 100 syndicated radio and television programs and appeared on the 700 Club seven times. He lectures widely to both lay and professional medical audiences on a variety of nutritional subjects.

Dr. Blaylock is a visiting professor of biology at Belhaven College and serves on the editorial staff of the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association, the editorial staff of the Fluoride Journal and is on the editorial staff of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, official journal of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. He is also a regular lecturer for the Fellowship for Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine.

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Holy Yoga

Christian Yoga-Type Exercise!

For a long time, Christians have shied away from yoga because of its connection with Eastern religions.  In our home, however, we do yoga-type exercise as a way to remain fit.  It is EXCELLENT exercise and fun for the whole family.  My husband has significantly decreased his back and joint pain by strengthening his core through yoga-type exercise.  He does a simple routine every morning and every evening.  There are many other Christians like us who have discovered that this kind of exercise is not religion, but a wonderful way to care for our bodies.

My clients who have done yoga-type exercise throughout their pregnancies have been in great shape for delivery and find it very easy to assume whatever labor or delivery position is needed.  They also have a quicker recovery after giving birth.

I am aware of two Christian yoga organizations, “Yahweh Yoga” and “Holy Yoga”, but there may be more.  I recently discovered that “Holy Yoga” has DVDs that are specifically for pregnant women.  This would be a great way to introduce beneficial yoga-type exercise to Christian friends and clients who may have been hesitant to consider it in the past.

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“I want to be a Cupcake” ~ Tips for Making Healthy Food Delicious

“I want to be a Cupcake”

Tips for Making Healthy Food Delicious

While trying to encourage her son to eat his dinner one evening, my friend quoted the well-known saying, “You are what you eat,” hoping it would be the motivation necessary to cause him to heartily eat his vegetables with gratitude.  His response, however, was not what she anticipated, and made everyone in the room roll with laughter.  “Well,” he proclaimed, “then I want to be a cupcake!”

That little boy is not unlike most adults.  While we say we want to BE healthy, we don’t always want to EAT healthy.  The reason for that is very simple.  We BELIEVE that healthy food is not as delicious as unhealthy food and we fear that to embrace a healthy diet means to give up the enjoyment of food.  That is so far from truth and, with creativity, it is possible to eat well and thoroughly enjoy it!

Most people understand that eating a food as close to the way it grows as possible will provide the most nutrients and enzymes.  But most people don’t know how to make raw vegetables taste good.

You can enjoy a smoother transition to eating healthy by following a few tips that can make it super delicious to add nutrient-packed raw fruits and vegetables into your diet.

Be adventurous. Be willing to break out of the box and try new things.  Keep a positive attitude and this can be a lot of fun.

Become educated. The time and effort it takes to research and learn about the benefits of eating a variety of raw fruits and veggies is well worth it.  There is an abundance of living enzymes, vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and water present in raw foods.  These are the building blocks every cell in our bodies needs to function properly.  Once we learn for ourselves and truly understand how much our bodies need raw foods, we have an easier time taking ownership over this adventure.

Use the internet to find recipes. I have found my most favorite raw recipes by searching online.  Many people post their favorites on their blogs or on raw food websites.  Some recipes will be delicious, and some might not.  Remember, this is an adventure!  I try to regularly post new recipes our family enjoys here on my blog.

Experiment with international flavors. Other countries serve raw vegetables seasoned differently than we do in the United States that are extremely delicious.  Many of my favorite meals have been inspired by international cuisine.  Two examples are my Thai Salad and Cinco de Mayo Salad.

Make your plate a work of art. The more color, the better!  A variety of colors means a variety of nutrients to build the body and a variety of flavors to please the palate.  Look how beautiful my Tangy Kale Salad looks.  It tastes incredible.

Stimulate all five taste centers on the tongue. When preparing food, it is important to balance the flavors of all five tastes (sweet, sour, salty, spicy, and bitter) so that your tongue is completely satisfied with every bite.  I learned this from Sergei and Valya Boutenko, teenage authors of the book “Eating Without Heating”.  Even my children have learned to put this into practice as they experiment and create their own delicious recipes with raw vegetables and fruits.  My Spicy Cream of Celery Soup is a great example of how amazingly delicious raw soup can be when the right ingredients are used.

Eat fresh, locally-grown produce when it is available. Produce that is harvested and shipped long distances is not as fresh and lacks the wonderful flavor that fresh-from-the-garden produce has.  I have never tasted more delicious broccoli than the broccoli I picked myself at Henley Farm in Virginia Beach.  It was so delicious that my children wanted to eat it raw, dipped in a simple sauce we made in the blender, for every meal; and when it was gone, they begged me to go back and pick some more.

Make your own dips, sauces, and dressings. Not only are people choosing to make their own condiments because they are healthier, but also because they are more delicious and less expensive. It is so easy and only takes about 5 minutes to make a delicious, nutritious dip or sauce in the blender.  Dressings can often be made by simply shaking the ingredients together in a mason jar.  There is an abundance of recipes for raw dips, sauces, and dressings online that can turn a drab salad or veggies into a wonderful taste experience.  My Dressing for Spinach Salad is addicting!

Host a Raw Food Potluck. Even if only a few people come, a raw food potluck is a fun way to try new dishes and exchange recipes.  We host one in our home monthly as a way to encourage others toward wellness and to provide another enjoyable avenue of accountability to be a good steward of these amazing bodies God has given us to use while on earth.

With a little education, some creativity, and a good attitude, you can change your mind about wanting to “be a cupcake” and take a giant step toward wellness.

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Creating a Firm Foundation: Getting to the Bottom of the Wellness “WHY”

Creating a Firm Foundation: Getting to the Bottom of the Wellness “WHY”

“…it is by faith you stand firm.” 2 Corinthians 1:24b

Have you ever made a decision to accomplish something, only to become discouraged, change your mind, or give up before you had reached your goal?  As coaches, our clients make decisions and set goals with the intention of succeeding, but they are often met with obstacles and opposition that have the potential to keep them from realizing their wellness dreams.

Those obstacles may be cultural, wrong beliefs, changes in routine, unexpected difficulties, etc; and opposition from well-meaning friends and family members who either do not agree with their choices or who resist change can come as a surprise.

There is much coaches can do to help their clients stand firm in their decisions and reach their goals even in the face of discouragement.  One thing I have found extremely valuable to my clients is helping them dig deeper and get to the bottom of WHY they desire to succeed in their quest for wellness.  This discovery process creates a firm foundation on which to stand when challenges come and it leads to much greater success as a result.

When people are asked “why” they desire an aspect of wellness such as weight loss or better eating habits, their initial answer is rarely the “why” that is big enough to keep them on track.  It usually starts with something weak like, “to be healthier.”  So we ask, “Why is it important to you to be healthier?”  Continuing to ask “why” and dig deeper after each answer will generally lead to the bigger reasons and values behind the decision.

Sometimes the reasons are fear-based.  When a fear-based decision is discovered, it is time to explore other, more positive reasons to continue moving toward wellness.  In the childbirth classes I have taught over the past 22 years there are many who choose natural childbirth.  Not all of them, however, have made that decision for the right reasons.  I have found that some decide not to have an epidural simply because they are afraid of needles or afraid they will become paralyzed.  That is NOT the right reason to choose natural childbirth.  Very few who have made a fear-based decision have been successful in accomplishing a natural childbirth and many of them feel like failures as a result.  I learned early on that I needed to help my students revisit that decision, discover why they have made that choice, learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of their options, pray and ask the Lord for guidance, and get to the deeper “why”.

Decisions and conclusions made based on faith (the leading and guidance of the Lord and knowledge of His promises in the Word) are built on an unshakable foundation rooted in the assurance of the perfection of God’s will.  When we are challenged in that area, we are confident in our God and His direction for our lives; and, therefore, will not be swayed.

Decisions and conclusions made based on fear (an ungodly fear based on circumstances and experiences that contradict the Word of God or because of lack of trust in God or His Word), however, are built on an unstable foundation that is resting on the sin of unbelief.  When we are challenged in that area, our decisions are not firm and we can easily be swayed.

victory (Shannon Tipton)

Shannon Tipton

Keeping those deep, faith-based “whys” in the forefront makes it much easier to successfully navigate the obstacles and opposition.  We know that challenges always come when we have made a quality decision to change.  We can help our clients to be ready when those challenges come.

“Jesus said, ‘Everything is possible for him who believes.’  Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief.’” Mark 23b-24

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; acknowledge Him in all your ways, and he will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5

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Adrenal Fatigue: My Story

Adrenal Fatigue:  My Story

I have always believed that in order to experience true wellness in one’s life, it must be approached holistically, which includes a low-stress lifestyle.  I didn’t fully understand what it means to control the stress in one’s life, however, until a few years ago when I crashed.  What I experienced has been called burn out, adrenal fatigue, or adrenal depletion.

Although I have been wholeheartedly committed to eating and living healthfully for nearly 20 years and have been the picture of health my entire life, in 2006 I began experiencing depression-like symptoms, weight gain, and fatigue.  I would wake up in the morning after a good night’s sleep and feel as if I had not slept at all.  I had a hard time regulating my body temperature and almost always felt cold.  Since I have always handled stress well, it was very strange when little things began to stress me out and make me cry.  These “symptoms” appeared gradually over time, so it is hard to pinpoint exactly when it all began.

My husband eventually had to take over the cooking, cleaning, shopping, and more, while I managed only to minimally homeschool my children and keep Charis Childbirth afloat.  I had to let another small business go under because I just couldn’t do it.

After about 9 months of trying to figure out what was wrong with me, it became clear that I was experiencing burnout; my adrenal glands had had enough.  You see, I had been abusing my adrenal glands my entire life without realizing it.  Some say I am hyper-positive and full of energy.  The truth is that I thoroughly enjoy life.  My love for adventure has helped me to be successful in so many areas of life, from homeschooling my children and staying up all night with a laboring mother, to ministry and entrepreneurial ventures.  My friends and family noticed my accomplishments and were a constant source of encouragement, which made me enjoy it all the more.  That enjoyment, however, was deceiving.  Everything felt so positive that it never crossed my mind that it was “stress” and that my health was suffering as a result.

At the beginning of 2007, I asked God to help me change and heal.  The first step He led me to take was to set aside a day for a true Sabbath rest each week.  Having been in ministry for so long, church day was not restful.  I can’t remember a time when I really had a day of rest.  After cutting out everything from my life that wasn’t essential and carefully structuring the rest, I have successfully had a weekly Sabbath for the past two years.  It has made such a huge difference in my life that I don’t ever want to go back to the way things were.

The next step was to learn how to relax.  I know that may seem silly, but I really didn’t know how to turn off my mind enough to benefit physically from any down-time I had.  I have now learned to enjoy just “being”—to be okay with not accomplishing anything for a little while.  I now enjoy times of quiet relaxation with no agenda on a regular basis.

In addition, I have had to be even more careful to include the foods that will help my body recover and to eliminate the foods that hinder that process.  I am careful to eat lots of good quality proteins from plant sources, include mostly raw vegetables and fruits so that I get the most nutritional benefit, and avoid things such as refined carbohydrates, caffeine, and other toxins.

Thankfully, about the time I began making significant changes in my life, we were moving from fast-paced Tidewater Virginia, to slow-paced southwest Florida.  That move was one of the best things in the world for my health.  I still have to guard my rest, but it is much easier when the world around me is not so hustle bustle.

God has been faithful to me and blessed my efforts to work with Him toward recovery.  I was told that this journey back to wellness may take a while, and it has; but I am feeling more and more back to normal each day.  I have a positive outlook on life once again, am back to a comfortable 97 pounds (don’t gasp, I’m only 5 feet tall), wake up feeling rested, have the energy I need to get through the day, can even sit through a movie in the well-air-conditioned movie theater without needing a sweater, and even my children have noticed that I am not stressed out like I was a few years ago.

Now when coaching others who desire wellness, I ask about their stress levels, both bad and good, and encourage them to evaluate the quality of rest and the margins in their lives.  Way too many “healthy” people are burning out or experiencing declining health as a result of stress.  My hope is that my story will encourage others to make positive changes in their lives before they suffer like I did.

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Sickness, Unsickness, and Wellness

Sick, Unsick, and Well

 Exactly what is “wellness”?  I imagine if we took a camera crew into the mall and interviewed a dozen different people about what “wellness” means, we would get nearly a dozen different answers.  Some would say it is being a healthy weight or being physically fit.  Some might say it has something to do with health food.  Others might say that it is the absence of disease.  Without a clear definition of wellness, how do people know if they are truly well? 

 Over the years, as I have had discussions with people concerning health and wellness, I have discovered that many people will say that they are relatively healthy, have a good diet, and exercise some.  But when I dig a little deeper, I find that they are not as healthy as they say they are, do not eat as well as they think they do, do not get enough exercise, and are living a high-stress lifestyle.  So, I have found it necessary when coaching people as they seek “wellness” to first discover what their own definition of wellness is, why they desire wellness, and then spend some time exploring a theory on wellness that I learned from a trusted doctor, George Wootan, M.D.

 Dr. Wootan is a family medical doctor in the state of New York who has had a unique journey in his medical career.  He began over 4 decades ago as most doctors, with a full schedule of seeing sick patients and giving them prescriptions to help them recover from their sickness.  Business was booming.  One day he had lunch with beloved pediatrician and author Robert Mendelsohn, who challenged Dr. Wootan in the way he practiced.  I won’t go into all the details here, but as a result of his conversation with Dr. Mendelsohn, he began to change the way he practiced.  He started doing classes and seminars to educate his patients and put the responsibility for their health back into the hands of the patients or their parents.  As a result, instead of his patients being in a cycle of getting sick, going to the doctor, getting better, getting sick again, going to the doctor, etc., his patients stayed healthier and his paycheck began to dwindle.  Being committed to the health of his patients, he had to seek out other creative ways to supplement his income so he could provide for his large family of eleven children while helping his patients achieve wellness.

 When I heard Dr. Wootan’s story, I decided to take his course “Pediatrics: A Course for Parents” when he came to Virginia in the mid-1990s.  The following is just a small piece of what I learned from him that has hugely impacted how I view health and wellness and how I coach others who are seeking wellness.

Wootan’s Theory on Wellness
“On a continuum between sickness and wellness, there is a third condition that falls right in the middle: unsickness.”

It is very easy to see the difference between sickness and wellness, but the difference between well and unsick is a little bit less clear.

A well person will go to the store and come home with a bag of groceries.  An unsick person, on the other hand, will come home with the groceries and a virus he picked up while shopping.  The well person’s immune system took care of the virus without him even realizing it, but the unsick person’s immune system wasn’t up for the fight.  In his book, Take Charge of Your Child’s Health, George Wootan states, “When you’re well, you generally stay that way (although even the healthiest person is susceptible to disease sometimes).  When you’re unsick, illness is as close as the nearest germ.”  He also lets us in on the secret that doctors are not trained to help people go from sickness to wellness, but that they are experts at taking people from sickness to unsickness.  The responsibility of achieving wellness is on the shoulders of each of us as individuals.

If a person is ready to embrace that responsibility and is willing to take a holistic approach to achieving wellness, he has already taken a giant step in the right direction and it is time to set some goals.  He will likely succeed.

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