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Can SIDS be eradicated? One researcher believes it can (page 39)

13 Quote: Inspiration

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14 Homestead: With Mason the possibilities are endless. Find uses you would have never thought

26 History: This Thing Called Marriage. What is it and where did it come from?

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34 Quote: Inspiration 38 Hiding Health: Eradicate SIDS NOW! Can it be done? Nearly 40 years ago a study proved it could... 44 Quote: Inspiration 46 Life Lessons: The MouseTrap, and what it has to do with you

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elcome to the new issue of Girl STIR. We are happy to have you along for the ride. As we continue this journey we are constantly discovering new information, ideas and techniques to help you keep your family healthy and happy. This issue is especially important for all of our readers who are expecting or are new mothers. During our hours of research we came across a study that proved, nearly 40 years ago, that SIDS could be eradicated simply by supplementing you and your baby’s diet with vitamin C. Now I know at first blush that seems too easy, right? But let us not forget how many people died of scurvy before it was discovered AND accepted that the culprit was a vitamin C deficiency. I urge you to read the article on page 38 and pass it along to every woman you know.

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What else do we have in store for you this issue? As you look around you’ll notice lots of changes! We constantly seek new ways to improve your experience while you are here and we hope our new look will accomplish that. We also thought we would take a look at this thing called, “marriage.” What is it really, and where did it come from? Why are some so beholden to their beliefs about marriage? Of course, we also have included all the regulars...inspiration, and fun tid bits here and there; don’t forget about our business directory in the back of magazine as well! We thank you for being here and we look forward to seeing you back here next month, same time same sandbox.

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onsanto Protection Act” is the name opponents of the Farmer Assurance Provision have given to this terrifying piece of policy, and it’s a fitting moniker given its shocking content President Barack Obama signed a spending bill, HR 933, into law on March 26, 2013, that includes language that has food and consumer advocates and organic farmers up in arms over their contention that the socalled “Monsanto Protection Act” is a giveaway to corporations that was passed under the cover of darkness. There’s a lot being said about it, but here are five terrifying facts about the Farmer Assurance Provision -- Section 735 of the spending bill -- to get you acquainted with the reasons behind the ongoing uproar: 1.) The “Monsanto Protection Act” effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified (aka GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) seeds, no matter what health issues

may arise concerning GMOs written in collusion with in the future. The advent of Monsanto. Lawmakers and genetically modified seeds companies working together -- which has been driven by to craft legislation is by no the massive means a rare Monsanto occurrence Company in this day -- and their and age. exploding But the fact use in that Sen. farms Roy Blunt, across Republican America of Missouri, came on actually fast and worked with has proved Monsanto on a huge a provision boon for that in effect Monsanto’s allows them profits. to keep Sen. Roy Blunt, R. of selling seeds, But many which can Missouri, actually anti-GMO worked with Monsanto then go folks argue on to be on a provision to there have planted, protect sales of not been even if it is harmful crops. enough found to be studies into the potential harmful to consumers, is health risks of this new stunning. It’s just another class of crop. Well, now it example of corporations appears that even if those bending Congress to their studies are completed will, and it’s one that could and they end up revealing have dire risks for public severe adverse health health in America. effects related to the consumption of genetically 3.) Many members of modified foods, the courts Congress were apparently will have no ability to stop unaware that the the spread of the seeds and “Monsanto Protection Act” the crops they bear. even existed within the bill they were voting on. HR 933 2.) The provision’s was a spending bill aimed language was apparently at averting a government GIRLSTIR.com I 19


shutdown and ensuring that the federal government would continue to be able to pay its bills. But the Center for Food Safety maintains that many Democrats in Congress were not even aware that the provision was in the legislation: “In this hidden backroom deal, Sen. [Barbara] Mikulski turned her back on consumer, environmental

and farmer protection in favor of corporate welfare for biotech companies such as Monsanto,” Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety, said in a statement. “This abuse of power is not the kind of leadership the public has come to expect from Sen. Mikulski or the Democrat Majority in the Senate.” 4.) The President did nothing to stop it, either. On Tuesday, Obama signed HR 933 while the rest of the nation was fixated 20 I GIRL STIR I Vol8 #4

on gay marriage, as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument concerning California’s Proposition 8. But just because most of the nation and the media were paying attention to gay marriage doesn’t mean that others were not doing their best to express their opposition to the “Monsanto Protection Act.” In fact, more than 250,000 voters signed a petition opposing the provision. And Food Democracy Now protesters even took their fight straight to Obama, protesting in front of the White House against Section 735 of the bill. He signed it anyway. 5.) It sets a terrible precedent. Though it will only remain in effect for six months until the government finds another way to fund its operations, the message it sends is that corporations can get around consumer safety protections if they get Congress on their side. Furthermore, it sets a precedent that suggests that court challenges are a privilege, not a right. “I think any time you tweak with the ability of the public to seek redress from the courts, you create a huge risk,” Seattle attorney Bill Marler -- who

has represented victims of foodborne illness in successful lawsuits against corporations -- told the New York Daily News. How did YOUR Florida Senators vote? Their vote and contact information follows. Contact them and let them know how you feel! Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Voted Yea Contact Nelson at: Washington, D.C. Office United States Senate 716 Senate Hart Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202 - 224 - 5274 Email: www.billnelson. senate.gov/contact/email. cfm www.facebook.com/ billnelson Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Voted Nay Contact Rubio at: 317 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510 Phone: 202 - 224 - 3041 Email: www.rubio.senate. gov/public/index.cfm/ contact www.facebook.com/ SenatorMarcoRubio


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NEW RESEARCH SHOWS BUYERS OF T H I S S U P E R - H E A LT H Y F O O D C O U L D BE GETTING

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As much as 50 percent of the olive oil sold in the U.S. is not actually pure olive oil!

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ome brands claiming to be “extra-virgin” or “100 percent Italian,” for instance, have actually been adulterated with toxic rapeseed oil, more popularly known as canola oil, soybean oil, and other low-grade oils. In his new book, Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, olive oil expert Tom Mueller explains that not all olive oil is the same, and offers advice on how to spot authentic olive oil amidst all the imposters. During a recent interview with Terry Gross from NPR‘s Fresh Air, Mueller explains how olive oil adulteration is much more widespread than people think, if they are even aware of it at all. For olive

oil to truly be considered “extra-virgin,” it has to come from fresh, crushed olives, and not be refined in any way or contain any chemical solvents. It also has to pass certain tests of integrity in order to be considered legitimate, for which many of the brands popularly sold today would fail. “The legal definition simply says it has to pass certain chemical tests, and in a sensory way it has to taste and smell vaguely of fresh olives, because it’s a fruit, and have no faults,” said Mueller. “But many of the extra-virgin olive oils on our shelves today in America don’t clear [the legal definition].” Beige olive oil in plastic bottles is most likely

adulterated. Real extra-virgin olive oil should have a vibrant, almost peppery flavor, for instance, and not taste bland or watered down. It is also typically stored in dark, glass bottles so that its array of health-promoting antioxidants, its taste, and its forceful green color — yes, olive oil should be green, not yellowish in color — are not harmed by light or damaging UV rays from the sun. For this reason, avoiding olive oil in clear, plastic bottles is recommended. “What real olive oil gets you from a health perspective is a cocktail of 200-plus highly beneficial ingredients that explains why olive GIRLSTIR.com I 23


oil has been the heart of the Mediterranean diet,” added Mueller during his interview with NPR. “Bad olives have free radicals and impurities, and then you’ve lost that wonderful cocktail…that you get from fresh fruit, from real extravirgin olive oil.” Most imported extravirgin olive oil appears questionable in authenticity. The University of California, Davis published a report on olive oil back in 2010 entitled, “Tests indicate that imported ‘extra virgin’ olive oil often fails international and USDA standards.” In this report, researchers found that 69 percent of imported and ten percent of California-based oils

labeled as olive oil did not pass International Olive Council (IOC) and US Department of Agriculture sensory standards for extra virgin olive oil. Of those brands tested, the following failed to meet extra-virgin olive oil standards: • Bertolli • Carapelli • Filippo Berio • Mazzola • Mezzetta • Newman’s Own • Pompeian • Rachel Ray • Safeway • Star • Whole Foods The following brands were found to meet extra-virgin olive oil standards as part of the study:

• Corto Olive • California Olive Ranch • Kirkland Organic • Lucero (Ascolano) • McEvoy Ranch Organic Be sure to avoid any olive oil labeled as “light,” as these are the lowest quality olive oils available. Also, be sure to choose either California-based olive oils, the vast majority of which are legitimate, or imported olive oils certified by IOC.

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T H I S T H I N G C A L L E D,

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he practice of marriage is one of the universal aspects of the human experience. It is an ancient practice, bound by tradition, customs and laws. Through marriage, new families begin and established ones continue into a new generation. In the United States today, marriage is changing. An increased divorce rate and more single-parent families are altering young people’s attitudes toward marriage. The increasing acceptability of living together as an alternative is a factor in the decline of the number of couples getting married. In addition, gays and lesbians are seeking the recognition of their long-term partnerships as true marriages. And yet for all this change, some aspects of marriage remain remarkably the same. TYPES OF MARRIAGE Although a familiar institution, marriage has many forms. In most western nations, marriage can be defined as the coming together of a man and a woman under the auspices of the laws of the country in which they live and the religion or religions they practice. They vow to “keep themselves unto each other”-that is, remain emotionally and sexually faithful to one another. This form of marriage

is called monogamy, which means “one marriage.” It is the most common form of marriage. Monogamy is not the only form marriage can take. In other societies, marriage can also be defined as one man and several wives (polygyny), or one woman and several husbands (polyandry). Both of these practices can be called polygamy. Another form of polygamy is called group marriage, in which two or more men are married to two or more women; the men in a group marriage are often brothers. Studies of 565 of the world’s societies have shown that polygyny is the preferred type of marriage in 75 percent of the world’s societies. However, it is rarely practiced because of the considerable expense involved in supporting several wives and their children, usually in their own quarters. It has been practiced through most of the world’s societies, including such diverse cultures as China and the Blackfoot Indians of North America, and in societies which sanctioned it through religion, such as Mormonism. However, polygyny is dying out, partly due to the spread of Christianity, which sanctions only monogamy. Polyandry, the practice of a woman having more than one

husband, is the preferred form of marriage in less than one percent of the world’s cultures. Its practice is limited to certain areas of the Himalayas, among the Nayar of Southern India, and among some North American Indian and Eskimo societies. Polyandry is generally practiced in societies in which there is a scarcity of women or in which there is difficulty supporting a family. Often, brothers will share one wife, with the oldest brother being the head of the household. The husbands and wife were able to keep family lands intact in this way and pass them on to the children. Other marriage arrangements exist also, although they are not common. Among the Dahomey of West Africa, a woman can marry another woman. Such a union is not based on homosexual love, but rather on economic interests; a woman would pay a bride-price for another woman, who became the social father of any children that resulted from sexual unions between her wife and certain men. Interestingly, the woman who paid the brideprice may already have been married to a man! A leading question today in Western societies concerns homosexual marriage. Today in most states in the United States, homosexuals are not GIRLSTIR.com I 27


allowed to marry, and at all--it was their some religions, such as parents who arranged the United Methodist the engagement, or Church, punish clergy betrothal. The bride who officiate at such could have been as ceremonies. Gay and young as twelve; lesbian rights activists boys did not usually argue, however, that marry until they were long-term relationships seventeen. between gay and lesbian partners are Part of the custom of just as much marriages marriage involved the as heterosexual unions. exchange of goods or By being allowed to be money In Medieval married legally, gays and Europe, for example, “During the Middle Ages, lesbian partners could each bride came with a share in the benefits bride and groom often did not dowry, which was given accorded husbands and know each other at all--it was to the groom’s family. wives, such as health dowry’s components their parents who arranged Acould insurance. The rights include such the engagement...” of a surviving partner simple items as would be the same household linens to such as those of widow important items as land or widower, and allow the children’s futures insofar as deeds. In other cultures, it partner to collect pensions or it protected any inheritances, was the groom’s family who etc., which they would legally compensated the bride’s death benefits. be due. family by paying a brideTHE BASIC FUNCTIONS OF price. The bride-price was to Marriage is an ancient compensate the family for MARRIAGE practice, although its meaning the loss of the bride’s work, Although it may sound dull to in the past is different and in return the bride’s the ear of a Westerner, who from what we expect from family gave up their rights to has grown up with the idea marriage today. For example, her labor and her children. that a romantic attachment marriage in ancient Rome The bride-price (sometimes between persons is essential did not generally involve called the progeny-price), is to marriage, marriage was love; instead, it was more more common in societies in like a business arrangement. primarily established to which the children become provide status and protection Divorces were common. part of the father’s family (for to the offspring of that marriage. By marrying, a man Throughout much of human example, take his last name), assured his children of a legal history, marriage was not than in matrilineal societies. mother, and a woman assured a bringing together of two However, if the marriage her children of a legal father. individuals, but rather of two produced no children, the Although the significance of families. During the Middle contract was off and the bride such status may be difficult to Ages, bride and groom often returned to her family, and comprehend, it protected the did not know each other the bride-price returned. 28 I GIRL STIR I Vol8 #4


Marriage underwent a gradual 1600s. Jewish marriage The United States developed transition from a custom to rights occur under a huppah, a unique form of marriage a legal state. In 1215, the a canopy that signifies the during the 1800s, the Catholic Church declared that home, and the groom breaks “common-law” marriage. In a a private promise was an a glass in recognition of the common-law marriage, a man unbreakable covenant, and destruction of the Temple and women are not united that the two partners would in Jerusalem. In Hindu by any religious ceremony or be considered married. (This ceremonies, the bride and legal document. Instead, they covenant could not be broken groom walk seven steps merely live as husband and by any action of man, and together, and the bride wife, and present themselves the church still holds that places her foot on a stone as married to the world. The marriage can be undone to symbolize her steadfast American courts held that only by death or annulment.) devotion. In other societies because frontier life required However, this private promise and religious traditions, rice people to be so mobile and led to problems; imagine two may be thrown as a symbol of live so far from one another, a young people whispering fertility, the hands of the bride promise between two parties a promise to each other, and groom are bound with a was tantamount to a marriage although they knew it would silken cloth to symbolize their c o n t r a c t . C o m m o n - l a w be against their family’s union, and the couple may marriage is still with us today. wishes, or words spoken in share a drink of wine. Native the heat of passion that the Americans crafted special MARRIAGE AND LOVE speaker found him or herself “wedding vases,” pots with held to in the light of day. The two necks, and the groom “First comes love, then rules were changed in 1563 drank from one and the bride comes marriage ...” That old to require the presence of a from the other. schoolyard rhyme would have priest and two reliable been mystifying to many “Marriage was an economic witnesses. married people in the past. Marriage was an arrangement for most of its In England in 1753, history, and love had very little economic arrangement Parliament passed a for most of its history, to do with anything.” law regulating marriage. and love had very little Marriages had to be to do with anything. licensed and ceremonies For centuries, women had to be held during had to accept the mates the day and in public. their parents selected Today, most wedding for them, no matter how ceremonies involve unattracted they were to a religious service, the men. which contains many traditional aspects that During the 1800s, that are significant culturally. began to change, as women won the right The Christian service, to at least turn down for example, contains suitors (if not find the wording that has been man of their dreams). In unchanged since the 19th century America, GIRLSTIR.com I 29


a movement began that has changed the face of marriage dramatically. A group of people maintained that people’s hearts, not the law, made marriages, not any laws, clergy or witnesses. Called “free-lovers,” they had many radical ideas that shocked their fellow Victorians, including the suggestion of abolishing marriage altogether. However, their suggestions that people should be able to terminate their marriages if they no

are with us still. WHAT MAKES A MARRIAGE WORK?

Marriage is recognized throughout the world as a turning point in the lives of the man and woman. It requires more adjustment than possibly any other life stage as the partners sort out the roles they will play and learn each other’s needs and wants. Sacrifice in a marriage is required, and compromise is “Marriage requires more not always easy. adjustment than possibly any Many factors, other life stage as the partners both internal sort out the roles they will play and external, and learn each other’s needs...” c o n t r i b u t e to whether a marriage will succeed or fail.

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The personality traits of the partners play a significant role in the successor failure of a marriage. Studies have shown that a person’s level of neuroticism (negativity and emotional instability) is a powerful contributor to the outcome of a marriage. The more neurotic a partner the more difficulty he or she had in making the adjustments marriage requires, and the more likely

the relationship would end in divorce. Each partner’s personality traits can effect the other’s ability to adjust. For example, a husband’s level of neuroticism and his ambivalence about emotional expression had a negative affect on his wife’s adjustment. However, his a g re e a b l e n e s s , o p e n n e s s and conscientiousness had positive effects. Similarly, a wife’s neuroticism affected her husband negatively, while her openness and agreeableness affected him positively. Another important factor is children; studies have shown that couples with children are less likely to divorce than childless couples. In addition, men who are more involved with raising their children tend to have more stable marriages, researchers have found, because their wives are happier. O t h e r factors, such as economic factors, the couple may have less control over. However, by trying to control the factors they can-such as their reactions to a spouse’s needs -- experts say couples have a better chance of succeeding in one of humankind’s long-standing traditions, the marriage. Reprinted with permission Faqs.org


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IDS- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - is a tragic way for infants to die. The medical establishment seems to have no idea what causes it. Apparently healthy infants just suddenly die in their sleep, with no apparent warning. Two out of every thousand live-born infants die of this syndrome. CAUSE UNKNOWN OR CAUSE IGNORED? But is the cause really unknown, or has it been ignored and marginalized? In the 1970s, an Australian doctor named Archie Kalokerinos volunteered to serve the Aboriginal people in the opal mining region of Australia. He found that an astonishing 50% of infants were dying, primarily from SIDS. He noted that the people and their infants were almost completely deficient of vitamin C in their diet, and began a supplementation program. Before long the infant mortality rate had dropped to near zero, and no child subsequently died of SIDS. In 1978, Dr. Irwin Stone, one of the doctors who pioneered research in vitamin C, reported this in a paper presented at the Conference On Controversies In Human And Clinical Nutrition that

SIDS was in fact a result of what he called Chronic Subclinical Scurvy (vitamin C deficiency): The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or Crib Death, has been shown by the Australian workers, A. Kalokerinos and G. Dettman, to be a manifestation of infantile scurvy, due to the fact that all infants, born of mothers who depended solely on their diet as their only source of ascorbate, are born with the CSS Syndrome after nine months of intrauterine scurvy (Stone. 1978). SIDS can be prevented by increasing the infant’s intake of ascorbate (Cook, 1978). This has been known and published since 1974 (Kalokerinos, 1974). (Irwin Stone, Eight Decades of Scurvy - The Case History of a Misleading Dietary Hypothesis, 1978). Many of these infants were dying after receiving g o v e r n m e n t- m a n d a t e d vaccinations. Dr. Thomas Levy writes: Vaccinations also generally present some degree of toxin insult to the body. Kalokerinos (1981) observed that vitamin C-deficient Aboriginal infants were often placed into an acute state of scurvy because of

the additional vitamin C demands placed on their bodies by the vaccination injections, resulting in sudden death. (Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD, Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, & Toxins – Curing The Incurable, 2002). Dr. Kalokerinos wrote about his experience in his first book “Every Second Child,” and with the help of other physicians organized a national tour of the U.S. with the other physician who worked with him on vitamin C and SIDS, Dr. Glen Dettman. But the medical profession here and the NIH marginalized and ignored his work. Fast-forward to now. Here we are, thirty nine years after two courageous doctors found the root cause - and cure - for SIDS. Tens of thousands of infants have died unnecessarily, and more infant deaths seem inevitable. These are tragic deaths that were and are totally preventable. But doctors all over the world are still looking for an elusive cause, there are hundreds of SIDS research sites and support networks, and no one is talking about the vitamin C connection or doing anything about it, with the exception of GIRLSTIR.com I 39


a few doctors who have been using larged ose vitam i n C fo r years such as Robert Cathcart of Los Altos, California. The medical e sta b l i s h m e n t j u st refuses to believe that this syndrome could be caused by a simple nutrient deficiency.

Allowance” of vitamin C is a small fraction of the amount we and infants - really need. Many metabolic processes will be compromised, but the outward signs won’t be obvious. Artery wall repair will happen more slowly, and the human body compensates for LARGE AMOUNTS this deficiency with a O F V I TA M I N C sticky plaque called “Without sufficient vitamin C lipoprotein(a) - the root ESSENTIAL FOR H E A LT H infant immune systems and cause of cardiovascular disease. Antibodies and arteries are fragile. A single V i t a m i n C - an blood cells will stressful event,...could tip the white e s s e n t i a l nutrient be built incorrectly or balance and kill them.” more accurately not at all. Cholesterol, called ascorbate - is needed for nutrient needed by the human transport, will not be body in large quantities for d e p e n d i n g on the recycled properly. literally dozens of metabolic level of stress, activity, processes, from tissue repair environmental toxins, and For infants, this is deadly. to recycling of cholesterol to general health. We “use up” Their little bodies have very neutralization of free radicals vitamin C faster if we work little reserves to draw upon. and toxins to the building of in a stressful job, exercise Without sufficient vitamin antibodies and white blood heavily, are exposed to C, their immune systems cells. Most animals - other toxins, or if we are ill. and arteries are fragile. than humans, primates, A single stressful event, a guinea pigs, and a couple If we do not ingest any minor fall, a vaccination, a of rare animals - produce vitamin C, we get scurvy; toxic exposure, or a simple their own vitamin C in large we need vitamin C to repair virus or bacterial illness amounts from glucose normal microscopic wear could tip the balance and (a simple sugar found in and tear of the walls of our kill them. Metabolic failure, blood), either in their liver arteries, and when they heart failure, toxic trauma (mammals) or their kidneys cannot be repaired, they to vital organs, hemorrhage (reptiles). h em or r h a ge. We literally - it could happen dozens of ways. Sudden death, with no bleed to death internally. The optimum dose for all of warning. SIDS. these metabolic processes is But what happens if we about 200-1000 mg per 10 get some, but not enough? W E C A N E R A D I C AT E l b s o f b o d y w e i g h t , The “Recommended Daily S I D S 40 I GIRL STIR I Vol8 #4


It’s now time to eradicate this syndrome once and for all. It is time to supplement every child’s diet with a minimum of 200 mg of vitamin C per day for each 10 lbs of body weight, and more - up to 1000 mg per day for each 10 lbs of body weight - for children who are ill or whose immune systems are compromised. For example, you would give a newborn infant (7-10 lbs) a minimum of about 150-200 mg per day.

with honey or containing a lot of ingredients. Spread out the daily dose in three divided doses. Measure it carefully and mix it with pasteurized orange juice to give it to your child. Pregnant mothers need to take vitamin C to provide enough to their babies in the womb, using the same formula of 200 mg per 10 lbs of body weight, or about 3000-4000 mg per day, in divided doses, for an adult of typical weight. You should take much more - up to your “bowel tolerance dose” - if you are ill or under stress. Vitamin C deficiency can affect the normal development of the child, so it is important to

use supplemental vitamin C during pregnancy and starting immediately after the child is born. Here’s how to do the calculation: take your body weight or the weight of your child, divide by 10, and then multiply by 200 mg to get the minimum dose of vitamin C. So for a child who weighs 20 lbs, you divide 20 by 10, result 2, then multiply by 200, result 400 mg per day minimum dose. For an adult who weighs 150 lbs, divide by 10, result 15, then multiply by 200, result 3000 mg per day minimum dose.

If a child is ill or stressed, his or her body uses far more than that. It is easy to find out how much vitamin C a child really needs - too For much causes a non-harmful, the temporary diarrhea, and her you just reduce the “Pregnant mothers need to dosage until the diarrhea subsides. This take vitamin C to provide is called the “bowel enough to their babies in the tolerance dose” by Dr. womb.” Robert Cathcart, who has been treating his patients with largedosage vitamin C for more than twenty-five years. Vitamin C that is usable for children is available in liquid form (such as Child-Life Vitamin C liquid) from many health food stores or online. Do not use varieties sweetened

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believes in vitamin C, so that if the child is hospitalized they will continue with vitamin C supplementation.) Once the child is well, gradually reduce vitamin C to the dosage you use regularly. For vaccinations: In general, I recommend that parents seriously consider not vaccinating their children, and certainly never to vaccinate against hepatitis B, because the vaccine has a horrific reputation for harming children, and hepatitis B is both extremely rare and also quite curable. Vaccines in general contain both live (but “attenuated”) viruses and a brew of toxic chemicals and preservatives, sometimes including mercury (thimerosal). This places a huge burden on the child’s immune system, and quickly depletes vitamin C. Many SIDS victims have died shortly after vaccinations. If you decide to vaccinate your child, increase the vitamin C dose dramatically several hours before and for several days after the vaccination to prevent vitamin C depletion and so that the child’s immune and detoxification systems will have a chance to kill the viruses and neutralize the toxins. Demand non-

thimerosal, single-dose, single-virus vaccines; the multiple-virus vaccines such as DPT and MMP have the worst reputations regarding harm to infants. Tetanus is probably the only disease for which there is any real justification for vaccination. I S V I TA M I N C S A F E I N THESE DOSES? Vitamin C is safe in literally any amounts. As mentioned above, it is an essential nutrient needed in large quantities for dozens of metabolic processes. Many people, including this author, have taken very large doses of vitamin C for many years without any side effects, and live healthier lives as a result. 100,000 mg to 300,000 mg amounts have been given intravenously to people who are very ill with AIDS and other illnesses, with no adverse effects. It does not cause kidney stones, heart disease, or cancer; as a matter of fact, it prevents them. The pharmaceutical industry and its allies have gotten the media to spread false warnings about largedose vitamin C to the media, and the refutations by prominent researchers and clinicians are never printed. E R A D I C AT E S I D S N O W !

Let’s make SIDS history! If you are pregnant or you have an infant or older child, please begin vitamin C supplementation now. A Microsoft Word version of this article is available at http://www.cqs.com/sids. doc for public distribution. Please print, copy, send, and distribute this printable document widely, to your friends and relatives who have children, to everyone you know. References: Kalokerinos Archie, Every Second Child. Thomas Nelson (Australia) Ltd., Melbourne, 1974. Kalokerinos Archie, Medical Pioneer of the 20th Century. Biological Therapies Publishing, 2000 Levy Thomas, Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, & Toxins - Curing the Incurable. Xlibris, 2002. Hattersley J, The Answer to Crib Death “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome” (SIDS), Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Volume 8, Number 4, 1993, pp.229-245 The Answer to Crib Death “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome” (SIDS) Joseph G. Hattersley Stone I, Eight Decades of Scurvy - The Case History of a Misleading Dietary Hypothesis, presentation at the Conference On Controversies In Human And Clinical Nutrition, Boston University School of Medicine, Hyannis, Massachusetts. July 16, 197 GIRLSTIR.com I 43


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The mouse turned to the pig and told him “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The pig sympathized, but said “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.”

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