To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate: References

Vaccinations. I know this is a super HOT topic as of late. Not many other topics, maybe besides Jesus and politics, cause such division between friends and family! Most people have strong opinions on the matter and are polarized on either side of the debate. It is VITAL to be informed on all sides, knowing the risks as well as the benefits, what Dr.’s and health experts say, what the side-effects and long term consequences are, and what your rights and responsibilities are as a parent. Also in some of these books is information on adult vaccinations (tetanus, flu shots, etc…)

After much personal research, we have chosen not to vaccinate at all, ever. Here are a few of the books I used as my guide (and still use as reference and re-reading material):

Vaccinations, a Thoughtful Parents Guide

This book was pretty good for those who are on the fence. Gives  a middle of the road approach. Good for information on both sides of the debate when you’re just starting out.

Vaccines, Are They Really Safe and Effective?

The best book for short and sweet answers to each vaccine and their potential problems. Also shows charts and graphs of disease rates declining before vacinnes are introduced. My #1 recommendation for parents just entering the vaccine controversy.

How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor

This book just touches on the vaccine issue and delves into many other issues, as well. A great one to keep on the shelf for reference when it comes to your child’s health. Written from a pediatricians point of view, it is helpful to hear what he saw in his years of actually giving vaccines and what he, as an MD, thinks is necessary and what you should pass on.

Raising a Vaccine Free Child

Despite the truly terrible book cover, this was the most informative, comprehensive book! Though not written by a doctor or health professional, she is a parent and researcher who chose not to vaccine BEFORE there was mainstream controversy over the issue… and in another country where diseases were prevalent. Once we had decided not to vaccinate, this was the mortar to fill in the cracks.

Do you have any favorites??

2011 Dirty Dozen

Environmental Working Group has put out their 2011 List of the 12 top fruits and veggies with the highest pesticide load. If you can only buy some things organic, you will want to choose these.

MAKE SURE you buy these organic:

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Strawberries
4. Peaches
5. Spinach
6. Nectarines (imported)
7. Grapes (imported)
8. Sweet Bell Peppers
9. Potatoes
10. Blueberries (domestic)
11. Lettuce
12. Kale/Collard Greens

These are the cleanest and lowest in pesticide load. If you have to buy some conventional produce, choose these:

1. Onions
2. Sweet Corn
3. Pineapple
4. Avocado
5. Asparagus
6. Sweet Peas
7. Mangos
8. Eggplant
9. Cantaloupe (domestic)
10. Kiwi
11. Cabbage
12. Watermelon
13. Sweet Potatoes
14. Grapefruit
15. Mushrooms

There are two changes from the 2010 List. Added is lettuce, and moved down further on the list (no. 16) is cherries. Here is the full list (53 fruits and veggies analyzed for pesticide load.)

And HERE is a handy printable list for the grocery store. No memorizing needed.

Easter Resources

Dying eggs, Easter baskets and pastel church clothing isn’t wrong… but don’t let it become any sort of focus. Let our focus remain Jesus, Him crucified and resurrected from the dead. In the same power, we are also made alive with Him and will be resurrected in the last Day!

“Since When Did Bunnies Have Eggs?”  Great article  on about origins of Easter bunny and other Easter traditions.

What Happened on this day during Holy Week? Compilation of scriptures, placing the events of Jesus’ last week before crucifixion on the day they probably happened. Great devotional [Bible] reading, put together by Justin Taylor on Check back everyday!

To do with kids:

Books for Kids:
  • Death by Love: Letters From the Cross written by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears, one of my husbands seminary professors
  • Keep Me Near the Cross edited by Nancy Guthrie. Contributing authors include John Piper, Tim Keller, Jonathon Edwards, John Owen, Alistair Begg, Augustine, Spurgeon, John McArthur, Adrian Rodgers, Calvin, Schaeffer, Lloyd-Jones, C.J. Mahaney, Martin Luther and others.

How to Hide His Word in Our Hearts

I read this post by John Piper today on about the importance of memorizing Scripture. At the end of the article, he attached a booklet entitled, “An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture.” Sounds fun, right? Well, it should because this is the single-most complete, valuable and useful resource for memorizing God’s Word that I have ever seen*!  Piper’s Twitter update said: “I wish I could persuade everyone to do this.”

Me, too.  I personally see great value and love to memorize God’s Word. To preface this, I don’t say this with any pride or exultation of myself. That being said, in the past I have memorized several books of the Bible. I say “in the past” because I haven’t done it in a while… and… today I couldn’t recite an entire book or even an entire chapter for you. I have an easy time with memorization and will go on a streak where my husband will come home and I’ll say “I memorized the rest of Ephesians today!” But then… I don’t KEEP reciting it and working on it in the months to come and so, just as with anything else, what you don’t use, you lose.

That is the reason this article is like a Godsend to me, literally. Thanks be to God for the Holy Spirit inspiration to write such a booklet. I am reading it and thinking, “I have found gold!” Really, this is how I feel. I so long to hide God’s Word in my heart and to “not let this Book of the Law depart from my mouth” but I just continue to fail at perseverance, I suppose.

I am excited to put these methods into practice… immediately!

Will you join me???

*(Another good one I have seen (though not for memorizing whole books of the Bible, but rather single verses) is the Memory Box System).