Virginia teen suffers rare illness...

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Virginia teen suffers rare illness...
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Thu, 11-12-2009 - 3:51am

Boy diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, but CDC says no clear link

Jordan McFarland, 14, was hospitalized for five days after coming down with Guillain-Barre syndrome hours after receiving a vaccination for H1N1.

By JoNel Aleccia
Health writer
Nov. 11, 2009

A 14-year-old Virginia boy is weak and struggling to walk after coming down with a reported case of Guillain-Barre syndrome within hours after receiving the H1N1 vaccine for swine flu.

Jordan McFarland, a high school athlete from Alexandria, Va., left Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children Tuesday night in a wheelchair nearly a week after developing severe headaches, muscle spasms and weakness in his legs following a swine flu shot. He will likely need the assistance of a walker for four to six weeks, plus extensive physical therapy.

“The doctor said I’ll recover fully, but it’s going to take some time,” the teenager said.

Jordan is among the first people in the nation to report developing the potentially life-threatening muscle disorder after receiving the H1N1 vaccine this fall. His alarming reaction was submitted via msnbc.com’s reader reporting tool, First Person, by his stepmother, Arlene Connin.

http://katysexposure.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/virginia-teen-suffers-rare-illness-guillain-barre-after-swine-flu-shot/

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Mon, 11-23-2009 - 6:21pm

I understand, I was once where you are now. I researched for years before my first was born in 1999 - and I still vaccinated him. But I later got much more educated on the issues and once I saw it from all angles, it just doesn't make sense to take the chances with the vaccines - and they all come with lots of risks. There is so little chance you will even come into contact with the disease - that right there is a good reason to evaluate the current schedule. And even if you do come into contact with it, you may or may not get it. Even if you get it, it's a self-limiting disease (except polio). Knowing how to treat those diseases could mean the difference in life or death. I try to stress this everywhere I go - the combination of Motrin and Tylenol with certain diseases can result in a negative outcome. Unfortunately your doctor will tell you to use both - back to back. I learned the hard way, and had two extremely different experiences with chickenpox. Of course, the worse case was the vaccinated child...that could have been the problem right there!

Something to keep in mind is the way the CDC and *science* plays word games.

They change the names of diseases and create new names for the many different severity's of a given disease. Polio is one.

You should be aware of that fact before going into the research. Or at this point, Millers book would be a great read for you.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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Registered: 04-28-2007
Mon, 11-23-2009 - 7:49pm

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Hmmmm, the same could be said for the vaccines don't ASD group;)

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Registered: 11-20-2009
Mon, 11-23-2009 - 10:04pm

Once again...how do you know I don't have first hand experience? How do you know I haven't had the swine flu? You say you're an OT. Unless you're the DOCTOR or NURSE treating these patients suffering from the illness, you can't claim professional knowledge. An OT does NOT diagnose and treat the flu. Yes, you may help with the after effects, but I'll go with a DOCTOR'S or NURSE'S expertise. Sorry.


Wow, what a negative response. I can see there is a huge trust issue in that you really don't want to trust that ANY health care professional can prove you wrong Well, I really hope that myself or any other health care professional does not have to treat a family member of yours for something that COULD have been prevented. Sorry.

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Registered: 11-20-2009
Mon, 11-23-2009 - 10:12pm

I'm trying to learn how to eat without white flour and sugar. Those are two items which will reek havoc on the immune system. I've made my kids get at least a half-hour of sunshine every day (that it's possible) and we have not gotten sick this fall (yet) other than colds - first time since my 5 yr old was born. We had the H1N1 last spring, that was our last family sickness.


I am glad that you have firgured out all this and all this is the replacement for vaccinations right? All of the above can protect from all the diseases that vaccinations can right? Wow, maybe you should write a book about all of your findings including the research related to how the above can prevent disease directly. Let us all

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Mon, 11-23-2009 - 10:19pm
I would explain, but for some strange reason, I don't think you would get it...
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Registered: 11-17-2007
Mon, 11-23-2009 - 10:25pm

"I am glad that you have firgured out all this and all this is the replacement for vaccinations right? All of the above can protect from all the diseases that vaccinations can right? Wow, maybe you should write a book about all of your findings including the research related to how the above can prevent disease directly. Let us all know when that is accomplished please so we can buy it."

Where did Crunchy say that it was the "replacement " for all vaccinations? Where did she make the claim that "all of the above can protect from all the diseases that vaccinations can"...please show me...did i miss something?

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Mon, 11-23-2009 - 11:12pm

Thanks Emily. Some people are hung-up on the idea that self-limiting diseases are all deadly, every time, even in this day and age. The fact that so many of our ancestors survived the vaccine-available diseases, and the ancestors before them, and the ones before them did too...well all that is just conveniently ignored, it's easier to think that if you don't get vaccinated you'll die. Having a strong immune system is ignored - always.

I actually had a nurse tell me that my daughter would die if she got the chickenpox. Well, she got the chickenpox! And unless you lifted her shirt you would have never known she had it. 'Didn't bother her any.

Now my vaccinated child was a completely different story when he got the chickenpox (he also got the CP vaccine).

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Registered: 08-09-2009
Tue, 11-24-2009 - 5:46am

>>I can see there is a huge trust issue in that you really don't want to trust that ANY health care professional can prove you wrong<<

I can put it bluntly for you, if you'd like. I choose to trust the knowledge of a doctor that is specialized in diagnosing things such as the swine flu rather than someone who isn't specialized in that area.

>>Well, I really hope that myself <<

I doubt that would happen. If my family is possibly sick with the swine flu, I won't be taking them to an occupational therapist.

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Registered: 08-09-2009
Tue, 11-24-2009 - 6:10am

>>I am glad that you have firgured out all this and all this is the replacement for vaccinations right?<<

And you said my post was negative. She didn't say that was her vaccine, did she? She was telling me how she stays healthy during a season where there is no vaccine for things such as colds.

You know, you associate your "knowledge" of vaccines and H1N1 because of your work as an occupational therapist. Because I am a Certified Medical Transcriptionist, can I say I'm an expert too? I probably deal with more ACTUAL medical records regarding H1N1. I say probably because I'm not allowed to talk about what I transcribe.

>>All of the above can protect from all the diseases that vaccinations can right?<<

She never said it did now did she?

>>Wow, maybe you should write a book about all of your findings including the research related to how the above can prevent disease directly. Let us all know when that is accomplished please so we can buy it.<<

Similarly, could you let us know when you write a book on how an OT is an expert in all medical fields?

Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks but I won't hold my breath. Oh and why do you talk down to everyone? Does it make you feel happy?

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Registered: 08-09-2009
Tue, 11-24-2009 - 6:11am
I'm totally taking troll bait, aren't I?

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