A 5 week old baby has been hospitalised in Northern NSW after suffering a brain haemorrhage. This condition, called Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding, is routinely prevented by giving babies a vitamin K injection shortly after birth. The parents of this child reportedly refused this injection.
Pete Evans: diet guru, “wellness” advocate, celebrity chef and surfer guy. He’s probably more famous, now, for his health ideas than his year-round tan and work on My Kitchen Rules. Pete Evans is a chef but somehow the lines around that profession have blurred and he’s been causing outrage for some time now over his penchant for giving out questionable health advice.
First there was an odd ache under my arm. Intermittent. I didn’t stress about it, at first. Then the ache became more frequent. If I leaned a certain way or jiggled a bit. Even sitting still, it would announce itself. I tried not to worry. Then it spread; the pain went from my underarm to my left breast.
Within a week, I found myself swallowing over the counter painkillers because the ache, the discomfort, was distracting me at work. Then, the worry started.
Quietly, at first. A day or two of imagining it was getting better. A denial stage. Until I found the lump. When you have breast pain, you check for lumps. And when you find one, you’re entitled to a little freak out before moving on to the next stage. You see, after denial, traditionally, one experiences acceptance. So, I accepted that I had breast pain and a lump and did what anyone of my generation would do.
I googled it, knowing full well it was a bad idea. Cancer, cancer or cancer. My own boob, trying to kill me, for sure.
Doing my research.
“I advise parents to go out and do their own research with regards to this. No one is going to care any more about the child than the parents themselves. Make an informed decision. What I don’t like about it is the blackmailing that’s happening with the government. Don’t do that to people. That’s a dictatorship.”
-Senator Pauline Hanson.
Senator Hanson has urged parents to do their research regarding childhood immunisation and referred to the No Jab, No Pay policy as blackmail and the hallmark of a dictatorship. She’s also previously linked vaccination as a cause of autism and cancer, so I decided it was time to do a little “research“, just as Pauline suggests. I’m sharing it here so that other parents can make an informed decision about whether or not they’ll take the Senator’s advice on health issues, as well.