Monday, June 25, 2012

Please Help Stop AB 2109

It would be nice if the people of California could vote for new legislation rather than having the politicians take it upon themselves to make laws that strip us of our rights.  Please help us stop AB 2109, the legislation that would force parents to take their kids to MDs when they normally wouldn't, in order to secure a vaccination waiver.

The NVIC has sent out the following.  Please click on the links and learn what you can do to help and call some of the senators.  Thank-you.

A hearing on AB2109 is scheduled in the Senate Health Committee for June 27th at 1:30 P.M. in the John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203) at the California State Capitol, 1301 10th Street, Sacramento, CA  95814.  Please be there if you can. 
The committee hearing agenda is posted here:
1)    Call and write members of the Senate Health Committee and tell them to VOTE NO on AB2109.  Please see the contact information in the table below.
2)    Plan on attending the hearing on June 27th. Please contact your California NVIC State Directors Dawn Winkler and Michelle Gutierrez at if you are able to attend the hearing.  You can also call Dawn Winkler at 530-283-1018. You can either give oral testimony, submit written testimony, and/or just register in opposition to the bill.  We need a strong constituency of Californians opposing this bill to be in attendance!  If you would like to provide written information to the committee, have 12 copies available for members and staff.  Please see more information below from Dawn Winkler if you are attending.
3)    BRING your video and still cameras to the capitol and film and take pictures! Great advice from Vermont’s NVIC State Director Jennifer Stella, who recently helped lead the fight against an attack on the philosophical exemption in Vermont, is to record everything in the legislative process.  Legislators need to know the families in California are watching and keeping track of what they say and do to affect their rights!  If you are able to video record the hearing or take pictures of the hearing room and people inside testifying, please email our research assistant and Colorado State Director, Cindy Loveland at and she will share with you instructions after the hearing for helping us archive and save the video and pictures.  
4)    Send this to as many friends and family in California that you can and ask them to please register for the NVIC Advocacy Portal at so they can get added to this state email list and receive updates on how they can continue to help fight this bill.
The most important point to make with Senators is to let them know that if parents are unable to comply with the requirement in AB2109 to have a health care practitioner meet with them and sign their exemption form, their child cannot go to school!!!   This can lead to truancy charges and a lapse in the child’s education.
Listed below are some of the many valid reasons why families who use the personal belief exemption may not be able to comply with this burdensome and expensive proposed mandate.
·         The parent cannot find a physician who will accept appointments with unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children in their practice. Parents are being kicked out of medical practices all over California for not fully vaccinating.
·         The healthcare practitioner refuses to sign the form because nothing in the bill requires them to.   
·         It is against the parent’s religion to go to the type of healthcare practitioner required to sign the form.
·         The parent cannot afford the work time off or money for a visit to the healthcare practitioner to get the form signed, especially if they have multiple children.
·         The parent selectively vaccinates and utilizes an RN, a school nurse or a pharmacist who can all administer vaccines in CA, but cannot sign the form.
·         The parent only utilizes alternative medicine.
·         The parent only has access to a health department or school clinic that only has an RN or School Nurse on staff, who is not allowed to sign.
·         The parent currently is in the Healthy Families program and may have difficulty finding a medical provider after the Healthy Families Program is rolled over to Medi-Cal.
·         The parent knows a child (their own child, a relative, a neighbor, a friend's child, a child in their community) who has been harmed, disabled, made chronically ill, or killed by their state mandated vaccines, and as a result, the parent does not to have their child fully vaccinated.

Capitol Phone and Fax Number
District Phone and Fax Number
Contact Form or Email
Ed Hernandez (D) – Chair
Phone: (916) 651-4024
Fax: (916) 445-0485
West Covina
Phone: (626) 430-2499
Fax: (626) 430-2494
Tom Harman (R) – Vice Chair
Phone: (916) 651-4035
Fax: (916) 445-9263
Costa Mesa
Phone: (714) 957-4555
Fax: (714) 957-4560
Elaine Alquist (D)
Phone: (916)651-4013
Fax: (916)324-0283
Phone: (408)847-6101
Fax: (408)847-6096

Joel Anderson (R)
Phone: (916) 651-4036
Fax: (916) 447-9008
Temecula Phone: 951-676-1020
Fax: (951) 676-1030
El Cajon Phone: (619) 596-3136
Fax: (619) 596-3140
Sam Blakeslee (R)
Phone: (916) 651-4015
Fax: (916) 445-8081
San Luis Obispo Phone: (916) 651-4015
Fax: (916) 445-8081
Kevin de Leon (D)
Phone: (916) 651-4022
Fax: (916) 327-8817
Los Angeles
Phone: (213) 612-9566
Fax: (213) 612-9591
Mark DeSaulnier (D)
Phone: (916) 651-4007
Fax: (916) 445-2527
Walnut Creek Phone: (925) 942-6082
Fax: (925) 942-6087
Michael Rubio (D)
Phone: (916) 651-4016
Fax: (916) 327-5989
Fresno Phone: (559) 264-3070
Fax: (559) 445-6506
Phone: (661) 395-2620
Fax: (661) 395-2622
Lois Wolk (D) Senate Sponsor for AB2109
Phone: (916) 651-4005
Fax: (916)323-2304
Phone: (707)454-3808
Fax: (707) 454-3811
Fax: (209) 948-7993

Please, if at all possible, plan to attend the hearing in the Senate Health committee on this Wednesday, June 27th at 1:30 at the State Capitol in room 4203. It is best to arrive around noon to find parking and get to the hearing room. Please let me know if you are coming at There is still much to be figured out with respect to people testifying. Everyone should get a couple of minutes, but there will be a few who get more and we need to determine who those will be. We'll have stickers and wearing black seemed to look nice and work well last time. Make a sign if you like, but it will have to go in the trash before you go into the building. We'll meet outside at the main steps again at noon. By all means, bring your children if you can.  
Above is the contact list again for the committee. More faxes and phone calls certainly would not hurt.
I am told by the chair, Hernandez, that more testimony will be allowed and that people won't be cut off if they stay within reason. I can't guarantee anything, but in my experience, the Senate side seems to accomodate more testimony from more people. So prepare about 2 minutes. I do not know how long this hearing will go on or when our bill will be up so you need to be prepared to go with the flow and be ready for the long haul. Bring snacks and drinks.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible and if you can't be there, please keep the faxes and calls rolling in to the committe up until 1:30 on Wednesday. 
Thank you so much to everyone for your help and support through these last 4 months! I have no idea what Wednesday's outcome will be, but we MUST try our best to save parental rights and medical freedom in California. We do have some hope as there have been some recent developments which may or may not go anywhere, but it is hope nonetheless. 
Hope to see many of you there!!!
In Health and Liberty,
Dawn Winkler
CA State Co-Director
National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC)
Executive Director
Health Advocacy in the Public Interest (HAPI)

Dawn Richardson, Director of Advocacy
National Vaccine Information Center and

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Migraine Tidbits

According to Dr. Dulce Maria Corrales when a person notices a migraine coming on, he or she should suck on a lemon.  Corrales says, “Suck on a lemon.  Not drinking.  Sucking on it.  Within five minutes, the blinding aspect of the migraine is gone.  The headache stays, but my eyes are effected immediately if I don’t suck on a lemon.  I have lemons in my car.  It works that well.”

According to Christiane Northrup, M.D. in the Wisdom of Menopause, “Imbalanced hormone levels contribute to so-called menstrual migraine during perimenopause and menopause” (127).   The headache referred to here occurs just prior to the woman’s period due to estrogen and progesterone levels falling dramatically.  Northrup is an advocate of 2 percent progesterone cream, which is not the synthetic progestins which doctors usually prescribe.  Northrup advises, “Apply ¼-1/2 tsp (of the cream) to your skin daily for the two weeks prior to your period, or three weeks out of every month if you’re no longer having periods” (127).  Note: If you’re looking for a company that sells progesterone cream that you can trust, please visit

According to Giovanni Maciocia in The Practice of Chinese Medicine, under the category of Intracranial, there are two kinds of differentiations of headaches: inflammatory (meningitis) and non-inflammatory (migraine), which is vascular (53 & 54).  Maciocia says that vascular headaches under the non-inflammation category are “the most frequent cause of recurrent headaches.  It consists in an initial constriction of the head arteries (giving rise to prodromal [learn cause of] symptoms) followed by vasodilatation and distension of vessels (which causes a throbbing pain)” (54).  With this headache, the eyes may have become sensitive to light, along with a throbbing pain around the eye, “radiating to the side of the head,” and nausea or vomiting (54).  Maciocia warns, “The attacks are precipitated by ,of theMaciocia warns, “The attacks are precipitated by stress, cheese, chocolate, red wine and the  contraceptive pills” (54).  I would dd that Maciocia would be referring to pasteurized cheese and regular mainstream chocolate.
According to James and Phyllis Balch in Prescription for Nutritional Healing, “There are two types of migraine, common and classic.  The common migraine occurs slowly, producing a throbbing pain that may last for two to seventy-two hours” (387).  The common type of headache’s pain is severe and felt behind an ear, or at the temples.  It may even “begin at the back of the head and spread to one entire side of the head,” which is where migraine got its name: “Greek hemikrania, which means ‘half a skull’” (387).  The common migraine may be accompanied with feeling ill, having vision issues, and “tingling and numbness in the limbs that can last up to eighteen hours,” said the authors (387).

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