• To Vaccinate Or Not To Vaccinate

    I felt very reluctant about getting vaccinated for my trip to India. Something about vaccinations has never felt right and it has nothing to do with needles. Granted, I've had to have some vaccinations in the past because of the nature of the work that I am in with hospice. However, for whatever vaccinations I could opt out of—I have. I was being urged by some of the people who care about me to at least look into the vaccinations, so I decided to take a gander at what I was up against. My primary physician recommended that I get vaccinated and sent me a list of all the possible diseases and illnesses that I could encounter based on where I was going. I was looking at some pretty scary names like Hepatitis A & B, Measles, Mumps, Typhoid, Zika, and the list went on and on. I started to notice fear creeping up and panic setting in. What if? What if I regretted not getting vaccinated? What is so bad about it? Wouldn't it be better to be safe than sorry? What was I resisting? I called my dad and he said, "well why don't you look at the alternatives?" We sometimes forget, in the face of fear, about other options. 

    What I found was that many of the vaccines have some pretty gnarly side effects. I personally know people who have gotten the flu shot and got severely sick because of it. Also, many of the vaccines prove to have pretty low success rates, even in the event of being contaminated. In the event of contracting any of these viruses our bodies can eventually heal themselves and it can also be treated. I looked into holistic approaches to traveling without vaccines and found a wealth of knowledge and some incredible remedies and preventative homeopathy that I already had in my tool kit, as well as some that I would not have otherwise known of.

     For example, Phosphorus covers the symptomatology for Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Malaria, Yellow Fever, and a variety of digestive disturbances including vomiting and diarrhea. Phosphorus can be considered a global remedy to prevent many diseases. Who knew? It also helps with cardiovascular diseases, repairs cells, improves kidney function, helps with metabolism for anorexia, fatigue, obesity, the musculoskeletal system, fibromyalgia, oral health, the nervous system, male impotence, premature ejaculation and so much more. 

     The fear subsided and I couldn't help but notice how much my fears and worries spiked. I sat with the feelings that came up as I played out both ways I could go with this. I thought about how much more important my thoughts are in connection with my body and it's well being.

    I went and got myself a few of mother nature's very own creations as well as a handy and affordable device. So far I have collected these items for my trip:

    Last, but certainly not least, I truly believe in how powerful our thoughts and attitudes are that we carry. As a human beings with a universe that exists within, I feel strong and tuned into myself. And when that wavers, all I have to do is get grounded and connect to my serving belief in the intelligence of my body and the resilience and adaptability it has-- that we all have. I will give my body the natural exposure to the world, as intended. I will be mindful of what I consume and how my body feels. I trust myself. These things are such a personal choice as it is our own bodies that we are making these decisions for. Ultimately, my state of soundness without being vaccinated is just as important as the person sitting next to me who is in a state of soundness because they did vaccinate themselves. The moral of the story? Our state of soundness is what matters most. 







  • I See You

    It is naive to think you know someone so well.

    To think that whatever time you have shared in knowing their

    habits, their history, their stories, their weaknesses, their

    strengths, their wounds, and deepest corners of their heart could

    ever sum them up-- is unjust.

    It is a shame to be unaware of the subtle shifts and changes that happen

    every day, every moment, right before your eyes. The little

    crinkles around her eyes that get ever-so-slightly deeper and

    wiser. The silver linings of her hair. The wonders of time and how

    they show their presence in such beautiful ways.

    You may think that a flower is simply a flower. A flower that

    looks and smells just as simply as it always has. Or that the ocean

    is simply salt water and blue.

    The flower is always moving, changing, blossoming, and giving life

    to the birds and the bees. The ocean's tides rise and fall with the

    phases of the moon. The currents change direction. And depending

    on how the sun hits the water, the colors and shades of blue are

    in fact, infinite.

    Everything around you and everyone is always changing. Take time

    to smell the roses. Take time to watch the tide. Take time to see

    your love with new eyes. It would be a shame to miss it.

    --Kayko Tamaki