This week on A Different Perspective, Nicole Saleske, Family Nurse Practitioner at The Wellness Way-Green Bay, explores the impact of the COVID-19 vaccine on women’s health, pregnancy, and fertility.
Pregnant Women and the Vaccine
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Nurse Saleske notes that in the phase 1 trials of the vaccine, pregnant women were excluded, as they often are in medical studies due to the varying nature of their bodies throughout pregnancy. These women are now being urged to get the vaccine, even though no trials were done.
The definition of science according to Merriam-Webster is this: knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation. Science values asking questions and encourages questioning. The problem right now is that we’re not allowed to ask questions. Anybody that asks questions, including about the safety of vaccines for pregnant women, gets censored. This means that the scientific process is now flawed. The minute that we’re no longer allowed to ask questions, we no longer have science. We have a narrative.
Why are we urging pregnant women to be vaccinated when we have no scientific evidence to support this discussion? Nurse Saleske cites various media articles that push a fear-based narrative with no scientific backing. She also cites a letter from Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg and Dr. Michael Yeadon stating the physiological concerns regarding pregnant women getting the COVID vaccine. She further unpacks their findings with a discussion on the maternal and fetal blood barrier and explains the sycytin-1 theory.
COVID Vaccines: Impact on Fertility and Miscarriage
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Sites like WebMD state that data does not support a rise in miscarriages and infertility due to vaccines. But the problem is there is no long-term data yet to gather! Especially when we’re talking about a 9-month pregnancy term, long-term data is absolutely crucial for making informed decisions. This data is unavailable due to the rushed nature of the vaccines.
Nurse Saleske cites several studies stating that COVID vaccines do not cause sterility or miscarriage, but notes that these studies were funded by Johnson & Johnson. This should raise a red flag, as the very manufacturer of the vaccine is sponsoring a study that lands in their favor.
She then takes a deeper dive into how to read a study and emphasizes the importance of reading beyond just the abstract or summary. One study presents information stating vaccines do not negatively impact reproductive health, but concludes saying, “we encourage a restrained interpretation of our findings,” as VAERS highlights spontaneous miscarriages as “the most common obstetric outcome after COVID mRNA vaccination.”
It is crucial to exercise critical thinking skills when examining information. You must read the fine print. When critical thinking is applied to these studies, one quickly sees that data can be drastically different than what is presented. In one study, for example, 82 percent of qualifying pregnant women underwent a miscarriage within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy after receiving the vaccine. Without reading the fine print of the study, however, readers would never know this.
Nurse Saleske cites Pfizer’s biodistribution study that looked at where nanoparticles of the vaccine settled within women’s bodies. One of the highest incidences of concentration was in the ovaries. When compared to other organs, the ovaries were the second highest area of nanoparticle concentration. This is alarming and should give every woman pause.
The CDC recently changed their recommendations on vaccines for pregnant women, advising them to take the vaccine as the “benefits outweigh the known or potential risks.” Do we really know the risks? Clearly we don’t, so how can we confidently tell pregnant women to do this? It is vital to read the fine print on studies, read entire articles (not just concluding statements), and ask questions.
Mother’s Moment with Jamie Barke
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Many parents are putting a great deal of trust into the school system and the teachers who are with their children all day. But how many really know what children have access to inside school?
Jamie Barke cites three books from a school library catalog as an example of content accessible to children that contains sexually graphic material. Materials desensitizing kids to subjects like sex, drugs, and alcohol are now being presented to children as young as kindergarten age. Jamie urges parents to dig into what materials are available within their own districts. The results may be shocking. In many cases, schools are pushing materials that tell kids what to think, rather than teach them how to think.
She also encourages parents to ask their children if they are being asked to take surveys at school. The 2021 Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey, for instance, is a 13-page survey that probes students with very intimate questions about their health and lives. No child should be forced to answer such in-depth questions (many of which may address subjects they know nothing about), especially without parental oversight and involvement.
How do you access information inside your school district? Jamie shares these steps:
- Library access: email your superintendent and director of curriculum. Ask for a link to the district’s library catalog. Then you can search to see what exactly is available in those libraries.
- Open record requests: email your superintendent’s secretary and superintendent asking for very specific open record requests. Look up your state law on open records. Refer to that law when requesting. Be as detailed as possible.
- School board meetings: find out when your school’s monthly board meetings are. Go to them. Speak at them. Be an active part of your children’s education.
- Teachers: investigate who is teaching your child. Look up their social media (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc.) to gain a sense of who they are and what kind of influence they are having on your child.