Honoring the Extraordinary: Mothers

The greatest change in life that a woman will ever experience is becoming a mother. As every mom soon discovers, there are no books or classes that can fully prepare you for the responsibility and countless decisions you will need to make for your child’s physical and emotional health.

In honor of Mother’s Day 2017, we profile four extraordinary mothers who have faced a crisis in their lives and embraced the challenge with courage, integrity, and a passionate vision to improve life for others.

These are their inspirational stories.

Barbara Loe Fisher
Co-Founder & President, National Vaccine Information Center

Barbara Loe Fisher, NVIC

“No American should be legally forced to play vaccine roulette with a child’s life.”

Barbara Loe Fisher is president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) a non-profit charity she co-founded with parents of DPT vaccine injured children in 1982.

When Barbara’s son was two and half years old, he suffered brain inflammation within hours of his fourth DPT shot. He ended up developing multiple learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder. As the daughter of a nurse she was shocked. “It never occurred to me that a medical intervention designed to keep a healthy child healthy could ever harm that child.”

For a year, her child’s mental and physical health deteriorated but doctors couldn’t find any explanation for his condition. One evening, Barbara tuned in to watch an NBC documentary called “DPT: Vaccine Roulette.” The next day, she contacted the news station to obtain the research reports used. The papers contained clinical descriptions of reactions to the pertussis vaccine that matched those she had witnessed and indicated the rate of occurrence was 1 in 875 DPT shots. She was stunned. “I felt betrayed by a medical profession I had revered all my life.”

Barbara’s extensive research resulted in co-authoring “DPT: A Shot in the Dark” in 1985. More than 100 cases of DPT vaccine-induced brain inflammation and immune system dysfunction are described, and the book was the first to report cases of regressive autism associated with vaccine-induced brain inflammation.

She has also authored “The Consumer’s Guide to Childhood Vaccines” (1997); “Vaccines, Autism & Chronic Inflammation: The New Epidemic” (2008);  “Reforming Vaccine Policy & Law: A Guide” (2014) and “The Emerging Risks of Live Virus and Virus Vectored Vaccines: Vaccine Strain Virus Infection, Shedding and Transmission” (2014).

For the past three decades, Barbara has been one of the leading educators in the world advocating for informed consent protections and vaccine safety reforms. You can find her latest commentary on her exceptionally informative website, National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC).

Joette Calabrese

Joette Calabrese, Homeopath

“Every decision, no matter how uncomfortable socially, personally, culturally or professionally, must be based on what is genuinely best for the child.”

Joette Calabrese’s life-changing journey began with her own chronic health issues which seemingly developed overnight. She became so allergic to everything that she could no longer go out in public. One whiff of cigarette smoke or perfume could send her into a tailspin of allergic reactions. Drugs prescribed by doctors only added to her misery. She was trapped and desperate to find a solution.

By chance, she attended a lecture on an alternative treatment called homeopathy and was inspired to find a reputable homeopath to take her case. To her amazement, she started feeling better than ever and, in only a few months, she was cured.

With her desire to know everything about homeopathy ignited, she studied everything she could about it. When she became a mom, she used her newfound knowledge and witnessed how homeopathic remedies could solve her children’s illnesses including ear infections, bee stings and even vaccine damage.

Her quest to learn more never ends. In the last few years, she has traveled to the Dr. Prasanta Banerji Homoeopathic Research Foundation, a world-renowed clinic in India that is treating and cataloging how homeopathy is being used to successfully treat cancer and other life-threatening diseases such as renal failure, multiple sclerosis and other illnesses.

Today, her work continues as an author, speaker and teacher dedicated to helping others experience the healing power of homeopathy.

One of Safe Baby Healthy Child’s favorite articles by Joette is called “Convictions of the Best Mother.” It is a must-read that validates your child-directed instincts that may lead you off the beaten path and on a healing journey you never imagined.

To learn more, listen to the Joette Calabrese Podcasts: #20 “Moms with Moxie” and #17 “Homeopathy can help mothers care for their children.”

Robina Suwol
Founder & Executive Director, California Safe Schools

Robina Suwol, California Safe Schools

    “Kids don’t have lobbyists. They don’t have war chests. They don’t have a vote. So they depend on their parents (us) to protect them.”

Imagine watching your son walk toward a school entrance on the way to his first grade class and when turning to throw you a kiss, is suddenly sprayed by someone in a hazmat suit who was spraying for pests. This terrifying accident happened to Robina’s son and caused him to have a full-blown respiratory attack. A rush to emergency medical care saved his life.

Robina could have sued the school district, but instead she chose to find out what chemicals were being used in and around students and faculty at Los Angeles schools. What she discovered was truly shocking: there were approximately 160 chemically-based products being used indiscriminately – several of which were known to cause cancer.

To make sure this would never happen again, she decided to build a collaborative team of school officials, teachers, parents, community leaders, county health and school pest management personnel. With a mission to use prevention as the primary methodology for pest elimination policies, she founded a non-profit called California Safe Schools.

Her model of a coalition using the precautionary principle was adopted for the California Healthy Schools Act eight years later. Many other schools across the nation have also created programs based on Robina’s progressive idea. She continues to passionately pursue putting policies in place at the city, state and federal levels to benefit the safety of children.

Robina has been recognized with numerous awards from local, state, federal agencies and government leaders, including being named as one of the “Fifty Visionaries Who Are Changing the World” by UTNE Magazine.

Does your school have a safe pest management policy? If not, go to California Safe Schools to find out more. Download the IPM Policy and take action so children can be safe in and around their school.