Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Please Immunize Your Child.

In the Czech Republic you can't place your child into any kindergarten or school if not properly immunized. I hope they won't change the law because it is one that protects others from getting sick or worse. 

I feel I have to protect my children from danger of getting measles or polio and other scary disease that we have once eliminated by vaccines and now people seem to question that.

I love my perfect (buy outfit at Hudson Bay Company - little Canadians) children and want them to be safe when it is possible.

Here is some reliable information (just because I wanna help with what ever I can) on why vaccines are safe and not dangerous:

Why can’t I let my baby’s immune system develop its own immunity, rather than having all these viruses and bacteria injected into him?

Your child cannot develop immunity to something he has never been exposed to. While your child can develop immunity if exposed to a certain disease, before developing the immunity they will likely actually get sick from the infection and have to endure the possible life-threatening complications that may occur.

Are vaccines safe?

Vaccine safety is a priority in Canada. Vaccines are one of the most researched and monitored areas of medicine. They are approved in the same way as new medicines are approved. They must go through a series of steps to show that they are safe and able to prevent the disease they target before they are approved. They are given to thousands of children who are very closely monitored before they can be approved for general use. Once approved, the vaccines continue to be monitored to make sure that they remain safe. A program called IMPACT (Immunization Monitoring Program ACTive), occurring in 12 children’s hospitals across Canada (including CHEO), reviews all hospital admissions for certain serious illnesses and collects information to see if the illness happened after vaccination. Canadian doctors and nurses must also fill out a report to Health Canada, if a patient develops a serious health problem after being vaccinated.

Is it true that my child can develop autism, brain damage, mental retardation, attention deficit disorder or learning disorders from the mercury that is in vaccines?

In a few vaccines, small amounts of thimerosol (an organic mercury compound used as a preservative) are still used as a preservative to make sure that the vaccine will not get contaminated and will continue to work. Large studies over the past ten years have proven that there is no association between thimerosal containing vaccines and autism or other brain damage. In fact, one recent study compared the rate of autism in children who had been immunized with thimerosol containing vaccines and those who had not, and found that there were slightly more children with autism amongst those who had not been vaccinated.

Secondly, many studies have recently shown that there are genetic differences in children with autism and it is now believed that this is likely the main reason why some children develop autism.

What about the side effects from immunization?

It is true that vaccinations may cause side effects. The most common ones are tenderness where the vaccination is given, mild fever and irritability. Giving acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tempra) before and after can help treat these side effects. Other side effects are rare and the risk of getting sick from the diseases themselves far outweighs the small risk of reacting to an immunization. Your health care provider should review both the common and rare side effects of each vaccine before your child receives it.

Is there anything else I should consider?

In the last 50 years, vaccinations have saved more Canadian lives than any other health measure. There is so much research, testing and monitoring of vaccines that parents should really trust the medical experts on this issue. You should share any concerns and questions you have about immunizations with your health care provider to ensure that you have all the information you need before making the decision to vaccinate your child. There are so many things we cannot anticipate where our children’s health is concerned but vaccinations is one of the most important things you can do to keep your child healthy.


It is important that the immunization information you read is accurate and up to date. 

Public Health Agency of Canada

Thank you for immunizing yourself and your kids!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sexy Summer:

Feel sexy, look sexy and drink sexy as our 4 year old boy has learnt to say about everything ... Sexy is the word we use daily now! Kinda loving it. 

Either way, try this Avocado smoothie above by Julie Daniluk or better yet my version of it...!

1 avocado 

1 inch English cucumber

1/2 ripe mango (sweet)

1/2 lime squeezed 

1/2 cup rich coconut milk

1 scoop of organic whey protein powder or 1 tsp spirulina 

1 1/2 cup natural coconut water or more (add as needed during blending)

10 to 15 ice cubes

Optional: a few mint leaves 

ALL in the vitamix blender...


Personaly, I enjoy the protein powder or spirulina as they give me fantastic benefits and it also can replace a meal (i.e. In my case during breast feeding perhaps in addition to a meal..... Like the oooh so wonderful schnitzel with potatoe pancakes ...) and all that while reducing body inflamation and creating collagen and muscle growth ... so very needed when you turn 30 .... Smiles! 

And if drinking your food just is not the best on any given day, our family summer favorite has become the Japanese OKONOMIYAKI (great easy summer eat) and here is how I make it or try some other online versions:

1. Fry (in medium frying pan) what ever you have: onions, peppers, zucchini and mushroom (some of my favs) in canola oil (make sure onions are fried golden before you add other vegetables);

2. Optional: add diced leftover roasted chicken or BBQ steak or shrimp, sausage or just any meat you have or like;

I used chicken leftovers!

2. Prepare pancake-like dough: 4 eggs, water (1 cup), some all purpose flour and some whole wheat flour (2:1 ratio) (total 1 3/4 cups) and whisk well, adding water or flour until thick but runny batter is ready:

Get a skilled helper!

3. Add all fried ingredients into the batter;

4. Add 2 cups of green cabbage (finely chopped);

5. Return to the non-stick frying pan with enough canola oil heated;

6. Flip after 10 to 15 minutes on medium heat, I do it simply by tossing into another pan!

Result: thick rich pancake, and serve with mayo or mustard...and OKONOMIYAKI sauce. 

Eating it on a terrace outside is the extra bonus in summer.

Then .... Go have fun with kids or enjoy Bryan Adams concert during the infamous Stampede! 

Yahoo Calgary!

Another Armani boy is here...

Real boy this one I tell you....

My 2 little cowboys!

Adam's comment was: "I have never played to so many hats before LOL"

Hope your summer is going great too! 

XO,  Z