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The Reasons I Don’t Think Vaccines Have Saved Us


Be sure to read the other posts in this series: 
Vaccinations: The Big Debate

Dr. Inaz Semmelweis was a Hungarian physician in the 1800′s.  In 1847, he was an assistant in the maternity clinic at the Vienna General Hospital in Austria.  While employed there, Dr. Semmelweis discovered that the doctors’ wards had a mortality rate that was 3 times higher than the mortality rate of the midwives’ ward. {I’d be stickin’ with the midwives, ya know? ;)}  These mothers were dying of puerperal fever, which is often fatal.  Dr. Semmelweis discovered that the doctors were performing autopsies in the basement of this hospital, and then immediately going up to deliver babies in the maternity clinic without washing their hands.  

Dr. Semmelweis made a connection between the autopsies and the high rate of mothers dying.  After sharing his findings with his colleagues, he encouraged the other doctors to wash their hands after autopsies.  This simple hand washing practice immediately brought the cases of fatal puerperal fever to less than 1%.  Dr. Semmelweis believed cleanliness would reduce other diseases as well.  His hypothesis was rejected by the medical community, and he was ridiculed and ignored because of his belief.  This indifference by the medical community outraged Dr. Semmelweis and he did not cease to try persuading others to accept his theory.  His colleagues, and even his wife, thought he had lost his mind for believing in “germs” that cannot be seen with the eyes.  

In 1865, Dr. Inaz Semmelweis was committed to an asylum, and died 14 days after.  It is believed that he died from being severely beaten by guards.  {Wikipedia}  What a tragic ending for a man who was spot-on about the spread of disease.

Years later, Louis Pasteur helped to further explain Semmelweis’ findings, developed the germ theory of disease, and germs became a widely accepted fact.  Dr. Semmelweis is now considered a “pioneer of antiseptic procedures.”

In our day, we cannot imagine how a doctor could think nothing of performing autopsies and delivering babies without washing his hands in the transition.  We are well aware of the importance of sanitizing and sterilizing hands, equipment, surfaces, etc. to stop the spread of illness and disease.  

What were the doctors doing in the Vienna General Hospital in Austria when they performed autopsies and then delivered babies without washing their hands?  Spreading disease

How did this spread of disease reduce to below 1%?  Cleanliness 

Cleanliness and sanitation {not vaccinations}, my dear friends, is what I believe to be the main reason for reduction in diseases.

There are a few other things besides sanitation that are a possible credit to the reduction of disease:

  1. Better living conditions
  2. Better personal hygiene 
  3. Better nutrition
  4. Clean drinking water
  5. Flushing toilets
  6. Better medicine and medical help

In the “old days”, chamber buckets were emptied into gutters that ran into the streets, and children thought nothing of playing in these gutters, garbage and slop was tossed into the streets and alleys, unclean drinking water was consumed. {Source}  If you visit countries today where diseases are prevalent, you will find poor living conditions and/or poor nutrition.

What happened to typhoid and tuberculosis?

Vaccinations for typhoid and tuberculosis have never been used widespread in the US, and yet the death rates for these diseases declined just the same.  The only reasonable explanation seems to be good sanitation, nutrition, and better medicine.

Another interesting thing is that whooping cough and chicken pox are on the rise in our day.  As much as we are told that these diseases are showing themselves because of the unvaccinated, this is not true.  These diseases are on the rise among the vaccinated as well.  In her book, “Be Your Child’s Pediatrician”, Rachel Weaver speculates that perhaps these 2 diseases are on the rise because the abundance of processed foods and vaccine toxins are weakening children’s immune systems.  This is a good speculation.

Below you will find a few graphs that show the decline in disease before vaccinations.  These graphs are used with permission by Dissolving Illusions.  

This graph shows that tuberculosis and typhoid declined when the other diseases did.
{Statistics from the US}

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How To Make a Brain Tonic Tincture

How To Make A Brain Tonic Tincture | Jill's Home Remedies | Do you have trouble remembering things? Improve your memory naturally with this brain tonic tincture!

To be honest, I never gave it a thought that I would have a problem with my memory in my 30′s. I assumed my older years might bring on forgetfulness, but I did not anticipate the need for a brain tonic tincture at my age.

But with the increasing number of cases of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other memory-related disorders, I think it’s important to start NOW in trying to improve and prevent memory loss.

I found myself recently making a tincture to help my brain function better. People of all ages can become forgetful and yes there are herbs that can make a huge difference in how our brains function!

This brought me to the question of why? Why do some people experience memory loss? Some begin to experience memory loss when they are young and others have a very sharp mind their entire life. Is there a way to prevent memory loss and even improve it? I believe there is!

I am all about researching and learning the whys and ways of how to heal and prevent. There are very few health concerns that can not be reversed and healed with proper diet and herbal support. This is such good news for those that suffer from ailments. Never give up hope! I know what it’s like to feel like you can never feel better, but you CAN.

How To Make A Brain Tonic Tincture | Jill's Home Remedies | Do you have trouble remembering things? Improve your memory naturally with this brain tonic tincture!

Possible Causes of Memory Loss

 As important as our memory is to us, let’s take a look at some of the things that can cause memory loss. This is not the whole list, but some of the main culprits.

  • Medication – some medications have a side effect of memory loss. As I’ve said many times, I am a firm believer that most health problems can be healed with diet change and herbal supplements. If you are on medication that has harmful side effects, work with a natural doctor on switching to healthy remedies if at all possible. I have a relative that switched 11 of her medications for herbal supplements and she now does not suffer from the side effects of those medications. Imagine taking ELEVEN medications! Her health is so much better from getting to the root of correcting her ailments as opposed to only covering up symptoms.
  • Diet – not eating a proper diet makes a big difference in how our brain functions. Sugar leaches nutrients from our body and almost every American has too much sugar in their diet. Real food diets of lean meats, brown rice, vegetables, fruits, etc. feed the brain what it needs. Supplementing with a B-vitamin complex is also a very good idea.
  • Artificial Sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose are excitotoxins that kill brain cells and can greatly affect the memory. MSG (or monosodium glutamate) is another excitotoxin to avoid. 
  • Mercury and aluminum are very toxic to the brain. Don’t bake with aluminum where the food is touching aluminum. Avoid silver (mercury) fillings and instead, find a dentist that does the white fillings. Vaccines contain aluminum and/or mercury. Opt instead for green vaccines

Besides eating a good diet and exercising at least 4 times a week, there are herbs that can improve your memory and reverse memory loss. I found a great recipe in Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. With consistent use, many people have noticed a difference in their memories after taking this tincture for 6-8 weeks. This is just one way to fight memory loss!

How To Make A Brain Tonic Tincture | Jill's Home Remedies | Do you have trouble remembering things? Improve your memory naturally with this brain tonic tincture!

How To Make a Brain Tonic Tincture


2 parts ginkgo leaf
2 parts Gotu kola
1 part peppermint
1/2 part rosemary
1/2 part sage


  1. Combine herbs together in a bowl. You can measure by weight or volume. Mix up as much or as little as desired.
  2. Fill a jar halfway with herbal mixture.
  3. Fill the jar the rest of the way with vodka, leaving a 2-inch headspace.
  4. Keep jar in a cool, dark place for 6-8 weeks.
  5. Shake jar daily or at least a few times a week.
  6. Strain tincture and bottle the liquid.

Dosage: Take 1/2-1 tsp. of tincture 3 times a day for 6-8 weeks.

For an alcohol-free version, follow the instructions in this post.

I buy most of my dried herbs here.

How To Make A Brain Tonic Tincture
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  1. 2 parts ginkgo leaf
  2. 2 parts gotu kola
  3. 1 part peppermint
  4. 1/2 part rosemary
  5. 1/2 part sage
  1. Combine herbs together in a bowl. You can measure by weight or volume. Mix up as much or as little as desired.
  2. Fill a jar halfway with herbal mixture.
  3. Fill the jar the rest of the way with vodka, leaving a 2-inch headspace.
  4. Keep jar in a cool, dark place for 6-8 weeks.
  5. Shake jar daily or at least a few times a week.
  6. Strain tincture and bottle the liquid.
  1. Dosage: Take 1/2-1 tsp. of tincture 3 times a day for 6-8 weeks.
Adapted from Rosemary Gladstar
Adapted from Rosemary Gladstar
Jill's Home Remedies

 5 Surprising Causes of Memory Loss. (n.d.). Retrieved July 10, 2016, from 

Natural Remedies for Diabetes


According to the Washington Post, diabetes has reached epidemic numbers in the US.  If we continue at this rate of diabetes, it is estimated that 1 in 3 Americans will have diabetes by 2050.

That’s alarming.

These statistics have to make us stop and think about why so many have diabetes and why the numbers are increasing.  We must be doing something wrong.

And we are.

The poor diet and lifestyle of our country is evident in the health of our society.

Can we stop diabetes?  Can we even reverse it?

Yes!  The evidence is in the number of people doing just that.

Causes of Diabetes

What exactly contributes to diabetes?  Prevention is always the best thing!

  • Poor diet – A diet high in sugar (and especially fructose) is a contributing factor to diabetes.  Processed foods are also a contributor with their high amounts of sugar and other unhealthy toxic ingredients.
  • Inactivity – you have to stay active!
  • Vaccines – if you vaccinate, make sure the injections are limited and spread apart as a safer option. (Source)
  • Genetics – diabetes tend to run in the family, which can be prevented through a change in diet. (outlined below)

Natural Remedies For Diabetes

Diabetes can be healed and completely reversed.  It takes discipline and consistency, but it can be done.  Our bodies get used to us eating unhealthy, so unhealthy becomes what we crave.  It may take a while, but with effort, you can train your body to like healthy foods and dislike the unhealthy stuff.  I’ve finally broken my sugar addiction.  It’s been hard to do, but I have!  I am now satisfied with only eating stevia sweetened foods on occasion. (The actual good stevia too. :))

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which pancreatic cells than produce insulin are destroyed by the immune system.  People with this type of diabetes must inject insulin several times a day to stay alive.  Type 1 is more uncommon than Type 2 diabetes.

Home Remedy

It has been thought by many (even among the natural world) that Type 1 Diabetes had no cure at all.  But I recently read in this article that it has been healed with raw living foods.  Read about it here.  Type 1 is not as simple to cure as Type 2, but it can be done!

Type 2 Diabetes

With Type 2 Diabetes, the pancreas is producing insulin (normally too much), but it is not able to recognize and use the insulin properly.

Home Remedies (Source)

  • Stop eating all refined sugars.  That means fructose, high fructose corn syrup, sodas, desserts-you name it.  Sodas and HFCS has caused a huge amount of diabetes. (Source)  It’s just NOT worth it!  Visit your local health food store for healthy stevia sweetened goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Exercise every day.  Do some type of exercise-walking, lifting weights, rebounding, etc.
  • Be in the sun at least 30 minutes a day, and take a good vitamin D supplement in the winter months.  This one is my favorite.
  • Avoid all processed foods.  This means no fast food, processed meats, frozen meals, boxed and canned stuff.  Feed your body real foods the way it was created.
  • Eat a ton of super foods every day.  Filling your diet daily with healthy foods will go a long way to changing your health completely around.  Eat lots of greens, like kale.  Eat homemade fermented foods like kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut.  This is my favorite resource for cultured foods.  Eat raw nuts, seeds, avocados, organic unrefined coconut oil, blueberries.  Take healthy herb mixes found here.
  • Eat lots of probiotic foods for optimal gut health-like the fermented foods mentioned above.

This list may be overwhelming to think about since our society is so used to eating a certain way.  I know-I’ve been there.  I’m still slowly trying to change my eating habits.  If we really think about it, though, this is the way many people eat from all over the world-foods the way they are created.

Paper bag with the word diabetes filled with healthy foods

Do you suffer from diabetes?  Have you treated it naturally?


 5 Reasons Why Diabetes is on the Rise. (n.d.). Retrieved December 1, 2015, from 
 How to Reverse Diabetes, and How Insulin May Accelerate Death. (n.d.). Retrieved December 1, 2015, from