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a request for testimonials

To those who have taken classes and/or challenges and/or workshops with me: I am wondering if you would email me privately with some testimonials that I can use for a brochure and/or website. (pretty please with sugar on top) :) My email address is
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Hurricane Sandy Newsletter

linda's raw food newsletter Hello there Good Fiddle Heads People! I wanted to acknowledge the heart breaking devastation that Hurricane Sandy left and honor the resiliency of the people that live there as well as the outpouring of help that is coming to them all already. What a storm. There was so much damage, devastation and loss in NJ and parts of NY and CT. Those of you that know me know I am a Jersey Girl. The first 27 years of my life were going to any beach/boardwalk I could to visit mother ocean. All my haunts are gone. All I have left are my memories and I'm grateful for the memories. I'm saddened by the devastation, I know it will get rebuilt and I also know it will be different - maybe better maybe worse but definitely different. Change happens. I'm grateful to have heard back from most of my peeps in the tri-state area. Damage to houses ranged from terrible to some being lucky to not get anything. Downed trees and wires are everywhere. Some are still without power as I write this - my brother and his family among several without power (and my family is not known for being avid campers... but we are adaptable...) Another storm is expected on Wednesday and I hope mother nature is kind to my NJ and all its people. I want to acknowledge the folks in Cuba and other parts of the Carribean, too, who were also devastated by this storm. This was an unprecidented storm that was far reaching in its path. I'm still shocked to hear how man inland places in NJ got affected. This was a life-changing storm for so many. What has been heartening is the outreach of support. Utility trucks from Ohio, Michigan, Alabama and EVERYWHERE are coming to help get power back on so that people can get warm. We're all in this together, folks. (If you recall, many Vermonters were devastated by floods last year. Hurricane damage in VT? It still boggles the mind.) Many people are calling these weather patterns "the new normal." Keep the prayers and good thoughts coming. So we're all in this together. I want to post some links for ways in which we can help. My home needs me and it needs you. This is a lot of damage and the recovery is going to take a while. Here's what I found so far and I'll post more when I can:

  • Help Jersey -
  • Red Cross - (Don't forget NY, CT, and the Carribean!)
  • Jersey Cares - type in a zip code and find information/drop off points
  • a wonderful post with many other links for helping NY and NJ
  • ATTENTION CENTRAL VERMONTERS: My friend is going down this weekend to take items to places for donation. Blankets, cleaning supplies, baby items, gently used clothes (think COLD weather clothes/accessories) and non-perishable food items. Please contact me and we'll coordinate the drop off to my friend Jen (another Jersey Girl living here in VT.)
These ways in which we can help greatly lift up the folks who are feeling very down, devastated, alone and/or confused by what they see before them. Thank you for your open eyes and hearts. all love, Linda Vermont Fiddle Heads 18 Worcester Village Road Worcester, VT 05682 802-223-2111 802-225-8934 (fax) Like us onFacebook: P.S. Please contact me if you are interested raw food classes or challenges. P.P.S. Be sure to check us on the web as we have lots of new products online and in the store, too, always. We've posted up a few new items!
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inventory sale - HUGE SALE - great pricing

We received a big order and we have to clear out space upstairs to hold fabric. We have a big sale and are grateful for everyone who has taken advantage of the great sales thus far. Here is an updated list of what's for sale. --> PLEASE CONTACT US at linda AT to let me know what you'd like to pick up. Cash or Check only. Paypal payments also accepted. I'd like to avoid CC fees.
17 lb bucket Artisana Raw Almond Butter 2 $225.00 $160.00
7th Generation Unbleached Napkins (Sleeves of 500) 5 $10.25 $7.50
Airpot BUNN coffee carafes 2.2 liters - stainless steel 1 $75.00 $40.00
Artisana Sattva Organic Tahini 16 oz jars 3 $11.25 $9.50
BACH: 10 ml RESCUE REMEDY 1 $13.25 $11.95
BACH: 20 ml AGRIMONY 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml ASPEN 1 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml BEECH 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml CENTAURY 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml CERATO 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml CHERRY PLUM 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml CHESTNUT BUD 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml CHICORY 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml CLEMATIS 1 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml CRAB APPLE 1 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml ELM 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml GENTIAN 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml GORSE 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml HEATHER 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml HOLLY 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml HORNBEAM 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml MIMULUS 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml MUSTARD 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml OAK 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml OLIVE 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml PINE 1 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml RED CHESTNUT 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml ROCK WATER 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml SCHERANTHUS 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml STAR OF BETHLEHEM 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml VERVAIN 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml VINE 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml WALNUT 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml WATER VIOLET 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml WHITE CHESTNUT 1 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml WILD OAT 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml WILD ROSE 1 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: 20 ml WILLOW 2 $14.50 $11.50
BACH: Original 38 Flower Essences (all of the above + 2 Rescue Remedies) KIT 1 $589.00 $425.00
BIODEGRADABLE PACKAGING: Greenware 12 oz cups and lids 200 $35.00 $30.00
BOOK: 80/10/10 - used 1 $29.95 $15.00
BOOK: Alissa Cohen's LIVING ON LIVE FOOD 6 $29.95 $20.00
BOOK: Alissa Cohen's RAW FOOD FOR EVERYONE 12 $35.00 $24.00
BOOK: ALIVE IN 5 1 $14.95 $10.50
BOOK: BECOMING VEGAN by Davis & Melina 3 $19.95 $13.95
BOOK: EAT TO LIVE 2 $14.99 $10.50
BOOK: HEALTHFUL CUISINE, Brian Clement 18 $21.95 $15.00
BOOK: JUICE FASTING & DETOX 3 $10.95 $7.75
BOOK: KILLER CLOTHES by Brian Clement 2 $14.95 $10.50
BOOK: LIFE FORCE by Brian Clement (Hippocrates LifeForce) 2 $24.95 $17.50
BOOK: NAKED CHOCOLATE 4 $20.95 $14.75
BOOK: PRESERVE IT NATURALLY (dehydration book) 6 $24.95 $17.50
BOOK: R.A.V.E DIET 1 $15.95 $11.00
BOOK: RAW FUSION I 4 $19.95 $13.95
BOOK: RAW FUSION II, RECIPES 4 $14.95 $10.50
BOOK: RAW JUICING 3 $12.95 $9.00
BOOK: SPROUT GARDEN: Indoor Grower's Guide 2 $12.95 $9.00
BOOK: SUPPLEMENTS EXPOSED: by Brian Clement 1 $15.99 $11.20
BOOK: THE CHINA STUDY 6 $16.95 $11.90
BOOK: THE SPROUTING BOOK by Ann Wigmore 4 $9.95 $7.00
BOOK: YOUR BODY NEVER LIES by Michio Kushi 3 $16.95 $11.00
Bormioli Rocco Verdi Espresso Cup With Stainless Steel Handle set of 4 2 $19.95 $7.50
Brown paper gift bags in 3 sizes 19 cents each for the small ones, 21 cents for the medium size bags and the large bags are 24 cents each bag
Coconut Vinegar 12.7 oz 10 $6.50 $5.50
Dandy Blend 14 oz 5 $19.50 $14.00
Dandy Blend 7.05 oz 4 $12.00 $9.00
DISPLAY: Glass shelving that makes half moon 1 ? 10 -- OBO
DISPLAY: Tall black metal display rack with glass shelves 1 ? 10 -- OBO
Diviana Nectar 4.7 oz 10 $14.40 $11.52
E3 Live AFA 120 count 6 $27.75 $19.50
E3 Live AFA 30 count 8 $14.35 $10.00
E3 Live AFA 300 count 6 $88.16 $61.75
E3 Live AFA 60 count 6 $18.85 $13.25
E3 Live Earth's Essential Crème 1.6 oz/45 g 7 $39.50 $30.00
E3 Live Enzymes Supreme 120 count 4 $28.00 $19.60
E3 Live Enzymes Supreme 60 count 8 $14.50 $10.25
E3 Live Light Crème 1.6 oz/45 g 8 $39.50 $30.00
E3 Live Light Polish 7 oz 2 $22.50 $18.00
E5 Hemp Protein Powder 1 lb 9 $38.95 $31.00
ESSENTIAL OIL: Aura Cacia Ginger 0.5 oz 1 $15.00 $12.00
ESSENTIAL OIL: Aura Cacia Juniper Berry 0.5 oz 1 $17.00 $13.75
ESSENTIAL OIL: Aura Cacia Sandalwood 0.5 oz 1 $52.00 $41.75
ESSENTIAL OIL: Avena Botanicals Frankincense 1 oz 1 $31.95 $25.75
ESSENTIAL OIL: Avena Botanicals Palmerosa 2 oz 6 $8.75 $7.00
ESSENTIAL OIL: Mountain Rose Herbs Ginger 0.5 oz 3 $11.00 $8.80
Florere 46 g/1.6 oz shea butter moisturizer 8 $6.50 $5.20
Fruits of the Earth 180 grams (Healthforce Nutritionals) 8 $30.95 $25.00
Glass Sugar Pourers with metal lids 2 ~$3.50 - 5.00 $2.00
Gold Mine Brown Rice Mochi 4 $12.00 $11.00
Gold Mine Organic Raw Nori Sheets - 50 per pakg 6 $21.25 $18.00
Gold Rush 16 oz 5 $49.95 $30.00
HERBS: Acai Berry Powder org 1 lb $66.40/lb $53.00/lb
HERBS: Amla Berries org ~2 lbs $16.00/lb $12.80/lb
HERBS: Blue Vervain org ~3 lbs $15.20/lb $12.00/lb
HERBS: Buckwheat Hulls org 5 lb $27.50/lb $22.00/lb
HERBS: Burdock Root org ~2.5 lbs $12.80/lb $10.25/lb
HERBS: Calendula Flowers org ~1 lb $21.00/lb $16.80/lb
HERBS: Cardamom Pods org ~2 lbs $29.60/lb $23.68/lb
HERBS: Catnip org 3 lbs $15.20/lb $12.00/lb
HERBS: Chaga Powder org ~3 lbs $52.80/lb $30.00/lb
HERBS: Chamomile Flowers org 2 lbs $20.00/lb $16.00/lb
HERBS: Copal Resin org ~2 lbs $12.00/lb $9.60/lb
HERBS: Cumin Seed Whole org 1 lbs $10.80/lb $8.65/lb
HERBS: Dong Quai Root org ~1 lb $16.00/lb $12.80/lb
HERBS: Dragons Blood Resin org ~2 lbs $56.00/lb $44.80/lb
HERBS: Echinacea Purpurea org ~1 lb $12.00/lb $9.60/lb
HERBS: Ginkgo Leaf Powder org ~1 lb $12.00/lb $9.60/lb
HERBS: Ginseng Root org ~3 lbs $72.oo/lb $57.60/lb
HERBS: Goldenseal Leaf org 1 lb $24.00/lb $19.20/lb
HERBS: Granulated Lemon Peel in jars (1 lb each) org 5 $16.00/lb $12.80/lb
HERBS: Guar Gum org ~1 lb $12.00/lb $9.60/lb
HERBS: Guarana Seed Powder org ~2 lbs $16.80/lb $13.44/lb
HERBS: Hawthorne Berry Powder or 2 lbs $11.20/lb $8.95/lb
HERBS: Jasmine Flowers (8 oz) org 1 $13.60/lb $10.88/lb
HERBS: Jojoba Oil price per ounce org 10 $1.25 $1.00/lb
HERBS: Juniper Berries org 1 lb $16.00/lb $12.80/lb
HERBS: Kola Nut Powder org 2 lbs $11.20/lb $8.96/lb
HERBS: Lavendar Flower Powder org 2 lbs $20.00/lb $16.00/lb
HERBS: Lavendar Flowers org ~ 1 lb $21.60/lb $17.25/lb
HERBS: Lemon Balm org ~2.5 lbs $14.40/lb $11.50/lb
HERBS: Lemon Juice Powder in jars (1 lb each) org 2 $16.00/lb $12.80/lb
HERBS: Licorice Root org 1 lbs $13.60/lb $10.88/lb
HERBS: Licorice Root Slices org 2 lbs $13.60/lb $10.88/lb
HERBS: Lotus Flower Petals org ~1 lb $60.00/lb $48.00/lb
HERBS: Lotus Leaf Powder org ~1 lb $11.20/lb $8.95/lb
HERBS: Mugwort org ~ 1 lb $13.60/lb $10.88/lb
HERBS: Myrrh Gum Resin org ~2 lbs $16.00/lb $12.80/lb
HERBS: Nettle Leaf Powder org ~4 lbs $13.60/lb $10.88/lb
HERBS: Noni powder org ~ 2 lbs $24.00/lb $19.20/lb
HERBS: Orange Peel Powder org ~2 lbs $9.60/lb $7.68/lb
HERBS: Orange Slices org ~2 lbs $16.00/lb $12.80/lb
HERBS: Oregon Chai Tea org 1 lb $28.00/lb $22.40/lb
HERBS: Patchouli Leaf org 1 lbs $15.20/lb $12.00/lb
HERBS: Pau D'Arco org ~2 lbs $12.80/lb $10.25/lb
HERBS: Peppermint Leaf org 2 lbs $12.80/lb $10.25/lb
HERBS: Pink Rose Powder org 1 lb $15.20/lb $12.00/lb
HERBS: Powdered Lemon Peel in jars (1 lb each) org 1 $16.00/lb $12.80/lb
HERBS: Powdered Orange Peel in jars (1 lb each) org 2 $9.60/lb $7.68/lb
HERBS: Red Ginseng Root org ~2 lbs $33.60/lb $26.88/lb
HERBS: Rehmannia Root org ~2 lbs $12.00/lb $9.60/lb
HERBS: Rhodiola Root Powder org ~1 lb $17.60/lb $14.00/lb
HERBS: Rose Buds Whole org ~1.5 lbs $40.00 $32.00
HERBS: Rosemary org ~1.5 lbs $8.00/lb $6.40/lb
HERBS: Sage org ~1 lbs $12.00/lb $9.60/lb
HERBS: Schisandra Powder org ~8 lbs $24.00/lb $19.20/lb
HERBS: Shatavari Root org 1 lb $11.20/lb $8.95/lb
HERBS: Shatavari Root Powder org 3 lb $31.20/lb $25.00/lb
HERBS: Spearmint Leaf org ~3.5 lb $12.80/lb $10.25/lb
HERBS: Stevial Leaf org 1 lb $12.80/lb $10.25/lb
HERBS: Valerian Root Powder org 1 lb $20.00/lb $16.00/lb
HERBS: Vitex Berries Whole org 3.lbs $20.80/lb $16.65/lb
HERBS: Yarrow Flowers org 1 lb $11.20/lb $8.95/lb
HERBS: Yerba Mate org 2 lbs $11.20/lb $8.95/lb
ice packs in various sizes (price per dozen) 3 $15 - 22 $10.00
Illipe Butter 8 oz jar 4 $10.00 $5.00
JARS: 106 ml ORCIO 53 mm jars with lids (case of 24) 5 $12.10 $11.00/case
JARS: 120 ml tureens with lids (case of 12) 4 $7.75 $7.00/case
JARS: 18 oz Victorian Candle Jar with lid (case of 12) 12 $22.85 $20.75
JARS: 2 oz flint clear glass bottle with lids (case of 24) 1 $13.75 $12.50/case
JARS: 2 oz flint jars with lids (case of 24) - good for cremes/lotions 1 $13.75 $12.50/case
JARS: 4 oz amber glass bottle with lids (case of 24) 1 $15.95 $14.50/case
JARS: 45 ml classic glass jars with lids (case of 12) 1 $14.05 $12.75/case
JARS: 640 ml flat tureens with lids (case of 12) 1 $10.45 $9.50/case
JARS: 8 oz syrup/dressing bottles with lids (case of 12) 2 $11.00 $10.00/case
JARS: 850 ml tureens with lids (case of 6) 2 $12.35 $11.25/case
JARS: Assorted brown tincture bottles, various sizes used ? ? FREE
Joyce Chen Grater Suribachi Set (mortar/pestle) 6 $17.95 $14.25
Life Give Phyto-Tumeric 90 count 10 $34.00 $30.75
Living Intentions Super Flour 16 oz 6 $15.95 $12.76
Love & Tea Company: Green Mountain Mint 2.4 oz 1 $8.50 $7.00
Love & Tea Company: Happy Citrus 2.8 oz 3 $8.50 $7.00
Love & Tea Company: Mama's Milk 2.4 oz 1 $8.50 $7.00
Love & Tea Company: Mellow Mama 2.4 oz 3 $8.50 $7.00
Maca Force Vanilla Spice 350 grams (Healthforce Nutritionals) 4 $34.95 $30.00
Navitas Naturals 3 Berry Trail Mix 8 oz bags - 12 bags total 12 $10.50 $9.50
Navitas Naturals Goji Berry Powder 4 oz 4 $12.50 $11.25
Navitas Naturals Goji Berry Powder 8 oz 10 $24.50 $19.75
Navitas Naturals Maqui Powder 8 oz bags 6 $15.98 $14.40
Navitas Naturals Mulberries 8 oz bags 2 $10.00 $9.00
Navitas Naturals Pomegranate Powder 8 oz bags 4 $21.50 $17.50
Navitas Naturals Stevia Powder 8 oz bags 9 $11.50 $10.00
Navitas Naturals Yacon Slices 4 oz bags - 4 bags 4 $8.65 $7.75
Numi's Bouquet: 9 varieties of flowering tea with clear glass teapot 2 $19.99 $18.00
Org Black Olives, pitted and sun dried 8 oz (Earth Circle Organics) 8 $8.50 $7.00
Organic Hazelnuts (Filberts) ~15 lbs ~15 lbs $10.00/lb $8.50/lb
Organic Mung Beans ~15 lbs ~15 lbs $4.25/lb $3.75/lb
Organic Sunflower Seeds with husks for Soil Sprouting 10 lbs $3.50/lb $2.90/lb
Organic Sunflower Seeds (50 lbs) 85 lbs $3.25/lb $2.90/lb
organic sunflower seeds with husks (for soil sprouting) 10 lbs $3.50/lb $3.00/lb
Organic Thompson Raisins price per pound 30 $3.50 $2.95
PACKAGING: Baker's Boxes great or cakes/pies 100 boxes $40.00 $23.00
Red Clover Sprouting Seeds 2 lbs $10.50/lb $8.75/lb
Shredded Coconut 10 $4.30/lb $3.33/lb
Spirulina Crunchies 16 oz 3 $74.99 $67.50
Spirulina Crunchies 4 oz 2 $19.99 $17.99
Spirulina Crunchies 8 oz 2 $38.50 $34.65
Ultimate Superfoods Jungle Peanuts 16 oz 8 $11.25 $10.00
Vital Heat: Cayenne & Garlic 5 oz raw hot sauce 12 $5.95 $4.95
Vital Heat: Habanero & Tumeric 5 oz raw hot sauce 12 $5.95 $4.95
Warrior Food Chocolate Protein Powder 250 grams 7 $24.95 $22.25
Warrior Food Vanilla Protein Powder 250 grams 5 $24.95 $22.25
Whole Cashews, Organic (per pound) 25 $13.75/lb 12.35/lb
Wire Shelving Rack - 6 feet tall x 18 inches deep x 5 feet wide 1 $215.00 $195.00
Wire Shelving Rack - 86" tall x 12" deep x 36" wide 1 $155.00 $145.00
PLEASE CONTACT US at linda AT to let me know what you'd like to pick up. Cash or Check only. Paypal payments also accepted. I'd like to avoid CC fees. Thank you!
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vaccines - a continuing study

A few weeks ago, I took my kids in to have their physicals. It had been years since we went to an MD. We always went to NDs (Naturopaths). We had 3 MDs in town that moved away and so we took it as a hint that maybe it wasn't necessary to go. I decided to try again with an MD after paying out of pocket for 3 paps and blood tests for myself and thought I could maybe utilize the health insurance that we have for this type of thing. So we found an MD that is knowledgeable in homeopathy, herbs and other forms of complimentary care and figured this was a good compliment to OUR mainstream healthcare which is whole body centered focusing on food, herbs, homeopathy, lifestyle, diet, exercise, etc. My son is 12 and my daughter is 10. I wanted to talk to the MD about tetanus because the school was saying it was time for a booster. I was shocked to learn that there are 2 other shots that are now being given to kids age 11 - 13: the HPV vaccine and the meningitis vaccine. My first thought was, "geezum! how many vaccines are being given to kids and when does it end?" The HPV is 3 shots within a 6 month period, tetanus is 1 and meningitis is 1. So this is FIVE more shots that they would get to the huge number of shots from their infancy/childhood had they received all of them. OY! I'm an ingredients person. In my life journey so far, I am aware now of preservatives, hormones, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, genetically modified ingredients, synthetics, chemicals, flavorings, artificial and "natural" and real ingredients found in food. I'm aware of the above-mentioned ingredients found in our clothing that we wear, the make up that women and men use, in the hair care and body care products that we use. I'm aware of the chemicals used in the electronics that we have in our homes and cars. And the list goes on. I work diligently to know the ingredients that I am putting in and on my body. I deny dentistry that uses artificial sweeteners in their cleaning products because I keep them out of my daily diet. I make my own minimally-processed food so that I know what I'm eating - it's cheaper, easier, healthier and safer for me to do this. I use beauty products whose ingredients are that which I could eat. I'm into organic and biodyanmic foods because those are the closest to the nature that I want to live in. It's sobering to once again research vaccines. Here's something that is supposed to help people and communities and when you read the ingredient lists, it's unconscionable to see the ingredients getting injected into babies so young, developing kids and pre-teens. Honestly, I'm trying to imagine just HOW many vaccines get injected and how many times a baby/child has to deal with formaldehyde, aluminum, mercury, preservatives, lactose, etc in their developing bodies and immune systems. There are 10-12 childhood diseases that kids now could receive vaccines on and among those 10-12, there are anywhere between 1 and 4 shots each. A minimum of 12 shots and a maximum of 48 shots potentially, if you just did the math. It's really somewhere around 25-30 shots or so if you went thru the full gamut. YIKES I started this research yesterday for an hour and I've been at it for 2 hours this morning. I am dumping what I found here on the 3 vaccines mentioned above. Just when I thought that I wouldn't have to think more on the vaccine subject, I realize that it is still prevalent. And it doesn't end for many who decide to then continue to have flu vaccines and various job vaccines for being a teacher or nurse, etc. OY. I don't feel anger or fear. I feel sober and sad, to be quite honest. Here goes: "One hundred years ago, children received 1 vaccine (the smallpox vaccine). Forty years ago, children received 5 vaccines routinely (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, and smallpox vaccines) and as many as 8 shots by 2 years of age. Today, children receive 11 vaccines routinely and as many as 20 shots by 2 years of age (Table 1)." My notes:
  • ASK TO SEE THE INGREDIENT LIST OF ALL VACCINES so you can see if you have any allergies to the components and to see what your child is ingesting. (The cumulative ingredients of multiple vaccines need to be looked at, too. Doctors have never asked us if we are allergic to the ingredients. The little piece of paper they give you AFTER the shot is given says to make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients before you receive the shot.)
  • ASK TO SEE THE DRUG INSERTS OF ALL THE VACCINES PRIOR TO GETTING THE SHOTS. There you will see spelled out interesting tables of allergies and other health issues that have come up in people who have taken the vaccines. But this is only on SOME of the newer vaccines. The older ones don't have this information. Older vaccines also may or may not have ingredient listings.
  • GET THE NAME OF THE VACCINE to study on prior to deciding on whether you are receiving them or not. For some diseases, there are a few to chose from so best to know what they are going to administer. Better still is to read on all the vaccine names related to the disease and then pick the one you want, if you want any.
TETANUS - I'll start here because I thought I had done my research on this before and made my decision in good conscience to receive the tetanus boosters for myself and vaccines/boosters for my kids.

Tetanus vaccine contains aluminum, formaldehyde and thimerisol (mercury)

"Each 0.5 ml dose of MassBiologics’ Td is formulated to contain the following active ingredients: 2 Lf of tetanus toxoid and 2 Lf of diphtheria toxoid. Each 0.5 ml dose also contains aluminum adjuvant (not more than 0.53 mg aluminum by assay), < 100 mcg (0.02%) of residual formaldehyde, and a trace amount of thimerosal (not as a preservative) from the manufacturing process." - this comes from the drug insert which I found here: My daughter had a slight fever and pain in the location of her arm for about 2 days from the Tetanus shot she just received. I'm actually happy that she had a fever because I willingly allowed for mercury, formaldehyde and aluminum to be injected into her body. My son had no reaction and while others would think that's good, I'm upset that his body didn't find this invasive. I never looked up the ingredients on the shots before and I will from now on. ++++++++++++++++++++++++ - link for good majority of US licensed vaccines... ++++++++++++++++++++++++ Meningitis Vaccine. The doctor told me that they used to give this vaccine to kids beginning college but I don't recall getting this vaccine before going to college. He said kids going to camp can also get it. "Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Most cases are caused by bacteria or viruses, but some can be due to certain medications or illnesses. "Bacterial meningitis is rare, but is usually serious and can be life-threatening if not treated right away. Viral meningitis (also called aseptic meningitis) is relatively common and far less serious. It often remains undiagnosed because its symptoms can be similar to those of the common flu." "The meningitis vaccine is about 85% effective against certain strains of bacteria. It does not protect against viral meningitis. .... Bacterial meningitis can be treated with a number of effective antibiotics. It is important, that treatment is started early" So it looks like the vaccine only works 85% of the time for bacterial meningitis and not for the more common viral strains of meningitis. It looks like if you contracted bacterial meningitis, you'd get a course of antibiotics to treat it. Menomune vaccine: This the drug name for the meningitis vaccine. The ingredient list is NOT listed on the drug insert so I had to do a search to find the ingredient listing online. Turns out there is latex in the vial stopper of the vaccine, lactose in the vaccine, thimerisol (mercury) as a preservative in the vaccine. "Menomune®- A/C/Y/W-135, Meningococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine, Groups A, C, Y and W-135 Combined, for subcutaneous use, is a freeze-dried preparation of the group-specific polysaccharide antigens from Neisseria meningitidis, Group A, Group C, Group Y and Group W-135. N meningitidis are cultivated with Mueller Hinton agar1 and Watson Scherp2 media. The purified polysaccharide is extracted from the Neisseria meningitidis cells and separated from the media by procedures which include centrifugation, detergent precipitation, alcohol precipitation, solvent or organic extraction and diafiltration. No preservative is added during manufacture. "The 0.78 mL vial of diluent contains sterile, preservative-free, pyrogen-free distilled water and is used for reconstitution of product supplied in 1 mL vials. The 6 mL vial of diluent contains sterile, pyrogen-free distilled water to which thimerosal (mercury derivative) 1:10,000 is added as a preservative. The 6 mL vial is for reconstitution of product supplied in 10 mL vials. After reconstitution with diluent as indicated on the label, the 0.5 mL dose is formulated to contain 50 µg of “isolated product” from each of Groups A, C, Y and W-135 in an isotonic sodium chloride solution." +++++++++++++++++++ When I posed the question to my local mama yahoo group, it was interesting to note that the feedback I received was on HPV only, and I'm guessing because HPV is spread sexually. It's also the newest vaccine and there's more on the controversy of the testing and efficacy of this vaccine. So here's what I found... Some things I pulled from one of the links Allison sent (one of the moms on the yahoo group): 2 strains of HPV account for 70% of cervical cancer. Gardasil protects against 4 strains of HPV (2 strains for cervical cancer and 2 for genital warts.) Gardasil does not protect against the various other strains of HPV. Gardisil doesn't protect against all types of cervical cancer. (Cervarix vaccine protects against 2 strains of HPV that can cause cervical cancer.) (My question is how do they know it protects everyone. How is a person tested to see if they really are immune. I'm curious as to the process. I guess it's a blood test but I'm not sure.) The effect of HPV vaccine and the incidence of cervical cancer will take about 20-30 years to see the efficacy. "GARDASIL may not fully protect everyone, nor will it protect against diseases caused by other HPV types or against diseases not caused by HPV." "You should not get GARDASIL if you have, or have had: "• an allergic reaction after getting a dose of GARDASIL. "• a severe allergic reaction to yeast, amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, polysorbate80." "GARDASIL may not fully protect everyone, nor will it protect against diseases caused by other HPV types or against diseases not caused by HPV. GARDASIL does not prevent all types of cervical cancer, so it’s important for women to continue routine cervical cancer screenings. GARDASIL does not treat cancer or genital warts. GARDASIL is given as 3 injections over 6 months." from the drug insert on gardisil that Erin sent (another mom on the yahoo group): There's 2 interesting tables on page 9 and 10 of the drug insert which shows people who got other health conditions (systemic autoimmune disorders) after taking the vaccine. Those tables talk about the number of people who got those conditions with the vaccine vs. the control group. It's when the two numbers differ widely that we should pay most attention. Arthritis (Arthralgia/Arthritis/Arthropathy) had the biggest numbers. 10 cases of celiac with the vaccines vs 6 without, etc. "Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a vaccine cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another vaccine and may not reflect the rates observed in practice." "There was no clear evidence of protection from disease caused by HPV types for which girls and women were PCR positive regardless of serostatus at baseline." What is PCR positive? What does this mean? I've got a question in to a friend about this... INGREDIENTS: "Each 0.5-mL dose of the vaccine contains approximately 225 mcg of aluminum (as Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate adjuvant), 9.56 mg of sodium chloride, 0.78 mg of L-histidine, 50 mcg of polysorbate 80, 35 mcg of sodium borate, <7 mcg yeast protein/dose, and water for injection. The product does not contain a preservative or antibiotics." THE FIRST INGREDIENT IS ALUMINUM. The aluminum is used to kick in the immune system and acts as a kind of carrier to the protein in the vaccine. Link for some side effects of ingesting aluminum Another link with information on side effects of aluminum sulfate: A public forum on Gardisil side effects: - this page has a bit of information on aluminum, if you scroll down to the halfway point or more on this page. ++++++++++++++++++ Potentially dangerous ingredient lists commonly found in vaccines: - this has good information without the use of fear or some other agenda in the mix. There's a bunch of websites with information like this that show ingredient lists to watch out for and their possible side effects another one: - this site seems to have compiled a BOAT LOAD of information into one place. wow. I didn't navigate through this site to see if it has a religious bias but the information content of the tables on this page was clear to view and understand. I'm assuming from the photos used on this site that is has some ethical, political or religious undertones to it but I didn't navigate through the site to see if my assumptions were true. I found this site by doing a search on vaccine ingredients and this is what came up. It has enough on this page to make me stop and think about all the various components of what our children receive nowadays in the vaccines. And this is where I'll end for now. There is enough just in the ingredient list alone that makes me pause to consider if this is the best way to protect our kids from diseases. The questions arise: Is the disease worse than the vaccine? What is the prevalence of the diseases now? What is the prevalence of diseases in a daycare environment? In a home environment? What is the long term effect of the vaccine ingredients? How can we know - it seems that we won't know for 20-30 years unless there are more reports of auto-immune problems, etc. How can you really tell that they came from a vaccine and not from the chemicals in the food, water, air, clothes, homes, etc. If these vaccines are necessary and important, can they be made without heavy metals, preservatives and the other crap in them? Too many questions. I still find it easiest to work under the notion that I'm going to look at the ingredients of anything that I'm going to put in/on my body or the kids bodies. I wouldn't ever willingly put this crap in my body or the kids' bodies. I feel very sorry for the few vaccines that we've done knowing what I know now. I'm hopeful that because it was not a lot and we eat a clean diet that their bodies can overcome the ingredients of these. I'm hopeful we can continue to clean up our environments and our diets so that we use less of these things, that our bodies have a naturally strong defense system and at the VERY LEAST that we all become aware of these ingredients and make the pharmaceutical companies change them. Ignorance is not bliss for me. Please begin/continue your own awareness of the ingredients in your food, in your drugs/vaccines/pharmaceuticals, in your clothes, in your make up, in your beauty care, in your supplements, in your homes, in your life and your kids' lives. ++++++++++ added 12/12/11: A friend sent this to me. I'm adding the links here because I found them interesting and I suspect others would as well. the original link that my friend sent here: She got it from the health freedom alliance website. I wasn't aware of this website either so I'm interested to poke around more on that one, too. It looks huge. ***update 12/21/11*** read this RANT on natural news and while it's a bit harsh, I love that Mike Adams can getcha thinking. I have similar questions about these things that gets said about vaccines (which he writes about in a very "in your face" kind of manner) - read and see what you think. The article is def geared toward shaking things up:
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job posting: office manager

VT Fiddle Heads seeks a highly motivated, self-starting, experienced individual with excellent administrative and organizational skills to implement office operational and administrative support functions. The Office Manager's responsibilities will include (but not be limited to):

· Data and inventory management (both in house and on the web)

· Ordering for store (food and inventory), retail pricing, stocking/restocking

· Customer service (answering phone calls, emails, and occasionally in-store customers)

· Wholesale account management

· Organizing paperwork for bookkeeper and store

· Sorting mail and bills; filing

· Ordering supplies other than food or inventory

· Posting up weekly newsletters

· Help with marketing/advertising/press releases and/or with events


· Able to maintain an efficient and professional (and fun) office/store including general operations, database management, clerical support, restocking supplies and store. Attention to detail is a must

· Have an interest in raw, vegan and healthy foods (the more knowledge/experience the better)

· Proven ability to continually develop, maintain and improve organizational skills and work RAWsomely well independently

· A good team player and a sense of ownership for one's job/project(s)

· Strong project management skills, and ability to prioritize assignments and manage pressure with good humor

· Fast learner, can think on one's feet, great common sense, excellent communication skillz and did we mention highly organized?

· Demonstrated ability to engage well with people (retail customers, wholesale customers, vendors)

· Demonstrated capacity to develop and improve administrative systems, including information management, filing, and project coordination

· Knowledge of and proficiency in using computers, email, and standard office software

· Detail oriented with excellent follow-up; flexible and responsive, with a strong customer service orientation

This is a part-time position that will start immediately. Potential for increased hours if right person is hired and/or if person also wants to work the cafe. Pay is commensurate with experience. Flexible schedule! Food perks come with job. Much learning in this job/lifestyle/position. MUST HAVE FUN! Store discount. Ability to grow with the company. Please email Linda at linda AT or call 802-223-2111

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tax free day is August 22nd here in VT

I just found out about this - how cool! So there is this day coming up (August 22nd) where you can purchase something that is typically taxable but get charged no tax! Vermont is pretty cool. So if you are looking for a dehydrator or a VitaMix blender or a nut milk bag or a tee-shirt, or a spiral slicer, (or anything else on the website) contact me and we'll set it aside for you to pick up on Saturday, August 22nd! Happy Tuesday everyone! love and big hugs, Linda
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help wanted - part time sewing position

Hi there!

We have a need for an additional part-time sewing maven or mister. We need a reliable, dependable, fast and efficient person proficient in sewing. Hours will be flexible although day time hours are what we have a need for. Must work on site. This is an easy sewing job and there will be another person in the sewing room, so you won't be lonely. :-) $8/hour to start. Please call Matt at 223-2111 to apply or respond to this email.


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