Thursday, May 29, 2008

Move to Tampa...

For those that don't already know- John finished his first year of law school and we have moved for the summer to Tampa. John has an internship with a big firm in Tampa- Greenberg Traurig. John ended up doing very well his second semester even though we had a colicky baby the first three months in our 900 sq ft apartment! All I can say is that I am glad those very tiring days are behind us...

Our nice Tampa house that we are living in is brand new and 2200 sq ft. Thanks to Kempo and Jenny. The rent is very reasonably priced. Grant has plenty of room to scream- and I can't even hear him sometimes- hard to believe (even though I think I will be scarred forever)- jk

The best part of this house is that it has a pool! Perfect time to have a pool- summers are so hot!
I will have to put up some pics when I get a chance- Grant is 5 1/2 months- I can't believe it!

Grant's 3 new cousins!

Congrats to AL and Paul- Henry is now a month old. Congrats to Suz and Scott- little Timothy is a day old. And congrats to Tammy and Jeff- can't wait to see little Leo. Grant has 3 new cousin boys! Yeah! Good luck Mary, Becca, and Christina!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

G loves the bath!- Bye Ra- RA

We are very sad and excited for Raleigh to leave for the MTC. I can't believe how quickly time passes. G is going to miss you so much! California -watch out!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Colic- too much Aluminum?

Previously, aluminum wasconsidered virtually non-absorbable and was thus freely used in a variety of food additives and over-the-counter drugs such as antacids. New research suggests that Al can cause neurological changes such as seen in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, and dialysis dementia. Al can bind to DNA, resulting in abnormal neurofibrillary tangles in the brain. Al inhibits the enzyme, hexokinase. It is absorbed in the intestine and excreted via the kidney. In persons with abnormal kidney function, Al is deposited in the bones.

TOXICITY SYMPTOMS include ataxia, colic, and GI irritation. Serum levels >200mcg/L are associated with clinical symptoms.

Grant had colic for the first 3 months of his life- and he had constant painful diarrhea up until about a month ago. Hmmm...maybe that is bc I didnt let him get his 4 month shots. Just think- his little body is working so hard to get it all out- and boom- I could have started the process all over again.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Aluminum overdose in vaccines...

As new parents we are fortunate to have most of the Mercury/Thimerosal removed from our children's routine vaccinations. Has anyone thought about the high levels of aluminum? At birth Grant was given the "routine" Hep B vaccine. I consented after Many hours of labor not really thinking twice. There are two types of Hep B vaccine on the market- Merck or GlaxoSmithKline. Both are similar in there aluminum content- 250 micrograms per dose. Doesn't sound like much- right?

"The FDA has determined that babies should not get more than about 25 to 50 micrograms of aluminum in any one day," Dr. Sears says. "If too much aluminum is injected all at once, it can find its way into the brain, bones and body organs and cause damage. This was discovered many years ago in hospitalized patients who were receiving IV solutions containing too much aluminum. That's why the FDA put a limit on it."

Go to and search for aluminum toxicity. Dr. Sears does this and finds part of the answer on page 2 section 3a:

"Aluminum may reach toxic levels with prolonged parenteral administration (injection) if kidney function is impaired...Research indicates that patients with impaired kidney function, including premature neonates, who recieved parenteral levels of aluminum at greater than 4 to 5 micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day, accumulate aluminum at levels associated with central nervous system and bone toxicity (for a tiny newborn this toxic dose would be 10 to 20 micrograms, and for an adult it would be about 350 micrograms). Tissue loading may even occur at even lower rates of administration."

Ok..are you kidding? I gave Grant 250 micrograms in Hep B the first day he was born and he was 2 weeks early.

The article also states; "Aluminum toxicity is difficult to identify in infants because few reliable techniques are available to evaluate bone metabolism in...infants. Although aluminum toxicity is not commonly detected clinically, it can be serious in selected patient populations, such as neonates, and may be more common than is recognized."

What does this mean? Dr. Sears translates for us: "According to the first document , if premature babies get more than 10 micrograms of aluminum per day in their IV solution, it may accumulate in their bones and brain at toxic levels. According to the second document, aluminum toxicity is not rare in newborns and other patients receivinginjectable medications and IV solutions containing aluminum."

Dr. Sears points out that the FDA requires an aluminum warning label on all other injectible medications, other than vaccines. Vaccines have some sort of exemption. Now these articles are on premature babies- but what about full term healthy babies. Have there been done any test on how many micrograms a fullterm, 2 month, or 4 month baby can handle. Up to this point no.- But I hope someone steps up and figures it out. Even a conservative estimate will be less than the 250 micrograms given to fullterm babies at birth.

Just a few other shots and there aluminum amounts:

1. HIB- 225 micrograms per shot (PedVaxHib brand only)
2. Pc- 125 micrograms
3. Hep A- 250 micrograms
4. Pediarix- 850 micrograms
5. Pentacel- 300 micrograms

Talk to your doc and try to pick the brand with the lowest dosages of aluminum. Or seperate shots out a few at a time. It is a pain- but I would sacrafice an inconvienance over a permanent auto-immune disorder anyday- like asthma, allergies, chronic ear infections, etc.

So at Grants 2 month appointment- he weighed 10 pounds and recieved a grand total of 1225 micrograms of aluminum in one day.... ONE DAY!!! unfortunately our doctor had the higher level brands. I wish I would have known about this then.

I guess the FDA just assumes that all kidneys of healthy infants are able excrete this aluminum rapidy before it can circulate through the body, accumulate in the brain and cause toxic effects. Now do I even know if Grant has a kidney problem yet. Oh well... i guess all I can do at this point is pray that his little body pees it all out. Now what if it doesn't all come out?

Well I guess our children as they grow up will be the test results to what aluminum can do to infants and children. Why can't drug companies spend a little more time and money on legitimate current testing that applies to the ingredients used today over a 10-20 year period versus 2-3 year period. I know it would cost too much money and waste too much time. Well like I said earlier- Grant is not going to be the latest science experiment.

I want better tests and more information.

Dr. Sears expects doctors to choose aluminum-free brands as much as possible, and space out the shots to only give one aluminum vaccine at a time. He also expects vaccine manufacturers to begin looking for alternatives that are safer.

I only wish Dr. Sears worked in FL. I would pay top dollar for a doctor like him.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Bday Kempo!

Thanks for being such a fun Uncle! Grant loves hanging out with ya:) Especially when you plan fun trips like the cruise in August.... we can't wait!

favorite trick.

other pics

Here is Grant with his cousin Lily- who is 2 months younger than him. They had fun on the floor together!
Grant was blessed in UT on May 4th, along with 2 cousins and 2 randoms. He was 5th in line. It was about time bc he is growing up pretty quick. Thanks for all that came out to it.

The Wirthlin clan

Grant loved meeting his Oma. He loved sitting in her lap and cuddling with her. They are a cute pair. I think he looks a lot like John and Oma- just with blue eyes!
Grant loved meeting all his cousins. Here is Jonathon and he is 2 months older that Grant. They had fun drooling and smiling during the family get-together,

Friday, May 9, 2008

Grant and Opa

Grant met his Opa for the first time this past week. We had a great time at the Wirthlin's in Utah and Grant really enjoyed spending time with his grandparents. Here are a few pics- Opa kept saying that Grant is such a good baby- and that he hadn't even heard him cry. Grant must have picked up on that because the last 2 days of the trip we all got to hear his sweet voice- loud and clear!
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