I wasn’t even familiar with the term, “health freedom movement,” until the summer of 2019.
After a few years of working hard continuing to grow my health coaching practice, becoming a mom, getting my cookbook published, and watching my dad, mom, and brother’s health decline and their subsequent passing (all of which required a ton of travel—to the tune of 17 trips in 21 months), the summer of 2019 was going to be a much-needed break. I’d so been looking forward to it.
That June, I was wrapping up teaching a 3-month online course when the loss of vaccine exemptions for public schooling was thrust upon California (medical) and New York (religious).
The writing was on the wall. I knew, in a nanosecond, that we were in trouble, that this agenda was going to close in on the country—for children and adults alike—and that our freedoms were in jeopardy.
And my, my. Look where we are now. What’s happening is staggering.
That June, I stood in the kitchen, panicked and bleary-eyed, and said to my then-husband, “I have to write about this.” There was no choice in the matter. I had some pre-written contract to speak out.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
These mandates/loss of exemptions hit me so hard, I had a difficult time eating and sleeping. As one of my longtime health freedom warrior friends said, “Oh honey, you’re where we were a few years ago.”
Speaking of choice, I believe in choice.
No pharmaceutical product should be forced, ever. I’m not here to tell anyone what to inject in their body or the bodies of their children. What I am here to do is to help protect the right to make informed healthcare decisions.
I also don’t believe that masking should be mandated. If your shots protect you, why do I need them? And if your mask protects you, why do I need one? (Besides, there are proof of efficacy issues with both.)
I spent a few months working on my article. Did I doubt myself? Yes. Did I worry about the ramifications? Yes. Was I prepared to “lose it all”—income, friends, family, clients...perhaps my business? Yes.
My article is long and I’m not sorry. I wanted to—to the best of my ability—provide a 360-degree view on this topic.
I did prepare my readers with a newsletter and a poem, warning them that I was going to throw them a curveball.
To put the mantle of your protection
Around the bodies of
The young and defenseless
A few days before publishing, one of my very accomplished journalist friends (who, by the way, was cautioning me against publishing) read my article at my dining room table. She then stacked the document neatly in front of her, placed her hand on top, and said, “Jill, this is testimony.”
I said, “Good.”
By the time I hit the publish button with my earphones blaring, for better or worse, I knew that my life would never be the same.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”
I was optimistic, but prepared for the worst. It didn’t happen.
Sure, I got some pushback, but the deluge of love and support and messages like,“OMGosh, yes. I’m crying tears of joy that an influencer like you is speaking out about this. Thank you thank you...” came trickling in from all over the world.
Several readers said, “Jill, you’ll never know how many lives you’ve saved with this article.” One grandmother said, “I’ve been battling with my pregnant daughter for months about this topic and she was dead set on vaccinating her baby. I shared your article and she read it. Your powerful message finally got through to her and she’s going to rethink shots. Thank you for possibly saving my grandchild. God bless you.”
I don’t know how many lives I’ve saved or changed—but hearing these messages makes all of the anguish worth it.
But the reason that Coaches for Health Freedom was born is because many of those messages of support came from healthcare practitioners of all kinds asking, “Where did you get the guts to do this? This has been heavy on my heart, but I’m afraid of what I’ll lose.”
I published in January of 2020. And in the first six months of 2020, I did more business than all of 2019. This, fellow practitioners (and anyone else who feels that they’d be “risking too much”), is one of the most important things I want you to know.
I didn’t “lose it all.” Not even close.
In November of 2020, at a conference here in MN, I told Del Bigtree my story, about CHF, and about how I wasn’t negatively impacted by speaking out. He said, “This! This is what these people need to hear. Are you comfortable on a stage? These practitioners who are sitting on the sidelines need to hear this. Because you’re right. They’re afraid.”
Was there “churn,” as in, did I lose some readers? Of course. Who cares? Things exploded with a whole new community of readers and supporters.
What I’ve reaped from this journey has been priceless—and I’m not talking about income. I split my time between my health coaching practice and the health freedom movement and I’ve never felt more empowered, whole, or fulfilled. I have an amazing new group of brave and fearless friends (my sisterhood—along with some dudes) who I feel I’ve known my whole life.
I’m no hero. I’m standing on the shoulders of giants, some of whom helped to midwife my article, the most prominent being the inimitable Jennifer Margulis, PhD. As I said in my article, she swept into my life when I was crippled and rumbling, but preparing to roar.
“I feel like I didn’t have any choice about getting involved with this fight. And once I got involved with it… I’m going to fight it until the end. And I’m not going to stand down. And I’m not going to give up. And I’m going to fight for you—and I’m going to fight for your children.”
I’ve always been opinionated, independent, and pretty risk-averse. And highly introverted. I don’t like attention and one of my philosopher clients called me “a quiet influencer.”
Folks, it’s all hands on deck right now. You don’t have to be an extrovert or prolific writer to get involved.
As Del recently told a packed conference, “Find something. Find something you’re good at and do it. Do something. Because our humanity is at stake.”
“Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.”
As some of my cautious friends said, “Why don’t you publish your article under a pseudonym?” Others said, “Jill, what is your ultimate goal with this?”
My goal?! To educate. To inform. To awaken. To rally the troops, so to speak, given that I have thousands on my newsletter list, including other practitioners who I hope to light a fire under because this movement is going to take a lot more people.
Where on earth would I have published had I done this under a pseudonym? It would have just gotten published in some outlet that preaches to the choir and then lost in the ether. If I was going to work and research this hard, it would certainly be done under my name and be shared with my audience.
Health freedom-loving practitioners, do you have an audience you’re willing to educate?
Are you willing to follow your conscience and do what your heart and mind are calling you to do? Are you going to let fear stop you from doing what you feel is right?
“The function of freedom is to free someone else.”
You don’t have to write something yourself. Start small. Share articles. Ask questions. Get the conversation going, even if it’s uncomfortable.
It’s all hands on deck.
If you have a spouse/partner, I pray that you have one who’s on the same page with you philosophically—or someone who’s open to being educated and shedding old belief systems. If neither, then someone who respects your research and wisdom and who will still cheer you from the sidelines for speaking your truth.
If you don’t, let me tell you, this journey will be a hard row to hoe. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I’ve been an autoimmunity educator/coach since 2008. Scientists, medical experts, and many types of healthcare practitioners from around the world know that some of the toxic and inflammatory ingredients in shots (listed on the CDC website—you can see for yourself) are some of the biggest contributors to autoimmunity (and cancer and neuro-diseases, to name a few).
And so few are willing to say anything about it. Some of these virtue-signaling “autoimmunity practitioners” are even posting selfies of themselves getting the untested, unapproved COVID experiment, as if to say, “Look, it’s safe! I’m doing it and you should too.”
Make no mistake, shots have a LOT to do with the stark rise in autoimmunity—and how we can curb rates of autoimmune conditions going forward. Many doctors and medical researchers are now saying that we’re going to see an absolute explosion of autoimmune conditions with people lining up for COVID jab.
“When you over-vaccinate, you shift people toward allergy and autoimmunity.”
“I’m telling you, do not despair. We are going to win this battle. We are going to stand shoulder-to-shoulder; we are going to bring them down and I will see you at the barricades.”
I, too, will see you at the barricades. Will you stand shoulder-to-shoulder with me?
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Go here to schedule a short chat with me if you have any questions about my journey in speaking out. You can also talk with my amazing and experienced friends, Jenny Collins or Sarah Copeland, RN, if you feel that working at the legislative level is more your style.
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