Reviewing the Mounting Covid-19 Vaccine Adverse Reactions, The Dilemma of Mandates, and Building Trust

Reviewing the Mounting Covid-19 Vaccine Adverse Reactions, The Dilemma of Mandates, and Building Trust

The Dilemma

After reviewing the vaccine debate over the last 25 years, I have seen ample evidence for why people have solid reasons for choosing to receive a vaccine, or not choosing to receive a vaccine.  The dilemma is who gets to make that choice for an individual.

Most of us have been presented the case that millions of doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered and the vaccine has been deemed “safe and effective”, and we should possibly move into mandates and even “vaccine passports”.   I present the following information to bring a broader scope to the conversation that I hope will bring further review of the issue.

Current Reports of Adverse Events

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)  is a national vaccine safety surveillance program run by CDC and the Food and Drug Administration.

The purpose of VAERS is to detect possible signals of adverse events associated with vaccines. VAERS collects and analyzes information from reports of adverse events (possible side effects) that occur after the administration of US licensed vaccines.

Reports are welcome from all concerned individuals: patients, parents, health care providers, pharmacists and vaccine manufacturers. (From FDA website)

VAERS is a passive reporting system, meaning it relies on individuals to send in reports of their experiences. There has been significant concerns as to the problem of underreporting of vaccine adverse events as many times events go unreported for a variety of reasons. There have been reports that VAERS only reflects about 1% of Adverse Events. The CDC reports that, “Approximately 37% of healthcare providers had identified at least one adverse event after immunization, but only 17% stated that they had ever reported to VAERS.”

The other point I would to make is that the VAERS site makes it clear that just because there is a reaction to a vaccine, does not mean the vaccine was the cause. I would like to make a notation here in regard to the reporting of Covid deaths. It has been reported that there have been almost 400,000 Covid related deaths – meaning Covid may not have been the main cause but it contributed to the death.  If that is the paradigm used for Covid deaths then I think it would only be fair to use that same paradigm for Covid Vaccine related adverse reactions and death after the vaccine.

Following is a list of Deaths After the Covid-19 Vaccine. Again, keep in mind that the number listed may be much greater than the actual number for the reasons discussed above.

From the 1/7/2021 release of VAERS data:

Found 66 cases where Vaccine targets COVID-19 (COVID19) and Patient Died –  Click on photo:

You can search the CDC website here:

The First Week Of the Vaccine Rollout

The CDC reported over 5000 “health impacts” in the FIRST week of the roll out.  A “health impact’ is defined as “unable to perform daily activities, unable to work, required care from doctor or helath care professional.”

The number of AE’s currently reported on the VAERS site is over 13,000.



Here is the report for Life Threatening Adverse Reactions:

Click on photo:


Please watch these videos. The first two are from Shawn Skelton. The third is from a son,( Brant Griner), posting about his mom.

Click on post to start video – Part 1


 Click on picture to start video of Shawn – Part 2

Click on post to start video:

The same thing happening to Shawn is happening to Brant’s mom.

Concern for the Elderly:

As I was thinking about my 86-year-old mother getting the vaccine, with health issues, I ran across these stories:


“Norway said Covid-19 vaccines may be too risky for the very old and terminally ill….Norwegian officials said 23 people had died in the country a short time after receiving their first dose of the vaccine.”

75-year-old Israeli man dies 2 hours after getting Covid-19 vaccine:

The man had received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine during the afternoon as part of Israel’s mass inoculation program. He later collapsed at home.”

“In a separate incident Monday evening, a man was taken to the Terem emergency medical clinic in Jerusalem after suffering a severe allergic reaction around an hour after receiving a dose of the vaccine.”

Again, note that when a person dies with Covid, Covid is usually given as the cause of death, yet when a person dies after a Covid vaccine, it is not implicated at all. I think there should be more consistency here. 

Further Complications:

Here are just a few of several other stories related to this topic:

“After taking the Benadryl, Tilli said she felt better momentarily but within minutes her symptoms came back stronger. The paramedics gave her an EpiPen and that’s when things “started to go downhill.”

“We found out that the young man had contracted the coronavirus asymptomatically before he was vaccinated. It may be accidental but I would not underestimate it. Care must be taken in vaccination of people who were sick with coronavirus in the past.”

 “A Mexican doctor who had a serious allergic reaction after receiving Pfizer Inc and BioNTech’s vaccine against COVID-19 remains hospitalized and has not fully recovered muscle strength, health authorities said on Wednesday.”

CDC and Pfizer are investigating death of ‘very healthy’ Miami obstetrician 16 days after he received the vaccine and suffered a brain hemorrhage.

‘In my mind his death was 100 percent linked to the vaccine. There is no other explanation,’ she told, fighting back tears. He was in very good health. He didn’t smoke, he drank alcohol once in a while but only socially. He worked out, we had kayaks, he was a deep sea fisherman. They tested him for everything you can imagine afterwards, even cancer, and there was absolutely nothing else wrong with him.’

Click on photo for story.

“A Portuguese health worker, identified as Sonia Acevedo, was reported to have died two days after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech.” 

Click on the photo below to read about all the cases of Anaphylatic Reactions to the Vaccine:

(There are more than just what is in the photo)

Then this today: 

More Anecdotal Stories

Here you will read many more anecdotal stories from people who have had reactions –  again these are anecdotal. Some experiencing  bad reactions still believe it is worth it and would advocate that everyone still get the vaccine, even with reactions; others would not. Both are a fair representation of the population.

Click on  photo for the compiliation of posts.

The name on this post was Jennifer Denton.

What Really is the Efficacy of the Covid Vaccine?


Dr. Doshi is an associate professor of pharmaceutical health services research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and associate editor at The BMJ.

 “A rough estimate of vaccine efficacy against developing covid-19 symptoms, with or without a positive PCR test result, would be a relative risk reduction of 19% (see footnote)—far below the 50% effectiveness threshold for authorization set by regulators.”

 Dr. Doshi also noted in a NY Times article:

“The vaccines are not risk free. Most side effects appear to be mild and short lived, but not all. For example, with the Moderna vaccine, the frequency of grade 3 adverse events — those severe enough to prevent daily activity, is higher than it is for most vaccines: 17.4 percent, or nearly one in five 18-to-64-year-olds who received the vaccine in the company’s trial. (Grade 3 adverse events appear to occur less frequently with the Pfizer vaccine, but a direct comparison is not possible.) And there have been some serious allergic reactions. It’s reasonable for people to weigh all of this in making their decisions.”


Reviewing the Financial Connection to Vaccines

Several years back, I wrote a blog post that contained a link to a WHO (World Health Organization) presentation. This photo was part of that presentation (minus my highlights):


When you look at a driving force behind the making of vaccines, and the potential number of vaccines (Currently there are 69 doses on the CDC schedule for children), and The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service has been in the works to start an Adult schedule (click here), I think mandates become a problem.

It’s a great market to be in when everyone is mandated to take your product and you do not have to be held liable for any injuries. I can understand why it would become an “engine”.

To my knowledge, there is no other such product.

Please take a moment to review where we are headed.

How many of the 120 new vaccine products might become mandated? How many will be on the new “Adult Schedule”?

Is that what has caused the vaccine schedule to increase?

1983: 22 doses of 7 vaccines by age 6

compared to:

2017: 50 doses of 14 vaccines by age 6


 1983: 24 doses of 7 vaccines by age 18

2017: 69 doses of 16 vaccines by age 18

A recent article shares the profits from a Covid vaccine:

“As part of its corporate update, Moderna said it had about $5.2 billion in cash as of Dec. 31, compared to the $1.2 billion in cash it had at the same time a year ago, and it expects to generate at least $11.7 billion in revenue in 2021 for its COVID-19 vaccine based on advance purchase agreements. Moderna’s stock has soared 489.1% over the last year, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.11% is up 19.7%.”

In 2018 the pharmaceutical industry spent almost $400 billion lobbying congress. It is been stated that “Everybody takes money from Phrma, so they are all corrupted, that is why it is almost impossible to get anything done on Capitol Hill.” That may be why members of congress say that they have faced pressure, been bullied or threatened when they have tried to raise vaccine safety issue. (See video here.)

Pharmaceutical companies cannot be sued for any liability from their products. We do know that vaccines can cause harm in some people. That is why the government has paid out over $4 billion dollars though the National Vaccine Injury Compensation program.

How do you gain the public trust with mandates?


I posted several months ago on vaccine passports, and it has been in the news again recently:
A digital Covid vaccination passport is being jointly developed by a group of health and technology companies who anticipate that governments, airlines and other firms will soon start asking people for proof that they have been inoculated.” 

The Greater Good

Some believe that mandatory vaccines are needed for the “greater good” for society.  I would like to put forth the premise that Truth is the greater good. If the goal is to build a public health policy that people believe in, across-the-board mandates, fueled by an industry where profit drives production, are probably not the best way to gain public trust.

Distrust has been growing for some time now for a variety of reasons. Right now, people have little faith in public policies because they do not believe what they are being told. 

I believe that people just want honest unbiased information and have the ability to choose which vaccines they feel are appropriate for them. I can also tell you after 25 years of covering this, censorship of information is at an all-time high. I say that not in some conspiratorial sense, but just from my own experience on trying to find information that was once readily available. And sometimes the information may still be there, but sites like Facebook and Instagram “bury it” so that it becomes almost impossible to find. By the time you read this, there may be information in this post that has been censored.

When ONLY one side of an issue is allowed to be heard, and when that side has the power to literally silence and lock out other voices by that power and by delegitimizing others concerns and refusing to engage in rigorous debate, we have a serious breech in trust that will only continue to wear down the walls of trust.

The greater good in society is reflected in the laws that build a foundation of trust. Trust comes when people know that their concerns are being heard and knowing they have a seat at the table.

If a person has to be forced to do something that, given their medical history, might hurt them, or that goes against their first amendment protected religious convictions, in order to keep their job, go to school or move about in society, it will only breed a corrosive distrust and civil unrest.

Trust can be gained through robust education that allows for full informed consent, vigorous civil discourse and debate within the public square.

Forced vaccination will only damage public confidence across the board  – then all vaccination policy will be compromised. What has been called “the pillar of public health” has the potential of crumbling down. The majority of people do not want that. 

The goal is not anti-vaccination. The goal is a safe, pro-informed consent vaccine policy, which upholds constitutional freedoms.

Do you live in Indiana?

If you live in Indiana and are concerned that a madatory vaccine policy might cause you to lose your job, I would urge you to check into  – and JOIN – Hoosiers for Medical Liberty.

 Check out their website here:

Right now they are working diligently on Senate Bill 74,  which upholds your medical freedom.  Your voice is needed!


Inside or Outside Indiana

Stand for Health Freedom (SHF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting basic human rights, constitutional rights and parental rights. 

Click for website:


Be Informed, Be Engaged. Be Kind.

A Large Sampling of Yum and Fun to Give – and Receive – As You Help the Livelihood of Local Businesses!

A Large Sampling of Yum and Fun to Give – and Receive – As You Help the Livelihood of Local Businesses!

Wow! We provided quite a list in our recent podcast episode on so many local places – and people –  that you will enjoy checking out, for gift ideas for family, friends – or yourself!


Click on each photo for website or Facebook page to see scrumptious photos of all their menu offerings!

Joy Taylor

1507 Spy Run Ave. Suite 102, Fort Wayne, Indiana


Conjure Coffee

701 Columbia Ave., Fort Wayne, IN  46805




819 South Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, IN


Utopian Coffee

118 W Columbia St Suite 201, Fort Wayne


This is the sign for Common Grounds and the store is in the back as you drive in.

Common Grounds

13531 Main St, Grabill, IN 46741-2002, United States Grabill, IN 46741


FireFly Coffee



Old Crown Roasters



Mocha Lounge

4635 E Dupont Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825


Mocha Lounge

 6511 Covington Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804



618 Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, IN


Hugh’s Bakery and Coffeehouse

229 W Market St, Bluffton, IN (260) 353-1477


Crimson House 

304 N Jefferson St, Ossian, IN 46777


A  recommendation from Heather’s and my friend, Jan:

Tea Room and Restaurant

1397 N US Highway 33, Kimmell, Indiana

Amazing Donuts and Baked Goods

Click on each photo to access website or Facebook page to see their yumminess!

Order for In-Store Pickup

Our full menu is available to you for in-store pickup at Junk Ditch Brewing Co. Some quantities sold at a minimum of a half-dozen.



915 Lincoln Hwy E New Haven, IN 46774


Photo of 375 Degrees Donuts & Sweets - Fort Wayne, IN, United States. 375 degrees


They offer an even greater variety than what you see here!

4382 Bluffton Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46809, (260) 747-1973



6731 W Jefferson Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46804


Favorite Restaurants

Click on each photo to access their website or Facebook page to see all their delicious menus and pictures of each venue.

1509 West Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825


10350 Coldwater Rd. Fort Wayne, In 46825


6417 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804


614 S Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802






On the Landing
126 W Columbia Street, Fort Wayne, IN — 46802


898 S. Harrison St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802



4820 N. Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46825


203 East Berry St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802


Bird and Clever

1603 N. Wells Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana


8802 Coldwater Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825



3235 North Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805


6420 E State Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46815





4411 Cold Water Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825


1125 E Dupont Rd #1571, Fort Wayne



2006 S Calhoun St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802



3809 Coldwater Rd., Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805


131 W Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802


A few recommendations from Heather’s and my friend, Jan:

100 E Ensley Ave, Auburn, IN 46706


101 S Main St, Wolcottville, IN 46795


If you are on Facebook, be sure to check out 2GoFW!

This is a great resource for all things Restaurant related!

Ice Cream

In the future we will do a more comprehensive list on the ice cream shops in the area. These were the 3 mentioned in today’s podcast episode.

Click on picture to access website or FB page to see all the yum!

West Central Microcreamery and Cafe

725 Union St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802



6422 E State Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46815



10105 Auburn Park Drive, / 5608 Coldwater Road/4110 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Fort  Wayne, IN 46825

Plants, Anyone?

Click to see all the Folliage!

Honey Plant

1436 N Wells St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808


The Nurses’ Nursery 

6316 Winnebago Ct
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46815, 260-715-5207

4412 S Harrison St
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46807, 260-227-0459


The Plant House

9825 Lake Shore Drive, Unit B Leo, IN 46765

*It is a house! Call us at (260) 494-4383

Painting, Any One?

These look so fun! Click to get more info!

6425 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804


Click on each location to go to website:

Painting Fun Spot
W Jefferson Blvd STE K-9, Fort Wayne, IN 46804

7605 Coldwater Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

A Few Boutiques and  – love that Mud Love!

A few more Forti-fy’r recommendations from Alaina

Click to see all the Goodies!

Smiley’s  Joy

503 W Wayne St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802


Lane 201
510 Broadway St, New Haven, IN 46774
The Find
133 West Wayne Street Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
Mud Love
122 S Buffalo St, Warsaw, IN 46580

Gift Certificate/Membership Ideas!

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

3411 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808


The Embassy Theater

125 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802


4901 Fuller Dr, Fort Wayne, IN 46835



The Clyde Theater

808 Bluffton Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46809


Other Great Gift Ideas

Some great gift certificate ideas mentioned in today’s podcast!

Click on each image to access website or Facebook Page to see all that each company offers!

4202 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Georgetown Bowl/Crazy Pins
6770 E. State Blvd.Fort WayneIN 46815
3 Rivers Food Co-op and Natural Grocery
1612 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808
The Fort Wayne Ballroom Company
3127 Carroll Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818
Summit Sports, Comics and Games
4240 W Jefferson Blvd #8, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Summit City Bicycle & Fitness
3801 Lima Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805

The Olive Twist

6410 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 7

203 N Main St. (NW corner of 6th and Main St.)
Auburn, IN 46706

So many great gift ideas here!
Blessing Moon Herbs
2805 E State Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805
This was not mentioned in the podcast but comes highly recommended!
Therapeutic Massage
Again, not mentioned in the podcast, but highly recommended!

Support Local Business Coaches and Product Consultants

These are friends and “Forti-fy’r” FB members that love what they do and love teaching others! 

Give someone – or yourself – the gift of health!

Donna Reish is a powerhouse of energy and information!

She and her husband have lost over 220 pounds, combined! You can read about her story here and here.

I have greatly benefitted from being one of her life-coaching students!

Click on the photo to check out her website and all she offers!


Looking for some help with exercise? Trisch Richardson is a Master T-Tapp Trainer and can find a workout that works for you!

Click for her website and Facebook Page to see all the ways she can help!

Local Soap Maker!

Our friend, Susan Stombaugh, makes the most wonderful soaps and healing salves! We have used them for years!!!

I wrote a blog post you can read HERE and check out her website here:

Check Out Shopping in Auburn!

There are so many great little shops in Auburn! Take some time out and enjoy all it has to offer!

This site will link you to all the shoping and restaurants in the area!

We hope we have offered you some great ideas to support your local community – and enjoy yourself!

Radical Biblical Hospitality

Radical Biblical Hospitality

Safe Families For Children – So Flexible – Everyone Can Do Something!

Have you ever desired to help out families in crisis in your community but didn’t really know how to do that?

Or you liked the idea of serving, but thought you might not have the time?

Well, Safe Families might be just the opportunity that you have been looking for!

Listen in as Northeast Indiana Regional Director, Bonnie Doolittle, shares all about this much-needed ministry and how you can help!

The basic premise of Safe Families for Children was born out of the need to keep children safe, keep families intact, and reduce the need for foster care.

You heard us talk about it in the podcast – a super easy way to start supporting this

much-needed ministry… 


Donate At No Cost To You Just By Shopping! Find Step-by-Step Directions Here:

You can also make a donation for

GIVING TUESDAY! (Or anytime!)

December 1, 2020

Click HERE to make a donation!

Everything you need to know starts here:


For additional specific information, please check out my previous post on Safe Families Click HERE:

My son, Kyle, was always encouraging people to just “show up” and do something – anything – to make a difference in the lives of  those around you who are in need.

Safe Families is an opportunity where you can all do just that! 

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

A Journey of Adoption

A Journey of Adoption

A Journey of a Couple’s Heart to Adopt

In this episode of Forti-fy, you will hear the heart of Ashley Kellogg who chronicles her family’s 10-year journey to their first adoption – and how their ever expanding family now includes the addition of 5 special needs children, in addition to their biological 6, making a very lively and bustling home!


Be sure to check out the plethora of helpful resources listed below that Ashley has provided!

Resources Discussed in the Episode:

Adoption Resources


Gateway Woods is a local agency in Leo that works with foster care and international adoptions providing homestudies and other adoption services


Hand in Hand is a local agency in Albion that provides domestic and international homestudies and other adoption resources


Children’s Bureau is an Indianapolis based adoption agency that works with foster and adoptive families for homestudies and other adoption services


Special Angels Adoption is an agency that provides services for special needs adoptions.


The National Down Syndrome Adoption Network provides support for birth and adoptive families of children with Down syndrome


Reece’s Rainbow advocates for orphans with Down syndrome and other special needs by raising funds for adoption grants


Empowered to Connect website has a podcasts, a blog and training resources for foster and adoptive parents


Facebook Pages: 

Indiana Foster and Adoptive Parents

Parenting with Connection

China Adoption Questions


Conferences: is a virtual conference providing hours of training for working with children from hard places is a virtual conference for foster and adoptive parents runs yearly conferences for foster and adoptive parents


Books: (This is a great list for ALL parents!)

The Connected Child by Purvis, Cross and Sunshine

The Connected Parent by Qualls and Purvis

The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel

No Drama Discipline by Daniel Siegel

Love Me Feed Me by Katja Rowell

Attaching in Adoption by Deborah Gray

You Can Adoption Without Debt by Julie Gumm

Feel free to reach out to Ashley at: 

She would be happy to answer your questions!

What Small Steps Can You Take to Live in Harmony with Your Habitat?

What Small Steps Can You Take to Live in Harmony with Your Habitat?

Wait! Before you throw that in your trash can….

Honestly, although we throw our trash in the can and haul it to the curb, there is no magical place where trash goes “away”.

Where should you be throwing your toxic chemicals, light bulbs, batteries, paints, appliances and electronics? Even food?

Is it possible for you to reduce your waste?  Yes! With just a few small changes we can make a big difference in the world we live.

Neil Miller, Communications and Outreach Coordinator for Allen County Department of Environmental Management,  provided SO much great information in this podcast episode.

Listen in to hear so many great “trash tips” from Neil; then, check out the rest of this blog post for a truckload of resources!!!

Resources Discussed by Neil

There is so much information on the ACDEM!

Just click! 


Information on Composting

To learn more about where to recycle plastic bags, visit:

Interested in connecting with some local “Zero Wasters”?

Check out this facebook Page:


Neil’s recommendations for “Zero Waste” products:

“A great resource for many zero-waste products including silicone “Ziploc” bags is – we refer to it as the zero waste amazon! They also carry a fair amount of zero-waste items at Target. A well-recommended brand of silicone bags is Stasher – they can be pricy, but when you consider the reuse and the money you save on purchasing disposable ones, it can be worth it!

Click HERE

Click HERE:

Here are the bamboo utensils and reusable bags that were discussed:

Composting Services

Click on picture for website

Neil provides these sites for further Solid Waste districts in NE Indiana:

Allen County residents can contact us via our website –

Wells County:

Adams County:

Huntington County:

Whitley County:

Lagrange, Dekalb, Noble, Steuben –

Thanks, Neil!