Just wanted to mention myself, my then 3.5 yr old and my then 3 month old daughter came down with this 6 yrs ago. (my husband did not get it) It was bad! We aren't vaccinated but it's running rampant in the vax community too. I have also heard lately that they are calling some of it 'para' pertussis. Anyhow I knew my son had contracted it and everyone always says an exclusively breastfed healthy baby is protected. Well she wasn't. Despite all the research I didn't really undertand the disease, til I was knee deep in it. I thought alot of vitamin c, oil of oregano, some collodial silver and homeopathics would stop it. What I didn't realize is that most of the disease is the toxins being released after it has died (if I am remembering from my notes correctly). Anyhow, after 2 weeks, my dd and I caught it, it is quite something to have as an adult- I can only imagine how asthmatics feel. I was concerned about my ability to perform cpr on my 3 months old if I too was in a fit at the same time- so we went everywhere with my husband during the worst of the 2 weeks- the turning blue part for her! It wasn't until I met a woman from New Zealand who was willing to share with me and educate and encourage me to find sodium ascorbate (we started buying by the kilo) and it turned us around on a dime in 24 hours. Don't get me wrong, it really is 100 day cough but the worst of it was over 4 weeks (2 for my son and 2 for my dd and I) Of course looking back I STILL WASN'T using ENOUGH... probably only about 20 grams a day for me and 10-12 fo rmy son...I did a loading dose for the baby (she didn't tolerate the vitamin c well and cried so much) but I didn't have the experience then I do now and I was scared to give her anymore then what she received thru my breastmilk. I found alot of articles afterwards as I searched for answers- answers as to why we got it in the first place despite our 'holistic lifestyle' and why others we knew had it mildly. What I found was an article that said it was rare for a breastfed baby and mother to contract it unless their vitamin c level was dangerously low. There were other articles too and I lost them ALL when my old laptop crashed- I have not been able to locate them again despite trying desperately. I had avoidd citrus foods as well as anything that made my ''heartburn' worse during pregnancy as well as foods that made her cranky that she received thru my milk. Basic boring foods made her a happy baby
Anyhow, I learned alot, it took us 6 months to reccover, I read Dr. Leo Gallands book, Dr. Lendon Smiths books etc. we had hair analysis done on all of us and were shocked at the high levels of arsenic and and aluminum as well very high lead levesl (my husbands are off the page). I had had 12 amalgam fillings through both of their prgnancies as well as I nursed them for several years. They were low in ziinc and selenium to name just a few. Most importantly was the vitamin c though!!! and I am so thankful for Hilary from New Zealand whoever you are for all her help and opening our eyes to vitamin c!