The most common question the Thinking Moms get asked…almost daily…is “How do I join The Thinking Moms’ Revolution?” Readers may not realize that we are incorporated and have a book on the way, but if you are reading our blog, if you’ve asked us this very question, chances are, you’re already a Thinker. So, we might or might not have been drinking wine online together last night while plagiarizing and modifying Jeff Foxworthy’s signature phrase to our very own, “You might be a Thinker if…” Here’s what we came up with.
You might be a Thinker if…
You know yeast is not just some awesome organism that makes bread rise. Oh, how you know this.
You can decipher a slew of medical and diagnostic acronyms without a secret decoder ring.
You can hold an entire conversation with JUST acronyms using: ABA, ACE, ASD, AS, ADD, ADHD, CAPD, EI, EE, EOS, FTT, HFA, IEP, IFSP, NT, OT, OCD, ODD, PT, PDD, PDD-NOS, RDI, ST, SID, SPD, SN, SLP.
You make a random medical comment to another mom in passing and she asks you questions for 45 minutes.
You bring your family’s food with you when you go to parties. You also bring it on a cruise and store it on ice in the bathtub. For a week.
Your nighttime reading consists of stacks of medical studies other Thinkers have forwarded to you, and you can navigate PubMed better than your average paediatrician.
You arm yourself with the necessary tools before going to the paediatrician: VaxTruth printouts, alarming study summaries, and SafeMinds brochures to leave in the waiting room. You *might* also steal the vaccine propaganda out of said waiting area and use it as kindling in your fireplace. Not that we’ve done this. You also might page through the magazines and pencil in the NVIC website next to every flu shot ad you see.
You move books like Raising a Vaccine-Free Child next to What to Expect When you’re Expecting at your local bookstore.
You clean your house with baking soda and vinegar.
You can smell a diaper full of Clostridia from a mile away.
You spend more money on organic food than you do on clothing.
You know the definition of the word “methylation” and can use it in a sentence. You can also explain where your child is deficient in the methylation cycle.
Your local health food store calls you for tutorials on supplements.
Your teenager asks you not to diagnose her friends when they come to the house. True story.
Your family vacation takes place at a conference.
Your car is full of Gardasil propaganda you swiped from your daughter’s middle school. Not that we’ve done this either.
At least two thirds of your FB friends are autism parents, you love secret autism FB groups, and you know the members better than anyone else on your friends list. You can list their childrens’ names, dx’s and interests even though you have not met most of them in person.
You’ve gone to a baby shower, stolen all the infant Tylenol and J&J products out of a basket and replaced them with California Baby and homeopathic remedies.
You’ve figured out how to hide an entire square organic GFCFSF meal in a pancake.
You know that Mast Cells have nothing to do with sailboats or the weather.
You know that MTHFR can be used as a scientific term and a swear word.
Your favorite accessory is a tin-foil hat. Kidding. Sort-of.
You have ever sent supplements to a mom who couldn’t afford them.
You can argue mercury as a neurotoxin to a dentist until they roll over and scream “uncle!”
You have tested your dishes for lead.
You have toned arms from lifting your cast iron cookware.
You can analyze a stool sample better than Quest labs, and you have no problem talking shit. Literally.
You never trust anything until you research it for yourself.
You don’t wait for someone to show you the path.
You don’t stop telling your story because even if it saves just one…
You know the truth will come out.
You THINK for yourself.
You never, ever, ever, ever give up hope.
We ask you, Thinkers, what would you add to this list?