Mandate wars

What’s your vaccine discrimination story?

“For the health of our nation, everyone must eat tomatoes on Tuesdays.”

How would Americans respond to an announcement like this from the White House?

It wouldn’t be pretty. We would be up in arms, declaring our independence.
“Yuck! I don’t like tomatoes!” some would say.
“I’m allergic to tomatoes,” others would lament.
We’d hear, “I’d rather have a non-GMO tomato but they’re not available. What do I do now?”
There’d be cries of, “Who’s going to pay for my tomatoes?”
And, simply but powerfully, “You can’t tell me what to put in my body.”

But what if the President added, “Anyone who can get a doctor’s note saying tomatoes make you sick or prove tomatoes are against your religion gets a pass.”

Phew! Dodged a bullet there, right? No problem! I can just claim my exemption.
“But I’m not religious.”
“I don’t get sick, I just don’t like them, or they don’t make me “sick enough” for a doctor to put their license on the line for what my body is telling me.”
“I don’t think I need a tomato to be healthy; I eat lots of spinach!”
So, do I lie about my beliefs? Do I forge a medical note? Do I become a criminal in order to do what I know is best for my body and my conscience? Is this America?

Back to reality… So, what’s the problem with a vaccine mandate if you can claim an exemption?

My dear health freedom fighter, you know the answer: everything.

Let’s break it down.

#1: Mandates cause discrimination

You’ve probably experienced vaccine discrimination yourself.

The mandate-and-exemption style of law fosters discrimination by design. The government claims the power to make everyone do (or not do) a thing. A minority of people can go through a government-controlled process to ask permission to have that thing not apply to them. If they’re granted permission, they’re marked as different. Remember the song, “One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just isn’t the same?” (Big Bird used to teach useful lessons about discrimination before he sold out.) When you exercise an exemption, you are marked as different, and you are treated differently by your government, your employer, and your school. That difference opens the door and encourages your colleagues, friends, and family to do the same, because people are hard-wired for the safety of being in the majority. Exemptions are not enough to protect Americans.

#2: Mandates hurt businesses

Mandates not only hurt individuals but businesses as well. Because Americans cannot sue the government, the vaccine maker, or the person who administers the vaccine, employers are left with liability and loss. People are leaving their careers over mandates, taking all of their years of knowledge and experience with them and causing worker shortages. Employers face expense because of having to train new employees, as well as lost employee time due to getting the jab, injury, unpaid leave for noncompliance, and more. And employers will face lawsuits if employees are injured by the mandated vaccine, since there is no one else to sue.

#3: Mandates are power grabs

Wanna talk government gaslighting? Fighting for the right to refuse something implies the thing can be done in the first place. When we agree we have the right to say “No,” we also agree the government has the power to make us ask.

When we allow government (or employers or schools) to tell us how to live in our body or align with our spirituality, as long as some people may be allowed to opt-out, we lose the right to be the decision-maker for our own body and the bodies of our children. Who can say no and under what conditions? Where is the line drawn when your “No” is not honored? Can you say “No” without needing to justify it, or is recognition of your “No” conditioned upon whether it is judged appropriate? What if absolutely no one qualifies for the opt-out; is the law still valid if the option is lip service? (You can ask any midwife who practices in Delaware about a law like this, chilling laws with phony options get put on the books until they are fought.)

Governments only have the power we give them. And they will take it all, while they tell us to sit back and enjoy the ride.



Take action: A buffet of ways to fight!

First, we tell our lawmakers that we will not stand for mandates. We educate them on how harmful mandates are to the fabric of society and the values Americans hold dear. We explain that employers, the engine of the economy, are left holding the bag. Mandates hurt people, our economy, and our country. You can see that the truth here is the exact opposite of the propaganda, and for this reason we need to talk to our lawmakers. Click below to send a message!

Second, tell your story. You have probably faced discrimination, hardship, side glances, and alienation because of your vaccine choices. When stories are hard, they are powerful. Like Sadness in the movie “Inside Out,” difficult memories bring people together, knowing they’re not alone, and activate our compassion and love. Your story could be arguments or alienation with family and friends. It could be job loss. It could be moving or homeschooling, shifting the entire foundation of family life. It could be the betrayal of having done your part and gotten yourself or a child vaccinated, only to suffer injury followed by abandonment by loved ones and the medical system. Tell your story to family and friends. Tell your story to your elected officials. Tell your story to SHF to help us put a face on vaccine discrimination.

Watch a short and powerful mashup of White House lies and hypocrisy around vaccine mandates. Health freedom candidate Dr. Scott Jensen points out the immorality of vaccine mandates while the facts speak for themselves. Have a look!

Next, we can protect medical choice through antidiscrimination bills in our states. Montana is leading the way on this with the first Vaccine Antidiscrimination Law in the nation. With an antidiscrimination bill, we are saying everyone has a right (to bodily autonomy), but for some reason, some entity (government, business, school) is singling out a select group (who do not want to get vaccinated) and treating them differently (discrimination). That different treatment consists of job loss, masking, testing, exclusion from certain locations or events, and more. With antidiscrimination bills, the law protects the minority group from injury to rights everyone has. In other words, it stops an actor from being able to treat them differently than every other human. Contrast that with a mandate and exemption model, where we say the government has the power to make an imposition, but we want to make sure the government remembers we can say no.

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Jill Hines

Directory of Advocacy
A former banker turned homeschool mom, Jill Hines began researching alternatives to conventional medicine in 2010 and what she discovered changed the trajectory of her life. She corrected a worrisome health issue, and embraced a natural approach to wellness. Advocating for informed consent and parental rights became a full-time mission when she joined the board of the Georgia Coalition for Vaccine Choice and later became the co-director of Health Freedom Louisiana. Due to her advocacy efforts during the COVID crisis, Jill was one of 25 Louisianans selected by Central City News as “a hero of the constitutional crisis.” She was also presented the Impact Award for Outstanding Public Service from the government watchdog organization Citizens for a New Louisiana. Jill now represents hundreds of millions of Americans who experienced censorship due to the Biden administration's efforts to suppress disfavored speech as a plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit Missouri v. Biden. Jill holds a marketing degree from Louisiana Tech University and now passionately “sells” health freedom full-time. Serving as Stand for Health Freedom’s advocacy director provides an incredible opportunity to advance the growing movement to preserve the sacred right to refuse unwanted medical interventions for ourselves and our children without fear of retribution.
“We have lived through a terrifying societal, psychological, and medical experiment which afforded us a knowledge that our forefathers tried to impart and we can no longer ignore: Our freedom is tenuous. For our children’s sake, the time is now to take a stand for health freedom.”

Chrissy Scott

Executive Assistant and Social Media Manager

A labor and delivery nurse with a lifelong passion for maternal and fetal health, Chrissy Scott left her job of 19 years after learning the truth about the harms caused by the medical system. In 2009, she was mandated by her employer to receive the H1N1 vaccine during her first trimester of pregnancy with her second child. She was assured that the vaccine was “safe and effective” for pregnant women, but her son was born with a kidney defect that could have been fatal. She didn’t connect the dots to vaccine injury until several years later when the declining health of her oldest son drove her to seek answers outside of allopathic medicine.

This personal journey ignited in her a new passion for truth and transparency in health care. As SHF’s Executive Assistant, Chrissy facilitates communication and local advocacy initiatives alongside Leah Wilson for their home state of Indiana. She also manages and creates graphics for SHF’s social media accounts and the website’s swag shop.

Chrissy earned her nursing degree from Anderson University and served her entire career at her local hospital. While she’s no longer a floor nurse, her five very active boys frequently test her nursing skills! She homeschools her children and has been co-owner of a successful home décor sign business with her sister.

“Parents, being the experts on their own children, are best suited to make decisions for the well-being of their family. To do this properly, they must be given full and accurate information and be free from force or coercion.”

Ellen Chappelle


Ellen Chappelle serves as SHF’s resident wordsmith. A seasoned writer and editor, she’s enthusiastic about ensuring that our content is clear, concise, and inspiring.

Ellen is most energized by working on projects that transform lives. A truth seeker as well as a journalist, she’s disturbed by the lack of accuracy in today’s media and determined to help share fact rather than fiction. And having found greater healing with alternative approaches, she’s also passionate about preserving our freedom to make informed health choices.

Past projects include serving as regional editor of a dog magazine, color and trend specialist for a small cosmetics company, arts columnist, newspaper reporter, ghostwriter, and creator of website content for artists and small businesses.

With a degree in journalism and theatre, Ellen is also a performer. She enjoyed singing and dancing on a cruise ship and traveling with a national musical theatre tour, as well as recording industrial videos, television commercials, and radio voiceovers. She also creates handcrafted jewelry in wire, chain maille, and fused glass.

“Despite what some would have us believe, the fact remains that this nation was founded on biblical principles by people who wanted freedom to worship God and live their lives without government involvement. It’s never been more critical to fight for those rights.”


Executive Director and Co-founder

An attorney with a background in complex litigation and advocacy, Leah Wilson is passionate about children’s health and has researched and worked on child welfare issues for more than a decade.

The overmedication of children in foster care as a form of behavior management is what compelled Leah to become an advocate and foster parent. During her time as a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children, Leah witnessed the rampant use of psychiatric drugs among foster kids. She also discovered that, in addition to many extensive requirements, the state had a policy that all foster children and foster families be fully vaccinated, without exception. Through her involvement in law, health and the foster care system, it became abundantly clear to Leah that the single most important issue affecting child welfare in the United States is the practice of one-size-fits-all medicine via medical mandates. This motivated Leah to expand her advocacy beyond foster care to all children nationwide and to start Stand for Health Freedom (SHF) in 2019.

A graduate of the Saint Louis University School of Law, Leah holds dual bachelor degrees in political science and Spanish from Indiana University. In addition to her advocacy work with SHF, Leah is the owner and former operations director of MaxLiving Indy, one of the largest natural health centers in the Midwest. She is also an educator on holistic health as well as a sought-after speaker on issues ranging from religious rights to greening your home.

“Parental rights and religious freedom are God-given natural rights that cannot arbitrarily be taken away by government authorities. Parents are the single most important factor in a child’s success; I stand in full support of this sacred relationship.”

Sayer JI

Director and Co-founder

Sayer Ji is a widely recognized researcher, author, lecturer, activist, and educator on natural health modalities. Among his many roles, he is an advisor to Stand for Health Freedom, a reviewer and editor of the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, an advisory board member of the National Health Federation, a steering committee member of the Global GMO Free Coalition, and the co-founder and CEO of Systome Biomed Inc., a revolutionary scientific validation framework.

Most notably, Sayer is the founder of, the world’s most widely referenced, evidence-based natural health resource of its kind. He founded the platform in 2008 to provide an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. Today, has more than a million visits per month, serving as a trusted resource on myriad health and wellness topics to physicians, healthcare practitioners, clinicians, researchers and consumers worldwide.

Sayer attended Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he studied under the notable American philosopher Dr. Bruce W. Wilshire. He received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy in 1995, with a focus on the philosophy of science. His new book, Regenerate: Unlocking Your Body’s Radical Resilience through the New Biology, was released in March 2020 and is an Amazon bestseller.

“I truly believe that education will be our greatest shield against accelerating the erosion of civil liberties, including the right to bodily sovereignty, as well as the greatest catalyst for positive change on this planet moving forward.”

Bailey Kuykendoll

Associate Director

Designer and visual marketer Bailey Kuykendoll began advocating for health and religious freedom and parental rights in 2014 after learning she was pregnant. A self-described skeptic, she’s not afraid to ask questions and do copious amounts of research to reach her own conclusions.

She’s also not afraid of hard work. As SHF’s Relationship Manager, Bailey truly keeps the organizational boat afloat. Working closely with health freedom advocates in each state, she ensures that SHF has campaigns for health-freedom-related bills and petitions on our website and across social media, spreading the word to encourage people to contact their legislators. She builds campaigns, graphics, website pages, and relationships.

Bailey earned a design degree from Harrington Institute of Design in 2008. She then served as a production assistant on several shows for HGTV, followed by working behind the scenes on the X Factor, small indie films, music videos, and documentaries. Bailey joined Health Freedom Florida after moving to the East Coast, becoming co-president of the grassroots organization in 2019. While at Health Freedom Florida, she successfully filed a state bill designed to stop discrimination based on your health status. She joined SHF in the fall of 2020.

“God placed a calling on my heart back in 2008 to be a part of something bigger for Him. Twelve years later, the opportunity came knocking to help others lean into their natural-born rights and take a stand for themselves and their families. I knew this is where I was called to be, and I have never looked back.”

Valerie Borek


Valerie Borek is a passionate advocate for health rights and family privacy. A mother of two with degrees in law and biochemistry, she is perfectly positioned to lead SHF advocates through complex health-rights policy. Her work is guided by a love for American values, uncovering truth, and a passion for empowering others. Valerie has served as SHF’s policy analyst since 2021.

Valerie’s understanding of the value of freedom to make one’s own health care choices is not just academic. Health freedom has kept her boys alive and thriving. Her choice to have home births jump-started her advocacy for health privacy. Her eldest son survived a rare and deadly cancer because her family was able to navigate medical care while holding onto values that were sometimes at odds with recommendations.

Before joining SHF, Valerie specialized in health and parenting rights at her boutique law firm, especially surrounding birth and vaccine rights. She advocated for informed consent in health care and transparent food labeling in her state. She helped found the Birth Rights Bar Association and was honored to present their argument to the Delaware Supreme Court that midwifery is not the practice of medicine, in support of a trailblazing midwife.

“Health is the foundation of how we show up in this world to love, serve, and create. Americans are blessed to live in a country that gets stronger the more we protect fundamental rights, like informed consent and privacy, so individuals and families can thrive.”

Mary Katherine LaCroix


Mary Katherine LaCroix became involved with SHF as a volunteer in 2019 when the religious exemption for childhood vaccines was at risk in her home state of New Jersey. She believes strongly that parents have the responsibility for their children’s health, education, and faith formation and that only they have the right to make medical decisions and manage their care.

She has worked in fundraising for more than 25 years at various educational, cultural, human services, and political organizations. A graduate of the University of Scranton, she holds a degree in History and English Literature.

Mary Katherine is thrilled to have this opportunity to work with and help grow SHF, believing that together we can achieve even greater impact in protecting our rights and caring for our loved ones. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and large extended family, as well as volunteering to support the special needs community.

“Parents are taught that they must trust the experts. That’s what we did, until we learned that the experts can be wrong and don’t always know what is best for your child. Parents should instead feel empowered by their natural, God-given ability to advocate and care for their children. SHF is here to give them the tools to do just that.”

Sheila Ealey

Political Analyst

Dr. Sheila Lewis Ealey is the founder and former director of the Creative Learning Center of Louisiana, a therapeutic day school for children who are on the autism spectrum or struggling with other nonverbal intellectual disabilities. The wife of a former U.S. Coast Guard Officer, she is also the mother of four children. Her son was diagnosed with severe autism spectrum disorder at 18 months. He is now a young man and considered moderate and emerging.

Sheila and her twins were featured in the documentary “Vaxxed.” She has traveled extensively, advocating for medical freedom. She continues to educate disenfranchised parents about their fundamental rights to religious and philosophical exemptions, their ability to live sustainably on a limited budget, and the importance of nutrition and biomedical interventions for optimum health with autism. She also writes individual homeschool curriculums for parents of children with autism or intellectual disorders. Sheila is a trustee for the Autism Trust, USA, and on the board of directors of Children’s Health Defense.

Over the past 20 years, she has educated herself to use natural healing modalities for the body and brain. Her formal education includes degrees in communication, special education curriculum, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership in Special Education. Sheila serves as an assistant content advisor and political analyst for SHF.

“It is not the Constitution’s job to protect our liberties, as it is not a philosophical document but a legal one. Its purpose is to limit the powers and authority of our federal government in hopes of preventing an intrusion upon our unalienable rights. We are obliged to maintain our government within its limits.”

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