Category Archives: Health

Improving My Health One Day At A Time

I try to eat healthy, but I realize that my efforts are not always enough to meet what my body needs.  The whole spectrum of nutrients our bodies need is quite mind boggling.  There are macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients that our bodies depend on for sustenance and healing.  Many of these nutrients have a specific function in the body, and if we don’t consume them, our bodies suffer sooner or later.

Some of the nutrients we need, we are able to get from the food we eat, and other nutrients we need are made by enzymes and probiotics within our system as they break apart what we’ve eaten and reformulate these ingredients into additional essential nutrients and co-factors.  Our bodies are like small factories.  As long as we give it the right building blocks, it can extract what is needed and it can also make some of the things we need that might be in a different form than what we are consuming by recombining the basic ingredients.  Some B vitamins are like this for example, some we are able to get from food, and for others if given the right building blocks, there are bacteria in our gut that can manufacture some of the B vitamins and D vitamin co-factors that are a requirement for life.

However, most people don’t get enough of what they need from regular foods anymore.  Soils are depleted and are not allowed to rest and recover and renew with organic matter to replenish the nutrients between seasons of crops.  Instead, artificial nutrients are sprayed onto the soil and/or plants and production continues to keep on producing and cut costs.  The result is plants that lack quality and nutrition.

In my own life, not all of my younger years were the greatest nutritionally. I started getting serious about what I put into my body when I was about 27 or so.  I started drinking raw milk, raising most of our foods, and taking food based supplements.  I finally became pregnant when I was almost 30 after several years of trying and hoping and praying to have a child.  I know prayer and changing the foods I was eating had a big impact on our ability to conceive. I realized right away, that building babies in the womb, and later nursing on demand and lack of sleep when you have young children, takes a lot of nutrients and energy from momma.  Overtime, my body became depleted of nutrients and just like the land that produces crops, I needed to renew my body with a layer of organic materials and rest.

A few of the ways I have found to add in extra nutrition into my body and my family is to add additional fruits and vegetables, either chopped very small so they are not noticed, or blended into a paste to mix in a recipe or into a smoothie, or dried and ground into a powder and put these into things we already eat. For example, into our chili, I add extra things like diced zucchini and spinach, and because of the spices, chili sauce and texture of the beans, you don’t even notice the hidden veggies.  When I make cookies and cakes, sometimes I grate carrots or use pumpkin puree to enhance the nutrition.  We also enjoy making smoothies.  The kids don’t even realize their smoothies are packed with fruits and veggies that often they would eat if put on a plate in front of them.  But hidden in other foods they enjoy, they consume these extra nutrients without any stress or fuss.

Adding the dried powders from fruits and veggies may be the most significant thing I am doing to bring change and healing to myself and family.   There are so many benefits to including this in our meals.  The boost it gives my food helps renew and rebuild my body from the inside out. It boosts my immune system.  This also seems to help me age more gracefully because raw phyto-nutrients heal the body, reduce oxidation, improve cardiovascular wellness, reduce inflammation in the blood stream and through-out the body, rebuilds the blood stream, repairs DNA, and protects it from breaking.

Father God created fruits and vegetables as multipurpose use for the body to work as food and medicine, as a method sustenance, disease prevention, healing intervention, and rebuilding. No one knows our bodies better than our creator.

I really enjoy listening to “experts” who look to Father God and use the natural foods and plants he created for achieving health and wellness.  Dr. Sears is one of those experts.  Dr. Axe and Jordan Rubin are a couple more who are terrific too.

Jordan Rubin recommends 3 things to consider when choosing what foods to eat:

  1. Eat only what God created for food.
  2. Eat food in a form that is healthy for the body.
  3. Don’t make any food or drink your idol.

In this video clip, Dr. Axe and Jordan Rubin team up to help you improve digestion of your foods, and offer 9 suggestions to help you maximize the nutrients from what you are eating.

In this video, Dr. Sears recommends adding powdered fruits and vegetables to your diet for better health.  He also recommends that each person do the research on anything you put into your body, as well as asking 2 specific questions before taking any nutritional supplement:

  1. Is there solid science that proves it gets into the blood stream?
  2. Is there solid science that it is effective and provides positive healthy change once it gets into the blood steam?

I hope to improve my health one day at a time, one simple step at a time, as my family and I get back to basics of wholesome foods and biblical principles of living.

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Boost Your Health With Essential Oils & Giveaway

There are many simple tasks we can implement to boost our health year around. During the cold and flu season it is especially important to pay attention to the choices we are making and intentionally strengthen our immune system.


Even the most basic changes in our daily habits of how we sleep, drink, eat, move, use essential oils, detox, and use superfood supplements can be life changing.  If you find yourself frequently fighting infections, and feeling “under the weather”, daily use of essential oils combined with these simple steps can boost your immune system.


Essential Oils To Boost Your Health:

Essential oils by doTerra can be an easy and affordable component in building a balanced immune system and keeping it working strong. As a matter of fact, essential oils can be a human’s best friend in nearly every area of life 24 hours a day. They can be used in self-care, whole family care (from birth to old age), pet care, home care, education, gardening, farming, therapy, disease protocol.  Even if you choose not to use them 24/7, then at least use them in your immune system tool kit.

My Essential Oil Tool Chest.  I still have room to add more oils.  An essential oil tool chest is a "must have" in every home.

My Essential Oil Tool Chest. I still have room to add more. An essential oil tool chest is a “must have” in every home.

Specific oils can be weapons of mass destruction and shields of protection against nearly everything that comes against the human immune system, and many have already been scientifically proven to be more effective than most pharmaceuticals on the market today. When your body goes into the repair shop, it could use a few specific tools. Essential oils are the tools that can assist you in boosting your immune system.

It is so easy to forget how important sleep is for protecting our immune system. Since we do it everyday, most of us just take it for granted. For example it is best to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep and to go to bed by 10:30 to get a good nights rest and reach REM sleep in which the brain puts the body into a detoxing and repair mode. Your body literally goes to your own built-in repair shop when you go into REM sleep. If we don’t reach this restful state of sleep, the body gets behind in its repairing process. To help you get to sleep at this healthy hour, be sure to put away anything with a lit screen (TV, Smartphone, Computer, Bright lighted room) at least one hour before bedtime. Instead of TV or computer time, read in soft light, or listen to relaxing music, or even take a relaxing bath to get your body and mind ready to go to bed. Essential oils can assist you in relaxing and getting a good nights sleep. Some can be applied to the feet or massaged into the muscles, neck, etc. Also use a diffuser in the room and use calming oils for you and your children to help you relax and sleep well.

Diffuse essential oils in your home.

Another wise choice to boost your immune system, is to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated throughout the day. All of the body systems need water to run efficiently. When we get dehydrated the body suffers and our immune system is weakened. I recently read that many folks who survived the Ebola infection were the ones who were able to stay hydrated and drink at least 100 oz or more of water. That volume of clean water in their location is hard to come by per person each day, and many are loosing their battle with Ebola because their immune system is weakened. When we are hydrated our immune system can function at its best to protect us.

Add specific essential oils that can be injested to drinking water to boost the body's health.

To boost our immune system there are specific oils that are safe for internal use that we can add to our drinking water that help to kill infections from virus and bacteria and mobilize our defense system. It’s like bringing in the Calvary to the battle.

Eating right, getting plenty of rest, moderate activity, and staying hydrated are the basic foundation of a healthy life. Eating right involves eating a variety of nutrient dense foods and avoiding “Franken foods” (man-made foods that have been seriously altered from their natural state or ingredients that were never food in the first place).

Some of the foundational foods we should include in our diet are:
1) Fresh organic fruits and vegetables that provides live enzymes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, carbohydrates, fiber, and more.
2) Bone broths that provide dissolved and easily assimilated minerals,
3) Healthy fats like cold pressed coconut oil, cold pressed olive oil, grass-fed butter, free range eggs, fresh raw milk with cream, sprouted nuts, etc.
4) Cultured foods like yogurt, sour cream, raw cheese; also fermented foods like pickles, chutney, kimchi, and kraut; and fermented beverages like coconut water kefirs, dairy kefirs, new wines, kombucha, etc. Cultured and fermented foods provide so many amazing nutrients that are ready to digest for easily assimilated vitamins, live probiotics to aid digestion of our other foods, and the healing and protective strategy they provide the digestive tract.
5) Herbs, spices, and essential oils for flavor and their protective qualities.
6) In moderation, animal proteins from Grass-fed and wild caught animals, such as wild salmon, wild deer, or grass-fed beef. It is very important that these animals eat as natural as they would in the wild. This is the best way to ensure the nutrition for them and for you is at the right level and not out of whack. If you don’t have access to this kind of meat, it is better to go without than to try to use factory farmed animal proteins that result in disease for the animals and the humans that consume them.

Beyond these basic areas, not much else is needed for food for the human body’s nutrient needs. A few other enjoyable foods that still contain intensive nutrients are fine in moderation too such as: raw honey, maple syrup, un-sulfered molasses, succanant or rapadura sugar, lohan fruit sugar, coconut sugar, sprouted organic or chemical free grains, sprouted organic legumes, etc. but don’t over eat these as they can raise the blood sugar level, upset the digestive system, etc.

Specific essential oils that are safe for ingesting can be used as remedies but also used to flavor food, wash food, enhance digestion, enhance metabolism, used in home remedies, and to boost the immune system. Many essential oils are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. So you get the combined benefit of making your food taste great, and boosting the immune system at the same time.

Avoid eating white sugar, and white flour, and grain alcohol. This is another simple task we can do to stay healthy. White grains and sugars are basically sugar in the blood stream and hard on the body organs. They can weaken the digestive system, neurological system, endocrine system, and the immune system. We are talking about the immune system specifically in this post so it is important for you to know that white sugar interferes with the white blood cell’s ability to fight infections. White sugar is really dangerous to the immune system because it literally immobilizes and weakens the fighter cells to less than 25% of their fighting capability for several hours after consuming white sugar. It stops the conversion of vit. D to vit C and also blocks receptor sites and blocks the white blood cells from accessing the vitamin C and vitamin A rendering them useless in an attack. That is why we get sick so easily when we consume a high sugar diet. Sugar has a long half-life in the blood stream and the white blood cells do not return to their full fighting capacity for several hours, and for some people it can take a day or two to get it their immune system back up to normal, even when we have consumed as little as a few teaspoons of sugar. This is why the Standard American Diet can be so dangerous. Imagine if you consumed this small amount of sugar everyday, which most Americans consume way more. Your immune system would be vulnerable to all kinds of attacks on a constant basis and would not have the ability to efficiently protect you. Adding in anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal essential oils helps a person have more of a chance to fight infections when perhaps their diet isn’t the best.

For various reasons, the human body may lack certain needed nutrients to function at its optimal capacity. It could be due to dietary choices we make, but it could also be due to illness, medications, stress, toxins, disease, etc. all of which can have long-term negative effects on the body and suppress its functioning.

doTerra supplements

One way to improve your nutritional intake and jump-start the healing process is to use superfoods and superfood supplements. Superfoods are a concentrated form of all natural nutrients. These are nutrients that naturally exist in nature, and we when eat them in a concentrated form, they can provide the tools we need to repair and renew our bodies. Supperfoods come in various ways, such as liquid, or dried and ground into powder, perhaps the liquids or powders are added to capsules, or left as a powder or liquid to stir into drinks or smoothies.  Some superfoods are made into extracts and oils too.  Some examples of superfood supplements are probiotics like PBAssist +, xEO Mega Essential Oil Complex, Alpha CRS +, MICROPLEX VMz,  TerraGreens, Terrazyme multi enzymes, and more great superfoods like Spirulina, food Extracts like elderberry extract, Herbal Extracts, Spirulina, Fish Oils which provides Omega 3 Fatty Acids, cinnamon oil, oregano oil, and so on.

Toxins seem to be something we don’t think much about, but our bodies encounter them daily. The effects of toxins on the body can build up over a short or long amount of time, and be detrimental, leading to a compromised immune system and disease.

Toxins are everywhere including in the air we breath, water, food, soil, personal care products and cleaning products in our homes, where we live and play, and in our workplaces too. It is a wise decision on our part to reduce as much exposure to toxins in our daily life as we can.

I love diffusing my doTerra essential oils!

I love diffusing my doTerra essential oils!

Essential oils can play a major role in helping the body detox. Helping our body detox from environmental, digestive, and immune system toxins is a great way to boost and protect our immune system. Some oils detox the air and help us breath fresher cleaner air, some oils detox our bodies through both internal and external use. Soon I will post more information on specific oils we can use to detox our bodies and boost our immune system. Be sure to check back for more posts about essential oils.

Want to know more about how essential oils can boost your immune system? Check out this Webinar to learn about more ways to use do-Terra Essential Oils to “Power Up Your Immune System”.


Are you ready for a doTerra Essential Oils Giveaway?

I hope after reading this post, and viewing the webinar that you agree that essential oils belong in everyones home and can be incorporated into every area of life, play, and work.

This giveaway is an incredible opportuntiy to win 10 essential oils that boost the immune system for FREE! My mentor is an incredibly generous person. She is a wife and mother and understands the health and wellness needs of families. She and her extended family have been involved in natural health and wellness for at least 20 years or more. She is one of four sisters who are all educators and healers with essential oils. One of her sisters is also a Naturopath Doctor. She has an incredible amount of knowledge about essential oils and natural methods of health and wellness. She wrote the webinar you just watched, and she is offering my readers a free personalized sample of essentail oils to everyone who enters this giveway. Her goal is to put a healer in every home and equip families with the knowledge of how to care for their own families and boost their health through a lifestyle of using essential oils.

Every completed entry in this giveaway is a winner of a free personalized doTerra Essential Oil sample. When you leave your contact information in the entry form, I will contact you and we can discuss the specific essential oil sample that will address your needs the best, and get it shipped to you right away.  Use this sample oil in your home to boost your health and wellness and be encouraged to learn more about essential oils.

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ONE ENTRY WILL WIN a do-Terra Family Physicians Kit! This kit retails for $166.67 WOW! The doTerra Family Physician Kit contains 10 CPTG Certified Pure Theraputic Grade Essential Oils and Essential Oil Blends in 5ML glass bottles. The bottles can be stored in the case it comes in which includes a summary of how each oils is used. These are the Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Deep Blue (soothing blend), Breath (respiratory blend), Digestzen (digestive blend), and On Guard (protective blend). This is an AWESOME kit!  I know you will love it.  My life has been so blessed by learning to use essential oils for better health and I know yours will be too.

Be sure to like my Weiser Natural’s Facebook Page. I will post regular updates on different essential oils and kits there so you don’t want to miss it.

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Healthy Living Support

Hey Everyone,

I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving holiday!

Many of you know my heart in helping people heal and stay healthy naturally. It has been a passion of mine for nearly 20 years. It helped me heal from 9 years of infertility, and so much more. My passion for natural remedies was birthed from watching my Grandmother. She loves herbs, homesteading, and healthy living and even wrote a book many years ago that she handed out at campgrounds and to friends and family.

My desire to help others live a healthy lifestyle also stemmed from working as the social service director first in a health department serving women and children (1991-1992), and then in a nursing facility (1993-1996) for the elderly and also for the mentally disabled and watching folks die from the side effects of being over medicated and downward spiral of medical conditions that were not improved by the dietary and pharmaceutical interventions.

Another huge influence on my journey was made by my husband’s mother. I cared for my mother in-law who had breast cancer for the last year of her life in my home (1996-1997), and with each chemo pill and pain pill she took, I watched the life in her eyes diminish bit by bit until she took her last breath in March of 1997. I was so broken hearted from loosing her and knew deep down there was a better way to deal with illness from some of the “all natural/ green living” friends I was making. Her death was the turning point for me to abandon cultural norms of hospitals and doctor’s offices to heal disease and instead view them as beneficial for trauma centers, but not healthly life centers.

In 1993-1997 I was friends with a 75 year old neighbor who had farmed organically all his life and sold Organic Gardner and Mother Earth News magazines for many years. He was “green” before anyone knew what it was to be green. He owned a campground near Muncie, IN and farmed and sold his produce to a local nursing home and folks who came to his campground and farm. I spent a lot of time learning from him and his wife. They gave me tips on organic gardening, pursuing a “greener” life, and really helped me a lot.

In 1995 I began meeting Amish folks who turned to natural medicine as the cure for most of their healthy living needs. This was life changing for me too. I would spend two or three days aweek in their homes learning. They thought they were just teaching me about making bread, canning, gardening, etc. But in reality, they were teaching me a life of healthy natural living I was dying to know. I did’t agree with the bondage of their Amish Church, instead I have freedom in Jesus, so that was not a draw for me. By watching them, I had made a connection with the knowledge of generations gone by who knew how to make home remedies to handle sickness, and knew how to eat to avoid most sickness. I found answers!

The life of living with locally raised food, home births, kids who were occupied with phycial self directed playtime, and also the productivity of chores instead of sitting with TV, who go to bed at a good hour and rise in the mornings rested, respect for each other, adults who came together as a community to support one another, and who found answers to thier sickness and diseases by using herbs and diet, were able to live a way of life that seldom needed attention from hospitals and regular checkups or sick visits to a clinic. This inspired me.

All Americans should have this knowledge. It is the knowledge all cultures possessed until just two hundred years ago, when western hospitals, doctors, and pharmacies became the focus of our faith. Somehow Americans have turned over their basic health care to the local doctor who is controlled to a high degree by pharmecutical companies selling man made synthetic ingredients to control disease, but never heal disease, and ultimately secondary side effects of those medications develop into knew life threatening disease and so on. When I left my carrer in the nursing facility, on average, each patient was taking 21 different prescription medications. Each medication had a side effect and needed a different medication to counteract it. This is the life today in America. It is no longer just the elderly who are over medicated, it is even our babies and children. Every public school and daycare now tells the parents their children must be vaccinated, and to put many of their kids on medication to make them sit still in a classroom. The numbers of kids on medications is astounding! Over use of medication is an epidemic in our country and it is getting worse. Babies are now vaccinated with over 40 man made toxic medications before the age of 2. Autism, a brain disorder that affects speach, behavior, and the ability to sit still now affect 1 in 48 boys and 1 in68 gilrs, or an average of 1 in 55 children. Do what? America, wake up!

After applying what I learned from the Amish and my organic focussed friends, I made some tough decisions. I stopped taking presecription medications for colds and flus. I stopped taking over the counter medications for headaches and other illnesses too. Instead, I found a natural medication in herbs and foods to deal with each illness that arose. I soon overcame infertility and became pregnant in 1999, and gave birth to our first child in 2000. That was a miricle. I had been married for 9 years with no pregnancy and the doctor diagnosed me as infertile. But I wasn’t infertile, instead I was malnurished and toxic from the American lifestyle. Once I detoxed and ate nourishing foods, my body did what it was designed to do, to heal and reproduce.

As more folks found out that I had been healed by the Lord and using the wisdom of returning to traditional foods (local food, grassfed meats, eggs, and raw milk, fermented foods, etc) and using herbs for tea and remedies for health, others wanted my resources and sales for food and herbs grew into a stronger business. By 2004 I opened a healthy food and herbal remedy store and coop called Weiser Natural Foods, and God has surely used these life experiences and knowledge to bless my life and many others I have shared with.

As you well know, seasons in our life change. The past few years of moving and having birthed 6 kids and 2 miscarriages have brought new challenges and adaptations. But some things never change, and I am still as passionate about healthy living and natural cures and raising natural foods as I have ever been. Though I don’t currently have a store walk in anymore, perhaps I will be able to open a walk in store again someday. For now I am getting resettled on a certified organic homestead in Richmond, Indiana and getting my feet back under me. I have dreams of a solar greenhouse, hydroponics and aquaponics, and educational workshops too. But until that day comes, I will be reaching out and sharing great products with you and teach healthy living tips, and help as many people as I can.

I have affiliate links to help you find the healthy products you need in my sidebar.

I am a distributor a couple of great companies too:

itWorks Body Wraps and healthy products


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doTerra Essential Oils and more great healthy products


I would love to help you take care of your healthy living needs with wonderful wholesome products, and also help you get ready for the holidays with thoughtful gifts for yourself and your family and friends.

Both of these companies offer some amazing gift packs and specials for the holidays. These gifts really make a difference in your health and wellbeing. These products will also help boost your immune system and help you stay healthy through the holidays and winter season.

Some of the great features of the itWorks body wraps include helping you tone and tighten areas of your body. It is a botanically based cloth that you can place anywhere on the body that you want to tone and tighten the skin and reduce cellulite. It helps reduce the appearance of cellulite with a great herbal lotion. It can work wonders with your weight loss goals and I am thrilled to include this product in my toolbox of healthy living.

Some of the great features of the doTerra essential oils are purifying the air in your home, pain management, mood management, focus and attention, remedies for common ailments including colds, flu, and ear infections, weight loss support, healing of glands and systems of the body like the thyroid,adrenal glands, lymph system, and immune system, and so much more.

I will post more about these great products in the days and weeks ahead. I would love to talk with you more about them. You can shop from home at the links posted above, or feel free to contact me with questions too. I just wanted to give you a heads up, and if you are interested in following my healthy life journey you can follow along on my website at

I would love to talk with you more about healthy living support. I am glad to talk online, or by phone, or if you are local to my area we can host workshops at your home, or church, or club with your family and friends too. Just let me know how I can help you.

Please PM me through Facebook at, or email (weiseracademy at aol dot com), or stop in at the product links for information about each of the products I sell, and contact me there with questions too. I can get you set up with everything you need to reach your healthy living goals.

I look forward to working with you.

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Walk And Talk Wednesday

                                                 Lost Motivation

I lost my momentum this past week.  I don’t know what happened.  It is week 7 on this journey.  I was working toward my fitness goals little by little each week.  Then I realized I had no desire to exercise.  I chose to do other activities instead of use my T-Tapp workout.   My husband encouraged me (a bunch) to still go to the Cardio Dance class at the YMCA, but that is all I did for the whole week. I was glad I went, and took two of my sons with me, but I was upset with myself that I did not do the other workouts during the week and I did not stay motivated.  Why the loss of momentum?  What changed?  Why wasn’t I motivated to keep going and reach my fitness goal?

Looking in the mirror, my reflection says it all.  I am discouraged.  It has taken years to get to this point.  It did not happen in one week.  Yes, I lost my motivation this week, but even worse was the realization that I had lost my motivation to stay fit years ago.  When did I loose it?  How did I let this happen?  How did things go this far for this long?  When will I stop hating myself for letting this happen?  How and when can I ever be fit again?  The whole challenge feels overwhelming.

            Ecclesiastes 9:11 
            Here is something else I have learned:The fastest runners and the
            greatest heroes don’t always win races and battles. Wisdom,
            intelligence, and skill don’t always make you healthy, rich, or
            popular.  We each have our share of bad luck.

Some of the weight gain is due to aging, but that is more of an excuse than reality. Yes, at age 43, I am not the same perky beauty I was at age 23.  But I think there are many beautiful, healthy, vibrant middle aged, and older, people.  So to say that age is the reason for being unhealthy isn’t true. 

I know some of the weight gain is due to having multiple pregnancies (7) within a short span of the past 12 years.  And I had them later in life.  I was 30 years old with my first pregnancy and I am now 43.  Not all of the weight was in-check before the next pregnancy began, and slowly this put on extra pounds.  Then the last pregnancy ended in an emergency C section and that has just reeked havoc on my body and activity level.  But again, I have seen many healthy vibrant women who have given birth multiple times and they look wonderful.  So that is not a complete picture of why I have gained weight.   

My father, grandfather, and several aunts and uncles were overweight on my dad’s side of the family.  They have a thick muscular and thick bone frame even without the added weight.  Perhaps my weight problem is genetic.  But my brother and sister, and several other aunts and uncles and cousins are not overweight.  In fact they are completely healthy and vibrant.  They can hike the highest mountains, bike ride and run in marathons, travel the world, etc.  Both my siblings were awesome athletes.  So genetics can not be the answer either.  

Part of the weight gain the past few years was due to feeling helpless after moving to North Carolina and leaving our farm in Indiana.  I was happy in Indiana on the farm, raising my children, and running a family business.  But in NC my life did not feel like it was mine, I was in a tiny rental house in a gated community with rules out the WAZOO if you know what I mean. I was unable to let my children play outside unsupervised, no driveway, on the side of a mountain, no safe area for kids, I was out of money, pregnant with my fifth child, and I felt helpless to change my circumstances. 

I have tried to make the best of my circumstances.  I have tried to remain positive and look on the bright side.  I found other ways to bless my children.  We have adjusted to living in North Carolina.  We bought a home in a quiet subdivision.  We take weekend trips to see amazing sites.  We go to the park during the week.  We are members of local clubs and I volunteer and teach classes.  I don’t dwell on my weight.  I just move forward.  But the discouragements of the past few years definitely added on some pounds, as a matter of fact it has add on 50 pounds since the move.  But again that is not the full reason for gaining so much weight, but just one more important piece of the puzzle.

For years I have chosen not to look in the mirror. I don’t like the mirror, so I don’t look. I have also avoided getting my picture taken, except on rare occasions that someone else might be holding the camera.   Honestly, I don’t know how it has gotten this far. I have a healthy mindset. I eat healthy foods.  I love life, and reach out to others everywhere I go.  I share my time with others, I volunteer and teach classes in the community.  But somehow my body grew beyond the self portrait or picture I had of myself. Somehow, my “inner self” picture no longer matches my “outside” picture. 


At the Cardio Dance class, the instructor, Natalie, did something that changed the game for me.  She said to turn to your neighbor and tell them you love them.  Then give them a hug.  This step was easy for me.  Then she said, look at yourself in the mirror and tell the person you see that you love them.  Now give yourself a hug.  WHOA!  HOLD THE PHONE!  HOLD EVERYTHING!  This was totally unexpected.  I had avoided looking in the “wall of mirrors” in the class since starting.  As a mater of fact, I stay at the back of the room so there are plenty of folks in front between me and those EVIL mirrors!  I haven’t liked the outer picture of the person I see in any mirror for a long time.  Now, in front of everyone I am supposed to acknowledge she is there, and I am supposed to say I love her? 

How can I love the picture of the person I am looking at?  I like the person, yes indeed I do like who I am, but I don’t like the picture of how I look.  The person in the mirror does not look like the “ME” that I feel inside.  She looks tired, discouraged, and she looks fat.  This few seconds in the class brought some issues forward for me that I had not previously been ready to confront face to face.  It has been a hard week for me as I have processed these things and more. 

When I ask my self the big question: “WHY?”    I think the answer is partly due to being afraid to fail.  If I try and fail, then it will have all been for nothing.  I think my fear of failing boils down to motivation and momentum.  I have doubt that I can maintain motivation to reach a healthy weight.  Can I maintain momentum through the daily, weekly, monthly routine to reach my goals?  What if it takes longer than a year of working hard and I see little progress?  If I loose my momentum, will I have failed?  I think another part of the answer is change.  I want to change, but change makes things different.  I am a little bit afraid of the unknown.  A different schedule, a different routine, will equal a different outcome.  I may have to give up things in my schedule that I enjoy.  I have to move on to a different routine, and in doing so, I may not be able to keep the activities that I have become comfortable with and that make up my current routine.

            Hebrews 12:1 
            Such a large crowd of witnesses is all around us! So we must get rid
            of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won’t let
            go. And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us.

But is it failure?  A deeper look into the big picture makes me wonder.  I don’t think failure is an option.  NO, I will not have failed at the end of this journey.  All effort is good effort.  There is no fail.  My momentum may fluctuate.  My motivation may fluctuate.  But I will find the resolve to reach my goals in this new season of my life.  It may take me a year.  It may take me longer.  But eventually, and I pray it is sooner rather than later, I will get to my healthy weight.  I will reach my fitness goals.

Food and Activity Journal

Only one day of activity to report, my trip to the YMCA.  As I said, my heart wasn’t in going this day.  I went for my husband this time, not for me.  I did take two of our sons with me and they had a great time as usual.  The class is a full hour of dancing to fun songs.  Both boys like music and this class is really fun and up beat.  Here they are with some of our friends in the class.  Our instructor Natalie is not pictured here as she was busy wrapping things up before the next class of folks came in.

Next we walked a mile on the indoor track.

I walked a mile and a half.  I just felt like going on.  I didn’t have the energy to steer myself off the track.  Strange I know.  The boys walked about half a mile and then went down stairs and joined a group of homeschool kids for basketball.  I think I counted about 15 homeschool kids at the Y tonight.  They had a lot of fun.

A great blessing happened this evening even though I initially didn’t want to go.  A good friend and local homeschool family I have known for five years since moving to NC showed up at the YMCA tonight.  She brought her 12 year old son and they did the Cardio dance class with me, and walked the mile on the track.  This helped me take my mind off of myself, and appreciate another mom working had to reach her fitness goals.  I was really proud of her and the effort she put forth.  Isn’t it just like God to send someone else into the picture to help you get your mind off yourself?  It was a blessing to be in her company and work together towards our goals.  My 10 year old had a bunch of fun exercising  playing with her 12 year old. 


I missed a couple of entries in my food journal this week along with my lack of motivation.  I also made a couple of bad food choices that I have not made since starting this fitness plan seven weeks ago.  Consequently, I did not have any weight loss this week.

Sunday 2/17
Eggs, Hash browns, Spinach
Protein Shake
Salad: lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, red cabbage, carrot, honey mustard dressing
Fried mushrooms
Grape juice
Vitamins and Supplements:
B12, Folic, B6 combo
2 Fibers
1 Enzyme blend
Water: 5
Activity: NA

Saturday 2/16
Mocha Latte
Not hungry!
Way To Hungry!
Donuts (been a long time since I’ve had these, but I wished I had not chosen to eat them).
Beef tostada: lettuce, cheese, tomato, avocado, ground beef, corn tortilla
Beef enchilada: ground beef, cheese, enchilada sauce, corn tortilla
Vitamins and Supplements
Vitamin powder drink mix
2 Fibers
1 Enzyme blend

Blueberry Muffin
Blueberries, Grapes

Vitamins and Supplements


Egg on toast
Jack Cheese
Ground beef Pattie,
Lettuce, carrots, red onion salad with ranch dressing
Protein Shake:

Tuesday 2/12
Protein Shake: Raw Milk 1 cup, Coffee ½ cup, Ice ½ cup, ½ scoop of Grass Fed “raw” Whey Protein Powder, 1 Tbs coconut oil, 1 tsp raw honey.
Vitamins and Supplements
Dance class 1 hour, walk 1 and ½ mile. The boys also played basketball while I visited with other moms.

Monday 2/11/13
Egg Scramble: Spinach, hash browns, eggs
Mocha latte: raw milk, coffee, cocoa, honey
2 x waffle with peanut butter and ½ banana
Juice Feast 1 cup: fruit and vegetables blended in the blender with KeVita (carrots, celery, spinach, cherries, oranges, lime juice, apple)
Hamburger, Swiss cheese, mayo, small bun
Chocolate Milk: Raw milk, ice, ovalteen malted powder
Vitamins and Supplements
2 Fibers
1Enzyme blend

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Honey Safety

I read this great article today about the safety of honey and the need to protect ourselves, our families, and our future.  We also need to protect local populations of honeybees.   In the long range, the only way to protect our families, and the bees, is to be informed and willing to speak out against ultra-pasteurization of honey, and the use of dangerous pesticides and herbicides in agriculture.   In the short range, we need to consume more locally produced, raw, all natural honey and support our local farmers.  We need to be an informed voice for our future.  This responsibility falls on all of us.

Here is the article, reprinted with permission.

By Dr. Mercola

Bees have been dying off around the world for more than a decade now, a phenomenon that has been named “Colony Collapse Disorder,” or CCD.

The U.S. and the U.K. both reported losing a third of their honeybees in 2010. Italy lost half.

The die-offs have spread to China and India, in addition to many other countries.

A third of the U.S. food supply requires the assistance of the honeybee.

The collapse of bee colonies is probably multifactorial, rather than a response to one type of toxic assault.

Although experts don’t yet understand all of the underlying factors and how they interact to cause our pollinators to disappear, they agree about one thing: if we allow this to continue, our already-limited global food supply is at risk, which means more than 7 billion humans occupying this planet are at risk as well.

The common honeybee pollinates 130 different crops in the U.S. alone, including fruits, vegetables and tree nuts.

Without our bees, almonds, pumpkins, watermelons and other varieties of melon, and even vanilla, could completely disappear.

Haagen-Dazs donated $250,000 to research into bee colony collapse disorder because it says the honeybees are responsible for 24 of its 60 ice cream flavors, including strawberry, toasted pecan and banana split.

As usual, at the core of the problem is big industry, which is blinded by greed and enabled by a corrupt governmental system that permits the profit-driven sacrifice of our environment. Unfortunately, this motivation reflects an extreme shortsightedness about the long-term survival of the human race, as well as of our planet. Not only are commercial agricultural practices harming honeybee colonies, but your own health is being compromised by deceptive marketing practices about the “honey” you buy, some of which isn’t really honey at all, despite what it says on the label.

Honey: Nectar of the Gods

Pure, natural, unfiltered raw honey has an abundance of medicinal and nutritional uses, including the following:

A bounty of nutrition, including enzymes, antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals Promotes the growth of friendly bacteria in your intestinal tract Good for your skin
Helps with occasional sleeplessness Promotes heart health by reducing homocysteine levels Tames allergies
Can help fight viruses, such as herpes, and bacteria, such as that present in chronic sinusitis Helps sooth a cough Helps prevent tooth decay

A special kind of honey that has healing benefits far exceeding that of ordinary honey is called Manuka honey. Manuka honey is made by bees that feed off the flowers of the Manuka bush, a medicinal plant native to New Zealand. Fake honey is unfortunately common in this era of food manipulation and control. Some Chinese brokers sell a mixture of sugar water, malt sweeteners, corn or rice syrup, jaggery, barley malt sweetener or other additives, and label it “honey”. A recent report by Food Safety News reveals just how often they get away with this trickery.

Is Your Honey Fake?

In a new report by Food Safety News, more than 75 percent of the honey on American supermarket shelves may be ultra-processed—to the point that all inherent medicinal properties are completely gone—and then smuggled into the country by the barrel drum. Nearly all of this fake honey is made in China. Some of these brokers will even create bogus country of origin papers. All 60 jars of “honey” tested by FSN came back negative for pollen (including Sue Bee and Winnie the Pooh brands), which is a clear sign of ultra-processing.

According to FSN:

“The removal of these microscopic particles from deep within a flower would make the nectar flunk the quality standards set by most of the world’s food safety agencies. The food safety divisions of the World Health Organization, the European Commission and dozens of others have also ruled that without pollen, there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources.”

Millions of pounds of honey that have been banned by the European Union are being smuggled into the U.S. from China. Much of this honey is tainted with illegal antibiotics, including chloramphenicol, which can cause DNA damage and cancer, and heavy metals like lead. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that any product that’s been ultra-filtered and no longer contains pollen IS NOT honey.

In their investigation, FSN discovered the following:

  • 76 percent of honey samples bought at grocery stores (such as TOP Food, Safeway, QFC, Kroger, Harris Teeter, etc.) were absent of pollen

  • 77 percent of the honey from big box stores (like Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, and Target) were absent of pollen

  • 100 percent of the honey sampled from drug stores (like Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and CVS Pharmacy) were absent of pollen

The good news is, all of the samples from farmers markets, co-ops, and natural stores like Trader Joe’s had the full, proper compliment of pollen, as did organic brands from common grocery stores. But fake honey—the sorry substitute that it is—might be the ONLY thing even remotely resembling honey that you’ll be able to get if we don’t find a way to save our honeybees from total global collapse.

HUMANS are Causing the Demise of the Bees

Each year, commercial beekeepers have reported unprecedented losses. Steve Ellis, secretary of the National Honey Bee Advisory Board and a beekeeper for 35 years, had so many abnormal bee die-offs that he’ll qualify for disaster relief from the USDA.

The main theories are the following:

  • Malnutrition of the bees due to destruction of their food supply, causing irreparable damage to their immune systems, which makes them more vulnerable to toxic exposures and pathogens, like viruses and fungi

  • Toxic pesticides, especially the newer systemic pesticides, insecticides, and genetically engineered crops, are a massive source of toxic exposure to the bees

  • Microwaves from cellular phones have been shown to cause CCD within 10 days, apparently by affecting the bees’ communication with the hive and disrupting their navigational ability

  • Changing global climate, drought, and migratory stress brought about by moving bee colonies long distances to provide pollination services

The EPA claims that new systemic pesticides are safer for humans because farmers can use less of them. However, experiments show that agricultural chemicals that are safe for bees when used alone are lethal in combination. Farmers increasingly combine sprays. They also destroy nearly all flowering weeds, depriving bees of essential nutrients from different kinds of pollen.

Bee Very Afraid…

While much has been made over the “mystery” surrounding CCD, the problem began shortly after neurotoxic pesticides, which are known to be particularly toxic to honeybees, took over the global insecticide market. These relatively new pesticides are called neonicotinoids. Two prominent examples, Imidacloprid and Clothianidin, are used as seed treatments in hundreds of crops.

Virtually all of today’s genetically engineered Bt corn is treated with neonicotinoids. A Purdue University study found multiple sources of pesticide exposure for honeybees living near agricultural fields, including high levels of Clothianidin in agricultural machinery exhaust, in the soil of unplanted fields near those planted with Bt corn, and on dandelions growing in those fields. The chemicals were also found in dead bees near hive entrances and in pollen stored in the hives.

Bee colonies began disappearing in the U.S. shortly after EPA allowed these new, toxic insecticides to be used. Even the EPA itself admits that “pesticide poisoning” is a likely cause of the collapse of bee colonies.

These insecticides are highly toxic to bees because they are systemic, water soluble, and very pervasive. They get into the soil and groundwater where they can accumulate and remain for many years and present long-term toxicity to the hive. They enter the vascular system of the plant and are carried to all parts of it, as well as to the pollen and nectar.

These chemicals affect insects’ central nervous systems in ways that are cumulative and irreversible. Even minute amounts can have profound effects over time. Foraging insects may become disoriented and unable to find their way back to the hive.

Jim Frazier from Penn State sampled hives from across the U.S. and found an average of six different pesticides in each hive, with one hive testing positive for 31 different pesticides, some of which are of the systemic varieties. Beekeepers everywhere are concerned for their own livelihood, in addition to being fearful of the broader implications of CCD. But one small Colorado beekeeper has served as a one-man sting operation in exposing the EPA’s negligence on this issue.

Bee Aware from Greg Stanley on Vimeo.


Courageous Beekeeper Battles Negligent Regulators on Behalf of Bees

Colorado beekeeper Tom Theobald became concerned about the effects systemic pesticides were having on his bee colonies. Theobald discovered that EPA allowed Bayer Crop Science, manufacturer of Clothianidin, to market its pesticide for public use without safety studies. Clothianidin has been used commercially for eight years now, with no good safety studies to back it up. Theobald uncovered the documents proving that Congress gave Bayer a thumbs-up to market their product while awaiting the results of a safety study, promised to be complete within 18 months.

And guess who conducts and funds honeybee studies?

The pesticide companies themselves… the fox is again guarding the henhouse. The EPA merely receives the report from the pesticide company, has its scientists make a recommendation, and then EPA administrators make a decision about product safety, supposedly based on good science. In this case, there is NO good science to be found—at least coming from Bayer.

The supposedly scientific research by Bayer proved to be woefully inadequate. Bayer performed the study on one 2.5-acre plot of land planted with canola seed. However, this is a mere fraction of the area foraged by a typical bee colony. In fact, the average area foraged by such a colony is 28,000 acres! Theobald called Bayer’s study a “mockery of science” because it was nowhere near an accurate representation of the bees’ natural habitat.

So, Theobald wrote an article for the July 2010 issue of Bee Culture, which created quite the buzz. The EPA changed their tone in response to his article, admitting the Bayer study was deficient. Nevertheless, they haven’t pulled Clothianidin from the market. According to the Pesticide Action Network:

“Governments in Italy, Germany, France and elsewhere have already taken action against neonicotinoids to protect their pollinators. And beekeepers there are reporting recovery. Yet regulators in the U.S. remain paralyzed, apparently captive to industry-funded science and a regulatory framework that finds chemicals innocent until proven guilty.”

No Simple Answers—Persistence is Key

Saving the honeybee will require much more than removing one or two pesticides from the market. It will require a complete change in the mindset and values of industry, and the regulators they hold captive. There is no force for change greater than that fueled by public outrage, so I encourage you to spread the word. Educate your friends, your family… your grocery bagger!

If the goal of pesticides is to increase food yield to more easily feed 7 billion human beings, this goal falls flat on its face if it leads to the collapse of our food chain.

As Tom Theobald says, we can eliminate this one product, maybe, but that won’t solve the problem. In a year or two, there will just be another equally dangerous chemical, unless we can change the conditions that lead to the problem. And this means we must yell loud enough to awaken our government from its stupor.

Some folks are doing just that. Honeybee sanctuaries are springing up everywhere, as the award-winning documentary Queen of the Sun shows. Many city dwellers are becoming smalltime backyard beekeepers. If you are interested in supporting the cause, you can check out some of the following websites to guide you in how you can help.


Question:  What is one thing you can do to promote the safety of honey for your family?  Please leave a comment below.  Thank you.

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Your Right To Eat Healthy Living Food

You are at RISK! 

The risk is not a disease.  It is not a germ.  It is not a crime. 

No, you are at risk of loosing your right to eat!  

You are at risk of loosing your very health and wellbeing.  You are at risk of loosing your constitutional right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  You are at risk of loosing your most basic freedoms.

The FDA arm of the government has decided to take away your right to eat fresh nutrient dense whole food from the farm.

Please read this article with all seriousness.  Your very right to life depends on it.

This article below was written by Dr. Mercola, and is reprinted with permission.

On May 16th, Representative Ron Paul asked,

“If we are not even free anymore to decide something as basic as what we wish to eat or drink, how much freedom do we really have left?”

Paul was talking about the FDA ban on the interstate sale of raw milk for human consumption — milk that has not been pasteurized. The ban began in 1987, but the FDA didn’t really begin enforcing it seriously until 2006 — when the government began sting operations and armed raids of dairy farmers and their willing customers.

The New American reports:

“Even if the FDA were correct in its assertions about the dangers of raw milk, its prohibition on interstate raw milk sales would still be, as Paul termed it, ‘an unconstitutional misapplication of the commerce clause for legislative ends’ …

Saying he is ‘outraged’ by the FDA’s raids on peaceful dairy farmers and their customers, Paul has introduced legislation … ‘to allow the shipment and distribution of unpasteurized milk and milk products for human consumption across state lines,’ in effect reversing the FDA’s unconstitutional ban on such sales.”

The “Food Safety Modernization Act” that was enacted earlier this year gives the FDA almost unlimited authority to decide if food is harmful, even without credible evidence. But farmers who have been persecuted by the FDA for selling raw milk, like Amish Farmer Dan Allgyer, are not backing down. Allgyer’s case is going to court.

Citizens are irate that the FDA allows damaging junk food, but prevents people from making an educated, informed food choice in purchasing raw grass-fed milk.

According to the Washington Times, Attorney Jonathan Emord, who has defeated the FDA in court eight times, is focusing on the deeper issues that this case stems from. Emord says:

“We would not be here today were it not for the fact that over the past seventy-five years, the Congress of the United States has delegated away to some 230 independent regulatory commissions the power to make law, the power to execute the law, and the power to judge law violation. That delegation of governing power from Congress to the unelected heads of the regulatory agencies violates the Constitution, which vests exclusively in Congress the obligation to make law”.



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The war on raw milk, which is really an unconstitutional assault on one of your most basic rights, i.e. your right to choose what you want to eat and drink, is now in full swing and will likely intensify in the days ahead.

Amish Farmer Raided at Gun Point

Dan Allgyer, an Amish farmer, was recently caught in an FDA sting operation, after the agency planted a spy in local buying club he supplies, “Grassfed On The Hill”, back in October of 2009 to gather evidence against him. His farm was raided at gun point, and eventually the Department of Justice, at the behest of FDA, filed suit in Federal District Court to obtain an injunction prohibiting Allgyer from transporting and selling raw milk across state lines.

This isn’t the first time the FDA has spent US tax dollars to violently clamp down on “illegal interstate commerce,” by raw milk farmers, all under the guise of doing their job and protecting the public’s health…

Any level-headed person would argue that this is a poorly shrouded sham, seeing how the FDA has continuously allowed known toxins into the food supply, and those who willingly choose to harm their health are free to do so by consuming too much sugar, artificial non-food-based items, alcohol, and toxic cigarettes.

Logic notwithstanding, food safety chief and former Monsanto lawyer Michael Taylor recently defended the FDA’s spying and gun-toting tactics against raw milk producers, stating that they’re simply doing their job, calling the campaign “a public health duty” based on “statutory directive.” And it may actually get worse than it already is, if we don’t stop it. A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle explains:

“The FDA is in the midst of writing the critical regulations that will implement the Food Safety Modernization Act Congress passed last year with applause all around from the Obama administration, Democrats and Republicans despite ferocious opposition from small-farm advocates. The sweeping new law gives the agency extraordinary powers to detain foods on farms. It also denies farmers recourse to federal courts.

On July 3, the agency will issue its new rule to detain any food it believes is unsafe, or, more critically, “mislabeled.” In Allgyer’s case, the entire FDA case rests on a technical violation of a ban on interstate commerce in raw milk and alleged mislabeling.

Before the new law, the FDA could only impound food when it had credible evidence the food was contaminated or posed a public health hazard. The detention powers are part of what Taylor described as a new agency focus on preventing food poisoning outbreaks rather than responding to them after the fact. Taylor described the new law as giving the agency “farm to table” control over food safety.”

Taylor also stated that he will seek a “high rate of compliance” with the new rules. Compliance will be made all the more “effective” once the FDA gets its new and improved tool kit of enforcement, which will include:

  • Access to farm records

  • Mandatory recall authority

  • New administrative enforcement actions

  • Ability to revoke a farm’s mandatory registration (which will be a new requirement under the law)

Support Bill to Legalize Your Right to Choose!

Allgyer taking on the FDA in court is a classic case of David vs. Goliath. At stake is the issue of consumer choice and food freedom — something most people would agree is an absolute, basic, and unalienable right.

The case has even brought the ire and attention of Congressman Ron Paul (TX), who in response introduced House Bill HR 1830: To authorize the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products that are packaged for direct human consumption.

The incident is just one in a long string of raids on small farms, indicating that the FDA is quite serious about its attempt to eliminate food freedom for all Americans. And as feared, the “Food Safety Modernization Act,” which was enacted earlier this year, gives the FDA the jurisdiction and near unlimited authority to single-handedly decide if a food is harmful, without having to produce credible evidence to support their case.

Ron Paul’s bill would undo at least some of the damage, as it would make it legal for farmers to sell and distribute raw milk across state lines to those who wish to obtain it.

I cannot urge you strongly enough to support Ron Paul’s bill, HR 1830, and inform everyone you know. This issue has nothing to do with whether or not you want to drink raw milk, and everything to do with whether or not you want the right to chose what you feed your family. If we allow the US government to remove our right to raw milk, who knows what’s next?!

They could decide you don’t have the right to obtain or eat fresh vegetables, or no right to buy or drink water.

Sound ludicrous? So is the idea that you do not have the right to drink raw milk, a natural food that has been consumed for thousands of years and has proven health benefits. Considering the fact that we’ve seen more and more outbreaks of the rare virulent forms of E.coli and other pathogens being traced back to fresh produce, I see no reason why the FDA might not decide to make fresh vegetables illegal. Ditto for water, as water shortages may eventually become a reality, prompting the need to dramatically curb water consumption, and what better means than by force of law backed up with firepower?

The Farm-to-Consumer Defense Fund has created a petition page for HR 1830 that also automatically faxes your message to your US Senators and House Representative. You can even choose to send your message to your nearest daily newspaper.

I urge you to take a moment to sign the petition right now!

How Did We Get to This Point?

During a recent peaceful demonstration in D.C. in support of Allgyer, attorney Jonathan Emord explained how we got to the point where we must now FIGHT for our right to ingest a healthful food.

“We would not be here today were it not for the fact that over the past 75 years, the Congress of the United States has delegated away to some 230 independent regulatory commissions the power to make law, the power to execute the law, and the power to judge law violation. That delegation of governing power from Congress to the unelected heads of the regulatory agencies violates the Constitution, which vests exclusively in Congress the obligation to make law.

Nine-tenths of all laws are no longer the product of our elected representatives; they are created by the unelected heads of the bureaucratic agencies. Those agency heads are unaccountable to the courts, the Congress, and the American people. One such agency that engages in this unconstitutional governance is the Food and Drug Administration. It is the action of that agency that we examine today, because it offends the very foundation of liberty of our Republic.”

In short, we as Americans have failed to keep our eyes on the ball. We grew complacent; lulled into non-action and non-participation by the illusion that “Government is taking care of our needs.”

Meanwhile, our rights to life, liberty and freedom have eroded away, and this is the end result: An agency of the government, paid for by your tax dollars and the drug industry, claims you have no inherent human right to eat any particular food. Yes. That’s not a misinterpretation. They now declared that this is exactly their position, and it’s written in black and white…

FDA Claims to have God-Like Authority Over Your Life

Attorneys for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF, a not for profit organization founded to protect the right of farmers and consumers to engage in direct commerce) helped to draft the text of HR 1830. FTCLDF has also filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on behalf of eight plaintiffs, challenging the legality of the FDA ban on interstate distribution of raw milk for human consumption.

FTCLDF president, Pete Kennedy, stressed that the FDA is making it clear that even individual consumers crossing state lines to purchase raw milk and bringing it back to their home state are violating the law. The ban is not just limited to farmers selling the milk.

On April 26, 2010, the FDA submitted its initial response to this lawsuit, in which the FTCLDF asserts the unconstitutionality of the ban on raw milk in interstate commerce. In its answer, the FDA clearly states its position on the “freedom of food choice” in general, and your right to obtain and consume raw milk in particular. Their answer reads in part:

  • “Plaintiffs’ assertion of a new ‘fundamental right’ to produce, obtain, and consume unpasteurized milk lacks any support in law.” [p. 4]

  • “It is within HHS’s authority . . . to institute an intrastate ban [on unpasteurized milk] as well.” [p. 6]

  • “Plaintiffs’ assertion of a new ‘fundamental right’ under substantive due process to produce, obtain, and consume unpasteurized milk lacks any support in law.” [p.17]

  • “There is no absolute right to consume or feed children any particular food.” [p. 25]

  • “There is no ‘deeply rooted’ historical tradition of unfettered access to foods of all kinds.” [p. 26]

  • “Plaintiffs’ assertion of a ‘fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families’ is similarly unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish.” [p. 26]… “Even if such a right did exist, it would not render FDA’s regulations unconstitutional because prohibiting the interstate sale and distribution of unpasteurized milk promotes bodily and physical health.” [p. 27]

  • There is no fundamental right to freedom of contract.” [p. 27]

Essentially, while the fight currently revolves around your right to obtain and consume raw milk, the FDA claims to have the power to restrict your access to any kind of food it deems harmful, because you have no fundamental right to obtain and eat any particular food whatsoever!

The statements made by the FDA truly challenge the rational mind and rattle the core of any freedom-loving soul.

Aside from the fact that most people assume they have the right to ingest any food they see fit, United States law has also given us the freedom to enter into private contracts as we choose. In the case of raw milk, increasing numbers of people have elected to obtain their milk through contractual arrangements such as buyers club agreements and herdshare contracts. Here, the FDA claims that there is no fundamental right to freedom of contract in the United States!

As the FTCLDF states on its website:

“As for the agency’s contention that there is no fundamental right to obtain any food, including raw milk, here is what the ‘substantive due process’ clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides: no person shall “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”

Obtaining the foods of your choice is so basic to life, liberty and property that it is inconceivable that the ‘right of food choice’ would not be protected under the Constitution…”

Kentucky Raw Milk Consumers Get a Rude Awakening

A recent blog post by Kimberly Hartke highlights the sense of shock felt when people suddenly realize that the government’s over-reach now affects them personally. A food club based in Louisville, Kentucky recently got a visit from the county health inspector, who promptly issued a cease and desist order when he saw that raw milk was being sold. He also placed all the milk on the premises under quarantine.

The members of the club have leased cows from a Kentucky dairy farm and have ownership rights in the milk produced. To say they were shocked when they were told they could not pick up their personal property would be an understatement, but once the fear subsided, they turned angry, and then resolve set in.

Hartke quotes one of the club members, Dr. Joslin:

“We had heard about government actions against other farmers, but it didn’t hit home until last Friday. My wife turned to me and said, ‘we could lose our milk, and I am ready to fight this’.”

She goes on to write:

“When asked how he felt about the health inspector’s visit, he said, “I felt violated. This is my freedom, my choice. You don’t have any right to tell me that I can’t feed my family something that has been consumed all over the world for thousands of years. Pasteurization is something new, in fact, fresh milk may be more commonly consumed worldwide, than processed milk.”

More than 90 percent of the club members responded to the threat by ignoring the quarantine and picking up their milk. But they also signed a document of their own. Affirming their legal right to enter into private contracts, their document included the following passages from the Kentucky Constitution:

Section 1: Rights of life, liberty, worship, pursuit of safety and happiness, free speech, acquiring and protecting property, peaceable assembly, redress of grievances, bearing arms. Section 10: The people shall be secure in their persons, houses, papers and possessions, from unreasonable search and seizure; and no warrant shall issue to search any place, or seize any person or thing, without describing them as nearly as may be, nor without probable cause supported by oath or affirmation.

Section 19: No ex post facto law, nor any law impairing the obligation of contracts, shall be enacted. Section 26: To guard against transgression of the high powers which we have delegated, We Declare that everything in this Bill of Rights is excepted out of the general powers of government, and shall forever remain inviolate; and all laws contrary thereto, or contrary to this Constitution, shall be void.

Hartke goes on to write:

“Dr. Joslin and his wife are typical of the consumers that choose local, fresh milk to feed their families. They are well educated, they did a tremendous amount of research before making the transition, and they had a compelling health reason (their children) to do so. They also are typical in the sense that they believe in the American ideals of personal liberty and right to private property, limited government.

“I do not hate our government or system of government,” stresses Joslin, “Rather, I am a patriot, a flag waver, and I thank our veterans. But, my priority is to protect my family’s liberty. I will not lie down.”

Motives, Misconceptions, and Ignorance

“The ban on raw milk crossing state lines is an economic regulation disguised as a health regulation,” Pete Kennedy points out. For those who cannot understand what this has to do with economics, you must understand that Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s) simply cannot compete with grassfed raw milk farms, and therefore stand to lose a lot of money as raw milk becomes increasingly popular.

They cannot compete because in order for milk to be safely consumed raw, it should come from cows fed a forage based diet that includes pasture. CAFO-derived milk should not be consumed raw given the elevated risk of hazardous pathogens in the milk—an inevitable side effect of the environment in which these cows are raised.

The reason why they’re trying to shut down raw milk farmers is because so many people consume raw milk and raw milk dairy products, and the numbers are growing every year. One 2008 survey conducted by the CDC found there were over nine million raw milk drinkers in the US, and today, the number of raw milk consumers is estimated to be in the neighborhood of 12-13 million. When you consider that each family can consume a few gallons of milk per week, it all starts adding up, and Big Dairy is losing business.

Additionally, Kennedy stated that raw milk can be a “gateway to small farm prosperity”. Families who initially set foot on the farm to obtain raw milk typically end up purchasing other farm products such as produce, eggs, poultry and meat.

The CDC’s study also highlights the error of the claim that raw milk poses a significant health risk. With that many millions of raw milk consumers, it’s quite clear that grassfed raw milk is extremely safe, because there are so few foodborne illness outbreaks attributable to it.

Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, while the FDA has the authority to declare foods safe or unsafe, they do not have experts in their employ with the intellectual aptitude to find the relevant research and data to help them understand the food. It’s quite clear that the FDA still has no understanding whatsoever of the differences between the production of raw milk intended for pasteurization by a CAFO or other conventional dairy and the production of raw milk intended for direct human consumption by a small farm.

Conventional CAFO milk must be pasteurized in order to conform to the distribution process and elimination of the elevated risk of pathogens that are present because of the conditions in which the cows are kept. But milk from a healthy cow that is fed a balanced diet that includes pasture and has access to clean and comfortable shelter has a lower risk of a pathogen presence and has a different quality profile than that of CAFO milk.

FDA enforcement actions have not been limited to raw milk farmers. Recently the agency cost award-winning cheese makers Kelly and Anthony Estrella their business.

Without a shred of evidence that her hand-crafted cheeses had made anyone sick, the FDA was able to shut down the Estrella Family Creamery based on environmental and cheese sample test results that were positive for the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono.). There are many subtypes of L. mono., most have not been found to cause illness in humans. Instead of determining whether the L. mono. found at the creamery was a virulent subtype—something the FDA had the capability to do—the FDA shut down the dairy through a seizure order without any further testing.

And so, the agency put out of business cheesemakers that had won numerous awards both in the US and internationally based on nothing more than a misconceived suspicion that her methods of cheese production and storage might be “unsanitary.” Never mind the fact that high-quality raw cheeses MUST undergo certain fermentation processes and storage conditions in order to encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria and so on…

Cheese making is an art form that has been perfected over numerous generations, the products from which have been consumed and valued for their superior taste and nutrition for ages. The FDA has considered raising the aging requirement for raw cheese from sixty days to ninety days further limiting the amount and variety of raw cheeses in this country. Europe has no aging requirement.

But according to the FDA, you don’t have the right to eat high-quality unpasteurized cheese—because they say so.

Farmageddon Premiere

Farmageddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms is a documentary by Kristin Canty that will likely make the government’s overreach an even hotter topic. It premiered on June 17 at the West End Theater in Washington D.C. For a full list of scheduled venues, please see the film’s screening page.

The film’s synopsis reads in part:

Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.

… Instead of focusing on the source of food safety problems — most often the industrial food chain — policymakers and regulators implement and enforce solutions that target and often drive out of business small farms that have proven themselves more than capable of producing safe, healthy food, but buckle under the crushing weight of government regulations and excessive enforcement actions.

Farmageddon highlights the urgency of food freedom, encouraging farmers and consumers alike to take action to preserve individuals’ rights to access food of their choice…”

I encourage you to view this film if you can. The DVD release is expected in the late fall or winter.

I also encourage you to consider making a donation to the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF). This 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization enables targeted farmers to keep their businesses open, whereas they would otherwise have no choice but to close down due to insurmountable legal and financial pressure. Your donations, although not tax deductible, will be used to support the litigation, legislative, and lobbying efforts of the FTCLDF.

Additional Action Alert!

I also want to alert you to yet another related and important action item, namely the natural versus industrial trans fat labeling in restaurant food. There’s a provision in the new health care act that requires nutrition labeling of standardized menu selections at restaurant chains with 20 or more locations.

The FDA is currently accepting public comment for this proposed regulation, which would require natural and healthy trans fats from ruminant animals to be labeled in the same manner as health-damaging industrial health fats such as partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.

As explained by the Weston A Price Foundation:

“Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil contains harmful trans fat, known to increase the risk of heart disease, cancer and type two diabetes. But ruminant animals (cows, sheep, goats) also make trans fat, which is stored in their fat and butterfat. Ruminant trans fat is transformed into conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which can prevent cancer and has other health benefits.

Because there is little or no cooked meat in most packaged foods, and because serving sizes are modest, the ruminant trans fat present in these foods is usually less than 0.5g per serving. Below this amount the trans fat is labeled as 0g per serving. But a hamburger made with a quarter pound of 20 percent fat ground beef has a trans fat level of about 0.6g. And with a slice of cheese it is 0.8g. The fat in beef has about 5 percent trans fat and milk fat has about 3.5 percent.

As proposed, the trans fat in natural animal fats will be declared on menus. This is because the regulations make no distinction between industrial and ruminant trans fat..

In Europe, the regulations do not mandate trans fat labeling for ruminant trans fats, as scientists there recognize the difference between healthy trans fats in butter and meat fat, and unhealthy industrial trans fats.”

The FDA is accepting public comments through July 5. I urge you to contact the FDA and voice your concerns. Please tell the FDA that all trans fat is NOT the same. A new category: “Industrial trans fat” should replace trans fat for nutrition labeling as this would not subject healthy ruminant fats to pejorative labeling.

To submit a comment electronically, please follow these instructions:

  1. Open the website, and click Submit a Comment.

  2. Enter docket number FDA-2011-F-0172 in the keyword space.

  3. Click Search.

  4. Go to the far right on the screen labeled 1 result for FDA-2011-F-0172 and click submit a comment.

You may also submit your comment via U.S. Postal Service:

Send your letter to:

The Division of Dockets Management
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fisher Lane
Rockville, MD 20852

It is important to write the docket number FDA-2011-F-0172 on each page.


If you would like to know more about the health benefits of fresh raw milk, please visit Dr. Mercola ,  Real Milk , and the Weston A Price Foundation websites. 

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Nourishing Potato Soup

Do you like a hot cup of soup on a dreary day?  Some how it really lifts your spirit to enjoy a nourishing cup of soup.

Here is my favorite recipe:

Nourishing Potato Soup
by Melinda Weiser

2 Tbs. Safflower Oil
1/2 cup diced celery plus celery leaves
1/4 cup diced red onion
2 cups large diced organic potatoes
1/2 cup diced carrots
2 quarts chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon sweet basil
1/2 teaspoon parsleys
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons sea salt (season to taste)
2 cups raw milk

Heat oil in your pan and add celery and onion.  Cover and cook on medium until tender.

Add potatoes.

Add the remaining ingredients, except for the milk.  Cover and cook on low until potatoes are tender.

Remove from heat.  Just before serving, stir in raw milk into the hot soup.

Add more sea salt if needed. Potatoes can take a lot of salt, so check according to taste.

Serve warm in coffee mugs, or the container of your choice.  The mugs make it fun for kids, and mom too.

A variation I make of this soup sometimes, is too exchange leeks for the red onion, and add a 1/2 cup of kale.  The leeks give a milder flavor, and the kale really boosts the vitamin K content.  But my favorite was is to use the red onion. 

So many wonderful nutrients in this soup.  Chicken stock is full of dissolved minerals ready for the body to use.  Raw milk is really important for the enzymes, vitamins, minerals, vitamin K, and more.  As long as you don’t boil the soup with the milk in it, you will retain most of the wonderful nutrients in the raw milk.  The onions, celery, potatoes, carrots, parsley and basil all impart a vast array of healthy nutrients. 

This is truly a nourishing meal!

If you would like to know more about using raw milk and using nutrient dense foods, stop in and read great articles at the Weston A Price Foundation website.

What is your favorite potato soup recipe?

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Happy Healthy Holidays!

Healthy Holidays Everyone !

Its Christmas, and this is so great, I just had to share what Dr. Mercola has to say about how to stay healthy, and reduce your chance of catching a cold, and what to do if you catch a cold.

FREE, simple, clear, easy to follow advice.  Inexpensive remedies you can make/do at home. There is also a free recipe for homemade cough syrup, and instructions for using it with children.

A great Christmas gift he has shared!  Tried and true wisdom, from a medical doctor and researcher, about how to stay well.  Thank you Dr. Mercola.

My heart goes out to everyone during cold season, as it is a vicious enemy that sets families back.  It can take weeks to get back on track.  The scriptures say the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy.  I truly believe he enjoys seeing families spending their energy trying to get/stay well, rather than being busy expanding the Kingdom of heaven.

As we get together to share the celebration of our Savior’s birth, may you celebrate in good health too.

My prayer for this coming year 2011, for all homeschool families, and all families everywhere, as we live lives that bring glory to God:

3 John 1:2  “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”

May you be blessed with the gift of good health this season and in the coming new year.

Happy Holidays, Healthy Holidays, and Merry Christmas!!!!

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Have you tried Kombucha? 

It is a fermented beverage made from water, tea leaves (usually black or a blend of black and green), sugar, and a special symbiotic colony of yeast/bacteria called a “scooby” or kombucha mushroom. 

The scooby reproduces itself continually if kept fed in the tea/sugar mixture.  The parent scooby is called the “mother” and the off spring is called the “baby”.   They look like a layered cream colored disc of gel.  This is a living organism, or I should say millions of living organisms, who live together and form a colony or village, and this is called the scooby.

Kombucha is a bubbly drink similar to a soda.   Many people may not even know they are drinking tea instead of soda.

Kombucha Options
You can either buy it pre-made (see picture of bottle on the left) or make your own (see picture of jar on the right).


Kombucha is sold main stream in every health food store today.   It was just becoming main stream when we opened our health food store, Weiser Farms Natural Country Store, back in 2004.   

We used to stock several raw and pasteurized brands.   The most common brands were GTS, and Kombucha Wonder Drink.  But more brands are available these days.  We also like the brand called High Country. 

Prices vary, but usually range from $2.99 to $4.99 for 16 oz bottles.  
In the pre-made form, there are lots of flavors to choose from.  After fermenting, it can be diluted with any number of fruit juices or supplements to increase the flavor and nutrients.  

My favorite store bought flavors are plain, grape, pear, ginger with fruit blends, and goji berry.   I have tried many more combinations, but not always as fond of the other blends.   The lemon raspberry, ginger, root beer, birch, and aloe blends, have too many salicylates for my system.  So I am picky about what flavors I choose. 

In my opinion, the best of all is the plain.   After buying it, if I want it flavored more, I mix it myself with a little grape juice and crushed ice.  Oh it is so very refreshing.   

I limit my consumption to 4 oz to 8 oz a day.  If I take too much I do notice some side effects.  Again I believe it is due to the salycilates.  But I tolerate Kombucha better than iced tea so there must be a change in the salicylate content.  It may be due to the large numbers of bacterial enzymes that make the B vitamins, which is a sulfation and methylation process, and breaks down salicylates.  But I will need to investigate this issue further to know for sure and will blog about my findings later. 

Make your own

This was a new to me this year in 2010.    I had read about making it for years, but wasn’t brave enough to try, until February of this year, when my sister sent me a scooby. 

Instead of paying $3.00 for 16 oz , you can actually make your own Organic Kombucha for $3 a gallon /128 oz and you can make it non-organic for even less.    

When my sister sent me a scooby, I started making my own.  She is very wise about frugal living and suggested it would be wise, with seven of us in the family, to make it ourself instead of buying it pre-made.  Thanks sis!  She also sent me starter cultures for milk kefir, and water kefir, and I will write more about making these products in another article. 

Very basic directions to make 1 gallon of Kombucha

To one gallon of boiling water, remove from heat and add

5 tea bags (either all black or a mix of black and green)
Remove the tea bags after 10 to 15 minutes.

Add 1/2 cup white sugar, stir to dissolve.

Let tea/sugar mixture cool to room temperature. 

Stir again to aerate. 

Pour into a glass container. 

Add the scooby with about 1/10th of a gallon (12 oz) of previous ferment.

Cover with a breathable fabric or coffee filter.  Secure with a rubber band.

Let stand undisturbed at 75 to 85 degrees for 8 days. (may happen faster or slower depending on the temp of your home) Can do a ph test to check the ph level to determine readiness or just taste it and see if it is ready.

Gently remove scooby, and save to use for the next batch.  (Have next batch brewing and brought to room temperature before you want to harvest this batch to keep the cycle of brewing Kombucha going).

Bottle it to drink later and refrigerate, or drink it now. 
Now you can dilute it if you wish with fruit juice or add powdered or liquid supplements too.

How to make this a wonderful homeschool learning adventure:

The picture above is two different gallons I made with my kids for one of our science classes, using the scooby my sister sent me.  I will post a unit study about making kombucha for science in another article. 

Before making it, my kids and I spent some time watching YOUTUBE videos and reading several articles.  By far this one listed below is our favorite.  Very simple and the guy is a little funny too, in a mad scientist sort of way.  My son James just laughed and laughed at this guy and wanted me to play the video several times.  This was so easy that he is 9 and could repeat every step.  Thank you Instructables TV for your easy directions.

Kombucha Video part 1 instructables tv 


Kombucha Video part 2 instructables tv

To further enhance the science learning, do a ph test of your water and of the brew before you ferment it and after 8 days and as many days as you plan to do the study (it will eventually turn into a vinegar with a higher acid content). 

Measure the growth of the scooby or the offspring.  

Chart your findings on paper. 

Ph papers are easy to acquire or talk with
Weiser Natural Foods  about ordering some for you. 

Use a refracto-meter to check the sugar content of the brew at different stages.

You can also learn about yeast, bacteria, and symbiosis. 

Look at the scooby and the tea under a microscope.  Have the children draw and label if possible what they see

Learn about how carbon dioxide is produced and how this makes the drink bubbly. 

Learn about how the culture eats the sugar and turns it into other nutrients and so on. 

Learn about the effects of drinking kombucha on the human body. 

Learn about why the fermentation goes to sleep or dormant when you refrigerate it.

And much more.


There are some cautions when using kombucha. 

First don’t use too much.  A serving is considered 4 oz.  but many people can consume 16 oz to 32 oz a day with no problems. 

It is wise to not use with young children under 4 years of age and during pregnancy.  Though I used the pre-made kombucha during my last two pregnancies with no problems.  Different people react differently.   The caution with young children is made to be careful not to give to much for their body weight and because their digestive system is establishing colonies of bacteria and the scientific community doesn’t know if Kombucha can change this process in a negative way.  It is unknown, so they say to err on the side of caution.  

Also make sure your brew doesn’t get contaminated with a mold.  You will see this on the scooby if it occurs.  I read this is very rare. 

Also some people can get to much acid in their system if their kidneys are not working properly and develop a condition called acidosis.  Again there were only two reported cases in the internet search I did and it is reported as very rare.  Use at your own discretion.

One of my heros loved Kombucha

When I was in Indiana, I knew an Amish woman, named Rachel, who was very frugal and made her own everything ( I always told her she reminded me of my sister ).  She was different from the other local Amish women.  Many didn’t like her.  She had only recently moved to the area from another less strict Amish group.  She didn’t fit in very well. 

She had different ideas about things than the other local Amish, such as she home schooled ( a big “no no” with the Amish).   Her husband and her were eventually kicked out of the Amish church, because of her home schooling choice.  It broke my heart.  Yet it led to great freedom in her life, once she made the adjustment to the shunning.  What a brave person she is.  A real hero for all women and for the Amish women in particular in my eyes! 

I liked Rachel very much and learned a lot from her.  She is the person who introduced me to the Weston A Price foundation, above Rubies, and several other resources to help me on my journey. 

She homeschooled and I didn’t even have a school aged child yet, so she encouraged me in this too.  She was friendly and outgoing and would talk about any subject. 

She made her own soap, laundry detergent, butter, sour cream, cheese, herbal remedies, sour dough breads, grew, canned/ dried/ or other method to preserve the harvest, raised her own eggs and butchered her own meat foods (chicken, turkey, pork, and beef). 

I once asked her about her grocery bill and she practically did not have one except for sugar and salt, fabric to make her clothes, and essential oils for her soaps.  

Nothing was out of her scope of creativity in the realm of maintaining her household with nutritious foods and supplies,  including making her own kombucha and kombucha vinegar.   I was pregnant at the time and didn’t try it when she offered it to me.  She used herbal tea and I had read that was not recommended so I did not try hers.  But as soon as the pregnancy was over, I went and bought some for myself, and it was every bit as refreshing as she had described.

She was so amazing, she grew her own grains such as wheat, barley, millet, and corn to grind into flour.  Grew her own popcorn too.  Several times I helped her shell the dried corn off the cob,  leach the lye for the soap, and many more wonderful memories.   

Her husband had set up a root cellar in their basement and they had fresh garden produce all winter in addition to all the canned and dried produce she had made.  They used solar power and a desile generator too.  She would cut the grass from the yard with a non-electric push mower, and put it in black trash bags and feed it to her cows all winter. She called it cow candy!  Fermented Grass!  She had a plan, implemented it, and didn’t have the expense of extra feed in the winter to increase their nutrition.

Potential Health Benefits

I wish I would have learned how to make Kombucha a long time ago and saved a lot of money in the process.

Kombucha has a lot of reported health benefits from its users.  Especially improved digestion and energy, because of the consumption of live enzymes and B vitamins in the brew.  

The FDA hasn’t proved all of its claims.  But several studies have been done and have shown improved immune response to fight cancer, aids, and several other conditions.  Specifically, it helps the body raise blood cells that fight these conditions.  It is easy to do an internet search and read about these results.

Kombucha can also be allowed to ferment longer and become a vinegar, similar to apple cider vinegar, and used in the same ways and similar health benefits.

Continuous Brew Kombucha

I was recently reading about the benefits of continuous brew Kombucha and hope to try this method in the near future. 

Basically after making the 8 day fermented drink, you keep the scooby in it, and continue to add the tea mixture ounce for ounce back into the main container.  You need a glass container, or approved plastic container, with a plastic spigot. 

As you draw off a cup of kombucha, add back in a cup of tea mixture you brewed ahead of time.  Apparently, you gain a better full spectrum of vitamins and beneficial enzymes and bacteria using this method.  And you don’t have to clean out your jar and start over every week.  Instead, a cup is always ready when ever you desire it.

If you need to acquire a scooby, and don’t have a sister already brewing Kombucha, you can buy them easily over the internet for $10 to $25.   And if cared for, they will live indefinitely, and you can share the off-spring with your sister too!   You will have a lot you can give away.



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How To Stay Healthy

We are a big family of 7 people.  When we get a viral or bacterial infection, it can take several weeks to get through each of our family members.  If we get sick, we are a house of misery for three or four weeks.  Most viral infections such as a cold last 21 days.   So I get serious about keeping our immune system as strong as I am able.

To fight infections our family uses these approaches:

Basic Defense Plan

Eat natural nutrient dense foods to stay healthy and help the body to be able to resist infections when exposed.  These foods could be labeled natural,  organic, GMO free, Preservative Free, Artificial Free, wild caught, pastured, free range, grass fed, and so on.  

Also include simple things in your diet such as sea salt, non-irridated herbs snd spices, and other mineral rich whole foods, free range eggs, grass fed meats, wild caught fish, healthy fats (including grass fed butter, coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, etc.)  natural sugars full of minerals, and raw honey.

One really great way to get natural healthy foods into your family’s body is a fun smoothie.  I will serve this once or twice a week to my family and they think its a real treat.

Here is my favorite “Boost Health” smoothie:

1 cup of frozen fruit of choice
     (strawberry, mango, blue berry, peach, raspberry, wild berry blend, tropical, peach, etc)
1 banana  (this is optional as it has amines, but it makes the smoothie creamy and adds potassium)
1 golden delicious apple
1/2 carrot or 1/4 cup carrot juice
1 cup of plain or fruited yogurt ( for good bacterias called probiotics)
1 cup of kefir ( for more good baterias and probiotics)
1/4 cup of coconut milk or 1 tbsp of coconut oil (for medium chain fatty acids and lauric acid)
1 teaspoon of wheat germ oil (for a natural food source of vitamin E)
1 tbsp of flax oil ( for omega fatty acids)
1 scoop of grass fed whey powder (for protien and full spectrum of amino acids)

Optional smoothy items: sweetener of choice, ice cubes, activated barley grass powder (warning this will change the smoothie and some kids don’t like the taste), whole food fruit and vegetable powders, probiotic powders, cocoa powder, and sometimes farm fresh raw egg yolk (use at your own risk, we love using this same or next day it was layed from the chicken).

Blend items in the blender until smooth.  Serve.

Raw Fermented foods.  They are rich in live enzymes, lactic acid bacterias, and natural vitamin C.  These foods are usually in the form of fermented milks (kefir, yogurt, raw cheese, and most importantly the whey liquid left over from making these) and fermented vegetables (sour kraut, kimchi, pickles, chutneys, etc.) and fermented fruits (“new” wines, or juices that are slightly fermented made from fruits such as berries, grapes, and vegetables such as beets.) Fermented teas (kombucha), fermented or soaked and sprouted grains/seeds/nuts/legumes.

These fermented products could cost you a lot to buy at the natural food store.  But you can make them yourself for just pennies a day.  I will post an article soon on how to make kefir at home and several other fermented foods.

It is incredibly easy to make fermented foods. 
My favorite is fermented cabbage or better known as RAW SOUR KRAUT.  If you want to taste a delicious pre-made raw kraut or raw pickle, Bubbies is wonderful!

Here is an article I wrote on how to make Kombucha Tea:

Raw Milk  a nutrient source like no other.  ( besides great nutrition, it has lots of fighting ability including at least 8 oligosaccharide that bind with bacterias and viruses to prevent infections)

Vitamin A from foods and super food sources.  When using a super food supplement, I prefer cod liver oil from Green Pastures.

Vit. D  from foods and supplements.  Also get at least 15 minutes of sunshine daily.  Eat foods that are high in vitamin D.  I really like a product called X-factor Gold made by Green Pastures.  It is a food supplement combination of cod liver oil and grass fed butter.  It provides your omega 3’s, vit. D, and vit. A

Co-Q 10 Ubiquitol, a very important nutrient for lots of reasons, including the immune system and the heart and blood vessles.

B Vitamins and B Complex, especially sufficient doses of B-12, B6, and Folic Acid.  Most of the time B-12 is in cynocobalamin, but research shows the better used B-12 form is methyl-cobalamin.  Some people are not able to convert cynocobalamin into methylcobalamin effectively.  My favorite B-12 blend is Sublingual B12 made by Heaven Sent, and I use several brands of B-Complex depending on costs and availability.

Vitamin and Mineral blend made from natural whole food ingredients.  I especially like the multi-vitamin mineral products for kids made by Hero Nutritionals.  They are free of everything!!!!  I also like adding additional minerals when needed from ConcenTrace this is basically liquid sea water to restore your body.

Vit. C  a low level as part of a daily regimen in balance with other vitamins and minerals.  Minerals are vitally important.  If you take too much vitamin C on a daily basis, you could cause your body to get out of balance with other nutrients.  Freeze dried Acerola Cherry, Acai Berry, or Alma Berry are good sources for daily use of low dose vitamin C.  When we need a little extra boost, we also like to use the Emergen-C powder packets.  But more concentrated forms of vit. C are needed during an infection.

Enzyme Blends ( remove the proteins left in our digestive tracks that viruses feed on to multiply.)
There are lots of really good brands on the market, but my favorite enzyme product is Nextzyme.

Probiotic Blends from foods and super food supplement sources ( these boost the good bacteria in the digestive track, reproductive cavities, and sinus cavities helping build up and restore the body’s immune system.)
My favorite probiotic formulas are the I-Flora products and Garden Of Life HSO.  I Flora has special blends for general use, kids, nasal, pets, and female use.


Reversatol, a unmatched antioxidant from grape seeds.

Seasonal Herbal Blends
  such as Seasonal Defense and Elderberry Defense which contain several herbs such as echinacia, complex bioflavonoids, elderberry and more.  Take these for two weeks at the start of cold/flu season to boost your bodies immune system. 

Wash your hands with warm soapy water.  Bath regularly.  Blow your nose into a tissue and discard.    Sometimes it is helpful to use a nete pot or a bowl of warm salt water to rinse the nasal cavity. ( be sure to use probiotics that rebuild the good bacteria if you flush your sinus cavity.)

Get plenty of rest each night.  Sleep in a dark room with a comfortable temperature.  Use a fan if needed.

Handle stress in a positive way.  Pray each day and meditate on the words in the bible.  Talk with God about your stress.  Set simple goals to help you manage or alleviate the stress as it arises.

Have a variety of activity throughout the week.  A balance of some quiet time and some active time.

Drink clean water, not city tap water that is full of really nasty stuff you don’t want to put into your body.  If city tap water is your only source of water, invest in a good filtering system.  We are not the only generation that has been faced with bad water, though we are the only generation that has been faced with the chemical and medicine overload in our water.   Find out what other generations drank when fresh water was not an option.  Use this information to make informed decisions about what to drink and how much to use.

If possible, avoid exposure to harsh chemicals, pollutants, smoke, sunburn, preservatives, processed foods,  high fructose corn syrup, and high amounts of white sugar, etc.  to reduce the stress on the body’s ability to cope and stay well.


Basic Fight Tools  I use when my family has an infection:

In addition to the lifestyle choices I have mentioned above I also use:

Increase vitamin C to therapeutic levels.   Each infection and human body has its own therapeutic level.  These are high oral doses anywhere from 1,500 units to 30,000 units.  I have gone as high as 20,000 to fight a severe infection I was faced with before.   Diseases such as cancer may require even higher dosages under a doctor’s supervision.   Vitamin C loosens the bowels and will usually cause diarrhea near 10,000 units.  Most people will start at 500 units and continue to increase their dose until they reach the diarrhea point and then back off 500 units and maintain that level for several days to attack the infection.  After a few days, stop taking the therapeutic  dose and return to your normal routine.  You will need a concentrated form of vitamin C for this application, not the same as the daily use product.

Elderberry extract.  Viruses use proteins in our digestive tract, and blood cells to replicate their RNA.  Elderberry extract prevents them from multiplying by binding to their receptor sites and they can’t replicate their RNA.  It is really important to use Elderberry extract very early after exposure to help prevent the virus from replicating.

Herbal-Vitamin-Mineral blends or extracts .  They should at least contain Echinacia, Goldenseal, Astragalus, Elderberry and  vit C with bioflavoniods, and zinc.  Many have lots more ingredients, but these are the basics.  One herb blend we like is called ETIW from Pure Herbs and another is Elderberry Defense, Immunity Shield for Kids by Hero Nutritionals, and Sesonal Defence from Garden Of Life, and another Seasonal Defense and VSC from Natures Sunshine.

Three Bees:  Bee Propolis, Bee Pollen, and Royal Jelly.
Whether you take this in food form, supplement form, or extract form it works about the same.  We usually by the extract blended form from Pure Herbs.  The body really uses this to boost its fighting ability.

Herbal Tea: Make a little stronger than usual.  To a tea bag of herbal tea, add additional herbs such as oregano or thyme if available.  Herbs are very antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal.   I usually add a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of coconut oil into my mug of hot tea to boost the infection fighting abilities.   My favorite herbal teas are fresh herbs I grow in my herb garden.  But if I am buying a special product, I really like the herb teas made my Traditional Medicines.

Potato Skin Broth with sea salt
.  Very high in potassium.  Wonderful if you have a fever or if you have vomiting or diarrhea and to replace electrolytes. 

“Bone” broth made with beef  or chicken bones, vegetables (celery, carrots, onions, garlic, potato skins), herbs, and sea salt.  Strained and cooled and stored in the freezer.  When illness strikes, pull it out and reheat and drink.   It is made even better by adding additional fresh vegetables, garlic, and fresh herbs at the time of using, but this step isn’t’t necessary.  The point is that you are putting dissolved minerals and other nutrients into the body, and the body will quickly be restored from the fight it has been in.

Silver bioavailable products and silver-herbal blends for fighting the infection.   Most over the counter silver products contain less than 10 parts per million.  To be effective on bacteria and viruses they need to be  near 70 parts per million.    A good friend of mine did several experiments for her organic chemistry degree using silver and monitoring in petri dishes and under microscopes the effects it had an various infections.  Since it is really hard to come by, one way to improve the body’s use of the silvers abilities to fight disease is to combine it with other herbs, minerals and vitamins to make it more effective.  It is a way of conveniently getting several useful products in one dose rather than having to take them all separately.

Of course this is not a complete list, but hopefully it is enough to help you see how we try to stay healthy.  Sometimes brands are important and sometimes they are not important.  You may have several similar quality products made by different companies, and its a personal choice which one you use.  But sometimes it does make a big difference to choose ones that are made with the best practices.

Also sometimes depending on the infection or condition I will change or add additional items, such as pregnancy, anemia, edema, rashes, or other issues of concern.  I may need chlorophyll, or yellow dock, or raspberry leaves, and so on.   If I need extra energy then I add spirulina and kelp into my diet.  If my adrenal glands or endocrine system is running low after recovering from an infection, or having a baby, or a lack of sleep I use a gland formula to help boost my endocrine system back on track.  I especially like the products from Dr. Ron for this purpose.

If I am nursing a baby, then I want to avoid certain herbs and also during pregnancy too.  It is really important to evaluate your situation and learn what is safe and appropriate given your condition.

I have seen all of this work effectively in my own life and my immediate family to fight viral infections and bacterial infections. 

What is really awesome is that I have seen others with some severe diseases get well from following the recommendations of Jordan Rubin in Patient Heal Thyself and using his line of super-food products, recommendations by Rex Russell MD in What the Bible Says About Healthy Living,  recommendations and products by Dr Mercola, learning more about how the body uses nutrient dense foods from the Weston A Price foundation,  and suggestions for vitamins, herbs, and foods in the book Prescription for Nutritional Healing.   I don’t think any one person or organization has all the answers.  But as you read and research these resources for yourself, you can put a picture of health together that works for your life.

The healing power of the Lord, the potential of the human body, and these recommendations in these resources were the foundation of I use with my own family and what my acquaintances used to overcome the diseases they were facing.  These suggestions helped me overcome nine years of infertility.   I saw a woman with severe limes disease recover.  I saw a woman with ovarian cancer recover.  I saw a man with prostate cancer and heart disease recover.  I saw three teenagers with mineral deficiencies and numerous health concerns recover.  I saw a man with leukemia recover. I saw a woman with breast cancer recover.   I saw three different women with diabetes recover.  I saw a woman with osteoporosis recover.  I saw three different women with infertility recover.  I saw a man and a woman with fibromyalgia recover.  I saw a woman with lupus recover.  I saw a woman with MS able to maintain her current level of function and not decline as usual with the disease.  During this same time I saw several people who did not implement these practices, and they did not recover from their illnesses including diabetes, prostate cancer, heart disease, breast cancer, ovarian cancer,  broken bones and brittle bones, and for some of these the outcome was death. 

I have come to a personal conclusion, that the human body is able to recover when given the right tools and support to do so.



Want to stay healthy when you’ve been exposed to the flu?

Here is an article you can sink your teeth into.  Here is solid evidence of how to fight an infection.   A guy who had swine flu and leukemia and was pronounced incurable,  he was basically dead and the hospital tried to convince the family to stop life support.  He had been on life support for nine weeks.   The hospital staff had completely giving up on him.  The family got a lawyer and forced the hospital to try vitamin C.   Thanks to the family’s persistence, he was healed of both diseases:


Want to know how to stop a cold or a fever on your own, and when you should see a doctor?  A doctor gives the answers.

Want to avoid getting the flu in the first place?  Be sure you are not low on vitamin D.

Here is some much needed information about the true cause of catching viruses we call colds and flus in the first place.    How come we were never taught this simple information before?


Want to boost your immune system?

Eating healthy, natural, and organic nutrient dense foods, getting plenty of sunshine, sleep, coping with stress, and drinking clean water are the best ways to build our immune system and stay healthy. 

 Want to know how to buy healthy natural and organic foods that help you stay healthy and that are affordable?    Here are several inexpensive ways to put healthy foods into your life.


Wonder where to find raw milk and why it is good for you?

Want to know more about what foods are nutrient dense and how to prepare them?
Want to know more about how food fights disease and which ones to use?

If you don’t think your food choices are affecting your kids, think again.  Here is a nice article another homeschool family sent me on how preservatives in our food is affecting our kids.

Weiser Natural Foods is a great place to buy many of these super-foods, supplements, and vitamin products.   They buy at wholesale and pass great savings on to you.  They will ship these products anywhere in the continental USA.  Though they don’t ship bulk foods.  You can read more about getting these great products here:

Disclaimer:  The words written here are meant to share personal experiences only, not to diagnose or cure disease.  Please consult your healthcare practitioner before making any changes in your lifestyle.  You are responsible for your own life, and it is best to be informed.  Rather than just following someone’s recommendations, seek out studies with proven results that explain how and why different things affect us in different ways.  Have good solid factual reasons for taking a certain path or making lifestyle choice.   Your life depends on it.

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