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Back to Basics: My First Sewing Project

Do you have a hobby?

It’s so easy to have EVERY.POSSIBLE.MINUTE.FILLED. when you are a busy mom. I totally get that. And, as a result, my stress levels remain higher than they need to be, and my spacey mommy brain remains (unfortunately) in charge most of the time.

Yes, hobbies or relaxing time are GOOD for your health.

For the past two years or so, the only hobby I’ve had is writing this blog.  Which I certainly haven’t done much of for quite a while, what with moving 7 of us across the world and all.

I do have lots of things I like to do, or would like to learn to do,  if I ever “have extra time” (HA HA).

I love to do jigsaw puzzles.  I love to read.  I’d like to take an art class, or just sit down and try to draw what I see. Once I learned to crochet; I don’t remember how any more but I could see learning that again.  And for some reason, I’ve always wanted to make a patchwork quilt. I even decided to start one by hand, without a machine (since I didn’t have one). I was determined.

I didn’t get very far.

Of course, if I had a machine….I could make things. You know, in all my spare time.  When I was little, my mom taught me to use the sewing machine.  She was not very experienced, but she did make me a few costumes and uniforms; I figured if I could make super hero capes for my kiddos, that alone would be worth a ton!

I started thinking about getting a sewing machine.  I looked on Amazon, I browsed at Wal-mart, and then…I got a surprise hand-me-down sewing machine out of the clear blue sky!

Completely clueless, I watched YouTube videos over and over as I muttered under my breath trying SO HARD TO MAKE THE BOBBIN THREAD GET PICKED UP!  I finally figured it out, and then surprisingly never found any of that free time laying around, and so I never did anything with the machine.

It just sat there, lonely on my bedroom desk, asking me to come use it. But on what, exactly? I had next to no skills, and no ideas. Except…..I have all these old marbles my mom’s been holding onto with some of my other toys (some of them were even her marbles-how cool is that?) And the kids would have oh so much fun playing marbles “for keeps” if I could divide them up…..but what to put them in?

Aha!

I did it! My very first sewing project. I watched this:

And I did it. Not much sewing, which is right for me. I did put the wrong sides together (well, one right side and one wrong side), making it have one side look inside out. Kind of cool that way though….I can pretend I meant to do that, right? ;) NOTE: the picture above is not my bag. I’ll swap this picture out for one I take of mine when I get around to it.

I figured I could make several small ones and I’ll divide all the marbles and distribute, so each child can have his own marble bag.  And for other toys too…..army guys, etc. that don’t have a home.

I feel good about it.  It’s so nice to do something creative and fun and practical. And, I even wrote this blog post about it, so I actually did TWO hobby type things. Go me!

And someday, in that “back to basics” kind of way, I’ll attempt some actual clothes. For the kids, of course. Maybe pajamas….or a cute little girl dress. This could be good.

What Do You NEED?

Have you seen these tiny houses?

I have 5 children, 2 dogs, and a cat.  I grew up as an only child (own bedroom) with plenty of space to call my own.  Sure, I shared bedrooms in college, but for the most part I’ve had tons of space, always.

I’ve lived with boxes that I never unpacked from the last move, and then moved again.  Boxes of things that hadn’t been opened for years.

I’ve held on to shoes I never wear since they’re uncomfortable, because, well, I already have them, so…why not?

Why not is because the clutter taketh us over…..it’s time to simplify.

No more owning things we don’t use or don’t want.  No more shoving things just anywhere because they don’t have a place they belong.  You’ve heard of “living intentionally?”  Well, I want to own intentionally.

I want to be a family that will have no problem living in a small house (like this family) or, better yet, be mobile.  I’d love to be able to easily transport all of our belongings easily, and for us to be comfortable sleeping on our sleeping bags wherever we go, whether we’re indoors or in tents.

I recently stopped using shampoo (more on this in another post).  I’m the guinea pig, but I hope to get the rest of the family on the program once I get the hang of it.  Besides being better for our health (and our finances), think of the simplicity of being able to use only household products (like baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and eggs) for our hair and not needing to buy or store (or move, if we’re traveling) shampoo, conditioner, and hair gel.  Less stuff, simpler life.

I’m planning to get a Kindle soon and then we can have books we like to refer to and re-read every so often on one little device, and not need to store (or carry, if we’re mobile) so many books! We LOVE books. But do we really need to OWN so many of them?

Less stuff, simpler life.

I know we’re too many people to fit into one of these. But looking at these pictures is inspiring to me.  To me, this says: SIMPLICITY.

What changes have you made, or would you like to make, to simplify your life?

On Considering Vaccinations

When considering vaccinations, there are 2 main questions to ask:

1) Are they effective  and 2) Are they safe.

Even before question 1, stop to consider whether the disease in question is one that you actually feel the need to prevent. Most childhood diseases are not life-threatening in most cases, and actually strengthen the immune system. In other words, they are actually beneficial. However, when an adult contracts the disease it can be much more serious (for example: chicken pox). So, it’s much better to have the illness as a child (which provides lifetime immunity), then to avoid it when young, only to be much more susceptible as an adult.

Other diseases are more serious to young children, and unlikely to be contracted over the age of 5 (for example: whooping cough), and so getting a vaccine to prevent it after that age is likely to be useless (even if your answer to question 1 is yes).   And yet another thing to consider is the likelihood of coming in contact with the disease in question. For example: Hepatitis B is transmitted by body fluids (blood, semen) and Tetanus can only reproduce in the anaerobic condition (of a deep puncture wound).  Are these really things that you expect to be in contact with?

So, on to Question #1: Are they effective?

I don’t believe their efficacy has been proven. In fact, many times the patient will develop the very disease for which he has been vaccinated against as a result of the vaccine. There is much evidence against their efficacy, you can do a search and find out for yourself.

Even if you are believe that vaccines are in fact effective, and that you do indeed desire to prevent the disease in question, you must continue on to question #2: Are they safe?

I believe the answer to that is emphatically NO!!

Vaccinations are not safe. They contain many toxic chemicals that have no business being in your body, such as formaldehyde and thimerisol (mercury). They tax the immune system, making it weaker, not stronger. They stress the nervous system, and I believe there is plenty of evidence that they are linked to autism as well as a host of other health issues.

There are pros and cons to everything. IF vaccinations were effective, you’d have to ask yourself whether the toxins and their effects are worth that protection. If they aren’t, then it’s a no-brainer.

My 5 year old recently fell on a rusty nail and got a deep puncture wound. He had not been vaccinated for tetanus. He probably was not in danger, but we decided to get him the TiG (tetanus immunoglobulin) shot after the fact. Remember that there are treatments and solutions if and when a child does get sick. If my other children never get a deep puncture wound, they might never be in a situation where it is even a consideration to get them such a treatment, and they never need  have those chemicals in their bodies.

A great resource for vaccine information is the NVIC.

Conspiracy “Theory” a Reality

I came across this article in the Natural News and just had to share it. If you’ve never doubted the honesty, sincerity, and flat out good intentions of the United States Government, this might just open your eyes a little bit.  When it comes to our good health and the right to be able to pursue it freely, I feel passionately about things like this.

(NaturalNews) It used to be that when you talked about Big Government conspiring with Big Pharma to use human beings as guinea pigs in bizarre medical experiments, people would look at you as if you were some kind of loon. “Oh, the American government would never do that,” they’d say, smug in their self assurance that they are somehow ruled by compassionate, honest government operatives and corporate do-gooders who are always looking out for the public’s best interest.

Imagine their shock when the thin veil of disinformation was lifted with last Saturday’s announcement that the U.S. government was apologizing for intentionally infecting innocent Guatemalans with diseases so they could study the effects of antibiotic drugs (http://www.naturalnews.com/029920_U…).

All of a sudden, all those people who somehow thought medical science was all about protecting people found themselves stunned — and even ashamed — to learn that their own government would conspire with the medical industry to intentionally engage in such behavior.

Welcome to the real world, folks. In the real world, governments are the great mass-murderers of our world. Throughout human history, more human beings have been maimed, tortured and murdered by governments than by any other type of organization on the planet. And virtually all of that activity has been justified under the excuse that they were working to “make the world a better place.”

That’s the same line Big Pharma uses today. All their medical experiments on innocent children, expectant mothers, blacks, prisoners and soldiers are all designed to “help them find new cures,” they claim. See the full list here: http://www.naturalnews.com/022383_N…

Setting the record straight on government-pharma conspiracies

With this recent admission firmly in mind, let’s set something straight on the issue of government-pharma collusion.

It is now an admitted fact that the U.S. government conspired with the pharmaceutical industry to conduct medical experiments on innocent victims. (This has actually been known for a long, long time, but only now has the mainstream begun to admit to it.) Thus, the U.S. government really does engage in “conspiracies” with Big Pharma. And this means reports of such conspiracy theories can no longer be blown off as mere “conspiracy theories” — a term thrown around by skeptics who try to pretend there is no such thing as a conspiracy in our world.

A “conspiracy” simply means two or more parties working together in secret to accomplish a particular agenda. Once you understand that, it becomes clear that virtually everything Big Pharma does these days involves a conspiracy of one kind or another… a conspiracy to manipulate the data, a conspiracy to achieve FDA approval, a conspiracy to hide the negative studies, a conspiracy to bribe doctors, and so on. Most of what is called “modern science” is actually made up of multiple layers of devious conspiracies that have yet to be fully uncovered and exposed.

Now that we know the U.S. government has engaged in conspiracies with Big Pharma (because the Guatemala incident is just one of a great many such conspiracies), we can ask the question: “Is the U.S. government still conspiring with Big Pharma today to achieve some particular agenda?”

The medical science conspiracies continue

The answer to that seems obvious to those who are paying attention: YES it is! You see this quite blatantly on two significant issues:

#1) Vaccines
#2) Public water fluoridation

In both of these cases, the government conspires to exploit the American people as if they were human guinea pigs. For both vaccines and fluoridation, there is absolutely no hard science to support these toxic chemical interventions as medically beneficial for the masses, and in fact both the fluoride suppliers and seasonal flu vaccine manufacturers will readily admit there have been no legitimate scientific studies conducted that show their products to be either safe or effective. Instead, they are being dumped onto the population as some sort of grand medical experiment to see what happens (and to make a buck).

The U.S. government, as you well know, is fully behind this effort. So are most state and local governments. You see, not only does the U.S. government knowingly use the American people as guinea pigs for medical experiments; it now combines these medical experiments with outrageous propaganda campaigns to try to recruit more people into the experimental pool. Hurry and get vaccinated, everybody! We want to find out what happens when a hundred million gullible people allow themselves to be injected with viral DNA fragments grown in rotten eggs and diseased animals…

Actually, they don’t seem to care much what happens to the test subjects (that would be you and me). What they really want to accomplish is the confiscation of obscene profits for the pharmaceutical companies and chemical companies that make such products. The experiment, you see, isn’t actually pointless. It has a purpose: To collect more money! Read the rest of this story here.

And the story about the US deliberately infecting Guatemalans here.

Nightshade Foods: Should You Avoid Them?

I recently posted a new favorite soup recipe I found for Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Soup. I received a comment which asked about eating nightshades, and whether or not they should be avoided.

You may be wondering what a nightshade is and picturing something you put over your eyes to block out the light–I was too.  (By the way, I LOVE my bucky eyeshade. If you need one, I highly recommend it.)

Anyhoo, nightshades are a group of plants called solanaceae (officially) and the potato family (unofficially).  I’m sure you’ve heard of the potato. And I don’t mean the one that looks like this:

Nightshades include the potato, tomato, eggplant, bell pepper, cayenne, tobacco, belladonna, petunia, and others.

Apparently these nightshade foods are rich in alkaloids which affect nerve-muscle function and joint health.  However, usually only people with gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and other joint problems are sensitive to these alkaloids. They may see a reaction after eating these foods.

Many people eat these things with no problems; I feed them to my family and have enjoyed them for years, also with no problems. So, to answer the question: “aren’t nightshades bad for you?” I say NO. They are not bad for ME.

But they might be bad for YOU.

In other words, if you have a bad reaction to nightshade foods, then you should avoid them until you’ve healed and therefore would not have such a reaction.  And yes, I’m saying that even a condition such as rheumatoid arthritis can be healed through proper detoxing and nutrition.  But that’s not the point now.

I want to caution people against what I call “medical mindset logic.”

It goes something like this: A man has high blood cholesterol levels, which are supposedly caused by a high fat diet. The man goes to his medical doctor and is given a prescription for cholesterol-lowering drugs and told to avoid all fatty foods. INCLUDING AVOCADO.

The absurdity of this is that raw avocado, like any other raw fruit or vegetable, is one of the most healthful foods a person could eat. High cholesterol does not come from eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables; animal products and processed foods are the ones to watch out for. Most health authorities now agree that avocado need not  be avoided. But this was actual advice given by a medical doctor to a patient with high cholesterol.

That’s because “medical mindset logic” only seeks to affect symptoms, and not necessarily to find the cause of the problem.  So while a person with gout or rheumatoid arthritis may be affected negatively by certain nightshade foods, that doesn’t mean that the answer is to simply avoid those foods while continuing to take drugs to manage symptoms, and continue this for the rest of her life, assuming there is no other answer.

There is another answer. Get to the bottom of the problem. Detox. See a naturopath. Get your body working properly, and then you won’t need to worry about whether or not you’ll be able to enjoy Roasted Tomato and Eggplant Soup or Eggplant Torte. You will.

Sources:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=62

http://www.suite101.com/content/nightshades-a59252

Franken-Fish is Coming To Town

You may have read the recent headlines referring to the genetically engineered Salmon, dubbed the “Franken-Fish.” Of course, its official name is a slightly more majestic: the AquAdvantage.

If not, let me enlighten you a little bit.

“The AquAdvantage salmon has been given a gene from the ocean pout, an eel-like fish, and a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon.”

Why? So that it grows bigger faster. The ocean pout (a completely different species) can withstand very cold water. So they mixed some of this fish in with the regular salmon so that the cold water will not delay its growth like it normally does, and the salmon will continue to grow year-round.  The photos clearly show that the modern modified salmon is twice the size of a regular salmon at the same age. Of course, this will make the folks who sell these frankenfish more money….or, I’m sure they’ll lead the public to believe: “save YOU money”. Which should make you feel warm and fuzzy all over and want to rush out to buy some.

This week , the FDA is set to approve this fish for human consumption. And not only that, but to decide whether or not it will need to carry a label identifying it as being genetically engineered.

If no label is deemed necessary, you will have absolutely no idea what you are buying or being served when you buy salmon. And if this goes forward, there will be other animals soon to follow.

It’s just plain WRONG.

We have a right to know what we are being offered so that we can decide if we want it or not.

It’s the same reason I feel strongly about fluoride in the water (we can’t choose to not use it) and lies perpetrated by the medical community about vaccines (we can’t make educated decisions if we are not offered the truth).

If scientists want to mess with the way things were designed to come up with something better, they have that right. But I should also have the right to NOT use those perversions. I should be able to eat plain old fashioned fruits and vegetables (yes, even CORN) without it having been “messed with” and I should certainly be able to CHOOSE whether I want to eat these monsters or not.

By the way, according to The Washington Post, the FDA not only might NOT label those things that ARE genetically modified, it also opposes labels on things that point out that they are NOT genetically modified.

The biotechnology industry is opposed to mandatory labeling, saying it will only bewilder a public that is not well informed about genetic engineering.

Extra labeling only confuses the consumer,” said David Edwards, director of animal biotechnology at the Biotechnology Industry Organization. “It differentiates products that are not different. As we stick more labels on products that don’t really tell us anything more, it makes it harder for consumers to make their choices.”

The FDA defends its approach, saying it is simply following the law, which prohibits misleading labels on food. And the fact that a food, in this case salmon, is produced through a different process, is not sufficient to require a label.

Did you catch that? They don’t want us to be confused. They don’t want us to think there’s anything different between those things that have been modified and those that have not, because they “are not different”.

But they ARE different to ME.

What do you think? Are they different to you? Even if scientists can “prove” that they are the “same”?

Sources:
This Week, FDA Considers Genetically Engineered Salmon for Human Consumption
Are You Freaking Kidding Me?? FDA Outlaws Labeling Non-GMO Foods!
FDA won’t allow food to be labeled free of genetic modification: report
FDA rules won’t require labeling of genetically modified salmon

How To Avoid Headaches-Naturally

I have a headache.

“Take an Excedrine” says conventional medicine. “Maybe you are working too hard. Or have an allergy–here…take an antihistimine.”

“Drink water”, says natural healthcare. “You’re probably dehydrated. Or are having a reaction to some toxin. Or you have a subluxation in your spine-go see your chiropractor.”

Do you get headaches? I used to get them all the time. In fact, during college, I’d have them almost daily. I loved Excedrine. It really does work. Well, it gets rid of the headache, anyway. I mean, as long as the headache went away, the problem was gone. Right?

Wrong. Really wrong.

When your “service engine soon” light comes on on the dashboard of your car, what do you do? Do you think to yourself, “hey, that pesky light is on again. I don’t want to look at it, so I’m going to put a sticker over that spot so that I won’t have to see it anymore” and then go on your way? No, of course not! That would be idiotic. That light is a warning, telling you that your car needs attention. If you ignore it, you will cause irreparable damage to the engine.

This is a basic analogy that you have probably heard; it runs in the natural healthcare world. And, I am obviously drawing a parallel between the light on the dashboard and your headache. Or indigestion. Or sore throat. You name the symptom, the point is the same.

All symptoms are warning signs that something is wrong or malfunctioning in your body. If you treat the symptom by covering it up, the problem is still there, causing damage.

True health comes when your body is working properly, functioning as it should. If you experience a symptom, you need to find the cause of the problem, and correct it.

So, back to that headache.

Like I said, I used to get frequent headaches. And then I found out what caused them.

Sugar! Sugar caused them. And now that I’ve reduced my sugar intake dramatically, I only get headaches when I’m not drinking enough water.

If you want to stop getting headaches, try these:

  1. Drink enough water. Enough means 1/2 your body weight in ounces each day. More if you’re sick or healing, pregnant or nursing, trying to lose weight, exercising or perspiring a lot. And water means WATER. Not liquids which “have water in them”.
  2. Avoid processed sugar. This includes corn syrup.
  3. Avoid caffeine.
  4. Avoid artificial sweeteners, MSG, and other known toxins.

These are some ways to avoid headaches. But the main philosophy I’m sharing is that of: search for the root of the problem instead of covering up the symptom.

Taking a pill promotes sickness. The chemicals in the pill are not good for your body. They do not promote life. That’s why there’s a warning label on the bottle telling you to keep it out of the reach of children. It’s not any better for you than it is for them; it just won’t kill you right away.

Staying away from toxins and drinking water promote life and healing. They do not hurt you in any way, and can only help your body–not only get rid of headaches but in other functions as well.

Choose life.

5 Things To Consider About Fluoride

I began doing some research in preparation for this blog post on fluoride, and there’s just SO MUCH info out there. I just don’t have the time to learn most of it, and I don’t like super long posts. So, here are my 5 main points. The longer, original post with more info and links is below:

1. Fluoride is a man-made TOXIC BYPRODUCT. Meaning, it’s chemical waste that would cost billions of dollars to dispose of properly.

2. Fluoride is the active toxin in rat poisons and cockroach powder. It has been proven to be deadly, and harmful even in small doses.

3. Your body is not capable of metabolizing fluoride. Whatever goes in, stays in. It gets stored in your fat, where most toxins are kept. The only way to rid your body of it is through a purposeful detoxification.

4. Fluoride in small doses added topically to your teeth MAY help reduce cavities. There seem to be more studies showing that it causes tooth decay. (And whatever is happening to your teeth is also happening to your bones–you just don’t see it) The problem is, we get MUCH more than just a little, and if we’re drinking it, it’s not just topical.

5. Adding fluoride to your water without your consent is, in my opinion, horribly unjust. If you have fluoridated water, everything you drink and cook, and even bathing adds fluoride to your body. Call your water company to find out if you have fluoridated water.

Scroll down to the end of the post to see what we can do.

I found many informative videos on YouTube. This is the best overall short one. 5 minutes, see what a dentist has to say about fluoride.

Here’s my full(er) post:

Fluoride is added to the water supply of most American cities for the ostensible purpose of dental hygiene. You will be amazed to find out that such a thing is not only unlikely, but actually the opposite of reality.

What would you do if you suddenly found out that fluoride was not safe at all, but was actually a carcinogenic industrial waste? What would you think if you suddenly found out that fluoride doesn‘t stop tooth decay at all, but actually causes teeth to rot and crumble, and by the same mechanism also causes osteoporosis?

Below is the trailer for a longer (about 45 min) production called “The Fluoride Deception”. Click here to see Part 1 part 2 part 3 It’s available on YouTube. I’ve watched 3 of the 4 parts and have found it very interesting. It tells the story of fluoride, from the political aspects.

Most of the following information came from articles I found at Mercola.com.

What Is Fluoride?
Fluorine is an element. It is a gas, never occurring in its free state. In microscopic amounts complexed with other minerals, it is often listed as a trace mineral, a nutrient for human nutrition.

This has nothing to do with fluoride or fluoridation. The fluoride added to 90% of drinking water is hydrofluoric acid which is a compound of fluorine that is a chemical byproduct of aluminum, steel, cement, phosphate, and nuclear weapons manufacturing. Such fluoride is manmade. In this form, fluoride has no nutrient value whatsoever. It is one of the most caustic of industrial chemicals. Fluoride is the active toxin in rat poisons and cockroach powder. Hydrofluoric acid is used to refine high octane gasoline, to make fluorocarbons and chlorofluorocarbons for freezers and air conditioners, and to manufacture computer screens, fluorescent light bulbs, semiconductors, plastics, herbicides, — and toothpaste.
It also has the ability to burn flesh to the bone, destroy eyes, and sear lungs so that victims drown in their own body fluid.

Yeah. I want to drink that.

Once in the body, fluoride is a destroyer of human enzymes. It does this by changing their shapes. In human biochemistry, thousands of enzymes are necessary for various essential cell reactions that take place every second we‘re alive. Without enzymes, we‘d die instantaneously.

Here‘s the short version: fluoride is a toxic byproduct in the manufacture of nuclear arms, aluminum, cement, steel, and phosphates.
Millions of tons of this poison are produced every year. Imagine the cost of containing and disposing of those mountains of waste every year. It‘s in the billions.

But what if lobbyists from these industries could present “scientific studies” paid for by the industries, and provide for a continual stream of media presentations about the health benefits of fluoride, and create unimaginably lucrative positions for “research” and “education” within the American Dental Association and the AMA, and do all these things in a consistent and unending way, year after year?
What are the economic advantages of that? Simple: instead of paying money to dispose of toxic waste, money could now be made by selling fluoride to the water companies of the nation.
They‘ll use the public water supply as a sewer for industrial wastes. And now with these new billions added instead of subtracted, there‘s plenty to go around, for everyone involved. Out of the Red, into the Black.

Fluoridation In Other Countries
If fluoridation is as safe and effective as the American Dental Association says it is, why don’t other countries do it?
The U.S. is nowhere near the top of any health list which compares other countries of the world. So what are the healthy countries doing?
If fluoride is so great, why have the following countries either never fluoridated or else stopped when they found out how bad it was:
West Germany
The Netherlands
France
Belgium
Finland
Sweden
Norway
Denmark
Japan
Italy
Scotland
Only about 2% of the population of Europe is subjected to fluoridated water.

So, what can we do?
First, find out if you have fluoridated water. Not everyone does. I don’t know if we do here in Israel; I assume yes, but need to find out. If you don’t, you are in good shape to be able to easily control your intake.

If you want to remove the fluoride from your water, you can distill it or use reverse osmosis. This also removes all minerals from the water, and some folks think that’s no good for you. I’d rather go without the fluoride, personally. There are also some high end filters that do remove it, but you need to check carefully.

Complain to your water company; they are not under law (yet) to poison your water; they are doing it because they think you want them to! If enough people voice their differing opinion, they may remove it.

Consider a fluoride free toothpaste for yourself, and I would DEFINITELY NOT give fluoride toothpaste to children. Remember the warning label on the tube about swallowing?

DETOX your body. This is the most important thing you can do. You have this stuff in you, and you must get it out; even if you don’t put any more in (which is nearly impossible). Go to DetoxOrDie and find out how to do this.

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