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Why Organic Food is So Expensive

Why Organic Food is So Expensive

My mom fed us organic foods since the time I was five years old. I mostly eat organic foods and fed it to my children when they were growing up. Yes, it’s more expensive but I don’t want all of the toxic chemicals sprayed on foods that are conventionally grown.

I have been reading a book called “The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love” by Kristin Kimball. Someone recommended it on one of the blogs I follow. It’s not a Christian book. She’s a feminist and they lived together before marriage. She didn’t want to take her husband’s last name since she liked her last name and none of her married friends took their husband’s last name. Her husband told her he would take her last name then because he didn’t want their children to have hyphened last names. (It shows the sorry state of today’s feminized culture.)

After they married, she wanted a break from her husband and went to Maui for a job but while there, she figured this out: “It wasn’t Mark or the farm or marriage I was trying to shake loose from but my own imperfect self, and even if I kept moving, she would dog me all the way around the world, forever.” So she went home.

They fought often about ways to do things on the farm even though he had farmed for many years and she had only been a city, career woman up until they met. It clearly shows the trouble when there is no leader or head. She finally realized another great truth after her time in Maui: “Without me to struggle against, without the constant chaos of our first growing season, without the pressure of our impending wedding, he seemed to have found his own steady rhythm. I worked my way into it, looking for the harmony this time, instead of conflict.”

This book is about a couple who decided they wanted to farm without any chemicals (toxic or  non-toxic) and grow almost all of their own food. They wanted to be able to sell the food year round to families so it’s quite an adventure that they took upon themselves. Their lives are difficult but rewarding. She learned to love it!

There are a few things that I want to point out from this book. The first one being God’s curse to man after the Fall. “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19).

Now, read what she wrote about organic farming: “My existence, from daybreak to dark, became focused on the assassination of weeds. Before that first year, I’d filed ‘agriculture,’ in the card catalog of my head, in the same general place as ‘nature.’ As in many things, I was so wrong. Farming, I discovered, is a great and ongoing war. The farmers are continually fighting to keep nature behind the hedgerow, and nature is continually fighting to overtake the field. Inside the ramparts are the sativas, the cultivated plants, soft and vulnerable, too highbred and civilized for fighting. Aligned with nature, there are the weeds, tough foot soldiers, evolved for battle.”

Then she wrote why organic food is more expensive than conventionally grown food: “If you ever wonder why organic vegetables cost more, blame the weeds. The work on a conventional farm that can be done with one pass of the sprayer must, on an organic farm, be done continually, from germination to harvest, by physically disrupting the weeds.” It’s a lot easier to spray crops with a bunch of toxic chemicals that kill weeds than it is to deal with the weeds without the chemicals which this couple and many other organic farmers do. Organic farmers take on God’s curse and conventional farmers have learned how to avoid it with great cost to the health of many.

This couple’s cows grazed on clover and grass in the warmer weather and on hay (that they had made) during the cold months instead of on GMO corn like conventional cows are fed today. All of their animals ate the foods they were created to eat, thus the eggs and meat they provided were nutritious and building up of one’s health instead of tearing it down.

The toxic chemicals that conventional farmers use aren’t only killing the weeds. They are killing the worms which make the soil rich and full of nutrients and the crops soak up the toxic chemicals that people eat. The chemicals are killing our bees which are essential and they are polluting our environment. Then we wonder why cancer rates are so high today.

I shop at a locally owned health food store. All of their produce is organic and marked with labels that tell where and how far away the food was produced so we are getting food that isn’t sprayed with chemicals and is freshly picked. Along with eating organic foods, I have learned to make Einkorn Sourdough bread, kefir, fermented vegetables, and chicken broth. None of these things are very expensive but it’s worth it to do what I can for good health then leave the rest in the Lord’s hands. Man cannot improve upon food the way God created it to be eaten.

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Genesis 1:29

Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
Genesis 9:3

Update on My Brain Tumor

Update on My Brain Tumor

As many of you know, I have a brain tumor in the center of my head that doctors are unable to remove. Five years ago, I had a second brain surgery to remove it, only this time the neurosurgeon could only remove a little bit because the substance had changed to more stickiness and with the optic nerve and carotid arteries so close, there wasn’t much he could get out and still allow me to have some semblance of life. So I had to have Cyber Knife (a highly specialized form of radiation) to hopefully keep it from growing.

I have an MRI every year to keep an eye on it so I had one three days ago. I went in to see the doctor yesterday to get the results. I was very nervous since the doctor’s secretary called me the previous day in the late afternoon and said they needed last year’s MRI to measure any change with the tumor in the new MRI. So Ken decided to go with me in case it was bad news. (He had left for Florida the morning that I found out that my tumor had grown back five years ago and I got the news alone. It was awful! He got right back on a plane and came home.)

Right when the doctor walked into the room, he said, “It actually looks like it’s gotten smaller (which Cyber Knife is not known for doing. It just keeps it from growing and each MRI so far has shown that it’s gotten a bit smaller) and I don’t expect it to ever grow again!” He said I now only need MRIs every other year and if any part of it grows, he would do Gamma Knife on it which is just one shot of radiation. So I was VERY relieved and happy!

Thank you to all of you who have prayed for me over the years. I very much appreciate it!

The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22, 23

Healing Ulcerative Colitis Completely

Healing Ulcerative Colitis Completely

When I was five years old, my mom got Ulcerative Colitis and would spend weeks in bed. Ulcerative Colitis is when the colon (the large intestine) is badly damaged and bleeds. Doctors told my mom that there was no cure and told her to eat only white things (white bread, white rice, and white potatoes). They also gave her some drugs. She tried this for a while but only got sicker.

She began to read every book she could find about fasting and decided to try it. She thought if she could give her colon a rest, it would heal. She went to a health retreat in Escondido, California where they had her only drink water for three weeks. Then they gave her fresh vegetable and fruit juices. After this, they began giving her fresh whole vegetables and fruits, along with yams and baked potatoes.

When she got home over a month later, she was skinny but felt great! Her colon was no longer bleeding and she had no pain. A few days later, she went to a BBQ and had a hot dog. This caused her colon to flare right back up but not nearly as bad as before. Periodically during the next few years, she would go on a week juice fast. She also learned to chew each bite many times so her colon wouldn’t have to work hard at digesting the food. (She still chews her food well and eats slowly at 87 years old.)

She learned that she couldn’t eat meat, dairy, fried foods, and junk foods while she was healing. She added brown rice, nuts, fish, and could eat butter and other healthy fats. Finally, her colon completely healed and she hasn’t had a flare up in many, many years. She went to have a colonoscopy to prove to the doctors that she was healed and they confirmed that her colon was indeed healed.

Why am I sharing this with you? Danielle Walker who writes cookbooks has UC and found that she was able to control her UC through diet and supplements. Recently, she had a terrible flare up and was in bed for three weeks. Her diet, supplements, and all that she tried in the past didn’t help this time so she went on steroids. I read many of the comments on her Instagram and many of them were by women who were struggling with the pain of UC. I want these women to know that their colons can heal completely and they don’t have to worry about flare ups!

The Standard American Diet causes Ulcertive Colitis. Constipation along with eating a lot of processed foods that are full of sugar and preservatives harm the colon. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in America. It’s imperative to have a healthy colon.

How do we keep our colons healthy? By eating a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits and making sure we aren’t constipated. Stop eating junk food and try to eat food as close to the way God made it to be eaten. Take magnesium every night before bed to make sure that you are never constipated. Magnesium is an essential mineral that your body needs and helps you sleep better. Finally, make sure you are consuming plenty of probiotics such as kefir, fermented vegetables, and kombucha.

Since my mom was able to completely heal her colon, even though doctors today still say there is no cure, I have found ways to heal things that doctors say one must take antibiotics or drugs to cure or manage the symptoms such as urinary tract and bladder infections, sinus infections, acid reflux and esophagitistendonitis and frozen shoulder, IBS, and skin cancers and warts. I always seek to find natural cures. Our body was created to heal itself of most diseases if given the right nutrition. (Now, if I could only find a way to get rid of my brain tumor!)

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
Psalm 139:14

***Remember, I’m NOT a doctor. I’m just a homemaker who loves to research natural cures and have found many that have worked for my family and me. Information I have given is for educational and informational purposes only and to motivate you to make your own health care and dietary decisions based upon your own research and in partnership with your health care provider. Any statements or claims about the possible health benefits conferred by any foods or supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Nothing you read here should be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis or course of treatment.
The Power of Fevers For Good

The Power of Fevers For Good

Many people today literally live in fear of having a fever. My mom raised us to not fear them at all but understood that it was the body’s way to rid itself of viruses and disease. I raised my children the same way. I would give them a lot of warm water with fresh lemon juice and organic, raw honey just like my grandmother did with her seven children. (Nowadays, I have also added elderberry syrup for any colds or flu and it’s so easy to make!)

I used Dr. Mendelsohn’s book all the time when I was raising children. He had a medical partner that was older than him who attended medical school when they were still taught the amazing healing powers of the human body. Dr. Mendelsohn learned a lot from him and throughout his 30 years of being a pediatrician, he found that many times the body just needs rest and nourishment to fight most diseases. Here is an excerpt from his book about fevers since this seems to frighten many mothers today.

If your child contracts an infection, the fever that accompanies it is a blessing, not a curse. It occurs because of the spontaneous release of pyrogens that cause the body temperature to rise. This is a natural defense mechanism that our bodies employ to fight disease. The presence of fever tells you that the repair mechanisms of the body have gone into high gear.

The process works like this: When an infection develops, your child’s body responds by manufacturing additional white blood cells, called leucocytes. They destroy bacteria and viruses and remove damaged tissue and irritating materials from the body. The activity of the white cells is also increased, and they move more rapidly to the site of the infection. This part of the process, called leucotaxis, is stimulated by the release of the pyrogens that raise body temperature. Hence the fever. A rising body temperature simply indicated that the process of healing is speeding up. It is something to rejoice over, not to fear.

But that isn’t all that’s happening. Iron, which many germs need in order to thrive, is being removed from the blood and stored in the liver. This reduces the rate at which the bacteria multiply. The action of interferon, a disease-fighting substance produced naturally in the body, also becomes more effective.

Artifically induced fevers have been used in laboratory experiments with animals to demonstrate this process. Elevated temperatures decrease the death rate among animals infected with disease, but if their body temperatures are lowered, more of them die. Artificially induced temperatures have actually been used for many years to treat diseases in humans that do not normally produce fevers themselves.

If your children has a fever resulting from infection, resist the temptation to use drugs or sponging to bring it down. Let the fever run its course. If parental sympathy impels you to do something to relieve your child’s discomfort, sponge him off with tepid water or give him one tablet of acetaminophen of the strength recommended for his age. Do nothing beyond that unless the fever persists for more than three days, or other symptoms develop, or your child looks and acts really sick. In that event, see your doctor.

I want to emphasize that, while reducing his fever may make your child more comfortable, you may interfere with the natural healing process if you do it. My only reason for discussing methods of temperature reduction is the probability that some parents won’t be able to resist doing it. If you are going to do it, sponging is preferable to drugs because of the risks associated with aspirin and acetaminophen. Despite the frequency of their use, these are far from innocuous drugs.

Your child’s cold, influenza, or any other infection will not produce a fever that exceeds 106 degrees, and below that level the fever will not cause any lasting harm. Because your child’s bodily defenses won’t allow infections to produce fevers of 106 degrees, you need not live in fear of mental or physical damage when his temperature begins to rise. I doubt that many pediatricians, including those who have practiced for decades, have seen more than one or two cases of fever above 106 degrees during their entire careers. Those that did see were the result of causes other than infection, such as poisoning or heatstroke.

I have treated tens of thousands of children, and I’ve seen only one case of fever higher than 106. That’s not surprising, because it is estimated that 95 percent of childhood fevers don’t even reach 105.

It is estimated that only 4 percent of children with high fever experience fever-related convulsions. There is no evidence that those who do have them suffer any serious aftereffects as a result. One study of 1,706 children who had suffered febrile convulsions failed to disclose a single death or motor defect. There is also no convincing evidence that febrile seizures in childhood increase susceptibility to epilepsy later in life.

Dr. Mendelsohn’s Quick Reference Guide to Fever

If your child is less than two months of age and his temperature exceeds 100 degrees, call your doctor.

For older children it is unnecessary to call the doctor unless the fever fails to abate within three days or is accompanied by other major symptoms.

Call your doctor, regardless of temperature level, if the child is experiencing difficulty in breathing, vomiting repeatedly, or strange movements.

If your child experiences chills along with his fever, don’t try to counteract by piling on more blankets. Chills are the bodies way of adjusting to higher temperature.

Encourage your feverish child to rest, but don’t make too big a production of it.

It you have reason to believe that the fever is the result of a cause other than infection, such as heatstroke or poisoning, take your child to a hospital emergency room at once.

Ignore the old wives’ tale “Feed a cold and starve a fever.” Nourishment is an important part of recovery from any illness.

Make sure they are getting plenty of fluids.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous arethy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
Psalm 139:14

***Remember, I’m NOT a doctor. I’m just a homemaker who loves to research natural cures and have found many that have worked for my family and me. Information I have given is for educational and informational purposes only and to motivate you to make your own health care and dietary decisions based upon your own research and in partnership with your health care provider. Any statements or claims about the possible health benefits conferred by any foods or supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Nothing you read here should be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis or course of treatment.
Working Hard in My Kitchen

Working Hard in My Kitchen

As keepers at home, one of our main ministries to our family and others is learning to cook. During the 60s and the feminist movement when women left their homes to go out and pursue careers, fast food restaurants and packaged foods became popular; anything to make the working mothers’ lives easier. Now, we have several generations of women who don’t cook at all or don’t like to cook and our nation’s health is suffering as a result. It’s important to learn to enjoy working hard in your kitchen!

My sister didn’t like to cook at all when she was raising her children but she did it a bit to keep her family fed but it certainly wasn’t something she enjoyed. Then she got malignant melanoma and radically changed her diet. Now, she loves cooking nourishing food in her kitchen and we all love eating at her house. It was all simply a change of attitude, she told me. She puts on praise music and prays over the people she is preparing food for since she has learned to love it. (She made the most wonderful Thanksgiving dinner!) She has this hanging on her oven:

This Christmas our entire family will be together, Lord willing, so I’m getting ready for their arrival. I will be making my Organic Einkorn Bread every day this week to store up for them. My son-in-law, who can’t have gluten, LOVES it so I want to make sure that I have plenty for him. (It really is easy to make, women. It looks complicated but once you start going, it doesn’t take much time at all and it’s so much healthier than anything  you can get in the store.) It is a labor of love but I love making healthy and great tasting food for my family.

For breakfast, I have my homemade kefir that is so easy to make and full of healthy probiotics, calcium, and protein. In fact, Dr. Marshall, who I listened for years, and Dr. Axe believe it is one of the most probiotic-rich foods on the planet! I much prefer making it than buying it since the homemade stuff is much less expensive and so rich and creamy like yogurt. I add a bit of stevia and frozen or fresh berries with it. On other mornings, I will have some of my Einkorn bread slathered with raw, grass-fed butter, topped with pastured eggs. I love my breakfasts!

About every four days or so, I make a large salad that we eat every night. On top of it, we put roasted chicken, avocado, a tablespoon of fermented vegetables (great for gut health which is imperative for good health), steamed beets (great for your blood), and anything else we feel like putting on it, then top it off with my homemade salad dressing that is loaded with healthy fats. I know that I have felt a lot better since I’ve added a lot of healthy fats and proteins to my diet. My sister taught me a delicious way to eat sardines since they are one of the healthiest fish you can eat and are the highest source of omega-3 fatty acids on the planet!

For dinner, I have a large mug full of my soup made with chicken broth and lots of vegetables. (I cooked a lot hardier meals for my children when they lived with us. Both of us like to eat lightly for dinner since our children have all married and have their own families.)

My very favorite dessert in the entire world is my healthy chocolate that is made with coconut oil, walnuts, and raw cacao so it actually builds up our body instead of tear it down. I like it best with raw, organic honey. I have a piece almost every single day and enjoy every single bite.

I also research and learn ways to keep my family healthy without drugs. I believe building up the immune system and using natural means of healing gives better results without the side effects of drugs. Our bodies were created to be able to fight most illnesses if nourished on good food. I make elderberry syrup for colds and flu and so far, it’s worked amazing. I also have other things I use in my arsenal to fight colds, flu, and all types of infections.

Teach your daughters to help you in the kitchen. From a young age, teach them to clean off their plate and put it in the dishwasher. As they grow older, you can have them right by your side helping you cook and clean your kitchen. Their future husband and children will appreciate the time and effort that you put into them teaching them to enjoy working hard in their kitchen.

Yesterday, I made a big salad and salad dressing, roasted a chicken and made chicken broth, made the sardine salad, and two loaves of bread. Yes, I worked hard in my kitchen and I didn’t mind one bit!

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23, 24

***The picture is our newly redone kitchen. We never thought we would want white cabinets until we found out how much they cost to replace. No, thank you! Now, we both love white cabinets. It’s the first time in my life that I’ve had a back splash (and it’s made of stone) and I love it! I also love having granite counter tops. Man can’t beat what God creates, that’s for sure. They are so easy to clean and care for.  We will gradually replace our appliances with new ones when our old ones are no longer fixable. I haven’t heard many people like stainless steel appliances so the verdict is out on this one. (My sisters don’t like theirs at all!) We put the wood floors in when we bought the house almost 20 years ago and they still look great. Wood flooring is definitely my favorite! (Yes, God made wood, too. 🙂 )

Dangers of Nail Polish and Nail Polish Remover

Dangers of Nail Polish and Nail Polish Remover

My mom was raised during and right after the Great Depression. Foods weren’t sprayed with toxic chemicals back then and the meat and dairy were from animals that ate what God created them to eat and lived how God created them to live (not crammed into small places). She grew up with four sisters and two brothers and my mom was the one who was most health conscious. She mostly ate organic food and was basically healthy all of her life until she was 80 years old.

A few years ago, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. It is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Plasma cells help you fight infections by making antibodies that recognize and attack germs. Multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells.

We’ve been trying to figure out how she got cancer since she lived to prevent it. Yes, we know there are no guarantees in life but after reading and studying about the dangers of nail polish and nail polish remover, we think we figured it out. She had her fingers and toenails done for probably 30 years on a consistent basis. From everything I have read about it, it is something we should all avoid due to how toxic and dangerous it is. Having pretty nails isn’t worth getting cancer and cancer is usually in one’s body many years before it is diagnosed.

“One of the most insidious routes of solvent exposure and toxicity is through fingernail polish and fingernail polish remover. Young girls are especially susceptible to the toxic and xenohormonal effects of solvents, and yet they are the ones most likely to have a dozen different shades of fingernail polish in their bedroom…In addition, solvents can damage a developing fetus in very small amounts and should be studiously avoided in any amount by pregnant women. It should be required by law (and is in some states) that labels on nail polish contain warnings to pregnant women, and that beauty salons have warning sings in areas where nail polish is applied and removed,” wrote Dr. John R. Lee.

“Then they tested participants’ urine for levels of diphenyl phosphate, or DPHP, a chemical created when the body metabolizes TPP. They compared the results to urine samples participants had submitted before the experiment and found that while DPHP levels didn’t change very much in the participants who used gloves and fake nails, levels of DPHP increased sharply in the women who had received nail polish directly on their nails.” (source)

“‘Big job’ employees are veterans, experts at sculpting false nails out of acrylic dust. It is the most lucrative salon job, yet many young manicurists avoid it because of the specter of serious health issues, including miscarriage and cancer, associated with inhaling fumes and clouds of plastic particles.” (source)

Here is a list of all of the chemicals in nail polish and nail polish remover.

“Nail polish is likely the most toxic cosmetic there is. Polish includes poisonous substances such as formaldehyde, phthalates, acetone, toluene, and benzophenones. Phthalates, solvents for colors, are toxic to the nervous system; acetone and toluene, which keep the color in liquid form, evaporate quickly and fill the air with noxious fumes, putting your respiratory system at risk. The other substance we fingered, benzophenones, may cause cancer.” (source)

Here are some better choices of nail polish but even with them, the author of this article wrote, “I’ve shared our top picks below but it is important to note that even these safer options still have some chemicals in them and I wouldn’t use them all the time.” I have decided to never use nail polish again.

We all know how toxic it is just by how it smells. Whenever I did my nails, Ken would ask me to go to another room because of the toxic smell. It doesn’t take research to figure this out but too many of us care more about our nails being pretty rather than the long-term consequences of it. All those years my mom was getting her nails done, she never wore anything over her mouth and nose to protect her from the fumes. Even then, the toxic chemicals entered her blood stream through her nail bed. Do most men even care about or notice women’s painted fingernail and toenails??? It’s not worth the risk, women.

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which isin you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 Corinthians 6:20

***My mother doesn’t mind me using her as an example of what NOT to do. In fact, if it helps prevent others from making the same mistake, she is happy about it! She has had a good life and has many blessings. She gets teary-eyed just thinking about her family and all who love her. She is ready to go to heaven, though, and be with Jesus. In fact, she can’t wait!

Cancer Rising Among Children

Cancer Rising Among Children

Did you know that cancer is the number two killer among children ages five to fourteen years old according to the CDC? Just recently, I heard of a mother who was pregnant with her third baby and they saw a mass in the baby’s abdomen so they took the baby when the mother was only eight months along. The mass was a cancerous tumor that had spread throughout the baby’s body. The baby died shortly afterwards. I grieve for this poor family. This ought not be. Children in the womb being diagnosed with cancer?

I just had lunch with my parents yesterday and they said they never heard of anyone having cancer back when they were young but now we all know someone who has had it or died from it. It’s rampant! It’s killing our children so something must be done. No, it’s not finding more treatments for it which all have deadly side effects (like chemo). It’s living to the best of our ability to prevent it!

Dr. Mendelsohn, a pediatrician for 30 years and the author of How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor, wrote in 1984, “There is a growing suspicion that immunization against relatively harmless childhood diseases may be responsible for the dramatic increase in autoimmune diseases since mass inoculations were introduced. These are fearful diseases such as cancer, leukemia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, lupus erythematosus, and the Guillain-Bare syndrome…Have we traded mumps and measles for cancer and leukemia?”

It has been commonly stated that people live much longer now due to our advanced medical care and vaccinations. Is this true? Our first president, George Washington, lived until he was 67 years old and died in 1799, Thomas Jefferson until 83 and died in 1826, John Adams until 90 and died in 1826, James Monroe until 73, and James Madison until 85. (You can see HERE that the ages of the deaths of our presidents haven’t changed much even with the advancements in medical care and vaccinations.) Every single drug and vaccination has many side effects. Type 2 Diabetes and the cost to treat it just may bankrupt our country and it is completely reversible with diet (More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes).  Yet, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food!” 

I have been reading a book written by Dr. John R. Lee, as I mentioned the other day, and he wrote a lot about our toxic environment and how damaging it is to our health. He often mentioned the xenoestrogens that are in our food and environment that raise potent estrogen levels which cause havoc on our health. “Anyone who eats nonorganic meat and dairy products is eating these compounds and they are all potent estrogens. They can accumulate in our fatty tissues (breast, brain, and liver) and cause estrogen dominance, with all of its attendant symptoms.” They are found in detergents (including dishwashing detergents), cosmetics and other toiletries, perfumes, plastics, carpeting, computers, herbicides, spermicides,  and even condoms. (I quit using spermicide in my diaphragm when I was 23 years old and read on the label that it could cause cancer!) Nail polish and remover are “one of the most insidious routes of solvent exposure and toxicity.” He encourages people to shop ‘green’ and eat organic foods, if they want to stay healthy.

God created our food perfect for us and if we want to avoid cancer, we need to get back to His perfect ways. My sister has just taught me to make sourdough Einkorn bread and it’s how our ancestors used to make bread. It is the superior ancient grain that hasn’t been hybridized, made without yeast (which is bad for you if you have gut problems), and is easily digestible. Yes, it takes a lot more time to make but working hard in the kitchen is a good thing. (I’m going to be making a YouTube video making it soon and it’s definitely a labor of love! The fermentation process predigests the gluten so even those who are gluten intolerant can eat this bread with no problems.) She has also taught me how to make fermented vegetables which are very good for your gut. (Health begins and ends in the gut!) She taught me how to make sardine salad (like tuna salad but much better) that tastes amazing! (Sardines are full of omega 3s and other healthy things, anti-inflammatory, and they aren’t contaminated like the larger fish.)

On my Instagram, I have been using it to teach women how to eat healthy since it’s so important. We all need to eat so why not fix food that is nutritious and great tasting for our family! Let food be our medicine. Work on building a strong immune system since this is what fights off disease. We all have cancer cells in our body but a healthy body can fight them off. Stop eating sugar, processed oils, packaged food, and all of the other health destroying foods and get busy in the kitchen making food that will help your family stay healthier. We do what we can and leave the rest in the Lord’s hands.

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1 Corinthians 6:19

***If you are interested in learning to  eat healthier and the way God intended, Weston A. Price is a great place to begin!

Living a Long and Healthy Life

Living a Long and Healthy Life

Shirali Mislimov of Azerbaidzhan, U.S.S.R allegedly lived to be 168 years old and died in 1973. In researching his life, I found some interesting things. Now, I’m not interested in living that long but I do try to live as healthy as I can while I live. Yes, there are some things that have happened to me beyond what I could prevent like head and neck trauma that most likely caused my brain tumor and needing a neck fusion. But we can learn from people who live to ripe old ages such as this man and was even working hard on the day he died!

What were some of his secrets to longevity and health?

He worked hard. “He had worked all day every day until age 165, he said, grazing sheep, riding horseback, chopping wood, and tending the fruit garden he had begun over a century earlier.” God created us to work and not sit all day like most of us do. All generations before us had to work hard to survive and there are some jobs that demand a lot of hard work. Hard work never killed anyone. It’s good for us! The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied (Proverbs 13:4).

If you are home full time, make sure you get outside as often as possible with your children. They need a lot of movement and fresh air. Most children today sit in front of some type of screen all day and this is why our nation is becoming more and more unhealthy. Take long walks or hikes. Find hobbies that you enjoy doing outside. Get away to somewhere quiet and unpolluted once in a while like the ocean or mountains. It’s good for health and the soul. We live in a noisy and polluted world. I remember hearing that noise pollution is the hardest on the body! Have quiet times without distractions. I love peace and quiet.

He lived a “unhurried pace of life.” We live under way too much stress today. Turn off the news! I can only handle a little bit of it and then I turn it off since there’s nothing I can do about it except to pray any ways. Learn to eat slowly and enjoy your food. Learn to appreciate boredom, if you get to have it. Use this time to read another chapter in the Bible, read an inspirational book, or cook something good for dinner.

He lived a moderate life like we are instructed to do. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things (1 Corinthians 9:25). “Mislimov often told scientists who came to interview him that he had lived as long as he had largely by not smoking, drinking, napping during the day, or in any way losing control of his appetites.” If we are believers in Christ Jesus, we are filled with the Spirit and one of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control. Therefore, we can be controlled with all of our appetites and live moderate lives! Believe it to be so and discipline your body by making it your slave instead of allowing it to control you.

He “did not smoke or drink, but ate fruits, vegetables, wholemeal bread, chicken broth, low-fat cheese and yogurt.” He ate a simple diet and was most likely content on it, unlike most of us. “The longevity of Muslimov was linked to a diet of dairy, and yogurt in particular.” Yogurt is a fermented food and full of probiotics. Many studies have proven the effectiveness of probiotics for good gut health since good health begins and ends in the gut as Hippocrates claimed. Drugs, processed foods, and sugar destroy probiotics so it’s best to give them up!

Most mornings, I have the yogurt pictured above with blueberries, walnuts, and stevia or organic raw honey for breakfast, then I add the sauerkraut in my salad for lunch. He also lived on chicken broth which is associated with strong bone health due to the gelatin in it. I make all of my soups with bone broth and it makes everything so flavorful.

Did you notice he didn’t eat any sugar or desserts? I just read an article this past week that if you want a good sex life to give up sugar! Your health will greatly improve just giving this up. It may even help those of you who struggle with infertility. Also, one woman is reading a book about moods and depression in the chat room and has found that caffeine and alcohol are serotonin killers and a huge cause of depression and mood swings. Alcohol is another thing that is good to give up because most grapes are the most sprayed crop on the planet so one glass of wine is a cocktail of toxic chemicals.

It doesn’t sound like there were any vaccinations or drugs either. If the people in this area were loading up on all of these foods to create good gut health, it makes sense. “Infectious diseases are rare in Azerbaidzhan and heart ailments are all but unknown.” They most likely didn’t run to the doctor for every little cough, flu, rash, and fever but allowed their bodies to heal themselves with fresh air, good food, and rest.

Sounds like great recommendations to live a long and healthy life if the Lord so blesses you!

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1 Corinthians 6:19

Nourishing and Healing Your Family with Food

Nourishing and Healing Your Family with Food

You have been given an important role, women, in the health or lack of health in your children and husband. A large part of your ministry to your family should be fixing them nourishing food for their bodies to keep them healthy and free from illness. Please, don’t say you can’t cook or don’t know how. If you can read, you can learn!

My sister had malignant melanoma a few years ago. While she was raising children, she didn’t enjoy cooking for her family but after her health scare she took an intensive nine month study on nutrition. It basically taught her to go back to eating food just the way God intended for us to eat it and now her entire perspective on eating is different. She works hard in the kitchen and loves it! Her entire attitude about it has changed and she knows it is the ministry the Lord has given to her to nourish and heal her family and friends’ bodies by what they eat. Her kitchen is filled with jars of kombucha, all types of vegetables fermenting for healthy gut bacteria, bread that is fermenting and rising, bottles of homemade beef and chicken stock for nourishing soups, and finding recipes and ways of creating new and delicious foods for her family and friends.

The father of medicine, Hippocrates, wrote:

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

God has given me many health issues so I could help all of you! Just kidding. I have no idea why I have had so many physical problems but I do know that God has used them for my good. A few years ago, I began getting horrible muscle pain in my knees, legs, and elbows. I couldn’t get down on the floor without a lot of pain. I was even thinking I was going to have to give up blogging because I thought it was hurting the muscles in my forearm. I spent hours every day doing trigger point therapy and icing but nothing seemed to help. I even had to miss my niece’s wedding because my legs hurt so much. I could hardly sleep due to the pain.

When I saw my doctor, I told her about my muscle pain and she told me it was due to getting older. “It’s just part of life.” I suspected that it was due to my pituitary dying. (I did make a YouTube health update, if you’re interested. One woman commented on it and told me that I have been healed by the whipping post that Christ bore for me. Poor deceived woman. Christ healed me from sin and damnation, but not suffering and eventually death. Yes, God can heal but He doesn’t always chose to do so; take the Apostle Paul as an example.)

I don’t like “It’s just part of life” answers so I search and research for answers. One day a few months ago, I decided to see if any food could cause muscle pain. I eat a fairly low inflammation diet (hardly any sugar, white flour, or dairy) so I didn’t even suspect this for a few years. The first thing listed was EGGS! I had been eating two eggs every day for years! I quickly gave them up and within a few weeks all of my pain disappeared. I can go down on the floor easily now. Who would have thought it was eggs? It sure wasn’t me. I even ate the organic, cage-free ones.

Just around this time, my sister told me about grass-fed, 100% organic, whole yogurt at Trader Joes. I bought some at my health food store and began having this for breakfast with frozen organic blueberries from Costso, properly prepared walnuts, some organic raw honey, a bit of cinnamon and vanilla. It is fantastic! I love having something other than eggs! I don’t want to develop an allergy to this so I rotate this with oatmeal. I take a half cup of oats and put it into a cup of water, then put it in the refrigerator to soak all night. In the morning, I cook it up and in a few minutes, when it is done, I chop up two dates, add some ghee, organic raw honey, vanilla, and cinnamon and thank Jesus the entire time I’m eating it because it tastes so good!

Healing rarely is one thing we do. It took my mom years to heal from colitis and it’s taken me a while to feel better after all I’ve been through. Even though my health will always be fragile, it’s fun to have some good days and being able to eat more food. Any ways, I thought this might be able to help someone with muscle pain and any who may need some new healthy breakfast ideas, along with encouraging you to learn to enjoy fixing nourishing and healing food for your family!

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

James 1:17

Update on My Health

Update on My Health


Many of you know of my health struggles the past 28 years. I have written about them on my blog, even having to go through brain surgery for the second time and Cyber Knife a few years ago which was traumatizing. I have detailed all of this in my book but I thought it was time for an update for all of you who would like to know.

We go to Door County, WI most summers but I have had to miss some due to my health. My neck is terrible from major car accidents and a fusion. My gut has been horrible since I had parasites many years and it flares up whenever my neck gets bad. It’s been a vicious cycle for me with a brain tumor and brain surgeries thrown into the mix. This past summer I almost didn’t go to Door County because my neck was so bad. We found prescription Lidocaine patches that I wore on the long trip to DC that made it bearable. A funny thing happened after a few days of being there, however. My neck hardly hurt at all and I remember this being the case last summer so I knew there was something I was doing at home that kept flaring up my neck.

I finally figured it out! At home, I was sitting in this big green recliner that I had to use my arms to pull me out of the chair. Then we got rid of this when we bought new recliner couches. Unfortunately, they are too big for me. Yes, I am tall for a woman but they are still too deep for me so I would have to use my upper body to push me out of it multiple times a day. I figured out that using my arms and upper body to get out of where I was sitting all day long was flaring up my neck because in Door County all of the chairs are small and I just use my legs to get out. I haven’t had to wear a patch on my neck since coming home from DC. It hasn’t been this good since I can’t even remember.

I went to a Naturopath last year and she gave me amazing stuff for my gut. When I have intense pain from my neck, my stomach still is very bad so it’s been hard to keep weight on me. Lately, however, with my neck not flaring up and the RepairVite healing my gut (best stuff ever for bad gut), I am able to eat things that I haven’t eaten for many years and have gained seven pounds in the last two months! I love it! Ken and I went to a wedding last Saturday night, hence the picture above, and I was able to eat the entire dinner which was delicious. Just the fact that I could go with Ken and have a great time seems like a miracle to both of us.

Concerning my brain tumor, I was supposed to go in for an MRI last June to make sure it isn’t growing but I didn’t. (I have had at least 30 of those on my head.) I also need to get my hormones checked since the Cyber Knife is supposed to kill my pituitary, the major hormone gland. I am waiting for January to do both in case I need more care since it’s the beginning of our health care year. My pituitary must still be working or I wouldn’t be alive. I have to be careful to only drink four cups of water a day with a teaspoon of salt in it due to my damaged pituitary. It’s the one thing I will always have to be careful about. I never want to end up in the ICU again with “death level” sodium of 115.

In the meantime, life sure is fun feeling good and being able to eat! My family can’t believe what I can eat and they love it. I don’t take any day for granted since I know I am still fragile and life is fragile period. God is good. I am blessed and there you have it. (Sorry, trolls, you are never going to be able to steal my joy because the JOY of the LORD is my strength!)

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24