One Way to Handle Stress: Prayer

Normally I don’t talk about politics or religion here; however, I do talk about stress and how it can be the cause of illness. The chaos that is America today definitely has me stressing – not too sure how it may be affecting you. I haven’t been eating well nor has my sleep been restful. Consequently, my digestive system is messed up and I have IMS – Irritable Mood Syndrome.

We currently have a president who is anti-Christian and says ‘people belong to the government’. He apologizes for America, her traditions and her prosperity. Hello? It is because of our traditions and prosperity that we have been able to help others and it is because of our compassion that we do so.

When he said ‘fundamentally change and transform America’, he wasn’t kidding! When he said ‘America is not a Christian nation’ … was that the moment he laid the groundwork to remove our religious liberty? Our Christian faiths – no matter the denomination – is the foundation, the essence – our conscience, if you will – of who we are and what we stand for. He can take away our conscience?!?

It’s NOT been the ‘hope and change’ that Americans voted for. Instead, more people find themselves out of work. Biden made a remark about ‘putting ya’ll in chains’ in reference to the Republican party. What do you call it when people are out of work and need Food Stamps or other Welfare programs just to survive? I call it enslavement. Isn’t that the same as ‘chains’?

He says “Forward” … I say “Backward” I don’t want and didn’t vote for this guy’s ‘hope and change’. As of the time of this post, there isn’t much time left to do some serious praying and research. What kind of a world do you want for your children and grandchildren? One of enslavement … or one of prosperity?

I vote for prosperity where people have a choice … where people can live according to THEIR religious beliefs … where they can live whatever mission it is that God gave them.

I want God back in our schools. I want our Constitution, Bill of Rights and our Declaration of Independence to be taught in their entirety.

I do not want to be considered a threat or terrorist because I believe in American values and traditions.

I want an American government that is FOR the American people – all off them – not just a select few. A government that will uphold our Constitution and God-Given rights.

I want a government who supports our military men and women. Many are sacrificing their lives for the very freedoms this administration is actively taking away. Families are mourning the lost lives of sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters and grandchildren.

I want to be able to go to a store and buy stuff that is ‘MADE IN AMERICA’.

I want my food labeled so I know that what my family is eating is healthy for them.

It is only through freedom one can live their life to its fullest God-given potential.
Who is ‘man’ to take that away?

PS The picture above is of a statue my mom gave me many years ago. Just as the Crucifix holds deep meaning, so does this. I am a Child of God and so are you. Pray and place your faith in Him. God Bless Israel and God, … Please Bless America … again.

Enjoy this wonderful rendition of the “Battle Hymn” 

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Stress and Health: Politics and Religion

It’s worrisome wondering where is America headed. Who is going to take the helm? Personally I think we could use a leader who does what he says. But the point of today’s post is to pass on something that has helped me when I’m losing sleep and not eating right – when I’m concerned about the political battlefield. I will also say that politics is NOT part of my daily diet. However, with election right around the corner, it’s all over the news and there are several versions available. It can be mind-boggling … and upsetting.

I come from a military background, married a military guy and actually did a short stint myself. I love America and all she stands for. Is it any wonder my favorite patriotic song is God Bless the USA? It always puts me in a thankful frame of mind.

Here’s the trailer to a movie in honor of the military and is also about religious freedom –

In the words of Tiny Tim, “May God Bless Us Everyone.”

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Food Creates Health … or Sickness: Would you like ‘chemicals’ with that?

Have you heard about California Proposition 37 will be on the CA voter ballet November 6, 2012? Do you know it is about food labeling? I’ve written previously about companies that are for or against this. What about you? Wouldn’t you like to know what’s actually in the food you are eating and feeding your family?

Joseph Mercola is one of the main financial supporters of the initiative. He is an osteopath who lives in suburban Chicago. According to Mercola, “Your health care, your food supply, everything you need to live a healthy life is now being taken away and controlled by a massive industrial complex and corrupt government.”

Learn more about Prop 37 and here. If you care to do a bit of additional research into those opposed to Prop 37, you will find many with ties to Monsanto. Millions Against Monsanto hosted by Organic Consumers Association is another great site.

The following video is over an hour long and if you take the time to listen, you’ll learn so much that could save your family unnecessary sickness. I’m fairly certain it will also change how you look at food in your local grocery store.

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12 Guidelines to Help Address Behavior Issues Without Drugs

This subject is very close to my heart as I believe the pharmaceutical industry (as well as the food industry) is abusing us – especially our kids. I also think they are abusing doctors with their aggressive and unethical marketing. Many of the drugs have not gone through significant testing.

A healthy young child will be full of energy and they will ask tons of questions – seemingly nonstop. It’s a new world for them – an amazing world and one I think we’ve lost sight of as adults. Kids are also gifted and learn in many different ways. Schools are trying to put them into boxes and so many have cut out the creative classes like art and music where many kids used to find release for their genius. Have you noticed in many schools there is no recess? These kids have an awful time in school. What happens with young teens who are going through hormonal changes? They become like carbonated drinks that get shaken. What happens when you take the lid off?

The first answer is NOT drugs! Take a look and try some of the following suggestions:

1. Severely limit or eliminate fructose from your child’s diet as sugar/fructose has been linked to mental health problems such as depression and schizophrenia.

2. Avoid giving your child ANY processed foods, especially those containing artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. This includes lunch meats and hot dogs, which are common food staples in many households.

3. Replace soft drinks, fruit juices, and pasteurized milk with pure water. This is HUGE since high fructose corn syrup is a primary source of calories in children.

4. Make sure your child is getting large regular doses of healthy bacteria, either with high quality fermented organic foods and/or high quality probiotic supplements.

5. Give your child plenty of high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fats like krill oil. Also, make sure to balance your child’s intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fats, by simultaneously limiting their intake of vegetable oils.

6. Include as many whole organic foods as possible in your child’s diet, both to reduce chemical exposure and increase nutrient content of each meal.

7. Also reduce or eliminate grains from your child’s diet. Yes, even healthy organic whole grains can cause problems as they too break down into sugars.

Additionally, whole wheat in particular contains high amounts of wheat germ agglutinin (WGA), which can have adverse effects on mental health due to its neurotoxic actions. Wheat also inhibits production of serotonin, the largest concentration of which can, again, be found in your intestines, not your brain. Try eliminating them first for 1-2 weeks and see if you don’t notice a radical and amazing improvement in your child’s behavior.

8. Avoid artificial sweeteners of all kinds.

9. Make sure your child gets plenty of exercise and outdoor playtime.

10. Get them out into the sun to help maintain optimal vitamin D levels. Scientists are now beginning to realize vitamin D is involved in maintaining the health of your brain, as they’ve recently discovered vitamin D receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and central nervous system. There’s even evidence indicating vitamin D improves your brain’s detoxification process. For children and pregnant women, getting enough vitamin D is especially crucial, as it may play a major role in protecting infants from autism.

11. Give your child a way to address his or her emotions. Even children can benefit from the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which you or an EFT practitioner can teach them to use.

12. Prevent exposure to toxic metals and chemicals by replacing personal care products, detergents and household cleaners with all natural varieties. Metals like aluminum, cadmium, lead and mercury are commonly found in thousands of different food products, household products, personal products and untold numbers of industrial products and chemicals. The presence of toxic metals in your child’s body is highly significant for they are capable of causing serious health problems by interfering with normal biological functioning. The health effects range from minor physical ailments to chronic diseases, and altered mood and behavior.

For the complete article, read Dr. Mercola’s ‘Antipsychotic Drugs in Children’.

To learn more about the pharmaceutical industry, check out Gwen Olsen – author of “Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher“.

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey is an excellent read for parents and care takers of young children.

Please share this and help others understand the wonder of nature and the dangers of ‘pharmaceutical’ drugs.

P.S. Even though this article refers to ‘child’ and ‘children’, please know these same guidelines work equally well for adults. I’m a much happier – and healthier – person myself because of doing so.

 

What is Really in the Vitamins You May Be Buying?

You are doing a great thing for yourself and your family buying vitamins. We need them to supplement the nutrition we are not getting from today’s foods. Here are my questions?

  • Do you understand the difference between synthetic, natural and whole-food?
  • Do you know how they are processed?
  • Do you read the labels and know what the ‘other ingredients’ are?

“Other ingredients” usually means animal parts and cancer causing artificial sweeteners. They include: talc, dyes, sodium benzoate, methylcellulose, carnauba wax, silicon and/or titanium dioxide. In all of these cases, what you don’t know WILL hurt you!

Your body treats synthetic vitamins like toxins. I urge you to do some research and learn about the different ingredients, the processes used and who makes them.

I will be happy to talk with you about the vitamins I take that are in the ‘whole food’ category and 100% guaranteed.

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The History of Aprons

Sometimes when life has you reeling and you don’t even see yourself headed in other direction, it might be good to sit back for a few minutes – maybe take a trip down memory lane. Just like the smell of apple pie, you’re transported back in time. This article did that for me and I thought you might enjoy it as well.

The History of ‘APRONS’

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to
protect the dress underneath because she only had a few.
It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses
and aprons used less material. But along with that,
it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was
even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop,
the apron was used for carrying eggs,

Food Crisis: Companies That Care and Support GMO Food Labeling

Most of this information is from California (CA) Right to Know. They are working hard to get Prop 37 Right to Know initiative passed which in a nutshell means GMO foods will be labeled. It can’t just be CA. We all need to join together to get similar laws passed in our own states. It truly is about our health and future generations. Nearly 50 other countries require GMO labeling. Why is it that America does not? What can possibly be gained by creating a sick nation, birth deformities, and woman who cannot have babies?

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine says: “In 2012, research still shows that genetically modified foods pose a threat to consumers’ health,” said Dr. Amy L. Dean, President Elect of AAEM. ”

Here is a very impressive list of endorsements for CA Prop 37 – a small sampling in the pic to the left.

Whether or not you live in CA, Organic Consumers is a great place to get additional info. If you scroll down on this particular article, there is a section on the “Ownership Structure of Organics”

A list of the Top 10 Worst GMO foods

5 Foods to Always Buy Organic

Non-GMO Shopping Guide and iPhone app is a super tool to help you with your shopping needs.

Will you help spread the word by sharing this info with others you care about?

Food Crisis: Hazardous Materials in our Food!

I’ve spent the last few weeks on our household cleaners and a bit on personal care. Though I didn’t go into detail on the hazardous materials – toxins – in many of today’s personal care products – there are definitely companies I believe you would stay away from if you knew.

Companies Against GMO LabelingHave you noticed how America’s health issues are on the rise? (Big Pharma is really happy about that.) What is the cause? Why has this been happening? Toxins! Our bodies are not made to process hazardous materials – the chemicals, preservatives, herbicides and pesticides that we breathe (our cleaners) or put on ourselves (make up, skin care, perfume, shampoo, etc).

Now…our food supply. We are facing a ‘healthy food’ crisis. I’ve been watching Monsanto for a while now – have you? Do you understand what (genetically modified organism / genetically engineered) GMO and GE  is? Dr. Mercola has several articles which will help with understanding these man-made health issues and why you would benefit by staying away from them.

Check out the members of BioTech. The benefits tab on their site is interesting, too. Wonder who’s paying for most of them?

I must admit I was really disappointed by a few names on the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Member Directory. I grew up with these names. I’m sure that company ownership and profit margin has quite a bit to do with their decision-making process. It’s incredibly sad (to me) that it isn’t about the consumer. Johnson & Johnson is the one I am most disappointed in because they are known for their baby products. That they use chemicals known to cause health issues and are also part of the ‘membership’ that doesn’t want food labeling really does make me angry.Our babies are our future and the most susceptible to the dangers! And then there’s General Mills who makes Cheerios. Whenever we went on a trip, the kids had dry Cheerios to munch on. They, too, don’t want us to know what’s in our food.

For more information, check out the Organic Consumers Association

If you live anywhere near Riverheads, VA and are looking for ‘real’ healthy food, visit Polyface Farms. Not there? Check out Local Harvest.

Please share this information with friends and family. Together, we can make a difference.

 

Animal Testing – Part 2: Health & Beauty Companies That DON’T Test On Animals

Just like up and down, on and off, over and under, etc – there is do and don’t. In this case, the “Don’t” wins! While looking for proof that there are good companies out there – and because I’ve adopted the “don’t reinvent the wheel” philosophy – I came across a post by Renee Lorentzen of ‘Beauty Fool’ that I’m sharing here. She wrote a super article and did a ton of research on beauty brands that don’t test on animals.  

This post is focused on companies that don’t hurt animals; however, some of the products contain chemicals that can be health hazards and you may want to do further research on their ingredients.

An additional document that may be of interest is from the PETA organization.

 

Changing to a more caring and compassionate brand will not only change your life but also help to change the lives of our animal friends.

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