Stunning: How Babies Fit & Play In the Womb

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Stunning: How Babies Fit & Play In the Womb

Marry Fermont, an award-winning birth photographer in the Netherlands, started taking pictures of babies immediately after they’re born to document what they look like in utero. This delightful photo on her Facebook page is of a “little guy [who] just laid still in the hands of the midwife. Just like inside the womb.” Her pictures testify to the humanity of the unborn child, and show parents how babies fit inside the womb just moments before.

I spoke with Marry via email about her photo, which was like nothing I’d ever seen before, and she kindly agreed to share more of her work with our readers.

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Folded Up

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Marry had this to say about her photos: “It’s hard to imagine how your baby was curled up inside of you after it comes out. You see your baby coming out, but you still cannot believe it was ever inside of you as soon as you hold him or her in your arms. This disbelief has been voiced many times, and that’s why midwives started showing this pose — because of the curiosity of the parents. It’s not something that is done with every birth, it depends on the midwife. If I am there, and there is a chance, I always ask if they would like to do it, since it makes a nice photo and memory for the parents.”

She adds, “The babies are mostly totally relaxed in this pose. They feel secure and comfortable. They are used to being folded up this way.”

I wonder if this is a newborn photography idea that will catch on outside of the Netherlands.

Fearfully and Wonderfully

Doppler will likely pick up that beautiful lub-dub of your baby’s heartbeat near the end of the third month, but those flutterings of life known as the “quickening” won’t be felt by most Mamas until somewhere into the fourth month. Until then, buried deep within the protective cushioning of your womb, your tiny he or she could dance a jig and you’d feel neither a stomp nor a hop.

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.
    I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works…”          ~Psalm 139: 13-14

Via ultrasound, we can witness babies thumb-sucking, yawning, sneezing, hiccuping, not to mention stretching and kicking. Scientist who study life in the uterus have demonstrated that babies also dream.

As this 16 second video shows, babies even clap (as if to the music) very early in their development.

It might seem odd at first that developing babes would play in the womb, but if you think about it, it isn’t so odd at all.

Naturally, in the uterus, play is limited, but play is essential for healthy mental and physical development of the child. We all have an inborn need to play and explore our world. We now know it starts very, very early. Play strengthens muscles and reflexes are tested out; just as adults need to move to remain strong, so the developing baby needs to move to progress and not atrophy.

In this fabulous 1 minute sonagram video, well before 16 weeks, these fortunate parents witnessed their little baby cavorting, inspecting fingers and toes, sliding up and down and rebounding off the uterine wall a lot more than anyone ever thought happened.

Good For Mother, Too

Babies playing in the womb is good for the mother, too. It helps the mother to bond and enhances anticipation of her newborn child. Feeling a baby move in you makes a woman want to protect and care for her baby even before she sees or holds it. The movement also stimulates hormonal changes in a woman’s body to prepare for birth and nursing.

Ultrasound and The Abortion Debate

Studies have found babies in the womb feel pain as early as 17 weeks after conception, and unborn infants may feel pain more keenly than those already born! (source)

As technology devises ever more sophisticated ways for us to study the child in the womb, it’s getting more difficult for the abortion movement to argue in favor of snuffing out a child’s life. And who would want to argue in favor of deliberately causing the child pain on top of that?

What we’re speaking of here is no less than the humanity of the fetus, and these discoveries are making the subject harder and harder to avoid.

Scientific studies are in effect defending what our faith had already told us: that the life in the womb is indeed a human life, with the same qualities that make us consider our own lives sacred—a beating heart, brain function, childish play, and sensitivity to pain being just a few of them. And so we believe that a child’s life is a gift from God and worthy of protection and care.

“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” ~Psalm 82:3

Historians often debate the greatest technological advancements of the past century, but I’ve got to wonder if ultrasounds shouldn’t be near the top.

Simply put, I now understand why pro-choice leaders opposed the technology at every turn, for we can see for ourselves the wondrous beauty of LIFE….where each one of us has been as we were knit together.

These little ones can’t yet cry out, but they are speaking loudly … and winning.

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Let your school-age children see these miracles for themselves! Wonders of God’s Creations: Human Life by Moody Bible Institute will give them a reverence and awe for life and babies, a part of God’s highest creation – unforgettable evidence of the Creator’s handiwork. We used this and others like it as part of our homeschool.

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Books Unhealthy For Children {Recent Newbery, Caldecott & YA}

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Books Unhealthy For Children: Recent Newbery, Caldecott & YA

Earlier this year, the American Library Association’s list of 2015 Book and Media Awards winners was proclaimed at the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder banquet, creating quite a commotion in children’s lit circles.

As a homeschooler twenty years ago, I was interested to see the new selections assuming that they would live up to very high standards of 60 years ago. My book-loving friends and I didn’t question the American Library Association (ALA) “experts”. We were almost too busy to see the sharp decline in wholesome adventure and mental food to inspire a young heart to courageous living. I trusted them and their yardstick for judging children’s literature – but not anymore.

However, bad is not for me to determine. It is for me to further awareness so conscientious parents can make wise choices.

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ALA Agenda

The ALA does not exist simply to provide quality, wholesome literature to children. It’s quite the opposite, in fact. The ALA is a liberal organization that relentlessly pursues a homosexual agenda, and it relies heavily on “authentic literature” to drive that agenda. (source)

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The ALCS gives the Caldecott Medal “to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children (age 14 and under).”

This is an example of the artwork they are elevating to award status geared for our children under 14! To see ten consecutive pages ending with the image on the right, go here.

In 2008, another book, written by the same cousins, won these awards – given by “experts.” It’s about a depressed, Wicca-worshiping, homosexual high school girl, and according to the ALA, it’s good literature – it’s “authentic literature.”

Outwardly, this book looks totally innocent. With TWO shiny medals on the cover it’s easy to be fooled!

I will spare you the mental images, but suffice it to say that I would need to use a lot of fill-in-the-blank asterisks (*s) in order to be able to write the sampling of words contained.

Graphic Content

How many of us well-meaning parents know why these shiny, prestigious medallions were placed on a book’s cover?  Would the same parents think highly of these award-winners if they were in on the content taken directly from their amazingly graphic pages?

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(source)

Steve Baldwin, a former Chairman of the California Legislature’s Education Committee, wasn’t fooled by the ALA’s word games. In his article Baldwin wrote, “The authentic literature books are rife with profanity and are dominated by themes of death, crime, drug addiction, occultism, rapes, gang beatings, weird sex, homosexual encounters, and so on. Shockingly, many of them violate state obscenity laws and even school district age appropriate regulations. I collected excerpts from hundreds of such books that are not only common in school libraries but are often assigned by teachers as mandatory reading assignments.” 

Newbery Winners, Too…

Not only YA books are becoming progressively permeated with sexual, brooding, occult, or adult themes, but so are categories for children ages 9-13. (And don’t think younger children aren’t reading these books; they are).

The middle-grade (5 – 8th) Newbery winners of the past fifty years, like this one, this onethis one, and this one, have garnered their own share of praise simply for blazing the trail in literary edginess. In order to ‘keep the children reading’, they’re offering something ‘bold’ and ‘up-to-date’ in tween literature.  There is talk of witchcraft, specifics of private parts, and so much more.

Increasingly, this smutty literature is replacing the traditional literature classics, which, in general, promoted mainstream American values or at least didn’t undermine them.

Literary beauty and innocence such as that of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the gloriously-detailed, winsome imagery of Hollings Clancy Hollings or are long forgotten in awards circles.

“No book is really worth reading, which does not either impart valuable knowledge; or set before us some ideal of beauty, strength, or nobility of character. There are enough great books to occupy us during all our short and busy years. If we are wise, we will resolutely avoid all but the richest and the best.” ~J.R. Miller

Ways To Evaluate A Book

Please take the time to preview the books your children will be reading. Know what they are being made to read in their classroom if you public school. You, after all, are the best judge for your own family.

Sarah Clarkson’s 384 page Read for the Heart: Whole Books for WholeHearted Families is chock-full of more than 1,000 wonderful book recommendations for young people including timeless classics, modern favorites, picture books, adventure novels, and read-aloud favorites. Also, my friend Hilary over at Wholesome Reads has lots of reviews in many different categories.

Hopefully, we are all aware that there is a battle raging in our culture for the minds and hearts of our children, but how do we as parents prepare them to live in the world and be discerning for themselves?

Read Great Books

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There are just too many great books to waste our children’s time and hearts on those other “award winners.” Our family’s guide has been and always will be Philippians 4:8. Champion and uphold what is right and true. Great books create an inner world that is a secret world for children’s souls, showing them through thrilling stories and stouthearted characters exactly what it means to be noble, good, and even holy.

All the award winners published before 1960 display excellence in content and literary merit.

Have you thought about bad books from your library or in your school?

Were you aware of this trend? 

“There are few very libraries today in which I would leave my 13-year-old unescorted, because, unfortunately, the protection and safety of our children is simply no longer a priority for libraries or for the ALA. That may sound harsh, but it’s true.” ~Steve Baldwin

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How To Make {& Use} Turmeric Golden Paste

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How To Make {& Use} Turmeric Golden Paste

Last post, I showed Evidence that Turmeric Beats Prozac, Ibuprofen, and More: such as Lipitor, corticosteroids, Metformin, and a whole host of other anti-inflammatory drugs….all with no-side-effects.

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So, many are asking, “How do I take it and how much?” 

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Below is an easy-to-prepare Golden Paste recipe, plus 7 different ways to use it in food. Also, some thoughts on dosage.

And don’t miss the scientific reason black pepper is added to make turmeric highly bio-available. Amazing how thousands of years ago they figured that out without double blind trials :)

Scientists now tell us that turmeric is anti-inflammatory, in that it can reduce pain and fever, much like Tylenol or Ibuprofen. And it acts like those latest anti-inflammatory drugs called cox-2 inhibitors: Celecoxib and Vioxx. Both of these medicines have serious side effects and Vioxx has been withdrawn by the FDA for safety reasons. On the other hand, turmeric as a dietary constituent is safe and well tolerated! (source)

A host of scientific investigations have also looked at the ability of turmeric (curcumin) to fight cancer. Curcumin kills several types of cancer cells in the laboratory. In animals, curcumin prevents or slows cancer in the skin, breast, liver, stomach, duodenum and colon. Curcumin also has anti-angiogenic properties; translation: curcumin seriously slows new blood vessel formation in tumors, causes asphyxiation of tumors and thus preventing their growth and metastases.

Why Black Pepper Boosts Turmeric Blood Levels

Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric and responsible for its golden color, but it is not readily absorbed by the body. Once ingested, most of the curcumin gets quickly metabolized before it can get absorbed. Piperine (the heat in black pepper) helps make curcumin more bio-available as it temporarily slows the liver from removing it from the blood.

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One study found that when even 2 g. (a good dose) of curcumin was ingested, serum levels stayed very low. However, when 20 mg. piperine was added to curcumin the bio-availability increased by 2000%!

And it doesn’t take much. Even just a little pinch of pepper – 1/20th of a teaspoon – can significantly boost levels.

What Is Needed For Making Turmeric Golden Paste:

  • 1/2 cup turmeric powder (125 mls) – Use organic powder.
  • 1 cup water (250 mls) or a bit more to get desired paste consistency
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper (7.5 mls)
  • 1/4 cup (70 ml) cold pressed Olive or un-refined Coconut oil – enhances the bio-availability of curcumin another seven to eight-fold

When eaten with fat (virgin olive or coconut oil or meat drippings) as is done in India, curcumin can be directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system thereby partially bypassing the liver.

Quick & Easy Directions:

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Finally, add the pepper and oil. Keep stirring to ensure that all ingredients are mixed properly. Allow it to cool.

Bottle in clean jar with tight-fitting lid and refrigerate it for up to 2 weeks, maximum. (Anti-microbial Un-refined, virgin Coconut oil will help keep it from spoiling sooner). This will ensure you can make it once and use for days.

Okay, so now you’ve slaved (not exactly true, I know) to make your golden paste. What do you do with it?

7 Easy and Fabulous Ways To Use Turmeric Golden Paste

Most of these tips are based on the philosophy that, when possible, turmeric should be taken as the whole God-given herb and not as a man-altered supplement.

1.) Take half a baby spoonful (~ 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon) and chase it with water…all done! It’s one very popular way if you don’t like the taste (over quickly, no fuss or bother) and my favorite to spread it out through the day. Best to take smaller quantities 3-4 times per day, especially if battling chronic neuro-degenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune diseases, or cancer.

2.) Turmeric honey. Some may not like How To Make {& Use} Turmeric Golden Paste, turmeric honey, dairy, red rooibos tea, spiced chai, congestion, meat dishes, almond milk, smoothies, healing, hot soups, rice dishes, curry dishes, turmeric milk, warm milk, turmeric tea, chronic neuro-degenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune diseases, cancer, virgin olive, coconut oil, paste, lymphatic system, asphyxiation of tumors, meat drippings, piperine, serum levels, cancer of skin, breast, liver, stomach, duodenum, colon, anti-angiogenic properties, metastases, cox-2 inhibitors, Celecoxib, Vioxx, fever, Lipitor, corticosteroids, Indian curry, dosage, spices, traditional food, Metformin, Indian restaurant, brainpower, cognitive powers, turmeric, spice, powder, root, Mountain Rose Herbs, Bulk Herb Store, melanoma, liver detox, weight management, chemo enhancer, curcumin, world's healthiest foods, herbal remedies, lost healing arts, disease, restoring health, cancer, Alzheimer's, anti-inflammatory, health benefits, DIY, homemaking, homemaker, keeper at home, healthy living, medicine cabinet, natural medicine, alternative medicine, make your own capsules, anti-depressents, Big Pharma, drug dependence, suicide, link to autism, scientific studies, herbs, plants, naturally-occurring remedies, terrible side-effects, pharmaceuticals, Alzheimer-prevention, painkiller, natural mood elevator, mask symptoms, Sexual dysfunction, reduced sex drive, impotence, research science, Phytotherapy Research, treating depression, India, randomized, controlled clinical trial, fluoxetine, depressive disorder, suicidal ideation, psychotic disorders, pharmaceutical-based medical model, no-side-effects, medications, physiological pathways, the body, high margin of safety, chemotherapy agents, healing, natural substances, polyphenol, Cancer Stem Cells, Protecting Against Radiation, Liver Disease, Liver Cancer Prevention, pharmaceutical industry, knowledge, drugging America, disclaimer, supplements, pre-made turmeric Capsules, make my own, DIY, organic turmeric, safe natural alternatives, body heal itself, save money, allopathic medicine, health care system, black pepper ,alternative medicine, aspirin, asthma, butter, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, complementary medicine, curcumin, curry powder, fat, heart disease, heart health, herbs, India, liver health, malaria, medications,pepper, piperine, quinine, spices, tea, turmericturmeric paste’s taste by itself. Adding good quality honey makes the job easy. 

Raw honey has its own health benefits. Adding raw honey to paste enhances its already existing health benefits. Just mix the paste with honey (to desired taste) and that’s it!

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3.) Add to warm or cold milk. Golden turmeric milk is one of the most popular ways to take turmeric daily. Turmeric milk is extremely popular in Asian countries. With a dairy allergy, I use almond milk or make my own coconut milk as dairy is inflammatory and congestive.

Simply add some turmeric paste in your milk and drink it.                                                                                        

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4.) Add to meat dishes and hot soups. Simply add a dollop of golden paste. I’ve found I can ‘hide’ it in dishes with other stronger flavors.

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5.) Add to smoothies. There’s no limit to innovations you can do here. Experiment. Add turmeric paste to all kinds of smoothies and make your favorite ones even healthier.

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6.) Add it to rice. Turmeric paste can easily be added to rice. You can add 1 or more teaspoons after you have cooked the rice while still warm which enables smooth mixing.

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I particularly like the paste in Bulk Herb Store’s flavorful Red Rooibos Spiced Chai Tea which has it’s own health benefits. It’s potent but makes me feel awesome! I have it in this old teacup and drink it on the porch as the sun goes down.

Dosage:

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Ground Turmeric: 1 teaspoon (2,000 mg. or 2 grams)

According to the traditional medical community, 2,000 mg. is the maximum amount of standardized turmeric curcumin you should take per day, yet multiple studies used up to 8,000 mg. without toxicity, if that tells you anything. Cancer would be one situation where more would be used.

When cooking with turmeric powder, the University of Maryland recommends up to 3 grams per day. Three grams is about 1½ teaspoons of ground turmeric powder.

My most trusted sources for organic bulk turmeric and other herbs are the Bulk Herb Store and Mountain Rose Herbs. I also use their products to make my own capsules.

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I take 2 capsules/day unless I’ve overdone it and in pain – then I take 4/day.

Turmeric should be avoided during pregnancy or breast feeding.

 

 

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Disclaimer: I am no longer a practicing professional, and I am not doctor. I am a mother. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is intended to treat or prevent disease. Consult your own doctor.
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Evidence: No-Side-Effect Turmeric Beats Prozac, Ibuprofen & More

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Evidence: No-Side-Effect Turmeric Beats Prozac, Ibuprofen & More

One of the things I love about what I do here at Deep Roots at Home is coming across hard scientific research that points to the safety and efficacy of many of the herbs and plants we have available to us. In many ways, naturally-occurring remedies surpass pharmaceutical drugs especially when we consider the terrible side-effects pharmaceuticals are known for, especially anti-depressants.

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While I’ve used this Turmeric for 8 years with happy results (no pun intended) for its anti-inflammatory effects and truly amazing Alzheimer-prevention powers, I did not realize that it was also a painkiller and natural mood elevator of the first order!

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Downsides of Big Pharma’s Anti-Depressants

  • May mask symptoms, and in many cases, create a life-long dependency on the drug.
  • Increases the likelihood that a depressed person, especially someone under 25 years old, will feel worse and even commit suicide.
  • Sexual dysfunction, reduced sex drive in both men and women, and impotence in men.
  • Increases the risk of prematurity in pregnancy and is associated with other birth defects, including autism, according to an article in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

For many more side-effects, see Prozac Addiction. (Meanwhile even with the downsides, Big Pharma’s anti-depressant market alone shows annual profits hovering around $12 billion. This figure is predicted to jump to $13.5 billion by 2018).

Landmark Clinical Trial: Turmeric (Curcumin) vs. Prozac

Once again, research science has confirmed naturally-occurring remedies are best: an excellent recent study published in Phytotherapy Research says that not only is turmeric effective at treating depression, it may even be more effective than some of the most common anti-depressant drugs currently on the market. 

While previous studies have, across the board, indicated the effectiveness of turmeric (curcumin) in treating serious depression, this study by researchers with the Department of Pharmacology of Government Medical College in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India, was the first randomized, controlled clinical trial of its kind. They compared the effects of turmeric and Prozac (fluoxetine), both used together and individually, in 60 patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD).

“While this study indicates turmeric is equally effective as Prozac, it doesn’t account for the negative effects of Prozac, which boost turmeric’s value considerably. Prozac is known to cause “suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders,” frightening side-effects that are clearly absent in turmeric use.” (source)

Turmeric: The Most Important Herb?

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Indeed, turmeric turns the pharmaceutical-based medical model upside down. Instead of causing side-effects, as is the case for most patented pharmaceutical medications, turmeric possesses hundreds of potential side benefits, having been empirically established to positively modulate over 160 different physiological pathways in the body.

Turmeric is truly unique in its exceptionally high margin of safety versus the drugs it has been compared with, such as hydrocortisone, ibuprofen, chemotherapy agents, and more. And nothing within the modern pharmaceutical medicine comes even remotely close to turmeric’s 3,000 year track record of safe use in other cultures. Plus it is readily available to us all…no Rx needed!

Turmeric Is Inexpensive, Effective For Alzheimer’s Disease

Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs

Why Turmeric Will Never Get FDA Approval

Despite its vast potential for healing, turmeric will likely never receive FDA approval due to its lack of patentability and therefore profitability. Unless an investor is willing to risk losing the 800+ million dollars that must be spent upfront, the FDA-required multi-phased double-blind, randomized clinical trials will not occur. For additional details on this rather seedy arrangement read our article on the topic: Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances.

It is an interesting footnote in American history that shortly after the Declaration of Independence, Congress declared that natural substances, as in plants or minerals or water, were God’s gift to mankind and that products of nature should be limited in their patent protection. While this was a thoughtful declaration, it has actually been used against those whose rights it would protect.

5000 + Recognized Scientific Studies Are Proof {Medical Database at Your Fingertips}

YOU can search and review over 5,000 study abstracts on turmeric or curcumin from the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database PubMed, as well as over 600 potential health benefits of turmeric or its primary polyphenol known as curcumin.

Some of the most amazing demonstrated properties include:

Consider the fact that turmeric grows freely on earth and is available inexpensively to all, and you will understand why its very existence threatens billions of dollars in pharmaceutical industry revenue. Equipped with knowledge, consumers have the potential to undermine their goal of drugging America and the world.

Disclaimer: I am no longer a practicing professional, and am I not a doctor. I am a mother. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is intended to treat or prevent disease. Consult your doctor.

How I Take Turmeric

Turmeric is one daily supplement in my medicine chest I will never stop taking. I use it one of 2 ways:

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2. Make my own with organic turmeric using a capsule machine from Bulk Herb Store. I think this may be even more effective! (I will be posting on this soon) ———>

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I’m so thankful there are safe and logical natural alternatives that do a fabulous job of helping our body to heal itself – all with no side effects. I believe we save money and potentially untold grief by staying out of the health care system as we know it today.

 

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Have you, or someone you know, suffered with side-effects of pharmaceuticals?

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Does Your Child Have Time to Play? Just…Play?

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Does Your Child Have Time to Play? Just…Play?

According to Scientific American, “On August 1, 1966, the day Dr. Stuart Brown started his assistant professorship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, 25-year-old Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the University of Texas Tower on the Austin campus and shot 46 people. Whitman, an engineering student and a former U.S. Marine sharpshooter, was the last person anyone expected to go on a killing spree. After Brown was assigned as the state’s consulting psychiatrist to investigate the incident and later, when he interviewed 26 convicted Texas murderers for a small pilot study, he discovered that most of the killers, including Whitman, shared two things in common: they were from abusive families, and they never played as kids.”

“Brown did not know which factor was more important. But in the 42 years since, he has interviewed some 6,000 people about their childhoods, and his data suggest that a lack of opportunities for unstructured, imaginative play can keep children from growing into happy, well-adjusted adults. “Free play,” as scientists call it, is critical for becoming socially adept, coping with stress, and building cognitive skills such as problem-solving.”

Skeptical About the Value of Play?

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It’s terribly sad the old-fashioned notion of summer as endless free time – to climb trees, pick blackberries, chase fireflies, build a fort, make popcicles – is just a distant memory for most. It’s what children need – they need it far more than they need a high-priced summer camp, dance lessons, or some program aimed at cramming a little bit more learning into their exhausted brains.

For play skeptics, experiments conducted by the Early Childhood Cognition Lab in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) show children calculating probabilities during play, developing assumptions about their physical environment, and adjusting perceptions according to the direction of authority figures. Other researchers are also discovering a breathtaking depth to play: how it develops chronological awareness and its link to language development and self-control.

I keep reading the statistics about how kids are spending less time playing, NO recess in schools, and about how they are spending more time seated at a desk or in a car or doing homework after being in school all day. Over the last three decades, children have lost 8 hours of free, unstructured, and spontaneous play a week.

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Spending more time in front of the TV, with their electronic device, or over-scheduled with less time in wholesome play in side or out, is changing kids’ cognitive, creative, and emotional development. We know that children’s capacity for self-regulation—their ability to control their emotions and behavior and to resist impulses—is much worse than it was 60 years ago. In one study, today’s 5-year-olds had the self-regulation capability of a 3-year-old in the 1940s, and today’s 7-year-old barely approached the level of a 5-year-old 60 years ago.

Many parents suppose that creativity and the ability to control oneself is an inherited predisposition in a child – either they were born with or born without it. But actually, creativity and self-governance are learned skills rather than inborn traits or talents, and they are skills parents can help their kids develop through early years of play.

Simple, everyday things can make all the difference in a child’s development.

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 (a throwback to our earlier homeschool years…and yes, our children took some risks -some I knew about and some I didn’t!)

The Huge Benefits of Play

  • Ability to observe, problem solve, and understand connections = greater understanding
  • Learn acceptable ways to handle difficulty and challenges = greater measures of self control (competency)
  • Helps children learn how to work in groups, share, negotiate, resolve conflicts, regulate their emotions and behavior, and speak-up for themselves = greater self-governance (learning to say no to oneself) and less frustration
  • Develops productive citizens (builders, solid mates and parents, communicators, scientists, writers, artists, engineers, leaders) needed for a successful society

Neuroscientists, developmental biologists, and researchers from every point of the scientific compass now know that play is a profound biological process,” says Stuart Brown, a leading play researcher and author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. “It fosters empathy in kids, and lies at the very heart of creativity and innovation. And the ability to play has a profound effect on our outlook on life.”

Let Them Play

1. (But First) Read-Alouds and Reading

Reading out-loud – sometimes a couple of hours a day – provides lots of food for children’s imagination, jump-starting play. Children are absorbent sponges and imitators, so make the content the BEST!

“The first thing a young heart needs is an education in all that is good. The classic children’s stories are a persuasive picture of beauty and goodness. They create an inner world that is a secret world for children’s souls, showing them through thrilling stories and stouthearted characters exactly what it means to be noble, good, and even holy.

“Great literature also guides children through the second and harder wakening to an awareness of what is wrong. Insightful stories gradually confront children with the power of sin as it enters the tale of their lives and the stories they love. Characters like brave Lucy from The Chronicles of Narnia or David Balfour from Kidnapped who value what is beautiful and defend what is right will teach children that evil is something to resist and help them perceive the choice that must be made between right and wrong.” ~Sally Clarkson from Read for the Heart: Whole Books for WholeHearted Families

Here are a few wholesome book lists to get you jump-started or to expand your library:

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2. Imaginative Play and Dress-up

From knights and cowboys to princesses and brides, children have been pretending practically forever. Dressing up in old clothes, hats, capes, and swords from Goodwill or Salvation Army offer them with lots of tools for acting out the stories that inspire their hearts. Our children collected several boxes of interesting and fantastical garb, and they improvised as the went. They even dressed up some of our animals. Parents should keep their eyes open but only interrupt if necessary to guide or redirect play. Children’s play will likely be innocent unless they have witnessed inappropriate things.

“Many young girls enjoy playing dress-up. It is part of emulating who they want be someday, but beware lest dress-up loses it’s innocence.

Consider what your children watch and how it will affect their body image and tastes. Even a small exposure to something that awakens them to thinking about appearances or sexuality before it is necessary draws them into un-wholesome comparisons. TV is filled with actresses that spend hours with make-up artists and seldom look like that on a day to day basis, but a child’s mind doesn’t have the discernment to understand that.”  Jacqueline, Why Have We Stopped Protecting Our Daughters?

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3. Fewer Toys – Ones That Don’t Do Much On Their Own

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“I just can’t say it enough – having fewer toys leads to better play. When children are not distracted by all of the toy chaos, they can focus on deeper play experiences and begin to really tap into their own creativity and imagination… Besides having fewer toys, having good toys makes all of the difference. Good toys don’t do much on their own. They don’t have push buttons or a digitized voice. Instead, they require your child to do all of the steering, soaring, sautéing, stacking, and singing. Good toys can be played   with a million different ways which allows for endless creative options.”    ~Kim Rowe

Best: big (appliance-sized) cardboard boxes, blocks, a small wading pool (also used to clean after sand box, dirt, mud puddles, painting), a sprinkler, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, puppets, a wagon, couch cushions, sheets, cardboard table for playhouse,  clothesline to make a tent with sheets, empty kitchen base cabinet (doubles as a ‘house’) that has a children’s cooking set and dishes near where you you cook, manipulatives and sensory binsEtch-A-Sketch, old costumes, props, scrap lumber (nails and hammer), a hatchet 😉 scraps of fabric and a sewing machine, camera not tied to internet, journal, etc.

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Generations before us did not have these hands-on educational things, and did marvelously, however here are a few stimulating gift ideas:

4. Just Unplug

Unplug and communicate, play and create – with the most important people in your life – your little ones – whose imaginations are limitless and fascinating. 

Scripture is very clear about the profound importance of being stewards of our brains. Without personal relationships, time to read and ponder, time to observe creation, we cannot as easily imagine and relate to God. When all time is taken up with media, there is not time to pray, plan, think, talk, build neural pathways.

5. Get Outdoors (if at all possible)

Children’s brains are being robbed of intellectual exercise because they are not doing the things that children have done through out history.

Playing outside, water play, tea time, nature walks, hours of capture the flag, sand-box pretend cities in the backyard, cardboard box houses, telling stories, writing stories, playing store, meals together, designing fantastical Lego towns, picking blueberries, shucking sweet corn, drawing with colored pencils, painting with water color, making and shaping play dough, cooking, gardening, playing an instrument, doing chores, having people over for lunch, going to concerts, singing together, hiking, and a multitude of other activities gave us as a family a foundation of health–mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally.

Children (and adults) need time to listen to the wind whistle in the leaves, birds, rain on the roof, or simply feel the warmth of the sun on their shoulders with a good book. Time to swing real high for the sheer joy of it and to explore God’s creation in all its grandeur.

Where The Rubber Meets the Road

In Why Kids Need Unstructured PlayMadeline Levine makes a very strong case:

If you really want to up the ante, consider that tomorrow’s adults may need the skills developed by play—innovation, collaboration, problem solving, and so forth—more than any other generation before. The global economy demands them. This makes it even more ironic that time for free, unstructured, self-directed play is at an all-time low…

Consider the complexities involved in a simple game of chase. The running and turning and ducking under and climbing over obstacles develops motor skills, but that’s just the beginning. Kids have to agree on the game and cooperate with each other, which are social skills. They also have to determine who’s going to be the leader, who’s going to be the follower, and when it’s time to renegotiate the roles.

Kids can learn more from a game of chase than from a week of leadership camp.

Kids who have no down time and no time for unstructured play never get to know themselves. They know only who others tell them they are. If they don’t have that they will be always looking for external direction and validation. Getting to know oneself takes time and emotional energy, and when all that is spent trying to get a leg up on an academic career, or become the best soccer player on the field, there is no time left for the internal work of whole-child development.

Learning who you are takes place not in the act of doing but in the quiet spaces between things. The more of these quiet spaces you can provide your children, the better.

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When I Grow Up, by  Jim Daly, one of my favorite artists.

Many young people today have never experienced the gift of a carefree early childhood and as parents one day (without turning to God for answers) will not be able to supply it to their own children. It only takes one, possibly two generations for the wonderful old ways of bringing up children to be lost. These old ways and good ol’ days would seem to be the time-tested way to raise strong, healthy children. Building these foundations takes years of consistent input and planning – intentional living and prayer for guidance by conscientious parents.

 “The childhood shows the man
As morning shows the day.”
~John Milton, Paradise Regained

What are some of your children’s favorite ways to play? How did you play as a child?

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Soar Through Space with the New Novel “Ark of Time”

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Soar Through Space with the New Novel “Ark of Time”

(Review by Rebecca Frazer)

Looking for entertaining, wholesome reading for adults and teens alike?  As a twenty-year-old homeschool graduate who has all-but-exhausted the typical reading list for Christian homeschool families (G.A. Henty, anyone?), I’m thrilled to have discovered a new book, the first of a soon-to-be trilogy, to recommend to families!

Ark of Time, by Peter A. Kerr, provides the reader with a scintillating ride through the universe, as space battles, ominous aliens, time-travel adventures, and an array of colorful characters unite to illuminate the human soul and one man’s courage to persevere the human race.

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The author’s background as a homeschool dad of four, a communications professor, a captain in the U.S. Air Force, and an ordained minister allows him to provide the reader with a God-centered book that is both engaging and intellectually stimulating. If you are looking for a book that is loads of fun and yet stimulates critical thinking, Ark of Time should be at the top of your list.

So what is Ark of Time about?  When Earth falls to invading aliens, scientists on an outpost called Horizon concoct a desperate plan to use time travel to plunder the past for people and resources in the hopes of preserving the future of the human race.  Valerius, a former Roman legionnaire turned commander of Earth’s reinvasion force, has to overcome millennia of human differences in order to forge a force from throughout history that is capable of delivering Earth from its alien captors. With the need to avoid alien detection, preserve the timeline, and fight the rising internal division, he hardly has time to acclimate to a post scientific-revolution age, or even figure out how to meet the woman of his dreams.

Beyond a gripping plot and fun characters, one of my favorite parts of Ark of Time was how it intellectually challenged me.  I learned about string theory, ethics, theories of the soul, historical figures, Christian worldview applications, culture, and much more.  While the book may seem to be more stereotypical “boy-reading,” I can say that as a girl (who had never read science fiction before), I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Some vocabulary is challenging; still, I would recommend the book for avid readers ages twelve and up, and certainly for adults.  Younger children may find one or two battle scenes intense or scary (parents can use discretion), though the violence is not gratuitous and the book is certainly free of any profanity or sexual content.

You can order The Ark of Time in paperback or Kindle exclusively at Amazon.  In fact, the second edition–now being sold–includes a sneak preview of book two of the trilogy, which the author is currently writing.  Also, check out and ‘Like’ the book’s page on Facebook, where you can read reviews and send the author a message if you have any questions!

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Peter A. Kerr is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and finished his career at the Pentagon. Today he is a university professor and communications consultant. Peter has traveled to more than 50 countries on six continents, speaks various languages, and has won numerous writing awards.

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