Evidence How Foods Affect Children’s Behavior

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Evidence How Foods Affect Children’s Behavior

How foods affect children’s behavior has been heavy on my mind as I’ve watched Mamas struggle with increasingly belligerent and aggressive kids. This topic is just too important to ignore.

One of our sons also had a serious behavior issue at the same time we were dealing with food allergies, candida, and leaky gut (from mold exposure), so I was able to witness first hand the strong connection between food and his behavior. It began between ages 4 and 5 as this normally respectful and compliant child became a hitting, crying, resistant hand-full! As a homeschooling mother, I wanted him to have every advantage to grow and learn, but all my best resources and plans were being messed with by things that at first appeared beyond my control.

That foods affect children’s behavior is a huge topic these days. We all have heard Moms joking at a kid’s party about the sugar buzz and how it will take a while for their child to settle down, so we all intuitively know that certain foods cause problems! I think we are becoming more aware, but everyone should know this!

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If you are a doubter, you need to see this with your own eyes!

The British Experiment

It is obvious that the children not only followed instructions and behaved better, but concentrated better, and remembered more when they eat healthier food. Concentration, following instructions, and memory are fundamental building blocks of the learning process and vital for success at school.

The ‘E numbers’ she refers to in the video are codes for substances that can be used as food additives within the European Union and Switzerland. In the US, there are code words that the FDA allows for hidden additives, and you can find the list here at Truth In Labeling. I discuss the topic of MSG-forming compounds (otherwise known as excitotoxins) added to our food supply in Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills.

Setting Children [and Ourselves] Up For Success Or Failure?

Moms and Dads certainly want to give good things to their children. Part of that may mean feeding them “normal food” that won’t make them look different from their friends. But some of our children are being undermined in ways that make it difficult for them to follow instructions, remember yesterday’s lesson, and in general perform well in school.

We feed them processed foods that can make them aggressive and difficult to control. On top of that, their inability to learn and out-of-control behavior earns them negative feedback and in the worst cases, they get labeled or prescribed unnecessary drugs. No parent wants this for their child.

How Foods Can Cause Criminal Behavior

 Three of the Top Problematic Things to Eat:

1. Artificial Coloring

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  • Blue #1 (Brilliant Blue) A study suggests that Blue 1 caused kidney tumors in mice. What it’s in: Baked goods, beverages, desert powders, candies, cereal, drugs, and other products.
  • Blue #2 (Indigo Carmine) Causes a statistically significant incidence of tumors, particularly brain gliomas, in male rats. What it’s in: Colored beverages, candies, pet food, & other food and drugs.                    (source)
  • Citrus Red #2 It’s toxic to rodents at modest levels and caused tumors of the urinary bladder and possibly other organs. What it’s in: Skins of Florida oranges.
  • Green #3 (Fast Green) Caused significant increases in bladder and testes tumors in male rats. What it’s in: Drugs, personal care products, cosmetic products except in eye area, candies, beverages, ice cream, sorbet, ingested drugs, lipsticks, and externally applied cosmetics.
  • Red #3 (Erythrosine) Recognized in 1990 by the FDA as a thyroid carcinogen in animals and is banned in cosmetics and externally applied drugs. What it’s in: Sausage casings, oral medication, maraschino cherries, baked goods, and candies.
  • Red #40 (Allura Red) This is the most-widely used and consumed dye. It may accelerate the appearance of immune system tumors in mice. It may cause or trigger hyperactivity in children. What it’s in: Beverages, bakery goods, dessert powders, candies, cereals, foods, drugs, and cosmetics.
  • Yellow #5 (Tartrazine) Yellow 5 causes sometimes-severe hypersensitivity reactions and might trigger hyperactivity and other behavioral effects in children. What it’s in: Pet foods, numerous bakery goods, beverages, dessert powders, candies, cereals, gelatin desserts, and many other foods, as well as pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
  • Yellow #6 (Sunset Yellow) Caused adrenal tumors in animals and occasionally causes severe hypersensitivity reactions. What it’s in: Color bakery goods, cereals, beverages, dessert powders, candies, gelatin deserts, sausage, cosmetics, and drugs.

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2. Sugar

There is a shocking amount of sugar in processed foods – and some of it is hidden in places you wouldn’t think. You probably know, 12 oz. can of coke has 9 ½ teaspoons of sugar, but the same amount of Tropicana Orange Juice has 9 teaspoons. There’s also lots of sugar in flavored yogurts and chocolate milk – not so surprising. But did you know that there is often sugar in savory foods, such as ketchup, bread, sausages, and barbecue sauce? Your child can consume a considerable amount of sugar even before you let him or her eat candy. Pediatrician Lendon H. Smith, M.D., nationally famous as “The Children’s Doctor,” was very plain in stating that sugar causes ‘profound mood disorders’.

3. Preservatives

  • Potassium sorbate  (in margarine, dips, cakes, fruit products)
  • Sodium benzoate (in juices, soft drinks, syrups, medications)
  • Sulphites (in dried fruit, fruit drinks, sausages, and many others)
  • Propionates (in bread, bakery products)
  • Nitrates, Nitrites (in processed deli meats like ham, bacon, and sausages) 
  • BHA, BHT 

Our food has changed so drastically in the last few decades it is no wonder that food-related behavior and learning problems in children are increasing. Contrary to what many parents think, additives – more importantly than just sugar – are to blame for behavior problems. Reactions are related to dose, so the more additives children eat, the more likely they are to be affected.

Additives are now used widely in foods such as bread, butter, crackers, yogurt, juice and energy bars as well as in junk food. Parents who say ‘we eat healthy food’ are generally shocked to find that their children can be consuming 20 additives or more per day.

Irritability, temper outbursts, bi-polar disorder, defiance, restlessness, and difficulty falling asleep are the main behavioral effects of additives. But parents rarely realize that food chemicals can be associated with many other effects including arguing with siblings, making silly noises, speech delay, anxiety, depression or difficulty concentrating. Additive-free children are generally calmer, happier and more cooperative.

The majority of food additives that have been invented in the last few decades, have been created for the sole purpose to improve the bottom line of the food industry – not our health.

We need to educate ourselves on food ingredients and demand more rigorous safety standards along with transparency from the companies that make them. 

Here is a great place to start to change things in your home: ‘Better Than Kool-Aid’ Recipe

We are a nation full of unexplained illness. My job as an activist/researcher Mom will always be to look out for you and your family. It’s a role I fell into with my son, and it’s all of our roles, to question this system that has become corrupted and not designed to protect the public.

Have you noticed (or do you suspect) foods affect behavior in your house?  

What has YOUR experience been?

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How I Healed My Herpes Cold Sore In Two Days

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How I Healed My Herpes Cold Sore In Two Days

I really am not comfortable talking about my cold sore caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) or how I got it, but if this information can help someone else as it has me, I want to share! You can successfully treat and heal a herpes cold sore with oil of oregano – a very simple process – if you jump on it immediately in the earliest stages.

This particular cold sore came on in the afternoon a day after I lay out too long in the sun. I knew it would be red, ugly, painful, and alternately seepy and scabbing for 12 -14 days (which is my normal). With so many things on the calender, I’m always embarrassed to have to wear a big ol’ cold sore with no way to hide.

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Immediately I began to think of what to do. I was out of Abreva which was fine because it is expensive, has ingredients in it I don’t want in my body, and doesn’t work as well as advertised.

Since I had no other recourse (and necessity is the mother of invention), I tried Oreganol P73 simply because it worked on a canker sore in the past. This resulted in the cold sore beginning to dry up within a day (24 hours)!

What I Did To Stop My Cold Sore

  • Start immediately! In the early stage, the virus is still gaining strength and more easily halted; once further along, not so much!
  • Daub 2 drops of Oreganol P73 (which I always have on hand) on the bump and surrounding area every couple of hours with a q-tip.
  • Important: Take 4 or 5 drops of the oil internally (in a capsule), 4 times a day, 6-7 hours apart with lots of water. I think attacking the virus both internally and externally is what did the job.
  • Other supplements I took because I had them on hand: Vitamin B Complexelderberry tincture, L-LysineZinc, and I loaded up on Vitamin C (1,000 mg/ every hour or two when awake).

You too can build a no-side-effect medicine chest to target your family’s health needs.

P73′s concentrated levels of phenols make it a powerful anti-viral and broad-spectrum infection fighter, typically destroying germs instantly. In fact, “P73″ stands for “polyphenol 73 percent,” and the remaining ingredients consist of a blend of high-quality, medicinal, wild oreganos.

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Super Accelerated Healing

On the second day the cold sore was less puffy, the scab had dried with no sign of blisters, and the usual pain or swelling deep in the lip was absent. Usually it is twice to three times the size the second day – that is because the virus is breaking down the deeper tissue and forming multiple blisters which will eventually rise to the surface, burst open, and seep.

The healing and drying by the Oregano oil was almost too good to be true. I frankly was astonished and couldn’t stop smiling! 

Besides the Oreganol I am holding in the photo, another source for reasonably-priced therapeutic grade oregano oil is Mountain Rose Herbs. You can also add this to a capsule and take it internally. 

Do not use the essential oil of oregano neat as it is a ‘hot’ oil and will burn the skin. You must first add it to olive oil or coconut oil as a carrier to apply it. My Oreganol P73 is already in an olive oil base for easy application. It has a minimum shelf life of 8-10 years.

Note: Do not use oil of oregano internally while pregnant or nursing.

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About Oil Of Oregano

Oil of oregano is highly antiseptic; it has the ability to destroy: bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungus and more. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used oil of oregano to treat his patients. As an antifungal it is extremely effective, just like raw crushed garlic.

Antibiotic drug resistance does not develop against naturally-occurring antibiotics such as garlic and oil of oregano. But oil of oregano is not to be confused with common oregano in the kitchen spice cupboard, which is usually species Oregano marjoram, rather than true oregano.

The leaves and flowers of wild Mediterranean-grown oregano (sp. Oreganum vulgare and O. syriacum) have the most potent medicinal qualities and arre vastly more potent than regular oregano. They are rich in carvacrol and thymol, which are key ingredients in its antimicrobial, fungicidal, and worm-expellant properties.

The benefits of oregano have gone largely unnoticed and under-publicized for far too long.

What Else Can Oil Of Oregano Treat?

  • Respiratory infections - just one method is to put a few drops of oregano oil in a pot of steaming water and then deeply inhale the steam.
  • Sinus infections - as above
  • Fungal infections and candida
  • Bee stings, insect bites and venomous bites – topical use brings immediate relief
  • Pain killer — nearly as powerful as morphine
  • Gum disease - Dilute the oil (mix a drop with a 1/2 tsp. of a carrier oil such as coconut oil), and place it under your tongue. Hold it there for a few minutes, and then rinse it out. Repeat this at least four times a day.
  • Sore throat and canker sores -add a few drops to water and gargle and hold at first sign
  • Thrush (white coating in the mouth, which is candida) -gargle and hold, then spit it out
  • Acne – topical in a carrier oil but avoid going near the eyes!
  • Psoriasis
  • Warts

I also encourage using the antiseptic powers of this herbal oil to clean your home. Here’s one way: combine four drops of oregano oil with 10 drops of lemon oil and a quarter-cup of white vinegar, and then add to a spray bottle of water or small bucket. Use this mixture to wipe and clean surfaces.

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“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” ~Psalm 51:7

(Photo Source – Gardening Betty)

Admission and Caution: Make sure you continue use of the Oregano oil internally and externally on the cold sore even though it looks 90-100% healed. I stopped on Day 4, so excited, but learned the hard way (O.o) that it really needs to applied for at least 8-9 days (like an antibiotic) as I’ve outlined above to insure that the virus is really shut down. Bottom line, even with the mistake of not staying on top of it, today is is day 9, and it is barely noticeable.

If you’ve successfully dealt with any health issues using oil of oregano I would love to hear about it!

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Why Are We Sexing Up Children?

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Why Are We Sexing Up Children?

Another excellent Guest Post by Susan Platt

Every year we go shopping for clothes to wear for Resurrection Sunday, also known as Easter:)

I mean shopping, at a real life, brick and mortar, department store.

It’s kind of a big deal for our daughter.

Usually, we just wait on someone we know to pass us a whole bag full of clothes someone at their house has outgrown.  But Easter Sunday is different.

We go buy something.

We pay retail.

We get ripped off.

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We try to semi coordinate, and it’s fun for the girls in the house.

(The boys of course, don’t care much. Color coordinated is not even in their vocabularies.)

Every year though there is a running theme in our shopping trips:

DISAPPOINTMENT.

You see our daughter is not quite 12 years old yet. That means she is 11.

Eleven years old!

Now , if you have a daughter who is not a little girl (and not quite a big girl yet)  you probably understand the challenge of choosing age appropriate (and stylish clothes) that you both feel good about.

Actually, if you have a daughter at all, you understand this dilemma.

This was not the first time I encountered this culture shock while shopping in the “girl’s” section. I started noticing the difference about 4 years ago, when we had to move out of the little girls section to the in-between-girl’s section (that’s what I call it).

It’s always the same.

“This is too short.”

“This is too tight.”

“This is too low.”

She has even suggested sewing things at home to make them more appropriate.

Can you imagine?

First you pay overpriced, retail prices, AND then have to take it home and alter it to make it wearable.

I don’t think so!

This always sends my mind whirling! What is going on with these stores; with our culture?

The department stores are only exhibiting symptoms of the disease our society is infested with.

Sexing up the people, but especially sexing up children!

We have all witnessed this  firsthand.   A little girl (or not so little girl) at the park running around with sweats on that read “juicy” on the bottom, or “dancer” or “cheer” or some other message.

 

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Whatever they say, the end result is the same. It is drawing the attention of every man, woman, and child at the place.

Our brains see words, they read them.

You are doing it right now.

The written word is one of our main forms of communication.

WHY IN THE WORLD are we attracting attention to the rear ends of our children?

What good can come possibly come of this?!

It does not stop there, just like it did not begin there.

Shorts so short the pockets hang out, and they cost more! Ugh…

How about underwear for tweens and teens that read, “Flirt”,  “Fun”,  or “Party”?

I have passed EVERY one of these while shopping with my daughter.

It is beyond me how we became so numb to what is happening to our children!

What message are we giving our girls by buying them underwear (of all things!) with these words printed on them?

To say this is a BAD idea, is a drastic understatement!

Do you know why stores are selling this overpriced merchandise?

They are making money.

It is profitable.

That’s how commerce works.

They sell what we buy!

When we buy these things for our girls it’s the equivalent of shooting them an email that says:

“Hey, we’re okay with you stripping the innocence of our daughters. Please, keep putting out clothing that does not cover what needs covering, draws attention to all the WRONG places, AND we’ll keep buying it!”

It is not only our girls who are being targeted. Our boys, after all, live in the same world as the girls.

It is a struggle (to say the least) for teenage boys/young men to control their thought lives.

Hormones are a real thing.

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(this girl was shopping with her mother, her little siblings, and her all-over-her boyfriend …I, Jacqueline, was saddened by what she wore!)

I can see how it is nearly impossible for boys not to view girls in a sexual way from an early age.  Boys are already trying to swim the waters of puberty and adolescence, and everywhere they turn is SEX.  It’s all over the television and computer screens.

TV shows and the internet are full of pornography.

It is difficult to have exact data on porn because so much of it is digital; free online. There was an estimation in 2012 that 8 billion dollars a year is being generated by the porn industry in the United States alone.  This also happens to be the same amount being spent on bottled water in the U.S., 8 billion dollars.

Interesting, huh?

We need food, water, and….umm…porn?!

We have Victoria’s Secret models on prime time television, Super bowl halftime shows with so little clothing that body parts are popping out (that’s the last Super bowl halftime show I’ve seen).

16 and Pregnant.

Teen Mom.

It goes on and on.

WHY?!

Why do we allow this?

Why are we acting like it doesn’t matter what we watch or wear?

It obviously matters!

We have some serious sex issues in our society!

There are websites dedicated to helping you know if your neighbor is a sex offender. We are not living in the days of “I wonder what kind of pie I could bake for my new neighbor?”

No.  Now its like, “I wonder if I should Google my neighbor to see if they are a sex offender.”

This is not normal!

HERE  is one of those websites.

If you want to be depressed, check it out. I warn you, don’t be surprised to find a map lit up like a Christmas tree with known offenders in your neighborhood.

You see what I’m getting at?

You don’t send your daughter around with “juicy” on her bum when you know there are CONVICTED sex offenders all around you.

They are convicted; they obviously struggle with preying on children. There are A LOT of predators in this world.  They don’t need the added temptation of seeing young girls dressed this way.

We are always hearing about something damaging to us. We are alerted to the dangers of too much fat in our food, too much cholesterol, stay off the sugar you’ll get diabetes, get off the caffeine. They may as well label aspartame with skulls and cross bones !   (You know that stuff will kill you, right?)

WHAT do we hear about the dangers of sexing up children (and adults)?

NOTHING!

Instead, we celebrate it.

We pay for it in the form of clothing.

We exploit it in the name of entertainment.

Remember that little box office hit, 50 Shades of Grey? It was one of the most pirated movies of ALL time! That wasn’t even DVD quality. It was a copy made by someone with a shaky camcorder at the movie theatre!

We are obsessed with sex, or more accurately, what the media has told us sex is.

Harmless?

Well, that seems to be a flawed theory.

Sex is very dangerous when it is taken out of the context of a monogamous, dare I even say it, marital relationship?

I don’t know about where you stand in your belief in God.  I will tell you plainly where I’m at. I am sold out!  100% standing on the Word of God.  He gives us good advice in His Word, the Bible.

Even if you are not living your life by God’s standards, surely you must still acknowledge the many consequences that come of  sex outside of a faithful marriage.

A few not so fun facts:

In 2009 an estimated 8,300 young people (young people being people between the ages of 13 and 24) reported to the CDC that they had been diagnosed with HIV.

Nearly fifty percent of the 19 MILLION new STDs each year are among young people between the ages of 15 and 24.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea cases are highest in Americans between 15 and 24.

Does talking about this stuff make you uncomfortable?

Me too!

Uncomfortable, sad, nervous for my children (they have to marry someone), angry…..

The CDC also reports that in 2013 there were 273,105 births to teens between the ages of 15 and 19 years old, and those rates are down.

I wonder how many teen pregnancies are ending in abortion, chemically and surgically.

An estimated total of 35% of pregnant teens have an abortion. Those are the ones that are actually reported. Abortion not only KILLS a child, it damages these young mothers for the rest of their lives. Yes, I called them mothers. They are mothers, their babies just happen to be dead (and they have to live with the knowledge that they helped kill them for the rest of their lives.)

Post abortion statistics are NOT pretty.

Abortion doesn’t only end one life, it forever changes another. 

I have stood outside an abortion “clinic” on a day the “doctor” was “terminating” pregnancies. The parking lot became so full at one point that the girls had to park on the street and walk in.

Does THIS indicate we may have a sex problem?

But after all,  we do live in the land of “Don’t be so judgmental.”  I can already hear the “Don’t judge me!” comments.

We will forewarn people that McDonald’s French fries have 17 ingredients in them and the dangers of aspartame, BUT we mustn’t talk of things that are killing us mentally, emotionally, and spiritually; that would be too judgmental.

If we are going to warn people of the dangers of diabetes, (to the point that we ban sugary drinks in our public schools) should we not also warn them of the dangers of sexing up children, teens, and society?

What does it say about us as a society, that we celebrate and profit off of these behaviors?  Behaviors that are proven to rob people, especially young people, of their innocence, health, and happiness.

This is not love.

If you are standing on a train track with a train rushing at you, but I don’t tell you to step off the track, do I love you?

OR

Am I judging you for standing on the track in the first place?

We have become so afraid of offending anyone that we will not speak truth.

I don’t know about you, but I will NOT be buying any clothes for my girl that tote words on the seat of the pants; nor will her underclothing have inappropriate and ridiculous messages written on them.

We will NOT be watching the soft porn that is everywhere on the TV screen for many of the same reasons we don’t drink out of our toilet.

It is dirty and will make you ill.

Whew!

I feel (a bit) better getting that out.

Let’s protect our children.  Let’s protect their bodies, and their minds.

Once it’s in there, you don’t get to take it out.  I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Garbage in, garbage out.”  It is so applicable.

As for us, we better stick with shopping at the thrift stores ;)

 

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Is Your Zeal Harmful To The Kingdom Of God?

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Is Your Zeal Harmful To The Kingdom Of God?

There are those of you, dear readers, who have asked me what kind of church I/we attend. Here is the teaching we heard last week. I am still riveted by the deep ponderings it has stirred in my heart and mind about my own condition, so I share it with you all.

Sometimes the close proximity to spiritual things creates a self-deception when it comes to sinful behavior. I am not saying that Christian homes or Christian schools or anything “Christian” is fundamentally bad. I’m merely highlighting that those environments, while safe from some things, are still potentially dangerous but in other, important ways.

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The warning is, you cannot trust in your heritage, your knowledge, or your proximity to spiritual truth. Spiritualized cultures do not guarantee true spirituality. Your spiritual heritage can actually be a roadblock to righteousness.

We can sometimes use our spirituality to justify ourselves, compare ourselves to others, and to fill up our proud hearts that we are worthy of God’s affection and love. We do what every human being does.: we seek to establish why we are exceptions to the rule, better than others, and verify we are righteous.

Our zeal (whether it is parenting, homeschooling, religious, whatever) for what we believe and who we think we are because of it can ironically lead us away from true righteousness, not toward it! Zeal does not make a person right. In fact, it can serve to make a person even more self-deceived.

Note: the answer to my question in the title comes at 20:50 minutes.

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.  For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” ~Romans 10: 9-13

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Homemade {Green} Stevia Water: Make Your Recipes SWEET!

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Homemade {Green} Stevia Water: Make Your Recipes SWEET!

I’ve been using stevia water for a long time now – really ever since I knew that I had candida. I personally think that stevia is one of the safest ‘alternative’ sweeteners. You can buy intensely-sweet processed stevia or make a simple very sweet stevia water from the green herb. It has really helped us avoid sugar!

Processed stevia is a super-sweet sweetener that doesn’t feed candida or raise blood sugar and insulin levels, so it’s used by many who want to have something sweet without the bad ‘side effects’ of sugar.

Going To Stevia As An Alternative

It is problematic that many brands of stevia at the store contain additives like maltodextrin, dextrose, inulin, natural flavors, and erythritol. These are NOT real foods as pointed out by Vani Hari (a.k.a. The Food Babe). She tells us:

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What Kind Of  Stevia To Avoid

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The 40-step patented process used to make Truvia should make you want to steer clear of this stevia product alone, but there are two other concerning ingredients added (not only to Truvia but other stevia products as well). First, erythritol is a naturally occurring sugar that is sometimes found in fruit, but food manufacturers don’t actually use the natural stuff. Instead they start with genetically engineered corn and then go through a complex fermentation process to come up with chemically pure erythritol. Check out the manufacturing process below:

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“Natural flavors” is another ingredient added to powdered and liquid stevia products, likely due to the fact that once the stevia leaf is processed it can develop a metallic taste. Manufactured natural flavor is contributing to what David Kessler (former head of the FDA) calls a “food carnival” in your mouth. This makes it difficult to stop eating or drinking because the flavors they have synthesized will trick your mind into wanting more and more. When companies use manufactured flavor, they are literally “hijacking” your taste buds one-by-one; that’s why I recommend putting products that contain “natural flavors” back on the shelf.

I write about ‘Addictive Flavors & Foods To Avoid‘ and why it is so important to protect our children’s brains from these hidden additives.

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“Stevia in the Raw” sounds pure and natural, but when you look at the ingredients the first thing on the label is “dextrose” – so it’s certainly not just stevia in the raw. And Pepsi Co’s “Pure Via,” also pictured above, isn’t exactly pure either with this ingredient being first on the label, too. Dextrose is a sweetener that’s also derived from genetically engineered corn and has a long complicated manufacturing process, just like erythritol.

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Even certified organic stevia can have sneaky ingredients added, like this one above which has more organic agave inulin than the stevia extract itself. Agave inulin is a highly processed fiber derivative from the blue agave plant. Also on the ingredient list is an item you are probably familiar with from those little packets sometimes found in boxed goods – silica (pictured). It is added to improve the flow of powdery substances and is the same ingredient that helps strengthen concrete and creates glass bottles and windowpanes. It may cause irritation of the digestive tract (if eaten) and irritation of the respiratory tract (if accidentally inhaled). While it is non-toxic and probably won’t kill you in small quantities, it’s definitely not a real food ingredient I would cook with or that I want to be putting in my body.

Chemical processing and nasty fillers are the number one concern voiced against using stevia. Also watch for some stevia that is manufactured in China!

A Prepared Stevia I WILL Buy:

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THM Pure Stevia is processed completely through cool water extraction, no chemicals allowed. The powder is white, and not green, simply because the reb-A is not related to the chlorophyll in the plant, which is responsible for the green color. Serene Allison is a food purist, and the processing meets her standards.  

It just takes a very small amount to achieve sweetness. How little, you ask? One teensy ‘doonk’ of THM Pure Stevia is enough to sweeten a cup of yogurt or a cup of coffee. A doonk is 1/32 of a teaspoon; this is about as sweet as 2 1/2 to 3 tsp of table sugar. 

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You May Want To Make Your Own Liquid Stevia

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I also can use the concentrated stevia water for popsicles, fruit salad, and for other recipes that need just a little sweetener like cole slaw, chia and other raw puddings, and cold cereals where adding stevia water will work.

Make it into a powder and mix that right into baked goods, baked beans, oatmeal, other hot cereals, and puddings. Heat (steeping/baking) is what unlocks the sweetness. It is sweet but not really VERY sweet just added as a cold herb.

I discovered How to Use Dried Stevia Leaves as a Sweetener in Recipes for how to replace back the volume/bulk in baked goods, cereals, sauces, and and other dishes!

You can make ice cubes out of stevia water and freeze them.

I am still learning as I go, so it is sharpening my cooking and baking skills.

If there is color to the recipe, the slight green color of stevia water will not be a factor (as in the Kool-Aid), but if it is white you need, go with the THM Pure Stevia

By taking pure stevia herb which is just naturally green stevia leaves that have been dried and steeped in boiling water, you can make a very sweet-tasting, calorie-free, sugar-free solution of stevia water. There are NO CHEMICALS or ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS involved in this extraction method, either. It does NOT raise blood sugar or insulin levels, and it is sweet, sweet!

How To Make Your Own Pure Stevia Water:

Two Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pure dried stevia (homegrown or purchased)
  • 2 cups NOT-QUITE BOILING filtered water

Directions:

To make stevia water, dissolve 1/2 cup pure dried stevia leaves with 2 cups NOT-QUITE BOILING filtered water in a 2 c. glass measuring cup. Stir in leaves and leave out at room temperature for 1-2 hours. Once steeped and cool, strain the stevia out of the liquid and use or store the liquid stevia in the refrigerator.

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If you are here for the first time, you may not know that I LOVE the Bulk Herb Store and their products. It is where I get my dried stevia leaves. They supply us with many excellent medicinal herbs and herbal blends (usually organic) along with a website designed to teach you to become an herbalist yourself!

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Some Ideas On How To Sweeten Recipes:

Use liquid stevia in freezer jams and apple butter. You can reduce the amount of sugar required by half or more using stevia water. Do a taste test to find the sweetness you desire. For jams that are not runny (with too much water), you can make a super-super concentrate but steeping less water and more stevia leaves in that batch.

You can can with stevia, just as you can can with other artificial sweeteners. However, you need a special pectin to do it well. There’s a Ball no-sugar pectin, but probably the best choice is Pomona Pectin, which allows you to use as much or as little sugar as you prefer, or substitute other choices for sugar instead.

You can also Make Your Own Stevia Extract using vodka which keeps unrefrigerated for years:

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Do you have a favorite stevia brand we should know about? What are you doing to decrease your sugar intake? Please share your thoughts in the comments :)

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Recipe For Old-Fashioned Elderflower Fritters

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Recipe For Old-Fashioned Elderflower Fritters

Revised repost from 2011.

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Our dear longtime friend Mary G. lived robustly, both mentally and physically, to her 98th birthday. She taught me about elderberry flowers for summer fritters and stories of how she learned to make them from her mother as a girl. That, and using the super health-giving elderberry to make jam, wine, and elderberry tincture was a common practice that old-timers felt gave ‘vitality and vigor’ to life.

Elderberries (Sambucus) have been a powerful folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, so the medicinal benefits of elderberries are being investigated and rediscovered. Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis.

A fritter is much like a pancake, usually with a primary ingredient like apples ( apple fritters), potato, or zucchini (a regional favorite). In Italy (especially in Piedmont), Germany and Austria, the umbels of the elderberry are batter coated, fried and then served as a dessert fritter with a sugar and cinnamon topping, known as “Hollerküchel”.

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These elderflower fritters are a delicacy you will not want to miss as are the fritters we make out of dandelions as a spring tonic:)

Elderflower Fritters – What You Need:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (or flour of your choice)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk (or coconut milk)
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, optional
  • 12-16 Elderberry blossoms with stems, washed and patted dry (you can 2 cups substitute thinly sliced apple wedges or diced apple )
  • oil for frying – I use coconut oil in a high-sided sauce pan
  • confectioner’s sugar for dusting, optional

Directions:

With a whisk, mix the flour, eggs, cinnamon, salt, and milk into a thin pancake batter and heat your oil to a medium-high heat.

This recipe is pretty amusing. Your hot oil is waiting on the stove. You’ve whipped up a thin batter and your elderflower heads are at the ready to be dipped. You dunk the first head into the batter, and it clumps together into a wet-mop sort of a thing. Oh, no, you fret! Is this really going to work? You gently shake off the excess batter and lower the head into the hot oil. Then comes the show: dip it straight down, sizzle for a bit until golden brown and a beautiful lacy fried-thing appears. If you have enough oil (1/4″?), the flower head that had clumped together in the batter will spread back to life in the hot oil. Whoa! So cool!

Drizzle with honey or maple syrup and serve while warm. O.0! Dust with confectioner’s sugar for a beautiful presentation.

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Elderflower fritters are a fun way to eat wild right from your yard!

The elderberry plant flowers in middle of summer, and berries ripen in late August and early September. If you want to plant your own, pick a place they can have room top spread out, because they can get quite large (plant 6-8′ apart).

If you are wanting to grow these important berries at your own place, plan on getting one each of two varieties (Nova and York) since they don’t self-pollinate. You can get them from Gurney Nursery here and from Edible Landscape (under Shrubs) here.

Elderberry bushes are stunning when in bloom and bearing fruit. The berries you don’t pick attract mockingbirds, gray catbirds, bluebirds, cedar waxwing, and northern orioles all fall and winter.

A bit on foraging elderflowers and berries here.

You may also want to try your hand at making elderberry tincture or cough syrup. If you do, you can forget the flu (our experience if taken at first symptoms)!

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Bulk Herb Store is a reliable source for reasonably priced dried elderberries, and their elderberries are organic.

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, and do not share this as medical advice;  it is something that has been practiced for hundreds of years and that our family does. Both Pliny the Elder and Hippocrates mentioned and recommended elderberry as a medicinal herb in their writings.

If you have any alternative thoughts on how to use elderflowers, then I’d love to hear them.

“All that man needs for health and healing has been provided by God in nature, the challenge of science is to find it.” ~ Paracelsus (1493-1541)

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Plastics Messin’ With The Hormones Of Our Children?

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Plastics Messin’ With The Hormones Of Our Children?
{Taking the ‘Ick’ Out of Toxic!}

Each night at dinnertime, a familiar ritual played out in Michael Green’s home: He’d slide a stainless steel sippy cup across the table to his two-year-old daughter, Juliette, and she’d howl for the pink plastic one. Often, Green gave in. But he had a nagging feeling. As an environmental-health advocate, he had fought to rid sippy cups and baby bottles of the common plastic additive bisphenol A (BPA), which mimics the hormone estrogen and has been linked to a long list of very serious health problems. Juliette’s sippy cup was made from a new generation of BPA-free plastics, but Green, who runs the Oakland, California-based Center for Environmental Health, had come across research suggesting some of these contained synthetic estrogens, too. (source)

I haven’t written about the dangers of an environmental toxin called bisphenol-A (BPA) found in plastics, but I’ve sure have been thinking about how to minimize our family’s use and exposure. It’s still in the water bottles you may carry to the gym, plastic cups, plastic utensils, certain baggies, your canned tomatoes, many sippy cups, and in the baby bottles which predate the move to BPA-free versions. We’ve known for decades that BPA and has estrogenic activity (EA).

But Now We Have Many BPA-free Options, Right?

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Mother Jones, in a well-researched article, The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics … And the Big Tobacco-Style Campaign to Bury It compares plastics industry methods to those used by Big Tobacco, noting that the plastics and chemical industries rely on the same scientists and consultants who have spent decades defending Big Tobacco. To the plastics industry, this is a battle for public perception, not about public health and safety.

Another recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives showed results that, “Almost all commercially available plastic products we sampled—independent of the type of resin, product, or retail source—leached chemicals having reliably detectable estrogenic activity (EA)………..including those advertised as BPA-free. In some cases, BPA-free products released chemicals having more EA than did BPA-containing products.”

How Estrogenic Activity is Messin’ With Ya…

Chris Kresser puts it this way, “The best way to think of chemicals with EA is as a counterfeit key fitting into a loose lock. When these chemicals activate the estrogen receptor, they produce an increase in circulating estrogen, which in turn can cause problems such as very early puberty in girls (7 and 8 year olds), reduced sperm counts, altered function of the reproductive organs (male infants, boys, and men), obesity, increased rates of certain cancers and problems with infant and childhood development.”(source)

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“Vulnerable populations such as women, pregnant women, developing fetuses, infants and children are especially sensitive to even very low doses of chemicals with EA.” (source-see page 44 for connection between BPA and breast cancer)

“A poison kills you,” says biology professor Frederick vom Saal. “A chemical like BPA reprograms your cells and ends up causing a disease in your grandchild that kills him.

BPA-free Is Not EA-free!

In the Environmental Health Perspectives study (above), Yaniger et al. set out to determine the estrogenic activity of commonly used plastic consumer products.

They bought more than 500 plastic products at places like Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Target, and other major retailers. They selected from all categories of plastic, including Tupperware containers, bags, and wraps.

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Their results showed that over 90 percent of the products leached estrogenic chemicals before they were even stressed, and after being stressed essentially all of the products showed estrogenic activity. (source)

According to Stuart Yaniger, one of the lead authors of the study:

Baby bottles, plastic bags, plasticware, plastic wrap, clam shell food containers, stand-up pouches: Just about anything you can think of that’s made of plastic that food or beverages are wrapped up in, we found this activity. It was shocking to us.

Which Plastics Do and Don’t Have EA? It Is Impossible To Tell.

Perhaps the most troubling finding of this study is that it’s currently impossible to determine which consumer plastic products are likely to have chemicals with EA, and which are not. The exact chemical composition of most plastic products is proprietary and thus not known, and a single plastic item containing many parts (e.g. a baby bottle) may consist of >100 chemicals, all of which can leach from the product.

In light of the researchers’ finding that nearly all of the 500 plastic products they tested leached when stressed, and 90 percent of them leached even without stress, I think it’s pretty safe to assume that most plastic products you can buy in the store have chemicals with EA.

It’s important to reiterate that this is true even with BPA-free plastics. In fact, the Environmental Health Perspectives study found that some BPA-free products had even more EA than BPA-containing products! (source)

What You Can Do Now To Reduce Your Family’s Exposure To Chemicals With EA?

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  • Use glass containers and canning jars at home for food storage. Be aware that the lids of Mason, Ball, and Kerr brand canning jars are now BPA-free lids, but they still may contain chemicals with EA. Weck makes 100% glass jars with safe rubber rings that are a good alternative. Crate and Barrel sells them here and Amazon here.
  • If possible, use glass or stainless steel containers in the freezer instead of freezer bags.
  • Use a stainless steel (unlined) water bottle (like the Kleen Kanteen) instead of plastic bottles.
  • Don’t drink bottled water from plastic bottles, especially when they’ve been exposed to sunlight.
  • Parents: use glass baby bottles instead of plastic. Evenflo is a commonly available brand you can buy at Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, etc. and online at Amazon and other retailers. Please consider nursing your baby, if you have not.
  • Do not microwave food in plastic containers, and try to buy in glass packaging where possible.

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 The new Phillup Cup is a cute idea, but once again, plastic!

I did find an awesome replacement for the typical sippy cup and will be getting this for baby shower gifts and one day for our grandchildren. It called the Kiki Stainless Steel Sippy by Mighty Nest (best price)Unlike all other toddler sippy cups on the market, the Kiki sippy is 100% plastic-free; eliminating any chance of BPA, PVC, lead, phthalates, and other petroleum by-products. Comes with silicone sippy spout and travel cap.

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And another made by Eco Vessel found at Mighty Nest (best price) that is made with two layers of vacuum sealed #304 food grade stainless steel – no BPA, no phthalates, no liner. Nuk sippy spout made from medical grade silicone.

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A word of warning: It would be very expensive to solve this in your home overnight. If you can afford it, go ahead. Instead, if you’re on tighter budget like us, you can begin replacing things – little by little – as so many others are doing. Rome was not built in a day.

It is impossible to get away from all plastics in this fallen world, but to be informed is powerful. It is also true that we will not live forever and that we must trust God in all things through faith. My advice is to ask the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5), do the best you can, and then move on.

(Excerpts on the taken from Chris Kresser’s ‘How Plastic Food Containers Could Be Making You Fat, Infertile and Sick’). Thank you, Chris.

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When Did We Stop Liking Children?

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When Did We Stop Liking Children?

Excellent guest post by Susan Platt.

Hello!

I’m Susan, imperfect wife, mother, and lover of Jesus!

I am a girl learning to love to do what must be done, and finding that grace is more beautiful each day!

When did we stop liking children? Seriously? Can anyone put their finger on it?

When did our nation adopt this perfect boy-girl, 1.9, family dogma?

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I have 4 children.

That’s it.

Four.

We aren’t exactly running an orphanage. In a lot of circles having only four children would be considered a small family.

If you have more than 2 children you have probably had someone say one, or all, of these things to you (especially at the grocery store):

“Are those ALL your kids?”

Now, if I had a dollar every time I have heard this, we could pay off our house! Really.

I like to answer this seemingly obvious question in different ways (depending on my mood that day).

Usually I say, “Well, they do seem to be following me around calling me “Mom.”  :)

But sometimes I like to say, “Nope, I had to run to the store to buy these 377 items you see in my cart, and I thought, ‘I bet this would be whole lot easier with a bunch of random kids that aren’t mine.’”

When we were expecting number two, people would always ask me “Is it a boy or a girl?” We already had one boy SO it just made perfect American sense that we should make #2 a girl, THEN we could call it quits.

Perfect.

Finito.

Right?

Everyone can have everything they want, our parent to child ratio will equate perfectly! (Obviously, I’m not buying it ;))

How about this one?

“Are you going to have any MORE?”

Let’s pretend for a second that is okay for complete strangers to assume they are entitled to any input on the number of children I, or anyone else has is okay.

Okay? Okay.

Not okay!!

This is RUDE. People with {what some may consider} a large family, find this comment offensive. My reply is always pretty consistent with this one.

“Only if we want to.”

That usually zips that line of conversation up pretty quickly.  ;)

Now this one, in my humble opinion, is way over used.

“I just don’t know HOW you do it.”

Hmmmm. Is this a compliment? A question? A statement? You would think I would have a default script prepared for this one, but as of yet, I don’t think I’ve ever responded the same way twice.

How about this one? I know you poor expecting mamas have heard it more than you care to.

“You know what CAUSES that, right?”

I think (if there ever is a next time) I will say, with a straight face, “No, could YOU please explain what causes that?”

My personal favorite?

“How can you AFFORD all those kids?”

The short answer is, we can’t. We sacrifice. We wear second hand clothes. We pass on things that we don’t have the money for. We’d have to take out a second mortgage to go see the latest movie at the theatre, so we don’t go (not much of a sacrifice in my book). We try to be content. We make do with what we have, which by the way, is like 95% more than the rest of the world. We make it work!

Now, wait for it. It’s coming. It always does!

“What about COLLEGE?”

I have to admit this makes me smile. I realize education is important, I really do—BUT—I will not bow down to the altar of the education god we have come to worship in this country. This may be shocking and scandalous, but here it is. Not EVERYONE has to go to college. I said it. I mean it. College is not for everyone. I do have at least one child who plans to go to college. He knows that he must study hard now, test well later, dig for scholarships, and after all that, pay his own way. His dad and I cannot afford it. We love him more than our own lives, this he knows. That does not change because we cannot foot his college education. We will help him every step of the way, but in the end, his education is, and will be, his responsibility. He will have to work for it, just like any of our other children that want to pursue a college degree.

If you have several children you KNOW what I am talking about.

You KNOW what it’s like to walk into a public place with your little waddling duck parade trailing behind you.

You KNOW most of the people in the restaurant just secretly prayed your family wouldn’t be seated by them.

You have had your children counted as they filed in, like people work for the citizen’s census committee or something.

I get it.

We don’t see a lot of large families these days, but WHY? Have we asked ourselves why we have stopped liking children? Why do we cringe when the children walk in? Why do the moms on Facebook want to plow a path for the bus after their children have had a couple snow days?  How does this make our children feel?  Unwanted?  In the way?

Why do even elderly people, who used to adore little ones, now turn their noses up at the children? Why do people try to talk you out of having any more?

I have some theories on these WHYS. We have been served this ideology that children are to be taken care of by “experts.” We have been fed this thought that diapers can be changed, and noses can be wiped by anyone. Why would a capable and intelligent woman forfeit her potential to stay home and do the mundane, the ordinary, the grunt work? How can we as women be satisfied in being ONLY a wife and mom? I mean any woman can do that, right? That’s what we have daycares for.

You may be asking yourself, how are these things related? What does people not liking children have to do with whether or not you stay at home or have a career?

What I KNOW is this. Children require A LOT; a lot of care, a lot of life training, a lot of correction, a lot of compassion, A LOT of time. Obviously, a lot of children are falling through the cracks. They are not being held morally accountable.   They are being more influenced by their peers than their parents. They do not know how to behave properly. It has left a bad taste in the mouths of people. People expect my children to behave badly (and sometimes they do, because after all, they are children). They think they are going to wreck the place, be rude, rowdy, and a nuisance. I get it. I tell my own all the time, “Here’s a chance to make grown-ups like children again, don’t waste it. Be courteous and kind. Be engaged. Act like a civilized person.”

You may think I’m getting a little carried away here. Saying we don’t like children as a whole, sounds a bit harsh.

I’m not talking about meeting their material needs. Oh, as a society, we are all over that one. Most children have nicer clothes, shoes, and devices than full-time working adults. I’m talking about meeting their needs of morality. Teaching them right from wrong, and insisting they comply. Teaching them to respect themselves, and others. Teaching them how to behave in a grocery store and a restaurant so people will once again embrace children and large families.

We are so consumed and busy with stuff , it has blinded us. Work more, buy more.

I have always jokingly said, “Instead of having lots of money, we chose to have lots of children, and you can’t usually have both.”

I think people associate a large family with poverty, exhaustion, doing without. Absolutely, that is part of it, but it is not one dimensional!

We serve one another in love. We don’t have as many material things as a smaller family, and that’s okay. We have to put the needs,(and sometimes wants) of other people ahead of our own.

It is not all sacrifice though! There is joy, uncountable joy that comes with a large crew!

You are NOT hearing me say that everyone has to have a bunch of children because we did. What I am saying is, we have bought into this idea that large families are a burden to us all. They are not!

I have even heard people say it is “irresponsible” to have more than two children. WHAT?!

My response to that nonsense?

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Is it easy having four children? OF COURSE NOT, HOW COULD IT BE?

Is it tiring? YES.

Is it expensive? ABSOLUTELY (Do you know how much food an almost 14 year old boy alone, eats? ;))

Is my home Pinterest perfect? HA!

Is it beautiful and fulfilling? WITHOUT A DOUBT.

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The reality of a family photo shoot  :)

The next time you see some mama in the store with a passel of little people behind her in the middle of the day, take a moment to thank her for investing in the future. Thank her for sticking with it when we all know it is expensive, exhausting and under-appreciated. Do not discourage her with meaningless questions and ridiculous assumptions.

Look for the good in the children, you will find it. Let’s all learn to love hanging out with our own people again!

Do you know some mama with a bunch of littles that need some encouragement? Please share the love!

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Susan is an imperfect wife and mother (and new blogger) learning to love to do what must be done. Finding that genuine love is in the doing. Reveling in God’s grace, that becomes more beautiful each day, and trying to love and encourage all who cross my path. Rejoicing in His goodness to me!

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Lillian Weber’s Basic Peasant Dress Pattern

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Lillian Weber’s Basic Peasant Dress Pattern

Lillian Weber makes beautiful dresses. She sends them to little girls through the Christian outreach Little Dresses For Africa (LDFA). I posted earlier on Why 99-Year-Old Lillian Weber Is Not Retired.

Lillian Weber’s goal was to make her 1,000th dress by her 100th birthday. On Thursday, March 12, she accomplished that goal, well before her own birthday deadline in early May.

So, in honor of Lillian Weber’s 100th birthday on May 6, 2015, I found a beautiful tutorial over at Once Upon A Sewing Machine for the basic peasant dress (before ruffles and appliques and pockets) just like Lillian makes (with shorter sleeves). Most beginning sewers can do this.

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Due to all the interest, this pattern has been digitized and is now available for free. Sizes: 12/18 month, 2T/3T, and 4T. You can find the pattern HERE.

This style of dress requires two easy to cut pattern pieces. You’ll cut two of each piece on the fold. You can use contrasting fabric, so about a 1/2 yard of each.

Other Basic Peasant Dress Patterns and Tutorials

Infant Peasant Dress- Free Pattern and Tutorial -sized 0-3mo. (approx. 8-14lbs.)

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Free girls’ downloadable peasant dress pattern for sizes 18 mo. through size 6.

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Free Peasant Dress Pattern & Tutorial (printable pattern sizes 12 mo. to 8 years)

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I love Lillian Weber in a million ways. You have to respect individuals who are purposeful and creative right into their latter years. I also love how focused and disciplined Lillian is about her work. I hope I can work productively until I’m her age, too! Super inspiring!

It is reported in Africa that girls wearing a new little dress are much less likely to be abducted, abused, or molested because the new little dress shows that someone cares about them.

Because of the widespread AIDS pandemic, little girls are often left to be the primary caregivers of their young siblings. It is hoped that in delivering dresses to these young girls, a seed will be planted in their hearts in the name of Jesus. Through their care, Little Dresses For Africa plants and waters the seeds, and God sends the harvest.

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Some of Lillian’s dresses on the little girls

It’s more than just a dress!  Although clothing is needed, these little dresses also give an opportunity to hold Bible classes, children’s camps, and informal teaching sessions to increase the understanding of nutrition, clean water, sanitation, and to promote good health and family skills. Many patients who suffer from AIDS are offered encouragement and hope.

There are other similar, worthy projects happening globally (Britches For Boys, anyone!) Here’s a list of those, in case you’d like to help supply or spread the word.

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10 Practical Ways To Say Goodbye To Fluoride

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10 Practical Ways To Say Goodbye To Fluoride

Fluoride will mess with ya! Staying healthy is both frugal and wise in today’s toxic world.

That Fluoride Makes You & Your Children Sick: 10 Hidden Dangers is not really a surprise.

The following 10 tips from the Fluoride Action Network will allow you to significantly reduce your daily exposure to fluoride.

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1) Stop Drinking Fluoridated Water:

Tap water consumption is, on average, the largest daily source of fluoride exposure for people who live in areas that add fluoride to the water. Avoiding consumption of fluoridated water is especially critical for infants. Bottled water often contains fluoride. here is a list of bottled waters that DO NOT contain fluoride. If you live in area which fluoridates its water, you can avoid drinking the fluoride in one of three ways:

  1. Water Filters: One way of avoiding the fluoride from tap water is to purchase a water filter. Not all water filters, however, remove fluoride unless they offer a fluoride filter. The three types of filters that can remove fluoride are reverse osmosis, deionizers (which use ion-exchange resins), and activated alumina. Each of these filters should be able to remove about 90% of the fluoride. By contrast, “activated carbon” filters (e.g., Brita & Pur) do not remove fluoride. For more information on water filters, click here.
  2. Spring Water: Another way to avoid fluoride from tap water is to purchase spring water. Most brands of spring water contain very low levels of fluoride. Some brands, however, do contain high levels (e.g., Trinity Springs). Before consuming any bottled water on a consistent basis, therefore, you should verify that the fluoride content is less than 0.2 ppm, and ideally less than 0.1 ppm. You can find out the level of fluoride level in some of the popular brands here. You can also find out the fluoride level by calling the number on the water label. (Most companies have this information readily available.)
  3. Water Distillation: A third way to avoid fluoride from the tap is to purchase a distillation unit. Water distillation will remove most, if not all, of the fluoride. The price for a distillation units varies widely depending on the size. Small counter-top units cost as little as $200, while large units can exceed $1,000.

If you don’t know if your area is fluoridated, you can find out by contacting your local water department. If you live in the U.S., you can also find out by going to FAN’s State Fluoride Database.

2) Don’t Let Your Child Swallow Fluoride Toothpaste

Fluoride toothpaste is often the largest single source of fluoride intake for young children, and is a major risk factor for disfiguring dental fluorosis. This is because children swallow a large amount of the paste that they put in their mouth. In fact, research has shown that it is not uncommon for young children to swallow more fluoride from toothpaste alone than is recommended as an entire day’s ingestion from all sources.

If you have a young child, therefore, we recommend that you use a non-fluoride toothpaste. If, however, you do use fluoride toothpaste, it’s very important that you supervise your children while they brush to make sure they use no more than a “pea-sized amount” of paste, and that they fully rinse and spit after they finish. And, lastly, do not purchase candy flavored toothpaste (e.g., bubble-gum and watermelon) as these toothpastes (which still contain adult-strength concentrations of fluoride) increase the risk that your children will swallow it (and actually want to swallow it).

3) Do NOT Get Fluoride Gel Treatments at the Dentist

Although dental researchers have stated on numerous occasions that fluoride gel treatment should ONLY be used for patients at highest risk of cavities, many dentists continue to apply fluoride gels irrespective of the patient’s cavity risk. The fluoride gel procedure requires the patient to clamp down on a tray for 4 minutes and uses an extremely concentrated, acidic fluoride gel (12,300 ppm). Because of the fluoride gel’s high acidity, the saliva glands produce a large amount of saliva during the treatment, which makes it extremely difficult (both for children and adults) to avoid swallowing the gel.

Even when dentists use precautionary measures such as suction devices, children and adults still ingest significant quantities of the paste, which can cause incredibly high spikes of fluoride in the blood (for up to 15 hours). These fluoride levels place patients, particularly children, at risk for stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, and places a person at risk for short-term kidney damage, harm to the reproductive system, and impairment to glucose metabolism. The next time your dentist asks you whether you want a fluoride gel treatment, say NO.

4) Eat More Fresh Food, Less Processed Food

When water is fluoridated, it is not just the water that is fluoridated, but all beverages and foods that are made with the water. As a general rule, therefore, the more processed a food is, the more fluoride it has. The good news is that the naturally occurring levels of fluoride in most fresh water (e.g., spring water) and most fresh food (e.g., fruits, vegetables, grain, eggs, milk) is very low. Use this fact to your advantage by trying to shift as much as you can from processed foods to fresh. Also, since processed beverages (e.g., sodas, reconstituted juices, sports drinks) contribute far more to fluoride intake than processed foods, it is most important to focus on reducing your consumption of processed beverages. For more detailed information on how you can cut down on your fluoride intake from processed foods, see “FAN’s Grocery Store Guide: 7 Ways to Avoid Fluoride in Beverages and Food.”

5) Buy Organic Grape Juice and Wine

In the United States, many vinyards use a fluoride pesticide called cryolite. As a result, the levels of fluoride in U.S. grape juice and wine (particularly white grape juice and white wine) are consistently elevated. Indeed, in 2005, the USDA reported that the average level of fluoride exceeded 2 ppm for both white wine and white grape. The levels of fluoride in red wine are also elevated (1 ppm), and so are raisins (2.3 ppm). If you buy grape juice and wine, or if you are a heavy consumer of raisins, buy organic. In the case of wine, if don’t want to spend the extra money on organic, consider purchasing a European brand, as Europe uses far less cryolite than the U.S.

6) Reduce Your Black & Green Tea Consumption (and/or Drink Tea with Younger Leaves)

Be careful of drinking too much tea, particularly bottled and instant varieties. The tea plant accumulates high levels of fluoride, and excess intake of tea is known to cause a painful bone disease called skeletal fluorosis. Some teas, however, contain high levels of health-boosting anti-oxidants, which are not only good for health in general, but help to protect against fluoride toxicity.

In the ideal scenario, one could drink tea with high levels of anti-oxidants but low levels of fluoride. Recent research suggests that this might be a somewhat obtainable goal. It has recently been shown that the anti-oxidant levels in tea are far higher in young leaves than old leaves. This is important because young leaves also happen to have lower levels of fluoride. Indeed, it has been proposed that the fluoride content of tea is an indicator of its quality: the higher the fluoride, the lower the quality, and vice versa. If you love tea, therefore, try to purchase varieties that are made from young leaves (e.g., “White tea”). This will allow you to maximize tea’s known benefits, while reducing its known harm. Towards this end, avoid bottled and instant teas as they have been found to contain low-quality leaves that have very low levels of anti-oxidants. With bottled and instant tea, you get the risk (fluoride) without the benefit (anti-oxidants).

7) Avoid Cooking with Non-Stick (Teflon) Pans

Some research has found that cooking with Teflon-coated pans (i.e., stick-free pans) can significantly increase the fluoride content of food. If you have Teflon pans, therefore, consider switching to stainless steel.

8) Don’t Take Cipro and Be Mindful of Other Fluoridated Pharmaceuticals

Many pharmaceuticals are fluorinated, which means they contain something called a “carbon-fluorine bond.” Although the carbon-fluorine bond is strong enough to resist breaking down within the body, this is not always the case.

Some fluorinated drugs have been found to metabolize into fluoride within the body and this greatly increases a person’s exposure to fluoride. The most notable example is Cipro. Other fluorinated chemicals that are currently known to break down into fluoride include fluorinated anesthetics (Isoflurane & Sevoflurane), Niflumic acid, Flecainide, and Voriconazole. If you are taking any of these drugs, find out if there are any safer alternatives available.

9) Minimize Consumption of Mechanically-Deboned Chicken

Most meats that are pulverized into a pulp form (e.g., chicken fingers, chicken nuggets) are made using a mechanical deboning processes. This mechanical deboning process increases the quantity of bone particles in the meat. Since bone is the main site of fluoride accumulation in the body, the higher levels of bone particle in mechanically deboned meat results in significantly elevated fluoride levels. Of all the meats that are mechanically deboned, chicken meat has consistently been found to have the highest levels. Thus, minimize consumption of mechanically-deboned chicken.

10) Avoid Fluoridated Salt

If you live in a country which allows fluoridated salt to be sold, make sure that the salt you buy is unfluoridated. Consumption of fluoridated salt can greatly increase a person’s fluoride exposure. To see a list of countries that allow fluoridated salt, click here.

This post excerpt is from Fluoride Action Network.

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