50+ Aspartame-Containing Products To Avoid

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50+ Aspartame-Containing Products To Avoid

Since aspartame first hit the U.S. market in the mid-70s, doctors contended that tumors were skyrocketing in the general population. There is also the mysterious rise in diseases such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Indeed, as an RN in the operating suites during the 70s/80s, it was certainly a topic of interest as we conversed amongst ourselves. While I was in the heart rooms, my best friend went into neurosurgery, and we discussed the rapid rise in the numbers of brain lesions. The experience made such an impact on me that as a new mother I shied away from foods containing this additive.

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I am asking you to do your research and read labels prior to purchasing children’s vitamins on the retail shelves, many of which have ‘quietly’ switched to aspartame and acesulfame K.

Also, beware of baby foods and yogurts which contain may aspartame. Be a label reader! If you find a company that does add it, let them know you are aware of this. Please consider making your own baby food, so you know what’s really in it.

Don’t be fooled to buy a health food labeled “No High Fructose Corn Syrup” to find there is an even worse ingredient – Aspartame! I find it very duplicitous that they then tell you it is so good for you!

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As Christians we, and our children, need all the wisdom and critical thinking skills possible in this world. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”~Romans 12: 2

Here are some (just some) of the products to BEWARE of:

Children’s Advil Jr. Chewable contains aspartame:

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Leading Edge Research asked some questions and found other pharmaceutical companies with products that contain aspartame, many of them for children! To see the complete list of these children’s multivitamins for smaller chains stores like CVS, PIGGLY WIGGLY, PAYLESS, ECKERD, OSCO, MARSH,  MEIJER, SHOP’N SAVE, PAY’N SAVE, PEOPLES, etc. go here. And note that these are only the companies that bothered to respond to the request:

  • Childrens TYLENOL chewable tablets
  • Junior Strength TYLENOL chewable tablets
  • PEDIACARE Cold-Allergy Tablets for Ages 6 to 12 (and other formulas)
  • CENTRUM Jr. Vitamins
  • MYLANTA Natural Fiber Supplement, Sugar-Free.
  • METAMUCIL, Sugar-Free
  • ALKA-SELTZER PLUS Night-time Cold Medicine (all three formulas)
  • BUGS BUNNY Vitamin Products (ALL)
  • FLINTSTONES Plus Calcium Multivitamin Supplement (and other formulas)
  • DIMETAPP Cold and Allergy Chewable Tablets
  • HEALTH BALANCE Childrens Chewable Multivitamin
  • ZOO CHEWS Animal-Shaped Chewable Multivitamin
  • EQUATE Chewable Vitamins Animal-Shaped (with Iron)
  • MIEJER Circus Shapes Children’s Vitamins
  • ANIMAL SHAPES Chewable Vitamins ( several formulas)

One-A-Day and Centrum chewables are some of the most popular. This site warns us that there are often differences between website labeling and product package labeling. (Check labels as formulations are subject to change).

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What vitamins do your kids take? I hope not these! Flintstones Vitamins proudly claims to be “Pediatricians’ #1 Choice”!

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Infant Pedialyte~

In general, children should not be exposed to diet chemical sweeteners under any circumstances; through medications, in foods, drinks, gums, candies, or flavored waters. And there are over 10,000 products your children are exposed to that contain aspartame and other chemical sweeteners on the market today – many not labeled as sugar-free.

As of July 2000, all Pedialyte products, including flavored and freezer pops, contain the chemical sweetener acesulfame-K, plus artificial colors, and artificial flavors.

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Gerber Replenish Oral Electrolyte Hydration solution also contains Asesulfame K.

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Many of Wal-Mart’s brand “Equate” products contain aspartame~

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All diet sodas~

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Lesser-known diet sodas brands contain aspartame~

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Ricola ‘sugar-free’ lozenges and other supposed healthy products found in health food stores~ (check ingredients as not all have aspartame)

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Of course, Equal and NutraSweet, your tabletop sweeteners~

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Check out the Smucker’s Sugar-free line~

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Also MANY brands of coffee creamer products~

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Kool-Aid products~

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Crystal Light Pure Fitness and their other products~

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Most gums, breath fresheners, and mints~

What’s on that happy little rack full of sweets, sugar-free breath mints, and colorfully labeled gum that’s “recommended by doctors who chew gum”?

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Great Value and Royal sugar-free gelatin desserts~(check labels as ingredients/formulations are subject to change).

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All sugar-free Jell-O brand instant puddings~

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…and Jell-O brand gelatins (jello)~

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and Jell-O brand snack packs~

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Almost all sugar-free candies~

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Slim-FastSnackWells, hot chocolate mixes, Dannon’s and Yoplait yogurts~

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Fiber-One by Yoplait and Nestle products~

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Breakfast cereals and drinks ~General MillsCarnation, and others~(check labels as they are subject to change).

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Please stop consuming all products containing this chemical.

For those who have brought or stocked up on products containing aspartame, a reputable grocer will arrange to refund you for these products, opened or unopened. Be gracious and tell him/her the products make you sick. The grocer can return them to the manufacturer for a store refund. The manufacturer should get the message. So, will the grocer.

Finally, for those taking aspartame who simply want to observe a healthy diet, replace your aspartame with real sugar or honey. Although it may have more calories, it offers a far better solution than being poisoned. Those who want to manage their weight problems are advised to seek a healthier course of action like eating more whole foods, vegetables and fruits and getting regular exercise. True and sustainable weight loss cannot be achieved through a quick fix without a change in lifestyle. Set a personal example to be healthy and watch yourself regain your life.

Instead of aspartame, consider using honey (preferably raw and local), pure maple syrup, organic un-refined Sucanat or Rapadura (or Florida Crystals) which have all the naturally occurring trace minerals, or buy or grow stevia herb. I am also checking out coconut sugar.

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Dr. Janet Hull counsels aspartame victims worldwide and has witnessed nine out of 10 clients restore their health by following the Aspartame Detoxification Program. Begin with detoxifying your body of all residual chemical toxins from aspartame’s chemical make up of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol and their toxic by-products, and within 30 days your symptoms should disappear.

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For a Kool-Aid alternative this summer (the sugar-free varieties contain aspartame) consider this identical-tasting, quick and easy, drink that is sweetened with natural stevia herb! ———–>

Help protect your health and the health of those you love from being seduced by the sugar-free diet craze. This is meant to inform, not scare, and I hope you will share it with your husband and older children. Let them read it for themselves; it may make a difference. The last thing we all want is to be unwittingly debilitated and dumbed-down!

The key is to become a LABEL READER and consider boycotting these companies that sell this poison. Do it for yourself and for your family. If you are thirsty, there is nothing better to quench your thirst than good, clean water!

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  “True healthcare reform starts in your own kitchen, not in Washington.”  ~Anonymous

What products are you aware of that contain aspartame? Would you add the name of those products into the comments so that others might learn of them?

Can you think of any other Mamas you want to share this with? Please help me get out the word. Thank you.

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The Woman Behind ‘Roe vs. Wade’ (and what I didn’t know)

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The Woman Behind ‘Roe vs. Wade’ (and what I didn’t know)

Few Supreme Court rulings have been as consequential as Roe vs. Wade, but not many know the true story of the pseudonym-cloaked plaintiff ‘Jane Roe’. For some reason, I distinctly remember the morning I read about it in January of 1973; my sweetheart and I were to be married later that year. Oddly enough, this story and my life are forever intertwined, for 18 years later after battling infertility partly due to an abortion, we miraculously gave birth to our firstborn son on the 18th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.

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The life of Norma McCorvey, otherwise known as ‘Jane Roe’, is a fascination human interest story, indeed, it is much more than that. Gleaned from interviews, court testimonies, and memoirs, Justin Taylor of The Gospel Coalition shares 5 things you may not know about her:

(1) The name “Jane Roe” was created over beer and pizza.

In 1969, Norma was 21 years old, divorced, and pregnant for the third time. (The first two children were placed for adoption.) After seeking an abortion but finding out it was illegal, and then driving to an illegal clinic only to find it closed, adoption attorney Henry McCluskey referred her to two young lawyers in Dallas, Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee. Weddington (who had traveled to Mexico a couple of years earlier to have an abortion) was seeking a class-action lawsuit against the state of Texas in order to legalize abortion. It was an unlikely party at the corner booth of Columbo’s pizza parlor in Dallas: two recent law-school grads in business suits sitting across the table from a rough and uneducated homeless woman. The lawyers needed a representative for all women seeking abortions—one who was young, poor, and white. They just didn’t want her to cross state lines to get a legal abortion, or the case would be considered moot and dismissed. Without money and five months pregnant, Norma was the ideal candidate. After downing several pitchers of beer, they agreed on using the pseudonym “Jane Roe.” 

(2) Jane Roe didn’t know the meaning of “abortion.” 

Weddington and Coffee told Norma that abortion just dealt with a piece of tissue, and that it was like passing a period rather than the termination of a distinct, living, and whole human organism. Abortion was a taboo topic in 1970, and Norma had dropped out of school at the age of 14. She knew that John Wayne movies talked about “aborting the mission,” so she thought it meant to “go back”—as in, going back to not being pregnant. She honestly believed “abortion” meant a child was prevented from coming into existence.

(3) Jane Roe never appeared in court.

Her lawyers drafted a one-page legal affidavit, which she signed but did not read. This was only the second [and last] time she would meet with her lawyers. She would not be called to testify and attended none of the trial. She found out about the Supreme Court ruling from the newspaper on January 23, 1973, just like the rest of the nation. Few on that day understood the implications of Justice Blackmun’s instruction that Roe vs. Wade was to be read in conjunction with its companion case Doe v. Bolton, which effectively made abortion legal at any stage of pregnancy for any reason. 

(4) Jane Roe never had an abortion.

Norma had already given birth and placed the baby for adoption before the three-judge Texas panel ruled against her in May of 1970, long before the Supreme Court decision in January of 1973. She was in a committed lesbian relationship and would not become pregnant again. Abortion continued to be a part of her life, however. She went on to work in abortion clinics, holding the hands of women and offering reassurance as they terminated their pregnancies, and making appearances on the Roe anniversaries.

(5) Jane Roe became pro-life.

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In 1995, while working at the clinic, Norma became haunted by the sight and sound of empty playgrounds in her neighborhood. she began to see it was the result of what she once called “my law.”

The decisive change came when she met Emily Mackey, a seven-year-old girl whose parents were protesting at the clinic where Norma worked. Young Emily, who had almost been aborted herself, cared for Norma, showing love and genuine interest, later inviting her to church. Through little Emily’s strong truth and grace, along with those who shared the gospel of Jesus with her, Norma became convinced of the pro-life position and also professed to follow Christ.

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The final vote in favor of Roe was 7-2, with five Republican-appointed Justices and two Democratic-appointed Justices in step. Justice Harry Blackmun, who wrote the Majority opinion for Roe vs. Wade, was appointed as a conservative by Richard Nixon but eventually became one of the most liberal justices on the Court.

‘The Chief’, as the district attorney of Dallas Henry Wade was known, prosecuted Jack Ruby the shooter of Lee Harvey Oswald who assassinated President John F. Kennedy. 

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Sarah Weddington was the young attorney who represented ‘Jane Roe’ before the Supreme Court. She enjoyed much professional success after Roe v Wade. Today, Sarah Weddington has ‘no regrets’ about her part in this case.

As of last year, there have been approximately 57 million legally induced abortions in the U.S. since 1973—nearly the current population of California and Texas combined – but Weddington has no regrets.

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Today, Norma McCorvey is dedicated to overturning the terrible decision. Oh, how the Lord desires to do miracles in our lives and ‘restore those years the locusts have eaten’ (Joel 2: 25-26)!

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” ~1 John 1:9

The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.~Psalm 147:1

Roe vs. Wade had a destabilizing effect on our lives, a lot of our friend’s lives, and in my humble opinion, the disastrous effects have never stopped.

My generation and beyond are now living witnesses to the destructive forces that occur when the laws of a country do not line up with Truth. In nursing school, my colleagues and I were slowly led to accept “the fact” that the pre-born fetus wasn’t particularly valuable. It is also interesting to note that, in Latin, “fetus” means “little one,” referring to the relatively small size of the preborn baby.

The understanding, long held in medicine, to “First, do no harm” has seemingly become irrelevant. Even though a baby’s heart begins to beat at 20-23 days, many overwhelmingly deny the person-hood of an unborn child. Most public schools continue to teach children that the baby a woman is carrying is just a blob of connected tissue and not a living baby, and therefore, this lie is perpetrated on future generations and informs decisions about sexuality, the value and greater purpose for life, and how they relate to others. It also takes a devastating emotional toll on the abortive mother often reaping lifelong turmoil.

It is my desire that this post is not seen as a condemnation of those who have faced the devastation of an abortion or used by the evil one to cause more guilt, but rather a call to prayer to our Heavenly Father to change our hearts, have mercy on us, and rid this horrendous blight from our land. May we, like Emily Mackey, reach out to the hurting souls all around us. You never know what impact you can make.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” ~1 Chronicles 7: 14

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Best Herbal Healing Salves: Summer Giveaway

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Best Herbal Healing Salves: Summer Giveaway

Have you walked down the body care aisle at your local supermarket lately? Thousands of colorful skin care bottles and tubes vie for your attention. Every day most of us use products that we think are safe; but the truth is that they are NOT. Manufacturers don’t have to tell us so. Ever since 1938 – when the FDA granted self-regulation to the cosmetics industry – such products can be marketed without government approval of ingredients, regardless of what tests show!

Thankfully, more and more people are starting to become aware and find other sources.

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God’s gift of natural herbs, as our ancestors knew – properly grown and prepared – can effect a much better outcome than anything the skin care industry can offer. Why not consider a better way, the way of herbal healing?

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Lately, I’ve not been able to make everything myself. I searched for a source of truly natural herbal healing products and found The Salve Garden for the smaller health challenges of life -diaper rash, eczema, dry skin, bug bites, poison ivy, bee stings, etc. Ingredients are nothing more than healing organic herbs and ingredients I already love:

Extra Virgin Coconut or Olive Oil
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Ashley over at The Salve Garden desires to help you live a simpler, healthier life by providing natural, affordable alternative to body care products and over-the-counter creams. It is her goal to leave you feeling satisfied about product performance and to promote health rather than destroy it.

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This week, we are giving away a bundle of THREE AMAZING HERBAL HEALING SALVES, all of which we have loved using:

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Red Raspberry Leaf Tea ~ Danger Or Help?

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Red Raspberry Leaf Tea ~ Danger Or Help?

Is red raspberry leaf tea a help or a danger? A lot of people say that red raspberry leaf tea is for use all the way through pregnancy to have an easier labor, while others say that it is only helpful for inducing labor. Some people say that it can cause a miscarriage if you take it too early in your pregnancy. So can we discern the truth?

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First off, there are many wonderful things to be said for Red Raspberry Leaf (RRL), my favorite herb (alongside dandelion and elderberry). According to Susan Weed’s Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (in it’s 24th printing), the benefits of drinking a raspberry leaf brew before and throughout pregnancy include:

~ Easing of morning sickness. Many attest to RRL’s gentle relief of nausea and stomach distress throughout pregnancy.

~ Preventing miscarriage and hemorrhage. RRL tones the uterus and helps prevent miscarriage and postpartum hemorrhage from a relaxed or atonic uterus.

~ Reducing pain during labor and after birth. By toning the muscles used during labor and delivery, RRL eliminates many of the reasons for a painful delivery and prolonged recovery. It does not, however, counter the pain of pelvic dilation.

~ Assisting in the production of plentiful breast milk. The high mineral content of RRL assists in milk production, but its astringency may counter that for some women.

~ Providing a safe and speedy parturition. RRL works to encourage the uterus to let go and function without tension. It does not strengthen contractions, but does allow the contracting uterus to work more effectively and so may make the birth easier and faster.

~ Increasing fertility in both men and women. Red raspberry leaf is an excellent fertility herb when combined with Red Clover.

Other benefits:

RRL contains huge amounts of Vit. C, and it is probably one of the best bases for homemade energy drinks and other tea blends. Also, it’s caffeine-free. I have read it reduces leg cramps and improves sleep during pregnancy, as well as, it eases the symptoms of PMS and endometriosis.

The Raspberry Leaf Tea Story shared earlier on Mothering.com:

Tea made from raspberry leaves is the best-known herbal aid in pregnancy. Rather than go into all the traditional lore about this herb, we present the following lengthy account, because it is both contemporaneous and highly specific.
“My mother was born and raised in Scotland, coming to america at the age of 26. Whenever a member of her family became ill or had a health problem, her mother had consulted a herbalist or herb doctor. As a result of this, I was treated with herbs as a child.
“Mother had always told me that red raspberry leaf tea would prevent miscarriage and was excellent for pregnancy and childbirth. When I became pregnant, I immediately sent for some raspberry leaf tea and began taking one cup of it each day, made from one teaspoon of dried leaves added to one cup of boiling water and steeped for 15 minutes. I had a very normal pregnancy. Then I went into labor, I truly expected to have an easy labor and delivery because I had faithfully taken the tea. While it is true that I did not have a complicated or extremely difficult time, it was not by any means easy. The tea had not lived up to my expectations.
“It was not until sometimes after the birth of my daughter that I read a book my mother had brought with her from Scotland entitled Dragged to Light by W.H. Box of Plymouth, England. In it I found the secret of just how to take the tea so it would truly work wonders during labor and delivery. Box said, ‘On one ounce of raspberry leaves pour one pint of boiling water, cover and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain, and when the time for delivery is approaching drink the whole as hot as possible.’
“There were a number of testimonials in the book written by women who had used this herb. Several took the strong solution over a period of time before going into labor. They were instructed in that case to take a wineglassful three times a day. They had ‘only two stiff pains and it was all over’ or ‘no after pains and very slight before.’ They never made it out of the house. Box’s instructions were, ‘But those who take the tea considerably before the time should not leave the house when the time is approaching as many mothers are delivered almost suddenly when at their work, to the great vexation of doctors and nurses.’
“When I became pregnant again I was determined to try it that way. I still took a cup a day as I had before. but this time when I went into labor I made a strong solution of it as I had read in the book. I put it in a container and took it to the hospital with me. I wasn’t sure how quickly it would work and I didn’t want to have the baby in the car. I didn’t think they’d allow me to drink it in the hospital so I drank half of it in the parking lot. I was afraid to drink all of it as it was so strong and I didn’t personally know anyone who had taken it this strong before. I had been having strong contractions but by the time I registered and was taken up to the labor room the contractions were so mild I hardly felt them. Upon examination they said I was ready to deliver and would not even give me an enema. In the delivery room I was quite comfortable and hardly felt anything. One hour after entering the hospital my son was born.
“In the recovery room there were several other young women who had just given birth also. They were moaning and groaning. I couldn’t imagine what they were making a fuss about as I felt like I could have gotten up and gone home. I had always read and heard about women getting after-pains with a second child. I never had even one. This was also the testimony of a number of women who were treated with the tea by Box.
“Later I thought I would have had an easy time anyway since it was my second child. I was anxious for someone else to try it. A friend of mine was expecting a baby in a few weeks and she had been taking a cup of the tea daily and was also going to take the strong solution when she went into labor. She had had two previous pregnancies and both times nearly miscarried and had to take drugs and be in bed a good deal of the time. Both deliveries were extremely difficult. When she became pregnant this time she began spotting and it looked like she would have to go through the same kind of trouble she had before. Having used a herb I had given her for another problem, with success, she asked if there was a herb for this problem and I recommended raspberry leaf tea.
“She started taking it and the spotting stopped immediately and she had a normal pregnancy, much to the amazement of her family who remembered her difficulties in the past. When she went into labor she took the tea as I had and told me she had only 25 minutes of hard labor before her baby was born.
“I have told a number of women about this amazing herb through the years, but no one else seemed interested enough to try it. However, 1978 my daughter became pregnant and she was very much interested in having an easy delivery. She took the tea each day and had a normal pregnancy. She, too, took the strong solution of the tea with her to the hospital and also being a little wary drank only half of it. When the doctor examined her, it was late in the evening. He said the baby wouldn’t be born until six o’clock in the morning so he went home. She was having hard contractions at this time and I was very disappointed and felt the tea hadn’t worked. An hour and a half later we received a call from our son-in-law saying we had a little grandson. The tea started working and the doctor had no sooner reached his home when he had to turn around and come right back to the hospital. My daughter said the next time she is going to drink all of the tea.” — I.A., Utah

More information I found on the reliable Bulk Herb Store’s website under Red Raspberry Leaf, cut herb:

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Calcium
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is full of a naturally occurring calcium that is easily absorbed by the body. In the smooth muscle of the uterus, calcium controls the depolarization of the cells. That in turn, allows the uterine muscle to receive oxygen and work efficiently. In other words, without a sufficient supply of calcium, only part of the uterine muscle will work as it should. This will strain the rest of the uterine muscle beyond reason, generating heat and stress on an already taxed body.
Getting enough calcium also eases the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Calcium helps to regulate the hormones your body is flooded with every month. If your calcium supplies are adequate your body will not have to release as many of the hormones that cause PMS . Women who suffer from PMS have elevated levels of these hormones during their menstrual cycle, and the symptoms of PMS, like cramping, irritability, and depression are all very similar to other calcium-deficient symptoms.
Magnesium
Magnesium helps to control the frequency of contractions by mitigating the repolarization of the muscle cells and slowing down the absorption of certain hormones. It is also needed to metastasize calcium to your bones.
Seven years ago there was a flurry of warnings over the web not to use large amounts of red raspberry leaf during early pregnancy. I always take the safe road, so I cautioned pregnant ladies to only drink a cup or two a day of raspberry until they were 5 months along. Now trusted researchers go on record as saying that Raspberry is safe for pregnant women. (WellTellMe forum on first trimester use)

And finally: Red Raspberry Leaf Tea – Can This Herb Ease Childbirth?

by Stacelynn Caughlan Cl.N., CH

“First recorded in the 1500’s, red raspberry leaf tea has been used for centuries in Europe, China, and both North and South America. This popular tea has earned the reputation of “herb-supreme” amongst pregnant women. According to folklore it can relieve almost any discomfort of pregnancy from morning sickness to leg cramps. And there may be good reason for its reputation.
Raspberry Leaf Tea contains a variety of components -most of which have yet to be identified- that produce a direct effect on the pregnant uterus. They have been shown to strengthen the uterine wall, relax smooth muscle, and help to make delivery easier and speedier by helping the uterus contract more efficiently.
Historically women have taken raspberry leaf tea throughout their pregnancies up to and including childbirth. Many mothers extol this herb’s ability to make childbirth easier and less painful. In a letter to the editor of the medical journal The Lancet, Dr. Violet Russel wrote “I have encouraged expectant mothers to drink this infusion. In a great many cases labour has been free and easy from muscular spasm.”
Some women also drink the tea throughout their labour, or suck on frozen cubes made RRL tea. It reportedly helps expel the placenta, and its nutritional value is thought to be responsible for encouraging and enriching the mother’s breast milk. Many women continue to drink the tea long after childbirth as it is thought to help restore the reproductive system and continue to help nourish the new mother.
NOTE: Some medical and popular media make reference to raspberry leaf tea as something to avoid during pregnancy for risk of miscarriage. This notion stems from a study conducted in 1954 where fractions were isolated from Rubus sp. and applied in vitro to the uterine tissues of guinea pigs and frogs. The scientists discovered such things as one fraction acted as a spasmolytic whereas another caused uterine contractions. Herein lies the risk of isolating the parts of a whole. When used as a whole plant, neither action is exacerbated and the herb is deemed safe. If a mother is prone to miscarriages she may feel safer avoiding raspberry until the third trimester. This is a herb with centuries of safe use behind it, there is usually little cause for concern.”
References:
C.J. Briggs and K. Briggs, Canadian Pharmaceutical Journal, April 1997
Rosemary Gladstar, Herbal Healing for Women 
Susun S. Weed, Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year 
Joy Gardner, Healing Yourself During Pregnancy, The Crossing Press, 1987
Aviva Jill Romm, The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices

There’s a difference between making it medicinal and making it just a beverage:

To make a medicinal tea, you’ll use 1 TABLESPOON of RRLs to 8 oz of water. To make a beverage cup, it’s 1 TEASPOON. A HUGE difference. The tea bags you buy at the store of RRL are medicinal strength. Most of what I have found is that one ‘beverage’ cup, sipped slowly through the day, for morning sickness is fine. 

Always talk with your doctor or midwife and do your own research before taking any herb when pregnant. I am not a doctor, so don’t take my word for it. Seeking wisdom through prayer is always my first recommendation. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” ~James 1: 5

To Brew:

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Pour 8 oz. (1 cup) of boiling water over 1 tsp – 1 TBSP of Red Raspberry Leaf. Cover and steep for 10-20 minutes and drink as a tea.

And you can keep a gallon container of the prepared tea in the refrigerator so that you don’t need to brew it by the cup. For a gallon, use 3/4 cup to 1 cup of Red Raspberry Leaf per gallon of boiling water. Pour it all into a glass gallon jar, cover it, and leave it overnight to get stronger. Strain it in the morning and drink it over several days.

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If you have access to them, you can pick fresh red raspberry leaves right from the plants. Then you don’t have to dry or chop up the leaves unless you want to store them for over winter!

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Disclaimer: I am not a professional, nor a doctor. 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.

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Pelletier’s Parental Rights Restored

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Pelletier’s Parental Rights Restored

Justina Pelletier’s horrendous 16-month plight has certainly garnered national media attention on the parental rights issue. The nightmare appears to be over for the Pelletier family thanks to the relentless efforts by so many on her behalf. It is just possible that people will stay away from Boston Children’s Hospital in droves after the revelations.

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At 2:05 in the video, this statement stands out like a thunderbolt: “This hospital (Boston Children’s Hospital) has a history of NOT respecting parent’s rights!”

But now she is going home to her family and friends! You can follow this well-fought journey at A Miracle for Justina. I hope that they press charges so this will stop!

You can learn more about how our parental rights are being eroded even right now in last weeks post Bye-Bye Parental Rights: The Government Owns Your Child. Read about how Christy Duffy was unpleasantly surprised when she took her daughter to the doctor. 

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This topic is near to my heart. Please parents, learn what is quietly happening to us. To be forewarned is to be forearmed! Knowledge in advance enables one to be prepared.

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Modest, Feminine Dressing for the Plus Size Woman

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Modest, Feminine Dressing for the Plus Size Woman

Our dear friend Johanna coined a phrase that has stuck with us (we love it!), and now we think of our plus-size friends as ‘elegantly curved’! We have many beautiful, elegantly-curved friends created by God, wonderfully and fearfully made.

As I get older and undergo the inevitable changes in my body and shape, I find it is harder to find beautifully-fitting modest clothes for less. Still, I desire to make modesty and femininity look excellent instead of frumpy, so I persevere. At whatever age we are, we must still discover for ourselves what it means to represent the Lord as His ambassadors to the world.

I keep my eye out for clothing I feel is tasteful in a variety of circumstances. Below is a compilation of many femininely beautiful (and modest) REAL plus size WOMEN from all walks of life in no particular order at all. Here is a taste:

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My daughter has discovered the company eShakti, a company that was designed especially for the plus size woman. 

Right now, they are running a HUGE sale! Buy two or more dresses, get 35% off!! This sale only lasts three more days, until June 19th at midnight.

And, if you have not ordered before SAVE $35 on your first order by entering your email address here. They will email you your coupon.

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Not only do they stock sizes up to 6X or 36W, but they will also take your measurements and create a dress specifically for you. As if that’s not enough, you can also customize the dress by adding sleeves, changing hem length or neckline!

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The few eShakti dresses above serve to illustrate how a dress emphasizing the following traits should be visually slimming:

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  • Black and darker hues (white enlarges; black shrinks)
  • A-line skirts and waist lines without gathers and defined waists
  • Skirts with fullness, ruffles, or details along the hem (see a few examples above)
  • Patterns like polka dots, small prints, and diagonal stripes (chevron, plaid, etc.)
  • Vertical color blocking, not horizontal, like the green and black                                             dress above (top row, 2nd from the right)

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Plus-size dressing doesn’t have to make you feel stuck and sad. Comparing your beautiful self to someone else NOT yourself can be paralyzing and is a lie from the evil one to make us focus on self instead of the many blessings around us! These are for IDEA purposes only!

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(source) If you are willing to wade through some immodesty, you will find a few gems at Igigi.com or layer with a coordinating basic tee for a higher neckline.

I think her disposition must be as sunny as the bright colors she wears.

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 (source) Personally, I’d like to see a beige colored slip instead of black.

This is my lovely friend Ellyn. She uses colors effectively and does not try to be overly trendy in her fashion, but the vital assets that draw others to her are her others-focused joy in the Lord and her warm personality and genuine smile…just like her dear mother, I might add!

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Isn’t this just like the gown Kate Middleton wore?

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This pink and grey combo in plus size separates is super cute. Lots of color and pretty, eye catching details.

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You can also follow my Feminine & Modest Fashion Pinterest Board. It is my most followed board!

Ah, I LOVE this quote:

“What is beauty?

“Some say beauty fits in a size 0. Some say beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Some say beauty is only skin deep. Some say beauty is only a quality of the heart. Some say beauty is truth. Some say beauty is a lie. Some say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some say beauty is as beauty does. Some say Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly are beautiful. Some say everyone is beautiful. Some say beauty is divine. Some say beauty is corrupting.

“From all this confusion, one idea emerges clearly: The world knows beauty matters…

“It’s time to take beauty back. When faced with an industry that runs on Photoshop airbrushing, plastic surgery, starvation diets, grotesque catwalk styles, and billions of squandered dollars, … it’s time for our response to be, “Get your flag out of our ground.” It’s time for us to be a light in a culture that uses beauty as a weapon against God. It’s time for God’s ambassadors to make His principles – such as modesty and femininity – look as beautiful as they really are.”  ~Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin, Reclaiming Beauty: A Webinar

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You are beautiful! Let your light shine!!

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Bye-Bye, Parent: The Government Owns Your Child

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Bye-Bye, Parent: The Government Owns Your Child

What would you do if you were told that you could not be present for a ‘private’ meeting between your 12 to 17 year-old child and an unknown nurse or care-giver with a list of questions that would be put in their ‘medical’ record forever? I am not sure if I am a ‘normal’ parent or not but after being a practicing RN for over 20 years, I would say, “No thank you!”

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Christy Duffy was unpleasantly surprised when she took her daughter to the doctor recently. When she arrived in the office, a notice on the door terrified and angered her.

Needless to say this mom was not happy with the notice or the nurse’s insistence that there was no way for her to opt out…

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I asked if this policy was in effect and if so, how could I opt out. The receptionist told me it’s a new law and there is no opting out. Working to keep my cool, I said, “I’m sure there is.” She said, “No, there isn’t.” At which point I asked if I needed to leave and go to the urgent care center because I was not submitting my daughter to such a conversation.

That did not go over well.

The receptionist closed the window. Almost immediately, the office manager turned the corner and said, “Mrs. Duffy, may I speak with you?” She said there was a new policy that would allow a child to access his/her medical records online and the child would be allowed to block a parent from viewing the website.

The nurse would also inform my children that the doctor’s office is a safe place for them to receive information about STDs, HIV, and birth control. That is what the nurse would be chatting about with my children without any pesky parental oversight. I kindly informed her that no one would be talking with my children privately, and I needed to know how to opt out of this policy before bringing Amy back for her physical next month….

Make sure this is crystal clear: what they want to do is talk to your child about sex and drugs (maybe rock and roll – who knows?) without your input. Is it really such a stretch to imagine that a doctor who does not value abstinence before marriage would encourage your daughters – as young as 12! – to receive birth control? Is it really such a stretch to imagine a nurse telling a young boy – because a 12 year old boy is a BOY – that she will give him condoms so he can be “safe”? Is this what you want told to your children without the ability to filter the info through your world view?

Should a doctor ever ask to speak to a child without a parent present? If he/she suspects abuse, then, of course. But short of evidence of abuse, a doctor should not need to speak to a child alone. I am the Mom. I will pick who can talk to my kids about sex and drugs. And rock-n-roll for that matter.

Read the rest of the blog post here. Way to go Christy for raising this alarm for parents and grandparents! We are losing our freedoms and privacy right and left and must stand our ground.

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This mom is exactly correct. The law might sound reasonable to some on the face of it, but with just a little thought one should see potential long-term consequences for you and your child. By allowing these people ‘private’ time with adolescent children, it strips away the rights of parents. Why would the government want to do this?

By removing the power to raise our children out of the hands of parents, a vacuum is created, and the government rushes in to fill that void. In this case, they use medical personnel to do the job.

These medical providers are given a private opportunity to take the politically correct messages about sex and relationships directly to young children whose parents may not agree with that message. And that is not all.

Forbes states, “Following the Newtown, CT shootings, President Obama issued an executive order clarifying that ‘the Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare] does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.’ The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) similarly encourages physicians to ask patients if they own firearms — in the name of protecting child safety.”

It’s not the physician’s job to help your family with safety issues. In that case, they should inspect each knife you own. It is their job to help your family with health issues, and that is all. In their defense, many doctors are overwhelmed by their caseloads and simply comply instead of rock the boat. If at all possible, talk to other mothers and seek out one of the many doctors that is still truly family-friendly. 

Fox News: You do not have to answer invasive, personal questions!

Where are we now? It turns out we are not as free and secure as we would like to be, and we’re heading in the wrong direction. ParentalRights.org gives us an overview of parental rights in America thus far in 2014. This is only a sampling of the epidemic.

Public School Content:

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Medical Freedom – Hospitals:

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In Ohio, an Amish family> was forced to flee the country to spare their daughter unwanted and dangerous chemo-therapy, including a cocktail of drugs not approved for children by the FDA. Reports indicate the girl is in remission through natural means, but the Ohio hospital and child services department are livid.

The law is not on your side. In every one of these cases the judge ruled against legally fit parents. As a result, more and more parents are afraid to even take their child to the emergency room, lest one wrong answer lead to the removal of their child and the loss of their parental rights.

What Can Be Done?

We should not remain silent. There is strength in knowing about it; talking and praying about this with other parents and family members is a powerful step. 

And, we have an Almighty God who cares about parents and children; our prayers accomplish much. “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” ~1 Timothy 2:1

There is another hope on the horizon! A proposed Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is already slowly making its way through the Congress. Once adopted, the PRA will guard the fundamental right of parents to make decisions – medical, educational, in fact all kinds of decisions – for their children.

To see a 30 minute video of WHY our rights are being overruled, go to Overruled: Government Invasion of Your Parental Rights, the Movie.

To join the effort, sign the petition at parentalrights.org/petition.

To further support parental rights, visit parentalrights.org/donate.

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Corrie ten Boom’s Concentration Camp

 

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(The Corrie ten Boom Museum website is an absolutely beautiful place!)

Corrie ten Boom’s Concentration Camp

Emotions were taut in postwar Germany. Corrie met with many who suffered from severe guilt. For instance, in a railway station she gave her suitcase to a boy to carry, and a man came up to her and whispered, “We Germans are all thieves; don’t trust that boy.” Before she reached her train, five different Germans had warned her. God seemed to be confirming that He wanted her to carry His message of forgiveness into this wounded country.

Before Betsie died, she had said, “Concentration camps are now used to destroy people. After the war there will be no use for them. We must ask God to give us one, and we will use it to build up lives.” The memory of her dead sister was kept alive through the visions and directions she had given to Corrie during their prison camp incarceration. 

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German friends helped Corrie rent a former concentration camp in Darmstadt, with room for about 160 refugees. Soon it was full, and they had a waiting list.

During those first few years after the war, many Germans seemed drained of energy. They had lost face among the nations of the world; their homes had been destroyed; and they experienced despair when they heard the enormity of Hitler’s crimes. Many German citizens had been unaware of the mass killings and purges. Barbed wire disappeared, flowers appeared in window boxes, and cheerful paint was applied to the drab, gray buildings. Local pastors and church members helped with the building projects. 

Her purpose (in carrying out Betsie’s vision) was to help people find security in Jesus Christ in the midst of the insecurity of building a new existence among the war ruins. To meet these refugees was to come into contact with bruised Germany: Some were bitter, most were defeated and unhappy. Corrie told about a woman who had been a professor of music in a Dresden conservatory. As they talked together, she found out that Corrie loved Bach. The musician told her that a minister had a piano which she could play. It was out of tune, but had been saved after a bombing and left outside in the rain. She said, “What would you like me to play for you?” Corrie said, “The ‘Chromatic Phantasy’ of Bach.”

On the damp, broken piano, she played Bach as only a master could do. Corrie ached for this skilled pianist who said, “I had a beautiful home, but it is now destroyed. I had to flee from Dresden and couldn’t take a thing with me.”

Without the Ravensbruck experience, Corrie would not have been as gracious or as strong a witness, but she told the professor what she had learned in the hell of a prison: that God’s love still stands when all else has fallen. She said, “Paul, when he was in prison, lost everything, and he wrote to his friends, ‘…Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Philippians 3:8)

She said of her experiences in post war Germany, “Our common aim…is that of winning souls for eternity, and helping the children of God to learn that ‘Jesus is Victor’.

Excerpt from Corrie ten Boom; Her Life, Her Faith by Carole Carlson (pg. 156-157)
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“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, ‘Be reconciled to God.’ “
~2 Corinthians 5:20 (ESV)

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Summertime Raspberry Sorbet

Summertime Raspberry Sorbet

Summertime Raspberry Sorbet

I think raspberries are one of God’s most extravagant food gifts! 

We are still finishing up the bumper crop we froze from last summer! So with that, we are making lots of smoothies and sorbets. For us, it’s a never-ending craving because we just love raspberries so much and can never get enough.

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Summertime Raspberry Sorbet, Raspberry collageHere is a perfect treat to satisfy that undeniable craving. Not only is it sweet and slightly tart, but it will cool you off on those hot summer days. You will also be happy to know that this recipe is dairy, fat, and gluten-free.

You can do this with ripe strawberries, peaches, mango, blueberries, kiwi, blackberries, and really ripe plums, too! Any others I’ve missed? Prep time is 5 minutes plus freezing.

Special Items Needed:

High-speed blender (we use our faithful 28-year-old VitaMix)
Strainer (totally optional – we chose to keep the seeds and skip this step)
Glass container to freeze the sorbet

Ingredients:

4 cups frozen raspberries, just slightly softened
1/2 cup raw honey (I highly recommend raw local honey for vibrant health)
1-2 Tbsp. lemon juice (optional if you want some zest flavor)

Directions:

Blend raspberries in blender with honey and optional ingredients until thoroughly whipped and smooth. Make ahead and freeze for 4-5 hours until set. When frozen in glass our recipe is scoop-able after just 10 minutes out of the freezer, and we think it may be due to the raw honey and the fact that there is no water (ice cubes) used.

Scoop into waffle cones or chilled serving glasses for the easiest of desserts. Great for parties, weekends, hot summer evenings and of course, Valentine’s Day!

For an irresistible taste combination, sprinkle on some dark chocolate chips… Mmmm!

Bon Appètit!

“We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.” Dietrich BonhoefferLife Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community

If you have a little space where a few plants (2-3) can spread out, you may just have to plant a few of your own raspberry starts, too. Here’s what we did!

Summertime Raspberry Sorbet, Raspberry collage #2

In my humble opinion, raspberries are a superfood: Health Benefits of Raspberries

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Thoughts On Stevia & Trim Healthy Mama

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Thoughts On Stevia & Trim Healthy Mama

As you may know, there are so many Trim Healthy Mama recipes that call for stevia, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you’ve have heard about the controversy over stevia. The natural, whole food blogosphere has hammered down hard on stevia products, and yes, chemical processing and unhealthy fillers are the main concerns cited against using stevia.

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And as you also probably know, Trim Healthy Mama has decided to market their own stevia. I believe their husbands went and watched the process being done and were extremely careful on their decisions. Thankfully, the THM Pure Stevia is said to pass both of these concerns. The THM Pure Stevia is priced at only $9.99 an ounce.

I’d thought about trying it, but the price and lingering concerns about effects of processing to the white powder state will keep me from doing so even though I trust that they have checked out the product thoroughly. Since we have health problems we are trying to figure out, it makes little sense to me to add unknowns.

If you are still looking for an alternative, you might consider making your own.

Reasons To Make Your Own Stevia {Non-Processed} Extract with Stevia Herb:

  • It tastes heavenly (like sugar!) and it’s easy to make
  • You know exactly what’s in it: stevia leaves (directly from the plant) and vodka (unrefined and additive-free)
  • It doesn’t cause headaches or migraines for us
  • And like all stevia, it’s calorie-free, doesn’t spike blood sugar, or feed candida

Right now through Wednesday, June 5, 2014, at MN, we are running a little Giveaway here. It is for one little half pound bag of organic dried stevia leaf herb (retails for $10.95).

One note about saving money: With my half pound bag, I made over 12 oz. stevia extract (and then concentrated it to about 8 oz.) and there is still 5/6 of the bag left! This makes a LOT, LOT, LOT of after-taste-free concentrated stevia extract for all those awesome Trim Healthy Mama recipes! 

Just click on the photo below to enter for a chance to WIN this very amazingly SWEET herb! You may have just found an answer to you stevia questions!

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