Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dirt Can Make You Happy | Horticulture - The Art & Science of Smart Gardening

Dirt Can Make You Happy | Horticulture - The Art & Science of Smart Gardening

I grew up in a little town called Meadow - population 300. It was the kind of place where every couple of years the roads would be repaved with a layer of tar and rock. Gradually the process of car and tractor traffic would push the sharp little grey rocks into the tar creating a very smooth surface that was fantastic for walking barefoot on. One of my best friends lived "at the end of town" (4 blocks away). We would spend hours talking and walking back and forth on those country roads.

Getting dirty was inevitable in a small town. We had to take turns pulling weeds out of our enormous garden every day. I remember picking carrots from the ground, wiping the dirt off on my pants and then eating the vegetable with the dirt and all.

If I would have continued eating the way my Mom taught me to, I'm sure I wouldn't have gotten sick in college.  As a dance major it's crazy how I thought I'd have energy living off of apple juice and top ramen noodles and graham crackers.  I'm surprised my body didn't shut down sooner.  Oh how wise I've become!

During the time I was searching for answers to overcome my debilitating health issues (going paralyzed, blind, losing strength etc.), several of the books that I read talked about the importance of microbes in the soil and how beneficial they were for the body in addition to eating REAL organic, RAW foods.  

Thank you Julia for sharing the above article with me. I agree that YES - Dirt CAN make you happy! Mom's who are paranoid about little kids getting dirty are doing their children a great disservice.  Let kids build up their immune system by digging in the dirt.

I love letting my kids dig in the dirt. The pictures taken after such an event are priceless.

We eat dirt too. We purchase Redmond Clay and take it internally to help rid the body of toxins. I use it for the baby. We use it in the bath to help detox. There are books written about the amazing things clay can do for your health if applied externally or taken internally.  It is one of those "must have's" when traveling in addition to my bag of essential oils.

Today is going to be a BIG day for our family. I've avoided getting "dirty" with the finances for several years. The business separation nearly 3 years ago was the most heart wrenching situation that I feel I've ever been through. In fact it brought tears to my eyes just typing those words. My husband's former business partner was like a father to us. Enough said. It felt like we were divorcing our father figure when he and my husband decided to split the business - each going their separate ways. Both Shane and I love him dearly.

So the years have passed and I haven't been able to stomach invoicing the prior company for what they owed us. Now there has been placed before us a big pile of dirt that I need to wipe clean. My husband has been asking for years to address the issue but I haven't been able to stomach it. It literally makes me feel like I am going to throw up whenever I've thought about it.  We are going to be selling the company, papers are signed and I cannot leave this dirt to the new owners.  

I guess it's time to be a big girl. Time to get dirty. Time to make a mess. Time to possibly ruin the relationship with someone we care for very much...

I'm going to go down and spend some time on the T-Zone shaking things up a bit, no time for the Infrared Sauna today...

I feel the indigestion starting to happen just thinking about the task I need to do. Time to grab a nice glass of water with lemon that's been soaking up the morning sun and I'm going to add a heaping tablespoon of nature's dirt.

Hope you have a great day digging in the dirt. The dirt may ruin your clothes, but it will ALWAYS wash off of your body. Time to walk over those jagged rocks knowing that with time the road will be smooth again.

Deep breath! Hooahh! (Army yell for I can DO This!)

With much love,

Steffanie


Friday, August 5, 2011

Coffee for the Kids?

This morning a kind man came up to my husband and I and asked us if we'd like to have some coffee for our kids.  Thinking the man was joking with us, I started laughing.  I pictured how the man must have seen our 5 kids with us in the waiting room and how they were all calmly sitting there playing and the suggestion to give them coffee would have resulted in crazy out of control behavior.  After seeing his surprised look in response to my laughter, he tried to not look hurt by asking my husband and I if we'd like some coffee.  We both denied the offer trying to graciously say thank you as he left the room with a nod of the head and a smile.

I sat for several moments pondering on the experience  after he left the room   Wow!  Coffee to children.  My kids are all under the age of 9.  To me, giving coffee to kids would be like giving alcohol to them. It's simply not something I would ever think of doing.

A couple days ago I had a similar situation happen where I laughed thinking someone was teasing when they were not. 

Some friends of ours in California took us to a lake that had a nice beach area where we went swimming, fishing and had a picnic lunch.  We had a fabulous time!  At one point during the day, we were all sitting around chatting.  One friend of ours was documenting what he ate using an application on his iphone.  My husband and I were curious how he was doing with is calorie intake and so I asked him what he had eaten that day.  He pulled out his iphone and began saying "milky way candy bar, frito lay chips, coffee, etc."  Due to the terrible health problems this man has, I completely thought he was joking about what he had eaten and so I started laughing.  I thought it was a funny joke.  He's trying to watch what he eats, he has terrible digestive problems and so I had no idea that he would be eating food without nutritional value. It would have been a funny joke if it weren't for the fact that it was true! 

A couple of experiences as it relates to the above topic...

Several months ago we were in Denver.  We met a woman who is a professional health coach.  The woman said that she views sugar as a drug.  If someone offers her kids sugar she sees it just as if someone was trying to give drugs to the kid.  

8 years ago, I told a little girl that babysat for us that "we like to eat healthy", she looked at me and said "I know a lady that doesn't buy sugar".  She didn't say "you don't eat as healthy as you think you do", but I knew what she meant.  Looking back on how we eat now and how we ate then there is an ENORMOUS difference.  I no longer buy refined sugar, or refined grains.  We buy raw honey, molasses, raw maple syrup and use natural fruit juices, dates, figs etc. to sweeten foods, smoothies, herbal teas etc.

Before leaving for California, a family member sent us with some granola bars.  My husband had tried to avoid the offer, but I was grateful for the tiny act of love and kindness and saw that the giver of the gift really did think that he  was  giving us a "healthy" treat (which he knew we appreciate).  I took the bottle of granola bars and after getting everyone settled in the car, we drove away.

Shane was surprised that I'd taken the gift, but I was surprised that he thought I wouldn't.  I read the ingredients to everyone and gave them the choice.  A couple of the kids wanted to eat one and a couple of the kids didn't.  One of the kids who decided to eat the granola bar gave it back to me partially eaten saying "it's too sweet".

A beautiful neighbor of ours brought a cupcake over to my son who is in her Church primary class.  She asked if it was OK to give the treat to my son and I said that it was.  My son was really happy to receive the gift and I wish that the wonderful neighbor of ours knew just how much we love her.  She's an amazing lady - always striving for perfection in every little act of service she performs.

FYI:  There is an amazing cupcake blend that a friend of mine created.  The cupcakes are naturally gluten free.  You can find out more about Vivi's products at www.supervitalfoods.com.  When we eat treats we look for products that use natural sweeteners and ingredients that are not refined or substitutes for "the real thing".  We buy fruit leathers made from organic fruits, and treats that are sweetened with honey, maple syrup or concentrated fruit juices.  It's fun to make our own ice cream using raw cream, maple syrup, and fresh fruit and we love making our own popsicles using organic fruit juice.  (Chunks of organic peanut butter, organic chocolate and GF vanilla flavoring with swirls of frozen maple syrup is delicious added to your raw organic ice cream :)  Adding a little essential oil like peppermint oil or cinnamon oil etc. to your organic chocolate recipes also adds incredible flavor.

Everyone is at various levels of learning.  Some people still think "low fat" is better for you.  Some people think consuming "diet drinks" will actually help you lose weight.  Some people continue buying replacements for real foods like imitation butter, imitation nut butter, imitation cheese etc. thinking they are better for you.  I teach, eat the REAL food.  The REAL butter, the REAL RAW MILK (from pasture fed animals - extracted in a clean environment), the REAL ORGANIC foods.  Absolutely NO GMO's

I believe the more we can eat foods that are as close to how God intended them to be, the more we will experience true health and vitality.  Be careful buying things like yogurt, granola bars, energy drinks etc. that are "supposedly healthy".  Look for the sugar content on the label and avoid anything with artificial colors.  Artificial colors, corn syrups and artificial flavorings are used to make something appear to be healthier than it really is.  A great video to watch is the "General Mills Total Mind Game Skit.  Here is a link to the video on you tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii88g-op4xo I will also post the video on my blog.

Lots of love to you!

-Steffanie

Thursday, August 4, 2011

RAW Milk Vs. Pasteurized Milk

I was cured from going PARALYZED, LOSING MY VISION, LOSING MY STRENGTH ETC. (Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis) a large part by....

CONSUMING RAW MILK !!!!

While teaching in New Zealand and Australia I met a Doctor that had attended one of my classes who had a Multiple Sclerosis patient who was healed from MS by.... CONSUMING RAW MILK!!!

It's 12:30am at this very moment as I begin writing this blog entry.  It's been a crazy day and I'm struggling to put my mind at ease so that I can sleep.  However, I can't get certain events out of my mind right now.  Three individuals from the Los Angeles California area have been arrested and put in jail for "conspiring to advocate RAW milk".

My mind reflects back to an article I read a couple weeks ago.  I woman and her family had moved to America but when they arrived the woman was greatly alarmed at the lack of actual food available in the stores.  She found that the state she lived in, it was ILLEGAL to sell RAW milk.  The woman has been in the country for two years and due to health issues that her family was beginning to experience, she said that she is saving money to be able to return to her country where she will be able to have access to REAL FOOD - raw milk is REAL food.

A dear friend of mine came to the United States many years ago when she was a young girl.  The friend began to experience problems with her skin, she developed allergies, digestive issues, and she was tired all the time etc.  She had grown up in Chile where she was accustomed to eating soups from chickens that her grandmother raised, eating the vegetables from the garden, raw milk from the animals etc.  She returned to Chile so that she could overcome her health problems.  She later returned to the US and I am impressed that she refuses to eat processed food.  She purchases raw milk, only buys organic, and believes in eating as much raw food as possible, and believes in the importance of organ meats, and naturally fermented foods etc.  She's passionate about educating others about the importance of reading labels to make sure what you are eating is actually as pure as you think it is.  My friends mother in law died of cancer.  The death troubled my friend because she thought her mother  in law (from Guatemala) ate healthy.  When going through her mother in laws kitchen, my friend found a large amount of "natural health products" from America that her mother in law consumed daily that was full of what my friend says was "crap".  "Crap" that causes cancer.  "Crap" that is the replacement for "REAL" food.  Be careful consuming products that are suppose to be "BETTER than the ORIGINAL product that God made".
So back to the topic of raw milk.  Why is it that in America (the land of the free) individuals can be arrested for advocating the consumption of raw milk?  It is absolutely insane to think that there are people in the so-called "Departments of Health" that think they are doing the public a great service by keeping raw milk away from the public.

To add complexity and sadness to the arrest, it was a shared co-op that received the abuse.  I myself signed up with a food co-op so that I could have access to real food.  A couple weeks later I learned that an Amish group that provided pure, real, organic foods to co-ops was raided by the police.  I have a small refrigerator full of raw cheese (part of our food storage) from a company that shut down because they could no longer afford the heavy fees and regulations the government requires from those producing raw cheese products - that must be aged at least 90 days.

It's a real eye opener when I had to struggle to find information about foods that ultimately lead to the recovery of my health.  I've watched how the store where I purchase our raw milk from has struggled financially to provide the services they provide.  I've watched them battle politicians, state government agencies and see how they continue to pay for strict testing that is done on every single batch of raw milk.  They spend extra to save a sample for themselves as a security measure if any questions arise. 

Many individuals who do not consume dairy products may think that this is a positive thing that is happening, but I hope that anyone who believes in eating raw, real, natural food and believes in caring for animals and understand that the animals are there for us to use as God intends, (I believe VERY SPARINGLY), then I hope that you will stand up and help those who are being mistreated right now who advocate the consumption of raw milk.

Perhaps you think that raw milk consumption is dangerous.  I remember when I started drinking raw milk it was because of reading several books about raw milk.  I read "Milk the Untold Story", "Pasture Perfect", "Pottenger Cats" and "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration".  For more information on these books and to learn more about raw milk, I found this website that you may find useful.  The website is http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/selected_books.html.

Once I learned that back in the day when pasteurizing was put into place, there was another man who had a different idea.  His idea was to clean up the conditions of the animals when the milk was extracted.  To clean up the diets of the cows etc.  You can read about how safe raw milk is when it comes from a cow that is "pasture fed".  If I kept writing this article to convince the reader of the safety of raw milk I would be up all night.  Please read the above listed books to learn more.

I personally believe in consuming RAW milk products.  When we travel we search for places where we can buy raw milk.  I will NOT consume dairy from regular super markets.  I see it as poison and I will not drink it or eat the cheese.  My husband does purchase organic milk while we are traveling if we cannot find raw milk, but I prefer NON GMO almond, rice or soy milk instead of pasteurized milk.

A person can survive on only drinking raw milk.  A person would die if they only consumed pasteurized milk.

Mother's who for some reason cannot provide breast milk for their babies should be allowed to have access to RAW milk for their babies.

Every US Citizen should have the right to purchase RAW milk from their neighbor if they want to.

Every US Citizen should have the right to GIVE RAW milk to their neighbors without worrying about being hauled off to jail for doing so.

After about an hour of typing the above, my laptops battery died.  It was early in the morning and so I didn't want to start the generator up possibly awaking the neighbors.  We are traveling in an RV as we are in California teaching classes.

This morning when I started up the generator and read through my email I came across this email from Ramiel Niegel (the author of How to Cure Tooth Decay).  I too share the same sentiments as Ramiel and so I share his email quoted below...

"Dear Steffanie,

Usually I do not write e-mails about news items. But a recent government raid strikes a cord of anger, sadness and frustration in many people about the abuse of our land, our food, and the resultant negative effect on our bodies.

I am struggling to come to terms within myself about the government's violation of its citizens personal space and boundaries.  On August 3rd, 2011, a private food buying club in California Rawesome was raided. It's owner and two others were arrested for conspiracy to commit a crime. The crime was that the
individuals might sell milk to buyer's club members from an unlicensed dairy. (Note that the dairy does not require a license because it sells milk to private individuals and not to the public.) The government is confused about its role in policing its citizens. It (meaning the employees of the various regulatory agencies) wrongly believe it is in their job description and jurisdiction to stop private raw milk sales across the country.

Here are some links for you to learn more, and ideas if you want to take some action.

Video of some of the confiscation of raw milk and other foods.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI1gvPmA_c8&feature=youtu.be

A Press release from the Weston A. Price Foundation:
http://westonaprice.org/press/press/rawsome-farm-buying-club-raided-again

Natural News Articles Regarding The Raid:
http://www.naturalnews.com/

Action Items:
*The office of the L.A. District attorney is fielding calls regarding the case, for more information, or to express concern about the government's actions, please call 213-974-3512.

*Please also call the Los Angeles TV Stations and ask them to cover
the news story:
KCBS, KNBC, KTLA, KABC

*Blog, write about and share this information with other people.

*Rally - August 4th LA County Courthouse located at:
210 West Temple, Division 30
Los Angeles
Arrive there at 7:45 am

Talking Points:
Talking Points for speaking with elected official about this issue:
--Infringement of Private Property Rights
--Misuse of State Resources
--Denying Citizens Freedom of Food Choice

Ask your representatives in Congress to Co-Sponsor the Ron Paul bill lifting the ban on raw milk in interstate commerce, while not a factor in this case, it sends an important message about citizen access to raw milk in the U.S.
http://www.ronpaul.com/2011-05-16/statement-introducing-unpasteurized-milk-bill-hr-1830/

Donations:
http://farmtoconsumer.org/
http://www.consumerwellness.org/

Yours in Health,
Ramiel Nagel
http://www.curetoothdecay.com/

Note:  When I called the above number for the District Attorney to file my complaint, I was directed to email Sandi (I wasn't able to get her last name) at sandi@da.lacounty.gov.  I'm looking foward to sending my email to Sandi.  I am also following the stories closely at at the links above and via the Weston A Price and Natural News Facebook fan pages.

Here is my comment on the Natural News FB page...

"I was invited to speak in front of a congressional committee when the raw milk bill was being passed in Utah. I remember the lady who was representing the department of health talk about how legalizing the distribution of raw milk would wreck havoc in her department. She talked about all of the sicknesses and deaths that would occur, the increased expenses to her dept, the lack of staff and time to deal with all the problems etc. that would result from raw milk. The entire time she was talking I thought "this woman needs to be educated about how safe REAL FOOD is". It looks like Michelle needs a little course in RAW MILK safety 101. Raw milk left out turns to curds and whey. Pasteurized milk left out is toxic. I hope to change my teaching schedule so that I can be in LA tomorrow morning to lend my support. I'm in Sacramento right now."

Please do something to help support those who have been arrested. Even if it a simple email or a phone call, please do something.

Lots of love,

-Steffanie