Archive for August, 2009
Dr. Christopher’s Plague Tonic
The kids are going back to school next week and that usually starts the cold and flu season around here. We made this a few years ago and for those simple colds/flu’s that don’t need a trip to the Doctors office, it works wonders. Our family doctor even gave it the thumbs up. At the first sign of a cold we take this and lots of vitamin C too.
Here’s the recipe:
Take equal amounts – everything organic if possible –
We usually eat steel cut oats for breakfast, soaked overnight with water, a little kefir and raisins but when we went to Portland on vacation we tried something different. We decided to buy some granola and a local health food store. They had a lot of different varieties, but it was so hard to find one without canola oil. We don’t use canola oil anymore, partly because most of it’s genetically modified and secondly because it’s not good for you. See this article by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD, http://www.westonaprice.org/knowyourfats/conola.html
So we ended up buying an organic oil free variety, we also bought shredded coconut, fresh cherries and blueberries and a wonderful plain, whole milk, grass fed yogurt we’d never tried before from Traders Point Creamery – It was delicious! – link below.
We had the best breakfast each morning our trip! The cherries and blueberries were organic, and just picked and with the granola, coconut and yogurt it kept us going all day. I decided to make a treat for the family and make some of our own, adapting a recipe from The Coconut Oil Miracle by Dr. Bruce Fife – link below.
To me part of eating real food has also been using traditional medicine, wherever possible. I have used homeopathy with my kids since they were born and have had great success for many illnesses for our family, including winter flu’s.
For some specific info see our blog post from last Febuary, http://momsforsafefood.org/Blog/Entries/2009/2/8_Wonderful_Kid_Remedies.html
To learn more about homeopathy or find referrals to a Classical Homeopath see,
* By Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq.
Organic Consumers Association
Straight to the Source
Genetically modified foods are not safe. The only reason they’re in our food supply is because government bureaucrats with ties to industry suppressed or manipulated scientific research and deprived consumers of the information they need to make informed choices about whether or not to eat genetically modified foods.
Michael Pollan first called for an edible landscape at the White House way back in 1991, during the Bush I era.
Imagine an 18-acre victory garden on the grounds of the White House, managed according to the highest organic principles. This garden, which need not contain any broccoli, would stand as a paradigm of environmental responsibility.
The White House has enough land to become self-sufficient in food — a model of Jeffersonian independence and thrift. Alternatively, a White House garden could help supply food for Washington’s poor. Depending which party is in power, a few elephants or donkeys should be maintained for the purpose of fertilization.
Earlier this week, he was interviewed on Fresh Air, mainly about his new piece in The New York Times Magazine, Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch: How American cooking became a spectator sport, and what we lost along the way.
We watched Food Matters for the second time this weekend. It’s a very informative movie about how food and nutrients can heal us from so many common and serious ailments and how important it is.
The movie has a number of well know and knowledgeable speakers including, Charlotte Gerson, Andrew Saul, David Wolfe, Philip Day, Dr. Dan Rodgers and more. I have to say, I’ve been involved in alternative healing and nutrition for over 30 years and there were some new things I learned from this movie.
Here’s just a small sampling of information from the movie:
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is the amount needed to prevent disease, not the amount needed for good health.
Book review of Mom, Will This Chicken Give Me Man Boobs? My Confused, Guilt-ridden, and Stressful Struggle to Raise A Green Family by Robyn Harding
As I’ve aged/”grown up”, I’ve been finding myself more and more aware of environmental issues. I’m becoming more conscious not only of my carbon footprint but I’m also gaining a greater understanding of how products I may be putting in or on my body (or in and on the bodies of my children) could be affecting our health and well-being. As I hear more about such things it just makes me want to know more. In a sense I’m finding that my learning more and doing more about environmental issues is just another way for me to be looking out for my children. My reading choices lately have been reflecting this growing interest and my latest read not only gave me some additional food for thought (and even more references to check out) but Mom, Will This Chicken Give Me Man Boobs? also gave me a down to earth picture of one woman’s quest to not only become more green herself but also to raise her family in a greener lifestyle.
I fully admit one of the things that caught my attention with this book was not the subject matter, but the title. The title hooked me and was an indicator that while getting a bit of an education, I would also be getting a dose of Robyn Harding’s sense of humour (something I’ve enjoyed in her fiction and was pleased to see present in her non-fiction work as well.) I know it’s a serious subject being dealt with, but for me, her use of humor and poking fun at herself just made it all so much more enjoyable to read and was balanced out with some great information.
Ms. Harding is currently living in Vancouver, BC (only an hour away from me) so I found some of her information even more relevant. Throughout her book Ms. Harding mentions various books and websites, which I’ll be checking out. She also makes general references to local businesses that I have made note of. As I was reading this book I found myself connecting with Ms. Harding, especially as she dealt with questions/concerns from her children. My daughter is at an age where she is becoming more aware of the world around her and has been picking up some basic ideas where she can do her part (ex. turning off lights, knowing what can be put in recycling, and wow, is she a watchdog when someone might be wasting water!) I love this awareness and I’m hoping it continues to grow as she does.
I was really happy to see this article in Scientific American. It’s good news that the scientific community is speaking up too.
Scientists must ask corporations for permission before publishing ind-ependent research on genetically modified crops. That restriction must end