Saturday, December 19, 2009

Do Cold Temperatures Improve Sleep?

I guess my husband is going to win the battle over our night time temperature settings. Also, while I love my window candles, step lighting and Christmas night lights.....I think we are going to need to turn things off at night! :<( Do Cold Temperatures Improve Sleep?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

So What Is The Weston A. Price Foundation Anyway?

This is great summary of what the Weston A. Price Foundation (of which we've been members for almost 9 years) is all about! You may find this hard to believe but it has NOTHING to do with a home-based business and there is no "product" for sale!

Six Minutes of the Price-Pottenger Story

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Vitamin D Results

We just had all our Vitamin D Levels checked and unfortunately, based on the latest research, we are all too low! We ordered the test through and had our blood drawn at LabCor. Since we have such high health insurance deductibles, it was cheaper for me to pay the $47 to LEF than to have the test done through our doctor's office! Although I still plan to go over these results with our Dr. and give her a copy for our medical records. Your doctor should be able to recommend how much D3 to take on a daily basis to get your blood serum levels into the optimal range. If they can't, I encourage you to research this yourself because the information is easily accessible!

The Vitamin D Council recommends maintaining a blood serum level of 50-80 ng/ml and Dr. Joe Mercola recommends maintaining levels between 50-65 ng/ml for optimal health in ALL AGES. Both of these sites give very specific dosage guidelines. These are two sources I trust but again, I encourage you to do your own research!

My level was 32.7. Down from 38 on 6/5 of this year!
Gracie 43.2
Gemma 38.1
Luke 29
Marshall 29.9
Scott is having his bloodwork done next week.

Now that we know our levels, we can increase our supplementation of Vitamin D3 for the next 2-3 months, at which time we will have levels re-checked. We had already begun supplementing with D3 about a month before having this test so I would hate to see what our levels were before!

So what's the big deal about Vitamin D anyway?? Well people think of the most common risk of Vit. D deficiency as being soft bones or rickets in children, but research is linking low blood serum levels of vitamin D to a whole lot more! Osteoporosis, muscle weakness, fractures, common cancers, autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, depression, childhood asthma and eczema, frequent colds, flu and respiratory infections, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and more.......all now being linked to low levels of Vit. D.

With my history of asthma and allergies and poor immune function I have taken a special interest in this topic; not just for my health, but for the sake of my family's health. Scott was the only one in our family not supplementing with vitamin D when he recently came down with a terrible case of the flu. Although he didn't get checked for H1N1, it was possibly the sickest I've ever seen him. I was more than braced for the worst but after more than two weeks have passed and no one else in our family has come down with the flu, I can't help but wonder if the vitamin D has something to do with it!? I will continue to blog about this as we progress through the winter.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Vitamin D-More Important Info

Some of you may be tired of hearing me "preach" about Vitamin D but after reading this article this morning, I realized that not only do I need to pass along the information, I need to get busy increasing the levels of my own family's Vitamin D levels. We simply aren't taking enough! Please take the time to read the ENTIRE article HERE. It could make a huge difference in your family's health this winter!

Wondering how you could ever get this much Vitamin D into your body?? You can find a link to the very inexpensive, high dose, liquid Vitamin D3 product we use HERE.

If you have your blood tested and find you are seriously deficient, you may want an even higher dose product which you can find HERE.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Swine Flu is NOT the Problem -- It is the Vaccine that May Harm or Kill You

As the hype begins to escalate....please be aware that there is another side to this issue. Don't get sucked in by the hype!!
Swine Flu is NOT the Problem -- It is the Vaccine that May Harm or Kill You

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Got "Raw" Milk?

With the recent release of the movie Food Inc., I'm feeling good about our efforts to consume locally produced, fresh, unprocessed foods. Many of you already know that our family consumes fresh, unpasteurized milk straight from cows raised on organic pastures and fed their natural diet of green grass. We've been drinking this type of milk for about 8 years after being introduced to its health benefits by the Weston A. Price Foundation. In fact, all of our children were weaned from the breast straight on to raw cow's milk shortly after their first birthdays!

This might sound crazy to some of you and that's understandable because most people are not aware of the fact that there are two types of raw milk produced by farmers. One type is "raw milk intended for pasteurization" and those cows are normally found in larger numbers in confinement dairies and rarely have access to fresh green pastures. The animals are given antibiotics and hormones and live a short and stressful life being pushed to produce as much milk as they possibly can. Their milk is collected by a milk processor and taken to a pasteurization plant where it is cooked to very high temperatures (which is absolutely necessary to make it "safe") before being bottled and delivered to your grocery store shelf.

The problem raw milk advocates have with pasteurization and ultra pasteurization is that cooking milk to such high temperatures kills off not only the bad bacteria which may or may not be present, but it also kills off the beneficial bacteria, protein and enzymes. There is also a lot of controversy over just how many vitamins and minerals are destroyed by pasteurization but the very fact they they have to "add back" to the milk ("vit. D enriched") should tell you something.

The type of milk we drink is "raw milk intended for human consumption." This type of milk is carefully collected from cows consuming their natural diet of green grass, grazing freely on organic pastures, never given any sort of antibiotic or hormone, and enjoying a stress-free, long life, often only being milked once a day. Grass-fed cows are also much less likely to contain harmful pathogens in their gut compared to grain-fed cows. A Google search on "grain-fed cows and e coli" will reveal solid science on how the corn-based diet acidifies the cow’s digestive tract. Under normal circumstances E. coli O157:H7 is killed by stomach acids. But the increased acidity in the cow’s stomach allows for the more acid resistant E. coli bacteria to survive and thrive. When these acid resistant E. coli enter the food supply, it is especially dangerous because a person’s primary defense against E. coli, stomach acid, is now useless.

After thoroughly researching the safety and health benefits of fresh, unprocessed, unadulterated milk, we decided this type of milk was clearly the better choice for our family. The next step was to identify a "safe" raw milk producer. Using criteria provided by the Weston A. Price Foundation and Raw USA Standards, we set out to find safe, raw milk in Nebraska! has a listing of raw milk producers in our area and we choose to buy milk from the Branched Oak Farm in Raymond.

Lessons On Real Food From 100 Years Ago

Lessons On Real Food From 100 Years Ago

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Friday, July 10, 2009

"Suicide By Sugar"

I would like to highly recommend the book "Suicide by Sugar"
– A Startling Look at Our #1 National Addiction
Nancy Appleton, PhD &amp;amp; G. N. Jacobs

Sugar may be worse for kids than it is for adults because kids react so strongly and with much wilder swings of body chemistry. The immune system is still developing the acquired immunity to fight off infections, and the digestive system must learn to handle the variety of foods in our diet. A child's body is learning and working continually, and sugar just causes it to work harder. These body chemistry changes not only cause physical ailments, such as allergies and asthma, but have also, in many studies put children on a roller coaster of emotional effects that include hyperactivity, aggressiveness, sadness, low self-esteem, mania, sleeplessness, and many more.

Suicide by Sugar – A Startling Look at Our #1 National Addiction
Nancy Appleton, PhD &amp;amp; G. N. Jacobs

It is a dangerous, addictive white powder that can be found in abundance throughout this country. It is not illegal. In fact, it is available in or near playgrounds, schools, workplaces, homes, and vacation spots. It is in practically everything we eat and drink, and once we’re hooked on it, the cravings can be overwhelming. This white substance of abuse is sugar. Once associated only with cavities and simple weight gain, it is now linked to a host of devastating health conditions including cancer, epilepsy, dementia, hypoglycemia, obesity, and more. In this book, sugar addiction expert Dr. Nancy Appleton and health writer G. N. Jacobs not only expose the exorbitant levels of sugar we ingest, but also document the connection between our current health crisis and our sweet tooth.

Suicide by Sugar begins with the story of Dr. Appleton’s battle with her own sugar addiction. Next, the authors examine all the frightening (and unknown) things that can go wrong when people consume too much sugar—from increased susceptibility to disease to imbalanced body chemistry. They go on to discuss the various ways scientists measure sugar’s impact on blood glucose, and explain why these statistics cannot be solely relied on when choosing foods. The authors provide shocking information about the amount of sugar found in many popular foods and beverages, and an in-depth discussion of the ailments now associated with excessive sugar consumption. Finally, Dr. Appleton’s easy-to-follow, effective lifestyle plan—complete with recipes—guides you in eliminating sugar from your life.

As children, we fall under the spell of ads that lure us to indulge in all things sweet. Is it any wonder that as adults so few of us can see the dark side of sugar? Suicide by Sugar shines a bright light on our nation’s addiction and helps us begin the journey toward health.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Chipotle's Fast Food Facelift

Most people think McDonald's owns Chipotle but they were just an investor for the first seven years. McDonald's sold out their shares in 2006. Good riddens! GO CHIPOTLE!! Check out this video for some great reasons to make Chipotle your next "no guilt" fast food stop!

Chipotle's Fast Food Facelift

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Food Inc.-The Movie Starts Today!

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of e coli--the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farm's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joe Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising -- and often shocking truths -- about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Flu

Before you panic, please read this article about the Swine Flu:

Just as a point of reference this is from the CDC: Each flu season is unique, but it is estimated that, on average, approximately 5% to 20% of U.S. residents get the flu, and more than 200,000 persons are hospitalized for flu-related complications each year. About 36,000 Americans die on average per year from the complications of flu.

"40 million Americans signed up for vaccination in 1976 after a hysterical advertising campaign. The final US death toll from swine flu? One. The number of people killed or seriously injured by the inoculation? Several hundred..." TG Daily.

Another example of the media creating hysteria so the red carpet can roll out for big pharma to create a new vaccine!!!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Corn Syrup

Our family eliminated corn syrup from our diet about 5 years ago. As a result of many thousands of families doing the same, the Corn Refiners Assoc. spent $30,000,000 (yeah, you counted the zeros right-30 MILLION Dollars) on a campaign to convince us that High Fructose Corn Syrup is just as safe as sugar. Well, former FDA Toxicologist, Dr. Dana Flavin doesn't agree. See her interview HERE and decide for yourself.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

For those of you who live here in Seward, I want to invite you to learn more about Azure Standard. Each month a group of families here in Seward places an order with Azure Standard for a delivery of grocery items not available for purchase here in Seward. Available products include organic grocery items and produce, bulk products and specialty items (ie., gluten free products). Azure carries just about anything you would find at Open Harvest in Lincoln or Whole Foods Market in Omaha however we get a significant discount because we are buying direct from the distributor. A large semi literally pulls off Route 80 and "drops" your items here in Seward around the 15th of each month. You can see the categories of products available HERE.

You can purchase individual items or you can buy cases of items for additional discounts. If you join our Yahoo Group at you will be notified when someone has ordered a case of items they are willing to share. For example, this month I am ordering frozen, organic wild blueberries. I get the best price ($3.84/lb.) by ordering six 5 lb. bags but I don't necessarily have room to store all six bags in my freezer so I've posted 4 of them to share at Good-Life Naturals. Another example is organic ketchup with no sugar added. I get the best price by ordering a case of 12 bottles, but I don't really want them cluttering up my pantry so I've posted 6 of those for sale as well ($3.80 ea.).

You can shop for items by brand or by category at If you decide to place an order you will need to know your "Truck Route" (which is J3) and your "Drop Point Number" (which is 561502) when you check out. Please let me know if you place an order so I can contact you with pick-up instructions! There is no cost to join either of these groups!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Shaking The Hand That Feeds Us

There was no school today so the kids rode along with me to pick up milk. Our winter milk source, the Divino Nino Family Farm in Palmyra, Nebraska is about an hour and fifteen minutes from our house. Either I or our friend, Sue Briggs drives to this farm every Friday to pick up fresh, whole, unpasteurized, unhomogenized whole milk from grass-fed Guernsey cows. These pastured cows are never given antibiotics or any type of hormones and are fed a natural diet intended for cows, GREEN GRASS! YUM! You can see the whole role of film from the day

Monday, February 16, 2009

The "Diet" Mentality

Several people have asked me recently about the "diet" Scott and I are on. I try to explain that it's not a " diet", but instead "just the way we eat now", however that doesn't seem to convince them. This got me thinking about the whole "diet mentality" in general.

Isn't it funny when you think about it? We decide that we need to go on a diet because the way we normally eat has made us FAT or has made us SICK. So our plan is to STOP eating the way we normally eat and try eating a DIFFERENT way until we are no longer FAT or no longer SICK. But once we have achieved those goals, what do we do??? Most of us go right back to eating the way we did BEFORE we went on the DIET!

Why is it so hard for us to figure out that the way we NORMALLY eat is causing the problem in the first place and the problem is only going to return when we go off the diet?? Is it because we're addicted to the foods that make us fat and sick? Is it because if we weren't fat and sick we would have nothing to talk about with our friends and family?? Is it because our health care system and the USDA sets us up to be nothing but fat and sick? Is it because we live such hurried, stressful lifestyles? Is it because we don't exercise enough?

I've pondered all of these things and I've come to the conclusion that being fat and sick is very much a cultural experience here in the United States. When you combine obesity and disease you are very much in the minority if you are NOT fat and/or sick. In fact, if you eat healthy, exercise and don't experience any medical problems, you're down right "counter-cultural".......and who wants to hang out with someone who is counter-cultural?

I mean seriously....let's think about it. We all know doughnuts are not good for us, but what do we serve every Sunday at church? WHY do we do that? Because it's a cultural norm, right? We all know chips, cookies, pastries and candies are terrible for us, but what do we serve our sick and overweight friends at every party? WHY? Because you're NO FUN if you serve vegetables and fruit, right? Sadly, our culture dictates to us what is acceptable and what is unacceptable when it comes to food and I, for one, am tired of all that.

Our family doesn't have all the answers for the perfect "diet" but we do trust in three things. We believe we should eat food that God intended man to have as food, we believe we shouldn't alter the food that God intended for us to eat and we believe we shouldn't let any one food become our God. So if by applying these three principles we appear as counter-cultural to you, then praise God!!

What The Bible Says About Healthy Living
The Rosedale "Diet"