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Open Letter to My Elected Officials

Constant fear, constant restrictions

Dear Elected Official,

This is a call to action. A call to restore our country and our freedom. A call to expose corruption and misinformation. This is a call to once again stand up against the globalists and their anti-American ideas. To regain our free and open society where we have the right to gather peaceably, to assemble together to worship in accordance with our right to religious freedom, and not be deprived of life or liberty.

We currently live in a state of fear. Fear generated from unreliable testing and suspect data. Fear goaded by compromised media. We risk permanently losing our freedoms. Certain public health officials are proposing unsafe, and even dangerous, solutions. The lock down jeopardizes our ability to maintain a healthy personal immune system through daily exposure to society. Current mandates ignore the historically normal function of natural herd immunity without the need of patented pharmaceuticals. Misguided treatments endanger the lives of the Americans suffering from COVID-19.

Unreliable testing and suspect data:

The PCR test used to identify and confirm cases is a highly subjective test. Previous studies examining PCR test accuracy found false positive rates as high as 13%. The likelihood of false-positives increases when additional respiratory illnesses are already present. (1,2)

The COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) virus was not isolated until March 12th, yet America was informed of “confirmed” cases in mid-January.

The Nobel Prize-winning inventor of the PCR test, Kary Mullis, stated very clearly that his test should not be used to detect free viruses at all. (3) In fact, the CDC already stated long before this that the PCR test should not be used on asymptomatic patients “…as it increases the likelihood of obtaining falsely-positive results.”

The media has reported Dr. Tony Fauci as stating the COVID-19 death rate to be 10 times that of the seasonal influenza. Yet a paper written by Dr. Fauci, et al, for the New England Journal of Medicine stated the fatality rate of COVID-19 to be similar to that of a bad influenza season, or approximately 0.1% – assuming that the number of asymptomatic cases are several times as high as the number of reported cases.

Vaccine-developing pioneer Dr. Paul Offit states that if the mortality rate is falsely overrated or incorrectly rated then people will be willing to accept that vaccine research will be rushed through. However, he says that in fact coronavirus doesn’t have a high mortality rate.(4)

Dr. Fauci has a history of misinformation, including his claims with H1N1 that one-third of all Americans would contract the swine flu in 2009. Vaccine makers then received $1 billion to develop a rushed vaccine and health agencies received $5 billion to promote it. The data was padded to inflate cases by using estimates that counted all people with flu-like symptoms rather than actual confirmed test data. (5)

The CDC has released Guidance for Certifying COVID-19 Deaths specifically instructing the importance of listing the virus as cause on the death certificate even if it isn’t confirmed. (6) This kind of reporting has finally received attention as Colorado pulls back its death toll to more accurately reflect actual causes other than COVID-19.

Why is all of this data being manipulated? Why is the media continuing to spread fear? Why are our government health officials spreading misinformation? Because the best way to persuade a population to get a non-necessary vaccine is to inflate the death rate related to that disease.

Dangers of rushed vaccine development:

We all understand what a miracle the first antibiotics were when they were initially developed. Now, thanks to injudicious overuse of antibiotics we have inadvertently created dangerous antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” such as MRSA.

We now know the same thing is happening with vaccines. Intensive vaccination programs have encouraged the mutation of these natural microbes into non-native vaccine-immunity-resistant “superbugs” as well. Our modern medical mindset of seeking to conquer all microbes has inadvertently created strains of diseases to which man has no immunity at all. (7,8,9)

There is also the very real and present problem of post-vaccine enhanced virus response. This was seen just a few years ago with the mosquito-borne viral infection Dengue fever where vaccinated children were re-exposed to the virus and developed life-threatening symptoms, and many also became hyper-susceptible to future infections called Dengue Shock syndrome. (10)

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is the leading cause of hospitalization in infants and young children. Scientists halted vaccine testing for this because the children and infants tested all developed an enhanced immune response which caused out-of-control inflammation, hospitalization, and death. To this day we still do not have a vaccine for RSV because  we cannot yet overcome these respiratory vaccine complications. (11)

In the early 2000s Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) produced great worldwide fear much like today. The vaccine race began and then abruptly ended a few years later because the test animals in the vaccine study all developed this enhanced immune response when  re-infected with the wild-type virus. Many of the test animals died. Vaccine development was stopped and the study concluded, “Caution in proceeding to application of a SARS-CoV vaccine in humans is indicated.”(12)

Frightening reports reveal that at least eight potential COVID-19 vaccine candidates are ready for human testing. This was done in defiance to all safety measures demanding animal testing and retesting before human testing. The likelihood that these test vaccines will induce deadly enhanced immune response is very high.

The RNA vaccines on the current CDC vaccination schedule, such as the seasonal flu vaccine, are some of the least effective. These kinds of vaccines are cheap and easier to scale, but not yet efficient. In addition, the virus continues to mutate, making the vaccine a contest to hit a moving target.

Personal immune system strength and herd immunity:

Not once in this current global crisis have the public health officials recommended Americans reduce sugar and processed foods, eat more fresh vegetables, or emphasize vitamins A, D, K, and E.  Not once have the public health officials recommended Americans take a break from stressful news reports and go outside for fresh air and sunshine. Not once have the public health officials recommended stress reduction, exercise, meditation, prayer, or gathering with supportive friends and family as a way to boost personal immune health and combat COVID-19. 

Why are the public health officials continuing to emphasize pharmaceutical non-solutions over the truly miraculous capability of the human immune system to learn and adapt to new pathogens, to effectively deal with and neutralize germs?

Dr. Paul Offit has conjectured that contracting COVID-19 could produce natural immunity lasting for at least 12-18 months. (4) This would greatly reduce the need for an actual vaccine for most of the general population.

Herd immunity is a term always positively associated with helping stop the spread of infectious disease. WebMD says it is a natural way to protect at-risk populations. (13) When the group population as a whole has protection this causes the infection rates to drop and the disease to die out. This is what stopped the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil. In two years 63% of their population was exposed and the disease threat ended. The US can achieve natural herd immunity to COVID-19 when we reach between 50-67% exposure in our general population. This doesn’t mean 50% of Americans will be dangerously ill because we already know as many as 80% of people who are infected do not have severe symptoms or need medical intervention.(14) We are already seeing that large numbers of people have indeed been exposed and are now contributing to a national, natural herd immunity.

To keep America strong, her population needs encouragement to maintain strong immune systems. Public health officials should emphasize immune system support and advocate stress reduction.  Stress and fear cause the same symptoms as many other diseases, including COVID-19. Stress alone can cause or worsen heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes, depression, and premature death.(15,16)

Dr. Fauci’s version of herd immunity and immune system strength only involves patented pharmaceutical drugs. (17)

You elected officials need to support real health and encourage Americans to eliminate fear. You need to tell the media it is possible to have a strong immune system that can effectively handle a cold, the flu, or even COVID-19 without catastrophic results. Yes, certainly communicate that at-risk Americans should stay home and take precautions, but no one, especially not healthy people, should be fearful.

Strong immune systems are regularly exercised by exposure to daily germs. Strong immune systems reside in people who spend time with friends and family, who make time for spiritual pursuits, who care about their diet, who spend time in fresh air and sunshine, and who turn off their devices and go to bed early enough to get a healthy amount of sleep.  You elected officials need to encourage this type of rational, healthy, caring behavior instead of behaviors that are toxic and lead to fear and hate.

Our Freedom at risk:

This COVID-19 outbreak is real, but it is not necessarily a catastrophe. The real catastrophe is how our fear of what might happen has managed to capture our population into giving up our freedoms.

A true epidemiological study of this whole event is unlikely since much of the data, as discussed above, has been manipulated and is not reflective of the actual state of the disease outbreak.

Dr. Fauci appears to be uninterested in natural herd immunity; he says this is not on his list. Instead he says his ideal end game would be vaccine-induced artificial herd immunity, which, as stated above, is not by any means a certain conclusion given the great risks associated with RNA and respiratory vaccine development.

COVID-19 has likely been in America for many weeks or months longer than reported. It is reasonable to conclude many millions of Americans have already been infected and recovered than reported.

Elected officials must repeal or amend the Bayh-Dole Act to reduce the incentive for conflict of interest in patents on pharmaceuticals promoted by those in government positions who stand to profit from their advice to the nation.

Historically safe drugs and vitamin treatments such as hydroxychloroquine, vitamin C and zinc should be encouraged rather than expensive experimental pharmaceuticals.(18) These common drugs and vitamins should not suddenly be removed from pharmacies. Doctors are finally speaking out that they have been under fire about this.

Release Americans to pursue their work. Give Americans the truth. Don’t manipulate them with fear.

I am appealing to you to restore our country. To expose corruption where it exists. To bring calm and peace to our nation. 

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (and women) to do nothing” -Edmund Burke


flocks of birds gather on empty beaches on the east coast of Florida

Bibliography

(1)PCR testing becomes less accurate with higher cycles

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2902203/

(2)False-positive results occur in presence of other respiratory pathogens

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7194797/

(3) Kary Mullis PCR test inventor

(4)  Dr. Paul Offit interview

Paul Offit interview on COVID-19 plus Dengue shock syndrome

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-trump-paul-offit-20200306.html

(5)Swine flu cases overestimated

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/swine-flu-cases-overestimated/

(6) CDC Guidance for Certifying COVID-19 Deaths

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvss/coronavirus/Alert-1-Guidance-for-Certifying-COVID-19-Deaths.pdf

(7)Vaccine-resistant polio

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Robustness+against+serum+neutralization+of+a+poliovirus+type+1+from+a+lethal+epidemic+of+poliomyelitis+in+the+Republic+of+Congo+in+2010

(8)Antibiotic AND vaccine resistant strain of whooping cough (pertussis)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31703933

(9)Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis – the WHO directly blames overuse of antibiotics on this one

https://www.who.int/tb/areas-of-work/drug-resistant-tb/en/

(10) Dengue fever enhance post vaccination response

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31815190

(11) History of RSV vaccine

https://cvi.asm.org/content/23/3/189

(12) SARS vaccine results

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3335060/

(13) WebMD’s version of herd immunity

https://www.webmd.com/lung/what-is-herd-immunity

(14) Fauci quote “80% of coronavirus patients spontaneously recover without medical intervention

https://www.cnsnews.com/article/national/melanie-arter/dr-fauci-80-percent-coronavirus-patients-spontaneously-recover

(15) WebMD says stress is bad for you

https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/features/10-fixable-stress-related-health-problems#1

(16)The Mayo Clinic on healthy lifestyles without stress

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987

(17) Fauci’s version of herd immunity

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/5-things-to-know-dr-anthony-fauci-reopening-us-economy-coronavirus-covid19-pandemic-2020-04-15/

(18) Hydroxychloroquine (plaquenil) plus zinc, and vitamin C entering clinical trials

https://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04326725?cond=COVID&draw=2

Not Oatmeal Jars with Hemp Chia and Superfoods: Low Carb Dairy Free

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Hemp chia and superfood jars

Do you need a portable grab-and-go breakfast or snack? This is the jar for you! The recipe scales up or down to make as many as you need. Low-carb people have discovered hemp hearts make a great substitute for that oatmeal texture, that’s why this gets the title of “not oatmeal” jars.

All you need are small glass jars, half-pint canning jars work well. They come in regular, round, or the squatty wide mouth kind which are kind of cute.

Layer and stir

Hemp hearts are tiny protein-packed powerhouses of nutritious goodness. They are good cold like these jars, or hot, like in my Hemp Heart Porridge. Hemp seeds have anti-inflammatory properties, are high in fiber, are a good source of complete plant-based protein, and have an excellent omega 3:omega 6 ratio.

Chia seeds give a big helping of antioxidants, minerals for skin and bone health, more fiber and protein, and more omega-3 fats.

Round out these healthy little jars with walnuts or pecans, dark chocolate, and collagen powder. Make it creamy and delicious with full-fat coconut milk or, even better, coconut cream. Sweeten to taste with stevia, or if you’re not keto you can use maple syrup or raw honey.

Walnuts and pecans are both great sources of more healthy fats, plus more antioxidants. Dark chocolate (72% or higher) is also super high in antioxidants. Always choose fair trade chocolate even if you have to pay a little more. Collagen powder is good for skin, hair, joints, gut health and lots more. Look for grassfed, non-gmo brands.

Hemp Chia Superfood jars

Use the following ingredients per each jar. Layer the ingredients and then stir and chill.

Layer all the ingredients, except for the optional fruit, in the jar, stir it up well to mix everything together. Take a little taste just to see if it is sweetened to your liking, then put the lid on the jar and chill it for at least 4 hours or overnight. When read to serve remove the lid and add any fresh berries or fruit you like to the top and enjoy!

personalize these jars with your own creative add ins – try a little cinnamon or ginger


Take Comfort: A family lesson on The Beatitudes

a stack of great-grandmother’s quilts

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Take Comfort: A family lesson on the Beatitudes

Whether you are homeschooling or “suddenly schooling” due to school closures with COVID-19 your family can enjoy learning together from some of the most comforting scriptures in the New Testament. This lesson can also be used with most elementary and middle school Sunday School classes.

Well Fed Family has many free Bible lessons that can be used with a wide range of ages. Each lesson starts with a memory verse, and then moves into a full lesson with questions for discussion. After that there is lots of bonus content that helps cement the lesson in the minds of your children. My favorite of course is a recipe to make and eat together that ties in with the lesson in some way. So you can cook together and talk about things you have learned.

This lesson includes recipes, hymns to sing, a fun aromatherapy project, a little geography lesson, and some additional fun things to explore.

Lesson on the Beatitudes

Click here to download the lesson .pdf pages.

resources

Our family loves Drive Thru History with Dave Stotts. If you want more in-depth lessons on the life and sermons of Jesus check out Drive Thru History: the Gospels.

Healing Oils of the Bible by David Stewart is an interesting book that takes you in-depth with the history of essential oils and their health benefits.

Essential oils vary widely in price and quality. This is the kind I use most often. Lavender, Bergamot, Roman chamomile, vetiver, peppermint, and grapefruit. Or a fun four-pack called Relaxation kit.

Beeswax pellets are an easy way to use beeswax in your homemade body care products. Just a little bit can add a firmer texture to homemade creams and lotions.

Potato mashers are a low-tech way to make this classic comfort food.

If you enjoyed this lesson please leave a comment and let us know. Share with your friends who could use some comfort!

Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart

 

Several years ago I was listening to a high school age young man practicing his sermon for a youth event with his church. His theme scripture was Proverbs 3:5-6 which says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”

The young man’s example of trust was his alarm clock. He trusted it to wake him up in time for school. Every night he went to sleep without worrying about whether or not he would be able to catch the bus on time because he trusted his alarm clock would keep doing its job.

God is far more faithful and trustworthy than an alarm clock, but we don’t always trust God.

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:9

We KNOW that God is faithful. He has given us a covenant (a contract, an agreement) of his love. Unlike humans, God will never break a covenant or contract. In fact, saying He keeps this covenant of love to 1,000 generations is a symbolic way of saying He will keep it indefinitely.

…if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.” 1 Timothy 2:13

Even when we break our promises, even when we aren’t faithful God is still faithful. Unlike an alarm clock which may run out of power,  God’s faithfulness never fails.

As I listened to that young man speak I kept having more examples of misplaced trust pop into my head. I thought about how we trust food processing companies to only sell things that are safe and healthy. I thought about how we trust pharmaceutical companies to only develop drugs that will help us and not harm us. I thought about how we trust government agencies to adequately test all new medicines, all new food additives, all new technologies before letting them be used in our homes. We trust man made flavorings and colors. We trust bioengineered food. We trust that government ideas and policies and mandates are really in our best interest.

We place our trust in all kinds of things that may or may not be deserving of trust.

It’s time for the alarm clock to sound! It’s time to place our trust in the One who created us, the One who knew us before we were even born.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest on the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.‘” Psalm 91:1-2

It’s time for us to stand up and declare “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!”

I am spending some of my social-distancing-isolation-quarantine time diving into God’s word. I am also praying more and learning more about Christian meditation. Even though I have been reading the Bible for probably 50 years (it’s weird to realize that!) I am still learning new things, discovering new things, and I’m eager to read and study more each day!  I used to think I knew a lot about the Bible, but now I am realizing how much I still have to learn!

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8

It is no surprise that trusting God is good for your body as well as your soul. When we start trusting God we can stop worrying about everything and trying to manage everything ourselves and instead we can give our cares and worries to God!

What amazing freedom and relief from stress that is! To be free from worry!

Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

I pray you can find time with your family in the next few days to read these scriptures together and talk about them. One of the blessings of having to stay home is all of the opportunities parents and children have to talk about anything and everything!

Questions to ask yourself and your kids:

  1. What do we trust in every day?
  2. When have we made a promise? Did you keep the promise or did you break it?
  3. What things do we worry about?
  4. Bonus questions – can you name other covenants that are common today?
  5. Bonus questions – how long is a generation? how many years is 1,000 generations?

Enjoy spending time talking with your family. I also hope you are cooking together as a family too!

Chile Verde : Mexican style Comfort Food

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Think Outside the Box of Tacos

True Mexican food is way more than drive-thru tacos and nachos. There’s a whole world of flavor out there, and Mexican food does it well with cumin, oregano, garlic, onion, and a whole palette of colorful peppers.

Chile verde (verde is the Spanish word for green) is a traditional pork stew from northern Mexico. Filled with green poblano peppers and green tomatillos this dish is definitely verde! It is a delicious, warm, comforting, rich and savory stew.

It’s great when something so delicious is also so good for you. Bone broth, onions, and garlic are all great immune system boosters. (See ten things you can do to boost your immune system here, here and here.)

This is a great make-ahead dish. The flavors are even better the next day, and if there are any leftovers they freeze well, too.

Tomatillos are native to Mexico and look like little green tomatoes wrapped in a papery husk. Their flavor is bright, tart and kind of lemony. To use just pull the husk off with your fingers and rinse them before chopping and using in your recipe.

Poblano peppers are also native to Mexico. They are large, sometimes even larger than a bell pepper, but with a dark green shiny skin, slightly flatter shape and a pointy tip. They are fairly mild, only slightly spicier than a bell pepper, and can be eaten raw or cooked. Cooking mellows their flavor making them somewhat sweet.

Chili Verde

  • 1 Tblsp olive oil or lard
  • 2 lbs ground pork, preferably from pastured pigs
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6-8 tomatillos, husks removed, chopped
  • 4 medium to large poblano peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups chicken broth, preferably homemade or a brand like Kettle & Fire
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • lime wedges, sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped cilantro for serving

Heat the olive oil or lard in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the ground pork and brown about four minutes while stirring to crumble. Add the onion, tomatillos and poblanos to the pan and continue cooking another five minutes. Add the garlic, salt,and pepper, and oregano and cook another minute. Then add the chicken broth and chopped cilantro. Bring to a simmer, the cover and cook 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender. Serve the chili verde with a squeeze of fresh lime and any other toppings you like.

WordPress has updated my toolbar and at this writing I can’t access the program that allows me to give you an easy-to-print version of this recipe. I’m sorry about that! So until I get this figured out you will just have to copy and paste onto a blank document if you want a print version.

Hemp Heart Porridge and More Good Fats to Try 21 Days from SAD to Well Fed

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21 Days from SAD to Well Fed Day #3

Day #1 here         Day #2 here

Have you tried hemp lately? It’s not just for making macrame plant hangers or eco-friendly clothing. It’s not something you smoke in the back of your psychedelic VW van either.

Hemp has a long and interesting history in world civilizations. According to this historian hemp has been in cultivation for 8,000 years. Its usefulness encompasses a wide range from paper, rope, clothing fiber and sail canvas; to food for humans and animals; to medicines for childbirth, dysentery and rheumatism.

Grown around the world from east to west this plant’s history is intertwined with man. Beginning in China around 2800 BC and making its way to North America by the 1600s where Thomas Jefferson and George Washington grew it on their farms, hemp is one of the oldest known cultivated plants. The sails of the Mayflower and the original Levis jeans were made from hemp cloth.

Hemp Hearts

Hemp seeds, or hemp hearts as they are often called, are full of healthy fats just like many other seeds and nuts. High in omega-3 fats and GLA (a special fat your body uses to make hormones), hemp seed can be useful in fighting inflammation and nourishing the immune system.

(Fun fact if you raise chickens – feeding hemp hearts to your chickens will increase the omega-3 in their egg yolks!)

Also amazing about hemp – it is one of the very few plant foods containing complete protein, meaning all of the necessary essential amino acids needed for a healthy diet. That plus a healthy dose of fiber and many key vitamins, minerals and trace nutrients make hemp seeds something worth trying!

Low Carb Hemp Heart Breakfast Porridge

This hemp heart porridge recipe is filled with healthy fat and plenty of fiber as well as inflammation-fighting spices.  It’s also vegan, gluten-free, low carb, and dairy-free.

Start with a base of full fat coconut milk and hemp seeds, then add in more superfood seeds like chia, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, and flax. Give it an anti-inflammatory kick with cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, cardamom and black pepper. Stir in some stevia for a little sweetness and simmer for a few minutes to make a hearty hot breakfast.

(A note about flax: Always buy whole flax seed and then grind it just before using. Flax oil is very unstable and will begin to go rancid within just a few hours of grinding the seed. I use a little spice grinder like this.)

A few more add-ins that aren’t vegan, but are worth trying include grassfed gelatin or collagen powder, and a drizzle of raw heavy cream just before serving. I also like to add MCT oil for a brain boost.

Hemp Heart Porridge
Author: 
Recipe type: breakfast low carb
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1 serving
 
Healthy fats have the starring role in this hearty breakfast bowl. If you don't have all the seeds listed, just use what you have. The base of hemp and chia make a great foundation for any combination of nuts and seeds you like.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup full fat coconut milk
  • 3 Tablespoons hemp hearts
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seed
  • 2 Tablespoons shelled sunflower seed or shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon flax seed, freshly ground
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • stevia powder or drops to taste
  • 1 teaspoon MCT oil
  • 1 Tablespoon grassfed gelatin or collagen powder (optional)
  • toasted pecans or walnuts for topping (optional)
  • heavy cream for topping (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pour the coconut milk into a saucepan.
  2. Add in the hemp, chia, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin or other seeds.
  3. Add the cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, cardamom, pepper, vanilla and pinch of salt.
  4. Sprinkle on the gelatin or collagen if using.
  5. Heat on the stove over medium-low heat, stirring, until the mixture begins to bubble around the edges.
  6. Stir in the stevia and continue simmering for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  7. When the mixture reaches a thickness you like, remove from heat and stir in the ground flax seed and the MCT oil.
  8. Pour into a serving bowl and top with any optional toppings such as toasted nuts or heavy cream.

 

How will you enjoy your hot hemp porridge?

 

DIY Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing and Why Fat is Important 21 Days from SAD to Well Fed

 

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21 Days from SAD to Well Fed Day #2

Fat isn’t to be feared – it’s your friend!

There are so many tasty ways to include healthy fats in your day. Store bought and many restaurant salad dressings are NOT one of them. In fact most commercial dressings are full of rancid soybean oil and canola oil. Definitely not healthy. Making salad dressing yourself is quick and easy. Read these fun facts about healthy fats, and then keep scrolling for a delicious Caesar-style salad dressing you can make tonight! And keep scrolling for links to more recipes!

Get the skinny on why we start with fats first in this Day #1 article.

Here are 4 different ways fat plays a positive part in your health:

  • Cells need fat – since our body temperature remains relatively constant, being warm-blooded creatures, our cell membranes need a balance of different fats to find that “Goldilocks” spot where they are fluid, yet structurally stable.  To do this about 50% of the fatty acids in our cell membranes need to be saturated fats, and the rest monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. (Confused as to which fats are which? See Day One of SAD to Well Fed.)
  • Fat gives energy – the best energy source is one that lasts all day long without crashing you in a mid-morning or mid-afternoon slump.  Saturated fats, especially those from animal milks, animal meat, coconuts and palm oils, are the best source for this long lasting energy.
  • Strong bones – the most important nutrients in bone health are found primarily in foods that also contain saturated fats.  Vitamins A, D and K2 are the bone health trifecta keeping the calcium OUT of the soft tissue and INTO the bones and teeth. Best sources include organ meats, egg yolks, animal fats like grassfed butter, and also fermented foods and cod liver oil.
  • Hormones and mood – fats are a favorite with Dr. Julia Ross and her books on overcoming mood disorders, food cravings and weight issues. Healthy fats help neurotransmitters and the endocrine system.

This salad dressing recipe includes good fats from healthy mayonnaise (avocado oil, egg yolks), virgin olive oil, and cheese!

Caesar Style Creamy Salad Dressing

1/4 cup good quality mayonnaise without canola or soy oil (try this one or make your own)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

juice and zest of one lemon

one clove of garlic, pressed

1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan or pecorino romano cheese

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Mix all of the ingredients in a medium bowl until creamy. Serve immediately. Store any leftovers in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to one week.

 

Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing
Author: 
Recipe type: salad dressing
 
lots of healthy fats in an easy to make creamy caesar salad dressing
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup good quality (no soy or canola) mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • juice and zest of one lemon
  • one clove of garlic, pressed
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan or pecorino romano cheese
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl until creamy.
  2. Store any leftovers in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to one week.

 

For more easy salad dressing recipes check out these on Well Fed Family:

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Basic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Lemon Garlic Salad Dressing

Tzatziki Sauce

What is your favorite salad dressing?

 

Out with the Bad (oils) and In with the New (good fats) 21 Days from SAD to Well Fed

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SAD = Standard American Diet

Characterized by a dependence on commodity crops like GMO corn, soy, and canola; fast food; highly processed food; and filled with additives, chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics and synthetic ingredients.

In other words not very likely to provide a base for a healthy life.

Take 21 days and make a difference in your health. It doesn’t have to be hard and it doesn’t have to taste bad either!  If you like to journal this would be a great thing to journal about! What motivates you to make changes to your diet? Your own health? Spouse? Children?

I hope to make this as easy to understand as possible. If you want to go more in depth on any item I will provide links to find more information. If you have children elementary age or older this would be a great project for them as well!

Let’s get Well Fed!

DAY ONE: Out with the Bad Oils and in with the Good Fats

Why start with fats and oils? Because this is where you can make the most impact in your overall health both quickly and in the long term. Structurally our brains are 67% fat. Saturated fat provides structure to brain cells and body cells alike. Healthy fats and oils provide sustainable energy, important vitamins, and stable moods.

The kinds of fats and oils found in the SAD way of eating create fatigue, deplete vitamins and increase inflammation and oxidative stress which can promote anxiety and even anger.

Learn more by reading Know Your Fats on the Weston A Price Foundation website, or for an in-depth book on ancestral health try Nora Gedgaudas’ Primal Body Primal Mind.

What oils and fats need to go?

  • Any industrially produced seed oil. This includes canola, soybean, corn, cottonseed, sunflower, and safflower oils. Seed and nut oils are delicate oils that can turn rancid very quickly when exposed to heat.  If your canola, corn, soy or other seed oil is clear and you found it just sitting on a grocery store shelf then it is already rancid. Rancid oils are a major source of inflammation in the SAD way of eating. Additionally canola, soy, corn and cotton are the most widely Genetically Engineered (GMO) crops on the planet. For lots more information about genetic engineering risks visit the Non-GMO Project.
  • Any margarine or butter substitute. Even the ones that promise to lower your cholesterol or magically eliminate some other kind of disease.  These products are made mostly from the previously mentioned industrial seed oils. Often they are also hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated in some way.
  • Any vegetable shortening, hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated animal shortening. These are also called trans fats. These start out as liquid polyunsaturated fats, but through industrial processing they become solid even at room temperature. Your body has trouble recognizing what to do with them, and they lead to cell dysfunction and even cell death! Read more about them here. Or take a deep dive with Sally Fallon Morell’s Nourishing Fats: Why We Need Animal Fats for Health and Happiness. 

What Oils and Fats Should I Use?

There are 3 categories of fats: saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated.  Healthy diets should include some from each of these categories.

Overall you need to look for animal fats from animals living outdoors on pasture eating species-correct diets. This means grass for the ruminants (cows, sheep), and access to omnivore appropriate food for the others (pigs, chickens and other poultry). They all need sunshine!

You need to look for vegetable fats and oils from cold-pressed and organic sources that are not treated with solvents or bleaches.

  • Saturated healthy fats include butter and ghee from grassfed cows. Beef tallow, lamb tallow, pork lard, duck fat and goose fat from animals living outdoors on healthy pasture. Coconut oil from sustainably grown coconuts. Palm oil can be a part of a healthy diet as well, however there are a lot of ecological problems with palm oil so I am not recommending it for that reason. MCT oils is another saturated fat making headlines recently.
  • Monounsaturated healthy fats include cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. Avocado oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil and sesame oil are other options. Once again these need to be cold pressed or expeller pressed and preferably organic. Peanuts, especially, need to be organic due to a common toxin found in conventionally farmed peanuts. Incidentally pastured pork lard is also a very good source of monounsaturated fat. Good lard is roughly 50/50 saturated and monounsaturated.
  • Polyunsaturated healthy fats are the trickiest to find. These oils need to be expeller pressed without heat, because heat will damage the delicate oils and cause them to go rancid quickly. Also exposure to light and oxygen will turn them rancid, so these oils need to be stored tightly closed and kept in the refrigerator. Flaxseed oil, walnut oil, non-gmo canola, and grapeseed oil. All the fish oils are also in this category. Fish oil, cod liver oil, krill oil, and foods like caviar are all quite delicate and need to be treated carefully to remain healthy and viable.

So open up your pantry, cupboards and refrigerator and start tossing the bad SAD oils and replacing them with healthy fats!

Visit Well Fed Family on Facebook to see the conversation around healthy lard.  Like our page and keep in touch! Let us know what you find when you start cleaning out your SAD fats and replacing them with healthy ones!

Anti Cancer Revolution Summit and some links for alternative cancer treatments

Alternative Cancer Treatments and Big Brother Social Media

According to cancer.gov’s statistics around 1.7 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed last year.  About 38% of all Americans will be diagnosed with cancer some time during their lifetime.

Don’t you think it would be important that information about ALL forms of cancer treatment be available to people? In America we are frequently prevented from accessing types of treatments that have been standard in other parts of the world. Thanks to the internet if you are willing to search through sites like PubMed you can find some of this information for yourself.

Thankfully more and more we also have groups of holistically minded health practitioners who are willing to share what they know during online summits, interviews and podcasts.

The Anti-Cancer Revolution Summit runs live from June 17th through the 23rd, 2019.

 

In addition to all the great interviews you get several free bonus gifts when you register to listen free during the premier week.

Social Media Crackdown

Maybe you’ve noticed that lately more and more social media outlets, and mainstream news outlets, are blocking our access to information that they don’t agree with.  For example I recently tried to pin an article about alternative flours and grains to my gluten-free board on Pinterest and I was blocked. The excuse they gave? “We have blocked this link because we do not allow nudity.”  Yep, an article about millet, buckwheat, almond, coconut and other interesting flours was blocked due to nudity.  Yeah, right.  Same thing happened when I tried to pin an article about turmeric being a good alternative to anti-inflammatory drugs. “We have blocked this link because we do not allow nudity.”  And yet again when I tried to pin a link for bone marrow recipes…..no nude bones allowed.

What do these three sites all have in common? It’s for sure NOT nudity!! Nope, they each have articles questioning the conventional status quo on hot topics like vaccines, cancer, mercury fillings, raw milk, homeopathy, and saturated fat being healthy.

Inconsistent or Dangerous?

Here’s what doesn’t make sense, and I think really shows that it isn’t about trying to keep us safe, or even about nudity in gluten-free grains – I can take the exact same article posted by a different source and there is no issue, nothing is blocked. For example an article announcing a health practitioner mentorship with a doctor who has experience using alternative treatments for cancer on the Weston A Price Foundation website is blocked, yet the same announcement directly from that holistically minded doctor is allowed.

If this wasn’t so frustrating and potentially dangerous in their Big Brother-ness it would be laughable.

So with that in mind I’m going to post some more links here that got blocked on Pinterest from one source, but not from another, that tell about the well-studied alternative cancer treatments made from mistletoe. Enjoy reading this banned material, and be sure to register for and listen to the Anti-Cancer Revolution. I’m sure there will be tons more valuable, and controversial but not nudity, information in those interviews!

Pin and Share these links!

Straight from cancer.gov is a compilation of studies on mistletoe that all say “we need to do more studies! This looks promising!” Mistletoe Extracts for Health Professionals

Using mistletoe extracts along with chemotherapy is beneficial and raises survival rates in this real-world observational analysis.

Another one finding increased survival with using mistletoe extracts alongside conventional therapies in a systematic literature review.

And this exciting-to-me one that says mistletoe extracts help overcome drug resistance in lung cancer cells. Mistletoe can be a powerful anti-cancer agent.

Try and Share These but they May Be Blocked

Here is the mistletoe archive page from GreenMedInfo.com

From the Weston A Price Foundation an explanation of how Dr. Tom Cowan incorporates mistletoe extract as part of his holistic approach to cancer.

And finally from Dr. Mercola an extensive article talking about mistletoe’s common use in European medicine as well as a history of its use as a drug.

Just for Fun

Here’s a link for lemongrass essential oil because the most often blocked site, The Truth About Cancer, loves lemongrass. 🙂

Happy Pinning! And don’t forget to join us for the Anti-Cancer Revolution Summit!

 

 

 

Jesus is Born! A Family Christmas Lesson

This painting by Bernardino Pinturicchio hangs in the church of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome. The photo is from our family’s trip to Rome in 2010.

Our gift to you this season!

This is the second in a series of lessons I have written that are appropriate for a family Bible study or homeschool  devotional time. The lessons are suitable for approximately ages 6 to 13, but younger children can be included with some extra explanations from mom or dad. Older children of course can participate! They will probably have their own insight to share.

(Here is the link for Lesson One: The Prophets Foretell Jesus’ Birth )

Click HERE to download the lesson.

What is this lesson about?

Each lesson begins with a memory verse. It is so important that our children, and parents too!, are able to memorize portions of God’s word and, as the Psalm says, hide it in our hearts.

This lesson contains several sections to help link the wonderful story of Jesus’ birth to music, art and history. Of course there is also a recipe – this is Well Fed Family after all!

How do I use this lesson?

The lesson is somewhat long for smaller children to sit through all at once. I like taking each section, or maybe two sections together, and stretching the lesson out over a few days or evenings. Give your children time to really study the art examples and then create their own masterpiece. Take time to sing the selected Christmas carols together as a family. Maybe you can find performances of these songs to listen to on YouTube or Pandora, or maybe someone in your family plays a musical instrument and can read the music provided and play for your family.

The Writer of the Gospel of Luke

This lesson focuses on passages from the Gospel of Luke. For a journalist’s perspective on Luke’s writing and reporting style you and your older children might be interested in Jamie Dean’s commentary on The World and Everything In It from December 12, 2018. Use this as a starting point for some family discussions on Christian worldview.

Click HERE to download the lesson!

Merry Christmas!