Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Who caused the problem?

Personal note from me.  I am in a deeply cynical mood this morning and might be a little too depressing and harsh for you.  My apologies ahead of time.  Tomorrow I will be in the garden all day and my normal sunny disposition and optimistic view will return.

I started out writing about properly fed (grass fed) protein, but am in the wrong frame of mind to do it justice.  It is too important of an issue to not give it my best.  Later this week I will finish and post it.   

The picture is of my hubby and youngest son a couple of years ago.  We had a great vacation down by Death Valley.  It was really a wonderful place.

One of the big "hot button" issues of our day is a reclamation of our health.  Who has blessed us as a country with lousy health, obesity, disease beyond imagination, an enormous increase in "special needs" children and pregnancy and delivery problems, autoimmune diseases, allergies, digestion problems and other wretched industrial based health issues?
  • The Government - whatever country you live in?
  • Industrial pharmaceutical companies?
  • Unhelpful medical practices?
  • A legal system that destroys common sense?
  • Regulations that support evil and destroy good?
  • Massive and unhealthy agribusiness?
  • Corrupt educational system?
  • Lobbyists and subsidized business?
Guess what.  The answer is "none of the above".  Although personally I have massive issues with ALL of the above, the reason these entities (lets call them "the conglomerate") have enormous power over our personal lives is that we have given it to them.  We purchased the lie that we could live a life without consequence with our health.  The above entities have exploited our ignorance.  So the answer is.... look in the mirror.  It is you.  It is me.  We have given away a heritage of abundant health, healthy children and a simple, wholesome lifestyle.

Why?  Well, there appears to be two different answers depending on your world view.  If you are a Christian, there is a deeply entrenched river which says I want the grace of the New Testament and not the law of the Old Testament..... especially with food and lifestyle.  Under grace, if I am sick, I can ask for healing and if I have enough faith.....  and remember that Peter had that vision!  I am with Peter.  I have no desire to live by the law and besides, God has not called me to that!  (reference Leviticus 11 and Acts 10). 
(note from me... If you are a Christian you might contemplate reading through Leviticus a couple of times a year - it is a part of the Bible and it is the direction manual from God to us.  Ignoring the directions... not a great idea)
If you are not a Christian, there are no moral imperatives in your life. Food rules don't apply to you unless you choose to live your life in a way that brings you health. Any boundaries are self imposed, government imposed, society imposed or family imposed.  You can use your reason and sense to figure out what type of lifestyle gives you the best health.

If this is you, you might contemplate who makes a profit out of bringing you and your family to a place of addiction to evil food, who makes a profit off of telling you what you can and cannot eat and drink.  You might consider thinking about the monopoly of government, regulatory agencies, educational agencies, insurance agencies and last, but certainly not least, the business of law.  Don't kid yourself that law is anything but another massive business.
Note, this is currently clearly seen in the raw milk issue.  At every step, "the conglomerate" tries to outlaw raw milk.  Since they have been unsuccessful in a couple of states and are getting a big push back from a knowledgeable population, they now are using the liability insurance portion of their business to bring them into line.  Check out the Whole Foods/raw milk controversy.
So, what are health consequences?  This is a mindset that says... go ahead and feed your family that overly processed, nutritionally dead food regularly.  It won't hurt them.... You have a low level inflammation?  Take antibiotics.  Now you have another (fill in the blank) problem.  Oh, there is a drug to fix any problem that crops up.  Oh... that drug caused a whole set of other problems?  Well... we have another drug for that.... That might kill you?  Oh, we have a procedure for that.   That procedure won't work?  Well, dope yourself to the gills and live a 10% life and be thankful.  You don't want to live that way?  Well, have some more drugs.

This is, of course, just a brief synopses.  So, on to the good news.  YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE THIS WAY!  You can change your family's future.  You can bring robust health, peace and joy to your life.  Once you figure out that you are in charge, you don't need to change the whole system, you don't need to be dependent on the whole system.... YOUR FAMILY CAN BE FREE!

If you are sick or have a family member with a health issue, consider viewing all of those big controlling interests with a healthy dose of cynicism.  Believe me, it is good.  Does that mean never going to the doctor?  Absolutely not.  Does that mean never taking prescriptive medication?  Nope.  How about faith healing?  Can God heal your disease?  Absolutely - I was personally healed by God from a long-term problem as an act of grace.  Does that mean never eating out, never getting together with friends over a meal, never enjoying some yummy thing?  Again, NOPE!

What it means is that you need to figure out better choices for your family.  You be the advocate for health.  In the primitive societies that Dr. Price visited, tested and recorded, food wisdom was considered a personal and societal imperative.  It was important that you ate what you needed for your stage of life and that you followed well laid out guidelines for where you lived.

These were the ultimate "local" eaters.... but spent considerable resource and energy making sure that anyone bearing a child ate right - male and female.  They also used wisdom from their elders and the generations before them to grow their crops in such a way that they didn't ruin the soil.  They didn't have access to the "addictions" that cause a cascade of profit right down the corporate trail.  They had beautiful, healthy teeth.  They bore healthy children easily.

Make it a priority in your life to figure out what your body needs for the optimal health that you can come to... no matter the situation.  Be reasonable in your choices.  If you have a healthy gut and immune system, occasional lapses shouldn't bring much harm (although the GMO thing might very well change that dynamic).

Here are some suggestions on ways you can change the health dynamic in your family.

Read a book:  Nourishing Traditions, The Maker's Diet and Food Rules are three good ones, but there are a lot out there.
Watch a movie:  Food, Inc.  is great.  There is another one called "Fresh" that I have not seen yet, but it might be good.
Find a good, holistic doctor
Eat at home
Plant a garden
Make it a priority to figure out what "healthy" is and how to get there
Give your body what it needs
Buy locally grown food when possible

If you can make the necessary changes one at a time, with understanding at each phase, you will probably be more successful.  To change without understanding usually means that change cannot be permanent.

This blog is my personal journey through this process.  The "steps" are listed out on this page .  Our own family is learning and changing.  The process is hard sometimes, but worth it.  We want abundant health and good choices for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren and anyone else who wants to join us.

Thanks for letting me unload.  Hope I haven't offended anyone or broken any laws.

Be healthy, blessed and well.


  1. Thank you- love it! :)

  2. Far from offensive, Cindy... thank you for your thoughts this morning:) Have a wonderful day- it's beautiful outside! By the way, did I tell you that we are getting chickens?? Sooo excited!

  3. Bobbi, That is awesome! Once you get your coop built, I am happy to give you a couple "layers"... otherwise the 6 months til they lay seems so long for the kids. Having eggs right away might be fun.

    Chara and Bobbi: Thanks for the encouragement. I was debating about whether to even post the darn thing after I wrote it. It took me an hour of self-argument but then figured we don't live in a perfect world and it is best to go with what is, not what we wish :(

    Anyway, thanks

  4. Our sentiments exactly!
    We've been given everything we need to live a healthy, satisfying, sustainable life. Take hold of the Promise! One step at a time!

    Kelly & Audrey

  5. Kelly and Audrey, you are so right. I confess, I am feeling better already. The cloud of depression that was hovering over me has lifted. I appreciate being able to just be honest in this space and having such good friends remind me of what is real, what is good and what is true.!

    One step at a time... into good health we go!


  6. Very well said Cindy! I love what you have to say that crosses political agendas on both sides & brings common sense to living our daily lives. I'm trying to not be bogged down by the health care bill & instead educate myself more so that I can help bring health to my family & anyone who will listen to me. I'd much rather not be sick & relient on "The Conglomerate" to fix me & I think most people would choose health over a paid for surgery.

    My hope is in the Lord who made everything & knows everything. I just finished Leviticus for the first time & I'm so glad I read through it. God really knows what He's talking about.

    Have fun in the garden. I had a fun morning cleaning out the chicken pen (I'm being serious).

  7. Melissa, I love cleaning out the chicken pen! So much good stuff for the garden. I don't want to be dependent on any conglomerate or corporation for our families health and well being. So far, so good.

    I am planning to re-read Leviticus. I try to slowly read through it at least once or twice a year. There is an amazing amount of good info on fungal issues, health issues and good sound advice. When I was young, I thought it was dry. I don't any more.

    I am so looking forward to the garden tomorrow. I have been putting tiny numbers in little boxes for days now and am crabby and so ready to be done. I finished today about 3:15 and am so grateful. Yuck. Numbers are NOT my thing at all. But it is done for this month.

    I hope to have pictures from tomorrow. It is all tilled, my stuff is all ready and I am ready to put in an early spring garden before the rain later this week.

    It is good.

  8. I so agree with you on this! I get so annoyed when people blame the gov't and everyone else for their problems without taking personal responsibility for anything.

    I'm writing a similar article over at Not Dabbling in Normal about the school lunch issue. I'm so annoyed that people think it's the governments responsibility to teach our children about healthy eating.

    The truth is when you can only be taken advantage of if you allow it to happen, and as Americans we've allowed the gov't and big ag to take control of our diets (which is why American companies often have special products for the European market without HFCS or GMO's). The sad part is many people don't care.

  9. To Chiot's Run,

    Thanks for the link. I'm adding it to my page. We can push back. We don't need to live this way. Corporations can be changed and the informed consumer and voter is a powerful force.