We’ve been building our natural life for a while now. I am thankful to have a husband who (for the most part) agrees, encourages, and supports my decisions when it comes to keeping our family healthy and protected. It’s taken many years, and countless hours of scouring books, websites, and asking thousands of questions to get to the point where I am now.
Where is this point exactly?
Just past everyone in the family thinking I am on the crazy side, and almost to the point of I know too much, so it just doesn’t matter what they think.
The way I see it, our society has been too-far gone from natural living for too long and something needs to change. Food isn’t food anymore. Harmful chemicals infuse and attack our homes, and in turn, our bodies. Medication and medical treatment has become over-prescribed, wrongly-prescribed, and poorly regulated. All for profit. And to be honest, I truly believe that the majority of people have lost touch of knowing their bodies, and what they are capable of if taken care of.
One day I decided I wasn’t made to follow the rules, and conform to what society thought was an acceptable life. There was a yearning inside me that ached for more knowledge, because I knew that I wanted to see changes in my life, and the world in which my family and are a part of. So began the process.
One of the very first books I stumbled upon that pushed me towards a more natural life was “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” by Weston A. Price, D.D.S. At the time, I was only just curious, and I hadn’t began to scratch my itch for adjusting my lifestyle. However, within the foreword alone, suggestions were made based on thirty-five years of clinical experience that I feel are now worth sharing.
(1) Reduce the volume of industrial effluence, including fluorides, now contaminating our air, water and food supply as rapidly as possible, through federal, state and local controls.
(2) Ban the use of untested food additives immediately. Reduce the number of those tested, considered harmless, and approved for use to an absolute minimum.
(3) Rapidly phase out the use of long-acting pesticides and herbicides, unless proven harmless, except for emergency situations such as malaria control. Ban the sale of these pesticides for household use. Seek control of insect pests and weeds through other means, including soil improvement. Well nourished plants are most resistance to insects and fungi than deficient ones.
(4) Warn the public that all petrochemicals, whether in food, water, air, pesticides, cosmetics, detergents, drugs or other environmental contacts, are potentially dangerous to many, and probably to all, individuals. Tell them that the least contact is best.
(5) Give the public access to fundamental knowledge of good nutrition. If we are to survive, this must be taught in every school grade from kindergarten through college. Primitive wisdom tells us that the production of healthy, normal babies depends on optimum parental nutrition before conception, as well as during pregnancy. Breast-feeding is most important, and should be followed by a diet high in raw and unprocessed foods. Most birth deformities are unnecessary. Good bones, good muscles, attractive skin, normal endocrines, a healthy liver, good reproductive capacity, good intelligence, and good looks depend upon good food. Our people must know food values—and nourishing food is not necessarily expensive.
(6) Compost city wastes for use of fertilizers: return organic materials, minerals, and trace elements to help rebuild our plundering soil; and reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers high in nitrogen content which are contaminating our water and food supplies. Demonstrate to farmers that this approach is economically feasible.
(7) Raise foods for quality rather than quantity. High protein, high vitamin and high mineral foods have much higher survival value than those with more calories but less essential nutrients. Calories alone are not enough.
Dr. Price simply helped opened my eyes…maybe he even initiated my passion for living based on these suggestions, and more. I do, however, see things in a different light only in the sense that I trust God, and His creations. I do not trust man, and his intention from his creations. God created this earth with a purpose for every living thing on it. Food, fuel, family, and fixes, there is always a natural remedy.
Before I knew it, I was eager to see what others had to say. So I came across a few other [now my “go-to”] names when I have something to look up, or am in a research mood.
Dr. Mercola being the first name that comes to mind because I simply love his site. I find him both encouraging, and educational. www.mercola.com
Katie, also known as “Wellness Mama” is a great read! www.wellnessmama.com
When it comes to building our life on our little farm, Mother Earth News is where I check first for up-to-date, organic homesteading. www.motherearthnews.com
Being a mama of two, and of two totally contrasting experiences as far as births go, I recommend reading the following books: “Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way” by Susan McCutcheon and “The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth” by Henci Goer.
Recently I’ve come across the name “Aviva Romm” via social media, and I hope to dig in a little deeper to see where that leads me.
Sometimes I feel like I know too much, that if I had never began my research escapades, life would be so much easier. I wouldn’t worry about literally everything. I wouldn’t want to teach and inspire my children to live better lives, so that one day they would live in a more natural world. Sometimes the fact that there are still SO. MANY. MORE. FACTS out there scares the living hell out of me. But guess what?! I’m willing to take them on. Being a natural mama means always researching, so you know you are prepared when tough questions or decisions come your way. And as we know, life continually does just that.
Knowledge is so powerful. And though I may not be supermom, my quest for “power” continues. And maybe you can help me with that…
What is your favorite website, book, blog, podcast, or any other form of information that relates to natural living? (Essential oils, organic gardening, vaccines and other medical pros and cons, fitness and exercise, natural remedies for athletes, homemade household products, gluten free or paleo recipes, living simple etc.)
Please comment and add your favorite source to the list!