Health Is Everything

“It is impossible to fight a battle or a war if you are sick.  That is why we must keep our bodies and brains healthy – and be proactive about what we are feeding ourselves, our families, and our communities.” – Tisha Casida

On the long road to restoring liberty, I find it imperative that we focus some time and attention on our health.  And what we need to focus on is simple – our immune systems.

Let me qualify this by saying I am not a licensed anything and certainly not a doctor.  I am a young woman with no insurance who has decided I would rather put my money into preventing disease versus paying to alleviate the symptom (not the problem).

In a movie called Dr. Burzynski (a must watch for anyone who questions the FDA’s authority and actual purpose), a doctor says something to the effect of, ‘ask the head of the American Medical Association what prevents disease and they will tell you ‘the immune system’ – if this is the case, why don’t doctors write prescriptions for boosting one’s immune system?’.  I hope this point hits home.

So, in an effort to streamline our health, I have developed a core list of products (subject to change, review, and be added to with input from others), that I would like to share.

1. Protein: It is imperative that we eat quality proteins because these are the building blocks of our bodies.  By high-quality, I mean it is best that you know the source of your protein (where did the animal come from?, where was it slaughtered?, and what did it eat? are good questions to start with).  What we are trying to avoid are un-natural added growth hormones, antibiotics, and other chemicals that become a part of processed meat (nitrates, nitrites, artificial colorings, saline solution, etc.).  Raw milk is also a great source of protein (it has all 8 essential amino acids, depending on the farmer/area).  We must start to know our farmers and producers (especially when it comes to consuming raw milk) – find out where your meat or milk comes from and make a stand on eating high-quality products where you know the food-chain.    You will find that high-quality protein products taste better and allow you to support the local economy.  Beyond that, you create a positive action for your health and the environment.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar: Although vinegar is acidic, it has been shown that it actually causes people’s pH levels to become more alkaline.  The more alkaline your body is, the less chance there is for disease to subsist or proliferate.  That includes discouraging bacterial, fungal, and yeast growth – each which has corresponding negative effects on the human body.  You can take just a small bit every day, either by itself or in water/juice.

3. Green Drink: There are many mixes and concoctions that you can purchase – but the purpose of these is to get more “greens” in your diet.  Most Americans do not eat enough fruits and vegetables.  We know this.  And, you can take a “green powder pill”, but I am not confidant your body absorbs it the same.  Getting a green drink mixture and mixing it in organic fruit juice (organic, no-sugar-added cranberry juice is the best choice) at least helps supplement the body with “greens” so that you get much-needed vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, micro-nutrients, and antioxidants.  All good for your immune system and body at-large.

4. Omega 3,6, and 9 Fatty Acids:  DO NOT BE AFRAID OF FAT.  High-quality fats are incredibly good for your body, including your brain and skin.  The attack on fats and cholesterol have been very dangerous to the health of Americans, and we must counter this by consuming fats that are good for us.  This includes olive oil (as well as many other oils, just avoid canola and “vegetable” oil that most likely have traces of GMOs), organic butter, organic dairy products (like raw milk) and my favorite: cod liver oil.  You can find a cod liver oil supplement at your local health food store, and this can be taken in either in a pill or with a spoon (again, I prefer not taking pills whenever possible because of the levels of absorption in your body).

5. Clean Water: If you live in the city, it is hard to imagine what this really means.  Unfortunately, public water systems are often tainted with chemicals that the government claims are “good” for you and “protect your health”.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  It is essential that we drink pure water because it is the filtration system for our body.  You can find filters that help get rid of some of these particles, you can also purchase spring water and high-quality filtered water.  My favorite water supplement for water is a product called “Cellfood”, which you can add to your pure water – this is an oxygen/nutrient supplement.

6. Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements:  For further review and research, the following are additional means of adding nutrients to your diet that will boost your immune system, and build your body and brain:  All B-Vitamins, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Vitamin A, Probiotics, Colostrum, and Elderberry.

It is impossible to fight a battle or a war if you are sick.  That is why we must keep our bodies and brains healthy – and be proactive about what we are feeding ourselves, our families, and our communities.  It is up to us to take responsibility for our health.  Being proactive and protecting our body from disease is the right thing to do for our own well-being as well as for the fight to restore sound economic principles and constitutionality to our country.

– Tisha Casida

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) – No Joke

This post originally posted at TishaTCasida.com.

Part of my frustration in the past ten years has been being the canary in the coal mine for my family and friends who just have no idea how dangerous certain chemicals are. After my over-exposure to pesticides/insecticides as a child, I have left my now 29-year-old body in a state that is super-sensitive to chemicals that I come in contact with.

Sometimes they are perfumes, sometimes cleaners, and sometimes other scents and antibacterial lotions/potions that are chock-full of chemicals that in small quantities can actually be dangerous. Small quantities become large quantities when you take into the equation all of the other chemicals that are raging in our food, air, water, etc.

Today the culprit is methyl nonyl ketone, which is in some strange pet-repellent that was sprayed in my parent’s home. Now, of course the MSDS sheet and other information says things like “Carcinogenic Effects: Not available”, “Mutagenic effects: Not available”, “Teratogenic Effects: Not available”, “Developmental Toxicty: Not available”. Nothing is known. Now, everyone would like you to think that the unknown is because there is no problem there – I, canary in the coal mine, can tell you that this chemical has some ill-effect on something because I can sense it. It sets off my senses and makes me feel ill.

Unfortunately in our society, such a warning is not enough. So, this is a battle cry. An opportunity to educate others – a cry out to others who have chemical sensitivities or MCS – that you are not alone. More and more people will become sensitive as our human bodies start to recognize that they are full-up of poison. Only then, will so many people change. But, it has to start somewhere, it has to be written, it has to be expressed.

We do that here – albeit the fate of a canary for anyone who recognizes the dangers of the pollutants that we fill our environment, our home, and our body with.

Sauerkraut the Original Probiotic Superfood « Food Freedom

via Sauerkraut the Original Probiotic Superfood « Food Freedom.

It is Farmers’ Market time!!!  We hope that you can find some delicious local produce to cook this summer!

Pro-biotics are “good bacteria” that help you to digest foods as well as support the digestive tract.  Also referred to as microorganisms and microbes, pro-biotics are commonly consumed as a part of fermented foods.

Eat good, and eat local when you can!  Sauerkraut is a wonderful “superfood” that nourishes your body.

Read for about this “original probiotic superfood” here.

Slow Money Alliance

Meet the Slow Food Alliance – an organization with an outstanding mission to build sustainable local food systems (which are inherently better for the economy).

Their Goal?

A million Americans investing 1% of their assets in local food systems…within a decade.

Their Reasoning?

In order to enhance food security, food safety and food access; improve nutrition and health; promote cultural, ecological and economic diversity; and accelerate the transition from an economy based on extraction and consumption to an economy based on preservation and restoration.

Their Method?

Have people sign onto their principles – you can access those HERE!

Want to Learn More?

Watch what they are working on via their BLOG, which you can find HERE!

We applaud the Slow Money Alliance in their efforts to educate our communities about the importance of supporting and maintaining sustainable food systems.  Please take the time to listen to what they are creating, and take action to support local food.

Prevention as a Cure for Cancer

THIS IS A DISCLAIMER THAT I AM NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR AND YOU CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT I SAY BECAUSE APPARENTLY IT WOULD TAKE  STUDY TO PROVE THIS WHICH HAS ALREADY BEEN PROVEN OVER THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF HUMAN EXISTENCE.

It has always interested (and infuriated) me at the amount of time and money that has been spent on “finding a cure” for cancer.  Although this is a very honorable and well-meant task, at the end of the day we do know what causes cancer, and therefore, there is no good reason on planet earth why we should not spend time and money preventing cancer from happening in the first place.

What causes cancer?  Cells that are sick – sick from chemicals, sick from not being fed nutrients in the first place, sick from genetic defects that cause negative reactions in one’s body.  Rogue cells that are not functioning the way that they should – that is what can cause most any type of cancer to start forming.

What is a somewhat proven (see disclaimer above) prevention?  Eating nutritious food that nourishes your body.  Drinking pure water that is not chuck full of chemicals.  Avoiding exposure to chemicals in and on one’s body whether it be in the food we eat, or in the home where we live.

It is really that simple.  Not to say it will work every time, but it is in my opinion that if we spent millions and millions of dollars making sure that we eat healthy, drink pure water, and get rid of the toxic chemicals that are so common in our food supply and home environment, that we would soon start to see healthier people, and a much more sustainable “cure” for cancer.

– Tisha Casida

BEEF – It's What for Dinner IF YOU KNOW YOUR PRODUCER


I stopped eating conventional red meat about 7 years ago (by conventional I mean from a producer that I cannot know, i.e. Tyson).  When mad cow disease (aka: BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, CJD) became an issue, I decided that I did not want to have my brain turn into mush, and that I would rather not eat beef.

But I LOVE A GOOD HAMBURGER AND STEAK, so that led me on a quest to find great beef products produced by farmers and ranchers that I trusted.  Luckily, in Colorado, there are several.

In a recent article I found on Mike Callicrate’s No-Bull website, it became apparent, again, that many people in the United States are still eating and cooking meat that is subpar and even dangerous.  Being a food-snob myself, I still refuse to eat beef from even nice restaurants because they are usually not tasty and the meat comes from huge food conglomerates that use growth hormones, large amounts of antibiotics, and new drugs like Optiflex and Zilmax, which (IN MY HUMBLE OPINION) can have untested and could have unknown results on the body of a human being.

Do you ever feel like a guinea pig?  That is because if you are not becoming more aware of your food supply – YOU ARE.

Never has it been more important to be more sustainable – find ways to purchase food from local farmers and ranchers who you trust, and grow your own food.

Read more about what is happening to beef HERE!

– Tisha Casida

NAIS, Codex Alimentarius, Bill S510 and Other Bedtime Stories to Guarantee Nightmares

By Tamrah Jo Ortiz

This story was originally printed at The Good, Bad, & Ludicrous

Thanks to my good friends on Facebook, I was alerted that the ugly head of the government is once again poking its’ large and obnoxious nose into places it doesn’t belong.   Yes, I realize this is a inflammatory statement, hence, my writing here, instead of posting this as a comment at the www.opencongress.org website.  (which, if you’d like, you can visit and look at the hoopla going on over various bills.)

So, let’s take a look at each of these and try to make sense of them.

NAIS – The National Animal Identification System.   In brief, this idea is supposedly born of the desire to quickly identify and destroy animals that pose a threat to both food supply and our existence. (mad cow disease, avian bird flu, anyone?)

What is not so clear is how anyone thinks any of this will really work.   Number 1, the folks that want to implement this currently employ thousands to audit tax returns and apparently have not been successful in creating a database or secure electronic means of verifying taxes or conducting a paperless census (which, by the way, we filled out, returned and apparently was ‘lost’ as a census person showed up at my house saying they didn’t get ours.   On the flip side, my mom got 2 censuses to fill out and a friend never received any….)

Now, if these folks have not centralized, streamlined and made efficient the operations they have been in charge of for decades, how in the world are we to believe they can implement this kind of system and let us know about diseased food within 20 years of our consumption of it?

Number 2 – current figures show that given the ‘requirements’ of the system, most of the costs will fall on the small farmers and ranchers – courtesy of Wikipedia is the following:

“The costs of becoming NAIS compliant for a U.S. beef producer were found to be a minimum of $2.08 a head for large producers and as much as $17.56 a head for smaller operations, with an estimated average cost to cow/calf producers of $6.26 per animal, according to research by Christopher Raphael Crosby of Kansan State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics published in 2008.”

Does anyone hear “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer”?

Number 3 – Historically, outbreaks of disease occur in close population, improperly nourished animals.   Farmer John who has 15 head of cattle and 160 acres of pasture does not face the same challenges as Mr. Beef, who has crammed 5,000 cows into a feedlot the size of a Wal-mart parking lot, where calves play on hills of cow patties and drink milk produced from the ingestion of soybean and corn meal (when cows have evolved to do just fine, thank you very much, on grass.)

Plus, Farmer John really depends on his herd for his food, to feed his family and perhaps a neighbor or two and to bring in some extra cash to pay the ever-increasing cost of living expenses.  So he has a HUGE investment in making sure his herd is healthy and well-nourished.  The loss of even one cow can make or break him.

Mr. Beef can depend on tax breaks, an adjustment of market prices, government bailouts, etc, if he somehow manages to lose his herd to disease.   So who do you think takes better care of their herd?

On to the next – Codex Alimentarius – Proponents will tell you it’s an international effort to ensure the safety of food for all – as well as to keep me from accidently killing myself from taking too much Vitamin C.

Again, these efforts are brought to you by folks who can’t even balance their own budgets and settle disputes among themselves in a peaceful manner.  Do you really think they know how much Vitamin C I can handle and furthermore, if I were receiving nutritious food, would I even need a supplement?   If they are so invested in “Nutritious, Safe Food to further the health and well-being of the populace” then why did they ignore the published findings of biochemist Dr. Mary Enig in the 70’s, who warned of the dangers of trans-fats and hydrogenated fats to the human body?  Um, no, took about 40 years before they figured that one out (if they even have yet……………)

I also find it interesting that many countries within the World Effort of this measure are ARDENTLY opposed to GMO foods and have been very insistent on pushing for foods containing those types of ingredients to be Labeled.   Those who have a vested interest in controlling both seed and food supplies, by getting ‘patents’ on their genetically modified seeds and plants have kept up the pressure and keep taking a run at getting that ‘pesky little nuisance’ of required labeling for GMO foods buried under the rug.

All in all, I cannot see the reasoning for extending all this effort on the Codex other than for countries who take their food and health seriously to put up a ‘fence’ to keep those exports out from countries that do not.  (meaning, US)

So with the history of these two long-running dramas, I now come to the most recent – Senate Bill S510.

Innocuously titled, “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act”, it lists high-sounding ideals and includes some of the following:

food facility re-inspection (um…I worked as a waitress for 12 years, I can tell you, restaurants get inspected every year……)
food recalls (aren’t they already allowed to do that?)
a voluntary qualified importer program (have these people never heard of eating locally?)
So those violently opposed to this bill read it and see how easily seed and food control could be placed in the hands of those who have no business telling us what we can grow or eat, share with our neighbors or sell at the local farmer’s market.   And I agree with them to a point; while the bill does not specifically state any of these intents, the large generalized points of it are open to all kinds of interpretations.

History tells me the interpreters will translate it for the benefit of themselves, their agency budget and their large campaign contributors (corporations) before they will for my health and well being.

Again, if you look to history, deaths and illness related to the consumption of contaminated, diseased foods, has been linked to large corporate mono-culture farms, not the small local producers.  Why?  Well, because the small local producer not only feeds you, but their own family.  They don’t have the time or the energy (or the insanity) to grow one garden with ‘good stuff’ for their family and another with ‘questionable stuff’ to sell at the local market.

In addition, if I get ‘bad food’ at the local farmer’s market, I know exactly who to go to with my accusations.   When large farms put out questionable produce, it has also traveled through one or more broker warehouses, a packaging plant or two, the transportation gamut….on and on and its’ so easy to pass the buck on who exactly is to blame.

I’m also curious as to why Homeland Security is one of the committees listed on the bill’s information page.  What, are they afraid terrorists are going to send us toxic bananas?   Newsflash, if everyone ate organic and locally, this fear would be laughable.  And I can tell you, any terrorist shows up at our local farmers market with evil intent on his mind, I can guarantee there are enough ‘rednecks’ around here that are just waiting for an opportunity to show the world what real Homeland Security looks like.

I also wonder just where they are going to get the money to implement all this when they are already crying about ‘deficits’ and ‘budget cuts’.   To my mind, this has less to do with feeding the nation safely and more to do with feeding the oversized monster we call our government, as well as nudging out any competition to the large centralized food companies.

Implementation, testing and compliance enforcement take money – and that money will come from those who want to ‘buy into the market’ (meaning smaller operations won’t be able to afford to be in the market) –  but most of the money will come from you and me, the consumer.   What?  You don’t think so?  Just who do you think is paying for the Tobacco Company Settlements?   It isn’t the companies or the government, its’ the consumers.  But I’ll leave that debate for another time.

The legislation listed above can only make sense in a climate of fear.   They can only pass when we blindly believe the government is really trying to protect us.  When we believe that death is more heinous than liberty. (Oh where is Patrick Henry when you need him?)

Quit looking to the government to save you from harm.   Know those who grow your food.   Have a relationship.  Trust me, they are much more invested in your health and well being than the FDA is.  Because without you, they don’t have a livelihood.  The FDA and government don’t either, but they have forgotten.

Remind them.

Seeds Trust – Enhancing Sustainability in Local Farming & Ranching

Seeds are just amazing things.  From a very small shell of all shapes and dimensions comes beautiful and delicious fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and flowers.

Healthy seeds, non-GMO seeds, and heirloom seeds are a very important component of preserving agriculture for future generations

Seeds Trust is a 25-year old, family-owned seed company that has very helpful information and resources for those interested in saving seeds, growing a garden, and basically preserve man-kind by preserving agriculture as we know, or used to know it.

Visit Seeds Trust HERE.

– Tisha Casida

REAL FOOD MEDIA

Baked Bread by Paul Alhadef Photography

We have come across a very good site featuring various articles on what we like to call “real food”.  This is food that is (according to this site, as well as our standards):

  • Organic
  • Humanely raised (animals on pasture, not in factories)
  • Grown locally when possible
  • Whole and unrefined (real maple syrup instead of high-fructose corn syrup)
  • Processed as little as possible (raw milk instead of pasteurized and homogenized)
  • Nutrient-dense (enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and probiotics)
  • Free of additives and preservatives
  • Free of synthetic and chemical ingredients
  • Not genetically modified
  • Traditionally produced and prepared

CHECK OUR REAL FOOD MEDIA HERE!

Raw Milk – Let the Consumer to Decide

– Tisha Casida

I have been involved with several raw milk producers, and for a period of time owned my own share of raw milk in Southern Colorado.  Because of the growing awareness about the potential benefits of raw milk consumption, there is another unfortunate issue that is coming up in the echelons of Congress and the FDA.

The issues are the following: regulation [21 CFR 1240.61(a)] and statute [42 USC 264(a)].

Regulation 21 CFR 1240.61(a) states “no person shall cause to be delivered into interstate commerce or shall sell, otherwise distribute, or hold for sale or other distribution after shipment in interstate commerce any milk or milk product in final package form for direct human consumption unless the product has been pasteurized.”

Statute 42 USC 264(a) states, “The Surgeon General, with the approval of the Secretary, is authorized to make and enforce such regulations as in his judgment are necessary to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases…from one state or possession into any other state or possession.”

These (in theory) are supposed to protect consumers from sickness and disease.  The problem is that the heavy hand of government, with such regulations, can stifle consumer choice and actually hurt the health of consumers who have experienced benefits (not to mention the effect on local economies).

At the end of the day, we need our free markets back, where consumers can make their own purchasing decisions – buyer beware.  I am an adult, and I would like the responsibility of deciding both what to purchase and to ingest.  In the case of raw milk, it has been tremendously beneficial to my health and well-being, and therefore, I want to be able to purchase this from local producers who I know and trust.

Be cognizant of what they are doing with your choices!

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