Feet in the Dirt

Have you put your feet in the dirt lately? Did you know that the earth carries a negative charge, and that you may actually feel better if you take five or ten minutes to stand barefoot in the dirt (or even in the grass)? Some people call this “grounding”, and for myself, has been a wonderful way to feel better after staring at a computer screen, or being on a cell phone, all day. Most objects on the ground carry a positive charge, and so by actually physically connecting with the earth, you can “stay balanced” electrically (we are energy).

 

The earth, and us as human beings, have an amazing connection. Just like we depend upon the earth (and universe) for energy to power up our computer and phones, we also rely on the earth to feed ourselves, and to of course, to have a clean water supply. There are many people in our country, who do not have the time to go and take their shoes off to stand in the dirt – there are arguably people who have never touched the earth’s surface with their bare feet – and it is my hypothesis that this creates people who are out of touch with the planet – literally and figuratively.

 

Until to put your feet in the dirt, or take your shoes off and put your feet in a stream or creek – you may not realize just how powerful the phenomena is. It is my goal to get as many people as possible taking their shoes off and taking 10 minutes to stand in the dirt. If you can actually get out on a trail, out of the city, that is even better. If you can put your hands in the dirt too, and plant something or grow something to eat – that is the next step to connecting to your power source – agriculture. But just a little bit helps – I bet you will see positive health benefits.

 

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

Food Rules by Michael Pollan: Rule #39 – Eat all the junk food you want….

“Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.” – Michael Pollan

Junk foods are hard work.  So, if you make yourself make your own junk food, chances are you won’t be doing it as much.  In addition to that, it will be fresher and have less preservatives.  It’s a win-win – delicious sweet, salty, fried goodness and less junk food in your diet.

Pollan, M. (2009). Food Rules – An Eater’s Manual. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

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

Food Rules by Michael Pollan: Rule #30 – Eat well-grown food from healthy soil

Soil is the building block of any type of plant growing in it.  Yes, there is even research to support such a claim – soils rich in organic matter grow food that is more nutritious.

That means, not only is it important to eat healthy foods (i.e. plants), but it is equally important that those plants have been grown in healthy soils.  The best way to do this is to know your farmer/producer and learn about their methods with their land.  You can also grow your own food.

“Organic” is good and “local” is good – but in both cases you should become familiar with the producers and their use of the land/soil.

And if you are looking for products and services that may help you, keep your eyes on our FOOD section.

Pollan, M. (2009). Food Rules – An Eater’s Manual. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

Crusaders for REAL FOOD

Okay, so perhaps the picture is a little dramatic, but hey, it caught your attention, didn’t it?

Today I was forwarded a wonderful article on a teacher speaking out against the drab food that is a part of our public education’s lunch system.  The variables are complex (subsidized lunches, funding from both state and national governments, purchasing/volume requirements, marketing, mark-ups, profits, and federal requirements), but the problem is not.

The problem is that our kids (in general) are not engaging in a healthy diet.  Now, that is NOT just education’s fault, as a matter of fact our “social structure” is very much a culprit.  However, I myself have recently been in an elementary classroom, and our youth are eating a lot of foods that are not good for them (processed foods to wrap it into one category).

One teacher in Colorado, is speaking up and speaking out.  An naturally, she is getting resistance from others because of her actions.  However, it takes people – from our community – to make a difference and to stand up for nutrition, produce, and supporting local agriculture whenever and wherever we can.

Read the whole story HERE, and if you have more stories and links about other people speaking up and DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THIS, please let us know, we would love to feature them online and in-print.

– Tisha Casida

Food Rules By Michael Pollan: Rule #18 – Don't ingest foods made in places where everyone is required to wear a surgical cap.

Simple enough.  Find foods that have been prepared in local restaurants, or even better yet, by YOU!  Most processed foods are made in high-tech facilities with machinery and product flying around (watch “How It’s Made” sometime), and this is normally an indication that this food has been heavily processed.

Go to a local farmers’ market, join a CSA, support local producers, and try to eat foods that have been prepared by human beings versus machines.

Pollan, M. (2009). Food Rules – An Eater’s Manual. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

Food Rules by Michael Pollan: Rule #25 – Eat Your Colors

There is good reason to want a diet with a lot of colors in it (and NO not crazy artificial colors that have come from dyes), the reason is that those colors are actually indicative of the phytochemicals that they contain.  Phytochemicals are good for you!

Join a CSA (Community-Supported-Agriculture), find a farmers’ market, and plant a garden!  AND EAT YOUR COLORS!

Pollan, M. (2009). Food Rules – An Eater’s Manual. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

Food Rules by Michael Pollan: Rule #13 Eat Only Foods that will Eventually Rot

Have you ever seen the picture of the Happy Meal after one year of sitting on a shelf?  Well, it turns out that not too much had changed, in other words, most of that stuff in the food was NOT FOOD, but preservatives.

Food rotting or decomposing, because of bacteria or fungi, is a natural process – it is just the way our eco-systems work.  Food rotting is a sure sign that the food you have is natural, healthful, and WHOLE food, or food that is good for you.

So, when you go shopping, avoid the middle aisles, typically where “most of the immortal foodlike substances in the supermarket are found”(Pollan, 2009).

Pollan, M. (2009). Food Rules – An Eater’s Manual. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

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