The Milk Police?

“How can government dictate what we choose to eat when we each have unique standards for good nutrition?” Although I believe many could care less about good nutrition, as most believe food only needs to taste good to the eater to qualify for a trip down the gullet, I certainly agree with this rhetorical (or not) question. The government has no business what-so-ever dictating what we can and cannot eat.


The article this quote was taken from is about a recent raw milk “sting” operation by our government agencies, The Freedom to Buy and Sale Raw Milk. I encourage you to read it, and the other articles on Raw Milk at the Lew Rockwell site. I haven’t read the others yet, but guessing they’ll be good too.


If you haven’t heard about the raid on the Amish milk farm, here’s a link about the “year long” sting operation on them.


And a note about legislation introduced by Ron Paul in May to allow distribution of raw milk. From the article: “No matter what one’s personal position is on the issue of consuming dairy products, the freedom to buy and sell raw milk is a fundamental right afforded to every American under the US Constitution.”


Neither Safe nor Necessary

There are many medical procedures where the cure is worse than the dis-ease. There are also many where the risks far outweigh the benefits. This can be especially true, when it comes to infants.

Hepatitis B vaccination has been recommended by federal health officials since 1991 for all infants and children.

There are now hepatitis B vaccine mandates for children to attend daycare or school in 47 states, despite strong evidence that the health risks of doing this outweighs the benefit for your child.

Three hepatitis B shots are part of the standard government-recommended childhood vaccination schedule, with the first dose given at 12 hours of age in the newborn nursery of most hospitals.

But hepatitis B is a primarily blood-transmitted disease associated with risky lifestyle choices such as unprotected sex with multiple partners and intravenous drug use involving sharing needles—it is NOT primarily a “children’s disease.”

… [About the risks]

You can find many of these tragic cases presented in peer reviewed medical journals over the past twenty years. (For scientific references, go to this page.)

The array of serious health problems people have reported experiencing after hep B vaccinations is quite shocking:

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Guillain Barre syndrome
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia purpura
  • Convulsions, and brain disorders such as encephalitis (brain swelling) and brain demyelination
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Visual and hearing impairments, including optic neuritis
  • Pancreatitis

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Join us Today LIVE – on Prayer

“Teach Us to Pray” ~ Becoming a Family of Prayer

Becoming a Family of Prayer is the topic I’ll be speaking on for the Ultimate Home School Expo, a completely ONLINE, HUGE homeschool conference.

If you’d like to join us live as we record my session, “Teach Us to Pray” ~ Becoming a Family of Prayer, you can do so this afternoon at 1:00 CT, for FREE! The details are below. Even if you aren’t able to make it, please pray that all will go smooth with the presentation and recording, and that God will be glorified in it.

In this session, I’ll be speaking on prayer in general, and also sharing prayer projects our family does, and how to become a family of prayer.

“Teach Us to Pray” ~ Becoming a Family of Prayer

Monday, April 19, 2010, 1PM CT
(The room is closed until the chat-the room will be open about 15 minutes before we go live)

OR here are the call-in details:
Phone Number: (724) 444-7444
Call ID: 38181#
PIN: 1# (Or your Talkshoe PIN)

Now, more about the Expo. This conference is complete with a wide range of speakers, vendors booths – many with special prices for “attenders”, and a multitude of grab bag Free resources for all. The 2010 Expo will be held the week of May 3rd, but it never ends. You can go back and download sessions and free gifts, and browse around over and over. You can get your ticket for the Ultimate Home School Expo here!

Raising Real Men

I can’t believe the way time gets away from me, but it’s happened again. I wrote a pre-pub testimonial for Raising Real Men, after I read the book several months ago. I sent it to the publisher, but never got it posted here.

The book is now available and it’s high time I get to telling you about it.

Although the process of Raising Real Men is not always “fun”, reading the book was a delight. As a mother of 4 sons (and 6 daughters), I was encouraged as over and over I caught myself saying, Yes!, to both the description of the behavior and wiring of boys and the proper biblical response and direction they need.

If you’ve got sons, you should read Raising Real Men.

A few others, whose opinions I value, agree:

“Hal and Melanie Young have six sons and are disciples of Jesus. They know how to raise real men. This book is a treasure trove of practical tips to help you to raise your sons right. It will answer your questions, help you avoid mistakes, bring them up in the Lord, and understand them. I highly recommend it.”

Chris Klicka
Senior Counsel at Home School Legal Defense Association
Author of The Right Choice and Homeschool Heroes
Father of 2 sons and 5 daughters

“Hal and Melanie have put together a wonderful, warmhearted, and practical little book on raising sons into men of God – a must-read for any parent blessed with boys.”

Kevin Swanson
Father of five children
Director of Generations with Vision

“Raising boys can be a tremendous challenge for parents, especially when you have more than an few. We know that God designed them much differently than girls because of the role that He has chosen for them in life. Hal and Melanie in RAISING REAL MEN, have approached this subject from a Biblical perspective and have been true to the Biblical principles laid down for raising boys. However, once the principle has been laid out, then they bring a unique practical aspect to raising boys where the rubber meets the road. This is a book that will give parents a clear road map to follow for having the greatest possibility of success as parents prepare boys for their God-given role in adulthood. This is a book that every family should have no matter the number of boys and even those families without boys as the book gives tremendous insight into understanding how boys think and why they act as they do. This book meets a crying need in an area where there is very little specific direction. Thank you Hal and Melanie for this outstanding work of the Lord.

J. Michael Smith, Esq.
President, Home School Legal Defense Association

Order Raising Real Men today!

The Family Bed

Families for millenia have known that the best place for babies to sleep is with their mothers. In the last decade or so, we’ve been warned of how “dangerous” this is.  Dr. Mercola addresses this issue, and who co-sleeping is really “dangerou$” for.

According to Dr. Jay Gordon, babies sleeping on a safe surface with sober, nonsmoking parents respond to their parents, and the parents respond to them. The chance of SIDS occurring in this situation are close to zero. Babies in a crib or in a room away from their parents, on the other hand, will breastfeed less and are at greater risk of infections, including life-threatening ones.

The medical profession, as it often does, is approaching the entire idea of the family bed backward. A baby in the same bed with his or her parents is surrounded by the best possible surveillance and safety system. It must be the responsibility of the manufacturers and proponents of cribs and separated sleep to prove that such disruption is safe, not the other way around.

Newborn babies breathe in irregular rhythms and even stop breathing for a few seconds at a time. To put it simply, they are not designed to sleep alone.

read more on the studies and Mercola’s response here

Tradition, Tradition

Tomorrow will bring many traditions. A celebration of thanks to God for His blessing and provision goes back thousands of years. I love the tradition of celebrating His bountiful provision with a feast meal and extended family and friends to share it with. I love the tradition of counting our blessings, sharing things we are thankful for.

Tomorrow we will celebrate in this way, the traditional turkey dinner with 20 family members at our home. We will eat great food, share great fellowship, and hopefully share our thanks and gratefulness.

One family tradition I do not like, (I did not start it and don’t plan to perpetuate it,) is the writing and giving of Christmas wish lists on this day. This is a day when we are suppose to be concentrating on the abundance that we have to be grateful for, and giving thanks for it. This tradition, instead, turns it into a day for lusting for more, concentrating on what you don’t have and what you “really” want.

The “wish list” is not something I like to concentrate on at all, and I generally throw away all the Christmas ads that just hammer into our children’s (and our) heads all that is out there, that they don’t have. All things that they are (most likely) living a perfectly fine life without. When asked if there is something you need or would be a blessing to you, you shouldn’t have to scour ads just to find something you want. If this is the case, you already have more than enough.

In a sense, this is just more of the tradition that many have on this day. A tradition of gluttony. Rather than focusing on the blessing of bounty God has provided, many focus on gorging themselves with it. It becomes a day of over-indulging, not a day of satisfaction with enough, and gratefulness for it. But pushing for the more. The wish list, sadly, fits right in there.

Tomorrow may we all focus on the “reason for this season”. It is not turkey day, football, gluttony, or lust. It is blessing God for all He has provided. It is sharing that bounty with our family and friends.

At your feast, try focusing on fellowship. Yesterday Jeff Myers shared 21 questions/topics you could share around your ThanksGiving dinner table tomorrow. Perhaps you’d like to give them a try – or springboard off of them with your own ideas.

Express thanks to someone in the room for something they did for you.
“I’m thankful for…” Finish the sentence.
If you could have the attention of the whole world for 30 seconds, what would you say?
One thing I’m thankful for about our country.
What is the key to success in life? Why do you say that?
Tell about a lesson you learned the hard way.
What are some ways life is different now than in the old days?
Tell a story of a decision your ancestors made that changed the direction of their lives-and yours.
Tell about a lesson you learned by watching someone else.
“A person I would like to honor publicly is…”
“Time and money aside, I would rather be…”
Tell about an experience that changed you for the better.
Tell a story about something that started out bad but had a happy ending.
“My first hero was _________.”
Tell about a time when you showed courage.
Describe a teacher who had a significant influence on your life.
Tell about an invention that made your life easier.
“The most admired public figure when I was growing up was ____.” Tell a story.
Tell about a memorable event in your life.
“A famous person I’ve met is _____.” Tell about the experience.
“I got in so much trouble…” Tell the story!

I hope your ThanksGiving Day is filled with Thanks and Giving!

With Family and Fellowship!
With Love and Laughter!
With the Glory of God and Gratefulness to your Heavenly Provider!


AND it’s not too late to order

A Freedom & Simplicity!™ ThanksGiving Study

and choose a few simple activities to add to your Celebration!

Like CPSIA Again – by FDA

Government controls are out of control again. Just as CPSIA hurts small American businesses and families rather than addresses the issue of unsafe, mass imported, products, HR2749 and S.510 will hurt small local farmers – and us. This time rather than through the CPSC it’s through the FDA and affects our food. It would be nice to think they just have all our best interests in mind and are keeping us safe, but Big Brother tyranny never quite works that way.

It’s already too late to act on HR2749 as it was already passed by the House of Representatives on July 29th. (To read a summary of that bill, see this link. For the full version, click here.)

However, it’s not too late to stop this latest FDA power grab as it moves into the Senate to be voted on as bill S.510.

Introduced by Illinois’ state Senator Dick Durbin, S.510 will grant more power to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate the US food supply, and no matter how well-intentioned it may appear on the surface, I have doubts about the FDA’s capability to improve our food quality.

And I’m not the only one.

Small farmers across the nation are voicing their opinions in online groups such as Facebook, stating the bill will cause serious damage to their businesses.

The law would require them to focus on FDA paperwork like animal registrations and multiple other filings, rather than raising healthy crops and animals, like they’ve always done. And if they fail to follow the red tape, they will be seriously penalized….

Local foods businesses are not the same as animal factories or mega-farms that sell products into industrial scale national and international markets, and should not be regulated the same way!

Act NOW!

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with bill S.510. For the full text click this link.

Then contact your state Senators TODAY, and let them know what you think.

Time is of the essence if we want to stop this bill, so please do not delay!

Time and again the FDA has shown that it is not acting in the best interest of your health and safety. They’ve been caught, and in some cases openly admitted, to rampant conflicts of interest within their organization. Needless to say, industry has won, again and again, at the expense of your safety – the exact opposite of what the FDA has been charged to do.

Do you really want the FDA in charge of regulating your food?

Do we really need another bureaucracy regulating small farmers into oblivion so that you have even less access to healthy, locally-grown foods?

If you don’t know who your Senator is, please see this convenient list on showing the Senators for each state, and their contact information.

Dr. Mercola

Read more information about this and more of Dr. Mercola’s response here.