GMO Videos Part 1

Continuing our links to movies about genetically modified foods. Everything you Have to Know About Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods is by Jeffrey Smith, one of the leading voices on GMO research. (See our other blog posts about him and GMOs.)  You are able to watch this video in its entirety through Vimeo, embedded below. I’ve also included below the first segment of another of Jeffrey Smith’s videos from youtube, Hidden Dangers in Kids’ Meals. You can also purchase these and other videos, as well as Jeffrey’s book Seeds of Deception, on Jeffrey’s site.


Everything You Have to Know About Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods
This video doesn’t just tell you the dangers, but also what we can do about it, without relying on more government regulation.

Everything You HAVE TO KNOW about Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods from Jeffrey Smith on Vimeo.



Hidden Dangers in Kids Meals

Detox for Cancer Prevention

As Cancer Awareness Month winds down, I’d like to share another article with you on cancer and its relation to toxins. Detoxification protocols are one of your best chances for cancer prevention.

I obviously don’t know all that will be presented in this Summit, and no doubt many (perhaps all) that share will not be speaking as Christians, some may even include beliefs that are contrary to Biblical truth. I don’t know. But I do know that utilizing natural foods and methods that God has created, and man has tried to outlaw in favor of their own toxic solutions, is a better idea, and worth listening to those that are talking about them.


Sign up for the free online Healing Cancer Summit. Here’s the info:

There’s no question that we live in a toxic environment.

In fact our most precious resource, water, contains chemicals and additives that under scientific scrutiny have been shown to be carcinogenic.

In February 2011, the E.P.A. petitioned the White House to step up the regulation of the drinking water in the U.S. due to concerns that the existing systems were not up to speed with the most recent environmental and health science.

Here’s an quote from the New York Times, dated February 2, 2011:

“Studies have found that hundreds of industrial and agricultural chemicals, including several known carcinogens, are present in municipal water systems around the country. The nation’s laws and enforcement programs have not kept pace with spreading contamination, posing significant health risks to millions.”

Reading this doesn’t exactly make you feel safe.

In fact, if regulations are lagging behind to protect us from our contaminated water supply, what about other dangers we face as we live through our day to day lives?

How polluted is the air?

What about our food?

Are EMF’s really safe?

Some of these questions we know the answer to, while others are still up in the air (literally?) – according to the most recent modern science.

What’s most frightening is that many people could get sick from these harmful materials before anyone else steps up to put an end to their use.

How this affects you is simple. All you have to do is know the basic pathology of disease.

Inflammation is known widely through almost all medical communities as a strong indicator of disease.

Toxins in the body can cause inflammation.

The equation is not hard to calculate. The more toxic exposure you have the more likely you are to get sick – sometimes with a cold or a flu, but many times worse.

Cancer is one of these diseases that can come from chronic inflammation.

So in order to eliminate your chances of getting the disease you must stop the inflammation.

Detoxifying your body using natural and proven techniques – no harsh chemicals or drugs – is one of the best ways to ensure you decrease your risk of cancer or other disease.

Doing things like eating a diet of real, whole, living foods, using specific herbs to help stimulate a detoxification reaction from your organs and clearing your body of emotional toxicity as well [A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.] – all play into creating the best chances for you to live long and healthy.

It’s not rocket science, but it also makes sense to know what the best protocols are before you go into a practice blindly – particular if your disease is serious like cancer.

The reason I’m explaining this to you, is because I’m excited about a unique online event that I found the other day that goes into depth about cancer and how you can decrease your chances of getting the disease using detoxification as well as how those who have it can learn about other options that are available.

The event is called the Healing Cancer World Summit and it is free to attend and requires NO travel – if you can listen to an MP3 or watch a YouTube video, you can be a part of it. Sign up for Free NOW!

Starting October 25th, 2011, 9 of the top natural cancer doctors and researchers will share what they’re doing in their clinics throughout the world to help stop inflammation – and hopefully in turn decrease the incidence of this awful disease.

This group of experts includes doctors, nutritionists, advocates and survivors – all in the same online forum – that will share their science, research and stories to share the options that are available that you may never have heard about.

Some of the 9 experts include Dr. Nicolas Gonzalez, Dr. Francisco Contreras, Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, Dr. Thomas Lodi, Charlotte Gerson, Mike Adams, Burton Goldberg, and more. Combined, this group has had decades of experience working with cancer patients in their clinics.

You can register here now.

Not only will the event be covering detox protocols, you’ll also discover…

– Success rates that – in some cases – beat out conventional cancer therapies.

– How to stack the deck in your favor and do your best to prevent cancer.

– A unique treatment that brings the best of natural and conventional medical wisdom together.

– The best natural and integrative options for you and your budget.

– What the cancer industry doesn’t want you to know.

– How natural treatments work from a survivor’s perspective.

– And much more!

Remember, to listen in to this online event is completely free.

The event starts tomorrow, so be sure to sign up now. Also, the event is free, but if you’d like to have the recordings of this event in your own library there is a special option for you to purchase the downloads once you sign up.


When you register now, you’ll also get 3 special bonuses delivered to you right away.


P.S. The event registration is open until October 25th, but be sure to register early and you’ll get three special bonus gifts that you can access right away while you’re waiting for the kickoff.

Register now.


Cancer Solutions

This morning I posted about a cancer conflict of interest and mentioned an upcoming summit. I’d like to follow that up with some more info about the free online Healing Cancer Summit that will launch next week. If your life has been affected by cancer, please watch this short video. And sign up for the free Summit, beginning Oct. 25th to discover a different approach to cancer.


Not convinced to click? MORE INFO: 

This video shares the personal story of cancer that I think you might want to check out.

As you know, cancer can wreak havoc on families and lives.

By the end of 2011, cancer will have affected 1.5 million people in the United States alone.

500,000 people will die in that same time period.

It’s hard not to ignore an epidemic like this. Almost everyone is affected in some way or another – whether it’s a family member, a friend, a co-worker or maybe even you.

What’s even more evident is that with all the money and efforts put into finding a cure for cancer, it still seems there’s been little motion forward. People are still suffering.

What’s not evident to most – though you surely know – is that there is a small group of doctors, professionals, nutritionists and activists working behind the scenes on protocols that they say can prevent or even treat certain cancers effectively.

Some of them even practice in fear of losing their licenses and careers, but they push on because what they see in their practices is success.

Recently, health author Kevin Gianni decided to do something to bring these experts to the forefront. His own family has been affected by cancer twice – his father died and mother went through chemotherapy and surgery for breast cancer.

You can see his story here in this video I’ve been talking about.

Starting October 25th, 2011, he’s asked 9 of the top natural cancer doctors and researchers to share what they’re doing in their clinics throughout the world. We’re thrilled that he asked us to share as well.

This special, free online event is called the “Healing Cancer World Summit” and you can read more about it, watch the video and register here (it’s free).

This group of experts includes doctors, nutritionists, advocates and survivors – all in the same online forum – that will share their science, research and stories to share the options that are available that you may never have heard about.

Some of the 9 experts include Dr. Nicolas Gonzalez, Dr. Francisco Contreras, Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, Dr. Thomas Lodi, Charlotte Gerson, Mike Adams, Burton Goldberg, and more. Combined, this group has had decades of experience working with cancer patients in their clinics.

During the program, you’ll…

– Find out what therapies these doctors and experts are using that they say can prevent and even treat cancers naturally.

– Discover herbs and supplements that are scientifically known to prevent cancer.

– Discover scientific and documented proof that natural cancer treatments work.

– Learn how to detoxify and cleanse the body naturally… and safely.

– And much more.

To listen in to this online event is completely free. Again, (I don’t want to make you scroll back up,) you can read more or sign up here.

Again, the event starts in just a few days, so be sure to sign up now. Also, the event is free, but if you’d like to have the recordings of this event in your own library there is a special option for you to purchase the downloads once you sign up.

Here’s where to go now and watch the video.

When you register now, you’ll also get 3 special bonuses delivered to you right away.


P.S. The event registration is open until October 25th, but be sure to register early and you’ll get three special bonus gifts that you can access right away while you’re waiting for the kickoff.

One last time. I don’t want you to miss it. – Here’s where to register now.

P.P.S. This event also launches at the end of Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S., so Kevin felt it was necessary to allow all sides of the spectrum to speak during this important month.


Cancer Conflict of Interest?

AstraZeneca’s best-selling cancer drug Tamoxifen is actually classified by the World Health Organization as a carcinogen. (To view toxicological data on this chemical visit our Problem Substances Database page on Tamoxifen). Presently all campaign ads and promotional events that are run by the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month foundation (which operates year round) must be “approved,” i.e. “pink-washed,” by AstraZeneca before being released for public consumption.
Read the rest of the article


Sadly Breast Cancer “Awareness” isn’t about breast cancer prevention, or effective known natural treatments that lead to the body healing itself.


If you’d like to take a different look at cancer prevention (rather than just diagnosis) and cure (rather than just drug, surgery and radiation treatment) consider signing up for Kevin Gianni’s FREE Healing Cancer World Summit, beginning October 25.


Healing Cancer World Summit

Meet the Doctors, Nutritionists and Advocates Who Say Cancer May Be Treated Successfully and Naturally – Without Excessive Use of Drugs, Surgery, Radiation and Chemotherapy





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.”


Friday Food – Coconut Kefir

Do you like a little fizz? Carbonated beverages are so NOT Good for You. But I found a coconut kefir I liked – I splurged on vacation for this Good for You fizzy drink – so I decided I’d give it a shot to make it myself. I can’t afford to buy those things often – and even though the ingredients were “good”, I knew they weren’t all necessary in a homemade version.

The fizz isn’t the main reason for drinking kefir though (and they aren’t as bubbly as soda pop). Kefir is Good for You because it is loaded with probiotics that help build gut health. Many (most) Americans have destroyed, or at least significantly weakened their gut flora by diet and anti-biotics. Eating and drinking fermented foods with Live cultures is a good way to help restore them. This Coconut Kefir is one of the best tasting ways, IMO, (as is raw goat milk yogurt).

I used a kefir starter packet (because that’s what I had access to. I hope to get some kefir grains sometime when I can find them, to give them a try). [Update 2016: I have now been using water kefir grains for a few years. Will post an update on my Good For You-Naturally! blog.] Anyhow, you just add the kefir starter to fresh (or I’ve heard canned works too – but I want fresh) coconut water (from a young Thai coconut, not the old “mature” brown ones). And let it sit. How “Freedom & Simplicity” can you get?!


Good for You-Naturally!™ “Pop”

  • 1 packet kefir starter (a little over 1 Tbl. in my packet)
  • 4 cups fresh coconut water ( to the 1 packet for the brand I used. Check your brand for correct proportions.)
Yes, just 2 ingredients. A couple optionals are below.

Open Young Thai Coconuts and drain water into glass container. You should get between 1 and 1.5 c. of water per coconut. So you’ll need 3-4 coconuts to get a quart of water. (You may want to empty the coconut water into a larger container and then pour into your Mason jar or whatever you are using to ferment in.) (Find a youtube video to show you how to open it. I cut the husk off the top, then give it a good whack – or a few – with a sharp heavy knife, and pry the top open.) Scoop the Coconut meat out and use in your Green Smoothie, or freeze in an airtight bag to use in a recipe later.

Stir kefir starter into coconut water in a glass jar – with a NON metal spoon. (The experts say to heat to 92° first. Room temp works just fine for me.) [Or just put your grains in. You’ll need 2 Tbl. water kefir grains per 2-4 cups coconut water.] Leave some head room. Cover – but don’t screw a lid on. This gets fizzy/bubbly, and could potentially blow. Let set, on the kitchen counter is fine, for 24-48 hours, until milky/cloudy and bubbly. (The experts say 70°-78°.) (It may take longer. I’ve heard 4-6 days for canned coconut water.) I don’t stop just when I see bubbles starting, but wait until the top is pretty foamy looking. It will get more tangy the longer it ferments.

At this point you can drink it or screw the lid on it and put in fridge or add fruit and ferment it longer. In the refrigerator it should last a few weeks. But I never have it that long.

You can drink it straight, or add fresh fruit to it – strawberries (3-4 per serving), or lemon ( a few slices – or juice of,) or whatever fresh or dried fruit you’d like. I like strawberries blended with the coconut kefir in the blender. If you want it sweeter, you can add a truly natural sweetener, like couple drops of SweetLeaf stevia extract (or real, green stevia leaf powder,) in it before drinking.

You can also do a double ferment, by adding about 1/4 c. fruit, and letting it sit on the counter (covered) another day or 2 – even more bubbly. Strain or blend before drinking. When refrigerated, the fizz may be reduced  if left in the fridge very long. But the probiotics are still in there, alive but not as actively growing.

Before adding fruit, refrigerating, or drinking it all! – remove 1/4 cup to start a new batch. [If using grains, you just strain out the grains and add the grains to new coconut water.] Add about 4 c. fresh coconut water to the 1/4 cup “starter” kefir [or grains], stir and follow as before. The packet starters are suppose to give 6-7 or more batches before they fizzle out. I’m going to need more starter (or find grains) AND buy more coconuts real soon. I may have to try to make water kefir in the meantime.

[To keep your grains healthy and growing well, every week or so refresh them by culturing in filtered/spring water with 1/4 cup coconut sap sugar instead of fresh coconut water. I warm the water to dissolve the coconut sugar, then cool before adding the kefir grains.]

Do you make kefir? What about any other fermented/probiotic drinks or foods? Comment below.


Learn to make another Good for You-Naturally!™ cultured/probiotic food in our Freedom & Simplicity™ Guide to Yogurt Making.



Food Matters

Today I’m sharing part of a post that I’ll put up later this week. This one needs to be acted on this week, so I wanted to give you as much time as possible to fit it in. Food Matters has put their full length video up on their website to view for FREE this week, for GMO Awareness. You can also watch it on Netflix streaming anytime.


Watch the trailer below – click on the picture or link above to watch the full movie.

Food Matters Official Trailer from foodmatters on Vimeo.
Watch for more movie recommendations later this week.

GMO Awareness

What do you know about GMO’s (genetically modified organisms)? If not much, and if you aren’t taking steps to avoid them, use this week to educate yourself. October 2nd-8th is “GMO Awareness Week”.

Something I heard in a movie I watched this week really got to me. It was in (I believe) Congressional debates on GMO labeling, and I believe it was someone from the FDA (yes, I need to go back and get my details done pat) that said they don’t have to disclose genetic engineering on the labels because it isn’t an ingredient; it’s a process. And processes don’t have to be disclosed. If you don’t like it, buy organic and pay a ton more. – How arrogant – and controlling. They know if GMO’s were labeled many would reject them.

GMO’s are dangerous “foods” created by man – or rather a perversion by man of God-given foods. Once again man thinks he is god and can do better than God. And cares not how many lives are destroyed in the process. (I fault the huge chemical companies here for this. Many independent farmers probably are not in this category, they just believe they need to use the GMO’s to provide enough affordable food. And many aren’t convinced this is dangerous and a high health price to pay. I pray they wouldn’t trust these god-players and truly look at what is being done.)

These new perversions of food are all around us. Without labeling you have no idea that you are consuming them. And if you aren’t buying organic, you almost surely are. 90% of all major crops grown in the US are GMO. 80% of the foods in the grocery store contain corn, soy, canola, and sugar beet that have been genetically engineered. Only by buying organic can you know your food has not been genetically engineered.

This fresh produce labeling guide looks helpful. The problem is they don’t HAVE to use it. If you see the  5-digit code beginning with the 8, you know it’s GMO. I’ve never seen it. If you see the code beginning with 9, you know it’s organic. That one they are happy to label.

* A conventionally grown product carries a 4-digit PLU code (Ex: conventionally grown banana: 4011)

* An organic product carries a 5-digit code, starting with the number 9: (Ex: organic banana: 94011)
* A genetically engineered (GE or GMO) product has a 5-digit code, starting with the number 8: (Ex: GE banana: 84011)

Begin your GMO Awareness by reading our past posts on GMO’s:

GMOs Affecting You?

No More Organics?

 GMO’s – What Can You Do?

GMO Salmon & the FDA 

 GMO’s & Cross Pollination

 GMO’s & Allergies

Food – Exposed

More on GMO’s II

More on GMO’s I


Later this week I’ll give links to some great videos you can watch about GMO’s. Also check out Dr. Mercola’s website, where he’ll be highlighting GMO’s this week, and has several past articles.



Excalibur Dehydrator

We are excited to announce… that we are now an Authorized Affiliate of Excalibur dehydrators! There are 2 dehydrators that we really recommend, that line up with the standards we have for choosing a dehydrator that really works. Each has its own pluses. (See our Dehydrator Resources & Recommendations to see those “what to look for” guidelines.)


The Excalibur was the first dehydrator I used, 25 or so years ago. The biggest plus (in my opinion) that the Excalibur has over our other top pick is its large drying compartment, allowing you (when you take trays out) to put larger items in, like dishes or jars, for making “raw food” recipes – like yogurt or bars, raising bread, or even drying bouquets or other craft projects. The other thing I really like about it is the front door and slide in trays (like an oven). That makes it really convenient to add and remove foods. The Excalibur also has square trays  with no hole in the middle, which is handy when you want/need a solid square shaped food. And, without the motor/fan on the bottom, crumbs and spills are more easily cleaned up. No danger of harming your motor/fan from food getting in it.


Other features, that it shares with our other top pick, for good dehydrating are:

  • adjustable thermostat, (from 85°-145°,) for the right temperature setting for the various things you dehydrate,
  • air flows horizontally across each tray for more even drying and no flavor mixing (i.e. you can put different foods on different trays),
  • opague (not transparent) for nutrient retention

The Excalibur also:

  • is Made in the U.S.A. – all parts and assembly
  • is Durable – backed by a 10 year warranty
  • is the Top rated dehydrator by many in the “raw food” community – people who do a LOT of dehydrating, as well as used by many gourmets, Culinary Institutes and Universities
  • has 15 Sq. Ft. of drying space (on the 9 tray model)
  • has a 26 Hour Timer (option)

 Learn more about the Excalibur or purchase here.


Bottom Line: I’m not ready to fully give up our other dehydrator nor our recommendation for it. (It has features I love too.) But I am excited to offer the Excalibur as another excellent option. Take a look at both and see which will work best for you.


 Who needs a dehydrator?

Gardeners: Put up that produce for the winter – the fast, easy, and cool way that takes far less space and weighs far less than canned or frozen, and retains far more nutrients. Even if you don’t garden, stock up and dehydrate when foods are in season and on sale.

Outdoorsmen(women)/Hunters: Turn that meat into jerky. Again, it’s the easy way to store it in less space and with less weight. Don’t hunt? Like the non-gardener, buy when on-sale and make your own for far less money and far better nutrition than store-bought. Also make light weight foods to take with you for the campground or snacking along the way.

The Generally Health Conscious: Make easy healthy snacks for you and your children, for a fraction of the cost and better nutrition. Dried fruits, vegetable chips, leathers/roll ups, etc. with no added ingredients you don’t want in them.

Hobbiests: Whether you’re drying flowers, herbs, craft projects, or making doggie treats you’ll love a dehydrator.

Living Foods Eaters: Those on a high raw diet will love the Excalibur for preparing “gourmet” raw dishes, dehydrating snacks, and more – with the ability to set the temperature low enough to retain the viability of the “life force”/enzymes in the food.