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I subscribe to a lot of different people who have different philosophies, some of them are raw food people.  My opinion?  I don’t think I have one.  I have tried to be raw, but it isn’t as easy for me, maybe I wasn’t ready, or maybe I just love a steak every now and then.  One of the raw food people I get blog updates on is Kevin and AnnMarie at http://renegadehealth.com.  I started out watching their youtube channel, and I highly recommend them.  I do learn a lot from them.  They just suggested a movie called Hungry for Change you can watch the trailer here   WOW WOW and more WOW!  Hungry for Change is really what our world needs.  There are many different speakers in this film even Jamie Oliver who’s Food Revolution has really sparked an interest in my heart to make good changes in cooking food at home.  I do have a love/hate relationship with food though.  I learned at a very young age to make it comfort rather than nutrition and necessity.  I remember being a kid and eating my heart out when no one was around, it made me feel better… it still does sometimes.  In fact I was pretty sure my cat was dying Sunday and Hubby took me out for fried food.  My tummy paid that price later, but the food was comforting going in. (And my cat didn’t die, Praise God! But she doesn’t have years and years left that is for sure)  I “know” a lot but there is still part of me that is broken, a recent blogger “friend” posted a book review on The Obesity Epidemic and I think that is something that I really need to get on reading.  Another yahoo group I belong to just posted about weight loss and many were chiming in that most people who have weight issues also have emotional issues that they “comfort” with food, often time sexual, physical and mental abuse occurred to them and it’s safer to be in a “fat suit” than to be real and healthy and attractive.  I can relate.  Although I don’t want to be here anymore.  I want out of this fat suit!  I want food to be nutrition for me, not comfort.  I think MANY people struggle with this, or it wouldn’t be an epidemic.  I also think that many people don’t know how to start, and don’t know the truth about real food or the truth about fake food.

Hungry for Change is offering a free viewing of this film if you go to their website and sign up, sign up is easy: just your name and email address.  The free showing is March 21-31 2012.  Go here to sign up http://www.hungryforchange.tv/.

I urge you to take a look at your own life, are there things in what you are eating that you can’t pronounce?  Do you live on sugar or diet sodas?  Is there something that you can do to change your health?  Are you always tired?  Do you have trouble sleeping? Are you on so many medications your head spins?  God didn’t intend for us to live this way.  I believe there is a better way, let’s find it and change this destructive path, if not for us then for the next generation.

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I absolutely love Oregon!  It is (although I’m pretty bias) one of God‘s most beautiful and amazing places.  The winter can be a bit, depressing, especially for those who are not used to rain 24/7.  Rain, however, keeps Oregon green and lush and beautiful.  People who are not from here comment a lot on the size of our trees, the moss that grows on them and the lush forests.  After a particularly long winter I am starting to see signs of life and spring again.  It does remind me that our God lives and no matter how dark it is before the dawn, the sun rises and life begins new in Spring.

My drive to work today was particularly wonderful, the cherry blossoms that grow along the freeway through downtown Portland are in bloom.  I saw daffodils bright and yellow, happily standing above the ground.  Color is starting to come back, although it’s almost always green here, it is nice to see other colors.  I even saw a beautiful rhododendron blooming in pink.  Spring also brings some fun new things for Hubby and I.

If I haven’t talked about it before,  Hubby really has a passion for growing food.  We got married in 2009 and were living in Portland off a very busy road, where city buses were constantly passing our apartment.  Our landlord was not the most… uh.. pleasant man, he would not allow for gardens.  Unless the garden was in containers and you removed everything at the end of the growing season, you couldn’t have one.  Not to mention that the sun exposure wasn’t great either.  So we never had one there.  We eat organic as much as possible and were spending a fortune at New Season’s.  So we moved to the country.  We got amazing Christian landlords (totally God’s hand).  See Hubby had just seen a movie called Faith Like Potatoes.  It is based on a true story about a farmer in Africa and his struggles, he comes to know God and then grows potatoes.  The thing about potatoes is you don’t know what kind of crop you will have until you dig them out, so you must have “faith like potatoes” that God is going to give you a bountiful harvest.  Hubby was completely inspired!  When we met with our new landlord, Hubby asked the wife if he could plant potatoes and her response was “it’s your yard.”  He has been passionate about growing food ever since.  That same year, God provided him with FREE seed potatoes from our favorite feed and seed (Linnton Feed & Seed in Portland).  In fact, they didn’t even know they had any more seed potatoes and everyone said it was too late in the year to plant them, but Hubby didn’t listen.  He knew what God wanted him to do.  Then he was in the store-room of the feed and seed looking for something while the staff was busy (we have a great relationship with them) and back in a corner was a pallet of seed potatoes!  He went and asked and they said they didn’t even know they were there, but they were his if he wanted them.  Wow!  Long story short, this has become hubby’s passion.  He has started a mini food share program.  One year he went to people’s homes that wanted a garden but didn’t want to do the work themselves, he planted the gardens, got a majority of the food and the home owner got what they wanted as well.  Last year he found a person with a large plot of land and mostly did gardening there.  This year however, we finally have our own home and a half-acre to boot!  He is still going to use that large plot of land but also our own this year.  Another blessing is a local seed company, Territorial Seed, donated to him almost $200 in free seeds!

Yesterday we got a freak snow storm.  Woke up with an inch or two (yes that is a lot of snow for us) and as I walked out to open the chicken coop, I saw a tree with leaves opening up, covered in snow.  Luckily, it all melted pretty quickly.  I am excited to see what our new yard will look like in bloom.  We moved into our house in November and we don’t know what all the trees are in our yard yet, and we get to see flowers bloom for the first time!  The other beautiful thing is we get to have a permanent place to plant our growing plant collection.  We have had pots and carried them with us as we moved, but now our rosemary, goji berries, thyme, sage and horseradish will have a permanent home.  What a HUGE blessing!

I feel renewed today, can you tell?  🙂  For the first time we have a place to call home on this earth, that we can enjoy and grow beautiful food given to us by our Creator.  I look forward to writing more as the growing season gets into full swing and post photos of our garden and beautiful bounty.  I’m thankful to the Lord for Spring, a renewal time where we can remember that we serve a living God, who loved us so much not only died for us, but gave us living food to nourish our bodies.  Praise God!

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Think Twice, Speak Once

http://3dalignmentblog.org/2012/02/23/think-twice-speak-once/

 

I have to share this blog I read that really touched my heart.  It is so important in this quick come back type of world we live in that we take the time to really THINK before we let something come out of our mouth.  The Bible tells us that our tongue is a two-edged sword, it can be used to build up or to break down.  If we use our mouth too carelessly then we are bound to hurt people.  I know I am one that doesn’t think too much before I let something come out of my mouth.  I need to be more open to God‘s ways rather than my own.  I would rather my mouth be one of giving joy and love than demeaning and hurtful.  Think twice, speak once… so simple yet, all too often, not done.

 

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Yesterday was a particularly hard day, it seems after I wrote my blog yesterday I was wearing a bull’s eye on my back, prime target for the enemy to prove just how human I really am.  I am sorry to say, it worked… I failed.  In my pain after the failure I opened my Bible.  Often times God does reveal to me a verse that speaks to me.  I wasn’t really prepared for what I read though.  2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Thud.  That was the sound of my jaw hitting the floor.  I mean I was in the perfect place to receive this verse.  Broken hearted from failing to listen, AGAIN, and yet God was telling me that His strength was made perfect in my weakness.

I don’t claim to have all the answers.  I am a sinful human just like everyone else.  I make mistakes and boy do they hurt sometimes.  But hearing God tell me that His strength is there for me when I am weak, it was all I needed to hear.  Did it solve my problems? No.  Was the issue over and forgotten? No.  What did happen was that peace that passes ALL understanding came to me and I felt “better” not perfect but better.  He removed the unbearable weight I felt, He wiped my tears.  Does He ever do that for you?  I’m a pretty emotional girl and tears sometimes come a bit more freely than I wish them to, but when I open God’s word and read it and ask Him to help me in a situation, I find that I can’t cry anymore.  He actually takes the tears from me.

The issues I caused are not resolved and done, I caused damage that only God can heal.  I have asked Him to heal those things and I feel like He said he would.  He has done some amazing healing in my life, I can’t deny God is there.  Today I brought two books with me to work, my Bible and a book called The Excellent Wife.  I pray they both encourage me and help me become better at what I fail at so much.

 

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I came across an article on one of my favorite websites, naturalnews.com.  I get daily emails from them with new articles and if you’ve never checked them out, I do recommend the site.  I’ve learned so much about natural medicine, vaccinations (hot topic!), cancer treatments etc from this website.

Today as I’m reading through titles one struck me “When the change you need to make is obvious to everyone but you,” this has actually been something I struggle with.  To be perfectly honest, I don’t like to listen to others opinions of me, especially when negative.  I mean, come on, I just walked on water yesterday!  Hubby struggles with this.  God bless that man!  He has worked and fought with me for 6 years trying to get me to see my faults.  Why is it so easy to point out the issues with others but when they point out ours we get defensive?  Honestly, I’m sick of it.  I’m tired of being that person that no one wants to tell their attitude sucks, or their response to something is rude.  It really goes against what I believe.  God said in his word “Who so loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish (showing little intelligence or sensibility)” (Proverbs 12:1), “A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke” (Proverbs 13:1) and even “Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured” (Proverbs 13:18).  So to deny reproof (or criticism for a fault per Websters) is to deny what God is telling us to do.  He says that a good person, a just person, a REAL person of God will gladly accept correction for errors rather that get defensive.  So when I read this article on naturalnews, it really struck me.  It’s not a Christian writing this, but I struggle with this same thing.  Here’s the article… pray for me in this, so that I can be pleasing not only to my husband but also to my Savior.

http://www.naturalnews.com/035002_point_of_view_perspective_happiness.html

My favorite line: “I pay attention to feedback with the awareness that I may have a blind spot and that others certainly have a perception of me that I don’t see.”  We all have blind spots, isn’t that why God gave us family, friends and spouses to help us see where we are not “perfect” and where we can use a change?  The only perfect person who walked this earth was killed and hung on a cross, it is time I wake up to that fact and know that I am faulty just like the next guy.  I will have flaws and I will make mistakes, I will get angry and say the wrong thing, I need to be humble enough to accept the reproof and turn from those mistakes.  Luckily I am a work in progress, and I’m grateful that God works in me.  It is time we all allow that to happen.

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I am blessed to work for an Orthopedic Surgeon, so when I have small issues I can ask the MA (medical assistant)  to take an X-ray (although I’m not a fan of radiation, I do take daily iodine to help protect my thyroid from radiation) and I can go to my doctor with questions and I don’t have to pay those pesky specialist copays, in fact it’s all free, but trust me I work for it. 🙂  Anyway, several weeks ago I was having all sorts of pain when I woke up in the morning, the first steps were so painful I would limp.  Getting out of the car once I got to work, again painful enough to make me limp.  I’m not a rush to a doctor kind of person, so I just dealt with it and went on.  Soon I wasn’t even noticing it, but Sunday Hubby gave me a foot massage and all of a sudden that pain was back, yikes it hurt!  So Monday I asked the MA to take an X-ray, she didn’t see any breaks but would have the doc look at it.  We talked a bit yesterday, he didn’t see any fracture but said when I had pain in the morning to come talk to him.  This morning Hubby woke me up early to work out and train with him.  He is training for a MMA fight and I am helping him, holding the mitts and such.  It’s good for us both, we both could stand to lose some weight.  After our morning workout my foot was really aching.  I came in to work and went back and asked the doctor to talk more about it.  When I described my pain (both on the bottom and on top, with pain shooting up my leg) he basically said that it’s probably a stress fracture that he can’t see on the X-ray and that I have to stay off it.  How am I gonna lose weight that way doc?  He suggested a stationary bike, which we don’t have, my trampoline is my workout of choice.  So I’m going to have to get creative, which is fine.  I am overweight and that has to change, although I’ve lost 5lb I do still have a ways to go and we are just getting going, I can’t stop now.  I talked to Hubby who said we’d modify the workouts so I don’t put pressure on that foot, but I do want to do more, so I’m gonna share my plan of action.

First off did you know there is an herb called “knitbone”?  Honestly this is one of my all time favorite herbs ever, Comfrey.  There is a bit of controversy with ingesting the herb, some say it shouldn’t be taken internally when you have liver issues, I don’t have liver issues and I have drank comfrey in many teas for many different healing needs, for many years.  I love the stuff, Hubby drinks it too.  We don’t drink it daily but when your body needs healing I think it’s a great herb.  However, it can also be used externally.  I think fresh works best external but we’re in the middle of winter, so I will use what we have dried.  Comfrey is used to heal bones (among other things).  The first time I heard of it was through an herbal website I belonged to (pay every month kind of thing) the owners son had broken his arm, above the cast the would put daily comfrey poultices on his shoulder to help heal the bone.  We are lucky to have found a huge comfrey patch behind a friend’s house and harvested a lot of this precious herb.  I think this should be growing in everyone’s garden.  So I will add water to my dried comfrey then I will blend it and put that mash on my foot and let it sit, I’ll probably do as long as I can, hopefully an hour a day, while I knit.  Here is a picture of comfrey:

Secondly I just read on Livestrong.com that arnica is a good herb for stress fractures as well.  Arnica is STRICTLY for external use, do not ingest it for whatever reason, it is POISONOUS!  Ok that out-of-the-way, it is used topically all the time for bruises and non open injuries (ie the skin is not broken, again you don’t want this inside your body for any reason).  I have an arnica gel that I purchased and used it on sore muscles, bumps, bruises etc.  But I have dried arnica as well and I will probably include some of that to my comfrey poultice.

Lastly I am going to make sure I take some supplements that strengthen bones.  I already take these things but I think I will ramp them up for a few weeks.  I take coral calcium daily, but I will increase my daily intake.  I also take food grade diatomaceous earth, which contains silica which is a big component to building strong bones.  I won’t spend a lot of time on the DE but I did do a blog post on this already (https://virtuousgracious.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/food-grade-diatomaceous-earth/) so read that if you want more information on diatomaceous earth.  Lastly I am going to also start drinking more raw milk and eat more raw butter.  We get our milk from a local lady, have also had raw goat milk.  Technically our raw milk is for “animal” consumption because Oregon has a silly law that raw cows milk can’t be sold for human consumption, but… raw goats milk can?  I know, I don’t get it either.

I will keep you updated on the healing process, the hard part is because no break is showing up on the X-ray I will only be able to tell it’s better by how it feels.  I am praying for a speedy recovery, I have wanted to get into jogging and this is putting a wrench in that plan.  God gave us all we need for healing, I am convinced of it every time I look to herbs for a remedy.

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Hebalism & God

When my journey into natural medicine started I was like anyone else who was STARVING for information.  I read book after book, I joined herbal groups, found internet paid groups to be part of, I even found a local herbalist to take me on herbal walks.  I was constantly looking down at all the plants trying to identify them and find their uses.  It was an amazing time in my life, so new and fresh.  People would start to ask me, what herb would you use for this or that and it would get me into my books or on to the web to ask my new herbal friends.  I was in heaven.

When you are new at things you take the advice of the more advanced people who are giving you knowledge.  You don’t question them, just like a college student wouldn’t question their professor, because OBVIOUSLY these people have much more knowledge than you do.  I, now do not believe that previous statement.  Every human is faulty, every human can be lead to an incorrect path.  In fact most Christian’s who go away to a secular college lose their faith, why?  Because they are taught by those “all knowing” professors that they “evolved” from a monkey.  And usually when people put that much money into something, you can’t doubt it, or why did you pay for it in the first place?  This same concept happens in the herbal world, and it happened to me.

I joined a online group, you paid so much a month to be able to see the forums and chat with the owners and have special lessons and you had access to a ton of herbalists.  I was doing a program also with a local herbalist and was paying her monthly.  In no time I was picking up every book that she suggested, oh how I loved Amazon for that!  I remember very clearly when an herbalist (both in books and the online group) said to leave a gift for Mother Earth when you take an herb.  So ingrained in this new world it didn’t even occur to me how wrong this really is.  Then I was given a book about Shamanism, and once I started to read it, again I felt like this was how the herbal world worked.  Ugh! Why didn’t I question these things!?  It was starting to get carried away, I felt that I could call the “spirits” of the Earth just in the same way the Shamans did, and how interesting this book was.  Now I realize they were calling on the spirits of Satan, not “the earth.”   Slowly though God started pulling me out of it.  Verses like Romans 1:25 (Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.) and Genesis 1:29 (And God said, Behold, I have given you every plant bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, which has seed in its fruit; to you it shall be for food.) became very important in my walk.  I was being woken up to the deception that I was under, and it became so much more clear that God created it all and I don’t have to leave God a gift for taking an herb he made for us, in fact God is the one that truly gave US the gift.  Now when I read a book that says that ginkgo is a prehistoric plant, I rejoice that it was around when the dinosaurs were but not MILLIONS of years ago, but pre-flood.  I am not afraid to cross out a part in a book about evolution and write over it “GOD.”

So when I tell people about an herb that can heal them, comfrey is one of my favorites, or skullcap to help them sleep, I can rejoice in God’s creation that he gave to us.  He thought of everything, even the seeds of Apples contain a cyanide that will kill the protein around cancer cells.  He knew what we would face and before we spit in his face by listening to Satan’s lies, he still thought of  us and the suffering we would go through and provided a way to make it easier.  That is amazing love!  So if you pick up white willow bark instead of aspirin (btw aspirin was originally made from white willow bark) praise your Creator for making herbs to help and heal us, enjoy that cup of tea and bask in his ultimate forgiveness.

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My problems are very small, compared to some.  I live in a house, I have both legs, arms and eyes.  I have heat and food and I breathe just fine.  I am in relatively good health with a wonderful husband and two fun dogs, family and friends.  But I want to be a Mom.  I want to be a Mom so badly that I can taste it sometimes.  It just doesn’t happen for me.  I’m in a funk today, I just took a pregnancy test and again the results were the same…no.  I know that God has perfect timing for everything but sometimes I do wonder if his answer to this is always going to be no.  I am sorry this post is not my normal, but I really needed to get these feelings out.

I keep watching my friends have beautiful children.  I watch, longing for what they have and yet to be jealous isn’t right either.  It crushes my heart every time I hear this beautiful news come to a friend of mine.  I wonder how many baby blankets I will make for others and if I will ever make one for myself.  Reality grips me, what a horrible time to have a child right now.  With my income being the main one, and now being unsure if my boss will even keep the doors open, why would I be so sad today seeing only one line show up on that stupid test?!?

I can’t help that my heart desires this.  God told us to multiply and fill the earth.  I have always wanted to be a Mommy and what an amazing Daddy my sweet hubby would make!  I have fertility issues, and it will only be by God’s grace that we have a child.  But why do I have to FEEL like I’m pregnant?!  Why do I have to have the nausea, the swollen and tender breasts?  Why can’t my period just come like normal and leave like normal?  I am so tired of thinking “this HAS to be it, this time!”  That is a crushing blow…I mean I could have sworn…

I turn back to the Building 429 song, Not Where I Belong.  I know this isn’t my home and these tears are only temporary.  Christ will wipe them away once and for all one day, and I know he’ll wipe them away now too, I just can’t help but be disappointed.  This world isn’t fair, it will never be fair and I just have to have that blessed assurance holding me.  “All I know is I’m not home yet, this is not where I belong.  Take this world and give me Jesus.  This is not where I belong.”  I know I’m feeling “poor me” right now.  In fact I’m very glad that I am alone because I can’t really understand myself why I’m so sad for something I’ve never had.  Logic just doesn’t come to play here.  I’ll never lose this desire to be a Mom, and I think I need to come to grips with the fact that I may never have the desire fulfilled.  God’s path for every woman is not always Motherhood.  Although look at Sarah… I know I serve a very strong and powerful God who can do whatever He wants, sometime I wish I had a little insight on the future, but then where would the gift come from?

So I’m going to go back to listening to Building 429, maybe cry a little more, then let God heal my broken heart.

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Moody Institute of Science put out some really informative videos about creation in the 50’s and 60’s.  They have a video called Hidden Treasures that is probably my favorite.  In this video they talk about diatomaceous earth, you can watch it here on google http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=794219833242953957 at minute 24 they start to talk about DE (Diatomaceous Earth) the video is only 28 minutes so should be easy to watch.  Anyway, there are huge mountains of DE that were not formed millions of years ago, but they were formed because of the flood of Noah.  Well really it was God‘s flood but you get my point.  Diatoms are small creatures that live in the ocean and when they die their glass houses fall to the bottom of the ocean.  In the case of the mountains of DE this happened as the waters receded and layers started to form.  Take yourself a glass and fill it with different things, sand, clay, dirt etc now add water and shake.  Let that glass of water and contents sit until everything settles (go ahead, I’ll wait), what do you see?  Layers form because the floating contents have different weights and size.  I learned this in the 6th grade at outdoor school.  You’ll have layers of sand, dirt, clay etc, this same principle happened after the flood.  So we have these mounds of DE and I’m pretty sure God knows what he’s doing so lets look a bit more into this powder.

First off the controversy.  For the record I am ONLY talking about FOOD GRADE DE.  There are different types of DE and some are toxic and are used in pool filtration.  If your bag does not look like this next photo, do not buy, do not ingest.  If you do, I am not responsible for your ignorance, well I’m not responsible for it anyway, but don’t get all American sue happy on me if you take the wrong stuff.  That’s my “disclaimer” sad these days that we even have to put that in…

Back to the DE.  I had heard of it before but only because my Hubby does gardening and self sustainable agriculture.  If you ask most people they will probably tell you it’s toxic and you can’t eat it, well I disagree.  I belong to a yahoo group about herbal medicine.  Someone posted a question about FOOD GRADE DE, the consensus was that it is toxic and you shouldn’t eat it.  It sparked an interest in me and I googled “food grade diatomaceous earth.”  My first website was Wolf Creek Ranch located in California.  http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/defaq.html I started reading what they had to say about DE and it differed from the yahoo group opinions.  They said that DE contains high amounts of silica and that without silica life is not possible.  (See God does know what he’s doing!)  Diatoms little houses that fall really is DE are shaped in a way that they will slice and kill any parasite, worm, or pest.  You can sprinkle it on your chickens to help them with bugs, or place some in their coop to roll in.  You can use it as a flea treatment on your pets.  If you place a worm in DE first the sharp edges of the DE will slice open the worm, then the powder will dry the worm out and it will die.  Same concept in your gut, although it doesn’t slice you.  What it does do is clean out your intestines, years of gunk, garbage and even mold (yes, I know it’s SO gross) start to line your intestines and your ability to absorb vitamins and mineral is drastically reduced.  I have also heard that many people are living with some type of parasite or intestinal worm without knowing it, this too will cause you not to absorb minerals that you need because the worm is getting it all.  So you mix a heaping TBSP of DE (from now on we’ll just assume every time I say DE, I’m only talking about food grade) in water and drink daily.  Some of the health benefits are healthier skin, nails and hair (or coat for your pets), lowers blood pressure, absorbs toxins (the shape of the DE is porous, and attract toxic metals and viruses, pesticides, E-Coli, heavy metals etc), lowers cholesterol, regular bowel movements, healthier teeth and gums.  I encourage you to research yourself and see.

So I ordered a bag, a 50lb bag.  Shipping cost me as much as the bag of DE did!  Honestly a 50lb bag was only $26.99.  You can learn from me on this, I just found out that our Feed and Seed store carries food grade DE!  And it’s the same price but we save on shipping, so call your local feed store and find out if they carry it, which they probably do.  If they don’t they might be able to get it, but again Food Grade only, the bag should look exactly like the one I posted above.  Hubby and I have been taking it daily since November.  I am still very much alive and well, so is hubby.  I have also been giving it daily to our dogs (two black labs) and our cats, we are all just fine and healthy.  I suspected the cats had worms and I KNEW our female lab did (yeah saw those nasty suckers).  Since giving DE there has been no more worms.

I can honestly say I don’t notice that much difference in myself, not some kind of “miracle” at least.  What I do notice is that I have regular bowel movements which never use to be the case.  I don’t get diarrhea, or constipation which I was prone to both before.  Some days I wouldn’t have any bowel movement and now I have generally two a day.  We did notice what we called “oily butt” for the first day or two as the DE was cleaning out our intestines.  I have read that people notice some pretty disturbing things coming out of them.  Some people don’t want to know and don’t look.  I was somewhere in the middle.  I’m not a stool examiner by any means, but I did watch some what.  The same time we added the DE to our diet we also added Iodine.  I believe I did a blog on Iodine, so check that out if you want more info.

What I can say for sure is that I’ve always been the type of person who gets sick when someone looks at them funny.  Since taking the DE I haven’t caught any cold or bug, and I work in a doctor’s office.  It’s almost February and we are in the cold and flu days.  I am keeping track of that, honestly if the only thing this is doing for me (which I’m sure it’s not the only thing) is keeping me from getting sick, I’m all for it.  I notice our dogs and cats have no issue eating it.  I make them a special breakfast (dog food, DE, water and some iodine) and they can’t wait for it.  They also have easy stool.  Their coats are great although I’m not sure I can say this is a DE result or not.  But I do feel great, and just the fact that toxic stool isn’t built up in my body every day I know is a health benefit.

The taste is earthy and little “dry,” but it’s pleasant.  We drink a bit in water every morning with our iodine.  We also brush our teeth with it (see wolf creek ranch website for more info on teeth health, also read their testimonial page).  I have put it on the backs of our dogs to keep some fleas down, although I should take them outside and really go to town with them (just don’t get it in their eyes, it’s drying).  I will probably do that in the summer when the fleas are worse.  It can be used in gardening, in your compost pile and even your worm bin (don’t mix it in to the worm bin just put it on top. It shouldn’t kill your worms because you aren’t putting it directly on them).  Silica is an important mineral for ALL life and we don’t get enough.  I’m a huge fan of DE and will continue to use it on myself, my family and pets and this summer it will go on our garden.

I am constantly learning about a healthy lifestyle, healthy eating and nutrition.  As I find new things I do try them, some stick and some don’t.  I can honestly say I’ll be taking DE for the rest of my life.  I think it’s an amazing testament of God’s love for us, he really did give us everything we need.

 

Update 1/27/12: I was just perusing naturalnews.com this morning and I discovered a recent article written on the benefits of silica 🙂 Check it out http://www.naturalnews.com/034756_silica_anti-aging_heavy_metals.html

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I’m going to open my vulnerable door for a moment to share something quite personal and well, embarrassing.  I am a quitter.  There I said it and I guess it wasn’t so scary to say.  What I think is scary is the change that has to occur to stop being a quitter.  Yep, I want to quit being a quitter.  This is me, below… the quitter.  If I put a face with this post it makes it real, I can’t hide anymore and that is an important thing, in changing this behavior, I believe.

This part of me has been around since I was a child.  I quit dance team, I quit cheer-leading (even though we won a trophy), I quit track, volleyball, softball.  I really won’t bore you with the entire list of things in my life I have quit but let me tell you it is extensive.  I often wish that at some point in my growing up period my Mom would have forced me to finish something I started.  I wonder if that would have changed something in me?  However, it didn’t happen that way and I am a 30 year old woman who can no longer put the blame of her life in the hands of someone else.  If I am a quitter, that is because I have allowed this to continue in my life.  Hopefully this post is the beginning of the end of that Corri.

This all came to an emotional head last night.  We live in a small town outside of Portland, Oregon.  I’m an Oregon girl through and through.  I grew up in Portland and we just don’t get snow in the city.  So it’s a foreign thing, but always fun.  Well this week we got clobbered, a foot and a half.  Yes, that is clobbered to us here, don’t laugh.  The weight of the heavy wet snow snapped a limb off a tree in our yard, as well as our hedges.  The snow was so heavy they were leaning over to the side about ready to fall over.  So hubby (who is a go getter) and I went out to try to remedy the situation.  We removed the snow from the bushes then propped it up with boards so that hopefully, the hedge would continue to grow upward.  During the process I was cold and wet.  My hands were getting cut (it felt like) from the frozen snow on the boards.  I couldn’t separate the boards that were frozen together.  I would have rather just quit and gone inside.  And apparently my attitude showed that.  “I can’t” flowed out of my mouth like water.  Over and over, “I can’t.”  Well it actually turns out that I could, and did help to get this done, but it left a taste in Hubby’s mouth that he didn’t like.  I think the worst thing for a go-getter is a “I Can’t” person.

After a long conversation where it became PAINFULLY obvious that I have a problem with being too negative and “I can’t” but that attitude also made me feel like I couldn’t do things so just quit and move on.  I laugh at quitters on tv (Ice Road Truckers is a favorite) but I am just like them.  I don’t pull out that “fight for it” mentality.  I got to thinking about all the things in life I start and quit.  Here is a short list: Books (I love to start but rarely finish), Knitting, Exercise, Cleaning projects, Writing, Bills, Arts and Crafts etc.  So last night after a bit of thinking and praying I came up with a solution to some of the smaller problems I have.  If I start a knitting project or a book or something like this, I am requiring myself to touch it at LEAST one time a week until it is finished.  I will start using my calendar to write down when I read or when I knitted.  I will plan out a day to make soap (etc) so that these things don’t sit unused and money wasted.

The bigger stuff is harder.  When something becomes too hard it’s just my nature to give up.  This morning on my way to work I was thinking about this.  I thought of John 19:30, Jesus, our savior, was up on the cross after being beat, tortured, mocked, and spit on.  First off he asked God to forgive the people because they know not what they do, but then he says in John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.  IT IS FINISHED.  What if Jesus didn’t finish?  What if Jesus said ” you know what? You people don’t even care, you are ungrateful and  uncaring and I don’t care anymore. I’m getting myself down off this cross and you all can figure it out for yourselves.”  But that isn’t the way it went down because if it was, we wouldn’t have any chance of salvation, because everyone sins and we have all fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).  His pure love for us and his desire to be with us forever was so great that he was willing to be killed at the hands of his creation to save it.  While that same creation mocked him, told him to prove himself and come off the cross, gambled for his clothes, stuck a crown of thorns into his skin, forced him to carry his own cross, and then nailed him to it through his skin, he stuck it out and asked God to forgive them.  I mean if anything was going to make someone quit, that would be it.  He could have too… he could have got down off that cross and stopped everything from happening to save his own flesh, but Jesus was more than flesh.  And yet there he hung, for the sins of everyone who will just accept him, no fancy prayers to say a zillion times a day, no works to get to heaven, HE paid the price and he didn’t give up on us even though we hated him.  He finished.  His last words were “It is finished.”  Wow talk about powerful.  As a follower of Christ I should be able to finish too, just because of his example.

So who am I to be a quitter?  Not to mention that having a positive attitude about things in general help positive things to happen to you.  And I’m not talking about the hocus pocus stuff that The Secret tries to lie about.  I’m talking about a positive attitude that things will turn out ok, because ultimately God is in control and when he says we go, we go.  So I want to be a finisher, just like my savior was.  It is time for me to grow up and get strong and start finishing things that I start.  When things get hard, I find a way to keep going, I dig down deep to find that extra push to keep my legs moving, or my arm swinging, or my body working.  I truly want to hear “well done” when I stand in front of Jesus and a quitter won’t hear that.  Pray for me, please.  The power and strength of God will help me through, because that is where strength truly comes from.  Lift me up in prayer and hold me accountable.  I want to be a finisher.

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