Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Healing the Gut of America- Part 1

Do you believe that you have the right to choose healthy food for your family?  Do you believe that you are being "fed" food recommendations that are truly the healthiest for you?

You might be thinking, "well, yeah- obviously!  Why wouldn't I have the right to choose healthy foods for my family?  And, why wouldn't the FDA and the government have my best interest in mind?  They DO, don't they?" 

Read this recent quote from the FDA regarding A lawsuit by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF):

a. There is No Right to Consume or Feed Children Any Particular Food
b. There is No Generalized Right to Bodily and Physical Health
c. There is No Fundamental Right to Freedom of Contract

Now an FTCLDF-assisted suit in Wisconsin has caused a judge to issue a ruling expressing the official elite view of property rights:

(1) Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to own and use a dairy cow or a dairy herd;
(2) Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to consume the milk from their own cow;
(3) Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to board their cow at the farm of a farmer;
(4) The Zinniker Plaintiffs’ private contract does not fall outside the scope of the States’ police power;
(5) Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of their choice;
(6) DATCP [Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection] . . . had jurisdiction to regulate the Zinniker Plaintiffs’ conduct.

Learn more here: http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/fda-you-have-no-natural-right-to-food-health-or-private-contracts/

WOW!  And this is the land of the free!  I don't bring up this point to start a controversial debate on all things political!  What I do want to start a conversation about is this:

What does this mean for me and my family?
How can I get the best, safest, and most nutritional food possible for my family?

These are important questions that ALL parents need to be asking themselves, for their own health, and the health of their children.  Just because you seem fairly healthy today, you may not be in a few years!  Our bodies can only take so much toxicity, and instead of piling on the perscription drugs and accepting the diagnosis of ADHD and other psychological disorders, I suggest we start at nutrition as a first option for healing. 

People say, "eating locally grown or organic foods is too expensive.  We are on such a tight budget."

I COMPLETELY understand this, and I am in the same boat, however I suggest this statement in return:
"Would you rather spend 10% more on food, or 25% more on your healthcare?

There are so many fabulous tips and ideas for saving money in other ways so you can afford better quality food, and I will be discussing these ideas in this blog over the next few weeks.  Unfortunately, eating "organic" food from the grocery store may not be a complete solution to this problem because even organic food at the store can be just as processed, and the organic produce still comes mainly from huge corporate farms where the soil is very depleted.  They may not have pesticides, but don't offer much in the way of nutrition. 

So what is the solution?

When you know your farmer, you know what they put on their land, harmful or not.  You know if they use crop rotation and compost methods to keep the soil rich, adding more nutrients in your food.  You know if they give their livestock hormones and antibiotics, because you talked to the farmer and you can see their passion.  Knowledge is power!  When you take a label such as "fair trade," and "organic" as a way of trusting a food source, you have taken away your own right to turly know where your food is coming from.  A label means much less than your own handshake with a farmer.  There are so many local sources for food, and to our benefit, family farmers, co-ops and local food buying clubs are easier to access than they have been for some time.  Farmer's markets are coming to an end this season, but google "local food buying clubs" with your town's name and you are sure to find sources for local food throughout the winter! 

Remember, you are your families health advocate, and it starts at home, and much of that begins on your dinner plate.  Think about it.  Ignorance is not bliss in the matter of nutrition!


  1. Glad we had that conversation...Love this blog post!

    You know, since we began eating REAL foods and knowing where most of those foods come from, our family of four has had only one sick visit in over two-and-a-half years - that's essentially unheard of with one in public school and another in the workplace! And moreover, I've been able to stop taking all prescriptions for my Rheumatoid Arthritis, as well as all OTC meds, too!

  2. My new philosophy is that you can pay the farmer now, or the doctor later...Personally, I'd much rather pay the farmer :)

    And about the government and it's over-reaching arms attempting to control our food...The right to consume nourishing, life-giving foods is a gift from God above, and no matter what the government does to try and steal that gift, God will provide and sustain us, one way or another!