Raw Foods Class: Crunchy Pea Casserole & Sweet Corn Lettuce Wraps

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Crunchy Pea Casserole & Sweet Corn Lettuce Wraps
Information for the class below!

When: Tuesday, April 16th 
Where: Pleasant Grove
Time: 7 pm
Cost: $10

PLEASE RSVP if you are interested in attending.  I make copies for my classes and want to make sure I have enough to hand out! You can email me at rachel@livingmom.net  :)

In this class you will learn:
  • How to make 2 raw dishes that can feed the whole family!
  • The benefits of raw foods and why more raw foods creates increased health and happiness in your LIFE!
  • Why spending money on your health INSTEAD of your disease just makes logical sense.
  • Learn how easy and EXTREMELY tasty raw foods can be to make.
  • Understand more about each ingredient in what I make and why your body desperately needs them for nourishment and healing.  
  • Come to taste everything I make so you can try it for yourself before you go home to make it.  :)
  • Learn how to make a SCRUMPTIOUS raw sour cream along with the pea casserole and corn lettuce wraps.  
  • I will have my Smokey Spicy Seeds, Chocolate Nut Bars, Kale Krunchers, Sweet Nut Brittle for sale the night of the class.  Look for upcoming emails about the DELICIOUS food I will now be selling.   
Please come with ANY questions!  Below is my bio for those who may not know me.  I have been in the nutritional/herbal world for 14 years now and am always EXCITED to help others on their path to health and wholeness.

In Peace,
Rachel

*I am a homebirth midwife, an herbal practitioner, a raw foods educator, emotional healing facilitator & placenta encapsulator. I have received training in many healing modalities. In 2000, I became certified as a Nutritional Herbologist and soon thereafter began teaching classes on nutrition where I taught such subjects as whole foods, raw foods, vegetarianism, veganism, cleansing, supplementation and overall physical and emotional health and well being. I also teach an INSPIRING childbirth course called "LivingMom Childbirth Education Courses." I have since spent the last 14 years researching and educating myself in many matters relating to all forms of alternative therapies. I have worked with many people to help them facilitate their own personal healing and progression. Nine years ago, I was introduced to Native American healing & spirituality . In 2007, I studied with James “Flaming Eagle” Mooney who, soon thereafter, gifted me as a water pourer and medicine women. In 2009, I spent 18 months studying with & have been gifted as a pipe carrier by Richard “He Who Has the Foundations” Swallow, Spiritual Leader of the Eagle Clan of the Lakota Sioux . I have been married to my LOVING husband for 17 years and together we have 5 BEAUTIFUL children, all born at home. I, along with my husband, still participate regularly in Native American teachings & ceremonies.*

Healing Fears Women Have With Childbirth

I wanted to discuss the article called "Top Fears Women Have With Childbirth" and put my 2 bits into it.  I have discussed fear many times.  Click on the links below to read a few articles that I've written on the subject.  I believe fears are a HUGE factor as to how your birth experience takes place and exactly what happens.

Fear is truly the determinant as to whether your birth is horrible or even better, a beautiful blissful experience.  Just like the photo above states, when women release fears and phobias surrounding birth they move out of their comfort zone.  Once that movement takes place, they really can find "where the magic happens" in birth.  Their whole perspectives can and do change once they feel safe within themselves, as pregnant women, and in the birth experience.

Click on the link below to read an excellent article on fears women carry in childbirth.  I have posted below some of my comments to the article.  The article is great, in and of itself, but I wanted to add my own perspectives because I'm they will create more of a thoughtfulness before making a concrete decision on how you might like your birth to do.

Let me know what you think.  My hope is that women will reclaim their bodies and the birth process and know they, ultimately, are the ones in control and their feelings, beliefs, opinions and perspectives do matter.

In Peace,
Rachel

Top Fears Women Have With Childbirth

  • A fear of not making it to the hospital in time or arriving too early in labor.
Hopefully you have already discussed with your care provider what active labor looks like.  This should be talked about WAY BEFORE labor begins.  Google active labor and know the signs. Also, hire a doula! She has been educated on normal birth processes and should have enough experience to know when is the right time for you to head to the hospital or call the midwife.  If choosing to deliver in the hospital, but hoping for a natural birth, staying home as LONG as possible can make a big difference as to what your birth will look like.  Going to the hospital too soon can create more inventions that can potentially create problems on their own.  
  • A fear your doctor or midwife may not be available when labor starts and you end up with someone different.
I wholly agree that knowing all the care providers that could be at your birth will definitely help with fears.  You might want to even consider finding a practice with fewer options for care providers.  By choosing a home birth, most midwives merely partner together.  So, meeting and knowing only 2 people very comfortably can be an actual possibility.  And yes, make sure your provider will and is available for your birth.  
  • A fear your birth plan will not be taken seriously or totally disregarded.
Great advice and a HUGE MUST for creating the birth you want in a hospital is putting together a birth plan.  When you choose to birth at home, your situation will most likely be VERY different.  Most home birth midwives already have a very natural and holistic approach to birth.  Which means there is no fighting or being torn away from labor (which is so hard in and of itself), that your birth experience can inherently be EXACTLY what you wanted without even having to bat an eye for it.  
  • A fear of feeling unbearable pain.
Childbirth classes can really help release and remove many fears in regards to labor and birth.  I highly recommend them.  I think courses which discuss ALL the aspects of labor and birth instead of just some, can really aid in your understanding and education of the birth process.  And in this situation, the MORE you know really does matter.  You can read more about my childbirth classes at LIVINGMOM CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION.
Hypnobabies has been quite the lifesaver for many of my clients.  I have found it to be very effective in helping with relaxation and finding comfort within your body and the sensations of labor and birth.  I like what she states about the victim feeling, hence the reason I believe looking at fears and doing consistent emotional work during pregnancy can REALLY help a women create the birth experience she wants.  You can read more about the emotional work at my EMOTIONAL HEALING page.  
  • A fear of being confined to a hospital bed unable to stand or walk.
She's right on here! Home birth really is an safe, healthy option when you just want what you want in your birth environment. 
  • A fear of having accidental body function such as urination, bowel movement or vomiting.
I have found that my clients who work through the fears of pain or other issues while pushing find that A) Either they don't experience either problem during birth or B) Those things no longer bother them nor are they afraid of it, so if it does happen it's really no big deal.  
  • A fear of the umbilical cord being around the neck of the baby.
I have worked with women who have had cords around the babies neck in an ultrasound only to have their baby born without a nuchal cord.  They worked hard to help their baby feel safe and at peace while in the womb.  This, they believe, helped remove the cord.  I know it sounds a bit different but if I hadn't seen it, I might not believe it myself. 
  •  A fear of receiving interventions that will lead to fetal distress.
Another reason to consider homebirth. 
  • A fear of death of the baby during labor and birth.
I cannot reiterate enough the vital importance of a Mom working through any and all her fears surrounding her current life experience and her own birth experience.  Those these fears above can be seen as very "normal", they don't have to be present within a birthing women's psyche.  I have seen women after women enter the birth environment only feeling peace, comfort, joy and bliss BECAUSE they faced their fears BEFORE their birth which then helped to stimulate a GLORIOUS birth experience.  One in which they helped shape and create by taking responsibility for themselves, their pregnancy, birth and life thereafter.  
Charlotte Sanchez (CPM) is a Certified Professional Midwife and
Childbirth Educator of over 20 years.



The Birth Of Grant Ellis

I just recently returned from a trip to Colorado to visit my sister and to wait for the delivery of her son Grant.  I absolutely adore in EVERY way watching and being part of my little sister's birth experiences.

I find it interesting that, though I love all my mama's I work with very much, I found I carried a bit of a worry at my sister's birth.  This is not the norm for me.  I did not worry because I felt, in the least, anything might go wrong.  But instead, my worry was carried by the love I have for her.  To watch someone you love, as much as I love my Kimmy, go through the process of pregnancy and birth, brought tears to my eyes because of the love that overflowed from my heart.

With her first pregnancy and birth, she did quite a bit of preparation.  (How could she not?  She has an annoying midwife for a sister who was always bugging her about how to prepare.)  She ate VERY well in both of her pregnancies.  She exercised and even prepared her body BEFORE conceiving.  She worked on emotional issues, though she struggled a bit to do so. 

When labor finally hit, after 2 weeks overdue, it was long and much harder than expected.  Labor lasted about 18 hours or more.  Kim stayed at 8 cm for over 7+ hours.  It was very arduous and overwhelming for her.  Once it was finally time to push her sweet daughter, Jane out, some of her fears stepped in the way and her baby sat in a crowning position for 45 minutes before finally being born.

I was so excited and anxious for Kim to have a different experience with her second pregnancy and birth.  She, again, took care of herself extremely well.  The only big difference with this pregnancy was that she understood more deeply how to take the opportunity of pregnancy to release any and all emotional issues that might not have been cleared from the previous pregnancy and birth experience.  
Let me just say, she was AMAZING!!!  When labor finally started after only being a week overdue this time, she was relaxed, open and ready for it.  She felt fully prepared and even accepted that birth itself might bring up more anxieties and fears but she was ready for the challenge and found peace in it.  Something that had been hard for her to experience and relax into in her 1st birth.
Labor and birth lasted only 5 hours long.  It was short, quick, peaceful and IMMENSELY blissful.  She concentrated on loving her baby by talking to him throughout the whole birth experience. Telling him how good he was doing and how WONDERFULLY excited was she to see him.  I was in awe of my dear baby sis showing such courage and strength in the face something that can be so intense and even overwhelming at times.
She listened to her hypnobabies.  She cried.  She laughed.  She completely opened herself to the sensations, the feelings and whole of the experience.  When it was finally time for her to bring her son into the world, it was only 2 pushes.  Then her and her sweet husband, Jeff, reached down and brought their baby boy to Kim's chest.  We cried some more as we watched the glorious entrance of a new life.  Kim softly spoke to him telling him how much she loved him and how happy she was he had finally come.

I was and am honored to be part of any birth.  To be in the presence of 2 worlds colliding where every single time......my breath is taken away.  To watch women enter their own selves and listen and heed the guidance of their own knowing, along with babies who hear the symphonies call, is something you can put no words to.  Nor should you.  Inspiring. 

Thank you, Kim and Jeff.  Thank you for letting me come and cry.  Thank you for letting me share your home and feel the love each of you have for each other.  Thank you for all of it!  I will miss my Jane.....and wait patiently till I can see you all again.

In Peace,
Rachel

Support Sergei's Green Smoothie Documentary

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The video below looks SUPER fun and like something I think everyone should support!  I still remember the first time I saw Sergei, here in Utah, at a class him, his sister and their parents were teaching 12 years ago.  It was my VERY first introduction to raw foods.

The dietary changes that Sergei and his sister, Valya, made at such a young age were inspiring.  Both kids were still in elementary school when they choose, of their own free will, to stop eating all the s@*$ that was making them sick.  They then started introducing organic, fresh, raw fruit and vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds.....and found the health and healing they were looking for.

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Sergei is gifted at many things and I believe making this documentary would be one of them.  If you click on his KICKSTARTER PAGE, you can scroll down to the end and see other videos he has made.

Not only do I believe this film he's making would be great because he's doing it but how even more AMAZING to make a film about green smoothies.  Green smoothies are PHENOMENAL and have helped my personal health in a wide variety of ways.  From helping to heal my Hashimoto's Thyroiditis to healing my bowels, to giving me the energy to function at an optimal level each and every day.

I advise all the Mom's I work with to incorporate green smoothies into their diets daily.  The greens can give Mom and baby volumes of needed dense minerals to help with fetal growth.  Just like I have discussed the imprinting that can take place on baby through emotional stresses and triggers placed on Mom, I also believe we create food imprints on our children.  Babies will enjoy eating and have the physiological make up for whatever food Mom is eating and digesting in pregnancy.

So....if you want your babies to eat and LOVE green smoothies, then PLEASE drink them daily in your pregnancies and they will, I promise.  I ate horrible diets with my first 2 kids and started changing to a healthier diet in my 3rd pregnancy.  With my last 2 children, my diet was EXCEPTIONAL and the foods they now enjoy eating are the VERY same foods I ate while pregnant with them.  It really does make a difference.  Click on the link below to read more about my perspective on raw foods and nutrition during pregnancy.

"I am a HUGE fan of raw foods and the raw foods diet.  I have been eating a raw foods diet for 10 years now.  I believe how we eat stimulates an life long imprinting on our unborn babies on how they will eat.  Raw foods, because of the high enzymatic factors...."

Watch the video below and then jump on over to SERGEI'S KICKSTARTER PAGE and DONATE!!!  This is going to be an EXCELLENT documentary, I know it! I believe what the Boutenko family is doing and has done up till now is a VERY NEEDED work that we all need to support so we can to part of creating a healthier and happier world.  
In Peace,
Rachel


Keep Baby Healthy From Conception On & A Man Having a Baby

Sperm swimming in the direction of the egg cell
Sperm swimming in the direction of the egg cell

Just found a GREAT article on Dr. Mercola's site.  Though I'm not a big fan of his stuff, necessarily......I thought I'd pass along his article as most of the information really is educational and worth reading.

"Children's health and full potential are being limited before their lives have begun, starting in the womb and continuing through birth and the early years."
Knowledge and understanding of how to prepare for a new life can make a HUGE impact, not only on your baby but on FUTURE generations as well.  As discussed in a earlier post, shown below, the study of epigenetics is now showing exactly HOW it does effect future generations.  Read below.

Education BEFORE conception can be vital for the health and well being of your baby.  By taking care of your body thru making healthy lifestyle choices and by taking care of stresses and past wounding, a mom can truly prepare herself for conception.  Preparation is a MUST as to not pass onto baby all our ill health or unwanted emotional baggage.

Lastly, a man having a baby! Well, he's not really having a baby, of course, but it shows is experience with a simulated process of what labor might feel or be like for a man.  Watch and have a good laugh!

Happy Friday!

In Peace,
Rachel


Unassisted Childbirth- Can It Be Really Safe?

Let's discuss unassisted birth today....or FREE BIRTH as many people are calling it.  I happen to be a midwife who actually SUPPORTS unassisted childbirth under the right circumstances. Yes, you read that right!  I believe in a women's RIGHT TO CHOOSE how, when and where she delivers HER baby.  Wow, in our day and age it's such a strange concept to let a women take ALL the responsibility and ALL of HER baby that she created WITHOUT the help of a professional. (Are you staring to really feel my passion on the subject?)

Birth is about PARENTS....mothers and fathers and babies.  Not doctors or midwives.  For some reason, we've got it all backwards.  We think that without doctors and midwives that birth can't or won't or shouldn't happen the way it's supposed to.  Yeah, that's totally wrong.  I could go down the list of births which I have attended where I did almost NOTHING but help Mom and Dad catch their baby.

Now, I'm not an idiot either.  I know complications in birth can and do happen. But....just like Gregory J. Whits states in his book "Emergency Childbirth" any 8 year old child can deliver a baby.  I actually believe what he says.  We have put SO MUCH FEAR into childbirth that we've convinced women their bodies and their babies are ill equipped to know how to deliver a child.  This could be FARTHER from the truth.

I'm not saying either that pregnancy and childbirth doesn't have it's potential complications and problems.  But, I believe when a women is taking FULL RESPONSIBILITY for herself, her conception, her pregnancy and her birth, complications are much less likely.  Why do I say that, you ask?  Because when a women feels that what happens in her pregnancy and birth is completely up to her, her perspectives of the experience and how to care for it completely change.

Laura Shanley discusses her experiences and the experiences of other women in her book.....UNASSISTED CHILDBIRTH.....and how preparation and education can create a wonderful and safe birth environment and experience.  Below is a video with her explaining WHY unassisted childbirth can be safe and right for certain mothers and families.

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As Laura states above,  FEAR is the prime issue when it comes to having the birth experience you hope for.  Fear stymies all the bodies processes from functioning appropriately and as they should. Removing the old beliefs and thought patterns of fear can truly create a pain free and blissful birth experience.
Below is an article which discusses unassisted childbirth and the perspective of doctors on the subject.....which, of course, are negative. But how women ar still choosing to listen to their intuition, their bodies and their babies.
"But when the Calgary woman decided to have her next two children at home, without the assistance of a doctor or midwife, her own mother told her a hospital is the best place to have a baby."

In Peace,
Rachel


Placenta Chat-Have a Good Laugh

I thought today should just be funny day and I would post some videos I recently found on Hollywood stars and placenta chat.  Hope you ENJOY!  And that it makes you laugh.....I did!

In Peace,
Rachel


Spontaneous Creation: 101 Reasons NOT To Have Your Baby In A Hospital

I wanted to share with you an EXCELLENT book which discusses the in and outs of childbirth and WHY choosing to have your baby at home could be the BEST bet for you, your baby and your family.  Jock is a fascinating writer and his perspectives on the world of pregnancy and birth need to be shared with every women and man desiring to get pregnant.  
His book delves into the abusive practices that take place within our hospitals today.  He discusses how and why our modern day birth practices have been taken out of the hands of parents and how to open yourself to taking a bigger role in the pregnancy and birth of your infant. 
Click on the links below to read testimonials from some of the most respected and educated people in the birth world today. And then.....  PLEASE purchase Jock's book at the link below for only $2.  This price is RIDICULOUS  for all the information and deep wisdom that has been placed in his book.  A MUST READ!!!  
Read below to get more information on how to purchase the book. :)

"One of my eBooks on natural health. on special today for $2. "Spontaneous Creation: 101 Reasons Not to Have Your Baby in a Hospital, Volume 1" compares the safety of two distinctly different childbirth locales: home birth (with a midwife) and hospital birth (with an obstetrician). https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=460637473991560&l=7d183bb60c My eBook "Spontaneous Creation: 101 Reasons Not to Have Your Baby in a Hospital, Volume 1" If you are interested in reading Volume One of my eBook, please send $4 to my PayPal account jock@jockdoubleday.com with the words "Spontaneous Creation, Volume 1" in the subject line. Volume One is 350 pages long. This is an eBook, not a paper book. The eBook's 51 chapters are listed below:

1 You want to live.
2 You want your baby to live.
3 You don't want a cesarean section.
4 You don't want another cesarean section.
5 You don't want to hemorrhage.
6 You don't want an episiotomy.
7 You don't want epidural anesthesia.
8 You don't want your baby to have birth defects.
9 You don't want your baby to be taken away from you.
10 You want to bond with your baby.
11 You don't want someone to deliver your baby.
12 You don't want your baby delivered with forceps.
13 You don't want your baby delivered by vacuum extraction.
14 You don't want your baby to be stillborn.
15 You want your birth attended by a woman.
16 You want your birth attended by your husband.
17 You want your birth attended by your children.
18 You want your birth attended by your caregiver.
19 You want a quick birth.
20 You want a personal birth.
21 You want a private birth.
22 You want a natural birth.
23 You want a spiritual birth.
24 You don't like pain.
25 You want to give birth in a position of your choice.
26 You are not afraid of your pelvis.
27 You are not afraid of your umbilical cord.
28 You don't want to give birth according to a doctor's schedule.
29 You don't want to please a king.
30 You want your baby to be smart.
31 You want your baby to be astrologically correct.
32 You want your baby to smile.
33 You want to participate in an ancient process.
34 You believe in nature.
35 You believe in science.
36 You don't believe that the female body is defective.
37 You don't believe in the male mother.
38 You want to surrender to nature, not culture.
39 You want to feel empowered.
40 You want to eat during labor.
41 You want to drink during labor.
42 You're not fooled by the term "birthing room."
43 You're not fooled by the term "informed consent."
44 You're not fooled by the term "due date."
45 You're not fooled by the term "high risk."
46 You're not fooled by the term "birth plan."
47 You don't want to ride in a car during labor.
48 You want to give birth naked.
49 You want to have an orgasm.
50 You don't want to experience prolapsed cord.
51 You don't want to experience postpartum depression.


In Peace,
Rachel

Aspartame: Weight Gain Or Retardation in Baby? You Decide!

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Ok, my friends.  I'm sure that many of you already know this information but.....I HAD to share.  I have a mother (who I LOVE dearly) who is a diet coke addict.  She drank coke during ALL her pregnancies. I am surprised with all the health knowledge that is around today how women STILL, whether pregnant or not, drink ANYTHING or even INGEST anything with aspartame in it.  As you notice above, DEATH can be a side effect of drinking aspartame.  
 
Some recent studies done on preterm birth and diet soda.  Here's a short video below which discusses that. 
 
 
 
Read the articles below to learn more about the negative effects of aspartame on your health and the health of your baby.  In the second article, you read an article from the BIRTH DEFECTS RESEARCH FOR CHILDREN website, how one women thinks her large consumption of aspartame caused retardation in her infant. 
 
Another MUST WATCH video on the effects SEVERELY negative effects of aspartame on YOU and YOUR UNBORN INFANT!  
 
 
 
"Aspartame is sold as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. These artificial sweeteners are all aspartame, just with different names. Neuroscientist, Dr. Russell Blaylock discusses in his book Excitotoxins that there are several toxic breakdown chemicals from these aspartame products that make them dangerous for a developing fetus but also for mothers."
 
 
"The aspartame controversy was first brought to BDRC's attention by a pediatric nurse who put us in touch with the Mills family in Georgia. Their son Brandon was born with serious neurological impairment and developmental delays. Karen Mills was exposed to excessive doses of aspartame and phenylalanine during her pregnancy."
Please watch the video at the beginning of the article below. Very Fascinating!

Proven Unsafe But FDA Approved-Are You Still Consuming This Man Made Poison

"According to former Sentator Howard Metzenbaum, who reviewed the FDA's approval process of aspartame in the Senate in 1987, "I think there were a lot of politics involved in its being approved." Research scientist Dr. Olney is even more blunt, "the issue (aspartame) is really not an issue of science, it's an issue of politics."
 
Not only does ingesting aspartame cause potential harmful effects for you and baby, it does and can, create excess weight gain.  Watch the video below to find out how and why that works!
 
Here are some links to previous blog posts that might be of interest to you that are related to the subject at hand. I hope that everyone reconsiders their dietary choices ESPECIALLY in pregnancy!  It is vital for the health of future generations that Mom's and Dad's take full responsibility for their health and the health of their children.
 
 
In Peace,
Rachel
 
 

Can You Change Old Negative Belief Patterns to Help Your Baby Change The World?

Raising consciousness and thought levels of humanity through understanding what actually takes place in the womb is subject matter that is a HUGE passion of mine.  Women are the main creators of human kind that shapes and forms what our world will look like in the future.

Map painted on hands - concept of having the world in our hands

Map painted on hands - concept of having the world in our hands
 I have worked with women in some form or another for the past 16 years.  I have seen the struggle women have to move and shapes their lives in the way they want and need for their happiness.  We live in a world where we believe our happiness comes from some outside source but this is probably one of the BIGGEST lies we feed ourselves.  This lie is then passed from one generation to another which ends up making personal responsibility and personal growth quite difficult.  The difficulty lies in the woman's ability to see her happiness and ALL humans happiness is an internal compass not an external one.

The NEW research and science that is being done by the APPPAH (Association for Perinatal Psychology and Health) is quite PHENOMENAL.  EPIGENETICS is a new form a science that is showing how diet, lifestyle choices, social interactions, thoughts, feelings, emotions, perspectives and beliefs really do shape our world while in utero.  Those belief patterns are then passed onto future generations.  I have written a few times on the subject.  Click the links below to understand more about what perinatal psychology is and how it NEEDS to be understood to help future generations.......Please watch the video below, which is actually quite funny, that explains the science behind epigenetics more clearly.  YOU CAN SHIFT AND CHANGE future generations in a WIDE variety of holistic way!

 

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Below is an another video which discusses the emotional and psychological effects of "Womb To World." How the effects of our choices BEFORE conception change future beliefs and actions. I believe it's time for all of us of the human race to WAKE UP! To take control and responsibility for our lives to the extent that we stop the patterns of blame and projection.  We open ourselves to any and all healing the effects us in such ways that we DON'T pass our stuff to our children when, honestly, it's NOT theirs to be burdened with in the first place.
It's TIME!  It's time to make the change.  It's time to let go of the fears and old belief patterns and ideology that hold us back from really being the driver seat in our world and teaching our children to be the driver seat in theirs.  I will hear me say it over and over..... 'BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN YOUR WORLD!"  That's the ONLY way happiness and peace can infiltrate and take over our current world of war and heart ache.  Who's with me?

In Peace,
Rachel


Infant Formula Kills Healthy Cells 45% to 99% of the Time

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I've written a few posts on the the benefits of breastfeeding and the many problems of infant formula on the human system.  The notion that formula, in any way, compares to breast milk is like comparing wheatgrass to a juice from concentrate with sugar added for sweetness.  Yes, they both have nutrients the body needs and yes, they will supply the body with those nutrients.......but the wheatgrass is ALIVE and full of enzymes, phytochemicals, antioxidants, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and essential fatty acids.

The juice on the other hand has been pasteurized, which means many, if not most, of the nutrients have been killed or devitalized in some way which makes it a completely dead food. When we eat foods that are dead, our body has to withdraw vital nutrients from the bones and tissues to make it a food that the body can even digest. The body does not even have the ability to digest those foods with pulling from stores from your system.  Plus, sugar has been added to make it sweeter.....and honestly, if you don't already know that sugar isn't HORRIBLE for you.....then PLEASE go do some research.

Truthfully, I am SHOCKED that people think they can compare breast milk to formula.  They are NOT one in the same or even close to the same AT ALL!  Click on the links below to read some of the articles I've already written on formula vs. breast milk

Breastfeeding ROCKS! Here's WHY!

"I find it interesting that the debate of the health values of breast milk are still in full force.  It seems to me that we now have enough current data that shows the increased benefits of breast milk in comparison to formula. And in my opinion, THERE IS NO COMPARISON!!"

Breastfeeding: MMMmmmm...DELCIOUS & GLORIOUS!

"I'm a HUGE proponent of breastfeeding.  It is, by far, one of my personal favorite things to do.  The bonding, connection and attachment that takes place between you and your little one when breastfeeding really is beyond description. "

Now we have another article which points out how infant formula is now mutating cell structure and is potentially causing SEVERE gastrointestinal issues in premature infants.  They are finding that premature infants aren't the only culprits.  


"Microscopic image of cells shows the effects of breast milk vs. infant formula digestion. Cells are alive and healthy after the digestion of breast milk (top row) with only one cell having any deformation. In contrast, the cells in the bottom row all ruptured after being exposed to the digestion of infant formula. Image Credit: Alexander Penn, Department of Bioengineering, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Blue tint added for visual clarity."

Click on the link below to read more about it.  Comment below and let me know what you think. 

In Vitro Study Finds Digested Formula, But Not Breast Milk, is Toxic to Cells

"Overwhelmingly, the digestion of formula led to cellular death, or cytotoxicity – in less than 5 minutes in some cases – while breast milk did not. For example, digestion of formula caused death in 47 percent to 99 percent of neutrophils while only 6 percent of them died as a result of milk digestion.  The study found that breast milk appears to have a built-in mechanism to prevent cytotoxicity. The research team believes most food, like formula, releases high levels of free fatty acids during digestion, but that breast milk is digested in a slower, more controlled, process."

Lastly, here is an article by an AMAZING doctor who promotes breast feeding over bottle feeding.  In the article below, he discusses by infant formula and bottle feeding can actually be harmful for your baby and why.  

"In susceptible families, early exposure to cow’s milk proteins can increase the risk of the infant or child developing insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. (IDDM) (Mayer et al, 1988; Karjalainen, et al, 1992)"


In Peace,

Rachel



Help Your Kids Have More Life Long Diseases By Vaccinating Them

It's, of course, no surprise to me that children who have been vaccinated have potential health issues that children who haven't.... DON'T!  Come on guys, let's just be honest here, we are putting a virus or bacteria into the human system in such a way that the body struggles to FIGHT that virus or bacteria through it's normal route of doing so.

You can read a great blog post I made a few months back about vaccinations below.  Please take the time to read it.  It is VERY informative!

Vaccinations-Most Definitely NOT What They Are Cracked Up To Be & Oh, BTW...Know The FACTS!!

Let me explain what I mean.  The human system has areas of the body which infection can enter.  The eyes, nose, and mouth....etc.  There are other areas of the body that infection can enter but the majority of infection is passed from hand to mouth or hand to nose.

Let's just look at our mouth, for example.  There are LYMPH and GLANDS within the mouth that starts initiating the process of fighting bacteria BEFORE it even enters the body.  This way the body can start building the needed white blood cells and such to combat the ailment before it might completely take hold and you totally get sick.

Click here to find out healthier/homeopathic option instead of routine vaccinations

The way vaccinations work is, as most everyone knows, is that they inject the actual virus or bacteria directly into the blood stream instead of presenting it through the mouth and nose in order to build a immune response from the body to start taking action on fighting the infectious materials.

Now I know there are some new vaccine that they inject through the nose, like the flu shot.  Which don't get me started on the flu shot because I think it's ABSOLUTELY ridiculous since we have like so many flu strains and they decide to just pick a couple that they think will be the worst.  Truth be told, all we are doing with the flu shot is giving people the flu so they can then pass it on to everyone else around them.  Not sure where the logic is in that!  But ok......

When we inject a vaccination into the body WITHOUT the normal, healthy immune response taking place, by the glands and lymph of the body, it only makes logical sense to me, (but what do I know) that the body would struggle to know how to really integrate and utilize the vaccination in the proper fashion to fight infection.  The infectious material then sits and floats within the body finding space to land.

I know my opinion on this is quite simplistic but once the vaccine enters the system you then have all kinds of foreign materials that the body has no idea how to integrate properly because it hasn't entered the system by means of stimulating a immune response.  Without that immune response, you have not battled and fought off the virus/bacteria to build immunity to it.

An example of this would be someone who decides to get the chicken pox vaccine.  Another RIDICULOUS vaccine, IMO! They may not get the chicken pox as a child but they may go on to get shingles as an adult.  If they really did build an immunity to the actual chicken pox vaccination, why in the world is shingles presenting itself later in life?

My opinion......all they did was let that vaccination enter the system, wreek havoc on the body by potential lowering the immune system, not making it stronger because the body isn't really fighting anything.  And then....later in life, when the immune system is potentially struggling in some way.....WHAMO! .....the bacteria takes hold and actually creates MORE of a problem than just getting the chicken pox as a child would.

Ok, I'm shutting up now.  Just read the article below and find out for yourself how vaccinations can have LONG TERM effects on the health of your child.

"Suspicions have been confirmed for those wary of vaccinating their children. A recent large study corroborates other independent study surveys comparing unvaccinated children to vaccinated children."

Lastly, vaccinations CAN be deadly.  Read the information from your doctors office on the side effects of vaccinations......the last side effect is DEATH!  Read below about the poor baby that recently died because of her vaccinations.  And then.....send up prayers for their family! 
"A one month old baby whose parents warned doctors that she was ill and had a cough, has died within hours of receiving routine vaccination for Hepatitis B, DPT and oral polio after doctors decided to proceed with immunization anyway."
So....there's my two cents on the subject....for whatever it's worth.  :) 

Have a GREAT weekend!

In Peace,
Rachel


The Science Behind Co-Sleeping

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As you all know I feel very passionately about co sleeping.  I believe that it is extremely safe when Mom and Dad are EDUCATED on the as to how to make it as safe as possible.  Indigenous tribes and people's have co slept for eons of time.  There is actually a science behind how and why co sleeping can help babies holistically to be healthier and happier.  You can read more about my opinions and feelings on co sleeping by clicking the links below.


Below is an EXCELLENT video which discusses more of the fallacies about co sleeping and the science behind why co sleeping can be a WONDERFUL thing for you and your baby. 

In Peace,
Rachel

Just Encapsulate Your Placenta: More Reasons WHY!

You will find regular posts on my site about placenta encapsulation.  That's because I think it pretty much ROCKS and helps Mom postpartum in VOLUMES of ways.  Along with the links I post below that discuss the benefits of placenta encapsulation and how AWESOME it truly is...... You can go to my PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION page and learn more about my services.

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I do very much love the fact that a women's body is capable of producing such WONDERFUL medicine for herself and her baby.  Not only does placenta ingestion aid in SO many AMAZING things for the Mom.....it also helps get more nutrients and enzymes to baby.  Your placenta is PACKED full of glorious enzymes, rich in vitamins and minerals, and FULL of OXYTOCIN the LOVE hormone that helps to bond you and your baby.  
Click on the links below to learn more about the benefits of placenta encapsulation. Both are choice articles with thoroughly information.  
"Though few scientific studies have been spent on placentophagia itself, the combined existing research suggests that ingesting the iron-rich placenta may be a good first line of defense against postpartum mood problems."

“Giving…placenta to a new mother following birth has become standard protocol among a growing number of midwives in the United States. By nourishing the blood and fluids, endocrine glands and organs, Placenta will …reduce or stop postpartum bleeding, speed up recovery, boost energy and relieve postpartum blues.” Homes, Peter. 1993. Jade Remedies, Snow Lotus Press, 352.
I recently had a midwife contact me with a client who had SEVERE postpartum depression.  The mom had been beside herself at the thought of having to deal with such emotional uproars while trying to take care of a newborn and her family.  The midwife contacted me because she had heard that I process my placentas in such as way as to retain ALL of the vital nutrients, enzymes and hormones. Along with how I add  HERBAL FORMULAS to my placenta encapsulation that I believe help BOOST, even more, Mom and baby both hormonally and emotionally, but physically as well.  
I ask all my placenta encapsulation clients to contact me and let me know how well their placenta worked for them.  Very few people remember to do this, which I totally understand, but this fabulous midwife took the time to call me and let me know how the 2 week postpartum visit went with her client.  And.....let me tell you, I was SO GRATEFUL she did.  
She stated that her client said she was feeling AMAZING!  This was her clients 5th pregnancy and she never knew she could feel so LOVELY after having a baby.  Her emotions were under control and she was feeling happy, content and at peace, along with her physical healing being much quicker and better than it had been in subsequent pregnancies.  
It is SO MUCH FUN for me to hear this.  The reason I LOVE what I do with placenta encapsulation is because it's NOTHING that I do that makes the difference as to why so many new Mom's find such healing.  It's EVERYTHING she does during her pregnancy that makes that placenta so effective and efficient in helping her heal and feel normal and happy.  
What she eats, if she exercises, her daily routines and habits all play into the health of her placenta and it's ability to do it's job extremely WELL, all depend on the Mother and the responsibility she takes of her pregnancy and birth.  Yet again, ANOTHER reason to decide that YOUR in charge and you can have an BLISSFUL and GLORIOUS pregnancy and birth. :)
In Peace, Rachel


How to Make Home Made Vitamin Water with Coconut Kefir

"Make your own vitamin water. Add fruits instead of sugar for a natural sweetener Cut the fruit into paper-thin slices or small chunks. Combine ingredients with water. Refrigerate 4-6 hours and serve over ice. So delicious and very refreshing!"
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I thought that these drinks looked AMAZING!!!  And then......I realized that there was a way you could make this vitamin water even HEALTHIER for you.  Instead of using just juice or water you could use COCONUT water or even BETTER fermented coconut water. 
Coconut water in and of itself is a PHENOMENAL source of vitamins, minerals, animo acids, enzymes, growth factors and electrolytes.  But even just as important as all of that.....it also helps immensely to alkalize the body.  When the body is in a balance and alkalized state, it has the ability to aid in self healing.  This means your whole system functioning in a more whole and healthy way.

Click on the link below to learn more about the health benefits of just coconut water itself.  Make sure to watch the video at the end of the article.  


Now that you can see the great health benefits of just plain raw fresh coconut water, let's delve into how you can even make it that much healthier by fermenting the coconut water BEFORE making your vitamin water.  

By fermenting your coconut water, you INCREASE all of the health benefits!  Not only that.....but you are feeding the gut flora which helps build and boost EVERY physiological function of the human body.  

Click the link below to read more about coconut kefir and its WONDERFUL healing properties.


Below is an article which clearly shows how fermented coconut water has helped heal.  Though I am not a fan of all that the Body Ecology diet teaches, there is some excellent information on the benefits of all fermented foods on her website.  


Now that you know all the healing benefits of coconut water and coconut kefir.  I thought I would share the EASY way that I make it.  For those of you who know me, you'll already know that I'm a HUGE fan of the majority of Garden of Life products.  They have a dynamic line of probiotics that are some of the best on the market.  When making my coconut kefir, I use the women's formula probiotic.  Click below and watch the video on the side bar for an explanation of their probiotics and why they work. 


When making my coconut kefir, I just add 1 to 2 capsules of this probiotic to my coconut water.  Then I stir that in and let it sit for 12 to 24 hours depending on how fermented I want it to taste.  Viola!!! Simple, quick, easy and oh so......DELICIOUS!!

Once your coconut kefir is ready, then add the ingredients you wish to spice it up (like it says above the picture)......and SWEET, HEALTHY ambrosia is only a swallow away.  

In Peace,
Rachel