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Swine Flu Vaccine… interesting information October 21, 2009

Filed under: Healthy Living — Laura Kelly @ 12:13 pm

This video article is incredible to me.  I urge you to watch. (It is a lengthy one, but well worth your time. So carve it out maybe after the kids are in bed or something).  I subscribe to Dr. Mercola’s weekly newsletter and updates. He is an advocate for wellness and I believe, truly, offers a very well-rounded view of many health issues and concerns.

I think this is very interesting.  I am not completely anti-vaccine, but I have many questions and concerns about them – due to effects on my children and my nephew.  The most important thing as parents I think we must do is THINK FOR OURSELVES — listen to both sides, don’t just let the media, or dr.’s tell us what to do for our kiddos.  I like to believe that I approach most areas of my life this way.  I don’t believe what a pastor preaches on Sunday just because I like him, what he says evokes some kind of emotion in me, or it “seems” to make sense … rather, I look in God’s Word to see what it says and ask the Holy Spirit to guide my thoughts and conclusions.  Even in dealing with my own children, it’s crystal clear that what works for one usually, almost always, does not work for the other because they are different people and they process the world differently filtered through their personalities and experiences.  Just like all of us do.

So, I’m just sayin’… just keep an open mind and REALLY CHECK OUT ALL THE INFORMATION!!  We have so much information at our fingertips thanks to the internet and various social media resources. I believe that is a gift. Granted, too much information can also be overwhelming, but we are blessed to have it.  We can make very educated and informed decisions in a completely different way than was available not very long ago. So many people speaking up, from all areas of expertise and various “places” in life, just, in my humble opinion, cannot be totally off base.

There is something to all of this.

I’m just sayin’…

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organic, healthy living… Our beginning July 8, 2009

Filed under: Healthy Living — Laura Kelly @ 10:45 pm

I’ve been “into” the organic, what’s-really-in-the-food-that-you-eat lifestyle for about 6 years now.  All of this was opened up when our first son started having continual ear infections at the tender age of 5 mos.  So, when the doctor insisted on tubes at a year old, I asked him to give me 3 mos.  I researched everything I could get my hands on.  I realized that with the introduction of cow’s milk, things were even worse for my sweet boy.  And, I did all this with the knowledge that I was allergic to milk as a child and still do not tolerate it really to this day.  I cut dairy completely out of my diet (I was still nursing) and never gave him cow’s milk in a bottle again.  Initially, we went “raw”: Eating mostly raw fruits and vegetables, some eggs, and limited chicken and fish, no red meat–for 3 mos. I can honestly say that was the time that I had felt the best in my entire life… and hey, I lost the baby weight too!!

The hardest part was that this lifestyle is not “normal” or “accepted” as a way of life in our American culture.  I had to learn to stay out of the middle aisles of the grocery stores, shop at local growers and farmers markets, and find the grocery stores that stocked organic, natural foods.  It was well worth it.  Now, it truly is our lifestyle. Thankfully, there were other families around us, and that we were in ministry with, that were starting their own journeys toward the same end.  I had support and ideas and wasn’t all alone.  That’s what I want to offer through a series of blogs about our experience and the things that have evolved over the last 6 years for us.

I will blog more about our journey in the next few days, but I started all of this in my excited anticipation of the movie that has already started showing in theatres across the country.  You can watch the trailer to Food, Inc., The Movie and start your own educational journey!  It’s changed our life and we are the better for it.  Oh, and we aren’t completely crazy about this (yet?  You will see us in fast food places here and there)… my kids eat fast food sometimes and we splurge on things, but overall, my pantry is filled with natural and organic.  YOU CAN DO IT!!!

I promise.