Raising Natural Kids

Raising Natural Kids provides parents with the resources that they need to make informed decisions regarding their children, specifically focusing on raising children in healthy environments that will benefit their overall well-being.

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Vaccine Dangers and Coverups as Presented to the U.S. Government

The controversy has been looming for years, while the vaccine makers have been ignoring, covering up and lying about the findings that they have about just how dangerous and widespread the side effects of these vaccines are. The dangers are real. Finally, they are being disclosed and discussed within the government. This is a much watch for anyone on either side of the controversy, as here, before you, presented by a congressman who has declared himself as pro-vaccination, are facts about what has been going on behind the scenes.

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A Husband’s Thank You

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It’s not the link to the article that caught my eye when this post showed up on my newsfeed. I had seen it before and I have been aware for most of my life that main brand shampoos, cosmetics, and such, contain chemicals that I don’t want anywhere near my family. In fact, I started this blog in hopes to educate others about things like this.

What struck me about this post was the comment that the husband of the poster made to his wife. “I am so grateful and admire all the hard work and time you put in researching all the products that are at our disposal for our family. Thank you so much for ensuring that our children are getting the healthiest, most natural products out there. You’re the best mom and one day Joseph and Emma will thank you for giving them the best opportunities in life at such a young age. I thank you now and will always be grateful for your unconditional love. Love you babe.”

Now, I don’t really know this couple, but here’s what I do know.

I know that it isn’t easy to have to research every ingredient of every product that you bring into your home in a society where people are surrounded by companies who are out to make money without much regard to the consequences of the side effects of ingredients used.

I know that raising natural kids takes a lot of work, and that there are many people who think that kids who are raised without a parent who cares much about the ingredients in the food they are eating and in the products used in the home, will grow up just as fine as those raised naturally. Thus, many people raising kids mainstream think us natural parents are a little cuckoo.

I know that in many cases, moms are the ones who sacrifice sleep to stay up and research, to wake to nurse so their children can have the best foundation possible, who have to constantly defend what they know about vaccines, circumcision, co-sleeping, GMOs, (whatever the non-mainstream topic) to their better halves who aren’t always aware about the two sides of all of these issues.

I know that having a supportive partner makes a huge difference in how the children view and believe in the importance of making healthy choices. For instance, if one parent makes a healthy meal and the other parent makes a face or a negative comment, children are much less likely to buy into it. Same goes for products used in the home. If one parent and the children are all using toxic free products while the other parent continues to use his/her mainstream toxic ones, the kids notice and question it.

I know that a supported wife, appreciated for her efforts in raising her children in an environment that promotes their best health and emotional well being, will flourish and exude happiness for which her children will benefit.

Some people will read this and think that I don’t get the other side of it, or that I think that most fathers or significant others aren’t appreciative. Some may claim that I am not considering how much work the father’s do. This is not about that. This is about how a few simple words of appreciation can have a far reach in the lives of that particular mother and those around her, especially when she is going against the grain and facing obstacles that most people are not, in order for her to do what she knows is best for her children.

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“Simply” Orange? I think not. The Truth About Your Orange Juice.

Millions of Americans start their day off with a glass of orange juice with breakfast. Sounds simple enough; technically, orange juice has one ingredient – oranges, right? Right – if you make it yourself (which is really quite simple). BUT if you are buying it, that’s an orange of a different color (sorry, I just couldn’t help myself).

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Take Simply Orange, for example. The name implies that the orange juice inside is made solely from oranges. Sadly, the name of it is completely misleading, which is exactly what Coca-Cola, the company that owns it, wants. Just hearing that Coca-Cola owns it should stop and make you think. They are masters at making the public believe that their brands are perfectly safe, along with whatever else they want you to believe about it.

The truth is that Coca-Cola uses a formula with specific specifications and algorithms based on data about the exact taste and sweetness of an orange that consumers like best, and the juice is made to match. Part of this process involves sucking the oxygen out of the juice after the oranges are freshly picked and squeezed, so that it won’t spoil while it’s sitting in tanks waiting for the next step in its processing. The problem with this is that flavor is lost in the processing and the stripping of the oxygen. In order to make up for the flavor lost, flavor and fragrance companies are hired to formulate chemically processed ones (and there goes your natural orange flavor). These flavor and fragrance companies “engineer flavor packs to add back to the juice to make it taste fresh. Flavor packs aren’t listed as an ingredient on the label because technically they are derived from orange essence and oil. Yet those in the industry will tell you that the flavor packs, whether made for reconstituted or pasteurized orange juice, resemble nothing found in nature,” explains Alissa Hamilton, author of Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice.”

In a time when many people are wanting healthier, cleaner foods (minus the added chemicals), it’s getting harder and harder to discern what’s in the food and drinks on the store shelves these days. This is because the food manufacturers have caught on. People want natural, organic and whole foods, so they change their labels to reflect this want. Marketers for these companies play on people’s trust and manipulate their wording to make it seem that they are something that they are not. It’s always frustrating to find that something you think you’ve been doing right isn’t actually so good for you after all.

Here are some tips to help you navigate around the false advertisements and labeling of foods:

  1. Buy whole foods and make your meals and snacks from these whole foods. This way you know exactly what you’re eating (baring that you are using organic foods). For those who don’t know, “whole foods” refers to foods that are closest to their original form as found in nature.
  1. Purchase your whole foods from local farms and farmer’s markets. Right now is the time that these farms and markets are starting back up for the season. In addition to providing fresh fruits and vegetables, many farms and markets also provide access to organic, hormone free meats, poultry, dairy and eggs.
  1. When buying food in the grocery store, get organic there as well. Buying organic insures that your food is free of pesticides and that it is not genetically modified. In the produce section, this means that you want the number on the barcode to be five digits and to start with a 9. Of course, even with this, there are sometimes loopholes, but we do our best with what we can!
  1. Don’t just read the front of a box/container/can/bag of food. Read the ingredient list. If you can’t pronounce something, chances are that it’s not good for you. This includes misleading wording such as natural flavoring and spices. If that natural flavoring is listed in a product that has the USDA certified organic label, it is probably ok, but if it doesn’t, it’s almost always not good for you.
  1. Take a few minutes to learn about what corporations own which food companies. You’d be amazed at just who is controlling what. For instance, Coca-Cola owns 15 different drink companies, including Vitamin Water; Pepsico owns over 32 food, snack, cereal and drink companies, including Quaker Oats. These companies, along with ones owned by P&G, Kraft and Kellogg’s are ones that you can bet have ingredients that they are not being forthright about and/or aren’t ones you want in your food due to side effects related to cancer and other illnesses. Google “who owns organic” and you’ll find quite a surprise as well.
  1. Grow your own! There’s no better way to know what is going into your body than to have grown it seed to mouth. Start with organic, GMO free seeds. When plants are full-grown, save the seeds from some of your crop so that you don’t have to buy seeds next year.
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911 – The Official Vaccine Injury Reward Report to Joseph Biden from the U.S. Court of Official Claims

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Here’s the official report, in a letter from the United States Court of Official Claims, to Joseph, R. Biden, Jr. (President of the United States Senate). The document speaks for itself.

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KIND Bars: Still Healthy Despite the Backwards Thinking of the FDA…

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The FDA is at it again. Now, the nutritious, protein packed, minimally processed, no added preservatives or any kind of junk snack bar is unhealthy. This is according to the same body of people who once claimed for years that butter and eggs cause high cholesterol, only to reverse this train of thought 2 months ago (finally).

So why is the government deeming the KIND bars as unhealthy and going so far as to make KIND remove the word ‘healthy’ from their packaging? Two words: Saturated Fat. Four flavors of KIND’s bars contain more than 1 gram of saturated fat.

Here’s the thing… this fat comes from the whole, raw nuts that they are made from.

Let’s examine this in relation to other whole foods:

Organic, virgin coconut oil has 13 grams of saturated fat in one tablespoon.

An avocado has 3.1 grams of saturated fat per 1 cup sliced up.

A 0.5 fillet of salmon (1 portion) has 6 grams of saturated fat.

Hard cheeses have approximately 28 grams of saturated fat in half a cup.

Peanuts have approximately 5 grams of saturated fat in half a cup.

Saturated fats coming from whole foods found in nature are healthy fats that our bodies need. Saturated fats coming from nature “provide a concentrated source of energy in your diet, and they provide the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances.

When you eat saturated fats as part of your meal, they slow down absorption so that you can go longer without feeling hungry. In addition, they act as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Dietary fats are also needed for the conversion of carotene to vitamin A, for mineral absorption, and for a host of other biological processes” (Mercola).

So, like anything else that happens to come up in relation to food and the government (you know, like organic foods aren’t more nutritious than non-organic foods and GMO’s are safe – eye-roll), take what you are hearing with a grain of salt and use common sense do your own research.

The fact is that KIND bars are a great alternative to any kind of processed food bars, snack bars or candy bars. With just 5 grams of naturally occurring sugar (like honey), you can satisfy your sweet tooth for the day, while also balancing that with at least 5 grams of protein in the same bar. This is in addition to the benefits of the nutrients provided with the nuts and seeds that nature provides and KIND utilizes to make a wholesome snack.

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