In May of this year, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, my first child. Her name is Audrey Madison. Audrey has changed me in ways I did not expect. I have always been fascinated with nutrition, but somehow this tiny, perfect, human life has fueled that interest ten-fold. She has been given to me, and I want to give to her the best that I can.
When I was young, I used to read. My mom supplied me with an endless amount of books, and most of them were stories of the early American settlers, or of the pioneers heading west. I spent long days reading of children who worked hard, played barefoot in cold rivers, and ran around outside all day long and got deep tans. These people braved the elements in ways we could not imagine. And they rarely got sick. They did…once in a great while, but it was not the norm. It’s not just the stories though. A simple Google search for graphs of disease rates is all that is needed to show this.
I look at the generation of children growing up around me. I am overwhelmed by the prevalence of health problems: allergies, asthma, autism, learning disabilities, childhood obesity, childhood diabetes, childhood cancer, and even the prevalence of cold and flue viruses. Some of these things we view as normal, and some we don’t. Most of them are increasing at a rate that is appalling.
The plain and simple truth is that none of these things are normal. Children are meant to live in vibrant health, as are we all.
Here one retired teacher shares her observations:
As a teacher for 32 years, I saw our school going from one asthmatic child… to 15-20% of the kids using inhalers, on Ritalin, or having other major health issues. Autism is an epidemic. Our children are overweight, have short attention spans, don’t exercise, and don’t seem to have the joy of learning that they once did.
She goes on to state that according to her experience, she believes these problems are at least in part due to lack of nutrition. I wholeheartedly agree with her conclusion.
My reasoning is simple. Over the past century, we have seen an exponential increase in disease. Over the past century, we have also drastically changed the way we produce, process, and prepare our foods. If “we are what we eat” as the old saying goes, then it follows that the new modified and synthetic foods we are consuming in such large quantities are at least in part the culprits to our new health problems.
It is estimated that this generation of children will be the first with a shorter life-span than their parents.
I’m not OK with this.
I am going to do everything in my power to make sure that this prediction does not become reality. And that is my purpose for starting this blog. I will be focusing on four main areas:
1. The benefits to the human body of eating whole natural foods
2. The dangers to the human body of eating commercially produced foods
3. Current events and research in the food, science and medical worlds
4. My family’s journey as I continue learning to prepare food in my kitchen
Do I eat perfect foods for every meal? Of course not! Rather, I am doing the best I can with what I have, and someday I hope to be able to do even better. I want to share my knowledge and experiences to help others achieve the best health possible.
My goals, as listed in my about me section, are as follows:
I want to increase the demand for real food in this country, making it possible for small farms to survive. I want to fight back against the control and brainwashing surrounding the food industry. I want to revive traditional methods of preparing food that have been forgotten over the past few generations. I want to encourage the return to a bio-dynamic way of life, one of interdependence with sun, soil, plant, animals, and each other. I want to support practices that bring healing rather than disease and destruction. I want to see lives saved, disease reversed, traditional health achieved, a balance with nature restored, and the earth healed.
I, like any parent, hope to be able to provide a better world for my daughter.