Are we guinea pigs and we don’t even know it?

This is sad and unethical.  ”

Scientists studied poor African-Americans in Alabama who’d contracted the venereal disease but didn’t tell them they had the disease or do anything to cure them.

A lawsuit filed this week alleges Johns Hopkins University and the Rockefeller Foundation helped conduct a similar study in Guatemala from 1945 to 1956.

Orphans, inmates, psychiatric patients and prostitutes were deliberately infected with sexually transmitted diseases to determine what drugs, including penicillin, worked best in stopping the diseases, the lawsuit says. The subjects of the experiments weren’t told they’d been infected, the lawsuit says, causing some to die and others to pass the disease to their spouses, sexual partners and children.”

Friends, I believe this is happening today in America using GMO crops and other things that I’ll discuss in a later topic.

Here are some facts taken from The Non-GMO Project

What are GMOs?
GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.

Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Are GMOs safe?
Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment.

Are GMOs labeled?
Unfortunately, even though polls consistently show that a significant majority of Americans want to know if the food they’re purchasing contains GMOs, the powerful biotech lobby has succeeded in keeping this information from the public. In the absence of mandatory labeling, the Non-GMO Project was created to give consumers the informed choice they deserve.

Where does the Non-GMO Project come in?
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization with a mission of protecting the non-GMO food supply and giving consumers an informed choice. We offer North America’s ONLY third party verification for products produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance (for more info, click here). Our strategy is to empower consumers to make change through the marketplace. If people stop buying GMOs, companies will stop using them and farmers will stop growing them.

Do Americans want non-GMO foods and supplements?
Polls consistently show that a significant majority of North Americans would like to be able to tell if the food they’re purchasing contains GMOs (a 2012 Mellman Group poll found that 91% of American consumers wanted GMOs labeled). And, according to a recent CBS/New York Times poll, 53% of consumers said they would not buy food that has been genetically modified. The Non-GMO Project’s seal for verified products will, for the first time, give the public an opportunity to make an informed choice when it comes to GMOs.

How common are GMOs?
In the U.S., GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food. Click here for a current list of GMO risk crops.

Why does the Non-GMO Project verify products that have a low risk of containing GMOs?
Some ingredients that seem low-risk may have less-visible high-risk ingredients.  Take, for example, dried fruit.  Raisins and similar fruit are sometimes packed with a small quantity of oil to keep them moist.  This oil, when used, is sometimes high-GMO-risk.  As such, it is critical that we do take the time to look carefully at ingredient spec sheets during the verification process, to ensure that risks like this are effectively mitigated, even in apparently low-risk products.

Contamination incidents have occurred with seemingly “low-risk” products (rice, starling corn, flax). Non-GMO Project Verification supports manufacturers in being able to quickly and proactively respond to unexpected contamination issues.

Verifying only high-risk products puts a heavy burden on consumers to know what products are at risk of containing GMOs.  Many people, even in the world of Natural Foods, don’t know what a GMO is, let alone which crops and processed ingredients are high-risk.  As such, labeling only products that contain high-risk ingredients could give an unfair competitive advantage to products that contain ingredients containing corn, soy, etc.  Taking the cereal aisle for our example, if we verified only high-risk products, a shopper might see the seal on a box of verified corn flakes, but not on the wheat-based cereal box next to them, produced with the same high standards by the same company. This could leave them thinking the corn flakes were non-GMO, but that they should avoid the wheat product, even though there’s no GMO wheat on the market.  Given the lack of understanding of the issue, this presents some serious issues.

Through verifying low-risk products, the Non-GMO Project’s work builds consumer interest and industry investment in Non-GMO, even for crops that aren’t genetically engineered yet.  Biotech is constantly working to patent and commercialize new organisms (salmon, apples, etc.), and the more companies that have committed to Non-GMO production, the more resistance these new developments will see prior to release.

What are the impacts of GMOs on the environment?
Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, use of toxic herbicides like Roundup has increased 15 times since GMOs were introduced. GMO crops are also responsible for the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs:’ which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons like 2,4-D (a major ingredient in Agent Orange). GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture, and are developed and sold by the world’s biggest chemical companies. The long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment these novel organisms cannot be recalled.

How do GMOs affect farmers?
Because GMOs are novel life forms, biotechnology companies have been able to obtain patents with which to restrict their use. As a result, the companies that make GMOs now have the power to sue farmers whose fields are contaminated with GMOs, even when it is the result of inevitable drift from neighboring fields. GMOs therefore pose a serious threat to farmer sovereignty and to the national food security of any country where they are grown, including the United States.

How can I avoid GMOs?
Choose food and products that are Non-GMO Project Verified! Click here to see a complete list.

This was a very quick article.  I have some ideas in the works of other things I want to talk about but am welcome to suggestions.

Blessings~

BLendley

Virtuous Give Away from Keeper of the Homestead

I think this book will make a great addition to your home library.  And she is offering a chance for you to receive a copy for free.  You can enter here. 

All info below take from http://www.keeperofthehomestead.com/blog/virtuous-give-away

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The Book Living Virtuously: A Wife’s Complete Guide to Keeping Her Heart & Home is finally available!  To celebrate the book’s arrival, we wanted to give a copy to 5 winners!  We will pick 5 winners this Friday the 17th of October.  That is in 2 days, so get busy and enter this contest.

To read the entire first chapter, go to Amazon and look inside my kindle version of Living Virtuously!

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Living Virtuously does not mean perfection. Victory and virtue are gifts to those that persevere on their own journey that God has given no matter what life may bring. It is learning contentment, choosing joy, and being teachable. In this book, we will journey together through Proverbs 31 in the Bible, discovering the traits of a Virtuous Woman. I will take you from the spiritual to the practical, giving you a complete, well rounded perspective of what it means to keep your heart and your home.

In this helpful guide you will learn how to…
• face adversity and find joy in your circumstances
• clean and organize your home so that it is a haven of rest
• be frugal and meal planning
• organizing life so you have more time
• teach your children a good work ethic while embracing motherhood
• control your words and actions
• keep your heart pure
• honor your husband
• find balance in all areas of life
• LIVE VIRTUOUSLY!

Testimonials

“I highly recommend Erin Harrison’s new book, Living Virtuously.
Erin is an energetic wife and mother who has a heart to encourage young mothers to train their children to love God and to have a ministry mindset.”
~Michelle Duggar
Mother of 19 Kids & Counting

“I have looked forward to this wonderful book for a long time. As I read the manuscript, I knew that thousands of women will be blessed to learn the things taught therein. The book is a totally captivating read filled with Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding!”
~Debi Pearl
International Author of Created To Be His Help Meet

“Erin uses her many trials in life to teach women all the wonderful truths and powerful insights she has learned from them, so they can live a life filled with love and virtue. Her book is a treasure chest of wise and practical information that will challenge and encourage you in your quest to become a woman of God, no matter where you are in life.”
~Lori Alexander
Always Learning Blog Ministry to Women

About the Author

Erin Harrison is a devoted wife to her husband, Mark Harrison, homeschooler of five beloved children, author of Keeper of the Homestead Blog, and Living Virtuously. She graduated in Fine Arts at Lawrence University 1999, ran her own photography business, and worked in free lance graphic arts and film production for over 10 years. Erin Harrison uses her gift of writing to share her life stories to give others hope. She takes her readers on a journey to discover the joy of keeping their hearts and their homes.

Don’t be shy.  Enter to win today!!!  There are many ways to enter, click below to find out.  The winners will be announced on Saturday, October 18, 2014.  I pray this book will be a blessing and encouragement to you.

New series ~ Meal planning~ saving money~

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I have been asked lots of questions on meal planning and how I feed my family of 7 for what I do so I am going to begin a series of post “explaining” the basics of how I do it and what works for my family.  I hope to in the future offer a class explaining more in depth how I do this, offer recipes, and help you plan your meals and save money.

I hope you will all stay tuned to learn a little from me and offer any suggestions you may have.

Plant Therapy Giveaway and how I use essential oils

So as I promised (though not as quick as I had intended)  I am going to give away some essential oils that I use often in my home.  I know you’ll be just as pleased as I am using them in yours.

So what can you use essential oils for?  Well, a lot of things I am just going to give a few examples here as to what I do.  And then down the post a bit I am going to give you “recipes” in hopes that you will be able to use essential oils to your benefit in your home.  I use lavender, orange, or lemon essential oils to sent my dryer balls (a later post in detail about these).  I use thieves oil in a variety of homemade  cleaners that I make.  I use peppermint, ylang ylang, tea tree, lavender or orange oils in the “shampoo” and “conditioner” I use.  I frequently use thieves oil and coconut oil as my “toothpaste”.  I’ve used the immune blend in castile soap to make a natural antibacterial hand soap.  Isabella made lip balm for Christmas gifts using peppermint or lemon oil to flavor it.  I’ve used lemon, rosemary, and lavender to make deodorant.   These are just a few of the uses that I have come up with and will share with you in using essential oils in your home.

To use oils to scent your dryer balls I take and either drop 10-15 drops on the ball and then put in a ziplock bag and let sit for 24 hrs or I take a dropper and “poke-stuff” it into the middle of the ball (it lasts longer this way) and put the oil there.

I like very simple cleaners that I know what is in them so a lot of the time I just use vinegar and water and add thieves or another oil to it since my husband HATES the smell of vinegar :)  I’ve also found a cleaner that I buy from Green Virgin (in a co-op buy in case any one is interested we can get it much cheaper than price on the site) it’s totally non toxic but doesn’t have a “smell”  so I add essential oils to it usually it thieves to help fight germies🙂

The “shampoo” and “conditioner” are very basic.  It’s not really shampoo or conditioner as one would think.  I use  1 part baking soda with 3 parts water with added oil 10-15 drops of your choice I like peppermint into the mixture and shampoo your hair.   Mix 1 part white or apple cider vinegar with 4 parts water. To minimize the vinegar smell, I also add lavender, peppermint, and/or rosemary to the vinegar mixture again 10-15 drops. I like to mix a big batch of this ahead of time and keep it in a squeeze bottle in the shower.  I keep a bottle of the “conditioner” mixed up as well to use on the girls hair as a detangler.

To use thieves as a toothpaste I simply put a small bit of coconut oil and a drop of oil and brush away.  (yes it burns a bit but my mouth feels so good)

To make the hand soap you just use castile soap and oil of your choice mix it up and place in dispenser it’s as simple as that🙂

And there are plenty of lip balm and deo recipes out there for you to find that I won’t blog about “my recipe” because I just used the ones I found. If you are interested I’ll be glad to share them but I think that Plant Therapy  has some recipes listed on their facebook page. 

Please remember this is not medical advice or any other advice.  Please prayerfully consider the use of these oils and anything else that you use in your home.  This is what I have found works for MY family and I pray that you will find my suggestions helpful.

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Plant therapy review and upcoming giveaway

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I was very fortunate to find Plant Therapy Essential oils and upon contacting them was offered to be able to review their oils and in turn do a giveaway.  I have been very pleased with the quality of their oils and have since purchased a number of them.

Their germ fighter is a budget friendly alternative to the well known Thieves.  We have diffused in our house and it has thankfully kept our children from passing snotty noses around (and any one with more than one child knows how easily and quickly they share that when they won’t share anything else🙂 )

I also like their peppermint which I have been using in the homemade shampoo I make.  It is ORGANIC and a very nice price which makes it very affordable for someone who has five children to make shampoo for.

Everyone knows that I am a bargain shopper, however, they also know that I want the BEST quality for my money and that I won’t just buy something because it’s cheaper.  SO that is why I started researching essential oils.  I wanted the best product for the best price.  That is how I found Plant Therapy and they haven’t let me down. I have purchased many other oils including frankincense, deodorizer, and respir-aid (which my hubby loves).  I have also purchased one of their diffusers.  I also want to do business with a company that has GREAT customer service.  And I have had to deal with Plant Therapy’s customer service and they have been nothing but helpful and wonderful.

LOOK for you CHANCE TO win on the next post here at blessednaturalnook🙂

Please check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/planttherapy. There you will find giveaways and great discounts weekly!  Or if you are interested you can contact me for ordering details as I am now “selling” their products as Lendley’s Natural Nook and offer a monthly or bimonthly buy on Frugal Family Southern Middle TN.

THIS IS NOT a MULTI LEVEL marketing business.  YOU CAN NOT sign up to sale their products without a business license so there is NO pressure or obligation to buy monthly or join to get the prices that I offer.  I just sale them because I am happy with them and I want others locally to have to opportunity to buy them and enjoy them as well.

A word from Plant Therapy:

“Because we believe in the power of essential oils, and know of their incredible benefits, we want them to be used in as many households as possible. Plant Therapy was founded with one goal in mind… we want to provide the highest quality essential oils (and accessories) at a price that everyone can afford. Plant Therapy provides oils that are 100% pure, undiluted and therapeutic grade. We source each oil from top suppliers around the world, buy in large volume, and negotiate the best prices possible. We then pass those savings on to you, the consumer!”

Disclaimer: I did receive the set to review for free but was not compensated for my review in any other way.   please remember I am NOT a doctor nor do I play one on TV. Please do your own research on any medicine, herb, essential oil or other remedy you choose to use for yourself or your family. I prayerfully consider each “remedy” I use on my family and encourage you to do the same

Lendley’s Natural Nook

Since first beginning the Azure drop and then starting what began as Frugal Mom group  I have been praying for God to give me the opportunity to make money from home while continuing to keep my current job and not have to leave home to do. 

GOD is faithful and has answered my prayers once again.  Since applying for a business license, so that I could benefit the Frugal Group with more products and better discounts, I had many suggestions on possibly keeping things here to buy since the Azure drop is only monthly.  I called Azure yesterday to find out how I would need to go about this.  This was there answer:  I can open a wholesale account and order things to sale but also I can offer Azure products to you thru Lendley’s Natural Nook (hopefully at a lower cost than what is on the Azure site) 

In doing this I can set a pick up time. So that I can have the cheese, the Frontier Co-op products, the Azure, and any other items that we have “bought” throughout the month at one time.  The splits will be completed and ready for you at pick up.  You will pay Lendley’s Natural Nook instead of Azure for your items.  Any problems with your order will be handled by me.

I have been praying that God would help me to make things easier for pickups and I think He has answered my prayers with this.  I hope to continue to offer at least 3 pick up locations and possibly add another couple if there is enough interest in those areas.  So please give me your feedback on this…I’m open to ANY and ALL suggestions.  Would you order from Lendley’s Natural Nook or would you want to stay with Azure?

Many blessings to you all~

Brandy

Cheese and butter order info

The cheese order is currently ordered monthly.  Please see the tab for the month you are interested in ordering in.  You may obtain the password by leaving a comment here with your email address🙂

~All info taken from the simplycheese.net website~  

Traditional Cheese

These wonderful Amish cheeses come from one of the few remaining farmer-owned co-ops, which includes approximately 120 members, nearly all of whom are Amish. Each small farm is a labor of love, consisting of no more than 20 cows. Hand-milking is the norm, and the fresh milk is delivered to the USDA-approved Amish-run cheese plant in traditional 10-gallon milk cans. These cows are not treated with BST growth hormones, are not fed GMO feed, and are kept in good health in comfortable environments. From early spring to late fall, the cows are out on pasture, enjoying the luscious grass and sunshine.

Certified non-GMO, Kosher and Halal vegetable rennet is used in these cheeses, rather than animal rennet. The result of all this is an exceptional local cheese, bursting with wholesome flavor, and free of artificial hormones or steroids.

Organic Cheese

Our organic cheeses come from certified organic small family farms located in western Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio. These Amish farmers farm with horses andbelieve in keeping the soil as natural as possible, which means no chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides are used.

These farms are inspected and certified under OEFFA. These family farms consist of 12 to 20 cows, all milked by hand. The milk is put in 10-gallon milk cans and chilled with water, and then shipped daily to a farmer-owned cheese plant where it is made into premium specialty cheeses.

All the farms meet the USDA high standards for dairy farmers to be able to label their products Organic. The process begins with the requirement of farming the land organically for three years prior to certification. All animal feed must be certified organic, meaning that it must be all-natural, cannot be genetically modified, cannot be grown with chemical fertilizers, and must come from a certified organic farm. Milk-producing animals may not be pasture grazed on land that is sprayed with insecticide, and may not be given antibiotics either.

The cheese plant is USDA, FDA, and ODA inspected and approved. Inside the plant, all ingredients, in addition to the milk, must be certified organic.

All of this means that you can be assured of an all-natural, high-quality (and tasty!) product.

Grass-Fed Cheese

For the Amish farmers who contribute the milk for our grass-fed cheeses, living off the land is a way of life. Staying on the farm, maintaining healthy soils, raising healthy animals, and producing healthy foods is the goal. Consumers can be assured that no BST/RTHS hormones or antibiotics are used or fed to the cows. Most important, though, is what the cows DO eat: in summer, 100% pasture-grown grasses, and in winter, natural forages harvested from the healthy soils. The milk is then delivered to a traditional Amish cheese plant where it is turned into an artisan cheese of unsurpassed quality: rich, creamy, and featuring desirable seasonal variations that reflect the wholesome feed.

Amish Country Roll Butter

The delicious, creamy, salted butter from Alcam Creamery is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. Perfect on bread, in cooking, and for eating by the slice. This has been called, “perhaps the most amazing thing to ever come from a cow.” This butter comes packaged in two-pound rolls.

Not quite as tasty as the salted variety, the unsalted butter is perfect for baking or for those who need less salt in their diet.

*According to Alcam Creamery, about 85% of the milk that goes into this butter is from Amish farms, as Alcam is in fact in Amish country. We have found it to be the most flavorful butter we have tried, and so we make it available to you, but we want you to know that this is not a 100% Amish product.

Salted Butter Ingredients: Pasteurized Cream, Salt

Unsalted Butter Ingredients: Pasteurized Cream, Natural Flavorings