Mundane Matters of Importance
is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green
me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in paths
of righteousness for His Name’s sake” (Psalms 23:1-3 MKJV).
The idea of putting together these materials
came from our involvement with other believers who’ve come to us
through this website and to whom we’ve been ministering the Gospel
of Jesus Christ. He is our Entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. While
we’re seated in Heavenly places with Christ, we still live
on this earth, a place shrouded in great darkness by the prince of this
We’ve often seen how so many others, especially those professing
Christ, have been clued out to the many harmful and destructive ways
of men that are considered normal and acceptable in this world.
wanted to share the many things the Lord has taught us in bringing
us back to
basics so that we might live well, things we had no idea of before
He alerted us. It all comes down to doing the right things for the right
we have translated
principle into practical terms to live by in everyday matters. These
guidelines will serve everyone well, being in harmony with God’s
laws and His creation. It’s His will that we all come to this
of being burdened with “dos” and “don’ts,” our
intent is that you would become alerted to the things that are most
urgent to change, and to continue educating yourself in the details
of what works best as you seek to apply the principles of life. This
be the opening of a wonderful new world of promise and a welcome adventure,
not a heavy weight around your neck.
And one caveat: While we emphasize thrift and wise use
of resources, we aren’t advocating being cheap or miserly. The
Lord once said to us, “You can
live expensively at the bottom or inexpensively at the top.” Our
God is liberal and not bound by money. With Him, there is always a way.
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God, and
keep His commandments. For this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes
Here are the issues we address, with applicable principles,
facts, and resources:
Table of Contents
Food & Food Issues
On all foods possible, choose organic. If something
isn’t marked certified organic,
not (unless you’ve talked to the farmer and know how he grew or
Learn to read labels; even in organic there can be suspect ingredients.
By eating organic food, you avoid:
- Pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers,
and other toxic chemicals in the food.
- Harmful food additives, colorings, preservatives, excitotoxins,
and artificial sweeteners.
By eating organic food, you get:
- Healthier plants, animals, people, and farm operations.
- More nutrients.
- Better flavor.
- Less damage to the environment.
For more on this subject, read Why
of the Planet and Its Inhabitants.
Say No to GMO!
Avoid GMO’s at all cost. If buying organic, your risk of being
exposed to GMO’s is greatly reduced. There are still organic products
that allow small amounts of soy lecithin or other GMO ingredients, so
read the label.
The Big 3 GMO Ingredients: Corn, Soy,
and Canola. These are in 90% of
conventional processed foods. (Another GMO to be aware of - Cotton in clothing;
Avoid foods that contain high fructose corn syrup. (Resources: Guess
What’s Lurking in Your Food, Is
High Frucrose Corn Syrup Endangering Your Health?, and High
Fructose Corn Syrup, Oh Boy!)
For this reason and others, avoid restaurants and
fast food establishments. Read Eating
A partial list of hidden GMO products that show up in everyday foods
(hint, if they don’t say organic, err on the side of caution, and
assume they are GM):
Aspartame (also called AminoSweetR, NutraSweetR, Equal SpoonfulR, CanderelR,
BeneViaR, E951) baking powder, canola oil (rapeseed oil), caramel color,
cellulose, citric acid, cobalamin (Vitamin B12), colorose, condensed
milk, confectioner's sugar, corn flour, corn masa, corn meal, corn oil,
corn sugar, corn syrup, cornstarch, cottonseed oil, cyclodextrin, cystein,
dextrin, dextrose, diacetyl diglyceride, erythritol, Equal, food starch,
fructose (any form), glucose, glutamate, glutamic acid, glycerides, glycerin,
glycerol, glycerol monooleate, glycine, hemicellulose, high fructose
corn syrup (HFCS), hydrogenated starch, hydrolyzed vegetable protein,
inositol, inverse syrup, inversol, invert sugar, isoflavones, lactic
acid, lecithin, leucine, lysine, malitol, malt, malt syrup, malt extract,
maltodextrin, maltose, mannitol, methylcellulose, milk powder, milo starch,
modified food starch, modified starch, mono and diglycerides, monosodium
glutamate (MSG), Nutrasweet, oleic acid, Phenylalanine, phytic acid,
protein isolate, shoyu, sorbitol, soy flour, soy isolates, soy lecithin,
soy milk, soy oil, soy protein, soy protein isolate, soy sauce, starch,
stearic acid, sugar (unless specified as cane sugar), tamari, tempeh,
teriyaki marinades, textured vegetable protein, threonine, tocopherols
(vitamin E), tofu, trehalose, triglyceride, vegetable fat, vegetable
oil, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E, whey, whey powder, xanthan gum
Source and more information: GMO’s – Take
Them Back to the Store!
Food Unsafe: Scientists.
(Further articles: What
Are GMO’s?, What
Foods Are GM?, Health
Risks of GMO’s, Dangers
to the Environment, & Ban:
Roundup Ready Food
to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods, Weston A. Price Foundation’s How
to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods, & The
Non-GMO Shopping Guide)
Avoid Junk Foods
Don’t get in the habit (or break your habit) of relying on snack
foods, such as candy bars, cookies, soda pop, potato chips, chewing gum,
ice cream, etc., for satisfaction. Of course, such products should be
entirely off-limits if conventional, but even organic commercial snack
foods can be unhealthy, so have them only in moderation. Provide healthy
yourself – you’ll feel better and save money.
Good Snack Suggestions
Don’t be deceived by those who take advantage of the popularity
and attraction of the organic label. Processed is processed, organic
or not, and organic processed is only marginally better than conventional
processed. Drop the processed snacks; eat right. Read Beware
Organic Junk Food. (Consider how foods are made/processed and the
ingredients, rather than relying on a nutrition label.)
Good snacks are organic
raw or dried fruits and fresh veggies – carrot
and celery sticks make a good, easy, healthful snack.
superior by far to make your own organic snacks – you
control the ingredients and it’s more economical. You can make
granola bars, wholesome cookies, etc.
Some healthy snack recipes: Healthy
For good drinks, try raw fruit and veggie juices, raw milk, kefir (dairy),
kefir water, good tea (can do slightly sweetened and/or with lemon or
milk), and fermented drinks (join this Faceook group for
instructions, information, and cultures: Kombucha
Nation! Cultures, Health, & Healing).
Making Your Own Condiments
To avoid bad ingredients and save money, you can make your own condiments.
Click here for some recipes.
Also make your own salad dressings
(apple cider vinegar/olive oil is a great base to which you can add herbs,
garlic, salt, pepper, and other ingredients). Recipes: Salad
Dressings and Basic Sauces.
Avoid using aluminum cookware, especially for highly acidic foods. (Though
it’s good to keep this in mind, there is evidence that the risks
of doing this have been overblown.) (Resource: Is
Aluminum Cookware Bad for You?)
Be cautious of cookware/bakeware/utensils coming from China.
We recommend high quality cast iron (smooth finish, well seasoned),
as well as ceramic-coated cookware, stainless steel, or clay. There are
several good brands out there - not cheap, but worth the price (Emile
Le Creuset, and others). For cast iron, Griswold is the best. (You have
to buy these used, since the company stopped producing cookware years
Use wooden, bamboo, or stainless steel utensils, as well as high-quality
silicone or rubber spatulas that can withstand heat.
Avoid pots and pans coated with Teflon or otherwise marketed as non-stick. (Resources: Ban:
Nonstick Cookware and Bakeware, The
Horror of Toxic Pans: The Dangers of Teflon, Be
Informed – Non-stick Pan Pose Danger, Is
Teflon Safe?, & Another
Reason to Ditch Your Non-Stick Cookware)
Learn to Cook
Learn to cook from scratch, starting simple. It
is a basic of life, but it can seem daunting for someone
just beginning. Take it a step
at a time, and don’t be afraid to
make mistakes – learn from them and go on. A very good cookbook
to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman – he keeps his recipes
easy and simple, and many of them are based upon whole foods.
Another excellent cookbook is George Mateljan’s The
World’s Healthiest Foods: Essential Guide for the Healthiest Way of
Eating. It provides
recipes for the best ways to prepare the foods he deems the world’s
healthiest, to preserve nutrients while enhancing flavor.
a site of recipes for various dishes: The
Reluctant Gourmet: Recipes & Techniques.
Don’t eat products containing highly processed sweeteners, like
high fructose corn syrup and white sugar, and sugar substitutes, like
aspartame, sucralose, Splenda, NutraSweet, Sweet ’n Low, etc. Don’t
use corn syrup or maple-flavored syrup, like Aunt Jemima (corn syrup
Don’t be deceived by conventional store-bought honey.
Most of the honey sold is not honey, but a substitute, for the most part,
called “honey” and
imported from China. It won’t say “China” on
the packaging, since it may be packaged here.
Good sweeteners, enjoyed in moderation, are genuine maple syrup, raw
cane sugar, coconut sugar, and non-pasteurized (raw) honey. (Resources: Sweeteners,
The Sweetest Poison, Everyone
Knows Artificial Sweeteners Aren’t
Good for You, So Why Are People Still Eating Them?, Asian
Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves, What’s
So Special about Raw Honey?, What
Is a Natural Sweetener?, & The
Ultimate Guide to Coconut Products)
Clean and Unclean Meats
God designed certain animals for eating and others for different purposes. Avoid Biblically-forbidden foods (Leviticus 11) such as pork, and any animal that doesn’t
have a split hoof and chew the cud (rabbits, horses, rodents, bear, etc.),
reptiles and amphibians (snakes, crocodiles, turtles, frogs, etc.), shellfish
(lobster, crab, shrimp, etc.), seafood (mussels, oysters, scallops, clams,
etc.), fish without fins and scales (swordfish, shark, catfish, etc.),
and birds without a crop (gizzard) to pre-digest their food.
Here's a more comprehensive resource: Unclean
Animal Food List.
of Clean (Kosher) and Unclean (Non-Kosher) Fish.
Some fish are very high in mercury and so should be avoided. Many of
these are those forbidden in the Bible such as swordfish, tilefish, and
Consumer Guide to Mercury in Fish
Coffee in moderation can be fine for some people, but always
drink organic (high chemical use in conventionally-grown coffee), and
wean yourself from an everyday
Avoid plain white table salt – it’s unbalancing to the body.
Wholesome salts are a necessity of life, however. Read Natural,
Wholesome Salts. Ask us if you need advice regarding what’s available in
your locale. (Resource: The
Salt of the Earth)
Even if choosing organic milk and dairy products, avoid those that have
been homogenized. And when possible, purchase raw (unpasteurized) milk
and raw milk products (sometimes this takes some creativity – ask
us for advice on finding contacts). (Resources: Dangers
of Pasteurization and Homogenization, Drinking
Pasteurized Milk Is Dangerous, The
Health Benefits of Raw Milk, & Fresh,
Unprocessed (Raw) Whole Milk: Safety, Health, and Economic Issues)
Avoid hydrogenated oils, margarine, and vegetable shortening (Crisco,
Tenderflake, etc.). Good choices are butter, virgin coconut oil, safflower
oil, sunflower oil, and authentic extra virgin olive oil (don’t
trust those on conventional grocery stores – resource).
All organic, of course. (Resource: The
Ultimate Guide to Coconut Products)
Making your own bread isn’t difficult. The best choice for flavor
and nutritional benefit is sourdough. It’s relatively easy
to make a sourdough starter, and once you have it, the possibilities
endless! There are many good resources on the internet for home bakers,
and Lord willing, we’ll have basic instructions available
Aluminum Cans & Canned Food
Avoid drinking beverages or eating foods out of aluminum cans, due to
leakage of the aluminum. Those with liners are no better, for the reason
Food cans are often lined with BPA, a hormone-disrupting chemical.
Even those marked “BPA-free” may not be safe, as they may
contain BPS, a chemical possibly even more harmful. (Resources: Ban:
Canned Food & Worse
than BPA? Toxic BPS)
Avoid using plastic bags, plastic containers, and plastic wrap for food,
when an alternative is available. (Resources: Practical
Options to Store Your Food without Contaminating Them with Plastics & Pots,
Pans, and Plastics: A Shopper’s Guide to Food Safety)
Don’t use them for food. A quality toaster or small convention
oven is economical and safe. (Resources: Microwave
Ovens Reconsidered & The
Hidden Hazards of Microwave Cooking)
It’s a good idea to keep a supply of non-perishable food staples, such
as dried beans, legumes, rice, grains, sugar, salt, herbs and spices,
nuts, and dried fruit, in case of food shortages or spikes in the prices
of some of these goods. Store them in well-sealed containers.
Good water is vitally important. That’s
why proper filtration is so necessary. Find
out how your municipality treats your water, in order to learn what
kind of filtration you need. Treating
water at the local source (tap or well) is much better than buying bottled
Water revitalization is
greatly beneficial – another necessary treatment for good water.
In the bigger picture, fluoridation of municipal water systems is a
grave assault on your right to decide for yourself whether you want to
ingest the toxic residue of industrial phosphate plants as a supposed
preventative medicine against cavities. Learn more and join us in standing
against this ongoing crime – see FluorideFreeLethbridge.com.
Don’t wear conventional deodorant and especially antiperspirant. Don’t use conventional (think, chemicalized) shampoo, body
wash, lotion, baby shampoo, and scented/antibacterial
soap. Look for organic
shampoo and soap, or make your own. (Resources: Serious
Health Dangers May Be Lurking in Your Shampoo & Soap, Ban:
Antibacterial Soap, Ban:
Synthetic Fragrances, & Laundry
Detergents Pose Serious Health Risks)
Avoid sunscreens and conventional insect repellents. And don’t
believe those who say getting sun on your skin is harmful (but don’t
burn). (Resources: Natural
Sunscreen and Insect Repellant & The
Bottom Line on Sunscreens – Which Sunscreens Are the Safest?)
Avoid tattoos. The ink used in body art is toxic. Read Are Tattoos Toxic?
A simple, effective deodorant recipe:
7 parts non-aluminum baking soda
1 part arrowroot powder
A drop or two of essential oils for scent
Mix these together and leave the container open for the essential oil
to dry. Mix again.
Apply to underarm with a large make-up brush.
A different do-it-yourself recipe, from the web:
1 TBSP coconut oil
1 TBSP coconut butter or shea butter
1 tsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. baking soda
Melt all ingredients in a small pot over low heat until
liquid. Pour into a glass container or a small recycled deodorant applicator
cap off) and refrigerate until solid. Add
a few drops of your favorite essential oils to the cooled liquid. Store
in a cool dry place.
Avoid conventional, synthetic perfume, cologne, and aftershave. (Resources:
Synthetic Fragrances & The
Health Risks of Twenty Most Common Chemicals Found in Thirty-One Fragrance
Check out these Natural
Homemade Shampoo Recipes.
Your Own Shampoo, Naturally.
Using organic shampoo bars (alternating between products) is an economical
solution for hair care.
Another economical solution, this time for shaving needs (male or female),
is an organic shaving bar (with shaving brush and light layer of oil).
Shaving for Women.
And for inexpensive, high-quality razors, we recommend Dorco.
Coconut oil is effective and nutritive for the skin. You can rub it
into dry hair, too.
For natural scents, use organic essential oils.
Mouth & Tooth Care
Look for organic toothpaste or tooth oil or use tooth
For mouthwash, occasionally use diluted hydrogen peroxide, or swish
with sea salt, baking soda (½ tsp. to ½ cup of water) and
one drop of peppermint oil or tea tree.
For ways to take care of your teeth through diet and good practice,
read Ramiel Nagel’s book, Cure
Avoid mouthwash with alcohol or coloring, and toothpaste containing
sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, fluoride, or other chemicals.
Coconut oil, peppermint oil, tea tree, and eucalyptus can be used as
natural insect repellents.
You can try any or all of the ingredients in this Natural
General Health Issues & Maintenance
Avoid conventional-store vitamins and supplements. (Click here to read
Don’t take vaccines or give them to your babies or children. (Resources: How
Vaccines Can Damage Your Brain, The
Dangers of Excessive Childhood Vaccinations, Why
You Should Avoid Taking Vaccines, & Vaccinated
Children Five Times More Prone to Disease than Unvaccinated Children)
Whenever possible, don’t take pharmaceutical medications,
whether prescription or over-the-counter. Look for natural/herbal
your health concerns and seek the Lord for understanding (God
Heals Today, His Way). (Resources: Treat
the Cause, Not the Symptom, Benefits
of Natural Medicine, Drug
Dangers - The Authority on Drug Interactions and Side Effects, Am
I Addicted to Prescription Drugs?, & The
7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications)
If you must go to the doctor, find one who is at least open to natural
medicine, or is a practicing naturopath or homeopath.
Avoid routine use of antibiotics. If you
must go through a course of antibiotics, do it completely (reducing risk
antibiotic resistance), and replenish the good bacteria in your gut with
organic probiotics – a high-potency supplement is beneficial, as
well as eating fermented products, like yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi,
Don’t believe those who say the sun is harmful.
Spend 20-60 minutes or more outdoors (or indoors under full-spectrum
light) every day (glasses
off). Sunlight is good, but cloud cover is OK. (Resource: Summer
Do whatever you can to achieve complete darkness in your bedroom at
night. Even a tiny amount of light at night can be detrimental to your
health. Don't use a night light in your room, completely cover your windows
live in the
city, with cars driving by and street lamps shining in, and block light
from your alarm clock with a piece of cardboard. For more sleeping tips,
Sleeping? 10 Rules to Sleep Properly. (Resources: How
to Achieve Total Darkness for Better Sleep (and Health) & Sleeping
in Darkness: How Does Light Impact Your Weight?)
Cold/Flu Prevention and Remedies
Boost the immune system with Dandelion
Root Powder or echinacea/astragalus
herbal teas or extracts. (A potent herbal extract mix is also good for
soup from scratch and keep the broth in the freezer for times of
illness (or enjoy on a winter evening).
A few simple syrups: Take a clove of raw organic garlic and mince finely.
Stir this into 1/4 cup of raw honey and add 2-3 TBSP of organic lemon
juice. Mix and allow to steep overnight. Take 1 tsp. every hour
to combat a cold.
At the beginning of cold season, heat a sliced onion very gently on
the stove (only on the lowest setting) for an hour until it softens.
Add 2 cups of raw honey and keep the mixture in a jar on the counter.
Take 1 tsp. or 1 TBSP as desired through the winter season for illness
You can make
your own elderberry cough syrup for cold/flu recovery and prevention
Use ginger for stomach upset.
To help with digestive issues, take probiotics or eat sauerkraut and
yogurt to improve the gut flora.
Organic apple cider vinegar (with "mother") is good for acid
Joints & Ligaments
Prolotherapy involves injecting sugar water into the problem
ligaments, which creates inflammation and causes the body to wake up
to the existing problem and start its repair job. Works amazingly well.
Orgono G5 Silica Gel is helpful when applied topically for pain relief
as well as building up silica levels in the body, which is beneficial
for joints and ligaments. Great Lakes Collagen is helpful, as
Hot Peppers have quite potent analgesic effects. Eat liberally (as much
as possible) during times of pain. Cayenne pepper or menthol salve is
a good external analgesic.
Valerian herb is quite helpful for muscle relaxation and as a sleep
Kava kava is a potent pain-reliever, but avoid taking it too long or
in large doses, as it can be hard on the liver.
White willow bark is another excellent herb for pain relief.
Turmeric is good for relieving inflammation and arthritic symptoms.
Ginger can also reduce pain and inflammation.
Short 1-5 day water or juice fasts can stimulate detoxification and
help to heal a worn-out digestive system.
Ingest Virgin Coconut Oil and Turmeric for preventing Alzheimer’s
and boosting brain health. The herb extracts of Gingko, Gotu Kola,
and Periwinkle are good, too.
Garlic oil (or Illness Fighter tincture) can be used for ear infections.
Apply honey on burns.
Take cayenne for heart health.
Alternatives to the Top 10 Most Prescribed Drugs. There are many,
many other options available for these issues and others. If you have
any questions, ask us.
Here are a few resources with indexes of natural remedies:
Medicinal Herb Chart
Natural Treatment and Home Remedies for Diseases
Natural Remedies Encyclopedia
for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis Balch is a good herbal
reference book to have on hand.
Be aware that long stretches at the computer can weaken the eyes. Take
occasional breaks from the computer; walk around a bit. Follow the 20-20-20
rule: Every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
For eye exercises, print off the Tibetan
For all-day office work, use full-spectrum
If you wear glasses, work on eye improvement through eye exercises,
herbs, and nutrition.
Don’t wear sunglasses more than necessary; they block UV light,
which is necessary for eye (and general) health. (Resources: The
Sun Is Important for Our Eye Health)
Avoid amalgam and composite fillings, root canals, dental X-rays, teeth cleanings and
treatments with fluoride. If you can, find a holistic dentist who won’t
pressure you into accepting unhealthy procedures.
For ways to take care of your teeth through diet and good practice,
read Ramiel Nagel’s book, Cure
Tooth Decay. The dental industry is there, by and large, to take your money by doing many unnecessary procedures (some which are dangerous), and not to provide you with preventative health care. If you eat and live properly, you won't need frequent dental care or assistance. But if you've lived in unhealthy ways for a long time, you need to repent and to seek the Lord for His prescription.
Commit to an exercise routine that is suited to your needs, easy to
follow, and alternately works different muscles/systems (cardiovascular,
stretching, strengthening, etc.)
The 5BX Program for men and 10BX
Program for women is straightforward
and can be done in minutes a day.
Core muscle exercises (crunches and push-ups) are important for those
who sit a great deal of time, but good for everyone.
Excess weight can cause various health issues - physically, mentally/emotionally,
and spiritually. If you are overweight, seek the Lord for what you need
to lose weight and eliminate unhealthy habits. A simple place to start
is to eat less and move/exercise more. Eat healthy organic food, avoiding
junk food between meals (healthy snacks are OK). Here is some more detailed
Simple and Essential Dietary Changes to Help You Lose Weight for Good.
Seek God for the strength and grace to quit. By the will of God, go
cold turkey, as opposed to relying upon your own strength, wisdom, and
devices. Don’t use nicotine products. The Chi
Machine can help
you to combat addictions and cravings and help with detoxification, as
can certain clay detox baths (read Save
the Smokers! and Want
to Stop Smoking?).
Avoid X-rays (dental included), MRI, CT scans, and TSA airport scanners.
It’s very important to eliminate radiation exposure whenever possible – the
effects are cumulative. (Resources: Medical
Radiation Soars, with Risks Often Overlooked, Lethal
Danger of CT Scans and X-Rays, & Airport
Security Scans: What Would Your Doctor Do?)
Here is some advice to heal from radiation exposure: Foods
to Fight Radiation and Dairy
Farmers Fight Radiation with Boron.
Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF’s)
Avoid EMF’s whenever possible. A few simple things to do: Turn
off the wireless router when not in use (especially at night). Use a
corded phone, rather than a cordless or a cell phone. For
those not ready to say goodbye to their cell phone, stay off the cell
phone for long conversations, or use the speaker feature (the phone held
against your head has proven health detriments, like brain tumors). Don’t
use compact fluorescent light bulbs – replace with incandescents.
Turn off electronic equipment when not in use. Don’t sleep next
to running electronics, like alarm clocks – use battery-operated
We offer Grander
Pendants and Grander
Boards to enhance personal resistance to EMF’s – beneficial
for anyone; important for those doing computer work.
When possible, avoid conventional, bleached toilet paper. Read Why
Your White Toilet Paper Is Toxic and, for other options, So Which
Toilet Paper Really Is the Best?
We have a sign in
our public bathroom, “Gentlemen, Please Be Seated.” For
cleanliness, we recommend men to sit during urination. Does splashing
to the bathroom sound hygenic to you?
New Clothes & Clothes Shopping
Wear clothing with natural fibers, organic when possible,
especially when buying clothes that hug the skin.
materials are hypoallergenic, durable, and odor-fighting. (Resources: Do
You Know what Toxic Chemicals Lurk in Your Clothing?)
As safe and natural as cotton may seem to be, much
of it is produced with GMO’s now. Buy organic or
shop at thrift stores for (hopefully) older clothing.
Avoid synthetic materials, especially those with chemicals
for anti-wrinkle, stain resistance, or anti-microbial. (Resources: The
6+ Synthetic Fabrics You Most Want to Avoid, and Why, Avoid
Polyester Fabrics, Is
Your T-Shirt Toxic?, & Beware
of Hidden Toxin Sources in New Clothes)
Avoid buying fashion name-brand clothes from retail stores. Though they
may be high quality or made from natural materials, you pay for the name.
Shop for quality used clothing at garage sales or thrift stores.
Wash new clothes before wearing. Also, a 1-hour to
overnight vinegar soak (½ cup vinegar:1 gallon water) before washing
can help release chemicals. It can be a good idea to take a shower after
to wash away chemical residue from trying on new clothes. (Resources:
You Wash New Clothes? – They Could Be Laced with Formaldehyde, How
Clean Are Your New Clothes?, & Greenpeace
Finds Highly Toxic Chemicals in Branded Clothing)
Don’t use conventional laundry detergents and fabric
softeners (Downy, Tide, Bounce, etc. or store brands).
Use natural brands of detergent, or make your own laundry soap. Putting ½ cup
white vinegar into the rinse cycle of a load of laundry has softening
and brightening effects
on the clothes. Try this simple recipe: Make
Your Own Laundry Soap. (Resources: Laundry
Detergents Pose Serious Health Risks, Fabric
Softeners Contain Toxic Chemicals, Are
You Poisoning Your Household?, Look
What’s Lurking on Your
Freshly-Washed Clothes, & Ban:
Avoid dry cleaning (hand-washing is usually fine for clothes labeled “dry
clean only”). (Resources: Ban:
Dry-Cleaning Chemicals, Chemicals
Used in Dry Cleaning & Their Dangers, & How
to Avoid Dry Cleaning Dangers)
Learn to read labels on clothing and care for
what you’re buying.
Wool requires special treatment as opposed to cotton or hemp, etc. Many
clothes say dry-cleaning is required, when this isn’t the case.
Looking into what the clothes are made out of will guide you in how to
care for them (or ask for advice).
Buy quality footwear that fits well, provides proper back support, protects
your feet, is comfortable, and is easy to care for. (Resource: Will
Those Trendy Shoes Ruin Your Teenager’s Health? & 5
Things You Need to Know about Arch Support)
Avoid synthetic (conventional) fragrances. (Resources:
Synthetic Fragrances & The
Health Risks of Twenty Most Common Chemicals Found in Thirty-One Fragrance
Avoid cosmetics, unless necessary. (Resources: Toxic
Beauty: The Dangerous Truth about the Cosmetics Industry, New
Study Finds Major Toxins in Many Cosmetics, ‘Dirty
Dozen’ Cosmetic Chemicals to Avoid, & Toxic
Make-up: Looks that Can Kill; some safe options: Safe
Cosmetics & Top
8 Safe Cosmetic Brands in the U.S. 2010 + 1 from Australia)
Hair Spray, Hair Dyes, and Nail Polish
Don’t use hairspray, hair dyes, or nail
polish. (Resources: Is
Hair Spray Harmful?, What
Happens if You Breathe in Hairspray?, Nail
Varnish and Hair Spray Can Increase the Risk of Diabetes, Hidden ‘Trade
Secrets’ – Hairspray, Hair
Dyes and Cancer Risk, & Health
Risks of Chemical Hair Dyes)
Avoid bras with underwires. Wear high quality bras with proper fit. (Resources: Can
Wearing Your Bra Cause Cancer?, How
an Ill Fitting Bra Can Harm You, 6
Telltale Signs of an Ill-Fitting Bra, & How
to Measure Bra Size?)
Tampons and Pads
Avoid tampons, especially super absorbency, and conventional
pads. No matter what type of feminine hygiene products
you choose, it’s important to
seek out organic brands to avoid being exposed to chemicals and toxins
in such a highly absorbent area of the body. Good choices: Natracare
of Feminine Hygiene Products that Every Woman Needs to Know
Tampons and Pads: How Their Dioxins Are Leading to the Endometriosis
Even better, use reusable menstrual pads (a.k.a cloth
pads or mama cloth).
This is a much more economical option than using disposables (payback
period of a year or so – less if you make
your own), and it’s
better for the environment. Get a few and try them
out - it’s not as hard to manage as it may seem. Good brands to
buy (choose the organic varieties): GladRags, Lunapads,
For advice on how to use/wash them, sources for purchasing, or links
few good sewing videos, contact
me. I don’t mind “period talk,” and I love
using cloth pads. (Resource: Benefits
of Using Reusable Pads)
(Don’t listen to those who promote cloth pads as chemical-free
unless they’re talking about pads made from organic cotton. Conventional
cotton contains various
chemicals and can often be GMO.
For truly natural, chemical-free options, always buy organic.)
Don’t use curling irons, flat irons, and, some say, even hair
dryers, as all these appliances cause heat damage to hair,
resulting in frizz, brittleness, and breakage – they also increase exposure
to EMF’s. (Resources: Dangers
of Hair Dryers, What
Are the Dangers of Ceramic Hair Straighteners?, & Fix
Hair Damaged from Beauty Tools)
Avoid high heels or fashion shoes that don’t provide adequate
support. (Resource: High-Heeled
Shoes – Bad for the Body)
Pregnancy & Child-Rearing
Avoid the unnecessary (routine) use of ultrasounds. (Resources: Negative
Effects of Ultra Sounds, Ultrasound:
More Harm than Good?, & The
Dangers of Prenatal Ultrasound)
Absolutely avoid giving your child vaccines. (Resources: How
Vaccines Can Damage Your Brain, The
Dangers of Excessive Childhood Vaccinations,
Should Avoid Taking Vaccines, & Vaccinated
Children Five Times More Prone to Disease than Unvaccinated Children)
Also don't give your newborn the routine Vitamin K injection. (Resource:
High Risks of Vitamin K Shots for Your Newborn Baby)
Avoid birth interventions whenever possible, like epidurals, PCA (patient
controlled anesthesia), C-sections, the use of foreceps, vacuums, or
episiotomies/perineotomies. (Resources: Medical
Risks of Epidural Anesthesia During Childbirth, The
Hidden Risk of Epidurals, What
Does Lamaze Say About Epidurals?, Young
Woman’s Death Sheds Light on Dangers of
PCA Pumps, Risks
of a Cesarean Procedure, Dangers
of Elective C-Sections,
Delivery Birth Injuries, & Episiotomy
Folic Acid vs Folate
Folic acid is recommended to pregnant women to help
prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida. Skip the supplements
and get the natural source, folate, from organic organ
meats and vegetables. (Resource: Folic
Acid vs. Folate and The
World's Healthiest Foods: Folate)
Umbilical Cord Care
Don't allow the doctor or staff to clamp the umbilical cord too quickly,
as this can lead to cerebral palsy or other health conditions. (Resource:
Doctors Causing Infant Brain Damage by Clamping the Umbilical Cord Prematurely?)
about various birth procedures, see this template you can use as a
letter for the hospital (adjust the header and parts within brackets
- watch for them - for use accordingly): Natural
Use natural cloth diapers instead of disposable for
health and environmental reasons. (Resource:
in Disposable Diapers: Dioxin and Sodium Polyacrylate)
Baby Care Products
Shop wisely for baby care products. Keep it simple, and avoid chemicals
and fragrances. (Resource: Four
Steps to Selecting Safe Baby Care Products)
Household Issues & Cleaners
Soaps and Cleaners
Avoid conventional dish soap, laundry soap, fabric
solutions, air fresheners, drain cleaners, window
cleaners, stain repellents,
furniture polish, chemical pesticides, and products containing ammonia or fragrances. (Resource: Ban:
Harsh Cleaning Products)
Pillows & Bed Mattresses
There are toxic chemicals in pillows, bed mattresses,
and carpets. (Resources: Is
Your Mattress Toxic? & Is
Your Bedroom Toxic? 5 Easy Ways to Get a Restful Night's Sleep)
Plastic & Vinyl
Avoid household products made from plastic and vinyl. (Resource: Ban:
Avoid pressed wood and particle board cabinets. (Resource: Ban:
Use no-VOC paints inside your home. (Resource: Ban:
Carpet cleaning solutions contain a cocktail of noxious chemicals. Find
a product that contains, or business that offers, plant-based cleaning
solutions. Read Where
to Find Eco-Friendly Carpet Cleaning Options.
Be aware that much furniture and carpet being sold today contains fire-retardant
chemicals, which emit toxic dust for a long time afterwards.
Keep your living space clean, dust frequently, and be careful when buying
or carpets. Read Flame-Retardant
Chemicals Create Unhealthy Homes – the
end of page 3 contains recommendations of how to avoid those. (Resources: Household
Flame Retardants Potentially Ineffective, Dangerous & Ban:
Don’t use conventional candles, made from paraffin wax, scented
or unscented – they give off highly carcinogenic chemicals. Use
candles made from palm wax, organic soy wax, or beeswax – they
clean the air and emit healthy negative ions. (Resources: Danger
from Everyday Candles?, Toxins
in Candles: Sad, But True, & Find
Natural Candles Made from All-Natural Biodegradable Waxes)
Garden & Lawn Care
Grow your own garden however possible. For those with limited space,
consider setting up a container garden or growing herbs indoors (use
organic potting soil). (Resources: Growing
Organic Food Inside Your Home Year-Round & Container
Gardening for Food)
Start saving your own seeds. (Resource: Saving
Fertilizers and Pesticides
Don’t use chemicals, like artificial fertilizer, pesticides, and
herbicides. This is crucial, not only for the surrounding environment
and the issues of what you are supporting with such purchases, but also
for the health of your family, your children, and the pets exposed to
the chemicals in your lawn. (Resource: Ban:
Like us, pets need healthy food with as little processing as possible.
Avoid commercial pet foods; they are full of ingredients that are rendered
from slaughterhouse waste, bread and cereal ingredient rejects, binders,
fillers, and GMO ingredients, among other things.
Look for raw organic pet food where possible or make your own with meat,
eggs, fruits, and vegetables. Adding garlic to pet food is a great way
to prevent or get rid of fleas.
Haven can provide you with an ingredient list we use for making
our raw dog food.)
A good unrefined salt can be added to their food for added minerals.
Cargo offers pet salt in a variety of sizes.
Also provide your pet with filtered,
Granderized water as they may be more affected than humans are by the
Flea, tick, & ant prevention
To get rid or to prevent mites, look for Diatomaceous
Earth. It helps
with ants, ticks, and mites, too. It can be put on your pet and is also
safe for eating. (Resource: Natural
Dog Health Remedies)
Only use credit cards if you pay off the full balance every month
(otherwise you’ll be stuck with exorbitant interest rates and will
have difficulty extracting yourself). If you need to have a credit card,
get a no-annual-fee
that gives you a useful reward in return for your business – cash
back, free groceries, free gas…. Shop around. (See Best
U.S. Credit Cards & Best
Canadian Credit Cards.)
The first question to answer would be: Why do you need a loan? Often
there are other ways to manage a situation without going into debt. The
Scriptures say, “Owe no one anything, except to love one another…” (Romans
13:8 MKJV). Talk to us for further advice in your circumstances.
Get the minimum of insurance that you can, in any circumstance. Regarding
car insurance, since the law requires liability, abide by that. Don’t
go for collision insurance unless obligated, because making payments
for a car loan.
Review your utility bills. Oftentimes monthly services (phone, internet,
electric, gas, water, etc.) can be more expensive than necessary, with
better options available for less money. Consider how much or how little
you use these services
in balance of what you’re paying, and think creatively
of ways you can cut back your bills.
Buy used goods, like furniture, clothing, some electronics, vehicles,
bicycles, and tools, etc. but make sure you’re purchasing quality.
Use Kijiji, Craig’s List, eBay, garage sales, and local classified
ads for buying and selling.
Watch for sales. There are certain times of year to buy various items.
Watch for sales, clearance, and promotions. Above all, have faith God
will provide for what you need, in His will, timing, and way. The goal
isn’t to buy things at the cheapest price, but to be a good steward
and walk in faith.
Don’t buy things you don’t need, and don’t be tempted
into buying something just because it sounds good.
When you can, support local products, businesses, producers, and growers.
Consider whom you are supporting with your purchasing dollars, whether
local or international.
Don’t buy from Best Buy (they support Islamic jihadists and take
an anti-Semitic stance). If you can help it, don’t buy from, or
stand with, anyone who boycotts or opposes Israel.
Observe safe driving methods. Never text and drive, and avoid phone
calls (even hands-free) while driving, too. When on the road, your attention
should remain on
the surroundings. Watch From
One Second to the Next.
Find a good mechanic you can trust.
Learn about, and watch over, basic things like tire pressure, oil level
and drain interval, coolant level and strength (i.e., good to -30°F
for northern North American winters), power steering fluid level, brake
level, transmission fluid level
and condition (i.e., not smelling burnt). Read and follow your owner’s
Use quality engine oil (Amsoil) and filters, so you don’t have
to change the oil every 5,000 km (3,000 miles).
Car Buying Tips
Buy used vehicles when you can, because most cars lose a good percentage
of their value, just being driven off the lot.
Research the best makes and models of the type of vehicle to suit your
needs. Use various consumer reports available on the net. Look for a
vehicle that is reliable and inexpensive to repair.
Ask questions to find out about the history of the vehicle you’re
looking at. When dealing with an individual rather than a dealership,
you’ll be able to better assess the car, having the owner available
to inform you. You can also see what kind of person you
with, which tells you something important. Another bonus is you will
generally get a better price dealing directly with the owner, cutting
out salesman’s commissions and dealership overhead.
Buy a reliable, fuel-efficient vehicle that is 3–5 years old,
with low mileage (averaging under 10,000 miles per year), if possible.
Consider, however, that low mileage cars could have been driven hard
or neglected, and higher mileage cars could have been driven easy highway
miles and had excellent maintenance. Every used car is unique.
Have your mechanic check over the vehicle if you’re serious about
owning it, especially if it’s more than a few years old and has
The Japanese brands are almost all in the top ten brands for overall
reliability. (Resource: Japanese
Brands Tops in Consumers Reports’ 2012
Car Reliability Survey)
Avoid expensive European makes like VW, Audi, Volvo, Mercedes, and BMW,
which can be costly to repair and not as reliable as you might think.
The costliness may not be the same for those living in Europe, but that’s
the way it is in North America, generally.
Use sound thinking and principles. Above all, trust the Lord and follow
Computer Issues and Maintenance
Avoid going to gambling sites, gaming sites, and those for pirated software – where
you can easily pick up a virus. And don’t use pirated software,
for legal and ethical reasons.
For your life, don’t go to sites containing any degree of porn,
soft or hard. Don’t look at pictures containing scantily-clad women
or men, models with indiscreet clothing, and women in bathing suits.
A little always leads to more, so don’t even stick your toe in
Regularly backup the files on your computer, copying to another location.
There are various methods that work for this (talk to Sara for
further advice). One free highly-rated program to make backups easy:
Use a good surge protector, and unplug it from the wall when electrical
storms come through.
Use a good antivirus program, and keep it updated (if it doesn’t
update automatically). Avast is decent, and free (click here). Run a
scan regularly, at least once a week.
Use Malwarebytes in conjunction with antivirus protection (click here – choose “Free
Download”). It’s a good program, and also free. Do a manual
update and scan regularly.
Another good program is SUPERAntiSpyware (click here -
Edition”). Update and scan regularly.
If you have reason to believe your computer is infected, update and
scan each of the above programs multiple times, until each program says
you’re clean. (SAS often finds small tracking stuff, which is good
to clean up, but don’t worry about it for this purpose. Look for
Keep It Clean
Go through your programs and files occasionally to eliminate what you
don't need or use.
Eliminate files and shortcuts from your Desktop to increase speed and
Use the free program, CCleaner, for clean-up
of registry errors, cookies, temporary files, and more to free up space
and increase performance.
Never open attachments or links that seem questionable – either
you don’t know the sender, or you do know the sender but you don’t
know why they’re sending the e-mail to you. (Some things to watch
out for: Messages asking you to resolve a shipping issue, or resolve
an account issue, or basically resolve any immediate issue are typical spam, as are messages that say, “Hey, I made so much money, just
click this link….” No matter if you know the person or not,
don’t click the link. Same goes for messages from people you know
only containing a link, no explanation. Don’t click the link; it
is typical virus spam.) (Resources: How
to Identify Email Spam & Spam
and Phishing Emails)
Those who depend on a computer for daily work should have a second computer
on hand in case your primary machine goes down. It doesn’t have
to be expensive. Sometimes older technology is available, which works
Good Advice and Resources
Here are a few articles that give good advice on taking
care of yourself:
The Top 20 Ways to Boost Your Immunity to Colds and Flu without Using
Low-Tech Tools You’ll Always Use
The Weston A. Price Foundation’s Dietary Guidelines
Emergency First Aid Checklist: Herbs, Medicines, and Tools for Holistic
Medical Safety in any Crisis
Here are some sites we find provide useful information on several fronts
(not everything they publish is the truth, so you need to exercise