“The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads 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 world. 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.
We 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 reasons. Here we have translated this 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 place.
Instead 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 should 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. Above all, trust and obey Him.
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God, and keep His commandments. For this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13 MKJV).
Here are the issues we address, with applicable principles, facts, and resources:
Table of Contents
Avoid Junk Food
Good Snack Suggestions
Learn To Cook
Clean and Unclean Meats
Canned Foods and Beverages
On all foods possible, choose organic. If something isn’t marked certified organic, assume it’s not (unless you’ve talked to the farmer and know how he grew or raised it). 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.
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; buy organic.
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 Out.
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!
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 snacks for yourself – you’ll feel better and save money.
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.
It’s 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 Snacks.
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).
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 Henry, Le Creuset, and others). For cast iron, Griswold is the best. (You have to buy these used, since the company stopped producing cookware years ago.)
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 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 is How 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.
Here’s 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 base).
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, Sugar: 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)
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.
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 shark.
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 coffee/caffeine addiction.
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 are endless! There are many good resources on the internet for home bakers, and Lord willing, we’ll have basic instructions available here soon.
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 given below.
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)
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.
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 (with 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: Ban: Synthetic Fragrances & The Health Risks of Twenty Most Common Chemicals Found in Thirty-One Fragrance Products)
Check out these Natural Homemade Shampoo Recipes.
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). Read Wet 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.
Look for organic toothpaste or tooth oil or use tooth soap.
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 Tooth Decay.
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 Mosquito Repellent.
General Health Issues & Maintenance
Avoid conventional-store vitamins and supplements. (Click here to read more.)
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 solutions for 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 of bacterial/viral 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, etc.
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 Advice)
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 if you 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, read Trouble 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?)
Boost the immune system with Dandelion Root Powder or echinacea/astragalus herbal teas or extracts. (A potent herbal extract mix is also good for illness.)
Make chicken 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 prevention.
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 reflux.
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 well.
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 aid.
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.
See Natural 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:
And Prescription 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 Eye Chart.
For all-day office work, use full-spectrum lighting.
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.)
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 advice: Six 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?)
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 clocks.
We have a sign in our public bathroom, “Gentlemen, Please Be Seated.” For cleanliness, we recommend men to sit during urination. Does splashing while going to the bathroom sound hygenic to you?
Wear clothing with natural fibers, organic when possible, especially when buying clothes that hug the skin. Some natural 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 clothes shopping to wash away chemical residue from trying on new clothes. (Resources: Should 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: VOCs)
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: Ban: Synthetic Fragrances & The Health Risks of Twenty Most Common Chemicals Found in Thirty-One Fragrance Products)
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)
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?)
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 and Organyc.
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, and Moonpads. For advice on how to use/wash them, sources for purchasing, or links to a 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)
Absolutely avoid giving your child vaccines. (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)
Also don’t give your newborn the routine Vitamin K injection. (Resource: The 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, Foreceps Delivery Birth Injuries, & Episiotomy and Alternatives)
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)
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: Are Doctors Causing Infant Brain Damage by Clamping the Umbilical Cord Prematurely?)
For more 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 Birth Plan.
Use natural cloth diapers instead of disposable for health and environmental reasons. (Resource: Toxins in Disposable Diapers: Dioxin and Sodium Polyacrylate)
Shop wisely for baby care products. Keep it simple, and avoid chemicals and fragrances. (Resource: Four Steps to Selecting Safe Baby Care Products)
Avoid conventional dish soap, laundry soap, fabric softeners, cleaning solutions, air fresheners, drain cleaners, window cleaners, stain repellents, furniture polish, chemical pesticides, and products containing ammonia or fragrances. (Resource: Ban: Harsh Cleaning Products)
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)
Avoid household products made from plastic and vinyl. (Resource: Ban: Vinyl)
Avoid pressed wood and particle board cabinets. (Resource: Ban: VOCs)
Use no-VOC paints inside your home. (Resource: Ban: VOCs)
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 new furniture 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: Flame Retardants)
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)
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 Seed)
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: Synthetic Pesticides)
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.
(Harvest 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. Nature’s 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 contaminants in water.
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 card 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 fluid level, transmission fluid level and condition (i.e., not smelling burnt). Read and follow your owner’s manual.
Use quality engine oil (Amsoil) and filters, so you don’t have to change the oil every 5,000 km (3,000 miles).
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 are dealing 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 some wear.
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 His leading.
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 those waters.
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: AOMEI Backupper.
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 – choose “Free 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 dangerous infections.)
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 performance.
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 fine.
Good Advice and Resources
Here are a few articles that give good advice on taking care of yourself:
The Weston A. Price Foundation’s Dietary Guidelines
Here are some sites we find provide useful information on several fronts (not everything they publish is the truth, so you need to exercise discretion):