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More about GMO’s

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!

Watch Genetic Roulette and read Genetically-Modified 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

How to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods, Weston A. Price Foundation’s How to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods, & The Non-GMO Shopping Guide)

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.

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).

Making Your Own Condiments

To avoid bad ingredients and save money, you can make your own condiments. 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.

Clean and Unclean Meats

Avoid Biblically-forbidden foods 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.

And 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 shark.

Consumer Guide to Mercury in Fish


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.

Health Remedies

Just a few home remedies for common health issues (Sara makes the herbal extracts referred to and also provides Dandelion Root Powder):

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 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.

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 well.

Pain Relief

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:

Medicinal Herb Chart

Natural Treatment and Home Remedies for Diseases

Herbal Remedies

Natural Remedies Encyclopedia

And Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis Balch is a good herbal reference book to have on hand.

Body Care – Recipes and Solutions


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.

Sara mixes this in different scents. Inquire if you want some from her, pre-made.

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.


Check out these Natural Homemade Shampoo Recipes.

And Make 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). 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.

Mouth & Tooth Care

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.

Insect Repellent

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.


Here are a couple good articles on sources of EMF’s and how to avoid them: Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) – Hazardous to Our Health? and The Little-Known Dangers of EMFs and How to Protect You and Your Family.

Listen to The Extreme Dangers of Cell Phones, Power Lines, Dirty Electricity, & How to Protect Yourself!

(Other resources: Are the Dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation a Factor for Your Health?, Electromagnetic Field Intolerance – An Epidemic in the Making, & EMF Testing Devices and Shielding Equipment)

Household Solutions

For general cleaning, a solution with baking soda and/or vinegar often works well. Borax and washing soda are good, too, as well as castile soap and natural citrus cleaners.

Use natural dish and laundry soap (Ecover and Seventh Generation are a couple good brands).

To clean windows, use a drop or 2 of dish soap in a pail of water, or a dilute vinegar solution.

For pests, read Natural Insect Pest Control.

Read Non-Toxic Home Cleaning and DIY Cleaners You Can Make at Home for more specific advice. Another good resource is Home Safe Home by Debra Lynn Dadd.

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 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.

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