3rd Prize Chili

Red potOrganic 3 Bean Chili Con Cashew (Vegetarian)

This is my variation of an original recipe known as Chili Con Cashew by Kathryn J. Canfield, in Whole Foods for the Whole Family, published by La Leche League International. All the ingredients are organic, if they were available. This chili won 3rd place in a local chili cook off.

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 to 2 jalapeño peppers, chopped
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. each basil and oregano
  • ±1 tsp. chili powder, or to taste
  • ±1 tsp. curry powder (can’t get enough of those spices!)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder (great anti-inflammatory food; add to everything!)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt or less
  • a few dashes of black and cayenne pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
  • 2 cups black beans, cooked
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 42 ounces chopped/crushed tomatoes, with their liquid
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup dry red wine

Salute garlic and all vegetables (except tomatoes) in the coconut oil in a saucepan for several minutes. Add all the spices (except the bay leaf) and stir.

Stove Top Method: Add the remaining ingredients to the pan and simmer on low, stirring occasionally for ±2 hours.

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Method: Dump the contents of the saucepan and all the remaining ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5+ hours. In order not to waste any of your spicy flavor, add some of the tomato liquid to the saucepan, stir and pour into the crock pot.

Serve with sour cream, cheese, tortilla chips, corn bread, or WHATEVER YOU LIKE! It is also great as leftovers and can even be eaten cold!

ENJOY!

Becky Hastings

The Great Physician

Boy in hatDead Doctors Don’t Lie is a popular talk first given by Dr Joe Wallach in 1994. He has repeated this talk hundreds of times, adding significant substantial information along the way. I highly encourage you to watch his talks. He has a unique viewpoint with a degree in Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, before becoming qualified as a Naturopath to treat humans.[1]

I have seen several versions of his talks. Dr Wallach explains how over 900 diseases in animals have been conquered. These diseases were once BIG problems. Every disease was shown to be a result of a nutritional deficiency, and when the deficiency is addressed, the disease disappears. The same incredible success using nutrition with animals has also worked to avoid and prevent birth defects. Those who raise animals for a living appreciate that they can increase the health and longevity of their animals, and thus their profits, by understanding and applying principles of nutritional science.

This information is so brilliant, you would think every human doctor would be thoroughly instructed on the vital role of nutrition in disease prevention and cure. Since doctors enter their profession to help people, and there is a clear way to make the lives of people better through correct nutrition, you would think that their training should include learning the details of every nutrient required by the body and how to motivate their patients – the most intelligent of the primates – to feed themselves well.

Yet doctors receive little to no nutritional training in medical school. It leaves me wondering:

  • Why does the public follow the advice of the medical profession today in 2015?
  • Do the doctors giving us information and advice have superior health?
  • Do doctors live longer, better lives?
  • Are doctors bright and vigorous right up to the time they die?
  • Do doctors have strong healthy relationships?
  • Are doctors are best role models for health and wellness?

If you research the stats on doctors, it would appear from a variety of sources that the average life-span for those in the medical profession is approximately 57 years. I’m not against all doctors. My father was a doctor and I have met many wonderful doctors over the years. Doctors provide life-saving treatments for many conditions and we all want an excellent medical facility available if we are in need of emergency trauma care. But perhaps, at least sometimes, we exalt ALL doctors just a bit too much.

What do doctors have going for them?

The medical profession, especially of the Western variety, has long had a reputation for being wealthy. With wealth comes power and prestige. Those fortunate enough to be accepted into medical schools and who manage to successfully pass the rigour of the training are revered by most in our society for their knowledge, education, and prosperity.

Yet perhaps when it comes to understanding how to achieve and maintain true health over a lifetime, many medical professionals are blind. It is well-known that a doctor’s medical training includes very little information regarding nutrition. Even gastroenterologists, who specialise in the gut, are not taught much about the essential role of diet and nutrition in gut health. Those doctors who have figured out relevant aspects of nutrition and health, have usually learned from their patients or through their own research, after completing their formal medical training.

We all know what Jesus said about following a blind guide – both fall into a ditch.

Sometimes people hear an interesting alternative approach they can easily implement in their life and they say, “I’ll have to check with my doctor about that.” Or, “I couldn’t take that supplement without first asking my doctor.”

I guess they have their reasons. Maybe they are already taking so many medications prescribed by their doctor that they are worried a specific supplement might interfere with the pharmaceutical drug they are taking.

My question is, Why do people give doctors so much power in their lives? Why do they think a doctor would know anything about a natural remedy or a nutritional supplement? Why wouldn’t they research it for themselves? If they are taking pharmaceuticals, why wouldn’t they research and find an effective non harmful natural alternative?

I have heard repeatedly by doctors themselves that they received no training in nutrition in medical school. Ok, maybe they had a ½ hour lecture. If they are married, sometimes their spouse knows and understands more about nutrition than they do.

Properly prescribed medical care is either the leading cause of death or the third leading cause of death in the USA, depending on the year of the study. Even if it is only in the top ten, that is a little too frequent for my liking. What this means is that doctors and hospitals cause A LOT of deaths every single year. This is not the case that someone goes to the hospital gravely ill and dies. It is when an otherwise healthy person receives medical care and then dies.

You are the chief expert on your own body and condition. You live with yourself and your aches and pains every single day. You know what you eat and you know how your body responds to it. You know how your digestive system is working and exactly what your poop looks like (which is, by the way, one of the biggest indicators of health). You know your energy level and how you handle stress. Those are all the key indicators of health.

Your doctor is only one consultant. He works for you. You can consider his recommendations, but you are by no means obligated to follow them.

We were all formed in the image of our Creator to display His glory. I would urge everyone to seek God’s answers to every question. For those who have accepted Jesus Christ, God’s human expression on earth, as their Lord, you have the Spirit of God living inside of you! You have direct access to the same power that raised Jesus from the dead!

Don’t settle for a human answer. If you get worrisome or troubling information from a doctor, don’t just accept it.

Fast, pray, worship Jesus. Do not worship at the altar of the medical industrial complex. You will not find salvation there.

Are you afraid? What is the basis of your fear?

“As we live in God our love grows more perfect. Such love has no fear. Perfect love casts out all fear.” 1 John 4:18

God has your life in His hands. He can guide you to exactly what you need. Seek His peace. Your doctor might be a wonderful person – I hope so. But your doctor is only a person and any wisdom s/he does have has been bestowed by God. Seek God first and He will make your paths straight.

Becky on stage

Author: Becky Hastings, wife, mother, grandmother, passionate follower of Jesus Christ and truth seeker, especially in the areas of health and children. Facing a world quite different from the one in which I grew up, I seek to research and understand the true route to health, freedom and joyful family living!

 

[1] Dr Joel Wallach, BS, DVM, ND https://www.youngevity.net/category/dwj.html

Delectable, Light, Easy, Gluten Free Waffles

IMG_2203Waffles have been a family favorite forever! My traditional recipe started with whole wheat (wheat berries) and blended them with several other key ingredients to produce light fluffy waffles. Since I stopped eating wheat in August 2012 I haven’t indulged in waffles.

My daughter helped me discover that there is a wonderful way to make gluten-free waffles with rice and tapioca flours. I still don’t make them often (preferring my Chia Breakfast salad or a smoothie), but it is nice to spoil the grandchildren with waffles when they come to visit!

IMG_2201Heat up waffle iron and in a mixing bowl whisk together:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup kefir (or buttermilk, or milk with 1 Tbl  lemon)

Add:

  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt

Whisk all together. It should be bubbly, then Add

  • ± 1/2 cup coconut oil

(it seems like this might be an optional ingredient, but adds both nutritional and flavor. One time I forgot to add the coconut oil and the waffles turned out fine. I didn’t realize until much later that I had forgotten to add it!)

IMG_2202Add:

  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • 1 cup brown rice flour

Mix just until thoroughly combined.

Spoon about 1/3 cup of the batter onto the hot waffle iron. Cook until the light changes colors (or follow the procedure for your particular brand of waffle maker).

This recipe will make approximately 8 waffles. I like to make all of them and freeze leftovers which can be heated in a toaster for a quick snack or breakfast.

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Chia Breakfast Salad

My regular preferred breakfast remains many variations of chia/kefir breakfast salad, but this is my goto recipe for waffles whenever there is an occasion for them!

_DSC7099Author: Becky Hastings, wife, mother, grandmother, passionate follower of Jesus Christ and truth seeker, especially in the areas of health and children. Facing a world quite different from the one in which I grew up, I seek to research and understand the true route to health, freedom and joyful family living!

Vaccines and Childhood Cancer?

Kid with CancerThis year, 2015, about 1,250 children younger than 15 years old are expected to die from cancer. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children (after accidents).[1]

This year another 10,380 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer for the first time. Childhood cancer rates have been rising for the past few decades.[2]

Children are recommended to receive 49 doses of vaccines by age 6 and 69 by 18. NONE of these vaccines routinely injected into children, or the combination of all of these vaccines, has ever been tested for carcinogenicity – the ability to cause cancer.

Orthodox medicine, your doctor, the CDC, and all others who encourage the injection of vaccines HAVE NO IDEA IF VACCINES ARE CARCINOGENIC OR NOT because vaccines are not tested for their ability to cause cancer, nor are there studies following the incidence of cancer among vaccinated versus non vaccinated children.

No one has proof that vaccines ARE NOT carcinogenic. The studies have not been done. You can read the information on each vaccine for yourself. The vaccine inserts clearly state that vaccines have not been studied for carcinogenicity.[3]

In fact, vaccines have NEVER been tested for their

  • carcinogenic (cancer causing) properties,
  • mutagenic (mutation causing) properties, or
  • teratogenic (developmental malformation causing) potential.

Not a single vaccine has been tested or studied for any of these properties. Can these chemicals that are injected into healthy children cause cancer? The people manufacturing the vaccines (the drug companies) and the bureaucrats mandating the drugs can’t say NO, because no studies have ever been conducted.

Dr PanDoctors who promote vaccines such as Dr Pan (pictured on right), a California Senator currently pushing strongly to increase vaccine rates for children attending school through his bill #SB277 which intends to remove all but medical exemptions for children attending school, has repeatedly and categorically stated “vaccines are very safe and very effective.” Yet, he doesn’t know if these same vaccines, and these 49 vaccines given in combination to a child by the time he goes to school, might somehow trigger cancer – because no studies have ever been conducted to examine  that potential.

In summary, federal and state governments are mandating that infants and children swallow and be injected with substances that have never been tested for their ability to cause cancer, mutations or developmental malformations. In the meantime, the drug companies are grossing billions of dollars on sales of these potentially carcinogenic products.

No LiabilityFurther, vaccine manufacturers have no incentive to further study the safety of their products because they have been absolved of all liability for these products. They are protected from responsibility for any harm or any danger their vaccine may cause. If a child develops a serious immediate reaction to a vaccine, or a long-term condition like cancer as a result of one vaccine, or the total combination of all the vaccines, the manufacturer bears no financial liability.

CONCLUSIONS ON VACCINES & CANCER from a serious vaccine and childhood cancer researcher:

I am not suggesting that vaccination always leads to cancer. What I am suggesting is that in the same way vaccination can lead to encephalitis (damage of brain tissue) it can also, in some cases, lead to cancer.

Why does one child become autistic from the vaccine and another gets Crohn’s disease? Why does one child get Guillian-Barre Syndrome from a vaccination and another die of SIDS? Why does one child get reoccurring seizures and the other cancer?

How many other viruses is that child carrying? What other latent or hidden infections do they have? How strong is their immune system? How many vaccines can an infant handle before some invisible threshold has been crossed and the body becomes sick?

Alexander got 16 vaccinations from the age of 2 months to 17 months old. My grandparents got one childhood vaccine and they are both alive today. My parents, both born in 1937, got a total of two vaccines up to 17 months old. According to my vaccination booklet (my parents kept wonderful records) I was vaccinated only seven times before I reached 17 months. In fact, my first vaccine came at the age of 5 months, not two months like Alexander.

Every new childhood vaccine that is introduced means more profits for the drug companies so there is a tremendous incentive to keep adding more and more. Alexander got vaccinated against chicken-pox, a “disease” that kept our generation at home from school for one week. Do we really need a vaccine against chicken-pox? The drug companies will answer “yes.”[4]

Cancer & CowpoxSo I will ask the question again: Is the current vaccine schedule the cause of the rise of childhood cancers? How many vaccines can an infant handle before some invisible threshold has been crossed and the body becomes sick? Why are we not actively studying the possible association between vaccines and childhood cancers?

The most powerful doctors in America are those affiliated with drug companies. The influence of the drug companies is so complete and profound that the agenda of the drug manufacturers has become the agenda of mainstream medicine and the U.S. government.[4]

Who is looking out for the health and wellbeing of our children?

12Author: Becky Hastings, wife, mother, grandmother, passionate follower of Jesus Christ and truth seeker, especially in the areas of health and children. Facing a world quite different from the one in which I grew up, I seek to research and understand the true route to health, freedom and joyful family living!

 

How Safe is Acetaminophen?

PillsMost of my life I thought acetaminophen was a rather harmless pain reliever. We grow to accept something that we hear advertisements about since forever. Turns out, acetaminophen could be causing havoc with babies – and can harm people of all ages.

Please read the research before you take any drug when pregnant, or before giving any drug to a baby. Acetaminophen included.

Shiny BrainAcetaminophen should NEVER be given after a vaccine. It can cause a synergistic effect with the chemicals in the vaccine which can result in significant harm to baby’s brain.

Why is so little known or discussed about this? That is a great question. If you want to learn more about Acetaminophen here is a collection of articles to help you.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) linked to Autism? 

By Dr. Anke Zimmermann, BSc, ND, FCAH, a naturopathic physician specializing in naturopathic pediatrics with an emphasis on homeopathy. She offers 20 years of clinical experience and a warm, comfortable, child-friendly practice.

What Depletes Glutathione Levels in Your Body 

By Raymond and Olga Klein who promote a proactive approach to understanding what fuels our immune system.

Acetaminophen (paracetamol) use, measles-mumps-rubella vaccination, and autistic disorder: the results of a parent survey. 

A study on Acetaminophen use and the MMR vaccine published in 2008 in Autism journal.  This preliminary study found that acetaminophen use after measles-mumps-rubella vaccination was associated with autistic disorder.

Acetaminophen and/or antibiotic use in early life and the development of childhood allergic diseases.

A study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

“Acetaminophen Use and the Symptoms of Asthma, Allergic Rhinitis and Eczema in Children “

Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology 2006.

“Our findings suggest that taking more acetaminophen may be associated with increasing allergic symptoms in children.”

Prenatal Acetaminophen Linked to Behavioral Problems in Kids,

“Prenatal exposure to acetaminophen ― a drug considered safe in pregnancy ― may raise the risk for behavioral problems in children, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and hyperkinetic disorder (HKD), a severe form of ADHD, new research suggests.”

Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy, Behavioral Problems, and Hyperkinetic Disorders 

Published in JAMA Pediatrics in 2014.

“Maternal acetaminophen use during pregnancy is associated with a higher risk for HKDs and ADHD-like behaviors in children. Because the exposure and outcome are frequent, these results are of public health relevance but further investigations are needed.”

Evidence that Increased Acetaminophen use in Genetically Vulnerable Children Appears to be a Major Cause of the Epidemics of Autism, Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity, and Asthma

Journal of Restorative Medicine, 2013.

“It appears that the marked increase in the rate of autism, asthma, and attention deficit with hyperactivity throughout much of the world may be largely caused by the marked increase in the use of acetaminophen in genetically and/or metabolically susceptible children, and the use of acetaminophen by pregnant women. Toxicity of acetaminophen may cause autism by overloading the defective sulfating pathway…”

Risk factors for eczema in infants born in Cuba: a population-based cross-sectional study.

Did Acetaminophen provoke the Autism epidemic? by Peter Good. Published in the Alternative Medicine Review. A 9 page article which states:

Acetaminophen taken during pregnancy may provoke autism present at birth; acetaminophen given after birth (e.g., for vaccine reactions) may provoke autistic regression.

Please share any links you have that help give more understanding to the harmful potential of Acetaminophen.

 

Avoid Cancer Eat More Turmeric

Turmeric_main_0127The video below, Turmeric Curcumin Reprogramming Cancer Cell Death, is full of great information. I LOVE the beginning. Please at least watch the first 2 minutes for a great explanation of how your body is a brand new you about every 100 days! Every cell in your body is freshly made that often – so the building blocks your body has to work with are VERY IMPORTANT! There are only 3 components for building the new you.

Turmeric is excellent in programming cancer cell death. It is also a great anti-inflammatory and that is why I look for ways to imbibe it EVERY SINGLE DAY! I add it to my breakfast, add it to my raw milk afternoon pick me up, every stew or soup, and even in raw chocolate! Enjoy your curry!

What is your favorite way to include more turmeric in your diet?

 

Our Microbiome

Scientists are only beginning to learn all the ways our Microbiome contributes to our health. The gene count of our microbial ‘guests’ outnumber our own genes 100:1! These friendly microbes help us to fight infections, rev up our immune system, and send signals to our cells.

This information was not available to those first studying infectious diseases and the early researchers in virology. Many aspects of health and illness are becoming clearer with our understanding of the HUGE role the human Microbiome plays.

Perhaps vaccines have a negative impact on the gut health leading to illness, allergies, auto-immune diseases, brain damage, etc. If scientists had the freedom to pursue science and not a predetermined political agenda, we would know more sooner. Unfortunately many consider government agencies like the CDC to be “industry hostages” where they are not free to pursue true science. They are told the results that must be obtained to continue their objectives. That is not science.

We need to learn how to boost our Microbiome if we want to experience a strong healthy immune system. Avoiding vaccines is always a good idea. Vaccines mostly enter via an injection into muscle, bypassing our immune system and do not give permeant protection. They also contain many toxic ingredients that can cause havoc to our immune response.

30 ways in 30 Days: Day 5

 

My Foundation

Heart birdsI heard someone I respect describing the brilliance of the “Infinite presence and benevolence” in a talk about health, particularly about detoxing our body and how amazing the body was at this function. The speaker was particularly awed by the fact that the body was capable of isolating and expelling chemicals that have only been developed in the last 50 years, demonstrating this “infinite presence” during the “evolutionary process.” Hearing this speaker, who shared a lot of practical, helpful information, made me want to describe what I believe about this “infinite presence and benevolence”!

I believe in a Creator and Designer who understands every intricate complexity of every system and every cell of every human body. He has COMPLETE understanding of the human brain – things modern scientists are just beginning to understand and figure out – my Designer knows it all!

cosmosThis awesome Creator not only understands humans, He comprehends every detail of all the planets, galaxies, space and beyond. In fact, He set them all in motion and understands the science of every aspect of how exactly they hang in their particular place, doing exactly what they do.

I sometimes get overwhelmed by technology and having to learn new devises or operating systems. There are sooooo many areas of life I just take on faith – the operation of a car, an airplane, architectural design, etc!  However, when I feel small in my abilities, I remember that my God knows the design and optimal operation of every single technical device or invention ever created by any man. He knows the content of every PhD thesis and every peer-reviewed scientific paper ever written AND He understands which parts are fact and which is false.

My Creator knows the function and intricacy of every cell, every nutrient, every chemical toxin, and all functions in the body contributing to health or illness. He has absolute power and is able to heal any illness. His powerful ability to heal was thoroughly documented by eye-witness accounts.

Other random facts that sometimes pop into my mind – my Creator knows every musical combination ever devised. He understands the harmonies and discord in the music of every culture on earth.

He knows every wise word ever conveyed and every deception ever perpetuated.

He is the Creator and author of all life; the giver of wisdom; healer; sustainer; matchless powerful energy and life source that I want to be connected with every day, every hour, every minute.

AvatarDo you remember the movie Avatar? The native humanoid “Na’vi” had neural links with the creatures they ride (dire horses and banshees) and have to plug into them via tentacle-like structures on their heads. These vital connections empowered them to perform great feats together. Seeing this movie (years ago) gave me a figurative picture of the type of creative infusion our Designer wants to have with us! This connection has to potential to be far more powerful than what the fictional Na’vi experienced!

The desire of my heart is to help others experience the reality of this vital connection with my awesome, powerful, benevolent CREATOR.

When you analyze your life with all its challenges and complexities, what else actually matters?

 

 

Addiction

BubblesIt’s a strong word. We don’t like to admit we might have one. It sounds like we are a victim if we admit we have an addiction.

  • I get a desperate message from a middle-aged lady – ‘please help me, I finally realized I am addicted to Coke (soda kind) and I want help.’
  • While visiting my über health conscious friend I noticed a big 2 L soda in her kitchen. “What’s that for?” I say. “Oh, it’s my husband’s, he can’t stop.” They have six kids, homeschool, and eat the most pristine diet you can imagine while avoiding toxins everywhere, including vaccines and medicines. Yet the man of the house, the role-model, consumes this toxic beverage.
  • At the check-out of a local major grocery store, a mom with a four-year-old daughter finds a bottle with her name on it in the conveniently placed refrigerator. “Look, it’s got your name on it!” I’m floored that she would think giving poison to her daughter is an acceptable demonstration of her love.
  • Same day, as I arrive at my car I see a somewhat frantic fifty-something woman getting in her car and opening her soda and taking a calming swig. Ahhhh. Apparently just what she needed.

It seems there is an epidemic! But no one wants to admit it.

A nation of soda addicts.

But it’s got my name on it…

It’s made in Georgia…

How can it be bad if it tastes so good???

I’ve been drinking it all my life – how does it hurt me?

A recent Gallup poll revealed that 63% of the US population has woken up to realize that soda is not good for you. But the fact is the average American consumes 44 gallons per year! I’m not consuming any, so someone somewhere must be consuming my share.

It’s one thing to know better, but quite another thing to consistently do better. Especially in a culture that bombards you with messages like ‘you only live once’, ‘just do it’, etc.

Addiction. Pure and simple. The fifty something woman: Addiction. Her brain is not in control of that process. I soooo wanted to take a picture if her to add to this blog. I refrained. Maybe next time.

The mom with the four-year old daughter? Addicted. She wanted the cold gassy beverage so she pretends it is a good treat for her daughter.

What kind if a sick world do we live in where major corporations can poison our children and we help them?

There are known carcinogens in many (if not all) of the sodas. Obesity linked to soda consumption – and DIET soda consumption can actually cause you to GAIN weight – AND have been shown to cause Neurologic damage!

How can these beverages continue to be sold and consumed as if they were harmless?

ADDICTION. Wake up. Get help. Conquer it. You owe it to those you love and who love you. Don’t force them to care for you through debilitating illness or mental disability which results from your long-term addiction. Take action. Start by reading this article that tells what it is doing to your brain and body. Stop giving it to your children – or any children you love!

The first step is to recognize and call it what it is. The second step is to tell someone and ask for some accountability. Once you decide you want to break this addiction, you will find a way.

Understand that you have been conned. There is a $76 Billion industry trying to keep you addicted.

Spread the word. Big corporate bosses, dressed up in suits and packaging their products – WITH YOUR NAME ON IT –  have an interest in keeping you and yours addicts. BREAK FREE!

Let me know if I can help. I’d love to help conquer this addiction one person at a time!