Inspirational Wednesday ~ 4 Good Reads for Your Health

“Create the Visions that are Dancing in Your Soul”

The following reads may seem somewhat random, but I believe that logic does flow here. Having read recent statistics cited by the Canadian Cancer Society that 1 in 2 people will get a diagnosis of cancer in their life time and 1 in 4 will die of the disease, I feel strongly compelled to help in some way.  These numbers basically mean that every family will be affected in some way.

When I watched a family member succumb to this disease several years ago, I felt like I received a great big kick square in the ass, an acute wake-up call, to change the path I was walking on. This website about plant-based eating, food security and the appreciation of nature became a small part of my vision.

As a family we began to shift toward prevention and using food as medicine instead of irritant.  We began to grow some of our own food, teaching our kids to grow and appreciate the simple, rich taste of real food and to become empathetic stewards of the environment.

Two years later, we are in the process of moving to a new location where we can start growing nutrient dense foods on a larger scale, using a ‘grow-it-forward’ system to provide these foods to people with chronic or terminal conditions (who often cannot afford these foods) who choose to use food as a part of their holistic healing process. Ultimately, I envision our small family farm as an NPO that serves the local region.

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The following information is critical to our everyday choices as consumers. With knowledge comes power; the power to choose where and how we spend our money. Turning from consumer to producer (just on your kitchen counter) can change the world.

4 GOOD READS

  1. There are many wonderful books on how to grow your own inside your home and here is one of my favorites. It is filled with wonderful ideas for how to grow and use what you grow.

Indoor Edible Garden: Creative Ways to Grow Herbs, Fruits, and Vegetables in Your Home

Indoor Edible Garden: Creative Ways to Grow Herbs, Fruits, and Vegetables in Your Home

2. American College for Advancement In Medicine

The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals on the safe and effective application of integrative medicine. ACAM’s healthcare model focuses on prevention of illness and a strive for total wellness.

3.  Worm Composting Canada

This may seem like a random addition to this list; however, worm poo (worm castings) is optimal food for your plants (indoors and out without the need to use synthetic chemicals to fertilize AND a great way to use up your kitchen scraps). The Worm Guy has a very useful and reader friendly guide on how to start your very own vermicompost.

4. The University of Minnesota Extension has an article about the application of glyphosate titled, Recommended Application of Glyphosate in Pre-Harvest Management of Wheat – information for commercial wheat farmers. This is an important read for all consumers.

To put the University of Minnesota information into perspective, please watch What’s with Wheat? The documentary is available on Netflix Canada and US that sheds light on the common and prolific use of glyphosate and the implications for our health.

 

 

~Grow~Share~Thrive~

 

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