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At peace with myself and the world… or at least headed that way

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Natural IS Better, Even When Dealing with Illness

The more I read, the less I think vaccines and modern “Western” approaches to medicine are all that great. Our bodies are amazing! When we give them the right tools (nutrition, environment, etc.) and the power, they will usually heal themselves. A good doctor or herbalist knows this and will help you empower your body’s own healing abilities.
Here’s my latest reading on the matter that I’d like to pass on:

Dirtier Lives May Be Just the Medicine We Need

Are Fever Reducers Fueling the Cancer Epidemic?

Childhood Infections May Prevent Heart Disease

Study Finds Breastfeeding, CoSleeping Mothers Get More Sleep

Not at all surprised.

Mumanu: the new way to sleep

12749747_mSource: Dr Momma, By Danelle Frisbie
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Researchers at the College of Nursing at East Tennessee State University found that breastfeeding mothers get more sleep when sharing sleep with their baby (i.e. sleeping within an arm’s reach of baby, or ‘cosleeping’). 

Previous studies have found that breastfed babies have protective stages of healthy sleep/wake cycles – reducing the risk of SIDS and other breathing, hormonal, and bio-regulatory irregularities. It was previously thought that because breastfed babies spend more of their day and night in an alert state, that their mothers may have less sleep than formula fed babies’ mothers.

Drs. Stephanie Quillin and Lee Glenn, who led the study at East Tennessee State, sought to address the unsolved question of whether there is an interaction between the type of feeding (breastfed or formula fed) and sleep arrangements (sharing sleep vs. solo sleeping) that impacts mothers’ postpartum…

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Radical Homeschooling: Sounds Cool!


Am I going to let my kid burst with the enthusiasm of her own ideas, choose what she wants to learn for the most part, and also present her with constant sources of new ideas, experiences, opportunities and materials, oh yes!

Am I going to let her decide to play video games or watch television for a week straight, not brush her teeth, not have simple chores to help on the land and eat whatever she wants at any moment?  Hell no!

In my quest discover the best way to homeschool my kid, I came across such terms as “project based homeschooling” and “unschooling” very early.  I really liked what unschooling was about and realized it was, by definition, what we had already been doing since Captain was tiny.  It was really a way of life from the get-go; most of what she learns is by life and by choosing…

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This article sparked some questions in my mind.
1. Why is the government tasked with educating our children in the first place?

2. How can rules, laws, whatever be put into place about the style of homeschooling, given the diverse styles of learning? For people who unschool, would their children be considered truant?

I think everyone should have education available to them. It seems the only way to make that possible is through the government. I realize many children might not receive an education if there weren’t truancy rules and such… but I’m still not convinced the way things are set up now is good. People who talk online seem prone to over-generalizing the pros or cons of any one method of education. Groups like IFB, Quiverfull, or other super conservatives tend to demonize anything that isn’t homeschooling. Extremely liberal people turn around and slam anything that isn’t public school (or maybe private school). Crunchy folks seem to be largely pro-homeschool or unschooling… but perhaps more flexible instead of judgmental. Regardless, I think the lesson to walk away from all this with is this: one size doesn’t fit all.

What do you think?

I Don’t Want Stuff Anymore, Only Things

I Don’t Want Stuff Anymore, Only Things

Something I’m working towards as well, but it’s a long, slow process.

I Don’t Speak Human

Post: A New Season

A new season.

Very beautiful post about the calling of Spring. I’ve been feeling that same pull too – the need to be outside in the greenness and fresh air.

Article: The Ancient Sumerian Origins of the Easter Story

Very fascinating article. Mythology is such a beautiful thing!


Naturalistic Paganism

I’ve been doing some more thinking about what kind of pagan I am. Recently read an article about naturalistic paganism and found it very appealing. Here is another article on naturalistic paganism  that I found very interesting.

Some Thoughts On Christianity And Paganism

Some Thoughts On Christianity And Paganism.

via Some Thoughts On Christianity And Paganism.

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