One of my greatest lessons in life so far, has been to trust myself first.

There will always be other opinions, whether it's friends, family, or even society at large, but only I know what is best for me. 

In our western society we are taught to not think for ourselves and to put so called 'experts', such as doctors, teachers, politicians, scientists etc up on  pedestals and to take every word they feed us as the truth.

And the majority of our society do just that..by mindlessly watching TV, injecting their children with unknown vaccines, feeding them foods laden with chemicals, treating pregnancy as a medical procedure rather than a completely natural process...the examples could go on & on...

An example of how we are completely misled by the media was a chance watching of MEDIA WATCH on the ABC last week. They spoke of a 'germ expert' being interviewed  by a mainstream news channel and also on the radio. He was advocating the use of bleach for cleaning everything in the home, to save your family from nasty germs. He turned out to be an employee of White Power, a bleach manufacturer!

So these so-called news stories are actually just more advertising!
Bleach is a poison by the way and an increased use in the home will pollute our waterways!

The mass population are being brainwashed daily by TV and other forms of media! Why do the masses allow this to happen .... where does this compliance and conformity come from?

Sadly, I believe it comes from our education system. Children are told for so many years to do what they are told or  get in trouble, in other words coerced into compliance. So this continues on .... 

The masses go on to trust the government to make sure food is safe for their children and trust doctors to know that all vaccines are safe and beneficial for their children, yet in reality this is far from the truth.

I believe the solution is found by empowering yourself with knowledge! Read and research! We are blessed to be living in the information age, with an answer to any question at our fingertips.
 
When we were planning on falling pregnant, I read and researched widely on the topic. I didn't rely on the mainstream media to tell me what to do. The natural way was right for me......so I researched more and decided to focus on  nutrition and be completely chemical free in our home.  This led to a problem free pregnancy and natural home birth. All the while though, 'experts' were trying to coerce me into a hospital birth, but I trusted myself enough to remain true to what I thought was best. Although I was always open to going to the hospital at any time if the need be....a healthy baby was my main priority.

I have followed my intuition and trusted myself enough to know what is right for myself and my family, regardless of what society is telling me to do. I am open to listening to so-called experts and then I make my own informed choice. 

I believe when we teach our children to trust authority without question (as questioning authority means insolence and punishment) then we are setting our children up for a lifetime of conformity. To me this is the opposite of creativity and free thinking, which allows children's real talents to shine through. Let's teach our children to trust themselves, by allowing them to question everything and form their own theories on life .

Who will make the most difference to our world in the future, the conformists or the free thinkers?

Want more on this topic...watch 'Your Indoctrination'.....
 
This is a 3 part movie by a famous Hollywood Director, documenting and researching answers to the questions: what is wrong with our world and how do we fix it?
It looks into the stories we tell ourselves as humans through science. How science has got it wrong in the past and now it has been proven wrong again. The message we gain is old news really and science has just caught up....but this can have a profound effect on our world and it's ability to sustain itself. It is what ancient religions and indigenous cultures have always known.....that we are all connected and LOVE is the only way to create change on our disconnected planet.

We can ALL create change, one little loving act at a time!

If you watch anything this week...let it be this!

Much Love
kJ xx
 
The natural way to a strong and healthy child is a healthy, strong immune system. Your child's immune system is their bodies defence system against infection & disease, and immunity is having the ability to fight off infection.

Children are more susceptible to illnesses and infections when young, as their immune system is not considered fully mature until around 14 years of age.

So what can we do to naturally nurture our children's developing immune system's?

In order to develop and thrive, children's immune system's need to be nourished by the essential nutrients it requires to function effectively. These are Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Selenium & Zinc.

All of these nutrients will be provided if your child has a diet made up of fruits, vegetables, lean meats/legumes, fish, wholegrains, nuts and seeds.  However your child's immune system will be weakened by excessive salt, sugar and saturated fats. A diet high in these substances may also lead to an increased  risk of illness later in life.

Also have a quick read through 'Back to Basics' for some ideas to rid chemicals from your lives, as the accumulative effect of these can impact your health and the health of your children, in the long term.

Every child is born with a certain level of immunity, which has been inherited from the mother, via the placenta during pregnancy, and then through the nourishing act of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is the best protection against illness a mother can provide for their offspring. See the blog post 'Breast is Best'.

From birth onwards your child's immune system is strengthened by the exposure to a variety of different infections. So the immune system fights these germs by creating antibodies to attack them.  The amazing thing about our immune system is that whenever it fights off an infection, it stores this information, so that it can remember and protect your child against it the next time it appears. So while the immune system is developing, it gains strength after each and every encounter with infections.

So how does this work with artificial immunity created by immunisations? 

Vaccination is based on the theory that immunity can be artifically created. So injecting babies and children with so-called harmless versions of a disease to stimulate the child's body to fight them off. So tiny babies of eight weeks old are been given a concoction of injections which not only have the ready-made antibodies, but also a variety of chemical fillers, that are a having disasterous effects in susceptible children.
 
This is a highly emotive subject. If you get the opportunity to watch The Greater Good, a documentary about the dangers of vaccinations, it could be the most important thing you watch in regard to the health of your child.
This link below will give you an overiew of the Greater Good and the themes of the documentary.
 http://youtu.be/8NHIDEqydS8 
 
An interesting fact is that some children still seem to be getting these illnesses regardless of the vaccinations. For example, the prevalence of whooping cough in our region has been blamed on parents of children who choose not to vaccinate. However the majority of the children with the illness HAD been vaccinated! Both my children have had whooping cough and their immune systems effectively fought it off and they have been extremely strong and healthy ever since, with only mild colds and fevers. 

Our bodies have an amazing ability to heal themselves, given the essential nutrients they need to function at an optimal level. So how is it that Doctors who have trained in the field of medicine, continue to prescribe antibiotics for viral conditions?
 
Antibiotics do have an important role to play in fighting bacterial infections. However most illnesses that children are exposed to in their early years are viral, ie colds, coughs, chicken pox etc. When your children contract these viral conditions, they need rest, lots of nurturing and nourishment to support their bodies natural immune system to do it's job. Every infection helps your child's immune system get stronger.

I have written an article on Naturally, Nurturing Colds, with love, rest and nourishing nutrition. Both my children have never needed antibiotics, as I am very vigilant about their diets, especially when they have an illness , so they won't develop into a bacterial infection.

Below are a list of foods that are packed full of immune-boosting nutrients that will help to protect your child from disease.

Avocado       Beetroot        Lettuce    Capsicum    Tomato  Cucumber  
Watercress   Carrot           Broccoli         Onion      Parsnip  
BokChoi    Cabbage          Sweet Potato    Kale       Cauliflower               
Shiitake Mushroom    Kale              Spinach         Peas     Flaxseed Oil  
Corn      Butternut Squash    Zucchini    Pumpkin     Nori     Miso 
Apricot    Berries     Blackcurrants     Cherries     Sultanas
Nectarine   Grapes          Watermelon  Coconut        Apple     Olives
Banana     Lemon           Pear        Orange        Pink Grapefruit
Melons    Guava    Kiwifruit        Mango        Paw Paw     Pineapple        Dates         Dried Apricot    Almonds    Cashews    Linseed       Pinenuts
Pumpkin Seeds    Sesame Seeds    Sprouted Seeds    Sunflower Seeds
Walnuts    Brazil Nuts    Pecans    Brown Rice    Amaranth    Barley
Buckwheat    Millet    Popcorn       Quinoa        Wheatgerm    Wholewheat
Oats    Chicken    Turkey    Cod    Anchovy    Eggs    Salmon    Yoghurt
Butter beans    Chickpeas    Lentils    Soya Bean    Chilli    Cinnamon    
Cloves    Coriander    Ginger    Manuka Honey    Mint    Molasses    
Parsley    Rosemary    Thyme    Tumeric    Garlic    Cumin

This list can obviously be added to of course .....
Wherever possible, the majority of our diet is made up of certified organic and local products. The benefits of pesticide and GM free foods are immense and our environment is suffering from the endless spraying and disconnection and manipulation of nature.

Every product we buy has consequences.... for example we can buy some seeds manipulated from Monsanto or we can support a local certified organic seed saver... the choice is always ours.....we can be the change: one purchase at a time.

We also supplement our diets with a probiotic superfood 'Inliven'.
To watch a short video on the benefits of this amazing product scroll down to the end of this post. 

As a mother, I care passionately about my children's health. My two children have had colds, viruses and digestive upsets, but as I mentioned earlier, have never needed antibiotics.

I am often told how lucky I am to have such strong and healthy children and yes I feel fortunate. However I also know that healthy, strong children do not just magically appear. I was mindful of everything I put near my body, prior to conception, all through pregnancy and while I was breastfeeding and now I make sure my children have a healthy and varied diet to enhance their health and strengthen their developing immune systems.

We can all help our children develop strong immune systems, by making conscious, informed choices regarding nutrition,  antibiotics and vaccinations. Medical professionals and doctors have a role to play in our lives, however do not only look to them in regard to our children's health, let's do our own research and make informed choices! Nature possesses a bountiful array of nutrients that support and strengthen our children's bodies. It is our responsiblity as  parent's  to nurture and nourish our children to optimal health.

kJ 
 
 
I thought I would start out in saying that it is NOT my intention to add any guilt or upset to the mothers who do not breast feed their children.
However I do want to make a clear point that breast milk is far better for our children than artificial formulas.

For years formula companies have tried to market their products as just as good as breast milk. And people have blindly accepted this as truth. But in reality this is far from true.

Human milk is rich in the nurtrients needed for brain development. There are approximately 400 nutrients in breast milk that are not present in artificial formulas. And naturally, the amount of fats and other nutrients in mother's milk changes as a baby's needs change. The antibodies that help fight infections are only found in breast milk and cannot be created in a science lab.

Every mammal on earth has a perfect, nutritious, nourishing and natural food for their offspring. That of course is the milk each mammal naturally produces as a result of giving birth. There is no question in any other species about what to feed their new baby, their bodies naturally produce what it needs.

Sadly some human beings do not accept nature and would rather listen to mass media and opinions of others telling them what to feed their young, instead of trusting their natural instincts to breast feed.

But only you can decide whether to breast or bottle feed. It is your body and your baby.

Obviously breast milk is BETTER for babies as it is the milk nature intended for them, rather than artificial formula. Breast feeding also encourages close physical contact, bonding and connection between Mumma and baby. The regular eye contact deepens the bond between the two.

While the bubba feels nutured, nourished and secure, snuggled up into the warmth of their Mumma's boob, the breast feeding Mumma produces hormones that further calm and create a loving connection between the two.

The affectional bonding that occurs from the touch and eye contact during breast feeding helps the child to feel secure and will aid in fostering a positive emotional wellbeing in later years.

There are so many positives to breast feeding.....

*    Colostrum which is full of vital nutirents and has no artificial equivalent.

*    It is easy for babies to digest.

*    It is suitable for ALL babies.

*    You can feed wherever you are, travel is easy, no need to worry about sterile bottles etc.

*    Night feeds are easy, especially if you co-sleep. Just stay in bed and offer your boob.

*    Breast milk has the necessary minerals and important antibodies that babies need.

*    Connection and touch which is vitally important for bonding.

I can completely understand why some Mumma's get completely overwhelmed with the all-consuming nature of breast feeding. That feeling that you are resigned to the sofa with the almost constant feeds.
This is completely natural and will pass all too soon. Babies grow and develop so fast and before you know it, the baby stage is over and you wonder where your tiny baby has gone!

It is amazing how much you can grow emotionally, if you are willing to surrender to your child's needs and let go of everything else that you feel you need to be doing. We were never meant to raise children without support and whatever support you can get will help to nurture you as a Mumma and allow you to focus your energy on the vulnerable little human you are blessed to have.

Trying to do too much while breast feeding is a sure way to hinder the natural process. To nurture others, Mumma's first need to nurture themselves.

Often I hear Mumma's who are not sure if they can breast feed, or they tried to nurse, but failed or their milk dried up or their baby decided they wanted a bottle etc.

When I was pregnant, there was no question whether I would breast feed or not....my babies were going to get MY milk. So I nurtured my health, my emotions and affirmed to myself that I was strong and healthy and that my milk was nourishing and perfect for my baby.

Having this faith or trust in your body to naturally do what it is designed  to, is to me, THE most important factor in whether a Mumma will breast feed successfully or not.

It amazes me that today half of those who start breast feeding give up within the first six weeks. This is rarely because of lack of milk. More than likely it's because of lack of knowledge on breast feeding, no guidance or support or stress over the frustration from something so natural being so difficult.
 
This stress can lead to problems with the breasts, and milk supply. Louise L Hay states that breasts represent mothering, nurturing and nourishment. And if there are any problems while breast feeding ie soreness, mastitis etc there maybe a refusal to nourish the self. Putting everyone else first and forgetting your own needs. She puts forward an affirmation to help Mumma's through these problems.
'I am impotant. I count. I now care for and nourish myself with love and with joy'. (Louise L Hay, Heal your Body).

There is a lot of support for breast feeding mothers. I was fortunate to have a very supportive midwife who not only helped with my two home births, but was available anytime I needed her for advice and support on any birth, baby or breast matter. Even if it is just a breast feeding group online, at least then you will realise you are not alone in your concerns and may connect with other Mumma's who will willing share their advice and experience.

For me, full term breast feeding my two children was an amazingly enriching and connecting experience. I feel it worked because I was supported, nourished with nutritious food & self-nurtured.  Mainly though it was just natural for me to breast feed and I trusted that my body would do what it needed to do.

Breast feeding is best. Let's get back to nurturing and nourishing ourselves as Mumma's so we can give our babies a natural, nutritious  start for optimal health.

kJ x

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