February 6, 2012

For many years I didn’t use a pacifier. My grandmother had been completely against them along with the other conveniences that they’ve come up with for babies…walkers, swings, whatever else. My mother pretty much followed in her footsteps and I, my mother’s. All of our children caught whooping cough when our fifth baby was only 4 months old. It was a very scary time. We learned a lot and one thing we actually found useful was a pacifier. In fact, it became a necessity. As soon as she would begin waking up she would be thrown into a fit of coughing. If we could quickly get her sucking then she would be fine. We were so concerned with just keeping her alive that the task of breaking the habit of the pacifier seemed menial. In the end it was nothing we had to concern ourselves with anyhow. At 6 months she realized exactly what a pacifier was for and she was NOT to be pacified! She wanted the real thing…food. So I’ve since relaxed a tad on this issue. I have used it a few times for Levi already while changing his diaper. Some people believe in letting a baby cry because it’s for their lung development, or some such crazy theory. I happen to strongly disagree. As your milk comes in it will not hurt as much to nurse. And at only a few days old they will usually nurse until they are satisfied and stop or fall asleep. You most likely will still be left with tons of milk if you are experiencing engorgement. Give it another day or so and your milk supply will begin to regulate according to the needs of the baby. So I allow him to nurse as long as he wills. This will change as he gets to be even a few weeks old.

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How to Nurse Your Baby Successfully

February 2, 2012

What to eat while nursing

On my first child, I was not sure if I could nurse my baby successfully. For baby products that you need to prepare for your little one just visit ScratchMeNot Mittens.

It seemed as if I was robbed of everything I loved to eat. No peppers, onions, broccoli, someone even told me no cucumbers. For three months this went on and for three months I had the worst colicky baby you ever saw!
We were introduced to the blood type diet shortly after the birth of our second child. It made all the difference in the world.
Since that time I have found that I can eat all the peppers, onions, broccoli, and even hot peppers that I want and it does not affect the baby. However, if I eat a whole wheat product that baby is sure to start screaming.
As I mentioned before, I’m a blood type O. As an O, I’m able to eat most vegetables, the fruits that I most enjoy, and lots of meat. Wheat products are not digested by my body therefore it makes my milk also indigestible. It gives the baby extreme pain because you’re feeding him a product that his body can’t break down.
Not too long ago, I did hear of a blood type A mother who had to take out certain foods from her diet because her blood type O baby wasn’t nursing successfully in getting the right nutrition. This surprised me. But when explained, made sense.
Many blood type A’s have low levels of acid making it harder for them to digest things such as meat. Most do better on moderate amount of grains, lots of vegetables, fruits, and light protein like poultry or seafood.
This particular baby had such an aversion to grains, being that he was an O, that this mom had to take them out of her diet because being an A with poor digestion her milk was coming through indigestible.
My sister, blood type O, had a blood type A baby. He was extremely fussy and several times a day would scream in pain. She began eating according to her blood type but he was still in pain. As he was going on four months, a month past the typical colic stage, I explained to my husband what was going on. A blood type A himself he said, “Oh, he needs acidophilus.”
Acidophilus is found in yogurt.  It’s good bacteria that your body needs in order to digest food and stay healthy. So my sister began fixing him a small bottle with diluted juice (100% real) and acidophilus. It did the trick. So there are a few methods of dealing with colic so neither the baby nor you have to suffer. You can also check out doctor letter for service dog for more health and emotional care services.

Successful nursing brings numerous benefits

First, nursing is far healthier than formula. A formula fed baby has nasty diapers. Their spit-up stinks and any excretions stain your clothes.
When a nursed baby spits up, it’s just milk. It doesn’t stain. If their diaper leaks, no problem. Simply wash as normal and hang in the sunshine while the article is still wet. The sun will bleach it out.
You can successfully eliminate colds and other infant sicknesses while nursing. When the baby starts to get sick I begin taking vitamin C in multiples of 500mg. There’s no specific amount. I simply take it as I feel the need.

And, there’s no getting up in the middle of the night to warm a bottle. Which leads me to…

Where does the baby sleep?

On our first child we had a beautiful cherry wood crib. It was lined with mint green bumper pads, and inside lay the pinwheel quilt which I had made and quilted by hand. However, when our little bundle arrived he didn’t find it all inviting.

He hated that crib! I’d nurse him and when he was asleep put him in the crib. Within 15 minutes he’d be awake and crying. I’d take him back to bed with me, lie down, nurse and half the time I’d wake up hours later with him still beside me.
This felt right to me, but everything that I’d heard said the opposite.  Not to let them in bed with you because you’ll never get them out of your room. This is not true. Our four oldest children have their own beds and our little three year old is doing very well at transitioning to sleeping with her sisters.
While I was struggling to decide what to do with our first child, a newsletter came in the mail. At that time there was a lady who had 9 children and she put out bimonthly newsletters at a very reasonable price. The majority of her advice was very beneficial to me and timely.
She pretty much gave me the permission I needed to allow my newborn to sleep with me. This not only gave me peace of mind but it allowed all three of us to sleep. I’m forever grateful to a husband who had always been open-minded to change. Some husbands become very upset thinking about a baby entering their domain.
So not only do I not need to get up in the middle of the night to warm a bottle I don’t need to get up at all! I afford myself the luxury of sleeping as much as I can.


Tips for Natural Postpartum Recovery

January 3, 2012

Woo-hoo! After what feels like an eternity the baby has finally arrived. Uh…now what do I do? You need tips for natural postpartum recovery.
Many new mothers don’t have a clue how to deal with a new born because no one mentors them (other than a male doctor or old-school nurse). Most prenatal classes deal only prepare you for the few short hours of labor and delivery.
My husband and I have just had our 6th child. All have been born at home and all delivered by my husband. That was not the original intention! We did hire a midwife for every pregnancy however the midwife never made it on time, although definite effort was made.
I’d like to share with you my recovery process and how I care for my new baby. Even more frustrating than the last month of your pregnancy is the first 3 months postpartum…or at least they can be.

Day One

My first day is spent eating and sleeping as well as the second and most of the third. I get up to use the restroom but on that first rarely venture too far from my bed. I have my husband help me in and out of bed. The pain is too much for me to be using my own stomach muscles.
On my first two babies I developed very large sores almost like canker sores. I was instructed that after using the restroom to wash with water from a water bottle and pat myself dry. Makes sense.
On the next four babies we moved to where we are now and our new midwife gave different instructions on hygienic care and natural postpartum recovery.
She had me use an actual peri bottle. I make all of my birth necessities purchases at The peri bottle has a gentler flow than a water bottle. When you have basically a large open wound, the gentler the better.
I place about a teaspoon of povidone iodine in the peri bottle and fill with warm water. Wash yourself with this solution and pat dry. I have never developed sores again since using this method. I will continue with this regime until the swelling is down completely and my bleeding has slowed or stopped.
During pregnancy I wear a back-support belt to help hold up my uterus and keep the baby from falling forward. If your belly is too far forward not only does it cause a lot of back issues but makes it more difficult on your delivery and recovery. I continue to wear this belt even after the baby is born. If I find myself holding my stomach as I walk from the bed to the bathroom, then I need support. My midwife highly suggests support underwear that have the small diamond shape support in the front. Cut out the crotch and use like you would the belt. Not only does this help to support all of the external but the diamond shape support puts the right amount of pressure on your uterus until it’s back in place…a six week process. I will continue the use of my supports for a continuous six weeks but also for the next six months when doing anything that requires bending over.

Eat. Eat. Eat.

Now is NOT the time to be trying to lose weight, nor does that give me reason to junk out either. What sounds good to you? A grilled steak? A juicy roasted turkey? Watermelon? Eat it! It is essential to natural postpartum recovery.
Our family has eaten according to our blood type for 12 years now. My blood type is O. High protein, low carb. I do well on most any meat except pork. No breads or pastas for me. I find that when nursing I need some carbs at least once maybe twice a day. I lean toward rice perhaps because it’s cheap and easy. However, I prefer sweet potatoes and squash. Eat whenever you’re hungry.

Drink. Drink. Drink.

Liquids are absolutely essential for a good milk supply. I keep a large insulated cup handy, with a straw and electrolytes. Whenever there’s been any kind of fluid loss from your body then you will need electrolytes. There’s the typical Gatorade and Powerade that you can use. I use Alacer’s Electromix packets. They contain minerals that your body needs as well as a delicious lemon/lime flavor and no sugar.  Each packet makes a liter. You may find them sold individually at your local health food store. We purchase them by the box from I drink many cups per day of water. A 1/2 gallon of water per day should be minimum.


I remember the struggle that I went through with our first child. He was born at 4:30 am on a Wednesday. He slept all that day and that night. By the time he was 24 hours old, Thursday morning, he took to crying. He would cry until totally exhausted, sleep for a while and wake up crying again. This continued until Friday afternoon when my milk finally came in. I was completely at the end of my patience and in tears when my Mom called. I’m extremely blessed to have a mother who nursed all us girls against popular opinion. She says, “So, how are things going?”
In extreme frustration I said, “What do you do with a baby who refuses to nurse!”
I think I heard her smile a little.
She says, “Are you relaxed?”
Yeah right. Up all night and half the day with a screaming baby and I’m supposed to be relaxed?
She said, “So long as you’re uptight the baby can sense that. In order for him to relax and nurse you need to relax.”
I took a deep breath and forced myself to calm down. Immediately he latched on and was a great nurser. She gave me a mattress fit for my Hip Pain and it cured my pain fast.

In all six of our babies I’ve not had one yet who simply gravitated to nursing. I had to “teach” each of them to nurse.
You want to nurse as soon as you can. 15 – 30 minutes upon being born is ideal. Even if they only latch on for a couple of seconds or minutes. That simple stimulation causes your uterus to contract and start the process of going back down to normal size.
Their little heads will bob with interest and most likely they’ll cry because they can’t get it right. I’ve taken as much as 5 minutes or more of working with a baby to get him to nurse. That may not seem long but if feels almost an eternity when you’re holding a screaming baby who seemingly refuses to latch on.
This is definitely a patience builder. You have to constantly force yourself to relax. It’s very frustrating and discouraging. It’s going to go on like this for about 2 – 3 days before he truly gets it.
There are a couple of things you can try. Try putting the nipple at the roof of his mouth. Hold there for a few seconds. If he continues to bob, cry, and search, try putting the nipple on his tongue. Continue to repeat this process until he latches on.
I will usually wait at least 15 minutes before trying at all. If he doesn’t latch on within 5 minutes of trying, stop. Simply hold him for a minute. Talk to him softly. Calm your own nerves as well as his. When you’re ready try switching sides and make another attempt. If you’re a person who stresses and gives up easily you may want to take some B vitamins. This is where many new moms give up and want nothing to do with nursing. In our fast paced world of boxed foods and drivethrus we’re not use to having to slow down and make something work.
Then you must wait for your milk to come in. I’m shocked at the amount of people, some more than twice my age, who have no clue about this. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve been asked, “Your milk come in? Well, what are they getting in the meantime?”


It’s highly nutritious and essential to the immune system. Unfortunately it’s not very filling therefore Baby will want to nurse constantly. Again, moms will give up here because their nipples get very tender and sore. If he is allowed to nurse unlimited then you may find yourself cracked and bleeding. It will feel like knives slicing you every time he goes to nurse. Then, on top of that you’re also dealing with the pain of your uterus contracting! After birth pains can be worse than labor. So between trying to get the baby to latch on, the feeling of knives slicing your nipples, extreme afterbirth pain suddenly grips you, it’s easy to see why a gal would want to throw out nursing and simply replace with a bottle.
As my husband has had to remind me so many times, take a deep breath—it’s only a season. Be thankful that at the moment you’re holding a live healthy baby. There are some who have not been so fortunate and yet still have to go through the physical pain of their body going back to normal.
Babies love that sucking action so it’s only natural that they would want to nurse constantly. I did not allow Levi that privilege this time around. I let him nurse one side for as long as I could tolerate, probably 10 minutes, before switching sides. After the second side if he still wanted to nurse I would give him a pacifier or my finger to suck on. They don’t need to nurse every waking (and half-sleeping) moment—they are just bored. Some babies when you unlatch them freak out and now they’re wide awake and you have to start the process all over again! If you know in advance that he’s going to do this have something to quickly put in his mouth.

I’ll have a few more tips for natural postpartum recovery, soon.


Our Jersey Cow Gave Birth! Here comes the Milk!

October 19, 2011
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Help prevent milk fever in your dairy cow with two tubes of this calcium supplement.

We bought a bred Jersey cow earlier this year and the folks at the dairy we bought from told us to prevent milk fever we should use a calcium supplement.

This morning the kids came running in, saying, “The cow is having her baby!” Hurray! she finally calved. After catching a couple dozen lambs this year, this calf birth was a breeze. Fortunately, we did not have to pull it.

She had a bull and he looks springy and healthy. Figures she would give birth on the coldest day so far. We had our first frost last night.

The people who sold her to us told us we could prevent milk fever if we give her a couple tubes of Calcium supplement. We gave her one a week ago and then one this morning. We will give her a third tomorrow morning. We should have given her one just before she calved or while she was calving, but we did not see her until too late.

The calcium supplement helps prevent milk fever because it keeps her body from robbing her bones of nutrients to make milk. Since a Jersey milk cow comes into so much milk all at once, it can really hurt her system. The tubes of calcium help meet that need without her pulling it from her own reserves.

We milked off a little colostrum—the syrupy stuff that the calf needs to have good immunity. It looks yellow and runs thick. We will freeze it for use later in case we get a calf in need of colostrum.

Tomorrow her milk should come in. In a couple of days, it should be all milk and no more colostrum so we can start using it all to make butter and cheese. If we learn some good tricks, we will share them here!


Get Rid of Squash Bugs Naturally

June 28, 2011

Here’s a recipe of how to get rid of squash bugs naturally and organically. My wife discovered this concoction when experimenting on pests that were destroying her winter and summer squash plants. We also found this to be a safe pesticide for Japanese beetles.

Ingredients (you can grow all these yourself):

Handful of Marigold flowers (plant these around your squash patch, too)

Dozen Tansy leaves (the tansy herb also drives ants away from your home if planted in the landscaping)

Six garlic cloves (plant these near your plants as well)

Four hot peppers (jalapeño, chili, cayenne)


Put these items in a cooking pot

Cover with water

Bring to boil, let simmer for 30 minutes

Should yield about 4 cups

Strain two cups of cooled broth into a garden sprayer and fill with water up to the gallon mark. We add a teaspoon of Basic H as well to make the mixture more effective and longer lasting. Just Basic H alone in water is a safe pesticide for Japanese beetles.

How to use this natural, organic pesticide in the garden

Spray this in the evening when the squash flowers are closed so you do not harm or drive away the pollinating bees. You will see how effective this is in getting rid of squash bugs naturally and organically when you water in the morning. Flood the area around the base of the plant with water and if any squash vine borers are present, they will come up out of the ground beside the stem of the plant.

Make your job easier by looking under the leaves for squash bug eggs. They lay in a row and the eggs enlarge before they hatch (about two weeks). Cut these leaves off and burn them. If your plant cannot bear to lose another leaf, then spray the eggs and it should kill them before they hatch.

Be careful with how much hot pepper you use. We tried powdered cayenne pepper and it burnt holes in the leaves! Now that you know how to get rid of squash bugs organically and naturally, use it as a safe pesticide for Japanese beetles, cabbage worms, other pests. Try this concoction on anything that bugs you!



How to build a Zapper

June 6, 2011

Some people use a DC-current zapper to get rid of diseases. Low voltage, high frequency zapping has killed viruses, bacteria, and parasites in numerous independent studies. We have used it to get rid of sore throats, fevers, and other common ailments. Some people use it to help fight cancer, along with a heavy-duty parasite cleanse. While no one can market the zapper as a medical device, it can legally be sold or discussed as an item for a person to “experiment” with. I built mine for probably $20 or $30, but could have done it for less if I knew what I was doing.

Build your own zapper

I started by buying the parts list on this site:, but I did not need all of them. I put mine together (after doing it wrong twice just following a schematic) by following the video: If you know what you are doing, you can probably put the unit together with the picture on this site. If you listen carefully you will find he uses a couple different resistors and one different capacitor than the original Clark zapper, but this doesn’t make much of a difference. According to Clark, anywhere around 30 Khz will kill the pathogens. The big thing is the positive DC current for killing the bad guys.

You could follow this schematic, which originally came in Clark’s book:, but I think her drawings and shoe-box version are more complicated and tacky than useful. Here’s the schematic for an improved version with a high and low setting for various uses:

You can pick up all the electronic components from Radio Shack, or if you know what you are doing with electronics, you can buy better quality for a lower price:

If you have money to blow, here’s a hi-tech professional version my wife’s uncle is using and having great results from:

How the zapper works

Here’s an excerpt from Clark’s book which helps explain the process of using the zapper to fight parasites, bacteria, viruses, and other invaders: And anothre, here:

Here’s a site that discusses all kinds of detail regarding how the zapper works and could be improved. It was more techno geek than I could understand but it might benefit someone who understands electronics:

You can pick up this $10 booklet to learn more: . However, to get the big picture behind zapping and parasites, we recommend you click here for Dr. Hulda Clark’s book.


Parasite Cleanse to Help Fight Cancer

March 31, 2011

It has been a while since we did an update on my wife’s uncle’s cancer. He had been diagnosed with liver cancer last year. He got on the bloodtype/genotype diet prescribed by Dr. D’Adamo and did very well with that. Then, when his sister who was helping him had to leave for a month on a missions trip, his health faltered. Discouraged, he slacked off the nutritional routine prescribed by the naturopathic doctor at D’Dadamo’s clinic. Soon he had to get fluid removed from his lungs. The oncologist told him to make the best of his last few days. She said this would end with him drowning in his own fluids.

It had been very hard for him to adjust his eating habits, having lived on fast food and what I would call junk food his whole life. He did well as long as he saw dramatic results, but then he fell back to familiar territory with his eating habits. We looked for another way to help him out.

I had been to a naturopath who used Rife technology and concepts from Dr. Hulda Clark’s research. The family looked into this information which consists mainly of parasite cleanses. They bought an electronic zapper that helps kill off parasites, which cause cancer. In addition to doing these daily zap therapy sessions, Uncle took the herbal parasite cleanse regimen.

The day he started this program he noticed a difference in his breathing. He began to eat more (he had lost weight and strength). Within a few weeks he was his old self again, working outside and gaining weight. Now he is just taking the maintenance dose of the herbal cleanse program once a week for a year and doing frequent zappings.

In another post, I will discuss the zapper further. Around 80% of Americans have parasites such as the liver fluke. Clark says these parasites can cause cancer, Alzheimer’s, irritable bowel syndrome, and a host of other complications depending on where they lodge in your body. Here’s the parasite cleanse:



Notice that the phrase “drop” means a dropper full.


Black Walnut Hull Tincture Extra Strength Dose

Wormwood Capsule Dose (200-300 mg)

Clove Capsule Dose (Size 0 or 00)

DAY drops 1 time per day, before a meal. capsules 1 time per day, on empty stomach (before meal). capsules 3 times per day, at mealtime.
1 1 dropper full
(or 1 capsule)
1 1, 1, 1
2 2 drops
(or 1 cap)
1 2, 2, 2
3 3 drops
(or 1 cap)
2 3, 3, 3
4 4 drops
(or 1 cap)
2 3, 3, 3
5 5 drops
(or 1 cap)
3 3, 3, 3
6 2 tsp.
(or 2 caps)
3 3, 3, 3
7 Once a week 4 3, 3, 3
8 4 3, 3, 3
9 5 3, 3, 3
10 5 3, 3, 3
11 6 7
12 6 Once a week
13 2 tsp.
(or 2 caps)
14 7
15 7
16 7
17 Once a week
18 7

Go to to print this handy chart on how to take these.

We do not claim that any of these remedies will work for you like they have for us. This is not medical advice and may not be good for some people. We suggest you research this for yourself and make an informed decision based on your personal needs, health history, and goals.


Go to to listen to the free MP3 audio book by Clark. Or, better yet, buy her book here on Amazon.


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