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Health & Healing
Dr. Whitaker's Monthly Newsletter
You can find his very informative website at
Your Definitive Guide to Alternative Health and Anti-Aging Medicine

While you are there be sure to read his article on vaccinations (located at the bottom of his home page) titled Vaccinating Our Children: A Shot in the Dark.
The following is an excerpt from it:

...a form of mercury called thimerosal was used as a preservative in many of the vaccines given to infants and young children, including vaccines for hepatitis B, influenza, diphtheria, tatanus, pertussis, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Congressman Dan Burton (R-Indiana), who spoke before the House committe on Government Reform's hearing on mercury and medicine last year, knows just what this poison can do to the delicate brain and nervous system of a young child: his once-healthy grandson, who was given vaccines for nine different diseases in one day, now suffers from autism....

You can read the rest of the article at

The National vaccine information center
This site has alot of continually updated 
information about vaccines, diseases and how to protect your informed consent rights.
I must warn you though, if you read the personal accounts of the 4 children on the home page be prepared to have your heart broke.
This site is a must read for anyone planning to have their child vaccinated. If you have school aged children and feel you have no choice, please read the
information on this site before making that conclusion.

NEW Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way (Alternatives for Women 30- 90) 
Susun S. Weed; Paperback; 
Buy New: $11.66



Family Homesteading Advocate
Simple living for the Urban and Rural Homesteader

Herbal Health and Healing

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NEW Help With Acne - Why we get acne and natural ways to take care of it.
Ten Tips for Women with PMS - Easy to implement tips by author/herbalist Susun Weed.
Arm Yourself Against Sickness -Herbal remedies are safer and work in harmony with our body.
Dare To Raise Your Kids Drug-Free - Free from Prescription Drugs, that is!
Favorite Herb Books-So many herb books to choose from! Here are a few of our family favorites to help you decide.
St.John's Wort- Learn how to harvest this very useful herb.
St.John's Wort in the News- Interesting facts about the latest controversy!
Soap Root-If poison oak has found you then you need to find this plant!
Natural Family Home Medicine Cabinet-Take a peek inside our medicine cabinet.

Herb and Health Related 
Links & Resources

Community Medicine Cabinet
See what other's use for healing at home.

Arm Yourself Against Sickness
by Kelly Frohnauer
Using herbs for health and healing has been a practice of our family for the past 23 years. We have saved literally hundreds of dollars by using herbs and homeopathics instead of over-the-counter or prescription drugs. Besides the financial benefits, herbs are safer and work with our body's natural defense systems. Please don't get me wrong, I am not against man made pharmaceuticals, as they definitely are necessary at times. But too often they are over-used, thus weakening our systems. Now, because of over use, many strains of bacteria have become resistant which has created the need for even stronger drugs which cause even more side effects. We need to stop this vicious, debilitating cycle that the American Medical Association has created! 

Using herbs allows our bodies own defense system (immune system) to build up immunities thus making our body and our health stronger and less susceptible to every bug that comes around. Herbs are also safer and have few, if any, side effects.  When used faithfully and consistently, herbs can restore health and cure many ailments. Colds, fevers and flu's, especially in children, will respond favorably and quickly to herbal treatments. 

So arm yourself with some reliable herb books (see Our Favorites) and keep a stash of herbs in your cupboard (go to the Natural Family Herb Shop).  Be prepared to defend your health!
Blessings,  Kelly Frohnauer
Editor & webmaster for Natural Family Home

(c)2002 - Kelly is a WAHM of 5 children. She has been involved in Midwifery for the past 15 years and has attended many homebirths. Using natural remedies and herbs has been a way of life for her and her family for over 22 years now.

by Kelly Frohnauer
We teach our children about drugs - what they are, not to take them, how to avoid them, how they harm their bodies and distort their minds - but what about the drugs we as parents give to our children when they have a runny nose, fever, sore throat or the scheduled immunizations? Is there really any difference?

Well, yes there is a difference, yet those over-the-counter and prescription drugs, like their illegal counter-parts, can and do ultimately cause harm to our children's bodies.

But do we dare to raise our children without the use of drugs? Most people would say it's impossible. Granted, there are times when drugs are what's needed and they should not be totally avoided, but most of the time natural alternatives are the safest and more beneficial road to take. Raising our children drug free is a possibility and is well worth the attempt.

Too often I see and hear of parents taking their children to the doctor for colds, coughs and flu, usually within the first day or two of symptoms. Immediately their doctor will prescribe over-the-counter nasal sprays, decongestants, cough syrups or prescription drugs and antibiotics. These drugs will usually give the desired quick relief but at what cost to the child's immune system?

Antibiotics are now one of the most over used drugs. There are increasing reports showing how the excessive use of antibiotics has now created resistant strains of bacteria causing the need for new and stronger antibiotics. This vicious cycle has reached a crisis level. Yet doctors are still prescribing antibiotics for colds, coughs and sore throats which are almost always caused by viruses. Antibiotics are meant for bacterial infections not viruses. ( see American Academy of Family Physicians handout on antibiotics at 

Aspirin is another drug that is commonly overused and is usually the first choice when a child has a fever. A fever is one of our bodies natural defense mechanisms. It is not a disease. A fever should not be treated as something to quickly rid ourselves of.

When we have a fever it is telling us that a disease is present. When disease is present our body will increase the production of white blood cells, our disease fighting cells. The increased production of white blood cells raises the body temperature which helps create a favorable environment for the white blood cells to survive in as they work to eliminate the toxins that are making us sick.

Quickly ridding our body of a fever by the use of aspirin or an aspirin substitute like acetaminophen, will disrupt this important natural defense mechanism and can ultimately prolong the disease and cause the need for further and stronger interference.

So how can we raise our children drug-free? Staying free from sickness is the best way. You've heard "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". We can keep our children healthy and their immune systems strong through good wholesome nutrition. Fresh, organic when possible,fruit and vegetables, whole grain breads, soy and other plant proteins and plenty of
water should be part of their daily diet. 

Another way is to make herbs, homeopathics, vitamins and minerals
our first choice when sickness strikes. Starting a natural remedy
immediately and remembering to take it regularly will ensure
quicker results and will work in harmony with the bodies immune
system,thus strengthening it. Make sure your brand of vitamins and
mineral supplements uses natural sources so your body can absorb 

Read lots of books on alternative medicine and keep several on 
hand for quick reference.(see book list below) Check with local
naturopathic physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists or other 
alternative medical professionals for any community education 
classes they might be offering.

Research what your alternatives are and become informed so that
you can make health care decisions based on facts. Be ready to
defend your decisions to your family and friends. Unfortunately 
you will encounter many closed minded people who are blindly 
dependant on the medical establishment and who will view your 
alternative ways as a threat. Being confident with your decisions
will help you to stand firm and guilt free when others question
your ways.

As we gain knowledge and begin to take responsibility for our
families health care we will begin to achieve victory in the war
on drug dependence for sickness. Arming ourselves with resources
and facts will make raising our children drug-free a reality.

Here is a list of books that are very helpful and important to have
on hand for quick effective diagnosing and guidance:

Prescription For Nutritional Healing-A Practical A-Z Reference 
to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food 
by James F. Balch, M.D.

Todays Herbal Health 
by Louise Tenney

Natural Medicine For Children:Drug-Free Health Care for Children
from Birth to Age Twelve 
by Julian Scott, Ph.D.

Homeopathic Medicine At Home 
by Maesimund B. Panos, M.D.

copyright©2001 Kelly Frohnauer
Kelly is a stay-at-home mother of five children and has successfully used natural, alternative remedies for her families illnesses for the past 22 years. 

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Ten Tips for Women with PMS 

c.1998 Susun S. Weed 

Water retention, mood swings, sore breasts, and indigestion are problems experienced by many women in the week preceeding menstruation. Here are a few tips from Susun Weed's best-selling book, NEW Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way (Alternatives for Women 30- 90) to help ease these discomforts.

To relieve water retention
1) 10-20 drops of dandelion root tincture in a cup of water with meals and before bed.
2) A strong infusion (one ounce of dried herb in a quart of boiling water, brewed overnight) of the common weed, stinging nettle, not only relieves, but also helps prevent further episodes of water retention. Weed says she drinks a cup or more of this infusion daily whenever she wants to nourish her kidneys and adrenals.

To moderate mood swings
3) Tincture of the flowering tops of fresh motherwort is a favorite calmative of herbalist Weed. She uses 5-10 drops in a small amount of water as a dose, which she repeats as needed, sometimes as frequently as 3-4 times an hour, until the desired effect is achieved. "I never feel drugged or groggy or out-of-it when I use motherwort to help me calm down," she says. 
4) For women who consistently feel rage premenstrually, Weed uses 20-30 drops of motherwort tincture twice a day for a month to help stabilize moods and urges the woman to take a moon day -- one day right before or at the start of the menstrual flow which is set aside for you and you alone.
5) One or more cups of an infusion of the herb oatstraw (the grass of the plant that gives us oatmeal) helps the nerves calm down and provides a rich source of minerals known to soothe frazzeled emotions. 

To relieve congestion and tenderness in the breasts
6) 20-30 drops of the tincture of cleavers, another common weed, works wonders. This plant, also called "goose grass" was used as a black tea substitute by the colonists. The dose may be repeated every hour or up to 6 times a day.
7) Women who get a lot of calcium and magnesium from their diet (leafy greens, yogurt, and many herbs are rich in these minerals) have less breast tenderness. Increase the minerals in your diet with a cup or more of red clover/mint infusion daily.
8)Large cabbage leaves, steamed whole until soft, and applied as warm as tolerable, can be used as a soothing compress on breasts which are sore and swollen.

To relieve digestive distress
9) A daily doses of 1 teaspoonful/5ml yellow dock root vinegar.
10) A cup of yogurt in the morning (buy it plain and add fruit at home) replaces gut flora and insures easy digestion all day long.

For more information see my book Menopausal Years

Written by: Susun S. Weed, PO Box 64, Woodstock NY 12498 1-845-246-8081 . Visit Susun's website at: http://www.herbshealing.com/index.htm
Reprinted with permission.

Favorite Herb Books
by Kelly Frohnauer 

Today's Herbal Health: The Essential Reference Guide
by Louise Tenney
     Out of all the herb books that we own this one gets used the most.  It's always my first choice when needing to quickly find the right herb to use. The format is nicely organized so you can easily match the ailment/condition to the proper herb/s. Single herb remedies and combination herb remedies are both listed along with special dietary helps.
     This is her newly revised edition. I own her now out-of-print edition. You may be able to find a used copy at Amazon.com (just click on the book pictured in the right hand column) or you can search for it at eBays Online Auction.

The Herbal Handbook A User's Guide to Medical Herbalism
by David Hoffman
     Another of my favorite herb books! This book is great to use if you know exactly what action you want from an herb and what system of the body you need healing in. For example, one section categorizes the herbs according to their actions, such as laxative, astringent,
anti-inflammatory, ect. Another section lists the different body systems, such as the digestive system, cardio-vascular system, etc. and provides the best herbs to use for conditions in that system. I also use The Herbal Handbook alot for finding the best time to harvest a particular herb, as it does make a difference in the potency so it is best to harvest herbs at the proper time. Other chapters cover cultivation, cooking with herbs, using dye plants, pot-pourris and making your own medicinal formulas. Most of the herbs are only listed once and only under one category, but when you know the major action of an herb then you can pretty much match it to the condition.

Home Herbal - A Practical Family Guide to Making Herbal Remedies for Common Ailments
by Penelope Ody
Dorling Kindersley does things right and this book is a great example! I love how-to books that have lots of pictures...I want to "see" what the author is talking about. That's probably why I really like this book. It shows step-by-step sequences so you can "see" exactly how to make many different herbal preparations. It's even as basic as showing how to make herbal teas! Great for the beginning herbalist but also an excellent resource for the seasoned user. The first chapter,The Seven Life Stages, covers from babies to the elderly listing ailments that are common for that particular stage in life. The chapter, A to Z of Medicinal Herbs, has awesome, clear, color photos of 60 of the most readily available herbs commonly used and describes their therapeutic properties and key uses. The next chapter, Growing Herbs & Making Remedies explains how to grow, harvest and dry herbs and also how to make all the different types of herbal preparations, such as tinctures, compresses, decoctions, oils, ointments, etc. Next, Remedies for Common Ailments lists herbs and recipes of herbal combinations for earaches, sore throats, headaches, allergies and many others. A wonderful book! 

DISCLAIMER The herbal information you find here is not intended to prescribe or diagnose in any way and is not to be used against medical advice. It should not be used as a substitute for professional help. The intent here is to offer our personal use and opinion of herbs and their benefits. Those who are sick should research the alternatives and consult their chosen health professional.
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Joint Advantage
Dr. David Williams is known as the Indiana Jones of alternative medicine! He travels the world looking for natural cures. You can find alot of very helpful and interesting information plus his excellent newsletter at his website. His drop down menu of medical conditions will quickly lead you to his cure. You will also find his article about discovering 4 key ingredients in Australia that help combat arthritis and joint discomfort. Click on link above.

**Homeopathics are another great addition for your homes medicine cabinet. Check back soon for information on homeopathics. In the mean time you can go to Homeopathic Educational Services at homeopathic.com


Today's Herbal Health : The Essential Reference Guide
by Louise Tenney
(see review on this page)

The Herbal Handbook : A User's Guide to Medical Herbalism
by David Hoffman
(see review on left)




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