Yesterday I filled out a permission form and a questionnaire from a NSW university who want to come test our youngest’s class for tooth decay to gather fluoride, diet and tooth decay statistics. We had a lot of fun, my eldest (12) and I, answering the questions on the form. Questions like, how many cups of juice, soft drink, cordial does your child eat each day, to which I answered ZERO. How many sweets? ZERO. Fruit? ZERO, sweetened yoghurt? ZERO. How many cups of milk per day? EIGHT! Ha Ha, so fun - 2 1/2 times what is ‘recommended’. How many serves of meat, FOUR to SIX. The Qld health department recommends one. How many pieces of bread? ONE. They recommend 4 to 6 (Do you know any child who can eat that much bread in a day? I don’t even know any adults who can.) We were laughing hard at this stage but the next set of questions was even funnier. Beware, my story may shock you..
We turned the page to see a set of pictures depicting different sized tooth brushes. The question was ‘which size does your child use?’ My answer was NONE. Giggling conspiratorially, we read the next question, “At what age did you child begin brushing his teeth?” NEVER. Are you shocked yet? A few more questions about how much tooth paste we use and when did our child first see a dentist, to which our answer was, you guessed it, NEVER.
Beaming at each other with the joy of recalcitrance, we suddenly realised we had missed the question about flouride. We looked back through the questionnaire. The only one relating to flouride was ‘are we on town water?’ My guess is they’ll marry up postcodes to see if we’re on flouride or not but never did they ask if we used a filter. Discovering this brought on another bout of laughter and head shaking.
At this point, my youngest wandered into the kitchen and we grabbed him to inspect his teeth. Yep, just as the last time I looked. No Cavities. Then Sai, our 12 year old, in his usual innocent and unassuming way, summed it up for us. “We’re not like every body else are we Mum?” He doesn’t clean his teeth often either, only when they get unattractively dirty really. He too has no cavities.
The day before, in a ceremony to celebrate returning from a personal development camp he and his classmates attended, Sai was praised by his peers for ‘being himself’; remaining individual regardless of what pressure his friends put on him to change. I am so proud. Here is a child, about to attend high school: a debilitating process of indoctrination, which most modern Westerners are required to undergo. Here is a child who already knows the power of mind control and the dangers of not following one’s own truth. A child who observes with simple compassion the trance his peers and his elders willingly fall into, for the sake of acceptance. A child who believes in himself, beyond all influence. I am so proud.
Proud too am I to introduce to you this month, contributors to our Grass Fed Meat Edition who, regardless of current nutritional advice, recommend we consume liberally, grass fed animal foods, including their fat, as did our ancestors. Sally Fallon and Mary Enig bring us Splendor from the Grass.
Proud am I to introduce our Grass Farmers who, regardless of outside influence, make choices to Nourish their animals, their land and their customers.
Comment below what you’re proud of with regards to your Nourishing life and you could win a pack of Wise Traditions Magazines.
Congratulations to Shona, the Ethical Entrepreneur, who won the prize last month by sharing her favourite choccy recipe. Robyn, who won in November says, “I received the pack of books this week and would like to thank you very much. I am really enjoying reading them and learning a lot!!!! of new things.” You’re welcome Robyn.
We’re also giving away a Melrose prize pack worth $40 dollars again, all subscribers go in the draw to win that.
And Kefir is overflowing all over my kitchen thanks to the hot weather, so five very powerful pro biotic cultures will be given away to 5 subscribers who pass on the newsletter last month. Our newsletter software is having a conniption so we’ll have to tell you who winners are later on. Thanks to everyone who have passed on the Nourished Newsletter. We now have a family of 2,237 Nourishers.
Welcome to David from Sweet Poison, who’s contributing to Nourished with a new blog called Fructose. His first dose of common sense writing is, Tested on Humans. It’s quite revealing.
Welcome also to Joyful Homemaker, who’s learning all about Farming and sharing with us her journey.
Check out this week’s Good Living article in the Sydney Morning Herald. On a wet morning last week 20 locals and myself posed for this photo which is part of the page 5 article about farm sharing and chook renting for city folk. Samantha Wright, the author, rang me a couple of weeks ago about herdshare.com and I told her about chook renting as it fit into her scope - city farming. It’s a great plug and we’re very happy with the photo. I’m a bit premenstrual though so I think I look as big as the cow. Is it just because everyone is standing behind me? Talk about ROBUST! Can you get more robust than them thar hips.
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About the Author...
A Super Hero and one of many who have realised their true calling as saviors of humanity, healers of our connection with Nature and creators of Heaven on Earth. The Nourisher's gift is the re-spiritualisation of the 'process of recreation' we call eating. Mother of three Super Heroes in training and wife to her God incarnate, The Nourisher hails from the place of feminine healing, Byron Bay, Australia. She gathers together Life Creators from all over the globe at NourishedMagazine.com.au