Portland’s Fight for Fluoride-Free Water

The pristine, gorgeous Bull Run water.

Last September, the Portland city council voted 5-0 approving fluoridation of Portland’s Bull Run water supply after a 7-hour hearing from resident’s on both sides of the aisle.

As you can imagine, the decision upset many Portlandians and the clean water (anti-fluoride) community rose to the occasion. I am so impressed with the hard work and dedication of so many Portland residents. The Clean Water Portland organization accumulated over 43,000 signatures and marched them down to city hall. This secured the decision to be put on the ballot for the residents to decide.

The time is almost here for the vote in May. Now it is up to the grassroots to campaign for a beneficial outcome. If you are opposed to the fluoridation of Portland’s water supply I urge you to attend the Campaign kick-off meeting for the Clean Water Portland campaign

TONIGHT!

Wednesday, January 23rd at

1125 SE Madison #112 Portland, OR 97214.

An Argument Against Fluoride:

Not that I think you should be basing your ideas on anything that Mel Gibson says but there is a great part in one of my favorite movies, Conspiracy Theory, when Mel Gibson’s eccentric taxi-driving character says,

“You know what they put in the water don’t you? Fluoride!  Yeah, fluoride, on the pretext that it strengthens your teeth. That’s ridiculous. You know what this stuff does to you? It actually weakens your will, takes away the capacity for free and creative thought, and makes you a slave to the state.”

Could Mel be right?

One of many recent studies done in China on the connection between IQ and fluoride consumption concluded that,

“The mean IQ of the children living in the area with a high-fluoride level in
drinking water was significantly lower than that of the children living in the
area with a low-fluoride level in drinking water.”

“The children were life-long residents of two villages of similar population size which differed in the fluoride
content of the drinking water. Using a random cluster sampling method,
60 children were chosen from the high-fluoride area with 3.15 ± 0.61 mg/L
(ppm) of fluoride in the drinking water and 58 children were chosen from the
low-fluoride area with 0.37± 0.04 mg/L of fluoride in the drinking water. Children
affected by congenital or acquired neurological disorders were excluded.”

There have been 42 studies done on this same topic, mostly in china (If I remember correctly 28 out of 42).

Out of the 42 studies, 36 drew the conclusion that Fluoride does in fact effect intelligence. (source) <—- click to view other studies.

As if negative effects on the brain aren’t bad enough, fluoride has been shown to cause

Arthritis

Bone Fractures

Cancer

Cardiovascular disease

Diabetes

Endocrine Disruption

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Hypersensitivity

Kidney Disease

Male Infertility

Pineal Gland disorders

Skeletal Fluorosis

-Thyroid Disease

Dental Fluorosis

Acute Toxicity (at high doses)

Fluoride toothpaste is now required to carry this warning label:

“WARNING: If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.”

It carries this warning for a good reason:

Did you know that a typical family-sized 7-ounce tube of toothpaste contains enough fluoride to kill a 20-pound child?

I didn’t either until a few days ago. That means if a child drinks enough tap water (in places where the tap is fluoridated) they could die from fluoride poisoning. Great.

Let it be said that I have no qualms if pro-fluoride folks want to brush with fluoride or add it to their water. But PLEASE do not force everyone in Portland and surrounding areas, to ingest fluoride against their will. Fluoride is the hardest thing to filter out of water. So please, Portlandians, think about freedom as you vote in may. Would you want someone forcing you to ingest an substance you were not comfortable with?

This post is a part of GNOWFGLINS Simple Lives Thursday

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Why We Don’t Have to be Sheep: Motivation for Self-Sufficiency

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Aw, but they are so cute!

Testing…Testing…1, 2, 3…Are you awake?

Let’s find out:

Have you heard of Executive Order 10998? It authorizes the government to take over all farms and food resources if they deem it an emergency.

Have you heard of Executive Order 10995? It authorizes the government to seize and control the communication media if they deem it an emergency.

How about Executive Order 11000? It gives the government power to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision (Think: concentration camps), once again if they deem it an emergency.

How do you feel after reading this information? Is your blood boiling? It should be. If it’s not, then you might want to check your pulse–or move to North Korea.

The federal executive granted itself these powers to implement only during a “State of Emergency”. The problem is that it is THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT that determines just exactly what constitutes a “State of Emergency.” The Executive Branch of our government granted itself these sweeping, extreme powers to use at its own discretion. No oversight. No vote. We the people did not ask for this. Most don’t even know these Executive Orders exist. Seem fishy? I agree.

It is hard to understand how anyone could consider any executive order constitutional in the first place. It is a power, given to the president, that has little (if any) justification in the Constitution. The executive branch claim to executive orders comes from Article II, Section I, Clause I of the Constitution which reads,

“The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows”

I see nothing there that says they can make laws without Congress. Do you? In fact, if they have read Section I of the Constitution it specifically says no legislation can be established unless passed through Congress.

Despite evidence to the contrary, let us presume for a moment that the government has no intention of abusing the power it has vested in itself. Let’s just say the vast power of these executive orders has been granted to a completely innocuous, innocent cabal of do-gooder bureaucrats who simply worry about what will happen to their flock of citizens if the worst were to happen.

Even in this fantasy realm of benign federal government, it is still an unfortunate society that must rely upon the shepherd of government to rescue it from disaster. Where has the self-reliant American spirit gone? Is everyone okay playing the role of the damsel in distress? I am proud to be an American because we are supposed to be different. We are a strong, independent, tenacious people. We don’t accept tyranny, we never have. That’s why we do not sing “God Save the Queen,” and our neighbors to the north still do. We bought our freedom from English tyranny at a heavy price. Should we now, 200 years later, allow it to slip through our fingers?

We made it easy for the federal government to assume the position of shepherd. Our quest for convenience in all things and consequent lack of self-reliance has turned us into sheeple (sheep+people=sheeple). We are quivering, afraid of the world and afraid of independence because we shirked our freedom and now realize what getting it back entails.

Our modern lifestyles have turned us into sheep. Most cannot do for themselves anymore. Most of us wouldn’t know how to milk a cow, make butter, ferment cream, grind grain into flour, bake bread, filter water, raise chickens and livestock, make chicken stock, butcher a cow, butcher a chicken, collect eggs,  make clothes, make soap, know which herbal remedies are for what ailments, know how to use a gun or bow, or anything else if we couldn’t buy it or pay someone else to do it for us. We all go to the store to collect pre-made, packaged foods, toiletries, and prescriptions to help us get through the week. The horrifying part about this is that your local grocery store has only enough to feed your neighborhood for 3 days if something happened and they could not receive shipments. How is that for emergency preparedness? Not much.

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But you don’t hear many politicians recommending you start learning to be self-sufficient. Instead, they pass laws that make it easier to take advantage of your dependency. Think of how insignificant the government could be if the people spread out a bit and started homesteads in the country rather than crowding all together in the cities. Rather than relying on modern conveniences what if everyone relied on old-fashioned survivalism? What if we all made a point to not be so pathetically dependent on things outside of our control? Fortunately, there is a way we can regain some modicum of control over our lives, and it starts with accepting responsibility for our fates. Yes, even city dwellers can do it.

I am not advising you to become a doomsday prepper. The point of becoming more self-reliant is NOT to ensure you can survive a national disaster–that would definitely be a plus–but that is not the main reason. Another reason is that it is better for the environment, but that too is not that main reason. The ultimate reason for becoming self-reliant is because it is good for the soul. Self-reliance doesn’t leave room for us to be victims of our own design. And it decreases the opportunity the government has to swoop in and “rescue” us. The more local and independent your life’s business is the less chance given to someone else to gain control. It requires us to take hold of our freedom and maintain it. Or, bring it back, since it is already gone. It ensures that We the People are in charge of our lives, with no need for a government shepherd. As Joel Salatin, proprietor of PolyFace farms and sustainable farmer, said in his book, “Folks, This Ain’t Normal”:

“Farms and food production should be, I submit, at least as important as who pierced their navel in Hollywood this week. Please tell me I’m not the only one who believes this. Please. As a culture, we think we’re well educated, but I’m not sure that what we’ve learned necessarily helps us survive.”

I couldn’t agree more. And if you need some inspiration from an expert on self-reliance I really recommend Joel’s book.

It’s not necessary that everyone go out and purchase land and 20 cows. It can be baby steps with the intention of surviving. There are things you can do even if you live in an apartment in the city. My husband is in school and we live in an apartment in the city. As soon as he is finished with his education we can really implement our full plan on becoming independent and self-sustained. Until then, we can only do small things that make a big difference. Sometimes we just have to do what works, like stocking up on cans of soup to get us through the week. There are big things you can do if you have the ability and there are small things you can do that make a big difference.

The first thing you should do to increase your independence is to learn how to cook–with simple ingredients, knowing how to prepare nutrient dense foods from scratch. If a disaster strikes and you have no access to frozen or canned foods would you know how to make them into a meal? Also, would you know where to find food? We should support our local resources. Local farmers, dairy producers, and butchers are the most environmentally and economically sound choice besides growing/raising it yourself. Even if you are eating organic, it could be traveling 4,000 miles to get to you and that is not sustainable, neither does it make your community independent.

That will lead you to become familiar with your local resources for produce, dairy, eggs, and meat. If you are living in a city, then you probably do not have the ability to grow your own garden or raise your own chickens. But you can still support your local, independent economy while eating nutrient dense food. Kill two birds with one stone! If freedom is our goal, it is crucial that our food sources be diverse and local, not centralized and far off.  In addition, we can limit public expenditures on roads and transport because we won’t need our food shipped in from a mega-farm thousands of miles away.

Abandoning the principles of self sufficiency has not only made us susceptible to an over-reaching government but it has made us unhealthy. Simple foods and cooking from scratch can improve your health ten-fold. If we commit to being proactive with our health and aware of what we put in our body, we can lessen the need for doctor visits and prescription medications, and eliminate the “need” for socialized health care.  As a sickly nation, the panic of massive unhealthiness has pushed people to beg for government assistance and subsequently freedom has been sacrificed. The question people should be asking is why are we going to the doctor so often? I know people aren’t scheduling appointments, thinking, “I am completely healthy but I’d like to see my doctor anyway.” It’s more like, “Why am I always tired? Why do I have anxiety? Help doctor, I’m constipated!” Take your health into your own hands and perhaps having expensive health insurance that covers hospital trips for each and every sniffle won’t be so important to you, freeing you to buy more cost effective insurance for medical emergencies.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I take great offense at the argument that we need government to be our shepherd. I don’t want to be the government’s sheep. I don’t want any American to be the government’s sheep. We, as individuals, can fend for ourselves and our liberty. We shouldn’t be herded into a pen when the storm comes.

For more homesteading and self-sufficiency tips check out these great blogs:

http://www.familynaturally.wordpress.com

http://www.polyfacefarms.com

http://www.modern-pioneer.blogspot.com

http://www.gnowfglins.com

Seriously, you guys the internet is loaded with great advice on self-sufficiency. Learning how is right at your fingertips.

What the Founding Fathers Would Want You to Know.

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It is appalling that something as essential to our liberty as our 2nd amendment is under attack. The Bill of Rights is not something that is up for debate but The Obama Regime doesn’t see it this way. Obama plans to annihilate this essential liberty through Executive Order. To hell with Congress. To hell with the system of Checks and Balances. To hell with Freedom.

I find it even more appalling that The Obama Regime is using a tragedy as terrible as the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting to further their agenda. Never let a good crisis go to waste though, right? Legislation through fear…scare the people into gun control. Make them feel unsafe without it. That is the role of The Obama Regime. As you hear the media throw around rationalizations, skewed perspectives, fear tactics, and false intentions of the 2nd Amendment please do not lose sight of what is really at stake: our freedom.

Mark Levin made a great point the other day:

“If this or any president can restrict the 2nd Amendment by executive order doesn’t that mean this or a future president can do the same to the 1st?”

Here is the text of the original 2nd Amendment passed by Congress:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Here is the 2nd Amendment that was ratified by the states:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

As our nation prepares to go into political battle over our 2nd Amendment rights, I find it fitting to talk about the framers of our Constitution. Let’s take a look at why the 2nd amendment is so important. I can’t think of a better way to discover the true intention than to look at the actual words from the Founding Fathers:

“The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that … it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; … “
Thomas Jefferson
letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824. ME 16:45.

“The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
Alexander Hamilton
The Federalist Papers at 184-8

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
Thomas Jefferson
to James Madison

“They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Ben Franklin
American Statesman

“Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”
George Washington

“And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the Press, or the rights of Conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; …”
Samuel Adams
quoted in the Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, August 20, 1789, “Propositions submitted to the Convention of this State

“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
George Mason
Co-author of the Second Amendment
during Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

I hope this provides you with some intellectual ammunition to fight the cause for our liberty. I don’t think we can fathom how much is at stake here if the Obama Regime is successful in implementing it’s agenda on gun control.

10 things you should know.

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I’m pulling my hair out…er…up….

I hate to say it but people really have been rubbing me the wrong way lately. I can’t take all the ignorance, close-mindedness, and arrogance without saying something. I just have to set a few things straight, because I don’t think people in cyberworld or real world understand me and my mission. I am not your average health blogger. My “About Me” page has received the most views so far which is somewhat flattering, but also disheartening because I think people were only looking at pictures and not reading content.  So, read on. You can either take it or leave it.  That is up to you.

1. I believe strongly that veganism is a crime to your body.

2. I believe in dairy. I think raw dairy is best. Cultured, raw dairy even better.

3. Food intolerances are not normal. They can be healed and they are not genetic. They are a sign of a weak or leaky gut.

4. I am Christian but if you are not I respect your beliefs, I just ask that you respect mine also. It really irks me when people get their panties in a wad about “organized religion” but then find it appropriate to lecture me about how their beliefs (or lack of)are so much better any and all the time. Hypocrisy anyone?

5. Eating healthy and politics go hand in hand. If you disagree with freedom and liberty supporting candidates you probably won’t like my blog.

6. I think vegetarians who claim eating meat and dairy products is not natural are ignornant to the ways of mother nature. Please watch “Fresh” or read some Joel Salitin books. I was once vegetarian and ignorant so I understand it is just a rough patch but please be open minded. How do you think our primal ancestors would have survived without meat and hunting? You probably wouldnt be here.

7. I am not gluten free. Gluten free foods are more junkier than your more simple glutenous containing food. To make them consumable and not totally horrific to your palate they have to add a bunch of crap.

8. The raw food movement is weird to me. We are given food, fire, water, earth…you do the math.

9. I am in disbelief how many people buy into the soy craze. How can someone in their right mind claim that some processed food containing a million different ingredients such as soy “cheese” is healthier than real cheese with just one or two ingredients?

10. I blog because I want to. Not because you want me to. I blog to say what I think. Not to say what you think.

Kapeesh?
flickr photo credit: photo by daveyvanlienden titled Rock On