Good health starts in homes and gardens. “How? What does it have to do with modern homesteading you ask?” Becoming a “modern homesteader” is a goal many people seem to have now. It is not that hard to get started in a self-sufficient lifestyle. Do not wait until you move to a house in the country or wherever it is that you think you have to be to start. If you have the desire, you can do it anytime, regardless of where you live. My grandmother was pretty self-sufficient living in the city. She worked a job at Endicott-Johnson shoe factory in the tanning room, while raising her children. My grandfather was not a man she could count on, and she had to support her family on her own. She always had a garden and chickens, and traded produce and eggs at work for money or other things she needed. She came home from work and canned many jars of food from her garden. Of course, she didn’t think of herself as a “homesteader” but just a mother putting food on her table, and keeping a roof over her family’s head. At that time, many people sent their children to an orphanage because they could not feed or care for them. My grandmother’s family tried to convince her to do that, but she refused.
In our economy right now, being self-sufficient is the only way you can survive. It is the only way to instill good health in your family. But it is not only the economy that is causing a breakdown of our world, but all the other things added to it. Things like health care and prescription medicines that put your health in jeopardy in the first place. Don’t agree? Just read the side effects in your prescription packages. Does your doctor order blood tests to keep any eye on your liver? That is just one of the side effects of modern medicine. Sure, it may mask your symptoms, but why not find the cause and cure that? They don’t do that, as it is not going to keep you coming back if you are cured. Search for alternative healing methods. There are many natural methods that have cured many people of diseases. Allopathic professionals are needed, but not for everything, and they shouldn’t be your only source of health care.
The next rung on the good health ladder is a big one……….our food! Whatever you do, be sure to start a garden this year. Buy local food that is not grown or fed from GMO seeds, and that has not had chemical pesticides or fertilizers applied to the plants or soil. Very important! Cook from scratch and do not purchase any processed foods, if you can help it. Do not trust the big brand corporations or especially the government to tell you something is safe. They don’t care! The sooner you start believing that, then the sooner you can start working on your own health and living the good life. I include wild foods that grow abundantly on our homestead all season. We have dandelion greens in our salads every day, right up till they get hit by the frost in late fall.
My best advice is to take control of your life now and good health will follow. Learn to garden, can and preserve your food. Learn to cook from scratch and use as little of processed foods as possible. Buy organic as much as possible. Research and experiment with natural health practitioners or methods. Keep learning. Do the best you can to eliminate chemicals, GMO Foods and Seeds. Use humane methods for raising livestock, if you eat meat. Learn to make your own household products for cleaning and personal care. Taking care of yourself in these times is the most important step you can make for your own health, as well as your family’s. Do it now!
Copyright © 2014 Kathleen G. Lupole
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