The Ancient Paths Family Farm

Getting Back to Basics in Health and Nutrition

Archive for May, 2008

The Seed and Round-Up Monopoly

Posted by theancientpathsfamilyfarm on May 28, 2008

I’ve been wanting to write about the struggle between the big agricultural industry and the small farm for some time, but I’ve not had the chance to put it together just yet.  Small farmers are really struggling to make ends meet when the “big guys” push for legislation that makes things hard for the little guys and when the big guys do things that should be illegal, they just hire better lawyers and work through loopholes.

However, there are other industries that are out there that are making things hard for the big guy and the little guy alike.  Have you ever thought about where the farmers get their seed?  Have you ever thought about the monopoly that a seed producer could have?

What if that seed producer was genetically modifying those seeds so that their other products would work better or to require their other product(s) be used in order for their seeds to grow well?  America didn’t like it when there was a monopoly on telephone services so why would they sit by and say nothing when a giant monopoly is taking over in the agricultural world?  Because the scientists at the seed plant have better lawyers!

Pa over at Taking Root has written an article that I appreciated and addresses, quite well, the issue of The Green Revolution and Big-Ag.

or the past several years, Monsanto has been patenting seeds. Once a seed is patented, it is now owned by the entity that submitted it. As an example, let’s say there are 10 different varieties of corn seeds available in our national seed bank. As long as Monsanto is the first entity to them, they may submit each of these seeds for patenting. Once the patents are secured, Monsanto will hold 9 of the varieties to themselves but will genetically alter the other variety that is left. The primary genetic modification that they have been making is to make the seed “Round-Up Ready”…

Swing on by Taking Root and see what Pa has to say.


Posted in Good Stewardship, Health | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

Tips to Gauge Your Health

Posted by theancientpathsfamilyfarm on May 23, 2008

In a local paper the other day an article was published that I really appreciated.  Below are some excerpts from it.  I have made a few changes to some sentences and have included links to things I thought were relevant.  You can view the original article here.

In his new book, Medical Crisis: Secrets Your Doctor Won’t Share With You, Anthony Martin, a certified Natural Medicine Practitioner, asserts that breast cancer and prostate cancer are nearly 100% preventable.

It takes more than five years for most cancers to grow to the size of the top of a ball point pen. By the time cancer is found by routine blood tests or feeling a lump, the patient may have missed precious time.

Here are Martin’s four warning sign tips to find out if you are on the path to cancer, stroke or other illness:

1)  Energy

“If you’ve been tired for three weeks straight, your body is trying to tell you something is wrong,” he said.  Long-term fatigue is tied to red blood cells.  Red blood cell problems can lead to liver, kidney or brain trouble.

2)  pH Balance

70% of the human body is water.  Water, like in a swimming pool, is either acidic or alkaline.  An unbalanced pH is a breeding ground for cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and pre-mature aging.

3)  Free Radicals

The body produces free radicals as a process of detoxifying itself.  When balanced, they are used by the immune system to destroy bacteria and viruses.  Unbalanced free radicals can lead to cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke, arthritis or Alzheimer’s.

4)  Inflammation

You need cells to “puff up” to stop bleeding – but too much can strangle the arteries and cause coronary heart disease.  Fat cells are a side effect of obesity.  Too many fat cells, or cells that are too “puffy”, can lead to asthma, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Martin suggests that people take charge of their health care and ask for specific tests:  urine, blood and saliva.  Once you and your Doctor know where you stand, you can start working on the antidote.

“Change your attitude, change your diet, change your exercise habits and change your supplements,” he said.  So much of what Americans are dying from these days is 100% preventable.”

Posted in Health, Natural Remedies | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

The Economy is Terrible, and That’s Great News!

Posted by theancientpathsfamilyfarm on May 15, 2008

Are you looking for a way to supplement your income? According to the news reports today, the majority of Americans are concerned about how they’re going to make ends meet. How many of us have had to make decisions between giving to those in need or paying your living expenses? How about buying groceries and filling the gas tank?

Most of us live on a set wage, our income doesn’t fluctuate from month to month. The majority of us either have capped salaries or a fixed wage with an hourly schedule. While our income hasn’t changed, the costs of living sure have.

In the news we hear about a food crisis, a mortgage crisis, gas crisis, debt crisis, crisis this crisis and that crisis. We can’t help but wonder, “What can I do? How can I escape my own financial crisis?”

Each of us know friends and family who are looking for ways to stretch their budget or to bring in some extra money. For some that means they take a side job or even a regular second job. For others it means that they look for a business they can run from home. In most cases, it’s only $300 or $500 a month that would make all the difference in making ends meet. Whatever the solution might be, people are looking for it RIGHT NOW.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Business | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

Saving Money At The Grocery Store

Posted by theancientpathsfamilyfarm on May 1, 2008

Several years ago our family began scouring through our lives and our lifestyle to cut costs wherever we could. We had some tough seasons, financially speaking, and it was critical that we cut back wherever we could. I thought I’d share some of the things we’ve done that have been helpful. Maybe someone else can benefit from our experiences. Not only have we cut costs but we’ve found that we’re healthier from this process as well.

Saving Money At The Grocery Store

One of the biggest ways we have saved money at the grocery store was to stop buying pre-prepared and processed foods. While it may be “cheaper” to buy a box of something to mix together on the stove and feed your hungry family, it will not yield long term benefits. Pre-prepared foods are most often full of fillers which have no nutritional benefit. The example has often been used of snacking on potato chips or cookies vs and apple. In the early afternoon when we tend to look for a small snack, many people tend to grab a handfull of chips or cookies or something similar. What we notice is that later on, we’re hungry for another snack. The snack we had first may satisfy our taste buds but our bodies are still crying out for some sort of nourishment. An apple, for example, as a snack may not be what your taste buds are wanting but it will surely ward off those recurring snack-attacks and give your body the nutrients it’s needing. Fillers don’t benefit the the body at all and leave us as hungry, if not moreso, later on.

Not buying pre-prepared foods means that we eat all homemade meals. It may take a little longer but it’s worth it – both in the satisfaction that you get from creating a tasty meal and in the nutritional benefits your family finds. Homemade meals don’t have all of the fillers, additives and preservatives that pre-prepared foods have. Let’s use bread as our example of homemade vs store bought. Rather than a loaf of bread full high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, chemical additives and highly processed flours, your homemade breads are so much more delicious and nutritious. Again, it may take a little more time to bake the bread than it would to go buy it at the store but your family will only benefit from it. And like the other foods, a sandwich made with homemade bread is so much more satisfying and filling than one with store bought bread. You can ensure that the flours used are more nutritious and even add things like sunflower seeds, raisins, or whatever suits your fancy.

It’s much cheaper to buy all the ingredients for making bread separately, than buying them already made into bread. You can easily save $30 or $40 a month by baking your own bread.

This is especially true if you buy as many of your bread ingredients as you can, in the bulk department of a supermarket.

An entire bag of whole wheat flour (enough to make 4 to 6 loaves) could cost $4.00 or less. This is just one example of how cheap baking your own bread is.

source: Should You Bake Your Own Bread?

Change some of your meal routines. For breakfast, have oatmeal or toast with homemade bread rather than a boxed cereal. Our children used to have 3 or even 4 large bowls of cereal for breakfast and not bat an eyelash at the amount. Some boxes of cereal don’t hold much more than 5 large bowls of cereal to begin with. When we switched everyone to oatmeal or toast and jam for breakfast, the volume of food they consumed changed drastically. One bowl of oatmeal was much more filling and satisfying than 4 bowl of cereal. Not only that, but they could hold out till lunch time without being hit by a severe snack attack. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Good Stewardship, Health, Nutrition | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »