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EXPLORE TODAY’S POPULAR MYTHS ABOUT CHILDREN!

 
 
 
"MYTHBUSTING TO THE RESCUE"

"MYTHBUSTING TO THE RESCUE"

POPULAR MYTHS ARE AFFECTING THE LIVES OF OUR INFANTS, CHILDREN, AND TEENAGERS AND MANY OF US ARE NOT EVEN AWARE OF THE THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE SO SUBTLE.

 The new book, THE NEW PHYSICS OF CHILDHOOD: Replacing Modern Myths with Simple Strategies busts open these myths of modern child rearing.

“This book promises to expose, inspire, and possibly even shock adults into looking differently at all children and child rearing with a new set of eyes.”

We hear it every day on the news: childhood obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are on the rise, as well as cesarean births. Our children and teenagers are over-medicated and under-educated. It is obvious that all of these symptoms and challenges are connected and yet there is still a massive disconnect between the current parenting tools available and these escalating problems.

Without delay, modern child rearing practices are in need of a new, effective model. However, significant changes to the currently failed model of child rearing cannot begin until we get the root of the problem. THE NEW PHYSICS OF CHILDHOOD looks at the myths and the connections that have created these growing challenges in our global society.

As the author, I deconstruct today’s dangerous myths and replace them with practical wisdom and unique insights to help parents put their children and teenagers back on track and/or prevent problems from ocurring.

This book is not another parenting guide. It is a pragmatic philosophy focused on prevention. Though there are many parenting books with valuable information, most parents do not have the means or the time to purchase and read a book for every phase of childhood and neither do these books connect the whole child to the family, the community, larger society, and the environment like THE NEW PHYSICS OF CHILDHOOD.

This book gives all adults tools for supporting parents to make better decisions that affect the lives of children, because society is failing our parents, grandparents and other caregivers, who are also the victims of this mythology that is literally killing our children.

 THIS BOOK IS FOR:

  • Expectant parents
  • Seasoned parents
  • Caregivers
  • Grandparents
  • Focus groups (prison inmate re-entry programs, low-income parenting programs)
  • Teachers and early childhood educators

 DISCOVER THE MYTHS & LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT PROJECT:  http://TheNewPhysicsofChildhood.com

 See You There!

Granny Pants

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H1N1 PREVENTIVE PROPOGANDA – PASS IT ON!

This is the last time I will mention H1N1 in this blogpost.

Getting your attention is what I wanted.        

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flickr.com/photos/bottleleaf

Like all of the profiteers

I want YOU to absorb my suggestions

and reap their physiological benefits!

You can’t tell me your mouth isn’t watering for that juicy orange or lemon right now!

(No, I don’t own any shares in citrus crops.)

If your mouth is watering right now, you have just proven what I am about to share with you!

The propoganda that follows is from me to you and nothing in-between. It is from a grandmother and former stress management teacher that has studied, trained, and proved over and over that these strategies really do work to boost a person’s immune system. 

Some of this information may seem radical, but isn’t it even more radical to over-medicate entire populations? Overmedicating is a radical practice that has produced frequent deaths due to overdoses as well as the multitude of other pharmaceutical related ills we are facing in the U.S. today.

THE UNFORTUNATE FACTS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW:

  • FEAR REDUCES IMMUNE RESISTANCE
  • THE ACT OF BEING STRESSED ALSO REDUCES IMMUNE RESISTANCE BECAUSE BEING AFRAID AND/OR STRESSED-OUT NEGATIVELY EFFECTS EVERY SYSTEM AND CELL OF THE BODY
  • CUMULATIVE NEGATIVE SUGGESTIONS USING MULTI-SENSORY MODALITIES SHAPE NEGATIVE PERSPECTIVES, ATTITUDES, AND PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES (like those from TV, Radio, Advertising)
  • INGESTING A HIGH AMOUNT OF FOODS THAT ARE ACID PRODUCING INCREASES A BACTERIA, DISEASE FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT (SUGAR, CARBOHYDRATES, MEAT, ETC.)  6a00d8345194a469e20120a5b1ad09970b
  • LIMITING OPTIONS BY FOCUSING ON 1 SOLUTION ELIMINATES COMPETITION, THEREBY INCREASING PROFITS
  • EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO BE IN CHARGE OF THEIR HEALTH IS NOT PROFITABLE FOR THE PHARMACEUTICAL OR MEDICAL INDUSTRIES

THE EMPOWERING FACTS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW:

  • ELIMINATING NEGATIVE SUGGESTIONS FROM AN ENVIRONMENT AND REPLACING THEM WITH POSITIVE SUGGESTIONS CAN BOOST IMMUNE RESISTANCE, INCREASE OVERALL PHYSICAL HEALTH, AND FEELINGS OF WELL-BEING
  • AEROBIC EXERCISE OXYGENATES CELLS. OXYGENATED CELLS ARE STRONGER AND MORE RESISTANT TO DISEASE, BACTERIA, AND VIRUSES    

    Boys on hill

    Boys on hill

  • NATURAL LIGHT, SUNSHINE, FRESH AIR, AND EXERCISE MODULATE BRAIN ACTIVITY, REGULATE HORMONES, AND PRODUCE OTHER POSITIVE PHYSIOLOGICAL RESULTS  (Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey  http://www.amazon.com/Spark-Revolutionary-Science-Exercise-Brain/dp/0316113506
  • EATING FOODS DAILY THAT INCREASE AN ALKALINE ENVIRONMENT DISCOURAGES THE GROWTH OF BACTERIA (THE HEALTHY FOODS: LEAFY GREEN VEGGIES, A LOT OF LEMON AND LIME, FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, FOODS RICH IN VITAMIN A, C, AND OMEGA 3)
  • leafy greens

    leafy greens

  • REST IS THE BEST MEDICINE!!!! WHEN OUTDOOR ACTIVITY, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY,  AND EXERCISE IS INCREASED, SLEEP PATTERNS WILL ALSO IMPROVE, THEREBY IMPROVING IMMUNE SYSTEM STRENGTH
  • ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING! THIS IS WHY MAKING AN ASSESSMENT OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT IS CRUCIAL.  (Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Health-Complete-Revised-Updated/dp/0609806947)

SOME OTHER QUESTIONS AND THOUGHTS TO PONDER:

  •  ARE YOU RECEIVING FEARFUL OR EMPOWERING MESSAGES THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY?
  • ARE YOU SURROUNDED WITH UNHEALTHY OR HEALTHY EATING AND DRINKING CHOICES?
  • WHAT MESSAGES ARE YOUR CHILDREN  RECEIVING EVERY DAY?
  • HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY CORPORATIONS START ADVERTISING THEIR ALLERGY REMEDIES IN THE WINTER TIME OR COLD REMEDIES IN THE FALL?  DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE ROLE OF MEDIA AND ADVERTISING! THEY WOULD NOT SPEND BILLIONS EVERY YEAR ON SHAPING PERCEPTIONS IF IT WASN’T EFFECTIVE IN PRODUCING THE DESIRED RESULTS- INCREASED PROFITS! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disease_mongering
  • WHEN YOU FEEL A LITTLE UNDER THE WEATHER, WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU DO?

BASIC IMMUNE SYSTEM STRENGTHENING & PREVENTION STARTS WITH:

  • GET PLENTY OF RESTFUL SLEEP
  • REDUCE NEGATIVE MESSAGES IN YOUR ENVIRONMENT; REPLACE THEM WITH POSITIVE SOURCES LIKE HAPPY PEOPLE, MUSIC, NATURE, AESTHETIC BEAUTY, JOYFUL, REWARDING EXPERIENCES, ETC!
  • PRACTICE STRESS REDUCTION TECHNIQUES http://www.amazon.com/Relaxation-Reduction-Workbook-Harbinger-Self-Help/dp/1572245492/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255288645&sr=8-1
  • ENSURE YOU ARE GETTING ADEQUATE EXERCISE, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, FRESH AIR, AND NATURAL LIGHT EVERYDAY,RAIN OR SHINE, WARM OR COLD!  SUNSHINE IS PREFERRABLE FOR VIT. D (WHICH HAS ALSO BEEN LINKED TO IMMUNE SYSTEMS) 

    The Healing, Preventive Powers of Fresh Air & Sunshine

    The Healing, Preventive Powers of Fresh Air & Sunshine

  • ELIMINATE FEARFUL, NEGATIVE  THOUGHTS ABOUT YOUR LIFE, ESPECIALLY ABOUT GETTING ILL. REPLACE THEM WITH POSITIVE THOUGHTS AND LANGUAGE ABOUT “BEING HEALTHY”, ” STAYING HEALTHY”  (Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra- http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Health-Complete-Revised-Updated/dp/0609806947 )
  • EAT HEALTHY, FRESH FOODS AND STOP OVER-CONSUMPTION OF UNHEALTHY FOODS. (AN EXTRA PREVENTIVE IS ALSO REDUCING OR ELIMINATING THE USE OF MICROWAVE OVENS THAT MAY BE DESTROYING THE NECESSARY NUTRIENTS AND COMPOUNDS THE BODY NEEDS FOR ADEQUATE IMMUNO-RESPONSE.)

All of this seems so basic, yet so many of us go through our days without giving ourselves these basic preventions. Then we end up worn-down and worn-out, making us prey to whatever bacteria is around.

 Whether a person or a parent decides to take a flu shot or an immunization, these preventives to increase overall health are still important to keep the body strong and better prepared for an injection. 

LASTLY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY:

THE STRONGEST IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOST THAT CAN BE TAKEN AT ANY TIME (IN-BETWEEN MEALS):

Immune Boost "Mother-In-Law Remedy"

Immune Boost "Mother-In-Law Remedy"

THIS AFFORDABLE REMEDY I CALL MY “MOTHER-IN-LAW REMEDY” CAME FROM MY MOTHER-IN-LAW. IT FOLLOWS THE PRINCIPAL OF CREATING AN ALKALINE ENVIRONMENT SO STRONG THAT BACTERIA OR DISEASE HAS NO CHANCE TO SURVIVE. (CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, LEMONS ARE ALKALINE, NOT ACIDIC WHEN THEY ENTER THE BODY.)

DRINK A BIG GLASS 2 TIMES A DAY IF YOU NEED AN EXTRA BOOST OF PROTECTION, PREVENTION, OR DURING AN ILLNESS. IT REALLY WORKS TO PREVENT ILLNESS AND INCREASE RECOVERY.  Yes! IT TASTES TERRIBLE AND SHOULD BE FOLLOWED WITH A PLAIN GLASS OF WATER. (UNFORTUNATELY, I DON’T KNOW HOW A PERSON WOULD GET THEIR CHILDREN TO DRINK THIS, SO PERHAPS A LOT OF LEMON WATER IS BETTER; JUST TAKE CARE TO BRUSH TEETH AFTERWARDS OR USE A STRAW TO PROTECT TEETH ENAMEL WHEN DRINKING THE REMEDY OR A LOT OF LEMON JUICE.)

GRANNY PANTS’  MOTHER-IN-LAW REMEDY:

  • 1/2 A MEDIUM ONION (PEELED)
  • 3 CLOVES OF GARLIC (PEELED)
  • 3 LIMES OR 2 LEMONS (UNPEELED-IF NOT ORGANIC, SCRUB GOOD BEFOREHAND)
  • WATER
  • 1 TBSP. HONEY (OPTIONAL)

PUT ALL INGREDIENTS IN A POWERFUL BLENDER, FILL WITH 2/3 WATER. BLEND UNTIL DRINKABLE. CHUG AT ROOM TEMPERATURE WITH NOSE PLUGGED!!!  CHASE WITH A GLASS OF WATER.

*DO NOT DRINK THIS ON A FULL STOMACH OR JUST BEFORE EATING. IT IS TOO STRONG FOR THAT. UPON WAKING AND JUST BEFORE BEDTIME IS BEST.

THE THING I LOVE ABOUT THIS IMMUNE BOOSTING REMEDY IS THAT IT IS ABSOLUTELY AFFORDABLE FOR ALMOST EVERYONE AND INCLUDES COMMON FOODS THAT HAVE A LONG SHELF LIFE.

GOOD LUCK!  KEEP STRONG! DON’T LET MEDIA HYSTERIA LOWER YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM! TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH!

If you have found this information useful, please PASS IT ON! This is the kind of PROPOGANDA we need to spread around!   PROPOGANDA that supports prevention with the best of intentions!

(This information on Preventive Health is from Chapter 7 in my upcoming book, THE NEW PHYSICS OF CHILDHOOD: Replacing Modern Myths with Simple Strategies. Pre-orders are being taken now @: http://TheNewPhysicsofChildhood.com a project of Chamelea Productions © 2009

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TO YOUR HEALTH!!!

GRANNY PANTS

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KEN BURNS’ BEST IDEA

Yes! I am one of those reignited Americans.

After watching Ken Burns’ deeply resonating and extremely patriotic documentary on the history of America’s National Parks, “America’s Best Idea”, I have renewed passion for our National Treasures. Through tears and laughter and constant gratitude, I watched this indepth historical journey. I reflected on my own experiences with our National Parks and imagined those to come. As a child I grew up with memories of a very few, yet significant family camping trips. My grandparents were more equipped than us to do such a thing; their old family movies include reels and reels of family camping and fishing trips on lakes and campgrounds along the Pacific Coast. When I became a mother, I exposed my own children to the beautiful Colorado Rocky naturescapes and the Pacific Coastal wonders as much as I could. An innate feeling that nature is healing and necessary has always been a part of me. Perhaps my early park experiences helped to shape this idea.

After my children were grown, I made it a point to visit some of the National Parks I had never been able to visit before. The first time to Yosemite was an absolute epiphany.

The Breathtaking Yosemite Valley

The Breathtaking Yosemite Valley

I had traveled the world prior and frequently met other international travelers that asked me about Yosemite. Apologetically, I confessed I had never been.  One year, at the last minute on an unexpected free weekend, I decided to find out what all of the fuss was about. I also decided not to buy into Yosemite’s 6-month reservation calendar because my life could not accomodate long range plans like this. And as was my nature (a quality I hope to never lose), I just packed up a sleeping bag, some food, a flashlight, my journal, a knife and headed for the Yosemite Valley.

Half Dome

Half Dome

When I first entered the park, after gasping at the spectacular views, I found myself at the base of Half Dome, observing a mountain climber, along with about 50 other tourists. At this moment, still without a campsite for the night, I met a woman from New Zealand who was then living in Sedona. She, like me had also left for her Yosemite adventure without reservations. We buddied up and found a campsite right at dusk. This woman had come all the way to Yosemite to see a bear! She told me she had dreamt of coming to Yosemite to see a bear her entire life. I told her not to wish for that because it could mean trouble, though secretly, like all Yosemite or Yellowstone tourists, I wished to see a bear too!

 

Young Bear Yosemite- from Flickr Photo stream: StartAgain

Young Bear Yosemite- from Flickr Photo stream: StartAgain

While we were preparing the site for our dinner in the pitch black of the full-to-capacity campground, I suddenly heard this woman talking to someone. When I looked up, I saw her running through the campground with her flashlight after a young, adolescent sized black bear! As she ran after it, she was calling out for it to come to her like someone would call a dog. The bear must of thought this woman was as crazy as she was and it most assuredly escaped her madness with success. After he got away, we laughed at the story that we both knew would become a part of our individual Yosemite history. My other memories of Yosemite during that first visit were more introspective than the drama of a bear sighting so I will not recount them. There are just some things to keep to yourself. This Spring, I introduced the magic of Yosemite to my husband as well. It is a thrill to relive your own first time as you watch the eyes of a person seeing the Yosemite Valley for their first time. Yosemite was a birthday present with timeless value.

 

Tranquility

Tranquility

Most recently this past week, for the first time in years, I went camping at a small lake near Lake Tahoe with my daughter and my grandson. We camped for the better part of five days right next to the tranquil lakefront where we fished from our raft. We hiked to the top of a mountain where we saw a bald eagle protecting it’s young in a treetop nest; we roasted marshmallows; we gazed at the magnificent Milky Way Galaxy in awe of how miniscule our moments really are on this planet in the scheme of the life of the universe; we listened to nothing, to the stillness, to the birds and the chipmunks playing chase with our dog. We reveled in the gifts that nature offers us without asking anything in return, other than to protect it. We did this without cell phones or internet and we survived! Yes, after watching Ken Burns’ fabulous documentary following this most recent camping trip, I have a renewed commitment to ensure I do not deprive myself of these gifts of scenery and solitude I am so blessed to have-like every other American! Our state and national parks are ours only because of the tireless dedication of the many individuals that fought to preserve them during the last century. They fought to protect and maintain their beauty for us to enjoy.

Each park has it’s heroes and most importantly, the President of the era, who also understood the need to protect our National Treasures. I feel newly blessed to be able to live in the United States and to have the freedom to visit these glorious monuments of nature whenever I choose. I promise to always do my best to explore another park I haven’t seen, and to continue to share these parks with others who haven’t experienced the euphoria they offer.

We owe it to our children and grandchildren to share these blessings, whether we enjoyed them as children or not. In a down economy, or during a period of unemployment, what better gift to give our families than the peace, tranquility, and awesome magnificence that transcends momentary challenges. What better, economical gifts are there than those gifts that our natural world offers to us. Create your own stories, share these parks with your own children, Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. No matter what is going on in the planet, we still have our National Parks! Thank you Ken Burns for reminding us how absolutely blessed we all are as Americans, how reverent we owe ourselves to be for these gifts, and how those with persistence and vision beyond the moment have given us these timeless legacies. I wish every single American could watch this documentary from beginning to end. It is some of our most important national history to be learned and preserved. http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/

THANK YOU KEN BURNS! THIS DOCUMENTARY ON THE HISTORY OF OUR NATIONAL PARKS WAS YOUR BEST IDEA!

Most Gratefully,

Granny Pants

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ANOTHER OXYMORONIC MOMENT-CALLING ALL GENIUSES!

Life is filled with oxymorons. This is the latest observation on a few of those in my life:

Wireless, Cordless Technology-There's Something Wrong With This Picture

Wireless, Cordless Technology-There's Something Wrong With This Picture

I was so excited to get to my house in Mexico, knowing that I now had ‘wireless’ internet. I had also brought a ‘cordless’ phone to use during my trip. When I first walked in the front door and saw a small pile of wires attached to the box that housed my ‘wireless’ set-up; I was thrilled at the thought of being connected. The wires didn’t seem extraordinary at the time. Later the next day when I attached the cordless phone, I was just as excited. Now, I could make calls while lying in my hammock! What could be better? And, I could use the internet to communicate with the world from my little bungalow on the Mexican Riviera-I was still debating whether THIS was a good idea or not!

The next morning, I attempted to put my work station in order.  This view of my wireless, cordless state-of-the-art life is what I found. It had a spooky resemblance to the absolute chaotic piles of wires and technology my husband had in every corner of our house where technology lie. Those piles of tangled wireddrive me out of my wits, especially if I can see them. Now, I was also a guilty offender.

Help! Pre coffee let my patience short. I attempted to fix this mess again later-post caffeine-with no success.

Resigning to live this oxymoronic life until my other pending business was finished, I took a pic to capture the moment.

To this day, I still do not remember whether or not I actually untangled those wires for my house guests before I left? (I hope so!) I didn’t want to deal with this challenge during my precious time. I didn’t want this tangled challenge to ruin my euphoric moment of global connectivity either. (Maybe this is how my husband always felt.)

CAN SOMEONE ACTUALLY INVENT THIS THING WE CALL WIRELESS, CORDLESS TECHNOLOGY THAT ACTUALLY REMOVES THE WIRES AND CORDS FROM OUR LIFE ONCE AND FOR ALL?

Every time I travel, I am loaded down with wires and cords for my cell phone, camera, laptop, etc.. If I ever get to my destination and I don’t have one of those essential wires; well, you know what happens. I am stuck and stunted in my ability to function.

IT IS TIME FOR SOME REAL VISIONARY ENGINEERING HERE! If we can actually invent authentic wireless, cordless tools, we will also save a heap of environmental waste and cost.

JUST AN IDEA!

Granny Pants

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