I was asked to give a speech a few weeks ago at the Global March for Peace and Unity, in Los Angeles, CA, September 21, 2013. It caused me to reflect about how peace is achieved, and also how it relates to health and healthcare. I believe that we should all have choice and freedom when it comes to our healthcare. But I could write a whole post just about that. Instead, I’m going to share my speech with you.
August 8, 2013
July 29, 2013
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July 4, 2013
Fifteen years ago, I had health issues. They were starting to drive me crazy as I found myself in a vicious cycle of going to the doctor and never getting to the root of my health issues. One day I visited a natural health practitioner and it changed my whole life and my family. Shortly thereafter, my mother signed herself, me and my sister up for a master herbalist program.
I didn’t get a master herbalist degree to make money. I knew I never wanted to open a clinic or be a practitioner. I got it because I was passionate about health, and I wanted to understand for myself, what therapies really healed the body and addressed the root causes of health problems.
I got what I wanted.
I was so excited to discover that there were effective alternatives to conventional medicine, that I wanted to shout it from rooftops! I felt so empowered! I knew I had discovered an intense passion that I wanted to share with others.
March 17, 2013
After Ivie, my dear friend told me about the amazing success she was having with her winter gardening system, I drove straight to her house to purchase one from her, went home and set half of it up, and then begged her to write down her experience to share with my wonderful readers. Ivie agreed! Here is her experience:
While waiting and saving for ten years to buy our first house, I dreamed and researched about edible landscaping. I decided I would only plant edible things and I would plant just as much as I possibly could fit into my yard. When we finally purchased our home on a 1/3 acre lot, the first thing I did is plant a giant raspberry patch and a peach tree. I now have 9 fruit trees, 9 blueberry plants, and my raspberry patch can produce between two and three gallons of raspberries a week. Sadly, this is the first year since then that I will not be able to plant a fruit tree as I have run out of space!
I also planted a huge garden. I love to garden. When the end of the season comes, yes, I am ready for a little break in canning but after a few weeks, I miss it. A few years ago my husband and I built a little pvc greenhouse and I planted a patch of spinach in it. I had the worst time every time a bad windstorm would come through. I tried anchoring it into a grow box, putting it over rebar and everything I could think of. The spinach actually didn’t die, but it didn’t grow either.
So I dreamed of having a real greenhouse. Last year my husband and father in law built me one! I planted my tomatoes early and I did have a great crop!
Then in the fall, I couldn’t get the idea of low tunnels out of my head. So I bought a pole bender, and gathered the materials and thanks to an Indian summer, I built and planted in them. WOW, was I surprised at the result. I planted the same things inside my passive solar greenhouse at the same time. Everything in my greenhouse lived, but didn’t really grow. But my low tunnels, grew in the coldest part of the winter.
I harvested my greens many times.
Inside the tunnels my dirt looks like a worm farm. I think every worm from a mile around found the warm environment of my tunnels. My dirt has never looked so good and I have enjoyed my own greens all winter.
I didn’t have to water them. I didn’t have to fetch them in the wind. I didn’t have to do anything but harvest greens! It was so fun. I feel like I have taken gardening to a whole new level and am maximizing space like never before.
When Kim, my friend and neighbor, expressed interest in my tunnels, we built them at her house. Then together, we decided that these were something everyone needed in their backyards. To make it easy, we assembled kits that contained everything needed to build and grow one. Along the way we have made improvements to the initial ones I built in my yard. We have enjoyed watching other people become more self sufficient and love the teaching opportunities this journey has brought.
Kim and I have made a goal to help everyone who loves to garden learn year round gardening. Having greens all year is so easy with the help of a low tunnel greenhouse. They are affordable, easy to set up and take down, require very little watering and really require very little attention at all. Use them to start an early spring garden and protect plants from frost, or plant in September and harvest greens all winter.
They are much more productive than a larger greenhouse, and can be fitted to any backyard. We can fit them for any grow box, or established garden. If you are looking to build to be more self sufficient or to be more prepared for whatever events the future may bring, this is a great tool. Kits run $60-160 and you can find and request more information on our Facebook Page.
After my fifth baby, I have a separation in my pelvis that resulted in my being in a wheel chair for a few weeks and for more that a year afterwards I wondered if I would really be able to use a shovel again. I wondered if I would ever run or hike again. Now, eighteen months later, I have healed, and I rarely feel the effects of that experience. I am grateful for a strong healthy body and want to feed it well. As I walk out to harvest organic greens that have grown like magic with so little effort, I am grateful for this amazing gift!
Ivie Cook Dotson was born in Alaska and has lived in several states including Texas, Michigan, Montana, California and Utah. She loves being a wife and mother of 5, loves ethnic cooking, natural medicine, and gardening. She comes from a long line of gardeners and farmers on her mother’s side, so gardening is in her blood!
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February 1, 2013
Have you ever seen deer on the side of the road? We have a lot of them in Utah. We passed about 100 of them grazing in a snowy field when we were on the way to church the other morning.I am fortunate enough to have never hit one. I have come close a couple times where they were crossing the road or just standing on the very edge.
I was hanging out with my parents and a couple siblings the other night when they started unfolding their stories about close encounters with deer. I knew my mom had hit one a couple years ago head on, but she elaborated on some details that I did not remember. She had been driving her dad and my sister who was very pregnant at the time down at one of the many canyons in Utah. The road was narrow and steep on the far side. It is said that if you hit a deer with the corner of your car at high-speed it can make the car spin out. As my mom was driving, the deer jumped out of the bushes right in front of her car so she hit it head-on. She did not even see it coming.
She said God was watching over them and guardian angels were helping them because the deer should have just fell to the ground and then pose a threat to other drivers. Instead, it was thrown off and over the steep side of the hill. The impact totaled the front of the car and they had to get it towed. They all had to squish into the little cab of the tow truck with my heavily pregnant little sister, who was not happy at all. But they were alive, and so grateful for that!
Then my other sister piped in with her story that she had been driving down another canyon one time and a deer jumped out at her and ran right into her door. She didn’t think it had gotten hurt. It just turned around and ran away, but when she got home, she found a little tuft of hair on the door handle.
My youngest brother then had to share his story. He was driving with his girlfriend in a decent sized truck, and they came upon some deer in the road. He didn’t have enough time to come to a complete stop. There was a big buck with a full set of antlers standing right in front of the passenger side of the truck. When he got there he was almost at a stop but he definitely gave it a good bump. It was standing just like “a deer in the headlights,” as it is said, but as soon as he got the bump, he ran off as fast as he could.
I have a good friend that hit a deer while she was driving a Suburban. It slipped up and crashed through the windshield. She got a ton of glass in her face and some good cuts. That’s when you are happy that we have emergency rooms and people to put you back together after scary accidents! Believe me, I am grateful for emergency medicine and all the technology and miracles it can provide!
Have you ever run into wildlife?
December 21, 2012
I’m thinking about doing a retreat to help women learn more about how to effectively use natural tools! I went to a retreat a while ago and learned so much from so many experienced, wonderful instructors and peers. My goal is that through this retreat, we can network together and invest some time and money to become empowered with the knowledge that will last you a lifetime. Please take this quick survey so I can see what type of response i’ll get if I offer a retreat! I think this retreat would be a BLAST to host and to be a part of. I am excited to get to know you wives, mothers, and women who are taking hold of their health!
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December 10, 2012
Giveaway is now over. Thanks to everyone who participated!!!
We’re pairing up with Persnickety Clothing Company. to celebrate and launch my new website, Natural Medicine Mom with a giveaway! Natural Medicine Mom focuses specifically on natural tools and remedies for healing and everything doctoring-related. You can still read about my recipes, educating, and stories here at Mom Essentials. Read more…
July 18, 2012
Don’t we all dream of a spouse that loves us, cares about our dreams and encourages us to do the things that drive our passions?
I had a family reunion recently. At the end, we had a family devotional. Both of my parents expressed how grateful they were for the other. My father said that he was the person he is today because of my mother.
My mother said that my father has always supported her dreams and ambitions, and gave her “wings to fly.” Read more…
June 3, 2012
Okay readers. I’m laying it all out on the line here. I’m going to share recordings of my own self singing some of my favorite, inspiring songs.
I am not a professional recording artist, but I admit, I am proud of how well these turned out and am excited to share the messages they contain. Read more…
May 23, 2012
Mike and I have loved seeing Persnickety Clothing Company grow over the past 2 years. You can read more about our friendship with owners Craig & Corinne Rickenbach HERE and our trip to Nicaragua HERE. (Giveaway is now over.)
April 23, 2012
I almost didn’t get around to posting about the last leg of our trip to Nicaragua (because our chicken coop fiasco distracted me), but I would have left out the most important part! It was a true joy to go to some schools and distribute uniforms to the children there in Chinandega, Nicaragua.
March 15, 2012
After our chicken house burned down, we got the new coop out of the box. I ordered one for $300 off Ebay.
Nathan put it together for us, and when I went out to see it I realized they had sent us the wrong one. Read more…
March 3, 2012
Last night at 11:45 PM, on the eve of my birthday I was getting ready for some well-deserved beauty rest when the phone rang. I wondered as I went to answer the phone, why someone would be calling so late. My neighbor urgently informed me that there was a fire in our backyard.
I had just finished watching a second episode of Psyche with my 2 teenagers, so they were still up. We ran out our back deck and saw a bright light and sparks coming from the side of the house. It was coming from our chicken coop.
February 17, 2012
The one thing our kids were most excited about, the night we got to the hotel in Managua, was that there was a pool. They couldn’t wait to go swimming, and they spent a few hours there when we weren’t busy.
At one point, Corinne (Rickenbach, our friend and co-owner of Persnickety Clothing) was out by the pool with the kids and began chatting with a couple named Wanda and Fred. She learned they were doing missionary work there and happened to be headed to the same area we were. We ended up inviting them to come along with us. Read more…