Cheap Disposable Fast Fashion Devalues Personal Self Worth
There's nothing more uplifting than being able to celebrate YOU!
All the things that make you who YOU are!
For hundreds of years our clothes gave us the ability to create our own self worth in a small yet significant way.
Unfortunately, we're living in a world fueled by globalization, international markets and the centralization of production, manufacturing and raw material sourcing; making it difficult for small clothing companies seeking to design and create more personalized products that connect buyers to sustainable and conscious purchasing. The well known brands of the fast fashion industry is the driving force of this truth.
The goal of mass produced fast fashion is to fit everyone into a giant square box, fostering the notion that we should all look the same, fit within the same standardized size category, wear only the colors we're told to and when or risk being put on the National Fashion Bandit List. To step outside the parameters, be conscious of SELF and express personal style is to open one self to being ridiculed and ostracized by friends, family and even strangers. Often being called old fashioned, out of time, boring, nonconforming, over the top, insane or described using the infamous sentence, "What was she thinking."
Expressing self worth and personal style require time, creativity, investment and standards that have existed for centuries. There's just certain facts about dressing well and expressing one's personality in an intimate way through our clothes that will never change. When a woman dresses well to express her personality you can see it in her eyes, the way she walks and how she carries herself. Big fashion brands churning out poorly constructed, color restricted, size prohibited garments using the cheapest and lowest quality fabrics they can create will never be able to compete with a woman who chooses to uphold her personal SELF WORTH and dress well.
Oftentimes, doing what's right for you is never what's right for others....that's the beauty and uniqueness of you being YOU! Are you up for the challenge?
How CATA is making the difference in fashion, sustainability and healing the planet.
By: Pat Davis: Founder / Creator of CATA:
Consumers Against Toxic Apparel
What logic can we gain from this news?
Bula! Lynnette here. You have probably heard the newest update from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in regard to a "New Crackdown" they want to implement in 2018.
Before I get to the issue at hand, let me point out a few things as thoughts to ponder.
First, let me start by stating the obvious. The Food and Drug Aministration are in the same title. An old time wonder amongst the holistic world of advocates. "What is the food administration doing with the drug administration"? "Shouldn't they be two separate entities"? We will never get a logical answer to this. Real foods should never be listed as 'drugs' nor should they be in the same arena. There has been a long battle going on as to whether to treat illnesses and diseases with western Rx drugs and remedies or treat them with natural & holistic remedies and protocols. The western medical world says that there is no "scientific" facts to back any of the holistic remedies. Whose 'science' are they referring to anyway? Shouldn't we all use common sense when taking approaches to healing our bodies? One would think so, however, it is not likely for many people to think logically as they have pressure put upon them daily by western medicine doctors and propaganda by the media. Other thoughts to ponder are as follows.
The Western world of medicine doctors claim that the Natural & Holistic world of remedies are all hocus-pocus witches brews because they leave patients in worse conditions than when they started. It is easy for the Western world to look upon the Natural world as 'quackery' when the toxic people do not follow the entire wellbeing approach. Let me explain. Now, don't get me wrong here, there is indeed a time and a place for the temporary use of Rx drugs and western medicine remedies. I will return to this sentence in a moment. The reason that most Americans think natural & holistic remedies are 'quackery' is based on a number of reasons. First, you have the mainstream media and the pharmaceutical industry continually telling the public how wonderful it is to be put on Rx drugs and inject your body with toxic poisons to 'prevent' diseases. Next, you have doctors scaring their patients into thinking that if they do not take this med or do this chemotherapy, they may surely die. Most of Americans have been fed this type of propaganda for decades, therefore, it is no wonder they think they must only trust western medicine doctors in which have been 'backed by science'. Again, whose 'science' is it based on? Drugs that are made by man and in a labe with synthetic ingredients are "approved" by the Al Mighty, FDA! On another note, the reason for the stereotype of 'quackery' in the Natural & Holistic world of healing is that we have peopel/patients whom turn to natural remedies as a last resort. What do I mean by this? I mean that the patient has tried everything they could in the western medicine world to no avail, therefore finding themselves in a desperate mode of fight. When this happens, the patient is so shaken up about their dire situation that they may try anything. Keep in mind that this person was probably in a toxic mess to begin with OR they would not be ill in the first place. I read an article that was very comical, to say the least. The gist of it was that "the body detoxes itself when it is ALIVE". If you have listened to any of my seminars, you will realize that this simply is not true in this day and time. Sure enough, the body was created to HEAL it's ownself and to detox the regular toxic debris such as extra bugs, parasites, minute metals in the soils, etc. It was NOT meant to detox the mass abundance of toxic overload from ingesting poisons from the 'faux phude' world or filtering the GMO infested seeds. The kidneys can only filter so much as well as the liver can only dump so much before they become backed up and are no longer able to function as they were intended. We should all be in the mode of preventing sickness before it ever strikes us. OK, back to my analysis of this subject. When the patient came to the world of natural remedies for healing, they are truly grasping at straws Meaning, when one comes to get healed by using natural therapies, they must understand that this is not a 'quick fix' kind of protocol as they are used to the "give it to me now and biggie size it, while you are at it" mentality. They are not used to doing anything holistic to prevent diseases from ever happening in the first place. Therefore, they also think that since it is 'natural' then what's the harm? There should be no harm done to them. However, when the person is grabbing everything in site to fuel their bodies with ammo to 'beat' the sickness or disease, they do a great injustice to them and to the natural world of healing. You see, when a patient is not taught that is an "All or Nothing" approach and they go back to eating or being the way they were when they became sick. They are not taught that you should refrain from the 'faux phude' industry and avoid processes foods like the plague. They are not taught that once healed, this does not give them any green light to go back living the way they were. They are not taught to change everything in their household from toiletries, cosmetics, foods, textiles and cleaning supplies. If you have not read my story on my son's and my approach to his "UNcurable" disease, then I encourage you to go HERE to get insight. It only stand to reason that the "natural & holistic" world of healing would not work for these toxic individuals. These are the same individuals and doctors whom say: "See, those so called 'natural remedies' do not work and everyone is full of crap!"
So as you can see, when one does not adhere to the full message of changing your complete western living lifestyle, then they reap a lot of unnecessary havoc on their lives and the world of holistic healing! This mentality is why the FDA gets away with the 'crackdowns' they keep implementing year after year.
Keep in mind, though, there is somewhat of a problem in the organic and natural healing world. Why would I say this? Simply because there are products on the market in which do not market to specific ages. Meaning they have products, such as the over media exploded, Hyland teething tablets. More on that in the FDA Article below. We want to keep out those ingredients and companies who do not adhere to toxic-free products, as you will note in the PIV seal as listed below Anyway, there are pros and cons on both sides of the arenas. How could I say there are any pros on the western side, you ask? Well, see my statements above, there is a place and a time for Rx drugs in a temporary situation such as a fatal life threatening accident or a sudden stroke or someone having a heart attack. You see, those situations call for emergency and temporary remedies. For accidents, there are paramedics in which can administer emergency protocols. . Once, in the hospital and the vicitm gains conciousness and becomes stable, it can be an easy decision to get healed the natural way. (A different story if the victim is not regaining conciousness or has a major head injury, that is a new subject). As for someone who is suffering a stroke or heart attack or even cancer, there is time to turn to Natural & Holistic remedies IF they become stable enought ater the encounter. On the other hand, to turn to "Natural & Holistic" remedies immediately suffering any of these, will not be a good choice. Why? For all the reasons just stated herein. Also, please note, that the person suffering from these ailments were in the toxic world to begin with and the outcome was just a ticking bomb waiting to explode. Therefore, it is important to note that a disease infested and ill person needs to transition into the natural healing world and be taught how to completely change their way of life and know that this is not a diet, but rather a Way of Life! However, with broken bones, it is very possible to heal and mend by using all natural remedies and therapies. Ask my son how he healed his broken ankle in which was broken completely on both sides. Went to a few 'expert' doctors in the field and even a holistic doctor and all said for sure he should have surgery. He opted not to do so and healed his own leg with out the use of any Rx drugs or therapies.
With all of this being said, I am sure you are ready for me to get to the nitty gritty of this article.
So as you may have heard by now, there are new bills with crack downs happening in the FDA arena. This took place on December 18, 2017. We have a 90 day period in which the FDA will take the public's input about this new crackdown.
FDA proposes new, risk-based enforcement priorities to protect consumers from potentially harmful, unproven homeopathic drugs.
Quote taken from the FDA's own article, HERE, from their website. "Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed a new, risk-based enforcement approach to drug products labeled as homeopathic. To protect consumers who choose to use homeopathic products, this proposed new approach would update the FDA’s existing policy to better address situations where homeopathic treatments are being marketed for serious diseases and/or conditions but where the products have not been shown to offer clinical benefits. It also covers situations where products labeled as homeopathic contain potentially harmful ingredients or do not meet current good manufacturing practices."'
Most of the natural healing world will say this is completely insane! Normally, this would be a true statement. However, at one point, once upon a time, the Federal Drug Administration was implemented to keep out any unsafetiness and "snake oil" salesmen from abusing the unsuspecting consumer. Keep in mind, I do NOT agree with the standards as they are today with the FDA nor do I belive the foods should be mixed with the drugs. After reading this article, it is pretty detrimental to begin a mass control of what is put on the shelves of the stores. The thing that the agency is trying to get accomplished is to make sure that products are being given to babies in which contain substances from plants such as belladonna in the teething tablets, are not marketed as a one stop curing aid. Furthermore, the Administration felt compelled to 'crack down' on their elvaluations of the holistic OTC supplements and 'drugs' due to 'popular' demand from the outcry of the toxic public in which should have steered clear from the natrual healings in the first place, UNTIL they were taught how to live the life!
Excerpt from the FDA's news article: "FDA says it’s going to take a tougher approach to the $3 billion-a-year homeopathy market.While the FDA still cannot fully regulate homeopathic products, it can take action on those that are potentially harmful."
You see, once the FDA found that the demand for the increase of sales was there for the homeopathy market, they decided then, to 'take action'", as this is digging into the pharmaceutical industry's pockets. We can't have this! A little note of some little light, is the 2nd sentence above here. They still cannot fully regulate homeopathic products as of now. As you can see by reading the article, it just took only one case of an infant having adverse reactions.
A word from Scott Gottlieb: He recognized in his statement that some consumers may simply prefer homeopathic approaches, and in many cases, they should be free to do so. But he also noted the FDA’s public safety obligation when it comes to homeopathy. “Our approach to regulating homeopathic drugs must evolve to reflect the current complexity of the market, by taking a more risk-based approach to enforcement,” he said. “We respect that some individuals want to use alternative treatments, but the FDA has a responsibility to protect the public from products that may not deliver any benefit and have the potential to cause harm.”
Please take the above statement from Commissioner, Gottlieb, with caution.
What does all of this mean to you, as the consumer?
Well, it means that YOU have a responsibility to take action yourself. You have 90 days to call in or fill out a form to voice your opinion. It means that you must be on the preventative side of sicknesses. Now, I realize that the FDA is run by the Pharmaceutical industry. That being said, it is your responsibility to demand your freedom of CHOICE while you still can. This is another scare tactic the powers that be are using to get you to think they are here for 'your best interest'. Please do not fall prey to their tactics and take your health back. Flood their emails, phone lines and faxes with your outcry in the 90 day period beginning this past Monday, the 18th of December.
The moral of this story:
When venturing into the world of natural healing and holistic remedies, please use the common sense that God gave you to take care of your body. When you seek Nature's remedies, and you should, you must understand that it is a LIFE STYLE change and not just adding a remedy here and there and expectin it to "work". Our bodies, are indeed unique and amazing in that they have the ability to heal. The body can reverse diseases and sicknesses when given the proper God given tools to work with. Does it make sense to "poison your way to health"? I didn't think so. Grow your own food / medicine supply for healing.
Please think on these vital health notes and let your food be your medicine for LIFE! Remember, 'The better you take care of your body, the better your body takes care of YOU". When your body shelter is gone, where else will you live?
Wow! Have you all tried the Banana Flower? Did you know banana herbs (trees) had edible flowers on them? That's right, the banana 'tree' is NOT a tree at all. It does not have bark or a trunk like a tree, but rather many leaves closely formed together forming a huge stem that can grow 40 foot tall! The leaves are the 'trunk. This is actually classified as an HERB. One of the largest herb plants known to man. That's a fun fact for ya! Did you know you could eat that maroon beauty that stems beneath the bloomed bananas? YES indeed and it comes packed with a wealth of health benefits for you. Check it out, and check out our fun day of picking the perfect banana flowers!
Thanks to my awesome friend, Anna Shannon, for turning me on to these babies! I am now totally addicted and can't get enought of testing out different recipes with them. My favorite so far, is in the RAW as a salad of it's own. I love using the purple flowers as a bowl for my salad mix too. Also, the little flowerettes inside each leaf can be cut and eaten as well, adding even more nutrition to the salad.
Banana Flower Health Benefits
The banana flower grows on the herb, producing even more bananas. However, there are plenty of bananas to grow and taking banana flowers does not prevent the abundance of the growth of bananas.
A. High in Fiber
B. Abundant in Potassium
C. Teaming with Protein
D. Loaded with Vitamins A, C, E & K
E. Iron is also a huge element in these gems
F. Helps repair the uterus
G. Helps aid in lactation
H. Aids in menstrual cycle bleeding thus relieving pain
I. Wonder food for diabetics
J. Regulates blood pressure
K. Heals anemia
L. Relieves constipation
M. Heal wounds - prevents infections
Due to it's fiber content, these beauties are great for maintaining a healthy colon and relieves constipation!
The abundance potassium content helps to prevent 'charley horses' in the middle of the night or any time for that matter. As we know, potassium is very good for the kidney health, so you might want to integrate these beauties in your daily regime. Being a kidney patient with years of swelling and throbbing after my surgery at age 8, (read my story on the other blog and the about Lynnette page) I find these to be the perfect addition to keep my kidneys in check without feeling overly cleansed. Keep in mind, all cleansing foods are not optimum for some kidney patients. More on that in the kidney blog.
Due to it's rich content of iron, eating this flower often will replenish the hemoglobin levels, thus curing anemia.
We know that Vitamin C in the raw form from eating raw vegetables and herbs is extremely healthful in preventing diseases and reversing illnesses and repairing tissues, therefore, due to this high potency of Vitamin C, it is a great way to mend and keep your uterus in great standing. Eating raw or even sauteed banana flowers continually, during pregnancy and after child birth, helps to strengthen the uterus and tissues. Thus helping to increase lactation by stimulating progesterone hormone levels for breast milk. A great source of nutrition for new mothers and for their baby's health as well!
The banana flower is referred to as the "Heart of the Plant" or Banana Heart. For good reason too! Due to the ethanol based extracts, the banana flower inhibits the growth of pathogenic bacterias such as e-coli, bacillus, subtalis and cerus.
We all know that free radicals are one of the main culprits in premature aging. You will be happy to know that this beauty is beaYOUtiful for more reasons than one! It's abundance of Vitamin A helps to ward off free radicals and repair the skin cells to help faster rejuvenate the new skin cells for reducing the fine lines, age spots and redness. The flowers posses an abundant source of antioxidants and extracts of methanol. These are the great sources along with Vitamin A in which to keep your youthful and radiant skin alive!
To help relieve the cramps, pains and PMS of your menstrual cycle and even help ease excessive bleeding that some women incur, you should eat a cup of cooked banana flower during this time to prevent this from happening. Eating cooked banana flower and even raw salads of banana flower on a regular basis will prevent these ailments from arising in the first place. After all, we do preach about prevention is KEY to any ailment, sickness, disease and even aging. ;-)
The mention of this flower being a 'wonder food' for diabetics is due to it's high content of fiber and iron. Diabetics should consume banana flowers either boiled or alone to reduce the levels of blood sugar and raise the hemoglobin in the body. It also attributes to raising the RED blood cell count in the body which is what a lot of the problem is for many diabetics.
Due to it's high content of the many vitamins listed above, this is a great 'go to' to aid in relieving anxiety and depression! It's true, when you are feeling blue, reach for the banana flower instead of the 'code blue' of Rx drugs.
That's a little run down on the healthy benefits of these little known wonders of the earth! Here are a couple of ways we like to consume the flowers.
RAW Banana Flower Salad with Pesto Dressing
Peel off all the purple leaves of the flower till you get down to the white heart of the flower. Cut the stem off the end. Save all the tiny flowerettes from each leaf and cut them in half to save for mixig in salad. use the purple leaves for the salad 'bowls'. Makes a perfect presentation for guest! Cut the whiter part of the flower in small strips, can cut in rounds or length wise and then in half. Place all cuttings in a bowl of lemon or lime juice and let set for an hour at least. Can set longer. Dice a mango and cucumber too. (you can dice a carrot, cabbage or onion as well) Set all aside in a large mixing bowl.
A large bunch of fresh basil
4 cloves garlic
Nutritional yeast (1/4 cup)
2 large lemons
1/4 cup olive oil
Put all ingredients in a Vitamix or blender and blend very well.
Squeeze all liquid from the soaked banana flower and place banana flower into other diced fruits & /or vegetables and toss well. Place mixture inside banana leaves and top with freshly made pesto! Viola! The best RAW Salad mixture ever!
Sauteed Banana Flower and Black Bean Pasta
Cut and soak banana flower as directed above
Boil black bean pasta till almost tender. Drain well.
Dice a whole bulb of garlic cloves
Slice a small onion.
Put onion, garlic and banana flower in a well oiled skillet and sautee for about 8 to 10 minutes. Add black bean pasta and sautee for another 5 minutes. Dish onto plates and top with olive oil, salt and cracked black pepper. Viola! again , the most nourishing and filling meal ever! (you can top your pasta with the pesto dressing as well or nutritional yeast) ENJOY!
Written by Lynnette Marie. Please see my bio on the Minister for the Environment section.
You be the judge. What are your thoughts?
Hello all, Lynnette here. By now you all have probably heard the news of a trusted company whom has partnered with a non trusted company. Garden of Life has now expressed to us how they so excitedly partnered with our opposition of Nestle corporation. This is indeed sad news for consumers. Garden of Life and others will argue that by partnering with such a corrupt and greedy company, that the organic world will have a chance to reach more people in the main stream faux phude world, thus reaching a new clientele and educating the masses about organic and sustainable living.
This could very well be a true point, as I, myself, is knows for stepping way outside of the arena to reach a different audience for the organic world. I promote my books and my very trusted companies in main stream grocery stores, I speak at random non organic events and speak inside government funded schools and I even promote my books and trusted companies at events such as preppers expos which is not normally a place to sell these books or organic products. I have made great strides in gaining new customers from areas in which no one had ventured in. Using this method works very well in educating the masses and helps the faux phude customer realize what else is out here and why they should should take notice. With this being said, the huge difference is that I, nor any of the companies I represented, COMPROMISED our integrity! We did not sell out, we did not partner with evill sources.
We simply opened a door way for us to walk through and introduce wholesome and pure products to the consumers. We did this by finding a happy solution to the mass confusion market. The companies I represent are proudly placed on the main stream grocery store shelves such as Hy-Vee. This enabled us to do promotions inside the stores to garner the attention of busy shoppers. We did not need funding from out side sources to get us "in", we did not need to partner with an evil empire. Sure, the grocery stores do make a profit on the pure products we placed in there, however, they are NOT controlling any of the companies products, they are simply the middle man to pass on pure products to YOU, the consumer.
Do you see the difference here? There is a difference between placing products into markets, in which the public is ALREADY shopping in, to gain their interest in our products and the ones who PARTNER with evil companies in which have control of what the company does or puts into their products. Take a look at Tom's of Main tooth paste, deoderants and mouth wash. They were a great fluoride FREE company for years, UNTIL they sold out to Colgate several years ago. It was not long, maybe a year or two, before Colgate fluoiidated and aluminized the products. Tom's had the very same statement that GOL has. "They have no plans to change us — what we do, what we stand for or what we believe." stated by Brian Ray of GOL
Our conclusion, as the Rainbow Warriors Team, on the GOL/Nestle partnership is a fail. You see, as one of our Rainbow Warriors said, "It's a corporate buyout to get the organic world to go away.", we are in a major catch 22 here. Damned if we do, damned if we don't. If we continue to buy GOL, then we support Nestle and give them moe power to control the water and drain all the water aquifers for free as they sell it back to people.. If we boycot GOL, then Nestle STILL wins by getting consumers to NOT have choices of products to buy safely. A great mind scheme Nestle and the PTB came up with. Ingenious idea!
However, anyone partnering with a company who believes that water is NOT a human right, UNLESS you buy his water, or get toxic water under HIS terms, has some deep soul searching to do.
This is called Labeling Fraud, plain and simple as they so proudly sport the NON GMO project on GOL products when we KNOW Nestle is FOR GMO in the food supply.
You be the judge. We will be watching this company very closely to see the changes.
Meme photo compliments of one of our Rainbow Warriors, Rudy Twomoon.
This is one of the reasons that the Pure Integrity Verified Seal was created. This is also why the clause in the qualifications outline states, "That if a company sells to another company or hires new management, then this is cause for re-evaluation before continuing to carry the seal". This will keep companies in organic and sustainable standards for everyone to eat, drink and sleep safely.
Look for and DEMAND this seal in the food, water, clothing and textile industry.