Monday, December 2, 2013

12 Steps for a Natural Healthy Pregnancy

12 Steps for a Natural Healthy Pregnancy  
         By Melissa McDow Neece

1)  Take a Whole Foods type of Prenatal.  Nature's Plus Source of Life Prenatal is the cheapest.  Juice Plus is also a helpful addition. I recommend Garden of Life Raw Prenatal.  Your prenatal Chiropractor can also recommend a good prenatal (just make sure its gluten and soy free!)   Make sure your prenatal has FOLATE ACID, NOT folic acid.  Folic acid is actually a neurotoxin.

Nature's Plus Link
Garden of Life link -
Thorne Research Link

2) Avoid gluten, soy, and dairy as much as possible.  (as well as caffeine, sodas, and all the other no-nos.)

3) Take a GOOD probiotic daily.  At least 20 billion.  This will help you avoid UTIS, Kidney, and yeast infections, as well as helping to avoid GBS.

4)  Do your research.  If you are not comfortable with birth centers or home births, check out the certified Nurse midwives at your local hospitals.
 (In Tarrant county, check out Cleburne and Grapevine hospitals.  We also have several FANTASTIC birth centers, including Gentle Beginnings, the Cleburne Birth center, the Argyle birth center and more!)
(Some birth centers will take Medicaid - and most pregnant women qualify for Medicaid).
Remember, with a midwife, your appointment will last almost an hour, with a doctor, usually 5 - 15 minutes. You form a relationship with a midwife.  Remember you can change practitioners at any time - the doctor is the client, not you!  You owe no loyalty to a doctor, if you are uncomfortable or want something different - change doctors!  He's not the high school principal - don't let him or her push you around.  Check out My OB Said What?! website.  My OB said What? Link

5)  Check out Tarrant County Birth Network providers or Dallas County Birth Network providers.  (or the nearest Birth Network provider to you.)
Tarrant County Birth Network Link
Tarrant County Birth Network Resources Link
Dallas County Birth Network Link
Birth Network National

6)  Do all your research before the birth!  Especially for life-changing events like:
Circumcision (see articles: Tons of Circ Links! Circumcision and mothers circumcision and fathers genital integrity week )  All-in-one List Links - Peaceful Parenting and Guggie Daily
Delayed Cord Clamping - Guggie Daily, NYTimes, Article, Guggie Daily
Breastfeeding  -, The Leaky Boob, Best for Babes
Babywearing  - Resources
Baby-Led Feeding - Nourishing Origins, Introducing Solids, Baby Led Feeding

7)  See a good Prenatal chiropractor.  I recommend Lifetime Wellness Center and Crossroads Chiropractic.  Rachel Whaley in Burleson is a good alternative if you can't afford regular weekly care.  This will help fantastically with any sciatica or loose hip issues.  Also find a good Prenatal Yoga class.  Practice squatting every day.  Put your hands against the wall, and follow the wall down into a squat and then stand up.   Work your way up to 20 or more daily.
Some more Chiropractors: Dr. Terry Garcia in Irving and FW, Dr. Kristi Corder in Aubrey, Dr. 

Tara Connelly in Grapevine, Dr. Kyska in Keller, Dr. Chandra Chrisp in Keller, Dr. Ruth 

Durkee in Dallas, Dr. Dodge in Coppell, Dr. Harrison in Allen

8)  Get a U-shaped body pillow.  They are wonderful in the later months especially.

9)  Drink Organic Pregnancy tea every day from 20 weeks on, as well as Red Raspberry Leaf (from 30 weeks on).  Take chlorophyll and at least 3 thousand Omega 3's daily from 20 weeks on.

10)  DO NOT get a 4D ultrasound.  Those are highly controversial, and can cause neurological damage.   Even with a regular ultrasound, make sure you get someone who knows what they are doing.  An ultrasound should not last more than 10 minutes, and usually lasts about 5 minutes.  Try to only get one ultrasound, if you get one at all - preferably at about 20-21 weeks.

11) If you decide to take protein powder, take a small dosage of an organic protein powder like Garden of Life Raw Protein or  Life Plus Pea/Rice/Hemp protein powder.   Never take a soy-based protein powder, it is too estrogenic and also leads to very big babies.  Preferably get your protein from food like grass-fed beef, farm-raised eggs, and organic chicken.  Vegans need to work with a professional naturopath/nutritionist in order to achieve an optimal diet.  Spirulina, Quinoa, and Chia seeds are all good sources of vegan protein.

12)  If you really want to know your stuff and not regret any decision, thoroughly Peruse the following Websites:

Peaceful Parenting -

Birth Without Fear -

My OB Said What!?

The Guggie Daily -

The Analytical Armadillo -

Mommypotamus -

Sarah Buckley

And Last, but not least - Think POSITIVE THOUGHTS!  Stay Positive and pray daily!
I hope you have a wonderful birth with a beautiful healthy baby!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Bag of Baby Books

Melissa Neece's Bag of Baby Books

If you know me, and want to borrow my bag of Pregnancy/Baby materials, then just message me on Facebook. (I have a whole LOT more than these of course, but this is a good place to start).

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger
The Water Birth Book by Janet Balaskas
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
Immaculate Deception II by Suzanne Arms
Pregnancy:  The Natural Way by Zita West
The Birth Book by Dr Sears
Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper with DVD
Yoga for Pregnancy book and DVD by Theresa Jamieson

Mothering:  No More Junk Nov/Dec 2003
Mothering: Media Savvy Nov/Dec 2004
Mothering: Breastfeeding Culture July/August 2006
Mothering: Our Pregnancy Edition Sept/Oct 2007
Mothering: The Business of Being Born Jan/Feb 2008
Mothering:  Read to Me Jan/Feb 2010
Pathways: Autism Spring 2009
Pathways: Colic Summer 2009
Pathways: Prescription Drug Marketing Summer 2011
Pathways: Imagination Spring 2012

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League
The Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp
How to Raise a Healthy Child in spite of your doctor by Robert Mendelsohn

Sunday, November 10, 2013

My Review on the Fall 2013 TV Season

My Review on the Fall 2013 shows
Once Upon a Time - calamity on all sides - hiding the truth games - true love prevails - still a great show!
The Good Wife - this season is a bit more complicated, but I think its the best yet.  Every season they find more interesting angles, and the court cases themselves are always intriguing.  And I love the actress   - she is so good in Person of Interest and in this show.  My favorite episodes in both shows are the ones where she's allowed to shine.
Revenge - I'm stockpiling these, I'll let you know later.  I will say that I'm annoyed by all the deaths.  This is not a zombie show or a Middle Ages show where you EXPECT death.  All these deaths actually make it feel too soap operaish.  Stop killing off characters, stop killing the love stories, stop making me want to stop watching this show.
The Mentalist - what? they got married on the same day as the proposal? I guess that's faster than Bones.  I still don't know how I feel about that episode.  Was it romantic, or were the fans cheated?  Lets see where they take it.  And will they ever figure out Red John - now it looks like a conspiracy with the scope of Alias.  Hmm, I just realized how many shows this season have huge power-hungry conspiracy groups - should we be paranoid?  I just hope that whenever they do catch Red John, it isn't as lame as the show's predecessor The Profiler.
The Walking Dead - I have recommended this show to so many people - and the first thing they say is Really? Zombies? I don't know.  And I tell them - fast forward through the zombie parts (if you do it on the VLC media player you can still hear the tinny dialogue but the music/sounds aren't scary anymore) and get to the interaction between the characters.  This is a show that really explores the ethical dilemma of how to be a good person in a world gone crazy.  It does it bettter than any other post-apocalyptic show out there - and proves it by being the highest rating show on cable tv EVER.  There is a reason why people are raving about this show - really! Watch it - just fast forward through the icky parts. :)
Witches of East End - Stockpiling.

HIMYM - I'm just lovin' this season.  This is the one show my husband likes to watch with me.  As a former wedding planner, I love how the whole season is taking place over the weekend of the wedding.   All I can say is - Barney and Robin had better get married!
Hostages - This reminds me very much of 24, except with a female protagonist.  Its a fun watch - its not a must-see - but it is fun.  Good show to stockpile and watch later.
The Blacklist - Now, this show IS my must-see.  I look forward to it every week.  James Spader just makes this show sparkle. (I wonder what he'd think of my word choice) - but he does.  Without him, the show probably would be a more runofthemill fbi show - but with him, its magic. :)  But what is the deal with adopting babies on all these shows - Smash, Scandal, and the Blacklist all have these Dads who want to adopt babies.  Is this a thing now?
Bones - Woah! In five episodes you go from proposal to marriage.  It was a beautiful ceremony, perfect for them as a couple (totally would have chosen that for them) - but it still happened fast!  And now they are moving to a new night?  dumdedumdumdum! death knells clanging! will this final season only be 13 episodes long?  Say it ain't so Sealy!  I love this show - mainly because of the camaraderie - its very much a comfort show, where you are in sync with all the characters, and you actually LIKE them (do you know how rare that is in a tv show?) - and now we have to say good bye soon.  I was just considering how similar this show is to a Lois and Clark scenario (Sealy as the superhero with Temperance as a fierce, hold-her-own Lois Lane with their scooby gang to help ground them and save the day).   And that just goes to another plea/rant/beg scenario of please get a superman show back on the air hollywood people!  They are seriously my favorite.
Almost Human
Sleepy Hollow - I've watched two episodes.  its ok.  haven't forced myself to watch anymore yet though...maybe it will get better?  I'll stockpile and see them later.
Castle - the whole fbi/police set-up was a tad bit too convenient as a lazy plot line.  BUT still fun to watch.  As always, love the dad/daughter scenario on this show, so real, so poignant, so good.  Also, SO glad that they are getting married - they are definitely the best friend type of marriage, which is definitely the good kind.
Beauty and the Beast - I'm still not sure what I think about this show.  I love the romantic bits - and I love how they brought back the heartbeat thing from the original show.  (the original 80's show was my favorite show at the time, and it is still on my list of top 5 all-time favorites).  I still think it is amazing that the producers love this concept of this show so much, and wanted it to be told again so badly that they managed to bring it back to the airways.  I think that is romantically marvelous.  This show unfortunately does not have the magic of the original - but it is good in its own right as long as you don't compare.  The main unfortunate comparison is of the actress who plays Catherine and her role as Lana on Smallville.  The last episode of her telling him how much lying hurts a relationship - well, you could just totally interchange that dialogue between the two shows.  That was her hang-up with Clark too, and honestly, its just getting old.  It was extremely annoying on that show - and its just as annoying on this one.  And how unfortunate to have the exact same issue as a relationship contender on both shows - making the comparison between characters to take place inevitably  in the mind of the viewer.

Agents of Shield - Does anyone else find this show incredibly boring?  And I don't even know why it is?  Maybe the characters are still just very 2-dimensional 5 episodes in.  I feel like I am obliged to watch this show because its a comic book/superhero show and I like the Iron Man/Avenger movies, not to mention Joss Whedon (but don't let me get started on how I feel about Joss Whedon - he says he doesn't believe in true love, and all his shows tragically prove it).  But this show is just tediously boring.  Maybe it has too much of an 80s cop show vibe?  Too procedural?  I just seriously don't care about this show.  Even Arrow and The Tomorrow People with all its CWishness are still more interesting than this show.  I'm getting a flashback to a good show - The Finder.  That was a good show.  This is not.  Its like his shows are deteriorating - Buffy - first five seasons, never boring.  Some episodes in the last two seasons a bit boring.  Firefly - mainly interesting, a few tedious scenes.  Dollhouse - rambled and more boringness found its way in.  This show - just super boring.  And I have no idea how they can improve it.
Person of Interest - I think they have found their groove in season 3 - the characters are comfortable with each other and the plot lines are great.  This is a JJ Abrams production, so of course there is a vast conspiracy, and that part of it can get convoluted.  The few and far between romantic moments are bittersweet and often quite sad.  I really do wish there were a bit more romance, but there is a lot of friend-mance and that works.  Most of the plotlines have a twist - and then another twist - and that can be quite fun.
New Girl - Yay!  Nick and Jess are together!  I think the people have real chemistry, and it shows up on the screen.  Though they need to cut out the overacting kisses - I would love to see a heated super seductive sweet kiss from them.  Even though this show has mainly physical comedy, there are actually some really rofl gut busting  funny scenes in this show.  Not to mention a freaking fantastic apartment - Rachel and Ross, eat your heart out!  Speaking of that infamous couple, please, please, please do not do the back and forth break up thing with this couple.  Just let them continue on their merry sweet way.

Revolution - This is one of those shows that is better when you can watch several episodes in a row.  Seriously - stockpile 3 episodes and then watch them - it greatly improves it, doesn't it?  I still feel like this show is drowning in its own convolutedness, and I hope it gets somewhere grounded soon.
Arrow - Now this show feels like its finally finding its way.  I just hope the flashback island parts don't get too convoluted.  This is a fun show - needs more romance.  How about someone for Felicity? hmmm?
The Tomorrow People - I am enjoying this show.  Its not the best, but its definitely not the worst either.  Its a fun (teen wolf, vampire diaries) type of show.  It has promise.  Now bring on the romance!  Will there be a really good love triangle full of angst?
Ironside - Stockpiling.

The Big Bang Theory - this is another show that my husband and I watch together.  this show is witty and funny and brilliant.  A good personality comparison - People who love 30 Rock hate this show, and People who love this show hate 30 Rock.  (I intensely disliked 30 Rock - it wasn't funny at all, and there were no likeable characters).  Poor Amy, I honestly feel that Penny and Sheldon have more of an intimate sharing relationship than he and Amy.   As much as I like Sheldon, I just feel that this is a dead end relationship, and if she was really my friend, I would tell her that she deserves more - she should have touch, and feelings, and marriage, and babies.  And I don't think she will get that ever from Sheldon.  Penny and Leonard's relationship is coming along nicely.  I am wondering what couple will get pregnant first - isn't that the natural progession of shows like these?
Glee - Ok, I think they should get an Emmy for the memorial episode, don't you?  I've seen that episode 4 times already.  Its so emotionally good, and such a touching way to pay tribute to the actor.  And for those who say that the scene in the locker room with the coach was awkward and stilted - I say these are characters who do not display emotions well, and when they do - they would be awkward about it.  For the characters, I think it was perfectly played.  I love the opening song.  And as a former teacher, I love Sue's monologue.  I applaud Lea Michele's bravery for being able to do any of it.  I know I could not.  She is one strong, brave woman. Purely show-wise, it is also sad that the series finale won't have Rachel and Finn's wedding.
Michael J Fox - this is a funny show.  I'm not that fond of the family characters - like, who are these people? But it is funny, and the plot lines so far are good.
Elementary - I think I'm enjoying this season more than last.  I look forward to seeing where it goes.
Vampire Diaries - Ok, I still say that the finale of season 4 was one of the best finales of any show.  It had everything, and wrapped everything up so beautifully (i will admit i've watched the love scene a few too many times), that I am still afraid they are going to ruin this show this season.  They will make something terrible, or tragic, or just completely drastic happen.  This show has the best love triangle of any show I have ever seen. (or at least that is what I think).  Sometimes this show can be really stupid and have some silly dialogue or plot lines, and then BOOM, a completely sweet magical romantic moment happens, and it makes everything worth it.
Originals - Stockpiling
Scandal - is there anything redeemable about this show?  really?  It really is like the cliche of watching a train wreck - the cliche of guilty pleasure - of wondering why do i like this show?  But you just keep watching.
The Crazy Ones - This show is GOOD! I actually laugh - like A LOT - during this show.  I think that is pretty miraculous - and I hope this show stays around a good long while.  And its fun to see Sarah in a comedy role. :)
Once Upon A Time in Wonderland - WoW! I love the romantic characters in this show.  Now, that is a Princess Bride kind of Romance! Alice is like Wesley searching for Buttercup.  Just so good - so looking forward to the next episode!
White Collar - The bro-mance and overall friend-mance in this show as well as the fun tricky thieving is what keeps me coming back to this well-written, well-produced show.

Haven - I love this show.  But I want to know - what happened to the son?  are they just leaving that plotline by the wayside?  and the reunion between Nate and Audrey was just a little too bleh.  But it did get better.  As usual, the whole season is shaping up quite nicely.
Grimm - this show quickly made my favorite top 20 shows of all time list - but I heard its getting really dark this season?  I hope it doesn't get too dark, and I hope they ramp up the romance soon.
Dracula - this show is like a rich succulent way bad for you treat with a dark edge.  It definitely reminds me of the book in tone and feeling.  It does seem to try too hard to be an ABC version of an HBO show, but I am glad it is on ABC - not seeing naked people is just WAY more seductive.

Shows I'm looking forward to:
Doctor Who - Still say the best episodes ever were with Amy and her Rory.  So romantic, so awesome.  Will we see them again?  the cliffhanger from the last episode is a doozy, it will be interesting to see where the creators take it.  So looking forward to the fiftieth anniversary episode.
Game of Thrones - Ok, yes, this show is very degrading to women.  It reminds me of all the millions of tragic women out there who are currently chattel to brutal and horrible men (have you donated lately to a Human Rights group?  A challenge - every time you watch an episode of Game of Thrones, donate to a cause that helps to free women from an ugly-beyond-imagining abusive life.)  Yet, the women who are strong in this show are intelligent women who brilliantly winds their way through this violent world of men.  I personally like the plotline of Daenerys and her dragons.  And I did like the plot line of Rob and his wife.   Why does every love story in this show end so tragically?  I remember in 1998 I threw the book across the room - one of the very few books I have ever thrown - and watching the tv show I can see why I did.  Its so dark and dreary - and yet, we all keep watching.  (this is another show where I fast forward through the icky parts).

Sunday, October 27, 2013

12 steps of what to look for in a dream house

12 steps of what to look for in a dream house

I love house-hunting. Whenever a friend tells me they are looking for a house, I tend to flood them with information and house listings. I'm a bit of a nut that way. I love going with my friends to look at houses. When I was looking for my house, we looked for a year and a half, and saw over 200 houses. Since then, I've probably seen around 400.

Here are some concepts to think about while looking for your dream house.

1.  The most important thing is to fall in love with the neighborhood, and then find a house that you love in that neighborhood.  A well-established neighborhood with a canopy of trees is usually a wonderful place to live and more easily sold when it comes time to resell.  There are even still areas where a child can walk to school.  In this area, there are also subdivisions where many houses have an incredible view of hills or skyline.  And the neighborhood should be no more than 20 minutes away from work.  Otherwise, you'll be exhausted from traffic by the time you get home, and your family life will suffer.

2.  The number one feature in a house is a good kitchen. It needs to be roomy with a lot of light. You will spend most of the time in the kitchen, and when guests come over, they always congregate in the kitchen. Having a lovely kitchen is a great reselling point, and it makes a woman happy about a house. I've known women to get severely depressed over the state of the kitchen - it is truly the most important room in the house. Even if you are not much of a cook! :)

3. Another room that is a great bonus (especially with kids) is a utility room. Having an actual room and not a closet makes laundry so much easier (especially when you are doing a load every day/ two days because of baby/kid wet clothes, sheets, etc.) A laundry room with a sink is a super plus.

4. A nice extra feature is a sunroom for kids - it allows kids to get sunlight on cold or rainy days. This is not necessary, but it is nice. Also really nice is a great master bathroom that can be a real retreat for a stressed out mother - think bubble baths in a jacuzzi, claw foot, or garden tub. :)

5. Having a garage in the back is extremely helpful - the driveway is long enough that a kid can easily ride a tricycle, nobody can look into your garage, and the street is empty of cars. This was the most important thing on my checklist. Our driveway is also gated, which I find to be very nice as people can't wander into our yard and kids can't wander out.
I would avoid houses with converter garages - garages that have become living rooms or bedrooms. They are very hard to resell. Most people want a garage they can park their expensive cars in, or store boxes of their stuff.

6.  One of my favorite features (and a personal must-have) of a house is the front porch.  Its somewhere to sit on a nice day to watch the world go by and your kids play.  Its great for breathing in fresh air and reading a book.  And my family loves sitting on the porch watching the rain fall.

7.  Also, subdivisions that only have 2 or 3 ways to get in and out are awesome. You never have to worry about thorough-traffic or trucks or anything like that. Only people that belong to the neighborhood and their visitors will be the only ones driving through. Except househunters of course!

8.  2 story houses with kids can be doable, but I would avoid them as I know most kids have fallen down the stairs at least once, if not once a year, which is super scary for a mom.
Also, I hate carrying a baby or toddler up stairs, its a bit nervewracking.

9. Having at least 2 baths is a must, and having a half bath for guests is extremely nice, especially as the other bathroom will be filled with kid stuff.

10.  Storage.  Whether you are a minimalist or a pack rat, storage is still a premium feature.  Also, think about putting in built-in bookshelves, or lining a closet with cedar.   And with the warehouse stores, creating garage shelving is easier than ever.  But keep your boxes and shelves labeled, don't let it accumulate.  Check out my post on How to Get Rid of your Stuff for ideas on cutting down the clutter.

11. The more houses you look at, the more you will get a feel for a good quality house vs. a house that is a box. A good quality house will have far less problems than a quickly constructed low quality house.
If you can avoid a "starter home" I would. You never know how long you are going to be in the house, it could be 5 years, but it could also be 20 or the rest of your life. If I had to live in my house for the rest of my life, I would be perfectly ok with that. I really like my house and my neighborhood, and I do not believe that the neighborhood will deteriorate at all.

12. Basically, to start, get a list of houses together - about 20 to 25 houses - take a Saturday and drive to these houses. Most are usually empty so you can look through the windows and in the back yard. Then drive around the neighborhood and see if you like it.  Find a peaceful neighborhood that is kid-friendly, walking-friendly, and well-established, and you have found yourself a winner! Then pick out the five or six houses that you liked best and want to see more of, and call a real estate agent to set up an appointment and then you can see all of them at once. Five/six houses in the same area/neighborhood usually takes about 2 hours. Don't forget your digital camera or camcorder to help you remember all the fine details.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

9 Simple Ways to Avoid Breast Cancer Naturally

9 Simple Ways to Avoid Breast Cancer Naturally

1.  Never wear a Wire bra.  Always wear wireless, and only wear a bra when you need to.  The constriction blocks the lymph nodes and allow toxins to build up.
2.  Breastfeed.  2 years of breastfeeding cuts your risk by 50%, and the longer you breastfeed, the smaller the risk.  If you have children, and you don't breastfeed, that greatly increases your risk, so you definitely need to be very proactive.
3.  Help your hormones.  Chlorophyll, Royal Jelly and Maca Root are all helpful hormone balancers.
4.  Fatty acids from fish, coconut and avocadoes also help.  Antioxidant rich foods are obviously something to be aware of.  Also be aware of your nutritional type (Dr. Mercola's website has a good example).
5.  No aluminum-based deodorants.  Try different natural types of deodorant (Jason's, Kiss my face, Queen Helene, Arm & Hammer Essentials) until you find one you like.  There are also a lot of recipes out there to make your own out of coconut oil, baking soda and essential oils.
6.  Very obviously - no skin care products that have chemicals or names you can not pronounce.  Those are all toxic to your cells.  It amazes me how many people still use name brand toxic chemical cleaners, like Lysol, Dove, Ivory, etc.  Anything that has Sodium Lauryte Sulfate - you need to avoid!  Use natural or organic cleaners only - for the household, for your laundry, and for your skin.  There are many cheap ways to do this - you can easily make your own if necessary - there are many recipes online.
7.  Learn to use natural God made medicines (not chemical man-made medicines - it amazes me how many people put all their faith in man-made chemical "prescription" medicines).  Take some essential oil classes, or peruse the many websites.  Learn more about homeopathy, herbs, chinese medicines, and the healing power of certain foods (organic chicken broth and raw goats milk are incredible gut healers).
8.  And of course, try to eat as organically as your budget allows.  Look up your neighborhood food co-ops for produce, raw dairy, and grass-fed meat.  Facebook and Meetup people will be happy to help you find your local co-ops.
9.  Never get a mammogram.  They are often 50% false positives.  And if you do have breast cancer, the constriction of a mammogram spreads the cancer!  Join other women as they battle the billion dollar industry and fight against this archaic and barbaric practice.  If you want a diagnosis, use thermogram technology for a safer and more accurate report.
Here is a great all-in-one article:

Friday, September 27, 2013

Dark Chocolate Medicine Candies for Coughs

Dark Chocolate "Medicine" for Coughs
Dark chocolate helps stop coughs.
Peppermint oil helps stop coughs.
Coconut oil helps heal the body.
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles - better than a York Peppermint patty - and good for you!

There are recipes online that show you how to make these "candies" that are yummy - and medicinal!
See if your kids will believe you when you tell them these candies are medicine!  Ha!

Also, the best way to get rid of a cough in 3-4 days (instead of weeks with conventional over the counter stuff):
Fenugreek (3-6 pills, depending on body weight) 3 or 4x daily
                        (you can substitute one or two pills each time with Nature's Sunshine ALJ - this especially    
                          helps with  acute bronchitis or pneumonia)
Peppermint oil drops in a cup of water or off the back of your hand.  Some like to take it with coconut oil.  Its best not to go more than 4 or 5 days with taking any essential oil internally.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Planning a Big Family in Ideal Conditions

Big Families in Ideal conditions
The Bible says that fields should lay fallow for 2 years in order for the soil to regain its nutrients.  Is a womb no less precious than a field?  It takes about 2 years for the womb, the bones and the body to optimally regain the optimal nutrients and bone density to order to carry out an optimally healthy pregnancy and birth.
God also prepares the body for this for when the body works correctly through on-demand breastfeeding for 2+ years, for the average length of time for the menses to be halted is anywhere from 12-34 months.  The World Health organization, as well as many other health entities states that optimally a child should receive breastmilk for at least 2 years (or for as long as the mother and child wishes - the average age of weaning world-wide is from 4-5 years of age).  This would naturally mean that children would be spaced 3 to 4 years apart.  I believe that this is God's biological plan for the best possible health of mother and baby.
If you are having just 2 children, and you decide to have them around 18 months apart, well, it will be harder on your body, but it probably won't have any lasting detrimental effects.   The problems start when women decide to have many children close together.  Bodies and health break down and problems start to ensue either with the mother or the baby.
God also created the natural laws of fertility.  The average woman becomes pregnant between day 12 and day 16 of her menstrual cycle.  If you have an irregular cycle, then it is more difficult to chart.  Charting though helps all women know and learn about their own bodies - not only to know when you are fertile, but also to know when something is wrong and if you might need to see a doctor.  There are many books and websites on how to chart your own cycle.  God also has created many plants and herbs that can help regulate your cycle, as well as heal the reproductive system.  I have known many women who have healed endiometriosis, fibrous tumors, irregular 40 day cycles, etc. all through the healing properties of God-made plants.
Another issue to consider is that the first 3-4 years of a child's life are very important and needs a mother's full attention, care and training.  This also allows a mommy to be a mommy, and not a delegator.  I have noticed that as long as there are only 5 children/teens in the house at one time, a mommy can stay a mommy.  More than 5 and often mommy becomes a delegator/facilitator, and the older siblings must spend a lot of their spare time helping to raise their mother's children.  Also, if you do choose to place your children in school, you would never have more than two little ones not in school.  This will help faciliate care and training.
If a woman begins having babies at 22 and continues through age 46:  At age 46:
3 years apart:  Children are ages 24, 21, 18, 15, 12, 9, 6, 3, Infant - Total - 8 Children                                 4 years apart:  Children are ages 24, 20, 16, 12, 8, 4, Infant - Total - 6 children                                           5 years apart:  Children are ages 24, 19, 14, 9, 4 - Total - 5 children

So according to God's plan, even if you started at age 18, you will most likely only have 10 pregnancies at most, and more likely to have only 5 to 8 pregnancies if you begin in your twenties.  Another blessing to this is that there will always be a little one (age 5 or younger) in your household.  For by the time your youngest is 5, you will be 51ish and your oldest three will be in their twenties and surely one of them would probably have provided you with a grandchild by then!
If you start your family in your thirties, it is still possible to have 4 or 5 pregnancies three years apart before becoming menopausal.  And menopause is often delayed through both pregnancy and breastfeeding.  And maybe God will bless you with twins!  Or in the case of one supposedly infertile couple in their 40s that I know - they adopted triplet babies - and then became pregnant with twins!  5 babies in the family within the year - now that's starting a large family with a bang!  God can provide a family in unexpected ways.

Sometimes your genetics or your environment or your diet or your breastfeeding methods warps the body and does not halt the menses for 12-34 months.  It is still ideal to follow the natural laws God put in place and withhold from intercourse (while you are ovulating) for the first 24-36 months after birth.   For more information, there are many articles and websites on Lactational amenorrhea and how to ideally achieve it.  There is also a lot of information available about charting and ovulation through books and websites - remember, this is the method that God has put into place so that you can keep your womb fallow for at least 2 years in order to replenish your body with important nutrients.
I also know many women who tandem breastfeed (breastfeeding an older child and an infant), and so choose to breastfeed for over 30 years of their life.  There are many God-made herbs and supplements that help enrich the milk to be best for your child/children, as well as helping the mother to maintain her health, energy, nutrients and bone density.
There are some women who are just truly made to be mothers and who truly desire a large family.  If you stick with God's plan, and rest the womb for at least 2 years before becoming pregnant again, and if you educate yourself on the healing and energizing properties of God-given plants and herbs, then you and your babies will ideally lead a healthy and abundant life!
* Caveat:  This is an optimal plan for an ideal way to plan a large family - this is in no way a judgement or bias against women who choose differently.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Essentials for Survival and Ways to teach your Children about Edible Plants

Ways to Teach your Children about Edible Plants
Essentials to have for Survival in case of Catastrophe

I love disaster movies.  I've seen dozens.  And I greatly enjoy the current disaster-based shows - Revolution and The Walking Dead.
Now, living in a great metropolitan area, I have always figured that my home will be nuked.    But what if some other type of catastrophe happens?  What then?
Watching these shows and disaster movies - well, they are always looking for food.  And yet, food is all around them.  They often step on it.  Yes, I am talking about Wild Edible plants.  There are so many plants that you can eat - either raw or cooked in a stew - that provides some major nutrients!  And you have probably never heard of most of them.
Some ways to teach your children about Edible Plants -
1) Create your own board game with places or cards being edible plants.  There are also some published games out there about herbs and other plants.  Create Flashcards.  Play Concentration/Go Fish games.
Print pictures from online, or xerox them from books to create your cards.
2) Sign up for classes - at your local Nature Center or Botanical Garden.  There are often classes or nature walks on how to recognize plants.  Your local Raw Food meetup group might have a class or two about edible plants.
3) Follow Charlotte Mason's educational materials, and create a Nature Journal.  Take walks, draw pictures of the plants you see, and label/identify them when you get home.
4) Create Lapbooks of the pictures of plants you either drew or photographed.
5)  Use Wild Edible Plants for the subject in your local school Science Fair.
6) If you are in a Home-school Co-op, have one of the classes be on Wild Edible Plants.  Teach it yourself and learn right along with your students!  Or have a one day Expo on Wild Edible Plants where the children make projects.   Form a Wild Edible plant club at your child's middle, junior, or high school - or at church.  Assign projects, go for Nature Walks, and fix food using the plants!

7)  There are many camps on Survival out there - find a family-friendly Camp near you that will teach you how to light a fire, make a bow and arrow, find edible plants, and more!
8) And of course, go out and pick lots of edible plants, come home, and fix them in some of your favorite recipes (or find some new recipes online!)
9) Before you pick them, take a picture.  Collect the pictures over time of all the Wild Edible Plants in your area, and then make a picture book online.  (Winkflash for example has a flat rate for their 50 page book.)  Make sure each child creates their own book.
10) Some Great books to have in your personal library on Edible Plants:
11) Some Great websites (don't forget to print out the relevant information in case of no electricity and/or internet):

Other ways to have food during a Catastrophe -
1)  Learn how to keep Nanny Goats.  People can survive on Goats Milk alone for a very long time.  It has most of the nutrients a human body needs to thrive.
2)  Keep some chickens.  Eggs are a superfood and can keep you alive.
Most cities will allow you to keep goats and chickens in the backyard.  Check your local city ordinances.
During a catastrophe of course, keep both goats and chickens in your old sound-proofed "media room."  If anyone knows you have them, you will be looted.  Figure out a way to get bugs and feed for the chickens to eat.  Share your edible grasses with the goats.  Don't forget to put a "diaper" on the goats and chickens, and figure out the best ways to get rid of their poop (as well as yours.)
Now, remember, if you have been eating plants and drinking milk for several months, and one of your goats dies, you are better off trading it for something you can use.  If you are not accustomed to eating meat, it will just make you sick.
For Medicines:
Most essential oils (not citrus) last for years and years.  So do most homeopathics.  Raw Honey is suppose to last as well. Colloidal Silver 10ppm.  Apple Cider Vinegar will keep for awhile.  These are good things to stockpile, because you can always use them.
Best essential oil:  Native American Naturals
Cheapest therapeutic grade essential oil:  Butterfly Express
Homeopathics:  you can often find these on clearance for half off or more - stock up!
Colloidal Silver - Dave's Healthy Solutions
Raw Honey - your local Farmer's market
Keep several books about Essential Oils on your bookshelf.

Remember, you will want several physical copies of survival books - Edible Plants, Maps, Survival Guides, Essential Oils, Home Cures, etc.  If there is no electricity, Kindle unfortunately will not work!
There are edible plants, edible flowers, edible roots, and of course, edible bugs.
Your children need to know which ones are edible!

Friday, June 7, 2013

14 step on Organizing and how to Get Rid of Your Stuff

How to Spring Clean and Get Rid of Your Stuff
1) Keep the stuff that you will need to help prompt your memory when you are 80.  Keep the stuff that you know your great grand child would want (things that belonged to your great grandmother, etc).
But if you hate it, then don't feel like you have to keep it just because it was your great-grandmothers (etc). See if another member of the family would rather have it.
2) If you have 2 of something - keep the one that you like the best, or have the most memories.
3) With pictures and papers - take along a scanner to one of those mom craft parties, and scan things in as you talk to people.
Make nice skinny thin picture books out of this and put on bookshelf.
4)  Get rid of all books that you know you are not going to read again or reference.  There is always the public library, interlibrary loan, and Kindle.
5) Anything "collectible" - is it really worth the space?  that space is valuable - is the collectible?
6) Go to mom swaps or post stuff on trade facebook groups.  Get things you really need.
7) Sell stuff in lots or bags on Craigs list, then go to the Thrift/Resale store to get clothes that actually fit or you would really wear.
8)  Get rid of clothes in your closet that you are not wearing.  You'll want to buy new stuff at stores if you change sizes anyway.  For every 2 pieces of clothing you buy, get rid of at least one old piece.
9) Things in boxes that are "pretty" - either put them out to be seen, or sell it.
10) Don't buy stuff that you will need in 5 years, even if its "awesome," or a "Great Deal!"  In five years, you won't have all the baby stuff anymore, and you will have room to then buy other "awesome" age appropriate things.
10) Re-purpose things - think of it in a new way.  I placed the pretty baby changing table next to the front door with baskets and boxes - to be a catchall for mail, keys, purses, umbrellas, and shoes.
11)  Kids need blocks, books, puzzles, instruments, crayons, bikes - cars/trains or dolls/kitchen - everything else is negotiable.
12) If you have nice suits, and that is not your life anymore, then keep 3 of your favorites, and either sell the rest, or donate to one of those groups that help moms have suits for job interviews.
13) If its hard, go slowly.  Take a bag a week to your favorite donation store.
14) I've been able to let go of a lot of stuff now that I am gluten free - gluten is a neurotoxin, and it really affected my mind.  It was harder to let things go.  Its a lot easier now.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Whats in my purse

What's in my purse
Do you ever play that game on facebook where you post what is in your purse?  Why you should post this game:
One, its a good excuse to clean out your purse, two, you get some ideas on how others organize their purses, and three, you find out a few things about your friends.
What's in my purse today:

DL/Card holder
business card holder
FW Library Storytime hours card
2 library book receipts
1 bandaid holder w/bandaids
1 red cement truck
1 green truck
1 yellow dump truck
1 fire engine
1 car flashlight
1 bag of stevia sweetener for tea
1 bottle of arnica montana
1 bottle of Bioplasma cell salts
1 red and white coin purse (that I've used since 1994)
1 red and white key ring set
3 pens

Speaking of purses, I prefer buying beautiful handmade cloth purses that I can then throw in a zippered pillowcase in the wash (especially if my son spills anything on it or in it.)  Do you have any favorite purse designers?  Mine is Isabella's Journey, Fossil, and purses on Etsy.

Friday, April 26, 2013

All - In - One Article Links on the Non-Vaccination Topic

I've read a lot of websites, journal articles, blogs, facebook, books, anecdoctal accounts, etc. on the subject of Vaccines.  I've read about this subject for over 4 years now.
I especially like articles that have a lot of info in one place, and the info makes sense.  I'll be adding to this list as I find new articles that meet this criteria.  Leave me a comment if you have a great article or website to share.
And don't forget to read the comments on these articles.  They are often very informative with data from great readers.

Here are some of the best Non-Vax article links -

Expert Pediatrician Exposes Vaccine Myths                                                                  
Life on the Franco Farm: 6 Points I Would Have to Believe Before Resuming Vaccinations


Are Vaccines Safe and Effective? by Catherine Diodati                                                                         

Updated:  Here are some very authoritative articles:
Vaccine Controversy | A PubMed Compilation : 15 to start with. 

Updated: and here are some more of my favorite non-vax 

all-in-one research links, makes research a lot easier!:
Vaccine Presentation from Family Wellness

Push to Reprogram Parents on Vaccines

Great Mothers Questioning Vaccines
Aborted Fetal Cells in Vaccines

Dirty Little Vaccine secrets

Vaccines cause Nerve Damage

Flu Vaccine Information

Autism is Reversible Info

The Real Truth about Tetanus Vaccines

Should Pediatricians fire patients whose parents don't Vaccinate

Updated:  And some more:
Big Study: Vaccine Kids have 2-5 more disease than Non-vax
How Much Do you know about Vaccination
The Greater Good Movie - a documentary about vaccines
 Video by Dr.Suzanne Humphries
Rebecca Carley: Vaccines - The True Weapons Of Mass Destruction

Monday, April 8, 2013

Supplementation sources for Iron Deficiency - Anemia

Here are some great sources of bio-available sources of iron. 

The main issue with iron is that most supplements are hard to absorb, and often cause bowel issues.

Iron works best when taken with Vitamin C.  You should never take it with a calcium supplement, because Iron binds calcium.  Do not take iron supplements with caffeine or grains.

Doctor often prescribe iron supplements that usually cause more problems than the original issue.

These iron supplements should not cause these issues.

Liquid Chlorophyll
Herb Etc Chloroxygen is a nettle based extract and definitely helps improve iron levels. 
Nettle tea works as well, but if you don't drink a lot of tea, or don't like the taste, this is a good compromise.  This supplement is also a wonderful hormone balancer and often gives you energy.

Medicinal Qualities of Stinging Nettle article

Blackstrap Molasses

Black strap molasses is an age-old remedy for anemia.  Just a teaspoon to a tablespoon a day helps build your iron stores in your body.

Parsley/Cucumber Blended drink

In a good blender, blend together parsley and cucumber with 4-8 ounces of water.  Drink it down.  Do this 2-3 times a day, and it will quickly up your iron levels.  This is great for pregnant women.
The cucumber has some vitamin C and also makes the parsley more palatable.


There are many that rave about nano-iron.  If you must take a supplement, make sure it is nano-iron instead of the traditional iron.  I personally am not familiar with this type of supplementation, but would love to learn more.

Herbal Iron Supplements:

Dr Christopher has an interesting herbal iron supplement

Dr Christopher's Anemia article

I know those who really like Nature's Sunshine Iron supplement, as well as Garden of Life Raw Food Iron.  
There are several others on the web; google Herbal Iron supplement.

Foods High in Iron:
Parsley, Cabbage, apricots, sunflower seeds, raisins, prunes, kelp, egg yolk, grains, beets and their greens, turnip greens, dulse, and walnuts.

Friday, March 29, 2013

About Me

I live in North Texas with my husband Kevin and my son. I have achieved two Masters Degrees - one in Education, and one in Library Science. I was a public school teacher for several years, and a children's librarian for three years. If you would like me to present a paper or speak at your conference/event on a topic on one of my webpages, please contact me.

Genital Integrity Week Facebook Postings

Here are my posts for Genital Integrity week.  Please share on your own Facebook and other social media networks.  Lets get this important Information out there!

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The New Testament church considered Circumcision Blasphemy.
They firmly believed that it was an outright denial of faith in Jesus Christ.
I am an Intactivist and this is Genital Integrity week.
Paul called circumcisers "vile dogs" - like a pack of wild dogs that preyed upon small animals and children. I wish this controversial topic was preached on more from the pulpit. Because to Christians, there is no controversy. The church states that salvation is through Jesus Christ, not circumcising. Children should be left intact, just like God made them.
"Watch out for those wicked men – dangerous dogs, I call them – who say you must be circumcised. Beware of the evil doers. Beware of the mutilation. For it isn’t the cutting of our bodies that makes us children of God; it is worshiping him with our spirits." – Phil 3:2-3
Stay tuned for my next post on how the Foreskin is an important Organ of the body, and a vital part of the immune system.
*I am an intactivist, which to me means that I educate, not drama-ate. I believe in expounding on the positivity and biological miracle that is the foreskin, not focusing or dwelling on the loss that is circumcision.

The Foreskin is an important Organ of the body, and a vital part of the immune system.
Just as the eyelid protects the eye, the foreskin protects the glans. The foreskin also maintains optimal warmth, pH balance, and cleanliness. The glans itself contains no sebaceous glands – glands that produce the moisturizing oil that our skin needs to stay healthy.The foreskin produces the oil that keeps the surface of the glans soft and healthy.

I am an Intactivist and this is Genital Integrity week. This is an excerpt from an article found at

The immunological functions of the foreskin and the self-cleansing functions of the penis protect the body from harm. From infancy to adulthood, the foreskin ensures optimal protection of the glans and urinary meatus from contaminants of all kinds. During childhood, the foreskin is also usually firmly attached to the glans to prevent contaminants from invading the urethra. The neck of the foreskin places the vulnerable urinary meatus at a distance from the external environment and defends it against invading contaminants. The fusion of the foreskin and glans and the nonexpandability of the preputial orifice in the child’s penis are therefore necessary for the health of the child. Even after the foreskin separates from the glans and becomes retractable, it continues throughout life to cover the glans and meatus in order to protect these delicate structures from dirty, contamination, abrasion, or bacterial invasion.

No attempt should be made to retract the foreskin before the penis has fully developed. Premature retraction causes the glans to become dry, hard, and scarred. The foreskin protects the glans from injury simply by covering it. The first person to retract the foreskin and expose the glans should be the child himself, and only when the child is ready to do so. It is best that parents avoid concerning themselves with this natural process. All by themselves, little boys will make the discovery that their foreskin can be retracted.

Glands in the foreskin produce antibacterial and antiviral proteins such as lysozyme. (5) Lysozyme is also found in tears and mother’s milk. Specialized epithelial Langerhans cells, an immune system component, aboud in the foreskin’s outer surface. (6) Plasma cells in the foreskin’s mucosal lining secrete immunoglobulin’s, antibodies that defend against infection.

Apocrine glands are important glands found in the skin. They are found in the foreskin and elsewhere on the body. They secrete the important lysosomal enzymes cathepsin B, lysozyme, chymotrypsin, and neutrophil elastase. All of these enzymes help protect the body from many kinds of bacteria. These enzymes are also found in tears and other bodily fluids. Human apocrine glands also produce cytokine, a nonantibody protein that generates an immune response on contact with specific antigens. All these substances have immunological functions and protect the penis from viral and bacterial pathogens. This natural protective function has been destroyed in circumcised males.

The foreskin is more sensitive than the fingertips, the glans (head) of the penis, or the lips of the mouth. It contains a richer variety and greater concentration of specialized nerve receptors than any other part of the body. These specialized nerve endings can discern motion, subtle changes in temperature, and fine gradations of texture.
The foreskin contains a highly organized erotogenic sensory nerve-receptor system. It transmits special sensations to the central nervous system and brain. The glans also has erotogenic sensory nerve receptors along its rim (the corona glandis), but far fewer than the foreskin. The massaging action of the foreskin against the glans produces stimulation in both organs.
The sense of smell is one of the oldest, most precise, and most important senses in humans. Smells convey vital information to the brain. Pheromones are hormonal chemical messengers secreted by an individual and perceived by another individual of the same species. They create sexual arousal and attraction in the person perceiving the pheromone. These glands are found in the armpits, breasts, and in the genital area. The penis itself is a specific site for these glands. Pheromones are secreted by the apocrine glands in the foreskin. These glands are present at birth, but during puberty they develop in the presence of testosterone.
Although pheromones themselves are odorless, they are released by the foreskin into the air where they are perceived by the vomeronasal organ, a small tubular structure in the mucosa of the nasal septum. This organ is a component of the accessory olfactory system. The olfactory area of the cerebral cortex is closely associated with the limbic system, the part of the brain that organizes emotional responses, mood, memory, and sexual arousal. Although most complex smells and their emotional associations are learned, the identification of pheromones is hardwired into the brain.
Read this article in its entirety at
Stay tuned for my next post of a list of the purposes of the foreskin.

Here is a list of websites specifically on the functions and purposes of the important foreskin organ.
To read more about the functions of the foreskin, see:

  The following post received over 1500 views and 19 shares!  Awesome!

Circumcision is not simply the cutting off of useless skin. Author Gary L. Harryman innumerates what circumcision destroys:
***Its connective synechia, which fuses the foreskin to the glans during development.
***Approximately half of the smooth muscle sheath called the dartos fascia.
***Most of the erotogenic nerve endings
***Specialized epithelial Langerhans cells, a component of the immune system.
***Thousands of coiled fine-touch receptors, including the Meissner's corpuscles.
***Estrogen receptors--the purpose and value of which are not yet fully understood.
***Ectopic sebaceous glands, which lubricate and moisturize.
***The protective covering of the glans, normally an internal structure. The foreskin shields from abrasion, drying, and callusing, and protects from dirt and other contaminants.
***The entire immunological defense system of the soft mucosa, which may produce antibacterial and antiviral proteins such as lysozyme, also found in mother's milk, and plasma cells, which secrete immunoglobulin antibodies.
***Lymphatic vessels, the loss of which interrupts the lymph flow within a part of the body's immune system.
***The frenulum, the sensitive "V" shaped tethering structure on the underside of the glans is also usually amputated, severed, or destroyed.
***The apocrine glands, which produce pheromones, nature's powerful, silent, invisible signals to potential partners.
***As much as 50% or more of the total penile skin, radically immobilizing and desensitizing whatever skin remains.
***The "gliding" mechanism. If unfolded and spread out flat, the average adult foreskin would measure 15-20 square inches, the size of a postcard. This abundance of specialized, self-lubricating skin allows the ability to smoothly "glide" back and forth within itself, permitting non-abrasive intercourse, without drying out the vagina.
***The pink to red to dark purple natural coloration of the glans.
***10% to 20% of its circumference because its double-layered wrapping of loose foreskin is now missing.
*** As much as one inch of erection length due to scarring and shrinkage from loss of the foreskin.
***Several feet of blood vessels, including the frenular artery and branches of the dorsal artery, the loss of which interrupts normal blood flow to the shaft and glan, damaging its natural function and possibly stunting its growth.
*** An estimated 240 feet of microscopic nerves, including branches of the dorsal nerve.
*** Perhaps most importantly, between at least 10,000 to 20,000 specialized erotogenic nerve endings of various types, which can discern slight motion, subtle changes in temperature, and fine gradations in texture.
And occasionally a boy will lose his life from this needless operation. It has been estimated that as many as between 100-150 babies die EVERY year from circumcision and related complications.

I am an intactivist and this is Gential Integrity Week. Please share this list with others, especially anyone who says the foreskin is a useless piece of skin or that circumcision is no big deal. The Foreskin is a vital ORGAN and an important part of immune system.

Here is a list of websites specifically on the functions and purposes of the important foreskin organ.
To read more about the functions of the foreskin, see:


Some Intactivist linky love for Genital Integrity Week:

Saving Our Sons Intact Dallas Keeping Future Sons Intact Whole Christian Network The WHOLE Network On This Journey The Guggie Daily Circ Stories @BarefootIntactivist Buck-A-Month Club for Saving Penises IntactNews @CircRegrets


Statistics on the number of deaths YEARLY of Neonatal (under 1 month old) boys in the USA.
117 deaths from complications related to circumcision.
110 deaths from SIDS.
44 deaths from suffocation.
8 deaths from automobile accidents.
Every single one of those 117 deaths was easily preventable by simply keeping their foreskin (a vital organ and an important part of the immune system.) 

Here are my other blog posts on Circumcision:

here is an article currently making the rounds on facebook: 
Study Confirms Male Circumcision is Genital Mutilation

Timeline of Medical Circumcision:

Here is a great post by Michelle Richardson:
The only time the glans are exposed, after the intact prepuce is fully developed, is when it becomes erect. This is why, in our History, a circumcised male was forbidden to participate in the Roman games. They'd compete in the nude. An exposed glans in public was considered poor taste. An exposed glans meant arousal. The way circumcision was performed at this time was relatively simple. Most of the glans were covered. Only the meatus (urinary opening) was exposed. The ridgid band was the part that was removed or simply slit. Restoring the foreskin was also relatively simple. Jews would place weights to stretch the foreskin over their glans so they could appear as an intact male and then be able to participate in the games. It wasn't until 140 AD during rabbinical revolt did the Rabbis institute the full periah. In their fury against what the Jews were doing to their foreskin, they added a step to the procedure - ripping the synechia and removing the entire foreskin for a full exposure of the glans so it would become extremely difficult to restore the appearance of a complete set of male genitals.

My response:  In other words, God authorized a mere cut of the foreskin (still considered a burden and a sacrifice) in the Old Testament, while MAN authorized the complete removal of the foreskin.