However, I do not support a universal healthcare system that adds huge numbers of people into a system that do not pay into the system they are using. I find it offensive that the governing body who passed this law without ever reading it in its entirety exempted themselves from it. To quote Andrew Wilkow, “Socialism is for the people, not the Socialists.” I truly believed that our Supreme Court would have found this unconstitutional. Never before have Americans been mandated to purchase a product or face a penalty (or tax). I was completely disheartened when this “obamanation” of a law was upheld.
I am already impacted by “Obamacare”. My doctor is dropping United Healthcare as of April 1, 2013. Greg and I need to find a new primary care doctor asap. Thankfully we have our Naturopath whom I adore, but I feel the need to have a primary MD as well.
In response to this alarming societal change, I am learning to care for my family as naturally as possible, and to rely on outside medical intervention only when medically necessary. If my child has a cold, or a fever, sore throat or earache, I am going to treat her naturally. Bug bites, skin rashes, itchy eyes all can be cured with a natural remedy. Appendicitis, Lyme Disease, Strep Throat, for conditions such as these, of course we would seek intervention from our pediatrician or primary care provider.
To date I have taught myself how to make:
- All natural organic deodorant
- All natural organic skin care/eczema relief salve made with calendula oil that I infused
- An acne spray of thyme infused vokda
- Elderberry Syrup for immune support
Elderberry syrup is quite easy. I purchased my dried organic berries from Frontier. First they must be reconstituted with 2 cups of purefied or filtered water.
After soaking for 4 hours, the water must be squeezed out. I used my garlic press to do this. It took a long time but I did not have cheesecloth to squeeze the juice through. I combined the pressed juice with the water that the berries were reconstituted in.
In a sauce pan over med-low heat, I added 1/2 cup honey (I used Trader Joe’s Organic Raw) and I sqeezed half a lemon into the juice. Heat until the honey melts and the juice just begins to steam. Cover and remove from heat.
When cool, store in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator. Shake before using. Check with your doctor before dosing, as this may interact with some medications and medical conditions. My family will take one tablespoon per day throughout the winter to help ward off cough, colds and flu.