Keep Americans in the DARK – What???

Deny Americans the Right to Know Act (“DARK Act”)

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act… Whatever you want to call it, it’s terrifying to me.  This bill would “…create a mandatory premarket safety review of all crops containing Generically Modified Organisms destined for the food supply and preserve the FDA’s 100-year management of food labeling by preventing a disruptive state-by-state patchwork of labeling requirements.”

Tom Dempsey, the CEO of the Snack Food Association has this to say… “Absent a federal GMO solution, manufacturers will have essentially three options in order to comply with state labeling law[s]: order new packaging for products, reformulate products so that no labeling is required, or halt sales to that state.  Each option is difficult, costly, time-intensive, and at worst, could eliminate jobs and consumer choice in the marketplace.”

  1. Order new packaging for products… I don’t know about you, but I see new packaging for the same products I eat all the time.  There’s always some new exciting claim for health or even an entirely new flavor of the same old product.  Take triscuits and wheat thins for example, this cracker has so many new flavors by the week!  That must be costly and time-intensive to the company but the difference is that it drives profit.  They don’t seem to worry about the cost and time for that.  But if your box of crackers says, “Genetically Modified”, then people might not actually buy the product.  If the box says “All Natural” or “May Lower Cholesterol”, the box will be sold. The difference is in what the label says.  They don’t want to take the time or spend the money to put a label on the box that might deter people from buying the product.  Is that not obvious to these senators?
  2. Reformulate products so that no labeling is required.  I choose not to eat foods that have been genetically modified.  The safety claims just aren’t convincing enough for me, so I’d rather choose to eat real food.
  3. Halt sales to the state.  I’m still okay not eating the Genetically Modified foods.

Each option is only difficult to the food manufacturer and their bottom line.  Mr. Dempsey works for a snack association, not the FDA or EPA, and we’re listening to his advice on the subject when his motivation is most likely profit-driven.

Think about signing the petition or contacting your state legislature on this matter.  It would be illegal for states to label genetically modified food if this law is actually passed.  As Americans, lets not let this one slide under the radar.  Let’s act on this one!  It’s incredibly immoral to sign a bill into LAW to protect the governments right shield us from the truth.  It makes no sense to me.  Please feel free to comment on this.  What do you think about this proposed bill?  And post on fb, twitter, anywhere… just get the word out.  We do have the right to know what we’re eating.  We have the right to know anything that affects our health and the food we put in our bodies every day is one of the most important things that should be transparent!

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Miracle Clay

Last year, I attended the Fresh Expo here in Charlotte. I picked up a lot of samples that day, put them all in my little shopping bag, and went through all my goodies when I got home that evening. One that I found really interesting was my little packet of Redmond Clay. It came with a brochure explaining the origins of the clay and what it was and is still used for today. You’re supposed to mix it with water and use it on burns, stings, etc. So I tucked it away in my little medicine cabinet in the kitchen.

One evening, while I was clumsily cooking dinner, I burned my finger on a really hot sauté pan. Running it under cold water wasn’t making the pain go away. I remembered that clay and how it is supposed to heal burns. I moistened the clay, applied it to the burn, and covered it with a Band-Aid. Almost immediately the pain went away and I forgot all about it. The next morning, I took off the Band-Aid and there was nothing on my finger. No blister, no red mark. There was a slight white mark… I poked the burn with my nail and no pain at all… It was like it never happened, like the clay was some kind of magic eraser that just erased the burn completely. How exciting is that?!

On another occasion, my husband grabbed a burning hot cookie sheet with his bare hand. I wasn’t really paying attention, I figured he was okay, but soon after he had his hand in a bowl of ice water… I knew this was bad, so I suggested the clay and he decided to try it. Since this was a much larger area, we made more clay and also needed a bandage to keep it sealed. We wrapped up his burn and he said he felt relief, but still felt the burn. Definitely a bad one… The next morning, he removed the wrap, and the burn was gone. No blisters, only that slight white mark left behind. It was a miracle!! You could see the blisters forming when we put the clay on his hand!

Since those two experiences, I experimented more. I’ve used it on my son’s cuts and scrapes. We say, “let’s get the clay”… My poor son, Jacob has had quite a harrowing history with cuts and scrapes. For years, we didn’t know that he was allergic to Neosporin and bacitracin, two common ingredients found in ointments meant to heal cuts and scrapes. The allergy caused the cut to spread and blister, which then required a steroid for healing. It was such a minor reaction at first, that I didn’t think it was the ointment, I figured it was just the cut taking a while to heal. Little did I know, that I was doing harm to his poor skin. The antibacterial ointments used for cuts and scrapes aren’t ideal. They expose our little ones (again) to antibiotics. They are already exposed to them daily through our food, and then through rounds of antibiotics when they get sick. If you need to do an ointment, try using regular Vaseline. But before doing that, remember to “get the clay”. Putting the clay on the cut will speed the healing process and you might not feel the need for ointments at all.

When I originally began writing this post I decided to do more research on the clay. So I got on their website to get more information and also reached out to the company. They sent me more of their products to try and we were so excited! We received their Earthpaste toothpaste, Facial Mud Mask, Bath Salts, and a variety of other salts to use for cooking. We were so excited to try all the products they sent us.


I used the face mask and bath salts. The face mask went on smooth and I only applied a thin layer. The minute it dried though I had to get it off my face immediately, because it became super itchy. I didn’t see much of a difference on my face, other than my skin was a bit smoother. I’ve only used it a few times now.

My son has been trying out the Earthpaste toothpaste and will be writing his own blog post about that, coming soon!

The bath salts were fine, but left a sediment in my bathtub, which took some rinsing to get off. I’m not sure of the physical benefit because I only used them the one time. And I rarely get to take a bath these days. I would like to try the clay for digestive health. You drink it with water every day.

I also received their Real Salt product. I love the salts. We received a plain, onion, seasoned, and garlic salt. I use the garlic salt when I’m cooking veggies in my cast iron. I don’t feel so guilt using salt on food now, knowing that it has minerals that are good for our health! I’m planning to do a post on salts, so will write more on the subject later.

Thank you Redmond Clay for mining and selling this amazing natural product! More people should know about this! I love being able to use a natural product for medicinal purposes.

Update 11/19/2015 – This clay truly is a miracle! I just burned three of my fingers on a hot stove yesterday. I used Redmond Clay and today my fingers are fine! There are marks where the blisters would have formed. Remember to totally cover the burn with the clay immediately, then bandage it up for 24 hours. Once it’s bandaged, ice really helps to alleviate the pain. When you remove the bandages, you’ll see a white mark, that’s all.
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