Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe (Gluten Free!)

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You know when you want something sweet and comforting, but what you really need is good protein and lasting energy in a snack?

How about when you want cookies but you can't decide between oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip or peanut butter? This is the cookie to solve these conundrums! 

Plus these are gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar free. They are full of what you want and without what you don't. 

I came up with this healthy everything energy cookie recipe to satisfy my late pregnancy cravings, with ALL the flavors, and packed with organic protein, but without any wheat flour, dairy or refined sugar. 

It's so good, and simple to make. These make a great mid-afternoon snack, and also would be perfect breakfast cookie enjoyed with a morning coffee. 

Use organic ingredients and pastured eggs for best results, nutrition and flavor! 

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin Energy Cookies

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, & Refined Sugar Free

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1 T. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c. oats (I used gluten-free oats)
  • 1 T. coconut flour
  • 1/2 c. almond flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2/3 c. raisins
  • 2/3 c. dark chocolate chips

Prepare: 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. 

Mix together the coconut oil, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, peanut butter and eggs in a medium sized bowl. 

In another bowl, mix together the oats, coconut flour, almond flour, cinnamon and sea salt. 

Then add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Stir together.

Add raisins and chocolate chips and mix gently until incorporated. 

Place spoonfuls of dough on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. 

Let cool and enjoy! 

Someone is eating up all of Mama's Mountain Energy Cookies!

3 Visionary Practices For Holistic Entrepreneurs

Do you desire to grow a business that create healing, transformation and prosperity in your life and the world?

Are you wanting to support a better future for humanity and the planet, while also growing your financial stability, resources and abundance?

Perhaps you already have a business that you want to grow but you are not sure where to focus?

I passionately believe in the work of healers, coaches, teachers, mentors, holistic practitioners, and conscious entrepreneurs.  

It is clear to me that stepping into a new paradigm of visionary thinking is needed for entrepreneurs, thought-leaders, visionaries, and changemakers to make a difference in the world.

Beyond competition there is collaboration and creativity. Beyond business plans and projections, there are people and possibility. 

Follow the calling in your soul to be of service in uplifting the world.  

To be truly successful in changing the world through conscious entrepreneurship, we must develop new business skills that embrace visionary thinking. 

Whether or not you are interested in entrepreneurship - these visionary skills are vital for successful achievement of any goals and dreams you have in your life and creative expression! 


3 Visionary Practices for Success

1. Know Your Vision

Focus on why you are investing your time, energy and passion into your conscious business creation by remembering your big vision.

When you have a compelling reason or calling that drives you forward, you hold within yourself the ability to overcome any obstacle and work through blocks or challenge to find solutions and creative possibilities.

When you feel passionately about something and can see in your mind the greatness of achieving your long-term goals, then you it's possible to attract amazing opportunities into your life and work due to the power of your vision.

It is helpful to create a physical and mental reminder of your vision. Fabulous ways to do this are through journaling and writing your goals regularly, creating a vision board you can look at each day or post above your desk, and spending time regularly to envision in your mind the details of your goals. 

2. Cultivate Intuition

Successful entrepreneurs and leaders possess an innate sense of creativity, innovation, instinct and divine guidance. This gives them the ability to get into the flow, grasp innovative ideas and be able to make quick decisions. 

This comes through cultivating a strong sense of intuition, and listening to those inner nudges that may lead to finding a pivotal book or website that propels your work to new levels, or feeling called to an event where you make synchronistic connections. 

The ability to thrive in a changing world, while being of growing service and success as an entrepreneur, is enhanced through the intuitive capabilities.

Leaders need to be tuned in on an instinctive level to feel and read into what the world needs now and in the future. 

There is a place for business plans and to-do lists, and following formulas and schedules, yet the ethereal, spiritual and creative element of intuition is vital tocreate the receptivity for great achievement. 

3. Be Resilient

The more challenging an obstacle in life is, the greater the feeling of accomplishment when having overcome it. 

People who achieve their dreams and goals are those are inspired by challenging situations, who experience life fully and keep believing in greater possibility. 

The ability to achieve sustainable long-term success, and make a big impact in the world for the greater good, comes from resiliency - the ability to bounce back, get back up, and keep looking for new possibilities in how you can be of service in the highest way. 

Entrepreneurs are all about finding solutions and exploring new ideas.

Keep trying, training, practicing, and taking action.

Don't give up. Believe in yourself. Learn new things.

New things are rarely easy right away, and new challenges will always pop up. It's how well you are able to keep moving and growing that makes a difference. 


If you have a passion, skills and vision to bring healing and transformation to the world through your service and gifts, then you have the essentials needed for holistic leadership today!

Trust that all the business skills you need to know are learnable.

You have the ability to grow your conscious business as entrepreneurship is evolving today with holistic models and technology to support us to shine our light in new ways with the world and bring people and healing together. 

Your work is needed by the world to bring change, transformation, and support for the challenges that the world faces today. 

When you trust in the value of what you have to offer, and know that it will enhance the wellbeing and empowerment of others and the whole world, it is your calling to find every way possible to share that.  

You can be successful in making your passion into your thriving career and I am completely excited about supporting you to do so!

Shine your light and share your compassion with the world, because we need you to help make the world a better place. 

There is infinite abundance for all of us, if we choose to accept it, receive it, and most importantly TRUST in it. 

There is no need for fear of scarcity or competition when you step into offering your UNIQUE gifts to the world, and through skillful communication and networking you can reach people anywhere in the world!  

So are you ready to step up and accept your divine mission to make the world a better place - and make your life better than ever?

Your new clients, community and soul family, are waiting for you to share your amazing skills and passion with them, to help make theirs lives better and solve their problems.  

Rise up and be an empowered change-making entrepreneur today! 

Wishing you abundance & vitality! 
Kara 


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The Women of Standing Rock are Midwifing a Global Movement

Indigenous Women Are Standing Strong

Women are leading the way at Standing Rock to protect the waters of North Dakota, and bringing forth a global indigenous spiritual and ecological movement, which honors the integral health and respect of the Earth and people.  

"Sacred Stones Camp was begun by women, as a prayer."
- Elders & leaders of Sacred Stones Camp 

A group of Lakota Sioux women from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, including LaDonna Bravebull Allard, established the Sacred Stones Camp in April by the Cannonball River in North Dakota to protest the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline through their land and water supply.

The crude oil pipeline is being built through sacred lands, burial grounds and medicine harvesting sites, and is a continuation of the abuse of human rights, treaties, and nature. 

Water & Oil

The Cannonball River is a tributary of the Missouri River, the longest river in North America, and the pipeline has already been laid close to the shores of Lake Oahe, a dammed off section of the Missouri River which is the water supply for the Standing Rock Sioux, as well as for millions of other people. 

The Dakota Access Pipeline would carry 440,000 gallons of fracked crude oil a day through the pipeline from the Bakken Formation, which reaches through parts of Montana, North Dakota and Canada. 

The pipeline was supposed to pass the Missouri River just to the north of Bismarck, but due to the concerns about potential oil leaks polluting the drinking waters of the state capitol, it was rerouted south through land delineated to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie, thus putting the risk directly on the tribe's immediate and only water supply, as well as the water for the millions of people downstream.

Prayers for the Protectors

My heart and prayers are with Standing Rock and the Water Protectors who are calling for a halt to the Dakota Access Pipeline which not only threatens their water, but it runs through land that was illegally taken from them. 

Through these challenging times, it is easy to wallow in feeling helpless, angry, upset and appalled at the abusive treatment of the indigenous people and water protectors, by militarized forces protecting corporate fossil-fuel interests, that is aggressively using violent tactics against women, men, elders, medics, youth and horses.

This is what indigenous people have been dealing with for hundreds of years, and this monumental gathering of indigenous people from over 300 tribes coming together in prayer and unity is an incredible demonstration of resilience, connection and the power of people to stand up for what is right.

"It’s people who are gathered together in prayer and unity and coming together for the first time, really, in history. This is a historic moment for tribal nations to come together like this. We’ve got people who are historic enemies camping alongside each other, learning to live together and be together in this space...
Private security uses dogs and mace on Native American women and children protecting sacred sites being destroyed right in front of them, while North Dakota police are watching. People are out exercising their first amendment rights and being met with militarized response in incredibly dangerous situations: guns drawn, mace, planes flying overhead...We hope grassroots media gets the real message out, that we’re gathered here in unity and prayer to stop this from happening.
- Tara Houska, National Programs Director for Honor the Earth

Women Leaders for Healing the Earth

Standing Rock is an unprecedented movement of people from global tribes and backgrounds coming together to stand up in prayer for the Earth. This is happening because of the strength and commitment of many dedicated women who have started and sustain these efforts. 

The healing of our waters and earth has a new feminine spiritual leadership, that is guiding an ecologically focused partnership model of living.

“One of the most beautiful things I feel right now, is that you see these amazing, empowered women who are stepping up and really reminding us young men, and men in general, that our role is to let the women lead, and yet, we’re their protectors and we stand side-by-side, but the women are supposed to lead with their hearts.”
- Nahko Bear, speaking about Winona LaDuke and Indigenous women leaders at Standing Rock

The strength of the women supporting this movement is inspirational. They are honoring and bringing awareness to how protection of the waters is intrinsically connected to the protection of our food, herbs, women's wisdom, birthing wisdom, children, communities, Earth, and sustainable living. 

Daphne Singingtree, a Traditional Healer & Midwife, at Standing Rock, photo by Jade Beall

Daphne Singingtree, a Traditional Healer & Midwife, at Standing Rock, photo by Jade Beall

Women's Health & Ecology

Many midwives, herbalists and healers have traveled to Standing Rock to set up health clinics and support for the camps. Women healers are speaking up about the vital nature of traditional and sacred reproductive health care and birthing support for women. 

"Sovereignty for indigenous people is only going to come about through the support of women and women’s health, in the same way that we defend and protect Mother Earth is the same way that we need to defend and protect women and the next generations of children being born."
- Carolina Reyes, Midwife at Standing Rock

The first baby was born at Standing Rock in September and has been named Mni Wiconi, meaning Water Is Life in Lakota, also the words seen all over Standing Rock and that express the heart of this movement. She was born naturally without medical assistance, a sign of great blessings upon the camp. New birthing tipis have been constructed for the more expected babies to come. 

In the heart of the sacred lands under attack, new life is coming forth, dedicated to continuing the protection of water and health. 

The Energy Fueling Sexual Violence

What's happening with the Dakota Access Pipeline is a continuation of the abuse and violation of the rights and health of indigenous people which perpetuates both the raping of the Earth and women. 

"The way we treat the earth is inseparable from how our society treats women."
- Tracy Rector

The Bakken formation in North Dakota, as well as other sites of extreme extraction, have become lawless "man camps", which are already hubs for violence and sex trafficking of women, girls and boys, particularly affecting the indigenous population. This is well documented in a submission to the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on "Extreme Extraction and Sexual Violence Against Indigenous Women in the Great Plains." 

In North Dakota, extraction from the Bakken deposits has increased over 300 times since 2006, and human trafficking and violence has similarly risen in the state.

Many indigenous women have been forced into prostitution or become victims of trafficking, and there is inadequate funding of the Tribal police and legal system to combat the influx of criminal activity led by national and international drug cartels due to the labor camps.  

Uniting for the Earth & Health

It is so important to pay attention to how women's leadership and health are integral components to the Dakota Pipeline opposition, and how environmental racism impacts indigenous women disproportionally. 

Women are strong, women are healers, and will keep this movement going forward. Midwifing a healthy future for all the generations to come is a sacred path that women and men from all backgrounds are called to.

The connections and movement that is happening at Standing Rock is creating new relationships among global tribes that will support all future stands against fossil fuels and the destruction of sacred lands and health. 

There will continue to be prayer, the grandmothers and elders will always remember the sacred ways of healing. 

No matter how much of traditional ways has been lost, the time is now for rebirth.

People are coming together at Standing Rock, to protect the water and indigenous rights, and in the process have created a model sustainable village with schools, kitchens, wind turbines, solar panels, health clinics, birthing spaces, ceremonial circles, and are sharing wisdom for sacred and sustainable living.

Water is the "first medicine;" it sustains us in our mother's womb, Spotted Eagle says. It's used in ceremonies to heal people. The steam it gives off in a sweat lodge, for example, purifies. Water can clean a spirit when it's bleeding. It can calm a person and restore balance.
- Faith Spotted Eagle, quoted on CNN

Water is healing.

Through the protection of our water, we can find a way to bring healing to the earth, to people, and spiritual feminine leadership is bringing light to the way. 

Mni Wiconi - Water is Life! 

Carol, from the Pauite Tribe, photo by Jade Beall

Carol, from the Pauite Tribe, photo by Jade Beall


Photography by Jade Beall 

Jade Beall is a mother and world-renowned photographer from Tucson, AZ, creator of A Beautiful Body Project, and dedicated to celebrating truthful images of women's beauty. Find her work at: www.jadebeall.com 

Cover photo of Dona Lyn, from Southern New Mexico, facilitating support, prayer and ceremony on the front lines of Standing Rock. 

Essential Oils for Premier Wellness

Essential Oils for Premier Wellness

Since the times of the Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, to the Queens of the medieval ages, to modern aromatherapy - essential oils are an integral part of herbal traditions. They are pure preparations of the aromatic compounds of therapeutic plants, that store the sacred plant essence for years.

I love honoring the plants through using the oils and am grateful for the healing energy they provide to my family. While I will always enjoy drinking herbal teas and infusions, wildcrafting herbs from local plants around me, and infusing my culinary and healing arts with the power of raw and cooked plants - the pure distilled essential oils have a special, lasting and unique role in the herbal arts that is easier and more powerful to use for body, home and family care. 

I want to share with you today, why I choose to use doTERRA essential oils.

I did a TON of research into the top essential oils available today and am really confident and proud to be using doTERRA essential oils. They are beyond organic - they are thoroughly tested for pesticides, heavy metals, molds, toxins, synthetics and for therapeutic potency from the distillery to factory to bottles. They are the ONLY essential oil company that rigorously tests their products AND has every batch of their oils and products all tested and verified by the 3rd party labs too.

Through their quality assurance brand of CPTG - Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils, they promise to uphold the highest standards in the essential oil industry for purity and potency, and then back that up with each oil batch being tested 5 times by the best independent labs.

The essential oil industry is unregulated, so the majority of oils you get on the market are diluted or cut with synthetics, some of these synthetics are neurotoxins. This is a BIG issue for me, as I want to have the peace of mind knowing the essential oils I use on my body and my family are effective and clean. 

The oils we can buy at the store only have to have 10% essential oil in them to be labeled as pure. I've taken my doTERRA essential oils with me to the fancy natural food stores and compared the aromas directly with all the top competing grocery store brands, and the difference in smell alone is dramatic! 

They are also working directly with their farmers and distillers around the world through their Co-Impact Sourcing practices which does great work in supporting farmers and their communities, often in very poor areas. For example, in Haiti, they have built a well, school, and plant facilities for the village they are working with, and supporting them to hire many more families and create a financially secure future, and more. 

DoTERRA also has a non-profit foundation called the Healing Hands Foundation that is doing incredible work building birth centers, health clinics, schools, greenhouses, wells and investing in small business owners around the world. I am really excited about the emphasis that doTERRA puts on supporting sustainable agriculture, communities, farmers, and essential oil education.  

I am profoundly moved by what this company is doing to transform healthcare globally, they are collaborating with doctors, scientists and universities worldwide, conducting tons of research into essential oils.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

This simple healthy fudge recipe has 6 real food ingredients and takes only 5 minutes to put together. Then all you have to do is wait until it firms up in the fridge to cut and eat. 

While satisfying chocolate cravings and having a luxurious smoothness, this fudge also has protein, healthy fats and minerals to replenish and nourish. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

Indulge in Healthy Ingredients

This fudge treat tastes so good and is a healthy alternative to help me bypass the tempting displays of chocolate peanut butter cups at the grocery store.

Even chocolate bars and cups made with fair-trade or organic chocolate may have refined sugar or soy lecithin in them. 

If you want to indulge in a chocolate treat - make it yourself. That way you know that the ingredients you are using are the highest quality and you'll save money. 

I always choose the highest quality ingredients, go for organic and raw as much as possible, for the best taste and nutrition. 

Organic Raw Cacao is the pure bean that chocolate comes from, before all that sugar and milk is added to it to create conventional chocolate. The cacao bean is a superfood packed with flavanoids, which are antioxidants that support heart health and more, as well as theobromine and anandamide which boost mood and uplift emotions. Cacao is also high in magnesium and B vitamins, which may be why many women crave it before their cycles. 

Choose wisely to nourish your health! 


Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fridge Fudge

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

  • 1/2 c. peanut butter, smooth (or nut butter of your choice: almond, macadamia, etc.)
  • 1/2 c. coconut oil (melted in a glass container in a bowl of hot water if needed)
  • 3/4 c. maple syrup
  • 1 c. raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt


Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth, then pour and spread into a glass container. Cover and chill in fridge until firm. Cut into 1" squares and enjoy cold. Store in fridge. 

Enjoy!

Be well, 

Kara


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How to Use Essential Oils VIDEO

Essential Oils have amazing benefits for our health, family and home.

Find out how to get starting using essential oils in my short inspirational video.

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How To Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are the pure distilled aromatic compounds of plants.

Most essential oils are steam distilled with pure water, except for citrus oils, which are cold pressed from the peels. 

People have used the power of essential oils through aromatherapy for thousands of years.

While the process of distillation has changed and become refined since ancient times, people have extracted the oils from plant resins, barks, wood, flowers, leaves and roots for the benefits of the aromatic essences since Ancient Egypt.

Aromatic oils of frankincense, myrrh, spikenard and more are mentioned throughout the Bible and ancient texts.

From the times of Cleopatra, Mary Magdalene, Queen Elizabeth and beyond, aromatherapy has been celebrated for it's healing, sensual and sacred use. 

The aromatic molecules of essential oils directly effect our emotions through the limbic system.

When you inhale the scent of a rose or the fresh air of a mountain forest, those aromatic compounds go into your nose and reach the olfactory nerve which connects directly with the emotional center of our brain - the limbic system. 

Pure therapeutic grade essential oils may be used aromatically, topically or internally.  

Diffusing essential oils in your home or office enhances the air quality. 

I love my diffusers and they are great to enhance both the environmental quality of my home and office, as well as help to keep my self and family healthy and happy. 

Essential oils can be smelled straight from the bottle or diffused in the air.

Essential oils can be applied topically for bodycare, skincare & perfumery. 

Some oils can be applied to the skin neat, direct from the bottle, while many are best diluted with carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil, especially for people with sensitive skin, including children and elderly.

Essential oils provide perfect flavors for cooking & a little goes a long way. 

Many essential oils are safe to use internally and are used in oral health care, drinks, and to enhance culinary dishes in very small amounts. 

There are so many ways essential oils can support your health, family & life.

For safety use essential oils that are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG). 

It's important to use oils that are tested thoroughly to be free of pesticides, synthetics, GMO's, heavy metals, molds, and variant plant strains by 3rd party independent top labs.

Many essential oils on the market are tainted with synthetic fragrances and the industry is not regulated, so it's important to be a smart consumer and be wary of oils that are not thoroughly tested and may thus contain petrochemicals. 

doTERRA Essential Oils are CPTG and every batch of oil is tested in both their own million dollar labs and in the best 3rd party independent labs to ensure that they are of consistent purity and potency.

They are also ethically harvested and distilled through their Co-Impact Sourcing measures around the world from plants grow in their optimal natural environments. 

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Essential Oils for Your Body & Bliss

I am so grateful for the benefits of essential oils in my life, family and home! 

Essential oils are powerful gifts from nature to empower our health and uplift our mind and spirits. 

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Prenatal Ultrasound Risks & Alternatives

Prenatal ultrasound risks and alternatives.

Almost everyone who comments on my pregnant belly asks me if it's a boy or a girl, because they assume I've had an ultrasound.

Or they ask if I know what I'm having, to which I will respond with the obvious, "A baby." 

I'll then explain that the baby's gender will be a surprise because due to the risks of prenatal ultrasound, I don't choose to have one, unless it's medically indicated.

Pregnancy is an incredibly exciting and suspenseful time. You find out you're growing a new person inside your body and it's such a long wait until birth to discover what they look like and who they are.

The temptation to peak inside the womb and find out more about this new baby is so enticing and highly-promoted that many parents are not given full information on the potential consequences of the ultrasound technology.  

Diagnostic ultrasound on fetuses should only be used when medically necessary for diagnosis, for as short amount of time as possible and with the lowest frequency possible. However, the recommendations of the FDA, ACOG and global health organizations are ignored by doctors and parents who assume ultrasound is safe, based on incomplete data from over 25 years ago done on outdated devices.

Today the vast majority of pregnant women are receiving an increasing amount of routine ultrasounds, sometimes at every doctor visit, despite the lack of medically indicated need or benefit for low-risk pregnancies, as reported by the Wall Street Journal

That's not the only way unborn babies are exposed to high levels of ultrasound too - Doppler ultrasound has just as many potential concerns. Handheld Dopplers are used frequently by doctors, nurses and midwives for listening to the heart rate, which emit constant ultrasound waves rather than pulsing like the diagnostic machines. Fetuses may be exposed to ultrasound even earlier in pregnancy, when the baby may be more vulnerable through the usage of Dopplers. Plus, fetuses are regularly exposed to continuous Doppler ultrasound for hours during labor via electronic fetal heart rate monitors. 

Prenatal ultrasound and dopplers sound like a great idea, to be able to see the baby and hear the baby's heartbeat, but these diagnostic tools have negative side-effects and should only be used when medically indicated.  

There has been global research showing that ultrasound can cause damage to mammalian brains and tissue for a long time, yet the extent of this has been minimized in Western medicine because of the risks of conducting human studies. 

New research has been released from the University of Washington showing a direct correlation between diagnostic ultrasound in the first trimester and increased severity of autism symptoms in children with a genetic predisposition to certain kinds of autism. 

Dr. Sarah Buckley has been researching the risks and concerns of prenatal ultrasound for more than 20 years, and experienced 4 healthy pregnancies with zero ultrasound use. Her articles on the dangers and lack of information about the risks of ultrasound are highly recommended reading for parents-to-be and birth professionals. Her work has been a big inspiration for me!

Read through Dr. Buckley's Ultrasound Scans in Pregnancy: Your Questions Answered & Ultrasound Scans: Cause For Concern to learn about how the effects of prenatal ultrasound are known to create biological changes including cell death, tissue heating and collapse, and myelin nerve damage in mammals and more. 

Extensive studies in China have shown that prenatal ultrasound should be avoided as completely as possible, yet are mostly unknown in the Western world due to translation and accessibility issues. 

Ultrasound use on fetuses and women's reproductive systems has not been proven to be harmless, and no studies have been conducted on a controlled population since before 1992.

Since the early 1990's, the diagnostic frequency of ultrasound technology approved for fetuses has increased from 94 to 720 mW/cm2, and some of the previous tests were done with only a 1.5W/cm2, showing that there is far from adequate safety tests done on prenatal ultrasound today.

In addition to an increased frequency of fetal ultrasound today, other issues include lack of safety testing on the new ultrasound technology being increasingly used, including Doppler and Transvaginal Ultrasound, as well as a lack of training for technicians in how to reduce exposure. 

Most ultrasound today is being conducted at 8 to 10 times the frequency than used in the older machines from 25 years ago that human studies were last done on, as well as now performed significantly more often.

Whereas, 25 years ago babies may have received one or two ultrasounds at a low frequency, now some of those same babies are new pregnant mamas having their babies scanned both 10 times as strong and as often!

There is zero research on the safety of modern prenatal ultrasound use, and no proof that prenatal ultrasound increases infant outcomes. 

In obstetrics today, diagnostic ultrasound is so pervasive and repeatedly encouraged, that the idea of questioning it seems surprising.

However, there are time-honored and inexpensive ways to listen to the baby's heart and placenta without using technology that has no side effects for the baby.

A fetoscope is a safe way and traditional way to listen to a baby's heart rate without the risks of prenatal ultrasound or doppler use.

A fetoscope is a safe and traditional way to listen to a baby's heartrate without the risks of prenatal ultrasound or doppler use.

A Pinard's horn is another common way for birth providers to listen to the fetal heart rate through a horn shaped device, usually made from wood or metal. 

Parents can ask their doctors, nurses or midwives to use a fetoscope or Pinard horn instead of a Doppler to listen to the heart rate. 

Pregnant parents who would like to listen to their baby's heart rate can easily purchase a fetoscope and learn to listen to their baby's heart. This is a much safer and affordable option than the home Doppler machines that are being sold to parents today and exposing babies to dangerous and potentially daily usage of ultrasound. 

In addition to eliminating exposure to ultrasound while listening for the baby's heart rate, the fetoscope is more effective at helping parents and birth professionals to determine what position the baby is in, for the sound is amplified most strongly directly through the baby's back. This can be helpful in the third trimester to figure out the baby's position and support them to get into the optimal position for labor and birth. 

Fetoscopes are a great way to listen to the fetal heart rate and have none of the risks associated with prenatal ultrasound exposure.

You have a right to ask your doctor or midwife to  check heart tones with a fetoscope instead of a Doppler. 

More current research and evaluation of modern ultrasound use in pregnancy and on women's reproductive systems is needed before we can assume safety in exposing fetuses and women to unnecessary procedures. 

It was such a blessing not knowing the gender at the birth of my last child, for when the baby was born the first thing I experienced was connecting through our eye contact, and the depth of personality shining through, before even thinking to look at his genitals. 

One thing I have experienced now as a mother, is that gender division is promoted even more strongly in pregnancy now than it used to be, as baby gear is dominated by pink frills and flowers or blue trucks and sports themes, Shopping for gender neutral infant clothing is extremely limited to the one yellow or gray outfit in a store. This is more so than I remember with the past pregnancies of my 5 or 16 year old. However, I've found some adorable sweet outfits and can't wait to discover my newborn's personality before dressing them in gender-dictated styles. 

I feel this is perpetuated by the ultrasound industry who profits billions of dollars through increased diagnostic procedures, as well as the connected baby industry who profits off the marketing of baby's gender to pregnant shoppers today. 

Know your options and ask for the gentle time-tested alternatives for your baby's optimal health! 

Many blessings, 
Kara

The New Paradigm of Women's Healing Arts

Wise women, herbalists, midwives, witches and priestesses. 

Women have been healers since the beginning of time, blending a knowledge of the plants, waters and earth with the spiritual practices of their culture and time. 

Today there is a new paradigm of women healers arising. Those who honor the ancient traditions and support the integrity of ecstatic women's health and cycles, yet reenvision this in a modern way to reach and support women globally today. 

The new paradigm healer works with respect to the ancient traditions of natural healing, honors feminine cycles and bodies as inherently healthy and natural, and integrates today's science, historical awareness, and technological communication into our ways of supporting, teaching and empowering people today. 

The New Paradigm of Women's Healing Arts by Kara Maria Ananda

There have been witch hunts for thousands of years, they still continue. Those who practiced empowered self or community based healing arts have been harassed, abused and killed for threatening the patriarchal institutions and male professionals.

Since Ancient Greece, when women were prohibited from practicing as midwives, to the burning of healers as witches in Europe in the Middle Ages, to today when homebirth midwifery is still illegal in many states, and women's health clinics are targets of violent acts - women healers have a history of oppression, because healthy women are empowered women, and empowered women change the world

Today it is changing, yes we still face challenges. Not just women, but men too who choose to question the established medical monopoly.

However the new age of social media, internet and global communication has allowed us to network, to learn from each other, to share our wisdom and practices, and to revitalize the ancient traditions and keep them alive to help women to thrive.

The New Paradigm of Women's Healing Arts

The wise women, witches, priestesses and healers of the past are the entrepreneurs, bloggers, women's empowerment coaches, nurses, massage therapists, doctors, midwives, yoga teachers, artists and writers of today. We are finding new ways to keep the feminine wisdom alive. 

Discover the many empowering ways to honor and care for your body, breasts, womb and cycles with natural healing practices!

Share your stories, your voice, your wisdom, remember the ancient ways of the wise and wild women healers of the world.

Follow your soul's calling and be the sacred feminine leader you are here to be. 

Now is the time when the feminine is rising, to bring balance and healing to world, and all of us are called to step into our ancestral power as keepers of the women's wisdom today.

Knowledge opens the door for us to protect our bodies, our sisters, our spirits and heal the Earth.

Many blessings,

Kara Maria Ananda 


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