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May 18, 2009

Dear Readers

By Mark Sisson
66 Comments

A couple weeks ago I gave this “Dear Readers” format a try. There was such a tremendous response that I may make it a regular feature of Mark’s Daily Apple. What do you say? I love giving my advice and opinions, but add mine with all the knowledgeable readers of MDA and then you really have something. Take a look at some of the questions I’ve received below and share you stories, experiences and knowledge in the comment board. Thanks everyone!

Question 1

We see a lot about the importance of eating grass fed beef, but what about other meats?

I’ve never seen a pig out on a pasture eating grass, nor a chicken, but obviously not all meats are created equal.

At my local butcher, for instance, i noticed that they had free range corn fed pork.  Now, from reading your blog and others my mind instantly went “free range = good, corn fed = bad”.  So how do we find good quality pork and chicken (or other meats)?

Thanks,
Gus

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Question 2

Hello good friend! I appreciate what you do and getting the word out that there are alternatives to what is shoved down our throats, but I’ll get right to the question. Tell me what you know about “primal contraception”. What if Grock had a primal marriage but wasn’t ready for those little Grockaroos just yet? What do you think he would do?  My wife has trouble with conventional contraception. She experiences mood difficulties, very low libido and often erratic periods.  We’re trying to find a more “natural” way to have enjoyable sex and be able to plan for when we want to bring a child into the world. We have been to the gynecologist many times but they seem to just give you the pill they happen to be pushing that week and then it’s off with you! We really thought we had something with the copper IUD, but her uterus is apparently too curved and would have to have a child before being able to use the thing. Thanks for your continued insight.

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Question 3

As a follower of a clean healthy lifestyle (nearly 100% primal) I sometimes worry about tablets & pills etc. I was wondering if you know of a natural or primal painkiller, as I am currently suffering from terrible a toothache. Probably all my years of eating too much sugar!

Kane

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Question 4

Not sure where to post on your site as I am new but what about milk kefir, how does it fit in the Primal Blueprint? Tons of probiotic benefit in this gem, more so than yogurt by a long shot. Especially when your making the real deal from kefir grains and not from powder mixes or worse yet purchasing the commercial “dead” kefir at your local grocery store.

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Question 5

Note from Mark: This question was posed in the forum and there has already been a great response from the Primal community. Chime in here (in the comment board) or explore the forum to offer your take on this very common question from Primal newbies.

I am new to the Primal Blueprint and I am having issues with what to have for breakfast. I live at a hall of residence (coz I am at University) so don’t have access to eggs and stuff (I also don’t have a microwave/oven etc so can’t cook anything). For breakfast I generally have yoghurt (I know, not primal!) with whey protein powder (also not primal!) and some nuts and seeds.

Is this bad? And does anyone have any possible other ideas? I am a very much a breakfast person and I still like to have a relatively large breakfast. For lunch and dinner I have salad with some protein, which I think is ok?
Thanks 🙂

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Karin
Karin
7 years 4 months ago

Question 3: See a dentist! Really, you do not want to get a major abcess going. I’ve heard of people using oil of cloves for toothaches and i guess that’s natural. But please please please see a dentist!

Question 2: Well, sheepskin condoms come to mind, lol. That’s “natural”… And on the way-less-than-guaranteed end of things there’s withdrawal, the “rhythm method” (trying to figure out when she’s fertile and not have sex then)…and i hear hot tubs lower your sperm count so you could cook your…self…with some nice hot baths.

Alex
Alex
7 years 4 months ago

Grass-fed pork exists and is delicious. This guy is a great producer:
http://sugarmtnfarm.com/blog/
I think there is a bit of a trick to getting pigs to eat all or mostly grass, but a lot of other small producers feed some grain and run their pigs out on pasture all day for supplemental feed (and exercise). That kind of pork is also great, much richer than what you get at the supermarket, and is commonly available at farmer’s markets.

Keith
Keith
7 years 4 months ago

I have heard that the black pig is a better/healthier choice of pig to eat….

marci
marci
7 years 4 months ago

Question 1: if you have access to a farm or farmer’s market, then that would be the best place to get your proteins. For the record, beef is best when it’s grass fed and also grass-finished (some producers start the cows on grass but finish with grain which is no good).
Free ranging pigs and chickens,as far as I know, subsist best on a diet of nuts, berries, roots, forest plants and seeds, hay, grubs, grass, spilled grains respectively.
Hope this helps!

Dave in Ohio
Dave in Ohio
7 years 4 months ago
Question 3: Get to a dentist. NOW!!!! Question 1: Cows graze. Grass is their natural diet. They don’t react well to grains — changes pH in stomachs and hurts their livers and immune systems. Often they are fed hormones (to grow faster) and antibiotics to compensate for the immune system problems. Grass finished beef is good for cows and for us. Pigs eat all kinds of things, so grass-fed pork is NOT natural. Chickens eat grains and insects naturally like most birds. That is their natural diet. Question 5: Read the forum answers, but I’ll add that I make a… Read more »
Kay
Kay
7 years 4 months ago

Please answer the questions before going on to another question. Its easier than all the answers at the end. Thanks

Elise
Elise
7 years 4 months ago
Question 2: Get this book, Taking Charge of your Fertility by Toni Weschler. I checked it out of the library and then found their website where I could download the charts they use. I used it to get pregnant by tracking body temperatures and watching for other signs of fertility, but the book uses this method for both getting and preventing conception. It takes more time than a condom or the pill as you need to take your temperature every morning and track other physical signs, but it’s enlightening and great to learn about how your body works.
Sabrina McEwen
Sabrina McEwen
7 years 4 months ago
Question 2: Get this book, Taking Charge of your Fertility by Toni Weschler. I would agree 100% with this response! My husband and I both read the book (2 copies helped). We used this method for over year to not get pregnant. Then charted TO get pregnant, then charted again to NOT get pregnant for over 2 years. Finally, after our twins (our 4th & 5th) we decided to go with something more permanent, a vasectomy. Having used almost every option out there, I would say Fertility Awareness is the best, most natural form of contraception. It does take consistency… Read more »
Margaret
Margaret
7 years 4 months ago

For natural contraception:

Billings method, Billings method, Billings method!

Read about it and see what you think, similar to tracking body temperature but no tricky devices required.

Jennifer
Jennifer
7 years 4 months ago

question 2: I concur with the “Taking Charge of your fertility” but I would also suggest that women who have irregular periods should also get their thyroid and adrenal glands checked out. Fatigued adrenals lead to irregular/short cycles and can induce thyroid problems.

AlainaOfArc
AlainaOfArc
7 years 4 months ago
Question 2: I have the very same problem as your wife – I am a complete monster (and first to admit it) when I’m on the pill. Through my own bit of speculation, I suspect that this innocent little pill plays a part in the high percentage of women on antidepressants, but that’s another topic. Everything I’ve read about the pill (and there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot out there) is pretty bad. Whatever you do, please support your wife with her choice to not be on the pill. This is an area that I struggled with, and… Read more »
Megan
Megan
7 years 4 months ago
Question 2: In regard to whether there is primal contraception – NO. This is because it didn’t exist except sometimes in the form of breastfeeding an existing child and sheer luck. The question of whether Grok would have been ready for offspring is a non-issue because it was inevitable. The purpose of sex for Grok may well have included pleasure but was primarily for procreation. Being “ready” for children simply wasn’t an issue in my opinion. This goes along with the fact that throughout history people have never been able to control their populations anyway. For valuable information I recommend… Read more »
Anna
7 years 4 months ago
Question 2: I heartily second the recommendation for the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility! Be sure to get the most up-to-date edition. Fertility Awareness is NOT the “rhythm method”, which simply counts days and relies on average cycle lengths. FA requires a bit of effort (taking basal temp first thing in the am before rising, as well as charting other fertility signals) and discipline, but it is well worth it. I think all young women should read this book as soon as they start menstruating – there is far more practical information about how our bodies work in this… Read more »
Megan
Megan
7 years 4 months ago

Question 2: I also am a user of the Fertility Awareness Method! My husband and I are also not ready for children yet, and we have used this method successfully for almost a year now! It is absolutely natural and the only cost you will incur is the purchase of a thermometer (which you probably already own)! Taking Charge of Your Fertility is the best book explaining the FAM method. Best of luck!!

Katie
Katie
7 years 4 months ago
While I find pursuit of non-hormonal contraceptives laudable, I think that so long as one tolerates it well it is better to use the most effective form of birth control. I find it troubling that in a very non-primal environment, people are focusing on their own health and feelings as opposed to the currently over-populated world. Not everything developed by culture and post-agricultural revolution man is detrimental. In addition, I’ve never thought there to be minimal information about the pill available; I’ve always been able to find plenty, both good and bad. For the person who wrote the question, is… Read more »
AlainaOfArc
AlainaOfArc
7 years 4 months ago
Sorry, maybe I should have specified that it’s difficult to find credible information on the pill that doesn’t come from a pharmaceutical company or an organization/individual who has ties to a pharmaceutical company. Over-population is a huge problem, that’s for sure. But contraceptives are a very individual thing and I personally know a lot of women who can’t tolerate taking the pill. And as nice as it would be to take the altruistic stance and take the damned thing anyway, that really shows what value a woman has in society. She may be miserable, but feel free to ejaculate in… Read more »
Katie
Katie
7 years 4 months ago
Contraception shouldn’t be the sole realm of women, but I feel that hormonal contraception should be used together with a barrier method (and yes, I’ve had a miserable experience on hormonal birth control myself). I see encouraging oral contraceptives as a way of realizing that, politically correct or not, pregnancy has physical effects for a woman than it has for a man. I know that I personally want to take all precautions that don’t depend on my interpretation of my own body as compared to a standard. My opinion on things is that no one should be having children. Vasectomies… Read more »
Connie
Connie
7 years 4 months ago

You do know that vasectomies and tubal ligations are not 100% either? One hears it routinely from the doc and no one thinks it applies to them.

When my husband’s vasectomy failed, it caused a land rush to the doctors, as everyone who heard about it went to see if they too perhaps were fertile when they thought they weren’t.

Nowadays I would go with Fertility Awareness as, good as anything and not requiring mutilation.

LevitationMatt
LevitationMatt
7 years 4 months ago

Hey Alaina,
I recently did a bunch of research on this subject for my girlfriend (I have a background in Biology), and found there to be lot of conflicting info. I managed to find a few good peer-reviewed reliable sources – Mayo clinic in particular has some great information. What I wrote up for my girlfriend is too long to include in a comment, but I posted it in the forum under the “Primal Resources” category, thread title: “Primal Contraceptives”. Take a look – you might find the answers to some of your questions.

-Matt

Donna
Donna
7 years 4 months ago

#5,
Hey Hannah,
I’d like to suggest to you Mark’s “Responsibly Slim” protein meal replacement. Just mix it up with water, i believe you’d really like it. This would be perfect for you since you have no access to cook anything and your answer to the breakfast you’re looking for!!! Just click on “The Store” tab at the top, check it out!!!

sandra
sandra
7 years 4 months ago

i drink mark’s responsibly slim for breakfast every day, but how is that primal

Donna
Donna
7 years 4 months ago

Hey Sandra,
Responsibly Slim has the right balance of high quality protein, low carb. I’ve used it as breakast and it’s given me the energy i needed to start my day, it’s perfectly balanced. It’s the highest quality protein meal replacement i’ve ever tried and the best tasting. So, here you have it, low carb, low in calories to keep you lean, high protein to preserve muscle. I highly recommend to include Mark’s Responsibly Slim Protein meal replacement along with Mark’s Primal Blueprint!

Riceball
Riceball
7 years 4 months ago
Q1: eating red meat is not more important than eating other types of meat…it’s just that, don’t be afraid of eating red meat. Diversify your diet is definitely beneficial than just eating beef. =) pigs natually eat pretty much anything, so it’s not much a problem that they eat corn. Chicken prefer eating grains and insects actually. I’m not sure about corn though..hmm… Lamb eat grass, fish is tricky… b/c a lot of the “deep sea” fish is heavy-metal polluted, so it’s often safer to eat inland fish rather than from the deep ocean.. I don’t think it’ll be a… Read more »
Holly
Holly
7 years 4 months ago

Question 5:
Hannah – I agree with Donna. The Responsibly Slim is awesome. If you don’t have access to a blender (tastes great blended with ice, water/cream, and fruit), all you have to do is take 2 scoops, put it in a full water bottle, and shake!

Question 4:
Seems like it might be a good sensible vice…

Donna
Donna
7 years 4 months ago

Thanks Holly, i agree with you, too, Responsibly Slim is “Awesome!!”

rob
rob
7 years 4 months ago

regarding fish — the conventional wisdom (and we know what that is like, but I don’t know better YET) seems to be to think small. The theory is that it takes a long time to grow a large fish (tuna, sword, etc) so the accumulation of heavy metals is greater in these fish than in small fish (sardines).

Louise L
7 years 3 months ago

I really think the mercury issue in fish is way over-blown. The mercury is fish all goes back to one isolated incident in Japan where they were dumping right into the bay where they were fishing.

Remember also, with tuna. It also contains selenium which chelates the mercury. So that balances out. I would still stick with wild fish though.

Also, just to be safe we all probably have too much heavy metal so just take a great greens product with chlorella and cilantro and chelate it out of your tissues.

timconradinc
timconradinc
7 years 4 months ago

question #1 – while chickens don’t graze on grass, put them out there, they find all kinds of things to eat. they really like to eat all sorts of bugs. when I was a kid, we had a few hundred chickens that we’d let roam around and they loved to chase after grasshoppers and other bugs. So, my dad didn’t need to use any bug spray to keep bugs out of the garden, and as a bonus, free fertilizer!

Kate
5 years 6 months ago

Chickens do so eat grass ;0)

Just try keeping your yard chickens from eating the new sprouts in a recently-seeded lawn. You’ll never see a blade to fruition.

Of course, they eat bugs, worms, mice, etc. too. Fallen fruits, grains, just about anything they can get their beaks around. They’re like tiny raptors!

annie
annie
7 years 4 months ago

Question 2: Another vote for Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Like your wife, I wasn’t able to find a birth control method that didn’t compromise my health. This book is incredible and it is a crying shame that most women have NO IDEA that they actually CAN have control over this area of their life without pharmaceutical intervention. Go get it! (I got mine from amazon.)

Methuselah
Methuselah
7 years 4 months ago
#1 Be careful with the distinction between Free Range and Organic – in the UK at least, there is a significant difference – see this video. #2 In the UK there is Persona and I think the US Clearblue – it’s a machine that tests your urine to determine where you are in the cycle and when it’s safe for Mr and Mrs Grok to have fun without producing mini-Groks. #3 Look into Serrapeptase / Serrazyme – it’s a natural alternative to NSAIDs (non-specific anti-inflammatory drugs) which have all kinds of nasty side-effects especially at high doses. Serrapeptase is much… Read more »
Ruth
7 years 4 months ago

Q2: A nice in-between method of BC that is less complex than Fertility Awareness is Cycle Beads. If your wife’s cycle falls between 26-32 days (like the vast majority of menstruating women), even if it varies within that, the beads still work, letting your wife know when she could be ovulating.

Megan
Megan
7 years 4 months ago

Well said Alaina and Katie!

Tami
7 years 4 months ago

Q1. Actually, chickens do eat grass. There are about 30 of them outside my window right now… eating grass. They are omnivores, meaning they will eat absolutely anything, including each other.

I supplement my chickens with about one coffee can of grain per day (a mix of corn and laying mash) and they make up the rest of their diet free ranging. Some days they don’t even eat the grain. I only eat the eggs, not the meat, so I can’t vouch for the quality of free range meat. But the eggs are awesome!

SerialSinner
SerialSinner
7 years 4 months ago
Q1: It could be argued that the healthiest meat to eat is the one coming from healthy animals (game meat comes to mind). The primal blueprint should also apply to raising livestock. If we apply evolutionary theory and feed animals with what they should ideally eat, the result should be very healthy meat. Q2: There is no such thing as primal contraception. I would picture Grok (and… Grokene?) as serial short-term monogamist (if monogamist at all). Grok would be a perpetual testosterone victim and Grokene would be doing her best (or maybe not) to avoid being dragged into a cave.… Read more »
Milemom
Milemom
7 years 4 months ago

No way is there primal birth control…Grok wanted/needed as many of those kiddos as possible. Fertility Awareness is definitely the most natural though… and quite effective.

Greg at Live Fit
7 years 4 months ago

Q1: If you happen to be friends with a hunter, see if you can get them to share in what they harvest. There’s nothing more primal than venison, rabbit, quail, or duck taken from the field.

jpippenger
7 years 4 months ago
Question #3: Definitely get it checked out by your dentist. Also, two suggestions that aren’t exactly primal, but also don’t involve taking any medicine. 1. If your not using a power toothbrush change to one. I used to have tooth aches that were actually, receding gums. I learned that I brushed my teeth to hard and I was hurting my gums by doing so, when I switched to a power toothbrush I stopped putting so much pressure on the gums. 2. Also, if you are using a whitening toothpaste stop using it. The bleaching agents in the toothpaste can cause… Read more »
Tracy
Tracy
7 years 4 months ago

this isnt directly related to any of the above questions, but to those mentioning the problem of overpopulation i would recommend you check out the demographic winter documentary. http://www.demographicwinter.com/index.html

as with any documentary or other information source you certainly shouldnt take it as gospel but there is some very interesting information presented there that just might alter some of your thinking:D

Jessie
7 years 4 months ago

Question 1. Bison aka Buffalo meat is a healthy red meat that tastes very similar to beef but is a bit richer and sweeter…not gamey. Lower in fat, calories and cholesterol, higher in protein and iron and grass-fed is higher in omega 3. Definitely make sure the bison are “grass-finished”. Unfortunately, there are some bison feedlots that supply grocery stores. Most bison are free range and by National Bison Association regs are hormone free and steroid free.

Our happy free range chickens eat grass, insects, veggie kitches scraps and their eggs are incredible!

Jessie
runswithbuffalo

hannah
hannah
7 years 4 months ago

Q1: At my local farmers market I can buy free-range organic chicken, so maybe you can too? But otherwise I can just get in at the supermakerjet but it is more expensive, whereas at the farmers market it tends to be cheaper. Also, I don’t if it is like this everywhere, but in NZ you can buy free-range bacon that is SPCA approved. I guess they would be fed grass? Or maybe they are just allowed outside… I’m not really sure? But it’s still better than being in a cage all day.

D
D
7 years 4 months ago

I just wanted to say I really like the dear readers segment and enjoy reading the quality comments!

D

Nancy Boy Fellows
Nancy Boy Fellows
7 years 4 months ago

Squire Hola..Please have you any idea how much Vit D3 we’d roughly get from say a 1000iu of D 3 please ?

Thanks much.

BTW Grok On…..deadly catchy

Simon (Fellows)

D
D
7 years 4 months ago
Q1: We use goats around here to get ag tax exemptions. Some animals, like goats, will eat almost anything! Just last week I watched a goat eat a coke can and countless other trash. I’ve also seen pigs eat all kinds of trash at my uncle’s farm. While it’s probably not best to dine on an animal thats been eating trash, I would imagine as long as the animal has been fed food that would be naturally available and eaten by the animal you should be in the clear. Cows naturally eat grass, yet we continue to feed them grains… Read more »
Michaela
Michaela
7 years 4 months ago
Hi, re question 3, I had really really bad toothache about a month ago and I wasn’t going to get into the dentist for two weeks, so in desperation I consulted Dr G Oggle. He suggested I chewed a clove of garlic over the affected tooth, and I must say that it worked, it took the pain away, but the raw garlic did burn my mouth and tasted horrible, and as I had to go to work the next day and didn’t think my workmates would appreaciate the garlic breath,so I tried clove oil. That worked amazingly, I got a… Read more »
Curiousfarmer
7 years 4 months ago

Herbivore, omnivore, carnivore. Look at the gut. A pig is an omnivore like us and will eat pretty much anything. They can digest immature forage like us, (think salad). They cannot digest the cellulose in forage; which differentiates them from cows which have an amazing rumen which can break down and digest mature forage.

Tracy
Tracy
7 years 4 months ago
Breakfast Question…. check out Cliff Builder Bars… no gluten,dairy, preservatives, and all natural- 20 grams of protein – does have some rice sugar or something though. I am leary of the Responsibly Slim shakes because of the sucralose (Splenda) in them. I had a brain tumor removed recently and really want to avoid chemicals if at all possible. I used sweet n low and splenda and drank diet cokes for years. don’t know if that had anything to do with it but would rather not have my head opened again. Be careful what you are putting into you bodies. Wish… Read more »
Donna
Donna
7 years 4 months ago

Sucralose is the “LAST” ingredient listed in Responsibly Slim ingredients. I believe it’s safe because “all” of Mark’s products are perfectly balanced, safe, and totally trustworthy!

Gord
Gord
7 years 4 months ago

Question 3. While not necessarily primal but a natural option, gargling with a capful of Peroxcide has helped me tremendously with tooth aches (I don’t have any cavaties). I go to the dentist regularly but sometimes get tooth aches,gum sorenss, canker sores etc. and rinsing with Peroxide is cheap and works great.

Dave, RN
Dave, RN
7 years 4 months ago

Mark, do some research on Splenda. When your done you’ll be as convinced as some of the rest of us that Splenda is dangerous (along with all other artificial sweeteners). PLEASE switch to Stevia!

Mark Sisson
7 years 4 months ago
Dave, I’m not the biggest fan of artificial sweeteners of any type. I’m also not a fan of sugar. When I was designing my Responsibly Slim, I wanted it to have a good dose of protein and still taste great. That’s tough to do with a meal replacement, because protein tastes like crap. In fact, some of the “best for you” taste pretty awful. Compliance is huge when you make a meal replacement. And I have always acknowledged that this is a substitute for food – not a food. I’d much rather you eat a meal. I researched Splenda heavily… Read more »
Louise L
7 years 3 months ago

I completely agree with you. After drinking Propel (when it had sucralose)I started noticing the same strange feeling you get from aspartame which I tried in Canada and stopped using almost immediately. A very strange feeling!

Research is now pointing to the fact that all of these aspartame, sucralose are exitoxins which can cause neural problems and brain tumors. They have been using stevia for years in Japan and it works for me. I would also rather see pure cane sugar than any artificial sweetener.

Tracy
Tracy
7 years 4 months ago

I used to rationalize chemicals and additives in my food -like Sucralose being the “LAST” ingredient in the list but after having a massive brain tumor removed and no one knowing the origin I had to rethink my rationalizations. We can’t and don’t live in a perfect world but as Dave, the RN said the research is out there that this IS a dangerous product with multiple health concerns.

I think Mark is right on track about most things BUT… we do need to think for ourselves too.

SerialSinner
SerialSinner
7 years 4 months ago

I am with Mark on the present lack of evidence suggesting any health issues linked to Sucralose. At least I haven’t been able to find any.

While not *ideal*, I believe it can be very helpful, particularly for people transitioning from a long held high-carb/low-fat diet into a primal lifestyle.

Hans
Hans
7 years 4 months ago

Question 4:

I am a regular user of Kefir. I make it from fresh raw milk and Kefir grains. I regard it as taking a free Vitamine B complex + probiotics pill.
It has helped me with digestive problems, skindisorders and lowering cholesterol.

Louise L
7 years 3 months ago

Here, here lets toast to the real kefir!
(clink)

MooMoo
MooMoo
7 years 4 months ago
Question 3 – Buy the book “Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition” by Ramiel Nagel. It’s $29 on Amazon but definitely worth it. Nagel talks about research that indicates tooth decay is caused by a lack of nutrients in the diet, and that you can prevent and cure cavities by eating certain foods, and avoiding other foods. Since I started eating the recommended foods, the tooth pain I had has completely gone away. Pain killers might make you feel better temporarily, but it will only mask the symptoms. You should look into how you can actually heal… Read more »
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Louise L
7 years 3 months ago

Question 4
I answered this on dear reader 1 in response to a question concerning cheese.

I am very big on real kefir grains.

Louise L
7 years 3 months ago

Question 3
I have had lots of issues with pain and painkillers. You have my complete sympathy. A few are MSM, white willow. I have a whole page of these on my website. They work very well and I don’t need to take any other pain medication when I need something.

Louise L
7 years 3 months ago
From my reading these Fertility Awareness books have a higher success rate than the pill when you learn them properly, hands on with an experienced practitioner. Birth-control pills are almost as bad as antibiotics for fungus and yeast troubles. I also strongly suggest you never use these contraceptives that promise no monthly events for months at a time. If you read the horror stories of the mental issues women are suffering from long after they are removed you would shudder. I also recommend virgin coconut oil for thyroid and adrenal balance it is very good to balance hormones. Also make… Read more »
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Sissy
Sissy
5 years 2 months ago
I too experienced catastrophic damage to so many body systems on the pill! Hormonal disruptions, depression, period problems-you name it! I read online about a study conducted by the University of Melbourne that investigated using lemon juice as a contraceptive. In their lab, they found that lemon juice not only quickly immobilized sperm, but it also effective in killing HIV. I wouldn’t bank on it, as I am not a doctor! But from personal experience, this works for me. My husband and I preferred not to conceive immediately, but most importantly we could successfully care for any “surprises” (not accidents)… Read more »
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8 months 19 days ago

200 years ago, women who did not wish to become pregnant would soak a sea sponge (the same kind used as a natural alternatives to tampons) in Vinegar or lemon juice, and insert it at close to the cervix as possible just before intercourse. This alters the pH of the vagina, making it inhospitable to sperm.

Jessica
Jessica
8 months 19 days ago

Q2
There is also some evidence that queen Anne’s lace (wild carrot) seeds are effective as an herbal contraceptive. I believe Susun Weed discusses how and why, and how it’s been used in the past.

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