I've been meaning to share a few of my favorite things with you all for a while now. These are some resources I've selfishly kept to myself...because, every time I share my favorite doctors, dentists, etc., they get so popular that I can't get in to see them for months. But, I guess it's time to share.
1. Our pediatrician, family doctor, and friend.... Dr. Audra Fox at Fusion MD. She is now one of the few docs actually treating people (and keeping them out of the ho-spit-all right now. And she never asks for your "pass-port" status. She's arguably one of the best PANDAS docs in Oklahoma...and probably anywhere. She also has an amazing, giving heart, and is on the board for our non-profit Hee Haw for Health. Oh, and she was a naturopath first, then became an MD. She actually values patients and parents that do their own research before they come to the office.... rather than demeaning them for "googling." Tell them the Donkey Milk Lady sent you. (For real.)
2. Our biological Dentist, and friend....Dr. Karen Cox-Haymaker at Hennesey Dental Wellness. Yes, it's worth it for us to hour drive to Hennesey just to see a natural, biological dentist, who actually takes dental insurance, understands how to safely remove mercury and why, and gets that homeopathy isn't the same thing as essential oils and knows how to use it. And stops mid-exam just to pray for you. And, tell them the Donkey Milk lady sent you.
3. Brave Doctors. Dr. Greg and Lydia Dennis at Vibrant Life Clinic. I just "met" them a few weeks ago when a friend introduced us. Dr. Greg left the big "Ho-spit-all" establishment and he and his wife have their own clinic. They joined us for our last Doctor / Donkey Dairy zoom call and they're using the right stuff to help people early on. Dr. Greg Dennis also has a great podcast you should tune in to called Fit Rx.
4. Oklahoma ER and Hos-pital. If you need one. This is it. They don't ask for your "pass-port" or treat (or mistreat) you if you don't have one. And, they're doing it right. It's our go-to, in case of emergency.
5. Surgery Center of Oklahoma. You all. If you need surgery, this is the place to have it done. Literally will cost you less than using your "scam-surance" and having it done at one of the "ho-spit-als". Also, they won't make you shove a contaminated q-tip up your brain just to have knee surgery.
6. Midwives. I'm not in the market for one of these, but if I was, I'd be calling Gwen Posey at Peace Naturopathic, or one of the few who haven't taken the "grain" and won't pressure you to take the "grain." Read previous posts if you aren't sure what I mean...oh, and she's also an ND (Naturopath) and she was doing the whole homesteading thing before it was cool.
8. Food. I believe this may be one of the most overlooked resources for our health. It's more and more critical that we source and buy local, direct from the farmers as much as possible. Support them now, so they'll be around when you need them (ahem). You can also get the shopping guide and real food app from Weston A Price here.
- Conscious Community Co-op (Edmond).
- Arcadia Farmers Market (Arcadia).
- Ruzycki Farms (Jones.)
- Humble Hive Homestead (Luther)
- Oklahoma Donkey Dairy (Luther) because donkey milk is essential.
- Yarrowhead Farms (Carney)
- Red Bird Farm (Enid)
- Masons Pecans and Peanuts (paleo friendly nuts!)
9. How to not ruin your food. Seriously ya'all. Throw the microwave away. You're killing everything good in that organic tomato. Here are a few of my favorite resources for eating well.
- God's Good Table "Sharing the encouraging message of health, healing & hope through timeless principles rooted in God's word."
- Danielle Walker (Paleo recipes)
10. Coffee. This one deserves its own category. In case you haven't heard, a LOT of the world supply of coffee was wiped out in the recent crazy freeze in Brazil (who supplies 40% of the world's coffee.) So, I'm seriously tempted to keep my local source (who also, surprise, happens to be a childhood friend of mine) to myself. But, I won't. Start buying your coffee from Legacy Farms Coffee (you're also supporting their incredible mission and heart for the people of Honduras.) You can pick it up in my home town of Moundridge, Kansas, or have it shipped to your door. Or, support another local family at Grounds for Compassion.
11. Truth. Find a church that's telling it. Read some actual books that speak to it. One of our favorites is the Church of Glad Tidings. Love their sermons, and while you're there, go watch their Free & Brave conference too. And this book, Live Not By Lies: A manual for Christian Dissidents. It's full of hard, painful stuff, based on actual history and those that stood up against tyranny and for the truth. And get yourself a real old school Bible. The paper kind. You know, the one like Grandma had...that actually has to be burned, rather than just "edited" or "deleted" by the powers that be...
12. Friends. If you don't have some, get some. The real kind that won't cancel you or unfriend you if you share some uncomfortable truths. The real hugging kind that isn't just a number of "friends" and "followers" in a fake world of "social media." The kind that will be there for you, for real, when you're sick, down, or unpopular.
Please share this with your friends. My current trend is 13 "unsubscribers" per email. Apparently the old saying "truth hurts" is still true. And the new version of "shoot the messenger" is to "unsubscribe" "unfollow" and "unfriend."
I'll probably add to this list as time goes on, I'm sure I've forgotten a lot! Please comment with your favorite local growers, doctors, resources. And by local, I mean, local to where ever you are. I know we have a lot of readers across the United States and beyond. Share your fav's in the comments and how to reach them. (No big box stores allowed.)
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