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V4 Issue 1 - January / February 2003
HEALTH PROBLEMS OF OUR OWN CREATION?


Editorial

News from the Editor
Homestead Happenings: Pathways
,
by Lori Crank
Letters to the Editor
Our Story Part 12: A New Opportunity / Coming Home

Family Health
God's Design & Man's "Improvements" 
Eastvold Family Experiences With Modern Farming,
by Lonnie Eastvold
Surgical Sterilizations: Fixing Something That Is Not Broken
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Why Encourage Home Births? (Does it matter where your children are born?)

Marriage & Child Raising

The King's New Clothes: A Modesty Parable, by Julie Austin
A Call to Fathers to Take Responsibility
Independent Decision Making: A Good Thing?

Home Schooling
A Closer Look at Classical Education

Homemaking

Back to the Basics Cloth "Paper" Dolls, by Lori Crank
Crock Pot
Recipes 

A Little Family Humor

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Summary of Articles - V4 I1 Health Problems of Our Own Creation?

God's Design & Man's "Improvements"; A look at some of the modern health problems and the possibility that some of our own innovations in food production, medical treatments, etc., may be serious contributing factors. Examples of areas where we have tried to "improve"  upon God's design and the resulting unintended consequences. What can we do? Some suggestions.

A Closer Look at Classical Education; Is classical education the future of home schooling? Variations in the classical approach / goals of a Christian classical education. Some of the best features of the classical method / Some possible weaknesses or criticisms. Our experience. Teaching thinking & communication; valuing education; having the greatest impact on the world for Christ; what is truly most important? 
Eastvold Family Experiences With Modern Farming, by Lonnie Eastvold; Some first hand observations of farming innovations, especially the use of chemicals, and the sometimes dangerous effects. Our Story Part 12: A New Opportunity / Coming Home; Our oldest son's marriage. Work changes and job eliminated, providing a new opportunity to try working for myself from home. The first months at home.
Surgical Sterilizations: Fixing Something That Is Not Broken; What many doctors don't tell you about vasectomies and tubal ligations. The risks to your long term health. Quotes from many research sources. The King's New Clothes: A Modesty Parable, by Julie Austin; A change  of the old tale to direct our attention to the course taken by the modern church concerning modesty. Stresses the importance of modest dress and the need for fathers to assume responsibility for their own families.
Hormone Replacement Therapy; Does this approach cooperate with God's design or work against it? The hazards of using hormone replacement therapy to relieve symptoms of menopause.
A Call to Fathers to Take Responsibility; A look at the sad state of fatherhood in our day. Sadly many Christian fathers are not doing too much better. The importance of fathers truly taking responsibility for their own families, the decisions made and the convictions adopted. Take a stand for what you believe is right and pleasing to God.
Why Encourage Home Births? (Does it matter where your children are born?); Does it really matter? Problems sometimes associated with hospital births. When a hospital and doctor are truly needed. Risks & decisions; Not a "right" vs. a "wrong" way. Not a barometer for judging.
Independent Decision Making: A Good Thing?; Preparing your children to make good decisions.  Is early independence really the right goal? Why doesn't it work? The alternative approach. How much independence? Common mistakes.
   
Letters to the Editor: Leading Family Devotions (a lengthy discussion about how to plan and conduct a family devotion time); Grown Children Taking Different Paths

News from the Editor

A Little Family Humor
Homestead Happenings: Pathways, by Lori Crank; The differing paths God leads each on. The grass seeming greener in other people's pastures. Not envying where God has led or how He has blessed others.

Back to the Basics Cloth "Paper"  Dolls, by Lori Crank

Crock Pot Recipes  (plus a few desserts)