Daily Archives: September 26, 2010

Should I vaccinate my child?

With the big fuss about H1N1 last year, and this year’s flu season just around the corner, it’s time to mentally prepare yourself for the public relations onslaught that may be coming our way promoting vaccination for the scary disease of the year. Here’s a primer on the whole vaccination question from Jini Patel Thompson:

Comic above via Oasis Advanced Wellness website

An unpublished study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on a “measles susceptible” (malnourished) group of children showed that the group who hadn’t been vaccinated contracted measles at the normal contract rate of 2.4%. Of the group who had received the measles vaccine (MMR), 33.5% contracted measles. (i) Continue reading

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Raw milk movie on Michael Schmidt, “Milk War”, airs tonight on ichannel

Last week I called up my local cable TV provider (Rogers) and subscribed to ichannel, so I could watch the “Milk War” TV premiere tonight.

Michael Schmidt takes questions from the audience following last Sunday's theatrical premiere of Milk War in Toronto. Michael is flanked by filmmakers Declan O'Driscoll and Kevin O'Keefe.

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Former Canadian dairy farmer reports on the New York state raw milk scene

Here is a story by Ian Cumming, reprinted from the August/September 2010 issue of The Landowner Magazine, where it’s titled “Farming without Fear, South of the Border”.

Headline and photo of the author, from the Landowner magazine.

The second Sunday after we began milking cows in the U.S., a knock came at the door. It was a nearby dairy farming couple and two of their shy, home – schooled children, handing my son and I, a freshly baked cake and welcoming us into the community. Continue reading

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Never the Twain shall eat — Andrew Beahrs on America’s vanished foods

Andrew Beahrs writes on “Twain’s Feast: America’s Vanished Foods” for Huffington Post. Here’s an excerpt:

Diamondback Terrapin, a food source that was very much a part of Samuel Clemens' America.

Whether because of overfishing, housing developments sprawling through farmland, or simply the closing of a beloved local restaurant, we’ve all had the experience of seeing a favorite food disappear.

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“And an udder thing” — CJAD’s Dan Laxer interviews raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt on air in Montreal

From Dan Laxer’s webpage:

CJAD's Dan Laxer interviewed Michael Schmidt on Friday Sept. 24th.

“I’d try drinking raw milk, but it sounds unsafe. I mean, what if the cow steps on your face?

Michael Schmidt, my guest this afternoon on Laxer Live, is perhaps the best-known proponent of raw milk in Canada, milk fresh from the cow’s udder, unpasteurized, filtred through cloth, and refrigerated. I’ve never tried it, but I’m sure it’s good. I’m sure it’s as rich, thick, sweet, and nourishing as breast milk is meant to be. Continue reading

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