Daily Archives: January 5, 2011

Efficacy and safety of flu vaccines

From Raine Saunders at Agriculture Society:

Picture via Agriculture Society

“It’s flu and cold season. Do you normally receive a flu vaccine?

If so, you should know there are some risks to getting the injection that might outweigh not getting it, especially if you live a healthy life style that includes consumption of real, whole, traditional foods. A healthy lifestyle supports your immune system, which is the key to avoiding flus, colds, and other illness and disease.

Most doctor’s offices and now other places such as drug stores are offering the flu vaccine on a seasonal basis. Flu shots are so ubiquitous, you can walk into almost any of the following locations to receive one: Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS Pharmacy, Albertson’s/Savon, WalMart, Kroger’s, Meijer, and Publix.

Just like other vaccines, a dead version of the virus is contained within the shot you receive. Inside your body, the vaccine’s main purpose is to stimulate immune system function into reacting as though it has been attacked by the flu virus. Theoretically, this will trigger a production of antibodies that will destroy the real virus when your body is exposed to it. Continue reading

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Raw milk regulators on the rampage in Colorado after news story about store

The latest from David E. Gumpert on The Complete Patient blog:

Image from website header for the Rocky Plains store.

“For 18 years, Phil Haynes has been selling his ranch’s buffalo meat through a store at the ranch, Rocky Plains Quality Meats, outside the northern Colorado town of Dacono.

Over the years, he opened a second store in nearby Loveland and added pork and chicken from other area producers, along with locally-produced fish. And a little over three years ago, he added raw goat’s and cow’s milk, produced by a nearby farm under Colorado’s cowshare law implemented five years ago. Continue reading

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“Irony of raw milk” is “Top News”

from Olivia Conroy, at Top News:

It is quite strange to know that though, the government is planning to launch a campaign against smoking by printing larger warning signs on cigarette packs. But, at the same time the provincial government of Ottawa is not allowing people to drink raw milk.

Though, the prohibition on the sale and distribution of raw milk is all in good intentions. But the government should realize the fact that people consume raw milk under no illusions and they take the pain of procuring it because they want it and not because they are being fooled or anything. At the end of the day people buying raw milk are consenting adults, who prefer raw milk over pasteurized milk.

The laws of our land are very confusing, as a farmer is allowed to drink and feed his children raw milk. But, unfortunately he cannot distribute the milk to anyone, who would prefer raw milk. Continue reading

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