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Raw Food and Man — from “Iron Man”

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PART I: Processed Food and Physical Deterioration.

If there is one thing that we could speculate as being highly probable concerning the life style of primitive man, it is that he obtained his food primarily from the vegetable kingdom and ate it raw. Historically it appears that complexities in food preparation and processing have come with the more complex and technical societies. Corresponding to the rise in production and consumption of refined and processed food has been the rise in physical deterioration, and the birth of heretofore unknown degenerative diseases. Continue reading

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The strange persistence of tyranny — useful ideas from out of this world

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process, he does not become a monster. …for if you gaze long enough into the abyss, the abyss gazes back into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Useful ideas from out of this world (picture is Lagoon Nebula from NASA)

Useful ideas from out of this world (picture is Lagoon Nebula from NASA)

The following excerpt is from the book “Extra-Terrestrial Friends and Foes” by George C. Andrews (1993), chapter seven, “A tentative taxonomy of extraterrestrial humanoids”. The excerpt is from information transmitted by Khyla of Procyon. Adams describes Khyla as “a watcher” and explains that, like Odin in Norse mythology, “the watchers have always been here”. And “Procyon” is “the home planet of those who travel through time”. Continue reading

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Doctors divided — Toronto Star report on the early days of pasteurization

Here’s an opinion piece from the Star’s regular feature “a picture and a thousand words”, giving some detailed cultural history around the introduction of pasteurization in Toronto. This story is by Christine Sismondo, from Nov. 23. Here are some excerpts:

City of Toronto archive photo via

It seems that the decision to implement pasteurization was not so "black and white". City of Toronto archive photo via

“A little more than a hundred years ago, Mayor Joseph Oliver was sworn into office at Toronto’s Old City Hall, vowing to clean up this burg.

This was no metaphorical sweep of the broom Oliver was talking about. He meant it literally. His Jan. 13, 1908, inaugural address made it clear what three of his top priorities were: the construction of a trunk sewer, clean water and pure milk.

Oliver’s address was an articulation of the new priorities of urban centres in the early 20th century. And Toronto, in part because of activist journalism and the philanthropy of newsmen such as Joseph Atkinson and John Ross Robertson, was to become a leader in making those public-health ideals a reality.

It wasn’t going to happen all at once, though. While Oliver had said that the “establishment of a milk standard of the highest possible percentage (was) of the utmost importance,” the best way to do that was going to be the subject of a debate that would rage for some time – arguably to this day. Continue reading

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“Stupid to drink raw milk from cows” — Mississauga man who says he caught TB from milk as a child in 1938

Here’s a well-written bit of counterpoint, which we are including here for journalistic balance. It’s from a blog titled “Dahn Batchelor’s Opinions”. The other day I was talking to a friend about raw milk and he suggested that the reason raw milk was such a tough sell with regulators in Ontario is because we in this province have some sort of collective memory of TB-related milk health issues from several decades back. Which would be the kind of thing this author is describing. Which is why you might find this worth reading, even though it’s so virulently anti-raw-milk. Here are some excerpts:

“Dairy farmer Michael Schmidt was in a Newmarket, Ontario court on September 10, 2008 fighting contempt of court charges for allegedly distributing unpasteurized milk in the area he lives in. York Region’s health services department first prohibited Schmidt from distributing raw milk in December 2006. Five months later, it served Schmidt with an order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice prohibiting him from contravening the 2006 directive. The authorities maintained that Schmidt, who runs an organic farm in the town of Durham in York Region, was in contempt of court because he failed to obey that previous court order to stop distributing raw milk within its borders. The court heard testimony from a private investigator who was hired to watch Schmidt and the activities surrounding a small bus-like vehicle which was usually parked at a Thornhill church lot. A 10-minute clip of video surveillance revealed people carrying coolers and bags from their cars onto the bus and then back to their cars.
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Dining “on the edge”

This is excerpted from Gina Mallet’s blog, from Friday Oct 17, 2008

“Living with risk — food isn’t ever going to be 100% safe

Last week I took a risk and ate two pieces of butterfish sushi at the excellent Japango — and with no deleterious effect. Butterfish is also known as Escolar, a member of the mackerel family and contains histamine, and some people are allergic to it and can become quite ill after eating it. In fact I heard from a couple of people who had been affected by butterfish/escolar and the illness was in both cases bad enough to land the eaters in hospital.

I ate the fish accepting the risk. I accept the fact that food isn’t l00 percent safe. That’s why I continue to drink raw milk when I can (in Pennsylvania) because it tastes so much better than the coffee creamer aka pasteurized milk. And I continue to  enjoy  soft raw milk cheeses like Brie, Camembert, Epoisses which are their best when under sixty days old. Officially no raw milk cheese less than 60 days old may be sold in Canada. But the imports are still available. They are monitored by Health Canada.  So far I haven’t heard of any cases of poisoning.  But I have a friend who landed up in intensive care for four days after she ate a local raw milk cheese (the maker is out of business)….”

Read the rest of this piece. It’s not long, but it’s totally worthwhile. Click here to go to Gina Mallet’s blog.

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Collette Cassidy, Claravale Dairy owner, writes to the California Governor

Once again, this is a letter that was written before the veto of new legislation. That new legislation was the fruit of extensive collaboration between consumers, industry and legislators. It was passed almost unanimously by the California State Senate, after which the Governor saw fit to veto it.

Letter from Collette Cassidy, owner, Claravale Farm, September 27, 2008:

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,

My husband has very articulately described our present situation, however, there are a few things I would like to add. The small family farm is not only a vanishing breed, but right here in California, our small dairy farm is at the edge of extinction – to be precise – one signature away. We are the only ones left producing and bottling our own Jersey milk. The thousands of customers that we serve value highly and pay a premium for this product. They have spoken up in defense of their right to continue to drink this milk. Continue reading

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As if pasteurization wasn’t bad enough

From the “Everything has a Reason” blog, here’s an excerpt from a story titled “Homogenizing raw milk kills everything in it”. The picture also from that story. Mostly on this blog, our main concern has been around pasteurization. But there’s little doubt in my mind that the associated practice of homogenization, is also problematic in its long-term effects on health. I’m not sure this author has all the facts straightened out to 100% correctness, but it does at least serve as a good reminder that pasteurization is not the only problem with processed “milk”.

commercial dairy cows standing around waiting to be fed

commercial dairy cows waiting to be fed

“Homogenization is a process to prevent or delay natural separation of cream from the rest of the emulsion. The fat in milk normally separates from the water and collects at the top. Homogenization breaks the fat into smaller sizes so it no longer separates, allowing the sale of non-separating 1%, 2%, and whole milk. This is accomplished by forcing the milk at high pressure through small orifices.

Another method of homogenization uses extruders, hammermills, or colloid mills to mill (grind) solids.

So, pasteurizing our raw milk is not enough. Commercialize farmers needs to homogenized it too to kill what ever is left that are good and bad for the human body. Not only that, they will also add non natural ingredients to it. Continue reading

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Are “they” trying to “regulate” California raw dairies out of business?

Here’s an in-depth story on the California milk scene. The excerpts below ars from a story titled “Some Like it Raw” by John Schwenkler, from AFF Doublethink Online:

“We have always had to have “a good reason” for doing away with small operators, and in modern times the good reason has often been sanitation, for which there is apparently no small or cheap technology. Future historians will no doubt remark upon the inevitable association, with us, between sanitation and filthy lucre. —Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America”

“….This legislation, which passed in October 2007 as AB 1735 but was shelved after a San Benito County Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order on its enforcement, provides a perfect window into the “milk wars” that are been being waged nationwide. Continue reading

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Two poems from the cow-share meeting

As part of his contribution to last weeks meeting of cow share members in Richmond Hill, Michael Schmidt opened the meeting with the following excerpt from a 1998 poem by Ben Okri titled “Mental Fight, an anti-spell for the 21st century”:

Or might we choose to make
This time a waking up event
A moment of world empowerment?
To pledge, in private, to be more aware
More playful, more tolerant, and more fair
More responsible, more wild, more loving
Awake to our unsuspected powers, more amazing.

We rise or fall by the choice we make
It all depends on the road we take
And the choice and the road each depend
On the light we have, the light we bend,
On the light we use
Or refuse
Or the lies we live by
And from which we die.

And then again, at the close of the evening’s proceedings, Mr. Schmidt offered another verse, this time by Rudolf Steiner, titled “For this Michael age”: Continue reading

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Got Milk? That’s what you think

These excerpts are from the Journeys Fitness blog by Raychelle Muhammad:

“…Don’t you just love the “Got Milk?” ads featuring gorgeous celebrities donning milk mustaches? These ads recommend drinking milk daily and many have done so in the quest to emulate the images projected by these personalities. Milk has been touted as the cure-all for strong bones and teeth, postponing osteoporosis, and even cancer prevention. I am sure that this campaign has done much to boost sales in the dairy industry. It has also been helpful in teaching the general public about one aspect of nutrition. The only problem is that the milk readily available on the market cannot provide the many benefits of drinking it. Why? Milk and dairy products are pasteurized and/or homogenized. In other words, everything good has been removed….” Continue reading

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