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Is cow’s milk only good for calves?

There’s been controversy for a while now in nutrition circles, with some saying dairy is unnecessary in the human diet and others saying that while commercial pasteurized milk and milk products may be associated with health problems, raw dairy is altogether different in its effects on the body and is actually a valuable food.

Cows milk is for calves, right. What gives humans the idea they should drink it too?

Cow's milk is for calves, right? Are humans the only mammals to drink the milk of another species? Could be... but I'm pretty sure we're also the only mammals who use the internet. Your point?

Here’s an excellent summary of the case for milk and specifically, the case for raw milk, as part of a healthy diet. This article is written by Karen Railey B.S., CNC. It was originally found by Audrey, and circulated by Beverley. Audrey found it in “Chet’s Day” health news letter. Karen Railey, who wrote this piece, is also the author of the how-to guide “How to improve fading memory and thinking skills with Nutrition“. Continue reading


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A few fascinating factoids regarding pasteurization and homogenization

The following is excerpted from “One Mother’s Thoughts — Milk 101: The Skinny on Pasteurization, Homogenization and Dating of Milk“, from Peach Blog‘s May 9th newsletter. Text bolding added for emphasis by The Bovine:

Fat is less dense than water so cream (fat) floats above the watery part of the milk, naturally. Homogenization forces the cream (fat) to stay combined with the watery part by exposing the milk to high pressure, turbulence, and shock waves. When milk is homogenized, it MUST be pasteurized, as it goes rancid very quickly. On the other hand, HTST Pasteurized milk does not NEED to be homogenized because it won’t separate as the enzymes are not destroyed as much because only light pasteurization is used. Spokane Family Farm’s milk falls into this category. It is Pasteurized Non Homogenized, and can still be used for cheese making. UHT Ultra Pasteurized milk is ALWAYS homogenized to mix in the unsightly dead sludge that would form at the bottom of the carton without homogenization (out of sight out of mind). Making cheese with UHT Ultra Pasteurized milk will not work as there are not enough live enzymes remaining to grow. Continue reading


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Social-freedom dimension of politics

Here’s National Post columnist Karen Selick on Libertarianism, or “social freedom vs state social control” as another dimension of the political spectrum, a spectrum that’s so commonly regarded as simply a choice between economic freedom (right) or economic intervention by the state (left):

“The following is an edited excerpt from Karen Selick’s recent presentation to the Manning Networking Conference and Exhibition in Ottawa.

Perhaps the best way to explain libertarianism is to show you the graph developed in 1969 by an American named David Nolan. Nolan observed that the traditional political spectrum of “left versus right” is spectacularly unilluminating. There are simply too many nuances in political ideology to map the differences on a single dimension.

So Nolan said, “Let’s add a second dimension — a vertical axis perpendicular to the traditional left-right spectrum.” His political map looked like an L-shaped graph.

On the horizontal axis, we plot economic freedom. The more economic liberty you support, the further along this axis you are. If you believe in capitalism (minimal taxes and unregulated markets), you are out at the right. The more government control you support, the closer to the origin you are. So if you believe in socialism (high taxes, the welfare state and extensive regulation of the marketplace), you are all the way to the left.

On the vertical axis, we plot “social” freedoms. The more social liberty you support, the further up you are. So if you believe (for instance) that we should legalize gun ownership, marijuana ownership, raw milk, surrogate pregnancy, prostitution, pornography, gambling, polygamy and so on, you are up at the top. The more government control you support, the further down you are. If you believe that the government should criminalize all those things, you are down at the bottom. Continue reading

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Raw Food and Man — from “Iron Man”

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Compiled by Stephen A. Downs

for Vince Gironda

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:

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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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