Raw Milk = Real Milk

Raw milk has been gaining popularity for years now. The conventional dairy industry, realizing this, has stepped up their efforts to ensure that raw milk does not become mainstream. If the health and economic benefits of raw milk were to ever catch on with the general public, it would threaten the livelihoods of the conventional dairy industry.

If raw dairy did catch on, you would think that the dairy industry would simply follow suit and begin producing raw products to meet the demand. However, this would be virtually impossible. Their business depends on pasteurization in order to be able to mass-produce and ship a product that by nature is meant to be grown and consumed locally. this is why their powerful lobbyists will stop at nothing to persuade government agencies to keep raw milk bans in full force.

There’s a vast difference between the quality and safety of milk from organically raised, grass-fed cows, and conventionally raised, grain-fed livestock. Conventional dairy farms are not set up to produce healthy milk. The very idea of producing mass quantities of milk from huge numbers of cows confined to one area is contrary to the very nature of healthy milk.

Cows that are fed grain and raised under substandard conditions will likely produce milk that is unhealthy to drink raw because grains, antibiotics, growth hormones, and filthy living conditions change the pH balance and the natural bacteria present in a cow’s gut, which in turn affects the natural bacteria and pathogens present in their milk.

In order for conventional dairy farms to safely produce raw milk, they’d be forced to clean up their production practices, raise healthier cows (and likely fewer cows), and give them access to pasture. This would cost them money ? lots of money.

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Unfortunately for consumers, money has been, and is the number one reason why our food supply is so devoid of nutrients. To learn more about the health and economical benefits of local farming and products like raw milk visit The Weston A. Price Foundation or The Campaign for Real Milk or read The Raw Milk Revolution

The dark side of soy

The vast majority of soy at your local market is not a health food. 91% of soy grown in the US is genetically modified (GM) soy that is contaminated with large pesticide residues. The genetic modification is done to impart resistance to the toxic herbicide Roundup, so they can spray it over the soy plants to improve crop production by killing the weeds. This is solely meant to increase farming efficiency and provide you with less expensive soy. In other words, cheap as opposed to healthy.

For centuries, contrary of what Americans have been told, Asian people have been consuming non-GM fermented soy products such as natto, tempeh, and soy sauce in SMALL amounts. Western food processors separate the soybean into two commodities?protein and oil. And there is nothing natural or safe about these products that many Americans consume.

Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story, points out thousands of studies linking soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility?even cancer and heart disease.

Here is just a sampling of the health effects that have been linked to soy consumption:

* Breast cancer
* Brain damage
* Infant abnormalities
* Thyroid disorders
* Kidney stones
* Immune system impairment
* Severe, potentially fatal food allergies
* Impaired fertility
* Danger during pregnancy and nursing

Soy proponents will argue that soy-based foods (they lump the fermented ones with the unfermented) will protect you from everything from colon, prostate and breast cancer to strokes, osteoporosis, and asthma. However, proponents never mention the studies that illuminate soy?s downside and all of the dangers posed to your health, which are based on sound research.

Another unfortunate fact is that 80 percent of the world?s soy is used in farm animal feed, which is why soy production is contributing to deforestation. Some soy propagandists have suggested that the solution to this is for all of us to become vegetarians?a reckless recommendation rooted in total ignorance about nutrition?whereas a far better solution is a major overhaul in how farm animals are fed and raised.

Getting Fit Matters – Even if You Aren’t a Fitness Buff

You don’t have to really love fitness or have a desire to be in perfect shape in order to get fit. You can also get fit just because you know it’s good for you and will help you live a longer, healthier life. There’s nothing wrong with spending time on the computer, enjoy the sports betting sites, the forums, and all the social media that’s available. After you’ve done that for a while, though, it’s time to get up and get moving. Don’t spend all day in that chair or on that couch, because you’ll never achieve your optimum level of health that way.

In order to really be fit, you have to do two things: move more and eat less (or at least healthier). If you’re already at a healthy weight you should be proud of yourself, because the majority of people today are overweight. Even healthy-weight people can have problems, though, if they don’t eat properly or have too much body fat. Internal fat that builds up around the organs can be dangerous, and even people who look thin can develop too much of it if they aren’t getting enough exercise.

You should always check with your doctor before you start exercising. Once you’ve been cleared, start slowly. You don’t want to injure yourself, because then you won’t be able to stick to your exercise routine. Just take things slow and build up over the course of days, weeks, or months, depending on your level of fitness and how slowly you started on your fitness journey. You can reach your optimum level of health, but it’s a very good idea to make sure that you do it the right way – and that means gradually and safely.

Good Food Rots, Bad Food Doesn’t

The more natural a food is, the healthier it is right? It is common knowledge that food that is not full of preservatives will go bad quickly, and that fast food is not the healthiest option. In fact, an accidental experiment is shedding new light on the quality of fast food.

It started with a bet between photographer Sally Davies and her friend. Davies read about Karen Hanrahan purchasing a McDonald’s hamburger in 1996 and how after 12 years it still had not decomposed. Hanrahan used the burger to show people the benefits of a healthy diet. Davies was interested in this story and mentioned to a friend. This friend thought she was crazy and bet her that a burger would mold or rot after a few days on the kitchen counter.

Davies took the bet, purchased a Happy Meal, and set it out on the counter just like she would do with her handbags. Davies took pictures daily, but quickly realized that it was going to be a tedious task and decided to take pictures every week or so. After 180 days, there was not a spot of mold or a fleck of rot on the burger, bun, or fries. The only change in over six months was that the burger shrunk a bit as it dried out and the bun got stale, with a small piece falling off the edge.

McDonald’s has consistently claimed of only using natural ingredients in their foods. Scientists have weighed in on this interesting event, stating that the high level of sodium is keeping the burger and fries from decomposing. Scientists also say that food with high fat content has less moisture, and moisture is needed for mold to grow. If a fast food burger has as much salt and fat in it to become a hockey puck, just think of what it can do to a person.

Stress, not Your Parents Genes, add Years to Your face.

Your genetics may not be the best predictor of how you’ll age. A study involving identical twins suggests that despite genetic make-up, certain environmental factors can add years to a person’s perceived age. Factors such as divorce or the use of antidepressants are the real culprits that cause facial aging.

Researchers obtained comprehensive questionnaires and digital images from nearly 200 pairs of identical twins. The images were reviewed by an independent panel, which recorded the perceived age difference between the siblings.

Study subjects who had been divorced appeared nearly two years older than their siblings who were married, single or even widowed. Antidepressant use was associated with a significantly older appearance..

The presence of stress could be one of the common denominators that caused facial aging. The researchers also suspected that continued relaxation of the facial muscles due to antidepressant use could account for sagging.

(Mercola.com 2/19/09)

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