For "Foodie Friday":
Scientists find a mass of synthetic chemicals in every glass of milk
"When you go to the kitchen to pour yourself a cold glass of milk, it seems you are filling your body with calcium, vitamins, and an abundance of goodness. That seemingly white beverage may look innocent, but the hidden ingredients packed into the liquid that is a popular staple in the American diet are anything but.
According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists have found through analysis that one single glass of milk can contain a delightful (or not) medley of up to 20 different kinds of painkillers, antibiotics and growth hormones (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf200364...). These medicinal residues, found in samples of cow, goat, and human breast milk, are from a variety of chemicals used to treat animal and human illness.
This research revealed that cow, goat, and human breast milk tested for traces of numerous anti-inflammatory drugs such as niflumic acid, mefenamic acid, flunixin, ibuprofen, diclofenac and ketoprofen -- all of which are commonly used painkillers for animals and humans.
Traces of other drugs, such as lipid regulators, anti-seizures, beta-blockers, antibiotics and various hormones (such as ethinylestradiol and estrone) were found as well.
But wait, there's more. Suffice it to say, everything you know about cow's milk and dairy in general is most likely part of a dairy industry myth. In general, CAFO cow's milk is a tainted bodily fluid from diseased animals that contains a wide range of dangerous and disease-causing substances. Here are some further reasons to avoid it altogether.
Of those 59 mentioned hormones, one is a powerful growth hormone called Insulin- like Growth Factor ONE (IGF-1). This hormone is essentially a "fuel cell" for any cancer. In fact, it has been proven that IGF-1 is the key factor in the growth and proliferation of every breast cancer; the medical world has clearly stated that IGF-1 is not only a key factor in the rapid growth and increase of prostate and colon cancers, but is suspect to promote and worsen ALL cancers, including those that are existing.
This is especially significant considering nearly 40% of women between the ages 40 and 50 have existing cancer in their breasts. The naturally-occurring hormone is identical in humans and cows, and every 12 ounce glass of milk doubles the amount of this hormone in your body. IGF-1 is linked not only to rising cancer rates, but the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
IGF-1 is a normal part of all milk -- and while newborns are supposed to grow quickly, what makes the 50% of obese American consumers (or any adult consumer in general) think they need substances that cause MORE growth? If the residual hormones in milk aren't enough to scare you away from milk, surely the amount of other drugs, man-made chemicals, and dioxins are.
It isn't a good source of calcium?
Contrary to popular belief, commercially sold milk is not the best way to get calcium. According to (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/calcium-full-story/), American women have been consuming an average of 2 pounds of milk per day throughout the course of their lives, yet 30 million American women have osteoporosis. Ingesting dairy products and drinking milk does not prevent bone loss; in fact, bone loss is expedited by consuming an excess of protein, and milk has often been labeled "liquid meat."
After all, where do the cows get calcium for their big bones? You guessed it... from plants! The calcium they consume from plants has a large amount of magnesium, which is necessary for the body to absorb and actually use the calcium properly." More at: http://www.naturalnews.com/033075_milk_chemical_contamination.html#
Who Knew this Cocktail of over 20 Chemicals are in Your Glass of Milk?
"Milk is thought of as a wholesome food, which is why so many parents give it to their children with every meal. And the truth is, it is wholesome when it's in its raw form and sourced from cows fed non-contaminated grass and raised in clean conditions.
Unfortunately, the milk that winds up in most Americans' glasses is far from this unadulterated state and, as the study above revealed, instead may be a veritable chemical cocktail."
Looking for Raw Milk?
"As demand for raw milk continues to grow, it will, hopefully, become easier and easier to come by. In Massachusetts, for example, the number of dairies licensed to sell raw milk has grown from 12 to 23 just in the past two years.
If you're still unsure of where to go, you can locate a raw milk source near you at the Campaign for Real Milk Web site. You can also look here to find out the legal status of raw milk in the U.S. state or country where you live." More at: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/26/who-knew-this-cocktail-of-up-to-20-chemicals-was-in-your-glass-of-milk.aspx
Does Milk Really Look Good On You? Don't Drink It!
"Most people have been so conditioned to believe that the healthy growth of their children's bones is dependent upon receiving calcium from processed cow's milk that they view milk commercials as more of a public service announcement than an attempt by businessmen to sell a product.
Several well-footnoted books and countless articles on the subject show that processed cow's milk is not healthy for humans and, to the contrary, has been linked to a wide range of physiological complications. The list of problems that have been associated with the consumption of milk and dairy products includes iron deficiency anemia, allergies, diarrhea, heart disease, colic, cramps, gastrointestinal bleeding, sinusitis, skin rashes, acne, arthritis, diabetes, ear infections, osteoporosis, asthma, autoimmune diseases and possibly even lung cancer, multiple sclerosis and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Milk and dairy products are acid-forming and mucus-producing substances that provide the ideal bodily environment for many children and adults to experience increased frequency of colds and flues.
Being a former La Leche League leader, I have heard numerous stories told by mothers of the trials and tribulations of raising children. The most frequent success stories I have heard about resolving chronic ear infections and frequent trips to the doctor's office is the elimination of dairy products.
Over and over again these women relate how surprised they were to have healthy kids at last. Others have found that milk, being quite addictive, was more difficult to eliminate totally. These families would go on a dairy binge periodically. The following week they would pay for it with a flare up of symptoms from the build up of mucus.
There is a tremendous difference between human babies and baby calves and a corresponding difference between the milk intended to nourish human babies and baby calves. It takes about 180 days for a human infant to double its birth weight, and human milk is five to seven percent protein. It takes only 45 days for a calf to double its birth weight and cow's milk is 15 percent protein. This protein in cow's milk is of a different composition than that of human milk and is poorly assimilated in the human body. The primary type of protein in cow's milk is casein. According to Dr. John R. Christopher, N.D., M.H., there is up to 20 times more casein in cow's milk than human milk which makes the nutrients in cow's milk difficult (if not impossible) for humans to assimilate.
Lost in the process
Pasteurizing milk destroys enzymes and reduces the vitamin content by over 50 percent. Raw milk contains beneficial bacteria such as lactobacillus acidolphilus which holds the putrefactive bacteria in check. This is why raw milk will eventually curdle and sour if allowed to sit at room temperature. Pasteurized milk, not having any beneficial bacteria or enzymes, eventually rots.
The irony of pasteurization is that it destroys the germicidal properties of milk. Experimental animals deteriorate rapidly on pasteurized milk. For instance, calves fed pasteurized milk die within 60 days, as shown by numerous experiments.
So why do we pasteurize milk? 1) It extends the shelf life of milk from five days to several weeks and 2) It enables the farmer to have lower standards of cleanliness. The standards for certified dairy herds and milk handlers of raw milk are considerably higher than for herds whose milk is to be pasteurized. Homogenizing milk has been linked to the rise in arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and heart disease. The culprit is an enzyme in milk called xanthine oxidase (XO) which partly survives pasteurization (40 percent). When the cream in milk is in it's natural state, the fat globules are too large to go through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream." More at: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2000/02/27/no-milk.aspx
REAL MILK FINDER
"Raw milk is Nature’s perfect food and is extremely important for the developing brains and nervous systems of infants and children. Furthermore, in many children not fortunate enough to have started life on raw milk, raw milk given later in childhood has cured autism, behavior problems, frequent infections, deafness, asthma and allergies and other serious health conditions." More at: http://www.realmilk.com/real-milk-finder/
Milk Is Dangerous for Your Health
"If you believe the government, we should have three glasses of milk each day. Is there any evidence to support this recommendation?
A recent study out of Harvard found a lack of data proving that eating dairy leads to better bones, weight loss, or improved health. The researchers found, instead, a number of serious health risks, including cancer, tied to dairy consumption.
Watch or read this week's House Call to learn more about the health risks associated with dairy and to find out how you can feel better by kicking the milk habit.
Wishing you health and happiness, Mark Hyman, MD"
Published on Oct 28, 2013
Top 10 Moo Milk Substitutes
“But what do you expect me to put on my cereal?!” – Is the common response given when you tell someone that moo milk just ain’t no good for you. Aside from being an inflammatory food that most humans simply aren’t evolved to digest properly, cows milk can be incredibly congesting, making you feel groggy and bunged up. We all know too well that it is fatty and simply not great for our planet too but embarking on a dairy-free diet can be quite difficult because milk goes in and with almost everything!
But there is one good thing about missing out on milk: there is such variety available and each substitute is good for you and your dish in a different way. Give some of the following a try." List at: http://recipes4recovery.com/2013/05/01/top-10-moo-milk-substitutes/
On This Day:
Himmler orders Gypsies to concentration camps, Nov 15, 1943:
"On this day in 1943, Heinrich Himmler makes public an order that Gypsies and those of mixed Gypsy blood are to be put on "the same level as Jews and placed in concentration camps."
Himmler was determined to prosecute Nazism racial policies, which dictated the elimination from Germany and German-controlled territories all races deemed "inferior," as well as "asocial" types, such as hardcore criminals. Gypsies fell into both categories according to the thinking of Nazi ideologues and had been executed in droves both in Poland and the Soviet Union. The order of November 15 was merely a more comprehensive program, as it included the deportation to Auschwitz of Gypsies already in labor camps.
That Himmler would promulgate such a program should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with his resume. As head of the Waffen-Schutzstaffel ("Armed Black Shirts"), the SS, the military arm of the Nazi Party, and assistant chief of the Gestapo (the secret police), Himmler was able over time to consolidate control over all police forces of the Reich. This power grab would prove highly effective in carrying out the Fuhrer's Final Solution. It was Himmler who organized the creation of death camps throughout Eastern Europe and the creation of a pool of slave laborers."
Jay called early to tell me that they had offered him a big pay raise if he would go back to Onalaska, TX to work on that house, way out in the sticks. He had said that he wouldn't go back, but went anyway.
So that meant that my greenhouse wouldn't get built anytime soon. But, I thought, maybe we could use the 8' wide, not the usual 6', glass patio door that I had for the greenhouse, and make a temporary greenhouse.
We started out with coats on, but soon discarded them as Ray and I struggled, pulled, tugged and huffed to get that big door out of storage. We leaned the door panels, lengthways, against the house. Then we put as many pots of my aloe plants behind the glass as we could, and made plywood triangles for the ends. If it gets really cold, I can hang Christmas lights in there, and cover the panes up with blankets. But that still leaves a lot of plants out in the trough that goes all across my back yard, which will have to be covered up. Another freeze isn't expected for a few days, but it is better to be prepared as the weather in TX can change suddenly.
Ava, my 'new' old cat is eating well, and seems happy. She doesn't know her name, whereas Nala does, and they sound too similar, especially to a cat's ears. Ava's original name was Esmeralda, but she doesn't even respond to that. Esmeralda means emerald, and was the gypsy in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. Shortened forms of it are Esme, Essie, Emma etc, but she doesn't respond to those either. It is said that one should change an animal's name if the animal associates their name with bad things from a previous life, and keep it if they had a happy life with that name. She was an owner-turn-in as they didn't want to cope with her allergies, instead of looking into it, and doing something about it. They couldn't have loved her very much. So Ava needs a new name today.