1. The real truth about raw milk's health benefits

    Mainstream's raw milk lies are udder nonsense

    I've been getting the New York Times for years, because you never know when you'll run out of toilet paper.

    If you ever have any doubt that the communists won, just flip to page A1 of the Times. One day they're begging you to support Obama's socialized medical plan like it's your patriotic duty and the next they're railing against your right to puff on a cigar in a public park your tax dollars paid for!

    So I guess I wasn't too surprised when the Times recently decided to tackle a subject near and dear to my heart and your health -- raw milk.

    Listen, I've been drinking raw milk every day of my life, and I'm healthier and stronger than a horse on steroids. And you could be, too.

    Real raw milk is packed with beneficial bacteria and crucial enzymes that aid digestion, fight illness, and could even cure everything from asthma to autism. But all of those life-giving bacteria and enzymes are murdered during pasteurization.

    So you'd think those self-proclaimed journalistic geniuses at the Times would spend some time asking why Big Food rakes in billions each year selling you a product they've intentionally made less healthy. But instead they just regurgitated the same old, tired attacks about how raw milk is a bacterial bomb akin to an anthrax tipped missile.

    They even dragged in some doctor from a second-tier research university who was misinformed enough to actually claim, on the record, that raw milk accounts for "a significant proportion of food borne illnesses in Americans."

    Well, when I heard this, I was alarmed. Because if you can't trust your health to a doc you've never heard of from a lowly-rated research university, who CAN you trust? I was particularly concerned for the folks of Arkansas, which legalized raw milk several months back. Surely by now raw milk had turned the Razorback State into some post-apocalyptic wasteland.

    But then I read this -- in the months since raw milk was legalized, state health officials still haven't linked a SINGLE illness to raw milk. And that makes sense, because earlier research by the Weston A. Price Foundation found that you're 35,000 times more likely to get sick from ANYTHING other than raw milk.

    Heck, a Consumer Reports study found that 97% of supermarket chicken is contaminated with dangerous bacteria, and yet we're supposed to be worried about raw milk!

    Wake up and smell the dollars, friend, because that's all this is about. If enough people start abandoning that pasteurized, watered-down supermarket swill they call milk and start supporting local farmers, the billion-dollar dairy collectives will lose a fortune. So they'll say anything to keep that from happening.

    If you're looking for even more unvarnished facts about raw milk, be sure to pick up a copy of The Raw Truth About Milk. It was written by yours truly, so you know that not only is it a scintillating read, but it's also packed from cover to cover with the real truth. Plus, if it doesn't open your eyes... if you're not rushing to share it with every person you care about... I want you to send it back to me for a full refund.

  2. Organic group battles back against nutty almond regulation

    Organic group battles back against nutty almond regulation

    Last fall I told you about the government-mandated ruling that turned almonds from a nutrient dense power food into a nutrition-less dud. That's right, after a whopping TWO people were sickened by Salmonella linked to raw almonds, the USDA decided enough was enough. As of September 1, 2007, all almonds are now pasteurized.

    Does something seem wrong with this picture to you? Two cases of Salmonella, and suddenly this government agency is all over almonds like hair on a gorilla. When have they ever been on the ball with anything?

    Then, to make matters worse, the FDA decided that the pasteurized almonds could be labeled as raw. Do the officials there need to take a nutrition class? Anything that's pasteurized is NOT raw!

    But here's some good news: finally, there's an organization that's fighting against the FDA's mandatory almond pasteurization. The Cornucopia Institute is pressing both the USDA and the Almond Board of California (ABC) to produce documents to prove that there is science to back up the almond pasteurization law. They've even filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking the documents.

    The Cornucopia Institute is a pro-organic organization that promotes, according to its website, "economic justice for family-scale farming." They're arguing - correctly - that the government's pasteurization process involves a toxic fumigant or treatment with high temperatures, which, of course, affects the nutritional content of the nut.

    The USDA easily got the Almond Board of California, which represents the massive, commercial almond producers, to fall into line with the process. Now all of your almonds are either cooked or sprayed with the poison propylene oxide (PPO) to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

    As always, it's the smaller farms and dairies that have the least resources to sustain operations in the face of expensive, government mandated processes. "Big Almond" (just like "Big Dairy") is sitting on piles of cash, so they can just shrug and pass the cost of these unnecessary production steps onto the consumer. For organic farms, these mandates are often a death sentence. The result is a de facto government elimination of organic foods as a viable food choice for consumers.

    The Cornucopia Institute is fighting the good fight and fighting it hard. They've also filed a lawsuit on behalf of California almond farmers and raw almond wholesalers that not only claims economic damage from the federal regulation, but also contends that the USDA lacks the authority to enforce such a law.

    Meanwhile, the ABC has stuck to the USDA party line, assuring that "extensive research" was conducted that proves the effectiveness and safety of the PPO process. But here's the kicker - the ABC has steadfastly refused to make the results of these or any other tests public.

    I'm not surprised the ABC's members don't want to rock the boat. After all, they're making money hand over fist. Last year, the California Almond industry harvested a staggering $1.4 billion profit.

    I'll keep my eye on this one and let you know what happens next. Stay tuned.

    Eat slower, stay trim

    You've heard of biting off more than you can chew? Well, apparently that's true both literally and figuratively. According to a Japanese study, wolfing down your meals in a hurry and eating to the point where you feel full can triple the likelihood that you will suffer from weight problems.

    When you eat too quickly, you're shoving extra calories into your system before your brain has had time to register the feeling of fullness that tells you to stop eating.

    It's funny to me that this was reported in a British newspaper. Yes, the British - the inventors of the deep-fried candy bar - who, like all Europeans, seem to be fond of pointing out how fat Americans are. Seems to me that the obesity epidemic is no longer a uniquely American issue as is popularly thought. Asians and Europeans must be just as adept at packing on the extra pounds.

    According to England's Telegraph newspaper, more than a quarter of British adults are overweight or obese. It seems the pot is calling the kettle black, old chaps.

  3. Bacteria-contaminated milk kills 3 people

    Apparently, bacteria-contaminated milk caused one miscarriage and the deaths of three elderly men.
  4. Raw milk enters presidential politics

    Last November, Ron Paul proposed a raw milk free trade bill to Congress.
  5. Almond update

    Here are some suggestions on how to get unpasteurized almonds.
  6. Pick your poison

    The pasteurization method for "raw" almonds the FDA is recommending requires the use of propylene oxide. Consuming them could now pose a threat to your health.
  7. Almond Joyless

    The label will still say "raw", but don't be fooled: The almonds you're eating no longer carry the nutrition-packed punch of their former glory days.

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