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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Organic Dairy Farmers Need Support

organic dairy free milkAs you may be aware, I'm not the least bit for dairy. I don't believe it has any place in our diet. There is ample evidence by major universities and organizations in the world about the adverse effect of dairy on our bodies. T. Colin Campbell, in his book The China Study, proved a direct link between dairy and both diabetes and prostate cancer (pg 178).

Of course there is research done that shows the benefits of dairy, but when you look at who's performed them and dig deeper into the testing, you can clearly see that they're "making the science work" in their favor.

Some approve of dairy, many disapprove. It's not "pseudo-science" at all - it's real.

With both sides weighing in on the subject, it's up to us to make the final decision about what goes in our bodies. Weigh the evidence for yourself and come to your own conclusions. If you've been eating dairy for years, then I suggest taking the "" for yourself for 90 days and see what happens.

Supporting Local Farmers

Now, hat said, I am very much for local farmers and especially like to support organic and bio diverse farming.

I believe that it's critically important to support local foods and to actually meet the people who grow it for us. If you eat meat, visit the farms of the local growers and see their operation first hand. Visit and support farmers markets. Know where you food comes from.

For those who want to consume dairy, there are better alternatives than cartons of milk for sale in the supermarket, and that is what this post is about. It's about knowing what's going on in or around your community. It's about becoming aware and support those who are doing good work.

from the Organic Consumers Association (OCA):

Boycott Bogus Organic Dairy Brands

The OCA has called for a boycott of bogus organic dairy brands such as Horizon and Aurora (suppliers to Wal-Mart, Safeway and other giant chains), who have inundated the market with misleadingly labeled "organic" milk produced on factory farms. Recently, the situation has worsened as organic feed prices have increased and recession-pummeled consumers have cut back on the amount of organic milk they are purchasing. The result is a surplus of organic milk, depressed milk prices, and an increasing number of organic dairy farmers across the U.S. being driven into bankruptcy. Consumers can support ethical organic dairy farmers and preserve organic integrity by boycotting Horizon and Aurora products and instead supporting local organic farmers and dairy cooperatives like Organic Valley and others.

read more about "When Dairies Watch the Good Times Turn Bad" (the NYTimes)

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Friday, February 11, 2005

Take the "No Dairy" Test for Yourself!

My friend Jeremy Likness recently replied to a thread I'm a part of and his answer was so brilliant I've decided to post it here.

It's about doing a "dairy free" test for a short period of time rather than just weighing the pros and cons about it. Test it!. This is something I've said to people for years. "Don't believe anything I say, but try it for yourself and have your own experience".

Cindy, instead of dicussing it or trying to find opinions, why don't
you make the test for yourself? I give this challenge to all of my
clients. I don't say eliminate dairy forever. I just suggest
eliminating it for 4 weeks. After all, you've lived your whole life
with dairy, so what is a single month just to see what happens?

Here are the results I typically receive ...

1. Most people are so addicted to dairy that they can't even take a
break for 4 weeks ... they are like heroin addicts who will come up
with any justification or excuse to get back on dairy before giving
it a solid 4 weeks to see

2. 9 out of 10 who do stick with it find they stop bloating, many
who thought they had airborne allergies or other conditions find
that their sinuses clear out and they can suddenly breathe, their
faces stop being puffy (a lot of people wonder why when they lose a
ton of weight, their face is still retaining water ... most who
eliminate dairy find their face leans out) and several even
experience a loss of weight despite having eaten the same calories
(they replace calories from milk with calories from soy milk, rice
milk, almond milk, etc)

3. A very few, maybe 1 out 10, notice no difference whatsoever and
therefore have no need to eliminate dairy because their body handles it fine

Make no mistake, most will belittle bloating as a cosmetic condition
or the sniffly nose as mild allergies. However, if you even get a
slight sniffle or mucus formation from dairy, it means you are
intolerant to an extent. Mucus is the body's way of buffering
itself, and also of getting rid of pathogens and allergens. Imagine
that even a tiny bit of stress to your immune system ... how much
havoc that wreaks when it is constant and unrelenting over time. Any irritation that is not addressed can become much more drastic.

So instead of rationalizing it, why not just SEE for REAL what it
is. Just take a 4 week break from dairy. See for yourself how your
body responds. You may find no difference at all .. if so, great,
obviously, you don't have an issue with dairy and you are fine to go
back on it. However, if you find that you have major positive
changes, why go back? Humans are the only animals on the planet that insist on consuming dairy after they are weaned. That doesn't mean dairy is bad, but it is also a strong indication that it's not necessary, either.

All of the hype about calcium and fat loss is advertising. After
all, the dairy industry is a billion dollar industry with government
interest, so of course they'll expend their budget trying to find
ways to promote it - if you look at most of the studies that support
dairy, they are funded by the dairy industry. It doesn't mean it's
right or wrong, but you also don't find a large budget in the
broccoli or leafy green vegetable industry to share with you how
these along with nuts are just as good sources of calcium as dairy

Dairy is like filling a bucket with water that has a hole. Dairy
does increase the pH of your stomach. Therefore, the body must leech calcium from bones to neutralize the pH in the stomach. In other words, you are filling a bucket with a hole and dairy makes that hole a lot bigger!

I am not anti-dairy, I am pro-people finding out how their body
responds to dairy and then taking appropriate action. For example,
milk does not do me, my wife, or my daughter any good - we can
barely breathe with it. On the other hand, certain cheeses are
fine ... we experiment and find what works well with our bodies and
reject what doesn't.

Jeremy's response and attitude is exactly how I feel. Jeremy and I have talked about this before, and I really think he and I were separated at birth and then lead parallel lives.

I've done the no dairy test myself and proved it. I have a friend who suffered from major stomach aches for years, and after I told him about the "no dairy" test, he tried it and ended years of stomach pain. He's never looked back.

Here's a great resource showing the connection between one womans breast cancer and dairy. She eliminated dairy and her cancer went away. Makes you want to re-think the value of dairy products and their place in your diet.

The No-Dairy Breast Cancer Prevention Program: How One Scientist's Discovery Helped Her Defeat Her Cancer

"[This book] should be read by every...woman wishing to avoid breast cancer and to live life to her fullest potential. The book is well documented and easy to read. Your doctor should be recommending it to you."
--John McDougall, M.D., medical director of the McDougall Program, St. Helena Hospital, Napa Valley, California

"Professor Plant courageously tells a compelling and very personal story on breast cancer that is a must-read, not only for women interested in this disease but also for the scientific and medical communities, who should sit up and take notice. It is time that the long-alleged nutritional worthiness of dairy be brought up for discussion."
--T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, project director of the China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project, joint chairman of the Diet and Cancer Project of the American Institute for Cancer Research, and co-chairman of the World Cancer Research Fund.

"This important, provocative book by an impressive author cannot be ignored. Through this breathtaking personal odyssey, Jane Plant forces us all to think differently about the causes of breast cancer. Indispensable reading."
--Devra Lee Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H., Clinton Administration appointee to the National Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, visiting professor, Carnegie Mellon University

"Dr. Jane Plant provides a much-needed challenge to the conventional paradigm in dealing with the epidemic of breast cancer. This authoritative, well-researched but easily read text finally provides a focus on the powerful science of disease prevention. Here are the tools allowing women the ability to reduce their risk."
--David Perlmutter, M.D., director of the Permutter Health Center, Naples, Florida

Buy the No Dairy Breast Cancer Prevention Program book from Amazon

milk free kitchen
Editorial Review of Milk Free Kitchen:For people afflicted with either dairy allergies or lactose intolerance, substitution has long been the buzzword in cooking. Here Kidder, a biological researcher, shows readers how to use fruit juices, soy milk and tofu in place of dairy products. The result: tasty and satisfying dips and main courses (although many home cooks may not take kindly to some of the soups, which employ canned condensed soups as bases). The biggest challenge is posed by dairy-free baked goods, and Kidder offers many nominations: dairy-free Sacher torte, carrot cake, chocolate mousse, pancakes, waffles, puddings and frostings. She also gives advice on ordering meals in restaurants and on plane trips, and provides a list of food products to avoid, from the most obvious--milk--to the much less so. It would have been helpful to include food breakdowns and calorie counts, as well as a discussion of how to get dietary calcium often lacking in people who follow dairy-free diets. Because some lactose-intolerant folks can tolerate cheeses made from goat's and sheep's milk, several recipes call for these ingredients.

You can purchase the from Amazon

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