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Archive for the ‘Health’ Category


Article appreciation

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

My thanks to you for this excellent piece on finding, harvesting and using rose hips (an under-known source of nutrition).

I harvest them at the seaside this time of year in Maine (they grow prolifically here as elsewhere, and the idea that the ocean has enriched them with its energy is irresistible to me).  Curious onlookers always ask what I’m doing and what I plan to do with them.

After this I will refer them to this article if they are serious about learning to use them.

Thank you again,

C Anne



Monday, January 25th, 2010

I read and enjoyed your article on the family cow. I have one and love her and all the wonderful dairy that comes with her. However, I strongly disagree with your recommendation to pasteurize this milk.

Raw milk contains living enzymes and probiotics that are killed when pasteurized. Also, much of the vitamin content is lost when pasteurized. Pasteurization is not needed when milk is handled correctly and it ruins one of the very best parts of having a cow – slurping down that milkshake on the front porch, knowing that it is the healthiest thing you consumed all day!

Pasteurization was originally introduced because disease was being spread through raw milk because of the filthy dairy conditions. It was cheaper/easier to fry the milk, than to clean up their act.

I hope you will at least include this argument in your article so that folks can decide for themselves with all the facts on the table.

The dairy industry conned the public into thinking that milk needed pasteurization because it was inherently unclean so that no one would ask the obvious question, “why don’t you people just clean up your act instead of destroying one of God’s most incredibly healthy foods?”




Silveira on health care

Friday, November 27th, 2009

John is right on target, here.

As a 30+-year veteran RN, I’ve seen countless, real-life examples of the problems he discusses here. Health care and rest of the system is going to fail, mainly because it was designed that way!

As John intimates, there is a better way and, if ordinary people can just decide they want this better way, they will have it!!! Cuba can deliver good healthcare (free!!!) to all its citizens, yet still send thousands of doctors abroad to help other countries. The fact that the USA can’t do the same—or doesn’t want to—is shameful.

After Goldman-Sachs, the AMA should be the next to be strung up!!!

Bill Byford RN
(Still hoping for a healthcare system we can be proud of.)



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