OCTOBER 2011 INFORMATION ALERT
IN THE NEWS:
On Wednesday, September 28, 2011, the Ontario government won its appeal against biodynamic farmer, Michael Schmidt. The appeal reversed the former ruling, which confirmed cow share members’ right to obtain raw milk products. Justice Peter Tetley rejected Schmidt’s argument that providing raw milk to cow share owners who are aware of any health risks was his legal right.
Schmidt has been fighting for the right to provide raw milk at his Grey County farm ever since it was raided by government officials in 1994. The recent ruling convicts Michael on 13 of 19 charges and reverses last year’s lower court decision to acquit him of all charges. This latest judicial ruling basically endorses governmental interference of property ownership rights and violates basic human rights to food freedom.
Since this ruling, Michael has embarked on a hunger strike and faces imminent danger of another raid to his farm, as do other farms that participate in Cowshare Canada. We have sent out an urgent action alert to support Michael and the raw milk movement with your letters and phone calls. Please read this action alert carefully and respond as best you are able. It is posted on our website with a link on our homepage.
Today, we have been asked to encourage our members to contact the Provincial and Federal Cabinet Ministers. Please see the list of names and contact information at the end of this email.
LATEST BLOG POSTINGS
KAAYLA DANIEL’S BLOG: Recovery From Modern Diets
Sex and the Soybean: A Cautionary Tale
A study in the journal Nutrition documents the case of a 19-year-old man who became vegan, began consuming a lot of soy, and, soon after, experienced problems. Lab work showed low levels of free and bound testosterone and high DHEA. Prior to adopting veganism, he enjoyed an active sex life with no reported problems. One year after quitting his vegan diet and eliminating soy foods, his sex life and hormone levels normalized.
CHRIS MASTERJOHN’S BLOG: Mother Nature Obeyed
Taking a Trip Down Memory Lane, Fishing for Our Good Friend Glutathione in the Waters of the Memory Hole: How T. Colin Campbell Helped Prove That Protein Protects Us
This post celebrates the one-year anniversary of “The Curious Case of Campbell’s Rats” by reflecting on the role of glutathione in T. Colin Campbell’s animal experiments. After first refuting Campbell’s bizarre claim that his experiments showed that the level of protein in the diet promotes cancer regardless of the initial exposure to carcinogens, Chris discusses the ability of glutathione to prevent and reverse liver cancer. The role of glutathione suggests that we should eat adequate protein, and a nutrient-dense diet rich in both animal and plant foods, especially one full of plenty of raw foods and rich in fruits and vegetables.
PETITIONS TO SIGN
Please consider signing the online petition started by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund asking your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor HR 1830 which would allow the interstate shipment of raw milk for human consumption. The online petition service will actually fax your message to your Representative. Please go to www.farmtoconsumer.org/hr1830
There is a petition on the White House website that needed and got 5,000 signers. However, you can still sign it. See: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/legalize-raw-milk-sales-federal-level/hbbTdMGM
FALL JOURNAL IS POSTED: Share articles with your friends and family. You can print or email a link to any article from the Fall 2011 issue or any previous issue. A person does not have to log in or be a member to read these articles. See: http://www.westonaprice.org/journal
During the conference our office will be closed November 9-14. If you need to reach us during the conference, best to email. Otherwise we ask you to call after we return.If you have not yet registered for the conference, there is still time. Just go to http://www.westonaprice.org/2011-conference/2011-conference-registration. We hope you can attend. If not, we will have recordings available on our website a few weeks after the conference.
Please note an important schedule change: Sally Fallon Morell’s Seminar on Traditional Diets will begin at 9:00 AM on Friday November 11, not 10:00 AM as originally planned.
GIFT SUBSRIPTION IDEAS: Consider offering a subscription for a holiday gift, to your local library or for a baby shower, wedding shower or birthday present. Memberships are the life blood of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and giving them as a gift is a good way to introduce the principles of healthy diets to your loved ones.
HEALTHY BABY ISSUE: Our special baby issue takes various articles related to healthy pregnancy and babies from past issues and combines them into this one informative and helpful issue. It makes a great baby shower gift! Articles include: Baby Food, Reproductive Health, Vaccinations, Traditional Remedies for Childhood Illness, Soy Infant Formula and Male Development, FAQs on Homemade Baby Formula and more!
To order see: go to our website and select ‘order materials.’
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Mothers to Hold Demonstration Outside the FDA
“Don’t Turn Us into Criminals over milk!” Demand Moms
A group of mothers from across the country who feed their children raw milk plan to hold a demonstration, on November 1 just outside the FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. They will be protesting the FDA’s crackdown on raw milk production and distribution, arguing that the government campaign not only criminalizes raw milk, but criminalizes the American citizens
who buy and consume it.
Under FDA regulations [21 CFR § 1240.61] implemented in 1987, it is illegal for anyone to transport raw milk intended for human consumption across state lines. That includes individuals purchasing it legally in one state and crossing into another state where they live.
For more information see: www.rawmilkfreedomriders.com
SEMINAR ON NOURISHING TRADITIONAL DIETS – SALLY FALLON MORELL
Please check our calendar page for upcoming events: http://www.westonaprice.org/calendar/calendar
Sally will be speaking at the Fourfold Path to Healing Conference scheduled for February 3-5 in Baltimore, Maryland. This is an excellent conference with Sally, Tom Cowan and Jaimen McMillan. Details to follow.
Low Cholesterol and Impulsivity
Low cholesterol levels are associated with an increased risk for attentional impulsivity in patients with mood symptoms, according to a recent study carried out at the University of Rome. Impulsivity is directly mentioned in the . . . diagnostic criteria for several disorders and is implied in the criteria for others, including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, personality disorders, mania, and substance abuse/dependence,” writes study author Alfonso Troisi in the journal Psychiatry Research. Troisi notes that “evidence linking impulsivity and cholesterol levels to suicide risk attests to the clinical relevance of studying the relationship between cholesterol levels and impulsivity.” In the study of three hundred one patients in psychiatric institutions, after accounting for factors such as age, gender, diagnosis and current mood symptoms, the researchers found that lower total cholesterol levels were significantly associated with increased attentional impulsivity, particularly among patients with levels below 165 mg/dl. Troisi concludes: “The current study adds to the growing body of evidence pointing to the association between serum cholesterol and mental health. . . . Considering that attentional/ cognitive impulsivity is a demonstrated risk factor for suicide, patients presenting with low cholesterol and mood symptoms may warrant increased clinical attention and surveillance” ( www.medwire-news.md, June 9, 2011). But who is telling patients that lowering cholesterol by diet or drugs may have these dire consequences?
QUESTIONS ANSWERED by Sally Fallon Morell
Q. After making stock, the bones crumble easily. Are they safe for consumption?
A. Yes, in fact some people put the soft chicken bones in the blender to make a bone paste and eat that. Primitive people ground up small bones and added them to their food. This works best with long-simmered chicken bones.
Q. Can one fry food with butter or coconut oil?
A. Yes, one can fry in butter or coconut oil at fairly low temperatures. For higher temperatures, lard and tallow are better.
Q. Are brain cells made of saturated fats as well as essential fatty acids?
A. The fatty acids in the brain, including neurons, are at least 50 percent saturated. The rest are unsaturated including about 11 percent arachidonic acid, an omega-6 elongated fatty acid available from butter and other animal fats.
Provincial Cabinet Ministers (subject to change given the Oct. 6, 2011 election):
Premier Dalton McGuinty
Roon 281, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1
Deborah Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-term Care
10 th Floor, Hepburn Block
80 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2C4
Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion
8 th Floor, 777 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1S5
Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
(no contact information available as at Oct. 12)
Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources
(e-mail address not listed on website)
Suite 6630, 6 th Floor, Whitney Block
99 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1W3
Federal Cabinet Ministers:
Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health
House of Commons
House of Commons
Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Fod
House of Commons
House of Commons