The War on Good Food

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Unknown
to most folks is the U.S government's war against the small independent
dairy farm. The politically correct posture in mainstream nutrition
circles today is a war against saturated fat (found mostly in animal
foods). Brad Edmonds has pointed
this out
on several occasions. The FDA, the USDA and numerous
state health departments would have conniptions over the articles
which have appeared on the LRC website from such libertarian gourmands
as Gary North, Brad Edmonds, Karen
DeCoster
and Jeremy
Sapienza
extolling the virtues of fatty animal foods and (gasp)
even raw animal foods.

Gary
North would merit particular censure because he dared claim that
such a dietary
regimen
(which included raw milk and raw organ meats like brain)
saved his life. I think Brad Edmonds might get a few hacks as well
for suggesting that raw
or undercooked pork can be eaten safely
. Holy bejeezus!
That must explain the crazy anarcho-capitalist stuff he writes.

An
exciting thing (for me) is that Gary North, Ph.D. was treated by
Francis
Pottenger
, M.D., whose book, Pottenger's
Cats
, makes a powerful argument for using raw animal foods
to prevent and heal disease. There is even a foundation devoted
to preserving and expanding his work, the Price-Pottenger
Nutrition Foundation
.

The
Price-Pottenger Foundation and the Weston
A. Price Foundation
are primarily dedicated to the work of Dr.
Weston A. Price. This Cleveland dentist was, in my opinion, the
greatest clinical nutritionist of the last century. If you want
a primer on real nutrition, his book, Nutrition
and Physical Degeneration
, is the place to begin. Dr. Price
traveled the world studying societies who for generations had withstood
the onslaught of modern degenerative diseases like tooth decay,
diabetes, stroke, cancer and coronary heart disease.

His
is an ignored work today because the healthiest groups he observed
had diets full of butter, cream, milk, meat, seafood of all types,
organ meats, etc. Some of the groups, like the Eskimos and Masai,
hardly ate any starchy carbohydrates at all. The Eskimos had very
little carbohydrates of any type in their diet. The Masai, whose
diet consists mainly of milk, meat, and occasionally blood, had
and still have as a group one of the lowest cholesterol levels in
the world.

He
also noted that the distinguishing characteristic of all
these groups, regardless of the actual specifics of the diet (which
varied greatly depending on geography which affected the availability
of food), was the daily use of raw animal foods of some sort, without
exception. And in a further politically incorrect observation,
Dr. Price commented that the premier health food around the world
was…butter!
One author notes:

"…many
people around the globe…have valued butter for its life-sustaining
properties for millennia. When Dr. Weston Price studied native
diets in the 1930′s he found that butter was a staple in the diets
of many supremely healthy peoples.1 Isolated Swiss
villagers placed a bowl of butter on their church altars, set
a wick in it, and let it burn throughout the year as a sign of
divinity in the butter. Arab groups also put a high value on butter,
especially deep yellow-orange butter from livestock feeding on
green grass in the spring and fall. American folk wisdom recognized
that children raised on butter were robust and sturdy; but that
children given skim milk during their growing years were pale
and thin, with “pinched” faces.2

~
Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, Ph.D.
"Why
Butter is Better" Health Freedom News, 1999

He
noted that whenever people from these groups adopted what he called
"the displacing foods of modern commerce" they would invariably
suffer from modern degenerative diseases. Whenever they returned
to their native diets they would invariably recover from these diseases.
Perish the thought! Eating fat and meat to recover your health?
The low fat (and vegetarian) police simply don't know what to do
with his body of material.

For
a modern nutritional application of his principles, Nourishing
Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition
and the Diet Dictocrats
, by Sally Fallon with Mary Enig,
is a good read even though it is a cookbook. The first seventy eight
pages are priceless and deserve to be in a stand-alone format.

For
a modern clinical application of the observations of Price and the
work of Pottenger, see We
Want To Live
by Aajonus Vonderplanitz. For those of us who
are more academically inclined the book will be frustrating for
its lack of references, but the story is quite compelling. It details
the use of raw animal foods like meat, milk, butter and cream in
healing people of cancer, diabetes, and a host of other diseases.

Price,
Pottenger, and many others like them are ignored because we live
in a fat phobic and raw phobic society, despite solid evidence that
the high-carb low-fat approach is one of the roots of much of what
ails us today (as well as evidence suggesting that Pasteur was wrong
and the danger of bacteria and parasites in food is overstated,
especially given modern entrepreneurial inventions which do wonders
in protecting our food supply. Some
Doctors have even suggested that some diseases are a result of not
having enough parasites in our system
).

While
high-fat high-protein diets are all the rage at the moment (Dr.
Atkins and Protein Power for example), rest assured the food Nazis
are working overtime to turn the tide against this populist monstrosity.
Even more, in many metropolitan areas around the country, it is
considered de rigueur to eat raw animal dishes like sushi, sashimi,
carpaccio and steak tartar. There are even restaurants out here
on the left coast that use raw in their name.

I
will never forget the delight my server had the first time I ordered
steak tartar from a popular upscale restaurant in my area. He is
from the old country and was simply delighted that a relatively
young chap like me knew "what was good for him." Little
did he know I was about to sprinkle my tartar with a wonderful homemade
sauce that consisted of raw butter, virgin coconut oil, and garlic,
which I had secreted into the restaurant. Tartar is my favorite
politically incorrect dish because it has raw beef and raw
egg.

This
brings me back to the original point of this article and the problem
at hand. While it is still possible to go into a store and buy raw
meat, fish, and eggs (and this may soon change because of the threat
of biological terrorism, at least according to my local paper),
has anyone noticed there is one product you cannot buy raw?

Hmmm…think
about it for a moment. It is the stuff which is supposed to do a
body good. It also helps build bones in twelve different ways. Various
celebrities sport moustaches on billboards around the country extolling
it virtues. There is even a major computer maker that uses the source
of this foodstuff as their logo and occasional ad spokesman. You
got it, milk, or more generally, dairy products of all stripes.

As
of this writing the only raw dairy product that you can find on
a somewhat regular basis at retail is cheese. Even then, by law,
it has to be cheese that is aged over 60 days (presumably to kill
any dangerous pathogens present in the milk) which severely limits
the choice to only hard cheeses.

Any
real cheese connoisseur knows that some of the best cheeses in the
world are imported or local raw milk cheeses and wouldn't think
of eating a pasteurized copy. There has been more than one occasion
upon returning from Canada that cuban cigars weren't the only contraband
I was carrying, a number of fresh soft cheeses that I can't get
in America somehow magically appearing in my luggage.

Ronald
Reagan signed into a law a statute forbidding the interstate sale
of raw milk products. So even in states where raw dairy is legal
the products can't cross state lines (except cheese aged at least
60 days) although people often cross to obtain these products. Most
states have for all intents and purposes regulated raw dairy out
of existence even where it is legal.

Despite
the proven virtues both medically and nutritionally of raw milk
(in contrast to the proven negatives of pasteurized homogenized
milk, which we only have today because of bureaucratic intervention)
there has been an unceasing war against it producers. Dr. William
Osler called it white blood. Hippocrates referred to it as a cure
for tuberculosis. Dr.
J.R. Crewe
routinely healed people of various disorders using
raw milk in the early part of the last century. Dr. William Campbell
Douglass has in our time done the same thing. None of this is speculation
or private opinion but a matter of public record.

Yet
producers and sellers of raw milk, butter, and cream are regularly
persecuted around the country, saddled with enormous legal bills
and often robbed of their livelihood. Consumers like me often must
go through enormous pains to get the stuff and are very leery of
sharing sources lest the powers that be force them out of existence.

Several
months ago I received an email that highlights the plight of farmers
who want to meet the demand for raw dairy products:

Dear Friends,

I am writing
to request MIGHTY prayers from you on our behalf regarding a very
critical situation.

Last Thursday
2 State Dept. Ag people and 1 USDA person arrived at our farm
unannounced. Their sole intent appeared to be shutting down every
operation we have here. Below are some of the highlights:

1. Because
we sell PEOPLE food for pets, they say we are not in compliance
with labeling laws for pet food and they will require nutritional
analysis and additional labeling for EVERY package of pet food.

2. The SAME
agency who said we could sell raw dairy for animal consumption
now says that we cannot and furthermore THEY WILL BE LEVYING A
FINE.

3. The USDA,
whom we had met with regarding our on farm (legal) chicken processing,
now questions its legality and compliance.

4. They even
took a SOAP label to question its merits, and soap is regulated
by FDA, not USDA.

5. On this
Friday I found out they had also visited the place where we purchase
DRY ICE and inquired about our business with them.

This is very,
very serious and threatens our very livelihood as well as that
of other producers' grass-fed meats, pastured poultry or even
soap! If the state or Feds in TN are able to shut down ANY aspect
of our operation, it will set precedence for other government
agencies EVERYWHERE.

Before it
is over and done, I expect to also see EPA (feather and blood
composting) and OSHA at our door as well. Without Divine intervention
I expect this to escalate and get very, very unpleasant. (BTW,
yes we have attorneys on retainer.)

Please feel
free to cross post this email, but only in its entirety.

Jenny Drake

Peaceful
Pastures All Natural Meats Beef, veal, chicken, turkey, lamb,
pork www.PeacefulPastures.com

Now
the point of this article is not to convince you of the efficacy
of raw dairy products. Due to the influence of Pasteur (who was
a poor scientist and was
refuted by his colleagues in his own day
) the idea of raw animal
foods of any sort may scare you to death. Rather it is to point
out the extremes to which Leviathan will go to control every aspect
of our lives. Mrs. Drake is apparently not aware of the precedents
that have already been established around the country regarding
the raw milk issue (if this is of interest to you I would suggest
locating a copy of The Milk Book by William Campbell Douglas,
M.D. It is a delightfully funny read on the trials, travails and
benefits of raw milk).

Forcing
people who voluntarily want to purchase raw dairy products to request
them under the guise they are buying them for their pets is a rather
silly intrusion of government into our lives. "Hey Fido, move
over boy so I can lap up some of that milk you are having. If I
drink it on my own I will be guilty of a crime."

Or
gathering a group of people to jointly buy a cow in order to partake
of raw dairy (since owners are not restricted by law from drinking
or eating their own product), while creative, is an equally silly
intrusion and often time consuming. It is called a cow share program
in some states. Some rather adventurous smokers have done the same
thing with a bar in California to get around the onerous smoking
laws in their state. Since all the patrons and workers are owners
they can't be prosecuted for violating the smoking ordinance because
it only applies to establishments that have employees.

Or
having to drive an hour and a half each way because there is only
one producer in the state who is bold enough to sell raw milk at
retail; by the time you add up the costs that is a very expensive
bottle of milk or pound of butter. I currently pay $16 a pound for
my dairy contraband (my dog loves the stuff). Before the producers
in my area grew tired of being harassed by the state health department
and ceased operations, I could buy it direct from the farm for $3
a pound.

The
USDA and the FDA have routinely forced alternative health practitioners,
medical doctors who use effective, harmless, non-invasive therapies,
even vitamin peddlers and producers of independent food stuff out
of the market.

Most
of us think of the FDA in terms of the middle letter of the acronym
— Drug. I say it is time we looked at them in terms of the first
letter of that acronym — Food. Their police powers are just as onerous
albeit less noticed in this area.

Yes,
the war on drugs must come to an end, but so should the war on food.
Both the food and drug wars attack and criminalize the behavior
of people who are often near and dear to us, and in the case of
small farmers, hard-working entrepreneurs as well. Moreover, the
idea that government can dictate what appears on our plate does
not square with a free society. To the FDA and the USDA, I say a
pox be on both their houses.

July
25, 2002

Michael
Miles [send him mail]
writes from Seattle, WA.

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