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Raw milk - Fit for human consumption?

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http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-08-06-raw-milk-usat_x.htm

This is provocative reading for anyone interested in raw dairy. In my opinion, the article is biased, but it is still worth reading, especially if you have read my prior article entitled Where can I find real milk products?.

Many people seemed to think it was strange that I would purchase raw milk and then boil it. I did that (I don't purchase raw milk now because my supplier disappeared) for several reasons. However, the boiling was not strictly for sanitation. When prepared a certain way, the boiled milk can be healthier than raw milk according to Ayurveda.

Ranking the Safety of Nutritional Supplements

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Almost anything we consume can potentially have side effects if we consume it improperly or in excess. Many of us recognize the benefits we can gain from using nutritional supplements. But even the supplements we take in an efforts to be healthier can sometimes cause us problems if we are not careful. Therefore, I created a list that ranks the safety of the various categories of nutritional supplements.

Note that even the safest of these examples need to be carefully consumed according to precise knowledge of their appropriate use.

Glucosamine test for joints - product comparison

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Several years ago I became convinced that glucosamine sulfate is effective for helping painful and damaged joints. Now, I think this is generally accepted as true. However, when I first started looking into glucosamine, there was not nearly as much general acceptance for its effectiveness.

What convinced me that glucosamine can be effective was using it on my dog who had very bad arthritis in his hips, as shown by X-Rays. He also had a lot of pain and was unable to play or run. However, after about 2 weeks of glucosamine supplementation my dog became able to run and play, and he obviously had a lot less pain. I think it is fairly safe to rule out much (or any) of a placebo effect - especially because I had already been giving my dog some other vitamins and medications, so I doubt he could detect any change in routine. (The breeder had recommended a general vitamin that I gave my dog his whole life.)

Organic is not good

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Organic is not good enough! (I hope that leaving that last word off the title caught your attention.)

Organic food is becoming very popular. This is the fastest growing segment of the grocery business. I consider that a good sign. However, with this success there are some problems. The demand for organic foods has created a supply problem. Food producers and retailers cannot get enough organic products. What I have noticed, as a result of that, is a great reduction in quality. For example, when I try to purchase organic carrots, I often find that they are older and of poorer quality than the non-organic carrots now. In years past, the opposite was true.

We need good quality organic foods. Simply bringing poor quality foods to market with organic certification is not good enough. After all, those of us buying organic foods have proven that we are willing to pay a premium for quality.

However, there is a larger point to this article. Even if the quality is good, being organic is not enough.

The Game of Eating – Part Three

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Introduction

In part one of this series, I stated that our health is directly correlated with our knowledge of good nutrition and good lifestyle choices. There is a very simple and very powerful relationship: the better one’s knowledge of health, the healthier one can be.

 

In part two of this three part series, I discussed one option for being healthy without acquiring specific nutritional knowledge. It’s the only option I can think of -- and it is rarely available, as I explained.

In this final article of the series I will further emphasize why we must be knowledgeable about what we eat.

The Game of Eating

There is a relationship – an interaction – between food producers and us, as food consumers. This interaction is the game of eating (and it includes grocery shopping, of course).

 

The Game of Eating – Part Two

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Introduction

In part one of this series, I stated that our health is directly correlated with our knowledge of good nutrition and good lifestyle choices. There is a very simple and very powerful relationship: the better one’s knowledge of health, the healthier one can be.

 

In this article, which is part two of a three part series, I will discuss what it would take to enjoy robust health without acquiring any specific nutritional knowledge.

In part three, I will give my view on how the sophisticated knowledge of today’s food producers (even producers of natural and organic foods) demands that we elevate our game – and if we fail to do so, we could pay the price with our health.