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Eating More Raw

Posted by Mike on 5th February 2009

I have made some progress since I started thinking about raw. As I mentioned before, I am drinking fresh milk. I am also eating raw cheese and raw, unheated, honey. This morning, I ate two raw eggs! I have been reading We Want to Live by Aajonus Vonderplanitz. Once I finish the book, I will write a review.  For now, I am getting close to trying some more raw food in my diet.

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Thinking about raw.

Posted by Mike on 9th August 2008

About five or six years ago I started drinking fresh milk. No, this is not milk from the grocery store, but rather it is milk fresh from the cow. Fresh milk is not pasteurized or homogenized and because of that, it has many health benefits. It is hard to find. That is why, for the past three years, we have our own family cows.

Some friends of mine switched to a raw food diet about two years ago. (They seem to be about two years ahead of me on the learning curve.) I thought it was crazy when they told me! Now, I’m not so sure. I have tried a lot of things to restore my health over the past 27 years with little success. Some things helped and some didn’t. I went the route of doctors, prescription medicines, allergy shots, sinus surgery, supplements, cleansing, and improved diet. Of this list, the last two helped the most. The bottom line is that I am still not well. Then came the shocker! I might be getting a cavity.

This may sound hard to believe, but I have never had a cavity. When my dentist told me that one was forming, I could hardly believe it. Something is seriously wrong for my health to deteriorate in this way. I had to start thinking harder about getting well. (Plus, I have this idea that teeth should be able to heal, too.) It may turn out that it is too late for that tooth. Only time will tell. I better get busy researching.

I picked up an odd book at Goodwill. The cover said, “Five Books in a Single Volume!”

  1. The Myth of Medicine
  2. Program for Perfect Health
  3. The Miracle of Living Foods
  4. Correct Food Combining
  5. Better Sleep for a Better Life

It was the last topic that caught my attention. Lack of adequate sleep is definitely one of my problems. After starting with the last “book,” I continued reading the other “books.” These books cover the topic of Natural Hygiene or Life Science. The books are full of claims, but have very few facts to substantiate them. Life Science seems to be concerned with improving the human race and bringing peace and harmony to the world through a raw vegetable diet and proper living. As near as I can tell, the books are a collection of articles from magazines and pamphlets. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!

I don’t believe you can be healthy on vegetables alone. For example, you can’t get vitamin B12 from vegetable sources. With that thought, I went back to my friends and asked a few questions about their raw food diet. They pointed me to the writings of Aajonus Vonderplanitz. I purchased the book The Recipe for Living Without Disease and I am reading it now.

I’m going to stop this post with one more idea and it comes from God’s Word. I have always been perplexed by Genesis 18:1-8. Why? It’s because from the first time I read the passage, I was sure that the meat wasn’t cooked. I said to myself, “But, we always cook meat, don’t we?”

And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said. And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat. Genesis 18:1-8 (KJV)

I read this passage and only the cakes are cooked. This was a meal that Abraham hastened to provide to the three men. Time was not taken to cook the calf. I think that it is even more significant that this meal was prepared for the LORD. Butter, milk, veal, and bread. That sounds like a good meal to me.

This is something I will continue to investigate.

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The Perils of Daycare

Posted by Mike on 6th March 2006

My 14 month old daughter started nursery school two weeks ago.  As expected, she has been ill with colds ever since, and is now on antibiotics for a chest and ear infection.  Still, she is a generous little girl ;o) – she is passing all of the bugs onto us.

I received this at the top of an email newsletter I read. As someone who put my first two children in daycare and kept my third-born son home, I can tell you that it is easy to avoid the problem described above. Don’t put your children in daycare!

Message to the fathers!  If at all possible, make it so your wife can stay home.

You may think that you can’t afford to have only one person working, but I can tell you from experience that while it may be tough at first, you and your family will prosper in the long run. Not only that, your children will be healthier. The immune system is something to strengthen, not something to beat down with avoidable childhood diseases. Strengthen your immune systems (especially your children) through diet and common sense.  For more information on diet, see the Weston A. Price Foundation website.

Bottom line. Have the mother nurture the children at home. Keep your children out of daycare. They were meant to be with their mother.

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My Life Expectancy

Posted by Mike on 31st August 2005

I came across a life expectancy calculator. Here are my results.

Life Expectancy Results
Life Expectancy: 80.52
Lower Quartile : 73.07
Median Lifetime: 82.10
Upper Quartile : 89.33

Click “How long will I live?” to see your results.

I turn 45 next Monday. By any worldly measure, I am over half-way done. No matter what, God has numbered my days. (And your’s too!)

Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; Job 14:5

Read all of Chapter 14.

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Are they real?

Posted by Mike on 26th July 2005

My wife and two of my daughters stopped at a roadside fruit stand the other day, hoping for some fresh, ripe tomatoes. For some reason, one of them asked, “Are these tomatoes hydroponic?” To their shock, the answer was, “Yes.” It was shocking because they expected to find fresh garden produce at a road-side stand. They did not expect to find hydroponic produce, like what is found in the supermarket. We have a preference for tomatoes grown in real dirt, with real sun and rain. They just taste better when ripe.

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Grocery Store Wars

Posted by Mike on 16th June 2005

Here is a fun parody of Star Wars by the Organic Trade Association. Enjoy Grocery Store Wars! (Watch out for Darth Tater;)

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Make DSHEA the International Standard for Dietary Supplements

Posted by Mike on 8th June 2005

The Codex Alimentarius is an international food code. If you want to know more about it, here is an overview. In short, as it is written today, the Codex will impact what you will be able to get for dietary and nutritional supplements. Follow this link to the Health Action Center, where you can send an email to your United States Representative and Senators, as well as Dr. F. Edward Scarbrough, the US Manager for Codex. I urge you, that if you are a person who wants to have freedom and control over your healthcare choices, to become informed about the Codex and take action.

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What happened to March?

Posted by Mike on 5th April 2005

It has been a long time since I last posted. I can’t say anything, except that March was a blur. Family life has been busy and so has work. We also took a trip up to Wisconsin. While there, we toured the Cedar Grove Cheese factory. It is a small cheese factory and we were there to check out their raw milk organic cheese. We brought back a 22 pound block of mild cheddar. It is delicious! When home, we shredded most of it, but saved some back for slices and samples. If you have questions about raw milk cheese, check out the Weston A. Price Foundation and A Campaign for Real Milk for more information.

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