The Monkey Biscuit Diet

(Content warning: If you click on links in this article, some lead to the site of the subject – the “Angry Young Man”. He is incapable of communicating without the use of obscene graphic gestures and profane language. Enter at your own risk.)

During nutritional research, I ran across a self-proclaimed “Angry Young Man’s” blog. What bothers him is not a “shortage of peace, love and happiness”, but instead, the “appalling lack of anger in the world”. Read on to find how how Angry Young Man decided to address world issues…


Eggs are Good For You

Great news! Eggs are back “in” after being maligned for nearly two decades as being unhealthy. Unfortunately, the following article does NOT differentiate between REAL eggs (fresh off the farm – organic – antibiotic-free – never touched soy – chicken ate bugs and grass) and FAKE eggs (the opposite of real eggs – fed corn/soy, would run for the hills of it ever saw a bug). There’s a tremendous difference, nutritionally, between the two. So while I can whoop and cheer at seeing confirmation that Eggs Are Good For You, I can do so knowing I’m eating only farm-fresh properly raised eggs. I’d have far less to cheer about if I was condemned to a life of store-bought factory-farmed eggs (and don’t think the government wouldn’t love to see that happen – more on that later).

I suppose I’m asking too much of the AEB (American Egg Board) to promote such a thing as properly raised eggs. They’d hate to disrupt their “farmer’s” – the ones with the mega farrms who have 75,000 layers. This is a mixed message, isn’t it. I suppose I should have started this with, ”..there’s good news and there’s bad news….”. ;) Here’s the article: -Sharon


The Benefits of High Cholesterol

I LOVE articles like this. I love rolling the words around over and over and over…..

People With High Cholesterol Live The Longest. Someone should make that into a song – maybe borrow the melody from “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” we could have “Ain’t No Cholesterol High Enough….”. Okay, it needs a bit of work.

On a serious note, I’ve highlighted key points in this article that should be communicated and discussed with physicians who, pen in hand, seem more interested in a quick “fix”, writing prescriptions for statins/cholesterol lowering meds than they are wanting to look at what research says which is that that stroke of a pen could result in serious ramifications – including death.

Heart disease is real – this isn’t meant to make light of it or suggest it should not be taken seriously. It is to say, however, that the medical and scientific community (most days I don’t think the medical community is a part of the scientific community) needs to stop wasting precious time, writing prescriptions for Magic Pills which will only make the situation worse. Instead, they should be placing their energy at discovering and discussing real causes of severe health issues. -Sharon


Mushroom Musings

Knowing that New Hampshire isn’t that different than Minnesota, I figured there must be morels, possibly in the wooded acres surrounding our home. The remembrance of a dinner, created by a friend’s classically-trained French chef husband, complete with morels he picked out of his very own woodsy Minnesota backyard, led me on self-education path late one night, after the kids were tucked into bed. Mycophagy has always intrigued me, but a healthy fear has kept me from acting on my interests. Still, that dinner……


The History of Vegetable Oil

One very basic difference between our way of looking at vegetable oils and the industrial oil technician’s viewpoint should be understood. When he sees dark color, it represents the presence of “impurities” — material that prevents the oil from being light colored, odorless and bland in taste. From our viewpoint, those “impurities” look desirable — the things which impart color, odor and flavor are NUTRIENTS. It is both tragic and ironic that the removal of nutrients should be equated with “purity”. Tragic because if those nutrients were present they would contribute to the health of the consumer. Ironic because establishing the desired “purity” really results in producing poor quality food.


What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?


I’ve included many articles in the “Real Food” category of this blog which speaking against processed foods, food manufacturers, and modern farming practices. CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) is one of the many positive movements offering a healthy alternative to the mayhem and chaos of our modern food system. Our CSA, Temple-Wliton, the first CSA in the country which has led the movement, is mentioned in this article. Source: http://www.wilson.edu/wilson/asp/content.asp?id=1273
-Sharon


Mad Cow Disease: Is It Really Manganese Madness?

Several days ago, I posted an article about grass-fed animals having a reduced risk of contracting Prion Disease or Mad Cow Disease. It appears information in that article was very right, and very wrong. Yes, animals that are grassfed ARE healthier, and we, in turn, receive benefit of that when we drink grass-fed milk or eat grass-fed meat. The really, really wrong theory, about prions becoming perverted because cows, ruminants, are fed meat by-products, is what takes some thinking through. This theory is widely accepted around the world as the basis for Mad Cow Disease, but if it is viewed with good scientific methods, the perverted-prion theory simply fall apart. Mark Purdy is leading the way to uncover the real issues behind Mad Cow Disease. From what I’ve read, he’s someone the Industry would like to quiet, so I feel it is my duty to join his cause and spread the word. Here’s an excellent article written by the Idaho Observer about Mark Purdy’s theory. I also ask forgiveness for having helped to spread wrong information about the prion theory, sending people down the wrong path. -Sharon


Grass-fed Cattle May Reduce Mad Cow Risk

Want to reduce your risk of contracting Mad Cow Disease or Prion Disease? Eat grass-fed meat. Oh. Wait. You’re not worried about Mad Cow Disease, and are possibly even scoffing I’ve gone round the bend on this one. Think again.

Unfortunately, this article will be of no interest to the majority. Mad Cow Disease will have to hit, and hit hard on Ameircan soil, before people wake up to the idea that when you pervert how God intended creatures eat, disease will result. Cows are ruminants, made by the good Lord to digest grass. Feed a cow blood and body parts from other animals, and you get Mad Cow Disease.

Feeds routinely and LEGALLY contain blood and body parts from poultry – a cheap filler used by feed companies to add protein while controlling costs, therefore, plumping profit. I’m not against anyone making money. I am against people and animals paying the price with their lives. Eat Grass Fed meat and you’ll never have to think about Mad Cow or Prion Disease again. (Photo: Ericson Photography c2006) – Sharon


The Dream and the Lie of Louis Pasteur

I should probably start a new category in my blog, “Things Are Not As They Seem”. Pasteur is tops in that category, having negatively affected the way in which we live today. That assertion, no doubt, seems absurd, until you learn about Bechamp, the political atmosphere of when Bechamp/Pasteur lived, and how Pasteur’s ability to out-market Bechamp got us to where we are now. It would make a great a movie.


Grass-eating Chickens

You can tell I’m a city-girl because I consider the following article to be an epiphany – Chickens Eat Grass. Here’s one of the best How-To-Raise-Your-Own-Chickens manual I’ve seen including eye-opening information that chickens need and eat grass. We’ve been considering the idea, on and off, of raising our own chickens for the eggs. I’m afraid it would take me a good number of additional years to get used to the idea of butchering egg-layers for meat. My farming friends assure me I’ll run into one or two I won’t mind doing away with. Another issue holding me back is the commitment – not a word I usually shy away from, given the fact I have 8 parrots that will more than likely outlive me, but they don’t require me to go outside, when it is freezing cold, chopping frozen water and cleaning up frozen droppings in sub-zero windchills like we’re experiencing this weekend. It just may take a more temperate climate for me to make the leap into acquiring my own chickens. Of late, it’s more than the extra workload that holds me back – it’s the responsibility for a few more lives, something driven home to me a few weeks ago when a friend called to tell me a weasel broke into her chicken coop, savagely ripping apart all 20 birds for no other reason than the joy of killing. My poor friend opened the door only to find only body parts remaining of her beloved prolific egg-layers. That’s an experience I can do without, so for now, I’ll just continue to read.