Saturday, November 17, 2007

Possible banning of Raw Milk in the State of California

This is very serious. A few words were slipped into a recent bill (AB 1735), without debate or public disclosure, that will virtually eliminate all raw milk from our store shelves.

Please put a little time to help save raw milk and consumer choice!

The link below will give you information on the bill and provide several important action steps.

I am also attaching a letter to Whole Foods, beautifully written by a local Weston Price member. Whole Foods has a great deal of clout – if we let them know that raw milk is important to us, we can encourage them to come out for consumer choice. However, it will only be effective if as many of us participate as possible.

Please adapt this letter, if you like, to state your own position clearly, or cut and paste it and use it as is! Please fax it to EVERY Whole Foods in the state (list of fax numbers at the end) to make a bold statement about consumer choice and our right to choose the foods we want!

If you don't have access to a fax, you can get addresses from the Whole Foods website and search for stores by region. The link here is for Southern California.




City, State, Zip


Re- Legal Sale and Availability of Raw Milk – Urgent

(Amendment to California Food and Ag. Code AB1735)


I would like to bring to your attention a very deliberate and deceitful attempt by a yet to be determined party to effectively make it illegal to sell raw milk in the State of California. This is a back door, no discussion allowed attack on the longstanding freedom preserved to consume live (raw) milk by the California Food and Agriculture Code #35928.

I am personally writing to you because I feel I represent thousands of your constituents that may be unaware of a significant threat to our access to one of the most unique and healthy products that has been sold and consumed for years without one problem.

Specifically, grass fed live (raw) milk provided by such producers as Organic Pastures provide the pure and unadulterated nutrients that have nourished countless of prior generations. Moreover, my very healthy wife and very healthy three children have significantly benefited from the nutrients only found available in these products.

I believe you are in a unique position to offer your support to a product that not only has been consumed by tens of thousands of California consumers over the years, but provides valuable income to the retailers in the State of California. In fact, I would encourage you to call your local Whole Foods and learn that they simply cannot keep enough of Organic Pastures Raw Milk in stock (and it sell for $16 per gallon!!!).

Additionally, Organic Pastures should be a poster child for a California company that is one of the few unsubsidized dairies in the nation that has used the free market to offer a product that costs 200%-300% more than its competitors!

At its core, this is an issue of consumer choice and access to an irreplaceable nutritional and living product.

If we can buy alcohol, cigarettes, and over the counter drugs with simple disclaimers, why penalize an actual healthy product that has a flawless retail track record?



Southern California

* Regional Office 818.990.7089
* Beverly Hills 310.374.8149
* Brentwood 310.826.6653
* El Segundo 310.333.1910
* Fairfax 323.964.6830
* Glendale 818.548.5248
* La Jolla 858.642.6730
* Laguna Beach 949.598.8680
* Northridge 818.363.2940
* Pasadena 626.351.1664
* “ 626.792.4293
* Redondo Beach 310.376.7651
* San Diego 619.294.2830
* Santa Monica 310.315.0665
* “ 310.576.4710
* “ 310.395.5969
* Sherman Oaks 818.762.0406
* “ 818.382.3710
* Thousand Oaks 805.777.4740
* Torrance 310.257.8710
* Tustin 714.566.7840
* Valencia 661.260.2375
* W. Hollywood 323.848.4250
* West LA 310.996.9510
* Westwood 310.824.6390
* Woodland Hills 818.610.0040

Friday, November 16, 2007

More on Fermentation

Don't mix fermentation. For instance, if you have A to D, E to L, S to Z micro-organisms in each one of those fermentations, some of them may not make it when you join all of them. For instance, if you have cabbage, you don't want to mix cbbage with juiced barley. If you ferment each one seperately, whatever is in that plant is likely to grow in the liquid medium. If you join them, some will not make it, because micro-organisms eat at a different rate - they produce different acids or bacteriosins at a different rate - so they effect each other. Other organisms that could have been good for you will not be there when you mix the fermentation. Do different fermentations seperately, but drink or consume them together so you get the benefits.

If you learn how to start a sourdough, then you will understand what this mens. You have no choice of starting a sourdough out of certain micro-organisms.

Question: What is the simplest, easist way to begin a sourdough? What would you need? Or a fermentation?

Mix flour with water. And the second and third day, you have to keep feeding more flour and water so that it doesn't overly acidify. This is done so that most micro-organisms that were in a balanced form continue in a balanced form. Otherwise some of them will die from the acidity. People have done wheat, rye, millet, grape, apple, and other fermentations over the years. each one will give you different results, but when you combine them, that will also change the results.

Any flour and water will make a different fermentation.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Fermentation and Balance

We don't know if there's life anywhere other than Planet Earth. We think there's life on Mars but we haven't even proven it yet. To have life, you need 1) Microorganisms and 2) Water and carbohydrates.

Each microorganism produces a different vitamin and mineral, and when you allow then to ferment in their natural medium, they produce ingredients in a balanced form. If it is the ingredient you lack, it's likely that you may absorb it. When you take a vitamin from a food store, it's very likely you will not absorb it, because you don't have the rest. There's nothing that balances. For instance - doctors tell you to absorb calcium, you need magnesium. To absorb magnesium, you need vitamin D. It needs to be in a balanced form; otherwise you're not going to absorb it.

When you play scrabble, you like to get easy letters and vowels to be able to form an easy word. But you got to be smart to be able to write. Many people have the letters but they cannot form a word because they don't have the B vitamins, B vitamins are needed for the brain. Lack of B-12 vitamins will give you dementia. So you need the balance to be able to work it out. And when you do--when we have 25 or so amino acids - and when you have a fermentation -- you have a balance of most of the amino acids available. Your body then chooses to form a protein. You don't force your body to accept a protein.

So, we think of different proteins being bad for you because your body does not have the necessary ingredients to break it up, and once it goes into your blood, your blood gets confused. Your blood does not have water, salt, acid and alcohol to break down the protein. (And in other bad proteins like Mad Cow, prions or zeta proteins do not get broken down in your blood.) A protein, can turn out to be good nutrition, has amino acids, if you ferment it outside your body, break it up, then accept it in your blood. If you take it as it is, which is the case with most of us (because we have already damaged villi) the whole protein gets absorbed