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Another Reason to Give Up Milk: Does It Really Do The Body Good?

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“Producing the peak yield of 35 litres of milk per day has been compared to a person jogging for six hours, seven days a week.”

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 Hannah Velten, Cow.

Health Reasons

A large study coming from researchers at the Uppsala University in Sweden found that drinking milk led to an increased mortality rate and actually made bones more prone to fracturing, not less.(1)

The study was recently published in the peer reviewed British Medical Journaland was specifically conducted to examine whether high milk consumption is associated with mortality and fractures in both men and women.

This is not the only study done regarding the health claims of the food industry, you can read more about it in this article.

Profit Before the Planet

Most people associate New Zealand with a clean, green image of lush rolling hills, hobbits frolicking between spectacular mountain terrain, and bountiful streams meandering through untouched wilderness. Like most Western countries over recent decades, the profit motive has driven farmers toward a commercial model which places the environment, animals, and ecosystems a distant second behind economic interests. A carefully constructed image of contented cows in lush pastures is marketed and promoted to the public, while economic prosperity is touted to the locals who are burdened with debt to fund this commercial destruction of the New Zealand landscape and ecosystems.

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Good Marketing Has Helped Create an Illusion

Similar to other countries who market dairy, the packaging promotes lush pastures and contented animals who seem to have not a care in the world and are treated with love, dignity, and respect. Yet when it comes to the commercial reality, things are much different. A recent undercover investigation by Farmwatch and SAFE in New Zealand has raised some serious concerns about how inherently cruel this industry really is, in addition to exposing a shocking level of cruelty to which calves who are only a few days old are subjected. Whether dairy cows are factory farmed or raised out on open pastures, one thing is consistent around the world: they all need to continuously produce babies so we can have milk. (1)

But with issues over the welfare of these gentle animals and controversy surrounding the fate of their calves, there is a dark side to your flat white. As the industry moves more towards large-scale factory-style farming, what is really going on with New Zealand’s nearly seven million dairy cows? The video put together by ‘SAFE For Animals’ is not only disturbing, but shows the harsh reality of what goes on behind closed doors within the industrial agriculture system. While there do exist farmers who do the right thing, this is clearly another example of what happens when society commodifies nature, seeing it nothing more than a resource to be exploited and mistreated.

The Great Con

Like all corporations and organisations trying to weasel cash out of your wallet, the dairy industry has run extensive misinformation and propaganda campaigns for decades, effectively convincing the public that milk is necessary for health and well-being. There are many healthy alternative sources of calcium and other nutrients, most, if not all of which, are found in most leafy greens. According to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, if you are vegetarian, you are no more likely to have an iron deficiency than a meat eater. Iron is found in numerous plant foods, including beans, nuts, whole grains, and leafy vegetables.

Another great con is that milk provides protein and is essential for a well balanced life. Plant sources of protein, however, contain no cholesterol and are low in fat. Most plant protein is high in fibre, which is great for your digestive system. Calcium is the biggest con of them all promoted by the dairy industry and others with self interest in bamboozling the masses. By eating calcium-rich vegetarian foods such as white beans, fortified soymilks and juices, and a variety of fruits and vegetables, including leafy green vegetables such as broccoli and kale, you can obtain all the calcium your body needs. Despite the impression dairy companies would like to give, bone health is actually better in countries with low dairy consumption. Hip fracture rates, for example, tend to be higher in countries with higher dairy intakes, not lower. (2)

Waste Calves

On commercial dairy farms calves are always removed from their mothers so that milk can be taken for human consumption. Some calves are kept by the farmer to replace their mothers and some are raised for veal or beef. However there is not a high demand for the meat from dairy calves, so many go straight to slaughter: shockingly, around two million vulnerable animals are killed at around four days of age each year. They are known as ‘bobby calves.’ There are nearly seven million dairy cows in New Zealand (five million milking). Purposely bred to yield unnaturally high volumes of milk, modern dairy cows experience serious stress on their bodies, as well as painful routine manipulations. Perhaps the greatest tragedy for cows is that for the purpose of producing milk, they need to be kept continually pregnant. Once their calves are born, they are removed from their mothers within hours of birth, with the separation being extremely distressing for both mother and calf. (3)

Environmental Impacts

Cows and calves are not the only casualities of dairy farming. Like most Western countries, vast areas of once thriving forests have been  cleared to make way for pasture. In New Zealand almost 70% of the natural forests and ecosystems have been decimated in an effort to farm sheep, cattle, and dairy cows. As the recent article ‘A Leading Cause Of Climate Change That No One Is Talking About’ featured on Collective Evolution illustrated, raising animals for food consumption uses 30% of the world’s water, 45% of the world’s land, and is responsible for 91% of the destruction of the rain forest. Among these shocking figures, animal agriculture is also the leading cause of the ocean’s dead zones, the leading cause of habitat destruction, and the leading cause of species extinction.(4)

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excerpts from Rethink…Your world, Your future.

Article by Andrew Martin, author of  Rethink…Your world, Your future. and One ~ A Survival Guide for the Future… 

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(1) http://www.care2.com/causes/dairys-dirty-secret-exposed-in-new-zealand.html

(2) http://www.safe.org.nz/inside-veg-diet-nutrition

(3) http://safe.org.nz/overview-whats-wrong-dairy

(4) http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/10/12/a-leading-cause-of-climate-change-that-no-one-is-talking-about/

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10 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Walk Everyday

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    There are multiple health benefits to be gained by taking a simple walk every day. These benefits are measurable, and if you don't already have an active lifestyle it can be a great way to assist you with your health.

  • Reflect On:

    Reflect on how the human race has become extremely sedentary, and how disease rates continue to climb as a result of the modern human lifestyle.

The human experience has become extremely sedentary, the average human lifestyle in the western world has been linked to multiple diseases and is one of the main causes of why disease rates continue to climb, among many other factors that surround all aspects of human life, like big food, for example. With technology in place and jobs that require tremendous amounts of sitting, there is no doubt that it’s having a detrimental effect on our lives.

That being said, the world is clearly becoming way more health conscious. It’s like we needed this experience of unhealthy food, the corporate take-over of everything, and our motionless lifestyle to knock us out of it. We are seeing a health revolution take place, where more and more people are becoming health conscious, and are always being encouraged to be more active.

Ultimately, we can’t really blame the human experience for our lack of movement, it’s something that all of us have the time to incorporate into our lives in one way or another, and if you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy being too active, a simple walk every day can have tremendous amounts of benefits. As pointed out in the video below, by Bright Side.

If You Want To Increase The Benefits Even More, Walk Barefoot

It’s called grounding, or ‘earthing’ and it involves placing your feet directly on the ground, without shoes or socks as a barrier. Why? Because there is an intense negative charge carried by the Earth, it’s electron-rich, which serves as a good supply of antioxidants and free radical destroying electrons.

A study published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health titled “Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons” postulates that earthing could represent a potential treatment for a variety of chronic degenerative diseases.

That’s right, many positive health benefits occur as a result of walking barefoot, and these are measurable.

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The picture below represents improved facial circulation (right image) after 20 minutes of grounding, as documented by a Speckle Contrast Laser Imager (dark blue=lowest circulation; dark red=highest circulation). Image Source: Scientific Research Publishing

If you want to read more publications and access the in-depth science with regards to grounding, you can refer to the article linked above the picture.

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Nature Valley Ad Shows The Down Side Of Children Addicted To Technology

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  • The Facts:

    Technology has impacted most of our lives in a really big way. We use it daily for everything we do pretty much. Kids today, unlike previous generations, use technology more than ever and spend much less time in nature.

  • Reflect On:

    How much is too much technology for young and developing minds? Is it time to reevaluate our children's relationship with technology and get them back into nature?

Technology has become a staple in most of our lives, really, could you imagine life without it? In the video posted below, Nature Valley asks 3 generations what it was that they did for fun as a kid, the answers from the youngest generation may or may not surprise you, but is it time to cut back on the technology and bring kids back to nature?

Technology is not bad per se, that isn’t the discussion here. This is about how we use it.

Before technology, children would look to nature for entertainment. They would play outside on the lawn, go sledding, build forts, and use their imagination to create their own entertainment. Nowadays it’s all too easy for kids to get sucked into technology, there are video games, tablets, computers, cell phones and television, all of which provide a type of escape from the real world. Although, there are many ways that technology is and has been used for good in the world, is the disconnect that it is causing children and adults to part from nature causing more harm?

With the rise of mental disorders and illnesses, is it possible that the answer to these issues is simply to get kids back into nature, more time with self, using their brains to build things, be creative and connect to the energy from the Earth? We already know how effective a simple walk or hike in nature is and how they both can literally change our brains. Nature appears to be much more important than we generally give it credit for.

In my own experience, disconnecting from technology and going camping on my own proved to be a very cathartic and healing experience for me. I’ve come to realize that although being immersed in nature regularly does have a lot of benefits, but even just making time for it at all can cause a positive impact. For many of us who live in cities, with the constant bombardment of noise and of course EMF frequencies etc., just disconnecting for a short period can make a huge difference.

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It’s easy to get emotional watching something like this as it shows just how far removed the newer generations are from what has been most natural to children for centuries, simply playing in nature. The children are essentially self-proclaimed tech addicts and get their entertainment by playing video games, watching videos or tv shows, texting etc. Is it time to go back to the basics and start evaluating how detrimental too much technology can be on young and developing brains? You can read more about this issue here, Is Your Child Struggling From Nature-Deficit Disorder?

Is it up to the parents to ensure they are setting proper boundaries with the amount of time their children are allowed to use technology? Or is this the future and something we should simply let happen as a natural part of evolution?

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6 Proven Ways to Cleanse Your Liver & Release Pent Up Anger

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  • The Facts:

    In Chinese Medicine our liver is directly connected to anger and unfortunately, we live in a world where our liver is regularly taxed by toxic chemicals. Thankfully there is plenty that you can do without medication to keep this vital organ healthy!

  • Reflect On:

    What toxins are you regularly exposed to and what steps are you currently taking to combat them?

A toxic liver can lead to anger. In Chinese medicine, our biggest detox organ – our liver – is the organ connected to anger. When we work at changing our lifestyles and daily habits, we begin to see it having a positive effect on our mood as well as general health.

When toxicity mounts we have a more difficult time controlling or letting go of our angry feelings. Toxic chemicals accumulate in our bodies because we live in a toxic world. We microwave in plastic, we cook food in Tephlon coated pans, we smoke, we take medication, and eat fried and processed foods.

These food-like products contain toxic chemical preservatives, glyphosate; GMOs and pesticides. Ingesting poison daily results in everything from immune deficiency, mood disorders, lowered mental performance, and even life-threatening cancer.

So, besides avoiding many of the contributors of liver toxicity – what can we do?

1. Eat less added sugar & address possible yeast overgrowth in the gut

Yeast can cause fermentation of food in place of digestion and cause bloating and gas. It can contribute to “leaky gut syndrome” – thus in turn can lead to the production of toxins that may affect the brain and nervous system. Yeast overgrowth can produce alcohol as its byproduct, acetaldehyde, giving us a “hangover” feeling. It can also lead to liver damage, and it prevents the proper detoxification of other pollutants, increasing the toxicity of other toxins.

2. Support the liver with botanicals

Plant medicine like Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root can help cleanse the liver. Both extracts are known to be pretty safe and well tolerated, and toxic or adverse effects observed in the reviewed clinical trials seem to be minimal. Only those with a ragweed, iodine or latex allergy should be cautious with dandelion. (Learn more about milk thistle)

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3. Drink organic aloe vera juice

High quality; raw organic aloe vera can be a phenomenal digestive aid. It seals the gut wall, aids in digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, helps the immune system, and detoxifies the liver, skin, and colon.

4. Cook with more turmeric & black pepper to help the body absorb nutrients better

Black pepper contains a compound called piperine, which increases the bioavailability of food by decreasing activity in the intestinal tract and inhibiting the metabolism of certain enzymes. Better still, cook with lots of turmeric and black pepper together. The combination helps the body absorb more curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.

This ingredient can heal gut wall permeability due to its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. It also aids in digestion, strengthens the immune system, improves asthma, heals wounds, prevents the progression of memory loss, controls diabetes, improves liver function, lowers cholesterol, and fights cancer. (Note: A great supplement for this that I recommend for is Liver Health)

5. Incorporate liver cleansing foods into your diet

Incorporate liver cleansing foods such as green leafy veggies, avocados, apples, garlic, olive oil, citrus fruit, beets, and cruciferous vegetables into your weekly diet.

6. See An Acupuncturist

Used for thousands of years, acupuncture has been used to detox and balance the liver meridians to reduce anger and other emotional and psychiatric issues.  Simple needless acupressure is often used on children.


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