For babies, it appears that nothing less than Mother's milk is the healthiest. All mammals produce milk, but the composition of milk for each species varies widely and other kinds of milk are often very different from human breast milk. As a rule, the milk of mammals that nurse frequently (including human babies) is less rich, or more watery, than the milk of mammals whose young nurse less often. Human milk is noticeably thinner and sweeter than cow's milk.
Whole cow's milk does not contain sufficient vitamin E or essential fatty acids for infants. Whole cow's milk also contains excessive amounts of protein, sodium, and potassium, which may put a strain on an infant's immature kidney. In addition, the proteins and fats in whole cow's milk are more difficult for an infant to digest and absorb than the ones in breast milk. Evaported milk may be easier to digest due to the processing of the protein but is still nutritionally inadequate. A significant minority of infants are allergic to one or more of the constituents of cow's milk, most often the cow's milk proteins. Thus it appears mom's milk is the best for babies. But, the question is, "Is mom focusing on her diet?" After all, what she feeds herself, she feeds her baby. My wife discovered this when she was nursing her first baby, after drinking diet cola to stay awake on a 10-hour drive. The baby, normally quite calm and sleeping through the night, screamed in agony through the whole night that followed.
Aside from the milk issue, our modern industrialized farming system is a disaster to the environment and to our health. Industrialized or monoculture farming is the agricultural practice of producing or growing a single crop or plant species over a wide area and for a large number of consecutive years. It is widely used in modern industrial agriculture and its implementation has allowed for large harvests from minimal labor. However, this ratio remains true only if the accounting for labor required is limited to the number of workers employed on the farm. If the indirect work of employees involved in producing chemicals and machinery are taken into account, the ratio of labor to output is higher. If the energy in the form of petrochemicals that is expended is accounted for, you end up with an astronomical imbalance. Only through very skewed and myopic accounting practices does industrial, commodified food appear to be cheaper and more efficiently produced.
Furthermore, monoculture techniques can lead to the quicker spread of diseases, where a uniform crop is susceptible to a pathogen. 'Crop monoculture' is the practice of growing the same crop year after year, without normal eco-friendly companion plants. Thus, when you are driving down the highway and see acres and acres of corn, then you are looking at an example of Crop Monoculture. If you contrast that to a stretch of woods, you'll find the woods are full of variety. This variety helps to keep the system healthy. For example, if a disease comes about that destroys the oaks, then if the forest contained only oaks, the entire forest would be gone. If a disease attacks a certain crop that we typically raise in a monoculture environment, then we are at risk for losing a large portion of our produce which will then affect our diet. Standardization makes us vulnerable. But, in our modern world, standardization is the norm for everything from raising food to education (teach to the test) to psychotherapy (e.g., evidenced practices such as MST, Multi Systemic Therapy).
The Dust Bowl of the 1930's is a good example of the disastrous effects of monoculture cropping. Or as the amusing ad for Parkay Margarine once said, "it's not nice to fool Mother Nature." While using that slogan, I don't think Parkay really understood the implications of this line for our health and the health of our planet in terms of how processed food is affecting our lives. After all, it does appear Mother Nature's thundering lightening bolt may be aimed at a tender part of our anatomy for eating corporate food. Unfortunately it's our guts that suffer while the Corporations continue to prosper. It really isn't nice to fool Mother Nature.
Dare we blame the external powers-that-be for this? Who gave over our own natural, inborn power to them for the sake of falsely claimed productivity, efficiency, safety, and cheap prices? What are natural consequences other than what we do to ourselves?
We have a choice. We do it to ourselves.
There is no externalized Woman-Goddess out there ready to zap us into a life-containing fried and smoking buttocks. The consequence is natural. As wives (more accurately concubines) to the Corporation, we have allowed ourselves to become dependent on a sociopathic husband who is a physically and sexually abusive drunk. How much longer do we tolerate this?
Are you prepared for a divorce and the chance to become independent?
The Weston Price Organization is designed to acclimate to this divorce by helping people choose healthier diets and lifestyles. To help you further evaluate how useful Weston Price can be in your life, listen to the interview with Kimberly Heartke, a representative of the organization, by this author's wife and the author. We'll look forward to hearing feedback from you. The interview is at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/envision-this/2012/10/10/weston-price-restoring-nutrient-dense-foods-to-our-diet
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