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How the Pottenger Cat Study Relates to Human Health.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

In 1932, Dr. Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., a physician and researcher who had successfully treated patients with TB, asthma, allergies and emphysema by putting them on a diet of raw butter, cream and eggs, decided to experiment with a raw food diet involving cats.

In one study group, the felines ate only raw milk and raw meat, while in the other groups they ate some raw meat mixed with pasteurized milk and cooked meat. During the 10-year study, Pottenger discovered that only the all-raw group maintained good health generation after generation. They had excellent bone structure, few parasites, easy pregnancies and gentle dispositions.

The groups whose diet was partially cooked developed “facial deformities,” including narrowed faces, crowded jaws, frail bones and weakened ligaments. They harbored parasites, developed diseases and had difficult pregnancies. The female cats became much more aggressive compared to those on the raw diet. The males on the other hand were unnaturally timid and exhibited lower sexual interest.  After just three generations, young animals died before reaching adulthood and stopped reproducing.

While Pottenger’s cat experiments do not mean humans should eat only raw foods, it is a testament as to the potential consequences of a diet without the nutrients provided by real grass-fed foods.  Chiefly the fat-soluble Vitamins A,D,and E. Pottenger believed that when the human diet produces facial deformities like crowded teeth, degenerative diseases will soon emerge if the diet is followed for several generations.

With western civilization’s love of refined, highly sweetened convenience foods and low-fat items, could it be that Americans are now experiencing an epidemic of degenerative diseases as a result of generations who were raised on these foods?

Preventing disease now and for generations to come is one reason we need to get back to a more natural diet consisting of grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, organic eggs and produce, raw milk and cheese – all produced without man-made chemicals, hormones, pesticides, dyes.

The true cost of Farm Fresh Foods

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

Why Does Organic, Farm Fresh Food Cost More?

Many people seeking to include more natural foods in their diets are shocked at the prices for raw milk, organic produce, pastured eggs and poultry, and grass-fed beef compared to similar items at the grocery store. But just like everything else, when it comes to food, you get what you pay for.

For example, a gallon of organic milk purchased at Whole Foods is about $6/gallon. All that for pasteurized, grain-fed milk that contains little of the nutritional power of farm fresh raw milk. This is because pasteurized milk has been excessively heated to kill bacteria—including the beneficial ones—while destroying vital enzymes, vitamins and nutrients. On top of that, many people may have hidden allergies to this pasteurized milk.

Have you ever been to a feedlot or conventional chicken operation? The current food system in the United Sates is appalling. It is based on food predicated on cheaply grown grain, deplorable animal living conditions and environmental degradation. This is where your “cheap” food is grown.

Food from small farms represents the true cost of food as opposed to the industrial system which we as taxpayers pay for (with farm subsidies) that artificially keeps the prices low. Small farmers work long days and must support their families on the products they produce.

Small farms must also take into account the unsubsidized cost of land (it takes more space to raise animals humanely), higher cost of organic feed (which doesn’t contain GMO grains or chemicals), cost of implementing a soil fertility program, smaller production from 100% grass-fed and pasture-raised animals that have access to fresh air, sunshine and a more natural life.

Now we come to the good part.  Naturally raised foods provide more nutrition. Animal and plant foods produced on factory farms lack the basic nutrients needed to sustain a healthy life, such as adequate vitamin D, omega-3s, calcium and so much more.  Animals raised on pasture are treated humanely and are well cared for.

Though farm fresh food may cost more in the long run it could save you from paying expensive medical bills to treat illness and disease. Eating naturally raised foods may also help you live a longer, more enjoyable life. And who can put a price on that?

Got the Flu then…farm fresh foods to the rescue!

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

The Best Way to Prevent the Flu – or Any Illness – is Through a Healthy Diet

With all the news circulating in the media about the “swine flu,” flu prevention is a hot topic in Central Florida and across the nation.

While washing your hands, getting plenty of rest, exercising and avoiding stress are great ways to prevent any type of influenza, virus or cold, these steps are not the total answer. The best and easiest way to strengthen your immune system, so that the body will resist any type of illness or disease, is to adopt a natural, organic diet.

Eating foods rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fats and probiotics – like raw milk, grass-fed beef and free-range chickens and eggs – is necessary for building a strong immune system.

Raw organic grass-fed milk, which is produced without pesticides or antibiotics from cows that graze on grass and hay, is loaded with immune-building enzymes, vitamins C, B12 and B6, and beneficial bacteria (probiotics).

Grass-fed organic beef from cows that are raised in the sunshine and fed a natural diet of grass and hay contains essential saturated fat, which aids in brain function and supports the immune system.

Free-range eggs from chickens allowed to roam free and eat a natural diet have more omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12 in their meat and egg yolks than chickens fed grain.

Organic raw milk, fresh farm eggs and poultry, and grass-fed beef can help build a healthy immune system and keep the flu bug at bay.

Grass-fed Foods and Vitamin B-12

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

The Best Sources of Vitamin B12

Do you get enough vitamin B12? Studies show that as many as one in four adults, or almost 80 percent of people in the United States, may be deficient in this important nutrient.

Known as the “energy vitamin,” B12 is essential for many critical functions in the body. Not only does it help produce energy, but it also supports the immune system and the nervous system, and regulates the formation of red blood cells.

Lack of B12 can result in anemia, nervousness, depression, lack of energy and all around poor health.

There are several reasons for B12 deficiency, but the main one is the modern diet. Since the vitamin is only present in animal sources of food, those who don’t eat animal products are more likely to suffer from low B12. But consuming poor quality animal products from animals that are fed unhealthy grains, or eating pasteurized dairy products, in which the B12 is destroyed, is also a large part of the problem.

So what’s a body to do?

Since our bodies do not easily or efficiently absorb B12 supplements (including those added to foods), and painful, expensive injections are not usually helpful, the best and easiest way to get enough B12 is to eat nutrient-dense animal products naturally rich in the nutrient. Grass-fed beef, fresh pastured eggs, and grass-fed dairy are some of the best natural sources of this important vitamin. And the best way for our bodies to absorb vital nutrients is through natural sources.

Local Central Florida farms offer farm fresh foods loaded with vitamin B12 and other nutrients.