Monday, September 19, 2011

Calcium-Where Do You get Yours? (accompanied by a tirade)

*Warning disclaimer-very passionate and sensitive subject for me.

A hot topic these days, especially with bone and breast cancers on the rise is calcium. I'm sure you've seen the commercials on television that say, Milk Does a Body Good. For years now in the television, magazine, and billboard ads we've been bombarded with the "positive attributes" to cow's milk.

Now before you go oh, no here she goes again, wait and hear me out. I am sure like most of you reading this that were probably raised on good old straight from the store cow's milk in a plastic gallon sized bottle. I can remember learning in school about how wonderful Louis Pasteur was with the invention of the process of pasteurization.

So this is what is going to happen I am going to provide some information. You can take it with a grain of salt, or you can investigate further. Please take on the latter challenge. Your health is worth it.

Milk that is in its all natural state, being raw, is full of wonderful health properties. Unlike pasteurized and homogenized milk that has been heated to extraordinary temperatures, changing its chemical composition, which then causes the milk to act like puss in our systems that causes an over active state of mucous in our bodies, as well killing the necessary nutrients God placed in the milk.

When cows and goats are treated properly, supervised,and fed exactly what they should be eating, cows specifically grass, and goats grass as well as hay and millet, they produce healthy milk. When these animals are fed things they shouldn't eat like unhealthy grains and sometimes foods mixed in with feces, this is where there is a problem.

Then these poor animals are given antibiotics because they sick from not being treated properly. On top if that they are given hormones to make them produce more milk.Well, then those hormones go into the milk, and then the milk goes into us and our children. These big, commercial dairy farms make so much money by doing all of these things. See by homogenizing the pasteurizing the milk, its not done for our health. It's done to extend the shelf life of the milk. I have a big problem with all of this.

I live in the state of NC where tobacco fields run rampant for miles, yet it is illegal for my farmers to sell me raw milk. Raw milk that I WANT to drink, that I WANT to give them money for, and support the local farms. I don't understand why the government gets to tell me what I can and cannot drink. When my children turn 21 they can have a margarita, but not raw milk. Still really have a problem with all of this.

Raw milk has minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium as well as awesome healthy bacteria to support our digestive systems, enzymes which aid in digestion that we so need, and vitamins. The vitamins in raw milk are:

B1 - thiamine
B2 - riboflavin
B6 - pyridoxine
B12 - cyanocobalamin
Pantothenic acid
Folic Acid

Someone might say that oh my milk jug says it has Vit D. Yes, processed milk does have synthetic vitamin D with that it's been fortified. Anytime you see fortified vitamins those are synthetic vitamins, which are man made not made in nature by God. I think its rather funny actually. They process the milk, kill all that is good and healthy in it, stick some hormones and antibiotics in it, and then they stick some fake vitamin D back in there to boot. Oh to top it off they market it in a plastic, it just gets better.

If well enough was left alone they wouldn't have to do any of this stuff. Our bodies more often than not reject fortified vitamins, so they are not absorbed. Certain synthetic vitamins can cause severe health issues as well, especially vitamin C. Also the vitamin D put back into the milk isn't even the vitamin D we need. Our bodies need Vitamin D3. That's the kind that comes from the sun. We need vitamin D3 to absorb the calcium.

For years we've been told by the FDA that calcium is needed for bone health. I believe this to be true currently, although some other information has been brought to my attention, and I am currently investigating the facts to find what is true. Health food raw guru David Wolfe is saying that calcium is actually dangerous to the body.He is saying that calcium is not synonymous with bone and skeletal health.

At this point since calcium is present in so many foods, I'm convinced it is good for us in some amount. I will continue to check things out. I know that too much calcium is not good. Calcium deposits can cause gall stones, and damage to the heart and arteries. What I don't believe is that we should be eating foods fortified with calcium, or taking calcium supplements. By the way if you are concerned about calcium intake, a far better way for our bodies to take in calcium is actually through plant foods. We absorb the calcium much better along with plant food. An excellent source of calcium are leafy greens like spinach and kale, quinoa, and chia seeds. So eat a salad and then go out in the sun WITHOUT sunscreen.

Bottom line seek the Lord your God in all things, including what you ingest and put in the mouths of your children. Do the research. Make an educated decision. Be a good steward of your temple while you are here. Do what works for your family.

*FYI* Goats milk is almost never homogenized. Homogenization is even worse than pasteurization. So if you must have some milk, or milk products like cheese and yogurt, you can opt for goat's milk products instead if your choices are limited. We like cheese and yogurt here. For milk we drink almond milk, but for cheeses and yogurt though we do purchase goat's milk ones. My sons and I can't handle processed cow's milk products at all. I look forward to the day when I can own a goat of my own, and make our own cheeses and yogurts.

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1 comment:

  1. It is ridiculous we can't buy raw milk in NC. A friend of mine gets some through a co-op, but it's sold as "pet food." Crazy! I don't think calcium is hard to come by... cows eat poop yet their milk is somehow full of it. If our diets are better than poop (let's hope) we should have all the calcium we need :)