John H. Keefe III, D.C.
IN THE NEWS:. WHEN THE STATE CONTROLS WHAT YOU EAT In Canada, it’s illegal to sell or give away raw milk, a law that’s enforced in many provinces. In Ontario, distributing raw milk was long considered to be a regulatory offense punishable by fines, but as of January 2018 an order issued by Ontario’s Superior Court calls for anyone who distributes or sells raw milk in the area to face years in prison. Members of one area food co-op believe the Ontario injunction violates their constitutional right to access raw milk, and they’ve filed a motion to have the injunction stayed. In the meantime, the co-op has been forced to stop distributing the milk in order to avoid criminal charges, feeding it to pigs and chickens instead of handing it out to co-op members. Raw dairy farmers have been put out of business for mere suspicion of contamination. Even in the absence of a complaint of contamination, farmers and consumers are often harassed over the buying and selling of raw milk. In contrast, Blue Bell Creamery — the third-largest ice cream maker in the U.S. whose ice cream sickened 10 people with listeria, three of whom died as a result, in 2015, was fined just $175,000 for the incident. Ultimately, the choice of what to eat should belong to the individual consumer, not the state or federal government. If the FDA and other government agencies are allowed to impose their view of “safe food” on consumers, raw milk won’t be the only thing lost — one day virtually all food could be pasteurized, irradiated and/or genetically engineered.
WELLNESS: SUPERFOOD OF THE WEEK: CHERRIES. Famed for their anti-inflammatory superpowers, cherries are the hottest stone fruit on the block. … They’re also packed with anthocyanins, a powerful phytonutrient that jump-starts your immune system and gives cherries that gorgeous red hue. Cherries are a favorite summer treat with a number of valuable health benefits, thanks to their antioxidants and powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. Both sweet and tart cherries are easy to grow. Cherry trees will grow about 1 foot per year, start producing fruit in two to four years and can produce anywhere from 150 to 300 pounds of cherries per tree per year once fully mature. Tart cherry trees are self-pollinating and can be grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 4, 5 and 6. They require about 1,000 chill hours below 45 degrees F during winter months. Tart cherries contain two powerful compounds, anthocyanins and bioflavonoids, which help prevent and relieve arthritis and gout. Sweet cherries such as Bing are also useful against gout, as they lower both uric acid and C-reactive protein levels. Sweet cherry is suitable for USDA zones 5 through 9, and need about 150 to 300 chill hours during winter months. Northwest Oklahoma is a 6 where the middle of the state including Tulsa is a 7 and the southern East tip of Oklahoma is an 8 hardiness zone. Self-pollinating cultivars include Stella, Black Gold and North Star. Others may need companion trees to ensure successful pollination. To keep birds from flying away with your harvest, cover the tree with netting as the fruit starts to form. Planting mulberry trees nearby can also help lure birds away from your cherry trees, but won’t prevent them from eating your cherries as well.
CHIROPRACTIC: Disease care vs. healthcare–Healthcare has undergone a change in the past 100+ years. Diet and herbal therapy along with other more natural treatments were a form of healthcare practice by most doctors. With the advent of antibiotics and the ability to convert herbs into powerful drugs healthcare made a major switch. This idea that we could control disease through drugs gained acceptance. There is no question within crisis care that drug therapy really shines. If your heart stops on the operating table a shot of adrenaline could save your life. Unfortunately this has led to a major change in healthcare. Instead of diet, exercise, vitamins or herbal treatment the idea that you could control all diseases through drugs took over healthcare. Unfortunately we have found that this is not the case in most instances. It’s true that an antibiotic used to be able to wipe out infections that otherwise killed people in the past. Unfortunately that’s becoming less and less of a miracle and turning into more of a nightmare. The problem is the overutilization of antibiotics has led to bacterial resistance diseases where the patient dies even with IVs of antibiotics pumping into their bloodstream. Antibiotics weaken the immune system not strengthening it. Herbs were very powerful back in the day but when chemist found that they could isolate the active ingredient in herbs and make it synthetically it produced stronger effects. But because all the synergistic properties of the herb were left on the table side effects became a growing problem. When you took the herb it would produce health benefits but when you took the synthetic active ingredient those benefits were increased along with side effects. Today over 2000 people a week die from side effects from the prescriptions they get from their medical doctors. And the other problem is drugs don’t heal. Insulin doesn’t heal diabetes, heart drugs don’t heal the heart they just modify the symptoms, antidepressants don’t heal the mind they just alter your perceptions. With the advancement in natural healthcare not only can these issues be treated they can be corrected in time because of the use of nutrients that fix the underlying problem. Find the problem, fix the problem is the approach in natural healthcare whereas find the symptom, suppress the symptom is the approach in drug therapy. Choose your healthcare wisely.
FUNNY BONE: A boy asks his father, “Dad, are bugs good to eat?” “That’s disgusting. Don’t talk about things like that over dinner,” the dad replies. After dinner the father asks, “Now, son, what did you want to ask me?” “Oh, nothing,” the boy says. “There was a bug in your soup, but now it’s gone.”@@ Q. How much room is needed for fungi to grow? A. As mushroom as possible@@ Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House. One is from Chicago, another is from Tennessee, and the third is from Minnesota. All three go with a White House official to examine the fence. The Minnesota contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. “Well,” he says, “I figure the job will run about $900. $400 for materials, $400 for my crew, and $100 profit for me.” The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, “I can do this job for $700. $300 for materials, $300 for my crew, and $100 profit for me.” The Chicago contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, “$2,700.” The official, incredulous, says, “You didn’t even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?” The Chicago contractor whispers back, “$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence.” “Done!” replies the government official. And that, my friends, is how the new stimulus plan will work.
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