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Posted 12/1/2010 6:19pm by Art Ozias.
  • Ground beef is gone. 
  • I have 7 hogs to pick up on Dec 15.  Two are red waddles.  One is mine.  I will cure my bacons and my hams.
  • Hominy is great.  You can use Mrs Wages Pickling lime instead of lye.  It is Calcium Hydroxide.

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Dear Friends,

Jeffrey Smith will be on the Dr. Oz Show this Tuesday, December 7th, discussing the health dangers of genetically modified foods. Also on the show is Dr. Michael Hansen, a scientist from Consumers Union who has been an avid critic of GMOs for two decades, and Dr. Pamela Ronald, a pro-GM scientist who has been proposing that organic foods include GMOs.

It’s sure to get exciting! This is rare national coverage of this extremely important topic that influences everyone.

Please forward this email your friends, post on Facebook, Tweet, etc.

GMOs are discussed during the first 15 minute segment.

Factory Farming is an Environmental Disaster

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http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/01/benefits-of-eating-meat.aspx

 

This chicken contains an anti-foaming agent made of silicone and a chemical preservative so deadly that just five grams can kill you

 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/08/do-you-have-any-idea-of-the-chemicals-used-in-fast-food-chicken.aspx


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Here is a comment from someone just learning about the raw cheese raid in south Missouri.

 

“Sylvia just reminded me of why I began drinking raw milk 18 years ago, while working for an accounting firm. This firm had a huge megadairy as one of its clients, and every year we had to audit the dairy, whereby all the firm's employees had to go to the dairy and count cow... it usually took all the employees, even secretaries and the higher echelon, to count every single cow, calf and bull, even dead ones present during the audit. That's how big the dairy was.

I was horrified by what I saw; it was truly disgusting... and I've always loved farms and cows. Worse, while I was there, the dairy described how milk was processed: all milk is first stripped of the butterfat, and the fat is then added back in precise amounts to achieve 1%, 2% or 4% levels. Of course, the skim, 1% and 2% milk weigh less than 4% milk does, so adjustments must be made to make those milks weigh the same as 4% does, so extra sugar and dried milk is added for extra body and flavor, as well as chalk and other ingredients to milk because milk turns this weird blue color once the fat is removed; not to mention the homogenization and pasteurization process. After hearing all that, I was even more horrified and made a concerted effort to find a family farm with one or two cows that would sell me raw milk that they drank themselves.”

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 11/30/2010 6:46pm by Art Ozias.
  • I have not "advertised" the ground beef in recent Updates, as I was not sure what the yield would be from the two beeves I scheduled for processing.  Well, now I know and there is some extra.  Everyone that ordered the ground beef will get their full amount.  Anyone wanting ground beef and haven't ordered any need to email me ASAP.   It is $4/# and pick up is this Friday at 3 pm at the farm.   For those allready getting some need to ask at pick up and if I still have extra you can get more.

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Have you heard??

Monsanto’s humiliations are all over the news these days. Last week we heard that Monsanto is actually paying farmers to spray their fields with competitors’ weedkillers. Monsanto’s latest press release announces it is offering RoundupReady cotton farmers up to $20/acre to pour on extra herbicides. In fact, as The Organic Center’s 2009 report detailed, this bizarre practice—a reversal of Monsanto’s traditional exhortations to rely on its own chemical Roundup—has actually been going on for over a year now, a response to the Monsanto-induced epidemic of superweeds now ravaging the country. It’s a desperate last-hour attempt by the giant seed and pesticide company to slow the wildfire spread of noxious weeds resistant to Roundup, an epidemic which essentially spells the demise of Monsanto’s entire RoundupReady “system of weed management.” Other last-ditch efforts by Monsanto to keep revenue coming in include genetically engineering its Roundup Ready seeds for “enhanced resistance,” that is the ability to withstand—at least temporarily—even heavier dousings of Roundup. Talk about trying to smother a fire with gasoline.

 

Agribusiness Shows Its True Colors!

For over a year, the big Agribusiness trade organizations have supported passage of S.510, the  Food Safety Modernization Act.  From Agribusiness’s perspective, the bill was a win-win: they could absorb the costs of the regulations because of their size; they’d gain good PR for supposedly improving food safety practices; and the competition created by local food producers, which are rapidly growing, would be crushed by the regulatory burdens.

 

This was only speculation until now.  But when the Senators agreed to include the Tester-Hagan amendment in the bill, to exempt small-scale direct-marketing producers from some of the most burdensome provisions, Agribusiness revealed its true colors.  Twenty Agribusiness trade organizations fired off a letter stating that they would now oppose the bill.

 

The letter from the Agribusiness groups states: “[B]y incorporating the Tester amendment in the bill, consumers will be left vulnerable to the gaping holes and uneven application of the law created by these exemptions. In addition, it sets an unfortunate precedent for future action on food safety policy by Congress that science and risk based standards can be ignored.”

 

What science and risk?  No one has produced any data or evidence of any widespread problems caused by local producers and marketed directly to consumers.  All of the major foodborne illness outbreaks have been caused by products that went through the long supply chains of Agribusinesss.

 

Agribusiness’s real concern about the Tester-Hagan amendment isn’t food safety, but the precedent set by having Congress recognize that small, direct-marketing producers are different, and should be regulated differently, from the large Agribusinesses.

 

Agribusiness is trying to convince the Senators to pull the Tester-Hagan amendment back out.  While the amendment is currently part of the “Managers’ Package” – the amended version of the bill agreed  upon by six bipartisan sponsors – nothing is certain until the actual vote.

 

 

This Thanksgiving week, please take a moment to call or email your Senators to tell them to hold firm on KEEPING the Tester-Hagan amendment part of the bill.  You can call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or go to www.senate.gov to find their website (if the phone lines are busy, the best way to reach them is through the Contact page on their website)


They voted today.  Don't know yet if amendment stayed in or not. 

  

When will this stupidity end?  http://www.naturalnews.com/030492_TSA_underwear.html

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 11/30/2010 6:34pm by Art Ozias.
  • I have not "advertised" the ground beef in recent Updates, as I was not sure what the yield would be from the two beeves I scheduled for processing.  Well, now I know and there is some extra.  Everyone that ordered the ground beef will get their full amount.  Anyone wanting ground beef and haven't ordered any need to email me ASAP.   It is $4/# and pick up is this Friday at 3 pm at the farm.   For those allready getting some need to ask at pick up and if I still have extra you can get more.

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Have you heard??

Monsanto’s humiliations are all over the news these days. Last week we heard that Monsanto is actually paying farmers to spray their fields with competitors’ weedkillers. Monsanto’s latest press release announces it is offering RoundupReady cotton farmers up to $20/acre to pour on extra herbicides. In fact, as The Organic Center’s 2009 report detailed, this bizarre practice—a reversal of Monsanto’s traditional exhortations to rely on its own chemical Roundup—has actually been going on for over a year now, a response to the Monsanto-induced epidemic of superweeds now ravaging the country. It’s a desperate last-hour attempt by the giant seed and pesticide company to slow the wildfire spread of noxious weeds resistant to Roundup, an epidemic which essentially spells the demise of Monsanto’s entire RoundupReady “system of weed management.” Other last-ditch efforts by Monsanto to keep revenue coming in include genetically engineering its Roundup Ready seeds for “enhanced resistance,” that is the ability to withstand—at least temporarily—even heavier dousings of Roundup. Talk about trying to smother a fire with gasoline.

 

Agribusiness Shows Its True Colors!

For over a year, the big Agribusiness trade organizations have supported passage of S.510, the  Food Safety Modernization Act.  From Agribusiness’s perspective, the bill was a win-win: they could absorb the costs of the regulations because of their size; they’d gain good PR for supposedly improving food safety practices; and the competition created by local food producers, which are rapidly growing, would be crushed by the regulatory burdens.

 

This was only speculation until now.  But when the Senators agreed to include the Tester-Hagan amendment in the bill, to exempt small-scale direct-marketing producers from some of the most burdensome provisions, Agribusiness revealed its true colors.  Twenty Agribusiness trade organizations fired off a letter stating that they would now oppose the bill.

 

The letter from the Agribusiness groups states: “[B]y incorporating the Tester amendment in the bill, consumers will be left vulnerable to the gaping holes and uneven application of the law created by these exemptions. In addition, it sets an unfortunate precedent for future action on food safety policy by Congress that science and risk based standards can be ignored.”

 

What science and risk?  No one has produced any data or evidence of any widespread problems caused by local producers and marketed directly to consumers.  All of the major foodborne illness outbreaks have been caused by products that went through the long supply chains of Agribusinesss.

 

Agribusiness’s real concern about the Tester-Hagan amendment isn’t food safety, but the precedent set by having Congress recognize that small, direct-marketing producers are different, and should be regulated differently, from the large Agribusinesses.

 

Agribusiness is trying to convince the Senators to pull the Tester-Hagan amendment back out.  While the amendment is currently part of the “Managers’ Package” – the amended version of the bill agreed  upon by six bipartisan sponsors – nothing is certain until the actual vote.

 

 

This Thanksgiving week, please take a moment to call or email your Senators to tell them to hold firm on KEEPING the Tester-Hagan amendment part of the bill.  You can call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or go to www.senate.gov to find their website (if the phone lines are busy, the best way to reach them is through the Contact page on their website)


They voted today.  Don't know yet if amendment stayed in or not. 

  

When will this stupidity end?  http://www.naturalnews.com/030492_TSA_underwear.html

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 11/28/2010 8:33pm by Art Ozias.
  • The pick up for the ground beef will be this Friday starting at 3 pm at the farm.   There are three people that have not responded.  I will send another email tonight to them, and if I don't hear by Wednesday, I will realocate their order to someone else.  If you are wanting more than you ordered, ask at pick up, and if I have extra you are welcomed to it.
  • The turkey we had was great.  It was 28.5 lb.  We had to remove the wings to get it into the roaster.
  • The "dirt hog" processing day is scheduled for Dec 15.  We have four reserved.  If anyone wants pork, you must let me know soon.  I probably can get another one.  I have had several people inquire, but until I get an email requesting a half or a whole I don't add your name to my list.  I like pork, but my freezers are full for the Winter.
  • The next beef will be processed in December instead of Jan. as originally planned.
  • Milk production is down temporarily.  Rosebud had a foot issue and is not being milked until she is well.  Suzie, her calf, is keeping her in production.  Abigale, the new cow, is not as close as we thought.  It will be next year, Jan or Feb.  We had her checked by our vet.
  • There is a brewing fight over raw milk in the coming year.  The milk board in Missouri apparently is going to try again to stop the sale of raw milk.  WE MAY NEED YOUR HELP WITH CONTACTS TO OUR REPRESENTATIVES IN JEFFERSON CITY.

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Thanks, Karen.  “Art, thanks so much for the 33 pound turkey. It was the best turkey I've ever tasted. The meat was clean, juicy, tender and sweet. So very fresh. My My! We had 14 friends and family over and all ate and enjoyed. I'm going to make a ton of pot pies and other dishes for the deep freeze.  Your turkeys are the best! Thank you for all you do.”
Karen

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This program was developed in conjunction with YES magazine.  I missed the first  one.  Probably will be a good series

 

Fixing The Future: Now On PBS

 

Air: Thursday, November 18, 10:00 pm on 19.1 HD

 

Future Airs: 11/23/10, 2:00 pm 19.2; 11/23/10, 8:00 pm 19.2; 11/24/10, 2:00 am 19.2; 11/25/10, 9:00 am 19.2

 

Broadcast In: English

 

Host David Brancaccio visits communities across America that are using innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity.

 

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 Thanks, Matt, this is a great article.  It’s not surprising.

 

http://www.motherearthnews.com/sustainable-farming/campylobacter-food-poisoning-zm0z10zrog.aspx

 

What's really in a soda (from Dr. Douglas)

This is something you've just got to see to believe.

 

It's a video that shows someone eating the amount of sugar in a typical soda... while people drinking actual sodas watch in horror. 

 (link deleted--too gross)

 

What's in your soda is the worst filth imaginable, including the 16 packets of sugar this poor man is eating.

 

I hope those packets were just props!

 

The new public service commercial comes from the New York City Health Department, the Nanny State agency charged with enforcing Mayor Mike Bloomberg's often-mistaken vision of good health. 

But I have to give credit where credit is due -- and they get extra credit for this one.

 

 

William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.

 More from Dr. Douglass

Youths chow down on junk-food diet

 

There's been much to-do over a recent report that kids get nearly half their calories from junk food.

 

Me? I was surprised to see a number so low!

 

Turns out I was right -- as usual -- because the problem is much worse than anything uncovered by the new study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

 

In it, researchers analyzed the "diets" of kids between 2 and 18 years old, and found that the average American child drinks 173 calories a day in sugar-sweetened beverages, gobbles down 138 calories a day in "grain desserts" like cookies and donuts, and devours 136 calories a day in pizza.

 

All told, empty calories made up 40 percent of the daily diet on average... ugly enough -- but woefully incomplete, because the researchers defined "empty" calories as sugars and solid fats.

 

Empty? Those solid fats are probably the healthiest things most kids will ever eat!

 

But let's leave that aside, because that's not even my biggest problem with this study.

 

No, the real issue is that, aside from sugar, the researchers gave a free pass to all the worst carbs: potatoes, white rice and bread, just to name a few.

 

After pure sugar, starches and refined grains are the emptiest -- and deadliest -- calories around.

 

Include them, and who knows what the real percentage of "empty calories" in a kid's diet would be -- but would you be surprised if it was close to 100 percent?

 

I sure as heck wouldn't. 

Many kids today go from processed meal to processed meal: Cereal, toast and orange juice for breakfast followed by an awful school lunch. (Pizza and chocolate milk, anyone?) Cap it all off with a fast food dinner, and you've got a kid on the fast track for fat pants.

 

If you're not going to give your kids real food, do yourself a favor -- only buy clothing with elastic waistbands. Get some for yourself, too.

 

You'll need 'em.

 

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Mercola on coconut oil. ( We can get it for you in gallons, much less expensive. )

Earlier this week I published an entire special report on the health benefits of coconut oil, which include:

  • Promoting heart health
  • Promoting weight loss, when needed
  • Supporting your immune system health
  • Supporting a healthy metabolism
  • Providing you with an immediate energy source
  • Keeping your skin healthy and youthful looking
  • Supporting the proper functioning of your thyroid gland

Part of what makes coconut oil such a healthful oil for cooking is that 50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid.  This is also one of the features that distinguishes coconut oil from other saturated fats.

Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties.

In addition, coconut oil is about 2/3 medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs.  These types of fatty acids also produce a host of health benefits.

Best of all, coconut oil is stable enough to resist heat-induced damage, which you cannot say for other oils. In fact, it's so stable you can even use if for frying (although I don't recommend frying your food for a number of health reasons).

I recommend using coconut oil in lieu of every other oil, whether your recipe calls for butter, olive oil, vegetable oil or margarine.

Here is the interview.  Everyone who uses olive oil should watch this.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/10/30/rudi-moerck-on-cooking-oils.aspx

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 11/21/2010 7:05pm by Art Ozias.
  • Turkey day went well.  Believe me, processing turkeys is a job.  I hope all will enjoy their turkey on Thursday.  We got one of the bigger ones.  It weighed 28.5#.  We had two that were a little over 30 #.   This Tuesday we will finish our poultry processing for the year. 
  • The ground beef is finally in sight.  Remer's will probably be finishing it this week.  I will confirm that on Monday.  With a holiday  it may slide to the next week.  I sent a separate email to those I had on my list.  If you think you are on the list and didn't get the separate email, let me know ASAP. 
  • I quite by accident found another potential source for "Dirt Hogs".   I was at the local feed store and a fellow ahead of me ordered two sacks of 14% hog feed.  I asked him how many hogs he raises and what kind.  He does just a few and has been raising Durocs for 70 years.  He started when he was 7 raising the "runts" on cow milk.   I have emailed separately those on my list for a hog.  If you did not get that email, then email me ASAP so I will know how many to buy.

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Evidence linking Avandia to an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke has been building since 2007, and Glaxo-Smith-Kline (GSK) has agreed to pay $460 million in damages to settle about 10,000 lawsuits in America linking its use to patients suffering serious medical setbacks. But the US FDA has chosen only to monitor the drug, rather than ask for a recall.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/10/11/fda-curbs-avandia-diabetes-drug-use.aspx


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Anyone still eating soy? http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/10/13/soy-controversy-and-health-effects.aspx


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After reading the following, you will want to try our liver recipe on our web site to get your B-12.  Make sure the liver is grass finished.  The recent, Wise Traditions, has a great article on sacred foods.  If you aren’t getting that publication you are missing a lot of extremely valuable information on health. 

Here from Dr. Douglass.

Why meatless diets can be deadly

Anyone who still believes a diet of sprouts and beans is healthy should hop on the next flight to India, where they can get a firsthand look at the ravages of the vegetarian lifestyle.

Trust me -- you'll be back in the steakhouse in no time.

India just so happens to be one of the most vegetarian-friendly nations on the planet, thanks in part to their worship of cows. And a new study finds that the nation's plant-eaters -- up to 42 percent of the population -- are paying a hefty price for shunning the heifers.

When researchers studied 300 vegetarian patients at Hiranandani Hospital for a year, they were stunned to find that 70 percent of them were either suffering from heart disease or were at high risk of heart attack.

The reason was pretty simple: Nearly all of the patients were badly deficient in vitamin B12, an essential nutrient found in meat. That deficiency caused a surge in levels of homocysteine -- a much better marker of heart risk than cholesterol.

The high homocysteine levels led to atherosclerosis -- hard, narrow arteries that make the heart work overtime and put the patient at risk for heart attack and stroke.

Dr. Shashank Shah presented the study at the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders in Los Angeles. He said that most vegetarians are so badly deficient in B12 that they need injections to correct their levels.

"Those who are at risk shouldn't delude themselves by simply popping a pill," he said.

Even Indians who do eat meat are at risk, says Dr. Shah, because they typically don't eat enough B12-rich foods such as beef, liver and fish.

Of course, I've only been saying this since the Beatles were hanging around with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi -- so none of this is surprising to me. After all, the answer has been there for anyone willing to look. Despite its cow-happy, leaf-eating population, India's leading cause of death is the same as it is here -- heart disease.

The answer is pretty simple: Heart health begins with what you eat.

And if you eat the wrong things, whether it's a vegetarian Indian diet or a carb-happy Western one, it'll end there too.
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Is the CDC lying about the safety of vaccines? Newly-uncovered documents show the CDC ignored 3,500 miscarriages possibly linked to the H1N1 vaccine:

http://www.naturalnews.com/030190_vaccines_miscarriage.html

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Industrial Farming is Giving us Less Nutritious Food

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Sustainable-Farming/Nutrient-Decline-Industrial-Farming.aspx

 

that's it from the hill.   Art and Debra

Posted 11/17/2010 10:16pm by Art Ozias.
  • Need to have more orders for the stew hens.  I got an email today asking what is a "stew hen".  We use a lot of them.  Debra cooks them slowly in a soup pot, removes the major meat parts and we use that for chicken salad.  The rest of the carcass is cooked even more and that is picked clean and we use that broth for chicken soup. (The bones are full of good minerals.) Stew hens are hens that have laid eggs a year or two, so the meat would be tough if it were fried or roasted. With winter approaching and the associated colds, chicken soup is a great "cure all".  For $9 you will get several meals and your health will appreciate you.
  • Any one wanting a "dirt" hog needs to let me know.  It is getting cold and that's the best time for pork.  It makes curing much easier.
  • The ground beef animals were processed yesterday.  I will be sending a separate email to all that ordered ground beef. 

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Cornucopia has just completed its latest investigation and report detailing the great divide in organic egg production between a dozen or so giant industrial-scale egg producers and the hundreds of family farmers who are following the spirit and intent of the organic regulations. The report is available for free download at:

 

> http://www.cornucopia.org/2010/09/organic-egg-report-and-scorecard/.  

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> The website also contains a photo gallery that juxtaposes true organic egg production with industrial-scale production. Take a look at the pictures, and if you are shocked by the conditions of organic factory farms, please share your thoughts with the USDA and NOSB.


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Female rats fed GM soy for 15 months showed significant changes in their uterus and reproductive cycle, compared to rats fed organic soy or those raised without soy.  http://www.gefreeamerica.org/blog/235 

 
that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 11/14/2010 7:05pm by Art Ozias.

We have the opportunity for some stew hens.  If there are enough requests we will do them.  There are 30-40 possible.  They will be $9 each.  Perhaps those that are picking up turkeys would want a couple of hens.  That would save a trip. These hens will average 5#.

Anyone wanting pork needs to get their request in so I know how many to find.  I have a couple of sources.  Those getting pork should consider curing their own bacons.  It is so easy and so good.

Turkey days are Nov 20 and Nov 23.  Hopefully, everyone will have some flexibility.  If you have a definite conflict with one of the dates, please email me soon.  I can then set a pick up schedule.  All have received a separate email as to quantities.

We have tubs of lard available.  They are from Gilbert's and have no additives.

Randy bought a yogurt maker and made his first batch.  He said it was so easy.  It is.  No one should be buying yogurt in a store.  What you make is far better and is less expensive.   I only wish everyone had access to raw milk.  By making yogurt you will be adding value to store milk.  If you've been following the Updates you will by now know of the problems associated with pasteurized, homogenized milk.

The people on the list for ground beef will be getting an email soon as I am taking the beeves to the processor tomorrow.  It will probably be ready at the end of next week.
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Are any of you eating fast food?  If so, after reading this you will make sure your car will never grace the drive through.  Happy reading about the Happy Meal.  http://www.naturalnews.com/030074_Happy_Meal_decompose.html

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From Dr. Douglass

 

New numbers reveal more Gardasil deaths

  

Newly uncovered documents reveal that the world's most tragic and dangerous public health experiment has claimed more young victims.

 

Gardasil, Merck's horrifically bad HPV vaccine being pushed on little girls around the world, has been linked to 16 more deaths -- including four suicides -- and thousands of other terrifying side effects. 

Even more outrageous, the feds have been busy trying to cover it up -- because instead of immediately warning the public and ending the program, they tried to hide all the damning evidence. 

The FDA only came clean when forced to by the law after Judicial Watch filed a demand for the data under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

And in addition to the dozens of deaths already linked to this vaccine, FDA documents obtained by Judicial Watch revealed 16 new deaths between May 2009 and last month.

 

That's one young life needlessly cut short every month.

 

The FDA papers also revealed 3,589 new cases of adverse events after Gardasil vaccinations, including 789 "serious" cases, 213 that led to permanent disability, and 25 diagnoses of the debilitating and paralyzing nervous system disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

 

And for what? For nothing!

 

Despite its poorly chosen nickname, all this "cervical cancer vaccine" really offers is very limited protection from some of the strains of HPV that can cause the disease -- and researchers say even that can wear off in just a few years.

 

It's a clear case of "all risk and no benefit," but that hasn't stopped Big Pharma from pushing to have Gardasil added to the list of required vaccinations for school.

 

Virginia has even made it a law. But if you happen to live in that state, don't be intimidated by these bully tactics: You can spare your own daughter by simply refusing to let them stick her with this poison.

 

Just stick to your guns. One parent named in the new report said she initially declined the vaccination for her daughter, but was talked into it by the doctor.

 

Five weeks later, her 13-year-old girl was dead.

 

One more note: I'm old enough to remember when Pravda, the old Soviet news agency, was the Kremlin's comically relentless propaganda wing. Today, the Pravda Web site has better reporting on Gardasil than you'll find in most Western newspapers, with one recent article pointing out all the vaccine's ugly flaws and accusing Merck of ignoring its own research.

 

I still don't truskie the Russkies on most issues, but it just goes to show how our own pro-Big Pharma media has become a propaganda machine of its own.

 

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Sure glad I have my own cow.  Sure wish I could supply enough  milk for all who call and request it.   I took Elsie home last Saturday and she is doing fine.  Marilyn is now milking two cows.  Abigale has not yet had her calf. 


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Another short article to keep Monsanto in our sights.  http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/a-month-without-monsanto

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Finally, we are making some progress on the milk labeling issue.   http://nonais.org/2010/10/09/oh-idfa-win-for-labeling 

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This is just ridiculous.  Required reading for all.  http://www.anh-usa.org/raw-cheese-destroyed/  

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Looks like a great new film is about to be released.  http://vimeo.com/16513455


that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 11/7/2010 9:39pm by Art Ozias.
  • The final chicken day for 2010 went very well.  The Rankins returning from KC just picked up theirs. 
  • Turkeys are next.  Bob lost a couple to the coyotes.  To be fair, so each have their Thanksgiving, if you requested multiple turkeys you may get one or two fewer.
  • I listened to Jerry Burnetti's lecture from two years ago at the ACRES conference.  I have mentioned this in the past and have suggested you get your own copy and listen to it several times and take notes.  It is that important.  It will be, trust me the best $16 you will ever spend.  I have my own copy.  I loaned one out a year ago and never got it back, so I don't do that anymore.  If you get your copy and don't think it is worth the $16, send it to me and I will reimburse you the 16.  Here is the link.  http://www.acresusa.com/tapes/closeup.asp?prodid=1633&catid=48&pcid=3.  You will learn how to avoid cancer.
  • Still taking orders for "Dirt" hogs.
  • Rosebud is back in the milk barn.  She has raised her heifer calf and the calf needs some training.  She is getting a halter each day during the milking and will slowly be weaned.   Hope she has another heifer next year.  I will keep her milking until Abegail has her calf.
  • I saw a place with a sign advertising fat lambs while I was delivering beef last week.  The place is .6 mile west of Pflumm on Shawnee Mission Parkway on the South side of the road.  I have had several people ask me for a source of lamb.  You may want to check it out.
  • The beef delivery last Friday went well.  Thanks to all.

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FRESH  (Remember Fresh, the movie?)  activists win again! We have yet another victory for the good movement; this time, it's over drugged milk.

 

With your help, we sent nearly 3,000 letters to Gov. Strickland demanding that he cancel the absurd law which banned the use of the "rbGH free" label.  Just last week, a federal judge struck down the law, ruling that milk from cows treated with rBGH is compositionally different from untreated milk, and consumers have the right to know if they're buying milk with synthetic hormones in it.

 

This is a major victory, and will hopefully set a serious precedent for labeling, especially in light of the battle against genetically modified salmon. 

 

The hormone rbGH has been condemned by the American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association and numerous others due to its potential for increasing cancer risk and has already been banned from use in cows in countries around the world such as Canada, Australia, Japan and the 27 countries of the European Union.

 

Why are we so far behind the curve? Of course, it's all about money. The hormone rbGH, now sold by Eli Lilly, was developed by Monsanto to increase cows' milk production (higher yield = higher profit margin).

 

Monsanto's former attorney, Michael Taylor, was put in charge of FDA policy when rbGH was approved and proposed that a disclaimer be put on all rbGH free milk, claiming that 'According to the FDA, there is no significant difference between the milk from cows injected with rbST compared to those not injected.'

 

Ohio, along with four other state governments, made Taylor's suggestion a requirement. Because of Ohio's high dairy production, the rule would have impacted national dairy standards had it been upheld. Ohio was the last state to maintain the law after an unsuccessful campaign backed by Monsanto a few years ago. Your opposition to this rule helped bring attention to this important issue - keep up the great work!

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Know anyone with Alzheimer’s?  Maybe you want to take steps now to possibly preclude this terrible disease.  http://www.anh-usa.org/coconut-oil-and-alzheimer%e2%80%99s-disease/  .  I take a teaspoon every now and then.   It is also good if you have a sore throat this Winter.  If you use it as a hand, face, body lotion your skin will absorb it.  You will have a slight coconut scent for awhile.  We have a source and can buy it by the gallon.   If you are interested let us know.  We place an order every 3 or 4 months.

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Read this link and you will thankful that you are eating Grass Finished Beef.  Be careful at petting zoos and fairs. Oh yes, sprouts have a bad history.  E-Coli is a persistent problem.   http://www.ecoliblog.com/ .  To see how dangerous this  is read this about this young boy.
http://www.ecoliblog.com/e-coli-watch/e-coli-victim-derek-scott-bubba-kirby-denman-struggles-to-recover-from-hus/
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Learn which eggs you should buy.  Our pullets are finally starting tolay. http://www.cornucopia.org/2010/10/video-scrambled-eggs
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that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra 

 

Posted 11/1/2010 9:16am by Art Ozias.

Milk is flowing temporarily.  I have Marilyn's new cow and am in the process of getting her tame enough for her to take home and milk.  It has been a new chapter in my farming experience.  I think Elsie has never been around women and in a typical dairy they get milked and out the door.  There is very little human interaction.  She is getting there, but it will take another week at least.
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We have a new Guernsey.  I brought her home today.  Her name is Abilgail and she is getting the same brushing and attention as Elsie.  She is due to calve in Nov.  I will keep her in the small lot another day, and then she gets to eat all the grass she wants.  What a life! 
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The final chicken day is the next Sunday.  I think I have one extra.  I will roast it and celebrate another year of chickens.  It's fun, but it also takes a lot of time to coordinate the marketing aspect.
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Kombucha.  We have had very limited requests for the SCOBYs.  The chickens get the extra ones.  It amazes me that people pay $3.68 for a small bottle at Nature's Pantry.  Bring a gallon jar and get your start.  They are FREE.

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Wheat is planted and also alfalfa.  We need an inch of rain.

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Thanks to all that got their beef this past Friday.  It went just like clock work.
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Those of you that got beef and are repeat customers will notice that the hanging weight is less than in previous years.  We have been in the process of "downsizing" our genetics.  We started using the New Zealand Red Devon genetics to get a smaller frame size, and to improve the grass genetics of our herd.  This was necessary due to the BSE (mad cow) 30 month rule.  The rule states that if an animal is over 30 months of age, the spinal area must be removed.  That means no T-bone steaks.  The smaller animals finish faster due to the smaller size, and the Devon is more efficient in converting grass to protein.

If you order filets,  you may find a package with smaller strips, pieces.  That is because towards the end of the loin it gets smaller.  They save that for you, otherwise it would go into hamburger.  If you get T-bones, I am sure you have noticed that some steaks have smaller loin parts.  That steak came from the end of the loin.

We never get any of our cuts de-boned.  That bone adds so much flavor.
 
Speaking of bones.  The latest issue of Wise Traditions (www.westonaprice.org) has an excellent article on sacred foods.  Bone Marrow is one of those foods (liver is another).   Remer's will cut the shank bones in three inch segments.  Most of you are not getting your bones.   As you are aware, the amount of packaged meat you get is less than the hanging weight due to shirinkage during the dry aging and the bones.  You can "get more of your moneys worth" by getting the bones.  After you have cooked the bones,  give them to your dog.  If you don't have a dog, bury them in your garden and feed the microbes.   You will increase the mineral content in your soil and your lettuce will be more nutrient dense.  Have you heard of bone meal?

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Here is some good info from Dr Douglass

Why bad breath is bad for your heart
A dirty mouth is a deadly one. And I'm not talking about killer breath -- I'm talking about killer heart attacks.
I've told you for years that oral health affects heart health. Now, one scientist has figured out the "why" behind this cause-and-effect relationship.
It turns out that the same nasty bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease can get into your bloodstream and cause blood clots that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
The culprit is the common Streptococcus bacteria -- the same family responsible for everything from strep throat to the flesh-eating disease -- and the researchers say bleeding gums are like an open door for them.
Think an antibiotic might help? Think again -- because the study presented at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn conference also found that the bacteria actually use those clots as a shield, making them immune to meds.
So naturally, the researchers say they want to use their study as an excuse to develop new meds.
C'mon already -- enough's enough!
Why mess around with drugs when clean teeth and gums will do the trick every time? They can't get in if you don't let them -- and that's entirely up to you.
Just remember to take care of your teeth the right way: Without that toxic waste known as fluoride.
And unless you like spitting money into the sink with each cleaning, you don't need toothpaste -- or, for that matter, a toothbrush. Just mix some 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with baking soda to form a paste, and gently work it into your teeth and gums with your fingertips.
Rinse with the peroxide (just don't swallow). Don't forget to floss, and make regular use of a water irrigator like the Waterpik.

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They are at it again.
 http://www.naturalnews.com/030148_Morningland_Dairy_food_tyranny.html  

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Of course, the best dental habits in the world won't save your teeth -- or your life -- if your diet is filled with sugary junk food.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra    

Posted 10/24/2010 9:08pm by Art Ozias.
  • The new milk cow did not work out.  I am still looking. 
  • Any new beef orders will be for next year.  I am sold out with existing orders.  You can order beef, but I can't guarantee delivery until next May.  We may have some earlier, but that will depend on what kind of winter we have.   The price for beef delivered after Jan 1, 2011 will be $3.25/#.
  • We did a few chickens today and those two people have been notified.  The final chicken day will be November 7.  Hopefully, all orders on the list will be filled. 
  • Turkeys will be done on Nov 20 and Nov 23.  Those on that list will be notified when we get closer to those dates.
  • The recent beef processed a week ago will be delivered this Friday.  As soon as I get the weights and processing costs, I will email the final invoices.
  • The ground beef will be processed on November 16.  It will be cut and wrapped the next week.  Maybe I can have that available at the same time as the turkeys for those who have both.
  • We had some great pancakes for breakfast.  It was a mixture of oat flour, Kamut wheat flour and our white whole wheat flour.  Since we grind our own, all the goodnesss was "on the plate", especially the germ.  Remember, (last Breezy Hill Update) store flour has the germ removed.
  • I received the following from a customer.  I'd have to say it would sure be nice to have a political process and system that served ALL.  "I don't usually send spam emails but I am so disgusted with POLITICANS I am about ready to quit voting. When will they ever live like we do, on less than $30,000 a year? We do the right thing, we work, we save, we pay for our own health care and we pay our taxes all to earn a lousy .75% interest if we are lucky enough to have a savings. My 401 k isn't much better than a passbook savings account either. Campaign finance reform is demanded.Come on people email this to your congresspeople too."
  • Here it is.  

 FIX CONGRESS!!!!!
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            Congressional Reform Act of 2010

1. Term Limits.

   12 years only, one of the possible options below..

   A. Two Six-year Senate terms
   B. Six Two-year House terms
   C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2.  No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office. 

3.  Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately.  All future funds flow into the Social
Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.  Congressional pay will rise by the smaller of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective
1/1/11. 

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen.
Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.


Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers
envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and
back to work.

If you agree with the above, pass it on.   If not, just delete it.

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Hi,

 

I saw in a recent Breezy Hill update that you will have some fall beef available.  I would like to sign up for a quarter.

 

 

This will be our 3rd purchase (there are only 2 of us, so it takes about a year to go through the beef).  I don't buy any other beef anymore.  Yours is so good - it's the best tasting beef I've ever had.  The fact that it's also better for us, better for the planet, and better for the cow?  Well, that just makes it an even easier decision.

 

Thanks!

Michelle

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I recently provided a link to ACRES, USA and it was for an interview with Chalmers Johnson.  I may have made it too difficult, so here is the direct link  http://www.acresusa.com/toolbox/reprints/Oct2006_JohnsonInterview.pdf      I had this originally in Breezy Hill Update 91910.  Here was the paragraph:

I periodically check the ACRES, USA web site.  I have subscribed for many years and I read it cover to cover.  So, I know I read this interview in 2006.   I just randomly selected this interview and  while I am sure I had some thoughts in ’06,  after watching what has happened in the last 4 years, I  think it is worth  your time to read this and reflect on what it is this nation has become.  I am not going to give you the direct link.  You can find it by first going to www.acresusa.com   .  On the home page go to TOOLBOX, then ARTICLE REPRINT LIBRARY,  then ECO – ISSUES, then The Consequences of Empire:  How “Blowback” and Militarism are Destroying Our Economy

by Chalmers Johnson.
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that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra