Mother Nature Is Angry, Very, Very, Angry
The E. coli outbreak in Germany killed 39 and sickened more than 3,300 people. I couldn’t help but think that the factory food makers were secretly smirking. People are going to stop eating that real stuff and buy more of their factory goodies. Yay for their shareholders!
But should we stop eating fruits and vegetables? Should we stop drinking green juice? Should we stop eating animal foods? Most certainly not. We need to look at the real problem, the fact that Mother Nature is angry, very, very angry.
For sixty years cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, geese, and yes, even fish have been forced to live in concentration camps in despicable conditions. Cows—which are herbivores—have been forced to eat other cows, newspaper soaked in chicken droppings, and restaurant garbage. Calves are fed milk replacers made from cow blood. These docile, sweet creatures are kept alive with hundreds of drugs and antibiotics long enough to fatten up for slaughter. Then they are killed in gruesome ways.
The first indication that Mother Nature had reached her boiling point was when the first cases of the brain wasting bovine spongiform encephalopathy or “mad cow disease” occurred within British dairy cows in the mid 1980s. Within a decade, the human variant, known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, occurred in human beings. Today we have no idea how many human brains are incubating mad cow prions that will someday melt these brains down in agonizing deaths.
The development of mad cow disease should have been a major wake up call, but it wasn’t. Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations weren’t closed down. Cows weren’t let out to pasture to graze.
Food manufacturers would have us eat nothing but fake food to be “safe”. The problem with creating awareness about the toxic nature of factory food is the problems it causes are not acute. Factory food products made labs and factories, using chemical solvents, colored dyes, preservatives, synthetic vitamins, and thousands of dangerous chemicals and drugs, aren’t recognized by the body as food. You may be chewing, tasting, and swallowing, but once onboard these substances lack nutrition, are mostly toxic, and leave you malnourished. But you don’t eat a bowl of cereal with milk from factory cows and immediately become obese, with type 2 diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart disease, or autoimmune conditions. It takes awhile.
The E. coli we are seeing today is not the same organism that lives benignly in all mammals guts. I asked raw milk farmer Mark McAfee founder of Organic Pastures about the E. coli outbreaks and he said, “Ecoli 0157H7 is an antibiotic resistant super bug created by abuse of antibiotics and CAFO concentration camps for cows. Now humans are paying the price of cheap FDA approved highly processed foods and the immune depression that they have created.” These new E. coli super bugs infect real food, which sickens and kills immediately so it’s way easier to point the finger.
These E. coli super bugs get nasty when virulent strains contaminate food, especially to people who have weakened immune systems from cancer treatments, HIV, steroid use, or those who are taking anti-rejection organ transplant medications as well as the very young and very old (these two groups have weaker endocrine systems than teenagers through middle-aged). Deadly strains of E. coli affect the kidneys, blood, and in severe cases the nervous system. Infection causes copious diarrhea and vomiting, leading to serious dehydration and even death. There is nothing that can be done to eliminate the pathogen once on board. Medical intervention consists of hydration, including intravenous fluids, and making the patient more comfortable, if that’s even possible.
Lethal E. coli infections have resulted from eating undercooked beef that has been exposed to infected fecal matter during slaughtering, raw milk that has not been properly handled, and produce that was tainted with infected water, or handled by workers with poor hygiene.
Given the toxic nature of factory food I would rather take my chances with real food. Human beings are made out of the biochemicals in real, whole, living food including animal foods like meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy, like whole, raw milk. So we need to eat these foods along with vegetables, as veggies contain nutrients that work synergistically with the proteins and fats contained in animal foods.
How can we protect ourselves from E. coli?
- Eat real food that was raised or grown in a clean environment. Normal, “healthy” waste from chicken, pigs, and cows makes nutritious fertilizer to grow crops. But Concentrated Animal Feeding operations don’t produce “healthy” waste. They produce highly pathogenic waste that is pumped into festering lagoons to breed even more bacteria. One of the results of these lagoons is the pollution of water tables that infect produce crops with E. coli.
- Obviously you don’t want to eat fast food, which is made with factory animal foods and can be contaminated with E. coli. The beleaguered workers associated with factory food don’t always have the best personal hygiene for reasons they can’t really avoid, like heinous work hours, poverty, dirty facilities, and lack of education.
- Consume only humanely raised, organic meats. When in doubt, cook hamburger to 160 degrees to kill E. coli.
- If you choose to drink raw milk—and it’s the crown jewel of my daily diet—make sure you buy it from a dairy that is versed in the safe handling of raw milk. Buying raw milk from a backyard cow can be risky. That said, many small dairy farmers are educated in how to handle raw milk. (Small plug: Raw whole milk is nature’s most perfect food.)
- Wash your veggies. We who eat organically grown produce hope that our veggies are not contaminated with E. coli, but it’s best to be safe. I like the European water bath method of washing produce because it rinses off all grit. (Fill your sink with purified water and soak and swish produce around to loosen all dirt.) This method is not effective for ridding produce of E. coli. Adding an organic dish soap (much cheaper than vegetable washes), or vinegar and lemon (natural disinfectants), and individually scrubbing each fruit or veggie, including each lettuce or spinach leaf, then rinsing well, will likely give you E. coli freedom. Make sure to wash all produce, even the bagged “pre-washed” stuff.
- BTW, one cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water will rinse off pesticides, which is really good to know!
- Keep your cutting board clean with a vinegar rinse after cutting meat and poultry.
- Rinse your produce before cutting it up on a cutting board.
In the film “The Last of the Mohicans,” Hawkeye played by the then yummy Daniel Day Lewis is an orphaned Anglo-Saxon frontiersman adopted by the Mohican Chingachgook. I love the opening of the film with Chingachgook, his son, Uncas, and Hawkeye running silently through a heavily canopied forest, hunting an elk. When the elk is felled by the Hawkeye’s five- foot rifle, the three men kneel at the beast. In Mohican, Chingachgook speaks to the elk, “We’re sorry to kill you, Brother. Forgive us. I do honor to your courage and speed, your strength.”
There is virtually no reason—other than protecting the shareholder profits of mega animal agribusinesses—that we cannot restore this same reverence for the animals that give us sustenance. We must care, as a nation, and we must revise the treatment of animals, or we will continue to experience the furious retribution of Mother Nature: obesity, cancer, heart disease, autoimmune conditions, mad cow, and infectious diseases like E. coli.
I support eating animal foods. But I also believe that respectful of yourself and other living beings is such a nice way to achieve mind, body, spirit wellness. Eating real food including animal foods that were raised in a healthy environment is respectful.
Peace, Fun, Love.
Your girlfriend in health,