Friday, November 13, 2009

Free Range Pastured Animals, please!

Beef Feedlot showing cattle feeding

 "Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs) are agricultural operations where animals are kept and raised in confined situations. AFOs congregate animals, feed, manure and urine, dead animals, and production operations on a small land area. Feed is brought to the animals rather than the animals grazing or otherwise seeking feed in pastures, fields, or on rangeland."


“When respiratory viruses get into these 
confinement facilities, 
they have continual opportunity to 
and recombine into novel strains ... 
The best surrogates we can find 
in the human population are 
military bases, 
ships, or schools. 
But respiratory viruses can run quickly 
through these [human] populations 
and then burn out, whereas in CAFOs 
- which often have continual introductions of 
[unexposed] animals- there’s a much greater potential 
for the viruses to spread 
and become endemic.”
- Gregory Gray, director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases
at the University of Iowa College of Public Health,
Environmental Health Perspectives,
September 2009, by Charles W. Schmidt.

"Maybe there’s no rational reason to suspect 
that the practice of confining thousands of animals 
into buildings over their own waste gives novel viruses 
a wonderful habitat in which to flow from host to host,
mutate, and jump species to humans. 
Maybe the industry’s much ballyhooed safety efforts, 
in which hog confinements are treated like biosecurity time bombs, 
are successfully keeping pigs and the workers who watch over them 
from swapping virus strains. 
But that’s simply not the case.."
- Tom Philpott of the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund

I am not getting the swine flu vaccine.
Vaccines are full of heavy metals and other toxins.
My body is in no condition to deal with more poisons.
I'd rather create a  healthy immune system
and fight the flu that way.
(for a great article on the swine flu vaccine click here)

What's that old saying?
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

How about we stop imprisoning animals for mass meat consumption and start
buying only meat from free range, pastured, farm raised animals.
How about we look at the imbalance in our lives as a source of outbreaks like
the swine flu.

Maybe take some elderberry syrup instead! (click here)
But even that won't work if that's the only thing we're doing to prevent or fight the flu.
We need to be more vigilant about food, rest, exercise, water and oxygen!

Here's a great article by noted nurtitionist Antonio Valladares telling you
HOW to develop a strong immune system (click here).

I'm going to honor my body right now by taking a good, long, deep nap!

Happy to be part of Fight Back Fridays! (click here)

*Lisa's Video Pick of the Day*
In 1999 Jerry Brunetti was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and given 6 months to live. He did not submit to chemotherapy, but rather, developed his own unique dietary approach to enhance his immune system. In this informative video, Jerry shares his personal experiences and provides his recipe for healthy living.
click here or click below

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. said...

Two Thumbs up!! Ppl often are left with diseases from treating animals this way… viruses, dementia, and sometimes even cancer. And it amazes me how ppl run to get a vaccine, or a pill, but never think of fixing the root of the prob. Vaccines are administered in minutes, but ppl forget it didnt take a minute for this illness to arise. Prevention!!!

Once Upon A Dieter said...

Absolutely. I hate that I have a hard time finding quality meat sometimes. Even when I belonged to a (mostly)organic food delivery/coop, not all the poultry/beef/pork was pastured, free range, or organic. Eggs, too.

If the gov't is really concerned about the quality of meat, it needs to make it mandatory that farm animals be raised in humane, healthful ways that in turn result in healthful protein sources for those who aren't vegans/vegetarians.