Got raw milk? Recall highlights struggles of niche industry | Health Care

It’s this feeling of being able to personally connect with local farmers — and even to meet the cows that produce the milk — that customers say they crave. They say it tastes better and gives them choice.

“I’m lactose intolerant. But I can drink raw milk without any sickness,” said shopper Traci Church. She attempted to give her 3-year old daughter Emma Grace pasteurized milk during K-Bar’s two-month recall. “No Mommy, this is not my milk,” her daughter protested.

“You want people to have a choice in the marketplace,” noted Suresh Pillai, director of the National Center for Electron Beam Research at Texas A&M University, which focuses on new methods to increase food safety.

“But we are about reducing the health risk. That’s really what science is trying to do.”

It’s these challenges that keep direct-to-consumer sales of raw milk at only a fraction of the $38.8 billion U.S. dairy industry. Getting hard numbers isn’t easy, partly because the industry is less regulated.

K-Bar milk sells for $6 a gallon. Lambert says she and her husband, Jeff, earn about $20,000 a month, but not just from milk. They survived the recall by selling other products, including meat and baby bulls.

Jack Curran, an analyst with California-based market research company IBISWorld, estimates farm-to-person raw milk sales are less than 5 percent of the overall dairy market.

“Small enough that it falls under an ‘other’ category for us.”

An illness outbreak can be devastating. “We talked about closing every couple of days,” admitted Lambert.

Knowing the risks

Raw dairy causes 839 times more illnesses and 45 times more hospitalizations than pasteurized products, estimated a study released this year in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The risk of an outbreak is about 150 times higher from raw milk than from pasteurized milk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The elderly, people with compromised immune systems and children younger than 5 are the most likely to get sick from consuming it, the federal health agency said.

In unpasteurized milk, microorganisms like salmonella, E.coli, brucellosis and listeria are not killed. That’s “the big sticking point” from a public health perspective, said Katherine Fogelberg, a doctor of veterinary medicine who teaches at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

“It’s not a black market. But it’s frowned upon,” she said.

The process to pasteurize milk dates back to 1860s France. Chemist Louis Pasteur discovered that bacteria could be destroyed by heating beverages for a sustained amount of time, then cooling them.

Should You Try The Fruitarian Diet?


  • In a fruitarian diet, people only consume fruits and nuts and seeds
  • Fruits contain many vitamins but they cannot provide all nutrients
  • It is one of the most restrictive diets & has a high risk of malnutrition

Steve Jobs, founder of Apple; Idi Amin, the Ugandan military dictator; Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, an Indian political and spiritual leader; and Ben Klassen, founder of the Creativity Movement, all have one thing in common. All of them followed a fruitarian diet at some point in their lives. While a lot of people are experimenting with the fruitarian diet (where a person eats nothing but fruits, nuts and seeds), health experts and nutritionists do not recommend it.

What is a fruitarian diet?

In a fruitarian diet, people only consume fruits and nuts and seeds and no animal products. More than 75 per cent of your diet consists of raw fruits. A variety of fruits are included in the diet to get maximum nutrients and you must have at least three servings of fruits daily. Fruits contain many important antioxidants along with Vitamin C, beta-carotene and other nutrients. The fruitarian diet may help you lose weight but it comes with a host of side effects and you may not be able to sustain the weight loss.

(Also read: When is the Best Time to Eat Fruits?)

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Fruits contain many important antioxidants.

Is it safe to follow a fruitarian diet?

We had a word with Dr. Sheela Krishnaswamy, a Bengaluru-based nutritionist, who told us, “In the field of diet and nutrition, we do not have anything called a fruitarian diet. I won’t recommend anyone to try a diet that is based just on fruits and ignores the other essential food groups. It is a fad created by some and followed by a few.”

She further explained that fruits are healthy and contain many essential vitamins and nutrients but cannot provide all the necessary nutrients that our body requires for survival. Dr. Sheela Krishnaswamy suggests that people shouldn’t follow something which doesn’t have a scientific background.

There is an array of fruits to choose from but they may still lack key nutrients like proteins and healthy fats that your body need to function at its optimum level. A well balanced diet constituting of all the essential nutrients required by our body on a day to day basis like carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals should be followed. One should not restrict oneself to only fruits because you can end up loading on way too much natural sugar that your body needs which can adversely affect your blood glucose levels. This can put an extra burden on your kidneys and pancreas and even increase the risk of diabetes.

(Also read: 7 Fruits That Can Help You Lose Weight)

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One should not restrict oneself to only fruits.

It is one of the most restrictive diets and there is a high risk of malnutrition. A fruitarian diet lacks nutrients like vitamin B12, calcium, vitamin D, iodine and omega-3 fatty acids which can lead to deficiencies and fatigue. All this may end up slowing your metabolism which will make it harder to lose weight and stay fit.

Going by the facts, actor Ashton Kutcher, while preparing for his role as Steve Jobs in his biopic, tried a fruit-based diet and ended up in the hospital due to extreme fatigue with medical reports showing abnormal pancreatic levels.

The point is that nature provides us with so many kinds of edible products, each having something that the others don’t. We may choose alternatives like instead of following non-vegetarianism, we follow a vegetarian lifestyle. But, in no way can we depend on a single category of food items like fruits, vegetables or meat. The key to a healthy and long life is to maintain a balance.


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The 3 Exchange diet…Exchange #3

At Stanly Wellness Center, in addition to neurological correction and cellular detoxification, we provide nutritional consulting and weight loss protocols and support. Upon consulting and reviewing a patients current dietary habits, I typically recommend 3 core changes that people NEED to make to improve their health, balance their hormones, and reverse chronic disease. In last weeks article I shared with you the SECOND EXCHANGE in our 3 EXCHANGE DIET program. In today’s article I am going to uncover the third MUST CHANGE dietary EXCHANGE.


Protein is a vital macro-nutrient to optimal health. Your body uses protein in your diet to build new cells, repair tissue, make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein can also help you to lose fat, build and retain muscle, regulate the activity of organs, speed up chemical reactions, and transport materials like oxygen throughout the body. At least 10,000 different proteins make you what you are. Unfortunately, numerous studies link commercial proteins and meats with cancer, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, and heart disease. In contrast, naturally raised meats like grass-fed and grass-finished meats provide nutrients, fatty acids, and all of the essential amino acids that are necessary for good health.

If you study the health patterns of our Paleolithic ancestors as well as many cultures today, you will note that they are surviving on naturally-raised meats without experiencing cancer or heart disease in the proportions that we do in North America. So what is most important when it comes to protein, is not merely how much protein we consume, but the type of protein that we eat.

Listed below is a list of unacceptable proteins and their acceptable counterparts.

  • Replace Grain-fed red meats with Grass-fed meats. Choose grass-fed, grass-finished, antibiotic-free, steroid-free, and hormone-free animal sources.
  • Replace Pork & Shellfish with Poultry and Fish. Both naturally-raised, free-range, hormone-free, antibiotic free poultry, and wild-caught, cold water, and low on the food chain fish like Pacific and Atlantic salmon and sardines and anchovies are acceptable protein sources.
  • Replace Processed Soy with Non-GMO Fermented Soy. The fermentation process in products like Miso, Tempeh, Tamari, Nato, and Amakaze helps to negate some of the harmful effects associated with soy consumption.
  • Replace Roasted Nuts and Seeds with Raw Nuts and Seeds. Additionally, if you soak the nuts and seeds overnight in filtered water you begin the sprouting process and you release their natural enzymes which makes them easier to digest and assimilate.
  • Replace Pasteurized and Homogenized Dairy with Raw Dairy Products. Full-fat, organic, non-homogenized, non-pasteurized and raw dairy products like full-fat raw milk, full-fat plain yogurt, raw cheeses, whey protein, and fermented Kefir are all acceptable.

Other sources of quality protein include Eggs from hens that are cage-free, free-range, organic, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, and fed no animal byproducts as well as modest amounts of Legumes including beans, peas, and lentils.

​At Stanly Wellness Center, we are eager and ready to help you and your families achieve the best health possible. If you are looking for help with your health or you know of someone who is suffering with poor health, call the office of Stanly Wellness Center at 980-355-7600 and schedule a FREE 15-minute consultation with Dr. Patrick Ess to see how he can help. We specialize in nutrition, detoxification and neurological correction. You can also refer to our website at for more information.

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Bacon and eggs for every meal: absurd diets of the rich and famous | Life and style

Their eating habits may not be quite as “insane” as former royal chef Darren McGrady branded them earlier this month, but the British royal family have their share of foibles around food. The Queen hates garlic and eats off diamond-encrusted plates, but also munches fruit out of yellow Tupperware. The Queen Mother was so reliably late to the table that they would lie to her about dinner time, telling her it was 8.15pm when everyone else was down for 8.30pm. Bejewelled crockery aside, however, the Windsors seem quite normal compared to these notably eccentric diners:

▶ Novelist Patricia Highsmith ate the same thing for virtually every meal: bacon and fried eggs. She began each writing session with a stiff drink – “not to perk her up”, according to her biographer, Andrew Wilson, “but to reduce her energy levels, which veered towards the manic”. Then she would sit on her bed surrounded by cigarettes, coffee, a doughnut and a saucer of sugar, the intention being “to avoid any sense of discipline and make the act of writing as pleasurable as possible”.

▶ Almost every morning for 15 years, the painter Lucian Freud had breakfast at Clarke’s restaurant in Notting Hill, London – often returning a few hours later for lunch. He would arrive at 7.30am with his assistant David Dawson and consume saucer-sized pains aux raisins or Portuguese custard tarts with extra-milky coffees (referred to by staff as “Mr Freud lattes”). After innumerable hours sitting in her restaurant, Freud invited owner Sally Clarke to his Victorian townhouse a few doors along on Kensington Church Street to sit for a portrait. He painted her three times, the final work interrupted – along with a decade and a half of loyal custom – by Freud’s death in 2011.

David Lynch claims his relationship with coffee began at the age of three. At one stage, the film-maker was drinking 20 cups a day; nowadays he averages 10, although the cup size has increased. A good coffee, he says, “should have no bitterness, and it should be smooth and rich in flavour. I like to drink espresso with milk, like a latte or a cappuccino, but the espresso should have a golden foam. It can be so beautiful.”

▶ “Coffee is a great power in my life,” wrote Honoré de Balzac in 1830, “I have observed its effects on an epic scale.” Indeed he had. When in the grip of one of his “orgies of work”, the French novelist and playwright would get up at 1am and write until 4pm, with a 90-minute nap in the middle. To fuel himself, he imbibed as many as 50 cups of coffee a day. He also dabbled with “a horrible, rather brutal method” which involved eating pure coffee grounds on an empty stomach. When he did this, he wrote, “Ideas quick-march into motion like battalions of a grand army to its legendary fighting ground, and the battle rages.” For Balzac, the battle raged until his death at 51: he wrote 91 long and short works of fiction in the space of just 16 years.

Marlon Brando had difficulties with his weight throughout his life, veering between crash diets and gorging sprees. Early in his career, he was known to eat peanut butter by the jarful, boxes of cinnamon buns and huge breakfasts consisting of cornflakes, sausages, eggs, bananas and cream, and pancakes drenched in maple syrup. He would devour up to six hotdogs at a time in late-night feasts at Pink’s in Hollywood (they named an all-beef hotdog after him in 2012). Defying attempts by work colleagues and loved ones to regulate his diet, he would break refrigerator locks at night, flee film sets with giant tubs of ice-cream and enlist friends to throw burger bags over the gates of his Mulholland Drive estate.

▶ Journalist and author Hunter S Thompson wasn’t known for his restraint when it came to intoxicants. With food, it seems, his appetites weren’t much less modest, particularly when it came to breakfast, which he described in his autobiography, The Great Shark Hunt, as “a personal ritual that can only be properly observed alone, and in a spirit of genuine excess. The food factor should always be massive: four bloody marys, two grapefruits, a pot of coffee, Rangoon crepes, a half-pound of either sausage, bacon or corned beef hash with diced chillies, a Spanish omelette or eggs benedict, a quart of milk, a chopped lemon for random seasoning, and something like a slice of key lime pie, two margaritas, and six lines of the best cocaine for dessert … All of which,” he concluded, “should be dealt with outside, in the warmth of a hot sun, and preferably stone naked.”

▶ “I was on one of my fruitarian diets [and] had just come back from the apple farm.” This is Steve Jobs explaining the origins of the Apple company name to biographer Walter Isaacson and revealing something of his eating habits in the process. Jobs was a vegan for most of his adult life, dabbled with the even more restrictive fruitarian diet* and would spend weeks at a time eating only one or two foods, such as apples or carrots. (He believed his diet neutralised body odour and meant that he didn’t need to wash regularly or wear deodorant, though his co-workers believed otherwise.) Sometimes Jobs stopped eating entirely, savouring the “euphoria and ecstasy” of fasting, though he was also acutely appreciative of a good avocado. “He believed that great harvests came from arid sources, pleasure from restraint,” noted his daughter Lisa.
* The diet varies, but usually entails eating raw fruit (at least 75% by weight) and a sprinkling of nuts and seeds.

▶ Walden author Henry David Thoreau professed little enthusiasm for food in general. “The wonder is how … you and I can live this slimy, beastly life, eating and drinking,” he wrote. He avoided meat and alcohol. Coffee and tea were dangerous temptations. Salt he regarded as “that grossest of groceries”. Cranberry-pickers were like butchers who “rake the tongues of bison out of the prairie grass”. Even water was an indulgence he would gladly have shunned were he able to live without it.

▶ Legend has it that Jackie Onassis would eat one baked potato a day stuffed with beluga caviar and soured cream. She watched the scales “with the rigour of a diamond merchant counting his carats”, according to her social secretary Tish Baldrige. If she went a couple of pounds over her usual weight, she would fast for a day, then confine herself to a diet of fruit until she was back to normal.

This is an extract from The Gannet’s Gastronomic Miscellany by Killian Fox, out now (Mitchell Beazley, £11.99). Buy a copy for £10.19 at

Portion sizes key for healthy diet, weight control | Features/Entertainment

If you’re looking for a simple way to watch your weight and eat healthy, follow this handy serving size chart to understand portions. It’s easier than you think.

Confused by all the different diets being touted as the healthiest way to eat?

One friend will only eat raw food, another has gone full paleo on you, and yet another has sworn off gluten. The good news is, there’s a science-based healthy eating plan that doesn’t require you to give up all the foods you love.

The American Heart Association recommends an overall healthy dietary pattern tailored to your personal and cultural food preferences. This pattern can include a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, fish, skinless poultry, nuts, and fat-free/low-fat dairy products, and should limit sugary drinks, sweets, fatty or processed meats, solid fats, and salty or highly processed foods. It’s all about making smart choices.

Here are the recommended number of daily or weekly servings of each food type, based on eating a total of 2,000 calories per day. Your calorie needs may be different, depending on your age, activity level and whether you are trying to lose, gain or maintain your weight. To find your recommended daily calories, use the NIH Body Weight Planner found at

Don’t worry, you don’t have to measure everything you eat. We’ve provided a few examples of what represents one serving of common foods. Be sure to check the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods to understand the serving size and number of servings per package. And be aware of “portion distortion.” The recommended serving size is often less than the amount you’re used to eating or the portion you are served, especially at restaurants.

n Vegetables: Fresh, frozen, canned and dried, five servings per day. Examples include 1 cup raw leafy greens, 1/2 cup cut-up vegetables, 1/2 cup cooked beans or peas and 1/4 cup 100 percent vegetable juice.

n Fruits: Fresh, frozen, canned and dried, four servings per day. Examples include 1 medium whole fruit, 1/2 cup cut-up fruit, 1/4 cup 100 percent fruit juice and 1/4 cup dried fruit.

n Grains: At least half should be whole grain/high in dietary fiber, six servings per day. Examples include 1 slice bread, 1 small tortilla, 1 cup ready-to-eat cereal flakes, 1/2 cup cooked rice, pasta, or cereal, and 1/2 cup popped popcorn.

n Dairy: Low-fat and fat-free, three servings per day. Examples include 1 cup milk, 1 cup yogurt and 1.5 oz cheese.

n Poultry, meat and eggs: Lean and extra-lean; skin and visible fat removed, eight to nine servings per week. Examples include 3 oz. cooked meat or poultry, and 1 egg or 2 egg whites.

n Fish and other seafood: Preferably oily fish that provide omega-3 fatty acids, two to three servings per week. One example is 3 oz. cooked fish or seafood.

n Nuts, seeds, beans and legumes: Five servings per week. Examples include 1 Tbsp peanut butter, 2 Tbsp or 1/2 oz nuts or seeds, and 1/4 cup cooked beans or peas.

n Fats and oils: Preferably unsaturated, three servings per day. Examples include 1 Tbsp vegetable oil (canola, corn, olive, soybean, safflower), 1 Tbsp soft margarine, 1 Tbsp low-fat mayonnaise and 1 Tbsp light salad dressing.

Defense wants veterinarian to examine dogs at center of cruelty case

Union Leader Correspondent

October 13. 2017 10:01PM

One of the Wolfeboro Great Danes enjoys some attention at an emergency shelter in this file photo provided by the Humane Society. (LINDSAY HAMRICK/HSUS file photo)

LACONIA — Lawyers representing a Wolfeboro woman charged with animal cruelty are seeking a judge’s permission to have a veterinarian, who testified on their client’s behalf, examine all 75 Great Dane dogs that were seized from Christina Fay’s home in June.

Dr. Samantha Moffitt, who is licensed and has a practice in Virginia, but is not board certified, testified that the dogs that are being cared for by the Humane Society of the United States are stressed in a group kennel environment and have likely been switched from a raw meat diet to commercial kibble, which could contribute to digestive upset.

She told a judge it was her opinion that the dogs would fare better in private homes.

Under questioning by co-prosecutor Simon Brown, Moffitt was of the opinion that a single person could care for 75 dogs if they kept a strict schedule.

Fay testified that she had hired kennel help, but that she cared for the dogs by herself on weekends, despite coping with a recurrent knee injury.

Under the terms of a prior agreement brokered between the defense and the state, Moffitt was allowed to visit and observe the dogs, which are being held at an undisclosed location, but she was not allowed to physically examine them.

She testified that one dog appeared so depressed and fearful as to remain frozen on a dog bed during the duration of her visit, despite having soiled it. The defense asserts Dr. Moffitt needs to physically examine the dogs, as her testimony regarding their health is an important aspect of their case.

Fay’s trial is to start Monday in the 4th Circuit, District Division Ossipee Court, but in response to the defense request filed Oct. 11, Judge Charles Greenhalgh said he would hear oral arguments on the motion before testimony is set to get underway at 1 p.m. The trial is scheduled to continue on Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. and on Oct. 20 at 8:30 a.m.

The judge summarily rejected the defense’s motions that he reconsider his earlier orders denying Fay’s request to have 31 of the dogs be distributed to her friends and the remainder be returned to her, or to have the court deem the criminal charges insufficient.

In denying the first reconsideration request, Judge Charles Greenhalgh wrote that the defense had failed to identify any issue or fact or law that the court had overlooked or misapprehended when he initially ruled that the dogs would stay put, pending the defendant’s trial.

The defense additionally renewed its arguments for the remaining 12 criminal complaints pending against Fay to be thrown out asserting she was unable to defend herself against charges that allege cruelty for medical conditions such as cherry eye.

“It is impossible for the defendant to prepare for trial alleging that a congenital condition is her responsibility,” wrote co-defense Attorney Kent Barker.

Judge Greenhalgh again declined to revisit his earlier decision, writing that the defense had not presented any new facts or cited any law that he had not previously considered when he held that the complaints were sufficient to advance to trial.


Isle of Wight E. coli outbreak linked to raw milk from farm

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E. coli 0157 is found in the gut and faeces of many animals, particularly cattle

Three people have a potentially fatal kidney condition following an outbreak of E. coli which has been linked to unpasteurised milk from a farm.

The Isle of Wight patients are being treated in hospital for haemolytic uremic syndrome, a complication of E. coli that can lead to kidney failure.

Another four people affected by the bacteria have made a good recovery, Public Health England said.

The source has been traced to Briddlesford Lodge Farm near Newport.

Dr Ishani Kar-Purkayastha from Public Health England said the raw milk had been removed from sale.

“We are asking anyone who has raw milk purchased from Briddlesford Farm on, or before Monday, 25 September 2017, to either return it to the farm or dispose of it,” he said.

In a statement, the farm said: “We are especially concerned about the well-being of those affected by this bug, and we wish them and their families every good fortune at this terrible time.”

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Briddlesford Lodge Farm has removed raw milk from sale

The outbreak has been identified as the E. coli 0157 strain, which caused the death of a three-year-old child in Scotland in 2016.

Professor Guy Poppy, chief scientific adviser at the Food Standards Agency (FSA), said: “Unpasteurised or ‘raw’ milk may contain harmful bacteria that cause food poisoning because it has not been heat-treated.

“Long-standing FSA advice has been that older people, infants, children, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems, who are more vulnerable to food poisoning, should not consume raw drinking milk.”

E. coli O157 is found in the gut and faeces of many animals, particularly cattle, and can contaminate food and water.

Outbreaks of O157 are rare compared with other food-borne diseases.

How to Prevent Food Poisoning When Traveling Abroad in Other Countries

Choose your street food very carefully

This one hurts, a lot. But not all street food is created equal. Some have raw toppings, like the cilantro and onion that were sprinkled on a 50-cent taco I ate in a tiny town in rural Oaxaca. Delicious, but it cost me around $500 in medical bills and antibiotics when I got home. Watch, too, to see that the food is freshly cooked — ideally quite hot — and hasn’t been sitting out in a cart or in a buffet tray. If it’s hot and well-cooked, then just use your best judgement around the sanitation of the cart. Life’s all about risks and rewards, so if you’ve done your due diligence, might as well enjoy.

Make yourself waterproof in the shower

This one is easy to mess up, because you probably don’t realize how much water you drink in the shower. In places with iffy tap water, avoid getting any in your mouth or eyes while bathing. It’ll feel weird to clamp your mouth and eyes tightly, but as a friend who frequents Guatemala told me, “It’s worth showering in total darkness to avoid total darkness in the toilet later on.”