Thursday, August 27, 2009

What fuels your body?

I forgot my camera today- so no new pictures sorry. This week has been crazy busy. As I left you last week we had gotten 4.5 inches of rain, by the time the day was done we were up to 6 inches. We were supposed to go to Colorado for a friends wedding, but at the last minute had to change plans. I would have loved to be there but in the end it worked out to be the best. The well pit flooded because a fuse blew in the barn and the sump pump could not do it's job. The pump broke and thankfully Chuck was able to fix it after it dried out. We were without water for a couple days but now things are humming again. I have been canning like crazy, 3 bushels of peaches, 40 pounds of tomatoes, and some jams and jellies. I have also picked all my garlic and it is cured cleaned and ready for sale.
Yesterday Chuck told me my posts are boring. Not that I see him posting anything so I am going to try and make them not so boring.

My latest read was more information about A1 milk and A2 milk. If you have not heard of this you need to become informed. Basically A2 milk is the good milk and the milk you probably buy is A1. To help you understand what A1 and A2 is read this article. Below is an excerpt from the article, hopefully it is not confusing- I figured it would be easier than me trying to explain what it is.

"Milk consists of three parts: 1) fat or cream, 2) whey, and 3) milk solids. For this story we are only concerned about the milk solid part, as the fat and whey don’t have this “devil”. The milk solid part is composed of many different proteins which have their own names, lactose, and other sugars. It is the protein part of the solid we’re interested in. One of these proteins is called casein, of which there are many different types, but the one casein we are interested is the predominant protein called beta- casein. As you may or may not know, all proteins are long chains of amino acids that have many “branches” coming off different parts of the main chain. Beta casein is a 229 chain of amino acids with a proline at number 67 – at least the proline is there in “old- fashioned” cows. These cows with proline at number 67 are called A2 cows and are the older breeds of cows (e.g. Jerseys, Asian and African cows). Some five thousand years ago, a mutation occurred in this proline amino acid, converting it to histidine. Cows that have this mutated beta casein are called A1 cows, and include breeds like Holstein.

The side chain that comes off this amino acid is called BCM 7. BCM 7 is a small protein (called a peptide) that is a very powerful opiate and has some undesirable effects on animals and humans. What’s important here is that proline has a strong bond to BCM 7 which helps keep it from getting into the milk, so that essentially no BCM 7 is found in the urine, blood or GI tract of old-fashioned A2 cows. On the other hand, histidine, the mutated protein, only weakly holds on to BCM 7, so it is liberated in the GI tract of animals and humans who drink A1 cow milk, and it is found in significant quantity in the blood and urine of these animals.

This opiate BCM 7 has been shown in the research outlined in the book to cause neurological impairment in animals and people exposed to it, especially autistic and schizophrenic changes. BCM 7 interferes with the immune response, and injecting BCM 7 in animal models has been shown to provoke Type 1 diabetes. Dr. Woodford presents research showing a direct correlation between a population’s exposure to A1 cow’s milk and incidence of auto-immune disease, heart disease (BCM 7 has a pro-inflammatory effect on the blood vessels), type 1 diabetes, autism, and schizophrenia. What really caught my eye is that BCM 7 selectively binds to the epithelial cells in the mucus membranes (i.e. the nose) and stimulates mucus secretion."

All milk that you get in the store is or has some A1 in it. Again we the consumers have the power to change what is consumed. We have become a society of fast and cheap. Want to talk about health care how about care about what is put into our bodies- prevention.

Last week I was talking to a woman who shops at Walmart. She said that she is reading about how bad this is and would like to shop elsewhere but it is too expensive. Should we not pay more for the stuff that fuels our bodies. My suggestion to her was to keep track of her spending for the next three months and make a pie chart to see where the money was going. As Americans we spend less than 10% of our income on food. If you make $30,000 a year you would be spening less than $3,000 a year on food, that is $250 a month, $60 a week and less than $10 a day. How much do you spend on gas a week, on TV a month, how much is your cell phone bill. Probably all more than your food bill.


Alison said...

Hey, I have to disagree with Chuck. I look forward to your posts. I can read your passion for the life you both chose in every entry.

So, in regards to this entry regarding milk. Where do you by the A2 milk. I do not drink a lot of milk so I'm willing to spend more. I always buy organic, but is there a brand that is better than others? So much to think about. Very interesting. Thank you!

Jillian said...

Hi Jennifer:

I think you raise a good point about what people are willing to spend on food, considering it's the most important thing that goes into our bodies!

(see you at knitting!)