Everybody talks about wanting to change things and help and fix, but ultimately all you can do is fix yourself. And that’s a lot. Because if you can fix yourself, it has a ripple effect. ~Rob Reiner
This past weekend we were watching one of those shows that take you on a factory tour of a particular product. This time it was milk. Yep, that white silky smooth liquid enriched with vitamins including Calcium.
So why is milk so significant to me? It’s really not. I’m not a big fan of it, not since I was a little kid. I definitely don’t consume milk independently nor do I use it regularly. With the exception of using the creamy liquid as an ingredient, it would be omitted from the grocery list. Nope, we really don’t eat dry cereal and on the very rare occasion I do, (which it’s been seriously years because of all the sugar – my favorite is Cinnamon Toast Crunch) I apply the milk very sparingly. Same goes for Kyle, although I know he drinks milk at school and unlike me, he’ll flood his cereal.
Again, why this dissertation on milk? Watching the show made me remember Mr. Hixon, our milkman. Yes, believe it or not, when I was growing up, our family had a milkman who would deliver the crate of milk and retrieve the empty glass bottles to start the cycle again. I believe we had milk delivered a couple times a week, then with less consumption as we got older, our delivery dropped to once a week. Just talking about it now, makes me feel like that was a whole world away, since not many people of my generation experienced the same. However, the old fashioned notion of a milkman was alive and well when I was a youngster.
Mr. Hixon lived up on Solomon Temple Road (Butina Ridge). His cows were natural grazing cattle that used to be hand milked. The milk consumed, once it reached our doorstep, was probably the freshest anyone has ever had, unless they lived on a dairy farm. I truly don’t remember if it was pasteurized or not. I’m guessing it was, but it certainly was the real deal that separated in the glass bottle while being stored in the refrigerator. To this day, I have the habit of shaking the milk carton before using it, re-distributing the cream that floated to the top back among the rest of the contents.
It makes me sad the milkman is not a profession anymore, at least none that I am aware. I wish Kyle would have experienced the good old fashion milkman and real milk, not the heavily processed kind, shipped all around the nation, purchased in stores.
Personally, I think we should get back to the small dairy farms who distribute fresh, unpasteurized milk. Yes, I said unpasteurized. Our bodies need some of the good bacteria that is removed during pasteurization along with the natural nutrients that are also lost. Yes I know what they claim, the nutrients are reintroduced, but to me that’s again messing with the natural product and is now processed.
In fact, I don’t get it. The government regulates our milk intake, meaning it’s illegal for dairy farms to distribute milk that is not pasteurized. That’s ridiculous! Yet, they permit pesticides on fruits and vegetables, they permit all this extra crap like preservatives and unnatural substances to be added to food to increase the shelf life, or worse the dyes added, which are proven harmful. Those items are not illegal and distributed freely and widely, however good old fashioned natural products of are not permitted.
If I want to eat dirt, then I should be allowed to do so. If I want to drink unpasteurized milk, then that is my choice. I agree with holding these facilities to certain clean standards and maintaining good conditions for the animals, but to tell me what I can and cannot drink is not right and not the healthy way to live. Look at energy drinks, they literally have killed people! Yet, they are advertised and widely sold to all ages.
A while back I read an article about others who felt the same way. Their solution? To get around this law, they actually sold stock in the dairy cows. Instead of selling the milk, they were given the milk as a share of the cow. Pretty clever! I want to get in on that deal.
I knew a couple of families who had children with terrible stomach issues and most certainly couldn’t drink milk from the store. Whether they partook in the stock program of a cow or they had another method for obtaining raw milk, they did so on a regular basis. And guess what? Over time, the kids were able to drink the raw milk and their stomach issues were almost immediately eliminated. This happened without the use of drugs or medication or doctors or expensive medical technology or anything other than getting back to the basics and finding a simple solution that’s been there all along. Granted you can’t just start drinking the raw milk, you need to be re-introduced to it, but once the body adjusts, it’s a healthy decision.
Did you know there is a bill trying to be passed, which would force all food to be industrialized, meaning home grown food in our very own gardens would be illegal? Yes, completely true. It was mentioned briefly on Fox News, but because of Obamacare, it hasn’t gotten much attention.
In many ways, I believe wholeheartedly we need to get back to our roots. It’s healthier, it’s better, and it’s the right way. Everything seems to come full circle and organic is being noticed as a healthier alternative, especially when there can be money made from it. I’m fine with that, as long as I know Kyle is being fed healthy.