I agree that small farmers should not have to pay special taxes and licensing fees. In that case, all small farmers would be on equal footing with the fellow in the story.
It would be interesting to discover whether it is small or large corporate farms that are the major source of e coli and other kinds of biological and chemical contamination of the food supply. Does anyone know the data?
From the Chicago Tribune -- I think the guns drawn government agents are the real paranoids.
GGN- Police Raid Health Food Store for Raw Milk – Guns Drawn
With no warning one weekday morning, investigators entered an organic grocery with a search warrant and ordered the hemp-clad workers to put down their buckets of mashed coconut cream and to step away from the nuts.
Then, guns drawn, four officers fanned out across Rawesome Foods in Venice. Skirting past the arugula and peering under crates of zucchini, they found the raid’s target inside a walk-in refrigerator: unmarked jugs of raw milk.
“I still can’t believe they took our yogurt,” said Rawesome volunteer Sea J. Jones, a few days after the raid. “There’s a medical marijuana shop a couple miles away, and they’re raiding us because we’re selling raw dairy products?”
On one side are government regulators, who say they are enforcing rules designed to protect consumers from unsafe foods and to provide a level playing field for producers. On the other side are “healthy food” consumers — a faction of foodies who challenge government science and seek food in its most pure form.
I feel a lot safer with organic yogurt than gun toting bureaucrats.
There are two issues here -- the trustworthiness of big government/big business fascism, and the best way to heal. I take it that the video is one more piece of the everlasting stream of evidence that big government control, in collusion with the medical/industrial establishment, is a disaster. Do we really need to have that demonstrated again? Dictatorships, even when implemented with patronizing good intentions, create immense suffering and injustice. Let freedom ring!
However, the second issue is also important. How shall we understand healing? For the last century, medicine has developed a very impressive set of technologies for dealing with disorders that are a function of a more or less separable PART of the whole physiological/psychological person. However, we are running into increasing difficulties with those disorders that involve the person as a whole -- these emerge quite noticeably in the so-called degenerative disorders that absorb most of the modern health care costs. I take it that the great healers of cancer an other such disorders have generally not attempted to introduce another medical technique, but have attempted to create a systemic environment in which the body's natural restorative and self-healing capacities are liberated to do their own amazing work. Of course, this approach requires the responsible action of the client (I do not use the term patient, as it has come to be associated the irresponsibility of sick persons to participate in their own healing).
This is why, if I had cancer, I would probably not consider Burzynski's approach. It might work in certain circumstances. In the absence of more research, who really knows? But we all know that the body possesses remarkable mechanisms of self-healing. Moreover, diet -- especially a whole food plant based diet -- is key to promoting those capacities. So, after I have had my carrot juice, please pass the broccoli and brown rice, thanks.
This is what happens when people -- you and I -- put security above freedom. It began with giving legal status to the opinions of the American Medical Association and the FDA. We want to have good teeth, be safe, and be assured that our food, medicines and medical care are safe, but we don't want to take responsibility to investigate and choose for ourselves. So Americans handed over those tasks to the government. Even in the 1950's any objection to Fluoridation of the public water was met with raised eyebrows, and snickers of "conspiracy theory".
The VIDEO presents evidence of a conspiracy. The fact that the media ridicules conspiracy theories is evidence that people conspire. The only protection we have is constant vigilance and the willingness to take responsibility for our own lives.
NEVER give that power to anyone else!
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trent489, yours is the most cogent reply. The FDA's behavior does not legitimize Burzynski's approach. My hunch is Burzynski does not have a valid treatment.
I think it's extraordinary to consider our DNA is being compromised by the dairy /meat industries. That is really frightening, to think the basics of human nature is being distorted by drinking milk. Thank you sir.
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