A Conoisseur of Milk

I don’t know why a beverage meant for calves is so nourishing for humans, all I know is that it works for me. I need milk to stay healthy. I literally feel less energized if I go a few days without it.

cow milk

My travels in Arizona gave me the chance to explore different brands of milk. Being a milk snob, I preferred to get the organic variety at Whole Foods for ridiculous prices.

However, the non-organic type often tasted good too, though it had a funny smell. As I traversed the desert landscape, I usually purchased Shamrock Farms milk at gas stations. Now, here is the funny thing about Shamrock milk. They proclaim proudly that they “pledge not to treat our cows with the growth hormone rBST.” But this opens up a whole line of inquiry: does this mean they treat their cows with other growth hormones that are not rBST?

They also remark rather unconvincingly, “No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST-treated and non-rBST treated cows.”

Now that I think about it, every single brand of milk I bought in Arizona had the same pledge about not using the growth hormone rBST, whatever it is. This makes me wonder, are there any milk companies out there that advertise their hormone use? “We use as many growth hormones as we can! None of that sissy organic stuff.”

Then, there was this:

muscle milk

Hey, at least they’re up-front about it!

Wow, this post was weird. It just came out and I couldn’t stop it. Thanks for reading, and please let me know in the comments how you feel about various types of milk!


A Swashbuckling Detox

 Let’s face it, Swashbuckling is an activity that requires a lot of energy. All that running around, fencing, and romancing… your body has to be like a finely-tuned machine. And while I have always pursued swashbuckling activities like fencing and other martial arts, there were times in my life when I lacked the energy required for the role and was often too fatigued.

About three years ago I found out I had a gluten intolerance which was causing the fatigue. So with the help of a holistic therapist, I started on a gluten-free and sugar-free diet. Three years later, I still tend to stay away from the gluten, and I replace sugar with stevia or agave syrup. And my energy level is now more than appropriate for swashbuckling activities.

The reason I’m telling this tale now is that I’ve recently started on an internship for The Master Cleanse website. (You can check out my contributions to the Master Cleanse Website here.) I write and syndicate articles for their website, and these articles are not just about the Master Cleanse lemonade diet but are also related to cleansing, detoxing, and other health matters. It’s been a great experience so far, especially since I get to write about alternative and holistic medicine, which is something that people often look at with a huge amount of skepticism.

However, as we can see from the quote below, taken from The Three Musketeers, there is a long history of swashbucklers resorting to alternative medicine, with great results…

On the following morning at five o’clock d’Artagnan arose, and descending to the kitchen without help, asked, among other ingredients the list of which has not come down to us, for some oil, some wine, and some rosemary, and with his mother’s recipe in his hand composed a balsam, with which he anointed his numerous wounds, replacing his bandages himself, and positively refusing the assistance of any doctor, d’Artagnan walked about that same evening, and was almost cured by the morrow.

The Musketeers, enjoying good health thanks to alternative medicine.

Obviously, these natural remedies go back a long way. Even in the 17th century there was “mainstream” medicine involving doctors juxtaposed with folk  remedies such as D’Artagnan’s mother’s balsam. Nowadays, the distinction is even more pronounced, and unfortunately much of our mainstream medicine involves chemicals that are often more dangerous than the diseases they treat. With pharmaceutical companies bribing doctors to sell their wares and consumers only trusting in so-called scientific approaches, alternative and holistic methods are in danger of being edged off the market. Who will save them if not this daring swashbuckler?