Last week, I was in denial, having started my Fit Friday blog as I always do, by exclaiming, "Happy Fit Friday!", but truth was, I was so dejected, angry, sad and hopeless about the school tragedy in Connecticut. 
 
I wanted to give everybody a respite from the horrendous news, but now I feel I can no longer ignore it. 
 
Over the last week, I've been seriously contemplating relocating to another country, somewhere that doesn't have an epidemic of gun violence. Costa Rica sounds good: warm weather, beautiful country, good surf and, with the exception of petty crime, a tradition of peace, so much so, it lacks even a national army. 
 
Why would I want to live in a country, the good ol' U.S. of A, the supposed home of liberty and freedom, where I can buy an assault weapon online with no background check (click here if you don't believe me) but I can't buy raw milk. 
 
Not only can I not buy raw dairy of any kind, but for some of those that try to sell it like this Amish dairy farmer in Pennsylvania or this food co-op in Los Angeles, and many other places, doing so may result in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raiding these places with guns-a-blazing. 
 
Raw dairy is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet--so long as it comes from grass-fed, pastured (but not Pasteurized!) cow, sheep or goats. Raw milk, butter and cheese is loaded with antioxidants and supremely healthy fats, critical to keep us warm and healthy, especially now that winter is upon us. 
 
On the FDA's website, it states that 1500 people from 1993 to 2006 became sick as a result of raw milk. That comes out to a whopping 115  people a year during that time frame. Over 40,000 people a year die in traffic accidents, yet we don't ban cars. Almost 450,000 a year die from smoking in the U.S. and obviously we don't ban cigarettes. 
 
By far, more people die every year from getting struck by lightning than consuming raw milk. According to Naturopathic Doctor David Getoff, nobody who has consumed strictly grass-fed raw milk has died. Yes, you can get sick from raw milk that came from grain-fed cows (remember: cows aren't designed to eat grains like corn). 
 
The FDA likes to brag that pasteurization kills harmful bacteria. Yes it does, and then some; it kills all bacteria. Many people with chronic digestion issues need the good, friendly bacteria that's abundant in raw dairy to kill off the harmful bacteria. 
 
Many people who can't consume regular, pasteurized dairy, find that they can slowly reintroduce and digest raw dairy with no complications. 
 
I could go on and on about the benefits of raw dairy but I want you to enjoy your weekend. It just sickens me and saddens me that good-hearted law-abiding citizens who are trying to sell a product that can improve the health of the American consumer get raided at gunpoint by the federal government. 
 
And for those who voted Democrat, thinking that party cares more for the average person, consider that every single U.S. Democratic Senator voted against ending FDA raids on raw dairy farmers. (Republicans weren't much better; only 15 of them voted to end the raids.) 
 
I hope you're as outraged as I am at these raids and all the others. Assault weapons are fine, and evidently, so is an assault on our personal choice on what to eat. 
 
And don't get me started about this stupid end-of-the-world Mayan Apocalypse......
 
Take it easy, have a happy healthy weekend and Merry Christmas!
 
 
Judd Handler
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