Monday, March 09, 2009

Callie has an earache

Or, is it a plugged ear? That's what she says it is. I'm not sure. She's generally been in a bad mood this afternoon -- ever since she stepped on a cactus after lunch and got cactus spines stuck in her foot (and won't let me get them out, by the way). So, I went to, my favorite source of all things natural-medicine, looking for some insight into Callie's many issues. On the front page was this article about grass-fed meat. It has nothing to do with earaches. But I liked it and thought I'd share it with you.

How's that for continuity? I don't know how I ever manage to get anything accomplished. I did find out, by the way, that breast milk dropped into an infected ear clears up the ear infection in a few days. Chalk it up to the antibiotic and antiviral properties of breast milk. Wow. Amazing stuff.

Anyway, here's what Dr. Mercola has to say about grass-fed meat.

Why All the Fuss About Grass-Fed Meat?

Grass-fed beef is vastly superior to grain-fed beef, and in fact it’s the clear beef of choice you should be eating. It is far more important to choose grass-fed than to choose organic, as most grass-fed beef are also organic.

Not only is it raised in a more sustainable way for the environment, and a more humane way for the animal, but it’s the superior choice for your health.

Grass-fed beef, for instance, is lower in fat than regular beef and, more importantly, contains higher amounts of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a fatty acid. Grass-fed animals have from three to five times more CLA than grain-fed animals.

CLA has been making headlines for its extreme health benefits, which include:
  • Fighting cancer and lose weight
  • Increasing your metabolic rate, a positive benefit for promoting normal thyroid function
  • Helping you maintain normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Enhancing your immune system
The article “Better Beef,” written by California rancher Dave Evans, gives a great in-depth view of the many benefits of grass-fed beef, from environmental sustainability to the sheer difference in taste and nutrient content of the beef.
Keep in mind that grass-fed meat is almost always preferable to certified organic meat also because most organic beef is fed organic corn, which is what causes the myriad of health problems associated with eating beef. If you can find organic, grass-fed meat, that would be ideal.

Your Best Bet When Looking for True Grass-Fed Meats

Remember, grass-fed meat doesn’t have to be “certified” grass-fed for it to give you health benefits.

Your best bet, which circumvents the labeling confusion altogether, is to get in touch with a local farmer (try finding a farmer’s market or community-supported agriculture program in your area to do this) who can verify that the products are raised on pasture, without antibiotics and pesticides.

By going straight to the source, you’re likely getting the absolute best meat there is, USDA-certified or not. If you don’t have access to a local farmer near you, here is a list of grass-fed beef ranchers in the United States that can ship good quality meats right to your door: Related Links:
If you're in Colorado and you're looking for a source of grass-fed beef, be encouraged! We have many, MANY grass-fed ranches. Here are a few that I like:
Now is the time to start thinking about buying a quarter beef (or splitting a quarter with someone) in the fall. Usually ranches start taking orders in the spring and you get your beef in the fall. If you can afford to buy your meat in bulk, you'll end up with a much better price than buying it cut by cut in the grocery store, even better than what you'd get on the cheap CAFO stuff at the grocery store. Why buy nasty CAFO stuff when you can get something that's good for you and makes you feel good, too? Go local and grass-fed!

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