You Can't Make 'Em All Laugh
I'm always mystified (and somewhat dismayed) when I encounter people who don't seem to have a sense of humor. Sometimes I'm wrong though and my knee-jerk reaction initially led me to judge them unfairly.
Sometimes they, like the greek goddess Arachne, are simply speaking the truth as they see it. And they care deeply about important issues. I admire them for their courage in speaking out.
Following the mailout of a humorous (obviously tongue-in-cheeek) piece on the diet we were given by the Goddess of Chocolate (ie, the health benefits of chocolate) I got this email from a newsletter subscriber:
I enjoy reading info about Goddess in Her many names and forms.
However, I think it's interesting you have included a comment about milk (dairy) in some (most) forms of chocolate. Maybe you are not informed as to the health dangers (especially for women) of dairy for human consumption, and for the poor tortured, abused, enslaved cows used for dairy. The danger includes all dairy from any source, organic, factory farms, free range (which is a lie anyway), etc... it's all bad. This is an epidemic of astronomical proportions for cows, humans, and the Earth Herself.
The first and most important point is that mother's milk is made for only the specific child of that mother (her own offspring and species). That being said and considering the oft mentioned comments of (what about wet nurses?), the next important point is that NO other species consumes (on it's own) the milk of another species and NO other species consumes milk after they are weaned!
All milk contains casein; a toxic ingredient of milk (basically a glue which leads to a lot of mucous build up and other health problems like asthma and congestion). All milk contains pus, blood, bacteria, the possibility of bovine spongiform encephalitis, fat and cholesterol, growth hormones, deadly chemicals, biological bacterial agents, insecticides, antibiotics (that are not safe or needed for human's, and would not even be necessary if cows were not used in this way), it's well documented as a cause for diarrhea, cramps, bloating, gas, gastrointestinal bleeding, iron-deficiency anemia, skin rashes, arteriosclerosis, and acne. It is the primary cause of recurrent ear infections in children. It has also been linked to insulin dependent diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, infertility, and leukemia.
There are many sights which you can become more aware of the harm of dairy, such as PETA, milksucks.com, vivausa.org, and more like Robert Cohen's book Milk The Deadly Poison, if you choose to research.
Cows are wrongfully subjugated and enslaved for the purposes of humans, so we can feel comforted. Their milk does us much harm rather than any good. I believe Goddess/Mother Earth would want Her women to support the other exploited females of Earth, let alone all the used, abused, enslaved, tortured, and murdered animals of both genders for all the different reasons; food, sports, clothes, other products for human consumption... and all from something that was never meant for human consumption in the first place.
Another sad point is that these cows are taken from their artificially inseminated (I.E. RAPED) mothers all too young and never get their own mother's milk (neither the female nor the male calves). The Mothers and the calves moan and cry for one another to no avail. The females are taken and over fed to grow too soon and be turned into female raped breeder/milk slaves and when they are too used up (they are tortured and must be kept pregnant... one after the other each babe stolen away), they are then sufferingly, painfully, cruelly, gruesomely, murdered and the mothers ground into hamburger for humans. The males are either bolted through the brain and left to die in a ditch or kept starved and anemic, fed blood, kept in a tiny dark box so weak their legs crumble and bust beneath them, to keep them the right color for veal.
The above mentioned is only a tiny portion of the suffering that cows are forced to go through for humans. This doesn't even begin to cover their torturous pseudo-lives and they are just one species of animal. All other animals used for human consumption are tortured and suffer and die on the behalf of those humans who consume their bodies and body products.
Please consider that when you send your good messages of Goddess that there are other important messages to send along to, messages that are Goddess messages, like the safety and health of Goddess's women, children and men, and the unnecessary misuse, abuse, and torture of Goddess's animals. Dairy is not health food!!!
I and my family have been eating and living meat, dairy, and animal product free for over a year and are happy, well fed/nourished, and helping to spread the word for humans and animals; we are all of the Goddess!!!
Let's get straight about one thing. Chocolate has a light and dark side—literally. Milk chocolate, for example, has none of the health benefits and all of the risks. They're loaded with sugar (not even real sugar, usually it's that poisonous high fructose stuff) and unhealthy fats . . . empty calories, at the least.
Dark chocolate (bitter, semisweet) is a different story. It's the REAL chocolate, the kind the Goddess of Chocolate was all about.
And she wants you to know that the higher the percentage of cocoa powder the better. Look for 70% or more. An added benefit: you get away from all the ethical issues surrounding dairy products that Jackie has so eloquently outlined in her letter.