Healing Rheumatoid Arthritis
Do you know someone who suffers with Rheumatoid Arthritis? While this is only one person’s story of healing Rheumatoid Arthritis, I know that it could help many people who just don’t know that they should give this a try! Alongside the recovery information is another one of the many frustrating accounts of persecution against a traditional farmer…
I have been a longtime reader of your blog. I was asked to testify at a Sibley County court hearing earlier in August on behalf of Michael Hartmann, a farmer who sells raw milk in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has been persecuting him for doing so since 2010. The following is the letter I submitted and it was accepted as testimony for the court records. I think it would benefit the raw milk movement get this information circulated. There seems to be a dearth of consumer testimony in the media about the government battles against raw milk farmers. Our voices need to be heard because it is an important part of the equation. I hope you will publish this on your blog.
Our 14 year old son was spending a few days visiting the Hartmann farm to learn about farming, and happened to be accompanying Mike Hartmann while he was delivering raw milk on August 8, 2013. Mike’s truck was stopped by the police for “driving over a white line” while allowing another vehicle to pass. The police put a call in, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture requested that the truck and all foods (several hundred dollars worth) be seized – for delivering raw milk. The truck was returned to Mr. Hartmann. However, the food was not returned to him, nor was he compensated for the value of the food. This is the third time in 3 years that MDA has seized Hartmann foods. Mr. Hartmann had not been charged with any crime, so it seems wrong that the State could just confiscate his property without compensation. At what point is it outright theft?
The timing of the seizure of Hartmann’s food was curious in that it happened several days before his scheduled hearing on Aug. 12 at Sibley County in which the MDA called him in for selling raw milk without a license. I was asked to provide consumer testimony at this hearing which is why I wrote the letter.
Letter for Hartmann Case:
I have been a steady customer of Mike Hartmann since the early 1990′s, when I met him through my work as a researcher and technical writer for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Energy and Sustainable Agriculture Program.
My job was to gather information and write publications for farmers who wanted to reduce pesticide and chemical fertilizer inputs. One case study I worked on featured the Hartmann farm as a model organic operation and was published with the Land Stewardship.
For this work, I studied Mike Hartmann’s approach towards farming and animal health and learned that he placed a high value on environmentally sound practices and maintaining good health of his livestock and soils. His priorities for farming were aligned with my value system. I thus determined that my own family would benefit from consuming foods Hartmann produced.
My family ate products from the Hartmann farm for many years, but did not regularly consume raw milk until 2010 when my 20 year-old daughter became severely ill with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is an autoimmune disease in which inflammation affects joints and can result in crippling pain, joint disfigurement, and complete disability. RA is viewed as a degenerative, incurable disease, and the standard treatment uses medications with “black box warnings” by the manufacturers including side effects such as fatal infections, leukemia, kidney and liver failure.
My daughter was bedridden with pain and was forced to drop out of college for a year. However, she was unwilling to assume the risk of side effects of the medications and refused all pain relieving and immuno-suppressant drugs.
In researching alternatives, I learned that raw milk had been used in the early 1900′s by prestigious American hospitals for curing diseases including arthritis. In fact, one of the doctors who co-founded the Mayo Foundation – a forerunner to the Mayo Clinic – wrote an article on the effectiveness of raw milk from pastured cows for healing inflammatory diseases.
My daughter began a dietary regimen which included 5 gallons of raw milk per week – a substantial portion of her caloric intake. Within days, she noticed a slight improvement in her pain levels. Her health steadily improved until she was able to return to school full-time, perform at a high level to earn a scholarship, and finish her degree without missing a single day of class. (The latter is significant because RA is characterized by “flares” of pain which causes patients to be absent from school or work for days at a time.). My daughter has faithfully adhered to this raw milk diet and we believe it is responsible for restoring her health.
Mr. Hartmann’s willingness to transport raw milk from his farm to our dropsite was significantly helpful for my daughter, who was too ill to drive out to the farm to pick it up on her own.
Although we have heard from state agriculture and health officials of the risks of food-borne illnesses from consuming unpasteurized milk, we were reassured by Center of Disease Control (CDC) data that the risk is in fact negligible – no deaths attributed to raw milk in almost 4 decades. Furthermore, we are unconvinced that bacteria from raw milk pose a threat to our health, and any risk is outweighed by the benefit of the helpful bacteria, live enzymes, bio-active nutrients, including vitamins A, D, K, B12 – which are abundant in raw milk, but deactivated by heat pasteurization.
We do not live on a farm and have no access to cows. Raw milk is not available for purchase in retail stores in Minnesota. The State of Minnesota’s interference in my family’s private association and contract with Mr. Hartmann in procuring raw milk – a health-restoring nutrient-dense food – has posed a substantial burden to us.
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Charlene!
Sadly, this case is still pending. :( Maybe Charlene could comment below to let us know if there are numbers we could call to voice our complaints about this situation?
Are you still unsure about raw milk?
Our family has enjoyed it for years, we feel great, and are rarely ill. I truly can’t even remember right now when any of us were sick last. One of the kids might have had the sniffles for a day or two last spring…? I attribute this primarily to the raw milk and cod liver oil along with plenty of healthy fats in our diet.
- Read more about raw milk here (there are many topics covered including safety concerns, how does it taste, and more)
- Read more about cod liver oil here including how to get it down and the many benefits (or here’s where to buy the only kind we get) – it’s my “all natural chill pill” you know. (For real!)
- Read all about healthy fats here and there’s a list of posts at the bottom all about the dangers of statins (cholesterol lowering drugs)
- Find raw milk by you: RealMilk.com
- Read over the Weston A. Price article on arthritis and painful joints
Charlene is a stay-at-home mom of three kids, married to a professor, and a part-time piano teacher. She has a B.S. degree in biology and an M.S. in Agronomy. Her last job in the paid workforce was with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture as an Information Specialist that ended in 1994.