Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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The world peace diet

Anne Stanton - July 6th, 2009
The World Peace Diet
Author: animal cruelty, waste & illness make our eating habits all wrong

By Anne Stanton 7/6/09

When Will Tuttle was still in high school some 35 years ago, he read a
book, Cosmic Consciousness, written in 1901. The book examined historic
figures such as Jesus and Buddha, who were able to attain unusual empathy
and compassion for all mankind. The author proposed that these powers of
transcendence could be achieved by others.
Thus inspired, Tuttle and his brother embarked on their own journey,
walking from Maine to Alabama. They took a month-long detour to a
Tennessee commune called The Farm. Tuttle, who holds a doctorate in
philosophy, said much of the time, during those five months of walking,
was spent asking the question, “Who am I?”
One of his major insights was the interconnectedness of all life. Our
actions, good and bad, create ripple effects throughout the world.
Tuttle, 55, now lectures throughout the country, encouraging people to
discover their “joyful illumination” within and to live in harmony with
others. He will appear at Horizon Books in Traverse City on Tuesday, July
7 at 7 p.m. to talk about his book, The World Peace Diet: Eating for
Spiritual Health and Social Harmony.

Here’s a brief interview.

NE: What’s the essential message of your book?
Tuttle: Eating is an essential and intimate connection with the larger
order, yet we live in a culture that disconnects us from this and
reduces living beings to mere commodities.

NE: I have heard arguments that mass production of food allows everyone to
eat at a reasonable price.
Tuttle: Not true. Blatantly false. Utterly false. Mass agriculture is
horrifically and unspeakably inefficient. If we fed our grains directly to
humans instead of animals, there’d be no reason for malnourishment or
widespread hunger. Not to mention we’d all be healthier. The
pharmaceutical companies are making billions by giving drugs to animals,
as well as humans. I haven’t been to a doctor for 30 years. Never had any
cavities.  Switching to a plant-based diet has been very liberating.

NE: Lots of people in this area are out of work and consider organic food
too expensive.
Tuttle: My advice is to switch to a plant-based diet. It’s the cheapest
way to eat. If you’re buying grain, rice and beans, they are so
inexpensive for the nutritional value you receive. You could feed an army
of people very inexpensively. Good basic food. Potatoes, onions, carrots,
broccoli, corn, millet, rice, quinoa, oats, lentils, beans, soup,
stir-fries and salads. It’s all extremely healthy, saves a lot of energy,
a huge amount of money, and you’ll save on your dental and medical bills.
 Buying organic is an investment in a healthy earth, healthy culture, and
in your own health. I haven’t been to a drugstore in 30 years. Disease
just goes away.

NE: Did you become a vegan for reasons of health or was more about the
treatment of animals?
Tuttle: When I became a vegetarian when I was 22 years old, it was totally
for the animals, the environment and human starvation. When I was living
at the Farm, they started telling me how animals are confined in these
horrible cages. How the beaks of chickens are cut off so they don’t peck
each other’s eyes out. How they steal babies from the mother cows for milk
production. I read Diet for a Small Planet, which said we could feed
everyone if we fed the plants to humans instead of animals. There was more
than enough grain and food being grown to feed everyone -- starvation was
completely unnecessary.

NE: I understand your spend most of the time on the road in a nicely
outfitted van. Is it hard to eat as a vegan while traveling?
Tuttle: If you’re 99 percent committed, things are difficult. If you’re
100 percent committed, it’s really easy. That’s it. There is no other
option. Madeleine, my wife, is very good at being creative.  She does most
of the cooking. We find more and more health food stores around, and even
regular stores are selling organic produce.
NE: In your travels, have you yourself visited feedlots?
Tuttle: Yes, they are the ugliest places you can imagine. They smell bad,
they look horrible. If human beings are capable of extreme ugliness, this
is it. They can sugarcoat things by keeping people out of them, but they
are concentration camps for animals. People get sick working in these
places. They are concentrated misery.
Whenever animals are used for food, cruelty is involved.  If you look
behind the curtain, they push the cows to give more milk by taking their
babies away. Rennet is used to make cheese, it coagulates the milk, and
they get it from the fourth stomach of a baby calf. There’s no legal
definition for free range eggs except they’re not in a battery cage. But
they’re crammed into sheds that smell horribly of ammonia and the males
are thrown into a shredder and fed back to the females. The chickens are
force-molted, which means they starve them in order to shock their system
into a new cycle of laying eggs. And that’s totally admissible.

NE: Many people think of hunting and fishing as more humane. Do you have a
problem with it?
Tuttle: I do, because it’s creating in our consciousness a mentality of
violence toward other living beings. Chasing them, shooting them, trying
to trick them with lures and pulling them out of the water. Martin Luther
King said we’re all connected. When we get caught in this kind of
violence, it boomerangs in all kinds of different ways.  We are in the
middle of the largest extinction of species in 65 million years, and we
don’t seem to care about it. I think that’s a reflection of our essential
disconnectedness. We’re cutting down forests for grazing and raising
mono-crops. It causes immense obesity for us, starvation, misery, terror
for the animals, pollution for the water, and it stunts our growth
I sympathize with people who want to be compassionate and want to get
lovingly created animal food, but the underlying thing is no matter what
we do, we are stealing their purpose and their sovereignty. We are taught
from birth that we are humans and they’re just animals.

NE: You talk a lot about food and its connections to politics and health.
Can you expound on that?
Tuttle: We have an unfair system in which we’re giving millions of dollars
of taxpayer subsidies to agriculture, which supports a diet that promotes
disease. We are constantly encouraged to buy processed foods that are
loaded with chemicals and pesticides. Animal products are promoted that
are toxic with saturated fats and cholesterol. We need to have fiber. If
you read research by T. Colin Campbell, a respected nutritional researcher
from Cornell University, you’ll find his findings from a huge study of
thousands of people—it’s the Oxford Cornell study. He concludes that
animal protein acidifies our tissues, which creates a basic environment in
our body that promotes diseases of all kinds—cancer, osteoporosis,
autoimmune disease, and obesity.
Once we understand that our culture’s practices are destructive, we can
change our own attitudes and behaviors and be a force for blessing not
only ourselves and our loved ones, but the whole world. We are all
connected. When we move to a plant-based diet, there will be plenty of
food for everyone, and no reason to confine and kill animals or destroy
habitat and ecosystems. Paradise is living with compassion.

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