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 V.18 No.17 | April 23 - 29, 2009 

Letters

The Don's Raw Food Manifesto

Dear Alibi,

Our body is the only material thing we each possess from birth to death. I aim to take better care of my body than any other material possession! No other material possession can give me more pleasure or more misery.

I aim never to go to medical doctors for the rest of my life. Now at age 63 I am in better health than I was at 21. I have had no medical insurance for over 18 years and I do not want any. I prevent and heal disease naturally.

I stopped eating cooked food Dec. 12, 1998. Cooking food destroys its enzymes—its life energy. Cooking food destroys up to 85 percent of all nutrients in raw plant foods, so that means cooking destroys up to 85 percent of all time, labor, resources and energy which went into growing, marketing and preparing those foods.

Human cancer cells placed on raw, living food die! Human cancer cells placed on cooked food grow and multiply! Cooked food is slow poison! Never heat raw plant food over 105˚ F.

I smoke no cigarettes, no pot. I drink no booze, no coffee, no pop. I take no prescription drugs, I use no illegal drugs. I eat no meals in restaurants.

Every morning I do many vigorous exercises at home. I also jump on my trampoline 45 minutes per day. I walk most places I go. I have ridden in no car since April 7, 2001.

I like to go to bed at 9 or 10 p.m. and to get up at 6 or 7 a.m.—the hours we sleep before midnight benefit more than the hours we sleep after midnight. To be healthy, nothing substitutes for enough sleep.

I have a home water purifier to remove most of the chlorine, fluoride and other contaminants in the city water.

I sunbathe most days all year around. Sunbathing is marvelously beneficial when we eat only raw plant foods. Never burn! Start with a couple minutes and gradually increase. Stay out of the sun if you eat common American junk food and cooked crap.

My main food every day is my freshly blended green smoothies containing soaked hard red wheat bunches, flaxseed, sunflower seeds in their shell, apricot kernels, puncture vine, wheatgrass, alfalfa ... I grow the wheatgrass and alfalfa in my garden.

Besides my five to eight pint jars of smoothies every day, I chew and eat carrots, apples and other fruit. My food cost last year averaged about $2.16 per day. I lived well in 2008 on $3,539 for my total expenses—rent, food, etc.—considerably less than half the U.S. poverty level for me as a single person. I treasure living simply and healthy!

Don Schrader

Albuquerque

City Man

Dear Alibi,

[Re: Feature, “Pearls Before Swine,” April 16-22] I thought your article was excellent. The [cover] title said "... In their own words," and that is what it was. There was no negative spin where there easily could have been, and I don't know how the article could have been improved upon. You were fair to us and we appreciate it, although I'm sure you just consider that part of your job. I feel it was a job well done.

Thank you for giving us a chance to share our story.

I mailed today's paper to my dad in prison, and I'm sure he will be satisfied that his story was given a fair hearing by your paper.

Jeff Bent

Strong City

Health Care for All

Dear Alibi,

It's time to give the American people a choice with a level playing field when it comes to health care insurance. With the average health insurance premiums costing between $400 and $500 a month for those of us who still have coverage, this is an outrage.

“If a government-run health care program is good enough for all of our retired military officers, I believe it can work for me, too.”

In my opinion, if a government-run health care program is good enough for all of our retired military officers, I believe it can work for me, too.

It's time to reel in the greed in the insurance industry by making an affordable, government, single-payer plan an option. Let the people and not the insurance industry decide what's best for the people.

I support President Obama's public health insurance option.

Robert C. Wolf

Placitas

Meat is Murder(ing the Earth)

Dear Alibi,

Last Wednesday’s Earth Day observance should encourage every one of us to leave adequate natural resources for our children and grandchildren by making needed changes in our driving, our shopping, our recycling and our diet.

Yes, our diet. A 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization blamed meat production for 18 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. That’s more than automobiles! Carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to operate farm machinery, trucks, refrigeration equipment, factory farms and slaughterhouses. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are released from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

Moreover, meat and dairy production dump more animal waste, crop debris, fertilizers, pesticides and other pollutants into our waterways than all other human activities combined. It is the driving force in worldwide deforestation and wildlife habitat destruction.

Let’s celebrate Earth Day every day by replacing meat and other animal products in our diet with a healthful, eco-friendly spread of vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains. More information, including recipes, is available at greenyourdiet.org.

Allen Jacobs

Albuquerque

Pirating the Media

Dear Alibi,

I have only been able to find strongly biased news stories in the American press about the Somali pirates. Most Americans seem to miss this bias because of our lack of knowledge about Somalia and imbalance of power between U.S. and European corporations and impoverished Somalia. Racism and classism further cloud our understanding of the situation.

“Most Somalians view the pirates not as terrorists but as the Volunteer Coast Guard, defending their country, their food sources, their health and their marine ecosystem.”

Somalia's people are on the brink of total starvation. Most Somalians view the pirates not as terrorists but as the Volunteer Coast Guard, defending their country, their food sources, their health and their marine ecosystem.

The pirates initially started as a way to stop the illegal activity of U.S. and European vessels that have stolen $300 million annually in seafood. U.S. and European vessels are also suspected of dumping nuclear wastes off the Somalia coast, resulting in severe illnesses and even death of hundreds of Somalians, which has been confirmed by a U.N. envoy.

I learned a lot about the Somalian perspective by reading WardheerNews.com articles about piracy.

Some progressive U.S. papers have published U.K. journalist Johann Hari's article "You Are Being Lied to About Pirates," which hopefully has lent some other perspective than what the majority of our news has shown us.

Sayrah Namaste

Albuquerque

Speaking of Pirates ...

Dear Alibi,

With regard to the Obama administration’s policy of declaring a practice illegal but refusing to prosecute those who did it, I expect this to be applied with an even hand.

President Obama has called torture illegal and outlawed its future use. But he refuses to prosecute those who practiced it in the past.

Therefore, I assume we will release the surviving Somalian who pirated an American freighter and took its captain hostage—without prosecution or penalty.

Adele E. Zimmermann

Albuquerque

Where'd That Slingshot Go?

Dear Alibi,

I just learned from the Secretary of State's Office how SunCal spent its advertising money to try to convince the public and legislators that their TIDDs request was the best thing since sliced bread. $232,540.

Amazing! I suppose this investment, plus the amount it spent on 11 lobbyists and other expenses, could have reached half a million. But the gamble was for $408 million of public tax monies. So it makes sense.

This was certainly a David vs. Goliath battle.

Lora A. Ulcer, AICP

Albuquerque

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