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Doctor Confronts D.A. Over Rawesome Farm Buying Club Raid

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Dr. Edgar Lucidi

M.D. Stands Up for Nature’s Perfect Food

A letter to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in Response to the Seizure and Destruction of Milk and other natural, unprocessed foods. Reprinted with the authors permission.

I am writing to express my opposition to the recent unwarranted raid of this buying club. Raw goat milk is nutritionally superior to and much safer than pasteurized milks, particularly those laden with antibiotics, hormones and pesticides.  From a bacteriological aspect it is also much safer, as pasteurized milk begins to show a much higher pathogenic bacterial count within a few hours after the enzyme destroying pasteurization process. Lastly, it is known that newborn animals will not survive if fed pasteurized milk; as to humans, it causes a whole host of diseases.

In consideration of the above and for various other scientific and philosophical reasons, I strongly object to the position that considers it to be illegal to produce and sell raw milk and food, be it as individuals or club members.  In conclusion, my many years of experience as a physician, US Army officer and active member of many national and international organizations have convinced me that consumers should have free access not only to whole unprocessed foods of their choice but also to direct trade with farmers.

Sincerely yours,

Edgar A. Lucidi, MD

Dr. Lucidi is a graduate of Villanova University, Hahnemann Medical University and the Kresge Eye Institute. He is a board certified ophthalmologist, holistic physician, ex-Army officer and public health investigator. He is also actively involved as an officer and director of several prestigious holistic medical societies, including the International College of Applied Nutrition and the Orthomolecular Medical Society.

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Comments

  1. It’s great that he wrote a letter in support but some of that information is pretty questionable.  I am a big fan of raw milk but I appreciate information that is somewhat scientifically founded.  I think it does a great disservice to the cause to spout out facts that are not backed up.  I have never understood how people could say that baby animals die when fed pasteurized milk…  I have raised baby goats on pasteurized cow milk out of necessity and they are probably not as robust as their mom-fed counterparts but to say that they die is a huge exaggeration.  Well cited facts seem extremely important to me in this battle.  I also think that info about raw milk is beside the point, especially since raw milk is already legal in CA.  I think his point about people having the right to deal directly with their farmers is MUCH more poignant and relevant to this particular situation.

  2. It’s great that he wrote a letter in support but some of that information is pretty questionable.  I am a big fan of raw milk but I appreciate information that is somewhat scientifically founded.  I think it does a great disservice to the cause to spout out facts that are not backed up.  I have never understood how people could say that baby animals die when fed pasteurized milk…  I have raised baby goats on pasteurized cow milk out of necessity and they are probably not as robust as their mom-fed counterparts but to say that they die is a huge exaggeration.  Well cited facts seem extremely important to me in this battle.  I also think that info about raw milk is beside the point, especially since raw milk is already legal in CA.  I think his point about people having the right to deal directly with their farmers is MUCH more poignant and relevant to this particular situation.

    • I agree, Leah. Input from health professionals is valuable because the scientific community sees them as generally reliable, but when the scientific basis of their evidence is controversial at best, it undermines that reliability.

      Kimberly, if you’re managing these testimonials at all, perhaps you could encourage people to cite facts when necessary.

      I also agree that the more the issue can be framed in terms of our rights to privacy and choice, the better. Raw milk brings up so much emotion on both sides, and the legal system is stacked against it. Freedom from unwarranted government interference, on the other hand, is an American value.

    • Oh for heaven’s sake!  This man/doctor is writing to the Los Angeles District Attorney, not some uneducated dolt.  If the DA wants “scientific evidence or supporting papers” let him look it up, it’s not like he doesn’t know how to do research.  I was a paralegal for many years and I can look it up myself – so can he. 

      Besides, the very first line of the letter says the good doctor is expressing opposition to the RAID.  That, in and of itself, doesn’t require science.

      Besides, in my personal honest opinion science is for sale.  The science will find whatever the highest bidder wants it to find.  The other problem with “science” is this: no matter what side of the argument you’re on, you can find something scientific to support that view.  It’s one of the reasons I got out of the legal field. 

      The ongoing arguments between Mark McAfee (Organic Pastures) and Bill Marler (attorney) prove that science doesn’t always have the answers.  And sometimes it has TOO MANY answers.  So no one can settle on right or wrong. The arguments are designed to create paranoia.

       

  3. At issue here is that California–as well as any other state–establishes its jurisdiction to regulate food and producers of food through commerce.  If the food is grown or produced for own consumption, the state does not have the authority to regulate it.  The state rightly has the jurisdiction to regulate milk that is sold.  In CA, that applies to McAfee and Claravale.  But the state has no charge to permit, license, or otherwise regulate bona fide herdshare operations (although such animal boarders do have to comply with local zoning ordinances.)

  4. Sally Jo Pyle says:

    Thank you for posting this – I hope he provided documentation along with that letter!

  5. These are the books Dr. Lucidi used as sources for his opinions:

    Food is your Best Medicine – Bieler 
    Mental &  Elemental Nutrients – Pfeiffer 
    The Vitamins in Medicine – Bicknell 
    How to get Well – Airola
     

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