Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

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Category: Health

I’m from the government….

….and I’m here to protect you.  Not! Awhile back, grass fed meat producers were making some progress with the government in establishing minimum standards for labeling.  Nothing radical; you still weren’t going to be told whether the meat you ate came from cows fattened on hormones and antibiotics. Well that lasted until grass fed meat […]

No comment….

….tough attack on vegetarianism.  Perhaps a bit over-the-top, but not more than the criticism of us omnivores. University of Graz Study Finds Vegetarians Are Unhealthy And Mentally Disturbed

Forty years too late….

….just think of all the hamburger you didn’t eat (trying to be good).  A University of Minnesota study back in the 70s demonstrated that you can lower your cholesterol by cutting back on beef alright.  But the people with the higher cholesterol actually lived longer.  The old study was just discovered and published.   More settled […]

A special place in hell….

….reserved for Monsanto, I trust.  Now they’ve found Roundup in California wines….not some of them….all of them.  Even the organic wines! Thanks to Church Matthews for the link. Glyphosate Found in 100% of California Wines Tested

Beware “settled science”….

….I do try to stay away from politics here…there’s enough everywhere else.  But with the increasing dogmatism (okay, fascism) in academia today it seems clear a lot of people are going to get hurt in the name of “settled science”.  All thought and speech really is being regulated now among the “educated”….and the rest of us will soon […]

Congrats to our butcher….

….don’t know how I missed this, but Blue Ridge Meats in Front Royal, VA—better known around here as “our butcher”—received great press about a month ago in the Washington Post.  Doug and Lois Aylestock do it the right way and that’s why we selected them when we began selling beef (and later pork) direct from […]

Gluten sensitivity….maybe not….

….here’s a nutritionist that makes the point that gluten has been around for thousands of years.  While all the gluten sensitivity now? (To be honest, I suspected it was one of those yuppie diseases). But here’s an explanation that makes sense to me: Thanks to Dawn Gerrish for the link.  

You just don’t get it….

….a Washington Post reporter passes over the fact right before his eyes.  (This is my shocked face!) Chipotle, which was the darling of the fast-food category for a time, has run into a bad patch.  The chain has been plagued with an outbreak of E.coli that has forced it to close a number of stores….sales […]


….and other processed meats. Just ran across a blogger, Adele Hite, thanks to our old friend Ridge Shinn.  Ms Hite (or perhaps, by now, Dr. Hite) does a total nuclear strike on the “settled science” of nutrition.  This is must reading…and fun reading…particularly for those who have been denying themselves the delights of bacon and […]


….right up there with ISIS and maybe even climate change.  This is only one of several reports in the past week on the menace of antibiotic resistant superbugs.  And this article makes the point that you’re not really protected simply by refusing the drugs for yourself, except in dire emergencies. Thistle Hill never uses […]