Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507
I was in the kitchen making yogurt just now.
Have you thought any more about making yogurt? I’ve been
reading a lot of research papers about yogurt. There are
several different micro-organisms that make yogurt, and they
are what make us healthier when we eat yogurt with them in it.
The bacteria do several different things. One thing that’s very
important is that they get rid of bad bacteria. There are some
very common bad bacteria that attach to the lining of our
stomachs and cause ulcers, then cancer.
But the good bacteria in yogurt start attaching to the lining of
the stomach and intestines and they win out over the bad
bacteria. Once the bad bacteria is gone we get more nutrients
from the food we eat, especially vitamin B12 and magnesium.
The bad bacteria keep us from getting almost any B12 or
magnesium from the food we eat.
Then, the second thing the good bacteria do is stimulate the
lining of the intestine to form all sorts of immune things for us.
The immune things have long names, so I won’t go to the
research and copy the names here, because they aren’t the
kind of thing we easily say to each other. They’re very
scientific long names.
However, you may have heard of interferon. It was in the news
a lot a couple decades ago when it was learned that it could
fight AIDS. I remember way back then hearing that you could
get some interferon from yogurt. But the thing I was more
interested in was how yogurt got rid of asthma, or at least
reduced the attacks by a huge percentage. That was why I
tried yogurt, and it did get rid of my asthma.
Okay, so if you got into making yogurt I think you could make
some that was really good tasting. You can put in jam to flavor
it. You’d have to get organic ingredients because the other
kind all have some amount of pesticide in them ~~ which
obviously wouldn’t be good if you want to grow a good batch
of good bacteria.
Also, the yogurt I make tastes better when I make it using
some goat milk. When you read about goat milk, people often
suggest combining it with chocolate. I think the reason for that
is that there’s a similarity in the flavor. I’m not saying goat's
milk tastes like chocolate, I’m saying that there’s an aspect of
its flavor that is very similar to an aspect of the flavor of
If you got into making yogurt and talking about it, maybe your
kids (or parents) would get interested and begin making it for
For kids with health problems from birth, yogurt could be very
important in helping them to be healthy. I'm thinking of a
friend's grandson who has had trouble with his intestines from
birth. He's 18 months old now, with immune problems that keep
putting him back in the hospital.
Basically, our intestines are a major part of how our bodies
keep us healthy. They are where a lot of immune related
things are created from the food we eat, with the help of good
bacteria. So if a baby doesn’t have as much intestine as kids
who had an easier time to start, eating yogurt could help that
baby, that child, have the healthiest intestine he can have,
even if it’s not quite as extensive as that of most kids.
Since I began writing about yogurt I ordered a little blender
because I was having trouble stirring my yogurt mix enough.
Sometimes my yogurt wouldn’t turn out, except for one jar.
That was because the yogurt starter was clumped, not mixed
into all of the milk mixture. So only that one jar had starter in it.
You’d think I’d have seen the problem, but it wasn’t so easy to
see. Now that I’m using the little blender I’m getting good
yogurt every day.
I think a larger blender might have been better, but this one
was within my budget and it has a stainless cup. The plastic
things are not quite as healthy to use.
Please will you think about making yogurt? I really think you’d
notice a big difference in your health and in your family's health
if you could get them to make it, too.
I hope you’re feeling better!