Mourning Ron Schmid

Ron Schmid

The author, naturopath, and food rights activist Ron Schmid died unexpectedly last Thursday evening. He was 71, and died in his sleep at his farm in Connecticut, apparently of heart failure.

Schmid was best known in the food community for his landmark 2003 book, The Untold Story of Milk. He covered in depth the difficult history of raw milk in the U.S., arguing that even though raw milk was responsible for many illnesses during the 1800s and early 1900s, it was also unfairly savaged by the emerging pasteurized milk industry to eliminate raw milk as a competitive threat. I interviewed Schmid and quoted from his book in my 2009 book, The Raw Milk Revolution.

Schmid also was a highly respected naturopath for many years, who was sought out by patients from around the country. On the Facebook page of a supplement business he founded, Dr. Ron’s Ultra-Pure, one woman wrote: “Great man, very wise and committed to his patients. He cured me of cancer 28 years ago. He taught me how to eat and I have not been to any doctor since, being completely healthy. Very sad news.”

 

Two years ago, Schmid became embroiled in a huge controversy over so-called fermented cod liver oil, a product produced by a Nebraska company, Green Pasture. In a posting on the site of Dr. Ron’s, Schmid claimed the product had weakened his heart to the extent that he had become a candidate for a heart transplant in 2012, and that going off the product led to his “miraculous recovery.” He said in part: “In the six years I took fermented cod liver oil, I went from running ten miles a day to being barely able to walk across the room. My cardiologist, a world renowned physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital named Mark Marieb, was at first skeptical of my theory that cod liver oil had caused my heart problems. But as he has followed what he calls my ‘miraculous recovery’ from advanced heart failure (the usual prognosis is death within three to six months, and when first admitted at Yale-New Haven, I was seen by the Heart Transplant Team), he has gradually accepted that the cause of my heart failure was excessive amounts of cod liver oil.”

Dave Wetzel, owner of Green Pasture, told me at the time that Schmid’s accusation was “false” because the company’s cod liver oil was safe.

Schmid’s illness, along with a report by nutritionist Kaayla Daniel questioning the safety of the Green Pasture product, led to a major falling out between Schmid and the Weston A. Price Foundation. When Schmid refused to retract his accusations against Green Pasture two years ago, WAPF founder Sally Fallon Morell barred him from exhibiting on behalf of Dr. Ron’s at the organization’s annual meeting that November.

The falling out spread and became a source of much bitterness in the food rights community. At one point, Fallon Morell railed against Schmid, Daniel, and me as “The Three Amigos”. I got to know Schmid well during that period, and he frequently expressed pride in the term, though he was saddened by the falling out with Fallon Morell, who had written the preface to The Untold Story of Milk and became co-author of an updated and revised version of the book.

The three of us helped launch a new organization, Hunt Gather Grow, as an alternative food information community. It held a launch session in the late fall of 2015, and has been organizing potential additional events since then. I’ll just say that personally, it was an honor to work with him. He was smart, sensitive, assertive, and had a great sense of humor.

Schmid supported a number of food rights causes, including most recently that of Canadian farmer Michael Schmidt, who told me he always felt “deep gratitude” toward Ron Schmid. “He will be sorely missed.”

While Schmid seemed to recover significantly from his 2012 experience, he never got back to his previous level of health, and in the last few months complained of declining health. One member of his family said, “He was told by the doctors in 2012 that he had three to six months to live, and he should get his affairs in order. He lived five more years, so that was gratifying.”  According to representatives of his family, there won’t be an autopsy or funeral, and his body will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at the family farm in Watertown, CT, on Wednesday, August 2, starting at 4 PM EDT. Inquiries about the service can be made to 860-945-7444.

 

36 comments to Mourning Ron Schmid

  • lynda

    I’m utterly shocked and heartbroken to hear this. I’ve had years of immense respect for Dr. Ron’s life work. He will be missed dearly.

    I want to add I believe the post you mention as no longer available, can still be found here http://www.drrons.com/product-blog/Too-Much-of-a-NOT-so-Good-Thing. Dr. Ron was very humble in telling his story in hopes no one else would make the same mistake. I’m immensely grateful to him for this. Stopping fermented cod liver oil solved a serious inflammation problem for me also. Without his story I would have never made the connection.

    He and his family are in my prayers and will be for a long time.

    • David Gumpert David Gumpert

      Lynda, thanks for sharing. Thanks also for finding that link. I have included it within the post. It’s interesting reading.

  • JHeckman

    Very sad over the loss of Dr. Ron. He authored a very important book on milk. In 2010 I published a book reviewed based on the second edition:
    Heckman, J.R. 2010. The Untold Story of Milk, The History, Politics and Science of Nature’s Perfect Food: Raw Milk from Pasture-Fed Cows. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture. 34:460-464.

    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10440040903396441

  • I remember, like it was yesterday, when Ron visited OPDC in the very early ( circa 2002-2003 ) years to interview me and write the story in his book. He was young at heart and quite a healer and a great human being. Truly will be missed. He left a good mark on the world.

    Mark

  • One more reason for utter disdain and contempt for Sally Fallon…and the WAPF as long as she is associated with it.

  • D. Smith D. Smith

    This is so sad to hear. He contributed immensely to the world of information surrounding raw milk and its many benefits for health. His comments here will be missed.

  • Shana Milkie

    Very sorry to hear this sad news. I send condolences to his family.

  • Kim Bezaire

    Something needs to be said about the responsibility we all feel we have to spread “the word”, but shouldn’t that word be not only actively spread but also accurate, scientfically proven, and that proof provided each time we speak of it?
    In both the above article, as well as the artcle cited from Dr. Ron’s newsletter (where the author’s name is not immediately apparent btw, and I still haven’t found it) — in BOTH articles the words “cod liver oil” and “fermented cod liver oil” are carelessly interchanged.

    However,sloppy reporting is just deserts for sloppy lifestyle decisions based on “telling”, not based on proof.

    I would NEVER, EVER, put old oil into my body, “fermented” or not. It is one of the worst things a person could do to oneself nutritionally, from the moment that first spoonful enters the body. I know this from reading Adelle Davis, whom I admired and followed because the proof is undeniable. UNDENIABLE PROOF. You own it to yourself and anyone you claim to be caring for. STOP listening to EVERYTHING, and take responsibility for your own actions toward your own self.
    Further crimes are in the publishing industry, so tied as they are to capital. We are hard pressed to find a match for Adelle Davis, nor the thousands of doctors and researchers she reported about. Find an index like any of hers, or follow the amazing careers of heroes, as she reported on their young successes and we followed them through their lives, using their information and advice. We do them injustice when we swallow every bit of information that is shoved down our throats, which we ALLOW to take over our lives.

  • Kathy Pirtle

    I am so saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. He helped my dramatically when I was extremely ill in 2002. I got to know him through the years and we had the love of music in common. Ron will be missed greatly. He was a one-of-a-kind person that helped thousands of people. I am grateful to have had to opportunity to spend time with him.

  • Sara Reilly

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Ron Schmid. For me, his legacy is the groundbreaking “The Untold Story of Milk,” which changed my life for the better, and I’m sure many others felt the same way. He will not be forgotten.

  • Kyle

    I am “heartbroken” Ron was a good man. And one of the few with the balls to stand up to Sally Fallon.

  • David Gumpert David Gumpert

    Kaayla Daniel has a very touching personal remembrance of Ron Schmid on her site:

    http://drkaayladaniel.com/the-legacy-of-dr-ron-schmid/

  • Andrejka

    While FCLO seems ok in my limited personal experience, the controversy was intense on Chris Kressers’ web site… I did a little reseach “Joan Grinzi, Executive Director of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, says: “It’s taken us over a year to thoroughly search the archives. We can now state that Dr. Price never mentioned fermented cod liver oil and never recommended a product like it.” FCLO is neither a true “traditional” cod liver oil nor the “high vitamin cod liver oil” recommended by Dr. Price.
    Dr. Price pointed out the danger of rancidity in the cod liver oils of his day, and he cited other researchers from the 1920s and 1930s who had “called attention to the importance of considering the toxic substances in cod liver oils as possible explanation for differences in the results obtained by different workers in vitamin studies.” Clinicians observed “severe and striking” effects, most notably “serious structural damage” to the heart and kidneys.” Roy Schmid also states “Joan Grinzi, Executive Director of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, says: “It’s taken us over a year to thoroughly search the archives. We can now state that Dr. Price never mentioned fermented cod liver oil and never recommended a product like it.” FCLO is neither a true “traditional” cod liver oil nor the “high vitamin cod liver oil” recommended by Dr. Price.
    Dr. Price pointed out the danger of rancidity in the cod liver oils of his day, and he cited other researchers from the 1920s and 1930s who had “called attention to the importance of considering the toxic substances in cod liver oils as possible explanation for differences in the results obtained by different workers in vitamin studies.” Clinicians observed “severe and striking” effects, most notably “serious structural damage” to the heart and kidneys.

  • Mark McAfee Mark McAfee

    When I visited Sydney Australia a couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to visit a replica of Capt Cooks ship. In board that ship was a doctors medicine chest. There were 87 medicines and cures in the box. Of the 87 cures, only three are considered safe and effective for any stated purpose in today’s world. The rest of the 84 are considered either highly toxic or lethal.

    The lesson here is: cures of the ages must be vetted and understood or you could die from them…. not all treatments are ancient wisdom.

    I grew up on Adele Davis brewers yeast and molasses. My mom was a big follower.

    In this generation grass fed rawmilk is the food that really keeps my grand kids exceptionally strong.

    • Ken Conrad Ken Conrad

      Mark,
      If the current drug/cure“vetting” process is indicative of understanding and sound science serves as its basis, then my ass is a star…

      Explain to me why an estimated 126000 people in the US die annually due to doctor prescribed drugs?
      http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2016-09-27/the-danger-in-taking-prescribed-medications
      And the above only represents deaths!!! What about all the drug induced injuries/disabilities such as stroke, Guillain-Barré syndrome, etc. etc. etc.. Indeed, and if they are truly upfront what about all the injuries and deaths as a result of toxic vaccine use???

      Hence the medical profession despite all of it’s acquired knowledge is engaged in a deadly crapshoot… in the dark no less, and the public is its target!

      Dr. Harris Coulter PhD stated it wisely, “Society today is paying a heavy price in disease and death for the monopoly granted the medical profession in the 1920’s. In fact, the situation peculiarly resembles that of the 1830s when physicians relied on bloodletting, mercurial medicines, and quinine, even though knowing them to be intrinsically harmful And precisely the same arguments were made in defense of these medicines as are employed today, namely, that the benefits outweigh the risks. In truth, the benefits accrue to the physician, while the patient runs the risks.”
      Coulter also stated, “One feels rage as well at the complicity of the “peer reviewed” journals which print these awful productions. It is abundantly clear, if further proof were needed, that “peer review” means simply preventing criticism of certain commercial interests and blocking the emergence of competing viewpoints. Finally, one feels rage and exasperation at the total inability of journalists — who are reputed to be professional sceptics — to see through, and expose, this duplicity.”

  • don

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2000/07/30/doctors-death-part-one.aspx
    Ken Dr Barbara Starfield of Johns Hopkins published in JAMA 17 years ago similar figures but did anyone listen? It would appear that the medicine men have no better record than the so called legal guys. Our IDOLS are indeed tarnished!!! The truth is not popular!!!

  • Ken,

    You have no argument from me. I agree that much of modern pharma is a disaster. The current opiate crisis is a pharma doctor created mess.
    I said this recently…..Farmers over Pharmacists is the future of sustainable medicine. Access to whole food nutrition must be a right if we are to ever move forward with a sane basis for a country and thinking citizens. Starving students can not learn. Starving stomachs can not serve a brain that works.

    The pharma death grip on Washington….is truly a death grip.

    How do we separate doctors who want to do well from those that do not? One layer deeper….how do we train our future doctors if the current training model does not really teach medicine?

    We have a long way to go….

    When our current medical schools ignore the human genome project discoveries…..how can we ever teach doctors the basis of nutritional medicine! ??

    We are screwed… Brace yourselves for a very ugly future. Nourishing those around you and teaching with passion is best we can do. Teaching and being an Organic Whole Food Farmer is one if the highest forms of political activity on earth.

  • Gordon S Watson

    Noting that your crack was posted at two am, the pattern comes in to focus … In the daylight hours, Mark McAffee is seen as successful farmer and expert on REAL MILK, who makes sense on this forum. But when the midnight hour tolls, your OTHER persona manifests … Mister Hyde side cannot contain himself from giving utterance to his miserable crypto-commie self, who hates White Christian America.

    Your pronouncement about Pence, is spell-casting .. a technique taught at communist training schools. Street fighting playing out on the nation’s tv sceens is scripted = same as what went on in Wiemar Germany. Bear in mind that, then, the German people were driven by reports of the horrors going on in the Soviet Union. Charlottsville was the watershed moment in the race war which has been festering for nigh-on a century. Here and now, white people are being manipulated to accept that it’s time to defend ourselves. So whites will unlimber those millions of firearms, in our homes. When the next trigger event happens, the mixed multitude mob threatening the Republic will be taught a very hard lesson about whose country this really is. You ain’t seen nothing yet.

    Warts and all, Donald Trump is the authoritarian necessary, who shows up at this stage in the decline of an empire. All the snivelling bed-wetting “anti-fa” types kept on proclaiming imminent dictatorship … let’s see how you well you do, when you get what you wished for!

    • David Gumpert David Gumpert

      I figured all the neo-Nazi upheaval here would fire up your blood lust, Watson. There’s no question the U.S. is in a bad way right now. It’s difficult to know how it will all play out, and we probably won’t know for a few years yet. But let’s just say we have been in tough positions a number of times during our history, from nearly losing the Revolutionary War and World War II, together with fighting a devastating Civil War, and came out the better. The big difference between then and now is that we had superior leadership during those crises, while today we are led by a pathetic sociopath. Still, we are quite resilient as a people, and basically decent, tolerant, and compassionate. Hopefully, those qualities will enable us to survive as a free people.

      • Gordon S Watson

        you want to see what “blood lust” looks like? … view the photos of the anti-fa mob, rolling in with helmets on, baseball bats and bear spray in hand. … just exercising their “right to free speech”, opined Mark McAffee last year, when his pals did the same at Berkley, looting and burning and hysterically imposing the “heckler’s veto” which your Supreme Court ruled is illegal.

        I started out with high regard for you, Mister Gumpert, considering the work you’ve done in journalism, especially, helping the Campaign for REAL MILK. But I’m less and less impressed with your intellect as you reveal you don’t even know what the German National Socialist Workers Party really stood for. You toss around the term “neoNazi” as a kneejerk reaction vilifying any white person, particularly Christians, articulating pride in his own race in the face of the One-worlders. In 1941 Martin Bormann ( merely Hitler’s secretary, and by some accounts, his “handler” ) said : “National Socialism and Christianity are irreconcilable”. See if you can muster a modicum of journalistic integrity >>> quit trying to hang your kneejerk sloganeering term “neo_Nazi” on me.

        you want to see “blood lust” ? pay attention to the on-going exposures of Planned Barrenhood employees, caught on camera negotiating prices for parts from childen they carved-up in their ‘clinics’. Emboldened by PRESIDENT Trump’s leadership to return America to sanity on the abortion issue, the Great State of Texas is stopping its taxpayers from being compelled to subsidize the baby body parts racket. Meanwhile your correspondent > 16-year paramedic / father + grandfather Mark McAffee < displays his studied ignorance, calling the baby in the womb a "piece of tissue".

        In British Columbia, we are very close to having raw milk for human consumption, legalized. Three Members of the Legislature in this new administration [ the GreeNDP ] have visited raw milk cowshare dairies, one being a long-time customer of a dairy out in "the boonies". When BC makes the change, that will open the door for every other Province in Canada to do the same. I'd much prefer to stick to discussing the Campaign for REAL MILK, but = as promised = whenever I notice McAffee rising from the casket at 2 am, using his demonic Troll voice to dump his patent idiocy into this forum, I'll rebuke him.

  • Gordon S Watson

    past time to retire that worn-out epithet, Mister Gumpert. Even the lamestream media talking heads learned the difference between “neo-Nazis” and authentic white national-ists, this time ’round. It doesn’t take a degree in political science to discern that what happened in Charlottesville was a made-for-tv psy-op. Your Ku Klux Klansmen being de rigeur, of course = straight from Central Casting. Everyone who knows anything about the ( so called ) alt-right, knows that 90% of those outfits, are FBI agents.

    when you say ” …we are quite resilient as a people, and basically decent and compassionate.” you’re speaking of the past. The character of the US of A, today, is significantly different than what it was when the nation was overwhelmingly white, and presumed Christian morality as common sense. No, you’re not going to survive as a “free people” … all hope of that ended on Sept 11 2001 when the police state was installed. The country is broken, and will only spiral down from here. The commies have been fomenting race war since 1905, when the Communist Party of the USA pronounced it as strategy. When the mobs are in the streets, looting the grocery stores, we’re at the stage of the cycle where the Prodigal Son is jostling with the swine, for something to eat. Exactly what the real fascists need for officially-imposed tyranny.

    As Alibaba becomes THE broker – contracting with the corporations for every agricultural commodity available to be delivered to Red China – high quality food will be very hard to come by let alone very expensive. Better get your personal line of supply of REAL MILK in place NOW.

  • John Dutcher

    David,
    Thank You.
    Watson,
    Bet you believe Columbus discovered America. What year would you say white people outnumbered native americans?

    • Ken Conrad Ken Conrad

      John,
      When it comes to ancient history nothing is set in stone. Indeed, the ambiguity surrounding that history makes it all the more interesting. The following perspectives are just two examples.

      Did King Solomon’s Navy Discover America?
      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Blogs/Message.aspx/2384

      The legend of Madoc ab Owain Gwynedd: Welsh Indians at the Falls of the Ohio
      http://filsonhistorical.org/the-legend-of-madoc-ab-owain-gwynedd-welsh-indians-at-the-falls-of-the-ohio/

      It would be prudent to keep an open mind and not get caught up in all the preconceived notions that led and continues to lead to the drama and rage driven intolerance on both the right… and the left.

      “The admission of Missouri as the Union’s 24th state on Aug. 10, 1821, looks like a triumph for practical politics.”
      https://www.therebel.media/today_in_history_choosing_missouri_over_principle_1821
      What is needed is a humble respect for freedom of speech… not all this childish shouting, noisemaking, stereotyping, and violence that we are currently witnessing in an attempt to drown each other out and marginalize in order to have it our way.

      Dr. Jordan Peterson is a professor at one of Canada’s leading universities and because of his temerity to challenge political correct dogma has been accused as being , prejudice, intolerant, a neo-Nazi and received death threats. These people who claim to be defenders social justice appear to have lost their ability to engage in constructive dialogue, choosing rather to take part in boorish and violent behavior. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25xX8P_D1Vc

      In truth we all originated from the same seed and if we believe in Jesus Christ then the color of ones skin or who was here first should to be irrelevant.
      Humans have a vice driven propensity… In other words they tend to be egocentric, controlling, vindictive, greedy and biased, much of which is based on preserving their ideologies and that tends to lead to enslaving others including themselves.

      Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn made two very profound observations… When prompted by the following question: “Do you feel that many of the problems in the modern world are due to an inadequate grasp of spiritual and philosophical truth by the population as a whole?”. He stated: “This is certainly true. Man has set for himself the goal of conquering the world but in the processes loses his soul. That which is called humanism, but what would be more correctly called irreligious anthropocentrism, cannot yield answers to the most essential questions of our life. We have arrived at an intellectual chaos.”

      Again in his book “The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956” he stated, “If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”

      • John Dutcher

        Ken,
        I agree with a lot of what you say. My statement was a facetious jab at those who think Columbus discovered America, even though we know there were thousands of folks already living here and lots of evidence of even earlier contact. I also agree with your view of Christianity that we are all the same, NOT Watson’s white supremacy BS. But for me religion is just “crowd control” pure and simple, before a bunch of you go off the deep end, this is my opinion and feelings and only mine.

  • Gordon S Watson

    Mister Dutcher, since you asked, my answer is : ’round about the time Solomon king of ancient Israel was sending his ships around the world, trading as far up the Saint Lawrence as the Great Lakes, for copper.

    To get thyself up to speed, read Barry Fell’s book, “America BC”… lots of photos of hard evidence, all the way from Nordic runes found in America, to the 10 commandments in paleo Hebrew letters carved in stone in New Mexico : but that only matters to people whose minds are open to facts. Who can undo the programming they suffered in the public fool system.
    Buckminster Fuller taught us that “the great sea captains of history always knew that the planet is a sphere”. Columbus knew what he was doing

    Something that may be accessible a mind just beginning to think for yourself ; is the evidence proving that the Cherokee nation are the descendants of Welsh colonies, cut off during the (so-called ) Dark Ages. Point being ; Caucasians – being direct descendants of the man Jacob Israel – were contemporaneous with the aboriginals who, demselves, are from the Orient. Of course all this is absolutely politically-incorrect at this point in time, which is why the skeletons of Giants are hidden in the Smithsonian Institute, after being displayed in circuses, in the 1880s up to WW I. Another handy proof is ; the fact that Kenewick man has been hidden away for 50 years, so the DNA analysis won’t trouble “the experts”

    • John Dutcher

      King Solomon sent some ships around the world and when they came to North America the sailors outnumbered the native Americans???? I am part Chrokee my self and on the res none of the people that have large percentage of Cherokee blood resemble Caucasians, not even a little bit, take a trip to North Carolina Watson. And besides I expect nothing less than cospiracy theory from you. I am not religious Watson, but I am going to pray for you!!

      • Gordon S Watson

        rather Take a trip to Oklahoma, where the Cherokee people wound up. One of the factors which define Caucasians, is : blue and or green eyes. onus is on you, Mr Dutcher to explain how some Cherokee people have blue eyes, when no other aboriginal group in the Americas does. The trait for blue eyes is recessive = in order for him or her to have blue eyes, that gene has to be present in each of that person’s parents. Do your own homework. Start with “America BC” by Barry Fell. Since you’re keen on North Carolina … go open up one of the mounds there, and let us know what you find.
        you fail in logic, too. Had you read what I said, you would understand that the ancient Israelites / Phonecians had ports with colonies around the world

  • don

    Eminent Domain was enacted by congress called the Indian Removal Act of 1830. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trail_of_Tears#Jackson.27s_role Which one of those Ten Commandments Carved in Stone in New Mexico is Eminent Domain allowed? It is said the first slaves in America were white over 1100 in Virginia alone and even some were children seized off the streets in London!!! I don’t think we whites have to much to brag about Gordon. Nothing is new under the sun.

    • David Gumpert David Gumpert

      No, Eminent Domain is allowed under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, with “just compensation.”

      • Ken Conrad Ken Conrad

        My grandfather had to relinquish his land fair market value because of flooding that resulted due to the construction of a hydroelectric dam… hence the reason why I am living where I am today.

        Eminent domain = expropriation in Canada where, “the government and its agencies, regional districts, municipalities, school boards, post-secondary institutions and utilities) takes private property for a purpose deemed to be in the public interest”. In Canada the weasels in government have figured out a way of usurping that process in order to avoid having to pay fair market value to the landowner. In the case of my Amish neighbors for example, the arbitrary use of a conditional severance in order to constrain them into relinquishing a parcel of land at their expense (legal and surveying costs) so that it can assume legal ownership of that parcel of land at no cost to itself is indicative of increasing Government/bureaucratic overreach that violates the principles of fundamental justice.

        Here are some words of wisdom that appear to have been lost in the annals of history or if you will, sacrificed on the altar of socialist/Marxist theory, “So great moreover is the regard of the law for private property, that it will not authorize the least violation of it; no, not even for the general good of the whole community. If a new road, for instance, were to be made through the grounds of a private person, it might perhaps be extensively beneficial to the public; but the law permits no man, or set of men, to do this without consent of the owner of the land. In vain may it be urged, that the good of the individual ought to yield to that of the community; for it would be dangerous to allow any private man, or even any public tribunal, to be the judge of this common good, and to decide whether it be expedient or no. Besides, the public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual’s private rights, as modelled by the municipal law. In this, and similar cases the legislature alone can, and indeed frequently does, interpose, and compel the individual to acquiesce. But how does it interpose and compel? Not by absolutely stripping the subject of his property in an arbitrary manner; but by giving him a full indemnification and equivalent for the injury thereby sustained. The public is now considered as an individual, treating with an individual for an exchange. All that the legislature does is to oblige the owner to alienate his possessions for a reasonable price; and even this is an exertion of power, which the legislature indulges with caution, and which nothing but the legislature can perform.” Blackstone Commentaries, 2:138-9
        The key question, “But how does it interpose and compel”???

  • don

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution#Takings_clause JUST COMPENSATION?? ALA present market value. That did not work out so well for the Indians 1000s of them died in the forced death marches west but it was of course all for the public good!! If they {the public utility corp.] force their power lines across the 5th generation Shank farm destroying their livelihood how shall they receive JUST COMPENSATION tell that to Edwin and family after all the LABOR they have exerted and for all the PAIN of the family loss?? Not to mention their customers loss as well. It seems that in todays PRESENT REALITY the 5th amendment SUPERCEDES NEGATES NULLIFIES DELEGALIZES MAKES NULL AND VOID ANY STANDING the 10 Commandments may claim!! And it seems like almost no one cares. SIGH

  • Gordon S Watson

    as for the Trail of Tears : aboriginals were a conquered people. Living in military prison camps called “reserves” they had no status to claim compensation for lands taken by right of conquest.
    Same with the property of men who had taken up arms in the Confederate cause. Their property – meaning, land along with the slaves bound to it / anything that wasn’t nailed down – was appropriated by force of arms. Southerners were never compensated for assets taken as spoils of war. Lincoln did not “free the slaves”, he decreed transfer of title of such chattel to the federal govt. whose responsibility they are, to this day. Confer with the works of Eustace Mullins who spent much of his life working in the Library of Congress = a very different explanation of the history of the US of A, than that which is presented in the public Fool System.

  • Those of us who are dealing out health advice are in a position of great responsibility. It is important that we take the time to get it right.
    I admire (and am grateful for) Ron’s productivity, passion, and commitment. He was able to get things done with the snap of his fingers! Rest in peace, Ron. You are dearly missed.

  • I only learned today of Ron’s death- he and Elly worked with me and as their voice coach. I sang for their wedding. I found him to be one of the kindest, generous and sensitive human beings on this planet. I am shocked and saddened- please remember that this feed was entitled Mourning Dr.Ron.
    Thank you Mr. Gumpert for your post.

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