The Many Health Benefits of Raw Milk
Author Dyan Ferguson. Published on May 31, 2011 - 1:36 pm (1204 views — 1956 words
There are a great and growing number of people today that are searching to buy raw milk for the reported health benefits of milk in its natural state. It is illegal to sell raw milk in most states and in some it has to be sold as pet food and labeled as not for human consumption. Some yet go another route as in a few states it is legal only to drink raw milk from your own cow. A lot of people have teamed up with a dairy to buy a share of a cow in order to stay within the legal bounds. Why are people going to such extremes to have real milk?
For centuries raw milk has been consumed and even regarded as medicine being heralded as a curative for many gastrointestinal and other diseases. Even today there are many reports of afflictions such as Crohn’s disease, other digestive problems, allergies, asthma, arthritis, and even Autism being cured or greatly improved simply by the addition of raw milk to the diet. Raw milk can indeed improve your overall health and well being.
In the 1920’s when New York was rapidly growing and becoming overcrowded many people became ill from drinking raw milk from dairies that were trying to keep up with the demand and whose sanitation procedures were very little to nonexistent. A law was passed. Nope, it wasn’t to improve sanitation in the dairies. It was to pasteurize the milk. In other words, let’s just cook it until there are no germs left. The law was passed statewide and soon became nationwide. Unfortunately what no one realized at the time was what the ‘cooking’ was doing to the milk. All the enzymes, which are extremely important to our health, were being destroyed by the heat as were most of the vitamins and minerals. All 8 of the essential amino acids are found in raw milk. These are also destroyed by pasteurization. The beneficial bacteria naturally occurring in raw milk is destroyed. In other words, this once live and perfect food is dead. How can it be of any benefit now? Hmmm, let’s see; the calcium right? Well, unfortunately the vitamins A and D in the milk fat that help us to absorb the calcium have also been destroyed. There is a perfect balance of vitamins and minerals in raw milk for optimum calcium absorption. Of course we can add back a very inferior and not well absorbed synthetic vitamin D. Not to mention dangerous. There have been reports of serious illness related to too much vitamin D being haphazardly dumped into pasteurized milk.
One of the most interesting and greatest things about raw milk is that it just keeps getting better. When it starts to naturally sour the beneficial bacteria grow by leaps and bounds. It is actually very good for you. Pasteurized milk just simply putrefies or “rots.” It can make you seriously ill or kill you if consumed, but really, who could get past the smell? Actually you are far more likely to become ill from drinking pasteurized milk than from drinking raw milk from clean dairies, but unfortunately (due to media and government) we won’t hear as much about an illness from consuming pasteurized milk as we would if there were an illness from consuming raw milk.
We won’t even get into the living conditions of cows on most commercial dairies. That is another story in itself as is the fact that our government is trying to take over and control everything we put into our own bodies. We’ll save those stories for another time. It’s my break time and yes, I’ve got (raw) milk.
A question was posed to me a few days ago by someone who knows that I am a very strong advocate of raw milk. Yes, okay I am very opinionated but with good reason. I was asked how people could be so trusting as to give their children raw milk. It could make them sick! Well first of all raw milk is far less likely to make anyone ill if it comes from clean facilities, than is pasteurized milk. Check your sources. Furthermore, pasteurized and homogenized milk can not only make you ill after drinking a glass that might be contaminated but it also is causing long term damage that may not show up for years. It is related to cancers, digestive problems, and in the case of homogenization in particular, heart disease. Most people who think that they are lactose intolerant find that the problem completely disappears when they switch to raw milk. But this isn’t another raw milk story. To get more facts on raw milk read my other article or read the hundreds more out there on the subject. The thing that struck me as odd was the question of how we can give our innocent, trusting little children something that could make them sick.
It happens every day, all day long in America and other countries all well. Have you ever thought about everything our children eat that is approved by the FDA? They are given massive amounts of sugar, food dyes, additives, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives, all contained in processed food that has little to no nutritional value. And the list goes on.
Most of us know by now that processed sugar isn’t good for us for a number of reasons. It has been shown to aggravate ADD and ADHD, it can contribute to diabetes and heart disease, arthritis, and many immune system disorders as well as many other ailments. It raises your triglyceride levels and just turns into plain old artery clogging fat. Sure everyone enjoys a sweet treat on occasion but our occasions seem to be far too often. Many schools have taken sugar sweetened soft drinks out of the vending machines which is definitely a step in the right direction but what did they replace them with- fruit juices that are loaded with sugar and artificially sweetened drinks. Yes, fruit juice is natural sugar but it’s still sugar and it still raises your blood sugar level and causes problems when large amounts are consumed. Think about just how much juice you would get from one piece or one serving of fruit. Not much really and when you consume an 8 or 10 oz. bottle of juice that is definitely a sugar overload. As for the artificially sweetened drinks, they are absolute poison. Aspartame in particular is a villain and has been linked to all kinds of autoimmune diseases, neurological disorders, fatigue, cancer and other diseases including Gulf War Syndrome where soldiers became seriously ill from drinking diet soft drinks that had sat out in the heat for long periods of time. Who really knows what all these artificial things do to our bodies. Maybe we will know more over time but it is sad that we are the guinea pigs being lulled into a false sense of trust in order to find out. Alright, they took out the sugary soda, but look at the snack machine next to the drink machine. They are filled with processed junk foods. Pastries made with white flour and sugar, candy bars, gummy candies, etc. They have the occasional bag of nuts or trail mix and such but most is pure junk. Why not just leave the soda’s? We’re not doing them any favors in particular unless we teach them to make good healthy and wise choices.
Just who is the FDA? Just because they deem that something won’t kill you if you consume it right now doesn’t mean that it’s not slowly killing you over a period of time. So we will continue to be trusting and let them tell us what is “safe” and what’s not. And meantime our children are eating and drinking themselves to death.
So how could anyone give their children something that might make them sick? Not because they aren’t caring or loving parents but simply because we are too trusting and uninformed. If the government says it’s safe then who are we to question that? We need to do more of our own research and take charge of our own health and that of our children who are becoming a generation of sick and obese people at a terribly alarming rate.
Why is this "Unsafe" Food Banned When It's 35,000 Times SAFER Than Others?
As you're probably aware of by now, there's a war being waged against raw milk. It's nothing less than an unconstitutional assault on one of your most basic rights, i.e. your right to choose what you want to eat and drink, and one of the excuses used to defend the violent persecution of those who dare sell this healthful food is that unpasteurized (raw) milk endangers human health.
But is raw milk really a major source of foodborne illness?
NOT according to the US government's own data!
Food safety chief and former Monsanto lawyer Michael Taylor has defended the FDA's gun-toting tactics against raw milk producers, calling the campaign "a public health duty." Furthermore, the new Food Safety Modernization Act, which was enacted earlier this year, grants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extraordinary new powers to detain any food the agency suspects to be unsafe, whether there are good grounds for suspicion or not. Taylor himself has stated that the new agency focus will be on preventing food poisoning outbreaks rather than responding to them after the fact.
Government Data Proves Safety of Raw Milk
Research by Dr. Ted Beals, MD, featured in the summer 2011 issue of Wise Traditions, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, shows that you are about 35,000 times more likely to get sick from other foods than you are from raw milk! Statistically, you're also more likely to get injured driving to the farm to pick up your raw milk than becoming ill from drinking it.
Dr. Beals' research shows that between 1999 and 2010, there was an average of 42 cases of illness per year attributed to raw milk, and that includes both "confirmed" and "presumed" cases.
The Weston A. Price Foundation writes:
"At last we have access to the numbers we need to determine the risk of consuming raw milk on a per-person basis"… The key figure that permits a calculation of raw milk illnesses on a per-person basis comes from a 2007 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) FoodNet survey, which found that 3.04 percent of the population consumes raw milk, or about 9.4 million people, based on the 2010 census. This number may in fact be larger in 2011 as raw milk is growing in popularity. For example, sales of raw milk increased 25 percent in California in 2010, while sales of pasteurized milk declined 3 percent."
In his report, Dr. Beals writes:
"From the perspective of a national public health professional looking at an estimated total of 48 million foodborne illnesses each year [from all foods]… there is no rational justification to focus national attention on raw milk, which may be associated with an average of 42 illnesses maximum among the more than nine million people (about 0.0005 percent) who have chosen to drink milk in its fresh unprocessed form.
… Consumption of any food has some risk of illness or adverse reaction. And the consequence of basing public policy on horrific personal experiences is that all foods will ultimately be banned, and we will not be able to participate in any activity."
If this isn't food for thought, I don't know what is. These statistics are the smoking gun proving that the war on raw milk cannot be based on food safety or protecting your health from an even remotely real threat…