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Sunday, June 3, 2012

RAW MILK gets a bad rap

Back then there was prohibition.  Now there is Illegal Milk.
If you have ever read Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" and survived you know that men have historically tried to cut corners in food production.  Government intervened on the meat industry and imposed regulations in the first part of the 20th century.  It was a public health concern, because profit motives
put public health in jeopardy.  There was no law, people just went off their own moral compass.  Unscrupulous people at the head of industries took advantage of this.
Just look at China.  They are unrestrained for profit.  The public welfare is supposed to be honored, but somehow they do not care about the individual's safety or health.  What have we heard of lately out of China?  Ground up melamine in baby formula?!  Ground up human fetus in herbal supplements?!  Can you say Soylent Green?
Sorry I just had to throw that in there because we live in a world where unthinkable travels at the speed of internet, and we see these events swirl through our heads, because there are so many of them.  Ok so I segued...
...Back to the raw.
There are risks of drinking raw milk.  According to the FCC two people died from 1998-2009 from raw milk consumption. 1837 got sick, 195 people went to the hospital, but 2 died.  Its up to you but I like those odds.  When I started bringing raw milk into our home.  My husband said, "Don't bring that evil into our home!"  and claimed that people died from raw milk consumption every day.  Take that Breadman!  2 people in 11 years in all of the U.S. Raw milk is hard to find, depending on where you live,  but if you are able to find a trustworthy source, there are so many benefits to the nutrients amino acids and live enzymes found in raw milk.  Essential nutrients are destroyed in the pasteurization process.  There are so many of them, and they all have unique functions.  Some have cancer fighting properties, some kill cavity inducing bacteria.  Some aid in calcium absorption.  The fats in the milk of pasture fed cows have the healthy omega-6 fats in salmon and bison, which you will not find in cows that are cooped up and fed grain.  And once the pasteurized all the rich enzymes go poof!
Also back in the old days and still on small farms not used for dairy production, dairy cows that were pregnant were allowed to rest and then were milked again after they had their calves and began lactating.  Now it is common procedure to milk dairy cows during pregnancy.  In essence they never get a break.  Their hormones change and estrogen levels increase while they are pregnant.  This also changes their milk.  And when we drink it, it can effect our hormone levels.  In the interest of mass production and efficiency have we so coldheartedly lost our respect for not only humanity but bovinity?   All the shortcuts of the twentieth century have ruined our pure food sources.  The nutrients are no longer present in many of the agricultural foods as they once were.

why is it said to be so dangerous and so unclean and so risky??
EAT NAKED NOW gives it to us straight :

This is the reason the FDA and big dairy companies don’t want you to know that clean raw milk is actually safe – it requires healthy animals and sanitary dairies. I don’t know about you, but clean milk from healthy animals is the only milk I want to drink.
Hmm… so that means pasteurized milk comes from unhealthy animals and unsanitary dairies? Bingo! As one of my favorite raw-milk advocates, Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures, says, “Pasteurization does not create clean milk; it just kills filthy milk.[1]” Yummy.

Raw milk is hard to find, but if you can find it, your gut and your body and your brain will thank you!

1 comment:

  1. Amen. i agree whole heartedly. thanks for the great post