Anyone who knows me knows that I continually tout the benefits of raw milk. Raw milk packs a powerhouse of fat soluble nutrients and easily assimilated minerals in it.
Unfortunately, governments worldwide are increasingly not only trying to deter consumers from consuming this natural, nourishing food, but, in the US and Canada, small raw dairy farmers (including raw cheese producers) are being harassed and even put out of business because of supposedly contaminated raw milk products.
This recent vendetta is not only bad for our health, but misinformation about dairy now abounds not only from our governments (heavily funded by producers of puss, feces and blood filled pasteurized milk products), but by many health movements that are largely anti-government such as supporters of vegan or macrobiotic diets. Let’s take a look at some myths and truths surrounding the raw milk argument.
Myth #1: Raw milk is dangerous because it harbors infectious organisms such as E.coli.
Truth: Raw milk kills many infectious organisms including E.coli on contact. Just like raw meat begins to smell bad when it is not fit for human consumption, raw milk will begin to smell very rancid whenever a dangerous organism that it cannot kill is present. Pasteurized milk has no such defenses and so is prone to harboring dangerous diseases-causing bacteria without letting the consumer know.
Myth #2: Raw milk has caused many people to get sick.
Truth: As far as my research has revealed, there are less than 10 cases per year in the United States of people considered to have gotten sick from raw milk. Many of these people never even consumed raw milk! One such case, for example, was in Washington state where 7 people (5 according to some reports) suddenly became sick with a mysterious disorder. Only 2 of the 7 had consumed raw milk, yet raw milk was blamed for all 7 cases! It was later discovered that the 2 children who had drunk raw milk were also caught eating dirty snow on the day they got sick. Pasteurized milk, on the other hand, has been responsible for causing thousands of people to get sick at one time. Twice in the 1980s pasteurized milk caused disease outbreaks in 17,000 people (each). The most recent case in Massachusetts occurred in 2007 and resulted in 3 deaths. Let’s face it, if raw milk should be banned because it did ever cause anyone to get sick, then peanuts, lettuce, scallions, blueberries, pasteurized milk and many other foods should be outlawed as well.
Myth#3: Milk is a bad source of calcium.
Truth: Raw milk is an excellent source of assimilable calcium. It is only pasteurizing milk that makes calcium unavailable to the body. Raw milk is also an important source of vitamins A, E, and K plus phosphorus, magnesium and the trace minerals as well as enzymes, essential fatty acids and probiotics. Take that soy milk!
Myth#4: If raw milk was safe, the FDA would approve it as safe for human consumption.
Truth: The FDA is run by executives of pharmaceutical companies, many of which are involved in making the chemicals that go into conventional foods. Do you really think they have any interest in making decisions that would hit themselves in the pocketbook? Remember, this is the same agency that considers aspartame safe even though it is linked to over 200 side effects (including death), convinces us to eat soy foods for its health benefits even though it contains 196 entries in its poisonous plants database and growing, and is 100% behind releasing genetically engineered plants and cloned animals into the food supply despite the fact that study after study has shown these foods to be the cause of infertility and many diseases.
Myth #5: If raw milk was safe, the government would make it legal.
Truth: The only purpose of a gun is to kill, yet the government has found ways of making guns legal for those who want them. Interestingly enough, as voters we are all convinced that politicians receive financial kickbacks from various industries to drive their decisions — except when it comes to food policy. Why would we think that this would be any different?
There are many, many more myths about raw milk, but as a working mom, I don’t have time to delve into them all. Suffice it to say, that raw milk is not only safe, but also healthful.
That’s why it’s so important for us to Stop FDA Tyranny Against Dairy Farms today.
The Weston A Price Foundation has been working tirelessly for the past several years to help small farmers such as Morningland Dairy and Estrella Family Creamery from unfair scrutiny and raids on their farms inauthentically in the name of food safety.