Should You Really Be Afraid of Raw Milk?

The same regulators who defend the use of mercury in your dental fillings and fluoride in your drinking water want you to be afraid… very afraid… of a wholesome food known as raw milk. I currently use about one pound of raw butter per week, and for those who have tasted the difference will never return to pasteurized products.

Cream, butter, yogurt, milk - it all tastes so significantly better in the raw form, there is an inherent recognition it is better for you. There are also well documented differences, raw milk is:

•Loaded with healthy bacteria that are good for your gastrointestinal tract
•Full of more than 60 digestive enzymes, growth factors, and immunoglobulins (antibodies)
•Rich in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which fights cancer
•Rich in beneficial raw fats, amino acids, and proteins in a highly bioavailable form, all 100 percent digestible
•Loaded with vitamins (A, B, C, D, E, and K) in highly bioavailable forms, and a very balanced blend of minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron) whose absorption is enhanced by live lactobacilli
Pasteurized milk is another food entirely, as the price of killing the pathogenic bacteria with pasteurization is that you also kill the good bacteria that helps digest milk, fight infection and make it such a nourishing food. Plus, proteins and enzymes are completely destroyed or denatured, made less digestible and less usable by your body. Not to mention, cows raised in CAFOs, from which most pasteurized milk comes, are NOT raised in a manner that makes their milk suitable for drinking raw (or at all, in my opinion).

CAFO cows are typically raised on high-protein, soy-based feeds instead of fresh green grass, and instead of free range grazing, they stand in cramped, manure-covered feed lots all day. These conditions are perfect for the proliferation of disease, and yes, this milk MUST be pasteurized in order for it to be safe to drink.

These cows also need antibiotics to keep them well, and some are also given genetically modified growth hormones to increase milk production. Needless to say, these hormones and antibiotics also wind up in the milk. Quite simply, the Big Dairy business depends on pasteurization, and that is why their powerful lobbyists will stop at nothing to persuade government agencies to keep raw milk bans in full force.

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I like your take on healthy eating DTOM. Where do you get raw milk and butter around here?

P22

You have to purchase a herd or cow share and you can get it sent to you or pick it up in Monclova..Ohio ..

"DTOM" {1776} " We The People" {1791}

I had not checked its availability around here. As I'm planning to move back to farm country (location secret, ha ha) in the near future, I figured I would just wait until I was "home" again. I know lots of places I can get it there, without having to own "shares" of an animal.

Also, in various parts of the country, people who want raw milk simply buy it for their "pets". It's like anything. If you keep a low profile and don't sell to strangers, you can sell (or buy) raw milk. The gubmt isn't going to win this one - in the end.

I’m not totally against raw milk, and have actually used it to make butter, but just beware. Raw milk can harbor some nasty pathogens. There are actual health reasons behind the government’s laws on raw milk sales. It’s not just the government trying to control your lives.

This is a big nationwide, ongoing fight, frequently called the "war on raw milk". With at least one judicial decision that you cannot drink raw milk produced from your own cows.

I grew up drinking it - and have a pretty good basis for comparison with its health benefits compared to homogenized/pasteurized. I spent all summer every summer on my grandparents' farm until I went to work (in the city) as a young adult.

During summers - never a cold or the flu - no health problems. Fall, winter, spring, back to the city and pasteurized store-bought milk, and I caught everything that went around, just about. Trust me on this - you are much safer drinking milk straight from the cow than you are eating a lot of those fresh veggies you get from the local grocery & are (probably) proud to consume. Why? Think about it. Pickers go the the bathroom out in the field, if you get my drift. And there are many other contaminants that you cannot necessarily wash off at your kitchen sink.

The underlying problem is a constitutional one. Adults in this country have a constitutional right to eat what they want to eat - period. Prohibition on alcohol was overturned in this country. So they go after foodstuffs now. This I know for sure - nobody ever got on expressway 280 going the wrong way, under the influence of raw milk, and killed people in a horrific crash.

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