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Re: “Drink it raw

Hi, I came back to copy this article so I could post on chat board, and couldn't help diving in... If you want science, here's a few more places to research: http://www.realmilk.com/tworawmilks.html This explains the discrepancy between the pro and con arguments about raw milk. They're both right, but they're each talking about different raw milks. There is clean raw milk, and dirty raw milk. Know your source! Here's a good website for scientific refs: http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/scientific_refs.html "The Untold Story of Milk (Green Pastures, Contented Cows and Raw Dairy Foods)", by Ron Scmid, ND. This balanced, well-researched book discusses the history of milk from biblical times to present day, why the 'distillery dairies' made 1000's of people very sick (or killed people) in the early 1900's, how public perception was molded, then transformed into government policy, and why raw milk is demonized in spite of the fact that other raw foods (think raw meat, eggs, sushi, spinach) cause more illness. His website has a short explanation here: http://www.drrons.com/raw-milk-veritas.htm Raw milk got my attention when I was trying to cure a chronic ear infection - in my dog! I spent a few years (and $$$$$) trying the vet's science, then I got on the internet and found a product called ZYMOX. Worked like a charm. What's in this stuff? Three enzymes - Lactoperoxidase, lactoferrin, and lysozyme - all of which are found in raw milk. From http://animalpetdoctor.homestead.com/Zymox.html : "Lactoperoxidase A known milk peroxidase which when combined together with hydrogen peroxide, thiocyanate and/or iodide produce a potent antibacterial system known as the Lactoperoxidase System. The hypohalous ions produced are either the hypothiocyanate ion or the hypoiodite ion. Both are bactericidal substances. Hypoiodite is also a known fungicidal agent. The antibacterial property of the Lactoperoxidase System is based upon inhabitation of vital bacterial metabolic enzymes brought on by their oxidation by hypothiocyanate or hypoiodite. Lysozyme An enzyme present in milk and egg whites. Lysozyme kills bacteria by disrupting the formation of a glycosidic bond between the two components of peptidoglycan, a constituent of the bacterial cell wall. Lysozyme is effective against a number of bacteria including Escherichia coli and Salmonellae. Lactoferrin An iron binding protein. It is found naturally in cow and human milk, tears, saliva, seminal fluid and in some white blood cells. Lactoferrin is only partially saturated with iron (5 to 30 percent) so it has a high affinity towards iron. Lactoferrin is bacteristatic against a wide range of microorganisms including gram-negative (coliforms) and gram-positive (staphylcoccus) bacteria. Lactoferrin has the potential to inhibit the growth of bacteria and kill them by depriving them of iron, which is vital for bacterial growth. Hey, this stuff works." Interesting that these components of raw milk are legal (found in many more products as well), but raw milk is not. You can google these and other enzymes found in raw milk and find loads of scientific data - not to mention patented products, but I prefer Mother Nature's version, raised by a small farmer that understands careful handling and good animal husbandry. www.organicpastures.com - Mark McAffee, raw diary farmer and pioneer, has intentionally injected raw milk from his cows with human pathogens: "The three human pathogens that are tested (state mandated) at OPDC include Listeria Monocytogenes, Salmonella, and Ecoli 0157. To date, not one of these pathogens have ever been detected by any test at OPDC or conducted by any state or federal agency. Tests privately performed at OPDC (BSK labs) showed that even when these pathogens were added to OPDC raw milk at extremely high levels (7 logs) they would not grow and die off (test results available upon request)". http://www.organicpastures.com/faq.html Read Dr. Porter's book "Milk Diet as a Remedy for Chronic Disease". But don't go rushing out to get raw milk until you understand the small print about HEALTHY, CLEAN raw milk from grassfed cows on farms where the farmer knows their name - and understands the soil they graze on. Milk from large confinement dairies contains blood, pus and manure, and MUST be pasteurized. Forgive me for this indelicate slam on large dairy milk, but that is the raw milk that the FDA is going on about. And they are absolutely right! -Blair

Posted by Blair on 06/23/2007 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Drink it raw

"Drink it Raw" is a terrific article! The best I've read in years, and I've got a Google alert on raw milk articles, so they come in several times a week. Thank you for presenting all the issues fairly and succinctly. Our family has been drinking raw milk for about 5 years. My husband's gout is gone, and hay fever greatly reduced. Our 2 sons were diagnosed with asthma - no more asthma. We hardly ever have colds, and no flu for the past 4 years. They have been to the doctor once in the last 5 years; for a thumb x-ray (dumb bike trick). The CDC and the FDA are either incredibly dense, or their pockets are so heavy they can't see straight. The cat is out of the bag, and it's not going back in: RAW MILK ROCKS!!!

Posted by Blair on 06/22/2007 at 1:26 AM

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