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05 August 2009

More On Raw Milk

A friend and colleague of mine just e-mailed me an interesting (and mostly fair and well-written I might add) local piece on raw milk.In "Getting Real About Raw Milk" I found one point of view expressed in the article particularly meaningful. According to Bobbi Seidel:

People in the public health community are firmly against raw milk being allowed for sale,'' says Donald W. Schaffner, Ph.D., director of the Center for Advanced Food Technology at Rutgers University. "Milk was one of the first foods to be required to be pasteurized. This is because back when that was instituted in the early part of the 20th century people were getting sick because there were dangerous bacteria present in the milk. . . .Food poisoning associated with raw milk still occurs, he says. From 1998 to 2005, 45 outbreaks associated with raw milk or cheese resulted in more than 1,000 illnesses, 104 hospitalizations and two deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That's two deaths in seven years. Now, I'll leave you something from another article, "Death By Medicine" by Null (et al.) :

The total number [in 2001] of iatrogenic deaths [deaths caused by medical procedures] shown in the following table is 783,936. It is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States. The 2001 heart disease annual death rate is 699,697; the annual cancer death rate, 553,251" and "Our estimated 10-year total of 7.8 million iatrogenic deaths is more than all the casualties from all the wars fought by the US throughout its entire history.

Perhaps we should be more cautious about the medical (or military) industrial complex than raw milk, yet I've never heard of any laws banning either institution.

1 comment:

  1. So much truth...I have been drinking raw milk for over 7 years. I am also in nursing school and hope to bring some of these issues to the table! There have been studies that show that drinking homogenized milk does damage to our arterial walls when we are young. These damaged artery cells then "catch" the cholesterol in our blood and over the years this build up produces the hypertension we all are told to watch for. Cholesterol is not the causative agent...yet it gets all the rap because in the long run it is what causes the blockages when the original damage was done from drinkong homogenized milk. I found this information in Anne Frye's book Diagnostic Tests for the childbearing year and found it fascinating!


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