Oh, MUM! – Photo Courtesy: Keith Marshall
My family and I recently visited a dairy farm in Indiana, where children can milk cows and learn all about how milk does a body good. My son loves animals, so I saw no harm in letting him pet the cows. But, I also had some detective questions of my own for the staff.
I asked them to allow me to purchase raw milk. I was met with a wall of negativity and given a laundry list of the dangers of un-pasteurized dairy. I know that they cannot legally sell it to me (and I’m not sure that I’d even drink it if they did). But, I wanted to get a sense of their true feelings on the subject.
Raw Dairy Contains Live Enzymes and Bio Available Nutrition
I’ve personally witnessed the healing powers of raw butter and fermented raw milk (kefir), in this last year. If cows are fed a natural diet of grasses, they produce clean milk with potential healing power. Of course, their milk is ideal for their own young. However, raw butter can help heal the gut lining of humans, and prepare the gut for absorption of beneficial bacteria. In cases where a leaky gut leads to autism in children, many parents have found success using raw butter. I am not one of these parents. I find that milk of any sort is mucous forming and unnatural for my family.
The woman at the farm would not elaborate on the cows’ diets.
She would only say that they are fed a special blend of grains and grasses. We only began pasteurizing and homogenizing dairy in this country for the sake of money. Farmers wanted to be able to save money on animal feed and produce more money making milk; producing in mass quantities without ideal diets or refrigeration meant that the animal’s milk would need to be heated in order to kill bacteria. Obviously, the milk from the Indiana farm was not healthy enough to be consumed raw.
The Real Dangers of Pasteurization
Most dairy for sale in this country is heat pasteurized to kill disease. And, while it does kill enzymes, it is not enough to destroy all potentially harmful organisms. This process also turns proteins (like casein) into poison. Without enzymes to aid in digestion, we are left with white poison that has absolutely no health benefits. The proteins in this type of milk are of no use to us at all.
According to Organic Pastures:
it has been theorized that the combination of grass feeding, no antibiotics used, no hormones, and low levels of grain used in diet cause a change in the cows immune system and rumen. This change in physiology directly inhibits pathogen development in the milk (actually a transfer from environmental contamination that does not seem to occur; there are no bad bugs in the manure that transfer into the milk and the clean raw milk is highly pathogen resistant).
Raw Milk on the Down-Low
So many people who decide that raw dairy is beneficial to their health have to purchase it from secret farm shares and pick it up in garages across suburban America. This is illegal, and those who are truly just trying to get healthy could get into some big trouble with the man.
What will it Take?
States like California currently sell raw dairy on the public market. Some raw foodists are citing the benefits of raw dairy in battling Cancer. Yet, it still remains one of the only food products that cannot legally be sold raw. And, so much misleading information is splattered across our television screens, billboards, magazine ads and radio ads that preach the greatness of milk.
What will it take to increase our standards of dairy farming so that we can allow healthier raw dairy to be sold? How will this affect America’s farmers?
Drink it raw:Why is unprocessed milk the only illegal food in North Carolina? [Independent Weekly]
What is Real Milk? [Westin A. Price]
Living Foods for Life [Organic Pastures]
Gina Laverde is a Chicago-based writer and researcher whose expertise in natural health stems from her experiences with Body Ecology Diet, Blood Type Diet and homeopathic remedies. Gina believes that we’re in the midst of a serious world health crisis, and that the key to survival lies within our guts.