Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Raw Milk

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Q.  What makes real raw milk safe?
Raw milk contains many components that kill pathogens and strengthen the immune system. These include lacto-peroxidase, lacto-ferrin, anti-microbial components of blood (leukocytes, B-macrophages, neutrophils, T-lymphocytes, immunoglobulins and antibodies), special carbohydrates (polysaccharides and oligosaccharides), special fats (medium chain fatty acids, phospholipids and spingolipids), complement enzymes, lysozyme, hormones, growth factors, mucins, fibronectin, glycomacropeptide, beneficial bacteria, bifidus factor and B12-binding protein.  These components are largely inactivated by the heat of pasteurization and ultrapasteurization.  For further information, see Part I of our Campaign for Real Milk PowerPoint Presentation.
This five-fold protective system destroys pathogens in the milk, stimulates the Immune system, builds healthy gut wall, prevents absorption of pathogens and toxins in the gut and ensures assimilation of all the nutrients.
So powerful is the anti-microbial system in raw milk that when large quantities of pathogens are added to raw milk, their numbers diminish over time and eventually disappear.  For a discussion of scientific papers showing the pathogen-killing properties of raw milk, see Does Raw Milk Kill Pathogens? by Dr. Ted Beals.
Q.  Are there any health benefits to consuming real raw milk?
There are many health benefits to consuming raw milk.  Early studies showed that children consuming raw milk had greater resistance to disease, better growth and stronger teeth than children consuming pasteurized milk. Animal studies indicate that raw milk confers better bone structure, better organ development, better nutrient assimilation, better fertility and even better behavior than pasteurized milk. (See Part II of our Campaign for Real Milk PowerPoint Presentation.)
Q.  Can real raw milk cure asthma and allergies?
We have received many testimonials of raw milk curing asthma and allergies.  Several recent European studies indicate that children who receive raw milk are much less likely to develop allergies and asthma, especially if the raw milk is given at a young age, in the first year of life. See:
Q.  Is real raw milk helpful for adult diseases?
Although there are no published studies on the use of raw milk in adults, we have received many testimonials on the beneficial effects of raw milk for osteoporosis, arthritis, digestive disorders, fatigue, weight loss and even cancer.
Q.  Is real raw milk easier to digest than pasteurized milk?
Raw milk contains enzymes and encourages beneficial bacteria that contribute to easy digestion and ensure that all the vitamins and minerals are absorbed.
Pasteurization warps and distorts the enzymes and other proteins in milk so that the body thinks they are foreign, and has to mount an immune response.  This makes pasteurized milk very difficult to digest.  In fact, the market for fluid milk has been declining at 1 percent per year for the past thirty years.  Fewer and fewer people can digest processed milk.
Q.  Can people with lactose intolerance drink real raw milk?
In 2007, the Weston A. Price Foundation conducted a survey of raw milk drinkers in Michigan.  Of those diagnosed with lactose intolerance, 82 percent stated that they could drink raw milk without any problems (Pilot Survey of Cow Share Consumer/Owners, Lactose Intolerance Section).
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For more information and tips on finding clean, safe raw milk, along with much more information go here.

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