I am sorry that this topic upsets you. We have been propagandized and miss led about many of our foods. The Food Industry has practically devitalized our food supply with their drive to make food more and more profitable for them, nutrition be damned.
The demonization of Raw Milk ("Real Milk") is shameful and has deprived us of one of natures wonders. When the Dairy Industry made the decision to drive Real Milk from the market place and replace it with processed Milk with a longer shelf-life that could be shipped long distences, one of their main opponents were Physicians ( who knew of it's great benefits).
Before Big Pharma took over the Medical Establishment, prestigious Medical institutions like the Mayo Clinic would regularly treat people by putting them on Raw Milk Fasts.
The good Doctors at the Mayo Clinic apparently did not have the fear about Raw Milk contamination that you do.
If Raw Milk were really dangerous, people would be getting sick from it. The Truth is that Raw Milk has a very very low incidence of causing illness. Spinach has made people sick, not Real Milk.
What you should fear is Pasturized and Homogenized Milk. The Dairies that know their milk will be boiled confine their Cows their entire life. They live in filthy conditions. Confinement Dairys must add an extra step to remove feces since so much is around a confined Cow. Factory cows live less than two years and must constantly be given antibiotics to keep them alive. They are especially prone to hoof and leg infections since they are in pens and prevented from moving around. Simply on the basis of avoiding cruelty to animals you should avoid processed Milk from factories.
On the other hand, Cows allowed to pasture and are fed their natural diet of grass and hay live about 14 years. Their waste is not full of the same toxic bacteria as confined grain fed Cows. In India, Cow dung is used as an antiseptic agent. Grass feeding reduces E-coli to nearly zero. Cows raised for meat have E-coli contamination reduced by 80% when they are allowed out of confinement for just 20% of their time. Cows pastured on grass 100% of the time have no E-coli either in their milk or meat.
The Dairy Industry is rich and powerful. They own Professors and Government officials. There is a revolving door between the Dairy industry and the Government positions that regulate them. Agriculture and Dairy Professors are almost always being paid with grants from the Food Industry.
People are suffering from diseases caused by refined foods and the absence of Wholesome Real Food, such as Raw Milk. Obesity, Diabetes and Cancer abound in the population but were unheard of before we were told that Real Food was bad and convenient Processed food was good.
Millions upon Millions of people consume Real Unprocessed Milk. It is one of the best foods you can consume. It is perfectly safe if purchased from a farm that Grass feeds their Cows, unconfined and clean. Pasteurized Milk comes from sick cows, fed unnatural diets and pumped full of antibiotics and hormones.
I strongly suggest reading "The Untold Story of Milk" before trying to dissuade people from useing it. You should also watch the moive "Food Inc".
Ok, Marc. I read your articles. Now read a few of the recent peer-reviewed, scientific journal articles on the health risks associated with consumption of unpasteurized milk products:
1. LeJeune JT and Rajala-Schultz. Unpasteurized Milk: A Continued Public Health Threat. Clinical
Infectious Diseases. 2009;48:93-100.
2. Bradley J, Pickering L, Jareb J. Advise families against giving children unpasteurized milk. AAP
News. American Academy of Pediatrics. 29(12).
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Campylobacter jejuni infection associated with
unpasteurized milk and cheese – Kansas, 2007. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2009 Jan
4. Ramos, et al. Non-imported brucellosis outbreak from unpasteurized raw milk in Moroccan
immigrants in Spain. Epidemiology and Infection. 2008 Nov; 136(11): 1552-5.
5. Scavia, et al. Enteroaggregative Escherichia coli associated with a foodborne outbreak of
gastroenteritis. Journal of Medical Microbiology. 2008 Sep; 57(9): 1141-6.
6. Clauss HB and Lorber B. Central nervous system infection with Listeria monocytogenes. Current
Infectious Disease Reports. 2008 Jul; 10(4): 300-6.
7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Escherichia coli 0157:H7 infections in children
associated with raw milk and raw colostrum from cows--California, 2006. Morbidity and Mortality
Weekly Report. 2008 Jun 13; 57(23):625-8.
8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella enterica
serotype Newport infections associated with consumption of unpasteurized Mexican-style aged
cheese--Illinois, March 2006-April 2007. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2008 Apr
9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Salmonella typhimurium infection associated with raw
milk and cheese consumption--Pennsylvania, 2007. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2007
10. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection associated with
drinking raw milk--Washington and Oregon, November-December 2005. Morbidity and Mortality
Weekly Report. 2007 Mar 2;56 8 :165-7.
11. Schlesser J, et al. Survival of a five-strain cocktail of Escherichia coli O157:H7 during the 60-day
aging period of cheddar cheese made from unpasteurized milk. Journal of Food Protection. 2006
12. Schildt, et al. Long-lasting Campylobacter jejuni contamination of milk associated with
gastrointestinal illness in a farming family. Epidemiology and Infection. 2006 Apr;134(2):401-5.
13. Oliver, et al. Foodborne pathogens in milk and the dairy farm environment: food safety and public
health implications. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 2005 Summer;2(2):115-29.
14. Honish, et al. An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 hemorrhagic colitis associated with unpasteurized
gouda cheese. 2005 May-Jun;96(3):182-4.
15. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Multistate outbreak of Salmonella serotype
typhimurium infections associated with drinking unpasteurized milk--Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and
Tennessee, 2002-2003. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2003 Jul 4;52(26):613-5.
16. Allerberger, et al. Hemolytic-uremic syndrome associated with enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli
O26:H infection and consumption of unpasteurized cow's milk. International Journal of Infectious
Diseases. 2003 Mar;7(1):42-5.
17. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni infections associated
with drinking unpasteurized milk procured through a cow-leasing program--Wisconsin, 2001. 2002
18. DeValk, et al. A community--wide outbreak of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium infection
associated with eating a raw milk soft cheese in France. Epidemiology and Infections. 2000
Suggesting that the Mayo Clinic supports the consumption of unpasteurized milk is incorrect and potentially dangerous. Here is the Mayo Clinic's opinion of consuming unpasteurized milk.www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-poisoning/ds00981/dsection=causeswww.mayoclinic.com/health/listeria-infection/.../dsection=preventionwww.mayoclinic.com/health/pregnancy-nutrition/pr00109
Ytterbium has an excellent suggestion; drink pasteurized milk from grass fed cows.