MUTANT MILK: KICKING THE SACRED COW
In case you hadn’t noticed, the dairy industry is spending millions of dollars every year to convince you that you need to drink milk, like superman here.
When I was a kid their slogan was, “Milk, it does a body good,” and for the last 17 years they’ve paid hundreds of celebrities to pose with a “milk mustache” (made of ice cream) for the “Got Milk?” ads.
“Got Milk?” has been such a legendary and successful ad campaign, there are books about it.
So while the milk industry is telling us that milk is good for us, scientific research has shown the opposite to be true.
The problems with processed milk start at the commercial dairy operations
Although many of them are still called farms, I can assure you there are no milk maids sitting on wooden stools, milking the cows by hand each morning. These places are not farms, they are factories.
Depending on where you go, this is what you’ll see: A massive facility filled with hundreds to thousands of cows confined to small pens; hooked up to milking machines 10 months a year. They are fed unnatural diets of grain, soy and scrap feed.
These cows are injected with genetically engineered growth hormones and antibiotics. The most controversial one is rBST aka Bovine Growth Hormone, a hormone patented by Monsanto that significantly increases milk production in cows. Udder infections and mastitis are common in over-milked cows which adds pus and bacteria into the milk along with the antibiotics and hormones given to the cows.
Commercial dairy cows must be impregnated every year to keep them producing milk, but they are not allowed to nurse. The calves are taken away from their mothers immediately after birth.
These commercial dairy operations literally suck the life out of their cows in 3-4 years, compared that to a normal pasture fed cow that can live up to 25 years.
Actually seeing the horrible treatment of cows in a commercial dairy is enough for many people to stop drinking this kind of milk, but even if you don’t care about cows, you need to understand that unhealthy mistreated cows cannot produce healthy milk, and that affects you.
This is definitely a problem, but it doesn’t stop there. Once extracted from the cow, the nutritional value of milk is hijacked by pasteurization and homogenization.
Pasteurization is the process where the milk is heated to “sanitize” it and increase shelf life. Standard pasteurization involves heating the milk a to 161 degrees fahrenheit. Ultra-Pasteurization (UHP) heats the milk to 275 degrees fahrenheit destroying 99.99 percent of living organisms in the milk, so it can be actually stored unrefrigerated for 6-9 months.
Both processes dramatically change the composition of milk. Even standard pasteurization decimates the immune supporting digestive enzymes, beneficial bacteria, and nutrients like vitamins C, B6, and B12. It makes the calcium and other minerals insoluble and very difficult for your body to absorb; alters the proteins, and makes lactose harder to digest.
Why do they do it?
The problem is not that the milk coming out of the cow is bad. Milk straight out of the cow is perfectly structured to nourish a growing calf. The problem is the bacteria and pathogens that breed in large milking operations. When these large operations began to spring up, there was no health regulation. They were disgusting, unsanitary, disease ridden places and they were unknowingly selling dirty milk. So it’s no surprise that people were getting sick and dying.
Raw milk straight from a cow is very different from the processed milk they sell in the grocery store.
If you were to milk a cow and then put that milk in the fridge, you would see that the fat rises in fresh milk and a layer of cream forms at the top. That doesn’t happen anymore thanks to a process called homogenization, which began in the 1920′s.
Homogenization is forcing milk through a tiny filter at high pressure, between 2000-3000 lbs per square inch. This process breaks up the fat into tiny particles that remain suspended in the milk without rising to the top; something that would never happen in nature.
When these fat particles are broken up they are able to pass through intestinal walls directly into your bloodstream along with proteins, hormones, and enzymes that would normally be broken down in digestion.
One noteworthy enzyme is Xanthine Oxidase (XO). XO attaches itself to the tiny fat particles and hitches a ride into your bloodstream. Once there, it attacks the interior walls of your arteries causing your body to produce cholesterol to protect itself. This is a recipe for hardened and blocked arteries down the road.
Finally processed milk is highly acidic, mucus forming, and has been linked to a host of health problems. The proteins alone in processed milk have been linked to over 60 different diseases including Autism, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Arthritis, and SIDS.
Raw milk is a perfect food when it comes out of a cow or goat. Pasteurization and homogenization do not make it better, they make it worse. And because raw milk producers don’t pasteurize, the standard of cleanliness for them is much higher than conventional milk producers. So raw milk from a regulated producer is safe.
Did you just say something about a goat?
Yes! Goat’s milk is the healthiest milk you can drink because its composition is very similar to human breast milk. And compared to cows milk it has more vitamin A, is alkaline forming, and easier to digest. Still seem weird? You may surprised to know that over two-thirds of milk consumed on planet earth comes from goats. There’s even a goat’s milk protein powder I buy called Goatein!
In his book Pottenger’s Cats, Dr. Francis M. Pottenger, Jr. chronicled his research on more than 900 cats over a 10 year period and found that diets containing raw milk and raw meat produced optimal health: good bone structure, straight teeth, shiny fur, no parasites or disease, reproductive ease, and gentle temperament. Conversely, a diet of cooked meat and pasteurized milk resulted in severe physical degeneration. The cats on the cooked food diet died out completely by the fourth generation while the raw food cats continued to thrive.
The changes Pottenger observed in cats on cooked diets paralleled the human degeneration that Dr. Weston Price found in his groundbreaking study on the deteriorating health of indigenous tribes that had abandoned their traditional diets for modern processed food.
This is why I stopped drinking processed milk in 2004.
Whew that was a long post!
Here’s a quick recap: (P&H= pasteurized and homogenized)
Commercial P&H Cow’s Milk = Terrible
Organic Hormone-Free P&H Cow’s Milk = Less bad, still not good.
Organic Pasteurized, Non-Homogenized Cow’s Milk = slightly better, but harder to find.
Pasture-fed Raw Cow’s Milk = Great for calves, good for you.
Pasture-fed Raw Goat’s Milk = The healthiest milk you can drink.
The best sources of raw milk from are local dairy farms with pasture fed cows and goats. Most local dairies will give you a tour of their farm and facilities if you ask. I even know folks that have bought their own goats just for the milk.
Note: The sale of raw milk for human consumption is illegal in some states like Tennessee. BOOOO!
However, many farms have a “herd share” program, which allows you to buy a tiny share of ownership in the livestock, usually for a very small fee. As an owner, you have the right to purchase raw milk from the dairy.
There is growing demand for legalized raw milk across the country and outdated laws are being rewritten thanks to the work of the Weston Price Foundation. To find a local raw milk dairy near you, visit realmilk.com. Your local farmers market is another place to check if you don’t find a local raw dairy listed on that site.
For my Evergreen Farm.area friends there is a local dairy that sells raw milk you should check out called
There’s a lot more to learn than what I just told you.
Post your questions and comments below!