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March Nutrition Tip: Is Raw Milk the Answer?

By March 28, 2014December 9th, 2014Daily Posts/Tips

First, what is the question!  Can lactose intolerance be eliminated by drinking raw milk?  Many naturopaths and holistic health coaches plus institutions like The Weston A. Price Foundation say yes.

In the pamphlet “A Campaign for Real Milk” copyright 2010 by The Weston A. Price Foundation, many points are made about the quality of raw over commercial milk products and the impact of commercial diary operations on family farms.  One of the most compelling arguments for raw milk is the way the commercial dairy cows are bred, raised, and treated:  “Her (the traditional Holstein in the modern dairy) average lifespan is forty-two months, compared to about twelve years for the grass-fed cows.  She must be milked three times per day, and she is very susceptible to mastitis.  Her milk contains high levels of growth hormone from her  pituitary gland, even when she is spared the indignities of genetically engineered Bovine Growth Hormone to push her to the udder limits of milk production.”  Should she have a calf, the baby is taken away at birth and the males have a short life span since they can’t produce milk in the dairy.

So many Americans, especially Afro-Americans, have lactose intolerance.  Babies are routinely put on soy formulas in order to prevent the physical side effects of this milk allergy.  Another pamphlet called “Soy Alert” copyright 2010 The Weston A. Price Foundation calls soy infant formula “birth control for babies”.  Babies fed soy-based formula have 13,000 to 22,000 times more estrogen compounds in their blood than babies fed milk-based formula…the estrogenic equivalent of at least four birth control pills a day.  Often babies and children with lactose intolerance do quite well on goat milk.

Most states do not allow the sale of raw milk products.  That means going without or finding a local farmer that sells his product through co-ops or some other means that is not deemed illegal.  Buying raw milk can be done, depending on how badly you wish to have this in your food plan.

For the result of the recent Stanford study on raw milk, click the link:  http://www.realfoodhouston.com/2014/03/26/is-raw-milk-easier-to-digest-than-pasteurized-milkGood-Food-in-the-Fridge-8/

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