The End of Lactose Intolerance - Raw Milk!

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  1. iq4truth

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    My wife learned about this at our homeschool co-op. I knew of this through other sources.

    The following snips are from a research paper that I found by Googling "lactose intolerance raw milk."

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    http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/biology/b103/f05/web2/mmichalak.html

    I have always been skeptical of the modern American farming institution. At this point, it really isn't about farms and farmers; it's business, pure and simple, and as in any large-scale corporation, quality is lost in the search for quantity. It doesn't surprise me, then, that the milk situation in the states is at the same state as that of tomatoes: large quantities of visually appealing, pesticide-laden product that resembles its predecessor not one bit, can last for weeks on shelves, and is sterile of both taste and nutritional value. In the case of milk, the product not only loses almost all of its nutritional value, it also makes it impossible for a good portion of individuals to digest in the first place.

    Pasteurization (1) was a process invented in France in 1862 as an alternative to sterilization. In 1886, it was applied to milk, and by the 1920s or thereabouts became the standard treatment for raw milk in the US. Around this time, illnesses contractible through contaminated milk (most notably tuberculosis) were widespread and, instead of tackling the root of the problem—namely, increasing sanitation standards and enforcing them more harshly—it was decided that pasteurization would be instated. This way even "dirty" (2) milk that had been contaminated along the way could be purified enough for human consumption. Presto, the beginning of an industry which focused on the end product rather than the steps required to make it. Grass-fed cows kept in small herds were replaced by huge herds kept in cement bunkers and fed processed feed products pumped full of antibiotics (not to mention other cows, which led to the rise of bovine spongiform encephalopathy). While there were other factors involved in this mass-commodification of the small dairy farm, the end results have been the same. Today's store-bought milk is stripped of natural nutrients, full of chemicals, and difficult to digest.

    What does this have to do with lactose intolerance? It's precisely that stripping of nutrients which causes almost all lactose intolerance (as opposed to a true lactose allergy, which is a subject for another paper) since this intolerance is caused by a lack of the enzyme lactase in large enough quantities within the human digestive system to break down lactose, a fairly complex disaccharide found in milk. Raw milk contains harmless bacteria which produce lactase which, in turn, enables the human body to break down and absorb lactose. Pasteurized milk has had all of these bacteria killed off and is therefore lactase-free, but still contains lactose, causing problems for many people who try to drink it.

    Why should this be a concern in the US in particular?

    [This snip was provided by the InfoQuest* for Truth E-Newsletter.]
     
  2. donnA

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    if you knew exactly what is in that milk and what those milk rooms are like you wouldn't want to drink raw milk.
     
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    Does that mean it should be illegal? Why is raw milk treated like a controlled substance?
     
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    Probably because so many children died of milk viruses before Louis Pasteur found they (the pathogens, not the kids) could be killed by pasteurization ,ie. heating the milk to a certain temperature for a certain amount of time.
     
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    Here is an interesting article I found on the subject.

    http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_3134.cfm

    I think that it is obvious that milk is healthy. If the milk comes from a good source, there is no reason that I know of to fear drinking it. My personal preference would be to have my own cow, but they are hard to keep in the back yard.
     
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    This thread could become udderly disgusting.
     
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    mmm ...

    The problems and benefits of 'raw' milk defy the scope of this thread.

    However, 'raw' milk is not 'safe' nor is it hazardous. But, if you are a city boy (or girl) it is likely to kill you . . .

    Milk is pasteurized because of 'shipping' not just because of the 'non-harmful' milk that can kill you.

    Personally, cow's milk does taste good. But, since the 'art and science' of raising healthy cattle has left this country, I would be wary of where I purchased cow's milk for consumption.
     
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    Another mooving post.

    OK, I'm done. Promise.
     
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    I had some "real" milk about 3 weeks ago.. .I love it. It takes me back to when I was a little boy on my grandparents farm... when I used to milk the cows.

    I couldn't drink it all the time, but every now and then, I like a nice cold glass!!!
     
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    I grew up on raw unpasteurized milk. We moved when I was about 11 right next to a dairy farm. They kept a stainless steel cup with each of the kids names on them to dip right out of the milk tank. The milk was still warm. The owner said the milk would later be pasteurized at a processing plant, But it was wonderful the way it came right out of the cow. Sick cows weren't milked into this vat, mostly.:)
     
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    It's funny how you live a whole life, never experiencing a difficulty with something and then you listen to a campaign which raged many many years over all the destruction whole raw milk would cause, without coming away with disdain for the so called science involved.
    edited for changing scientists to science.
     
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    I suppose many of those who lived through the pre-vaccination days could scoff at the weaklings who succumbed to smallpox. Some people draw conclusions from other people's experiences and not just their own.
     
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    My wife and one of our daughters are (or I should say have been) lactose intolerant. However, we switched over to using only organic milk from grass feed cows that are certified not to have been given antibiotics or growth hormones. Now my wife and daughter no longer have the problem of drinking milk and becoming sick within the next 15 minutes.
     
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    There's nothing wrong w/ raw milk. But even if there was a risk, I think informed citizens should be allowed to make up their own minds on this. I don't think such a thing as milk should be illegal.:type:

    PS. Even better is the fact that you can eat things with raw eggs in them if the eggs are organic. Hooray for raw cookie dough! :)
     
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    Yeah, it's the pathogens in the milk that are the problem.

    Milk isn't illegal - unpasteurized milk is illegal to sell (especially interstate).

    Unpasteurized milk used to be a major cause of kiddie death in the cities.

    Organic does not preclude salmonella. You can eat it. It is a risk mild for most but high for those with weak immune systems or tiny, little bodies that can't handle dehydration.

    There is no risk involved with nonhomogenized milk - it's probably pretty tasty, too.
     
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    I guess, without researching the issue further as far as the children in cities, my question would be: was the milk that caused problems kept clean & germ-free, or did that maybe add to the problem? Or lack of preservation? And why the cities & not the farms? Just wondering. Organic does present almost no chance of salmonella, from the research I have done.
     
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    Those are very scary articles. The second one says this:
    So although there is no evidence that the raw milk made the children sick, the fact that they drank some is enough to get the ball rolling on the smear campaign. I understand that bad milk can make people sick. But how many people get sick eating fast food every year? I don't see the FDA cracking down on interstate sales of Taco Bell, even though I had a gut wrenching case of food poisoning from them once.

    I don't know if you noticed, but that third link is just a Digg pointer to the FDA article in the first link.
     
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    I think the reason pasteurization is promoted so vigorously as the only way to save mankind from the evils of milk is because it does allow the mega factory-farm dairies to keep their cows in unsanitary conditions and sell the milk from sick cows, thus maximizing profits. When someone stands up and says "hey, healthy cows give healthy milk" that threatens their business model. It is important to vilify small dairies with grass-fed cows so that they don't lose customers.

    On a biblical level, God says milk is good. Over and over, the bible speaks of the land "flowing with milk and honey". Thats not pasteurized milk and corn-syrup.
     
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