Is it crazy to drink raw milk?
Is it okay? Is it good? Is it safe? Will it kill you? I’ve heard of those raw-milk people. They probably live in rural areas, have large families, and homeschool. They keep these “raw” dairies going by risking their health and standing in line for a product that has been improved upon! Hello folks, it’s called pasteurization and homogenization. They must be crazy.
Well, folks. Just like I got pulled in by the snake oil of homebirth, I’ve got a new hankering. And this is weird one. Raw milk. Keep reading… it’s actually a lot less weird than commercial milk. I haven’t drunk milk to speak of in years. People poo-poo it in these days of lactose intolerance, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and allergies. I’ve even heard that your body can’t really absorb the calcium from milk. Yadda yadda. I’ve read that dairies are pretty nasty places where cows are over-milked, so they get sores on their udders and pasteurization is the only thing that makes the blood and pus in the milk drinkable. I cannot verify this information, however; it’s simply hearsay.
Enter raw milk.
Another Aha-Duh moment.
You know those. You learn something new that goes against your former perception and bam! Aha!! Then, within seconds, you think – No Duh. Wisdom, when you have it, seems like common sense.
Just like our other inventions that were mothered by necessity or capitalism, but are no longer necessary, Louis Pasteur was on to something. Back in the 1850’s dairies really were nasty places and tuberculosis was killing thousands of people. Pasteurization kills bacteria – all of them, even the good ones that kill off the bad ones. And apparently today’s grain-fed cattle still need their milk pasteurized. Only high-quality, organic grass-fed cows have milk that makes for good raw milk.
Following the Cure Tooth Decay diet, raw milk became something that my child could eat, should eat, and likes a lot. And in the process, it’s gained a really big fan – me! One of the most physically beautiful people I know has been drinking raw milk for the last 30 of her 35 years. Her skin is unusually creamy ;-). And she’s never gotten sick from the milk. Since we’ve been drinking raw milk for about a month now, my son’s allergies haven’t even been on the radar! According to Randolph Jonsson of www.raw-milk-facts.com “pasteurized milk still sickens people, and in far greater numbers than the more heavily regulated raw product.”
The author of Cure Tooth Decay claims that the reason people can’t digest and have allergies to milk is the processing. When you pasteurize, you kill off all of the digestive enzymes that allow you to digest the stuff. Hence, lactose intolerance. When you homogenize, you break down the cellular structure of the milk which makes the nutrients unrecognizable to the body. Hence, allergies. Disclaimer: I am not a scientist. I am a mom. This is not a scientific essay. It is merely one about how much I love raw milk and what my meager understanding of it is.
It’s creamy and delicious and it’s one of those things that I think is so cool, so new, so natural, and so alternative – and again, it’s just something people did from the beginning of time until we got to meddling with it, like – birth, cloth diapers, education, intact penises, and not vaccinating. I think I was born in the wrong millennium. Raw milk is a freedom that is luckily legislated by the states, and is standing up against the corporate farming machine.
Got raw milk? It’s actually digestible.
Hmmm. Maybe I should just have a cow.