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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Raw Milk

In response to a comment left by Anonymous regarding my support of Ron Paul's legislation HR 778 I would like to post a small article on raw milk:

"Pasteurization destroys enzymes, diminishes vitamin content, denatures fragile milk proteins, destroys vitamins C, B12 and B6, kills beneficial bacteria, promotes pathogens and is associated with allergies, increased tooth decay, colic in infants, growth problems in children, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease and cancer. Calves fed pasteurized milk do poorly and many die before maturity. Raw milk sours naturally but pasteurized milk turns putrid; processors must remove slime and pus from pasteurized milk by a process of centrifugal clarification. Inspection of dairy herds for disease is not required for pasteurized milk. Pasteurization was instituted in the 1920s to combat TB, infant diarrhea, undulant fever and other diseases caused by poor animal nutrition and dirty production methods. But times have changed and modern stainless steel tanks, milking machines, refrigerated trucks and inspection methods make pasteurization absolutely unnecessary for public protection. And pasteurization does not always kill the bacteria for Johne’s disease suspected of causing Crohn's disease in humans with which most confinement cows are infected. Much commercial milk is now ultra-pasteurized to get rid of heat-resistant bacteria and give it a longer shelf life. Ultra-pasteurization is a violent process that takes milk from a chilled temperature to above the boiling point in less than two seconds. Clean raw milk from certified healthy cows is available commercially in several states and may be bought directly from the farm in many more."


Here is another great article: ER doctor calls for research into disease-fighting components

The bottom line though is not whether raw milk is good for you or whether it is bad for you. It is a freedom of choice. The American people should be free to choose between pasteurized milk and non-pasteurized milk. Ron Paul's legislation, HR 778 would help make that a choice.


Anonymous said...

Fortunately, the greater majority of Americans, U.S. Department of Agriculture,and internationally recognized health organizations, do not share the opinion of "Hippy Health Freaks" who advocate the consumption of raw milk. Those people are free to take their buckets to the local farmer and bring home a pail full of disease, but the general public should not be put at risk. Ron Paul does not have a record of successful bills, so there is little chance this off-the-wall bill will be considered.

Anonymous said...

There are no cosponsors for this bill.

Supporters of HR778 Raw Milk Bill:
Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund (Weston A. Price Foundation)

Opposed to HR778 Raw Milk Bill:

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Medical Association
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments

Anonymous said...

Burying the Raw Milk bill in the Energy Bill HR778, is skullduggery typical of a con artist. Knowing that the Raw Milk would never be considered on its own, Ron Paul takes the approach that, "If you want to pass the energy bill, you must also accept my raw milk bill". While the USDA is making every effort to keep America's food supply safe, Ron Paul is attempting to overthrow an important safeguard in order to be a hero to a handful of sod-busters in Spudville, Texas.

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