The Dangers of Raw Milk and the Claims of its Magical Healing Powers

Posted on 14 Oct 2010 02:12

Recently there has been a great deal of public interest in the health benefits of consuming raw (unpasteurized milk). This has come about because of certain raw milk advocates who have emerged to claim that raw milk is not only safe but has miraculous healing properties. Indeed, as described by these advocates, raw milk is an magical elixir of life. Pasteurization, it is claimed, destroys these wonderful properties in milk.

This thread contains the full testimony of Testimony of John F. Sheehan, Director of the Division of Plant and Dairy Food Safety of the Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, before the Health and Government Operations Committee, Maryland House of Delegates, March 17, 2009.

Among the points and facts discussed are:

  • The inherent dangers of raw milk
  • Statistics of DISEASE OUTBREAKS ASSOCIATED WITH RAW MILK OR RAW MILK PRODUCTS
  • Information about pasteurization
  • Claims that RAW MILK IS A “MAGIC FOOD FOR CHILDREN”
  • Claims that raw milk kills pathogens
  • Claims that pasteurization destroys the enzymes in milk
  • Claims that pasteurization causes lactose intolerance
  • Claims that raw milk is a probiotic food
  • Claims that pasteurization destroys milk proteins
  • Claims that pasteurization destroys vitamins and minerals in milk
  • Claims that only raw milk produced on large commercial dairies is unsafe
  • Claims that "certified" raw milk is safe

The rest of the thread discusses how these claims about raw milk fit with the typical pseudoscience profile and why people sometimes accept ridiculous claims as "fact". And an article from the White Coat Underground blog discussing Mercola's "plea" to drink raw milk in the Huffington post. Read on:

Raw Milk is Dangers and False Claims: Testimony of John F. Sheehan

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