So, is raw milk really dangerous?

From Chris Kresser, on his blog “Medicine for the 21st Century”:

“Back in February, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) published a study targeting raw milk as dangerous and unsafe for human consumption. The media jumped on it in typical fashion. You may have seen headlines like this:

“Raw Milk Causes Most Illnesses From Dairy, Study Finds.”
– USA Today

“CDC: Raw Milk Much More Likely to Cause Illness.”
– Food Safety News

“Raw Milk is a Raw Deal, CDC Says.”
– LiveScience

While two of these headlines are technically accurate – raw milk is responsible for more illnesses than pasteurized milk when the number of people who consume each is taken into account – the concern they convey about the risk of drinking unpasteurized milk is dramatically overstated.

I’m going to break this series into three parts. In this first article, we’re going to examine what the research really says about raw milk safety, and compare the risks associated with drinking unpasteurized milk with other foods and activities. In the second article, we’ll explore the benefits of drinking raw milk from several different perspectives: nutritional, health-related, social, environmental and ethical. Finally, in the third article I’ll make recommendations and provide guidance on finding a safe and responsible raw dairy producer in your area.

This series is called “Raw Milk Reality” because, as is the case with other hot button issues like vaccination and homebirth, propaganda and hype have overshadowed facts and common sense.  If you only saw the headlines from the CDC and FDA reports, you’d be left with the impression that raw milk is a dangerous food and anyone that consumes it or gives it to their children is reckless and irresponsible.  The purpose of this series is to present the other side of the argument, and give you the bare facts without bias or hyperbole so you can make an informed decision about whether unpasteurized milk is a good choice for you and your family….”

Read more on Medicine for the 21st Century.

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7 responses to “So, is raw milk really dangerous?

  1. Probably🙂 Amish children are sickly and die like flies from drinking it.

    Seriously — who cares? This is not the issue at all. The issue is God given Inalienable rights, and the fact that an out of control government thinks that it is our god and that all rights emanate from the pen of the legislature.

  2. Beverley Viljakainen

    Thank you, Chris, for your attempts at being a voice of reason in the realities of mindsets we presently live among and could so easily drown in.

  3. MightyWombat

    While legally the federal government cannot prohibit anyone from buying any product they wish (unless it crosses state lines, at which point it is Constitutionally fair game), any state can, in fact, regulate the production, sale, and consumption of literally ANY product.

    If you wish to enumerate a “God given Inalienable right” to consume whatever you wish, please convene a Constitutional convention or get yourself elected to legislative office and invoke your Article V privilege. Otherwise, stop making things up.

  4. Number one MW – things that cross state lines are not Constitutionally fair game. The clear intent of this part of the Constitution is opposite of what is occurring. The article was meant to facilitate interstate commerce, not to put a straight jacket to it.

    And no, a state can not do what it wishes. As Frederick Douglass the ex slave said: “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
    In other words at some point the people will get fed up, and start killing the tyrants until they cease to be tyrants. Exactly what the patriots did when King George III thought he was God, and could do what he wished to the rights of the colonists.

    MW I do not need to convene any conventions. I am the sovereign. That is the founding principle that this country was founded upon and it is shameful that supposedly adult, people do not know that. The words:
    “…deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..” state that idea unequivocally.

    It would be an oxymoron to call what I believe something made up. I happen to be in good company in that belief as the Declaration also states:
    “….that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”

    It is tiring MW rebutting people that do not read history, or it they have they sure do not understand it. With any effort what soever any 8th grader can verify that everything that I have said.

    Your referral to an article V “PRIVILEGE” makes what I just said abundantly clear.

    What are you angry at MW? Is it that one of the slaves actually thinks that he is free? One of the slaves actually believes that we are the sovereign and government the servant rather than the other way around? I really don’t get the mind set at all MW.

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  6. fred

    Is raw milk really dangerous? Is playing russian roulette really dangerous? I mean your fine until you get the chamber with the bullet in it right?

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