“There is quite a remarkable article in the October issue of Readers Digest Canada, which credits Michael Schmidt’s nearly twenty-year struggle on behalf of raw milk with helping usher in the new scientific fascination with the “microbiome.”
In a ten-page spread, “Clean Freak”, which focuses heavily on Schmidt’s 2011 hunger strike as well as his court cases over the years, Schmidt makes the case that many here, like Dave Milano, Miguel, and Mark McAfee, have made here for years, most recently following my previous post. TheReaders Digest article, unfortunately, is only available for those willing to pay $4.50 to access the entire October issue of Readers Digest. It’s worth reading simply to get a view of the breadth of research going on in this arena, and to see how far the media have come in making the connection between raw milk, the microbiome, and pathogens.
Here are a few quotes:
“Schmidt argues, moreover, that we can’t fully predict the consequences of wiping out the naturally occurring bacteria in milk, which have evolved alongside us for thousands of years…His master’s degree in agriculture doesn’t qualify him as a bacteria expert. Nonetheless, new research suggests his theories may be dead-on. Scientists are now focusing their attention on the ‘microbiome’–the menagerie of microbes that reside inside, and on, our bodies. Research has already linked microbiome breakdowns to ailments as varied as mental illness, obesity and cancer. At the moment, the concept of the microbiome isn’t taught with any depth in medical schools. In fact, Western medicine considers the relationship between bacteria and humans to be less a balancing act than a war.” ..”