“When last we left the mystery of the disappearing article in an academic newsletter highlighting raw milk’s benefits, it seemed we had been witness to a serious encroachment on academic freedom.
Last month, I described the article’s eye-popping statements affirming European research findings suggesting raw milk help reduce the incidence of asthma and allergies in children. And shortly afterwards, I reported on the article’s disappearance from the academic site operated by the International Milk Genomics Consortium (IMGC) at the University of California, Davis, apparently under orders from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and its dairy chief, John Sheehan.
Now, the article is back. At first glance, it looks like the same article, entitled, “The evidence around raw milk”. And it still contains its eye-popping affirmation of European research data on the destructive impact of pasteurization and on raw milk’s potential health benefits: “To be sure, high heat treatment of milk reduces the odds of a bad belly, but does it also destroy complex proteins and other components that could bolster human health? Apparently so. The best evidence comes from a large cross-sectional study that began in 2005 and followed school-aged children in rural areas of German-speaking Europe, specifically in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The study, called GABRIELA, was led by Erika von Mutius of the University Children’s Hospital in Munich, Germany, and involved more than 8,000 kids…GABRIELA found substantive evidence that raw milk-consuming farm kids were much less likely to develop allergies including asthma and dermatitis during childhood.”…”