Raw milk disinformation in the media and what you can do about — new book

From David E. Gumpert, on the Biodynamics blog: “I know I’m not the only supporter of food choice who is frustrated because much of the news in the mainstream media about raw milk seems to be negative and often inaccurate. I know I’m not the only one who is tired of complaining and wants to do something about it. But do what? There is clearly a dearth of accurate information being presented by the media about raw milk. Many of the articles that are written are confusing and inaccurate. For example, in December Time Magazine reported on a CDC study that said outbreaks involving raw milk had quadrupled over the most recent six years. “This Is One Health Trend You Don’t Want to Try,” headlined the Time article. The Time report conveniently avoided explaining that outbreaks aren’t the same as illnesses, and that the CDC’s report had inexplicably neglected to include the number of annual illnesses in the data it disclosed. And rather than note that the CDC’s own report indicated that more than 80% of illnesses were of the mild variety, from Campylobacter, Time instead pointed readers to a CDC website where they could find “a raw milk horror story from a mother who fed it to her son, then saw him go into kidney failure and be placed on a ventilator.” The December Time article was only the latest such questionable report on raw milk. For the last decade or more, we have seen deeply flawed reports from the CDC and FDA on raw milk illnesses and the supposed dangers of raw milk cheeses. I don’t pretend to have a magic fix for the abundance of inaccurate information about raw milk, but I have developed an idea for beginning to counter the problem. My idea is two-fold:…” More on the Biodynamics blog.

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2 responses to “Raw milk disinformation in the media and what you can do about — new book

  1. seeking the truth

    Campylobacteriosis is not a “mild disease”. I find it remarkable how the pro raw milk acolytes continue to ignore the health impacts from milk borne diseases.

    Complications include toxic megacolon, dehydration and sepsis. Such complications generally occur in young children (< 1 year of age) and immunocompromised people. A chronic course of the disease is possible; this disease process is likely to develop without a distinct acute phase. Chronic campylobacteriosis features a long period of sub-febrile temperature and asthenia; eye damage, arthritis, endocarditis may develop if infection is untreated.

    Occasional deaths occur in young, previously healthy individuals because of blood volume depletion (due to dehydration), and in persons who are elderly or immunocompromised.

    Some individuals (1–2 in 100,000 cases) develop Guillain–Barré syndrome, in which the nerves that join the spinal cord and brain to the rest of the body are damaged, sometimes permanently. This occurs only with infection of C. jejuni and C. upsaliensis.[1

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campylobacteriosis

  2. royhammy

    RAW MILK FOR Everyone is a choice.
    ORGANIC FARM COOP July 2015 PICNIC. We have scheduled the July Picnic for Sunday July 26 th at the Optimist Park on Brock Rd. and the intersection of Safari Rd. Please RSVP so we can plan for a great event and bring a pot luck dish. OFC will supply the grass fed beef burgers. DIRECTIONS: Get on HWY 6 from 403 or 401 go south from 401 or North from 403. Safari Rd. only runs west off HWY 6. Go west to first stop sign and flashing lights. The park is on your left. It is a nice clean park with covered picnic area and flush toilets. Address is 1315 Brock Rd. Hamilton On.If you want some free range fresh eggs for $ 3.00 doz. The call me 4 days ahead of the picnic date. (royce@domehome.ca)
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