From Joseph Hooper, in New York magazine:
“Dairy and gluten have become evil twins in “elimination” diets, the holistic therapy of the moment, as people swear they feel less bloated and lethargic without them. (Not incidentally, sales of cow’s milk have essentially flattened in recent years, while nondairy alternatives, led by almond milk, are up nearly 100 percent, reaching about $2 billion in annual sales.)
Best-selling authors like the integrative physician Mark Hyman maintain that, like the gluten in wheat, milk elements interact with our gut bacteria in such a way as to trigger an inflammatory response from the immune system….”
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From Jonathan Benson at Natural News.com:
“(NaturalNews) The truth has once again shaken the foundation of the ‘American Tower of Babel’ that is mainstream science, with a new study out of Harvard University showing that pasteurized milk product from factory farms is linked to causing hormone-dependent cancers. It turns out that the concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) model of raising cows on factory farms churns out milk with dangerously high levels of estrone sulfate, an estrogen compound linked to testicular, prostate, and breast cancers.
Dr. Ganmaa Davaasambuu, Ph.D., and her colleagues specifically identified “milk from modern dairy farms” as the culprit, referring to large-scale confinement operations where cows are milked 300 days of the year, including while they are pregnant. Compared to raw milk from her native Mongolia, which is extracted only during the first six months after cows have already given birth, pasteurized factory milk was found to contain up to 33 times more estrone sulfate. Continue reading
Ontario raw milk crusader Michael Schmidt is now in B.C., having flown there yesterday. He sends this brief update:
How the west was won -- Ontario raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt, Alice Jongerden (former agister of Home on the Range), with lunatic farmer Joel Salatin, who was giving a lecture at UBC.
Michael Schmidt travelled Monday morning to Vancouver to deal with the takeover of the Home on the Range cow share operation.
Mr Schmidt tried to meet all morning with Health officials but was repeatedly referred to the next level of bureaucracy. Continue reading
This just in from North Country Public Radio:
“Pasteurization equipment failed at the Midland Farms plant in Albany on Tuesday. According to the Associated Press, state regulators say the milk marketed under the brand names Midland Farms, Corrado’s Market, Jersey Dairy Farms and Trade Fair Premium will be recalled.
The milk was distributed to stores in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island. From the AP: Continue reading
It’s nice to think that the bleeding hearts at the Huffington Post are trying to do their bit to stick up for the underdog — which is this case is pasteurized milk — suffering as it does from all the publicity that its black sheep cousin, raw milk, is getting. And it’s always good fun to hear pasteurization advocates trying to defend the practice. Here’s an excerpt from that recent HuffPo story by Glen D. Braunstein, titled “Got (Safe) Milk?“:
“Let’s start with a short quiz. Two men exit bathroom stalls after having a bowel movement. One washes his hands and the other doesn’t. Which one would you rather shake hands with? If you value your health, the answer is pretty obvious. Why take a chance of picking up somebody else’s colonic bacteria, which you will undoubtedly transfer to your mouth, unless, of course, you immediately wash your hands with copious amounts of soap and water?
Basically, this is the issue with pasteurized versus raw milk. Continue reading
In a piece worthy of a PR firm like Hill and Knowlton, this latest informational offensive from defenders of pasteurization aims to paint raw milk enthusiasts as cultist and unscientific. Here’s an excerpt from the story “Dairy Cult” as carried in Friday’s National Post. The story is credited to Deborah Blum, of Slate.com:
In February, 1907, a New York physician discovered that his longtime dairy supplier had switched to pasteurized milk. He so detested the practice — not to mention the taste — that, as he wrote to the New York Times, he would rather “run the risk of typhoid, scarlet fever, diphtheria, and tuberculosis rather than [endure] the evils that I believe would follow the systematic and prolonged use of pasteurized milk.” Continue reading
Cava is pleased to welcome dairy farmer and activist Michael Schmidt and invites you to a unique Glencolton Farms Veal Dinner.
Please join Chefs Chris McDonald and Doug Penfold and their guest Michael Schmidt at Cava on Tuesday, June 1st for an evening showcasing the special veal of Schmidt’s Glencolton Farm.
Here is a rare opportunity to taste and discover the gastronomic value of raw milk versus pasteurized milk in a unique context. Continue reading
This news is just in from CBCnews.ca. And although the CBC story doesn’t mention it, our source informs us that this company’s hard cheese are made from raw milk, while their soft cheeses are made from pasteurized milk. Camembert — the type affected by the recall — is a soft cheese — thus made from pasteurized milk.
Moonstruck cheeses, from Salt Spring Island. Photo CBC news
“A warning has been issued about a brand of Camembert cheese made in B.C. that could be contaminated with potentially deadly Listeria bacteria.
The cheese was manufactured on Salt Spring Island by Moonstruck Organic Cheese, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) said in a release Monday. Continue reading
This excerpt is from a recent post on the “Trusted M.D.” blog titled “Raw milk, health authorities and the right to choose what we eat”. The subhead tells it all in a nutshell: “Because in Canada one can only buy pasteurized milk, those who want raw milk from grass-fed cows go to great lengths to get this food.”
Maximizing milk production the modern way? NOT at "Home on the Range" cowshare
“Well the dust is settling after the latest skirmish between Fraser Health and my cow share, Home on the Range Farm, which distributes raw milk to the owners of the cows that live in the city of Vancouver. This kind of arrangement is common for city-living horse owners who pay someone in the country to board and look after their horses. The owners can come out and ride their horses whenever they want. Continue reading
Experimental subject Mr Pasteur is on pasteurized milk
Experimental subject Mr. Rawky is on raw milk.
So just because no universities that we’ve heard of are undertaking such studies doesn’t mean they won’t be carried out by concerned citizens. In the story that follows, Michael Schmidt outlines Glencolton Farms’ latest foray into the realm of scientific research:
“In 1995 I offered the Milk Marketing Board, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Health our farm as a research farm to explore together the effects of raw milk versus pasteurized milk.
Our first study in 1995 to 2006 was to produce milk safe for human consumption. It included years of baseline testing by an independent researcher for pathogens and also the absence of reported illnesses linked to our raw milk for 20 years.
Our second study started 4 weeks ago with 2 calves as you see them in the pictures. Continue reading