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Nutrition Myth #7: Drink pasteurized milk to protect against infectious disease.

confined cows Nutrition Myth #7:  Be sure milk is pasteurized before drinking to protect against infectious disease.  TRUTH: Before refrigeration made it possible to bring milk from the country safely into the city, dairies brought the cows to the city.  Many of these dairies existed side by side with the breweries during the 1800s.  In these “swill dairies,” cows lived in confinement in incredible filth and were fed nothing but the swill (refuse) from the breweries.  There were NO standards of hygiene for milking, storing or transportation.  The milk was not only extremely dirty but also nutrient starved.  Not surprisingly, the death rate among inner-city children dependent on this milk was nearly 50%.  Pasteurization was originally proposed as a temporary solution to this problem.  Raw milk from farms in the country was clean and healthy and did NOT need to be pasteurized.

By the late 1940s, knowledge about how to produce healthy milk and advances in technology made PASTEURIZATION COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY, it was just at that time that lobbying for mandatory pasteurization began in earnest.  Why?  Because investors and businessmen realized that MANDATORY PASTEURIZATION was the easiest way to consolidate the industry.  Tens of thousands of small pasture-based dairy farms are still being put out of business as the dairy industry has become more centralized and monopolistic, with milk production moving to HUGE confinement operations where cows are fed soy feed, citrus peel cake, bakery waste and even the swill from ethanol manufacturing – anything but the green grass they need to make healthy milk.  Since PROFIT6 and not HEALTH is the main concern to big business, these consolidated milk producers have introduced the dangerous growth hormone (rBGH) to push cows to the udder limits of milk production.

Pasteurization destroys enzymes, diminishes vitamin content, denatures fragile milk proteins making them less available, destroys vitamins C, B12 and B6, kills beneficial bacteria, promotes pathogens and is associated with allergies, increased tooth decay, colic in infants, growth problems in children, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease and cancer.  Calves fed pasteurized milk do poorly and many die before maturity.  ALL of these problems are greatly diminished by using UNPASTEURIZED milk from pasture fed cows.

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