Raw Milk Is Perfectly Safe, and "They" Won't Stop Lying to Hide It

Raw Milk Has Become a Target of "They" Once More

Few of us were born when the forces for milk pasteurization launched the first major attack on Nature's perfect food. In 1945, a magazine called "Coronet" published an article, "Raw Milk Can Kill You," blaming raw milk for an outbreak of brucellosis in a town called Crossroads, U.S.A., killing one-third of the inhabitants. The "Reader's Digest" picked up the story and ran it a year later. Just one problem with this piece of "reporting." There was no town called Crossroads and no outbreak of brucellosis. The whole story was a fabrication — otherwise known as a lie. And lies about raw milk have continued ever since.

Forbidden Healing, the documentary film that I co-produced with educator, writer and farmer Brian Thomas Jones spotlights several raw milk producers and consumers, including nutrition author and researcher Catherine Frompovich and Dr. Ron Schmid, a homeopathic physician who has seen raw milk heal illnesses that no amount of pharmaceuticals could touch.

The "Crossroads" Deception Is Happening Again

Fewer people believe the lies about raw milk than ever before, and the sales of raw milk and raw milk products are skyrocketing. Large raw milk dairy farms are reporting increased sales, and small farms have waiting lists that can exceed a decade. The liars perceive raw milk as a threat to their livelihood and their ability to hoodwink the public. And, unfortunately, their lies are supported by the government.

Officials claim that samples of unpasteurized milk from sick cattle in Kansas and Texas have tested positive for "highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI)." Officials blame the outbreak on contact with "wild migratory birds" and possibly from transmission between cattle. The press release specifically warns against consumption of raw milk, a warning repeated in numerous publications and Internet postings.

They're Lying About Raw Milk Again

Here are the four lies they're telling:

Lie #1: Researchers Have Found HPAI Virus in the Milk of Sick Cows

They have not. Officials have not found any viruses in the milk or any other secretions of the sick cows. I have repeatedly asked the CDC to provide proof of finding the isolated HPAI virus in any fluid of any sick chicken or other animal. They have not replied.

Lie #2: National Laboratories Have Confirmed the Presence of HPAI Through Testing

They won't say anything about the kind of test they used, but it almost certainly the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test. This test detects genetic material from a pathogen or abnormal cell sample and allows researchers to make many copies of a small section of DNA or RNA. The test was not designed to determine or diagnose disease, it was designed to amplify or increase a certain piece of genetic material.

Each "amplification" is a doubling of the material. If you amplify thirty times you will get a negative; amplify 36 times or more, and you will get a positive. At 60 amplifications, everyone will "test positive" for whatever bit of genetic material you believe can cause disease. This is not a valid test, and not good science by any stretch of the imagination — especially as there was no virus to begin with.

Lie #3: The "Virus" Is Highly Pathogenic

According to the "Wall Street Journal," one — just one — person working in the dairies got sick and tested positive for avian influenza after exposure to dairy cattle presumed to be infected with the H5N1 bird flu. The person reported eye redness, or conjunctivitis, as his only symptom — a symptom that can be explained by exposure to any of the many airborne toxins in confinement dairies. (How are they treating the illness? With vitamin A and herbal eyedrops? No, the poor sod is getting treatment with a toxic antiviral drug.)

According to the CDC, the disease in humans ranges from mild infections, which include upper-respiratory and eye-related symptoms, to severe pneumonia. If the "virus" is so highly pathogenic, we'd expect a lot of workers working around these sick cows to end up in the hospital — but we've heard of none so far.

Lie #4: You Can Get Avian Flu From Drinking Raw Milk, but Pasteurized Milk Is Safe

According to medical biologist Peg Coleman, "Recent risk communications from CDC, FDA, and USDA regarding transmission of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus or HPAI (subtype H5N1) to humans via raw milk include no supporting evidence of viral transmission from raw milk to humans in the peer-reviewed literature."

An extensive body of scientific evidence from the peer-reviewed literature "does not support the assumption by these US government agencies that [nonexistent] HPAI transmits to humans via milkborne or foodborne routes and causes disease. Nor does the scientific evidence support the recommendation that consumers avoid raw milk and raw milk products," emphasizes Coleman.

Coleman notes the suite of bioactive components in raw milk, including bovine milk, that destroy pathogens and strengthen the gut wall. "Many of these bioactive components of raw milk are … sensitive to heat and may be absent, inactive, or present in lower concentrations in pasteurized milks," she says.

Fortunately, raw milk drinkers are already skeptical of government pronouncements and are skilled at seeing through lies. Both large and small raw milk dairy farms report that sales are booming. The current bird flu fracas is just another Crossroads, U.S.A., a bunch of lies fostered by a dishonest dairy industry taking aim at the competition.

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