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Is Raw Milk Dangerous?

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Is Raw Milk Dangerous?

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control have long claimed that between 1998 and 2008, there were two deaths from raw milk. This number is often used in media reporting about raw milk.

But those illnesses actually appear to have come from a form of cheese that isn’t legal under current FDA regulations, called queso fresco.

In December, Mark McAfee, the owner of Organic Pasture Dairy, challenged claims on the Centers for Disease Control web site stating that raw milk is dangerous. The agency actually agreed to make some slight changes to its language on the site, but did not change a reported death from Salmonella Typhimurium in California. But the state was not reporting that death.

He did not receive a response from the CDC until he threatened to file a Freedom of Information Act request.  At that time, he discovered the death was from that same form of cheese mentioned above, queso fresco.

According to Health Impact News Daily:

“Why is this important? Because statistics have become important weapons in the war over food rights. When the CDC says there have been two deaths from raw milk between 1998 and 2008, that statistic carries a powerful message: you can die from drinking raw milk…

If it turns out that the two people it says died from drinking raw milk didn’t, in fact, die from drinking raw milk, then the CDC has lost an important weapon in the government’s campaign of fear around raw milk. If no one died in that 11-year period, suddenly, raw milk isn’t quite the danger it has been made to appear. “

The CDC defends the use of mercury in vaccines and fluoride in your water, yet tells you to be afraid—be very afraid—of raw milk. Does this make sense?


What the CDC is telling you about the dangers of raw milk is completely upside down from the truth. The truth is that the risk of foodborne illness from many other foods (such as pasteurized milk, mass-produced meat and poultry, and bagged greens) is much greater than from raw milk, provided the raw milk comes from a dairy that adheres to proper standards. The CDC and the FDA both continue to misuse, manipulate and suppress data in order to frighten the public.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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10:14AM PST on Dec 21, 2013

Well,the FDA( Federal Death Agency) and the CDC( Center for Disease Continuity) have always been puppets of the drug industry. As people are becoming aware of this, things are beginning to change.

9:57AM PST on Dec 21, 2013

Very interesting! Thanks.

7:25AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

It's very creamy! :)

1:51PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

as long as the the container the milk is going into is sterile everything should be fine. the milk from a mammal has to be sterile or the babies would be getting sick

9:00AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Sale of Raw Milk in Northern Italy: Food Safety Implications and Comparison of Different Analytical Methodologies for Detection of Foodborne Pathogens

"44.8% of samples collected from vending machines had, respectively, somatic cell count
(SCC) greater than 300,000 per milliliter"
"Three samples (3%) were positive for MAP, suggesting that raw milk is a significant
source of MAP exposure for consumers"

In any case, why should a mammal consume the milk of a completely different species of mammal, absolutly unfit for him? Ah yes, for the financial benefit of the diary industry, of course!

12:00AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Afraid of raw milk? Then quit injecting ungodly amounts of antibiotics into the cattle to the point that there's less bacteria than antibodies. And for Pete's sake! STOP injecting growth hormones!

My grandpa drank tons of raw milk, and guess what? He lived to be 99... and a half! Yup, it's so bad, he lived to be an OLD man! It's not the raw milk, it's the greedy corporate farms.

9:53PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

reduce your overall milk consumption try plant based milk soy is delicious

2:14PM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

It is heartbreaken to see a cow being separated to her new born calf just for the milk business. The best is leave the milk to whom belongs to.
Damnit I hate how much pain results for mistreated animals.

2:10AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

I also grew up drinking unpasteurised milk from healthy cows living in a sunny climate and obviously eating what they are supposed to eat naturally. That was when all the pesticides and hormones were unheard of.
Our cows were loved and had names - so produced a lot of milk with lots of cream. We had homemade cheese and homemade ice-cream. I feel sorry for people who have never had the good fortune to taste natural food - especially with all the allergies children develop today.

4:08PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

This article does the exact same thing it complains of. It compares raw milk created under optimal conditions to pasteurized milk created under suboptimal conditions. It does not compare the same milk pasteurized versus raw. Personally, I buy organic pasteurized milk, which involves the milk being created under better conditions. This article says nothing about the quality of that milk. I'm all for good research comparing things so we can learn what is best, but mainly what this article implies is that that research has not been done.

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Omg, so cute! :)

Most intriguing

This is a disaster waiting to happen. :( Very bad decision.

thanks for the article.


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