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Is Raw Milk Dangerous?

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Secrets, Lies, and Raw Propaganda

The CDC’s bias against raw milk is not new. A 2007 press release by A Campaign for Real Milk (part of the Weston A. Price Foundation) shines a light on the CDC’s concealment of the truth. The article came on the heels of a cautionary reminder to the public by the FDA and CDC that raw milk is “dangerous.”

The article states:

“The joint FDA /CDC reminder claims that between 1998 and 2005, raw milk was implicated in 45 outbreaks, 1007 cases, 104 hospitalizations and 2 deaths. Yet the reference cited, CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for the week of March 2, 2007 (MMWR for 03-02-07), provides no such information; nor is any such information found in any other FDA or CDC document. Numerous requests to the FDA for clarification have not been answered.”

So, not only were the two deaths NOT due to drinking raw milk, but according to Sally Fallon (president of the Weston A. Price Foundation), the FDA and CDC have never provided a single reference to support the claim of widespread illness from raw milk during that seven-year period. Fallon stated:

“Reports of individuals becoming ill after drinking raw milk do exist, although none were cited in the recent CDC and FDA Reminder. But even these reports do not usually provide proof that raw milk caused illness. When someone who drinks raw milk becomes ill, these agencies immediately report an ‘association’ with raw milk, ignoring other vectors of disease and subsequent tests showing the milk to be clean. FDA and CDC definitely have a double standard when it comes to raw milk.”

Pasteurized milk is responsible for far more illnesses and deaths. For example, according to, the United States’ largest recorded outbreak of Salmonella resulted from pasteurized milk, but alarmingly, the CDC never issued a specific Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for this outbreak.

The incident, occurring between June 1984 and April 1985, resulted in 200,000 illnesses and 18 deaths. This and other outbreaks of illness resulting from the consumption of pasteurized milk somehow evade the public’s eye, escaping warnings from both the CDC and FDA. In fact, they have never issued a warning against commercially pasteurized milk! So, it isn’t terribly surprising that Mark McAfee was given the cold shoulder by CDC. This is just one more example of the CDC’s ongoing bias against raw dairy products.

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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 90ís 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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