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The Science Behind Raw Milk

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The Science Behind Raw Milk

Please understand that I do not recommend drinking pasteurized milk of any kind – ever. Because once milk has been pasteurized it’s more or less “dead,” and offers little in terms of real nutritional value to anyone, whether you show signs of intolerance to the milk or not.

Valuable enzymes are destroyed, vitamins (such as A, C, B6 and B12) are diminished, fragile milk proteins are radically transformed from health-nurturing to unnatural amino acid configurations that can actually worsen your health. Finally the eradication of beneficial bacteria through the pasteurization process actually ends up promoting pathogens.

The healthy alternative to pasteurized milk is raw milk, which is an outstanding source of nutrients including beneficial bacteria such as lactobacillus acidophilus, vitamins and enzymes, and it is, in my estimation, one of the finest sources of calcium available.

Raw milk is generally not associated with the health problems linked to pasteurized milk, and even people who have been allergic to pasteurized milk for many years can typically tolerate and even thrive on raw milk.

However, some people may still experience problems, such as upper respiratory congestion, when drinking raw milk, and the difference between the breeds of cows the milk comes from appears to hold the answer.

Different Cows = Different Milk

This is an issue you may never have heard of unless you’re familiar with the bovine industry, or have done a fair amount of research on milk. But there are actually distinct differences in the milk produced by various breeds of dairy cows.

So-called A1 cows are “newer” breeds that experienced a mutation of a particular amino acid some 5,000 years ago, whereas A2 cows are the older breeds that do not have this mutation.

As Thomas Cowan, MD, a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation explains in his article “Devil in the Milk,” milk consists of three parts:

  • Butterfat
  • Whey
  • Milk solids

The milk solids consist of a variety of proteins, lactose and other sugars. One of these proteins is called beta-casein, and this is the protein of interest when comparing A1 and A2 milk.

All proteins are long chains of amino acids. Beta casein is a chain of 229 amino acids. A2 cows produce this protein with a proline at number 67, whereas A1 cows have a mutated proline amino acid, which converts it to histidine.

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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, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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12:27PM PST on Dec 19, 2011

Who in DC cares about your health? and who doesn't? Ron Paul is the only one who wants to legalize raw milk and other health foods. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-12-19/paul-s-raw-milk-freedom-pitch-reflects-offbeat-bid-on-rise.html

And notice who wants you to eat GMOs. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-U-N29dXo56s/TuzIePTjXOI/AAAAAAAAAaU/VJqsL83HAlE/s400/Yet%2BMore%2BElites.png

4:56AM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Thank you for the information. I had no idea there was such a difference in milk produced by different kinds of cows!

9:43PM PST on Nov 13, 2011

Thanks Much !

9:43PM PST on Nov 13, 2011

Thanks Much !

7:41AM PST on Nov 9, 2011

I think the writer is showing us the overview of what so-called Real Milk. As far as i know, there is a few place in the world that produce Real Milk. The process is extremely hygiene and no machine as well as chemicals or any additives are involved in. The milk comes directly from the cows and it can be drunk immediately. How amazing !!!! You can see its an organic source of milk. And every nutrients are kept safety.

7:39AM PST on Nov 9, 2011

I think the writer is showing us the overview of what so-called Real Milk. As far as i know, there is a few place in the world that produce Real Milk. The process is extremely hygiene and no machine as well as chemicals or any additives are involved in. The milk comes directly from the cows and it can be drunk immediately. How amazing !!!! You can see its an organic source of milk. And every nutrients are kept safety.

1:59PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

interesting article

7:10PM PDT on Oct 23, 2011

Thanks, Roger ! I try.

7:19PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Mit, that was insightful and excellent. I am kicking myself for not have thought of that. I guess I have to meet someone smarter and more creative than me every now and then.

Keep it up, Mit.

6:00PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

"Yes, cows produce milk for their babies, not for humans!!! "

And wheat, beans, oats and rye all produce endosperm for their progeny, not for humans !!!

Did you know that humans have twice evolved the genetic mutation to digest lactose into adulthood? Both in Africa and in Europe.


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