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The Science Behind Raw Milk

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The proline in A2 milk has a strong bond to another small protein called BCM 7, which helps keep it from being released.

Histidine (the mutated protein), on the other hand, only weakly holds on to BCM 7, so it is liberated in the GI tract of animals and humans who drink A1 cow milk. Now, BCM7 is a powerful opiate that can have a very detrimental impact on your body.

As discussed in the article above, it is likely the cause of increased phlegm production in your digestive and respiratory tract, which can worsen upper respiratory problems.

This confirms previous findings, discussed in Keith Woodford’s book Devil in the Milk: Illness, Health and the Politics of A1 and A2 Milk.

In it he writes that BCM 7 selectively binds to the epithelial cells in mucus membranes and stimulates mucus secretion.

But that’s not all. BCM7 has also been implicated in other far more serious health problems, such as:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Neurological impairment, including autism and schizophrenia
  • Impaired immune function
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Heart disease

For those of you who want to investigate this at greater depth, betacasein.net offers a comprehensive list of published scientific studies of the differences between A1 and A2 milk and their health ramifications.

You can also pick up a copy of Keith Woodford’s informative book, Devil in the Milk: Illness, Health and the Politics of A1 and A2 Milk.

The US Raises Mainly the “Wrong” Cows

A1 cows include the black and white breeds like Holsteins and Friesians. Unfortunately, Holsteins are one of the most popular breeds in North America.

The older breeds, such as Jersey’s, Guernsey, Asian and African are primarily A2’s. Goats and sheep also produce the healthier A2 type milk.

“Our issue in America is that we have the wrong cows,” Dr. Cowan writes.

“When you take A1 cow milk away, and stimulate our own endorphins instead of the toxic opiate of BCM 7, some amazing health benefits ensue.

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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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