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The Science Behind Raw Milk

One saving grace, as expressed in The Devil in the Milk, is that the absorption of BCM 7 is much less in people with a healthy GI tract… BCM 7 is also not found in goat’s or sheep’s milk, so these types of milk might be better tolerated.

… We now have one more thing to put on our activism to-do list. Dr. Woodford explains that it is fairly straightforward to switch a herd to become an all A2 herd. No genetic engineering is needed, no fancy tests, just one simple test of the beta-casein and it can be done.

Hopefully, when this becomes widespread we will end up with a truly safe and healthy milk supply.”

Naturally, getting America’s dairy farmers to start switching breeds would require a massive campaign, but in the meantime, just being aware of this inherent difference between A1 and A2 milk can prove to be invaluable for many, especially if you have tried switching to raw milk and still experience problems with it.

You may simply be drinking milk from an A1 breed… Switching to milk from an A2 breed could make a significant difference.

This is also an important point for dairy farmers everywhere to at least consider, as A1 cattle may still not be producing the healthiest milk for human consumption, even when grass-fed.

How to Find Truly Healthy Milk

Depending on where you live, A2 milk may not be that hard to find. In fact, herds in much of Asia, Africa, and parts of Southern Europe still produce primarily A2 milk.

If you live in the United States, New Zealand, Australia or other areas of Europe, however, you’ll need to look a bit harder since the majority of cattle in these areas are A1 breeds.

As you know, I advocate getting your raw milk from a local dairy farmer that raises cattle organically, letting his livestock graze on fresh grasses. So to ensure the milk you’re getting is A2 milk — the type that has not been associated with illness and instead appears to have numerous health benefits – you’d just have to ask what kind of breed he raises. (Remember, A2 breeds include Jersey, Guernsey, Asian and African cows.)

Buying retail (in those states where raw milk sale is legal) would require just a little more work, since you’d have to get the contact information of the milk supplier and then call or write them to find out what breeds are used.

Fortunately, grass-fed, raw milk almost always comes from small dairy farms that do not co-mingle their milk with milk from other farms, so this makes ensuring you’re buying A2 milk quite a bit easier.

You can start you search for raw milk retailers in the US by going to the RealMilk web site.

OrganicPastures.com also has a store locator for California.

(You can use the following hyperlinks to find out the legal status of raw milk in the U.S. state or country where you live.)

Yet another option is raw goat and sheep’s milk, as neither of them contains the harmful BCM-7.

Related:
Raw Milk: Easy Greening
Pros and Cons of Pasteurization
Milk Alternatives

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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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