Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pasteurized Dairy and rBST

I was recently asked why I am against pasteurized dairy so I am going to blog about it today. I wanted to try and blog more about the things that are so wrong with our food system and other stuff so this is the perfect opportunity.
For one thing, the whole advertising campaign about 'milk does your body good' and you need to drink it for strong bones is utterly false! You don't get calcium from pasteurized milk. I will go into more detail about that later. Then there is the fact that cows are injected with rBST which I will also talk about.

People have had cows for milk consumption for ages. In order to keep up with today’s demand for more milk, we raise our cows in crowded quarters, pump them full of hormones to increase production, feed them grains that their stomachs can’t digest, and then give them antibiotics to prevent illness that naturally occurs under such living conditions. The end result is something very different than what our ancestors consumed, and pasteurization becomes necessary to kill the harmful bacteria that are now present in ever greater numbers.
Not only is modern milk loaded with antibiotics, toxins and hormones, but the pasteurization process intended to kill the bad bacteria also destroys the good bacteria and natural enzymes that allow its digestion. Our bodies don’t manufacture the proper enzymes to help our digestive system break down the milk and absorb all its nutrients. Consider phosphatase, a heat-sensitive enzyme essential for absorption and assimilation of calcium, which is destroyed during pasteurization. That 300 mg of calcium per glass? It won’t end up in your bones. (You will keep the fat though, but it won’t be the good kind of omega-3 fatty acids, unless it comes from a grass-fed cow.) Unpasteurized milk, however, contains more than 60 naturally-occurring enzymes, including lactase, which breaks down lactose (milk sugar). After years of consuming milk minus the lactase, your body can easily become burdened with breaking down all that lactose and you become lactose-intolerant.
So, you think raw milk is not safe but this simply is not true. Because of the way factory dairy farm cows are kept and all the stuff they are injected with the milk has to be pasteurized to kill all the bacteria. I have worked at several dairies and believe me you don't want to drink their milk even if it is pasteurized. It is loaded with mucus and pus and all kind of gross things.  and have lots of great info on the benefits of real raw cows milk that comes from cows that eat grass, hay and silage only and are out in the sun and not cooped up in barns. I will blog another day about the benefits of grass fed meat, poultry, eggs and dairy.Cows pastured on organic green grass produce milk with amazing health benefits.
If you go to the first link and click on FAQ'S it tells you what pasteurization, homogenization, and lactose intolerance is.
Drinking raw milk, kefir and eating yogurt give you many health benefits.
The other reason why I don't like store bought factory farm milk is rBST. This is the Bovine Growth Hormone that is injected into dairy cows to make them produce more milk. When I worked for the dairy they in injected the cows every three months or sooner with rBST. I could always tell when it was about shot time because the cows were not producing much milk at all and then all of the sudden they came in with huge bags and were cranky and miserable because of the unnatural state they where in. rBST is a hormone. Monsanto (no surprise there) is the company that is behind this hormone and of course all of our genetically modified food (GMOs) and lots of other evils. Posilac (this is what it is called now that Posilac bought it out from Monsanto)was banned from use in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and all European Union countries (currently numbering 27), by 2000 or earlier. Dairy cows used to be productive for many years, but now a typical cow only lasts 2 to 3 years and they are burned up. They have much higher incidences of mastitis, which is bacteria in the milk, and milk has much more mucus in it which is why we have more frequent colds and sinus infections and why heart disease and obesity are so high in the United States. It has been found that due to the health and welfare of the animal that it should not be used and thus the banning of it from many countries.
In humans, it has been shown to increase new tumors, breast, colon an prostate cancer. It has been shown to be the cause of teenagers coming into puberty at such a young age. It is a hormone after all. I believe (but have not researched) this is the cause of so many young women having problems with PMS and ovarian cysts at such a young age. When my daughter was a teenager (we had our own milk cow for awhile and when we didn't I never bought milk with rBST) she had no problems but all of her friends were being put on the birth control pill to alleviate all of the female problems they were having like very painful and long periods and cysts. I believe (and it probably can be proved) that all of the pus and mucus in the milk is causing cysts.
You can buy rBST free milk if you look at the labels but this still does not put my mind at ease about factory milk. I buy my milk from a local Amish farm and have since found cheese made from unpasteurized milk at the new local Amish run store. The cheese comes from Ohio, but I am looking for a local source and when time permits I would like to start making my own. I have some milk kefir grains coming my way soon and will start making this healthful drink also. I will also be making my own yogurt, sour cream and cream cheese, too.
Here is a good article/report on rBST.
Injecting otherwise healthy cows

with genetically engineered growth

hormones is, in my view, unnatural,

unnecessary and unfair to dairy

cows. … Consumers should be able

to decide for themselves whether or

not they buy milk from rBGH-treated

cows. We believe if they had the

information to make the choice, they

will not.

– A representative of Ben and Jerry’s

Homemade, Inc., on filing a lawsuit in 1996

to label their products rBGH-free

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