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The Raw Facts

Updated on December 21, 2012

Humans are the only mammal species that continue drinking milk after being weened.

Is continuing to drink milk past infancy unhealthy for us?

You will never see me gulp down a glass of pasteurized milk. Why? Because this milk, or what we like to think of as milk, is nothing but dead white liquid.

Raw milk is the one for me and my family; raw milk is the best. I'm fortunate because the farm I get my raw milk from has Jersey Cows (and I live in New Jersey), which are known for their abundant cream and delicious flavor.

The farm adheres to strict sanitary guidelines, as they must, so there is no need for pasteurization. The cattle graze in green pastures and eat grasses that are their natural food and best for ruminant animals (animals that chew cud).

These cows are not given growth hormones or antibiotics and are treated humanely. Their milk is rich with vitamins, amino acids, minerals and enzymes. This milk is not homogenized so there is a thick layer of cream on top, mmmmmm…Lucky cows, lucky me :o)

The time of "Distillery Cows" was unfortunate. Many people became ill and died senseless deaths.
The time of "Distillery Cows" was unfortunate. Many people became ill and died senseless deaths.

Dirty Milk

In essence, pasteurization is used to clean "dirty" milk. Pasteurization gives us a false sense of security. Pasteurization creates leeway for malnourished, abused cows to exist in unhealthy, unsanitary conditions because, hey, later we'll simply boil all of the bad germs to death.

In the early 1900's "swill," the by-products that grains distilleries threw out after making alcohol, were fed to cattle named "Distillery Cows," Malnourishment and disease were rampant among these cows. A natural consequence was tainted and toxic milk which made people ill.

What did the distillery farmers do?

Did they clean up their act or give the cattle the food they really needed to be healthy?

No. Instead, pasteurization of milk was introduced.


Prisoners of Pasteurization

Abraham Jacobi, MD, President of the American Medical Association at the time describing distillery dairies: "Part of New York was supplied by cows fed on brewer's swill in Long Island stables, which no cow had an opportunity to leave at any time after having been imprisoned there. There she was kept in foul air, standing or resting in her own manure, with no other food, sickening until her tail rotted off and her skin broke out in gangrenous ulcers, and she died. Such was a goodly part of the milk that reached our households. It was more or less white or bluish, more or less impure - or rather, dirty- half a day old. When it was used for the baby it was rarely strained or boiled, often mixed with water which was more or less impure...Food stuffs would deteriorate rapidly and intensely. Ice could be obtained by only the better situated families...I always advised boiling the milk for infants as soon as it arrived." - The Untold Story of Milk

You can read all about this and other important information in the book, "The Untold Story of Milk"

Milk is Heated at extremely high temperatures during pasteurization which not only kills bad bacteria but completely denatures the nutrition of raw milk.

Sadly, this amazing superfood is turned into nothing but dead white liquid. Synthetic vitamins like D2, a vitamin linked to liver disease, is added to this dead white liquid and is then called "healthy" milk.

If you drink pasteurized and homogenized milk (the way is the number one allergic food in the country), here are a list of problems that may arise: diarrhea, cramps, bloating, gas, gastrointestinal bleeding, iron-deficiency, skin rashes allergies, colic in infants, osteoporosis, tooth decay, arthritis, growth problems in children, heart disease, cancer, atherosclerosis, acne, recurrent ear infections in children, type 1 diabetes [I doubt this], rheumatoid arthritis, infertility, leukemia and autism.

Are they playing mind games with us? Find out more: The Untold Story of Milk  (sold below)
Are they playing mind games with us? Find out more: The Untold Story of Milk (sold below)

Mind Games

Did you ever notice the expiration date on a carton of organic milk? The expiration date can be as much as two months. In actuality, ultra pasteurized milk can last unopened and unrefrigerated up to six months.

Organic milk doesn't have antibiotics or hormones, this is true, but ultra pasteurized milk is heated at even higher temperatures [tell us the actual temperatures]. Regular pasteurization destroys most of the nutrients but ultra pasteurization brings the nutrients down to zero, zilch, nada. This milk is dead, dead, dead.

Ultra pasteurization allows milk to be shipped much farther and reach people all over the country. Profits, profits, profits.

When people buy organic they expect high standards of quality and freshness. Milk that doesn't need to be refrigerated for six months should be a big red flag for people who buy organic milk, or any milk for that matter. That's why you will find ultra pasteurized milk in the refrigerator section. It's what we call a mind game. If the seller left it on the regular grocery store shelves, you'd be suspicious.

What's better, organic milk or conventional milk?

I love the Healthy Home Economist's answer to this: "That's a toughie.Kind of like choosing to die by lethal injection or by firing squad. Neither choice is optimal as there is no clear winner."

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Heart Failure?

Who would think a simple process like blending the milk and cream together through homogenization may potentially cause something as deadly as heart failure?

In order to blend cream and milk together, distributors use high pressure pumps to pump raw milk through very small tubes. This action is done with such force that it breaks the fat globules into tiny fragmented pieces. Xanthinie oxidase( XO), an enzyme which is normally attached to fat globules in cows milk, is altered by this fierce pumping action. The normally large particles of XO are broken down so tiny that it facilitates absorption into the bloodstream, instead of harmlessly being subjected to the G.I. tract where XO would normally go.

According to the research of Dr. Kurt Oster, absorption of XO into the bloodstream promotes hardening of the arteries, which may cause angina, heart attacks, cognitive heart failure and strokes.

Candy and Garbage Cow Chow

Candy and Garbage - Cow Chow

You would think due to the skyrocketing prices of GMO corn and soy, due to the draught, that farmers would do the right thing and start giving their cattle grasses, or at least hay. Instead, they are giving their cattle food that makes GMO corn and soy seem like health food.

Farmers are now feeding their cows expired candy and cookie products like gummy worms, fruit loops and other sugar laden, high fructose corn syrup products, like marshmallows and cookies, in place of grains.

The crazy thing is, instead of people being appalled, many commend this as an "ingenious idea." Is anyone thinking of the cattle and the effect their milk will have on us and our families health?

As if candy and cookies aren't bad enough, 'swill' is being reintroduced. Swill is being mixed with the expired candy and fed to cattle. Candy and garbage? Not cool.

Why don't farmers do the logical thing, the right and decent thing and give their cattle grass?

Grass doesn't yield the abnormally high quantities of milk farmers are looking for. Profit is the primary factor here, not what's in the best interest of the cattle and the quality of their milk.

Do you want to be strong like me? Excercise, eat right and make  raw milk part of your daily diet. Mercola's  Whey Protein (sold below) has all the benefits of raw milk. Check it out.
Do you want to be strong like me? Excercise, eat right and make raw milk part of your daily diet. Mercola's Whey Protein (sold below) has all the benefits of raw milk. Check it out.

Raw Milk Builds Strong Bodies

The Maasai People, a nomadic tribe located in Kenya and northern Tanzaia, one of the toughest and most feared tribes, drink raw milk as their primary source of nutrition.

In the book, The Untold Story of Milk, naturopathic physician Ron Schmid reveals numerous stories of people who lived in perfect health on raw milk exclusively for up to 50 years.

" I have lived on a strictly milk diet for the past forty-two years, not as a matter of choice, but from the fact that I am unable to take solid food of any kind, even a crumb of bread. At the age of two years I took a dose of concentrated lye, which caused a stricture of the food pipe and since then have lived on a milk diet.

"I believe I have gotten along better than the man who eats. I am five feet, six inches tall, weigh one hundred and forty pounds, and am married and have four strong, healthy children. I take one quart at each mealtime and none between meals. My health is good, in fact I have never been ill in bed in forty-two years."

Raw Milk A Living Food

Raw milk is packed full of vital nutrients such as A,C,D,E,K.B1,B2, B6. Pantothenic acid, Biotin, Folic acid and B12, that strengthens the immune system, reduces food allergies and fights cancers. Raw milk contains many minerals like Potassium, Chloride, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Iodine, Selenium, Cobalt and Chromium; helps prevent osteoporosis, improves bone density and lowers your risk of kidney stones.

If you are lactose intolerant and can not eat or drink dairy it most likely will clear up if you drink raw milk. Raw milk contains valuable enzymes which are important for proper digestion, such as, Amylase, Catalase, Lactase, Lactoperoxidase, Lipase, Phosphatase, which aids absorption of calcium in your bones.

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Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)Reduces Body Fat

Raw milk contains, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), an essential fatty acid, which enhances your metabolism and builds muscle mass. A randomized, double-blind studyincluding 60 overweight or obese volunteers found that CLA reduces fat and preserves muscle tissue.

CLA is naturally present in mothers milk but as we get older we we can only get CLA in our diets: raw milk, grass fed meats and poultry. CLA also lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, prevents and treats diabetes, boosts your immune system and fights cancer.

Raw milk doesn't spoil, it sours and turns into nutritious clabbered milk, (buttermilk) which you can bake with, make yogurt, keifer (good bacteria), and cheese with. I make home made cereal with my clabbered milk. Raw milk is a living food with living enzymes and beneficial bacteria.

Unlike raw milk, shortly after conventional milk is opened, it spoils and turns rancid. This is because conventional pasteurized milk is dead. Lactic acid bacilli, (probiotic and friendly bacteria) are destroyed during pasteurization along with so many other benefits of raw milk.

Where To Buy Raw Milk

Unfortunately, sale of raw milk directly to consumers is banned in several states. Some people get around this by purchasing a small ownership of a cow. Once you are part owner of the cow it is legal for the farmer to sell you the raw milk.

Why is raw milk illegal? That is another very controversial subject and one that I have a lot to say about.

But that's another story, for another time.

If you go to realmilk.com you can find the states that sell raw milk.

Miracle way has all the benifits of raw milk

In the meantime, if you cannot get raw milk or are still afraid to try it for some reason, I have a great alternative. You can get all of the benefits of raw milk with Dr. Mercola's whey protein. This whey protein has all the benefits of raw milk. Made from grass-fed cows that have never been subjected to growth hormones, antibiotics or any other chemicals.

Low temperature drying and filtration methods ensure proper balance of fatty acids. Vitamins and minerals stay intact. A perfect alternative as close to the real thing as you can get and it's legal.

Have any questions? Read this book, The Untold Story of Milk.

Now go drink your raw milk, it's good for you :o)

Ms. Immortal

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      beingwell,

      It's just so available to us and we are used to it. You can always try making almond milk or hemp milk now and then for a change if you want. If not, I am sure you do plenty of healthy things to counter-balance.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      I still drink milk. I guess, I just won't learn. :)

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Chris Achilleos,

      Thanks so much for you comment and vote, it's very appreciated :o)

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Stephanie Henkel,

      Thanks for your comment. The healthy food we grew up on is now over priced and hard to come by. I agree it is so sad.

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      Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

      Very informative and interesting hub Cathy Fidelibus. Voted up and interesting!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      I found your article extremely interesting and informative. I've long been concerned about food processing methods in general, but I've never really thought about the health implications of drinking pasteurized and homogenized milk versus raw milk.

      As a child I drank raw milk, ate organically grown vegetables and fruits from our own garden and farm grown meat without hormones. I attribute my current good health to this healthy start in life, and it makes me sad to know how few children today eat this healthily.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      BlissfulWriter,

      You are smart to stay away from pasteurized dairy. I hope some day you try raw if you haven't already, it's a totally different food product.

      Thank you for the link, I looked at it and unfortunately don't have time to read it right now; still in the midst of holiday madness. But looking forward to reading it soon.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      rajan jolly,

      Thank you! I am so glad you liked it.

      Thanks for you vote and sharing too!

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      rajan jolly,

      Thank you! I am so glad you liked it.

      Thanks for you vote and sharing too!

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      BlissfulWriter 4 years ago

      I agree that pasteurized milk is not that great -- especially the low fat one. I no longer drink milk or dairy. And I wrote about why here: https://hubpages.com/health/Cow-Milk-dairy-product...

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Awesome information here! Great research and very useful. Voted up and sharing.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Eddy,

      Thank you for the complement!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Very interesting and useful;thanks for sharing.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Express10,

      Wow, never drank milk. I think raw milk is quite delicious, but not the pasteurized, it has a horrible taste.

      I totally agree, we need to rise up against the big corporations and finally take issue with what they are selling us and our famiies. I cringe when I hear a parent tell child to drink their milk. Milk is just one of the poisons sold in our grocery stores.

      All we can do is spread the word.

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      I have never drank milk unless it occurred when I was a child and had no ability to so no. I've never liked it and still don't. What continues to amaze me is that more of us don't investigate what is actually IN our "foods." I had already learned about the effects of blending the milk and cream, unhealthy additives, and the expired garbage and candy. I shudder to think what else is in this stuff. In fact, I actually do shudder when I see anyone drinking it.

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      Jennifer Mandel 5 years ago from Bridgewater, New Jersey

      I had no idea raw milk was so healthy! Being raw milk is so hard to get I like the idea of purchasing the whey product you have for sale, just for the health benefits and drinking the home made almond milk. Good stuff!

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Robin,

      Thanks so much for your compliment and comment.

      You are a healthy eater and very wise. I love raw honey too, nature's candy :o)

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      Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

      Awesome and so very comprehensive like your other hubs I have read thus far.

      Pasteurization ruins foods, I so agree with you (milk, cheeses, honey). In honey, it takes the good out of it that helps the body. I love raw honey and as far as nutrition, I try to eat as close to the "sun" as possible (plant rich foods).

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Victoria Lynn,

      I love to hear you find my hub informative. I really work hard to give the best and most thorough information I can.

      I agree with you, humans are different than animals and we do things very differently. Milk is excellent for our health as long as it's grass feed, organic, raw milk.

      Raw milk is hard to get unfortunately. Almond milk is a great alternative and delicious. It doesn't have the same health benefits as raw but it is very healthy.

      There is only one small problem with almond milk. The almond milk you buy in the store, any store and any brand, contains synthetic vitamins. Read, Ms. Immortal - Whole Food vs. Synthetic Vitamins post for more information. Whole food vitamins are excellent for our health, synthetic (which is unfortunately in many of our prepackaged foods) you should stay away from.

      But not to worry, almond milk is easy to make and I have a recipe for it on the vitamin blog.

      Hope you enjoy it!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow, this is informative. I remember drinking milk on my grandma's farm from a cow. I didn't like it very well, though, with all the cream. I would be willing to try it again. Interesting about being the only species who drinks milk, but that doesn't resonate with me, as humans are human, and we drink and eat a lot of things that animals don't. With that said, I would gladly try something else, if I could get it. Do you think almond milk is also bad? Oh, well. Even if milk is a dead food, I have to continue with it. I love it! I can't help it! Everything in moderation, my mother has always said.

      I do look forward to reading more of your health hubs. Voted up and others.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      sweetie1,

      Thanks for your comment. That is a very good point, we are the only species that drink other species milk.

      If I didn't have access to raw milk, I still would not drink pasteurized. I have a great almond milk recipe on my hub "Whole Food vs. Synthetic Vitamins" You may like it.

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      sweetie1 5 years ago from India

      You are lucky that you live on farm. For us in N.Delhi it is not an option, so we have to buy pasteurized milk.you are right about humans are the only mammal species that continue drinking milk after being weened but also the only species which drink milk of other species.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      David,

      Thanks so much for commenting.

      Your daughter and son-in-law are so very lucky! I have to drive an hour into PA for my raw milk.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      dahoglund,

      Thanks for you comment.

      You most likely heard that raw milk was bad for you because the CDC and FDA have been vilifying raw milk for years now, under the pretense of public health safety.

      What is the CDC and FDA's real agenda?

      The CDC and FDA are looking out for the "big industrial factory dairy farms."

      Raw milk was really catching on there for a while. Massachusetts alone doubled it's raw dairy farms in 2007. This threatened the Industrial Dairy Farmers who cannot sell raw milk even if they wanted to; due to unhealthy and disgusting treatment of their cows.

      Interesting fact: In 2007 when raw milk was abundant in Massachusetts three people died of listeriosis from "pasteurized milk."

      Sorry if I am ranting.

      I will save the rest for a future post :o)

      If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. If I don't know the answer I will research it until I do.

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      David Warren 5 years ago from Nevada

      Thanks for the information. I hadn't ever really thought about raw milk other than the tidbits that I've seen in the news lately. Ironically my daughter is visiting from Las Vegas and informed my wife and I that her fiancee's dad has been delivering raw milk to them.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I am not much of a milk drinker and seldom use it except to put on ceraaaial. Many years ago I ran across a farm in Illinois that sold raw milk and tried some. I rather liked it and the kids liked it. than I was told that raw milk is bad for you. So I quit getting it. Since my kids are grown and have their own kids it is no longer overly important to me, but I do wonder.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Peggy,

      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately raw milk is hard to come by. If you go to my first hub, Whole Food Versus Synthetic Vitamins, you will read how the almond milk we buy in the store has synthetic vitamins which we should try to stay away from as much as possible. I have a delicious almond milk recipe on that hub, which is healthy and delicious. Hope you try and enjoy it.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I can still hear my grandfather saying that humans are the only ones who continue drinking milk after they are weaned. It is true and makes you wonder. I remember the days of milk being delivered and the cream always rose to the top...so obviously it was unpasteurized. Of late I have been drinking more almond milk. Will have to see if there is any way we can even buy raw milk in our area. Up, interesting...and sharing! Thanks for this informative hub. This should be a wake up call for many people!

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Epi,

      Thank you for your compliments and the Hubbravo! I am truly flattered and so happy you like it.

      Sending warm wishes back your way, have a wonderful day.

      Cathy

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      .....I think I just read the essential milk hub - and what a thorough job you have done with this world class presentation - never thought too much about what went into the process - but I certainly was enlightened and education by your exhaustive research as a premiere investigative journalist.

      I am so impressed by your writing talent and I was learning something new too.

      Hubbravo from the epi-man - this hub really makes one think!

      sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 8:14am

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Vespawoolf,

      Thanks, that's too bad about the milk in Peru. You will enjoy the whey protein it's really delcious. You can add fruit to it for different flavors and textures. I add a frozen bananna to mine for a milkshake quality.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I'm very happy to know about Dr. Mercola's whey protein! I've always known about the health benefits of raw milk. We can buy it here in Peru, but because the milk isn't processed in a hygienic way and the cows aren't clean, Malta fever is a possibility. But the whey protein sounds great. Thanks so much!

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Dolores,

      Thank you for your comment and your vote and tweet :o)

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      In my state, it is against the law to sell unpasteurized milk. People leave the state in order to buy fresh whole milk. Your article was on target (despite being disgusting in parts) and very informative. Voted up and tweeted!

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Nyamache,

      Thank you! So glad you agree.

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      Joshua Nyamache 5 years ago from Kenya

      Raw milk is the best. Thanks for sharing his information. Voted you up!

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Teaches,

      Thank you, for your comment, I'm glad you like the post and find it helpful. I believe raw milk is truly one of nature's perfect foods.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      My dear friend, who is a lives a life of natural living, has always preached this to people. They do not get it, raw milk is the best. Your post speaks volumes about the toxic processing of milk and the healthy goodness of raw milk. Well done and voted up.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Dorian,

      Thanks for commenting and your kind words. It sounds like you had very healthy beginnings in Romania. I like to make home-made keifer with my raw milk, it's delicious. I love it with organic cranberries and slivered almonds.

      If you know someone with a cow you can purchase a small ownership of the cow for any amount of money even $10.00 is fine. Once you are part owner of the cow it is legal for the farmer to sell you the raw milk.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 5 years ago from Kanata, Ontario, Canada

      Excellent article! I love you for having wrote this.

      We used to buy fresh milk from farmers back in Romania, my origin country. We would make homemade yogurt, which was the best thing ever. Pasteurization as it first appeared was a great way to kill the tuberculosis pathogen but at the same time keep milk nutritious. The pasteurization heats the milk under the boiling point.

      As you point out in your awesome article UHT the preferred way to treat milk today kills the milk. The milk is not milk anymore... You notice the bitter taste of milk after it turns bad? This UHT. The raw milk becomes a little sour, similar to yogurt, when "it turns bad". I miss raw milk, in Canada, (my adoption country), is illegal to sell raw milk, and I have heard stories of people who had been fined for selling it. You must own a cow if you want raw milk... :)

      Dorian

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Linda,

      Wow, what a great way to start the day! Thank you so much for your compliments. I'm so happy you like my hub and you will be drinking raw milk again.(there is such a big differnce in the taste, I agree)

      Finally, someone agrees with me. Yes, my parents had an exterminator come on a regular basis, every month for two years like clock work. Then my mom became ill.

      Since my parents lived in Ohio, a good distance away, I wasn't aware of the exterminator right away. I first found out while visiting, the exterminator sprayed all through the house (with the windows closed) while my mother followed him around making sure he sprayed certain places.

      I was horrified. I explained how deadly the stuff was, but truthfully I had no idea how deadly. My mother was diagnosed with a brain turmor, shortly after. I then, did research and found the connection between brain tumors and pesticides. I immediately had my father cancel their contract with the exterminator. He cancelled just to shut me up but didn't really believe it was a problem.

      On my last visit with my dad, who do you think shows up? The exterimenator! I told the kids to get out of the house and opened all the windows. The exterminator said, "Don't worry, it's not toxic, you can all come back in ten minutes it will have decipated by then." (no thanks!)

      No one in my family believes me when I say there is a connection, they all think I'm a 'health nut' and roll their eyes. That's family for you :o)

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      What a great hub. I grew up on raw whole milk from the cows down the road. As an adult, I stopped drinking milk because it had no taste, to me. Your hub may have pushed me towards finding a source for the good stuff again. Great, great job.

      Cathy, I'm curious - I read that your Mom had GBM. Did she by any chance use an exterminator on a regular basis in her home? There has been some interest in the correlation between pesticides and brain tumors. I hope I'm not intruding on your privacy. Just wanted to plant a seed.

      Back to this hub - voted up and awesome. Welcome to hubpages too!

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      lindacee,

      Thanks, I am happy to have helped.

      Raw milk is legal in all states that surround Nevada: Utah, AZ, CA, OR and Idaho.

      I don't know how far you are from CA, but Organic Pastures Dairy Raw Milk is sold in many small health food stores throughout CA --- see http://OrganicPastures.com --- to locate stores that sell it.

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      lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

      I learned a great deal from your Hub. I had no idea pasteurized milk was so harmful. From what I understand it is illegal to purchase raw milk in Nevada. I guess you can own your own cow and drink the milk, but can't buy it from someone else. What's a person to do?

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Esrom,

      Thank you for your comment and I am glad my information helped. Raw milk is banned in many sates. I live in NJ and have to travel to Pennsylvania, a 45 minute drive, to get my milk. I buy several gallons at a time and freeze them. Realmilk.com is a good rsource. Mercola's Whey protein is also a good substitute as I explain in the hub.

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      Esrom Aritonang 5 years ago from Indonesia

      I will stop drinking pasteurization milk after I read your informative writing. Drinking raw (organic) milk more healthy, but it seems difficult to find. Thanks for sharing us your brilliant info.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Hyphenbird,

      Thanks for commenting, I'm glad you liked my post.

      Raw milk is actually a complete food when left unproccessed and whole. There is something called the milk cure. People who are ill or just want to feel better will do a raw milk fast which is usually a couple of weeks long. At the end of their fast they are left feeling energectic and full of vitality.

      The Healthy Home Economist gives an example of a woman Paula who went on the milk fast for 15 days and wrote a series of riveting posts. At the end of her fast she felt fantastic and was quite pleased with her bloodwork. She claims it was the best blood work of her life. .

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      If one is going to drink milk raw is the only way to go. Since (as you said and I agree) that no other creature drinks milk past infancy let alone from another species, milk is to be avoided in my opinion. That man who has lived on milk all his life is an exception. He has no choice. I wonder about his cholesterol levels and all that. When I was a kid, we drank fresh milk straight from the cow and lived to tell of it. Pasteurizing milk is indeed causing it to be dead food. A baby calf would most likely die from malnutrition. Thanks for a most thought provoking article.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      hecate-horus,

      Thanks for the compliment. I can't expect everyone to agree with me. I can tell you that I have been drinking raw milk for years, and know people that have been brought up on it.

      I love almond milk but since I found out synthetic vitamins are added to every brand out there, I have been making my own. Check out my hub," Whole Food vs. Synthetic vitamins." There's a great almond milk recipe, I hope you try it :o)

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      hecate-horus 5 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Good article. Still, I'm not completely sold on the safety of raw milk (sorry) so I stay away from milk completely and drink only almond milk. But I definitely agree with your overall viewpoint. Today's commerical farmer is all about profit, not quality. It's very scary and sad.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Healthyannie, you are wise. Thanks for your great information, goats cheese is a great alternative.

      I agree, pollutants is one of the leading causes of cancer.

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Healthyannie, you are wise. Thanks for your great information, goats cheese is a great alternative.

      I agree, pollutants is one of the leading causes of cancer.

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      Healthyannie 5 years ago from Spain

      Pasteurisation is rubbish. It is responsible for our poor immune systems, IBS and many other health problems. Milk should be a wholefood, and cows should not be fed antibiotics to keep them healthy. I eat a great

      unpasteurised goats cheese and it has never done me any harm. Part of the reason we suffer so many health problems is because of our processed food which causes loss of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. Our brain our made up out of essential fatty acids.

      We also inhale a lot of very dangerous pollutants. When did nature stop being natural? Annie