The ''Experts'' Are Wrong About Raw Milk
September 07, 2006
Raw (unpasteurized) milk could reduce children's risk of suffering from conditions such as eczema and hay fever.
A new study investigating why children raised on farms have fewer allergies than those raised in cities has shown that just two glasses each week reduced a child's chances of developing eczema by almost 40 percent and hay fever by 10 percent.
Blood tests demonstrated that the raw milk more than halved the levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE), a chemical pumped out by cells in response to an allergen. IgE in turn causes the release of histamine, which causes allergy symptoms.
Raw milk is thought to contain bacteria that helps to prime your immune system. However, unpasteurized milk is also thought to be a source of potentially bad bacteria as well, so its sale has been banned in many countries. Some experts believe that the potential benefits of raw milk are still outweighed by the potential for food poisoning.
One in three children are currently affected by eczema, hay fever or asthma, as opposed to one in six 20 years ago. The number of people needing emergency hospital treatment for severe allergic reactions has tripled over the last 10 years.