Is Raw Milk Consumption Growing in America?

Selling raw, unpasteurized milk is illegal in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

But many are such devotees of the health value and taste of raw milk that they are willing to break the law, or use creative means to get around the restrictions, in order to obtain it.

Raw milk advocates have tried selling it as pet food, selling it frozen (legal since it is not in "final consumable form") and selling cow shares, because in most states farmers can drink unpasteurized milk from their own cows.

Raw milk appeals to those who seek natural and unprocessed foods. Advocates of raw milk are attempting to legalize it in Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Carolina and Maryland.

There have been some cases of bacterial infection from raw milk. However, Sally Fallon, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, argues that cows raised on pasture grass, rather than in pens eating corn, will produce milk that is healthy and pathogen-free.

The Weston A. Price foundation points out that pasteurized milk "is associated with allergies, increased tooth decay, colic in infants, growth problems in children, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease and cancer."



Dr. Mercola's Comments:


In this issue of the newsletter you will find another article on soda in which I explain how I feel it is the worst fluid you could possibly drink. Well, pasteurized milk is not far behind.

From my perspective there just simply is not any rational justification to ever drink pasteurized milk, even organic pasteurized milk. Once you heat milk to pasteurize it there is serious damage that is done to the fragile milk proteins that actually cause it to function as a potent allergen. That is one of the main reasons why milk is the most common allergy.

Even if you start with organic milk from grass-fed cows, once you heat it the milk is ruined and should not be consumed.

Additionally, the pasteurization process virtually eliminates the good bacteria normally present in the milk and radically reduces the micronutrient and vitamin content of this healthy food. I encourage you to read my past articles to learn why you don't want to drink pasteurized milk, and why raw milk is becoming more popular in the United States.

Fortunately, no matter how far public health officials will go to discredit the benefits of raw milk, a growing number of Americans are choosing natural dairy sources, even though they may be breaking the law.

But when lack of availability, expense and legal ramifications don't frighten people away from raw milk, the "experts" don't hesitate in resorting to health scares in an attempt to make people turn to milk that's pasteurized.

If you're unable to find a local source for raw milk, one of the finest sources of calcium available for humans, visit the Real Milk site to find a provider close to you. You can also review this link for raw milk availability and restrictions by state. As Sally Fallon notes, grass-fed cows, rather than those stuck in pens eating corn, are your healthiest, pathogen-free sources for raw milk.

Fortunately in ALL states farmers can drink unpasteurized milk from their own cows.  In fact, there is no law against anyone drinking raw milk, just against selling it in some states. You can purchase raw milk in stores in 8 states:  CA, AZ, NM, ME, PA, WA, SC, CT.  You can also go to to find a source for raw milk nearest you.

The Weston Price Foundation is an amazing resource to help you locate and secure raw milk. I am on their advisory board and would encourage you to consider joining their organization. You will receive a quarterly journal that I find enormously helpful and always read cover to cover. Their membership page lists other benefits. If you are interested you can print this form and sign up.

They also have their 7th Annual International Conference of the Weston A. Price Foundation in Chantilly, Virginia (near Dulles International Airport), featuring fine speakers, delicious food and CEUs for many health professions on November 11, 2006. For further details you can visit their site.




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