Sunday, September 24, 2017

More Illnesses Linked to Raw Milk, This Time in Texas

By Ruth Kava — September 18, 2017

As if Texas didn't have enough to deal with after hurricane Harvey, there's now a problem that is, at least, preventable - brucellosis from drinking raw milk. The CDC said that raw milk from the K-Bar Dairy in Paradise, TX, has tested positive "for a rare but potentially serious bacteria known as Brucella RB51."

According to the Mayo Clinic, brucellosis is typically passed from animals to humans. Its symptoms can include fatigue, fever, cardiomyopathy, and joint pain that can become chronic. Even when treated with antibiotics, it can take months for the symptoms to disappear.........So why do people insist on drinking raw milk? And worse still, feeding it to their children who are more vulnerable to the effects of contamination? One reason is the perpetual misinformation promoted by various supposed "experts". For example, one website touts milk as "the perfect food" and supposedly we can exist on it alone........To Read More....

My Take - I grew up on a farm and we not only drank raw milk - my grandmother made her own butter from that milk - and we never once had a medical problem related to that milk. 

So what?

Just because we didn't have an issue doesn't change the medical facts and science behind pasteurizing milk.  We need to stop believing all this clabber about the "great" health benefits of raw milk.  It's nonsense.  We need to start - once again - believing the dangers raw milk represents.  I've concluded this falls into the 40-year belief cycle.  Those who promoted the pasteurizing of milk are now gone and the generation that benefited from it are in charge and have somehow come to believe the good health and longer life we have today didn't come about as a result of good public policy regarding milk, vaccinations, pesticides, GMO's and a host of other beneficial scientific discoveries and public policy decisions.  Since they never saw the disasters all of this prevented they believe good health and long life a right.

Another mystical semi-pagan concept embraced and promoted by watermelons.

As for the argument not many people died of heart disease in 1900 to support raw milk use - that's a correlation is causation fallacy - since it might be noted most people didn't live long enough in those days to die of a heart attack.  The average age was around 40 or 45.

We all have to die of something and heart disease and cancer are big killers of the elderly.  In 1900 not that big a percentage became elderly.  There was a reason the federal government made 65 the retirement age.   They didn't expect that many to live that long.   So, if we use the same correlation is causation fallacy these irrational advocates use - drinking raw milk caused shortened average life spans. 

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