Written by Mark McAfee
Special to The Sacramento Bee
A recent opinion article by Vidhi Jhaveri repeated the same old, tired message of unsafe risky raw milk with no benefits (“Raw milk needs to be regulated,” Viewpoints, July 2).
Why would a well-trained pediatrician ever advocate for highly allergenic processed milk? After all, breast milk is not sterile, processed or heated.
Researchers at UC Davis have found that breast milk contains at least 700 different types of bacteria, a range of active enzymes, heat-sensitive immune cells, un-denatured proteins and even human pathogens.
Yet doctors worldwide recommend breast feeding. It has been clearly shown that babies fed on breast milk have fewer ear infections or allergies, and rarely suffer from asthma, immune system or digestive issues.
Breast milk is raw milk. They share a similar pathway to many of the same immune-system building health benefits. Researchers now know that babies need to be exposed to diverse bacteria or their immature immune systems simply will not develop or function.
Eating unprocessed foods – and drinking raw milk – also provides a diversity of bacteria. When we consume sterile, highly processed foods and take antibiotics, we become at higher risk for immune system illnesses.
There are 600 stores in California that carry organic raw milk. Every batch of that raw milk is tested using rapid technologies that provide pathogen data in 10 hours, long before the products ever leave the farm or are consumed.
These products are low risk and very safe. I invite the doctor to visit Organic Pastures Dairy Co. and see what clean, safe raw milk is all about.
How Organic Pastures Tests for Safety
(DELICIOUS TO ALL SAFE FOR ALL)
Organic Pastures is deeply committed to the safe production of high-quality raw dairy products. We proudly meet and EXCEED all required California state testing and #dodairydifferent with our unique Test & Hold Protocol. Our protocol is a three (3) step testing process that starts at the dairy (milking) level and ends with the final product (creamery).
Under our Test & Hold Protocol, we test for E. coli O157: H7, Listeria, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Standard Plate Count, and Coliforms.
Our family-owned business believes there is power in numbers and that is why we work closely every single day with our regulators and inspectors.
As part of our plan, all milk from each day is assigned a unique “Lot ID", which provides accurate tracking of all milk batches. This allows us to efficiently connect our milk batches to all test results.
About Raw Milk
Raw milk is one of the easiest foods to digest. Your body knows EXACTLY how to digest it and will consume it quickly. When you drink unprocessed, raw milk your body will thrive and only react through complete digestion. This complete food will give your body the much-needed vital nutrition it needs to become strong and healthy. Enzymes, probiotics, healthy fats, proteins, vitamins, and calcium are just some of the noted essential nutrients found of plenty in organic whole raw milk.
Organic Pastures’ raw dairy products are
simply that- products made from milk
that is unprocessed, tested, whole,
and living, with all of its
nutrient dense probiotic bacteria.
No Processing = No Lactose Intolerance
One of the leading questions we are asked when sampling our delicious raw milk at events is, “Does this cause lactose intolerance?” It is overwhelming just how many people have a sensitivity to processed milk. Stomach cramps, bloating, discomfort, and other commonly noted symptoms are what consumers say they feel when they consume processed milk. Why? (We will get to that below) This article was written to start a bigger conversation that needs to be had! Raw milk does not cause digestive discomfort or milk “negative digestive reactions”. Basically, when someone drinks raw milk… they are able to enjoy their glass with ease.
NEVER pasteurized (heated), homogenized
(crushed), or otherwise altered. We produce
delicious world-class dairy products for you to enjoy.
So, So Many “Milk Alternatives”
In America, there are hundreds of milk alternative brands that claim that those who are sensitive to dairy products can easily consume their products without digestive issues. What they are NOT telling you is how processed the food is or how altered the ingredients are remaining inside the product. Below is a chart that compares raw milk to the MANY milk alternatives that are commonly found in the dairy case marketplace:
When you look at the most essential components that our bodies need from milk (enzymes, probiotics, healthy fats, proteins, vitamins, and calcium) and you compare raw milk to processed “alternatives” then it becomes vibrantly clear how HARD it would be to digest the liquid.
About Organic Pastures Whole Raw Milk
ORGANIC PASTURES Whole Raw Milk is unprocessed and complete with bioavailable vitamins, minerals, enzymes, beneficial bacteria, naturally occurring CLA and omega-3 fatty acids. Customers with lactose sensitivities have a
Our Whole Raw Milk is unprocessed and complete with bioavailable vitamins, minerals, enzymes, beneficial bacteria, naturally occurring CLA and Omega-3 fatty acids. The ease of digestibility of Whole Raw Milk gives those that experience discomfort with processed dairy products, a delicious and natural option. Our truly happy, organic cows grass graze on lush certified organic green pasture, all year long. Simply filtered, chilled, tested, and bottled; nothing added or taken away. 100% ORGANIC. Absolutely NO antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides or GMO anything.