The Twelve Days of a Green Christmas – fourth day

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…on the fourth day of Christmas my green friend gave to me…four pints of milk…three wax wraps…two re-purposed pallets…and a smart ther-mo-stat!

Am I kidding?  What is so special or green about 4 pints of milk?  Well, the four pints of milk happen to be raw milk, which I love!  Consuming raw milk is very controversial and I have been warned by many friends how sick I will get from drinking un-pasteurized milk. Of course raw milk is labeled “for animal feed” as required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Is this is the same FDA that allows farmers to feed their cows grain that has been treated with the carcinogenic pesticide Roundup or other pesticides containing glyphosate and then process the milk to be sold for human consumption?  Glyphosate has been banned for health reasons from the majority of other countries except the US…what is the US missing or who controls the FDA?

From my research I learned pasteurization and homogenization denature foods. These processes alter the chemical structure of food, make fats rancid, destroy nutrients and result in the formation of free radicals in the body.  When raw milks sours you can still consume it (I substitute it for sour cream in recipes) but when homogenized/pasteurized milk goes bad it becomes putrid and must be discarded.

From the PreventDisease website, they write “Pasteurization destroys enzymes, diminishes vitamin content, denatures fragile milk proteins, destroys vitamins C, B12 and B6, kills beneficial bacteria, promotes pathogens and is associated with allergies, increased tooth decay, colic in infants, growth problems in children, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease and cancer. This gives milk, peanut butter and other foods a creamy consistency. Fat subjected to high heat and pressure oxidizes—it becomes rancid.” And about homogenization “is a more recently invented process and has been called ‘the worst thing that dairymen did to milk.’ When milk is homogenized, it is pushed through a fine filter at pressures of 4,000 pounds per square inch. In this process, the fat globules are made smaller by a factor of ten times or more. These fat molecules then become evenly dispersed throughout the milk.”

To educate consumers about the health benefits of raw dairy and the dangers of pasteurization, the Weston A. Price Foundation has launched a campaign called Real Milk. I believe the bottom line is to know the source of your food whether it is beef, pork, chicken, eggs, produce or milk and I feel much safer buying my food from local sources that I trust.  I would urge you to do your research and then decide what you believe will be your healthiest choices.

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Pint of raw milk

I buy my raw milk (labeled “for animal feed)” from one of the organic farm stands at the Saturday Farmers’ Market. I asked these folks about their farming practices, what the cows are fed and looked at all of their pictures.  I have bought organic eggs from them for years and had never gotten or felt ill so I trust their organic farming practices.

In the beginning I was very leery about drinking raw milk so I researched the benefits and cautions.  I can tell you I have drunk raw milk in my coffee and by the cup for the past 6 months and I have not felt better in years!  The milk tastes just like I remember milk used to taste when I was a child and it was delivered to the front door and left in an insulated “milk” box!  

Recently I had lab work performed for doctor appointments and each doctor told me my results were amazing and asked what supplements I was taking.  I replied I had added raw milk, raw milk yogurt and raw milk cheese to my diet and no longer took any supplements.  I was told whatever I was doing worked well for me and to continue my routine 🙂  For me the real test will be in March, 2016 when I have a bone density test!  My vitamin D levels have already increased so I’m excited to see my bone density results.

So, on this fourth day of Christmas my green friend gave to me…four pints of milk, which I will thoroughly enjoy!  Share your thoughts about raw milk, yogurt and cheeses in the comments below.

If, by chance, this is the first post you have read on my Twelve Days of Christmas and you can’t figure out what the heck I am writing about, click here to read how all this started.  I hope you join me tomorrow for the Fifth Day of a Green Christmas!

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