Friday, March 16, 2012

Diseases Can Lurk in Raw Milk

A news segment on the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) radio network exposes the dangers of drinking “natural” raw milk.

“Many people today want to be as natural as possible in everything, and this includes the food they eat and drink,” says Bob Judd, DVM, a Central Texas veterinarian and animal health expert for TFB radio network. “However, if natural is always better, then why did food scientists develop other options?”

Pasteurization is one of the most important public health achievements. It was developed to kill bacteria in raw milk that cause serious diseases. In fact, the pasteurization process “basically prevented all of the diseases in milk,” says Dr. Judd. But pasteurization has become a victim of its own success. It has been so adept at eradicating illness that many have forgotten why pasteurization was developed. And as more people drink raw milk and feed it to their children, diseases from raw milk creep back into the population.

“Anyone drinking raw milk is placing their family’s health at risk, and there is simply no reason to do so,” Dr. Judd warns. “No one has developed an illness from the pasteurization process.”

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