Thursday, April 19, 2012

More People Sick From Raw Milk

At least 17 people contracted E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria after drinking raw milk from a farm near Wilsonville, Ore. Four of the victims are children now hospitalized with kidney failure. Three of the children are on kidney support. In Missouri, E. coli from raw milk infected 13 individuals, including two children — a 2-year-old and a 17-month-old — who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious illness that destroys red blood cells and can lead to death.

Pasteurization was developed to kill bacteria in raw milk that cause serious diseases like E. coli, but the pasteurization process has been so adept at eradicating illness that “it suffers the same effects of all good preventive practices — it becomes a victim of its own success,” says Keller pediatrician Jason V. Terk, MD. Dr. Terk says raw milk is not safe and that individuals should not drink it or feed it to their children.

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