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Letter: Raw milk illnesses miniscule

10:17 AM, Apr. 30, 2013  |  Comments
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Editor: To those who "are gravely concerned that widespread raw milk consumption would harm the health of young children, the elderly and the immune compromised."

The "ample scientific evidence" obtained from the Center for Disease Control, or CDC, is questionable. Only after a threat to file a Freedom of Information Act request did the CDC explain that one of the two "raw milk" deaths that occurred between 1998 and 2008 was actually linked to illegal raw queso fresco cheese. The other was of a questionable nature.

In California alone in 2006, there were at least 1,300 people who got sick from pasteurized milk while the CDC only talks about the roughly 39 annually reported illnesses from raw milk. Between 1993 and 2006, there was an average of just 112 actual illnesses linked to raw milk products, compared to 203 linked to pasteurized dairy. With 9.4 million raw milk drinkers (CDC) that is a miniscule number of related illnesses.

In 2007, there were two major outbreaks and three deaths caused by pasteurized dairy products. Between June 1984 and April 1985,salmonella poisoning from pasteurized milk resulted in 200,000 illnesses and 18 deaths. In fact, it appears that there have been no deaths from legally consumed raw milk products since data started being collected in 1973, while there have been more than 80 deaths from pasteurized milk products.

The Mayo Clinic used full fat, raw milk for more than 15 years to treat a host of diseases but "it did not appeal to the modern medical man." It reduced my granddaughter's allergies by 50 percent.

Each year, more than 100,000 die from side effects of pharmaceuticals, more than 30,000 die from unnecessary procedures, more than 15,000 die from NSAIDs. Raw milk is much safer and better for my health and that of my family.

John Bandow

Stratford

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