The Raw Truth About Raw Milk: Following This Fad is Plenty Dangerous

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An August 21, 2006 article by Becky Fenger notes that ACSH's Dr. Ruth Kava warns against the raw milk fad:

Raw milk, unfortunately, is being romanticized by the Birkenstock-wearing set of "natural" food fanciers. Raw milk is unpasteurized milk. As Ruth Kava, Ph.D., R.D. and Director of Nutrition at the American Council on Science and Health ( writes, drinking raw milk can cause outbreaks of E.coli O157:H7 infection in children, "an infection that can result in permanent kidney damage, if not death." Risk your own health with this fad, parents, but please refrain from killing the kiddies.

I am a walking editorial against the practice of drinking raw milk. When I was growing up in Iowa, a farmer gave some of his favorite neighbors buckets of milk right out of the cow as a "sweet treat." Well, that unpasteurized treat from Bessie cost me nine months of my young life in bed with brucellosis -- or Malta Fever, as our country doctor called it. Writes Dr. Kava: "It's ironic that a food process instituted back in the 1920s and 30s to prevent real, milk-borne disease, is now being demonized as a cause of nutrient depletion." Pasteurization does not deplete nutrients, Kava would have you know. Listen to her...

Asked by an organic farmer what people did before pasteurization came along, [Dennis] Avery gave the simple answer: "They died young."