Friday, January 7, 2011

The Untold Story of Milk, by Ron Schmid

I've heard of The Untold Story of Milk, by Ron Schmid, since my first foray into the world of 'Life's Perfect Food'-raw milk. But I only finally recently got around to ordering it from the library and reading it. It was a fascinating story tracing the history of milk from Bible times to present.  Of course, I didn't need to read it to be convinced of the health benefits of consuming raw milk, but it was fun to read it and get a better grasp of it's history.  Here is a review of the book on the Weston Price Foundation website. 

Ron Schmid has been practicing naturopathic medicine in Connecticut for over 30 years.  And he is on the board at the Weston Price Foundation (honorary, whatever that means). 

The book is, as the title suggests, the history of milk from ancient times to present.  He gave a lot of quotes from the Bible and other 'ancient manuscripts' to show that milk has been consumed for thousands of years-all from grass fed cows and unpasteurized.  Yum!  Of course, he believes in evolution and that man is millions of years old.  So, as usual, I glanced over the 'assumed history' until he got to the ancient Egyptians.  :) 

I found his ideas on the importance of the cow in America's early history to be new and interesting.  Cows were shipped from England to the new world and really helped the settlers to 'settle'.  People consumed buffalo, but they were mostly wild at the time.

He mentioned Drs, Price and Pottenger and their work quite a bit.  They made a big difference in his idea of overall health and holistic body care. 

He traced the history of milk over the last 200 years in America and Europe, and esp since World War II, when pasteurization became mandatory. It was sad to be reminded of the corruption and lies that were perpetrated in order to make pasteurization mandatory. 

He devoted a lot of time to the benefits of unpasteurized dairy products to the human body, both scientific and anecdotal. He explained how the various components are changed when they are heat-treated and homogenized.  And how all of this has lead to many of the diseases and allergies of today. 

After proving how important consumption of raw dairy products is to good health, he gave a warning.  Raw milk is alive and CAN be contaminated.  He made a good point that the milk that came from the distillery dairies needed to be pasteurized.  But mandatory pasteurization is not the answer.  Carefully milked cows, from clean, grass-fed dairies have a very small chance of contamination.  And he was very keen on government certification for such milk. 

It works for us!  We have been getting our amazing raw milk from Freedom Hill Farms, an upstate NY certified raw dairy.  And while I realize there is some amount of risk, I feel confident that they work hard to keep up the clean standards that are expected of them. 

It is a rather long book, almost 400 pages. But it was easy to read and enlightening.  I can't say there was a lot of new information in it, but it's a great 'compendium' of information regarding raw dairy products for anyone interested in consuming it, but still has some apprehension.

I am reminded yet again of why we do not consume the majority of milk available in stores today.  And I'm so grateful for my source of good, clean, raw milk for an amazing price. Local, sustainable, nutritious and affordable.  The PERFECT combination!

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