Health: Maura Lerner on raw milk debate

  • Article by: Maura Lerner , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 28, 2013 - 2:27 PM

Dr. Nicole Neeser grew up on a farm and admits that, as a kid, she occasionally drank raw milk.

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cbed97May. 26, 1312:27 PM

THANKS MAURA, you misquoted me. I said that there are few RECENT studies in the US to prove any benefits of raw milk, because the US government and the food corporations that now primarily fund our land grant universities have no interest in raw milk. Since the 1930's and the pasteurization codes that addressed the rum mash dairies and their sick, blue milk; the government and our food corporations have banned any study or promotion of raw milk. I should have expected nothing less professional based on my inquiries into your history as a reporter. THANKS BUT NO THANKS!

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rlwr51May. 26, 13 5:15 PM

I Never drank pasteurized milk until I was 10. I don't ever remember being sick.

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julio57May. 28, 1310:45 AM

I drank raw milk for years, from 2 or 3 to 20 years old, and never got sick from it and am a huge proponent of all things agriculture. That said, if I had children I would not allow them to drink raw milk. The majority of dairy farmers do not drink milk from their tank. Anyone that has ever worked on a dairy, gone to the bulk tank, and drained a pitcher of milk from the tank knows what I am talking about. When the pitcher is empty there is specks of dirt 'other' stuff. And this is after the milk is filtered. If anyone has seen the 'sock' (milk filter located in the pipeline) and clumps and chuncks of puss and mastitis (bacterial infection in the cow's udder) they would not drink raw milk. The claims that pasteurization destroys the 'good parts' of milk is also untrue. Dairy farms feed colostrum, milk from a cow who has just given birth, to baby calves, and many dairies have their own pasteurizers. Colostrum is fed because, as anyone who has children knows, it is rich with antibodies, calories, nutrients, good fats, and countless other benefits. Yet pasteurization has no deleterious effects on colostrum. Those dairies also feed pasteurized milk to their other calves. Think about that for a minute. Almost all dairy farmers DO NOT feed their calves raw milk. They either purchase milk-replacer or they purchase a pasteurizer. Let me say that again, 95% of dairies do not feed raw milk calves. What more do you need to know???? The only dairy farms that feed raw milk to the calves are organic farms and farms that sell raw milk. Would you purchase ANY food product from a seller who is not willing to use his or her own product, or feed that product to their own livestock?

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nkuhlmanMay. 28, 13 4:05 PM

Things really can't get any simpler. Drink raw milk if you must; but be prepared to face the consequences, including being forced to subsidize the new Vikings stadium. Remember, it's for your own good.

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