If you’re here visiting OrganicSoul.org, then you’re probably a food-aware person. You’re aware that organic farming methods provide cleaner foods and promote a healthier world. In Ron Schmid’s book, The Untold Story of Milk, you’ll be introduced to a whole new level of awareness regarding one of the core foods in our diet – milk. Whether you drink it occasionally or just eat milk based products such as cheese and yogurt, milk impacts our diets every day. In fact, civilization itself was founded based on agriculture and our knowledge of using milk as a staple food.
The book begins by going over the history of how milk became to be a staple food in the diets of people across the world. He discusses how society came into being because of the advent of milk and how it has affected so many different cultures. He then goes into the history of milk in our country and how it came to be pasteurized. Throughout the book, Schmid touts the importance of drinking raw milk and why it is more beneficial to us than the standard pasteurized milk that is available in your local grocery store.
Pasture-fed raw milk has many health benefits. Pasteurization doesn’t just kill of bad bacteria, but it also kills a host of other beneficial bacteria, vitamins, and enzymes. In fact, before pasteurization was required, doctors actually prescribed raw milk as a cure for a host of illnesses and ailments include heart disease, renal disease, high blood pressure, asthma, allergies, etc. An article for realmilk.com by Dr. JR Crewe, MD, mentions studies where raw milk was used as a treatment. “When sick people are limited to a diet containing an excess of vitamins and all the elements necessary to growth and maintenance, which are available in milk, they recover rapidly without the use of drugs and without bringing to bear all the complicated weapons of modern medicine.”
While Schmid goes off on tangents every once in awhile, the book is well written and full of valuable information for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of milk and the benefits of raw milk. Unfortunately, there is a lot of fear mongering out there regarding raw milk from the governmental and medical fields due to misinformation based on milk’s turbulent past. Schmid addresses these points with well cited research and studies that prove that raw milk holds many benefits that far outweigh any risks and that in fact, the risks being posed in anti-raw milk propaganda are exaggerated. When it comes down to it, if the raw milk comes from an organic, pasture fed dairy, that clean and well kept, raw milk holds no greater danger than the pasteurized milk you can get from your store and has so many benefits.
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