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    So I tried a few google searches - lots of stuff about "boosting" and "stimulating" the immune system; terms that are legally allowed puffery when it comes to health claims.

    Here are the claims I found.
    -kids whose immune systems aren't  regularly challenged by harmless bacteria, etc, are more prone to allergies and maybe asthma (not a sign of a weak immune system, I'll add)
    -If you don't have a healthy population of coliform bacteria in your gut, pathogenic bacteria will have an easier time invading.

    Therefore: raw milk has harmless bacteria, so it must help in both cases.

    Is there any datato back this up, something beyond anecdotes?
    If ingesting harmless bacteria is important (and I'll agree with that), why isn't eating yogurt with active cultures sufficient?
    Yogurt takes care of the lactose intolerance issue as well.

    •  Yougurt is typically made from pastuerized milk (0+ / 0-)

      that is then innoculated witn a single bacteria; It is not a host for the wildlife that strengthens your immune system (both by challenging it and by beneficial relationships that you develop) in raw milk.

      I will also add that we don't understand what other changes happen to milk when it is pasteurized. Or when it has it's fact stripped out, and is then thickened with dried milk or other substances. (Did you know that's what makes reduced fat milk seem tolerable?)

      And raw milk from grass-fed cows, goats, and sheep that eat a natral diet, not a diet of food wastes, grains, and hormones produce milk that is high in Omega3 fatty acids. This is missing from the typical American diet, and (according to Michael Pollen's lastes book, "In Defense of Food,") may lead to increase in inflamatory disease -- all the things people take ibuprofen for.

      I could go on, but the point it nutrionalism hasn't made us healthy, and viewing microbes like terrorists hasn't made us healthier -- though it has made some of the mirobes much stronger. And by eliminating many of those microbes from our foods, we may well have weakened our selves.

      "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." George Orwell

      by zic on Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 08:29:45 AM PDT

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