Well... Over the past couple of years I've researched this particular subject high & low, because the whole thing just kept eating at me. I couldn't get my mind off of it & knew that there was something more I needed to know.
Then several months ago after loads of research, & after checking some books out of the library, I got a notice saying that there was another book on hold for me that I failed to pick up. I thought, "Huh? I didn't put any books on hold!" Guess what the title of the book was!? - "The Untold Story Of Milk"! Seriously, I about fell out of my seat. I'm convinced 100% to this day that the Lord put that book on the 'hold' shelf for me to read.
Pasteurization, ultra-pasteurization, sterilization, preservation, additives, modification, processing, etc... None of these have solved the food-borne illness problem for the food industry.
On the contrary, as food production has become so prevalent, the number of food-borne illness cases as of 2003 had risen to 76 million PER YEAR!
Now... For those who don't drink milk:
IF you don't consume milk/dairy because of sensitivity or allergy, please take a look at this article: "My raw milk conversion - Why & how I decided to embrace fresh local milk". It might possibly help you. ((This link was broken at one point, so if it doesn't work, just search "embrace fresh local raw milk" on their website & scroll down a ways. The article is there. I promise.))
IF you don't consume milk/dairy, because you don't believe humans should drink cow/goat milk (or eat dairy foods) then I guess at this point - all we can do is just agree to disagree :) And that's ok. Everyone's different, & what's right for one - may not be right for another.
Personally, I believe that God blessed us with these beautiful creatures to provide us with a myriad of nutrients through milk, cheeses, yogurt, kefir, & eggs (in moderation, of course) - And our family is grateful for these generous animals.
Concerning CASEIN: Read here & here.
Scriptures are full of references to milk.
One example is in Genesis 18:8 (Speaking of Abraham) it says, " And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat."
Also consider "The Land Of Milk & Honey" as spoken of numerous times throughout scriptures...
Another example is in 2 Samuel 17:27-29 where Shobi, the son of Nahash brought honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine (cattle) for David & the people that were with him to eat and drink, because they were hungry and thirsty.
John Widtsoe had the following to say about milk in his Word of Wisdom book - - -
"Since the inspired Word of Wisdom says: Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I the Lord have ordained for the use of man, with thanksgiving... It would follow that the product of the beasts and fowls, milk, and eggs, would be acceptable foods also.
Naturally & emphatically they MUST be produced by healthy animals & cared for in a strictly sanitary way. That must be understood - for ALL food eaten by man, as well as for milk & eggs. - - - One must remember that not only does milk show a high co-efficient of digestibility, but it is a protein food particularly well adapted for storage within the body. This is because of its content of necessary amino acids which complement so perfectly those found in whole grains.
Yet one hears the occasional statement that milk makes mucous & the saying is passed around from one uninformed person to another. It may do so for a poorly nourished person, or it may seem to do so. There are people who can't eat wheat in any form - or strawberries make their eyes swell, or produces hives, etc. Should it therefore be said that strawberries make the eyes swell or wheat gives one hives & therefore no one should eat them? IF ONE IS COMPLETELY NOURISHED, NO NATURAL FOOD WILL CAUSE THESE ILL EFFECTS.
One of the distinct advantages of milk is that it tends to cleanse the lower bowel or colon... Milk should be certified clean and UN-pasteurized if possible, & from cows which produce a soft curd & are healthy above all."
Again, should dairy be used in moderation? Of course! When my family began our nutrition transformation, we (even my children) agreed that water should naturally be our drink of choice... and milk / dairy would be considered A FOOD consumed in moderation.
So instead of chugging through 1 gal. of milk PER DAY (plus yogurt, cheese, sour cream, etc...) - we now only consume maybe 1 gal. of milk PER WEEK. We've cut down our intake by close to 75%!
We get fresh unprocessed RAW milk/dairy/cheese from a local supplier (finally we don't have to go 2 hours to get it!)... I'm currently (& gratefully) able to purchase raw cheese from our local grocery store - Fred Meyer. If you can't get raw milk, look for pasteurized (NOT ULTRA-PASTEURIZED) organic non-homogenized milk at your local farm, natural foods store, or grocery store. Fred Meyer (owned by Kroger, FYI) is now carrying pastured/grass fed non-homogenized milk.
"But it's so EXPENSIVE!" right?
Yes. It is often more expensive, in the short term - At least twice the price in most cases. HOWEVER - When we reduced our intake of milk/dairy as I described above... It allowed us to afford the more expensive - fresh - better quality - truly healthy milk & dairy foods in their most natural state possible.
We spend no more $$$ now on the good stuff than we did before... on the bad stuff.
And long term, it benefits our bodies (& wallets) even more by not adding to the health problems (& expenses) that we otherwise experienced through processed milk & dairy. If you do prefer the taste of 2%, 1%, or skim milk - (yuck) - Just don't skim the cream... It's loaded with nutrients! At the very most, dilute your whole milk with a little water, which also makes it more cost effective.
PLEASE NOTE: For raw milk to truly be safe - The cows have to be raised free range (unconfined), grass fed, and sustainably treated. From Birthologie.com: "Cows that are fed on organic grass and that are free range - produce milk that is healthy. Confinement cows fed on GMO corn are set up to breed disease. Heavy grain diets change the composition of the milk and hinder its ability to protect itself. Grass-fed milk has natural antibiotic properties that help protect it from pathogenic bacteria."
About homogenization (blegh!):
'Homogenization is a mechanical process in which milk is passed through pipes and fine filters at a pressure of 2500psi & a speed of 600 feet per second. The fat portion of the milk is thus broken up into very small globules. Like mist in a fog, small fat particles remain in suspension and do not rise to the top of the milk.
`Milk fat contains a substance called xanthine oxidase (XO). When milk is not homogenized, both the fat and the XO are digested in the stomach and small intestine into smaller molecules, which are either used or excreted from the body. Dr Oster and Dr Ross have found that the homogenization process is responsible for allowing some of the XO to pass intact, in small protective packets, through the wall of the intestine and into the circulation. XO is an enzyme found in the liver of many organisms where it is involved in the breakdown of compounds (purines) into uric acid, a waste product.
`Humans have a natural reservoir of XO in the liver. However, if any foreign XO, such as that from cows milk (homogenized), enters the bloodstream, it creates havoc by attacking specific targets within artery walls. It can also directly attack parts of the heart muscle. Lesions within artery walls result from this attack.
`The body responds to the XO related damage by taking measures to protect arterial lesions from further assault. Scar tissue and calcified plaques represent stages in the healing process.
The simple thickening and hardening of the arteries is known as arteriosclerosis, whereas, atherosclerosis is characterized by the additional accumulation of cholesterol and fatty deposits laid down adjacent to scars and plaques. Gradually, the artery wall thickens obstructing the flow of blood. Arteries lose their elasticity in later stages of the disease as additional calcium is deposited. Calcification of the arteries can contribute to high blood pressure which is actually not a disease in itself. High blood pressure is just a symptom, the tip of the iceberg, which surfaces in the course of progressive atherosclerosis started by XO.' (Nicholas Sampsidis M.S, Homogenized, p.7).
And now for my favorite post on this subject!
Click this link below:
(Again - This link was broken at one point, so if it doesn't work, just search "embrace fresh local raw milk" on their website & scroll down a ways. The article is there. I promise.)
The rest of the best articles on fresh milk & dairy are these:
http://www.mercola.com/article/milk/no-milk.htm (No STORE milk, that is...)
ALSO THIS BOOK AVAILABLE AT MOST LOCAL LIBRARIES & ONLINE:
"The Untold Story Of Milk" - by Ron Schmid, ND & Sally Fallon.
Take a look at the slide show tour around Sally Fallon Morell's Raw Milk Farm (P.A. Bowen Farmstead) in the youtube video below. Such a perfect example of how clean and sanitary a raw milk farm should be :)
For anyone interested in reading the above book... Below this video is a picture of the book cover. GREAT reading!