Monday, March 5, 2012

Doctor says feeding babies raw milk is child endangerment

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Daniel H. Gervich, M.D. recently wrote in the Des Moines Register that mothers who feed their babies fresh milk constitutes "child endangerment."

Gervich's article was in response to natural health advocates, particularly Eileen Dannemann, who are pushing for House Study Bill 585 that would legalize the sale of unpasteurized milk in Iowa, which he opposes.

Gervich quotes a CDC study and uses alarmist language to make his case:
The risk of serious food-borne illness from unpasteurized milk is 150 times greater than from pasteurized products. The risk of illness requiring hospitalization for dehydrating dysentery, hemorrhagic colitis, renal failure, ascending paralysis, Listeria meningitis, septic shock and death is substantial, and the risks are far higher in infants, children and pregnant women than in others.
The problem is that the CDC study that makes these claims of raw milk being 150 times more likely to cause "serious food-borne illness" has been proven to be a cherry-picked fraud.

“What consumers need to realize, first of all,” said Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, “is that the incidence of foodborne illnesses from dairy products, whether pasteurized or not, is extremely low. For the 14-year period that the authors examined, there was an average of 315 illnesses a year from all dairy products for which the pasteurization status was known. Of those, there was an average of 112 illnesses each year attributed to all raw dairy products and 203 associated with pasteurized dairy products.

“In comparison, there are almost 24,000 foodborne illnesses reported each year on average. Whether pasteurized or not, dairy products are simply not a high risk product.”

According to Gervich, 112 cases of illness per year nationwide represents a "substantial" risk enough to constitute keeping the consumption of fresh milk illegal and branding those who give it to their children as unfit parents.

Eileen Dannemann, director of National Coalition of Organized Women, wrote a scathing response to Dr. Gervich which can be read in its entirety below:
Using the term 'child endangerment' is a loathsome low blow! Dr. Gervich's overused soundbite simply serves as a perfect example of the establishment attempting to wreak fear in the hearts of all parents that their children might be removed from their home if they do not agree with the prevailing medical or nutritional model consistent with medical, industry, government, stakeholder made up standards or if God-forbid they should dare break the prevailing Iowa law and access a neighbors farm fresh milk on the farm.

Does the Doctor, unschooled in nutrition, plan on calling Child Protective Services for 'child endangerment' on those mothers who seek unadulterated, un-homogenized, un-pasteurized farm fresh milk from a sister species as a substantially equivalent substitute? Does he also call the CPS when a mother refuses to vaccinate their child or when independent (emphasis added) researchers show concern over the 41-fold increase in spontaneous abortions and stillbirth reports after the administration of the H1N1 vaccine in the pandemic season?

Oh...Dr. don't know about that. Well the CDC didn't tell you and... you didn't check the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting system either. Just like you have your statistics wrong on the milk issue, you don't even know or care about parent's concern about giving their child 45 vaccine doses by the time the child is six years old or injecting them in-utero.

So the educated doctor doesn't see much difference in the loss of 'enzymes' in pasteurized milk?

I suppose he doesn't see the value in tonsils either which was the standard establishment opinion in my day. God knows why He put enzymes in the milk. Who should we listen to God or Dr. Gervich? Gervich says enyzmes don't make a difference.

And what about homogenization? The dairy doesn't want to bother with cleaning their spigots when the fat accumulates. So, they process the milk. In layman's language, in homogenizing milk the fat molecules and the protein molecules are merged, as it were. So what happens, and why so many children are allergic to milk is that the protein receptors which are distinct from the fat receptors in the body are confused as the fat molecules which are inherently larger are now reduced to merging with the protein molecules and are pushed into the protein receptions causing havoc. That is the layman's version. And that is what Dr. Gervich recommends for our children.

When goats are born, Dr. Gervich, the kid is as tiny as a newborn. Therefore the milk molecules are more digestible to the human infant than cows milk whose calves are born at the size of adult humans.

So, Dr. Gervich, certified infectious disease specialist, educated in part no doubt by the opinions of quasi-military Epidemic Intelligent Service arm of the CDC -- what about the huge numbers of women who have been put on psych drugs such as Effexor, Concerta, Paxil, Prozac, etc? Would you think it is wise to urge these women to breast feed? Or do you think that clean, safe, farm fresh milk, substantially equivalent goat's milk could be a better substituted than genetically modified (GM)) infant soy formula or milk formula derived from dairy cows fed with GMO waste product (Distillers Grain) of the Ethanol industry, a feed that was banned in New York because the milk produced was 'swill'?

Perhaps since you have put yourself as a nutritional authority and are against House Study Bill 585 that next year you might consider giving us (stupid Iowa women) -- those of us who are blatantly endangering our children -- a prescription for raw milk. We promise we will be careful to label it in our refrigerator, as suggested by Iowa City representative Vicky Lensing so that, God forbid, Grandma doesn't drink it by accident. With your help, we can put farm fresh milk and cannabis in the same category.  
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mike said...

just great the bullshit these politicians produce, if one could use it at least a manure for the fields. our kids get raw milk since they are born (well since they stopped breast feeding) and both of them are well, healthy and of course not vaccinated :-) and if it would be dangerous i d be dead since decades, i enjoy a good chocolate milk since childhood, and since long years it s made with organic cocoa beans ground down and added into lukewarm milk, just right to drink it, tastes fabulous and i can t complain about any illness :-)

Anonymous said...

The number missing here is the percentage of the market supplied by raw milk. If around 1% of the market is supplied by raw milk, the 150X higher risk is a valid number since 112 of 315 illnesses were attributed to raw milk in a market share of 1%.

However, that alone is not reasonable justification to outlaw the raw milk.

Anonymous said...

The AMA can be as dangerous as any drug cartel. Remember, many of them are reformed tar and nicotine pushers.

Anonymous said...

Does this imply that breast feeding should be made illegal and that the mother should be jailed, the baby given up for adoption in baby mills to guardians that will bottle feed it with fluridated milk milk formulas, cool aid or coke?

GSGRL2000 said...

Sick, sadistic, psychopath! Enough said!!!

Anonymous said...

You accuse a study of being cherry picked and then post this? There are only 112 instances of unpasteurized products making people sick because unpasteurized dairy products are extremely rarely consumed compared to pasteurized products. In fact, given how common pasteurized products are and how incredibly uncommon unpasteurized products are, it's pretty significant that there are only 3 times as many instances from the pasteurized stuff. What percentage of the dairy consumed in the country is unpasteurized?

I'm not necessarily against the sale of raw dairy products, but to be so deliberately misleading in your wording in order to paint opponents in a bad light is incredibly hypocritical. Why can't BOTH sides just stick to the facts as they are and go from there?

Anonymous said...

I grew up drinking raw milk on a farm where we did not use all kinds of chemicals on the cowfeed. I am 37 now and am almost never sick. I can imagine that you can get sick from milk of a cow that was injected by all kinds of weird stuff and is fed on Monsanto-manipulated food, however.

People should actually not be drinking milk anyway after they've stopped breastfeeding - humans seem to be the only mammals that still drink milk into adulthood and when you combine milk with other food, the other food don't digest well.

Anonymous said...

Breast milk is raw milk. Will they say that's dangerous in the future?
The PTB, have an Evil Agenda!

Anonymous said...

MONEY TALKS BS WALKS, the same old story, BRAIN WASH MENTALITY. Since when have I heard that Rawmilk is dangerous...Never, have I heard that BS specially when I and maney others were raised on Rawmilk in Europe. They are trying again to BRAINWASH the American people. Lies, Lies, Lies.

Volma said...

Up to less than 100 yrs ago the entire human race has survived on raw mild world wide. This is another vile lie using fear and ignorance for the people who are naive and stupid enough to "BUY" (key word here) into this. Almost 50 yrs ago my little sister would have died had my mother believed and stuck to what the doctor told her to do. She was a new born, my mother was convinced by propaganda that she could never breast feed and always told me I couldn't (I breast fed all 4 of my kids just wonderfully thank you!) Anyway my little infant sister could not hold down formula, she was loosing weight she was dieing. Nothing the doctors said made any difference, mom tried goats milk from a local "Goat Lady" The doc told mom to pasteurize it or the baby would die. Mom did as told and still my little sister could not hold it down in her stomach. My mother had nothing to loose but to try the raw goats milk on her. Mom was raised on raw milk as was her brother and sisters all very healthy so she knew better. Long story short, my little sister thrived on the goats mild, the raw goats milk. It saved her life. I would never drink raw mild from a factory farm, that milk would kill you, it's toxic with pasteurization, but raw mild from a clean humane small farm is safer than anything you can buy from a a factory farm! They really want to control everything we do, what we eat, know, think, learn. And it's clear as a bell that the agenda is and has been to thin out the herds of humanity. Too large of a herd is too difficult to control. They just need enough of us to serve them. Starting over from scratch, highly domesticated herds of humanity that are ignorant, no mind of their own will not use their brain or bother to study research is perfect to do as they wish with our bodies souls and minds. It just scares the hell out of me, it's evil and scary! My generation will be the last of the humans in the US who remember stories from their parents and grandparents. Who were not raised on factory farm products and totally processed foods. Once we are out of the picture history can be changed, no witnesses to say anything to the contrary.

Anonymous said...

Good luck all you raw milk lovers - you are going to need it. Before pasteurization, milk was the most common source of foodborne illness. Fallon's studies are from the 1930s; she has nothing from this century. Remember - if you want to be 'on your own', don't expect help from anyone when you get sick!

Anonymous said...

You need to do some research. Find out why raw milk was dangerous. It's about environment. And, really, we're going to need luck? Seriously? 30 people died last year eating canteloup! Do you think canteloup is too dangerous to eat? Do you eat lettuce, eggs, hamburger, or restaurant food? All way more dangerous. In the last 10 years, there have been only 2 deaths associated with raw dairy. Do you think there have been any associated with pasteurized dairy in that time? You bet. Go fix your ignorance, and then you can make a comment.

Anonymous said...

Follow the money! The reason the industry want to pasturize milk is so that they can raise the livestock in unhealthy factory farms without having to worry about the ilnesses that this causes. If everybody knew the truth, then everybody would want raw milk, and there wouldn't be enough to go around. So I say, if you want to be ignorant and put all your trust and faith in what the "experts" say, then fine by me - go ahead - and leave the good stuff for those of us who are able to think for ourselves.

The biggest problem we have is over-population, so the way things are going, all the morons will die out fairly soon in Darwinian style - taking all the evil industries with them, leaving the rest of us to live a healthy and happy life, so I am quite hopeful for the future.

Anonymous said...

I drink raw goat milk. They just started having kids, so now there's milk again! I'm picking up a bunch this weekend.

Oh, and even though I'm an RN I dn't do flu vaccinations. And I havn't been sick in 18 years.

The FDA and CDC can give me dietary advice when they can stand next to me... with their shirt off and give it.

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