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Joe "E. coli Is My Friend" Mercola Pushes Raw Milk

November 9, 2010

Mercola never met a dangerous practice he wasn’t in favor of. Today he’s pushing raw milk again: “Personally, I find the idea of bringing back the milk man to be downright enchanting. What could possibly be better than getting farm-fresh milk delivered in glass bottles right to your doorstep every week? I’m not sure the King Dairy brothers currently sell RAW milk, but that would truly be an ideal to strive toward.”


Of course, much like this weekend’s “fight for your freedom from vaccinations” post, this one is also pushing the idea of fighting: “This issue is in fact about much more than just raw milk in and of itself. It’s about your ability, your right, to purchase and consume natural, unadulterated food. And it’s about big business trying to quench a competitor they know they can’t compete with.”


Yes, that’s right, not only is the government forcing you to get nanobot-infested vaccines so to better enforce mind control, industry is trying to get you to eat unnatural, adultery-committing foods that will feed the rapidly reproducing nanobots working their way to your brain.


Mercola might as well go that far, you know? Okay, vaccines are bad, tanning beds for vitamin D are good, and raw milk is divine: “Avoid being fooled by this issue. As you’ll see below, raw milk is typically far safer than pasteurized milk. The evidence to support their claims that raw milk is dangerous to drink simply does not exist; their claims are based on false assumptions.”


Bullshit.


According to the FDA

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 800 people in the United States have gotten sick from drinking raw milk or eating cheese made from raw milk since 1998.

Raw milk is milk from cows, sheep, or goats that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria. This raw, unpasteurized milk can carry dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria, which are responsible for causing numerous foodborne illnesses.

These harmful bacteria can seriously affect the health of anyone who drinks raw milk, or eats foods made from raw milk. However, the bacteria in raw milk can be especially dangerous to pregnant women, children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.”


Cornell University notes:

“Decades ago, before pasteurization of milk was mandated by government agencies, milk contaminated with harmful bacteria was linked to several serious diseases including typhoid fever, diphtheria, septic sore throat, scarlet fever, dysentery, Q-fever, and other kinds of foodborne illness. Other diseases, including tuberculosis and undulant fever (brucellosis), can be transmitted to people in raw milk from diseased animals. Milk pasteurization was initially designed to kill the bacterium that caused tuberculosis, considered to be the most heat resistant pathogen found in raw milk. As recently as the 1960’s the temperatures at which milk is pasteurized was increased slightly to insure destruction of the bacteria, Coxiella burnetii, which causes Q-fever.”



Mercola never met a fact he couldn’t ignore and willy-nilly substitutes his own, like the fact that animals who are grass fed are free from bacteria. Right.

“While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that raw milk can carry disease-causing bacteria, what they completely overlook is the fact that these bacteria are the result of industrial farming practices that lead to diseased animals, which may then in turn produce contaminated milk.

They make no distinction whatsoever between disease-riddled factory farmed milk and the milk from clean, healthy, grass-fed cows. One MUST be pasteurized in order to be safe for consumption. The other does not.”



Bull. Shit. Does the dude realize that contamination with E. coli  is as simple as one of them back-to-the-40s farmers he’s in love with managing to get E. coli on his hand, then milking the cow by hand? I don’t get it. I really don’t. Traditional farming will not feed over 300 million Americans. Yes, we need to do better with factory farms, but Mercola is romanticizing farming and food and the dangers of food-borne illnesses, which are far less frequent today, even with factory farming and how inhumane that can be.


According to the FDA, 

“Pasteurization is a process that kills harmful bacteria by heating milk to a specific temperature for a set period of time. Pasteurization kills the bacteria responsible for diseases such as listeriosis, salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, diphtheria, and brucellosis, as well as other bacteria. However, pasteurized milk still contains low levels of the type of nonpathogenic bacteria that can cause food to spoil, so it is important to keep pasteurized milk refrigerated.”

Mercola offers little reason other than the idea that grass-fed cows are cleaner to believe that raw milk is safer. He uses reports of illness of pasteurized milk versus nonpasteurized milk with the CDC to come to the conclusion that raw milk is 4 times safer. Alright, since it’s illegal to sell raw milk interstate and only a few states allow intrastate selling of raw milk for people to drink, which number would you expect to be higher for a number of reasons? Mercola is supposed to be better educated than this and should know better than to take the numbers of reported illness from the two groups and divide one into the other. Unfortunately, it’s not likely that many of his believers will get this is wrong.


Awww jeez, here you go, one of the last lines from Mercola’s piece. Make of it what you will: 


“If a cow is covered in filth and manure, stinks, is wet and cold and doesn’t look particularly comfortable, that could be a warning sign that her milk is less than ideal for raw consumption, even if it’s from a small, local farm.”


Ya think? Oh yummmmy, that cow looks like it will give super-duper pathogen free milk! Come on, Pa, lets lie underneath it and drink it really fresh!

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