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Study Finds RAW Milk Boosts Immunity, Prevents Colds and Infections


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Raw milk is often seen as dangerous by some, and many would never consider drinking it, but this new study might have you looking at milk in a different way.

Contrary to most information out there, a new study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has claimed that drinking raw milk can actually help prevent colds, viruses and respiratory tract infections, as opposed to regular milk, which holds no such health benefits.

The large study which was called “PASTURE” involved a group of women, half of which lived and worked on livestock farms in rural areas of mostly central Europe. The women were all in the late stages of pregnancy, and their lifestyle and diet, particularly their milk drinking habits were recorded. There was 983 children in the final set of data, and the results showed that the children of the women who drank more raw milk had less problems associated with their immune system.
The thoughts behind the results is that the raw milk works just like breast milk does, providing the children with anti-infective health benefits. It was found to lower C-reactive protein levels, which means it combats inflammation.

“The main finding of this analysis was an inverse association between consumption of unprocessed cow’s milk and rhinitis [cold or runny nose], RTI [respiratory tract infections], and otitis [ear infection],” the authors wrote “The effect was strongest when cow’s milk was consumed raw; boiled farm milk exhibited an attenuated effect.”

The raw milk showed a 30 percent decrease in respiratory infections and fever, while regular milk showed none of these health benefits, and in some cases was reported to make it worse.

“[W]e are now not talking about asthma and allergies, but fever and infections in young children,” stated Dr. Ton Baars, a professor and senior scientist for milk quality and animal welfare at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture in Germany, and one of the lead authors of the study. “It means there is additional new evidence that raw milk is a protective agent in infectious diseases in young children.”

It is the paranoia of the US that has led us to believe that unpasteurised milk is going to do us harm, when it has been shown that in these rural farms in Europe where they adopt a much more rough and ready way of living, they are actually coming out healthier because of it.

“In Europe, the consumption of unpasteurized milk has repeatedly correlated with protection against allergic disease,” Moises Velasquez-Manoff in a piece for The New York Times wrote in 2015.

“In America, 80 percent of the Amish studied by Dr. [Mark] Holbreich consume raw milk. In a study published earlier this year, Dr. [Bianca] Schaub’s group showed that European children who consumed farm milk had more of those regulatory T-cells, irrespective of whether they lived on farms. The higher the quantity of those cells, the less likely these children were to be given diagnoses of asthma.”

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