Written on the 1st of September 2011 by Don Tolman
Udder Folly or Holy Sacrament? Some Skimming Thoughts About Milk
The history of milk is the history of civilization. Without milk there would be no civilization.
The health and wealth of the modern civilized world are inextricably tied into our agriculture. I feel that our greatest agricultural loss today is due to our senseless destruction of fresh milk through pasteurization, ultra-pasteurization and now ultra high temperature pasteurization which turns a great living food into a white “milk-flavoured pustulant drink” about as nutritious as a milk of magnesia.
With proper understanding of milk, and its destructive effects (when heat-treated) and the remarkable therapeutic effects when used RAW, we can cut billions of dollars off our medical bills, make ourselves infinitely healthier, and actually raise the I.Q. of our children. With smarter children we will add greatly to our scientific and cultural wealth.
If you listen to the advertising of the dairy industry, one gets the impression that milk is the perfect food, and if you don’t stoke your children with at least a quart of milk a day (each), you are guilty of child neglect or not providing them with enough “calcium”.
On the other hand, some nutritionists, medical organisations, government agencies, and doctors warn of the dangers of fat and cholesterol in milk and milk products. We are told that “Mr. Cholesterol” is going to get us if we don’t restrict our intake of dairy products, especially eggs, meat, and demon milk.
A small group of nutritionists are so anti-milk they state flatly: No one should drink milk after the eighteen months of age-period. This is the “milk is only for babies” school of nutrition.
Human milk has also had a long and interesting history. In Sparta, 400 B.C., it was decreed that mothers must breast-feed their babies. The Koran dictates that, “mothers shall suckle their children for the first two years.” Caesar ridiculed the mothers of Rome who retained wet nurses for their children. Early American Indians believed that the longer a child received breast milk, the longer it would live. It was uncommon for Indian “babies” to be suckled until the age of nine years. A half century ago, Eskimos we're known to nurse their babies up to 15 years.
In the 18th Century, there was great faith in the healing and preventative aspects of human milk. Finland went so far as to penalize a non-nursing mother whose child died within the first six months of life.
The vogue-conscious French almost destroyed their own race in the 18th Century when bottle-feeding became stylish. A French physician at the time said, “Ladies of quality did not breast-feed so they could have more time to dress, receive guests, pay visits and to spend the night playing cards.”
Recent anti-milk books bring up the old argument about other mammals not drinking milk after weaning. Man is the only mammal, the argument goes, who drinks milk after the weaning age. Therefore, it is abnormal and against nature’s intent.
But man is one of the few mammals who eat snails, raw clams and raw oysters. He is the only mammal who eats lobster. Most mammals are restricted in what they eat by their ecological circumstances. They can only eat what nature provides. Man, with his mobility and intelligence, have a wide variety of foods to choose from. Granted, he doesn’t always make a wise choice. Most mammals, even adult ones, if offered fresh milk, will drink it and like it. Try it on your cat, pig, goat, cow or horse.
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