Research Implies that Saturated Fat is Not the Cause of Heart Disease

A recent article published in BMJ, a peer-reviewed medical journal, titled “Saturated Fat is Not the Major Issue” has medical, nutrition and health experts talking about the revelation that saturated fat may not be the true cause of heart disease – as has been so widely believed for decades.

The author of the article, Dr. Aseem Malhotra, an interventional cardiology specialist in London, writes: “The mantra that saturated fat must be removed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease has dominated dietary advice and guidelines for almost four decades. Yet scientific evidence shows that this advice has, paradoxically, increased our cardiovascular risks. Saturated fat has been demonised ever since Ancel Keys’s landmark ‘seven countries’ study in 1970. This concluded that a correlation existed between the incidence of coronary heart disease and total cholesterol concentrations…But correlation is not causation.”

Dr. Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician, examines Dr. Malhotra’s article and explores the theory that it is sugar and trans fats, not saturated fats, that pose the most dangerous health risks. Saturated fats from animals and vegetables, on the other hand, provide health benefits that are imperative for the proper function of our cell membranes, hearts, lungs, livers, immune systems, hormones and more. These healthy fats are found in avocados, coconuts, raw nuts, grass-fed meats, organic eggs and of course, raw dairy and butter made from raw milk.

This new research supports what many raw milk drinkers have known for years – that whole milk is a healthy, natural food that truly “does a body good.”

Read more about Dr. Malhotra’s article and Dr. Mercola’s interpretation here:

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Minnesota Judge Criticizes MDA’s 10-Year Harassment of Farmer Michael Hartmann

Farmer Michael Hartmann has been battling the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for close to a decade. On October 7, 2013, Hartmann received a little support from an unexpected source when a Minnesota judge ruled that the December 2012 search-and-seizure of Hartmann’s raw milk and cheese truck was illegal.

Judge Erica MacDonald ruled that the state trooper who stopped Hartmann’s dairy truck because he couldn’t see the rear license plate was obligated to send Hartmann on his way once he realized the plate was just dirty and that, additionally, Hartmann had a front license plate, since there was no violation of motor vehicle or traffic laws. Instead, the trooper called the MDA, which instructed him to search the truck and confiscate his product.

She condemns the illegal search-and-seizure in a 30-page opinion and notes that the instance is just one in what has been a decade of harassment by the department and investigator James Roettger, who “…has been investigating Defendant’s possible violations of food laws for approximately ten years.”

Beyond the search-and-seizure, Judge MacDonald endorsed the 2005 Minnesota Supreme Court ruling of a previous case involving Hartmann that upheld his constitutional right to sell products of his farm, including meat, cheese and butter.

In her ruling, the judge makes it clear that she felt obligated to uphold Hartmann’s constitutional rights despite her personal dislike of the defendant and his blatant disregard for the terms of his probation. As journalist David Gumpert notes, “That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Judges are supposed to back the constitutional rights of all Americans, despite the judges’ own personal prejudices.”

Read more about Judge MacDonald’s opinion on Gumpert’s blog here:

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Raw Milk Sales Threatened in Sweden

Many Americans look to European nations for more progressive attitudes and laws regarding the sales and consumption of raw milk. Now, however, raw milk sales are under attack in Sweden.

Sweden’s National Food Agency is proposing the ban of raw milk sales entirely. Currently, it is legal for Swedish farmers to sell raw milk in small quantities, directly to consumers on the farm itself.

In practice, however, Swedish raw milk sales are not so open and free across the country. Stories swirl about farmers who are afraid of the authorities and hesitant to allow current customers to share their names with prospective buyers.

There are some farmers, however, “…that do sell their milk more openly around the country and demand is increasing all the time,” notes one Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader in Stockholm.

It is unfortunate that this ban is being proposed at a time when demand for fresh, unpasteurized milk is on the rise.

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South Dakota Raw Milk Regulation Under Revision

South Dakota is one of 25 states that allows the sales of raw milk directly to consumers on the farm or through home delivery. In May 2013, changes were proposed to the state’s raw milk regulations that would include the requirement of a warning label and limiting bacteria count.

The proposed changes proved controversial across the state and prompted three public hearings for producers and others to express their concerns. Many of the dairy farmers who spoke at the public hearings said that the proposed changes could make operating their business more difficult or even put them out of business.

Following the hearings, two amendments were made to the proposed regulations: simplify the warning labels required on each container of milk and increase the bacteria count from 20,000 to 30,000 per ml.

Courtney De La Rosa, Policy Director of the state’s agriculture department, explained the reasoning behind these amendments. She said that previous wording of the warning label was unnecessarily long. The new warning label will read, “Warning: Raw milk. This product has not been pasteurized and may contain harmful bacteria.” De La Rosa also explained that both Grade A and Grade B dairies across the state often report as high as 30,000 bacteria per milliliter, so it is fair to relax the requirement for raw milk to the same standard.

The two amendments are beneficial for raw milk producers in South Dakota. The revised rules were approved by Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch on October 21, 2013 and now await final approval from the interim legislative rules committee on November 12, 2013.

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Families Suffer in West Virginia because of State’s Raw Milk Ban

Many families in West Virginia are suffering because of the state’s ban on raw milk sales. There is the 11-year old child who is allergic to the pasteurized milk sold in grocery stores, but her mother is unable to purchase raw goat’s milk from local farms. There is the family who missing out on an estimated $20,000 per year because they are unable to sell the extra milk produced by their two dairy cows. Continue reading

Got (Raw) Milk? Podcast Examines the Health Benefits of Raw Milk

Children are told to drink their milk because it will help them grow and make their bones strong. National advertising campaigns like “Milk Does the Body Good” and “Got Milk?” tout the benefits of milk. Yet more and more people are developing dairy allergies and turning to alternative milks like soy, almond and coconut. Could it be that the root of the problem isn’t milk itself, but that the milk sold in grocery stores is laden with chemicals and altered through pasteurization and homogenization? Continue reading

TED Exposed as Proponent of GMOs

TED – the group responsible for TED Talks, which are known for inspiring, challenging, and often providing alternative views of thinking – is discouraging any discussion about GMOs and/or how proper nutrition can treat ailments and behavioral disorders in children.

In an email to the TEDx community, the TEDx Director and Editor identify food science as a “red flag topic,” which is not banned but should be carefully scrutinized, should any speakers propose talks “…including:

  • GMO food and anti-GMO foodists
  • Food as medicine, especially to treat a specific condition: Autism and ADHD, especially causes of and cures for autism” Continue reading

UK Raw Milk Review Begins in Mid-October

A long awaited Food Standards Agency (FSA) review of raw milk is predicted to begin in mid-October across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The FSA, which maintains that pasteurization is the best way to minimize health risks associated with drinking raw milk, acknowledges that there is a market for raw milk and will explore whether, and under what conditions, it should be legal to sell and buy the product. Continue reading

Raw Milk Advocates Have Something to Look Forward to at Upcoming Wise Traditions Conference

Pro-raw milk attendees of the November Wise Traditions conference will be excited to learn that there will be multiple presentations focusing on raw milk issues. The four lectures will take place on Monday, November 11 between 9am-4pm. Continue reading

Dairy Industry Groups Don’t Speak on Behalf of All Dairy Farmers

The Wisconsin Senate is considering a bill that would allow small, local farms to sell raw milk so long as it is labeled as such, provided in a clean container, and complies with DATCP rules for grade A milk regarding appearance and odor, bacterial count, temperature, and other factors.

Unsurprisingly, the FDA, Wisconsin Public Health Association, and the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments oppose the bill. The Dairy Business Association and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association also oppose the bill. Most recently, the Wisconsin Safe Milk Coalition, a group made up of public health officials, dairy processor groups, and dairy farmers also opposed the bill. All groups cited raw milk being “unsafe for human consumption” as their primary reason for banning the sale of raw milk in the state. Continue reading