Over the past ten years, a half dozen studies out of Europe all point in the same direction, namely that consumption of raw milk during childhood provides protection against allergies, asthma and eczema. A new study has found that children growing up on dairy farms (and presumably drinking raw milk) have one-tenth the risk of developing allergies (Science-Daily.com, July 9, 2014). But it’s a recent study with rats that really piqued our interest. Four groups of rats received dairy protein-free rat chow plus either raw milk, gamma-sterilized milk, heated milk or water via drink bottles. Mice drinking raw milk had the best responses to allergens (Br J Nutr. 2014 Aug;112(3):390-7). It’s a real step forward to see the effects of raw milk studied in animals—and pubished in the prestigious British Journal of Nutrition, no less. We need more studies like this, research that looks at the effects of raw versus pasteurized milk on bone density and growth, organ integrity, iron status, reproduction and even behavior. We predict that studies on raw milk will proliferate—at least in Europe—as more and more honest researchers see this as a way to making a real contribution to the future health of our children.
About Sally Fallon Morell
Sally Fallon Morell is the founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and founder of A Campaign for Real Milk. She is the author of the best-selling cookbook, Nourishing Traditions (with Mary G. Enig, PhD) and the Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care (with Thomas S. Cowan, MD). She is also the author of Nourishing Broth (with Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN). Her latest book is Nourishing Fats: Why We Need Animal Fats for Health and Happiness.