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18 April 2001 Issue
Evidence of a Milk Link to Chrohn's

by Robert Cohen - i4crob@idt.net
http://www.notmilk.com 

I first wrote about Crohn's disease and irritable bowel syndrome in June of 1998. There is a bacteria in milk that is not killed by pasteurization, myco-bacterium paratuberculosis, that causes diarrhea in cows and then in humans. Irritable bowel syndrome often leads to Crohn's disease.

HOW MANY AMERICANS HAVE IRRITABLE BOWELS?

Estimates run as high as 15% of the population, or 40 million Americans.

WHAT HAS OUR GOVERNMENT DONE ABOUT THIS?

The United States Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration both believe that mycobacterium paratuberculosis is destroyed by pasteurizing milk. They are wrong. Their belief is based upon a study performed by Judy Stabile, Ph.D. The title of Stabile's work:

"Heat Inactivation of Mycobacterium Paratuberculosis in Raw Milk: Are Current Pasteurization Conditions Effective?"

The abstract of Dr. Stabile's paper claims:
"Currently, it is not known whether commercial pasteurization effectively kills mycobacterium paratuberculosis in contaminated raw milk."

The second page of Stabile's paper (published in the December, 1997 issue of "Applied and Environmental Microbiology") reveals:
"Bacteria were not totally inactivated until after 15 minutes of incubation (pasteurization) at 72 degrees centigrade." I've got some very bad news for all milk drinkers…normal pasteurization at this temperature calls for a 15-second treatment, not 15 minutes!

USDA and FDA concluded that pasteurization destroyed this bacteria when that was clearly not the case.

THE LATEST EVIDENCE

A new government survey in England has found nearly ten percent of pasteurized milk samples (80 out of 802) were found to contain live cultures of mycobacterium paratuberculosis.

Translate that to milk drinkers: If you purchase one quart of milk per day for your family's consumption this year, then thirty-six of those quarts will contain something that may grow in your body, causing great misery, and for many, death.

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