by Robert Cohen - firstname.lastname@example.org
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
HOW MANY AMERICANS HAVE IRRITABLE BOWELS?
Estimates run as high as 15% of the population, or 40
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
"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
The second page of Stabile's paper (published in the
December, 1997 issue of "Applied and Environmental Microbiology")
"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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