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A disturbing report from a researcher in New Zealand suggests that milk may not be as good for you as you have been led to believe.
Professor Keith Woodward, a professor of farm management and agribusiness at Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand, has published material suggesting that a mutant protein (known as A1 Beta-casein) may have serious health implications.
“While most dairy companies, trade groups and government agencies consider it harmless, a growing body of research implicates A1 beta-casein in diabetes, heart disease, autism and schizophrenia,” says a report by AlterNet’s Ari LeVaux.
The book that Woodward has written on the subject is fraught with government and corporate cover-ups and denials about the health risks. Not much wonder in an industry that has built its reputation on the benefits of drinking what to all intents and purposes is one of the most natural, healthy beverages in the world.
The biggest problem that Woodward has in proving his claims is that human health trials, (a necessary step to prove or disprove any scientific health claim), would be unconscionable on the off-chance that he is right. Although some tests performed on rats found a correlation between A1 and the development of diabetes.
Interestingly there in an alternative that involves switching production to a different protein content known as A2 beta-casein. The problem is it takes about 10 years to switch the herd, which is not an attractive option to most dairy producers or the industry as a whole.
The only other option (for those who are concerned) is to switch to goat or sheep milk, neither of which contain the mutant protein.
Whether or not Dr. Woodward is correct it begs the question: just what is safe to eat, drink and do?
The answer: Eat only in your imagination; drink only your own saliva and do absolutely nothing at all. Then you should be safe!
Are you scared to drink milk now?