What really pisses me off is the hypocrisy in all of this. Here's a few examples;
- Sugary drinks and sodas - cause obesity and loss of bone mass (true for cola sodas, which contain phosphoric acid) when consumed
frequently. Frequent consumption of sugar contained in sodas causes damage to teeth.
Soda and Loss of Bone Mass
Soda Pop and Your Dental Health
- Alcohol - May become addictive, resulting in liver damage. According to the CDC, there are 79,000 deaths per year from excessive alcohol
consumption. Each year approximately 16,000 people are killed as a result of drunk driving. I won't even mention the number of fights and physical
abuses that happen with the help of alcohol consumption.
Drunk Driving Facts
CDC Alcohol fact sheet
- Pharmaceuticals - Over-the-counter pills as simple as Tylenol taken for headaches or body aches can cause liver damage. People who take Tylenol on a
daily basis to relieve chronic pain are at a higher risk of developing kidney cancer. Some allergy medications can cause all sorts of bad symptoms,
including drowsiness, dizziness, high blood pressure, insomnia, headaches, cataracts, suicidal behavior, and so forth.
- Cigarettes - May cause severe addiction and a large number of health risks, including several forms of cancer. According to the CDC there are
approximately 443,000 tobacco-related deaths per year just in the U.S. alone.
CDC - Tobacco-Related Deaths
Do I think any of these things should be illegal? No! Are they dangerous? They certainly can be. The beauty of the thing is that we make a choice. We
choose to drink or smoke, or eat to our heart's content. Others choose to abstain from these things. It's all down to the risks we are willing to
Supposedly raw dairy products may cause diarrhea, upset stomach and vomiting. I've never had any of this happen to me while consuming raw products,
but I'm willing to admit that this may be a possibility when raw dairy products aren't safely obtained. Some people may have adverse reactions to
these food products, but even if this is a valid concern, adverse effects of raw dairy products still don't come even close to the side-effects
produced by some of these legal items I listed above.
I honestly tried to find the statistics on how many people die per year from consuming raw dairy, but all I could find is this
Drinking Raw Milk: More Details on the Risks
Among outbreaks of illness transmitted by dairy products reported to CDC between 1973 and 2008 in which the investigators reported whether the
dairy product was pasteurized or raw, 82 percent were due to raw milk or cheese. From 1998 through 2008, 86 outbreaks due to consumption of raw milk
or raw milk products were reported to CDC. These outbreaks resulted in 1,676 illnesses, 191 hospitalizations, and 2 deaths.
Between 1973 and 2008, there were 2 deaths attributed to raw milk or cheese! Admittedly not very many people consume raw dairy products in the U.S.
due to the fact that it is illegal in some states, but still..... two deaths in 35 years isn't so bad compared to the hundreds of thousands of deaths
per year due to other perfectly legal substances. That's pretty impressive, actually, seeing as (according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma
and Immunology) about 100 people per year die from peanut-related allergies.
In addressing the supposed 82% who became ill after consuming raw milk, did they store it properly??? Were the cows kept in a clean environment? Was
the person who consumed the product lactose-intolerant/allergic? There are many factors here. People are used to storing pasteurized milk for two or
three weeks before it goes bad. You can only store raw milk for a few days before it expires. Was this taken into account by those keeping records?
When you make something illegal, you create a black market for the item, which doesn't care much for health standards, a clean environment and
consumer concern. I liken it to having your neighbor drilling or pulling your teeth instead of allowing a licensed dentist to do it.
If you believe the product isn't completely safe, put warning labels on it! The Government forced to put warning labels on cigarettes and alcohol, so
why not placing them on bottles of raw dairy products and allowing people to decide for themselves? I have a suspicion of why they're not willing to
do it. I've tasted raw dairy products, and they are delicious. The pasteurized milk is only a shadow of the real thing. If raw milk hit the market and
people started getting a taste of it, many would refuse to go back to the pasteurized crap they sell in the store these days. What they call "milk" is
white water crap. The fact that it keeps for up to three weeks is hint enough that something isn't right.
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