Is it natural for human beings to consume the milk of another animal? We know raw milk from cows produces much more mucus than human milk. The enzymes in the human stomach also make it difficult for a large portion of the population to digest raw milk especially when it comes to lactase which is deficient in many adults. The only thing that makes me believe that raw milk is still worthy of consumption is that government policy is so much against it. Anything public officials try and convince us against is usually very good for us and vice-versa. However, that could also be due to the natural competition raw milk offers to the pasteurized milk industry which the government supports…and the higher-ups hate competition. Governments all around the world support the dairy industry, keeping the media spewing out some fairly ridiculous myths about its health benefits which simply don’t exist. If milk keeps bones strong, candy keeps teeth stronger. No one study has ever conclusively shown that the calcium in milk is more efficiently absorbed that calcium in foods. Intestinal absorption does not necessarily reflect the bioavailability of calcium to the whole organism because calcium must be retained and used in bone formation and mineralization. There is no doubt that raw milk is a suitable form of calcium. While there is also evidence to suggest the nutritional effectiveness of the calcium provided by raw milk, there is still some debate as to whether this source of calcium is biologically better than other sources, such as calcium salts or certain vegetables. The dairy industry’s fairy tale that pasteurized milk builds strong bones actually has the reverse effect and actually causes osteoporosis. The belief that calcium in milk is what builds strong bones is absolutelyingrained in our society, but has no basis in reality–calcium is but ONE of the many minerals your body needs for building strong bones. The pasteurization process only creates calcium carbonate, which has absolutely no way of entering the cells without a chelating agent. So what the body does is pull the calcium from the bones and other tissues in order to buffer the calcium carbonate in the blood. This process ACTUALLY CAUSES OSTEOPOROSIS. Milk definitively does not do a body good if it’s pasteurized. The United States is the world’s largest producer of pasteurized cow milk, but oddly enough it is also one of the world’s smallest consumers. The dairy industry thus has a vested interest in eliminating all raw milk suppliers from the market place to enforce and increase per capita consumption of pasteurized milk which is lagging behind most of the world. Pasteurized milk is perhaps one of the most nutritionally deficient beverages misappropriately labeled as a “perfect food.” Raw milk enthusiasts have known for a very long time that unpasteurized milk is the ONLY milk worthy of consumption. Pasteurization destroys enzymes, diminishes vitamin content, denatures fragile milk proteins, destroys vitamins C, B12 and B6, kills beneficial bacteria, promotes pathogens and is associated with allergies, increased tooth decay, colic in infants, growth problems in children, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease and cancer.