A raw milk study designed to determine if drinking unpasteurized milk will aid lactose intolerance recently concluded. The Stanford University study conducted by nutritionists was published in the Annals of Family Medicine. The study did not find health benefits achieved by drinking raw milk, but one dairy farmer involved with the research noted “several limitations” in the data module.
According to the dairy farmer who supplied raw milk for researchers, the study limitations were not revealed until after the unpasteurized milk data had been collected. The milk producer feels that as a result, the study actually raises more questions than answers and should be viewed as a vehicle that paves the way more complete analysis on the subject.
The small study mandated that 16 test lactose intolerant test subjects drink pasteurized milk, raw milk, and soy milk only for eight days, separated by a week of no milk consumption in between the milk type changes. The test subjects recorded their various levels of “physical discomfort” throughout the study. Common ailments included cramping, diarrhea, audible intestinal sounds, and flatulence. The study found no symptoms severity differences between the pasteurized and unpasteurized milk.
Stanford Prevention Research Center Professor of Medicine and senior study author Christopher Gardner said that eight days of drinking raw milk may not have been long enough for the bodies of the test subjects’ bodies to adjust to the bacteria in raw milk.
One West Virginia family is attempting to have state raw milk laws changes because they feel unpasteurized milk aids their daughter’s health condition. Rylee Lee, 11, is allergic to Beta Casein A1, a protein typically found in cow milk. To maintain her daughter’s health, Lori Lee wants the legal option to buy raw goat milk for the little girl.
Under current West Virginia law, the seller could face hundreds of dollars in fines as well as misdemeanor charges if they are caught exchanging cash for raw milk. Rylee is not shy about sharing her feelings about the mountain of regulations mandating her dairy choices. “It is milk. It’s not like it is a big war or nuclear bomb, it is milk,” she told a local TV station. “It is crazy.”
Her mother agrees with her. “The bottom line is she hurts when she gets milk from the store,” Lori Lee said. “That is all the government is willing to give us. So what they give us hurts my child.”
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