Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
February 21, 2007

More Milk Industry Shenanigans

Here is a typical public relations or should say public brainwashing scheme. Ghost write and/or via an industry shill journalist shoot off a news article to all the news papers in the country making it look like local news...

Woodcock's, article is clearly short in substance but long on diatribe, in that, some how we are to take it that her personal opinion somehow supercedes facts regarding the nutritional superiority of unprocessed milk!

Contrary to the rubbish Woodcock spouts, here are some facts....

Children fed raw milk have more resistance to TB* than children fed pasteurized milk. (Lancet, p 1142, 5/8/37)

Pathological organisms do not grow in raw milk but proliferate in pasteurized milk. (The Drug and Cosmetic Industry, 43:1:109, July 1938)

Raw milk prevents scurvy and protects against flu, diphtheria and pneumonia. (Am J Dis Child, Nov 1917)

Raw milk prevents tooth decay. (Lancet, p 1142, 5/8/37)

Raw milk promotes growth and calcium absorption. (Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 518, p 8, 1/33)

Raw cream prevents joint stiffness. (Annual Review of Biochemistry, 18:435, 1944)

Raw milk protects against asthma and allergic skin problems. (Lancet 353:1485, 1999)

After three generations on pasteurized milk, cats developed numerous health problems and pathologies of behavior. At four generations, all reproduction ceased. (Pottenger's Cats, 1983, Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation)

Pasteurization destroys B complex, C, D, enzymes and whey proteins. (See numerous abstracts listed at

For the complete story see: Health Canada Vs Unpasteurized Milk

Regarding cleanliness:

Consumer Reports, January 1974, revealed that out of 125 tested samples of pasteurized milk and milk products, 44% proved in violation of state regulations. Consumer Reports concluded, The quality of a number of the dairy products in this study was little short of deplorable. Consumer Reports stated that former objections to pasteurized milk are valid today:

a) Pasteurization is an excuse for the sale of dirty milk.

b) Pasteurization may be used to mask low quality milk.

c) Pasteurization promotes carelessness and discourages the effort to produce clean milk.

Consumer's Union, reporting in June 1982, stated that coliform were found in many tested samples of pasteurized dairy products. Some had counts as high as 2200 organisms per cubic centimeter.

Extracted from: Raw Milk: How Safe Is It? which shows the actual yearly disease brake outs form pasteurized milk. I have not even covered the horrors of homogenization!

And here is what BMJ (British Medical Journal) in 1938, the same year when pasteurization was introduced, had to say:

*"Recent figures published regarding the spread of tuberculosis by milk show, among other facts, that over a period of five years, during which time 70 children belonging to a special organization received a pint of raw milk daily. One case only of the disease occurred. During a similar period when pasteurized milk had been given, 14 cases were reported."

Extracted from: Raw Milk Vs. Pasteurized Milk

Why not allow the sale of both raw milk and pasteurized milk? Let the buyer decide. That way phobics like Woodcock can buy what she wants and the more informed get what they want?

One can conclude from, what is presented above, that Woodcock is masquerading as independent journalist to get public traction when in fact she is simply the promoting the party line. She has no supporting evidence on what she says instead has to resort to excruciating theatrics to get the industries' point across. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

Chris Gupta

Your can also write to the editor here and the paper here this story was also carried in The London Free Press.

February 20, 2007

Milk debate is about raw cash


In my memory, raw milk is the most revolting food on earth -- ahead of even turnip, boiled tongue and cooked cabbage.

It was sickeningly thick like whipping cream, still disgustingly warm from the cow and -- depending on what the cattle had been eating -- it often had a horrid aftertaste. When I was a kid, I had to drink a glass of it every meal when I visited my grandparents' farm.

It makes me gag just thinking about it -- without even beginning to contemplate the list of serious diseases you can pick up from it.


And I really have a hard time with Michael Schmidt, the Durham, Ont., farmer who has been charged with operating a milk-processing plant without a licence.

Schmidt has made a career out of dancing along a fine Ontario legal line by selling individual shares in his cows and he's been convicted before. But since the law allows farmers to drink their own milk, each "shareholder," he argues, is an owner (a second farmer in eastern Ontario recently started the same kind of system with similar results).

Schmidt's case is to come to court in Orangeville today and I hope they throw the book at him.

Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, it's illegal to sell, deliver or distribute raw milk in Ontario. Milk can be sold only to the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, the marketing agency. Pasteurization, to kill any harmful bacteria, has been in force since 1938. Why? Raw milk can kill you.


There are numerous horrid -- sometimes fatal -- diseases you can catch from raw milk. Let us count the ways: Tuberculosis, brucellosis, listeria, salmonella, E.coli, campbylobacter gastroenteritis, plus staph and strep infections.

According to Dr. Murray McQuigge, medical officer of health for Grey Bruce region, unpasteurized milk is "one of the most dangerous sources of food poisoning since recorded time. There never was and cannot be a safe system for marketing raw milk."

There are any number of ways in which disease can affect raw milk, despite Schmidt's claims that it's safe: Licenced dairy farmers' premises and herds are inspected regularly. Schmidt's, because he's unlicenced, are not.

And then there's the truck he uses to transport milk, the containers in which he sells it, the length of time it takes him to get to the Toronto parking lot where he delivers it from his Durham farm and the temperature at which he maintains it.

A cousin of mine, the current owner of the farm where I once choked down my raw milk, stopped drinking his own product more than 20 years ago when his wife acquired a severe case of salmonella poisoning. They never had proof their milk caused it, but they've been buying it in bags at the supermarket ever since.

Schmidt, who likes to portray himself as a hero fighting an unfair system, claims raw milk is healthy and chock full of good things killed by pasteurization. A myth, according to health officials.

He claims to have nothing but altruistic reasons for his actions.

But I think he's being more than a little disingenuous.

What he's really doing is trying to sell milk without purchasing quota -- as the other 4,800 Ontario dairy farmers have to do -- at $30,000 per kilo (of butterfat daily). My cousin owns 60 kilos. You do the math.

So no, it's not the milk. As in most things in this world these days, it's the money.


posted by Chris Gupta on Wednesday February 21 2007

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Readers' Comments

Here is compilation of responses to Woodcock. Chris

Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 08:51:14 -0500
From: Jan Verkley

At least, you supplied us with a lot of laughs. Thank you.

Your lack of knowledge is appalling.

To write articles every week as a "syndicated columnist", and leaning on "someone's"(?) opinion and feed all this pap to the public shows a lack of intellect and an "I don't care" attitude.

Every week a different topic, of which I know nothing about.

Shame on you !!

Ponybrook Farm

Born and raised on "real natural" milk.
85 years old.
Never take Pharmaceutical pills but eat organic.

Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 10:19:23 -0500
From: David Pelly1

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the letter on milk.

You are so correct in your rebuttal to Connie Woodcock's article. Any paper that would publish such rubbish has little or no scruples either.

Connie Woodcock's article is total nonsense.

I grew up on a small mixed farm where I did not know what pasteurized and homogenized milk until I was in my mid teens. Her description of raw milk fresh from the cow is, is also ludicrous, and false.

How milk tastes due to the feed is true, as the better the quality of feed, the better the milk tastes.

But her description of her visits to the farm, and being forced to drink milk fresh from the cow, are typical of a spoiled city kid, being sent to the family farm to get her head and attitude straightened out is quite typical.

There are many such cases of problem city kids being sent to the family farm in an attempt by the parents to get them straightened out. I have seen my own cousins do similar things.

Like , Yuck did you see where milk comes from? Did you see where eggs come from?

From a city kid after visiting the relative's family farm.

Woodcock's article is exactly that a diatribe. The voice of ignorance. The voice of person with much deeper psychological problems. Her article says much more about her than then the topic of which she writes.

The Pottengers cats article says what is most difficult to prove by science, that the effects of modern food processing are very subtle and modern populations, after being on them for several generations, are coming up with many similar problems.

I think that the evidence well indicates that the human race survived a lot longer on unprocessed food and crops grown without toxic chemicals in the manner prior to 1930 or 1940, than they will on modern commercial production methods of growing, pasteurization and processing, etc.

The effects of the modern commercial methods of food production in question have to be looked at over several generations. The evidence also indicates that the worst is still to come, if you have a mind to see the small picture and the big picture at the same time., and have done your research impartially, and properly.

Facts, figures and statistics don't lie, but liars, lunatics and others misguided, spin facts, figure and make statistics.



Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 15:52:45 -0500
From: Mike

Hi Chris,

My reply to Connie Woodcock below.

Hi Connie,

I agree with you!

We shouldn't allow people to have any (or very few) choices when it comes to what they put in their bodies; or even what methods they can choose regarding their healthcare. After all, this is what we pay government for. We pay our servants to take control of our choices, and in some cases our lives, so that we don't have to. Put differently, we pay our servants to be our masters (a paradox).

After all, the masses are not very capable of ultimately choosing what is best for themselves. Hell, they don't even seem to be able to choose their own leaders very well, let alone the correct foods to eat.  Just look at all the genetically modified food they choose to eat (which has been proven to kill lab animals), and the gallons of pesticide they consume and bad air they breath. Yet they elect leaders who allow this to happen on an ongoing basis, who even promote it for big business.

If the ignorant masses choose a government that allows some corporation to introduce a technology or substance that kills or injures thousands of people per year this means they truly cannot make the right choices, and thus need government to watch over them (again, we have a paradox).

What the people really need is some sort of unelected body of intellectually superior men and women who will vote government in for them. I know this sounds crazy, but just sit and think of it. We need this to happen because, from what I can see, when an individual makes a bad choice it may only affect him/her, and maybe a limited number of people in his or her sphere. However, when a government makes a bad choice it often affects millions of people, even killing them or shortening their lives. This is why we must have intellectually superior people to watch over us, and these people cannot be chosen by the masses because the masses obviously cannot make good decisions. These intellectuals must be chosen by other intellectuals. So, in the end, we have intellectuals overseeing intellectuals. Oh sure, we need public input, it would be unfair if we didn't. However, the intellectuals would have the final say.

The flaws exposed.

The masses cannot be trusted to make good choices. This fact is clear, otherwise government would allow people to consume unpasteurized milk products etc. Following along this thread of logic, this means that the masses cannot be trusted to select competent leaders (because they can't seem to make good choices); therefore the masses must have their betters make these choices for them. The only flaw in this is: if the unelected intellectuals are dishonest (or mistaken) then there is no way to change things except at the point of a gun (by revolution).

Since there is a flaw in allowing unelected people to make decisions for us, where such decisions are imposed by force or threat of force, we are then left with our present system, where the ignorant masses choose flawed people to make these same decisions (called a democracy), which, again, are imposed by force or threat of force. In other words, the people elect short term "tyrants". When the people make a bad decision, with regard to their elected (tyrants) government, and such a government kills thousands of people per year by its bad decisions then clearly the people have no one to blame but themselves. You see, it's about choices!

To sum it all up.

If we elect a government that makes bad decisions, where such decisions are imposed upon the people by force or threat of force (thus removing their choices), then this can lead to millions dieing or at least a shortened lifespan, where the cause of these diseases and deaths is often obscured because tracing its origins can be very complicated; thus we have plausible denial to counter any possible blame (a beautiful system). However, if we limit government's authority to: taking care of roads, sewers, fresh water, public peace keeping, and light border patrol, thus leaving the life decisions to the "individual", then we limit the impact of bad choices to the individual, and a limited sphere around that individual.

I much prefer making my own choices, rather than employing a bunch of servants to be my masters; a paradox that has never sat well with me. That way I have no one to blame but myself. If raw milk is truly better for me, and may even clear up some aliments, yet government forbids it from being sold to me then government is actually shortening my life and the lives of thousands of others. If, on the other hand, the people who consume raw milk get sick then they have no one to blame but themselves. Caveat emptor.

If the people elect servants that shorten their lives, where such servants force them to do, or consume, things that are generally not good for them, then they have no one to blame but themselves. So, as you can see, it's all about choices.

The question is: would you rather live and die by your choices, or by someone else's choices; and if someone else's then would you like an opt-out clause so you can protect yourself from their bad choices? In other words, your servants give advice, not orders. Is this not better?

If you want to live and die by someone else's choices then that's your business, but I think it is unfair of you to impose your choices on others. If others die as a result of your imposed choices then, as the saying goes, what goes around comes around (karma). This makes you responsible. If the universe has a natural justice system then you will be judged. Man's laws may say you can impost your choices upon others through something called "democracy" but the universe will have the last say.

Here's a good idea for you. ---> Let's all mind our own business, and remember these words: The public good is the alibi of tyrants.

Mike Lester

Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2007 11:51:34 -0800 (PST)
From: mamamia

Dear Ms. Woodcock:

I live in the US, so I am not held captive to views such as yours, thankfully. States have each made their own determination
about the sale of milk, and I am lucky to live in one that has decided that the people can make their own choices.

Incidentally, I was raised on raw milk from my grandfather's cows, and drink it now as well, and am an extraordinarily (or so I am told) healthy woman of 81+, not dwelling in a nursing home nor taking any prescription drugs, but living alone in my own home and caring for myself without assistance.

One can always say that I am just lucky, but whatever the cause of my "good luck," you cannot say that drinking raw milk has done me any harm.

I believe that competent adult people should be able to make their own choices about what they put into their bodies, not be dictated to or harassed by the government. It is to be hoped that some day people everywhere will be able to have this choice.

A resident of Maine, U.S.A.

"The ignorance of Americans is incredible." Frank Zappa

Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2007 10:15:39 +1000
From: Noel Gomersall

I wonder how much she was paid?.I'm now 84, was raised on God-given cow's milk, and do not consume pasteurised milk, which is missing a good percentage of milk's goodies.

Hoo-raw for milk
London Free Press Letters: Feb. 25, 2007

Regarding the column, Milk debate about raw cash (Feb. 20).

I was born and raised on a dairy farm and am one of 10 in a family. I'm now in my mid-70s and have been around dairy cows all my life and drank raw milk all my life. I was the last of five boys to leave the farm, my brothers pursuing other occupations, and they buy their milk from a store.

I've out-lived them all by many years. All this guff about raw milk is rubbish.

Jim Dorrance


Posted by: Chris Gupta on February 25, 2007 09:19 PM


Woodcock's article is an example of liking to hear yourself talk. I hope people realize how shallow her article is on solid facts and proven results. Maybe another career would be better for this writer. Maybe milking cows at for in the morning.

Posted by: Davy Herd on September 27, 2007 02:31 PM


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