The Health Benefits of Raw Milk

Peer-reviewed studies showing that farm-fresh, unprocessed milk has many health benefits.

Campaign for Real Milk

A Campaign for Real Milk (a project of The Weston A. Price Foundation) provides a wealth of information on raw milk, including its history, safety record, benefits, and current issues. Their site map is a great page to browse.

Raw Milk Map

Maintained by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, this map of the United State shows, state by state, what’s legal and what’s not.

Where is My Milk From?

This easy-to-use site will let you figure out which producer your milk is from.

British Columbia Herdshare Association (BCHA)

The BCHA is a resource for supporting and advancing the interests of the herdshare community in British Columbia, Canada. They are working towards the legalization of herdshare farms in British Colombia.

Australian Raw Milk Movement (ARMM)

Australia is currently one of only three countries globally with a blanket ban on the sale of raw cow’s milk for human consumption. The ARMM is working towards the legalization of raw milk in Australia.

UC Davis Splash! Milk Science Update Newsletter

Founded by Danielle Lemay in March 2012 with financial assistance from the California Dairy Research Foundation and the International Milk Genomics Consortium, this monthly publication highlights advances milk science.

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF)

The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is a grassroots non-profit organization that protects the rights of farmers to sell the products of the farm and the rights of consumers to access the foods of their choice from the source of their choice.

Consumption of Unprocessed Cow’s Milk Protects Infants from Common Respiratory Infections

Early life consumption of raw cow’s milk reduced the risk of respiratory infections and fever by about 30%. The main finding of this analysis was that consumption of unprocessed cow’s milk protects infants from rhinitis, respiratory tract infections, and otitis (ear infections).

Dairy Products and the French paradox: Could alkaline phosphatases play a role?

‘The French paradox’ – high saturated fat consumption but low incidence of cardiovascular disease and mortality – is still unresolved and continues to be a matter of debate and controversy. Recently, it was hypothesised that the high consumption of dairy products, and especially cheese by the French population might contribute to the explanation of the French paradox. This peer-reviewed article looks at the “alkaline phosphatase” hypothesis. Alkaline phosphatase (IAP), a potent endogenous anti-inflammatory enzyme, is directly stimulated by various components of milk.

The Effects of Pasteurization and BCM7 Protein Levels in Raw Milk

This peer reviewed and published 2007 study performed by Polish researchers found that raw A1 and A2 milk was the same when RAW with trace differences of the BCM7. However, when that same raw milk was processed with high heat, the processed A1 milk expressed high levels of BCM7 casomorphine.

This study strongly suggests that it is not the raw milk from A1 or A2 cows that is the problem because their milk is virtually the same when raw, it is the processing of the milk that is the problem. When A1 milk is heated the BCM 7 levels rise and potential issues become significant.

This also strongly suggests that the entire A1-A2 issue became a health matter in the last 80 years and has not been a health issue for thousands of years when raw milk was consumed all over the world with excellent health benefits.

Scholarly Review of Raw Milk Benefits

Dr. Joe Heckman at Rutgers University provides a peer reviewed and published article covering the 150 year modern history of raw milk, current science, food safety, recent studies, and powerful health benefits. He provides a unique and very accurate perceptive on why raw milk has reemerged as a consumer driven food in spite of government warnings to not consume it. Dr. Heckman makes note of the origins of the physicians supervised raw milk (the AAMMC in 1893) and follows raw milk up to 2017 with emerging EU studies that discover that raw milk is very effective at reduction of colds and ear infections by 30%, and is effective at preventing asthma and eczema.

This review is an excellent document for a family to provide to the family doctor that may have doubts about the efficacy of raw milk as a treatment modality for ear infections, asthma, dairy allergies, gut and digestive issues, eczema, and bone density challenges.

Fermentation of Milk and the Effects on Blood Pressure

This also strongly suggests that daily consumption of fermented milk with the addition of L. Lactis may reduce blood pressure.

Fresh (Raw) Milk Keeps Infections at Bay

This the LMU study from Erica Von Mutius that shows that children that drink raw milk are protected from ear infections and have reduced colds.

Raw Milk Symposiums

Raw Milk Symposiums presented by the Weston A. Price Foundation in 2014 and 2015 include topics such as the health benefits of raw milk, understanding raw milk data, and raw milk micro-dairies.

The Health Benefits and Low Food Safety Risk of Raw Milk 

This research study explains the powerful benefits of raw milk and its safety, utilizing testing results from RAWMI Listed Farmers.