This is Dr. Mercola’s summary. See my comments below:
A few years ago, a number of U.S. states tried to ban “rbGH-free” claims on dairy. Monsanto, which owned rbGH at the time, helped found a group called AFACT, which supported the bans. AFACT was unsuccessful in most states, but it looked like they might win in Ohio, where the fight went to the courts.
Recently, however, the Ohio court came to its decision. First, they ruled that milk in Ohio can still bear an “rbGH-free” label as long as it also bears the disclaimer stating that, “[t]he FDA has determined that no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rbST-supplemented and non-rbST-supplemented cows.”
But there’s more important news out of Ohio — the court also challenged the FDA’s finding that there is “no measurable compositional difference” between milk from rbGH-treated cows and milk from untreated cows. This FDA finding has been the major roadblock to rbGH regulation, and the court struck it down.
From James: This is really big news. The Ohio Supreme Court has called the FDA out and has said that it should correct one of its rules.
I agree with almost everything Dr. Mercola has to say. However, I disagree with him when he says that raw, organic, non-pasteurized milk is okay to drink.
Milk is better if it is raw, organic, non-pasteurized – but only if it is boiled.
Milk from health cows can still harbor paratuberculosis, which is a probable cause of Johne’s Disease in cows and Crohn’s Disease in humans. Pasteurization does not kill paratuberculosis. Milk must be boiled to be safe to drink. The Indians – big milk drinkers for millenia – always boiled their milk. (It was still not good for them because it contains no essential fatty acids. Indian milk vegetarians have short life spans.)
Even if milk is boiled and not harmful, it is a nutritional waste of your caloric allotment. It is high in fat. If it is low-fat milk, it is still too high in protein. It contains too much sodium, phosphorus, and cholesterol, and non-essential fatty acids. It contains too little essential fatty acids, magnesium, and potassium.
Milk is good for calves because calves also eat grass. Cows milk is not properly balanced for humans.
The only good thing that you can say about cows milk is that it is – like mother’s milk – very low in fluoride.