Description: Commercial dairy products are produced from cows that are treated with hormones and antibiotics, and are fed genetically-modified grains. All conventional dairy products are pasteurized, which unfortunately is necessary due to mass production and the potential danger of bacteria and viruses being spread. The pasteurization process also destroys valuable enzymes and beneficial bacteria, diminishes the content, and denatures fragile milk protein. Most dairy products, even those labeled “organic”, come from dairy cows that are kept in confinement their entire lives and never even see green grass. Two companies, both of which get the vast majority of their milk from feedlot dairy farms, control sixty-five percent of the organic dairy market.

Clean, raw dairy from pasture-raised animals, is now available commercially in several states, and may be bought directly from the farms. Raw dairy products are rich in vital nutrients, such as vitamins A and D, which help the body absorb calcium and protein, as well as conjugated linoleic acid, which has strong anti-cancer properties.

The majority of dairy products are also homogenized. The homogenization process destroys the delicate balance of natural fats contained in dairy, and renders them unrecognizable by our digestive systems. This is the primary reason why many are allergic to dairy products. Non-homogenized dairy is therefore preferable over homogenized products, whenever available.

What to look for: Raw, organic dairy products that come from pasture-raised cows.

Uses: Raw dairy products are digestible by many who are lactose intolerant, because the lactase-producing bacteria are present. They contain immunoglobulin, and can strengthen the immune system by seeding healthy bacteria throughout the digestive tract.

Where to find: Look for local sources of raw dairy, goat and cow products, which can be very hard to find. There are a few independent dairy farmers who may ship direct. Search for “real milk” online to find raw dairy listings. Also, you might check with your local feed stores and see who is raising goats in your area; they may be willing to supply you with fresh milk.

Avoid: Any commercial, inorganic dairy products.