Experience With Certified Raw Milk
by Gary North: When
TBTF Meets TBTK
by economist Mark Thornton on government
prohibitions against raw milk reminded me of my youth.
Over six decades
ago in southern California, my physician was
Francis Pottenger, the nutritionist.
As part of
my diet, I was required to drink certified raw milk. I still recall
the brand: Roger Jessup.
He had me on
a diet of red meat, steamed vegetables, eggs, and whole grain cereal
cooked overnight. I was allowed no white flour products. I was allowed
one scoop of ice cream per week as treat. He had my mother buy Adelle
Davis' book, Let's Cook It Right (1948). She still has a first edition
I became healthy
within 18 months, and I have remained healthy ever since. Apart
from an occasional bout with the flu every few years, and maybe
one cold per year, my only problem medically in the last 45 years
was a gall bladder operation a decade ago.
In the mid-1960s,
a San Diego County Health officer began harassing another raw milk
producer, Alta Dena. The family that owned the company, the Stueves
[Steevees], spent years three defending their product. A court cleared
In 1969, the
Los Angeles County Health Department went after the firm. The accusation
this time was that the product threatened people with Q fever. No
evidence against the company was ever provided.
In 1974, the
state Health Department went after the company because the product
might produce Salmonella. Again, there was no evidence.
1983, the California Health Department went after the company again
on the same charge. There was no proof.
Consumers Union of the United States joined with California's
conventional dairy producers to file suit against Alta Dena Dairy
for advertising, allegedly falsely, that raw milk was healthful
and pasteurized was not. The State Health Department concurrently
claimed raw milk products were a public health hazard and prohibited
Alta Dena from distributing and selling its raw milk pending settlement
of the Consumers Union suit. In 1992, the court ruled that Alta
Dena's health claims were illegal and ordered all raw milk sold
in California to carry a government warning. The Stueves then
sold Alta Dena Dairy, but continued to produce and distribute
raw dairy products under the Stueve's Natural label.
owners of Alta Dena 1999 ceased selling the product.
story is here.
I regard it
as ironic that the only time I went to a hospital due to illness,
1950-2001, was in the fall of 1961. I got the infamous Salmonella.
It got into the water system of Riverside, California. The authorities
denied for days that the problem came from the water, but eventually
it turned out that this was false. The government, not Alta Dena
raw milk, was the culprit.
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