I'm going to get your goat
by Robert Cohen
Date: 9/30/2007 1:56:30 AM ( 6 y ) ... viewed 1469 times
Each day, I receive hundreds of EMAIL inquiries, and I can always count upon receiving at least one question regarding goat's milk.
On October 10th (Section 14, page 14), the New York Times promoted goat's milk as an alternative for those who cannot tolerate cow's milk.
"To Find Goat's Milk and Cheese, Find Some Goats."
The author of that story, Joseph D'Agnese, wrote:
"If your body can't tolerate cow milk, goat's milk often makes a suitable alternative."
Such a statement might very well be considered medical advice, and could result in a deadly prescription for one or more NY Times readers.
Scientific research suggests goat's milk can be just as dangerous for some consumers as cow's milk.
A team of European scientists led by Dr. Luisa Businco in Rome concluded that goat's milk is unsafe for infants with cow's milk allergy. Their study was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, June 1999; 103:1191-
The scientists reported:
"The children had positive skin test response to both cow's milk and goat's milk."
During oral tests in which children swallowed small amounts of goat's milk, 92% of the children experienced allergic reactions.
Eighty percent of the protein in cow's milk is casein, a tenacious glue and powerful allergen. The authors of this study report that goat and cow's milk "share 87 percent to
98 percent ( of the) identical amino acids" that make up the proteins responsible for milk allergies.
Today Lizzy (my 12-year-old daughter) and I played a game. Although there are 4,700 mammals in the animal kingdom, we applied the alphabet game and imagined drinking body fluids from the following:
A = Anteater (Yeech)
B = Badger
C = Cat
D = Dog
E = Elephant
F = Fox
G = Giraffe
H = Human breast milk
I = Impala
J = Jackrabbit
K = Kangaroo
L = Lemming
M = Muskrat
N = Narwhale
O = Orangutan
P = Platypus (Love that PUS)
Q = Quagga (half-zebra, half horse, according to Lizzy)
R = Raccoon
S = Seal
T = Tiger
U = Unicorn (Sorry, Lizzy, they're all gone
V = Vampire bat
W = Walrus
X = (Lizzy claims that there is no X. I asked,
if there is no X, how do we make baby animals.
She didn't get it. I didn't push it.
Y = Yak
Z = Zebra
Milk with cookies sounds disgusting from any of the above, particularly human breast milk which just so happens to be nature's perfect food for baby humans. The thought of drinking human breast mil at my age is beyond comical. It's repulsive.
Why is it innately disgusting? Because instinctively, we know that milk from the mother of a specific species of mammal to her infant is the perfect food for that baby. The milk contains lactoferrins, immunoglobulins, and other hormones that were designed for that species.
Why do we LOVE cow's milk?
We've been brainwashed!
No cow's milk for me. No pig's milk yogurt, nor horse milk ice cream. No dog cream cheese, and certainly no skunk sour cream.
Robert Cohen author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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