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"[A] shattering expose of the health problems caused by milk and the efforts of elements in the dairy industry and Government to cover them up."--Jacqueline Steincamp, Healthy Options



"Devil in the Milk is a monumental study, convincingly laid out, and one that demands our immediate attention. . . . If we can use this book to convert our cows to A2 cows, then use the principles of properly fed, properly prepared dairy, we will do much to reduce the disease burden in our country and find our way to the robust health that is our birthright. I encourage everyone to read this book and see for themselves."--Thomas Cowan, MD, from the Foreword



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About the Author

Keith Woodford is Professor of Farm Management and Agribusiness at Lincoln University in New Zealand. A regular commentator in the news media, he was previously at the University of Queensland (Australia) for 20 years. He lives with his family in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Thomas Cowan, MD, has studied and written about many subjects in medicine including nutrition, homeopathy, anthroposophical medicine, and herbal medicine. He is the principal author of The Fourfold Path to Healing and co-author (with Sally Fallon) of The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care. Dr. Cowan has served as vice president of the Physicians’ Association for Anthroposophic Medicine and is a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation®. He also writes the “Ask the Doctor” column in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts (the Weston A. Price Foundation’s quarterly magazine) and has lectured throughout the United States and Canada. He has three grown children and currently practices medicine in San Francisco where he resides with his wife, Lynda Smith.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; North American edition edition (March 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603581022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603581028
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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By Timothy D. Lundeen on July 18, 2010
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An excellent book, nicely written and a pleasure to read. Good science and good explanations of what we've learned about A1 and A2 milk.

A1 is the newer milk in an evolutionary sense, with the mutation responsible arising somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago, at a time when cattle were being taken north into Europe. A2 milk is the original structure. All goat milk, most sheep milk, and some cow milk is A2. In the United States, though, most of the milk produced has a very high proportion of A1 milk.

The danger from A1 milk is in its protein structure. The beta-casein in A1 milk has a structure that allows a short molecule called beta-casomorphin-7, or BCM-7, to split off during digestion. This small protein is the "devil in the milk", and it can cause various problems, ranging from juvenile diabetes, autism, schizophrenia, allergies, to auto-immune diseases such as MS and Parkinson's.

The evidence is quite compelling. The conclusion is that we should not drink A1 cow milk, or eat products made from it. While the percentage of children with immediate effects is small, the consequences are severe for affected individuals. Only 2/10ths of 1% will get juvenile diabetes, only 1 in 150 are autistic, a small percentage have Celiac or Crohn's: but if not drinking milk will prevent all of these, it is hard to see how it is worth taking the risk. (Also, though the author doesn't discuss this, there is good reason to think that many cases of ADD/ADHD are milder reactions to A1 milk than full-blown autism.)

For adults, A1 milk is correlated with much higher rates of heart attack, schizophrenia, diabetes, MS, Parkinsons. So same thing: why take a chance on being one of the affected individuals.
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This book confirms what I have thought about factory farmed milk and why I always felt New Zealand butter and other products from there have been much better.

I grew up on New Zealand Butter and started to fall ill when my parents changed from NZ butter to European butter in the late 1980s

Keith Woodford puts his points across in a historical fashion but this does not detract from the book. It is however not a book you can just delve into It needs to be read from the beginning to appreciate the full insights of his research and the attitude of the big food and government who are in league with each other or rather have a relationship to money and its generation which has no regard to peoples' health.
It has confirmed why I felt goat milk was less mucus producing, and has been a very worthwhile purchase. It has informed my health choice and my ability to choose products that are helpful rather than those which are harmful to my health. I am a doctor and I have always known that you are what you eat and if you eat the wrong stuff you do not live up to your potential.

There are dirty politics involving food, it is not widely known that Philip Morris, the tobacco manufacturer, has upto a third of the world's food supply under its command, through Kraft, Kenco, Nabisco and other such companies.

This has obvious implications in our food supply and I am grateful for his book I would buy it if you are interested in learning how our food is now controlled by some of the richest and most corrupt people in society who do not care about us in the slightest and care more for their profits.

I heartily recommend this book to anyone who is concerned about their health, and their well being and wishes to understand why people are getting worse rather than better in this so called advanced world of ours and why diseases are rampaging through us.
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A year ago I run into multiple health problem and I (vivid milk product consumer) decided to go no-milk.
After only 2 month all my symptoms (muscle aches, back stiffness, arthritis) magically vanished. I got curious about this effect and looked more into the milk matter. That's how I came across this book. It is excellent reading all around, not just about casomorphin opioid effect.
Gives very good picture of human metabolism and biochemistry in general. I am not 100% convinced in books conclusions, but so is the author.
It makes very potent assumptions , which cannot be ignored and sure requires more research. But keeping in mind my latest personal experience with milk product, I feel strongly that there is fire in this smoke.

Highly Recommended !!
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This book is a MUST read for anyone who values their health and consumes dairy from cows. Even if consuming from your own raw home dairy animals, why not test the cows, cull the A/1's and consume from cattle which are A2/A2? I do not believe that this gene issue will affect everyone, but for those with health ailments that are noted in this book, it may be prudent to pay heed. We know that our own FDA, USDA, etc are NOT protecting the food sources...that is evident. So, one must be proactive and police your own food sources. It certainly changed my mind about how I feed my own family, as I have been researching this topic for over two years now. This one book sealed the deal for me. Too bad that many have to be sick because of hidden agendas which all operate strictly for greed.

Very well written, very well documented.
~Deb in GA
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