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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

"I believe this is an important book. Critics should think carefully and avoid knee-jerk reactions."--Sir John Scott, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, University of Auckland

"Devil in the Milk is potentially as significant as Carson's Silent Spring or Nader's Unsafe at Any Speed."--Alan Robb, The New Zealand Farmers Weekly

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.

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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)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful 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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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 15, 2010
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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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76 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Roger F. Cow on June 18, 2009
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Those comments were done after my second reading of "Devil in the Milk" of Keith Woodford:

Is a celestial read, despite the title.
If i was given the chance to rename it , it would be: "Shortcut to Milk Wisdom".
Because it makes clear the choices that we have. "I need to buy this, wont buy that anymore", that what i though shortly after.
Is a rarity that a book can do that: change the views of a food group, quick and forever.

The book is thick, took me several days to read. Even took me several days to re-read, to see if i did not missed any fine print (& to better re-fit the parts, knowing the whole).
The book provides a balanced read, a lot of details and covers all the basics to make better choices. Is not a "bible", but is stands on his own. I find the author position careful and even naif at times (when dealing will Fonterra and his mercenaries). But he learned :)

Is not a closed book, as the author provides a number of sites to the interested reader to dig deeper, according to his/her own interests.
Even the huge scientific bibliography is able to keep professionals busy for years.

References are also given at several points of the book, so more inquisitive minds can check the research done.

As seen in the postscript by the author, this is a very actual subject, that took him 3 years to write, yet is still changing.
Quality research is needed, and the author points examples of experiments that needs to be done to make milk science move on.

The diary industry is more interest in burying this subject, to keep milk sells going undisturbed.
So, they want to cut money for A2 research, giving it instead to cholesterol, despite A1 milk in tests done, could produce more damage than cholesterol.
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