By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only


This week (Feb 13, 2002), the Food and Drug Administration
announced that Sozinho Farms, a California dairy farm
operation, agreed to pay a $140,000 fine because their cows
sold to slaughterhouses tested positive for antibiotic

Sozinho Farms is prohibited from selling meat from their
antibiotic-filled bovines, but their milk continues to reach
supermarkets, and ultimately, children's bodies.

What happens when dairy cows are treated with antibiotics?
According to the June, 1999 edition of the Journal of Food

"The administration of subtherapeutic doses of antibiotics
to livestock introduces selective pressures that may lead to
the emergence and dissemination of resistant bacteria. The
present findings clearly demonstrate that antibiotic-
resistant bacteria in beef and milk pose a serious problem."

Sick cows make for sick milk, and some germs find ways to
survive the solutions of men. Bacteria develop new strains
with immunities to antibiotics. People then drink the
antibiotic-laden milk with the new germs and have no
protection from illness.

How many of those teeming bacteria can be found in just one
drop of sour milk? The shocking answer, according to Lincoln
Lampert, autor of Modern Dairy Products:

"A drop of sour milk may contain more than 50 million

What can happen to humans who drink sour milk? The June,
1994 issue of Your Health reported:

"In 1992, 19,000 deaths were attributed to infections caused
by antibiotic-resistant organisms. They played a partial
role in another 58,000 deaths that same year."

This week, by a vote of 58-40, the United States Senate
passed a bill that seeks to eradicate a very serious cow
disease called Johne's. Johne's is caused by mycobacterium
paratuberculosis. For humans, there is a direct link to
irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease from drinking
cow's milk.

Forty million Americans having irritable bowels may have
already been infected.

Hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent to attempt to
eradicate a problem plaguing the tens of millions of
Americans so infected. They should call this program:

Closing the barn door after the cows have gotten out.

Seven years ago (1/24/95), Hoard's Dairyman, the dairy
farmer's magazine, warned:

"Johne's disease and Crohn's disease are remarkably similar
in clinical signs and intestinal pathology."

Cows are to be treated with new antibiotics, and new and
more powerful strains of mycobacterium paratuberculosis will
develop. You are reading it here first.

Drink milk and eat cheese and place yourself and your loved
ones in jeopardy.

Don't delude yourself by imagining that pasteurization kills
bacteria. The New England Journal of Medicine (Volume 312;7)

"Listeria organisms excreted in cow's milk escaped
pasteurization, grew well at refrigerator temperatures, and
were ingested by consumers."

Is this the exception or the rule? The Journal of
Environmental Microbiology (Volume 53) answered that

"Milk from cows inoculated with listeria was pooled for 2 to
4 days and then heated at 162 degrees Fahrenheit for 16
seconds in a high-temperature, short-time pasteurization
unit. Live listeria bacteria was then successfully isolated
from the milk after heat treatment in 11 of 12
pasteurization trials."

Dairy farmers deny that milk can contain antibiotic residues
or live bacteria. If you swallow that lie, and their milk,
you must take responsibility for your own actions. There is
neither medicine nor physician who will heal you after you
drink body fluids from diseased animals.

Robert Cohen author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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