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by Keith Woodford,Thomas Cowan

This groundbreaking work is the first internationally published book to examine the link between a protein in the milk we drink and a range of serious illnesses, including heart disease, Type 1 diabetes, autism, and schizophrenia.

These health problems are linked to a tiny protein fragment that is formed when we digest A1 beta-casein, a milk protein produced by many cows in the United States and northern European countries. Milk that contains A1 beta-casein is commonly known as A1 milk; milk that does not is called A2. All milk was once A2, until a genetic mutation occurred some thousands of years ago in some European cattle. A2 milk remains high in herds in much of Asia, Africa, and parts of Southern Europe. A1 milk is common in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe.

In Devil in the Milk, Keith Woodford brings together the evidence published in more than 100 scientific papers. He examines the population studies that look at the link between consumption of A1 milk and the incidence of heart disease and Type 1 diabetes; he explains the science that underpins the A1/A2 hypothesis; and he examines the research undertaken with animals and humans. The evidence is compelling: We should be switching to A2 milk.

A2 milk from selected cows is now marketed in parts of the U.S., and it is possible to convert a herd of cows producing A1 milk to cows producing A2 milk.

This is an amazing story, one that is not just about the health issues surrounding A1 milk, but also about how scientific evidence can be molded and withheld by vested interests, and how consumer choices are influenced by the interests of corporate business.

Download Devil in the Milk: Illness, Health and the Politics of A1 and A2 Milk epub
ISBN: 1603581022
ISBN13: 978-1603581028
Category: Medical Books
Subcategory: Medicine
Author: Keith Woodford,Thomas Cowan
Language: English
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; North American edition edition (March 9, 2009)
Pages: 240 pages
ePUB size: 1434 kb
FB2 size: 1110 kb
Rating: 4.8
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I've been making milk kefir and I noticed an increase in my arthritis pain and over-all body inflammation problems. After doing research, it led me to this book and the scientific studies on A1 vs A2 milk. I am now using A2 milk to make yogurt and milk kefir (as well as goat milk). What a huge difference!! Even the A2 milk tastes better. I never imagined that milk could taste differently. This is a must read book for anyone who drinks milk and cares about their health!
Recommended to me by a physician colleague - and he didn't steer me wrong.

Since a great many in the ADD community have food sensitivities that exacerbate cognitive symptoms, and since I happen to have what I call a "cognitive allergy" to milk myself (makes it tough to drive my own brain), I read this book with great interest.

He makes his case! I will be exploring sources for A2 milk to see if that changes anything for me, and meanwhile I'll continue to avoid milk as much as possible (now more than EVER before!) The other reviewers do a great job of explaining why.

I want to add a style comment. Yes, it's clear that Woodford is an educator and his style reflects a teaching tone, but for my money that's what made the book valuable. He left no steps out as he presented fact after fact after fact, answering his detractors with who-what-when detail, encouraging the reader to decide for him or herself where the truth lies. Start at page one and read straight through, as if you were attending a class or a lecture, and his voice is easy to follow.

Without all that carefully documented detail, I fear he might be dismissed as merely a rabble-rouser, since the milk lobby can't be thrilled about this news - his reason as well, I imagine. Their marketing departments must be working overtime to put a spin on the story that allows them to stay in business while they decide when (or whether) to begin a breeding program to phase out A1 cattle in favor of the A2 cows that do not contain the troublesome allele that is clearly linked to SERIOUS health problems.

Sensitive to the problems facing the dairy industry, Woodford makes it clear that it will take about a decade to make the switch to "healthier" milk, simply the time it takes a breeding program to mature so that A1 is bred OUT. Meanwhile, how do you keep the industry alive financially -- now, and especially down the line, when some milk is A2 and some is A1?

Perhaps, in the US anyway, the government needs to step in with some financial incentives NOT to produce A1 milk. We can pay NOW to make the switch, or pay later in terms of continuously escalating health costs -- even if we don't think about the quality of the lives affected.

What's most troubling to me, however, is that every dairy farmer in the world is not attempting to figure that out WHILE they make the switch, vs. deciding *when* public outcry will demand it. It's going to be a bumpy ride, and it will be interesting to watch the shake-up in industry players as time marches on and more people become aware of this issue.

In any case, this is a fascinating - albeit troublesome - read, with NEED TO KNOW info, especially for those who are at risk or are already experiencing heart health issues (and ALL diabetics!) If the link between A1 milk and Type-I (yes, ONE) continues to pan out, this is horrifying news. ALL new parents need to read this book to help them decide how to proceed with the milk they feed to their infants.

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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. In Western society most people have a high degree of degeneration as they age, and there is good reason to thing that A1 milk contributes to this for everyone.

My recommendation after reading this is to only use certified A2 cows milk, or stick to sheep and goat's milk.

The dairy industry doesn't want to hear this, as there is a cost for them to switch to all A2 cows. Nonetheless, it is essential for public health that this conversion be done as quickly as possible.
The actual information about milk as it impacts health is great. This is what makes the book worth reading. However, a tremendous portion of the book tells the story of the politics and commercial issues behind milk. After a while, it gets tedius and repetitive. A little of this perspective is useful to our understanding of how politics (vs health) impacts the foods made available to us. Very rare is the person who understands the difference between A1 and A2 beta casein, a protein in milk. This is unfortunate, because the A1 can contribute to significant health problems. What it gets down to is that we want milk from cows who produce A2 milk, not A1.
The chemistry presented is the best available att. I recommend for most to read "The Untold Story of Milk" by Ron Schmid, this book brings up the A1/A2 information as well as addressing other milk chemistry which all makes sense when viewed as a whole.
READ THIS BOOK! READ. THIS. BOOK. READ THIS FRICKEN BOOK! Knowledge is power and you will be surprised and maybe even appalled by the things we are oblivious too in this world.