The FDA, which shut down Farmer Dan Allgyer’s raw milk business, for health reasons, apparently hasn’t seen the study which finds a remarkably low rate of allergies among Amish children. These kids were compared to cohorts of other farm children and those who are not raised on farms. U.S. Amish kids were compared to Swiss kids in an attempt to control for common genetic factors, and still a considerable difference was seen.
Other studies point to the farm environment, exposure to certain microorganisms, and to cows. Raw cows milk is also associated with the reduced allergy incidence.
This latest study, led by Dr. Mark Holbreich showed 7 percent of Amish kids testing positive for a skin prick allergy test, while 25 percent of Swiss farm kids, and 44 percent of other Swiss children tested positive.
The saga of Dan Allgyer, the Amish farmer shut down by the FDA for selling raw milk to his devoted customers across state lines, continues. His customers have staged a protest against the FDA’s action on Capital grounds in Washington DC, complete with moms, kids, and a cow to supply the drinks.
One thing this article is missing is the taxpayer cost of the FDA sting on Dan Allgyer, an Amish farmer who sold unpasteurized milk to customers specifically wanting that product.
The FDA is convinced that raw milk has no benefits, that can’t be obtained from the pasteurized products but customers believe otherwise.
It’s obvious that drinking unpasteurized milk with its collection of native flora is a different deal than drinking the commercial product the bacteria of which have been killed. People also eat yogurt to obtain benefits from the microbial growth within.
Some people don’t mind playing a bit of roulette with their pro-biotics, and the FDA, which obviously doesn’t know ‘bugs’, needs to find something more useful to do.