Dutch milk as healthy as cola - Green Musketeer blog

Dutch milk as healthy as cola

This month I heard on the news about the opening of a new milkfactory in Holland. They are processing milk from their suppliers to all kinds of milk derivates like cheese, yogurt, etc. The news was that they have created a new type of filter that cleans the milk from all the bacteria’s. The spokesperson said “now the milk remains 7 days fresh, because there are no bacteria’s in it”.

If you think a bit more about this, then he is actually saying that their milk is now as healthy as cola. The only difference between the two is that one is almost black and the other is almost white. While milk used to be a drink that could stimulate and activate your health system through your intestines, their milk is now so dead, that it stays “7 days fresh”. It is a pity that our approach and understanding of Nature’s function is so bad. Otherwise each Dutch parent would instantly stop buying this kind of milk. It is even more a pity when our almost monopolist supplier – 2 companies share over 90% of the market in Holland - brings such products in the market. Every person in Holland that drinks this kind of milk is being brainwashed that bacteria’s are bad. The key of Nature is that everything is in balance with each other. As soon as it is going out of balance, other systems develop to bring it back in balance again. So yes, there are bad bacteria’s. But there are millions more good species of bacteria’s. Actually all our body is full of good bacteria’s. If we didn’t have them as a defence, we would die instantly. Last year I had the privilege of visiting a seminar with the amazing Dr. Daphne Miller, M.D., who spoke about the role of soil and agriculture on our health. Here you find a paragraph from her website:

Allergy-fighting microbes

While soil scientists are busy documenting these soil-to-food links, immunologists and allergists in Europe are working above ground to uncover another intriguing soil-health connection, the so-called “farm effect.” Why is it that children raised on ecologically managed farms in Central Europe have much lower rates of allergy and asthma than urban children or those raised on industrialized farms? Once again, almost everything points to microbes—in manure, in unpasteurized milk, in stable dust, on unwashed food and, yes, in the soil. In one study, researchers cultured farm children’s mattresses and found a potpourri of bacteria—most of which are typically found in soil. How soil microbes and other farm microbes protect against allergic diseases is still a matter of debate, but research is increasingly pointing to a new idea which, for lack of a better term, I will call the “microbiome exchange hypothesis.”

So what this company’s production process is killing, is actually not the “bad guy”, but they are killing the “good guy”. We need the bacteria’s to live with and stay healthy. Think about that next time when you choose your brand of milk for your child or for yourself.

Pieter Hoff,
Green Musketeer