Hi there and Happy Memorial Day to you and your family!  I hope you have some fun plans and some beautiful sun too!  We went to a fun BBQ at our friend’s home yesterday, and they just bought a trampoline for their kids.  All the little ones were in Heaven bouncing away!  Oh, and we brought Applegate Farms organic grass fed beef hot dogs too 🙂 Those are amazing for summer grilling!

Today’s article talks about the ONE food you should avoid- even if it is organic.  Can you guess what it is yet?  You might be surprised! It’s organic pasteurized milk.  Read on in the article to find out why!  On Thursday I’ll be back to begin a series on organic makeup, so that will be fun!

Happy Memorial Day and have fun with your families!

The One Food You Should Always Avoid- Even if it is Organic!

By: Catherine Slezinger

Trivia of the day:

Do you know why Louis Pasteur invented pasteurization?

For milk, right?

Nope! For wine!

So why do we pasteurize our milk? Good question!

It’s something we need to ask ourselves, especially because humans have been safely consuming raw dairy, in one form or another, since biblical times. Many parts of the world still drink large amounts of raw goat or sheep milk, even though we tend to favor cow milk here in the U.S.

Unfortunately, pasteurizing our milk milk absolutely kills any nutritional benefits that would have previously been available. And conventional cow raising- with its use of antibiotics, pesticides, and hormones add a veritable cocktail of toxins to regular milk.

If you are drinking pasteurized milk- even organic- it is honestly a waste of your money. It’s a totally dead beverage! Contrary to what you might have heard, your body can NOT absorb calcium from pasteurized milk- the necessary co-factors your body needs to even recognize the nutrient are killed in the pasteurization process.

Pasteurization also kills part of the Vitamin C content of milk, destroys its probiotics and enzymes, and alters the protein structure so that your body cannot handle it- it sees it as a foreign substance!

For all these reasons and more, it’s worth it to drink real (raw) milk!  Here’s how to find organic raw milk in your area:




For even more on this subject, see the following Dr. Mercola articles:




Happy Memorial Day everyone!  Before you know it we’ll be making organic raw ice cream for Fourth of July! 😉

With love!

Catherine Slezinger

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    Thanks for the info!! Luckily we have an organic small dairy 5 miles from our house. Raw milk for us!! I just recently found your site. You do a great job!! Thanks!!! Sherrie

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    I am about to wean my 1 year old from breastmilk. She is not taking to almond milk too well. I was owondering did you wean your children right to raw milk after breastfeeding?

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    I always enjoy reading your blog and am so thankful for the advice, recipes, knowledge, and encourage that you give! I’ve even meaning to ask you this for awhile, but have you heard of, or seen, the food documentary, “Forks Over Knives”? If you have seen it, I’d love to know your thoughts on the documentary. It made me think twice about eating so much meat and dairy. The statistics were quite eye-opening. But I hold to the wisdom found in the Bible, so the makers diet is what I usually try to go by. I really would love to know your thoughts or if you’ve ward anyone else you know of talk about it.

    Thanks so much!

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      Hi Kari!! History’s healthiest people have always eaten meat, and while I don’t believe it was God’s original intention in the Garden of Eden, he does introduce meat and clearly tells the Israelites to eat it. I have heard Jordan Rubin say he believes this is because we needed to eat meat once we needed to do heavy labor! (Eat the clean meats, that is!) There are many nutrients that we need that are found only in animal products. Conventional meats are terrible for you, but organic grass fed meats and poultry are a whole other animal 😉

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    I am new to your blog (or even reading blogs much). So far, I really like it and am impressed with your information. Thank you!
    I was raised on raw goat milk. I have never, ever, EVER had homemade ice cream that tastes better than goat milk ice cream! For whatever reason, we in the U.S. attach a stigma to goat products that are not attached to cow products. It’s strange! I encourage anyone able to find raw goat milk to try it. Because goats are so much smaller and take less to maintain, they may be near you and you didn’t even realize it!

    Can’t wait to read more!

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    Hey! First, I just want to say how much I enjoy your blog and Facebook posts. They are so helpful nd encouraging!
    My question is about the necessity of dairy in general. I believe absolutely that raw is the best for our bodies if we are to consume it but I have heard the argument that we aren’t meant to drink the milk made only for a baby cowand a baby cows needs. What do you say to this? I totally understand why we should never drink conventional milk but why milk at all? I’ve keep hearing about casien linked to cancer. I’m just a tad confused about whether it is truly meant for us to consume. Thank you so much for all you are doing and taking time to answer questions 🙂

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      Hi Tolly!! Great question! Many people wonder about this and the problem is that most equate the problems caused by conventional dairy with organic raw milk. Organic raw milk does not cause cancer, although conventional milk certainly would. As for if we should drink it at all, history’s healthiest people have always consumed dairy in some sort since biblical times- be it goat, sheep or more recently cow’s milk. There are many fats and nutrients found in dairy that are extremely nourishing for our bodies when consumed in the right form. For more on this, see http://www.realmilk.com 🙂

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    Hi, Catherine! Thanks so much for all your great info! I have a one year old who just transitioned to cow’s milk. We have a local farm where I can buy raw goat’s milk. I have seen the recipe for baby formula made from raw milk but I was just wondering your opinion on giving a one-year-old raw goat’s milk by itself. Thanks!

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      Hi Heather!! The only concern with goat’s milk is making sure they are still getting enough folic acid. This is also mostly a concern for a baby under 1 year who is getting 100% of their nutrition from milk. Adding nutritional yeast like Frontier’s brand will suffice for folic acid. Goat’s milk is also lower in B vitamins, so make sure your little one is getting these through other sources. Likely they are at this age already though so I wouldn’t worry too much. I think it would be fine to give the goat’s milk alone 🙂

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    Hi Catherine – This was an eye opener for me, so thanks for writing it. I’ve been going back and forth on what to do and have one major question – if raw milk isn’t pasteurized, isn’t there a greater chance then of being exposed to salmonella or another horrible bacteria? I’m so confused with all the information out there so would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you!

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      Hi Erika!! Pasteurization was actually invented for wine, not milk! People have consumed organic raw milk for thousands of years in many forms- sheep, goat and cow. The most important thing as far as bacteria goes is that it comes from healthy, organic AND grass fed cows, and that the practices of the farm are very sanitary. A good interview with a farmer will help assuage your fears 🙂 Also this website will give you more good info: http://www.realmilk.com

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    Thanks for the information! I learn something new every day thanks to you! My questions is about the fat in raw milk– I’ve heard arguments stating that the fat in whole milk is really bad for you and many doctors advise against whole milk in general. Since raw milk has natural fat in it I was wondering what you think on the matter. Thanks in advanced.

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