Does everyone remember when the anti-vaxxers got all riled up on behalf of preserving archaic illnesses other countries eradicated 50 years ago? These bunker-dwelling Montanans did not prevail, but are back in force with a new plan to preserve their freedom to expose your children to diseases we eradicated half a century ago, in this case with pasteurization.
As with the anti-vaccination movement, the raw milkers are a tiny but fervent bunch who distrust the government almost as much as they distrust basic science. Indeed according to according to the Center for Disease Control, even though raw milk only accounts for about 1% of milk consumed within the US, it accounts for 79% of all milk-born infections reported between 1998 and 2011. Two people just died in NY after consuming raw milk cheese.
Yet thanks to the raw milk fantasists, infections are on the rise again. I don’t frankly care if raw milk advocates drink up at their own peril – and guess what folks, this is already allowed by current law. If these bovine infection types want to drone on about the fundamental right to a year-long bout with brainerds diarrhea, have at it.
But what Nancy Ballance is doing with House Bill 325 legalizing profiteering from selling the contaminated milk to others. The sad thing is that crackpots will be able to make money off unsuspecting people who will will feed their children milk supplemented with cow feces.
If American for Prosperity are to be believed (perhaps their credibility isn’t what it once was), the right to eat feces is apparently what makes America great. But it is a shame that children should suffer as a result of their parents inability to tell a scam website from science, because the result is tuberculosis, kidney failure (lifelong dialysis if you live), life-long paralysis and death.
The risk of getting sick from drinking raw milk is greater for infants and young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as people with cancer, an organ transplant, or HIV/AIDS, than it is for healthy school-aged children and adults. That’s why it is opposed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Montana Medical Association, Montana Public Health Association, the Montana Association of Counties (MACO), the Montana Milk Producers Association, and various other sensible people who don’t fear science or wear tinfoil hats.
The anti-vaxxer crowed testified that raw milk cured cavities (apparently, dentists have conspired to keep this information from you to fuel their craven profits), that the Center for Disease Control is a conspiracy to keep kids dying from asthma, and indeed that the solution to high prescription drug prices is finally at hand – why give your kids any medicine when you can just give them milk mixed with a little poo?
One of the leading perpetrators of this nonsense is Weston A Price, notorious anti-vaxxer dubbed “the patron saint of crank dentistry” who believes, among other things, that “Gallstones are not a sign of gallbladder disease. The stones will dissolve if you just eat more cholesterol.” And also “Herpes can be treated with St. John’s wort and the lauric acid found in coconut oil.”
This kind of nonsense does not have any place in state law.