Hey everyone, it’s Danielle, the managing editor for Selene River Press. For my product review today I want to talk about a very important book called The Untold Story of Milk.
I love this book is by Dr. Schmidt. This book talks about and chronicles the role that milk has played in our society, from early American civilizations up through pasteurization, what has come of it and how it is now.
Milk is an incredibly important staple ingredient in every home across America and across the country, across in the world. It is an ingredient that we use probably daily, yet it is something that is very misunderstood and mistreated. And what I mean by that is raw milk.
I have to say, even personally, the idea of raw milk has been a really difficult thing for me to accept having my entire life been taught that raw milk is dangerous, that it is dirty, that it is bad, that it can cause disease and sicknesses. And then realizing that is actually the farthest thing from the truth has been very eye opening for me.
It has also been a very discouraging fact that I’m sure a lot of raw milk enthusiasts would agree with me about how difficult it is to have something as simple as milk be so politicized. That it is so hard for us to get this wonderful ingredient in its natural, healthy state.
This book discusses all of that and the truth about it. It helps us to break those misnomers of what raw milk really is and how for so many years it was used.
So, why would it all of a sudden be bad?
Now, you know, one thing that comes to my mind that helps me understand this idea of raw milk is that I’m a breastfeeding mother. I have a six-month-old baby. When I breastfeed my baby, there’s times I have to pump and I have to warm up that milk later. One thing that I know with certainty is that you do not heat up your milk, you never put it in the microwave, you never warm it up because it breaks down and it kills the natural, healthy ingredients that your baby needs in milk.
Author note: I do warm the breastmilk up slowly in warm water, just to get it a more comfortable temperature for my baby to drink. In the video I am referring to quick, high temperature heating like in a microwave or with boiling water.
When I stop and think about that, and I think, “Well, if this is true for my infant in the breast milk that I give her, why would this not be true for other animals and the milk that we’re drinking from them? Why would heating up and pasteurizing that milk not do the same thing to their milk, this animal milk, that it does to mind?”
It was a really beautiful eye-opening moment for me that I realized even more about raw milk and the importance of it.
Another thing I like about this book that was really fascinating to me is towards the end where it goes over raw milk in every single state and what the raw milk laws are there. That was really fascinating to me, to read through this and to see not only the state that I live in, but all these other states, how it’s legal, where it’s illegal, how people get it in these other states, and they even break down some other countries. It shocks me how many places have it illegal and for what reasons they might say.
The Untold Story of Milk is wonderful. It truly does change a very important staple of our health and how we think about it so that we can help share that with others. It’s a must have in your personal library, have it for friends and family, have it even to lend out if somebody is questioning your ideas on raw milk.
You can get this amazing book and other wonderful nutritional inspirational items at seleneriverpress.com.
Thank you so much. Bye!