Devil in the Milk: Illness, Health and the Politics of A1 and A2 Milk (Google eBook)

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Chelsea Green Publishing, Mar 6, 2009 - Medical - 240 pages
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This groundbreaking work is the first internationally published book to examine the link between a protein in the milk we drink and a range of serious illnesses, including heart disease, Type 1 diabetes, autism, and schizophrenia.

These health problems are linked to a tiny protein fragment that is formed when we digest A1 beta-casein, a milk protein produced by many cows in the United States and northern European countries. Milk that contains A1 beta-casein is commonly known as A1 milk; milk that does not is called A2. All milk was once A2, until a genetic mutation occurred some thousands of years ago in some European cattle. A2 milk remains high in herds in much of Asia, Africa, and parts of Southern Europe. A1 milk is common in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe.

In Devil in the Milk, Keith Woodford brings together the evidence published in more than 100 scientific papers. He examines the population studies that look at the link between consumption of A1 milk and the incidence of heart disease and Type 1 diabetes; he explains the science that underpins the A1/A2 hypothesis; and he examines the research undertaken with animals and humans. The evidence is compelling: We should be switching to A2 milk.

A2 milk from selected cows is now marketed in parts of the U.S., and it is possible to convert a herd of cows producing A1 milk to cows producing A2 milk.

This is an amazing story, one that is not just about the health issues surrounding A1 milk, but also about how scientific evidence can be molded and withheld by vested interests, and how consumer choices are influenced by the interests of corporate business.



  

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Review: Devil in the Milk: Illness, Health and the Politics of A1 and A2 Milk

User Review  - Missy Olive - Goodreads

I had no idea what I was getting in to when I ordered this book from Amazon. A friend, who also happens to be a nutritionist, made a reference to it. Because the title aligns with my thoughts on milk ... Read full review

Review: Devil in the Milk: Illness, Health and the Politics of A1 and A2 Milk

User Review  - Rob Crampton - Goodreads

Very informative for those that take their milk seriously. This difference in milk's genetic makeup offers insight into the effects of its consumption and how it affects us. Welcomed the author's push ... Read full review

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Contents

Beginnings
15
Milk and casomorphins
35
Population studies of heart disease
50
The trials and science of heart disease
73
Population evidence for Type 1 diabetes
87
Diabetic rodents and scientific disclosure
99
The science and big picture of Type 1 diabetes
119
Autism and schizophrenia
125
Business battles getting A2 milk to market
182
Bringing it all together
201
Postscript
209
Bibliography
221
Some principles of medical investigation
231
October 2000 briefing paper by Dr Jeremy Hill NZDRI for NZ Dairy Board CEO Warren Larsen
236
Lay Summary provided by Professor Boyd Swinburn as part of his 2004 report to the NZ Food Safety Authority
241
Index
242

Allergies intolerance and autoimmunity
142
Breeding A2 cows
160
The food safety game
169
About the Author
250
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Keith Woodford is Professor of Farm Management and Agribusiness at Lincoln University in New Zealand. A regular commentator in the news media, he was previously at the University of Queensland (Australia) for 20 years. He lives with his family in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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