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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Leukemia Viruses on Cereal.

So I've been reading this book entitled "Whitewash: The Disturbing Truth About Cow's Milk and Your Health," by Joseph Keon, and I ran across some interesting facts to share:

1. 40% of American beef are infected with bovine leukemia virus.
2. 89% of American dairy cows are infected with bovine leukemia virus (BLV).
3. Bovine leukemia is the most common fatal malignancy in cows.
4. There is evidence this virus may be capable of spreading to humans.
5. Pasteurization is supposed to inactivae the virus (most of the time)
6. 2/3 of raw milk has live BLV
7. Dairy farmers are one population with higher rates of leukemia.
8. Human leukemia (ALL=acute lymphocytic leukemia) is high in area where BLV is high in dairy herds.

...if all these things add up I'd have to agree with the author that:

"...we don't need leukemia retroviruses, inactivated through pasteurization or not, on our cornflakes."