Saturday, August 17th, 2019

I’m trying to remember Rand Paul went to medical school

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I’m trying really, really hard.


I think a few unsuspecting raw milk drinkers would like to air their own grievances, doctor.

A total of 38 people associated with the team, including many football players, were sickened from the outbreak tied to the Sept. 18 dinner, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Twenty-six of the illnesses were laboratory confirmed to stem from Campylobacter jejuni, a harmful bacteria sometimes found in unpasteurized milk or undercooked meat and poultry.

“The cause of the outbreak was determined through an epidemiologic study, and confirmed by laboratory testing, to be raw milk served at a potluck dinner,” the Department of Health Services said in an earlier statement.

State officials said it was one of the largest raw-milk illness outbreaks they’ve seen.

There’s a reason pasteurization was invented and it wasn’t to contaminate our precious bodily fluids. What Senator Rand Paul should know:

Milk is heated to kill harmful bacteria in a process known as pasteurisation.

Developed by French chemist Louis Pasteur in 1864, the process involves milk being heated to around 72C for at least 15 seconds then quickly cooled to at least 4C.

The heating process is designed to remove bacteria. Unpasteurised milk hasn’t undergone this process.

The possibility of potentially deadly bacteria in milk such as E. coli O157:H7, Listeria, and Salmonella is the reason why milk undergoes this chemical process, which has been compulsory in Australia since the 1940s.

I’ll assume they covered bacteria in med school the day Rand Paul was out sick with food poisoning.

Because people are buying the hype about organic food being healthier some people have embraced raw milk with the fervor of anti-fluoridation zealots with just as much science behind them. The results are what you would unfortunately expect:

The study, which will appear in the January 2015 issue of the CDC journal “Emerging Infectious Diseases,” reported that, from 2007 to 2012, there were 81 raw milk-associated foodborne illness outbreaks nationwide in 26 states, or an average of 13 annually.

Sickening almost 1,000 and sending 73 to the hospital, the outbreaks were concentrated in states where raw milk sales are legal.

The number of outbreaks rose from 30 during 2007-09 to 51 during 2010-12, according to the study.

Most outbreaks — almost 80 percent — were caused by Campylobacter, and more than 80 percent occurred in states that have legalized raw milk sales. Campylobacter was the most common pathogen.

In comparison, an earlier study, from 1993 to 2006, showed an average of three foodborne illness outbreaks per year associated with drinking raw milk.

However, raw milk that is poisoned with bacteria looks and tastes like pasteurized milk, it just has potentially lethal results. It’s not a choice if you can’t tell the difference if someone sells it you. It’s practically child abuse to hand a glass of this stuff to a kid who is not capable of making an informed choice, and it’s completely irresponsible to serve raw milk to someone when they’re not expecting it.

The only any reason a doctor like Senator Rand Paul should be suggesting raw milk is if they are trying to drum up more business. Here is a helpful video from the Food and Drug Administration to remind you why listening to Libertarians can be bad for your health.

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