There was a post on the Fat head blog about raw milk, and I thought I'd take a little bit of time to do some research on it.
The basic position of raw milk proponents is that pasteurized milk is not as digestible as raw milk. The pasteurization process kills off beneficial enzymes and changes the protein structure of the milk.
I can buy that. Ultra high pasteurized milk doesn't even need to be refrigerated. That's kind of disgusting.
My main concern with raw milk is about the possibility of contamination with e. coli and other pathogens. There are several disease outbreaks attributed to raw milk.
Weston A. Price says that bias does exist here. That may be true.
Now, I'm not saying that all raw milk producers make contaminated products. The risk may be low, but it's still there.
And if you're following the SCD, chances are you have a compromised immune system. A compromised digestive system goes hand in hand.
So if you have compromised digestion, you should probably avoid raw milk. If you wish to use it for yogurt, you should heat it yourself slowly to kill pathogens, as Elaine recommended in Breaking the Vicious Cycle.
I have even more reason to avoid raw milk products, because I am on long-term antibiotic therapy.
If I were to be exposed to e. coli, my antibiotic use could destroy my kidney function, land me in the hospital, and/or kill me. Antibiotics are expressly contraindicated in e. coli infection.
Please keep these concerns in mind, should you decide to try raw milk products.