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Posted - Aug 24 2015 :  10:02:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Wow, Shimmer is adorable! I want to kiss her too! This is a great topic. Maryjane, why do you think that A2 is a fad and that it may be fading?

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When a cow laughs, does milk come out her nose? ~Author Unknown

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Posted - Aug 27 2015 :  12:02:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think it's fading because the science behind it isn't holding up to scrutiny, especially in other countries like Australia. Also, the a2 patent is being challenged and there's concerning disarray within the ranks of the a2 corporation. At this point it seems like it was more about marketing than science. I especially started to think that when I found out that the founder of the a2 corporation has a long history of trying this and that, filing for quite a few patents over the years. Prior to his discovery of the a2 concept, he'd filed a patent for a cholesterol-free process (sketchy science similar to high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oil) so that foods could be sold as "cholesterol-free." In other words, your beloved butter would be put through his lab process and marketed as cholesterol-free. That doesn't strike me as a concept originating with someone who is concerned about health per se or at all. Had he been successful in that endeavor do you think he would have then tried a2 as a business endeavor? I'm concerned that a whole lotta beloved cows are being thought of as inferior because of it. I'm 62 and healthy. I was raised on A1 milk (my uncle's dairy was comprised of "black and white" cows) and I drink A1 milk presently or a mix of A1 and A2 depending on who I'm milking and I've never yet detected a difference in my health. According to the book "Devil in the Milk," I should be dead or gravely ill by now. So in an anecdotal sense, it doesn't hold true for me. If someone believes that A2 milk is the answer for them, I'm on board with that. I have a friend who swears by turmeric and believes it will cure everyone of anything. I think for him it's true because he believes it and it works for him. I just think I'm going to be happier and consequently healthier in the long run if I advocate for "either or" cows rather than A2 milk.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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