A Brief Review of the Book "The Devil in the Milk"
In his book The Devil in the Milk, Keith Woodford (agribusiness professor and farm-management consultant) builds a case based on more than a hundred scientific papers that there is a "devil in our milk." He explains that milk consists of three parts: fat (cream), whey, and milk solids, and that the "devil" is in the milk solids, which include proteins, lactose, and other sugars. Among the proteins, the one of most interest is called betacasein.
The author explains that proteins are long chains of amino acids that have many "branches." In ancient breeds of cows, beta casein is chain of 209 amino acids, with number 67 in the chain being a proline. But around five thousand years ago, a mutation occurred in this proline amino acid, converting it to histidine. Coming off of this amino acid is a side chain known as BCM -. In ancient breeds of cows, the presence of proline, which has a strong bond to BCM-7, helps keep the BCM-7 from getting into the milk. However, in modern breedsin which the proline was replaced by histidine, the BCM-7is not strongly bound, and is therefore present in significant quantities in all of the body fluids of the cow.
Dr. Woodford discusses how BCM-7 (a strong opiate) has been shown to cause neurological impairment (especially autistic and schizophrenic changes) in animals and people, interfere with the immune response, and provoke Type 1 diabetes, auto-immune disease, and heart disease.