SO I CAN LIVE OFF MASHED POTATOES
IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE SAYING
this was a large study spanning many years and is sometimes known as ireland
(sigh) Please tell me that somebody has rebutted this drivel.
Well, actually, one could survive on nothing but raw milk. But it has to be raw, because pasteurisation destroys nutrients such as Vitamins B-12, B-6, C, A, beneficial bacteria, as well as denatures delicate milk proteins and vital enzymes and homogenization causes a release of an enzyme, Xanthine Oxidase, which is harmful once artificially broken down into a smaller state.
Raw milk, however, is a perfect food. In the 1920’s, doctors at the Mayo clinic prescribed a month of nothing-but-raw-milk to cure tuberculosis.
Uh. Please forgive me: I must now put on my Nurse Hat. (because yeah, we did diet science as well.)
First of all: You have to define “survive”. Could you live on raw milk (which I love, by the way, I was a happy customer of Alta-Dena Dairy in LA, which did the best raw milk and r-m cheese and butter…) for short periods, say a week or so? Yeah. Would you then start feeling like crap in fairly short order? Yeah. Because various parts of your digestive system need bulk to work with, ideally fiber (though meat/fowl/fish/other solid foods will be acceptable too)… and milk will not provide that. And as the adult human gut is really not designed to work on digested curd alone, you will shortly be the most constipated person in your neighborhood. And then the real trouble will begin. If someone trying this stunt is even slightly lactose-intolerant to begin with, an all-milk diet is a good way to exacerbate the condition into a full blown intolerance crisis. There’s also the issue of what would start happening to one’s insulin levels, cholesterol levels, how the liver and gall bladder are likely to react (i.e., badly)… In short: if somebody tries to subsist on raw milk alone for any significant period, they will be very sorry. So will the people who eventually have to deal with them in the ER / A&E.
And as for raw milk being a perfect food… Sorry: no. It lacks vital amino acids, is desperately poor in numerous vitamins and trace elements (especially iron) that your body requires for continued proper functioning, and is generally unsatisfactory as the single major constituent of anybody's diet over the age of, oh, twelve to fifteen months. (Not that I would be entirely happy giving raw cow's milk to babies, but that's a whole separate area of dietetics.)
I would be interested (in purely ironic mode) to see a solid citation of the Mayo Clinic allegation. Because if they ever did prescribe a nothing-but-raw-milk diet, then (a) they really should have known better (but then again look at the so-called Sippy Diet for ulcers, about as effective against the actual cause of gastric ulcers as trying to cap a fire hose with a Kleenex: it took brave researchers to show us the real cause and cure) and (b) we all see how well that worked in eradicating TB worldwide! — Because if such a cure had been proven effective at a time when TB was ravaging the western world, it would have become famous within weeks and would have wiped the disease out in all but a few inaccessible hot spots in a matter of years. (Seriously, don’t get me started on TB. The nursing school where I trained had gigantic buildings that until the introduction of antituberculars like INH had been crammed full of tens of thousands of fellow New Yorkers essentially confined in isolation like lepers, waiting to die. And now here it comes again, partnered with HIV and worse than before. It makes me want to spit.)
Again, I like raw milk. I drink it by preference when I can get it, and am a supporter of the drive to keep it from being made illegal in Ireland. (In the land of the banbhianna, the "white meats", among descendants of the ancient people to whom cows were money and who loved their dairy products more than almost anything else, such an occurrence would be incredibly ironic.) But the adult human body is omnivorous (just look at the teeth) and is not built to live on milk alone. Trying to make it do in the long term will have the same kind of effect as is suffered by the unfortunate cats and dogs of the tragically confused vegans who try to wean their carnivore pets off meat.
(sigh) And adding potatoes only helps a little. That requires a more detailed rebuttal. A project for another day when I’m not thinking mostly about wizards and seedcake.
Hey Hog, correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t the particular variety of potato that were so nutritionally awesome and were the main staple food back in the day now completely extinct? And modern potatoes don’t have all that nutrition people used to live on?
It reminds me of how when Europeans invaded the Americas and found people living there eating all this maize and being totally healthy and happy, they thought it was this awesome superfood and tried to bring it back to Europe to live off of, and then everyone died of malnutrition, because they forgot to also bring over the critical process of nixtamalization, which is what actually imbued the maize with all that nutrition.
Plus don’t forget that even if a food meets the minimum on a lot of things, it might also exceed the maximum on other things. And one of the big reasons a high-starch diet wouldn’t cause medical problems for the people who were eating it was also because they were working their butts off all day every day. A person who is living a less active life would respond to a diet like that very differently.