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Widow Says Husband Died from Cheese Made with Raw Milk

Widow Says Husband Died from Cheese Made with Raw Milk
March 20
13:42 2017

For centuries, raw milk was used for many purposes. It was drunk as a good source of calcium and several other nutrients. It was churned for butter and used to make a wide variety of cheeses.

Unless you are dairy intolerant, cheese is almost a universal food. Whether it’s made of milk that comes from cows, goats, sheep, yaks or other mammals, many of the world’s populations and cultures have been eating some form of cheese for centuries.

For older folks, especially women, cheese is listed as a great source of calcium. Many women lose calcium from their bones during pregnancies. That loss can become deadly in later years if calcium isn’t replaced into the bones.

Osteoporosis has taken the lives of many elderly folk, especially women. My mother-in-law suffered from a severe form of osteoporosis in her later years. She didn’t like eggs (another source of calcium) nor did she like many of the products made with eggs, such as mayonnaise. She didn’t drink very much milk and when she ate cheese or anything else, she barely ate enough to keep a bird alive.

Consequently, her bones became porous and weakened. The vertebra in her spine began to deteriorate and compress down in size and shape. She wasn’t tall to start with, but with her spine deterioration, she lost at least 6 inches in height. She also had a number of ribs that broke free and would not heal, causing a lot of pain.

This caused her esophagus to fold back and forth, basically making it impossible for her to swallow anything without choking. She spent the last few years of her life taking her nourishment in liquid form through a feeding tube that went through her side and into her stomach. She could no longer enjoy the taste of any of her favorite foods or her daily cup or two of tea.

As healthy as eggs and milk are for us, especially older women, we have to be careful these days about where we turn to get them. In the case of one Vermont couple, the source they turned to, according to the wife, was a deadly decision:

“The widow of a Vermont man who died from a listeria-related stroke has named a New York-based raw milk creamery in a wrongful death lawsuit.  Veronica Friedman, whose late husband, Richard Friedman, died on Nov. 2, said her family purchased the contaminated cheese manufactured by Vulto Creamery in early October, Food Safety News reported.

“Friedman said her husband went to the emergency room at Brattleboro Hospital on Oct. 11 after he began experiencing serious symptoms of listeriosis. He was transferred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Oct. 12 before landing at Mt. Ascutney Rehab in Windsor about a week later, Food Safety News reported. At Mt. Ascutney he suffered a massive stroke and was airlifted back to Dartmouth Hitchcock, where he died, the news outlet reported.”

“Hitchcock is one of two fatal cases in a multi-state listeria outbreak that has been traced to a soft raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery. The Walton, New York-based company issued a recall on March 7 for all lots of Ouleout, Mirand, Heinennellie and Willowemec soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses after two samples tested positive for listeria.”

Please don’t stop eating cheese, as, depending on the type of cheese, it is not only a great source of calcium but also for some proteins and vitamins. If you really like to eat cheeses like soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses, take some time to check out the brands and types of cheese you eat and make sure there aren’t any recalls for possible disease contamination. Enjoy your swiss cheese sandwich, pizza, cheese crisps, cheese omelets and other delicious foods made with that favorite food – cheese.

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