arc300 wrote:Equivoque wrote: However, I am concerned with the emphase on dairies, which are nowadays linked to osteoporosis.
If you are talking about today's pasteurised, homogenised, fat-reduced, vitamin-enriched sorry-arsed excuse for milk, then you are perfectly right to be concerned with the emphasis on dairy. However, when someone like Weston Price talks about dairy, you can be sure he is talking about unmolested (especially by heat) raw milk, or fermented products made from that milk.
So, is raw milk consumption beneficial? I don't know because milk hasn't been part of my diet for 25 years, but, through personal experience, I know that the general principles of Price's "primitive" dietary advice are sound and, if I could get it, I wouldn't hesitate to include raw milk in my diet for long enough to determine whether it was beneficial for me or not.
I think it is important to mention that dairy products, from ruminants raised on their natural diets of grass, can be a very beneficial component of one's diet if they are well-tolerated by the individual. For example, the traditional Swiss studied by Weston Price subsisted largely on milk, bread, and cheese; however, much of the world's population is lactose-intolerant and have compromised gut microbiomes, and would not do very well on such a diet. Raw milk actually has lactase enzymes (to break down lactose), which can aid in its digestion for people who do not produce sufficient lactase on their own. However, many people who do not tolerate pasteurized milk have no issues with other dairy products such as butter or kefir. Fermented dairy products, such as kefir, are largely lactose-free, and loaded with the probiotics needed to restore healthy gut flora, so in that case I do not think it is of critical importance whether or not the milk was pasteurized. I am personally more concerned with whether or not the animal was raised on pasture, to ensure that the dairy has a healthy composition of fat-soluble vitamins, such as Vitamin K2 (referred to by Weston A. Price as "Activator X"), Vitamins A & D, Conjugated Linoleic Acid, and Butyric Acid.
But dairy products (as with grains) do not provide any nutrients that cannot be obtained elsewhere, so it would make sense to avoid them by default. If desired, you can build up a tolerance to lactose over time via probiotics: https://chriskresser.com/how-to-cure-lactose-intolerance/