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There is debate regarding the etiology of
Guillain-Barre syndrome, a devastating
disease of the nerves. One theory suggests
that the cause is the cytomegalovirus. A
second theory suggests that the cause is
salmonella bacteria found in undercooked
meat or chicken or unpasteurized milk.
One thing is certain…before drinking
body fluids from diseased animals, people
should first get their heads examined.
Offerng these potential poisons to trusting
children in the name of health is an act of
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Man On Life Support After Drinking Raw Milk
April 20, 2010
PITTSBURGH — A 67-year-old man from Mars, Pa., is on
life support at UPMC Presbyterian and his family is
convinced it’s because of the raw milk he consumed
more than a month ago.
“I heard about all the health benefits,” said the
man’s wife, Maureen Orchard. “We thought we were
doing something good for ourselves.”
James Orchard was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome
(GBS), a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks
part of the peripheral nervous system. Except for minimal
head and eye movement, Orchard is totally paralyzed.
Several days before the onset of his illness, Orchard and
other members of his family, consumed raw milk purchased
at the McGinnis Sisters Special Foods Store. The raw milk
was produced by Dean Farms doing business as Pasture Maid,
LLC, a creamery located in New Castle.
Orchard’s daughter also fell ill.
“She was the one that made the connection that it was the
milk. She stopped drinking it and we got better,” Orchard said.
Milk from the bottles produced by Dean Farms purchased at the
McGinnis Sisters store tested positive for Campylobacter bacteria.
Many people who develop Guillain-Barré syndrome first had a
Since the positive tests, Dean Farms has since had its license
pulled and is no longer allowed to sell raw milk.
Orchard said she believes the agricultural department needs to
do a better job of testing and warning consumers about the risks.
“I don’t necessarily want to stop the selling of raw milk, but
I think some information needs to be out there so people make
some wise choices,” she said.
Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized. Pasteurization,
a “kill step,” destroys pathogens like Campylobacter.
Doctors said Orchard’s condition is treatable.
“They can’t give me a time line because everybody’s different
of how long this will take or how much physical therapy he’s
going to need,” Orchard said.
A spokesperson for the agriculture department told Channel 11
he does not recommend consuming raw milk, but right now there
are 129 production permits in the state.
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