I'm a vegetarian who drinks raw milk and home brewed kombucha. Depending on who you ask - government or over zealous health food advocate I'm done for...or I will live forever. I suspect neither is terribly accurate.
I was looking up something on Kombucha. According to WebMd (the webs leading source on why you are about to die)
Did some research (I googled stuff) and while anthrax does live in the wild you are more likely to catch it FROM ANY INTERACTION WITH COWS AND OTHER FARM TYPE CRITTERS. The spores can come inside on shoes/feet and they can get into your kombucha, or fridge, or plate of food on the counter. So should farmers quit farming because of the high risk of anthrax?? Or is the risk simply not that high and people only use it to illustrate why you should buy into big business? Guess where my money is.
But obviously it's poison! People have died from it. In the case cited most often two women were made very sick - 19 years ago. One died. One didn't. Both had been drinking stuff made with the same scoby. In the ensuing 19 years lots and lots and lots of people have died from big pharma or "food" that the government is all for us consuming. We can eat the heck out of twinkies and guzzle gallons of corn syrup goodness in the form of soda, but this drink that's been around thousands of years is probably unsafe for most adults. I know WebMd isn't officially the government, but I have long suspected a relationship between them, the fda & big pharma. Too much pushing of too many chemicals and all the natural stuff is called suspect.
No, drinking kombucha hasn't fixed any and all of my medical issues. I still struggle with my weight, I still have gout, I still need reading glasses. But I enjoy drinking it and making it, so I do.
Then there is raw milk. I choose to spend a bit more on milk so that I can
1)buy from a small family who is trying to make a living by doing things the right way without hormones, chemicals of gmo feed
2)drink milk from cows that ate GRASS. Not corn, not anything unnatural for a cow to eat.
3)have no growth hormones in my milk
4) drink milk I can actually enjoy. Until raw milk I had not had a glass since I was 5. I detest the stuff sold at grocery stores. This tastes different.
Again, I should be dead according to the fda. But I can math. The risk is low. Chris maths better than I do and he did all the numbers. Check out his article here.
My reasons for starting to use raw milk were a bit different from most. I did because they said I shouldn't. I'm just a rebel that way. I found that I really enjoy the taste and I have continued to buy it.
I do find that having a glass of milk before my workout really gives me extra energy. Might work with conventional milk too, but I hate the stuff so I'll never test it to find out.
The whole vegetarian thing was in response to gout. There are few things I fear more than another gout flare up, so I am trying this whole eat super healthy thing. I apparently don't fear being obese and unhealthy as much as I fear gout, since in the past staying on the clean eating path has been hard. Intense pain is a great motivator so I eat much better these days. I've not had a flare up since - but it's only been a couple of months, so time will tell if I can avoid medication with diet.