If a cow has parasites, will it pass into their milk?
Someone who has tried our milk said when she tested it at home (she has a machine that shows up parasites, illnesses etc in people, not sure what it is)that the milk contained parasites, namely liver flukes. She had milk from two different days and only one day showed up with parasites.
I'm a little concerned and confused as we are not near any waterways here. Our cow is on pasture but their is no water logging and I thought liver flukes were only in wet marshy areas. Secondly if our cow does have parasites, would it pass into the milk? I would have thought parasites would stay in major organs and only come out in faeces. We are very careful to keep everything clean etc when milking.
You really need to know what she tested it with. If it was a galvanometer, it's rubbish.
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People can get flukes from eating certain sea food but I could not find anything that said we get it from cattle since it must go through the snail phase to become infectious. It seems a fecal test is your best bet to know what you are dealing with, if anything.
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I'd say she's full of it. First off, a Bicom machine is for an alternative 'therapy' NOT detecting anything resembling a parasite or microbe. Second, the whole field is seriously iffy at best. It supposedly works by: " Using BICOM® testing device, we can check for a person’s frequency patterns in the form of “oscillations”, or electro magnetic waves. We compare those patterns with the harmonious patterns stored within the machine’s vast database. If we find the person’s frequency patterns to be stressed or unhealthy, causing allergies, food intolerances and other imbalances, we will use the BICOM® therapy to treat and invert the harmful frequencies until healthy patterns are restored.
The therapy can reduce imbalances and help the body to recover. It can also be used to help identify and prevent problems before they occur or advance."( www.waveworks.com.hk/howitworks.html )
However, "Bioresonance therapy is a pseudo-scientific medical concept which is a derivative of electromagnetic therapy in alternative medicine and similar to the E-Meter used in Scientology. According to Quackwatch the therapy is completely senseless and the proposed mechanism of action impossible." ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioresonance_therapy )
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Were it me, I'd personally avoid this person like the plague - and not give her so much as a sealed bottle of water.
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I don't know if this is the same machine, but my sister was spending hundreds of dollars for treatments, to make her aches and pains better. She still has the same issues. She kept telling me that the lady would do a phone treatment with me, ya right, but no thanks. I think I would have to do some more research, but I always figure, if they are as good as what some people say, why aren't they used more mainstream.
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Run some actual scientific testing with a veterinarian so that person can quit going on about parasites in milk. Oh and I was given a book one year for my birthday by my MIL, I opened it to the dairy page looking for great new raw milk recipes right? um it said: All milk must be pasturized to destroy parasites present in the milk. You can imagine I flipped out. I burned the book b/c of that one sentence. Of course after that SIL had MIL taking some herbal treatment to cleanse her bowels of parasites, parasites she said she got from a portajohn at a craft show. No parasites are not in raw milk unless there is contamination. A fecal sample tested is a good thing so you can show her the machine is incorrect (or maybe it can detect some occilation of worms).........
My SIL has had liver fluke from contaminated food in Indonesia. Let me tell you that you would be able to SEE liver fluke in your milk. They are not microscopic and easily seen with the naked eye. If a human has it believe me you would know its painful and makes you very sick. Animals with liver fluke fail to thrive.
Liver fluke need water and a water snail as a host, the cows/humans eat the contaminated grass/food with the liver fluke eggs attached. Humans and cows are terminal hosts, if you have fluke on your property and the water snails your cows and you can catch it.
Your vet will know if you are in a liver fluke area and how to treat your cows.
We aren't in a wet area, we don't have snails of any kind here. I phoned the diary we purchased our cow from that's about 45 mins away and they didn't know much about liver flukes as they said liver flukes aren't in the area, too dry so never had an issue with them.
I just don't want to make anyone sick. We are all fine, have been drinking the milk with no problems. Sounds like from everyone's posts that it can't come through the milk anyway even if she did have them. I'm getting the vet out in the next few weeks so will get him to test her for liver flukes to put the case to rest.
I agree with the general concensous here. We have been involved with the health food movement for years and have seen many well-meaning people getting over exuberent about this machine or that machine and technique. don't let it upset you. I can't imagine parasites being in milk unless you used unclean practices and you sound like you are very conscientious and that is most likely not the case.
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