Raw milk: Is it a health food or health disaster?
(NaturalHealth365) The topic of raw milk, and whether it is “good or bad” for us as a food, has been a controversial one for a long time. Many highly respected health teachers like Dr. John McDougall have pointed to studies and their own long experience, showing health problems and dangers associated with consuming dairy products at all.
On the other side of the issue, those connected to the Weston A. Price Foundation and people like Mark McAfee, founder of Organic Pastures raw milk dairy have explained their own evidence and experience, showing great health benefits from drinking raw milk, along with following the rest of their dietary recommendations.
A major problem with government-sponsored ‘health’ reports
As an independent health scientist since 1965, I have learned not to just assume government agencies or scientific journal articles are telling the truth, since I have found many cases over the years where they are not. My motive has been a desire to decode what should have been our “owner’s manual” of how to keep these beautiful physical bodies fully functioning at their highest potential.
So, the question remains: Is raw milk a super food or toxic for human consumption?
My own experience is that for many people, it can be a super food in its own right, but it has to be fresh, raw, organic, and produced from cows (or goats) that are not abused for any reason. Some people have found that milk causes congestion or is hard to digest, but I have seen these things go away as the body gets clean and better nourished, and the enzymes are abundantly present for better digestion.
To get the most out of any food, you have to detoxify your own system, and then improve your nutritional program, as well as taking advantage of other free natural therapies like grounding, sunlight and watching your everyday mental and emotional patterns. In this way, you can get a completely different reaction to any healthful food, and your body’s tolerance (and desire) for junk food will also gradually disappear.
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One of the most interesting things I discovered about raw milk is its potential use by people who currently consider themselves raw vegans (of which I myself was one). Seems like a contradiction in terms, right?
Why are vegans avoiding raw milk?
I have looked at all of the claims by vegans (both raw and cooked food vegans) that any animal-derived food is basically unfit for human consumption. The studies I have seen on the unhealthful qualities of milk have been done on commercially produced pasteurized milk, so it is basically cooked and polluted with chemicals from multiple sources, and the animals suffer great abuse.
I agree that this food is not fit for humans, or even for animals. But raw milk produced from cows or goats treated with respect instead of abuse, great environmental conditions, fresh organic feed and clean water is an entirely different situation.
I have not seen any study showing credible evidence that such milk is unhealthful in any way. From the data I have seen, raw milk has a much better safety track record than pasteurized, factory produced “milk.”
Most interesting to me is that fresh raw milk has been recommended by one of the greatest Essene teachers – thousands of years ago in a book, The Essene Gospel Of Peace – that some of the most well known raw vegan teachers promote.
A raw vegan dilemma emerges
So, here’s my observation of why this is relevant to vegans, specifically to raw vegans. It has been known to the greatest health teachers for millennia that raw food contains the best nutrition for people, just as it does for animals and other life forms.
But, when humans live on just raw vegan food, while it is fantastic for cleansing and detoxification and providing a wide variety of nutrients in living form, especially when combined with proper use of fasting and colon hydrotherapy, most 100% raw vegans that I have known eventually after a certain number of years, run into problems, and for most of them supplements do not solve the problems long term.
Usually if they are committed vegans, they eventually start cooking some of their food, even if they know it destroys or diminishes many important nutrients. If they don’t, they can become emaciated, low in muscle mass, unable to produce sufficient body heat, and/or psychologically unstable.
In my opinion, as 100% raw vegans, they run short of certain fats and perhaps certain amino acids and various subtle nutrients (most nutrients, in my opinion, have not even been identified yet by science). Adding some cooked whole organic foods adds sources of carbohydrates that the body uses as fuel, and often more sources of essential fats, so even if the cooked foods are lower in certain nutrient values, they can lead to healthy weight gain and a feeling of stability for many people.
Is there another option to remain 100% “RAW?”
It is easier, in my opinion, to maintain health on a 100% organic whole foods diet that includes some cooked foods than to do it with a 100% raw food diet in today’s environment.
But, I found another way, for those that want to stay 100% raw, but keep their energy, muscle mass, body heat and psychological stability.
I personally experienced every one of the above problems on an organic, fresh 100% raw vegan diet. They all went away almost immediately when I added organic fresh raw milk, from cows treated as they should be treated, that is, essentially as pets, and respected creatures sharing this planet with us.
I also found excellent results from fresh organic raw butter, cream and cheese (not the cheeses aged over 60 days – there is a reason those are considered OK by FDA – I found only the ones made fresh and recently to be free of negative effects). Now, I have all the benefits claimed by the raw vegans (no problems with congestion from the milk after the first two or three weeks of adaptation), but I am again strong and stable.
Lack of energy and aging issues go away
My energy stays high just about all the time and I never get sick unless I push extreme stress or lack of sleep past my body’s limits, and I’ve learned not to do that. I don’t experience “normal aging” anymore.
Raw milk is only one of the many tools and understandings required, and it may not be right for you, you just have to listen to your own body to know. Each of us has to find what works best for us individually.
To be clear, I myself would not include any dairy at all, or any cooked foods, on a detox program such as in dealing with any serious health condition. But for maintenance, I have found that either some cooked whole foods or raw organic dairy as I have described can be valuable, and for myself I have chosen the latter, so I can stay 100% raw.
It is the only way I have found to stay in great condition and natural high energy all the time.
Just as a side note: some vegans say that cow manure contaminates the environment. But, in fact, it is a great soil conditioner/fertilizer. Nature used it to great advantage when the wild bison roamed the plains of America, and the environment did not suffer.
Why are raw milk dairies under violent attack?
It is certainly not because of any danger to us. So many government programs are in full swing to destroy any chance we may have of maintaining our health.
Just think how counterproductive and irritating it would be from government’s point of view if we had easy access to all the tools we need to be healthy and not need the current “healthcare” (actually a sick care) system” except maybe for accidents. Properly produced raw milk looks like one of those tools to me.
Believe in yourself and take back your life.
I encourage you to do your own exploring and studying, because each person’s body has its own unique requirements. Sure, read the scientific studies. But don’t stop there!
Read other people’s experiences, watch their videos and compare to your own experience. Take a fresh look at your comfortable habits to see if they are really good for you.
Learn how to listen to and communicate with your own body and always keep learning more. If you learn to listen and understand its messages, your own body will tell you what is right for you and what is not. Make your life an adventure again, and be true to yourself.
The discoveries are waiting for you.
About the author: Richard Sacks has been an independent health scientist for over 50 years, and a consultant for the last 30.
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