The thought of a raw milk fast for most people is unheard of...but it is not a new concept. I have been entertaining the idea of doing a raw milk fast for the health benefits for the last few years now and several of us in the REAL Food Challenge 2013 (click here for Facebook group) have gotten together to do it this week.
RAW MILK FAST
Today is Day 3 of the 5 day fast and so far it has been great! I have felt great and have had no hunger. Of course the thought of food is present at times through out the day, but as I listen to my body's satiation with the presence of raw milk, it is not an unsurmountable hurdle to overcome. I have been very content and satisfied so far.
THE MILK CURE
The Milk Cure has been used for years with admirable results for many health diseases and problems in the 1900's.
(PLEASE NOTE: as mentioned in the preface to the article: The milk used was, in all cases, the only kind of milk available
in those days—raw milk from pasture-fed cows, rich in butterfat.)
Here are a few excerpts from the writings of Dr. J.R. Crewe, of the Mayo Foundation from January 1929: (The entire article can be found for viewing or printing here, it is worth the read.)
"When sick people are limited to a diet containing an excess of vitamins
and all the elements necessary to growth and maintenance, which are
available in milk, they recover rapidly without the use of drugs and
without bringing to bear all the complicated weapons of modern medicine."
"It is well known that there is no time in the life of practically any
mammal, but especially of the human, when the body is so beautiful and
perfect as during the period when milk is the only food. It will be
admitted that there is no period in life when the body is so perfect as
in infancy, the infant being fed on milk from a healthy mother."
"The experience of seeing many cases of illness improve rapidly on a diet
of raw milk has suggested more and more the feeling that much of modern
disease is due to an increasing departure from simple methods of
preparing plain foods. The treatment of various diseases over a period
of 18 years with a practically exclusive milk diet has convinced me
personally that the most important single factor in the cause of disease
and in the resistance to disease is food. I have seen so many instances
of the rapid and marked response to this form of treatment that nothing
could make me believe this is not so."
"Indeed we had a number of patients who took the treatment for “beauty
treatment.” The tissues become firmer and the general appearance is
"Hypertension responds with equal gratification. The blood pressure
improves rapidly. I have never seen such rapid and lasting results by
any other method. One of the patients lived almost exclusively on milk
for more than three years."
Sarah Pope, of the Healthy Home Economist blog, has posted some wonderful information here about her experiences with the raw milk fast in 2012, 2013, and also a list of "Do's and Don'ts" here.