First of all, I owe ya’ll an apology. In my last post I said I’d post more about the Milk Cure on Wednesday, but then I remembered I’d chosen Wednesday as my Unplug Day this week, and then on top of that I spontaneously joined a friend on a visit to the zoo and was gone all day. So, I let you down. But, the delay means this post will have all the more accumulated information…Can you forgive me? Thanks!
What is The Milk Cure?
The Milk Cure was an orthodox, accepted therapy in the early 1900’s, promoted and prescribed by Dr. J. R. Crewe, of the Mayo Foundation, forerunner of the famed Mayo Clinic. It was used to treat a wide spectrum of diseases, based on the belief that,
“To cure disease we should seek to improve elimination, to make better blood and more blood, to build up the body resistance. [The Milk Cure] tends to accomplish these things. Blood conditions rapidly improve and the general condition and resistance is built up and recovery follows.” – J. R. Crewe, MD
Dr. Crew used the Milk Cure for years to improve vitality, cleanse the body, and even reverse serious illness in his patients and he wrote this article explaining the method and benefits. It’s a fascinating read about a simple therapy that had wonderful healing results, yet never really caught on in with the medical community because of its very simplicity. (Hmmm…)
The Milk Cure was seen to be beneficial in a variety of illnesses and disease including:
- Disease of the nervous system
- Cardiac disease
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Weight issues (both underweight or overweight)
- High blood pressure
- Toxic Thyroid
- Urinary tract infections
Where Did I Get This Crazy Idea?
I first heard about the Milk Cure from Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist. She, her husband, and a friend did the Milk Cure as a 10 day cleanse together in April and blogged about it. I was so intrigued by the whole thing, I resolved to try it as soon as our local herd went out to spring pasture. (Thus the question that aroused my Amish neighbors’s curiosity last week)
How Do You Do A Milk Fast?
Basically, all you do is drink milk. Lots of it. A big glass whenever you’re hungry, supplementing with water when you’re thirsty and not hungry. No food. You don’t starve because,
“Raw milk from pastured cows is a complete food, a perfectly balanced elixir of highly digestible, nutrient dense fats, protein, and carbohydrates.” The Healthy Home Economist
The key is to only attempt this if you have access to full fat, raw milk from pastured Jersey or Guernsey cows.
“Milk becomes a completely different food once it’s pasteurized and many vital nutrients and enzymes are either totally lost or significantly reduced. Pasteurized milk is not a complete food like raw milk is.” The Healthy Home Economist
If you only have Holstein milk, they recommend you supplement with extra cream so you get the right ratio of fats. For more info on how you can do the cleanse if you can’t tolerate cow’s milk, or if you want to use the cleanse to help lose weight, head over to Sarah’s account of their 10 day fast and check out all the comments, too.
So, Why am I doing the Milk Cure?
Because I’m weird like that. Because I love trying new things and crazy stuff. And because I love raw milk. An excuse to drink it all day, every day, as much as I want? I’m all over that! Actually, here’s the real reason…
“Even when you eat a very clean, whole and traditional diet, toxins still build up and need to be released for maximum health.” - The Healthy Home Economist
I’m doing the Milk Cure as a gentle cleanse. It’s great, because it allows me to continue my duties as wife, mother, and (this month) landscaper without the fatigue and mental fog you get from a full fast. Besides, I think a juice fast or other stringent, cleansing diet can be a shock to your system. A Milk Fast is anything but – it’s nourishing and gentle and very satisfying–kinda like the GAPS diet, but without having to cook!
Well, I still have to cook for my family, but it’s not been that tortuous, because while I inhale the aroma of the delicious, nourishing meals I’m preparing for them, I just sip a glass of milk and my body registers complete satisfaction. There’s been no cravings, and I only get hungry if I get to busy in the garden to fetch myself another glass of milk.
So, yeah, it’s pretty simple. So simple, you may want to try it yourself!
But Wait–There’s More!
In my next post I’ll detail more for you what my experience has been so far, 3 days into my milk fast. Oh, and I’ll share the other reason I’m doing a milk fast (it has to do with my vanity, gals). I’ll tell you this much–I’m not tired of milk yet! In fact, I’m gonna go get another glass right now…
If you have questions (or just need to vent about how I left you hanging and how crazy this whole thing is) feel free to leave a comment. I’ll be sure to respond in the comments or in my next post!