Meet like-minded people at the Traditional Nutrition Newsgroup
At Christmas and on my birthday I would buy a tub of cream to have with a piece of cake. I would invariably eat all the cream in one day, and feel guilty about the harm I may be doing to my body.
Working as a NLP practitioner and hypnotist I knew about communicating with the body but my conscious mind beliefs overrode what my body was really trying to tell me: I needed fat.
I tried being a raw food Vegan twice. Once after 9 months I thought I might die so I sought help from a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner who suggested, to my horror, that I eat cooked food and drink milk. Much to my surprise my health improved, but I still persevered with the low fat, high carb, raw food, vegetarian type mind set.
I ate as much fibre as a cow and yet I still suffered from constipation and bleeding piles. What finally worked was following the principles of a traditional diet as per Dr Weston A Price and Sally Fallon. I started with kefiring raw milk and cream, and adding raw butter to my diet.
Then over 12 months I slowly introduced animal products and animal fats; made gelatinous broth's from fish, chicken and beef bones; ate much less fruit and vegetables, and ate much less fibre; removed cereals; ate much less rice and legumes; eliminated tofu;I made my own sourdough bread, cakes and fruit pies; made sauerkraut, ginger beer, Kombucha tea and so on.
Without a doubt the kefired raw milk and cream made the biggest improvement to my health. Over the first month I ate nearly 1 litre of kefired cream each week. After limiting myself to 10 mls of olive oil per day for years, you can see that my body wanted to replenish its supplies of fat soluble vitamins.
Over a couple of months the constipation and bleeding piles healed; the fissure/external hemorrhoid healed totally so that I no longer required surgery; white sun spots on my legs disappeared; dry skin was replaced with skin as smooth and supple as a baby; my failing vision improved and I found I was able to spend a day in front of a computer screen as opposed to a few hours each day; I feel stronger, have more energy and no longer have the light headed feeling from a low fat high carbohydrate diet; and my food cravings have totally disappeared.
18 months of starting the traditional diet I had a medical checkup. The results:
urine clear, blood good and heart in top condition."
Eagle, Palm Beach Qld Australia
Over the years I visited several doctors, and always received some form of ventolin, antihistamine etc., which eased the symptoms, but never cured the problem. I also visited a homeopathic doctor but without success.
A year ago I started intensive research into the effects of diet on health. This lead me on a journey from a cleansing fruitarian diet over several months to a diet similar to the one advocated by the Weston A Price foundation, albeit with the absence of meat. This includes primarily organic, locally-grown whole foods, traditionally prepared.
the single greatest change to my health has been through the constant use of kefir,
cultured from organic pasture-fed unpasteurised milk. Last year was my first asthma
free year since childhood. My skin is softer, healthier. I eat less during the
day and no longer crave alcohol. Colds and flu no longer seem interested in me.
The one downside is I no longer seem to be able to find anything to eat at conventional
supermarkets, restaurants etc. A small price to pay I say..."
Richards Age: 31. Software Engineer
Gluten/dairy and sugar free diet helped irritable bowel syndrome. STEROIDS nearly killed me! Was unable to get off cortisone for four and a half years. Suffered from secondary adrenal insufficiency with Addisonian crises necessitating many emergency room sessions. Intravenous and oral Vitamin C eventually helped my adrenals kick start again...
Nutritional supplements have assisted me but I have an excellent doctor guiding me with these. I believe it is a waste of time and money to just select supplements based on reading and recommendation.
Working with my food source has been very beneficial for me. Understanding what foods are correct for me has been important. Including more animal protein in my diet has really assisted in slowing down my catabolism (muscle wastage) proven on BMI tests.
One food that has been outstandingly relevant to my healing is RAW DAIRY. I ferment
natural unprocessed milk and make kefir milk. I drink at least one cup per day.
This has improved my Fibromyalgia pain without a doubt. I have challenged the
kefir and gone off it for 2 weeks, and the Fibromyalgia has returned with a vengeance!
Once I add the kefir back in, the pain reduces again. Added to kefir, I consume
raw butter and raw cream and find my energy levels have improved over a period
of 11 months. I am unable to absorb fats (proven on tests) and being able to supplement
with natural saturated animal fats assists my dry and cracked skin.
Estimated money spent- at least $3000 per year in the past 8 years along with private health insurance and Medicare levy when able to work.
The level of health I have achieved so far, I believe is permanent."
Age: over 50. Retired.
For all three the time and energy spent was a lot, for the antibiotics and Halog cream, oh hundreds of dollars.
Raw milk, raw cream, raw butter and raw milk kefir and yogurt cleared up all three problems completely. The results are permanent.
dairy is a super health food and should never be kept back from the public access."
I spent several thousand dollars of my insurance company's money, and over a thousand of my own, on diagnostic imaging and doctor bills.
A friend of mine introduced me to the Weston A. Price foundation, and the idea of a native diet, with natural, minimally processed foods, lots of fat, and, most notably, raw milk and raw dairy foods from grass fed cattle.
I cut out processed foods, and I found a source of raw milk and dairy products. I started eating lots of good healthy fats, and taking a few supplements. My diet of good, natural foods, especially raw dairy, combined with probiotic and mineral supplements solved my problems.
I do still have flare-ups about every 6 months or so, but the problems are not constant as they once were, and usually go away without meds.
As a side effect of this, I don\'t get cold anymore. I used to be VERY cold blooded, to the point of having cold feet even in the summer time. No longer. Now my jacket spends almost all of its time in my closet, and I usually wear sandals, even in the coldest of weather.
my opinion, these results are probably permanent, as long as I continue avoiding
processed foods, and eating good healthy fats, and especially raw milk, butter,
cream, and cheese."
The results are definitely permanent. I live, eat, and breath organically as much as I can, and there's no turning back.
Since the new law has been passed regarding banning the sale of raw milk I can no longer enjoy it in my diet. As you would be aware the pasteurisation takes away the enzymes that aids the body to digest it.
Seriously, how can we say we live in a FREE COUNTRY when the Government takes away our freedom of choice. I am OUTRAGED to say the least, that the Milk Board is able to enforce their beliefs as to what they consider healthy, on to all Australians, or should I say their control. I had never in my whole life felt as good as I felt drinking raw milk.
has got to be done for us Australians that choose organic, so that
I can drink and provide my kids milk, the way I believe it should be, the way
I need it and THE CHOICE, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE. I leave you with a simple
question, Why? "
Sullivan Age: 21
Testimony "Nutritionists: recommended very low fat, whole grains, no red meat, lots
I was very frustrated trying to control diabetes on a high carb diet. Nutritionists were clueless, they couldn't believe the low fat diet was not the answer.
years ago I found the Weston Price information and started really following natural,
traditional foods, like those I grew up with. We were never sick while I was growing
up, and we lived on wild game, fish and shellfish caught by my family or commercially
wild-caught, vegetables from our garden. Some from the store too, of course, and
white bread, but still...
I have not had a cold or flu, nor any yeast-type infections such as athlete\'s foot for two years, although the infections used to be chronic and I got colds/flu three or more times a year. This is an amazing improvement considering that diabetes is considered to damage the immune system.
The diabetes still is a challenge to control with insulin, and I am still fighting with my doctor who wants me on blood pressure pills and Lipitor, but it's my opinion that eating foods that nourished our ancestors for thousands of years instead of fake crap food that\s only good for the marketers can only help me. My doctor does say I control my diabetes better than 80-90% of diabetics. I am also now dealing with menopause with herbs and natural remedies and that seems to be helping.
My mother is a wonderful cook, and she is working on following many of these same principles, although they still drink a little low-fat pasteurized milk. She and my father therefore are very healthy and active in their late 70's."
"Since birth, my mother was unable to nurse me. At 2 was when I was tested for CF; at 8 was finally diagnosed. At 12 we started drinking raw milk and my symptoms slowly decreased, but we thought I was outgrowing the allergies. I drank it until I went to college at 18, and then the symptoms slowly returned. They exploded about 7 years later, and from then on I was constantly sick and gradually weakening. When I was 31, I nearly died when I developed a new allergy to something in Indian Pickle. When my allergist did another patch test to try to figure it out, he discovered a whole new crop of allergies."
I also had tried chiropractic, massage therapy, homeopathy, and various herbs. Some of these things helped a little but didn't solve the problem.
Then, when I was 36, we moved to a new area. Through the grapevine I found out about a farm that was going to start selling cow-shares I remembered how much I'd loved the raw milk I'd had growing up, and wanted my kids to enjoy it, too. I was their first cow-share owner, and I've sent many other people there since.
My mother was very concerned about my choice (my kids were 1.5 and 4 at the time) even though she'd been the one to make the same choice for me. It was because she'd read some false information widely distributed when she was a girl by the dairy industry . So I got online and discovered the realmilk.com website, and read the real facts about it.
This was during October, during a time when my allergies are pretty quiet. The next spring I thought there must not be much pollen; the same for the summer. The next winter I went to visit a friend who owns several cats and dogs in an old, dusty house in an area full of pine woods, four of my top 10 most severe allergies. Due to a scheduling error she'd invited more friends than she had beds for, and I ended up on the couch. I'd been having so little trouble with allergies I'd long since stopped taking my inhalers, and didn't have a Claritin or Ventolin inhaler with me. I was terrified I was going to end up being rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night.
I had not even a nose twitch or hint of wheezing. That winter was abnormally cold, but my daughter's eczema was gone. That spring people told me was horrible for allergy sufferers. I didn't know until someone told me. That summer was one of the worst on record for ragweed, but I didn't find out until October when someone mentioned it to me.
At this point I can stand multiple exposures to several allergens at once with not a hint of a problem. I am almost never sick; when I am, I fight it off quickly (like within a few hours). I lost weight (not entirely due to the milk, but at least 10 lbs of it was); I need about 2/3 the sleep I used to need, and some of my beginning cavities even recalcified according to my dentist. I have as much energy as I did at 18, and I get carded a lot.
I don't believe the results are permanent, based on past experience. I know that as the cells in my body nourished on raw milk die, my symptoms will gradually return, as they did in the past. So I must have raw milk. It now dictates where we can live."
Female - aged 57. Had been osteopenic (almost osteoporotic) for 6 years. Not taking
any form of medication or supplements to improve bone density. Bone density testing
this year shows "normal" bone density. Using raw dairy products and
cod liver oil since February 2003.
Williams Age: over 50. Retired.
For me and others, it is essential for our well being to purchase freely unpasteurised cream, milk and butter. I might add that prior to four years of age, that was all my family had. Once milk was pasteurised -- BIG problems. Thank you for this opportunity to have my say in this democratic country."
Milk shakes from shops had always been a bit of a problem which I had attributed to having malt added, but home use of fresh milk and cream had never upset me. Since then, my consumption of milk has been limited to a minimal amount with breakfast cereal and in coffee and tea.
Marriage and the arrival of four children extended this situation with all suffering digestive upset and diagnosis of "lactose intolerance" from our local GP. To cut a long story short, my wife eventually was told of a source of fresh jersey milk (which unbelievably could not be sold for human consumption). My first glass of this" UNSAFE", sterling produced, refrigerated product brought memories flooding back via the wonderful sweet, creamy taste. My wife and children were astounded at the taste difference. Most noticeable of all though has been the immediate and complete disappearance of digestive upset from all of us.
Our problem now is that because of political persecution, the cost of this product is so high that I cannot afford to buy enough of it for us to use other than watered down in our breakfast cereal. I can cheaply and freely purchase all manner of caffeine, sugar, flavours and colour added drinks but this wonderful food of nature is made expensive, illegal, black-market contraband. I protest this vigorously!"
I am experimenting with "European" cheeses again here, and seem to only have minor reactions, so it may be manageable. Access to local unpasteurised dairy would be a godsend though....give the dairy conglomerates hell! You guys are doing a great job."
Simonsen Age: 26
"My friend lives in California, but she was very concerned about the situation in Wisconsin, so she sent in the letter/testimonial, below. She really went through hell with breast cancer a few years ago, and has made amazing changes in her diet since. She's happy to share this letter with others." Rachel C. Adler
"Dear Barbara Gronemus,
I am writing to you in regards to the farms in Wisconsin that have been fighting a legal battle with this state for nearly 3 years over the sale of raw dairy products.
Let me just say this. I am a university-educated, 32 year-old woman who has been drinking organic certified raw Grade A whole milk for four months now. Exclusively. No pasteurized or homogenized milk at all. The reason I started was out of desperation to cease my menopausal symptoms (induced as part of my post breast cancer therapy), having not found any other solution to the maddening hot flashes and night sweats. (Really, how many times can a person change her pajamas in the middle of the night?) After a week or two of 1-2 glasses of certified raw whole milk per day, I noticed that my hot flashes decreased dramatically. To the point where I would go half a day before thinking, "My god! I haven't burst into sweaty flames for a while now!" At one point I ran out of raw milk and for two days drank pasteurized whole milk, and before I knew it I was flashing and sweating again. I immediately put aside my laziness and drove out to the one store I knew sold raw milk, and within a day or two the menopausal symptoms all but disappeared again.
About a month later when I ran out of the raw milk again I ran next door to the very convenient convenience store and bought a small container of pasteurized milk and before I knew it, my face was turning bright red and sweat was rolling down my forehead as a hot flash took over my body (these hot flashes were coming on about three to six times per hour all day). The only change to my otherwise natural, whole food diet was the milk, so once again I put aside my laziness and drove out to buy raw milk, and again, the hot flashes and night sweats petered out to a minimum. And if this wasn't enough to thoroughly convince me, about a month and a half later this happened again, which proved to me for the final time the nutritional and even therapeutic benefits of organic certified raw Grade A whole milk (and each of these adjectives is important).
Even if you remain skeptical about the supposed therapeutic effects of raw milk, let the fact that I am still alive and haven't become violently ill assure you that raw milk is 100% safe to drink.
Please consider my testimonial and allow the Wisconsin farmers to continue to sell raw milk to those that wish to buy it. At least let the people have the choice. After all, isn't freedom of choice the best part about living in this country?"
Testimony: "Had heard about the homemade baby formula in the nourishing traditions book by Sally Fallon. It requires raw milk that is from grass fed cow. Colic was gone within days and baby is so happy. Now my niece is starting the formula. It is hard to find a dairy source due to the laws. Hope to get the laws changed. "
Disclaimer: Please note that no health claims are made nor implied by any of the feedback or information on this website. All information is provided for informational purposes only.