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Real Milk Cures Many Diseases


The following is an edited version of an article by Dr. J. R. Crewe, of the Mayo Foundation, forerunner of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, published in Certified Milk Magazine, January 1929. We are grateful to Dr. Ron Schmid, ND of Middlebury, CT for unearthing this fascinating piece. The “Milk Cure” was the subject of at least two books by other authors, written subsequently to Dr. Crewe’s work. The milk used was, in all cases, the only kind of milk available in those daysraw milk from [tag]pasture-fed[/tag] cows, rich in [tag]butterfat[/tag]. The treatment is a combination of detoxifying fast and nutrient-dense feeding. Note that Crewe quotes William Osler, author of a standard medical textbook of the day. Thus, this protocol was an orthodox, accepted therapy in the early 1900s. Today the Mayo Clinic provides surgery and drug treatments, but nothing as efficacious and elegant as the Milk Cure. (To find out about Raw Milk in Australia contact Real Milk Australia - Ed)

For fifteen years the writer has employed the certified milk treatment in various diseases and during the past ten he had a small sanitarium devoted principally to this treatment. The results obtained in various types of disease have been so uniformly excellent that one’s conception of disease and its alleviation is necessarily changed. The method itself is so simple that it does not greatly interest most doctors and the main stimulus for its use is from the patients themselves.

To cure disease we should seek to improve elimination, to make better blood and more blood, to build up the body resistance. The method used tends to accomplish these things. Blood conditions rapidly improve and the general condition and resistance is built up and recovery follows.

In several instances, Osler (Principles and Practices of Medicine, by William Osler, MD eighth edition) speaks of milk as being nothing more than white blood. Milk resembles blood closely and is a useful agent for improving and making new and better blood. Blood is the chief agent of metabolism. Milk is recognized in medical literature almost exclusively as a useful food and is admitted to be a complete food.

The therapy is simple. The patients are put at rest in bed and are given at half hour intervals small quantities of milk, totalling from five to ten quarts of milk a day. Most patients are started on three or four quarts of milk a day and this is usually increased by a pint a day. Diaphoresis (copious perspiration) is stimulated by hot baths and hot packs and heat in other forms. A daily enema is given.

The treatment is used in many chronic conditions but chiefly in [tag]tuberculosis[/tag], diseases of the nervous system, cardiovascular and renal conditions, hypertension, and in patients who are underweight, run-down, etc. Striking results are seen in diseases of the heart and kidneys and high blood pressure. In cases in which there is marked edema, the results obtained are surprisingly marked. This is especially striking because so-called dropsy has never been treated with large quantities of fluid. With all medication withdrawn, one case lost twenty-six pounds in six days, huge edema disappearing from the abdomen and legs, with great relief to the patient. No cathartics or diuretics were given. This property of milk in edema has been noted in both cardiac and renal cases.

Patients with cardiac disease respond splendidly without medication. In patients who have been taking digitalis and other stimulants, the drugs are withdrawn. High blood pressure patients respond splendidly and the results in most instances are quite lasting. The treatment has been used successfully in obesity without other alimentation. One patient reduced from 325 pounds to 284 in two weeks, on four quarts of milk a day, while her blood pressure was reduced from 220 to 170. Some extremely satisfying results have been obtained in a few cases of diabetics.

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.

Under the head of Treatment in Chronic Gastritis, Osler has said, “A rigid milk diet should be tried” (Principles and Practices of Medicine, by William Osler, M.D., eighth edition). And quoting from George Cheyne, he wrote, “Milk and sweet sound blood differ in nothing but color: milk is blood.” Under the heading of treatment in many diseases, it was true that he had little to say about drugs but did say a good deal about diet and particularly as in most every instance he recommended large quantities of milk.

Under chronic Bright’s disease (p 704) he says, “Milk or buttermilk should constitute for a time, the chief article of food.” Under treatment of cancer of stomach (p 505), he says many patients do best on milk alone. Under treatment of rheumatic fever (p 378), he says, “Milk is the most suitable diet.” With Olser as a background, one need not hesitate to go a bit farther. In fact, practically all medical men are agreed as to the value of milk as a food, and as an important part of the diet in the treatment of many diseases. But as the chief remedy in the treatment of disease, it is seldom used.

For more than 16 years I have conducted a small sanitarium where milk is used almost exclusively in the treatment of various diseases. The results have been so regularly satisfactory that I have naturally become enthusiastic and interested in this method of treating disease. We used good Guernsey milk, equal to 700 calories to the quart.

Interestingly, diseases that have no similarity respond equally to this treatment. For instance, psoriasis clears up beautifully. The improvement in tuberculosis or nephritis is equally interesting but there is no similarity in these diseases. I once heard a very distinguished medical man discussing a case of psoriasis. He said, “This was the worst case of psoriasis I have ever seen. This boy was literally covered from head to foot with scales. We put this boy on a milk diet and in less than a month he had a skin like a baby’s.” To me, this means that there was evidently some nutritive substance or vitamin or glandular secretion lacking, that was furnished by the milk.

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 Arabs are said (Encyclopedia Brittanica) to be the finest race, physically, in the world. Their diet consists mostly of milk and milk products with fruits and vegetables, and some meat.

You are all familiar with the writings of Colonel McCarrison, a medical officer in the British Army. He tells us that for nine years he was stationed in India in a district in the Himalayan Mountains. He said that the natives were very fine physically, that they retained a youthful appearance to advanced age and lived long and that they were very fertile. During the nine years of his residence there he saw practically no disease, no cases of malignancy or of abdominal disease. The diet of these people was simple and consisted principally of vegetables and fruits and milk and milk products.

Steffanson wrote most interestingly of the Eskimo, who, when uncontaminated by civilized conditions were hardy and robust. Their diet of course was almost entirely of meat and fish. He tells us, however, that the habits of meat-eating people are similar to those of carnivorous animals. The wolf first attacks the heart and gets the blood and later eats the glandular organs and viscera, leaving the muscle meats till the last. The Eskimo does the same thing.

During one expedition Mr. Steffanson and party started on a nine months’ trip over the Arctic ice with only one day’s provisions. All previous Arctic explorers had said that civilized men could not live in the Arctic regions without bringing in their supplies. Mr. Steffanson and his party, during the nine months, were almost never without an abundance of food, and much of it was eaten frozen and raw. I wish to show from Steffanson’s experience, first, that it is possible for people to be robust and maintain good health on various types of food of limited variety. That the condition common to all types of diet is, that much of the food is eaten raw. I wish to say here that our very excellent results obtained in the treatment of disease were had with uncooked food and raw milk.

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.

We have often seen most satisfactory results in the treatment of anemia, including pernicious anemia, on a milk diet. I have repeatedly seen a marked reduction in the size of simple and toxic thyroid, with improvement in the symptoms of the toxic one. In prostatic diseases and associated conditions, this treatment will achieve rapid and marked improvement in the infection and in the reduction of the gland and lessening of obstruction. A professor of surgery in one of our state universities once said to me, “Since I have used your method in preparing prostate cases, I have had most excellent results and no mortality.” I replied that if he had continued the treatment a little longer, he would not need to operate. All infections of the urinary tract are greatly improved by this treatment.

An old friend of mine, a woodworker, aged 74, had a marked heart lesion and complete prostatic obstruction, so that it was necessary to use a permanent catheter. He had been taking digitalis but this was discontinued, and he received no medication of any kind. The prostate was very large and the residual urine very foul. His recovery has been rapid, and he has been able to work since that time and is now in very good health at 77 years of age. Another local man was treated six years ago for a severe chronic winter cough and prostatic disease, which necessitated his getting up many times at night. He volunteered the information a few days ago that he had no more trouble with any illness since that time.

Indeed we had a number of patients who took the treatment for “beauty treatment.” The tissues become firmer and the general appearance is markedly improved.One patient with very advanced cardiac and nephritic disease lost over thirty pounds of edema in six weeks. One would expect the large quantities of fluid would increase the edema but the above experience has been repeated many times in lesser degrees.

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.

About ten years ago a very sick man came to the Sanitarium suffering from a severe cystitis and nephritis. He was a diabetic. As milk contains about five percent milk sugar, it was feared that he could not manage this amount of sugar. But he did manage it, and improved in every way and in eight weeks was sugar free. My experience with milk diet in diabetes has been limited, but very interesting. These few patients, only seven or eight, have been much pleased with the results. Insulin was used for a time in some of the cases. They all became sugar free, or nearly so, after from four to ten weeks. From the fact that these patients were able to use a much more liberal diet than diabetics usually can take (after the treatment), it would seem to indicate that at least a partial regeneration of the pancreas is not impossible.

Recently I received a letter from a soldier who was confined in a government hospital in Arizona (for tuberculosis). He said a former patient of mine had induced him to try this method. He said that he had done so well that a number of the men were also attempting it and he had written for more definite instructions. He also said that the patients had to buy their own milk and received no encouragement from the hospital authorities.

There is a large class of patients who are ill but in whom no definite organic lesion can be found. These patients are often underweight. They may consume a fairly large amount of food but they do not gain in weight or strength. These patients do respond admirably to our system of large quantities of milk.

The chief fault of the treatment is that it is too simple. Patients attempt to do it at home, but there are many pitfalls, and it does not appeal to the modern medical man.

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COMMENTS - 9 Responses

  1. 1. louis Rolland
    Oct 2nd, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    Very interesting. I am doing a lot of private research on the use of collostrum and I believe that the milk as it is sold today is worth nothing. Selling 1% milk and adding calcium and vita D and other things to try to make us believe that they are improving the quality is a hoax and a detrimental way of selling a cheap very costly product. Milk as always been one of the best natural product available . I am still looking for people it has rendered sick…The pasteurisation of milk is another thing that should be changed…The heat generated by the process is affecting the stereochemistry of the protein molecule and erender it novaluable for proper feeding.

    It is very unfortunate that milk, butter and eggs are always blamed for no other reasons tha pure greed. Lactose intolerance is a factor that is a totally different ball game. Let us go back to pure raw milk, bacteria free for sure but not through pasteurisation or Tyndallisation or any form of treatment that can change the quality of the proteins .That affects the quality of the aminoacids and lower the body resistance on the long run…and so mny other things that it would take me a full book to cover.

  2. Keep up with my experiment with the Real Raw Milk Cure this month on my blog.



  3. This is so interesting! To think that the reason for pasteurization is just a tool to make more money and not to keep people healthy. I wonder if people that have been born into a pasteurized society can come to accept that the system of government they currently live within isn’t thinking about their well being and that they’ve been lied to all along by corporate interests.

  4. You know, I would have to agree with you about the real story around real fresh milk! I was raised on a farm in out back N.S.W. Australia & only drank raw fresh milk, we hardly ever were sick. Now a day I never drink milk! I am now 48 yrs old. I eat yogurt by the tub full. My husband says he has a lactose problem & cannot drink milk, what is the solution here? I have read somewhere that there is a supplement enzyme in tablet form that we are able to take to overcome this prob. True?
    I must admit that he has hypertension,overweight, thyroid probs, kidney stones, gall stones & who knows what next!! How is it possible for me to get him on the milk diet therapy? We are permanent residents living in Greece. If you have the time maybe you could answer my question. Thanks

  5. I’d try raw goats milk, since you are in Greece. It is less allergic. To heal his over sensitive immune system, however, follow the traditional diet ways, especially focussing on digestion. Perhaps he will be able to eat raw dairy again once his body is stronger. This month’s edition of Nourished Magazine has articles about healing the digestion. Check it out.

  6. Hi Tiffany

    I can definitely sympathize with you regarding milk intolerance. I too like eating dairy produce but unfortunately dairy does not seem to like me! I remember reading an article from an alternative health practitioner who writes that people with amalgam fillings in their teeth are often intolerant to dairy. I plan to have my fillings removed in the coming months and very much hope to see gradual improvements in my overall health and in what I can eat (which is currently very limited).

    I have also located a farmers’ market in London where they sell raw water buffalo milk, and I will be purchasing my first batch today. Hopefully it will prove to be more digestible than the milk I have drunk in the past. I will experiment by consuming it in a variety of ways: fresh from the bottle; boiled with spices and drunk warm as recommended in Ayurveda; made into yoghurt; made into panir. As per Joanne’s suggestion, I am also seeking a supplier of raw goat milk and am keen to experiment with that as well.

    If the water buffalo milk does not agree with me this time around, I will give it another go after my fillings have been removed. Perhaps I will always be intolerant to milk, but I hope to see some changes soon. I hope you do too.

    With best wishes

  7. To solve the lactose intolerance questions, try KEFIR, it is a fermented milk product, make it with real keifr grains and fresh raw milk. Kefir has only a trace of lactose left after the fermentation process, it has even more beneficial enzymes and b-vitamins, than the original sweet milk. The taste is somewhat tart, and it is a very thick drink, like homemade yogurt.
    I tired the milk diet with raw milk alone and could not digest it - I tried up to 8 qts /day - no elimination at all. I quit - I was hugely bloated, although I did have a lot more energy post diet (10 days of milk)
    I am on day 10 of a raw kefir diet now and am happy to report: no bloating, no tummy aches, in fact my tummy is firmer and slimmer now, I’m feeling pretty good, although I have not had much bed rest (5 kids yk). Not hungry at all, just starting to miss the taste and chewiness of food. I blogged about the first diet and will update soon about the kefir diet shortly
    Health to you!

  8. I grew up drinking raw milk - it’s the only milk I can tolerate. When it wasn’t available for awhile, I had to cut out all dairy to stay healthy. If you are having trouble digesting the raw milk, it could be that your body needs to heal some before it can handle it. You could try staying away from any pasteurized dairy, and all refined sugars. See if you see a difference in a few weeks. Heck, you might feel better in a few days. My husband was completely lactose intolerant until he tried raw milk - but he didn’t try to do the “milk cure” - he just tried a little at a time to see if he could handle it. Over time, he was able to drink more and more raw milk with no problem, which made him very happy because he loves the taste. Good luck and be well!

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